Duncan the king of Carmen again

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Duncan the king of Carmen again thumbnailCarmen 10K winner, Stephen Duncan, Omagh Harriers (centre), with runner-up, Keith Sheils, Foyle Valley (left), and third placed Gavin Corey, Sperrin Harriers (right).

THE glorious sunshine around the country roads of Carrickmore added a spring to everyone's step as nearly 300 runners toed the start line of the well renowned Carmen 10k and the associated 5k fun run on Saturday.

Now in its eighth year, the event has grown from strength to strength attracting runners from near and far. 

Course record holder Stephen Duncan (Omagh Harriers) claimed another superb victory in 31:42, with Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley) taking second place in 32:55 and Gavin Corey rounding of the top three with an excellent result of 33:06. There was close competition for podium places in the ladies category with seconds between the top five ladies, but it was Sandra McKeown (Acorns AC) who took top honours with a time of 43:01. Sperrin Harriers' Sinead Currie had a powerful finish in 43:07 and completing the podium was consistently impressive Carmen Runner Lisa Coyle in 43:10

The green of Carmen Runners was prominent amongst the field of runners with 32 members all completing the 10k course. Michael Kerr produced a strong performance leading the club home in a fantastic time of 36:54 and also seizing the male 35-44 category prize. Darren Beattie looked in good shape throughout to achieve his first sub-40 time with a personal best of 39:57. John Gillespie finished strong in 40:36.

Brilliant performances also came from Lisa Coyle 43.13, Ciara Coyle 43.15, Noel Mc Elhone 43:59PB and Louise Hall who claimed the 35-44 age category prize in 46:27. Carmen's newest 'signings', Siobhan Hughes and Damian Maguire, put in performances to be proud of, with Siobhan recording a time of 44:34PB and Damian 47:07PB.

There were excellent finishes from Neil Donnelly 47:15, Catriona Gillen 47:30, Benny Ward 48:37, Martin McGirr 49:13 and Eamon Hughes 50:33.

Declan McDermott 51:12, Claire Dobbs 52:32, Noelle Dickson 52:54, Margaret Kerr 53:59 Emma Mc Philips 53:29, Caitlin Mc Crory 53:37 and Ciara Mc Elhone 54:58 all looked in great racing form and achieved brilliant results.

Carmen Runners continued with their success with Fiona Mc Kenna 55:21, Bronagh Hurson 57:52, Paddy Davy 58:02, Michelle Meenan 1:01:26, Rebecca Wilson 1:03:24 and Nicola Kelly 1:03:27. Their members continued to work hard to produce fantastic finishes; Collette Keenan 1:04:00PB, Elaine Munroe 1:08:33, Terena Conlon 1:09:15 and Helen Anderson 1:09:48.

The associated 5k fun run attracted a high quality field of athletes with a notable contingent from Carmen Runners. An impressive run from a talented Jack Moore secured him victory in the 5k event and Mark Fullen continued his excellent run of performances to take third place in the men's category.

In the girls' junior category, Carmen Runners collected the top two prizes with powerful running shown by Aine Grimes (1st) and Sorcha Gormley (2nd).

Carmen Runners junior athletes; Matthew Grimes, Oliver Grimes, Sarah Broderick, Aideen Casey, Peter-Paul Kerr, Maire Kerr, Vincent Gormley, Mia McCann, Alannagh McCann, Katie-Rose McPhillips, Caolan Gillespie and Eoin McCluskey all completed the 5k course with great strength and perseverance.

The club would like to say a special thanks to the running clubs who participated and supported the Carmen 10k; Omagh Harriers, Foyle Valley AC, Armagh AC, Acorns AC, Keep-er-Lit, Sperrin Harriers, Magherafelt Harriers, Termoneey, Moneyglass and District, Greencastle AC, Pomeroy Runners, 1Zero1 athletes, Lagan Valley, Galbally Runners and Olympian Tri Club. Their continuous support to the Carmen 10k is always greatly appreciated.

Carmen Runners would like to thank everyone who was involved in organising the race and making it such a success; to Connor and Oliver McCullagh for providing the chip timing and finishing clock and many thanks to the stewards who gave up their time to marshal the roads to ensure the safety of all runners and supporters.

Again the post-race refreshments were a very welcomed treat and sincere thanks to everyone who kindly donated food and helped with the serving .The success of the event would not be possible without the hard work and enthusiasm of the local Irish medium pre-school committee "Náiscoil Cholm Cille".

Carmen Runners would like to give a special thanks to their members, Sinead Kerr and Michael Kerr, who continuously support the club and have also dedicated so much time and effort in organising the Carmen 10k. They both are so committed to making sure the event is an enjoyable and successful day for everyone.


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