The trials for the European championships, Snowdon, and the International Youth Cup were held in good conditions in Crone Wood. Junior women and Youths ran one lap (3.48 km), Senior women and Junior men ran two laps (6.48 km), and Senior men had 9.48 km. The course has a steep climb for around 700m and a long gradual descent.
Killian Mooney (DSD) continued his good recent form with a convincing win in a fast time of 29:45 which was held inside the previous best times set by James Egan (31:04) and Hugh Armstrong (31:18) in 2011. William Hynes (Swinford AC) won the Youths trial from Ruadhan O’Grada (DSD) and Tadgh McGinty (Swinford AC). Hynes won in a time of 15:43 which was 35 seconds slower than Killian Mooney’s winning time in 2011. O’Grada was making his debut in a mountain race and he ran very well to separate the two Swinford runners in a competitive race. Aoife Mulroy (Swinford AC) won the Girls Youths trial from Tullamore Harriers athletes Emily Grennan and Cara Todd. Her time was 47 seconds slower than Louise Hill-Stirling’s 2011 time. All six athletes are now in contention for selection for the International Youth Cup in Italy in late June. A record 17 countries will participate with the USA making their debut. Ireland has previously won both the boy’s and girl’s teams.
Kate Cronin (Raheny Shamrock) won the senior women trial from Laura Shaughnessy (UCD). Cronin’s time was a tantalising six seconds slower than Sarah Mulligan’s 2011 record. Mulligan and Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe) were given pre-selection. With Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe) and Eoin Flynn (Rathfarnham) pre-selected there were only two places on offer for the senior men’s trial. It quickly turned into a dogfight between Mark Ryan (Rathfarnham), Tom Hogan (Sliabh Buidhe Rovers), and Ian Conroy (Raheny Shamrock). The leading positions changed as the laps unwinded but eventually it was Hogan who won by 22 seconds from Ryan with Conroy third. Hogan’s time was 17 seconds slower than Barry Minnock’s (Rathfarnham) 2011 time.
There will be two junior 1500m races being held at the Cork City Sports International Athletics Meet on Tuesday 8th July at Cork IT Track. There will be both junor mens and junior womens 1500m races and both will be earlier in the program and will allow all junior athletes to relax afterwards and enjoy the senior international races. This international night of athletics will now be streamed live online also. Full timetable available here http://www.corkcitysports.ie/programme/.
A number of places in both races have already been allocated to members of the National Junior XC panels, but the remaining places are now open to any junior athlete born 1999-1995. The junior women’s race welcomes athletes of all standards sub 5.00 and the men’s race can now only take athletes with a SB/PB of sub 4.12.
Any athletes interested in competing in either of the junior races are asked to e mail National Junior Endurance Coach Steven Macklin at email@example.com ASAP as entries close very soon.
Donegal’s Mark English (UCD AC) finished fifth today in the 800m at the FBK Games in Hengelo Germany running a season’s best of 1.46.22, inside the qualification time of 1.46.45 for the European Track and Field Championships which take place in Zurich in August. The race was won by Robert Biwott of Kenya in 1.44.75. English was the second European over the line with Thijmen Kupers of Netherlands running 1.45.68 to place third. The Indoor 800m record holder made his outdoor season in IFAM meet in Belgium last weekend when he won the race in 1.46.39.
Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) ran a season’s best of 3.36.45 to place 12th in the 1500m in a high class field at the IAAF Diamond League in Rome on Thursday night. This is the second time this season that he has dipped inside the European qualification standard of 3.39.30.
Crusader’s Jason Harvey continued a strong season claiming victory in the 400m Hurdles running 51.72 at the Northern Ireland Championships to finish ahead of Paul Byrne (51.91). In the women’s 400m hurdles Ferrybank’s Jessie Barr who has battled her way back from a foot injury ran her first race of the season to win in 60.11 in challenging weather conditions. North Down AC high hurdler Ben Reynolds continued to show form, winning his event in 13.83 seconds. Paralympic champion, Jason Smyth (Derry City Track Club) claimed another NI and Ulster title winning in 10.87. Full report available on Northern Ireland Athletics website.
At the Grand Prix of Race Walking meet in York which incorporated the Irish 20k championships Luke Hickey took the national title in 1.28.10 placing third overall.
A number of Ireland’s top track and field athletes will race in grand prix races across Europe this weekend as they continue their preparations for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August.
Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) is first off as he competes in the IAAF Diamond League Meeting this evening (June 5th) in Rome. Robinson goes in a high class 1500m race which includes Asbel Kiprop of Kenya who has run 3.29.18 already this year.
On Sunday Irish Indoor 800m record holder Mark English (UCD AC) is set to compete in the 800m at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Hengelo. English began his 2014 outdoor season with an impressive victory over 800m in Oordegem Belgium on Saturday, 31st of May.
Rose Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC) will compete in the Memorial Josefa Odlozila Grand Prix in Prague on Monday 9th of June. Galligan set her season’s best time of 2.02.07 at the BMC meet in Manchester last Saturday.
The Northern Ireland and Ulster Senior Championships take place at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast on Saturday 7th of June with many of Ireland’s top athletes set to feature including: Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC), Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC), Ben Reynolds (North Down AC), Phil Healy (Bandon AC) and Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC)
The full Irish Team for the European championships will be announced on the 21st of July at a Press Conference after the National Track and Field Championships (19th/20th). There is an expectation that this team will be made up of over 25 athletes, making it one of the largest Irish teams ever to compete at the championships.
Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrocks) put the disappointment of a ‘no-height’ at the AAI Games last week behind her to set a new Northern Ireland record of 4.32m when winning the woman’s pole vault in the Welsh Senior Championships on Sunday 1st June.
Zoe improved her lifetime best by 1cm, from the height she won the 2014 national Indoor title with in Athlone in February, to defeat a field comprising almost all of the UK’s top female pole vaulter’s.
The Galway Juvenile T&F Champs for u13’s to u19’s took place at the Galway RSC on Saturday May 24th. Click here for full results.
The Galway Juvenile team event for u9’s, u10’s & u11’s. along with the u12 T&F Champs took place at the same venue on Saturday May 3rd. Click here for full results
Congratulations to athletes, parents, clubs and the officials of Galway County Board on the success of both days, and indeed on the continued progress of athletics in Galway in recent times.