Inishowen’s Dan Doherty has won the Anglo Celtic Plate 100km held in Perth, Scotland. Doherty’s time of 7 hrs 5 mins 32 secs knocked almost two minutes off his previous best and was just 26 seconds off the Irish record of 7:05.06. This was set by Thomas Maguire at the World 100km in 2006. Irish athletes have a good record at the Anglo Celtic Plate, with Keith Whyte the winner last year.
Doherty made his Irish debut at the 2011 Anglo Celtic Plate, finishing in 7:19.29. He hopes to run at the European 100km Championships on April 27 and the World 24-Hour Championships on May 11 before making an attempt at the Wicklow Way record over the summer.
* Good win for Glady Ganiel O’Neill at the Whitehea
d 5-Mile. Ganiel runs the London Marathon on April 21.
* Stephen Scullion of North Belfast Harriers proved his form when he beat Clonliffe’s Sergiu Ciobanu to win the Omagh Half Marathon. Scullion came home in a new course record time of 64 mins 46 secs, with Ciobanu 23 seconds behind in 65.11 and Polish runner Radoslav Dudcyk third in 66.51 . Earlier this week, Scullion had warmed up for Omagh by winning the Queen’s 5km in Belfast in 14 mins 27 secs – canother course record. Finishing first woman in Omagh by a four second margin was Ann-Marie Glynn of Lifford in 80 mins 3 secs.
* Raheny‘s Barbara Sanchez was fifth overall and first woman in 35 mins 25 secs at the Eamonn MoloneyMemorial 10km in Ennis. Michael Shannon of St John’s was the overall winners.
* UCD’s Ciara Mageean, still recovering from a serious injury, jogged around the course at the Balgalget 10km on Easter Sunday. She finished fifth overall and first woman in 41 mins 46 secs.
* English visitor Tony Carter of Tyne Bridge Harriers, who has 52 Parkruns to his credit, set a new course record of 16.03 at the Marlay Parkrun. First woman was Laura McDonnell in a personal best time of 19.49. Tallaght veteran Davy Byrne and MSB’s Kate O’Neill were the winners in Malahide, where over 400 turned out.
* In the USA, Steph Reilly of Sli Cualann won the Boston Tune-Up 15km in a new record time. A week earlier, Steph was first woman and sixth overall in 2 hrs 3 mins 43 secs at the Eastern State 20-Miler. Is a marathon on the cards?
* At the Arkansas Spring Invitational, Tomas Cotter (Wichita State/Dunleer AC) finished second in the 1500m with a time of 3:50.78; Anthony Lieghio (Arkansas/Tallaght AC) was one place behind in 3:51.08. At the Stanford Invitational, Breandan O’Neill (Florida State/DSD AC) ran a PB 28:57.44 in the 10,000m heats, finishing 9th, while David Flynn (Arkansas/Clonliffe Hrs) ran 14:17.29 in the 5000m heats. British and Irish weekend results at www.trackboundusa.co.uk.
Sunday 31 – EASTER
Saturday March 30
Sheep’s Head Easter 10km, Ahakista, Durrus, Co Cork (157 finishers; www.totaltiming.ie)
Parkrun 5km, Marlay Park(288 finishers, www.parkrun.ie/marlay).
Men:1 Tony Carter (Tyne Bridge Hrs) 16.03 course rec), 2 Liam Molloy (Bors Pearse, M35) 17.11, 3 Peter Gerard Casey (M45) 17.14 (PB). Women:1 Laura McDonnell 19.49 (PB), 2 Olwyn Dunne (Crusaders, W45) 19.53, 3 Meghan Ryan (DSD, W19) 20.10.
Men: 1 Davy Byrne (Tallaght, M40) 16.30, 2 Kieron Peters (Skerries AC)16.34, 3 Darren Hand (Donore) 16.44. Women: 1 Kate O’Neill (MSB) 17.46, 2 Suzanne Sheehy (Fingallians) 19.45, 3 Cindy Kelly 21.06.