O’Donnell moves to sixth on Irish All-Time list

A flying Gerard O'Donnell clears the final hurlde on his way to winning the Glo Health AAI Games 60m Hurdles last Sunday.
Carrick AC’s Gerard O’Donnell moved to sixth on the Irish All-Time list after a wonderful performance at Sunday’s Glo Health AAI Games in Athlone .

Carrick AC’s Gerard O’Donnell moved to sixth on the Irish All-Time list after a wonderful performance at Sunday’s Glo Health AAI Games in Athlone .

In his first race of the season, O’Donnell broke the eight second barrier for the first time as he sped to a 7.99 clocking, taking almost a quarter of a second off his previous best of 8.23 seconds.

Gerard actually had a slow start out of the blocks but showed incredible leg speed to quickly distance all his rivals. The time moves the Carrick-on-Shannon athlete to sixth on the all-time list as only the sixth athlete to break the eight second barrier and moves him within shouting distance of the European Indoors Athletics Championships Qualifying time of 7.78 seconds.

Harsh conditions at Schools CC

The 798 competitors who took part in the North Connacht Schools Regional Cross Country at Sligo Racecourse on Thursday last had to put up with some of the toughest weather conditions ever experienced at this event.

Despite the conditions, there was some great performances with Mohill Community College’s Dearbhaile Beirne the top performance when she finished third in the Intermediate Girls race.

Carrick-on-Shannon CS’s Caoimhe O’Connor finished fifth in the Junior Girls race and led her team to fourth place in the team contest. There were also good runs for Caoimhe’s team-mate Ellis Conway also performing well. Drumshanbo VS’s Anna Corcoran also qualified as an individual.

Carrick CS also saw their Minor boys team qualify in fifth place just ahead of Ballinamore Community School while Ballinamore’s Lisa Cull and Abbi Sweeney of Ballinamore CS qualified as individuals in the Minor Girls race.

In the Junior Boys race, Ballinamore saw their team qualify in fifth place with Carrick CS’s Diarmuid Kelleher and Fiachra Henry qualifying as individuals while the Senior boys race saw Aarron McLoughlin of Ballinamore CS and Keelan McGinn of Carrick CS qualify as individuals.

In the Inter races, St. Clare’s Manorhamilton finished fifth in the team race while Ballinamore CS filled the same position in the boys race with St. Clare’s duo Vincent Sweeney and Kyle Harte qualifying as individuals.

All those who qualified will compete at the Aviva Connacht Finals to be held at the same venue on Tuesday February 24. The top six teams in each event and any individual places in the first thirty will compete against their South Connacht counterparts for the right to compete in the All Ireland at Clongowes Wood College on Saturday March 8.

Ballinamore Walk Jog Run

The Ballinamore Walk/Jog/Run which is a follow up to the Operation Transformation Walk held in adverse weather conditions on Saturday January 17, will be held this Saturday February 7, with registration at the Sports Hall at 10.30 a.m. All are welcome and if weather is favourable an enjoyable hour’s activity will take place.

Mohill & District AC

AGM: Annual General Meeting is being held on Thursday February 5, at 9pm in Planxty Maguires, Mohill. All parents of children attending the AC are asked to attend as we need to compile rosters for supervision for this year. As the number of juvenile athletes are very high, we need to ensure that all our athletes are supervised and coaches cannot supervise and coach at the same time. We also need to know if athletes are interested in taking part in competition this year so they can be prepared. New members are welcome.

Indoors: Well done to all club athletes who took part in the Leitrim Indoor’s competition which was held in Carrick recently, and congrats to those who got medals.

Cross Country: well done to Dearbhaile Beirne who took 3rd place in the intermediate girls in the Racecourse in Sligo.