Siobhan Murtagh of Carrick-on-Shannon AC, who won a number of National Underage titles in Inter Club and Community Games competition in the early 1990s, was a very easy winner of the second Leitrim Open Womens’ 5K Road race organised by Leitrim Sports Partnership and Leitrim County Board AAI in cold but dry conditions in Carrick on Shannon on Wednesday evening.
Siobhan, who once completed a treble of Athletics Ireland gold medals over 80m, hurdles and long jump as well as representing the Irish Schools in the Schools Multi-Event international, had a considerable distance at the finish over Dearbhaile Beirne of Mohill, herself a current National Underage race-walking Champion, who won the Under 20 event. Third place went to Eilish O’Dowd of Ballinamore who was second Under 20 athlete.
It made it a successful couple of weeks for the Murtagh family as Siobhan’s son Gerard teamed up with Danny Keane to win the U-9 60m at the Leitrim Team competition in Manorhamilton, following in the fast footsteps of his mother.
The second open position went to Bernadette Gilroy of Sligo AC who finished fourth with Emily Cullen of Legan third. Winner of the Over 40 Trophy was Alice Lynott of Carrick-on-Shannon with former Irish International Patricia Griffin of Ballinamore winner of the Over 50 award.
Eighty two competitors took part. The event was superbly organised by the Leitrim Sports Partnership and Carrick on Shannon A C.
1 Siobhan Murtagh Carrick AC 20.00; 2 Bernadette Gilroy Sligo 22.25; 3 Emily Cullen Legan 22.47; 4 Alice Lynott (0-40) 22.51; 5 Marie Walsh 23.08; 6 Paula Cullen 23.13; 9 Patricia Griffin (0-50) 24.15; Junior: Dearbhaile Beirne (Mohill) (2nd); Eilish O’Dowd (Ballinamore) (3rd)
Held in Manorhamilton recently with the three best teams in each section eligible to represent Leitrim in the Connacht Championships in Athlone on Saturday June 8.
Under 9: 60m: 1 Ellie Filan & Aoibhinn Gilgunn (NL), 2. Anna Devaney & Sinead Brady (NL); Turbo Javelin: 1. Ellie Filan & Aoibhinn Gilgunn; Long Jump: 1 Anna Devaney & Aoife Toner (NL)
Under 10: 60m: 1 Olwyn Moore & Maria McGrenaghan (Ck), 2. Emma Honeyman & Leah Smith (B/more), 3. Erin Somers & Holly O’Connor (NL); 500m: 1 Emma Honeyman & Leah Smith, 2. Erin Somers & Holly O Connor (NL); Turbo Javelin: 1 Erica Greene & Sarah Rooney (NL); 2. Helen Verachtert & Aoibhe McGrath (NL); Long Jump: 1 Marie McGrenaghan & Olwyn Moore, 2. Niamh Loughlin & Sarah Rooney (NL)
Under 11: 60m: 1 Ella McDaid & Muireann Devaney (NL), 2. Emma O’Connell & Johanna Dietz (Ck), 3. Aine McGwynne & Lisa Burke (Ck); 600m: 1 Ella McDaid & Sarah Brady (NL); Turbo Javelin: 1 Lara Mulvaney & Sarah Brady (NL), 2. Muireann Devaney & Eabha Moyles (NL); Long Jump: 1 Johanna Dietz & Emma O’Connell, 2. Aine McGwynne & Lisa Burke, 3. Laoise Fee & Niamh Morahan (Ck)
Under 9:60m: 1. Gerard Murtagh & Danny Keane (Ck), 2. Harry Cogan & Sean Giblin (NL), 3. Eoghan Moyles & Finn Verachtert (NL); Turbo Javelin 1 Finn Verachtert & Eoghan Moyles; Long Jump: 1 Harry Cogan & Sean Giblin, 2. Gerard Murtagh & Danny Keane, 3. Jack Fowley & Ross Johnson (NL)
Under 10: 60m: 1 Patrick Montgomery & Tom Hughes (NL), 2. Patrick Charles & Jack Casey (Ck), 3. Blaine Marshall & Hugo Filan (NL); 500m: 1 Paddy Keane & Alex O’Boyle (Ck), 2. Cian Mollahan & Andrew Shanahan (Ck), Turbo Javelin: 1 Blaine Marshall & Tom Hughes (NL), 2. Paddy Keane & Alex O’Boyle (Ck), 3. Cian Mollahan & Andrew Shanahan (Ck); Long Jump: 1 Patrick Charles & Jack Casey (Ck), 2. Patrick Montgomery & Hugo Filan (NL)
Under 11: 60m: 1 Oliver Charles & Sean Brennan (Ck), 2. Evan Broughton & Ruairi Power (NL); Turbo Javelin: 1 Tynan Maxwell & Cormac Fahey (NL); Long Jump: 1 James Clinton & Diarmuid Giblin (NL), 2. Tynan Maxwell & Diarmuid Gallagher (NL), 3. Evan Broughton & Ruairi Power (NL)
A number of Leitrim athletes who qualified at the Connacht Championships in Athlone will be in action at the AVIVA All Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships in Tullamore on Saturday next.
Best of luck to all our competitors who are in action next Saturday in the All-Ireland Schools Track & Field in Tullamore. This event is quite rightly referred to as Ireland’s One-Day Mini-Olympics with any medal won at these championships very hard earned. Joanna Duignan, Cathal McElgunn, Cian Murray, Elis Bruen, Tom McCabe and Stephen McDermott are all in action next Saturday and we wish them the best of luck.
Many thanks to all those who helped with the stewarding and organisation of the Leitrim Ladies 5K race in Carrick last Wednesday, it was great to see Siobhan Murtagh win the race - quite a change for a runner who used to think 400m was a marathon! Thanks to all who helped out and well done to everyone.
Well done to Eanna Madden who won the Leinster Junior 400m title on Saturday in Tullamore, quite a performance as his race was moved early in the programme and Eanna had only arrived at the venue. This means Eanna has now won the Leinster and Munster Junior 400m titles this year.
Training for our Primary School group concludes this week - only those competing in the Connachts or All-Irelands and who are training for Community Games are to attend further sessions, details at training. We thank everyone for their attendance over the year and we look forward to seeing them all back next October.
Carrigallen 10K Road race
Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) is delighted to announce the second annual 10K Road Race in Carrigallen on Saturday, July 6. The route will take runners and walkers around the beautiful and picturesque landscape of Leitrim. Food and refreshment will be supplied throughout the day. All levels of fitness are catered for and all are welcome to take part, have fun and raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. To date the run has raised over €4,000 for respite support services MDI provide to individuals and families living with muscular dystrophy and allied neuromuscular conditions in Leitrim.
The race is starting at Carrigallen GAA Park with registration open at 12 noon. It is a fun, leisure event with the aim to raise vital funds for the respite support services MDI provide to individuals and families with muscular dystrophy. The Carrigallen 10K Road Race caters for all levels of fitness and can be used as a practice run or a family day out.
Muscular Dystrophy Ireland is a voluntary organisation which provides information and support to people with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions and their families through a wide range of support services. Proceeds from the race will be used towards the provision of the Respite Support Services the charity provides to 646 members. Race registration is just €10 per person and you can register online by visitingwww.activeglobal.com. For further information on fundraising or volunteering at the event please contact Vinny & Katherine Lyons at 089 452 9351.