Weekend Round Up of Events March 10th/11th 2018
It was quite a busy and successful weekend for GCH athletes, with great performances all round at the various competitions – local, National and International.
All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships. A number of GCH athletes competed for their schools at the weekend in Carriganore, Waterford. Conditions were incredibly tough for the athletes as heavy rain over night and in the morning produced a mud bath for all competing. The St Enda’s Intermediate boys’ team placed 3rd overall - the team consisted of Cillian Jordan, Barry Murphy, Alvaro Garcia Lara, Sean Forest (Corrib ac) & Darragh Ward. The club also had athletes competing in a number of the other races for their respective schools: Darragh Jennings who placed just outside the medals for a terrific 7th place in the Minor boys’ race, while Luke Dahler placed 36th in the competitive Junior boys’ race. In a Senior boys’ race stacked with first class athletes, Aaron Brennan and Eanna Folan had tremendous runs to finish 10th and 11th respectively.
National Masters Indoors. GCH athletes amassed a total of ten medals at the Masters Indoors in Athlone on Saturday last. In the sprints category, Majella Loftus took double bronze in the v45 60m (pb 8.89) & 200m, while Jason Cafferkey took silver in the v35 200m (24.43) and finished 4th in his first ever 60m. In the women’s 1,500m, Jean O’Connor took bronze in the v35 category, while Maura Loftus earned a fine silver in the v70 3k walk. Martin McEvilly, competing in three events in the v65 category , continues to add to his medal haul –taking bronze in the 800m, silver in the 1,500m and gold in his final event, the 3,000m which he ran in 10.49 minutes. In the field events it was a terrific double gold for Brendan Staunton – with a throw of 12.60m to win the v35 shot putt, and followed up to win the Masters 56lbs weight for distance. Trying out his first ever Indoors was Michael O’ Sullivan, who competed in the 200m, 400m and 3,000m.
Inter Varsity Cross Country. A number of GCH athletes were part of the NUIG mens’ team which finished third at the Inter Varsity cross country championships, held in Trinity Sports Ground in Santry on Saturday. On a testing course which proved tougher then it looked, Andrew O’Donghaile finished in a fine 11th place and Talon Thompson finished in 43rd place for the NUIG team. John Moroney had a fine run for 28th place running for the TCD team. In the womens’ race Niamh Hennelly (NUIG) had a good run to finish in 16th place. Elle Mai Sutton was also on the NUIG womens’ team, while Ann Moroney (TCD) had a good race to finish in 25th position.
European Winter Throws Cup competition. During dreadful wet conditions in Leira, Portugal on Sunday, Sean Breathnach, competing on the Irish throws team, managed a shot putt throw of 17.62m, his first outdoor shot putt competition throw this season.
Seamus Corbett Carra Classic 8k. A great welcome back to racing following injury for Regina Casey, who was first woman and third overall in the 8k in Carnacon, in a time of 29.16 ahead of Kathy Gleeson (Claremorris) and Colette Twohy of Mayo AC.
Duathlon National Championships. Barbara Dunne finished a fine third in the women’s race at the Championships held in Letterkenny on Sunday in a total time of 2hrs 10mins 58secs. Competitors completed a 10k run, 40k bike, and 5k run.
Abbey 8k. Conor Dolan was first home in the Abbey 8k on Sunday in a time of 28.19.
There were good runs over the weekend also from James Frizzell, Paul Keane, Jimmy Ward, Sinead Brody and Tara Whyte.