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Professional Warm Weather Training

A group of Irish Middle to Long Distance Athletes are heading to Gran Canaria this December/ January. This camp was very successful last year and included the likes of David Campbell and Paul Robinson.



The camp is run based on the principles of nutrition and all round well being.

Here are some testimonials from last years crew


 The weather is a balmy 25 degrees in winter and one of the few hot spots in europe whilst we are all up to our necks in snow.

This years trip is being organised by Daire Bermingham who can be contacted at or at his facebook.





Sweeney and Culhane Wins Rathfarnham 5km

dJoe Sweeney, DSD won todays Rathfarnham 5k Run in a time of 14.16, Sean Hehir, Rathfarnham WSAF was 2nd in 14.50 and Tommy Evans, Gowran AC was 3rd. in 14.58. Aoife Culhane (nee Byrne), DSD won the ladies race in 16.41, Annette Kealy Raheny AC was 2nd in 16.50 and Aoife Talty was 3rd in 16.54. Full results to follow shortly on this site and tomorrow in the Irish Independent. Full Results are attached below. Some pictures are posted in the Gallery. More to follow. Thanks to all for your support. All profits go St. Luke's Hospital Rathgar.

Full Results Here



Joe Sweeney and Aoife Culhane, DSD winning the Rathfarnham 5k today


Mageean 5th in race won by World 1500m Champion

A frustrated and disappointed Ciara Mageean had to settle for 5th place in last night's International 1500 metres race in Tangier, Morocco. 

The Lisburn AC athlete finished behind newly crowned World champion Jennifer Simpson of the US who won a slow tactical race in 4 mins 10 secs.

Coach Eamonn Christie said he had been led to believe by the organisers that a pacemaker would be supplied for the race which in Ciara's case would have helped her towards the Olympic "A" standard time which she is so close to achieving.

In the event there was no paced assistance with the inevitable result that a slow run race was determined by a virtual sprint over the last 300 metres. However, the Portaferry woman took consolation from the fact that she defeated several athletes in the race with considerably faster PB 's.

[Please note we are still waiting official results as they are unavailable from the Meet website]

Click Here For Tangier Web Site

Mageean will now take a well earned rest before embarking on a fairly low key cross country season prior to the key track season build up to London 2012. 

 1500 m

1. Jennifer Simpson (USA) 4:15.07.
2. Anna Mishchenko (UKR) 4:15.13.
3. Hind Chahyd (FRA) 4:15.55.
4. Tatiana Tomashova (RUS) 4:16.38.
5. Chara Mageean (IRL) 4:16.48.
6. Kaila Mcnight (AUS) 4:16.51.
7. Zoe Buckman (AUS) 4:16.59.
8. Hellen Obiri (KEN) 4:17.62.
9. Siham Hilali (MAR) 4:17.71.
10. Mercy Njoroge (KEN) 4:19.08.
11. Salima Ouali-Alami (MAR) 4:28.68.

Donegal 5km Road Championships

Ciaran Doherty, 2011 winner of the 3000m Steeplechase World Masters title (Sacramento, CA) in July, leads the way from start to finish in the Donegal County 5K Road.
1. Ciaran Doherty (Letterkenny AC) 15:19
2. Pauric McKinney (LAC) 15.28
3. Danny Mooney (LAC) 15.33
4. Christopher Johnston (LAC) 15:52
5. Sco Rankin 15:55 (Foyle Valley AC)
6. Mark Hoy16:01 (Finn Valley AC)
7. Michael Black 16.07 (LAC)
8. Jonathon Patton 16:15 (LAC)
9. Dermot Brennan 16:33 (Finn Valley)
10. Keith Shiels 16:38 ((Foyle Valley)
1. Teresa McGloin 17: 19 (Finn Valley)
2. Helena Crossan 18:40 (Inishowen AC)
3. Noreen McGettigan 19.09 (LAC)
4. Catherine Lilburn 19.34 (City of Derry AC)
5. Angela Speight 19.4 (Finn Valley)


World Champs Irish Team update (23-08-2011)


Team Release:


Rob and Marian Heffernan (Mens 20km-50km and Women’s 4x400m Relay) both members of Athletics Ireland 2011 World Championship team in Daegu have returned back to Ireland on learning of the sudden and tragic death of Rob Heffernan’s mother.  All of the team members and Athletics Ireland extend our heart-filled condolences to the Heffernan family for their loss.   


Preview of the Woodies DIY National Championships

Tori Pena sets new Irish Pole Vault Record and earns the B standard for Daegu

Irish competing in Gent, Belgium

Tyson Gay: Paralympian Jason Smyth has better sprinting technique than me

Team Ireland announced for World University Games


The Colleges and University Sports Association of Ireland (CUSAI) have announced the 26 athletes who will be competing at the World University Games in Shenzhen , China , August 12th to the 23rd.
Chinese Ambassador Liu Biwei and Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring TD were in attendance to meet the athletes as well as give encouragement in their medal quests.

Ambassador Biwei opened the ceremony by welcoming the athletes and expressed his delight at the opportunities that the Games bring to Ireland .

With over 180 countries attending the games in Shenzhen, this is a chance for the athletes to be ambassadors for Ireland in China ,” said Ambassador Biwei.

Shenzhen will be a place that they can win together, learn about each other and to understand others better as well as experience Chinese culture.”

Minister of State Michael Ring echoed the Chinese Ambassador as he expressed the honour of representing your country abroad.
Not only is it a great honour to represent Ireland but it is an even bigger honour to represent your country abroad.”
We want to wish these 26 athletes the very best of luck and hope they will be returning with medals in hand,” said Minister Ring.

CUSAI Chairman, Kieran Dowd closed the ceremony by giving a special thanks to all those involved as the Irish Delegation and competitors are set to depart for Shenzhen beginning August 8th.
This event will mark the 26th International University Sports Federation (FISU) Summer Universiade and 26 Irish athletes will be competing in six different sports including Archery, Athletics, Golf, Swimming, Taekwondo and Weightlifting.

The official opening ceremony of the World University Games takes place on Friday, August 12th.


Amy Foster, Co Down
Brendan Boyce, Co Donegal
Darren McBrearty, Co Donegal
Jessie Barr, Co Limerick
Justine Kinney
, England
Kourosh Foroughi, Co Meath
Laura Reynolds, Co Leitrim
Micheál Doyle, Co Dublin



Griffin Wins Ireland's 6th medal of the EYOF Championships (29-7-2011)

Karl Griffin went into today's 800m final as the 3rd fastest qualifier and with the fastest pb. Griffin managed to be in a good position throughout the race but the the Serbian and Belgian athletes who are a year older than Karl proved to strong in the sprint finish. Karl finished in the Bronze medal position with a time of 1.51.64 to pick up Ireland's sixth medal of the championships and caps of a brilliant championships for the team. Karl will be happy with the bronze seeing that he will be eligible again next year for the European Olympic trials and the the World Olympics.  

Also in action today was Young Marcus Lawlor in the Boys 200m final. He fought bravely but prevailed in 5th position and a new Irish record again of 21.61. Marcus will also be eligible next year to compete in the European Olympic trials and the World Olympics.

Ciara Giles Doran managed a 7th place finish in the Girls 200m final with a time of 24.87. This final was a very competitive race with the Championship best being demolished by Ekaterina Renzhina of Russia.

 All in all this was by far the best Championships Ireland have had in a very long time. Well done to all.


Irish and Ulster Celtic Team announced (29-7-2011)

Irish Team Here

Donegal have dominated the Ulster selection with 10 athletes on the team. 6 from Finn Valley, 3 from Tir Chonaill including Karl Griffin in the 800m and 1 from Letterkenny including Euro champ Ruairi Finnegan. The full Team will be up later.



Mageean grabs European Silver (24-7-2011)


The final two Irish athletes were in action today in their respective finals on the final day of the 21st European Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

First up was Ferrybanks AC’s Thomas Barr in the 400m Hurdles final.

Barr had broken the Irish junior record twice coming into the final in his heat and semi-final, and had improved his PB by over a second and a half over the course of these championships.

Drawn in the reasonably good lane 3, the 19 year old Barr gave it 100% in this afternoon’s final, but at the finish had to settle for 6th place, but in another excellent time of 51.02 seconds, which was the 3rd time the Waterford man has broken the old NJR at these championships.

Barr’s time of 50.74 run the semi is now the equal second fastest time by an Irish man over 400m H in history.

The Ferrybank athlete is without doubt a real genuine talent for the future, but today’s final may have been just a step too far for him at this time, after running such a fantastic opening two rounds.

The final was won by the pre-race favourite Varg Konigsmark of Germany, in an excellent championship record time of 49.70 (the only athlete to break 50 seconds), with the top five in the event also posting personal bests.

Next up for Ireland was our world junior silver medallist from last year, Ciara Mageean from the City of Lisburn club.

It’s arguably never easy to win a championship 1500 metres from the front, as the highly talented young Irish runner Mageean discovered to her disappointment this afternoon in Tallinn.

Mageean had bravely led every step of the way until the final 40 metres of the metric mile event, when she began to understandably tire.

In the final 30 metres, the 19 year old Mageean was passed by the tall Serb Amela Terzic, who came through with a smooth finishing kick to steal the gold medal in season’s best time of 4:15.40, and so completing a notable double, having also won the 3,000 m the previous day for Serbia.

Perhaps understandably, there were not many smiles from Mageean as she crossed the line in the silver medal position with season’s best of 4:16.82 - the same position she filled in the world juniors last year in 4:09.51.

But Mageean had taken the race to her worthy opponents from the gun – and nearly pulled off a front running gold medal.

Mageean’s fantastic silver medal though is the fourth for young Irish athletes in major championships during the current athletics season; going back to U23 Team Gold in December at the European cross-country, and then followed much more recently Brian Gregan’s brilliant silver over 400m in the European U23 championships, and Kate Veale’s magnificent gold in the 5000m Walk in the World Youths Championships.

After the race today, Mageean did not want to hide her apparent disappointment:

I can’t say that I’m truly satisfied with my performance, since I went out to win the gold medal, but I didn’t achieve my goal. The seasonal best does not matter much because the gold was my goal here. The track was good and the crowd supportive.”

The winner Terzic of Serbia was in a happier mood. “The race went very well for me, and I could not be happier. I changed all the goals I set for myself this year, and this is just splendid.”

Mageean will take some satisfaction that she gave the final of the 1500m everything she had on the day, and together with her coach Eamon Christie, will be planning to improve her PB later in the season. This race experience will no doubt stand to the Lisburn AC athlete in the years ahead on the international stage.
Overall there were some excellent performances by Irish athletes at these 21st European Junior Championships.

Two athletes set PB’s (Barr & Mills), another a SB (Mageean), and from the team of 14 athletes, eight finished in the top 15 in their event, so a good performance too.

The Irish Team will be returning home tomorrow Monday @ 12.05pm on SAS flight from Stockholm, Terminal 2. All media are invited to welcome Ciara and the rest of the team home from Tallinn.

The Irish Results today were:

Men’s 400m Hurdles Final
Rank Athlete Nation Reaction time Result
1 KÖNIGSMARK, Varg GER 0.311 49.70 CR
2 VANHAEREN, Stef BEL 0.144 50.01 PB
3 BENCOSME DE LEON, Jose Reynaldo ITA 0.192 50.30 PB
4 MÄGI, Rasmus EST 0.209 50.63 PB
5 YATO, Stephane FRA 0.161 50.75 PB
6 BARR, Thomas IRL 0.179 51.02
7 MÖRÖ, Oskari FIN 0.168 51.06
8 FRANZ, Felix GER 0.226 51.93

Women’s 1500m Final
Rank Athlete Nation Reaction time Result
1 TERZIC, Amela SRB 4:15.40 SB
2 MAGEEAN, Ciara IRL 4:16.82 SB
3 DOAGA, Ioana ROU 4:20.73
4 JÄSERT, Lisa GER 4:22.78
5 VANGANSBEKE, Zenobie BEL 4:24.21
6 NEUMEYER, Regina GER 4:24.75
7 OLLESCH, Lisa GER 4:25.43
8 BARR, Kajsa SWE 4:30.40
9 KYRYCHUK, Diana UKR 4:31.09
10 WALSH, Jennifer GBR 4:31.32
11 ALEXANDROVA, Dina RUS 4:34.87



Courtesy of AAI and Sportsfile 


Big PB for Lieghio at the Trafford BMC (23-7-2011)






The British Milers Club Trafford Grand Prix attracted a sizeable number of Irish athletes for the latest feast of middle distance running, with plenty of top class performances.

The pace making in the men’s 1,500m A race fell short of what athletes expected, with 59 seconds for the first lap. Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC), frustrated with the pace of the race took over the front running duties after 600m and continued in front to the line, winning in a time of 3:40.71 to continue his good form of recent weeks.

Anthony Lieghio (Tallaght AC) was perhaps the happiest athletes to leave the track last night after smashing his PB for 1,500m. He won the C race in a time of 3:45.36, his first time ever under 3:50. His previous best was 3:52.31 from May 2010.

Sara Treacy (Moynvalvey AC) was third in the 800m C race in a time of 2:08.65 to better her previous best for the distance of 2:10.06.

Joanne Cuddihy (Kilkenny City Harriers) ran her fastest time of the season when she won the 400m in Pergine Valsugana in Italy yesterday in a time of 52.34

Meeting “Citta di Pergine” Pergine Valsugana, ITA
1 CUDDIHY Joanne IRLANDA 52.34
2 RUBIE Annaliese AUSTRALIA 53.16
3 GENTILI Manuela A.S.D. C.U.S. PALERMO 53.70
4 CAREY Michelle IRLANDA 54.20
5 SIRTOLI Eleonora CAMELOT 54.50
6 ROSER Doris AUSTRIA 54.69

3 WHITE Deun USA 21.06

McCain Birmingham Games Birmingham
WOMENS 100m RACE 1 w/s 0.7
1 Abi Oyepitan Shaftesbury B 11.52
2 Kadi-Ann Thomas Milton Keynes 11.76
3 Tope Nuga NEB 11.81
4 Joey Duck Milton Keynes 11.85
5 Ailis McSweeney Ireland 11.89
6 Lucy Evans Sale H 12.01
7 Melisa Hanson Birchfield 12.02
8 Shauna Cannon Ireland 12.34

WOMENS 100m RACE 2 w/s 2.3
1 Emma Bailey Rugby & Nthpton 11.96
2 Catherine McManus Ireland 11.98
3 Aoife McNeil Ireland 12.00
4 Melinda Cooksey Birchfield 12.05

MENS 100m RACE 1 w/s 2.4
1 Mark Lewis Francis Birchfield 10.23
2 Remaldo Rose Jamaica 10.25
3 Matic Osovnikar Slovenia 10.43
4 Mark Findlay NEB 10.51
5 Julian Thomas Birchfield 10.65
6 Steven Colvert Crusaders AC 10.69
7 Daniel Davis WGEL 10.78

MENS 100m RACE 3 w/s 4.3
1 Rhys Knapman Cardiff 10.85
6 Deanna O’Byrne Dundrum S D 11.18

1 Emma Pullen Shrewsbury 53.69
2 Claire Bergin Ireland 53.73
3 Ambwene Simukonda TVH 54.64

MENS 400m RACE 1
1 Jermaine Gayle Jamaica 47.19
2 Michael Warner Notts 47.54
3 Tom Miller Cardiff 47.93
4 Annsert Whyte Jamaica 48.13
5 Nick Hogan Ireland 48.59
6 Timothy Burn Richmond 49.02
7 Markus Hunt Chelmsford 49.07
8 Billy Ryan Loughborough 49.63

MENS 400m RACE 2
1 Richard Davenport NEB 47.35
2 Zach King Notts 48.86
3 Dwayne Lewis Birchfield 48.95
4 Jonathan Hornblow Derby 49.03
5 Paul Judson Notts 49.07
6 Dara Kervick Ireland 49.18

WOMENS 100mH w/s 3.3
1 Mairead Murphy Ireland 13.65
2 Annimari Korte Finland 13.74
3 Dominque Blaize Kingston 14.08

MENS 110mH RACE 2 w/s 0.0
1 Ciaran O’Caithan Ireland 14.96
2 Andrew Sturrock Gateshead 15.05
3 Richard Baderin Liverpool H 15.09
4 Ashley Wilson Victoria Park 15.67
Simon Taggart Donore DQ

MENS 200m RACE 1 w/s 0.5
1 Richard Strachan Trafford 21.21
2 David Lima BRAT 21.23
3 Steven Colvert Crusaders AC 21.44
4 Matic Osovnikar Solvenia 21.58

MENS 200m RACE 3 w/s 2.9
1 Nick Kanonik Birchfield 21.84
2 Nicholas Pryce RSC 22.04
3 Jonathan Hornblow Derby 22.12
4 Ross McDonald Birchfield 22.21
5 Deanna O’Byrne Dundrum SD 22.30

WOMENS 200m RACE 2 w/s 1.6
1 Kadi-Ann Thomas Milton Keynes 24.35
2 Tope Nuga NEB 24.44
3 Stephanie Creaner Ireland 24.81
4 Melisa Hanson Birchfield 24.87
5 Aoife MacNeil Ireland 25.11

WOMENS 200m RACE 3 w/s 1.6
1 Sian Pledger Bolton U H 25.15
2 Susanna Banjo NEB 25.34
3 Shaunna Cannon Ireland 25.44

MENS 110mH 2nd Round RACE 2 w/s 4.0
1 Edirin Okoro Birchfield 13.96
2 Simon Taggart Donore 14.21
3 Andrew Sturrock Gateshead 14.86
4 Cairan O’Cathain Ireland 14.97

Trafford Grand Prix Manchester
BMC 800m C (Mens)
1 1:50.62 Jack Hallas U23 Wakefield / Leeds Metropolitan Un
2 1:51.58 Andrew De-camps Gloucester / Swansea Uni
3 1:51.78 Chris Smith U23 Wirral / Birmingham Uni / Liverpool
6 1:52.58 Darragh Greene Dunleer / Ireland
8 1:53.26 David Campbell University College Dublin / Irela
9 2:02.17 Mark Patterson U23 North Down / Ireland

BMC 800m A (Womens)
1 2:03.06 Jessica Smith Canada
2 2:03.29 Stacey Smith U23 Gateshead / Teeside U
3 2:03.31 Helen Crofts U23 Canada
4 2:03.44 Karen Harewood V35 Corby
5 2:03.48 Lemlen Ogbasilassie Canada
6 2:04.15 Holly Noack Australia
7 2:06.16 Kelly Mcneice City Of Lisburn / Windsor Slough
8 2:06.35 Lucy Dowsett U23 Cambridge & Coleridge / Birmingha

BMC 800m C (Womens)
1 2:07.08 Claire Burgoyne Shrewsbury / Staffordshire Uni / Bi
2 2:07.83 Rebecca Linney U20 Liverpool H
3 2:08.65 Sara Treacy U23 Moynalvey / Birmingham Uni / Irelan
4 2:08.82 Lovisa Lindh U23 Sweden
5 2:09.42 Lisa Aguilera Canada
6 2:09.78 Anna Simmonds Notts / Birmingham Uni
7 2:11.46 Sinead Denny U23 Dundrum South Dublin / Ireland

BMC 1500m A (Mens)
1 3:40.71 Ciaran O’lionaird Leevale / Florida State Uni / Irela
2 3:40.79 Andreas Bueno Denmark
3 3:41.61 Hans Kristian Floystad U23 Norway
4 3:41.86 Liam Boylan-pett United States
5 3:42.24 Frank Baddick Newham & Essex Beagles / Loughbor
6 3:42.28 James Brewer Cheltenham
7 3:43.26 Andrew Blerton Canada
8 3:44.00 Jonathan Mellor Liverpool H / Liverpool John Moor
9 3:44.38 Rory Chesser Ennis Track / Newham & Essex Beag
10 3:45.53 Tommy Schmitz United States
11 3:47.72 Niall Brooks U23 Sale Harriers Manchester
12 3:49.13 Daniel Clorley U23 Luton / Birmingham Uni / Team Bedfo
13 3:49.22 Stephen Davies Belgrave

BMC 1500m B (Mens)
1 3:43.35 Philip Hurst U23 Elswick / Gateshead
2 3:44.71 Andy Wiles New Marske
3 3:44.98 Staffan Ek U23 Sweden
4 3:45.82 Richard Weir Derby / Staffordshire Uni
5 3:46.13 David Forrester U23 St. Helens Sutton / Florida State
6 3:47.53 Luke Minns U23 Blackpool Wyre & Fylde / Central
7 3:47.65 Conor Bradley City Of Derry
8 3:48.11 Michael Salter U23 Leeds City / Birmingham Uni
9 3:49.77 Conor Healy Clonliffe / Ireland

BMC 1500m C (Mens)
1 3:45.36 Anthony Leighio U23 Tallaght / Ireland
2 3:46.72 Harry Harper U23 Liverpool H / Birmingham Uni
3 3:47.25 Mark Hanrahan Leevale / Ireland
4 3:48.10 Martin Nilson U23 Sweden
5 3:49.00 Richard Morrell New Marske
6 3:49.12 Daniel Mooney Letterkenny / Ulster Uni / Ireland
7 3:49.37 Anton Wohlin U23 Sweden
8 3:49.46 Thomas Fitzpatrick Tallaght / Ireland
9 3:50.18 Ian Williamson Birchfield H / Edinburgh / Loughbor
10 3:54.18 Daire Bermingham Raheny Shamrocks / Stony Brook Un

BMC 1500m D (Mens)
1 3:48.44 David Rooney Ireland
2 3:49.45 James Bailey Sale Harriers Manchester / Loughb
3 3:49.95 Michael Kershaw U23 Cardiff / UWIC
4 3:50.04 Charlie Maclean U23 Bristol & West
5 3:50.45 Dale Worton U23 Leeds City
6 3:51.30 Tom Phillips Woodford Green Essex Ladies / Uwi
7 3:54.68 Dan Garbutt Durham / Leeds Metropolitan Uni
8 3:58.35 Matthew Shirling U17 St. Helens Sutton
9 4:06.13 Michael Mckillop St. Malcahly’s

BMC 1500m F (Mens)
1 3:55.20 Max Thomas U20 Hastings Ac
2 3:55.85 Ray Hynes Crusaders / Ireland
3 3:57.63 Gary O’Hanlon V35 Clonliffe / Ireland
4 3:57.66 Paul Leck U23 Kilbarchan / Strathclyde Uni
10 4:06.72 Ronan Duggan U23 Bandon / Ireland

BMC 1500m A (Womens)
1 4:17.58 Orla Drumm University College Cork / Ireland
2 4:18.76 Katrina Wootton Bedford & County / Coventry Uni
3 4:19.32 Charlotta Fougberg Sweden
4 4:20.54 Kerry Harty Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow /

BMC 3000m A (Mens)
1 7:56.84 James Wilkinson U23 Leeds City / Birmingham Uni
2 7:57.21 Sean Connolly Tallaght / Ireland
3 7:58.83 Jonathan Taylor Morpeth / Teeside Uni
4 7:58.90 Tetsuya Yoroizaka U23 Japan
5 8:00.19 Luke Gunn Derby
6 8:02.45 Michael Mulhare U23 Belgrave / North Laois / Ireland
7 8:05.43 David Jankowski Southampton / United States
8 8:06.88 John Coghlan Metro St. Brigid’s / Ireland
9 8:07.34 Takuya Fukatsu Japan
10 8:08.88 Tom Doe Lincoln Wellington / Birmingham U
11 8:10.73 Brian Maher Swansea / Kilkenny / Ireland
14 8:17.98 Eddie Mcginley Liverpool H / Annadale
20 8:45.18 John Travers U23 Donore / Ireland

BMC 3000m A (Womens)
1 9:12.66 Naomi Taschimowitz U23 Taunton / Cambridge Uni / Enfield &
12 10:09.28 Niamh Roe Eagle / Ireland
13 10:14.89 Deirdre Doyle U23 Tinryland / Ireland

Mid-week Results

Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern SUI

MAN 100 m (A) Serie
Serie 1 Wind: -0,2
1. Ashmeade Nickel 90 JAM JAM 10.24
2. Kimmons Trell 85 USA USA 10.27
3. Padgett Travis 86 USA USA 10.28
4. Roach Kimmari 90 JAM JAM 10.39
5. Smyth Jason 87 IRL IRL 10.43
6. Rouge-Serret Aaron 88 AUS AUS 10.43

MAN 200 m Serie
Serie 1 Wind: 0,0 m 21.07.11 21:08
Rang Name Jg Verein Land Leistung Bem.
1. Dix Walter 86 USA USA 20.02
2. Anderson Marvin 82 JAM JAM 20.54
3. Dobson Jeremy 87 USA USA 20.58
4. Devonish Marlon 87 GBR GBR 20.74
5. Hession Paul 83 IRL IRL 20.82
6. Brian Dzingai 81 ZIM ZIM 20.89

WOM 3000 m Steeple Serie
Serie 1 21.07.11 20:51
Rang Name Jg Verein Land Leistung Bem.
1. Parker Barbara 82 GBR GBR 9:35.46
2. Ayana Almaz 91 ETH ETH 9:36.46
3. Di Crescenzo Delilah 83 USA USA 9:42.84
4. Muyanga Christine 91 KEN KEN 9:42.88
5. Kowalska Katarzyna 85 POL POL 9:47.55
6. Garcia Stephanie 88 USA USA 9:48.13
7. Ramos Beverly 87 PUR PUR 9:49.72
8. Dejaeghere Veerle 73 BEL BEL 9:51.73
9. Reilly Stephanie 78 IRL IRL 10:00.49
10. Hall Sara 83 USA USA 10:05.89

WOM High Jump
Rang Name Jg Verein Land Leistung Bem.
1. Radzivil Svetlana 87 UZB UZB 1.89
2. Petre Esthera 90 ROM ROM 1.89
3. Lundmark Beatrice 80 GAB Bellinzona SUI 1.86
4. Demo Giovanna 87 ITA ITA 1.80
5. Blazej Karolina 86 POL POL 1.80
6. Forrester Nicole 76 Unitas Malcantone CAN 1.80
Francis Sheree 83 JAM JAM 1.80
Ryan Deirdre 82 IRL IRL 1.80
9. Walter Sarah 94 STV Selzach SUI 1.60

WOM 100 m Hurdles (A) Serie
Serie 1 Wind: -0,8 21.07.11 19:47
Rang Name Jg Verein Land Leistung Bem.
1. Urech Lisa 89 SK Langnau SUI 12.94
2. Castlin Kristi 88 USA USA 13.03
3. ORourke Derval 81 IRL IRL 13.14
4. Lewis Yvette 85 USA USA 13.16
5. Merlano Brigitte 82 COL COL 13.17
6. Yanit Nevin 86 TUR TUR 13.38
7. James Tiki 86 USA USA 13.47
8. Foster-Hylton Brigitte 74 JAM JAM 13.78

WOM Pole Vault (A)
Rang Name Jg Verein Land Leistung Bem.
1. Saxer Mary 87 USA USA 4.40
2. Schmid Anna Katharina 89 STBern Leichtathletik SUI 4.40
3. Büchler Nicole 83 STBern Leichtathletik SUI 4.40
4. Boyd Alana 84 AUS AUS 4.30
5. Pena Tori 87 IRL IRL 4.00
Isinbayeva Yelena 82 RUS RUS n.a.

Lee Valley Sprints 3 Lee Valley Athletics Centre
100 m Sen Men
Heat:5 Wind : 0.0
1 39 Josh Wood M SEN HARR 11.14
2 49 Dominic Sebele M SEN SUTT 11.17
3 57 Paul Scanlan M U20 WGEL 11.23


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Fionnuala Britton Olympic Qualification

Congratulations to Kilcoole AC Athlete Fionnuala Britton. Finishing 5th in the 3000m steeplechase in Saturday's Diamond League meeting in New York. This qualifies Fionnuala for the London Olympics 2012 and the World Championships in Daegu South Korea later this summer.

Clocking 9:37.60 - cutting almost four seconds off her previous best!

Well done Fionnuala with this tremendous achievement.

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Timetable UL Selection vs Harvard and Yale

Time Track events
13.30 400m hurdles W
13.45 400m hurdles M
14.00 100m W
14.15 100m M
14.20 800m W
14.30 800m M
14.40 3000m W
14.55 4x100m relay W
15.05 4x100m relay M
15.15 3000m M
15.30 100m hurdles W
15.45 110m hurdles M
16.00 400m W
16.10 400m M
16.20 1500m W
16.30 1500m M
16.40 200m W
16.50 200m M
17.00 2000m steeplechase M
17.15 4x400m relay W
17.25 4x400m relay M

Time Field events
12.30 Hammer W
13.00 Hammer M
13.15 Long jump M
13.30 Pole vault W
13.30 Pole vault M
13.30 High jump W
14.00 High jump M
14.00 Discus W
14.30 Discus M
14.50 Triple jump M
14.50 Triple jump W
15.15 Long jump W
15.30 Shot putt M
15.30 Shot putt W
16.00 Javelin W

16.00 Javelin M 

News I missed from the Weekend and Clonliffe Grand Prix

Schools Results and Review. European 10k Results and Review

Dublin Graded Meeting 4

Europa Cup Team Announced

Colvert Gets U23 Standard

Irish School's Preview

Veale finishes an excellent 3rd place at the European Cup Walks championship (21-5-2011)

Ireland’s Kate Veale, Waterford’s ever improving young race walking champion, produced another excellent performance to win a coveted bronze medal in the junior women’s 10km event at the European Cup of Race Walking in the Algarve earlier today.

17 year old West Waterford AC athlete defeated some top quality opposition when finishing in third place in hot conditions at this prestigious event, placing ahead of capable walkers from Italy, Germany, Britain, The Ukraine and one of the three highly favoured Russian team-members.

Veale’s time of 46:32 was a new Irish Junior record by 11 seconds.

The top two places on the podium were filled by the powerful Russian squad, the gold going to the exceptional Yelana Lashmanova who won comfortably in 43:10, and the silver to her team-mate Svetlana Vasilyeva in 44.02. The top Italian walker Anna Clemente staggered over the line in fourth place in 49.08, the trying conditions in The Algarve perhaps taking a toll. S

I am surprised but delighted with my performance” said Veale after her bronze medal winning performance.

It’s fabulous to be here competing against the best in the world, and even sweeter to win a medal. It was very warm but the venue was great and so was the circuit.”

The highly talented young Waterford athlete also paid tribute to the man who got to the start line in excellent condition:

My inspiration is my coach and clubmate Jamie Costin. He’s been to the Olympics four times, and made sure I peaked just right,” she said. “The key was not to go off too fast, and it worked.”

This performance by Veale will not come as any surprise to any who have been watching the West Waterford athlete develop over the last two years, and particularly since winning the Irish Senior 5,000m race walking title last summer.

Veale now plans to continue her international progression and aim to compete well in the European Junior and European U23 Championships later in the summer.

Maeve Curley (Craughwell AC) and Emma Prendeville (Farranfore Maine Valley AC) both finished in the encouraging positions of 20th and 24th respectively in the same event as Veale, and all three together earned Ireland 5th place in the Team Category on the day.

There was terrible disappointment though for Loughrea’s Olive Loughnane who was hunting down 1st place in the final two kilometres in the women’s 10km event later in the day, when in the final stages of the race, she was unfortunately disqualified for lifting.

Loughnane had made her way up through the field all throughout the race and was within reaching distance of the Russian Sokolova who held on to take the the gold in 1:30.01 from her compatriot Anyisa Kirdyapkina.

I’m not sure if I would have caught the Russian – but it would have been close,” said the ever-ambitious Loughnane. “I was hunting the gold medal and maybe I was hunting a little too hard, but I will bounce back and it will come together soon for me.” Loughnane had received her first warning at 11km but couldn’t recall where she had been given the crucial second red flag.

Mohill AC’s Laura Reynolds finished in a creditable 21st position in the same event as Loughnane, no doubt benefitting from her recent warm-weather training trip to Monte Gordo in Portugal.

Togher AC’s Robert Heffernan was one of the favourites for a top three place in the men’s 20km event, but the pace for most of the first half of the race was much too slow for the Irish Champion’s liking, and found it difficult this time to raise the pace necessary when it quickened greatly at 11km. The race was won Spain’s Benjamin Sanchez in a time of 1:12:24 and Heffernan had to settle for 10th place today.

Behind Heffernan, Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) was 29th and Michael Doyle (Tara AC) was 33rd – solid performances for the Irish Walkers in the challenging conditions today.

In the junior men’s 10km event, Clonmel AC’s Even Lynch placed in 24th position at the end in a respectable time of 47:08.

Colin Griffin (Ballinamore AC) was right in contention with the leaders, and on schedule for a lifetime best in the gruelling 50 Km event, but then faded out of contention, a slight abductor injury not assisting his cause this time.


AAI Games turned out some of Irelands best (15-5-2011)



A bright and breezy day greeted athletes for the Woodie’s DIY AAI Games at Morton Stadium today.

The two long hurdles races at the start of the programme provided interesting results. Megan Kiely (Ferrybank AC) clocked 61.03 to win the women’s race, which was inside the standard for the World and European Youth championships later in the season.

Paul Byrne (St. Abban’s AC) made all the running in the men’s race and looked to have the race won coming into the straight. However, a determined sprint by Tim Crowe (Dooneen AC) brought him past Byrne to win in a time of 52.24, just outside the standard of 52.10 for the European U23 championships. Byrne was second in 52.35.

Later in the afternoon Crowe was back in action in the 400m and he ran strongly to win in a time of 47.78, well inside his previous best and again just outside the standard for the European U23 championships. He races in Loughborough next weekend.

Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) described the wind as “getting in your face” as he cruised to victory in the men’s 200m in a time of 21.74 into a head wind of -4.8. Second fastest time came in Heat 4, won by Ben Maze (Lagan Valley AC) in a time of 22.05, a big new PB for him.

Colvert made it a double when he won the 100m in 10.99 into a head wind of -3.40m/s. Marcus Lawlor (St. Laurence O’Toole AC) impressed with a second place finish in 11.06.

The women’s sprints produced another double win when Claire Bergin (Dundrum South Dublin AC) won the 100m in 12.24 and the 200m in 25.36.

Amy O’Donoghue (Emerald AC) tried to make all the running in the women’s 800m but was caught near the line by Sinead Denny (Dundrum South Dublin AC) who clocked 2:11.92, ahead of O’Donoghue’s 2:12.13.

Feidhlim Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) paced the first lap of the 800m before Paul Robinson St. Coca’s AC) took over, and then ran on his own to win in 1:50.28. Daire Farrell (Carrick-on-Shannon AC) won the B race in 1.54.62 and achieved the qualification time for the EYOF.

Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC) was an early leader in an interesting 3,000m, but was joined by Rory Chesser (Ennis Track) as they pulled away from the rest of the field. Chesser took over the lead with a couple of laps to go and won convincingly in 8:05.95, a new PB for him.

The 3,000m race two saw Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) take the lead with just over a lap to go and run on strongly to win in 8:33.51, well inside the standard for both World and European Youth championships.

Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) was another to celebrate when she won the 100m hurdles in 14.06, inside the EYOF standard.

Andrew Doyle (Mid Ulster AC) won the hammer with a throw of 61.97m, achieved in the fifth round, with Thomas Furlong (DMP AC) second with 58.07m.

Claire Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers AC) also produced her best towards the end of the discus competition, throwing 45.88m to win.

Katie Kirk (Lagan Valley AC) won the 400m in 55.29 with Grainne Moynihan (West Muskerry AC) second in 57.44.

John Coghlan (Metro St. Brigid’s AC) came from off the pace on the last lap to win the 1,500m in 3:48.16.









AAI Games take place this weekend (13-5-2011)

The Woodie’s DIY AAI Games takes places in Morton Stadium, Sanrty on Sunday the 15th of May. It promises to deliver some exciting and competitive races with many of Ireland’s most promising athletes seeking qualification standards for European Youth Olympic Festivals, World Youths and European Junior and U23 Championships.

In the Men’s 100m there are 27 entries, but the big show down will be between Ireland’s number 3 and 4 ranked men, Stephen Colvert (Crusaders AC) and Dean Adams (Ballymena and Antrim AC). Both athletes will also compete in the 200m. In women’s 200m, the talented Ciara Giles Doran (Ferrybank AC) will be seeking the EYOF qualification standard of 24.60, having narrowly missing out on the standard when competing as a guest at the Irish University Championships. Steffi Creaner (Celtic AC) will be the likely winner of the event.

The Men’s 400m Hurdles is likely to be the race of the Games with Irish record holder Patrick Maher (Leevale AC), Irish Youth Record holder Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC), and Irish University Champion Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC) as well as National Bronze medalist John Fagan (Clonliffe Harriers) all competing. In the women’s 400m hurdles Megan Kiely (Ferrybank AC) and European Youth Olympic medalist Christine McMahon (Ballymena and Antrim AC) will battle it out. The Women’s Sprint Hurdles will also be highly competitive with all of Ireland’s top hurdlers apart from Derval O’Rourke lining up, including Catherine McManus (Celtic AC), Sandra Lawlor (Celbridge AC), Mairead Murphy (Ferrybank AC), and Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC).

In the Women’s 400m the young guns Katie Kirk (Lagan Valley) and Claire Mooney (Nass AC) will go head to head against Claire Bergin (DSD AC), while in the Men’s, seasoned campaigner David McCarty (Le Cheile AC) will have to contend with Kieran Kelly (Raheny AC) and Nick Hogan (DSD AC.)

In Men’s 3000m, John Travers (Donore Harriers AC), Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC) and steeplechase specialist Emmet Jennings (DSD AC) will battle it out for top positions. Mulhare will also line up the Men’s 1500m against his brother Michael and John Coglan (MSB AC), both of whom were part of the winning European U23 Cross Country Team.

Some of Ireland’s top Juniors will in action in the throws, Marco Pons (D.M.P AC) will compete in the Discus, Matthew Martin (North Down AC) in the Javelin and Cara Kennedy (Ferrybank AC) in the Hammer.

In the jumps, Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena & Antrim A.C.) is likely to have it all her own way in the pole vault, while Stuart Greene (Raheny AC) will be looking to take Men’s title. In the Women’s Long Jump Senior athletes, Antoinette Stafford (DMP Wexford) and Mary McLoone (City of Derry) will have to contend with Junior Athletes Joanne Mills (Ballymena and Antrim AC) and Sally Maughen (Castlebar A.C.).

Cragg to fight back after marathon disapointment (29-4-2011) 

DISMISS him at your peril was the clear message from Ireland’s Alastair Cragg as he put the pieces back together after dropping out of the record breaking Boston Marathon with a badly blistered left foot. 

The race was won in brilliant fashion by the Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai in a sensational time of 2:03.02 which surpassed the previous world best time by 57 seconds.

The fact that Boston is a point-to-point course means the time will not count as a world record but Cragg would like to have been part of it.

"There may never be a day like that again," he reflected.

"I felt good. I had run the perfect prep race in the New York Half Marathon and had left nothing to chance. I thought nothing could go wrong.

"Then my left foot began getting hot after two or three miles. I never had blisters before so I did not think much of it. It did not feel as if I was running hard. It felt easy. I decided not to think about the runners in front of me so I just looked down but each time I looked up I saw they were still there. I thought to myself I’ve had harder training sessions."

But the pain in his foot was beginning to trouble him.

"The blister was the size of a tennis ball by the time I reached 11 miles. I realised that to run through to the finish like this would be crazy.

"I took a week off, did the odd jog and physically I felt great. I just wanted to get back running because I know I am ready to run."

A couple of runs at the weekend caused him to change tack. Instead he will run in a 5,000m track race in Stanford on Sunday when he will line up alongside Mullingar man, Mark Christie.

"I will probably run 13:20 or slightly under — nothing special — because I am not sure if I can handle 64’s right now," he said. "What I am aiming for is a 10,000m race the night before the Prefontein Classic. I think I can run sub 27:20 with some fine-tuning."

He feels that he can have a track season and pursue his marathon ambitions at the same time: "I am not on funding at the moment so, right now, the world championships are secondary," he said. "The target is a full marathon but maybe I can work it around a track season. If I get to the world championships in Daegu I feel I can finish in a top eight.

While some might prefer to highlight his disappointing performances there is no doubt about Cragg’s immense talent.

He was European indoor 3,000m champion in 2005 and his sixth placing two years later in Birmingham was regarded as a failure. He finished fourth at the world indoor championships in 2006 and was 12th in the 5,000m at the Athens Olympics.

While a student at University of Arkansas he won NCAA titles at both 5,000m and 10,000m as well as three indoor titles and he has turned in some battling performances against the Africans on the Grand Prix Circuit.


This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Friday, April 29, 2011

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IUAA Championships This Weekend (27-4-2011)


In three days, on Friday 29th to Saturday 30th April, close to 300 University Athletes will make their way to the Antrim Forum to compete in the 2011 IUAA Outdoor Championships hosted by Queen’s University Belfast.

It promises to be an action packed two days of athletics with athletes of all levels competing against each other in the race to secure team honours for their college.

Dublin City University with a team packed with Irish Internationals such as sprint star Brian Gregan and the European Indoor Championship semi-finalist Darren McBrearty, are clear favourites for the Overall Team Championship, however University of Ulster, returning to the track where they won their last title will present a stern challenge with athletes such as Northern Ireland Commonwealth Team athletes Tom Reynolds and Amy Foster.

Alongside the usual medals this year, there will be prizes for best performance, best male athlete, best female athlete, best track athlete, best field athlete (throws) and field athlete (jumps), using IAAF Scoring Tables to determine the best of the best at the championship. Prizes will provided by ASICS in conjunction with Gotto Sports and the Ramada Plaza Hotel.

The event website is and for those unable to make the championships Queen’s Athletics will be tweeting from Antrim Form results as they happen ( , @queens2011).

Timetable (Amended)



Graded Meet 1 (20-4-2011) 


Running Man Graded No.1

Running Man Graded No.1

Junior standard for Healy - EYOF standard for Kiely            (17-4-2011)

Kiely’s time is also a new Irish Youths record

The first track and field meet of the season, the annual Leevale Open Sports, was again a tremendous success. Sunshine and a light cooling breeze ensured the perfect conditions for athletes. The newly re-lined track at Cork IT reinforced the College’s great commitment to sport and athletics in particular.

A huge programme of events meant there was something for everyone, from tiny tots to seniors. Most athletes left the stadium pleased with their performances.

There were several outstanding performances. Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) reversed the placings of the Irish Indoors championships when he sprinted to a clearcut victory over Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim) in the 100m. He was clearly delighted with his win, and his time of 10.70 was seven tenths faster than his opener last year. He repeated his win over Adams in the 200m, with Adams delighted with his time of 22.33 - a new PB for him in an event he is not training for.

The men’s 400m hurdles was a great race with Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC) holding on for a superb win over Tim Crowe (Dooneen AC). Kiely’s time of 53.66 was inside the standard for the European Youth Olympics. It is also a new Youths record, replacing the 53.7 of Padraig Greally set back in 1985.

Joan Healy (Bandon AC) had to settle for second in the 100m behind Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC). However Healy’s heat time of 11.95 (+1.1) was inside the standard for the European junior championships. Proper won the final in a time of 11.71, and she added the 200m in a time of 24.11 and the long jump with 6.18m.

There was heartbreak for Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) whose third place finish in the 3,000m in a time of 8:40.04 was four hundredths of a second outside the standard for the European Youth Olympics. The race was won in a canter by Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) in 8:17.34. Tobin’s previous best was 9:05.

Niall Tuohy (Ferrybank AC) was another to win in a canter, taking the 800m in 1:50.95.

Craig Lynch (Shercock AC) ran a strong 400m, leading into the straight, but then had to withstand a strong finish by Billy Ryan (Ferrybank AC) who closed fast in the last 50m. Lynch held on to win in 48.59 and after the race expressed his confidence that he would achieve the European U23 400m standard.


Courtesy of AAI



Kilcoole AC Win First Road Relay Title (17-4-2011)



The 39th Woodie’s DIY Road Relay Championships of Ireland took place in Raheny today in what was one of the most competitive events to date.

Kilcoole AC took their first ever Road Relay title in winning the Women’s Senior Race in 21:50 minutes. Kilcoole were in 10th place after the first leg, however following a storming second two mile leg of 10:21 by Fionnuala Britton she had moved her team to first place. Una Britton, sister of Fionnuala, ran the last leg and battled well to hold off Lorraine Mannning of Raheny Shamrocks AC, to secure victory. There was only a six second differential between the two teams. Clonliffe Harriers’s Ailish Mc Dermott brought her team home for bronze in 22:02.

Fionnuala commented that: “It was brilliant that we won today as Kilcoole is the club that I ran with underage and this was our first outing as a team”. Britton who leaves with the Athletics Ireland high performance team for warm weather training next week, will now switch her focus to achieving World and Olympic qualification.

In a field of 25 teams, the host club Raheny Shamrocks AC retained their Senior Men’s title, to make it three in a row. Raheny Shamrocks took the lead from the opening 2 mile leg with Mark Kirwan, passing to Gavin O’Sullivan in 09:20 minutes. The talented Darren McBearty ran the opening leg for Letterkenny AC and passed to his teammate in second place in 09:31, with Raheny Shamrocks B in third in 09:30. In the second leg, Clonliffe Harrier’s Conor Healy ran an excellent leg to bring his team to third place with Raheny Shamrocks and Letterkenny maintaining their first and second positions. Richie Corcoran, who is now focusing on his athletics full time, ran the third leg for Raheny Shamrocks and increased his team’s lead. In the last leg, Joe Sweeney of Dundrum South Dublin AC, ran one of the most impressive legs of the day to take his team from fifth to second place to overtake Letterkenny AC with Feidhlim Kelly bringing Raheny Shamrocks home for victory.

Speaking after the race Richie Corcoran commented that “It was good to win here at home, but every year the event is getter bigger and it is getting harder to win so that makes the victory extra special”.

The Masters women’s 40+ race was won in convincing style by Raheny Shamrocks AC in 24:06 with Rathfarhnam WSAF in second place in 25:04. Third place was secured by Tallaght AC in 25:14 after an excellent run by Sharon Tighe to overtake City of Derry. In the Masters Men 40+ Raheny Shamrocks AC took the title in 19:53, with Donore Harriers in Second in 20:08 and City of Derry in third in 20:38. Liffey Valley AC won the Men’s 50+ in 21:04, with Raheny Shamrocks AC winning the Women’s 50+ in 24:06

Source AAI 


Olympic Criteria a Real Test For Irish Marathoners          (16-4-2011)


 NO ONE said it would be easy – and in some cases qualifying for next year’s London Olympics will be even more difficult than initially feared. At least athletes now know exactly what is required.

The IAAF have published the qualifying standards for London, and as expected these largely mirror the standards for the World Championships in Daegu in South Korea this summer, although with a few notable alterations. The men’s marathon A standard is two minutes quicker, at 2:15, compared to 2:17, and on the track the men’s 200 metres standard for London is 20.55, compared to 20.60 for Korea.

If, as declared in February, the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) accept only A standards, then qualifying for London will be beyond all but the elite Irish athletes. Under the rules of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), nations are allowed send one athlete per event on the less difficult B standard, but the OCI have removed that option, as is their right.

However, a couple of other qualifying marks have been made slightly easier for London: the men’s 1,500m A standard is 3:35.50, compared to 3:35 for Daegu, and the 10,000m is 27:45, compared to 27:40.

Still, of the 22 events, eight of the men’s A standards are better than the existing Irish records, while the 100m A standard of 10.18 equals the Irish record.

Likewise with the women, where 10 of the 21 events will require qualifying times better than the existing Irish records, including the 100m A standard of 11.29 (the Irish record of Ailis McSweeney is 11.40) and the 800m A standard of 1:59.90 (Sonia O’Sullivan ran 2:00.69), plus seven of the eight field events.

Already agreed is the London 2012 qualification period, which will begin on May 1st of this year, and conclude on July 8th, 2012, (with the exception of the walks and marathon, where qualification began last January 1st). On that basis, Rob Heffernan has already qualified in the 20km walk, having clocked 1:20.54 last month (inside the 1:22.30 A standard), as has Olive Loughnane, who last month clocked 1:32.40 (inside the 1:33.30 A standard).

But if based on times from last summer, Paul Hession (200m), David Gillick (400m), Colin Griffin (50km walk), Derval O’Rourke (100m hurdles) and Fionnuala Britton (steeplechase) are the only other athletes with the A standards.

It’s unlikely the OCI will budge on their stance of accepting only A standards, as they outlined in the selection criteria document for London, agreed with Athletics Ireland, stating that “only A standards as agreed by the International Olympic Committee/IAAF will be acceptable”, and, crucially, “the parties agree that they shall not nominate any individual or team eligible to compete . . . unless he/she/they” have achieved the A standard.

LONDON OLYMPICS – Athletics A Standards: (Men/Women) 100m: 10.18/ 11.29; 200m: 20.55/23.10; 400m: 45.25/51.50; 800m: 1:45.60/1:59.90; 1,500m: 3:35.50/ 4:06; 5,000: 13:20/15:15; 10,000m: 27:45/ 31:45; Marathon: 2:15/2:37; 3,000m SC: 8:23.10/9:43;110m H/100m H: 13.52/12.96; 400m H: 49.50/55.40; High Jump: 2.31/1.95: Pole Vault: 5.72/4.50; Long Jump: 8.20/ 6.75; Triple Jump: 17.20/14.30; Shot Put: 20.50/18.35; Discus: 65/62; 20km Walk: 1:22:30/1:33:30; 50km Walk: 3:59/X.


Courtesy of Irish Times 


Cragg has good ambitions for Boston Marathon (13-4-2011)


The only Irish male to win the Boston Marathon was Neil Cusack in 1974, but Alistair Cragg hopes to change that next Monday.

Cragg, a 30-year-old who was a 12-time All-American at the University of Arkansas, is set to make his Boston debut and couldn’t be more excited.

“We’ve been gearing toward the marathon for quite a while. It was Boston or London,’’ he said.

“I’m a competitor, and if you’re a good competitor you give yourself a chance. It’s encouraging. Before, I was more of a 3,000-meter runner. But I ran a half-marathon in New York last week, and everything went well. So, right now, I feel like I’m getting more out of my body. I have a lot of ties with Boston, and there are members of my (training) team that are always telling me about it.”

To prepare, Cragg has logged 110 miles weekly in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Among his training partners are Meb Keflezighi, who’s placed in the top five twice in the Boston Marathon, and Patrick Smyth, who will compete in the London Marathon on Sunday.

“It’s been a long year,’’ Cragg said. “We had a 10-day period where we had maybe 12 feet of snow (in Mammoth Lakes). It kind of puts you on your back. But, if you drive for 20 minutes, it’s around 50 degrees and sunny. So, it’s not too bad. Coach is always reminding us that Boston could be cold or windy. You have to be ready for anything.

“A lot of older guys seem to be hitting the marathon right now. So, I’m feeling very controlled about my running. If I could finish in the top five, I would be over the top. I plan to run my own race and see how it develops. Maybe one or two guys are going to have the best day of their lives, but I’ll be happy to get up and over the hills.”

Cragg was born in Johannesburg, but as a dual citizen of both South Africa and Ireland (based on his ancestry), he decided to compete internationally for the latter in 2003.

Cragg has since set Irish indoor records in the 3,000 (7:38.59) and 5,000 meters (13:28.93). Both marks previously belonged to former Providence College star Mark Carroll.

Cragg also holds the Irish outdoor mark in the 10,000 meters (27:39.55).

Although the two-time Irish Olympian (2004, ’08) has enjoyed international success in track, Boston will represent Cragg’s marathon debut.

But it won’t be the first time he’s competed in Boston. He has raced in three indoor meets at the Reggie Lewis Center. In 2003, he ran a 7:45.22 to upset Olympic champion Noah Ngeny of Kenya in the 3,000 meters.

“That race gave me the confidence that maybe I could run with these guys,” Cragg said.

Two years later, Cragg won the same event in 7:39.89. His fastest clocking for 2 miles (8:27.39) came at the Reggie Lewis Center in 2006.

This winter, Cragg returned to Boston, accompanying girlfriend Morgan Uceny, the reigning United States indoor champion in the 1,500 meters, who finished second in the 800 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet.

While here, Cragg took the opportunity to run the closing 22 miles of the Boston Marathon route. The groundwork appears to be paying dividends. Cragg ran a 60:49 to place sixth in the New York City Half-Marathon on March 20. The time was 1:09 better than what he clocked at that race the previous year.




Brilliant runs from O'Lionaird and Connolly (10-4-2011)

img_1154Just two weeks after running 28:32 for 10,000m on the track, Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) was back in action on Saturday night in his own Florida State Seminole Invitational in Tallahassee Florida. This time there was a big drop in distance when he tackled 1,500m for the frist time this season.
He went through the 800m mark in 2:01 and finnished fast to win the race in 3:41.02, a massive improvement on his previous best of 3:48.36 from 2008 and an impressive four and a half seconds ahead of the second runner. The time is inside the qualifying standard for the World University Games to be held in Shenzhen China in August, and it means that he now has the standard in both 1,500m and 10,000m.
“That was incredible,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said about O’Lionaird’s suprising performance. “It was huge.”

Race Video

Sean Connolly (Tallaght AC) made an excellent marathon debut when he finished 17th in the Rotterdam marathon in a time of 2:17.23, with Alan O’Shea (Bantry AC) 23rd in 2:21.37, a new PB for him.

Grande Prémio Internacional de Marcha de Rio Maior

1. Valeriy Borchin (Rússia) – 1:18.55
2. Stanislav Emelyanov (Rússia) – 1:19.33
3. Eder Sanchez (México) – 1:19.36
4. Matej Toth (Eslováquia) - 1:20.16
5. Hassanine Sebei (Tunísia) - 1:20.49
6. Robert Heffernan (Irlanda) – 1:21.50
7. Horácio Nava (México) – 1:22.15
8. Andrés Chocho (Equador) – 1:22.18

Seminole Invitational Tallahassee, Fl
Mixed 3000 Meter Run
1 Leeder, Matthew MJR Florida State 8:14.12
2 Zivec, Jakub MFR Florida State 8:14.90
3 Rickman, Wesley MSO Florida State 8:19.62
4 Mueller, Samuel MFR Auburn 9:05.72
5 Winslow, Amanda WSO Florida State 9:16.13
6 Brooks, Hannah WSR Florida State 9:17.70
7 Knight, Holly WJR Auburn 9:25.01

Men 1500 Meter
1 O’Lionaird, Ciaran SR Florida State 3:41.02
2 Forrester, David JR Florida State 3:45.53
3 Dickerson, Cameron SO North Florida 3:46.35

Rutgers Invitational Piscataway, New Jersey
Men 1500m Run

1 Wechsler, Alex NJ/NY Track Club 3:56.40
2 Walsh, Aiden NJ/NY Track Club 3:57.35
3 Tsembelis, Evan SO-2 Columbia 3:58.24

Women 3000m Run
1 Huet, Laura SR-4 Stony Brook 9:56.32
2 Arsenault, Anisa FR-1 Fordham 9:59.58
3 Barry, Patricia SO-2 Stony Brook 10:08.05

George Davis Invitational University of Mass. Lowell
Women 1500 Meter
1 Grayce Selig SR Brandeis 4:33.48
2 Charlotte FfrenchO’Carro JR Providence 4:33.87
3 Amy Varsell SO Bentley 4:44.75
15 Eimear Black FR Bryant 4:58.23

UCONN Women’s All Region Invitational Storrs, Connecticut
Women 100 Meter Hurdles + 2.3
1 Smith, Madalayne FR Connecticut 14.12
2 Caldwell, Kyra JR Columbia 14.18
3 Que, Lara-Jane SR Rhode Island 14.30
4 Briscoe, Shavon FR Connecticut 14.64
5 Scavone, Susan JR Brown 14.65
6 Johnson, Tayler FR Columbia 14.66
7 Brown, Brittany SO So. Conn. St 14.66
8 Sheehan, Kalyn JR Rhode Island 14.67

Women 400 Meter Hurdles
1 Sheehan, Kalyn JR Rhode Island 1:00.37
2 Garner, April Unattached 1:01.44
3 Caldwell, Kyra JR Columbia 1:01.65

ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam - MSR
1 Wilson Chebet Kenia [KEN] MSR 2:05:27
2 Vincent Kipruto Kenia [KEN] MSR 2:05:33
3 Chele Dechasa Ethiopië [ETH] MSR 2:08:47
15 Sean Connolly Dublin [IRL] MSR 2:17:23
16 Jauma Leiva Spanje [ESP] MSR 2:17:57
23 Alan O Shea Cork [IRL] MSR 2:21:37

Hilltopper Relays Western Kentucky University
Women 1500 Mete
1 Gingerich, Megan JR Eastern Illinois 4:39.39
2 Finn, Michelle JR Western Kentucky 4:40.12
3 Akello, Monica JR Western Kentucky 4:40.97

UCONN Men’s Huskey Invitational Storrs, Connecticut

Men 1500 Meter
1 Rutt, Michael SR Connecticut 3:51.8
2 Gagnon, Brian In The Arena X3:51.88
3 Bennatan, Tim JR Connecticut 3:52.87
9 Dooney, Conor JR Yale 3:56.43

Some fine running at the Great Ireland Run (10-4-2011)

On a beautiful sunny day in Phoenix Park athletes and spectators from all over Ireland gathered to participate in the annual Great Ireland Run.

There were some great performances and the most notable performance came from the Great Britain teenager Charlotte Purdue as she romped home in the ladies 10km event to finish ahead of her British compatriot Gemma Steele. Jesus Espana took the Mens race to dfeat last years champion Martin Fagan who finished back in 3rd place

In the womens race an elite field lined up including our very own home favourites of Fionnuala Britton and Mary Cullen.

It was Britton who went straight to the fore along with 19 year old Charlotte Purdue of Great Britain but after 1500m Ejiafini found that the pace was lacking so she upped it and started to stretch the field. It was still a relatively slow pace going through 3km in 10:00

At halfway the Italian Ejiafini was still pushing the pace with the two Irish hopefuls Cullen and Britton being left behind and off the pace. It was left to three athletes to battle it out for the gold medal, Ejiafini of Italy, Purdue of Great Britain and Steele of Great Britain. All eyes were on British sensation Charlotte Purdue as she made a move with 2km out and proved decisive as noone was able to sustain the pace she was going at. It looked an easy performance in the end from Purdue to clock a winning time of  32:42, followed in second place was Gemma Steele of Britain in a time of 33:03 and back in third was Ejiafini in a time of 33:09.

Disappointment from an Irish perspective that no Irish featured in the top 3 but Britton (34:16) and Cullen (34:22) battled hard to finish 6th and 7th respectively.


Onto the mens race and an excellent race was to be expected with some European giants involved such as 9 time European XC champion Sergey Lebid, Olympic 1500m Bronze medalist Rui Silva and former European 5000m champion Jesus Espana. Irish hopeful Martin Fagan was hoping to retain his title that he won last year and was hoping to cause an upset.

Fagan hit the front from the gun and set a relatively swift pace leading the group through 3km in 8:50. Everyone that was expected to be in the lead group was there. The race really started to hot up after 7km when Nytrianan of Finland made a break and proved to have worked out well for Fagan when fast finishing Rui Silva dropped off the back and minutes later reigning European XC champion found the pace too much to handle and three Fagan, Nytrianan and eventual winner Jesus Espana had broken clear. 

With 1km to go Jesus Espana decided to make a run for home and noone was for stopping the spaniard as he romped home in the last 1km to clock a winning time of 29:26. The Finnish athlete Nytrianan out-kicked Fagan for 2nd place with a time of 29:31 and Fagan was back in 3rd with a time 29:35.

This was a great performance from Martin as he is not in full flight training yet.

 "I'm really happy. I have had 4 weeks training and I just feel like a different person now" Martin Fagan speaking after his fine performance.

Full Results Here


 Jesus Espana Spar European Team Championships - Day Two


Charlotte Purdue and Sergey Lebid leads the field for Great Ireland Run (08-4-2011)


Europe’s leading cross-country runners Charlotte Purdue and Sergey Lebid lead the fields for this weekend’s Spar Great Ireland Run as another season of Great Run road races kicks off with a stellar field.

Purdue, the European junior cross-country champion who finished top European woman at the recent World Cross, will take on former world 10,000m champion Berhane Adere of Ethiopia in the women’s race.

While Adere is no longer the force she once was, she clocked her second-fastest half-marathon time ever of 67:52 just last year so will still pose a strong threat to the young Brit.

Purdue, the British junior record-holder for 10,000m, set her road 10km PB of 33:06 last September, but since then has gone from strength to strength, putting together a string of victories on the domestic cross-country scene.

Ireland’s Fionualla Britton, who finished just two places behind Purdue at the World Cross, is also in great shape. However, both will have to watch out for Hungary’s Aniko Kalovics, who beat Britton at the Almond Blossom cross-country last month. She proved she was still in form when running 51:37 for 15km two weeks ago.

If she decides to run and is still near top shape following her recent Achilles injury, Freya Murray will be a match for them. However, last year’s winner pulled out of the Scottish national road relays last weekend.

Another Irishwoman, Mary Cullen, has clocked 8:43 for 3000m and will be looking to test her strength against such quality opposition.

Italy’s Nadia Ejjafini, who was 34th at the World Cross, is another who will be hoping to challenge for the leading places, as will be Aldershot, Farnham & District’s Ava Hutchinson, who represented Ireland in that event in Punta Umbria.

Also making the trip across the Irish Sea to spearhead the British challenge will be Gemma Steel, who was 27th at the European Cross in December, and GB junior representative Louise Small.

On the men’s side, Martin Fagan will have his work cut out to defend his title on home ground as the nine-time European cross-country champion Sergiy Lebid will be in the field.

The sub-61-minute half-marathon runner, who is based in the United States, will be hoping the Ukrainian has one of his off days.

But Lebid has a best for 10km of 28:14 from the 2005 edition of the Bupa Great Manchester Run, where he has placed top-three for the past three years.

Spain’s Jesus Espana will be in with a good chance of victory, though. The 2006 European 5000m champion, who lost out only to Mo Farah in the defence of that title last year, was fifth over 3000m at the European Indoors last month.

Also running is Portugal’s Rui Silva, the winner two years ago here and 2004 Olympic 1500m bronze medallist, who showed he was still in solid shape when running 13:41 for 5000m indoors in Birmingham this winter.

Finland’s Jussi Utriainen and Ireland’s Joe Sweeney, who were 13th and 21st respectively at the European Cross last winter, are also there. Following the withdrawal of Nick McCormick, the fastest British entrant is Inverclyde’s Andrew Douglas, who clocked 29:46 last year.


Loughnane nominated for European Athlete of the Month (07-4-2011)



Olive Loughnane has been nominated for European Athlete of the month following her winning performance in Dundice. The 2009 World Championships silver medallist Loughnane finished in front of the 67 starters (47 of whom finished) in the women’s 20km event and crossed the line in 1:32:40. It was Loughnane’s first race since stomach problems forced her to drop out of the European Athletics Championships 20km walk last summer.

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Fagan seeking to retain Great Ireland Run 10km (07-4-2011)


Martin Fagan of Mullingar Harriers will face stiff opposition when competing in the Woodie’s DIY 10k Championships of Ireland this coming Sunday in the Phoenix Park, which is part of the SPAR Great Ireland Run.

Fagan, who a year ago became the first ever Irish male winner of the SPAR Great Ireland Run, is fully prepared mentally and physically to retain his title, although on this occasion the task will be very much harder. The US-based athlete admitted his 2010 success was made less difficult because of the absence of several overseas stars caused by the flight cancellations due to the volcanic ash disruption on travelling.

Fagan knows he will have to be at his very best to contend with Sergey Lebid, Europe’s greatest ever cross country runner and Jesus Espana of Spain, European 5000m Silver Medallist. Rui Silva from Portugal, the highly experienced former Olympic and World medallist will also be part of the highly competitive field.

The reigning Inter-county and Interclub Cross Country Champion Joe Sweeney of Dundrum South Dublin will also be looking to be in the mix. Other athletes who will be part of the elite field include Brian Farrell (Sli Cualann), Mark Kirwan (Raheny AC), Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF AC), and Sergiu Ciobanu (Clonliffe Harriers AC).

In the women’s race Mary Cullen (North Sligo AC) the former European Indoor 3000m bronze medallist, will be aiming to further prove her credentials following a return to competition, after a run of injuries. While Fionnuala Briton (Kilcoole AC), will be looking to continue her string of good form after finishing an excellent 16th at World Cross Country Championships.

The Irish duo will be aiming to upset race favourite Ethopia’s Berhane Adere one the world’s greatest ever women’s distance runners. Teenager Charlotte Purdue (UK) the top European finisher at the recent World Cross Country Championships is also planning to compete.

Ava Hutchinson of Dundrum South Dublin AC who recently won the Woodie’s DIY Interclub Championships will also compete in the twenty strong elite field.



Top European and Irish Runners for Great Ireland Run 2011 (07-4-2011)

The first wave of elite confirmations for this year’s SPAR Great Ireland Run includes European Cross Country Champion Sergiy Lebid, 2010 winner Martin Fagan and Ireland’s top distance female runner Fionnuala Britton.

The 10k Run takes place on Sunday April 10th in the Phoenix Park, Dublin and incorporates the Irish national championships over the distance.

Sergiy Lebid, from Ukraine, won the European Cross Country Championships in December 2010, his ninth success in the event. He is Europe’s outstanding cross country and distance runner. This year will be Lebid’s fourth visit to Dublin for the Great Ireland Run. He finished fourth in 2006 and 2007,  and third in 2008.

Martin Fagan from Mullingar Harriers won the 2010 Run in 29 minutes and 17 seconds and was third in 2009. He is the Irish half marathon record holder with a time of 60 minutes 57 seconds. 

Fionnuala Britton from Wicklow will be making her road debut at the SPAR Great Ireland Run and should be in top shape. She finished an excellent fourth place in the European Cross Country Championships in December 2010 and followed that a week later with second place at the Cross Cup in Belgium. She is just back from altitude training in South Africa and is targeting the World Cross Country Championships in Spain in March before coming to the Phoenix Park race in April.

In Addition The elite field for the SPAR Great Ireland Run on Sunday April 10th has been considerably strengthened by the addition of Ethiopian Berhane Adere to the start list. Adere is one of the all-time greats of African distance running and was the World 10,000m champion in 2003. The previous year she was World Half Marathon Champion. Last year she won the Great North Run half marathon in the UK and is a former African record holder for 10,000m with a time of 30 minutes 4 seconds.

Adere will be joined on the start line by rising British star Charlotte Purdue, the current European Junior and UK senior cross country champion.

Also added to the elite list are recently crowned Irish cross country champions Joe Sweeney and Ava Hutchinson of Dundrum South Dublin AC.

Adere, Purdue and Hutchinson will battle out the women’s race with Mary Cullen and Fionnuala Britton who are including the SPAR Great Ireland Run in their build up for this summer’s world championships in South Korea.

2011 is the ninth running of the SPAR Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Last year there were almost 11,000 participants and the Run is the only event in Ireland accredited by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in recognition of its high standard of organisation.

Entries for the event, which also includes the SPAR Junior Great Ireland Run over 2.5 km for 8 to 15 year olds, are available at

Runners are encouraged to participate and raise funds for the events charities: the Marie Keating Foundation, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and SPAR’s charity of the year, the 3Ts – Turn The Tide of Suicide.

Day 2 at the national juveniles in Nenagh (03-4-2011)


The final day of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor championships was devoted entirely to relays, the day when the shouting and roaring of athletes and spectators is almost enough to raise the roof on the Nenagh stadium.

The day was split into two with the un-even ages competing before lunch followed by the even ages After lunch. By the time of the break three new records had been set. Dundrum South Dublin shaved just under one tenth of a second off the 2010 record set by their own club in the U19 4X200m; North Sligo boys U15 smashed the record of 1:44.14 set by St. L. O’Toole two years ago with a time of 1:41.83 in their 4X200m; and Galway City Harriers won the boys U13 4X100m in 53.16 to better Craughwell’s 2009 and Letterkenny’s 2010 time of 54.97.

The afternoon session managed just one new record with Leevale winning the boys U14 in 1:50.44 to better the 1:50.75 of Nenagh set last year. A feature of this race was the Abbey Striders team who DNF’d when their third runner pulled a muscle. At the time they were running stride for stride with Leevale, and they were, needless to say, distraught afterwards.

Amongst the visitors to Nenagh over the weekend were Junior Minister for Sport Alan Kelly and Nenagh Town Mayor Seamus Morris who were both impressed with the stadium.

U12 4X100. 1. Nenagh Olympic 58.64; 2. St. Mary’s Limerick 59.08; 3. Kilkenny City Harriers 60.30.
U13 4X100. 1. Lios Tuathail 56.36; 2. Kilkenny City Harriers 56.50; 3. Dooneen 56.86.
U14 4X200. 1. Nenagh 1:54.51; 2. Dundrum South Dublin 1:44.41; 3. St. Mary’s Limerick 1:55.97.
U15 4X200. 1. Dooneen 1:50.86; 2. Emerald 1:52.07; 3. Tir Chonaill 1:52.74.
U16 4X200. 1. Tir Chonaill 1:48.31; 2. Emerald 1:48.98; 3. Galway City Harriers 1:49.02.
U17 4X200. 1. Emerald 1:46.48; 2. Ferrybank 1:46.98; 3. Kilkenny City Harriers 1:48.18.
U18 4X200. 1. Ferrybank 1:44.65; 2. Emerald 1:45.79; 3. Dooneen 1:47.03.
U19 4X200. 1. Leevale 1:46.33; 2. Ferrybank 1:48.38; 3. Kilkenny City Harriers 1:49.25.

U12 4X100. 1. Gneeveguilla 57.26; 2. Abbey Striders 57.66; 3. Menapians 58.16.
U13 4X100. 1. Galway City Harriers 53.16 (CBP); 2. Menapians 53.43; 3. Gneeveguilla 55.80.
U14 4X100. 1. Leevale 1:50.44 (CBP); 2. Galway City Harriers 1:55.04; 3. Kilkenny City Harriers 1:56.09.
U15 4X200. 1. North Sligo 1:41.83 (CBP); 2. Kilkenny City Harriers 1:47.20; 3. Nenagh Olympic 1:47.86.
U16 4X200. 1. St. L. O’toole 1:39.60; 2. Galway City Harriers 1:44.35; 3. Menapians 1:46.12.
U17 4X200m. 1. St. L. O’Toole 1:36.11; 2. Tallaght 1:38.25; 3. Emerald 1:38.81.
U18 4X200. 1. Galway City Harriers 1:33.92; 2. St. L. O’Toole 1:35.53; 3. Dundrum South Dublin 1:36.26.
U19 4X200m. 1. Dundrum South Dublin 1:33.89 (CBP); 2. Ferrybank 1:34.59; 3. St. Joseph’s 1:35.07.




Courtesy of AAI


Marathon hopefuls set for timely boost (03-4-2011)


Irish Olympic marathon hopefuls could get a boost when the qualification standards for the 2012 Games are agreed between AthleticsIreland (AAI) and the Olympic Council of Ireland(OCI) next month.

The AAI controversially decided to make the marathon standards for this summer's World Championships in Korea even harder than the 2:17 and 2:43 set out by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Athletics Ireland is demanding marks of 2:16 (men) and 2:38 (women) for Daegu because they felt that the IAAF standards were too easily attained, but the Irish Independent understands that AAI are contemplating softening their stance for London 2012.

The IAAF is expected to announce the Olympic standards in mid-April and it is not yet clear what the marathon mark will be, but they usually mirror those for the preceding World Championships.

The AAI will strongly consider agreeing to the status quo with the OCI because they feel London 2012 offers a unique opportunity for Ireland to get its strong men's marathon tradition back on track.

Two men involved at Irish marathon's coalface -- Jim Aughney and Dick Hooper -- already believe that a handful will achieve the standard and create a big battle for the three Olympic marathon places.

"Regardless of what standard is agreed, there will be four or five Irishmen who will get the time and there will be a selection battle," predicted three-time Olympian Hooper.

Hooper coaches Sean Connolly, who is first into the fray inRotterdam on April 10, and a week later Alistair Cragg and Mark Kenneally are making their eagerly awaited marathon debuts inBoston and Vienna respectively.

Joe Sweeney is another expected to make his debut in the next 12 months, while Andrew Ledwith could yet run his maiden marathon in Dublin in October. Aughney and Hooper are already involved with the AAI-Dublin Marathon initiative called 'Marathon Mission,' which is bringing a development group of marathoners up to international standard.

Joe McAllister, Greg Roberts, Barry Minnock and Alan O'Shea all finished in the 2:21 to 2:23 mark in Dublin last year and, with Brian Maher, are part of a second-tier group for whom "2:17 is very gettable," according to Hooper.

Courtesy of Irish Independant 


Great competition on Day1 in Nenagh at the National Juveniles (03-4-2011)

 The third day of the Woodie’s DIY juvenile indoor championships was held today at a well attended Nenagh stadium. The day featured many highlights but pride of place must go to Andrew Heeney (Clonliffe Harriers) who cleared 1.96 to win the boys U17 high jump. He entered the competition at 1.55m and suffered a slight blip when he took two attempts to clear 1.78. After that it was clear sailing to 1.96 which he cleared at the third attempt for which he received the loudest cheer of the day. He made one attempt at 1.98 before calling it a day. His clearance of 1.96 equalled the record held by Adrian O’Dwyer from 1999.

Ciara Giles Doran (Ferrybank AC) was a comfortable winner of the girls U17 200m, and her time of 24.84 smashed Emiy Maher’s 1997 record of 25.01. The win more than compensates for her three fouls in the long jump.

Kate Veale (West Waterford continued her relentless smashing of records when she won the U18 walk in 6:07.67 to smash Emma Prendivile’s 6:39.52 from 2010.

Sally Rose Maughan was another in record breaking form, winning the girls U19 long jump with 5.75m to better the 5.52 record of Grainne O’Mahony set in 1997.

Another fine long jump performance came in the girls U17 long jump where Sarah McCarthy (Fingallians AC) jumped 5.72m to win – just 4cm off the record.

There was a brother and sister shot double when Laura McSweeney won the U17 competition with a throw of 12.41, with her Bandon club brother winning the boys U19 competition with 13.21m.

Amy O’Donoghue (Emerald) sprinted clear to win the girls U18 800m in 2:15.77.

 Day 1 Results Here


Courtesy of AAI 

Weekend Round-up (27-3-2011)

Dudince SVK
Women - 20 km:
1. Olive Loghnane (Ire.) 1:32:40 h,
2. Zuzana Schindelrová (Rus) 1:33:51,
3. Na?a Borovská (Ukr.) 1:33:59

Junior - 10 km:
1. Kate Veale (Ire.) 46:43 min,
2. Natalia Plominská (Pol) 48:48,
3. Barbara Kovácsová (Ma) 50:19
4 Maeve Curley IRL 50:55

Men 20km
7 Jeffrey Cassin IRL 1:34:35

Stanford University Invitational -Stanford, California
Men 10000 Meter Run Section 1
1 Cheseret, Robert US Army 28:29.69
2 O’Lionaird, Ciaran Florida State 28:32.30
3 Lowe, Colby Oklahoma State 28:45.91

NSW Championships Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre

Women 400 Metre Open
Heat 2 Heats
1 Michelle Carey Ireland 54.66Q
2 Tia O’Carroll Macquarie Sh 56.71Q

Women 400 Metre Open
1 Michelle Carey Ireland 53.78
2 Pirrenee Steinert 26 Maquarie Hunter 55.28

Men 400 Metre Open
Heat 2 Heats
1 David Burke 22 U.T.S. North 47.55Q
2 Paul Cummings 24 U.T.S. North 48.06Q
3 Antoine Burke 36 U.T.S. North 48.42q

Monmouth Invitational West Long Branch, N.J.
Women 1500 Meter
1 Paterson, Megan Fairleigh Di 4:41.92
2 Perrine, Kristen Rider 4:45.22
3 Huet, Laura Stony Brook 4:45.89
4 Evangelist, Robyn Stockton 4:48.35
5 Eller, Amanda Monmouth 4:49.12
6 O Connor, Mary Stony Brook 4:49.57

UCF Invitational - Orlando, Florida
Women 100 Meter Hurdles +1.1
1 Holsendolph, Kwaje FR Georgia Sout 14.06
2 Campbell, Paris JR Cincinnati 14.09
3 Sheehan, Kalyn JR Rhode Island 14.17

Women 400 Meter Hurdles
1 Wortham, Ellen JR Tennessee 58.32
2 Coward, Jackie JR Ucf 59.89
3 Aromashodu, Daniel FR Florida Atla 1:00.24
4 Jean, Sandy FR Ucf 1:01.19
5 Ndu, Ugonna SO Florida 1:01.88
6 Sheehan, Kalyn JR Rhode Island 1:02.24

Women 200 Meter +0.2
1 Harris, Ashley JR Tennessee 24.37
2 Dumoy, T’Keyah SO Florida Int’ 24.46
3 Kiernan, Louise SR Jacksonville 24.51

Victor Lopez Classic Houston, TX
Women 1500 Meter
1 Hoaldridge, Katie Texas 4:39.23
2 Jones, Anne Texas 4:41.83
3 Cuellar, Jena Texas 4:42.54
9 Carragher, Alvy McNeese State 4:47.83

Women 5000 Meter Run University
Section 2
1 June, Kara TeamROGUE Elite 16:52.40 10
2 Madebach, Sarah TeamROGUE Elite 16:53.93 8
3 Mojtabaezamani, Laleh Texas 16:56.88 6
13 Ross, Fionnuala McNeese State 17:40.64

Men 1500 Meter Run Section A University
1 Miller, Kyle Nike 3:44.37
2 Wade, Joe Lamar 3:48.35
3 Wade, Tom Lamar 3:49.67
4 Doria, Omar Texas-Pan American 3:49.91
5 Rooney, David McNeese State 3:50.53

Olive Loughnane qualifies for her 4th Olympic Games (26-3-2011)

Olive Loughnane capped off what turned out to be a great day for Irish Athletics and particularly Irish race walking with Kate Veale and Maeve Curley qualifying for the European Juniors and now Olive qualifying for the London Olympic Games which will take place in the summer of 2012.

Olive won her 20km walk in a time of 92.41 in what was a very windy day at Podebrady. The time is an A standard for the games and things look bright the Irish race walking star. 


Craggs Half marathon record questioned (26-3-2011)


Allistair Craggs superb half-marathon run in New York last weekend was clear-cut enough. Not so the ensuing debate over whether his time of 60min 49secs constitutes an Irish record.

The American based athlete now sits on top of Irish Athletics’ all-time half-marathon list, though with an ‘a’ next to his name that denotes: “The course is slightly downhill but eligible”.

Not eligible enough for the International Association of Athletics Federations, however, who refuse to recognise the New York course for record purposes because the finish is lower and too distant from the start.

That means that, as far as records go, Martin Fagans time 60.57 set in Holland in 2009 still stands as the official Irish mark, despite numerous media claims that the record now belongs to Cragg.

                           RTÉ.ie Sport: Alistair Cragg hour ran one hour and 49 seconds in the New York City half-marathon



Veale and Curley achieve European Junior standard for the 10km walk (26-3-2011)

This morning in Podebrady Irelands Kate Veale(West Waterford) and Maeve Curley(Craughwell AC) both achieved the European Junior standard for the 10km walk.

Kate walked a magnificent time of 46.44 which will put her in contention to medal at the Euro Championships although it is a long way away.

Maeve fought bravely to dip under the same standard at a time of 50.55.

This will take a huge load of their shoulders now and wont have to worry about achieving standards this coming summer


Cragg ready to make his mark in Boston after New York run (24-3-2011)

Mo Farah, Great Britain’s double European champion on the track, may have won New York City Half Marathon last Sunday but the run of Alistair Cragg, who finished sixth in an Irish record 1:00:49, also got plenty of plaudits.

Cragg finished 26 seconds behind the 2010 European Athletics Championships 5000m and 10000m gold medallist but his run in the Big Apple augers well for his marathon debut in Boston on 18 April.

“I felt good the whole way and it was only in the last mile or two that the leaders managed to get away from me, but it's good feeling to get another Irish record and I'm excited about where this can take me,” said Cragg, in an interview with the Irish broadcaster RTE.

His time knocked eight seconds off the old Irish record mark of 1:00:57, set two years ago in Holland by Martin Fagan.

Cragg holds the Irish 10,000m record with 27:39.55 and has also run 5000m in 13:07.10, both times being clocked in 2007, and has the initial target of running under 2:16 in Boston so that he has the qualifying time for the World Championships later this year and also the 2012 Olympic Games

However, the Irish record for the classic distance, which has stood at 2:09:15 to John Treacy since 1988, may now not be beyond the bounds of possibilities after his impressive run in New York.

“I've been packing in the miles in preparation for Boston and I think those miles were in my legs when it came to speeding up in the last few miles here, but I never felt the distance or did I feel tired at any stage. I finished very strong and really enjoyed it.

“Running this event is a bit strange for me after all my races on the track but I'm now entering a new stage of my career and I'm excited about it and will now use the next few weeks wisely to prepare for Boston, added Cragg, the 2005 European Indoor Athletics Championships 3000m gold medallist.

Cragg’s other target in Boston is also to finish leading European runner in the 115th edition of famous race as most of the continent’s other top marathon men, including the three medallists from the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona last summer, have decided to run in the Virgin London Marathon the day before.

                                 RTÉ.ie Sport: Alistair Cragg hour ran one hour and 49 seconds in the New York City half-marathon


Cragg sets new Half Marathon  Marathon (22-3-2011)


Ireland's Alistair Cragg ran a personal best time of one hour and 49 seconds in the New York City half-marathon today, with Britain's Mo Farah taking the overall victory.

Farah won the European indoor title over 3,000m just a fortnight ago and put his track speed to good use to outsprint Ethiopia's Gebre Gebremariam in a tight finish.

Cragg will run the Boston Marathon on 18 April as he looks to build on this encouraging sixth place finish.

He said: 'I felt good the whole way and it was only in the last mile or two that the leaders managed to get away from me, but it's good feeling to get another Irish record and I'm excited about where this can take me.'

Cragg's time knocked eight seconds off the old mark of one hour and 57 seconds, set two years ago in Holland by Martin Fagan of Mullingar.

'I've been packing in the miles in preparation for Boston and I think those miles were in my legs when it came to speeding up in the last few miles here,' he said.

'But I never felt the distance or did I feel tired at any stage. I finished very strong and really enjoyed it.

'Running this event is a bit strange for me after all my races on the track but I'm now entering a new stage of my career and I'm excited about it and will now use the next few weeks wisely to prepare for Boston.'

Cragg will be looking to get the standard in Boston that will put him in line for selection for the World Championships next August in Korea and also for the Olympics in London next year.

Gebremariam, meanwhile, looked to have eked out a vital lead in the closing metres, but Farah surged past to win in an unofficial time of one hour and 22 seconds.

Farah's official time was rounded up to one hour 23 seconds, with Gebremariam two seconds behind and Farah's training partner Galen Rupp another five seconds adrift in third.

'It was a great race,' Farah said. 'Me and Galen worked together but it came down to a sprint finish. The crowd made a big difference and it was really exciting.

'We knew Gebremariam had a big finish so we worked hard but we still could not get rid of him. I felt all right with 400m to go and just went for it.'

In the women's race, Kenya's Caroline Rotich set a new course record with victory in 68:52, eclipsing the previous best of 69:25 set by Britain's Mara Yamauchi last year.

Fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat was eight seconds back in second, with American Kara Goucher third.

                                RTÉ.ie Sport: Alistair Cragg hour ran one hour and 49 seconds in the New York City half-marathon

Update from the Irish at World XC (20-3-2011)

A bright sunny day at Punta Umbria was the venue for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

The Irish had only sent a team of 3 athletes which included Shane Quinn in the Junior Mens race and Fionnualla Britton and Ava Hutchinson in the senior Womens race. 

The Irish had high hopes for a high placing from Waterford star Shane Quinn in the junior mens race but it wasnt to be as Shane was forced to pull out of the race.

Irelands final two competitors toed to the line in the Senior Womens race with high expectations of a top 20 finish from Fionnuala Britton. Fionnuala set out her race plan to race prominently throughout and she succeeded with a top class finish of 16th finishing 2nd European behind Brittish sensation Charlotte Purdue who finished in 14th place

Ava Hutchinson finished a very respectable 87th place in her first World Cross.

Junior Womens Results

Junior Mens Results

Senior Womens Results







Day 1 of the Juvenile Indoors (19-3-2011)


Day 1 Results

Results below from day 1 of Woodie’s DIY National Juvenile Indoor Championships from The Meadowbank Arena in Magherafelt, Derry.


60m Finals

U12 1. K Murphy (St Senan’s AC) 8.76 2. S Lynch (Lios Tuathail AC) 8.94 3. A Burke (Celtic DCH) 8.97

U13 1. M Scott (SLOT) 8.26 2. S Leahy (Spa Muckross AC) 8.48 3. L Gleeson (KCH AC) 8.52

U14 1. A Murphy (SLOT) 8.36 2. A Forkan (Swinford AC) 8.57 3. D Beirne (SLOT) 8.60

U15 1. G Lawlor (SLOT AC) 8.01 2. R O’Callaghan Roche (Carricknabher) 8.06 3. LA Costello (GCH AC) 8.01

U16 1. B Keogh (Fingallians AC) 8:01 2. K McGrory (Tir Chonaill AC) 8.03 3. L Armstrong (City of Derry AC) 8.06

U17 1. C Manning (KCH AC) 7.83 2. C Foley (Greystones AC) 7.92 . S McCarthy (Fingallians AC) 7.93

U18 1. G Moynihan (West Muskerry AC) 7.80 2. L O’Shea (KCH AC) 7.83 3. M Keogh (Fingallians AC) 8.10

U19 1. S Murray (Fingallians AC) 7.93 2. S Lawlor (Celbridge AC) 8.29 3. J Doheny (Emerald AC) 8.38

300m Final

U18 1. G Moynihan (West Muskerry AC) 40.83 2. M Kiely (Ferrybank AC) 41.84 3. A Flynn (Ferrybank AC) 42.44

400m Final

U19 1. T Hession (GCH AC) 61.78 2. M O’Connor (Letterkenny AC) 63.43 3. M Van der Valk (Ferrybank AC) 64.07

600m Finals

U12 1. S Lynch (Lios Tuathail AC) 1.53.88 2. K O’Connor (St Gerards AC) 1.54.24 3. S O’Neill (Dooneen AC) 1.54.46

U13 1. A Crossan (Letterkenny AC) 1.45.42 2. E O’Donovan (Navan AC) 1.45.57 3. R Barlow (DSD AC) 1.47.01

1500m Finals

U16 1. A Lally (GCH AC) 4.48.21 2. L Conroy (Mullingar Harriers AC) 4.51.67 3. N Cuskelly (Tullamore Harriers AC) 5.03.11

U17 1. E Moran (Westport AC) 5.16.29 2. E O’Hanlon (Raheny AC) 5:29.34 3. L Young (Annalee AC) 5.38.70

U18 1. E Milner (St Coca’s AC) 4.55.98 2. S McGinley (Celtic DCH AC) 4.57.26 3. A O’Reilly (Annalee AC) 4.59.26

U19 1. I O’Donnell (Raheny AC) 5.02.69 2. C Doran (Raheny AC) 5.04.99 3. H Flynn (Shannon AC) 5.05.03

Shot Putt Finals

U12 1. V Cusack (Lisscarroll AC) 8.62m (CBP) 2. M Furlong (Adamstown AC) 7.64m 3. A O’Flynn (Carrick na Bhear AC) 7.13m

U13 1. N Fogarty (Mullingar Harriers AC) 9.51m 2. B McDyer (Rosses AC) 9.37m 3. N McGranathan (Finn Valley AC) 9.19m

U18 1. N Murphy (Blarney Iniscarra AC) 11.42m 2. S Parkinson (Gowran AC) 11.34m 3. C Fogarty (Mullingar Harriers AC) 10.78m

Long Jump Finals

U12 1. Z Mohan (Cussinstown AC) 4.01m 2. K O’Connor (St Gerard’s AC) 3.91m 3. C Farrell (Ferrybank AC) 3.77m

U13 1. M Scott (SLOT AC) 4.52m 2. A Crossan (Letterkenny AC) 4.36m 3. A Keedy Cummins (Craughwell AC) 4.32m

U14 1. L Mills (Ballymena & Antrim) 4.72m 2. C Fahy (Claremorris AC) 4.70m 3. A Keane (St Killians AC) 4.53m

Triple Jump Finals

U18 1. A Deever (Westport AC) 9.66m 2. B Brosnan (Ferrybank AC) 9.35m 3. L Kavanagh (Roundwood AC) 9.07m

U19 1. C Fahy (Nenagh AC) 9.55m 2. L Corcoran (Bree AC) 9.47m

High Jump Finals

U12 1. D Keely (Tinryland AC) 1.30m 2. E Chessire (Dunleer AC) 1.25m 3. V Cusack (Lisscarroll AC) 1.25m

U13 1. A Gamon (Westport AC) 1.35m 2. A keely Cummins (Craughwell AC) 1.35m 3. S Reynolds (Cussinstown AC) 1.35m

U14 1. E Morland (Cussinstown AC) 1.48m 2. N Kelly (Boyne AC) 1.40m 3. A Naddy (Gowran AC) 1.40m


60m finals

U12 1. R Cregan (Leevale AC) 8.75 2. J Waters (Roundwood AC) 8.90 3. B Nealon (Ballina AC) 8.91

U13 1. L O’Neill (Menapians AC) 8.27 2. J Dempsey (GCH AC) 8.37 2. L Locke (Dooneen AC) 8.44

U14 1. R Murray (Bree AC) 7.92 2. L Ring (Leevale AC) 8.17 3. S Essuman (Dublin Striders AC) 8.22

U15 1. S Lawlor (Donore AC) 7.43 2. O Byrne Gildea (North Sligo AC) 7.51 3. M Quilligan (Nenagh AC) 7.79

U16 1. Z Irwin (Sligo AC) 7.43 2. L Green (Youghal AC) 7.48 3. D Power (Tullamore AC) 7.50

U17 1. M Lawlor (SLOT AC) 7.20 2. A MacPartland (City of Derry AC) 7.35 3. K Doherty (Tallaght AC) 7.44

U18 1. T Stafford (Menapians AC) 7.24 2. M McGarry (City of Derry AC) 7.27 3. J Halley (Ferrybank AC) 7.30

U19 1. J Greene (Ferrybank AC) 7.41 2. A Dowling (SLOT AC) 7.46 3. M Godley (Tralee AC) 7.64

400m Finals

U18 1. K Lynch (DSD AC) 50.83 2. B Kiely (Ferrbank AC) 50.85 3. W Flynn (Shannon AC) 52.19

U19 1. J Greene (Ferrybank AC) 50.70 2. J Saunders (St Josephs AC) 50.81 3. R Kelly GCH AC) 52.46

600m Finals

U12 1. A McGlynn (Finn Valley AC) 1.46.27 2. L O’Doherty (Sligo AC) 1.46.96 3. D Louth (St Brendan’s AC) 1.47.20

U13 1. L Fitzpatrick (KCH AC) 1.42.59 2. E Looney (Kilmurray AC) 1.42.86 3. M McGrory (Letterkenny AC) 1.43.93

1500m Finals

U16 1. S McGowan (City of Derry AC) 4.19.44 2. L Gillen (Craughwell AC) 4.25.75 3. D O’Keefe (Gneeveguilla AC) 4.36.0

U17 1. D Harper (Westport AC) 4.14.05 2. T Lynn (Mullingar Harriers AC) 4.22.80 3. T Maguire (Finngallians AC) 4.28.84

U18 1. S Hogan (Nenagh AC) 4.23.77 2. A Chambers (Westport AC) 4.24.19 3. M Byrne (Rathfarnham AC) 4.25.68

U19 1. P Gaffney (Metro St Brigids AC) 4.20.58 2. C O’Connor ((Sligo AC) 4.22.58 3. A Daly (Mullingar AC) 4.29.30

Shot Putt Finals

U12 1. R Maguire (Annalee AC) 8.70m 2. J Hallahan (Midleton AC) 8.62m 3. K O’Doherty (Spa Muckross AC) 8.13m

U13 1. T McGovern ((Tir Chonaill AC) 12.39m (CBP) 2. O Murphy (Gleasough AC) 11.11m 3. C O’Maoilein (An Gaeltacht AC) 11.03m

U18 1. M Martin (North Down AC) 14.40m 2. D Hickey (Gowran AC) 12.60m 3. L Higgins (Na Fianna AC) 10 .79m

Long Jump Finals

U12 1. D Ryan (Moycarty AC) 4.36m 2. L Whittle (Tullamore AC) 3.98m 3. E Hallinan (Ballina AC) 3.91m

U13 1. D McDonald (Menapians AC) 4.78m 2. S Mullins (DSD AC) 4.53m 3. C Locke (Dooneen AC) 4.47m

U14 1. C Dempsey (Greystones AC) 4.98m 2. J Murphy (Leevale AC) 4.78m 3. C Diskin (Claremorris AC) 4.76m

Triple Jump Finals

U18 1. C Graham (Regents House AC) 12.92m 2. C Daly (St Abbans AC) 12.66m 3. K Dooley (GCH AC) 12.31m

U19 1. M Taggart (Ballymena & Antrim AC) 12.80m 2. S Archer (Ferrybank AC) 12.68m 3. M Godley (Tralee AC) 12.59m

High Jump Finals

U12 1. C Morgan (Boherneean AC) 1.26m 2. C Doyle (Craughwell AC) 1.23m 3. J Keary (Craughwell AC) 1.20m

U13 1. K Brady (Finn Valley AC) 1.37m 2. C Lynch (Lifford AC) 1.30m 3. R Carty Walsh (Adamstown AC) 1.30m

U14 1. V Costello (KCH AC) 1.40m 2. J Manning (KCH AC) 1.40m 3. J McGovern (Finn Valley AC) 1.35m


The venue was Abbotstown for the All Ireland Schools and University  XC championships (14-3-2011)

The National Aquatic Centre in Abbotstown Dublin was the perfect venue for today’s AVIVA All Ireland schools and Irish Universities cross country championships. The flat course provided great underfoot conditions and as a result fast running was the order of the day.

When Shane Quinn (De La Salle Waterford) took over the lead Kevin Dooney (CBC Monkstown) was the only one to go with him. However, Quinn was on his own after a couple of hundred metres and he coasted to another fine win at national level to provide the perfect preparation for the World cross country championships next weekend. Dooney held on to second with Liam Brady (St. Brendan’s Birr) third. Douglas Community School won the team contest by one point from St. Malachy’s.

The outcome of the senior girls race was much closer with Amy O’Donoghue (Villiers School Limerick) outsprinting Maire Aine Ni Shuilleabhain (Gaelscoil Ceatharlach) in the closing stages. Megan Ni Iosagain) was third. Colaiste Iosagain won the team contest from Rathmore Grammar.

Sean Tobin (High School Clonmel) had to work hard to get away from the persistent challenge of Ian O’Hairtneid (Colaiste Daibhead Corcaigh), opening up a ten second lead towards the finish. Aaron Hanlon (St. Mary’s Drogheda) was third. Team victory went to High School Clonmel from St. Fintan’s.

Siofra Clerigh Buttner ((Colaiste Iosagain) took the lead from the gun in the intermediate girls race and was never in danger of being caught as she raced to a fine win. Linda Conroy (Mercy Kilbeggan) was second with Jean Clancy (St. Michael’s Kilmihil) third. Colaiste Iosagain won the team from Ballyclare High School.

The junior boys race produced a close finish with Hugh Morgan (De La Salle Waterford) outpacing Paddy Robb (St. Malachy’s) and Shane McGowan (St. Columb’s Derry) for a good win. St. Kieran’s College won the team from Douglas Community College.

Ella Fennelly (Mount Anville) produced a strong finish to outsprint her rivals in the junior girls race, with Nicole Cuskelly (Killina Secondary School) getting the better of Niamh Cotter (Bantry Community College) for the minor places. Ursuline Thurles won the team from Victoria College Belfast.

The introduction of minor races at All Ireland level produced two fine winners. In the girls race Nadia El-Tom Power (St. Macdara’s Community College) had a strong finish to win from Clodagh O’Reilly (Loreto College Cavan) and Laura Costello (Ursuline Thurles), with Ursuline Thurles winning the team from St. Macdara’s.

Daniel Gallagher (St. Catherine’s Killybegs) was another to produce a strong finish to win the minor boys race from William Hynes (St. Attracta’s Tubbercurry) and Luke Dinsmore (Coleraine AI). Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar won the team from St. Malachy’s.

The closest finish of the day came in the Universities women’s race. A breakaway group of four – Becky Woods, Bryony Treston, Ciara Durkin and Laura Shaughnessy - dominated the race, but that was down to two turning into the finishing straight. An all out sprint saw Ciara Durkin (DCU) just edge ahead on the line to win from Bryony Treston (TCD) with Becky Woods (TCD) third. DCU won the team from TCD.

Dan Mulhare (WIT) was never challenged as he romped home to win the Universities men’s race, with Liam Reale (UL) outsprinting Brendan O’Neill (DCU) for the minor places. DCU were team winners from WIT.

All-Ireland Schools Results

Inter Varsity Results

Source: AAI (

O rourke Qualifies for 60m hurdles final (04-3-2011) 



The action got underway at the 31st European Athletics Indoor Championships this morning in Paris and four of Ireland’s nine-strong team were in action in the brightly-lit Bercy Indoor arena in the heart of the French capital.

Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) was the first to compete in the final of four 1st round heats in the 60m Hurdles and claimed one of the three automatic semi-final qualifying places by finishing 2nd in 8:07 seconds. O’Rourke looked relaxed during the race and qualified easily for the semi-final.

In the first of this afternoon’s two semi-final’s, O’Rourke got a good start out of the blocks and tied for lead down the 60m straight until the German Nytra and the Bulgarian Talai just edged past her towards the line. O’Rourke will be pleased to take one of the four qualification spots comfortably and to have run a season’s best time of 7:98, which will give her increased confidence going into this evening’s final at 17:40pm (Irish Time).

Drawn in Lane 5, O’Rourke started better she did in her heat and was alongside Nytra for the first half of the race, but her rival pulled a half yard clear in the final 20 metres.

Talai also came through strongly and finished .03 ahead of O’Rourke, who broke 8 seconds for the first time this year (7.98) by the finish.

Alice Decaux of France, considered a medal contender before the Championships, fell when struggling to get into contention in the second half of the race.

Speaking to the BBC after the race, O’Rourke said the semi-final race was harder than the heat with more athletes in contention.

She added: ‘It’s time for me to put my head down for the next two hours and think about it (the final).’

O’Rourke will have her work cut out to get involved in the shake-up final after Tiffany Ofili of Great Britain, though she was born in the USA, won the second race in a British record 7.89 seconds. Christina Vukicevic was second in 7.93 in the same race.

Darren Mcbrearty ran a brave race to finish 4th in heat one of the 800m. McBrearty ran 1.49.74 to qualify as a fastest loser for tomorrows semi-finals. Darren took the race by the scruff of the neck from the very start of the race and lead the field of 6 runners through the 400m mark at 52 secs and this was clearly going to be a fast race. McBrearty hung on for 4th place and the last qualifying spot to gain him a place in tomorrows semi final

Marian Heffernan was in the 1st round heats of the women’s 400m this morning. Heffernan got off to an encouraging start but was slightly off the leading pace at the bell at 200m to go. Looking comfortable the Cork athlete pushed on down the back straight but couldn’t catch the leading group of four and finished in 5th place in a time of 54:94, which will be very disappointing for the Togher AC athlete who ran 54:00 to win the Irish Indoor title two weeks ago.
Marian Heffernan from Cork had an anxious wait before learning that she had not survived the heats of the women’s 400 m. She battled back from a poor start to finish fifth in a time of 54.94 and this came very close to being good enough to make the semi-finals as one of the three fastest losers.

It became very tense as Heffernan’s time was exactly the same as Patricia Lopes of Portugal for the last spot. So the Technical Committee had to apply a time that was the nearest 1000th of a second and it was here that Heffernan lost out by 3/1000’s of a second. “I had a very poor first 50 metre and then was left having to fight to make up the deficit and it was just too much in the end” she said.

Clonliffe’s Brian Gregan has been in fine form of late over 400m indoors and had high hopes of doing well here at the European Championships. Running in lane 5 of heat three, the young Tallaght athlete got off to a good start and was well placed in 3rd position at the 200m bell in the hunt for one of the two automatic qualifying spots up for grabs. Coming off the last bend with 70 metres to go Gregan got a slight knock from Tamac the Turkish Athlete and lost a crucial yard or two in the home straight. Finishing in 4th place in a time of 47:63, Gregan will also be disappointed with his two-lap effort here, but the young Dublin man will have other opportunities to shine in the future.


I just don’t know what happened. I could hardly breathe out there. I’m absolutely shattered” said the 21 year old Irish hopeful.

I had to break my stride at 200 metres and after that I was fighting to make up ground but I just lost my stride and then I seemed to lose the head and there was none of that smoothness that has been a feature of my running in recent weeks.”

That is a time I could run in my sleep. I can’t explain it except perhaps the sinus problems I’ve experience since I came here might have something to do with it. But right now I’m down in the dumps and in shock at being eliminated like that.

I just ran like an amateur. My legs felt heavy and it’s harder to take considering I ran a second faster in the Irish Championships in the Odyssey two weeks ago. Competing in a race like this so early in the morning is not good but it’s the same for everyone and that is not an excuse.”

Gregan waited around to see if he might survive as one of the fastest losers but that hope was fruitless and it was painful for the Irishman to see the fact that times of 47.31 and 47.33 were good enough to progress.

North Laois AC’s Dan Mulhare was the final Irish athlete in action this morning in the 3rd heat of the men’s 3000m. Up against a quality field that included Britain’s Andy Baddley, Mulhare gave it his all in the race, and finished in a respectable 6th position in time of 8:04:57, just behind the leading group of five athletes who all qualified for tomorrow’s final. Mulhare will have some reason to be relatively satisfied with his performance here this morning in this traditionally highly competitive indoor event.
Mulhare said: “I have no excuses for not making the final” he said. “I just need to get my 1,500 m time down by several seconds if I hope to keep with these guys. They have 1.500 m times several seconds faster than me and that pace is just a breeze for them.

I did my bit to try and get a strong pace going but when it came to the last couple of laps that vital speed was not in my legs. But I intend to work harder and harder and it was just fantastic to get this type of experience out here.”

Waterford’s Kelly Proper goes in the Long Jump qualiifaication at 2:50pm Irish Time later today, Darren McBrearty goes in the heats of the 800m at 3:55pm, and Derval O’Rourke in the semi-final of the 60m Hurdles and hopefully the final at 14:45pm and 17:40 respectively.



Source AAI and Sportsfile 


Weekend Round-Up (28-2-2011)

Tori Pena (Finn Valley AC) completed her preparations for the European indoor championships in the best possible fashion by again breaking her Irish record in the pole vault. Competing in the Scottish indoor championships she cleared a height of 4.31m to add 1cm to the record.

At the McCain City Challenge in Cardiff there was a great race in the women’s 1,500m between two Irish runners who won medals at the Woodie’s DIY Irish Indoors championships at The Odyssey Belfast last weekend. On this occasion it was Kerry Harty (Newcastle AC) who won in a time of 4:18.11, inside her previous best of 4:20.44, with Orla Drumm (UCC AC) second in 4:19.82, a time that improved on her previous best of 4:21.12.

At the England Athletics championships in Birmingham Paul Scanlan (Leevale AC) set a new PB for 800m with a time of 1.48.25 to place him number three on the Irish indoor ranking list for 400m this season.

Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC), winner of the 3,000m in The Odyssey last Sunday, was again in winning form at the Scottish indoor championships. He won the 3,000m in 8:01.00 to better his previous best of 8:02.20.

McCain City Challenge Match 2 UWIC, Cardiff
Men high Jump
4 Simon PHELAN London South Sharks 1.99

Women’s 1500m
1 Kerry HARTY Cardiff Dragons 4:18.11
2 Orla DRUMM Birmingham Falcons 4:19.82
3 Faye FULLERTON London North Lions 4:23.96

England Athletics U15 / U17 / U20 Championships Birmingham
Junior Men 60 ht4
1 6.98 Jerome Musa-Lawal Shaftesbury Barnet
2 7.02 Paul Whelan Dublin Striders AC

sf 3
5 7.07 Paul Whelan Dublin Striders AC

U15 60m Ht
6 7.72 Mark Varley Dooneen AC/Ireland

U17 60m Ht
1 7.20 Marcus Lawler St. Laurence O’Toole/Ireland

Semi final
DQ Marcus Lawler

U17 60m Ht
4 8.08 Bromwyn Keogh Fingallians/Ireland

Semi Final
7 8.07 Bromwyn Keogh Fingallians/Ireland

U20 60m Ht
2 7.72 Sarah Lavin Emerald/Ireland

U20 60m Ht
2 7.77 Catherine McManus Celtic DCH/Ireland

U20 60m Final
4 7.73 Sarah Lavin Emerald/Ireland
7 7.82 Catherine McManus Celtic DCH/Ireland

U20 300m Ht
1 40.15 Grainne Moynihan West Muskerry Ireland

U20 300m
4 40.04 Grainne Moynihan Ireland

U20 400m
1 49.23 Paul Scanlan Woodford Green Essex Ladies Leevale Ireland

U20 400m Semi Final
1 48.25 Paul Scanlan Woodford Green Essex Ladies Leevale Ireland

U20 400m - Final
1 Joshua STREET South London Harriers 48.11
2 Paul SCANLAN Ireland 48.44

U20 400m Ht
1 56.39 Joanna Mills Ballymena & Antrim/Ireland
5 59.60 Megan Kiely Ferrybank/Ireland

U20 400m Final
1 Kirsten MCASLAN East Cheshire Harriers 54.66
2 Joanna MILLS Ballymena & Antrim 55.63

U17 800m Ht
1 1:57.59 Karl Griffin Tír Conaill/Ireland

U17 1,500m
2 4:05.68 Ian Hartnett Togher Ireland

U17 Long Jump
3 5.35 Sarah McCarthy SB Fingallians/Ireland

U20 Long Jump
5 5.69 Sally-Rose Maughan Ireland

U17 Triple Jump
5 13.14 Eoin O’Carroll Tralee/Ireland

U17 200m - Ht
1 Nathan SELBY Sale Harriers Manchester 22.58 Q
2 Marcus LAWLER Ireland 22.60 Q

U17 200m - Semi-Finals
Marcus LAWLER Ireland DQ

U15 200m Ht
3 Mark VARLEY Eire (Ireland) 24.32 q

U15 200m - Final
4 Mark VARLEY Eire (Ireland) 24.41

U17 800m Final
1 Matthew MCLAUGHLIN Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 1.54.80
2 Hugo FLEMING Walton AC 1.55.28
3 Karl GRIFFIN Ireland 1.58.10

U17 60m Hurdles - Ht
2 Lilly-Ann O’HORA Ireland 9.04 Q

U17 60m Hurdles - Semi-Finals
1 Hayley MCLEAN Chelmsford AC 8.79 Q
2 Lilly-Ann O’HORA Ireland 8.88 Q

U17 60m Hurdles - Final
1 Hayley MCLEAN Chelmsford AC 8.64
2 Lilly-Ann O’HORA Ireland 8.80

U20 60m Hurdles - Heats
1 Sarah LAVIN Ireland 8.80 Q
2 Catherine MCMANUS Ireland 9.01 Q

U20 60m Hurdles - Final
1 Marilyn NWAWULOR Harrow AC 8.47
2 Katarina JOHNSON-THOMPSON Liverpool Harriers & AC 8.50
3 Yasmin MILLER Derby AC 8.57
4 Catherine MCMANUS Ireland 8.90
Sarah LAVIN Ireland DNF

U20 shot
1 16.15 Andrew Doyle Mid Ulster/Ireland

Scottish Senior Championships Kelvin Hall Glasgow
Women 1,500m
3 4:58.25 Eimear O’Brien Unattached

Men 3,000m
1 8:01.00 Dan Mulhare North Laois Ireland
2 8:20.41 Dermot Cummins West Waterford -Ireland

Women Pole Vault
1 4.31 Tori Pena Finn Valley Ireland
2 3.61 Claire Wilkinson Ballymena & Antrim/Ireland

Southland Conference Indoor Championships University of Oklahoma
Men 3000 Meter Run
1 Tom Wade JR Lamar 8:20.33
2 David Rooney JR McNeese State 8:23.09
3 Patrick Kimeli SO Texas A&M-C.C. 8:27.58

Men 5000 Meter Run (4,800m)
1 David Rooney JR McNeese State 13:46.25S
2 Anthony Pequeno JR Lamar 14:04.10S

Men 1 Mile
1 Albert Cardenas JR U.T.S.A. 4:13.67
2 Brandon Chiuminetta SR U.T.S.A. 4:14.42
3 Cole Reveal JR U.T.S.A. 4:14.45
9 Chris Jones FR Lamar 4:28.02

Conference USA Indoor Championships University of Houston
Men 1 Mile
1 Chris O’hare SO Tulsa 4:07.13
2 Justin Duncan SR Tulsa 4:08.48
3 Justice Chirchir JR UTEP 4:09.52
4 Jordan Neil SR East Carolina 4:09.62

New England - NEICAAA Championship Boston University
Women 1000 Meter
1 Perno, Gina Umass Amherst 2:54.12Q
2 Wilson, Heather Connecticut 2:54.66Q
3 Brekka, Kathleen Holy Cross 2:59.75Q
13 Ryan, Niamh Rhode Island 3:02.70

Women 60 Meter Hurdles
1 Brady, Nikko Boston U. 8.49
2 Que, Lara-Jane Rhode Island 8.58
3 Abdur-Rashed, Saleena Northeastern 8.61
6 Sheehan, Kalyn Rhode Island 8.98

Women 200 Meter
1 Gagne, Shannon New Haven 23.86 3
2 Walton, Shelby Boston U. 23.91 3
3 Jones, Portia MIT 24.40 2
6 Sheehan, Kalyn Rhode Island 24.85



Source: AAI          

Dan Mulhare added to squad for Paris

Dan Mulhare has been added to strengthen the Irish squad for next weekends European Championships in Paris. Dan got selected through a very impressive run yesterday in Kelvin Hall at the Scottish Seniors to run a new Pb of 8.01 for the 3km. 

Dan has been running consistently throughout this indoor season and deserves this breakthrough. 


 Indoors recap (26-2-2011)

The headline of the day goes to Tori Pena who set a new Irish pole vault record of 4.31 to beat her last record of 4.30 at the Scottish indoors today. This will be a good confidence booster for Tori ahead of next weekends European Championships in Paris.

Also a good day at the office for Kerry Harty in Cardiff who was victorious in the 1500m with a new Pb 4.18. Orla Drumm finished 2nd in a time of 4.19, also a new Pb, with Faye Fullerton finishing third in the same event with a time of 4.24.


Inter Clubs XC in Santry (26-2-2011)

A nice sunny day in santry was the venue of the National Inter Clubs xc championships. Some great performance throughout the day. The first great performance came from 16 year old DSD athlete Siofra Cleirigh Buttner who tore the field apart to defeat Niamh Denny and Mary Mulhare. DSD taking the team title.

In the junior mens race there was never no doubt that Shane Quinn would take the title. Shane lead from start till finish defeating Rahenys Kevin Dooney and Tullamores Liam Brady

Ava Hutchinson won the senior womens race.

The race of the day came in the senior mens race with the clear favourite Joe Sweeney earning yet another title to go alongside his inter county title that he won back in November. Breandan O neill ended a great xc season with a silver medal with Mick Clohisey coming back into some form taking the bronze.

The big talking point was DSD ac taking all the team titles in each race.

Junior Women’s Result – 6000m:

1, S Cleirigh-Buttner (Dundrum South Dublin AC) 22:50. 2, N Denny (Dundrum South Dublin AC) 23:15. 3, S Moore (Dunshaughlin AC - IND) 23:37. 4, A Fennell (Raheny Shamrock AC) 23:58. 5, M O’Sullivan (Raheny Shamrock AC )24:01. 6, M Ryan (Dundrum South Dublin) 24:02.
Inter-Club: 1, Dundrum South Dublin AC 17 pts. 2, Raheny Shamrocks AC 33. 3, Clonliffe Harriers AC 61.

Junior Men’s Result – 8000m:

1, S Quinn (Ferrybank AC) 26:32. 2, K Dooney (Raheny Shamrock AC) 26:51. 3, L Brady (Tullamore Harriers - IND) 26:52. 4, L Markham (Ennis Track AC) 27:36. 5, J Byrne (Mullingar Harriers) 28:16. 6, D Mullins (Togher AC) 28:38
Inter-Club: 1, Dundrum South Dublin 47 pts. 2, Mullingar Harriers AC 55. 3, Ennis Track AC 58.

Senior Women’s Result – 8000m:

1, A Hutchinson (Dundrum South Dublin AC) 29:18. 2, E Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) 29:52. 3, G Ganiel-O’Neill (Abbey AC - IND) 29:56. 4, A Talty (Raheny Shamrock AC) 30:12. 5, C Durkan (Skerries AC - IND) 30:28. 6, P Curley (Tullamore Harriers AC) 30:37.
Inter-Club: 1, Dundrum South Dublin 27 pts. 2, Raheny Shamrocks AC 32. 3, Sportsworld AC 79.

Senior Men’s Result – 12,000m:

1, J Sweeney (Dundrum South Dublin AC) 38:42. 2, B O’Neill (Dundrum South Dublin AC) 39:38. 3, M Clohissey (Raheny Shamrock AC) 39:43. 4, M Kirwan (Raheny Shamrock AC) 39:48. 5, G Thornton (Galway City Harriers AC) 39:59. 6, S Ciobanu (Clonliffe H) 40:00.
Inter-Club: 1, Dundrum South Dublin AC 25 pts. 2, Raheny Shamrocks AC 47. 3, Clonliffe Harriers AC 60. 4, Ferrybank AC 120. 5, Rathfarnham WSAF AC 145. 6, Donore Harriers AC 150.

Tori Pena betters national pole vault record (26-2-2011)

Finn Valley athlete Tori Pena has broke her own national record of 4.30cm at the Scottish indoors in Kelvin Hall, Glasgow to better it by 1cm to set the new height at 4.31cm. Tori attempted the Championship best performance that was set at 4.35cm by British number 1 Kate Dennison but agaonisingly failed . This will be an excellent confidence booster for Tori as she enters the European Championships next weekend in Paris.


Marian Heffernan added to squad for Paris

Marian Heffernan has been added to the Irish squad to compete in Paris. Marian is showing exceptionally good form over the past two weeks running close to sub 54 seconds for 400m and also getting her 400m indoor title back in the Odyssey last weekend.


Irish team named for European Indoor Championships in Paris (21-2-2011)

Athletics Ireland have named the Irish team that will participate in the European Indoor Championships in Paris on the first weekend in March.

The team is:

Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) - 60m Hurdles (SB – 8:03 – 8th fastest in Europe this year)

Ailis McSweeney (Leevale AC) - 60m (PB - 7:32 – 24th fastest in Europe this year)

Mary Cullen (North Sligo AC) - 3000m (SB - 8:53:01 – 8th fastest in Europe this year)

Tori Pena (Finn Valley AC) - Pole Vault (PB – 4m 30 - Irish Record – European top 20 this year)

Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) - Long Jump (SB – 6:44 – 30th best jump in Europe this year)

Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) - 400m (SB – 46:82 - 11th fastest in Europe this year)

Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) - 800m (PB – 1:47:87 – 14th fastest in Europe this year)

All seven athletes selected have shown good form this winter and will be hoping to compete with the best European athletes in Paris next month.

Chair of High Performance, Ray Flynn: 

“The team is small but elite, and is a good blend of youth and experience. We in Athletics Ireland are really excited at the prospects of this team going to Paris. With the closing date not until the 27th of February, this gives other Irish athletes who are close to qualifying times the opportunity to attain the standard.”

Weekend Round-up From the Irish Seniors (21-2-2011)


The second day of the Irish Indoor Championships at the magnificent Odyssey Arena in Belfast produced another day of high quality athletics, enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

The men’s 800m promised to be the race of the meet and it didn’t disappoint. However, it was the manner in which Mark English won the race that was most impressive. The Letterkenny junior took over the lead from early on and looked to be doing the hard work for his rivals. They had every opportunity to overtake, but at the end of an exciting race it was English who simply demolished the field to win comfortably in a time of 1:51.62. Behind there was a great battle for the minor placings with Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) taking second in 1:52.08, ahead of Niall Tuohy (Ferrybank AC) third 1:52.06, and Eoin Everard just edged out of the medals in fourth in 1:52.34.

Two athletes returning from injury dominated the women’s 1,500m which was won in style by Mary Cullen (North Sligo AC) in 4:19.25, ahead of Orla Drumm (UCC AC) 4:23.55, and Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn AC) 4:26.76. Cullen’s injury problems have been well documented, but for Drumm the silver medal marked the end of a long period of injury. She last raced in The Odyssey in 2007 and for a while feared she would not race again. However, she has battled back well and is now looking forward to a successful outdoor season. Mageean was disappointed with her run but will be determined to make up for her performance; perhaps at the European Indoor Championships in Paris in town weeks time if selected.

The men’s 1500m was another highly competitve affair. Joe Warne (Doheny AC) took over the lead with just under two laps remaining and drove for home. He was tracked strongly by Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s AC) who finished the fastest of all to overtake Warne in the finishing straight and win in 3:52.60. Daniel Mooney (Letterkenny AC) also finished fast to claim second in 3:53.22, with Warne third in 3:53.23. Gavin O’Sullivan (Raheny Shamrock AC) just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in 3:53.28.

Ian McDonald (Crusaders AC) was a clear winner of the 60m hurdles in 8.05, while Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers) was a comfortable winner of the shot putt with a throw of 16.14m. Mary McLoone (Tir Chonaill AC) was an equally clear winner of the women’s triple jump with a best of 12.50m.

Mairead Murphy (Ferrybank AC) won the women’s 60m hurdles in 8.46 ahead of Fanni Juhasz (Crusaders AC) in 8.51.

David Qulligan (Leevale AC) took the lead in the long jump with 7.11m in the last round, but thn had to watch Adam McMullen (Mid Ulster AC) regain the lead with a jump of 7.13m with his last attempt to win the competition.

Timothy Crowe (Dooneen AC) won a good 200m in 22.14 with David Killeen (Leevale AC) second in 22.43. The women’s 200m went to Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) in 24.08 to add to her long jump win yesterday. Steffi Creaner (Celtic DCH AC) was second in 24.93.

Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Hariers) had over two seconds to spare when winning the 400m in 47.01, with Kieran Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) second in 49.07 and Paul Scanlan (Leevale AC) third in 49.71. Gregan will now be hoping to be selected for Paris and build on his current excellent form.

Ailis McSweeney (Leevale AC) added the 60m title to last year’s 100m title in a fast time of 7.32, another new PB for her. Amy Foster (University of Ulster) was second in 7.44 and Claire Brady (Cellbridge AC) was third in 7.63. McSweeney received the Athlete of the Championships award for her performance over 60m to take the title.

Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim AC) was equally impressive in winning the men’s 60m in 6.85, with Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) second in 6.90 and Christopher Russell (Ferrybank AC) third in 6.91.

Marian Heffernan (Togher AC) looked smooth and stylish and had over a second to spare when winning the 400m in 54.00, ahead of Claire Bergin (Dundrum South Dublin AC) in 55.06.

The final race of the day was won by Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC) who was well in control all through the 3,000m to win in 8:05.23. Dan and his younger brother Michael have both been in excellent from this winter.


Courtesy of AAI and Sportsfile 


International Round-up (21-2-2011)


Allcomers Illawong, AUS
Men 400 metre A Grade
Section 1
1 Burke, David U.T.S. North 47.26
2 Mooney, Matthew Sydney Pacif 47.80 47.82
3 Sheehy, Keith Macquarie Hu 47.86 47.95
4 Burke, Antoine U.T.S. North 47.20 48.26
5 Hammond, Matthew Athletics Ea 48.00 48.65

BIG EAST Championships, Akron, OH
Men 5000 Meter Run
1 Beamish, Hugo JR VILLANOVA 14:16.11
2 McCarthy, David JR PROVIDENCE 14:17.54
3 Hughes, Matt SR LOUISVILLE 14:19.28

Aviva Grand Prix Birmingham
3000 METRES - Women
1 Sentayehu EJIGU ETH 8:30.26
2 Kalkidan GEZAHEGN ETH 8:37.47
3 Mercy NJOROGE KEN 8:39.70
4 Helen CLITHEROE GBR 8:39.81
5 Mary CULLEN IRL 8:53.01
6 Siham HILALI MAR 8:59.60

MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championship Armory NY

Men Weight Throw
1 Ewald, Roman Manhattan 17.68m
2 Quirke, Colin Manhattan 16.82m

Men Shot Put
1 Quirke, Colin Manhattan 17.05m
2 Kirlys, Rokas Manhattan 16.08m

Women 3000 Meter Run
1 Finnerty, Natalie Iona 10:02.27
2 Jameson, Tara Iona 10:11.83
3 Callan, Chelsea Rider 10:14.16
4 Dwyer, Siobhan Iona 10:35.99

Men 3000 Meter Run
1 Lindsay, Ben Iona 8:19.14 10
2 Murphy, Craig Iona 8:20.79 8
3 Soderberg, Alexander Iona 8:21.41

UNI Invite Cedar Falls, IA
Men 1000 Meter Run
1 Cotter, Tomas Iowa Central 2:31.24
2 Osoro, Joash Iowa Central 2:35.77

Men 3000 Meter Run
1 Kebenei, Stanley Iowa Central 8:24.09
2 Lieghio, Anthony Iowa Central 8:35.85
3 Samoei, Isaiah Iowa Western 8:39.04

400 Meter Dash
1 Wood, Jamel Iowa Western 48.31
2 Higgs, Alfred Iowa Central 49.35
3 Stockstell, Aaron Northern Iow 49.49
7 Lieghio, Anthony Iowa Central 50.88

BUCS Championships Sheffield
Men High Jump
1 Ray Bobrownicki Edinburgh 2.22
2 David Smith Strathclyde 2.13
3 Simon Phelan Birmingham 2.04

Women 400m Ht
2 Jo Patterson Glasgow 56.60

Women 1,500m
1 Sara Treacy Birmingham 4.30.05
2 Jordan Kinney Loughborough 4.32.15

Women High Jump
1 Bethan Partridge Birmingham 1.78
2 Emma Nuttal Strathclyde 1.75
3 Pamela Hughes Birmingham 1.75


Cullen shines at Aviva Grand Prix (21-2-2011) 

Mary Cullen showed good form at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday with a fifth place finish in a time of 8.53 in the 3,000m. The run was a seasons best for Mary and was well inside the qualifying standard of 9.00 for the european indoors later in March in Paris.

Cullen followed up her fine performance in Birmingham with a win over teenage superstar Ciara Mageann in the national indoors in the Odyssey Arena Belfast on sunday. Cullen produced a wonderful kick to pull away from the field to win by the guts of 6 seconds in the 1,500m.



Britton out of Indoors (19-2-2011)

Fionnuala Britton will not now run in todays Irish indoors  due to a chest infection willl instead concentrate on world cross



Shane Bonner 10/10/90 - 18/02/11 R.I.P


Finn Valley ac issued a statement shortly after midday Friday confirming the tragic death of 20 year old Shane Bonner from Convoy. This was as the result of a road accident in the early hours of Thursday morning. His family, father PJ, mother  kay, brothers Dean, Niall and sister Nicola indeed his extended family had maintained a vigil at Letterkenny General Hospital. from the hours after they learned the news accompanied by club members and friends who had gathered in an impressive sign of solidarity and initially hope that the wee man would pull through.Despite the best efforts of staff in Intensive care it became clear that this was one race that he was not going to win.

Shane a second year Civil Enginerering  student at LYIT and formerly Deele college Raphoe and St Bridget's NS was a talented young athlete who like so many in the area came along to have a go at running aged 10 years. this journey was to bring him together with other like minded young teenagers who as a unit became winners, national champions year on year under the direction of their respected coach Peader Mc Granaghan  and more recently with Kieran Carlin and Mark Connolly .

This involved endless hours of dedication, training on cold miserable nights, no excuses given or taken and it became a way of life. there were many moments of joy, and indeed  fun led by himself that was his indomitable nature. He educated himself about the sport led the argument, did the wind ups and could take you off to a tee.

In circumstances such as this you tend to immediately recollect your last encounter with the person and as Finn Valley AC Chairman Patsy Mc Gonagle explains "it was Wednesday afternoon last when a text came through "passed all exams" the reply "Good give me a shut" After that in LYIT Shane and his pal Pauric Mc Laughlin arrived for a cup of tea while  later in the discussion the planning for the weeks ahead was laid out and there was the usual craic.

His family need to understand the love and respect his peers had for him ,need also to understand they did absolutely everything to support him as was clearly the case day by day. This young man is what community activity is all about, in one particularly memorable instance he needed to come up to the mark when as an  18 year old his club was under pressure to take the Donegal Senior Cross Country Title, he responded, job done. Great days .

He will be sorely missed by his family, devastated girlfriend Rachel and by his friends and those who he ran and played football with. he will never be forgotten.

May he rest in peace.

Shane will be laid to rest in his native Convoy on Monday, timings to be confirmed. RIP




Shane Bonner RIP 18th Feb  2011

18th Feb 2011

With great regret  to  we have to announce the death of Shane Bonner  He  passed away as a result of a tragic accident in the early hours of Thursday morning . He will be sadly missed by his family and the larger athletics community . Funeral arrangements later may he rest in peace.

O' Rourke Out Of Indoors (16-2-2011)

Derval O' Rourke has been forced to withdraw from the national indoors in the Odyssey due to injury.

The extent of the injury is not not known yet but it is a groin problem.

This is major blow for the competition as yet another big name withdraws.

Full Report To Follow.


National Indoors Is Heating Up (15-2-2011)


A battle between Sligo AC’s Mary Cullen and Sli Cualann AC’s Fionnuala Britton over 3000 metres should be one of the highlights of the Woodie’s DIY Irish Indoor Championships which takes place on the weekend of 19th- 20th February in the Odyssey Arena Belfast.

Cullen is determined to bounce back after a torrid injury period over recent months. Her recent 3 weeks altitude training spell in Johannesburg with Fionnuala Britton is specifically designed to get her into competitive form for the European Indoors in March in Paris. The 28 year old has fond memories of the previous European Indoors in Turin in 2009 when she snatched the bronze medal in a time of 8 minutes 48.47secs which was just outside her Irish record.

It’s always exciting to run in a national championships and it will be my first time in the Odyssey Arena which makes it even more exciting, it promises to be a great day of competition with tons of athletes in good form so hopefully the event will be well supported
She opened her season in Lieven France on the 8th February achieving the European Indoors qualifying standard for the 3000m when finishing third in 8.56.89. Fionnuala Britton (Sli Cualann AC) in the same race finished fifth in 9:00.81, just over one tenth of a second outside her PB and once again a fraction outside the Paris standard of 9:00.00. Britton then took a further 0.11 seconds off her PB when finishing 4th in Stuttgart last week.

Britton’s clubmate Stephanie Reilly is also on the start list. She is currently on a high following no less than 4 PB’s in Boston in the last few weeks, i.e. the mile (4.37.37), 800 metres (2.10.67) and 3000m (9.11.24). Last year’s European steeplechase finalist is clearly a force to be reckoned with for Odyssey honours.

Also in contention should be Irish steeplechase record holder Roisin McGettigan who reached the finals in the World Champs in 2007 and the Beijing Olympics the next year. Her 3000 metres Indoor PB is marginally faster than Deirdre Byrne’s winning Odyssey time last year of 9 minutes 3.53 seconds.

Newcastle AC’s Kerry Harty has also entered and has had a steady start to her indoor season finishing 4th in a good field in Vienna last Wednesday over 1500m in 4m22.19 seconds, only 1.2 seconds outside her indoor best. She also recently finished 2nd in the Welsh Indoors 3000 metres in a time of in a time of 9m 25.15, only 2 seconds outside her indoor best. Junior athlete Emma Mitchell (Banbridge AC) will also race over 3K.

Clonliffe Harriers’ 21 year old rapidly improving 400m runner, Brian Gregan, has also confirmed his entry in the highly competitive two-lap indoor event. Gregan has been in sparkling form over 400m so far this indoor season. Earlier this month in Vienna, Gregan posted his fastest ever opening indoor season time when winning in 46:82 against top quality competition.

Gregan, the 2009 Irish outdoor 400m champion, followed up this victory by comfortably winning the Irish University champion title a few days later for DCU at the Nenagh Stadium, clocking a relaxed 48:99, after three rounds of the event on the tight track.

Gregan is pleased with the way his 2011 indoor season has started:
I was happy with my run in Vienna in early February, as it was my fastest ever opening season time for 400m indoors in my career so far. I’ve been feeling good in training and want to progress my performances in the build to The European Indoor Championships in Paris in March. I’m really looking forward to The Odyssey and to running well.”

One of Ireland’s biggest Olympic medal hopes, Robert Heffernan will compete over the 5K Walk. Heffernan, who recently returned from a month in Australia recently broke the 30K Irish Record in Cork with 2.07.48 and will compete over the 5K before heading to South Africa for a month. Heffernan had a fine double in the 2010 European Championships with two fourth place finishes in the 20K and 50K along with two records under his belt. Also lining up is Ballinamore’s Colin Griffin who finished 2nd in the 30K in Cork and had his highest place in a major championship (11th) in Barcelona in the 50K.

Another interesting battle will be taking place at the Pole Vault between former Irish record holder Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrocks) and current record holder Tori Pena (Finn Valley). Pena will return to Ireland this week after setting a new Irish pole vault record of 4.30m in New Mexico which is a European standard for Paris. A battle between the two should make for some great competition. Reigning champion Claire Wilkinson and Sarah Semeraro are also entered.
RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (worldwide) will be showing highlights of the Championships on an OB Sports special on Monday 21 February at 7pm.

This is the eighth Irish Indoors meeting in the North which has been made possible by the generous assistance of title sponsor Woodie’s DIY and funding partners Belfast City Council.

Woodie’s DIY Irish Indoor Athletic Championships is also sponsored by accommodation partner the Premier Inn who have three hotels based in Belfast- Titanic Quarter (120 rooms), Waring Street (171 rooms) and Alfred Street Hotel (148 rooms).




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Galligan Hitting Top For Indoors (15-2-2011)


Rose Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC) completed a nice winning double at the Midland Counties championships in Birmingham on Sunday to show that she will be a real force at the Woodie’s DIY Irish Indoor championships at the Odyssey Belfast next weekend.

On Saturday she won the 800m in 2:07.66, well inside her previous indoor best of 2:09.45. She followed up on Sunday with a big win over Jo Patterson (Ballymena & Antrim) over 400m in a time of 56.35, another PB for her.

Joe Sweeney (Dundrum South Dublin AC) recorded a big win in Holland over 30k, with over four minutes to spare over the second placed runner.

Groet uit Schoorl Groet, NED
30 kilometer - Msen

1 Joe Sweeney Ierland [IRL] 1e Msen 1:34:04
2 Tim Stessens België [BEL] 2e Msen 1:38:19
3 Orphan van Faassen Lycurgus [NED] 3e Msen 1:42:21
5 Patrick Cassidy Ierland [IRL] 4e Msen 1:42:35

Midland Counties AA Championships Birmingham

SW 400M H1



1 Rose-Anne Galligan GLOUCESTER 2.07.66
2 Claire Burgoyne SHREWSBURY 2.09.19
3 Cally Read BIRCHFIELD 2.12.56


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Joe Sweeney Wins 30k In Holland (13-2-2011)

Joe sweeney won a 30k race today in Holland in the Groet Uit Schoorl Run.

Sweeney outclassed the field winning by over 4 minutes. Joe posted a time of 1:34.04. While the 2nd place athlete Tim Stessens managed 1.38.19 and the 3rd placed was filled by Orphan van Faassen who posted a time of 1.42.21. There was other Irish competition in this race as Patrick Cassidy ran a very creditable 1.42.36 to place 4th place

Results Here


Ras na hEireann - Mulhare Continues Top Form (13-2-2011)

It was the time of year again for the much anticipated Ras na hEireann race. This race has grew every year and attracts top athletes from all over the world. Our home grown athletes did not disappointed us though.  

Michael Mulhare continued his winning form of late to win the Ras Na hEeirann race in excellent style defeating a very strong field.

Michael beat a string of fine runners to claim the title, with Pat Martin of Puma coming in 2nd position & fellow U23 gold medal winner Brendan O Neill claiming the 3rd Position.

Mens Top 3:

1.Michael Mulhare

2.Pat Martin

3.Brendan O Neill

In The Womens Section Katie DiCamill claimed the win from Sarah Tunstall and Ciara Durkan filling the podium. Good Performances from Becky Woods & Laura Behan who finished 4th & 6th respectively. 

Womens Top 3:

1.Katie DiCamill 

2.Sarah Tunstall

3.Ciaran Durkan 

                            Full Results Here



Weekend Round Up - Weekend Of PB's (13-2-2011)


Fionnuala Britton (Sli Cualann AC) ran her third 3,000m race in the space of eight days in Germany today, but the effort proved too much for her and she finished well off the European indoor standard with a time of 9:31.86. 

Brian Murphy (UCC AC) became the sixth Irish athlete to run under 49 seconds when he placed third in his heat of the 400m at the AVIVA UK Indoor Trials and Championships in Sheffield. However, there must be some concern for his appearance at the Irish Indoor Championships at The Odyssey in Belfast next weekend as he did not start his semi-final heat.

AVIVA UK Indoor Trials and Championships EIS-Sheffield

HIGH JUMP - Women - Final
2 Isobel POOLEY AFD 1.85 PB
3 Pamela HUGHES IRL 1.79 PB

800 METRES Heats - Heat 1
1 Joe THOMAS CARDIFF 1:50.51 Q
2 Rhys SMITH SALE 1:51.87
3 Eoin EVERARD IRL 1:52.20

800 METRES - Men Heat 4
1 Mukhtar MOHAMMED SHEFF 1:52.16 Q
3 Mark PATTERSON IRL 1:52.79

60 METRES - Heats - Heat 2
1 Jeanette KWAKYE WOODFORD G 7.40 0.173 Q
2 Claire BRADY IRL 7.66 0.222 Q
3 Tunrayo NUBI ENFIELD 7.67 0.182 Q

60 METRES - Heats - Heat 3
1 Laura TURNER HARROW 7.36 0.189 Q
2 Jodie WILLIAMS HERTS P 7.38 0.164 Q
3 Katherine ENDACOTT PLYMOUTH 7.41 0.193 Q SB
4 Rhiannon YATES CARDIFF 7.57 0.188 q
5 Niamh WHELAN IRL 7.62 0.166 q

60 METRES Women - Semi-Final - Heat 1
1 Jodie WILLIAMS HERTS P 7.28 0.177 Q PB
2 Bernice WILSON BIRCHFIELD 7.28 0.155 Q
3 Jeanette KWAKYE WOODFORD G 7.30 0.184 Q
4 Katherine ENDACOTT PLYMOUTH 7.37 0.172 Q SB
5 Rhiannon YATES CARDIFF 7.61 0.263
6 Claire BRADY IRL 7.61 0.207

60 METRES - Women - Semi-Final - Heat 2
1 Laura TURNER HARROW 7.33 0.186 Q SB
2 Ashlee NELSON STOKE 7.37 0.162 Q
3 Joice MADUAKA WOODFORD G 7.39 0.170 Q
4 Louise BLOOR TRAFFORD 7.59 0.197 Q
5 Emma BAILEY RUGBY 7.59 0.125 SB
6 Niamh WHELAN IRL 7.61 0.170

400 METRES - Heats - Heat 2
1 Richard BUCK C YORK 47.58 0.208 Q
2 Richard YATES TRAFFORD 47.99 0.194 Q PB
3 Brian MURPHY IRL 48.30 0.143 q

400 METRES - Heats - Heat 4
1 Jack GREEN KENT 47.72 0.240 Q
2 Nils DUERINCK BEL 47.89 0.256 Q SB
3 Tom DRUCE CHANNEL IS 48.10 0.291 q
4 Billy RYAN IRL 49.10 0.241

400 METRES - Men - Semi-Final - Heat 1

400 METRES- Heats - Heat 2
1 Jenny MEADOWS WIGAN 54.10 0.252 Q SB
2 Laura LANGOWSKI COVENTRY 54.89 0.179 Q
3 Claire BERGIN IRL 55.48 0.243 q

400 METRES - Heats - Heat 3
1 Michelle CAREY IRL 55.31 0.266 Q

400 METRES - Women - Semi-Final - Heat 1
1 Jenny MEADOWS WIGAN 53.50 0.250 Q SB
2 Kelly MASSEY SALE 54.45 0.161 Q PB
3 Claire BERGIN IRL 56.60 0.175 Q

400 METRES - Women - Semi-Final - Heat 2
2 Laura WAKE HERTS P 54.71 0.358 Q
3 Michelle CAREY IRL 55.29 0.328 Q

400 METRES - Women - Final
2 Kelly MASSEY SALE 53.58 0.175 PB
3 Laura WAKE HERTS P 53.97 0.280 PB
4 Michelle CAREY IRL 54.15 0.161 PB
5 Jenny MEADOWS WIGAN 54.47 0.234
6 Claire BERGIN IRL 55.27 0.152

1500 METRES - Women - Heats - Heat 1
1 Stacey SMITH GATES 4:27.40 Q SB
2 Sara TREACY IRL 4:27.49 Q PB
3 Charlotte BROWNING AFD 4:27.98 Q

1500 METRES - Women - Heats - Heat 2
1 Eilish MCCOLGAN DUNDEE 4:27.67 Q
2 Orla DRUMM IRL 4:27.68 Q
3 Carol GLOVER SWANSEA 4:27.80 Q

1500 METRES - Women - Final
1 Stacey SMITH GATES 4:22.96 PB
2 Orla DRUMM IRL 4:25.12 SB
3 Sara TREACY IRL 4:25.31 PB
4 Eilish MCCOLGAN DUNDEE 4:26.16
5 Emily PIDGEON STROUD 4:28.74

1500 METRES - Men - Heats - Heat 1
3 James THIE CARDIFF 3:46.81 Q
11 John COGHLAN IRL 3:55.34

1500 METRES - Men - Heats - Heat 2
2 Stephen DAVIES BELGRAVE 3:48.82 Q
3 Nick SAMUELS SALE 3:49.44 Q SB
4 Joe WARNE IRL 3:49.52 q

1500 METRES - Men - Final
9 Joe WARNE IRL 3:50.65

800 METRES - Women - Heats - Heat 1
1 Marilyn OKORO SHAFT’BURY 2:06.67 Q
2 Ciara EVERARD IRL 2:07.88 Q

3000 METRES - Women - Final
3 Laura WHITTLE RSC 9:08.32
5 Livia BURRI SUI 9:24.40 PB
6 Kerry HARTY IRL 9:26.99

200 METRES - Women - Heats - Heat 3
1 Niamh WHELAN IRL 24.14 0.149 Q SB
2 Margaret ADEOYE ENFIELD 24.31 0.283

200 METRES - Women - Final
1 Joice MADUAKA WOODFORD G 23.63 0.161 SB
2 Katherine ENDACOTT PLYMOUTH 23.74 0.280
3 Joey DUCK MILTON K 23.93 0.167
4 Niamh WHELAN IRL 24.25 0.154

LONG JUMP - Women - Final
1 Kelly PROPER IRL 6.35
2 Dominique BLAIZE K&P 6.25

60 METRES HURDLES - Women - Heats - Heat 1
1 Gemma BENNETT SHAFT’BURY 8.21 0.185 Q
2 Ashley HELSBY LIVERPOOL 8.51 0.173 q
3 Mairead MURPHY IRL 8.81 0.220

3000 METRES - Men - Final
1 Andrew BADDELEY HARROW 7:54.60 SB
2 Ross MURRAY GATES 7:59.19 PB
3 Jonathan MELLOR LIVERPOOL 8:00.49 PB
4 Dan MULHARE IRL 8:02.20 PB
5 Ryan MCLEOD TIPTON 8:02.40
6 Jonathan TAYLOR MORPETH 8:04.58 SB
8 James SHANE NEWHAM EB 8:05.65 PB
9 Richard CORCORAN IRL 8:08.84 PB
10 Thomas FITZPATRICK IRL 8:17.05 SB
11 Pat MCCARTAN IRL 8:17.90 PB

HIGH JUMP - Men - Final
8 Barry PENDER IRL 2.01

800 METRES - Women - Final
1 Marilyn OKORO SHAFT’BURY 2:04.36
2 Danielle CHRISTMAS CRAWLEY 2:06.04
3 Ciara EVERARD IRL 2:07.98

BU Valentine Invitational Boston, MA
Men 5000 M
1 Shaw, Ethan Dartmouth 14:10.24
2 1 Edelman, Nate Cornell 14:12.25
3 Phillips, Jon NYAC 14:15.81
8 Murphy, Craig Iona 14:26.03

Women 1 Mile
1 King, Caroline Boston College 4:37.04
2 Hamric, Karly Riadha 4:37.55
3 Penney, Lauren Syracuse 4:41.34
7 Ffrench O’Carroll, Providence 4:47.48

Section 8
1 Schermerhorn, Amanda Plattsburgh St. 5:14.18
2 Lebel, Gabrielle Kalenjins 5:14.23
3 Tripodi, Amanda Stonehill 5:14.61
4 Stressenger, Marita Boston U. 5:15.90
5 McCarthy, Lorraine Stony Brook 5:18.45

Women 3,000m
Section 3
1 Smith, Leonie Unattached 9:52.76
2 Larocque, Leah Queen’s University 10:00.70
3 Sullivan, Katie Dartmouth 10:01.50
4 Jameson, Tara Iona 10:02.83

Section 4
1 Hulse, Stephanie Queen’s University 9:58.58
2 Gorr, Ashley Unattached 10:09.02
3 Heninger, Brittany Unattached 10:09.13
4 Brekelmans, Nina Dartmouth 10:09.76
5 Barry, Patricia Stony Brook 10:10.02

Women 200m
Section 7
1 Sheehan, Kalyn Rhode Island 25.49
2 Jubrey, Chelsea Rhode Island 25.61

Women 60m Hurdles
Heat 2 Preliminaries
1 Tuttle, Shelby Maine 8.94q
2 Fagerlund, Siri Manhattan 8.99q
3 Sheehan, Kalyn Rhode Island 9.00q

Section 2 Finals
1 Milledge, Catherine Boston U. 8.85
2 Sheehan, Kalyn Rhode Island 8.98
3 Delisle, Pascale Vert et Or 8.99

Husky Classic Seattle WA
Women 5000 Meter
Section 1
1 Klugh, Jennifer Liberty 16:56.14
2 Ward, Katherine Air Force 17:08.74
3 Baker, Alice San Francisc 17:25.68
7 Finn, Michelle Western Kent 17:41.67

Section 4
1 Areson, Jackie Tennessee 15:39.81
2 Kosinski, Alex Oregon 15:44.60
3 McKaig, Alissa Zap Fitness 15:47.25
8 Knight, Holly Auburn 16:04.86

Women Pole Vault
Flight 2
1 Pena, Tori Unattached 4.26m
3.61 3.76 3.91 4.06 4.16 4.21 4.26 4.36
1 Stefanidi, Katerina Stanford 4.26m

Tyson Invitational ? Fayetteville, AR
Men’s 3000 Meter Run Invitational
1 Silas Kisorio Oklahoma Christia 8:04.74
2 Tom Marshall JR Tulsa 8:12.74
3 David Rooney JR McNeese State 8:13.27
4 Nathan Bohne SO Illinois 8:14.73

Northeast Conference Indoor Championship Landover, MD
Women 1 Mile
Heat 3 Preliminaries
1 Cianci, Katie JR St. Francis (Pa.) 5:13.13Q
2 Nelson, Christina SR Monmouth 5:14.54Q
3 Ostrander, Debra JR Robert Morris 5:18.98q
4 Lanning, Julie JR Quinnipiac 5:20.16
5 Roberts, Gloria FR St. Francis (Pa.) 5:20.62
6 Black, Eimear FR Bryant 5:22.74

Dick Taylor UNC Invitational -Chapel Hill NC
Men 1 Mile
1 Neil, Jordan East Carolina 4:13.89
2 THOMAS, TRISTRAM Unattached 4:21.49
3 Duchampt, Felix Queens Univ 4:22.47

BW-Bank-Meeting Karlsruhe GER
3.000 METER
1 NJOROGE, Mercy KEN 8:42.75
2 EJDYS, Sylwia POL 8:43.22
3 MOREIRA, Sara POR 8:44.22
4 BEKELE, Mekdes ETH 8:44.25
5 CHOJECKA, Lidia POL 8:46.55
6 HILALI, Siham MAR 9:06.30
7 BIRCA, Roxana ROU 9:08.92
8 BRITTON, Finnuala IRL 9:31.86


 Source: AAI

Hession Out of Indoors  (11-2-2011)

News Flash.

Paul Hession out of National Indoors.

Paul will be skipping the indoor season due to a slight injury.

Full report to follow. 

Armagh International Road Race 2011 (11-2-2011)

Martin Fagan was forced to pull out of Armagh Road Race tonight. Sources suggest this was due to his injured ankle. A reoccurring problem from the Houston Marathon.

The Senior mens 5k race was won by Matt Bowser in 14.16.24. Bowser had a fight for the win as he had a very exciting finish with Johnny Mellor in the final 100m.Shane Quinn ran a very respectable time of 14:29 & Eddie McGinley posted 14.49.60.

Mens 5k Top 10:

1.Matthew Bowser

2.Johnny Mellor

3.Orey Smith

4.Pat Martin

5.James Walsh

6.Ben Noad

7.Tristen Mannix

8.Timonthy Ritchie

9.Matt Clowes

10.Shane Quinn 

1 14.16.24 Matthew Bowser MO ENGLAND
2 14.16.79 Jonny Mellor MO Team Puma ENGLAND
3 14.17.29 Orey Smith MO USA
4 14.17.78 Pat Martin MO Team Puma ENGLAND
5 14.18.20 James Walsh MO Team Puma ENGLAND
6 14.20.10 Ben Noad MO Armagh A.C. ENGLAND
7 14.20.98 Tristen Mannix MO USA
8 14.27.07 Timothy Ritchie MO USA
9 14.29.33 Matt Clowes MO Team Puma ENGLAND
10 14.29.86 Shane Quinn MO Ferrybank A.C

1 14.16.24 Matthew Bowser MO ENGLAND
2 14.16.79 Jonny Mellor MO Team Puma ENGLAND
3 14.17.29 Orey Smith MO USA
4 14.17.78 Pat Martin MO Team Puma ENGLAND
5 14.18.20 James Walsh MO Team Puma ENGLAND
6 14.20.10 Ben Noad MO Armagh A.C. ENGLAND
7 14.20.98 Tristen Mannix MO USA
8 14.27.07 Timothy Ritchie MO USA
9 14.29.33 Matt Clowes MO Team Puma ENGLAND
10 14.29.86 Shane Quinn MO Ferrybank A.C

1 14.16.24 Matthew Bowser MO ENGLAND
2 14.16.79 Jonny Mellor MO Team Puma ENGLAND
3 14.17.29 Orey Smith MO USA
4 14.17.78 Pat Martin MO Team Puma ENGLAND
5 14.18.20 James Walsh MO Team Puma ENGLAND
6 14.20.10 Ben Noad MO Armagh A.C. ENGLAND
7 14.20.98 Tristen Mannix MO USA
8 14.27.07 Timothy Ritchie MO USA
9 14.29.33 Matt Clowes MO Team Puma ENGLAND
10 14.29.86 Shane Quinn MO Ferrybank A.C

In the mens 3k race Conor Bradley of City Of Derry was very impressive. Bradley beat Niall Robinson into 2nd place with Gareth Hill 3rd & Letterkenny AC Daniel Mooney in 4th.

Mens 3k Top 8:

1.Conor Bradley C.O.D (New Record)

2.Niall Robinson North Down

3.Gareth Hill Ballymena & Antrim  

4.Daniel Mooney Lettekenny

5.Stephen Kerr Armagh

6. Darragh Renicks Bohermeen

7.Ryan McDerrmot Dromore  

8. Patrick Monaghan Lagan Valley

In the Womens 3k race Clair Gibson from Scotland defeated Ciara Mageean to claim the win in the 3k, Kate Goodhead filled the podium.

Women 3k top 10:

1.Claire Gibson Scotland

2.Ciara Mageean Team New Balance

3.Kate Goodhead Bristol & West

4.Katie DI Camillo USA

5.Ava Hutchinson DSD

6.Sarah Tunstall Team Puma

7.Elinor Kirk Wales

8.Alaw Beynon-Thomas Wales

9.Vicky Wilkinson Team Puma

10.Eli Stevens USA

Armagh International Road Race's Full Results


Full Report & Results To Be Up Soon

Another Sub 49 in 400m + Recap of Euro Clubs (11-2-2011)

Billy Ryan (Ferrybank AC) became the fifth Irish athlete to run 400m under 49 seconds this season when he won his race at the Inter Varsity match in Birmingham on Wednesday. Running his first indoor race of the season, his winning time of 48.84 is just outside his best of 48.48. He will compete in the Irish Indoor championships at the Odyssey Belfast in eight days time in what should be a very competitive 400m.

Inter Varsity Match Birmingham

Mens 200m Race A
1 Harvey Byrne Brunel University 21.8
2 Ollie King Birmingham University 21.96
3 Lorcan O’Cathain Loughborough Students 22.25

Mens 400m Race A
1 Billy Ryan Loughborough Students 48.84
2 Tim Sayers Team Bath 49.42

Mens High Jump
1 Simon Phelan Birmingham Uni 2.06m
2 Matthew Sloane Brunel University 2.06m

Womens Triple Jump
1 Hannah Frankson Brunel University 12.88m
2 Caoihme King Birmingham Uni 11.79m

European Champions Club Cup report – San Vittore Olona, Italy 6th February 2011

Dundrum South Dublin, Clonliffe Harriers and Raheny Shamrocks represented Ireland at the European Champions Club Cup in San Vittore Olona, near Milan last weekend. The races for Europe’s club champions were incorporated into one of Europe’s oldest cross-country programmes, now in its 79th year, the famous Cinque Mulini (five mills) which involves runners literally running through some old mill buildings and up and down their steps as part of an otherwise mostly flat course.

The star performance of the Irish participants came from Siofra O Cleirigh Buttner of DSD who finished in an outstanding third place in the Junior Women’s race. The race was won by Esma Aydemir from Turkey and Desanka Atiro from Bosnia in second place. Siofra led the DSD team to an excellent fourth place finish in the team race, just 8 points off bronze medals from 13 teams.

In the Junior Men’s race, Kevin Dooney of Raheny Shamrocks finished in a fine sixth place in a race won by Russian Andrey Rusakov. The Raheny team finished ninth of 12 teams.

In the Senior Women’s race DSD finished 11th of 16 teams, led home by Ava Hutchinson in 29th place.

Clonliffe Harriers finished in a very solid 10th place of 21 teams in the Senior Men’s race, with Cian McLoughlin first home in 37th place.





Cullen Gets Standard While Britton Just Misses Out Again (8-2-2011)

Mary Cullen runs 8.56.82, while Fionnuala Britton just misses out again running just outside 9.00.81min in a 3k. Mary finished 2nd in the race while Britton finished 5th. The race was won by an Ethiopian. Mary now has the the qualifying standard for Paris as Fionnuala just misses out again but will no doubt be very confident of claiming it as she has run the time very close in the last 2 races.

Derval O Rourke runs 8.03 to cum 3rd in 60m hurdles. The Leevale women will come strong into the year.

Full report & results to be up soon.

Mary Cullen (North Sligo AC) made a dramatic return to competition over 3,000m in Lieven France tonight. Her third place finish in a time of 8:56.89 was within striking distance of winner Mekdes Bekele from Ethiopia. More importantly, her time is inside the qualifying standard for the European championships in Paris next month.
Fionnuala Britton (Sli Cualann AC) finished fifth in the same race in a time of 9:00,81, just over one tenth of a second outside her PB and once again a fraction outside the Paris standard of 9:00.00.

Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) was third in the 60m hurdles final in a time of 8.03, a big improvement on her season’s opener of 8.12. Clubmate Ailis McSweeney clocked 8.47 in her heat of the 60m but did not qualify for the final.

3000m Femmes / Finale

60h Haies Femmes / Série 2

1 KELLIE WELLS USA 7.85 0.15
5 SANDRA GOMIS FRA 8.08 0.17
7 ALICE DECAUX FRA 8.18 0.15

60m Femmes / Série 2
1 OLESYA POVH UKR 7.22 Q 0.13
2 ME’LISA BARBER USA 7.33 Q 0.17


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Aviva Irish Take Second Place & Combined Events (7-2-2011)

Another successful day for the AVIVA Irish Schools’ Teams at the re-arranged Schools’ Combined Events Indoor International held at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow today 6th February. In all the young Irish athletes produced numerous personal bests and finished in 2nd place in all four competitions.

Pride of place goes to Megan Kiely, Ursuline Waterford, who got 2nd in the Girls’ Under 18 Individual title. Megan built up an impressive score of 3,415 points with an excellent 9.03 for the hurdles and 2.23.37 in the 800m leaving her a mere 44 points behind the winner. She was backed up Nessa Cooper and Liby Rose to take 2nd place in the team event.

Brave performances from the Irish Girls’ Under 16 team saw them take a deserved silver in the team event being beaten by an outstanding English team. The young English girl, Morgan Lake, showed her great potential in jumping 1.74m in the High Jump and hurdling 9.17 sec. For the Irish Amy McTeggart, Grace McKenzie and Lauren Dwyer put in some excellent performances.

The Under 18 Boys team was a creditable 2nd in the team event. Paul Byrne, Presentation Carlow, was the leading performer in 4th place. Good backing up from Colin Nolan, Ben Kiely and Conor Daly was enough to take the silver.

In the Under 16 Boys event Eoghan Courtney was an excellent 2nd in the individual event and with good backing up from Owen Scully and Sam Healy the team ended up with the silver medals.

Under 18 Boys’ Individual Results:
1. Blade Ashby, England 3,546 points
4. Paul Byrne, Ireland 3,028 points
5. Colin Nolan, Ireland 3,116 points
6. Ben Kiely, Ireland 3,020 points
10. Conor Daly, Ireland 2,833 points
Team Result:
1. England 10,421 points
2. Ireland 9,419 points
3. Scotland 8,382 points
4. Wales 5,837 points
Under 18 Girls’ Individual Results:
1. Michaela Brindle, England 3,459 points
2. Megan Kiely, Ireland 3,415 points
5. Nessa Cooper, Ireland 3,057 points
8. Libby Rose, Ireland 2,912 points
9. Claire Murphy, Ireland 2,820 points
Team Result:
1. England 9,718 points
2. Ireland 9,384 points
3. Wales 8,446 points
Under 16 Girls’ Individual Results:
1. Morgan Lake, England 3,749 points
5. Amy McTeggart, Ireland 2,948 points
6. Grace McKenzie, Ireland 2,885 points
7. Lauren Dwyer, Ireland 2,822 points
12. Claire Dougherty, Ireland 2,632 points
Team Result:
1 England 10,343 points
2. Ireland 8,655 points
3. Wales 8,326 points
Under 16 Boys’ Individual Result:
1. Aled Price, Wales 3,080 points
2. Eoghan Courtney, Ireland 2,969 points
4. Owen Scully, Ireland 2,902 points
9. Sam Healy, Ireland 2,754 points
12. Mark Rogers, Ireland 2,519 points
Team Result:
1. Wales 8,662 points
2. Ireland 8,625 points
3. England 8,605 point

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Celtics Wins For Mulhare & Brady (6-1-2011)


Apart from a heavy shower during the girls U17 race the weather held up well at the Woodie’s DIY masters, intermediates, juvenile B and Celtic cross country at ALSAA today. Underfoot conditions suffered as a result of heavy rain in the hours leading up to the event that resulted in the organisers making slight changes to the course.

Liam Brady (Tullamore Harriers), winner of the U19 title a few weeks ago, headed a strong Irish U20 team as part of the Celtic international. He has obviously gained in confidence as a result of that win and took over the lead after a lap. Ross Matheson from Scotland put up a strong challenge and went with him. Brady tried hard to pull away on several occasions only for Matheson to close again. Halfway through the last lap they were together, but Brady again dug deep and finally broke away to win in good style. Matheson held on to second and was followed home by Sean Tobin who ran a great race to be third. Scotland were team winners.

A second Celtic win followed when Michael Mulhare broke away from the field at an early stage and cruised to an easy U23 victory, held in conjunction with the intermediate championships. Derek Hawkins from Scotland chased him home, with fellow Scot Paul Leck third. Scotland won the team.
Mulhare was also competing as an intermediate, so he takes two titles home with him. Michael Herlihy from North Cork was second and Brian McGinley from Ennis Track third.

There was another runaway victory when Peter Matthews (Dundrum South Dublin AC), competing in the V1 category, raced away from the field to win the masters title. Pauric McKinney (Letterkenny AC) was second and John Harkin (Tullamore Harriers) third.

The women’s masters provided a good battle up-front before Annette Kealy (Raheny Shamrock AC) broke clear and she went on to win from Carmel Crowley (Bandon AC) who was having one of her best races ever. Pauline Curley (Tullamore Harriers) was third.

Megan Withers of Wales won the U17 Celtic from Sarah Fitzpatrick of Ireland and Oonagh Dunnett of Scotland, with Wales the team winners.
Lewis Boyle of Scotland won the boys U17 from Neil Gourley of Scotland and Matthew Edwards of Wales, with Scotland team winners.
Rhona Aukland of Scotland won the U20 race ahead of Natasha Cocram from Wales and Halina Rees of Scotland. Scotland won the team contest.

Scotland also provided the women’s U23 winner with Christina Rankin crossing the line ahead of Alaw Thomas Beyon from Wales and Una Britton representing Ireland. Wales were team winners.

Full Results Here of Celtic International & All Irelands







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Good Performances From Irish In Birmingham UNI XC (6-1-2011)

The best of the Irish was Sara Treacy who finished 6th in the Womens a Race.

The best of the Men was Stephen Scullion who finished 9th in the mens A race. Stephen teams Alex Flynn & Tommy were competing in the B race and did not disappoint as Tommy finished 5th & Alex finished 17th.  

Sara was part of the Birmingham team that finished 2nd. 

Stephen was part of the A team that finished 2nd while Alex & Tommy were part of the B team's that finished a very creditable 1st & 3rd.  

All 4 athletes can push on for a good track season as they have all preformed well over the muck & grass this year. 

Britton Smashes 3000m PB (6-1-2011)


Fionnuala Britton (Sli Cualann AC) smashed her 3,000m PB when she finished fourth in Stuttgart. The race was won ina world leading time of 7:50.32 by Mercy Njoroge from Kenya. Britton’s time 0f 9:00.70 betters her previous time of 9:11.80 achieved outdoors last summer. Her time was agonisingly close to the standard for the European indoor championships of 9:00.00.

Sparkassen Cup Stuttgart, GER
3000m Frauen
1 NJOROGE, Mercy KEN WL 8:50.32
2 CHECA, Dolores ESP 8:53.44
3 PLIS, Renata POL 8:59.41
4 BRITTON, Fionnuala IRL 9:00.70
5 THOMAS, Charlene GBR 9:03.34
6 ADAMU, Birtukan ETH 9:05.50

McCain City Challenge EIS, Sheffield
Women’s 400m - Race 1
1 Laura WAKE London North Lions 54.58
2 Michelle CAREY Sheffield Flames 55.29
3 Nisha DESAI Newcastle Angels 56.89

Women’s 1500m
1 Orla DRUMM Birmingham Falcons 4:26.48
2 Eilish MCCOLGAN Glasgow Cobras 4:26.60
3 Kerry HARTY Cardiff Dragons 4:29.25



Inter Varsities Are Dominated By DCU (6-1-2011) 

DCU dominated the Irish Universities indoor championships at Nenagh stadium today, although they didn’t quite win everything!

Darren McBrearty (DCU) was back in action after what has been a tremendous week for him. Competing in the 1,500m he immediately went to the front where he was joined by another DCU runner, John Coghlan. By halfway McBrearty had opened a commanding lead and cruised to another fine win in a time of 3:51.59. After the race he admitted that he was a little shocked at achieving the standard for Paris “as I wasn’t concentrating on indoors” However, he is now looking forward to the European championships, and, if selected, was hoping to learn from the experience.

Chris Russell (DCU) was a comfortable winner of the 200m in 22.39, while Paul Whelan (Dublin IT) won the 60m in 7.05. Dean Adams (UU) clocked 6.94 in the heats but pulled up out of the blocks with a hamstring problem.

Brian Gregan (DCU) completed three rounds of the 400m to win in 48.99, while Joe Warne (DCU) won the 800m in 1:52.94.

Adam McMullen (UU) won the long jump with a best of 7.22m.

Amy Foster won the 60m in 7.57 after clocking 7.49 in the heat in her first outing of the season.

Clare Fitzgerald (UCC) won the shot with a best of 13.24m.

One of the closest races of the day came in the women’s 60m hurdles where Sandra Lawlor (DCU) won in 8.77 from Catherine McManus (DCU) in 8.80.
Ian McDonald (DCU) won the men’s 60m hurdles in 8.17




Tori Pena Breaks National Indoor Record & Qualifies For Euro Indoors Indoors In Process (5-1-2011)

Finn Valley's Tori Pena once again bettered the national indoor pole vault record competing in New Mexico last night the previous mark standing to her also at 4-21m from Seattle a few weeks ago.

Speaking to Irish manager Patsy Mc Gonagle afrerwards a delighted Tori said " The meet went really well. I opened at 4.05, and cleared  on the 1st attempt, the 4.20 with a clearance on the 1st attempt and  then 4.30 with another clearance on the first attempt.I had some decent attempts at 4.40, I just need to get to some bigger poles and I  will be there no problem. Feeling great, can't wait for another meet  next weekend."

This mark is a qualifier for European champs next month in Paris . She returns to Ireland next week to prepare for nationals in Belfast.


Women 400m
Race 2
1 Sara PETERSEN Aarhus 1900 Denmark 55.01 Q
2 Laura MADDOX Team Bath AC 55.03 q1
3 Claire BERGIN Ireland 55.21 q2
4 Fiona O’FRIEL Dublin Striders AC 57.63

1 Marilyn OKORO Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 53.61
2 Laura LANGOWSKI Coventry Godiva H 54.78
3 Shelayna OSKAN Windsor Slough Eton & H 54.98
4 Claire BERGIN Ireland 55.11

Race 5
1 Tim CROWE Ireland 48.84 Q8 B
2 Jacob RIIS Denmark 49.23 Q15 C
3 Patrick PHELAN Ireland 49.35 Q17

Race 6
1 Will OYOWE Belgium 48.40 Q4 A
2 Timothy BURN Richmond 49.11 Q12 B
3 Kieran KELLY Ireland 49.14 Q13

Race 10
1 Dwayne LEWIS Birchfield Harriers 48.79 Q6 A
2 Cathal OWENS Leevale AC 49.25 Q16

C Final
1 Lawrence BAIRD Trafford AC 48.71
2 Patrick SWAN Gateshead Harriers 49.01
3 Patrick PHELAN Ireland 49.07
4 Ty CHAPMAN Not Listed 49.28
5 Cathal OWENS Leevale AC 50.76

B Final
1 Tim CROWE Ireland 47.96
2 Luke SMALLWOOD Blackheath & Bromley AC 48.31
3 Tom DRUCE Channel Isles AC 48.43
4 Kieran KELLY Ireland 48.87

Women 60m Ht
Race 1
1 Ashleigh NELSON Stoke AC 7.49 Q
2 Kelly PROPER Ferrybank AC 7.45 Q

Race 2
1 Joey DUCK Marshall Milton Keynes AC 7.59 Q
2 Niamh WHELAN Ireland 7.59 Q
3 Chelsea COOPER City of Stoke AC 7.69 q
4 Aoife MACNEILL Ireland 7.81 q

3 Niamh WHELAN Ireland 7.59 q2
4 Tunrayo NUBI Enfield & Haringey AC 7.68 q3
5 Aoife MACNEILL Ireland 7.85

4 Niamh WHELAN Ireland 7.61

Men 60m
Race 3
6 Michael HYNES Raheny Shamrock 7.38

Race 6
1 Harry AIKINES-ARYEETEY Sutton & Dist AC 6.72 Q
2 Joel FEARON Birchfield Harriers 6.72 Q
3 Adeseye OGUNLEWE Cellbridge AC 6.97 q3

3 Adeseye OGUNLEWE Cellbridge AC 6.96

Race 8
4 Daniel KAVANAGH Eire (Ireland) 7.08

Men 1,500m
1 Stephen MITCHELL Bristol & West AC 3:49.02
2 Nick SAMUELS Sale Harriers Manchester 3:49.75
3 Patrick MCCARTAN West limerick ac 3:51.44
4 Oliver HEEKS Unattached 3:53.36
5 Niall ROBINSON North Down AC 3:54.25

U20 Men 200m
1 Dannish WALKER-KHAN Birchfield Harriers 21.82
2 Thomas KNIGHT Cardiff AAC 22.40
3 Lorcan O CATHAIN Loughborough Students AC 22.44

Women High Jump
1 Jayne NISBET Edinburgh AC 1.75
2 Pamela HUGHES University of Birmingham 1.75

Women Long Jump

European Champion Clubs Cup Cross Country San Vittore Olona Italy
Women U20 Team
1 Sc Luch-Flano Moscow 31
2 Sport Lisboa E Benfica 58
3 Uniao Desportiva Da Varzea 69
4 Dundrum South Dublin A.C 77
5 Tarim Kredi Ulku Sport Clup 86

Junior Men
1 Andrey Rusakov RUS Sc Zauralets 18:50
2 Gabriel Navarro ESP Playas De Castellon 19:03
3 Mustafa Demir TUR Fenerbahce Spor Kulübü 19:41
4 Karim Achengli Benmouais ESP Cueva De Nerja 19:42
5 Isac Gonçalves POR Grupo Desportivo Recr. Conforlimpa 19:46
6 Kevin Dooney IRL Raheny Shamrock Ac 19:55

Junior Women
1 Esma Aydemir TUR Tarim Kredi Ulku Sport Clup 15:17
2 Desanka ?iro BIH Ak Slavija 15:31
3 Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner IRL Dundrum South Dublin A.C 15:37
22 Niamh Denny IRL Dundrum South Dublin A.C 16:44
25 Meghan Ryan IRL Dundrum South Dublin A.C 16:50
27 Una Mary McCarthy-Deering IRL Dundrum South Dublin A.C 16:55
28 Soracha Humphreys IRL Dundrum South Dublin A.C 17:00
41 Claire McCarthy IRL Dundrum South Dublin A.C 17:39

Sparkassen Cup Stuttgart, GER
3000m Frauen
1 NJOROGE, Mercy KEN WL 8:50.32
2 CHECA, Dolores ESP 8:53.44
3 PLIS, Renata POL 8:59.41
4 BRITTON, Fionnuala IRL 9:00.70
5 THOMAS, Charlene GBR 9:03.34
6 ADAMU, Birtukan ETH 9:05.50

New Mexico Classic and Combined Events The Albuquerque Convention Center
Women Pole Vault
1 Pena, Tori Unattached 4.30m
2 Simpson, Shaylah Arizona State 4.05m

Men 3000 Meter
1 Lynass, Spenser Colorado St. 8:34.06
2 Keyser, Jake Colorado St. 8:34.55
3 Howell, Daniel Utah State 8:37.23
14 Flynn, David Unattached 8:54.62

BUCS Cross Country Championships Birmingham

Women’s Long Race (7K)
1 27:21 Charlotte Purdue F St Mary’s
2 28:14 Stevie Stockton F Loughborough
3 28:27 Naomi Taschimowitz F Cambridge
4 28:36 Beth Potter F Loughborough
5 28:38 Hannah Walker F Birmingham
6 28:54 Sara Treacy F Birmingham
7 28:59 Emily Pidgeon F Loughborough
8 29:06 Louise Small F St Mary’s
9 29:28 Elspeth Curran F Glasgow
10 29:30 Lauren Howarth F Birmingham

BUCS Cross Country Championships 2011
Men’s Long Race (10K)
1 34:55 Nick Goolab M Birmingham
2 34:58 Ross Murray M St Mary’s
3 35:10 James Wilkinson M Birmingham
4 35:12 Ian Kimpton M Nottingham
5 35:36 Jonny Brownlee M Leeds
6 35:39 Andy Combs M St Mary’s
7 35:47 Dewi Griffiths M Swansea
8 35:49 Tom Bishop M Leeds
9 35:57 Steve Scullion M St Mary’s
10 35:59 Alex Tovey M Birmingham

Jeff Davis Bank McNeese Indoor II McNeese State Recreation Complex
Men 800 Meter Run
1, Rooney, David, McNeese Stat, 1:58.39.
2, Cunningham, Louisiana, 1:59.49.
3, Washington, Michael, McNeese Stat, 2:00.47.

Men 1 Mile Run
1, Rooney, David, McNeese Stat, 4:13.00.
2, Sawe, Joshua, McNeese Stat, 4:14.34.
3, LeBlanc, Jarrett, McNeese Stat, 4:15.69.

GaReat Invitational Geneva, Ohio
Women 3000 Meter
1 Cliff, Rachel Guelph 9:20.01
2 Knight, Holly Auburn 9:20.56
3 Brault, Sarah-Anne West Virgini 9:42.74

McCain City Challenge EIS, Sheffield
Women’s 400m - Race 1
1 Laura WAKE London North Lions 54.58
2 Michelle CAREY Sheffield Flames 55.29
3 Nisha DESAI Newcastle Angels 56.89

Women’s 1500m
1 Orla DRUMM Birmingham Falcons 4:26.48
2 Eilish MCCOLGAN Glasgow Cobras 4:26.60
3 Kerry HARTY Cardiff Dragons 4:29.29

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Boston, MA
Women 3,000m
1 Marina Muncan SRB 4:34.46
2 Carmen Douma-Hussar CAN 4:34.53
3 Sheila Reid CAN 4:35.30
4 Treniere Moser USA 4:35.47
5 Hilary Stellingwerff CAN 4:35.69
6 Stephanie Reilly IRL 4:37.37 New PB
Stephanie Reilly IRL 4:18.92 at 1,500m mark

Tufts Stampede Medford, MA

Women 3,000m
1 Neville, Ravenna Unattached 10:27.62
2 Tripodi, Amanda Stonehill 10:42.34
3 Black, Eimear Bryant 10:50.56
4 Donohue, Erin Worcester State 10:56.08

Men 3,000m
1. Neil, Jordan East Carolina 8:14.34 New PB
2. Dannemiller, Adrien Cornell 8:18.06
3. DeSilva, Matt Cornell 8:21.37

Women 200m
1. Kiernan, Louise Jacksonville 24.54
2. Peake, Erica Coastal Carolina 24.72



Ailis Wins While Derval Gets Second In Opener (4-1-2011)

Ailis Mc Sweeney and Derval O Rourke both competed in Germany in the Guglindoor indoor event. This is a very high class of athletics as the worlds best compete here  every year.

Both athletes did not disappoint as Ails won the the 60m in a time of 7:39 beating of the challenge from the young Katerin Cechova, Sar Strajnar into 2nd and 3rd place. Ailis can be very happy with this result as it leave her in good form and high on confidence leading into the National Indoors and hopefully on into Paris.

You get the impression that we are seeing a new, more confident Ailis. Ever since Barcelona and her new Irish record we are seeing a different Ailis that goes into events with no fear and ready to take on the best in the world. We have no doubts Ailis will continue to improve as the season Progresses.

Derval will have mixed emotions about her performance but will be quite pleased as it was a good showing for her first race of the season. Derval placed second in a time of 8:16. O Rourke was beaten into first by the american Yvett Lewis who clocked a time of 8:11. Derval beat a good field of athletes behind her and will take confidence from this as we know she progresses really well as the season gets depper into the year. 

                             Full Report Below 

DERVAL O’ROURKE opened her indoor season at the Linz International meeting in Austria last night in encouraging fashion when finishing a close second in the 60 metres hurdles. Although victory on the night went to the fast-finishing American Yvette Lewis in 8.11 seconds, O’Rourke was right on her heels when clocking 8.16 – and in fact earlier in the night won her heat in 8.22 seconds.

O’Rourke was still some ways short of her national record of 7.84 seconds, clocked in 2006 when winning the World Indoor title in Moscow, but it’s no secret she requires several races before coming into championship form.

After a spell of warm-weather training in South Africa, O’Rourke has more indoor races lined up in the coming weeks – intent on having a full indoor season, culminating with the European Indoor Championships in Paris, which take place from March 4th-6th. O’Rourke won bronze in Turin two years ago, in 7.97, and has gold in mind this time round.

Also running in Linz last night was O’Rourke’s training partner Ailis McSweeney, who underlined her considerable improvement since going full time into the sport when winning the 60 metres sprint in 7.39 seconds. Last week saw McSweeney twice improve her lifetime best, running 7.36 seconds and then 7.34, and is closing in on the Irish record of 7.30 which has stood to Anna Boyle since 2007.

All Irish athletes considering Paris must also compete at the National Championships, set again for the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on February 20th – but in the meantime several Irish athletes have already booked their place on the Irish team for Paris, none more impressively than Darren McBrearty. Still a month shy of his 20th birthday, McBrearty made a massive breakthrough when winning the 800 metres at the Vienna Indoor Classic on Monday, his 1:47.87 the fastest by a European so far this season, and the second fastest in the world.

It appears increasingly likely David Gillick will by-pass the indoor season and focus instead on his outdoor preparations at his new training base in Florida, with coach Lance Brauman, coach to Tyson Gay, among others.

1 94 Lewis Yvette 1985 USA - 8,11
2 112 O'Rouke Derval 1981 IRL - 8,16
3 161 Tomic Marina 1983 SLO - 8,27
4 42 Elbe Anne-Kathrin 1900 GER - 8,28
5 27 Brathwaite Sunita 1987 USA - 8,34
6 257 Ivancevic Andrea 1984 CRO - 8,44
7 135 Schrott Beate 1988 AUT Union St. Pölten 8,47
8 125 Reinelt Jennifer 1988 GER 1. FC Passau 8,5

1 94 Lewis Yvette 1985 USA - 8,11
2 112 O'Rouke Derval 1981 IRL - 8,16
3 161 Tomic Marina 1983 SLO - 8,27
4 42 Elbe Anne-Kathrin 1900 GER - 8,28
5 27 Brathwaite Sunita 1987 USA - 8,34
6 257 Ivancevic Andrea 1984 CRO - 8,44
7 135 Schrott Beate 1988 AUT Union St. Pölten 8,47
8 125 Reinelt Jennifer 1988 GER 1. FC Passau 8,5

1 94 Lewis Yvette 1985 USA - 8,11
2 112 O'Rouke Derval 1981 IRL - 8,16
3 161 Tomic Marina 1983 SLO - 8,27
4 42 Elbe Anne-Kathrin 1900 GER - 8,28
5 27 Brathwaite Sunita 1987 USA - 8,34
6 257 Ivancevic Andrea 1984 CRO - 8,44
7 135 Schrott Beate 1988 AUT Union St. Pölten 8,47
8 125 Reinelt Jennifer 1988 GER 1. FC Passau 8,5

Full Results Ailis Mc Sweeney & Derval O Rourke



European Athletics Article On Darren McBreaty's Big Breakthrough (4-1-2011)


Ireland’s Darren McBrearty made a big breakthrough when he ran 800m in 1:47.87 at the Vienna Indoor Classic at the Dusika Stadion, which staged the 2002 European Athletics Indoor Championships, on Tuesday.

The performance was the second best in the world this year and the fastest by a European runner.

McBrearty, who doesn’t turn 20 until March 8, gave a hint that he had moved up to another level when he ran a personal best of 1:48.88 at an indoor meeting in Cardiff on Saturday but he consigned that time to history by more than a second in the Austrian capital.

Prior to this winter, his previous 800m best had been 1:49.37 outdoors last year and he failed to progress from the heats in either the 800m or 1500m at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

The Irish indoor 800m record has belonged to Daniel Caulfield at 1:47.21 since 2001 but that is now clearly a target for the talented McBrearty.

Another target might also be a medal at the 2011 European Athletics Championships, which will be staged in Paris from 4-6 March.

Despite his country’s rich tradition indoors over 1500m and the longer distances, no Irish athlete has ever won a medal at the European Athletics Indoor Championships over 800m, although Noel Carroll did win the 800m gold medal three years in succession from 1966 to 1968 at the event’s fore-runner the European Indoor Games.

Behind McBrearty, there was also a good run in Vienna from the local runner Raphael Pallitsch, who finished second with 1:48.37.

Other wins from the contingent of Irish athletes competing at the meeting came from Brian Gregan in the 400m with 46.82 while Kelly Proper took the women’s 200m in 23.97 and the long jump with a distance of 6.44m.

Hungary’s former SPAR European Cross Country Championships junior and under 23 winner Barnabas Bene had a good win over 1500m in 3:43.37, just edging out Austria’s 2010 European Athletics Championships finalist Andreas Vojta, who was second in 3:43.51.

Another notable mark came from Turkey’s Meliz Redif, who won the women’s 400m in 53.19.

Original Article By EAA



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Darren Mc Breaty & Brian Gregan Secures Qualifying Times For Paris (1-2-2011)

Darren grows from strength to strength & achieves Euro standard for indoors in Paris. Also Brian Gregan achieves 400m standard fantastic from the two lads and rest of the irish in Vienna.

Darren was competing in a meet over in Vienna where the the young Donegal man set the fastest time in Europe this year by running 1:47:90. Which is also under the time for the indoors in Paris in March.

Darren is steadily coming into a fine athlete and remember this is only February he will no doubt continue th improve this time.   

Irish athletes were in terrific form in Vienna tonight. Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) got his season off to a flying start in the 400m, winning in a time of 46.82, and Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) clocked 1:47.87 to win the 800m. Both times are inside the qualifying standards for the European indoor championships in Paris next month.

McBrearty was running his second half in two days, having finished a close second to his clubmate Mark English in Cardiff on Sunday. His time then was 1:48.88. His previous best indoor time was 1:51.29.

Chris Russell (Ferrybank AC) recorded two new PBs with a time of 6.92 in the 60m and 21.75 over 200m.

Full Results

Indoor Classic Vienna 2011
Wien, Dusika Stadion, am Dienstag, 01. Februar 2011 Ergebnisliste
60m, Männer - A-/B-Finale
Datum: 01.02.2011  Beginn: 18:50h
Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 16
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
1 223 Petryashov Konstantin 1983 Dynamo 6,82
2 565 Sezayi Ozkaja 1982 TUR Turkey 6,89
3 272 La Mastra Rosario 1984 GS Carabinieri BO 6,90
4 302 Russell Christopher 1990 Ireland 6,92
5 366 Larsen Tormod H 1986 Norway 6,93
6 455 Chudarek Bernhard 1989 SVS-Leichtathletik 7,09
7 34 Zumer Jan 1983 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 7,14
494 Ismail Aslan 1981 Turkey disq.
Fehlstart 1
1 93 Veleba Jan 1986 ARC Brno 6,78
2 235 Gilling Tremayne 0 England 6,82
3 558 Hämäläinen Hannu 1985 Viipurin Urheilijat 6,82
4 322 Karlik Daniel 1991 KSI SE 6,86
5 486 Safer Izzet 1990 Turkey 6,88
6 62 Kokalovic Gregor 1986 AK Krka 6,96
7 215 Bassey Ekemini 1987 DSG Wien 7,08
358 Nurudeen Selim 1983 NGR n.a.
60m, Männer - Vorläufe
Datum: 01.02.2011  Beginn: 16:45h
Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 75
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
Lauf 1 von 10
1 93 Veleba Jan 1986 ARC Brno 6,77 q
2 235 Gilling Tremayne 0 England 6,79 q
3 272 La Mastra Rosario 1984 GS Carabinieri BO 6,89 q
4 34 Zumer Jan 1983 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 6,94 q
5 595 Vas David 1985 BHSE 7,02
6 22 Fridrih Bostjan 1979 AD Almont Slovenska Bistrica 7,03
7 537 Grill Benjamin 1985 Union St.Pölten 9,15
242 Mark Findlay 1980 England disq.
Es qualifizieren sich die 16  Zeitschnellsten für die nächste Runde.
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Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 75
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
Lauf 2 von 10
1 322 Karlik Daniel 1991 KSI SE 6,85 q
2 358 Nurudeen Selim 1983 NGR 6,87 q
3 223 Petryashov Konstantin 1983 Dynamo 6,89 q
4 565 Sezayi Ozkaja 1982 TUR Turkey 6,92 q
5 494 Ismail Aslan 1981 Turkey 6,97 q
6 255 Pauer Geza 1976 FTC 6,99
7 455 Chudarek Bernhard 1989 SVS-Leichtathletik 7,10
8 364 Mogstad Christian S 1985 Norway 7,17
Lauf 3 von 10
1 486 Safer Izzet 1990 Turkey 6,87 q
2 62 Kokalovic Gregor 1986 AK Krka 6,88 q
3 366 Larsen Tormod H 1986 Norway 6,96 q
4 369 Sandvik Simon R 1991 Norway 7,02
4 394 Skrabulis Martas 1989 SC COSMA 7,02
6 530 Zeller Clemens 1984 ULV Krems 7,14
7 434 Kucera Robert 1988 Spartak Prag 4 7,23
367 Berntsen Philip B 1989 Norway disq.
Lauf 4 von 10
1 558 Hämäläinen Hannu 1985 Viipurin Urheilijat 6,83 q
2 302 Russell Christopher 1990 Ireland 6,96 q
3 497 Karacaoglu Hakan 1982 Turkey 6,98 q
4 564 Oytun Gören 1982 TUR Turkey 6,99
5 191 Hrabinec Radek 1989 CZE 7,07
6 360 Karlsson Alexander 1988 Norway 7,09
7 427 Germishuys Rudolf 1986 South Africa 7,11
8 365 Solli Per Magnus 1991 Norway 7,16
Lauf 5 von 10
1 491 Kaan Sencan 1993 Turkey 6,92 q
2 30 Trunkelj Gregor 1987 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 7,04
3 215 Bassey Ekemini 1987 DSG Wien 7,05
4 28 Veber Ziga 1987 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 7,10
5 122 Csuhai Peter 1995 BEAC 7,11
6 426 De Ru Rudi 1984 South Africa 7,15
7 315 Cser Bence 1992 KSI SE 7,20
8 525 Bauch Emanuel 1986 ULC Weinland 7,45
Es qualifizieren sich die 16  Zeitschnellsten für die nächste Runde.
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60m, Männer - Vorläufe - Fortsetzung
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Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 75
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
Lauf 6 von 10
1 44 Pirnat Sebastijan 1992 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 7,12
2 361 Overvag Henrik 1994 Norway 7,16
3 517 Meyer Andreas 1994 ULC Mödling 7,17
4 320 Tölgyesi Botond 1989 KSI SE 7,19
4 457 Rebl Matthias 1993 SVS-Leichtathletik 7,19
6 449 Szalay Michael 1992 SVS-Leichtathletik 7,23
7 287 Szalay Szabolcs 1991 Haladas VSE 7,27
8 257 Zlatarics Mark 1982 FTC 7,67
Lauf 7 von 10
1 101 Chiapperini Paolo 1969 ASVEL ATLETICA 7,20
2 199 Siedlaczek Dominik 1992 DSG Wien 7,29
3 163 Nirnberger Thomas 1987 Cricket-Wien 7,41
4 325 Aranyics Bence 1995 KVDSE 7,42
5 563 Szabo Balazs 1991 Zalaszam-ZAC 7,44
6 594 Cseledes Viktor 1992 BDSE 7,67
7 593 Kiss Bence 1995 BHSE 7,68
8 527 Wimmer Jakob 1987 ULC Weinland 7,69
Lauf 8 von 10
1 18 Repnik Tadej 1989 AD Almont Slovenska Bistrica 7,16
2 16 Kramberger Jan 1995 AD Almont Slovenska Bistrica 7,26
3 405 Leu Vladan 1992 Serbia 7,34
4 201 Siedlaczek Philipp 1990 DSG Wien 7,37
5 445 Dyett Justin 1981 SVS-Leichtathletik 7,39
6 202 Jagoditsch Markus 1987 DSG Wien 7,41
7 282 Bognar Daniel 1995 Haladas VSE 7,57
8 112 Kurz Christian 1988 ATSV Ternitz 7,69
Lauf 9 von 10
1 523 Fuchs Markus 1995 ULC Mödling 7,16
2 107 Krach Sebastian 1996 ATSV OMV Auersthal 7,42
3 548 Affengruber Manuel 1991 UVB Purgstall 7,66
4 312 Prieler Alexander 1991 KLC 7,73
5 108 Haas Roland 1971 ATSV OMV Auersthal 7,92
Es qualifizieren sich die 16  Zeitschnellsten für die nächste Runde.
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60m, Männer - Vorläufe - Fortsetzung
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Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 75
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
Lauf 10 von 10
1 77 Satka Daniel 1993 AK Spartak Dubnica 7,42
2 212 Viego Armando 1993 DSG Wien 7,43
3 17 Novak Jan 1991 AD Almont Slovenska Bistrica 7,53
4 446 Gogola Gerald 1994 SVS-Leichtathletik 7,61
5 207 Rosas Rondinelli Fabio 1991 DSG Wien 7,75
6 592 Ielchici Christian 1994 ULC Mödling 7,79
200m, Männer - Zeitläufe
Datum: 01.02.2011  Beginn: 20:55h
Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 71
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
1 34 Zumer Jan 1983 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 21,35 1./II
2 486 Safer Izzet 1990 Turkey 21,61 1./XV
3 184 Stastny Lukas 1991 CZE 21,64 1./VI
4 389 Vincek Zeljko 1986 SAK Varazdin 21,73 1./VIII
5 302 Russell Christopher 1990 Ireland 21,75 1./IX
6 275 Kasa Tibor 1987 Haladas VSE 21,79 1./XIII
7 530 Zeller Clemens 1984 ULV Krems 21,89 1./V
8 245 Leavy Nick 1986 England 21,92 1./VII
9 180 Hedvicak Jaroslav 1991 CZE 21,94 1./X
10 182 Klvana Filip 1977 CZE 21,97 1./XII
11 242 Mark Findlay 1980 England 21,98 1./I
12 595 Vas David 1985 BHSE 22,01 1./III
13 255 Pauer Geza 1976 FTC 22,08 1./XI
14 223 Petryashov Konstantin 1983 Dynamo 22,24 1./IV
15 186 Svodoba Richard 1982 CZE 22,28 1./XVI
16 424 Rimac Ivan 1986 SLAVONIJA ŽITO 22,36 1./XVI
17 162 Smetana Christian 1988 Cricket-Wien 22,40 2./III
18 188 Lichy Peter 1990 CZE 22,49 1./XVI
19 365 Solli Per Magnus 1991 Norway 22,50 1./XIV
20 457 Rebl Matthias 1993 SVS-Leichtathletik 22,68 2./VI
21 109 Kain Thomas 1993 ATSV OMV Auersthal 22,71 2./I
22 68 Navrátil Rostislav 1992 AK PSK Zlín 22,82 2./II
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200m, Männer - Zeitläufe - Fortsetzung
Datum: 01.02.2011  Beginn: 20:55h
Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 71
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
23 281 Balint Moricz 1995 Haladas VSE 22,88 2./V
24 517 Meyer Andreas 1994 ULC Mödling 22,89 2./XVI
25 204 Hofmann Ali 1992 DSG Wien 22,90 2./XI
26 390 Hizman Mirko 1987 SAK Varazdin 23,00 2./IV
27 10 Vlcek Vaclav 1993 AC Uherske Hradiste 23,04 2./XVI
28 90 Hegedüs Adam 1994 ARAK 23,12 2./VII
29 287 Szalay Szabolcs 1991 Haladas VSE 23,14 2./XII
30 511 Puchinger Lukas 1988 ULC Linz Oberbank 23,18 2./XVI
31 523 Fuchs Markus 1995 ULC Mödling 23,19 2./XIV
32 46 Koncina Luka 1994 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 23,25 3./II
33 280 Arnhold Bence 1994 Haladas VSE 23,27 2./IX
33 101 Chiapperini Paolo 1969 ASVEL ATLETICA 23,27 2./XV
35 405 Leu Vladan 1992 Serbia 23,41 3./I
36 110 Krach Bernhard 1996 ATSV OMV Auersthal 23,50 3./XVI
37 12 Bocek Tomas 1993 AC Uherské Hradiste 23,57 3./III
38 505 Radoslav Ivan 1990 UK Bratislava 23,58 2./VIII
39 140 Szücs Daniel 1993 BHSE 23,60 2./XIII
40 278 Koszti Daniel 1995 Haladas VSE 23,69 2./X
41 67 Svacina Tomas 1995 AK PSK Zlín 23,84 3./XV
42 325 Aranyics Bence 1995 KVDSE 23,91 3./V
43 593 Kiss Bence 1995 BHSE 23,99 3./VII
44 27 Valic Lovrenc 1995 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 24,01 3./X
45 282 Bognar Daniel 1995 Haladas VSE 24,07 3./IV
46 39 Dezman Gasper 1995 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 24,14 4./III
47 335 Sima Paul 1993 Laufteam Burgenland Eisenstadt 24,18 3./XVI
48 214 Holzapfel Markus 1987 DSG Wien 24,24 4./VII
49 257 Zlatarics Mark 1982 FTC 24,43 3./VIII
50 103 Salvador Fausto 1969 atletica san marco venezia 24,47 4./XVI
51 338 Mecs Adam 1996 Laufteam Burgenland Eisenstadt 24,65 3./XIV
52 446 Gogola Gerald 1994 SVS-Leichtathletik 24,67 3./VI
53 36 Ogrinc Matevz 1993 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 24,70 4./V
54 286 Bartalos Donat 1993 Haladas VSE 24,76 4./I
55 415 Dostal Peter 1990 Slavia STU Bratislava 24,99 3./XI
56 592 Ielchici Christian 1994 ULC Mödling 25,19 3./IX
57 283 Bartalos David 1995 Haladas VSE 25,28 4./XI
58 128 Szücs Richard 1995 BEAC 25,41 4./IX
59 506 Plasser Felix 1984 ULC 10-Kampf Schönbrunn 25,52 4./VIII
60 207 Rosas Rondinelli Fabio 1991 DSG Wien 25,87 3./XII
61 125 Mesko Mark 1995 BEAC 26,09 3./XIII
62 33 Gaber Jure 1994 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 26,19 4./XIII
63 459 Siegel Moritz 1995 SVS-Leichtathletik 26,22 4./XV
64 37 Stegovec Iztok 1995 AD MASS LJUBLJANA 26,89 4./IV
65 339 Klaus Sebastian 1999 Laufteam Burgenland Eisenstadt 32,28 3./XVI
122 Csuhai Peter 1995 BEAC n.a.
77 Satka Daniel 1993 AK Spartak Dubnica n.a.
75 Stadler Patrik 1993 AK Spartak Dubnica n.a.
594 Cseledes Viktor 1992 BDSE disq.
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200m, Männer - Zeitläufe - Fortsetzung
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Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 71
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
388 Hudoletnjak Drazen 1992 SAK Varazdin disq.
312 Prieler Alexander 1991 KLC disq.
Bahn verlassen
400m, Männer - Zeitläufe
Datum: 01.02.2011  Beginn: 14:45h
Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 71
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
1 304 Gregan Brian 1989 Ireland 46,82 1./III
2 396 Schneider Thomas 1988 SC Potsdam 47,00 1./II
3 260 Deak-Nagy Marcell 1992 Gödöllöi EAC 47,01 2./II
4 561 Rapatz Andreas 1986 VST Laas Völkermarkt 47,22 2./III
5 496 Tamach Serdar 1985 Turkey 47,40 1./VIII
6 224 Petukhov Sergey 1983 Dynamo 47,46 1./V
7 171 Cimpeanu Marian Catalin 1985 CSM BUCURESTI 47,65 1./I
8 245 Leavy Nick 1986 England 47,72 1./IV
9 97 Jares Theodor 1987 ASK Slavia Praha 47,81 2./IV
10 64 Rudolf Gotz 1983 AK Kromeriz 47,84 1./VII
11 433 Riis Jacob 1984 Sparta 47,96 2./VII
12 271 Moraglio Marco 1983 Gruppo Sportivo Aeronautica Mi 47,99 2./VIII
12 495 Kayas Ali Ekber 1987 Turkey 47,99 1./XII
14 383 Vojtik Jiri 1981 PSK Olymp Praha 48,08 2./V
15 63 Szetei Petr 1984 AK Kromeriz 48,09 1./VI
16 500 Ors Tuncay 1986 Turkey 48,13 1./XI
17 436 Laufenböck Michael 1991 Sportunion IGLA long life 48,14 2./XII
18 179 Vanek Petr 1989 CZE CZE 48,15 2./VI
19 219 Nimecek Daniel 1991 Dukla Praha 48,19 1./XIV
20 99 Krupka Tomas 1989 ASK Slavia Praha 48,28 1./XIII
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400m, Männer - Zeitläufe - Fortsetzung
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Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 71
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
21 244 Headman Graham 0 England 48,41 2./I
22 403 Bekric Emir 1991 Serbia 48,50 1./IX
23 395 Kriese Maximilian 1990 SC Potsdam 48,55 1./X
24 256 Pasztor Gabor 1982 FTC 48,59 2./IX
25 160 Mackey Ciaran 1991 Clonliffe Harriers 49,10 3./III
26 198 Koroknai Mate 1993 DSC-SI 49,16 2./XIII
27 470 Blauwhof Björn 1990 TDR 49,19 2./X
28 435 Fischer Radek 1991 Spartak Prag 4 49,23 1./XVI
29 197 Koroknai Tibor 1990 DSC-SI 49,26 3./IV
30 502 Mayrhofer Florian 1990 Turnerschaft Sparkasse Innsbru 49,29 3./V
31 479 Vajdik Daniel 1991 TJ Orava Dolny Kubin 49,50 2./XI
32 149 Magi Emanuele 1986 BRUNI VOMANO 49,51 1./XV
33 157 Purcea Florin Cristian 1991 C.S.M. Sf.Gheorghe 49,64 3./XI
34 115 Remminga Pascal 1990 AV Aquilo 49,65 2./XV
35 173 Pecchio Daniele 1986 Cus Torino 49,74 3./VI
36 542 Sorm Patrik 1993 USK Prague 49,79 2./XVI
37 221 Blahut Matij 1989 Dukla Praha 49,85 1./XVI
38 222 Pavlicek Matij 1992 Dukla Praha 49,89 3./I
39 204 Hofmann Ali 1992 DSG Wien 49,91 3./X
40 485 Hegedüs Matyas 1987 TSC Geotech 50,07 3./IX
41 552 Vardai Peter 1986 VASAS SC BP 50,08 2./XVI
42 551 Koos Erik 1990 VASAS SC BP 50,48 3./VII
43 121 Tarlukacs Adam 1993 BDSE 50,65 3./XV
44 176 Giacomini Michele 1984 Cus Torino 50,73 3./XVI
45 478 Kaman Balint 1986 TFSE 50,81 3./XII
46 10 Vlcek Vaclav 1993 AC Uherske Hradiste 50,87 1./XVI
47 423 Bottlik Jakub 1994 Slavia UK Bratislava 51,06 3./II
48 75 Stadler Patrik 1993 AK Spartak Dubnica 51,08 4./X
49 562 Fülöp Oliver 1992 Zalaszam-ZAC 51,17 4./I
50 406 Radivojsa Vasilije 1992 Serbia 51,35 2./XIV
51 261 Kamen Adam 1991 Gödöllöi EAC 51,89 3./VIII
52 335 Sima Paul 1993 Laufteam Burgenland Eisenstadt 52,70 4./VI
53 12 Bocek Tomas 1993 AC Uherské Hradiste 52,84 2./XVI
54 550 Kemeny David 1995 VASAS SC BP 53,18 4./III
55 458 Greslehner Michael 1993 SVS-Leichtathletik 53,20 4./VIII
56 225 Barcella Edgardo 1970 easy speed 53,26 3./XVI
57 80 Habich Jiri 1990 AK SSK Vítkovice 53,63 3./XVI
58 284 Gyuratz Gabor 1993 Haladas VSE 53,83 4./VII
59 103 Salvador Fausto 1969 atletica san marco venezia 53,85 4./XI
59 269 Papai Gergö 1993 Gödöllöi EAC 53,85 4./IX
61 283 Bartalos David 1995 Haladas VSE 54,45 3./XIII
62 331 Lupsina Mario 1995 Laufteam Burgenland Eisenstadt 55,65 3./XIV
62 454 Turecek Clemens 1994 SVS-Leichtathletik 55,65 4./XV
64 348 Zaric Jan 1993 LCA Umdasch Amstetten 56,29 4./XII
65 336 Rammesmayer Mathias 1996 Laufteam Burgenland Eisenstadt 63,68 4./XVI
keine Zeitnehmung ausgelöst
118 Lintner Szabolcs 1984 BDSE n.a.
264 Horvath Vince 1991 Gödöllöi EAC aufg.
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Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
319 Kovacs Laszlo 1991 KSI SE disq.
Bahn verlassen
386 Kubista Jan 1990 SAK SG Jablonec disq.
130 Balasi Imre 1985 Békési DAC disq.
Bahn verlassen
402 Miric Slobodan 1991 Serbia disq.
Bahn verlassen
800m, Männer - Zeitläufe
Datum: 01.02.2011  Beginn: 19:35h
Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 59
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
1 305 McBrearty Darren 1991 IRL Ireland 1:47,87 1./III
2 327 Pallitsch Raphael 1989 Lauf-Impuls Oggau 1:48,37 1./II
3 380 Scapini Mario 1989 Pro Patria Milano 1:48,45 2./II
4 561 Rapatz Andreas 1986 VST Laas Völkermarkt 1:48,53 1./I
5 473 Kozlov Vitalij 1987 Team BOSS Baltic 1:48,59 2./III
6 164 Rifesser Lukas 1986 CS Esercito 1:48,65 2./I
7 193 Kazi Tamas 1985 Debreceni AC 1:48,71 3./I
8 248 Benedetti Giordano 1989 FFGG 1:48,86 3./II
9 218 Burian Miroslav 1992 Dukla Praha 1:48,94 3./III
10 116 Bube Andreas 1987 Bagsvaerd AC 1:49,16 4./I
11 259 Wallden Johan 1987 Gefle IF 1:49,43 4./III
12 298 Pelikan Jozef 1984 INTER SC Bratislava 1:49,61 5./I
13 557 Oehler Patrick 1989 VfL Sindelfingen 1:49,68 4./II
14 487 Kilic Halit 1992 Turkey 1:49,80 5./III
15 353 Fiegen David 1984 LG Telis Finanz Regensburg 1:49,86 5./II
16 472 Jurkevics Dmitrijs 1987 Team BOSS Baltic 1:49,98 6./II
17 237 Wallis Ben 0 England 1:50,18 6./III
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Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
18 376 Nakopoulos Kostantinos 1987 PANIONIOS 1:50,51 7./III
19 187 Vanek (Pace) Petr 1989 CZE CZE 1:50,63 8./III
19 467 Pennekamp Nils 1987 TDR 1:50,63 1./VIII
21 102 Oberti Michele 1987 Atletica Bergamo 1959 1:51,01 6./I
22 477 Bouwman Victor 1986 Team4Mijl 1:51,23 1./IV
23 466 Boon Paul 1988 TDR 1:51,78 2./VIII
24 251 Martiak Antoine 1985 FRA 1:51,94 7./II
25 372 Klevmo Torje 1987 Norway 1:51,98 2./IV
26 155 Halapciuc George 1985 C.S.M. Sf.Gheorghe 1:52,14 3./IV
27 84 Sevcik Jakub 1990 AK SSK Vítkovice 1:52,54 4./IV
28 270 Van Holst Wilfred 1988 Groningen Atletiek 1:52,76 5./IV
29 98 Capek Martin 1989 ASK Slavia Praha 1:53,52 7./I
30 351 Mooney Danny 1988 Letterkenny AC 1:53,54 1./V
31 79 Grecman Daniel 1993 AK SSK Vítkovice 1:53,78 1./VI
32 469 Nouws Mark 1990 TDR 1:54,38 3./VIII
33 431 Jensen Nick 1991 Sparta 1:54,46 2./V
34 129 Gregor Laszlo 1992 Bekescsabai AC 1:54,55 6./IV
35 7 Javurek Pavel 1988 AC Caslav 1:54,76 7./IV
36 397 Handt Florian 1991 SC Potsdam 1:55,03 2./VI
36 354 Litva Dusan 1989 Liptovsky Mikulas 1:55,03 8./IV
38 429 Harboe Jeppe 1992 Sparta 1:55,06 3./VI
39 83 Lepicek Miroslav 1986 AK SSK Vítkovice 1:55,08 3./V
40 504 Siko Jakub 1993 UK Bratislava 1:55,09 4./VI
41 220 Jalovy Filip 1990 Dukla Praha 1:55,64 4./V
42 158 Nastase Florin 1990 C.S.M. Sf.Gheorghe 1:55,69 5./V
43 6 Maenza Yuri 1988 A.S.D. Francesco Francia 1:56,28 6./V
44 404 Krstic Milos 1984 Serbia 1:56,38 7./V
45 324 Kudrnofsky Dimitri 1988 KUS ÖBV Pro Team 1:56,43 8./V
46 555 Toth Andras 1991 VEDAC 1:57,27 5./VI
47 5 Simoni Marco 1982 A.S.D. Francesco Francia 1:57,40 6./VI
48 4 Riponi Luca 1991 A.S.D. Francesco Francia 1:59,51 7./VI
49 81 Hruby Matij 1993 AK SSK Vítkovice 2:00,38 1./VII
50 546 Puchinger Jürgen 1992 Usko Melk 2:00,51 8./VI
51 474 Mrkvicka Christoph 1987 2:00,64 2./VII
52 85 Sadil Martin 1994 AK Šternberk 2:01,08 3./VII
53 161 Zeh Florian 1967 Cricket Wien 2:01,27 4./VII
54 151 Kovacs Mate 1994 Budaörsi DSE 2:04,00 5./VII
55 475 Stockmaier Thomas 1990 2:04,11 6./VII
56 205 Mariz Francisco 1993 DSG Wien 2:05,30 7./VII
57 528 Hofmann Tobias 1995 ULC Weinland 2:10,63 8./VII
183 Svodoba (Pace) Richard 1982 CZE aufg.
189 Blahut (Pace) Matej 1989 CZE aufg.
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Anzahl der Teilnehmer: 23
Rg. StNr. Name Name Jg Nat. Nat. Verein Fn Ergebnis
1 384 Bene Barna 1986 PVSK 3:43,37 1./I
2 476 Vojta Andreas 1989 3:43,51 2./I
3 165 Salami Marco 1985 CS Esercito 3:44,18 3./I
4 356 Thie James 1978 New York AC 3:45,20 4./I
5 378 Leone Luca 1986 Pro Partia Milano 3:45,80 5./I
6 377 Zebrovsky Krzysztof 1990 POL 3:47,02 6./I
7 352 Kuhlen Andreas 1983 LG Braunschweig 3:48,41 7./I
8 357 Baddick Frank 1985 Newham and Essex Beagles 3:50,96 1./II
9 556 Kallay Daniel 1990 VEDAC 3:51,08 2./II
10 48 Krevs Mitja 1989 AD Stajerska Maribor 3:51,21 3./II
11 438 Brondbo Joachim 1985 Steinkjer FIK Norway 3:51,30 4./II
12 55 Dimitrakis Andreas 1990 AGIOS NIKOLAOS 3:51,67 8./I
13 238 Harper Harry 0 England 3:52,08 5./II
14 547 Steinhammer Christian 1988 Usko Melk 3:54,56 6./II
15 192 Wessel Stefan 1987 De Sperwers 3:55,51 7./II
16 307 Cugusi Stefano 1988 ITA ITA 3:55,98 8./II
17 560 Rudolecky Roman 1988 VSK Univerzita Brno 3:56,44 9./II
18 456 Naroda Andrej 1987 SVS-Leichtathletik 3:57,51 10./II
19 159 Strambu Razvan 1991 C.S.M. Sf.Gheorghe 3:57,98 11./II
20 567 Kristic Alexandr 1987 SRB Serbia 4:07,35 12./II
460 Kernbichler Felix 1988 SVS-Leichtathletik aufg.
9 Stokvis Rene 1987 AC Tion aufg.
185 Bartunek (Pace) Vladimir 1980 CZE aufg.

Indoor Classic Vienna 2011 Wien

60m, Männer - A-/B-Finale
1 Petryashov Konstantin 1983 Dynamo 6,82
2 Sezayi Ozkaja 1982 TUR Turkey 6,89
3 La Mastra Rosario 1984 GS Carabinieri BO 6,90
4 Russell Christopher 1990 Ireland 6,92

Lauf 4 von 10
1 Hämäläinen Hannu 1985 Viipurin Urheilijat 6,83 q
2 Russell Christopher 1990 Ireland 6,96 q

200 Ht 9
1 Russell Christopher 1990 Ireland 21,75
2 Arnhold Bence 1994 Haladas VSE 23,27

400m, Männer - Zeitläufe
1 Gregan Brian 1989 Ireland 46,82
2 Rapatz Andreas 1986 VST Laas Völkermarkt 47,22
3 Mackey Ciaran 1991 Clonliffe Harriers 49,10

800m, Männer - Zeitläufe

1 McBrearty Darren 1991 IRL Ireland 1:47,87
2 Kozlov Vitalij 1987 Team BOSS Baltic 1:48,59
3 Burian Miroslav 1992 Dukla Praha 1:48,94

Ht 5
1 Mooney Danny 1988 Letterkenny AC 1:53,54

1500m, Frauen - Zeitläufe
1 Lustigova Marcela 1982 USK Prague 4:15,09
2 Wenth Jennifer 1991 SVS-Leichtathletik 4:18,63
3 9 Karakaya Dudu 1985 Turkey 4:19,62
4 Harty Kerry 1981 Ireland 4:22,19

Weitsprung, Frauen - Finale
1 Proper Kelly 1988 Ferrybank A/C 6,44 m
2 Kristova Magdalena 1985 BUL 6,12 m

London U20/Senior Games Lee Valley London

60 1.
1 7.33 Jodie Williams Herts Phoenix
2 7.40 Asha Philip Newham & Essex Beagles
3 7.41 Ashlee Nelson City of Stoke/Middlesex Uni
4 7.53 Claire Brady Celbridge/Ireland

60 1.2
1 7.53 Gemma Bennett Shaftesbury Barnet/Bath Uni
2 7.56 Marilyn Nwawulor Harrow
3 7.66 Niamh Whelan Ferrybank/Ireland

60 2.1
1 7.28 Jodie Williams Herts Phoenix
2 7.36 Ashlee Nelson City of Stoke/Middlesex Uni
3 7.49 Gemma Bennett Shaftesbury Barnet/Bath Uni
4 7.50 Asha Philip Newham & Essex Beagles
5 7.53 Claire Brady Celbridge/Ireland

60 2.2
1 7.54 Tunrayo Nubi Enfield & Haringey/Brunel Uni
2 7.60 Louise Wood Chelmsford
3 7.63 Emma Bailey Rugby & Northampton/Loughborough Uni
4 7.68 Azaria Francis Woodford Green Essex Ladies/St. Mary’s Uni
5 7.70 Niamh Whelan Ferrybank/Ireland

200 4
1 24.03 Conor Wilson Leinster/Ireland
2 24.35 Chris Brownlee Crawley

200 1
1 24.29 Emily Diamond Bristol & West/Loughborough Uni 24.29 23.47
2 24.56 Niamh Whelan Ferrybank/Ireland 24.56 23.86
3 24.86 Sara Petersen Denmark 24.86 24.13
4 25.49 Georgina Malster Ipswich/Brunel Uni 25.49 24.53
5 25.52 Fiona O’Friel Ireland

60 1.8
1 7.01 Antonio Infantino Shaftesbury Barnet/London Uni
2 7.01 Ingmar Vos Birchfield H/Netherlands
3 7.03 Daniel Kavanagh Clonliffe/Ireland

60 1.12
1 7.09 Andre Nembhard Kingston & Poly
2 7.13 Paul-Ayotunde Payne Herne Hill/De Montford Uni
3 7.17 Richard Carr Harrow
4 7.19 Andrew Mensah Shaftesbury Barnet
5 7.20 Curtis Blake Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets
6 7.30 Ian McDonald Border/Crusaders/Ireland

60 2.6
1 7.02 Daniel Kavanagh Clonliffe/Ireland 7.02 6.9
2 7.04 Duayne Bovell Blackheath & Bromley/South Bank Uni

60 2.13
1 7.25 Ian McDonald Border/Crusaders/Ireland
2 7.30 Malcolm Gledhill Maidenhead

800 1
1 1:49.78 Mark Berridge Basingstoke & Mid Hants
2 1:50.50 Eoin Everard Kilkenny/Ireland

800 1
1 2:07.70 Fiona Kehoe Ireland
2 2:07.71 Ciara Everard Kilkenny/Ireland
3 2:07.93 Shelayna Oskan Ayo Falola Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow/Brunel Uni
4 2:12.24 Siobhan Eviston Ireland

60H 1.2
1 8.14 Ian McDonald Border/Crusaders/Ireland 8.14 8.07
2 8.15 Jack Meredith Liverpool H

60H 1.3
1 8.41 Tony Higbee Basingstoke & Mid Hants/Royal Air Force 8.27 8.27
2 8.50 Zak Saucede Enfield & Haringey 8.50 8.40
3 8.53 Ciaran O’Cathain Roscommon/Ireland

60H 2.2
1 8.12 Andreas Martinsen Denmark 8.12 8.12
2 8.15 Ingmar Vos Birchfield H/Netherlands 8.12 8.12
3 8.21 Ian McDonald Border/Crusaders/Ireland

60H 2.3
1 8.36 Ciaran O’Cathain Roscommon/Ireland 8.36 8.36
2 8.62 Zak Saucede Enfield & Haringey

1 1.75 Bethan Partridge Birchfield H
2 1.75 Eloise Newman Shaftesbury Barnet/Brunel Uni
3= 1.75 Frances Smithson Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow/Oxford Uni
3= 1.75 Pamela Hughes Westport/Birmingham Uni/Blackheath & Bromley/Irela

1 7.37 Dan Bramble Ealing, Southall & Middx 7.37 7.37
2 7.15 Jermaine Olasan Blackheath & Bromley 7.15 7.55
3 7.09 Ingmar Vos Birchfield H/Netherlands 7.09 7.38
4 7.04 Ashley Bryant Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow/Brunel Uni 7.04 7.11
5 7.02 David Quilligan Ireland

1 14.95 Julian Golley Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
2 14.81 Prince Nnaemeka Ezenwa Woodford Green Essex Ladies/Nigeria
3 14.75 Lawrence Harvey Trafford/Loughborough Uni
4 14.43 Denis Finnegan Ireland

Barcelona Half Marathon

1 Peter Kosgei KÈNIA 1:02:19
2 Joel Kemboi KÉNIA 1:02:22
3 Levi Omari KÈNIA 1:02:28
4 Joseph Lagat KÈNIA 1:03:39
5 Abderrahime El Jaafari España 1:05:35
6 Marc Roig Catalunya 1:05:45
7 Michael Johnson WALES United Kingdom 1:05:46
8 David Nilsson Sweden 1:05:56
9 Alan O´Shea Ireland 1:06:03
10 Martin Williams United Kingdom 1:06:19




Letterkenny ac-ES Shine In Wales -Mark English Breaks Junior Record (30-1-2011)


Ireland had a number of athletes competing at the Celtic Cup this weekend. The big story of the day was the Letterkenny AC boys Mark English,Darren McBreaty & Ruairi Finnegan.

The three young men have qualified for there respected major events as Mark has gained the qualifying time for the European juniors and also set a new Junior record in a time of 1:48:63, While Darren managed the U23 qualifying time for U23 championships in a time of 1:48:88,this a great achievement for the toung man as he stil has many years left in this age group. And lastly of the trio is young Ruairi Finnegan,who ran 3:54:93 this time enables him  for World Youth & the EYOF's this is a just a glimpse of what he can do & no doubt will run quicker.

Remember these races where indoor & the championships that these young men hope to run in are outdoor and they will without doubt run much faster outdoor so expect much bigger things for the trio.

Other good performances where Seye ogunlewe,Patrick O Conor, John Kelly,Kourosh Foroughi,Fionnuala Britton,Sarah Treacy to name a few. All preformed excellent. 

While Robert Heffernan was setting a new Irish record for the 30k walk in Cork this morning Mark English (Letterkenny AC) was in Cardiff breaking another long standing Irish record.

Competing in the Celtic Cup he (Mark English) won the junior 800m in a time of 1:48.63, breaking David Matthew’s 1:49.21 set in 1993. The time also qualifies him for the European junior championships in Tallin Estonia in July.

Clubmate Darren McBrearty finished second in a time of 1:48.88 which is also inside the standard for the European junior championships.

Rory Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) was third in the 1,500m in 3:54.93 to qualify for the World Youth championships and European youth Olympics;
Patrick O’Connor (Clonliffe Harriers) was third in the 60m in 7.18 and clocked 22.40 for second in the 200m – a new PB;
Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC) 4th in 400m in 59.35;
Ciara Giles Doran (Ferrybank AC) 2nd in 200m in 25.02;
Rory Chesser (Ennis Track) 2nd 3,000m 8:13;
Mark Patterson (North Down 3rd 800m 1:51.55;
Fionnuala Britton (Sli Cualann AC) 1st 1,500m 4:21.95;
Sara Treacy (Moynalvy AC) 4th 1,500m 4:28.27;
Kourosh Fouroughi (Star of the Sea AC)2nd High Jump 2.15m and Barry Pender (St. Abban’s AC) 4th 2:10m;
Shane Fitzsimmons (Mullingar Harriers) 5th 1,500m 4:03.50;
Aisling Croke (Dooneen AC) 3rd High Jump 1.70m;
Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena & Antrim AC) =1st Pole Vault 3.76m.

In Boston David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) was fourth in the 3,000m in a time of 7:53.33 a new PB for him and inside the standard for the European indoor championships.

BU Terrier Invitational - Boston, MA 
Women 3000 M
1 Reilly, Stephanie New Balance Boston 9:11.24
2 Bonds, Lauren Unattached 9:14.06
3 Penney, Lauren Syracuse 9:16.01
9 FfrenchO’Carroll, Charlotte Providence 9:41.11

Section 9
1 Rodriguez, Marcos Unattached 1:59.50
2 Dannenhoffer, Christophe New Haven 1:59.72
3 O’Neil, Gilbert Mit 2:00.13
6 Breagy, Conor Dunleer A.C 2:02.68

Men 3000 M
Section 1
1 Matthews, Julian Providence DNF
2 Korir, Leonard Iona 7:51.40
3 Masters, Riley Maine 7:53.11
4 McCarthy, David Providence 7:53.33
5 Van Igen, Erik Binghamton Univ 7:58.72
13 Yeates, Richie Unattached 8:37.46

Section 2
1 Rop, Glarius American Int’l 8:13.38
2 Chorney, David Baa 8:13.57
3 Rupprecht, Paul New Balance Boston 8:16.36
4 Flint, Matthew Marist 8:17.21

Combined Events / Invitational Clemson, SC
Women 1 Mile
1 D’Alessio, Lauren Samford 4:54.25
2 Knight, Holly Auburn 4:54.28
3 Kulik, Alyssa Clemson 4:57.60
4 Ruck, Kimberly Clemson 4:58.19

Jack Jennett Invite Cedar Falls, IA
Men 800 Meter
1 Lieghio, Anthony Iowa Central 1:52.26
2 Fritz, Brady Northern Iow 1:52.31
3 Kebenei, Stanley Iowa Central 1:56.52

Men 3000 Meter
1 Khalif, Ahmed Graceland Un 8:39.17
2 Cotter, Tomas Iowa Central 8:43.88
3 Jarso, Kemal Iowa Central 9:00.77

Dussmann indoor Meeting Luxembourg-Kirchberg LUX

400m Dames Finale B
1 SORGNARD Clémence 1990 F FRA 54,25
2 FURLONG Brona 1986 IRL IRL 56,11
3 BERTHEAU LOUISE 1992 fra FRA 57,07

400m Hommes
1 TUOHY Niall 1989 IRL IRL 49,18
2 ZEKRI Guillaume 1986 F FRA 49,61

800m Hommes
1 BEY Aghilas 1992 FRA FRA 1:51,96
2 BOJANOWSKI Thomas 1990 D GER 1:52,16
7 FERGAL Ellis 1990 IRL IRL 1:56,99

1500m Hommes
1 WARNE Joe 1987 IRL IRL 3:48,32
2 KYTS Volodymyr 1987 UKR UKR 3:48,89
3 GRUBER Daniel 1989 D GER 3:49,40
9 COGHLAN John 1988 IRL IRL 3:54,34
15 TREMBLE Liam 1991 IRL IRL 4:07,61



Heffernan Break's Record (30-1-2011)

After spending a month in Australia, followed by ten days in Spain, it was back to the business of winning national titles for Robert Heffernan this morning. The Togher man was competing in the Woodie’s DIY national 30k walking championships, held over the Monahan Road / Centre Park Road circuit in Cork. Older runners will remember competing in the national road relays over this circuit back in the 70’s.

It was down to business from the start for Heffernan. On a bitterly cold morning he immediately went into the lead, with Colin Griffin from Ballinamore AC attempting to go with him. However, Heffernan was in determined form and was quickly away on his own, discarding his woolly hat on the second 2.5k lap. After that there was never any danger of being caught and he easily won the title, breaking his own national record with a time of 2 hours 7 minutes and 48 seconds.

Afterwards he stated that his training is going great and the race was no more than a good training session. His mileage has remained under 80 miles a week, preferring to do more quality work than quantity.

Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) won the women’s 20k walk in 1:38:08, while Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) won the 7.5k race.

Men 30k; 1. Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) 2:07:48; 2. Colin Griffin (Ballinamore AC) 2:13:59; 3. Jeff Cassin (Finn Valley AC) 2:21:17.

Women 20k; 1. Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) 1:38:08

Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) 35:36
Fiona Dennehy (St. Senan’s AC)44:16
Paul Murphy (Claremorris AC) 44:34

Cian McManamon (Westport AC) 1:14:48

Michael Moran (Claremorris AC) 49:47
Emma Doherty (North Belfast Harriers) 53:32
Robert O’Neill (Togher AC)

Caoimhe Casey 28:36
Dylan Carty 28:41
Simon Gilespie (Balina AC) 29:03
Stephanie Morley (Claremorris AC) 31:22
Laura Bestie 31:43

Andrew Bell 15:18
Siobhan Hennessy (Moycarky Coocroo AC) 15:40
Clodagh Morley 15:48
Saoirse Oliver 21:15











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Superb Competition at Woodie's DIY Juvenile  Combined Events (29-1-2011)


The Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Combined Events at Nenagh Stadium today produced some top class competition throughout the day.

Closest finish of the day came in the Boys U14 event where Conor Diskin (Claremorris AC) had just nineteen points to spare over Cormac McGann (Ferrybank AC) who actually finished ahead of the winner in three of the five events.

The girls U15 event also produced a close finish, with Deirbhile Ryan (Nenagh Olympic) winning with twenty five points to spare over Kate McGowan (Tir Chonaill AC).

Simon Doyle (St. Laurence O’Toole AC), winner of the junior title last week, was again in top form to win the boys U19 title convincingly.

The girls U18 event saw Megan Kiely (Ferrybank AC) win with just under one hundred points to spare.

Conor Daly (St. Abban’s AC) put in a strong challenge in the boys U18 competition but missed out by 122 points to catch winner Eric Stam (Bandon AC).

Most convincing winner of the day was David Cussen (Old Abbey AC) who had just under one thousand points to spare when winning the boys U16 competition

Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Combined Events Results











Fagan All Fired Up For Houston (28-1-2011) 


Sport really can be a lonely place when you are struggling against loss of form and Irish Olympic marathon runner Martin Fagan experienced that feeling throughout last year.

It came to the stage when he started to have second thoughts about continuing in the sport and it was only his love of running that finally got him through a difficult spell and helped him maintain his commitment to hard work around the roads of FlagstaffArizona.

"It came to a stage when I started to have second thoughts about continuing in the sport and considered going back to college to prepare for a different direction," said Fagan (below) yesterday on the eve of tackling another marathon, the big classic in Houston, Texas on Sunday.

"What really puzzled me was this lack of energy in my daily life and this feeling of being tired all the time.

"I also had some niggling injuries, but I was able to get over that with treatment. Then I started to have stomach problems and they got serious.

"It was like that for most of 2010 and it was very frustrating. So, I knew I could not continue that way and decided to get professional help. That was the best move I could have made."

The blood tests showed Fagan to be coeliac, which means his body rejects certain types of food, but particularly gluten, the protein found in cereal grain, like wheat or wheat products.

"That was a shock to me because I had never experienced any problems previously," said the Westmeath runner.

"But since bread is a major part of diet for a distance runner, I had to change my diet immediately and within a couple of weeks I started to feel strong again.

"The last few weeks have been a very encouraging and training has been great and I feel upbeat about Houston."

Initially, Fagan planned to target the Texas event to improve on his lifetime best of 2:14.06, which he ran in Dubai three years ago before dropping out of the Beijing Olympics because of injury.

Now his main target for the marathon on Sunday is to run inside 2:16, which is the qualifying standard for the World Championships next August.

"Houston was a fast race last year and it looks as if the weather will be kind. So, I'm going in there positive and to run a sensible race," he said.

"I need to make the World Championships as it would give me a perfect platform to make the London Olympics next year, which is my big goal at this time."

Among Fagan's opponents on Sunday is last year's course record- breaker, Teshome Gelana of Kenya, who clocked an impressive time of 2:07.37.

Meanwhile, Joe Sweeney, the recent winner of the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships, is favourite to claim victory in the Raheny five-mile road race on Sunday.

- Tom O'Riordan

Irish Independent



Mc Sweeney Gets New PB Over 60m (28-1-2011)


Ailis McSweeney (Leevale AC) competed in her first indoor meet of the season in Chemnitz Germany last night and showed she has brought her outdoors form with her to the indoor arena. Competing in the 60m heats she finished third in a time of 7.36, bettering her previous best of 7.37 achieved six years ago in 2005. She lowered her time again in the final where she finished second in 7.34.

The Irish record of 7.30 is held by Anna Boyle and was set in 2008.

McSweeney is set to compete in the Irish Indoor championships in the Odyssey Belfast in three weeks time where she will renew rivalry with last year’s winner Claire Brady (Celbridge AC).

XV. Internationales ERDGAS Hallenmeeting Chemnitz GER
60m, Frauen - Vorläufe
Lauf 1 von 2
1 Levorato Manuela ITA ITA 7,31 Q
2 Bolikova Mariya RUS RUS 7,33 q
3 Mc Sweeny Ailis IRL IRL 7,36 q

60m, Frauen - Finale
1 Anim Vida GHA GHA 7,30
2 Mc Sweeny Ailis IRL IRL 7,34
3 Levorato Manuela ITA ITA 7,35



Birthday Boy Michael Mc Killop Wins 800 In New WR (27-1-2011)

St Malachy's Michael McKillop celebrated his 21st birthday in style last night when he set his second World Record in 48 hours when winning the T37 800 metres title in the World Paralympic Championships in Christchurch.

Michael took half a second off his own previous World record set in Beijing in 2008 when he struck gold in a time of 1 min 58.90 secs.

This was over 4 secs faster than his main pre- race rival Brad Scott of Australia who took silver in 2.03.25. Algeria's Khaled Hanani, who was 2nd to McKillop in his earlier record breaking 1500 metres win, took bronze in 2 mins 8 secs.

“In Beijing I waited to the 250m, but today I decided to go early and catch them out. It worked perfectly.

“Back in Ireland it is still my birthday (born January 27, 1990) so I have a wee bit of celebrating to do,” he said.

Click Here For an interview with Michael after his race and medal ceremony!

The 800 metres race was always Michael's strong event as shown by the fact that he is ranked 5th fastest in the NI 2010 able bodied list. His pacemaking was virtually perfect with a fast 58.31 secs first lap followed by a solid 60.59 secs on lap two which ensured that his margin of victory was a huge 35 metres at the tape.

The remarkable coincidence of his win falling on the same day as his 21st birthday further underlines the memorable nature of his achievement. It represents the culmination of several years of sustained effort which has resulted in the Belfast man competing successfully with the best athletes in the Province despite his mild form of cerebral palsy.

McKillop's double victory follows on from the unexpected success earlier in the week of 15 year old Sally Brown from Limavady who took a superb bronze in the T45 200 metres in a PB of 26.38 secs.

Results (Michael Mc Killop)


2011 IPC Athletics World Championships - Friday 28th January

 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships - Friday 28th January

Photo's By Sportsfile 


Mc Killop On Top Of World (26-1-2011)


Irish athlete Michael McKillop had reason to have mixed emotions after winning the 1,500 metres at the Paralympic World Athletics Championships in Christchurch New Zealand yesterday.

The 20 year old from Irishman knocked two seconds off the old world record when storming to victory in 4 minutes 14.82 seconds in what was almost a solo against only one opponent.

However the rules of the International Competition did not allow the Organising Committee to award any medal to McKillop for his outstanding achievement as the rule states there must be a minimum of three competitors in a race for medals to be awarded.

McKillop’s only opponent was Khaled Hanani of Algeria and so the Irishman was denied a chance to receive a deserved gold medal to add to the one he won over 800 metres at the Paralympic Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Nonetheless McKilop’s time was a wonderful present in advance of celebrating his 21st birthday today.

McKillop suffers from a mild form of Cerebral Palsy, but has overcome this to develop into an excellent athlete, and Irish Team Manager and two-time Olympian, James Nolan, is confident that the Antrim runner will complete the double in the 800 m in tomorrow’s final and perhaps lower the world record of 1:57.30

McKillop is coached by his father Paddy, and prepared for New Zealand by having six weeks warm weather training in South Africa. Ailish Dunne was 6th in the Shot Putt with 6.62m while Nadine Lattimore was 7th in 6.12.

McKillop’s record breaking run came on a day when the Paralympic Council of Ireland launched their plans for the 2012 Olympic Games. The launch took place in Dublin and it was announced that it was hoped to have a team of 70 competitors in London.

A new Paralympics logo has been designed which reflects the dynamism of Irish Paralympic Sport, with Chief Executive Officer Liam Harbison commenting “The Launch today marks a very significant milestone in the history of our organisation.”

The launch was officially made by well known RTE Racing Reporter, Colm Murray, who has reported on three previous Paralympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.


1500m T37 Results

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Mageean Sets Off By Claiming Junior Record In New York  (24-1-2011)


Ciara Mageean (Lisburn AC) made her debut on the ultra competitive American indoor scene on Saturday when she competed in the mile at the New Balance Games in The Armory New York. Her seventh place finish in such a competitive field was the perfect start to her 2011 indoor season, while her time of 4:38.81 is a new Irish junior record, bettering the mark set by Anita Philpott in Boston in 1988. She also went through the 1,500m mark in 4:17.0, well inside her own record of 4:20.88, but this time may not be accepted as a record if it was hand timed.
Read winner Jenny Simpson’s post race interview, in which she talks about the chaotic warm-up area, at The Armory. Some 5,000 high school athletes competed during the course of an eight hour competition. 

Jenny Simpson Interview 

Anthony Lieghio (Tallaght AC) was in fine form in Ames Iowa, winning the 600m in 1:11.29 and the 1,000m in 2:27.07


SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University track and field coach Stephanie Reilly is the current world leader in the women’s indoor 3000m, as reported by Sunday. The Ireland native recorded a 9:17.02 mark in the event at the Boston University mini-meet on Dec. 18, 2010, giving the fourth-year head coach the top spot in the world.

This announcement marks the first time Reilly has held a No. 1 ranking, despite being an international contender throughout the past decade. She also ran an unofficial time of 4:38.25 in the mile at the December meet, nearly three seconds faster than current world leader Sheila Reid (Canada, 4:41.14). Her unofficial time could not be registered in the world rankings, due to handheld timing.

Reilly, no stranger to the international spotlight, recently competed in the steeplechase at the European Track and Field Championships in Barcelona this past summer as a member of the Irish National Team. Reilly booked her ticket to Barcelona after placing second at the Irish National Championships and achieving the European qualifying standard with a personal best 9:48.

New Balance Games - 1/22/2011 
Women 1 Mile Run Elite
1 Simpson, Jen New Balance 4:28.60 - 4:11.0
2 Douma-Hussar, Carmen New Balance 4:30.88 - 4:12.4
3 Koons, Frances New Balance 4:31.53 - 4:12.6
4 Stellingwerff, Hilary New Balance 4:31.72 - 4:13.0
5 Muncan, Marina New Balance 4:31.84 - 4:13.7
6 Wright, Megan New Balance 4:32.51 - 4:13.4
7 Mageean, Ciara New Balance 4:38.81 - 4:17.0
8 Buchanan, Dana Speed River TC 4:41.70 - 4:21.6
9 Cliff, Rachel Speed River TC 4:45.00 - 4:24.6
10 Martinez, Branda New Balance 4:45.12 - 4:25.7
11 Green, Nikeya Reebok 4:53.95 - 4:31.7

URI Sorlein T&F Invitational Sat January 15, Kingston, RI 
Women 800 Meter Run
1 Pelsue, Brittany SR Rhode Island 2:17.21
2 Pettit, Claire JR Umass Amhers 2:19.64
3 Ryan, Niamh FR Rhode Island 2:24.58

NYC Gotham Cup New York - Armory Jan. 14, 2011 
Women 3000m Run
1. . Anderson, Kristin Riadha 9:49.03
2. . Lutz, Meghan SO La Salle 9:54.59
3. . Schoppmann, Jodie Team Runner’s Edge 9:55.71
10. . Jameson, Tara FR Iona College 10:23.18

Men 1000 Meter Run
1 Lieghio, Anthony FR IOWA CENTRAL 2:27.07
2 Minarik, Brek UNATTACHED 2:28.25
3 Lantz, David SR IOWA STATE U 2:28.35
4 Donnelly, Kyle FR UNATTACHED 2:28.42

Men 600 Yard
1 Lieghio, Anthony FR IOWA CENTRAL 1:11.29
3 Garnett, Alvin SR IOWA STATE U 1:11.41
4 Sandvig, Brian SO IOWA STATE U 1:11.42
5 Larsen, Monte JR MORNINGSIDE 1:11.69

Illini Classic Champaign, Ill.
Women 1 Mile
1 Porada, Katie Illinois 4:58.93
2 Groenewoud, Chantelle Illinois 4:59.55
3 Finn, Michelle Western Kent 5:00.46

Welsh Athletics Indoor Championship Cyncoed Cardiff
Women Pole Vault
1 Maria SEAGER U23W Woodford Green 3.90
2 Jessica ABRAHAM SW Cardiff AAC 3.90
3 Lucy BRYAN U17W Bristol & West 3.90
4 Zoe BROWN SW * Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 3.80

Midland Women’s League Coventry Sat 15 Jan

1 Sara Treacy Birmingham Uni 23:21
2 Nicola Sykes (Guest) Bedford & County 23:35
3 Claire Martin V Telford AC 23:45
4 Amy Campbell Loughborough Students 23:57



Antrim XC Huge Success (24-1-2011) 

Charlotte Purdue continued her current superb running form with another clear win over 5.6K at the Antrim IAAF Cross Country International in a foggy Greenmount Cross Country at the weekend. This gives her a hat trick of victories in the McCain Cross Challenge Series following on from wins in Liverpool and Cardiff. The event is organized by Athletics Northern Ireland.

Charlotte always appeared to be running with ease in the early stages of the race with a large group including Kenyan World Junior bronze medallist Esther Chemtai, Louise Damen, Laura Kinney, Gemma Steel and Stevie Stockton. At the halfway point Purdue, Chemtai and Damon had opened a 50m gap on the field. Thereafter the European Junior Champion applied further pressure and at the line had a 30m victory over Damen who narrowly edged out Chemtai.

Charlotte said she was pleased with her run and felt she was in control over the last lap. When asked about her hectic racing schedule she said “I love racing and would carry on so long as I remain healthy and injury free“.
She will continue to cover both cross country and track and coming races include the Inter-counties and World Cross Country.

Top Northern Ireland finisher was Gladys Ganiel O’Neill who had a stormer of a race finishing in 10th place overall. She said “I had a good run, probably the best since the London Marathon last April so I’m very pleased with it. It probably ranks up there with my best cross country performances ever. Gladys will compete in the London Marathon once again this year in April.

In the Men’s 9K event, British number two Andy Vernon had something of a baptism of fire. He faced six Africans which included last year’s winner Mike Kigen and current World Junior 10,000m champion Denis Masai and sub 13 minute 5000m runners Titus Mbishei and Jacob Cheshari.

While Vernon finished in 7th he said “I am pleased with my performance as the competition was very good. I have now overcome the disappointment of dropping out in Albuferia and I will be racing in the European Clubs Cup in Italy in two weeks followed by the World Cross Trials”.

Annadale’s Eddie McGinley was top NI finisher taking 15th place in a very competitive field. “I’m pleased with the way I ran, obviously the competition was red hot with the Kenyans and top British runners. My plan was always to be in the top Irish and local finishers and I did that so I’ve got to be pleased.

It is a pleasure to be able to line up with World class athletes here in Antrim and appreciate how good they are!”

In the Junior IAAF Women’s race, Aldershot athlete Louise Small had a massive 75 seconds victory over North Laois athlete Mary Mulhare. “It was slightly easier here today than Cardiff where she only won by 6 seconds. The underfoot conditions were icy and I thought that my spikes were possibly too long for the conditions.

The Men’s U20 race was won by Ferrybank’s Shane Quinn followed by Lachlan Oates of Shettleston Harriers with Harvey Dixon of Aldershot in third. Quinn found the course tough on the feet but says it has all been down to the hard training he has put in along with a little fortune.

Sports Minister, Nelson McCausland, was at the event to see the competition and present prizes to a selection of winning athletes.

The Minister said: “This event is one of the largest and most popular occasions in the Northern Ireland sporting calendar, with up to 1,000 athletes from across the globe taking part. These races have gone from strength to strength since they started in 1977. We have previously welcomed world and Olympic champions, including Steve Cram, Steve Ovett and Paula Radcliffe, as well as a host of world-class Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes.

Today, I have seen an impressive array of running talent and I applaud all those taking part for their skill, determination and dedication to their sport. I also congratulate Athletics Northern Ireland for organising a first-class event.”

Results By NI Athletics





Woodie's DIY Indoor Games (Bobby Kings Sets New Record) 23-1-2011


Today’s Woodie’s DIY Masters indoor championships at Nenagh stadium produced some exciting competition. One of the highlights of the day came in the men’s 3,000m walk where Bobby King (St. Coca’s AC) set a new world O65 age group record with a time of 15:19.02.

Fastest time in the walks went to Olympian Jimmy McDonald (Menapians AC) who won the O45 category in a time of 13:30.47.

One of the best races of the day came in the men’s 800m where Joe Gough (West Waterford AC) and Philip O’Doherty (Clonliffe Harriers) fought out a thrilling race. With a lap to go it was O’Doherty who led, but was passed shortly after by Gough, but he was unable to shake off his rival. O’Doherty surged again entering the finishing straight, just enough to bring him past Gough for a good win. O’Doherty won the O50 gold and Gough the O55 gold. Gough also won the O55 400m in 60.47.

Elizabeth Cuskelly (Tullamore Harriers) finished well clear to win both the women’s O35 1500m and 3,000m










Healy Pips Whelan in 60m Woodie'a DIY AAI Games

The Woodie’s DIY AAI Indoor Games at Nenagh stadium today provided much needed competition for many athletes.

Joan Healy (Bandon AC), winner of the national junior title at the same venue last week, was back in action in the 60m and faced strong competition from Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC). The result was another good win for the Cork woman in a time of 7.71, with Whelan second in 7.73.

The two men’s 60m races were won by David Quilligan (Leevale AC) n 7.17 and Paul Whelan in 7.15. Quilligan later won the long jump with a jump of 7.11m.
Mary McLoone (Tir Chonaill AC) won both jumps – the long with 5.47m and the triple with 11.78m.

Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) made most of the early running in the men’s 1,000m, but was overtaken by David McCarthy (Le Cheile AC) at the start of the last lap and he used his 400m speed to race away to win in 2:29.31, with Hanrahan second in 2:31.59.

Marian Heffernan (Togher AC) easily won the 400m in 56.51, but later had to fight hard to overcome Steffi Creaner (Celtic DCH AC) in the 200m. Heffernan won in 25.29 ahead of Creaner in 25.49.
Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) won the 3,000m walk in a time of 13:11.86, just one second outside her national record set in the Munster championships earlier this month.

Results Of AAI & Combined Events Here: Results 


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National News

DCU Schools Invitational 2011

Over 900 athletes finished in all 8 events from Minor to Senior levels.
8 impressive individual winners - Minor Girls Cassie Murphy winning in
the only sprint finish of the day …. all others individual winners
were at least 30 to 100m clear at the finish line! St. Michael’s
Enniskillen were the dominant Boys school with Colaiste Iosagain and St.Dominic’s dominant in the Girls.

All Results Here


Pena Breaks Irish Record

Tori Pena ( Finn Valley AC) clearied 4.21m at the University of Washington indoor meet on Saturday to set a new Irish indoor mark - erasing the old mark of 4.20m from Zoe Brown. This was a very encouraging opening performance and now with 3 additional meets penciled in in the coming weeks she no doubt can go much higher having just nicked 4.31m at her final attempt.

In Australia Niall Tuohy (Ferrybank AC) got his outdoor season off to a good start when he won his section of the 400m in 48.47, a new PB for him.

SEAA Indoor Championships - Lee Valley Athletics Centre
January 15
Under 20 Men 200 Metres (a)

1 Paul Scanlan Woodford Green w Essex L 22.88 Q
2 Jonathan Pettet Blackheath & Bromley Harriers 23.20 Q

SF 2
1 Paul Scanlan Woodford Green w Essex L 22.48 Q
2 Jerome Musa-Lawal Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 22.49 Q

1 32 Paul Scanlan Woodford Green w Essex L 22.13
2 16 Jake King Southend on Sea AC 22.37

SEAA Indoor Championships - Lee Valley Athletics Centre
9 January 2011

Under 20 Men 400 Metres
CBP James Forman Isle of Wight AC 2010 48.89
Heat 2
1 Paul Scanlan Woodford Green w Essex L 50.50Q
2 Carl Palin St Albans AC 51.86Q

SF 2
1 Paul Scanlan Woodford Green w Essex L 49.32Q
2 Darrellon Holding Nene Valley Harriers 49.86Q

1 Paul Scanlan Woodford Green w Essex L 48.56 CBP
2 Darrellon Holding Nene Valley Harriers 49.45

Virginia Tech Invitational Blacksburg, Virginia

Men 3000 Meter Run
1 Jordan Neil ECU 8:26.37
2 Cameron Bean Unattached 8:28.90
3 Jacob Smith High Point 8:36.73

Clemson Challenge Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex
Women 1 Mile
1 Barnes, Stephanie Auburn 4:53.22
2 Knight, Hollie Auburn 4:53.55
3 Ruck, Kimberly Clemson 4:57.03

UW Indoor Preview Seattle WA 
Women Pole Vault
1 Stefanidi, Katerina Stanford 4.41mA
2 Gergel, Melissa Oregon 4.31mA
3 Pena, Tori Unattached 4.21m
4.01 4.06 4.11 4.21 4.31
4 Viuf, Katherine Unattached 4.11m

Northern Athletics Indoor Champs Sheffield

Round 1
1 Jonathan Holmes City of Sheffield AC 6.99
2 Rich Metzger Sale Harriers Manchester 7.21

Semi-Final 02
1 Ricky Reeves City of Sheffield AC 6.92
2 Jonathan Holmes City of Sheffield AC 6.94

1 Andrew Robertson Sale Harriers Manchester 6.82
2 Ricky Reeves City of Sheffield AC 6.92
3 Jonathan Holmes City of Sheffield AC 6.98

NSW Allcomers 15th of Feb 2011 Athletics NSW Australia
Men 400 Meter Dash A Grade
Section 2
1 Tuohy, Niall Illawarra Bl 48.47
2 Cummins, Sheldon Utn (Uts Nor 48.89
3 Kermond, James Ban (Banksto 49.21

Panther Open Cedar Falls, IA
Men 1 Mile
1 Cotter, Thomas Iowa Central 4:18.88
2 Lieghio, Anthony Iowa Central 4:18.94
3 Manirumva, Lewi Iowa Central 4:35.82

High Jump Gala Loughborough
Jan 8
1. Matt Roberts. 2.16
2. Phinehas Stewart. 2.07
3= Matthew Owens 2.04
3= Chris Baker 2.04
5. Simon Phelan 2.01

1. Bethan Partridge 1.75
2. Pamela Hughes (IRL) 1.72
3. Zoey Phillips. 1.72


Liam Brady Adds To Great Day For Tullamore Harriers 


Tullamore Harriers left nothing to chance in organising a very successful national cross country fixtre today. Somehow the weather gods got it right with the bad weather yesterday for the indoors at Nenagh and bright sunshine today for the Woodie’s DIY national novice and uneven age championships.

There could not have been a more fitting result for Tullamore Harriers than for one of their very own athletes to win a title. That came in the boys U19 race where Liam Brady was involved in the lead group from the start. Gradually he began to open up a gap and was soon clear of the field, going on to win his first national cross country title, with Jake Byrne (Mullingar Harriers) second and Andrew Monaghan Lagan Valley AC) third.

Amy O’Donoghue from Clare and Siofra Buttner Cleirigh (Dundrum South Dublin AC) were soon clear of the field in the girls U17 race and an exciting race was in prospect. However, as the race progressed the taller O’Donoghue continued to push the pace and eventually broke clear of her rival to record a very impressive win. She is better known as an 800m track runner, although she did win this title last year as well.

Mary Mulhare (North Laois AC) looked to have the girls U19 title at her mercy as she held the lead with just a couple of hundred metres to go. However, Mary Ann O’Sullivan produced a kick that brought her into the lead and victory.

Mulhare’s brother Michael continued his fantastic cross country season with a comprehensive win in the men’s novice race to add to his European U23 team gold from last month. Chasing his home was Michael Herlihy from North Cork AC who won the Bord Gais Cork City Marathon last June. Roger Barrett (Balina AC was third. North Laois AC won the club title from Donore Harriers and Tullamore Harriers, while Cork won the inter county title from Kerry and Offaly.

The women’s novice race saw Eilish Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) dominate the race to win with thirteen seconds to spare over Fiona Clinton (Dundrum South Dublin AC) and Una Britton (Sli Cualann AC) a further six seconds back. 122 runners finished the course with Dundrum South Dublin AC winning the club title from Raheny Shamrock AC and Sportsworld. Cork won the inter county title from Dublin and Sligo. 

Results Here





Sprinters Steal the Show in Nenagh

The weather outside left everyone feeling glad to be inside Nenagh’s indoor stadium today for the Woodie’s DIY Irish Junior championships. The meet featured the best juniors in the country and they did not disappoint, with plenty of top class performances.

Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) maintained her winning ways with a classy display to win the 3,000m walk, although her winning time of 13:7.10 was a little outside her own Irish record set in the Munster championships last week.
James Treanor (Shercock AC) had an equally impressive win in the men’s 3,000m walk with a winning time of 13:14.4`.

Tommy Casey (Sligo AC) tried to lead all the way in the men’s 1,500m, but was overtaken on the last lap by Cathal Daly (Sli Cualann AC) who won comfortably in 4:09.35.

Dean Cronin (Blarney Inniscarra AC) tried the same tactic in the 800m, but once again was overtaken on the last lap by Robert Yorke (Mullingar Harriers) who won in 1:56.22.

Andrew Doyle (Mid Ulster AC) had a bes hrow of 15.70m to win the men’s shot,while Niamh Murphy (Blarney Inniscarra AC) won the women’s shot with a best of 11.24m.

Alan Smith (Balina AC) entered the high jump at 1.90m, but knocked it before clearing at his second attempt. He needed just one attempt to clear at 1.98m and that proved good enough to win.

Paul Whelan (Dublin Striders AC) who has a best 100m time of 10.83, got his season off to a great start when he won the 60m in a quick time of 7.00, with Mark Kavanagh (Dundrum South Dublin AC) second in 7.08.

Joan Healy (Bandon AC) was another to impress when she won the women’s 60m in a time of 7.71, with Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH AC) second in 7.84.

Patrick Maher (Leevale AC) recorded his expected 400m win in a time of 49.64, a second clear of Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC).

The women’s 400m was won by Megan Kiely (Ferrybank AC) in a time of 59.15, with the Neville twins, Jessica and Christine (Leevale AC) second and third.

Results Here

Woodie's AAI Junior Indoor Championships
Nenagh, 15th January, 2011
Junior Men's Weight for Distance
Place  Name                Club                           Dist(m)
1  Peter O'Brien        St. Brendan's A.C.             7.98
2  Patrick Mc Sweeney   Bandon A.C.                    7.61
Junior Men's 60 m Hurdles
Place  Name                Club                           Time
1  Edmond O'Halloran    Leevale A.C.                   8.54
2  Joshua Essuman       Dublin Striders A.C.           9.03
3  Eoin Power           St. Joseph's A.C.              9.11
4  Simon Callaghan      Galway City Harriers A.C.      9.29
5  Ben Dennessen        St. Brendan's A.C.             9.50
Junior Men's 60 m
Place  Name                Club                           Time
1  Paul Whelan          Dublin Striders A.C.           7.00
2  Mark Kavanagh        Dundrum South Dublin A.C.      7.08
3  Patrick O'Connor     Clonliffe Harriers A.C.        7.16
4  Keith Pike           Clonliffe Harriers A.C.        7.16
5  Edmond O'Halloran    Leevale A.C.                   7.35
6  Tony Stafford        Menapians A.C.                 7.37
7  Eoin O'Carroll       Tralee Harriers A.C.           7.42
    David Killeen        Leevale A.C.                   DQ
Junior Men's 200 m
Place  Name                Club                           Time
1  Mark Kavanagh        Dundrum South Dublin A.C.      22.39
2  Joseph Dowling       Dundrum South Dublin A.C.      23.04
3  David Killeen        Leevale A.C.                   24.13
4  Dylan Roche          St. Brendan's A.C.             24.30
1  John Halley          Ferrybank A.C.                 24.04
2  Conor Wilson         Menapians A.C.                 24.04
3  Patrick Lynch        Newport A.C.                   24.08
4  Ferdia Donohue       Annalee A.C.                   25.04
Junior Men's 400 m
Place  Name                Club                           Time
1  Patrick Maher        Leevale A.C.                   49.64
2  Karl Griffin         Tir Chonaill A.C.              50.61
3  David Macaogain      St. Pauls A.C.                 51.42
4  James Greene         Ferrybank A.C.                 52.82
Junior Men's 800 m
Place  Name                Club                           Time
1  Robert Yorke         Mullingar Harriers A.C.        1.56.22
2  Dean Cronin          Blarney/Inniscara A.C.         1.57.55
3  Michael O'Sullivan   West Muskerry A.C.             2.00.58
4  Jake Mc Donnell      Raheny Shamrock A.C.           2.05.54
5  Jamie Cullen         Sli Cualann A.C.               2.08.69
6  Shawn Mc Cormack     Gowran A.C.                    2.12.58
7  David Bell           Castlebar A.C.                 2.16.85
Junior Men's 1500 m
Place  Name                Club                           Tim



Britton Scoops Sportswomen Of The Month


Dublin, Wednesday 12th January 2011 – Cross Country runner, Fionnuala Britton, has today been named The Irish Times / Irish Sports Council ‘Sportswoman of the Month’ for December, following her impressive performance in the senior race at the European Cross Country Championships in the Algarve last month. 

Britton came agonisingly close to winning another medal, finishing fourth, but given the same time as the runner in third place.   Frustrating as the outcome was, it was a hugely encouraging performance from Britton who suffered a loss of form and confidence after her early successes.

Although she narrowly missed out on a medal in Portugal, Britton was further heartened by her run a week later at an IAAF Cross Cup event in Belgium where she came second, just two seconds behind the winner, Kenya’s Caroline Chepkwony, beating two of the women who finished ahead of her in the Europeans – Jessica Augusto and Dulce Felix.

Britton is currently in South Africa for three weeks of high-altitude training in preparation for her next big target, the World Cross Country Championships in March. “The race is on in Spain and I like running there, so I want to be in the best shape possible. I think I will get that preparation in South Africa because there will be other top runners in the camp as well.”

This is Britton’s second time to win a Sportswoman of the Month award and she will battle it out against the other monthly winners in December 2011 for the overall Sportswoman of the Year title.

Established in 2004, the aim of the Sportswoman of the Year awards is to recognise the abilities and achievements of women in Irish sports.  The awards run over a 12 month period, with the judges selecting a winner each month for her ability to excel at sport.  From the 12 monthly winners, the overall Sportswoman of the Year is selected and announced in December. The winner is decided by a judging panel, which is represented by individuals from The Irish Times, RTÉ, and the Evening Herald.

Anne Keenan Buckley named Manager of Month.

Anne Keenan Buckley, team manager of the Irish Under-23 men’s cross country team, has been named Philips Manager of the Month for December. In the Algarve on December 12th, the team secured Ireland’s first gold medal at the championships since the inaugural event 16 years ago



New Junior Record For Veale


The first indoor meet of the year, the Munster senior and junior indoor championships, was held in Nenagh stadium today. The stadium, which has produced so many top class performances over the years, continued the trend when Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) broke her own Irish junior record for 3,000m with a time of 13:10.86 to better the 13:18.20 she clocked at the same venue in January 2010.

David Quilligan (Leevale AC) won the senior long jump with a jump of 7.18m, a new indoor PB for him, and equaling his best outdoor jump. He made it a double with victory in the 60m with a time of 7.20.

In Boston Stephanie Reilly (Sli Cualann AC) recorded her third indoor PB of the season when she won the 800m in a time of 2:10.67.



Woodie’s DIY Irish Junior Indoor Championships


Click for entry form & timetable of events

 The Woodie’s DIY National Junior T&F Championships take place on Saturday next January 15th at Nenagh stadium. Athletes and club officials should be aware that late entries will be accepted on the day - BUT ONLY BETWEEN 10am and 11am.

A packed programme of competitive events is expected on the day.



Ulster & NI Masters & Junior XC 2011

Strong runs from Sweeney and Mulhare brothers in Edinburgh Cross Country.


Joe Sweeney (Dundrum South Dublin AC) competed well against some top class international opposition before finishing a very respectable 10th place in the high quality IAAF Cross-Country Challenge over the hilly snow covered Hollyrood course in Edinburgh today.

The tall and determined Dubliner finished ahead of some reputable international runners in the three-way team challenge event, clocking 26:29 behind the impressive winner Mo Farah, the African born British runner, who came away in the second half of the 8.2 K course to win comfortably in 25:41.

Galen Rupp of the USA was second in 25:50, Ayad Lamdassam of Spain third in 25:55, with the reigning European champion Sergey Lebid of the Ukraine back in fourth position in 25:59, with Sweeney involved in a fierce battle for the other front places.

This was possibly Sweeney’s most impressive run yet and marked another notable performance for the Dundrum athlete in this cross country season, having come back from injury and a series of set-backs to win the Woodie’s DIY National Inter-Counties Championship in the snow of Derry in November, and then finish 2010 with a notable 21st finish in the European Cross Country Championship in December.

Sweeney helped Europe to the team victory prize by three points over the USA, with Britain third, and he will now be looking towards building on this encouraging performance in the coming months building up to the Woodie’s DIY Inter Clubs Cross Country Championships next month.

The short course 4.2k event was won impressively by 26 year old multi talented Eliad Kipchoge of Kenya in 13:10, from the Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya.
Michael Mulhare from Portlaoise, one of the key U23 winning team members in last months Euro Cross, put in another highly creditable run to finish the best of the Irish in 9th place in 13:42, and his brother Dan also ran well to finish close behind in 11th position in 13:52. Both of the capable Laois athletes will be looking to build on their performances in the coming months.

BUPA IAAF Grand Challenge Cross-country Challenge, Edinburgh
Mens International Team Challenge 8K
1 Mo Farah GBR 25:41
2 Galen Rupp USA 25:50
3 Ayad Lamdassam EUROPE 25:55
4 Sergey Lebid EUROPE 26:00
5 Andy Vernon GBR 26:14
6 Bobby Mack USA 26:15
7 Scott Bauhs USA 26:16
8Abdellatif Meftah EUROPE 26:18
9 Stephen Furst USA 26:24
10 Joe Sweeney EUROPE 26:29
11 Ryan McLeod GBR 26:29
12 Youssef El Kalai EUROPE 26:30

Europe 50
USA 53
GBR 69
GBR U23/U20 163

Mens 4Km
1 Eliud Kipchoge KEN 13:12
2 Asbel Kiprop KEN 13:18
3 Brimin Kipruto KEN 13:19
4 Steve Vernon Stockport Harriers GBR 13:21
5 Tom Lancashire Bolton United Harriers GBR 13:29
6 Arturo Casado ESP 13:37
7 Ricky Stevenson New Marske Harriers GBR 13:38
8 Michael Skinner Blackheath & Bromley GBR 13:39
9 Michael Mulhare IRE 13:42
10 Bruce Raeside Notts AC GBR 13:43
11 Ross Millington Stockport Harriers GBR 13:45
12 Dan Mulhare Inverclyde IRE 13:52
13 Rui Silva POR 14:03
22 Alex Flynn Aldershot Farnham & District




Ciara Mageean secures lucrative sponsorship deal

Ciara Mageean has secured the most lucrative sponsorship deal in the history of Irish junior athletics. Mageean has been snapped up by American sportswear giants New Balance in a six-figure deal which will run for three years, with the option of a fourth.

The agreement will provide the County Down teenager with flights to and from all competitions, warm weather training and all training gear. The deal ends speculation that the 18-year-old would take up the offer of an NCAA colleges sponsorship deal in the USA. A standout runner, eighteen year-old Mageean hails from Portaferry, Northern Ireland and is one of the most promising young middle distance athletes in the world.

I’m very excited to start competing for Team New Balance,” says Ciara Mageean. “I feel that I share many of the same values and philosophies as the New Balance brand and after talking to several Team New Balance athletes, including Jenny Barringer Simpson and Andy Baddeley at November’s NYC marathon, I’m excited to race for a brand that has embraced me like a supportive family.”

Coach Eamonn Christie spoke to Athletics Northern Ireland saying: “I am delighted that such a major sports manufacturer have come on board. This deal is the last piece of the jigsaw that will enable Ciara and myself to go to the next level. It is great that the New Balance deal still gives us total control of coaching plans and race plans“.

We are thrilled to have Ciara join Team New Balance,” says John Evans, sports marketing manager at New Balance. “We are always looking for the top domestic and international talent to represent the brand and Ciara’s passion, energy, talent, and dedication to the sport make her a valuable addition to the team.”

In joining Team New Balance, Mageean turned down numerous NCAA college scholarships and other shoe company offers, following a brilliant 2010 season.

This past year Mageean took the silver medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Canada in the 1500m – the only non-African born athlete (male or female) to medal in a distance 1500m or longer in Moncton. In October she finished 10th in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

She is an Irish Junior record holder in the 800m (2:03.07) and 1500m (4:09.51) breaking records previously held by Irish Olympic silver medalist and world champion Sonia O’Sullivan.

While in New York City for the marathon this past November, Mageean visited the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in Washington Heights, NY.

This January 22, 2011 Mageean will make her debut for New Balance in this arena, participating in her first race in a NB uniform, racing the mile at the New Balance Games. She has also confirmed her attendance at the Irish Indoors in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast- see for further information.

Click link below to see interview from the Lisburn Athlete


Commonwealth Athletes Launch Irish Indoors in Odyssey


Athletics Northern Ireland and Athletics Ireland are pleased to announce the Woodie’s DIY Irish Indoor Senior Championships will take place at the Odyssey Arena Belfast on 19th-20th February next year. The competition acts as Trials for places on the Irish Team for the European Indoor Championships in Paris, France.

This is the eighth Irish Indoors meeting in the North which has been made possible by the generous assistance of title sponsor Woodie’s DIY and funding partners Belfast City Council. Once again upwards of 1000 athletes will be participating at the landmark Odyssey Arena, which hosts Ireland’s only indoor hydraulic 200-metre running track.

Some of the members of the NI Commonwealth Games athletics team were on hand to help launch the 2011 event including Tom Reynolds (North Down) and Joanna Mills (Ballymena & Antrim). Also present was Mark Patterson (North Down) who has been preparing for the indoor season from his base in Loughborough. Patterson made the 800m semi-finals at the World Junior Championships in Canada last year.

Portaferry’s Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn) has confirmed her attendance and has had an unbelievable year winning a World Junior Silver medal in Canada, reaching the final of the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and finishing 7th in the recent European Cross Country Championships. The versatile Mageean will now compete at the Millrose Games indoor meeting at Madison Square Garden next month en route to racing at the Odyssey to retain her title and hopefully compete at the European Indoors in Paris.

Tom Reynolds ended the Commonwealth Games decathlon in Delhi in 9th place with 7210 points, his second best score to his 7270 earlier this year. Tom set a new 100m PB, a season best at 400m and in the pole vault (4.60m). 400m runner Joanna Mills was part of the youthful 4×400m relay team which competed in the Games and is looking forward to the Indoor season.

I love when the Irish Indoor Championships come around every year- it is a unique opportunity to compete in the Odyssey Arena and the atmosphere is always really good!

Funding partners include Belfast City Council. Speaking at the launch, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Pat Convery said:

Belfast City Council is dedicated to the development of sport. We are proud to support this event and are pleased to be working in partnership with Athletics Northern Ireland and the Athletic Association of Ireland to deliver what is now a highlight in our city’s sporting calendar“.

Woodie’s DIY Irish Indoor Athletic Championships is also sponsored by accommodation partner, the Premier Inn who have three hotels based in Belfast- Titanic Quarter (120 rooms), Waring Street (171 rooms) and Alfred Street Hotel (148 rooms).

Further high profile Irish names will be launched soon. Top class international athletes have attended the event for the last number of years including Decathlon World Record Holder and Olympic Gold medalist Roman Sebrle in 2007, Josh Norman (USA), Christine Ohorougu (GB & NI) along with Irish athletes Derval O’Rourke, Robert Heffernan and Paul Hession.

The event website, provides all competitors and spectators information on the event. Online entry is now open for the Seniors and the Juniors (NI only). Tickets are also available to purchase from Ticketmaster or through the Odyssey Arena. Please note the closing date of Friday 23rd January! Discount tickets are also available to purchase for AAI/ANI club members.

 L-R: Odyssey Box Office: Mark Patterson, Joanna Mills, Lord Mayor, Christine McMahon, Tom Reynolds.

L-R: Odyssey Box Office: Mark Patterson, Joanna Mills, Lord Mayor, Christine McMahon, Tom Reynolds.



Britton Breaks Course Record in Tom Brennan Memorial 5K

Wicklow’s Fionnuala Britton, who just missed out on a medal at the European cross-country Championships in Portugal in December, began her 2011 campaign with a record breaking performance to win the 6th Tom Brennan Memorial 5K road race in the Phoenix Park today.

Britton (Sli Cualann AC) was in a class of her own in winning the women’s race from the front in 16:39, knocking 16 seconds off the previous course record held by fellow Olympian Roisin McGettigan, from Deirdre Byrne in second place in 17:03, also from the Sli Cualann club.

It’s a good feeling to be back winning a race again, more especially as I know I should have won a medal in the Europeans, but you always learn from these experiences” said the 26 year old Britton.

Britton has gone about putting her disappointment at the European cross country into the background, having defeated two of the three women who finished ahead of her in Portugal with the excellent second place finish at the recent cross country invitational in Brussels, and is now planning to build on her excellent start to the new year by going for a period of altitude training in South Africa.

I have some good races planned for the coming weeks, including the World Championships, and now is the time to get some extra hard work done.”

Front running tactics also paid dividends for Tomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght AC who won the men’s race by nine seconds in 14:54, from Eddie McGinley of North Down, with the popular Dundrum Masters athlete, Noel Berkeley, in fourth place.

Fitzpatrick specialises in the 1500m on the track and is planning towards making some significant improvement in the season ahead over this distance.

Tom Brennan Memorial 5K Road Race:
1, T Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) 14:54. 2, E McGinley (N Down) 15:05. 3, N Robinson (N Down) 15:41. 4, N Berkeley (Midleton AC) 15:59. 5, L McCarthy (Rathfarnham) 16:02.

Women: 1, F Britton (Sli Cualann) 16:39 (course record). 2, D Byrne (Sli Cualann) 17:03. 4, L Manning (Raheny Shamrocks) 17:18. 4, A Byrne (Dundrum South Dublin) 18:20

The New Years Day Challenge Tom Brennan Memorial 5k Road Race Definitly On

The New Years Day Challenge Tom Brennan Memorial 5k Road Race in The Phoenix Park in Dublin’s Phoenix Park @ 1 p.m. definetely goes ahead on Saturday next January 1st.

Last years race fell foul of the snow but this year there is no such problem. Indeed for those whose running has been curtailed by the recent snowy weather this is an ideal opportunity to get back into action on a nice fast flat course.

Entries will be taken on the day up to 30 minutes before the start at the registration tent on The Furze Road.

Further details on

Information and assistance from Nick Davis 087 2286913

Athletics Ireland Announces new National Event Co-ordinators

Following application and interview process, the following have been appointed National Event Co-ordinators for the next two years:

Endurance: Teresa McDaid

Sprints & Hurdles:
 Ciarán McDonagh

David Sweeney

Jumps: Michael McDonald

Walks: Michael Lane

Combined Events: Kieron Stout

Irish School's Athletic Association

Team Manager/Coaches for the Schools’ Internationals

The Irish Schools’ Athletic Association welcomes applications from suitably qualified people for the positions of Team Manager/Coaches for the Schools’ Internationals which are detailed below.

AVIVA SIAB Schools’ Cross Country International

Greenmount, Co Antrim 26th March 2011 4 positions

AVIVA SIAB Schools’ Track & Field International

Cardiff International Stadium 16th July 2011 6 positions

Anybody interested in one or all of the above positions should apply in writing before the 14th January 2011 to:

John Shields,
Administrative Director, ISAA,
Athletics Ireland,
19 Northwood Court,
Dublin 9.
087 2633376

New Date For National XC Confirmed

Athletics Ireland is pleased to confirm a new date for the postponed Woodie’s DIY Novice & Juvenile Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships.


The new date for the Championships is Sunday January 16th 2011 at Tullamore.

The AAI Games, scheduled for January 16th, will now take place with the Combined Events on Saturday January 22nd 2011.

Teams For Euro's


ecccalbufeira10_cmykThe International Selectors of Athletics Ireland have finalised the six Irish teams and individuals for the upcoming European Cross Country Championships in Portugal next month.

Ireland will be represented in all age group categories on the day: Men’s & Women’s Junior, Under 23 & Senior races. The athletes selected will all be expecting to compete well individually and as a team in their specific events.

Irish athletes have a good tradition of strong individual and team medal winning performances in the European Cross Country Championships since their inception. Ireland’s Catherina McKiernan won the Gold medal in the senior women’s race back in 1994. Last year the event was successfully hosted by Athletics Ireland in Santry, and those selected for this year’s championships will be hoping to put in performances worthy of a European Championship.

All athletes selected have shown good form so far this winter. Many were selected on the back of their performances in Sundays Woodie’s Inter County Cross Championships in Derry.

Irish athletes of the calibre of Ciara Mageean, Shane Quinn, Brendan O’Neill, Sarah Treacy, Joe Sweeney and Fionnuala Britton, among others, will all be toeing the line in Albuferia with great hopes and expectations of competing with the very best in their event on the day.

The following have been selected to represent Ireland in the forthcoming European Cross Country Championships in Albuferia Portugal on December 12th.

Junior Men

Shane Quinn (Ferrybank AC)
Emmet Jennings (Dundrum South Dublin AC)
John Travers (Donore Harriers)
Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s AC)
Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC)
Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrock AC)

Ryan McDermott (Dromore AC)
Liam Brady (Tullamore Harriers)

Junior Women

Ciara Mageean (Lisburn AC)
Emma Mitchell (Banbridge AC)
Laura Behan (KCK AC)
Fiona McKenna (Dundrum South Dublin AC)
Amy O Donoghue (Emerald AC)

U23 Men

Brendan O Neill (Dundrum South Dublin AC)
John Coghlan (Metro St. Brigid’s AC )
Michael Mulhare (North Laois AC)
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC)
Ciaran O Lionáird (Leevale AC)
David Rooney (Raheny Shamrock AC)


David Flynn (Clonliffe Harriers)
Stephen Scullion (North Belfast AC)

U23 Women

Sara Louise Treacy (Moynalvey / Kilcloon AC)
Becky Woods (Clonliffe Harriers AC)
Bryony Treston (Dundrum South Dublin AC)

Senior Men

Joe Sweeney (Dundrum South Dublin AC)
Mark Christie (Mullingar Harriers)
Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC)
Brian Farrell (Sli Cualann AC)
Mark Kenneally (Clonliffe Harriers AC)
Gary Thornton (Galway City Harriers)

Seamus Power (Kilmurry-Ibrickane AC)

Senior Women

Fionnuala Britton (Sli Cualann AC)
Elizabeth Lee (Leevale AC)
Siobhan O Doherty (Borrisokane AC)
Ava Hutchinson (Dundrum South Dublin AC)
Kerry Harty (Newcastle AC)
Hazel Murphy (Dundrum South Dublin AC)

Aoife Talty (Raheny Shramrock AC)
Ciara Durkan (Skerries AC)


Athletes Shine in Derry Snow

Heavy snow started to fall in Derry just before the start of the girls U12 race at the Woodie’s DIY Inter County and All Ireland juvenile cross country championships. It was heavy at times, while underfoot conditions posed no problems for athletes.

There were some excellent performances at the well organised Woodie’s DIY Cross Country Championships today at Gransha Park in Derry.

The first three in the junior and senior races were able to secure their automatic selection for next month’s European Cross Country Championships in Portugal.

The star of the Junior Women’s race was Ciara Mageean of Antrim who won convincingly in 14:07 from Emma Mitchell of Banbridge AC and Laura Behan of KCK AC of Waterford. Dublin won the team event with 31 points from Wicklow and Laois with 58 and 67 respectively.

The snow made no difference to Mageean who ran in similar conditions in Stormont previously. She was in control of the race from early on and won in a canter.

In the women’s senior race, Fionnuala Britton of Wicklow looked superb in winning by over 30 seconds in 27.44 over the 8000m course from Elizabeth Lee of Cork and Siobhan O’Doherty of Borrisokane AC. Britton proved her deceptive strength again yesterday when she decimated the field to win the coveted title by some margin.

This was the type of performance that we have come to expect from the 26 year old Wickow star and the victory was very similar to that she won when winning the National individual title over the Queen’s University course in March 2008.

On that occasion Britton again won by a street , having previously finished a brilliant 14th in the World Championships in Mombasa and prior to that won a silver medal in the Under 23 event at the European Championhips.

Britton looks again set to challenge for a medal in the European’s in Portugal in two weeks time, and yesterday’s winning margin of 80 seconds over Lizzy Lee of Cork suggests that the former DCU student is coming right back to her very best form that saw her qualify for the final of the Steeplechase at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.

Britton has never been a runner to stand on ceremony and yesterday she stormed into the lead from the gun, never giving her opponents much of an opportunity of the gold medal. “It was hard running on my own but I’m always happy to win” said the naturally modest Britton.

Lee, and third place finisher, Siobhan Doherty of Tipperary earned automatic places on the Irish team for the Europeans, with Eva Hutchinson of Dublin a good fourth.

Sara Treacy of Meath was the first U23 home in 8th place in 29.36, from Becky Woods and Byrony Treston, both of Dublin, who will also be very pleased with their runs and their selection for the Euro Cross. The county event was won by Dublin with 26 points from Meath with 81 and Cork with 83.

The junior men’s race was one of the most competitive races of the day. Victory went to Shane Quinn of Waterford, son of Irish Steeplechase record holder Brendan Quinn, in 18.39 from Emmet Jennings of Dublin and John Travers of Dublin, who will all have guaranteed their places for selection for the U23 Euro Cross team next month. Dublin took the county title with 84 points from Cork with 151.

Travers tried to set the pace early on but couldn’t shake Quinn. Going out the last lap Quinn was clear though and went on to win, with Jennings outsprinting Travers to the line. Travers was ill in the days leading up to the race and only ran to ensure his European selection.
Towards the end of the race Quinn began to feel the pain and admitted afterwards that “I thought the last 200m would never end“.

The senior men’s race was impressively won by Joe Sweeney of Dublin in 30.07 from Mark Christie of Mullingar Harriers and Brendan O’Neil of Dublin. O’Neill was the first U23 athlete from John Coghlan of Dublin and Michael Mulhare of Laois. Dublin took the Inter County prize from Cork and Donegal. The legendary Seamus Power celebrated his 40th birthday on the very day of the race and he did so by showing all his old ability to finish seventh, despite carrying an injury, and could well make the team for the Euro Cross.

Sweeney made his move from the leading pack early on the second lap and from there to the finish he eased further and further ahead. “I needed a good blow-out before the Europeans” he said after the race.
Behind him there was an interesting duel for the minor medals with Mark Christie outsprinting Brendan O’Neill towards the end.

Sweeney made a welcome to the track with a fine second place finish behind Alistair Cragg in the 5,000m at the Woodie’s Senior championships in July after almost three years on the sidelines as a result of being anaemic.

The first three in the men’s and women’s junior, Under 23 and Senior races were automatically selected for the European Cross Country next month in Portugal. The remaining three athletes for each event will be named on Tuesday by Athletics Ireland’s selection committee.

Overall it was a great afternoon’s athletics, with excellent local and national organisation, with many of the competitors and spectators overcoming challenging travelling conditions to make it to the friendly northwest.



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