Well done to everyone who ran in the Dunshaughlin 10k Road Race on Saturday evening, which was held in balmy consitions with a few drops of rain. Shane O'Neill was first home for the cllub and 6th overall in a time of 32.37, followed by Barry Minnock (8th in 32.48) and Ronan Kearns (23rd in 34.38). Full results are on the Sports Splits website.
This years Dublin Championships came to a conclusion on Friday night. This time it was the turn of the even age relays. Thankfully, the weather was more favourable than the previous week's meeting. No tropicial summer weather but no rain! A slight change to the night's running order made our first representives of the night, the Girls 4x100 team. Running in a tough first heat, the U14 team which had to reshuffle its line up at short notice, finished 4th to qualify for the final. Starting from lane 7 in the final, the girls got off to a great start with Clodagh Cullen onto the very impressive Anna Doyle, passing to Aoife Doyle making her championship debut. The anchor leg was Sophie Ritchie, who put in a tremendous final leg to bring Rathfarnham home in 5th position in a tight finish. The Rathfarnham Girls U12 4x100 team of Emer Doyle, Alisa Marrinan, Ella O'Leary and Zoe Ritchie came 5th in their heat. The Boys U12 4x100 team of Ryan O'Neill, Simon Comerford, Cathal Keogh and Ben Pasley came home in 6th position. Well done to all our athletes!
The morning started with the sun shining, however, by lunchtime the never ending rain which we had to endure the previous night made an unwelcome return! Our young athletes sparkled in the rain, with pb's and medals collected through the puddles! First into action was our young hurdlers! Starting off was Girls U13 60mh : Heat 1 Lucie Ritchie 5th, Heat 2 Anna Mc Creery 3rd, qualified for final, Heat 3 Anna Doyle 6th and Elena Cullen 7th. Boys U13 60mh: Heat 1 Oscar Comerford making his Championship debut at hurdles finished 3rd to qualify for final. Girls U14 75mh Alannah Fasenfeld won her heat in style to qualify for final in which she finished 5th. U15 Girls 80mh Alannah Cullen 5th. Next on track was 200m, Girls U/14 Sophie Ritchie heat 1 4th 26.81, Semi final 6th 28.47. Fortune Chukwu heat 2 1st 26.28, Semi final 1st 25.65 and in the final ran an impressive 24.94 to finish 2nd. Girls U/15 200m Isabelle Doyle won her heat in a time of 27.13, she followed that up by finishing 2nd in the final with an improved time of 26.94. Boys U/15 200m Ian Kirwan came in 5th position in a tough field. U/17 200m Boys Hugh Prendergast 4th 24.19, Eoin Bonass 7th 25.78 and U/18 200m Eoin Hickey ran 28.12. In the best of the field action, Anna Mc Creery 1.20m was unlucky not to medal finishing 4th in the Under 13 Girls High Jump. Boys U/13 Javelin Oscar Comerford 5th. U/13 Girls Shot put, Elena Cullen threw 5.18m. Alannah Fasenfeld threw 8.14m in the Girls U/14 Shot put to win silver. Well done to all our young athletes on their performances, parents for their continued support and supporters for their support on another action packed championship event! Roll on the relays!
The Dublin Juvenile Championships returned on Friday night - this time it was the turn of the relays. Torrential rain didn't stop our young athletes from putting in some exciting performances. First into action were the U13 Girls in heat 3, starting in lane 6 they led out with Anna Doyle, followed by Elena Cullen onto Abbey Kelly with a gutsy final leg finish by Lucie Ritchie. The girls came home 6th. In the Under 13 Boys Patrick Kelders, Cian Mulvihill, Cathal Keogh and Billy Conroy ran in heat 2 and placed 7th. The Under 15 Girls featured two Rathfarnham teams. First off was the B team, drawn in a strong heat 1. Caoimhe Kelders had a terrific start onto Ellie Stapleton, Ellie Mc Eneany and with a fast finishing Laura Mills placed 7th. In heat 2 the A team had success coming home 2nd to qualify. In the final, the girls improved on their change overs and were led out in great style by Isabelle Doyle, onto Alannah Cullen, with the third leg ran by Alannah Fasenfeld onto a thunderous final leg by Fortune Chukwu, passing DSD in third position to grab silver and almost catching a impressive Tallaght for gold on the line. Our final relay team of the night was the Under 17 Boys. Eoin Bonass, Cormac Gaffney, Fields Chung and Hugh Prendergast put in a spirited performance against some very seasoned boys teams. Well done to all our athletes!