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Surf, Turf, Tar and Track!

A large variety of events this week took the members of Carraig Na Bhfear to all parts of the County with the big event being the South Munster Schools T & F competition in MTU on Tuesday 10th (girls) and Thursday 12th (boys). It was the first time in three years that a full program of events was on offer and our juvenile club members again showed our strength in depth across all track and field disciplines. Qualification for the Munster Schools finals in Templemore on the 21st of May on offer for the first 3 in each event a major incentive.

In Junior girls Faye O’Riordan (St.Angelas) was 3rd in the 75m sprint hurdles and achieved a pb in the high jump but was outside the medals. Lucy Lynch was second in the High Jump with 1:50m and ran the anchor leg for St.Als, Carrigtwohill who took the gold medal. Aoife Martin (Colaiste an Chraoi Naofa) continued her recent good form winning gold in the junior 1500m walk in 6:12, one of the fastest times of the day in all grades! In the Intermediate girls’ competition Laura Moore (Loretto Fermoy) knocked 12 seconds off her pb from the previous week in winning silver in the 3000m race! Odhrna Hurley (GC Mhuire, Cork) held off a close challenge to win Silver in the walk. Aine Sheridan (Colaiste Muire Cobh) had an impressive win in the 300m hurdles in 53:38 and was 4th in the steeplechase. Sarah Kate O’ Meara (Mount Mercy won her 200m heat but was outside the medals which were decided on times. Finally, in the senior girls we had three competitors. Isobel O’Meara (Mount Mercy) had an excellent 3rd place in the 400m in 1:04 and was 4th in the 200m. Caoimhe Geogheghan (St.Mary’s, Midleton) was 3rd in the long jump and 7th in the 100m. Double gold for Lily O’Riordan (St.Angelas) in the 100m hurdles and javelin. Well done all!

In the boys’ competition, Josh Judd (St.Colmans CC, Midleton) won double silver in the discus and hammer events. In the intermediate javelin competition, another fine throw of 42:53 won gold for Timmy Colbert (Colaiste an Chroi Naofa). Aidan Maher (St.Colmans, Fermoy) won double bronze in the U16 mile and 1500m steeplechase. Joel Joseph had a fine jump of 5.57m for first place in the long Jump. Strong performances also on the day for Brian Hawkins (Rochestown College) in the U16 mile and 1500m, Bobby O’Riordan (Presentation college) in the 3k and javelin and Luke Mullins (Presentation College) who competed well in the 800m heat where the first 3 were all sub 2:02! Our senior boys also had good success with Harry Buckley (CBC, Cork) winning the long Jump by 2cm with a huge jump of 6.17m, Timmy Hawkins (Rochestown College) 2nd in 2000m steeplechase and George Alamu (Midleton CBS) winning gold on countback with a pb of 1.75m in the high jump. Good to see Eoin Quirke (Midleton CBS) back in competition running a leg of the 4 x 100m but narrowly missing out on a medal. Great performances by everyone on the day.

Youghal AC 5K: We had several members of our club competing on the new flat course in Youghal with some fast times and plenty of smiles and great photos. David Maher was first Junior male finishing in 10th place overall with a time of 17:21, an excellent time given that he had competed in the 2k steeplechase earlier in the day! Cian Ryan was second JM in a brilliant time of 18 minutes. Great performances for Adam Farrell (19:50), Rhona Lynch (20:12, 1st F45), David O’Riordan (20:34), Cliona Lynch (22.22, 2nd JF), Helen Roche (22:32, 2nd F50), Christy Murphy (23:55), Eileen O’Riordan ((24:06) special mention for Eileen wearing the Carraig singlet for the first time, looking forward to many more appearances for the ladies teams!), Denise Maher (26:58, pb!) and Paul Ryan (27:19) pushed all the way by son Sean! It looked like a very enjoyable race with the finish in the main street, thanks to Rhona for the suggestion as an ideal focus for training.

Park Run: Movin’ on up! Rian O’Luasa had his best finish yet in the Glen River Park Run crossing the line in second place with a time of 21:28, great stuff Rian!

Surf, Turf & Tar: We had a glorious morning in Rosscarbery for this unique, well-organized event with 7 members taking part. An all-terrain race consisting of road, cliff-paths, beaches, dunes, trail, and open field! The half-marathon was a very, very tough course (Paul Noonan wanted to be sure I made that very clear!) Richard Hawkins finished in 26th place in a time of 1:44 winning the M50 category. Paul running strong to the end despite the very, very tough course to finish in 128th place in 2:09 from a field of over 200 runners!

In the 10k event Timmy Hawkins was in the leading group thoroughly enjoying the experience. It was a ‘horses for courses’ race with the eventual winner Alfie Davis unbeaten in the event since its inception in 2017 very much at home in the sand and hills. A nice touch of sportsmanship in the race when Timmy took a wrong turn while leading but his co-leaders waiting for him to come back to the group, Timmy eventually finishing in 3rd place from a field of over 400 runners in 38.12. Excellent performances from Peter Hawkins (21st, 47:45), Brian Hawkins (33rd, 49:57), Liam Colbert with a brave run having suffered a calf strain early on (67th, 49:57) and Yvonne O’Connor (177th, 1hr:02). Plenty of delicious west Cork delicacies to help recovery afterwards!

Look forward: The Munster Schools T & F will take place on the 21st may in Templemore and we will have several athletes in action in the National Leagues representing the East Cork division on Sunday 22nd, again in Templemore.

Report by Richard Hawkins

16 May 2022

Counties Day 2 - Halfway There!

Day 2 of the county championships took place on Sunday 8th May in MTU. What started as a day promising mild conditions became progressively cooler and windier and as the program fell behind schedule, a test of patience and endurance for adults and athletes alike. No criticism intended, a busy program and good numbers of athletes and credit to the organizers and officials for a good days’ competition.

On Day 2, Carraig had 5 U12 girls – Allie Philips, Emma Johnson, Hannah Coffey, Marie Cotter and Mary Kate Dawson competing in the Sprints and Turbo Javelin, Hannah also competed in the High Jump. First up of the was Hannah in the High Jump, Hannah jumped 1.1m finishing just outside the medals as the bronze medal jumped 1.2m. Next up for the girls was the sprints, all five ran very well and Emma made the Semi-final and was just outside the time to qualify for the final. Congratulations to Allie Philips, Ellie Long, Emma Johnson, Hannah Coffey, Marie Cotter, Mary Kate Dawson, and Paul Colbert who competed in the counties over the two days. Stick with it, your time will come and keep enjoying it. Representing the boys, we had Sam Dunne with a fine long jump effort of 3.13m.

Martin Hurleys’ race-walking group had 4 competitors taking part with all 4 – Anna Mullins, Robyn Maher (U 14), Aoife Martin (U 15) and Odhrna Hurley (U17) showing excellent technique and all achieving PBs. Robyn took Gold in a time of 13:18, Anna took Silver in 13:45 in the U14 2Km Race. Aoife took Gold in 11:04 in the U15 2Km Race and Odhrna took silver in 19.08 in the U17 3Km Race. Congratulation’s girls and keep up the hard work.

In the U14 girls 80m Jessica Akinkulie and Rachel Cuthbert went well in the heats and will have gained a lot of valuable experience, Jessica also competing in the 200m. Faye O’Riordan qualified for the final of the U15 girls hurdles but unfortunately wasn’t able to compete in the final. Sister Lily took the win in the 100m girls U19 in 17:44 and followed up with a silver in the 200m. Faye also competed in the 200m with a 4th place finish in the heats and then got the medal she deserved for a great days’ competition while taking bronze in the Javelin. Quite a large field in this competition and a throw of 17.18m was required to edge Belgooly in to 4th place. Lily placed 1st in the U19 competition throwing the 600g javelin 30.86m. Lucy Lynch took silver in the U16 girls 200m with a fast time of 28:36, bettering her qualifying time. Lucy Lynch capped a great day clearing a massive 1:59 on her first attempt in the final round of the U15 girls high jump, 3rd place in the competition going to Rebecca Akinkoulie with a jump of 1.5m, great performances! Ciara Keohane finished just outside the medals in 4th place in the girls 200m in 29:43. Well done all, great running!

In the boys’ sprint events Mathew Lynch put in another solid performance in the u15 200m, very little time separating the bulk of the field. In U17 boys Ruaidhri Boyle and Cathal Whooley both qualified for the final, unfortunately Ruaidhri couldn’t take his place with injury. Cathal had a storming second half of the race to take yet another medal in a brilliant spell for him, this time taking bronze in a cracking time of 24:79. In the boys U18 200m Joel Joseph continues to gain race fitness with a fine 4th place in 25:85, also taking silver in the long jump with a best of 5m33.

Unsurprisingly, given the clubs’ emphasis on cross country the middle distance and 3k events were a happy hunting ground for us. In the U17 Boys 800m Luke Mullins showed clear intent from the start and was only edged out of the medals in the closing stages but 2:20 an impressive pb, brother Michael running 2:37 a very good time also for the distance. We were very prominent as a club in the 3k distance, in the U16 girls Laura Moore clearly learning from her 1500m race covered every break and pushed all the way to the line to take silver, only losing gold by the slimmest of margins. In the U16 boys Peter and Brian Hawkins took 2nd and 4th positions in breakthrough times of 10:52 and 11:23 respectively. Aidan Maher (10:14), Timmy Hawkins (9:27) and David Maher (9:29) taking gold in the U17 to 19 ages. Bobby O’Riordan also winning bronze in the U17 race with a time of 10:49.

In the throws discipline Brian Hawkins got his medal with a 3rd place in the U16 shot with a throw of 8.20m. Josh Judd won second place in the U15 discus (1Kg) with a throw of 29.82

In Summary, all our athletes putting in excellent performances and getting stronger week on week. Thanks again to martin Hurley for reporting on the walkers and our younger athletes and to Willie Walsh and Ger Foley for putting in another great shift on the long jump and high jump for the day!

Report by Richard Hawkins

13 May 2022


Counties kick-off in style for Carraig

Last Sunday began the first of the county championship Sundays which traditionally take place in the Month of May. Familiar faces and voices lending to the excitement of a great days’ competition. Carraig Na Bhfear AC had a good representation, lot of medals but most importantly a lot of enjoyment with plenty of experience gained stepping up a level from divisional competition.

Our U12’s Competed in their first Track and Field County Championships as the last one held was in 2019. Carraig had 5 under 12 girls competing – Hannah Coffey, Ellie Long, Emma Johnson, Allie Philips and Marie Cotter. Their First event was Shot, all 5 threw very well and Hannah finished fifth and Ellie sixth. Their next event was 600m, again all ran very well. Their final event of the day was the Long Jump, all jumped well and all five really enjoyed their first county competition which is the main thing at this age. We had one under 12 boy competing – Paul Colbert in the 600m and turbo Javelin. Paul ran very well in the 600m and finished middle of the pack and was very unlucky in the Turbo Javelin not to get a medal as he threw 18.11m for sixth place with the third-place athlete having thrown 19.84m. All six should be very proud with their performance.

In U13 girls Lucy Davis was pipped in to 4th place in the high jump with a clearance of 1.05m and an excellent throw in the Shot Put of 6.1m to finish well up the large field of competitors. The first of our high hurdlers was Jessica Akinkoulie with 4th place in heat 2. Faye O’Riordan finished 5th in the girls U15 250m hurdles in a new event for Faye which was followed up with a bronze medal in the high jump on countback in a tight competition. In the 1500m we had Faye and Laura Moore U15 and U16 respectively, both running well. I am sure both learning a lot in the races that bunched and surged at times in typical middle-distance fashion. We had more new recruits in the high hurdles with Aine Sheridan taking gold in the U17 and Ruadhri Boyle also taking gold in the U17 boys’ race. Credit to the coaches who have identified athletes who are suited to hurdles events and the more experienced athletes who have helped develop their skills in recent weeks. Aine also took 2nd place in the 400m U17 girls race in 1:07:78. Caoimhe Geoghegan was our final competitor in the girls’ competition with a string of excellent performances: Silver in the 100m, gold in long jump and just edged in to 4th place in the shot Put.

The boys U14 1500m was one of the races of the day, Cian Ryan running 4:51, a super time for a juvenile race but only good enough for a bronze in a race won by North Cork AC in 4:41, an incredible time for that age group. However, Cian will only benefit from having athletes of that standard to compete against and I am sure will have already banked the experience! In U16 boys 1500m Peter and Brian Hawkins ran good times to finish in 5th and 6thplaces respectively. In the sprint events Mathew Lynch finished 8th overall in the U15 100m in 13.34, very well done. Cathal Whooley is going from strength to strength with a 4th place in the 100m and gold in his more favored longer distance of 400m in 57:45.

We are leading the way in Cork athletics currently in the Steeplechase event taking gold in the U17 and U19 events through the Maher brothers Aidan and David. The pick of the races was the U18 boys where Timmy Hawkins ran an excellent season opening time of 10:24 but had only 2 seconds to spare from Robert Troy of Liscaroll AC, his sparring partner through the whole of last season, the lads drawing the best out of each other.

In the boy’s field events Joshua Judd had a throw of 34.1m in the 3kg hammer event, Joshua making his target distance following very consistent training. Timmy Colbert took gold in the Javelin (700g) with a PB throw of 40.13m.

Thanks to Ger Foley and Willie Walsh who were representing the club as competition officials on the day. Also, Martin Hurley for the update on the U12’s and Michelle Whooley who got some great action shots on the day, especially on the Steeplechase!

Look Forward : Day 2 of the counties take place next Sunday followed on Monday by graded leagues incorporating Junior, Senior and Masters events which is a new departure this year. South Munster schools T & F will take place next Tuesday (girls) and Thursday (boys) also in MTU.

Report by Richard Hawkins

6 May 2022

Running with .......

Running with ... are a series of short interviews that give you the opportunity to get to know some of our club members. This month we hear from star athlete Lily O'Riordan. Lily was part of our successful U19 Indoor Relay Team, who secured Bronze at the Munster Championships. She also won the Women's 600g Javelin at the National Spring Throws Championships in April. Lily is quite the all-rounder!


Tell us why you run?

I run for a number of different reasons but the main one is because I feel great to be involved with such a fun bunch of people. And athletics keeps me fit for all my other sports and activities.

Who are your running tribe?

I mainly run with the 'sprinters' in Ger Foley's group.

Cross, track or road?

I prefer road as it is more an even surface but for sprinting track tops them all.

Favourite race?

My favourite race that I have participated in has to be the Schools All Ireland 75m Hurdles which I took Bronze in. Beating 3rd place by 100th of a second and missing out on 2nd place by a 10th of a second!

Music or podcasts?

I often listen to a podcast by Emma Chamberlain. Sometimes I agree with her ideas, sometimes I don't but it's always entertaining.

On your feet?

My runners are Nike Invincibles in the colour black.

Your proudest running moment?

My proudest running moment would have to be the Schools All Ireland claiming third place in the Javelin by 1cm and then third place in the Hurdles 5 minutes later!

And when the work is done?

After a tough session, I love to go home, have a nice shower and eat whatever food I'm craving at the time.

3 May 2022


Upcoming Events

MAY 2022

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


Sunday 1st May

Great Limerick Run 2022

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

Thursday 5th May

Midleton 5 Mile Road Race

Saturday 7th May

IMRA - Magnetron Munster Championships

Sunday 8th May

Bweeng 5k

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

Monday 9th May

Cork Open Track & Field Evening Meet

Wednesday 11th May

BHAA - Pfizer 6 Mile

Thursday 12th May

Youghal 5k

Friday 13th May

Buttevant 4 Mile

Sunday 15th May

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

Monday 16th May

MTU Athletics Track Night


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



Tuesday 17th May

BHAA - John Buckley 5k

Thursday 19th May

Eagle AC The Cheetah Run Juvenile 1 Mile

Eagle AC The Cheetah Run 5k

Friday 20th May

John Hartnett 10k - Ballyhooly

Saturday 21st May

Irish Life Munster Schools Track & Field Championships

Dromahane 5k Road Race

Sunday 22nd May

IMRA - Galtee Crossing

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

Wednesday 25th May

Cork Open Track & Field Evening Meet 2

Friday 27th May

Ballymacoda 4 Mile Road Race

Saturday 28th May

Munster Junior & Under-23 T&F Championships 2022

Sunday 29th May

IMRA - Curragh Woods

Munster U11-U16 Indoor Combined Events Championships 2022

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