What a weekend our older athletes had at National seniors! Very unusually for Santry conditions were brilliant for racing and jumping. Our first medal winner was Emily Corcoran who got her first senior National medal finishing joint 3rd in the high jump. Catherine Mc Manus was 5th on Saturday in the final of the 200m and she started Sunday by qualifying for the 100m final. Next she ran the 100m hurdles and came 2nd, then the 100m final coming 3rd in a personal best time. Susie Mc Manus and Aoife Nibhroin both ran well in the 800m heats, Pierre Murchan continued his comeback qualifying very well for the 1500m final where he finished 11th in a tactical race. Niamh Donnelly came 7th and Clare Brennan 15th in a tactical women’s 1500m final.
In the womens 4×400 Susie led the team off and handed over to Niamh in 2nd place who in turn handed over to Clare. Niamh and Clare had just finished their 1500m races and a good 50m gap was opened by the time Catherine got the baton in 2nd place. What seemed like an impossible task at the change over looked ever more possible as Catherine gradually closed the gap. By one hundred meters to go Catherine was level, all the club supporters were having heart attacks as she powered down the finish for a great win for the team. What a run! Great running by all the girls who gave it everything and really thrilled all our younger athletes who were there cheering them on. Thanks to all the parents and supporters over the two days in Santry.