Just under 900 runners turned out for this years Ballintotis 4 mile road race in East Cork. This is often seen as the official start of the evening road races for the Summer. It was also pretty obvious why this was voted the best 4 mile road race in Cork in 2016. From the car parks to the catering, it was obvious to see the level of effort that was put in.
Both the men's and women's races were keenly contested with the winners only being decided in the closing stages.
1 James MCCARTHY 19:55 M (1) MO (1) East Cork AC
2 Sean MCGRATH 19:55 M (2) MO (2) East Cork AC
3 Eric CURRAN 20:45 M (3) MO (3) Leevale AC
9 Claire GIBBONS-MCCARTHY 21:31 F (1) F40 (1) Leevale AC
10 Aoife COOKE 21:38 F (2) FO (1) Youghal AC
40 Niamh ROE 23:31 F (3) FO (2) Leevale AC
The full results can be seen HERE
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|First woman home...Claire McCarthy of Leevale AC|
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b) Just after start
c) Approx 3.1 miles
d) Post race & prizes
More video & photos below
Start of the race...
Post race interview with the winner James McCarthy....
In the women's race, there was only 7 seconds in the end between Claire McCarthy of Leevale AC and Aoife Cooke of Youghal AC. With just under a mile to go, Claire was just a few metres ahead of Aoife but put in a fast last mile to take the win.
Aoife's time of 21:38 was a new personal time for the Youghal AC athlete as she beat her previous time by a whopping 39 seconds.
Claire's time was very close to the course record.
In the men's race, both James McCarthy and Sean McGrath had the same finish time.
With just under a mile to go, both East Cork AC athletes were neck and neck. In the closing straight, James managed to out sprint Sean for the finish line. As you can see, they left everything out on the course.
Finish line video...
|Athlete & Coach...Winner of the 2017 Ballintotis 4 mile Claire McCarthy with coach Donie Walsh of Leevale AC|