Gladys Ganiel O'Neill Crowned AAI National Half Marathon Champion
14 August 2017
Northern Ireland's Gladys Ganiel O'Neill (North Belfast Harriers / Matt Shields) secured the AAI National Half Marathon title by winning this weekend’s Rock 'N' Roll Dublin Half Marathon (Sunday 13th August 2017).
The Commonwealth Games marathoner led the ladies field home in 1:17:06 (1st place). After the race, an understandably happy Gladys said, "I last won the National Half Marathon back in 2007 when it was held in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, so it felt special to 'repeat' a decade later - I guess it shows how long I have been hanging in there! I was satisfied with the time I ran on the hilly course because I have struggled to get my speed back at distances shorter than the marathon since having my son more than two years ago. I have been running shorter speed sessions over the summer and that is helping my times on the shorter distances to come back again."
Letterkenny AC Olympian Catriona Jennings claimed 2nd place and the associated silver medal in 1:18:57. The men's race was won by Kevin Dooney of Raheny Shamrock AC in 1:06:43 (1st place).
Kevin Seaward records 13.1mile PB with victory at Newark Half Marathon:
Kevin Seaward (St Malachy's AC / Andrew Hobdell) produced an excellent performance to win the Newark Half Marathon in England (Sunday 13th August 2017), in a new personal best of 1:04:50 (1st place).
Seamus Lynch and Diane Wilson win latest round of NIMRA Championship:
Respected mountain runners Seamus Lynch (Newcastle AC) and Diane Wilson (Dromore AC) claimed top honours at the latest round of the Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association Championship 2017, the Seven Sevens Mountain Race (Saturday 12th August 2017).
At 19 miles in distance, with over 8,700 feet of ascent, the race covered Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh first, followed by Slieve Berangh, Slieve Meelmore, Slieve Meelbeg, then descending to Ben Crom Dam, before the final ascents of Slieve Binnian and Slieve Lamagan. The start and finish was in Donard Park, Newcastle.
Seamus Lynch made a welcome return to the mountains and the former NIMRA Champion covered the gruelling route in 3:51:52 (1st place). His team mate, David Hicks (Newcastle AC), followed just thirty seconds later in 3:52:25 (2nd place). Paul Pruzina (Cambridge University AC) crossed the line in 3:58:13 for 3rd place.
Course record holder Diane Wilson took the ladies title with a dominant performance. Diane topped the podium after running 4:25:16 for 1st place. Adventurer Moire O’Sullivan (Unattached) secured 2nd place in 4:52:14, while Esther Dickson (Newry AC) followed in 4:57:53 (3rd place).