DONEGAL CERTAINLY ACQUITTED itself well at the Podium 4 Sport Seeley 10K Road Race in Ormeau, Belfast.
That’s because they provided the winners to both races on Saturday in the driving wind and rain.
Stranoarlar native Gary Murray was the winner of the men’s race in 31 minutes and six seconds. The Clonliffe Harriers runner won by 16 seconds having led the race since the 2,000-metre mark.
“I felt good today but it was tough running into the wind,” he told athleticsni.org. “I wasn’t pleased with my run in the Irish trials and will now probably run the Greenmount international in the New Year.”
Meanwhile, Anne Marie McGlynn (pictured below) went someway to making up for the disappointment the Irish Cross-Country Championships a week beforehand with a PB in the women’s event.
The Letterkenny AC member – originally from Mucklagh, near Tullamore in Co Offaly – missed out on qualification to the European Cross-Country in France next month having lost a shoe in Santry.
However, on Saturday she was first home in a time of 34 minutes and 19 seconds.
That was the second fastest time ever over the course – bettered only by Teresa Duffy’s winning time of 33.43 in 1989
McGlynn pipped Kerry O’Flaherty from Newcastle, Co Down, who was left to curse her luck when her way was innocuously impeded by a spectator with only 500 metres to go.
“I reckoned I had a point to prove after the frustration of a week ago,” McGlynn said afterwards.
“I felt really good in the last two miles and covered the two breaks which Kerry made. I have got stronger over the last four months and have never been so fit. I think I can get under 34 minutes for 10k. ”