Williamson and Mitchell take Seeley Cup Titles
26 November 2016
Meanwhile there were major upsets in the weekend's 900 strong Podium 4 Sport Joe Seeley 10k road race at Ormeau Park. Honours went to Derry's John Paul Williamson in the Men's event while an in- form Emma Mitchell of QUB took the Women's title.
Emma took advantage of the perfect conditions and stormed off from the gun leaving Irish Marathon champion Laura Graham struggling in her wake. Her 80 metres lead at halfway merely lengthened as the race progressed. The trainee teacher crossed the line in an impressive time of 33 mins 57 secs which is the 2nd fastest ever time behind Teresa Duffy's 33.43.
A jubilant Mitchell said; "I am delighted to break 34 minutes. I just worked hard with the men from the start. I have had 10 solid weeks training and will now be aiming for some indoor track races. I am looking forward to next year especially since my last track season was ruined by an Achilles problem".
Mourne's Graham also finished in a respectable time of 34.30. Some way back in 3rd was Lisburn's Judith Lonnen (36.40) followed by Catherine O'Conner of East Down (36.53).
In the Men's race last year's 3rd placer Scott Rankin of Foyle Valley seemed destined for victory when he opened an 80 metres lead by the half way stage. However, Derry City's John Paul Williamson had other ideas and rapidly closed the gap.
The 24 year old used his track speed to good effect and finally caught Rankin to secure a 5 secs winning margin in a time of 31 mins 5 secs. Williamson's team mate Conan McCaughey was 3rd in 31.12. Next came Neil Johnston of Springwell (31.24) and William McKee of Mourne Runners (32.07)