Monday 22 December 2014

Running: In-Form Galligan lays down a marker

Roseanne Galligan. Photo: Sportsfile

Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC) put down a marker on Sunday for the start of her indoor season campaign, running 2:03.69 for 800m in Reykjavík, Iceland. Galligan (inset) has a personal best of 2:02.84, which she set at the European Indoor Championships in Sweden last year. The race was won by Aníta Hinriksdóttir of Iceland in 2:01.82, with Aline Krebbs of Germany third in 2:06.24.

On Saturday there was plenty of Irish in action at the Hunter Track Classic in Newcastle, Australia, with Laura Crowe (An Ríocht AC) finishing third in the 1,500m in 4:11.49. At the same meeting, 1,500m specialist Paul Robinson (St Cocas AC) placed second in the 3,000m in 7:58.56 with Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) fourth in 8:05:73.

Meanwhile, in the AIT International Indoor Arena in Athlone, Westmeath, the Guest Mile was won by John Travers (Donore Harriers) in 4:01.47, with Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC) second in 4:02.88, and Joe Warne third in 4:04.06.

DOONEY DELIVERS TITLE

Conor Dooney of Raheny Shamrock AC won Sunday's Leinster Senior Cross-Country Championship in Ballyroan, Co Laois. Dooney, who won the National Junior 3,000m track title back in 2007 but has since struggled with injuries, ran strongly over the final lap of the 10,000m course to win the title ahead of defending champion Simon Ryan, who was second.

Stephen Lawler (St Abban's AC) took bronze. Dooney, Ryan, Kevin Moriarty and fifth-placed Brian Leahy combined to win the team title for Raheny. Aoife Talty (Raheny Shamrock AC) coasted to a comfortable victory ahead of her Raheny team-mate Eilish Kelly.

Crusaders AC took the senior women's team title. Andrew Coscoran raced ahead from gun to tape to take the junior men's race, while Megan Morrisey of Thomastown AC in Kilkenny took gold in the junior women's race.

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