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29 Sept 2022

Mark English named as Donegal athlete of the year

English has withdrawn from a planned race in Italy on Tuesday evening, but was named as the top recipient on Monday as the Donegal Athletics Board announced its annual award winners

Breaking: Mark English wins European 800m bronze

Mark English of Ireland celebrates after finishing third in the Men's 800m final. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

European 800m bronze medalist Mark English was named as the Donegal athlete of the year.

The Finn Valley AC runner was voted as the 2022 Donegal athlete of the year at a meeting of the Donegal Athletics Board on Monday night.

English, now coached by Feidhlim Kelly, ran 1:45.19 in Munich to win bronze on Sunday-week last.

At the recent World Championships in Oregon he was just 0.05 seconds off his 1:45.71 Irish record, set last summer.

English was to return to action at the Palio Città della Quercia Rovereto in Italy on Tuesday evening, but had withdrawn from the race.

The 29-year-old was given a homecoming reception at Finn Valley last Wednesday.

“It has been amazing to see so many people out here,” English said.

“It’s brilliant to see what this means to them. I’m pretty chuffed and really happy with my performances as a whole.

“It gives me a great boost in confidence.  It lets me know that the training I’m doing and the lifestyle I’m living is working. That’s very rewarding.”

English was named as the senior male athlete of the year on Monday, while Ann-Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny AC was the senior female athlete of the year.

McGlynn finished 29th in the women’s marathon at the European Athletics Championships in Munich.

Tir Chonaill AC pair Lucy McGlynn and Fintan Dewhirst were named junior female and junior male athletes of the year.

Dewhirst won a silver medal in the 400m hurdles at the European Under-18 Championships in Jerusalem. In clocking 51.65 seconds, Dewhirst took a new Irish Under-18 record.

His clubmate McGlynn set a new Donegal record at the World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Colombia.

McGlynn finished her 100m hurdles heat at Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero in 13.92 seconds.

World Masters silver medalist Ciara Kearns was named as female masters athlete of the year. The Finn Valley AC athlete won the W35 long jump silver medal at the World Masters Championships in Tampere, Finland, where the Carrick woman jumped a best of 5.55m.

Milford AC’s Martin Kerr was named as the male masters athlete of the year.

Kerr broke the Irish M70 10k record at the Great Ireland Run, incorporating the National 10k Championships.

At the Irish Life Health National Masters Track and Field Championships, Kerr won the M70 5000m in 21:27

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