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also Tony Mangan’s World Record Is Ratified – Woodie’s DIY 30k Walk Championships
– Woodie’s DIY Novice And Juvenile Cross Country Championships
Woodie’s DIY 30k Walk Championships

Held at Phoenix Park

West Waterford’s Jamie Costin collects his water drink plus some words of encouragement from his father Jimmy Costin last Saturday in the Phoenix Park (picture attached) at the National 30k race walking championship. Jamie went on to take gold using the race as part of his preparation for the upcoming Beijing Olympics next August.
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Brian Farrell wins on his return from US

The easterly wind at the Woodie’s DIY novice and juvenile cross country championships was biting, but, apart from that, everything was perfect, as usual, at St. Augustine’s College Dungarvan.

Brian Farrell from Sli Chualainn, back in Ireland after a four year scholarship at Stony Brook, and now studying at DCU, made his intentions very clear from the start of the men’s novice race, and was never far from the lead.

Going out the last of three laps he was clear of Rory Chesser from Ennis, with Corkman Cillian O’Leary from Raheny Shamrocks in close attention. Farrell ran strongly and maintained his lead to win well, with O’Leary putting in a strong finish for second, while Patrick Brennan from North Sligo came through for third.

Maria Halley made a strong bid to win the novice women’s race, going into the lead from the start. However, she faded in the closing stages as the chasing group closed on her, with Rebecca Woods from Clonliffe Harriers showing good strength over the last lap to take the lead and then race on to a good win from Orla Ni Mhuircheartaigh from Galway.

Michael Mulhare from North Laois, second in the junior inter counties, went one better in the under 19 age group. He bided his time in the lead group before taking over the lead at halfway and then went on to record a decisive victory. Niall Tuohy, who was a member of the Irish junior team along with Mulhare at the European’s, ran a strong race to finish second after a good battle with David Flynn from Clonliffe Harriers.

Eimear Black from Ballymena and Antrim was the decisive winner of the under 17 race, winning from Tara Jameson from Inbhear Dee

Ferrybank runners Lorraine McCarthy and Patricia Barry were inseparable throughout the under 19 race before McCarthy made her move with 600m remaining and then sprinted clear for an excellent win.

The boys under 17 race saw Shane Quinn from Ferrbank dominate throughout as he attempted to add to the under 16 title of a few weeks back. He did everything right but had no answer to the storming finishing speed of Liam Tremble from Dublin who had remained in close attention for the whole race and then kicked past Quinn in the last quarter mile.

When Eimear Black from Ballymena and Antrim went clear of the under 17 field there was never any danger of her being caught and she went on to win impressively from Tara Jameson of Inbhear Dee..

Adam Ingram from Lagan Valley took the lead from the gun in the under 15 race and was never threatened as he won comfortably from clubmate Andrew Monaghan.

Maryann O’Sullivan from Tinryland was an impressive winner in the under 15 race, taking the lead from the start and going on to win by a big margin.

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Tony Mangan’s World Record Is Ratified
And a new challenge looms over the Christmas period

MSB’s Ultrarunner Tony Mangan is returning Arizona to compete in the multiday race he finished 2nd in last year. The Across The Years 3 day road race starts on December 29th in the grounds of Phoenix mansion Nardini Manor.

Anyone interested can follow his progress on www.acrosstheyears.com The entire race is covered live at that address with updates at the end of each 500 metre lap!

Tony is hoping to run 400kms for the first 2 days to make it 3 runs of over 400kms in 2007. Then he still has another day to run! The world ROAD record for 48 hours is 420km.

His world 48 hour INDOOR record of 426km (265 miles) set last March in Brno,Czech Republic was ratified only a few days ago by the IAU world governing body. Details http://www.iau.org.tw/news_detail.php?Id=299

Here is a report of that world record run: http://planetultramarathon.wordpress.com/2007/03/27/uno-in-brno/

In May Tony finished 2nd in the prestigious French invite 48 Heures de Surgeres track race clocking up 401km. He has been invited back to compete in both the Brno and Surgeres 48 hour races in 2008.