Munster Indoor Championships 2020:
Munster U9 to U11 Indoor Championships took place on Saturday the 15th
February. West Limerick Athletics Club had 11 children running across sprints,
long jumps and track races.
U9 Girls 60m sprint
First race of the day and Amy Lenihan ran her first sprint race in a time 12:39
secs, she ran a great sprint for someone so new to the track.
39 children running crossing 5 heats , 3 heats in semi-final and then 10
children in the final, with a winning time from a child from Belgooly A.C in 9.89
U9 Boys 60m sprint
Danny Liston had a busy day for his first day at the track he reached the semi-
finals and then the finals in the 60m – an amazing achievement for a 7 year old
at Munster level on his first day out.
33 children running across 4 heats, 2 heats in semi-final, a total of 16 children,
and then 9 children in the final.
Danny came second in his heat in a time of 10:54, then came 3rd in the semi-
final in a time of 10:28, then fifth in the final in a time of 10:32, winning time was
9.75. There was joint second in the final, 3rd place was 10:29 so he missed it
by a small fraction of a second. He was very tired as he also had a 300m track
race before the final, what an amazing display of talent for a child so young the
club are very proud of him for his efforts yesterday.
Daniel Hough, a first timer and a great effort from Daniel, well done to him for
taking part against 33 children. It’s very nerve racking for the children when
there is such large numbers and its only by attending these events that they
learn to master the sprint distance, so well done to Daniel.
Danial ran in Heat 4 in a time of 12:27
U10 Girls 60m sprint
81 girls, 9 heats, 3 heats in semi-final, 9 in final winning time was 9.48
We had 4 in this category:
Eavan Lyons heat 1 – 10:84
Leyna Cussen – heat 7 – 10:41
Ava Mullane heat 4 – 11:54
Maia Fitzsimons heat 9 – 11.67
Well done to the 4 girls. It was a very tough one, standard was very high and
huge numbers. It didn’t deter them and they went on to do the 300m track race.
It was Eavan’s and Ava’s first time and they were super.
U10 Boys 60m Sprint
67 children, 8 heats, 3 heats in semi-final, and 9 children in final winning time
Joseph Carr, Adam Broderick and Ryan Cummins ran in times of 11.53, 10.43,
and 11:17 respectively. A great performance from the 3 boys. Adam is new to
the club and ran a great race. Joseph and Ryan represent the club time after
time at events. The standard is this race was exceptionally high, winning time
wasn’t a course record but still was very tough to come near.
U11 Girls 60m sprint
57 children took part, 7 heats, 3 semi-finals heats and then final – winning time
Katie Lenihan and Orla O Connor took part in this race. Katie is another club
member that runs at all events (munsters, countys , cross country). Nothing
phases her, she puts on the green and white and gives it her all consistently
time and time again. We are also delighted to see Orla back on the track and
what a difference a year has made, a super confident performance on the track
looking forward to seeing more of this in 2020.
U11 Boys 60m sprint
63 children took part, 8 heats, 3 semi-finals heats and then final winning time
Fergus Maharg is a new member in the club and we were delighted to see him
take part his time was 11:14. This race had an exceptional high level so Fergus
was very brave to take on this race.
U9 Girls 300m track race
23 children took part, 3 heats, winning time was 58:19
Amy took to the track again for 300m and achieved a time of 1:09:15, another
great effort from Amy first track race at just 7 years old. She was our only
under 9 girl that took part and the club are delighted with her performance.
U9 boys 300m track race
26 children took part, 3 heats, winning time was 55:01
Danny Liston and Daniel Hough took part and their times were 1:06:89 and
1:05:19 respectively. Again this was their first time track race so well done to
U10 Girls 500m track race
51 children took part across 7 heats, winning times 1:40:19, 1:41:28, 1:41:74
We have 4 in this category:
Eavan Lyons – 1:50:35
Leyna Cussen – 1:54:81
Ava Mullane heat 4 – 2:11:14
Maia Fitzsimons heat 9 – 2:01:62
Another great performance from the 4 girls, standard was very high in this race
U10 Boy 500m track race
49 children took part across 6 heats, winning times 1:39:07, 1:39:03 , 1:39:53
Darragh Collins was in heat 4 and came first in his heat in a time of 1:40:73 and
Adam Broderick was in heat 5 and 1:50:12. A great run by both boys, Darragh
was so close, came in fifth place.
U11 Boys 600m track race
44 children took part, 6 heats, winning time was 1:54:95.
Fergus Maharg ran the longest distance of any of our club members, 600 m is a
very tough distance for a new runner and to have the courage to do this at
Munster level as a first timer is exceptional, Well done to Fergus we were
delighted to have a member running this distance in club colours.
A number of the children took part in the long jump, this is fun for them and
something that distracts them from the main events. However, we have one
member Lilly Ann Cremin and the long jump is an event that she trains for, she
took part in the U11 girls long jump and came 10th out of 44. Well done to Lilly
U9 girls: Amy Lenihan U9 boys: Daniel Hough
U9 boys: Danny Liston and Daniel Hough
U10 girls: Leyna Cussen U10 girls: Ava Mullane
U10 girls: Maia Fitzsimons U10 boys: Adam Broderick
U10 boys: Joseph Carr U10 boys: Darragh Collins
Danny Liston & Ryan Cummins
U11 boys: Fergus Maharg
U11 girls: Katie Lenihan and Orla O Connor
U11 girls: Lilly Ann Cremin
U10 girls: Ava Mullane, Leyna Cussen, Maia Fitzsimons and Eavan Lyons
Munster Senior and Masters Indoors:
Nenagh was the venue for these Indoor events. It was a welcome refuge from
Storm Dennis. There were some excellent events and performances throughout
Representing West Limerick A.C. on Saturday was George O Sullivan, 3rd in
M50 3000m in a time of 11:38:55.
On Sunday we had four club members participating. Kevin O Donoghue,
Diarmuid McCarthy, JP O Sullivan and Martin Liston.
Diarmuid (9.52) and JP (9.68) were 3rd in their categories in the 60m sprint.
Martin Liston ran the Senior 400m in 1.06.26, Kevin 2nd O35 in 1.09.20,
Diarmuid 3rd O35 in 1.13.13 and JP 3rd O40 in 1.12.93.
Martin also ran the Senior 200m in 28.98 and Kevin 2nd O35 200m in 32.21.
It was a great day out, with a number of athletes from Limerick AC, An Bru AC
and Dooneen AC all running well.
A special thank you to coach Ger Cremin for his encouragement to try these
events and his advice on the day (in between winning his own races).
Diarmuid McCarthy, Kevin O Donoghue, JP O Sullivan and Martin Liston at the
Munster Senior and Masters Indoors in Nenagh on Sunday 16 th Feb
AI Areen National Wildlife Park 10k nosted by Bahrain Road Runners:
Martina Ahern completed this race in glorious sunshine in 51 mins. Well done
Martina. Send some sun our way!
Martina Ahern at the AI Areen National Wildlife Park 10k
5Mile Coastal Run Spanish Point:
Jerry Curtin braved the elements at Spanish Point last Sunday to complete this
5 mile race in 37:28. A cracking time in difficult conditions.
Fedamore GAA run/walk series:
The 2nd of 4 runs took place in Fedamore on 13 th Feb (also on 20th & 27th Feb).
Great progress was made by all members of the West Limerick AC gang.
Caroline Conroy O’Malley was the first lady home in a time of 21:10. Hughie Flood is
setting the tone with a time of 23:04, but wanting to go faster! Paul Crotty was hot on his
heels, completed this tough route in 23:31. We’re looking forward to next Thursday
Our sold out Adare 10k takes place next Sunday February 23rd.
Numbers and T Shirts can be collected at race HQ (Adare Village Hall) on
Saturday from 2pm – 5pm and on Sunday from 10am – 12:30pm. The race
starts at 1pm sharp. Medals will be presented at the finish line.
As always there will be individual race prizes, age category and team prizes for
athletics clubs. There is a bonus of €100 if the course record is broken.
Course records: Rory O Connor 30:43 in 2019 and Barbara Cleary 36:00 in 2014.
If you would like to help out please make contact through one of the
Visually Impaired Guides:
There is an open training session on how to guide visually impaired runners or
walkers around a course after Mungret parkrun on February the 22nd. We
have a number of visually impaired athletes who need an adequate number of
guides to ensure they can continue to progress and participate in parkruns and
other events. All are welcome to attend this training and your support is greatly
Reminder: All members need to complete and sign a hard copy membership
form in addition to the on-line registration. If outstanding please submit to one
of the committee members so that you/your child can complete in upcoming
events. See website for details: www.westlimerickac.ie
All memberships will be processed online through the Athletics Ireland website.
Club membership runs from Jan 1st until Dec 31 st .
Adult (over 18) membership is open and is €35.
Any person taking part in training organised by the club must be a club
member. This includes group interval training and Fit4Life training.
Juvenile membership for 2020 is now closed as we have reached
capacity. There is a waiting list in place should places become available in the
appropriate age category.
We wish our athletes of all ages the best of luck as they represent and compete
for the club in the year ahead.
West Limerick AC Training
Our club training takes place every Tuesday night. Juveniles from 6pm to 7pm,
Adults from 7pm to 8pm, both at the Newcastle West GAA All Weather pitch.
The Fit4Life section of the club meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm
outside the Courtney Boys School.
New Website Live
Our new website is now live. Check it out: www.westlimerickac.ie
Upcoming permit/Championship races:
February 23rd: Adare 10k
March 1st: Munster 4 Mile, Waterford
March 15th: County 4 Mile, Venue TBC
May 5th: Great Limerick Run incorporating Munster Half and Full Marathon
*If race organisers wish to add a permit race to our list please let us know