Friday 19 January 2018

Mageean misses out in Delhi Lambe silences Dungarvan field Annual Alsaa league kicks off Dunboyne star on silver screen

Ciara Mageean was just off her best when she finished 10th in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi -- a first taste of senior competition for the 18-year-old from Portaferry.

James McIlroy ran a season's best of 1:47.46 in the 800m semi-final, not enough for the final. He also missed out on the 1500m final.

Sprinter Amy Foster finished fifth in the semi-finals of both 100m and 200m. Joanna Mills, aged 17, finished eighth in the 400m semi-final with a time of 55.68. In the heats, Katie Kirk had run 55.68 and Jo Patterson 55.72. Kelly McNeice was fourth in her 800m heat with a time of 2:04.72. In the 400m hurdles heats, Christine McMahon ran 61.27 for sixth place. Tom Reynolds finished ninth in the decathlon.

Farrell enjoys a party in Park

For a second year, the Simon 5 Mile charity race in the Phoenix Park was somehow given the same date as the BHAA Teachers' Cross-Country taking place just two miles away in Castleknock College. Brian Farrell of Kilkenny won the men's race while the Raheny trio of Patrycja Wlodarcyzk, Barbara Sanchez and Annette Kealy were the first three women home.

Lambe silences Dungarvan field

Leevale's Mark Hanrahan won the MT Motors Cross-Country in Dungarvan, completing the four laps in 23 minutes 41 seconds.

Waterford's Pauline Lambe had a convincing win in the women's race, beating Martine O'Dwyer from Carrick and West Waterford's Corinna Walsh. In Galway, Gary Thornton won the county championships title. Laura Shaughnessy was first woman.

* At the Munich Marathon, West Waterford's Raivis Zakis finished fifth in two hours 27 seconds.

Annual Alsaa league kicks off

Starting next Tuesday (7.30) with a mile race is the annual Alsaa Winter Track league. This is designed to give athletes a chance to test their speed on the track and get a break from cross-country and roads. In all, seven rounds are scheduled from now until next April, with mile and 3000m races alternating. Entry is €4 per race or €22 for the series. All standards welcome.

Dunboyne star on silver screen

A Japanese crew made a surprise visit to Dunboyne Athletic Club last Saturday where they filmed Eamonn Byrne, Paddy O'Reilly, Tom Toner and Betty Cunningham demonstrating the ancient Irish art of hammer throwing. The film, to be broadcast in Japan, is a survey of Irish traditions.

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