The headline club news this week surrounds the performances and achievements of three young club athletes who have recently performed remarkably on national and International stages resulting in selection onto Irish teams.
Karl Griffin, followed up on his fine performance in the 800m at the opening of the Mary Peters Track last Tuesday night with a more impressive outing in Manheim, Germany on Sunday last where he finished 4th in the 800m in a high class European field. Karl who has ran the qualifying times for the European Junior U20 800m c/ships received the positive selection news on Monday evening and will now put final preparations to his training for the 14th -19th July meeting in Reiti, Italy.
Kelly Mc Grory and Kate McGowan, were in action a the weekend. On Saturday at the U17 schools Inter Pro in Tullamore - a meet that serves as selection for the Home countries schools International - both had a number of outstanding performances and secured places on the Irish team versus England/Wales and Scotland.
The Ulster winning quartet of McGowan, Roseanna McGuckin, McGrory and Magan Marrs record breaking time of 47.81secs was the highlight of the meet. Kelly will run the 300m Hurdles and is included as a member of both the 4 x 100m and 4 x 300m relay teams while Kate will compete in the 80m Hurdles and Long jump and will join Kelly as part of the 4 x 100m relay team.
Other fine performances
In addition club athletes also recorded a number of noteworthy outcomes at the Irish Junior and U23 c/ships and on the road at Killybegs and Enniskillen. Daniel Gallagher, finished 4th in the demanding Inter Pro 1,500m Steeplechase on Saturday while on Sunday at the Junior/U23 championshipships Barry Quigg secured a double bronze in the High Jump 1.85m and Triple Jump -12.48m. Club and UCG university colleague Conal Mahon won silver in the Triple Jump with a best of 12.62m. In the junior c/ships Emma Brady,10.19m Triple Jump and Kate McGowan, 14.85sec -100m Hurdles were bronze medal winners while the quartet of Emma Brady, Kate McGowan, Eva McMullan and Kelly McGrory pushed Leevale and Fingallians in the minor positions when winning the 4 x 100m -time 49.64secs
Club and local athletes had a number of notable performances over the weekend. In a well organised 5k in Killybegs on Saturday afternoon Mark McGuines, 17mins 11 secs was an impressive winner while Richard McCarthy18mins 30secs and Jackie Harvey, 22mins 24 secs were category winners. 118 finished the popular race.
Meanwhile at the Enniskillen 10k the following athletes can be happy with their performances on demanding course Rodney Irwin,44mins 10sec,Gerry McCafferty, 45.29, Brian McMcMulllin,46.59,Aidan McGonagle, 46.24, Caroline Sprarr, 4854,Anne Donoghue, 49.19,Loretta Cullen,49.59,Bernie McNeely,50.52, Nora Timoney, 52.38, Eileen Ward,52.39
Summer Camp: Reports from the clubs summer camp, currently uo and running a the Abbey Voc School, indicate that 110 and 16 coaches /leaders are in attendance, that despite the poor weather the activities are wide and varied and that all are enjoying.
Open invitations have been sent to all members to attend the next club meeting in McGinley’s Ballyshannon on Friday night next
Next week - good luck to all competing in Part 1 of the All Ireland club championships in Tullamore on Sat/Sun