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Another win for Duncan in sunny Killyclogher

Thursday, 11 May 2017

RUNNERS and walkers arrived in huge numbers to Ballinamullan on Saturday morning at 11am to take part in the annual 10K road race and 5K fun run and walk.
This year was another incredible turnout for the event with 506 participants taking part. Once again, with the support of the Enda Dolan Foundation, the crowds didn't disappoint. The sun was out, making this a difficult challenge for all participants, an at 11am the starting gun rang out and the keen runners faced up to the challenge of the course.
First home for the third year running was a local runner, Stephen Duncan (Omagh Harriers) who defended his 2015/16 titles, in a time of 32.57. He was followed closely by Barney McCullagh (Glendale Harriers) 33.29. Vincent McAllister from the Omagh Harriers crossed the line in third place, 10 seconds later in a time of 33.39.
First female across the line was a Sperrin Harriers runner, Pauline McGurran, in a time of 39.07, followed by Donna Evans, from Clones AC, in a time of 41.05. Angela O'Neill, from Sperrin Athletics finished third in a competitive time of 41.51.
The winner of the 5K event was Chris McGuigan, Omagh Harriers, in a time of 17.38. Each year the young athletes compete in the U16 age group for the honour of lifting the Enda Dolan Trophy, which was presented by the Dolan family in memory of their son Enda, who performed and was a previous winner of this race category in this local event. This year the trophy was presented to a local runner, Sean McGowan, who crossed the line in a time of 19.45. First female across the line was Tracey Scullion, Knockmany Runners, in a time of 23.22.
An event spokesperson said: "The success of this event does not come without the support of a number of groups and individuals within our local community. The Killyclogher GAC club would like to thank our sponsors in addition to local business, who provided their services to ensure the ongoing success of this event.
"In addition, the club wish to thank all those members who manned the water stations, marshalled the event, registered the runners, set up the course and managed the clear-up. With the hot conditions the runners all needed to replace their energies and this was ensured by our club members in hospitality who ensured that all the runners got teas, coffees, drinks and food after the race.
"As health is our priority, the club wish to extend thanks to those who managed the Health check facility that was available for all patrons at this event."

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