The 2023 season got off to a bang yesterday with Marianne competing in the Girls u15 All-Ireland Indoor Pentathlon in Athlone.
It was a day of drama with Marianne always in the hunt for a coveted All-Ireland medal. Her day started brilliantly in the High Jump with a super new PB and Club Record of 1.48m, the highest of any athlete in the competition.
Good performances in the 60m hurdles, Long Jump and Shot Putt meant that Marianne was in 4th place on the leaderboard with just the 800m to go. But a collision of athletes 200m into the race resulted in one athlete falling and Marianne’s losing one of her spikes. It meant she had to run the last 600m with just one shoe. Despite that, she dug in and recovered to claim a final finishing position of 5th.
Marianne will next be competing in the Dublin Indoor championships with her clubmates in NIA through the month of February.