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21st January, 2020

National indoor pentathlon championships:

On Saturday two of our track and field all rounders made the early start to travel to Athlone to compete in the multi events national championships for all ages.
Athlone IT was the host venue with their wonderful indoor facilities providing an appropriate stage for a long days competition.
George Alamu was first into action in the under 16 boys competition. George started with his long jump competition and then moved quickly to hurdles where he had a solid run coming third in his heat.
As George was taking his first jumps at High jump Katie Walsh was coming onto the track for her first event the 60 hurdles in the senior womens competition.
Katie ran a PB 9:80 to get a good start finishing third overall.
George meanwhile topped out at 1:50 in his high jump and then had a short break to get some food in before heading to the shot putt area.
Shot completed George had a short break before his final event the 800 meters. Not his strongest discipline George battled around the four 200 meter laps to finish his competition with a total points of 2343 which had him 9th overall. A good return to multis for George and a marker laid down for what we know will be a season of improvements.
With George finished Katie was only moving into her second event of her competition, the high jump.
A wonderful PB performance from Katie with a max clearance of 1:67 moved her into 2nd place overall.
With the sun now setting , Katie had a quick fire move to shot and then long jump. After the literal and physical highs of her high jump Katie lost some ground in the shot and long jump and going into the final event the 800 she was in the final podium position.
A solid run in the 800 where she finished second saw an exhausted Katie hold her bronze medal position and set a new overall points total PB. Excellent stuff from Katie winning her first ever senior national medal and our clubs first national medal of 2020.
Two contented athletes jumped into the car to make the long journey home after another successful day.

Munster Indoor Relays:

Four of our teenage teams raced in the Munster relay championships in Nenagh on Sunday with two coming away with silverware.
In the morning it was time for our girls in the even age races with our under 16s and 18s both fielding teams.
Our 16s had their first ever race together and did well in the 4 X 200 getting the baton round and were competitive finishing third in their heat but didn’t make the final.
Caoimhe Geoghegan and Abbie Akinkoulie had their first outing in Carraig singlets and they were bolstered by the experience of Kathryn O’Mahony and Rebecca Kelleher.
Our under 18 girls had a great run in their heat finishing second to take a lane in the final.
Racing from lane one on the inside line , Lily O’Riordan led off terrifically handing over to Emma Akinkoulie cleanly with the team in second place. Emma held the place solidly through her leg. Isobel O’Meara ran a cracking leg three to hold second and with nothing separating positions two to four Blessing Alamu ran her legs off to grab the final medal position from the Dooneen ACs team to overturn their result from the heat.
In the afternoon it was the boys turn with our under 15s and 19s taking to the track to experience the excitement of the relays.
Our 19s were in a straight final but had the heartbreak of coming a close fourth. No medal this day for Sam Judd, Arron Callanan, Harry Buckley and Darragh Walsh but a long season ahead will have more days out to perfect their team performance.
The under 15 boys were involved in one of, if not , the most dramatic finish of the day.
After negotiating their heat with a comfortable win as the third fastest team they went into the final with a good chance of at least a bronze.
Cathal Whooley led off the team
With a solid first leg handing over to Timmy Colbert in second place as the racers cut to the kerb. Timmy had his hands full with a powerfully front loaded Fergus AC team and passed the baton to Bobby O’Riordan with a gap opening with the boys now third. With one final card to play as Boddy passed to Theo DeSouza the Fergus AC plan unraveled. Theo ran the split of his life to reel in the final runner and blast into the silver medal position in the home straight making up easily 30 meters in doing so. Great drama and a fantastic medal for the lads to take home.

Munster 17to 19 field events & Pole vault:

Two of our athletes were competing in their Munster indoor field events competitions on Sunday up in Nenagh. Early starts for our youngest competitor of the day Josh Judd in the under 13s who had his first Pole vault competition and took a wonderful bronze medal for his efforts.
Blessing Alamu was throwing shot in the under 18 girls competition and took a silver medal with her best Putt to add an individual medal to her relay bronze.

Summary:

Two very successful days competition with invaluable experience gained to bring back to our club. Medals as always are the icing on the cake and it was very heartening to get four teams out for the relays to build team bonds that will pay dividends in the future.

Other business:

Senior athlete Jennifer Goggin Walsh has been quietly knocking out some impressive race results of late and posted yet another PB at the Cloyne commons 4km last Sunday.

Our club AGM will be held on Monday the 10th of February @ 2000hrs in the community hall.
All members of junior age and older are enthusiastically encouraged to attend.

Look forward:

This coming Saturday some of our junior and under 23 athletes will travel Athlone to compete in the national indoor championships.
High class competitions will be a plenty as the countries best young adults take to the national stage.


07th January, 2020

With the Christmas turkey barely digested we were back on the road and straight into the indoor season with the Munster junior & under 23 championships together with the juvenile combined events taking place in Nenagh last Sunday.
15 of our junior age group athletes,  two under 23s and five of our juveniles took on the multi events.

Our under 23s took home medals in every event entered with Katie Walsh winning 60 hurdles, long jump and 400 meters as she gets back competing after a long winter.
Ciarán Nugent laid down his first time of 2020 when he took silver in the mens 400 in a very tight race.

A most satisfying aspect from the day was the fielding of two girls and one boys team in the junior relay competitions.
As always the relays bring great excitement and noise to any event and we had medals to bring home with our boys team of Sam Judd, Emmanuel Alamu, Arron Calanhan and Darragh Walsh taking Bronze in their race. The girls team of Lily O’Riordan, Blessing Alamu, Nessa Wheeler and Emma Akinkoulie also took bronze in their race with our second team of Isobel O’Meara, Orlaith O’Callaghan, Emily O’Meara and Kiah Olotu coming fourth.

Newly transferred athlete Blessing Alamu had a very impressive first outing in a Carraig singlet when she took medals in the three competitions she entered. Second place in the Junior long jump with a best of 5:07metes and third place in the shot added to her medal in the relay was a wonderful return.

In the junior girls 60 hurdles Lily O’Riordan in her first of four years as a junior took a silver medal away from her race.

With all of our athletes making first outings of year and nearly half making their debut in junior competition it also was one athletes first ever competition. Kiah Olotu made her debut in the 60 meter sprint. Kiah and Emma Akinkoulie were 7th & 5th respectively in the 60 final.
Sam Judd ran in the 60 sprint with a solid performance in his heat coming 3rd to get to the final where he finished 7th.
Sam, Emma and Lily all ran the 200 individual also with Sam desperately unlucky not to medal coming 4th by 2 one hundreds of a second.

Four took to the blocks for the 400s with Arron Calanhan and Darragh Walsh in the boys and Mesa Wheeler and Isobel O’Meara racing in the girls.
In field events Martha Quain (shot) and Emmanuel Alamu (long jump) were 6th and 8th respectively.

In the multi events our five competitors had a long day with the hurdle races starting at 10 and the last 800 finishing just after seven in the evening.
George Alamu got his Carraig na bhFear career off to a medaling start by taking bronze in a competitive boys under 16 competition. George had a solid all round performance coming second in the hurdles and high jump.
Georges sister Rosemary was joined by Lucy Lynch in a large field of 19 athletes in the under 14 girls competition. Rosemary had a 7th place finish and had a win in the long jump competition.
Lucy jumped well in her preferred event , the high jump with a solid season opening 1:45.
Theo de Souza in the boys under 15 had a 5th place finish winning the long jump and hurdle competitions along the way.
Áine Sheridan was in the under 15 girls competition and had a solid run in the final event , the 800 , finishing 3rd and an overall position of 7th.

Summary:

Another successful day out with Munster titles and a good spread of medals. After a long winter of training it was nice to get back racing and satisfying to lay down early season markers.


Look Forward:

Training for our Junior/adult group is back into full swing after the holidays as preparation goes to Munster indoor relays and all Ireland B XC for our underage.
As always we are looking to unearth any potential new talent so all new comers are enthusiastically welcomed.
Training times and locations can be found on our website or by contacting one of our social media platforms directly.