The first weekend of the Woodies DIY Under Age Track and Field Championships yielded two medals for Leitrim athletes.
On Sunday last Eanna Madden of Carrick-on-Shannon AC took the bronze medal in the Under 19 400m with a time of 52.16. The race was won by Daragh McNamara of Tullamore Harriers in 50.59.
On the same day, Stephen McDermott cleared 1.50m in the Under 16 High jump to share third position. The event here was won by Jack Murphy of Leevale with a fine jump of 1.70 with Jack McGeehan of Finn Valley second with 1.55m.
Eanna also took sixth in the 100m on Saturday.
Of the other Leitrim athletes in action none came near taking a medal. Ryan O’Rourke of Ballinamore AC finished 13th in a tough Under 16 Boys’ 800m. Cian Murray of Carrick was tenth in the Under 17 800m and Riordan O’Rourke of Ballinamore was also tenth in the Under 14 800m.
Conor Reynolds of Ballinamore was 12th in the Under 15 Long Jump and Callum Whelan of Carrick took 11th in the Under 15 Javelin Ellis Conway of Carrick was 7th in the Under 12 Long Jump and Louise Mulvaney of Sligo AC was sixth in the Under 18 300m hurdles.
Dearbhaile Beirne finished 12th in the Under 14 800m. Sibeal Reynolds did not make the final 8th in the Under 14 75m hurdles.
On Saturday of last week Michelle Beirne of Mohill finished fourth in the Woodies DIY AAI 5000m Track Championship in Santry. The event was won by Maeve Curley of Craughwell in 24.41.07 and Michelle’s time was 28.46.94.
MORE ACTION NEXT WEEK
The Championships conclude next weekend with the walks and 1500 races on Saturday and the relays on Sunday week. It is hoped that Leitrim qualifiers will be able to bring home a few more medals from the remainder of the Championships.
LOUGH RYNN 10K GOES TO CLARE
Brazil born Julio Caesar F Castro who is a member of the Kilmurry-Ibrickane Club in Clare, was an impressive winner of the Lough Rynn Open 10K held in favourable weather conditions in the attractive environs of Lough Rynn Castle on Sunday morning last. His time was 35.54 and he finished 12 seconds ahead of Richard Gorman of Sligo A C with Garrett Coughlan of Athboy AC third in 34.24.
The Womens’ race was won by Michelle McGee of Longford in 38.29 from Sarah Neary of Cootehall in 39.59 with Josephine Killeen from Dublin third in 42.23. The leading Over 40 man was Michael McLoughlin (44.24) and Maureen Getty took the Ladies event in 44.40, John Molloy took the Over 50 section in 45.36 with Geraldine McWeeney leading Over 50 female in 50.14. The Over 60 section was won by John Strifforino (57.17) and Anna Fleming (89.41) respectively.
The next major Open Race in Leitrim will be the Ballinamore Festival 10K and 5K on Wednesday August 15, at 7 30.p.m. The event is this year supported by Waterways Ireland.
OLYMPICS GETTING CLOSER
With the London Olympics getting closer and the Opening Ceremony taking place on Friday evening week both Colin Griffin and Laura Reynolds return from Spain this week with their altitude training completed. Both Leitrim athletes are in action on Saturday August 11.