Britton shows no sign of flagging
Athletics:Fionnuala Britton kept her fine run of form going at this afternoon’s Antrim International Cross Country, the Wicklow athlete winning by a distance at Greenmount. The European title holder came home 15 seconds ahead of England’s Louise Damon with another sizeable gap to Kenya’s Madgalene Masai in third.
Following her facile victory in last weekend’s Great Edinburgh Cross Country, Britton was always going to be the one to beat in Antrim and she hit the front from the off to establish a lead she would never relinquish. Her Irish team mate Linda Byrne was also prominent in the race but had to be content with fourth place as Masai claimed the bronze medal.
“It’s nice to back and all the support here makes it so much better,” Britton said after the race. “I planned just to go out hard from the gun and see how it went, the course was flat so It worked well.”
Senior Women’s: 1 Fionnuala Britton (Irl) 18mins 17secs, 2 Louise Damen (Eng) 18:29, 3 Magdalyne Masai (Ken) 18:45, 4 Linda Byrne (Irl) 18:48, 5 Eunice Kales (Ken) 18:57, 6 Freya Murray-Ross (Sco) 18:57, 7 Steph Twell (Gbr) 18:58, 8 Beth Potter (Sco) 18:59, 9 Stevi Stockton (Gbr) 19:28, 10 Elspeth Curran (Sco) 19:35, 11 Katie Brough (Eng) 19:41, 12 Emma Clayton (Eng) 19:43, 13 Gladys Ganiel (NIrl) 19:57, 14 Katie Walshaw (Club: North of England) 20:06, 15 Gemma Kersey (Eng) 20:20
Senior Men’s:1 Thomas Ayeko (Uga) 33mins 08secs, 2 David Bett (Ken) 33:45, 3 Andy Vernon (Gbr) 33:59, 4 Frank Tickner (Gbr) 34:13, 5 Stephen Scullion (NIrl) 34:52, 6 Matthew Bowser (Club: North of England) 34:56, 7 Scott Bauhs (USA) 34:59, 8 Bernard Rotich (Ken) 35:21, 9 Eddie McGinley (Annadale Striders A) 35:25, 10 Joseph Birech (Ken) 35:32, 11 Ian Bailey (Eng) 35:33, 12 Carl Smith (North of England) 36:04, 13 Joe McAllister (St Malachy’s AC, NIrl) 36:07, 14 Dan Studley (Eng) 36:20, 15 Sergiue Cibanu (Clonliffe Harriers) 36:25