McGarvey on the Mark at Irish Indoors

City of Derry Spartans' Mark McGarvey who claimed the runners-up spot in the 60m hurdles at the Irish Universities Indoor championships in Athlone at the weekend.

City of Derry Spartans' Mark McGarvey who claimed the runners-up spot in the 60m hurdles at the Irish Universities Indoor championships in Athlone at the weekend.

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Mark McGarvey got the weekend off to a flying start when he posted a 8.72s 60m Hurdles clocking to take the runners-up spot at the Irish Universities Indoor championships in Athlone and indicated that he is in good nick in advance of the outdoor season.

Connor Bradley meantime was in Sheffield and ran a season’s best of 8m 16s in the UK 3,000m Indoor championship.

Probably not quite what he wanted, this gave him 12th place in a fast paced race and he was just a stride behind another Irish runner and familiar opponent Roy Chessor, but had to give best also to Annadale Strider, Paul Pollock who finished on 8m 09s, a Personal Best for the NI & Ulster cross country champion.

The National Indoors are this weekend in Athlone and no doubt Connor will be eyeing up the opposition there when he steps out onto the track for whatever distance he will tackle.

He has also been linked with an interest in the following week’s prestigious Armagh International road races which boasts a real quality 3,000m round the famous Mall and that may well also be a significant attraction.

Paul Leck of the promoting club ran 16m 33s to win Sunday’s opener in the Finn Valley 5K Spring series and Catriona Devine posted 18m 49s to claim the female race honours.