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Sean Hehir finishes 20th at European Marathon Championship in Zurich

Great Britain's Mo Farah (left) poses with his gold medal he won in The Men's 5000m and team-mate Andy Vernon poses with his bronze medal

Great Britain's Mo Farah (left) poses with his gold medal he won in The Men's 5000m and team-mate Andy Vernon poses with his bronze medal

  • by Dave McKibbin
 

Sean Hehir (20th) was the top Irish finisher in the European Marathon Championship in Zurich.

The team was weakened when the fancied Paul Pollock withdrew late on Saturday with a hip injury.

Hehir, from Rathfarnham, moved steadily through the field after being 39th at the 10 kilometre mark. His time was 2:17:59 just outside his best.

St Malachy’s pair Kevin Seaward and Tom Frazer also improved all the way in the 70 strong field. Kevin came 28th in 2:20:32 with Tom 35th in 2:22:33.

The race was won by Daniele Meucci of Italy with Yared Shegumo getting Poland their first ever marathon medal in second.

Fionnuala Britton made an impressive debut over the marathon distance placing 10th in the Women’s race with 2:31:46. This moves her to fourth in the Irish all-time list.

Amy Foster joined with Kelly Proper, Sarah Lavin and Phil Healy on the 4x100 relay team that came fourth in the semi narrowly missing qualification for the final. They have the compensation of setting a new national record of 43.84.

The Men’s 4x400 side also set a new record of 3:03.57 to make the final.

Meanwhile, Stephen Morris and Helen Stockdale ran very well the claim the Northern Ireland and Ulster 10,000 metre titles at a very poorly supported Team Trophy and Open Graded Meeting at the Mary Peters Track.

Megan Marrs from Lisburn had a 100m and 100 hurdles double while North Down girls Jessica Craig and Rachel Gibson took 800 and 3,000 with Finbarr Toolan of Balmoral winning the Men’s 800 and Kris Wilson of Lagan the 3,000.

City of Lisburn took the Mens team competition ahead of North Down with Lagan Valley and City of Lisburn leading the Ladies.

Elsewhere, Heather Foley continued her golden summer with a start to finish victory in the Groomsport Half Marathon. The Cookstown and Loughry winner had a seven minutes cushion over runner up Catherine Roberts with Anne Fitzpatrick just taking third from Liosa McKeown.

The Men’s race went to David Proctor after a close battle with Joe Craney. Top M50 Nigel Grier was an excellent third.

The 10K races went to Stephen Wylie and Amanda Perry.

Stephen was two minutes ahead of Kent Swann with Chris Speers third. Amanda Perry also had two minutes in hand over Pauline Millar and Judith Taylor.

Meanwhile, Brian Campbell produced a strong performance to win the inaugural Mallusk 5 Miles Road Race.

The former Northern Ireland champion from Willowfield crossed the line thirty seconds before North Belfast pair Mark McKinstry and Andrew Considine.

North Belfast took first place in the Ladies with Cathy McCourt taking the honours from Springwell girls Gillian Wasson and Gemma Turley.

Also, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford starred as Great Britain ended a record-breaking European Championships with a flourish, topping the medal table after winning five golds on an incredible last day.

The British team will return home from Zurich with 23 medals following six wonderful days of athletics at the Stadion Letzigrund.

That haul surpasses the previous record of 19 from Barcelona four years ago, while the 12 golds blew away the previous best of nine set in Budapest in 1998.

 

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