Keith Shiels and Laura Graham seal victory at inaugural County Down 5k Road Race!


County Down Championships 5k Road Race:

Foyle Valley AC’s Keith Shiels and Mourne Runners’ Laura Graham clocked the fastest times of the day and sealed victory in the elite race at today’s County Down Championships 5k road race in Downpatrick (Sunday 19th November 2017).

The well organised event, which was not an official Athletics NI Championship fixture, covered a fast and flat course and improved participants chances of clocking a personal best by setting out races for those expected to run particular times – these were 30mins+, 20-30mins and sub-20mins.

It was the final race of the day, the elite sub-20mins event, where Keith and Laura excelled.  At the head of the pack, Keith battled it out for much of the race with Mark McKinstry, before moving clear late on to take the win in 14:31 (1st place).  Mark took 2nd place in 14:36, before local man Brendan Teer (East Down AC) recorded 15:21 for 3rd place.

Laura dominated the ladies race from the off, breaking the tape in a new personal best of 16:27 (1st place).  North Down AC’s Rachel Gibson claimed the runners up spot in 17:25 (2nd place), while Susan Smyth (Dromore AC) followed in 18:30 for 3rd place.

Full Results:  County Down 5k Road Race 2017 Results