Chasing the fastest ever mile run at Croke Park

Today “at half time in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final, the GAA commemorates its athletics past and the centenary of Ireland’s first Olympic participation as the then Free State — just 17 months after it was established under the Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1922.”

“To further mark those old GAA athletics links on Sunday, they’re restaging the one-mile race which headlined the last big athletics meeting in Croke Park, the Tailteann Games revival of 1966, to see if that long-standing mile record can be broken, the 4.12.1 clocked by Tom O’Riordan, my late father.”
“The chance now comes around at half-time on Sunday, while Limerick and Cork pause for breath. Several of Ireland’s top milers have agreed to race the five-lap circuit, carefully measured in advance and laid out around cones, not too unlike it was in 1966.”
“Among those runners called in are Seán Tobin (Clonmel AC) and Shane Bracken (SwinfordAC), who have both run a sub-four minute mile in recent years, thus also presenting them with the chance to write their own little piece of GAA athletics history, and set a mile record in Croke Park which may never be broken.”
Above are some relevant excerpts from Ian O’Riordan’s excellent article in yesterday’s Irish Times 

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