Track matters

There was an exciting evening of athletics at the the Knocknarea Arena IT last week (June 2). Sligo City Sports was held there and provided a varied programme of events with opportunities for families, teams, and individuals to take part.

Two of Ireland’s top runners were there to headline the event. Mark English ran a 61 second 500 metres, and Ciara Mageean won the women’s 800 metres in 2:06.

Both of them will join the Irish team at the IAAF World Championships in London, August 4-13. Local athlete Colm Bourke jumped a 7:22 metre PB in the long jump. Dromore West native Emmet Dunleavy (Sligo AC) ran a fast 14:35 to win the 5,000 elite race. In another 5k our myrunresults man Graham Allen (Carrick AC) finished in 19:21, one second ahead of Martin O’Hagan (Swinford AC). Graham’s clubmate Adrian Lyons who ran 24:19 the previous night on the road in Ballinrobe, completed another 5k on track in 24:20. Adrian finished the week with a 50 minute 10k at Drumshanbo on Sunday last.

In between, we were treated to a 3:48 1500 metres win by Kevin Kelly. It was an enjoyable athletics meet organised by Dermott McDermott, enthusiastic coach and Believe and Achieve motivator.

We have club members training on two evenings a week currently, including access to Claremorris track facilities.
Maybe on one week training could be suspended to facilitate a few track races and novelty events on an evening similar to the Sligo setup. Find out what you could achieve over 400; 800, 1500, or 3/5,000 metres etc in graded competition, open to all?

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