KILKENNY athlete Cliodhna Manning played a captain’s part as she led Ireland to success at the Celtic International.
The Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) runner led a strong under-18 team at the competition, which was held in Aberdeen on Saturday.
The captain led by example, winning the 400m event with a new personal best (PB) of 56.47 seconds. She also made a valuable contribution to both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams, helping Ireland to victory in both races. Shannen Dawkins (St Joseph’s) was also a worthy member of the team, scoring a win in the 100m hurdles and finishing second in the high jump.
The St Joseph’s club had a number of athletes in action at the Combined Events finals, which were held in Santry over the weekend. Pat Power won the silver in the quadrathlon over-50 section, finishing with 1,423 points. Best of the juveniles in the pentathlon was Sophie Becker who took the bronze in girls’ under-16 event with 1,347 points.
For the boys Shane Power finished fifth on 2,236 points in the under-15 category while Paul Manning finished 12th at under-16 level with 2,265 points.
Catriona Twomey (KCH) was fifth in under-18 octathlon with 3,559 points. The top Kilkenny competitor over the two days of competition was her fellow Harrier, Michael Bowler. Michael had hoped to score more than 6,000 points in the senior decathlon but despite scoring a PB of 16.6 seconds in the 110m hurdles he came up a little short. Bowler ended the competition on 5,992 points, but gained ample consolation by collecting the gold medal.
Owing to a clash of fixtures the date has been changed for the county road championships. The races, a 10 mile event for men and five-miler for women, will now be held on Sunday, September 23. Start time in Gowran will be 11am.
The Harriers will be chasing national honours when their men’s team compete in the inter-club league final in Tullamore on Sunday.
Solid results during the earlier rounds in June and July the KCH men’s team qualified for the First Division final by virtue of their fifth-place finish. They expect to have British-based athlete Eoin Everard available for the final. His presence should enhance the teams chances of pushing for medals.