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Fionnuala Britton and Brendan Teer are the star attractions at Harriers event

Fionnuala Britton

Fionnuala Britton

  • by Dave McKibbin
 

Defending champion Brendan Teer and double European winner Fionnuala Britton were the stars of the 22nd Albertville Harriers 5 Miles Road Race at Duncrue Industrial Estate.

Teer was quickly at the front as the 120-strong field headed out on the first circuit.

Darryl Blair was just behind with Paul Rowan, Jim Brown and Conor Curran all prominent along with Britton who was clear of Kerry O’Flaherty in the Ladies.

Next time round it was Teer by 100 metres from Rowan with Blair next of Curran and Brown with Fionnuala still alongside.

Teer was now safe and came home to retain his title ahead of Rowan who closed slightly on the last lap. Brown was a good third with Curran, Blair, Eddie Cooke and Andrew Considine following.

Britton had only four men in front of her as she moved smoothly round to take Ladies success. Kerry O’Flaherty was equally isolated in second.

Meanwhile, Paul Pollock set a new half marathon best of 63 minutes 52 when placing third in the Bath event. The race was won by Nicholas Kirui from Kenya.

Elsewhere, Alan Bogle scored his second victory in the final round of the Sperrin Harriers Winter Trail Series at Lough Fea near Cookstown.

Karen Alexander had won the first four rounds and continued her domination by winning the Ladies race by almost eight minutes from Jacqueline Mulligan, Sharon Harvey and Pauline Bayliss.

Mark McKinstry took the overall league title from Michael Crawley, Aaron Meharg and Michael Kerr with Karen Alexander leading Jacqueline Mulligan and Cheryl Cardwell to a Sperrin clean sweep in the Ladies.

Breege Connolly just lost out to Fiona Stack in the Bundoran 10 Miles.

The North Belfast girl clocked 59:46, just 12 seconds behind the winner.

The Men’s race went to Keith Shiels of Foyle Valley in 51:31 with Annadale’s Glen Phair in third.

Seamus Lynch had a good win in the Mountain Racing Season Opener at Slieve Gullion. Diane Wilson from Dromore ran very strongly in the Ladies from Shileen O’Kane of Lagan Valley and Sarah Graham from Mourne Runners.

 

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