Omagh Harriers’ Duncan wins the Beragh 5
Thursday, 20 April 2017
STEPHEN Duncan retained his Beragh 5 title on Saturday as the Omagh Harriers athlete claimed first place with a fantastic time of 26:29, shaving 11 seconds off his time from last year.
Hot on the heels of winning the Omagh Half Marathon, the Harriers man had almost a minute to spare over his nearest rival in Vincent McAlister. Rasto Naidek (Knockmany Runners) was third over the line in the in a time of 28:44.
Sperrin Harriers athlete Pauline McGurren dominated the female section, finishing in 31:29, almost two minutes ahead of second place female Toni Moore. Paula Donnelly was third.
Matthew Neil took the honours in the 5K race, finishing in 17:07. Ethan Dunn of Ballydrain Harriers was second (17:17), with Cathaoir Donnelly in third (18:08).
First female in the 5K was Enya Haigney of Derry Track Club, second was Morgan Owens (19:52) and Eimear McCarroll (Eskra) was third.
As always, participants of all ages and abilities were presented with the chance to take on one of two routes through the scenic hills around the village. There were over 500 runners and walkers on the day.
Race co-ordinator, Adrian Donnelly, said: "The Beragh 5 Organising Committee wish to thank and congratulate all athletes who ran, participated at the Beragh 5 Mile and 5K Road Race 2017.
“We also wish to congratulate and acknowledge the commitment and achievement made by all the 'Couch to 5K' runners who successfully followed the nine week programme under the coaching direction of Conor and Toni Moore, achieving their own personal bests and goals, well done!
“We wish to thank everybody who helped in any way to make the day the success it was, to all the sponsors who gave so generously.
“To the local Beragh Red Knights Club members and community who very generously provided all the food and to Niall and all the ladies who worked tirelessly to provide the post race refreshments to the deserving athletes.
We also wish to thank most sincerely all club members who helped with registration, marshalling the route, to the PSNI, to Omagh Harriers for the use of their signs, to Connor and Oliver McCullagh for their professional management of the timing system. To PD Coaches providing us with a shuttle service to the pavilion and Joe for adding to the atmosphere of the day to make the event yet another success in 2017."
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