Derese and Purcell Claim National Half Titles in Ratoath

ByEmma Porter |

Yared Derese (Carrick Aces AC) and Kate Purcell (Raheny Shamrock AC) claimed their respective national half marathon titles at sun-drenched Fairyhouse racecourse this morning (September 10th). The championship races took place alongside a hugely successful Ratoath Half Marathon.

Derese looked super smooth as her entered the racecourse for his run to home, crossing in a course record 1.05.29 to claim gold. He was followed in by Paul Maloney of Mallow AC, with Noel Carroll securing a brilliant bronze for Shercock AC.

Senior Men

  1. Yared Derese Carrick Aces A.C 1:05:29 (Course Record)
  2. Paul Moloney Mallow A.C. 1:10:16
  3. Noel Carroll Shercock A.C. 1:10:24

Kate Purcell continues her brilliant season, claiming her second national title of the year following her win in the 5 mile earlier this season. The Raheny star showed no ill effects from her mountain running exploits in Clonmel last weekend to cross in a course record of 1.18.01. Purcell was followed home by Sarah Baryga of Sli Cualann and Denis Toner of Clones AC.

Senior Women

  1. Kate Purcell Raheny Shamrock A.C. 1:18:01
  2. Sarah Baryga Sli Cualann A.C. 1:21:36
  3. Denise Toner Clones A.C. 1:22:16
  • Full list of provisional results HERE
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