The athletics season got into full swing over the last week with three Leitrim club athletes winning gold medals at national indoors finals in Athlone over the weekend while Carrick AC's Deirdre Martin was called up to represent Ireland in the Anglo Celtic Plate 100km in Scotland in April.
The daughter of Leitrim football legend Mickey Martin, Deirdre earned her call up after taking up ultra-distance running over the past few years and finishing third in the National 100Km last August. Deirdre, a juvenile coach with Carrick AC, will race in Perth on April 3 this year.
On Saturday, Ellis Conway scored a big victory when she won the women's 800m at the Irish University Indoors Finals in Athlone. Ellis clocked a time of 2.19.80 in the colours of DCU in a comprehensive victory for the Carrick AC athlete.
Another 800m gold followed on Sunday at the National Masters Indoors when Ann Wynne continued her gold medal winning streak when she won the Women's O50 race in a time of 2.43.97, nearly four seconds clear of the silver medal winner.
Leitrim's gold medal haul was complete when Susanne O'Beirne won gold in the O45 Women's Walk in Athlone, winning her event by exactly two minutes in her first outing in the event.
Another Leitrim athlete claimed gold when Michael Cornyn from Ballinaglera won gold in the Men's O60 400m in a time of 63.8 while also finishing second over 200m in the colours of Dunboyne AC.
Carrick AC's Alannah McGuinness was also in action in the University Indoors, running 7.98 in her 60m heat after recovering from illness and injury.
Sarah wins North Connacht Schools
North Leitrim AC's Sarah Brady continued her excellent form as she won the Senior Girls race at the North Connacht Schools events last week in Ballymote, utilising a strong sprint finish to take the title.
Her clubmate Lucas Lyons (pictured inset) was second in the Minor Boys race with Karen Mulvaney Kelly taking fourth in the Minor girls event. Patrick Montgomery (St Clare's) and Timmy Kane (Drumshanbo VS) finished eighth and ninth in the Senior boys race.
The full list of Leitrim finishers is as follows:
Senior Girls: Sarah Brady 1st, Emily Conlon 5th (St Clare’s CS); Niamh Carolan (Mercy Sligo) 19th
Senior Boys: Patrick Montgomery (St Clare’s CS) 8th, Timmy Kane (Drumshanbo VS) 9th
Inter Girls: Amy Harkin (St Clare’s CS) 15th; Hanora Brady (Carrick CS) 23rd; Cara Doherty (St Clare’s CS) 39th; Lauren Gallagher 40th; Ellen McGowan 50th (Drumshanbo VS)
Inter Boys: Cian Gorani 42nd; Fionn Gilrane 43rd; Cathal Kenny 44th; Pzemek Zaremba 52nd; Sebastian Szajna 53rd (all Drumshanbo VS); Edward Mitchell 60th; Ciaran Regan 63rd; Steve Burns 64th (all St Clare’s CS); Brendan Rynn 66th; Colm Dwyer 71st (all Drumshanbo VS); Finn Pudney (St Clare’s CS) 74th; Shane McGovern 74th; Patrick Orawiec 80th; Edward Clancy 81st (all Drumshanbo VS)
Junior girls: Grace Quinn 11th; Hannah Keany 39th; Noleen McKiernan 55th; Abi McGourty 56th; Nikali Nekrashevych 58th (all Drumshanbo VS)
Junior Boys: Solomon Gleeson 15th; Setanta Gleeson 18th; Ronan Guckian 33rd; Aaron O'Rourke 41st; Jack Hehir 56th (all Drumshanbo VS)
Minor Girls: Karen Mulvaney (St Clare’s CS) 4th; Lara Gorani 22nd; Katie Browne 24th; Aoife Gillard 38th; Ellen McGowan 46th; Sophie McKeon 51st (all Drumshanbo VS)
Minor Boys: Lucas Lyons (St Clare’s CS) 2nd; Niall Ahern (Ballinamore CS) 14th; Senan McGowan 62nd; Louis Glancy 67th; Ronan Connolly 77th; Nathan Piech 79th (all Drumshanbo VS)
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