The Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships were a great success at the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown over the weekend. From a Clonliffe perspective Brian Gregan`s 400 win on Sunday was the highlight of the weekend.
Gregan appears to be hitting top form at just the right time, running his fastest indoor 400 for a couple of years. His win was achieved by an aggressive fast opening lap as he hit the bell with day light between him and club mate Luke Lennon-Ford. Another National title in 46.59. 2rd was Lennon-Ford (47.05).
2nd also for Keith Marks in the long jump with a best of 7.05m, Niall Counihan was 4th in this competition (6.70m). Counihan however took National bronze in the triple jump (14.25m). Also in the field events Marcin Klinzow was 4th in the high jump (1.85m)
Leo Mangan made the final of the 60m with some consistent sprinting throughout the weekend: heat in 7.03, semi in 6.99 and final 7.00 in placing 5th.
Likewise Richie Owens made his final, running 4.02.26 to place 6th in his 1500 heat and in yesterday`s final placing 6th in 3.57.23. A fine run also yesterday in the 3000 by young Cathal Doyle placing 6th in 8.35.75. In Saturday`s women`s 3000 Emer O`Brien was 11th (10.07.85)
On Saturday Ciara McCallion ran 56.69 in het 400 heat but failed to progress to the final. Likewise Emer Treacy with a 2.24.96 800 heat failed to progress and a similar faith for Mark McDonald in his 800 (2.00.27) and for Theo Cruz in his 400 (50.64).