International athletics will be returning to Letterkenny again this year, with the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event set for Sunday 13th July.
This event follows on from last year’s success where we witnessed exceptional performances from a host of world class athletes at the official opening of the Danny McDaid Athletics Track.
The fields already assembled for the track and field programme are showing signs that this will be one of the highlights on the Irish athletics calendar for 2014, and the organisers will be hoping for the first sub 4 minute mile to be run on Donegal soil.
The feature event is the Arena Seven Mens Mile. This race will include seven sub 4 minute milers, along with a host of athletes who are on the cusp of the magical 4 minute barrier. USA’s Craig Miller, Tommy Schmitz, Matt Elliott, Eric Finan, Kyle Merber and Jon Peterson will be taking on Kenya’s Vincent Mutai and Reuben Bett, New Zealand’s Hamish Carson, Belgium’s Ali Hamdi and Gibraltar’s Harvey Dixon.
Ireland’s challenge will be led by Letterkenny’s own and Commonwealth Games bound Danny Mooney, who will be looking to upset the odds with a hometown victory.
All eyes will surely be on the Tobin’s Men’s 800m with Letterkenny’s own Mark English, fresh from his second place at the New York Diamond League meeting behind Olympic champion and World record holder David Rudisha. English, along with many other athletes coming to Letterkenny, will be using the competition as preparation for the European championships in Zurich in August.
The Voodoo Lounge Womens 800m is shaping up to be one of the races of the day with two Commonwealth Games bound athletes set to feature: Northern Ireland’s Katie Kirk and Scotland’s Emily Dudgeon. They will be challenged by double Commonwealth Games silver medallist from 2010, New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin, who comes with a personal best of 1:59. USA’s Emily Lipari and Scotland’s Hannah Tarver will also be looking to break the sub 2 minute barrier, and will ensure that the pace will be fast for this exciting two lap event. The Hickey, Clarke and Langan 3000m will feature USA’s Emily Schappert and Amanda Winslow.
The Donnelly Foley Men’s 100m will have 10.04 second athlete D’Angelo Cherry with fellow American Philip Redrick and Kenya’s sprint sensation Carvin Nkanata, who will also double up in the Letterkenny Credit Union Mens 400m. A host of up and coming Irish sprinters in the mens 100m and 400m, as well as the McGee Memorials Womens 200m, will be going up against world class opposition. The track and field programme will also feature a Mens Javelin, Mens Shot Putt and a Womens Long Jump. The action gets underway at the Danny McDaid track at 2pm, and it will be a day of world class athletics not to be missed.