A: Grange, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland | E: info@mullingarharriers.com

Leinster Children’s Games and u/12 & u/13 T&F 2024 (2nd June)


The Leinster Children’s Games and u/12 & u/13 T&F were held in Tullamore on Sunday 2nd June. The day started cool and fresh but the when sun broke through it was lovely and warm, ideal for athletes and spectators alike. The younger under 9, 10 and 11 year olds competed as a “pair”, meaning their times in a race or throws in the turbo javelin or shot putt or jumps in the long jump were added together to give a team total or score, while the older under 12 and under 13 year olds competed as individuals. The level of competition was fierce and medals were very hard to win but all our young athletes competed to the very best of their ability and they thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Track action got underway with the u/12 girls 600m where Penny Bohan and Katie Bohan ran very well in their heats but were unlucky not to advance to the final. In the u/12 boys 600m heats, Conor Gavin and Cillian Gavin finished well up in their heats but not enough to join Daniel Cummins in the final who won his heat in style. In the final later in the day, Daniel ran an excellent race, keeping in contention for a medal all the way and was rewarded for his efforts by finishing a close third place by just hundredths of a second, diving over the line to win the bronze medal. Mullingar had five girls in the u/13 girls 600m where Liadan Gavin and Alice Hyland were unlucky not to advance from their heats and join Amelie Kelly, Chloe Bell and Clodagh Keane who qualified for the final from their heats. Giving their best in the later final, the girls ran extremely well but finished out of the medal places.

Roisin Keane, Kate Horohoe and Ellen Cummins ran very well in the u/11 girls 600m, as did Mel Bohan, Noah Morgan, Donagh Bourke, Olly Wright and Andrew Bradley in the u/11 boys 600m but finished out of the medal places. It was similar for Cara Hickey, Mia Barry, Sarah Cummins and Robyn Bradley in the u/9 girls 300m where all four of them gave accounts in their races. We finished with the u/10 girls 500m where Emily Rose Coyne, Maisie Walsh, Heather Kelly and Rachel Robinson ran brilliantly, with Emily and Maisie just missing medals by a mere seven hundredths of a second, a very close finish.

Moving to the sprints, Mia Barry, Cara Hickey and Robyn Bradley blasted down the track in the u/9 girls 60m but finished out of the medals. Daniel Cummins and Aaron Robinson advanced from their heats to the semi-finals of the u/12 boys 60m but unfortunately Cillian Gavin and Conor Gavin were unlucky not to advance from their heats to join them. Aaron and Daniel were very competitive in their semi-finals and unlucky not to reach the final. Another semi-finalist was Clodagh Keane in the u/13 girls 80m, where Liadan Gavin was unlucky not to advance from her heat. Blasting from gun in the semi-final, Clodagh finished 4th, just missing a place in the final, but top marks for effort. Donnacha Doyle sprinted to a fine 4th place in his heat of the u/13 boys 80m but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to advance to the semi-final.

In the u/11 girls 60m races, Lucy O’Connor won her heat, Roisin Keane finished 3rd in hers, and Ellen Cummins finished well up but no medals were won. Emily Rose Coyne won her u/10 girls 60m race where her time was one of the fastest of all the races but it was a pity she didn’t have another Mullingar girl to “pair” with or they might have won medals. The sprints finished with the u/11 boys 60m where Mel Bohan and Andrew Bradley sprinted well but finished out of the medals places.

It wasn’t all track of course and Mullingar athletes were very busy in the field events too. Aaron Robinson finished 5th in the u/12 boys shot, only 0.11m off fourth place, which would have been enough to qualify for the All-Ireland finals. Donnacha Doyle also came close in the u/13 boys high jump, finishing an excellent 6th place. Also competing in the field events, where despite not winning medals they thoroughly enjoyed the competitions, was Maisie Walsh, Heather Kelly and Rachel Robinson (u/10 girls long jump), Kate Horohoe (u/11 girls turbo javelin), Alice Hyland (u/13 girls high jump & shot), Donagh Bourke and Gearoid Doyle (u/11 boys long jump), and Sarah Cummins (u/9 girls turbo javelin).

The day finished with the excitement of the Inter-County sprint relays where Mullingar fielded two teams. Amelie Kelly, Liadan Gavin, Chloe Bell and Clodagh Keane were brilliant in their heat of the u/13 girls 4x100m relay where they finished third but with the medals decided on the times over two heats, the girls were unlucky to finish out of the medals. Conor Gavin, Daniel Cummins, Cillian Gavin and Aaron Robinson are all u/12 but moved up an age for the u/13 boys 4x100m relay where they battled well but finished out of the medals, but the experience will stand to them [GD].