Front-running Lizzie Lee powers to national glory

Lizzie Lee produced a front-running performance to win the national half marathon championships in 73 minutes and 27 seconds on the streets of Dublin yesterday.

The race was incorporated as part of the Rock ’n’ Roll half marathon and the 35-year-old Leevale athlete was delighted with her performance.

“I cannot wait to get home to give Lucy a cuddle and she was 13 months yesterday” said Lee jubilantly after the race of her daughter Lucy. The Berlin Marathon at the end of September is the next big target for the Leevale woman who has raced sparingly this year. “I will be chasing an Olympic qualifying standard in Berlin and I will probably only run one other event before then, “ Lee said.

Sarah Mulligan (DSD) was second in 77:35 with Ciara Hickey (Brothers Pearse) third in 81:49.

There was a close finish to the men’s race as Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders stormed home in the final mile to win the individual and national half-marathon titles in 65:09. Defending national half- marathon champion, Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock), who had led for most of the race, finished a close second in 65:20 and Kevin Seaward (St Malachy’s) was third in 65:52. Mark Hanrahan (Leevale) was fourth in 66:02.

Meanwhile in Tullamore, Clonliffe Harriers men and Dundrum South Dublin women were crowned GloHealth National League Premier Division champions.

Clonliffe Harriers dominated throughout the day and picked up valuable wins from Declan Murray in the 800m in 1:51.99, Timmy Crowe in the 400m in 49.24 and Ian Rogers in the pole vault in 4.60m. They scored a total of 129 points. Tipperary County were second and St Abban’s were third. Dundrum South Dublin also had too much for their rivals and scored a total of 102 points. Leevale had to settle for second with Clonliffe Harriers in third.

Sharlene Mawdsley led the Tipperary County women’s team to victory in Division 1 while Kilkenny City Harriers triumphed in the men’s section – both teams gaining promotion to the premier division.

Ben Reynolds won the 110m hurdles at the England Athletics Championships in a personal best of 13.48 seconds – it was one hundredth of a second outside the world championship qualifying time but still my qualify him under the new IAAF quota system. Brian Gregan ran a season’s best of 45.85 to win the 400m in Ninove, Belgium.


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