McCarthy Returns in Victory


The first race in the Nike Ballycotton summer series of road races was held in Ballyandreen tonight, once again attracting some 200 competitors.  As always William Harty from KCK set a strong pace from the gun, going right clear before the mile mark.  He was, however, caught by Leevale’s Martin McCarthy, making a return to the racing scene after a good break.  The two raced hard over the closing stages, with McCarthy’s experience holding out to give him victory in a time of 24:43, five seconds clear of Harty who is still a junior.  Their times are some of the fastest recorded in recent years over the tough hilly course.  Eric Meade of East Cork was third in 26:12, followed by Peter Duggan of St. Joseph’s (26:30), and Matt Magner of Leevale (26:50).  Mary Sheehan of Grange Fermoy was the women’s winner in 29:20. (Results).