Tess Loftus reports: Enthusiasm was in plentiful supply today at the most highly anticipated meet of the juvenile calendar – the Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal Open Sports. Athletes from all over Dublin took part in various events, from the speedy 200m to the aerobic long jump. Our young athletes displayed great sportsmanship as they competed throughout the day, remaining positive and determined in each of their races. Although some would say weather conditions were not ideal, nevertheless, no participant was deterred and competed to the highest standard in their various disciplines. With the track lined with cheering parents, there was no stopping the young harriers.
The results of the girls’ u16 1000m (one of many races) are at hand and are as follows: 1st Emma McDonnell, 2nd Sarah Bateson and 3rd Ella Brown. In the words of Gary Cooley, it was a “strategic” race, with Ella Brown leading for the first 800m and Emma (representing the notorious “Gerry’s group” ) and Sarah, kicking for home in the last 200m to take 1st and 2nd respectively. Strong performances were also seen in the boys’ u16 1000m with Dermot Buckley 1st and Daragh Carter 2nd.
A word of praise must also be given to Mick for his remarkable management of the lap counter (not at all feeling the repercussions of last night’s festivities;) when he rang the bell for the last lap only 200m into the u14 boy’s 1000m. An honourable mention must also go to Gary Cooley who took on the prestigious role as “mic man”; your commentating was invaluable. And finally a huge ‘thank you’ is indebted to Gladys Cooper, to whom without her organisation and dedication to the club and her juveniles this event would not be able to take place. Well done to all the athletes who competed and thank you to everyone who helped. Until next year, Nil Desperandum.
Report by: Tess Loftus
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