Springwell at 28th Armagh International Road Race

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Springwell at 28th Armagh International Road Race thumbnailSpringwell Running Club’s Helena Dornan receives her first place award from EAMs organiser Peter Montgomery. WK08044

THE Armagh AC hosted event on February 15, now in its 28th year, is considered as one of the fastest 5k events in the world.
It's a well deserved reputation as, this year, an astonishing 94 competitors from a field of 208 finished in under 15 minutes in the International Men's 5k while 34 ladies from a field of 132 finished in under 10 minutes in the 3k including the entire NI & Ulster team.
Held over a lapped course of approximately 1km per lap around the historic Mall area of Armagh city centre, the event creates a unique atmosphere that attracts athletes from all around the world.
The International Men's 5k saw a large lead group share the lead until the final lap when Jordan Mann (Ocean State AC Providence) made a surge for the line in the final straight.
It looked as if the American athlete, a top ten finisher at the event last year, may hold on for a surprise victory until a late sprint from 2016 winner, Charlie Hulson (Liverpool Harriers AC) closely followed by Sam Stabler (Wreake and Soar Valley) and Orienteer Yannick Michiels (Unattached) saw all four in a race for the finish line.
In a finish worthy of an international event, Sam crossed the line first in 13.59 with Charlie taking second place in 14.00. Jordan held on for a podium place, crossing the line in 14.02 for third place, while Yannick took fourth place in 14.02.
James Edgar (City of Lisburn AC) led the Northern Ireland & Ulster team home in 14.27 (30th place).
Neil Johnston (Springwell RC) ran a new Springwell RC record of 14.35 (45th place), while Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC) and Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC) crossed the line in 14.43 (67th place) and 15.08 (120th place) respectively.
The Northern Ireland & Ulster men finished in fifth place in the team standings with the Wales 'A' team taking first place.
Springwell RC's two other representatives both had excellent runs with Jonathan McKee 145th in 15.21 and Luke Dinsmore 168th in 15.30.
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