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Monday 25 September 2017

Mitchell on top after Highgate

Emma Mitchell
Emma Mitchell

Emma Mitchell of QUB ran a new Northern Irish record time of 32 mins 51.78 secs to finish seventh in the women's elite race at the Highgate Night of 10,000m PBs in London.

That time is comfortably inside the qualifying mark of  33 mins 6 secs for next year's Commonwealth Games, and puts her comfortably on top of the Irish rankings.

Letterkenny's Anne Marie McGlynn, finishing 14th, clocked a massive personal best and new Irish W35 record of 33:16.73.

Mark Christie of Mullingar Harriers proved best of the Irish men with his time of 29:26.61, enough for 15th place in the men's elite race.

Behind him came Raheny's Kevin Dooney, 18th in 29:35, Tullamore's Liam Brady, 22nd with a time of 29:47.16, and Clonmel's Kevin Mausell, 23rd with 29:50.69. Race winner was Andy Vernon in 28:21.15; second was Dewi Griffiths in 28:31.88, with seven runners under 29 minutes.

In other races at Highgate, John Eves of DSD clocked a time of 30:30.65, Colin Maher of Ballyfin 30:55.85, Eoghan Totten of Newcastle and District 31:01.18, Paul O'Donnell of DSD 31:03.46, Ennis TC's Karl Fitzmaurice 31:16.78, Killian Mooney of DSD 31:29.21, City of Derry's Aaron Doherty 31:32.23 and Fergal Smithwick of Newcastle 31:57.70.

Michaela Walsh of Swinford set a new Irish junior hammer record of 61.84m at the Halle Throws Meet in Germany where she won the U20 women's competition and comfortably qualified for both the European U20 and U23 Championships later this summer.

In the U23 shot putt competition, her 15.46m was another national junior record.

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