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Rory McNally, Tom McCarthy, Colm O’Neill, and Daniel Quirk of Greystones AC (left) who claimed silver in Leixlip.

Rory McNally, Tom McCarthy, Colm O’Neill, and Daniel Quirk of Greystones AC (left) who claimed silver in Leixlip.

The Greystones AC U17 girls team (right): Camille Madden, Alexandra Mulcahy, Ava Foley and Georgia Hogan.

The Greystones AC U17 girls team (right): Camille Madden, Alexandra Mulcahy, Ava Foley and Georgia Hogan.

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Rory McNally, Tom McCarthy, Colm O’Neill, and Daniel Quirk of Greystones AC (left) who claimed silver in Leixlip.

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National road championships, provincial relay events and track and field meets were on the agenda for Wicklow athletes this weekend.

Ashford A.C athlete Jonas Stafford turned heads Sunday afternoon at the Leevale 2022 Track and Field meet when he won the senior men’s 3000m final. Jonas ran a superb new personal best to take the victory in 8min 27seconds.

This time is within the European qualification standard and puts Jonas in contention for a place at the upcoming European Athletics U18 Championships in July.

Slí Cualann’s Joe Dowd also made waves in the Cork meet placing third in the senior men’s 800m race and recording a new personal best of 1min56secs.

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Further up the country, a number of Wicklow teams travelled to Le Cheile AC in Leixlip to compete in the Leinster relay Championships. Relay competitions also produce an exciting event for athletes and spectacle for supporters, Sundays set of events proved no different.

Greystones and District A.C U17 boys team celebrated their silver medal performance in the 4x400m relay. The team consisting of Rory Mcnally, Tom McCarthy, Colm O’Neill, and Daniel Quirk clocked a great time of 3.47.39.

The U17 girls team also brought home silverware when they took bronze in the 4x100m relay. Comprised of Camille Madden, Alexandra Mulcahy Ava Foley and Georgia Hogan, the girls performed really well together with seamless baton changes clocking a time of 52.28secs.

Elsewhere, several Wicklow athletes travelled to the capital Sunday morning for the National five-mile road championships. Hosted in Phoenix Park, the undulating course and weather provided tricky racing conditions for those competing. Just minutes before the gun-start, a downpour of rain resulted in most of the participants gathering beneath trees for cover. Nonetheless, the championship proved to be a really successful outing for the county with a number of individuals and teams taking the honours.

Slí Cualann’s silver medal in the overall women’s team competition was the first celebration of the day. Comprised of Sheila O’Byrne, Catherine O’Connor and Lynne Whelehan Sheehan, all three ladies had strong performances individually and when the points tallied up their individual strength produced team silver.

Sheila led the team home, finishing second lady overall in a time of 29:56. Catherine O’Connor was the second athlete to score, clocking a new personal best of 30.01. Catherine doubled up on silverware this weekend as she also finished second in her F45 category.

Lynne Whelehan Sheehan was the final member that sealed that silver in a time of 32:05, claiming an individual bronze in her F35 category also. Terence Byrne was the first Wicklow athlete across the line, in a time of 27:03 placing third in M40 category. Niall Coppinger’s 30:15 effort was strong enough to take second in his M60 category. Debbie Griffin clinched the win in her category with a new PB of 34:58 and William Belton took gold in the M70 with 38.15.

Next weekend, the Leinster Juvenile U14-U19 Championships take place, as well as the Dunshaughlin 10km.


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