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Strabane female athletes dominate in Derry

Ann Marie McGlynn USE
STRABANE’S female athletes dominated in Derry at the weekend, clinching first and third places in the annual Waterside Half Marathon.

Defending her 2013 title, Ann-Marie McGlynn was in scintillating form and again took the gold while Lifford Athletic Club’s Claire McGuigan came home in third.

Winning the women’s race in a time of 1hr 17mins and 21secs, McGlynn shaved two minutes off her previous half marathon best.

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She now heads to France for a three weeks of warm weather training with the Irish athletics squad.
Ann-Marie said she was delighted to retain the Waterside Half Marathon crown but said the victory had come as a bit of a surprise.

“I didn’t prepare for it because I had just come off track season and had taken a complete break.

“So it wasn’t 100 per cent racing for me, I just toed the line and said if I defended my title, well and good.”

Defend it she did and by a considerable margin. McGlynn was three minutes ahead of second placed Fiona Stack and eight minutes ahead of her Strabane counterpart Claire McGuigan.

“I just sat in the wind and let myself get pulled along”, the athlete said.

“I wasn’t under pressure from the other girls and I wasn’t concerned about my time so I just let the race develop.

“It all came together and I got the win.

“I seemed to have recovered from it fairly quickly too which is good.”

McGlynn recently traded Lifford AC for Letterkenny AC, a move that has taken her close to her coaching base. She described it as ‘a move that she had to do for herself’ but said that little had changed apart from the colour of the vest.

Since returning to athletics two years ago, Ann-Marie McGlynn has rarely been out of the leading pack at any of her chosen distances.

In June she travelled to Estonia with the Irish team where she secured a hugely impressive fourth place at 3,000m.

“Compared to where I was last year, I’m definitely in a better place time and strength wise.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without my sponsors Amphibian King and Puma as well as the few local businesses who are helping me out. Their support means so much and it allows me to do a lot more.

“Everything seems to be going in the right direction and it’s just about staying injury free for the winter season,” Ann-Marie added.

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