AAI Juvenile Championships Tullamore

Irish Juvenile Club Track and Field Finals

Our Youngsters reach New Heights

Saturday 24/ Sunday 25 July 2010


When the first part of the 'Irish Juvenile Club Track and Field Finals' took place in Tullamore on the first weekend in July club notes indicated


‘The clubs talented group of juveniles made their own piece of club history over the weekend when they won an unprecedented ten medals at Part 1 of the National Juvenile Track and Field finals in Tullamore. In addition they smashed Irish age group records and recorded numerous P.B. performances.’


The second part of these championships were held last weekend in Tullamore and once again Tir Chonaill Youngsters re wrote the history books and accumulated 12 gold relay medals performances plus two individual podium finishes and a number of PB and top six performances.


On Saturday, Mark McGuinness from Dunkineely checked in before nine o’clock for the Boys Under 15, 1,500m final. His performance in this race was marked with a new PB of 4mins 9.89secs – nearly 12 seconds faster than he has ran before and one of the bravest runs by a club athlete in recent times. Mullingar’s Shane Fitzsimons took out the pace with an opening lap of 61 seconds. Mark was the only athlete to respond and at 800m followed the Westmeath lad as the field of 16 athletes became strung out over 25 metres. Mark found himself in no mans land between the talented Fitzsimons and the pursuing pack as the race entered the final 400m. The Dunkinely lad dug very deep and finished strongly for an outstanding silver medal winning position.


1Shane Fitzsimons, Mullingar Harriers A.C. 4.03.88
2 Mark Mc Guinness, Tir Chonaill A.C. 4.09.89
3 Daire Farrell Carrick-On-Shannon A.C. 4.11.79


Boys U16 1500m Medal Winners

Mark McGuiness, Sane Fitzimmons (MullingarAC)

& (CarrickAC)


Mark McGuinness with Family Members


Donegal Towns, Kate McGowan, already National Champion in the 75m hurdles, ran a PB of 26.81secs in the semi final of the Girls Under 14 200m and finished 2nd and qualified for the afternoon final. Club mate Eva McMullan from Creevy, Ballysahnnon, ran in a semi final two and recorded a time of 28.68secs. The final was a closely fought affair and once again McGowan responded with a new PB time of 26.51secs for a bronze medal finish placing.

1 Laura Ann Costello Galway City Harriers 26.07
2 Grace Lawlor St. L. O'Toole A.C. 26.48
3 Kate Gowan Tir Chonaill A.C. 26.511

Kate McGowan Lane4 - 200m U14 Girls Final


Race Walking Success

Race walking was introduced to the following three club athletes at the 2009 club summer camp - Sarah Timoney, Ciara Crawford and Christopher O’Laughlan. This highly technical event found all three performing out of their skins on Saturday afternoon. In the Girls U14 2k event Sarah finished 4th and Ciara 6th while Christopher got up for 5th in the Boys event.

Girls U14 2k

1 Tara Leacy St. Senans A.C. 11.24.28
2 Karen Bourke St. Coca's A.C. 11.27.73
3 Sinead Keogh North Sligo A.C. 11.53.28
4 Sarah Timoney Tir Chonaill A.C. 12.18.68
5 Roisin O'Malley Bilboa A.C. 12.20.76
6 Ciara Crawford Tir Chonaill A.C. 12.25.99


Boys U14 2k
1 Dylan Mimna Ballinamore A.C. 10.28.35
2 Anthony Tobin Clonmel A.C. 10.29.58
3 Andrew Bell Castlebar A.C. 10.46.81
4 Oisin Quinn Mullingar Harriers A.C. 11.22.78
5 Christopher O'Loughl Tir Chonaill A.C. 12.49.73
6 Nathan Murphy St. Coca's A.C. 13.10.21

Ciara Crwford & Sarah Timoney in the U14 Girls Walk


Christopher O'Loughlinin U14 2k Walk


Relays Success

Sunday was reserved for relays and lots of drama and excitement. Tir Chonaill traditionally have produced national medal winning teams but Sundays performances by the clubs Under 14 and Under 15 Girls 4 x 100 metres teams reached new heights.


Heats and semi finals to reach eight team finals were negotiated successfully by both squads. The club Under 13 girls team of Ava Duncan, Chloe Masterson, Anna Morrow and Amie McCafferty, and the Under 14 B team of Ava Duncan, Niamh McGrory, Amie and Katie McCafferty both competed very well but did not qualify for finals.

The Under 15 girls, squad of Kate McGowan, Emma Brady, Karen Tracey, Eva McMullan and Kelly McGrory qualified for the final early in the morning and with excellent baton changing and no small amount of very good sprinting were clear winners in the early afternoon final.


1 Tir Chonaill A.C. 51.3H
2 Galway City Harriers A.C. 52.0H
3 Emerald A.C. 52.1H
4 Leevale A.C. 52.4H
5 Dooneen A.C. 53.3H
6 Carrick-on-Suir A.C. 53.5H

Girls Under 15 4x100m Team in the call up area prior to the Final


Girls U15 Team

4x100m All Ireland Winners


Girls U15 4x100m Winners on the Podium


Kate & Emma exchange Baton in the 4x100m Final


Girls U13, U14 & U15 Relay Squads


Girls U15 with their Families


Girls U13 4x100m Relay Team

Under 14 Team crowned National Champions
The semi finals of the U14 4 x 100m relay were closely fought affairs. The quartet of Ruth Gillespie, Kate McGowan, Sarah Timoney and Eva McMullan in the final ran an excellent time of 52.88secs to record a great victory.

1 Tir Chonaill A.C. 52.88
2 Dooneen A.C. 53.08
3 Craughwell A.C. 53.51
4 Leevale A.C. 53.85
5 Nenagh Olympic A.C. 54.40
6 Kilkenny City Harriers A.C. 54.93

Girls U14 4x100m All Ireland Champions


Girls U14 Team with Eamon Harvey


County Relays
Sunday culaminated with Inter county relays at Under 13/15/17/ and 19 levels. The Tir Chonaill group of Eva McMullan, Emma Brady, Karen Tracey, Kelly McGrory and Kate McGowan, finished 3rd in the qualifying semi final and recorded a first time county victory at Inter County Relays in the final.

1 Donegal 51.60
2 Galway 52.11
3 Limerick 52.25
4 Wexford 52.57
5 Carlow 52.79
6 Kildare 53.26