Lowry wins Runher event

Published Monday, 10 October 2011
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City of Lisburn's Judith Lowry was the runaway winner of The Belfast Telegraph Runher 5K at Stormont on Sunday.

Lowry has been in superb form of late as both runner and triathlete - most notably finishing 11th overall at the recent World Duathlon Championships in Spain.

Here, she had some 36 seconds to spare over North Down's Jessica Craig - who had won the last two 5Ks at Runher but who had no answer to the Lowry power over the distance with another past winner Ruth Little in third a further 31 seconds back.

Runher 5K Result: 1 Judith Lowry 19:06. 2. Jessica Craig 19:42. 3.Ruth Little 20:13.

But it was a more familiar story in the 10K won for the second time in a row by North Belfast's Cathy McCourt - although it was not without its drama.

Although McCourt went the full distance, most of the field was misdirected on their second lap missing out a vital loop meaning the North Belfast athlete only crossed the line in second place.

However, after discussions with officials, North Down's Julie Balmer, who had crossed the line first, was gracious in conceding defeat and the result was corrected in McCourt's favour.

Runher 10K Result: 1. Cathy McCourt 39:03. 2. Julie Balmer 39:13(corrected).3.Ali Robinson 43:14 (corrected).

Some 1,300 took part in the event, a Runher record, including Coronation Street's Kylie Platt (actress Paula Lane), Dame Mary Peters, Anna Lo MLA, former MLA Dawn Purvis, the new Patron of the Runher charity Cash for Kids Katie Larmour, Lynda Bryans and the BBC trio of Denise Watson, Cecelia Daly and Marie-Louise Kerr. There were also 100 in the kids' race that included a group of Special Olympics athletes from North Down.

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