Track & Field

Irish legs are smiling at Watford BMC

Woodside Stadium has long been a happy hunting ground for athletes in search of personal bests and qualifying standards. Yesterday was no different at the British Milers Club Grand Prix where Ross Murray re-announced himself as one of Britain’s best metric milers and Ireland’s up-and-coming talent showed they have plenty to offer.

Newcastle’s Ross Murray has struggled since his whirlwind season in 2012 but produced his best time since the Olympics with 3:37.76. John Coghlan featured in the same race running 3:46.71.

Tomas Cotter had a big personal best to win the B race in 3:43.31 while Brandon Hargreaves rewrote his best in the 5,000m to finish third in the A race in 14:00.99.

Karl Griffin and Niall Tuohy did battle in the men’s A 800m with Griffin edging Tuohy 1:49.38 to 1:49.49. They will have been a little disappointed the race wasn’t as fast as expected but were happy with their duel. Their head-to-head this season has now tilted 3-2 in Griffin’s favour. Dale Clutterbuck won the race in 1:49.05.

Sara Treacy finished second in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase in 9:55.19 behind Kenya’s Juliet Chepkwel who won in 9:48.01.

Young guns blazing a trail for standards

There was no fewer than seven junior and youth athletes who stepped up with big performances in Watford. Jack O’Leary produced a big run in the B 5,000m to run a European junior standard with 14:28.16. Louise Shanahan ran a personal best to win the 800m C in 2:08.15, running her second European junior B standard that should secure her place for Eskiltuna in Sweden. Nadia Power was another with big breakthrough lowering her 1500m personal best from 4:29 to 4:24.62.

Good prospect: Kevin McGrath who ran 3:50.33 in Watford winning the 800m at the Tailteann Games

Good prospect: Kevin McGrath who ran 3:50.33 in Watford winning the 800m at the Tailteann Games

There was a bit of back and forth on Twitter as to the age of Kevin McGrath but it looks to be finally settled at 16. What wasn’t in doubt was the Bohermeen teenager’s performance in finishing 8th in the 1500m C race 3:50.33. The time was narrowly outside the world youth standard but comfortably inside the EYOY. Others to run European Youth standards over 800m were Aaron McGlynn with a slight personal best of 1:54.79 and Jake Harbison with 1:55.93. Cillian Kirwan ran 1:51.29 another European junior B standard in second behind Anthony Lieghio in 1:50.76 in the 800m C race. Mark Hoy rounded out an Irish 1-2-3 with 1:51.42.

An honourable mention for the young guns must got to All Ireland schools 5,000m silver medallist Peter Lynch who ran big personal best of 14:42.52.

Persistence pays off for club heroes

Club here: Owens ran a new pb in Watford. Pictured winning the indoor University championships

Club here: Owens ran a new pb in Watford. Pictured winning the indoor University championships

Three club runners who stood out with top performances in Watford were Richard Owens, Daire Bermingham and Ciara Durkan. It’s always good to see runners who have been around the block be rewarded for their efforts. Richard Owens ran 3:48.85 for 1500m, Daire Bermingham and Ciara Durkan ran 14:13 and 16:10.37 respectively in their 5,000m A races.

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