The National Juvenile Championships came to a close last weekend and it was the time for the 4 x 200M relay teams to show their metal.  Three relay teams of Rathfarnham athletes made it to Athlone.  First into action was the Girls Under 13 team of Sophie Maxwell , Jodie Ritchie, Claudia Manning and Philipa Mc Glynn.  The girls finished 5th (1:59:00) in their heat, narrowly missing out in a place in the Final. The Boys U17 team of Andrew Kelly,  Billy Conroy Roche,  Oscar Comerford and Patrick Hickey finished 5th in their heat  (1:45:76). The Boys U14 team of Marcus Adekoya,  Ryan O'Neill,  Cormac Keogh and Tom O’Regan won their heat (1:51:58). Then in a record breaking final,  the boys in green ran 2 seconds quicker and took Silver in a time of 1:49:79. The winning team Dooneen AC took 5 seconds off the previous record.Well done to all the athletes that have put in the training throughout the Winter at Monday and Saturday track sessions . Roll on the outdoor season.

Words and photo by Shane O'Neill (SON Photography on an iPhone! !)


Rathfarnham has a new National Champion amongst it's Juvenile ranks! Zoie Ritchie was crowned Girls U14 National 800m Champion on Saturday in Athlone. Zoie came home in first position in a time of 2:17:77. Tom O'Reagen was 4th in Boys U14 60mh Final. Isabelle Doyle U 18 Girls  came agonisingly close in 4th place ( 59:92)  in her first 400m National Final. Isabelle was again in action on Day two, this time Isabelle made no mistake, placing 3rd ( 26:36)  in Girls U18 200m Final and adding to her medal collection. Amy Mc Cabe U19 Girls 2:39:00 8th 800m Final. Charlie Mc Gowan U18 Boys 1500m final 11th (4:28:89) and Alex Hill U19 Boys 800m heats 6th (2:05:01). Well done everyone as usual you where a credit to your club.

In tough wet and windy conditions, in which  long spikes where the order of the day on a very soft and muddy underfoot course, the best juveniles in the land converged on Navan to claim honours. Rathfarnham was well represented with 18 athletes and 3 full teams competing.Well done to all who represented the club so well in a very high quality field. 

Under 11 Boys : Aiden O'Connor 32nd ( silver County,  bronze Provincial Dublin team); Ben Mulvihill 5th,  Mark Quinlan 16th,  Sean Regan 17th.  Team 18th .

Under 13 Girls : Zoie Ritchie 5th ( 2nd scorer on silver Dublin team); Rachel Lawlor 10th,  Caolainn Mc Cabe 10th,  Philipa Mc Glynn 14 2nd,  Sofia Corcoran Kelly 157th.  Team 16th.

Under 13 Boys: Ryan O’Neill 49th, Tom Quinlan 55th, Dara Mulvihill 110th, Aaron Murphy 147th, Fionn Kelly 15 3rd.  Team 13th.

Under 15 Girls : Alice Hickey 10th (Silver Dublin County team ), Lucie Ritchie 36th.

Under 17 Boys : Charlie Mc Gowan 3 2nd ( Silver Dublin County, Bronze Provincial).




The Uneven Championships took place in perfect conditions in  Santry Demesne.  First into action in her debut championship race was Lucy O'Neill , running in Under 9 category, Lucy finished in a brilliant 8th place. Johnny Maxwell placed 4th in Boys U9. Under 11 Boys results as follows : Aiden O'Connor 3rd, Ben Mulvihill 9th, Darragh Keogh 27th, Mark Quinlan 33rd, Sean Regan 37th. Team 3rd. Under 13 Girls team placed 3rd grabbing  the Bronze by one point! Well done girls , every place counts!! Results as follows Zoie Ritchie 1st,  Jodie Ritchie 14th, Rachel Lawlor 18th, Caolainn Mc Cabe 41st,  Philipa Mc Glynn 50th, Sofia Corcoran Kelly 57th. In the Boys U13: Ryan O’Neill 6th, Tom Quinlan 7th, Dara Mulvihill 16th, Fionn Kelly 38th, Marcus Adekoya 4 2nd and Aaron Murphy 43rd. Team 3rd. Next up was the Under 15 Girls Alice Hickey 1st, Lucie Ritchie 6th and Abbey Kelly 33rd. Under 15 Boys : Daire Sullivan 13th, Oscar Comerford 21st and Cillian Mc Cabe 31st. Our last competitor of the day was Charlie Mc Gowan who placed an excellent 6th in Boys Under 17.

The Even championships took place a couple of weeks prior to the Uneven.  The venue was the excellent Abbotstown XC Course, which has recently been announced as the venue for the European Cross Country Championships  in 2020,  held in breezy but good  underfoot conditions. Making her Championship debut was Abaigh Frain in the Under 10 girls. Callum Kelly was our sole athlete in Boys U10.  Girls Under 12: Jodie Ritchie 7th, Sophie Maxwell 25th, Sarah Murphy 27th,  Isabella Mc Cabe 37th and Isobel Burge 47th. Team placed 7th. Boys Under 12: Aiden O'Connor 13th, Darragh Keogh 48th,  Sean Regan 57th and Rory Noblett 77th.  Team 9th. There was great success in the Girls U14 for Rathfarnham,  the girls came a brillant second  against some very strong teams, to win the silver medal!  Individual results : Alice Hickey 2nd, Zoie Ritchie 4th, Edel Mc Creery 15th, Rachel Lawlor 18th and Charlotte Burge 41st. Under 14 Boys: Ryan O’Neill 11th, Cathal Keogh 22nd and Fionn Kelly 43rd. Under 16 Boys : Daire Sullivan 23rd, Oscar Comerford 31st and Andrew Kelly 33rd.  Last to compete on the day was Alex Hill, who finished 19th in a stacked  Boys U18 field. Well done to all our young athletes over the course of the two days competition. Best of luck and congratulations to those athletes representing the club in the upcoming  National Championships.