What a week for Emmett Jennings! Last Thursday at the Hireco Clonliffe Meet, the young DSD athlete qualified for the steeplechase at the World Juniors, which start next week. Paced by David Flynn, Jennings' time of 9:09.15 dipped under the qualification mark of 9:10 and put him fifth on the current Irish rankings.
Three days later, Jennings produced a best Irish result at the European Mountain Running Championships when he finished ninth in the junior men's race. Jennings has made steady progress over the years and this softly softly approach to training and competition has clearly paid off.
McBrearty and English bag best times
Letterkenny club-mates Mark English and Darren McBrearty both recorded best ever times for 800m at the Hireco Clonliffe Meet. English won the race in 1:49.71, with McBrearty second in 1:50.01.
In the 1500m, Dave McCarthy narrowly missed out on the European Championships time of 3:41 when he won in 3:42.95 -- a season's best. Liam Reale was second in 3:48.31. Joe McAlistair won the 3,000m in 8.32, with Fionnuala Britton sharpening up for Barcelona by running 9.11.
Hazel Murphy won the women's 1,500m in 4:20.29; Kelly McNeice was a last-minute withdrawal after hurting herself during warm-up.
Mulligan locks down Prison Services 5k
Kevin Mulligan of AIB came home first in the inaugural Irish Prison Services BHAA 5k Trail race in the Phoenix Park. Mulligan's time of 16.33 gave him a 10-second margin over Peter Mooney of NUIM, with Ed McGrath of Window Blinds third and first over-40 in 17.02.
First woman, and 16th overall, was Patrycja Wlodarcyzk in 17.59. A close second was Kate O'Neill, with Lucy Darcy third and first master.
Next BHAA race is the Dublin City Council 5k at Irishtown on Wednesday July 14 (7.30).
McCarthy comes on leaps and bounds
Sarah McCarthy from Fingallians proved one of the stars at the Woodie's DIY National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore when she set a new record of 5.67m in the W16 long jump. Other records went to Aisling Croke from Dooneen in the W16 high jump and Alice Akers of Marian in the W15 hammer.
In the M18 hammer, Finn Valley's Dempsey McGuigan added over two metres to the record with a best of 68.99. John Kelly, also Finn Valley, set a new best of 15.63 in the M15 shot, while West Waterford's Thomas Houlihan set a new M19 pole vault best of 4.40m. Paul Whelan of Dublin Striders won the M19 100m in 10.83, with DSD's Mark Kavanagh second in 10.91. Patrick O'Connor from Clonliffe Harriers won the M18 100m in 10.96.
Marathon advice from legend Hickey
With the Lifestyle Sports adidas Dublin Marathon now just under 16 weeks away, the current issue of 'Irish Runner' contains five different training schedules of runners of all standards -- from those who would like to get under three hours and those who will be happy to make it in around six.
The best advice comes from Mary Nolan Hickey the only woman to have completed all 30 Dublin Marathons to date.
"Don't worry too much about the pace of your long run -- it's the time on your feet that really counts. You will get to the stage when the long run will be something to look forward to," says Mary.