There were good performances from 4 Sportsworld athletes over the weekend in the senior track and field championships. Gareth was first up in the 800M heat on Saturday, just before the race the heavens opened and this helped to slow down the race to a manageable 58 seconds for the first lap. Being drawn in a heat with Thomas Chamney and a few other top notch 800M runners meant it was always going to be difficult. When the kick came with 250M to go the pace was always going to be a challenge. Finishing in 2:05, slowing a lot in the last 200M so more stamina is in order for next year.
Aoife was our only athlete to run two races over the weekend. Aoife put in a great performance in the 5000M on Saturday to place 7th, convincingly beating Lorraine Manning in a time of 17.29.67, the race was back and forth between the ladies with Aoife being stronger in the final laps. Aoife also ran a great race in the 1500M on Sunday coming in 9th position. Crona also took part in the 1500M finishing strongly in 11th position in a time of 4:36. There was only a few metres between the two of them which made for interesting and often confusing cheering from the sidelines.
Paul Duffy closed out the weekend for Sportsworld taking part in a star studded 5000M. The early pace was very fast put Paul put in a good effort that will stand to him over the coming months.
Sportsworld doesn’t generally compete at the very top end, competing with the best in the country was a great experience and would persuade anyone to make a strong effort to improve for next year.