Liam Feely, who won the inaugural event in 2010, had a successful return to the Ballinamore Festival Roadraces on Wednesday evening last.
The North Leitrim AC runner held off the strong challenge from Conor McCaughey of Enniskillen Road Club to win the even by four seconds in a new Course Record of 33.10. Third place went to last year’s winner Clive Clancy of Carrick AC 67 seconds further back. The winner of the Womens’ 10K was MichellevLannon of Boyle in 42.26.
Longford produced the winner of the 5K held in conjunction with Niall Nerney finishing in 19.27 well ahead of loca lrunner Dan Hillman with another local Gordon Hughes third. The Womens’ 5K was won impressively by Laura O Dowd in 21.58 with Aine Heslin second in 23.50 and Yvonne McAllister third in 24.22.
The event was run off in near perfect weather conditions and attracted close to a hundred and forty runners from a number of counties as well as a number of younger runners who took part in the Under Age Festival Races in St Felim’s before the start of the big race.
Ballinamore Athletic Club are grateful to Waterways Ireland who supported the event as well as all who donated prizes, the Festival Committee, the Gardai, stewards and officials and all who helped to make the event a success.
Results: 5K: Men: 1 Niall Nerney Longford 19.27, 2 Dan Hillman Mindmedic Hypnotherapy 19.45, 3 Gordon Hughes Ballinamore 21.40; Under 16 Boys: 1. Ciaran Kenny Ballinamore AC 22.05, 2. Fionn O’Brien Ballinamore AC 22.17, 3. Cian Mullins Tuam AC 22.57;
Women: 1 Laura O’Dowd Ballinamore AC 21.28, 2 Aine Heslin Aughavas 23.50, 3 Yvonne McAllister Ballinamore 24.22
10K: Men: 1 Liam Feely North Leitrim AC 33.10, 2 Conor McCaughey Enniskillen RC 33.14, 3 Clive Glancy Carrick AC 34.21, 4 Joseph Prunty USA 37.19, 5 James Keenan Cuilcagh Tri Club 37.55, 6 Donnchada Holmes Lough Key Tri Club 38.40, V1: 1 Brendan Brett South Sligo AC, 2 Gerry Lee South Sligo AC, 3 Gerry Newton Garda AC, V2: 1. Bobby Mitchell Bray, 2. Paul McDermott North Leitrim, 3. John Muldowney Mohill; V3: 1 Paddy Croal North Leitrim, Teams: Men: 1. South Sligo 55, 2 Longford 67, 3 Carrick AC 89
Women: 1. Michelle Lannon Longford AC 42.26, 2. Veronica McNamara Mohill AC 45.15, 3. Susanne O’Beirne Mohill AC 46.46; V1: 1 Ann Marie Cox Dromod, 2 Kathleen Mitchell Bray, 3 Caroline O’Rourke Fenagh; V2: 1 Marie Dolan Longford; Team: 1. Mohill & District.