National U23 60mts and 200mts Champion
We are only a couple of weeks into the new year and what a start to competitive action for Katie Bergin. With competitions coming thick and fast, tailoring your training to be in peak condition so early in the season is a science in itself but great credit to Katie and coach Martin Flynn as she showed her undoubted class at the National U23 Track & Field Championships in the National Indoor Arena in Dublin on Saturday to claim not only one but two individual titles – 60mts and 200mts. Success does not come easily, training session upon training session is required along with discipline and attention to detail and in Katie this is something she has perfected and those in attendance in Dublin and watching the live stream will have seen the result.
The 60mts was her first competition and with two heats involved she was positioned in Lane 4 of Heat 2 and showed a clean pair of heels to her competitors by winning the heat in a time of 7.85 to be the fastest qualifier through to the final. Less than an hour later she appeared on the track for the final, positioned in Lane 3. Right from the starters gun she powered down the track and despite the short distance involved was clear of her competitors at the finish to be crowned National Champion in a new personal best time of 7.71 secs. Retaining titles at this level is rare but Katie duly done this on Saturday having clocked 7.75 secs in 2021 when winning over the same distance.
Rest and recovery were the order of the day as Katie then had to focus on the 200mts, where she had finished in the runner up spot a year ago, but her focus remained and having secured Lane 6 in the second heat she produced yet another fastest qualifier position for the final with a time of 27.27secs. Lining up for the final, the pressure was on but Katie ran a very controlled and efficient race to cross the line in first place in 25.25 secs and secure her second national title of the day.
Huge congratulations Katie from all the club. You are an inspiration to all our young athletes, and we will be looking forward to seeing what you can achieve over the rest of the year.
2023 Club Registration
Registration for 2023 is now due from all athletes from juvenile to master along with the club officers and committee members and associated members. Adults are €50 and children €30. Registration is online through the login on www.athleticsireland.ie Those renewing membership can use the details from last year while new members can register by adding their details and once approved by the club will be allowed to continue to payment. It would be appreciated if registration was paid as soon as possible for such reasons as insurance, training sessions, entry to upcoming competitions etc. If you are having any difficulties with the system, please contact our club registrar, Michelle Percy, who will be more than willing to sort out any issues.
The Annual General Meeting of the Club will take place this Friday 20th January at 8pm. This is your club and we encourage all adult members to attend and feed into the club. We rely on volunteers to run the club and are always seeking new people to get involved. The election/re-election of officers and committee will take place at this meeting and anyone who is willing to give a helping hand, please give our name to Chairperson, Paddy Doyle and come along on Friday night. Due to the hosting of this event, no training will take place on Friday night.
Adult Training Session
There was a super uptake for our first night of our new year’s walking/running session. New and old faces appeared, and all enjoyed the session. Taking place each Thursday night from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, we will be offering training advice and a safe environment to either run/walk in a very relaxed environment. Do not be afraid to come along. All abilities catered for. Just taking that step out the door is a start.
Split the Bucket
The winner of our Split the Bucket for Friday January 13th was William Morrissey. The winning amount was €149. Tickets can be purchased at all training sessions and from Tigh Maighne and Quinlan’s Moyne. They are also available to purchase online on our club website www.moyneathleticclub.com. Thanks to everyone for their continued support.