A large variety of events this week took the members of Carraig Na Bhfear to all parts of the County with the big event being the South Munster Schools T & F competition in MTU on Tuesday 10th (girls) and Thursday 12th (boys). It was the first time in three years that a full program of events was on offer and our juvenile club members again showed our strength in depth across all track and field disciplines. Qualification for the Munster Schools finals in Templemore on the 21st of May on offer for the first 3 in each event a major incentive.
In Junior girls Faye O’Riordan (St.Angelas) was 3rd in the 75m sprint hurdles and achieved a pb in the high jump but was outside the medals. Lucy Lynch was second in the High Jump with 1:50m and ran the anchor leg for St.Als, Carrigtwohill who took the gold medal. Aoife Martin (Colaiste an Chraoi Naofa) continued her recent good form winning gold in the junior 1500m walk in 6:12, one of the fastest times of the day in all grades! In the Intermediate girls’ competition Laura Moore (Loretto Fermoy) knocked 12 seconds off her pb from the previous week in winning silver in the 3000m race! Odhrna Hurley (GC Mhuire, Cork) held off a close challenge to win Silver in the walk. Aine Sheridan (Colaiste Muire Cobh) had an impressive win in the 300m hurdles in 53:38 and was 4th in the steeplechase. Sarah Kate O’ Meara (Mount Mercy won her 200m heat but was outside the medals which were decided on times. Finally, in the senior girls we had three competitors. Isobel O’Meara (Mount Mercy) had an excellent 3rd place in the 400m in 1:04 and was 4th in the 200m. Caoimhe Geogheghan (St.Mary’s, Midleton) was 3rd in the long jump and 7th in the 100m. Double gold for Lily O’Riordan (St.Angelas) in the 100m hurdles and javelin. Well done all!
In the boys’ competition, Josh Judd (St.Colmans CC, Midleton) won double silver in the discus and hammer events. In the intermediate javelin competition, another fine throw of 42:53 won gold for Timmy Colbert (Colaiste an Chroi Naofa). Aidan Maher (St.Colmans, Fermoy) won double bronze in the U16 mile and 1500m steeplechase. Joel Joseph had a fine jump of 5.57m for first place in the long Jump. Strong performances also on the day for Brian Hawkins (Rochestown College) in the U16 mile and 1500m, Bobby O’Riordan (Presentation college) in the 3k and javelin and Luke Mullins (Presentation College) who competed well in the 800m heat where the first 3 were all sub 2:02! Our senior boys also had good success with Harry Buckley (CBC, Cork) winning the long Jump by 2cm with a huge jump of 6.17m, Timmy Hawkins (Rochestown College) 2nd in 2000m steeplechase and George Alamu (Midleton CBS) winning gold on countback with a pb of 1.75m in the high jump. Good to see Eoin Quirke (Midleton CBS) back in competition running a leg of the 4 x 100m but narrowly missing out on a medal. Great performances by everyone on the day.
Youghal AC 5K: We had several members of our club competing on the new flat course in Youghal with some fast times and plenty of smiles and great photos. David Maher was first Junior male finishing in 10th place overall with a time of 17:21, an excellent time given that he had competed in the 2k steeplechase earlier in the day! Cian Ryan was second JM in a brilliant time of 18 minutes. Great performances for Adam Farrell (19:50), Rhona Lynch (20:12, 1st F45), David O’Riordan (20:34), Cliona Lynch (22.22, 2nd JF), Helen Roche (22:32, 2nd F50), Christy Murphy (23:55), Eileen O’Riordan ((24:06) special mention for Eileen wearing the Carraig singlet for the first time, looking forward to many more appearances for the ladies teams!), Denise Maher (26:58, pb!) and Paul Ryan (27:19) pushed all the way by son Sean! It looked like a very enjoyable race with the finish in the main street, thanks to Rhona for the suggestion as an ideal focus for training.
Park Run: Movin’ on up! Rian O’Luasa had his best finish yet in the Glen River Park Run crossing the line in second place with a time of 21:28, great stuff Rian!
Surf, Turf & Tar: We had a glorious morning in Rosscarbery for this unique, well-organized event with 7 members taking part. An all-terrain race consisting of road, cliff-paths, beaches, dunes, trail, and open field! The half-marathon was a very, very tough course (Paul Noonan wanted to be sure I made that very clear!) Richard Hawkins finished in 26th place in a time of 1:44 winning the M50 category. Paul running strong to the end despite the very, very tough course to finish in 128th place in 2:09 from a field of over 200 runners!
In the 10k event Timmy Hawkins was in the leading group thoroughly enjoying the experience. It was a ‘horses for courses’ race with the eventual winner Alfie Davis unbeaten in the event since its inception in 2017 very much at home in the sand and hills. A nice touch of sportsmanship in the race when Timmy took a wrong turn while leading but his co-leaders waiting for him to come back to the group, Timmy eventually finishing in 3rd place from a field of over 400 runners in 38.12. Excellent performances from Peter Hawkins (21st, 47:45), Brian Hawkins (33rd, 49:57), Liam Colbert with a brave run having suffered a calf strain early on (67th, 49:57) and Yvonne O’Connor (177th, 1hr:02). Plenty of delicious west Cork delicacies to help recovery afterwards!
Look forward: The Munster Schools T & F will take place on the 21st may in Templemore and we will have several athletes in action in the National Leagues representing the East Cork division on Sunday 22nd, again in Templemore.
Report by Richard Hawkins
16 May 2022