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Roscommon bullet ó Catháin hits new high to take U20 200m glory Surprise entry McIlroy raises Nenagh roof Quinn returns for mighty win in Airport CC Holder Bralistis breaks course record again Galligan aims for World qualification time

At the Scottish U15/17/20 Indoors in Glasgow, Lorcan ó Catháin from Roscommon won the U20 200m in a personal best 22.42 seconds and was also second in the 60m in 7.21.

Ferrybank's Ciara Giles Doran won the U17 200m in 25.14, with DCH's Stephanie Creaner the U20 winner in 25.27. Catherine McManus from Celtic made it an U20 60m flat and hurdles double, while Sarah Murray of Fingallians won the U17 60m.



Surprise entry McIlroy raises Nenagh roof

James McIlroy, representing University of Ulster, was a surprise visitor to Nenagh for the Irish University Indoors. The former British international duly won the 800m in a comfortable time of 1:56.73, beating DCU's Darren McBrearty. He will now focus on the outdoor season.

Winning the women's 800m was UCD's Ciara Everard. Brian Gregan of DCU won the 200m in 22.32 despite the tight bends. Making it a 1500m and 3000m double was Liam Reale from UL. Another double winner was NUIG sprinter Eilish Fitzpatrick, first in both 60m and 200m. Koroush Foroughi won the high jump with a 2.10m clearance, beating his DCU clubmate Barry Pender.



Quinn returns for mighty win in Airport CC

Martin Quinn, who had finished third in the same race last year, returned to win the BHAA Dublin Airport Cross-Country held at the Alsaa. Quinn had a comfortable win over the veteran Mick Traynor of An Post, who was also first over-45. Mark Hoey was third and Mark Dooley fourth. Best of the Grade A teams was Dublin Prison Services, with G&T Crampton best in Grade B.

In the women's race, Mary Hanley (Dept of Transport) had a clear win over Denise Ryan (Dublin Bus), with Sheelagh Jones (Teachers) third. All three were warming up for the Nationals Masters on Sunday.



Holder Bralistis breaks course record again

With a €500 course record bonus on offer, Sandis Bralistis set his sights on his own course record of 30 mins 32 secs from the start of the My Sport Enniscorthy 10k. Pushed hard by local runner Tom Hogan in the early stages, he just made it, shaving seven seconds off the record. Hogan was second in 31:51, with Dwayne Farrell of Tinryland third in 32:41.

In the women's race Kilmore's Fiona Kehoe put in a great run to finish in 37:45, beating Anne O'Sullivan of DMP and Clonliffe super-veteran Mags Greenan. First junior was Brian O'Neill of Ferns, while both the men's and women's team titles went to the host club, Slaney Olympic AC. A record total of 370 runners and 70 walkers turned out on a great day for running.



Galligan aims for World qualification time

Rose Anne Galligan from Newbridge hopes to dip inside the World Indoors qualifying standard for the 1500m at the Celtic Cup in Cardiff this weekend. The Kildare women ran a personal best of 4:15.13 at the UK Championships last weekend.

Former European junior champion Colin Costello of Star of the Sea competes in the senior 1500m after winning the Irish title a few weeks ago. Pole vaulter Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena & Antrim) aims to improve on the Irish U23 Indoor record of 3.80m she set at the Senior Indoors, while Ailis McSweeney (Leevale) runs the 60m.


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