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Busy Weekend in Nenagh

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from Athletics Ireland by Frank Greally The Indoor Track & Field season continues this weekend in Nenagh, Tipperary, with the Woodie’s DIY Junior Indoor Championships and the Woodie’s DIY AAI Indoor games taking place on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Many of the top achievers from the impressive current junior crop will be in action on Saturday and the women’s 60 meters final should be especially entertaining with such quality performers as Niamh Whelan, (Ferrybank A.C), Catherine McManus, (Celtic DCH A.C), Sandra Lawlor, (Celbridge A.C) and Joan Healy, (Bandon A.C) all entered for the event.

The highly rates Niamh Whelan will start favourite to win this event and the Ferrybank athlete is also entered in the 200 meters.

Ciara Everard of Kilkenny City Harriers is another top class athlete and she will be odds on favourite to win the junior women’s 400m national title. Another top prospect is Tara Jameson of Sli Cualann A.C who competes in the junior women’s 3,000m.

The versatile Barry Pender of St Abban’s A.C will be in action in both the high jump and triple jump and Christopher Russell of Ferrybank A.C will start favourite to win the junior men’s 200m, title.

The AAI Games on Sunday will see Jer O’Donoghue of Riocht A.C in action over 60m and taking on some serious competition in the Leevale A,C pair of Derek Duff and Carl McNamara. Carl McNamara is also listed to compete in the 200m.

Jonathan Miller of Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club will be the man to beat in the 400m where James Ruxton of Shercock A.C should provide stiff opposition.

Leevale A..C runner Mark Hanrahan will be hoping for a big performance in the men’s 3,000m where the opposition will include Eoin Everard of KCH, Alan O’Brien of Crusaders A.C and David McCarthy , Le Cheile A.C

Brendan Marshall of Mullingar Harriers, who has a personal best of 6.90m, can take gold in the men’s long jump and Alan O’Connor, Tralee A.C will be favourite to take the men’s shot putt title. The women’s high jump should also provide an entertaining contest with Mary Kate Lanigan, KCH, Cathriona Farrell, Craughwell A. and Rosemary Daniels , Na Fianna A.C all close together in the national rankings.

The programme begins each day in Nenagh at 11.30am.