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Sub 4 minute miles and extra – Irish round-up

Extra motion from indoors, open air, on highway and within the mud for Irish athletes. Lindie Naughton reviews.

Hugh Armstrong of Ballina AC clocked a time of 63 minutes 59 to completed nineteenth in the Ghent Half Marathon on Sunday (March 13).

Regionally, Jake O’Regan of the St John’s Membership in Co Clare made it three victories in as many weekends when he led dwelling 1,389 finishers from all around the nation at the Bohermeen Half Marathon in Co Meath, on Sunday (March 13).

O’Regan’s time of 64 minutes 52 noticed him end comfortably away from Conor Duffy of Glaslough Harriers who completed second in 65:53. Over a minute behind for third place in 66:59 was Martin Hoare of Celbridge AC.

First lady in 75:14 was Olympic steeplechaser Michelle Finn of Leevale AC. Second in 78:59 was Sheila O’Byrne of Sli Cualann AC, whereas third and first W40 in 79:46 was Natalie Corridor of Victoria Park and Connswater AC.

In a well-supported crew competitors, Donore Harriers, led by Eoin Durkan 14th, have been the winners of the Fr Delaney Cup for the perfect males’s crew with its six counters all dwelling inside the highest 49. Clonliffe Harriers have been second and Trim AC third, with 28 groups ending.

Brothers Pearse AC, led by Dee O’Keeffe in tenth place, took the Rennicks Cup for the highest girls’s crew, with its 4 finishers inside the highest 35. A surprising thirty-seven girls’s groups accomplished the race — worthy of a Nationwide championships.

The Jimmy’s Ten brings robust competitors

Additionally on Sunday, Neil McCartan made it a house win for race organisers East Down AC at the annual Jimmy’s Ten in Downpatrick, which had an entry of shut to 6 hundred runners.

McCartan accomplished the 10km course in 30 minutes 52 secs, placing him half a minute away from Owen Carleton of Annadale Striders who crossed the road in 31:23 and was first M35. On day for East Down AC, Aaron McGrady completed third in 32.02. Regardless of that, Newcastle and District AC pipped East Down for the crew prize, with Ballydrain Harriers third.

Photograph: Keith McClure

First lady in a stable time of 33 minutes 14 secs was Emma Mitchell of Clonliffe Harriers. In second place was Sinead Murtagh of Newcastle and District AC who completed in 36:34 and was additionally first W40. Third in 38:23 was Eimear McCracken of Metropolis of Lisburn AC. East Down took the crew honours forward of Willowfield TH and Murlough AC.

22 seconds throughout the primary 5 in Killeagh

Jennifer Montague and John Meade continued on their profitable methods with victories at the Killeagh 4 mile race in East Cork, write John Walshe

Leevale athlete Montague was a transparent winner two weeks in the past over 10 miles at Kinsale however on this event the margin couldn’t be nearer as each she and runner-up Sharon Rynne of the Kilmurry-Ibrickane membership have been credited with the identical time of 23:58.

In third was one other Leevale runner, Nadine Forde, in 25:18 with native Midleton athlete Eileen Leahy having run to take fourth in 26:00.

Meade of St Finbarr’s AC had gained the MTU 5km every week earlier however, like Montague, had a tussle on his palms as simply 22 seconds lined the primary 5. His profitable time of 20:40 put him eight seconds forward of Leevale’s Donal Coakley.

James McCarthy of East Cork AC confirmed a return to type when taking third in 20:59, three seconds forward of Michael Herlihy of North Cork AC.

Organised by the native GAA membership, the race actually wasn’t a rip-off as for an entry payment of €10 there was an intensive prize listing together with the return of the welcome after-race refreshments and glorious altering services.

Hehir goes rom 50k to 10k to indicate the leg pace

At the Nice Gorey Run in Co Wexford – additionally on Sunday – just lately topped Nationwide 50km champion Sean Hehir of Metro St Brigid’sAC dropped down the distances to win the 10km comfortably in 33 minutes 6 secs. First lady was Belinda Kehoe of Sliabh Bhuidhe Rovers AC in 43:32.

Winners of the half marathon have been Myles Gibbons of Sliabh Bhuidhe Rovers AC in 74:47 and Lucy O’Malley in 88:11.

Mick Fogarty of Ferbane AC in 15:21 and Portlaoise’s Mary Mulhare in 17:06 have been the winners of the Tullamore Harriers AC 5km, which was one other Sunday race. First W50 was the ageless Pauline Curley of the host membership in 18:33.

A day earlier, native athlete Declan Reed of Metropolis of Derry Spartans gained the Walled Metropolis 10-Mile, at St Columb’s Park, in Derry.

Reed proved the standard of the sphere ending in 52 minutes 9 secs and likewise first M45. Second in 53:54 was Reed’s clubmate Allan Bogle. Tenth and first lady was Jessica Craig in 56:53.

After a six-month absence as a result of harm, Yared Derese of Carrick Aces AC returned to racing at Sunday’s Glaslough 5km, which he duly gained in 14 minutes 45 seconds. Second in 15:00 was Conor Maguire of Monaghan Phoenix AC.

First lady was Denise McCann of Galbally Runners in 19:08. Armagh AC took each women and men’s crew prizes.


On the UK Intercounties Cross-Nation Championships in Loughborough, the NI and Ulster males’s crew completed a creditable second behind Surrey.

Main dwelling the crew was Eskander Turki in tenth place — precisely one minute behind race winner Calum Johnson of the North East crew. He was adopted by Conan McCaughey 18th, Andrew Milligan thirty first, Andrew Annett 54th, Donal Farren 71st, Craig McMeechan 72nd and Zak Hanna 75ht. A complete of 289 accomplished the race.

Within the girls’s race, Claire McGuigan was thirty first and Robyn McGee thirty ninth of 274 finishers.

Rebecca Rossiter from Ulster and Scott Fagan from Leinster have been the winners of the senior races at the All Eire Faculties Cross-Nation Championships held in moist and windy Mallusk, Co Antrim, on Saturday (March 13).

Each races have been full of Irish junior worldwide athletes. Rossiter from Down HS beat Roise Roberts of Dominican Fortwilliam and Emma McEvoy of Loreto St Stephen’s Inexperienced within the ladies’ 3.5 km race, whereas ending behind Fagan within the boys’ 6km have been Dean Casey and Niall Murphy, each from St Flannan’s Ennis.

With Dean’s twin Dylan ending fourth, St Flannan’s have been clear winners of the senior boys’ crew title from Fagan’s Castleknock Neighborhood School. Ard Scoil Ris was third.

Profitable the ladies’ crew title was Down Excessive College adopted by PS na Trionoide and Loreto Kilkenny.

End of the day got here within the boy’s inter 5km the place Lughaigh Mallan of Rathmore GS simply made it dwelling forward of Sean Lawton of CP Bantry, with Peter Farrell of St Flannan’s Ennis a tempo or two adrift for third. Crew winners have been Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar by 4 factors from Rathmore GS, with St Colman’s Fermoy third.

Profitable the ladies’ inter 3.5km was Lucy Foster of Down HS; Clodagh Gill of St Mary’s Ballina was second and Anna Watson of St Joseph of Cluny third. SH Tullamore packed effectively to take the crew trophy forward of St Mary’s Ballina and Col Mhuire Ennis.

Within the youthful age teams, Niamh Garvey of Killina SS and Sean Corry of St Michael’s Enniskillen have been the person winners at junior degree. Sullivan Higher took the woman’s crew trophy, whereas St Michael’s Enniskillen proved better of the boys.

Emer McKee of OLSP Knock and Noah Watt of Campbell School made it an Ulster double at minor degree, the place the profitable faculties have been the Pres Kilkenny ladies and the Naas CBS boys.

The tip of the season for mud

In the 2021-22 NI and Ulster Cross Nation League, the Annadale Striders males and the Newcastle and District AC girls got here out high of their respective tables.

Within the males’s league, Annadale, with 144 factors from their finest six outcomes, completed away from North Belfast Harriers 128pts and North Down AC 120pts.

Newcastle and District AC amassed 132 factors to high the ladies’s desk forward of North Down AC 128 pts and North Belfast Harriers 126pts.

So endeth the cross-country season!

Photograph: Andrew Coscoran coaching with the Dublin Observe Membership 


Efficiency of the week indoors got here from 17-year-old Mid-Ulster AC athlete Nick Griggs who set a brand new European U20 report of three:56.40 for the indoor mile at the NIA Dwell meet held at Abbbotsown on Thursday (March 10).

Griggs completed second within the race, solely a step behind Andrew Coscoran of Star of the Sea AC, who completed in a superb 3:56.27. He was smashing the prevailing report of 4:02.33 set by Britain’s Robbie Farnham-Rose in 2013. Griggs’ time was simply shy of German Fernandez’ world U20 indoor report of three:55.02 set in 2009.

In different races, Paul Robinson of St Coca’s AC gained the 800m in 1:52.78.

At the Nationwide Junior and U23 Indoors in Athlone on Sunday (March 13), center distance spotlight of the day was a championships finest time of 1:51.86 within the junior males’s 800m for Ferrybank’s Callum Hurley.

In a aggressive junior girls’s 800m, Maeve O’Neill of Doheny AC out-sprinted Emma Moore from Galway Metropolis Harriers and Cara Laverty of FinnValley for victory in 2:11.89. O’Neill is the daughter of former Irish worldwide athlete Anna Collins.

Ferrybank’s Jake Bagge gained the U23 males’s 800m in 1:52.45, whereas Patrick Noonan of Craughwell AC took the 1500m title in 4:01.85. A transparent winner of the U23 girls’s 800m title was Ellis Conway of Carrick on Shannon AC in 2:14.83.

Throughout the Atlantic indoors

Brian Fay of Raheny Shamrock completed sixth within the 5000m on the opening day of the NCAA Division I Indoor Observe and Subject Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday (March 11). Barry Keane completed eleventh in 13:35.01.

17 July 2021; Rhasidat Adeleke of Eire after profitable gold within the closing of the ladies’s 200 metres throughout day three of the European Athletics U20 Championships on the Kadriorg Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph by Marko Mumm/Sportsfile

Within the girls’s 60m heats, Rhasidat Adeleke of Tallaght AC damaged the Irish 60m indoor report with a blistering time of seven.17 secs.

At NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Pittsburgh, Ava O’Connor of Tullamore Harriers completed a creditable third within the girls’s mile in 4:55.66. Fiona Hawkins was sixth within the 3000m in 9:26.56, whereas James Dunne of Tullamore Harriers was 14th within the males’s 3000m in 8:06.45. All three have been representing Adams State.

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