Dearbhaile Walsh had a super run today as part of the Co. Galway 4x500m in the National Inter-county Relays in Dublin. By all accounts, it was an atrocious day and the worst ever underfoot conditions. But the tough conditions suited the Ardrahan girl as she tore around the course to help Galway to well-deserved medals.
Dearbhaile was the 3rd runner and received the baton from GCH's Sarah McDonald with the team in 2nd place after good runs by both Sarah and Athenry's Shannen Lee. Dearbhaile closed a litlle on the leading runner before handing over to GCH's Maeve Hughes. Maeve had an outstanding run to catch the leader but a titanic battle ensued right to the line, with a third county also joining the fray to give the finishing judges a headache with a 3-way tie on the line. When the results were announced, Galway were awarded the bronze medals. So close to gold, the team were slightly dissappointed but can be very very pleased with their performance as National medals are extremely hard to win.
In the boys U12 race, James Cahalane and Matthew Barrett joined with Ballinasloe's Brian Burke and GCH's Bronson Kelly to put in a fine run and take 4th place. The team ran very well but on the day had to settle for 4th, just outside the medals. Its probably the worst place of all to finish – so close to the medals. But the boys can be pleased with the performance at this level of competition.