Results of Cork BHAA Road Race

Cork BHAA held a benefit race tonight for Tim Morrissey the Eagle secretary and runner who was so badly injured in a road accident last year.  The race was held over the off road paths around Mahon, with race headquarters in the magnificent Cork Heritage Centre at Bessboro.  With narrow paths the order of the day it was imperative for anyone wishing to be involved in the finish to get a good early break.  By the one mile mark of this 5k race a four man group had formed at the head of the field, with Paul Carroll, just back after completing his first year at Villanova University, running on the shoulder of Cillian O’Tuama, with Timmy Murphy and Sean O’Flaherty in close attendance.  The race brought the runners along the path of the old Cork- Passage railway line, and it was here that O’Flaherty made his break, quickly getting away from the others.  He won in a time of 16:10, justifying his trip from Skibbereen.  Second place went to O’Tuama (16:13), with Carroll third (16:37).  They were followed by Murphy (16:38), Jason Nicholl (16:39), Paul O’Mahony (16:43), Brian McMahon (16:56), Alan Foolkes (17:10), Richard Sewell (17:13), and Billy O’Rourke (17:22).  Joan Hough was a clear winner of the womens race (19:01) from Mary Murphy (19:42), Ann Murphy (21:15), and Monica Twohig (21:38).  Vet wins were recorded by Daniel Byrne (o40), Seamus Casey (o45), Pat Dempsey (o50), Eddie Mullane (o55), John O’Mahony (o60), Marie Creedon (o35), Carmel Parnell (o40), and Frankie Devlin (o50).