Brady achieves European qualifying time

LIAM Brady made his debut over 10,000m on the track last Wednesday night in the Dublin Championships in Irishtown stadium and ran a superb race to achieve the qualifying standard for this summer’s European Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

LIAM Brady made his debut over 10,000m on the track last Wednesday night in the Dublin Championships in Irishtown stadium and ran a superb race to achieve the qualifying standard for this summer’s European Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

Liam’s target was to run faster than the qualifying time of 31:30 and his coach, Robert Denmead, enlisted the help of Liam’s friend and training partner, Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC, Kilcock) to pace Liam. Robinson did a great job keeping Liam on the correct pace as they reeled off 75 second laps.

At halfway they were three seconds ahead of schedule as Liam clocked 15:42.3, which was actually a 5,000m PB for him. There were times in the race when Liam seemed to struggle but he is nothing if not tenacious and he fought hard to keep on pace. He passed 8km in 25:08.6 and got a new lease of life as they finish approached. His last 3km took just 9:21.4 as he finished with a 70 second lap to cross the line in 31:20.00, ten seconds inside the qualifying standard. His last 5km took just 15:37.7 which was another PB for 5,000m!

It was a magnificent run for the 18 year old who will now hope to improve on his time in Tallinn on July 21, when the conditions may be slightly less windy than they were in Dublin.

Leinster Novice and Masters Road Championships

THE Leinster Novice and Masters Road Championships were held in Gowran, Kilkenny on the recent bank holiday Monday and Tullamore were well represented in all categories.

First into action were the Master Women who had to run a distance of 3000 metres. Mary Daly won the gold medal in the W2 category in a time of 12.27 while Martina Conlon took third place with 13.07.

Michelle Mullaney was our best placed finisher in 11th place in the Novice 3000 metre race with a 12.02 clocking .

In the Novice Men’s race over 6000 metres Mark Serviss had a good run to come home in 9th place in a time of 20.47 and he was closely followed by Eddie Garry in 10th position with 20.52. Mick Murphy battled well to finish 15th while Ray Martin had a great run to come home in 26th place. With Ger Lynam following closely behind in 28th and Padraig Sweeney in 31st, these six combined to earn Offaly the bronze medal.

The Master Men also had to race over a distance of 6000 metres and Brendan Abbott was the leading Tullamore finisher in 25th place in a fast 22.23. John Todd was our next finisher in 31st overall and he also won the gold medal in the over 60 category. Jim Langan also won the gold medal in the over 65 section in a time of 30.44

The over 50 team of John Todd, Joe Wrafter and Brendan Kennedy combined to earn Tullamore the bronze medals in the club competition.

Results - Novice Men 6000 metres : 9 Mark Serviss 20.47 ; 10 Eddie Garry 20.52 ; 15 Mick Murphy 21.32 ; 26 Ray Martin 23.15 ; 28 Ger Lynam 23.44 ; 31 Padraig Sweeney 24.04 ; 33 Maurice Fitzgerald 25.22 ; 34 John Phelan 26.49. Tullamore Harriers 4th Club : Offaly 3rd County.

Master Men 6000 metres : 25 Brendan Abbott 22.23 ; 32 John O’Connell 23.09 ; 43 Adrian Martin 24.10 ; 45 Fra Mollen 24.37 ; 47 Joe Wrafter 24.47 ; 53 Brendan Kennedy 28.14 : 54 Tony McCormack 28.18.

Over 60 : 1st John Todd 22.59.

Over 65 : 1st Jim Langan 30.44

Over 50 Club 3rd Tullamore Harriers.

Novice Women 3000 metres : 11 Michelle Mullaney 12.02 ; 22 Elma Quinn 12.52 ; 27 Bernie Daly 13.08 ; 30 Ailish McDonald 13.27.

Master Women 3000 metres : W1 : 9 Rita Daly 12.52 ; 13 AnnMarie McNamara 14.12. W2 : 2 Mary Daly 12.27 ; 3 Martina Conlon 13.07 Offaly 3rd County.