It was a busy St Patrick's Week, with several competitive races taking place.
The third and final day of the Juvenile National Indoors Championships took place on Saturday in Athlone. The first of our athletes in action was Isabel Mullarney who featured in the U/19 Girls (4kg) Shot Put. Isabel, who struck gold in the Dublin Championships, finished 3rd this time with a best throw of 9.51 and thus earning herself a well deserved bronze medal. Our 4 X 200m U14 Girls Relay team of Clodagh Cullen, Sophie Ritchie, Alannah Fasenfeld and Fortune Chukwu were next into action. Starting from lane 6 in the faster of the two heats, the girls ran 1:55:31 placing 4th and qualifying for the final. Drawn in tough lane 1 in the final, the girls finished 6th in a time of 1:57:51. This Rathfarnham quartet can hold their heads high after qualifying for their first National Indoor Final. Well done to all our athletes, parents and supporters over the course of the three days. Full results are on the Athletics Ireland website.
The Easter break is coming up next week so there will be no training for the Monday and Wednesday juvenile training groups starting next Monday 21st March for two weeks,until we return on Monday 4th of April. The Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday training sessions will not be affected.
Our first athlete in action was Edel Mc Creery in the Under 12 Long Jump. Edel jumped a very creditable 3.04m in her first National competition.
The 60m Sprints showcased our next representitives - Fortune Chukwu U/14 and Isabelle Doyle U/15, both girls making their National indoor debuts. First off was Fortune finishing 2nd in heat 2 in a time of 8:12. In the final Fortune was very close to getting on the podium, finishing 4th in 8:16. In the Under 15 Girls race, Isabelle qualified from heat 1 in a time of 8:22. Isabelle ran a quicker time (8:18) in the final to finish 7th.
The second day's action saw Alannah Fasenfeld finish 10th with 8.93m and Sophie Ritchie 12th with 8.47m in the U/14 Girls Shot Put. Ciaran Walsh was 10th in the U/19 800m in a time of 2:16. In the 60m hurdles Alannah Fasenfeld finished 5th in heat 2 in 10:83.
Well done to all our athletes! Full reults are on the Athletics Ireland website.
60m Sprint Finalists Isabelle Doyle U/15 (L) & Fortune Chukwu U/14 (R)