Ann Marie McGlynn and Conor Duffy take Titanic Quarter honours

Ann-Marie McGlynn
Ann-Marie McGlynn

For the second year in succession, Ann Marie McGlynn and Conor Duffy took the top prizes in the 9th Titanic Quarter 10K Road Race which was held in good but cold conditions.

Ann Marie, the captain of Ireland’s bronze medal European cross country team, started slight favourite and went straight to the front.

As they came back to the ARC Complex it was Ann Marie from Letterkenny team mate Natasha Adams with Ulster champion Teresa Doherty just behind.

At half distance the gap between the leading two was just eight seconds with Teresa ten seconds further back. Louise Smith, Rebecca Murtagh and Maeve Lavery were leading the chase.

There was no stopping the flying leader as Ann Marie stormed to the finish area to win by twenty eight seconds from Natasha in a repeat of last year’s placings. The winner equalled her personal best.

The Mens race quickly became a duel between last year’s third placer Scott Rankin and Ulster Intermediate champion Conor Duffy who placed fourth twelve months ago.

Rankin lead at 8K but Duffy had been looking very strong and made the decisive break to win by eight seconds in a new personal best from Rankin who never gave up.

Paul Barbour finished a clear third ahead of Madden and Campbell with Paul Rowan running well to come sixth ahead of Aaron Meharg.

The meeting sponsored by Titanic Quarter Limited with help from U105, Holiday Inn, Underarmour and Athletics Northern Ireland attracted a huge field with the 10,000th finisher overall since the start of the series crossing the line.

The benefitting charity was Marie Curie Cancer Care with many runners competing for their daffodil team.

In the Junior 1 Mile earlier Cormac O’Rourke just beat Tony McCambridge with Cathaoir Purvis third while Molly Douglas, Lauren Cox and Libby Maloney led the Girls.

Kerry O’Flaherty came fourth in the Irish 10K Championship at Phoenix Park Dublin. She came ninth overall in the International race won by European champion Gemma Steel, Fionnuala Britton in second took the Irish title from Lizzie Lee, Catherina McKiernan and Kerry.