‘Record breaking day’ at Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Relay Championships

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Relay Championships

2nd July 2017 at Athlone IT

According to Athletics Ireland it was a ‘record breaking day’ as 240 Relay teams in the U12-19 age group competed in the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Outdoor Relay Championships and smashed nine records at a single event.  The standard of competition rose significantly as six new Boys Relay records and three for U17-19 Girls were all achieved at Athlone IT’s outdoor track.

Clubs travelled to Athlone IT from all corners of the country bringing their top sprinters to the annual event full of expectation to improve their Provincial times and vie for national medals. The Programme for the day saw a total of 22 races, Uneven Ages, U13, U15, U17, and U19 in the morning session and Even Ages on in the afternoon. Longford Athletics Club had seven teams in this year’s competition who all returned home wiser for the experience but empty handed.

Dundrum South Dublin AC absolutely ripped up the track in the U17 and U18 Girls and Boys 4X400m Relay events setting a very impressive three new records.  Unfortunately for Longford Leevale AC , Cork, dominated in the U16 and U17 Boys 4 X100m races shaving off precious milliseconds and getting their names firmly on the Record list in both.

To their credit all seven Longford AC teams ran very smoothly, had no errors on baton hand overs and all came away with new pbs as they improved their times at this outing at National level. Credit goes to Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Killian Rawle, Cian Nolan and Nelvin Appiah who were all on double duty running on two teams each as numbers were very tight with 23 juveniles going forward to make the seven teams.

U13 Girls:  Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Siog Reilly, Rachel Mulligan, 57.92 seconds

U14 Girls:  Sarah McPhillips, Aideen Mulligan, Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, 56.75 seconds  

U17 Girls:  Gospel Idahor, Yemi Talabi, Precious Oseyemi, Edwige Mota, 53.44 seconds, 7th place

U15 Boys: Cathal Farrell, Nevelone Dampare, Paul Idahor, Joe Reilly, 52.90 seconds

U16 Boys only Longford team to run in heat and Final: Killian Rawle, Cian McPhillips, Keelin McGann, Christopher Conaty, 49.44 seconds Heat, 49.51 Final 7th place

 U17 Boys: Nelvin Appiah, Cian Nolan, Kofi Appiah, Killian Rawle, 46.88 seconds, 7th place

U18 Boys: Dylan Horkan, Corey Molloy, Cian Nolan, Nelvin Appiah, 47.34, 7th place

Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Siog Reilly and Rachel Mulligan, competed at the Athletics Ireland National Relay Championships, representing Longford AC in the U13 Girls 4X100m race. 240 Relay teams from across Ireland competed on the record breaking day as nine new records were set.

 Longford AC U15 Boys 4X100m Relay Team: Cathal Farrell, Nevelone Dampare, Brendan Finnan (sub), Joe Reilly and Paul Idahor pictured at the recent National Juvenile Relay Championships at Athlone IT where they achieved a new pb of 52.90 seconds.

Baton change between Longford AC teammates Joe Reilly and Nevelone Dampare in the U15 Boys 4X100m race at the Athletics Ireland National Relay Championships, July 2017 at Athlone IT. A total of 22 events were on the Programme for the U12-U19 juvenile age group.