Indoor Track & Field

Jumping The Gun all set for future stars in Athlone

Jumping the Gun will be going into the field of commentary tomorrow (Sunday 26th) in the AIT International Arena on the Athletics Ireland live stream for the Woodie’s DIY National Indoor Junior and U23 Championships.

It’s promising to be an exciting day with Ireland’s next generation competing. No need for first names when you write Lavin, Healy, Lawler and Barr. Others competing include European Junior 800m finalists Siofra Cleiringh Buttner and Aislinn Crossey. There will be so much talent lighting up the boards in the midlands that we will just leave it to the talking as we enjoy the showcase of Ireland’s best talent.

Here’s a short from today’s Irish Examiner:

There will be a feast of athletics tomorrow with the legendary Axa Raheny 5 mile road race in North Dublin and the stars of the future competing in Athlone at the Woodie’s DIY Junior and U23 National Indoor championships.

With over 1,000 runners set to toe the line in Raheny there promises to be a great battle between Michael Mulhare (Portlaois) and Mark Christie (Mullingar) in the men’s race while Mary Cullen (North Sligo) is the overwhelming favourite in the women’s category.

Ireland’s next generation are set to compete in the AIT International Arena in what will be a showcase of latent talent with the likes of Sarah Lavin (UCD), Phil Healy (Bandon), Marcus Lawler (SLOT) and Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) on the race card.

Sarah Lavin should prove a convincing winner in the junior 60m Hurdles but will have it all to do in the 60m against Phil Healy who went to equal 7th on the senior all time list with 7.43 seconds on January 12th.

Marcus Lawler’s reputation as Ireland’s next top sprinter continues to grow and he will be the favourite in the junior men’s 60m and 200m with Sligo’s Zak Irwin looking like his closest rival.

With no 400m Hurdles indoors, Thomas Barr will compete in the U23 men’s 400m and will be looking to lay a marker down for a berth on the Irish team for the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland on March 7-9.

There will be a live stream of the championships on

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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

I worked for Con from 2007 till his passing in 2012 taking down his copy and a whole lot more. I have a Con Houlihan section which will go in to more depth on that.

I’m a long-time contributor to the Irish Runner magazine and am also working for the Irish Examiner.

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