Clonmel Athletic Club Notes 20.03.18

by admin on 20/03/2018

Sams Super Silver

Clonmel Athletic Club were well represented on Saturday last in Athlone at Day 2 of the Nation Irish Life Health Juvenile Indoor Championships. We had three qualified for the Walks. The biggest field seen in many years took to the line in the boys Under 14, 1km Walk with 13 walkers taking the line. Clonmel’s Sam O Sullivan who had shown a huge improvement just a week earlier was hoping for a big performance and he didn’t disappoint. Sam stuck to his game plan holding back on
the early surge and positioning himself off the lead but well positioned to attack. Sam took the initiative and covered a move in the second lap following Andrew Glennon from Mullingar to the front and these two contested a fantastic race with both athletes taking the lead numerous times over the next three laps. Glennon took the initiative with 100 meters to go with Sam hot on his heals and these two were clear of the field with Sam walking a brilliant 5.38 to win a Silver medal in his first All Irelands. Grainne O Connor and Ellen Houze were up a little later in the girls under 15 1km walk and once again a big field took to the track. The pace was relentless from the off with Maeve O Connor the Munster Champion showing the way from the off. Grainne walked an even paced race and fought hard throughout trying hard to bridge the gap to third place. Grainne burnt of the fifth place and set about pursuing the bronze with the line jut coming quick enough to deny Grainne her third place in a fantastic PB of 5.27. Great credit must go to Ellen Houze who walked a technically perfect race finishing also in a PB of 6.09 to finish in 8th place in her first year competing. Ellen took it all in her stride and will be one to look out for in the outdoor season. The year looks very promising for this new generation of Clonmel Race walkers.

In the distances races we had 2 competitors Siobhan Whelan no stranger to cometiting at National level continued her fine vein of form when finishing 10th in the 1500m with a time of 5.15 knocking five seconds of her personal best set in the Munsters a few weeks ago and Gavin English who after only joining the club this season has seen a meteoric rise to the highest level when running a time of 4.34 just outside his best in a very tactical second qualifying heat.

Clonmel AC would like to thank the athletes and coaches on these excellent performances.


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