Saturday, July 22, 2017

National Senior Championships

Running in Saturday's heats of the national 800m senior championships, Conor Duncan qualified for the final when finishing third in 1 min 54.19 sec. Conor led the field through 400m in 54 sec and then appeared to go through a bad patch before getting a second wind and finishing strongly up the home straight to claim the last qualifying spot. However, the lack of winter training finally caught up with Conor in Sunday's final where he finished 9th in 1 min 55.62 on tired legs

Also competing in the national seniors  was our 4 x 400m relay squad. After his exertions in the 800m final, Conor joined Naoise McKenna, Peter Kilgannon and Brian Kiernan for the last event of the championships.The four lads gave it everything but with the exception of Peter Kilgannon, who posted 50.5 sec for his leg, they were unable to reproduce their early season form and finished 8th in 3 min 29 6 sec.

Nevertheless they all appreciated the invaluable experience gained competing in their first senior nationals and are determined to be at the sharp end of proceedings next time

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day 3- All Ireland Track & Field Championships

Day 3 and final day of the All Ireland juvenile championships took place today in Tullamore, on another hot day the competition was even hotter with exceptionally high standards across all events. 

It was another tough day at the office for our sprinters, Jed Walsh was very unlucky just missing out on a medal by two hundreds of a second in the boys u15 200m. Matthew Buckley was well below his best in the boy’s u16 200m, after qualifying as 3rd fastest Matthew didn’t have it in his legs when it came to the final and finished outside the medals, no doubt Matthew will bounce back.

Matthew Hayes had a decent run in the boys U15 1500m finishing 9th, but was disappointed with his time of 4:35 which was 7 seconds off his pb, this was Matthews first track All Ireland and the experience will stand to him. 

Aimee Doherty came away with our only medal of the day taking 3rd in the girls u14 1500m with a new pb of 4:55.58, Aimee who was in the leading 3 for the majority of the race fell back to 4th with 250m to go, but showed great determination on tired legs to get back up to 3rd place in the last 30m.

It was a very tough Outdoor Track & Field All Ireland’s for the Club this year coming away with just 2 medals over the 3 days, however we did have a large number of 4th place finishes and all our athletes who qualified finished in the top 10, so the signs are good for the future.

Well done to all our athletes who competed this year at all levels and enjoy the well-deserved summer break.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

All Ireland B Championships

We had some terrific performances at the B All Ireland Championships today from our eight athletes who made the journey to Tullamore.
Our sprinters were first out  on track and Aobh Forde  was back to her very best after a recent injury, Aobh put in a storming run in the girls u13 80m to take silver in a new PB of 11.17s. 
Kevin Conway who has to be the most improved athlete in the club over the past year put in another great run and was unlucky to finish 4th in the boys u16 100m in a time of 12.68s.

Our middle distance athletes were in great form also with Caoimhe Fitzsimons putting in her best 600m performance to date taking gold in the u12 girls 600m with a time of 1:53.69s, Aisling Stratford put in a great run also finishing 6th with a massive pb of 1:48.67s in the girls u13 600m, while Eoin Kane who spent the previous day in bed with a virus put in a brave run to finish 3rd in the u13 boys 600m.
Laura Smith another vastly improved athlete over the past year had a terrific run in the girls u14 800m and was just pipped for silver by two hundreds of a second, so close, but Laura was happy to come away with her first track medal over 800m.

Our Field eventers had a mixed day, Niamh Murray was well below her best in the girls u13 high jump finishing 7th. Fionn Drummond who was very disappointed with his Leinster performance bounced back in style to take gold in the u14 boys high jump setting a new championship record of 1.45m in the process.

Well done to all athletes on some great performances.

Morton Games Mile Relay

The Club had a great Night at the Morton International Games last Wednesday at Santry Stadium, this event is getting better every year and it was a great experience for our young athletes to open the meeting with a win in the u15 mile relay. This was our 3rd year competing in this event and our athletes put on a great show taking gold in a time of 3mins 39 s.

Congratulations to Jed Walsh, Oisin Kelly, Tom Kilgannon, Oisin McKenna, Ella Healy, Matthew Hayes, Emma O’ Connell, Marcus Clarke, Laura Smith, Eoin Kane, Fionn Drummond, Aimee Doherty, Aisling Stratford, Aobh Forde and Laura Kelly. 
Thanks again to Gerry Carr from Clonliffe Harriers for inviting us on the night and we look forward to competing again next year.

Conor Duncan Brakes Club senior 800m record

Conor Duncan continues to improve with every race. After a winter blighted by injury, Conor has raced himself to full fitness over the past 7/8 weeks. Competing today at Le Cheile, he finished 5th in the Irish Milers Club grade A 800m and in the process broke Ronnie Quigley's long standing club record. Typical of Ronnie, he was the first to text and offer Conor his congratulations. After an opening 55 seconds first lap, Conor looked very comfortable until he hit a strong head wind up the home straight but he battled all the way to hit the line in 1 min 53.77 sec. In the right race and with better weather conditions, Conor can surely lower that record even further before the track season is over. Noel Crowther and Naoise Mckenna also competed over 800m. Both lads unofficially ran approximately 2 min 08 in their respective grades

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sophie Breaks senior 800m club Record

Sophie Quinn  broke Deirdre Healy's senior 800m club record at the AAU club championships today. Running in 35C heat and oppressive humidity, Sophie finished 3rd in 2 min 21.92 sec. Not content with that Sophie lined up for the 1500m the next day. Running in what even the locals described as "savage conditions" she posted a 1500m pb of 4 min 57.22 to take the silver medal. Next on the agenda is a well earned couple of weeks rest  for herself and Adam in Disneyworld

Morton Games

Conor Duncan was an impressive winner of the IMC grade B 800m in 1 min 54.6 sec at the Morton Games tonight. Conor moved clear after 400m which was covered in 55/56 secs and went on to win by almost 2 seconds. He lines up at the IMC le Cheile  meeting next Saturday determined to run sub 1 min 54

Our juvenile relay squad  also  had a convincing win in the club relay after dominating proceeding right from early on.

Great to see Ratoath athletes doing so well at such a high profile event as the Morton Games