Apr 30, 2007 [Noel Guiden] From the United States comes news that Alistair Cragg has clearly put the disappointment of the European Indoors firmly behind him with a magnificent run in the Stanford Meet over the weekend setting a new Irish 10,000M record of 27:39.55 in taking 4th place. Alistair’s record betters the previous Irish record set by Mark Carroll, also in Stanford, in May of 2000 by 7 seconds. It is also of course a new club record taking a massive 1:16 off Jerry Kiernan’s 1981 record (28:55.2). Of great significance is the fact that this time is also the qualifying time for this years World Championships in Osaka, Alistair already has the 5000M qualifying time and is also an Olympic qualifying time.
In the same race Mark Kenneally, on a short tour of the States, continues his magnificent recent form in running yet another PB of 28:55.49 for 18th place, this is a huge chunk of Mark’s PB and sits nicely with his 5,000M PB (13:45.84) set two weeks previously.