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Weekend wrap: US, county novice championships and road round-up

The main talking point over the weekend was Robert Harting’s request to be taken off the list of nominations for the IAAF athlete of the year. The German discus thrower was not happy to be on the list alongside convicted drug offenders Justin Gatlin and LeShawn Merritt. You can check out our Facebook page for more and we’ll discuss it on the next podcast. Below is a recap on some of the main action over the weekend – not including the Lisbon marathon and the Great Scottish Run. We’ll get to that later. 

Dooney and Cléirigh Buttner impress in the States 

Kevin Dooney (Yale) and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Villanova) impressed in the States at their respective meets at the Paul Short Invitational and University of Washington Invitational.

Dooney finished an impressive 7th over 8km at the Paul Short Invitational in 23:55, edging Kevin Batt (Adams State) by a second, in a race won by Mike Biwott. You can watch the race in full on the link below. 

Cléirigh Buttner was first scorer for Villanova in Washington finishing 17th over 6km in 20:54. Elise Cranny of Stanford won in 20:11 – this was a good marker for the DSD athlete as she dips her toes into the NCAA scene.


Dublin Juvenile XC League and Novice 

Isabel Carron (Skerries) and Carla Sweeney (WSAF) battled out one of the highlight races at the Dublin Juvenile XC league with Carron getting the better of the 800m specialist on the final lap. There was plenty of talent on show in the Phoenix Park and it was welcome to see the proliferation of first-generation Irish athletes competing who no doubt will be stars of the future in the green vest. 

John Frazer was first man home in a big field at the Dublin Novice as the County Novice Championships rolled out around the country. Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea) was a notable winner in the Meath Novice as he builds up for the junior team at the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria in December. 

The evergreen Gary O’Hanlon won the Athlone 3/4 marathon in a new record of 1:45:12 passing the half marathon in 69 minutes. The Clonliffe Harrier is preparing for the Dublin Marathon. Sergiu Ciobanu won the Galway Bay half marathon in 67:04 while Conor Dooney (Raheny) won the 10k in 30:44. Nicola Duncan (GCH) came out on top in the women’s race in 78:36 with Norah Newcombe (Ballina) winning the 10k in 36:07. We hope to have Gary on our next podcast. Take a listen to our most recent podcast which gave an in-depth recap on the Berlin marathon. 

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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

I worked for Con from 2007 till his passing in 2012 taking down his copy and a whole lot more. I have a Con Houlihan section which will go in to more depth on that.

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