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Oops, she did it again!  Mary B. wins 5th National Marathon title.

May 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!

John 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.  

 

Mary 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.