National honours for Limerick athletes

Verena Tarpey has all the lastest news from the Limerick athletics scene.

Verena Tarpey has all the lastest news from the Limerick athletics scene.

Ireland’s best multi-events battled it out for the coveted GloHealth National title on Sunday last at the AIT International Arena Athlone. Athletes from Limerick were represented by various clubs and put in some outstanding performances.

Junior Section

In the junior section, there was exciting competition in the women’s events. In the 60 metres, Emerald Ac’s Ciara Neville and Dooneen’s Lauren Ryan battled it out in the final with Ciara taking gold and Lauren a silver. Ciara also secured gold in the 60 hurdles as well as competing in the 200 metres. Jenna Brommel of Emerald was the clear winner in the junior 400 metres, Ellen Larkin was 2nd in the pole vault, Fiona O’Shea of Dooneen AC also took silver in triple jump. In the men’s, a number of exceptional athletes also took part including Cathal Locke ( Dooneen ) and Paul Costello ( Emerald).

U-23

Limerick’s Sarah Lavin, now running with UCD AC, won the 60 metres hurdles, always a favourite for the title. Likewise, Amy O’Donoghue of Emerald AC put in an impressive performance to secure gold in the 1500 metres. Roland Pika of Limerick AC (long jump) competed as well but didn’t come home with medals on this occasion.

Munster Star Awards

The Munster Star Awards recognises the achievements of athletes at Provincial Level and a ceremony will take place this Saturday, January 31, in the Blarney Resort Hotel for these athletes. This year, athletes from a number of clubs have been recognised. Ciara Neville, Emerald AC, Stanley Ikeha of Limerick AC, Lily Ann O’Hora of Dooneen AC and Eoghan Beary. Ciara and Stanley’s award is for the recognition of their indoor track and field achievements. Lily Ann O’Hora is also being recognised in the U-23 category. Eoghan’s excellence has come in the Cross Country sphere. Mike Curly Cunningham is also receiving an award for his part in Senior and Masters Cross Country. Mike has competed over 108 races so far this year including 3 marathons and 3 50k races. A full profile of all the athletes will be in next week’s report.

National Indoor League

We look forward to an exciting mix of action at the 2nd round of the National Indoor League taking place in Athlone again this weekend. Dooneen AC and Limerick AC have plenty of teams in the mix with Dooneen Ac’s women currently in 4th place and their men in 9th and 20th respectively while Limerick AC are also in contention in 12th. This week feature 200 metres, 400 metres, 1500 metres, triple jump and high jump. Full results will be published in next week’s edition. Please contact your club representative for more details.

Fit for Life and Beginner Training Programmes

Well done to those who attended the Fit4Life course last Wednesday night in the Woodlands Hotel, Adare with Rosemary Ryan. There were many club members in attendance from clubs across the city and county. The Fit for Life programme is aimed at all recreational runners and those who want to increase their level of fitness allowing them to achieve their personal wellbeing goals by participating with a group of like-minded people.

Kilmallock AC have commenced an exciting new ‘couch to 5k’ programme commencing this week on Wednesday, January 28, and Friday, January 30. It starts at 6.30pm sharp from Kilmallock Industrial Estate. Simon Reynolds is helping co-ordinate this programme and he is expecting a big turnout from men and women. The fee for the programme is just €20 and for more details contact Simon on 087- 2989811.

West Limerick AC’s Fit for Life group meet on Tuesdays at 6.45pm outside the boys National School in Newcastle West and also on Thursdays at 6.30pm outside the community centre in Newcastle West. The group is a great introduction to running with a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. New members to the group are always welcome and anyone who wants a bit more information can contact Denis Fitzgerald on 087 3577286 or Sinead o Shea on 087 2976014. An Bru also have plans for a Fit for Life programme later in Spring and more details will follow

Tom Walsh Memorial 10k

The Tom Walsh 10k & 5 mile walk inaugural race began in January 2012 and was inspired by the late Tom “The Runner” Walsh and has being growing from strength to strength ever since, attracting runners and walkers of all abilities including top local and national runners. Tom Walsh was a local runner from Ballyvourneen, Caherline whose career spanned three decades with athletic prowess on the running fields and tracks of Ireland and abroad during the 1930s, 40s and 50s .Tom won over 200 races during his long racing career. The race in association with the Caherconlish and Caherline Community Games committee is a non-profit event to help raise funds for local children’s charities and proceeds from this year’s event on February 8 will be donated to the Catherine McAuley School established by the Mercy sisters for children with special educational needs.

The family of Tom Walsh donated trophies in 2012 to the race committee which were won by Tom during his running career and are presented to the male and female runners of the 10k race. The Tom Walsh 10k and 5 mile walk is being held on February in Caherconlish and you can enter online at www.eventmaster.ie. We are delighted that this year’s race is being sponsored by BluePoint Laboratories, allowing the race committee the opportunity to offer the first 200 online entries a free technical t-shirt. The event is a great day for families, walkers, runners of all abilities with a 10k course challenging even for the serious runner. Post-race refreshments are at the Caherconlish Millennium Centre which continues to support the race with food and drink for all which has gone down extremely well with past participants.

Upcoming Fixtures

Dates which have also been been confirmed for 2015 are as follows. The rescheduled Nenagh Olympic AC open sports for the younger athletes from U9 to U12 will take place on Saturday January 31. 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. On Sunday, February 15, An Bru are delighted to host the 4 mile County Novice Championships at 11am. More details to follow. The Munster Senior and Novice 4 Mile is on March 15 with Munster Masters 4 Mile on March 29. Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 12 noon sees a new race on the scene “Destination Limerick” 5 Mile road race organised by Dooneen AC - Entry fee €20; walkers €10. Numerous prizes, Tech t-shirts and AAI approved - Race starts and finish at Limerick race course. Enquiries -Joe Chawke 087 7533526 and Tony Fitzgerald 086 3006625.