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Kerry O'Flaherty helps Newcastle AC to victory in fine fashion

By Staff Reporter

Kerry O’Flaherty, who is bound for next year’s Rio Olympics, led the list of record breaking performances at the weekend’s highly successful NI Relay Championships at Victoria Park, Belfast.

There was an impressive entry of some 150 teams in the various events with Newcastle AC’s O’Flaherty (right) leading the way over the 3,380 metres flat course in the three leg Women’s Senior event.

The 34-year-old Irish steeplechaser wasted little time in completing the first leg in a record breaking time of 10 mins 49 secs ahead of Banbridge’s Emma Mitchell (11.12) and North Belfast’s Gladys Ganiel (11.26). Kerry handed over to teammate Joanne Mills who then secured a one minute advantage over North going into the final leg.

North’s Breege Connolly made frantic efforts to close the gap over Newcastle’s Mari Troeng but despite her fast time of 11 mins 11 secs her club had to settle for second behind Newcastle. The Mourne club   smashed the course record by 1 min 40 secs to set new figures of 34 mins 30 secs with North Down 3rd.

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