It was hectic week for Finn Vally AC, who have gone joint top underage club in the country with Leevale, Cork, having amassed 21 medals over two weekend of national underage competition.
Bernie Alcorn and Neil Martin have led successful squads at European youth Olympic Games in Utrecht and European junior champs Rieti while Sarah Collins finished 7th in Rieti meet in the 5k.
Previous to that John Kelly and Fellan Mc Guigan were in Ukraine mixing it with the top athletes globally at youth level in world youth championships, supported by family members.
Mark Hoy ran an 800m pb, testimony to months of hard work and then in recent days the final underage nationals inTullamore.
Saturday was relay day and no joy. There were finals 4th, 5th place finishes but we haven’t as a unit been able to field medal winning teams to any great degree in this discipline in recent years.
On Sunday Aaron Mc Glynn ran to 1500m gold to add to 800m; John Kelly hadmetres to spare in the discus and brother James Kelly won silver in discus with a really strong performance.
NiamhMcGranaghan, Blathnaid Patton and Simone Crawford were all medallists and delight for Jordan Byrne who won silver in the walk.
Aine Kerr just out of medal list in long but her day will come .
James Speight has gone to Columbia to compete in a duathlon in the World Games, an exciting challenge for him ,and on the other side of the scale Eddie Gallen finished 3rd in the Irish championship 24hr ultra run in Belfast covering 215km. his 4th best time ever .
This weekend its back on the road chasing medals at national senior championships in Santry led by currently Ireland’s only A standard T/F athlete Tori Pena having had the confidence of a 4-50 in France recently.
Also involved will be Dempsey McGuigan, Mark Hoy, Teresa Mc Gloin, etc etc.
Team for world champs in Moscow to be announced early next week.