FOUR of our senior athletes made the trip to Belfast on Saturday to take part in the Belfast Irish Milers Club meet held in Mary Peter’s Track.
On a scorching day there were fine performances all round with Cian Kelly winning his 1500m B race in a new pb of 3:51. Cian was to the fore throughout the race and came home strongly to take the victory.
In the Women’s 3000m Cheryl Nolan also claimed the victory in 9:25. Cheryl also showed her strength in the closing stages to take the win. Niall Harvey ran a steady race in the D 1500 to finish in 4:16.
However, the result of the day was that of Jack Fenlon. Jack sat off the early pace in the men’s 3000m where Olympic semi-finalist Andrew Coscoran went out very aggressively. Jack was in a group of four athletes until the closing stages where he managed to pick each one of these off.
His fast finish stopped the clock at 8:19 just inside the European U/20 standard of 8:20. The championships will be held in Jerusalem from 7-10 August. Similar to last year, this time by no means guarantees Jack a place at the championships as there is a number of other athletes capable of achieving this standard. However, it puts him in a great position as the racing heats up over the summer.
Well done to each of these athletes and we can look forward to tracking their progress over the summer.
Fit4Life Summer League kicks off
Well done to the 145 walkers, joggers and runners who took part in the first stage of this year’s Fit4Life Summer League in Luggacurren. It was great to see such a great crowd out supporting the event and enjoying the beginning of the six-stage league which will take us through the summer months.
Brian Kelly was first across the line in 12:36, with Grace Reilly first lady home in 14:51. With the addition of Pop Up Races coming on board the results can be accessed on their website: www.popupraces.ie
A big thank you to our tail-walkers, James Kilbride and his team for their hospitality, and our event sponsors – Farrell McElwee Solicitors and Clonmore Meats Killeshin.
The next stage takes place on Wednesday 24 May in Killeen. Registration, parking and refreshments will be in Killeen Community Hall.
South Leinster Schools T&F
Day 2 of the South Leinster Schools took place in SETU Carlow. Once again our juvenile members put in some excellent performances while out representing their schools. These athletes will progress to Leinster Schools which will take place in Tullamore this year.
Junior Boys – Pole Vault, Archie McDonald 2nd
Inter Girls – 1500m, Rachel Ayres 1st; Javelin, Holly Byrne 5th; Discus, Grace Heydon 4th
Inter Boys – 400m, John Delaney 1st; 800m, John Delaney 1st, James Hyland 7th
Senior Girls – High Jump, Aoibhin McDonald 2nd, Katie Baldwin 3rd; Shot, Niamh Graham 2nd; Discus, Niamh Graham 2nd; Pole Vault, Aoibhin McDonald 1st (CR); Triple Jump, Katie Baldwin 3rd
Senior Boys – 110mH, Sean O’Sullivan 3rd; High Jump, Lee Murray 3rd