Juveniles scoop medals at Leevale AC Open Day

April 20, 2015 in Track & Field Results by Brian O'Connor

Former female 3000m and 5000m World Champion Sonia O’Sullivan on hand to present medals at the Leevale AC Open Sports Day. (Image Courtesy of Der Donovan, Cork)


LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB had a strong cohort of athletes that traveled to Bishopstown in County Cork for the annual Leevale AC Open Day over the weekend of April 18 and 19, 2015.

Saturday April 18, is the day of the senior competitions and LAC was represented by in the 100m sprints by Glodi Swana who ran in heat one finishing fourth in 12.03secs and seventeenth overall. Roland Pika ran in heat two coming fourth in 12.26secs and twenty second overall.

The Ikeh brothers of Stanley and Danny ran in each of their heats crossing the line in third and fifth respectively with overall places of twenty fourth and twenty seventh.

This is an immense achievement for the four young men as the level of competition was fierce and also as the heats were run as graded finals.

Sunday April 19, Day two, had LAC’s juvenile athletes make the journey to Cork and LAC took to the podium four times.

In the Girls U-11 Long Jump, Yanna Leahy secured gold with her 3.57m leap and joining her on the bronze section of the podium was Molly Quirke as a result of her bound of 3.51m.

The Hosey sisters, Sarah and Rachel, both were awarded silver medals for their efforts. Sarah’s silver came from the Girls U-12 600m for her time of 1:50.3 and Rachel’s medal came from a time of 2:25.91 in the Girls U-15 800m.

The LAC community are extremely proud of all the athletes that made the journey and everyone  performed exceptionally well at this event which draws athletes from across the nation and is considered to be an unofficial national competition. Former female 3000m and 5000m World Champion Sonia O’Sullivan was at the event and she was impressed by the standard throughout the entire weekend.

Well done guys.

Stanley at Nationals and LAC at Munster 4 Mile.

March 30, 2015 in Results by Brian O'Connor

Stanley at National Indoors

Stanley Image courtesy Kieran Carlin

The LAC community would like to congratulate Stanley Ikeh on the culmination of his indoor season following his latest appearance at the National Championships.

The final day of events was held at Athlone International Arena on Saturday March 28 and Stanley represented the club at the Boys U-17 200m where he ran a fantastic race finishing third.

Munster 4 Mile Championships.

female team1 The Limerick Ladies team following the Munster 4 mile

The Munster 4 mile championship took place in Kilmallock on Sunday March 29 and LAC was well represented by the following teams of athletes.

The female team of Gráinne Costelloe, Angela Robertson, Ursula Gavin and Sandra Ryan and the male team of Colm Turner, Mark Guerin, Mike Neville and Daniel Gallagher.

There are provisional results online yet Munster Athletics have informed us that they may be amended due to reported errors. We will update this post as soon as we can. In the meantime here is a link to the unofficial results:

Well done to all.


LAC athletes in nation’s top 4

March 23, 2015 in Indoor Results, Results by Brian O'Connor

LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB had three individual athletes compete on day two of the GloHealth National Juvenile Indoor Championships this March 22, 2015 at the Athlone International Arena.

Sarah Hosey

Munster Silver medalist Sarah Hosey is the fourth fastest eleven-year-old over 600m in the country. Her proud father and LAC Coach Frank Hosey provides this report on her race.

Sarah finished fourth in a field of 15 competitors in the Girls U-12 600m in Athlone today. In doing so she knocked more than 3seconds off her previous Personal Best (1:51.24) to record a time of 1:48:13. The fast finishing Sarah finished two tenths of a second behind Aimee Doherty who won the bronze medal. Sarah closed in on the bronze medal winner all the way to the line and finished two tenths of a second away from the podium. The race was won by Galway City Harriers up and coming star Emma Moore whose 1:45.53 performance was almost two seconds inside the previous championship best.

Girls U-12 600m Final with Sarah Hosey

LAC was under the starters’ gun once more when Stanley Ikeh and Junior Echeruwe lined out for the Boys U-17 60m sprints. From lane two in heat one Junior posted a time of 7.55secs over the 60m and narrowly missed out on final qualification while Stanley’s 7.32secs from lane six in heat three guaranteed him a final spot.

Stanley emerged from the blocks impressively and hit the blue boards with immense speed and in one of the closest finishes with a mere one tenth of a second separating five athletes and young Ikeh had to settle for fourth position with his 7.32secs and was extremely unlucky not to have taken a medal home.

The Boys U-17 60m sprint final with Stanley Ikeh

Junior’s heat

Stanley’s heat

National Relay Championships – LAC round-up

March 22, 2015 in Indoor Results, Results by Brian O'Connor


LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB had three relay teams at the GloHealth National Juvenile Indoor Championships this Saturday at Athlone.


Participating in the championship’s opening event was the LAC Girls 4x100m U-13 team of Ciara Grimes, Emer Ryan, Ella Hession, Dharma Griffin who finish third in their heat in a time of 58.63secs and narrowly missed out on a final spot.

Their coach Dave Ryan said following the result: “The U13 Girls relay team ran a very determined and gutsy race today, just missing out on the final by less than 2 seconds.

It was the first time that all four of these promising young LAC athletes have competed at the National Indoors and this team were one of only three relay teams from LAC to make the these finals along with being the only girls team from LAC to qualify.

From their performance today, this team certainly have a very bright future ahead together for LAC.

It was an invaluable experience for them all to compete against the top athletes in the country and experience racing at a national level which is the pinnacle of indoor track racing in the country and where the creams of the crop compete.

After today’s result this team are now in the Top 10 U13 Relay teams in the country, a fantastic achievement in itself and an extremely proud coach also.”


LAC’s Boys 4x200m U-17 team and Munster title holders – Stanley Ikeh, Sean Harris, Shayne Hartigan and Junior Echeruwe put in a memorable performance when they qualified for the final in a time of 1:37.40 and following their accomplishment in the final this team now stands as the fourth fastest in the country.


Similarly the Boys 4x200m U-18 team of Stanley Ikeh, Glody Swana, Junior Echeruwe and Joseph Spratt can utter identical claims as they have also placed as the fourth fastest in the country following their time posted of 1:39.08

Well done to all from the LAC community.

Day two of the games continue today, LAC will be represented by Sarah Hosey in the Girls U-12 600m and the trio of Stanley Ikeh, Junior Echeruwe and Glody Swana will take to the boards later on with Stanley and Junior in the U-17 60m sprint while Glody will represent the club in the U-18 60m sprint.

The event is being broadcast live Athletics Ireland TV with commentary courtesy of Jumping the Gun and can be viewed here:


LAC break records and take Gold, Silver and Bronze at Munster’s

March 9, 2015 in Indoor Results, Results by Brian O'Connor


NENAGH OLYMPIC STADIUM hosted the U-9 to U-12 Munster Indoor Championships over the weekend of March 7 and 8, 2015 and Limerick Athletic Club sent forth a cohort of juvenile athletes to compete with their peer elites of Munster.


Limerick Athletic Club returned home with a new Munster Long Jump record, one Gold medal, one Silver medal and one bronze following the weekend at Nenagh.


GIRLS U-10 Long Jump

In the girls U-10 long jump Leagh Moloney leaped into the record books with a bound of 3.71m – a whole ten centimetres further than second place. This is also a personal best for young Leagh who was understandably beaming with pride on the podium.

Two LAC athletes were also joined Leagh, Yanna Leahy was a mere 15cm away from a medal when her jump of 3.40m put her into Munster’s top five for her age while Ellen Hosey’s 3.20m secured her position as the eleventh best in the province.


GIRLS U-12 600m

LAC’s Sarah Hosey qualified for the U-12 Girls 600m final in a time of 1:56.44 and both Sarah and her coaches were confident that she had a lot more to offer in the final. Sarah ran a spectacular race and as the bell rang for the final lap it was clear that Sarah would claim a medal from this event. At the final kick for home Dohney’s AC’s Maeve O’Neill took the advantage and stole gold from Sarah with her time of 1:50.29, young Hosey crossed the line in 1:51.24, almost four seconds ahead of the bronze medallist – Dooneen’s Sarah Butler.

Hosey family


LAC’s Leagh Moloney, Ellen Hosey and Yanna Leahy all lined out for the 60m sprint and all three put in strong performances in the heats. Leagh qualified in 9.68secs while Ellen’s 9.89secs effort was just 0.02secs outside the qualifying cut. Yanna was equally unlucky not to qualify with her time of 9.95 secs.

For the final Leagh Moloney ran superbly following a difficult start and claimed the bronze medal for her run of 9.61secs behind Dooneen’s Angel Alfred (9.39secs) and Leevale’s Okwa Backari (9.55secs).



Limerick Athletic Club was represented by many athletes that have impressed themselves and their coaches over the weekend and who excelled past their own expectations for the event with a huge number improving on their qualifying times.

Aoife Grimes entered her first competition – the U-9 60m sprint – qualified for the final in 10.77secs and this young lady doesn’t appear to be fazed by big occasions as her time improved in the final to 10.73secs and Aoife is now the seventh fastest in her age group across Munster. She didn’t stop there, Aoife qualified for the 300m final in a time of 1:00.10 and seven seems to be her number for this season as she can also lay claim to being the seventh fastest in the province with her final time of 1:02.84 across 300m. In the long jump Aoife’s 2.80m leap was just 24 centimetres outside of the medal spots. Congratulations Aoife, on an amazing performance for your first ever competition.

Also out for their fist competitions were Luke Calitz and Jack O’Neill. Luke qualified for the U-9 60m final in a time of 10.23secs and is now officially the eight fastest sprinter in that age group in Munster following his run of 10.48secs in the final. Jack entered the long jump and leaped into the provinces top ten with 2.95m – a mere 5.05 centimetres out of the medals.

In the U-10 Girls 500m Ellen Hosey smashed through the existing record to post a time of 1:41.54 in qualification, unfortunately her record was short lived and it was broken in the final by Leevale AC’s Nicole Dinan who took gold with a time of 1:41.39 and Ellen was caught in a jostle for positioning and she finished in fourth with 1:43.28. Rachel Shannon ran the heats of this event in a time of 1:51.83 and was unlucky not to have qualified for the final. Both girls can lay claim to the fact they are both in the top ten of 500m runners in Munster for their age.

Molly Quirke and Laura Southern represented LAC in both the U-11 60m and long jump. Both performed extremely well and in their events. Molly’s 10.08secs and Laura’s 10.32secs in the 60m had them placed well in the final rankings while Molly’s 3.33m jump has her at the fifth longest jumper in Munster and Laura’s 2.43m is a personal best.

The LAC boys of Matthew Burke and Sean McHugo ran the U-10 500m in 1:40.73 and 1:40.96 respectively. Matthew’s time qualified him for the final and he is now the seventh best in the province and Sean’s time has him in eleventh. Both boys took on the long jump and Sean missed out on a medal by 23 centimetres with his jump of 3.21m and Matthew’s jump of 3.12 has placed him in Munster’s top twenty.

Matthew Carroll ran the U-11 600m in a time of 2:05.30 putting him in the top twenty of the province while in the same age group Daniel Walker’s long jump of 3.69m was just 30 centimetres outside the medals and securing his place as Munster’s eight best. Jack Doyle jumped 2.16m and performed exceptionally well.

In the Girls  U-9 300m LAC athletes Oliva McCarthy, Aoife Gimes, Lucy Power, Aoife Feerick and Ailsing O’Connor ran fantastically well in their heats while making all the supportive parents and coaches from the LAC section of the track very proud of all of them. Aoife Grimes qualified for the 300m final and ran her best race of the season doing superbly, yet the podium eluded her by less than a couple of seconds.

The Girls U-10 500 had LAC’s Ellen Hosey, Yanna Leahy and Rachel Shannon line out for their heats in a characteristically competitive category.  The three LAC juveniles ran tactful races where Ellen and Rachel qualified for the final and where Yanna was extremely unlucky not to. The coaches were immensely proud of their charges for this event and they felt that the three girls represented the club superbly and they should all be proud of their performances.

The Boys U-10 60m – one of the largest categories with  over 50 athletes taking part – had LAC’s Sean McHugo, Matthew Burke and Ewan McHale sprint in their heats, all doing fantastic jobs in the huge competition against fantastic opposition runners. Matthew Burke sprinted his way into the semi-finals and just missed a final spot by the narrowest of margins. Sean and Matthew were also representing LAC at the U-10 long jump and both jumped incredibly well.

The Girls U-11 600m team for LAC consisted of Meadhbh Hurley and Aoife Ryan who both ran and who both surpassed their coaches expectations. Their coaches believe the girls should be proud of their run today and if they keep training the way they have been over the last few weeks there is no knowing what either of them could achieve.

For results of the event please follow this link: http://www.munsterathletics.com/results/2015/Juvenile%20Indoors/MMI%20MUNSTER%20INDOOR%20CHAMPIONSHIP%20%20RESULTS%209%20-%2012%20-%20Final%20version.pdf