Week ending Saturday 24th February 2018
National Star Award for Oisin Lane
Oisin Lane was honoured Athletics Ireland when he was presented with the Roisin O’Callaghan Special Award for Walks at the Athletics Ireland Juvenile 2017 Star Awards in Tullamore last Saturday evening. The Award is in recognition of the outstanding year Oisin had on the track in 2017, winning at the Tailteann Games and the Schools International and winning the u/16 All-Ireland title with a new Championship Best Performance.
There was success too for Mullingar, as the Club was presented with the Kennedy Cup for best juvenile cross country Club in Ireland in 2017, marking three years in a row that Mullingar has won this cup. This comes as a result of the five team gold and one team silver medals won by Mullingar in the autumn cross country championships in 2017. Leinster also won the Bishop McFeeley Cup for best juvenile cross country Region and with fourteen Mullingar athletes scoring on Leinster teams we can take some of the credit for helping Leinster to win this cup too. These cups are a great testament to the hard work put in by our outstanding juvenile athletes and their coaches. They are all to be congratulated and can be very proud of themselves and their achievements.
For the record, the individual Westmeath Award went to Niamh Fogarty of North Westmeath AC who won the All-Ireland indoor and outdoor shot and won the All-Ireland discus with a new Championship Best Performance, and competed at the European Junior Championships in Italy. A very worthy winner from Westmeath!
AAI Senior Indoors
Mullingar was represented by Sarah Glennon, Rachel Glennon, Claire Fagan and Jamie Battle at the AAI Senior Indoor Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown last week-end. Sarah and Rachel were first into action on Saturday in the 3,000m race walk and put in strong performances to finish fifth and sixth respectively. Claire Fagan narrowly missed qualifying from the 1,500m heats but took satisfaction from finishing in a new personal best time of 4 minutes 43.26 seconds, a three second improvement on her previous best and will give her great confidence for the year ahead. On Sunday morning, Jamie Battle competed in his first National Senior Championship in the 3,000m and was rewarded with an excellent sixth place and a personal best time of 8 minutes 40.27 seconds. The race was a typical championship style affair with very tactical opening laps but Jamie still improved his personal best time by a margin of twelve seconds.
The Leinster Junior, Senior and Masters Indoors will take place at the NIA Abbotstown this coming Saturday and on Sunday the Leinster Juvenile Indoors continues also at the NIA Abbotstown for the sprint relays and some field events.
The Club’s website is currently off-line, so it looks “frozen” for now, but a new one is being constructed and nearing completion and when given its final tests will be published very soon. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with what’s happening at the Club on our Facebook page.