U17 Relay Gold Caps off Busy Weekend

U17 Relay Gold Caps off Busy Weekend

It was another packed weekend for Craughwell AC Athletes in domestic and International action.

All-Ireland Glory for U17 and U15 boys

The highlight of the weekend came at the National Indoor Championships in Athlone. In the u17 relays, the line-up started with Conor Penney who passed to Toyosi George, then Donnacha Lawless and finally to Cian Brady. All the lads had super runs in the heats with Toyosi in particular blazing to a sub-23s clocking on his leg to comfortably win in 1:34.62.

The team and order was changed slightly for the final – this time Cian Brady was on the blocks who passed to Toyosi and then Kai Watters with Donnacha driving them home. The lads ran a cracking time, just 0.3s off the National record, finishing in a fine 1:33.45 (the current u20 Club Record still survives after 10 years at 1:31.83, set by Conor Duggan, Aidan Conneely, John Cormican and Nicholas Sheehan).

The great results started earlier in the day when the U15 boys relay team of Shane Hennon, Daithí Lawless, Charlie Daniëls and Seán Cleare stormed to a brilliant bronze, with a PB for good measure. A dropped baton during a nail-biting heat didn’t stop the team recovering fantastically to come second, comfortably clinching a place in the final. A pitch-perfect race in the final brought the boys home in third place after leaving it all on the track. Well done to the lads and not to forget their teammate Alan Hallinan too who played his part in getting them to the all-Irelands but was busy representing Ireland at Cross Country on the same day (see below) so missed the final!

The u15 girls team of Kate O’Leary, Adele Casserly, Grace Drysdale, Faye Whelan and Ruth Burke ran a PB time, but were DQ’d for a lane infringement – so easy to do in indoor running.

Absolutely fantastic results and a testament to the great coaching across the age groups from Ronnie in the U17s and Michelle/Elisha/Jane-Anne and co in the U15s.

The U12/13s group were also in fantastic form with PBs and three top-6 finishes including two 4th placed finishes that just missed out on the podium. The U13 girls relay team got the day off to a great start with a flawless run in the heats of the 4×200, running to a super new PB of 2.01 in the heats with the line-up of Lauren Kelly, Ruby Maher, Laoise Colleran, Lola Whitney-Mangan with sub Sophie Coen shouting the team on.

Conor Mannion was next into action in the U12 high jump with a marvelous series of jumps to leap to a new PB of 1.35m and tie at that height with the silver and bronze medalists but unfortunately losing out on countback due to a couple of knocked bars at lower heights. Conor’s 1.35 would have been good enough for a medal in this age group in almost every year in the last 20 years.

Halle Feerick was also in supreme form in the U13 High Jump where he had a perfect series of jumps over every height including 1.35m and then just missed out on the 1.40m to finish in 4th place overall – fantastic progress for Halle. And the club were the best represented club in the U13 Girls High Jump with no less than 3 girls in action – with all 3 girls in great form and Lauren Kelly leaping to 6th place with a best of 1.38m, Reailtin Ward in 8th place with a best of 1.35m and Bethann Beattie in 12th with a best of 1.25m.

Hallinan and O’Connell do Ireland Proud

Cross Country supremos Declan O’Connell and Alan Hallinan stepped up to the international level in Abbotstown on Saturday for the SIAB Schools International Cross Country. The Standards were sky-high, featuring the top athletes across the UK and Ireland. The lads performed brilliantly with Declan helping his Irish teammates to Silver with afine 18th place finish and Alan running his heart out in the Minor Boys race to finish in 27th.

Fitzgerald and Walsh Blaze National 10k

Training partners William Fitzgerald and Jordan Walsh headed to the National 10k in Dunboyne eyeing up PBs after a nice block of training. William immediately knew when the race started that he didn’t feel himself, but he stuck to his guns and ran a solid first half, passing 5km in 15:15 and 8km in 24:18. At this point he really started to feel bad and got detached from the chase group and fell heavily off the pace. He finished 12th in a fine time of 30:57, 23s off a personal best. Still an exceptional run as evidenced by his km splits below:

At only 22, breaking the magical 30 minutes for 10k is clearly realistic for William, but will be one of the toughest challenges of his career. If he stays healthy, trains well and feels good on the right day I’m sure it will happen.

Jordan had been ever so slightly dissapointed with his performance in the Streets of Portlaoise 5km last week (even though it was a personal best) and this helped him today as he headed out at a conservative pace. He was rewarded with a fine new personal best by over a minute of 34:34 – a superb reward for all his dilligent training since joining the group in January. He hasn’t missed a session! Lots more to come from Jordan – watch this space!

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