Fionnuala McCormack impressed at the Autumn Open Cross Country on the new course at the National Sports Campus in Dublin yesterday. Mark Christie also caught the eye after winning out in a four-way battle for victory in the men’s race.
The advent of autumn put no dampener on participation levels in local running events with record fields turning up for most of the weekend races. Yesterday’s Armagh Adidas 10 Miles attracted almost 300 runners with a similar number in the ancillary four-mile fun run.
Freddy Sittuk was the winner of yesterday’s Belfast City Half Marathon in 67 minutes and two seconds. For the second time in a fortnight the Kenyan was pushed all the way to the line by Foyle Valley’s Scott Rankin who finished just two seconds back.
Jason Smyth shrugged off the pressure of being red-hot favourite to win his third consecutive 100m title at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Smyth’s time of 10.64 seconds was almost one-fifth of a second outside his seasonal best and slower than his 10.46 winning mark in London.