Kenyans double up to win Beragh 5 Miles Race

Vincent Kiprotich Chepyegon
Vincent Kiprotich Chepyegon

It was Kenyans at the double for the second week in succession as Vincent Kiprotich and Selinah Kangogo from the Project Africa Initiative took the major honours at the Beragh 5 Miles Race in County Tyrone.

Kiprotich the record breaker at the Larne Half Marathon took the lead from the gun with the defending champion Stevie Duncan on his heels.

The Kenyan had gone clear by half distance and kept up the pace to win by almost a minute from Duncan with Martin Cox, also Project Africa, taking third behind the Omagh runner.

Selinah Kangogo, the winner of the Omagh Half Marathon, was even more dominant as she led for every step of the way to cross the line fifty nine seconds before Pauline McGurren from Sperrin who herself was a minute faster than her previous years winning time.

In a close finish for third Ita Kelly from Sperrin just got home ahead of Ciara Coyle of Carmen Runners.

Meanwhile David Simpson and Shileen O’Kane took victories at the Northern Ireland Running 5 Miles Trail Race and Killylane Reservoir near Larne.

Simpson and the in form Mark McKinstry fought out a shoulder to shoulder battle for the first three miles. The big two were still together coming to the final down hill section when Simpson came away for a 28 second win over McKinstry. Turtle, Brennan, Jason Wilson, Simon Reeve and Bernard Brady came next.

Shileen O’Kane continued her rich vein of form as she added the Ladies win to her Glenariff victory. The Lagan Valley girl led from the start and had over a minute in hand over runner up Geraldine Quigley.

Kerry Bamber and Helen Weir took the next two places with Liz Leitch and Sharon Harvey completing the top half dozen.