Thursday – August 20, 2015
Derry City Track Club athlete Conor McIlveen impressed with a double gold performance at the 2015 CPISRA World Games in Nottingham. The 25-year-old recorded new personal bests over both 200m and 400m to lift the T38 titles at both distances.
It wasthe first appearance of the 25-year-old Derry City Track Club on the international stage at a Cerebral Palsy event and followed his victories in both events at the Irish championships last month.
McIlveen opened with a win in the 400m recording 58.22 seconds, the first time he had been under 59 seconds for the distance. He followed that up with another new best of 26.98 seconds in the 200m to leave the opposition trailing in the distance.
“I had a great ten days in Nottingham at the Cerebral Palsy World Games,” said McIlveen. “I met some amazing people who I will never forget. I’m so proud to have competed for Ireland and run at the highest standard that I possibly could against some great runners and athletes.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their assistance and kind words but I would like to thank especially my parents, Susan and Martin Mcilveen, for their support, listening to my running stories and crabbèd moods and no matter what i wanted to do they stood by me and encouraged me 100%.
“The same for my big brother Mark for not just pushing me towards sports but making me a better person overall. I’d like to thanks all my coaches who has got me to where I am including Declan Doherty, Billy Orr and of course Malcolm McCausland who has helped me become the runner I am today,” concluded McIlveen.
The All-State employee makes an early return to the track tonight (Thursday) when he competes over 800m at the Super Six Meeting in Belfast. With the British championships coming up in September, there is no time to be lost for the Derry’s latest golden boy.
Tonight is the penultimate fixture of the season with only 200m and 800m events on the programme at the Mary Peters Track. Matt Doherty will be looking to improve on his best over the 800m distance where Aaron Carlyle and Andrew Bolster make late seasonal debuts.
Shaun Deery also gets back into competition after a mid season break and Ben Mellon will be looking to improve on his best in the U13 age group. New recruit Brandon Connolly should bring a touch of class to the U15 800m following a new personal mark for the metric mile in Manchester last week.
Meanwhile 12-year-old Lily Toorish made a quite an impact on the local road running community when she took second place in the women’s section at the Jog in the Bog 5K. The Derry City Track Club starlet had been competing in Manchester just two days earlier but showed no sign of fatigue as she flew to a 20:50 clocking behind winner Martina McMullan.
Derry City Track Club will also be contesting Saturday’s President’s Trophy at the Mary Peters Track which for most will be the final competition of a long but very successful summer season.