Duncan still best half-marathon runner in Ulster
Omagh's Stephen Duncan retained his stranglehold on the Northern Ireland Half Marathon title on Sunday when he won the Waterside Half Marathon for the fourth consecutive year.
Duncan and last year's third place finisher Declan Reid, of City of Derry, fought a tight dual for virtually the entire race. They raced through the halfway stage in a fast 33 mins 42 secs with the City of Derry pair Noel Logan and Emmet McGinty some distance in arrears.
His winning time of 68 mins 53 secs was 11 secs faster than Reid who had the consolation of setting a new PB by some 35 secs. Noel Logan was a distant third in 72 mins some 11 secs ahead of McGinty. City of Derry were easy team winners.
There was a surprise result in the women's race where virtually unknown Southern athlete Fiona Stack secured a decisive victory in a useful 82 mins 20 secs. City of Derry's Marina Campbell improved her PB by nearly two mins to 85 mins 17 secs to finish second, ahead of Clare McGuigan of Lifford and Roisin Hughes fourth.