Verena Tarpey rounds up all the recent Limerick athletics action.
Cross country trials
The poor weather has hampered efforts to get the trials for the Inter County Relay Teams (Cross Country) up and running. They eventually went ahead at the Crescent Comprehensive School last Saturday morning.
Up for grabs was an opportunity for six boys and girls to represent Limerick in the Munster and National Finals. The U-10 boys and girls trial was quite short, being only 250 metres. In the girls event, the team going through are Yanna Leahy, Molly Creedon, Ellen Hosey, Rachel O’Connor, Anna Campbell and Orla O’Shaughnessy. The boys event will see Patrick Cagney, Alan McCutcheon, Adam Murphy, Timmy Colbert, Matthew Burke and Michael Brosnahan.
The U-12 event was slightly longer with the girls team made up of Sarah Hosey, Maria Campbell, Sarah Butler, Victoria Amiadamen, Emer Galvin and Maria Cagney. The boys event will see Darragh O’Sullivan, Luke Hession, Matthew Carroll, Conor Galvin, Daniel Walker and Tommy O’Driscoll. Chloe Brosnahan and Fintan O’Sullivan won the U-14 races.
The U-10 athletes will represent at Munster level only and this will take place in Enniskeane in West Cork on February 7. The U-12 and U-14 boys and girls will run 500 metres – they can compete in Munster and National finals – the nationals take place in Dublin on January 9. One team per age group and county singlet must be worn. For more details about the finals, contact Brian Campbell on 087 7981469.
MUNSTER RELAY AND INDOOR FINALS
Preparations are well underway in all Limerick clubs for the start of the indoor season and likewise, the cross country season continues although this will be winding down to a close in February.
On January 2/3, the Munster Junior and U-23 Juvenile Pentathlon Championships takes place in Nenagh. Events include track and field events. The following weekend on January 9, the national 4k cross country championships, juvenile B and National Inter County Relays take place in Dublin. On January 16, the first round of the National Indoor League starts in Athlone IT followed by the Munster Indoor Senior and Masters Championships on Sunday January 17 in Nenagh Indoor Stadium.
On the January 23, the National Finals of the Juvenile Indoor Combined takes place in Athlone IT and the following day, the Munster Relay Indoor Finals takes place in Nenagh Indoor Stadium.
Please contact your club representative for more details on this.
Membership for Athletics Ireland is now open and all club runners should pay their club representative or register online.
The earlier that you pay your membership the more events that you will be able to take part in – please note that athletes cannot compete in championship events without having registered. When you have paid membership the club will pay your entry into the following events should you wish to take part. Not only does your membership allow you to enter County, Munster and National events, but it covers you for insurance when taking part in club training.
Paddy O’Connell has once again organised the annual Christmas Day run from Hunt Museum.
It is the 33rd annual Christmas Day run from the Hunt Museum to the Brothers of Charity Lisnagry - start time is 10.30am. All money collected will be handed over to the Daughters of Charity Lisnagry to help them continue their great work.
For information please contact Paddy O’Connell at 087 7982122. The following day, the County 10 mile Championships (also incorporating an open competition) takes place in Limerick from Caherdavin Community Centre from 1pm – the race also has a 5 mile option. Registration on the day.