The Next Generation - Cillian Gleeson

July 10, 2024

At just 17, Cillian Gleeson is already making himself known in the middle-distance running scene. Representing Celbridge AC and coached by the experienced Feidhlim Kelly, Gleeson has demonstrated remarkable talent and dedication in races ranging from 1500m to 5000m. With a string of impressive performances and a clear vision for his future, he is quickly emerging as one of Ireland's most promising young athletes.

Gleeson's recent accomplishments speak volumes about his hard work and potential. On May 31, 2024, he clinched the title of National Senior Schools 5000m Champion with an impressive time of 14:57. 

In addition to his triumph in the 5000m, Gleeson also secured a silver medal in the National U18 Indoor 1500m, demonstrating his versatility across the distances. His remarkable performances and achievements continue as he has also earned a bronze medal in the National U17 Cross Country, further highlighting his capability in diverse running disciplines.

A significant milestone in Gleeson's career was achieving the U18 European Championships qualification standard for the 3000m, clocking in at 8:27. Not only did he meet the standard, but he also surpassed this time by running an exceptional 8:20 at the UCD meet in June 2024. This achievement solidifies his position among the elite young athletes in Europe.

Adding to his ever growing list of accolades, Gleeson represented Ireland at the Palafrugell Meet in Catalonia, Spain, where he secured 2nd place in the 3000m. His international experience and success at such a young age underline his potential to excel on the global stage.

Gleeson's consistent performances have earned him a well-deserved spot in the U18 European Championships in Slovakia, where he will compete in the 3000m. This selection marks a significant step in his burgeoning career and presents an opportunity for him to shine at a high level.

In the short term, Gleeson told Run Republic that he aims to deliver a strong performance at the European U18 Championships. His focus and determination are geared towards making a mark and gaining invaluable experience in this prestigious event.

Looking further ahead, Gleeson harbors aspirations of competing in the Olympics, either in the 1500m or the 5000m. His long-term goal reflects his ambition and commitment to reaching the pinnacle of the sport, and with his current trajectory, he is well on his way to turning these dreams into reality.

Featured Image: by Perri Williams

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