Tir Chonaill Athletic Club Notes

Irish National relays and B c/ships success

On Saturday in Tullamore at the Irish Relays and ‘B’ championhips Tir Chonaill AC  4 x100m U15 Girls team clocked  50.48secs, for an excellent victory ahead of Galway City Harriers, 51.53secs and  Ratoath, 51.58secs.The squad of Aoibhinn McGarrigle, Rachael Gallagher, Niamh Mohan, Lucy McGlynn and Ailbhe Mc Crossan finished 2nd in a qualifying semi final and went onto win the final impressively. Relays are about team and are always exciting and challenging.The U15 girls final had its share of spills with the Tir Chonaill girls making a few adjustments that worked, prior to the final, and a few teams including pre race favourites Leevale being unfortunate in pushing to the limit at the final change over and running out of the zone.

Tir Chonaill’s  Boys U12 – 4 x 100m team of Ethan Dewhirst,Conor  Mc Cahill, Jamie Kennedy and Sawyer Campbell finished a close  3rd in the semi final and improved their to 55.72secs in the final for a  4th place finish.

Meanwhile club newcomers Kasper Adamski, from Kilcar, wins the semi final and final of the Boys U14/80m/10.34secs and adds silver in the Long Jump, 4.64m while Daire Mc Devitt, Rossnowlagh, with a final attempt of 4.52m gets up for bronze in the U14 Long Jump and also finishes 7th in the U14 80m final
A happy and successful bunch – congrats and well done to all and to club coaches for all their support preparation work behind the scenes 

Success in Magee 1866 Marathon/Half Marathon

The inaugural Magee 1866 Marathon/Half Marathon on Sunday morning last attracted a huge entry to South West Donegal. Due to unfavourable running conditions, the event started at 7am in Killybegs and followed a breath taking and challenging course to the finish in Glencolmcille. Athletes had a choice of running a 26,2miles full marathon, a 13.1miles half marathon or to combine a relay group and attack the full marathon distance.

Tir Chonaill AC athletes supported the event in large numbers and had numerous success stories. In the women’s Marathon Julie McNamee, Barnes/Donegal Town, a relative newcomer to the sport finished 2nd Lady in an excellent time 3hrs 43mins. Paul Ward, Ballyshannon, one of the clubs great distance runners,  impressed in winning the Half Marathon from club mate Seamus Gallagher, Carrick. The relay event was won by Ballyshannon club men Ronan Matthews,Paul Patterson,Parick Loughlan and Liam Reynolds.

Congrats to all club athletes that participated. Full results see Tir Chonaill AC Facebook page

Summer Camp concludes

The clubs annual five days multi sport/activity summer camp attracted 78 children last week. Activities included gymnastics, dance, SHA, Tag Rugby,  Volleyball, Badminton, Track and Field events, Minor games, Orienteering and Board games. Very positive reports were received from participants and pareant/guardians. A sincere thanks to the coaches and leaders, led by camp co-ordinator Jackie Harvey, for planning and delivery of the camp

Next week

Next Saturday and Sunday will find a large number of club athletes/coaches attend Part 2 of the All Ireland U14-17  c/ships in Tullamore.We wish everyone an enjoyable two days. 

Boys U14 80m medal winners at All Irelands in Tullamore l/r 2nd Bobby Byrne, Tralee, 1st Kacper Adamski, Tir Chonaill AC and 3rd Bobby Cook, Belgooly,