Jane Ann Meehan selected for 2020 Olympic Marathon Mission Panel!

Published in Other News on 9th June 2016

Jane Ann has been selected amongst the top female distance runners in the country for the marathon mission panel. This panel will see the coming together of the top distance runners in the country for some training sessions and guidance. The marathon mission was first launched in the run up to London 2012 and has seen many of our Olympic athletes take part.

This is a well deserved opportunity for Jane Ann and a great achievement. Over the past 12 months in particular through hard work and commitment to training she has won many races and achieved PB's in every distance she has run. In April 2015 Jane Ann ran her first sub 3 hour marathon in Manchester repeating the performance again this year. Another significant result in Dungarvan in October where Jane Ann finished 3rd in a 10 mile road race. This race is one of the most competitive 10 mile races in the country with 2,500 athletes running in this event. Jane Ann finished ahead of Maria McCambridge (Rio qualifier) with a 40 seconds PB completing the distance in 59.33. Dublin City Marathon 2015 Jane Ann picked up a Silver medal in the National Marathon Championships. More recently she finished in 8th place out of a field of 35,000 athletes in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on Monday.

For her many running achievements in 2015 she was awarded "Performance of the Year Award" by Athenry AC, she also won the Senior Women's category at the County Galway Athletics Awards in March.

Jane Ann is a unique athlete, she somehow gets a balance between family life, work and training. She prioritises all 3 equally, not an easy task! In addition we acknowledge her valuable contribution and commitment to the club notably by leading the speed sessions on Tuesday nights amongst other things. She is progressive in her thinking, and organised "Get Moving Talk Series" again this year, two nights of the most recent advice and information on physical, mental and intestinal health for all members of the club. She also organised a Cryospa Day at her clinic.

Along her journey Jane Ann has been supported by her husband David, who has encouraged her all the way and David is also proving to be a talented athlete himself! We wish Jane Ann continued success and the best of luck over the next few years and we hope all her dreams come true. She is a great ambassador for the club.

Report: Anne Lyng