Omagh Half Marathon 2009

Saturday 21 March

 

 

The club had a large representation at the first major road race of the season, the Omagh Half Marathon, which took place on Saturday last on a mild and sometimes warm day, around the environs of Omagh Town. On the 20th running of the race, it was estimated that up to 1800 took part between the 4 mile run and the half marathon, with colour and sunshine the order of the day.

 

First club athlete home was Paul Ward, 19th overall and fourth in his category with 76:59 on the clock. Next up was Rotterdam bound marathon man Noel Thomas, with an excellent run in a new personal best of 81:11. Shelley Roper, also with an excellent run for fourth place in the female open category and another personnel best in 90.47, was pleased with her performance.

 

Club stalwart Philomena Gallagher, with only a few weeks of regular training, had a good 97.10 on the clock and a good fourth place in a competitive category. Personal bests were the order of the day for most other club athletes, with Sean Cassidy having one of his best runs over the half marathon distance with a superb 98.51 on the clock. Club sponsor Canice Nicholas of the CARA Pharmacy chain was next across the line in 1.42.59, followed by Sharon McGowan 1.45.26 and Niall Clancy with 1.46.33, showing a big improvement from his debut in Derry last September. Next up we had a quartet of women, who have been going from strength to strength with each race, all recording superb personnel bests for the half marathon. Ann Donoghue, fourth in her category, with 1.51.58 on the clock; Caroline Spratt with 1.53.24; Bernie McNeely, fifth in her category, with 1.54.03 and Eileen Ward with 2.01.57, were all rightly delighted with their performances. Well done to all.

 

Omagh Half Marathon Results.pdf

 

 

Paul Ward

Paul Ward

 

Noel Thomas

Noel Thomas

 

Shelly Roper

Shelly Roper

 

Philomena Gallagher

Philomena Gallagher

 

Niall Clancy

Niall Clancy

 

Canice Nicholas

Canice Nicholas

 

Sharon McGowan

Sharon McGowan

 

Ann Donoghue, Bernie McNeely, Caroline Spratt & Eileen Ward

Ann Donoghue, Bernie McNeely, Caroline Spratt & Eileen Ward