National Masters Track and Field Finals
Tullamore was the venue for the national track and field finals on Sunday, August 21. A committed group of athletes from Limerick travelled up to contest the event and it was remarked that the standard was very high this year.
Stephen Lappin did his club proud by coming home with three medals - bronze in 100m and high jump and a silver in long jump (M40). Timmy Ryan, also of Dooneen contested the 100m M50 and secured bronze medal for his efforts. James O’Hare of Limerick AC achieved a bronze in the same event in M60 category. Jerry O’Connell of Limerick Country Club was just out of the medals in the sprint but secured a bronze in the long jump. His club mate Jimmy Shields, now in the M75 category won the 100m sprint for his age. Gary Egan of An Bru had a terrific race taking bronze in a very competitive 5k. Tony Fitzgerald was just out of the medals in the M40 800m final. Roger Mulqueen of An Bru was 5th in shot putt (M35) – John Campbell and Thomas Roche of West Limerick both competed in shot putt and John also won bronze in long jump.
Mary Neill and Nicola Buckley of Dooneen were the only women competing. Mary won the 3k walk having taken up the discipline earlier this year. Nicola Buckley who medalled in the Munsters, was unlucky and just missed out coming 6th in 100m and 5th in 200m.
Currghachase 10k took place on Sunday, August 21 – this popular race has been organised for a number of years now. Always well organised, there were 450 runners on the day. Declan Moore of Bilboa AC won the 10k, followed by Michael O’Callaghan, Shane Quile, Tom Madden, Dermot McMahon. Ausra McKeviciute won the women’s race with Ailbhe Healy in 2nd, Brigitta Luske in 3rd, Gina Clifford and Brid Ryan making up top 5.
On Friday, September 9, there will be a 4 mile support run in Galbally at 7pm. Registration in local community centre from 5.30pm.
Open Cross Country
A sizeable group of athletes will travel to Newcastle West this weekend to take part in the third annual open cross country competition in the Demesne at 12pm. This event attracts a high calibre of athletes from across Munster every year. Men’s race is 8k, women 5k, fit for life 2 miles and juveniles a variety of distances – U-10 1,000m, U-12 2,000m; U-14 will run 3,000m, U-16 4,000m; U-18 boys 6,000m while U18 girls will run 4,000m. Prizes for 1st 3 boys and girls. Plenty of prizes in senior section and age category prizes. There are changing facilities and refreshments on offer. The next race up will be on September 25 – the Juvenile uneven ages and novice men/women. Please note the first race of the day will be the Men's novice race followed by five juvenile races. The women's novice race takes place next followed by the remaining 5 juvenile races. On October 2, it is the turn of the Senior men and women starting at 12 in the University of Limerick. Then on the 9th of October, we have the Juvenile even ages, masters and intermediate starting at 12. No venue is yet confirmed for September 25 or October 9.