Belfast Telegraph

Shiels in surprise Waterside win

By Brian Hill

Foyle Valley's Keith Shiels was the surprise winner of the Waterside NI Half Marathon in Derry, snatching victory by two seconds in an event which once again had a huge field of 1,400 competitors.

Veteran Shiels has been enjoying a vintage season with personal bests in the Ards Half Marathon (69 mins 32 secs) and Lifford 10K (31 mins 21 secs).

Shiels took full advantage of the absence of pre-race favourite Stephen Scullion who had a niggly injury and four-times winner Stephen Duncan who is just getting back to fitness.

However when the 38-year-old forged into the lead early on he was shadowed for the entire race by last year's runner-up Declan Reid of City of Derry. The half way mark was reached in 35.46 after which the tempo increased.

The duel between the pair continued to the finish with Shiels just getting the verdict in 69 mins 45 secs. Reid had to settle for second again, in 69.47. Foyle Valley's Scott Rankin was third in 71.39 to add to his third place in last week's Laganside 10K.

City of Derry took the team title ahead of Foyle Valley.

Lifford's Anne-Marie McGlynn was an emphatic winner of the ladies race with a huge victory margin of over three and a half minutes.

Like Shiels, the versatile 33-year-old has been enjoying her best season ever with a series of track PBs from 800m to 5,000m.

The Northern Ireland 800m champion crossed the line in 79.48 with Julie Balmer of North Down second in 83.23 and Lisburn's Kelly Neely third in 84.22.

City of Derry took the team title ahead of Lisburn AC.

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