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Monday, 13th September 2021

Boyne AC in winning form - North and South

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Rebecca Carolan, Timi Oluwabowale, Mark Dowling and Ann Marie Molloy after the Ardee 5k race.

With road races back in full swing, four of the senior members of Boyne AC made the short journey to Ardee recently for the Seamie Weldon Memorial 5k.

A capacity crowd saw runners from far and wide take the new route around the outskirts of the town, taking in a couple of tough hills along the 5,000m distance.

First home for Boyne was Timi Oluwabowale, running yet another sub 20min race, finishing in 19.37, Mark Dowling was next clocking in at 21.47, with Rebecca Carolan finishing in 23.21, followed by AnnMarie Molloy, in her first race in over a year, in 28.48.

On Saturday last, Irish Javelin Champion Euan Canniffe, competed in the Belfast International Invitational competition, in the Senior Men’s javelin, finishing in a fine fifth place in this his first international event.

Also in action recently was talented sprinter Sean Stratton, competing in two major competitions over the last two weekends. The Irish Schools Athletics Board hosts the annual Tailteann Games, where athletes qualify through their provinces, to compete in this interprovincial games, representing their schools.

The top two in each event are then selected for international duty in the SIAB games, taking place in England this year, on the 25th September.

Sean’s campaign got off to a flying start as he won the 100m sprint in his qualifying Leinster Schools competition, held in Morton stadium in Santry, and was also part of the winning men’s relay team.


Sean Stratton (left) with the trophy for the winning men’s relay team and Euan Canniffe who finished fifth in the senior men’s javelin in Belfast.

Fast forward a week, and Sean was back in Santry on Saturday last for the Tailteann Games, competing against the top two from each province. A super new PB time of 11.25s in the sprint saw him finish in second place, enough to secure a place on the team bound for England, and with the relay team claiming the gold medal on the day too, he will also compete in this event.

Having recently taken the title of u17 Irish National Sprint Champion in the 100m, and now representing his school and country on the international stage, this young man is certainly a rising star and one to watch out for in the near future!

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