Five Mile race is a winner

Road racing returned to the centre of Coleraine on Wednesday evening, with the inaugural Nissan 5 Mile Classic.

The event was hosted by Coleraine Leisure Centre in association with Springwell Running Club.

Sean Dudgeon celebrates winning the Edwin May Nissan 5 Mile Classic Road Race from Coleraine Leisure Centre on Wednesday evening.

Sean Dudgeon celebrates winning the Edwin May Nissan 5 Mile Classic Road Race from Coleraine Leisure Centre on Wednesday evening.

In fairly decent running conditions, it was Lifford AC’s Sean Dudgeon who led the 164 strong field home in 28:44.  

Ballymena Runners’ Alex Brennan secured second place in 28:57, before Tommy Hughes (North Belfast) continued his return to competition with a podium spot, taking third place in 29:06.

In the ladies race, there was an interesting battle between Springwell Running Club duo Sonia Knox and Gemma Turley, and North Down AC’s Rachel Gibson. 

In the end, it was Sonia Knox who claimed top honours after crossing the line in 31:27. Gemma Turley followed just four seconds later in 31:31, while Rachel Gibson completed the ladies top three in a time of 32:25.

Springwell Times - Glenn Millar 29:38 (PB, 1st M35), Dale Corbett 30:08 (1st MJ), John Apperley 30:13, Christopher Millar 30:16 (PB 1st MO), David Jackson 31:00, Alistair Shaw 31:24, Dave Sexton 31:25 (1st M50), Sonia Knox 31:27 (1st Female), Gemma Turley 31:31 (2nd Female), Stephen Fillis 31:35 (PB), James McMullan 32:25, Jim Breen 32:35 (1st M60), Kevin McLean 32:37 (PB), Paul Campbell 32:42 (PB), Leslie Ashe 33:02 (1st M55), Karen McLaughlin 33:25 (1st F40), Tommy Bradley 33:35, Hugh Deighan 34:35, Peter Fleming 34:35, Ryan Kennedy 34:52, Deborah Gilliland 35:17, Kerrie McIlmoyle 35:18 (PB), Caroline Irwin 35:36, Richard Baker 35:44, Robert Workman 35:55, Mervyn Thompson 36:18, Alison McAllister 36:36 (PB, 1st F45), Brenda Boyle 37:16 (PB, 1st F35), Michael Rankin 37:58, Bob McLaughlin 39:30 (PB), Jim Platt 39:34, Darren Alexander 40:17, Patricia Craig 40:48 (PB), Donna Costello 40:55 (PB), Bronagh Kearns 41:21(PB), Brendan McLaughlin 41:35, Debbie Tutty 42:34 (PB), Melanie Millar 42:34 (PB), Ursula Harper 43:18 (PB), Sharon Bingham 43:29, Claire Shields 43:31, Karen Smyth 43:47 (PB), Cathy Barr 43:56 (PB), Sharon Brown 44:24, Roberta French 45:05 (PB, 1st F55), Judith McLaughlin 45:18 (PB), Danny McHenry 48:14, Denise Walker 48:33, Noelle Watterson 48:47 (PB), Bernie Drain 48:49 (PB), Alison Boreland 49:05, Jackie McNeill 49:56, Judith Smyth 49:56 (PB), Liadhan McAnena 54:35, Christina Shiels 56:58 (PB), Amanda Scott 56:59 (PB).