ANNE-MARIE McGlynn produced a dominant display at the 29th Spar Omagh Half Marathon last Saturday to break the ladies course record and seal a 10th placed finish overall.
The Strabane woman, who was representing Letterkenny AC, finished the undulating course in one hour 14:28 minutes to break Theresa Duffy’s previous mark by just shy of 30 seconds, while also recording a personal best by two minutes and 50 seconds.
Her pace throughout was incredible as she left the rest of the women in the field in her wake, with her nearest rival, Nakita Burke was almost seven minutes behind in 1:21.17 in 33rd position, with Gerrie Short the third woman home in 1:24.56.
Ahead of the race, Anne-Marie had targeted a sub-75 minutes time but given the nature of the course, she feels she couldn’t have gone much faster in Omagh: “I was hoping to go for the [course] record, but I knew the course wasn’t going to be fast,” she explained.
“I knew if I was on it I could get under the 74.5 mark, so it was a good day.
“On a fast course like Reading I’d be looking for a sub 74 time, but on that course you’d never get near a 73 high, it’s so hard and hilly, the hills are constant, they just didn’t stop.
“The conditions were perfect, though, they couldn’t have been better and every day you do a PB you’re happy!”
Most of us would be taking a well-deserved break after a run like that, but not Anne-Marie, who was intending to ‘run easy’ during the week before travelling to England where she is representing Thames Valley in the English Road Relay Championships.
“My body feels OK after Saturday, so I know I have more in me. I’m not as tired as I’d have liked to be,” she concluded.
Meanwhile, also at the Omagh Half Marathon, Clonliffe Harriers’ Stephen Scullion took the overall victory in a time of 1:07.01, beating second placed Declan Reed by almost a minute, while Gregory Roberst was almost four minutes further behind.
Paul Hanna, meanwhile, claimed a dominant victory in the wheelchair race, finishing in a time of 1:03.47, with Karol Doherty some way behind in second place in a time of 1:19.14.
The half marathon walk was won by Nathan Dixon in 1:56.00, with Eimear Fox second in 1:57.35 and Jack Law third in 2:07.14.
Alongside the half marathon, the 5K took place with Cox and Mullen reigning supreme.
Carmen Runner, Cox, took a commanding win overall, finishing in an impressive time of 15:48 minues, ahead of team-mate, Michael Kerr, who was third in 17:22, while Mattie Neill came home in second in 16:35.
Loreto Grammar School starlet, Mullan claimed victory in the ladies race, finishing in 19:21, ahead of Paula Donnelly and Natasha Kelly, who were second and third respectively in 19:48 and 19:58 minutes.
Posted: 8:56 am April 14, 2018