Classy Heather Foley extends winning streak in Cookstown

Heather Foley
Heather Foley

Heather Foley extended her winning streak with another smooth victory in the Stanley Reid Memorial Five-Miles Road Race at Loughry Campus, Cookstown.

The winner of the Cookstown and Dundalk-Newry half marathons ran strongly throughout to win by almost two minutes from Gemma Turley who was just ahead of Charlene Abraham.

Neil Johnston and Paul Barbour had a race long duel in the Mens event with Neil just leading Paul over the line by three seconds. The in form Barrie Atkinson came third.

In a busy weekend Martin Fegan and Breege Connolly came out tops in the Glenmore 5K at Carlingford.

The Men’s race was very classy with international Fegan from Mullingar being given a great chase by Kenyan super star Freddy Sittuk the winner of the Belfast and Derry marathons. Armagh’s Stephen Kerr came third.

Breege Connolly showed her class as she won the Ladies from young star Danielle Fegan with Rebecca Murtagh and Gillian Burns following.

Meanwhile, Stephen Morris and Delfim Pimentel had a rare dead heat in the Tandragee 10K Road Race. They interchanged the lead for the entire distance before crossing the line almost a minute before third placedPeter Williams with Nigel Grier running well for fourth.

Louise Smith continued her impressive comeback as she blasted round the course to win comfortably from Patricia O’Hagan with Amy Sheppard taking third.

Elsewhere, Seamus Lynch defied horrendous conditions to win the Seven Sevens Mountain Race over a nineteen miles course including 8700 total feet of climb on seven of the highest peaks in the Mournes.

Lynch, from Newcastle, was in a class of his own as he came home to win the race which was also the seventh round of the NIMRA Championships.

Mourne pair Sam Heron and Clive Bailey were next with Denise Mathers winning the Ladies from Hazel McLaughlin and Sinead Murtagh.