Leinster U-12 & U13 events
On the 7th of June juvenile athletes travelled to Tullamore for the Leinster U12 & 13 events. Anna McArdle made it to hurdles and 600m finals whilst her brother James qualified for the U13 600m final. Ciara Carolan just missed qualifying for U12 60m final whilst Erica Quinn participated in 60m sprint and the long jump, she was also a member of the Louth U13 Girls relay team which won their final with Ciara Carolan as sub. Well done to all for representing the club at Leinster level.
Louth Community Games
The following day, Sunday 8th June, Glenmore athletes were out again in force to represent the Cooley Peninsula for the Louth Community Games in The Lourdes Stadium, Drogheda. A total of 40 athletes participated and they brought home an enviable haul of 43 medals in total.
First up was Shauna Lavery who came 3rd in the Girls U-14 80m Hurdles final. Fionn Reilly put in a very strong performance to take 1st place in the Boys U-14 80m Hurdles final. In the Boys U-8 60m final – William Quinn (2nd place) and Joseph Hanlon both put in stellar performances. Sarah Mallon was our only representative in a competitive field for the Girls U-8 80m and ran extremely well. Adam Sharkey narrowly missed out on a medal when he came 4th in a very tight finish in the Boys U-8 80m final. In the Girls U-10 100m – Orla Daly finished in 3rd position in heat 1, while Lucy White ran superbly in heat 2 to take 2nd place and hot on her heels was Chloe McCarragher in 3rd place. All three put in a great effort against stiff competition in the final. In the Boys U-10 100m final, James Sharkey and Cathal Walsh did themselves proud in what was a very fast race. Ciara Carolan and Nicole Barry stood up to the plate for the Girls U-12 100m heats finishing in a very good 1st and 3rd place respectively, with Ciara taking 3rd place in the final, a great result to follow her fantastic Leinster performances the previous day. Next up was the Boys U-12 100m heats. John Digney and Sam Dawson both took 3rd position in their respective heats, qualifying for the final in which they both showed enormous determination, with Sam finishing in 3rd place. In the Girls U-14 100m final, Erica Quinn and Katie Mallon ran superbly with Erica taking 3rd place in a very tough field. To finish off the 100m sprints, Maria Digney finished in 2nd place in the Girls U-16 100m final with Paul McGlynn putting in a stunning performance to take gold in the Boys U-16 100m final. The girls U-10 200m final got off to a dramatic start with one unfortunate little girl taking a very bad tumble and runners Isobel Meehan, Lisa Conlon and Anna Dawson, who got caught up in the fall had a lot of ground to make up from the get-go. They all ran out of their skins with Isobel just pipped out of a medal into 4th position followed very closely by Lisa and Anna. The boys U-10 200m final took off at break neck pace and Gerard Hanlon, James McBride and Cian McGuinness all put in gritty performance, doing themselves very proud. In the Girls U-12 600m final, Anna McArdle and Katie Conlon ran superbly with Anna finishing in a well-deserved 2nd position. Hannah Stewart took a break from her Junior Cert studies to run the perfect race and finish in 1st position in the Girls U-16 1,500m final. In the field events, Alice Ferguson finished in 2nd position in the Girls U-12 Ball Throw. Cian Reilly(2nd), Shaun Quinn(3rd) and Sean McCarragher did brilliantly in the Boys U-12 Ball Throw. In the Girls U-14 Long Jump, Chloe Barry (1st) and Aimee Farnon (3rd) both jumped really well and were grinning with delight as they collected their medals. Katelyn Quinn put in a great performance to take 1st place in the Girls U-14 Javelin with Glen Stewart doing fantastically to finish in 2nd position in the Boys U-14 Javelin.
The relays brought the day to an exciting finish. The U-10 Mixed 4x100m relay team finished in 3rd place: James McBride, Isobel Meehan, Orla Daly, Gerard Hanlon with subs Lisa Conlon and Cian McGuinness). The Girls U-12 4x100m relay team finished in a strong 2nd position (Ciara Carolan, Nicole Barry, Alice Ferguson, Katie Conlon with subs Anna McArdle, Brianan McBride, Eve Meehan). The Boys U-12 4x100m relay team took bronze medal position (Sam Dawson, Shaun Quinn, Sean McCarragher, John Digney, sub Cian Reilly). Girls U-14 4x100m relay team Erica Quinn, Ciara Quinn, Aimee Farnon and Nicola Ferguson finished in 2nd place. To finish the day on a high, Glen Stewart, Chloe Barry, Katelyn Quinn and Paul McGlynn won their Mixed U-15 4x100m relay. All those who finished in 1st position in individual or team events will progress to the National Community Games in Athlone in August.
Glenmore AC Fit 4 Life athletes were running to stand still on Saturday the 31st of May with Paddy Gill participating in the Felda 10km that morning whilst Shane Toner donned the Glenmore colours and blazed home in 1st in the third annual Carlingford 10K Charity Run/Walk in memory of David McShane that afternoon. Shane was followed home closely by club compatriots Kenneth McBride , 8th, Paul Gallagher, Pat Ferguson & Tony Elmore all in the first 20, Gerry Stewart, Ali McEnhill & Sandra Gormley.
Meanwhile, other Fit 4 Lifers are up and down glens in preparation for our inaugural Glenmore 10 mile challenge on Saturday, 14th June at 11am. It promises to be a great event with 5km mountain trail/road walk and the 10 mile challenge running simultaneously. Music, refreshments and spot prizes will await the participants in Mullaghbuoy Community Centre. Registration and collection of numbers on Friday 6-8pm in Mullaghbuoy Community Centre and on Saturday the morning of the race from 8-10am. You can also register online or at Tommy the Bikes on Earl Street.