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Sarah Healy narrowly misses another youth record – Irish weekend roundup

The 17-year-old was the impressive winner in Manchester as Peter Somba claimed a third straight title from Terenure over 5 miles in Dublin.

Sarah Healy of Blackrock AC was an impressive winner in the women’s 1500m race at the British Milers Club’s first Grand Prix of the season in Manchester on Saturday 12 May.

The teenager took the lead with around 700m to go in an experienced field and came home with a personal best 4: 15.53 to narrowly miss Ciara Mageean’s Irish youth record of 4:15 , 46.

Healy, who finished ahead of Mageean’s New Balance Manchester training partner Anna Silvander, has improved in every race this year, breaking the Irish records in the 1,500m and 3,000m for young and old. less than 20 years in the theater.

Amy O’Donoghue of Emerald AC was fourth in 4: 18.84.

In the 800m, 19-year-old Brian Fay of Raheny Shamrock won the D race in a personal best 1: 50.20, while Ciara Everard of UCD continued her comeback with a time of 2: 06.35 to finish. place sixth in the women’s A race.

Junior international athletes in action included Charlie O’Donovan of Leevale ninth in 1500m B in 3: 52.67, Darragh McElhinney of Bantry AC moving up the distances and finishing ninth in the 5000m men A in 14.25.38, Keelan Kilrehill of Moy Valley AC winner of the C 5000m in 14: 59.86 and Roisin Treacy of Ashford AC third in the women’s 2000m steeplechase in 7: 26.08.

You can read more about the first BMC Grand Prix of the season, including teenager Max Burgin who clocked the fastest all-time 800m time by a 15-year-old, here.


For a third year, Dunboyne AC’s Peter Somba edged out Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock for victory in the Terenure 5 miles in Dublin on Sunday May 13.

Photo: Terenure 5 miles

Somba finished in 23:57 with Clohisey, in a final burn-up before the European Cup 10,000m next Saturday in London, just a second behind.

Tallaght AC’s Tomás Fitzpatrick was third in 24:42. The first woman was Ciara Hickey of Bros Pearse, who had won the Tallaght 5km a week earlier.

Hickey finished in 28:00, with last year’s winner Siobhan O’Doherty of Borrisokane second in 28:39, Linda Byrne of DSD third in 28:60 and Catherina McKiernan of MSB fourth and first W40.

Photo: Terenure 5 miles

Host club Sportsworld AC took home the men’s team award, beating Donore Harriers and Rathfarnham WSAF. Donore defeated DSD for the women’s tag team title with AC Crusaders third.

Gerry Gallagher of Finn Valley in 73:41 and Claire McGuigan of Lifford Strabane AC in 82:08 were the winners of the Lifford Strabane Half Marathon Sunday (May 13).

Keith Shiels of Foyle Valley AC won the Termoneeny 10km at 32:08 on Friday evening (May 11). The first woman was Gemma McDonald of Ballycastle Runners in 39 minutes 12 seconds.

On the same evening, Martin Cox of Carmen Runners in 16:12 and Niamh Carolan of North Leitrim in 19:12 were the winners of the Ballyshannon 5km.

The winners of The Cheile 5km at Leixlip on Wednesday May 9, Peter Somba at 4:37 p.m. and Jane Bandila at 6:09 p.m. both are members of Dunboyne AC.

The fastest parkrun times across Ireland on Saturday were set by AC Ben Branagh of St Malachy and 50-year-old athlete Annette Kealy of Raheny Shamrock. The 10 best times across Ireland can be found here.


On the last wednesday Classified encounter in Dublin in Tallaght, the quartet of Ciara Deely, Miriam Daly, Ellie O’Toole and Davicia Patterson set a new Irish junior record of 3: 44.28 for the women’s 4 × 400m. Full results here.

In the United States, Grand Est Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio, Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, who raced for Villanova, retained her women’s 800m title with a time of 2: 05.52.

Buttner also anchored the Villanova 4 × 400m team in third place. In the men’s 400, Harry Purcell’s time of 48.47 saw him top the qualifiers after the prelims, and in the final he was fifth in 48.60.

Sean Tobin of Clonmel AC, in his final year at Ole Miss, was seventh in the steeplechase with a time of 9: 07.04 in the SEC Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee.

At Big 12 championships in Waco Texas, Fellan McGuigan of Finn Valley AC was fourth in men’s hammer at 60.92m.

Mountain and trail

Seamus Lynch of host club Newcastle was at home for the first time in 55:14 at the annual meeting Slieve Donard Mountain Race in Les Mournes on Saturday 12 May. For a second year, William McKee finished second with his Morne Runners teammate, Timothy Johnston, third.

Shileen O’Kane of Lagan Valley was the first woman and claimed a record fifth victory in the race. The second was Becky Quinn, based in Dublin, with Sarah Graham of Morne Runners third.

Paddy O’Leary finished 26th and best of the Irish in the World Trail Championships in Castellon, Spain, Saturday with a time of 9:40:03 for the 85 km course. The winner in 8:38 was Luis Alberto Hernandez from Spain.

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