Munster Track & Field Championships
The Munster U12 to U19 Girls T&F Championships (Day 1) took place in MTU in Cork on Sunday 4th July. Six girls represented Moyne AC at these championships. Leona Maher and Aoife O’Dwyer competed in the U18 200m. Aoife ran in Heat 1 coming 3rd in 27.74 while Leona ran in Heat 2 coming 4th in 27.87 ensuring qualification in the final for both girls. Aoife was 5th in the final in a time of 27.61 which is a new personal best for her, and Leona was 7th in a time of 28.09. Amy Reddan competed in the U16 200m and finished 4th in her heat in 29.93 just missing out on a place in the final by 0.01 seconds. Amy also ran the 800m finishing 14th in a time of 2:40.79. Alana Spillane ran in the U14 800m finishing 13th overall in a time of 2:39.56. Sarah McGinley competed in the U14 Shot Put and Javelin. Sarah finished 5th in the Shot Put with a throw of 7.88m and 4th in the Javelin with a throw of 10.88m. Maria Doyle competed in the Shot Put and Turbo Javelin at U12. Maria finished 6th in the Shot Put with a throw of 6.75m and 5th in the Turbo Javelin with a throw of 12.28m. Well done to all the athletes on a great show.
Day 2 of these championships take place next weekend also in MTU and the following athletes will be competing – Leona Maher U/18 100mts, Aoife Dwyer U/18 100mts, Alanna Spillane U/14 1,500mts and Olive Spillane Leane U/12 60mts and Long Jump. We wish the girls the very best of luck in their quest for Munster honours.
Sunday 4th July saw the fourth running of our Summer Games and while the weather was kind at the start of the programme the rain came but credit to all the athletes involved as they got on with their competitions despite the change in conditions. While the fields were not as big as the entries suggested we nonetheless had 70 athletes in action from over seventeen different counties with some athletes travelling long distances to take part. Our thanks in advance to all these athletes for their presence and providing the many excellent races that occurred throughout the programme.
Our two feature races, the ladies 800mts and mens mile, produced some great racing despite the small fields that took to the start line in what were the worst of the day’s conditions. In the ladies’ event, William Hughes acted as pacemaker and what a race ensued with Alanna Lally, UCD AC proving the strongest over the two-lap event to cross the line in 2.06.52, just a second shy of the magical 2.05 barrier. Ellie Hartnett also of UCD AC kept with the pace and recorded a time of 2.09.97 for second place while Orlaith Deegan, Sliabh Buidhe Rovers placed third in 2.33.91. The men’s mile also ended up with just three entries but credit to Feidhlim Kelly of Dublin Track Club for acting as pacemaker at the last minute and he pushed the three boys on throughout the first 600mts when Daniel Stone, Raheny Shamrock’s took up the mantle and he pushed hard over the remaining laps to cross the line in 4.23.15 with his club mate Stephen Fay crossing the line for second in 4.34.74 and Kyle Moorhead of Craughwell third in 4.44.96. Again, these boys had probably the worst of the weather but provided those still in attendance with a quality race. The sub-4-minute mile lives on!!
First winner of the day was Irish International Sharlene Mawdsley of Newport AC who won the 100mts and 200mts with Paul Costello of Emerald AC also doing the double over the 100mts and 200mts. The 400mts events went to Caoimhe Cronin, Le Cheile AC and Billy Ryan of Cork Track Club while Maguire of Monaghan Phoenix AC won the 800mts. Best in the 1,500mts were Tullamore Harriers AC duo Ruby Steuven and Ronan Hyland while the winners in the 3k races were Laura Mooney, Tullamore Harriers AC and Eoghan McElhinney, Bantry AC.
Based on the time submitted as season’s bests Katie Bergin, Moyne AC (100mts & 400mts), Evan Fitzgerald, Clonmel (1,500mts), Aisling Dwyer, Moyne AC (200mts) and Óisin Davis, Craughwell AC (800mts) all achieved either new personal bests or new season bests with Óisin cracking the 2-minute barrier over the 800mts clocking 1.59.77. For some other athletes achieving new times over various distances for the first time was their aim while several others were just outside their season bests for their events, driven on by their competitors.
A full list of results can be found here 2021_Summer Games Results
A sincere thanks to everyone who helped in any way to get this promotion off the ground in these trying times. Everything ran smoothly on the day, and this is testament to everyone involved. Thanks also to starter Chris Regan and Gerry O’Donoghue, Newport for his work on the Long Jump competition We as a club must also thank Tom Maher Concrete who sponsored the Ladies 800mts and Men’s Mile events, Osmond Bennett, Johnstown who sponsored the Men’s 400mts, Pat Cleary of Cleary Motors who organised the van for the timing equipment and Eamonn Travers for the use of his field for parking. We will be indebted to you for your support.
Split the Bucket!
The winner of the Split the Bucket for Friday 2nd July was Aisling Maher, Longorchard. The option for on-line entry is now available on our website-www.moyneathleticclub.com. All proceeds are used for the upkeep of our facilities and the training of our athletes. The draw takes place each Friday night at 8.30pm with several options available – 3 entries for €5, 12 entries for €20 (includes 2 additional free weeks), 28 entries for 50 (includes 3 additional free weeks). Cut off for on-line is on Thursday evening at 6pm and any entries received after this time will be included in the next week’s draw. Your support for this venture is very much appreciated. Envelopes will also be available each Tuesday and Friday night at training and Elaine & Kathleen will be more than happy to help in this regard.
Meet & Train!
The club are organising a meet & train session each Monday & Thursday night at 8pm on the track for our adult members commencing this week. We are encouraging you to come along and enjoy the company of other club members while you do your session. Any others interested in joining in this initiative must register with the club for insurance purposes. Whether you walk, jog, or run, no matter what your ability is, you will be more than welcome at the club. Contact our registrar Michelle Percy on firstname.lastname@example.org. All Covid-19 protocols must be adhered to.
European U/23 Track & Field Championships
The club wishes to congratulate near neighbours David Ryan & Sean Mockler of Moycarkey-Coolcroo AC on their selection for the above championships which take place from 8th-11th July in Tallin. David is selected on the Irish 4 x 400 relay squad and Sean in the Hammer. Indeed, we wish all the Irish athletes the very best of luck.