she did it again! Mary B. wins 5th National Marathon title.
28th 2000: our
longest serving athlete, Mary B. Ryan-Jennings won her
second National Marathon championship in succession,
and her fifth in all, when she led home all the women in the
time of 2hours, 59minutes and 44seconds. Mary races
almost every weekend and specialises in ultra-marathons -
not bad for an athlete who started as a sprinter and who
moved up through the distances as the years rolled by.
Mind you, she can still compete with the best in the country
over the short distances and in the last few years she has
competed for our club in the National League in a 400mH race
and a 4x400m relay. Mary is a perfect example of the
ideal club athlete - a club manager's dream, willing to help
the club in any way, on and off the track. She has
maintained her enthusiasm for our sport and is a role-model
for every young athlete. Well done, Mary!
Treacy's 10,000m National record is beaten
May 5th 2000:
Leevale's Mark Carroll set a new Irish record tonight at the
Cardinal Invitational meet at Stanford University. Running his first
ever 10,000m, Carroll smashed John Treacy's 20 year old National mark by
almost two seconds. He won in a time of 27:46.82, beating John
Treacy's Irish record of 27:48.7 set in Brussels in 1980. Shaun
Creighton was second in 27:49.20 and Abdi Abdirahman was third in
27:54.81. Treacy's only national record still standing is his
Marathon time of 2hrs 9mins 15secs, set in Boston in 1988.
wins Belfast Marathon
May 1st, 2000: The
clubs first big win of the year was achieved on May 1st, 2000 when
our longest serving athlete, Mary B Ryan-Jennings, won the Belfast
City Marathon in a time of 3hrs. 2mins. and 31secs. Mary is a
native of the Kilbarry area of Waterford city and she has won the
National marathon on four occasions, including last years running.
She has been living in Dublin for many years and she races almost
every weekend. Only a few weeks ago she won a 31 mile race in
Co. Wicklow. She comes from a great family of sportspeople -
her father Eddie and her uncles were all fine cyclists and another
uncle was a very good middle-distance runner.