Creech & Cooke shine in Spain – Irish round-up


It was at two completely different races, however all in truthful climate Spain, that Irish athletes carried out greatest this weekend. Lindie Naughton stories. 

Leevale AC’s Ryan Creech was making his marathon debut in Seville on Sunday (February 19) the place he completed forty fifth in 2 hrs 13 minutes 3 secs.

Behind him, Sean Doyle of North Cork AC clocked 2:22.11 and Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers 2:23.09, whereas Jessica Craig of North Down AC completed in 2:38.44.

A big group of Irish athletes had travelled to the Barcelona Half Marathon, the place Aoife Cooke of Eagle AC completed ninth lady with a time of 71 minutes 8 secs – solely ten seconds off her private greatest 70:58 run in Barcelona final April.

Not far behind her was AnnMarie McGlynn of Letterkenny AC eleventh in 72:35, Grace Lynch of Athletics Eire fifteenth in 73:52 and Irish marathon champion Courtney McGuire of Clonmel AC seventeenth in 74:03.

Main dwelling the Irish males was Conor Duffy of Glaslough AC who completed in 65 minutes 24 secs, adopted by Ger Forde of Kilkenny Metropolis Harriers in 65:32 and David Mansfield of Clonmel AC in 65:49. All three had been private greatest occasions.

Motion at dwelling as properly

Domestically, Pat Hennessy of West Waterford AC was the winner of the Tommy Ryan Memorial Carrigaline 5-mile, Co Cork on Sunday (February 19) in 25 minutes 42 secs. Leevale AC’s Denis Coakley was second in 25:58 and John Meade of St Finbarr’s AC third in 26:37.

Ending eighth and first lady in 27:43 was Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC. Jelena Abele was second in 28:48 and Sharon Rynne of Kilmurry Ibrikane Nth Clare AC third in 30:19.

On the identical day, Tudor Moldovan of Clonliffe Harriers, recent from his victory on the Nationwide 50km Championships per week earlier, was a cushty winner of the Turgeusis Island 10-Mile, Collinstown, Co Westmeath.

Moldovan proved the category of the sector profitable in 52 minutes 38 secs. Second in 54:53 was George Snee of Dunboyne AC. First lady in 67.43 was Theresa Hughes of Athlone AC.

Former Irish marathon champion Sean Hehir, now with Croghan AC was the winner of the Gorey Night time Run 5km on Thursday (February 16). Hehir completed in 15 minutes 45 secs. First lady was Sandra Bernie, additionally Croghan AC, in 18:47.


Eoin Flynn and Sarah Mulligan had been the winners of the Central Financial institution BHAA 6km Cross-Nation, held across the enjoying fields of Wesley Faculty, Dundrum, Dublin on Saturday (February 18).

Flynn, who had completed second within the All Eire Masters Cross-Nation per week earlier, took to the entrance after two laps of the 4 lap course ending in 20 minutes 22 secs. Second in 20:58 was Conor Burke of KPMG whereas third in 21:17 was George Snee of Constancy Investments Eire in his first of two races over the weekend.

Sarah Mulligan, like Flynn an Irish mountain working worldwide, was winner of a top quality girls’s race in 23:11. Simply six seconds behind for second in 23:17 was Edel Gaffeny whereas third was Aoife Byrne of the Academics staff in 25:08.

The Academics’ A staff, together with Byrne, gained Grade 1, forward of ESB and Academics B. Winners in Grade 2 had been Eir by simply 4 factors from Engineering A. In Grade 3, the Gardai had been the winners, with Fingal County Council second. Subsequent Dublin BHAA race is the ALSAA Cross-Nation at Dublin Airport on March 4.

Kate McDonald of Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District AC was the winner of the ladies’s 4km on the Rás na hEireann Cross-Nation in Oldbridge, Co Meath, on Sunday (February 19). McDonald’s time of 14 minutes 50 secs put her comfortably away from Kelly Breen of North East Runners in 15:13 and Karen Costello of Dunleer AC in 15:56. Dunleer AC took the staff award.

Within the males’s 6000m, Eoin Smyth of Tara AC was the winner in 19:27. Joe Cocoman [sic] of Naas AC was second in 20:03 and Eseosa Omoregbe of Dunleer AC third in 20:27. Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District AC, led by Cian McDonald in fourth place, had been first staff.

Third spherical of motion

On the third spherical of the Meet and Race (previously Meet and Practice) girls’s cross-country league in Irishtown park, Christin Scollard of Blackrock AC was the winner in 12 minutes 17 secs. Scollard has made regular progress this season, ending third within the opening spherical of the league and runner-up within the second spherical.

Second in 12:34 was Sinead Tighe of Brothers Pearse AC whereas an in depth third in 17:36 was Niamh Corby of host membership Crusaders.

Within the staff competitors Sportsworld A, Brothers Pearse, Esker A, Blackrock and Donore Dawdlers are all nonetheless in rivalry, with the perfect three outcomes from 4 races to depend. The ultimate spherical of the league takes place on Sunday March 12 at a Dublin venue to be confirmed.


Spotlight of the center distances at All Eire Indoor Championships held over two days in Abbotstown (February 18-19) was a win for Darragh McElhinney of UCD AC within the males’s 3000m, along with his time of seven minutes 49.18 sec a championships file. Serving to make the tempo was Nicholas Griggs of Mid-Ulster AC who completed second in 7:55.74.

Cheryl Nolan of St Abban’s AC gained an thrilling girls’s 3000m in 9:22.32, catching Michelle Finn of Leevale on the road; Finn’s time was 9:22.35. Niamh Kearney of Raheny Shamrock AC was third in 9:25.56.

Within the males’s 800m, Mark English of Finn Valley AC was profitable his ninth indoor title in a time of 1:52.47. A shock winner of the ladies’s race was Iseult O’Donnell of Raheny Shamrock AC who beat pre-race favorite Nadia Energy of Dublin Metropolis Harriers. The pair got occasions of two:07.06 and a couple of:07.22.

Taking the ladies’s 1500m title was Carla Sweeney of Rathfarnham WSAF AC in 4:25.62. Amy O‘Donoghue, a brand new recruit for Dundrum South Dublin AC, was second in 4:25.62. Eoin Peirce of Clonliffe Harriers gained the boys’s 1500m in 3:54.28, with junior athlete Philip Marron of Ratoath AC an in depth second in 3:54.64.

Within the 60m, Israel Olatunde of UCD AC smashed the Irish file with a time of 6.57 secs. Paul Hession’s file of 6.61 secs had stood for sixteen years.

France and US racing in there too

Overseas, John Fitzsimons of Kildare AC ran a time of 1:47 .92 for 800m at at the Assembly Hauts de France Pas de Calais meet in Liévin, France on Wednesday (February 15).

Within the USA, Charlie O’Donovan of Leevale AC was a part of the Villanova squad that completed third within the distance medley relay at the Alex Wilson Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame on Saturday (February18) at South Bend, Indiana. The staff ran a time of 9:20.44 which knocked seven seconds off the earlier Villanova file.

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