LAST weekend was all about the new Indoor Athletics arena in Athlone. On Saturday the first competitive competitions to be held at the magnificent new facility were the National Combined events.
It was a great day for PJ Galvin (St. Brendan's) who won his first national senior medal when taking silver in the Senior Men's event. PJ had a great set of results over the five disciplines with his 1.94m in the High Jump being the highlight.
Kerry's only other competitor was Kieran O'Doherty (Spa-Muckross) who finished eighth in the U-14 Boys. Kieran was in contention throughout this competition which had a huge entry with his 1.39m High Jump being the second best of the day.
On Sunday it was back to Athlone for the A.A.I Indoor Games which provided some great competition for the 350 or so competitors who were eager to try out the new track.
Incorporated in the programme was the National Senior 56lbs for Distance. The evergreen Patsy O'Connor (Tralee Harriers) continued his amazing record in championships when winning the Bronze medal with a throw of 6.75m.
Other Kerry Athletes who got their seasons off to good starts were Eoghan Courtney (St. Brendan's) in the 200m and William O'Connor (An Ríocht) in the 400m. Both are still Junior Athletes and will benefit from the experience.
The unluckiest athlete of the day was Laura Crowe (An Ríocht) who was brought down when a fellow competitor fell just yards from the finish line. February 1: Munster Convention, Ennis February 3: National Masters Intermediate and Juvenile Development Cross-Country, Derry February 7: Munster Schools Cross-Country, Cork February 9/10: Munster U-9 to U13 Indoor Championships, Nenagh February 9: National Masters Indoors Athlone February 10: National Junior and U-23 Indoors, Athlone February 16/17: National Senior Indoors, Athlone Killarney 5K Winter Series This very Popular Gneeveguilla AC promoted event got underway in the Demesne in Killarney on Saturday last and as always provided some very exciting competition.
Donal O'Callaghan and Maria McCarthy won the Men's and Women's Senior Section in times of 16m 22s and 18m 25s. Results Senior Men 1. Donal O' Callaghan (An Ríocht) 16m.22s; 2. John Barrett (Gneeveguilla) 16m 41s; 3. Ed Murphy (Gneeveguilla) 17m 07s Senior Women 1. Maria McCarthy (F/fore M/valley) 18m 25s; 2. Catriona Barry (F/fore M/valley) 19m 40s; 3. Siobhan Daly (An Ríocht) 19m 51s Junior Men 1. Robert Purcell Jnr. (Gneeveguilla) 18m 20s Under-17 1. Fionan O' Donoghue (St. Brendan's College) 18m 49s Masters Men O-35. Kevin Lynch (Lios-Tuathail) 17m 57s O-40. George McCarthy (F/fore M/valley) 17m 10s O-45. Robert Purcell (Gneeveguilla) 17m 37s O-50. Dan McCarthy (Tralee) 20m 12s Masters Women O-35. Ann O' Shea 25m 28s O-40. Tina Donovan (An Ríocht) 22m 03s O-45. Maureen Harrington (Kenmare) 20m 45s O-50. Ann McGlynn (St. Brendan's) 23m 48s O-55. Geraldine O'Sullivan (Bantry) 22m 04s The series continues on Saturday next at 11am.