ATHLETICS : Dublin Club and County round-up

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Lindie Naughton

Aaron Smith of Cilles AC was the winner of the Dublin 10,000m Championships held as part of the fourth Dublin Graded Track and Field Meet at the UCD track in Belfield on Saturday (June 3) .

Smith crossed the line in 32 mins 3.48 secs. Second in 32:35.07 was former Irish marathon champion Sean Hehir now with the Croghan club in Wexford after many years based in Dublin.

Third and second Dublin athlete was Anthony Harkey of LSA AC in 34:55.41 while fourth and third ‘Dub’ was Joe McDermott of Crusaders AC in 35:40.08.

Winning the men’s A 1500m race was Jack Maughan of Clonliffe Harriers in 4:05.71. In the B race, Andrew Hyland of Raheny Shamrock clocked a faster time of 4:04.29 for victory.

With the Dublin women’s mini marathon taking place a day later, entry for the women’s distance races was down and no A race took place. Winning the B race in 4:43.79 was Louise Gaffney of Rathfarnham WSAF AC.

In the sprints, Bori Akinola of UCD proved fastest in the men’s 100m with a time of  11.14 secs.  

Winning the men’s A/B 500, and the Dublin Championships title, was Lee Byrne of Rathfarnham WSAF AC in 51.14 secs. Second was Luke Timlin of Crusaders in 51:59 while third in 52.33 was Antoine Roquette of DSD AC.

Taking the women’s 400m was Claire Mooney of Crusaders AC who was third in the A race with a time of 56.46.

Dublin winners at the All Ireland Schools’ Track and Field Championships held over two days (Friday June 2- Saturday June 3),  included  Emily Bolton of Mount Sackville, winner of the inter girls’ 1500m in 4:41.75.  Bolton also finished second in the 3000m.

Winning the U16 girls mile was Isabelle Cuffe of Lucan CC in 5:17.05.

In a closely fought senior girls’ 800m, Zoie Ritchie of The Teresian School Donnybrook and Eve Ní Chonchubhar of Colaiste Cois Life battled it all the way to the line, with  both girls given a time of 2:10.90 and Ritchie just edging it.

In the 400m, Niamh Murray of Loreto Dalkey won the senior girls 400m in 55.11 and David Bosch of Wesley College the senior boys 400m in 48.18, while Sean Aigboboh of the High School Dublin and Tallaght AC won the senior boys 100m  with a time of 10.67.

As for the field eventers, Lauryn Healy of Loreto Foxrock won the junior girls high jump, Anna Gavigan of Loreto Balbriggan the senior girls’ discus and Liam Granville of Belvedere the senior boys discus. In the relays, St Dominics’ Cabra won the junior girls 4 x 100m relay.

Overall, Blackrock College won the senior and junior boys’  teams titles.

Abroad, meanwhile, Mark Smyth of Raheny Shamrock AC, who holds the Irish indoor 200m record, ran 10.44 secs with the help of a +2.6 following wind  at Tilburg in the Netherlands on Monday (May 29). He finished second in the race and also won the 200m with a time of 21.09.

In the 1500m at the Meeting de Montreuil  in France on Wednesday (May 31), Sarah Healy of UCD AC finished fourth in 4:04.36.

At the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands on Sunday ( June 4), Luke McCann of DCH AC finished sixth in  the 1500m with a time of 3:38.61.


Although a last minute hitch meant that the DublinWomen’s 10km Championships could not be incorporated into the VHI Women’ Mini Marathon on Sunday (June 4), organising  club  DSD AC unofficially produced the best team performance of the day with three finishers in the top 16 – Fiona Clinton a fighting fourth in 35.00, Meghan Ryan seventh and Serena Tuffy 16th.

Sportsworld  (8,10,25) would have finished second, Raheny Shamrock (11,14,27) third and Brothers Pearse (5,31,38) fourth.

In the masters’ categories, Zoe Quinn of Raheny Shamrock AC was first W45 and her clubmate Annette Kealy, a former winner of the race, first W55.

 In Cork on the same day, Gary O’Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers finished second  and first M45 in the marathon with a time of 2:28.58 with Tudor Mircea Moldovan, also Clonliffe, a close third and first M35  in 2:29.01. Gary was 1st M45 and Tudor 1st M35. Yulia Tarasova had a tough day finishing 6th woman in 3:04.46. Yulia Tarasova  of Clonliffe finishing sixth woman in 3:04.46. In the half marathon, Aoife O’Leary of Sportsworld AC was first woman in  83:41.

At the  Patrick Bell and Nicky Philips 5km in Bohermeen, Co Meath on Friday (June 2) Eddie O’Connor of Brothers Pearse AC  finished second in 15:25 and led his team to second place. Sinead Lambe of Metro St Brigid’s AC was third woman in 17:42, with Clonliffe Harriers finishing third team.  


  • Saturday June 10

UCD/Irish Milers Club  T-F Meet, UCD Belfield, 2pm. World Athletics Grade F Meet. With ranking points.

  • Sunday June 18

Dundrum South Dublin Open T-F Meet and Games, St Thomas Track, Tibradden Lane, Dublin. AI Permit. Closing date is  Sunday June 11 (midnight). Strictly no entries after that date! Waiting list entry only for some track events.

Juvenile dates (updated):

  • Friday June 9 – Day 2, DSD Track
  • Saturday June 10 – Day 3, DSD Track
  • Sunday June 11- Day 4, DSD Track
  • Wednesday June 14  – Even Age Relays, Lucan Track
  • Friday June 16 – Uneven Age Relays, Lucan Track
  • Saturday June 17 – Day 5, Tallaght.

Caption: Bori Akinola of UCD proved fastest in the men’s 100m with a time of  11.14 secs

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