A great morning`s athletics at round 1 of the Juvenile Spring series on The South Beach in Skerries this morning. Now in it`s 3rd year the series is proving very popular with the young athletes and their parents, a short programme of middle distance races packed into an hour. The 2013 version now includes athletes from Skerries AC, Lusk AC, Portmarnock AC, Balyboughal AC and Clonliffe. Once again our friends from Skerries AC have set the mark with an excellently organised day: a lovely course featuring a couple of water jumps, teas and coffees, a beautiful spring morning and an incoming tide to fccus attention on moving through the programme smartly!
A great turn out of athletes in today`s races, the girls and boys U/13 races in particular having very big numbers and providing a wonderful spectacle reminiscent of “Chariots of Fire” as the athletes ran along the shore line splashing through the incoming tide.
The Clonliffe athletes did themselves proud with some impressive runs. Young Jonathan Fitzsimons chawking up the 1st win of the event in the boys U/9 race. Finished of the day was in the girls U/11 race, a dead heat between Clonliffe`s Aoife Hession and Lusk`s Katie Halpin. Other Clonliffe wins were provided by David Tuite boys U/13, Ruth Bergin girls U/15, Joseph Hession boys U/15, Laura Tuite girls U/17 and Cathal Doyle boys U/17. So pretty impressive 7 wins from the 10 races. More importantly, however, is that this series provides competition for all in a fun, relaxed way and is to encourage young athletes to put on their Club colours and take part in races. So onwards and upwards. Next week the series goes to Prtmarnock for the first time, details during the week. Well done and thanks to Skerries AC.
u9 Girls 1. Cara McNally (Lusk), 2. Grainne Hoey (Ballyboughal), 3.Rachel Power (Clonliffe), 4. Sarah Willis (Ballyboughal) 5. Natasha Byrne (Skerries), 6. Sinead Rogers (Ballyboughal)
u9 Boys 1. Jonathon Fitzsimons (Clonliffe), 2.Joshua Kafe (Portmarnock) 3. Oisin Hegarty (Skerries), 4.Sam Fearon (Clonliffe), 5.Andrew Brennan (Ballyboughal), 6.David Coleman (Clonliffe)
u11 Girls: Joint 1st Katie Halpin (Lusk) & Aoife Hession (Clonliffe) 2. Alex Toomey (Clonliffe), 3. Alannah Fitzsimons (Clonliffe), 4. Ella Kingsnorth (Skerries), 5. Jessica Scully (Clonliffe)
u11 Boys: 1.Cian Warren (Ballyboughal), 2.Michael Hoey (Ballyboughal), 3.Michael Coleman (Clonliffe), 4.Lorcan Devine (Skerries), 5. Brogan McCloskey (Lusk), 6. Oliver McQuaid (Skerries)
u13 Girls: 1.Anna Prior (Skerries), 2.Rapha Diamond Ebs (Skerries), 3.Ella Browne (Clonliffe), 4.Abby Sheehy (Clonliffe), 5. Alana Holland (Skerries), 6.Alanah Byrne (portmarnock)
u13 Boys: 1.David Tuite (Clonliffe), 2. Stephen Byrne (Skerries), 3.Ben Guiden (Clonliffe), 4. John Fanning (Skerries), 5.Luthino Romano (Clonliffe), 6. Cillian Forrester (Clonliffe)
u15 Girls: 1. Ruth Bergin (Clonliffe), 2. Sarah Whelan (Skerries), 3.Lauren Carr, 4.Hannah Brown, 5.Cliona Cooley, 6. Amy Kelly (3,4.5,6 all Clonliffe)
u15 Boys: 1. Joseph Hession (Clonliffe), 2.Fintan McManus (Clon), 3.Kevin Loftus (Clon), 4.Dylan Cody Foy (Lusk), 5. Conor Tuck (Skerries), 6. Alex Gibbons (Clonliffe)
u17 Girls: 1.Laura Tuite (Clonliffe), 2.Aine McCarthy (Skerries), 3.Hope Saunders, 4. Alannah Cooley, 5.Stephanie McCaul (all Clonliffe), 6. Orla Bollard (Skerries)
u17 Boys: 1.Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe), 2. Aaron Brogann (Lusk), 3.Sean Carrick (Clonliffe), 4.Shane Merrigan (Clonliffe), 5.Daniel Kelly (Skerries), 6. Matthew Patterson (Lusk)