The Woodies DIY National Track and field championships take place at Morton Stadium, Santry this weekend August 1st and 2nd. Sportsworld will be represented by four athletes. Up first on saturday will be Aoife Brady in the final of the women’s 5k. Aoife will be hoping to go better than her fourth place finish in the 800m final last year. She also lines up in the 1500m with heats scheduled for saturday evening and the final on Sunday.
Crona Brady and Jean Wilson are both entered for the womens 1500m. Both athletes are competing at the championships for the first time. Jean, the National Novice cross country champion from 2006 has raced well over the summer setting pbs at both 3k and 800m (2.18). This is Jeans first year back competing after a year off. Crona, who only turned to distance running 18 months ago has been bettering her pbs at all distances this summer, both on the track and the road. She most recently ran 2.18 for the 800m at the last Irish Milers club meet, with a fine 10.28 for 3k the week before. Not bad for a former triple jumper!
Paul Duffy will compete in the 1500m with heats scheduled for saturday afternoon. Paul has been in terrific form this year setting pbs at all distances most notably at the Dunsahughlin 10K where he ran a huge pb of 34.11. He also picked up a team gold medal at the Inter clubs cross country in February and won the 3000m at the fourth graded meet in Irishtown in early June.
The competition begins at 11.30am tomorrow morning with the women’s walk featuring Olympian Olive Loughnane.
We wish all our athletes the best of luck. And if you have no plans for the bank holiday weekend come out and watch some quality competition!