Sunday, February 23, 2014

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It has been another great week for Sligo A.C. athletes.

The week started with a call up for Emmett Dunleavey to the International squad. The event was the International road races in Armagh on Thursday night last. Emmett did himself, the club, and his country, proud by being second Irishman home on the team recording 14mins 35secs, a new personal best and club record on the road.

On Saturday evening in Spain, Alberto Sanchez, finished a magnificent 3rd to take the bronze medal in the Spanish championships.

On Sunday last it was the A.A.I. Intermediate, Masters and Juvinile B development races. The club were represented in most races and were out in force. The performance of the day came from Dermot McDermott, who literally ran his heart out to finish just outside the medals in 4th place. The fact that Dermot's preparation was hampered by sickness probably cost him a medal but he can still be happy with 4th in a high class race. Fintan Whelan also ran a good race and finished in mid division. In the masters race, which had a record field of nearly 300 toe the line, David Kearns led the squad home followed by Mel Casserly, Conal Sexton and Rory Connor.

Our Juveniles gained valuable experience with the top performance of the day coming from Ross Doherty who finished 9th in the under 11 boys race. Other good performances came from Laura Joyce, Leo Doherty, Aoife Morris, Liam Carty, Cliona Walsh, Meabh Walsh, Caoimhe Connor,  Alannah O Reilly, Cliodna O Sullivan and Amy Deering amongst others.

Next weekend it's the Connaught Juvinile championships in Athlone. Buses will depart from Pearse Road at 7.45am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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