Weekend round up including Gregan in the USA and Becky in BHAA

Clonliffe star 400m man Brian Gregan is in the USA this week with DCU. In last night`s heats of the New Balance Indoor Collegiate Invitational at The Armory, New York,he posted the second fastest 400 of the night 47.29 to coast into today`s final. Update: for reasons unknown Brian was listed as a DNS for final. Meanwhile back in Dublin Becky Woods` preparations for the National Cross country are well on track after a comfortable win in the North County Farmers BHAA Cross country 2.5m at Balheery Park, Swords running a time of 15.57 almost half a minute clear of second. Great runs also here Laurna Begley showing a welcome return to form in 3rd place and by Joyce O`Hare, after last week`s 5 mile pb, in 4th, Sinead Hartnett 8th and making a welcome return to racing Rachel McBride 20th.. In the men`s 5 mile Anthony Malone was 26th, Tom Sherlock 36th and Eoin “The Real Thing” Murray 37th.

A number of the club`s sprinters were also in action today at the Irish Universities Indoor Championships in Nenagh. There was a comfortable win recorded by Ciara McCallion in the 400 (59.23). A good run also by Harrier of the year Snezana Bectina 2nd in the 200 in 26.68. Stuart Roche made it through to the 200 final, however, feeling a slight hamstring niggle took the sensible decision not to start. Finally John Fagan moved up from his normal 400 to finish 3rd in the 800. (time not yet to hand) Andrew Jenkenson, one of our middle distance runners was 4th in that 800.

In Japan Alistair Cragg was back on the road running in the Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon which featured the greatest depth of top class half marathon runners, 27 men ran sub 62:18, Cragg was back down the field in 65th place in 63:29.