Darren hits back with record run

Darren hits back with record run

Darren hits back with record run

Tom Comack

Just two days after one Letterkenny AC athlete (Mark English) set a new 800m National standard, another, Darren McBrearty, has lowered the mark once more

McBrearty (pictured) maintained his early season indoor form with another fantastic run in Tuesday night in Vienna.

After coming second to his clubmate Mark English in Cardiff on Sunday in the 800m race, Darren went one better on Tuesday night when he shaved over a second of his Cardiff time to win the Vienna race in a time of 1.47.87. In the process he set a new Irish Junior record and produced the fastest time recorded so far indoor in Europe in 2011.

"I was in good form after Cardiff and I felt good going into the race. I felt was capable of doing in and around 1.48. I'm really delighed with the time," Darren told the Democrat.

"I'm in very good form at present and feel good and strong after the cross-country championship. I was confident that I could improve on my time from Sunday and that is the way it worked out. And the good thing about it too I was still feeling good at finish."

Tuesday night's time means that Darren has now made the qualifying time next month's European Indoor Championships and next summer's World Student Games in China.

"The great thing about making the qualifying times is that I have done it early in the season and that I can now concentrate on preparing for the championships rather than having to worry about making the times and chasing around from race to race.

"Now, I can go away and work away nice and quietly and get into peak shape for Paris and the Europeans without having to worry about qualifying."

Darren ran a time of 1.48.88 in Cardiff, just .22 of a second behind English, who ran a time of 1.48.63, a new Irish Indoor Junior record.

Meanwhile, it is the Irish Intervarsaties Championships next up for Darren. The championships are on Saturday next in Nenagh Co. Tipperary and Darren will be competing in the colours of Dublin City University, where he is a student.

Mary Kelly only nominee for PRO

Ardara official Mary Kelly is the only nominee for the vacant position of Donegal GAA PRO. The Ardara secretary and former Southern Board official was the sole name nominated for the position when nominations closed on Friday last January 28th.

The vacancy arose when the outgoing PRO Seamus O'Donnell stepped down after being elected county treasurer. The position is due to be filled at next Monday night's county committee meeting.

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