ATHLETICS: Top runs for Spartans Masters

City of Derry Spartans' Dermot McElhinney.
City of Derry Spartans' Dermot McElhinney.

Several local runners were in competitive weekend action with Masters Dermot McElhinney and Peter Lilburn expecting to be confirmed as M45 and M60 medallists from Sunday’s National 10K road championships in Dublin.

In windy conditions the Spartans duo clocked respective times of 34 minutes and 11 seconds and 39 minutes and 43 seconds for what looks like M45 gold and M60 bronze - the results are provisional but Athletics Ireland are expected to forward the medals shortly.

Inishowen AC’s Pauric McKinney ran 33m 08s for an easy M50 gold medal to add to his already impressive tally.

Catherine Whoriskey took seventh place in the female championship race with a gutsy 37 minutes and 10 seconds as Olympian Finnoula McCormack posted a 33 minutes and 30 seconds winning time.

English athlete Andy Maud just eased out Waterside Half Marathon winner Mick Clohisey for the male victory, 29 minutes and 55 seconds to the Dubliner’s 30 minutes dead. Gary Slevin was 22nd in the championship with 33 minutes and 18 seconds.

Meanwhile at the Belfast Titanic 10K potential Olympic marathoner Thomas Frazer of St Malachy’s pipped Gary Murray for the win.

Frazer posted 30 minutes and 48 seconds to the St Joseph’s teacher’s 30 minutes and 53 seconds as Anne Marie McGlynn also claimed a runners-up spot, her excellent 34 minutes and 31 seconds leaving her 14 seconds off winner Kerry O’Flatherty of Newcastle AC.

Chris McGuinness in ninth on 32 minutes and 19 seconds led the Derry challenge with John Lenehan back for the weekend from London, 18th on 34 minutes and 18 seconds. Finn Valley’s Barry Harron was the leading M35, sixth on 32 minutes and 04 seconds.

Finally in Saturday’s British Fell Running championship race in Newcastle County Down, Allan Bogle was the leading NI finisher, ninth overall and just clear of his compatriots Ian Whiteside and William McKee.

The testing 14K had some 1,200 metres of climbing and included two of Ireland’s highest peaks Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh.