Leinster Junior & Masters Track & Field Championship, Carlow, 04 & 05 July 2021

Day 1 of Masters Leinster Track & Field. A new adventure at the magnificent Carlow IT track. It was an extremely well organised affair and hats off to Athletics Leinster for getting it across the line. Athletes are limited to a total of 2 events across both days.
Day 1 results included – Paula Freeman, 4th in O40 100m, 14.90 seconds (only 0.33 seconds from the medals). Fabian Flood 4th in O50 1,500m,5 mins 21. Aine Cullen, 1st in O40 WFD – Weight for Distance 4.78m. This competition has only opened up for a women’s competition in recent years, after many years of a mens only event! Senior women and up to age 49 throw 28lb weight, with over 50s throwing 20lb. Today Áine became the “Leinster Outdoor” Championship record holder, and already holds the “Leinster Indoor” Championship record, along with the “National Outdoor” Championship record. A lot of training to be done for September!
Day 2 of Leinster Junior & Masters Track & Field, again at the wonderful Carlow IT Campus. Another big thanks to Andrew Lynam and Leinster Athletics for all of their efforts.
Adam O’Connor was first to race today, in the Junior Men 3,000m. A significant day for Adam to race Junior, and after watching him progress from the Juvenile age group with many successes, he took to the big stage with ease, finishing 4th in a smashing performance of 9:28:36. Lots of more big days to come for Adam.
The Masters Men 5,000m was the other big race for the Striders today. Joe Lillis was 2nd in the O40 with a superb time of 16:14:95. Joe picked up the pace even more in the later stages and this paid off handsomely. Pat Murray was 7th in the O40 with a brilliant run of 18:34:65, gaining valuable experience at his second ever Championship race. Alan O’Connor was 1st and took the Leinster title in the O45 with a very competitive run of 17:19:78. Another fantastic result for Alan. Aine Cullen was in the Discus O40, but having missed the competition while the relay was on, she took her throws at the end, but unfortunately things didn’t come together for this technical event and all throws were disallowed as they were outside of the sector. Bonus medals were picked up in the final event of the day, as some of our Masters ladies made the trip up to compete in the 4x400m Relay. With no competitions on the track last year, it was time to gain some valuable experience back on the track. Our ladies of Sandra Young, Lettie Roche, Aine Cullen and Sonya Byrne completed a team to take home Silver. Roll on the next big day for our Senior athletes at the County Senior Road Championship on the 16th of July.
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