Today, Valentines Day, Gary O`Hanlon massacred an Irish record: the 50km in Donadea . Gary retained the Irish title and regained the Irish record with a time of 2.57.07, slashing some 53 seconds off the record recently set by Tom Frazer in the US.
Also today the BHAA Garda 4 Mile cross country took place in the Phoenix Park, where David Flynn back home now after completing his time in the US, was 2nd in 21:16. Other Clonliffe: 7th Tom Sherlock 22.39, 12th Davy Byrne 23.11, 14th Sean Doran 23.32. Women`s 2 mile: 9th Marie Byrne 13.14, 12th Sinead Hartnett 13.17, 19th Joyce O`Hare 13.30.
Across the water Liam Roarty today ran in the Signals Road Relay (a 2.2 miler) in Hetton. Liam was on the second leg of the Sunderland Harriers 6-Man Senior A team and finished his leg 5th at a time of 12:12. Overall, the team finished 4th in a team time of 69:31 behind Morpeth, Gateshead and Tyne Bridge. Next up he runs the English National XC Championships next Saturday in Parliament Hill, London.
(pictured) Liam looks to recruit promising Master Steve Cram
Meanwhile in the USA tonight Declan Murray speaking after his unsuccessful assault on the Irish 1000 indoor record at Millrose Games, in New York: “That sucked” . Declan recorded a disappointing time of 2.22.99 in finishing 4th, well off Marcus O`Sullivan`s existing mark of 2.20.2.
Also today at the BU Valentines Meet Aaron Hanlon ran 4.13.77 for Providence placing 12th in his mile race.