Athletics update – National Championships

Athletics enthusiasts were treated to two excellent days of competition at the Irish Life Health National Senior Track & Field Championships at the Morton Stadium in Santry over the weekend.

Many of the top names in the sport were on view and some of them were made work for their National titles, with our top two athletes over 800m Ciara Mageean and Mark English having to pull out all the stops to add to their roll of honour at National level. Pick of the other events from a performance and entertainment perspective were the Women’s 100m, the Men’s 5000m and the Men’s 400m Finals.

Cootehill native Catherina Mullan was the star performer from a local view point, Mullan running in the colours of Metro St Brigid’s in Dublin is more accustomed to success over the country and on the roads, but with a mid-race surge broke clear of the chasing pack to take her first Senior track medal taking Silver behind former 2 time European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Mc Cormack in the Women’s 5000m, also part of this race was the National Junior Championships where Glaslough’s Emma O’Hanlon Geary took the Silver medal, Congratulations to Emma.

Four athletes from the region also made highly competitive finals, Conor Duffy also of Glaslough Harriers finished 7th in the Men’s 10,000m in what were very warm conditions for a 25 lap race.

The Annalee Hurdles duo of Paul Sexton and Oisin Mc Corry finished 7th and 8th in the Men’s 400m Hurdles, while National Over 40 record holder Denise Toner made her 2nd consecutive National 800m Final where she placed 9th.