Podcast: Road to Prague; Cross Crisis; Schools Showdown
We’ve another bumper podcast this week starting with the indoor season where we catch up with Cathal Dennehy in New York. He fill us in on the highlights of the US Indoor Championships and then picks out the international stars set to shine at the European Indoor championships in Prague later this week. We look at how the Irish will fare and explain why they need to grasp their opportunity at this level of international competition.
The Irish youngsters shone at the underage English Championships and we look at their sterling performances where there was a 1-2-3 in the girls U17 60m with Ciara Neville, Molly Scott and Gina Akpe-Moses. Scott went on to win the 60m hurdles while Akpe Moses won the 200m in a new Irish Youths record. Sam Healy kept up his prolific indoor form while Matthew Behan and Garbhan McKenna also starred in the 60m hurdles.
There has been great debate on cross country and there was a poor turnout for the Inter Club Cross Country championships with only 144 finishers in total throughout the four races. In truth, the low turnout was expected but it highlighted how low we have gotten. There was a number of good performances despite this with Mick Clohisey and Maria McCambridge starring in the senior races and Ennis Track winning their first junior men’s title. There has been a cross country review recently and there are likely changes taking place but we have much to do to drag distance running out of the doldrums.
The Irish Schools Cross Country Championships will brighten the mood this weekend and it is all billed around the showdown between Jack O’Leary and Kevin Mulcaire in the senior boys race. O’Leary runs on home turf in Clongowes Wood College and he will be looking to usurp Mulcaire who is favourite going in. Mulcaire will also look to lead his St Flannan’s teammates to the team title and there promises to be a host of top races.
Tune in to the hour plus podcast to get into all the latest talking points and happenings in the athletics world.