North Belfast Harriers Afternoon of 5,000m Races 2021 (8th May)
PBs for Cormac Dalton & Claire Fagan
Cormac Dalton and Claire Fagan made a welcome return to action in the “North Belfast Harriers Afternoon of 5,000m Races” at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast on Saturday 8th May. Both athletes made a great start to the season with personal best times. The women 5,000m was the first race of the day and Claire ran a brave race, following the pacemaker for the first 2,000m. Just after the halfway point, Claire lost contact with the eventual race winner but battled very well over the final mile and was rewarded with a personal best time of 16 minutes 43.60 seconds. This was nearly five seconds faster than she had previously run for the distance.
The 5,000m for elite men was the final race of the afternoon. Cormac made his intentions clear from the outset, always featuring in the top three athletes and taking the lead on several occasions to ensure a strong pace was maintained. With a mile to go, Cormac broke clear with one other competitor. They remained together until the bell sounded with one lap remaining and Cormac dramatically increased the pace to win by a margin of twenty metres. Cormac’s time of 13 minutes 59.05 seconds was a personal best by a huge margin of forty seven seconds. It was an excellent season opener and he can take real satisfaction from getting under the 14 minute barrier for 5,000m. This performance is all the more satisfying considering that it was his first competitive race since the European Cross Country in December 2019, eighteen months ago.