Athletics

Clonmel Athletic club had no fewer than 11 of its athletes participating in the All Ireland Schools Finals in Tullamore on Saturday last. Chloe Lynch representing Gaelcholaiste Cheitinn was first up in the Junior girls 2km walk and walked a consistent race in a very competitive field, finishing 7th in a time of 6.22. Orlaith Moynihan representing Loreto, Clonmel battled hard in the Intermediate girls 3000 meter and finished strongly to come home in 6th place in a time of 10.49.

Clonmel Athletic club had no fewer than 11 of its athletes participating in the All Ireland Schools Finals in Tullamore on Saturday last. Chloe Lynch representing Gaelcholaiste Cheitinn was first up in the Junior girls 2km walk and walked a consistent race in a very competitive field, finishing 7th in a time of 6.22. Orlaith Moynihan representing Loreto, Clonmel battled hard in the Intermediate girls 3000 meter and finished strongly to come home in 6th place in a time of 10.49.

Phoebe Murphy representing Loreto, Clonmel was moving up an age and although running in the Intermediate girls 100 meter she will be eligible to run in the same category next year. Phoebe with her noted determination was not at all fazed by the field and finished a very close fourth in a time of 12.49. Phoebe has ran faster than this just the previous Saturday in the Leinster Juniors where she ran a fantastic 12.30 and at present is the only Irish girl with a European Youth Olympic time qualification standard so fingers crossed this gutsy lady will be selected.

Alyx O Dwyer representing Loreto, Clonmel walked with distinction in the Intermediate 2km Walk and will have learned a lot from her 7th place finish in a fine time of 12.21. Laura Tobin representing Loreto, Clonmel was in great form in the Senior Girls 3000 meters and finished strongly in a time of 11.29 in 7th place. Megan O’Brien representing Loreto, Clonmel is finding her form again and will be delighted with a 6th place in the senior girls 800 meters where she finished in a time of 2.32. Earlier in the day she ran well when finishing 4th in the 400m hurdles. Michaela Crosbie representing Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir was unlucky not to medal in the Senior girls 3km walk when finishing in fourth place in a personal best of 18.35.

Aaron Egan and Anthony Tobin both representing the High School, Clonmel competed in the Intermediate boys 2km walk. The pair now used to the big occasion had decided well in advance of the event that positions 1 and 2 were not going to be taken from them. Aaron set about his task from the gun and took control from the front. Aaron was being pushed all the way by Nathan Murphy with Anthony watching every move. Aaron never panicked and burnt off his challenger who then set about spoiling Anthony’s party. Anthony showed great restraint despite bursts of speed by the challenger. Aaron kept in control not letting the great battle behind him sway his thinking and finished in first place in a time on 9.00 and Anthony completed the plan when finishing in second place and bringing home gold and silver to Clonmel with this duo sure to be picked on the Intermediate Irish Schools team later on in the year.

Evan Lynch representing Gaelcholasite Chluain Meala competed in the Senior boys 3km walk and was bitterly disappointed after he and the race leader fell foul of some overzealous judging and were both disqualified in the last 200 meters. Michael Carey representing High School, Clonmel competed in the Senior Boys 2000 meter Steeplechase and he was keen for a big performance as he was competing in his last Schools Championship and what a performance. Michael battled hard against the formidable Kyle Larkin. As the pair matched each other stride for stride around the 5 laps the only difference appeared to be the barrier clearance method which saw Karl get the slight edge which he needed in the last 100 meters as Michael beared down on him with each stride. The final straight was just not long enough for Michael with the finishing line coming too soon and saving Karl. This performance was a huge one for Michael who knocked 7 seconds of his personal best to finish in a time of 5.58 and take the silver medal.

The man of the meeting was undoubtedly Sean Tobin who gave an exhibition of middle distance running and bowed out of Schools Athletics with his name securely etched on the record books. Sean representing High School,Clonmel was in flying form and was eager to display his dominance in Irish Middle distance running. Sean competed in the Senior boys 800 meters and fought tigerishly at the break to take the lead shadowed all the way by Cillian Kirwan who was eager to stay in touch. After a blistering first lap nobody could have thought it possible that the pace was maintainable but that’s everybody but Sean. Sean’s strength on the back straight destroyed the dreams of all his challengers and he powered down the home straight in a magnificent time of 1.50.65 breaking the existing record set back in 1982 by Sean O’Neill from Ballymena. Sean Tobin wasn’t around then and it is unlikely that the man who will break this fantastic time is around yet either. Sean’s performance brought the stand to its feet as they applauded brilliance in the making. This 800 meter time is also a B Standard for the European Juniors that will be held in Italy later on in the year adding to Sean’s two B standards he has done for the 1500mts. Sean was not content and could be seen straight away after the race jogging to relieve his legs of the Lactic build up as he had other things on his mind. It was now 14.10hrs and Sean was already looking forward to the Senior boys 1500 meters set to take place at 5pm. Sean was ready and willing when the gun went and controlled the race from the onset. Sean had challengers to his dominance throughout which he quickly dismissed with his relentless pace. Sean’s dominance was obvious as he stretched his lead the further the race went allowing him to jog the last hundred meters waving to the crowd as he bowed out of Schools athletics.

Sean becomes the first schoolboy to complete the Senior Boys 800m and 1500m double since Niall Bruton back in 1989. “ I didn’t know that” said Sean who was equally delighted to break the 800m record with a 1.50.65 clocking. “I was so focussed on trying to get the first lap right that I ran tight.” Sean has been an inspiration to many athletes and taking home the gold in the 800 and 1500 is just reward fitting and appropriate to man of his stature.

Great running at Irish Milers Club

The Irish Milers Club was set up to help improve the standard of competition and they do this by organising competition throughout the year, In recent weeks Club members have benefitted greatly from such competition. In Greystones recently a number of members competed. In the 800m William Maunsell ran very well when finishing 3rd in 1 min 55.31 secs. In the 1500m B race Niall McCormack ran a brilliant race when winning in 3 mins 55.70 secs with Michal Carey pushing him all the way when finishing 2nd in 3 mins 56.09 secs. In the 1500m A Race Sean Tobin ran very well when finishing 5th in 3 mins 51.55 secs, great preparation for the All Ireland Schools track and Field Championship held the following Saturday.

At the Open 800m in Tullamore last Saturday William Maunsell ran very well when finishing 4th in a PB of 1 mins 56.8 secs and is sure to improve as the season progresses. Then in the 1500m race Niall McCormack continued his good form when also running a PB when finishing 7th in 3 mins 55.22 secs.

The Munster Senior and Master Track and Field Championships took place in last Sunday at CIT, Cork. Maaik van der Wal, making her Club debut in these Championships performed very well when winning the Ladies over 40 Discus with 26.92m. Then later in the day she participated in her favourite event, the javelin and here her performance of 23.94m saw her winning the Munster title but also setting a new Championship Best performance when bettering the old record of 21.27m. Maaik also finds time to coach our Juvenile athletes in the turbo javelin, where they have enjoyed great success this year. Pat Coffey competing in the over 45 800m ran very well when winning the Bronze medal in 2 mins 27.64 secs. Bernard O’Neill competing in the Long Jump over 60 performed very well when winning the Gold medal with a jump of 3.96m. Albert Doyle won the over 60 Silver medal in the Shot Putt with 7.34m. Albert also won the Gold medal in the Discus with a throw of 16.4m. Albert won his 3rd medal of these Championships when finishing 2nd in the Weight Throw 56lbs when tossing the weight out to 6.03m.

The Fethard Road races took place in good conditions last week. Conor Fleming ran very well when finishing 8th in 23:18. We also saw good performances from Aine Roche who was 6th Senior Lady in 25:21, Brian Carroll 21st 25:31, Dave Johnson 22nd 25:42, James O’Brien 32nd 26:38, Ciaran O’Flaherty 33rd 26:39, Donal Casey 39th 27:02, Sean Buckley 42nd 27:31, Mary Molloy 45th 27:49, Maurice Boland 47th 28:11, Noel Prendergast 49th 28:25, Tom Butler 50th 28:25, Tom Barry 59th 29:31, Sheena Mullins 63rd 29:43, Donna Nagle 66th 30:07, Joe Grinsell 68th 30:39, Anne Maher 72nd 31:17, Angela Walsh 74th 31:20, Pat Tobin 79th 32:01, Brendan White 84th 32:18, Tara Guthrie 86th 32:27, Helen O Ceallaigh 88th 32:33, Kate Hassett 93rd 32:50, Eamonn Crowley 94th 32:53, Deirdre Healy 96th 33:08, TJ O’Loughlin 97th 33:12, Michael Sweetman 104th 33:35, Nicola Grace 110th 34:48, Mary Pyke 111th 34:57, Nicola Connolly 114th 35:40, Anne Falvey 133rd 39:18 and Andrea Keenan 139th 42:33.

We also had many participants in the 2 mile run here we had good performances from Shane Fitzgibbon 2nd 15:01, Daragh O’Keeffe 4th 15:53, Tiernan O Ceallaigh 6th 19:14, Callum O Ceallaigh 7th 19:16, Susan Laste, making a very welcome return to competition when finishing 14th 24:43 and Ali Laste 18th 27:32.

The Touraneena 5k road race took place in good conditions last Friday night with the Club very well represented.

David Ryan underlined his good running form when running very well when finishing 2nd in 16:22. John Walsh was 23rd in 18:52, John Browne 25th 18:55, Alan O’Shea 30th 19:13, Donal Casey 47th 20:32, Eamon English 61st 21:16, John Tobin 64th 21:19, Justin O’Connor 72nd 21:39, Maurice Boland 73rd 21:44, Martin Walsh 102nd 23:30, Joe Grinsell 104th 23:36 and Gary Hallinan 133rd 25:38.

Brilliant performances at County Track and Field

The County under 9 to under 12 Track and Field Championships took place recently in Templemore. For many of our members it was their first time competing at this level and it was great to see them performing so well and it augurs very well for the future. In the Girls under 9 Lily Grace ran a brilliant race when winning the 300m Bronze medal while Aedin McCormack underlined her potential when winning the Bronze medal in the Turbo Javelin. We saw some great performances from Ruby Carroll, Grace Laufhoff, Hannah Mulhwald, Lauryn O’Flynn and they will benefit hugely from this experience. In the Girls under 10 we also had good performances from Isobel Hurley, Megan Hurley, Isobel Kelly, Rachel Lauhoff, Meadbh Mulcahy, Sarah Quirke, Emily Condon and Caitlin Tobin. In the Girls under 11 we had Aine Grace and Veerle Van der Wal wining the 60m Silver and Bronze medals respectively. Veerle also won the 600m Bronze medal. In the Long Jump we had a Club 1, 2, 3 with great performances from Veerle 1st, Aoibhin Foley 2nd and Aine Grace 3rd.

In the Girls under 11 Turbo Javelin the coaching of Maaik van der Wal paid rich dividends when the Club recorded a 1, 2, 3 with Veerle winning the Gold, Jessica Redfern the Silver and Aoibhin Foley the Bronze. In the 4 x 100m relay the Girls under 11 team won the Silver medals. In this Age group we also some very promising performances from Robyn O Flynn, Caoimhe Walsh and Abby O Sullivan.

In the Girls under 12 Orla Winston won the 60m Gold with Ava Fennessy winning the Bronze medal. In the Long Jump we had a club 1, 2 with Orla 1st and Ava 2nd. In the Girls Shot Putt Ava Fennessy won the Gold medal. The Girls under 12 relay team ran very well to win the Gold medals. We also had good performances from Sophie Boyle Chloe Conway, Lauren Hurley, Hazel Mc Fadden, Enya Mulhwald, Caoimhe Mulcahy, Ellen O’Connor, Ciara O’Farrell and Hannah Berry in these Championships.

In the Boys under 9 we had some very promising performances from Championship debutants Mark Corcoran, Liam McGrath, Gerald Nugent, Joe O’Connor, Oisin O’Donoghue, Conor O’Loughlin, Sam O’Sullivan and Cillian Tobin and the future looks bright. In the Boys under 10 Jonas Nyberg won the turbo javelin while also winning the Long Jump Bronze medal. We also saw good performances from both Charlie Barlow and Charlie O Connor.

In the Boys under 11 we had good performances from Aaron Ahearne, Sean Fahey, David Gartland, Carlos Grace, Rian McCormack, Jack O’Donoghue and Tadgh Ryan.

In the Boys under 12 we some very encouraging from athletes like David Broderick, Mark Wallace, John Hynes, Peter Keating, Stephen O Leary and Harry Quirke and they are bound to improve as the season progresses.