ATHLETICS: Kenyan duo should prove a cut above rest in Beragh

Vincent Kiprotich Chepyegon
Vincent Kiprotich Chepyegon

Kenyan aces Gideon Kimosop and Vincent Kiprotich will start favourites for Saturday’s Beragh 5 Miles Road Race in County Tyrone.

The pair, along with lady compatriot Selinah Kangogo, are part of the Project Africa team presently based near Omagh and are prolific racers, often competing twice in a week.

Kimosop took victory at Omagh seven days ago ahead of Paul Pollock and can take the major honours, while Kiprotich set a course record in Larne after following his team-mate home in Downpatrick.

Holder Stevie Duncan ran well at Omagh after returning from injury and can take third ahead of Paul Barbour and Martin Cox.

Selinah Kangogo won at Downpatrick and Omagh and was second to the record breaking Breege Connolly at Larne. She should win from Pauline McGurran, Patricia Campbell and Jacqueline Mulligan.

The action starts from St. Mary’s Park at 12noon.

Meanwhile, Mark McKinstry will be fancied to win the second Northern Ireland Running 5 Miles Trail Race which starts at 11am on Saturday at Killylane Reservoir near Larne.

McKinstry from North Belfast is a very versatile athlete. He came second in the Northern Ireland cross country behind Declan Reed before setting a best of 73:59 at the Omagh Half Marathon.

Mountain champion Jonny Steede should provide the chief opposition with Simon Reeve, Jason Wilson and Alex Brennan also prominent.

Shileen O’Kane, another mountain champion, is in great form having won at Glenariff and can score again ahead of Liz Leitch and Helen Weir.

Sunday’s action is on the shores of Strangford Lough where the Ballygalgat Community 10K Race starts at 12noon.

Brendan Teer from the promoting East Down club is the defending champion and should win again from North Down pair Dennis Scott and Stephen Wylie.

East Down can take the top two places in the Ladies with Castlewellan Lakes winner Catherine O’Connor and young star Laura Gardiner expected to take all the beating.