Saturday the 23rd of Feb there will be a host of sprint & middle distance races at AIT International Arena from 4pm. All thats is needed from you to enter is to send an email with your name and distance and target time to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a €10 entry to be paid upon collecting your number on race day.
This race will see Siobhan Eviston (Raheny), Rose-Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC) & Laura Crowe (An Riocht AC) go head to head. 3 women and only 2 European team spaces left for this event. GCH’s Alanna Lally is also in chase of World Youth standard. This race will be paced by National Senior 400m Indoor champion Shauna Cannon (Brothers Pearse)
Mens 800m sees Joe Warne (Doheny AC) chasing European Indoor qualification along with Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC) and Shane Fitzsimons (Mullingar Harriers) looking to achieve the European Junior standard.
MENS 1 Mile
John Coghlan (MSB) fresh from his National 1500m success from last weekend goes in search of the Euro indoor qualification looking to go under 4.01 will go head to head with Conor Bradley (City Of Derry) who has come close over both 1500m & 3,000m. They will be hard pushed by Rory Chesser (Ennis Track) and Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) one a 3.40 1500m runner and the other a 4 minute miler so this will be an exciting affair. John Travers (Donore Harriers ) has now entered the fold with a request “I want a fast race and a sub 4 minute mile before I head off to the Euro Indoors”
Paced by the ever reliable Feidhlim Kelly (Raheny AC) who has paced everything from 60m up to Marathon.
Ailis McSweeney (Leevale) will be looking to go sub 7.36 as she sets her sights on European Indoors and will be hard pushed all the way by National Champion Kelly Proper (Ferrybank) who too will have her sights set on the Euro Indoors after her treble gold from Nationals. Steffi Creaner (Celtic DCH), Louise Holmes (KCH Club) and Sandra Lawler (Celbridge) will be looking to push them all the way.
The main focus in the Mens 60m is all about David Hynes who looked as if he was going to ease his way to a National medal on the weekend only to have false started and put a dent in this ambition. He will now have 2 runs on Saturday night to put this right and achieve his qualifying time.
Anyone with a keen interest in Athletics please come along and support & make as much noise for athletes looking for standards this weekend - you wont be disappointed with the buzz that can be created when athletes take to the track.
It is FREE in the door and if you have kids and are looking for them to run one day, this is where they will be inspired!