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AAA of England  under 17/under 15 Championships 16/8/03

Bridget Kaneen reports

Racewalkers, Robert Moore and Ciara Kaneen of Manx Harriers were competing in the AAA of England championships at Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield on Sunday.

Robert was first to toe the line in his 5000m event and started at a sensible pace. It was Nick Ball of Steyning who dominated the race from start to finish, showing a flowing and smooth style he showed why he has held his own in senior competition this year and picking up a gold medal to go with the bronze medal he collected at the Senior AAA ‘s in Birmingham last month. He was chased hard initially, by Joseph Durcan of Ireland and Robert Bain but they soon started to feel the effects of the fast start and started to drop away. 

Robert was a further half lap down on these and so it continued until the finish.  On a better day Robert would have been able to stick closer to this pair but found himself isolated and unable to make up the ground, however finishing in fourth position and looking technically much tidier, he will be able to build on this performance in the future as he has another year in this age group.

Later, in the heat of the afternoon sun, which decided to make an appearance after a dull start, it was the turn of fellow harrier Ciara Kaneen to make her debut at this level on the track, in the under 15 girls 3000m event.

City of Sheffield’s Rebecca Mersh dominated, as she has done all season, beating her own championship best time of last year and recording a new mark of 15.09.10.

Behind her there were some close battles going on for the minor placings. Ciara started well and settled behind Kathryn Granger of Sheffield and Lauren Gimson of Leicester, who won the mile race held at the Steam Packet meeting in March at the N.S.C. Walking powerfully throughout Ciara came home in 6th position finishing over a minute quicker than her personal best for the distance, but then disaster struck.

On returning to the warm up area to collect her kit she was informed of her disqualification, after receiving two cards for contact on the final lap of the race. Obviously very disappointed, Ciara handled herself with great dignity and took the bad news with good grace.

All in all an up and down sort of day for them both but valuable experience for the future.

Robert would like to thank the Sports Aid foundation for their support in his travel to this event. 


Under 17 Men 5000m 

1. Nick Ball  (Steyning A.C) 22.59.03, 2. Joseph Durcan (Ballina A.C) 25.47.25

3. Robert Bain (Blackheath & Bromley H.) 25.56.42. 4. Robert Moore (Manx Harriers)

27.12.63. 5. Richard Harris (Dartford Harriers) 29.03.41 

Under 15 girls 3000m 

1. Rebecca Mersh (City of Sheffield A.C.) 15.09.10 Championship Best Performance

2. Sarah Foster (Bexley Harriers) 15.25.85. 3. Fiona McGorum (Leicester WC) 15.29.90

4. Kathryn Granger (City of Sheffield) 16.32.99. 5. Lauren Gimson (Leicester WC) 16.38.06

6. Claire Yeoman (Coventry Godiva) 18.03.24

Ciara Kaneen (Manx Harriers) D.Q

Lauren Gimson, Kathryn Granger and Ciara Kaneen

Robert Moore in action at Sheffield at the weekend. Picture by Bridget Kaneen.


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