MORE than 420 runners turned out for the Dunmanway 10k recently which proved a great success despite the “changeable” weather.

The race started in glorious conditions, with many of the competitors resorting to wearing sunglasses and the record turnout ensured a busy start to the race.

About 20 minutes into the race, a heavy shower of rain came down and continued for the rest of the race.

Once registration was complete it was apparent that the ladies course record, set two years ago, would be under threat and indeed the top four ladies this year broke the existing course record.

This years Cork Marathon victor, Angela McCann, took the spoils in a new course record time of 38:07.

She was followed home by Ann-Marie Holland in 38:50, and Margaret Crowley-Murphy in 40:15.

Fourth home was Maura Regan who also broke the previous course record for good measure in 40:21.

It was also apparent after registration that the men’s race this year was going to be a close affair with three athletes standing out.

International duathlete Cathal O’Donovan, Cork County Senior Cross Country champion Barry Donovan and local international athlete Joe Warne were out front together for the first half of the race before Cathal and Barry picked up the pace.

It was nip and tuck all the way until Cathal O’Donovan eventually triumphed in a time of 32:54.

Barry Donovan finished just six seconds back for the closest finish ever in 33:00.

Joe Warne made up the top three placings in 34:00.

The organisers would like thank all those involved in making the Dunmanway 10k 2012 such a success, especially all the participants who battled through the elements!