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At the Castleknock Charity 5km, Dublin on Sunday (June 16), Sean Doran (Clonliffe Harriers) finished third in 15:35;  Emily Bolton (Donore Harriers) was second woman in 17:52 and her clubmate David McConn first male master. For Doran it was his second race in three days; he  also finished runner-up at the  Braveheart Trail 5km in Trim, Co Meath on Friday evening, where Edel Carberry (Garristown Flyers AC)  was third woman. 

Also on Friday evening, Ronan Wogan (Raheny Shamrock AC)  finished fourth and second M40 in 16:44 at the Boyne 5km in Drogheda, Co Louth. Ronan was double-jobbing — he was also on timekeeping duties at the race. 


Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe Harriers) travelled to Nice, France, for the Nikaïa Meet on Saturday  (June 15) where in thr 1500m, he finished third in a personal best 3:34.31 — only 0.8 of a second off the automatic Olympic qualifying mark of 3:33.50. Doyle will  continue chasing that elusive qualification mark in two races over the next week. 

Highlight of a packed schedule at the British Milers Club and Open Track Meet at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast on Saturday was the men’s 3000m, which was won by junior athlete Cormac Dixon (Tallaght AC) in 8:10.39.  The time was a personal best for the 18-year-old, who is the current All-Ireland  Schools senior champion in both cross-country and the 1500m.  In the women’s A 3000m, Aoife Gaffney (Lucan Harriers) finished tenth in 9:56.06 and Lucy Barrett (Raheny Shamrock) 11th in 9:59.60. In the men’s mile,  Philip Marron (Dublin City Harriers)  missed out on breaking four minutes by an agonising two seconds, finishing sixth in a personal best 4:00.01. Other notable performances came from Carla Sweeney (Rathfarnham WSAF AC) third in the women’s A 800m in 2:05.023 followed by Iseult O’Donnell (Raheny Shamrock) fifth in 2:06.40 and Ellie Hartnett (UCD AC) sixth in 2:08.18. In the men’s A 800m, Dara Donoghue (Lucan Harries) finished third in 1:4914. Finn Woodger (MSB AC) finished third in the B race in 1:51.33, while Kevin Woods (Crusaders AC) won the C 800m in 1:52.71. 

At the fifth Dublin Graded Track and Field meet of the season, held at the DSD track on Tibradden Lane, also on Saturday, Maria McCambridge (DSD AC, W45) won the 3000m in 10:07.24. In second place with a time of 10:09.02 was Barbara Cleary (Donore Harriers, W50), another doughty master athlete who was making a rare appearance on the track. Third in 10:19.76 was Edel McCreary, followed by her Rathfarnham WSAF clubmate Aisling O’Connor in 11:01.76. Winning the men’s 3000m in 8:29.09 was Eoghan McElhinney (Bantry AC). John Durcan (Togher AC) was second in 8:44.12 and Dylan Wright (Lucan Harriers) third in 8:47.09, 

 Over 800m, Sean Carrigg (Clonliffe Harriers) won the men’s A race in a personal best 1:56.21, followed by Andrew McGilton (DSD AC)  in 1:56.91 and Ed Tottenham  (Clonliffe Harriers) in 1:57.41. Lucy Holmes (WestWaterford AC) won the women’s A 800m in 2:09.68, with Maisy O’Sullivan (St Abban’s AC) second in 2:10.50 and Molly Brown (Metro St Brigid’s AC) third in 2:11.85. In the sprints,, Rachel Lynch (DSD) won the women’s A 400m in 58.85 and Alana Ryan (Sli Cualann AC) the A 200m in 24:46.  Fastest of the men over 200m was Emmanuel Akinrolie (Metro St Brigid’s) with a time of 22.22. Kaodichimma Ogbene (Titans AC) was second in 22.84 and Daire Donohoe (Annalee ) third in 22.93.  David Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo AC) won the men’s A 400m in 47.08 followed  by David Bosch (DSD) in 47.39. 

First in the  women’s discus was Anna Gavigan (LSA) with a throw of 47.82m  while of the men, Michael Healy (Leevale AC)  threw 50.80m. Best in the women’s long jump was Rebecca Murphy (Oriel AC) with a 4:42m leap, while winning the men’s pole vault  witha 4.40m effort was Conor Callinan (Leevale AC).


Robert Frewen (Rahney Shamrock AC) and Karla Doran (Donore Harriers) were the winners at the annual OPW BHAA Trail 5km held in  the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Tuesday (June 11). Frewen, representing Bank of Ireland, completed the course in 16 mins 59 secs with Daniel O’Brien (ESB) second in 17:14 and Greg Devereux third in 18:08. Doran was fourteenth overall in 19:57, followed by Ciara Brady (Raheny Shamrock AC) 20:16 and Deirdre Lyons (Dublin Frontrunners) 20:50. ESB finished best of the Grade A teams, with Central Bank best in Grade 2.