ATHLETICS: Murchan wins 4-Mile Aisling Murphy race

by Gazette Reporter
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Pierre Murchan (Dublin City Harriers) was the winner of the Aisling Murphy 4-Mile,  held in Tullamore, Co Offaly on Sunday (May 19),  which was the third round of the 2024  Peugeot Race Series— and Murchan’s third win.

The Dubliner had a minute to spare when winning in a superb time of 18 mins 30 secs, which knocked 52 seconds of Eoin Everard’s course record set  last year.

Third was junior Jamie Byrne (DSD AC) in 19:51.

Ex-Donore athlete Íde Nic Dhomhnaill, now with West Limerick AC, finished first woman, with her time of 21:15 also a course record.  Second was Lauren Tinkler (DCH AC)  in 21:42

In the Peugeot team category for mixed teams of six, DSD continued their winning streak, with DCH second  and Tullamore Harriers third.

With three finishers in the top nine, DSD also proved best of the men’s teams

On Saturday, Kieran Kelly  (Raheny Shamrock, M35) was the winner of the Irish Runner 5km Challenge in Dublin ’s Phoenix Park in a time of 14 mins 300 secs). Colm Rooney (Clonliffe Harriers, M40) was second in 14:34; the race incorporated a national championships.

Finishing third woman Roisin O’Reilly (UCD AC) third in 16:54. In the team competition, which was a national championships,  Clonliffe  beat twenty-two other teams for the title; Clonliffe also finished third in the women’s team category.  Raheny Shamrock won the M35 and W50 team categories. Rathfarnham WSAF finished third M35, Liffey Valley third W35. Metro St Brigid’s was third M50 and Lucan Harriers third W50, with Brothers Pearse fourth.

At the Lap of the Gap Marathon and Half Marathon, from Laragh, Co Wicklow on Saturday,  Sean Meehan (Cherry Orchard RC)  was runner-up in the marathon with a time of 2:56.09 .

Finishing third woman for a second year was  Jade Harbron, who started her athletics career with Bros Pearse but is currently unattached. Her time of 3:42.45 knocked a minute off her 2023 time.

Last year’s marathon winner Tudor Mircea Moldovan (Clonliffe Harriers) went in the half marathon this time aiming to set a course record.  Although  failed in that aim  he was still a clear race winner in 71 mins 13 secs.

Gidey up in London!

At the ;Night of a Thousand 10kms; in London on Saturday night (May 18), Efrem Gidey (Clonliffe Harriers  ran a superb time of 27 mins 40.02 secs to finish seventh in the  top level championships race. The time was just half a second off Alistair Cragg’s Irish record.

Other good runs came from Meghan Ryan (DSD)  who won the  first of the three women’s races in 34:49.77; Shane Spring (Raheny Shamrock AC), won  the first of  the men’s races in  30:22.83.

At a meet in Andujar, Spain on Friday (May 17), Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe Harriers)  finished second in the 1500m with a time of 
3:36.32. 

In the men’s 800m, Cillian Kirwan (Raheny Shamrock AC) was sixth in 1:46.93.

In the USA, Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) finished fourth in a 200m race in Westwood in a season’s  best time of 22.45 on Saturday (May 18), while in Vari, Greece Israel Olatunde finished fourth in the men’s 100m in a season’s best 10.37 secs;  his Tallaght AC club mate Joseph Ojuwumi clocked 10.85.

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