Strong runs from Mark English, Paul Robinson and Brian Gregan.

Mark English – back in action

In his first race for some time, UCD’s Mark English finished fourth in the 800m at the Boston Boost meet yesterday. His time of 1:46.06, though well off his personal best of 1:44.84 run in 2013, was am encouraging start to his season. Qualifying mark for the World Championships is 1:45.90.

At Nimwegan in the Netherlands yesterday, Paul Robinson of St Coca’s ran 3:38.10 for the 1500m; qualifying mark for the Worlds is 3:36. In Arhus, Denmark, hurdler Ben Reynolds  of North Down  went under the  Commonwealth Games qualification standard   of 13.80. He clocked 13.67 (+1.0) in the heats before winning the final in 13.60 (+1.1). Next up for Reynolds are three races in seven days – NI Seniors 10 June, Huevla EAP 14 June and Desseau EAP 16 June. Also in Aarhus, Northern Ireland athlete Leon Reid ran 10.33 (+2.0) for the 100m.

Clonliffe’s Brian Gregan  was one of a number of Irish athletes in action today at the Putbos Memorial in Belgium.

He won his 400m race in 45.90 secs – not far off the world championships qualifying mark of 45.50 secs and enough to put him top of the current Irish rankings.  Andrew Mellon of North Down finished sixth in the same race in 47.32 secs. In other 400m races,  Harry Purcell of Trim clocked 47.83 secs  and  Craig Newell of Ballymena and Antrim 47.87 secs. In the women’s  400m, Sinead Denny of DSD finished fourth in 54.06 secs.

Bandon’s Joan Healy  ran 11.81 secs to win the 100m heat 1; in heat 2, Catherine McManus of DCH was the winner in 11.82 secs. McManus also lined out in the 100m hurdles, where she finished fourth in 13.76 secs – her best time in some years.

Best of the Irish in the men’s 100m was DSD’s Mark Kavanagh with 10.97 secs; Kavanagh also clocked 21.78 secs for 200m. In the 400m hurdles, Jason Harvey of Crusaders was third in 51.97 secs. Naas’s Claire Mooney finished fifth in the faster of two women’s 800m races with a time of 2:04.95; this was just off her PB of 2:04.66 run last week at Oordegem. In the same race, Fiona Kehoe was 10th in 2:08.93. Winning the B race was UCD’s Alanna Lally in 2:08.64, with Nadia Power of Templeogue sixth in 2:10.62.  In the men’s 800m, Robert Tully clocked a time of 1:50.20. Making a comeback in the women’s 1500m was Ciara Everard of  Kilkenny with a time of 4:33.68.

Christine McMahon of Ballymena was in action at a meet in Marseille, France where she clocked 58.15 secs for  fifth in the
400m hurdles.

Reynolds joins Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley AC), Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC), Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders), Emma Mitchell (QUB AC), Adam McMullan (Crusaders AC) and Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) on the list of local athletes with Commonwealth qualification marks.

ON THE ROADS, Clonliffe’s Dave Flynn ran 66 mins 31 secs at the San Diego Half Marathon in the USA,


Friday June 2

Ballyskenach 5km (351 finishers;
Men: 1 Liam Brady (Tullamore Hrs) 15.53, 2 Mick Fogarty (Ferbane AC) 15.59, 3 Tom Lupton (Portlaoise AC) 16.00. M40: Catch Grennan (Ferbane AC) 16.36.
Women: 1 Nadine Donnegan (Tullamore Hrs) 18.31, 2 Sinead Rigney (Tullamore Hrs) 19.09, 3 Jacqueline Hughes (Thurles Crokes) 19.24.

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