ATHLETICS: Don Travers produces strong performance to retain Born 2 Run Castleward Challenge Half Marathon

Don Travers
Don Travers

Don Travers produced a strong demonstration of running to retain his title in the Born 2 Run Castleward Challenge Half Marathon in the spectacular grounds of the stately home.

The former cycling international from Newry City Club looked in control as he increased his advantage all the way to win by 64 seconds in 1:24:36.

Colum Gaile from Albertville was a good second with Ballydrain’s Richard Coey finishing third in a repeat of last year’s position.

Unattached athlete Ursula Campbell was well clear in the ladies’ race coming in over two and a half minutes before East Down’s Joanne Foster with Janice White also unattached in third.

Martin Melville from Newcastle won the 10k event from Dermot Winters with Dromore’s Stephen O’Gorman taking bronze.

Niamh O’Connell from Murlough was impressive in winning the ladies’ 10k comfortably from Jennifer Teeney of Jog Belfast and Jessica Scott of Lagan College.

Meanwhile, Natasha Adams, Sinead Peoples and Ann-Marie McGlynn gave Letterkenny the silver medals behind Leevale in the ladies event at the Glohealth Irish Road Relay Championships at Raheny.

The lady masters also got silver with Jane McGinley, Fionnuala Diver and Irene McFadden in the race won by Raheny Shamrocks while the male masters side of Ivan Toner, Ciaran Doherty and Sean McFadden came third.