Galway athlete Robert McDonnell produced a winning start in a return to competitive action at the weekend.
Moyne AC in Tipperary hosted a top-class track and field competition on Saturday, attracting many of the country's finest athletes and Olympic hopefuls.
Galway City Harriers athletes competed with distinction across a busy programme, with sprint international Robert McDonnell taking top billing. McDonnell posted a swift 10.90 clocking in the 100m and 48.94 in the 400m, the fastest time of the day.
There were other impressive performances over 100 metres by Rob Meagher (11.31 ), Darren Costello (11.94 ), and in the women's events by Laura Ann Costello (12.67 ) and Nicole Quirke (13.09 ). Over 200m Darren Costello clocked 23.78, with Laura Nally posting 25.88, Laura Ann Costello 26.04, and Nicole Quirke clocked 27.2.
There were returns to action over 400m for Eimear Rowe, who ran 59.57, and Emma Moore who ran 60.40, while Meagher and Owen Scully went 1-2 in their men’s 400m race. Over 800m, middle distance athlete Sarah Lanigan ran a time of 2.16.
Castlegar AC Games
Castlegar Athletics Club held an evening of athletics on Merlin Woods City Park on Friday evening, with good numbers in attendance despite the inclement weather
Highlights of the evening included the senior men’s 3000m race, which was packed with close to 20 athletes of a good standard. The race was won in tough conditions by David Carter of GCH in 9.55 from clubmate David Bohan , second in 10.04, and Abas Edris Adam of Castlegar AC third in 10.14.
In the women's 800m, South Galway swept the boards with Siobhan Geaney taking top spot, followed by Roisin Geaney in second and, Caoimhe Kelleher in third.
Abas Edris Adam of Castlegar AC took the honours in the men’s 800m, from Kevin McGinley, Ennis Track, and Torin Maguire, South Galway
Tomorrow evening sees the second event of this series, starting at 6pm. Some limited registrations are still available online only on Eventmaster.ie