Feely hat-trick in Ballinamore

10K winner Liam Feely pictured with Adrian Gurn (3rd) and Ross Gannon (2nd).
North Leitrim athlete Liam Feely retained his Ballinamore Festival 10K title with a runaway win in pleasant conditions on Thursday last.

North Leitrim athlete Liam Feely retained his Ballinamore Festival 10K title with a runaway win in pleasant conditions on Thursday last.

Numbers were down on previous years due to a combination of factors which included the change from Wednesday to Thursday but the quality of running was high with three of the four course records broken on the night.

This was Liam Feely’s third victory in Ballinamore and he stamped his class of the field from an early stage coming home very much on his own in a new record time of 32.45.Second was Ross Gannon of Longford Triathlon Club in 36.54 with Adrian Gurn third in 38.44. The team race was won by Bog Warriers with 48 points from Carrick AC on 71.

The Ladies section was won by North Sligo’s Aisling Van Rensburg who broke her own course record with a time of 38.55. North Sligo also won the team award on 29 points with Carrick second on 93.

The 5K was won impressively by Conal Browne of St Malachy’s College, Belfast, whose mother Marguerite Keating had been a prominent Ballinamore AC runner in the 1980s. Conal’s time was 19.08 and second place was taken by Riordan O’Rourke in 19.31 with Kian Lindsey from Sale Harriers third in 21.48.

The Ladies section was won for the second successive year by Laura O’Dowd of Ballinamore AC whose time of 20.30 was also a course record. Second was Ellie O’Rourke of Ballinamore AC in 22.09 while Marie Fitzgibbon of Thurles Crokes was third in 22.49.

Ballinamore Athletic Club are grateful to all who supported the races and assisted in any way. Particular thanks to the Festival Committee, Garda Siochana, stewards and other organisation helpers, Cara Pharmacy, Supervalu and Scollan Meats who provide prizes, all the competitors and the media, especially the Leitrim Observer whose provision of publicity was invaluable.