The second and final weekend of the National Juvenile Track and Field Championships took place on Saturday and Sunday last in Tullamore.
Following on from their success at the same venue at the first weekend of the Championships two weeks ago, Lifford AC athletes picked up where they left off, returning to Donegal on Sunday evening with two more national medals and a number of personal best performances.
Brendan O’Donnell, recent All Ireland Schools medallist had a massive throw of 54.45m to take gold in the u15 Hammer Throw and in the process, retain the title won in the u14 age group last year. The distance of O’Donnell’s throw can be gauged from the fact that the margin of victory was over 13 metres. O’Donnell now looks forward to the English AAA u15 Championships in Bedford at the end of August with confidence .
Alan McGinley competed the Triple Jump. A leap of 10.30m, saw McGinley on the podium to collect a second medal from these Championships.
Gemma Lynch, niece of the great Bridie Lynch, former Paralympic Discus champion, started hammer throwing just a year ago. A throw of over 31m was enough to give the young St. Johnston girl a highly commendable 6th place in the u17 Girls Hammer Throw.
Charlie McElwaine started in the 1500m and ran a very tactically astute race to cross the finish line in 4 mins 51.0 seconds, a new personal best time for this event and 8th position overall.
Claudia Cuskelly stormed to victory in the Girls u14 2000m Walk 6 weeks ago to claim an Ulster title walked herself to a new personal best time of 13 minutes 54 seconds and a highly satisfactory 9th position overall against Ireland’s best.
Stephen Gibson had a putt of 8.78m to take 10th in the u16 Boys Shot Putt while Conor McGinley ran 28.35 seconds in his heat of the u14 Boys 200m which unfortunately was just a fraction outside the time necessary to qualify him for the final.
Lifford AC had two relay teams in action at the weekend. The u14 Boys 4x100m team of Conor Breslin, Conor McGinley, Niall McGinley and Tom Mullen ran brilliantly to qualify for the final where they came home in 8th place overall in a time of 55.50 seconds. The u15 Boys 4x100m team of Alan McGinley, Brandon Connolly, Conor McGinley and Tom Mullen were less fortunate, however, with a mix up between officials causing lane confusion at the last changeover which almost certainly cost the Lifford boys a place in the final.
Lifford AC Seniors
It was another night of great results and times on the track by all Lifford AC runners in Templemore, Derry last Tuesday.
Natasha Adams went 17 seconds quicker than her previous best in the 1500m to win the female category in 4.52mins which sets her up well for upcoming races on the calendar.
Darragh Crossan in the 1500m ran a good race and looked strong as he finished in 4.41mins
Ann Marie McGlynn, meanwhile, followed up her recent good form with a fine run in the 5000m to win in 16.25mins in her first time to race this distance on the track.
Mark Mc Brearty who finished just behind Finn Valleys Martin Irwin ran just outside 17 minutes in his first 5000m track race, a most impressive performance having run the previous Sunday in the National League in Sligo.
Sliabh Liag AC
Congratulations to all our athletes who travelled to Tullamore for the All Irelands and in particular, Caoimhe Byrne, who took silver with a height of 2.10m in the U16 Girl’s Pole Vault.
First to compete was Susan O Donoghue with a jump of 4.39m in the Long Jump. Kevin Mc Ginley, in the U18 Boys Javelin, recorded a throw of 29.99m. Emer Mc Nern also competed in the U16 Girls Javelin with a throw of 18.57m. Pauric O Neill jumped 1.50m in the U16 Boys High Jump. Niamh Gavigan competed in the 100m.
Other athlete to compete was Peadar Conroy in the U18 Boys Shot Putt with a throw of 9.03m. Overall good performances on the day but still much more for these athletes to accomplish. Thanks to Connor O Donoghue, who travelled with our athletes today and to Haughey’s Coaches for transportation.
Well done to Bridget McDyre who competed in the u15 girls javelin at the all Ireland juvenile championships at the weekend. This was Bridget’s first major event with a javelin and she finished an excellent 7thwith a throw of 24.59.
There was victory for the Gweedore and Rosses Ladies Relay team in the Cancer Coastal Challenge in Dunfanaghy on Saturday last. Noreen McGee was first in action as she tackled the tough Horn Head 12K which she did in 01:11. Elaine Mc Cafferty, Loughanure showed her kayak skills to handover to Maria Timoney for the 24k cycle to the base of Muckish where Sinead Diver raced up Muckish in a great time to handover to Marie again who cycled the 19k to Dunfanaghy and lead to the team to a 5 mins victory over a Belfast team. Well done to Edward Harkin who was second in the individual Men’s section and also to Helen McCready who was third individual woman. Well done to all who took part.
Date for the Diaries: Saturday July 27thGola Island 5k 2:30pm. Tuesday July 30thDungloe Festival 5k 7:30pm.