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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 December 2007, 21:09 GMT
Turnbull breaks Greencastle mark
Gareth Turnbull
Gareth Turnbull again showed good form on the Irish roads
Gareth Turnbull cut three seconds off his own course record when he won the Boxing Day Greencastle five-mile road race in County Tyrone.

Despite the windy conditions, Turnbull clocked 24 minutes and 21 seconds which left him 54 seconds ahead of last year's winner Joe McAllister.

Omagh athlete Stephen Duncan claimed third while James McIlroy was also under 26 minutes in fourth place.

Maria McCambridge also produced a course record to win the women's race.

McCambridge was in a class of her own and claimed a comfortable victory in 28 minutes and 28 seconds which cut 22 seconds off Jill Shannon's record set last year.

Turnbull has been invited to compete in the 4K race at the BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country meeting on 12 January but he has not yet decided whether to run.

At this stage, he does intend to compete in the 3,000m at the Irish Indoor Championships in Belfast in late January but that is likely to be his only outing during the indoor season.

The Belfast man is planning to run in the Armagh Road Race in late February before travelling to a training camp in Florida.

Maria McCambridge
Maria McCambridge set a new women's record in Greencastle

If all goes to plan, Turnbull intends to begin his outdoor season in late March in the US as he begins his chase of the Olympic Games 1500 metres qualifying time.

McIlroy has revealed that he also plans to compete over 1500m this year after opting to move up from 800m.

Meanwhile, Kenyan star Vivian Cheruiyot made lots of friends during her appearance at the Finn Valley 5K on St Stephen's Day.

This year's World Championship 5000m silver medallist jogged around the course at a gentle pace for her (16.14) which meant that Welsh-based Donegal woman Helena McDaid took victory.

Local man Kieran Carlin was the fastest man on the course.

Race organiser Mark Connolly thanked everybody involved in the successful 36th staging of the event.

Celebrities who took part included comedia Conal Gallen and former world single sculls rowing champion Sinead Jennings.

Charities to benefit from the Twin Towns race were Breast cancer checks in Belfast and an Aids project in Yola in Nigeria.



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