Glenmore AC put on a phenomenal display of both individual and team performances at the Louth Championships over two days at the Bush Track on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May.
Dualta O’Neill got things off to a great start on Saturday bringing home gold in the U-9 Turbo javelin. He was also 4th in the long jump. This was followed by Ruairi Traynor who finished in a very comfortable silver medal position in the 60m and was awarded joint bronze position in the 200m. Adam Brady completed the boys U-9 team. U-10 boys, Adam Sharkey, Fionn O’Reilly, Jason Brady, William Quinn, Cillian Murphy and Conor McGuiness did their club proud with very gutsy performances – Fionn was just pipped out of the medals in the long jump. Cian McGuiness and James Sharkey gave their all in the boys U-11 events with James finishing 4th in the long-jump. Shaun Quinn brought home a bronze medal in the shot putt and along with team-mates Sean O’Kane, Oisin Fitzgerald, Sean McCarragher and Gerard Hanlon put in some stellar runs for the U-12 squad. Daragh Conway finished 4th in a very tough U-13 600m whilst Sam Dawson, Daragh Brady and Ethan Murphy were seriously strong competitors amongst a very tough field. Niall Brady finished in a very impressive 2nd position in the U-14 80m followed by newcomer Daniel Tumulty. Richard Campbell came home 3rd in the U-15 100m and 4th in the 800m final. Eoghan O’Connor added to the medal haul finishing in 2nd position in the U-16 800m, with team-mate Paul Glynn bringing home gold in a stunning finish in the U-16 100m. Tadhg Leahy was last up for the boys but not least, as he finished in silver medal position for the 400m.
U9’s Saoirse McBride, Mia Ashby and Liathu Gray started out in style for the girls. Orlaith Daly finished 1st in the girls U-10 60m, just marginally ahead of team-mate Lucy White who finished 2nd, in an almost photo-finish final. They continued on their roll with Orlaith finishing 2nd and Lucy 3rd in the 200m. To add to her medal haul, Lucy finished in 3rd position in the long jump. Team-mates Chloe McCarragher, Anna Dawson, Aoife McGee, Jenna Rice and Ava Ashby put in determined efforts all round, with Chloe finishing in 3rd position in the turbo javelin. Caoimhe McBride, Ava Brady, Lisa Conlon and Caitlin Savage delivered gritty performances amongst tough competition in the girls U-11 events. Laoise McElroy finished in 4th position in the U-12 600m and team-mate Millie Rice ran well. Ciara Carolan came in 3rd in a highly competitive U-13 80m whilst Anna McArdle finished in 2nd position in the U-13 600m. Katie Conlon, Nicole Barry and Breanna Savage also put in a great effort. Ciara Quinn , Erin Gray and Erica Quinn (4th in 80m final) ran extremely well in U-14 events. Niamh Rice put in a stylish performance in the U-15 100m, finishing 2nd followed by Katelyn Quinn in 4th position. Hannah Gormley, Shauna Lavery and Maeve White also did very well in the U-15 events. Maria Digby brought individual events to a close with a silver medal in the girls U-17 100m.
In the relay events, U-10 girls team Anna Dawson, Orlaith Daly, Chloe McCarragher and Lucy White finished 1st. U-13 girls team Anna McArdle, Katie Conlon, Nicole Barry and Ciara Carolan pipped Blackrock AC to come 1st in a nail-biting finish. U-15 Girls relay team finished in 2nd position (Maeve White, Katie Mallon, Katelyn Quinn, Niamh Rice & Hannah Gormley)and U-13 boys relay team finished in 3rd position (Sam Dawson, Daragh Brady, Ethan Murphy, Daragh Conway & Shaun Quinn).
On Sunday Glenmore also fielded relay teams. U12 Girls (Caitlin Savage, Ava Brady, Millie Rice and Laoise McElroy) came home third as did U12 Boys relay team (Sean McCarragher, Shaun Quinn, Gerard Hanlon, Sean O’Kane). U14 Girls team (Erin Grey, Ciara Quinn, Ciara Carolan , Erica Quinn and Anna McArdle) won silver as did U14 Boys team (Daniel Tumelty, Sam Dawson, Daragh Brady, Niall Brady) whilst U16 Boys came 1st (Glen Stewart, Richard Campbell, Eoghan O’Connor, Paul McGlynn). Anna McArdle came 2nd in U13 hurdles as did Sam Dawson in Boys U13 hurdles. Sam also won gold in U13 Long Jump (PB), Laoise McElroy came 2nd with a PB in U12 long jump and U16 Paul McGlynn took gold in his long jump event. Daragh Brady won bronze in U13 long jump whilst his brother Niall Brady won silver in U14 long jump followed by club mate Daniel Tumelty with bronze. Erica Quinn came first in u14 long jump (PB) with Ciara Quinn in 4th and Erin Grey. Meanwhile, Katelyn Quinn took gold in U15 long jump (PB) with Niamh Rice 2nd, Katie Mallon, Maeve White & Hannah Gormley. In U12 Turbo Javelin, Shaun Quinn came 2nd with Sean McCarragher 3rd. Katelyn Quinn came 2nd in U15 shot putt. In 200m events Niall Brady won bronze in U14 event, whilst Richard Campbell took home silver in the U15 final, followed by club mate Glen Stewart. Paul McGlynn won the U16 200m with Erin Grey getting through to final of girls U15. In the 1500m events, Ciara Quinn came 3rd U14, Maeve White came 2nd and Katie Mallon 3rd U15, whilst Eoghan O’Connor won bronze in boys U16. Well done to all who participated in an incredible weekend of athletics.
On the third of May, Shane Toner did the club proud coming 2nd in the Boyne 10km. That morning, Glenmore was represented by Michael McShane, Aidan McCoy (in his first 10km), Laura Hoey and Vicky Leahy in the Slieve Gullion Gallop. Well done to Denise McElroy on her first 5km Darkness into Light on the 10th May, onwards and upwards! Senior members are in training towards the 2nd year of the Glenmore Challenge on June 13th whilst several club members are looking forward to helping with the North Leinster Special Olympics event on the 16th May at Bush Track.