Ireland’s U20 athletes win a historic two world medals in Finland, while at home juveniles impress in Tullamore. Elsewhere Freddy Sittuk and Caitriona Jennings claim Irish Runner 10-Mile titles.

The Irish women’s 4x100m relay team not only won silver medals but set a new national U20 record of 43.90 seconds at the World U20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland on Saturday (July 14).

The quartet of Molly Scott (SLOT), Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock-Louth), Ciara Neville (Emerald) and Patience Jumbo-Gula (St Gerard’s Dundalk) struck silver narrowly behind the Germans who ran 43.82 with Great Britain third in 44.05. Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) had a hamstring injury which prevented her from making the final.

It was only the third Irish medal at this level and the first relay podium placing. On Sunday, Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley) won to a superb silver medal in the high jump with a national U20 record of 1.90m.

Finn Valley’s Lecky was in sensational form all week and narrowly missed out on clearing 1.92m. Ireland had only ever won two medals at previous world U20 championships and they have now doubled that tally.

National Juvenile Athletics Championships, Tullamore

A lightning fast boys U17 100m with three boys under 11 seconds was just one highlight of at the second day of the National Juvenile Athletics Championships in Tullamore on Sunday (July 15).

In windy conditions, Michael Farrell of Raheny Shamrock was the winner in 10.82, followed by his Raheny club mate Sean L’Estrange in 10.90 and Cillian Griffin of Tralee Harriers in 10.99. Winning the U19 title with 10.99 was Shane Monagle of Tramore AC, while setting a new U19 girls 100m record of 12.03 was Lauren Cadden of Sligo AC.

In the U19 boys’ 400m, Tallaght’s Christopher Duffy just made it ahead of Tony O’Connor Naas AC, with the pair timed at 49.51 and 49.71. Pick of the girls’ races was the U18 final, where Simone Lalor of St LOT was the winner in 57.22, with Molly Brown of Metro St Brigid’s, who had won the 800m a day earlier, a close second in 57.38.

Over 3000m, Thomas McStay of Galway City Harriers won the U19 title in 8:43.25, with Keelan Kilrihill of Moy Valley AC second in 8:48.36. Laura Nicholson of Bandon AC was an untroubled winner of the U19 girls’ title in 10:11.61.

In the U17 boys’ javelin, Conor Cusack of Lake District Athlete threw a record 58.35m for victory. There was also a record in the U16 girls’ shot of 14.14m for Aoibheann McMahon of Blackrock Louth. Another in record breaking form was Ellen McNally, of Greystones and District, who won the girls’ U17 triple jump with a 10.70m leap in the final round.

A day earlier, in kinder weather conditions, Louis O’Loughlin of Donore Harriers was a runaway winner of the U18 boys 800m in a new record time of 1:52.13.

The highlight of the girls’ 800m races was an U16 championships record of 2:11.63 from Aimee Hayde of Newport AC who dominated the race. Almost as fast in the U15 final was Emma Moore of Galway City Harriers who ran a time of 2:11.98 to smash Hayde’s record of 2:15.63. Sarah Hosey of Dooneen AC and Fiona Dillon of Thomastown AC were also inside the old record.

In the field, Karlis Kaugars of Dunleer AC set a boys U14 record of 55.63m in the javelin. Oisin Joyce 49.73 and Diarmuid Duff 48.20, both Lake District AC, who were second and third, also broke the previous record of 44.86m.

In the girls’ U17 discus, a throw of 41.04 for Ciara Sheehy of Emerald AC was also a championships best. Earlier, Sheehy had won the U17 shot putt (with 14.85m – not far off Michaela Walsh’s record of 15.13.

In the high jump, Aoife O’Sullivan of Liscarroll AC soared over 1.72m to equal Sommer Lecky’s record in the U16 girls’ high jump.

In a competitive girls’ U18 long jump, Sophie Meredith of St Mary’s Limerick came out on top with 5.85m, beating Ruby Millet of St Abban’s who jumped 5.79m.

Roisin O’Reilly of Menapians AC knocked a massive sixteen seconds off the previous record when winning the girls’ U17 2000m steeplechase in a time of 7:06.73

At the GV Ryan Irish Milers Club meet organised by Crusades AC in Irishtown Stadium, Dublin, Mark Milner won a competitive men’s A 800m in 1:52.24, followed by Clonliffe’s Cathal Doyle 1:52.67, Darren McBrearty of Letterkenny AC 1:52.79 and Alex Beddoes of the Cook Islands 1:52.96.

Dean Adams of Ballymena and Antrim won the A 100m in 10.94. First home in the A 400m was Jamie Mitchell of Emerald AC in 48.82, with DCH’s Catherine McManus first of the women in 54.89. A clear winer of the women’s 800m in 2:08.59 was Jenna Brommell of Emerald AC.

Tullamore’s Thomas Moran of Dunboyne AC won the Ronnie Delany 1500m in 1:459.88, beating Raheny’s Conor Dooney who was second in 3:50.64. Cian McPhillips of Longford AC had a solid victory in the 3000m in 8:18.91.


Freddy Sittuk was the winner of the Irish Runner 10-Mile held in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Saturday (July 14). Sittuk finished in 52:43, with his Raheny Shamrock teammate Cillian O’Leary second in 52:56. Third was Tomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght AC in 53:59.

Letterkenny’s Caitriona Jennings was first woman in 61:21, followed by Karen Alexander of Acorns AC 62:09 and Tara Kennedy-Monks of Raheny Shamrock in 64:00.

Rathfarnham’s Paul Fleming won the Dunleer 4-Mile on Sunday (July 15) in 21:37, with Catherina McKiernan of Annalee AC eighth overall and first woman in 22:45.

At the Youghal 5km on Thursday evening (July 12) Ferrybank’s Andrew Connick was first home in 15:36 with Aoife Cooke of the host club Youghal AC first woman taking her third successive victory in 17:30.

Mountain running

Zak Hanna of Newcastle and District won the Irish trial for the World Mountain Running Championships at Crone Woods in Co Wicklow on Saturday (July 14). The championships take place in Andorra in September.

Earlier this month, Hanna was best of the Irish at the European Championships in Macedonia where he finished 19th.


Joe Gough of West Waterford AC was in record-breaking form again at the Drogheda and District graded track meet last Thursday (July 12) when he shattered the Irish M65 record with a time of 4:55.10. The previous record of 5:08.87 was held by Willie Neenan of Cork.

That’s the Irish outdoor 400m, 800m and 1500m records broken by Gough so far this year. His major target this season is September’s World Masters in Malaga, Spain.

Mid-week results

Although he didn’t break the four-minute barrier, proud Tipperary man Sean Tobin of Clonmel AC ran a time of 4:04.48 to win the men’s mile at the Moyne AC 70th Anniversary Games, held on the club’s newly laid four-lane track on Thursday evening (July 12).

Tobin was on his own from 800m after the efforts of pacemaker William Hughes of Thurles Croke and was followed home by Damien Landers of Ennis TC who crossed the line in 4:14.99.

Target time in the women’s 800m was 2:05:00 and Amy O’Donoghue of Emerald AC came close, running a time of 2:06.57, which was just off her fastest ever time. Pushing O’Donoghue hard from the start was Stephanie Cotter from West Muskerry AC who was rewarded with a personal best time by three seconds of 2:07.24. There was also a personal best of 2:14.16 for Leevale’s Annette Quaid.

A 400m personal best of 49.25 for race winner Robert Bennett of Nenagh Olympic was another highlight of the meet. All athletes who competed were presented with a specially engraved medallion celebrating the club’s 70th anniversary.