Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A RACE TO REMEMBER thumbnail Newry City Runner Patricia Brown, who won her age category in the Armagh Road races is pictured with international winner Laura Weightman, who also retained her title.

RUNNERS from the Newry area rubbed shoulders with some of the best athletes on the planet in Thursday evening's Brooks International road races.

The races, 13 in all, took place around the Mall with huge crowds of spectators cheering on the athletes as they powered around the flat course.

And quite a few from the locality came away with trophies and cash.

In the Junior races Three Ways' Lyndsey Kelly was a brilliant winner in the Girls Under 11 event while there were awards for Caoimhe O'Hare, Clara Feehan, Tiernan O'Hare, Caolan O'Hare and Anna Byrne, among others.

In the senior races gutsy Newry City Runner Patricia Brown retained the age-group trophy she won last year while Newry's King of the Road Willie McCracken and Newry AC's Paul LeBlanc won their categories.

There was also silver and bronze awards for Ciara Coffey and Eimear McCracken.

The night was a magical one for athletic lovers and in the senior International race almost 300 top runners from all over the planet participated.

That event was acclaimed as the fastest 5k road race in the world with no one allowed entry unless they had broken 16 minutes for 5k.

The race lived up to its billing with 91men breaking 15 minutes for the distance. Indeed few races in Ireland have even one runner getting near that time.

The male winner was Sam Stabler who clocked an incredible 13.59 while Laura Weightman was the female winner of the 3k in a sizzling 8.59.


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