Britton wins 1500m in Athlone; plus roads round-up

Fionnuala Britton of Kilcoole  went under the European Indoors qualifying mark (4.14) when she won the 1500m in  huge personal best time of 4:13.96 at  Day 2 of the Woodie’s DIY National Indoors in Athlone. Britton already has the mark for the 3000m and will race again over this distance in Stockholm on Wednesday evening..

Second was Kerry Harty of Newcastle in a fastest ever time, with Laura Crowe a close third. MSB’s John Coghlan won the men’s 1500m in 3:47.43 holding off Eoin Everard  from KCH, with Doheny’s  Joe Warne third.
In the men’s 3000m, Athlone resident John Travers  of Donore was roared on to victory in 7:58.55 – another European Indoor qualifying mark.
Ciara Everard won the women’s 800m for a third year with a time of 2:07.77 after going through 400m in 69 seconds.  Siobhan Eviston  of Raheny was second, with Rose-Anne Galligan and DSD junior Siofra Cleirigh Buttner crossing the line together for third and fourth.   Mark English won the men’s 800m in an indoor personal best time of 1:48.44.
Jason Harvey beat Tim Crowe and Joe Dowling to win a rough-and-tumble men’s 400m in 47.94, with both John Houston and Paul McKee failing to finish; McKee who coaches Harvey, was allegedly barged off the track at the  half-way point. Shauna Cannon won the women’s 400m – her first senior title in a personal best 55.13. 
With Derval O’Rourke a non-starter, Sarah Lavin of Emerald, who had  run 8.44 to break O’Rourke’s Irish junior record a week earlier, won the  60m hurdles in an even faster 8.36 seconds- another Irish junior record. Winning the men’s hurdles in 8.21 was Matt Field., with 18-year-old Keith Pike first in the 60m flat in 6.92.
Keeping the best until last was comeback kid Kelly Proper. After winning the long jump yesterday, the Ferrybank athlete took the 60m in 7.45 and then rounded off her day with a brilliant 23.84 to win the 200m.  Proper took full advantage in the 60m final when both Amy Foster and Ailis McSweeney were among a significant number of athletes disqualified for false starting over the weekend. Foster’s time of 7.33 from the heats was the fastest of the weekend. 
No surprises  in the men’s 200m,  won by Clonliffe’s Brian Gregan in 21.33. 
In the field, Sean Breathnach of GCH won the shot with a personal best  16.75m.  Raheny’s Zoe Brown won the women’s pole vault with a 4.22 effort after attempting a European Indoors qualifying mark of 4.37.  See RTE2 Monday 8pm for a one hour highlights programme. 
* At Ras na hEireann in Drogheda, Americans visitors took the top five places in the men’s race. Good run from Kate O’Neill who  finished second in the women’s open race.
* Tragic news from Drumshanbo 10km where a participant has died.

Saturday  February 16/Sunday February 17 

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