Galway City Harriers athlete Cillin Greene continues to add to his senior career having represented Ireland at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in Serbia.
Greene, fresh from his national senior gold over 400m, competed alongside Olympic relay teammate and fellow Connacht athlete North Sligo’s Chris O'Donnell as well as Brian Gregan and Cathal Crosbie.
The Galway sprinter helped the Irish 4x400m relay team to a new Irish record of 3:08.63.while also taking a top-class seventh place overall.
National Juvenile Indoor Championships
Galway race walkers won multiple medals at the weekend's National Juvenile Indoor Championships in the Athlone IT Arena. Clare River Harriers athlete Matthew Newell kicked off the championships winning U15 gold in the 1km walk with a new national record of 4.05.
Tuam AC secured three race walking medals, topped by a gold medal win for Savanagh O’Callaghan in the U15 event, just ahead of clubmate India Cunniffe, Danielle Fitzpatrick also secured bronze for Tuam in the U17 event.
There were silver medals on the double for South Galway AC race walkers Seán Kelleher in the U18 1500m and Sinead Maher in the U17 1500m walk. Castlegar AC secured double sprint gold via U16 athlete Lemar Lucciano, who excelled in winning the 60m sprint in a whirlwind 7.32 seconds to take gold, and claimed 200m gold later in 23.47 seconds.
Sunday’s programme saw double gold and double silver in the sprints for South Galway AC's Sophie Farrell in the U18 60m sprint, David Mannion in the U18 400m, ahead of twin Stephen Mannion in second, and Cathal Walsh with silver in the U12 60m. Amy Rose Kelly won silver in the U16 60m hurdles to top a great day for South Galway AC.
Craughwell AC had a superb series of medal wins with Alan Hallinan claiming a triple medal winning performance at U13 level, with gold in the hurdles, silver in the 600m, and bronze in the long jump. There was also a great double gold for Conor Penney in the U15 high jump with a huge 1.75m leap for victory and also in the hurdles.
Rachel Warde claimed another superb double gold for Craughwell AC in the U14 60m sprint with a time of 8.09 , and in the U14 hurdles, while Lauren Morgan also won gold in the U14 long jump.
Craughwell AC athlete Lauren Kilduff won bronze in the U15 60m sprint and clubmate Saoirse Pierce won her first national medal with high jump bronze with a clearance of 1.40m. Hazel Fahy of Loughrea AC won bronze in the U14 high jump, while clubmate Caoimhe Farrell claimed silver in the U18 hurdles.
Galway City Harriers secured gold via Angela Cielecka who added the U15 60m title to her 2021 outdoors double, with a superb time of 7.91, while Ronan Duggan GCH placed second in the U16 60m. There were three hurdles medal wins for GCH. Ava McKeon, back to her brilliant best, captured the U18 title, Mathieu Madden was second in the U18 final, and Evan Moran was the bronze medalist in the U17 final.
Craughwell 10 Mile and 10km
Some 300 athletes completed in the Craughwell 10 mile and 10km races on Sunday, with Aaron Brennan of GCH storming home to win in the 10k 52.46, well clear of Paddy O'Toole of Westport AC in second and Padraic Fallon in third. Galway City Harriers' ace Neasa De Buirca was first home in the women's event in a super time of 62.17, coming in ahead of Catherine Thornton of Crusaders in second and Siobhan Lee of GCH in third.
Brian Conroy of Clane AC won the 10k in a fast 32.01, with Greg Lundon of South Galway second and his clubmate Declan O'Connor third. Kathryn Casserly of Galway City Harriers had a superb run, to take the top spot in the women's 10k in 39.09, with clubmate Maebh Brannigan second and Deirdre Corcoran third.