Limerick athletes featured strongly in the last two weeks of events in Athlone.
Jenna Brommell set a new National Junior record in the 400m in a time of 54.19.
Jenna is University of Limerick student who went to Castletroy College and she has a bright future ahead. Equally Ciara Neville won the 60m and took silver in the 200m final.
Sarah Lavin won the U23 60m hurdles and it was great to see Lily Ann O’Hora back from injury securing silver in the same event. Amy O’Donoghue of Emerald AC won the 1,500m final and Dooneen’s Jessica Coyne won silver. Jamie Mitchell of Emerald and Cathal Locke of Dooneen secured silver and bronze in the junior 400m final. Clodagh O’Mahony and Laju Watse from Dooneen ran really well but were narrowly out of the medals.
Niall Counihan of Dooneen AC competed in Senior Triple Jump and took silver home for his efforts. Cathal Locke competed again the senior event and finished in 6th place.
Munster Juvenile Cross Country Relays
The finals of the Munster Juvenile Inter County Relays took place last week in Enniskeane in West Cork.
It was a chance for athletes to leave behind their club singlet and to run for their county. As has been the norm in this cross country season, conditions were extremely testing with the wind, rain and heavy underfoot conditions proving a true test of all athletes.
The U-10 Girls secured a silver medal to an excellent Cork squad. Well done to Rachel O'Connor, Ellen Hosey, Yanna Leahy and Anna Campbell of Dooneen Ac and Molly Creedon from St Mary's AC who all played their part. The U10 boys team consisted of West Limerick AC runners Timmy Colbert, Mike Brosnahan, Patrick Cagney and Adam Murphy and they ran superbly to take a bronze medal the race. The U12 girls team proved their worth in taking gold - Sarah Butler, Sarah Hosey and Maria Campbell as well as Eimear Galvin from St Mary's AC. They won comfortably from Clare and Cork to take the title and it rounds off a great cross country season for them.
National League Final
The final of the national indoor league took place last week and Dooneen AC were taking part having qualified over two rounds.
Missing many athletes due to injury and prior commitment, 3 members headed to Athlone. Niall Counihan had yet another great jump in the triple jump clearing 14.52 and first place.
David O Brien took on the 200m in a time of 23.85, the 400m in 55.03 and also giving the high jump a go and clearing 1.60. Tony Fitzgerald competed in the 800m in 2.09 and the shot putt.
If anyone is interested in taking part in the outdoor league, we will be entering both a male and a female team and you can contact Chairperson Tony Fitzgerald.
The Adare 10k will take place on Sunday February 28 at 1pm.
Race entry will be €20 online or €25 on the weekend of the race. This entry fee will include your chip timing, race t-shirt and a medal. This will be the first Adare 10k medal and will be a collectors item. Walkers can enter on the weekend for €10 and will get a medal only, but not chip timing or t-shirt. This is a great local race and helps raise funds for West Limerick AC.
It could be a great race or walk to aim for to complete your first 10k and get a medal for your efforts. West Limerick AC would ask any members or friends or the club not running on the day to consider volunteering as an event of this size needs lots of bodies on the day to help it run smoothly.
We will also ask members to help prepare food as in previous years.
Registration in person can take place at the Adare Village Hall in the centre of Adare. Saturday 27th from 2pm to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 12.30pm. Entries will not be accepted after 12.30pm on Sunday 28th.
Race T Shirts limited to the first 500 people to register online.