The 17th October proved to be a very exciting day for Scoil Chroí Naofa, Athenry. The school had earlier come second in Co. Galway in the Junior Athletics Championship and managed to qualify for the Connaught finals. The races were held in Leitrim Village and the school brought a contingent of six girls, Leonore Church, Kayla Madden, Abigail O’Shea, Ciara Walsh, Rachel Somers and Mia Lukina. Maeve Fallon, another valued member of our team, was unfortunately unable to attend on the day.

The morning dawned bright and sunny and our team arrived at the ground full of optimism. The race was two circuits of the Leitrim Gaels Community Grounds and was 800 metres in total. After some light stretches, the girls took their places at the starting line with up to 200 of the best junior runners in the province. All the team members made a fine start and kept up a fantastic pace all through. They also saved enough energy to make a burst at the end which gained us several places. Leonore was the first in of our team, arriving in an exceptional  9th place. Inches behind her was Kayla who finished 10th. Abigail managed to get into the top 50, just a couple of places ahead of Ciara. Rachel and Mia also finished the race with excellent times. The top four places were added up to make up the team’s final score. We finished with about 125, an excellent result which we were very pleased with.


The day improved still further when we found out to our amazement that we had the best score of all the teams present. Incredibly, for the first time in our history, Scoil Chroí Athenry had beaten the hundreds of other schools in Connaught to be named the fastest school in the province for 2015. It was a great achievement and one the girls and the wider school community will treasure for a long time to come.

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