(from AAI website) The weather dominated proceedings at Tullamore today. These days we are all used to a few showers in the course of a competition, but today the heavens opened and the rain kept falling for the whole competition. Well done to all the competitors who competed in such dreadful conditions, but special praise must go to all the officials who kept the show on the road in spite of their obvious discomfort in this deluge.
As can be seen from the picture below, one long jump pit was flooded and unable to be used, while all other areas of the stadium weren’t much better.
In spite of the weather junior Michael Hynes from Raheny completed a nice 100m/200m double.
Linda Byrne form DSD completed an unusual double in the 400m hurdles and 1,500m, an Siobhan O’Doherty from Borrisokane looked strong as she completed a 1,500m/3,000m double.
A thrilling 800m saw Michael Dyer from North Down just get the better of Colm Rooney from Clonliffe Harriers after a titantic struggle.
In spite of the flooded pits, Denis Finnegan from Leevale didn’t find the discomfort too bad when winning.
Eva Massey from North Down threw 15m dead to win the shot easily, although the throwers had to dig out the shot after each throw after it sank in the boggy ground.
John Laffey from Clonliffe Harriers looked comfortable in winning the 400m, dipping under 50 in the process.
Mary McLoone from Tir Chonaill contributed 27 points to her club when winning the long jump, triple jump and 100m, while Ciaran O’Cathain from Galway was a comfortable winner of the 100m and 200m.
Northern clubs completed a super double, with North Down winning the Premier Men and Abbey winning the Premier Women.
Division 1 men couldn’t have been closer with West Waterford winning, while Borrisokane won the Division 1 Women.