John Coghlan keeps it in the family at St Patrick’s 5k

John Coghlan held off London 2012 Olympic marathoner Mark Kenneally to take the St. Patrick’s festival 5k road race in Dublin city centre yesterday, a race organised by his father Eamonn Coghlan.

Coghlan made his move for home with just under a kilometre remaining, after Kenneally had made most of the running, to win in 14 minutes 32 seconds, three seconds clear of Kenneally with John Frazer taking third.

Fionnuala Britton was a convincing winner of the women’s race in 15:52, taking in 15th place overall some 25 seconds ahead of Letterkenny’s Ann-Marie McGlynn with Borrisokane’s Siobhan O’Doherty third.

Elsewhere Liscarroll AC’s John Murphy registered a new over 55 high jump record of 1.43 meters at the national master’s indoor championships in Athlone I.T with 90-year-old Hugh Gallagher repeating last year’s triple.

Gallagher from Miford, County Donegal took the long jump, shot put and 60 metre titles for the over-90 age group.

Uganda’s Thomas Ayeko took the Antrim international cross country on Saturday, the final race in the IAAF’s series before the World cross country championships in Guiyang, China.

Ayeko took the tape in 31.27 ahead of Kenyans Edwin Sol and Jonathan Ndiku. Tullamore Harriers Liam Brady was the first Irish man home in 14th place in what was a weak Irish team.

Ethopia’s Birtukan Fentealemu took the ladies race ahead of Britain’s Steph Twell. There was no Irish involvement in the ladies race, with no Irish team travelling to the World cross country championships later this month.


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