Offaly Athletics Report (February 26)

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OFFALY ATHLETICS TRACK & FIELD MINI LEAGUE

On Sunday last, February 24, Offaly Athletics hosted its first Track & Field Mini League. Approximately 50 juveniles aged between 10 and 14 years of age gathered in Tullamore Harriers Stadium on a chilly but dry morning. The objective of the Mini League is to introduce track and field to the younger athletes in a less formal environment than in championship competition, giving them the opportunity to participate, learn and build confidence while also having lots of fun.

The league was a team contest with athletes from various clubs divided onto mixed teams and each member contributing to the overall score as a result of their given event.

The meet was a huge success and the coaches and officials under the supervision of Ciaran Farrelly (Tullamore Harriers) must all be commended for organising it. The young stars were given great guidance throughout the day especially since some would have tried events for the first time.

Team 5 took the mini-league trophy with 44 points, but they didn’t take it easily. The second-placed team scored 40 points and third scored 39 points, making for a very tight contest.

Well done to all on the six teams and by all accounts a super day was had by all. Again thanks to all the officials involved. The next Mini League will be in March but the date is yet to be confirmed.

Offaly 5k Road Race Series

The Offaly 5k Road Race series kicks off with the Tullamore Harriers 5k on March 24. There are 8 races in the 2019 series. All races are chip timed, AAI permitted events and of a very high standard. Each race has individual and age group prizes and athletes can qualify for Offaly Athletic age group and team prizes at the end of the series. Online entry is available at www.popupraces.ie and on race day.

The other 5k races are:

Naomh Ciaran ac – March 31
Ferbane AC – May 12
Banagher AC – May 18
Ballyskenach AC – May 31
Clara AC –June 7
Naomh Mhuire AC – June 21
Birr AC – August 2

Further details on the Offaly Athletic Facebook page.