On Sunday last at Lettrkenny’s excellent International Sub 4 minute Mile Challenge meeting where two athletes broke the magical 4 minutes barrier, invited Tir Chonaill athletes played their part. Karl Griffin paced the 800m through 400m in 52secs and Kelly McGrory [3rd] 200m 25.32secs and Kate McGowan [4th] 200m, 25.68secs[PB].
Former Irish Schools Javelin champion, Sean Lorenyenko, making a welcome return to the sport was happy with his performance. In addition two club officials assisted with officiating in what was an historic and superbly organised and supported meet.
Also on Sunday at Day 2 of the All Ireland Juvenile c/ships in Tullamore club athletes recorded some excellent performances. Caolan O’Callaghan finished 3rd in the U18 Triple Jump,12.55m; Diarmuid O’Donnell, 3rd U12 Shot Putt,9.24m - PB and 2cm behind the 2nd placed athlete, Katie Hoad 2nd U18 Pole Vault,2.25m and Clara Herron,5th U17 Shot Putt,9.94m.Well done to all. The final phase of the All Ireland Juveniles takes place on Sat/Sun July 26th/27th when six club athletes will be contesting for podium finishes.
Also on Sunday in the Erne Gaels 10k in Beeleek, Paul Ward bounced back from a recent niggling injury and finished 2nd, 36mins 08secs and Daniel Mannion 9th overall/1st Junior 40mins 33secs and another PB. Well done to the following [dont have official times] who ran very well Eileen Ward, Loretta Cullen, Caroline Spratt, Gerard McCafferty, and Philomena Gallagher.
On Saturday, a large number of club members, all members of MSC Tri club had a number of category winning places and PB’s at the Two Provinces Triathlon in Lanesboro .
On Tuesday at the Raphoe 5k Jackie Harvey 22mins 36secs ; Vera Haughey 23.04; Grannia McElhinney 28.36 and Francis Spencer 32.48 were hppy with their times and performances.
Also on Saturday a number of club members were involved in the very successful Cycle against suicide spin - in organising, promoting and participating – the group cycled from Donegal to Ballyshannon, had a short step of at Creevy NS before returning to Donegal Town via Rossnowlagh and Ballintra. Congrats and well done to all.
Finally on Friday evening last at the Morton International Games in Santry, Karl Griffin, continuing his preparation for the World Junior [U20] c/ships in Eugene, Oregan made a major breakthrough. In an 800m race won impressively by Mark English from Leterkenny, where 11 athletes dipped under 1min 48secs Karl ran a life time best of 1min 47.44secs. Karl who recently celebrated his 19th birthday, left on Wednesday,16th, as part of a nine person, Neil Martin managed Irish team, ranked as 3rd European and 11th World Junior/U20 800m athlete.
On Saturday/Sunday the National Senior championships takes place in Santry. The countries top contenders for places in the upcoming European c/ships will be in action. New and exciting talents such as Mark English, Thomas Barr, Brian Gregan, Sarah Lavin to name but a few will be action. Worth a visit if you are near the capital over the weekend.
Best wishes to Karl Griffin as he contests the World Junior champioinships in the North West USA city of Eugne, Oregan. Also to Caolan O’Callaghan who travels to Cardiff with the Irish U17 schools team for the home countries International.
Group training continues at the normal venues and times during the next week.