Jack Miskella of Craughwell AC was first man home as the 2019 Galway 5km series continued in Craughwell AC.
Miskella produced a fast 16.37 to beat off last week's winner Cathal O Reilly of Loughrea AC, who was second in 16.42, and David Richardson of South Galway AC who came in third in 16.47.
More than 700 athletes finished the event, with Grainne Ni Uallachain of GCH taking the women's honours in a time of 18.23. Niamh Hennelly, also GCH, was second in 19.46, and Emily Miskella of Craughwell AC was third. Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell Ac was the first wheelchair athlete in a fast 15.36.
The Loughrea leg took place on Tuesday, with Athenry AC hosting the series on May 21.
Galway Track and Field Juvenile Championships
Among the highlights of the second day of the 2019 Galway Track and Field Juvenile Championships were multiple medal wins for many of Galway’s up-and-coming U13 to U19 athletes.
Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC won triple gold at U13 level with some great sprinting and hurdling, David Mannion of South Galway AC continued to impress with triple gold at U15 level, and multi eventer Conor Hoade of Galway City Harriers followed suit with three gold medals at U16/17 level.
Liam Shaw of Athenry AC set new Galway records in the field, when claiming three wins at U15 level, and Caoimhe Farrell of Loughrea was another triple gold medallist in the girls' U15 section. Eoghan Jennings was most impressive in the field events with three golds for GCH, while Eilis Keogh of Corrib AC was another stand out, taking a triple at U18/19 level.
The track action started with the hurdles programme, where the U13 titles were won by Ella Farrelly of Craughwell and Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC. Evan Moran of Galway City Harriers and Chloe Hallinan of GCH took the U14 titles. At U15 level David Mannion of South Galway won the U15 Boys sprint hurdles crown and Caoimhe Farrell of Loughrea AC was a double winner in the sprint and 250m Girls hurdles, while Liam Shaw took the Boys 250m hurdles title. At U 16/17 level Maebh Walsh of Corrib AC took the Girls sprint hurdles and Saoirse Pierce of Craughwell AC and clubmate Ellie Cronin won the U16 and 17 girls’ long hurdles respectively. Conor Hoade of GCH impressed as he won the sprint and long hurdles double, Chloe Casey of GCH won the U18/19 Girls 100 hurdles, with Samuel Ukaga of Loughrea winning the Boys 110 Hurdles. Eilis Keogh of Corrib AC impressed in winning the 400 m hurdles event.
In the sprints, Danielle Moynihan of Tuam AC won the U13 Girls 80m, while Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC took the U13 Boys title. At U14 level, Caoimhe Kilkenny of Ballinasloe and District AC won the Girls title, while Cian McNelis of Athenry AC won the Boys event. At U15 level Sophie Farrell of South Galway AC and Mathieu Madden of GCH won gold, while in the U16/17 ages, Andrew Egan of GCH and Aisling Geaney of South Galway AC produced super-fast runs to win County titles. At U18/19 level Aoibhe Deeley of GCH, took gold.
Over 200m, there were second wins of the day for both Caoimhe Kilkenny of Ballinasloe and Evan Moran of GCH at U14 level, with golds again for David Mannion of South Galway in the U15 Boys, and Sophie Farrell of South Galway AC in the Girls. At U16/17 level Andrew Egan of GCH and Eimear Rowe also of GCH produced fast runs to win County titles. The aforementioned Aoibhe Deeley also claimed her second title with a victory in the U18/19 Girls 200m.
At 400m there was a commanding second win for GCH athlete Eimear Rowe, at U16/17 level, while GCH athlete Rachel Hughes and Sean Noonan of Craughwell AC took the honours at U18/19 level.
In the middle-distance races, Myah Gallagher of Tuam AC and Enda Keane of East Galway AC won the U13 600m races. Saoirse Coleman of East Galway AC and Cian MacNelis of Athenry AC claimed the U14 800m crowns.
Over 800m, David Mannion with his third gold won at U15 level, while Fauve Aylmer of Craughwell AC stormed home to gold in the girls' event. The returning Emma Moore won the U16/17 race, Oisin Davis of Craughwell claimed the boys' 800m gold, and at U18/19 Rachel Hughes won her first of two gold, while Finbarr McFadden ran a big personal best to claim gold in 2.07.
In the 1500m events, there were wins for Siobhan Geaney of South Galway AC and Eoin Higgins of Clare River Harriers in the U14 events, a second victory for the impressive Fauve Aylmer at U15 level, with Andrew Horan of South Galway taking boys' gold, while in the U16/17 category Oisin Davis of Craughwell AC and Roisin Geaney of South Galway AC took the honours.
Ailbhe Miskella of Craughwell AC continued her good season by winning the U18/19 title, while David Hillary of Caltra and District AC took an impressive victory over 3000m, and Eilis Keogh of Corrib just pipped Sarah Woods of Craughwell in the women's 3000m at the same level.
In the walks held over a 2000m distance, Roisin Geaney of South Galway won the U16/17 event, Alana Grogan of Craughwell and Sean Kelleher of South Galway AC claimed the U15 titles, and Sinead Maher of South Galway AC took the U14 crown.
The field events programme was highly competitive with many new Galway records being set.
In the triple jump events, Craughwell AC‘s Evan Hallinan won the U15, GCH won a double via Aoife Waldron and Conor Trehy in U16/17, while Craughwell’s Leanagh Gilligan and Richard Kamsen of GCH took the honours in U18/19.
GCH's Daragh Jennings and Ella Rafferty of Craughwell AC won the discus at U16/17 level, Caitlin Griffin of Loughrea and Liam Shaw of Athenry AC were victorious at U15, Ellen Bermingham of South Galway AC took the U14 title, and at U18/19 level Eoghan Jennings of GCH won gold.
Long jump winners were Darragh Fahy of Loughrea, won an incredible third individual gold, Ella Farrelly of Craughwell with her second (U13 ),Grace Keaveney of Craughwell AC and Tuam’s Oisin Phelan U14 ), Caoimhe Farrell of Loughrea AC and Stephen Mannion for South Galway AC. (U15 ), Conor Hoade of GCH, with an amazing third gold and Isabelle Moynihan of Tuam AC (U16/17 ), Chloe Casey and Samuel Ukaga of Loughrea AC (18/19 ).
Darragh Kelly set an impressive U13 championship record in the high jump with 1.57 metre leap, Danielle Moynihan of Tuam AC won the girls' event, Sean Liston of Craughwell AC and Grace Bermingham of South Galway AC were winners U14; Tuam's Jenni Reidy and Mathieu Madden of GCH emerged victorious U15, while at U16/17 level Ellie Cronin of Craughwell and Ryan O Connor AC claimed gold. Eoghan Jennings of GCH won a second gold in at U18/19 level, and Eilis Keogh also a multiple gold winner at the same level.
Shot putt winners were Jack O'Shaughnessy of Caltra and District AC and Shannon Quinn of Craughwell (U13 ), Loughrea’s Lucy Griffin and Eoin Higgins of Clare River Harriers (U14 ), Caitlin Griffin of Loughrea and Liam Shaw (U15 ), Daniel Ukaga of Loughrea AC(U16 ), Joe Mears of South Galway AC (U17 ), and Ella Rafferty of Tuam AC (U16/17 ).
Javelin winners were Tara Keane of GCH and Peter Horan of South Galway AC (U13 ), while Gaspard Bonnot of Caltra and District AC and Aoife Hession of Tuam AC claimed U14 gold medals.
At U15 level Aoibhe Fahy and Andrew Power, both of Craughwell. were winners, while at U16/17 Lauren McNally of Craughwell and GCH athlete Oisin Keane won out. Freya Bohan of Craughwell and Eoghan Jennings of GCH took the U18/19 titles
In the Relays, there were wins for the girls’ teams of South Galway AC (U13 ) and Craughwell AC (U14 ), and GCH (U15, 16, 17, and 19 ), while the boys' winners were Loughrea AC (U13 ) Tuam AC (U14 ), South Galway (U15 ) and GCH (U16, 17 and 18 ).
Boston Scientific Marathon
Boston Scientific held a series of four races last Sunday at their complex in Parkmore. Alex O' Shea won the marathon in 2 hours 58 minutes, David Bohan won the half marathon, Pat O'Brien took the victory in the 10k, while Andreas Binder won the 5k.
Mayfly 10km Oughterard: Sunday also sees the seventh edition of the Mayfly 10k Challenge at 1pm. The race is held over a challenging course with stunning views of Lough Corrib and Co Mayo . Proceeds go towards the development of the local park, Corribdale, which has exercise equipment, walking and running trails and hosts the local parkrun. Entries are via the following entry link: https://www.runireland.com/events/mayfly-10km-challenge.