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With the summer holidays in full swing there were fewer events in attendance.. However, quality ruled over quantity and it was a week-end of the female track athletes of Newry AC excelling with superb personal best performances.

DUBLIN GRADED TRACK MEET, MORTON STADIUM, DUBLIN

Meadow and Joanne McCauley travelled to Dublin for a series track meet in the Morton Stadium on Wednesday evening. The weather was horrendous as the heavy rain and thunderstorm they left in the North followed them down to Dublin. Joanne was to compete in the 100m and from a water logged block start and rain not easing, Joanne had an expected and disappointing slower race finishing 3rd. With the rain easing, Meadow ran in the AB 800m race on a water logged track. The club junior had a strong race finishing 5th with a PB of 2:27.82.

Sarah Jane Beattie (Left) in the lead pack with Pat Rocks of NCR (Right)
Sarah Jane Beattie (Left) in the lead pack with Pat Rocks of NCR (Right)

DROGHEDA IRISH MILERS MEET, LOURDES STADIUM

On Saturday, three Newry AC athletes attended the high profile Irish Milers meet in Drogheda. This was a meet of athletes for all over Ireland and visitors from overseas. The weather was very warm and sunny but with quite a strong headwind on the back straight. Nevertheless, Sarah Jane Beattie, Meadow McCauley and Joanne McCauley were hungry for PBs on which the Drogheda track is known to be a place for fast performances.

Club Senior, Sarah Jane was first up with a full line up in the graded mile race. Her target was under 6 minutes. From the gun, Sarah Jane stayed in the top pack alongside fellow Newry City Runner, Pat Rocks. She maintained a consistent lap time and with a push in the last 300 metres, Sarah Jane came over the line in 2nd place and notched a well earned 5:56.35 PB.

Club Master athlete, Joanne McCauley competed in the long jump with a strong head wind to battle with the more favourable jump pit not available. She jumped 4m12 and finished in 4th position. Joanne then took part in the 400m event. Starting in lane 3, she had a strong block start and paced the race perfectly against a very young field of runners. Joanne finished 5th and was well pleased in taking a much needed 67.42 PB.

Meadow and Joanne McCauley at the Morton Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Meadow and Joanne McCauley at the Morton Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Performance of the day was with Meadow McCauley in the 800m C Race. She was determined for a PB and with local top runner Jessica Craig pacing her race, she had full motivation for a good race from the gun. With all lanes filled with tough competition, Meadow knew she had to stick to the pacer and her race plan. From the gun, Meadow stayed in the top 3 pack on the heels of Joanne Mills and Hannah Cochrane. Then at the 500m, the pacer let them go and Meadow took her opportunity to move from behind a tiring Joanne Mills to the head of the race and boosted the windy back straight. She came round the final corner into the last 100m with a good lead and all the track supporters cheering her on as they could see she was thrashing her current PB. Meadow took a clear first place and knocked an amazing 5 seconds off her current time to take a 2:22.76 PB. This is the performance boost that Meadow needed as the track racing season is nearing the end. This is also performance payback for the tough training schedules led by coach Kookie O’Hagan.

DATE FOR THE MOUNTAIN RUNNING CALENDAR - 'DAN WHITE’S DANDER’ - 31st AUGUST 2019

Newry AC in conjunction with NIMRA have organised a 6 mile mountain race to include Slieve Martin and Knockshee on Saturday 31st August and sponsored by Mulvaney Corporate Services. Registration is through www.nimra.org.uk or on the day between 09:30-10:30 with a start time of 11am from the Big Stone Car Park in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor. Get entering with what will be a great day of mountain running on a fabulous route with prizes and refreshments.

 

 

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