ATHLETICS: Paddy Hamilton maintains excellent form to win Dune Half Marathon

Don Travers finished third in the Dune Half Marathon
Don Travers finished third in the Dune Half Marathon

Paddy Hamilton followed up his second place at Duncrue with a runaway victory in the Dune Half Marathon from Dundalk to Newry.

The race, which included the first round of the Pure Running ‘ChampionChip’ Ireland Series, attracted a field of 500 athletes. Hamilton, now running for the Slieve Gullion Club, dominated the race throughout and had almost three minutes in hand over runner-up Brian McCluskey from North East Runners. Former winner Don Travers of Newry City came third.

Mary Laverty, also of North East Runners, took the ladies win just a minute ahead of former World and Commonwealth marathon star Teresa Duffy of Beechmount, who made a surprise appearance. Susan Smyth from Dromore came third.

Meanwhile, more than 1,500 runners will be in action on Tuesday in the Spar Craic 10K, which starts at the City Hall at 9am and winds through the City before finishing at Titanic Quarter.

Registration will take place at The Visit Belfast Office, 9 Donegal Square North, from 8am to 8.45am. The official charity is the NI Hospice.