ATHLETICS: Brendan Teer clinches a quick-fire double

Brendan Teer
Brendan Teer

Brendan Teer completed back-to-back victories in the 24th ChampionChip Ireland Les Jones Memorial 10K which started and finished at the Mary Peters Track with a field of 240.

Teer started as red-hot favourite and wasted no time in stamping his authority as he led from the start.

He was already clear of David O’Flaherty as they headed to the Upper Malone.

By the 6K mark on the towpath it was Teer, O’Flaherty then Willowfield’s Neil Weir, Chris Moren and Greg Lucy.

At this stage Teresa Duffy was leading the Ladies from Denise Logue, Geraldine Quigley and Gemma Turley.

Teer came back through Barnetts and Queen’s Playing Fields to reach the track on his own and he had 55 seconds in hand at the line. Weir, Moren, Marc Jennings and Lucy made up the top six.

Commonwealth marathon fifth placer Teresa Duffy is enjoying her comeback.

She was in total control and was 33 seconds in front of the determined Denise Logue at the end with Geraldine Quigley and Gemma Turley holding their positions.

Pete Barbour was top M40, Joe McCann just beat Robin Montgomery in the M45, Norman Mawhinney M55 and Harry Mitchell M60 took their groups with Jim Platt and Tommy Fee heading the M70s.

Teer completed his second victory within 18 hours in the Downpatrick Lions 3 Lakes 14K Race.

He won comfortably from Paul Carroll and Gareth Lyons.

Rachel Frew had a runaway success in the Ladies which she took from Elaine Fitzpatrick and Claire Carson. The 7K events went to Craig Hutchinson and Edie Carroll.

Ian Bailey fended off a late charge by Seamus Lynch to win the Slieve Donard Race which was the fifth in the Hill and Dale Series.

The Newcastle pair finished well clear of third placer William McKee.

Shalene McMurray led the Ladies by over three minutes at the top but a tremendous descent by Diane Wilson saw the Dromore athlete taking the honours. Catherine O’Connor came third.

Meanwhile, Amy Foster came very close to her Northern Ireland sprint records when competing at the Pure Track and Field meeting in the USA.

She opened her outdoor season with 11.41 for third in the 100 behind winner Peace Uko and then had 23.55 for fourth in the 200 which was won by Carmelita Jetter. Her records are 11.40 and 23.53.

p Danielle Fegan ran a personal best at the Highgate Harriers 10,000 metres festival.

The Armagh girl clocked 36:30.51 for second. Her club mate Dermot Kerr came eighth in the Masters with 36:30.72.

Declan Reed won the third race in 31:27.08 with Conan McCaughey producing a best of 31:58.90 in eighth.

p Paul Elliott had a great result when he took the M60 silver medal in the European Masters Athletics Road Championships in Italy.

The North Belfast athlete clocked 36:50 for the 10K distance just seven seconds behind Antonio Di Noia from the host country.