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City of Derry Spartans' Dermot McElhinney.
City of Derry Spartans' Dermot McElhinney.

Several local runners were in competitive weekend action with Masters Dermot McElhinney and Peter Lilburn expecting to be confirmed as M45 and M60 medallists from Sunday’s National 10K road championships in Dublin.

In windy conditions the Spartans duo clocked respective times of 34m 11s and 39m 43s for what looks like M45 gold and M60 bronze - the results are provisional but Athletics Ireland are expected to forward the medals shortly.

Inishowen AC’s Pauric McKinney ran 33m 08s for an easy M50 gold medal to add to his already impressive tally.

Catherine Whoriskey took 7th place in the female championship race with a gutsy 37m 10s as Olympian Finnoula McCormack posted a 33m 30s winning time.

English athlete Andy Maud just eased out Waterside Half Marathon winner Mick Clohisey for the male victory, 29m 55s to the Dubliner’s 30m dead. Gary Slevin was 22nd in the championship with 33m 18s.

Meanwhile at the Belfast Titanic 10K potential Olympic marathoner Thomas Frazer of St Malachy’s pipped Gary Murray for the win. Frazer posted 30m 48s to the St Joseph’s teacher’s 30m 53s as Anne Marie McGlynn also claimed a runners-up spot, her excellent 34m 31s leaving her 14 seconds off winner Kerry O’Flatherty of Newcastle AC.

Chris McGuinness in 9th on 32m 19s led the Derry challenge with John Lenehan back for the weekend from London, 18th on 34m 18s. Finn Valley’s Barry Harron was the leading M35, 6th on 32m 04s.

Finally in Saturday’s British Fell Running championship race in Newcastle County Down, Allan Bogle was the leading NI finisher, 9th overall and just clear of his compatriots Ian Whiteside and William McKee.

The testing 14K had some 1,200 metres of climbing and included two of Ireland’s highest peaks Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh.