The weather early on St. Stephen’s Day morning wasn’t
too great but the decision of those that ventured out to compete in the "Shane Brennan 5km" in
Newtownforbes, Co. Longford proved a good one as the rain stopped 10 minutes before the race, making for cool but dry perfect
running conditions. Among the more than 250 competitors running off the Christmas carbohydrate overload were sixteen Mullingar
athletes, with six winning prizes in their categories.
Finishing 4th overall and 2nd senior man was Malcolm McDonnell in 17:06, with
Mark McCann on his heels in 17:07 to finish 3rd senior man. Next in for Mullingar was Matt
Glennon (2nd in master category), followed by Ollie Donnelly (1st in master category),
Aron Fahey, Ben Vaitkevichius (3rd in master category), Pat
Muldoon Senior, Aine O’Reilly and John Bannon. Also
competing in Newtownforbes and enjoying the festive fun to round off 2012 were Edel Glennon,
Susan Glennon, Sean McMullin (1st in master category), Brendan
Marshall, Mary Goldsberry, Kevin Glennon and Sinead
"Fields of Athenry" 10km
Without fear of contradiction, it’s fair to say that while Newtownforbes
escaped the rain on St. Stephen's Day, the same couldn’t be said for Athenry where Apocalyptic is the only description
that comes even close to describing conditions for the "Fields of Athenry" 10km! Some
pools of water on the roads had turned into mini-lakes with water several inches deep. Regardless of the weather, over 1,000
took part, all delighted to cross the line and not let the weather get the better of them. Among them was Eddie
Newman finishing in 37:51, placing him 45th overall and 2nd in his master category
to round off his year with another prize.
St. Oliver Plunkett’s Hurling
On Sunday afternoon 16th December we saw a new fixture on the local road race calendar that has
all the hallmarks of a race that is sure to grow – interesting course, friendly organisation and good prizes. The inaugural
St. Oliver Plunkett’s Hurling Club 5km Run attracted a good attendance of nearly 100 athletes taking
full advantage of the cool but dry and calm weather and enjoying the course, which was a mix of open road and canal towpath,
with plenty of stewards along the way to make sure no-one went astray. Being a local race it was well supported by Mullingar
About a mile into the race and Stephen Nea, Malcolm McDonnell
and Mark McCann began to slowly open a gap on the field. As the race progressed, Stephen began
to impose himself and gradually pull away and opened a gap that he held to the finish to win comfortably,
with Malcolm finishing strongly in 2nd, and Mark close behind in 3rd. Next in for Mullingar
was Liam McGlynn (1st in his master category), Keith Gorry,
Eddie Newman (2nd in his master category), Mel Carthy,
Ben Vaitkevichius (1st in his master category), Noel Moody
(1st in his master category), Michael Walshe, Aisling
Moody (1st woman), Lorna Moody (2nd woman), Brian
Farrell (1st boy), Marc Reilly-Watters, Christy
Creagh (1st in his master category), Ciara Smith (1st
girl), Hugh O’Reilly and PJ Ballesty.
Linda Conroy witnesses a bit of history at Euro Cross Country
An airport closure in Budapest on Friday
7th December meant that Linda Conroy and the Ireland teams for the European Cross Country Championships
in Szentendre (Budapest), Hungary had to change their travel plans. Instead
of a direct flight to Budapest on Friday, the teams had to fly to London, stop overnight there, and on Saturday take a flight
to Venice and then a two hour coach trip to Budapest. Not the ideal preparation for an important fixture but such is the life
of the International athlete that Linda can add to her bank of experience.
The Junior women race in sub-zero temperatures
and a blanket of packed snow early on Sunday morning 9th December surely tested the mettle of everyone taking part but Linda
stuck to her task and was the fifth score for the Ireland team that placed a very respectable eighth overall. Having only
experienced juvenile International athletics up to now, this was Linda’s first taste of the big time and a very big
step up for her, especially as she is still only 16 years of age and therefore eligible
for another three years and was very possibly one of the youngest in the race. Next year’s Euro Cross Country will be
in Belgrade (Serbia), which is likely to be just as cold, so assuming Linda qualifies in 2013, at least she’ll know
what to expect.
It must have been quite inspiring for Linda to be present to see Fionnuala Britton
her individual title in the Senior women race, proving that she really is a top class athlete, and leading
Ireland to the gold team medals, a first for Ireland. This is a brilliant result for Fionnuala and the Ireland
team. It’s not too long ago when we saw her competing in underage events at home, so her win should really be an inspiration
to Linda that it is very realistic to set her sights to a similar height.
AAI XC 2012 (Day 2) Novice & Juvenile Uneven Ages (Adamstown)
Results mix-up, so we don't really know how we did!
Full results finalized,
so we know we did well - updated 12 Dec Read more
Waterford Half Marathon
cold sharp weather on Saturday 1st December didn’t prevent nearly 1,400 toeing the line for the Waterford AC
Half Marathon. Having an excellent run and very pleased to finish 15th overall in 1:18:00, this performance from
Maurice Looby was good enough to take second prize in his master category. Despite
all the months of preparation, Clare O’Donnell was unable to compete in the Dublin City
marathon last October due to injury, but has since recovered and was delighted to be able to take part in and complete the
half marathon last Saturday in 1:55:49. With great team spirit, unselfishly keeping pace for her and encouraging her all the
way were Philip Burke, Thomas Archbold, Pauline
Troy and Martin Brady, with the "Mattie’s Marathoners" quintet safely
crossing the line together. Well done to all who made the long journey to Waterford to support this fixture.
AAI XC 2012 (Day 1) Inter-Counties &
Juv. Even Ages (Tattersalls)
European Cross Country Selection for Linda
Great underage Mullingar team performances Read more
NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships
Competing in the Iona College colours at the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships
held at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday 17th November, which drew a huge entry
of over 245 athletes in the 10km men’s race, Jake Byrne had a good competitive run and
was Iona’s second finisher with a time of 31:14.7. Unfortunately, the Iona team finished out of the medals and
in fact this was the first time since 2001 that Iona finished outside of the top ten places at the NCAAs but as Jake is only
in his second year at Iona, he has a few more years to amend that and put Iona back in the top finishers once again.
Leinster Cross Country - Day 2 (Dunboyne)
Clean sweep of underage Club
team titles Read more
Northeast Regional XC Championship
Byrne continued his excellent current form with another very good run on Friday 9th November to finish eighth
in 30:29.4 in the 10km race at the NCAA Northeast Regional XC Championships
held at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Connecticut. Jake was the third
score on the winning Iona team. The win earns Iona an automatic place in the NCAA Championships to be held on Saturday
17th November in Louisville, Kentucky.
Leinster Cross Country - Day 1 (Avondale)
for all our underage teams secures Mullingar's reputation in XC Read more
Dublin City Marathon
The annual Dublin City Marathon held
on Bank Holiday Monday saw the largest ever number of athletes from our Club taking part, and in the process almost all of
them produced personal best times, with Kevin Baker running a blinder to finish in 51st place
overall in a fine time of 2 hours 38 minutes to lead twelve Club members under the magic 3 hours mark. Following Kevin home
was Mark Carroll (2:43), Patrick Muldoon Junior (2:48), Gerry
Duffy (2:53), Eddie Newman (2:54), Ollie Donnelly (2:55),
Mary Scully (2:58), Damien Monaghan (2:59), Mark
McCann (2:59), Matt Glennon (2:59), Martin Lyons (2:59) and
Mel Carthy (2:59). Mary Scully had a particularly fine run to finish fourth
in her category, becoming the second woman from Mullingar Harriers to finish under three hours, the first being Anne Goggin
a few years back. All who took part and achieved their goal are to be congratulated and they all deserve a good rest now for
a few weeks.
Pat Muldoon Junior (3:08), Mickey Dan Murtagh (3:10), Murty Hanly (3:10), Stephen
Naughton (3:16), Sinead Roche (3:18), Dermot Berry (3:28), Enda O’Carolan, Brian Maguire, Seamus Kiernan, Terri Greene, Paddy Monaghan, Naomi Duggan, Patricia Broderick,
Joan Flynn, John Raleigh, Thomas Archbold, Andrew Kinane, Martin Brady, Pauline Troy, Niamh Gibney, Mary Ormsby, Ciara Dillon,
Emer Foley, Ruth Lynch, Deirdre Raleigh, Siobhan McCarthy, Wendy O’Leary, Breda Walsh, Martina Kennedy, Catherine Mooney,
Laura Egan, Sinead Muldoon, Grace Tyrrell, Siobhan Ruane and Paula Kilmurray.
Cross Country Championship
He might have been running at Disney’s Wide World
of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Saturday morning 27th October, but Jake Byrne
certainly didn’t put in a Mickey Mouse performance at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship.
Jake continued his recent run of excellent form to finish a brilliant fourth overall in the 8,000m race in 24:30.78, helping
Iona to the team title. Jake’s next competition will be at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at Van Cortlandt
Park, New York in two weeks time.
Gerry Farnan Cross Country
Amended 26 Oct - Tom McGrath missing
from official results
Conditions were ideal in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 21st October for the
Gerry Farnan Cross Country & Masters Trials where Mullingar had a number
of master athletes in action looking to earn selection on the Ireland teams to compete at the British and Irish
Masters International Cross Country, which this year will be held in
Dublin Stormont, Belfast.
In the women’s race seniors and masters ran together over 3 miles,
and Breda Daly finished a very respectable eighth in her master category, which
unfortunately won’t earn her selection on the Ireland team, but she was still pleased with her race. The master men ran with the senior men over 5 miles, which was run
at a very fast pace from the start. Tom McGrath had
a tremendous race to finish in 27:37 and win his master category with 10 seconds to spare and earn automatic
selection on the Ireland team. Ben Vaitkevichius ran a great race to finish second
in his master category to earn automatic for the Ireland team, but not so fortunate for Pat Muldoon Senior who finished well
but outside the selection places. Sean McMullin and Christy Creagh
raced over 3 miles and finished well up in their master category, finishing fifth and seventh
respectively, and must await the decision of the selectors to find out if they will make the Ireland teams. Well done to all who competed.
He had to work very hard in the closing stages, but the effort was worth it
as Paddy Kelly recorded another win over 5km, this time at the Longwood
5km Road Race on Sunday 21st October. Paddy's winning time was 15:48, which is very good for this time of the
year. The near perfect weather conditions attracted the biggest number to participate in this annual race, and among them
and finishing strongly not far behind Paddy were Club mates Malcolm McDonnell and Colm
Nearly 170 took to the line for the inaugural Clane 10km Road Race
on Sunday 21st October, which was run in near perfect bright dry but cool conditions. Stephen Naughton
was the Club’s sole representative and finished an excellent 12th overall in 39:22.
The beautiful crisp and sunny autumn weather on Saturday
morning 13th October provided a wonderful setting for the Donadea Forest 10km Race in Naas, Co. Kildare.
The race began with a few kilometres on the roads and then entered the Forest for a full loop until the finish deep in the
forest beside the lake. The race has grown to be a very popular event and comes in good time as a last fast run-out for
athletes preparing for the Dublin City Marathon. Among the nearly 600 finishers was Stephen Naughton,
who was very pleased with his 42nd place overall in 40:48, which placed him an excellent 8th place in
his master category.
Adidas Invitational XC - Univ. of Wisconsin
Jake Byrne was in action on Friday 12th October at the fourth Annual Adidas Invitational
at the Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, USA. Competing against 21 of the top
30 collegiate teams, Jake’s Iona College men cross country team finished an excellent second overall. Jake was a scoring
member of the team and recorded another impressive run. Following an excellent track season, it is great to see that Jake
is going from strength to strength since his return stateside.
Rain dampens spirits but not performances for Round Two
Autumn sunshine attracts good turnout for Round One Read more
Athlone Three Quarter Marathon
Starting and finishing
at the Glasson Golf Hotel on the shore of Lough Ree, the third edition of the Athlone Three Quarter Marathon
took place on Sunday 7th October, providing excellent preparation for the Dublin City Marathon at the end of the month.
Pat Muldoon Senior and Patrick Muldoon Junior ran together to finish
in 2:17:10, good enough to earn Pat Senior first prize in his master category. Stephen Naughton
also competed and was pleased with his 2:22:44 finish time. All three can now look forward to Dublin with increased confidence.
Galway Bay Half Marathon
14 Oct - after full results published
Given the big number of Club athletes that are training for the
Dublin City Marathon at the end of the month, it was no surprise that Mullingar was very well represented at the Galway
Bay Half Marathon on Saturday 6th October, with 16 from the Club taking to the line.
First to finish
for Mullingar was Kevin Baker in 8th place with a very quick 1:15:25, followed by Mark
Carroll 11th in 1:16:42 and Paddy Kelly 12th in 1:17:00 to finish a close second
team to a very strong Clonliffe Harriers AC team from Dublin. Next in was Mary Scully
23rd overall in 1:21:27, finishing second woman to Olympian Pauline Curley (Tullamore Harriers), and leading
the Mullingar women team of Ciara Dillon and Patricia Broderick
to a well deserved first prize.
Others to compete were Martin Lyons (1:21:40), Gerry
Duffy (1:21:54), Matt Glennon (1:22:39), Enda O’Carolan
(1:24:12), Mickey Dan Murtagh (1:27:28), Siobhan Moore, Gerardine
Fagan, Catherine Mooney and JP O’Brien doing an excellent
job of pacing Catherine all the way to the finish. Well done to everyone that competed.
Congratulations to Aron
Fahey who recorded a new marathon personal best time in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday morning
30th September. Aron had hoped to break the 2:50 mark, which is an ambitious target, but he had been showing very good form
in recent road races, so it was also a very realistic target. Going through the halfway mark in 1:24:55 put him bang on target
for 2:50. Aron felt strong in the latter stages and was able to pick up the pace from the three quarter point and ran the
second half in a much quicker 1:23:30, to finish in 2:49:52 on the clock but 2:48:25 on the timing chip,
so he’ll rightly plump for 2:48 as his PB. This was Aron’s first time under 3 hours, so it’s
a significant breakthrough for him.
Streete 5km Run
Well done to Paddy
Kelly on notching up yet another 5km victory in a local road race, this time in the Streete
5km Run on Sunday 30th September where he finished in 16:48 on a tough course in very windy conditions that really
tested the runners. It was 1-2-3 for Mullingar, as Paddy was joined on the podium by Mel Carthy
(second) and Kieran Nolan (third). Also competing in Streete for Mullingar were Liam
O’Reilly, Noel Moody, Christy Creagh and Hugh
O’Reilly. Congratulations to them all.
Greater Louisville Classic Cross Country
Well done to Jake Byrne who had an excellent season opening
run to finish in 19th place in the men’s 8,000m gold race at the Greater Louisville Classic in the EP "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday 29th September.
Among the big field of 255 runners were many
of the NCAA contenders, so it was an excellent start and augers well for the cross country season ahead. Jake’s Iona
College team were also convincing winners of the team competition.
AAI 20km Walk Title
for Sean McMullin
Congratulations from everyone at the Club to Sean McMullin on winning his master category at the AAI 20km Race Walking
Championship of Ireland in Raheny, Dublin on Saturday 29th September.
Star of the Sea AC Open Cross Country
Plenty of Mullingar Stars on show at Star of the Sea
XC Read more
Junior Home Counties Hill Running International
to Padraig Moran on his performance in the Junior Home Countries Hill Running International
in Melmerby, Cumbria on Saturday 22nd September where he competed
on the Ireland under 16 team against teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Normally what
goes up must come down, but on this occasion, the races were all uphill and had no downhill sections. This was a tough challenge
for Padraig but he proved his mettle, finishing an excellent tenth overall, second finisher on the team, helping Ireland to
Westmeath Schools Cross Country
19th September was a wonderful day out for almost all the schools in the County at the Westmeath Schools Cross Country.
The only losers were those schools who decided not to take part. The event proved that there is an amazing spread of talent
across the County and we’d encourage anyone wishing to give athletics a try to join an athletic club.
This is an expensive event to hold and we wish to extend a special word of thanks to JP O’Brien
and Rock N Bowl in Mullingar and to Andy MacEoin of North Westmeath AC for their generous
sponsorship of the event. Thanks to the many teachers for their help on the day, and where would we be without the many volunteers,
many of whom took time off work to help make the day so successful. Also, many thanks to the Management and
Staff of Belvedere House and Gardens who had the grounds in perfect condition as usual, and to Westmeath
Civil Defence for providing first aid cover.
Hugely successful event in Belvedere Individual & Team Results
Dublin Half Marathon
For runners preparing for a marathon, this is the ideal time to run a half marathon to gauge how training
is progressing. Maybe the glut of road races was the reason that numbers were down this year by just over 2,000 for the Dublin
Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park on Saturday morning 15th September, the final race in the series building up to
the Dublin City Marathon in October, though with over 6,300 finishers, it’s still an impressive turn-out.
bad for running, though a strong wind and a tough hilly course certainly tested the runners throughout the 13.1 mile course.
Even though many from the Club chose to compete in Athlone on the same day and avoid the hustle and bustle of getting to Dublin,
the Club was still well represented with a group of 18 taking part.
Finishing well up was newcomer Malcolm
McDonnell in an excellent 1:23:08, followed closely by Mickey Dan Murtagh (1:24:43) placing
well in his master category, Darragh Thornton (1:24:53), Enda O’Carolan
(1:27:05), Pat Muldoon Senior, sixth in his master category in 1:29:01, and Patrick
Muldoon Junior also finishing in 1:29:01. A three hour marathon is well within range for these men. Also competing
for Mullingar was Sean Fallon, Ray Daly, Seamus
Kiernan, Ciara Dillon, Stephen Naughton, Marguerite
Lyons, Hannah Buchanan, Sorcha O’Keeffe, Grace
Browne, Paula Kilmurray, Sinead Muldoon and Deirdre
The convenience of Athlone meant that rather than travel to the Phoenix Park for the Dublin Half Marathon
on Saturday 15th September, a large group of 41 athletes from the Club competed in the inaugural "Flatline Athlone
Half Marathon", so named because the course is flat and therefore likely to be fast. Going head to head with
an established race in Dublin was a gamble, but with a very impressive 676 taking part in its first running, it’s a
gamble that clearly paid off for the organizers.
Choosing Athlone certainly paid off for the Mullingar
athletes too, with most recording fast times and a number recording PBs, so there was nothing "flat" about the performances!
Best of the group was Tom McGrath finishing 2nd overall in a fantastic 1:12:48, just having the
better of Kevin Baker in the closing yards who finished a very close 3rd in 1:12:52. These are
impressive times. Also finishing strongly was Mark Carroll (8th overall in 1:15:52), Paddy
Kelly (11th in 1:17:34), Eddie Newman (17th in 1:19:38) and Martin
Lyons (20th in 1:20:33). Mary Scully was an impressive winner of the women’s race
in 1:20:57 with Michelle O’Halloran running a super 1:32:55 to finish 4th woman. Also competing
was Ollie Donnelly (1:21:35), Gerry Duffy (1:21:41), Mark
McCann (1:21:59), Matthew Glennon (1:22:45), Damien Monaghan
(1:23:11), Mel Carthy (1:24:41), Enda Finnerty (1:30:17),
Dermot Berry (1:31:39), John Bannon (1:35:38), Naomi Duggan,
Patricia Broderick, Joan Flynn, Martin Brady,
James Heffernan, Thomas Archbold, Christy
Creagh, Niamh Gibney, Pauline Troy, Melanie
Barry, Mary Ormsby, Laura Egan, Breda
Walsh, Siobhan McCarthy, Marie Coyle, Wendy
O’Leary, Martina Kennedy, Anthony Heffernan, Olive McWade, Catherine Mooney, Catherine Lagan,
Natasha Miskell, Teresa Booker and Pauline
Castletown-Geoghegan 5km Run
done to Castletown-Geoghegan GAA for organizing an excellent 5km road race on Friday 7th September, which was
very well supported by local athletes of all ages and abilities, with about 160 finishers. The GAA Club and the entire community
really got behind this race with plenty of stewards on the course, excellent traffic control, rapid production of results,
and a fine spread of food afterwards for the hungry runners. Even the weather came on board and everyone enjoyed the beautiful
warm and sunny September evening. The course was testing but fair, with a tough uphill first 2km but then a very runner-friendly
It was a 1-2-3
for Mullingar in the men’s race, Paddy Kelly showing an excellent turn of pace over the final 400m to win in 16:04 from Vinny
Connolly, with Tom McGrath in third place. In the women’s race, best from Mullingar
was Linda Conroy showing excellent early form for the forthcoming cross country season, followed
by Aisling Moody and Lorna Moody.
Among the many others from Mullingar in action were Miriam
Walsh, James Cribbin, Sean McMullin, Christy
Creagh, Andy Quinn, Leo Gunning, Max
Gunning, Pauline Quinn, Ann McNulty and Olivia
Cronin. This is certainly a race worthy of support in the future and the numbers should increase as the years go on.
AAI Half Marathon
turned in a strong performance at the AAI Half Marathon in Athenry, Co. Galway on Sunday 2nd September,
contending with hot and humid conditions on a tough undulating course, crossing the line in an impressive 1:20:58.
Eddie finished 72nd overall from over 400 finishers and a very respectable 9th overall in his master age category.
Longford Marathon & Ultra Marathon
Sunday 26th August was a very warm day and tough for running,
but that didn't stop Mel Carthy having a great run in the Longford Marathon
where he finished fifteenth overall and second in his master category. Well done too to Maurice
Looby on finishing second in the Ultra Marathon, completing the 63.42km
course in an impressive 4:29, going through the marathon distance in under three hours on the way for good
measure and showing what tremendous endurance he has.
Tyrrellspass Festival 5km Fun Run
new race on the athletics calendar was the Tyrrellspass Festival 5km Road Race on Saturday 25th August
on a fast flat course. Organized by three stalwarts of our Club, Margaret Daly, Michael O’Sullivan
and Martin Buckley, everything went off very smoothly, from registration in the Tyrrellspass GAA Complex,
excellent marshalling on the course, timing, results, a fantastic spread of refreshments afterwards in Tyrrellspass GAA and
a good prize fund, in fact, all the essential ingredients of a successful event that is sure to grow in the coming years.
Even the warm sunny weather was absolutely perfect for the evening.
Race winner was
Vinny Connolly (Mullingar Harriers) in 16:46, ahead of Paddy Kelly
(Mullingar Harriers) second, and David Fox (Tullamore Harriers) in third. The women’s race was won by Sinead Rigney
(Tullamore Harriers) in 20:17, with Lorraine Daly (Mullingar Harriers) in second and Julie Shaw
(Tyrrellspass) in third. There were plenty of other prizes
won in the various categories by the contingent from Mullingar, including David Fagan (1st in
master category), Colm Walsh, JP O’Brien, Keith
Gorry, Kieran Nolan, Stephen Naughton (2nd in master category),
Noel Moody, James Cribbin (3rd boy under 16), Miriam
Walsh, Christy Creagh (1st in master category), Andy Quinn
(2nd in master category) and Hugh O’Reilly (3rd in master category). RESULTS
The Warriors 15km Run
took on the challenge of the Warriors 15km Run in Sligo on Saturday 25th August and was delighted
with her second place finish, which is an excellent result for her. The course takes competitors from the
beachfront in Strandhill, Sligo to the top of Knocknarea and back to the beachfront again. The race is multi-terrain, with
nine kilometres on paved roads but the six kilometres in the middle, to the top of Knocknarea gives the race its bite. These
six kilometres include a 700 foot climb through fields, loose gravel, unsurfaced and heather paths. Quite a challenge, but
we’re glad to report that Alwyn survived it unscathed!
Frank Duffy 10 Mile Road Race
Record numbers took part
in the Frank Duffy 10 Mile Road Race in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 25th August, which was the second race
in the three part Dublin Race Series. Conditions were ideal for runners, with the sun shining and a light breeze blowing throughout
the morning, and it was also favourable for the many spectators who lined the course around the park. Among the record field
of over 6,800 runners, Mullingar was very well represented, so much so that the announcer on the public address system at
the finish was prompted to say that there were so many people from Mullingar crossing the finish line that
there must be no one left in Mullingar!
18th place overall, Kevin Baker led the strong Mullingar contingent home with a new PB of 55:29,
just one place ahead of Tom McGrath in 55:36, with Tom winning his master category. Next to finish
were Mark Carroll in 57:15 (a new PB), Aron Fahey in 58:35 (PB),
Eddie Newman in 59:41 (PB), Matt Glennon (60:03), Justin
Murtagh in 60:32 (PB), Mary Scully easily winning her master category in 61:07 and Ollie Donnelly in 61:42 (PB), so the fast course clearly suited the Mullingar athletes. Also competing
in the throng were Pat Muldoon Senior (2nd in master category), Patrick
Muldoon Junior, Enda O’Carolan, Ray Daly, Seamus
Kiernan, Eva Ross, Joan Flynn, Patricia
Broderick, Tommy Archbold, Martin Brady, Mervyn
Kennedy, Grace Browne, Pauline Troy, Sinead
Muldoon, Claire O’Donnell, Anthony Heffernan, Paula Kilmurray, Wendy O’Leary, Catherine
Lagan and Teresa Booker. Many of those that competed last Sunday are part of the Club’s
group that are training with Matt Glennon for the Dublin City Marathon in October and this was their first time racing over
10 miles, so very well done to them all.
European Masters T&F
19 AugustWednesday 22 August
Sean McMullin is currently in the Tri-Border Region of Zittau (Germany),
Bogatynia (Poland) and Hrádek nad Nisou (Czech Republic) where he is competing with the Ireland team at the European
Masters T&F Championships. His first competition was on Sunday morning 19th August in the 5,000m track walk in the Mosir Zgorzelec Stadium in Poland where he had to endure 34degC on
the track. Competing in a large field of 26 athletes, Sean was delighted with his performance to finish an excellent third
place in 29:33.30 to secure the bronze medal. Not much time to celebrate though, as Sean now heads over the
border to Hrádek nad Nisou in the Czech Republic to compete in the gruelling 20km road walk on Wednesday afternoon (22nd Aug) where hopefully conditions will be cooler. Congratulations to Sean on his success in the 5,000m track walk and we wish him the very
best of luck in the 20km road walk.
Conditions in Hrádek nad Nisou in the Czech Republic on Wednesday
afternoon 22nd August were much more to Sean McMullin's liking, cloud and rain and a temperature
of 22degC, making the 20km road walk a much more comfortable experience,
as evidenced by Sean's marvellous silver medal performance in 2:06:18. Two European medals is a fantastic
result and well deserved after all the hard work put in by Sean in training over the last number of months.
Castlepollard 5km Road Race
North Westmeath AC puts on another
great event Read more
Aron Fahey placed an excellent second
place in the Midlands Half Marathon in Portlaoise on Sunday 12th August. On a tough and demanding course
completed by 234 runners, Aaron maintained a steady pace throughout, averaging well under seven minutes per mile pace, to
finish in 1:27:56. This run should provide Aron with great confidence as he continues his preparation for
the Berlin Marathon on 30th September. Based on this run, he can expect a strong performance over the marathon distance.
AAI Juvenile Development T&F
There were notable performances from Meabh McNulty and Niamh
Quinn who competed in the 800m for girls u/14 at the AAI Juvenile Development T&F in Santry on
Sunday 5th August. Both girls were always in contention for medals throughout and in a very close photo finish, Meabh
finished an excellent third place, with Niamh close behind in seventh
place. These are excellent results and will give Meabh and Niamh a great boost in confidence for the cross country season
Kilmihil 10km Road Race
In the Kilmihil 10km Road Race in Clare
on Saturday 4th August, Michelle O’Halloran had an excellent race to finish in third
place in the senior ladies race in a time of 44:05. This course is particularly hilly and challenging, and
the heavy showers on the day didn’t help the 218 finishers, but Michelle handled it with ease to record another good
Camogie Board 5km Trail Race
Dublin Graded Meeting
Shane Fitzsimons finished his track season in fine style when setting a National Youth Record
for 1,000m at the final Dublin Graded Meeting of 2012 in Irishtown on Wednesday 1st
August. Despite the windy conditions, Shane raced clear to win the race in a time of 2:24.39. Perhaps the
most impressive aspect of this performance was the manner in which he won the race. Shane produced a storming last lap of
57 seconds, which is exceptional running for a seventeen year old.
A National Youth Record is a fitting reward for Shane who has had an excellent track season, recording
three World Junior qualifying standards over 800m and showing remarkable consistency over the entire season. His commitment
and dedication to the sport is an example to all young athletes on how success can be achieved and he can look forward to
further improvement and success in the future.
In the same race, Paddy Kelly ran very well to finish in a time of 2:35.51
and Ryan Blundell completed a successful track season with a strong run. Robert Yorke
showed great Club spirit by returning from his seasonal break to help with the pace making in this race.
AAI Juvenile T&F - Day 3
Silver for Edel
Glennon & Padraig Moran
Plenty more excellent performances
in Tullamore Read more
put in another terrific performance at the Morton Games in Santry on Wednesday 25th July where he competed
in an invitation Irish Miler’s Club versus British Miler’s Club 800m. . Shane is no stranger to top class opposition though and sticking
firmly to his own race plan, he had
Sinead Muldoon, Anthony Heffernan and Paula Kilmurray.
British Masters T&F
There was mixed fortune
for Sean McMullin at the British Masters T&F Championships in Derby where
on Saturday 21st July he took gold in the 3,000m race walk in style, but in the 5,000m race
walk on Sunday he fell foul of the judges and was disqualified, which is not something Sean normally does but is it an ever
present risk in this very technical event and usually occurs when an athlete is pushing the pace very hard, which no doubt
Sean was doing, looking to earn double gold.
Schools International T&F
played her part at the Schools International T&F in Kent, England on Saturday 21st July where she finished
third in the 3,000m race walk to earn valuable points for the Ireland team competing against
some of the best young athletes from England, Scotland and Wales.
6km Trail Run
The inaugural "Mid-Ireland Tourism"
6km Trail Race took place on a beautiful warm summer evening in Belvedere on Friday 20th
July. Starting down by the shore of Lough Ennell, the course took the runners on two laps of the
beautiful woodland trail, finishing near the Jealous Wall. It was victory by a good
margin for Vinny Connolly in 20:30, followed by Tom McGrath 2nd,
Matt Glennon 5th and Ben Vaitkevichius 6th,
with Tom, Matt and Ben winning prizes in their master categories. In the women’s race, Michelle
O’Halloran had an excellent race and took first prize. The race was very well supported by the
Club and our athletes featured strongly in the prizes in the many categories, including Pat Muldoon
Senior (1st in master category), Christy Creagh (1st in master category), Glen
Gaffney, Shane Hughes and Oisin Quinn (1st, 2nd and 3rd boys
u/16 respectively), Aisling Moody, Niamh Quinn and Caoimhe
Gaffney (1st, 2nd and 3rd girls u/16 respectively), Lorna Moody (1st junior girl), Geraldine Walsh (1st in master category). Also competing was John Shaw,
JP O’Brien, Noel Moody, Leo Gunning,
Aoife Bateman and Max Gunning.
AC 5km Road Race
The Club was well represented at the St. Brigid’s AC 5km Road Race in Oldcastle,
Co. Meath on Wednesday 18th July among the big field of over 460 that took to the line for the tough hilly course.
The bright, sunny, warm evening gave way to a thunderous downpour at the beginning of the race, which eased to
a persistent light drizzle of rain for the remainder of the race. Tough course and tough conditions didn’t faze the
Mullingar athletes though and Kevin Baker finished 3rd in 16:00
with Vinny Connolly 4th in 16:11 to win individual prizes. Also running well
was Justin Murtagh (17:47), Patrick Muldoon Junior (18:30), Stephen Naughton (19:53), Lorna Moody (21:09), Aisling
Moody (22:37) and Noel Moody.
Juvenile T&F Championships
Three silver and one bronze medal won on Days 1&2 Read more
AAI Senior T&F Championships
comfortably from his heat of the 800m on Saturday 7th July at the AAI Senior T&F Championships
in Santry, Robert Yorke lined up in Sunday’s final with very realistic medal ambitions.
Robert was always in contention with the early leaders and made a decisive bid for victory on the last lap, taking the
lead with 250m to go and leading into the home straight. Unfortunately on this occasion, Robert
was passed in the home straight and had to settle for fifth place, missing a medal by less than
a second. It was a brave effort in his first National Senior
final and at 19 years of age, Robert showed that he will be a major contender over the next number of years.
Leinster Juvenile T&F Championships
22 Mullingar athletes qualify
in 27 individual events at AAI National Finals Read more
Irish Milers Club
On Saturday 30th June, Robert Yorke stepped down in distance to the
400m at the Irish Milers Club meeting in Irishtown, Dublin and recorded an excellent PB time
of 50.04 seconds. Robert finished in second place in the race and can look forward to a
very strong performance at the AAI National Senior T&F 800m in Santry on 7th/8th July.
Youth Cup Hill Running
On Sunday 24th June, Ryan Blundell
made his International debut in the International Youth Cup Hill Running Race held in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.
This was a multi-Nation event with competitors from countries such as Bulgaria, Russia and Poland in addition to Scotland,
Wales and England. Ryan performed very well on a tough course and can be very satisfied with his first performance in an Irish
singlet. It is a great reward for his consistent efforts over the past year, particularly over the steeplechase where he has
established himself as a competitor of real note at Provincial and National level.
and u/23 T&F
Mullingar was well represented at the National Junior & u/23 T&F Championships
in Tullamore on Sunday 24th June. Stephen Nea ran a solid race in the Junior Men
3,000m steeplechase to claim the silver medal. The steeplechase is a demanding event and Stephen
stuck to his task over the final laps to finish in second place in what was his first race track race of the season.
In the 800m,
Shane Fitzsimons was prominent throughout and finished in third place. There
is no doubt he was still feeling the effects of his 1,500m exploits from Wednesday night but it was an excellent performance
in an event that he is eligible for a further two years. Robert Yorke was unfortunate to finish
in fifth place and out of the medals in the same race but, undoubtedly Robert will bounce back over the coming
weeks. Jack Reid also participated in the 800m to gain experience at this level and was rewarded
with a personal best.
Padraig Moran and Vinny Connolly
competed in the Junior 1,500m and the 5,000m for under 23 races respectively and despite
featuring prominently in the early laps, they were not in the medals on this occasion.
Dunshaughlin AC "Michael Manning Memorial"
10km Road Race
The Dunshaughlin AC "Michael Manning Memorial" 10km Road Race on Saturday 23rd June attracted a very big entry as usual, with 647 finishers
confirming the reputation of this race as one of the most popular in the Country.
McGrath was in excellent form and finished 12th overall in an impressive 33:31, which placed him 3rd in his master
category. Next to finish for Mullingar was Matt Glennon (35:11), followed by Eddie
Newman delighted with his new PB of 36:00 to complete the Mullingar trio.
Tailteann Irish Schools Interprovincial T&F
The Club was well represented at the Tailteann Irish Schools Interprovincial T&F in Santry on
Saturday 23rd June when we had six athletes representing their Schools and Colleges, but competing on the Leinster Team, all
hoping to earn selection to compete at the Schools
International T&F in England in July. As it transpired, only Edel Glennon and Linda Conroy earned selection for the Ireland
team, but the others gave excellent accounts and can be proud of their performances.
Glennon (St. Finian’s Mullingar) used all her experience in the very competitive and technical 3,000m
race walk to take silver, matching her performance in the All-Ireland Schools in June, which earns
her selection on the Ireland team. Linda Conroy (Mercy Kilbeggan) couldn’t quite match
the form that saw her take All-Ireland School’s 3,000m title but her third place finish
was enough to win her first Tailteann medal and a place on the Ireland team. Vicky Harris (Wilson’s
Hospital School) has made tremendous progress as a sprinter over the past year, and in the 200m she ran a
terrific bend to put her in good position to compete for a medal but despite her best efforts she just couldn’t get
into the medal places, but earned valuable points for the Leinster team. Any disappointment after the 200m was erased as she
ran the long second leg of the 4x100m relay later in the afternoon, taking the baton in second place but
handing over in first, playing a big part in helping Leinster to victory and winning her a gold Tailteann
Jack Reid (St. Joseph’s Rochfortbridge) and Jack O’Leary
(Clongowes Wood) competed well in the 1,500m but just couldn’t find the extra edge to get in the medal
places, but they never stopped working and trying hard all the way to the finish. Both are underage again next year and given
their talent and determination, we suspect the results will be very different in 2013! Padraig Moran
(CBS Mullingar) looked extremely relaxed and smooth as he kept right with the pace in the 3,000m and looked
certain to get a good result. Taking the lead with 500m to go he began to pull clear but was slowly hauled back in on the
back straight and was passed with 200m and dropped into third. Despite a late rally and surge of pace in the finishing straight
he had to settle for third place, a bronze medal, but very disappointed not to make the Ireland team.
These were spirited performances by the Mullingar
athletes and we’ll see them in action later in the season looking for National glory in the Mullingar colours.
AAI Juvenile Team Competition
No strangers to All-Ireland Finals, Shauna Leydon and
Nicola Groenewald drew on all their experience at the AAI National Juvenile Team Competition on Saturday 23rd June in Cork IT to take silver in the u/11 long jump. After an absorbing competition,
competing as a "pair" where their scores are added to give a team score, the girls finished second by only 1 centimetre.
You don’t much closer than that. The 60m was a different matter and even though they ran very well,
such was the high standard of competition they finished out of the medal places. It was the same too for Colin
Smith and Oisin Murray in the u/10 ball throw and 500m
where they really enjoyed the competition but finished out of the medals on this occasion. Well done to them all for flying
the Mullingar flag in Cork.
on Fire" 5km Road Race
On Friday 22nd June, as part of the "Destination
Sport Mullingar" week of sporting events, Westmeath Sports Partnership held a 5km road race on an excellent two lap course
of the town, starting just outside the Town Park and finishing in the Park itself, opposite the Annebrook House Hotel, which
served as an excellent Race HQ for the event. Dubbed the "Streets on Fire" 5k, Paddy
Kelly and Kevin Baker were certainly on fire as they battled hard throughout, with only
a few metres separating them in the finish. Paddy just got the better of Kevin, but had to run a PB of 15:40
to do so. The race was well supported by Mullingar Harriers athletes and many won prizes in the various categories. Over 130
runners, joggers and walkers took part and were happy with the atmosphere of the race and enjoyed the post-race refreshments
in the Annebrook House Hotel. The local Gardaí did an excellent job controlling traffic
to ensure those taking part could do so safely, with Westmeath Civil Defence also in attendance providing
stewards on the course and first aid cover.
Dublin Graded Meeting
BMAF 5km Road Race Walking Championship
Sean McMullin has competed at every British Masters Athletic Federation 5km Road Race Championship
since the event was first held at Horwich, near Bolton, and on Sunday 17th June he kept his unbroken record intact. Competing
in the 5,000m road race walk over three laps of the Town Centre, Sean finished second in
his master age-category. The race winner is younger than Sean and when times were adjusted on an age-related basis,
Sean won the Trophy for Best Overall Master on the day. Congratulations to Sean on winning
the trophy, a new award for his cabinet!
Leinster u/9, 10 & 11 Pairs and u/12 T&F
Updated 19 June
The re-scheduled Leinster
u/9, 10 and 11 Pairs Competition and u/12 T&F Championships took place in Navan on Saturday 16th June on a cool
day with heavy black clouds, but thankfully no rain on the day. The under 12 athletes competed
as individuals and the younger ones competed in "pairs" with their times, or throws or jumps added together to give
the team score for the pair.
Smith and Oisin Murray impressed in the 500m u/10 where their combined
times won them the silver medals, and in the ball throw later in the day, they followed
up with bronze medals. They’ll now compete at the AAI National Finals in Cork IT this Saturday.
Joining them will be Shauna Leydon and Nicola Groenewald who paired
up in the u/11 long jump to win silver and in the 60m sprint they won bronze.
Mark Shaw and Max Gunning paired in the 500m u/10
and ran well and were unlucky to finish 4th, just out of the
medals. No luck for them either in the very competitive 60m sprint but they really enjoyed the competition.
Jennifer Fidgeon and Ciara Smith also found the pace of the 600m
u/11 too quick to get in the medal places, and it was likewise for Andrew Shaw and Leo Gunning in their 600m u/11. Medals or not, the Club’s youngsters really
got into the spirit of the competition and will benefit hugely from the experience.
Aoife Darby was an impressive winner of
her heat of the 600m u/12 and in the final kept herself right in contention throughout and only lost out
in the final sprint and was very unlucky to finish fourth, just out of the medals and a place in the AAI
National Finals in July. John Whitelaw suffered a leg injury in his heat of the 600m
u/12 and this ruined his chance of advancing to the final. Andrew Daly qualified comfortably
from his heat of the 600m u/12 and in the final ran a very good race but finished out of the medals. In her
600m u/12, Elysia Greene competed well but didn’t qualify for the final
from her very fast heat. Elysia also competed in the Long Jump where
she jumped very well and even though she finished out of the medals, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. In the 60m
sprint u/12, Adam Bate was drawn in a very fast heat and was unlucky not to advance
to the final. Great performances all around and the Club has some real talent in the younger ages to watch for in the coming
Trim AC "Braveheart" 5km Trail Run
The very heavy rain in the
days before the Trim AC "Braveheart" 5km Trail Run on Friday 15th June in the Porchfields
turned what is normally a lovely trail along the banks of the Boyne, overlooked by Trim Castle, into a very mucky condition.
The race was more like a cross country race than a summer trail run, with river levels very high on parts of the course. Trim
AC really put a huge effort into organizing the event under difficult conditions and was rewarded with an excellent turn-out
of nearly 440 runners and joggers. The rain held off for the race, which was some consolation for everyone taking part in
this ever popular race.
The customary claxon siren started the race and the
leaders took off at a good fast pace. First to finish from Mullingar was Kevin Baker 3rd overall
in 16:35, with Mark Carroll 7th, Matt Glennon (2nd in master category)
and Enda O’Carolan with a fine run to finish well up the field in 23rd completing the Mullingar
This was a superb event organized by Trim AC, and everyone
at Trim AC should take a bow on the organization in such tricky weather conditions.
The Downs GAA
The nice flat loop on quiet country roads was well appreciated by the huge crowd of nearly 360 runners, joggers
and walkers that took part in The Downs GAA 5k on Wednesday 13th June and resulted in fast times and
many personal bests. The local community and members of the GAA Club were out in force to
help organize and steward the race. This was the first running of the race and most of the participants agreed that they will
look forward to returning to The Downs in 2013.
Being so close to home, needless to say, the race
was well supported by athletes from Mullingar Harriers, led home by Michael Gibson Brabazon with an excellent 2nd place finish
in 16:12, just ahead of Matt Glennon 3rd (1st in master category) in 16:14 and early leader Jack O’Leary on his heels
in 4th (1st boy u/16) in 16:15. These were followed in by Mark McCann 6th, Ollie Donnelly 7th (1st in
master category), Ben Vaitkevichius 9th (1st in master category), Mel Carthy, David Fagan, Cormac Dalton, Enda Finnerty, Mickey
Dan Murtagh, Alanna Bate (1st girl u/16), Michelle O’Halloran, Euan Lagan, Aisling Moody, Lorna Moody, Patricia Broderick,
Matt Shaw, Siobhan Moore, Michael Moloney, Christy Creagh, Noel Moody, Leo Gunning, Ciara Smith, Wendy O’Leary, Hugh
O’Reilly, Jude Lagan, Catherine Mooney, Catherine Lagan, Des Walsh, Yvonne Kane, Geraldine Walsh, Mikey Moffatt and
Megan O’Leary. We hope we got everyone but there were so many there it’s easy to miss a few! RESULTS
British Milers Club Meeting, Watford, England
The British Milers
Club Meeting in Watford, England on Saturday 10th June provided Shane Fitzsimons and
Robert Yorke with the opportunity to race against top class opposition in a meeting that featured
many of the leading middle distance athletes in both the UK and Ireland. Shane was confident
of a good performance in the 1,500m following his recent excellent form and immediately moved towards the
front of the field. Despite having to do most of the front running, Shane produced an excellent turn of pace over the final
three hundred metres to race clear and record a convincing victory. His time of 3:50.28
was a personal best by over three seconds and is further evidence of his fine current form.
Robert Yorke competed in an 800m and was undeterred
by the fact that several of his opponents have vast international experience. Following a steady opening lap Robert produced
his trademark fast finish to finish in second place in a season’s best time of 1:52.23.
Both Shane and Robert will benefit greatly from the experience of participating in these races and can look forward with real
confidence to the remainder of the track season.
Bohermeen AC "Patrick Bell Memorial"
5km Road Race
Nearly 500 participants can’t be wrong! Bohermeen
AC continues to set the bar very high when it comes to organising a road race and on Saturday 9th June the huge number of
competitors at the Bohermeen AC "Patrick Bell Memorial" 5km Road Race once again proved the popularity
of this fantastic event. Among the big crowd was a group from Mullingar, led home by Vinny Connolly
finishing in 7th place overall and pleased with his time of 15:46. Just two places behind was Paddy
Kelly (15:58), then Ollie Donnelly (3rd in master category), Eddie
Newman, Mel Carthy, Kieran Nolan (3rd in master category),
Mervyn Kennedy, Pat Muldoon Senior and Deirdre
Fallon all enjoying the hospitality and super organisation in Meath.
Road Race & Fun Run
Wednesday 6th June saw the introduction of a new road race on the athletics fixture list with the Multyfarnham
5km Road Race & Fun Run. Consensus is that the route was very nice, with a good climb for the first kilometre,
but downhill or level after that, save for one or two little hills. The weather was quite pleasant too, being overcast but
clammy. Nearly 40 Club members supported this local race, with so many picking up prizes in the various categories including
senior, junior, under 16 and master men and women that it was hard to keep track of who won what.
Mullingar Harriers really made their
presence felt, as Kevin Baker stormed to victory in a quick 15:57,
with Vinny Connolly 2nd, Padraig Moran 3rd, Mark
Carroll 4th, Martin Lyons 5th and Matt Glennon 6th filling
the top six places.
Next to finish
from the Club was Ollie Donnelly, then Ben Vaitkevichius, Justin Murtagh, Mel Carthy, Kieran Nolan,
Cormac Finnerty, Jack Moran (1st u/16 boy), Oisin
Quinn, John Shaw, Alanna Bate (1st u/16 girl), Michael
O’Sullivan, Aidan Daly, Aisling Moody, Yvonne
Malone, Rian Kelleher, Lorna Moody, Patricia
Broderick, Miriam Walsh, Matt Shaw, Christy
Creagh, Noel Moody, Leo Gunning, Hugh
O’Reilly, Marguerita Lyons, Wendy O’Leary, Elysia Greene, Niamh Quinn, Mark Finnerty,
Catherine Lagan, Max Gunning, Des Walsh,
Emma Thompson, Geraldine Walsh and Geraldine
to Enda Finnerty for organising such a memorable event, which was capped off with a great spread of food
and refreshments in Weir’s Pub after the race, where the prizes were presented. With over 260 finishers, this is definitely
a race with a future and we look forward to its return in 2013. RESULTS
5km Road Race & Fun Run
It’s 50 years since a road race was held in Fore, but that changed on Saturday 2nd June when Ballycomoyle
GAA Club introduced the Fore 5km Road Race & Fun Run. Coming so close after the Mullingar Road League
and just two days before the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin, might have impacted on the number taking part, but with
175 finishers, there’s no doubt on the success of the new fixture. On a really nice summer morning, the runners were
treated to some spectacular scenery around Fore, and a fabulous course but it was tough and included some serious hills to
negotiate along the way.
Competition was serious at the front and after a thrilling race, Mark Carroll
was very pleased to finish in 3rd place in 16:58, followed by Martin
Lyons (4th), Matt Glennon (5th), Justin Murtagh (6th), Eddie Newman 7th (1st in his master category), JP O’Brien,
Kieran Nolan, Pat Muldoon Senior, Lorna Moody
(2nd woman), Aisling Moody, Matt Shaw, Christy
Creagh, Noel Moody, Des Walsh and Geraldine
Walsh (1st in master category) all enjoying the race.
This was a very
well organised event, with a very generous prize fund and an excellent spread of food and refreshments after the race, which
is always appreciated by the participants. Well done to Ray Farrelly and his hard working team on organising such a terrific
Leinster Senior & Master T&F
Amended Tues 5 June - Gold for Sean McMullin in 5,000m run
a difference a day makes! Returning to Tullamore on Sunday 3rd June for the Leinster Senior & Master T&F, the weather
was cold, wet and very windy – far from ideal for competition.
First into action
was Sean McMullin who took no notice of the poor conditions for the 3,000m race-walk
and was pleased to win gold in his master category, adding another title to his growing collection. Sean added another gold later in the day when he won the 5,000m
run in his master category. Greg Duggan made a winning return to competition
after a very long lay-off with two convincing wins in the 100m and 200m
in his master category. Newcomer Tom Walsh took silver in the 100m
and 200m in his master category in his first outing for the Club and we’ll look forward to seeing Tom
in future master competition in the Mullingar colours.
Vicky Harris made her first foray into the senior ranks and was
the runaway winner of the senior 200m, winning by a significant margin. She followed this
up with silver in the senior 100m, giving yet another terrific performance. These are fantastic
results for a juvenile athlete. Paddy Kelly was the final Mullingar athlete to take to the line
and finished fifth in a very fast senior 1,500m in less than ideal conditions. Well done
to all for representing the Club so well.
Gold for Linda Conroy
and Shane Fitzsimons Read more
Longford 10 Mile Road Race
The Longford AC 10 Mile Road Race, which is race three of the Longford Summer Running Series, took place on Sunday
27th May. Going through 5 miles in 29:40, Aron Fahey looked to be on target to break the 60 minute
barrier, but the heat of the day took its toll, particularly in the last two miles and forced him to ease back a little but
he still had the resolve to finish third in 60:29, which is fine running. There's always the next time to break 60 minutes!
Irish Miler's Club "Noel Carroll Memorial" 800m
At the Irish Milers Club meeting in Greystones
on Saturday 26th May, Shane Fitzsimons had another brilliant race to finish 2nd
in the Noel Carroll Memorial 800m. His time of 1:50.29 was a PB and
was the second time in a week that Shane achieved a World Junior qualifying standard for 800m. Shane will
now focus on his favourite 1,500m distance in the coming weeks where he looks set to make significant progress based on his
performances over the shorter distance.
In the same race, Robert
Yorke ran a season’s best of 1:52.47. Robert led the race for the opening 500m
and is showing signs of a return to his very best form. He will be looking to improve on his personal best at the Irish Milers
Club 800m that is part of the programme at the All-Ireland Schools T&F in Tullamore on Saturday 2nd June.
Na Fianna AC "Bob Heffernan Memorial" 5km Road Race
Mullingar was very
well represented at the Na Fianna AC "Bob Heffernan Memorial" 5km Road Race on Tuesday 22nd
May with 21 taking part and collecting a men’s team prize and a great number of category prizes too. Even though the
race takes place in Johnstownbridge, just outside Enfield and really in Co. Kildare, this race has become one of the permanent fixtures in the Meath Road Race League and is gaining a reputation as one of the best 5km Club
road races going, reflected in the big attendance of over 360 competitors. With a flat course, fast times are always
guaranteed at this event.
Baker stormed home in 15:26 to finish 2nd place overall, followed by Tom McGrath with
16:02 (2nd in his master category) and with Mark Carroll (16:08) finishing strongly, the Mullingar
men took 2nd prize in the team category. Next to finish was Aron Fahey with
a huge PB of 16:11, followed home by Martin Lyon (16:22), Michael Gibson-Brabazon
(16:39), Ollie Donnelly (16:41), Matt Glennon (16:46), Ben
Vaitkevichius in 17:07 (1st in category), Mary Scully in 17:17 (1st in category), JP O’Brien (17:18), Justin Murtagh (17:32), Pat
Muldoon Senior (2nd in category), Joe Kenny, Sean McMullin
(1st in category), Nicky McCabe (3rd in category), Bridget McCabe
(3rd in category), David Booker, Jill Booker, Teresa
Booker and Pauline Foran. Well done to all our athletes.
At the AAI Games
in Santry on Sunday 20th May, Shane Fitzsimons ran a superb race to finish second in a time of
1:50.64, a new PB by almost 4 seconds but more importantly inside the World Junior
Championship qualification standard for 800m and places Shane second on the Irish All Time Youth (under 18) List for 800m.
It was an excellent start to the outdoor season for Shane who can look forward to some very exciting performances over the
remainder of the track season. Achieving the World Junior qualification standard is a significant achievement for any emerging
athlete and Shane has achieved it with two years to spare as he will still be eligible to compete as a Junior in the 2014
staging of the Championships.
In the same race
Robert Yorke put his recent injuries behind him to record an excellent 1:52.8.
This was a season’s best performance for Robert who showed his return to form with a fast finish
to move into fourth place in the final 100m. Both Robert and Shane will now race again at the Irish Miler's Club meeting
in Greystones on Saturday 26th May where both will be looking to improve on the excellent early season form.
Kelly judged his race very well to move from fourth to second position on the last lap of the 1,500m. His time of 4:08
was a PB and is a very encouraging performance. Paddy enjoyed his first track race of the year and can look
forward to upcoming races where he will run closer to the four minute barrier.
AC "Tom Byrne Memorial" 5km Race
Updated 21 May - time corrected
Enjoying the sudden burst of
decent weather on Sunday 20th May, Eddie Newman took part in the Lucan Harriers AC "Tom
Byrne Memorial" 5km Road Race where he was delighted to record a new PB of 17:04 for the distance. It was a flat course with a lot of sharp bends and a little over half the
race is run in a park. To put the icing on the cake, Eddie had the added bonus of finishing 1st in his master
Leinster Schools Track & Field
of medals, 12 qualifiers, terrific action Read more
Annual Inter-County Juvenile T&F Match
54 of the
Club's younger athletes compete with distinction Read more
Kildare Half Marathon & Curragh 10km
Conditions weren’t ideal in Kildare on Sunday 13th May but the strong winds didn’t deter nearly 1,300
competitors taking part in the Kildare Half Marathon, including a good group from Mullingar, but the sun
was shining and at least the rain that threatened all day held off for the race. Starting and finishing at the Curragh Racecourse the runners were taken on one large looping course
through the Curragh plains, passing the famous stud farms and running through Kildare Town along the way.
Best of the Mullingar group was Eddie Newman who was very pleased with his 7th
place finish in an excellent 1:20:35, followed by Mark McCann 18th place in 1:24:41, Enda
O’Carolan 20th in 1:24:58 and Mickey Dan Murtagh 35th in 1:27:24 continuing to show
great improvement with every race. Except for Eddie, all these times are PBs for the Mullingar men! Also competing over the
long 13.1 mile course was Hannah Buchanan (1:51:17), Grace Browne
(1:52:36), John Raleigh (1:57:33), Deirdre Raleigh (1:59:34) and
Paula Kilmurray (2:05:57) enjoying the experience.
Opting for the shorter Curragh 10km Race, which also started
and finished at the Curragh Racecourse but included some sections on road and some on grass, Kieran
Nolan finished a very good 12th place out of over 1,200 competitors in 39:43.
River Moy Half Marathon
The sun shone brightly on Ballina for the River Moy Half Marathon held on Saturday 12th May. On
a perfect day for running, many personal bests were set on a flat and scenic course which is never too far away from the salmon
rich river which lends its name to the race.
Looby finished 6th overall (2nd in his category) in 1:23:14, just ahead
of Gerry Duffy 7th overall (1st in his category)
in 1:23.54. Despite the high finish places, Maurice and Gerry will be disappointed with the times, but Maurice was ill during
the race and so Gerry stayed with him to encourage and help him along; no better man to have with you when you’re not
feeling great! Also in action was Garry Moore who was delighted with his time of 1:35:40, which
placed him 4th in his category, and Liam Dalton (1:41:52) also pleased to complete the tough
half marathon course.
Inishbofin Half Marathon
Set on the idyllic island of Inishbofin, the small but stunningly beautiful and
tranquil island off the Connemara coast, the Inishbofin Half Marathon took place on Saturday 12th May. A
unique feature of this event is that due to the narrow roads, the athletes start in pairs at 15 second intervals, which adds
to the excitement of the event, as the winner is announced based on time analysis, rather than first home! When all the chip
times were analyzed, Siobhan
Moore was delighted to be announced as 3rd woman to finish in an excellent 1:45.
All the hard work and dedication to training put in during the past number of months paid off handsomely
for JP O’Brien on Sunday 6th May at the Great Limerick Run where he was
delighted to finish the marathon in 2:58:54, comfortably under the 3 hour pre-race target
he had set himself. Running the distance at a very even well measured pace, JP finished in the top 15 and becomes the latest
member of the Harriers to break three hours for the marathon, which is the time in men’s marathon racing that every
serious runner aims to better. Congratulations to JP from everyone at the Club.
At the same event, Matt Glennon competed in the 6 mile race and was
pleased with his top-20 finish in 35:46, just ahead of Mary Scully who finished
3rd woman in 35:50.
MAAC T&F Championships
At the Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) T&F Championships in Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ, Jake
Byrne had a very unusual week-end racing schedule to contend with, being asked to run a 10,000m on Saturday 5th May,
followed by a 1,500m on Sunday 6th May. However, such is the amazing progress he has made since taking up an athletic scholarship
with Iona College last year that Jake was up to the challenge of such an unusual double-up. He finished a comfortable second
in the 10,000m in 30:40.06 on Saturday and followed this up with an emphatic win
in the 1,500m in 3:51.67 on Sunday. We’ve no doubt that Jake was relieved to see Sunday
evening and the chance to relax and unwind.
Le Chéile AC 5km Road Race & Fun Run
There was a great atmosphere generated by the big turnout of runners at the Le Chéile AC 5km
Road Race and Fun Run held in Leixlip, Co. Kildare on Saturday 5th May. Justin
Murtagh felt very comfortable throughout and was very pleased to finish strongly
in 17:30, with Eddie Newman
also pleased with his finish time of 17:42 and both could
join the other 350 finishers and enjoy the now legendary post-race refreshments provided by Le Chéile AC.
Jordan Cardinal T&F Meeting
On Sunday 29th April at the Payton Jordan Cardinal T&F Meeting in Stanford, California, Mark
Christie finished the 5,000m in a time of 13:37.32, which is inside the qualification standard for the European T&F Championships in Helsinki
this summer. Mark will remain in the USA for a while yet, looking to qualify for the London Olympics.
ducing a super last 800m in the 5,000m
at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Thursday 26 April, Jake
Byrne moved from a top-10 position into a clear 2nd place finish with a new PB
of 14:01.99, taking nearly 10 seconds of his previous best for the distance set in early March, making
this the sixth race in a row that Jake has set a PB this year. Everyone
at the Club is delighted for Jake and is keenly watching his progress since he went to the US last year to take up a sports
scholarship at Iona College.
Joe Dolan 5km Road Race &
Inaugural race proves a hit Read more RESULTS
Irish Universities T&F Championships
a break from study, Vinny Connolly (AIT) and Thomas Fagan (NUI Galway)
competed at the Irish Universities T&F Championships at a bright and breezy Athlone IT track on 20th/21st April. Thomas was unlucky not to qualify from Friday night’s
heats of the 1,500m but Vinny impressed in the 5,000m final on Saturday, keeping himself in medal contention throughout and
even though he finished 5th and out of the medals, he still had plenty to be pleased about with his performance.
Larry Ellis Invitational T&F Meet
Jake Byrne decided to drop down to
the 1,500m on Friday 19th April when he competed at the Weaver
Stadium, Princeton, which proved an excellent decision as he won the race with a new PB of
3:51.00. Jake continues to really make his mark in the US and everyone at the Club is delighted on his continuing
progress and success.
Great Ireland Run
athletes out in force for Great Ireland Run Read more
Great Welsh Marathon
Keith Gorry was pleased overall with his performance at the Great
Welsh Marathon held in the beautifully scenic Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli, near Swansea, South Wales on Sunday
15th April, recording a new personal best time of 3:06. Lying in fourth place at 18 miles,
he knew he was going to run a fast time but he began to suffer in the closing few miles and had to ease back on his pace but
still found the strength to push on to the finish with a new PB for the distance.
Leevale AC T&F Meeting
The domestic outdoor track season got underway in Cork on Saturday 14th April when Robert Yorke
and Vinny Connolly were in action at the Leevale AC T&F Meeting in the 800m
and 3,000m respectively. Robert recorded an excellent 2nd place
finish in a time of 1:54.56 which was a very encouraging run for his first race of the season. Vinny
placed 3rd in the 3,000m race and recorded a personal best time of 8:59.15.
Both can now look forward to the track season secure in the knowledge that they are ready to run fast times.
World Masters Indoor Championships
At the World Masters Indoor Championships in Jyväskylä, Finland,
Sean McMullin recorded an excellent 2nd place finish in the 3,000m Track
Walk on Thursday 5th April. Sean set out at a very fast pace and settled into second place behind an Australian competitor
that was racing at World record pace. He quickly opened up a considerable gap on the French and Hong Kong competitors who
were battling for the bronze medal. Despite their best efforts, Sean maintained a sizeable margin and comfortably claimed
the silver medal in a time of 16:20.73. Sean then followed this up just two days later on
Saturday 7th April with another memorable performance, this time in the 10km Road Walk, taking 2nd
place in 56:41 to win two World silver medals in two days. This was a great reward for Sean for his months
of training in preparation for this event.
Tiger Track Classic, Alabama,
Mark Christie continued his Olympic qualification preparations with
a great win on Saturday 7th April in a 3,000m race at the Tiger Track Classic,
in Auburn University, Alabama, USA in a time of 8:00.41. Mark’s margin of victory was fifteen seconds,
suggesting there will be plenty of improvement over the coming weeks.
Ballybunion Half Marathon
(Updated 10 Apr - Andrew Kinane recorded)
Finishing strongly in 2nd place with an excellent time of 1:14:56, Andrew
Kinane was very pleased with his performance at the Ballybunion Half Marathon on Saturday 7th April,
to continue his preparations for his next challenge on the full marathon distance. Sarah Lowry also had
a great run to finish 39th overall, 4th senior woman, in a fine time of 1:32:13. This
was a good return to racing for Sarah after a prolonged layoff due to injury. Marguerita
Lyons (1:49:37) and Hannah Buchanan (1:53:35) were also in action and were very satisfied
with their performances.
Sam Howell Invitational T&F
Meeting, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
At the Sam Howell Invitational T&F Meeting
in Princeton University, New Jersey, USA on Friday 6th April, Jake Byrne had his first race over
1,500m and placed 5th in a time of 3:53.39. This was a new PB
and is the fourth consecutive race that he has run a new PB.
Clongowes Wood College 5km Road Race
Just over 400 took part in
the inaugural Clongowes Wood College 5km Road Race on Sunday 1st April in the magnificent surrounds
of Clongowes Wood College in Co. Kildare. The 5km route was all on tarmac road and the route started and finished in the grounds
of the College. Delighted with his 3rd place finish in 17:10 was Aron
Fahey, a new personal best time by 30 seconds and marks a real breakthrough performance for him.
Sunday 1st April was a beautiful day in Connemara, but that might have gone largely unnoticed
by the capacity crowd that took part in the "Connemarathon", which includes races over half marathon
and an ultra marathon. Coping well with the tough course with plenty of hills, first from Mullingar to finish the Half
Marathon was Martin Lyons, 3rd overall in 1:19 and more than happy with his performance and getting
on the medal podium. Eddie Newman was next to finish (11th) in 1:23, also having
a fine run, followed by Mickey Dan Murtagh (1:29:11), Enda O’Carolan (1:30:51), Brian Maguire,
Terri Greene and Dorothy Duffy, all satisfied to have survived this gruelling
test of endurance in the West.
Gerry Duffy competed in the 39.3 mile Ultra
Marathon, where he finished an excellent 15th overall
in 5:12:05. Well done to all from Mullingar Harriers that competed in Connemara.
Schools International Cross Country
It was an unusual week-end
with the indoor season and cross country season ending on the same day. While the Club had athletes competing indoors in Nenagh
on Saturday 31st March, the final cross country fixture of the season, the Schools International Cross Country
was taking place at Strathallan School, in Perth, Scotland. Representing Clongowes Wood College on his International debut, Jack O’Leary gave an excellent account of himself when finishing 12th overall
in the Junior boys 4,000m, the second Ireland athlete to finish and helping Ireland secure the team
silver medals. This was a great performance by Jack on his debut and his family and School can be very proud of him,
as is everyone at the Club. Jack’s name will now be added to the Club’s International Roll of Honour.
Conroy (Mercy Kilbeggan) marked her third appearance in a row at this event with a typically tenacious performance
in the Intermediate girls 4,000m where she finished 13th overall, the first Ireland girl
home but unfortunately no team medals this time.
Well done to Jack and Linda on their excellent
performances and well done too to CBS teacher Damien Lawlor who was one of the Ireland team managers for
the event and played his part in the team successes.
Superb performances by Mullingar athletes Read more
Wicklow Gaol Half Marathon
Using the Wicklow Gaol Half Marathon
on Sunday 25th March as part of his preparations for the Limerick Marathon in May, JP O’Brien
got a real test of endurance as he had to contend with the warm weather and the tough hilly course but was very pleased with
his 8th place finish in 1:27, which augers well for a good performance in Limerick.
4 Mile Road Race
The weather had really got warm by the time the very large entry for the Dunboyne
4 Mile Road Race in Meath took to the start line on Sunday 25th March. First to finish for Mullingar was Paddy
Kelly in an excellent time of 21:05, a new PB. Also recording a new PB
was Mel Carthy finishing in 24:21, just ahead of Ciaran
Nolan in 24:26.
AC 5km Road Race
On Sunday 25th March, the Longford AC 5km Road Race was run in
beautiful warm sunny weather. Martin Lyons settled in for the first 2km and deciding that he
was feeling good, struck for home to win in 16:48, which is a useful early season run. First woman
to finish was Sinead Roche, also happy with her early season run, followed by PJ
Ballesty who thoroughly enjoyed the run and the fine weather on offer.
Arizona State University Invitational T&F Meeting
got his outdoor season off to a good start with a 3rd place finish over 1,500m in 3:46.28
at the Arizona State University Invitational T&F Meeting in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday 24th March.
Kildangan GAA 10Km Road Race & Fun Run
done to Matt Glennon and Mary Scully who competed among approximately
165 others at the Kildangan GAA 10Km Road Race & Fun Run in Kildangan, Co. Kildare on 19th March. The
well laid out course clearly suited them both as Matt finished strongly, just ahead of Mary who was the clear winner
of the women’s race with a very good time of 36:50.
Craughwell 10 Mile Road Race
At the Craughwell 10 Mile Road Race in Galway
on Sunday 18th March, just under 600 finishers were treated to lovely forecast-defying
weather. Among them was Mark Carroll who went with the leading group and ran the first few miles
at a very fast pace and even though he suffered a bit in the last few miles, still finished a very good 15th
overall in a new personal best time of 58:23. Aron Fahey ran
a good steady race to finish in 60:27, which is also a big personal best performance for
him. Also running well and very pleased with his race was Ollie Donnelly who finished strongly
in 62:09. Also competing and enjoying the event was Breda Walsh and Catherine
Mooney. Well done to everyone for flying the flag for Mullingar in sunny Galway.
Fr. Murphy's AC 5 Mile Road Race
Looby decided that a good way to keep warm on a very cold St. Patrick’s Day was to compete in the Fr.
Murphy's AC 5 Mile Trail Race in Kildalkey, Co. Meath. Maurice finished an excellent 19th overall
in 28:46, which is a very good result and evidence that he continues to make a good return to racing fitness
and is sure to feature strongly in future road races this summer.
All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Finals
International selection for
Jack O'Leary Read more
Bundoran 10 Mile Road Race
Kieran Nolan travelled
to Donegal on Saturday 10th March to take part in the Bundoran 10 Mile Road Race where he finished 48th out
of the total of 560 finishers in the very good time of 63:44. Kieran ran negative splits over the 10 miles
having gone through the 5 mile mark in 32:11. This is a very good result.
IC4A Indoors (Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America)
finished in 5th place in the 5,000m at the ICAAAA Indoor Championships
held at Boston University in Massachusetts, USA on Sunday 4th March. In doing so he recorded another fine personal
best of 14:11.41, breaking his previous best time by a huge margin of 16 seconds. This is the third
consecutive race in which Jake has recorded a personal best performance as he continues to show outstanding early season form.
He is now the fastest "freshman" (first year student) in the history of Iona University over 5000m, which is evidence
of his rapid progression over the past few months.
Jake’s performance should be a great source of motivation for our Juvenile and Junior members,
as it is a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication to the sport. We hope to hear of further
progress from Jake over the remainder of the collegiate season.
As part of his preparations for
the World Masters Indoors in Finland in April, Sean McMullin travelled to Budapest for the Hungarian
National Indoors on Saturday 3rd March and was rewarded with a confidence-boosting gold medal in
the 5,000m race walk in his master category, which made the long journey very worthwhile. Congratulations
Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race
of 9 athletes from Mullingar made the long journey for the annual Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race in Cork on
Sunday 4th March. The first 5 miles or so was very windy
and understandably gave the many thousands of runners problems but turning at the half way mark and heading back meant the
wind was on their backs and so most ran the normally harder second half in a faster time. First from Mullingar to finish was
Eddie Newman and despite running negative splits, finished in 1:00:15, which
was just 15 seconds outside his pre-race target of breaking the hour mark but coming 97th meant he received one of the coveted
"Top 100" T-shirts, which was some compensation. Keith Gorry also had an excellent
run to finish in 1:02:29. Also competing and enjoying the terrific atmosphere generated by running with so
many other athletes was Tony Keegan, Sinead Muldoon, Paula
Kilmurray, Frank Dillon, Mary Dillon, Des
Walsh and Geraldine Walsh.
weather turned unseasonably cold on Sunday 4th March, but didn’t affect the numbers competing in the Carrick-on-Shannon
10km Road Race in Co. Leitrim. Despite facing a tough hilly course, Mark Carroll
had a real ding dong battle with Tom McGrath and was pushed to a big personal best
to finish 2nd, just ahead of Tom in third. Aron Fahey also had a super run to finish 9th. Next
to finish was Mary Scully, who proved too good for the women opposition and expertly paced by
Matt Glennon, was the runaway winner of the women’s race after a very
steady run that showed she is really coming back to full racing fitness. Finishing with Mary was Matt
Glennon, winning his master category, followed by Colm Walsh finishing strongly. This
was not an easy race but the Mullingar group were up to the task.
Bohermeen AC Half Marathon
& 5km Run
Amended 7 Mar - Mark McCann,
John Bannon, Terri Greene added; finishing order revised
Bohermeen AC held a 5km race
and the inaugural "Meath Spring Half Marathon"
on Sunday 4th March. Paddy Kelly was the easy winner of the 5km,
stretching clear in the final kilometre to win handsomely. Geraldine Carthy and family also competed
in the 5km and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The half marathon course was a nice two lap course, which
was dry but running conditions were difficult for the large entry of 943 runners due to the cold and
wind. That didn’t seem to bother Michael Gibson-Brabazon too much as he finished an excellent
9th place (1:16:51), closely followed by Martin Lyons in 10th (1:17:38). Ollie
Donnelly was the next Mullingar man to finish, 6th in his master catefory and delighted with his new personal best
(1:22:52), then came Damien Monaghan completing his first half marathon (1:23:07), Gerry Duffy with a very good run (1:24:52), Mark
McCann (1:25:54), Mel Carthy (1:26:41) 6th in his master
category, Mickey Dan Murtagh (1:28:44), and John Bannon (1:36:38) completing the Mullingar team that finished 2nd team. Also competing
was Terri Greene (1:43:57), finishing 7th in her master
Harriers Open Race Walk Meeting
Well done and congratulations to Edel
Glennon who was among a group of race-walkers from Ireland to compete at the Manx Harriers Open Race Walk Meeting
on the Isle of Man on Saturday 3rd March where she finished 4th in a very competitive 5km race-walk
for girls u/17, the 2nd Irish girl to finish. This is just the confidence-boosting result Edel needs as she continues
her training for the National Indoor Finals at the end of March.
AAA England Junior Indoors
Shane Fitzsimons was our only representative
at the AAA England Junior Indoor Championships on Saturday 25th February held at the National Indoor
Arena in Birmingham where he placed an excellent 4th in the 1,500m. Shane
was in contention for a medal up to the final lap and can take great consolation from the fact that he is eligible to participate
in this race for a further two years. His time of 3:58.11 was indicative of a tactical Championship race and it represents
another excellent performance in what has been a good indoor season. He can now look forward with confidence to the Irish
Indoor 1500m u/18 at the end of March.
Indoors - Days 2 & 3
Magnificent double victories for Jack Reid
& Victoria Harris
Athletics feast serves up many more medals Read more
MAAC Indoors, New York (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
The Armory T&F Centre in New York is proving
a favourite venue for Jake Byrne and on Friday 17th February he returned there
in the Iona College colours, this time for the MAAC
Indoors and continued his recent good form in the United States with another great win in the 5,000m.
Jake's time of 14:27.36 was a personal best by twenty three seconds and it was also
a Championship record. Jake tracked the leader in the early stages before delivering a very fast final kilometre to race to
a convincing victory by a margin of five seconds. This performance ranks Jake as the third fastest "freshman" (first
year student) in Iona University history, which is steeped in distance running tradition, and we hope that he can improve
on this time as the season progresses. He has now qualified for the ICAA Championships that will be held in early March and
we look forward to hearing of another good performance there.
AAI Senior Indoors
Fully justifying the tag as pre-race favourite, Mark Christie
set the pace from the gun in the men’s 3,000m at the AAI Senior Indoors in the Odyssey
Arena on Saturday 11th February. Not the least bit concerned to be passed with 3 laps to go, Mark sat in behind and kicked
on the back-straight of the final lap to retake the lead and go on to win in a time of 8:01.29
to show that he is very much the form athlete at the moment. Mark travels to Arizona in a couple of weeks for a spell of warm
weather training and will meet up with his coach Mark Carroll in Auburn for a period.
In the 1,500m heats,
Shane Fitzsimons looked very comfortable throughout
to finish second in 4:01 and qualify for Sunday's final. The final was a slow tactical race and Shane finished fifth
in 3:57, but still has good reason to be pleased with his performance in the Senior ranks and will take that
valuable experience with him into the season ahead.
Robert Yorke hit the front halfway through his heat of the 800m on Saturday to cruise
to an easy victory in 1:57 to qualify for Sunday's final. The pace of the final was conservative for the opening 400m
but then notched up a gear and though Robert worked hard to keep himself in contention throughout, was forced to settle for
a finish out of the medals, but two races in two days at this level is great experience for him too.
Leinster Schools Cross Country
Club athletes in excellent form competing
for their Schools & Colleges Read more
AAI Master & Intermediate Cross Country
Silver for Mary Scully
Mullingar athletes survive the
mud in Lough Key Read more
Westmeath Examiner Sports Star of the Year Awards
Byrne and Bobbie Begley honoured Read more
Leinster Indoors - Day 1
start to the Juvenile Indoor season
Senior and Junior medals won Read more
Raheny 5 Mile Road Race
Despite the less than ideal weather, there were still a record number of finishers of the Raheny
5 Mile Road Race on Sunday 29th January. That said, while the rain made it very unpleasant for spectators
and officials, the conditions were near perfect for the runners as it was surprisingly mild and there was little or no breeze.
Mark Christie proved unbeatable on the day and recorded a very convincing win
in 23:29, beating regular rival Sean Connolly (Tallaght AC) who finished in 23:56 and Tomas Fitzpatrick (Tallaght
AC) third in 24.01.
was next from Mullingar to finish, winning his master age category with an impressive 29:01,
and not far behind was Ollie Donnelly in 29:32, a big improvement on his personal
best time for the distance. Next in was Sean McMullin in 35:39 to place
4th in his master category. Also competing among the record 2,053 finishers was Marguerita
Lyons, Pat Nugent, Caroline Walsh and PJ
Four Mile House 10km Road Race
The trip to Four Mile House in Roscommon on Sunday 29th January for a 10km proved rewarding for the group from Mullingar.
Given the rain on the day, it was no surprise that the course was flooded in places but that only added to the challenge.
It was a race of two halves, the first 5km being quite flat and fast but then the hills came on the second 5km, especially
in the closing 2km, to really test the athletes. Running his first road race since September, Martin
Lyons led the Mullingar contingent home in 2nd place overall in just over 35 minutes, followed by
Aidan Gorry in 3rd overall. Keith Gorry was the
next Mullingar athlete to finish, recording a personal best of 39:03 – even though the course was slightly
long, as it had to be extended by about 100m, in the interest of traffic safety. Sarah Lowry
was next in, completing her first race over the 10km distance and finishing 2nd woman, followed by Maura Dervin (3rd woman). Also competing for Mullingar was Enda
O’Carolan who was happy with his performance in the tough conditions. Well done to all for braving the elements
Excellent win in new PB for Jake Byrne in New York
At the Metropolitan Indoor T&F Championships on Friday 27th January at
the Armory T&F Centre in New York, which is a competition for the urban Colleges in the North East, running for Iona College, Jake Byrne ran to victory in the 5,000m by just
over one second with a new PB of 14:51.72. The last kilometer was a particularly fast 2:42. This time
smashes his former best for the distance by 15 seconds, proving that College life in the USA is really suiting him very well
and he continues to make his mark on the Collegiate circuit.
Silver in 800m for Shane Fitzsimons
Personal best performances in Nenagh Read more
BHAA Eircom Cross Country
Mary Scully made a welcome return to competition after a prolonged
absence due to injury with a very good run in the women’s 2 mile race at the BHAA Eircom Cross
Country in Cherryfield Park, Firhouse, Dublin on Saturday 21st January to finish 2nd in 12:13 and
continue her preparations for the AAI Masters Cross Country in February. In the men’s 5 mile race,
best of the Mullingar group was Mark Carroll in 15th place in 28:18, followed by Kevin
Baker in 19th (28:43), Matt Glennon, Justin Murtagh and Pat Muldoon Senior. We’ll see Mark, Kevin and Justin in action in February in the AAI Intermediate
Cross Country and Matt and Pat in the AAI Masters.
Junior & Senior XC and Juvenile XC Relays
Medal winning start to 2012 Read more
AAI National Masters Indoors
McMullin was the Club’s sole representative at the AAI National Masters Indoors in
Nenagh on Sunday 15th January where he added to his impressive collection of National medals by taking gold
in the 5,000m race walk and gold in the 3,000m run in his master category.
Congratulations to Sean on his continuing success.
BHAA South Dublin
Co. Co. 4 mile Cross Country
Congratulations to Ben Vaitkevichius and Sean McMullin who won
their respective master categories at the BHAA South Dublin County Council AC 4 mile Cross Country in Tymon
Park, Dublin on Sunday 8th January. Ben finished in 25:40, well up among the nearly 250 finishers, and Sean was very pleased
to finish in 30:31. Both are showing good form as they continue their training towards the AAI National Masters Cross Country
in early February.
Celtic International Cross Country
Part of the programme for the BUPA Great
Edinburgh Cross Country on Saturday 7th January was the Celtic International Cross Country where Linda Conroy was competing for Ireland in the 4,000m under 17 race against
the very best young athletes from Scotland, Wales and Ulster. Linda has really bounced back into top form again and ran a
terrific race to finish 5th overall, second Ireland girl to finish being just edged out by Aisling Quinn
(Ferrybank AC) near the finish. Her performance helped Ireland to gold in the team event, to get
2012 off to a brilliant start. Very well done Linda on her success in the Ireland vest and we know she is looking forward
to wearing the green vest again a few more times this year.
Paddy Kelly, Linda Conroy,
Padraig Moran, Edel Glennon honoured
by Athletics Leinster
Leinster Star Awards for 2011 presented
Mullingar retains Morrissey Cup; Westmeath retains Foley Cup
Amended 2 Jan - finishing
Liffey Valley "Tom Brennen
Memorial" 5km Road Race
For some a new year is just another chance to start afresh on the race
fixture list and so on New Year’s Day a few Club members hit the ground running so to speak by competing at the Liffey
Valley AC "Tom Brennan Memorial" 5km Road Race in the Phoenix Park. Finishing well up and happy with his
start to the New Year, the first of the Mullingar contingent to finish was Paddy Kelly, followed
by Mark McCann, Ben Vaitkevichius
(2nd in his master category), then Aron Fahey, Sinead Roche, Ken Whitelaw and Sean McMullin,
all thoroughly enjoying their first race of the New Year.
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