|Col Mhuire Mullingar – winners boys’ senior title|
On a misty moisty morning in south Dublin, Parkrun fever hit Marlay Park this morning with 370 turning out to run. Among them was Matt Shields, who brought the Parkrun concept to Ireland only a few short years ago, members of DLR Council who are helping finance the weekly free runs and representatives of local communities in the Dublin area aiming to start Parkruns of their own (Ardgillen Park near Balbriggan, Shanganagh Park near Bray and Griffeen Park in Lucan are already under discussion).
Although there is only the incentive of a personal best on the listings and a special t-shirt when you reach 50 runs, this simple but brilliant idea has clearly captured the imagination. Between Marlay and Malahide (they’re on their 18th run), around 700 men, women and children were running today in Dublin. Brilliant! Keep an eye on www.irishrunner.com for pics from Tomas Greally.
|Pics by Damian Lawlor of Col Mhuire|
* UCD ended a ten year DCU winning streak to finish best overall college at the Irish Universities Cross-Country Championships at UUJ. Even better, a variety of colleges featured in the top ten of both men and women’s races. UCD’s Fiona Roche was the winner of the women’s race over 4000m race, with Jason Fahy of Waterford IT scoring a solid victory over John Travers of AIT to win the the men’s 8000m. In a closely fought women’s team competition, Trinity beat UCC and UCD with DCU fourth. UCD, led by Chris Johnston in third place, won the men’s team title, with DCU, winners for the past five years, second. Watch it on Flotrack Ireland.
* Sean Tobin (High School Clonmel) and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) lived up to their billing to win the seniors races at the Aviva Irish Schools Cross-Country in UU Jordanstown.
In the girls’ 2.5km, Linda Conroy (Mercy Kilbeggan) did her best to stick with Buttner but fell back when Cleirigh Buttner opened up a decisive 15 metre gap Sarah Ni Mhaolmhuire (Colaiste Iosagain) snatched the bronze to ensure team gold for Colaiste Iosagain with a score of just nine points.
After finished second last year, Sean Tobin was determined to end his schools career on a winning note. Hugh Armstrong (Gortner Abbey Crossmolina) made the early pace but Tobin was keeping a watching brief and broke clear with two laps to go in the 6000m race. Armstrong held on for second with Kyle Larkin third and Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar best of the teams.
Clodagh O’Reilly (Loreto Cavan) led the inter girls’ 3,500m race from the start to come home a comfortable winner. In second place Isabelle Carron was leading Skerries CC to team victory.
In the inter boys’ 4,500m race, Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannan’s Ennis) only just pipped Jack MacGabhann (St Mary’s College) in the best race of the day. Liam MacGiolla Phadraig (Colaiste Eoin) finished third and St Malachy’s Belfast finished top team.
Siofra O’Flaherty (St Leo’s Carlow) won the junior girls’ race ahead of Eimear Fitzpatrick (Our Lady’s Terenure) . Colaiste Iosagain won the team title. Fearghal Curtin (Midleton CBS) was a comfortable winner of the boys’ junior race , with Alan Monaghan (St Patrick’s Navan) second and Oisin O Gibne (Drogheda Grammar) third. St Michael’s Enniskillen took team gold.
Caoimhe Harrington (Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai) and Paddy Maher (Dunshauglin CC) won the minor races.
Watch all the action on Flotrack Ireland.
Saturday March 9
Irish Universities C-C Championships, UUJ
Women’s 4km (55 finishers) : 1 Fiona Roche (UCD) 19.22, 2 Maria O’Sullivan (TCD) 19.45, 3 Una Britton (UL) 19.52, 4 Becky Woods (TCD) 19:59, 5 Lorna Fitzpatrick (QUB) 20.21, 6 Eleanor Hartnett (UCD) 20.25, 7 Snead O’Connor (UCC) 20.35, 8 Mary Mulhare (DCU) 20.50. Teams– 1 TCD (2,4,13,17) 26, 2 UCC (7,10,12,15) 44, 3 UCD (1,6,16,24) 47, 4 DCU (8,9,14,20) 51.
Men’s 8km (114 finishers) : 1 Jason Fahy (WIT) 27.44, 2 John Travers (AIT) 28.03, 3 Chris Johnston (UCD) 28.19, 4 Liam Brady (DIT) 28.47, 5 Darren McBrearty (DCU) 28.53, 6 Sam Mealy (TCD) 29.01, 7 James O’Hare (QUB) 29.06, 8 Ben Thistlewood (UCC) 19.07, 9 Conor Dooney (DIT) 29.13,10 Mark O’Sullivan (CIT) 29.14. Teams – 1 UCD (3,11,12,19,22,23) 90, 2 DCU (5,13,15,18, 33,35) 119, 3 UCC (8,17,21,27,30,31) 134, 4 TCD (14,28,41,47, 54) 190.
Overall teams – 1 – UCD , 2 UCC, 3 CDU, 4 TCD, 5 UL.
Parkrun 5km Marlay (No 1; 370 finishers). www.parkrun.ie/marlay/