ATHLETICS – Record turnout as McCarthy wins

by Aaron Dunne
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A record turn-out for the second round of the current Meet & Train Women’s Cross-Country League on Sunday was led home by Caroline McCarthy of the Donore Dawdlers team, who had missed the opening round of the league.

She led from the start, completing the 3.5km distance in 14 mins 25 secs. In her first Meet and Train race, Deirdre Lyons of Dublin Front Runners was second in 14:37 with Lisa Gaughan of  DSD Perfect Pacers third in 14.43.  With 162 finishers (and over 200 now registered) clubs represented included Crusaders,Sportsworld, Blackrock, Donore, Lucan, Clonliffe, Raheny Shamrock (in force!), DSD, Dublin Front Runners, Waterstown Warriors, Bros Pearse, Esker, Love 2 Run, Garristown Flyers, and Belfield Running.

One day every Dublin/group will be represented!

Next round Tymon Park, Feb 18 followed by Abbotstown Sun Mar 3. Contact for M&T is Fiona Shine at [email protected]

Sean Doran and and Claire Sullivan were the winners of the Bank of Ireland BHAA 6km held at Tymon Park on Saturday (January 14).

Doran, representing  Harrier Products, who finished in 21 mins 35  secs, had eleven seconds to spare on Stephen Kelly of Express Side Gates who finished second in 21:46. Third in 22:06 was Colm Costello of Allianz.

O’Sullivan, representing the CSO, finished in 25:02, with guest runner Ciara Brady second in 26:15 and Sharon Tighe of South Dublin County Council third in 27:28.

Efrem knocks a second off 1Ok PB

Efrem Gidey  of Clonliffe Harriers knocked a second off his previous best – set at the same race last year – when finishing 19th in the Valencia 10km in Spain  on Sunday (January 14) with a time of 27 mins 56  secs.  

Other Irish athletes in action were Clonmel AC’s Sean Tobin  with a time of  29:36, John Travers of Donore Harriers in  29:58, Jamie Battle of Mullingar Harriers in 30:00.

On the roads, Sean Doran Sean Doran of Clonliffe Harriers –  running his second race in two days – finished third at the Ferrycarrig 5-Mile in Co Wexford in 26:39, while at the R-Ace 5km in Co Louth, Oran O’Hare of Dublin City Harriers and Niall Carbery of Clonliffe Harriers finished second and third.

Next big road race in Dublin is the Raheny 56 on Sunday January 28; enter at

Adeleke’s indoor season gets off to low-key start

Rhasidat Adeleke of Tallaght AC got her indoor season  off to a low-key start in Louisville, Kentucky at the weekend.

In an elite 4x400m relay race, Adeleke, now with the Nike professional athletics team,  ran the second leg in  a split time of 51.74 seconds; the team failed to finish.

Shane Healy of Metro St Brigid’s AC proved the star of the show at the Irish Masters Indoor Championships in Athlone on Saturday (January 13) when he set a new M55 world record in the 800m.

His time of 2:01.46 knocked over three seconds off the  old record time of  2:06.04  set by the Italian  Francesco D’Agostino. Healy was running in the M35 race, where he finished second overall, coming from fifth place to second over the final two laps.

After setting a 3000m world age record last week, Healy’s next target the indoor 5,000m mark.

Healy wasn’t the only MSB member in record breaking form.  In the triple jump, Michael McCarthy won the M35 title setting a new Irish record of 12.07m.

For Clonliffe Harriers, Snezana Bechtina won both the W40 60m and 200m  while Edel Maguire won the W60 400m and high jump.

A day later,  also in Athlone, Cillian Kirwan of Raheny Shamrock  had a notable victory over John Fitzsimons of Kildare AC when winning the open 1500m at the second qualifying round of the the National Indoor League.

Kirwan finished in 3:43.73, with Fitzsimons on his heels in  3:44.08 and Philip Marron of Dublin City Harriers third in 3:47.71.  

In the women’s league 1500m, DSD’s Eimear Maher won the women’s 1500m in 4:27:13, holding off Niamh Kearney of Raheny Shamrock who was second in 4:28.35. Another winner for DSD was Ciara Wilson Bowen in the walk.

Juan Ignacio Peñe was a clear winner of the men’s 1500m for Raheny Shamrock in 3:52:56 and indeed was the only athlete to break four minutes. Clonliffe beat Ratoath in the men’s 4 x 200m, with Raheny Shamrock third.

Clonliffe won both men and women’s shot put competitions, with Niall Allen best of the men and Jessica Tappin the women’s winner. Tappin competed in three other events, winning the 400m in a new club record of 55.12,  and finished ninth in the 60m. She finished off her day by lining out with Lauren Carr, Leah Bergin and Snezana Bechtina to finish third in the women’s 4 x 200m.

Overall, defending champions Clonliffe Harriers finished top of the table with 152 points with wins in the 60m, 4x200m and shot. Ratoath AC was  second with 131 points and Nenagh Olympic third on 112 points. Of the other Dublin clubs, Raheny Shamrock finished fifth and Donore Harriers ninth.

Defending women’s champions DSD also finished top of the qualifying table with 184.5 points. Ratoath with 164 points was second and Leevale third in 147. Of the other Dublin clubs, Clonliffe was sixth, Raheny seventh, Donore 11th and Lusk 14th.  The top eight teams progress to the final on Saturday February 3.

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