ATHLETICS: Cathy McCourt continues fine run of form with victory in Stunnerz N Runnerz Ladies Only 5 Miles Road Race

Cathy McCourt
Cathy McCourt

Cathy McCourt continued her run of success with another victory in the Stunnerz N Runnerz Ladies Only 5 Miles Road Race promoted by Sperrin Harriers in Magherafelt.

The former Masters champion had placed first at both the Runher 10K and Fairhill 5 Miles and wasted no time as she moved clear of the 268-strong field by the end of the first mile.

McCourt was well clear of Ciara Toner by half distance and went on to cross the line 70 seconds before the Springwell runner. Pauline McGurren from the promoting club was a good third.

Rhian Pegram, Lorna Sibbett and Ciara Coyle completed the top six. The nominated charity was the Niamh Louise Foundation.

Meanwhile, Stephen Duncan was superb as he scored a runaway success in the Enniskillen 10K race which was promoted by the local council and community association from the Lakeland Forum.

Duncan, from Omagh, led for every step of the way. He was absolutely on his own at half way and came back to the Forum with almost three minutes in hand.

Stephen Cassidy came second with Brian Young producing another top placing in third. Conor Maguire, Oliver Kane and Kieran Martin were next.

James Boyle was first U19 with Seamus Melanophy and Paul Mulgrew taking M45 and M50 with Jim Breen running strongly to take the M60 from Peter Young.

Donna Evans was equally dominant in the Ladies. The Finn Valley girl had over three minutes advantage over Enniskillen’s Karen Dolan with Claire Cummins and Caitlin McBrien close behind.

The race attracted a huge entry with 760 finishers.

Elsewhere, Andrew Wright set a new personal best over 1500m at the Irish Milers club meeting at Le Cheile and in the process qualified for the European U23 Championships in Talin.

The 21-year-old clocked 3:48.80 just inside the standard in the race won by England’s Tom Lancashire. Commonwealth athlete Danny Mooney 3:45.79.

In the 800m Karl Griffin won in 1:49.05 from Northern Ireland champion Mark Hoy 1:49.68. Kelly Neely reversed last weeks placings at the Mary Peters coming third in the Womens race with 2:10.35 ahead of Rachel Gibson.