Former Irish international Gary Murray completes spectacular Bangor 10k solo victory
Former Irish international Gary Murray of St Malachy's produced a spectacular performance in the weekend's big Bangor 10K road race where he crushed the opposition for a decisive win.
The St Malachy's man secured a one minute victory over pre-race favourite Eddie McGinley of Annadale.
Murray's time of 30 mins 30 secs was his second fastest ever and the quickest in the Province this year.
The 34-year-old who was a late entry in the 650-strong field, completed what was, effectively, a solo run over a difficult course and then said: "I have been out of the sport for some four years because of serious achilles tendon problems which required two operations. At one stage things were so bad I wondered if I would even walk again without pain never mind running.
"I started back jogging a year ago and things have slowly got better. I felt I could have broken 30 mins today on a flatter course."
School teacher Murray is now hoping to be selected for a sixth time for Ireland for the European Cross Country in Bulgaria in December.
East Down's Brendan Teer was third in 32.17 just ahead of Brian Campbell of Willowfield (32.19). North Belfast's Eamon White (32.49) and Annadale's Keith Purdy (33.00) completed the top six.
In the Ladies Race the absence of North Belfast favourite Gladys Ganiel left the way clear for an unexpected victory by teammate Louise Smith in 37.58. North's Cathy McCourt was second in 38.57 with Helen Stockdale of Finn Valley (39.15) third.