Brendan Teer triumphed over very cold and windy conditions to win the Rollercoaster 5K Road Race at Downpatrick Racecourse.
Teer, from the promoting East Down Club, started hot favourite but although a strong challenge was expected from two members of the all conquering Newcastle squad David McNeilly and David O’Flaherty who had finished first and third at Downpatrick last year.
True to form, it was the big three at the front as they started the first circuit of the undulating course with Teer, O’Flaherty and McNeilly going clear of Martin Wilcox and Conor McMullan.
Teer took control after half way and came to the uphill finish with a 22 seconds advantage over Moira winner O’Flaherty with McNeilly almost a minute further back.
Wilcox, McMullan and Michael McKnight followed with Thomas Leitch just edging Daniel Mills for seventh. Caolan Atkinson was top U20 with David Wright M45, McKnight M50 and Norman Mawhinney M55 all winning their groups.
Gerrie Shortt followed her good run in the Greenmount International with a victory here.
The Beechmount girl was always in control as she won by over a minute from the promoting club’s junior star Laura Gardiner, with last year’s runner-up Ruth Magill from Lagan Valley a close third ahead of Catherine O’Connor also East Down.
Earlier there were good U15 successes for Desire Bamisile and Davicia Patterson with Aodhan Shortt and Nathan McBride leading the U13 boys and Murphy Millar and Jessica Scott the U13 girls.
Meanwhile Mark English from Letterkenny set a new Irish Indoor record for 800 metres at the Woodie’s DIY Athletics Ireland Meeting in Athlone. The 20-year-old clocked 1:46.82 as he came second to Thijem Kupers of Holland in a photo finish. He will now look forward to the World Indoors in Poland.
Amy Foster was in wining form as she took the 60 metres in 7.40.