It was a weekend to remember for Mark English. On Friday night, the third level student won the Donegal Sports Star of the Year Athletics at a function in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.
On Sunday, Mark set a new national indoor 800m record at the Woodies DIY AAI open games in Athlone when clocking a time of 1:46:82 to finish second behind Dutch man Thijem Kuppers. The previous record of 1:47:21 was set by Daniel Caulfield’s in Boston 13 years ago.
“I was absolutely thrilled with that performance, it was tough to lead from the front,” he said.
Kuper’s official time of 1:46:78 reset the stadium record set last year by Mark in his previous personal best time of 1:48:44. His new personal best has has gained him qualification for next month’s World Indoor championships in Sopot, Poland.
“It’s such a huge privilege that I have the national record and with James Nolan here watching it just makes me delighted,” he commented.
Letterekenny AC Olympic walker, Brendan Boyce, was among the nominees for the athletics award.
Puaric Breslin maintained his good form on the road when finishing runner-up to City of Derry’s Gregory Roberts (16:11) in the second race in the Lifford 5K series in Raphoe on Sunday morning. Pauric, who was first home in St Johnston last month, posted a time of 17:08, with Michael Murphy, City of Derry, third in 17:09.
The numbers drawn in the club’s weekly lotto were 6, 7, 10 and 11. There was no winner of the jackpot. Josephine Ni Ghallchoir matched three numbers and wins 80 euro. This weekend’s jackpot will be 790 euro.
Group training continues every Tuesday and Thursday night at the Danny McDaid Track at the Aura Centre at 6.30 pm. New members always welcome.