All Ireland success
Templemore was the venue for the Juvenile All Ireland underage team Championships. Held in glorious weather the club had three teams competing and it was great to see them all performing very well. In the Girls Long Jump team event our team of Aine Grace and Velerale van der Wal were going into this event as Munster Silver medallists, which they won earlier in the month with a combined jump of 5.82m. They prepared well for these Championships in our new Long Jump facility, which is beginning to pay rich dividends. In a very good competition they combined very well to win the Gold medals with a new combined Personal Best of 6.10m, brilliant performances and great improvement from their Munster performances. This achievement spurred on the rest of the club athletes. In the Girls under 10 Long Jump team event our team of Ava Fennessy and Orla Winston combined very well to win the Silver medal with a combined jump of 6.78m. This was another brilliant performance from these two athletes as they went into these National Championships as Munster Silver medallists with a combined jump of 6.65m. It was great to see them also achieving a Personal Best. Our Girls under 12 500m team of Ava Fennessy and Chloe Conway, who was called up late in the day to compete, put in two very good performances which when combined saw them finish a very creditable 6th. Well done to Chloe who made a great effort as she had to make a late dash to Templemore to ensure that the team competed.
Great wins by Evan and Michael at Tailteann Games
The Tailteann games took place in Santry on Saturday last. The Tailteann Games is an Inter Provincial Competition with the top three athletes in each event from the provincial Championships going forward to represent their Province, which is a great honour. In the Boys Steeplechase Michael Carey from the Clonmel High School put in a brilliant performance when winning in 4 mins 34.96 secs. Then we had Evan Lynch from Gael Colaiste Cheitinn Cluain Meala winning well in 13 mins 57.7 secs, the only athletes to break 14 minutes for the distance. Reece Maher of the Clonmel High School ran well in the 3000m when finishing a close 8th.
Grand Prix Walking
On Sunday three of our walkers - Evan Lynch, Anthony Tobin and Aaron Egan - walked in the Grand Prix of Race Walking in the Phoenix Park. This event grows in stature each year with athletes from all over the world attending. Aaron and Anthony had to go up an age to compete in the boys under 16 3km walk. This was their first time over the distance and they can be very proud of their performances. Both finished prominently in a huge field. Aaron walked 15 mins 58 secs while Anthony followed him home in a time of 16 mins 38 secs.
Evan Lynch was in flying form after his Tailteann games win the day before and he participated in the Boys under 18 5km walk. Evan won the event and in doing so set a new personal best of 22 mins 35 secs, taking some 30 seconds of his best. This is great preparation for Evan in his last race before he competes in the World Youth Olympic Championships in Lille within the fortnight.
Under 23 All Irelands Track and Field
Tullamore was the venue for the Under 23 All Ireland Track and Field Championships, which were held in ideal, summer-like conditions. In the 800m Finbarr Horgan ran well when finishing 8th in a very competitive race in a time of 2 mins 0.33 secs, so close to breaking the 2 minutes.