The Galway Juvenile T&F Champs for u13’s to u19’s took place at the Galway RSC on Saturday May 24th. Click here for full results.
The Galway Juvenile team event for u9’s, u10’s & u11’s. along with the u12 T&F Champs took place at the same venue on Saturday May 3rd. Click here for full results
Congratulations to athletes, parents, clubs and the officials of Galway County Board on the success of both days, and indeed on the continued progress of athletics in Galway in recent times.
National Sprint Medallists!
Sineád Treacy and Michelle Duggan
An incredibly busy week of athletics continued last weekend with the Irish Schools track & field on Saturday in Tullamore following by the Galway Community Games on Sunday and Monday. The pinnacle of the secondary schools track & field was reached on Saturday with the Irish Schools Championships in Tullamore. Widely regarding as the highlight of the juvenile athletics year, it provides a great days entertainment with lots of quality performances.
Michelle Duggan (Pres Athenry) made it a memorable day when taking the bronze medal in the Junior Girls 200m in an impressive time of 26.33 which was a huge PB for Michelle. But it didn't come easy and Michelle had to battle hard for her first individual National outdoor medal, taking the bronze by 3 hundreths of a second! Michelle had earlier taken 6th place in the 100m in a solid time of 12.86.
Sineád Treacy (St Raphaels) went one better with a fine performance to take the silver medal in the Intermediate Girls 200m in a time of 25.23 which is a new club senior record. Sineád was earlier just pipped for a medal in the 100m by 7 hundreths of a second when placing 5th in the final.
Jamie Fallon (Calasanctius) also had a fantastic run in the Senior Boys 5000m to take the bronze medal in a time of 15:26.47. This is a massive result for Jamie who still has a few years left in this age group and augurs very well for the future.
And it was unlucky 4th place for Tara McNally as she raced to a fine time of 46.77 in the intermediate 300m hurdles. This is a new event for Tara and very encouraging for her to have made such progress so quickly.
Craughwell NS's Olympic Squad as they await the action in Dangan!
Like Clarinbridge and Killeeneen primary schools a day earlier at the County Sports, Craughwell NS and Oranmore Boys NS dominated proceedings at the Galway City Sports.
Craughwell came home with 2 sets of relay medals and 4 individual medals. Sarah Byrne put in a tremendous performance in the U9 60m to take the individual silver and anchored her relay team to gold medals where Erin Kelly, Jade Moorhead and Chloe Hallinan combined to win the semi-final and Madison Davy swapped in for Erin for the final to help the school to the Galway title. Jade had earlier taken individual silver in a packed 400m where Chloe also ran superbly to take 6th place a year out of age.
On Tuesday last, May 27th, twenty four enthusiastic athletes from Scoil Mhuire Clarinbridge attended the County Sports day in Dangan. We were very well represented in the three age categories, both boys and girls.
Conditions were perfect for racing and there was a fantastic buzz from the moment we arrived. The school teams were absolutely outstanding throughout providing many spectacular moments on this memorable day. In total the children won a staggering 25 medals, five of which were individual medals and five of our 6 relay teams had podium finishes. Below is a list of the 6 teams and their performances and achievements on the day.
Some of Craughwell AC's U13 Squad at the Galway Track & Field in Dangan
Matthew McKernan provided some of the highlights for the club at day 2 of the Galway Juvenile Track and Field recently where he improved his 2013 long jump PB from 5.18 metres to a massive 5.84 metres. He did likewise in the triple jump, increasing his PB from 11.52 metres to 12.15 metres. It won't be long now before the 15-year old McKernan takes the club junior records of 5.94 and 12.24 metres set by William Finnegan in 2004.
It was an impressive day also for U13 Eva Kelly with double gold in the high jump with a PB of 1.30m and in her debut in the javeling with a throw of 17.10m. Eva is well on the way to emulating her elite cousin Sineád Treacy who took triple gold in the U19 girls events with victory in the 100m, 200m (25.9) and long jump (4.99). It was triple gold also for Laura Cunnigham in the U15 girls grade when taking the honours in the long jump (4.30), shot putt (6.93) and javelin (16.14).
Siona Lawless almost completed a triple victory also in the U14 grade with gold in the long jump (4.33) and double silver in the 80m and 200m. The triples continued to roll in for the U14s with Oisin Shannon taking double gold in the 80m and 200m sprints and silver in the 75m hurdles and Ultan Sheerin taking silver in the long jump (4.63) and bronze in the 200m and the 75m hurdles.
Ryan Gallagher also took home a triple with victory in the U13 60m hurdles, a fantastic silver in the 60m sprint and bronze in the long jump (4.03). Alison Leahy also completed the triple feat in the U14 grade with bronze in the 80m sprint and 75m hurdles and a fine silver in the long jump with an impressive 4.34m.
Shauna Tobin (2nd) and Laura Cunninham (1st) who took the top 2 places in the U15 shot putt and javelin
There were many more fine performance with double medals for the following: Ellen Fitzpatrick with gold in both the U18 triple jump (8.92) and javelin (22.74); Rachael Hughes with gold in the U14 75m hurdles and in the 1500m (5.43.1); Cian Waters with double gold in the shot putt (10.59) and 80m hurdles; Tamy Klynsmith with silver in the U16 high jump (1.25) and bronze in the long jump (3.73), Lorraine Delaney with gold in the U15 high jump (1.45) and silver in the long jump (3.86). Caoimhe O'Donoghue also took home a double with an impressive victory in the U15 100m only seconds after arriving at the track and a silver medal in the 200m. Shauna Tobin contined the doubles with silver in the U15 shot putt (6.22) and javelin (11.92), as did Tara Slattery with gold in the U14 high jump (1.30) and bronze in the long jump (3.91). Niamh Treacy added bronze in the U14 high jump (1.20) and silver in the javelin (14.95). Alan Harrington made his debut in the U15 boys with silver in the shot putt (6.97) and bronze in the long jump (2.70)
Also in the medals, Mia Water placed third in the U13 60m hurdles, Caoime Gilligan took bronze in the U13 long jump (3.72) while Maeve Dawson took silver shot putt (5.09). Alex Evans took victory in the U13 long jump with 4.38m while Garvin Surlis did likewise in the high jump with 1.30m. Sean Cannon placed second in the high jump with 1.20m. Kyle Moorhead had a fine run in the U13 600m to take the silver in 1.53.8 while Finbar McFadden was just marginally outside the medals in 4th place with 1.55.0.
Michelle Duggan following her victory in the U17 100m
Finola Kelly took victory in the U14 800m in a time of 2.36.6m while Caoilin Milton placed 2nd in the 80m hurdles. William Fitzgerald had a good performance on the track with a 4th place finish in the 800m and silver in the 1500m in 5.34.9. Eacha Leech placed 2nd in U14 high jump with 1.25m while Sarah Callanan took silver in the shot putt with 7.74. Abigail McNally placed 3rd in the U13 javelin to complete a clean sweep of the javelin in the U14 age group, a feat repeated in the discus where all 3 medals went to Craughwell AC athletes - 1 Tara Kealy, 2 Clare Treacy, 3 Shiona McArdle. Brendan O'Keefe made his debug in the long jump where he took the U15 silver medal with a leap of 3.60m. Eabha Leech took silver in the U14 long jump, a feat repeated by Aisling Keady with 4.25 to win the U16 long jump. Laura Keane placed 3rd in the same competition with 3.88 while Brian Loughnane placed 3rd in the 800m. Adian Conneely placed second in the U18 100m while ichelle Duggan took the Galway title in the U16 100m, a feat repeated by Grainne McDaid in the U17 800m and by Tara McNally in the 250m hurdles.
The club also excelled in the relays with victories in the U13 boys, U14 girls and U15 girls along with silver in the U14 boys and U16 girls. The club's B teams took bronze in the U13 boys and U14 boys and in the U16 girls.
Craughwell U13 relays on the podium
A small group of Craughwell AC’s leading athletes made the trip to Santry for the AAI Games recently with some excellent performances.
Cathriona Farrell commenced her outdoor season with a new outdoor PB and club record of 1.80m in the women’s high jump. Cathriona has been jumping in and around the 1.80m consistently now and with a solid half-year of training behind her since resuming the sport seriously last September, can look forward with excitement to the rest of the outdoor season.
Conor Duggan set a new club record in the 100m in a time of 11.12s with Aidan Conneely also recording a PB of 11.54s. It won't be long now (or maybe we're there already!) before Conor is the 2nd fastest Galway man ever after Paul Hession!
Conor Gillen raced to a PB of 2.01.18 in the 800m while Damian O’Boyle did likewise in the 1500m in an time of 4.04.45, bettering his recent time at the Irish Milers meet in Greystones by 3 hundreths of a second!
Conor Duggan who set a new club record in the 100m at the AAI Games
A small group of Craughwell AC’s leading athletes made the trip to Santry for the AAI Games on Sunday with some excellent performances. Cathriona Farrell commenced her outdoor season with a new outdoor PB and club record of 1.80m in the women’s high jump. Conor Duggan set a new club record in the 100m in a time of 11.12s with Aidan Conneely also recording a PB of 11.54s. Conor Gillen raced to a PB of 2.01.18 in the 800m while Damian O’Boyle did likewise in the 1500m in an unofficial time of 4.04.
Tuam was always going to be an exciting race and boy that is an understatement, with an exciting 5k of racing from the men not to mention a sprint finish to end. With GCH taking all top spots in the men’s and women’s races
The Tuam course is the fastest of the courses, with a fast 2nd kilometre and a fast finish and the results reflected that with 5 Sub 16 finishes tonight and 4 from GCH!!
611 participants took part and once again Galway City Harriers were well represented in the top spots!!!
The 5k series is drawing to a close and another massive crowd ran in Ballybrit last week. The series concludes tonight in Tuam and everybody is raring to go. We’d like to give a special shout out to Ger Hartnett who set a new PB at the weekend when he ran the Foynes 5k in 18m 30 secs.
For more information on the race, please see our FAQ.
There is a great race taking place in Ballindine on Saturday evening that absolutely anybody can win regardless of how fast or slow you run or walk. David Huane came up with the novel idea of a ‘Guess your own time’ race a few years ago and it is one of the highlights of the year. At most races you can pick the winner before the start depending on who turns up but in Ballindine it is down to knowing your own pace or sheer luck.
David has raised thousands for different charities over the last 5 years and the 6th edition of this race will go towards The Patient Comfort Fund at St Josephs Oncology Ward UHG. Please support this great event and as usual there are very generous prizes for the winners plus spot prizes and a feast of home baking with tea and coffee afterwards.
Entries will be taken at Ballindine Community Centre from 4.30pm on Saturday with Walkers starting at 6.30pm and the runners going at 7pm. Hope to see you all there.
Please note the Athletics Ireland website will be down for parts of the day tomorrow.
——– Original Message ——– Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Tuam AC Tuam AC sent three of our top juveniles to the Galway County Track and Field Championships in Dangan hoping that they could bring home at least one medal each. We were delighted when they returned with three medals each. A total of 9 medals from just three athletes which included three Gold medals for Rory Monaghan in Shot Putt, Discus and Javelin. Two Gold medals for Kehinde Awoniran in Shot Putt and Discus and a Silver in Javelin and a superb performance from Sara Martyn our track specialist who took Silver in the U18 200m and Bronze in the 100m followed by Bronze in the Shot Putt. A great day out for Tuam AC and we are now looking forward to the Connaught Championships in Sligo on Sat 14th June. The 5k series is drawing to a close and another massive crowd ran in Ballybrit last week and the series concludes in Tuam this week and everybody is raring to go especially Ger Hartnett who set a new pb at the weekend when he ran the Foynes 5k in 18m 30 secs. Finally there is a great race taking place in Ballindine on Saturday evening that absolutely anybody can win regardless of how fast or slow you run or walk. David Huane came up with the novel idea of a ‘Guess your own time’ race a few years ago and it is one of the highlights of the year. At most races you can pick the winner before the start depending on who turns up but in Ballindine it is down to knowing your own pace or sheer luck. David has raised thousands for different charities over the last 5 years and the 6th edition of this race will go towards The Patient Comfort Fund at St Josephs Oncology Ward UHG. Please support this great event and as usual there are very generous prizes for the winners plus spot prizes and a feast of home baking with tea and coffee afterwards. Entries taken at Ballindine Community Centre from 4.30pm on Saturday with Walkers starting at 6.30pm and the runners going at 7pm. Hope to see you all there.
Ireland’s senior men’s team won the 3rd holding of the Karrimor international trail race in Keswick. Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) led the team home in second place only seven seconds behind Andi Jones. Jones is a previous Snowdon winner and has ran a 2:15 marathon. Mark Ryan (Rathfarnham WSAF) followed up his recent winning run on leg 2 of the Wicklow Way Relay with a solid run in sixth position. Ryan is preparing for the European Masters Mountain Running Championships in mid-June where he will start as a potential medallist. Tom Hogan (Sliabh Buidhe Rovers) finished eight to consolidate the team victory.
All three athletes will run the trial race for the European Athletics Federation mountain running championships. The trial takes place in Wicklow on 7th June. The trail for the International Youth Cup (born 1997-1998) will be held in conjunction with the junior trial.
1. Ireland (2,6) 8
2. England (4,5) 9
3. Scotland (3,10) 13
4. Wales (13,14) 27
1. Andi Jones (Ind.) 40:17
2. Brian MacMahon (Ireland) 40:24
3. Andrew Douglas (Scotland) 40:48
4. Shaun Dixon (England) 41:02
5. Tom Addison (England) 41:16
6. Mark Ryan (Ireland) 41:25
7. Gary Priestley (England) 41:39
8. Tom Hogan (Ireland) 41:50
Ireland’s next generation of track and field stars performed brilliantly on the final day of competition at the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku.
The highlights from day three of the championship included Eoin Sheridan (North Westmeath) and Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) excelling in their respective Discus and 800m events. Both athletes will now stand a very good chance of going on to represent the European Team at the 2014 World Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China in August.
In the Discus qualifying round Sheridan produced a marvellous new personal best of 58.44m to seal his place in the final. Although he couldn’t quite match this mark in the final itself he still threw 54.84m to finish in sixth place overall.
Shanahan was involved in a tactical 800m race with the leaders reaching half way in 66.23, the race came down to the final 200m with the whole field still in contention. Shanahan dug deep and battled all the way to line to finish in fifth place in a time of 2.11.70.
Another athlete excelling at the event was Swinford AC’s Michaela Walsh in the Shot putt event. In qualifying Walsh performed brilliantly by throwing a new personal best of 15.33m to comfortable qualify for today’s (1st June) final. Walsh was little bit down on this mark in the final recording a best of 14.55m to finish in 10th place. This also puts her in with the chance of making the European Team.
It was encouraging to have two High Jumpers Donagh Mahon (Gowran AC) and Keith Marks (Cushinstown AC) contesting the final of the High Jump. Mahon cleared a new season’s best of 2.06m to finish in seventh place while Marks equaled his personal best of 2.03m to finish in tenth place.
Roseanna McGuckian (City of Lisburn AC) and William Crowe (North Sligo AC) did well to reach the respective 200m and 1,500m finals. McGuckian finished seventh in her final in a time of 24.66 while Crowe finished 13th in his in a time of 4.22.03, both these young athletes will have learned a lot from the championship experience.
Day one and two re-cap from the championships is available: Here
On confirmation Athletics Ireland will announce the details of the Irish Athletes that have qualified to represent the European Team at the 2014 World Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China in August.
Thomas Barr set a new Irish Record in the 400m Hurdles of 49.61 breaking Tom McGuirk’s mark of 49.73 when finishing third at the IFAM International Flanders Meet in Oordegem Belgium today. This folows on from the Waterford man’s impressive season opener at the Numur meet on Tuesday of 50.34. This time was also the qualification time of 50.15 for the European Track and Field Championships that take place in Zurich in August. Jason Harvey recorded a season’s best of 51.13 to finish sixth in the same race.
Indoor 800m record holder, Mark English made his outdoor season debut running 1.46.39 to win his race.
The full Irish Team for the European championships be announced on the 21st of July at a Press Conference after the National Track and Field Championships (19th/20th). There is an expectation that this team will be made up of over 25 athletes, making it one of the largest Irish teams ever to compete at the championships.
• Roseanna McGuckian ran 24.56 to qualify for the final of the 200m. Phoebe Murphy finished 10th overall with a time of 24.69, just missing out on a place in the final.
• Pierre Murchan ran a personal best of 8.32.59 to finish 6th in the 3,000m
• Elizabeth Morland was unfortunate to hit hurdle six but still managed to finish 10th overall in the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.94
• Andrew Barkley finished 16th in the Discus with a throw of 50.84m, Eoin Sheridan threw a big personal best of 58.44m to qualify automatically for the final of the Discus.
• After qualifying brilliantly to make the final Adam King placed 11th in the hammer event. In qualifying he threw a massive distance of 70.59m
• Both high jumpers Donagh Mahon and Keith Marks also qualified automatically for the final clearing 2.02m
• Louise Shanahan comfortable qualified for the final of the 800m running a time of 2.10.71
• Michaela Walsh threw a personal best in the Shot to also qualify for the final
• In the hammer Aoife Vaughan Witts threw 53.48m and In the Shot Anne-Marie Torsney threw 12.80m, both just missing out a place in their respective finals.
• William Crowe qualifies for the final of the 1,500m after placing 5th in his heat in a time of 4.03.73.
A full re-cap of all the Irish team competing in Baku will be available on the website tomorrow evening (1st of June)
Harry Purcell (Castleknock College) was awarded the Lar Byrne Memorial Trophy for Athlete of the Championships after completing a unique 800m/400m double at the Aviva All Ireland Schools in Tullamore today.
Purcell won the Boy’s 800m in 1.49.42 from Rob Tully of Gormanston in 1.49.95 with Danny Lawlor (Pres Carlow) third in 1.52.25 Both Purcell and Tully were inside the Irish Schools Record set by Sean Tobin last year of 1.50.65 and the B standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, USA in July. Purcell went onto later to take the 400m title in 47.83. It was a close battle with Andrew Mellow of Bangor Academy who was second in 47.93. Paul White (Nenagh CBS) was third in 49.18.
Purcell said “I am over the moon I can’t sum up my feelings. My big thanks to Eamonn Coghlan and John Shields (coaches) who always believed me. It wasn’t easy, I didn’t have it my own way in either the 400 or 800.”
In the Senior Girls 800m race favourite Aislinn Crossey (Scared Heart Newry) finished second behind Alannah Lally, after the student from Presentation Athenry put in a sprint finish with 100m to go. Lally’s time of 2:08.28 was also inside the B standard for World Juniors.
Zak Irwin (Sligo Grammar) won the 100m in 10.73 and went on to do the double winning the 200m in 21.38 into a headwind of -1.3. Kieran Elliot was second in (Ballinrobe) 21.50, both athletes were inside the B World Junior standard. Keith Doherty (Drimnagh Castle) was third in 22.15.
Irwin said: “I went out as hard as I could to build up a stagger in the 200 meters. The head wind hit me, but I managed to work through it. It hasn’t sunk in that I have done the double, I gave it everything I haven’t ever been as nervous going to an All-Ireland schools.”
Niamh McNichol also did the sprint double winning the 100m in 12.24 and 200m in 24.4 (H). While Gina Akpe Mossies (SV Dundalk) completed the Intermediate sprint double winning the 100m in 12.01 and the 200m in 25.08.
Kevin Mulcaire (St. Flannan’s Ennis) won the 3000m in 8.33.92 breaking the 36 year old record held by Darren Haddock. Mulcaire went onto to do the double winning the 1500m in 4.10.91. Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) took her 15th schools title to win the Senior’s 1500m in 4.25.23 inside the World Junior B standard for the second time in a week. The Senior Men’s 1500m was won by Andrew Coscoran in 4:10.59.
Sam Healy (Carrigalin CS) won the long jump in 7.20m and went on to complete the double taking the 110m Hurdles title in 14.26.
Kate O’Connor (SV Dundalk) set a new schools record in the Junior Girl’s Javelin with a throw of 40.77 improving on the throw of 36.94m set in 1985. She then went on to produce the most interesting doubles of the day wining the 800m in 2:21.08.
In the Intermediate girls hammer Katelyn Furlong threw 47.61 to set a new Irish Schools record. Maria Carey (St.Mary’s Newport) won the Intermediate Girls Triple Jump in 11.93 to break Caomhie King’s record of 11.73m.
In one of the first events on the track Aaron Egan (High Schools Clonmel) broke the 8 minute record held since 2004 to win the 2k Walk in 7:54.60.
To finish off a day of records Loreto Kilkenny won the Senior Girls 4×100m in 47.61 to improve on St.McDara’s time of 48.16 set in 1996.
Best of luck to Keith Fallon who is wearing an Irish singlet for the first time in the International University event tomorrow in the 1500m at the Scottish University & College Athletics championships.
Keith qualified as a result of his 800 and 1500m gold indoors at U23 All Ireland's earlier this year.
Best of luck Keith, what a great achievement!
And also best of luck to all the club members in Aviva All Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships tomorrow Saturday 31st May
The timetable for tomorrow's Irish Schools finals is at:-
Best of luck to all of our athletes who are taking part!
There is no Juvenile taining in Dangan on Sunday 1st June due to the Galway Community Games being held on Sunday & Monday.
St Joseph’s Creggan teacher, Gary Murray stormed to a cracking 14m 35s victory at Wednesday night’s eleventh staging of the prestigious Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5K, just missing fellow Donegal man Ciaran Doherty’s Irish male course record by a single second, as over 200 runners enjoyed the good conditions and the fast course by the Lough Swilly shore.
Murray and runner up Declan Reed were well clear by the first kilometre and a sustained charge by the St Malachys man saw him get so close to Doherty’s 2013 record of 14m 34s. Behind him the Derry Spartan belied his M40 status with another fine effort, clocking 14m 47s, one second quicker than last year when he also finished runner up. Completing the podium places was Finn Valley’s Barry Harron in 15m 16s, just a few strides and one second ahead the top M45 Pauric McKinney’s excellent 15m 17s.
The Derry men Noel Logan of the Spartans and Foyle Valley’s Chris McGuinness filled out the top six with 15m 20s, a PB, and 15m 32s respectively.
in an equally exciting Women’s race Teresa McGloin of Finn Valley significantly improved her best time on the course with a swift 16m 17s and was chased home in 16m 35s by Lifford’s Natasha Adams. The winning time was some ten seconds down on Maria McCambridge’s 16m 07s 2010 womens course record. This pair were always clear of the opposition which was led home in third spot by the always impressive Sarah Lindsay of Foyle Valley, with a strong 18m 54s effort.
The next three finishers were almost together in the downhill dash to the line with just over a second separating them. Fourth spot was secured by Maeve Maher McWilliams of the NW Tri Club in 19m 18s while it took the electronic chip timing to separate Inishowen’s Theresa Doherty and the F55 winner Ruth Magill of Lagan Valley on 19m 19s.
The four to score team races were also well contested with the male Spartans retaining their title from Letterkenny and Foyle Valley, Declan Reed and Noel logan being well supported by Greg Roberts, 15m 41s and Connor Dohertywith a 15m 42s PB.
Irene McFadden, Nakita Burke, Naoise Enright and Jane McGinley combined well to give Letterkenny the Women’s team title with the Spartans and Foyle Valley completing the top three.
AGE GROUP WINNERS.
Apart from the age group winners already mentioned the male Spartans had James Brown impress as M40 winner on 15m 52s and Michael Melarkey’s 17m 01s gave him the M U20 victory. Letterkenny had the top M35 Ivan Toner on 15m 50s and top M60, Brian McBride, 21m 23s. Michael McKnight ran 17m 40s for the M50 award, Joe McCarthy, back in City of Derry colours was the top M55 with 18m 32s and Desmond Brownlie of Lagan Valley was the top M65 on 28m 47s.
Sisters Jackie McGinley and Paula McGilloway were the leading F45 and F50 finishers, posting 19m 26s and 21m 41s respectively. Theresa Doherty’s fine 5th overall gave her the F35 prize; Eimer Gallen of Finn Valley was the leading F40 with 21m 06s and Emma Mcgilloway ran 20m 43s to claim the f U20 crown.