With the first week of real summer in 2023 it was perfect timing for this years track championship. 1500m, 200m and mixed 4x400m relay. For some it was an annual event of collecting their trophy and medals but for others it was their first time on track and their first time wondering where all the oxygen had gone.

First up was the women’s 1500m giving the men a few more minutes contemplate their life choices. Maria Jones took the lead and kept it for the 4 laps and paced herself to a 1500m PB. We had a number of new senior runners in the women’s race and hopefully that will lead to full teams in the final championship races of the year.

In the men’s 1500m Donal Brennan showed his improved form and lead the race with Karol, Wesley and Gareth but in the final lap Gareth finished strongly and retained the 1500m trophy again.

200m sounds easy, short enough that you can see the finish line from the start line but it is a few seconds of burning muscles and lungs which that leaves you barely able to stand at the finish line. It looks like we have some potential sprinters in the club who might enjoy giving the indoor track races a go in the winter.

Finally it was the mixed 400m relay. Everyone knows they are going to be picked for a team but are they going to be put on the good team, there is always a good team. The main thing about the mixed relay is finding out the new club member names for the first time.

Thanks again to Aileen, Emily and Myles and all the helpers for organising the track races and results.

Women’s 1500m

1st Maria Jones2nd Megan Walls3rd Veronica Burke

Men’s 1500m

1st Gareth Murran
2nd Karol Cronin
3rd Wesley Harrison

Women’s 200m

1st Veronica Burke
2nd Megan Walls
3rd Shauna O Callaghan

Men’s 200m

1st Stephen O Donnell
2nd Eoghan Gallagher
3rd Timothy Morahan