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28th November, 2019



28th November, 2019

The now annual club pilgrimage to Abbotstown for the national even age, junior & senior championships took place last weekend.
As a club we were so lucky to have had 17 of our underage athletes participating in the juvenile races. A wonderful spread too,  with at least one Carraig athlete in ever race.
A wonderful traveling support ,adding to the families ,made a festival feel to the whole occasion.
The day was dry and temperatures were above average, but heavy rain over the previous days and weeks had left the course sodden.
During the customary course walk the marshals began removing people from the course as the ground was already cutting up.
Nothing could have saved this most pristine of running surfaces with the amount of rain that had fallen in the previous weeks but it was going to be a day for the purists. Hard racing on soft ground.
Our first two athletes into battle were under 12s Faye O’Riordan and Cian Ryan. For both kids it was their first time running in Abbotstown and dealing with all the extra hype and stress of a national championship on the national course.
With all the races jam packed with the best of the best underage Club runners in the country its never a sure thing to come home with one of the precious medals adorned with the green, white and gold ribbon. In a well managed race Faye made sure she had something in the tank for the second of her two 1000 meter laps to work through the 176 strong field. Finishing in 40th position,Faye yet again pulled a performance out of the bag when it mattered as the sixth scorer on the silver medaling Cork team in the county competition.
Cian Ryan was next up in the boys under 12 race and even now the course was well cut up and very heavy in places.
Cian got out fast in the downhill stampede that ensues in every race and was well up as he completed his first of two 1 kilometer laps.
Holding his position well on the second circuit he had enough left in his energy reserves to make up a few places in the finishing straight to finish a very impressive 23rd.
That stellar performance earned Cian his first ever national medals as the sixth scorer on the silver medaling Munster team in the provincial competition and another silver as the second scorer on the Cork team.
What an amazing return from our two youngest athletes and a wealth of experience gained to bring back to their training group to inspire their training partners.

This years under fourteens have for the last couple of years been such a rich source of success within our club. Our girls were again one of our two teams racing on the day and we had two solid racers in the boys race.
The girls as always were led by Ava Fitzgerald right up in the lead pack for the entire of the three kilometer race.
Ava has built up a seriously impressive cross country CV over the years and has arguably been the most consistent in her age group at nationals since her first appearance at under 11. As the distance increases year on year Ava has adapted and has always been in the shake up in the home stretch and this year was no exception.
Reacting to a strong surge with 500 to go that split the lead group Ava entered the home straight in 3rd position and bravery fought to hold her position only to be pushed to 5th in the last 50 meters as the hard charging pack fought back at her.
Another wonderful bronze individual medal for Ava yet again on the podium at nationals. Gold county team medal with Cork and silver provincial medal with Munster for yet another chestful of awards for this exceptional athlete.
Ava and the rest of the girls have been no strangers to the course in Abbotstown and have meddled in their two previous years. This year was to be a step too far for the team that has had some injury set backs and they were not in the shake up for the medals in final results.
A valiant effort from Aine Sheridan, Sinead Hurley, Lucy Lynch and Katelyn Fitzgerald none the less and they’ll have a second bite of the cherry at the uneven age competition in three weeks time.

Our two under 14  boys on the Cork team in the next race were Timmy Colbert and Aidan Maher. As always these two worked well together throughout the two 1500 meter laps of their race with Timmy bravely doing the pulling for the most part.
As they entered the home straight Aidan pulled up on Timmys shoulder and this set the two boys careering through the field as they made about ten places in the final 200 meters. A great result from the two lads as they performed well above expectations finishing as the fifth & sixth scorers on the Cork team but unfortunately the team was outside the podium positions.

In the under sixteen races we again had one of our athletes in each race to keep our supporters invested in the competition.
Timmy Hawkins has breathed new life into our under 15/16 teams since his recent move from Belgooly AC and made his first appearance at nationals for us on the cork team.
Running up in age Timmy always had his work cut out for him over the
4000 meters race but stuck to his race plan to finish with a smile.
One hard race in the bag to strengthen him as he will team up with Aidan Maher & Timmy Colbert to lead the rest of the under 15 boys in the uneven all Ireland’s in Dunboyne.
Rebecca Kelleher was our representative in the girls race and she had a wonderful result from her 4000 meter race in the ever toughening conditions.
Running up in age and still only 13 years old , Rebecca put in a serious shift to take an 18th place finish overall. Our second best finish of the day and a mere 6 places off an individual medal. As the distance increases year by year the challenge seems to suit this young lady. Her incremental improvement year on year surely means she’ll be on the podium in the not too distant future.
A strong finish over the final kilometer where she made up half a dozen places showed her strength lies at the longer distances. Two team medals for Rebecca with silver as the third scorer on Cork team and bronze with Munster in the interprovincial competition.

Our under 18s capped off the day in what were two really tough races. We had five girls in the under 18 team competition representing our club as the only one from our county. With four of the five running up in age and in the mixed junior/under 18 race the standard was something the girls had never experienced before with all 5 running in Abbotstown for the first time.
Jennifer Kearney was the elder statesman with sister Sinead Kearney, Daisy Horan and twin sisters Megan and Lauren Murphy making up the team.
Both Jennifer and Sinead were in the red Cork singlets but were outside the scoring six for county team medals. Sinead as always this season acted as the hare  for the others to chase around the 4000 meter race in the now difficult underfoot conditions.
No medals for the girls but a wonderful achievement to get to the final race of the season and run against the best the country has to offer.

In the boys 18 race Daire O’Sullivan ran his best race of a stop start injury interrupted year when he pulled a medal as the fourth scorer on the bronze medaling Cork team.
Hitting out hard in the first 1500 meter lap of the four lap 6000 meter sufferfest , Daire slipped back a bit in the second and third but with a little motivation and no shortage of effort he had a storming last kilometer. Pulling himself from seventh Cork boy up to fourth in tough conditions was a sign that he’s beginning to regain his racing fitness. A great effort and a well deserved reward for Daire taking our last medal of the day as our final competitor. Fourth scorer on the bronze medaling Cork team was above expectations in a very competitive field of young men.

Summary:

As always it’s necessary to mention that it’s not all about medals. Getting to nationals is a big deal and it is to be celebrated as an achievement in itself. In a club that prides itself on getting as many of its members to compete as possible we are so happy to have our small club represented so admirably on the biggest day our sport has to offer.
The medal haul was a bonus and we cherish the nine medals that we managed to bring back as reward for all our athletes efforts.

Look Forward:

This coming weekend we have the Munster B championships that will be held in Two Mile Borris , Co Tipperary.
Held in the uneven age categories we will have some very strong teams in most races.


14th November, 2019

Under 15 teams take two thirds!

A short journey last Sunday for the second day of Munster cross country championships. The destination was Ballynoe where St Catherines AC hosted the uneven age competitions.
Much credit is due to St Catherines for putting on a successful event that can be such a thankless task with such meagre compensation paid by Munster Council and the potential for criticism for the slightest of oversights.
A dry day undoubtedly helped their cause, but added to a well thought out and executed traffic plan and a carefully constructed course which made for a great spectator experience , they deserve credit.
The weather remained dry throughout the 14 races on offer with temperatures in the low single figures and little to no wind.
The course itself was undulating and twisted its way over the various but obvious lap distances making great spectating and plenty of support lining the route.

Carraig na bhFear had six teams and  individuals competing in 10 of the 14 races. Our top performances came from our under 15 age group where both teams took bronze medals in competitive races.
Our girls team were led by individual bronze medal performances from both Ava Fitzgerald (3rd) and Rebecca Kelleher (5th) who have shown tremendous leadership and battling qualities  in what is an increasingly competitive age group.
Both girls took gold medals on an impressive Cork team in the county competition also.
Aine Sheridan (25th) running up in age is starting to find her form and Sinead Hurley (26th) seems to be relishing the longer distances as she improves race by race.
The team was completed by Ellie Twomey, Mary Dorgan and Ciara Keohane.
This team has been on the campaign trail for a good few seasons now and will head to yet another day out at the national finals hopeful of being in with a shout of the illustrious club team medals.

The boys team were not to be outdone by their training partners when they pulled off a mini coup to pinch team bronze in a tight competition.
No individual or county team medals
for the lads but more often than not they seem to pull off a team performance by packing well together and sharing the workload of pulling each other through.
Aidan Maher did the lions share of the front running finishing a few places ahead of the trio of Timmy Hawkins, Timmy Colbert and Arron Sheehan who finished together to post a score a mere 3 points ahead of the fourth place team.
The team was completed by Cathal Whooley, Denis O’Mahony and Rian O’Luasa. The boys will now head to Dunboyne with the girls for the uneven age all Ireland’s on the 15th of December.

In the younger age groups we had one stand out performance. Cian Ryan backed up his performance in Limerick at the even age championship by again leading the Cork team to silver with a magnificent run coming fourth overall for individual bronze. A terrific run at the front of the race from Cian and a powerful finish where he closed out the race strongly.
The rest of the team MJ Walsh, Sam Dunne , Darragh Sheehan, Sam Browne, Harry Browne, Dara O’Driscoll , Ronan Mulcahy and Liam McDonagh were a bit outsidE the shake up for the medals on this day but should be back in with a shout at the B championships in the coming weeks.

Our youngest competitors on the day were our two under 9 athletes.
Mary Kate Dawson started the day off with her first taste of Munster championships in the girls race in what we hope will be the first of many in the years to come.
Paul Colbert was also making his debut on the Munster stage and finished very solidly in the top third of the field.

Our under 11 girls were involved in a monster of a race that had 185 competitors. Amongst the usual bedlam that ensues at the start of such a big field two of our girls hit the deck. Bouncing back up and battling through to finish well showed great character from such young athletes. The team consisting of Lucy Davis, Anna Mullins, Robyn Maher , Aoileann Boyle, Joy O’Donovan and Rachel Cuthbert were not in medal contention on this day but now seem to have formed a nice team for the future.

Our under 13s had a similar fate to the 11s when our girls were one short for a scoring four. Faye O’Riordan led the way round the 2500 meter course for Lucy Lynch and Siofra Boyle.
The boys team led by Dylan Mulcahy were well packed together but didn’t  impact on the team podium positions. The rest of the team comprised of Cormac Fennessy, Cian Dunne, Darragh Pomeroy and Jim Hegarty will again be strong competitors in the B championships on Sunday the 1st of December in Two Mile Borris , Co. Tipperary.

In the older teenage age group we had five of our girls in action.
In the under 17 girls race. Sinead Kearney, Daisy Horan and Lauren Murphy were one short of a scoring four to register on the team competition but got in some tough competition to ready them for the B championships that will keep them in cross country competition right up to February.

In the under 19 race we took our last medal of the day. Nessa Wheeler was the fifth Cork girl over the line to take a silver medal with the county team. Jennifer Kearney also raced well to now join Nessa on the Cork team that will race in Dunboyne on the 15th of December.

Summary:

Two teams and three individuals heading to nationals in Dunboyne added to the seventeen from the first Munsters will see thirty two more exposures to national level cross country competition for our underage athletes. Getting to nationals is a huge achievement and getting there with your team mates and friends makes the experience all the more memorable.
As training continues in the weeks and months ahead having these athletes preparing for those big days will hopefully inspire everyone to bigger and more challenging goals and expectations.

 Other Business:

 On Sunday week last the county B novice cross country championship race was held in Castlelyons hosted by St Nicholas AC. We had a team of four men who brought home more medals from their efforts. Six kilometers of cross county running in unseasonably warm sunshine for the lads led by Willie Walsh with Don Sheehan, Ruaidhri Myers and Conor Kelly hot on his heals. Second place in a competitive team competition was a terrific return. Very interesting and encouraging that of the winning teams Mount Hillary AC in the womens and Bweeng trail blazers in the mens are relatively newly formed clubs who were making their first outings at county cross country competition. Great to see people willing to get off the roads and into proper competitive club racing. Congratulations to both clubs.

Look forward:

Training continues for our XC athletes who will be preparing for the Munster Bs in December and the upcoming all Ireland’s in Abbotstown on the 24th.
Our track and field athletes have returned to training on the track for a couple of weeks now as they begin to prepare for the indoor season which begins in early January.
All training times can be found by contacting the relevant age group coaches who’s details can be found on our website or by contacting us through our social media channels.

29th October, 2019

Dublin City Marathon:

Last weekend twenty-one of our adult members and their entourage of supporters  traveled to the nations capital to participate in the Dublin City marathon.  It constitutes our largest ever entry to our national marathon championships and was a terrific accomplishment from all involved.
The weekend begins with traveling up on the Friday or Saturday to attend the marathon expo in the RDS pavilion to collect race packs and the all important number.
With over 22,000 entries for this years 40th edition the constant flow of humanity through the expo was expertly managed by the ever friendly organisation team.
Most of our group made the expo on the late afternoon on Saturday and managed to sit and chat to relieve some of the nerves before the obligatory pre race Italian and an early bed time.
Up early on race day due to the clocks going back one hour and the pre race final breakfast of champions. A brisk walk through the deserted streets to the start area with everyone streaming from their various accommodations like veins carrying blood back to the heart. The heart in this case was Merrion Square where the massive logistical circus had been assembled overnight around the parks perimeter. Athletes drawn in through the baggage drop area and pumped out to the four separate start wave zones to await their time to put their months of training to the test.

Our twenty one athletes were a true representative body of the whole race. Eight women and thirteen men mostly in the masters age categories is roughly the profile of the entire field with four of our twenty first timers also fairly typical.

Weather on the day could not have been better with temperatures at 9 degrees and little to no breeze in clear crisp skies ideal for both runners and spectators.

Our top performance of the day went to Tony Dunne who smashed the 3 hour barrier for the first time. This was a terrific achievement from Tony after slowly and incrementally  chipping away at his PB over the last few years. He laid down this 2:56 effort to join the 4% of runners who can get a 2 as the first digit in their PB.
Our four first timers all had successful completions of this career milestone. Huge congratulations to Adam, Janet, Paula and Yvonne for achieving their first of what we hope will be many.
Janet led the ladies home with a magnificent 4:01 clocking in her first marathon.
All twenty one athletes completed the 42 kilometers with all the trials and tribulations that come with putting your body through the most famous of athletics challenges.
Post race debriefing was held together for those that were staying for a second night and plans made for the next year.

These days are special for so many reasons in the lives of runners and their families whose lives invariably revolve around training sessions for many months of the year. It’s hard to explain in a few sentences how it takes over our lives and can have such a positive impact on our mental and physical health. Running in a club gives us a sense of belonging and the support we sometimes need to get out and train.
The families and club mates that traveled to lend support, take pictures and offer encouragement was much appreciated by the runners.
We hope to see everyone back in training soon to relive the experience through their stories and plans for the next big one.

County Bs:

The county B cross country championships were held last Sunday in the village of Drumtariffe hosted by Duhallow AC.
Due to our good showing at the A Championships we had a small attendance on Sunday.
Four of our underage headed north to participate in three of the age categories available.
Top performance went to under 9 Paul Colbert who took the third step on the podium with a terrific run.
A great return for Paul who’s ploughing a solo furrow in the under 9 category thus far this season as our only athlete in the age category.
Robyn Maher had a big performance in the under 11 girls race when she was 20th out of a field of 63. Another promising result from this ever improving young girl.
In the 13 boys race brothers Peter and Brian Hawkins had good run outs in this their first season with the club.

Other business:

Last Saturday some of our track and field athletes attended the first day of Munster performance academy training in Nenagh Olympics indoor track. Regional and national coaches attended to bolster the training provided by club coaches to selected high performers for all Munster clubs. We had 18 invited athletes to this years squad from under 16 to 19 age groups.

Last weekend we had our annual church gate collection in the village on the Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Thank you to all the community that supported and to the collectors who gave their time generously.

Look forward:

This coming weekend is busy as ever with our novice men competing in the county B cross country championships.
Training continues to gain momentum as we prepare for the second day of Munster championships in the following week.


22nd October, 2019

XC Gets Serious!

Munster Juvenile even age championships:
We traveled out of the county to the north last Sunday to the first of the Munster cross country championships of the season.
Limerick race course was the venue for the juvenile even age competition.
A notoriously damp spot at the best of times wasn’t helped by a preceding week of heavy rain.
The day itself was dry and bright but our initial optimism was dampened after walking the course and realising bar the 100 meters of the starting straight the rest of the 1 kilometer lap was a bog. Now we’re all for testing courses and nobody minds an odd wet patch or water obstacle but this was taking it a bit too far. A course for the “purists “ was a term bandied around by some of the more optimistic but a harsh baptism of fire for the novice underage runner at their first day at Munsters.
If there’s any chance of getting the ever growing number of club road runners to venture into the cross country season then throwing up courses like this for the Munster novice competitions won’t help.
Likewise for the young this kind of experience could turn them off for good.
Our seven teams and individuals that turned out did themselves a great credit with dealing with the conditions and the experience will undoubtedly stand to them as the season continues.
Medals were at a premium and we took three individual medals from three teak tough performances.

In under 12 boys,  county under 11 champion Cian Ryan was racing over two of the one kilometer laps. Cian got out well from the start and was close to the front when the race hit the heavy boggy section half way up the long climb that constituted the right hand side of the loop course.
On the descent the heavy ground and head wind took away any possible gains to be offered from the gradient but Cian held his place. Out on his second lap Cian picked his way up the climb avoiding the worst of the ground with experience beyond his tender years. Barrelling his way down the far side to the finish line Cian crossed in seventh place for an individual bronze which are awarded to positions 3 to 12. Cian also led the Cork county team to silver in the inter county competition.
Despite great runs from Cian Dunne, Dylan Mulcahy, Cormac Fennessy and Darragh Sheehan the team finished sixth out of the fourteen in what was a competitive and tight competition.

Our second individual medal came from a familiar source in the girls under 14 race. Ava Fitzgerald as always was right at the front for the duration of the 3 kilometer 3 lap race. As the laps unwound the lead group was whittled down to four as the girls turned the corner at the top of the course with 500 meters to go.  A strong attack from Leevales Nicole Dinan stretched the group out even further and pulled out a small but crucial gap on the three others that she held to the line. In a battle for the silver Ava was just pipped in the sprint finish and finished in an excellent third place. Yet another podium finish from Ava who year on year manages to be one of our most consistent performers.
Ava was third scorer in a rampant Cork team that will be super strong going to the national competition in Abbotstown in five weeks time.
The club team scoring four of Aine Sheridan , Sinead Hurley and Leah Dunne with Lucy Lynch and Katelyn Fitzgerald completing the six were just outside the team medals in fourth place.

In the under sixteen girls race our next individual medal came from the ever improving Rebecca Kelleher. Four gruelling laps in this race where Rebecca was running up in age against girls mostly one year older than her.
A steadier affair after yet another frenetic start saw Rebecca out with the lead group. On each lap up the now well cut up climb Rebecca handled the conditions better than her peers and was still holding the impressive pace setter Emma Landers from Youghal AC. Turning the corner at with 500 meters or so to go Rebecca was in fifth. Putting in a massive effort pulled herself up to the shoulder of the athlete in second as they turned the corner onto the very short finish straight. In one of the finishes of the day Rebecca was just pipped on the line but took her best ever result with a third place bronze medal. As third scorer on another very strong Cork team Rebecca will now head to nationals in ever improving form.
Ellie Twomey lead the rest of the team of Ciara Keohane, Mary Dorgan , Cliona Lynch and Kathryn O’Mahony. Sixth place in the team competition for the girls in what was a very high standard race.

Our final medal of the day fell to Faye O’Riordan in the under 12 girls race. In a huge field of 160 athletes Faye went into the start line having won the title in the three previous years. Her winning run would come to an end in the mud of Limerick, but Faye didn’t go down without a fight. Well back from the top twelve medal places after the first lap Faye ran her heart out in the second lap to work her way through the field and finished in thirteenth place just outside the individual medals. Consolation for Faye in the form of a silver team medal as the fourth scorer on the Cork team. In the same race Robyn Maher and Anna Mullins ran solid races but without a fourth scorer the girls were not shown amongst the fifteen other teams ranked.

Tough day at the office for two of other teams who were placed fourth in their competitions.
Our under 10 boys were the closest missing by four points. A really encouraging performance from MJ Walsh , Matthew Counihan, Sam Dunne, Paul Colbert, Sam Browne, Harry Browne and Ronan Mulcahy. Most of the lads will have another shot at a medal in a couple of weeks in the uneven age competition where this experience will hopefully steel their determination and give them confidence that they’re not far off the mark.
Our 18 girls were also fourth but consolation for Jennifer and Sinead Kearney who will be on the Cork team at nationals in Abbottstown. The team was completed by Daisy Horan, Lauren and Megan Murphy who had their work cut out with four laps of the course which had been turned to a gluey mess by the time their race was ran.
Daire O’Sullivan was desperately unlucky to be one off a medal in both the individual and county team competition in the 18 boys race. Thirteenth overall and seventh Cork boy despite a strong last 500 meters where he made up places but ran out of track to clench the last place he needed over the six lap race. Cork team selection was the consolation and a trip to nationals for Daire.
Our 14 & 16 boys teams had similar fates when they packed well but were too far back to make an impact on the podium positions.
Cork team selection for Aiden Maher and Timmy Colbert for their runs at the front of the 14 boys team of Bobby O’Riordan, Cathal Whooley, Denis O’Mahony, Luke Mullins and Jim Hegarty who finished in fifth place team.
The five under sixteen boys were sixth in that competition. Timmy Hawkins, David Maher, Aaron Sheehan, Odhran Mccarthy and Rian O’Luasa will have another bite at the cherry in their own age race at the uneven age championships in Ballynoe in two weeks time.

Our final two mentions of the day go to our very first two warriors into the fray in the first race of the day y thy he under 10 girls. A tough first Munster Championships experience for the battling Lucy Davis and Martina Dorgan who both finished respectably in the top half of a field of 129 athletes over their 1000 meter race.

Summary:

Three individual medals and four county team medals was honestly down on what our expectations may have been.
No club team medals but two teams qualified for nationals as fourth place finishers and ten individuals who will be representing Munster and Cork at the national finals in Abbotstown on the 24th of November.

Look Forward:

The big day out for a record number of our adult athletes when 23 of them are entered in the national marathon in Dublin this Sunday. A wonderful festival atmosphere and great weekends running in store for the group which features five first timers.
The county B cross country championships will be held also this Sunday in Drumtarriffe hosted by Duhallow AC. As usual keep an eye on our social media platforms for travel information later in the week.

15th October, 2019

Cian Clenches County Title!

Day two of the county cross country championships were held last Sunday in Carraigadrohid and were hosted by West Muskerry AC. This second day of competition for our juveniles was contested over the uneven age categories from under 9 to 19.
The day began dry and relatively warm with bright sunshine through the intermittent clouds. With just a light dew remaining on the grass overnight things looked good for another pleasant day. Unfortunately just before the start of the first juvenile race a passing isolated shower dumped enough water to cause carnage. The car park exits turned into a mud bath and parts of the course cut up quite badly.
Credit to the Trojan work done by the car park stewards and the many people who assisted in helping so many to egress without incident or injury.
When the short spell of heavy rain cleared the rest of the afternoon remained dry and the underage racing commenced.
We had a smaller turn out this weekend but still managed to field teams in nine of the fourteen juvenile races.

Under 9 & 11s.
Our youngest age group had another fruitful day out.
The girls fielded teams in both 9s and 11s which is very promising for the future. Mary Kate Dawson is the newest name to appear on our report and she lead her team of four followed closely by Hannah Coffey with Carrie O’Donovan and Ana Jane  Dwyer completing the team.
The 11 girls had a team of seven that were led by Lucy Davis with Robyn Maher close behind over their 1500 meter race.
Martina Dorgan and Aoileann Boyle completed the scoring four with Rachel Cutbert , Nicola Dwyer and Joy O’Donovan competing in the largest field of the the day with 111 completing the race.
Both girls teams were outside the individual and team medals on this day but we are delighted and hugely encouraged that we’re fielding teams in an age group that we’ve traditionally struggled with.
The boys 9 & 11 produced their best race of their young careers. Paul Colbert ploughed a solo furrow in the 9s race and finished in the top third with a storming finish over the second half of the 750 meter race.
The 11s had our first medal success of the day when the team took second place. Cian Ryan won another county title with a terrific solo run to the finish line after pulling away from the field with 200 meters to go in the 1500 meter race.
Cian has been on the rise week on week and this was a wonderful time to produce something so special. MJ Walsh replicated his 10 place last week running up in age and Matthew Counihan was a excellent 14 in his first outing of the year. Sam Dunne completing the scoring four with Darragh Sheehan, Sam Browne, Liam McDonagh, Harry Browne and Ronan Mulcahy making up this formidable squad. An exciting few weeks ahead for the lads as they now head to Munsters in good shape.

Under 13/15s.
The 13 girls went to the line with only two. Siofra Boyle and Faye O’Riordan were both running up in age and acquitted themselves excellently with Faye finishing just shy of the medals in 10th.
The 15 girls were strong going to the line in their race but the competition was also remarkably stiff.
With three teams in the county with realistic ambitions of national medals these races have year in and out produce some exciting races.
As always Ava Fitzgerald was busy up the front vying for control of the lead bunch. Ava was the last to lose the grip of the eventual winner Nicole Dinan. Second for the second week for Ava but yet another magnificent effort. The race of the day was ran by Rebecca Kelleher who yo-yo’d just off the back of the large lead group throughout the 3500 meter race. As athletes were spat out the back Rebecca held her distance from the lead and with 800 meters to go she closed the gap and held on to take a excellent 4th place.
Leah Dunne (14th) and Ellie Twomey(18) ran their legs off to make the scoring four with Ciara Keohane, Mary Dorgan and Kathryn O’Mahony completing this well balanced team who took a well deserved silver medal.

The 13 boys were not to be left out of the medal action with one of the team performances of the day.
No individual medals for the lads but with only 8 places separating their scoring four they packed well to pull off a masterful silver team medal.
Richard Barry (14th)played the senior members role by leading from the front and giving Dylan Mulcahy (15th)and Cian Dunne (16th)a rabbit to chase. Cormac Fennessy (22nd)ran his best ever finish to complete the scoring four. Cormac never let the three boys out of his sight and played the all important role that earned medals for all four plus Jim Hegarty and Ben Murphy who completed the team.

The 15 boys were nearly a carbon copy of the 13s race with another fine team silver medal to show for some sterling work over the 3500 meter race. Nine places separated the scoring four for the lads with Timmy Hawkins taking the lead and giving Timmy Colbert something to chase. Timmy C caught his prey and together the boys worked hard to hold their positions. Timmy C finished in 9th for one of his most impressive results and Timmy H just seconds behind in 11th. Aaron Sheehan (14th) did his usual steady paced run picking off the early enthusiasts and pacing Odhran McCarthy(18th) throughout the now heavy underfoot conditions. Cathal Whooley, Ruaidhri Boyle and Rian O’Luasa completed this fine team performance.

Under 17/19s
Our team of four under 17 girls had a tough day at the office on an ever increasingly slippy course. In a competitive race the team was outside the medals despite a brave run from Sinead Kearney to give Lauren Murphy , Daisy Horan and Megan Murphy a carrot to chase.

Our final racer of the day was Nessa Wheeler in the combined 17/19 race over 4000 meters. Nessa ran well with the lead group for two of the three lap race and as the distance and pace rose she held her position well to claim a terrific silver individual medal in the under 19 category which was her best career finish at a county level.

Summary:

With the two days of county championships behind us we take stock of how we fared overall. Eleven team podiums with one county individual champion title from under 11 Cian Ryan. Seven other individual medals was probably down on previous years but the team medals were up substantially so very encouraging overall especially from the improvements from our youngest age group.

Other Business.

Sixteen of our junior training group have been named on the Munster performance academy for 2019/20. Chosen for their performances and achievements over last years track and field seasons. Added to our two athletes on the endurance squad bringing our total to 18 it constitutes a big increase in participation from our oldest age groupers. This is tangible evidence that our efforts to retain and have our athletes performing going into their junior years is paying  dividends.

Look forward.

This weekend we are on the road again as we head to Limerick race course where the Munster even age juvenile championships are being held. Keep an eye on our social media platforms later in the week for travel arrangements and timings.


08th October, 2019

XC Season Gains Momentum!

 The cross country season started to gain momentum last Sunday when we made our way to the north Cork village of Liscarroll for the county novice, under 23 , Junior and even age championships.
Organized and hosted by Churchtown road runners AC and Liscarroll AC on farmland north of the village with south facing fields making for dry conditions in the bright autumn sunshine. A rolling course with a succession of switch backs made it spectator friendly for those who ventured out the to the far end of the one and two kilometer laps.
The obligatory tea/coffee shop and chip van seem to be a prerequisite to hosting any event and both clubs set the bar high for other organizers to replicate in future season events.
Another strong team displays from our club as we managed to field teams in 11 of the 14 race categories on offer.

Under 10s:
Our youngest age team of the day comprised of Lucy Davis, Martina Dorgan, Hannah Coffey and Anna Jane Dwyer. Lucy had another good result when she was eleventh overall our of a field of 64. Their team was a little outside the medal positions but, are only beginning their athletics journeys and now have the nucleus of a team forming.

The boys team are coming together nicely with a team of seven toeing the line for their 1000 meter race. MJ Walsh led the way with an impressive 10th place finish and with Sam Dunne, Jack Varley and Paul Colbert completing the scoring four they were fifth out of 10 teams. Twins brothers Harry and Sam Browne were literally right behind Paul in the finish chute with Ronan Mulcahy a few places further back. A solid performance form the lads as they show incremental improvements with every race.

Under 12s:
The girls team was short a couple of it’s lead performers for this day out and went to the line with a team of three. Robyn Maher lead the way for Anna Mullins and Nicola Dwyer to follow and valuable race experience gained for the girls for the weeks and months ahead.

The boys team had a breakthrough race when they took team silver in a competitive nine team race over 2000 meters. Cian Ryan took our first individual medal of the day with a magnificent third place in a thrilling sprint finish. Dylan Mulcahy backed up his performance in Castlelyons coming home in fifteenth place with Cormac Fennessy (17th) and Cian Dune (24th) completing the scoring four. The seven man team was completed by Josh Varley, Darragh Sheehan and Liam McDonagh. A wonderful achievement for the lads taking their first county medal and proof yet again that a well rounded team will always be in the mix.

Under 14s:
Our most successful age grouping were at it again on Sunday taking two team medals away with them.
The girls team were led to a silver team medal,as always , by the every willing Ava Fitzgerald mixing it up front for the individual medals. Ava took a magnificent individual silver in an exciting sprint finish with Leevale ACs Nicole Dinan. Leah Dunne had a return to racing with a solid 8th place just outside the six individual medals available for county competitions. The story of this team medal went to Lucy Lynch and Sinead Hurley who finished 14th & 15th with Katelyn Fitzgerald completing the team of five. Bringing back memories of two years back when they produced heroics in the national final to win national silver the girls put in a gritty performance over the 3000 meter race. Going to prove the mantra that every position counts, when the the team were tied with Youghal AC for silver the decision went our way due to Sinead finished ahead of Youghals fourth scorer to separate the teams on countback.
 
The boys team were as reliable as always when they defended their title from last year. The Aidan Maher and Timmy Colbert engine drove the crew from the front throughout and were rewarded with 8th and 9th place finishes. As usual very few positions separated the whole team with Bobby O’Riordan (12th) and Cathal Whooley (15th) rounding out the scoring four. Michael Mullins, Richard Barry, Luke Mullins and Peter Hawkins completed this fantastic squad who will surely challenge for a team podium at Munsters.
 
Under 16s:
The two under sixteen teams had yet more success for their efforts with the girls taking bronze and the boys silver in their team competitions.
The girls team was lead excellently by the resilience of Rebecca Kelleher who took an individual bronze with fifth place. Rebecca won a sprint finish from a group of four who were fighting for the final two medals after a 4000 meter race that was blisteringly fast paced from the gun.
Ellie Twomey had her best county finish with 12th with Cliona Lynch and Ciara Keohane making the scoring four in a hard fought competitive race. The team was completed by Mary Dorgan, Tess Dennehy and Kathryn O’Mahony.

The boys team were lead by recent transferee Timmy Hawkins who ran a measured race to finish 13th running up in age. Aaron Sheehan , David Maher and Odhran McCarthy made the scores with Rian O’Luasa completing the team to take a well deserved silver team medal which is just reward for their hard work over the last number of weeks.
 
Under 18s/Juniors:
In a combined race our girls picked up medals in both categories by winning the 18 and taking silver in the junior competition. All four were under 17s running in junior age category for the first time and more than held their own. Sinead Kearney set the pace for Lauren Murphy, Daisy Horan and Megan Murphy to get around the 4000 meter two lap race.
 
Daire O’Sullivan was our sole competitor in the boys race that was also a combined field. Daire had a solid run out in a competitive field coming 10th in the junior competition and taking a individual bronze with a fifth place in the under 18 category. An very encouraging start to Daires campaign on his return from an injury that say him miss the entire track season.

 Novice & Under 23 race:
We had two small but strong teams out for the novice women and men’s races and were rewarded with some excellent medals.
The women’s team took a fantastic bronze team medal to break yet more new ground for our club. Katie Walsh ran a well judged race to make up some serious ground over the final 1000 meters of the 4 kilometers when she put her track speed to good use. Katie finished an excellent 8th overall and 3rd in the under 23 race. Mary Fitzgerald was next across  the line in 13th after doing a steady pacing job throughout that was the foundation of Katie’s success.
The two Siobhan’s anchored the team to the medal with Siobhan Walsh just ahead of Siobhan Murphy.
Novice races are notoriously difficult to win and just to put a little context to this medal our last medal was when our women won in 1986 with a team of Michelle Murphy (3rd overall) , Janet O’Callaghan(Now Janet Forrest) M. Walsh , Fiona Casey in a race that was won by none other than Sonia O’Sullivan.
Another bit of trivia from the history books is that current junior/ adults coach Rhona won the title in 1993.
The mens team were unable to replicate the girls heroics but finished fourth out of ten teams.
Willie Walsh , Tony Dunne, Ruaidhri Myers , Don Sheehan and Conor Kelly  were unable to replicate the heroes of 1992 when another one of our junior/adults coaching group,Ger Foley, was the fourth scorer on that winning team.
A great return from both our teams and satisfying to see that we can mix it with some of the big adult clubs.
 
Other Business:

As our quite large contingent of marathon runners gets ready to take on the national championships at the end of the month some of them were putting the finishing touches to their programs by racing the 15 mile Cork to Cobh race organized by Cork BHAA.
Well done to Eileen, Cliona, Sonya, Liza , Caroline, Gus, Adam, Christy and Alan for completing what is a classic amongst the national running community and and growing steadily year on year with almost 900 finishers.

Look Forward:

This coming weekend we travel to the west of the city to Carraigadrohid for the county senior and uneven age juvenile championships hosted by West Muskerry AC. Please keep an eye on our social media platforms for travel info and timings later in the week.

01st October, 2019

XC Season Up & Running!

 The 2019 club cross country season kicked off last Sunday in bright sunshine and warm conditions with the East Cork Athletics Division Championships. The event was hosted by St. Nicholas AC in the village of Castlelyons with the favorable conditions bringing a strong crowd out to participate and spectate.
The course was a traditional anti clockwise layout with a one kilometer lap and a 500 meter inside loop to make up the various race distances. A dry hard and deceptively hilly course made for a good tough first day out for all squads.
Very encouraging that in the 18 category races we had teams out in 17 and took team medals in 15 of those.

Under 9 to 12s:
Our youngest training group had one of their most successful first day of East Cork competition for some years. The under 10 girls took team silver  lead by a terrific individual silver from Lucy Davis in their 1000 meter event.
The boys under 10s were just outside the medals with MJ Walsh they’re top scorer with a close finish for fourth place with a storming last 200 meters.
Under 12 girls were also just outside the team medals but had a good team effort none the less with Faye O’Riordan their top performer with an individual second place finish over the 1500 meter race.
The under 12 boys team bronze medal was built on top of two podium finishes from Cian Ryan (2nd) and Dylan Mulcahy (3rd).

 Under 14s:
Both 14 girls and boys teams took team gold over they’re respective 2 lap 2000 meter courses , picking up where they left off from last year.
Our first race win of the day went to Ava Fitzgerald and with Aine Sheridan on the third step it set the team well on their way to victory albeit by the smallest of margins.
The boys team did they’re usual hard working performance. No podium places but good solid running throughout the squad set them up for they’re comprehensive win lead all the way by Aiden Maher and Timmy Colbert.

Under 16s:
Our second individual win of the day went to Rebecca Kelleher in the girls 3000 meter race and she set up the team for a silver medal behind a strong Youghal AC outfit.
Our boys team took gold again with no podium place but solidly packed behind the individual medals to ease to the title. David Maher was pulling hard at the head of the team throughout their 3000 meter race.

Under 18/Juniors:
Doing the business as usual our older teenagers swept the board with the team prizes and a fair sprinkling of individual medals.
Sinead Kearney took individual bronze and lead the 18 girls to team gold over their 3000 meter race.
Nessa Wheeler took a hard fought bronze in the under 20 race over the same distance to help secure team silver behind a solid St Cathrines outfit.
The boys 18s 4500 meter race was won by Daire O’Sullivan and contributed greatly to team gold in both 18 and 20 categories.

Senior & Masters.
Our Senior teams fared as well as we could have hoped for with our women relinquishing their title to Youghal AC but taking team bronze as consolation with Jennifer Goggin leading the charge with a fourth place finish.
Our men took team silver behind the always impressive East Cork AC outfit winning the best of the rest competition with a mighty performance from Denis Hegarty mixing it with the big boys up front to take fourth.
Our women’s over 35 team took silver with Jennifer Goggin and Mary Fitzgerald both taking individual silver in their age categories.
The mens over 45 team won their category lead manfully by an individual silver medal performance from Tony Dunne.
The over 35 youngsters took team bronze in their category against strong East Cork AC  & Watergrasshill AC outfits.

Summary.
A wonderful first day out to start off the long season ahead which will hopefully continue right through Christmas and into February for a great many of our athletes.
It was encouraging to see full squads of our youngest athletes forming that with hopefully provide the stars of the future.

Other Business.
Last Saturday three of our clubs coaches completed an Athletics Ireland strength and conditioning workshop. These coach educational resources are an essential part of our continuing efforts to bring the best out of all our athletes. If anyone has any questions about how to get involved in coaching please ask and we will endeavor to put you on this very fulfilling track.

Look Forward.
The county even age cross country championships take place this coming Sunday in the north Cork village of Liscarroll. Details of timings and traveling directions will be available on our social media platforms later in the week.


18th September, 2019


05th August, 2019

Sad news everyone.
Unfortunately our clubs president Teddy O’Sullivan has passed away last night peacefully, surrounded by his family at his home in Island , C...arraig na bhFear.
Teddy was one of the founding members of our club and has served as our club president for the last decade. Teddy was an active member on our committee over the years and has hosted numerous cross country county and Munster events on his lands over the years.
We offer our most sincere condolences to Angela and his family at this time.
Teddy’s funeral arrangements can be found on rip.ie or by following this link https://rip.ie/…/timothy-teddy-o-sullivan-carraig-na…/395109
Rosary at the family residence tonight at 2000hrs.
Removal tomorrow from his home from 1600 to 1900 to the church of the immaculate conception, Carraig na bhFear.
Funeral mass on Wednesday at 1400 hrs with burial after in Dun Bolg cemetery.

01st August, 2019

National Seniors:

Last weekend the national senior track and field championships were held in Morton Stadium , Santry and our little club had two of our emerging underage athletes competing.
The national seniors is the pinnacle of athletics on this island and is big step up from the underage scene.
The experience from the athletes perspective is of increased performance pressure and meeting all the new experiences of competing on the big stage.
From the moment you arrive at the entrance there is a noticeable difference in atmosphere. More officials in their white polo shirts taking your entrance fee or checking your e ticket. The track itself is Roman amphitheater like as it seems to be set into the ground with a covered stand on one side and terraced banks all around.
Not that it has an unfriendly feel, the opposite really, it’s a hive of nervous smiles and excited chattering athletes. When you take a minute to observe you realize that everyone involved intends to be on their A game from officials, athletes and even the basket carriers that escort every athlete to their competition.
From the check in you realize that there is a new level of bureaucracy brought out at every stage. Two numbers instead of the normal one on your front , now you need to put one on the back also. Navigation of the warm up area and the call room where it could be the first time you get handed a sticker for each leg corresponding with your lane. Where do you stick it? On your hip , your IT band , your shoulder? Onto the track you are paraded and introduced over the public address by the announcer and why is there a TV camera in my face? Oh crap you forgot it’s live on TV. 
For any athlete the experience can be nerve wracking but it’s part of the experience and necessary if they aspire to be on that stage.

On Saturday the program is mostly heats on the track and some field event finals. Katie Walsh was the first 
of our two into action in the heats of the 400 hurdles at lunchtime.
A smooth run saw Katie through to the final for her second year clocking her third fastest time ever which saw her finish in third place and get a “big Q” after her name.
Her final would be the next evening which is another difference from juvenile competition where the final would be later that day.

The Sunday program kicked of with field events in the mid afternoon and Orla Coffey was in action in the Pole Vault competition.
Technical disciplines like vaulting are all about getting the best out of yourself on the day of competition. Learning to deal with the nerves and developing a championship temperament to hold your nerve when others falter.
Orla seems to be a performer for the big occasion and did the business again last Sunday.
Winning a terrific silver medal in her first appearance at the national senior outdoor competition was a magnificent result. Orla took the medal on count back with a maximum clearance of 3:55 meters and went onto make three attempts at extending her national youth record but it wasn’t to be on this day.
Yet another milestone achievement for Orla and also for Carraig na bhFear AC as it was our clubs second ever national outdoor medal with Orla following in her sister Emma’s footsteps when she medalled in 2017.

As the cameras kicked in for the live coverage at 1730 hrs Katie was back on for her 400 hurdles final at 18:05.
Running a solid first 200 Katie was in a battle for third when she got a little too close to the sixth hurdle and stumbled coming off it, losing precious momentum. Dropping back a bit Katie regained her composure and kept pushing finishing in fifth in her fourth fastest time ever. Rueful of what might have been Katie wasn’t long picking the positives and pointing out she was a dam sight better than last year and now feels she belongs performing at this national level. 

A wonderful weekend for our two competing athletes and taking a medal was a terrific achievement.
From a spectators point of view it was an absolute feast of athletics with some terrific races on the track and competitive field events.
Highlights for this commentator, outside our own athletes, where the mens one lap races which were filled with drama and excitement from the heats on Saturday through to the finals on Sunday where the top six of the eight finalists were covered by a little over half a second.
Very enjoyable to see the small number of Cork athletes that participated being competitive and having a very high strike rate with medals.

Other Business:

Under fourteen athlete Aiden Maher won the Juvenile one mile race at last weekends Grange Fermoy AC road race in a time of 6 minutes 18 seconds. Aidens younger sister Robyn also competed flying the flag for our club. Well done to both.

Look Forward:

With organized training taking its summer break we will be back on the 22nd of August in the College for the beginning of the XC season.
If anyone is interested in coming along or joining our club this would be the time to take the big step. 
Orla Coffey continues her season for one more week as she has been selected to compete in the reconfigured Celtic international which has been rebranded the youth nations cup. It is an under 18 team track and field competition that will be held in Morton Stadium this Saturday and Ireland will take on the England team.

25th July, 2019

SIAB international:

Pole vault aficionado Orla Coffey was in action in the schools international competition the SIABs (Schools International Athletics Board) which took place last Saturday in Swansea university’s athletics stadium. Teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England compete against each other in the intermediate schools age group across all the athletics disciplines for individual and overall team medals.
Orla vaulted to another magnificent medal taking silver with a maximum clearance of 3:56 meters. Orla kept a clean card clearing every height she attempted on her first effort which secured the medal on count back as two other competitors equaled her height but had knocked the bar along their way. Another milestone achievement for Orla and one of the high standard targets that she sets herself accomplished.

National league Final:

Eleven of our junior and senior athletes were selected on the East Cork Athletics Division teams that fielded for the national league finals in Tullamore last Saturday.
Both men and womens teams had qualified for the division one final and were at nearly full strength to take on the task of competing against the country’s best club athletes.
32 teams compete for the podium medals in premier and division one finals with eight teams in each division for both men and women.
Every team has to qualify through two rounds of league competitions where only the top eight teams in each get to perform on finals day.
Our womens team qualified by topping division one for the second year but as they learned last year it’s a whole different ball game when national medals are up for grabs with the standard of competition markedly higher.
The mens team didn’t make the final last year but after two hard fought days in the league rounds they made it this year as the seventh of eight teams.
Saturday’s weather was pleasant enough, dry , overcast for the most part with a slight breeze blowing across the track.

The mens team performance was well above their 7th seeding going into the competition and they finished the day in fourth place.
Five of our clubs lads were in action throughout the day and Ciarán Nugent was the only athlete on both teams to win an event when he took 9 points in the 400 hurdles. Ciarán also ran the first leg of the 4X400 with Carraig club mates Arron Callanan and Darragh Walsh on legs two & three to take 5th place and four points.
Arron also ran the 400 flat in a time of 54 seconds flat to take fifth place and another 4 points.
Michael Hand contributed a fine 10 points with a third place finish in the javelin and fifth in the 56lb weight for distance throw.
Ciarán Hurley took on his speciality, the race walk and brought in 7 points for second place over the 3km distance event.
Fourth place for the boys surpassed expectations going into the event and hopefully will sow the seeds for the years ahead to reap rewards in the form of medals.

The girls team were quietly confident of maybe getting some joy from their excellent performance in the league rounds. As they found out last year getting to the final is one thing but it’s a whole different story to be competitive on the day. It was a story of tight margins for the girls as they finished in fourth place loosing out on third place by count back after finishing on the same points total as Kerry County but separated by Kerry’s number of event wins. The East Cork ladies in fact didn’t win a single event but crucially were second in six of their fifteen scoring events.
Katie Walsh continued to lead by example by competing in five events and contributing 18 individual points from three events and also running both relays. Katie set a new PB in the 400 hurdles of 62:72 and was second by a mere tenth of a second.
First year junior Emma Akinkoulie has also proved her worth and stamina by contributing 8 individual points in the 100 and 200 meter sprints. Emma took a massive three tenths of a second off her 100 PB running alongside serious opponents like senior indoor 60 meter champion , City of Lisburn ACs  Lauren Roy. Emma also ran in both relays where the team were 2nd & 3rd respectively in the 4X400 and 4X100.
Nessa Wheeler took one for the team when she ran the 3000 meter steeplechase race and finished in third place and took a very valuable 6 points. Nessa also keep her beloved place in the 4X400 relay running leg two even after her steeplechase heroics.
Sarah Constant took on the specialist race walk for the women and took fifth place and a valuable four points.
Martha Quain threw Discus and took on the hammer for the team and came back from the throwing cage outside the arena with 10 points.
Jennifer Goggin was comfortable in the lead of the 1500 meters when tragedy struck and she had to pull up injured. Devastated Jennifer reluctantly pulled out and it was a tough end for her as she was one who has bought into the project from the outset. We wish her a speedy recovery.
With so many “nearly could have beens “ for the women throughout the day it just wasn’t meant to be their day to medal. Loads of positives besides that will hopefully strengthen their resolve to go again next year and crack the podium.

National Relay Championships:

Two of our under 14 boys teams were qualified for national relay finals after the county championships in June.
Both teams traveled to Tullamore on last Sunday to take their place in the second heat of two in the hopes of making the final.
With the A team of Ruaidhri Boyle, Cathal Whooley, Bobby O’Riordan and Theo DeSouza there is a relatively experienced group who have been fourth at nationals for the previous two years.
The B team of Richard Barry , Aidan Maher, Howard O’Connor and Zach O’Connor were newbies at this level of competition with three of the four making their first trip to a national track and field championships.
The weather wasn’t favorable on the afternoon relay competition with heavy rain putting a damper on proceedings.
With two teams drawn on the second heat it was always unlikely that both would get to the final and that’s the way it worked out. The A squad had a smooth run to qualify automatically in second place but despite a fantastic last leg by Richard Barry the second team bowed out finishing in a quite respectable fourth place.
I the final the lads were up against some fairly slick outfits and didn’t manage to put pressure on the medal positions finishing in sixth place.

All Ireland B Championships:

The all Ireland B track and field championships took place alongside the relays in Tullamore last Sunday also. The B ,or development all Ireland’s , in track and field are only open to athletes that did not qualify for national A finals in individual events and are for ages under 12 to 16 inclusive.
Seven of our youngsters were in action in middle distance, sprints, jumps and throws.
Rebecca Kelleher topped the podium in the under 15 girls 800 meters race. Rebecca also took part in the high jump where she was 5th.

Two of Rebecca’s training partners Ciara Keohane and Ellie Twomey also ran in the 15s 800 and finished in 5th and 7th respectively.
Cathal Whooley put the cream on top of a very successful breakthrough season in sprints when he took silver in the under 14 80 meters running a PB time to booth.
Aine Sheridan took her first national track medal with a bronze in the under 14 800 meter race. Aine also threw shot but was down the order in the end.
Ruaidhri Boyle doubled up on his day out with the relay team to take the opportunity to long jump in the under 14s competition taking a silver medal.
Aidan Maher took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the under 14 800 meters as he was traveling with the relay teams also and ran well in his race to finish 6th.

A wonderful return from our young athletes taking the opportunity to perform at the nationals and gain valuable experience that hopefully will see them back next year in the A championships.

Look Forward:

This weekend we have three of our athletes entered in the national senior  track and field championships which will take place at Morton Stadium in Santry on Saturday and Sunday. Katie Walsh and Ciarán Nugent will hope to get through qualifiers on Saturday for the 400 hurdles final live on RTE TV on Sunday evening.
Orla Coffey will be hoping for a Senior medal in the pole vault competition.
The season has drawn to its conclusion for all but a few of our athletes and all organized training will take a break for a few weeks.
Our intention is to return to training on Tuesday the 20th of August where we intend to support our neighbors in Carraig na bhFear GAA by participating in their annual 5km road race fundraiser. All groups will recommence on Thursday the 22nd in the college playing fields for the start of the XC season training.

16th July, 2019
Odhrna and Orla National Champions!

The final two days of the juvenile national track and field championships were held in Tullamore last weekend and we had twelve athletes in competition over the two days.
The weather on Saturday started off cool but got increasingly warmer and on the Sunday the temperatures were in the mid twenties in blazing sunshine with people scrambling for shade where they could find it. Light winds on both days had negligible effect on events.

Odhrna Hurley was first up on Saturday morning in the under 14 girls two kilometer race walk. After clenching the indoor title earlier in the year Odhrnas cards were well marked before the start Saturday as one of the favorites to contend for the title. The race started conservatively enough in the first lap with the 11 strong field tightly packed and Odhrna not far off the front hugging the kerb and covering the moves. As the field stared to thin out Odhrna held her line on the kerb racing the shortest route and matching every push that came up on her right shoulder. With 600 meters to go the front group was down to three and Odhrna found herself covering multiple surges from South Galway ACs Sinead Maher who aggressively tried to put her stamp on proceedings. Every attack Odhrna managed and with 200 meters to go , as she just closed another gap she launched her own finishing kick and instantly opened a 10 meter lead that the two girls closest couldn’t match. Speeding down the home straight South Galways Maher tried to close the gap but the damage was done and Odhrna took her second title of the year showing the calm and poise of an athlete many years older.

The second of our four walkers in action was Jess Murphy in the next age group up , the under 15 girls 2000 meters race.
Jess has had a stellar year with numerous county and Munster medals from both indoor and outdoor championships. Making her second appearance at the national outdoor finals after having debuted last year Jess found the going though and didn’t manage to better her 6th place last year.

Orla Coffey was in action in the under 18 girls pole vault in the afternoon on Saturday and was going into a the competition as the hot favorite.
Up against her old sparring partner Anna Ryan of Moycarkey Coolcroo AC Orla didn’t have it all her own way. Ryan had an immaculate card up to 3:35 meters and set a new championship record ever so briefly as Orla failed on her first attempt at the height and clearing only on her second attempt , left Orla in second on countback. Both girls failed their first effort at the new height of 3:45 meters and things started to get serious. Orla gritted her teeth and converted her second attempt at the height as Ryan failed her three attempts at the height which leapfrogged Orla onto the top step of the podium and victory. Three solid efforts at 3:55 to extend the championship record by Orla but it was to stay at 3:45. Another national title and championship record for Orla in an hugely impressive year to date that has yet to reach its pinnacle as she heads to Wales to compete in the SIABs this weekend.

David Maher the third of our race walkers was taking to the national stage for his first time in the boys under 16 walk. Fourth place for David but an encouraging performance where he knocked a massive two minutes off his previous best time over the 3km distance from his silver medaling performance at the Munsters.

Ciarán Hurley was the last of our
race walkers in action on Saturday after lunch in the boys under 17 3000 meters. Another national medal for Ciarán as he took silver in his race behind the impressive Mullingar Harriers athlete Matthew Glennon. A return to form for Ciarán as he overturned the schools final result by beating Darragh Mitchell (North Leitrim AC) into third place and laid down a time faster than last years final over the same distance.

Theo DeSouza was long jumping in the under 14 boys age group on Saturday afternoon also and had a mighty battle to take yet another medal. Jumping two PBs in the first and third rounds Theo was in third position going into the final round of three jumps where the top eight of the sixteen strong competition get to decide the medals.
No improvement despite three more big efforts saw Theo hold onto his bronze medal place in a high standard competition.
Theo was also in action on Sunday in the 14 boys 200 meters where he was up against some serious competition in the outside lane in the second heat of three. Fifth in his race where only two went through automatically saw Theo bow out.

Two of our older teenagers were running in the 400 meter heats on Saturday hoping to make one of the eight lanes in the final.
Emma Akinkoulie and Arron Callanan are relative newbies to athletics and have had a terrific debut year so far taking county and Munster medals in schools and club competitions.
Emma was first up in the girls under 17 running a PB in her heat to make the final as a fastest non automatic qualifier. In the final Emma bettered her time by one second , setting another PB to finish in fifth place from lane one in a fast race where the championship record was broken.
Arron had a tough task in the boys under 18 heat 1 of two which was by far the fastest of both.
Not having the best start from an inside lane he was under pressure from the gun from some big units outside him. Fighting back into contact by the second bend took its toll and Arron didn’t make the final.
A great experience for both our first timers and a measure of where they are and what they need to do to improve for next season.

Harry Buckley was another making his debut at national championships at the under 17 age group boys long jump. With the target of making the top eight in his first round three jumps from the field of 13 boys ,Harry out did himself and was in fourth place going into the final three jumps.
Some good efforts to claw himself onto the podium by Harry but it was not to be his day as he was pushed back to fifth in the final round. A great result none the less and Harry is still improving and was a mere 13 centimeters of the silver medal position. Another who will have a target to aim for to improve over the winter months and next season.


The first of our four Sunday athletes to take the big stage was Lily O’Riordan. Lily was competing in javelin and long hurdles on her second trip to nationals this season after getting to the short hurdles final on day one.
At lunchtime Lily was in girls under 16 500 gram javelin up against a field of twelve qualified athletes. Hoping to improve on her 7th place finish last year Lily got about her business early throwing a PB of 32:42 in her second effort to put her in third position as the field was reduced to eight for the final three throws.
In the fourth round Lily was pushed back to fourth by Cushinstown ACs Amy Callaghan but rallied like a true professional to throw two further PBs with her final two efforts. Her last round throw of 34:90 meters eventually leapfrogged the Kildare athlete and put Lily on the third step of the podium to take her first ever national club medal.
In the afternoon the long hurdles program saw Lily qualifying for the final of the 250 meter hurdles as a fastest non automatic qualifier. Getting the draw of the inside lane one for the final which is not ideal for hurdles Lily pulled one out of the bag to run two seconds faster than her heat setting a new PB and finishing in fifth place. A good result after a long days competition in some sweltering conditions.

In the heat of the midday sun Ava Fitzgerald was in action as our only middle distance athlete of the weekend in the under 14 girls 1500 meters. Always traditionally the yellow ribboned event of Irish athletics this race did not disappoint on the standards. In a race where 12 of the 16 strong field broke the 5 minute barrier is some going for thirteen year olds. Ava finished a very fine 9th just 10 seconds off a medal in one of the races of the championships which was won by the  very impressive Dunleer AC athlete Erinn Leavy who has dominated the age group middle distances this season.

Our oldest competitor of the weekend was under nineteen field eventer was our queen of the discus Martha Quain. Another medal for the uber consistent Martha as she threw a near PB effort of 35:11 to take silver to cap off a hugely successful juvenile career with a plethora of national cub and schools medals to her name. A wonderful ambassador for her club and school over the years we hope to see her transition into senior competition over the years ahead.

Summary:

Over the four days of juvenile national competition we had seventeen of our juveniles in individual competition and took seven national medals.
Two national champions and one record breaker with some very close fourth and fifth place finishes makes us competitive at the top end of most fields. Encouraging that we had six first timers making the grade and will hopefully build on the experience after testing the water this time. It’s rare that you crack the podium on your first trip to nationals and sometimes it can be an eye opener and a realization of the work requirements to get a national medal around your neck.
Again a huge thank to all the families that keep the show on the road week after week. We appreciate the efforts and sacrifices that have to be made to achieve the incremental improvements that bring with them success.

County Graded Leagues:

The fourth and final round of the John Buckley sponsored graded leagues took place on last Monday night in CIT and we had four of our seniors getting some sharpening into their legs before the weekend when they compete with the East Cork Division team in the national league final.
Katie Walsh won the High jump and 200 meter women’s events, Ciarán Nugent ran a PB in the 800 and Jennifer Goggin Walsh began her prep for national masters with a solid run in the 3000 where she was second woman.

Look Forward:

One of the biggest days in the calendar for club athletics is the national league final. It takes place in Tullamore this Saturday where sixteen of the best women and men’s club and county teams battle it out to take the prestigious premier and division one titles. Ten of our senior and junior athletes are involved with the East Cork Athletics Division women’s and men’s teams in division one. It will be a big day for them as they line out against some of the countries elite sports personalities and endeavor to hold their own and hope for more.

The very final day of Juvenile Athletics this season takes place this Sunday in Tullamore when the relay finals take center stage alongside the B development national championships. Two of our under 14 boys teams have qualified for the finals and we have eight individual athletes entered in 11 events in the B’s.

Orla Coffey travels to Wales this weekend to compete for the Irish schools team in the SIAB international. Orla will be competing in pole vault in her third time in an Irish singlet.


04th July, 2019
Lucy lands national silverware!

All Ireland T&F finals:

Our first two qualified athletes headed to Tullamore last Saturday to take their place in the call room and line out at the national juvenile track and field championships.
Under 12 Faye O’Riordan and under 13 Lucy Lynch were competing in turbo javelin and high jump respectively.
Both girls are training partners, friends and their competitions were starting at the same time so both got to warm up together , which helped ease the stress of the big day. 
Faye was competing at her first national track and field championships after taking silver in the Munster qualifying event.
In a 19 athlete competition Faye had to be in the top eight after three throws to make the final where those eight get a further three efforts to have a chance to decide the medals.
Faye was in 10th place after three throws in a high standard competition  and didn’t progress to the final three throws. The second of the four Munster girls was confirmation that she performed to the best of her ability and with so many years development ahead we haven’t seen the last of Faye.
Lucy was vying to take her third medal at three successive nationals in the ever more competitive 13s high jump. A bronze from both last years outdoors and this years indoor competition has given Lucy a wealth of experience despite her tender years. 
She needed to draw on every bit of that invaluable resource on a day when the opposition had upped their game.
Three times Lucy had third attempt clearances on her way to posting a wonderful new PB of 1:48 to take a dramatic silver medal.
A height so impressive that it makes Lucy the third best high jumper in our club at the age of 12.

Summary:

Sometimes because we read week after week about athletes like Lucy and Faye achieve this PB and that medal we take a little for granted when they step onto the national stage and perform at the highest level of competition available to them.
The girls, like all that make nationals are the top 2% and to pull a medal puts anyone in rare company indeed. 
A wonderful achievement from both girls and a great start to our clubs all Ireland campaign.

Graded leagues:

Last Friday night ten strong cohort of our juniors and seniors competed in the John Buckley sponsored graded leagues in CIT.
On a warm still night the conditions were perfect for good times and relaxed racing in a friendly atmosphere.
In the leagues there are four rounds and prizes are awarded for best overall club and individual male, female each night.
Points are awarded on an international graded scale for each event, hence the name “graded leagues “, and added together for prize allocation.
It’s also a great opportunity for athletes to race against the clock and for new comers to dip their toes into senior track and field competition.
Notable performances on the night were Nessa Wheeler and Katie Walsh who both ran PBs in the women’s 400 meter race where we had four racing.
Katie also topped the 100 meter women’s section and PB’d in the long jump.
Harry Buckley was second in the men’s long jump and Arron Callanan was fourth in the men’s 400.

National league round two:

Our junior and senior athletes that have been selected to compete with the East Cork Athletics Division women’s and men’s teams in the national track and field senior league were in action in Athlone on Sunday.
With both teams resources spread thin for numerous reasons a mighty effort was necessary for both to qualify for the final.
The women’s team were in a relatively strong position going into the second round and had to consolidate their position with only seven girls available to travel to Athlone.
They more than held their own and in fact when the dust settled they had topped the division one league.
Four of the seven were Carraig girls. Katie Walsh again gave a 100% performance winning the high jump, 400 hurdles , taking third in the 100 hurdles and running a leg on both relays to contribute to a whopping 40 points. 
First year junior Emma Akinkoulie took fourth in both the 100 & 200 sprints, posting a three tenths improvement in her PB in the 100.
Emma also ran in both relays to contribute 26 points.
Nessa Wheeler ran the 400 and posted another PB improvement in three days. Nessa also ran both relays to add 23 points to the teams overall.
Race walker Sarah Constant traveled the long road up to cover the 1500 meter walk and came second to add an all important 7 points that only she  could supply.
The boys team had six Carraig lads contribute to an historic days efforts when they secured the eighth and final berth for the division one final.
Ciarán Nugent got the boys day off to a flyer by winning both the 400 hurdles & pole vault and later ran the first leg of the 4X400 relay to contribute to 23 points.
Arron Callanan ran the 400 and 400 relay to post 10 important points.
Three of our  first year juniors were involved throughout the day to pull the team through. Harry Buckley covered the long jump and a leg of the 4X100 relay to throw on 9 points.
Ciarán Hurley won his 3000 meter race walk to notch another all important 9 pointer and Darragh Walsh ran the third leg of the 400 relay after waiting all the long day to add his effort to the team goal.
Women’s team manager and Carraig coach Willie Walsh pulled on a singlet to toss the 56lb weight for distance a “whopping “ 3.65 meters gathering 5  points.
Both teams will now line out together on the Tullamore Harriers track on the 20th of July in the national league division one final hoping to challenge for a national team medal and make yet more history for our corner of the country.

Munster Multi Events:

Last Sunday three of our under 14 athletes took on the Munster Multi events or pentathlon championships in Ennis. A long days competition yielded more medals for our hard working multi eventers.
Aine Sheridan took her biggest scalp to date by taking the under 14 girls title.
Timmy Colbert backed up last years win with a silver medal in this years event.
Despite winning three of the five disciplines Theo DeSouza DNFd after being unable to compete in the 800 meter final event.
A great return from the three that competed and a great finish to the multi events season.

Munster Bs:

A strong showing from our athletes that traveled to Ennis on last Sunday and a healthy medal haul made up for a long and disjointed day. Running the B competitions alongside the multi events championships was not ideal for a smooth running event and should be addressed in future.
Youngest on the day was under 13 Richard Barry who ran 80 meters and 800, taking his first Munster medal with bronze in the 800.
Cathal Whooley notched another milestone in a wonderful season by taking silver in the 80 meter sprint. In a dead heat , first and second were given the same time and only separated by the photo finish.
In under 14 girls Leah Dunne and Aine Sheridan were first and third in the 800 meters. Aine increased her medal haul for a busy day with bronze in the high jump.
In under 15 girls we had three competing. Rebecca Kelleher and Ciara Keohane were first and second in the high jump.
The two girls were joined by Ellie Twomey in the 800 where Rebecca took the win with Ciara third and Ellie a little back in 6th.
Rian O’Luasa was our sole representative in the boys 15 and took a bronze in the high jump.

A great return from our middle age juveniles in what was a long day at the office and great to see some diversity in the disciplines they invest in.

Look Forward:

This weekend on the Saturday the national junior and under 23 championships are on in Tullamore.
On Sunday the second day of national juvenile track and field championships are on in Tullamore where the focus is on short hurdles , steeplechase , 800 meters on the track and the usual mix of age group field events.


18th June, 2019

Munster Juvenile Track & Field:

 Another weekend and another trip away , to Kerry this time , to participate in day three and four of the Munster juvenile track and field championships. The east Kerry town of Castleisland was the destination and the impressive An Riocht club facility was the venue.
The weather didn’t do us any favors on the Saturday with drizzle interspersed with downpours between periods of sunshine making for a typical summer Saturday. Sunday was better fare and better conditions especially for the field events.
Over the two days we had eighteen competitors in ten different disciplines in seven of the eight age categories.

Saturday:

Walks:
Six walkers toed the start line in the first event on the Saturday morning in mild conditions before the rain came.
In under 14 girls Odhna Hurley had a comprehensive win over the 2000 meter five lap race.
Another impressive Munster crown for Odhrna ,her third of the year adding to her indoor and Munster Schools titles.
In the under 15 age category Jess Murphy took a wonderful silver medal in a tight affair where only 16 seconds covered positions 1 to 4. Again racing over 5 laps Jess put in an strong final 600 meters to pull herself from fourth up to second and so nearly took the win.
Multi talented under 16 athlete Lily O’Riordan was also racing over 2km and was just off the podium with a fourth place finish in a high standard race.
The first of our three male walkers to cross the finish line in the mixed age group boys 3km seven and one half lap race was under 17 Ciarán Hurley.
Ciarán, fresh from completing his junior cert had a solid race to take yet another Munster title. Another few weeks of intense training and a trip to the Tailteann games to represent Munster will prepare him well for his assault on the national finals in July.
In under 16 boys we had two on the podium with Alan Davis taking silver just ahead David Maher with his first outdoor Munster medal.

Carraig na bhFear AC race walkers Odhrna Hurley, Jess Murphy & Lily O’Riordan who competed at the Munster juvenile track and field championships in Castleisland last weekend.

 400 meters:

Three of our older teens were taking on the one lap sufferfest that is 400 meter running for their first munster club championships.
The 400 meters is only available for 17s,18s and 19s due to the demanding nature of the effort needed to sprint one lap of the track. Learning to get the balance right between going out too hard and blowing up and going out easy and not being in with a shot of medals is a learning curve that only comes with experience.
Emma Akinkoulie was first up in the under 17 girls race and in only her third ever 400 she seemed to have gotten the balance right with a wonderful even paced ,yet fast ,first 350 meters. As she neared the finish line with a 15 meter lead and 50 meters to go the dreaded lactate took its toll. Grinding out the last painful meters Emma was just caught on the line by a hard charging Nicola Tuthill of Bandon AC. A magnificent silver from Emma and a new PB was a great return in her first year of track racing.
In 17 boys Darragh Walsh felt the full effects of what Emma has experienced only minutes earlier. In the mix for the last medal place coming off the final bend the line couldn’t come soon enough for Darragh and he finished in seventh.
Chalk it down to experience for Darragh as a run closer to his PB would have had him on the podium.
Arron Callanan was in his first appearance at Munster club championships also and as he came off the last bend onto the home straight with the stagger unwound he had a bit to do to get amongst the medals. Gritting his teeth he put in a brave effort to make it to the leaders and hauled himself up to fourth. A bit off his PB for Arron and frustration that if he had gotten close to that time it would have won the race.
None the less the experience gained will undoubtedly stand to all three as they develop their race craft.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Emma Akinkoulie who took silver in the under 17 400 meters at the Munster juvenile track and field championships last weekend.

 Long Jump:

Two of our under 14 boys were long jumping on Saturday lunchtime. Theo DeSouza and Ruaidhri Boyle were hoping to replicate last years heroics when Theo won the title with a championship record and Ruaidhri was fourth earning his first trip to nationals. The day seemed to be going to plan when going into the final round of jumps and the boys were as last year. Unluckily both boys were pushed down one place in that final round. Theo had a silver Munster medal but Ruaidhri was unluckily in fifth and outside a trip to Tullamore for nationals.

80/100 meter sprints:

In the ultra competitive world of age group sprints we had a few competing.
In boys under 13 80 meters our youngest competitor of the day was Richard Barry. Three heats would decide the final with the first two from each heat and the next two fastest overall making up the eight lane final. Richard was fourth in his the third heat with a time equal to the third placed athlete but separated by thousands of seconds. His heat was marginally slower than the second so from this the two fastest losers came from. Harsh lines for qualifying with such big fields but , that’s the cut throat world of sprints.
In the under 14s we had three competitors fighting to get one of the eight lanes in the  final. Aiden Maher , Ruaidhri Boyle and Cathal Whooley didn’t manage to get there but Cathal was unluckily the only athlete to break 11 seconds and not make the cut.
Emma Akinkoulie was back in action after her exertions in the 400 to come third in her 100 meters heat and get a capital Q and a place in the final despite a torrential rain shower before and during her race.
In the final she ran to another very respectable 5th place in a high standard race.

Javelin:

Lily O’Riordan was back in action in the mid afternoon in girls 16 500 gram javelin. In heavy rain Lily threw a new PB in her very first throw to lay in second place after the round one throws. In the heavy rain it was no surprise that none of the podium positions after the first round changed or came under pressure from further down the order. A wonderful silver medal for Lily and a PB in harsh conditions was a nice bonus.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Lily O’Riordan throwing Javelin at the Munster track and field championships in Castleisland last weekend.

High Jump:

One of our under 14 boys was in action in the boys high jump. Timmy Colbert was jumping in the rain in a very large competitive field of young men. A sixth place finish for Timmy where he was a little off his best. Timmy will now be able to concentrate his efforts into javelin as he heads to nationals hoping to replicate last years performance where he took his first outdoor medal.

 Discus:

In under 19 girls Martha Quain had to throw discus in a torrential downpour that would leave you wondering as to the sanity of some of the officialdom. A short break would have been excusable to facilitate the worst of the rain to pass over. In the circumstances Martha threw 10 meters under her PB to take the title but it was a long way to travel for a drenching but another title was worth the effort.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Martha Quain well and truly drenched after winning the under 19 discus at the Munster juvenile track and field championships last weekend.

Sunday:

200 meters:

First up on Sunday were two of our under 14 boys in the heats of the 200 meter sprints. Ruaidhri Boyle and Theo DeSouza were making their second day appearance and both took one of the eight lanes in the final. It wasn’t Ruaidhris day finishing seventh but Theo had a fourth place finish which qualifies him for national finals for his first time racing the distance nationally.

1500 meters:

Two more from our strong under 14 age group , Aine Sheridan and Ava Fitzgerald, were in action in the girls 1500 meters final.
Aine , coming off the back of a stunning breakthrough cross country season last year has successfully embraced both field and track events this season. A seventh place finish out of a high standard field of 15 athletes was yet another close call for Aine who has been desperately unlucky not to make it to nationals in her first track season.
Ava on the other hand has been battling these trenches for many years already and that experience told as she pulled off a wonderful bronze medal run. Ava has been one of our most prolific middle distance athletes for a few years now and with the variety of track races opening up to her as she moves through the age groups it won’t be long before she cracks the so far elusive national track medal.

Long Hurdles:

Lily O’Riordan was back in action in yet another discipline in the Sunday afternoon. Our last athlete of the weekend ,Lily was racing the straight final of the under 16 250 meter hurdles. Long hurdles is well named as its nickname “the man killer “ , for its lung bursting and lactate inducing
efforts needed to compete. Because of this the distance it’s raced over is incrementally increased yearly until eventually at under 18 the full lap is raced over. Always one of the most exciting spectator races Lily didn’t disappoint when she took a hard fought bronze medal. A second trip to nationals for Lily and her first time qualifying in long hurdles.

Summary:

Eleven medals from the weekend added to the medal haul from the earlier weekends makes for a total of eighteen medals in total. With over 20 individuals now qualified for nationals it is nice to see our next generation of young athletes taking the step onto the national stage with six making their debut appearances.

Other Business:

On Wednesday evening the Grant Thornton 5km corporate challenge took place in the city. We had been tasked with providing 20 stewards for the event for which our club received a cash payment per steward provided. A big thank you to our members that volunteered. The money will be spent in the coming weeks on our athletes preparing for nationals.

 Look Forward:

Thursday night we are off to Ballynoe to the day two program of the East Cork Athletics Division track and field championships. We are in the hunt to take the overall prize of best club and with a big effort from all we can be in the shake up.
A down weekend this weekend as we catch our breath and prepare for the beginning of nationals the week after.
Two of our older teens have been selected to represent Munster in the interprovincial schools Tailteann games competition. Orla Coffey is selected for pole vault and Ciarán Hurley in race walks. Best of luck to both.


11th June, 2019

Munster medal milestones!

 On our travels again last weekend we had two days in Templemore for more Munster championships competitions.
On Saturday it was the second of four days of Munster juvenile championships and on Sunday our junior, senior and masters athletes competed in their Munster championships.
The weather on both days was quite similar with sunshine and showers lending a bit of a déjà vu feel to the second day as we spent the day ducking downpours.
The scheduling of dates for both days championships could have been better as the weekend fell right in the middle of state exams and the GAA Féile na nGael weekend. As a result of that the fields in quite a few of the affected age groups were disappointing to say the least. Having said that there was still plenty of entertaining contests for the most part.

 Munster Juvenile Track & Field:

Our juvenile section had 12 competitors in action on the Saturday in eight separate disciplines.
Our youngest competitor was under 13 Richard Barry who raced the 60meter sprint hurdles in the morning, the 600 after lunch and ran the first leg of the under 14 4X100 relay in the afternoon.
Richard got through his heat of the hurdles and in the final was seventh in a competitive race where 1.5 seconds covered the field.
In his 600 heat he was just outside the three automatic places to make the final from the first of two heats.
A few of our under 14 group traveled and competed throughout the day and took our first medals.
Theo DeSouza was at his usual competitive best taking bronze in the 75 meter hurdles just ahead of his training partner Bobby O’Riordan who was fourth.
Timmy Colbert took another Munster medal with a fine performance in under 14 400 gram javelin. In a tight affair Timmy managed to pull ahead of a pack of four throwing for two medals behind the impressive winner Corey Scanlan of Finisk Valley AC. Timmy’s best of 32:91 in the first round of throws was enough to hold onto the silver medal and book his place at national finals.
Our two 4X100 relay teams that had taken medals in the counties were fairly stripped with the Féile weekend activities. With some of our under 13s stepping up to fill the vacant slots it was a tough act against the impressive Dooneen AC who have been national champions for a few years now. Carraig an Suir and Templemore athletics clubs took bronze and silver with our boys 3hundreds behind in fourth. A great experience for the younger lads and a indicator of the work needed to be done if the boys hope to do one better than last year and get on the podium at nationals.
Thanks to all the lads that traveled , Cathal, Luke , Howard and Dylan who joined Theo, Bobby , Timmy and Richard to make up the two teams.

 Aine Sheridan made her first appearance at a Munster track and field championships in her under 14 age group competing in High jump, javelin and the 800 meters.
Aine had a fine outing laying down a PB in both the Javelin where she was 6th and the high jump finishing in 8th. She was desperately close to booking a spot at nationals with a 5th place in a high quality 800 meters which contained last years national champion.

 In the under 15 age category we had two girls in the 800 meter race. Ellie Twomey and Sorcha Daly raced well but were not in the shake up for medals on this day.
In under 16 girls Lily O’Riordan was in action early in the day in the 80 meter sprint hurdles. With heats and a final in quick succession Lily qualified third in her heat and even though running faster in the final she had the disappointment of finishing fifth for the second year running in what is an extremely competitive age group. The top five have all previously medaled at national level , including Lily.
Another under 16 competition that was of a very high standard was Michelle Ugwah’s long jump. Michelle jumped her second longest jump ever of 5:36 meters but that was incredibly only good enough for 3rd place on the podium and a bronze medal. Michelle herself the schools junior national champion losing out this time to the schools intermediate champion St Mary’s AC athlete Laura Frawley who set a new championship record. Silver went to Katie Nolke of Ferrybank AC who had the same 5:36 as Michelle but her next best jump put her ahead of our girl. The girls will renew their rivalry at nationals in a few weeks time and we won’t be surprised to see all three on the podium again.
In under 17 boys long jump we had a first for junior cert student Harry Buckley. Harry took a break from studying to jump a PB if 5:71 meters and take bronze for his first ever individual Munster medal and will now be taking his first trip to nationals after his exams.
Our oldest competitor on the day was pole vaulter Orla Coffey. We’ve become, in a relatively short time ,so used to expecting to read about Orla winning nearly everything she enters. This day was just another one of those days where she won a title and smashed a long standing championship record without fuss or fanfare. That’s just the way Orla operates. No bells or whistles around Orla, just hard work and dedication. Turning up every wet evening and cold winters morning to practice her sport. A dedicated athlete that can tell you off the top of her head how long it takes to drive to nearly every venue in the country. That’s the level of repetition in training it takes to win titles and break records with apparent ease.

 Summary:

A Munster title, championship record, five medals in total and six athletes qualified for national finals. Another successful day out for our club with eight of our athletes now headed to Tullamore with two more days of Munster championships to come.

Munster Junior,Under 23 & Senior Championships:

On Sunday it was the turn of our older teens and adults.
Jennifer Goggin Walsh took yet another masters title when she won the F35 1500 meters. Capping off a recent great run of results Jennifer’s time of 5 minutes flat is a good indicator of her improving form.
Orla Coffey was back in action on Sunday in the junior (under 20) pole vault. Another championship best performance and victory for Orla just to cap off an amazing fortnight for her.
Katie Walsh took three senior medals when she won the 400 hurdles race, equaling her second fastest time ever. Katie added two silvers in the 100 hurdles and 400 flat in another tough day at the office for one of our most consistent athletes.
Emma Akinkoulie continues in her track apprenticeship running 400 meters in the junior women’s category. Yet another fourth place in a championship race for Emma but running a PB in heavy rain was a good indication that it won’t be long before she cracks a podium result.
Ciaran Nugent took his first Munster junior title with an impressive win in the 400 hurdles. A wonderful milestone for Ciaran who doubled up in the 400 flat and added a bronze for what capped off another great day for our junior/senior group.

Look Forward:

Day three and four of the juvenile championships take place in An Riocht ACs track in Castleisland, Co Kerry this Saturday & Sunday.



04th June, 2019

Super Schools Saturday!

All Ireland Schools:

Last Saturday one of the most anticipated athletics championships of the year reached its climax when the post primary schools track and field finals ran off in Tullamore.
With 122 events all of which are straight finals ever competition is full on. Eight Carraig na bhFear AC athletes were representing six separate schools in a day jam packed with excellent performances.
In the first discipline on the track we had three competing in the race walks spanning three age categories.
In the very first race Odhrna Hurley was making her debut appearance at an all Ireland outdoor finals in the junior girls walk. Odhrna, a first year in Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG, is minor aged but with no walks for minors she stepped up to the next age up junior. Having won the Munster title to qualify Odhna has made huge strides forward in her first year racing and has already outperformed her expectations.
In a ferociously fast first lap of the three lap 1200 meter race the field was torn to shreds from the outset with Odhna off the pace. Odhna quickly got to grips with the tempo needed but the damage had been done and the medals were decided without Odhna featuring but had a solid finish in fifth.
Odhnas older sibling Ciarán also representing Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG was in action next in the intermediate age group boys final over 3 kilometers. Ciarán is already an accomplished walker and greatly experienced beyond his years. Race walking like middle distance running is all about pacing and Ciarán set out his stall to race a pace that would see him set a new personal best and hope that would be good enough to clench a medal. Clocking a PB by 20 seconds Ciarán did exactly that by taking a wonderful bronze medal in his first year of two in the intermediate category.
Senior girls was the next race for our final walker with St Vincent’s Sarah Constant. Sarah has been a wonderful ambassador for her school and our club over the years and this her leaving cert year is her last schools competition. A 3 kilometer distance also for Sarah to cover and a performance just outside her recent seasons best from the national league wasn’t good enough for a medal but a nice way to sign off on her schools career.
Another one of our leaving cert students in action was discus aficionado Martha Quain representing Colaiste an Chroi Naofa in the senior competition. Martha is another that has had a very successful schools career and her final schools championships was no different. Martha’s been in great form lately and threw an excellent series of six throws all peppering her PB distance and vying for the Gold all the way through the competition. The final podium was separated by less than a meter in on of the closest competitions of the day. Martha was on the third step with yet another terrific national medal in her grasp and happy in the knowledge that she performed to her potential yet again when it counted the most.
Our third leaving cert in action was Presentation Brothers College student Michael Hand in the senior boys 4X100 relay. Michael ran the first leg in a see saw battle that at the line saw them clench a dramatic bronze medal. Another great way for Michael to sign off on his school career where he has competed in sprints, javelin and high jump over the years.
St Angela’s College is the alma mater of our next two protagonists.
Lily O’Riordan was making her first appearance in the schools all Ireland and was there in two events, Javelin and 75 meter hurdles in the junior age group.
Javelin was first up for lily and she was in another see saw battle with three others to secure the final step of the podium. Throwing a PB in both of the final two rounds of competition Lily took the bronze by the minimum of margins, a single centimeter. Amazing stuff from Lily and she barely had time to soak up the atmosphere of the  medal ceremony when she had to hurry across to the other end of the track for her hurdles race.
Running in lane seven with a tailwind Lily ran the race of her life so far to take her second ever national medal ever in less than thirty minutes. In a high quality tight race Lily burst her PB by nearly half a second and went below 12 seconds for the first time ever. A wonderful performance from a rising star with a big day temperament.
Another athlete with temperament for the big days is Orla Coffey also from St Angela’s College. Orla like Lily is another multi event performer but pole vaulting is her undoubted premier discipline. With multiple national titles to her name Orla was always the favorite going into the event and had the title in the bag after her second vault. Her sights were on bigger things and onwards she progressed until she was jumping not only for the championship record but also national youth record of 3:61 meters. 
Two failed attempts had a large crowd on the edge of their seats as she was tee’d up nicely by the stadium announcer to brilliantly clear on her third attempt to a magnificent roar. Records in the bag Orla put the bar up to 3:75 and the automatic qualifying height for this summers youth Olympics. On her first attempt Orla dislodged the bar and landed heavily on top of it, breaking said bar. Unperturbed Orla made two more solid efforts to clear the height without success. Despite this her new PB and records have moved her into the current top ten in European under 18 rankings.
Another of our super star big time performers was in action in the junior girls long jump. Michelle Ugwah is another who is no stranger to national competition with three national titles to her name and many podium finishes over the years. 
Representing Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney Michelle had one of those days where everything went so smooth. Going big in her very first effort Michelle took the lead with a PB effort of 5:29 meters putting her ahead by almost a foot from her nearest rival. Bossing the field throughout Michelle extended her lead and moved her PB even further with her round 4 effort. Jumping last in the fifth and final round with the competition won Michelle launched a massive effort out to 5:48 to a great cheer from the discerning crowd.
A magnificent final medal of the day and another athlete showing a big time temperament.

Summary:

Seven national medals from eighth athletes was another wonderful return. Two national titles. Two national records and PBs galore. All were competitive and performed to their potential or above and no more can be asked of them.

Cork City Marathon:

As usual the June bank holiday weekend wouldn’t be the same without spending the day running around the streets and suburbs of Cork city participating in the annual city marathon, half and team relays.
A big well done to all who participated , volunteered to steward and were out on the course making so much noise. You guys are a credit and wonderful ambassadors for our club. 
Special mention to Jo Martin who completed her first half and Siobhan Walsh who participated in her first “big” race as part of one of our club relay teams.

Group of Carraig na bhFear AC adults before the start of the Cork City half marathon last Sunday.

East Cork Track & Field: 

To cap off a frantic weekend of athletics we threw in the first day of the East Cork Athletics Division track and field championships on the bank holiday Monday in CIT.
Rescheduled after a postponement in early April due to weather the climatic conditions were much more favorable  last Monday for a great family day out.
With juveniles, adults, parents, coaches all participating and contributing to making a terrific atmosphere. 
A wonderful selection of photos by our PRO Michelle can be found on our Facebook page to give a flavor of the day.
With a plethora of medals won across all the age groups the biggest competition was for the Willie Harte perpetual trophy for best overall club over both days.
After day one we are in a strong position to challenge to win thanks in big part to lots of brilliant performances from our terrific teenagers. Day two will be held in Ballynoe on the evening of Thursday the 20th of June and with a strong turnout we should be in the shake up.

Carraig na bhFear AC athletes at the East Cork Athletics Division track and field championships in CIT last Monday.

Carraig na bhFear ACs younger athletes enjoying their day out at the East Cork Athletics Division track and field championships.

Look Forward:

Onwards relentlessly the season trundles and this coming weekend sees the second of four days of juvenile track and field championships held this time in Templemore on Saturday.
This Sunday we’re back to Templemore ,this time, with our junior (under 20s),under 23s ,seniors and masters for their Munster T&F championships.

30th May, 2019

Munster Juvenile T&F:

Last Saturday in CIT the Munster track and field juvenile championships kicked off with the under 9 to 11 age group and some field events for the under 12 and 13s.

Faye O’Riordan was in action in two under 12 field events, the turbo javelin and high jump.
Faye’s first event the high jump saw her clear two new PB’s and and get to the final five jumpers. When the bar was raised to the next height Faye bowed out but not without giving three good efforts.
Faye’s second event the turbo javelin notched up our first Munster outdoor juvenile medal of the season when she threw a wonderfully consistent set of throws to take silver. A great result from Faye who will now take her first ever trip to national finals day in Tullamore in late June.
Lucy Lynch was our second in action and she was hoping to defend her high jump title from last year. Lucy had a great series of jumps up to 1:43 where she was the only girl to clear the height. Consecutive Munster outdoor titles for Lucy to add to her indoor victory this year is a credit to a dedicated attitude.
Lucy will now also take her place at nationals alongside her training partner Faye.

We had two of our under 10 boys in the 500 team relay event in the pairs competition. Matthew Counihan and MJ Walsh were both 7th in their legs.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Lucy Lynch (Gold in High Jump) and Faye O’Riordan (Silver in turbo javelin) after receiving heir medals at the Munster juvenile track and field championships in CIT last Saturday.

Munster Walks:

The Munster walks were also held alongside the juvenile competition in CIT on Saturday and we had Sarah Constant in the Junior 3km race.
Sarah took the title to add to her schools senior crown with a solid time trial performance in her targeted time. Sarah will now have a busy few weeks negotiating her athletic events throughout her leaving cert exams.

County Senior/ Junior T& F:

The county senior and junior track and field championships were eventually held in CIT last Sunday amongst the plethora of events in the juvenile B championships program. A woefully disappointing turnout was a damaging inditement of the county boards flip flopping over the fixture in recent weeks. In the largest county in the country with one sixth the AAI registrations it was pitiful to see a mere handful of athletes competing.
That said for those with a discerning eye could see some of the talent on display.
Our own Orla Coffey cleared another PB in the Pole Vault to win with an impressive 3:60. Last year this was the qualification height for the European youth Olympics but this year the height has been moved to 3:75. Orla made three valiant efforts at the new qualifying height but it wasn’t to be on the day. 
Just on a foot note as Orla was trying her qualifying height on one end of the track Liscarroll ACs  Aoife O’Sullivan was attempting the same feat on the high jump mat on the other. All this going on and the stadium announcer completely oblivious to maybe getting the crowd behind the athletes.
Carraig senior athletes Jennifer Goggin and Katie Walsh won their races with fine performances.
Jennifer ran yet another sub 11 minutes in the 3k and Katie ran PBs in both the 200 & 400 meters.
Two of our juniors also had titles with fine performances. Ciarán Nugent ran a PB in the 400 and Nessa Wheeler ran a season best in her 800 meter race.
Under 17 athlete Harry Buckley took the junior long jump title.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Ciarán Nugent and Katie Walsh who were both victorious in their respective 400 meter championships at the county senior track and field championships last Sunday. 

County Relays:

The county relay race championships were held on Sunday morning and we had great success with a fair spread of medals and with national championship qualifying up for grabs the competition was sometimes quite fierce. 
We managed to field teams where we could and it was heartening to see all were competitive.
We had a gold medal in the very first race with our under 17 4X400 girls team. A wonderful medal from two sets of twins as the team was made up by Megan & Lauren Murphy and Isabel & Emily O’Meara.
Our under 18 boys 4 X 400 team of Darragh Walsh, Harry Buckley, Adam Foley and Arron Callanan had a great battle with Leevale for the gold. The boys lost out by barely 10 meters in one of the most entertaining races of the day. Silver all the same was a fair result from the lads.
Our under 14 boys had the most impressive result of the day when they amazingly got a one two in the 4X100 relay.
The “A” team of Ruaidhri Boyle, Cathal Whooley, Bobby O’Riordan and Theo DeSouza had a comfortable win but with such a fantastic bunch on this age the “B” team pulled off a wonderful second. 
A terrific final leg from Aidan Maher as he just got the decision on the dip taking silver for the team of Richard Barry, Timmy Colbert with another set of twins Luke and Michael Mullins making up this strong squad.
A terrific day for the lads who couldn’t have hoped for a better result and now both have the right to represent Cork at the national finals.
Both our under 14 and 16 girls teams were just outside the medals in fourth place.

County B T&F:

The county B championships are for athletes who didn’t take a medal in any of the juvenile county day one or two. The competition is run in every age group up to under 13 in only five disciplines, high jump, shot, long jump, sprints and middle distance. 
We had a wonderful cohort of younger athletes taking part and as the East Corks were cancelled due to weather this was a great environment for our less experienced to get valuable competition under their belts.
Top performers on the day were Lucy Davis (under 10) , who took two medals with bronze in both the 500 meters and Turbo javelin and Cian Ryan (under 11) winning his 600 meter race.
Darragh Pomeroy also had an impressive win in the under 12 boys long jump with a new PB of 4:02 meters.
Others that managed to pull medals out of large competitive fields were Robyn Maher (under 11) and Oscar O’Connor (under 12) who both took silver in their respective shot putt competitions.
Under 
Conor Gardiner took a bronze in under 13 high jump and Paul Colbert’s silver in under 9 turbo javelin was his first medal for the club.

Other Business:

IUAA international:

Under 23 athlete Katie Walsh traveled to Antrim last weekend to compete for the Irish universities team to take on their Scottish counterparts in the annual event.
Katie had been selected in high jump after coming second in the inter-varsities outdoor track and field championships in April.
The team event comprises of two from each country competing every event and the scores tallied to decide the winning country.
Katie and her high jumping team mate took a one two in their event and contributed greatly to an Irish win for Katie’s first appearance in an Irish singlet.

Graded leagues:

Last Thursday night a small group of our junior and seniors competed at the John Buckley sponsored graded leagues held in CIT.
A great training night for all with Junior boys Arron and Darragh doubling up on the 200 & 800 as they get to grips with senior competitions. Blathnaid and Ciarán both ran 800 with Ciarán clocking an impressive 2:03 PB.
Katie was in the mix to pick up the girls prize on the night winning the 200 and competing in high jump, javelin and shot putt also.

Look Forward:

Next weekend out adult road runners take the spotlight as lots will be competing in the Cork city marathon events on Sunday.
The rescheduled East Cork Athletics Division track and field championships take place on the bank holiday Monday in CIT.
The big competition for our older juveniles is the schools track and field championships finals in Tullamore on Saturday. A massive day for our 10 qualified athletes as they compete for the prestigious schools medals. 


23rd May, 2019

Munster Schools:

Another busy weekend for the club kicked off with the Munster schools track and field championships last Saturday in CIT. Fiftheen of our post primary juveniles were in action representing their schools after qualifying from the south Munster competition the previous week. In schools competition every race is a final where the qualifying is quite competitive as only the top three in field and non laned track events and two in laned sprints advancing to the next round, the national finals.
With only four age categories also the competition can be quite a high standard.
We had three first year girls make it to Munster finals in the minor category.
Ellie Twomey and Jess Murphy were  both running in the 4X100 relay for St Angela’s College. There team was fifth on the day a mere two seconds off a medal and going to nationals.
Jess also raced in the Junior girls 1200 meter walk as minors are allowed to compete up one age if there is no event in their age. Jess was fifth again in a competitive field.
The same race brought the first Carraig coached medal when Odhrna Hurley won the title with a stunning last 200 meter finishing burst in the blue and white colours of Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG. Trailing by 20 meters with half a lap to go Odhrna summoned a sprint finish that could not be matched to clinch another milestone medal for this rising star. 
We had two girls in the junior age category with Michelle Ugwah long jumping and Lily O’Riordan doubling up in Javelin and 75 meter hurdles.
Michelle competing for her school Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal , Blarney had one of her very best days competition ever when she won her age group title for the second year in succession. Jumping into a strong wind Michelle hit the board near on perfect ever time to post a best effort of 5:22 in a five jump card where all her efforts were over the five meter mark.
Lily O’Riordan was yet another of a strong cohort of St Angela’s girls competing strongly in their events.
Lily’s hurdle race was first up and she ran a PB time of 12:06 with the aid of a 1.6 meter legal tailwind. A wonderful run for Lily to take silver in a competitive field where the winning time smashed the previous championship best by over three tenths of a second.
 Lily a little later on was in a competitive javelin competition where her fourth round throw of 32.10 cemented her earlier second round lead effort. Lily held on to take an impressive victory with five very accurate and consistent efforts into a stiff breeze. Lily now goes forward in both her events to the national finals on Saturday the 1st of June.
In the next age group up , intermediate, we had another four of our teens.
Two of our boys were in action in the 400 meter sprint. Arron Callanan (St Aidan’s College) and Darragh Walsh (Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG) are relative novices at this particular distance and it was also their first time at a Munster finals. Arron had won the south Munster race to qualify in an impressive 52 seconds but was unable to replicate that heroic effort on this day and finished in the dreaded fourth place. Darragh who is possibly one of the youngest intermediates with his birthday just two days after the cut was fifth from lane one. Both boys will take a huge amount from the experience and it will stand to them in their future development.
Orla Coffey , yet another St Angela’s girl , was pole vaulting in a high standard five strong field of athletes. Orla is quite an experienced operator despite her age and produced a top class performance to smash the championship best performance and equal her personal best on her way to victory with a blemish free score card up to 3:40 meters where she left the new record stand.
Ciarán Hurley racked up yet another victory in the intermediate age 2km race walk for Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG.
Ciarán has been steadily and quietly putting together quite a formidable cabinet of silverware over the last couple of years and will hopefully add to it when he comes away from Tullamore on the first Saturday in June.
Our senior age groupers contained five of our leaving cert students and one fifth year. 
Joesph Daly was our fifth year in the viciously competitive 800 meter race and like Arron in the 400 he couldn’t replicate his south Munster victory when he finished fifth in his Davis College, Mallow colours.
Michael Hand was leading off for the Presentation Brothers College 4X100 relay team hoping to get to defend their national title from last year by making the top two qualifying for nationals. Second place and job done for the boys and now they get back to the books and try to fit in some baton drills to sharpen up for two weeks time.
Emma Coffey ,St Angela’s College, kept her impressive run of pole vault titles going with a vault of 2:95 meters. Onwards to the finals now for Emma and hopefully close out her impeccable schools sporting CV with another national title.
Sarah Constant of St Vincent’s Cork took her title in the 3km race walk the pro she’s become over the last few years. Sarah will head to nationals and hope to clench a national medal before she tackles her exams the week after.
Maebh Daly of Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG took silver behind school mate Katie Moynihan in the 600 gram javelin. Maebh and Katie will now go on to the national final with hopes of their school having both of them on the podium.
Last but no means least Martha Quain made yet another stride forward in her Discus development when she threw two new PBs while moving her best above the 35 meter mark for the first time with a throw of 36:24. Another Munster medal and national final for the Colaiste an Chroi Naofa leaving cert.
Of our 15 competing athletes 10 of them will now get to perform on the national stage and all will be competing with legitimate medal hopes.

Carraig na bhFear AC and Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG race walking siblings Ciarán and Odhrna Hurley who both won their respective races at the Munster schools track and field championships in CIT last Saturday.

County Multi Events:

On Sunday four of our growing multi events crew competed in the county multi events championships in CIT.
A warm dry day with light winds made for good competition conditions and it brought the best out of our troops.
In under 13 girls Lucy Lynch successfully defended her title from last year. Lucy’s victory was built upon a solid hurdles and high jump performance but she clenched the gold with a determined run in the final event the 600 meters.
Timmy Colbert and Theo DeSouza were in the boys under 14 category and were hoping to replicate their podium one two from last year.
Timmy like Lucy before him successfully defended his title from last year. Timmy is developing into a solid all rounder and that is his strength putting together a winning score from positioning second in shot, hurdles and long jump which set him up nicely to take the win by winning his high jump and a solid run in the final event the 800 meters.
Theo didn’t have the rub of the green on the day as an ongoing niggling injury popped up again during his high jump that forced him to withdraw. Nonetheless he was going great guns up to that point after winning both the hurdles and long jump.
In under 14 girls we took a bonus medal when newly transferred athlete Aine Sheridan took a wonderful bronze. New to multi events Aine has shown great improvement in a short time to clench her medal with a magnificent run in the 800 meters boosting her onto the third step of the podium. A great couple of weeks for Aine adding this medal to her bronze in javelin and hopefully the first two of many more in her future.
Three medals from our four entries was a magnificent return and heartening that our youngsters were able to be so competitive.

Carraig na bhFear AC athletes Timmy Colbert, Lucy Lynch and Aine Sheridan with their coach Rhona Lynch after receiving their medals at the county juvenile multi events championships held in CIT last Sunday.

County Masters Track and Field:

Running alongside the juvenile multi events last Sunday in CIT was the county masters track and field championships.
After making their successful track debuts at indoor Munsters and nationals earlier this year both Mary Fitzgerald and Robert Boyle had another magnificently memorable day out.
Mary won her category and the race overall in the women’s 3km.
Robert had a series of second place results in long jump ,100 and 200 meter sprints from three very competitive fields.

National league Rd 1:

Thirteen of our junior and senior athletes had a terrific days competition in Templemore last Sunday as part of the East Cork Athletics Division men and women’s teams competing in the national league round one.
Four of our boys made solid contributions in sprints, relays and the 3k walk. In their first year as Juniors Ciarán Hurley (3k walk)and Darragh Walsh (4X100) took their first step into adult competition taking five team points. Under 18 Arron Callanan made his senior debut and came second in his 400 claiming 7 valuable points for the team. Conor Kelly joined Arron and Darragh in the 4X400 to clock up five more team points.
On the girls team we had seven of our Juniors and two seniors in action. 
The girls played a blinder as usual with Sarah Constant (1500 walk),Katie Walsh(400) , Maebh Daly(javelin) and Orla Coffey (pole vault) all taking nine points for wins in their events. Katie and Orla both set new PBs as did Jennifer Goggin in the 3km to finish second.
Martha Quain matched her previous days PB in discus to take second and seven team points.
First year junior Emma Akinkoulie was one of the performers of the day when she contributed to 21 team points running sprints in the 100 and third leg of the 4X100. Emma also ran a PB in the first leg of the 4X400 when she linked up with club mates Nessa Wheeler, Katie Walsh and Orla Coffey to take 9 valuable points in a comprehensive win.
Two other notable performers were Katie Walsh and Orla Coffey who contributed to 32 points each over the course of the day.
The girls topped the Division one league table after round 1 and the boys were much improved over last year coming fourth.
Round two will be held on the 30th of June and both teams will hope to make the finals in July.

Carraig na bhFear AC women Emma Akinkoulie, Katie Walsh, Nessa Wheeler and Orla Coffey with St Nickolas ACs Sarah Morrison after winning the 4X400 relay for the East Cork Athletics Division team at the national league in Templemore last Sunday.

Other Business 

Cheetah run:
On Thursday night last a great cohort of Carraig athletes headed to Fota wildlife park for the always popular annual 5 km cheetah run organised by Eagle AC.
This year was the second the organizers added a mile race for under 11 to 15s adding an extra dimension. Seventy eight  youngsters took on the challenge, with thirteen in Carraig colours amongst their numbers.
Rebecca Kelleher impressively won the girls race with a time of 5:47 on a undulating course.
In the adults race another great spattering of Carraig singlets could be seen with both Jennifer Goggin Walsh and Dave O’Riordan taking category wins.

Surf n turf n tar:

Last Saturday five of our intrepid adventurers headed to the west Cork seaside town of Roscarberry to take on the unusual race that mixes trail , beach and road running over 10 km and half marathon. 
Yvonne O’Leary and Christy Murphy picked up category wins to sweeten a great day out.

Look Forward:

Round two of the John Buckley sports sponsored graded leagues continues this Thursday evening in CIT. Details can be found on the county board website.
This coming weekend is another jam backed with action.
Saturday morning under 23 athlete Katie Walsh is in action in Belfast where she is competing for the Irish universities in high jump against Scottish universities. This is Katie’s first time in an Irish singlet and a proud moment for her.
The Munster track and field championships kicks off this Saturday also in CIT with some of our younger juveniles, all the walks and middle distance for senior and masters.
On Sunday we have another big day in CIT where the county B championships are being run alongside the county juvenile relays , Senior and junior track and field championships.
A long day will no doubt be in store for all involved. Please confirm your entries with your reliant coaches to avoid disappointment on the day.


14th May, 2019
The juvenile outdoor track and field season kicked off with a vengeance over the last fortnight as the county championships and the south Munster schools championships all taking place in CIT in the space of eight hectic days.
The club had a fantastic run in both championships taking 61 medals in total.

County Championships:
The county juvenile championships were held on consecutive Sundays and fantastic dry warm weather made for two wonderful days competition.
Walks:
Our walking crew are going from strength to strength under Martins guidance and credit is due for their dedication that’s bringing them medals galore.
Odhna Hurley and Jess Murphy took the under 14 and 15 girls titles respectively.
Alan Davis and Ciarán Hurley winning the under 16 and 17 boys titles also.
Lily O’Riordan and David Maher on their first race at county level both took silver medals away for their efforts.

Middle Distance:

Over the two days of competition our middle distance runners were well represented and were amongst the medals also.
Ava Fitzgerald took double silver in the under 14 girls 1500 and 800 meters with two fantastic gutsy home straight battles.
Joseph Daly matched Ava with two impressive silvers in the under 19 boys 1500 and 800. 
Nessa Wheeler won her under 19 girls 800 with a strong run over the two lap race.
Blathnaid Daly took a silver in the under 19 girls 1500.
Penny Cronin’s bronze medal in the under 16 girls 800 was hard won from a competitive race.

Long Jump:

Gold medals for Theo DeSouza and Orla Coffey in their respective under 14 and 18 events. 
Ruaidhri Boyle joined Theo on the third step of the podium taking bronze.
Under 17 Harry Buckley took a good silver in his first outdoor competition of the season.

Javelin & Turbo Javelin:

Maebh Daly was another of our leaving cert athletes who took a break from studying to compete and win her under 19 event.
Timmy Colbert also won his under 14 boys crown with a fine 31 meter throw.
Lily O’Riordan took silver in her under 16 girls event.
Aine Sheridan took her first medal for Carraig with a bronze in the under 14 girls competition.
Faye O’Riordan is surely following in her sister Lily’s footsteps when she took a bronze in the turbo javelin competition for under 12 girls.

Pole Vault:
Pole vaulting siblings Emma and Orla Coffey both won their competitions to add two more gold medals to the club haul in under 19 and 18s.

Sprints:
Arron Callanan continued to impress by winning the boys under 18 400 and taking a bronze from the 200.
Nessa Wheeler took her second gold of the championships when she won the under 19 girls 400.
Ruaidhri Boyle took a terrific hard fought gold medal in the under 14 boys 200 meters.
Theo DeSouza in the boys under 14 80 meters won silver just ahead of club mate Cathal Whooley who took his first ever championship medal in the bronze position.
Orla Coffey in girls 18 took a bronze in the 200 meters.
In our under 17 age group where the 400 first becomes available to race Darragh Walsh took silver in the boys race and Emma Akinkoulie a bronze in the girls.

High Jump:

Orla Coffey took yet another medal winning the under 18 high jump with a PB equaling 1:55 meters.
Silver medals for three more of our jumpers when Lucy Lynch (under 13) , Theo DeSouza (under 14) and Rian O’Luasa (under 16) all took the second step of their podiums.

Hurdles:
Lily O’Riordan doubled up over the long and short under 16 hurdles to maximum effect when she took a silver in the 80 and bronze in the 300.
Ruaidhri Boyle showed again his strength over the longer sprints when he won a bronze in the under 14 250 meter race.
Orla Coffey took her 5th medal of the championships with a gold in the under 18 girls 100 hurdles.
In under 13 girls Lucy Lynch took her second medal of the championships with a bronze in her 60 meter race.
Theo DeSouza took a bronze from the under 14 boys final that had four Carraig lads make the eight lanes.

Summary:
Forty three medals over the two days competition was a great achievement and a credit to all that put in the hours of practice in their chosen disciplines. 
On the girls side top performers were Orla Coffey and Lily O’Riordan with five and four medals respectively.
On the boys side our under 14 boys took nine medals between them all, with Theo DeSouza (4) and Ruaidhri Boyle (3) top performers.

South Munster Schools:
The post primary schools are a competition that run parallel to the club season and begin in our catchment area with the south Munster championships.
Munster being divided into three areas makes progression a competitive affair with only the three medalists going forward to compete at the Munster finals in the hope of making it to nationals.
With the large numbers involved and so many events to cover across four age categories the girls and boys compete on separate days.
The girls were first up on the Wednesday and were highly successful taking seven gold and four silver medals. The weather on the day wasn’t ideal as misty rain threatened to dampen proceedings throughout and temperatures were below comfortable.
With athletes only allowed enter two events and a tight schedule it becomes an eggs in one basket scenario for most choosing their best event.
The first of a large contingent of St Angela’s college girls to medal was  Lily O’Riordan who medaled on the double when she won her javelin with a 30 meter effort and followed that up with a silver in the 80 meter hurdles race.
Orla Coffey put another medal in the St Angela’s pot when she took the intermediate pole vault title by setting a new personal best of 3:45 meters and smashing her own championship record by 35 centimeters.
Emma Coffey took the senior pole vault title comfortably to ease through to the Munster final hoping to add yet another title for St Angela’s.
The fourth St Angela’s girl to take a medal was first year Jess Murphy competing in the Junior race walk and winning a fine silver.
Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG also were strongly represented on the medal leader board with three Carraig girls taking silverware. 
Odhrna Hurley took a fantastic gold in the junior walk competing up in age as there is no walks for first years.
Blathnaid Daly took a gold medal north of the river in the senior girls 800.
Maebh Daly booked her place at Munsters with a silver medal in the senior javelin with a close to 30 meter throw and the AGs third medal from Carraig girls.
The AGs near neighbors St Vincent’s took their only medal with a wonderful gold through leaving cert student Sarah Constant in the senior race walk.
Martha Quain took gold in the senior discus competition and brought her medal back to the parish and Colaiste an Chroi Naofa.
Our eleventh and final medal of the day also came north of the river Lee and to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney when Michelle Ugwah took a silver in the junior long jump and will hope to add another at the Munster finals this weekend.

The boys competed on the Friday in much better conditions with periods of bright sunshine and warm temperatures.
Our walkers continued to rack up medals with Ciarán Hurley winning the intermediate boys race for Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG and David Maher taking second in the Juniors for Colaiste na Phiarsaigh.
Joesph Daly laid down a nice season opening 800 meter time of 2:06 to clinch the senior race for Davis College Mallow.
We had two of our boys on the podium in the intermediate 400 race.
Arron Callanan won in an impressive time of 52:92 and brought back St Aidan’s community college, Ballyvolanes first athletics medal in over 30 years.
Darragh Walsh took his first ever schools medal and yet another for Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG with his third place finish.
Two of our lads took medals in the relays.
Harry Buckley took a bronze with his Christian Brothers College intermediate 4X100 team and Michael Hand took a gold in a strong Presentation Brothers College senior 4X100 team.

Summary:

Two very competitive days competition brought 18 medals and all will now go forward to Munster finals this Saturday in CIT.

Look Forward:

This Saturday the Munster Schools finals will be held in CIT and promise to be an exciting and entertaining days competition as every race is a final and qualification for nationals is a very prestigious accomplishment.
Our juvenile multi events athletes are back in action this Sunday also in CIT where they will compete in the grueling outdoor pentathlon.
Our juniors and some seniors are heading to Templemore for round one of the national league this Sunday also competing as part of the East Cork Athletics Division men’s and women’s teams.

01st May, 2019
Outdoor season up and running!

Leevale open sports:

After a delayed start to the outdoor track and field season with the cancellation of the East Cork Championships our track stars got up and running at the Leevale open last Saturday and Sunday.
On the Saturday program for juniors and seniors we had a phenomenally successful day. Five athletes entered and brought home six medals ,five of which were Gold. 
Katie Walsh won the senior High Jump with a jump of 1:60 in difficult windy conditions. Katie doubled up by also taking the 400 hurdles prize with her second fastest ever time over the ten barriers.
Martha Quain threw a PB of 34:35 in the junior discus to win that event. A wonderful effort given the fact that the competition was throwing into the wind that still remained from storm Hannah.
Orla Coffey took her first senior competition win when she won the pole vault with a PB vault of 3:40. A milestone win for Orla that was backed up with Emma Coffey taking bronze to complete the podium.
Ciarán Nugent won the senior 400 men’s hurdles with a strong last 100 meters to post a first race of the season time of 58 seconds flat. 
A great return from our young adult athletes who seem to be adjusting well to competing in the senior ranks.

On Sunday the juvenile program had lots for our younger athletes to get stuck into.
A strong showing from our under 14 age group had lots of Carraig faces amongst the podium pictures.
Ava Fitzgerald took a impressive silver in the under 14 girls 800 meters behind last years national champion.
Newly transferred athlete Aine Sheridan competing unattached took a bronze in the under 15 girls shot putt.
The boys under 14s took the 4 X 100 relay crown with a strong anchor leg by Theo DeSouza after Timmy Colbert, Bobby O’Riordan and Aidan Maher got the relay baton cleanly through the changeovers.
Timmy Colbert was on the podium three more times taking silver in the 75 meter hurdles ,silver in the high jump and bronze in the Javelin.
Bobby O’Riordan was on the third step of the 75 meter hurdles podium alongside Timmy.
Theo DeSouza took a silver in both the under 14 80 meter sprint and the under 15 long jump.
Under 13 boy Richard Barry announced himself as one to watch for 2019 by winning the 80 meter sprint and taking bronze in the 60 hurdles.
A wonderful start for our promising group of young teenagers getting a great days competition under their belts.

East Cork road race:

Last Thursday night the 25th the East Cork Athletics Division road race championships were held in the now traditional venue of Ballynoe hosted by St Cathrines AC.
Last year we created a little bit of club history by taking both team titles but unfortunately this year it was a tougher task for our men’s team of Denis Hegarty, Michael Mulcahy, Conor Kelly and Kevin O’Callaghan to fight off some strong squads from the powerhouse clubs. Our women’s team were unable to field on the night and our sole representative was Siobhan Walsh who had a strong result finishing 18th overall in a competitive field. 

Malta trip:

Our club took the step last year to organize our first ever warm weather spring training camp/holiday. After 12 months of planning and organizing a group of 37 of headed to the central Mediterranean island of Malta for a week long club holiday. 
Flying out of Cork on Thursday evening and landing late in Malta after a three and half hour flight where a quick 25 minute bus transfer to our hotel in St Paul’s bay had us straight to bed.
Up the next morning and we made our way to the Malta Athletics associations track in Marsa for our first session. Later that evening some of our group went for a recovery trail run or walk. 
Saturday morning and an early start for some of the traveling party that had signed up for the Valletta 5km race around the bastions which started at 0730 to avoid the tourist rush brought on after 0900.
A magnificent race that wound its way around the narrow hilly ancient streets of the impressive capital and finished outside the national opera house next to the parliament building.
Six of our youngest took on the 2 km kids race and had a podium clean sweep in the boys when Bobby O’Riordan won with Michael and Luke Mullins either side of him on the podium.
It was another family affair on the girls podium with sisters Faye and Lily O’Riordan taking first and second. Our youngest group member , under 10 Anna Mullins , was fifth in the girls standings and should be a name we’ll here more of in the years ahead.
An afternoon track session was next on the agenda for the Saturday afternoon.
Easter Sunday mornings rest day consisted of an 8km hike to the beach for some recovery and beach games. Most took the bus back but a few hardy souls jogged home.
Monday saw a change in weather with a storm closing the track so a day of sightseeing was organized where we visited the capital Valletta for some shopping and took in some of the many museums. A stop off in the original ancient capital , the walled city of Mdina with its unusual streetscape is a must for any visitor. An evening trail run capped of a tiring day.
Tuesday had the whole circus take a boat trip to visit the neighboring islands of Gozo and Comino to swim in the “blue lagoon”.
Wednesday was back to the track for our last session with no time constraints and plenty of time to work on technical events. Wednesday evening the whole group broke bread together in a local restaurant and spent a lovely evening excitedly chatting about all the events of the week gone by.
Thursday morning came and along with the packing we managed to squeeze in one last trail run along the picturesque cliffs not far from our hotel to top up on the tans and fill the memory banks with yet another experience from a really enjoyable eventful week.
Our verdict on Malta is a thumbs up for a new destination for training holidays. Warm weather, good access to facilities , lots for the history buffs and arguably some of the best food experiences at affordable prices the group have came across.

Other Business:

Under 23 athlete and CIT engineering student Katie Walsh received an award at the CIT annual sports awards. One of three freshers and twelve overall Katie was recognized for winning the indoor heptathlon and being selected to represent the IUAA team in high jump when they take on Scotland in Belfast later this month.

Look forward:

The county juvenile outdoor track and field championships kick off this Sunday in CIT. We look forward to uncovering the future stars and seeing our old hands perform in front of what should be a full stadium.


09th April, 2019

Michelle makes the podium!

 Another weekend passes by in a flash as athletes , parents and coaches were on their travels again competing in national competitions.
Some of our adults were also in action closer to home.

National juvenile indoor championships:
Our final qualified competitor was in action on Saturday last in Athlone ITs indoor arena. Michelle Ugwah was in action in the under 16 girls long jump. A regular medalist and previous champion on the national stage Michelle goes into most competitions as one of the favorites.
In her three opening round jumps Michelle recorded two 5:11 meter efforts to have her comfortably in the silver medal position. After the 18 strong field was cut to eight for the final three jumps Michelle opened up the taps a bit and solidified her position with a 5:21 leap to set a new PB.
As she pushed the limits to catch the deserving winner Laura Frawley from St Marys AC she broke on her final two efforts. Another fantastic national medal for Michelle and a very promising start to her year.

Nationals summary:

With the indoor season now behind us Michelle’s medal added to the five from the first two days makes for an outstanding return from the eleven athletes we sent to Athlone over the three days of national finals.

 IUAA intervarcities:

The Irish universities athletics association is affiliated to athletics Ireland and holds its own athletics championships during the academic year similar to the post primary championships. Last Friday and Saturday their outdoor track and field championships was held in Athlone ITs outdoor facilities.
Two of our clubs athletes were competing for CIT. In high jump and sprints under 23 Katie Walsh and senior hard man Ruaidhri Myers did a trio of endurance events taking on the 10000 and 3000 steeplechase as well as the 3000 meter walk all to garner points for his team.
Katie took a silver medal in the high jump with a 1:60 clearance setting a new CIT outdoor record in the process. Katie ran the 400 hurdles on Saturday morning and finished in the worst position of all , fourth, in a good season opening time of 64:89 and only 42 hundreds off silver.
She pulled on her spikes again in the late afternoon to run the second leg of the 4 X 100 relay for CIT.
Ruaidhri took the opportunity to avail of the one year over rule to participate for his last time in the CIT colours. Racing a total of 16km over the two days he surely felt it in his legs on Monday. 

National spring throws:

Each spring time Athletics Ireland hold a throws competition for underage , junior and senior throwers in javelin, hammer and discus to facilitate the throws that aren’t catered for in indoor competition.
Carraigs discus aficionado Martha Quain entered the senior women’s competition , held this year in Athlone also and threw a fine season opening best of 31:80 meters for fifth place overall in a field of sixteen compeditors.

 Other Business:

Some of our adult members were in action on the great island of Cobh on Sunday running the BallymoreCobh AC 10 mile road race.
Paula, Liza, Gus and Mick all had good runs in warm conditions and got to meet local legend Sonia O’Sullivan after the race.

Two of our adult runners had notable results in the park run series on Saturday morning. Denise Maher completed her tenth park run 5k a mere six months into her running adventure in Mallow. Jennifer Goggin was first woman (8th overall) in the competitive Ballincollig run in a speedy 19:29 new PB.

Look Forward:

This Sunday sees the start of the outdoor track and field season proper as CIT host the East Cork Athletics Division Championships. The club expects every athlete to make it to Bishopstown to compete and support  their club mates. The competition to win the trophy for best overall club will be hotly contested as always as well as multiple individual medal contests in a wide variety of events.
Competition starts at 1100 hrs and will run for the day finishing with relay races in late afternoon.
Our Easter draw will take place on the 16th after training and all sponsor cards are to be returned beforehand.


07th April, 2019


The first two days of three national juvenile indoor track and field championship finals took place in Athlone ITs indoor stadium last weekend.
Ten of our eleven qualified athletes were in action over the two days competing in six different disciplines hoping to get their hands on the precious medals.
Our race walking crew were in buoyant mood going into their respective races after sweeping up three Munster titles at the provincial qualifiers.
Odhrna Hurley in girls under 14 was crowned national champion with a magnificently executed race. In the thirteen strong field Odhrna fought her way to the front of the pack over a frantic first 200 meter lap of the five lap race. Once at the front Odhrna blew the field asunder with a blistering injection of pace for the second lap and kept the pressure on right up until the bell lap. As the inevitable challenge started to build like a wave behind her she managed to pull something from within with 100 meters to go producing a sprint finish that kept her opponents at a safe distance. A wonderful gold medal from Odhrna with a new PB in a high quality race where her time was just 10 seconds off the championship record.
Ciarán Hurley took yet another national medal when he took silver in the under 17 boys 1500 meter race. Another personal best for Ciarán shows continued development and confirmed his good recent block of training. Just reward for his dedication and commitment to his chosen sport.
Jess Murphy was in her maiden voyage at national indoor finals and raced well over her 1000 meters under 15 race. In another large field of 14 athletes Jess battled hard to hold onto the ferocious early pace. Jess finished strongly over the final 100 meters ending up 9th overall. In a race of small margins positions 3 to 11 were separated by 29 seconds and surely as the season continues we will see Jess eat into the margin.
Our pole vaulters Orla and Emma Coffey were in action on Sunday and had another great return for their efforts as they both returned with medals.
Orla had a professional ,business like performance winning the national under 18 title with an blemish free card up to 3:20 meters. With the title in the bag as the only vaulter clear at the height she made three valiant efforts at 3:30 to equal the championship record but unfortunately couldn’t quite manage the feat on this day.
Another national title for Orla as she now moves to concentrate on her outdoor season.
Orla also was qualified for the 400 meter heats held on Saturday. Running in the third and by far the fastest heat she was fourth and unlucky not to make the six lane final as the eight fastest on the day.
Emma  Coffey narrowly lost out on the under 19 pole vault title taking silver behind City of Lisburn ACs Erin Fisher after briefly taking the lead only to top out at three meters. A good medal none the less for Emma after a period out with injury and navigating her way through her leaving cert year.
There were three of our young high jumpers in two finals on Saturday.
Lucy Lynch was going into the under 13 girls event as the Munster champion and kept her nerve beautifully keeping a clear score card up to 1:40 meters. When the bar was raised to 1:45 with seven girls left in, it was going to cull all but the very able. Lucy cleared on her second attempt setting a new personal best along with two others and so the medalists were chosen. The bar then moved to 1:48 to decide who got what medal. Lucy couldn’t improve on her PB and her second national high jump bronze was a big achievement in a high standard competition where the championship record was equaled by the eventual winner.
Timmy Colbert and Theo De Souza were in the boys under 14 competition. The boys didn’t have the rub of the green that they enjoyed at the Munster championships as Theo unfortunately picked up an injury in his opening jump and had to retire. Timmy jumped on but never reached the heights of his previous best set at Munsters. The boys will have many more days over the summer months to perform in their many outdoor events.
Theo was also qualified for the long jump final as the Munster champion along with fellow under 14 Ruaidhri Boyle on Sunday .After Theo picked up his injury jumping on Saturday he was a bit off being 100%. Despite this he still managed a fourth place finish. Ruaidhri got to the final eight places to jump for the medals but didn’t manage to improve on seventh place. A good return none the less from the lads and loads to look forward to for the season ahead.
Under 19 800 meters was the last of our weekends competitors where Blathnaid Daly raced the same time that had her on the podium in Munsters but was a little off the medals in the national finals. Blathnaid will have many more days in the sun over the course of the summer.

Summary:

Five medals from our ten competitors is a great strike rate and could have been more if not for bad luck. Great work from all involved over the past months in training on dark, wet winter nights and days. Good to see hard work being rewarded.

Other business:

A strong contingent of our adults ran the Mallow AC 10 mile road race on the 24th of March. Well done to all involved and great to see our club colours road racing.
Club senior athlete Jennifer Goggin Walsh had an impressive 40:14 10km clocking at the Carmel Lynch UCC BHAA race taking 3rd place.

 Look Forward:

Day three of the Juvenile indoors is on this coming Saturday again in Athlone. Our final participating athlete is under 16 long jumper Michelle Ugwah.
Under 23 athlete Katie Walsh will be joining senior runner Ruaidhri Myers in competing for CIT in the Irish Universities track and field championships which are also on in Athlone this Friday and Saturday.
The first day of the outdoor track and field calendar is quickly approaching with the East Cork Championships on Sunday the 14th. The club expects all competing members to make it to CIT for this excellent family day out. The competition for best overall club, multiple individual disciplines for all ages and relays will be contested on the day.
Our clubs first ever warm weather training camp is drawing near and excitement is building for those heading to Malta on the 18th.
While away the group plan to take in a 5km road race and an international track and field meet.


13th March, 2019

Lily Hurdles to Munster title!

Another busy week for all ages in the club saw medals and titles coming from all directions. Schools cross county, indoor nationals for masters but the weeks action started early on with the Munster post primary schools indoor games held in Nenagh on Tuesday.

Munster schools indoor games:

This indoor event is a stand alone competition for post primary students in the four schools age categories of minor, Junior, intermediate and senior. The main difference in this event is that there is no national schools indoor competition thus athletes don’t progress to national finals.

Top performer on the day was undoubtedly Lily O’Riordan who was crowned Junior 60 meter hurdles champion knocking a whopping half second of her PB.
Lily ran six races on the day winning both her heat and final of the hurdles, two rounds in the 60 meters to get to the final where she placed 6th and running the first leg of the intermediate 4X200 relay for her St Angela’s college team. Lily’s biggest day in athletics and her first ever Munster medal.
Lily’s St Angela’s college intermediate relay team was made up of a mixture of novice and experienced hands with Orla Coffey bolstering newbies Orlaith O’Callaghan and Emma Akinkoulie. The girls held their own coming second in their heat and 5th overall. Hopefully we’ll see them improve on this at the outdoors.
Emma also ran her first ever sprint race coming fourth in her semifinal of the 60 meters.
Long Jumper Michelle Ugwah was in action in the junior event for her school Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal , Blarney and took a silver medal back with her. Michelle also ran the 60 meters coming second in her round one heat but bowing out at the semifinal stage.
Middle distance runner Joesph Daly showed his turn of speed by taking a fine silver medal in the senior boys 600 meters with a powerful bit of front running to win his heat and post the second fastest time.
In a busy days competition we had six others representing their schools.
Aaron Callanan in his second ever track race comfortably won his heat of the intermediate boys 600 posting the 7th fastest time in a large competitive field. Aaron was the first athlete from his school St Aidan’s Community , Ballyvolane in over 20 years to represent in schools athletics competition.
Darragh Walsh pulled on his Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG singlet for his first time as he came home fourth in his heat , by far the fastest, of the intermediate boys 600.
Harry Buckley competed in intermediate boys long jump for Christians Brothers College, Sidney Place placing 8th out of a field of twenty five.
In the jam packed minor age group events Glanmire Community College first years Ciara Keohane and Sinead Fennessy ran middle distance and sprints. Ciara was closest to a podium finishing fifth fastest in the 1200 meters.
Cathal Whooley had his first ever taste of indoor competition when he competed in minor boys 60 meters and Long jump for his school Colaiste an Chroi Naofa. 

All Ireland Schools XC:

Last Saturday the national finals of the post primary schools cross country championships were held on the scenic grounds of Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare. A pan flat course around the rugby playing pitches made for some ferociously fast and frenzied racing.
Seven of our club athletes were representing three separate schools in two of the races.
Six first year girls were in action in the minor race.
Colaiste an Chroi Naofas Ava Fitzgerald (11th) , Leah Dunne (21st) and Katelyn Fitzgerald were unlucky 4th team overall.
St Angela’s Colleges team was fifth overall with Ellie Twomey as second scorer and Jess Murphy fourth. 
Rebecca Kelleher represented her Scoil Mhuire, Patrick’s hill colours admirably with a 22nd place finish in a race that seemed to suit the track specialists.
Our final competitor was Daire O’Sullivan in the senior boys race. Daire found the going difficult in the teak tough standard and finished in the middle of the pack. Chalk that one down to experience and we’ll see him back in his Colaiste an Chroi Naofa singlet at the outdoor track and field championships later in the season.

National masters indoors:

We had three athletes qualified on merit competing at the national masters track and field championships in AITs indoor arena last Sunday. 
Jennifer Goggin Walsh took another national medal with a silver in the F35 category of the women’s 3000 meters. A fantastic start to another track season for Jen carrying on where she left off last season and moving her PB to within a whisker of breaking the elusive 11 minute barrier with a time of 11:02.
Mary Fitzgerald ran her first ever national indoor final in the F45 category of the women’s 3000 meters and pulled off a nice double to take bronze for her first ever national medal. Mary also doubled up running the 1500 later on and was unlucky not to medal again loosing out on third place in a sprint finish.
Robert Boyle was in action in the M45 60 meter and long jump and despite suffering an injury setback while preparing for the finals finish 5th in the jump and 6th in his sprint.
Well done to all three wonderful role models and ambassadors for our ever more eclectic club.

Other business:

A mention to race walker Sarah Constant who picked up the accolade of sports person of the year in her school St Vincent’s girls post primary. A nice recognition for her amongst her peers in this her leaving cert year.

Pole vaulter Orla Coffey traveled to Cardiff, Wales last weekend to participate in the vault Cardiff event. Orla has traveled over the last few seasons to gain competition and experience in her preferred discipline.  In the highly technical discipline Orla used the opportunity to compete with a bigger pole as she strives for the incremental improvements needed to succeed.


Look forward:

Training continues as we move towards the beginning of the outdoor season which kicks off with the East Corks on the 14th of April in CIT.
Twelve of our juveniles are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for national indoor finals at the end of this month.
Any new members are more than welcome to come along to our training sessions and meet the coaches and find out what’s involved.
Times and locations plus contact details can be found on our website or contact us through Facebook or our Twitter page.


05th March, 2019


East Cork Awards:


On last Friday night the 1st of March the East Cork Athletics Division held their annual awards night. This year Carraig na bhFear AC were the host club and the central location of the Midleton Park hotel was the venue. The night celebrates all athletes from the division that win medals at national championships in the previous calendar year.

In 2018 Carraig na bhFear had 35 national medalists across track and field and cross country disciplines. 

Listed below are all our medalists, their national achievements of which some of them are multiple medalists and are five national champions. 

The club also received the trophy for best overall boys cross country team in 2018 retaining it for a second year.

The award for best overall athlete most deservedly went to Youghal ACs sprint and hurdles multi national champion ,both indoor and outdoors , Grace Rooney.


List of Club national medalists:


Faye O’Riordan GU11 XC

2018 was a super year for Faye both on the track and in XC.  In the Munster U11 XC Faye produced a storming run to win the gold medal for the Third year running, she finished off her year in superb form with a fabulous 8th place finish in the All-Ireland XC Championships.

Lucy Lynch GU12 T&F

Lucy performed really well in 2018 where she competing strongly in a range of events.  But it was in the High Jump that she really excelled winning County Gold, Munster Bronze and then a super PB of 1.36m to win the All Ireland Bronze medal.

Ava Fitzgerald GU13 XC

Ava had an incredible year in 2018, competing strongly over 600m on the track highlighted by a superb Gold medal in the Munster’s. In XC Ava helped lead both her Cork and Munster U13 & U14 XC teams to National medals and also her Carraig U14 team to National Bronze.

Leah Dunne GU13 XC

Leah had a superb year in 2018.  While she showed great speed on the track it was in her favoured XC that she really excelled producing storming finishes in every race helping her Girls U14 team to County & Munster Silver medals and National team Bronze medals.

Sinead Hurley GU13 XC

Sinead had a great Cross country season in 2018, helping her U13 team to East Cork, County & Munster silver medals before rounding off her season with a superb run in the National XC in Dundalk scoring for the silver medal winning Cork team.

Theo De Souza BU13 T&F

Theo had an excellent year in 2018 and was no stranger to the podium. He won the silver medal for long jump at the National Indoors but the highlight of his year was winning the National outdoor gold medal for long jump with a huge PB of 5.14m.

Bobby O’Riordan BU13 XC

Bobby had a great year in 2018, showing his ability in both Multi events and middle distance on the track and also in XC. It was XC that provided Bobby his biggest success when he produced a superb run in Navan to help his Cork team to the National Silver medals.

 

Luke Mullins BU13 XC

Luke had an excellent year in 2018 competing in both T&F and XC. In XC he was part of a very competitive and successful U13 & U14 group. He rounded off his year in style helping his club team to National gold in Dundalk.

Ruaidhri Boyle BU13 XC

Ruaidhri had a great year in 2018.  It was in the XC season that Ruaidhri had his most success leading his BU13 & BU14 teams to county gold and Munster bronze medals. He rounded off his year in style helping his club and County teams to National gold in Dundalk.

Aidan Maher BU13 XC

Aidan was a new addition to our club in 2018 and what a great addition he was! Aidan helped his BU13 & BU14 teams to county gold and Munster bronze medals. He rounded off his year in style helping his club and County teams to National gold in Dundalk.

Cathal Whooley BU13 XC

Cathal had a great year in 2018.  He showed good form on the track but it was in the XC season that he had his most success helping his U13 & U14 teams to county gold and Munster bronze medals. He rounded off his year in style helping his club and County teams to National gold in Dundalk.

Michael Mullins BU13 XC

Michael had an excellent year in 2018 competing in both T&F and XC. In XC he was part of a very competitive and successful U13 & U14 group.  After bouncing back from illness he rounded off his year in style helping his club team to National gold in Dundalk.

Timmy Colbert BU13 T&F

Timmy started his great year off with a superb Bronze medal in High Jump at the National Indoors and followed that with a Bronze medal in Javelin at the National outdoors.  He rounded off his year in style helping his club and County teams to National XC gold in Dundalk.

Ciara Keohane GU14 XC

Ciara had an outstanding year in 2018.  Competing in middle distance on the track she built up great speed which she put to good use in the XC season helping her team to East Cork, County and Munster Silver medals and National Bronzemedals.

Rebecca Kelleher GU14 XC

2018 was a super year for Rebecca. Competing strongly in 800m on the track, she worked incredibly hard in XC and improved with each race. In a superb season she helped her team to County & Munster Silver and National Bronzemedals, she also won National medals on both Cork U14 & U15 XC teams and on the Munster U15 XC team.

Kathryn O’Mahony GU14 XC

Kathryn was superb in 2018, 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 Silver medals and National Bronzemedals.

Ellie Twomey GU14 XC

Ellie had an outstanding year in 2018Her hard work on the track paid off in the XC season where she was part of a very strong U14 team winning East Cork, County and Munster silver medals before going on to help her team to National XC Bronze in Abbotstown.

Sorcha Daly GU14 XC

Sorcha had a great year in 2018 particularly in her favoured XC. She had her best success when running up in age in the Munster B XC where she won an individual bronze medal and also led her team to 3rd place.  She finished her year in style when she was 3rd scorer for the gold medal winning Cork U15 team at the National XC Championships in Dundalk.

Arron Sheehan BU14 XC

Arron had great success in XC in 2018. He was a leading member of our County medal winning U14 & U15 teams, he also helped his U14 team to Munster Bronze before rounding his season off in style with a superb run to lead his club team to National Bronze in Dundalk and his Cork team to the silver medals.

Odhran McCarthy BU14 XC

Odhran had his best year ever in 2018. He was a consistently strong performer in our U14 & U15 XC teams, helping his U15 team to County Gold and Munster B Bronze medals before rounding his season off with superb team Bronze and county Silver medals at the National XC in Dundalk. 

Rian O’Luasa BU14 XC

Rian had a great year in 2018. On the track he competed in High Jump but it was in XC that he had his best success when he helped his U15 team to the National Bronze medals in the National XC in Dundalk.

David Maher BU15 XC

David made his debut for Carraig in the 2018 XC season and what a great addition he was to the club.  As part of a strongU15 boys team he performed very well with the highlight being when he helped his U15 team to the Bronze medals in the National XC in Dundalk.

 Cliona Lynch GU15 XC

Cliona had another good XC year in 2018. She started her season by leading her U16 team to County XC Bronze then a week later helped her U15 team to the silver medals. She helped her U15 team to bronze in the Munster B’s then finished off her season with a strong run to help secure the team Gold for Cork U15’s in Dundalk.

Michelle Ugwah GU15 T&F

Michelle had another excellent year in 2018.  She continues to work on her Long jump technique and was rewarded with a superb silver medal in the national Indoors.  She rounded off her season by winning the Minor girl’s Long jump in the National schools T&F.

Ciaran Hurley BU16 T&F

Ciaran continues to go from strength to strength in the race walking event.  In 2018 Ciaran won Munster gold medals both indoors and outdoors and was second in both the indoor and outdoor National T&F Championships scoring a big PB in the outdoor Nationals.

Sinead Kearney GU16 XC

Sinead showed some great form over the course of the 2018 XC season. She helped her U16 team to East Cork Silver then County bronze, at U17 she helped her team to County Gold and then Munster Bronze medals. She finished her year off in style with a great run in Dundalk coming home in 12th place and winning a first National medal for her troubles.

Jennifer Kearney GU17 XC

Jennifer has been in great form over the 2018 XC season where she went from strength to strength with each race.  Her highlights were helping her U17 team to East Cork and County XC Gold, then a superb Munster U17 team bronze before rounding off her season with her best performance yet to come an excellent 9th place in Dundalk.

Orla Coffey GU17 T&F

Orla had a fantastic year in 2018. Competing strongly in the Long Hurdles she won the silver medal over 300m in the nationals and had even more success in the Pole Vault where she won both the indoor and outdoor National Championships.

Daire O’Sullivan BU17 T&F

Daire had an incredible year in 2018 over all the middle distance events.  In the Indoor T&F Daire took bronze over 1500m in the Nationals and followed it up in the outdoor T&F with another Bronze medal.  He also won National U17 XC medals with Cork and Munster teams.

Martha Quain GU18 Discus

Martha was in superb form again last year. In her chosen event of Discus she was always on the podium including winning Munster U18 & Senior Gold medals before throwing a new PB in the All-Irelands to claim the U18 silver medal.

 Emma Coffey GU18 Pole Vault

Emma had very good year in 2018 winning 4 National medals in total. In the Indoors she was 2nd in both the Junior and Senior Pole Vault, she followed this up in the outdoor season with silver in the National schools and bronze in the National Juniors.

Maebh Daly GU19 Javelin

Maebh had an incredible year in 2018 in all her Javelin competitions.  She won County Gold medal, Munster Silvermedal and followed that up with a superb silver medal in the National schools T&F.  Maebh finished her year in style,throwing a big PB of 36.59m to win her first All-Ireland Gold medal.

Ciaran Nugent BU19 400H

Ciaran finished off his juvenile career in fine style in 2018. Ciaran competed over 400m hurdles in Counties, Munsters, National League and National Championships, improving with each race.  He ran the race of his life in the National T&F in Tullamore when he got a new PB in the final as he won his first ever National title. 

Katie Walsh   Junior T&F

Katie had an incredible year in 2018, winning national medals in two disciplines. Her first National medal came indoors in the Junior Pentathlon where she won the Bronze medal, she was extremely strong in the 400mh winning the bronze medals in both the National schools and the National Juniors.

Jennifer Goggin Walsh  Senior T&F

Jennifer made her comeback to competitive running in 2018 and what a great year she had. She was a hard lady to beat in the O35 3000m winning both the County and Munster Gold medals before going on to claim silver at the Nationals.

 

Other Business:


Last Saturday morning under 23 athlete Denis Hegarty won his first ever race when he took the honors at the Nagle Rice 5km in Doneraile park in a time of 17:19.


Look Forward:


This Tuesday the Munster post primary schools indoor track and field games take place in Nenagh and some of our athletes will be competing.

This Saturday the post primary schools all Ireland cross country championships take place in county Kildare. Seven of our teenagers are in action representing three separate schools in two of the eight races in what always are top class competitions.

Training is back in full swing for all our age groups as the first outdoor event of the season looms on the near horizon, the East Cork track and field championships on the 14th of April. Our senior athletes will be putting their best foot forward in defense of both the East Cork women’s and men’s team road race titles in the last week in April.


26th February, 2019

Clean sweep for race walkers.

 Munster Indoors:

The track and field season for our underage athletes kicked into high gear last weekend when Nenagh Olympic hosted the Munster indoor under 12 to 19 championships.
Ran off over the two days sixteen of our athletes competed in eight of the athletic disciplines.
With outside temperatures at 15 degrees in sun shine the notoriously cold stadium was almost tropical making for good competition conditions.

Race Walks:

Our greatest success of the weekend came from our race walkers with three athletes in three separate races they won all three. An impressive strike rate for this early season and promising for the year ahead.
Ciarán Hurley was the first up in boys under 17 and executed a metronomic pace as he knocked off the seven and one half laps of the 1500 meter race. Ciarán set a new PB on his way to taking another title and showing steady incremental improvement year on year.
Odhrna Hurley and Jess Murphy were in action in the under 14 and 15 races respectively. Both girls raced over 1000 meters in their first race of the year. Odhrna and Jess had near identical races as both tracked the pace of the early leader and with 400 meters remaining they dropped the hammer pushing past the leader and crossing the line with some margin to spare. It is testament to they’re application in training over the winter with both girls competed in cross country on top of their technical walking sessions, that they were stronger in the later half of their race.

High Jump:

Four of our young multi event crew were jumping in the high jump competitions hoping to put all their hard work over the winter to the test.

Lucy Lynch was up against a large field in the under 13 girls competition and showed a calm head to be crowned Munster champion with a new PB performance of 1:43 meters. After taking two attempts at the winning height Lucy cleared her new PB on her third attempt winning clear from the rest of the field. A magnificent win for Lucy taking her first Munster field event title and just reward for all her training.

Three of our under 14 boys were in with a great chance in their first outing of the year. Bobby O’Riordan, Timmy Colbert and Theo de Souza were hoping to continue on their wonderful multi events year in 2018 bringing the good feelings into this season. In a high standard competition the boys were in the mix for medals once the jumping began. Bobby was unlucky to be first of our lads fouled out despite jumping well he didn’t get to his previous best which wasn’t reflective of the effort he has put into training.
Timmy and Theo continued on until they were setting new PBs and had medals in their grasp. The final round of jumps decided their positions with Timmy taking bronze and Theo jumping an excellent 1:54 tied for the lead but dropped to silver on count back. Great stuff for the lads and now they will head to nationals with Lucy as real contenders.

1500 meters:

One athlete only in the 1500s on the Saturday but Daire O’Sullivan is always in the medal mix in any championship race. Up front on the shoulders of the lead group in the mixed under 18/19 boys race Daire ran home comfortably to open his track season with a win in the under 18 category. Yet another Munster title for Daire as he now fights on two fronts as he has also qualified for the schools XC national finals.

Long Jump:

On Saturday two of our older teenagers were jumping in the under 17 and 18 age groups.
Orla Coffey took a step away from the pole vault area for this weekend and had a solid start with a best jump of 4:93 meters to finish in fourth position in the girls under 18.
Harry Buckley had a difficult time in the under 17 boys when he could only register 2 legal jumps out of 6. Despite that he managed a new PB and barely missed the fourth qualifying position for nationals when he was tied in fourth but was pushed to fifth on count back. Tight margins to lose by but Harry will no doubt bounce right back in the outdoor season just around the corner.
On Sunday our younger long jump protagonists were in action with Lucy Lynch first in action in under 13 girls. In a large field Lucy didn’t make the final eight after the first three jumps finishing 12th out of 27 girls.
Three of our super squad of under 14 boys had another great result in their competition. Theo De Souza , Ruaidhri Boyle and Bobby O’Riordan all got to the final eight after the first three jumps. Theo took yet another Munster title with a jump of 5:03. Ruaidhri was on the second step of the podium next to him as he took his first Munster long jump medal. Bobby finishing 7th for his best ever Munster result setting three new PBs along the way.

800 meters:

We had three of our under 14 boys in a large field of athletes for that age 800 meters. Aidan Maher, Ruaidhri Boyle and Bobby O’Riordan were each in one of five separate heats that would decide the three medals on times. The boys were outside the top three times with Bobby having the best result coming 3rd in his heat and 11th out of the 30 Entries.

In under 19 girls Blathnaid Daly took our only 800 medal of the weekend with a terrific bronze for her second time in two years. Blathnaid had a excellent second 400 of her four lap race to pull herself onto the podium from fifth position. An excellent start to Blathnaid’s season and hopefully we’ll see much more of the same as the summer unfolds.

Sprints:

Orla Coffey put her versatility on show yet again as she took two sprint medals in girls under 18. On the Saturday Orla took gold in the 400 meters with a good early season clocking of 65 seconds. On Sunday after making it through the 200 heats with a PB run knocking a tenth of a second off her previous best she took a fabulous bronze for her first ever Munster medal over the distance.

Aaron Callanan ran his first ever track sprint race in the boys under 18 400 meters and posted his PB at a very respectable 57 seconds. Much more to come from Aaron over the coming months and years as he learns his trade in the sprint world.

Lily O’Riordan raced over the 200 and the 60 meters for her first outing of the season. Didn’t make her respective finals but in her ultra competitive under 16 age group she had PB runs in both just outside the times to make each decider.

Theo DeSouza ran in the 60 meters on the Saturday comfortably getting to the final coming second in his heat in a time of 8:51.
Sixth place for Theo after a long wait for his final even with  him bringing down his time by one tenth of a second.

Hurdles:

Sunday’s 60 meter hurdles program had some very high standard racing on show and five of our athletes put their efforts in training on show.

Orla Coffey was fourth in the under 18 girls race with yet another PB clocking 9:86 over the five two foot six barriers.
Lily O’Riordan broke the 10 second barrier for her first time in a top class race in girls under 16. Lily’s sixth place was more than respectable in a race that was certainly national standard.
Theo De Souza and Bobby O’Riordan had heats to negotiate in the boys under 14 and both made it to the final from heat one.
Both improved their times in the final but were sixth and eight respectively in another race that could grace the national stage.
Our youngest hurdler on the day was Lucy Lynch who also made it to her final from the heats.
Again an improvement on her time and a fifth place finish for Lucy.

 Summary:

Another Munster championships behind us already this year and when we add the weekends 12 medals to the three from day one for a total of 15. Nine champions will head to nationals in Athlone in March and April with the other qualified athletes.

Other Business:

Last Friday night two of our junior athletes Orla Coffey and Daire O’Sullivan received bursaries from the Cork county board as aspiring athletes. The presentations were made as part of the International awards night held in the Kingsley Hotel.

Look Forward:

This Friday evening we are the host Club for the East Cork Athletics Division awards night which will be held in the Midleton Park hotel. Thirty Five of our juvenile, Junior, senior and masters athletes will be honored for winning medals at national championships in 2018.

22nd February, 2019

Orla takes National Senior medal

National Senior Indoors:

Last weekend the national senior indoor track and field championships were held in the national arena in Abbotstown. Our two pole vaulters were in competition on the Sunday lunchtime hoping to continue their success over the last couple of years.
Emma Coffey was first into action as the bar crept up incrementally to the heights that would sort out the medalists. Having previously been our first ever national field event senior medalist Emma bowed out at 2:90 meters for fifth place on countback.
Orla Coffey came in to the competition as the bar reached 2:90 and jumped really well up to 3:20. With the increments of 15 cm the next height of 3:35 was Orlas recently set PB but after three valiant attempts she topped out at the previous height. No increase in her early season performances but a magnificent bronze national medal for Orla as she was clear in third place going into her final round of vaults. 

Munster Schools Cross Country:

On last Friday the Munster post primary schools cross country championships were held in WITs sports complex on the outskirts of Waterford city.  Twelve of our teenagers were in action for their schools over four of the eight races.

In the first race we had our largest cohort of competitors when eight Carraig na bhFear AC girls lined out for five separate schools in the minor girls. 
Ava Fitzgerald backed up her win in the south Munster race with another podium display taking individual bronze in third place. Her school team comprising of clubmates Leah Dunne (12th overall ) and Katelyn Fitzgerald took a wonderful bronze in the team standings meaning that Colaiste an Chroi Naofa will have team representation at the national finals in  Clongowes Wood College, Clane county Kildare.
Rebecca Kelleher confirmed her steady rise in status with a ferocious sprint finish taking fourth place overall for Scoil Mhuire, Patrick’s hill. 
Ellie Twomey (29th) was the third scorer who along with Jess Murphy were part of the St Angela’s college team that took a silver medal.
Ciara Keohane running for Glanmire Community College was unlucky to be just outside the top 15 individual places to make the national finals as was Kathryn O’Mahony as her St Mary’s College Mallow team was fifth on the day.

In the intermediate girls race Lauren and Megan Murphy were running in their first Munster Schools finals for Glanmire community college. The girls coped well with a high standard race in the notoriously tough course and finished in the middle order but outside qualification for nationals.

The senior girls race saw Jennifer Kearney in her Loreto Fermoy singlet have a good run over 2500 meters but like the girls in the intermediate race Jennifer was outside the top 15 to progress to nationals. A great end to the most successful cross country season of her career.

The senior boys race had two of our athletes in the mix for the chance to make the national finals. Joesph Daly (Davis College, Mallow) and Daire O’Sullivan (Colaiste an Chroi Naofa) we’re competing over 6000 meters with four large laps of the hilly course.
Both boys were in the large lead group for three laps and as the final lap sorted out the pecking order Joesph was desperately unlucky to finish in 16th place. Daire had better fortune finishing in 10th and taking on of the fifteen individual qualifying spots for the national finals on the 9th of March.

Summary:

Of the twelve that traveled to Waterford, seven will be continuing on to the national finals which will be held on the grounds of Clongowes Wood College, Clane , County Kildare on the 9th of March.

Other Business: 

Our club AGM was held on Tuesday week last and all outgoing club officers were re-elected to their roles. The club hopes to continue to build on the success of recent years with the help of all members and stakeholders within the community.


Look forward:

This coming weekend is the second day of the Munster under 12 to 19 indoor championships which will be held in Nenagh Olympics stadium. A small contingent will be traveling over the two days in the hope of silverware and the all important qualification for nationals in March and April.
We’re looking forward to hosting the East Cork Athletics Division awards night in Midleton Park hotel on the 1st of March. Thirty-five of our club athletes will be honored on the night for winning medals at national championships in 2018.

12th February, 2019

Katie tops Podium in Athlone!

Intervarsities indoors:

 On last Friday the IUAA intervarsities indoor track and field championships were held in Athlone ITs indoor arena. The intervarsities is contested by Irish based third level students attending colleges and ITs across the whole island.
Carraigs under 23 athlete Katie Walsh was competing for CIT ,where she is studying chemical and bio pharmaceutical engineering, in the Pentathlon and 60 Hurdles.
Katie made it to the top step of a national podium for the first time in the multi events competition setting a new PB score along the way.
Personal bests in shot putt , long jump and a solid run in the 60 hurdles had set Katie up to do well overall going into her strongest disciplines , high jump and the 800.
A clearance of 1:60 in HJ, a mere 1cm off her previous best moved her up to second overall just 23 points off the leader. An impressive and exciting run in the fifth and final event the 800 meters saw her capture the title winning the race with the necessary margin over her competitors.
Katie also reached the 60 hurdles final where she set a new PB coming sixth in a high quality race.

Munster Indoors:

Last Saturday and Sunday the Munster Masters, Senior and junior indoor track and field championships took place in Nenagh Olympics indoor facilities in the Co Tipperary town.
We had a small contingent travel on both days to participate in a variety of different events.

On Saturday Jennifer Goggin Walsh and Mary Fitzgerald ran the masters women’s 3000 meters. Jennifer won her category with a time close to where she finished last season which is very promising for the year ahead.
Mary ran her first ever indoor competition finishing fourth in a quality field in her category and will have gained valuable experience from the run.

On Sunday our third masters competitor of the weekend was Robert Boyle who was competing in long jump, 60 and 200meters sprints.
Robert took two medals from the three events with victory in long jump and a bronze in the 60 meters. A wonderful result in his debut season.

Our race walking crew kicked off their season when two of our juniors Sarah Constant and Ciarán Hurley took on 3000 meters on Nenaghs 200 meter track.
Both won their respective races with times well ahead of their early season projections.

Our pole vaulters Emma and Orla Coffey had their Junior competition on Sunday also. Orla was second and Emma third in the under 20 competition adding yet more medals to their collections.

We had one under 10 running in the boys 500 meter race. MJ Walsh had his first taste of indoor running when he raced in one of five really busy heats in his age category. No medal but we’re going to see much more of this young man in the years ahead.

 Other Business:

 Well done to club runner Caroline O’Donovan who traveled to London last weekend and competed in the London Olympic park half marathon.
Congratulations to Senior athlete Katie Walsh who received a freshman bursary from CIT last Monday at their annual scholarship awards.

 Look forward:

This Friday is the Munster post primary schools cross country championships and they will be held in WIT sports grounds. There are 13 of our post primary athletes taking part representing seven separate schools.
Our pole vaulters are traveling to Dublin to compete in the national Senior indoor track and field championships in the national arena in Abbotstown.


08th February, 2019

All Ireland B XC:

On Sunday last a large number of our underage athletes traveled to Dundalk to race in the all Ireland B cross country championships. The B’s are for any athletes that don’t medal in any way in the two previous days of underage races.
Ran in the uneven ages from 11 to 17 they have proved a happy hunting ground over the years for us and this day was more of the same.
The course was laid out on the sports fields of DKIT with 500 and 1000 meter loops used to make the distances for each race. Each loop consisted of a long climb and a corresponding descent on the flip side with the starting straight on the decent making for a fast beginning to every race.

Under 11’s;

Our youngest age athletes were on the national stage for the first time to sample the atmosphere of these big days out.
Siofra Boyle and Robyn Maher were in the girls race over the 1000 meter loop. Both girls finished alongside one another in the middle of the field of 112 and the experience will stand to them in the years ahead when they will no doubt be consistently racing at this level like their older siblings.
The boys team were quietly confident about their chances after winning the B Munster race last December.
In a good standard race they finished 7th team a little off the medal podium but should be happy none the less with their performances all season.
Cormac Fennessy led the boys around the 1000 meter lap with Dylan Mulcahy, Jack Counihan, Naoise O’Luasa, Cian Dunne and Darragh Sheehan making up the team.
Like the girls the boys will store the days experience in the memory banks and be able to draw on it when they find themselves here again in the years ahead.


Under 13’s;

Two teams took to the field from our large squad of under 13 year olds.
Our girls squad was led around the 1500 meter course by a brave run from Sinead Hurley who went hard from the gun on the first 500 meter lap. Finishing 28th she took our first medal of the day as the 4th scorer on the silver medaling Cork County team. The team score competed by Lucy Lynch, Kate Fennessy, Katelyn Fitzgerald, Odhrna Hurley and Ruth O’Connor saw them finish in 7th position overall.
Most of the boys squad were in the traps at nationals for the third time this season and like the saying goes it was a charm. Timmy Colbert showed formidable leadership qualities as he went out hard early and gave the rest of his team mates a rabbit to chase over the 1500 meters. 
Finishing in a magnificent 8th place he was joined on the individual podium by the fast finishing Ruaidhri Boyle in 12th. Aidan Maher was desperately unlucky to finish just outside the individual medals in 13th and the team score was completed by Cathal Whooley in 21st. Micheal Mullins, Luke Mullins, Zach O’Connor and Howard O’Connor competed this strong squad that took a magnificent team Gold. Timmy, Ruaidhri, Aidan and Cathal all scored on the Gold medaling Cork County team also for an impressive 12 national medals from the race.

Under 15’s;

Two of our middle aged juvenile girls were in action in the under 15s 2500 meter race over three loops of the playing fields. Sorcha Daly and Cliona Lynch took their first ever national medals as the 3rd and 5th scorers on the Gold medaling Cork team. A huge day for the girls to pocket these hard won medals.

Our boys team were the dark horses of the day as they quietly went about their warmup and headed to the start line without fuss or fanfare. Aaron Sheehan led the way over the 2500 meters for Odhran McCarthy, David Maher and Rían O’Luasa to take a well worked team bronze medal. Aaron and Odhran were also the fourth and sixth scorers on the silver medaling Cork County team. Great return from the boys as they have pulled in so many unexpected medals this year without possibly getting the praise they rightly deserve. Well done boys! Ye are on the map now!

Under 17;

Sisters Jennifer and Sinead Kearney had the race of their lives as they each took individual medals in the under 17’s 3000 meter race. Jennifer finishing in a terrific ninth overall is significantly her biggest achievement. Sinead had a mammoth battle to secure the twelfth and final medal when she lost the position with one lap remaining only to take it back on the final climb and dramatically defended it in a sprint finish.

Summary;

Another massive success and a hugely enjoyable days racing made our longest journey of the season well worth the effort. Twenty three medals from fifteen separate medalists is a great return and a fantastic end to the 2018 club cross country season. The fifteen medalists will now join their other club national medalists at the East Cork Athletics Division awards night in March the 1st.  

Schools cross country:

The post primary schools cross country season kicked off for our teenagers last Friday.
The county boards grounds outside Riverstick was the venue for the south Munster schools championships where a bitterly cold northern wind swept across the course. The age groups for schools are different from club competition with four categories, minor(1st years only),Junior, intermediate and senior.
Qualifications are stricter also with the first 15 individuals and four teams only, advancing to the Munster races.
Sixteen of our club athletes were representing seven separate schools over four of the six races.

Minor;

Eight of our under 14/15s were in the first race of the day , the minor girls.
Tremendous success for all involved with Ava Fitzgerald winning and Leah Dunne third. Their Colaiste an Chroi  Naofa team completed by Katelyn Fitzgerald were fourth overall.
Ellie Twomey was the third scorer and 16th overall on the winning St Angela’s College team.
Rebecca Kelleher (Scoil Mhuire)was fourth overall , Kathryn O’Mahony (St Mary’s Mallow) 12th and Ciara Keohane (GCC) 13th all go through to the Munster race.

Intermediate;

Megan and Lauren Murphy were 13th and 14th respectively going through to the Munster race along with team mate Daisy Horan as their GCC team was fourth.
Sinead Kearney misses out on the Munster final when her Loreto Fermoy team finished fifth.

Senior;

Jennifer Kearney (Loreto Fermoy) was 13th in the Senior girls race and will race in the Munster final in WIT sports grounds on Friday the 15th of February.

Daire O’Sullivan (Colaiste an Chroi Naofa)and Joesph Daly (Davis College, Mallow)raced the 5000 meter boys event and both qualified for Munsters. Daire ran a solid run to take third and Joesph finished ninth to lead his school team to fourth place and a trip to Waterford on the 15th.


AAI Games:

The Athletics Ireland indoor games were held in the national indoor arena in Abbotstown on Saturday. Under 23 athlete Katie Walsh ran in the senior women’s 400 meters and ran close to her recent PB in a worthwhile experience gaining third race in six days for her. 

Dungarvan 10:

The ever popular Dungarvan 10 mile road race was ran on Sunday last and two of our most prolific racers knocked out some handy times. Great stuff from Eileen and Christy Murphy amongst nearly 3500 runners who competed the race.


Look forward:

This coming weekend the second day of the Munster juvenile indoor championships will be held in Nenagh.
Some of our older track and field athletes will be competing in the Senior, Junior and Masters indoor Munster championships on the Sunday also in Nenagh.
Our AGM will take place on Tuesday the 12th in the community hall in the village at 2000 hrs. All adult members are encouraged to attend and there will be no training that evening.


24th January, 2019

Our fixtures page has been updated with all the available fixtures for 2019, hopefully the County T&F fixtures will be available after this weekends AGM.



30th January, 2019

Athlone produces new PBs!

National Junior & Under 23 indoor track and field championships:

Last weekend two of our athletes travelled the road to Athlone for the first time this year to participate in the national junior and under 23 indoors.
Athlone ITs fabulous indoor arena and adjoining canteen makes for a pleasant change from cold wet days following the cross country season.
Katie Walsh was first into action in the women’s under 23 400 meters.
With two automatic qualifying from the heats Katie took her 400 PB under 60 seconds for the first time and claimed one of the final positions.
The final was ran late in the afternoon and the standard was upped quite substantially. Katie was third fastest qualifier going into the final and knocked nearly a second off that time to finish in fifth with her new PB of 59.15. A very positive start to the year for Katie as she shows marked improvements over last years opening race.
Orla Coffey was pole vaulting in the Junior (under 20) women’s championships.
Coming off the back of last weekends Munster under age title winning performance where she set a new Munster record Orla was at her best yet again in Athlone.
Vaulting clean over her first three heights she was in a share of the lead with two other vaulters when she made her first attempt at a new PB of 3:35.
Clearing it comfortably she moved into the lead on count back as her rivals cleared but failed on their first attempts.
The bar moved onto 3:45 and Orla made three solid efforts but bowed out after her third attempt.
A wonderful first national Junior medal (bronze) and a new PB is a fantastic step forward for Orla in her athletics development.
A very successful trip to the midlands brought back our first national medal of 2019 and big improvements from both women which they’ll be happy with as confirmation of a good winters training.

AGM:

Our annual general meeting will be held in the community hall in Carraig na bhFear at 2000 hrs on Tuesday the 12th of February. There will be no organized training that evening and
all adult members are encouraged to attend to help select your committee members for the coming year.

Look forward:

Next weekend we head back up the M8 to Dundalk this time and the National B cross country championships. A sizable contingent across all ages are traveling to DKIT for the finale of the 2018 XC season.
The post primary schools south Munster Schools cross country championships will be held this Friday in Riverstick.
A number of our teenagers will be competing in their school colours hoping to qualify for the Munster championships.

22nd January, 2019

Munster indoor track and field championships:

Our track and field athletes have quietly been waiting in the wings as the cross country season played out over the autumn/winter and last Sunday their year kicked off with the Munster juvenile indoor track and field championships.
Nenagh Olympics indoor facilities yet again hosted the first of many days this year with the relays and some field events.
We had three field eventers and the under 14 boys team were in relay action.

Long jump;

Michelle Ugwah kicked off her year with a medal in under 16 long jump taking bronze with a jump of 4:94 meters. Michelle jumped her longest in the first round of the straight final with the top three positions not changing throughout the five following rounds.
A great start to the season for Michelle and she now has a shot at national championships in the end of March.

Pole Vault;

Orla Coffey put down a serious early season mark with an indoor personal best and championship record with a vault of 3:30 meters on her way to taking gold in the under 18 competition.
An expectation of medals always sits on Orla’s shoulders such is her reputation but this early season showing looks like a statement of intent for the year ahead. We look forward to the weeks and months ahead excitedly.

Emma Coffey was back in competitive vaulting after a period out with injury. Carrying on where she left off Emma took the under 19 title with a three meter vault. Great to have Emma back in competition and regaining the form that saw her achieve so much over the years and helped raise the profile of the club so dramatically in that time.

Under 14 relay;

Our squad of boys under 14 were in action in the 4 X 200 meter relay on Sunday also and were desperately unlucky not to take a medal.
Winning their heat comfortably the boys booked their place in one of the four lanes for the final.
In the closest of finishes the lads were a mere 8 one hundredths off the third place on the podium. Fourth in the national outdoor finals last year by a tiny margin and now this must surely test their resolve but next day out they must break their duck.


Mountain running:

Two of our hardy bucks headed to Corrin Hill outside Fermoy on the 13th of January for the first Munster Mountain running association race of the year.
Dave O’Riordan was first in his over 50 category and Christy Murphy was third in his over 60s. A great start for the lads in the winter league.

Other Business:

Registration is now being accepted for 2019. Forms can be collected at training sessions from the registrar or your coaches and returned with the appropriate fee €45 euro for adults and €40 for juveniles.

The East Cork Athletics Division awards night will be held on the 1st of March in Midleton Park hotel. This year we are the host club and at present we have 20 individuals who will be receiving recognition for winning national medals in 2018.

The club AGM will be held in the community hall at 2000hrs on the 12th of February and all adult members are encouraged to attend.

Look Forward:

The indoor season is up and running and the competitions will come in quick succession over the coming months. Next weekend we have three going to the national Junior and under 23 championships in Athlone ITs indoor arena.
Training is back in full swing and new members are always welcome to come along.


02nd Jan 2019

 All organized club training has been canceled this week as a mark of respect for Joe Murphy (Noreen’s husband) who passed away last night.
Joe's funeral removal will be from Barry Bros funeral home Hazelwood, Glanmire at 1800 hrs this Friday to the Parish Church in Carraig na bhFear.
His requiem mass will take place at 1200hrs Saturday and burial after in Dunbullogue graveyard.

Training will resume on Sunday at 1030hrs in the Glen park.