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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.