Dundrum AC Compete in Gaelforce West, Dave Fogarty 4 Mile, and More!

June 24, 2024


The Gaelforce West was held on Saturday, June 15th. A 68km challenge with an 18.5km run, a 1km kayak and a 48.5km cycle along the rugged coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way, on beach, bog & grassland tracks, sea, road and open mountain. From the start line in the beautiful Inagh Valley by way of Killary Fjord, to the top of Croagh Patrick mountain and on to the finish line in Westport. Paul Bradshaw took on this challenge in a 5 hrs and 34 mins. 


The Dave Fogarty 4 Mile was held on Thursday, June 20th. It was a nice summer's evening over this hilly course. We had 8 athletes competing. First home for the club was 30th Val Farrell 26:31, he was followed by 33rd Ruaidhri Devitt 26:43, 34th Catherine Fogarty (4th Woman) 26:47, 37th Paul Bradshaw 27:15, 45th Emily Leahy 28:06 (5th Woman), 59th Denise Compton 29:41 (1st Woman O55), 72nd Declan Hogan 31:25 and 98th Pat Hayes 36:57.


The Waterford Viking was held on Sunday, June 23rd in Waterford City. It hosted a quarter, half and full marathon. We had two athletes compete in the half marathon over 21km. Linda Grogan had a fantastic race to claim first woman on the podium in a fast time of 01:25:49. Tish Ryan also had a great race to place 5th woman in 01:32:41.


The County Juvenile B Track and Field Championships were held on Sunday, June 23rd in Clonmel on a warm sunny day and we had 42 athletes competing. We had a number of medal winners. Evie Curling in the Girls U9 Javelin won Silver. Gearoid Shanahan in the Boys U9 Long Jump won Silver. Emma Fitzgerald got a medal in the relay. In the U10 age group Meabh O'Donnell won Silver in the Girls 300m, Sean Fitzgerald had a great day winning Gold in Boys 60m and 300m. Kieran Butler won Bronze in the Boys Javelin and Rian O'Brien won Bronze in the 60m. Rebecca Murphy, Robbie O'Neill, Jack Butler, Thomas Ryan and Darragh Ryan all also competed in the U10 and most won medals in the mixed relay. In the Girls U11 Shona Ryan had a great day winning the 500m and Long Jump and Ciara Hayes won Silver in the 60m. In the Boys U11 Philip Croke won Silver in the 500m and Max Furlong won Bronze in the 60m and Long jump. Others to compete at U11 were Evelyn Haries and Michael Dunne. All won medals in the mixed relays. We had a large group of U12 Girls. Julie Morrissey won Gold in the Long Jump. Claire Morrissey won Bronze in the Javelin and Grace Butler won Silver in the 600m. Also competing in the U12 were Amyrose Hayes, Isobel Hartnett, Lucy Roche, Penny McGuire, Ava Ryan, Bella Curling, Muireann O'Donnell, May Moloney and Ruby McGrath. We also had Micheal Doherty in the Boys U12. Most won medals in the mixed relays. At U13 we had three girls and all won medals. Lily Creedon won Gold in the 600m and was Silver in the 80m, Ruth O'Neill won Silver in the Long Jump and Bronze in the 80m and Katelyn Shanahan won Silver in the 600m. In the Boys U13 Sean O'Neill won Silver in the 80m and Shot Putt and Micheal Ryan won Bronze in the Long Jump, Harry Browne won a medal in the relays. In the U14 Girls Molly Butler won Silver in the 800m, Elisse Kelly won Bronze in the 800m and Silver in the Long Jump. Emma Morrissey won Silver in the Shot Putt. Aidan Webster also competed in U14 Boys and won a medal in the mixed relay. This brings the County Juvenile Track and Field season to a close. Well done to all who competed throughout the year.

Featured Image: Dundrum AC's Linda Grogan who was first woman at the Waterford Viking Half Marathon.

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