Conroy and McCormack win Irish Euro Trial

Posted in At the Races by Rene Borg on Mon 20 Jun '11

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Ian Conroy

Ian Conroy (Raheny) made good on his recent promising performances in the Irish hills, having won Powerscourt Uphill and run the fastest Leg 2 of the Wicklow Way Relay, to win the trial for the European Championships at Djouce Mountain…

Conroy hung on grimly behind Mark Ryan, who had surprisingly recovered from injury. The Rathfarnham man felt the pain late on the climb, however, and Conroy build a minute buffer by the time he summited in first.

Behind him Tom Hogan, Racing795, held third throughout most of the race, before dramatically losing out on third in an uphill sprint joust with Eoin Flynn who practically duplicated his effort from the World Trial 2010. With Brian McMahon pre-selected and training in Kenya it means the Wexford man will likely have to settle for first reserve.

The women’s race also saw some late changes: Sarah McCormack who plies her running trade with Scottish hill running club Moorfoot and won the Ben Lomond race in early May had an excellent debut on her home soil to win with a minute six seconds on second-placed Michelle Finn. Sarah held off an early challenge from Emma Donlon to brea away with Sarah Mulligan, DSD, as her nearest pursuant on the initial ascent in Crone Wood. The trio of Donlon, Helen White and Michelle Finn followed behind her as the field hit open mountain.

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Sarah McCormack (1252) early on at the European Trial

Here Michelle Finn worked her way into second. Sarah Mulligan held no to third nineteen seconds ahead of Aoife Joyce, Crusaders, who came through the field strongly to secure fourth. In the junior race Louise Hill-Stirling, Clonliffe, won the girl’s race and James Egan, DSD, took the boy’s.

European teams will be confirmed shortly by the Irish selectors. The top-2 runners in each race will automatically qualify and as the third and fourth-placed runners in the senior men and women’s races met the criteria of finishing within 10% of the winner’s time, selection will depend on previous performances in the 2010/2011 season in road, cross-country and hill running races.

Performances in the trial will also be considered when selecting the Irish team for the Snowdon International Race.

Full results now online at IMRA.

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