ATHLETICS: Ryan clan celebrate Meghan’s Mini result

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Dublin-based Íde Nic Domhnaill (West Limerick AC)  made it look easy when winning the 42nd VHI Women’s Mini Marathon with a time of 33 mins 22 secs  on a sunny day in Dublin city (June 3) .

Finishing a second was Meghan Ryan of  organising club Dundrum South Dublin in  34:53. It was a best ever finish for Ryan who, as a member of the race’s organising club, has run the mini marathon every year since she turned sixteen – and that’s sixteen times!

Other notable performances came from  the 2008 women’s mini marathon winner Annette Kealy (Raheny Shamrock), who finished 17th overall  and first W55 in 38 mins 46 secs. On a good day for Raheny Shamrock, Zoë Quinn finished  second W45 in 38:27,  Maria Dolan second W55 in 42:40 and June Comiskey first W75 in 64:39. Pauline Robertson 9Bros Pearse) third W55 in 42:60 Grainne Grennan (Blackrock AC) third W65 in 47:03 and.  Large numbers from other Dublin Clubs also lined out – among them Clonliffe Harriers, Crusaders AC, Sportsworld, Brothers Pearse, Blackrock, Rathfarnham WSAF,  and new clubs Coolock RC and Ballymun AC, with Ballymun led home by Ashley Carroll in 46:10..

1 March 2024; Sarah Healy of Ireland after falling before the line and finishing sixth in her Women’s 1500m heat during day one of the World Indoor Athletics Championships 2024 at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

In Munster, Tudor Mircea Moldovan (Clonliffe Harriers, M35)  finished third in the Cork City Marathon with a time of  in  2:25.21 and Yuliya Tarasova (also Clonliffe Harriers, W35) second  woman in 3:00:57.

UCD’s Healy second in Golden Spike 1500m

Sarah Healy (UCD AC)  finished second behind Ciara Mageean in the women’s 1500m at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava  last Tuesday (May 28).

Healy (pictured) was leading with 150m to go, but was caught by Mageean in the finishing straight.

The pair were given times of 4:01.98  and 4:02.12,. In the men’s 1500m Luke McCann (DCH) finished third in a personal best time of 3:34.32, while in the 400m Sophie Becker (Raheny Shamrock)  clocked 51.82. McCann later bettered that time when finished second in the 1500m at the Diamond League Stockholm on Sunday (June 2) with a time of 3:33.66.

At the Diamond League, Bislett Games, Oslo in Norway, on Thursday evening (May 30), Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock AC) finished 18th in the men’s 5000m.

in a time of 13:30.45 in a race where five men broke  12 mins 50 secs six national records were set.

Mageean, Healy, Becker,  and Fay will all compete at the European Track and FieldChampionships starting on Friday June 7; McCann has opted out. Also competing are Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght AC) 400m and relays, Israel Olatunde (Tallaght AC) 100m, Efrem Gidey (Clonliffe Harriers) 10,000m,  Jodie McCann (DCH) 5000m, Eric Favors (Raheny Shamrock)  shot, Nicola Tuthill (UCD AC) hammer, and  Hiko Tonosa (DSD) half marathon.   Selected for the 4x100m relay squad are Bori Akinola  (UCD AC), Mark Smyth (Raheny Shamrock)  and Joseph Ojewumi (Tallaght AC) with Chris Sibanda (Clonliffe Harriers) named as reserve.  Joe Doody (Cabinteely AC) is selected for the men’s 4x400m squad. Good luck to them all! Timetables and further information at

Anna Gavigan (LSA AC) won the women’s discus at the Pickering Memorial Throws International, Loughborough, on Monday (May 27) with a personal best throw of 49.10m, which puts her second in the current Irish rankings behind Niamh Fogarty (Raheny Shamrock AC).

The Ryan family celebrate Meghan’s second place finish in the Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon

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