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Springwell runners brave inclement weather

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Springwell runners brave inclement weather thumbnailSpringwell RCís Ciara Toner set a new club record at the Seeley Cup 10K road race.

Seeley Cup 10K road race
SATURDAY November 25 saw a capacity field of 1,000 athletes take on Willowfield Temperance Harriers Seeley Cup 10K road race in Belfast's Ormeau Park with the race also incorporating this year's Northern Ireland & Ulster Championships.
The bitterly cold conditions did nothing to diminish the quality of the racing with Kenyan Gideon Kipsang (Derry Track Club) securing victory from Northern Ireland International Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC).
Despite setting the early pace, Scott's efforts weren't enough to stop the challenge from Gideon and it was the Kenyan who secured first place in 30.39. Scott took second place and with it, the Northern Ireland & Ulster title in a time of 30.56.
Third place was a closely contested race and it was Neil Johnston (Springwell RC) who claimed the final podium place with a new Springwell RC record of 31.05. Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC) completed the NI & Ulster podium in 31.09 and fourth place overall.
In the U20 race, Luke Dinsmore (Springwell RC) continued his excellent recent form, finishing 26th overall in 33.09 to win the age category.
The ladies race was a closely contested affair between Northern Ireland's two in-form athletes.
NI 10,000m and 5,000m record holder Emma Mitchell (QUB AC) and Belfast Marathon winner Laura Graham (Mourne Runners) went stride for stride until the final kilometre.As the ladies entered Ormeau Park for the final time, Emma surged clear to retain her NI & Ulster 10K title in 34.00. Finishing with a personal best of 34.19, Laura claimed second with Kelly Neely (City of Lisburn AC) completing the podium in third with a time of 35.49.

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