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Indoor Round-Up February 4th 2018

More Exploits for Healy Sisters as Leevale Women's Team Run in Portugal

News of Cork Athletes in Indoor action around Europe


Barr and Healy shine at AAI Games on busy weekend

    DCH and Clonliffe retain Irish Life Health Indoor titles
    Phil Healy on form in Germany
    Millrose Games
    European Clubs Cross Country
    O'Connor's Pentathlon Record


Phil Healy in Top Form in Karlsruhe, Germany

At the IAAF Indoor Tour, in Karlsruhe, Germany, Phil Healy (Bandon) continued her fine form on the international circuit, to finish second behind Lea Sprunger, in 52.67 in a top quality field.


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Phil Healy is Number 2 on European Athletics Womens Indoor 400m Rankings


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Phil Healy pictured after her 400m run in Karlsruhe



Irish Life Health AAI Indoor Games

Thomas Barr, Ferrybank AC, and Sarah Healy, Blackrock AC, were two of the star performers at the Irish Life Health AAI Indoor Games in Abbotstown today, Sunday February 4.

They saved the best till last with the 400m hurdles indoors, the first ever in Ireland, at the end of the programme.

Barr duly delivered winning in 50.50 seconds, which was an Irish best – the seventh best performance ever, and the third fastest European performance. Training partners Paul Byrne, St Abban’s AC, finished second in 52.46, and Ben Kiely, Ferrybank AC, was third in 53.28.


Laura Nicholson Impresses, While Darragh McElhinney Takes Record


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Laura Nicholson ranked Number 3 on European Athletics Junior Womens 3000m Indoor Rankings


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Darragh McElhinney ranked Number 3 on European Athletics Junior Mens 3000m Indoor Rankings

Laura Nicholson, Bandon AC, was another youngster to impress in winning the women’s 3,000m in 9:38.48, while Darragh McElhinney, Bantry AC, had a repeat performance from last year finishing second in the men’s 3,000m in 8:13.80 – a new youth and junior indoor record, behind John Travers (Donore Harriers) who won in 8:10.87.  Evan Byrne, Togher AC, ran 8:28, while John Collins, Skibbereen AC, ran 8:52, while Eric Curran, Leevale AC, finished in 8:54.

Other Extracted Cork Results

Joan Healy (Bandon) was the fastest woman over 60m with a swift 7.38 seconds

In the Women's 1500m, Stephanie Cotter, West Muskerry AC, ran 4:33.

60m men: Koadi Ogbene, Leevale AC ran 7:10, Shane Howard, Bandon AC, ran 7:28, John Corr, Leevale AC, 7:55, Paul Mulchrone, Leevale AC, 7:86

60m Women: Joan Healy, Bandon AC 7:38, Shona Uniacke-Lowe, Leevale AC, 8:12, Aimee O'Driscoll, Leevale AC, 8:19

200m Women: Shona Lowe, Leevale AC, 27.38, Vissa Sintayehu, West Muskerry AC, 27.54

200m men: John Corr, Leevale AC, 25.27

400m women: Jessica Neville, Leevale AC, 59.98

400m men: Brandon Arrey, Blarney Inniscarra AC, 48.47, and Ciarán Dee, Leevale AC, 51.55

800m Men: Matthew Murnane, Leevale AC, 1:57, Denis Coughlan, St. Finbarr's AC, 1:59 and Aidan Mullins, Bantry AC, 2:02


16-year-old middle distance prospect Sarah Healy, Blackrock AC, ran 4:16.03 to win the women’s 1500m – breaking Ciara Mageean’s Youth and U20 indoor records with a classy performance.

A red hot pace was set in the women’s 800m going through 400m in 58 seconds with UCD’s Claire Mooney outlasting the rest of the field in 2:04.75 from club mate Alanna Lally in second in 2:06.00 and Jenna Bromell, Emerald AC, third in 2:06.26. 17-year-old Jo Keane, Ennis Track, was fourth in 2:08.70.

Karl Griffin, UCD AC, came through at the finish to win the men’s 800m in 1:50.32 from John Fitzsimons, Kildare AC, in 1:50.47 and Kieran Kelly, Raheny Shamrock AC, in 1:50.67.

Megan Marrs (City of Lisburn) had a nippy 8.19 second win in the women’s 60m hurdles ahead of Sarah Lavin (UCD) in 8.39 while Matthew Behan (Crusaders) was the fastest of the men in 7.98.


Catherine McManus (DCH) continued her busy weekend with a fine 54.15 second clocking in the women’s 400m – a new personal best and quickest time of the day.

Saragh Buggy (St Abban’s) won the women’s triple jump with a best of 13.25m. Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers) won the men’s shot put with a best of 17.28m.  


O'Connor Breaks National Pentathlon Record Again

Kate O’Connor (Dundalk St Gerard’s) set a new junior and senior pentathlon record finishing fourth in Tallinn, Estonia with 4,150 points.  


Millrose Games

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Ciara Mageean finish a very close third in Women's Wanamaker Mile, at Millrose Games

At the fabled Millrose Games in New York, Ciara Mageean (UCD) finished third in the women’s Wanamaker mile in 4:30.99 while Sean Tobin (Clonmel) ran 3:58.25 for 4th in the invitational mile.  Kate Veale (West Waterford) finished second in the women’s 1 mile race walk in 6:44.17.


European Clubs Cross Country
Mora, Portugal

Sunday February 4th 2018


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National Senior Cross-Country Champions, Leevale AC, who represented Ireland at European Champion Clubs Cross-Country Championship, Mora, Portugal, Sunday February 4th 2018
L to R: Claire McCarthy, Carol Finn, Lizzie Lee, Michelle Kenny, Sinead O'Connor and Michelle Finn


Abbie Taylor was the best Irish performer at the European Clubs Cross Country Championships in Portugal finishing fourth in the U20 race, while her club DSD AC finished fifth in the team standings.  Lizzie Lee led Leevale AC's Senior Women to 7th in the women’s race finishing 17th individually, 57 secs behind the winner. Kevin Dooney finished in the same individual position in the senior men’s race with his club Raheny Shamrock finishing 9th. Galway City Harriers were 9th in the men’s U20 race.


Silver for Leevale's Alex Wright at Spanish National 10k Walk

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Leevale AC's Alex Wright competed at the Spanish National 10k Walk, on Saturday last, February, 3rd, taking the Silver medal, in a strong international field. This followed on from his second place, the previous weekend, at the Elan indoor meet in Bratislava. Alex now turns his attention to the Irish Indoor Championships where he aims to retain his title.

DCH and Clonliffe Retain Irish Life Health League Indoor Titles

Dublin City Harriers and Clonliffe Harriers lived up to their favourites tag and retained their Irish Life Health National Indoor League titles in Abbotstown on Saturday February 3rd.

Catherine McManus was once again instrumental in the Dublin ladies victory. She won the long jump with 5.24m, and the 200m in 24.23 while also coming a close second in the 60m in 7.66 – one hundredth of a second behind Aoife Lynch (Donore Harriers). McManus also anchored the 4x200m relay to victory.

The Clonliffe men dominated once more with individual victories for Dara Kervick in the 400m in 48.50, Keith Marks in the long jump in 7.15m, Chris Sibanda in the 200m in 22.17, Dave Donegan in the pole vault with 4.10m and Marcin Klinkosz in the high jump with 1.85m.

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