Leitrim athletes took home four medals, two of them gold, when the Woodies DIY 2012 National Track & Field Championships entered their last weekend in Tullamore on Sunday.
Weather conditions were reasonably good with only a small number of light showers during the long day’s competition as those athletes who had qualified at the Connacht Championships earlier this summer represented their clubs and province in the various under age events.
Dearbhaile Beirne of Mohill & District AC took the first gold medal when holding off the strong challenge of Sligo’s Orlaith Delahunt to win the Under 15 2000m Walk in 10.08.3.
The Sligo girl’s time was 10.18.8 as the stronger Mohill athlete pulled away in the last lap to record a good victory. This place also went to Connacht with Anna Tierney of Swinford coming home in 10.55.9.
The second gold medal went to James McNabola of Mohill A C who came home in the Under 14 event in 11.23 87 after a major battle with David Kenny of Farranfore.
The pair walked side by side until the last lap when McNabola pulled away to come home with a clear lead over Kenny who finished in 11.16.29.
James’s sister Aisling took third in the Under 16 event behind Sinead O’Connor of Celbridge (10.42.93) and Karen Bourke of St Coca’s (10.48.90). Her finishing time was 11.18.29.
In the Under 18 3000m race Michelle Beirne was fourth and in a very tough Under 16 Boys event won by Schools International Aaron Egan Dylan Mimna of Ballinamore finished sixth.
Carrick-on-Shannon’s Eanna Madden has continued to improve throughout the year and performed very well in schools and club competition. On Saturday he took the silver medal in the Under 19 200m in a time of 22.80 behind Eamon Wallace of Rathoath who won in 22.51. Third place went to Cormac Lynch of Marian in 22.84.
Grainne Griffin finished 7th in the U-17 1500m where a number of Connacht and other qualifiers were absent. Eilish O’Dowd was 11th in the U-15 1500m and Keith Beirne 15th in the Under 16 1500m. Cathal McElgunn of Carrick AC just failed to make the final of the Under 18 200m.
Colin sets out for London
Colin Griffin left his training base at the University of Limerick Altitude House on Monday afternoon last and set out to join Team Ireland at St Mary’s College, Twickenham. The work has been done and he is now as ready as he can be for the big race on the morning of Saturday August 11. Laura Reynolds moved to Twickenham on Monday of last week but Colin’s training schedule made it necessary for him to leave departure until later.
Colin has expressed his gratitude to all who joined the Ballinamore Athletic Club Celebration in Smyths Siopa Ol on Friday night last. He is also grateful for the many messages of support sent that night and particular thanks to Ciaran and Kathy Smyth and their staff, Padraig Sweeney, John Harte, Eunan Sweeney and Michael Dolan who ensured that all went well on the night. Indeed, Colin is grateful to all who supported him over the past few years leading up to his participation in what is recognised as the World’s most prestigious sports event.
Congratulations to Eanna Madden on winning yet another national medal last weekend, this time an Athletics Ireland U-19 200m silver medal in an impressive time of 22.80 in Tullamore last Saturday. It was another impressive run from Eanna and his fourth national medal in his first year with the club, quite an impressive debut.
Cathal McElgunn was also in action on Saturday, finishing 9th overall in the U-18 200m in a time of 24.10, a strong performance as he missed out on making the final by just 0.07 seconds. It brings to an end a very solid campaign for Cathal and time for a well deserved race after a 600m showdown with Cian of course.
Well done to all our members who performed so well in the Leitrim Canal Run 5Km last Sunday morning, Clive Glancy produced a great run to win in an impressive time of 17.15 over a very hilly course while David Bruen beat a lot of experienced athletes in finishing 5th in a time of 18.25. Daire Farrell was next across the line in 18.56 while Michelle Keenahan was second in the women’s race. Also in action were Ashley Molloy, Mickey Duignan, Cian Murray, Graham Allen, Narada Patrasco, Jack & Paddy Flynn, Shaun Chandler, Donal Casey – apologies if we’ve missed anyone. Well done to Richie Doran & Frank Whitney on organising a superb event.
Training for the Community Games finals continues on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.00 at the top field in the community school.
Roscommon Races next Tuesday
Festival season is as good an excuse as any to attend the races in Roscommon but this coming Tuesday, August 7th, there’s more reasons than ever. The first race gets underway at 5.45 p.m..
Weather permitting of course, this meeting is likely to be biggest of the year at the Lenabane track. The first three-year-old hurdle of the year takes place while Roscommon GAA are hosting an evening at the course, tickets for which may be purchased from any of the GAA clubs in the county. Significantly also, from both a racing and attendance point of view is the fact that the meeting takes place just two days after the end of the Galway festival.
“Nationally, this is a big time of the year for racing and for the West of Ireland, this is a very enjoyable time. Many will attend Roscommon having taken in the festival at Galway and I’m sure the shrewd punters will be watching for what horses line up for the second time in a few days,”said Roscommon racecourse manager, Michael Finneran.
With racegoers sure to want to continue experiencing the festival atmosphere of Ballybrit, Roscommon always benefits from this meeting.
Indeed, many of the horses that have run at Galway will run again at Roscommon as Michael Finneran pointed out, with punters advised to especially watch out for those who ran in the early part of the week at Galway.
The race card is all national hunt racing, the type of card that’s a huge crowd pleaser at West of Ireland tracks. It consists of three hurdles, three chases and a bumper among which is the eagerly awaited first hurdle race of the year for three-year-olds.
“The first three-year-old hurdle of the year is a big race and I cannot emphasise enough how thankful we are to the business community of the region for getting behind the racecourse for this meeting as indeed they always have. We have practically a full card of local sponsors, something which is an enormous boost and would be the envy of any country track in the current climate, “ Mr Finneran pointed out.
The sponsors on the evening are The Railway Bar, Roscommon; The John F. Hanley Group; The Roscommon Herald; The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon; Sean Naughton, Auctioneer; Roscommon GAA.
Despite unfavourable weather conditions in June and July, Roscommon continues to attract big attendances and indeed at the meeting on July 9th – when betting on the tote was also taken from France, the tote aggregate was over €600,000 at the track.
“You always want to have to healthy racing, attendance and betting figures to reflect on after a meeting and our last tote aggregate was a great indicator of the year we’re having,” said Mr Finneran.
Tuesday’s meeting will see some of the new ground that was developed in the Spring of 2011 raced on for the first time, a development that will give the course more options on racedays.
The atmosphere is always fantastic as this meeting and with holiday makers always in abundance, Roscommon is the place to be this coming Tuesday.
For further details see www.roscommonracecourse.ie or phone 087 2203288.