A fitting NIA Live finale

A fantastic night’s athletics took place tonight at the NIA live series in Abbottstown. The feature mile event did not disappoint with a fantastic race that yielded two sub- four-minute miles – Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea) 3.56.27 and Nick Griggs (Mid Ulster) 3.56.40, a national U/20 record. There was good Clonliffe representation at the meet, Brian Gregan continues to race himself back towards full fitness finishing second in the 400 in a time of 47.62, with the world indoors in a little over a week’s time to look forward to. Also in the 400s Leah Bergin was fourth in her heat in 59.64 was young Amy Sheehy was second in her race in 64.48.

In the 60 men’s there was a Clonliffe one two from Leo Morgan (6.87) and Chris Sibanda (6.89). In the women’s 60 Lauren Carr it was her PB running 8.08. The three women’s 800 races saw Edel Maguire finished second in her race – 2.49.66, Jenny Johnston in her race ran 2.28.50 for fourth and in the final women’s 800 Alannnah Cooley ran a gutsy race finishing seventh in 2.25.47. Darren O’Dwyer ran another battling race as he finished third in 2.03.80. In the previous race David Dunwoody clocked 2.16.98 in finishing second. Finally in the miles Nile Sherlock ran 4.51.30 and in the women’s mile Niamh Kelly, a member of the Clonliffe training group at this time was second in 5.03.37 with Sarah Hawkshaw running 5.30.41, interestingly this was both athletes first run over the classic mile distance