Gary Murray claims 10K victory from gun
Irish cross country international Gary Murray showed the opposition a clean pair of heels in the 1,100 strong field competing in yesterday’s Laganside 10K at Ormeau.
The 35-year-old finished in a useful time of 30 mins 37 secs which was 18 secs clear of runner-up Paddy Hamilton of Annadale.
In a classy field North Belfast’s Stephen Scullion came back from a lengthy absence to take third in 31.09 ahead of Barry Harron (31.51), East Down’s Brendan Teer (31.54) and Conan McCaughey (32.03).
Murray was using the race as his first competition following an injury in the Lisburn 10K three months ago. He took the lead from the gun and opened an early gap which gradually increased .
A satisfied Murray said: “That was really positive today. It was a real test of my fitness following my injury which hampered training for over four weeks.
“This is preparation for the Berlin Marathon in three weeks’ time where I would like to see how close I can get to the qualification time for the Rio Olympics.”
Armagh’s Danielle Fegan was also a clear winner of the Ladies Race in 37.08 ahead of Commonwealth Games runner Gladys Ganiel (37.22), who was competing for the first time following motherhood.
Meanwhile, Irish International Mick Clohissey was an impressive winner of the 34th Waterside Half Marathon in a time of 65 mins 8 secs, which is the fastest since John Ferrin’s win back in 1997.
Victory in the Ladies Race went to City of Derry’s Catherine Woriskey in 83 mins 8 secs.