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from AAI website – Schools
– Mountain running
– Walkers – Road race
– Indoor Competition in Donegal Town (Added)
Indoor Competition

With the competitive Indoor season just around the corner ie Ulster /Irish/Scottish and British -the Tir Chonaill club are hosting a field events competition on Sunday 28th December in the Abbey Voc School Gymnasium, Donegal Town. All age group will be catered for in High Jump/Pole Vault and Shot Putt with the juveniles using apprpriate age group weights in the Shot. The venue records for High Jump are Men 1.90metres J.B.O’Donnell , Lifford,1997 and Women 1.71metres Geraldine Stewart, Tir Chonaill1998.

Mountain runners do well in European cross-country

There were reasonable good performances by international mountain runners in todays European cross-country championships in Belgium in the under age races. On an undulating course that was mucky in places:

Sarah Tunstall (GBR) was 2nd in the u/23 womens race (3rd in European mountain running championships in 2008);

Laura Park (GBR) was 6th in the junior womens race (winner 2008 World junior mountain running trophy);

Hasan Pak (TUR) was 6th in the mens junior race (winner European junior mountain running championships 2008) and Sindre Burass (NOR) was 10th in the junior race (winner World junior mountain running trophy 2008);

Bernard Dematteis (ITA) was 15th in the u/23 mens race (2nd in European mountain running championships 2008 and 4th in World trophy 2008).

Schools’ Combined Events International 2008

Another successful day for the KitKat Irish Schools’ Teams at the annual Schools’ Combined Events Indoor International held at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow on Saturday last 13th December. In all the young Irish athletes produced 36 personal bests and never gave up.

Pride of place goes to Joanna Mills, Ballyclare High School, who won the Girls’ Under 18 Individual title. The fact that she is eligible for this competition next year makes her performance even more impressive. A magnificent back-up performance by her teammates, Orla Finn, Kinsale CS, and Rebecca McAllister, Antrim GS, saw them just pipped for the team title by 4 points by England. Joanna produced an impressive series with a 9.13 sec 60m Hurdles, a 1.62m High Jump and a 5.63m Long Jump.

Brave performances from the Irish Girls’ Under 16 team saw them take a deserved bronze in the team event being beaten by an outstanding English team. The young English girl, Jazmin Sawyers, showed her great potential in jumping 1.77m in the High Jump and hurdling 8.92 sec. Katie Hyland, Sacred Heart, Westport, Megan Kiely, Ursuline Waterford, and Rachel Healy, Alexandra College, put in some excellent results.

The Under 16 Boys team was a creditable 3rd in the team event. Paul Byrne, Presentation Carlow, was the leading performer in 5th place.

An exceptional performance from UK record holder, David Guest, Wales, in the Boys’ Under 18 event saw him win by over 260 points. The Irish kept trying right to the end with Eamonn Fahey, Kings’ Hospital,, leading the way in 6th place with 4 personal bests.

Under 18 Boys’ Individual Results:
1. David Guest, Wales 3,707 points
2. Jamie Courtney, England 3,444 points
3. Jack Andrew, England 3,368 points
6. Eamonn Fahey, Ireland 3,228 points
8. Timmy Crowe, Ireland 3,116 points
12. Stephen Kelly, Ireland 2,938 points
16. Simon Doyle, Ireland 1,764 points
Team Result:
1. England 10,026 points
2. Scotland 9,805 points
3. Wales 9,580 points
4. Ireland 9,282 points

Under 18 Girls’ Individual Results:
1. Joanna Mills, Ireland 3,463 points
2. Eleanor Workman, Scotland 3,240 points
3. Chloe Galloway, England 3,220 points
6. Orla Finn, Ireland 3,170 points
9. Rebecca McAllister, Ireland 2,843 points
Team Result:
1. England 9,480 points
2. Ireland 9,476 points
3. Wales 8,614 points

Under 16 Girls’ Individual Results:
1. Jazmin Sawyers, England 3,694 points
2. Rebecca Curtis-Harris, England 3,395 points
3. Rachel Whittle, Scotland 3,350 points
7. Katie Hyland, Ireland 3,053 points
8. Megan Kiely, Ireland 3,049 points
10. Rachel Healy, Ireland 2,866 points
13. Grainne Moynihan, Ireland 2,638 points
Team Result:
1 England 10,295 points
2. Wales 9,510 points
3. Ireland 8,968 points
3. Scotland 8,722 points

Under 16 Boys’ Individual Result:
1. Will Grist, England 3,320 points
2. Rhys Williams, Wales 3,203 points
3. Jamaul Whyte, Wales 3,045points
5. Paul Byrne, Ireland 2,857 points
9. Daire Walsh, Ireland 2,703 points
11. Callum Hunter, Ireland 2,640 points
13. Conor Daly, Ireland 2,567 points
Team Result:
1. England 9,053 points
2. Wales 9,051 points
3. Ireland 8,200 points

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