Leitrim athletes were in action over the weekend with Olympian Laura Reynolds making a successful return to competition while North Leitrim’s Liam Feely claimed a bronze medal at the Irish Universities Track & Field Championships in Cork last Saturday.
At home, North Leitrim won the O’Beirne Trophy for the best overall club in the Leitrim Road Race League but it was the return to competition of Laura Reynolds that will garner the most attention. In her first major race since the London Olympics, the Mohill & District AC walker finished fifth in the 20K event at the European Athletics Association Permit Meeting in Podebrady, Czech Republic on Saturday last.
Her time of 1:34.07 was her third fastest over the distance and marks a very satisfactory opening of her racing season.
In Cork, Liam Feely proved strongest in the battle for the bronze medal in the 10,000m race at the Irish Universities Championships. Running for the University of Limerick, Liam came home in a time of 31.52.42 with Senior international John Travers of Athlone IT winning in a time of 30.36.46 seconds while Liam was just behind 1,500m international Paul Robinson of DCU who ran 31.46.
Ballinamore AC’s Laura O’Dowd was desperately unlucky to miss out on a medal in the Women’s 800m as, running in the colours of Athlone IT, she finished fourth in a time of 2.20.53, just 0.28 behind the bronze and 0.83 from silver. Laura also finished sixth in the 1,500m final in a time of 4.58.55.
North Leitrim AC won the O’Beirne Trophy for the best overall club when the Second Leg of the Leitrim Road League was held in wet conditions in Ballinamore on Sunday last.
U10: 1 Emma Honeyman, 2 Claire McWeeney, 3 Emma McGrath (all Ballinamore); U12: 1 Ellie O’Rourke (Ballinamore), 2 Ella McDaid (North Leitrim), 3 Alannah McGuinness (Mohill), Teams: 1 Ballinamore 22, 2 North Leitrim 33; U14: 1 Ciara McGoldrick (Ballinamore), 2 Eloise Glancy (North Leitrim); U17: 1 Aisling McNabola (Mohill)
U10: 1 Patrick Montgomery (North Leitrim), 2 Cian Mollahan (Carrick), 3 James McNamara (North Leitrim); Under 12 Boys: 1 James Honeyman, 2 Barry McWeeney, 3 James Wrynne (all Ballinamore); Team Ballinamore 12; U14: 1 Vincent Sweeney (North Leitrim), 2 Dylan Beirne (Ballinamore), 3 Fionn O Brien (Ballinamore); U17: 1 Ryan O’Rourke, 2 Riordan O’Rourke, 3 Nathan O’Rourke (all Ballinamore); Men: 1 Trevor McDaid, 2 Paddy Croal, 3 Frank McDermott (all North Leitrim), Teams: North Leitrim 6 pts
Church Gate Collection
The Leitrim Athletics Church Gate collection will take place at all churches in the Carrick-on-Shannon, North Leitrim and Mohill Areas next weekend, April 20/21, and at some churches in the Ballinamore Area. Please support generously.
Leitrim Primary Schools
The Leitrim AAI Primary Schools Track & Field Championships will be held in Manorhamilton on Sunday week, April 28, at 2 pm with entries taken at the venue from 1.30. The events are: U-7 (born 2007 or later) 50m; U-8 (born 2006) 60m; U-9 (born 2005) 80m; U-10 (born 2004) 80m, 300m; U-11 (born 2003) 100m, 600m; U-12 (born 2002) 100m, 600m; U- 13 (born 2001) 100m, 600m (G), 800m (B), Long Jump, Walk; Over 13: 100m, 800m (G), 1000m (B), Shot, Long Jump, Walk
4x 100m Under 11 (mixed) for Irish Rubies Trophy and 4 x 100m Senior for P J Reynolds Trophy
Mohill & District AC
Road League: Well done to our club athletes who took part in second leg of road league which was held in Ballinamore on Sunday last.
Adult Running Club: continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30 pm, meeting at Marian College. Enquiries to Anne Macklin or Peter Logan see Facebook page for updates.
Training: for juveniles continues on Monday at 6pm and Friday evenings at 4.30 pm in GAA grounds
Annual Sports day: is being held on Monday, May 6, at Marian College grounds commencing at 2pm.