Limerick Athletics PRO Verena Tarpey rounds up all the latest news from around the county.
The County Seniors is always a fantastic race and attracts runners from all levels out to compete for the coveted title.
The University of Limerick was the location for this year’s final. We must thank Limerick AC for hosting the event and providing hospitality afterwards and also to Mossie Woulfe and Ann Cullinane who are hard working volunteers that compile results and work in the background on all these events. Their work does not go unnoticed.
The women ran 8k over difficult terrain including mud and hills. Carolyn Hayes, West Limerick AC, lead from the start and was the winner over Tracey Johnson of Dooneen AC in second and Noelle Fitzgerald of West Limerick AC in third.
Caroline Conroy of West Limerick was fourth, her clubmate Fiona Bourke in 5th, Niamh Harnett and Orla Downes both of Dooneen AC in 6th and 7th, Carmel Mac Domhnaill and Edel Henriques of West Limerick were 8th and 9th and Karen Raine of Dooneen AC made 10th spot.
It was great to see An Bru field a team in one of their first cross country seasons and Helen Hartigan, Breda Bridges, Lousie Lynch and Ann Byrnes flew the flag for An Bru. Karen O’Brien, Norma Brosnahan and Audrey O’Dwyer also ran for West Limerick.
A huge congratulations to West Limerick AC for collecting the much coveted first placed Senior Team, Dooneen and second and An Bru in third.
The men’s contest turned out to be just that and for those who were cheering them along, it was a terrific event. It was a tough 10k route around the fields of UL.
Colm Turner of Limerick AC proved to be the winner, staying behind for the first couple of kilometres but gradually taking the lead and moving ahead. Niall O’Callaghan of West Limerick is an amazing runner as well and came a worthy second with Declan Moore of Bilboa in third.
Ger Guina of West Limerick was 4th and proved on Sunday that he is definitely back on form, his club mate Mike O’Brien not far behind in 5th. in 6th, 7th and 8th were three Limerick AC runners, Paul Fitzgerald, Martin Doody and Mark Guerin. Fiachra McDomhnaill was 9th and Sean Quirke 10th.
It was great to see such strong teams including Dermot Kearns, Dermot Power, Brian Flannelly and Sean Harte of Dooneen work together as a team as they did during this race. West Limerick AC had other strong runner such as John O’Shea, Mike Brosnahan, Declan O’Keefe and Paul Crotty.
Limerick AC had large numbers in this event including Keith Ryan, Vincent O’Brien, David Beary, Keith Daly, Mike Lynch, Brian O’Sullivan, Tony O’Donovan and Pat O’Riordan. Bilboa AC also fielded a team consisting of James Bourke, Kevin Wilkinson and Barry O’Brien. Dooneen also had a large group of men running – Kevin Johnson, Joe Chawke, Shane Larkin, Darragh Maguire, Sean Hudson, Niall Lynch and Frank O’Sullivan. An Bru also had Paul Ryan and Brendan Hennessy competing.
Once again, the much anticipated title was at stake and club officials were all tallying the numbers on each lap to predict where the title would go. At one stage, the points were even but West Limerick moved away to clinch the title in first place, Limerick AC in second, Dooneen in third and Bilboa in fourth.
Shangolden 5 mile Road Race
Shanagolden 5 mile road race took place recently and is a traditional race going back some years now.
Limerick runner Michael Carmody, now running with Ennis Track was first home followed by Mike Curly Cunningham of Mooreabbey Milers in 2nd and Mike Sheehy of West Limerick in third. Sean Hudson and Shane Larkin represented Dooneen as did Kevin O’Donoghue and Ger Hanlon of West Limerick.
All finished in top ten. In the women’s event, Maggie Carlin, Edel Henriques ( West Limerick) and Ann McGlynn took third.
Sea to Summit
A special mention must go to Dooneen’s Loren Harenett on taking part in a grueling challenge last week in Westport, Co Mayo – it involved a 4k road race, 8k cycle, a ‘run’ up and down Croagh Patrick, a 35k warm down and a short 4k road race back to Westport town. He completed the challenge in 3hrs 53 mins. Great running Loren and we will see you back training soon after a well earned rest.
National Indoor League
Men’s and Women’s teams for the upcoming National Indoor Club League which will be held over two separate qualifying rounds and a separate grand final during January and February 2015. Events to be contested will be 60m, 60mH, 200m, 400m, 1500m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault and Shot Putt. All rounds will be held at Athlone Institute of Technology Indoor Athletic Arena. Team captains Niall Counihan and Marta O’Sullivan have been elected.Any Club Athlete aged 16 and over interested in competing should contact their club officer for more details as the deadline for registering teams is fast approaching.
all ireland schools multi events
Sophie Meredith SMI School and Laoise Bennis Hazelwood College were the two St Mary’s competitors in the secondary schools multi events held at Athlone Institute of Technology. Both girls put in some excellent performances on the day in five different disciplines. Sophie was triumph on the day to win the Silver All Ireland Schools medal after achieving personal bests in the 60m hurdles of 9.45, High Jump 1.63m and long jump 5.62m. Laoise was unfortunate to miss out on the medals after achieving personal bests in the 60m hurdles of 9.93m. Sophie has secured her place on the Irish Schools team at the schools international in Glasgow on Saturday, December 13.
On Sunday November 30 the Munster Masters and Juvenile ‘B’ Cross Country Championships will take place in Carrig Na BhFear, Co Cork. January 4 - Munster Junior and U-23 Indoors, Nenagh. January 11 - National Indoor League Round 1, Athlone; January 17 - Combined events AAI, Athlone; January 18 - Senior and Masters Indoors, Nenagh; January 25 - AAI Junior and U-23 Indoors, Nenagh; January 31 - National Indoor League Round 2, Athlone