FIGHTING FOURTH FOR McELHINNEY
Darragh McElhinney of UCD AC produced the Irish performance of the weekend in the 3000m final on the last day of the at the European Athletics Indoor Championship, in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday March 5. McElhinney was just out of the medals when finishing fourth in 7 mins 44.72 secs. His time knocked just over a second off his previous best 7:45.79 run in Boston last month. He looked to have timed his race perfectly on the last lap but Serbia's Elzan Bibic held him off to take the bronze medal. Luke McCann, a club mate of McElhinney’s at UCD, finished tenth in the 1500m final with a time of 3:44.55. In the heats, McCann had finished fifth in 3:41.51. In the sprints, Israel Olatunde of UCD AC made it to the semi-finals of the 60m, where he finished seventh in 6.69 secs. Sophie Becker of Raheny Shamrock AC was part of the team that finished fifth in the 4x400m relay. Becker ran the opening leg in 53.57 secs.
Intervarsity CROSS-COUNTRY (pic of Kilrehil and Roberts from DCU)
For a second year, Keelan Kilrehil, representing DCU took the men’s title at the Irish Universities Cross-Country Championships, hosted by the University of Limerick on Saturday (March 4). Kilrehil’s time was 24 mins 40 secs. Jose Ignacio Jimenez of host club University of Limerick was second and leading his team to victory over DCU. In the women’s race, DCU took the team title led by Roise Roberts in second place and in a Dublin college clean sweep, University College Dublin was second and Trinity College Dublin third.
DCU retained the overall title beating UL, Trinity College and UCD.
Ian Guiden of Clonliffe Harriers led home an entry of 660 at the Lusk 4-Mile in Co Dublin., finishing in time of 18 mins 57 secs. His Clonliffe club mate Sean Cronin was second in 19:37 and Ieuan Hopkins of Brothers Pearse AC third in 19:48. Kate Purcell of Raheny Shamrock was first woman in 22:20. In the teams category which is for mixed teams of three, Raheny Shamrocks were the winners ahead of Clonliffe Harries and host club Lusk AC. (Pic Clonliffe Harriers team at Lusk 4 mile road race)
A day earlier, Karl Dolan of Clonliffe Harriers won the Naas 10-mile in 54:35, while at the Bundoran 10-Mile, Co Donegal, Tudor Mircea, also Clonliffe Harriers, was second in 51:17
Entry is open for the Tallaght Tallaght 5km on St Patricks Day, Friday March 17 starting at 10am, with t-shirts all finishers and cash prizes. This race incorporates the Dublin Novice 5k road race championships 2023 with the first 3 novices home and the first 3 Club Novice teams of 4 winning Championships medals. Entry is €20 at www.popupraes.ie. The Windmill Garristown 10k road race takes place on Sunday 12th March which incorporates the Dublin m3n’s 10k Dublin Championships. Medals are to be won at senior, Over 35 – 65 and team medals at Senior, Over 35 and Over 50 (4 to score). Entries are open on Eventmaster at https://eventmaster.ie/event/5GDACQvsEz.
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