The Dublin Champs have arrived! All those training plans and hard sessions in all weather conditions were now put to the test! The first weekend of action started on Friday night in Morton Stadium. In very warm conditions in the U10 Girls 500m Sophie Maxwell was 2nd and Jodie Ritchie 3rd. In the U11 Girls 600m Zoie Ritchie was 1st, and Alisa Marrinan also ran. In the U11 Boys 600m Ryan O'Neill was 5th, and Tom O'Regan and Fionn Kelly also ran. In the U13 Girls 600m Lucie Ritchie and Abbey Kelly ran. In the U18 Boys 800m Robert Mc Loughlin ran. In the Girls U14 Hammer Alannah Fasenfeld placed 2nd.
The second day of action was on Sunday, this time the venue was Tallaght AC. In the Girls U19 High Jump Meagan Doyle came 2nd jumping 1.35m. In the Under 19 Girls Shot Put Isobel Mullarney struck gold with a throw of 9.93m, also a pb! Still with field events, Rathfarnham almost had a clean sweep of the podium with big success in the discus. Clodagh Cullen threw 15.28m to win silver, Alannah Fasenfeld grabbed bronze and Sophie Ritchie came 4th. Edel Mc Creery featured in the U12 Girls Long Jump and in the U13 Girls Long Jump Anna Doyle, Lucie Ritchie, Abbey Kelly, Elena Cullen and Anna Mc Creery all took to the runway! In the boys U13 LJ Oscar Comerford jumped 3.37m and Billy Conroy Roche 3.95m. Isabelle Doyle jumped in the Girls U15 high jump.
Onto the track! First off Edel Mc Creery ran in the Girls U12 60m. In the Girls U13 80m Anna Mc Creery was 4th in her heat and qualified for the semi final. Other girls in heats were Abbey Kelly 5th, Anna Doyle 7th, Lucie Ritchie 6th, and Elena Cullen 7th. In the Boys Under 13 80m Oscar Comerford was 5th and Billy Conroy Roche was also 5th. In the Under 14 Girls 80m Sophie Ritchie was 1st in heat 2, 1st in the semi final and won a well deserved bronze in the final. Also in the Under 14 80m Clodagh Cullen was unlucky placing 4th in heat 3. Girls U15 100m, Isabelle Doyle came 1st in heat 3 and finished well in 3rd position to secure bronze in an exciting final. Alannah Cullen ran in heat 1 and in a very close finish was unlucky not to progress. In the Boys U15 100m Ian Kirwan placed 6th and Eoin Bonass 4th in the Boys U16. Eoin Hickey ran in the Boys Under 18 100m. Next week 's action features uneven relays on Friday at Santry and with a full programme of events on Saturday at Irishtown Stadium Rathfarnham can be sure of further success! Well done to all our athletes!
On Saturday 28th May 2016, the Under 9, 10 and 11 Team Championships took place in Irishtown Stadium. Weather conditions were good with plenty of sunshine. The young Rathfarnham athletes put in some terrific performances with a good tally of medals picked up.
In the U10 Long Jump Sophie Maxwell and Jodie Ritchie struck gold. Under 11 600m Emer Doyle and Zoie Ritchie finished 2nd. Girls U10 60m Sophie Maxwell and Philipa Mc Glynn 1st. In the Boys was Dara Mulvhill and Ryan O'Neill in 500m placing 4th. The best of the relays was Under 10 Girls with Sophie Maxwell, Isobel Burge and Philipa Mc Glynn coming home with a gold . Under 11 Girls with Zoie Ritchie , Emer Doyle, Ciara Murphy and Katleyn placed 4th. Well done everyone!
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 were 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/