Sun 24 Oct 2010 – 23:31
Local Athletes compete in Lisburn
By Dermot Mathers
The Lisburn Half Marathon and 10km is normally one of the big ones in the Athletics calendar with last weeks race again showcasing why it’s a must for all local athletes that took part. In recent years the form seems to be turned on its head with many runners able to better their Newry Half Marathon time by a significant margin on what is considered to be one of the more challenging courses.
Joe McAllister and Stephen Duncan both battled hard throughout but McAllister was the eventual winner as he breezed home in 1.07.46 with Duncan just 5 seconds behind. Both athletes looked they had just went for a brisk walk, as it seemingly looked so easy for the pair. Jim Corbett took third in 1.08.36, a time that you would expect to be a winning one, on a different day.
NCR’s Micheal Dillon (1.21.15) was the first Newry runner home in another personal best for the runner who is on fine form in 2010. Newry Tri’s Sean Featherstone finished strong in 1.25.07 showcasing his strength and depth after his success at the Crooked Lake.
For me, two runners stole the show on the evening with David Vint, in this his first competitive run in two years, striding to the finish with relative ease in 1.27.18 and Terence Mathers 1.33.32, knocking 3 minutes of his Newry Half Marathon time.
David now has his sights firmly set on Dublin in October and Terence now aiming towards his first sub 90 in this his first year running with this success at Lisburn a welcomed confidence boost.
Eamonn White enjoyed another battle in the 10km as he just squeezed into second position ahead of Neil Douglas by 2 seconds in 32.59 and will gladly take getting under the 33-minute mark. Andrew Mckee, another runner in fine form will be very happy finishing in 34.43 with a top 10 finish.
Newry City Runners Malachy McAteer 35.10 and Andrew Hicks 35.38 both had excellent runs with both competitors finishing in the Top 20 in what was considered a very strong field.
Sean Smith PB 1.31.03, Don Harte 1.32.04, Willie McCracken 1.32.01, Terence Mathers PB 1.33.32, Derek Mathers 1.35.29, Nicky Gracey 1.35.49, Gary McArdle 1.41.20, Pat Rocks 1.41.16, Peter Quinn 1.43.44, Aidan Trainor 1.43.39, Gerald McAleenan 1.46.01, and Gary beattie 1.52.13.
Cathy Rice 43.07, Seamus McCaffrey 43.07, Paula McCracken 47.09, Cathal Murphy 49.29, Paul Toner 49.28, john Kearns 50.08, Sarah Jane Beattie 51.35, Paul Murphy 50.23, Moira Magee 51.39, PB Joanna Welsh 52.37 and Sharon McGinn 52.46