Teer returns to racing with victory

Belfast City Half Marathon - Presseye - 22nd September 2013'Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan'Brendan Teer, third place  with one mile to go in Clement Wilson park, Shaws Bridge
Belfast City Half Marathon - Presseye - 22nd September 2013'Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan'Brendan Teer, third place with one mile to go in Clement Wilson park, Shaws Bridge

Brendan Teer returned to competition with a vengeance with a sweeping victory in the Rollercoaster Derby Road Race round the spectacular Downpatrick Race Course.

The hot favourite from the promoting East Down club had been missing with injury after winning at Comber in November but showed no ill effects as he blasted round the undulating course.

Former winner David O’Flaherty chased hard but Teer looked comfortable as he climbed the final hill to cross the line with a twenty six seconds advantage over O’Flaherty who in turn was exactly a minute in front of Paul Blaney.

Martin Wilcox and Conor McMullan who always go well in this race took the next two positions with James Savage following to join Teer and Wilcox as East Down had three of the top six.

James Smyth and Tom McMeekin were top juniors with Norman Mawhinney, Greg McClure and Tony Wall heading the M55s as Tom Dowie finished top M60.

Reigning champion Gerrie Short of Beechmount was fancied for the Ladies title but it was Dromore’s Rebecca Murtagh who came out on top after a race long dual which saw the pair two minutes away from the rest.

Rebecca took the honours by just eight seconds with Masters International medallist Ruth Magill third in front of leading junior Daire McCartan.

Three local athletes were on the Irish team which came third in the Melody Relay at the New Balance Indoor Meeting in Boston.

After Claire Tarplee of DSD had run 1200m Commonwealth hurdler Claire McMahon ran 56.01 for 400m the second fastest of the day. Fellow Commonwealth athlete Katie Kirk covered 800 in 2:09.46 before Portaferry girl Ciara Mageean ran 1600m in 4:36.55 the third fastest. The race was won by New York All Stars in a World best of 10:42.57.

Scott Rankin continued his successful season with victory in the Roe Valley Trail Race near Limavady. The Foyle Valley athlete came in a minute before Martin Cox with ultra specialist Justin Maxwell in third.

The promoting Springwell club had a clean sweep in the Ladies as Gemma Turley won narrowly from Gillian Wasson with Kerry McIlmoyle third. Alex Brennan of Ballymena Runners passed early leader Peter Cromie to take the Masters with Brian Edgar in third.

On a good weekend for favourites Brian McCloskey had a comprehensive win in the Born 2 Run Rossmore 10K at Monaghan. The North East runner winner at the Castlewellan Cracker had two minutes in hand over Matthew Bell with Danny Fegan next.

Fran McFadden from Springwell had an impressive Ladies success coming in a minute before Sinead Mullan and Helen Perry.