Mark McKinstry powers to Laganside 10k success
MARK McKinstry led home a sell-out field of 1250 runners at the Laganside 10K in Belfast crossing the finish line in 31 minutes and 56 seconds.
Laura Graham recorded 35:38 to assure her place as first woman home in an event efficiently organised by the North Belfast Harriers club.
McKinstry followed the early pacemaking of Newcastle’s Eoghan Totten before stamping his authority on the opposition in the second half of the race.
Totten held on for second in 32:15, three seconds ahead of clubmate Seamus Lynch in the bronze medal position. North Down 17-year-old Craig McMeechan impressed in sixth place with a 32:34 mark.
Graham led most the way in the women’s with Dromore’s Becca Henderson occupying the runner-up spot in 35:50. North’s Gladys Ganiel was third another eight seconds in arrears.
The host club’s Luke Kelly and Lauren Cox were the winners of the respective Junior Mile races. Kenyan Freddy Sittuk was the winner of the Waterside Half Marathon in Derry, completing a double after taking victory in the Walled City Marathon this year.
Catherine Whoriskey was a popular champion in the women’s race after leading all the way. Kerry O’Flaherty ended her track season at the ISTAF Meeting in Berlin with a ninth place in the 3000m steeplechase.
The Newcastle athlete recorded 10:10.57, 48 seconds off her best, to finish last in a race won by Kenya’s Celliphine Kenchespol in 9:25.49. Cork’s Michelle Finn was seventh in 9:47.51.
Slieve Gullion Runners’ Paddy Hamilton was back on the roads again, this time in Monaghan where he won a 5K in 15 minutes flat.
Shercock’s Noel Carroll filled the runner-up spot over a minute in arrears with a 16:09 timing with Clones AC’s Shane Brady another ten seconds back in third. Carrick Aces runner Ann Linden recorded a sharp 18:41 to take the prize for first woman home.
She was well clear of local veteran Donna Evans (19:19) and Enniskillen’s promising teenager Edel Monaghan (19:32).