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22nd April, 2017

Munster Juvenile Multi Events & Junior T&F Championships

Congratulations to everyone that took part in todays Munster T&F Championships in Waterford. It was a super day out with a great turnout from our club, everyone that we entered to compete today turned up which is great to see. There were some outstanding performances from our athletes with everyone performing to the best of their abilities, throw in plenty of PB's a bunch of medals and it was a mighty day all together! Some pictures from today can be found on our photos page.

11th April, 2017

East Cork Track and Field.

The second day of the East Cork athletics track and field program took place in Youghal last Sunday. Numbers of Carraig Athletes were down on the previous weekend, but those that participated did so to the now accepted high standards. Listed below are the medal winners.

Girls under 10 Faye O’Riordan 2nd 300m & 2nd long jump
Boys under 10 Dylan Mulcahy 3rd 300m
Girls under 12 Ava Fitzgerald 1st 800m
Girls under 12 Leah Dunne 3rd 800m
Boys under 12 Ruaidhri Boyle 1st 800m
Boys under 12 Bobby O’Riordan 3rd shot putt
Girls under 13 Kathryn O’Mahony 1st800m
Boys under 13 Rian O’Luasa 2nd high jump
Girls 16 Jennifer Kearney 2nd 200m & 3rd 1,500m
Boys under 17-19 Joseph Daly 2nd200m & 2nd 1,500m

Full results on Cork Athletics website.

Highlights of the day was probably our 12&13 girls and boys wins in 800 meters showing again the strength of our middle distance athletes.

National inter varsities Track and field.

Three Carraig athletes were in action with their third level colleges in CIT last weekend.
Ruaidhri Myers ran for CIT in men's 10,000 meters and came home in the middle of a large field in a time of 36:19.
Sean O'Sullivan ran in men's 1500meters for UL but failed to qualify for the final out of his heat with a time of decent time of 4:27.
David Atkinson qualified from his heat of the men's 800 meters with a fastest losers time of 2 minutes flat and replicated that time in the final for sixth place. David also competed in 4X400 relay with his UCD team which qualified for the final and were fourth in the final just 2 seconds off a medal.

Munster performance squad:

Nine of our juvenile athletes were training with their high performance coaches over the weekend in WIT and Templemore. This is the final session of the year and we look forward to the fruits of their labours in the coming months competitions.

09th April, 2017
East Cork T&F
Congratultions to everyone that took part in the final round of this years East Cork T&F Championships, it was a great day out!  Check out all the pictures from todays events on our Facebook page.  Also well done to our Munster Performance squad athletes on completion of this years squads in Waterford over the course of yesterday and today, heres to a successful T&F season.

05th April, 2017

The results from day 1 of the East Cork T&F championships are now available here.

05th April, 2017

Last Saturday the 1st was the third day of the national juvenile indoors held again in Athlone IT.  Four Carraig Athletes were on the early morning run to the Midlands town.
Our youngest competitor this year was Theo deSousa participating in boys under 12 long jump. The competition had 20 boys getting three jumps each and after these the top eight got a further three to decide the medals. Theo's second jump had him in provisional fourth place and into the round of eight, a success in its own right. This was Theo's first time participating at a national indoor event and an eventual sixth place jump of 4.06 meters was a great start to what we're sure will be a great season for this young man.
Maebh Daly was in girls under 18 triple jump. Maebh is one of our multiple event athletes with national medals in javelin,participating in county and provincial pentathlon as well as cross country. In recent years she has made triple jump seem easy winning county and Munster podium places. At national level competition is fierce and Maebh was just outside the medals in sixth position.
Orla Coffey was next up in girls under 16 800 meters. In my opinion 800 meters is the toughest of all the race distances in track competition and my hat is tipped to any youngster who throws their hat in the ring. Orla is another of our versatile athletes and only last week won the pole vault in her age category. There was two heats in her competition with the first three in each heat as well as the next two fastest times getting into the eighth place final. Orla booked the eighth place with a time of 2:29 for 800 meters. The final ,ran in the late afternoon ,was a savage affair with the first 400 ran in 60 seconds blowing the field apart. The pace did slow but the damage was done with most of the field distanced from the leaders. Orla matched her qualifying time but out of the medal battle. Another example of the cauldron that national standards produce.
Daire O'Sullivan was in action in boys under 16 800 meters in the morning with no qualifications the competition went straight to a final of 12 runners. After winning the 1500 last week a second medal was always going to be a big ask over the  shorter distance. Daire manfully stepped up to the plate and stuck in the race just behind the leaders. With the turn of pace of sprinters true 800 specialists are able to inject blistering pace at will and open gaps in seconds. Daire came home in sixth in a brilliant time of 2:06 with the winner over the line in a savage 2 minutes flat.
In concluding our indoor season ,today wasn't as successful as last weekends achievements but maybe a slice of realism is needed when we look back on what we did achieve. 10 athletes qualifying in 12 disciplines. 4 national titles, two silvers, a national record and invaluable experience gained to bring back to the club ,pass on and inspire others.

East Cork T&F:

Day one of the East Cork track and field took place last Sunday in CITs outdoor track. East Corks are the clubs big day out where our young beginners get to experience competition for the first time and our older more experienced get to try events that they may diversify into. The day kicked off in brilliant sunshine with the men's over 19 5000 meters. Ruaidhri, Sean, Gus and Robert blasted off from the gun and settled into their own race strategies. Ruaidhri took the honours on the day with a storming last 400 meters and a not too shabby time of 16:49 for 5km.
With a large amount of athletes participating in multiple events, a summery of notable results will have to do this week. To start with the under 13 to 19 star performers.
Fresh from their national indoor exploits Daire , Meabh and Orla bagged medals in Discus, Javelin, long jump, shot put, high jump,100 and 800 meters.
Katie and Christine collected 10 medals between them in 17 to 19 girls.
Girls under 14 4X100 meters relay won gold.
Ciaran Battled back from a distance off to take bronze in a good quality under 17 boys 800.

Under 13 report:

GU10 Faye O'Riordan 2nd 200m, 3rd in 60m, 2nd Turbo Javelin
GU11 Lucy Lynch 2nd 300m, 1st 80m
BU11 Richard Barry 2nd 300m, 3rd High Jump
GU12 Ava Fitzgerald 1st 600m, 2nd 80m
GU12 Leah Dunne 2nd 600m, 1st 80m, 3rd High Jump
BU12 Ruaidhri Boyle 1st 600m, 2nd High Jump
BU12 Theo De Souza 1st 80m
BU12 Sam O'Sullivan 2nd 80m
GU13 Kathryn O'Mahony 1st 600m, 3rd 80m
BU13 Arron Sheehan 2nd 600m
BU13 Rian O'Luasa 3rd 600m
GU14 Lily O'Riordan 2nd Javelin, 3rd 100m
Gu12 2nd
Bu12 1st, B team 3rd (we had 3 teams in the final)
Gu14 1st

Great performances by all, standout performers were probably the middle distance race winners - Ava, Ruaidhri and Kathryn.  Getting 3 boys U12 teams to the relay final was also unreal.

02nd April, 2017

East Cork T&F Championships
Congratulations to everyone that took part in the first round of this years East Cork T&F Championships.  There was a fantastic turnout with big numbers in most of the events and great weather to add to the occasion.  There are some great pictures from todays action on our facebook page, the final round of the East Corks takes place in Youghal next Sunday at the same time.

27th March, 2017

All Ireland Indoors:

Last weekend saw the first two days of the national juvenile indoor championships bring Ireland's finest young athletes together in Athlone IT's modern arena. The Saturday program saw our jump specialists in action with bright sunshine shining through the floor to ceiling glass walls of the arena.
 First up was Katie Walsh in girls under 19 high jump with legitimate hopes of a podium position to build on her bronze in last years outdoor finals. Katie had performed well over the winter with a Munster under 20 gold, some solid coaching sessions with the Munster performance squad and has added strength and conditioning to her training regime. The hours in the gym payed dividends with a silver medal and a PB jump of 1:60m which is a considerable feat for a lady only 1:57m tall.
Pole vaulting sisters Orla and Emma Coffey were in action Saturday lunchtime in under 16s & 17s respectively. Both girls were in buoyant mood with Munster titles in the bag and a great winters training behind them. Orla is one of the clubs most versatile athletes and continues to push her boundaries in all her endeavours. This day would be another step forward with a national title in a close contest with our girl winning gold on count back with a vault of 2:75m. Orla's three attempts at a new PB of 2:85 were just shy of the mark and it surely is just a matter of time for the improvement to come.
Emma was one of the stars of the weekend with a masterful performance to take the under 17 title and go on to set a new national record not once but three times. In doing so she moved the mark from 3 meters to 3:25 with the whole stadium slow clapping her every attempt and eventually received a massive ovation for her efforts.
With super Saturday done it was over to the track stars to up the anti with Sunday's performances.
Sunday kicked off with the speed merchants going to battle over 400 meter heats. Ciaran Nugent was in the third and final heat of the uber competitive boys under 18. Ciaran was fourth in his heat with a new PB of 53:89. All six runners in his heat were only separated by a single second going to emphasise just home competitive things are at this level.
Nessa Wheeler was next up in girls under 17 1500meters. Nessa went with the pace for the early laps of the seven and one half lap race but with two laps to go gaps started to appear  leaving Nessa outside the battle for medals. This was a huge leap forward for Nessa as she knocked a massive 9 seconds off her time ran in Munster when she qualified for nationals.
Boys under 16 1500 next and Daire O'Sullivan was quietly confident going to the start line. Daire has put in some really good quality training sessions since qualifying for nationals by winning his Munster race with an excellent display of front running. Daire ran a mature, calculated and near perfect race as he matched all the early moves an lit the afterburners with 300 meters to go romping home in first in a fabulous time of 4:23. Another national champion and we weren't even though lunch.
The afternoon program had our two race walking stars in action.
Ciaran Hurleys boys under 15 1000 meters race saw our boy put a sterling silver medal performance. With a winter of dedicated application and benefiting from the coaching of the Munster performance squad training Ciaran set a new PB of 5:23.
Last but by no means least was Rebecca Kearney in girls under 19 1.5km walk. Rebecca is a multi title holder and no surprise that she added a national age title to her bulging war chest. A great start for this young ladies last season in the juvenile ranks.
So to summarise. Of the eight athletes that competed over the two days we had four national champions, two silver medalists, one national record set and five personal bests. As mentors and coaches all we ask of our athletes is that they apply themselves ,do their best and enjoy the fruits of their labour. As a club we will bask in the radiated glory of days like these and look forward with optimism for the weeks ahead. Roll on next weekend with four more athletes in national competition and the first day of outdoor track with East Corks in CIT.

Mallow 10 mile:

Senior runners Paul and Jim hit the roads around the north Cork town in Mallow ACs annual road race. An ever popular race that gets a large entry got some perfect weather with a cloudless sky beaming sunshine onto participants. Following on from a promising Ballycotton race Jim broke 70 minutes with a fabulous run of 69minutes with Paul a little further back at 77. Well done boys , great running.

26th March, 2017

County Road race:

On St. Patrick's day morning three of our dedicated adult athletes took to the start line of the County novice and vets road race championships. Gus Keohane along with husband and wife Christy and Eileen Murphy tackled the fast five mile course around the village of Castlelyons. Eileen was there to defend her F55 title which she won on the same course on the same day last year and defend it she did adding another title to the club coffers.

Upcoming Events:

Over the next two weekends eleven of our under age athletes will be hitting the road to Athlone for National indoors. All the best of luck to them in anticipation of great
success reports over the coming weeks.
The first outdoor track and field event of our season will be held in CIT track on the 2nd of April. Training is in full swing and excitement is building with our youngest members who will heading for their first competition and you never know when the next star will be unearthed.
As always training times and dates can be found on our website or keep in touch with activities with our active Facebook page.

03rd March, 2017

East Cork T&F Championships 2017

The program for this years East Cork T&F Championships can be viewed here: East Cork T&F 2017

20th of February, 2017

Our fixtures page has now been updated with this years T&F dates, as yet there are no confirmed dates for the County Championships

16th of February, 2017

Thank you to everyone that turned up for our AGM on Monday night, it was great to see so many people in attendance.  Our list of club officers has been updated showing our new committee, our fixture list will be updated shortly.  Congratulations to everyone that competed in the All-Ireland 'B' XC last Sunday and also to our County award winners from last Friday night.

07th of February 2017

Reminder - Our club AGM takes place next Monday Night 13th of February at 8pm in the Community hall in Carraignavar, we would love to see a good turnout from the parents of our juvenile athletes and also from our adult members.

26th of January 2017

I have attached the link to the Athletics Ireland Competition booklet for 2017, this is a very useful document as it contains all the dates for every National competition for the coming year and also gives the timetables for the various All Ireland T&F Championships.  It also contains all the specifics like hurdle heights, javelin weights etc for each age group.

18th of January 2017

Some dates for your diaries:
East Cork Awards Night 24th February at Walter Raleigh Hotel, Youghal.
East Cork T & F – day 1 on 2nd April at CIT and day 2 on 9th April in Youghal.
East Cork Road Race 27th April in Ballynoe.

15th of January 2017

As training was cancelled last Thursday night due to the weather registration for all athletes will take place this coming Thursday night instead.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL SOCIAL NIGHT OUT: Friday next 20th January at 7.30 pm at the Ambassador Hotel.


The club is hosting the annual night out for adults (!) next Friday.  The price is €20 per head payable on the night. The hotel will provide a buffet style meal and desert. Speeches will be kept short. The club hopes the night will be a well earned celebration of the achievements of the club and its athletes throughout 2016 and a chance to give thanks for that success and to look forward to a great 2017.


All are welcome and it is usually a good night and opportunity to socialise with like minded people!


We need to give the hotel early warning of the numbers attending so whilst it is a pay on the night event people might text/ring with confirmation of attendance to Anne at 086 1025420 or Philip at 086 8012913.

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