Classy Mark secures Euro Championship place

Mark English, UCD AC, crosses the finish line to win the Men's 800m event during Day 2 of the GloHealth Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone International Arena.
Mark English, UCD AC, crosses the finish line to win the Men's 800m event during Day 2 of the GloHealth Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone International Arena.

Rounding off a busy week for North West athletes, the National Senior Indoor championships proved to be a mixed bag for locals athletes.

Mark English was the stand-out performer with classy 800m wins in Birminghan on Saturday and Athlone on Sunday, confirming his European championships 800m qualification in the process.

18 February 2015; Conor Bradley, City of Derry, competes in the Deloitte Mile during the AIT International Arena Grand Prix. Athlone Institute of Technology International Arena, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

18 February 2015; Conor Bradley, City of Derry, competes in the Deloitte Mile during the AIT International Arena Grand Prix. Athlone Institute of Technology International Arena, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

However, there was disappointment for both Danny Mooney and Connor Bradley in their Athlone endeavours.

Letterkenny man English ran in Saturday’s Sainsburys Games in Birmingham and posted a European 800m qualifying time of 1m 47.17s for sixth place in a real quality race.

He then lined up on Sunday in Athlone where in a slowish tactical race he burned up the final 200m for a 1m 51.53s victory and the national title.

He will be in Prague in two weeks time for a shot at European Indoor glory and with his tactical nous allied to a gift for quick acceleration, the now Dublin based student can be a serious medal contender.

Both Danny Mooney and Connor Bradley perhaps had one race too many in their legs in Athlone and both failed to sparkle in their respective 1,500m and 3,000m finals on Sunday.

Lettterkenny AC’s Mooney has already run a European 1,500m qualifying time but his fourth place at the weekend, almost four seconds behind impressive winner John Travers, was a big disappointment.

City of Derry ma, Bradley also took up the early pace in his 3,000m race but faded to a 12th place finish in 8m 28s, way off his personal best and up front Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders took the honours on 8m 09s.

Bradley had run a 4m 05s mile last Thursday night, also in Athlone but perhaps the effects of battling back from a niggling injury to challenge at the top level took its toll.

He will now marry his fiancée, Laura this Saturday and post honeymoon will hopefully get himself back in the groove for the outdoor season.

A footnote to the Athlone action and mention of County Derry Long Jumper Adam McMullan who leapt to a magnificent 7m 80cm PB to win the National title, achieve the European qualifying standard and move to number two on the Irish all time rankings.

A former member of the Magherafelt club he was a few years ago, a regular guest athlete on the local Spartans men’s squad which competed with distinction in the Premier Division of the National Track & Field League.