Athletics indoor season kicks off with weekend of activity

Athletics indoor season kicks off with weekend of activity

INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

A sizeable group of Senior and Masters athletes travelled to Nenagh at the weekend where the Senior and Masters Indoor Championships took place.

For many athletes, it was an emotional day and a minutes silence was held for Michal Rejmer of Dooneen AC. The Dooneen AC team also wore black ribbons as a mark of respect for his death.

Senior Women

Ciara Neville once again demonstrated what a terrific athlete she is in taking gold in the 200m final and in the 60m final. Sarah Lavin of UCD AC but a native of Limerick was also in top form winning the 60m hurdles final and coming second in the 60m flat.

Aisling Gavin of West Limerick also competed in both these events but was out of the medals on this occasion. Elle Larkin of Emerald AC won the pole vault. Jean Mulcahy competed in a strong field to take 3rd in the 3,000m. Norma Brosnahan, Martina Ahern and Maeve Kenrick of West Limerick all competed in a very fast 200m race and gained valuable experience.

Senior Men

Jamie Mitchell of Emerald AC showed his class in taking gold in the men’s 400m and 3rd in the 200m final. John McCallion of Limerick AC was also in top form claiming gold in the 1,500metres and 2nd in the 800m final.

Lorcan O’Connor of Emerald AC also ran well to finish in 4th in the 800m. Stuart Moloney of Mooreabbey Milers decided to contest the 3,000 men’s senior final even though he qualifies as a Masters athlete. It paid off and he secured silver in the event. Ger Guina of West Limerick ran the 3,000 metres and finished in 6th place.

Ger O’Shea of Dooneen also ran well in both his events but was out of the medals. Roland Precioux of Limerick AC and John Paul Baggott of West Limerick also competed. In the field events, Niall Counihan of Dooneen AC won the triple jump. He had also competed the day before in the National League.

Masters Women

Dooneen AC has developed a good team of masters women and they all competed on Sunday.

Mary Neill (O35) won the 3,000 metres, Verena Tarpey (O40) won the 800m and 1,500 metres. Fiona Treacy (O45) was 2nd in the 800m and 4th in 1,500.

Diane Curran (O35) was 2nd in 200m. Louise Collins (O35) had a terrific day taking bronze in 200m, 1st in High jump and 3rd in 60m and long jump. Marta O’Sullivan (O40) was 3rd in shot putt and also competed in 60m and 200m finals but narrowly missed out on medal position. Marie Keane (O45) came 3rd in 1,500 metres.

The Dooneen AC relay teams came 1st and 3rd and Michelle Kennedy came out especially to run the relay was rewarded with a gold medal.

West Limerick women also competed and well done to Martina Ahern, their captain in showing leadership and getting the athletes out. A number of the them competed in the senior event and their results are above.

Carmel MacDomhnaill was again out competing in the O60 category and she demonstrated grit in taking gold in her 3 races – 800, 1,500m and 3,000m. What a tremendous athlete.

Dympna Lawlor (O40) was 2nd in the 1,500m and won the 3,000 in her category. Maeve Kenrick also competed in 200m but was out of the medals. Norma Brosnahan and Martina Ahern (035) (who also competed in senior women’s 400m) took gold and silver in the shot putt

Masters Men

James O’Hare (060) of Limerick AC loves the indoor track and he was rewarded with gold in the 60m hurdles, 2nd in the 200m and 2nd in shot putt.

PJ O’Rourke of Limerick AC also competed and won the O40 60m hurdles and was 3rd in long jump. Jerry O’Connell of Country Club was demonstrating his fitness as well – Jerry is 74 years of age and came home with 1 silver medal and 3 bronze.

West Limerick AC had a number of Masters athletes including John Campbell who made his debut but was out of medals. Fiachra MacDomhnaill was 2nd in the 1,500. Niall O’Riordan (035) was 2nd in 3,000,

Liam Hurrel was 5th in 3,000, a credible performance from him. Tom Roche (035) again ran well but was just out of medals in 200m and he also competed in 60m. Gary Egan of An Bru was also there and ran well finishing in 2nd in O40 men’s 3,000metres.

Dooneen masters men secured silver in the relay team event. Stephen Lappin (O40) won the long jump, silver in 60 and 2nd in high jump. Timmy Ryan was 3rd in 60m but out of medals in 200m. Dermot Kearns (O40) won a silver in 800metres followed by Tony Fitzgerald in 3rd place.

Joe Chawke ran in a very competitive 3,000 metres and lead for most of the race but finished outside medals. Kevin Wilkinson also gained valuable experience and picked up a silver medal for his role in the relay.

National Indoor League

Dooneen AC once again competed in the National and are in a good position after the first competition. More details on the League and full results in next edition.

UPCOMING RACES

Next weekend sees the juveniles back in action at the Munster Relay finals in Nenagh. On the January 30, the 5k Doneraile Series starts followed by the Milford Hospice 10k at the University of Limerick on January 31.

The same day will see many travel to Dungarvan 10 Mile.

The Annual General Meeting of Limerick Athletic Club will take place on Wednesday, January 27, in the Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road at 8 pm. We are asking all athletes and parents past and present to attend.