Yards and mountains steal the present – Irish round-up


Extremely-running and lengthy distance mountain and path working get the headlines this week. Lindie Naughton reviews. 

Keith Russell from Navan was considered one of two males to interrupt the world file of 85 laps – or “yards” in Yard lingo – at the Race of the Champions Yard Masters in Rettert, Germany from Could 14-21.

Russell referred to as it quits after notching up 89 loops and 596.790 km in 66:14.22, whereas Merjin Geerts from Belgium stored going for one additional loop working 90 laps for 603.5km in 73:38.50. Each had been breaking a file of 569.586km or 85 laps file set by the American faculty trainer Harvey Lewis 19 October 2021 with Geerts now the world file holder.

Throughout a yard extremely, runners should full a 4.2-mile loop, or “yard,” each hour. Their solely probability to relaxation is the time between the top of 1 lap and the start of the following. Opponents are eradicated in the event that they fail to finish a loop throughout the hour. It ends when only one runner stays. The gap of every yard (4.167 miles) is 100 divided by 24, which, coupled with the time constraint, pushes opponents to finish 100 miles each 24 hours.

The ultramarathon the place “there isn’t a finish” was devised in 2011 by Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell – “Laz” for brief – the eccentric genius behind the Barkley Marathons, so powerful that solely fifteen have ever accomplished the race.

Navan man Russell, aged 39, has proven regular progress since ending tenth within the 2019 Energia 24-Hour in Belfast, when he coated overlaying 210.696 km. Final October, he improved that distance to 232.570km in the identical race.

To date this yr, he has gained the Final Man Standing in Castleward in February finishing 248.122m, and was seventh within the IAU Solidarity 6 Hour race overlaying 63.943km, with a 50 km cut up of 4:53.36.
Subsequent huge date for Russell is the IAU European 24-Hour Championships in Verona, Italy on September 17/18.

Seven Sisters Skyline and Problem

Skilled extremely runner Ricki Wynne from Drumshambo in Co Leitrim got here out on prime at the Seven Sisters Skyline 55 km occasion within the Derryveagh mountains of Co Donegal on Saturday (Could 21).

Wynne’s successful time of time of seven hrs 7 minutes 47 secs put him 24 minutes forward of Gavin Byrne, in 7:31.47 with Lonan O’Farrell in 7:34.07.

Ellen Vitting of Trim AC was first lady in 8 hrs 37 minutes 20 secs, over thirty-six minutes away from Aoife Mundow who completed in 9:13.57. Main goal for Vitting this summer season is the Mont Blanc Extremely in August.

Picture: Richard Bolt

Dublin orienteer Ruari Lengthy pulled away on the ultimate 5km to win the shorter Seven Sisters Skyline Problem, a point-to-point race which began on the backside of Muckish mountain, and is a part of the Valsir Mountain Working World Cup – a collection of 17 races in 10 international locations.

Lengthy accomplished the 30km distance with 2,134m of climb in 3 hrs 29 minutes 59 secs, which was a course file. Ending second was the American-based extremely runner Paddy O’Leary in 3:36.46.

American customer Olivia Amber was first lady in 4:07.36 – additionally a brand new file time. Kathryn O’Regan, additionally American, was second in 4:47.18. Third and better of the Irish was Sarah Brady in 4:47.18.

Picture: Richard Bolt

Roads… to an extent

Tudor Mircea of Clonliffe Harriers (also called Tudor Moldovan) not solely set a brand new course file of 70 minutes 39 secs at the Lap of the Hole half marathon across the slim twisting, roads round Glendalough, he gained the race by a margin of over 19 minutes.

Not that second positioned David Brady was complaining when he completed second and first M40 in 84 minutes 1 sec.

Merely ending the course, set in a lovely a part of Wicklow, is an achievement in itself. Third in 84:30 was Michael Bagnall whereas fifth general and first lady was Linda O’Sullivan of Watergrasshill AC in Co Cork. She completed in 86:34 and was additionally first W50. Second lady was Lucy O’Malley in 87. 44 and third was Laura Rooney, additionally from Watergrasshill AC, in 88:52; each ladies had been over 40.

Main dwelling 126 finishers within the marathon was was Darren Foley in 3 hrs 7 minutes 8 secs. Not far behind for second and first M40 was Jerome Debize of Galway Metropolis Harriers in 3:07.52, whereas third in 3:14.43 was Kenneth Rothwell.

Julie McNamee, from Tir Chonaill AC in Donegal, was seventh general and first lady in 3:24.02. She’s been selecting up lots of second and third locations in in current endurance races and was delighted to notch up a win. Karen Clarke of Brothers Pearse in Dublin was second in 3:43.24 and Michelle Frutiger third in 3:51.33. All three ladies had been over 40.

Counting as much as 1,000

Ending in the back of the sector was David Brady of Raheny Shamrock AC. Brady had aimed to achieve his 1,000 marathon earlier than his seventieth birthday, earlier than the two-year lockdown put an finish to that ambition.

Glendalough was both his 979th or 980th marathon – he’s kinda misplaced monitor – and he’s delighted to be getting again into the swing of each coaching and counting down marathons.

“It might be good to complete my 1,000 within the Dublin Marathon, however we’ll see the way it works out. I gained’t be too apprehensive now if it goes into 2023.”

Quite a lot of distances

Peter Somba of Dunboyne AC and Leevale’s Lizzie Lee had been the winners of the inaugural Ashling Murphy 4-Miler in Tullamore on Sunday (Could 22).

Somba, who completed in 19 minutes 43 secs, was adopted dwelling by Mick Fogarty of Ferbane AC and Michael Murphy from the host membership Tullamore Harriers, whereas Sinead Whitelaw of Mullingar Harriers AC and Fiona Gettings of Longford AC wee the second and third ladies. Lee’s successful time was 22:30.

Among the many age group winners was Olympic marathon runner Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers who was first W50.

Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock AC was the winner of the Kingdom Come 10-Miler organised by An Riocht AC in Castleisland, Co Kerry, on Sunday.

Clohisey was a transparent winner in 50 minutes 47 secs, with Derek Griffin second in 54:04. In a double for Dublin membership runners, first lady was Niamh Clifford of Donore Harriers in 63:21.

On the identical day in Donabate, Co Dublin, Dylan O’Brien of Raheny Shamrock AC gained the LSA Peninsula 4-Mile highway race in 20 minutes 49 secs. First lady was Sheila Bourke of Lusk AC in 24:44.

On Saturday, Alan O’Shea of Bantry AC in 15 minutes 13 secs and Martina Kiely of St Finbarr’s AC in 17:50 had been the winners at the Barry O’Sullivan Memorial 5km in Dromahane

Earlier within the week

Each Paul O’Donnell of Dundrum South Dublin AC and Leevale Olympic steeplechaser Michelle Finn set course data at the Bob Heffernan and Mary Hanley 5km in Enfield on Tuesday night (Could 17).

O’Donnell gained the race in 14 minutes precisely, beating Peter Somba of Dunboyne AC who completed in 14:17 and grasp athlete Michael Harty of East Cork AC in 14:20 – which is an M40 Irish file.

With 4 runners within the prime 16, DSD AC completed better of the boys’s groups; Emmet Jennings and Michael McCarthy made up the scoring trio. Leevale AC was second and Mullingar Harriers third.

Within the ladies’s race, Finn’s successful time was 15 minutes 44 secs. Jessica Craig of North Down AC completed second in 16:18 and Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC third and first W40 in 16:27. With Jessica Coyne ending fourth, Leevale had been comfortably the ladies’s staff winners, forward of DSD AC and Longford AC.

Within the KIA staff class (mixed women and men’s staff outcomes), Leevale with 47 factors beat DSD on 62 and Mullingar Harriers on 122.

The race was the third spherical of the KIA Sequence, with 4 races to come back and one of the best 4 outcomes to rely.

On the identical night time in Cork, Niall Shanahan and Sinead O’Connor had been the winners at the John Buckley BHAA 5km.

Shanahan was a transparent general winner of the race ending in 14 minutes 42 secs and was additionally first M40. Within the battle for second place, his Division of Schooling staff mate Mark Walsh received to the road forward of Shane Collins of Apple Inc, with the pair timed at 5:16 and 15:22.

Sinead O’Connor, additionally working for the Division of Schooling staff, was first lady in 16:18. Carol Finn of Carol Finn Bodily Remedy was second in 17:38 and Michelle Kenny, one other Division of Schooling staff member, third in 17:48.

To no-one’s shock, the Division of Schooling staff gained each women and men’s A grade. Eli Lilly was first in males’s Grade B, the place Musgrave proved better of the ladies, whereas in Grade C, the Apple males and the Midleton City Council ladies had been the winners.

On the identical night time the annual ESB Seaside 5K was cancelled, with Sandymount Strand was a quagmire after a day of heavy rain.

Observe time

Ciara Mageean produced the Irish efficiency of the night time at the Birmingham Diamond league meet on Saturday (Could 21) when she completed fourth within the ladies’s 1500m in 4:04.70. Within the ladies’s 800m, newly-crowned Irish recordholder Louise Shanahan of Leevale AC completed eighth in 2:01.55.

Within the males’s B 800m, Luke McCann of UCD AC was fourth in 1:50.43, with newly minted Dundrum South Dublin AC member Rocco Zaman-Browne a fraction behind for fifth in 1:50.45. Zaman-Browne opened his outside season a couple of weeks in the past with a time of 1:48.12 for third place within the 800m on the British College Championships.

At the Lange Laufnacht in Karlsruhe, Germany, additionally on Saturday, Darragh McElhinney of UCD AC completed sixth within the 1500m in 3:39.79. He strikes as much as 5000m subsequent weekend. Within the ladies’s 800m, Claire Mooney was second in 2:03.91.

Ryan Forsyth of Newcastle AC was in motion in New York at the Observe Evening NYC on Friday (Could 21), the place he clocked 14:26.56 for twelfth within the 5000m. Marcus Reilly, son of Irish steeplechase Olympian Stephanie, ran a time of 4:08.46 within the boy’s mile, whereas Kevin Kelly was eleventh within the 1500m in 3:47.07.

Time for some league athletics

Spotlight of the Nationwide Observe and Discipline League opening spherical in Belfast was an exhilarating ladies’s premier division 1500m, the place the ageless Maria McCambridge of Dundrum South Dublin AC chased down Eimear O’Brien of Sligo County for the narrowest of victories.

Each ladies had a quick relaxation earlier than working once more – McCambridge completed third within the 3000m and O’Brien fourth within the 800m. Such is the character of league athletics!

Profitable the 3000m was Emma Mitchell of Clonliffe Harriers in 9:47.96. Grasp athlete Denise Toner of Monaghan County gained the 800m in 2:12.66.

Making it a center distance double for Dundrum South Dublin AC within the males’s premier division was Paul O’Donnell who beginning by successful the 1500m in a helpful time of three:54.33 after which ran a sensible race within the 5000m, monitoring early chief Sean O’Leary of Clonliffe Harriers for the primary few laps earlier than making his transfer and successful in 14:48.69. O’Leary was second in 15:28.05.

Clonliffe Harriers, the defending champions, completed the day on prime of the boys’s premier desk with 146 factors; DSD AC was second with 110 factors and Crusaders third with 99 factors. DSD topped with ladies’s desk with 127 factors, adopted by Louth County 106 factors and Clonliffe Harriers 100 factors. In division 1, Tir Chonaill AC proved better of the boys and had been an in depth second behind Ratoath AC on the ladies’s factors desk.

Subsequent spherical of the league takes place on July 31, with the ultimate on August 14.

Picture: Lindie Naughton

College competitions

Irish junior worldwide athlete Scott Fagan of Castleknock School had a troublesome battle within the senior 1500m on the second day of the Leinster Colleges Observe and Discipline Championships in Santry on Saturday (Could 21).

Fagan was chased all the way in which to the road with the pair ending in 3:58.83 and three:58.93 respectively. Equally shut was the senior 5000m when Jonas Stafford of ETS simply received the higher of Shane Spring of Ard Scoil Ris.Their instances had been 15:20.50 and 15:20.54.

Profitable the inter ladies 3000m in 10:03.63 was Anna Watson of St Joseph of Cluny – the quickest time of the day. Additionally spectacular was Maggie Jez of Lucan CC who comfortably gained the inter 1500m in 4:29.71, additionally the quickest time of the day.

Earlier within the week, on Wednesday (Could 19), Marcus Clarke of Castleknock School gained the senior boys’ 2000m steeplechase in 6 minutes 17.50 secs. Niall Carberry and Shane Spring, each Ard Scoil Ris, had been second and third.

Quickest within the mixed senior and inter ladies’ 1500m steeplechase was Eleanor Foot of Loreto Dalkey in 5:23.69, who took the inter title.

At the Munster Colleges Championships in Templemore, additionally on Saturday, Cian O’Boyle of St Flannan’s Ennis gained the senior boys 1500m in 4:03.92, whereas Joseph Tanner of Borrisokane CC gained the 5000m in 15:33.75.

Caoimhe Flannery of Skibbereen CS gained the inter ladies’ 1500m steeplechase in 5:23.71, with Louise O’Mahoney of Col Mhuire Ennis an untroubled winner of the 3000m in 10:05.96. A powerful winner of the senior 3000m in 9:57.47 was Jane Buckley of Col Toirbhirte Bandon.

Woman Mary Peters, winner of the Olympic pentathlon 50 years in the past in Munich, was a particular visitor at the Ulster Colleges Championships at Antrim Discussion board, once more on Saturday. Lucy Foster and Rebecca Rossiter had been among the many center distance winners on the day. Full outcomes to come back.

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