Lucan Harriers: A big weekend for the West Dublin Atheltics Club

by Aaron Dunne
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A group of Lucan Harriers travelled to Indoor Arena in Athlone to compete in the National Masters Championships on January 13, with PBs and medals galore!

In the field events, the club had Katriona Power (inset right) in Weight for Distance threw 6.76m to win the gold and bronze in the shot putt with a 9.02 throw.

Laura McAteer had some great jumps in the long jump and claimed the silver medal.  On the track, the club had eight participants, starting off with the 1500m Breda Smyth getting the bronze, Breda went on to compete in the 800m and was 5th, Eileen O’Brien also competed in the 800m where she got the gold medal.  

John Healy was the last of the club’s 800m runners and he stormed home in 5th place, with an indoor pb of 2.27.

There were four athletes compete in the 400m John Flanagan, he had a tough race with heats, he ran it in 68.4, Sorcha Dineen ran a pb of more than 2 seconds to get silver, Leanne Wellings was 4th in her 400m race and finally Carol Kearney won gold in 400m.  Lucan had 5 race the 200m, John Flanagan ran a strong race, he finished 5th, Sorcha Dineen raced another pb in the 200m and got the bronze, Leanne and Laura raced in a tough 200m with Leanne finishing 4th and Laura 6th, Carol Kearney ran the 200m with a photo finish and a silver medal.

The day finished off with the Lucan Ladies Carol, Leanne, Dervila, Sorchca and Laura making up the relay team, it was a great end to the day with Lucan getting Silver in a tough relay race.

Ladies ‘Meet and Train’ January 14th

On January 14th, the second race of the ‘Meet and Train’ league took place at Irishtown. Having successfully hosted this race previously, Crusaders set a personal best in being ‘hostess of the mostess’. It is evident that Women’s and Masters running are experiencing a surge and many who ran at the Dublin Masters XC in Raheny last week were also present. It was Donore to the fore –

Caroline McCarthy was first over the line, followed closely by first timer Deirdre Lyons of Dublin Front runners and Lisa Gaughan of DSD. Raheny Shamrocks, fresh from their gold medal winning exploits of last week sent a good contingent. The field included non-other than the World 3000m Indoors Masters champion, Ann Woodlock of Donore Harriers.

The course was varied in terrain, a mix of tarmac, muck and grit. It took in a loop covering 3.5k and did not fail to disappoint. This was coupled with amazing views of the bay, a treat after the steep uphill climb. Poolbeg Parkrun covers a similar route.

Representing Lucan were – Fiona Allen, Sile McIntyre and Eimear Cooper. Fiona, never one to turn down a challenge, was first finisher, this time without a kayak or another obstacle  . Sile, on only her third outing of 2024 was next!! – having set a pb at 5k recently, as well as running at Dublin Masters XC last weekend. Eimear Cooper, in her second run of the league, showing no signs of fatigue and clearly enjoying XC, finished strongly.

For those who haven’t ventured out yet this year or indeed tried XC before, there is ample time and opportunity to take part

Eimear Cooper, Fiona Allen, Sile McIntyre at Meet and Train

The league continues and race 3 is in Tymon Park on Sunday 18 th February.

The final race of the series will be at Abbotstown on Sunday 3 rd March.

National U20-U23 Indoor Championships in Athlone

3 National Indoor titles for Lucan Harriers at the National U20-U23 Indoor Championships in Athlone on January 20th.

Saoirse Fitzgerald retained her U20 National Indoor title in the 800m with a really composed run.

In the U23s we had Kate O’Connell winning the 400m breaking the field with a lightning fast first 200m and Dara Donoghue taking the title in the 800m with a blistering last 100m to go from 4th to 1st. Well done to all who competed from Lucan Harriers.

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