all in a days work at the AAI Games & Combined Events Championships held over the weekend in Santry. Athletes from all over turned up for their events, and yes it was still a little surreal to not be able to have anyone in the stands, but competition has returned and for that we are all delighted. Congratulations to all our athletes who performed over the weekend and to their extremely hard working coaches and equally patient parents.
In the Men’s 800m Colin Ryan had a great performance finishing 5th with a Pb of 2:00.88. In the Women’s 800m we saw Alex O’Neill finish 9th in a time of 2:14.19, her first race on this side of the water for some time.
The Men’s 3000m was where a lot of the Ennis Track athletes lined up on the day. There was 3 heats with over 70 entrants for this very much sought after race where U20 European Standards were the focus. Daragh Lynch was the official pacer and he effortless set the tone. Efrem Gidey of Clonliffe Harriers AC then took over the blistering pace, he was never let go too far ahead with Cormac Dalton of Mullingar Harriers AC, Tadhg Donnelly of Drogheda & District AC and our own Dean Casey not letting him get too far ahead. Gidey was 1st in a time of 8:11.57, followed by a ever closing Cormac Dalton in a time of 8:11.68 and Tadhg Donnelly in 8:12.51 and Dean Casey in 8:15.56. The U20 European Standard of 8:23.00 for the 3000m being attained by Tadhg Donnelly, Dean Casey and 9th placed Fionn Harrington of Bandon AC in a time of 8:22.00.
Donal Devane finished 10th in a time of 8:23.69 followed next by Dylan Casey in a time of 8:28.01 and Mark Hanrahan in a time of 8:34.23 Pb. In Heat 2 Niall Murphy had a Pb with a time of 8:48.34
Day 2 saw Gabriel Kehinde finishing 1st with two Pbs in a time of 10.83 in the Men’s 100m sprint Series 1 and then in the series 2 he finished 5 in a time of 10.77.
The full results can be found here