The reduced number of Graded Meetings due to Covid 19 were very much appreciated by athletes with one happy participant exclaiming " it was fantastic to be back on the track I thought we were never going to get a opportunity to compete.The effort of the Graded Meeting Team to stage the events is very much appreciated."

Molly Scott got proceedings underway on the first evening in Morton Stadium with a 12.03 clocking in the 100m with Bandon's Shane Howard the fastest man over the distance in 10.88 running into a slight headwind. Cherry Nolan  won the first women's 1500 holding of the challenge of Niamh Kearney in 4m37.57. The fastest man over the 5 races in the men's series was Jonathan Whan of Clonliffe who had a finish straight sprint to win the men's "A" race in 3m53.3,

Raheny's Niamgh Fogarty had the best throw in the women's discus with 46,84 and Eoin Sheridan of Clonliffe 51.31 effort lead the men's field.

Tallaght was the venue for the second meeting with Sarah McCarthy winning the first 200m in25.20 into a minus headwind  and Paul McDermott won the men's "A" race in 22.45..

Aimee Hayde won the first of  seven 800m races in 2.08.31.. Philip Marron held off the home straight challenge of Jake Bagge to win the  men's 800 in 1.52.50.

Geoffrey Jay O*Regan cleared 2m00 to win the men's high jump.

It was back to Tallaght for the third meeting Paul Murphy of Ferrybank clocked 48.79 in the men's 400m.North Down's Rachedl McCann was the . fastest woman winning in 56.52.

Ciara Wilson of D.M.P. took the first of five 5000metres  leading from the start to clock 17m42.10. 

Raheny's Brian Fay took the field along in the "A" Men's  5000m dropping out at 3k with 8m23s on the clock to Leave Sean Tobin in front who retained his rhythm to clock 13m53,65s a good start to his outdoor season. Paul O'Donnell of D.S.D. ran a very measured race to clock14m16,36 in second with Eoin Everard third.Next up was Conor Duffy who held off the challenge of Mick Clohissey.

In  another 5k James Hyland held off the  home straight challenge of his Raheny Clubmate  David Rooney who was making a return to competition after a long absence.. no fewer than 92 athletes competed in the 5000m series which indicates  the need for competition in this truncated track and field season.

Nick Davis


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