Keelan has huge run at Dublin IMC

Keelan has huge run at Dublin IMC

The Irish Milers Club is a great place to go to chase personal bests. The graded meets sell out like Taylor Swift tickets and feature high quality paced races which are well set up for getting fast times. A large contingent of Craughwell AC Athletes headed up from the village to Morton to test their mettle against the best in the country. This year, there were “wavelight” pacing lights in use to add some “Diamond league” style razzamatazz to things.

Sinéad Treacy was once again Craughwell’s top performer, coming a narrow 2nd in the Women’s ‘A’ 400m with a fine 55.69s, just a shade off her 55.20s Club Record. Sinéad described the race as one she just “ran” without thinking about it, going through the motions and not really executing on anything. To feel like you didn’t run your best and be slo close to a PB shows that she is in great shape and set for possibly another record breaking season all going well!

The IMC is about the middle and long distance primarily, with little to offer in the way of field events. We had a huge crew of 800m lads. Keelan Moorhead kicked things off in the Men’s ‘G’ 800m. Keelan came into the race with a 2:08 personal best, but hadn’t ran 800m in a while, having focused on the 400m since the autumn. In that time he has grown a lot and is really starting to develop some wheels. Sunday saw a breakthrough run, with Keelan tracking the leader and going through half way in 57.8s.

We were all wondering when he would start to fade but he never did, increasing his lead all the way and taking the lead with 200m left to run. It looked like he felt the pinch only on the home straight to finish in a massive new 2.00.65 personal best. It was an extremely impressive run and I have no doubt that if he had anyone in front of him to chase that he would have smashed 2 minutes. Watch Keelan’s race below:

Oisín Davis was next up in the Men’s ‘D’ 800m. Oisin is in good fitness but hasn’t ran 800m in almost a year. He slotted in behind the pacer and when the pacer dropped, Oisin took the lead for the back straight. As he came to the bend, one of the chasing athletes surged past him with a mighty finish. Oisín was tieing up but held on well to a narrow second place finish in a fine 1:55.31, just 0.04 from his PB.

The next race was an absolute cracker as club 800m record holder Kyle Moorhead went toe to toe with former club 800m record holder Jack Miskella. Kyle would have been the strong favourite based on his PBs and took over the lead after the pacer dropped with the ever canny ‘Miskey’ working his way up from the back and tracking his every move. A good sized group were hanging onto Kyle for dear life though and when Kyle got to the bend he couldn’t quite develop the gap he needed to hold them off. Jack took his opportunity to strike on the bend and blazed past to take the win in a new personal best of 1.54.29, with Kyle holding on well to 3rd in 1:54.85. Brilliant run from both lads and great to see Kyle back in action after losing his indoor season through injury. Watch the lads race below:

Earlier in the day, Luke O’Sullivan lined up in the ‘A’ heat of the 3000m. I think the selectors got it wrong here as Luke is only 16 and the pacing was set way too fast to be of much use to him. The race got off to a ferocious start, clocking 2:45 for the first km. Luke was fairly gassed at this stage but he ran admirably to finish with 9:03.46.

Declan O’Connell lined up in the ‘C’ heat of the 1500m which was also not ideal as it was being paced for a time almost 10s faster than Declan’s personal best. He didn’t feel great during the race but muscled out a very solid 4:12.66.

There is more IMC action for some of the gang next week at IMC Belfast! The fun never stops!

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