Weekend Round-Up: PB for Everard; Lavin, Lawler, Healy Double Up


UCD’s Ciara Everard clocked 2:04.86 to finish second in the women’s A  and the BMC Meet in Watford; a BMC personal best. Everard picked up a niggling injury when in Rome last month and has only returned to racing. Earlier this year, she ran 2:02.54 indoors.

Michael Mulhare of Portlaoise moved closer to the 14 minute barrier when he finished second in the A 5000m in 14:03.71. In seventh place was Clonliffe’s Mark Kenneally in14:14.94, followed by John Travers of Donore 12th in 14:34.21.

Steeplechaser Tomas Cotter of  Dunleer  won the 1500m D race in 3: 47.08 – a PB he is sure to improve on in the coming weeks.  Kerry Harty of Newcastle returned to the steeplechase after running the 5000m in Santry last week and finished fourth in 10:33.93 – off her best of 10:06.30 recorded earlier this season on Loughborough.  Full Irish results below.

 Kelly Proper of Ferrybank was just 13 points off her newly minted Irish heptathlon record when she scores 5429 points at the European Multievents Cup League 2 in Rieberia Brava, Madeira. Bandon’s Roisin Howard was just off 4000 points with 3973.

Other good results over the weekend included an 800m  2:02.04 for Rose Anne Galligan  in Rheims, France; 56.74 in the 400m hurdles  for Ferrybank’s Jessie Barr in Chambery,France;  4.21 for Raheny pole vaulter Zoe Brown at the Welsh Championships;  11.99 for Louise Kiernan in the 100m at Nivelles and 46.83 in the 400m for Brian Murphy in Notwil.

Emerald’s Sarah Lavin stormed to victory in the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.69 at the Woodie’s DIY National Junior & Under 23 Championships. A day earlier, Lavin had the won the 100m hurdles at the Mannheim Junior International in 13.50. Next up for Lavin, who competes at the European Junior Championships in Italy from July 18, is the Cork City Sports.

Also in Mannheim, Ruairi Finnegan won the 800m in 1:50.97, with Karl Griffin 7th in 1:52.88 and Shane Fitzsimons 12th in 1:53.69. In the 1500m, Sean Tobin was third in 3:48.17. Siofra Cleirigh Buttner ran 2:05.40 to finish sixth in the women’s 800m.  In the sprints, Sligo’s Zak Irwin ran 10.90 for 100m and 21.79 for 200m.

In the junior sprints at Tullamore, Marcus Lawler of St Laurence O’Toole and Phil Healy of Bandon both recorded doubles. Lawler recorded times of 10.61 (100m) and 21.86 (200m);  Healy was timed at 11.80 (100m) and 24.33 (200m).

Conor McCullough of Crusaders won the U23 hammer with a throw of 67.02m comfortably over the 66m he needed for the European U23 Championships starting in Tampere, Finland on July 10.

Catherine McManus of Celtic DCH just edged out her clubmate Steffi Creaner to win the U23 100m in 11.77 (wind +2.1), with Creaner timed at 11.79. Creaner later won the 200m in 24.63 and will race over this distance at the European U23s.

DSD’s Sinead Denny shaved more off her personal best when she won the U23 400m in 54.09.

Thomas Barr of Ferrybank made a welcome return after a long battle with injury to win the U23 400m hurdles in 51.94.

Over the longer distances, Letterkenny’s Darren McBrearty was a comfortable winner of the U23 800m in 1:51.73.

Finn Valley thrower John Kelly won the junior shot putt by nearly three metres with a throw of 16.31m, while Aoife Hickey of Kilkenny City Harriers threw 56.02m to win the U23 Hammer.  

* A double for Sam Healy of Carrigaline CS was just one of the highlights at the Aviva Schools Tailteann Games in Tullamore. Healy jumped a personal best 6.97m in the fifth round of the long jump and followed up with 7.06m in the final round. He also won the 100m hurdles in a personal best 13.05 secs.

Ronan Jenkinson of Campbell College was in the form of his life when he won the javelin with a mighty throw of 57.14m. That not only broke the 1979 mark of 56.32m set by Mark O’Connor but added five metres to his previous best.

Adam King from Colaiste na Sceilige, who will represent Ireland at the European Youth Olympics in Utrecht, was less than a metre off the Games record when he won the hammer with a best of 66.98m.

Another double winner was Megan Marrs of Strathern Belfast, who took both the 100m and the 80m hurdles. Closest race of the day was the 800m where Alanna Lally of Pres Athenry held off Louise Shanahan (Scoil Mhuire Cork) and Carla Sweeney (St MacDara’s), with just hundredths separating the three.

* Winning national 20km walk titles in St Anne’s Park Raheny, Dublin, were Michael Doyle (Tara) in 1:37.43 and Rebecca Collins (North Down) 1:52.52. Mohill”s Laura Reynolds fine tuned her World University Games preparations by recording a personal best 44:53 for 10km.

*World Youth Championship Team (Donetsk, Ukraine, Jul 10-14):

Girls – Alanna Lally, 400m (Galway City Harriers); Fiona Tuite, shot (Fingallians); Alice Akers, hammer (Marian); Kayleigh Cronin, discus (Spa Muckross). Boys – Zak Irwin, 200m (Sligo); Fellan McGuigan, hammer (Finn Valley); John Kelly, shot (Finn Valley); David Cussen, high jump (Old Abbey).

 Sunday June 30

Woodie’s DIY Junior and U-23 T-F Championships, Tullamore.  Selected results


Women100m: (+1.2) 1 P Healy (Bandon) 11.80, 2 M Marrs (Lisburn) 12.03. 200m: 1 Healy 24.33, 2 G Moynihan (W Muskrry) 24.75, 3 C Manning (KCH) 24.92. 400m: Moynihan 54.97. 800: A corssey (Newry) 2:11.14. 100m H: S Lavin (Emerald) 13.69. 400m H: N Millett ( St Abban’s) 60.62. Triple jump: S Buggy ( St Abban’s) 11.60. Hammer: 1 M O’Neill (Gneeveguilla) 46.03, 2 Akers (Marian) 54.10.

Men – 100m (+1.2): 1 M Lawler (SLOT) 10.61, 2 K Pike (Clonliffe) 10.93. 3 D Power (Tullamore) 10.95. 200m (-2.2): 1 Lawler 21.86. 400m H: 1 Ben Keiley (Ferrybank) 54.04. High jump: 1 David Cussen ( Old Abbey) 2.00. Long jump: 1 S Howard (Bandon) 7.07, 2 Cussen 7.00. Triple jump: Howard 13.42. Shot: J Kelly (FV) 16.31. Javelin: M Hanlon (Dunboyne) 60.73.


Women – 100m (+2.1): 1 C McManus (Celtic DCH) 11.77, 2 S Creaner (Celtic DCH) 11.79, 3 S Murray (Fingallians) 11.89. 200m (+0.3): Creaner 24.63. 400m: 1 S Denny (DSD) 54.09. Hammer: A Hickey (KCH) 56.02.

Men – 100m: P Whelan (Clonliffe) 10.81. 200m: 1 D Kervick (C -on-Suir) 21.61, 2 R Morrissey (Crusaders) 21.69, 3 L O Cathain (Roscommon) 21.84. 400m: T Crowe (Dooneen) 48.42, 2 J Dowling (DSD) 48.53, 3 A McComb (N Down) 48.58, 4 B Maze (Lagan V) 48.59. 800m: 1 D McBrearty (Letterkenny) 1:51.73, 2 B Kelly (St Asbban’s) 1:52.77, 3 M Patterson (N Down) 1:53.15. 5000m: L Brady (Tullamore) 15:08.40. 400m H: T Barr (Ferrybank) 51.94. Long jump: S Gaffney 9Rathfarnham WSAF) 7.01. Discus: M Pons (DMP) 49.88. Hammer: C McCullough (Crusaders) 67.02, 2 D McGuigan 9Finn Valley) 62.15.

British Milers’ Club, Watford ; Irish results(www.britishmilersclub.com).

Women – 800m: Ciara Everard (UCD) 2:04.86, Fiona Kehoe 2:09.5; Bronagh Furlong 2:14.09 (PB) , 1500m: Ann Marie McGlynn (Lifford) 4:27.28 (PB), Eleanor Alexander (Clonliffe) 4:30.14, Becky Woods  (Clonliffe) 4:31.38, Ciara Dullaghan (Lagan Valley) 4:53.03. 3000m S/C: Kerry Harty (Newcastle) 10:33.93, Elizabeth Egan 11:28.53.

Men – 800m: Darragh Green (Dunleer) 1:51.79, Richard Owens (Sli Cualann/UCD) 1:54.78, Mark McDonald (Clonliffe) 1:54.95. 1500m: Tomas Cotter (Dunleer) 3:47.08 (PB), Rory Chesser (Ennis TC) 3:47.88, Michel Dowling (Ferrybank) 3:47.41 (PB), Steven Morrow ( Ballymena & Antrim) 3:54.29, Eric Keogh (Donore) 3:54.73 (PB), Ray Hynes (Crusaders) 3:55.25 (PB),  Daire Bermingham (Raheny) 4:00.55.  5000m: Michael Mulhare (Portlaoise) 14:0.71 (PB), Mark Kenneally (Clonliffe) 14:14.94, John Travers (Donore) 14:34.21, Eddie McGinley (Annadale) 14:34.63, Andrew Agnew (Annadale) 14:45.38, Niall Sheehan 15:7.61, Vincent Connolly (Mullingar) 15:44.30.

Hills: Irish/Connacht Championships, Croagh Patrick (7km, 826m) www.imra.ie.

Men: Gary Bailey (Mourne Runners) 57.13, 2 Bernard Fortune (SBR, M40) 57.14, 3 Tom Blackburn (Mooreabbey Milers,M40) 57.14. Women: 1 Catherine Devitt (Rathfarnham WSA) 70.45, 2 Hazel McLoughlin (Lagan Valley) 77.30, 3 Betty Walsh (W40) 81.02.

Keith Duffy 5km in aid of Irish Autism Action, Phoenix Park, Dublin. (670 finishers; www.keithduffy5krun.com.

1 Colm O’Connell (Raheny) 16.03,2 Pearse Coyle 16.54, 3 Catherina McKiernan (W40) 17.05, 4 Kate O’Neill (MSB) 17.27, 5 Paul Farrell 17.28, 6 Late Entry 18.27.

Saturday June 29

Hills: Irish/Connacht Championships, Mweelrea (11km, 766m),. www.imra.ie.

Men: 1 Des Kennedy (Raheny Shamrock, M40) 47.29, 2 Brian Furey (Rathfarnham WSAF) 49.51, 3 Tom Blackburn (Mooreabbey Milers, M40) 50.20. Women: 1 Diane Wilson (Dromore, W40) 56.21, 2 Hazel McLaughlin (Lagan Valley) 62.21, 3 Martina Nolan (W40) 69.31.

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