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17th April, 2018

Last week was quiet on the competition side but busy none the less with organised training on six of the seven days.
On Saturday our selected junior athletes were in Templemore for the last of the Munster high performance squad training days. The coveted tee shirts were handed out and we'll hope to see the improvements from the high standard technical coaching that was given.
Cork athletics has begun a new initiative this year for athletes born 2003 to 2006 t...o provide coaching and athlete development pathways to gain entry to the national high performance junior squad in 2019 to 2021.
The first day of the Cork Youth Development Initiative was held in CIT last Saturday with a good attendance from Carraig interested athletes and their parents.
If anyone was unable to attend Saturday and is interested in taking part please let your coach know as soon as possible and they will advise you how to register with the county board.

Look forward:

This Wednesday nights training in CIT is canncelled due to the Graded leagues taking place. Our Junior squad will be participating so if your at a loose end why not come along to see them in action.

The East Cork road race championships will be taking place in Ballynoe on Thursday evening the 26th.
Race distances are 3km for women and 8km for men with the club paying entries please let the club captain know if you intend participating.

This coming Saturday the Munster juvenile outdoor multi events and Junior championships are taking place in Templemore. Entries have to be in by midnight tonight so no entries on the day allowed.

The Leevale juvenile sports will be held this Sunday in CIT. Always well attended it promises to be a good run out for athletes before the counties in May.

10th April, 2018

National Indoors:

The third and final day of the national juvenile indoor track and field championships took place last Saturday in Athlone. Rescheduled after the travel chaos caused by the storm "Emma's"  snowfall it was the day one program of events. Our final four were Pole vaulters Emma and Orla Coffey, Martha Quain in Shot put and Michelle Ugwah in long jump.
Martha was first into competition in girls under 18 (3kg) shot Put.
Martha has added shot to her training plan for this year and reaching the national final and throwing a PB is a successful end to her indoor season. Sixth place finish in a field of strong competitors was a satisfactory result and encouraging for the outdoor season.
Michelle was competing in the under 15 girls long jump in her first national competition since winning the outdoor title last year. In a big field of 17 it was a competition of two halves as she needed to secure her place in the top eight after the first three jumps with those eight going on to decide the medals with a further three attempts.
Her first jump of 4:82 had her secure in third position after three jumps and with one hand on a medal.
Her fourth jump was no improvement and a foul on her fifth saw her still in third place with one attempt left.
A final jump of 5:04 saw her leap frog into second and take her first ever national indoor medal, a deserved Silver.

Sisters Emma and Orla Coffey have been setting the national pole vault standard in their respective age groups for a couple of years now and both took two more national titles home in girls under 18 and 17 respectively. Great credit is due them for their dedication to training and temperament in competition that we now have such a haul of national pole vault medals and records in our club to be proud of for years to come.

To summarise the three days of national indoor competition. We qualified 13 athletes to national championships with two of those qualified in more the one event. Two Pole vault titles, two long jump silvers, silver in race walking and a bronze in middle distance for a total of six national medals in the ultra competitive indoor events is a great return. A job well done to all involved and another great start to a years track and field.

East Cork Track and Field.

Day one of the East Cork division track and field championships was held last Sunday in CIT. The weather gods were not kind and decided to dump quite a lot of water on the occasion to try and dampen everyone's enthusiasm for a new season starting.
With a program wide and varied to cater for under 7 year olds up to a mum and dads race it was a day for mass participation and trying new events.
Some of the day's highlights were a good standard men's 800 meter race and the juvenile competitions to decide the destination of the Willie Harte trophy for best juvenile club.
Carraig held their own throughout the day and had some good performances in the middle distance races in particular.
Day two will be held in Youghal on the 29th of April where hopefully better weather will bring big crowds out.

Spring Throws Competition:

Javelin aficionado Meabh Daly traveled to Templemore on last Sunday to compete in the Athletics Ireland Spring throws event. Meabh backed up her recent good performance at the Tipperary Throws festival with a new personal best to take bronze medal with a throw of 34:81 adding another national medal to her name.

Manchester Marathon:

Club captain Jim O'Mahony, vice captain Gus Keohane and under age coach Mick Daly completed the Manchester marathon last Sunday as part of their now annual spring marathon pilgrimage. Congratulations to all.

Duhallow 10 mile:

On what was a very busy Sunday for the club four of our stalwarts took to the roads around Newmarket to complete the Duhallow 10 mile.
Well done to Cliona, Sonya, Dave M and Tony. Can't wait to see those lovely orange teeshirts and hats at training for the coming weeks.

Look forward:

With the track and field season now up and running the competitions will be coming hot and heavy. Please keep in contact with your coaches or keep an eye on our Facebook page for all upcoming events.
The road race season is nearly in full swing now with the longer evenings and on Thursday the 28th the East Cork road championships will take place in the now traditional Ballynoe venue. We'll be making a big effort to have a big presence on the night to support a great event.

27th March, 2018

26th March, 2018

Theo is top performer indoors!

National Juvenile Indoors Day Two:

The second day of three juvenile indoor national track and field meets took place again in Athlone last weekend. In a polar opposite shift in weather over last weekend, the sun was blazing through the glass wall that makes up one side of AITs arena. Six of our athletes would take on middle distance, long jump and short hurdles.

Starting with two of our older juveniles both Nessa Wheeler and Blathnaid Daly took medals at Munster championships to qualify for the national 800 meter under 18 finals. Two heats would provide the finalists with one of our girls in each heat. Both girls had similar stories in their heats where they stuck in the pack up to the last lap only to be unable to stay with the pace and make the top three places to advance to the final. Not the result that they would have hoped for but they live to fight another day with valuable experience of competing on the big stage in the bag.

Two of our younger competitors next in the under 13 600 meters boys and girls were Ruaidhri Boyle and Ava Fitzgerald. Like the girls in under 18 these two had very similar experiences on the day. Heats would decide who would get the coveted final places later in the afternoon and both Ruaidhri and Ava ran very mature heats to make sure they would be hanging around for the day. Ava was third in her heat and Ruaidhi was second both booking the automatic places and not relying on a fastest loser spot.
In Ruaidhri's final later in the day the pace was ferocious from the gun and our man was unable to better his qualifying time of 1:45 as the anti was upped with medals at stake. Another great days racing from Ruaidhri and we look forward to see him put this experience to use as his season develops.
Ava's final was a similar plot with relentless speed from the gun stretching out the field with Ava fighting for every meter as she came home in fifth place running two seconds faster than her heat. Most notably she was first of three Munster girls in the final which is a good marker for her season ahead.

Orla Coffey was taking on the second of her three events that she had qualified in at the under 17 age group. Having long jumped last weekend Orla was running over the 60 meter hurdles this weekend before she takes on her favourite Pole Vault on the last days program.
Two heats to decide the eight lane final would produce some good technicians at this most technical of disciplines. Orla's time of 10:09 was fourth in her heat but not quick enough to make the final eight. Orla will leave the short hurdles behind her as she moves to the 400 hurdles outdoors where hopefully her experience will stand to her.

Theo de Souza was in action in both long jump and 60 hurdles under 13, hoping to keep good early season momentum going.
First up for Theo was his favourite the long jump. Thirteen youngsters were signed in to take three jumps to decide the eight that would go on to three further jumps to decide the medals. Theo's second round jump of 4:40 put him into second place and secure in the final eight.
On to the final he went hoping to defend his place on the podium. After the first of the final three jumps Theo was pushed back to third ,but showing true championship temperament he equalled and then set a new PB of 4:50 to consolidate the silver medal. Off he bounced to the podium to collect his medal and once the ceremony was over had to rush to the call room as his hurdle heats were about to begin. Not phased one bit by the excitement Theo finished second in his heat posting the fourth fastest time of the day.
Theo's final was one of the last races of the day and had a very high standard. Leevales John Cashman won breaking the championship record with Theo in sixth place in a tight race for the other two medals.
Two good consistent runs over the barriers and with the the national standard in Munster Theo will have plenty of high level opposition for the years ahead to develop his craft.


Probably due to our now expected high ratio of medals to competitors some might say that the day wasn't a success but a little perspective is sometimes necessary.
Every one of the athletes that competed in Athlone had to qualify and are champions in their own right from their province but only three get to stand on the national podium. When all is said and done what a wonderful experience it is to compete at the highest level in your country on the biggest stage it provides and bring back stories to inspire and encourage your club mates to reach for their highest level.

Mallow 10:

Our adult members were in action last Sunday when eight of them took on the Mallow 10 mile race. One of a handful of 10 milers around this time of year Mallow that has proved very popular with 1241 runners taking part. Cliona, Yvonne, Janet, Anne Marie, Sonya, Dave and Paul were lead home by Club Captain Jim in his first outing in the role. Well done to all.

Cork Athletics awards night.

Last Friday night Cork athletics county board held their annual awards night where five of our junior athletes were amongst twenty five awarded bursaries in the aspiring young athlete category.
Martha Quain (Throws) ,Michael Hand (Throws), Emma Coffey (Pole vault), Katie Walsh(Sprints/Jumps) and Ciaran Nugent(Sprints) received the awards for their performances throughout the 2017 season.

Look Forward:

This weekend we take a road trip to Kilkenny to the Kilmacow open sports to hone our race craft before the outdoor season kicks into gear in the coming weeks. All athletes are encouraged to attend in what hopefully will be a eventful fun day out.
Four of our under age athletes are still waiting for the rescheduled day one of the indoor nationals and once that is over the club juveniles will launch straight into our outdoor season.
All times and training information can be found on our website or FB page and new members are always made welcome.

20th March, 2018

National rewards at the indoors!

National Juvenile indoor championships:

Last weekend the national indoor juvenile championship eventually got underway after the day one postponement due to the travel restrictions brought about by storm "Emma". The postponed day one program was moved to April so the championships kicked off with the scheduled day two program of events. Athlone was the destination for this away trip for the first four of our twelve qualified athletes.
Having traveled up on St Patrick's day to avoid the forecasted bad weather our decision was justified when we opened our blinds on Sunday morning to two inches of snow. After a short uneventful journey to the venue temperatures outside were at -1 and we were glad not to be in Nenagh. The championships were again held in Athlone ITs state of the art indoor facility with full stands making for a noisy, exuberant atmosphere.
First into action was Ciaran Nugent in the under 19 boys 400 meters. Ciaran qualified with a bronze medal at Munster championships and was hoping to improve and to get to the final from his heats. Three heats would supply the six finalists with the winner of each heat going through with the three fastest losers. Ciaran was drawn in the second heat in the inside lane. Not a great lane draw as the bends indoors are much sharper so being on the inside is a distinct disadvantage.
As the gun set them on their way Ciaran tracked the lads outside him and when the lane break came he was caught on the shin by an athlete cutting in which caused him to check his stride slightly. None the less our man stuck to his task and produced a typical Ciaran late surge with 100 to go coming from third to lead into the home straight. With legs screaming with lactate buildup he began to tie up as the end approached and he was caught on the line by one tenth of a second. No place in the final but another new PB for Ciaran knocking almost a second off his previous best.

Ciaran Hurley was next up in the under 16 boys 1500 meter walks.
Ciaran is an old hand at the technical race walking discipline and has numerous national medals to his name being an ever present on the podium each year. Ciarán qualified as Munster Champion in a time of 8:20(PB) and today he was up against his old rival Matthew Glennon of Mullingar who was 35 seconds faster in his Qualifying race for nationals. Matthew led from the gun and was closely shadowed by Ciarán for the first 400m.  Matthew then put in three sub 50 second laps which put him clear of the field. Meanwhile Ciarán stayed focused and kept his technique solid to also pull 30 seconds clear of North Leitrims Darragh Mitchell who couldn't hold onto Ciaràn.  Matthew won gold with a PB 7:05 and a delighted Ciaran took Silver in a huge PB of 7:40 with Darragh settling for bronze in 8:13. Ciaràn now moves to the outdoor season where his race distance increases to 3000m with this result a launchpad for continued success.

Daire O'Sullivan was busy warming up for the heats of his boys under 17 1500 meters race while the two lads were competing he was surely spurred on as he took control of his heat with 400 meters to go to surge away from the pack winning comfortably to book a place in the final later in the afternoon.

Orla Coffey was in afternoon action also in the girls under 17 long jump. In a twenty strong field Orla would be doing well to make it to the final eight who get an extra three jumps to decide the medals. Orla jumped a very consistent set of three jumps in the high 4:70s to secure her place in the final eight. Jumping in reverse order in the final as seventh she was second to jump. And what a jump she produced 4:99 catapulted her into second with her second longest jump ever. As the round finished her grasp on a medal was short lived as she was pushed back to fourth. With her two remaining jumps she was unable to claw back the 2 cm deficit and finished in the heartbreaking fourth place. A very encouraging set of jumps with no fouls will surely be the building blocks for future success.

Last event of the day was back to Daire O'Sullivan in the boys under 17 1500 meters. Daire had won this race the previous year and was amongst the favourites going to the start line of the final. What a dinger of a race it turned out to be. From the gun Longford ACs Cian McPhilips dropped the hammer setting an unexpected blistering pace. Daire reacted immediately bringing Leevales Tommy Connelly with him. The two boys trailed McPhilips but couldn't match his ferocious pace setting and it became a race between the two boys for silver and bronze. With two hundred meters to go Daire started to tire and came home four seconds behind silver to take a satisfying bronze in one of the races of the day where the winner McPhilips broke the national record and achieved a qualifying time for the European youth olympics this summer.


Four athletes were in action on the first day of events and took two national medals home. Our two others set new standards for themselves to confirm their training and leave with positive feelings.

 Slí Gaeltacht Mhuscraí:

Club masters athlete Dave O'Riordan last St Patricks Day completed the 73km mountain trail race the  Slí Gaeltacht Mhuscraí. The race is ran over various surfaces following a section of the O'Sullivan Beara way through the countryside of west Cork. The underfoot conditions varied from Tarmac, snow, ice and saturated peat bogs but our man made it home in 13 position winning his over fifties category in style to prove that there's life in the auld dog yet!

Look forward:

Next weekend sees five more of our underage head to Athlone for the second day of indoor all Ireland's.
Our club will be taking a road trip to Kilkenny to participate in the Kilmacow open sports on the Monday of the Easter weekend. All ages are encouraged to participate and you have any questions please feel free to discuss with your coaches.
As always club information around training and upcoming events can be found on our website and FB page.

14th March, 2018

Club Clothing Sale!
Next Thursday night @1945 hrs there will be a shop open upstairs in the gym where you can purchase club apparel.

05th March, 2018

Athlete of the month time again!
This months featured athlete is one of our multi talented juniors. A prolific trainer and ferocious competitor who recently bagged a full set of Gold,Silver and Bronze Munster medals at the juvenile indoors.
Third in 60 hurdles,second in long jump with a new PB and winning the pole vault emphatically.
Honored at the east Cork awards for pole vault victories in last years indoor and outdoor nationals and was short listed for athlete of the year....
Earlier in the month while competing at senior national level for the first time in the pole vault final in Abbotstown set a new PB and placed seventh.
Give it up for Orla Coffey!🍾

26th February, 2018

Daire Scoops top East Cork Award!

East Cork awards:

Last Friday night the East Cork athletic association presented an awards night for all national medal winning athletes from the Club 2017 Track and Field and Cross Country seasons. Carraig had thirty national medal winners and took home the trophies for best cross country club for boys and girls. Middle distance athlete Daire O'Sullivan was awarded the East Cork athlete of the year for his performances in track and field. Daire won the Munster 800 and 1500 indoors in under 16 boys, the 1500 and 3000 in the outdoors. His stand out performances were taking the 1500 indoor national title and 3000 meter outdoor crown at nationals also.

Munster juvenile indoors:

Last weekend the Munster under 13 to 19 juvenile indoor track and field championships took place in Nenagh Olympics arena. We had sixteen years in competitors over the two days competing in nine different disciplines. The temperatures were low as usual in Nenagh and warm drinks and long warm ups were the order of the days.

60 meter Hurdles:
We had three competitors in the hurdle events, the youngest being Theo DeSouza in under 13s. This was Theo's first year of hurdle competition at Munster level and he exceeded expectations by not only qualifying for the final by coming second in his heat, but brought his time down again in the final to finish fourth in a really competitive field. Theo now qualifies for the nationals and with some more work will surely be one to watch.
Lilly O'Riordan was in action in the under 15s race. Lilly has come to hurdles from her background in multi events and had a wonderful run in her heat to qualify fourth fastest for the final in another seriously high standard field. With sprints being a bit of a lottery and adding five hurdles into the mix to increase the difficulty factor, catching one or more hurdle can spell disaster. Disaster struck for Lilly in her final when she clipped one of the barriers and came done hard. Bouncing back up and finishing like a true warrior but , cruelly, Lilly's chance was gone. Brighter days ahead for this multi talented girl.
Orla Coffey was in the blocks for the under 17 race which was a straight final. Orla had solid runs over senior and junior 2foot 9inch high hurdles in the munsters in January and was hoping for a good show over the lower 2'6" high barriers at her age category. Never one to disappoint on the big day Orla put in a cracking bronze medal run close to her PB in 10:06 her fastest this year.

Long jump:

Four long jumpers were in action over the two days and really brought home the bacon.
Theo DeSouza was in action again in under 13s. Theo is last years outdoor champion so has a bit of pedigree in the event. Jumping a solid first three jumps he was in second place going into the final three jumps when the fifteen strong field was cut to eight.
Theo laid down another three solid jumps but didn't improve on his longest of 4:30 meters but, held on to take a silver medal and goes to nationals in his second event as a real contender.
Michelle Ugwah was also another national outdoor champion from last year competing for the first time this season. Michelle is a long jump specialist and will be a force to be reckoned with as the season develops. Jumping a little below her last years best Michelle took bronze on the day with a jump of 4:90 meters and will now go on to nationals with some valuable competition under her belt.
Bolu Ugwah is Michelle's younger sister and is following in her sisters footsteps in the sandpit of the long jump. In her first ever Munster competition Bolu competed in under 13s and showed that she's made of the same explosive ability as her sister with a sixth place finish. Putting in six consistent jumps hitting the board each time is promising and will she is one to watch as her season unfolds.

Orla Coffey our under 17 multi event star put in yet another championship performance by breaking the 5meter barrier for her first time in competition. Putting in a consistent series of jumps her new PB of 5:06 meters was good enough for silver and only an agonising 1 cm off the winning jump. This was Orla's first ever individual Munster long jump medal and she now heads off to nationals in a confident mood.

High jump:

Bobby O'Riordan was in action in boys under 13 high jump in his first Munster indoor outing. Bobby is another multi eventer and has trained consistently to improve his jumping over the winter and it paid off with a new PB of 1:30 meters and a fifth place finish. Bobby will go into Munster multi events in April with a spring in his step and hoping for more progress.

Ava Fitzgerald is another who has found a taste for multi events and has been putting some work into improving her high jumping technique. She certainly achieved that with a new PB of 1:30 and a sixth place finish from a field of seventeen is seen a huge progress by everyone involved.

Shot Put:

Martha Quain was our sole putter in action over the weekend. Martha specialises in Discus and has multiple national medals to her credit and this season she has decided to add another string to her bow and educate herself in the dark arts of the shot. Having competed in Munster juniors in January to get a feel for the technical side of the event. Martha seems well on her way now throwing a new PB to take a silver medal in the under 18 competition.


Ciaran Nugent was in action in both the 400 and 200 meters in under 19s over the weekend. Ciaran ran very close to his PB to take a hard fought bronze medal in the 400 on Saturday and will now go to nationals hoping to continue the improvement he has shown already this season.
On Sunday Ciaran stepped down to the 200 meters for the first time in a bid to improve his 400 times by racing the shorter sprints this season to gain the ever elusive hundreds of seconds each improvement requires. Running the fifth fastest time of the day wasn't enough to get into the four lane final but was a decent first race marker.

Blaithnaid Daly made her debut at Munster indoor 400s in under 18 girls hoping to set down an early season mark as she experiments with the sprint distances coming from a middle distance background. Mixing it with the speed merchants for the first time didn't phase Blaithnaid and she posted the seventh fastest time of the day.

Middle distance:

Ava Fitzgerald and Leah Dunne were toeing the start line of the girls under 13 600 metres. Coming off the back of a long and successful cross country season the girls were drawn in the same heat which was the second of five used to divide the twenty strong field. With medal positions being decided on times overall it was a bit of a lottery with kids hoping to get a fast heat and then trying to win or place in the top three.
Ava won her heat and Leah was third in the same heat so they could do no more than wait to find out the results of the timing clock.
Ava's time of 1:54 was good enough for a fabulous bronze and Leah's clocking of 2 minutes flat saw her in 10th place overall.
Ava now goes on to nationals where heats and a final will decide the medals and Leah will ponder what might have been. This is the cruel world of track running but Leah will have better days over the season.

Bobby O'Riordan and Ruaidhri Boyle also had to participate in the heat lottery in under 13 boys 600 meters. Twenty eight boys split into four heats made for busy races. Bobby was in the first heat and finished strongly to come home fourth and an overall placing of eleventh.
Ruaidhri's heat three was a different affair as our man ran from the front in a brave solo effort to lay down a winning time. Ruaidhri won his heat by eleven seconds in a time of 1:49 but, with the fourth and final heat to come he had to wait and see if his time was good enough. The last heat was a good standard with the first two times coming from it and four of the top eight. Ruaidhri ended up in an agonising fourth overall and with only three going to nationals he missed out by 25 hundreds of a second.

Kathryn O'Mahony and Rebecca Kelleher were running their first race over 800 meters amongst twenty other girls split into three heats. Medals decided on times again for the girls meant that getting in the fastest heat was crucial. Rebecca got the fastest first heat and ran well to come home fourth for an overall placing of eleventh. Kathryn came in second in her second heat but with it being slightly slower than the fast first she placed ninth overall. Valuable experience for the girls as they dip their toes into track and field and find what distance suits their abilities best.

Nessa Wheeler and Blaithnaid Daly were in the straight final of the under 18 girls 800 race and had our most successful race of the day. Nessa took the victory comfortably to win her first Munster title and Blaithnaid ran a storming last 200 meters to pinch bronze by less than one second for her first ever Munster medal at this distance. Both will now go to nationals and will have a month to prepare.

Joseph Daly was back in action after a period out with illness and he was a little off his best in the under 18 800 meters. In a high quality field the pace got to him from the outset and he was surely still feeling the effects of being ill. Joseph will bounce back and get back to his best for junior outdoors in late April.

Pole Vault:

Orla Coffey was vaulting in under 17 girls and won comfortably with a best of 3:00 meters. Orla moved the bar to 3:16 for a cheeky but ultimately unsuccessful attempt at the championship record which is held by older sister Emma. Maybe the start of a sibling rivalry to spice thinks up for the future between two of Munster's most promising vaulters.


Another hugely success filled weekend where we took ten medals and eight qualified for nationals from the sixteen competitors that traveled. Added to this our two qualified walkers Sarah Constant and Ciaran Hurley plus Daire O'Sullivan and Emma Coffey who availed of an open entry we'll have twelve going to nationals. Two Munster champions and loads of new personal bests is a bonus. It was encouraging to see that all our athletes were competitive in their fields and not merely making up the numbers. Great to see kids trying out new disciplines and finding that they're suited to them and all positive feelings going into the track and field season.

Look Forward:

With the Munster indoor season behind us our athletes heading for nationals will be upping their efforts for Athlone in March. The focus for everyone else will be moving to the beginning of the outdoor season in April where we hope to reveal and develop the next generation of Carraig stars.

Cork Athletics International Awards Night:

Five of our Junior track and field athletes are being presented bursaries by the county board this Friday night at a ceremony in the Imperial hotel. Martha Quain ( Discus) ,Emma Coffey (Pole vault) ,Katie Walsh (Sprints/Jumps) , Ciaran Nugent(Sprints) and Michael Hand (Javelin) were selected by a sub committee in the aspiring athletes(under 17-20) category.

Training times as always can be found on the website and FB page. New members are always welcome and now is a great time to start at the beginning of the track season. Please let your coaches know if you would like to try some new discipline for the 2018 season.

20th February, 2018

Coffey's Conquer Abbotstown:

National senior indoors:

Last weekend Pole vaulting siblings Emma and Orla Coffey travelled once again up the M7 to compete in a national competition. This time the national senior Pole vault saw them compete against each other in the premier event.
Orla is under 17 this year and therefore eligible to compete at senior level and so far this year hasn't been out of her depth. In a field of fourteen Orla put in another championship performance to set a new PB of 3:05 meters and finish in seventh place.
Emma is in her second year at senior level and last year took bronze in this event. Hoping to replicate that result or better Emma had her work cut out with an improving cohort of young vaulters vying for the three medals. The class leader is Ellen McCartney from City of Lisburn AC who won the under 20 title three weeks earlier with a clutch of women including Emma hot on her heels.
In pole vault, like high jump, count back is used to separate athletes who archive the same height. This was the case for Emma when she snatched a bronze medal from training partner Clodagh Walsh of Abbey Striders by clearing all her attempts first time. Topping out at 3:20 was a little off her best but she has to be happy and proud as we are with yet another national medal. Ellen
McCartney went on to take the title and set a new national junior record of 3:72 meters.

East Cork awards night.

Every spring time the East Cork athletics association host an awards night for all national medalist in the previous year. 2017 was a year of phenomenal success for the club across all disciplines of athletics and therefore we have thirty athletes invited to attend the awards night in the Midleton Park hotel this Friday night. Underneath is a small piece on each athlete written by club secretary Mick Daly.

Faye O’Riordan GU11 XC
2017 was a super year for Faye both on the track and in XC. In the Munster U10 XC Faye produced a storming run to win the gold medal for the second year running, she finished off her year in superb form with a gun to tape victory the All-Ireland ‘B’ XC Championships.
Conor Gardner BU11 XC
Conor had his breakthrough year in 2017. He trained well all year and kept improving as the XC season progressed culminating in a super run in the Cork singlet in Waterfordwhere he helped his county team to the Bronze medals.
Lucy Lynch GU12 XC
Lucy competed strongly in multi events and a number of track events in 2017 but she really came to form in XC winning her counties and helping her Girls U12 team to East Cork & County gold medals, Munster silver medals, and the All Ireland Silver medals in Abbotstown.
Sinead Hurley GU12 XC
Sinead was a new addition to our club last year. She was a fantastic addition to our girls U12 XC team helping them to the East Cork & County gold medals, Munster silver medals, and the All Ireland Silver medals in Abbotstown.
Kate Fennessy GU12 XC
Kate was another new addition to our club last year. She was a fantastic addition to our girls U12 XC team helping them to the East Cork & County gold medals, Munster silver medals, and the All Ireland Silver medals in Abbotstown.
Ava Fitzgerald GU12 XC
Ava had an incredible year in 2017, competing strongly over 600m on the track but she really excelled in XC. Ava led both her Girls U12 team and the Girls U13 team to National silver medals, and in the process also helped her Cork and Munster teams to glory.
Leah Dunne GU12 XC
Leah had a superb year in 2017. While she showed great speed on the track it was in her favoured XC that she really excelled helping her Girls U12 team and the Girls U13 team to National silver medals, and also helping her Cork team to glory.

Isabelle Kelleher GU12 XC
Isabelle had great success in XC in 2017. A talented gymnast she put in a lot of effort during the XC season and improved with each race, helping her Girls U12 team to the East Cork & County gold medals, Munster silver medals, and the All Ireland Silver medals.
Sam O’Sullivan BU12 T&F
Sam had an excellent year in 2017. Competing in relays, sprints and long jump Sam was no stranger to the podium but the highlight of his year was winning a bronze medal for long jump in the All-Ireland ‘B’ T&F Championships.
Theo De Souza BU12 T&F
Theo had an excellent year in 2017. Competing in relays, sprints and long jump Theo was no stranger to the podium but the highlight of his year was winning the National gold medal for long jump with a PB of 4.47m.
Ruaidhri Boyle BU12 XC
Ruaidhri had a very good year in 2017. He was very impressive in multi events and especially in 600m track races but it was in XC that he really excelled leading his boys U13 team to much success, he finished his season winning an All-Ireland medal with Cork in Abbotstown.
Mary Dorgan GU13 XC
Mary has been a very consistent performer on Carraignavar XC teams over the last few years and 2017 was no exception, Mary helped her team to East Cork, County and Munster Gold medals and National silver medals.
Ciara Keohane GU13 XC
Ciara had an outstanding year in 2017. Competing in middle distance on the track she built up great speed which she put to good use in her best ever XC season helping her team to East Cork, County and Munster Gold medals and National silver medals.
Rebecca Kelleher GU13 XC
2017 was a super year for Rebecca. Competing strongly in Middle distance on the track, she worked incredibly hard in XC where she helped her team to East Cork, County and Munster Gold medals and National silver medals and also won medals on Cork U13 & U14 XC teams.

Kathryn O’Mahony GU13 XC
Kathryn was superb in 2017, both on the track and in her favoured XC. On the track she showed incredible speed from 200m to 800m then in XC she helped her team to East Cork, County and Munster Gold medals and National silver medals.

Ellie Twomey GU13 XC
Ellie had an outstanding year in 2017. She was part of a very strong U13 team winning East Cork, County and Munster medals. She had her best race of the season in the All-Ireland ‘B’ XC where she won an individual bronze medal with an excellent 9th place finish.
John Wiggington Barrett BU13 XC
John only took up athletics in the XC season and he was an instant success, leading his team to County gold medals in both U13 & U14. At the All-Ireland ‘B’ XC in Galway John produced his best run ever winning an individual bronze medal and a gold medal with the Cork team.
Michelle Ugwah GU14 T&F
Michelle missed most of the 2017 T&F season only making her debut in the Munster T&F Championships she came a very good 2nd in the Long Jump. At the All-Ireland T&F she showed her potential with a huge PB of 5.14m to claim the gold medal.
Ciaran Hurley BU15 T&F
Ciaran continues to go from strength to strength in the race walking event. In 2017 Ciaran won Munster gold medals both indoors and outdoors and was second in both the indoor and outdoor National T&F Championships.
Cliona Lynch GU15 XC
Cliona missed the track season and most of the XC season due to injury but she bounced back in the Munster B XC where she helped her Cork team to the gold medals. At the All-Ireland B XC she had another strong run to help Cork to the silver medals.
Orla Coffey GU16 T&F
Orla had a fantastic year in 2017. She competed strongly in multi events and middle distance but her biggest success came in the Pole Vault where she won both the indoor and outdoor National Championships.
Daire O’Sullivan BU16 T&F
Daire had an incredible year in 2017 over all the middle distance events. In the Indoor T&F Daire took gold over 1500m in both Munster and Nationals. In the outdoor T&F he was equally impressive over 3000m winning both Munster and National gold medals.
Martha Quain GU17 Discus
Martha was in superb form again last year. In her chosen event of Discus she was a hard lady to beat, she won both the county and Munster gold medals before throwing a new pb in the All-Irelands to claim the silver medal.
Emma Coffey GU17 PV
Emma was once again unstoppable in Pole Vault competitions both indoors and out. She won the Munster and National pole Vault championships both indoors and outdoors breaking records all the way.
Joseph Daly BU17 XC
Joseph had a mighty year in 2017. He competed strongly on the road, in T&F and in XC. A very strong run from Joseph saw him secure a bronze medal with the Cork team in the All-Ireland U17 XC Championships.
Michael Hand BU17 T&F
Michael had a very impressive year in 2017. He kicked it off with a gold medal for javelin in the Counties then repeated the feat in the Munsters throwing a new pb of 45.86m. At the National T&F Michael finished his year with a superb bronze medal.
Maebh Daly GU18 T&F
Maebh had an incredible year in 2017 in all her Javelin competitions. She won both County and Munster titles then followed that up with superb silver medal finishes in both the National schools T&F and the All-Ireland’s

Christine O’Flynn GU19 XC
Christine was in great form again throughout the XC season. She ran well all season which she rounded off with a bronze medal with the Cork team at the All-Ireland XC Championships in Waterford.
Katie Walsh GU19 T&F
Katie had an incredible year in 2017, winning national medals in both track and XC. At the All-Ireland T&F Katie won silver medals in both High Jump and 400m Hurdles then in the National XC Championships she won a Bronze medal with the Cork team.
Rebecca Kearney GU19 T&F
Rebecca had an outstanding year in 2017. All her hard training paid off with a win in the 3k walk event at the Munster T&F which she followed up with a victory in the Nationals in July.

12th February, 2018

Fantastic Faye's national gold!

National juvenile B cross country championships:

Last weekend the very last juvenile cross country event of the 2017 season took place in Clarinbridge, Co Galway. The national B cross country championships are open to any athlete who did not take a medal of any sort in the even or uneven age championships in late last year. 
Carraig have always had a great deal of success at these championships and last Sunday was another huge day for our young guns.
Having had such a success filled national A championships taking 27 medals, our teams were stripped of so many that it was a great credit to the coaches and parents to get two teams out for girls and boys under 13s.
We also had two individual entries with Faye O'Riordan in under 11s and Cliona Lynch in under 15s.

First into action on a bitterly cold morning was Faye in the under 11 race. Running up in age Faye wasn't intimidated one little bit by her 103 strong opposition as she tore into the 1000 meter race up the front with the leading pack as they fought through the first uphill 500 meters. As the race turned to come back down to the finish Faye moved to the front and as she turned the corner on to the finish straight their was no footprints in the snow ahead of her as she was 20 meters clear in the lead. Holding her advantage Faye crossed the line as all Ireland champion. A fantastic achievement for Faye and for the club as Carraig also won this race last year with Lucy Lynch who was there cheering on her training buddy. Faye also lead Cork to County team gold.

The under 13 teams were hit by the winter flu bug and lost some of their team mates late on. The girls team  went to the start line with three where Ellie Twomey, Odhrna Hurley and Jessica Murphy bravely battled the conditions like true warriors. 
Ellie ran the race of her career so far right up the front and took her first ever individual medal coming home in ninth place. A fabulous national individual medal added to by being third scorer on the silver medalling Cork team was a big statement from this ever improving young woman.

The boys team were desperately unlucky to be only five points off a bronze medal in fifth place. 
Disappointment was eased by the terrific performance of John Wiggington Barrett who took an individual medal with a fourth place finish. John added a county gold team medal as the second scorer on the Cork team and now surely puts himself in the one to watch for the future category. The team scores were completed by Bobby O'Riordan, Cathal Whooley and Odhran McCarty.
The strong squad of young men we have at this age saw a second team on the score board consisting of Adam McCarthy, Conor Dalton, Aaron Sheehan, Rian O'Luasa and Luke Mullins. A great experience for the lads and hopefully a launchpad for future adventures.
Our last competitor of the day was Cliona Lynch in the under 15 girls race. Conditions had deteriorated with snow now falling heavily on our athlete and supporters to add another level of difficulty to the task. Cliona had a fantastic run coming home third scorer on the silver meddling Cork team. A great end to her long cross country season.

So to summarise the days labours. From the fifteen young athletes that travelled to Galway they brought home seven national medals. Three individual medals with one national champion. A great return for their efforts in difficult conditions and more invaluable experience gained to bring with them as they grow and develop as competitors.

Munster indoor walks:

Two of our juvenile walkers kicked off their season in style at the Munster indoors in Nenagh last Sunday. Sarah Constant and Ciaran Hurley both medaled in their 1500 meter races.
Ciaran defended his Munster title from last year in under 16 boys and Sarah took bronze in the under 19 girls race. Both now will prepare for national indoors in March.

Inter-varsities indoors:

Carraig senior athlete Ruairi Myers ran the 3000 meter race at the IUAA indoor championships last Friday in Athlone ITs indoor arena. Ruairi was representing CIT and ran close to his indoor PB coming fifth in his heat. Ruairi will next be in action for CIT at the inter-varsities cross country championships.

John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile:

Nine of our prolific road racers traveled to Waterford on Sunday the 4th of February to take on the Dungarvan 10 mile. Jim, Gus, Martin, Mick, Paul, Liza, and Cliona all declared to be delighted with their efforts. Top performers on the day goes to Mary Fitzgerald who was 6th in her category and Dave O'Riordan who lead everyone home with a 15th place finish in his category. 

Look forward:

With the club cross country 2017 season now completed, all eyes now focus on Track and field events. Preparations are well underway for the juvenile Munster indoors on the final weekend of February. Some of our adults are winding up for their spring and summer marathon efforts. Times and locations of training as always on our website https://sites.google.com/site/carraignabhfearac/home and Facebook page.

29th Jan, 2018
Emma secures medal in the vault!

National junior indoors:

Athlone was where the action took place last weekend as the best and brightest of up and coming talent competed for honours at the national junior and under 23 indoor championships. Two of our junior athletes were participating in the ten strong field in women's pole vault. Orla and Emma Coffey were optimistic off the back of a successful trip to Wales the previous week to push for more improvement on early season good form.
Orla was first into the competition when the bar reached 2:40 meters. Keeping the all important clean card through to 3:00 meters she bowed out at that stage after equalling her outdoor PB and securing a fourth place finish. A brilliant new indoor PB from a great championship performer.
As Orla was leaving the completion after her three attempts at 3:10, Emma was just getting started. Going clear to 3:30 she now had a bit of work to do. Taking three attempts to clear she was secure in the silver medal position and now had three more attempts at a new indoor PB of 3:40. Always the entertainer , Emma took to her third attempt to clear 3:40, but did so to huge cheers from the enthralled crowd. Making three solid efforts at 3:50 to keep City of Lisburn's Ellen McCartney honest who went on to claim victory at that height.
Another national medal for Emma and another incremental step forward for both girls has to be deemed a great success to the days efforts.

South Munster Schools Cross Country:

Last Friday in the Tramore Valley park on the south city link the South Munster schools cross country was held. Two of our junior athletes were competing in the school intermediate grade. 
Nessa Wheeler was representing Scoil Colaiste Daibheid in the 3000 meters girls race. Nessa came home in an excellent seventh place off the back of a solid recent block of training.
Daire O'Sullivan continues his rehabilitation to full fitness with a good fourth place in the 4000 meter boys race. Representing Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Daire will now go on to Munster schools on the 23rd in Waterford IT with confidence. 

Look forward:

Training continues to gather pace and focus as the juvenile indoors approaches. Some teams are preparing for the all Ireland B cross county championships and our adults are well into their spring marathon programs.


Note from the Chairman.

On Thursday 15th of February 2018 at 8 pm at the Community Hall in Carraignavaar. 

All adult club members, parents and interested junior members are welcome and urged to attend at this year's AGM. It is a great opportunity for you to see the workings of your athletic's club from the inside, see how the finances work and hear about the successes and hopes and plans for the coming year. It also allows you to have a direct input into the Club and there is always a great welcome for anyone who wants to help out or assist as an officer of the Club. 
Clearly the Club is growing in terms of numbers of members and experiencing great interest and success particularly at juvenile and junior level. We want to keep that going and holding a vibrant and informative AGM will be important to frame and focus the Club for the year ahead. 
We look forward to seeing you on the 15 th February !!
Philip Coffey

23rd Jan, 2018

Podium for Katie at nationals!

National indoor pentathlon:

We had one competitor in Athlone IT last Saturday taking part in the national indoor pentathlon championships. Katie Walsh was putting her versatility to the test when she took on the Junior women's event. Indoor pentathlon for junior women differs slightly from the juveniles in small technicalities, but as the saying goes, "the devil is in the detail".
First event of the day was 60 meters hurdles. The difference in adult hurdles from the youths is that the height goes to 2foot 9inches and they are spaced further apart. Katie has put in some good showings in Junior and Senior Munster indoors improving her times with each event. Lining up on the blue tartan of Athlone for the first time alongside some of the countries elites inspired another PB performance. Katie knocked three tenths off her previous best, bringing her within three one hundreds of a sub 10 sec clocking.
A two hour break before her next event ,the high jump. All the women and youth competitors were jumping on one mat together and with over twenty competitors the positioning of marks and warm up to the end of competition took two hours and fifteen minutes. Katie came in at 1:45 meters with the bar going up in increments of 3cm meaning a new PB was on the cards if she could manage to stay in the competition until 1:61. She did just that and cleared it first go and gave 1:64 a fair rattle also. That PB moved her into third place in the overall in the junior competition with a 170 point lead over the fourth placed athlete. 
She would potentially need every one of those points as she now moved into her weaker events shot putt and long jump. Having only ever dabbled in the two events as a juvenile she hoped not to haemorrhage too many points to hold onto her podium place. Managing to get in an above her average effort in both events with only three attempts per discipline was good enough for her to hold onto her lead but worryingly it was cut to fifty points.
Down to the last event it went , as it seems to in the majority of cases, the 800 meters.
Needing to not lose by more than five seconds to her closest rival, Katie did much more. Running the third fastest time of the day and setting another PB with a fantastic last 200 meters burst of speed to secure Carraigs first national medal of the year.
Another first for a young woman who's not afraid to challenge herself and push out of her comfort zone. A worthy leader of our growing multi events squad.

Vault Cardiff:

Pole vaulting siblings Emma and Orla Coffey traveled to Cardiff over last weekend to participate in the vault Cardiff open meet. One of three annual events put together by UK athletics to promote pole vaulting the girls have participated in London last year and traveled again this year to help kickstart their seasons. Both girls vaulted close to their bests, were happy with their efforts and most importantly enjoyed their weekend away.


Note from the Chairman.

On Thursday 15th of February 2018 at 8 pm at the Community Hall in Carraignavaar. 

All adult club members, parents and interested junior members are welcome and urged to attend at this year's AGM. It is a great opportunity for you to see the workings of your athletic's club from the inside, see how the finances work and hear about the successes and hopes and plans for the coming year. It also allows you to have a direct input into the Club and there is always a great welcome for anyone who wants to help out or assist as an officer of the Club. 
Clearly the Club is growing in terms of numbers of members and experiencing great interest and success particularly at juvenile and junior level. We want to keep that going and holding a vibrant and informative AGM will be important to frame and focus the Club for the year ahead. 
We look forward to seeing you on the 15 th February !!
Philip Coffey

Look forward:

Training continues to roll forward despite the best efforts of the winter weather as we prepare for Munster indoors and all Ireland B cross country. Times and locations as always on our Facebook and web page. Some of our teenagers will be stretching their legs this Friday in the south Munster schools cross country, the start of the school XC season.

23rd Jan, 2018
Four out of four at senior indoors:

Off to Nenagh again last Sunday. Four of our track and field athletes took on six different disciplines at Munster senior championships. The temperatures were thankfully higher than the previous weekend making for a more pleasant experience for all.

First into action was Katie Walsh in the 60 meters hurdles. Putting in some racing over the shorter hurdle distance as she prepares for junior all Ireland pentathlon next weekend Katie knocked two tenths off last weekends clocking on her way to taking her first ever senior gold medal.
After a short break Katie was back in the infield area taking part in long jump. Not one of her stronger events, it was all about getting some competitive experience in.
Minutes after completing her six jumps the competitors were called to high jump, her next event.
Jumping on tired legs she was slightly off her best but still did enough to take Silver behind Killarney's Ciara Kennelly who set a new championship record.
In men's 3000 meters Ruairi Myers took on a strong field of eight runners. Clocking a time of 9:33 in his first year as a full senior Ruairi took Bronze for his efforts. A great result from this young man who's constantly improving.
Ciaran Nugent was next on the track tackling his favourite discipline the 400 meters. Drawn in the outside lane in the third heat of three Ciaran had a real flyer inside him, Dan Finnerty in the singlet of home club Nenagh Olympic.
Finnerty hit the afterburners from the gun and was up on Ciarans shoulder well before the stagger had unwound. Through 200 in 25seconds and Ciaran was struggling to hold the Nenagh man until 100 to go and our man started to reel him in. Down the home straight and Ciaran squeezes the last bit of energy out of his legs to get ahead and stop the clock at 53:68. An improvement on last weeks time and good enough for another bronze medal, Ciarans first senior silverware and confirmed his good showing the previous week.
Last competitor of the day for Carraig was Emma Coffey in senior pole vault. Looking for an improvement on last weeks performance Emma did just that, equaling the best jumps of her competitors and taking Silver on count back with three women on 3.15 meters.
So another day of success and firsts for the athletes and club with all four who competed taking medals home.
Performance of the day was Ruairi Myers taking bronze in the 3k men's race. What steady improvements he has made in his junior and under 23 years have turned him into a competitive senior athlete and great role model for our younger members.

Trail running:

Carraig masters athlete Dave O'Riordan continues 2018 where he started last year by competing in the Munster mountain running associations Corrin hill race. Coming in third in his category sets him on his way to a competitive season in the winter league.

Look forward:

Katie Walsh heads to Athlone this Saturday to compete in junior national indoor heptathlon and Pole vaulting sisters Emma and Orla Coffey are heading to Cardiff to take part in an open international Pole vault meet on Sunday. Information on the Cardiff event can be found here http://www.vaultcardiff.co.uk/home/4590910896
Training continues unabated with national B cross country and Munster indoor championships creeping quickly up on us.

Club membership is due and a registration night will be held on Thursday the 18th upstairs in the Gym at 1930hrs.
Juvenile membership is €35, Senior membership costs €40 and  includes:
· AAI registration.
· Insurance.
· Entry to  AAI championship events.
· Subsidised club gear.
· Group training ,coaching and training  advice.

First time registrations (New members) who intend to compete in AAI events will be obliged to purchase a singlet on registration.
€15 for juvenile and €25 for adult sizes.

20th Jan, 2018

Notice of AGM
Notice of AGM for Carraig na Bhfear AC
On Thursday 15th of February 2018 at 8 pm at the Community Hall in Carraignavaar.

All adult club members, parents and interested junior members are welcome and urged to attend at this year's AGM. It is a great opportunity for you to see the workings of your athletic's club from the inside, see how the finances work and hear about the successes and hopes and plans for the coming year. It also allows you to have a direct input into the Club and there is always a great welcome for anyone who wants to help out or assist as an officer of the Club.
Clearly the Club is growing in terms of numbers of members and experiencing great interest and success particularly at juvenile and junior level. We want to keep that going and holding a vibrant and informative AGM will be important to frame and focus the Club for the year ahead.
We look forward to seeing you on the 15 th February !!
Philip Coffey

01st Jan, 2018

Carraig na bhFear AC year in review.

The year 2017 has been the most successful in the clubs history with phenomenal success in juvenile track and field and cross country.
The year started with indoor track and field where Emma Coffey took the clubs first senior national track and field medal when she took silver in womens pole vault at national senior indoors.

Over the two weekends of national juvenile indoor championships the club had ten athletes taking four national titles, two silver medals, five personal bests and set one new national record in girls under 17 pole vault.
Amongst the results Daire O'Sullivan was crowned boys under 16 1500 meters champion in Athlone IT in February , Orla Coffey took under 16 pole vault as did Emma Coffey in the under 17, smashing the national record.

In March new ground was broken by our Pole vault star Emma Coffey when she was awarded Cork City Sports Athlete of the month. Emma had also been honoured by the East Cork athletics board as their athlete of the year for 2016 at the annual awards in February.

As the year advanced into spring and summer the club focus moved to outdoor track and field competition.
Sweeping up hatfuls of medals through East Cork, County and Munster competitions eventually qualifying fifteen athletes who would go on to compete for national honours at the juvenile championships.
Daire O'Sullivan took another national title in under 16 boys 3000 meters. National titles in race walking, pole vault fell to Carraig athletes over the three days of competition. Theo de Souza and Michelle Ugwah took gold in under 12 and 14 long jump respectively.
The clubs medal haul of Six golds and five silvers ranked us as the fifth most successful juvenile club in the country at the 2017 championships. An unprecedented feat in the clubs history and a cause of much pride amongst athletes , coaches and parents.
A schools athletics competition runs parallel to the club competitions throughout the year and many of our secondary athletes compete for their schools. Titles and records fell to their efforts also and Pole Vault athlete Enma Coffey and Pentathlon athlete Orla Coffey won Irish team call ups and competed in the SIAB international events. Both went on to take Bronze medals with their teams.

Cross country racing has always been the bedrock of our club and 2017 so far has been no exception with county , Munster and national medals taken over the Autumn and Winter months.
Faye O'Riordan won the under 10 Munster race putting back to back titles together having won the under 9 race 12 months previously. Ava Fitzgerald took Gold in girls under 12 at the Munster championships in early November and went on to lead both the under 12 and 13 girls teams to national silver medals taking two national individual bronze medals for good measure.
Over the two days of Munster competition club athletes took two Munster titles, seven individual bronze medals, three club team podiums, thirteen county team medals and qualified 34 athletes for national competition.
After the two days of national championship competitions the athletes took away 27 medals in total.  An impressive haul of medals with a high conversion rate of medals per participant.
Ava Fitzgerald was undoubtedly the star performer taking eight medals over the two days and leading two teams to national podiums.
Our adults had a busy year as always leading by example for our younger members.
Ruaidhri Myers took podium medals in men's under 23 county and Munster cross country. Ruaidhri also lead our novice men's team to East Cork team Gold. Mary Fitzgerald took the novice women's race victory.
The Cork and Dublin city marathons were big targets for our adults as they put in lots of PB's and debut performances. Dave O'Riordan had an impressive debut year in the AAI Munster mountain running association league.
Eileen Murphy took the women's 55 county road race title for a second year in succession in Castlelyons on St Patrick's day.
An action packed full throttle year will take a lot to surpass in 2018 but all at the club will endeavour to pull together and give it our all.