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Northern Ireland relay joy for record-breaker Kerry O'Flaherty

By Brian Hill

Rio Olympics steeplechaser Kerry O'Flaherty was in record-breaking form in the NI Relay Championships at Belfast's Victoria Park over the weekend.

In the three-leg senior women's event, Ards woman O'Flaherty raced ahead of her rivals over the flat 3,380m course and broke her own course record by a second with a time of 10 minutes and 48 seconds, and handed a substantial lead to team-mate Joanne Mills.

Mari Troeng then continued the Mourne Club's dominance on the final leg and crossed the line for an easy victory in 35.24.

Dromore were a distant second in 36.22, followed by North Down in 38.09.

O'Flaherty said: "I have found that my lottery funding is a major benefit in avoiding injury. I plan to race again in the European Cross Country at the end of the year in Italy."

In the senior men's four-leg event, title holders North Belfast were unseated by a determined Derry Track Club.

The Londonderry club romped home in a time of 39.22, which took a minute off the previous record. North had to settle for second in a time of 40.09, while Letterkenny were third in 40.43.

Meanwhile, Olympic marathon runner Paul Pollock finished in a solid ninth place from a 15,000-strong field in yesterday's Cardiff Half Marathon.

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