Another busy week for Sligo A.C. athletes with members competing at venues in Athlone, Carrick-On-Shannon, Bundoran and Dundalk.
On Wednesday evening a Grand Prix International was held in Athlone with Emmett Dunleavy, Colm Bourke, and Dermot McDermott performing well.
The big event of the weekend was the A.A.I. Connaught Juvenile Championships indoors in Athlone. Plenty of medals crossed the Shannon on route to the club. Gold medals were won by David Harper, Orlaith Mulvihill, Colm Bourke, Roisin Clarke, Finley Daley, Robbie Kelly, and Zak Irwin. Silver medals went to Orlaith Delahunt, Jack Cawley, Meave Mopney, Stacy Kerr, Eva Delahunt, James Mc Geogh and Thomas Delahunt. Bronze medal winners were Cathal Corcoran Lauren Cadden, Leo Doherty, and Claire Conlon. Silver relay medals also came to the Girls relay teams comprising of Ellie Mc Geogh, Lauren Cadden, Aoife Morris and Eimear Joyce. The boys relay team also got bronze and the club colours were carried by Jack Cawley, Jack Connor, Noel Bourke, and Cathal Corcoran. All those athletes now qualify for All Ireland finals in two weeks time which is a wonderful achievement for the club.
In Dundalk Rory Connor represented the club in the national cross country and performed well.
Meanwhile club athletes were out in force in good class road races in Bundoran and Carrick with a full report next week.
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is a short series of runs to clear the cobwebs.
Those who have done the series before know the format. Please encourage others to get active.
The beginners series should suit those with a view to completing a 5 or 10k as Summer approaches.
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It has been another great week for Sligo A.C. athletes.
The week started with a call up for Emmett Dunleavey to the International squad. The event was the International road races in Armagh on Thursday night last. Emmett did himself, the club, and his country, proud by being second Irishman home on the team recording 14mins 35secs, a new personal best and club record on the road.
On Saturday evening in Spain, Alberto Sanchez, finished a magnificent 3rd to take the bronze medal in the Spanish championships.
On Sunday last it was the A.A.I. Intermediate, Masters and Juvinile B development races. The club were represented in most races and were out in force. The performance of the day came from Dermot McDermott, who literally ran his heart out to finish just outside the medals in 4th place. The fact that Dermot's preparation was hampered by sickness probably cost him a medal but he can still be happy with 4th in a high class race. Fintan Whelan also ran a good race and finished in mid division. In the masters race, which had a record field of nearly 300 toe the line, David Kearns led the squad home followed by Mel Casserly, Conal Sexton and Rory Connor.
Our Juveniles gained valuable experience with the top performance of the day coming from Ross Doherty who finished 9th in the under 11 boys race. Other good performances came from Laura Joyce, Leo Doherty, Aoife Morris, Liam Carty, Cliona Walsh, Meabh Walsh, Caoimhe Connor, Alannah O Reilly, Cliodna O Sullivan and Amy Deering amongst others.
Next weekend it's the Connaught Juvinile championships in Athlone. Buses will depart from Pearse Road at 7.45am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
A fabulous PB of 14.35 and a new Sligo AC road 5k record saw Emmett Dunleavy finish as the leading member of the Irish Team in last nights Armagh International Road Race 5k. An amazing 45 men ran sub 15 minutes with Morpeth ACs Nick McCormick representing England winning in a time of 14.11.
A bus will depart at 7.45am from Roamer furniture Pearce Road on Sunday next (February 23rd) en route to National Intermediate, Mastets, and B championships in Dunboyne.
Intending passengers are asked to assemble not later than 7.40am.
The cost of the bus is €5 per person. Athletes are reminded that it is a National event and therefore Club vests must be worn.
A bus will depart at 7.45am from Roamer Furniture, Pearse Road, on Sunday next (February 23rd) en route to National Intermediate, Masters, and B championships in Athlone.
Intending passengers are asked to assemble not later than 7.40am. Cost is €5 per person.
Sligo AC was well represented at the National Indoors in Athlone over the weekend.
Most of the representatives were Junior Athletes acquiring experience at Senior level.
Zak Irwin exceeded expectations by taking Silver in the 200ms Final having qualified already for the 60ms Final by running heats semi final and final where he was fifth in a blanket finish. He also had to qualify for the 200ms final with a second place finish in his heat.
In the Womens 3k race walk Brenda Gannon was 4th, while Orlaith Delahunt, only 16 gained valuable experience. In the long jump, Colm Bourke and Emily Burns, did well, while Emmet Dunleavy preparing for his debut Marathon was 5th in the Senior 3k race.