Lucy pictured with her family in Tullamore
Last weekend Tir Chonaill athletes success continued on the track, on the road and in the mountains.
On Sunday at day 3 of the Irish juvenile championships in Tullamore, the clubs ‘summer of success’ continued with a series of exciting performances. Lucy Mc Glynn, running in qualifying heat 2 of the U15 250m Hurdles impressed in winning with a new CBP of 37.42secs.
Five minutes earlier, club mates Rachael Gallagher, in Q heat 1, was equally impressive winning in a new C.B.P. of 37.83secs with Niamh Mohan a close second/38.44secs. As we waited for two hours for an unique eight girls final that had three talented club mates - two of which smashed the old CBP - all types of results were discussed and forecast. Its a demanding technical and physical event where the athletes has to un 250m and negotiate six /2' 6 barriers placed 35m apart.
Entering the home straight five girls,led by Moya O'Connell, Lake District Athletics, were in contention.With two barriers to clear the Mayo girl still held a slight lead from Rachael with Lucy and Niamh contesting for third place. Over the last two barriers McGlynn was the stronger and drove on for a great victory in yet another CBP of 36.45secs from O'Connell, 36.90secs with Gallagher,3rd/37.37secs and Mohan, 4th/37.85secs. It was an historic and memorable occasion for the TC friends. The good news story continued with a 5th place finish for Alex Anderson in the U14 Discus, Johnnie McGonagle, 9th U15 Discus, and Eoin Sharkey, 6th U17 300m Hurdles.
Club athletes continued to succeed on the road and distance events with numerous weekend outstanding performances. Tir Chonaill athletes contested the Churchill 5k, the local very well organised Lough Eske 10k, the Dublin Marathon 10k series and the demanding seven sisters Donegal mountain marathon. Congrats to all and a special mention for Julie McNamee, 3rd women in the seven peaks Donegal Ultra Marathon and to Caroline Ward, John Ward and Jason Graham on impressive times/performances in the SSE Airtricity 10k series. A quick get well wish to Linda Ward, recovering from an upper limb injury, as she prepares witht a club group for the DCM
Irish Life Health National Seniors
The National T&F season draws to a climax next weekend when the Irish Life Health National Senior c/ships takes place at Santry.
The added attendance incentive of selection for the upcoming August European c/ships in Berlin and the recent performances of Irish athletes at European and World U18 and Junior/U20 c/ships and Grand Prix meets promises two days of exciting athletics. Best of luck to club athletes Kelly McGrory, 400m Hurdles champion , Kate McGowan, 3rd 400m Hurdles, formar International,Geraldine Stewart, Shot Putt and all other North West athletes led by Mark English 800m, John Kelly, Shot Putt and Sommer Leaky, High Jump