26th July 2021
Last week saw another busy week of training and racing for the club. Our underage athletes that have qualified for the prestigious national championships are putting the hours in before their big days out in the first two weeks in August and our adults had a chance to race again at the East Cork Athletics Division 5km on the MTU track last Wednesday night.
East Cork 5km Track championship:
Last Wednesday night, 21st July, the East Cork Athletics Division board hit another home run by organising and successfully running a 5km track championship race in the Munster Technical University track in Bishopstown.
The Resurrecting of a championship race that had been dropped from the traditional track and field combined program in recent times due to lack of participation was brought about by the desire of the board to think outside the box and try to put on races for athletes starved of competition over the last 18 months.
Carraig na bhFear AC played their part by offering their hour on the track on Wednesday night to facilitate the event. Two races were offered to entice all standards. The first first for all those that intended to run sub 19 minutes and a second for those who predicted running over that time.
The first race was an all male affair with Midleton ACs Frank Hayes taking an impressive win from East Cork ACs Tim O’Donoghue and fellow clubman Sean McCarthy in third.
Carraig were represented in race one by Willie Walsh (7th) , Joesph Daly (11th) and Tony Dunne (12th).
The women’s medals were fought for in race two and we had a podium finish for Rhona Lynch taking bronze who was involved in a great battle with East Cork ACs Annelise Hutch for the second place behind the convincing winner Jen Preston again from East Cork AC.
Our club were well represented in race two with seven competing. Darragh O”Keeffe led the way with a fourth place finish and under the majic 20 minutes with 19:58 in his first ever track race. Aisling Byrne was fourth in the womens race and led the way for Pat O’Connell , Siobhan Walsh, Liam Colbert & Cliona Hurley who were all making their debut on the tartan. Great efforts from everyone on the night in what was a wonderfully warm and friendly atmosphere to race in.
Munster juniors/under 23 track and field championships:
Some of our wonderful junior & under 23 squad traveled to Templemore last Saturday, 24th July, to compete in the Munster junior (under 20) and under 23 track and field championships.
A wonderful haul of medals and titles were brought back to Carraig with our wee club taking 7 of the 16 titles won by Cork clubs on the day and 9 medals in all.
A great return from our traveling party and lots of great racing experience for those outside of the medals who laid down some times those who were finishing off what has been a compressed season for our young adult track athletes.
A small number of our masters & seniors are heading back to Templemore again this Saturday for the Munster senior & masters track and field championships.
With the hectic and erratic pace of this season we are straight into national underage competition the following weekend in Tullamore. A busy two weeks preparing ahead for our qualified juveniles.
17th & 18th July 2021
Munster Juvenile Track & Field
Another weekend of Munster athletics juvenile track and field action in MTU for Carraig na bhFear AC athletes trying to get amongst the medals and qualify for the prestigious national championships. Two days of glorious sunshine and warm conditions made for ideal conditions for the field events & sprints but made things difficult for the endurance types.
Field events have been a happy hunting grounds for our athletes over the last decade and last weekend proved more of the same.
Two athletes in the discus took two medals home for their efforts.
Blessing Alamu continues to pursue the dark arts of throwing that have seen her represent Ireland at the schools international in the past. Blessing won the under 19 competition despite throwing with a nasty finger injury she got during her long jump competition.
Our youngest field eventer over the weekend was under 14 Josh Judd and had a terrific debut competition with the discus when he threw a substantial PB with his final throw to take a magnificent victory from a field of five competitors.
Josh doubled up on his medal haul by taking a fine bronze in the boys under 14 hammer competition with another PB amongst a set of very solid six throws with no foul on his card.
What a wonderful return we had from our two newbies in the boys steeplechase races with both medaling impressively in sweltering heat in the early afternoon.
Timmy Hawkins won his 2000 meter under 17 race with a comfortable margin growing in confidence over the 3ft high barriers as the 5 laps unwound. A terrific win and Timmy will now make his first trip to nationals as a provincial champion.
David Maher took a hard won silver medal in the 3000 meter under 18 race up against an accomplished hurdler in Fergus ACs Barry Conway. Clearing the barriers smoothly throughout David is another that will be making an appearance at nationals.
Two athletes in the 1500 races on the Saturday , the boys day in Eoin Quirke and Aidan Maher. Both boys were just outside the medals in very high standard races. Aidan was 5th in the under 16 race and Eoin was fourth in the 17s to the same winner in Harry Colbert from Waterford AC who smashed the 3k championship record last week. Colbert is surely one to watch for the future as he was just a mere 2/10ths of a second off breaking one of the oldest championship records of the championship while front running the entire race in baking heat. That record has stood since 1984 and some serious athletes haven’t come close all through those intervening years.
Four long jumpers over the two days brought home two excellent medals.
Harry Buckley jumped in the boys under 19 on Saturday and notched up an impressive 6:33 PB jump to take a silver medal in a good standard competition.
Joel Joesph was unlucky to not pluck a medal from the under 17 competition but just came up short ending in the dreaded 4th place a mere 5cm off a medal.
Blessing Alamu won the under 19 competition early on the Sunday morning with another PB jump of 5:50 in her very first attempt.
Caoimhe Geoghegan was sixth out of 10 in her under 17 competition.
Three high jumpers over the two days again had a great return of two medals.
George Alamu took gold in the boys under 17 with a PB jump to set the tone for Timmy Colbert to follow behind him a little later in the under 16 boys competition who also PB’d to take a bronze medal.
Rebecca Akinkoulie was our sole competitor in the girls high jump on Sunday and in her very first competition she finished in a credible 7th, a competition that was interrupted with competitors being taken away for their heats of the 100s.
In the 100 meter sprints we had six competing in this event of small margins.
All but one of our athletes made it through the heats to their respective finals and both under 19s Emma Akinkoulie and Sam Judd managed to pluck two bronze medals to add to their matching medals from the 200s on the first days events. Both athletes will now head to nationals in 100 & 200 meters.
Of our other athletes, Rebecca Akinkoulie won her heat impressively in the under 15 event but couldn’t replicate that performance in the final and was 8th.
Joel Joesph in the under 17s was desperately unlucky again ending the last race of the day in an agonising 5th place.
The ever improving Kiah Olotu was fourth in the under 19 race to add to her fourth last week in the 200.
Caoimhe Geoghegan just missed out on qualifying for her final by one place in the under 17s.
Two competitors in the 400 meters sprints and both under 19s.
Isobel O’Meara took a wonderful bronze medal while running a 1.5 second PB. A great achievement for Isobel and will now take her first ever trip to a national individual track final.
Harry Buckley took on the 400 straight after his long jump on Saturday and was sixth in a competitive field. A good effort from Harry who has rarely ran this most arduous of events.
Our sole competitor in the girls short hurdles was under 19 Emily O’Meara. After beginning training over two years ago to try a hurdle race Emily had Covid come along and cancel every attempt she made to get to a race for a complete newbie. Emily finally got her day in the blazing sun late Sunday and took a magnificent gold medal.
George Alamu was our very first athlete into competition on the Saturday morning at 10 and set the tone for the whole weekend by taking a bronze medal in the boys under 17 hurdles.
Days 3 and 4 of the Munster juvenile T&F were again a great success with 13 medals and six Munster champions a excellent return for our athletes efforts.
Added to our total from the first day we have 21 medals over the whole championships.
It has been very satisfying to have so many first timers making the national selection and so many first timers getting a chance to compete at this level after such a long lay off.
This Wednesday we will be hosting the East Cork Athletics Division 5km track championship in MTU @ 2000hrs. We’re looking forward to a great evenings racing in warm conditions.
This Saturday our juniors & under 23s have their Munster T&F championships in Templemore and we are bringing a strong squad to what hopefully will be a friendly , well attended competition.
11th July 2021
East Cork Track & Field:
Our latest report comes from the East Cork Athletics Division juvenile track and field championships day two which was held in MTU on Sunday 11th July.
This was the first opportunity that the vast majority of juvenile athletes in East Cork have gotten to compete on a tartan track at this level in over two years due to the impact on organised events of the Covid pandemic. The last time a divisional or county T&F for underage athletes was held in MTU was May 2019 which is a crippling blow to most clubs trying to keep their athletes motivated to train.
That said credit again has to go to the officers & working members of the East Cork Divisional Athletics board who put together this limited championship on the first available date.
It’s at these type of events that we discover who the potential stars of the future may be and the kids get to try events they are unfamiliar within a relaxed and supportive environment. Their absence for the last two years has hopefully not stunted the development of the next generation. Nearly all our 64 registered competitors from ages under 12 up to 19 attended and had a wonderful day in warm dry conditions.
Some of the stand out performances of the day were Laila Olotu who took three medals in under 12 girls 80 meters (gold),long jump (gold) & turbo javelin (silver).
Dylan Mulcahy took medals in every event in the under 14 boys 1500(gold),100 meters (bronze), high jump (bonze) & long jump (bronze) to show what a strong, talented & versatile athlete he hopefully will become.
Faye O’Riordan like Dylan took medals in all her under 14 events also. Faye who seems to have been around for years already hasn’t lost any of her enthusiasm or range over every distance to display her strengths by taking 1500 meter(bronze), 100 meter (silver), High jump (silver) & long jump ( bronze).
Lucy Lynch contributed greatly to the team score by taking home four medals also. Lucy like her club mates before her medaled in every one of her events to take home two bronze(under 15 1500 & under 16 high jump), one silver (under 16 long jump) & one gold (under 15 100 meters).
Our under 17 to 19s turned out in force as usual and had a great return taking 19 of the 24 medals on offer to that age group and had great crack doing so.
After all those wonderful performances and the 48 medals taken we fell short in the overall team competition and lost our grip on the Willie Harte trophy for this year to a very strong Midleton team. We will endeavour to redouble our efforts to bounce back and wrestle the title back next season.
Thank you to all the athletes, parents, coaches & officials who made the day what it was, an enjoyable ,cheap(€10 per family) day out.
Congratulations to our club vice captain Tony Dunne who completed the hardman half Ironman triathlon in Waterville, Co Kerry last Saturday. Tony doubled up on his “hardman” credentials by spending the day Sunday on his feet in MTU at the East Corks cheering on the kids.
Day 3 & 4 of the Munster under 12 to 19 T&F championships takes place this Saturday and Sunday in MTU and we have 23 athletes entered in 31 individual events hoping to take home precious medals and qualify for the prestigious national championships. All the very best of luck to all.
3rd & 4th July 2021
Carraig Athlete Short Trip to Munsters at MTU!
Last weekend saw MTU (CIT) the venue for the resumption of any form of Munster athletics competition for the first time in almost 18 months. Day one & two of four Munster juvenile track and field championships for under 12s to 19s was split into boys on the Saturday & Girls Sunday.
This was one of many changes to the format of these championships still overshadowed by Covid guidelines. One other change was the reduced qualifying positions for national finals in August. This year there would only be the top three and not four qualifiers to advance to nationals from each event. The auto entry for under 17 to 19s was also withdrawn meaning older athletes had to compete to get their day at nationals.
Boys Saturday 3rd:
On the Saturday it was four of our middle distance boys first into action in the under 16 to 19 3000 meter races.
Aidan Maher was in the under 16 race in his first competitive effort over the distance. 6th place for Aidan was a good first showing over the distance and he will have another chance at nationals when he races over the steeplechase barriers on day 3.
Eoin Quirke & Timmy Hawkins were in the boys 17 race and it turned out to be one of the races of the day. The top four athletes all ran under the previous championship record which had stood since 1988 and Eoin won a terrific 3 up sprint in the home straight to take second behind the clear leader Harry Colbert from Waterford AC who knocked a whopping 13 seconds off the previous record. A great medal for Eoin and tough lines on the fourth placed athlete who ran a time fast enough to win the national title most days.
Timmy was a little behind the top four in fifth place and like Aidan will have another bite of the cherry when he attempts the steeplechase in two weeks time.
David Maher was in the under 18 race and again was in Fifth in a high class field. David will also be joining the boys in the steeplechase races on the 17th hoping for better luck.
Our sole entry in the 800 meter races was Dylan Mulcahy in the under 14 race. This was Dillon’s first outing at this standard and he acquitted himself manfully in this tough discipline. Outside the medal contention this day but invaluable experience gained for the years ahead.
We had only one field eventer competing in the boys ages in Javelin thrower Timmy Colbert. Timmy had one of his best results with a wonderful win and a fine best effort of 40.32 metres with the 600 gram javelin in boys under 16. A day at nationals secured for another one of our multi event athletes.
Two of our junior boys lined out in the 200 meter sprints.
Under 17 Joel Joseph got through his heat with a big Q in second place but even though he ran faster in the final he was just outside the medals in fourth place.
Joel will go again in the 100 meters in two weeks hoping to do at least one better.
Under 19 Sam Judd did just that taking the third step of the podium with a strong run into a substantial headwind.
Sam will now roll into the second days racing over the shorter 100 with his national ticket secured and a medal in the bag.
Girls Sunday 4th:
We had two middle distance competitors were in action in the 3000 meter races and had a hugely successful return.
In the under 16 race Aine Sheridan pushed the pace throughout and won a terrific two up sprint over the last 50 meters to claim the title. A massive achievement for Aine taking her first ever Munster title.
Rebecca Kelleher was in action in the under 17 race and like the boys the same age the previous day it was arguably the race of the day. The championship record was smashed by 13 seconds again with the first two athletes under the old mark and Rebecca took a hard fought third just outside the old record. Another big medal for Rebecca. Her first T&F Munster podium and with it her first trip to national finals.
Our youngest competitor over the two days was under 13 Jess Akinkoulie in the 600 meter race. In her baptism of fire at this level Jess found the going tough and may find her future lies following her sister’s down the sprints road. Jess will give the 80 meter sprints a lash on day two on the 18th.
One of the upsides of the enforcement of lockdown was the establishment of the Rob Heffernan walking academy to give focus and motivation to the walking communities coaches & athletes. With that extra stimulus coach Martin Hurley has uncovered seemingly another gem in under 14 Aoife Martin. In a torrential downpour of rain that lasted the entire 2km race Aoife led from start to finish in her first ever race to take a Munster title from a field of 8 walkers. Terrific performance and character for such a relative newcomer.
Aine Sheridan had one of the most unusual doubles seen in athletics when she took a silver medal in the under 16, 500gram javelin. Unusual to see middle distance athletes mixing it with the throwers but what a great return from Aine who is developing into a very versatile athlete.
Only one long hurdler this year at Munsters in what has been such a happy hunting ground for us in recent years is disappointing and surely a effect of the long absence from competition, indoor winter training & track access brought about by the pandemic.
Lucy Lynch went in the heats of the under 15 250 2ft 3inch hurdles and was fourth in her heat & didn’t make the final.
We hope that Lucy will lead the way for our next generation of hurdlers for the future.
200 meter Sprints:
We had six sprinters in the 200 meter races and all made it through their heats to finals.
Emma Akinkoulie & Kiah Olotu were in the under 19 race and Emma took the third step of the podium and Kiah was just behind in 4th. A great return to action for both girls and especially Emma who has come back from cruciate knee surgery & rehabilitation to get back to a national track finals.
Caoimhe Geoghegan made the 17s final with a third place in her heat but an unfortunate injury ruled her out of the final. She will hopefully have another bite at the cherry on day two.
Leah Dunne was tantalisingly close to a national final with a fourth place in a photo finish in the girls 16 and now looks to be at home amongst the speed merchants and one to watch for the future.
Rebecca Akinkoulie impressed by winning her heat of the under 15 qualifying and was joined in the final by Lucy Lynch who made it in a fastest qualifier by times.
5th & 6th in the final for the girls was a great return for both in their first day of competition in some time.
From the first two days of Munsters we have taken a fantastic 8 medals and with that 7 athletes qualified to go to all Ireland’s currently scheduled to take place in Tullamore on the 7th & 8th of August.
More importantly 4 of the seven will be making their debut at nationals representing our latest group of rising stars.
East Cork Juvenile T&F day one:
With the current restrictions on participation & attendance at outdoor events this years juvenile East Cork track and field championships had to take a different approach.
On Monday night the 5th day one was hosted by Youghal AC on their training grounds for under 9s,10s & 11s.
A strong showing from our youngest members was a delight to see and the weather was mild and dry to aid the competition.
The Willie Harte trophy for best overall club was up for grabs and points are allocated in descending order for podium places. From 18 events we had 9 podium places and 5 gold medals to get our club off to a great start in the inter club competition.
Medalists on the night were.
Girls u9 - Maeve Drinan Silver 200m & Gold T. Jav.
Boys u9 - Cathal Walsh Bronze Long Jump.
Boys U10 Harry Varley 300m Gold, T Jav Silver & Long Jump Gold.
Girls u 11 Turbo Jav. Gold Mary Kate Dawson & Silver Hannah Coffey.
Boys U11 Paul Colbert Gold T Jav.
Well done to all who traveled and put in such terrific performances to help our club attempt to retain the Willie Harte trophy for a third year. Hopefully our older athletes can put in a similar performance on day two this Sunday in MTU.
Day two of the East Cork Juvenile track & field championships takes place this Sunday in MTU and should be a great spectacle and hopefully the beginning of a return to some sporting normalcy for our juvenile athletes who have been disproportionately affected by the lack of competition these last 18 months. Credit is due to the East Cork Athletics Division board and their working club affiliates who have gone above and beyond to get the championships to happen.
Training will continue through the summer and new members are as always welcome. Please check out our website carraignabhfearac.com to find out more details and links to our social media platforms.
04th July 2021
EAST CORK U12 - U19 TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 – INFORMATION
East Cork Track and Field Championships 11th July 2021
All athletes intending to compete must pre enter through their respective club competitions secretaries.
Entries to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12 noon on Thursday, 8th July.
Only Athletic Ireland registered athletes from clubs affiliated to the East Cork Division may compete.
Details to be forwarded are:
Date of birth
Contact phone number.
Age group and events intending to compete in.
Due to Covid restrictions maximum allowed 200.
Only one parent/guardian will be allowed per child and no siblings.
There will be no competition for children born in 2011 or later.
Club coaches, officials, parent/guardian should also pre-register with their name and contact number.
Absolutely no entry on the day to anyone who has not pre-registered.
Competing athletes should make themselves familiar with and abide by Athletics Ireland return to competition protocols.
Parking will be on the college grounds at CIT.
Plan to arrive in good time for your race as they will go off on time. Allow time to check in.
Entry on to the competition area:
Only pre-registered athletes, club coaches and appointed officials will be allowed on the competition area.
The entrance fee is payable at the single point of entry and everyone is requested to have the exact fee.
€5 per adult and €3 per child to be placed in an “honesty bucket” at entrance.
A public address system will be in operation to call athletes to their races.
Toilets will be available at the back of the stand
28th June 2021
EAST CORK U9 - U11 TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 – INFORMATION
TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021
MONDAY JULY 5th 2021 TOWER PARK, YOUGHAL 7 PM
Under Born GIRLS & BOYS
09 2013 200m Long Jump Turbo Javelin
10 2012 300m Long Jump Turbo Javelin
11 2011 600m Long Jump Turbo Javelin
All Clubs to bring their own turbo javelin for their own athletes use only.
NOTE- Events at 7 PM Girls u9 LJ Boys u9 Turbo Javelin
PRE ENTRIES TO:
CLOSING DATE FRIDAY 2nd JULY 10PM
Admission Adults Adults €5 Juveniles €3 All Pay at Gate
WILLIE HARTE PERPETUAL TROPHY
for Best Club u9 to u19
08th June 2021
EAST CORK JUNIOR, SENIOR & MASTERS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 – INFORMATION
All athletes intending to compete, must pre enter where possible through their respective club competition secretaries. Entries to be emailed to the Carraig na bhFear A.C. Competition Secretary, Ger Foley at Gerfoley5@gmail.com no later than 10.00pm on Sunday, 20th June.
Only Athletic Ireland registered athletes from clubs affiliated to the East Cork Division may compete.
Details to be forwarded are:
Contact phone number.
Race or races intending to compete in.
Athlete’s category – Junior, Senior, Masters O/35 or Masters O/45.
Club coaches and officials should also pre-register. Absolutely no entry on the day to anyone who has not pre-registered.
Competing athletes should make themselves familiar with, and abide by, Athletics Ireland return to competition protocols.
Arrival: Parking will be on the college grounds in Carraig na bhFear.
Plan to arrive in good time for your race as they will go off on time. Allow time to check in.
Entry on to the competition area:
Only pre-registered athletes, club coaches and appointed officials will be allowed on the competition area.
A single entry point will be used and all entrants will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided.
The entrance fee is payable at the single point of entry and everyone is requested to have the exact fee (€5), to be placed in an “honesty bucket” at the check in desk.
Public address: A public address system will be in operation to call athletes to their races.
Toilet: A toilet will be available and appropriate cleaning products will be provided and all users will be asked to sanitise before and after use.
In competition: Athletes will be called to a “call room“ no sooner than 10 minutes before their race.
Two “call room” areas will be operated. One for the 100m track and another for the 300m track.
No medals will be presented on the night, but will be forwarded to the club competition secretaries at a later date.
Two official photographers will be taking photographs and they will be edited and posted on Carraig na bhFear A.C.’s social media platforms after the competition.
TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 - TIMETABLE
(Senior, Junior, Master O35/O45 Women & Men)
Tuesday, 22nd June at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear
7.00 pm Junior Women (Born 2002 to 2005) 100m.
7.05 pm Junior Men (Born 2002 to 2005 ) 100m.
7.10 pm Senior Women 100m.
7.15 pm Masters Women 100m.
7.20 pm Senior Men 100m.
7.25 pm Masters Men 100m.
8.30 pm Finals of above, in same order (if required)
7.00 pm Senior & Masters Women 1500m.
7.10 pm Senior & Masters Men 1500m.
7.20 pm Junior Women (Born 2002 to 2005) 1500m.
7.30 pm Junior Men (Born 2002 to 2005) 1500m.
7.40 pm Senior Women 300m.
7.50 pm Masters Women 300m.
8.00 pm Junior Women (Born 2002 to 2005) 300m.
8.10 pm Junior Men (Born 2002 to 2005) 300m.
8.20 pm Senior Men 300m.
8.30 pm Masters Men 300m.
8.40 pm Senior/Masters/Junior Women 3000m.
8.55 pm Senior/Masters/Junior Men 3000m.
9.10 pm Senior Mixed Relay 4 x 300m.
If heats are required in 300m. races & mixed relay, results will be decided on times.
Times are approximate and the programme may run ahead of schedule.
Entry Fee €5.00. Entry Fee will be taken at the gate (exact fee) no change.
Club Secretary's to email entries to email@example.com. Closing date Sunday 20th June 10 pm. No entries on night.
02nd June 2021
East Cork Athletics Division Road Championships 2021
Date: Tuesday 15th June 2021
Ladies Race 3000m. Start Time.7.15 pm
Men’s Race 5 miles. Start Time. 8.00 pm.
Entry Fee. €5.00 pay on the night, (exact fee please no change given)
Race Numbers can be collected on the night outside the Community Hall (bring your own pins)
Entries are confined to athletes that are members of clubs affiliated to the East Cork Athletic Division.
Club Officials and stewards to pre enter (no fee if not racing)
There will be no entries taken on the night.
Medals to the First 3 individuals at the Finish.
Team Medals will be handed out at a later date.
Ladies Teams 1st, 2nd, 3rd. (3 to Score, outside top 3)
Men’s Team 1st, 2nd, 3rd. (4 to score, outside top 3)
Results will not be available on the night but will be on the East Cork Athletics Division.com website and
Cork County Board website as soon as possible after the race.
Entries for athletes and officials will only be taken by filling in the form at this link :
Closing Date Friday 11th June 2021 10.00pm (It will not be possible to enter after this date)
25th January 2021
Club subscriptions for 2021 are now due. The club committee appreciate the support of our members efforts throughout a difficult 2020 when we increased our membership.
Unfortunately restrictions appear to be with us for some time, but once allowed by public health guidelines the club aims to return to full activity as soon as possible.
The committee & coaches are already putting plans and physical infrastructure in place.
The support of the club’s members is vital at this time and we ask that you might look to renew your membership as soon as possible.
Application forms can be downloaded through links below...
The completed forms are to be returned to the club registrar by mail or electronically.
More directions and contact details will be shared on our age group private messaging systems.
Any questions or queries can be directed to your coaches , PRO, club registrar or club secretary.
All contact details can be found on our website carraignabhfearac.com
Adult Regristration Form Link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zkYedfrcaLGyfNIoA0_k9oalv3ejrc0P/view?usp=sharing
Juvenile Registration Form Link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B43XjUuYtqw0ND1HZ59m38iLYdavZdIT/view?usp=sharing
30th December 2020
IMPORTANT CLUB UPDATE
As of tonight at midnight, all club activities will cease until further notice as per the government Covid level 5 restrictions.
This means there will be no training tomorrow morning.
Coaches will be in touch through their group messaging systems to answer any questions or queries.
Please keep in touch over the coming weeks through our Strava club group to follow how everyone goes back to training remotely.
Stay safe, look after one another and we will look forward to being back together as the evenings get brighter and the days warmer.
5th October 2020
County cross country!
When sitting down to write this weeks report the overwhelming feeling was that it will be hard to say anything good about what happened in Riverstick last Sunday at the County cross country championships. The Byzantine level of ill-conceived administrative details outlined by the county board committee led to a “new” way of doing things. Underage athletes who are used to the ever presence of their Garda vetted coaches were denied that comfort in the interest of safety. Who’s safety? Not that of the underage athletes who were left to warm up in a playpen sized area on their own frantically looking for the toilets that didn’t exist. The pre registered coaches were told at the gate that they were being denied entry after a change to protocols that had not been communicated to the clubs and had to drive back home after wasted unnecessary journeys .
The race start was also a new depart surely taken from the equestrian world which would be more typically seen on Grand national day in Aintree , with no actual start-line and a rolling start of sorts. Another idea taken from motorsports was a quad bike leading the charge akin to a formula one safety car on the first lap as the course was so scantily lined that on two particular corners athletes literally went cross country and cut meters off the lap.
Now it wasn’t all doom and gloom as the adult races , the mens novice in particular, were two of the biggest entries in many a year. Undoubtedly due to the fact that it was the only show in town and possibly the last race for another while.
The underage races saw a culling of numbers with the unusual decision not to let any up in age athletes compete. Even with the reduced three to score for a team rule also introduced , so many clubs were unable to muster teams. With only races for under 14s and 16s Carraig could only field in the 16s category.
Both our girls and boys did the business taking team gold in their respective races.
Rebecca Kelleher led the girls with a solid fourth place finish for individual bronze to continue her run of medaling at counties in recent years. Mary Dorgan (10) , Ellie Twomey (14) and Sorcha Daly made up this team that have been in the trenches for many a year already and have seen their share of success.
In the boys race we had a new county champion to celebrate when Eoin Quirke impressively took the day with a commanding run with an impressive overall pace well clear of second place. Timmy Hawkins had his best finish at counties taking individual bronze in sixth place. Arron Sheehan was third to score just outside the individual medal positions in ninth place and
Odhran McCarthy (12th) completed this well balanced group.
With only six races on the seven hour program next into action were our novice womens team. After winning the East Cork division crown two weeks ago the girls had realistic eyes on at least a team medal. The standard of race was impressive for novice and the team were resigned to fourth place but consolidation in the fact that they belong at this level competing with some of the biggest adult clubs in the country. In the race itself the team was led around by Katie Walsh who took 9th overall and won the under 23 title to add another crown to her palmares. The team members were Aisling Byrne, Siobhan Walsh, Nessa Wheeler, Cliona Hurley and Helen Roche. The girls have had a wonderful few weeks of competition and will hopefully strengthen from the experience.
In the mens novice race 112 finishers was a strong turnout that had three Carraig singlets in amongst the chain of athletes as it wound around the course like a centipede. The most surreal part of the event was the running commentary over the public address system of a race that had zero spectators. Amid all the daftness Willie and Richard got in a valuable session on the course that will hopefully hold the masters competition in a few weeks time and Ruaidhri shows what a loyal club member he is pulling on the singlet constantly for nearly ten years now.
To take the positives from the day and put the negativity around the organisation aside we saw some good things at this years county cross country first day out. The introduction of chip timing for the first time is hugely important if we are to move to a more professional approach and attract more numbers back to XC running. For the club two new county title winners was a big plus and the older teenage teams continued success is heartening. The influx of new blood to our adult women has made them contenders at their level and is exciting for the future. Our men are patiently waiting for the new batch of young talent to make it through in the hope that their aging legs will still be able when the day comes.
Our track and field athletes who have been selected for the Munster performance squads had their first day of training in Templemore ACs track last Saturday. The regional performance squads provide our athletes opportunity to access regional and national development coaching in an elite environment throughout the winter and early spring. 17 of our junior aged athletes have been selected this year.
Day two of the county cross country championships will hopefully take place this Sunday again in Riverstick under the same measures that seem to be unique to county Cork . With the continuing uncertainties around Covid regulation levels we will take everything week by week. This weeks training is Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday. Contact details can be found on our website carraignabhfearac.com
Carraig na bhFear AC ladies novice team at the County cross country championships in Riverstick last Sunday.
Carraig na bhFear ACs Eoin Quirke on his way to winning the boys under 16 race at the County cross country championships last Sunday
29th September 2020
South Munster Schools Success for Carraig Athletes!
This weeks athletics action came from an unusual source for September when we’re normally waxing lyrical about our cross country adventures ,instead we were in the Mardyke for the South Munster schools track and field championships.
Normally run in May, due to the Covid restrictions around sports & schools being closed, it was credit to patron and organizer in chief Liam O’Brien that a 92 year tradition was continued when a limited event was held on Saturday morning.
Some great names have passed through these regional schools championships including World Champions Sonia O'Sullivan , Robert Heffernan , Derval O'Rourke & Marcus O'Sullivan. European Champion Mark Carroll, European medalist Ciaran O'Lionaird and former Taoiseach Jack Lynch who won the senior boys 110H the same year as Jessie Owens won his 4 Gold medals in Berlin 1936 and many others.
A lovely bright , crisp autumnal morning greeted the small but high quality group that were to compete in four disciplines in three age categories which was necessary to keep the overall attendance below the 200 outdoor limit.
Carraig na bhFear AC had 11 athletes representing 9 different schools.
An enjoyable and worthwhile mornings athletics was ran in a safe and friendly environment undoubtedly helped by the pleasant weather conditions.
It was heartening to see Blessing Alamu back competing and taking two titles in the senior girls long jump and shot putt back to her school St Marys high school, Midleton. After a while away from competing Blessing came back strong and took both competitions with efforts not too far off her personal bests.
Another St Marys athlete in action was Caoimhe Geoghegan competing in the well attended intermediate 100 meters, long jump and shot.
Getting to the final of the 100 meters and winning the shot was a great return for Caoimhe as this was her first opportunity to compete outdoors all year.
Another sprinter in action was Kiah Olotu in the senior girls 100 representing St Angelas College. Another to make her first race on tartan this year , Kiah did the business and took a bronze to add to the medal of the same colour she took at the indoor competition way back in March.
In the intermediate boys 800 meters we had what must be a first for the club in schools competition with a podium clean sweep. Eoin Quirke (Midleton CBS) took gold with David Maher (Colaiste an Phiarsaigh) on the second step and Timmy Hawkins (Rochestown College) on the third step. Great stuff from these three training partners bringing some bling back to their schools.
In the junior girls 800 we also had three club athletes representing three different schools. In another good standard race Rebecca Kelleher (Scoil Mhuire) took a solid silver medal with Ciara Keohane (Glanmire Community College) just outside the podium in fourth and Ellie Twomey (St Angelas College) in sixth.
Another club under 16 athlete who was getting his first opportunity to compete outdoors this season was multi eventer George Alamu who took a bronze medal in the intermediate boys shot putt back to his school Midleton CBS.
Another of our versatile runners competing was Cathal Whooley (Colaiste an Chroi Naofa) in the junior boys 800. A county medalist over 100 meters and a national club team medalist in cross country Cathal took a hard fought bronze medal in this middle distance event to show impressive range.
As we analyse and review last weekends action we were conscious of the absence of one of our champion athletes. Former minor and junior all Ireland schools long jump champion Michelle Ugwah has left these shores for bigger things. Michelle has traveled to Scottsdale , Arizona in the south west US to take up an offer of a basketball scholarship with Belle Vista prep school for Basketball. We wish Michelle all the very best of luck in the “most western town in the west” and look forward to following her progress and one day seeing her in the WNBA.
The Munster performance squads have been named for this year and 17 of our club athletes have been selected. The squad days will be held throughout the winter and spring to bring groups of junior age athletes together to train under national high performance coaches and regional development officers. The series normally culminates with a weekend residential camp in springtime in Ireland.
As these Covid times bring nothing but uncertainty we continue to take everything week by week. As we prepare for this weekends beginning of the county cross country season we are also aware that things may come to a grinding halt also. We continue to train three days a week in Colaiste an Chroi Naofa and for any perspective new members all contact details can be found on our website carraignabhfearac.com.
Carraig na bhFear AC athletes in their various schools colours at the south Munster schools track and field event held in the Mardyke last Saturday.
Carraig na bhFear ACs Blessing Alamu long jumping to take the senior girls title at the south Munster schools track and field event in the Mardyke last Saturday
Carraig na bhFear ACs Kiah Olotu (left) in her St Angelas College colours in senior 100 meters competition last Saturday at the south Munster schools track and field event.
Carraig na bhFear ACs Ellie Twomey (St Angelas)and Ciara Keohane (GCC) in action in the junior girls 800 meter race at the south Munster schools track and field event in the Mardyke last Saturday.
22nd September 2020
East Cork day two delights for Carraig!
With a drought of competition throughout the long summer, autumn brought weekends busy with events as governing bodies busied themselves making hay in the sunshine. Carraig na bhFear AC hosted day two of the East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships last Sunday in Whites Cross on the lands of club members Louise and Dave Mullins.
A novelty for a XC event was the bright sunshine and temperatures above 20 degrees which added to the uniqueness of this year in athletics.
The competitions got going at 1100 hrs with the under 9 athletes taking to their 750 meter course. Many of these young members were participating in their first ever race in what we hope will be a lifelong association with the club.
With the clubs main goal going into this years East Cork campaign the retention of the trophies for best juvenile girls and boys club we needed to get some early joy from the young age groupers.
What a start we got when the girls 9 won team gold to put a maximum 3 points on the board. The boys follows suit by taking team bronze putting a point on the score sheet.
The under 11s were next up in their 1500 meter races and two third place team performances kept the ball rolling and the scoreboard ticking over.
The under 13 races over 2000 meters saw our first individual silverware of the day when both Faye O’Riordan and Cian Ryan won their respective races to bag yet more titles for these two , already accomplished athletes at the tender age of 12.
The boys bagged a bronze team medal but the girls were outside the team medals in this competitive age group.
The under 15s weren’t to be outdone by their younger club mates and Aine Sheridan and Aidan Maher both topped the podium in their 3000 meter races and each led their teams to gold medals. Timmy Colbert took a hard fought individual bronze medal to join Aidan on the podium.
In the under 17 girls race over 3000 meters our team of four did the business and took silver team medals up against a Youghal AC team who have been racking national medals for a few years now to highlight what quality lies in the division.
The under 17 boys race over 4500 meters saw Eoin Quirke put in an impressive display to take the title and lead this well balanced team to gold.
The last under age races of the day were the 19s and our two teams took gold medals to cap off a great day for the Juvenile side of the club when we managed to retain both the Maureen O’Connell trophy and Gerry Russell cup. Daire O’Sullivan in his last year as a juvenile took a fine win in the boys race and sisters Sinead and Jennifer Kearney were on the second and third step of the podium in the girls.
The club investment in competition didn’t stop there. In the mid afternoon the novice women and mens races provided a wonderful spectacle in the blistering sunshine. After last weeks heroics from our senior women when they took the club competition, our novice team weren’t to be denied bragging rights at training this week by taking their own magnificent team gold. The team was missing some of its experience from last week due to ineligibility so up stepped 21 year old Katie Walsh to lead the team with a excellent race to win the Eimear Casey perpetual trophy for her first ever distance running title. An accomplished national medalist over 400 hurdles , high jump and indoor multi events Katie showed her versatility by taking this 4000 meter race. The team was made up with Aisling, Siobhan, Helen, Cliona and Sarah who are all on their novice season racing XC.
The mens team had the misfortune of being fourth for the second week running and must listen to their training partners “advice” on how to turn around their fortunes for another few weeks.
With the entire East Cork Athletics Division XC program now finished with record speed we have had a wonderful start to the season. Retaining the trophies for best overall juvenile girls and boys club was our goal starting out and we were delighted to hold onto both for another year. Adding the womens senior & novice team prizes and the novice womens cup was a cherry on top. Our masters athletes taking a fist of medals from day one was also a bonus from what has been one of the highest quality East Cork adult races in many a year.
Words of thanks:
To put on a cross country event takes a lot of organizing and we are as always grateful to all the workers that laid out the course Saturday morning , assisted so professionally to run the event and stayed back after to clean up.
Thank you to the Mullins family for being gracious hosts yet again in going above and beyond when providing their lands and enthusiasm.
Much credit is due to the East Cork Athletics Division board, it’s working members and friends who put together two days of safe competition within the Sport Ireland return to competition guidelines.
Last , but as always not least , to all the athletes who turned out to field teams for the club on both days which is the basic necessity if we are to hope for success.
Covid guidelines for the running of the county XC championships have been released this week and we will be hoping to be racing again when these championships start in October. At present we will take everything week by week and we will be training in the Colaiste an Chroi Naofa playing fields Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday morning for this week.
Carraig na bhFear AC novice womens team who won team gold at the East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships last Sunday.
Carraig na bhFear ACs Katie Walsh receiving the Eimear Casey cup from East Cork Athletics Division board chairman Martin Drake after she won the novice womens 4km race at last Sundays XC championships
Carraig na bhFear ACs Aidan Maher flying over a hurdle obstacle on his way to winning the boys under 15 race at the East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships last Sunday.
Carraig na bhFear ACs girls under 9 team who were one of the stars of the show by winning team gold at the East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships last Sunday.
Carraig na bhFear ACs Daire O’Sullivan leads team mate Eoin Quirke at the front of the boys under 19 race at the East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships.
16th September 2020
Athletics makes its tentative return!
Last March , when the world stood still for everyone who loves to participate in competitive sport in our collective efforts to halt the tide of Covid 19, we have longed for the days when we were again doing what brings so much joy to our lives.
As the summer evenings passed and the threat of the pandemic loosened it grip ,sporting activity began to slowly emerge from its hibernation.
With tentative steps the East Cork Athletics Division board were one of the first in the country to endeavour to fulfill some of its annual fixtures.
It is a great credit to all involved with the division that so much was done to salvage so much of the Athletics season when so many other authorities literally washed their hands and consigned entire programs to the bin.
Through the month of August & now into September the Division has managed to hold two limited track championships, the road race championships and up to time of publication day one of two cross country championships.
The main results for Carraig na bhFear AC are as follows.
East Cork Track Championships:
Two nights of track championship racing was held on our training grounds in Colaiste an Chroi Naofa on the 6th and 13th of August. Races were held from under 12 to 19, junior, senior & masters categories in a range of distances from 80 meters up to 3000 meters. The club had a magnificent medal bonanza over the two nights and most importantly got to get back competing in a meaningful way.
East Cork senior road race:
St Cathrines AC were the next to host the road race championships in Ballynoe on the following Thursday evening the 20th of August. Held on the now infamous circuit around Ballynoe village , the race is not for the faint of heart with a stiff climb and a steady descent on the 1500 meter loop. Both our club womens and mens teams were 4th placed on the night in what were very high quality races. Jennifer Goggin Walsh took the only silverware home with a second place in the women 3000 meter race.
The men were lead home by a great run from junior athlete Daire O’Sullivan who was 8th overall mixing it with some of the best road runners in the county.
East Cork Cross Country:
Day one of the East Cork XC was held outside Conna last Sunday, again hosted by St Catherines AC. One of the first XC events to be held in the country this year was not a simple task to perform when adherence to all Covid guidelines had to be factored in. Great credit is due to St Catherines who put on a great event in a professional and safe manner.
With Covid guidelines the foremost in everyones mind it was always going to be a slightly different approach to what we had been used to in XC. No course walk before the race and a separate warmup area the first things athletes noticed. A call room area surely was a first for a cross country was the next difference and a physical distanced start line totally different from the usual elbows out at the start fighting for the precious shortest line to the first bend.
All that aside, a large entry and some excellent races gave our endurance athletes another successful day out.
In our youngest training group the standard was set high from the gun with under 10 girls taking team silver and boys team bronze.
Paul Colbert took his first individual XC medal with third place in the boys race.
In the under 12s Cian Ryan took a fantastic win in the boys race and lead his team to silver.
In the under 14s Faye O’Riordan took individual silver which lead her team to bronze and Dylan Mulcahy lead his team to victory with a bronze individual medal to cap it off.
Our two under 16 teams swept the boards winning both team competitions with the girls claiming all podium spots with Ava Fitzgerald, Rebecca Kelleher and Aine Sheridan 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Eoin Quirke and Timmy Hawkins were 1st and 3rd on the boys podium.
Our under 18 girls did the business as usual taking team gold and all three podium slots for Sinead Kearney, Daisy Horan and Lauren Murphy.
Darragh Walsh ran to a individual silver in the boys race.
In the under 20/junior category Jennifer Kearney took the third step of the podium and lead the team to gold medals.
Joesph Daly took bronze in the boys race.
The adult races saw two races with large fields turning out in both.
Our women had the performance of the day winning the senior championship for a second consecutive year by a narrow two point margin over neighbouring club Watergrasshill AC.
In the over 35s masters category the team took silver with Jennifer Goggin taking individual silver.
Rhona Lynch also took individual silver in the O45 age category.
In the men’s race there was gold medals for a strong masters 45 team lead by individual gold and silver for Willie Walsh and Tony Dunne.
The senior mens team were outside the medals in fourth place.
Special mention to Aisling Byrne and Darragh O’Keeffe who ran their first XC races for the club.
A very enjoyable if somewhat different day out than we’re usually accustomed to for XC but as always everyone gained valuable experience from the opportunity to race.
We managed to field teams in all but two of the under age categories and that has us in the running to retain the Maureen O’Connell trophy and Gerry Russell cup for best overall juvenile girl and boys club.
National Senior/Under 23 and Junior T&F championships:
Over four weekends in August and September the national track and field championships for Seniors, under 23s and Juniors was held in Morton stadium in Santry. Again due to Covid restrictions the events took a surreal atmosphere with no spectators or coaches allowed on site.
The club had a historic achievement when Orla Coffey won the senior pole vault competition making her the first Carraig athlete to win a national senior track and field title. An amazing achievement which Orla backed up last weekend by winning the junior title also.
Under 23 race walker Sarah Constant was crowned national champion in the 3000 meter event which was her first national title.
Another under 23 to take a medal was Maebh Daly in the Javelin winning a bronze medal.
This coming weekend we are hosting day two of the East Cork cross country championships for uneven age juveniles and novice adults.
With the trophies for best overall juvenile girls and boys club up for grabs we expect a strong showing from all our age groups.
First race kicks off at 1100 hrs on Sunday with the under 9 age group.
15th September 2020
Some Club Highlights for 2020
Carraig na bhFear AC women & mens senior/masters teams at last weekends East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships.
Girls under 16 100 meters racing at the East Cork Athletics Division track championships hosted by Carraig na bhFear AC in early August.
Carraig na bhFear ACs Sarah Constant who took the national under 23 race walking title at the national championships.
Carraig na bhFear ACs Orla Coffey Pole Vaulting to victory in the senior championships in Morton stadium to win the clubs first ever senior title.
Under 18 Kiah Olotu and Lily O’Riordan battle it out over the closing stages of the 100 meters at the East Cork Athletics Division track championships.
Carraig na bhFear ACs Maebh Daly who won a bronze medal in womens under 23 javelin at the national championships in Morton stadium in August.
28th July 2020
EAST CORK TRACK EVENT 2020 – INFORMATION
Any athletes intending to compete need to pre enter where possible through their respective club competitions secretaries. Entries emailed to the Carraig na bhFear A.C. Competition Secretary Ger Foley at Gerfoley5@gmail.com no later than 1800 hrs on the Tuesday before race day giving 48 hrs for the organizers to finalise heats & entry lists.
Only Athletic Ireland registered athletes who’s club are affiliated to the East Cork Division may compete.
Any coaches or parents who intend on accompanying athletes need also to register.
Details to be forwarded are:
Athlete/coach/ parent name
Contact phone number.
Race or races intending to compete in.
Athletes age category
Please if only one parent/guardian accompany athletes it will enable more athletes to compete as total numbers cannot exceed 200 individuals.
Allowing for extra officials & stewards the number of athletes & coaches at any one time on the competition/spectator area will be 175.
Absolutely no entry on the day to anyone who has not pre booked.
Any club sending athletes must appoint a Covid officer to attend to oversee Athletics Ireland guidance is being adhered to.
Any competing athletes have to make themselves familiar with and abide by Athletics Ireland return to competition protocols.
Parking will be on the college grounds in Carrignavar.
Plan to arrive in good time for your race as they will go off on time. Allow time to check in.
Entry on to the competition area:
Only athletes, coaches and officials will be allowed on the competition areas.
A spectator/family area will be marked with good views of both tracks.
A single entry point will be used and only athletes, coaches and parents of underage participants who have pre registered will be allowed in.
If possible please only one parent to accompany athletes.
A physical distancing queuing system will be operated and all entrants will be asked to use hand sanitiser.
An enterance fee of €5 per adult, €3 per per juvenile (Under 19) or €10 maximum per family will be charged.
No change can be given on the night so exact money only to be placed in an “honesty bucket”at the check in desk.
A public address system will be in operation to call athletes to their races.
A toilet will be available.
Appropriate cleaning products will be provided and all users will be asked to sanitise before & after use.
Athletes will be called to a “call room“ no sooner than 10 minutes before their race.
Two “call room” areas will be operated. One for the 100m track & another for the 300m track.
Athletes will be assigned heats and brought to the start line only after the previous race has cleared the track.
No blocks will be used for sprints. Three point starts will be encouraged but no time allowed at the start line to instruct / coach younger athletes on the night.
No medals will be awarded on the night.
Medals will be forwarded through the club competition secretaries.
No podium will be used or family photos allowed on the track surface.
Two official photographers will be taking photos and they will be edited & posted on Carraig na bhFear A.C.’s social media platforms after the competition.
After an athlete’s final competition and having completed their cool down we ask that they leave as soon as practicable.
There will be a separate exit point to the entry.
Food & Drinks:
Athletes/spectators must bring their own refreshments with them.
No bins will be provided so all rubbish must be brought home by those that would like to bring a picnic.
As this is a grassy area and in autumn evening time, grass flies may be out and about.
It is advisable to bring a blanket or camp chair to sit on and apply repellent to the lower legs if they are uncovered.
EAST CORK TRACK EVENT 2020
DAY ONE - THURSDAY EVENING, 6TH AUGUST 2020
DAY TWO - THURSDAY EVENING, 13TH AUGUST 2020
Girls & Boys Under 12 (Born 2010/2009)
Girls & Boys Under 14 (Born 2008/2007)
Girls & Boys Under 13 (Born 2009/2008)
Girls & Boys Under 16 (Born 2006/2005)
Girls & Boys Under 15 (Born 2007/2006)
Girls & Boys Under 18 (Born 2004/2003)
Girls & Boys Under 17 (Born 2005/2004)
Junior Women & Men
Girls & Boys Under 19 (Born 2003/2002)
7.45 - 8.00pm
Finals of above (if required)
8.00 - 8.15pm
Finals of above (if required)
Senior Women & Men
Girls & Boys Under 18 (Born 2004/2003)
Girls & Boys Under 17 (Born 2005/2004)
Girls & Boys Under 19 (Born 2003/2002)
Senior Women & Men
Girls & Boys Under 12 (Born 2010/2009)
Girls & Boys Under 13 (Born 2009/2008)
Girls & Boys Under 14 (Born 2008/2007)
Girls & Boys Under 15 (Born 2007/2006)
Junior/Senior & Masters Women
Senior/Masters Women & Girls Under 19
Junior/Senior & Masters Men
Senior/Masters Men & Boys Under 19
Girls & Boys Under 16 (Born 2006/2005)
Girls & Boys Under 15 (Born 2007/2006)
Girls & Boys Under 18 (Born 2004/2003)
Girls & Boys Under 17 (Born 2005/2004)
28th June 2020
Club Training Update
With phase 3 of the lifting of restrictions having been approved by government, the club has again reviewed its training plans for the coming weeks.
It has been decided to grant access to training for all our under 13 (Born 2008) athletes from Tuesday the 30th June. Any of these athletes who wish to attend training this week must book in with their coaches in order to confirm attendance. The club officers will again review the situation for younger athletes in three weeks time. Training for all athletes under 14 and older will continue as already arranged.
We are pleased to announce that the club has been granted limited access to the CIT track from next Wednesday 1st of July with a new time slot of 2030 to 2130 hrs.
This training session is strictly only available to registered club athletes from under 16 and above. Athletes wishing to attend training on Wednesday will have to book in with club coaches before 1400 hrs on Tuesday 30th June. If you have not booked in you cannot attend training as both CIT & Club COVID officers will be checking athletes onto the track. All physical distancing measures will have to be strictly adhered to, in order to ensure the club will continue to enjoy the use of this facility. This access is for a three week trial period and will be reviewed thereafter.
Please read the attached list of regulations issued by CIT sports office.
CIT ATHLETICS TRACK GUIDELINES
FOR CLUBS/INDIVIDUALS/USERS RETURNING
FOLLOWING THE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
These guidelines will remain in place from 29th June until 20th July 2020 and will be subject to ongoing review.
Clubs/Individuals/Users agree to abide by the Current Athletics Ireland Returning to Athletics Guidelines and CIT Guidelines
· Clubs/Individuals/Users must book in advance with the Sports Office on email firstname.lastname@example.org
· Booking slots are a maximum of ONE hour in order to facilitate all Clubs/Individuals
· Club COVID Officer must report to CIT Designated Officer 15 minutes prior to allocated time
· Athletes to arrive no more than 10 minutes before allocated time
· No entry until approved by CIT Designated Officer
· Club COVID Officer must send attendance list to email@example.com within 24 hours of attendance at CIT Track
· Clubs/Individuals/Users must be registered members of AAI
· Members must leave track promptly and also not congregate in the car park afterwards
· NO access will be provided to dressing rooms or toilet facilities
· NO CIT equipment to be provided. No club use of pole vault, high jump or long jump.
· NO Rubbish bins provided – take your rubbish with you when you leave the campus
· Each athlete to bring their own hand sanitizer and water bottle with name marked on it - Water tap in CIT not in use.
· This is a live guidance document and will be regularly reviewed and communicated
BE ACTIVE AND BE RESPONSIBLE
6th June 2020
Club Training Update
Good news at last.
Group training will recommence on Tuesday evening the 9th of June in the college fields in Carraig na bhFear @ 1930 hrs sharp.
All members should make themselves aware of the guidelines laid down by athletics Ireland.
The link provided will bring you to the Cork Athletics webpage where a concise version can be read.
If you intend to attend training you need to book in with the lead coach of your age group.
Unfortunately at this time under 13s are not allowed attend in any way.
If you are 13 on or before next Tuesday you can train.
Coaches will be in touch through the usual channels with more details.
All coaches contact details can be found on the contact us tab on the sidebar.
Hope to see you all Tuesday.
25th May 2020
An informative Video on the Covid-19 Virus
19th May 2020
Club Update Re Covid-19
After a meeting of coaches and committee members yesterday evening it has been decided that there will be no return to organised training in the current phase 1 of the government’s roadmap to reopening the country.
Although athletics Ireland has reinstated our insurance and has laid out a comprehensive set of guidelines for clubs to follow , the conditions are not going to allow enough freedom for us to return to group training.
The 5 km restriction on movement , no facilities opened and groups no larger than 4 would make organised training impossible to coordinate.
We have begun planning a return to training for the 8th of June on the college grounds in Carraig should the government move to Phase 2 on that date and the Athletics Ireland guidelines mirror the government ones.
We hope that everyone continues to train in their family groups and in their social groups of 4. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we’re all back together as a club and enjoying the sport that has brought so much joy to our lives.
12th March 2020
IMPORTANT CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT
In light of the recent government, HSE and Athletics Ireland direction we are taking the decision to suspend all club activities until further notice.
This means there will be no training in the college tonight.
No Bodypump or spinning on Friday night.
No CYDI training in CIT Saturday.
No training in the Mardyke Sunday.
No High Jump on Tuesday or normal club training in Carraig.
The CIT campus is closed until the 29th at least so we will have no access to their facility.
The national indoor championships will now fall under these directives and will be cancelled/postponed.
As the directions do not discourage training we encourage all our members to continue to train to the best of their ability and stay in touch with your coaches.
We will assess the situation again early next week as more information becomes available & update you as necessary.
3rd March 2020
Oh What A Night!
On Friday night last the East Cork Athletics Division annual awards night was held in the Midleton Park Hotel. Forty of our athletes were honoured for winning national medals in track and field and cross country in the 2019 season.
The trophies for best juvenile track and field club , best juvenile cross country girls club and best cross country boys club were also presented to representatives of our club.
This was a monumental achievement for Carraig as it was the first time our club has won the track and field trophy and also the first time that a club has secured all three. To put the icing on an already sweet cake Orla Coffey was selected as the overall athlete of the year for 2019 for her record breaking achievements in pole vault.
Listed below are the athletes and a short note about their achievements at national level.
AWARD WINNERS 2020 (2019 SEASON) – Carraig na bhFear A.C.
Boys U11 - Cian RyanCian had a super XC season winning the county under 11 title and finishing 3rd in the under 12’s. Individual medals in both ages at the Munster XC were followed by an impressive 7th place finish in the National under 11’s in Dunboyne and being the 2nd scorer on a silver medalling Munster team.
Girls U12 – Faye O’Riordan Another strong XC season for Faye with good performances at county and Munster levels, culminated in a National silver medal with the Cork team at the National XC championships in Abbotstown.
Girls U13 – Lucy LynchLucy had a great start to 2019 winning the Munster indoor high jump title and going on to win a bronze medal at the National indoors. She continued this form outdoors winning the Munster title and jumped a PB of 1.48m to win a silver medal at Nationals.
Girls U14 – Aine Sheridan A first National track medal was won by Aine in the girls under 14 800m at the National “B” championships. Aine continued to be a valued member of the club’s under 14 and 15 XC teams and won a gold medal with Cork at the recent National “B” XC championships.
Girls under 14 – Ava Fitzgerald Another super consistent XC season for Ava in 2019 where she had podium finishes in both county and provincial under 14 and 15 races. She backed up these great performances by finishing 5th at the National under 14 event, and winning team gold with Cork and team silver with Munster at both under 14 and 15.
Girls U14 - Odhrna Hurley Odhrna had a clean sweep of titles in 2019 with gold medals at County championships, Munster indoors and outdoors and National indoors and outdoors in her specialist event, racewalking. Her victory in the National outdoors 2,000m walk being her most impressive performance of the year.
Boys U14 - Cathal Whooley Cathal won his first National track medal when winning a silver medal in a competitive 80m sprint at the National “B” championships. He showed his versatility by being part of a winning under 15 club team at the National “B” XC championships last month.
Boys U14 - Ruaidhri Boyle At the National “B” Track & Field championships Ruaidhri clenched the silver medal in the boys under 14 long jump. He also ran cross country and was part of the under 15 club team that won the National “B” XC title.
Boys U14 - Theo De Souza Theo won Munster indoors under 14 long jump gold and high jump silver, before going on to excel at the long jump event over the summer months,winning county gold, Munster silver and National bronze with a PB performance of 5.42m at Nationals.
Boys U14 - Aidan Maher Aidan had some super runs in county, Munster and National XC races at under 14 and 15, finishing with a tremendous individual medal at the National “B” XC and leading his club team to the gold medals. He was also a scorer on the Cork team that won gold medals on the same day.
Boys U14 - Timmy Colbert Timmy has participated in wide range of track and field events during 2019 as well as being part of the club’s under 14 and 15 XC squads. He was the 2nd scorer on the winning under 15 club team at the National “B” XC championships as well as being part of the Cork team that also took the gold medals.
Girls U15 - Mary Dorgan Mary had a great XC season in 2019 producing excellent performances in every race. She ended the season by winning a gold medal with the Cork team at the National “B” XC championships in Wicklow.
Girls U15 – Ellie Twomey Ellie had a consistent XC season as part of the club’s under 15 and 16 teams. She had a great individual performance at the National “B” XC championships winning a gold medal with the Cork team.
Girls U15 – Caoimhe Geoghegan At the National “B” Track & Field championships Caoimhe had a super day winning a bronze medal in the girls under 15 100m, as well as taking the gold medal in the long jump, producing a championship best performance of 4.61m in the process.
Girls U15 – Rebecca KelleherRebecca won her first National track medal when she won the girls under 15 800m title at the National “B” championships. She continued that great form into the XC season, winning individual medals under 15 and 16 at both county and Munster levels. She capped a fine 2019 year when she won under 16 National XC medals in Abbotstown, silver with the Cork team and bronze with the Munster team.
Boys U15 - Arron Sheehan A consistent performer for the club’s under 15 and 16 XC teams over the season, Arron won a team gold medal at the National “B” XC championships in the under 15 race.
Boys U15 – Timmy HawkinsTimmy was a new addition to the club’s under 15 and 16 XC squads in 2019 and ran really well throughout the season. He ran his best race of the XC season at the National “B” championships, helping his team to the club gold medals and also being a member of the winning Cork team.
Girls U16 - Lily O’Riordan A breakthrough year for Lily when she won her first National medals. Lily won bronze medals in both Junior Girls javelin and 75m hurdles at the Irish Schools Track & Field championships in June and a further bronze medal in the girls under 16 javelin competition at Nationals later in the summer.
Girls U16 – Michelle UgwahAt the National indoors Michelle captured the silver medal in the girls under 16 long jump. She also retained her Irish Schools title when jumping a PB of 5.48m to win the Junior Girls competition.
Girls U16 – Cliona Lynch Cliona had an excellent XC season in 2019 as part of the club’s under 16 and 17 teams. Running up an age, she was the 2nd scorer on both her club and county teams that won silver medals at the National “B” XC championships.
Boys U16 – David Maher One of the club’s most improved performers David finished off the XC season in fine style by racing to a super individual medal at the National “B” XC championships running up an age in the boys under 17 event.
Girls U17 – Blessing AlamuBlessing had a great Track & Field season in 2019, winning the girls under 17 discus title and also taking a bronze medal in long jump at the National championships. Selected to compete for Ireland at the discus in the Youth Nations Cup in August capped a fine year.
Girls U17 – Sinead KearneySinead led both her club and county to silver medals at the National “B” XC championships in Wicklow to bring a fitting end to a season of consistent performances in all her races.
Girls U17 – Daisy Horan Daisy had a great XC season improving with every race and ended the season winning silver medals with both her club and county at the National “B” XC championships.
Girls U17 – Lauren Murphy Lauren has competed on her club’s under 17,18 and junior teams throughout the XC season and she ended the year, running at the National “B” XC championships where she won silver medals with her club and county.
Girls U17 – Megan MurphyA consistent XC season for Megan finished on a high note when winning a club silver medal in the girls under 17 race at the National “B” XC championships last month.
Girls U17 – Isobel O’MearaIsobel won National under 17 silver medals with club and county at the National “B” XC championships. Also during the summer she was part of several relay squads and was a member of the women’s under 23 4 x 400m team that won gold at the National Track & Field championships.
Boys U17 – Samuel Judd A superb bronze medal at the National indoors over 200m was followed up in the summer by winning an outdoor National silver medal at 100m and a bronze medal at 200m. Selection on the Irish relay squad at the Youth Nations Cup competition put the finishing touches to a fine Track & Field season.
Boys U17 – Ciaran HurleyCiaran won a silver medal in the boys under 17 1,500m walk at the National indoors. A further silver medal was garnered at the National outdoors, this time over a distance of 3,000m. At the Irish Schools Ciaran won a bronze medal at intermediate level which highlighted a fine year of racewalking.
Girls U18 – Orla Coffey A National Youths record of 3.61m in pole vault capped a magnificent year for Orla. Championship best performances were the norm when winning National under 18 titles both indoors and outdoors,Irish Schools, National Junior medals, both indoors and outdoors and her first National Senior medal. These were followed by selection on two Irish teams in 2019 for pole vault competitions. To top all this off Orla was also a member of the title winning National under 23 4 x 400m relay team.
Boys U18 – Daire O’SullivanAfter an injury interrupted year Daire was back racing in time to win a National bronze medal as part of the Cork under 18 team at the National XC championships in Abbotstown.
Girls U19 – Emma Coffey Emma won a silver pole vault medal at the National indoors under 19 event in Athlone in early 2019. Unfortunately injury seriously curtailed her outdoor season and she was unable to compete in the National outdoors.
Girls U19 – Martha QuainMartha had a great 2019 year winning numerous titles at county and provincial level in her specialist discus event. She signed off from juvenile competition with a silver medal winning performance in the girls under 19 discus at the National Track & Field championships.
Boys U19 – Emmanuel Alamu A series of super performances throughout the 2019 Track & Field season ended with Emmanuel winning a bronze medal at Nationals, in the boys under 19 shot putt competition.
Junior – Ciaran Nugent Ciaran commenced his 2019 track season with a gold medal at 400m hurdles and a bronze medal over 400m in the Munster championships. He followed this up at the National Junior championships when he raced to a superb silver medal in the 400m hurdles with a PB performance of 55.94 seconds.
Senior – Katie WalshKatie started 2019 in fine style by taking the gold medal in multi events at the Irish Intervarsities indoor championships. She also won a silver medal at the outdoor Irish Intervarsities championships at high jump and was selected on the Irish Universities team that competed against Scottish Universities. Many fine performances both indoors and outdoors followed and led to Katie winning the gold medal in her specialist event 400m hurdles at the National under 23 Track & Field championships. At the same championships Katie anchored the club’s 4 x 400m relay team to the National title.
Senior - Nessa Wheeler Nessa won her first National track medal at senior level when winning a gold medal as part of the 4 x 400m relay team at the National under 23 Track & Field championships.
Senior – Emma AkinkoulieAlthough still in the juvenile ranks, Emma stepped up to senior competition to win a National gold medal at the under 23 Track & Field championships in the 4 x 400m relay.
Senior – Jennifer Goggin Walsh Jennifer had a fine 2019 year winning a silver medal in the over 35 category over 3,000m at the National indoor masters championships. She followed this up with another silver medal at the outdoor championships, this time over 1,500m. Recently she added a National XC medal as part of the Cork intermediate team.
Senior – Mary Fitzgerald Mary has mainly raced on the roads and over cross country but in 2019 she took to indoor racing with aplomb. At the National indoor masters championships she won a bronze medal over 3,000m in the over 45 category.
While it was fitting and necessary that our national medalists were honoured, our capturing of the overall trophies in the division were the stand out achievements from a club perspective. All team trophies were received with great pride on behalf of all our members who contributed but were not there on the night. The team trophies take a team effort to win and every single member who competed in the divisional level competitions played their own part however big or small.
This coming weekend sees our athletes that have qualified for the schools cross country travel to Dublin and the Santry demesne for what will be an exciting competitive experience.
As always we would be delighted to see new potential members coming along to one of our training sessions to see what it’s all about.
Our club website has all the information needed and links to our social media platforms.
25th February 2020
Munster Indoors Rounded Out!
Last weekend saw the completion of the Munster juvenile indoor track and field championships for 2020. Over the Saturday and Sunday there was a feast of quality underage competition held in Nenagh Olympics stadium. Over the two days we had fourteen athletes competing hard for medals and the opportunity to compete at the national finals as only the top four in each event final get to progress.
On Saturday three of our boys were competing in the 60 meter hurdles.
Our youngest was Richard Barry in the under 14 competition where he qualified with a fourth place finish from his heat through to the final and was outside the medal shake up.
George Alamu took on the under 16 boys hurdles which get incrementally higher and further apart as you get older. George knocked three tenths off his last race over the 2’9” barriers for fourth place in the final and now has a spot at nationals to improve further.
Theo de Souza took our first medal of the weekend with a bronze in the boys under 15 which was a straight final. The start of another great championship weekend for Theo.
On the Sunday morning it was the turn of two of our girls to tackle the hurdle races.
Rosemary Alamu was in a jam packed field in the under 14 age category and didn’t make it out of the first of three competitive heats with only two progressing automatically.
Lily O’Riordan was in one of the hottest finals of the day and despite running a very credible 9:81 it was only good enough for 4th place. Another run in heats at nationals like that should see lily make a final hopefully. This is Lily’s first time qualifying for national indoors.
Two stand out performances from our short sprinters were Lily O’Riordan in the under 17 girls and Sam Judd in the 18 boys.
In the ultra competitive world of sprints the indoor 60 can be a real specialist area and to pull a medal is a tough ask.
Lily only got through to the final in one of the fastest looser positions and thus was drawn in the unfavourable lane one. Turning the “nobody ever medals from lane one”rule on its head Lily had a terrific start and execution to snatch her first ever Munster sprints individual medal with a third place finish.
Sam had a straight final in the boys 18 competition and produced a seasons best time of 7:29 to take a terrific silver medal from a competitive field.
Others that raced over the shortest of all athletics distances were Rosemary Alamu in the under 14 girls where she bowed out at the semi final stage after getting through her heat.
Caoimhe Geoghegan and Kathryn O’Mahony were in the 16 girls heats
with Kathryn not making the final but Caoimhe had a great second place in her heat to get one of the automatic places in the final but was outside the medals.
Kiah Olotu and Emma Akinkoulie were in a straight final in the 18 girls where all 10 lanes were used but both girls were not in the medal shakeup.
In the boys races under 13 Josh Judd didn’t make it out of his heat in his first ever track race.
In the 15s Theo DeSouza got an big Q as an automatic qualifier in his heat and had a solid run for fifth in his final.
On the Saturday it was the girls turn to race the 200 and we had three in the heats trying to make one of the four lanes in the final being decided on times.
Kathryn O’Mahony (16s) , Lily O’Riordan (17s) & Emma Akinkoulie (18s) all ran well but didn’t crack the top 4 to progress. Both Lily and Emma were unlucky finishing 5th overall.
On the Sunday Sam Judd was our only boy to take on the one lap lung buster and had a great race in his heat to book a final slot. In one of the tightest races of the day Sam won an excellent bronze medal with an improvement on his heat time for a new indoor PB.
Two of our older teenagers were racing over the two lap , leg sapping 400 sprint. Emma Akinkoulie and Harry Buckley laid down their first times for 2020 but didn’t feature amongst the medalists.
With most of our middle distance gang still focusing on the schools cross country competition we had only under 13 Faye O’Riordan taking on the 600. Faye was 7th in her heat where the medals were decided on times.
Five of our high jump group competed over the weekend and had some success.
George Alamu in the boys 16 took a silver medal away from his event with a best clearance of 1:50 meters.
Lucy Lynch took a bronze medal from the girls 14 competition on countback with a best clearance of 1:45 meters. Rosemary Alamu was also jumping in the 14 girls competition and was close to a new PB of 1:40 that will surely come on her next day out.
Theo DeSouza cleared 1:50 meters in the boys 15 to take 4th place to qualify for nationals in yet another event.
Faye O’Riordan jumped in a large field of 20 girls in the under 13 event and had a PB equaling 1:25 for a very credible 7th place and only missed a medal place on countback.
Not known for our prowess in the shot circle we have recently been trying to improve our efforts in that direction and had Caoimhe Geoghegan (16s) and Josh Judd (13s) dipping their toes in. A bit of work needed to get to the competitive end of the results for both.
Back to an area where we have some pedigree we had a very successful long jump weekend with three medals and competitive athletes in all our entries.
Theo DeSouza won the under 15 boys title in the early start on Sunday morning. A best of 5:11 from his second of six jumps was enough to secure Theo’s most recent title.
Harry Buckley jumped a big PB in the under 18 boys competition with a best of 5:99 meters to almost break the magic 6 meter mark. Putting almost a foot onto his previous best Harry took a silver medal for his efforts and was delighted with his first competition of 2020.
Blessing Alamu was in action in the girls under 18 competition and also took a silver medal with her best effort of 5:29 meters. A consistent set of jumps from Blessing who is becoming one of our most valued field eventers.
Caoimhe Geoghegan was jumping in the 16 girls competition and had her best Munster result with a fifth place finish. Rosemary Alamu was also 5th in her under 14 long jump which was a very credible result from a field of 26 girls.
Josh Judd also dipped his toe into the sand in long jump in his first season of competition in the 13 boys.
Over the two days we had a very successful weekend by blooding some new athletes at Munster level and taking away nine individual medals. Added to the previous two days competition we have 17 of our underage qualified for nationals with a fair few making the grade in multiple events.
Last Friday night the Cork County board Athletics awards night was held in the Kingsley hotel where two of our under 18 athletes received the aspiring young athlete award in the form of a cash bursary.
Blessing Alamu was selected for throws and Sam Judd was selected for sprints. Congratulations to both.
With the Munster club indoor track and field season behind us our training will focus on preparing our athletes going to nationals. Also in the next week our cross country distance group who qualified for the schools all Ireland’s in Santry on the 7th of March will be putting the finishing touches to their training.
The beginning of the outdoor track and field season is rapidly approaching with our first big event the East Cork track and field championships on Sunday the 5th of April. By then we hope to have the sun back shining and warming our skin as we put away our winter training gear in the expectation of warmer days ahead.
Closer to hand this Friday night the East Cork Athletics Division awards night will be held in the Midleton Park Hotel. Letters inviting forty of our members to attend have been sent and constitutes our largest ever attendance and amounts to nearly one fifth of our members who have achieved national medals in 2019.
18th February, 2020
Another busy week of training and competitions behind us and lots to report back on from four different championships.
Three of our college aged under 23 athletes traveled to Athlone last Saturday to compete in the intervarsities indoor track and field championships.
AITs wonderful indoor facilities provided the appropriate stage for some of the countries best and brightest.
Sarah Constant got her year kicked off in the 1500 meter race walk with a big PB. Knocking nearly 30 seconds off her previous best was a great result for Sarah in her first race representing UCC and a fourth place finish gained valuable points for her team in the overall competition where UCC women were second.
Nessa Wheeler also a UCC student was racing in the 800 with two lunchtime heats to decide the who went forward to the final later in the afternoon. Nessa ran a solid season opener of 2:26 to claim a place in the final with a small q. A very tactical affair in the final saw a slower time for Nessa where she was outside the medal shakeup. A successful outing for Nessa in her first year in the as a fully fledged senior.
Katie Walsh was our third athlete in action and was competing for CIT in the indoor pentathlon to defend her title from last year. Another successful day out for Katie where she won the title with a comfortable cushion over second place.
A slightly subdued performance by Katie’s high standards but , in keeping with her strong work ethic she put in solid performances across all the five disciplines with the highlight being her hurdle race where she got close to her PB.
The Munster juvenile indoor championships continued last weekend and our crew of race walkers were in action and medaling.
First to compete was Odhrna Hurley in the Girls Under 15, 1000m. Odhrna was in the lead group for the first two laps and then made a very early move going into third lap and never looked back, She eased to victory with a margin of over 20secs.
Next up was Jessica Murphy who competed in the under 16 race. Jessica was always in control of her race and got consistent splits in her seven and a half laps and is now looking forward to the All-Irelands.
Our third category racer was Alan Davis in the boys under 17. Alan had a great battle with another walker from Ennis and it was the experience of the Ennis athlete who took the Munster title, but this run out will prove invaluable to Alan as the year progresses.
Last of our Athletes was Ciarán Hurley, older brother to Odhrna. Ciarán was in total command of his race from the gun and wanted to get a time close to seven and a half minutes. Like a metronome Ciarán wound out the laps and his time was 7.30 exactly. Ciarán will now be looking forward to the next six weeks of hard training for the All-Ireland’s.
Carraig na bhFear Athletic Club had 4 athletes and all medled and qualified for Athlone. A job well done and a credit to all and their coach Martin.
The Munster masters indoor track & field championships took place in Nenagh Olympics facility on Sunday. We had a sole participant in Dave O’Riordan competing in the over 50s 60 meters & 200 meters sprints. Two bronze medals for Dave in his debut indoor event and another one of our coaches leading by example.
On Thursday the 13th last the Munster schools cross country championship races took place in a very wet Clarecastle GAA grounds in Ennis , Co Clare.
As always in the schools competition the qualifying is quite tight with only the top 15 individuals and three teams in each race going forward to the all Ireland’s in Santry on the 7th of March.
In the minor girls race Aine Sheridan (Colaiste Mhuire , Cobh) was unlucky not to take one of the six individual medals with a seventh place finish that sees her qualifying for nationals.
Lucy O’Connell (SMGS Blarney) was racing with her team hoping for one of the three spots but they couldn’t replicate the results of the south Munster race and finished in 7th place.
In the boys minor we had four club runners who all are going to the all Ireland’s.
Aidan Maher (St Colmans Fermoy) continues his fantastic run of form by taking an individual medal with sixth place overall.
Bobby O’Riordan and Michael Mullins were the second and third scorers respectively on the bronze medaling Presentation Brothers College team and will now be joined by Michaels twin brother Luke as they prepare for the all Ireland’s.
A wonderful achievement from this rugby stronghold to qualify a team for an all Ireland’s and great for our three boys to be part of it.
In the junior girls race we had nearly identical success when Rebecca Kelleher (Scoil Mhuire Cork) matched Aidans sixth place finish for an individual medal of her own.
St Angelas College, Patricks hill has been the alma mater of many Carraig athletes in recent years and this year three of our number will make up their team that will be heading to Santry. Ellie Twomey and Mary Dorgan were second and third scorers on the team which was completed by race walker Jessica Murphy.
In the intermediate boys race David Maher was running for his school Colaiste na Phiarsaigh , Glanmire. David was unable to reproduce the heroics of his national medal at the B all Ireland’s and was a bit outside the top 15 to progress to the finals.
Our final two competitors of the day were sisters Sinead and Jennifer Kearney in the senior girls race. Racing for Loreto Fermoy the girls took a silver team medal to keep up their schools great recent record of sending teams to the nationals.
Another really successful day for our distance runners representing their schools and all but two now heading to the national finals.
Jennifer Goggin Walsh continued her recent good form by winning the Cloyne Commons 4km race last
Sunday. This was the fourth race of five in a series and Jennifer now stands in pole position to take the overall win in the senior womens category. Race 5 will be held on the 22nd of March and we wish her the very best of luck.
This Friday night the Cork county board international awards night will be held in the Kingsley Hotel.
Two of our juniors have been selected to receive one of the aspiring young athletes bursary. Blessing Alamu (throws/jumps) and Sam Judd (sprints) will be amongst the group of young upcoming county talent on this year’s selection.
The Munster juvenile indoor Championships continue this weekend with the Saturday & Sunday busy with the teenagers competing.
18 of our teens will be hoping to make the medals and qualify for nationals in Athlone in March.
19th February, 2020
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06th February, 2020
05th February, 2020
Our Fixtures page has now been updated with all this years T&F Fixtures, exceptions are the East Cork and County Championships which should be available soon.
28th January, 2020
Two National Medals at Juniors!
Junior/ Under 23 Nationals:
Another competition weekend in January and another trip up the M8 in the early morning hours to Athlone for the national junior & under 23 indoor track and field championships.
Three of our juniors , two under 23s with parents and coaches had another successful days competition. Two medals and PBs to take back down the road was more than expected and a great bonus.
First into action was Sam Judd in the ridiculously competitive under 20 mens 60 meters. Four heats with the winners and four other fastest times making the eight lanes for the final. Sam ran well , but as a young junior it’s always tough going up against the full under 20s. Fifth in his heat with a solid run out to get more racing into his body before his age group championships kick off in a few weeks.
Sam had a second race in the 200 meters heats in the afternoon and had a good result coming second from the unfavourable lane 3 to the eventual junior champion Jack Oliver from DSD AC. With seven heats and only six lanes to fill , the qualifying for the final was ridiculous as one of the heat winners didn’t get a final place. Another good run out for Sam just 4 hundredths off his PB.
Our next sprinter in action was Katie Walsh in the under 23 girls 400 meters straight final. Bitter sweet for Katie as she came a close fourth while running a half second 400 meter PB. Good stuff out of Katie and another incremental improvement to verify the work done over the winter.
Katie also ran in the heats of the under 23 200s but had a run to forget from lane 2 and didn’t progress to the final.
Ciarán Nugent was our next in action racing over 400 meters for the first time at nationals as an under 23. Another PB recorded as Ciarán battled bravely to qualify for the final but missed by a few hundredths of a second. Encouraging all the same to still be pulling PBs out when it matters.
Ciaráns focus will now steer towards the one lap outdoor hurdles where he is most at home.
Ciarán Hurley was race walking in the junior 3000 meters competition.
This was Ciaráns first outing of the year and while hoping to just get a race in before his underage championships start in a few weeks he outdid all expectations by taking a magnificent bronze medal.
A technically faultless race was pleasing and the medal was another milestone for club and athlete.
Performer of the day was undoubtedly Blessing Alamu who first up had the junior womens long
Jump with 19 of the countries best underagers competing. As with all long jump competitions three jumps are given to separate the field with the top eight jumpers at that point going onto get three further efforts , to decide the podium positions.
Blessing made the final eight but didn’t improve her position with her second three jumps. Blessing has to be happy with her position considering she is still only entering her second of four years as a junior.
Blessings big performance came in the junior shot putt where she took a magnificent bronze medal. Throwing the adult weight of 4kg as an under age athlete can sometimes allow an athlete the leisure of the “pre prepared excuse” to say it’s not my proper competition. Not for Blessing this path though! With a best putt of 10:58 meters Blessing increased her previous best performance by over 1 meter.
A wonderful national junior medal for one of the countries up and coming young field eventers.
On a day we traveled with more hope than expectations , what a bonus to have such terrific medals and PBs to bag so early in the year. Junior national medals are not easily won and worth celebrating when achieved so hearty congratulations to Blessing and Ciarán.
This weekend we get a well earned break from traveling and club competitions.
The one competition that takes place this week is the beginning of the post primary schools cross country season. The south Munster schools takes place this Thursday in the Tramore valley park in the city , with the first race starting at 12 noon.
Our next big club day out will be on Saturday the 8th of February when 38 of our juveniles will travel to Wicklow to compete in the “B” all Ireland cross country.
Senior athlete Jennifer Goggin Walsh will also be racing for Cork in the intermediate adults race at the same championships.
This “Bs” have always been a happy hunting ground for our club and a great weekend to enjoy with the obligatory overnight stay providing a nice social outing for athletes and families alike.
Our club AGM will take place the Monday night after the “Bs” at 2000 hrs in the community hall in the village. All club members of junior age and older are encouraged to attend.
21st January, 2020
National indoor pentathlon championships:
On Saturday two of our track and field all rounders made the early start to travel to Athlone to compete in the multi events national championships for all ages.
Athlone IT was the host venue with their wonderful indoor facilities providing an appropriate stage for a long days competition.
George Alamu was first into action in the under 16 boys competition. George started with his long jump competition and then moved quickly to hurdles where he had a solid run coming third in his heat.
As George was taking his first jumps at High jump Katie Walsh was coming onto the track for her first event the 60 hurdles in the senior womens competition.
Katie ran a PB 9:80 to get a good start finishing third overall.
George meanwhile topped out at 1:50 in his high jump and then had a short break to get some food in before heading to the shot putt area.
Shot completed George had a short break before his final event the 800 meters. Not his strongest discipline George battled around the four 200 meter laps to finish his competition with a total points of 2343 which had him 9th overall. A good return to multis for George and a marker laid down for what we know will be a season of improvements.
With George finished Katie was only moving into her second event of her competition, the high jump.
A wonderful PB performance from Katie with a max clearance of 1:67 moved her into 2nd place overall.
With the sun now setting , Katie had a quick fire move to shot and then long jump. After the literal and physical highs of her high jump Katie lost some ground in the shot and long jump and going into the final event the 800 she was in the final podium position.
A solid run in the 800 where she finished second saw an exhausted Katie hold her bronze medal position and set a new overall points total PB. Excellent stuff from Katie winning her first ever senior national medal and our clubs first national medal of 2020.
Two contented athletes jumped into the car to make the long journey home after another successful day.
Munster Indoor Relays:
Four of our teenage teams raced in the Munster relay championships in Nenagh on Sunday with two coming away with silverware.
In the morning it was time for our girls in the even age races with our under 16s and 18s both fielding teams.
Our 16s had their first ever race together and did well in the 4 X 200 getting the baton round and were competitive finishing third in their heat but didn’t make the final.
Caoimhe Geoghegan and Abbie Akinkoulie had their first outing in Carraig singlets and they were bolstered by the experience of Kathryn O’Mahony and Rebecca Kelleher.
Our under 18 girls had a great run in their heat finishing second to take a lane in the final.
Racing from lane one on the inside line , Lily O’Riordan led off terrifically handing over to Emma Akinkoulie cleanly with the team in second place. Emma held the place solidly through her leg. Isobel O’Meara ran a cracking leg three to hold second and with nothing separating positions two to four Blessing Alamu ran her legs off to grab the final medal position from the Dooneen ACs team to overturn their result from the heat.
In the afternoon it was the boys turn with our under 15s and 19s taking to the track to experience the excitement of the relays.
Our 19s were in a straight final but had the heartbreak of coming a close fourth. No medal this day for Sam Judd, Arron Callanan, Harry Buckley and Darragh Walsh but a long season ahead will have more days out to perfect their team performance.
The under 15 boys were involved in one of, if not , the most dramatic finish of the day.
After negotiating their heat with a comfortable win as the third fastest team they went into the final with a good chance of at least a bronze.
Cathal Whooley led off the team
With a solid first leg handing over to Timmy Colbert in second place as the racers cut to the kerb. Timmy had his hands full with a powerfully front loaded Fergus AC team and passed the baton to Bobby O’Riordan with a gap opening with the boys now third. With one final card to play as Boddy passed to Theo DeSouza the Fergus AC plan unraveled. Theo ran the split of his life to reel in the final runner and blast into the silver medal position in the home straight making up easily 30 meters in doing so. Great drama and a fantastic medal for the lads to take home.
Munster 17to 19 field events & Pole vault:
Two of our athletes were competing in their Munster indoor field events competitions on Sunday up in Nenagh. Early starts for our youngest competitor of the day Josh Judd in the under 13s who had his first Pole vault competition and took a wonderful bronze medal for his efforts.
Blessing Alamu was throwing shot in the under 18 girls competition and took a silver medal with her best Putt to add an individual medal to her relay bronze.
Two very successful days competition with invaluable experience gained to bring back to our club. Medals as always are the icing on the cake and it was very heartening to get four teams out for the relays to build team bonds that will pay dividends in the future.
Senior athlete Jennifer Goggin Walsh has been quietly knocking out some impressive race results of late and posted yet another PB at the Cloyne commons 4km last Sunday.
Our club AGM will be held on Monday the 10th of February @ 2000hrs in the community hall.
All members of junior age and older are enthusiastically encouraged to attend.
This coming Saturday some of our junior and under 23 athletes will travel Athlone to compete in the national indoor championships.
High class competitions will be a plenty as the countries best young adults take to the national stage.
07th January, 2020
With the Christmas turkey barely digested we were back on the road and straight into the indoor season with the Munster junior & under 23 championships together with the juvenile combined events taking place in Nenagh last Sunday.
15 of our junior age group athletes, two under 23s and five of our juveniles took on the multi events.
Our under 23s took home medals in every event entered with Katie Walsh winning 60 hurdles, long jump and 400 meters as she gets back competing after a long winter.
Ciarán Nugent laid down his first time of 2020 when he took silver in the mens 400 in a very tight race.
A most satisfying aspect from the day was the fielding of two girls and one boys team in the junior relay competitions.
As always the relays bring great excitement and noise to any event and we had medals to bring home with our boys team of Sam Judd, Emmanuel Alamu, Arron Calanhan and Darragh Walsh taking Bronze in their race. The girls team of Lily O’Riordan, Blessing Alamu, Nessa Wheeler and Emma Akinkoulie also took bronze in their race with our second team of Isobel O’Meara, Orlaith O’Callaghan, Emily O’Meara and Kiah Olotu coming fourth.
Newly transferred athlete Blessing Alamu had a very impressive first outing in a Carraig singlet when she took medals in the three competitions she entered. Second place in the Junior long jump with a best of 5:07metes and third place in the shot added to her medal in the relay was a wonderful return.
In the junior girls 60 hurdles Lily O’Riordan in her first of four years as a junior took a silver medal away from her race.
With all of our athletes making first outings of year and nearly half making their debut in junior competition it also was one athletes first ever competition. Kiah Olotu made her debut in the 60 meter sprint. Kiah and Emma Akinkoulie were 7th & 5th respectively in the 60 final.
Sam Judd ran in the 60 sprint with a solid performance in his heat coming 3rd to get to the final where he finished 7th.
Sam, Emma and Lily all ran the 200 individual also with Sam desperately unlucky not to medal coming 4th by 2 one hundreds of a second.
Four took to the blocks for the 400s with Arron Calanhan and Darragh Walsh in the boys and Mesa Wheeler and Isobel O’Meara racing in the girls.
In field events Martha Quain (shot) and Emmanuel Alamu (long jump) were 6th and 8th respectively.
In the multi events our five competitors had a long day with the hurdle races starting at 10 and the last 800 finishing just after seven in the evening.
George Alamu got his Carraig na bhFear career off to a medaling start by taking bronze in a competitive boys under 16 competition. George had a solid all round performance coming second in the hurdles and high jump.
Georges sister Rosemary was joined by Lucy Lynch in a large field of 19 athletes in the under 14 girls competition. Rosemary had a 7th place finish and had a win in the long jump competition.
Lucy jumped well in her preferred event , the high jump with a solid season opening 1:45.
Theo de Souza in the boys under 15 had a 5th place finish winning the long jump and hurdle competitions along the way.
Áine Sheridan was in the under 15 girls competition and had a solid run in the final event , the 800 , finishing 3rd and an overall position of 7th.
Another successful day out with Munster titles and a good spread of medals. After a long winter of training it was nice to get back racing and satisfying to lay down early season markers.
Training for our Junior/adult group is back into full swing after the holidays as preparation goes to Munster indoor relays and all Ireland B XC for our underage.
As always we are looking to unearth any potential new talent so all new comers are enthusiastically welcomed.
Training times and locations can be found on our website or by contacting one of our social media platforms directl
10th December, 2019
The penultimate athletics competition of the year took place last Sunday morning as storm Atiyah began to creep its way across the country. We were the host club for the East Cork Athletics Division novice and uneven age cross country championships. The venue was the Buckley family lands in Ballinahina where we have previously held many a race day. We are very grateful and blessed with the continued support of community landowners who make their property available.
The weather wasn’t ideal with strong winds and heavy rain showers affecting nearly every race. That aside we had a huge turnout that enabled the club to successfully defend the Jerry Russell trophy for best overall juvenile boys club and recapture the Maureen O’Connell trophy in the juvenile girls competition.
In the boys races we took five podium medals from the six races with two individual wins coming from Cian Ryan in the under 11s and Daire O’Sullivan in the under 19s.
Brothers David (2nd) and Aidan Maher (3rd)took individual medals in the under 17 and 15 races respectively. Harry Buckley also took an individual bronze in the 17 boys race.
The heroes of the day were the teams that turned up in force and enabled us to win 13,15 & 17 plus second in the 11s which secured the overall trophy for the third consecutive year.
Our girls out performed even our most optimistic expectations by winning four of the six team competitions and coming third in another. The under 19s, 17s, 15s & 13s all did their business to perfection and the 11s took a well deserved bronze for their efforts.
Individual wins for Faye O’Riordan (13s) and Ava Fitzgerald (15s) were the stand outs from the seven podium medals that were won. The 15 girls took a podium clean sweep with Aine Sheridan (2nd) and Sinead Hurley (3rd) backing up Avas win. In the 17s race Sinead Kearney (2nd) and Penny Cronin(3rd) with Nessa Wheeler (2nd) taking the final podium medal in the 19s race.
The fantastic team efforts from all the girls meant the Maureen O’Connell trophy will be headed our way at the East Cork awards night on the first Friday in March.
We had a great turn out from our adults in the novice races with both teams winning.
The girls were led by Katie Walsh who took individual bronze with Mary, Camille and Sonya completing a strong team.
The boys turned out in force with ten runners braving the 6000 meters of , by now, well cut up course.
Willie, Don, Tony and Mick made the scoring four on this day but a strengthening team is forming for next year.
Following close behind the first four were Cathal, Conor, Paul, The two Daves and John. Well done to all our adults for a great show.
A terrific final day of East Cork competition this year sees our club hold the trophies for best juvenile boys and girls cross country club. This added to the track and field trophy won during the summer has been our most successful year in the club’s history.
Taking the two novice cross country team titles was a bonus and a credit to all our members who bring such a wonderful team etiquette to training and competitions.
Our final competition of the year takes place in Dunboyne Co, Meath this Sunday when we travel with two teams and four individuals to the national uneven age cross country championships.
Safe travels to all as we hope for another enjoyable day out.
Our older teenage track and field athletes are in Nenagh this Saturday for day three of the Munster performance academy training sessions.
Thank you to all our members and friends who helped to set out and take in the cross country course over the weekend. The stewards and officials who made the day run smoothly despite the worst efforts of Mother Nature.
03rd December, 2019
Another weekend rolled by and another weekend we were on our travels to a cross country fixture. Two Mile Borris was the location this time for the Munster B championships.
Held in the uneven age categories up to under 17 the Bs are only open to athletes that didn’t medal in any way at the previous two days of Munster competitions.
We had a relatively small crew competing but still managed to have athletes in seven of the ten underage races.
After a dry couple of days the field in which the races took place was in excellent condition despite the presence of the usual residual byproduct of dairy farming.
B championships usually have a nice low key friendly atmosphere and run off efficiently making for a pleasant experience for all involved. This day was exactly that with races ran off rapidly as the results were produced. The temperatures were in the low single figures but with little to no breeze once you were moving it was comfortable enough.
Our first racers of the the day were the under 11 girls and boys. Both teams were hit with illnesses that affected them but Lucy Davis and Robyn Maher had yet another days solid racing under their belts. No medals in what was a really competitive field of over 100 girls but more exposure to competition that will stand to the girls as they progress through the age groups.
The boys had a team of seven out lead by MJ Walsh, Sam Dunne, Josh Varley and Harry Browne the scoring four with the team competed by Sam Browne, Ronan Mulcahy and Jake Varley. In the biggest race of the day 111 boys toed the line with our boys competing well but outside the shake up for medals on this day.
Our next race with club interest was the under 13 boys race. Six of our lads made up a strong team that took our first medals of the day.
Cormac Fennessy had his biggest result in a Carraig vest to date when he took three medals from the race.
Taking twelfth place overall in a tight sprint finish that needed a photo finish to sort it out secured individual bronze and a Cork team gold medal for Cormac. Finishing just behind Cormac in 17th Dylan Mulcahys strong start set the tone for the team success. Cian Dunne and Peter Hawkins completed the team score to secure a terrific bronze team medal for Brian Hawkins and Jim Hegarty who made up the six. Great stuff from the lads and a just reward for their efforts both in training and competitions this season.
Our under 15s were decimated by illness over the last week and only four of our athletes from this strong section made the start line. With team effort their recipe for success most days , without the team it was a hard day at the office over the 2500 meter race for Ciara Keohane in the girls and Odhran McCarthy , Michael & Luke Mullins in the boys race. It’ll undoubtedly back to winning ways this weekend at the East Corks for the squads.
Our last age group in competition were the under 17s in the 3000 meter races.
Our girls team of five cleaned up winning the team competition and took three individual and two county team gold medals also.
Cliona Lynch lead the way finishing seventh overall one place ahead of Sinead Kearney. Both girls scored on the gold medaling Cork team. Isobel O’Meara replicated last years performance by taking the final individual medal in twelfth place to add to the team gold that Lauren and Megan Murphy helped secure.
We had one athlete in the boys race in David Maher and he produced his best cross country result in a Carraig vest. After a frenetic start to the 3000 meter race David was at the back of the field at the first corner but with experience beyond his years David calmly started worked his way through the pack. With 1000 meters to go David was vying for the third step of the podium with a Clonmel AC athlete. Continuing to turn the screw against his direct opponent the elastic eventually broke and David had the gap that he worked hard to maintain to the finish to take a terrific third place. A great return from a well constructed race from one of our improving athletes.
19 medals from twenty six athletes was a great result for their efforts. As always the B competitions have been a great source of enjoyment and success for our juveniles helping to unearth some future talent in the process.
A wonderful worthwhile day out.
Park Run Ireland is a section of the international park run phenomenon that are getting increasingly popular countrywide. Taking place ever Saturday at 0930 in 93 locations nationally.
The Glen River park run recently celebrated its first birthday and is steadily gaining traction with over 100 participants in recent weeks.
A group of our teens and adults participated last week with Jennifer Goggin Walsh and juvenile Rebecca Kelleher taking first and second in the womens 5km race.
Don Sheehan led the way for the lads finishing fourth overall.
This Sunday our club will host the second day of the East Cork Athletics Division cross county championships.
The event will be held on the Buckley families farmland in Ballinahina.
Directions and other details can be found in the attached photos.
It is another hugely important day for our club as we compete in the competitions for best overall juvenile boys and girls club , the Jerry Russell and Maureen O’Connell trophies.
Help will be needed both on Saturday (to lay out the course) and Sunday (Stewarding and traffic management) to ensure a smoothly ran event.
Please let coaches or committee members know if you are available to lend some assistance over the two days.
28th November, 2019
28th November, 2019
The now annual club pilgrimage to Abbotstown for the national even age, junior & senior championships took place last weekend.
As a club we were so lucky to have had 17 of our underage athletes participating in the juvenile races. A wonderful spread too, with at least one Carraig athlete in ever race.
A wonderful traveling support ,adding to the families ,made a festival feel to the whole occasion.
The day was dry and temperatures were above average, but heavy rain over the previous days and weeks had left the course sodden.
During the customary course walk the marshals began removing people from the course as the ground was already cutting up.
Nothing could have saved this most pristine of running surfaces with the amount of rain that had fallen in the previous weeks but it was going to be a day for the purists. Hard racing on soft ground.
Our first two athletes into battle were under 12s Faye O’Riordan and Cian Ryan. For both kids it was their first time running in Abbotstown and dealing with all the extra hype and stress of a national championship on the national course.
With all the races jam packed with the best of the best underage Club runners in the country its never a sure thing to come home with one of the precious medals adorned with the green, white and gold ribbon. In a well managed race Faye made sure she had something in the tank for the second of her two 1000 meter laps to work through the 176 strong field. Finishing in 40th position,Faye yet again pulled a performance out of the bag when it mattered as the sixth scorer on the silver medaling Cork team in the county competition.
Cian Ryan was next up in the boys under 12 race and even now the course was well cut up and very heavy in places.
Cian got out fast in the downhill stampede that ensues in every race and was well up as he completed his first of two 1 kilometer laps.
Holding his position well on the second circuit he had enough left in his energy reserves to make up a few places in the finishing straight to finish a very impressive 23rd.
That stellar performance earned Cian his first ever national medals as the sixth scorer on the silver medaling Munster team in the provincial competition and another silver as the second scorer on the Cork team.
What an amazing return from our two youngest athletes and a wealth of experience gained to bring back to their training group to inspire their training partners.
This years under fourteens have for the last couple of years been such a rich source of success within our club. Our girls were again one of our two teams racing on the day and we had two solid racers in the boys race.
The girls as always were led by Ava Fitzgerald right up in the lead pack for the entire of the three kilometer race.
Ava has built up a seriously impressive cross country CV over the years and has arguably been the most consistent in her age group at nationals since her first appearance at under 11. As the distance increases year on year Ava has adapted and has always been in the shake up in the home stretch and this year was no exception.
Reacting to a strong surge with 500 to go that split the lead group Ava entered the home straight in 3rd position and bravery fought to hold her position only to be pushed to 5th in the last 50 meters as the hard charging pack fought back at her.
Another wonderful bronze individual medal for Ava yet again on the podium at nationals. Gold county team medal with Cork and silver provincial medal with Munster for yet another chestful of awards for this exceptional athlete.
Ava and the rest of the girls have been no strangers to the course in Abbotstown and have meddled in their two previous years. This year was to be a step too far for the team that has had some injury set backs and they were not in the shake up for the medals in final results.
A valiant effort from Aine Sheridan, Sinead Hurley, Lucy Lynch and Katelyn Fitzgerald none the less and they’ll have a second bite of the cherry at the uneven age competition in three weeks time.
Our two under 14 boys on the Cork team in the next race were Timmy Colbert and Aidan Maher. As always these two worked well together throughout the two 1500 meter laps of their race with Timmy bravely doing the pulling for the most part.
As they entered the home straight Aidan pulled up on Timmys shoulder and this set the two boys careering through the field as they made about ten places in the final 200 meters. A great result from the two lads as they performed well above expectations finishing as the fifth & sixth scorers on the Cork team but unfortunately the team was outside the podium positions.
In the under sixteen races we again had one of our athletes in each race to keep our supporters invested in the competition.
Timmy Hawkins has breathed new life into our under 15/16 teams since his recent move from Belgooly AC and made his first appearance at nationals for us on the cork team.
Running up in age Timmy always had his work cut out for him over the
4000 meters race but stuck to his race plan to finish with a smile.
One hard race in the bag to strengthen him as he will team up with Aidan Maher & Timmy Colbert to lead the rest of the under 15 boys in the uneven all Ireland’s in Dunboyne.
Rebecca Kelleher was our representative in the girls race and she had a wonderful result from her 4000 meter race in the ever toughening conditions.
Running up in age and still only 13 years old , Rebecca put in a serious shift to take an 18th place finish overall. Our second best finish of the day and a mere 6 places off an individual medal. As the distance increases year by year the challenge seems to suit this young lady. Her incremental improvement year on year surely means she’ll be on the podium in the not too distant future.
A strong finish over the final kilometer where she made up half a dozen places showed her strength lies at the longer distances. Two team medals for Rebecca with silver as the third scorer on Cork team and bronze with Munster in the interprovincial competition.
Our under 18s capped off the day in what were two really tough races. We had five girls in the under 18 team competition representing our club as the only one from our county. With four of the five running up in age and in the mixed junior/under 18 race the standard was something the girls had never experienced before with all 5 running in Abbotstown for the first time.
Jennifer Kearney was the elder statesman with sister Sinead Kearney, Daisy Horan and twin sisters Megan and Lauren Murphy making up the team.
Both Jennifer and Sinead were in the red Cork singlets but were outside the scoring six for county team medals. Sinead as always this season acted as the hare for the others to chase around the 4000 meter race in the now difficult underfoot conditions.
No medals for the girls but a wonderful achievement to get to the final race of the season and run against the best the country has to offer.
In the boys 18 race Daire O’Sullivan ran his best race of a stop start injury interrupted year when he pulled a medal as the fourth scorer on the bronze medaling Cork team.
Hitting out hard in the first 1500 meter lap of the four lap 6000 meter sufferfest , Daire slipped back a bit in the second and third but with a little motivation and no shortage of effort he had a storming last kilometer. Pulling himself from seventh Cork boy up to fourth in tough conditions was a sign that he’s beginning to regain his racing fitness. A great effort and a well deserved reward for Daire taking our last medal of the day as our final competitor. Fourth scorer on the bronze medaling Cork team was above expectations in a very competitive field of young men.
As always it’s necessary to mention that it’s not all about medals. Getting to nationals is a big deal and it is to be celebrated as an achievement in itself. In a club that prides itself on getting as many of its members to compete as possible we are so happy to have our small club represented so admirably on the biggest day our sport has to offer.
The medal haul was a bonus and we cherish the nine medals that we managed to bring back as reward for all our athletes efforts.
This coming weekend we have the Munster B championships that will be held in Two Mile Borris , Co Tipperary.
Held in the uneven age categories we will have some very strong teams in most races.
14th November, 2019
Under 15 teams take two thirds!
A short journey last Sunday for the second day of Munster cross country championships. The destination was Ballynoe where St Catherines AC hosted the uneven age competitions.
Much credit is due to St Catherines for putting on a successful event that can be such a thankless task with such meagre compensation paid by Munster Council and the potential for criticism for the slightest of oversights.
A dry day undoubtedly helped their cause, but added to a well thought out and executed traffic plan and a carefully constructed course which made for a great spectator experience , they deserve credit.
The weather remained dry throughout the 14 races on offer with temperatures in the low single figures and little to no wind.
The course itself was undulating and twisted its way over the various but obvious lap distances making great spectating and plenty of support lining the route.
Carraig na bhFear had six teams and individuals competing in 10 of the 14 races. Our top performances came from our under 15 age group where both teams took bronze medals in competitive races.
Our girls team were led by individual bronze medal performances from both Ava Fitzgerald (3rd) and Rebecca Kelleher (5th) who have shown tremendous leadership and battling qualities in what is an increasingly competitive age group.
Both girls took gold medals on an impressive Cork team in the county competition also.
Aine Sheridan (25th) running up in age is starting to find her form and Sinead Hurley (26th) seems to be relishing the longer distances as she improves race by race.
The team was completed by Ellie Twomey, Mary Dorgan and Ciara Keohane.
This team has been on the campaign trail for a good few seasons now and will head to yet another day out at the national finals hopeful of being in with a shout of the illustrious club team medals.
The boys team were not to be outdone by their training partners when they pulled off a mini coup to pinch team bronze in a tight competition.
No individual or county team medals
for the lads but more often than not they seem to pull off a team performance by packing well together and sharing the workload of pulling each other through.
Aidan Maher did the lions share of the front running finishing a few places ahead of the trio of Timmy Hawkins, Timmy Colbert and Arron Sheehan who finished together to post a score a mere 3 points ahead of the fourth place team.
The team was completed by Cathal Whooley, Denis O’Mahony and Rian O’Luasa. The boys will now head to Dunboyne with the girls for the uneven age all Ireland’s on the 15th of December.
In the younger age groups we had one stand out performance. Cian Ryan backed up his performance in Limerick at the even age championship by again leading the Cork team to silver with a magnificent run coming fourth overall for individual bronze. A terrific run at the front of the race from Cian and a powerful finish where he closed out the race strongly.
The rest of the team MJ Walsh, Sam Dunne , Darragh Sheehan, Sam Browne, Harry Browne, Dara O’Driscoll , Ronan Mulcahy and Liam McDonagh were a bit outsidE the shake up for the medals on this day but should be back in with a shout at the B championships in the coming weeks.
Our youngest competitors on the day were our two under 9 athletes.
Mary Kate Dawson started the day off with her first taste of Munster championships in the girls race in what we hope will be the first of many in the years to come.
Paul Colbert was also making his debut on the Munster stage and finished very solidly in the top third of the field.
Our under 11 girls were involved in a monster of a race that had 185 competitors. Amongst the usual bedlam that ensues at the start of such a big field two of our girls hit the deck. Bouncing back up and battling through to finish well showed great character from such young athletes. The team consisting of Lucy Davis, Anna Mullins, Robyn Maher , Aoileann Boyle, Joy O’Donovan and Rachel Cuthbert were not in medal contention on this day but now seem to have formed a nice team for the future.
Our under 13s had a similar fate to the 11s when our girls were one short for a scoring four. Faye O’Riordan led the way round the 2500 meter course for Lucy Lynch and Siofra Boyle.
The boys team led by Dylan Mulcahy were well packed together but didn’t impact on the team podium positions. The rest of the team comprised of Cormac Fennessy, Cian Dunne, Darragh Pomeroy and Jim Hegarty will again be strong competitors in the B championships on Sunday the 1st of December in Two Mile Borris , Co. Tipperary.
In the older teenage age group we had five of our girls in action.
In the under 17 girls race. Sinead Kearney, Daisy Horan and Lauren Murphy were one short of a scoring four to register on the team competition but got in some tough competition to ready them for the B championships that will keep them in cross country competition right up to February.
In the under 19 race we took our last medal of the day. Nessa Wheeler was the fifth Cork girl over the line to take a silver medal with the county team. Jennifer Kearney also raced well to now join Nessa on the Cork team that will race in Dunboyne on the 15th of December.
Two teams and three individuals heading to nationals in Dunboyne added to the seventeen from the first Munsters will see thirty two more exposures to national level cross country competition for our underage athletes. Getting to nationals is a huge achievement and getting there with your team mates and friends makes the experience all the more memorable.
As training continues in the weeks and months ahead having these athletes preparing for those big days will hopefully inspire everyone to bigger and more challenging goals and expectations.
On Sunday week last the county B novice cross country championship race was held in Castlelyons hosted by St Nicholas AC. We had a team of four men who brought home more medals from their efforts. Six kilometers of cross county running in unseasonably warm sunshine for the lads led by Willie Walsh with Don Sheehan, Ruaidhri Myers and Conor Kelly hot on his heals. Second place in a competitive team competition was a terrific return. Very interesting and encouraging that of the winning teams Mount Hillary AC in the womens and Bweeng trail blazers in the mens are relatively newly formed clubs who were making their first outings at county cross country competition. Great to see people willing to get off the roads and into proper competitive club racing. Congratulations to both clubs.
Training continues for our XC athletes who will be preparing for the Munster Bs in December and the upcoming all Ireland’s in Abbotstown on the 24th.
Our track and field athletes have returned to training on the track for a couple of weeks now as they begin to prepare for the indoor season which begins in early January.
All training times can be found by contacting the relevant age group coaches who’s details can be found on our website or by contacting us through our social media channels.
29th October, 2019
Dublin City Marathon:
Last weekend twenty-one of our adult members and their entourage of supporters traveled to the nations capital to participate in the Dublin City marathon. It constitutes our largest ever entry to our national marathon championships and was a terrific accomplishment from all involved.
The weekend begins with traveling up on the Friday or Saturday to attend the marathon expo in the RDS pavilion to collect race packs and the all important number.
With over 22,000 entries for this years 40th edition the constant flow of humanity through the expo was expertly managed by the ever friendly organisation team.
Most of our group made the expo on the late afternoon on Saturday and managed to sit and chat to relieve some of the nerves before the obligatory pre race Italian and an early bed time.
Up early on race day due to the clocks going back one hour and the pre race final breakfast of champions. A brisk walk through the deserted streets to the start area with everyone streaming from their various accommodations like veins carrying blood back to the heart. The heart in this case was Merrion Square where the massive logistical circus had been assembled overnight around the parks perimeter. Athletes drawn in through the baggage drop area and pumped out to the four separate start wave zones to await their time to put their months of training to the test.
Our twenty one athletes were a true representative body of the whole race. Eight women and thirteen men mostly in the masters age categories is roughly the profile of the entire field with four of our twenty first timers also fairly typical.
Weather on the day could not have been better with temperatures at 9 degrees and little to no breeze in clear crisp skies ideal for both runners and spectators.
Our top performance of the day went to Tony Dunne who smashed the 3 hour barrier for the first time. This was a terrific achievement from Tony after slowly and incrementally chipping away at his PB over the last few years. He laid down this 2:56 effort to join the 4% of runners who can get a 2 as the first digit in their PB.
Our four first timers all had successful completions of this career milestone. Huge congratulations to Adam, Janet, Paula and Yvonne for achieving their first of what we hope will be many.
Janet led the ladies home with a magnificent 4:01 clocking in her first marathon.
All twenty one athletes completed the 42 kilometers with all the trials and tribulations that come with putting your body through the most famous of athletics challenges.
Post race debriefing was held together for those that were staying for a second night and plans made for the next year.
These days are special for so many reasons in the lives of runners and their families whose lives invariably revolve around training sessions for many months of the year. It’s hard to explain in a few sentences how it takes over our lives and can have such a positive impact on our mental and physical health. Running in a club gives us a sense of belonging and the support we sometimes need to get out and train.
The families and club mates that traveled to lend support, take pictures and offer encouragement was much appreciated by the runners.
We hope to see everyone back in training soon to relive the experience through their stories and plans for the next big one.
The county B cross country championships were held last Sunday in the village of Drumtariffe hosted by Duhallow AC.
Due to our good showing at the A Championships we had a small attendance on Sunday.
Four of our underage headed north to participate in three of the age categories available.
Top performance went to under 9 Paul Colbert who took the third step on the podium with a terrific run.
A great return for Paul who’s ploughing a solo furrow in the under 9 category thus far this season as our only athlete in the age category.
Robyn Maher had a big performance in the under 11 girls race when she was 20th out of a field of 63. Another promising result from this ever improving young girl.
In the 13 boys race brothers Peter and Brian Hawkins had good run outs in this their first season with the club.
Last Saturday some of our track and field athletes attended the first day of Munster performance academy training in Nenagh Olympics indoor track. Regional and national coaches attended to bolster the training provided by club coaches to selected high performers for all Munster clubs. We had 18 invited athletes to this years squad from under 16 to 19 age groups.
Last weekend we had our annual church gate collection in the village on the Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Thank you to all the community that supported and to the collectors who gave their time generously.
This coming weekend is busy as ever with our novice men competing in the county B cross country championships.
Training continues to gain momentum as we prepare for the second day of Munster championships in the following week.
22nd October, 2019
XC Gets Serious!
Munster Juvenile even age championships:
We traveled out of the county to the north last Sunday to the first of the Munster cross country championships of the season.
Limerick race course was the venue for the juvenile even age competition.
A notoriously damp spot at the best of times wasn’t helped by a preceding week of heavy rain.
The day itself was dry and bright but our initial optimism was dampened after walking the course and realising bar the 100 meters of the starting straight the rest of the 1 kilometer lap was a bog. Now we’re all for testing courses and nobody minds an odd wet patch or water obstacle but this was taking it a bit too far. A course for the “purists “ was a term bandied around by some of the more optimistic but a harsh baptism of fire for the novice underage runner at their first day at Munsters.
If there’s any chance of getting the ever growing number of club road runners to venture into the cross country season then throwing up courses like this for the Munster novice competitions won’t help.
Likewise for the young this kind of experience could turn them off for good.
Our seven teams and individuals that turned out did themselves a great credit with dealing with the conditions and the experience will undoubtedly stand to them as the season continues.
Medals were at a premium and we took three individual medals from three teak tough performances.
In under 12 boys, county under 11 champion Cian Ryan was racing over two of the one kilometer laps. Cian got out well from the start and was close to the front when the race hit the heavy boggy section half way up the long climb that constituted the right hand side of the loop course.
On the descent the heavy ground and head wind took away any possible gains to be offered from the gradient but Cian held his place. Out on his second lap Cian picked his way up the climb avoiding the worst of the ground with experience beyond his tender years. Barrelling his way down the far side to the finish line Cian crossed in seventh place for an individual bronze which are awarded to positions 3 to 12. Cian also led the Cork county team to silver in the inter county competition.
Despite great runs from Cian Dunne, Dylan Mulcahy, Cormac Fennessy and Darragh Sheehan the team finished sixth out of the fourteen in what was a competitive and tight competition.
Our second individual medal came from a familiar source in the girls under 14 race. Ava Fitzgerald as always was right at the front for the duration of the 3 kilometer 3 lap race. As the laps unwound the lead group was whittled down to four as the girls turned the corner at the top of the course with 500 meters to go. A strong attack from Leevales Nicole Dinan stretched the group out even further and pulled out a small but crucial gap on the three others that she held to the line. In a battle for the silver Ava was just pipped in the sprint finish and finished in an excellent third place. Yet another podium finish from Ava who year on year manages to be one of our most consistent performers.
Ava was third scorer in a rampant Cork team that will be super strong going to the national competition in Abbotstown in five weeks time.
The club team scoring four of Aine Sheridan , Sinead Hurley and Leah Dunne with Lucy Lynch and Katelyn Fitzgerald completing the six were just outside the team medals in fourth place.
In the under sixteen girls race our next individual medal came from the ever improving Rebecca Kelleher. Four gruelling laps in this race where Rebecca was running up in age against girls mostly one year older than her.
A steadier affair after yet another frenetic start saw Rebecca out with the lead group. On each lap up the now well cut up climb Rebecca handled the conditions better than her peers and was still holding the impressive pace setter Emma Landers from Youghal AC. Turning the corner at with 500 meters or so to go Rebecca was in fifth. Putting in a massive effort pulled herself up to the shoulder of the athlete in second as they turned the corner onto the very short finish straight. In one of the finishes of the day Rebecca was just pipped on the line but took her best ever result with a third place bronze medal. As third scorer on another very strong Cork team Rebecca will now head to nationals in ever improving form.
Ellie Twomey lead the rest of the team of Ciara Keohane, Mary Dorgan , Cliona Lynch and Kathryn O’Mahony. Sixth place in the team competition for the girls in what was a very high standard race.
Our final medal of the day fell to Faye O’Riordan in the under 12 girls race. In a huge field of 160 athletes Faye went into the start line having won the title in the three previous years. Her winning run would come to an end in the mud of Limerick, but Faye didn’t go down without a fight. Well back from the top twelve medal places after the first lap Faye ran her heart out in the second lap to work her way through the field and finished in thirteenth place just outside the individual medals. Consolation for Faye in the form of a silver team medal as the fourth scorer on the Cork team. In the same race Robyn Maher and Anna Mullins ran solid races but without a fourth scorer the girls were not shown amongst the fifteen other teams ranked.
Tough day at the office for two of other teams who were placed fourth in their competitions.
Our under 10 boys were the closest missing by four points. A really encouraging performance from MJ Walsh , Matthew Counihan, Sam Dunne, Paul Colbert, Sam Browne, Harry Browne and Ronan Mulcahy. Most of the lads will have another shot at a medal in a couple of weeks in the uneven age competition where this experience will hopefully steel their determination and give them confidence that they’re not far off the mark.
Our 18 girls were also fourth but consolation for Jennifer and Sinead Kearney who will be on the Cork team at nationals in Abbottstown. The team was completed by Daisy Horan, Lauren and Megan Murphy who had their work cut out with four laps of the course which had been turned to a gluey mess by the time their race was ran.
Daire O’Sullivan was desperately unlucky to be one off a medal in both the individual and county team competition in the 18 boys race. Thirteenth overall and seventh Cork boy despite a strong last 500 meters where he made up places but ran out of track to clench the last place he needed over the six lap race. Cork team selection was the consolation and a trip to nationals for Daire.
Our 14 & 16 boys teams had similar fates when they packed well but were too far back to make an impact on the podium positions.
Cork team selection for Aiden Maher and Timmy Colbert for their runs at the front of the 14 boys team of Bobby O’Riordan, Cathal Whooley, Denis O’Mahony, Luke Mullins and Jim Hegarty who finished in fifth place team.
The five under sixteen boys were sixth in that competition. Timmy Hawkins, David Maher, Aaron Sheehan, Odhran Mccarthy and Rian O’Luasa will have another bite at the cherry in their own age race at the uneven age championships in Ballynoe in two weeks time.
Our final two mentions of the day go to our very first two warriors into the fray in the first race of the day y thy he under 10 girls. A tough first Munster Championships experience for the battling Lucy Davis and Martina Dorgan who both finished respectably in the top half of a field of 129 athletes over their 1000 meter race.
Three individual medals and four county team medals was honestly down on what our expectations may have been.
No club team medals but two teams qualified for nationals as fourth place finishers and ten individuals who will be representing Munster and Cork at the national finals in Abbotstown on the 24th of November.
The big day out for a record number of our adult athletes when 23 of them are entered in the national marathon in Dublin this Sunday. A wonderful festival atmosphere and great weekends running in store for the group which features five first timers.
The county B cross country championships will be held also this Sunday in Drumtarriffe hosted by Duhallow AC. As usual keep an eye on our social media platforms for travel information later in the week.
15th October, 2019
Cian Clenches County Title!
Day two of the county cross country championships were held last Sunday in Carraigadrohid and were hosted by West Muskerry AC. This second day of competition for our juveniles was contested over the uneven age categories from under 9 to 19.
The day began dry and relatively warm with bright sunshine through the intermittent clouds. With just a light dew remaining on the grass overnight things looked good for another pleasant day. Unfortunately just before the start of the first juvenile race a passing isolated shower dumped enough water to cause carnage. The car park exits turned into a mud bath and parts of the course cut up quite badly.
Credit to the Trojan work done by the car park stewards and the many people who assisted in helping so many to egress without incident or injury.
When the short spell of heavy rain cleared the rest of the afternoon remained dry and the underage racing commenced.
We had a smaller turn out this weekend but still managed to field teams in nine of the fourteen juvenile races.
Under 9 & 11s.
Our youngest age group had another fruitful day out.
The girls fielded teams in both 9s and 11s which is very promising for the future. Mary Kate Dawson is the newest name to appear on our report and she lead her team of four followed closely by Hannah Coffey with Carrie O’Donovan and Ana Jane Dwyer completing the team.
The 11 girls had a team of seven that were led by Lucy Davis with Robyn Maher close behind over their 1500 meter race.
Martina Dorgan and Aoileann Boyle completed the scoring four with Rachel Cutbert , Nicola Dwyer and Joy O’Donovan competing in the largest field of the the day with 111 completing the race.
Both girls teams were outside the individual and team medals on this day but we are delighted and hugely encouraged that we’re fielding teams in an age group that we’ve traditionally struggled with.
The boys 9 & 11 produced their best race of their young careers. Paul Colbert ploughed a solo furrow in the 9s race and finished in the top third with a storming finish over the second half of the 750 meter race.
The 11s had our first medal success of the day when the team took second place. Cian Ryan won another county title with a terrific solo run to the finish line after pulling away from the field with 200 meters to go in the 1500 meter race.
Cian has been on the rise week on week and this was a wonderful time to produce something so special. MJ Walsh replicated his 10 place last week running up in age and Matthew Counihan was a excellent 14 in his first outing of the year. Sam Dunne completing the scoring four with Darragh Sheehan, Sam Browne, Liam McDonagh, Harry Browne and Ronan Mulcahy making up this formidable squad. An exciting few weeks ahead for the lads as they now head to Munsters in good shape.
The 13 girls went to the line with only two. Siofra Boyle and Faye O’Riordan were both running up in age and acquitted themselves excellently with Faye finishing just shy of the medals in 10th.
The 15 girls were strong going to the line in their race but the competition was also remarkably stiff.
With three teams in the county with realistic ambitions of national medals these races have year in and out produce some exciting races.
As always Ava Fitzgerald was busy up the front vying for control of the lead bunch. Ava was the last to lose the grip of the eventual winner Nicole Dinan. Second for the second week for Ava but yet another magnificent effort. The race of the day was ran by Rebecca Kelleher who yo-yo’d just off the back of the large lead group throughout the 3500 meter race. As athletes were spat out the back Rebecca held her distance from the lead and with 800 meters to go she closed the gap and held on to take a excellent 4th place.
Leah Dunne (14th) and Ellie Twomey(18) ran their legs off to make the scoring four with Ciara Keohane, Mary Dorgan and Kathryn O’Mahony completing this well balanced team who took a well deserved silver medal.
The 13 boys were not to be left out of the medal action with one of the team performances of the day.
No individual medals for the lads but with only 8 places separating their scoring four they packed well to pull off a masterful silver team medal.
Richard Barry (14th)played the senior members role by leading from the front and giving Dylan Mulcahy (15th)and Cian Dunne (16th)a rabbit to chase. Cormac Fennessy (22nd)ran his best ever finish to complete the scoring four. Cormac never let the three boys out of his sight and played the all important role that earned medals for all four plus Jim Hegarty and Ben Murphy who completed the team.
The 15 boys were nearly a carbon copy of the 13s race with another fine team silver medal to show for some sterling work over the 3500 meter race. Nine places separated the scoring four for the lads with Timmy Hawkins taking the lead and giving Timmy Colbert something to chase. Timmy C caught his prey and together the boys worked hard to hold their positions. Timmy C finished in 9th for one of his most impressive results and Timmy H just seconds behind in 11th. Aaron Sheehan (14th) did his usual steady paced run picking off the early enthusiasts and pacing Odhran McCarthy(18th) throughout the now heavy underfoot conditions. Cathal Whooley, Ruaidhri Boyle and Rian O’Luasa completed this fine team performance.
Our team of four under 17 girls had a tough day at the office on an ever increasingly slippy course. In a competitive race the team was outside the medals despite a brave run from Sinead Kearney to give Lauren Murphy , Daisy Horan and Megan Murphy a carrot to chase.
Our final racer of the day was Nessa Wheeler in the combined 17/19 race over 4000 meters. Nessa ran well with the lead group for two of the three lap race and as the distance and pace rose she held her position well to claim a terrific silver individual medal in the under 19 category which was her best career finish at a county level.
With the two days of county championships behind us we take stock of how we fared overall. Eleven team podiums with one county individual champion title from under 11 Cian Ryan. Seven other individual medals was probably down on previous years but the team medals were up substantially so very encouraging overall especially from the improvements from our youngest age group.
Sixteen of our junior training group have been named on the Munster performance academy for 2019/20. Chosen for their performances and achievements over last years track and field seasons. Added to our two athletes on the endurance squad bringing our total to 18 it constitutes a big increase in participation from our oldest age groupers. This is tangible evidence that our efforts to retain and have our athletes performing going into their junior years is paying dividends.
This weekend we are on the road again as we head to Limerick race course where the Munster even age juvenile championships are being held. Keep an eye on our social media platforms later in the week for travel arrangements and timings.
08th October, 2019
XC Season Gains Momentum!
The cross country season started to gain momentum last Sunday when we made our way to the north Cork village of Liscarroll for the county novice, under 23 , Junior and even age championships.
Organized and hosted by Churchtown road runners AC and Liscarroll AC on farmland north of the village with south facing fields making for dry conditions in the bright autumn sunshine. A rolling course with a succession of switch backs made it spectator friendly for those who ventured out the to the far end of the one and two kilometer laps.
The obligatory tea/coffee shop and chip van seem to be a prerequisite to hosting any event and both clubs set the bar high for other organizers to replicate in future season events.
Another strong team displays from our club as we managed to field teams in 11 of the 14 race categories on offer.
Our youngest age team of the day comprised of Lucy Davis, Martina Dorgan, Hannah Coffey and Anna Jane Dwyer. Lucy had another good result when she was eleventh overall our of a field of 64. Their team was a little outside the medal positions but, are only beginning their athletics journeys and now have the nucleus of a team forming.
The boys team are coming together nicely with a team of seven toeing the line for their 1000 meter race. MJ Walsh led the way with an impressive 10th place finish and with Sam Dunne, Jack Varley and Paul Colbert completing the scoring four they were fifth out of 10 teams. Twins brothers Harry and Sam Browne were literally right behind Paul in the finish chute with Ronan Mulcahy a few places further back. A solid performance form the lads as they show incremental improvements with every race.
The girls team was short a couple of it’s lead performers for this day out and went to the line with a team of three. Robyn Maher lead the way for Anna Mullins and Nicola Dwyer to follow and valuable race experience gained for the girls for the weeks and months ahead.
The boys team had a breakthrough race when they took team silver in a competitive nine team race over 2000 meters. Cian Ryan took our first individual medal of the day with a magnificent third place in a thrilling sprint finish. Dylan Mulcahy backed up his performance in Castlelyons coming home in fifteenth place with Cormac Fennessy (17th) and Cian Dune (24th) completing the scoring four. The seven man team was completed by Josh Varley, Darragh Sheehan and Liam McDonagh. A wonderful achievement for the lads taking their first county medal and proof yet again that a well rounded team will always be in the mix.
Our most successful age grouping were at it again on Sunday taking two team medals away with them.
The girls team were led to a silver team medal,as always , by the every willing Ava Fitzgerald mixing it up front for the individual medals. Ava took a magnificent individual silver in an exciting sprint finish with Leevale ACs Nicole Dinan. Leah Dunne had a return to racing with a solid 8th place just outside the six individual medals available for county competitions. The story of this team medal went to Lucy Lynch and Sinead Hurley who finished 14th & 15th with Katelyn Fitzgerald completing the team of five. Bringing back memories of two years back when they produced heroics in the national final to win national silver the girls put in a gritty performance over the 3000 meter race. Going to prove the mantra that every position counts, when the the team were tied with Youghal AC for silver the decision went our way due to Sinead finished ahead of Youghals fourth scorer to separate the teams on countback.
The boys team were as reliable as always when they defended their title from last year. The Aidan Maher and Timmy Colbert engine drove the crew from the front throughout and were rewarded with 8th and 9th place finishes. As usual very few positions separated the whole team with Bobby O’Riordan (12th) and Cathal Whooley (15th) rounding out the scoring four. Michael Mullins, Richard Barry, Luke Mullins and Peter Hawkins completed this fantastic squad who will surely challenge for a team podium at Munsters.
The two under sixteen teams had yet more success for their efforts with the girls taking bronze and the boys silver in their team competitions.
The girls team was lead excellently by the resilience of Rebecca Kelleher who took an individual bronze with fifth place. Rebecca won a sprint finish from a group of four who were fighting for the final two medals after a 4000 meter race that was blisteringly fast paced from the gun.
Ellie Twomey had her best county finish with 12th with Cliona Lynch and Ciara Keohane making the scoring four in a hard fought competitive race. The team was completed by Mary Dorgan, Tess Dennehy and Kathryn O’Mahony.
The boys team were lead by recent transferee Timmy Hawkins who ran a measured race to finish 13th running up in age. Aaron Sheehan , David Maher and Odhran McCarthy made the scores with Rian O’Luasa completing the team to take a well deserved silver team medal which is just reward for their hard work over the last number of weeks.
In a combined race our girls picked up medals in both categories by winning the 18 and taking silver in the junior competition. All four were under 17s running in junior age category for the first time and more than held their own. Sinead Kearney set the pace for Lauren Murphy, Daisy Horan and Megan Murphy to get around the 4000 meter two lap race.
Daire O’Sullivan was our sole competitor in the boys race that was also a combined field. Daire had a solid run out in a competitive field coming 10th in the junior competition and taking a individual bronze with a fifth place in the under 18 category. An very encouraging start to Daires campaign on his return from an injury that say him miss the entire track season.
Novice & Under 23 race:
We had two small but strong teams out for the novice women and men’s races and were rewarded with some excellent medals.
The women’s team took a fantastic bronze team medal to break yet more new ground for our club. Katie Walsh ran a well judged race to make up some serious ground over the final 1000 meters of the 4 kilometers when she put her track speed to good use. Katie finished an excellent 8th overall and 3rd in the under 23 race. Mary Fitzgerald was next across the line in 13th after doing a steady pacing job throughout that was the foundation of Katie’s success.
The two Siobhan’s anchored the team to the medal with Siobhan Walsh just ahead of Siobhan Murphy.
Novice races are notoriously difficult to win and just to put a little context to this medal our last medal was when our women won in 1986 with a team of Michelle Murphy (3rd overall) , Janet O’Callaghan(Now Janet Forrest) M. Walsh , Fiona Casey in a race that was won by none other than Sonia O’Sullivan.
Another bit of trivia from the history books is that current junior/ adults coach Rhona won the title in 1993.
The mens team were unable to replicate the girls heroics but finished fourth out of ten teams.
Willie Walsh , Tony Dunne, Ruaidhri Myers , Don Sheehan and Conor Kelly were unable to replicate the heroes of 1992 when another one of our junior/adults coaching group,Ger Foley, was the fourth scorer on that winning team.
A great return from both our teams and satisfying to see that we can mix it with some of the big adult clubs.
As our quite large contingent of marathon runners gets ready to take on the national championships at the end of the month some of them were putting the finishing touches to their programs by racing the 15 mile Cork to Cobh race organized by Cork BHAA.
Well done to Eileen, Cliona, Sonya, Liza , Caroline, Gus, Adam, Christy and Alan for completing what is a classic amongst the national running community and and growing steadily year on year with almost 900 finishers.
This coming weekend we travel to the west of the city to Carraigadrohid for the county senior and uneven age juvenile championships hosted by West Muskerry AC. Please keep an eye on our social media platforms for travel info and timings later in the week.
01st October, 2019
XC Season Up & Running!
The 2019 club cross country season kicked off last Sunday in bright sunshine and warm conditions with the East Cork Athletics Division Championships. The event was hosted by St. Nicholas AC in the village of Castlelyons with the favorable conditions bringing a strong crowd out to participate and spectate.
The course was a traditional anti clockwise layout with a one kilometer lap and a 500 meter inside loop to make up the various race distances. A dry hard and deceptively hilly course made for a good tough first day out for all squads.
Very encouraging that in the 18 category races we had teams out in 17 and took team medals in 15 of those.
Under 9 to 12s:
Our youngest training group had one of their most successful first day of East Cork competition for some years. The under 10 girls took team silver lead by a terrific individual silver from Lucy Davis in their 1000 meter event.
The boys under 10s were just outside the medals with MJ Walsh they’re top scorer with a close finish for fourth place with a storming last 200 meters.
Under 12 girls were also just outside the team medals but had a good team effort none the less with Faye O’Riordan their top performer with an individual second place finish over the 1500 meter race.
The under 12 boys team bronze medal was built on top of two podium finishes from Cian Ryan (2nd) and Dylan Mulcahy (3rd).
Both 14 girls and boys teams took team gold over they’re respective 2 lap 2000 meter courses , picking up where they left off from last year.
Our first race win of the day went to Ava Fitzgerald and with Aine Sheridan on the third step it set the team well on their way to victory albeit by the smallest of margins.
The boys team did they’re usual hard working performance. No podium places but good solid running throughout the squad set them up for they’re comprehensive win lead all the way by Aiden Maher and Timmy Colbert.
Our second individual win of the day went to Rebecca Kelleher in the girls 3000 meter race and she set up the team for a silver medal behind a strong Youghal AC outfit.
Our boys team took gold again with no podium place but solidly packed behind the individual medals to ease to the title. David Maher was pulling hard at the head of the team throughout their 3000 meter race.
Doing the business as usual our older teenagers swept the board with the team prizes and a fair sprinkling of individual medals.
Sinead Kearney took individual bronze and lead the 18 girls to team gold over their 3000 meter race.
Nessa Wheeler took a hard fought bronze in the under 20 race over the same distance to help secure team silver behind a solid St Cathrines outfit.
The boys 18s 4500 meter race was won by Daire O’Sullivan and contributed greatly to team gold in both 18 and 20 categories.
Senior & Masters.
Our Senior teams fared as well as we could have hoped for with our women relinquishing their title to Youghal AC but taking team bronze as consolation with Jennifer Goggin leading the charge with a fourth place finish.
Our men took team silver behind the always impressive East Cork AC outfit winning the best of the rest competition with a mighty performance from Denis Hegarty mixing it with the big boys up front to take fourth.
Our women’s over 35 team took silver with Jennifer Goggin and Mary Fitzgerald both taking individual silver in their age categories.
The mens over 45 team won their category lead manfully by an individual silver medal performance from Tony Dunne.
The over 35 youngsters took team bronze in their category against strong East Cork AC & Watergrasshill AC outfits.
A wonderful first day out to start off the long season ahead which will hopefully continue right through Christmas and into February for a great many of our athletes.
It was encouraging to see full squads of our youngest athletes forming that with hopefully provide the stars of the future.
Last Saturday three of our clubs coaches completed an Athletics Ireland strength and conditioning workshop. These coach educational resources are an essential part of our continuing efforts to bring the best out of all our athletes. If anyone has any questions about how to get involved in coaching please ask and we will endeavor to put you on this very fulfilling track.
The county even age cross country championships take place this coming Sunday in the north Cork village of Liscarroll. Details of timings and traveling directions will be available on our social media platforms later in the week.
18th September, 2019
05th August, 2019
Sad news everyone.
Unfortunately our clubs president Teddy O’Sullivan has passed away last night peacefully, surrounded by his family at his home in Island , C...arraig na bhFear.
Teddy was one of the founding members of our club and has served as our club president for the last decade. Teddy was an active member on our committee over the years and has hosted numerous cross country county and Munster events on his lands over the years.
We offer our most sincere condolences to Angela and his family at this time.
Teddy’s funeral arrangements can be found on rip.ie or by following this link https://rip.ie/…/timothy-teddy-o-sullivan-carraig-na…/395109
Rosary at the family residence tonight at 2000hrs.
Removal tomorrow from his home from 1600 to 1900 to the church of the immaculate conception, Carraig na bhFear.
Funeral mass on Wednesday at 1400 hrs with burial after in Dun Bolg cemetery.
01st August, 2019
Last weekend the national senior track and field championships were held in Morton Stadium , Santry and our little club had two of our emerging underage athletes competing.
The national seniors is the pinnacle of athletics on this island and is big step up from the underage scene.
The experience from the athletes perspective is of increased performance pressure and meeting all the new experiences of competing on the big stage.
From the moment you arrive at the entrance there is a noticeable difference in atmosphere. More officials in their white polo shirts taking your entrance fee or checking your e ticket. The track itself is Roman amphitheater like as it seems to be set into the ground with a covered stand on one side and terraced banks all around.
Not that it has an unfriendly feel, the opposite really, it’s a hive of nervous smiles and excited chattering athletes. When you take a minute to observe you realize that everyone involved intends to be on their A game from officials, athletes and even the basket carriers that escort every athlete to their competition.
From the check in you realize that there is a new level of bureaucracy brought out at every stage. Two numbers instead of the normal one on your front , now you need to put one on the back also. Navigation of the warm up area and the call room where it could be the first time you get handed a sticker for each leg corresponding with your lane. Where do you stick it? On your hip , your IT band , your shoulder? Onto the track you are paraded and introduced over the public address by the announcer and why is there a TV camera in my face? Oh crap you forgot it’s live on TV.
For any athlete the experience can be nerve wracking but it’s part of the experience and necessary if they aspire to be on that stage.
On Saturday the program is mostly heats on the track and some field event finals. Katie Walsh was the first
of our two into action in the heats of the 400 hurdles at lunchtime.
A smooth run saw Katie through to the final for her second year clocking her third fastest time ever which saw her finish in third place and get a “big Q” after her name.
Her final would be the next evening which is another difference from juvenile competition where the final would be later that day.
The Sunday program kicked of with field events in the mid afternoon and Orla Coffey was in action in the Pole Vault competition.
Technical disciplines like vaulting are all about getting the best out of yourself on the day of competition. Learning to deal with the nerves and developing a championship temperament to hold your nerve when others falter.
Orla seems to be a performer for the big occasion and did the business again last Sunday.
Winning a terrific silver medal in her first appearance at the national senior outdoor competition was a magnificent result. Orla took the medal on count back with a maximum clearance of 3:55 meters and went onto make three attempts at extending her national youth record but it wasn’t to be on this day.
Yet another milestone achievement for Orla and also for Carraig na bhFear AC as it was our clubs second ever national outdoor medal with Orla following in her sister Emma’s footsteps when she medalled in 2017.
As the cameras kicked in for the live coverage at 1730 hrs Katie was back on for her 400 hurdles final at 18:05.
Running a solid first 200 Katie was in a battle for third when she got a little too close to the sixth hurdle and stumbled coming off it, losing precious momentum. Dropping back a bit Katie regained her composure and kept pushing finishing in fifth in her fourth fastest time ever. Rueful of what might have been Katie wasn’t long picking the positives and pointing out she was a dam sight better than last year and now feels she belongs performing at this national level.
A wonderful weekend for our two competing athletes and taking a medal was a terrific achievement.
From a spectators point of view it was an absolute feast of athletics with some terrific races on the track and competitive field events.
Highlights for this commentator, outside our own athletes, where the mens one lap races which were filled with drama and excitement from the heats on Saturday through to the finals on Sunday where the top six of the eight finalists were covered by a little over half a second.
Very enjoyable to see the small number of Cork athletes that participated being competitive and having a very high strike rate with medals.
Under fourteen athlete Aiden Maher won the Juvenile one mile race at last weekends Grange Fermoy AC road race in a time of 6 minutes 18 seconds. Aidens younger sister Robyn also competed flying the flag for our club. Well done to both.
With organized training taking its summer break we will be back on the 22nd of August in the College for the beginning of the XC season.
If anyone is interested in coming along or joining our club this would be the time to take the big step.
Orla Coffey continues her season for one more week as she has been selected to compete in the reconfigured Celtic international which has been rebranded the youth nations cup. It is an under 18 team track and field competition that will be held in Morton Stadium this Saturday and Ireland will take on the England team.
25th July, 2019
Pole vault aficionado Orla Coffey was in action in the schools international competition the SIABs (Schools International Athletics Board) which took place last Saturday in Swansea university’s athletics stadium. Teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England compete against each other in the intermediate schools age group across all the athletics disciplines for individual and overall team medals.
Orla vaulted to another magnificent medal taking silver with a maximum clearance of 3:56 meters. Orla kept a clean card clearing every height she attempted on her first effort which secured the medal on count back as two other competitors equaled her height but had knocked the bar along their way. Another milestone achievement for Orla and one of the high standard targets that she sets herself accomplished.
National league Final:
Eleven of our junior and senior athletes were selected on the East Cork Athletics Division teams that fielded for the national league finals in Tullamore last Saturday.
Both men and womens teams had qualified for the division one final and were at nearly full strength to take on the task of competing against the country’s best club athletes.
32 teams compete for the podium medals in premier and division one finals with eight teams in each division for both men and women.
Every team has to qualify through two rounds of league competitions where only the top eight teams in each get to perform on finals day.
Our womens team qualified by topping division one for the second year but as they learned last year it’s a whole different ball game when national medals are up for grabs with the standard of competition markedly higher.
The mens team didn’t make the final last year but after two hard fought days in the league rounds they made it this year as the seventh of eight teams.
Saturday’s weather was pleasant enough, dry , overcast for the most part with a slight breeze blowing across the track.
The mens team performance was well above their 7th seeding going into the competition and they finished the day in fourth place.
Five of our clubs lads were in action throughout the day and Ciarán Nugent was the only athlete on both teams to win an event when he took 9 points in the 400 hurdles. Ciarán also ran the first leg of the 4X400 with Carraig club mates Arron Callanan and Darragh Walsh on legs two & three to take 5th place and four points.
Arron also ran the 400 flat in a time of 54 seconds flat to take fifth place and another 4 points.
Michael Hand contributed a fine 10 points with a third place finish in the javelin and fifth in the 56lb weight for distance throw.
Ciarán Hurley took on his speciality, the race walk and brought in 7 points for second place over the 3km distance event.
Fourth place for the boys surpassed expectations going into the event and hopefully will sow the seeds for the years ahead to reap rewards in the form of medals.
The girls team were quietly confident of maybe getting some joy from their excellent performance in the league rounds. As they found out last year getting to the final is one thing but it’s a whole different story to be competitive on the day. It was a story of tight margins for the girls as they finished in fourth place loosing out on third place by count back after finishing on the same points total as Kerry County but separated by Kerry’s number of event wins. The East Cork ladies in fact didn’t win a single event but crucially were second in six of their fifteen scoring events.
Katie Walsh continued to lead by example by competing in five events and contributing 18 individual points from three events and also running both relays. Katie set a new PB in the 400 hurdles of 62:72 and was second by a mere tenth of a second.
First year junior Emma Akinkoulie has also proved her worth and stamina by contributing 8 individual points in the 100 and 200 meter sprints. Emma took a massive three tenths of a second off her 100 PB running alongside serious opponents like senior indoor 60 meter champion , City of Lisburn ACs Lauren Roy. Emma also ran in both relays where the team were 2nd & 3rd respectively in the 4X400 and 4X100.
Nessa Wheeler took one for the team when she ran the 3000 meter steeplechase race and finished in third place and took a very valuable 6 points. Nessa also keep her beloved place in the 4X400 relay running leg two even after her steeplechase heroics.
Sarah Constant took on the specialist race walk for the women and took fifth place and a valuable four points.
Martha Quain threw Discus and took on the hammer for the team and came back from the throwing cage outside the arena with 10 points.
Jennifer Goggin was comfortable in the lead of the 1500 meters when tragedy struck and she had to pull up injured. Devastated Jennifer reluctantly pulled out and it was a tough end for her as she was one who has bought into the project from the outset. We wish her a speedy recovery.
With so many “nearly could have beens “ for the women throughout the day it just wasn’t meant to be their day to medal. Loads of positives besides that will hopefully strengthen their resolve to go again next year and crack the podium.
National Relay Championships:
Two of our under 14 boys teams were qualified for national relay finals after the county championships in June.
Both teams traveled to Tullamore on last Sunday to take their place in the second heat of two in the hopes of making the final.
With the A team of Ruaidhri Boyle, Cathal Whooley, Bobby O’Riordan and Theo DeSouza there is a relatively experienced group who have been fourth at nationals for the previous two years.
The B team of Richard Barry , Aidan Maher, Howard O’Connor and Zach O’Connor were newbies at this level of competition with three of the four making their first trip to a national track and field championships.
The weather wasn’t favorable on the afternoon relay competition with heavy rain putting a damper on proceedings.
With two teams drawn on the second heat it was always unlikely that both would get to the final and that’s the way it worked out. The A squad had a smooth run to qualify automatically in second place but despite a fantastic last leg by Richard Barry the second team bowed out finishing in a quite respectable fourth place.
I the final the lads were up against some fairly slick outfits and didn’t manage to put pressure on the medal positions finishing in sixth place.
All Ireland B Championships:
The all Ireland B track and field championships took place alongside the relays in Tullamore last Sunday also. The B ,or development all Ireland’s , in track and field are only open to athletes that did not qualify for national A finals in individual events and are for ages under 12 to 16 inclusive.
Seven of our youngsters were in action in middle distance, sprints, jumps and throws.
Rebecca Kelleher topped the podium in the under 15 girls 800 meters race. Rebecca also took part in the high jump where she was 5th.
Two of Rebecca’s training partners Ciara Keohane and Ellie Twomey also ran in the 15s 800 and finished in 5th and 7th respectively.
Cathal Whooley put the cream on top of a very successful breakthrough season in sprints when he took silver in the under 14 80 meters running a PB time to booth.
Aine Sheridan took her first national track medal with a bronze in the under 14 800 meter race. Aine also threw shot but was down the order in the end.
Ruaidhri Boyle doubled up on his day out with the relay team to take the opportunity to long jump in the under 14s competition taking a silver medal.
Aidan Maher took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the under 14 800 meters as he was traveling with the relay teams also and ran well in his race to finish 6th.
A wonderful return from our young athletes taking the opportunity to perform at the nationals and gain valuable experience that hopefully will see them back next year in the A championships.
This weekend we have three of our athletes entered in the national senior track and field championships which will take place at Morton Stadium in Santry on Saturday and Sunday. Katie Walsh and Ciarán Nugent will hope to get through qualifiers on Saturday for the 400 hurdles final live on RTE TV on Sunday evening.
Orla Coffey will be hoping for a Senior medal in the pole vault competition.
The season has drawn to its conclusion for all but a few of our athletes and all organized training will take a break for a few weeks.
Our intention is to return to training on Tuesday the 20th of August where we intend to support our neighbors in Carraig na bhFear GAA by participating in their annual 5km road race fundraiser. All groups will recommence on Thursday the 22nd in the college playing fields for the start of the XC season training.
16th July, 2019
Odhrna and Orla National Champions!
The final two days of the juvenile national track and field championships were held in Tullamore last weekend and we had twelve athletes in competition over the two days.
The weather on Saturday started off cool but got increasingly warmer and on the Sunday the temperatures were in the mid twenties in blazing sunshine with people scrambling for shade where they could find it. L