National Masters Track & Field Championships
Three athletes and three gold medals – what could be a better return. This was the result from our three participants in the National Masters Track & Field Championships in Dublin at the weekend. First into action was Sinead Tynan who was competing in the W50 High Jump. Starting with a clearance of 1m15, she then cleared 1m20 on her first attempt and followed that up with another first-time clearance at 1m25. The 1m30 proved elusive but Sinead had done enough to secure the gold medal. Both Ber Spillane and Ned Dwyer were on track together with Ber in the W35 400mts and Ned in the M55 35lb Weight for Distance. Ber ran a very strong and controlled race to clinch the gold medal in a new pb of 67.74secs. Ned had four attempts in his competition with his first throw of 6m80 proving to be his furthest one. He followed up with 6m75, 6m78 and 6m.49 – very consistent throwing, and this was enough to see him win the club’s third gold medal of the day. Congratulations to all three athletes on their magnificent achievements.
National Junior Track & Field Championships
Leona Maher, Katie Bergin and Jack Hickey were our representatives at the National Junior Track & Field Championships in Santry on Saturday last and against strong opposition all three gave excellent performances. Leona Maher, still only 15, and in her first national finals at this level, competed in the 100mts finishing 7th in her heat in 13.90secs and followed this up with yet another 7th place in her heat of the 400mts, her first time running at this distance, with a time of 68secs. Katie is no stranger to this type of competition but each competition brings its own rewards and Saturday was no exception with a terrific performance in the 400mts where she finished fourth in her heat in 62.9secs, thus earning her a place in the final. In the Final she finished 7th with a new pb of 60.56secs and this just being her fourth run over 400mts. 4th was also the place she occupied in Heat 2 of the 100mts where she clocked a time of 13.07. Last to compete, but by no means least, was Jack Hickey who took part in Heat 5 of the 200mts, such was the number of competitors. He was unlucky in that the rain came at the wrong time and their heat was run on a wet and slippy track but he none the less finished fourth in his heat with a time of 24.20secs. All three athletes are to be commended on their performances which rounds out the season for them. A well-earned break is now on the cards for these young dedicated athletes.
Return to Training
Whilst our older athletes have returned to training, the club are now in the process of arranging for your younger athletes to re-commence. With all the restrictions in place due to Covid-19 this is not a simple process and the club are working through a plan for resumption. Parents will be kept informed of these plans and it is hoped that the first groups can be accommodated this week.
With Covid-19 still very much with us this is a timely reminder for all club members, be they either juvenile or senior. Each time you are using the facility, either individually or as a group, you are reminded to fil out our health questionnaire and forward to our Covid Officer, Mark Dunne. The link to this form can be found on any of our What’s App group forums.
Winners this week include Alana Spillane, Moyne and Pat Duggan, Piercetown. Thanks to everyone for their continued support.