Tallaght Athletics Secure National Qualification


Tallaght Athletes Secure National Qualification
Following some great success by senior members of Tallaght A.C. in the Marathon on the bank holiday weekend it was the turn of the juvenile athletes when they contested the Dublin Juvenile Uneven Age Championships in Santry Demesne last Sunday.

Gareth Hayes who won bronze in the U10 Championships in Abbotstown last month ran a superb race to take the U9 title after a ding-dong battle over the 800m course with David Coackley of Lucan Harriers.
In the U13 2,500m contest the recent Dublin U12 bronze medal winner Jack Kelly stepped up in age to secure a medal and automatic qualification to represent Dublin at National Championships in Dundalk in December when crossing the line in sixth place in the U13 2500m contest and he will be joined by Jared Murray who also secured his place when he finished seventh after a very gutsy performance.
The Dublin U16 Silver medallist Jennifer Mc Adams was again in tremendous form in the U15 3500m contest but despite being favourite for the title she found one better in Ruby Pereira from Skerries who fended her off in the finishing straight to deny her victory. However, she will undoubtedly improve before she takes her place on the Dublin team in December.
In the boy’s U15 contest over the same course and distance Yan Geraghty led the Tallaght team to secure the team bronze medals with Jordan Bracken, Dylan Byrne, Philip Omisore and Aksel Brochocki following him home.

At U17 degree both Eoghan Keaney and Christopher Duffy also secured their place for Nationals after finishing 9th and 12th respectively in the U17 5000m contest but Mairead O’ Hanlon just missed out by two places after she finished 14th in the same age group over 4000m whilst Mustafa Nasir qualified at U19 degree when he finished 9th in the U19 6000m contest.
Others who ran well on the day were, U9’s Alesha Kelly, Brooke Patterson and Amy Casey whilst  Georgia Kirwan, Eva Casey, Caoimhe Curtis, Jessica Gillen, Leon Paterson, Thomas Keating, and Rory Mac Hugh all did well in their U11 1500m contests as did Rachael Casey, Abbie Brennan and Luke L'Estrange in their U13 2500m race.
Sophia Kourrini, Andrea Uchiuce, Niamh Gibson, Aisling Mc Guinness and Eirinn Hayes performed well in the U15 3500m race as did Dean Conway in the U19 contest which was combined with the junior men’s 6000m race in which Joseph Lyons ran well whilst Laura Mc Donnell in her first cross country outing in years had a very good run in the Senior ladies 6000m race.