Ardee Sports Day 2015

A glorious sunny day in Ardee marked the last local track and field event of the season, with a large contingent of Boyne athletes making the short journey northwards to compete. The tiny tots race saw Calum Byrne finish in second place and Edison Ekhator close behind in third. Oliver Carolan led the u8 events from the outset, claiming a hat trick of individual golds in the 60m, 200m and u9 Long Jump, with a jump of 3.24m, while u9 Shay O’Donnell took silver in his 200m, bronze in the 60m and Long Jump and Sean Cummins took silver in his long jump. Killian Ekhator was another big winner on the day, with a gold in the 80m and 200m, while clubmate Alex Devine took bronze in the 80m and  Paddy Price taking bronze in the 200m and Turbo Javelin. Aaron Fennell threw a huge 23.67 to finish 1st in the turbo javelin. Emer Doyle ran a super race to take the bronze medal in the u11 600m, while Saran Meite jumped an impressive 3.76m to take silver in the long jump, and also took bronze in the turbo javelin. Neil Culhane is making a fine return after injury with a silver medal finish in the u11 100m, while the u12 girls races saw Lily Cummins take silver in the 800m and bronze in the 100m, teammate Caer Ni Ghibne took bronze in the 800m. The u13 boys dominated the podium, with a fantastic sprint by Killian McLoughlin to take gold in the 100m, and added a silver in the 800m, just in front of him, Calum Sheedy took gold in the 800m and bronze in the 100m. Euan Canniffe threw a P.B. of 8.21m in the u14 shot putt taking the silver medal, while the long jump saw Euan take gold, Killian take silver and Jack Carolan take bronze. Eva Cummins surprised herself with a silver medal finish in the u16 100m, but stayed true to form in her more usual distance winning the 1,500m with ease, as did clubmate Ruarcan O’Gibne, taking bronze in the 100m, and a fine gold in the 1,500m. Next up it was certainly a family affair, as brothers Cormac and Oisin O’Gibne battled it out in the u19 1,500m, with Oisin taking gold and Cormac close behind taking the bronze. Finally, the excitement of the relays was electric, as the large crowds cheered on their teams, and determined to end the season on a high, the young athletes from Boyne literally ‘ran away’ with the baton, finishing first in the u9 boys, u11 boys, u13 boys and second in the u11 boys. 

Meanwhile, coach Rebecca Carolan had a busy weekend, finishing 6th lady in the Tara 5k on Friday night last, and with just a day off in between, was back for more, winning the Ashbourne 10k on Sunday, with a new P.B. time of 42.16. unnamed