Belfast Breaks Records Again

Belfast Breaks Records Again

We all set our alarm clocks early when the Irish Milers Club meet in Belfast opens for tickets. This year, it sold out in 29 minutes. For many of the distance running community in Ireland, it’s this meet that they set their personal bests at. There are many reasons – the fast surface on the track, the sheltered surrounds, the deep fields with quality pacers and the time of year are chief among them.

Each year since 2020, the club 1500m record has fallen at the meet and this year was no exception. Oisín Davis and Kyle Moorhead lined up in the “B” race in a stacked field. The race went out hard and I was happy to see Oisín get stuck in at the business end of things as they ran the first couple of laps at sub-3:50 pace (61s laps), with Kyle not far behind. At the bell, Oisín was sitting in the leading group of 4 as they put on an almight surge. Unfortiunately, with 400m to run, Oisin completely “gassed”, running a 63-64s last lap but held it together for a 3:53.01, taking more than half a second off the club record. He was delighted with the 3-second PB, and knows there is a lot more in him.

Kyle has had an injury this year which took a good few weeks of training away from him so we were delighted to see him finish next man after Oisín in 3:55.31, his second fastest time ever. In the last lap, Kyle was on a big charge and this level of aerobic fitness is an excellent starting point for the Summer season.

Oisin Davis and Kyle Moorhead 1500m Club Record

When updating the Club records, I was amazed to see that this is the 4th year in a row I updated the club 1500m record after Belfast.. ! It’s a great sign of the meet that this is basically the only place the record gets broken, and a great sign of our current depth that it was held by 4 different men in that time!

William Fitzgerald ran in the C race of the 1500m. He is giving the National 5km road race a pop next Saturday so we always look for a faster shorter effort a week out and this 1500m was perfect. William is known as a long-distance specialist but is a huge fan of 1500m and was really looking forward to challenge his PB of 4:06. William locked into the pace and looked sensational throughout as he ran 3:58.45 for a massive 8-second PB. A fantastic effort!

William Fitzgerald 1500m PB

After the 1500m action, it was the turn of Keelan Moorhead in the 800m. After an indoor season as a 400m runner, Keelan knocked out a superb 2-minute flat 800m last week (an 8-second PB) at the Dublin IMC, but would he be able to back it up? He smashed that by running a fine 1:58.85 for 4th in the D race, kicking past a load of athletes in the last 300m. An outstanding run, well done to Keelan and his coaches Ronnie & Brendan!

Earlier in the day, Sinead Treacy ran another solid 400m with 55.49s, a big run is coming for her for sure. It was good to re-connect with former Craughwell 800m Junior record holder Fauve Alymer who was competing in the 800m for her new Club Edinburgh AC.

It was an exceptional meet – another notable performance was popular local man Seán Doggett of Athenry AC who smashed his PB in the 400m, running an incredible 46.71s. David and Stephen Mannion in the same race clocked personal bests I think. Seán’s run qualifies him for the World U20 Championships in Peru.

Even Sean’s run was paled by an exceptional run from English phenom Phoebe Gill who ran away from a top-class field in the Women’s 800m. Gill, who just turned 17 last month ran a truly world class 1:57.86 – the 2nd fastest time in the world this year. We really couldn’t comprehend what we were seeing with that run – she looks like an absolute world-beater in the making.

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