Stephen Bateson Reports: Highlight of the National U/20 and U/23 championships in a sweltering Tullamore was Niall Carbery’s victory in the U/20 3000 Steeplechase. In a combined U20/23 race he ran a tactical and astute race, keeping the main competitors in view before gaining a lead at the water jump with 3 laps to go, that he held to the end. He finished in a pb of 9:50:37. And 2nd in the race overall. That finishes a extremely successful season for Niall.
Cian Murray competed in the U/20 1500m, it what was a very stacked field. Cian has recently returned to training after completing the Leaving Cert and ran a pb of 4:29:57. This will give him some confidence as he looks to re-capture race pace in the next few weeks.
Another guy gaining experience was JD Kelly who ran 2:02.12 in the U/20 heat.
In the U/23s Oran Kenny ran 61/64 to finish in 2:05 for 6th place in the 800. Anna Heavey in the 100 was 6th (13.54). In the U/23 200 Francois Coroller won his heat in 21.74 and was just out of the medals finishing 4th in the final (21.49). In the 5000 Stephen Cashin suffered in the evening heat placing 8th in 15.46.58.