On Saturday Dean Power and Eileen Rafter had magnificent runs to win All Ireland silver medals in their respective events.
Young Power had been unlucky to have false started in his favored sixty metre last week but came this weekend determined to get his hands on an All Ireland medal. Deans final time of 22.89 in last Saturdays 200m is a great new pb and a sign that he his improving all the time. He was only six hundreths of a second off gold and looks like he will have an exciting season ahead.
Eileen Rafter continues to improve having had a bumpy start to the indoor season she has finished it off with two All Ireland medals in the last two weekends. On Saturday, in the 800m, she started slowly and found herself at the back of the pack. She remedied this after the first two hundred metres when she went wide and surged past the competition to take up second position about ten yards back from the eventual winner Alanna Lally. This position she held doggedly until a lap to go when she sprinted into clear of others to be a clear second. Her time of 2.19 is a great reward for all the hard training Eileen has put in since Christmas. Nicole Cuskelly was also competing over the half mile distance and came a credible ninth.
On Sunday the clubs Boys Under 13 relay team produced to goods in a tight fought final. Having finished fourth twice last year in outdoor and Indoor realays these four were determined that this year they would not go home empty handed. James Dunne, Mark Milner, Christopher Whittle and Ciaran Mulligan should rightly be proud of their bronze medals earned with a new pb performance of 55.89.
(See next week’s Offaly Express for more pictures)
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