Alana storms home to win gold for Ire­land!

Bray People - - SPORT -

THERE was gold for Wick­low at the Celtic Games Track and Field cham­pi­onships in Mor­ton Sta­dium in Santry last week­end when Grey­stones AC’s Alana Ryan stormed home in the un­der-18s 200m fi­nal for Ire­land.

It was a su­perb race from the Grey­stones ath­lete and t capped off a fine week for Wick­low ath­let­ics that also saw Gar­den county ath­letes help the Irish team to a bronze medal at the Euro­pean Masters in Den­mark.

It was Ann-marie Kenny (Par­nell AC) and Jean O’Kennedy (Bray Run­ners) who lined up in the half marathon for their coun­try and, along with Mon­aghan’s Donna Evans, they com­bined to claim the bronze medals. Evans came home in 1.33.00, Kenny in 1.38 and O’Kennedy in 1.39.30 thanks to a fan­tas­tic run.

Eng­land were the win­ners with Ger­many fin­ish­ing se­cond and Ire­land plac­ing third.

There was also a huge achieve­ment by Bray Run­ners mem­ber Ash­ling Smith who un­der­took a mo­men­tus voy­age through the 800m com­pe­ti­tion at the Euro­pean Masters in Den­mark.

Smith charged through the heats and semi-fi­nals to se­cure a place in the fi­nal, clock­ing up three per­sonal bests along the way and she claimed ninth po­si­tion in the fi­nal with an­other per­sonal best of 2.29.19.

Ash­ling also com­peted in the 1,500m and clocked up an­other per­sonal best here at 5.03.

Bray Run­ners mem­ber Tom Ka­vanagh was also in ac­tion in Den­mark and he ran 6.02 in the 1,500m and 22.25 in the 5,000m.

Else­where, there were fine show­ings from Wick­low ath­letes in Paul Gan­non, Pe­ter Do­ran and Elaine Casey (Bray Run­ners) and Tony Redmond and Lynn Duffy (Par­nell AC) in Dun­leek.

The Dun Laoghaire 10k took place at the week­end and a host of run­ners from the Gar­den county tak­ing place and Chair­man of Wick­low Ath­let­ics Bill Porter said that he hoped all the Wick­low ath­letes en­joyed their run­ning and he re­minded ath­letes that he next big race is this Sun­day for the na­tional half marathon cham­pi­onships which get un­der­way at the Point De­pot in Dublin at 8.30am and fin­ishes at the Pheonix Park.

Maradona Cup win­ner Molly Gar­land col­lects her awards.

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