Sara Treacy, who will run the steeplechase for Ireland in the Rio Olympics, showed impressive form when she won both the 800m and 1500m at the UK Women’s League Div 1 match in Swansea. Treacy’s huge personal best of 2.06.84 for the 800m beat the Treacy family record; mother Siobhan ran 2:07 for the 800m thirty-five years ago. In the 1500m, Treacy, who was running in Birchfield Harriers colours, clocked a time of 4.22.8.
At the Diamond League Grand Prix in Birmingham, Deirdre Byrne of Sli Cualann finished 11th in the 5000m in a time of 15 mins 58.65 secs – off her season’s best of 15:39.45; Sara Treacy was pacemaker for the first 1.5km.
WINNERS of the SSE Airtricity Derry Marathon were Eric Koech from Kenya and Tullamore’s ageless Pauline Curley. Koech’s time of 2 hrs 23 mins 47 secs put him marginally ahead of fellow Kenyan Dan Tanui. Curley finished fifth overall in 2:47.23.
SINEAD DENNY OF DSD improved her personal best to 53.26 secs when winning the A 400m at Saturday’s Buyle meet in Oortegem, Belgium. Bandon’s Phil Healy clocked a time of 53.58 secs for victory in the B race, with Ciara McCallion of Clonliffe fourth in 54.83 secs. Winning the B 100m in 11.99 secs was Sarah Murray. Craig Lynch of Shercock won the men’s C 400m in 47.07 secs; the fastest Irish time over that distance so far this season. Jonathan Browning of Ballymena and Antrim won the A 100m in 10.80 secs; he also ran 10.78 secs in a warm-up race. In the 100m hurdles, Sarah Lavin of UCD ran in two races with 13.81 secs her fastest time. Paul Robinson of St Coca’s ran a time of 1:50.95 in the 800m, while Kelly Neely of City of Lisburn clocked 4:15.15 in the women’s 1500m.
MARCUS LAWLER of St Laurence O’Toole’s consolidated his position at the top of the current 200m rankings when he clocked 20.74 secs for second place in a 200m race in Salamanca, Spain.
IN THE USA, Dunleer’s Tomas Cotter ran a massive PB of 3:41.66 for the 1500m. A few weeks ago, Cotter ran a time of 8:37.12 for the steeplechase – the fastest Irish time since 1985 and the sixth fastest Irish time ever. On Friday, David Flynn of Clonliffe ran 8:51.25 for the steeplechase.
IN PRAGUE on Monday, Eoin Everard of Kilkenny ran a season’s best of 3:40.95 for the 1500m – agonisingly close to the 3:40.50 h needs if he’s to make the team for Amsterdam. Rose Anne Galligan, who has already run inside the 2:02.90 qualification mark for the Europeans, clocked a time of 2:03.24 for the 800m.
HIGHLIGHTS of the Leinster Championships held in Tullamore were 100m victories for Joseph Ojewumi of Tallaght in 10.79 secs and Mid-Sutton’s Sarah McCarthy in 11.94. Sarah Buggy’s 12.89m in the triple jump was a meet record, as was Anita White’s 49.18m in the javelin. Tralee’s Claire Fitzgerald competing as a guest threw 53.65m in the discus. A large entry from masters produced a number of meet record in various age groups. Deirdre O’Reilly of St Coca’s improved the W55 400m record to 71.84 secs; Aine Gilshinan of Menapians set a new W50 best of 5:02.33 for the 1500m. In the M60 hammer, Paddy Hanily of Fr Murphy’s threw 43.49m, while DSD triple jumper George Wyatt had a best of 12.06m in the M45 age group.
SSE Airtricity Derry Marathon (1,198 finishers; full results www.myrunresults.com)
1 Eric Koech 2:23.47, 2 Dan Tanui (Project Africa) 2:23.50, 3 Ciaran McGonagle (Rosses, M35) 2:41.24, 4 Niall Farquharson (M35) 2:46.01, 5 Paulien Curley (Tullamore Hrs, W45) 2:47.23. Women: 2 Hannah Oldroyd (Saltire Striders) 2:56.19, 3 Clare McGuigan (Lifford-Strabane) 3:07.16.