Monday, July 6, 2015

New Club Record for 400m Relay Squad

The quartet of Ciaran McCarthy, Philip Marron, Ciaran Crowther and Brian Kiernan broke the club junior & senior 4 x 400m relay record by over 2 seconds, running 3 min 34.8 sec, when competing in the national junior championhships at Tullamore on 5th July. Unfortunately, they finished just out of the medals in fourth but as the bulk of the squad have two more years in this age category, their day will surely come.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

All Ireland Pairs

The All Ireland pairs took place last weekend in Tullamore, our younger athletes from u9-11 put in some terrific performances on both track and field.  Our u9 boys who had a tough Leinster qualification came out with all guns blazing, James Kelly and Gavin Witter both jumping  pb’s in the long jump to take home gold and a first ever National gold for the club at u9 level, James was also paired up with Fionn Heffernan in the 300m and both lads ran out of their skin to finish second and claim another National medal. Gavin Witter and Charlie O’ Connor were unlucky not to medal in the turbo javelin and all four plus Harry Bogan put in a great performance in the 4 x 100m relay to finish 5th. Our u10 girls team of Caoimhe Fitzsimons and Ciara Coroner both performed well in the u10 long jump and 500m but finished outside the medals. With Sophie Quinn missing through injury Niamh Murray and Laura Kelly paired up for the u11 long jump with Laura also pairing up with Aishling Strafford in the u11 600m, the girls all jumped and ran well and were not far off medals on the day, the girls were joined by Aobh Forde for the sprint relay and were unlucky not to make the final.

National Juvenile T & F Championships - Day 1

Lili O'Connor got the club off to a great start today on day 1 of the national juvenile track and field championships when she won the girls u 13 60mH in Tullamore. Her winning time of 9.66 sec is a new club senior record and is due reward for all the hard work she has put in this season particularly on her hurdling technique. Matthew Buckley was next up and he took the silver in the u 14 boys 75mH (11.50 sec).  Matthew's two more favoured events  are the  80m and 200m and we expect to see some more fireworks when he toes the line for these next weekend.

Alex Hunter, just back from representing Ireland at the youth mountain running championships in Bulgaria, showed no ill effects from his travels as he smashed the club senior 2k steeplechase record when finishing second in 6 min 35.51 sec

Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 International Mountain Running Youth Cup

The 2015 international mountain running youth cup took place in Smolyan, Bulgaria on 27th June. Ireland had teams in both the girls and boys events. Seventeen teams were represented in the boys race.  Our own Alex Hunter, despite getting a severe stitch on the second of three circuits, again wore the green singlet with pride as he was second Irishman home in 40th. Competition was red hot and the Italian winner of the event is also the current European cross country ski champion.

Well done Alex. Hopefully there will be many more international vests to come in the years ahead

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Youth Hill Running International-Bulgaria

Best of luck to Alex Hunter who has been selected for Ireland to complete at the European Youth Hill Running Championships in Bulgaria this weekend, well done also to our coach Gerry Finnegan who was selected as coach/manager of the Irish youth team.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Treble for Matthew at Leinster Championships

The Leinster u 14 to u 19 juvenile championships were held in Tullamore last weekend with the club well represented as over a dozen athletes competed in various events.

Matthew Buckley had a fantastic treble, winning gold in the u 14 75m H, 200m and 80m sprint. The 200m and 80m  were won in  new championship records of 24.25 sec and  9.72 sec. respectively.

 Brian Kiernan won his first individual Leinster title with an impressive display in the u 17 400m (52.67 sec) less than 24 hours after taking the bronze in the Tailteann games over the same distance. Emma Coroner  was disappointed to just miss out on a medal in the u 14 75m H but in the style of a true champion she bounced back the next day to take bronze in the 80m sprint.  Ivie Okome, Maria Rogers and Aine Cooney had excellent runs over the weekend but unfortunately did not make the podium. Aine however, had the satisfaction of running a new club senior record of 27.34 sec in the 200m

Daragh Casey was fifth in the 200m on Saturday but in his specialist event on Sunday, finished 3rd in the u 15 long jump with 4.90m. Ciaran Crowther ran another impressive PB of 9 min 31.66  when taking third in the u 18 3k while Philip Marron was also third in a tactical u 18 1500m in 4 min 14 sec. Both Adam Quinn and Karen Hayes put in strong performances in their respective 800m races but were out of the medals

Monday, June 22, 2015

Track Not Available - Wednesday June 24th 7:30-9 pm

Please note that the track will not be available this Wednesday June 24th from 7:30-9pm due to a Meath Community Games Event.