Mark English Places Fourth in Marrakech
Mark English (UCD AC) capped off a brilliant 2014 season with a fourth place finish at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco on Sunday 14th of September. English was representing team Europe having being selected on the back of his bronze medal he won at the European Championships in Zurich.
English was facing off against the World’s best 800m athletes in Marrakech in his final race of the season. He sat off the fast early pace and came through with a storming last 100m to place fourth in a time of 1.45.74. The race was won by Nigel Amos of Botswana in a time of 1.44.88.
Mageean & Robinson Place Third in New York
Ciara Mageean (UCD AC), Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) and Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) were all in action at the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile in New York on Saturday. Mageean continued her marvellous return to top level competition with a third place finish in the elite women’s race. Mageean clocked a time of 4.21.2 for the classic distance with the race being won by Jenny Simpson of the USA in a time of 4.19.4.
2014 European 1500m finalists Robinson and O’Lionaird contested the elite men’s race with Robinson producing a strong surge over the last 200m to finish third in a time of 3.51.1. In a thrilling race the outcome wasn’t decided until the final few strides with Jordan McNamara of the USA claiming the victory in a time of 3.51.0. O’Lionaird lost contact in the closing stages but still managed to run a fast 3.54.3 for a tenth place finish.
Alex Wright (Leevale AC) had a clear victory in the Nordic 20 km track championships held in Copenhagen on Saturday 13th of September. He strode to victory in a new Irish track record of 83 mins 29 secs. This beats the long standing record held by Bobby O Leary of Clonliffe Harriers.
Ray Flynn who was with Alex Wright in Copenhagen commented ' Alex looked superb today in what is a tough event having to cover 50 laps of the track. He makes his 50km debut next month in Germany and this race sets him up nicely. Great credit is due to his coach Rob Heffernan.'