Brian Campbell grabs Groomsport victory

Brian Campbell
Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell came out on top in the battle of the champions at Groomsport Half Marathon.

The race featured the ninth round of the Pure Running-Championchip Ireland Series.

Campbell the winner of the Ards and Dervock races faced Gary Henderson who topped the list at Cookstown with the returning Keith Purdy also fancied.

It was close but Campbell gained control after half distance and came home exactly a minute before Henderson with Purdy just 11 seconds further back.

Recent winner Neil Weir came fourth with Brian Young just taking fifth from Mark Walker.

Karen Alexander looked good as she took the ladies title. The World Mountain medallist had over three minutes in hand over the inform Laura Graham with Anne Fitzpatrick and Sinead Murtagh following.

Two athletes who have been missing recently dominated the 10k with Adam Boyd and Andrew Agnew taking the top two positions ahead of John Craig.

Denise Logue had a comfortable victory in the ladies 10k. Sarah-Jane McFadden and Kirsty Sharrott had a battle for second with Sarah-Jane just shading it.

n Kim Collison from Borrowdale and Jasmine Paris of Carnethy led a feast of record breaking at the Seven Sevens race in the Mournes which was a counting round of the British Mountain Racing Championship.

The event of 30.5k including 2675 metres of climb covered seven peaks with Collison the winner of the Mourne Skyline last year quickly establishing a lead.

Collison won in 3:30:34 a new record with Morgan Donnelly only 32 seconds back. Peter Vale, Iain Whiteside and top local Ian Bailey were next.

Jasmine Paris led all the way in the ladies coming to Ben Crom absolutely on her own.

She went onto finish in 3:49:34 with only eight men in front of her. She was 21 minutes ahead of runner-up Shona Robertson.

Helen Berry was next with Diane Wilson the first home runner in fourth.