The strangest track season ever wrapped up in glorious but breezy sunshine at Santry Stadium on Sunday. Six athletes from Craughwell made the trip and all performed very well in stacked fields - Oisin Davis, Emma Boyle, Ellie Cronin, Ross McGuinness, Anthony Boyle and Ellie Cronin.

The direct links to their events are here if you want to watch them over:

 

First up was Oisin Davis in the Junior men's 800m which was run over heats and a final.  Oisin had two goals - to break the magic 2 minutes and to make his first ever final.  The first two athletes and the 4 fastest losers would qualify, so times were important! Oisin knew if he was to go sub-2, the first race of the day was his best bet so he took the lead at the bell to keep the pace moving along. With 200m to go a couple of athletes passed him, when he sat in he caught his feet on the athlete ahead and stumbled, losing some momentum.  In the end he finished 5th in the heat with a slight 0.6s pb of 2.00.26 - no sub-2 today but with the breezy conditions and the stumble, you would have to think it is there soon - alas we have run out of track in 2020!!

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Galway 800m finalists - Barry Murphy GCH (9th), Oisin Davis (6th)

The next two heats turned out to be quite a bit slower than the first so 5th was good enough to qualify for the final!  The final was an absolute cracker at the front between Louis O'Loughlin and Jake Bagge with O'Loughlin breaking Bagge and a 20 year old championship record en route to victory.  Oisin got caught in some traffic and the first lap was slow.  He picked it up on the second lap and felt good, but you are unlikely to set a pb with a slow first lap in an 800 - he finished in 6th place with 2.02 in the final.  Altogether, an excellent day's work - I think the first u18 home and top-7 in both 1500m and 800m is a solid week's work!

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Emma tells the lads what to look out for in the 3000m!

Next up for Craughwell was Emma Boyle in the junior women's 3000m.  Our plan was for a steady start and pick it up from 800m, but the field went out at a ferocious pace and Emma had to decide whether to go with it or isolate herself - a tough decision!  She came into the race with a 10.50 pb and as lap after lap of 10' pace went past in the baking heat the inevitable payback came for a lot of the athletes in the field.  Emma got stranded between groups but held on bravely and came home in the top 10 with a very creditable 11.04 - not quite a personal best but not far off and I was hugely impressed with her resilience and mental fortitude in holding her form throughout.

Everyone will know the wonderful work done by Pieta House ... and that their major fundraiser Darkness into Light cannot take place this year. So communities all around Ireland are doing their bit virtually to help raise funds. Shane Comer whose kids are in all the local sports clubs is coordinaring the effort across the local sports clubs inckluding ourselves ... please click on the link below to support, do your 5k at the weekend and donate.

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Mathys Bocquet capped off a fantastic year by claiming a coveted spot on the Irish Schools team for the SIAB International in Scotland in a stunning performance on the 7th March.  Unfortunately for Mathys the unthinkable happened and the world changed overnight due to a tiny virus, leading to the 11th hour decision of the Irish team not to travel to the event.  It was a good decision as the event itself was also cancelled the next day!

However, Mathys still got the reward of an international selection grant, presented last night by Lisa at the team training review meeting, along with special guest Damian who was giving us a view of life as a Collegiate in the USA.

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Mathys getting his presentation at the Q&A meeting

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