Thrills and spills of championships
HOW close can you get? .03 of a second seemed to be the order of the day for Greystones AC over the second weekend of the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Nenagh.
After some fantastic competition on the first weekend, where Conor Dempsey took Gold in the Long Jump and bronze in the 60m at U15 with Jamie Fallon setting a new PB in the Long jump, while Lynda Earls took bronze in the 60m hurdles, Claire Foley finished 4th in the 60m and Jamie Cullen finished 4th in the 1500m in 4m10s, setting a huge PB of 8 secs. at under-18's, the second weekend proved to be equally exciting.
On Saturday Jamie Cullen, under-18 finished 4th once again, this time in a very exciting 800m, with a fantastic PB 2.00.03.
At under-17 Padraig Lennon set a new PB in the heat and ran an equally exciting race to set another in the final of 2.06.17, missing out on a medal by just .03 of a second.
At under-15 Scott Howard made the final comfortably in 2.22 and finished 7th in the final.
Sunday was relay day and Greystones had had four teams competing. First up were the boys under-15 Jamie Fallon, Luke Donoghue, Scott Howard and Steven Diggin, who ran a terrific race and narrowly missed out on the final by - yes, you guessed it .03 of a second.
The girls under-19 team of Zoe Lematy, Amy Howard, Aoife Conroy and Lynda Earls qualified for their final and went on to win the bronze medals.
In the afternoon we had the even ages and Greystones AC had two teams qualified in the U14 girls, quite an achievement for any club. Team 1 was Alison Dawson Whelan, Rebecca Murphy, Sinead O'neill and Richael Browne and team 2 Susie Mcparland, Lisa Dallaghan, Alannah O'carroll and Hilary Gallagher.
The club's first team had a super race and won their heat comfortably to go through to the final, but disaster struck for team 2 with a fall at the first changeover. However with true spirit the baton was retrieved and the girls ran fantastically well to pull back to third place in their heat. Team 1 put in a great race in the final, but finished out of the medals in 4th place.
Well done to all the athletes and coaches on a two great weekends of competition!