Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Relays

Fantastic Performance from Tír Chonaill's Under 13 Girls


The Under 13 Girls got the Tullamore weekend off to a great start today with a win in the 4 x 100m relay to become 'All Ireland Champions'.


Experienced 'Athletics Ireland Judges' gave the race as a dead heat. Officials, high up in the stand, with the assistance of electronic equipment magnified the finish by 100% and still could not decide. After twenty minutes of nervous waiting by the athletes and mentors and further scrutiny by the track referee and technical director of the meeting the decision was a joint first place between Galway City Harriers and Tír Chonaill -- time 54.88seconds.


4 x 100metres relays are always exciting and closely fought as four athletes each run a leg and attempt to get the baton around the track as fast as possible. On numerous occasions in the past, poor baton changing, fouling the change over zone, and dropping the baton have found good teams exit.


In the eight team Under 13 Girls Final, Tir Chonaill were drawn in Lane 4, with Indoor champions and favourites Dooneen, in Lane 5.


Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory and Emma Brady with there best performances to date and no small amount of lick baton changing gave the Tír Chonaill girls, a small lead as the staggers unwound and the race entered the home straight. Emma Brady and Karen Tracey had an excellent change and the race was on for the medals. Tír Chonail had a one metre lead with 50 metres to go. Limerick’s Dooneen were in 2nd place with the fast finishing Galway City Harriers in third place. In the scramble for the line, Dooneen were two metres behind with Tir Chonaill’s Tracey dipping to the finish line. The judges on the finish stand gathered in a huddle and almost immediately it was announced that the photo finish would decide between first and second placing.


At the presentation both Galway City Harriers and Tir Chonaill were awarded joint first team medals -- the first time this scribe can remember such a happening – in an excellent time of 54.88seconds. 


Congratulations from everyone within Tír Chonaill on a fantastic performance and a sincere thank you to the parents and mentors that travelled to Tullamore to support and to the coaches within the club who prepared, and encouraged, in the build up to these finals.


4x 100m All Ireland Winners with Mums

Front L-R: Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady, Kate McGowan & Karen Tracey.

Back L-R Proud Parents Mary McGrory, Tish Brady, Ann McGowan & Mary Tracey


U13Girls 4 x 100 Medal Winners

Back L-R Galway City Harriers and TIr Chonaill AC Joint Winners

and at front Dooneen 3rd Team Medal Winners


Under 13 Girls 4 x 100, 1st Change Over

Kate McGowan[centre] about to pass to Kelly McGrory


Photograph of 1st change over from long range


U13 4 x 1 Assembly

Big John assembles the Under 13 Girls Teams prior to the Race



Tír Chonaill AC U13Girls 4 x 100 After the Race

100m All Ireland Champions

L-R: Emma Brady, Kate McGowan,

Kelly McGrory & Karen Tracey