Just seven young athletes at Irishtown Stadium, home of Crusaders AC last night. These are early days indeed, starting from scratch as far as junior athletics is concerned. Drills, speed ladder, 30m repeats, and a road run of a mile or so around Ringsend, avoiding the park which is now getting a bit scary in the dark.

As usual we finished with a 4 x 100m relay and I filled in on the girls’ team and ran like a girl as we lost.