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John Travers of Donore Harriers only narrowly failed to break the four minute barrier at the Griffith Avenue Mile, Dublin  held on Sunday (September 17) in unrelenting rain. Travers finished in 4 mins 1 sec. First junior,  finishing sixth in 4:15, was Sean Cronin of Clonliffe Harriers - one of a group  of about twenty competing for the Santry club. Finishing fourth woman in 5:13 was Sarah Bateson of Clonliffe Harriers. Other good runs came from Finn Woodger of Metro St Brigid’s AC eighth in 4:18, Lorcan Benjacar  of Clonliffe Harriers ninth in 4:19  and Shane Healy of Metro St Bridgid’s AC, first M50 – and first master –  in 4:20.  Of the women, Ciara Peelo of Clonliffe Harriers  was first W40 in 5:18. Orla Deighan, also Clonliffe Harriers was second W50 in 7:07. 

Finished  in second place at The Lakes 10km in Blessington, Co Wicklow on Saturday was Colm Turner of Brothers Pearse AC,  with his clubmate  Anthony O’Rourke fourth and second M40 in 35:10. Lorraine Nolan of Rathfarnham WSAF AC was first W40 in 42:55. 


Brian Fay of Raheny Shamrock AC closed out his   track  season at the Diamond League final in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday, with a time of  7:54.73 for seventh place in the men’s 3000m.


At World Masters Mountain Running Championships  in Madeira  from Friday to Sunday, Ian Conway of Raheny Shamrock AC finished second M40 in the 9.2m uphill race on Friday, also helping his team to gold. In the M50 category, Turlough Conway, also Raheny Shamrock AC, helped the M50 team to second place.  There was more gold for Ireland in the M35 long distance 32.4km, with Edward Connor finishing fifth overall and first M35.


 Finishing a special invitation only, 460 km race at the annual Tor des Géants in the Italian Alps from September 10-16 was Dublin-based ultra runner Eoin Keith of Sportsworld AC, who finished 38th in 169 hours and 33 seconds. The start and finish of the race was in Courmayeur, Valle d’Aosta.

PIcture courtesy Clonliffe Harriers website.