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Andrew Annett and Ann-Marie McGlynn crowned NI & Ulster Champions at Waterside Half Marathon

03 September 2018

Andrew Annett and Ann-Marie McGlynn crowned NI & Ulster Champions at Waterside Half Marathon

Andrew Annett (North Belfast Harriers) and Ann-Marie McGlynn (Letterkenny AC) were crowned Northern Ireland & Ulster Champions at the Waterside Half Marathon in Derry / Londonderry this weekend (Sunday 2nd September 2018).

Kenyan star Freddy Sittuk (Raheny Shamrock AC) was the overall winner of what was a closely contested men's event, which for the best part, was led by a group of three including Freddy, the aforementioned Andrew Annett and current NI & Ulster 10k and 10,000m Champion Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC).

However, in the end, it was Freddy who broke the tape first, clocking 1:10:05 (1st place) to complete a hat-trick of wins at the event. Andrew crossed the line a mere one second later in 1:10:06 (2nd place); this was enough to secure the NI & Ulster gold for the North Belfast Harriers man.

Scott added to his growing cabinet of local medals when he recorded 1:10:13 for 3rd place.  City of Derry AC's Kyle Doherty claimed 4th place and NI & Ulster bronze with 1:10:26.

Ann-Marie McGlynn was a class act in the ladies race. The Northern Ireland and Ireland international raced clear for a gun to tape victory in 1:17:02 (1st place); Ann-Marie picked up the NI & Ulster gold medal.

Springwell RC's Ciara Toner continued her recent good form with a 1:22:09 finish for 2nd place, while Gemma McDonald (Ballycastle Runners) completed the podium in 1:29:20 (3rd place).

Full results for the event are available HERE.

Elsewhere this weekend:

Laganside 10k Road Race 2018:

Ben Branagh (St Malachy's AC) and Gladys Ganiel O'Neill (North Belfast Harriers) took top honours as over one thousand athletes took on the annual Laganside 10k road race in Belfast (Sunday 2nd September 2018).

Following on from his win at Storming the Castle 10k last weekend, Ben Branagh set his stall out from the off and always looked as if he would take victory.  By half way, the St Malachy's AC man had 50 metres on the chasing pair of Conan McCaughey (North Belfast Harriers) and Tony McCambridge (St Malachy's AC).

As the race progressed, Ben held his lead and ran out deserved winner, crossing the line in 32:07 (1st place).  Behind, emerging athlete Vincent McKenna (QUB AC / Acorns AC) came through in impressive fashion to claim the runners up spot in a massive personal best of 32:21 (2nd place).  Conan McCaughey took 3rd place in 32:27.

It was a similar story in the ladies race, with Gladys Ganiel O'Neill (North Belfast Harriers) dominating throughout.  The Northern Ireland and Ireland international, who was in action at the European Athletics Championships last month, bettered her runners up finish at the event in 2017 when she broke the tape in 37:00 for 1st place.

Laura Bickerstaff (Dromore AC) returned to competitive action with a 38:53 finish for 2nd place, before young Beechmount Harriers athlete Sarah Lavery completed the top three in 39:20 (3rd place).

Full results for the event are available HERE.

Stephen Scullion wins SSE Airtricity 10 mile Road Race 2018:

Northern Ireland's Stephen Scullion (Clonliffe Harriers / Stephen Haas) secured top honours at the SSE Airtricity Frank Duffy 10 Mile Road Race in Dublin (Sunday 2nd September 2018).

The event, which is part of the Dublin Marathon Series, attracted nearly 3,000 competitors.

Stephen led the field home in an excellent 49:19 for 1st place.  Great Britain & NI athlete Josh Griffiths claimed the runners up spot in 49:41 (2nd place), before Paddy Hamilton of Slieve Gullion Runners completed the podium in 52:22 (3rd place).

Full results for the event are available HERE.

Ciara Mageean impresses over the Mile:

Ciara Mageean (UCD AC / Team New Balance UK / Steve Vernon) impressed over the classic Mile distance in Berlin today (Sunday 2nd September 2018).

Competing at the ISTAF Meeting, Ciara clocked an excellent 4:26.75 for 7th place in a star-studded field, her second quickest time over the distance.

Full results for the event are available HERE.