Sports aplenty with Port’s first 5k fun run

AFTER many months of planning and training the inaugural Colaiste Iosagain 5k fun run will be taking place in Portarlington this Friday. The fun run will be held around the streets of Portarlington, and organisers are hoping that the route will add to the atmosphere for both locals and participants.

AFTER many months of planning and training the inaugural Colaiste Iosagain 5k fun run will be taking place in Portarlington this Friday. The fun run will be held around the streets of Portarlington, and organisers are hoping that the route will add to the atmosphere for both locals and participants.

The fun run starts at 11am on Friday, May 25. Upon leaving the school the route takes the runners and walkers along the Old Bog Lane, then down Spa Street, around the town centre ring road, then right down Main Street and left up Patrick Street and back to the school for a thrilling uphill finish.

There may be as many as 250 students and staff taking part and spirits are high amongst both competitive athletes, fun runners and walkers. The school is riding high on an unprecedented and onging wave of sporting success. Last week both second year girls’ and boys’ basketball teams were competing in national finals with the boys winning gold.

On Wedneday, May 16 in Santry, second year Seodhna Hoey competed in the Leinster track and field finals. She broke the Leinster record (for the second time in 3 weeks) in the discus with a distance of 29.94 metres, winning gold in the process. Seodhna also competed in the shot putt. She won bronze with a distance of 9.60 with a 3.25kg shot.

These are fantastic acheivements in both events for Seodhna, her very proud parents and her coach Joe Salmon. Unfortunately there are no All Ireland finals at Minor level for Seodhna. Everyone in Coláiste Íosagáin is also very proud of Seodhna’s achievements.

On Thursday, May 3 in Gracefield GAA grounds, Coláiste Íosagáin represented Laois in the Leinster Council GAA 1st year B football blitz for 2011/2012. In perfect weather conditions, the Portarlington boys defeated Kildare CS by 1-11 to 2-5 in the first game. Then they had a great battle with Gaelscoil Coláiste Na Mara from Arklow and won out in a hectic finish by 4-4 to 4-3.

In the final group game they overcame Nobber CS by 6-5 to 4-4. This meant that they had won all their three group games, and therefore were the winners of the blitz. Alan Mulhall, Offaly games manager, presented the winning plaque to Johnny Kelly, the Portarlington captain. The panel members on the day were: Adam Rowan, Ross McGrath, Shane Hogan, Johnny Kelly, Oisin Maher, Bernard Whelehan, Ronan Mulally, Iain Higgins, Donal McCarthy, Conor Curtis, Conor Shorthall, Darren Fitzpatrick, Ryan Crampton, Craig Fleet, Cormac Curtis, Eoin Kennedy, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Evan Haverty, Adam Neville, Colin Broderick, Ciaran Finlay, Dylan Carmody, Jake Carey, Owen Garry, Warren Murray, Robbie Whelan, Oisin Connolly and Sean Byrne. The school extended its thanks to Alan Mulhall and Donie Brennan from Laois, and Lester Ryan from the Leinster Council for organising this great event for the young lads.

It was also announced recently that Colasite Iosagain has the fittest first years in Ireland. At the joint event held at DCU by their Health and Human Performance Department and in cooperation with The John Murray Show on RTE 1 radio, Colaiste Iosagain’s First Years proved to be the fittest in the 32 counties.

The notoriously difficult ‘Bleep Test’, where participants have to run up and down a hall, between cones and keep in time with a signal, which gets faster and faster, was the benchmark used. The 1B class were the best group in the country while Cormac Curtis and Orla Mullaly were the best individuals .The school is immensely proud of all involved.