Sunday saw some of our U14 - 19 athletes in action on day one of the All Ireland's in a beautiful sundrenched Tullamore Harriers.
In the early action we had the hurdles races and Joe McEvoy and Darragh Miniter carried on where they left off the day before with a 1-2 finish in the U19 110m Hurdles.
James Sage was also in hurdles action and after hitting a couple of hurdles he eventually finished 5th in the U16 100M hurdles in a very close finish.
Ellen O'Dwyer and Ellie McEvoy took part in the U15 high jump and their 4th and 5th place finish didn't do justice to their excellent performance.
Our endurance athletes were in action in the afternoon with the 800m races and here our ladies Ailbhe O'Neill and Sarah Lane stole the show with Ailbhe showing some real class in finishing 2nd to her good friend Newport's Aimee Hayde in the U17 800m. Ailbhe's 2m16s is a new PB and she can't wait for next week's 1500m.
Sarah Lane seemed to take heart from Ailbhe's performance just a few minutes earlier and her 3rd place finish in the U18 800m was a welcome return to form after a difficult twelve months with niggling problems. Her 2m.17s was also a PB and she is another athlete who will look forward to next week's 1500m.
Tom Walshe U15, Seán Hayes U16 and Ted Collins U18 were also in action in their respective 800m races and all performed admirably but no medals on this occasion. All three will also be looking forward to next week's 1500m races so roll on next week.
So as I've said next Saturday and Sunday will see a lot of our a lot of our athletes competing in day 2 and 3 also in Tullamore so we hope the weather will hold.
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