Sometimes our seniors are more likely to appear in individual rather than team events. So full marks to our men’s 4x100m relay squad who not only won silver but made Tallaght run for their gold. Two other factors require mention. First is that the individualism mentioned earlier often means that athletes are reluctant to commit to relays as they generally wish to concentrate on their own event. Here we had three of the team involved in both individual and team. Callan Byrne went in 100m and 200m (4th in 100m heat 11.01; 3rd in 200m heat 22.33), Aidan Leach also in 100m and 200m (2nd in 100m heat 11.57, 6 in 200m heat 23.69), Jack Manning in 200m (3rd in heat 21.91 and 8th in final 22.08). Then Rory MacGabhann unable to compete in high jump owing to injury but showing admirable team spirit joined the other three and the result is an All-Ireland medal for all four . Their time was 44.42. Well done team. We had three other athletes competing in distance races. Eoin Everard went in the 5000m and finished in that unenviable 4th place in 14.22.68. Toss Hayes and Brian Maher both took on the 10,000m – not an easy event at any time, even more so on a clammy summer day. Toss fared the better of the two finishing in 7th place in 31.10.06 while Brian was 11th in 31.55.98. Well done men.
26/27 July – Seniors Secure Silver