Yesterday’s sun gave way to an intermittent drizzle at Irishtown today. But it didn’t put a dampener on proceedings (see what I did there?) The action was hot on the track and was generally too hot for the young Crusaders who were somewhat thinner on the ground than yesterday.

Much of our success in these early days is coming in the throws. And the unforgettable moment of the weekend was when our U12 shot girls had a full house on the podium with Isabel O’Leary, Niamh Ferry and Olibhia Collins. To crown a happy and camera-clicky moment Aine the announcer led a chorus of Happy Birthday to Niamh.

Ciara Barry and Rachel Maher are excellent young athletes but no way should they be picking up javelin medals. JJ Barry, a former national hurdles champion, commented that he never dreamt that he would have a javelin medal in the house. Earlier Rachel had taken part in the high jump. On Tuesday she jumped 1.25m in practice and was not pleased to be stopped from attempting a PB with me telling her to save it for the weekend. I added that – having cleared 1.25m then 1.30 would follow quickly. This old owl was proved wise when Rachel grabbed silver with her 1.30.

These young Crusaders are a level-headed bunch and any successes they have are met with genuine pleasure. One who is having more success than most is Alix Hughes. She picked up silver in jav and gold in shot (with a PB if the jumping around meant anything) to add to her discus gold of yesterday. Neither is she a slouch on the track and showed plenty of self-belief when, after qualifying for the 200m final as fastest loser and being told that success in the final would be not coming last, she announced her intention to win! She came 6th.

Once again I will have missed other high spots as I was concentrating on flying javelins most of the day. But we’ll tot up the medals and All-Ireland qualifiers once the results are published.

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