Armagh International Road Race 2016
19 February 2016
Ireland's Sarah Treacy won a tightly contested battle in the 26th Armagh Brooks International 3K race last night. In possibly the highest quality race in the history of the meeting only 6 secs covered the first 8 finishers.
Treacy who competed for Ireland in last year's World Championship steeplechase was always in the leading group and only broke free in the closing 200 metres. The Irish 1,500 metres champion crossed the line in 9 mins 18 secs just one second ahead of Scotland's Sarah Inglis. 24 year old Inglis had shown good form last month when she finished 12th in the Greenmount Cross Country.
Team mate Laura Whittle who won in Armagh two years ago had to settle for 3rd in the same time as Inglis. Steeplechaser Eilish McColgan who has fought her way back from injury was an impressive 5th in 9 mins 22 secs.
The NI team performed well with the Seeley Cup winner Ann-Marie McGlynn just two secs behind M'Colgan in 6th place in 9.24. Less than half a second later was Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty in 8th place. Kerry who ran over 1,500 metres the previous evening in Athlone is in heavy training for the Rio Olympics steeplechase.
The Men's 5k event was an equally classy affair with no less than 67 athletes breaking 15 mins. First over the line from a huge sprint finish was Sale's Charlie Hulson in 14 mins 2.88 secs. There was virtually nothing between him and Yannick Michiels of Belgium who was timed at 14 mins 2.99 secs. Highgate's Andy Maud took 3rd in 14 mins 3.17 secs.
Scott Rankin was the top NI finisher in 40th with a time of 14 mins 36 secs.
Northern Ireland team results:
Scott Rankin - 14:35.97
Chris Madden - 14:48.43
Neil Johnston - 14:51.79
Gareth Hill - 15:06.57
Anne-Marie McGlynn - 9:23.64
Kerry O'Flaherty - 9:24.59
Fionnuala Ross - 9:29.76
Rachel Gibson - 10:18.34