On a day less hectic than the KitKat All-Ireland Track & Field on the first Saturday in June this was still a very good day of athletics in Tullamore. We had two records and a number of outstanding performances. Just like in the KitKat All-Irelands there was a wind against in the home straight which made any sprint records almost impossible.
Among a whole host of outstanding performances on the track the 3000m run of Charlotte Ffrench-O’Carroll was exceptional. Charlotte had already set a new mark at the All-Ireland and once again she ran away from the field to set a new record of 9.50.9secs. The only other record was set by the Leinster Girls in the 4 x 300m with 2.47.7 secs. We had another fine double in the girls’ sprints from Niamh Whelan who is progressing into a fine prospect. Ciara Cronin once again ran impressively to win the 800m and only just failed to set a record. Others to impress in the girls’ events were Harriett Cross in the 300m, Suzanne Huet in the 1500m and we had a treble from Claire Fitzgerald in the Shot, Discus and Javelin.
In the boys’ events the middle distance runners were the stars. Craig Murphy showed how he is developing into an exceptional runner with 8.46.6secs in the 3000m and Noel Collins just missed the record in the 1500m Steeplechase with 4.23.2. Others to stand out included Gerard O’Reilly in the sprints and Damian Clifford who had a double in the Shot and Discus.