Sarah McCormack goes sub 16 at BMC 5,000

Clonliffe Harriers` Scottish based athlete Sarah McCormack made a significent break through at Saturday night`s BMC meet in Bedford winning the 5,000 in a time of 15.49.03. The BMC report on a superb race with Megan Brown (CAN) setting a great pace the field was quickly whittled down to Hannah Walker (GBR), Sarah McCormack (IRL) , Beth Potter (GBR) plus Eva Hieblinger-Schultz (Austria). Shortly after 3k Potter dropped off the pace and then the Austrian fell by the wayside and when Brown stepped off the track it was left to a straight head-to-head between Walker and McCormack. The diminutive Walker looked favourite as on paper she had a faster time that McCormack, who came into the race with a best of 16:19.83. But McCormack stuck to Walker’s shoulder before unleashing a terrific burst in the final 150 metres to race clear for victory in a massive PB of 15:49.03. “That is definitely my best run of the season, better than my win in the 10,000m at the British Students’ Championships,” said McCormack.

Sarah`s time shattered her pb and club record set earlier this Summer by half a minute and also places her 2nd on the Irish 2012 rankings behind Fionnula Britton. Sarah previously this season won the British Universities 10,000 Championship in the London Olympic stadium. She also won her first National medal finishing 3rd in the National 10k Road Championships held in conjunction with the Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park on April 15th and was 4th after an excellent run in the National cross Country in Santry.