Two of our junior athletes Nathan Bowe and Eamonn Troy toed the line at the County Junior Road Championships in Dundrum and both athletes gave great displays of running over the 3k event. Nathan dominated the race from start to finish taking the lead from the off and was never headed thereafter to come home a very deserving champion in a time of 10.22 some thirty seconds faster than last year’s effort. Well done Nathan on a terrific performance. Eamonn ran a very steady race throughout making up great ground on the second of the two laps to finish fourth in 11.10. Congratulations Eamonn on your run.
5 Senior Ladies and 3 Senior Men competed in the County Senior Road Championships and all ten athletes performed to the best of their abilities over the 5k and 10k distances. Nearly forty athletes took part in the ladies 5k race and with all of the top athletes in the County competing it made for a very competitive event but nonetheless our five athletes did themselves proud with Kate Harrison leading them home in 20th place in 21.54. Directly behind was Brigid Gleeson 22nd in 22.10 while Susan Fogarty was not far behind finishing 24th in 22.19. Sharon Kiely came through to take 30th place in 23.31 while Ber Spillane finished 34th in 24.32. The girls finished fifth in the team competition. Our three senior men raced over 10K and again competition was top class with just short of sixty athletes competing. Stephen Flanagan finished an excellent 16th in a time of 35.47 with Liam Kelly finishing less than a minute later in 20th place in 36.44 and Patrick Bowe in 50th in 41.15. Well done boys on a terrific performance.
The inter-club track and field challenge took place on home ground on Friday night last with close on 200 young athletes from U/5 to O/15 from Moyne, Moycarkey-Coolcroo, Moyglass and Coolquill taking part in sprints, middle distance, long jump and turbo javelin. All four clubs had victorious athletes on the night with some seriously strong competition in many of the events. This challenge is all about teamwork with all athletes securing points for their respective clubs. In the end it was our own club who came out on top with a score of 183pts and this was in no small way helped by the fact that 90 athletes took part from the club. Emma Gleeson accepted the “John Flynn” Cup on behalf of the athletes. Medals were presented to many of the athletes on the night and for those who were not present at the prize giving medals will be available at training on Friday night. For the record taking part were Aoibheann O’Dwyer, Eleanor Doyle, Shane Burke, Sara McGinley, Maria Doyle, Emma Ryan, Tommy Walsh, Roisin Walsh, Cormac Burke, Quiche Doyle, Isabella Jones, Christopher Dunne, Molly Jones, Reiltin Morrissey, Ciara Joyce, Niamh Gleeson, William Morrissey, Jeffrey Morrissey, Katie Loughnane, Grace Loughnane, Amy Reddan, Jack Reddan, Danny Reddan, Arlene Flanagan, Padraig Guilfoyle, Jack Guilfoyle, Cathal Guilfoyle, Mairead Duggan, Olive Spillane, Abby Davy, Zara Loughnane, Frank Doyle, Grainne Ryan, Conor Gleeson, Billy Flanagan, Saoirse Gleeson, Heidi Maher, Jamie Blake, Mary Blake, Jack Gleeson, Ciara Gleeson, Fred Power, Aaron Loughnane, Cathal O’Halloran, Adam Spillane, Caít Bergin, Michael Doyle, Aidan Bourke, Una Duggan, Ruth Phelan, Sean Boland, Ben Moore, Ailish Concagh, Katie Concagh, Anna Concagh, Finn Jones, Rogan Lyons, Aine Duggan, Lauren Quinn, Jane Quinn, Liam Ryan, Gavin Ryan, Louise Hickey, Tara Gleeson, Emma Gleeson, Dearbhla Gleeson, Aoife Dwyer, Helen Cleere, Leona Maher, Emma Leahy, Joy McAteer, Saoirse Doran, Alana Spillane, Marian Campion, Jack Flanagan, John Delaney, Maeve Leahy, Jack Hickey, Dylan McLoughlin, Aaron McLoughlin, Brian O’Callaghan, Aoibheann Duggan, Adam Phelan, Adam Hogan, Senan Phelan, Poppy Lyons, Liam Cleere, Alana Maher, Aisling Dwyer. If any person is missing from this list they might let one of the coaches know on Friday night.
Sean Burke travelled to the Regional Sports Centre in Waterford to take part in the Munster Pentathlon Championships at the weekend and though suffering from a wrist injury performed very well in the high jump, long jump and discus before the injury put paid to his participation in the shot. A new Pb in the High Jump of 1.60 was the highlight of his day following clearances at 1.45, 1.50 and 1.55. He failed all three heights at 1.65 but it is an upward curve in the high jump for Sean and who knows what the rest of the track and field season will hold for him. Well done Sean.
Sunday 23rd will go down as a milestone for Sarah Healy who was competing for the first time over the half marathon distance and what a race to debut in but the Connemara half marathon. On one of the toughest courses she had a superb run to finish in 1.45.40 crossing the line in 146th place out of over 1,100 runners and in the process was the 17th lady to cross the line. Well done Sarah on a terrific debut.
The club wishes to congratulate Angela Fogarty and Austin Cleere on their recent wedding and wish both a long and happy life together. Are we looking at another new recruit to the club!!
The club wish to thank most sincerely all those who contributed to our church gate collection last weekend in both Moyne and Templetuohy. Your continued support of the club is truly appreciated by all involved.
The second running of our Inter-Schools Track and Field Challenge takes place this Friday 28th April from 10.30am to 2pm. Eight local schools have been invited to take part with upwards of 48 different events taking place with sprints, middle distance, long jump and ball-throw on offer for the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils. As this is a very comprehensive programme and has to be completed within the allotted time if you can spare a couple of hours on the day to help out please give your name to one of the coaches at training on Tuesday night.
These Championships will be held in Templemore on Sunday next 30th April with a 1.30pm start. All athletes who intend to compete are asked to check out the events on offer and send their entry to Geraldine Hickey. The on-line entry closes this Wednesday 26th April and no late entries will be accepted.
Congratulations to Brigid Gleeson, Sarah Davy and David Doyle winners in our club lotto over the past couple of weeks. Again many thanks for your continued support of the lotto.