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07th January, 2020

With the Christmas turkey barely digested we were back on the road and straight into the indoor season with the Munster junior & under 23 championships together with the juvenile combined events taking place in Nenagh last Sunday.
15 of our junior age group athletes,  two under 23s and five of our juveniles took on the multi events.

Our under 23s took home medals in every event entered with Katie Walsh winning 60 hurdles, long jump and 400 meters as she gets back competing after a long winter.
Ciarán Nugent laid down his first time of 2020 when he took silver in the mens 400 in a very tight race.

A most satisfying aspect from the day was the fielding of two girls and one boys team in the junior relay competitions.
As always the relays bring great excitement and noise to any event and we had medals to bring home with our boys team of Sam Judd, Emmanuel Alamu, Arron Calanhan and Darragh Walsh taking Bronze in their race. The girls team of Lily O’Riordan, Blessing Alamu, Nessa Wheeler and Emma Akinkoulie also took bronze in their race with our second team of Isobel O’Meara, Orlaith O’Callaghan, Emily O’Meara and Kiah Olotu coming fourth.

Newly transferred athlete Blessing Alamu had a very impressive first outing in a Carraig singlet when she took medals in the three competitions she entered. Second place in the Junior long jump with a best of 5:07metes and third place in the shot added to her medal in the relay was a wonderful return.

In the junior girls 60 hurdles Lily O’Riordan in her first of four years as a junior took a silver medal away from her race.

With all of our athletes making first outings of year and nearly half making their debut in junior competition it also was one athletes first ever competition. Kiah Olotu made her debut in the 60 meter sprint. Kiah and Emma Akinkoulie were 7th & 5th respectively in the 60 final.
Sam Judd ran in the 60 sprint with a solid performance in his heat coming 3rd to get to the final where he finished 7th.
Sam, Emma and Lily all ran the 200 individual also with Sam desperately unlucky not to medal coming 4th by 2 one hundreds of a second.

Four took to the blocks for the 400s with Arron Calanhan and Darragh Walsh in the boys and Mesa Wheeler and Isobel O’Meara racing in the girls.
In field events Martha Quain (shot) and Emmanuel Alamu (long jump) were 6th and 8th respectively.

In the multi events our five competitors had a long day with the hurdle races starting at 10 and the last 800 finishing just after seven in the evening.
George Alamu got his Carraig na bhFear career off to a medaling start by taking bronze in a competitive boys under 16 competition. George had a solid all round performance coming second in the hurdles and high jump.
Georges sister Rosemary was joined by Lucy Lynch in a large field of 19 athletes in the under 14 girls competition. Rosemary had a 7th place finish and had a win in the long jump competition.
Lucy jumped well in her preferred event , the high jump with a solid season opening 1:45.
Theo de Souza in the boys under 15 had a 5th place finish winning the long jump and hurdle competitions along the way.
Áine Sheridan was in the under 15 girls competition and had a solid run in the final event , the 800 , finishing 3rd and an overall position of 7th.

Summary:

Another successful day out with Munster titles and a good spread of medals. After a long winter of training it was nice to get back racing and satisfying to lay down early season markers.


Look Forward:

Training for our Junior/adult group is back into full swing after the holidays as preparation goes to Munster indoor relays and all Ireland B XC for our underage.
As always we are looking to unearth any potential new talent so all new comers are enthusiastically welcomed.
Training times and locations can be found on our website or by contacting one of our social media platforms directly.