Armagh Road Races: Weightman equals her course record as Stabler wins men's race

Laura Weightman and Jessica Judd also filled the top positions in the 1500m at last year's British Championships
Laura Weightman and Jessica Judd filled the top two positions in the women's race in Armagh

Laura Weightman equalled her course record to triumph at the Armagh Road Races as Sam Stabler won the men's 5km race to make it an English double.

Weightman matched her 2017 3km time of eight minutes 59 seconds to finish ahead of compatriots Jessica Judd (9:03) and Verity Ockenden (9:14).

Emma Mitchell (9:19) was sixth with Fionnuala Ross (9:28) 12th and Kerry O'Flaherty (9:35) in 17th spot.

Stabler clocked 13:59 as he came in a second ahead of Charlie Hulson.

Last year's men's winner Hulson produced a late surge to storm in contention while American Jordan Mann completed the podium a further two seconds back with Belgian Yannick Michiels on the same time in fourth spot.

Mann led for much of the last lap around Armagh City centre but was chased down by both Liverpool Harrier Hulson and Stabler, with the later snatching victory in the final couple of strides.

City of Lisburn's James Edgar was the leading Northern Irish finisher in 30th spot, 28 seconds off the pace with Neil Johnston (14:35) 45th and Danny Mooney (14:43) 67th.

Emma Mitchell will represent Northern Ireland in the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games
Emma Mitchell could double up at this weekend's Irish Indoors after running well in Armagh on Thursday night

In the men's 3km open race, Poland's Michal Rozmys broke the course record as he triumphed in 8:30 which left him ahead of last year's winner, North Down's Craig McMeechan (8:43) with St Colman's Newry talent Jack O'Farrell (8:59) completing the podium spots.

Meanwhile, Emma Mitchell will be among several of Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games competitors in action at this weekend's Irish Indoor Championships at Abbotstown.

Mitchell has entered for both the 3,000m and 1500m, with Kerry O'Flaherty who controversially missed out on Gold Coast selection, set to be among her opponents in the shorter event.

Sommer Lecky is back in action in the high jump after defeating Rio Olympics silver medallist Mirela Demireva in Belgium last weekend.

Gold Coast-bound Heptathlete Kate O'Connor will compete in the 60m, 200m and long jump while long jumper Adam McMullen will have another chance to break the eight-metre barrier at Abbotstown, in addition to also competing in the British Championships in Sheffield on Saturday.

Other Commonwealth Games hopefuls Leon Reid (60m and 200m) and Ben Reynolds (60H) will also compete in Dublin.

Amy Foster, who responded to her Commonwealth Games omission by booking her World Indoor Championship spot as she equalled the Irish record three weeks ago, will be in action in a competitive 60m also featuring Joan Healy, Ciara Neville and Molly Scott.

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