|Cillian O'Leary wins National Half Marathon title|
|Sunday, 07 September 2008|
SENIOR MEN GRAB SILVER MEDAL IN TEAM
CILLIAN O'Leary achieved the biggest win of his career this afternoon when he won the AAI National Half marathon title in Waterford. Clocking a time of 67.22, the Corkman took gold and his first national senior title.
Since joining the club in October 2006 Cillian has made giant strides. He enjoyed an outstanding cross country season in 2007-2008 before being sidelined with a hamstring injury during much of this summer's track season.
However, having made a full recovery he was back to his best today and was rewarded with a memorable race win. All round it was an excellent day for Raheny competitiors.
Second man home was Bernard Roe who was 6th overall in 69.48. Vets Eoin Brady and Mick Traynor fought out a fantastic battle with Eoin claiming 10th spot, three second's ahead of Mick. The former clocked 71.07 with the latter on 71.10.
Brian Leahy was also back on form after a recent injury finishing 16th in 71.50 while Simon Reede was 25th in 74.09. The senior men took the silver medal in the team event.
There were also excellent results achieved further down the field.Frank Mangan was just outside the top hundred in a time of 84.06 In the O 45 category Johnny Fennell clocked 84.41 closely followed by Martin Kelly in 85.32. Dave Brady finished with a time of 91.02 in the O 55 category while Dave McKevitt ran 93.03 and Christy Reilly finished closely behind in 94.46 with Ray McCormack six places behind in 95.05.
Leading Raheny women was Helena Corcoran in 1.39.41 followed by Bernie Manley 1.41.59 and Fiona Kirwan 1.43.31 and Mary Purdue Smyth in 1.46.31. Jim Keogh posted a time of 1.44.52 while Eddie Collins finished with a time of 1.54.00. Full results and details of category prizes later.
|Last Updated ( Monday, 08 September 2008 )|