Clonmel Juvenile Athletic Club
The All-Ireland two by two under 9 to 11 Track and Field Championships took place in Cork last Saturday. In the Boys Under 9 Jonas Nyberg and Charlie Barlow won the gold medals in both the 60m and the long jump, and both athletes put in brilliant performances in both events. Ava Fennessy and Orla Winston won the gold medal in the long jump in the Girls under 11. Then late in the day Aoibhinn Foley and Jessica Redfern, competing in their first All Ireland, performed very well when finishing 4th in the Girls under 10 Ball Throw. In the Girls Under 11 relay the team of Veerle van der Wal, Chloe Conway, Aoibhinn Foley and Orla Winston ran very well to qualify for the final and in the final finished a close 7th. Aoibhinn and Veerle came in at the last minute on the relay team due to a few withdrawals and acquitted themselves very well.
Small Nations win for Evan Lynch
On Saturday last the picturesque town of Tour De Peilz at the foot of the Alps in sunny Switzerland was the location of the 2012 Small Nations race walking match. This match involved teams from Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Holland and England that included a 10km Junior Mens Walk. Evan was one of two Junior Men selected on the Irish team. Evan set a blistering pace from the start leading out the pack. The 29 degrees heat and relentless sunshine made the task difficult but Evan stuck to his guns, winning the race in a Personal Best performance of 46 mins 36 seconds and contributed vital points to the team which saw the Irish triumphant in the overall competition.
Sean Tobin – National Junior Silver medallist
Tullamore was the venue last Sunday for the All-Ireland Junior Track and Field Championships, held in glorious sunshine. In the Junior Mens 800m Sean Tobin showed that he has a quick turn of pace when finishing a very good second in 1 min 53.05 secs in what was a Personal Best for Sean over the two laps. This was a brilliant performance by Sean who turned the tables on Shane Fitzsimons who beat him in the Schools Championships in Tullamore recently.
Recently Sean went over to Watford for a 1500m race hoping to make the A standard qualifying time of 3 mins 46.30 secs for the World Junior Men’s 1500m, which will be held in Barcelona in August. He ran a brilliant tactical race that saw him well positioned going out on the final lap as he chased the qualifying time. Over the final 400m he gave it everything especially down the finishing straight to finish third in 3 mins 46.41 secs, just a 0.11 second outside the A standard but well inside the B Standard. This was a brilliant performance by Sean who knocked over 2 seconds off his previous best.
Orlaith Moynihan represents Ireland
Last Sunday Glendalough was the venue for the International Youth Cup Hill Running competition with nine countries competing - Bulgaria, England, Italy, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Wales and Ireland. Orlaith Moynihan was selected on the Irish team due to her very good performances over 3000m this year. This was Orlaith’s first taste of Hill running but she adjusted very well to the conditions. She was part of the Irish Girls second team. Orlaith ran very well when finishing 4th Irish athlete home and with only three to score on the team just missed out on a Gold medal as the Girls won the team event. Still this was a brilliant achievement by Orlaith who will cherish this special occasion, representing her country for the very first time.
This Inter Provincial Track and Field Competition took place Saturday. The weather threatened to spoil the day for athletes and officials alike at the Aviva Tailteann Games at Morton Stadium in Santry, but apart from a few light showers early on the day was quite reasonable. This was a historic competition for the club as five of its members, the highest representation, performed very well. Aaron Egan, Clonmel High School, showed great composure in the Intermediate Boys 3000m Walk. For this competition Aaron moved up from Junior to intermediate but this didn’t faze him. Right from the start he was in the leading group, covering all the right moves, then with 5 laps to go he moved into the lead with Simon Gillespie on his shoulder. These two were still together at the bell and then over the final 400m Aaron increased the tempo to come home a very worthy winner in 14:03.53.
In the Intermediate Girls 300m Megan O Brien, Loreto Convent Clonmel ran a brilliant first bend and was well in contention going down the back straight, then over a hectic last 100m she battled on to finish a close 8th in 44.48 secs. In the Intermediate Girls 800m Roisin Cleary, Presentation Convent Clonmel, went with the early pace and maintained a strong pace as the athletes went down the back straight and coming off the final bend put in a determined effort that saw her finishing 10th in 2:27.9.
In the Intermediate Girls 300m race Orlaith Moynihan, Loreto Convent Clonmel, went with the early pace and soon found herself in the leading group of four as they set a strong tempo over the early laps that saw them draw well clear of the chasing pack. Then with 2 laps to go the winner, Siofra O’Flaherty of Carlow, increased the tempo with Orlaith now in 4th place. Orlaith kept the pace going all the way to the line to finish a clear 4th in 10 mins 54 secs, very close to her personal best. Phoebe Murphy, Loreto Convent, was on the Inter provincial 4 by 100m relay team and she ran very well with the team finishing 3rd.