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Eddie McGinley claims win at Ards Half Marathon

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Eddie McGinley and Gladys Ganiel showed their class with confident successes in the Ards Half Marathon.

The race which included the Athletics Northern Ireland Championships was organised by Ards Borough Council.

McGinley moved to the front early on and had only Loughinisland winner Brendan Teer for company.

The pair came to half distance together with Keith Purdy and former champion Brian Campbell 17 seconds back.

At this stage Gladys Ganiel was well up among the leading men as she headed the ladies by a minute from Heather Foley with comeback girl Louise Smith in third.

McGinley made his break in the closing three miles and made sure that there was no repeat of the finish confusion at Lisburn as he crossed the line almost two minutes ahead of the rest.

Keith Purdy came through strongly to take second from Teer with Campbell, Stephen Wylie, Barrie Atkinson, David Graham and Peter Moffett next.

Ganiel continued her smooth progress and like McGinley ran the second half of the race faster than the first as she crossed the line well clear.

In a repeat of the Lisburn placings Heather Foley held second with Louise Smith, Aisling Allum, Amanda Perry and Catherine Roberts completing the top half dozen.

The wheelchair race was fiercely contested throughout by Paul Hannon and Jim Corbett who crossed the line together to be jointly crowned champions.

Meanwhile Stephen Duncan regained the crown that he last held in 2012 when he won the McDermott’s Pharmacy sponsored Dromore Community 10k Road Race.

Duncan came home absolutely on his own after Slevin had gone off course. Barbour and Morris took the other medal positions with Conor Maguire, Niall Porter and Paul McLaughlin following.

And Patricia O’Hagan added another victory to her growing list.

She had only three men ahead of her as she won from Julie Butler, Pauline McGurren and Mairaid McCann.

The 5k men’s race went to Conor Moore with Oisin Donnelly and Michael Mullin giving Omagh a clean sweep. Alexandra Kirk, Caelean McQuaid and Aine Flanagan headed the ladies.

And Christine McMahon gave her Commonwealth prospects a boost by setting a new personal best of 56.97 for 400 hurdles in Belgium. This performance would rank her sixth in Britain and knocked 0.65 off her previous best.

Leon Reid came sixth in the 200m in the British Championships at Birmingham in a time of 21.45 while Mandy Gault came seventh at 400 hurdles.

 

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