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Irish Life Health Athletics Summer Camp 2022

We are delighted to announce the launch of our first ever summer athletics camp delivered by Carraig Na Bhfear AC.

The camp will be held from the 11-15 July on our grass tracks in Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear.

The camps are open to U8s to U16s (children born between 2007 and 2015) will run from 10am to 2pm each day and are available at incredible value €65 for one week with a €10 discount for each additional family member.

The athletics camp will be focused on fun activities that concentrate on the basics of running, jumping and throwing for younger athletes and the technical aspects of events for older athletes.

Follow the link to register and drop us a message with any queries.

Carraig Na Bhfear AC Athletes debut at National Senior Championships

Last Tuesday 21st June saw the running of the East Cork Track & Field championships for Junior, Senior and Masters athletes in the college in Carraig Na Bhfear. As Midsummers Day became evening it was warm and bright lending to a relaxed and friendly atmosphere which we have come to expect from this event. The grass tracks were in pristine condition ready for competition and with free refreshments on offer, no better value night out for €5! The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, a lot of familiar faces and plenty of new ones. Some of the highlights were the number of athletes competing in track races for the first time and some previous entrants who stepped up to have a go at new distances, masters medals in particular were hard won on the night. Great to see Fota Island Running club competing for the first time with good representation and taking home plenty of medals.

In the Junior events, Carraig were very prominent in numbers and subsequently in the medals. The sprints results were as follows.

100m Junior women: 1st Lily O’Riordan, 2nd Isobel O’Meara, 3rd Caoimhe Geoghegan.

100m Junior men: 1st Ruaidhri Boyle 2nd Cathal Whooley, 3rd Timmy Colbert.

300m – Junior Women: 1st Isobel O’Meara, 2nd Aine Sheridan and 3rd Lily O’Riordan.

300m – Junior Men – 1st Ruaidhri Boyle, 2nd Cathal Whooley, 3rd Timmy Colbert

Some excellent performances also in the middle-distance races, results are as follows.

1500m Junior women – 2nd Orlaith Merritt

1500m Junior men – 1st Aidan Maher, 2nd Timmy Hawkins, 3rd Cathal Whooley

3000m Junior Women – 1st Rebecca Kelleher

3000m Junior Men - 1st David Maher, 2nd Rian O’Luasa

In the 100m Senior Womens race a close contest saw Katie Walsh being pushed all the way by Orla Coffey with Cliona Martin also running well to take the bronze medal. In the senior mens race Ciaran Nugent was impressive in taking the win, however Ruaidhri Boyle is growing in to the sprint events very impressively and wasn’t far behind in 2nd place, Don Sheehan strong as ever in 3rd place.

Masters 100m women: Eileen O’Riordan picking up her first East Cork medal placing 2nd in the O35’s and Seanna Boyle adding to the family bling with 3rd in the O45’s. Not to be outdone, Robert Boyle took gold in the mens 100m O45’s just ahead of Dave O’Riordan in second place, a full contingent of 8 runners in this race great to see.

300m Senior women, it was as you were in the 100m, a close race with Katie, Orla and Cliona taking the podium positions. Ciaran Nugent was the winner of the mens senior 300m. In the 300m Master women 300m Rachel O Callaghan just getting edged in to 4th position in a good race. The 300m masters men was again one of the most hotly contested age groups with 8 athletes in the shake up, Don Sheehan again making us all question our training regime, returning to action to win gold with Robert Boyle in 2nd place.

And finally middle distance, a great mix of clubs in these and some great action around the 300m track. 1500m women, Eileen O’Riordan in 1st place with her second medal of the night and Orla Gorman taking 3rd, Helen Roche taking bronze in the O45’s encouraging signs for our womens cross-country team! Congratulations to Rebecca Kelleher finishing in 1st place overall in the overall combined womens Junior and senior race in 11:58 as well as taking the junior title.

The 3000m mens race was combined junior, senior and masters. A steady pace early on leading to an inevitable wind-up with Carraigs Daire O’Sullivan putting in an impressive burst of speed to finish ahead of East Corks Nick O’Donoghue and Midletons’ Tony Forristal with a time of 9m:46s. Congratulations to David Maher who was first Junior but also 3rd overall in the race, dipping under the 10-minute mark. Willie Walsh was close behind in 5th place overall running 10m04s to take gold in the M45 category. A mention also to John Ahern who celebrated his birthday (and eligibility for the M45 category) by taking 4th place, narrowly missing out on bronze.

In summary, a great nights’ racing made possible by a lot of hard work by our members in preparation which was acknowledged by all present, the evening finishing on a high with 7 teams competing in a mixed relay event.

Tailteann games: The schools’ event for Intermediate boys and girls took place in Tullamore on Friday 24th in difficult conditions. With an Irish singlet for the SIABs’ on offer for the first 2 finishers in each event, it is always hotly contested with a high standard of competition. Timmy Colbert (Scoil an chroi Naofa) threw a big PB of 45.75m in the 700g javelin to take a brilliant 4th place! In the 300m hurdles, Aine Sheridan (Colaiste An Mhuire, Cobh) ran a pb of 51.69m, great experience for Aine who will compete in this event in the club Nationals, Aine will be eligible for Tailteann games again next year. Similarly, Aidan Maher (St.Colmans, Fermoy) who finished 6th in the Boys 1500m Steeplechase will be eligible again for next years competition. Well done all!

National Senior Track & Field championships: A proud week for the club as we followed 2 of our athletes competing in what is the pinnacle of domestic athletics competition. It is a major goal of the club to retain juniors and hopefully see them make the difficult transition to Senior level. Daire O’Sullivan and Ciaran Nugent have put in serious work this year and deservedly took their place amongst Ireland elite, hopefully the first of many appearances. Daire was in heat 2 of the 1500m, in windy conditions, all middle distance races were very cagey, tactical affairs which made for great viewing. Daire, finishing well up the large field of runners 8th place with a time of 4:03.90, the first 4 qualifying automatically. Nice also to see East Cork divisional colleague Frank O’Brien running well in the same heat, Frank was officiating at our East Cork Track night earlier in the week!

In the 400m hurdles heats, Ciaran Nugent lined up against 4th placed Olympian Thomas Barr. Certainly not overawed by the occasion, Ciaran ran a pb of 54.81 to finish 4th in the heat and qualify for the final as 5th fastest overall, a magnificent achievement given the occasion and the challenging conditions. In the final on Sunday, Ciaran maintained his placing with a phenomenal 5th place finish in 55:00. Congratulations to Ciaran on a great performance.

Park Run: Glen River Stalwart Rian O’Luasa was joined this week by coach Willie Walsh and Timmy Colbert. A well balance field of runners with Willie first across the line in 19.00, Timmy 4th in 20.24 and Rian 7th in 21:09.

Look ahead: Day 1 of the Club National track and field championships take place in Tullamore on Sunday 3rd. Best of luck to Aidan Maher, David Maher, Timmy Hawkins, Aine Sheridan, Lily O’Riordan and Josh Judd who will compete on Day 1.

Report by Richard Hawkins


Running with .......

Running with ... are a series of short interviews that give you the opportunity to get to know some of our club members. This month we hear from Ciaran Nugent. Ciaran is an absolute speed merchant who specialises in the 400m Hurdles. Recent successes include a first place finish in the 400m Hurdles at the National League in Templemore, and 3rd place in the 400m Hurdles at the IUAA Outdoor Championships.

Tell us why you run?

I enjoy keeping fit and it is good for your mental health. Also to avoid the pub!!

Who are your running tribe?

Due to college circumstances I have been training with different groups. I try to get to club sessions when I can.

Cross, track or road?

Track is my preferred surface.

Favourite race?

My favourite race would have to be all Ireland finals U19 winning my first Gold medal.

Music or podcasts?

I often say I was born in the wrong generation as I love old school rock and 80s classics.

On your feet?

Nike Air Force Zooms are the spike I currently use.

Your proudest running moment?

What I'm most proud of is consistently performing at a high standard and obtaining PBs.

And when the work is done?

Food and cars are my treat and off track passions. Also I'm accustomed to having a beer or two or...


Upcoming Events

MAY 2022

The long summer evenings bring with them the return of mid-week track events. This month athletes have a great choice with the Cork Open T&F Meets incorporating the Cork County Championships taking place on Monday 9th and again on Wednesday 25th. MTU Athletics are also hosting a track evening on Monday 16th. So, lots of choice and we look forward to seeing our members in action.

Sunday 1st May

Great Limerick Run 2022

Cork Athletics County Juvenile U12-19 Track & Field Championships - Day 1

Thursday 5th May

Midleton 5 Mile Road Race

Saturday 7th May

IMRA - Magnetron Munster Championships

Sunday 8th May

Bweeng 5k

Cork Athletics County Juvenile U12-19 Track & Field Championships - Day 2

Monday 9th May

Cork Open Track & Field Evening Meet

Wednesday 11th May

BHAA - Pfizer 6 Mile

Thursday 12th May

Youghal 5k

Friday 13th May

Buttevant 4 Mile

Sunday 15th May

Cork Athletics County Juvenile U9 - 11 & Relays T&F Championships - Day 3

Monday 16th May

MTU Athletics Track Night

A big month for our juvenile athletes who will be competing in Cork Athletics County Championships across four Sundays this month - 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd. All taking place at the MTU track, before it is freshly relaid later in the summer, these meetings provide our athletes with opportunities to gain valuable experience against top class opposition.

Tuesday 17th May

BHAA - John Buckley 5k

Thursday 19th May

Eagle AC The Cheetah Run Juvenile 1 Mile

Eagle AC The Cheetah Run 5k

Friday 20th May

John Hartnett 10k - Ballyhooly

Saturday 21st May

Irish Life Munster Schools Track & Field Championships

Dromahane 5k Road Race

Sunday 22nd May

IMRA - Galtee Crossing

Cork Athletics County Juvenile B & Combined Events T&F Championships - Day 4 2022

Wednesday 25th May

Cork Open Track & Field Evening Meet 2

Friday 27th May

Ballymacoda 4 Mile Road Race

Saturday 28th May

Munster Junior & Under-23 T&F Championships 2022

Sunday 29th May

IMRA - Curragh Woods

Munster U11-U16 Indoor Combined Events Championships 2022

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Carraig na bhFear Athletics Club. Founded 1980.