Congratulations to Mitchell Byrne and Lawrence Boran who had great runs in the 800m event last Friday in a groundbreaking evening that saw seven course records broken and ten athletes recording sub four minute times for the Morton Mile. Mitch competed in the 800m C race, finishing a close 4th in a time of 1.54.98, and Lawrence was joint 4th in the D race in 1.59.18. Well done to both. Full results are available on the Morton Games site.
Lawrence Boran competing in the 800m Men's D race at Morton Stadium on Friday
Well done to Mitchell Byrne won ran 3.58 for 1500m in the Graded Meet in Tallaght last night, winning the first of two races in the A grade and scoring the fastest time overall. Louis McCarthy and Paul Fleming also ran in the A grade, clocking 4.09 and 4.14 respectively. In the B grade David Scanlon (4.12), Jason Reid (4.15) and Ciaran Aylward (4.20) all had good runs, and Tom Cuddy was second in the D grade race, crossing the line in 4.56 and holding off the third placed athlete by a fraction of a second. Well done to all. Full results are available on the Dublin Athletics Board website and some photos are in the Gallery.
Mitch Byrne leading the field in the A Grade 1500m. Photo: Greg Byrne
The warm weather over the past week did not deter Rathfarnham athletes from producing some great performances on the road. On Wednesday evening Seán Hehir was 2nd in the Lisburn Half Marathon in a time of 68.09, less than a minute behind Kenyan athlete Freddie Sittuk who broke away during the hilly second half. Full results are available on the Lisburn Half Marathon website. Jonathan Hughes was first home from the club in the Michael Manning 10k in Dunshaughlin on Saturday night, finishing 15th overall in a time of 33.18. Maria Dolan was 4th woman and 1st O/45 in 37.50, followed by Eoghain McGinley (214th in 40.04) and Lorraine Nolan (19th woman in 40.21). Results are available on the Precision Timing site. Well done to all.
Sunny, warm conditions greeted our young athletes on Friday evening in Tallaght for the last track action of the championships. Rathfarnham had two relay teams entered: Under 12 Girls and Under 14 Girls, both in 4 X 100m. First up was the Under 12 team of Clodagh Cullen, Sarah Jane Phelan, Yamina Abdeladif and Alannah Fasenfeld. Running in lane three, Clodagh passed to Sarah Jane, in turn to Yamina on leg three who set up a fast finishing Alannah who took 5th position in the second semi final. Next up was the Under 14 team, which consisted of Eilis Boyle O'Neill, Karolina Toborek, Siofradh Mc Evoy and Amy Mc Cabe. Running from a tough lane one, the girls where led out by Eilis, onto Karolina, whose strong leg to Siofradh set up Amy for a good finish in 7th position. Well done to all our young athletes! Full results will appear on the Dublin Athletics Board website.
Left: U12 Girls: Clodagh Cullen, Alannah Fasenfeld, Sarah Jane Phelan & Yamina Abdeladif.
Right: U14 Girls: Amy Mc Cabe, Eilis Boyle O'Neill, Siofradh McEvoy & Karolina Toborek.
At the IMC Meeting in Ringsend yesterday Lawrence Boran had the race of his life in the 800m when winning his 800m race in a personal best time of 1.57.94. Lawrence has being improving steadily all year and lowered his PB from 2.03 three weeks ago and it was 2.08 last year. In the 1,500m A Race Mitchel Byrne ran a very fast 3.58. In the 3,000m Louis McCarthy ran 8.46, Robert Murphy ran 8.56, David Scanlon 8.59, Ciaran Aylward 9.06, Jonathan Hughes 9.20 And Brian Furey 9.33. The full results are on the IMC Website. Well done to all.
Lawrence in action in National Indoors earlier in the year
Congratulations to Mark Ryan who had a brilliant run in the European Masters Mountain Running Championships in Poland yesterday, winning the M35 category in a time of 38.04. The event was held in the picturesque town of Ludwikowice Kłodzkie, 2hrs south of Wroclow, Poland. This year’s championships were held on an uphill only course on the historique “Run on the great Owl” route. This is the highest mountain (1015m) in the Owl Mountains. The 9.4km course with a climb of 570m varied between road, trail, mountain paths, and a technical 500 metre climb to the summit, with the finish at the famous (Big Owl) tower. A lookout tower 25 metres tall built in 1906.
The categories started in descending order with the O35/O40 the last race to commence. A lead group formed after 500m consisting of athletes from Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Rep, Austria and Ireland. The first significant climb came about 1,500m into the race, where Mark Ryan began to push the pace and gradually pulled away from the group. The lead gradually increased right to the finish, with Mark winning in a time of 38.04 and winning the O35 European title. Runner up was Polish athlete Piotr Kon and in 3rd place Czech Republic athlete Vladimír Srb.
This marked a significant achievement as Mark was the first Irish male individual champion at a European mountain running senior or vets championship. Mark has shown great promise since finishing 26th at the World Mountain running championships in 2011 but injury has curtailed his progress since then.
Mark’s reflections shortly after the race “It’s a special feeling today having been out injured for so long, and at times not thinking I would ever get back. The turning point came at the start of the year, having overcoming knee surgery, I gradually got fitter and stronger. I really felt if I ran to my potential I could make the podium, but winning the gold medal was a dream come true, and hearing the Irish national anthem is a moment I will cherish.”
Mark will be joined by fellow Rathfarnham athlete Eoin Flynn on a strong Irish senior men’s team at the upcoming European Senior Mountain Running Championships in Gap, France on the 13th of July.
Meanwhile in Co. Wexford, Sean Hehir finished second in the Mick Murphy Memorial 4 mile road race in Ferns in a time of 19.23. Michael Murphy was 32nd in 24.38. Full results are available on the Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C. site.
Maria Dolan was 1st woman in the Raheny mid summer 4 mile race this morning in a time of 23.47, more than half a minute ahead of second placed Annette Kealy. Full results are available on the Precision Timing website. Well done to all.
Mark with his gold medal at the European Masters Mountain Running Championships