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27th March, 2017
All Ireland Indoors:
Last weekend saw the first two days of the national juvenile indoor championships bring Ireland's finest young athletes together in Athlone IT's modern arena. The Saturday program saw our jump specialists in action with bright sunshine shining through the floor to ceiling glass walls of the arena.
First up was Katie Walsh in girls under 19 high jump with legitimate hopes of a podium position to build on her bronze in last years outdoor finals. Katie had performed well over the winter with a Munster under 20 gold, some solid coaching sessions with the Munster performance squad and has added strength and conditioning to her training regime. The hours in the gym payed dividends with a silver medal and a PB jump of 1:60m which is a considerable feat for a lady only 1:57m tall.
Pole vaulting sisters Orla and Emma Coffey were in action Saturday lunchtime in under 16s & 17s respectively. Both girls were in buoyant mood with Munster titles in the bag and a great winters training behind them. Orla is one of the clubs most versatile athletes and continues to push her boundaries in all her endeavours. This day would be another step forward with a national title in a close contest with our girl winning gold on count back with a vault of 2:75m. Orla's three attempts at a new PB of 2:85 were just shy of the mark and it surely is just a matter of time for the improvement to come.
Emma was one of the stars of the weekend with a masterful performance to take the under 17 title and go on to set a new national record not once but three times. In doing so she moved the mark from 3 meters to 3:25 with the whole stadium slow clapping her every attempt and eventually received a massive ovation for her efforts.
With super Saturday done it was over to the track stars to up the anti with Sunday's performances.
Sunday kicked off with the speed merchants going to battle over 400 meter heats. Ciaran Nugent was in the third and final heat of the uber competitive boys under 18. Ciaran was fourth in his heat with a new PB of 53:89. All six runners in his heat were only separated by a single second going to emphasise just home competitive things are at this level.
Nessa Wheeler was next up in girls under 17 1500meters. Nessa went with the pace for the early laps of the seven and one half lap race but with two laps to go gaps started to appear leaving Nessa outside the battle for medals. This was a huge leap forward for Nessa as she knocked a massive 9 seconds off her time ran in Munster when she qualified for nationals.
Boys under 16 1500 next and Daire O'Sullivan was quietly confident going to the start line. Daire has put in some really good quality training sessions since qualifying for nationals by winning his Munster race with an excellent display of front running. Daire ran a mature, calculated and near perfect race as he matched all the early moves an lit the afterburners with 300 meters to go romping home in first in a fabulous time of 4:23. Another national champion and we weren't even though lunch.
The afternoon program had our two race walking stars in action.
Ciaran Hurleys boys under 15 1000 meters race saw our boy put a sterling silver medal performance. With a winter of dedicated application and benefiting from the coaching of the Munster performance squad training Ciaran set a new PB of 5:23.
Last but by no means least was Rebecca Kearney in girls under 19 1.5km walk. Rebecca is a multi title holder and no surprise that she added a national age title to her bulging war chest. A great start for this young ladies last season in the juvenile ranks.
So to summarise. Of the eight athletes that competed over the two days we had four national champions, two silver medalists, one national record set and five personal bests. As mentors and coaches all we ask of our athletes is that they apply themselves ,do their best and enjoy the fruits of their labour. As a club we will bask in the radiated glory of days like these and look forward with optimism for the weeks ahead. Roll on next weekend with four more athletes in national competition and the first day of outdoor track with East Corks in CIT.
Mallow 10 mile:
Senior runners Paul and Jim hit the roads around the north Cork town in Mallow ACs annual road race. An ever popular race that gets a large entry got some perfect weather with a cloudless sky beaming sunshine onto participants. Following on from a promising Ballycotton race Jim broke 70 minutes with a fabulous run of 69minutes with Paul a little further back at 77. Well done boys , great running.
26th March, 2017
County Road race:
On St. Patrick's day morning three of our dedicated adult athletes took to the start line of the County novice and vets road race championships. Gus Keohane along with husband and wife Christy and Eileen Murphy tackled the fast five mile course around the village of Castlelyons. Eileen was there to defend her F55 title which she won on the same course on the same day last year and defend it she did adding another title to the club coffers.
Over the next two weekends eleven of our under age athletes will be hitting the road to Athlone for National indoors. All the best of luck to them in anticipation of great
success reports over the coming weeks.
The first outdoor track and field event of our season will be held in CIT track on the 2nd of April. Training is in full swing and excitement is building with our youngest members who will heading for their first competition and you never know when the next star will be unearthed.
As always training times and dates can be found on our website or keep in touch with activities with our active Facebook page.
03rd March, 2017
East Cork T&F Championships 2017
The program for this years East Cork T&F Championships can be viewed here: East Cork T&F 2017
20th of February, 2017
Our fixtures page has now been updated with this years T&F dates, as yet there are no confirmed dates for the County Championships
16th of February, 2017
Thank you to everyone that turned up for our AGM on Monday night, it was great to see so many people in attendance. Our list of club officers has been updated showing our new committee, our fixture list will be updated shortly. Congratulations to everyone that competed in the All-Ireland 'B' XC last Sunday and also to our County award winners from last Friday night.
07th of February 2017
Reminder - Our club AGM takes place next Monday Night 13th of February at 8pm in the Community hall in Carraignavar, we would love to see a good turnout from the parents of our juvenile athletes and also from our adult members.
26th of January 2017
I have attached the link to the Athletics Ireland Competition booklet for 2017, this is a very useful document as it contains all the dates for every National competition for the coming year and also gives the timetables for the various All Ireland T&F Championships. It also contains all the specifics like hurdle heights, javelin weights etc for each age group.
18th of January 2017
Some dates for your diaries:
East Cork Awards Night 24th February at Walter Raleigh Hotel, Youghal.
East Cork T & F – day 1 on 2nd April at CIT and day 2 on 9th April in Youghal.
East Cork Road Race 27th April in Ballynoe.
15th of January 2017
As training was cancelled last Thursday night due to the weather registration for all athletes will take place this coming Thursday night instead.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL SOCIAL NIGHT OUT: Friday next 20th January at 7.30 pm at the Ambassador Hotel.
The club is hosting the annual night out for adults (!) next Friday. The price is €20 per head payable on the night. The hotel will provide a buffet style meal and desert. Speeches will be kept short. The club hopes the night will be a well earned celebration of the achievements of the club and its athletes throughout 2016 and a chance to give thanks for that success and to look forward to a great 2017.
All are welcome and it is usually a good night and opportunity to socialise with like minded people!
We need to give the hotel early warning of the numbers attending so whilst it is a pay on the night event people might text/ring with confirmation of attendance to Anne at 086 1025420 or Philip at 086 8012913.