12 August 2017
Adam Kirk-Smith became the second Derry Track Club athlete to lift a national senior title when he was the comfortable winner of the 3000m steeplechase at Morton Stadium in Dublin (21 July 2017).
Jason Smyth was the winner of the national 100m crown in 2016 while JP Williamson is reigning national Novice cross country champion.
In the Masters’, Richie Kelly currently holds the M75 indoor 200m/400m titles while outdoor Cathal McLaughlin (M50 – 800m/1500m) and Martin Cox (M35 – 1500m) are the current Irish champions.
Adam Kirk-Smith overcame the challenge of Irish internationals Rory Chesser (subsequently disqualified) and Jayme Rossiter to win in 8:55.72. It was Adam’s first experience of an Irish championship and he now heads into a well-earned rest before directing his attention to the European Cross Country and Commonwealth Games.
Marina Murphy also wound up this phase of her competition with a win in the Acorns AC Blue Bells 5-Miler in Magherafelt and a runner-up spot in the Owen Roe’s 5K in Glenmornan.
DTC’s promising youngsters Sean McIntyre and Ben Mellon also shone in the Tyrone village with personal bests on a difficult course which, although downhill overall, had difficult descents and ascents. Certainly not a route you would choose for a personal best but the boys clocked 17:02 and 18:47 respectively.
There were no medals but huge credit for Cathal McLaughlin at the European Masters’ Athletics Championships in Aarhus, Denmark (http://www.emacs2017.com).
Both the 800m and 1500m were tactical affairs with Cathal just 0.3 seconds off a podium place in the two-lap event and less than a second from the silver medal in the metric mile.
Marty Cox showed he is going to be a force this winter with a 15:30 clocking in the Carlingford 5K.