O’Tuama on Comeback Trail


Donoughmore athletic club were well pleased with the turnout for their annual seven mile road race on Friday night, their biggest entry for years.  There was no hanging about for George Murray from North Cork who took the lead from the start.  Still not fully recovered from his third place finish in the national marathon, his first marathon, he admitted that it took him some time to decide whether to run or not.  Run he did though, and he was never really challenged as he went on to win in a time of 37:10.  A group of three battled for the minor placings, with Cillian O’Tuama of Leevale, returning from injury, proving best with a time of 37:58, with Donoughmore man Dermot Callaghan taking third in 38:46.  Derek O’Leary of Cork BHAA was fourth in 39:11, followed by Damien Collins, Leevale (39:41), Brendan O’Reilly, Belgooly (39:46), Phil Weathers, Millstreet (40:12), and Paddy Murray, Mayo (40:14).  Valerie Vaughan of Blarney Inniscarra won the womens section in 1991, and made her return there another winning one with a time of 40:02, with Carmel Crowley of Bandon second in 41:10, and Josephine Killeen from Kilmurray Ibrickane third in 43:00.