Mitchell puts her injury woes in the shade to shine at Laganside race
Northern Ireland 5,000 and 10,000 metres record holder Emma Mitchell dominated yesterday's Laganside 10k, where 1,200 participants took the start line in Ormeau Park.
The 25-year-old Queen's graduate was returning to racing from her last outing over 10k in London last July.
She wasted little time in racing ahead of her female opposition and, indeed, was close to the leading male competitors for the entire race.
At the finish, Emma was timed at 33mins 57secs, which was one of the fastest ever times in this event.
She was followed by Commonwealth Games marathon runner Gladys Ganiel of North Belfast (36.03) and City of Derry's Catherine Whoriskey (36.25).
The newly signed Clonliffe athlete said: "I was happy with that, which was a good strong run. I did, however, get caught up with lapped runners later on.
"I have had a series of niggling injuries this year.
"I have been training hard and will soon start another strenuous block of training."
A delighted John Black of North Belfast took the honours in the Men's event with a time of 31mins 36secs.
He finished just a few yards ahead of Eoin Hughes, son of 1992 Olympic marathon runner Tommy Hughes.
Next came Exskander Turke of Annadale, with Tony McCambridge taking fourth in 32.39.
John said: "That was really good for me. I took 14 seconds off my personal best time despite the tight turns.
"There was a good bunch of runners at the front and I only managed to get away in the last 100 metres."
Meanwhile, Kenya's Gideon Kimosop was an emphatic winner of the Waterside Half Marathon, romping home in 66mins, 47secs .
In the Ladies race, Letterkenny's Anne Marie McGlynn smashed the course record for a second consecutive year, successfully defending her title in 76mins 58secs, which took another four seconds off her record.