The Irish 4 x 400 relay team finished 6th at the European Indoor Championships in Prague this afternoon. Clonliffe duo Dara Kervick and Timmy Crowe ran the first two legs recording fast times: Crowe 47.12 and Kervick 47.24. The team made up also of Harry Purcell (Trim AC) and Brandon Arrey (Blarney/Inniscara AC) recorded a time of 3.10.67, while 2 seconds outside of the 11 year old Irish record was the third fastest recorded by an Irish team.
Earlier of course Mark English (UCD) won a silver medal for Ireland in the 800 in a time of 1.47.20. The race was won by Marcin Lewandowski of Poland in a time of 1.46.67.
Commenting afterwards Mark said “I am absolutely delighted, I can’t really put that into words I surprised myself out there today with how good I felt. When you have that speed over the last 200 and your passing top quality runners like Almgren of Sweden, second in Europe this year, I passed him with ease and it’s just a great feeling. It’s a great feeling to do it for those who came over, my family, friends, and teammates. The Irish supporters are better supporters than any of those in the world.”
Congratulations to Mark and the entire Irish team from Clonliffe Harriers.