Busy start to the new year for local athletes

Young athletes who took part in the recent one-mile dash in Galbally in aid of Mooreabbey Milers
Verena Tarpey rounds up all the local athletic news from the last week.

Verena Tarpey rounds up all the local athletic news from the last week.

Munster Juvenile Indoor Combined Events

The year began with a great event in Nenagh featuring many great athletes from across the county compete. The Munster Indoor combined events involves athletes choosing their strongest events from 60 metres, 600 metres, 800 metres, 60 metre hurdles, high jump, long jump & shot putt.

Girls and Boys U-11

Emer Conroy (Dooneen AC), Victoria Amiadamen (Dooneen AC), Emer Galvin ( St Mary’s), Michaela Cumes (Sunhill Harriers), Ava Bayaham (St Mary’s) and Alice Joy O’Regan from Sunhill all competed. Emer Conroy won the 60 metres, 600 metres and was 2nd in the long jump. Victoria Amaidamen was 2nd in the 600 metres. The boys also ran well and featured Luke Hessian of Limerick AC and three athletes from Sunhill - Ethan Cumes, Liam Burke and Sean Barry. The boys also performed really well.

Girls and Boys U-12

Again, a good representation from Limerick clubs including Laura Frawley and Emma Moroney of St Mary’s Limerick, Sarah Hosey of Limerick AC, Sarah Butler and Maria Campbell of Dooneen AC, Molly Hyland and Amelia Noonan of Sunhill. Sarah Hosey was 2nd in the 800 metres, Laura Frawley won the high jump and long jump and was 2nd in the shot putt. The boys U-12 also ran well and featured Geoffrey Joy O’Regan from Sunhill and Darragh O’Sullivan of Dooneen AC. Geoffrey won the high jump was 2nd in the 800 metres and shot putt.

Girls and Boys U-13

Caoimhe Reale from Sunhill and Anna Joy O’Regan and Abbey Lappin of Dooneen all competed. They performed bravely against tough competition. A large group from St Mary’s competed in the boys – Cathal McEnery, Thomas Mann, Shane Fiztgerald, Brian Guina, Michael Russell, Ciaran O’Sullivan, Patrick Ambrose and Cormac Mann. Cathal was third in the 800 metres. Shane Fitzgerald performed really well and was silver in the 60 metres, 1st in high jump, long jump & Shot Putt. Ciaran also scored welland was third in 60 metres, 3rd in high jump and 2nd in long jump.

Girls and Boys U-14

St Mary’s had a strong group including Niamh Foley, Holly Meredith and Allanah Keyes. Eireann Bagnel Keogh from Sunhill also competed. Shauna Ryan competed for Dooneen AC. Niamh took gold in the 60 metres. Holly Meredith won the High Jump. Niamh and Holly also battled it out in long jump with Niamh winning over Holly in 2nd place. Holly was 2nd in shot putt. Fintan O’Sullivan from Dooneen competed in the boys races.

Girls and Boys U-15

Sophie Meredith of St Mary’s and Caragh Joy O’Regan of Sunhill competed. Sophie dominated mnay events and - won the 60 metres, Long and High Jump and shot putt.

Girls and Boys U-16 and U-17

Well done to Ciara Bagnell Keogh of Sunhill who competed in the U16 and Allison Healy of St Mary’s in U17.

Junior Men and Women U-23

A number of Junior men and women travelled to Nenagh as well. In the long jump, Dooneen’s Stephen Utwatse was third – he was also 3rd in the 60 metre dash. Also competing were Owen Alfred, David O’Brien (Dooneen), Jamie Mitchell and Paul Costello of Emerald. Jamie won the 400 metres. In the junior women, Ciara Neville of Emerald won the 60 metre dash, Lauren Ryan of Dooneen in 2nd. Ciara and Lauren also battled out in 200 metres – Ciara won, Lauren was third and Chloe Tobin of Emerald was 5th. Kila Curran of Dooneen put in another great performance and was 5th in 400 metres whilst her clubmate Sinead Roche achieved 5th in 800 metres. Roland Pika of Limerick AC won the long jump in the U23 men’s event. Fantastic results in a competitive field.

National League

Round 1 of the The National Indoor League is taking place this Sunday, 11th January in Athlone. Best of luck to athletes competing in this round . Events Round 1 include the 60m Dash; 60m hurdles; 800m; Long Jump; Pole Vault; Shot Putt. A team bus will leave Raheen Church at 9am on Sunday, January 11. If your event is not on that day, come and support your team mates and also get to try out the Indoor arena. There is space on the bus for supporters, however you must make it know beforehand if you wish to travel. If you have any queries about the league or wish to confirm a place on the bus please contact Dave from Dooneen AC on 086-8770178. Round 2 takes place on January 31 and Events include 200m; 400m; 1,500m; Triple Jump; High Jump

Attempt at World Record

An Bru AC are still looking for athletes to assist in an attempt on the World Record in January. On Sunday, January 11, an attempt will be made to break the world record for the relay marathon of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 50 seconds. Taking place at the University of Limerick track, 105 individual runners will be required covering each lap in an average of 74 seconds in order to beat this record. In order to register for the event, you will need to contact Derek Casey of An Bru running club on 086-0693600. This is also a fundraising opportunity for Cliona Foundation so a small entry fee is also required.

Fit For Life

A fit for life leaders training course will take place at the Woodlands Hotel, Adare on January 21 from 7pm to 10pm. Any club members interested should contact their club representative.

Upcoming Fixtures

Dates which have also been been confirmed for 2015 are as follows – the Munster Senior Cross Country takes place on January 11 at WIT in Waterford. Nenagh Olympic AC open sports for U-13 to U-19 will be held on Sunday, January 11, beginning at 10.30am. Boys and Girls events include Long Jump, High Jump, and track events consisting of 60m, 600m, 800m and 4 x 100 relay. Entry fee of €5 per athlete. The rescheduled Nenagh Olympic AC open sports for the younger athletes from U-9 to U-12 will take place on Saturday, January 31. Munster Senior and Masters Indoors is on January 18 in Nenagh. Milford Care Centre 10K takes place in Castletroy on January 25. Tom Walsh Memorial in Caherconlish has become a great fixture on the circuit now and will take place on February 8 at 2pm. The annual West Limerick Adare 10k will take place on February 22. The Munster Senior and Novice 4 Mile is on March 15 with Munster Masters 4 Mile on March 29.