GCH Athletes Celebrate Successful Weekend at the National Championships Day 1 & 2
Day 1 & 2 of the 2017 National Championships took place over the weekend in warm weather conditions in Tullamore. Three athletes claimed National Titles in what was a hugely successful weekend for the Club.
Day 1 got off to great start with Gold for Emma Moore in the U14 Girls 800m in a great time of 2.17, with Emma dominating the race from the gun her final kick with 150m to go was a step too far for her rivals. Eanna Folan won the second Gold medal for the Club in the U19 boys 3000m on Day 2. Eanna stayed with the leading pack throughout the race and kicked with 200m to go to seal a great victory in a time of 8.55 and the national title. Jack Dempsey kept his cool under pressure in the final race of the day and was the well deserved winner of the National title in the U19 boys 100m. Jack got the perfect start and gained an early lead in the first 20m, he held on for Gold in an excellent time of 11.02.
Lydia Doyle ran a new personal best time of 14.43 to take silver in the U18 girls 100m hurdles and was just 1/100th of a second off the winner Deirdre Murray, Lydia also finished 6th in the U18 girls 100m on Day 2. Bryan Ndego returning to competition this year secured a silver medal in the U19 boys High Jump. Thomas mcStay ran a terrific race in the U18 Boys 3000m to take silver in a time of 9.03.
Aaron Brennan who has been so close to the podium on a number of occasions this year got his just reward on Day 2 in the U17 boys 3000m where in secured a bronze medal in a sprint finish on the home straight. Aaron ran a fine time of 9.03 to take third place. Darragh Jennings has added a bronze medal to 2017 collection. He had a fine throw of 12.34m in the U14 Boys Shot Putt. Darragh also finished 9th in the U14 Boys 800m final on Day 2.
GCH had a number of finalists too over the weekend who put in some fine performances. Laura Nally finished 4th in the U18 Girls 400m in a time of 59.4 while her team mate Aoife Sheehy finshed 6th in the same race. Eimear Rowe ran 2.24, a new personal best in the U15 Girls 800m finishing 7th overall. Luke Daehler ran a great new personal best of 10.34 in the U14 boys 80m heats and finished 8th in the final. Ava McKeon ran a good time of 1.45 in the U13 girls 600m finishing 9th overall , with Isabella Burke in 13th position in the same race. Dennis Onuoha placed 9th in the U17 Boys 800m and Darragh Ward placed 14th in the U16 Boys 800m.