On Friday night, in perfect conditions, the Dublin Juvenile Uneven Relay Championships where held at Tallaght AC. In the second of the Girls Under 13 4 x 100 Relay heats, the Rathfarnham quartet of Karolina Toborek, Caoimhe Kelders, Alannah Fasenfeld and Isabelle Doyle finished 2nd in their heat, to automatically qualify for the evening's final. Running from lane two in the final, the girls were anchored in leg one by Karolina, with Caoimhe in leg two, who passed to Alannah, who set up Isabelle nicely, who finished strongly to edge past Crusaders AC and finish in an excellent 5th position. This was the first time the four girls have run together in a championship race and was a tremendous performance. Well done girls! Next up for the Juveniles is the Even Age Relays in Tallaght AC on Friday 20th June at 7pm.
Girls Under 13 relay team: Caoimhe Kelders, Karolina Toborek, Isabelle Doyle and Alannah Fasenfeld.
Over the weekend, Rathfarnham's juvenile athletes where in action in the Dublin Juvenile Championships. First off on Friday in Santry was the Under 10 Girls 500m. Zoe Ritchie finished 2nd in her heat and Hannah Bury also ran. Next up was the Under 11 Girls 600m in which Lucie Ritchie and Elena Cullen put in strong performances. Alex Bury competed in the Under 12 Boys 600m and Clodagh Cullen and Sophie Ritchie ran in the Under 12 Girls 600m and Sophie qualified for Sunday's final. Isabelle Doyle ran in the Under 13 Girls 600m. In the Under 14 Girls 800m, Eilis Doyle O'Neill put in a terrific performance in her heat to qualify for Sunday's final.
On Saturday, Alannah Fasenfeld finished 4th in the High Jump. Well done to junior athletes Richard Keogh and Tom McGrath who won silver medals in the Under 17 Boys 1500m and 3000m respectively.
On Sunday, it was back to Tallaght for some outstanding action! First up was the Rathfarnham trio of Sophie Ritchie, Clodagh Cullen and Allanah Fasenfeld in the Long Jump. In the first of the day's finals, Sophie Ritchie finished a very strong 5th in the 600ml. The 800m final was next in which Eilis Boyle O'Neill performed well in a strong field. Back on track was the Under 12 trio of Sophie, Clodagh and Alannah in the 60m heats. The three girls came very close to progressing from their respective heats. In the Under 13 Boys 60m, Alex Bury stormed into the semi finals after finishing 3rd in his heat. In the Under 13 Girls 80m, Isabelle Doyle was outstanding as she finished 1st in the heats and 3rd in the semis to qualify for the final. In the final, Isabelle was just pipped into 4th place in a very close race.
From left: Under 12 Girls Alannah Fasenfeld, Sophie Ritchie & Clodagh Cullen, Eilis Boyle O'Neill and Isabelle Doyle.
Well done to the club athletes who ran in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon yesterday. First home was Maria Dolan in 20th position in a time of 38.54, followed by Vanessa Sallier (45th in 42.00), Helen Ingram, who made a welcome comeback from injury to finish 102rd in 45.37, Aisling O’Connor (109th in 45.50), and Mairead Kavanagh (703rd in 53.10). Full results are available on the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon website and a few photos are in the gallery. Meanwhile, in the Cork City Half Marathon, Shane O’Neill ensured that the club men didn’t miss out on the limelight, finishing 8th overall in a time of 1.13.51 on a tough hilly course. Results are on the Cork City Marathon website.
On Saturday, in glorious sunshine, the Rathfarnham Under 11 Girls 4 x 100 Relay team made their championship debut. Lead by team captain Lucie Ritchie, the girls put in an impressive debut performance against some very experienced teams. This time they didn't progress beyond the heats, but the future is bright with these young athletes. Full team : Lucie Ritchie, Elena Cullen, Abbey Kelly and Kiki Needham. Well done girld! Full results will be available on the Dublin Athletics Board website.
Under 11 Girls relay team: left to right Kiki Needham, Elena Cullen, Lucie Ritchie and Abbey Kelly.
Congratulations to all the athletes who represented the club in the Leinster U23, Senior & Masters T&F Championships in Tullamore today. Louis McCarthy won silver in the senior men's 5000m race in a time of 15.18, followed by Gerald Forde who finished in bronze medal position in 15.47, Ciaran Aylward who was 4th in 16.04, and Brian Furey who ran 16.42. Laurence Boran competed in the U/23 800m and won bronze in a time of 2.03.29. In the master's men's competition, John McCabe won gold in the 800m in a time of 2.24.36 and also picked up bronze in the 1500m in 5.12.55, behind clubmate Tom Cuddy who finished 2nd in 4.58.39. Terry Clarke also medalled in the O/55 category, finishing 3rd in the 200m in 31.48 and in the 400m in 67.79. Peter McDermott won gold in the O/65 3000m race in a time of 12.18.24. Full results are available on the Athletics Leinster site.
The final track And Field League meeting took place in Tallaght on Saturday. The cloudy cold conditions were a stark difference to last week's balmy weather! Rathfarnham was well represented in different age groups. Making their debut for the club was Marie Bishop (U14) and Jennifer Bishop (U11). Sophie Richie qualified for the final of the 80m (U12), Senan Delargy also qualified for the 80m (U12) final. Needless to say, there were also some very strong brave performances by our other young athletes.
The full list of competitors:
Girls Under 10: Zoe Richie (60m)
Under 11: Lucy Richie, Elena Cullen, Abbey Kelly, Ella Kiely, Jennifer Bishop( .60m, Long Jump & 400m)
Under 12: Sophie Richie, Lorna Sheahan, Alannah Fasenfeld ( 80m & 500m)
Under 14: Marie Bishop (1200m)
Boys Under 10: Darragh Murphy ( 300m)
Under 12: Senan Delargy ( 80m)
Well done to all who competed. Full results will appear on the Dublin Athletics Board website.
Marie Bishop under 14 and Jennifer Bishop under11 who made their debut for Rathfarnham on Saturday.