Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Nick Griggs set for European Cross choice regardless of collapse in mud at Irish assessments


Nick Griggs is looking forward to making his senior major championship debut for Ireland in Budapest
Nick Griggs earned his first Eire senior vest when he competed within the 1500m at this yr’s World Championships in Budapest

Nick Griggs appears sure to intention for under-20 gold on the European Cross Nation Championships subsequent month regardless of collapsing within the mud on the Irish nationals in Kilkenny on Sunday.

In brutal circumstances, Griggs was 100 metres clear with 500 metres to go earlier than “my legs simply utterly went”.

As he was unable to stand up, Griggs needed to be taken to the medical tent the place he recovered shortly.

“Hopefully I will be OK for the European Cross,” the Tyrone runner mentioned.

After ending second within the under-20 race on the final yr’s Europeans the place a late stumble value him gold, it is appears inconceivable the 18-year-old won’t be in Eire’s group for the Brussels championships when it’s introduced on Tuesday regardless of Sunday’s mishap at Gowan Demesne.

Griggs went into the Kilkenny race after an excellent summer time on the observe which included setting 4 Irish under-20 data, highlighted by 1500m and mile performances of three minutes 36.09 seconds and three:55.73secs, as he earned his first senior worldwide vest on the World Championships in Budapest.

Griggs capable of practice on Monday morning

With sections of the course an entire mud bathtub, Griggs had labored laborious to forge his large lead on the ultimate lap after Ennis’ Niall Murphy and Wicklow’s Jonas Stafford had led for a lot of the race.

As Griggs collapsed into the muck, Murphy and Stafford sped previous him with the previous taking a one-second victory on the end as he crossed the road in 17 minutes 12 seconds.

Griggs’ coach Mark Kirk was capable of report that his athlete had undertaken his regular morning run on Monday, having seemingly bodily recovered from Sunday’s expertise.

“I used to be getting telephone calls saying that Nick had fallen and I used to be frightened that he had possibly broken his ankle but it surely was a case that his legs had gone, which was a greater case situation, whereas not ultimate clearly,” Kirk informed BBC Sport Northern Eire.

Griggs will hope circumstances are firmer in Brussels on 10 December, though coach Kirk has heard options that the course within the Belgian capital “might be tender sufficient as nicely”.

Cormac Dalton in action at last year's European Cross Country Championships in Turin
Mullingar athlete Cormac Dalton received the Irish senior males’s title within the mud at Gowran Demesne

The junior males’s occasion offered essentially the most dramatic end of the however some large motion nonetheless adopted within the senior races as Mullingar’s Cormac Dalton and Bandon’s Fiona Everard took the titles.

With the course churning up ever extra because the day went on, Dalton clinched the boys’s title in 31:08 with him ending two seconds forward of Ennis’ Kevin Mulcaire as Ballina’s Hugh Armstrong accomplished the rostrum positions an extra 4 seconds again.

With Keelan Kilrehill in fourth, Irish 5,000m document holder Brian Fay needed to accept fifth with different observe stars Efrem Gidey and defending champion Darragh McElhinney not having fun with the muckfest as they have been seventh and ninth.

North Belfast pipped for males’s group gold

The battle for males’s group honours noticed the well-drilled North Belfast squad edged out for gold by hosts Kilkenny Metropolis Harriers.

Each groups completed on 72 factors however Peter Lynch’s greatest particular person end of eighth, with North’s main man Andrew Milligan tenth, meant the Kilkenny membership took the title.

Membership-mate Finn McNally was three seconds behind Milligan in eleventh spot whereas North Belfast’s different scorers have been twenty first and Thirtieth-placed Matthew Lavery and Conal McCambridge.

North Belfast did earn the appreciable comfort prize of securing qualification for subsequent February’s European Champion Golf equipment Cup Cross Nation within the Algarve, which they hope sponsorship will allow them to just accept.

Annadale’s Neil Johnston (thirteenth), Metropolis of Derry’s Conor Bradley (14th) and Griggs’ Candour Monitor Membership coaching accomplice Callum Morgan (18th) all completed within the high 20 within the senior males’s race with Johnston’s club-mate Eskander Turki in twenty third spot.

Fiona Everard in action at the 2017 European Cross Country Championships
Fiona Everard clinched the Irish ladies’s senior title in Kilkenny

Cork’s Everard secured a dominant 37-second victory over Portlaoise’s Mary Mulhare within the senior ladies’s race as Tullamore’s Danielle Donegan held off Armagh’s Fionnuala Ross for the ultimate podium place.

Letterkenny’s Nakita Burke (eleventh) and Annadale’s Robyn McKee (18th) each completed within the high 20.

East Down’s Anna Gardiner received the ladies’s under-20 title as she completed seven seconds forward of Finn Valley’s Amy Greene, with Willowfield’s Lucy Foster (seventh) and North Belfast’s Roise Roberts (ninth) additionally inside the highest 10.

Amid Griggs’ troubles within the mud, Metropolis of Derry’s Seamus Robinson was the main northerner within the males’s under-20 race as he completed fourth.

Lughaidh Mallon’s eighth spot helped Lagan Valley safe the group honours as Stephen Lyster (Thirtieth), Jack McCausland (thirty fourth) and Charlie Jones (thirty sixth) have been their different scorers.

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