There were plenty of interesting races and throws at the annual Leevale open sports at Cork IT track on Sunday, although the cool windy weather did it’s best to make life difficult.
Seventeen runners finished the senior men’s 3,000m, with Leevale’s Mark Hanrahan setting a strong pace from the gun. Only James Murphy of UCC went with him, the others seemed of the opinion the leaders would come back to them. They didn’t! So they had to work hard ot catch up to forma group of four – Hanrahan, Murphy, Brian McMahon of Carraig na bhFear and Robbie Neill of North Cork. None of them managed to pass the Leevale leader, and soon dropped off the pace, leaving Hanrahan and Murphy by themselves. With 300m to go Mark upped the pace again and went on to win in 8:44.9, a good time considering the weather.
Ailis McSweeney had a good win in the senior 100m from Orla Coughlan, while Deirdre Murphy and Kathleen Fitzgerald had good wins in the discus and shot respectively. Donna hosford was well clear in winning the long jump. In the men’s 100m Sean Manning gave Darren O’Donovan a good run for his money, and Joseph Nagle had a good win in the shot.
Donna Hosford added to her tally with a win in the junior 100m, while Orla coughlan won the under 17 100m, and Emma Kearney moved up in distance for a good second in the under 16 800m, an age group that also saw Lorna Buckley win the 100m.
In the under 13’s Aoife Joyce won the 80m and was second in the long jump, while Maura Fitzgerald had a good win in the under 15 shot.
Ciaran O’Lionaird won the under 16 800m after leading from gun to wire, while Brian Manning did likewise to win the under 14 800m. Carl McNamara won the under 17 100m, was second in the 100m hurdles and second in the senior long jump.
Elsewhere, Freda Davoren clocked 4:20 in winning the senior 1,500m after leading from gun to tape, and Liam O’Brien of Togher had a good win in the senior 400m. (Photos)
Meanwhile, Cathal Lombard continued his preparations for his first marathon by clocking 63:09 for the first half of the London marathon. En route he passed the 5 miles mark in 23:45, 10k in 29:45, and 10 miles in 48:15.
Leevale Open Sports 2003.
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