ATHLETICS : A record of 11 athletes from Lucan Harriers toed the line alongside 8 Irish Olympians

by Aaron Dunne
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On February 18th Dara Donoghue raced superbly to get up for an unbelievable silver medal in the 800m.  
Kate O’Connell came 5th in the 400m and indoor pb
Eve Noctor- 6th in the 800m
Aoife Coffey- 8th in the 3k, equalling her pb.
Benjamin Caullier- 12th in the 1500m
Dyan Wright – 3rd in race 2 of the 3k running a massive pb of 8:36.
The day was finished on a high with the women’s 4x400m taking a fantastic silver, well done to Kate, Sadhbh, Eve & Saoirse.
A huge achievement for Lucan Harriers to have so many competing at this level.

Wet, windy, hilly Cross country for the Central Bank BHAA race at the base of the Dublin Mountains in Kiltipper Park, Tallaght on Saturday February 17.
Conditions were tough and not for the faint hearted. 3 and a half laps tested even the most hardened of cross country runners. The 4 mile mixed race was mentally and physically tough. Gary Farrell 30.08, Emmet Quinn 30.34, Derek Tomney 33.11

Colin O Gara 33.26, Brian Lamon 35.35, Rob Brannigan 31.24.    

Lucan Harriers; Colin O Gara, Rob Brannigan, Brian Lamon, Derek Tomney,  Gary Farrell, Emmet Quinn.

Clonliffe stay on course at home and abroad

The Clonliffe men and white Dundrum South Dublin again made it a Dublin club double at the the All-Ireland Indoor T-F League final  in Athlone on Saturday (February 3).
While DSD took a clear win, Clonliffe had to fight for their title. In the women’s competition, Mollie Reilly 60m, Amy of Donoghue 1500m,  Ciara Wilson Bowen walk, Rachel Dunne weight for distance, Lauren Healy in the high jump and Molly Mullally long jump were all winners for DSD, with O’Donoghue also second in the 800m and Mullally second in the triple jump. The club  ended up with 105 points. For second place, Leevale on 81 points beat Ratoath by a single point. Of the other qualifying Dublin teams,  Clonliffe Harriers was fourth with 73 points and Raheny Shamrock sixth.
Just nine points separated the top four teams in the men’s competition. In the end, wins in the pole vault for Rolus Olusa and Niall Allen  in the weight for distance, along with five second places gave Clonliffe the win with 87 points. With wins for Juan Ignacio Pena in both 1500 and 3000m, Raheny Shamrock finished sixth.  

Also on Saturday,Simon Galligan (Clonliffe Harriers)  won the men’s hammer at the winter throws event in Dunboyne with a best of 60.16.

Meanwhile in Abbotstown over the weekend, close to 2,000 youngsters were in action at the second and third days of the  Dublin Juvenile Indoors at the NIA, Abbottstown. Is this a record?

Abroad, Sarah Healy (UCD AC) set an Irish indoor record when finishing second in the 3000m with a time of 8:36.06 at the World Indoor Tour Meet in Metz, France – one of a number of Saturday indoors meets at which Dublin athletes were in action.  The time knocked ten seconds off Healy’s previous best of 8:46.14 and is under the qualifying standard for the forthcoming World Indoors Championships in Glasgow.  

In the men’s 3000m,  Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) finished third in 7:39.92 knocking over two seconds off his previous best of  7:42.86.

At the University of New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque,Texas, Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght AC) won her first 400m race of the year with a time of 51.12.

At the IFAM Gent, Belgium (World Athletics Tour Bronze),on Saturday (February 3), Cian McPhillips (UCD AC) finished fourth in his heat and sixth fastest overall  with a time of 1:48.88 in a series of men’s 800m  races. Cillian Kirwan (Raheny Shamrock AC) finished second in his heat and tenth overall  in 1:49.48. Niamh Kearney (Raheny Shamrock)  finished seventh in the women’s  1500m race in 4:20.82

In Stockholm, Sweden,  at the Folksam GP, Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe Harriers) finished third in the 1500m in a personal best 3:40.66.

A day earlier, at  the Miramas meet near Marseilles in France on Friday, Jack Raftery (Donore Harriers)  ran 47.13 in the 400m, the fastest Irish time over this distance this season so far.

ROADS

At the Trim ’10’ in Co Meath, Catherina Mullen of MSB AC finished second woman with a time of 57.20 while Donore Harriers finished second of the 89 men’s teams entered.

Virtually every Dublin club  was represented in the race,  with Crusaders AC third of the men’s teams, followed by Civil Service Harriers seventh and Lucan Harriers eighth. Other clubs in action included Raheny Shamrock, Clonliffe Harriers, Brothers Pearse, Metro St Brigid’s AC Lusk AC, LSA, Love 2 Run, and new club D15 AC.

In Co Waterford, Ieuan Hopkins of Brothers Pearse AC finished third in the  John Treacy Dungarvan 10-Mile  with a time of 52:32. Cristin Scollard of Dublin City Harriers was third woman in 60:14.


CROSS-COUNTRY

Winners at the Garda BHAA Cross-Country, Phoenix Park, Dublin on Saturday (February 4)   were Daniel O’Brien in the open four-mile race and Laura McDonnell  in the women’s two-mile race).

First up were the women with McDonnell a clear winner in 12 mins 17  secs. Second in Clare Sullivan  from the CSO in 13:14 with Kate O’Neill a close third in 14:17. Taking the team prize was the Teachers team.

In the open four-mile race O’Brien, representing the ESB team finishing in 22:57. Second in 23.16 was Stephen Kelly of Express Side Gates while third in 23:29 was Thomas Sherlock in 23:29.

Meta proved best of the teams, beating Bank of Ireland and ESB. Dublin  Bus won grade 2.

Clonliffe’s winning women’s team at Duleek and District 5km. Picure Clonliffe Harriers

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