Tomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght recorded one of the best results of his career to date when he won the Enniscorthy 10km in a time of 30 mins 13 secs today.
Fitzpatrick forced the pace from the start and by the 3km mark, had a 10m lead on the 2012 winner Brian Maher of KCH and Rathfarnham’s Sean Hehir.
He had extended that lead to 50m with 2km to go and although Maher and Hehir did their best to close the gap in the final kilometre, Fitzpatrick came home a comfortable winner. Maher was six seconds behind for second and Hehir eight seconds behind again.
Finishing first woman and 14th overall was Maria McCambridge with a time of 33 mins 38 seconds – half a minute slower than last year. Barbara Sanchez of Raheny was second in 34:35 and Mayo’s Catherine Conway third in 36:14. The top top three men and women are all part of the Marathon Mission and running heavy miles in preparation for spring marathons.
Keeping a eye on them was Marathon Mission coach Dick Hooper, with a large contingent from Raheny Shamrock also running and taking six of the top ten places in the men’s race. Pics at www.lindie.zenfolio.com
* Loughrea race walker Olive Loughnane has retired at the age of 36. From 2000-2012, Loughnane represented Ireland in four consecutive Olympic Games. The pinnacle of her career came at the 2009 World Championships where she took silver in the 20km walk, winning the Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year award for her achievement.
* Also in Belgium, Joe Sweeney had a three minute margin when winning the Groet uit Schoorl 30km race in 1:34.17, with Alan McCormack 7th in 1:44.00.
* Leevale’s Derval O’Rourke ran 8.11 to win the 60m hurdles at the British Indoor Trials in Sheffield. Her time wasn’t too far off her best of 7.96 and she left British hurdler Sarah Claxton trailing in her wake. In the 800m, Claire Tarplee (DSD) had a great win in 2:03.66 – just off her PB of 2:03.46.
Rose-Anne Galligan finished third in the 1500m in 4:20.52 – off the 4:14.3 she ran in Vienna on January 29. Kerry Harty (Newcastle) was fourth in the 3000m in 9:20.95 (PB 9:08.5), while in the men’s 3000m, Stephen Scullion of North Belfast Harriers was sevht in a new PB of 8:10.78.
* Marcus Lawlor (SLOT) set new junior 60m and 200m records of 6.92 and 21.31 at the National Junior/U23 Indoors in Athlone. Those records were held by Jason Smyth and Paul Hession respectively.Sarah Lavin (Emerald) broke Derval O’Rourke’s junior 60m hurdles record with a time of 8.44, also winning the 60m in 7.57.
* UCD’s Ciara Everard broke Aisling Molloy’s record when she won the senior invitation 800m in 2:02.54. That times qualifies her for the European Indoors. Laura Crowe was second in 2:04.69. John Travers (Donore) won the men’s 1500m.
Junior – 60m: 1 Sarah Lavin (Emerald) 7.57, 2 P Healy (Bandon) 7.58, 3 M Heelan (Emerald) 7.86; 60mH: 1 Sarah Lavin (Emerald) 8.44(NJR), 2 S Dawkins (St Joseph’s) 9.08, 3 C O’Mahoney (Dooneen) 9.14. 200m: 1 P Healy (Bandon) 25.52, 2 K Waterman (Leevale) 25.58, 3 K McCrery (Tír Chonaill) 25.68. 400m: 1 A Lally (GCH) 56.58, 2 J Bromwell (Emerald) 56.78, 3 N Millet (St Abban’s) 57.58. 800m: 1 L Shanahan (Leevale) 2:24.20, 2 M Brannigan (GCH) 2:24.33, 3 E Milner (St Coca’s) 2:26.84. 1500m: 1 M Ryan (DSD) 4:58.52, 2 H Lockhead (Dublin City Harriers) 5:02.23, 3 M Maher (GCH) 5:04.88; 3km Walk: 1 A Boylan (Oriel) 15:10.79, 2 S Nash (St Abban’s) 15:31.58, 3 E Glennon (Mullingar) 15:41.26. Long Jump: 1 L O’Shea (KCH) 5.56, 2 A Stafford (Menapians) 5.35, 3 F O’Shea (Dooneen) 5.15. Triple Jump: 1 D Ryan (Nenagh) 10.58, 2 E Brady (Tír Chonaill) 10.01, 3 A Mounsey (Borrisokane) 9.45. High Jump: 1 S Murphy (Ferrybank) 1.68, 2 N Murphy (Ferrybank) 1.68, 3 P Rogan (Greystones & District) 1.68. Shot: 1 N Murphy (Blarney/Inniscarra) 13.04, 2 L McSweeney (Bandon) 11.64, 3 S Parkinson (Gowran) 10.88.
Junior– 60m: 1 M Lawler (SLOT) 6.90(JR), 2 D Power (Tullamore) 7.00, 3 K Pike (Clonliffe) 7.01. 60mH: 1 A Creamer (Annalee) 8.05, 2 M McGervey (City of Derry) 8.18, 3 G McKenna (Shercock) 8.20. 200m:A – 1 M Lawler (SLOT) 21.31(NJR), 2 K Elliot (North Sligo) 22.10, 3 D Power (Tullamore) 22.18. B- 1 J McCloskey (City of Derry) 23.03,2 E Crotty (Emerald) 23.05,3 R Meagher (GCH) 23.36. 400m: 1 E Wallace (Ratoath) 49.41, 2 E Madden (Carrick-on-Suir) 50.37, 3 D McNamara (Tullamore) 50.68. 800m: 1 C Kirk (LaganValley) 1:55.29, 2 D Harper (Sligo) 1:55.34, 3 A Wright (Willowfield Harriers) 1:56.93. 1500m: 1 D Lawler (SLOT) 4:04.92, 2 M Carey (Clonmel) 4:05.85, 3 J Corbett (Thurles Crokes) 4:05.94. 3km walk: 1 L Hickey (Leevale) 12:23.19, 2 A Egan (Clonmel) 13:30.60, 3 A Tobin (Clonmel) 13:38.03.
John Minogue Memorial 8km, Miltown Malbay (366 finishers; results courtesy James Sexton)
Men: 1 Michael Shannon (St John’s) 25.38, 2 Jake O’Regan (St John’s) 25.53, 3 Julio Cesar F Castro (Kilmurry Ibr NC) 26.34.
Women: 1 Barbara Cleary (Donore, W35) 28.28, 2 Noreen Mackey (Kilmurry Ibr NC) 33.14. 3 Eileen McCullagh (Thurles Crokes) 34.45. W40: Loretto Duggan (St Mary’s Clare) 35.03.
Saturday February 9