It is hard to believe that it is more than 10 years since Robert Corbally won and set a new U.18 3,000m record at the Celtic Games International. In the intervening years Robert has been a stalwart forD.S.D. cross country wins at National Championships. Study programmes and work demands did not allow him to do the training required to progress to the next level. As distance captain he proved to be an inspiration to the next generation as he produced his best race to date yesterday in Santry, to pick up his first individual medal at the National Senior Championships, with a great last lap, to grab silver. Always just behind the leading group, he ran a very clever race to surge into second place in the final 100m, to ensure his place on the podium.
Sinead Denny was favourite to retain her 400m title, but found a newcomer to this distance, Cliodhna Manning of K.C.H., just too good. Sinead set a hot pace from the gun as she led into the straight, but could not hold off the finishing sprint of Cliodhna, who won in 53.25, with Sinead two metres behind registering 53.85.
There were also fine runs from Joe Halwax 5th 400m hurdles 53.29; Aengus Meldon 8th 800m 1.55.10. Having run good heats on Saturday to qualify, they then found themselves in elite company in the finals on Sunday, with world class opposition (Thomas Barr 400mH and Mark English 800m). They ran very close to their personal bests, which augurs well for the future.
Good results also from: John Eves 8th 10,000m 31.0978/Paul O’Donnell 15th 33.27.52; Fiona Clinton 8thWomen’s 1500m 4.38.70/Meghan Ryan 10th 4.43.35; Luke McCann 12th Men’s 1500m 12th 4.01.13.
Well done to all!