‘Irish Life Health’ All Ireland Schools Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupil Dylan McBride, Year Ten, who produced an outstanding performance to secure gold in the Junior Boys 1500 metres event at the ‘Irish Life Health’ All Ireland Schools Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held in Tullamore on Saturday 2nd June.

Willowfield Harriers athlete Dylan, who was victorious in the Minor Boys’ 800 metres event at the same competition last year, produced an outstanding performance in the late afternoon sunshine to lead the elite field across the line in an impressive time of 4 minutes 20.25 seconds – nearly a full two seconds ahead of his closest competitor. For Dylan, victory against such high-level opposition comes following multiple victories at Ulster and Irish Schools’ level, on both the track and in cross country races, over the past two years, thus confirming his status as the outstanding Junior Boys middle distance runner in Ireland whilst proudly and successfully flying the flag for Grosvenor at All-Ireland level.

Elsewhere huge praise is also extended to Dylan’s Year Ten classmate Jenna Breen, who followed up her double success at the recent Ulster Schools Championships by impressively securing two silver medals, in the 100 metres and 200 metres, in the Junior Girls category. In both races Jenna produced scintillating performances, only to be narrowly beaten to gold in both instances: in the 100 metres, indeed, Jenna was unfortunate to be adjudged as having placed second, despite finishing with the same time as the winner, while in the two hundred metres she again pushed the gold medalist close, finishing just six one hundredths of a second behind, in second place.

In a superb day of performances for Grosvenor, Year Fourteen pupil Nathan Chan, pulling on a GGS vest for the final time, was a further medalist - hop, skipping and jumping his way to a distance of 13.11 metres to secure a superb bronze in the Senior Boys triple jump and, in the process, adding to the gold which he won in the same event as a Junior athlete in 2014.

Although unfortunate in terms of not quite making it onto the podium, a number of excellent additional performances were also recorded by Sarah McCreery (Junior Girls Triple Jump; 9.99 metres), Gareth Campbell (Intermediate Boys 1500m steeplechase; 4 minutes 41.01 seconds) and the Senior Girls 4x100 metres relay team of Claire McKane, Holly Brannigan, Anna Stanfield and Sophie Larmour; 51.64 seconds), each of whom placed fourth in their respective events.

Elsewhere, meanwhile, commendable times and distances were also recorded by the Junior Girls 4x 100 metres relay team of Neve Armstrong, Jenna Breen, Sarah McCreery and Erin Tumilson (5th; 52.41 seconds), the Intermediate Boys relay team, comprising Lewis Hamilton, Nathan Stewart, Joseph McNaughton and Adam Sykes (5th; 45.24 seconds), Stephen Wright (6th, Intermediate Boys 800 metres; 2 minutes 0.93 seconds), Sophie Larmour (7th, Senior Girls 100 metres; 13.05 seconds), Jordan Brown (7th, Senior Boys High Jump; 1.70 metres), Helena Rieske (8th, Junior Girls Discuss; 21.16 metres) and Andrew Hagen (10th, Intermediate Boys 1500 metres steeplechase; 4 minutes 55.52 seconds), each of whom contributed toward Grsovenor’s best overall showing at this elite Championships in recent years.

Well done to all of Grosvenor’s athletes who represented the School with such distinction during Saturday’s high-calibre event: participation at these championship alone was only possible if a top two finish was secured on the track, or a top three finish in the field, at the recent Ulster Schools Championships – an impressive feat in itself. Grosvenor’s representation of twenty-one athletes at this year’s event was the highest in living memory and for the School to emerge from this competition with four podium finishes is testament to the talent and dedication of its athletes, not to mention the dedication and commitment of its team of coaches, led expertly by Mr Andrew Gibson and Mrs Karen Kirk.

Well done to everybody who has helped GGS to enjoy such a successful overall track and field season over the past couple of months; we now look forward to hopefully reporting on many more successes, at both cross country and track and field events, throughout the 2018-2019 season.

Year Ten pupil Dylan McBride stands atop the podium following his second victory in as many years at the Irish Schools Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held in Tullamore on Saturday 2nd June.

Jenna Breen, Year Ten, who secured two silver medals, in the Junior Girls 100 metres and 200 metres events, at this year's Championships.

Nathan Chan, Year Fourteen, who performed superbly to claim bronze in the Senior Boys triple jump.