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Hamilton and Butler secure honours at Lough 5

Runners start  the Loughmacrory 5. MC 31

Runners start the Loughmacrory 5. MC 31

SLIEVE Gullion Runner Paddy Hamilton and Omagh Harrier Julia Butler claimed the honours at the 2015 Lough 5 on New Year’s Eve.

A record-breaking 700 runners took to the start line but it was Hamilton and Butler who led the way home.

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The winner crossed the finish line in 25.14 minutes, followed by Foyle Valley’s Scott Rankin, runner-up at the Grencastle 5 on Boxing Day, some 15 seconds behind. Third place on the podium went to City of Lisburn runner Chris Madden in 25.51.

Omagh Harriers meanwhile claimed a one-two in the ladies’ race with Butler sprinting home in 30.41minutes, well ahead of club mate Niamh Heaney in 33.45. Ann Paul, City of Derry, completed the top three a further three seconds  behind.

Once again the popular festive event proved a raging success and one of the chief organisers, Ann Logue thanked all who took part and all those who had worked hard behind the scenes in preparation.

“A massive thanks to everyone today who came to Loughmacrory and took part in the Lough 5,” she said.

“It was a pleasure to have you here and we hope to see you all again soon.

“We have to give an even bigger thanks to everyone who came this morning and helped us host this race. Without your help it would be impossible. Thank you very much.”

There were also emotional scenes at the finish line as Philip Anderson completed his 57th marathon of 2015.

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At the start of the year he pledged to do a weekly 26.2mile route in aid of the Mary Anderson Foundation, set up in memory of his late wife.

His son, Peter, joined him for the last few yards to mark a memorable conclusion to his marathon milestone as hundreds of people cheered them along.

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