ATHLETICS | Glenmore AC’s U8s set the tone by winning team gold in Darver

Club’s seniors also acquit themselves well at Louth Championships

The Glenmore AC girls U8 team at the Louth Cross Country Championships_

Glenmore AC had a host of youngsters involved in the Louth Cross Country Novice and Even Age Juvenile Championships which took place at Darver in ideal conditions on Sunday.

The juvenile U8s lined out first, setting the pace for the club. First up were the girls who stormed home with Zoe White taking first position and Gillian Tuohy finishing third, closely followed by Aoife McDonald in fifth.

The U10 girls followed suit in the 800m, led home by Jessica White, Katie McDonald, Emma McCarragher and Grace Keenan to secure Glenmore a silver in the team event.

The Glenmore AC girls U10 team at the Louth Cross Country Championships

Clubmates Leah Dunne, Aine O’Reilly, Ella Connolly, Ruby Steeples, Saoirse Byrne, Aine Gallagher, Niamh Arnold, Aoife Keenan and Sophie Cummiskey all competed well.

In the boys 800m, Elliot Nichols ran a great race, finishing fourth, closely followed by Craig Tuohy, Cain Magee, Mario Liam Gaztambide and Oisin McCoy.

The girls U12 2000m race saw Glenmore girls Lucy White, Ava Ashby, Mia Ashby and Sarah Mallon take bronze in the team event. Ellen Callan, Charlotte McBride, Megan Steeples, Chloe McCarragher and Aoife Magee also competed strong in this race.

The boys were led home by clubman Fionn O’Reilly, followed by Shane Gallagher, Cormac McCoy and Aaron Hanratty to finish as fourth team.

The Glenmore AC girls U12 team at the Louth Cross Country Championships

Over a tough 3000m, the girls U14s finished very strongly with Ava Brady, Blanaid Murphy and Lisa Conlon representing the club with pride.

The U16 and U18 girls ran a combined race over 4000m with Katie Conlon finished second in the U16 and Anna McArdle third. Nicole Barry completed the Glenmore trio who took gold in the team event. Katie Mallon was third in the U18 event.

The club’s U16 boys took the second team position for Glenmore with Ciaran Flynn leading clubmates Justin O’Hagan and Eoin McCann to the finish line. Alex O’Hagan ran a strong race in the boys U18 6000m event.

Training continues on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 7–8pm at Bush Track. For more details and photos please see www.glenmoreac.com

Club’s Awards Night

Glenmore AC held their presentation night on Friday, September 29th in the Granvue Hotel, Omeath to acknowledge the juvenile athletes who represented the club at the 2016 cross country and 2017 track and field events.

The athletes were awarded points over the last year for attending and being placed in events.

The overall 2016/2017 Track and Field Athlete was Katelyn Quinn while Sinead McErlane was the 2016/17 Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

_The Glenmore AC boys U16 team at the Louth Cross Country Championships_

Other winners in their age category on the night were Zoe White, Katie McDonald, Craig Touhy, Lucy White, Lisa Conlon, Shaun Quinn, Katie Conlon, Ciaran Flynn and Craig Kane at Track and Field.

At Cross Country, Jessica White, Craig Touhy, Lucy White, Fionn O’Reilly, Lisa Conlon, Katie Conlon, Niall Brady and Tadhg Leahy were also winners.

Acknowledgments were also awarded to the following athletes for improvement and diligence over the 2016/17 season: Ellen Callan, Cian Magee, Aaron Hanratty, Ava Ashby, Ava Brady and Eoin McCann. Well done to all.

Glenmore AC Seniors

Glenmore AC’s senior athletes have had a very busy two weeks, which started on Saturday, September 23rd when Gerry Stewart, Ronan Callan, Michael McShane and Gavin Byrne completed the Dublin Half Marathon.

Elsewhere, the cross country mens team came home second in the Star of the Sea competition with some great running on a tough course by Shane Toner, Shane Lynch, Martin Toner, Donal McPorland, Kenneth McBride, Tony Ashby and Cormac Barry.

Meanwhile, a group of Glenmore athletes travelled to Edinburgh for the Scottish 10km and Half Marathon. Well done to Lloyd and Kinga Byrne, Rose White, Vicky Leahy, Melissa McCoy and Marie O’Connor and, of course, loyal supporters, the two Aidans, Irene Brady and Teresa Quinn.

The Glenmore AC womens team at the Louth Cross Country Championships

On Saturday last, Barry Woods, Fiona McQuade and Gerry Stewart took part in the Annaghmore Running Festival and on Sunday Glenmore had 21 finishers in the men and women’s novice cross country races in Darver with fourth place team finishes in both the men and women’s races.

The men’s team was made up of Shane Lynch (third overall), Ciaran Walsh, Martin Toner, Kenneth McBride, Tony Ashby, Patrick White, Cormac Barry, birthday boy Michael McShane, Lloyd Byrne (he, of the famous sprint), Kevin Harnett, Gavin White, Shane Quill, Shane Arnold and Kieran O’Malley. On the women’s team was Sarah Dooney, Kinga Byrne, Nuala White, Kate Kenny, Joan Farnon, Rose White and Vicky Leahy.

The Louth Cross country Intermediate Championships take place in DkIT this weekend and the Kearney and McBride 5km takes place at Bush on October 15th. Please see www.glenmoreac.com for more details.

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