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Joe McAllister finishes out on his own

By Brian Hill

Irish international Joe McAllister continued his winning ways with an emphatic win in the weekend's Larne Half Marathon, finishing in a useful time of 69 minutess 46 seconds.

The organisers were pleased with the 1,500-strong field in an event which was cancelled last year because of snow drifts.

Four-time winner McAllister showed from the gun that he had suffered no ill effects from his victory the previous week in the Downpatrick 10K.

He broke clear after the first mile and had opened a 52 seconds gap at halfway over North Belfast's Andrew Annette.

This margin increased to a winning lead of one minute 45 seconds at the tape in what was a solo run for 33-year-old McAllister.

Mountain specialist Annette, who was timed at 71.31, was almost three minutes ahead of North Down's Stephen Wylie.

Wylie's time of 74.21 just edged out team-mates Dennis Scott (74.24) and veteran Francis Marsh (74.26).

There was an impressive performance in the Ladies event by Raheny's Fiona Stack who smashed the course record by over four minutes to win in 79 mins 47 seconds.

The former Waterside Half Marathon champion dug deep to finish in a useful overall 20th place.

Heather Foley had remained within 20 seconds of Stack at halfway but the gap then opened substantially by the finish of the race.

Foley's time of 83.08 was over two minutes ahead of third finisher Julia Belyavin (85.28) of Bristol and West.

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