Martin Cox and Grainne O’Hagan win Race 3 of popular Paul Murray 5k Grand Prix!

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Paul Murray Grand Prix 5k Series – Race 3 (submitted by organisers):

On Friday 22nd June 2018, over 250 runners descended on Eskra for the third race in the Paul Murray Grand Prix 5k Series.

On a warm evening the runners were faced with a challenging rural 5k route. Once again the crowd were treated to top class road running with the impressive Martin Cox (Carmen Runners) pulling away from the field to win in a time of 15:39 (1st place).  Brian Taggart (Sperrin Harriers) clocked 16:36 for 2nd place and was closely followed by Eoin Mullan (Omagh Harriers) in a time of 16:39 (3rd place).

In a closely contested ladies race, local runner Grainne O’Hagan (Knockmany Running Club) was first across the line in a time of 19:06 (1st place).  Paula Donnelly claimed 2nd place in a time of 19:15, before Michelle Donnelly (Derry Track Club) completed the top three in 20:22 (3rd place).

For the third time in the series, Tristan Kelly (Carmen Runners) won the Under 18 category breaking 18 minutes in a time of 17:59. Enya Haigney (Derry Track Club) won the Under 18 Female with a time of 22:50. Whilst the Under 12 categories were won by Sean Hagan (Omagh Harriers) and Berneen Gilroy (Knockmany Running Club).

The Grand Prix Series is really spicing up and next Fridays night race should be very exciting. Depending on who completes at the final race the men’s overall winner should come from Martin Cox (Carmen Runners), Paul Barbour, Adrian Scullion (Knockmany Running Club), Brian Taggart (Sperrin Harriers) or Michael Kerr (Carmen Runners). Whilst the Female series is also on a knife edge providing an interesting final race between Paula Donnelly and Grainne O’Hagan (Knockmany Running Club).

The other category winners were Micheal Kerr (Carmen Runners) Male O40, John McGrath (Knockmany Running Club) Male O50 and Tommy Gartland (Knockmany Running Club) Male O60. Deirdre Haigney (Knockmany Running Club) Female O40, Patricia Campbell (Omagh Harriers) Female O50 and Geraldine McCarron Female O60.

Once again organisers Knockmany Running Club would like to thank everyone for supporting the third race in the series and to those who contributed to the success of the event. The final race takes place next Friday night 29th June at 7.30pm so this is the last chance to experience the atmosphere and hospitality of this unique race series round the Eskra Countryside.

The Paul Murray 5K Grand Prix Series are raising funds for the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland charity. Registration is from 6-7pm in Eskra Community Centre. Entry Fee for individual race is £7 with refreshments served afterwards.

Full Results:  Paul Murray 5k Grand Prix (Race 3) 2018 Results