Running Shorts - Clonliffe duo on double
DAVE DONEGAN and Ian Rogers of Clonliffe finished first and second in the pole vault at the Northern Ireland Track and Field Championships in the Antrim Forum. Donegan took the title with 4.90m, with Rogers second on 4.45m. With Donegan getting back to his best, he is aiming to improve his PB of 5.00m in the coming weeks.
All hail Hehir: At the Leinster Track and Field Championships, Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham had a good win in the 5,000m, with Raheny's Simon Ryan second. DSD's Sinead Denny won the 400m and 800m, while Paul Fleming of Rathfarnham was an impressive winner of the masters' 1,500m.
Brow Rangers veteran Joe Kelly won the shot, discus, hammer and 56lb in the over-40 age group. 3Tullamore and the Antrim Stadium are the venues for the opening round of the National League on Sunday. Defending champions are the Clonliffe men and DSD women.
Numbers up for Mullingar: A stunning 830 runners of all ages completed the Pat Finnerty 5km League, organised by Mullingar Harriers in the setting of Belvedere House over five dates in May. Particularly impressive was the number of young athletes taking part in the runs, often alongside their parents. With the best three results from five counting, local man Vinny Connolly was the clear overall winner of the men's prize. Fiona Mahon of Dunshaughlin was best of the women.
Rustic runs: Anyone who enjoys the unique atmosphere of country races is spoiled for choice this weekend. On Friday evening (7.30pm), Carrick Roadrunners launch their annual Three Counties Challenge with the Champion Kiely Ballyneale 5km (7.30pm). On Saturday evening (7.30pm), Bohermeen in Co Meath hosts the Patrick Bell 5km.
In Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny, on Sunday (2pm), the Little South Run takes place on a fast four-mile course around the village, including the lovely Lacey's Cross. While the speedsters chase the winner's cheque of €500, many others will find time to take in the views.
Raheny round one: Want to keep an eye on your fitness over the summer? Starting next Tuesday in Dublin is the annual Lord Mayor of Raheny Two-mile Series, with 12 rounds between now and the end of August. Entry is €7 per race or €50 for the 12-race series. Register at the Raheny Shamrock clubhouse (behind the Scouts' den). Also open for entry is the annual Raheny Midsummer 5km in St Anne's Park on Sunday, June 17 (11am). Entry €15.