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Hogan, Cronin, and Mooney win European Trials

8 June, 2014 - 22:31

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.

Cork City Sports Junior 1500m Races

8 June, 2014 - 22:25

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 steven@athleticsireland.ie ASAP as entries close very soon.

English runs Qualification Standard in 800m for European Championships

8 June, 2014 - 19:06

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.

Top Irish Athletes Continue Preparations

5 June, 2014 - 15:41

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)

Northern Ireland & Ulster Senior Championships Entry List

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.

New Record For Brown

5 June, 2014 - 14:51

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.

Galway JuvenileT&F Results

4 June, 2014 - 10:26

Pictured are young atheletes from the ten different clubs which were represeneted at the Galway juvenile T&F on Saturday May 24th. From left: Roisin Colleran, East Galway AC; Katie Naughton, Ballinasloe & District AC; Conor Hughes, Craughwell AC; Rory Monaghan, Tuam AC; Rory McCleane, Corrib AC; Paul McNally, Galway City Harriers; Adam Reilly, Athenry AC; Aoibhinn Farrell, Loughrea AC; Caoimhe Kelleher, South Galway AC; Elaine Nee, CL Chonamara

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.

Website

3 June, 2014 - 14:57

Please note the Athletics Ireland website will be down for parts of the day tomorrow.

Irish Senior Men win at Keswick

2 June, 2014 - 20:31

Ireland’s senior men’s team won the 3rd holding of the Karrimor international trail race in Keswick. Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) led the team home in second place only seven seconds behind Andi Jones. Jones is a previous Snowdon winner and has ran a 2:15 marathon. Mark Ryan (Rathfarnham WSAF) followed up his recent winning run on leg 2 of the Wicklow Way Relay with a solid run in sixth position. Ryan is preparing for the European Masters Mountain Running Championships in mid-June where he will start as a potential medallist. Tom Hogan (Sliabh Buidhe Rovers) finished eight to consolidate the team victory.

All three athletes will run the trial race for the European Athletics Federation mountain running championships. The trial takes place in Wicklow on 7th June. The trail for the International Youth Cup (born 1997-1998) will be held in conjunction with the junior trial.

1. Ireland (2,6) 8

2. England (4,5) 9

3. Scotland (3,10) 13

4. Wales (13,14) 27

1. Andi Jones (Ind.) 40:17

2. Brian MacMahon (Ireland) 40:24

3. Andrew Douglas (Scotland) 40:48

4. Shaun Dixon (England) 41:02

5. Tom Addison (England) 41:16

6. Mark Ryan (Ireland) 41:25

7. Gary Priestley (England) 41:39

8. Tom Hogan (Ireland) 41:50

Sheridan & Shanahan Excel In Baku

1 June, 2014 - 18:21

Ireland’s next generation of track and field stars performed brilliantly on the final day of competition at the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku.

The highlights from day three of the championship included Eoin Sheridan (North Westmeath) and Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) excelling in their respective Discus and 800m events. Both athletes will now stand a very good chance of going on to represent the European Team at the 2014 World Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China in August.

In the Discus qualifying round Sheridan produced a marvellous new personal best of 58.44m to seal his place in the final. Although he couldn’t quite match this mark in the final itself he still threw 54.84m to finish in sixth place overall.

Shanahan was involved in a tactical 800m race with the leaders reaching half way in 66.23, the race came down to the final 200m with the whole field still in contention. Shanahan dug deep and battled all the way to line to finish in fifth place in a time of 2.11.70.

Another athlete excelling at the event was Swinford AC’s Michaela Walsh in the Shot putt event. In qualifying Walsh performed brilliantly by throwing a new personal best of 15.33m to comfortable qualify for today’s (1st June) final. Walsh was little bit down on this mark in the final recording a best of 14.55m to finish in 10th place. This also puts her in with the chance of making the European Team.

It was encouraging to have two High Jumpers Donagh Mahon (Gowran AC) and Keith Marks (Cushinstown AC) contesting the final of the High Jump. Mahon cleared a new season’s best of 2.06m to finish in seventh place while Marks equaled his personal best of 2.03m to finish in tenth place.

Roseanna McGuckian (City of Lisburn AC) and William Crowe (North Sligo AC) did well to reach the respective 200m and 1,500m finals. McGuckian finished seventh in her final in a time of 24.66 while Crowe finished 13th in his in a time of 4.22.03, both these young athletes will have learned a lot from the championship experience.

Day one and two re-cap from the championships is available: Here

On confirmation Athletics Ireland will announce the details of the Irish Athletes that have qualified to represent the European Team at the 2014 World Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China in August.

Thomas Barr Sets New Irish 400m Hurdles Record in Belgium

31 May, 2014 - 18:34

Thomas Barr set a new Irish Record in the 400m Hurdles of 49.61 breaking Tom McGuirk’s mark of 49.73 when finishing third at the IFAM International Flanders Meet in Oordegem Belgium today. This folows on from the Waterford man’s impressive season opener at the Numur meet on Tuesday of 50.34. This time was also the qualification time of 50.15 for the European Track and Field Championships that take place in Zurich in August. Jason Harvey recorded a season’s best of 51.13 to finish sixth in the same race.

Indoor 800m record holder, Mark English made his outdoor season debut running 1.46.39 to win his race.

Full Results

The full Irish Team for the European championships 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.

Irish Team Off To A Flyer In Baku

31 May, 2014 - 18:30


The Irish Team competing at the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku have been performing brilliantly over the last two days, the following performances have been achieved so far:

• Roseanna McGuckian ran 24.56 to qualify for the final of the 200m. Phoebe Murphy finished 10th overall with a time of 24.69, just missing out on a place in the final.
• Pierre Murchan ran a personal best of 8.32.59 to finish 6th in the 3,000m
• Elizabeth Morland was unfortunate to hit hurdle six but still managed to finish 10th overall in the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.94
• Andrew Barkley finished 16th in the Discus with a throw of 50.84m, Eoin Sheridan threw a big personal best of 58.44m to qualify automatically for the final of the Discus.
• After qualifying brilliantly to make the final Adam King placed 11th in the hammer event. In qualifying he threw a massive distance of 70.59m
• Both high jumpers Donagh Mahon and Keith Marks also qualified automatically for the final clearing 2.02m
• Louise Shanahan comfortable qualified for the final of the 800m running a time of 2.10.71
• Michaela Walsh threw a personal best in the Shot to also qualify for the final
• In the hammer Aoife Vaughan Witts threw 53.48m and In the Shot Anne-Marie Torsney threw 12.80m, both just missing out a place in their respective finals.
• William Crowe qualifies for the final of the 1,500m after placing 5th in his heat in a time of 4.03.73.

A full re-cap of all the Irish team competing in Baku will be available on the website tomorrow evening (1st of June)

Purcell Completes 400m/800m Double at Aviva All Ireland Schools

31 May, 2014 - 17:27

Harry Purcell (Castleknock College) was awarded the Lar Byrne Memorial Trophy for Athlete of the Championships after completing a unique 800m/400m double at the Aviva All Ireland Schools in Tullamore today.

Full Results

Purcell won the Boy’s 800m in 1.49.42 from Rob Tully of Gormanston in 1.49.95 with Danny Lawlor (Pres Carlow) third in 1.52.25 Both Purcell and Tully were inside the Irish Schools Record set by Sean Tobin last year of 1.50.65 and the B standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, USA in July. Purcell went onto later to take the 400m title in 47.83. It was a close battle with Andrew Mellow of Bangor Academy who was second in 47.93. Paul White (Nenagh CBS) was third in 49.18.

Purcell said “I am over the moon I can’t sum up my feelings. My big thanks to Eamonn Coghlan and John Shields (coaches) who always believed me. It wasn’t easy, I didn’t have it my own way in either the 400 or 800.”

In the Senior Girls 800m race favourite Aislinn Crossey (Scared Heart Newry) finished second behind Alannah Lally, after the student from Presentation Athenry put in a sprint finish with 100m to go. Lally’s time of 2:08.28 was also inside the B standard for World Juniors.

Zak Irwin (Sligo Grammar) won the 100m in 10.73 and went on to do the double winning the 200m in 21.38 into a headwind of -1.3. Kieran Elliot was second in (Ballinrobe) 21.50, both athletes were inside the B World Junior standard. Keith Doherty (Drimnagh Castle) was third in 22.15.

Irwin said: “I went out as hard as I could to build up a stagger in the 200 meters. The head wind hit me, but I managed to work through it. It hasn’t sunk in that I have done the double, I gave it everything I haven’t ever been as nervous going to an All-Ireland schools.”

Niamh McNichol also did the sprint double winning the 100m in 12.24 and 200m in 24.4 (H). While Gina Akpe Mossies (SV Dundalk) completed the Intermediate sprint double winning the 100m in 12.01 and the 200m in 25.08.

Kevin Mulcaire (St. Flannan’s Ennis) won the 3000m in 8.33.92 breaking the 36 year old record held by Darren Haddock. Mulcaire went onto to do the double winning the 1500m in 4.10.91. Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) took her 15th schools title to win the Senior’s 1500m in 4.25.23 inside the World Junior B standard for the second time in a week. The Senior Men’s 1500m was won by Andrew Coscoran in 4:10.59.

Sam Healy (Carrigalin CS) won the long jump in 7.20m and went on to complete the double taking the 110m Hurdles title in 14.26.

Kate O’Connor (SV Dundalk) set a new schools record in the Junior Girl’s Javelin with a throw of 40.77 improving on the throw of 36.94m set in 1985. She then went on to produce the most interesting doubles of the day wining the 800m in 2:21.08.

In the Intermediate girls hammer Katelyn Furlong threw 47.61 to set a new Irish Schools record. Maria Carey (St.Mary’s Newport) won the Intermediate Girls Triple Jump in 11.93 to break Caomhie King’s record of 11.73m.

In one of the first events on the track Aaron Egan (High Schools Clonmel) broke the 8 minute record held since 2004 to win the 2k Walk in 7:54.60.

To finish off a day of records Loreto Kilkenny won the Senior Girls 4×100m in 47.61 to improve on St.McDara’s time of 48.16 set in 1996.