Congratulations from all in Tír Chonaill AC to Karl Griffin on a successful return to the International competitive stage last Thursday in Amsterdam.
Karl, returning from a foot injury that curtailed his preparation throughout the spring, in his third race of 2016, ran a season’s best time in heat three of the 800m at the European championships.
Karl, who burst onto the International scene last year when finishing 6th in the final of the European U23s in Tallinn, expressed a little disappointment with his performance but was delighted to have qualified and ran his first Senior European championships only weeks after his 21st birthday.
ALL-IRELAND JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Part 1 of the Irish juvenile championships at Tullamore on Saturday and Sunday last had a large club representation achieve more satisfying results. On Sunday morning, Ben Campbell won the first of three, U13 60m Hurdles, semi-finals in 9.94secs and later in the afternoon finished 3rd in an exciting and closely fought final - time 9.73secs - a class performance from the young Fintown man.
Ballyshannon's Lucy McGlynn,10.20secs and Niamh Mohan, Frosses, 10.37secs. finished 2nd in semi-finals of the Girls U13 Hurdles and 5th/10.07secs and 6th/10.28secs in a closely fought final. Owen Sharkey, Portnoo, finished 3rd in U15 Boys Hurdles semi-final, 13.18secs and 6th in the final. Fiachra O'Donnell, Donegal Town, made the cut off final in the Boys U12 shot and finished 6th/8.34m in the final. Fiachra also competed in the Hammer. Emer O’Brien ran a PB time 1min 52.83secs in very fast Girls U 13 600m final.
On Saturday it was relays day and 'B' championships. Inver's Hannah Shallow had a busy and very successful day competing in the girls under 16 -100m heats and final and in the late afternoon in wet and windy conditions got up for a bronze medal winning performance in the Long Jump/4.25m. Relays are always exciting and closely contested. The club's Under 13 Girls 4 x 100m squad of Rachael Gallagher, Lucy McGlynn, Emer O'Brien, Niamh Mohan and Aoibhinn McGarrigle finished 2nd in s/final three and and qualified for the final.The girls ran a superb PB time of 55.84secs for 5th place finish - 0.5secs. separating 2nd and 5th places.
The under 12 team of Catriona Mohan, Lexi Campbell, Anna McGuckin, Tori Murchan and Annie Keon finished 6th in a heat time of 61.60secs.
The club’s annual summer camp in Donegal Town last week -4th to 8th July - attracted children from all over the south of the county.