Track & Field

4 Reasons to get together at Le Cheile

The Le Cheile International takes place today in Leixlip. The biggest draw was set to be Thomas Barr but he has withdrawn from the meet. The Irish record holder who raced in Rome only just last week is in scintillating form but the Irish crowds will have to wait a little longer to set eyes on the silver fox of Irish Athletics. However, beyond the George Clooney look a like, here are four reasons you should get yourself down to Leixlip.

Mens 1500m Travers leads the way 3-48pmTravers leads the way
The metric mile has a great race in store with a host of sub 3.45 athletes. Leading Entrant on personal bests in Tom Lancashire who ran 3.33 in 2010. With only a 3.42 so far this season he isn’t firing on all cylinders yet but he has ran 7.52(3k) and 13:38(5k) in 2015 so is fully fit and ready to improve his seasonal best. Our own John Travers (Donore Harriers) is also set to feature, his 3.37 p.b came last season in the Morton mile but he has shown excellent form making the Euro Indoor final and also running a low 1.52 800m last week. Danny Mooney(Letterkenny A.C) and Richard Weir from Great Britain are the next fastest men with 3.42 personal bests. An interesting entrant is Kevin Mulcaire, the newly minted Irish Junior 5k record holder. What can he do over the shorter distance?

Mens 400m Hurdles-Harvey attempts to go sub 50 4-21pm 

Jason Harvey

Jason Harvey

Irish number two, Jason Harvey (50.16) leads the Irish contingent and he will be looking to dip under the 50 second barrier for the first time. Game of Thrones fans will be particularly excited. He takes on the fastest man in the field Sebastien Rodger (GBR, 49.19) as well as a host of 50 second runners.As with all 400m hurdles races there will be spills, thrills and belly aches.Spectators can also enjoy a European Record attempt, as Aramis Diaz (ITA) attempts to better his own European Masters record of 51.23 secs.


Womens 800m The Domestic Battle 5.19pm

Louise Shanahan

Louise Shanahan

The times may not be incredible in this one. We may not see anyone run Sub 2.05 or even close to it. What we will see is one of the most fascinating junior battles in recent times. Three schoolgirls who can run 2.09 or better and the looming presence of Nadia Power, the miler dropping down to take on school mate Carla Sweeney, Cork’s Louise Shanahan and the best of the west Alanna Lally. These girls produced a great race in Greystones earlier this year as well as exciting us at the School where the order was Shanahan, Sweeney, Lally. Can the Miler show the speedsters how to do it?

Fiona Kehoe(2.07) is the fastest entrant and is known for her front running style. This could be a cracker.


Mens 800m Griffin v the Best of the Rest 5-27pm

Karl Griffin- Blue Steel

Karl Griffin- Blue Steel

This should be an absolute cracker and with the weather picking up, we should see some very fast times. The leading entrant is Ireland’s Karl Griffin. The Donegal man has ran 1.47 this season, setting a personal best in Belgium at the end of May. He will be doing battle with the athletes of a very similar calibre such as James Bowness of Great Britain (1.47), Nick Jensen of Denmark (1.48) and Paul Arents of Latvia (1.48). We should be looking at a fast pace from the gun and an attempt on running 1.46 for the two lap tango. The likes of Niall Touhy, Joe Warne and Kieran Kelly will be looking to use this race to improve on their impressive 1.49 personal bests.

Check out the full timetable here

Entry to the Le Chéile International is FREE OF CHARGE!!

Directions to Leixlip

Car-From the M4, take Junction 6 for Leixlip West. Take the R 449 to Leixlip. Pass two roundabouts keep on the R449. At the third roundabout there are two exits. Take the right exit (Where the Intel building is). You will see a Lidl and just after Lidl is the entrance to the Leisure Centre with the track beside it.

BUS-Bus 66 takes you right beside the track
Train-To Leixlip , Louisabridge station

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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