The honours in the inaugural Coast to Coast ten mile road race from Strandhill to Rosses Point went to North Leitrim's Liam Feely in a very impressive 53.40. The County Sligo Road Race League winner proved just too strong for Sligo AC's Richard Gorman in second who can nevertheless be pleased with a pb of 53.54.
Indeed, the pleasant conditions resulted in many pbs for the distance for the 300 plus field and this will ensure the race becomes a permanent fixture on the local running calendar.
Dermot McDermott, more used to the track than long runs on the road, came home in third in 54.25. Lucy Brennan was second woman home in 63.20 with Sligo AC club mate Patricia Foy third in 66.01. Sligo AC had 15 finishers in the top 25 and there were wins in both the male and female categories.
Jonathan Hill and (57.42) and Ultan McNasser (59.29) also broke the hour mark. Seamus Somers took the over 40 honours in 56.59, Michael Clancy was second male over 50 in 66.31 and Enda Whelan was first over 60 in 72.12.
In the over 40 category Roseanne Mitchell claimed the honours in 70.42 with Sligo AC colleague, Deirdre Deering third in 72.52.
On Sunday next the club will be out in force again for the Grange 10k with the IT Sligo 5k on the following Saturday another date pencilled in.
The full results can be found here.