Report by David Saunders

Thanks to Paddy Lynch for the photos!

On Wednesday evening, 1st of July, Sportsworld athletes participated in Round 6 of Dublin County Athletic Board’s Graded Meeting which took place at Tallaght Stadium. It was a warm and humid evening – one of the warmest this summer with temperature at 22°. Sportsworld running crew represented the club with distinction. Well done to all Sportsworld Athletes who took part. It was great to see the increased level of participation in sprint races. The Saturday morning track sessions clearly having an impact with increasing high level of performance and participation in a wide range of events. It was a most enjoyable with runners overcoming the heat and recording very good times reflecting the commitment and tenacity of our athletes.

First race was the 400 metres where Tara Rhatigan ran a time of 70.9 giving a very good performance in a tough and competitive field. This was Tara’s first time at this event. Margaret Crowley set a 400 meter personal best of 69.8 in race two. Well done Margaret and Tara, both now listed on the clubs 400m records!


Next we had David Saunders in the men’s 400 metres in a time of 57.7 seconds. This was followed by the men’s 3000 metres in which Sportworld is always well represented. Michael Cunningham (10.03) and Justin McKeever (10.14) both ran excellent races in a very challenging and competitive field.

In the B race, Gavin Finley ran an excellent race in a time of 9.28 finishing 5th. This race finished in a time of 9.15 with Maria Mc Cambridge coming in third in a time of 9.22.

In the A grade Gareth Murran ran an excellent race in 09:07, Gareth kept a strong pace throughout and set a great time given the temperature and wind which had picked up.

Thank you very much to Dave, Paul and all who came out to support and encourage us, including our coaches Emily and Miles, who as usual kept time as well as offering words of advice. Thank you to Sportworld members + supporters for their continuing support for the club at events such as this. It was a great evening. I would encourage more members to participate in the next graded meeting 7 on Wednesday 15th July which includes 1500, 400 and 100 metres events. We are well capable of competing with the best.

A full listing of results and entry registration for Graded 7 are on the Dublin Athletics Board website.

Sportsworld Results

400m Women Margaret Crowley 69.8 (Grade B)
400m Women Tara Rhatigan 70.91 (Grade B)
400m Men David Saunders 57.7 (Grade C)

3000m Men Gareth Murran 9.07.74 (Grade A)
3000m Men Gavin Finley 9.28.71 (Grade B)
3000m Men Michael Cunningham 10.03.14 (Grade C)
3000m Men Justin McKeever 10.14.38 (Grade C)

Sportsworld track sessions are on Saturdays, 9am at Tallaght Stadium, all welcome!