Great weekend of competition in Avondale and Abbotstown


Great weekend of competition in Avondale and Abbotstown

There were plenty of highlights on a busy weekend of racing at the Irish Life Health National Intermediate, Masters Juvenile B & Relays Cross Country Championships (February 8) and the AAI Indoor Games (February 9). All results of the weekend are HERE.

Avondale hosted an excellent cross country event with Chloe Cooney (Ace) winning the first race of the day in the girls U11 1,000m with individual underage races culminating with Paul Delahunty (Greytones & District) winning the boys U17 3,000m.

There were good numbers then in the masters’ races as Teresa Doherty (Finn Valley) swept the women’s 4,000m race while also winning a competitive W40 section. As expected, Annette Kealy (Raheny Shamrock) W50, Niamh O’Sullivan (An Riocht) W55 and Pauline Moran (Mayo AC) W60 won individual honours.  

Brian Maher (Kilkenny City Harriers) continues to age well winning the M40 section and finishing first across the line overall in the masters’ men (35-64) race over 7,000m. Other notable winners include Peter Arthur (Liffey Valley) M35 (second overall) and Tommy Hughes (Termoneeny Running Club) M60.  

Niamh Allen had a good win in the intermediate women’s 5,000m leading her club Crusaders to the team title to boot.

Conor O’Mahony (An Riocht) won the intermediate men’s 8,000m with Donore Harriers winning the team title led home by Josh O’Sullivan Hourihan in 7th.

Sprinters shine in Abbotstown

The sprints lived up to their billing at the AAI Games with some swift 60m in the offing at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena.

Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) personal best 7.36 to win the first 60m series over Ciara Neville (Emerald) 7.42. Neville overturned the result in series two winning in 7.37 to Adeleke’s 7.44.

Marcus Lawler (SLOT) ran a fast 200m in 20.92 while Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim) impressed in the 60m in 6.78.

Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport) won the women’s 400m in 54.27 while Andrew Mellon (Crusaders) was in the men’s 400m in 48.11.

Ciara Everard won the women’s 1500m in 4:21.40 from Sarah Healy (UCD) in 4:22.52 with Hiko Tonosa (DSD) soloing the men’s 3,000m in 8:18.58.

Sarah Quinn (St Colman’s South Mayo) won the women’s 60m hurdles series two in 8.35 – a new personal best.

Saragh Buggy (St Abban’s) got out to 13.04m to win the women’s triple jump while Adam McMullen (Crusaders) won the men’s long jump with 7.38m.

Valentina Marzari Martens (Raheny Shamrock) won the women’s shot put with 13.40m.

Ariel Lieghio (Clonliffe Harriers) and Matthew Callinan-Keenan (SLOT) won respective pole vault competitions with 4.00m and 4.50m.

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