Katie Bergin Secures Silver at National Senior Indoor Championships

February 19, 2024

National Senior Indoor Championships

Silver for Katie Bergin
Another hectic weekend of indoor athletics with the best of Ireland's athletes performing at the National Senior Indoor Championships in Abbottstown on Saturday and Sunday last, this being World Indoor Championships Glasgow, World Relay's Bahamas, and Olympics Paris, athletes were out in force to show the powers that be where they are in terms of performance and put their name in the hat for upcoming international events. Sarah Lavin, Sharlene Mawdsley, Phil Healy, Sophie Becker, and Louise Shanahan all household names on the international circuit were amongst the five hundred and sixty five athletes entered for this years championships, the largest entry in many years. Amongst those was Moyne AC's only competitor Katie Bergin entered in the 200m and 60m. After the recent successes at U/23, AI Games and Intervarsities Championships it was time to take on the elite of Irish female athletics. There was eight heats in the 200m and qualification to the final was the six fastest times, easy for the officials a nightmare for the athletes, winning your heat no guarantee of a lane in the final so their was no hiding place. Olympian Phil Healy set the standard in heat one running 23.59s, Katie Bergin lined out in lane six, heat two and had to clock a PB of 24.33s and had to sit out the remaining six heats before being sure of a place in the final, as it turned out Katie recorded the second fastest time of the eight heats which guarnteed her lane five in the final with Phil Healy out in lane six. In the final at 3.30pm Katie came out of the blocks hard and managed to stay in good contact with Healy for 150m, Healy's years of 400m endurance gave her the edge entering the final straight, Katie crossed the line in second place with another PB of 24.26s, 0.89s off the winner and 0.57s ahead of Alana Ryan in third. Bronze in '23, Silver in '24 hopefully that gold will come some day. Running thirteen races in thirty five days and getting nine PB's in the process took its toll and the chance of doing herself justice in the 60m on Sunday was a bridge to far on this occasion. The opportunity will come again. Breaking the 24 second barrier for Katie is now a real possibility, training under the guidance of Alan and The Cork Speed Development Group is paying huge dividends, this is a group of dedicated high performance sprinters. Congrats Katie.

Tipp FM Annual Sports Awards

It was a rather busy weekend for Katie Bergin as she was presented with the Tipp FM July '23 award in recognition of winning the National Senior Outdoor 200m title and the U/23 100m and silver in 200m in July '23. The presentation was made in The Talbot Hotel, Clonmel on Thursday night last. New trophy cabinet required in Galmoy soon.

Couch to 5k/Fit 4Life

Thursday 29th January is fast approaching, this is the final night of the eight week programme, the numbers are holding steady and hopefully the nerves also. Training continues on Mondays and Thursday evenings at 6.30pm. Triona Murphy and Dylan McLoughlin dishing out the final orders to ever improving participants. Roll on the 29th. January.
Fixture:Munster U/12 to U/19 Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th. February, Venue; Nenagh. Ask Club Coaches for details.

Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 Mile Road Race.

Well done to Brian Carroll who completed the Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 mile in Carrigaline today in a great time of 32:32. Great stuff Brian.

Connacht Indoor Championships.

Best of luck to Ber Spillane who will be guesting in the 200m at the Connacht Indoors Championships at the TUS Athlone International Arena on Sunday.

Split the bucket.

Congrats to Caoimhe Quinlan who won €161 in this week's split the bucket draw. The ticket was drawn by Gerry Drennan. Envelopes are available in the clubhouse, Quinlans pub and Tigh Maighne or join online today at moyneathleticclub.com. The draw takes place each Friday after training. We thank you for your kind support.

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