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ANOTHER RECORD FOR UCD’S TUTHILL - Graded Meeting No. 1, UCD, Track, Saturday 29th April 2023

Hammer thrower Nicola Tuthill of UCD proved the star of the opening Dublin Graded Meet of the season at UCD’s new track in Belfield when she improved her own  newly minted U23 record to 66.67m. Five of her six throws were over 65m and she now ranks second only behind Eileen O’Keeffe on the all-time Irish list; O’Keefe’s Irish record of 73.21 dates back to 2007. Tuthill had opened her season with a throw of 64.44m at the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal in March and impoved that to 65.74m at the Irish Universities Championships, held at the new DSD track last week. The 19-year-old,  who is on a sports scholarship at UCD, comes from Bandon in Co Cork, where her father encouraged her interest in athletics by building her a throwing  circle, protected by fisherman’s netting, on the family farm.  Last August, she finished eighth in the hammer at the  World U20 Championships in Cali, Columbia. Her sights will now be set on Eileen O’Keeffe’s Irish record of 73.21 set in 2007.

Best in the men’s hammer was Simon Galligan of Clonliffe Harriers who threw 57.91m. In the women’s 3000m, Clodagh Gill of Moy Valley AC pushed the pace from the start and won in 9 mins 50.12 secs. For second place, Lucy Barrett of Raheny Shamrock AC pulled away from Maria McCambridge of Dundrum South  Dublin AC on the final lap; the pair were timed at 9:55.35 and 9:59.38. Winning the men’s grade A/B 3000m was Ieuan Hopkins of Brothers Pearse AC in 8:14.15. A series of 800m races also took place with the fastest times recorded by Neil Culhane of ACE AC  (1:51.72) and Niamh Margaret Markham of Ennis TC (2:11.20). In the 100m races, Tallaght’s Sean Aigboboh finished second in 11.01 secs. Winner was Gabriel Kehinde of Ennis TC in 10.85. Leila Colfer of St LOT AC proved fastest of the women with a time of 12.51. Winning the C race in 13.48  secs was Ellie Carruth  of Tallaght AC. The meet incorporated the Dublin shot putt championships. David Marquis of DSD AC, a weightlifter competing in his first ever athletics competition, was the winner with a 9.38m effort. No senior Dublin women competed.  Best of the juniors was Grace Byrne of Lucan Harriers with a8.47 heave in the final round. 

Many excellent pictures are on Lindie Naughton's Flickr site at The full results are on the Dublin Atletics live website at

Next Dublin Graded Meet takes place in Tallaght on Wednesday, May 10, with 1500m races on offer. Entries open on Friday next, May 5.


On  the roads, Sportsworld AC’s Aoife Carroll finished second behind Laura Buckley of Dunboyne AC in the  Leinster Novice Road Championships, held in Gowran, Co Kilkenny, on Saturday (April 29) . Her time was 10 mins 50 secs. Sportsworld was fourth team and Dublin third county. At masters level, Maria Jones of Sportsworld AC was first W35 in 10:40, with  Sportsworld finishing fifth followed by Donore Harriers sixth,  and LSA AC seventh. In the county competition, Dublin finished third, with Jones, Grace Kennedy of Donore and Rachel Murphy of Plant Based AC making up the team. Sportsworld also finished third in the W50 age category, led by Lucy Darcy, and Dublin third county. A Sportsworld  team also finished tenth inn the men’s novice race - the only Dublin team entered.

Best of the Dublin athletes in the men’s masters race was Kenneth Nugent who finished fifth in 19 mins 53 secs. He was followed by Anthony Sharkey of  LSA AC sixth Sportsworld pair Andrew Brett seventh and Paul O’Beirne ninth. It meant Dublin was the winning county team. Sportsworld finished fourth of the club teams, with LSA sixth.  At M50 level, Des Tremble of Donore Harriers finished second; Donore  was fourth team and Dublin second county team.   

Earlier in the week on Wednesday 27th April, Thomas Sherlock of Clonliffe Harriers finished second in the BMS BHAA 5km in Ballycoolin with a time of 16:12. Orla Gormley of Raheny Shamrock AC  was first woman in 20:46.

Coming up: 

Tuesday May 2 - East Leinster Schools T-F Day 1, UCD.

Wednesday May 3 - Ballymun Running Festival, Trinity Comprehensive; all day. Darkness into Light 5am, Breakfast Run 7am, Primary Schools 9am, Trinity Comp 5km, 12 noon. Marathon 6pm; 5km Peace Run 7pm; 10km, half marathon 7pm. Music, food. Entry free; reg

Trail: Ardgillan (8.99km, 190m), Co Dublin, 7.30pm.

Thursday May 4 - East Leinster Schools T-F Day 2, UCD.

Sunday May 7 - Dublin Juvenile U10-16 T-F League Rd 2, Tallaght, 10.15am.


Ladies Hammer - Nicola Tohill

Men’s 800m - chase for the line 

Women’s 3000m - Clodagh Gill of Moy Valley AC

Men’s 3000m -  Iuean Hopkins of Brothers Pearse AC