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McGlynn battles through the elements to triumph

Published 30/11/2015

Kerry O'Flaherty
Kerry O'Flaherty

Finn Valley's Anne Marie McGlynn won a titanic struggle at the weekend against fellow Irish international Kerry O'Flaherty to take the honours in the big Podium 4 Sport Seeley 10K Road Race at Ormeau where a record 923 finishers faced driving wind and rain.

The weather did not however deter an in-form M'Glynn, who crossed the line in a super PB time of 34 mins 18 secs, which has only been beaten on this course by Teresa Duffy's winning time of 33.43 set back in 1989.

Anne Marie's win provides some consolation for her failure to be selected on the Irish team for the European Cross Country in France in two weeks time. The 35-year-old was a member of last year's Irish bronze medal team but did not finish the Trials race a few days ago when she lost a shoe when well in contention.

Anne Marie suffered no such misfortune at Ormeau where she fought a grim battle for almost the entire race with O'Flaherty, who has booked a spot on the team for France with fourth place in the Trials. In fact, it was Kerry's turn to suffer bad luck when a spectator stepped in front of her with 500 metres remaining. By the time she recovered McGlynn had broken clear to win by some 11 secs and deny the Newcastle woman a sixth victory in the event.

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