Limerick Athletics PRO Verena Tarpey rounds up all the recent local action.
Munster Combined Championships
Nenagh Olympic AC hosted the Munster Indoor Juvenile combined events last weekend. Held over 2 days, it was a challenging competition for all athletes involved. Depending on age, athletes competed in 60m sprint/hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot putt and 600/800 metres. The nature of this competition means that the winning medals are often decided in the final 600/800 metres. The competition started with the U-11 category.
U-11 Girls and Boys
Kate Foley of St Mary’s Limerick won silver in this event, closely followed by Dooneen’s Yanna Leahy in third and Leagh Moloney in 4th. All these athletes are strong competitors at Munster and National level. Karis Dillon of Dooneen put in a great performance as did Alice Joy O’Regan of Sun Hill Harriers. The boys were represented by Ross O’Carroll and Alan McCutcheon, both of Dooneen AC. With only 1 event to go, Ross O’Carroll showed great mental strength to run a consistent 600m to hold on to 5th place overall. Another fine performance for this young athlete. Alan McCutcheon also did well to finish in 7th overall.
U-12 Girls and Boys
This was an extremely competitive one with several heats required due to the numbers taking part. Emer Conroy of Dooneen AC demonstrated her superb skill in winning the event followed by her club mate Victoria Amiadamen in 3rd. The nature of the event meant that the winning places was down to the final 600m race. Eimear Galvin of St Mary’s also competed as did Aimee Ryan of Dooneen and Michaela Cumes of Sunhill Harriers. These athletes gained valuable experience.
U-13 Girls and Boys
Again, Limerick clubs featured strongly in this event with Laura Frawley of St Mary’s winning the event. Sarah Butler of Dooneen put in a tremendous performance in the 800m to move her up to 4th overall. Emma Moroney of St Mary’s also ran well. We had another gold medallist from Limerick in the boys event. Geoffrey Joy O’Regan won the boys event in a wonderful display of athletics. Oscar Terrin Hogan of the same club also competed in a very tight contest.
U-14 Girls and Boys
The girls were represented by Ella Dillon of Dooneen and Anna Joy O’Regan of Sunhill Harriers who competed and gained valuable experience. Ella finished in 6th overall. St Mary’s athletes Shane Fitzgerald and Ciaran O’Sullivan displayed great skill in coming 2nd and 3rd overall. Thomas Mann of St Mary’s also competed and ran well on the day.
U-15 Girls and Boys
St Mary’s again proved to be strong with Holly Meredith winning the U15 title and her club mate Niamh Foley in 4th.
Junior Munster Championships
This competition also took place in Nenagh. Anna Burke of Emerald AC was 2nd in the Junior 400m. David O’Brien of Dooneen was 3rd in the 200m and 4th in 400m. Mark Carmody of An Bru was 7th in 200m.
Looking ahead to February, West Limerick AC have announced the date for their 10k raod race. It will take place on February 28 at 1pm. More details to follow. Coming up this month is an exciting line up of events. This weekend 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. The same weekend, we have the Caherconlish 10k on Sunday, January 17, at 2pm. On 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. On January 31, Milford Care Centre will host their annual 10k in University of Limerick grounds.
Athletics Ireland Membership
Membership for Athletics Ireland is now open for 2016 and all club runners should pay their club representative or register online through their club website. The earlier that you pay your membership the more events that you will be able to part in – please note that athletes cannot compete in championship events without having registered. 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.