Scullion triumphs at recordbreaking Omagh Half Marathon.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

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THE 29th annual Omagh Half Marathon and 5K, hosted by Omagh Harriers, yet again broke records as huge numbers took part in what has become one of Northern Ireland's premier half marathon events.

Just under 3,500 runners descended upon the Omagh Leisure Centre from early Saturday morning, with the 13.1 mile race attracting some of the best runners from across Ireland. A wide spread of club singlets were on view at the start line, with many runners also participated to run for local charities.

The race winner was Stephen Scullion of Clonliffe Harriers in a time of 1:07:01, with Declan Reed (1:07:55) and Gregory Roberts (1:11:24) of City of Derry Spartans in second and third respectively.

A day later, Scullion was in Belfast for the TQ10k where again he was the clear winner in 30:29.

The Ladies race was another close race with Anne Marie McGlynn taking top spot and also breaking a course record in the process with a 1:14:28 result.

McGlynn's also Letterkenny AC team-mate, Nakita Burke, was the second woman running 1:21:17 in her debut over the distance.

Leading them all home was wheelchair athlete Paul Hanna in 1:03:47.

Age categories for both men and Women were hotly contested, with local runner and former race champion Stephen Duncan of Omagh Harriers taking the top spot in the M45 category, ninth overall.

Junior winner was Carmen Runners' Jack Moore, who crossed the line in 1:26:25.

In the 5K race, over 1,000 people took part, and there was more success for the Carrickmore club, with Martin Cox winning with 15:46, and Michael Kerr (17:21) coming in third.

Omagh Harriers youngster Matthew Neill came second with 16:34. Loreto Grammar's Sorcha Mullan took home the female title in 19:20 The male club team prize was won City of Derry Spartans AC.

The Ladies team winners were Letterkenny AC.

One of the largest groups to take part was the 'Ru n For Enda' team, who always bring plenty of colour and atmosphere to the event.

See pages 54 and 55 for more Half Marathon coverage.


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