The men’s 1500m was the highlight of a low key and poorly-attended first round of the County Senior T&F Championships held at CIT on Friday 6 June.
Leevale athletes fared well throughout with Derek Duff winning the 100m from John Corr and Claire McSweeney continuing her return to form with an easy win in the 400m. Beijing silver medallist, Joe Nagle, had an equally straightforward win in the discus.
Leevale’s Mark Carroll was the star attraction in the large field entered for the men’s 1500m. His clubmate Mark Hanrahan ran as pacemaker for the first 800m, setting the pace for Mark Christie and Carroll (below). Over the final 700m the Leevale man slowly pulled away from the Mullingar man, running on to win in 3:46. Ryan Creech, moving up to senior for the day, came through well for 6th after a conservative start, ahead of Denis Metcalfe in 10th.