Monday 21 January 2019

Athletics: Dundrum snare key wins in sligo

LEINSTER clubs faced long journeys for the opening round of the Woodies DIY Irish Track and Field League, with rounds taking place in Castleisland and Sligo.

In Castleisland, Munster clubs Ferrybank and Leevale dominated the women's premier division, with county teams from Meath and Kildare also picking up valuable points.

Ferrybank's Kelly Proper (pictured) stayed away from her specialist long jump, winning the 200m in 23.91 seconds and also finishing third in the shot. In the discus, Kerry’s Claire Fitzgerald is getting closer to the 50m mark all the time. She won with a throw of 47.3m.

In the men's premier division, the Kerry county team topped the table ahead of Leevale. For Dublin club Crusaders, Steven Colvert won the 200m in 21.34. Leevale's Robert Heffernan won the 3000m walk.

In women's division 1, Wexford and Tipperary finished top of the points table. For Dundrum South Dublin, the journey to Sligo proved worthwhile, with the women dominating the premier division.

Winners for DSD included Aoife MacNeill (100m), Claire Bergin (200m), Sinead Denny (400m), Claire McGlynn (800m), Hazel Murphy (1500m), Anita Fitzgibbon (javelin), as well as both relays.

Raheny Shamrock topped the division 1 women's table. North Down proved strongest in men's premier division, with Raheny Shamrock second.

Tallaght lead men's division 1 from Galway City Harriers and Dunleer. The next round is on July 17, with Santry one of the venues.

On a perfect day in the hills, 29 teams completed the 10th anniversary Wicklow Way Relay – a fun event for all standards that raises funds for the Irish junior mountain running squad. Among the clubs represented were St Brigid's Oldcastle, Trim, Slí Cualann, and Athenry; orienteering clubs Setanta and Three Rock; and crack squads from Rathfarnham WSAF and Crusaders. Of the 29 finishing teams, 20 came home in under 10 hours.

Up front, a team based around Rathfarnham WSAF took advantage of the perfect conditions to set a new record of seven hours four minutes, beating Crusaders and Boards.

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