Doyle shows her all-round qualities with bronze medal at Combine Events Championships
At last weekend's GloHealth Combine Events Championships in Tullamore Fiona Doyle from Star of the Laune AC proved just how well rounded an athlete she has become, taking the bronze medal in the U-14 girls competition. Fiona was in 4th place after the 75m hurdles, high jump, shot and long jump but a fine performance in her stand out event, the 800m, saw her finish third overall.
Meanwhile at the International throws meeting in Leiria, Portugal Clare Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) won bronze in both the shot and the discus.
Elsewhere, last Friday Star of the Laune AC hosted the 25th Annual Kilgobnet 4-mile road race. Simon Mangan was the first man to cross the line in a time of 21:36 in a thrilling race which saw him beat Conor Kissane by just 2 seconds. Robert Purcell Junior took third place in 22:03. Maria McCarthy easily topped the women, finishing in 23:44 ahead of Niamh Clifford in 25:46 and Alison Kirwan in 25:55. Full details are available on www.starofthelaune.com.
Saturday saw the inaugral Tralee 100k Ultra Marathon take place on the beautiful roads of North Kerry, taking in scenic areas such as Kerryhead, Ballyheigue, Causeway, Ardfert, and Fenit. The event, which started at 6am and had a strict 15-hour time limit, was a great success with all 43 competitors safely finishing before the 9pm deadline. First across the line was Jacek Latala from Poland in a time of 8hrs 43min 43sec, ahead of John O'Regan in 9hrs 20mins 39secs and Brian Redmond in 9hrs 22mins 32sec. The first lady to finish was Jayne Angilly from Cornwall who finished in fourth place overall in 9hrs 46mins 28secs, just 13 minutes ahead of Amy Masner. Third lady across the line was Gillian Cordner who completed the course in 11hrs 5mins 49secs. Next year's Ultra Marathon is already scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 1.