Athletics Round Up: Kate Veale Excels

Many of the country’s top Junior Athletes took part in the Indoor ‘ Woodie’s DIY Irish Junior championships’ Nenagh where there were many fine performances on a day when certainly no one would have wished to have been outdoors at the Tipperary venue.

Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) continued where she left off last week when she annexed the Munster title ,with a classy display to win the 3,000m walk, albeit her winning time here – 13:7.10 was a little outside her own Irish record set last week in her Munster win.

James Treanor (Shercock AC) had an equally impressive win in the men’s 3,000m walk .

Tommy Casey (Sligo AC) tried to lead all the way in the men’s 1,500m, but was overtaken on the last lap by Cathal Daly (Sli Cualann AC) who won comfortably in 4:09.35.

Dean Cronin (Blarney Inniscarra AC) tried similar tactics in the 800m, but he too was passed out on the final lap, by Robert Yorke (Mullingar Harriers) who won in 1:56.22.

In the shot putt, , Andrew Doyle (Mid Ulster AC) threw 15.70m to win the men’s shot,while Niamh Murphy (Blarney Inniscarra AC) won the women’s title with a best of 11.24m.

Alan Smith (Balina AC) needed just one attempt to clear at 1.98m and that proved good enough to win.

Paul Whelan (Dublin Striders AC) who has a best 100m time of 10.83, got his season off to a great start when he won the 60m in a quick time of 7.00, with Mark Kavanagh (Dundrum South Dublin AC) second in 7.08.

Joan Healy (Bandon AC) was another to impress when she won the women’s 60m in a time of 7.71, with Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH AC) second in 7.84.

No surprises in the men’s 400m where Patrick Maher (Leevale AC) came home to win in a time of 49.64, a second clear of Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC),whilst the women’s 400m was won by Megan Kiely (Ferrybank AC) in 59.15, with the Neville twins, Jessica and Christine (Leevale AC) second and third.

A good turn out in Nenagh despite the weather.

Cross Country: Liam Brady and Michael Mulhare shine in sunny Tullamore

Bright sunshine graced Tullamore today for the Woodie’s DIY national novice and uneven age championships. Local Harriers clubman Liam Brady took the boys U19 race where he was among the leaders from the off. He was soon clear of the field, going on to win his first national cross country title, with Jake Byrne (Mullingar Harriers) second and Andrew Monaghan Lagan Valley AC) third.

Amy O’Donoghue from Clare and Siofra Buttner Cleirigh (Dundrum South Dublin AC) led almost from the start in the girls U17 race and an exciting race seemed in prospect. However, as the race progressed the taller O’Donoghue continued to push the pace and eventually broke clear of her rival to record a very impressive win. She is better known as an 800m track runner, although she did win this title last year as well.

Mary Mulhare (North Laois AC) looked to have the girls U19 title at her mercy as she held the lead with just a couple of hundred metres to go. However, Mary Ann O’Sullivan produced a kick that brought her into the lead and victory.

Mulhare’s brother Michael continued his fantastic cross country season with a comprehensive win in the men’s novice race to add to his European U23 team gold from last month. Chasing his home was Michael Herlihy from North Cork AC who won the Bord Gais Cork City Marathon last June. Roger Barrett (Balina AC was third. North Laois AC won the club title from Donore Harriers and Tullamore Harriers, while Cork won the inter county title from Kerry and Offaly.

The women’s novice race saw Eilish Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) dominate the race to win with thirteen seconds to spare over Fiona Clinton (Dundrum South Dublin AC) and Una Britton (Sli Cualann AC) a further six seconds back. 122 runners finished the course with Dundrum South Dublin AC winning the club title from Raheny Shamrock AC and Sportsworld. Cork won the inter county title from Dublin and Sligo.


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