11 athletic clubs from around the region converged on the Boys School Field in Ardee on Sunday afternoon last for the final event in the 2017 track and field season, with Ardee & District Athletics Club hosting their annual Sports Day.
On what proved to be a fitting end to a medal-laden and memorable season for the club, athletes from Ardee won 33 medals in total amidst strong competition from participants representing Boyne, Dundalk St Gerards, Dunleer, Glenmore, St Peters, Mountpleasant, Blackrock, Glaslough Harriers, Trim and Rathkenny.
While as ever, junior athletes competed in the majority of events, there were a couple of senior members who took to the track for the day’s final event. In the one mile long Fit4Life, Sarah Níc Lochlaínn and Peter Carolan came second in their respective categories.
Niamh Whyte and Abbie Sheridan performed well in the Under 16 100m, with Niamh taking silver and Abbie winning bronze before Abbie went one better in the 800m with a second place finish.
Tara McGuinness won bronze in the Under 19 100m while sister Niamh then won silver in the 800m. Niamh was then joined by Conor McMahon, Aoibheann Carolan and Eireann Hoey in the Under 19 relay, where the team won silver.
The days events had earlier started with Holly Murray winning the Under 8 60m and then 200m. Holly enjoyed a very fruitful day, then n joining teammates Jessica McCarron, Rachel Duff and Kelsey to come 3rd in the Under 9 relay. Matthew McCormack competed well also while Fintan Kelly took silver in the Under 9 200m.
Ashen Mothiram win silver in the Under 10 turbo javelin with Dylan McCarron not far behind, taking bronze. Caoimhe Carolan claimed the bronze medal in her Under 10 turbo javelin and moving up to Under 11 in the relay she went one better. Teaming up with Amy Murray, Paulina Kelly and Sarah Duff, the girls took silver while Huberta Sokdova ran with St Gerads to take top spot on the podium.
Amy Murray went onto win three bronze medals in the under 11 100m, 600m and the long jump. Jack Dowdall took gold in his sprint and later silver in the Under 11 relay alongside teammates Jayden Clarke, Tadhg and Callum Caffrey .
Kya Mothiram won silver with Paulina Kelly earning bronze in the Under 12 turbo javelin. Joe Murphy, Jack McCarron and Rob Kelly should be very proud of their efforts in their respective events too.
Hallie Sands and Orlaith Carolan came second and third in the 100m with Samantha McCarron taking the final place on the podium in the 800m. Ruth Gillespie joined the girls to win gold in the Under 13 relay event.
Isabelle Delaney won the u14 shot put, earning a gold medal for her efforts. Rebecca McCarron came third in the Under 14 800m. Emma Gillespie came first in the Under 15 800m and then third in her sprint. The girls were joined by Aoibheann Carolan in the Under 15 relay – and on a good day for relay teams, they won gold.
Eireann Hoey came third in Under 14 shot put and she was joined by Ava McNally, Emma Duff and Mya Chanda to finish second in the Under 15 relay.
For the club now, all attentions turn to Saturday’s third annual Seamie Weldon Memorial 5K run in Ardee. A huge turnout is expected for the popular event, with cash prizes available to the winners and the prestigious Seamie Weldon and Jimmy Bradley Cups available to the winners too. It gets under way at the Ardee St Marys grounds at 12pm.