When we awoke to the sound of wind and rain I taught it was in the words of Del Boy , déjà vu all over again as our last trip to the Kingdom four years ago the weather was memorable for all the wrong reasons . In fact after the U10 races had finished around midday the sun shone for the rest of the day and I’m sure I spotted Kate Kearney leaning over the half door spotting the incredible athletic talent on her doorstep.
Well if talent was what she was looking for then she didn’t have to look any further than our own boys U14 . They romped to the munster title in the classiest race of the day. Speaking of class Cian Hodgins was back to his best winning the munster title for the second year in a row , leading our club team to the club title and Tipperary to the county title. Not a bad days work by any standards but this quiet unassuming young man just takes it all in his stride and was as excited about the team titles as his individual title. Five athletes broke away including Cian and teammate Tom Walshe who is showing signs of a return to his best form also. With the Clare athlete fearful of the Nenagh boys finishing speed he pushed the pace at the front and soon down to just two athletes. Try as he might the Clare man couldn’t break Cian and with 800m to go Cian struck for home and pulled away all the way to the finish. He was ably backed by Tom Walshe in 5th , Ben Walshe running brilliantly in 8th and Micheál Moylan after a recent dose of the flu having his best run in a while to finish 19th . Indeed the Tipp team also won the county title with the Nenagh boys being backed by Dundrum , Templemore and Newport athletes and should be favourites to win the All Ireland title in Abbottstown in a months time.
Our U14 boys were not the only Nenagh athletes on show with our two U10 athletes Emily O’Neill 28th and Charlie Cairns 19th in the girls and boys races respectively. Both ran really well with both county teams finishing 4th.
We had two U12 boys with Diarmuid Moloney and Ruairí Walshe getting stuck in from the start. Diarmuid finished 14th in his first munster championship and Ruairi 28th running out of age both should be well pleased with their efforts.
In the U16 Girls Ailbhe O’Neill was delighted with her endeavors . Staying in contention for most of the race she eventually finished 10th for her highest finish in a munster cross country race. This track star will surely benefit in the upcoming indoor season from the strength gained from cross country training.
Our U16 boys had a mixed bag of results . Three of our team were out of age with one having a slight injury and the other two athletes were running in their first munster championship. Luke Purcell finished 21st and Jamie Moloney 23rd were first home and being backed by Seán Hilmi and George O’Leary the team finished 6th and all will benefit from the experience.
Last but definitely not least we had one athlete in the U23 men’s race and with Aaron Quigley running 16.10 for 5k just a week ago he was quietly confident of a good result and so it proved. Staying with the leaders for all the race he eventually finished 2nd individual and also helped the Tipperary team to the bronze medals in the novice team competition.
Our next outing is in two weeks in Turnpike, Two Mile Borris for the uneven age munsters and next Saturday the munster development squad will train with us in Nenagh CBS .
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Ray Ban’s , sunshine & music ? Not what you expect at the county cross country in Moyglass but on this beautiful autumn day that’s what greeted us at the county uneven cross country championships.
Being only a stones throw from Coolmore which is the worlds largest breeding operation of thoroughbred’s in the world the Magniers could have done worse than to view some of the classiest thoroughbred’s in the country right on their doorstep. From Newport’s Aimee Hayde , Dundrum’s Shane Bracken and our own four classy U15 boys of Tom Walshe , Seán Hayes , Jamie Moloney & Luke Purcell. Add in Last years All Ireland bronze medalist Ben Walshe and teammate Diarmuid Moloney and The always classy U17 winner Ted Collins and the €5 entrance fee seems like a true bargain.
Our U11 girls had a tough day at the office with Anna Paxman first home in 11th position. Jane Quigley in 28th had a fine race and was closely followed by Kara O’Carroll & Anna O’Dwyer .
The U11 boys are a much more experienced team and being led in 2nd place by Ruairí the youngest member or the very talented Walshe brothers they were always going to do well . Mikey Ryan taking a break from captaining Éire Óg ran exceptionally strong also for fourth position . They were backed up strongly by another Éire Óg man Aodhán Tucker and Silvermines man Jack Quirk Jones and took the team silver medals.
The U13 boys race had a very strong lineup. The race was won by the pre race favourite Dundrum’s Shane Bracken but Ben Walshe kept him honest with a great run in second position. One of our newest cross country stars Diarmuid Moloney of Ballycommon was excellent in fourth position especially being out of age.
The Nenagh U15 boys completely dominated their race with a 1,2,3,4 finish. Tom Walshe the eldest of the wonderfully talented Walshe trio led them home with Seán Hayes 2nd, Jamie Moloney 3rd and Luke Purcell 4th. We rested their teammate and captain Cian Hodgins today as they will have a long season but the team is strong enough to rotate these early races. This team won last years All Ireland schools cross country and their early season form is very promising indeed.
Lucy Mulcahy was our sole U17 Girls competitor and her good early season form continues with a solid 5th place finish .
Ted Collins showed his versatility as this 800m track star won the U17 boys race over 5000m in comprehensive fashion. This 6’3” 15 yr old is starting to come good again after an almost 2yr growth spurt has kept him from fulfilling his full potential but keep an eye out for this young athlete on the track this year.
Going back to the first paragraph I could give you one of my extremely interesting “back in my day “ speeches but if music , tents and Coffey stalls are the future then who am I to argue especially with results like these. So next Sunday we’re in Beaufort outside Killarney for the even age munster championships. Our U10, 14 & 16 boys teams should all do well plus with some very strong individuals I for one can’t wait. With only seven sleeps to go , it’s like Christmas every week.
Well done Joe McEvoy after a 3rd place finish in the Celtic games 110m H for Ireland in Scotland.
All Ireland Seniors
It was All Ireland Senior weekend in Morton Stadium and our small band of athletes did us proud as usual.
Tom Hennessey showed the Athletics community that he is now a force to be reckoned with when finishing a very fine fourth in a classy 800m final. Tom hit the front after 300m as he likes to do and made a very honest race of it. In a hectic last 300m Tom just missed out on a medal when finishing fourth in 1m.53s. Tom’s journey back after a short break from the sport last year has been epic and he continues to inspire our younger generation of endurance runners.
Robbie Bennett used this weekend to transition to 400m from his more familiar 100 & 200m . Rob was third in his heat and a fine sixth in a very competitive final and should be well pleased with his weekend.
On Saturday there was also an U23 35 lbs weight for height which was won by Brian Naughton. Brian is normally throwing the hammer but on this occasion not only won but set a championship best performance of 3.10m.
Paul White wasn’t firing on all cylinders and didn’t make the final of the 400m after finishing 3rd in his heat. Paul is a classy athlete and we look forward to him soon being back to his best form.
Ciara Cummins too will be a little disappointed with 6th in her heat of the 800m but no better athlete to take it on the chin and move on
Out men’s 4x400 team of Paul White , Liam Finn, Dan Finnerty & Tom Hennessey couldn’t quite match last years heroics but can hold their heads high after a battling 5th place finish.
Our 4x100 team of Joe Naughton, Paul White , Dan Finnerty & Liam Finn were also fifth and this new line up could do with some work on their decidedly rusty baton changing.
Great to see a number of our younger athletes make the trip to Dublin to support our seniors and meet their hero athletic celebrities which should inspire them in their own athletic journeys.
Only one more competition to go which is the National League final in two weeks time in Tullamore.
All Ireland Juvenile
ay 3 of the All Ireland Juvenile Athletics championships and while it’s been a long season for all our athletes for four 1500m runners today it’s been 11 months of non stop commitment.
Technically our endurance athletes have August off but because endurance running is not just a sport it’s a lifestyle being unfit is never an option.
With that in mind Tom Walshe who started his season last October saved his best performance until last with a thrilling bronze medal finish after getting up to just pip his good friend and teammate Cian Hodgins on the line . Tom showed an amazing turn of pace over the last 100m and the time of 3m.37s is a Pb for both Tom & Cian. The one consolation for Cian is that he has already won an individual bronze himself In the U14 cross country but it’s still tough to lose a medal on the line. Win lose or draw it’s great to have your friends around you and Tom & Cian we’re still playing basketball together with their training group at 11 that night when the coach had to retire to the leaba
Staying with the 1500s for the moment we had Ailbhe O’Neill & Ted Collins in the girls U16 and boys U17 respectively. Ailbhe finished 6th in her final and will be pleased with a very successful season. Ted ran a new Pb of 4.23 in his heat to finish off his season in style after a difficult winter through illness which seriously compromised his winter training which endurance athletes rely on to carry them through the season.
Seán Carolan had a slightly below par performance by his high standards but still came away with third in the U18 Discus to finish his season nicely.
In the U15 age group Ben Connolly grabbed the bronze medal in the pole vault with a clearance of 2.60m to confirm his status as one of the best up and coming pole vaulters in the country.
The only track competitions left are the All Ireland seniors next weekend and the national senior club league final on the 19th August.
P.s don’t worry the new cross country season is just around the corner.
Day 2 of the All Ireland Juvenile champs in Tullamore this weekend and we had a good but mixed weekend .
We had three athletes, Jodie McGrath , Joe McEvoy and Brian Naughton take home gold medals with Jodie in the U15 pole vault and Joe in his U18 100m Hurdles. Joe was also third in his Javelin. Brian took the top spot on the U18 hammer podium with a fine throw of 52m.
Seán Carolan had another busy weekend and despite having an injury niggle he was second in the Shot & Javelin and third in the Long Jump where the groin strain affects him the most.
Josh Delaney was second in his U16 Discus to continue his good season.
Another athlete who has been really consistent this season is James Sage in the U15 age group and he didn’t disappoint with a super silver in the 80m Hurdles.
Emma Carolan had a good day also with a fine fifth in the U14 Shot.
Cian Hodgins ran a Pb of 2.13 in the U14 800m for fifth place which sets him up nicely for his preferred event the 1500m next weekend.
Ellie McEvoy is following in her big brother Joe’s footsteps when she had a Pb of 1.45 for sixth in the U14 High Jump .
Ben Connolly was seventh in the U15 Javelin with 32m.
Next Saturday is the last day of the individual Juvenile championships and the club has a sizable contingent participating so we are looking forward to that.
All Ireland Junior U20 & U23 championships
We were in Tullamore on Saturday for the All Ireland Junior U20 & U23 championships and while we had just a small contingent of five athletes it was all about quality not quantity.
Our three juniors are all U18 & so have another two years in this age group.
As usual the Hammer had an early 10 O’clock start and so Brian Naughton was first into action and in his first national junior competition he had an excellent 4th place finish with a 44.23m throw.
Seán Carolan had a busy day with three events and after fifth in the shot and fourth in the long jump only one centimeter behind third with 6.45 he got into the medals in the Javelin with a throw of 46.27m for the bronze medal.
Joe McEvoy was in good form in the high jump and his 1.95m clearance was good enough for the silver medal but a little short of the 2.02 needed for to qualify for European U18 champs.
Our other two athletes are both ladies , both U23 and also just happened to be in the same race the 800m. Ciara Cummins who normally runs the 1500m or Steeplechase joined teammate Aoife Delargy for an 800m shootout and after a very close call Aoife just got up for second in 2.19.03 to Ciara’s 2.19.3 for third. This was Aoife’s third year in a row with a podium finish in this race.
We return to the National Senior League next weekend with our men’s club team in Athlone and our Ladies in Santry with the Tipperary county team.
National senior league
The clouds arrived in Athlone for some much needed shade for the second and final qualifying round of the National senior league. Nenagh Olympic went into this as leaders from the first day and without too much drama the lads delivered a very composed performance to book a place in the final which takes place in Tullamore on the 19th August.
Tom Hennessy was again our star performer with two fine wins in the 800m and 1500m conforming his fine form of late. Paul White was elegance personified as he covered the ground in his long graceful stride when winning the 400m in 48.9s.
With Peter Ryan unable to participate this weekend Anthony Carolan stepped in and won the 56lbs for distance.
Robbie Bennett showed a welcome return to form with second in the 100m in 11.08s and third in the 200m in 22.3.
Mark Tierney with second in the pole vault and third in the Discus added some very valuable points to the team total. Our two youngest participants Seán Carolan, 2nd in Javelin and Joe McEvoy 3rd in long jump have added a new dimension to the team this year.
Oisín Fitzpatrick as another busy man with second in the 110m hurdles and fourth in triple jump. Oisín heads to Seattle for a year on Thursday to coach and we wish him well in all endeavors.
So while Oisín heads stateside Dan Finnerty stepped off his private jet from Nevada after a stint working with a high performance group including Aries Merritt and Fred Kerley dropped in to Athlone and finished second in the shot and partnered up with Liam Finn , Paul White and Robbie Bennett to bring the 4x400 team home in third place.
So the next outing for this group is the All Ireland seniors in a couple of weeks.
Munster U14 to U19 Competition R.S.C. Waterford
We are beginning to move into the business end of the track season and this weekend’s action is from the Munster U14 / 19 in Waterford. We had a lot of athletes participating so starting with the youngest age group and ladies first it was Emma Carolan who gets the ball rolling with two 3rd place finishes in Shot and Hammer in the U14 age group. Also in this age group Ellie Mc Evoy finished 4th in the High Jump in 1.40m.
U14 boys next and two athletes who go from strength to strength are Cian Hodgins & Tom Walshe who dominated the middle distance events with 1st & 2nd finishes in both the 800m & 1500m events.
Jodie McGrath again showed her potential in the pole vault with a 2nd place finish in 2.15m and in the U15 boys James Sage continues to impress with a 2nd place finish in a very tight 80m hurdles race. He also had two 3rd place finishes in the Long Jump & 100m. His U 15 teammate Ben Connolly was 2nd in the pole vault in 2.40m and 3rd in the Hammer with 29m. Luke Purcell competing in the 1500m finished 5th in his first munster track championships.
Ailbhe O’Neill is really starting to show her true potential and her two strong silver medal performances in the U16 800 & 1500m sets her up nicely for the Tailteann games next Saturday in Morton stadium.
Josh Delaney was a busy man with Gold in the Discus, silver in the shot and bronze in the Hammer all in the U16 age group.
U17 we had Ted Collins set a new Pb of 2.01.5 on his way to the 800m title and Ted is also competing in this event in the Tailteann games next Saturday.
Sarah Lane had two tough events on Saturday but her gold in the 400m in 60.2 and silver in the 800m showed she was well up to the task.
Josh Egan ran well also with a fine 4th in the U17 400m .
U18 Emily Tierney cleared 1.50m to capture the High jump title.
Joseph Mc Evoy won two silver medals with 1.90m in the high jump and was second to his U18 teammate Seán Carolan in the javelin.
Speaking of Seán Carolan we have saved the most successful until last when he won four titles and was third in another. He won the shot in 13.92, Discus in 40.70m , Javelin in 53m and he pipped his teammate
Brian Naughton by only one centimeter 47.48 to 47.47 to win the U18 Hammer title. He also had a season best of 6.53m to finish 3rd in the long jump.
Next week we have the Tailteann games on Saturday in Morton stadium, Santry, Dublin and the first round of the National senior league in Templemore on Sunday.
Munster Senior Championships CastleIsland
We travelled to Castle island on Sunday for the Munster seniors and on a warm overcast day our small squad produced some good performances.
Mark Tierney had a busy day in the throws with silver in the shot & Discus and bronze in the weight for distance.
Seán Carolan competing in his first senior competition won the long jump with a jump of 6.49m
Robbie Bennett ran both the 400 & 200m . He was 2nd in the 400 in 49.9 and 5th in the 200m in 22.4.
Liam Finn was 5th in the 400m on his first outing of the outdoor season.
Ciara Cummins will be a little disappointed with 5th in the 800m in 2.21 but I’m sure she will turn her form around with more races in the next couple of weeks.
Margaret Mary Grace had a good run for 4th in the 400m in 63.5s
Munster Pairs U9 to U11
Well done to all the Athletes taking part in U9 to U11 pair competitions. We did not feature in the medals on the day but great to see all the Nenagh Athletes compete.
Many of our Athletes were competing under their parish colours last Sunday. Results below
Anna Paxman 1st U10 200m
Hannah Grace 3rd U14 800m
Matthew Sage 4th U12 200m
Lewis Doyle 2nd U16 200m
Zach Egan 3rd U14 800m
James Sage 3rd U16 100m
Relays Templederry U16 Boys
Emma Carolan U14 Girs Shot Putt
Phoebe Sage 4th U14 Girls Long jump
Clodagh Daly 4th U12 100m
Try a Tri Event
Some of our members were participating and helping out with Try a Tri event last Saturday.
Well done to Luke Purcell winning U18 Category and the O' Neill Family for winning the Relay Event.
Munster Entries for U14 to U19 Competition
All Ireland Schools Competition Results
Tullamore was the venue for the All Ireland Schools on Saturday and the Harriers was looking resplendent in the sunshine and a fitting venue for one of the best days out in Irish Juvenile Athletics.
The club had athletes representing many different schools in the locality from Ballina to Borrisoleigh & Nenagh to Newport.
So starting in that order St Anne’s, Ballina had Joe McEvoy & Sarah Lane and Joe picked up the silver medal in the Javelin throwing over 43m but was a little off form in the high jump which is normally his strongest event finishing 4th with 1.85m.
Sarah Lane would have had high hopes of a medal in the inter 800m but suffering a migraine on the day meant she did well to finish 5th. These are the days sent to test us Sarah and I’m sure you will soon be back to your best.
St Joseph’s Borrisoleigh next and their star Athlete on the day was James Sage who picked up the silver medal after a storming run in the junior 80m hurdles. James is going from strength to strength and must be looking to the rest of the year with great relish .The school also had a 4th place finish from Alex Reynolds in the junior Discus with 32m and Tom McCutcheon was 6th in the Minor boys 100m in 12.8s. Borrisoleigh also finished 5th in the Junior relay.
Nenagh had two schools participating and The CBS captured gold when Toomevara’s Mark Carroll with a fine leap of 5.92 took the gold medal in junior boys.
Two of our endurance stars Tom Walshe & Cian Hodgins were in the minor 800m. Both boys ran very well against older athletes with Tom’s track speed shining through for a new Pb of 2.14 for sixth and Cian who will be more at home with a longer distance also had a Pb of 2.16 for 7th.
Ben Connolly’s throw of 33.54 was enough for a 6th place finish in the junior boys Javelin.
The Girls of St Marys did a fine job of keeping the flag flying for the Ladies with Ailbhe O’Neill lowering her 800m Pb by 3 1/2 Sec to 2.18 when capturing the bronze medal in the junior girls.
St Mary’s were also represented by Jodie McGrath in the junior Pole vault and her clearance of 2.30 was a new Pb finishing 6th only 10cm off third and Jodie is young enough for this age group again next year.
Seán Carolan representing St Marys Newport had a great day with Gold in the inter boys Discus with 42m and silver in the long jump with a jump of 6.54m.
So another good day for both schools and club and with the schools track now finished we move on to the munster club track championships over the next two weeks.
Schools All Ireland Competition Photos
Combined Events and other Athletics News
This weekend was a relatively quiet week for the club but Alex Reynolds kept the club flag flying with a fabulous win in the U15 All Ireland combined event in Morton stadium Santry.
To win Alex had to be at his best and with four Pb’s in the five events he beat Hoade of Galway Harriers by 76 pts. His Pb’s included 13.98s in 80m H , 4.97m long jump , 11.51m shot putt and 2m27s 800m. Add those to his 1.56 High Jump and it all added up to a win with 3095 pts with second place on 3019pts.
Well done Alex on your first national title.
We had three athletes on International duty this weekend as Aoife Delargy, Ciara Cummins and Margaret Mary Grace represented the Irish Universities team against Scotland in the Celtic University challenge at Grangemouth in Scotland.
Ciara Cummins a seasoned international and former winner of Ireland’s fittest family got the Irish team off to a great start when she won the 3000m Steeplechase in 12m 12s.
Aoife Delargy also had a great run when she finished second in a very competitive 800m race in 2m16s.
Margaret Mary Grace was fourth in the 400m and then teamed up with Aoife on the Irish 4x400m team who had a good win over their Scottish counterparts.
So well done Ladies on doing yourselves, families & club proud.
Not to be outdone in the Sage household last weekend Matthew shows big brother James how it’s done with 1st in the 80m & 2nd in the 800m at the county b’s in Moyne. Well done Matthew.
Munster Schools Competition News
News from the Munster Schools Competition.
Alex Reynolds 33.73m won the munster schools junior Discus .
Great run by Josh Egan in the Inter 400m hurdles with a third place finish in 62.2 representing St Munchin’s .
The Borrisoleigh junior 4x100 m team of Eoin , Louis , James , Aaron & Alex who won the Munster Schools title.
Borrisoleigh minor 3rd and Junior 1st relay teams at the Munster Schools championships.
Luke Purcell had a fine run to place fifth in the Junior boys 1500m. Luke is underage for this age group again next year.
Joseph McEvoy had a busy but successful day at the Munster schools with 1st High Jump 1.90m,
1st Javelin 44.80 Pb and also anchored the St Anne’s, Ballina 4x100m relay team to 3rd place.
Ben Connolly representing Nenagh CBS finished 3rd in the minor boys javelin, silver in the minor longjump. Great to see Nenagh's throwers to the fore with Munster titles for Sean and Alex in the inter and junior Discus. Gold and bronze for Joseph and Ben in the senior and junior javelin. And bronze for Josh in the inter shot.
James Sage showing lovely hurdling form when finishing a very close second in the junior boys hurdles.
Jodie McGrath in top form finishing 3rd in minor girls 80m hurdles in the Munster schools.
Sarah Lane winning a bronze medal in the Munster Schools Inter 800m in a 2m.18s Pb.
Cian Hodgins 2nd & Tom Walshe 3rd in Munster schools minor 800m.
Ailbhe O’Neill first and Munster Schools 800m champion.