Metro st brigid’s duo battle it out in epic 800m final

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Lindie Naughton

Metro St Brigid’s AC clubmates Traian Rebegea  and Finn Woodger battled it out all the way to the line in the men’s A grade 880m at the sixth Dublin Graded Track and Field meet at the DSD Track last Wednesday.

Rebegea just edged it in 1:53.30 with Woodger second 1:53.41. James Gilliland  of Annadale Striders  was third in 1:58.38.  Equally close was the grade C race won by Caleb Long of Raheny Shamrock AC (120) in 2:06.32 with Kevin Nolan of Donore Harriers (163)second in 2:06.56 and Anthony O’Rourke of Brothers Pearse AC third in 2:07.74.

Winning the women’s grade A 800m in 2:17.43 was UCD AC’s Beth Fitzpatrick. Catriona Dowling of Rathfarnham WSAF AC   finished third in 2:20.96.  Winning the grade C/D  race was Aisling Cunningham of Dundrum South Dublin AC  in 2:29.86.

Amy McGuinness of Crusaders AC  was third in 2:31.71.

Closing out the night were the 3,000m races  and  finished second in the men’s A race was Louie Woodger of Metro St Brigid’s AC I 8:45.51  First home was Jack Moran of Mullingar Harriers in 8:36.38.

Winning a closely run  grade B race was Jack Maughan of Clonliffe Harriers in 9:18.36, followed by Geoffrey Alexandre of Liffey Valley AC in 9:25.98 and Mathew Kane of Rathfarnham WSAF AC in 9:28.90. Eoin Gormley of Donore Harriers finished first in  grade D in 10:02.79.

In a closely fought  women’s A 3000m  Fiona McKenna of UCD AC  finished third in 9:47.44 and Edel Monaghan of Dublin City Harriers fourth in 9:57.2

Starting up the evening were the 100m races  with Sarah Murray of Fingallians AC proved fastest in the women’s A 100m in 12.29 secs.

In the B race, Aobh Forde of DSD AC clocked 12.89 to win ahead of Clodagh Dunbar of Clonliffe Harriers in 12.95 and Uche Disu of Tallaght AC  in 12.96.

Gloria Oigbochie of Tallaght AC  finished  second in the  C race and Katie Magee of DSD AC third.

Lily Tinkler of Skerries AC won D followed by Michelle Metcalfe of Tallaght AC  and Katherine Markey of Fingallians.

Paul McDermott of Donore Harriers was second in  the men’s A 100m 11.07 and Tobi Edward of DSD AC second in the  B race in 11.37 .

Clocking 11.44 to win in  grade C was Kenny Ogundipe of UCD AC, while  in grade D was Harvey Lowe of Skerries AC and Evan Story of Clonliffe Harriers were both given a time of 12.28 with Lowe getting the nod.

 In the field events, Tom Bracken of Lucan Harriers won the men’s javelin with a fine throw of 38.17m. Lara Byrne of Donore Harriers, warming up for next weekend’s national heptathlon championships, went over 1.55 in the high jump and also ran the 100m.

In the men’s long jump, master athlete Kevin Byrne of DSD AC, another multi-eventer, proved best with a  4.80 effort and clocked 13.78 in the 100m..

 Next graded meet is scheduled for Tallaght  on Wednesday July 19, with the final one at Santry on Wednesday August 2.


A massive total of 2,669 completed the Clontarf Half Marathon in Dublin held in warm windy conditions  on Saturday (July 8) where Ian Fitzgerald of Donore Harriers finished second behind Yared Derese of Carrick Aces in 76:41 and Karl Nolan  of Clonliffe Harriers third in 77:25.

Rachel McFadden of Clontarf Running Group was third in 95:28. An impressive first W60 in 1:44.09 was Jean Carr of Clonliffe Harriers.  In the five-mile race, Anthony of LSA AC led home 1,125 finishers in 28 mins 27 secs.

Fifth and first woman was Faye Dervan of  Dublin City Harriers in 29:25. Conditions were warm and windy.

At the Run Kilkee 10km on the Loop Head Peninsula in Co Clare on the same day as Clontarf,  Maura Ginty of Sportsworld AC was first woman  and first W40 in 43:18, while in the half marathon, Gareth Murran, also Sportsworld, finished  second and first M40 in 78:33.

At  the Mick Murphy Memorial 5km in Ferns, Co Wexford on Friday (July 7) Roisin O’Reilly of UCD AC  finished second in 17:04 Also on Friday, Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers was the winner of the Deise College Dungarvan 10km in Co Waterford in 31 mins 8 secs.

Kane Collins  of Donore Harriers  defied the wet conditions to finish third in the Coillte 10km in  Dundrum, Co Tipperary,  on Wednesday night  (July 5) – a race which some believe challenges Dunshaughlin as the best 10km in Ireland!

* Don’t forget! Sunday’s  Fingal 10km in Swords will incorporate the Dublin Women’s 10km Championships.  

Coming up :

Friday July 14

Morton Games, Santry, 7pm. World Athletics Continental Tour bronze event. Pre-programme from 5.45pm. International – men’s 100m, 400m, 800m, Morton Mile, Albie Thomas 5000m, HJ, SP; women’s 100m H, 200 800, 1500m, HJ, JT. Online admission tickets €11; U16 free. also

Saturday July 15

All Ireland AI Games and Combined Events Day 1, Santry. Including 200m, senior and team 10,000m, senior mixed 4 x400, U20 3000m, master 2km/3km  steeplechase, senior/masters hammer, discus, weight throw (heavy hammer).

Sunday July 16

All Ireland AI Games and Combined Events Day 2, Santry. Incl. sen/masters 300m/400m hurdles championships; U20 3000m c’ships; also 100m, 1500m, 3000m, master 300m/400m HJ, PV,  LJ, TJ, SP,  JT.

Dublin Race Series Fingal 10km, Swords, 9.30am.  Incorporating the Dublin Women’s Championship.

caption 1: Battle to the line in 800 at Graded Meet  between Metro St Brigid’s AC clubmates Traian Rebegea  and Finn Woodger

caption 2: Tom Bracken (Lucan Harriers ) in
action in the javelin which he won with a throw of 38.17m

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