Armagh International Road Race 2014
As ever the Brooks Armagh International Road Race proved to be an exciting evening of top class international running with wins for Nick McCormick of Morpeth AC, Cambuslang’s Alistair Campbell and Loughborough’s Laura Whittle.
As expected, Irish International Ann Marie McGlynn of Lifford AC pushed the pace in the opening stages of the event. The lead pack of began to force ahead with Whittle, McGlynn, Stevens (England), Bamford (England), Vernon (England) and Dunn (Edinburgh AC), as all looking strong. However, it wasn’t long before Whittle took charge, ultimately claiming victory in the 3K event in 9.25.73. England’s Elle Vernon produced a strong finish to claim second place in 9.28.59 with team mate Rachel Bamford finishing in third in 9.30.48. McGlynn finished in fourth in 9.40.48. Armagh athletes Fionnuala Ross and Danielle Fegan doned their Northern Ireland vests and produced impressive runs to finish in 10th and 16th place respectively. Northern Ireland team mate, Rachel Gibson finished 20th in 10.39.03.
In the International Men’s 5k the race for the title was a closely fought affair. McLeod and Schwab were clear contenders going into event, however, Morpeth’s Nick McCormick, Wales’ Leuan Thomas and Zebrowski of Poland soon began to increase the pressure.
McCormick fought off challenges from team mate Richard Weir and Welshman Thomas to cross the line in 14.11.90 to take the 2014 title. Weir finished second in 14.12.37 ahead of Thomas in third (14.13.92). The Northern Irish team performed well with Derry’s Conor Bradley running a PB to finish 16th in 14.29.55. Andrew Agnew finished 23rd 14.37.43 (23rd place) with with team mate Joe McAlister just three behind crossing the line in 26th (14.40.60).
Cambuslang’s Alistair Campbell dominated the 3K Open race pursued by Joe McAllister, who was running his second race of the evening for his club, St Malachy’s AC. Campbell took the 3K title in 8.55.81 ahead of McAlister in 8.57.80 and his club mate Paddy Robb who finished third in 8.59.16.
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