Report by Clodagh Cullen.
On Saturday the fourth and final league took place in Morton Stadium, Santry. Missing in action was super coach John Mc Hugh! Big shout out to John, get well soon from all the Juveniles! Weather conditions where a mixed bag of heavy showers and lovely sunshine! Rathfarnham was well represented across all age groups.
First action of the day was 60m hurdles. Girls U13: Heat 1 Anna Doyle 6th, Elena Cullen 8th. Heat 2 Lucie Ritchie 5th. Heat 3 Abbey Kelly 9th. Girls U14 75m hurdles, In heat 1, Alannah Fasenfeld came 1st with a dominating performance!
Next up on the track was the Girls U10 60m: heat 1 Jodie Ritchie 1st, semi final 5th. Isobel Burge 3rd, semi 7th. Heat 2 Philipa Mc Glynn 2nd, semi 3rd & final 4th, heat 3 Sophie Maxwell 1st, semi 1st & final 1st. Boys U10 60m: Heat 1 Ben Mulvihill 7th. Girls U11 60m: heat 1 Zoie Ritchie 4th, semi 5th. Making her debut Alisa Marrinan ran in heat 2. Boys U11 60m: Heat 1 Dara Mulvihill 3rd, semi 6th. Ryan O'Neill heat 2 4th, semi 6th. Girls U12 60m: Charlotte Burge 4th and Edel Mc Creery 7th. Girls U13 80m Heat 1: Anna Mc Creery 6th, Heat 2 Anna Doyle 5th, Heat 3 Abbey Kelly 5th, Heat 4 Elena Cullen 7th, Heat 5 Lucie Ritchie 6th. Girls U14 80m : Sophie Ritchie put in a great display coming 1st in heat 1 and 2nd overall. Girls U15 100m: Isabelle Doyle was in dominating form coming 2nd in heat and 3rd in final. Boys U15 100m, Ian Kirwan was impressive finishing 3rd. Girls U16 100m Amy Mc Cabe 5th.
In the longer distances, Girls U10 300m: Heat 1 Sophie Maxwell 2nd, Jodie Ritchie 4th. Heat 2 Philipa Mc Glynn was impressive finishing 1st with Isobel Burge in a fine 3rd position. Boys U10 300m Heat 1 Ben Mulvihill 11th. Girls U11 400m Zoie Ritchie was a strong 2nd. Boys U11 400m: Dara Mulvihill 3rd and Ryan O'Neill 4th. Girls U12 500m: Edel Mc Creery and Charlotte Burge ran. Girls U13 500m: Heat 1 Lucie Ritchie 9th. Girls U16 1000m, Amy Mc Cabe was impressive placing 2nd in a tough field ran in monsoon like conditions.
In the best of the field events: Girls U11 Long jump Zoie Ritchie 6th. Girls U13 Shot put: Elena Cullen 5.37m, Lucie Ritchie 5.11m, Anna Doyle 4.78m, Abbey Kelly 4.78m & Anna Mc Creery 4.30m. Girls U14 Shot put Alannah Fasenfeld 4th, Sophie Ritchie 5th. In high jump Isabelle Doyle placed 4th in Girls U15.
Well done to all our athletes! Great performances throughout the meeting, this bodes well for the upcoming Dublin Championships! A large entry is expected and plenty of green vests of Rathfarnham will be seen!
Rathfarnham had lots of athletes competing in the annual mountain relay race in Wicklow on Saturday. Winners were Trinity Track Racers after a long battle over 7 hours and 127 km with the Rathfarnham team. 29 teams of 8 runners took part, which is a great turnout with a mix of senior men, senior women and veteran 40+ comprising each team.
Ronan Kearns & Paul Fleming were on the TT team, who have finished 2nd in recent years and provided great rivalry to Rathfarnham, getting closer and closer, so this win was well deserved given the strength of their team. Paul opened the battle nudging ahead of Peter O'Farrell and the gap stayed very close as Turlough, Donna, Owen and David kept just ahead of TT, until leg 6 at Ironbridge.
Even a 1 min penalty for Rathfarnham didn't hold them back as Louis had to chase down the TT runner, who then took a wrong turn, so Rathfarnham had a 10 min lead heading into the long leg 7. Michael Freeley did his best but Ronan had the lead ahead of Valerie Cole on the last leg into Shillelagh. The gap in the end was 10 minutes, after 7 hours and 20 minutes racing.
There was a great atmosphere at the end, plus some mild amusement as the battle for 3rd went to the wire, with up and coming UCD Orienteering taking 3rd ahead of Crusaders AC. The father/daughter team of Mike & Roisín Long helped the UCD team onto the podium for the first time. Eilis Connery was on The Squirrels team - so Rathfarnham had athletes on 4 teams, a great sign for distance running.
Full results, photos & reports on https://www.imra.ie/events/details/id/1354/
Well done to all 14 from the Club who ran in today's Terenure 5 mile race in sunny balmy conditions. First home was Shane O'Neill, 10th 26.22, followed by Paul Fleming 16th in 27.36, Jonathan Hughes 20th in 27.52, Neil Skelton 56th in 29.40 and Denis Daly 92nd in 31.01. Other good runs came from Ronan Byrne 32.51, Derek Bain 33.02, Barry Mulvhill 33.10, Marc Bennett 39.34, PJ Claffey 40.08, Jackie Kingston 41.44, Elaine Bennett 44.33, Gavin Hall 44.15 and Arlene Molloy 49.31. The full results are on the MyRunResults website and some pictures by Greg Byrne are in the Gallery. Well done to all.
In good conditions, the third Juvenile T&F League meeting took place at Tallaght AC. On the track, first into action was Girls U/14 400m, Sophie Ritchie was third. Boys U/15 Eoin Bonas 5th. Our younger athletes where also in action, Girls U/10 500m, heat 1 Jodie Ritchie 1st, Hayley Stapleton 7th. Heat 2 Philipa Mc Glynn 5th, Isobel Burge also ran. U/10 Boys 500m Fionn Mc Glynn 4th and making his club debut Ben Mulvihill placed 8th. U/11 Girls 600m Zoie Ritchie 1st, Edel Mc Creery 5th. U/11 Boys 600m Cian Mulvihill ran. U/12 Boys 600m Ryan O' Neill 4th, Dara Mulvihill 5th, Fionn Kelly also ran. U/12 Girls 600m Charlotte Burge ran. U/13 Girls 600m Lucie Ritchie 4th and Abbey Kelly also ran. In field events U/15 Girls High Jump Isabelle Doyle placed 5th and U/14 Javelin Sophie Ritchie placed 5th. Well done to all our athletes! Full results will appear on dublinathletics website.
Next League 4 Saturday 21st May, Morton Stadium, Santry.
Juvenile Open Meeting:
Clonliffe Harriers All Medal Open Sports, Juvenile U/10 - U/16. Date 15th May 2016, Morton Stadium, Santry. Check in 12 noon to 1.30pm. Events time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Entry fee 5 Euros. Further info clonliffeharriers.ie