Cross Country training began in earnest after the Christmas holidays. Over 80 pupils from 3rd to 6th class have been training each Wednesday in preparation for both the South Dublin County Council Race Series in Tymon Park and the South Dublin Primary Inter-Schools’ Cross Country event in St.Enda’s Park. Two groups of 50 Pupils have already taken part in the first and second race of the race series in Tymon Park with most of the athletes placing in the top ten and many coming in the top 3. The second race in the series took place on Thursday, 16th March, where our athletes competed against schools across South Dublin. The coaches were in awe at the determination and speed at which the children ran. In each race points are awarded to the top ten athletes across the line. Our points will be totaled and will go towards the 4th and final race in Corkagh Park on Thursday, 11th May, where we will be up against schools throughout Dublin. The 3rd race in the series will take place on Thursday, 27th April.
Along with the race series, 16 pupils from 5th and 6th class travelled to St. Enda's Park on Thursday, 14th May, to compete in the South Dublin Primary Inter-Schools’ Cross Country event. This race is a favourite of our school. We have been competing in it for many years and have brought home medals and plaques on previous occasion.
This year was no exception. 8 girls were up first, competing against 250 girls from schools across South Dublin. Our team comprised of Ellen Smith, Sarah Kelly, Sophie Martin, Lucie Kirwan, Eloise Downey, Shannon Blake, Abi Johnson and Heather Bolger. The girls’ race was a distance of 1km. Our girls ran a superb race but it was all down to the last 100m. Ellen, Sophie and Shannon stuck together the entire race and on the final push managed to gain 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively, winning plaques. But as with all cross country races it is a team event, meaning that every position counts. So it was Lucie in 10th place who helped our school secure 1st place in the team competition winning the inaugural cup. Well done to all the girls involved.
Next up were the boys in an entirely different race. There were 450 boys competing together in a 2km race. Not phased by the situation, the boys consisting of Ciarán Duggan, Rory O’ Mahony, Ben Lawlor, Fionn Keating McDermot, Alex Young, Jack O’ Connor, Dashill Bolger and Seán Luz, fought hard to get out in front. As you can imagine with 450 other boys this was not an easy task. However, it was Ms. Naughton’s 5th class pupil, Seán Luz, who shone on the day. Thinking, after two laps that he was finished he was informed that he still had another lap to go. Exhausted he managed to find energy and determination to finish in 6th place, winning a plaque. The rest of the boys finished in the top 30, narrowly missing 4th place in the team competition by 2 points. Well done boys.
The school are very proud of all the boys and girls who are training hard and representing the school at all the events. Well done.
Leinster Minor Schools Swimming
On the 7th of January our school took part in the Leinster Minor Schools Swimming Gala. This is an annual event which involves schools from all around Leinster. This is the first event swimmers take part in order to qualify for the Minor Schools Championships. Our first swimmer was Jack McNair from Mr. Johnston 4th Class. Jack swam the 50m backstroke and placed 5th. He beat his personal best and qualified for the Minor Schools Championships. Jack also swam the 50m Freestyle, beating his personal best and placing 13th. He qualified for Minor Schools Championships the in this event also.
Our second swimmer was Daniel Walsh from Mr.Sweetnam’s 6th Class Daniel beat his personal best in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly. In the 50m Freestyle Daniel placed 4th and qualified for the Minor Schools Championships. In the 50m Butterfly he placed 1st and set the Leinster Minor Schools record beating the previous record holder by 0.54 of a second. Our third swimmer was Eloise Downey, Eloise swam the 50m Freestyle and beat her personal best. She placed 16thoverall. Eloise also swam the 50m Breaststroke in which she also beat her personal best, and placed 11th. Eloise narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Minor Schools Championships by only milliseconds. Well done to all our swimmers, each of whom swims for Templeogue Swimming Club. Those who qualified will be swimming in the Minor Schools Championships on Sunday the 12th of February and we wish them all the best.