Congratulations to Joanne Mills who on Saturday 6th June picked up silver in the 5000m at the Northern Ireland & Ulster Senior Track Championships at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast in her first race in the red and yellow vest. In very windy conditions she came home in 18:09 behind Catherine Whoriskey of City of Derry Spartans (picture courtesy of Dara Furey) – http://www.athleticsni.org/Results/NI-and-Ulster-Age-Group-and-Senior-Track-and-Field.
Also on Saturday, this time at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh and in winds gusting in excess of 50mph that broke the wind gauge, Kerry O’Flaherty representing Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow took a comfortable victory in the UK Women’s League Premier Division in the 2k Chase in 6:47. Windsor finished in second place overall in this the first match of three in the 2015 season.
At the Irish Trial for the European Mountain Racing Championships to the top of Djouce Mountain from Crone Wood, Seamy Lynch had an excellent race to come home in 4th place. With a climb of just over 2,000 feet, Lynch had a very strong second half coming through from around 8th and undoubtedly if the race had also involved more descent he would have finished even further up. With one runner already pre-slected for the 4-man team for the July Championships in Portugal, only the first three are likely to be selected, so it looks like he will miss out by one place. Nevertheless, this race represents excellent progress since last season and Lynch will now turn his attention to securing the NIMRA and Hill & Dale Titles, the Snowdon Race in July and then trying to make the Irish team for the World Championships in Wales in September.
1. Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) 32:35
2. Ian Conroy (Raheny Shamrock) 32:46
3. James Kevan (Clonliffe Harriers) 33:26
4. Seamus Lynch (Newcastle A.C.) 34:36
5. Killian Mooney (DSD) 35:23
6. Louis McCarthy (Rathfarnham A.C.) 35:48
7. Andrew Annett (North Belfast) 36:16
8. Sam Mealy (Crusaders) 36:17
9. Brian Furey (Rathfarnham A.C.) 36:21
10. Jason Kehoe 37:39
Finally in the evening David O’Flaherty smashed his 5k Road PB at the Patrick Bell Memorial race in Bohermeen coming home an excellent 8th place overall in 15:53. Picture shows a happy David with new friend Ella at the post-race BBQ – http://www.precisiontiming.net/result.aspx?v=2719.