Armagh International 5k Road Race 2023 (9th Feb)
The Armagh International 5k Road Race was held on Thursday evening 9th February and attracted athletes from the USA, UK, Finland, Poland, Belgium, France, Germany, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, among others. The men’s 5k race was stacked with talent and like previous years did not disappoint. On a flat fast course of 1km laps of the Mall in Armagh, under floodlighting and encouraged all the way by the commentator and the cheering crowds, the winner set a new course record of 13 minutes 37 seconds, there were 17 finishers under 15 minutes and 132 under 15 minutes. Jamie Battle finished well up in 36th place with 14:08, followed in by Vinny Connolly in 14:40 and Euan Lagan in 14:47, all pleased with their performances in a top class race. As an indication of the quality of the race, the last man to finish, in 173rd place, ran 16:17, a time that would place him inside the top twenty in most other 5k races around Ireland!