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Fiona excels in Chicago Marathon

Michael Scott

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Michael Scott

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michael.scott@newrydemocrat.com

WITH it being the last long-run weekend before the forthcoming Dublin marathon, it was quiet on the race front but nonetheless there were still some great performances.

Top of the pile was Fiona Murphy who made the trip to the Windy City to take on the Chicago marathon, her second world major, having completed London in 2017. It wasn’t an easy start for Fiona whose flight was cancelled and then continually delayed, resulting in her not arriving in Chicago until incredibly late.

Then she had to rise to get her race number after only four hours of sleep. To complete a marathon in itself is always an incredible achievement as many of us know, but with all those extra challenges it’s even more phenomenal and Fiona finished in a fantastic 4:05:50. Congratulations.

Caoimhe Sherry made the journey to Cultra to take part in this Charity Challenge undulating 5k race. Continuing her return from injury, she completed it in a super 23:23 which also earned her a fantastic third place. Well done Caoimhe. Your comeback from injury has been superb.

The inaugural TJ McElmeel XC cup took place in Armagh last weekend with the Newry City Runners giving a great showing. In the women’s race Laura Devine and Eva Kitchen both had fantastic runs with Laura finishing in 27:50 while Eva did 29:39. Meanwhile in the men’s race, Chris Devine produced an excellent performance to finish second overall in 31:59.

With an opportunity to get the last long run in before Dublin, Karen McElroy and Anne Travers both travelled to Lusk to take part in the 20-mile race in the East of Ireland Marathon series. Both ladies ran well but results were unavailable at time of press. Willie McCracken also made the journey down and completed the 10k.

Finally the Rostrevor Parkrun will resume on October 13. Please try and support this free local event either by taking part (it’s excellent hill training) or volunteering. If you are free to volunteer please contact the Rostrevor Parkrun Facebook page.

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