Irish international Anne Marie McGlynn and Glaslough’s Conor Duffy showed the opposition a clean pair of heels with clear victories in yesterday’s wind swept Titanic 10k Road Race which attracted 1,200 competitors, many of whom were in training for next month’s Belfast Marathon.
Strabane based McGlynn (35) produced a superbly controlled display of running to successfully defend her title. As a bonus she set a new personal best time of 34 mins 40 secs . This was a huge 38 seconds faster than her winning time a year ago and secured her an impressive 12th overall position.
Her run inspired Letterkenny team-mate Natasha Adams to take a second successive second place with another fast time of 35.08. The quality times continued with Finn Valley’s Teresa Doherty third in 36.05. The top six was completed by North Belfast’s Louise Smith ( 36.56 ), Rebecca Murtagh of Dromore (37.23) and Maeve Lavery (unattached) in 38.11.
McGlynn commented: “I am happy with that. I planned to run hard from the start and my PB time showed it paid off. I am running really well and will be doing a mix of road and track races in the coming weeks .”
By contrast, the Men’s race was a hotly contested battle which was only resolved in the final kilometre. Foyle Valley’s Scott Rankin, who was third a year ago, forced the pace from an early stage with only Irish cross country international Conor Duffy staying in contention.
Rankin made a determined effort to break clear at 8K but Duffy simply bided his time 20 metres back before making a decisive break for home with one kilometre remaining. He was rewarded with victory in a PB of 31.36, eight seconds ahead of Rankin. Omagh’s Paul Barbour took third in 32.08 followed by Lisburn’s Chris Madden (32.39), Brian Campbell of Willowfield (32.41) and team-mate Paul Rowan (33.28).
Duffy said: “I was fourth here a year ago and knew I would have my work cut out to beat Scott. However I have been working on my finish and I just felt stronger as the race went on. My track training clearly paid off and I will now be concentrating on the 5,000 metres event this summer”.
Windy conditions did not prevent some impressive performances by Northern athletes in the Irish University Championships at the Mary Peters Track.
In a classy hammer event, QUB’s Robert Moffitt retained his title with a massive record throw of 60.85 metres which was a PB by over three metres. Silver went to Trinity’s James McCabe who also broke the previous record with 59.61 metres.
UU’s long jumper Adam McMullan who recently represented Ireland in the European Indoors set a new record when winning his event with 7.55 metres.
In the race of the day, UU’s Adam McComb just managed to edge out Commonwealth Games athlete Jason Harvey when he took gold in a time of 49.01 seconds. Team-mate Harvey was .02 seconds slower while QUB’S Ben Maze took bronze in 49.16.
Irish international Marcus Lawler showed his class with an easy win in the 100 metres in a time of 10.70 seconds ahead of QUB’s Jonathan Browning (10.80 secs) . Victory in the Ladies sprint went to DCU’s Stephanie Creanor in 11.91. University of Limerick’s Thomas Barr ran a superb 400 metres hurdles for victory in 50.44 seconds.