Week ending Saturday 8th August
Hopes remain for Leinster T&F Championships
We’re keeping our fingers crossed this week for a positive decision on whether Ireland advances or not to phase 4 of the Government’s revised roadmap for reopening society and business next Monday, which will allow groups of up to 500 people at outdoor events. The Leinster Junior, Senior & Masters T&F re-scheduled for Friday evening 14th, and on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August will only take place on condition that phase 4 begins. Entries won’t open until phase 4 is confirmed and if it isn’t, then the competition will be cancelled. Junior, Senior and Master athletes enter themselves but if they experience difficulty negotiating the online entry system when the time comes, they should contact Greg without delay.
Great Ireland Run team success
During the week, the results of the Great Ireland “Virtual” 10k Run were confirmed and we’re delighted to report that Claire Fagan finished first woman, and with Joan Flynn (third), Aine O’Reilly (fifth) and Amy Mahony (tenth), led the Mullingar Harriers women to team victory, more than nine minutes clear of second place. The men’s team race was a closer affair, where Gerard Gavin (seventh man), Maurice Looby (twelfth), Tom McGrath (fifteenth) and Alan Crowley (sixteenth) combined to finish second men team, only two and a half minutes behind first place. These are fantastic results from the club for a competition that was open to all athletics clubs in the country.
On the track
At the Leevale 2020 Summer Evening T&F last Tuesday at Cork IT, competing in the third of three heats of the senior women 100m, Shauna Leydon was satisfied with her third place finish, continuing her build up to the National T&F Finals in August.
At the Day of Irish PBs at the Le Cheile AC grounds in Leixlip last Friday evening, Lorcan Mullen competed over 5,000m in the final race of the seven on the evening, the quickest one, and was satisfied with his time of 16:28 in a very competitive race.
What were we at this time last year?
A terrific year in which he has emerged as one of the most improved young athletes in the Country culminated for Eoin Quinn this time last year when he made his International debut at the Youth Nations Cup in Santry, a new event for the best u/18 athletes from Ireland and England. As the All-Ireland Champion, Eoin was selected for the 800m where he competed with great determination to finish fourth in a very fast race. He followed this up with the 4x400m relay where he ran the third leg, taking the baton in fourth place and showing his customary great turn of pace pulled his team back into second place, though the team eventually finished in fourth place.
At the same event, Oisin Lane and Matthew Glennon dominated in the 3,000m race walk and as befits their pre-race tags as the clear favourites came home first and second respectively to earn maximum points for Ireland in the team competition.
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