Busy times on Limerick athletics scene

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Verena Tarpey rounds up all the latest athletics news from around Limerick.

Verena Tarpey rounds up all the latest athletics news from around Limerick.

Ballycotton 10 Mile

The Ballycotton 10 mile road race is a must for many club athletes and is a destination that many club runners from Limerick travel to each year. Ballycotton 10 mile was first run in 1978 where 31male runners lined up. 24 of the 31 runners broke 50 minutes. A certificate was given out on the day. Ballycotton is now an extremely popular race and upwards of 2,500 runners lined out last weekend. Mike Curly Cunningham of Mooreabbey Milers was one of the first runners home from Limerick in a time of 57.30 mins. Brian Flannelly of Dooneen AC also did well finishing in 59mins. JJ Cremin from An Bru also ran well and finished in 1.01. Well done to all the athletes from Limerick who competed

Munster Juvenile Championships

Last weekend saw the U-9 to U-12 Munster Indoor Championships in Nenagh. It was great once again to see so many young athletes travel to Nenagh last weekend for the Munster Indoor Track and Field Championships. Not every athlete came home with a medal but there were many competitors from clubs in Limerick and they are all to be commended.

It is important as well to mention the coaches and volunteers who work behind the scenes coaching, registering athletes, preparing results and helping out as well as officials from Athletics Ireland. A special mention must also go to a number of young athletes from clubs such as Sunhill Harriers and West Limerick AC who have started to field juvenile athletes. Ger and Gary in West Limerick are doing a great job in coaching young athletes as is Cherry Joy O’Regan from Sunhill.

Girls and Boys U-9 and U-10

Orla O’Shaughnessy of Dooneen AC impressed by winning the U9 300 metre final. In the girls U10, Angel Alfred of Dooneen AC won the 60 metres, Leagh Moloney of Limerick AC was third. Leagh also took gold in the long jump. Denis Matthews of Dooneen AC was superb in winning the 60 metres and was 2nd in the long jump.

Girls and Boys U-11

Victoria Amiadamen of Dooneen AC proved how competitive she is by winning the long jump, silver in 500 metres and 60 metres. Eimear Conroy of Dooneen AC won the 500 metres and Aimee Ryan of Dooneen was 3rd in the 60 metres.

Girls and Boys U-12

Laura Frawley of St Mary’s won many medals in this category – she won gold in the shot putt, long jump, silver in high jump and 3rd in 60 metres. Sarah Hosey of Limerick AC was 2nd in 600 metres and Sarah Butler of Dooneen took bronze in same event. Kelvin O’Connor was first in the 60 metres and also breaking a Munster record.

Munster 4 mile Championships

A reminder that Kilmallock AC will host the 2015 Munster 4 mile road race held in Kilmallock on Sunday 29 March at 12pm. This year a decision was made to combine the Senior, Novice and Masters in to one race day. The race headquarters for this event will be Deebert House Hotel, Kilmallock. The race will start 1 mile from this location just over the bridge past Kilmallock Mart. In recent weeks the club started its couch to 5k program to overwhelming success with now over 150 members registered and taking part in training this year with Kilmallock AC. For more details on registration, contact yor local club officer or secretary.

Track and Field County Championships

Those involved in athletics in Limerick are looking forward to the Track and Field County Championships taking place over 2 evenings on Thursday, 7th and 14th May. Taking place at the University of Limerick, the first evening will see the men’s shot putt and triple jump, 3,000 metres, 200 metres & 800 metres. For the women, the first night will see the shot putt and triple jump, 100 metres, 400 metres, mile and medley relay. There will also be a mixed 4 x 400 relay. On the 14th, the events are reversed and the Men will take on the high jump, long jump, 100 metres, 400 metres, mile and medley relay. The women will also take on the high jump and long jump, 200 metres, 3,000 metres and 800 metres. There will be a 2 x 400 mixed relay and a medley relay. It starts at 7pm. For more details and registration, contact Mossie Wolfe at mossiewoulfe@gmail.com

Fit for Life

Well done once again to An Bru running club for starting up a Fit for Life programme. The went on Live 95FM this week publicising their club and discussing the upcoming programme. Fit for Life programmes are designed to improve people’s level of fitness and to promote general wellbeing in adults. An Bru will start their training on April 14.

Kilmallock AC have also commenced an exciting new ‘couch to 5k’ programme. It starts at 6.30pm sharp from Kilmallock Industrial Estate. Simon Reynolds is helping co-ordinate this programme and he been getting a huge turnout from men and women. The fee for the programme is just €20 and for more details contact Simon on 087- 2989811.

Dooneen AC’s Fit4Life restarted recently in Raheen Industrial Estate. It is a new location at Analog Devices building where the Dooneen 6k and Feet on the Street races were held last Summer. Open to all levels, and catering for beginners in particular. No long periods of running, all concentrating on short 1-3 min intervals, or 1 mile maximum distance. Session runs in loops, so no one gets left behind. For more details, contact the chairman, Paul Askins on chairman@dooneenathleticclub.com or log on to the website www.dooneenathleticclub.com for more details including a map of the start area and location for training.

Upcoming Fixtures

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 euro,walkers €10, Numerous prizes, Tech t-shirts and AAI approved - Race starts and finish at Limerick race course. Enquiries -Joe Chawke 087 7533526 & Tony Fitzgerald 0863006625.