Clonmel runner Sean Tobin bids to be first to break four minute mile barrier on a Tipperary track

Clonmel runner Sean Tobin bids to be first to break four minute mile barrier on a Tipperary track

Sean Tobin will try to break the four minute mile barrier at the Moyne games.

On Thursday night, 12th July next, Moyne AC will celebrate 70 years in existence with a gala night of running, including an attempt to break the four minute mile barrier on a Tipperary tracik.

 Since April 1948 there has been an unbroken sequence of 70 years of the club and is thus the longest surviving athletic club in Tipperary.

 In those seven decades hundreds of athletes have donned the green and gold singlet bringing innumerable rewards to the club. National champions, Munster Champions, County Champions and indeed International representation on Irish teams, have graced the club throughout this time.  

The anniversary games will be their first big track promotion following the re-development of their track in 2015 when they laid an IAAF standard 4 lane 400mts tartan track. The main features on the night are a Men’s Mile and Ladies 800mts with a supporting programme of 200mts and 400mts races and a “B” Mile for adults and a 600mts for U/13 Juveniles.  Also included are a Junior Men’s Long Jump and Senior Men’s Weight for Distance.

On the night an attempt will be made to break the 4 minute mile barrier in the Men’s Mile, which will be a first in Tipperary as it has never been broken on any track in the County.  Confirmation of the inclusion of Sean Tobin of Clonmel, himself a sub-four minute miler in the race, will certainly up the ante for those athletes with a serious interest in creating a new record.  With the winner of the race receiving €200 for their efforts, an additional €500 bonus will be added to that money should the barrier be broken. Sean has a huge pedigree in athletics with national cross country and track titles to his name and also having represented Ireland at European Cross Country level.  He has just graduated from the University of Mississippi and over the five year in America he has been a revelation for the running track team Ole Miss.

Just weeks after starting there in 2014 he ran 3.59.91 for the mile, the first college athlete to do so and also the youngest Irish athlete to do so. He followed this up with a 3.58.70 in the Morton Games in 2017 and within weeks had lowered it to 3.57.00 at the 2017 Cork City Sports.  

He also placed fourth in the Millrose Games in New York with a new college best of 3.59.91. Sean is quoted as saying “I would love to see the mile replace the 1,500mts” at major championships. With these types of records, the first sub 4 minute mile on the 12th July is a distinct possibility.