Junior athlete, Chris Mintern was the first Leevale finisher at last night’s Churchtown South 5 Miler, the third race in this year’s Ballycotton Summer Series. He ran with the lead group of Seán McGrath, Michael Harty and Noel Berkeley for most of the race before dropping off in the last couple of miles. He held on well nonetheless to finish 5th in 27 minutes flat. Cillian Ó Tuama in 9th and John O’Connell 11th made it a Leevale team 2nd behind St. Finbarr’s. Overall there were 8 Leevale athletes in the top 20.
In the ladies’ race, Helen Leonard finished 4th overall in 31:31 and 2nd in the F40 category, while Ann Moore was 6th overall and 1st in the F45.
John Collins had a good run, his 29:54 taking victory in the M55, while for once John O’Leary was beaten into 2nd place in the M70 age group.