Manning Inter-schools Track & Field Event 2013

Manning Inter-schools Track & Field Event

Records were broken in almost all categories in the 6th annual Manning Inter-schools Track & Field Event which took place recently at Loughrea Athletic Club’s sports ground in Bushfiled, Loughrea.

With New Inn national school taking part for the first time, this brought the number of participating local national schools to 12 and the number of participating children to well over 400.  The other local national schools took part were:- Gaelscoil Riabhach, Tynagh, Drim, Kilnadeema, Leitrim, Kilcooley, St.Brendan’s, Duniry, St.Ita’s, Bullaun and Mullagh.

However the weather was no record breaker.  As is almost a tradition now, the event had to be postponed for a week from it’s original date due to the inclement Irish weather.  But the boys and girls from all classes selected to represent their schools were just as enthusiastic as ever even though many of them were not participating for the first time (having participated in previous years). 

But if the weather wasn’t a record breaker, the scores accumulated by each school definitely were.  For the first time in 6 years the organisers had to delay the announcement of the overall winners because the final scores were so tight they had to recheck all the results.  And, as proof of the children’s eagerness to win the trophies, there was a tie for first place in both the girls and boys events.  The overall winners of the trophies could only be decided by which school had had the most first place finishers in the races on the day.

The 2013 winners were:

Boys:- 1st Bullaun (109 points), 2nd St.Brendan’s (109 points) and 3rd Tynagh (91 points).
Girls:- 1st New Inn (95 points), 2nd Kilnadeema (95 points) and 3rd St. Ita’s (88 points).

Have you spotted the record in the results ?

Yes !!   New Inn won a trophy in their first time taking part in the event.  Well done to them, and all the children from all the schools who took part for making it once again a great event. 

The day was not without sadness though as Clare Manning (daughter of John and Annie) had sadly passed away only a few weeks prior to the event.  Clare had attended the event on a number of previous occasions to present the trophies on behalf of her family.  Loughrea AC were honoured that Clare’s sister Monica McNamara attended this years event along with her granddaughter and stayed to present the trophies to the winning schools in memory of her parents and sister.

John and Annie Manning lived in Barrack Street, Loughrea and were national school teachers in various schools around Loughrea.  When their children made their generous donation the only conditions they expressed was that the money be used for the benefit of the young children of Loughrea while also remembering their parents. 

Well I think we can say that after 6 years we have made a good start at introducing athletic to the children of the Loughrea and surrounding area.  But as the event had grown beyond our wildest expectations, and there are new children coming into the schools each year, we will have to make a few changes to the format of the event if we are to cater for the number of children and schools who are eager to take part.  So watch this space !!