Cork Athletics: Lizzie Lee and Tim O'Donoghue break records in Bweeng

5km road race was excellently organised by the local Trail Blazers AC
Cork Athletics: Lizzie Lee and Tim O'Donoghue break records in Bweeng

Soon after the start of the Bweeng 5km, eventual winner Tim O'Donoghue is already moving way from clubmate Paul Hartnet, who finished second. Next is Sean Doyle (who finished fourth) followed by third-placer Denis Hegarty. Picture: John Walshe

TWO course-records by Tim O’Donoghue and Lizzie Lee and many personal bests marked the return to the calendar of the Bweeng 5km road race, excellently organised by the local Trail Blazers AC.

When the race was last held in 2019, international Hiko Tonosa from Dundrum-South Dublin established an impressive winning time of 14:32 but this was reduced by three seconds by the in-form O’Donoghue of the East Cork club.

The winner over four miles at Rathcormac three nights before crossed the line in a massive personal best of 14:29.

The revelation of the race, however, was O’Donoghue’s clubmate, Paul Hartnett, who recently concluded a very successful track and cross-country four years at Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy.

In recording a time of 14:48, he left many established seniors in his wake and no doubt will be a major addition to the East Cork squad having recently transferred from the Midleton club.

“I tried to gauge the first five or six hundred metres to see who was going to go with me but no-one seemed to take it up so I picked it up a small bit and tried to keep the pace going,” said O’Donoghue.

“It’s a good course as the start and finish are downhill; I’m not as fit as I was two years ago so I’ll try and get a block of training in before the cross-country season and then give that a good go.” 

Lizzie Lee reduced the previous course best of 16:15 held by her fellow Leevale athlete (and fellow Olympian) Michelle Finn by 15 seconds, her time of 16 minutes flat not too far outside her personal road best of 15:53.

Lizzie Lee of Leevale on her way to a course record time of 16:00 at the Bweeng 5km. Picture: John Walshe
Lizzie Lee of Leevale on her way to a course record time of 16:00 at the Bweeng 5km. Picture: John Walshe

RESULTS

Men: 1 T O’Donoghue (East Cork) 14:29; 2 P Hartnett (East Cork) 14:48; 3 D Hegarty (Watergrasshill) 14:50; 4 S Doyle (North Cork) 14:51; 5 M Bruton (Leevale) 14:55; 6 K Collins (Donore) 15:23.

M40: 1 J Meade (St Finbarrs) 15:36; 2 K McKeown (Watergrasshill) 15:55; 3 M Morgan (St Finbarrs) 16:04.

M50: 1 L O’Connor (Grange-Fermoy) 16:32; 2 T Woods (unatt) 17:11; 3 C Grayson (unatt) 17:42.

M60: 1 J Collins (Leevale) 18:59; 2 E McEvoy (St Finbarrs) 19:01; 3 M Murphy (St Finbarrs) 19:44.

M70: 1 R Piotrowski (Eagle) 22:49; 2 J Walshe (RRC) 25:59.

Women: 1 L Lee (Leevale) 16:00; 2 N Moore (Leevale) 17:02; 3 C O’Neill (Clonmel) 17:09; 4 M Kenny (Leevale, F40) 17:22; 5 B Gaffney (Mallow, F40) 18:17; 6 R McEvoy (St Finbarrs) 18:23.

F40: 3 N Cronin (St Finbarrs) 18:34.

F50: 1 D Duffy (Watergrasshill) 20:28; 2 R Daly (Tullamore) 20:44; 3 A Amoedo (unatt) 22:25.

F60: M Ui Chonghaile (Donoughmore) 25:38; 2 A Cooney (Midleton) 29:08; 3 C O’Connell (unatt) 32:01.

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