ATHLETICS: Clonliffe’s Doyle wins in Flanders

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Lindie Naughton

Cathal Doyle of Clonliffe Harriers won the 1500m at the Flanders Cup meet in Ninove on Saturday (July 22) in 3:36.85,  while on the same day in the Madrid meet in Spain, Eric Favors  of Raheny Shamrock finished fourth in the shot with a heave of 20:51.

Just two days earlier, Favors had finished third in the men’s shot  with a best of 20.18 at the Spitzen Leichathletik held in Luzern, Switzerland on Thursday (July 20)

Also in Luzern, Luke McCann  of  UCD AC finished sixth in  the 1500m with a time of 3:38, while in the 100m, UCD AC’s Israel Olatunde ran 10.49 secs  to finish sixth in the third of four heats and 13th overall.

Meet director in Luzern is Terry McHugh who still holds the Irish record for the men’s javelin.


Cathal Doyle of Clonliffe Harriers clocked a time of 1:48.51 to win the men’s 800m  at the British Milers Meet held at the Mary Peters Track, Belfast, on Wednesday (July 19).

Ellie Hartnett of UCD AC won the women’s A 1500m in 4:20.11,  with  Niamh Kearney of Raheny Shamrock AC  second in 4:24.20,.

In the men’s A 3000m, Mitchell Byrne of Rathfarnham WSAF AC finished third in 8:02.85, while Jodie McCann of Dublin City Harriers won the women’s 3000m in 9:29.93.

At the Tallaght track, which was the venue for the seventh and penultimates Dublin Graded Meet, also on Wednesday,  Louise Gaffney of Rathfarnham WSAF AC ran a smart race to win the combined A/B 1500m

Gaffney caught early leader Sorcha McAllister of Dublin City Harriers in the race for the line to finish in 4 mins 48.89 secs. Second in 4:49.82 was McAllister  with Ellen Byrne, also DCH, third in 4:54.36.

Áine O’Connor of Ratoath AC was first in grade C in a time of 5:00.64 and Orla Duffy of DCH AC first in D with 5:00.63.  Jared Murray of Rathfarnham WSAF AC won the A men’s 1500m in 4:05.38, followed by Kevin Moore of Dundrum AC in 4:07.71 and Ieuan Hopkins of Brothers Pearse AC in 4:09.62.

Fastest in the women’s 200m series of races was Aobh Forde of Dundrum South Dublin AC with a time of 25.69 secs.  Kenny Ogundipe  of UCD AC  was quickest of the men in 23.53, with Dean Nolan of Tallaght AC a close second in 23.81.

As an experiment,  Dublin masters’ championships races were held  at 200m and 1500m. Sharon Kielthy of Raheny Shamrock was first W35 in the 1500m  and Adina Gherorghiu of Dundrum South Dublin first W35 in the 200m.  

Of the men, Enda Clarke of Crusaders AC was first M35 and Shane Sheridan of DSD AC first M50  (and fastest overall) in the 200m. In the field, performance of the night came from Anna Gavigan of LSA AC who threw 47.20 in the discus.


John Travers of Donore Harriers and Meghan Ryan of Dundrum South Dublin made it a Dublin double at the Irish Runner 10-Mile held in the Phoenix Park on Sunday (July 23).

On a tricky, twisting course, Travers did well to break 50 minutes winning the race in 49  mins 57 seconds.

David Mansfield of Clonmel AC was second in 50:33 and Emmet Jennings of DSD AC third in 50:40.

Ryan was a clear winner of the women’s race with a time of 58:03. Her clubmate Fiona Clinton was second in 59:15. A total of 1,424 completed the race which also doubled as a national championships.


Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers was the winner of the  Bob Burke 4-Mile at Grange, Fermoy Co Cork in 19 mins 40 secs. Also on Friday evening,  Keith Donagher of Rathfarnham WSAF AC and Gillian Earley  of Crusaders AC were the winners of the Donadea 10km, Co Kildare,  on Friday (July 21).

Donagher won the race, held around Donadea Forest Park,  in 33 min 58 secs, with Clane AC’s Gavin Kelly second in 34:05 and Vincent McGuinness of Crusaders AC third in 34:15. Earley finished 11th overall in 42:03 followed by Donna Mahon of Rathfarnham WSAF in 44:24 and Niamh Garvey of Brothers Pearse AC in 46:04.

Winners of the 5km were Cathal McCarron of host club Donadea AC in 16:34 and Katie McElroy i1. First woman in 40:34 was Gillian McCrory of St Peter’s AC.


Conor Burke of KPMG was a clear  winner of the Dublin City Council BHAA 5km at Irishtown Stadium on Wednesday (July 19) in a time of 15 mins 45 secs.   First woman in 19:55 was guest runner Carmel Cooney.  Revenue won both women and men’s team categories s


Cormac Dalton of Mullingar Harriers won the 5000m at the Morton Games on Friday July 14 in a personal best 13 mins 25.53 secs. Darragh McElhinney of UCD AC was second in 13 mins 27.81 secs, with Clonliffe’s Efrem Gidey seventh in 13:37.56, Stephen Scullion, also Clonliffe, tenth in 13:48.94 and Pierre Murchan of DCH AC twelfth in 13:55.66.

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