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28th June 2020

Club Training Update

Club training

With phase 3 of the lifting of restrictions having been approved by government, the club has again reviewed its training plans for the coming weeks.
It has been decided to grant access to training for all our under 13 (Born 2008) athletes from Tuesday the 30th June. Any of these athletes who wish to attend training this week must book in with their coaches in order to confirm attendance. The club officers will again review the situation for younger athletes in three weeks time. Training for all athletes under 14 and older will continue as already arranged.

CIT track

We are pleased to announce that the club has been granted limited access to the CIT track from next Wednesday 1st of July with a new time slot of 2030 to 2130 hrs.
This training session is strictly only available to registered club athletes from under 16 and above. Athletes wishing to attend training on Wednesday will have to book in with club coaches before 1400 hrs on Tuesday 30th June. If you have not booked in you cannot attend training as both CIT & Club COVID officers will be checking athletes onto the track. All physical distancing measures will have to be strictly adhered to, in order to ensure the club will continue to enjoy the use of this facility. This access is for a three week trial period and will be reviewed thereafter. 
Please read the attached list of regulations issued by CIT sports office.


     CIT ATHLETICS TRACK GUIDELINES 
FOR CLUBS/INDIVIDUALS/USERS RETURNING
FOLLOWING THE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

 

These guidelines will remain in place from 29th June until 20th July 2020 and will be subject to ongoing review. 

 Clubs/Individuals/Users agree to abide by the Current Athletics Ireland Returning to Athletics Guidelines and CIT Guidelines

·         Clubs/Individuals/Users must book in advance with the Sports Office on email fintan.oleary@cit.ie

·         Booking slots are a maximum of ONE hour in order to facilitate all Clubs/Individuals

·         Club COVID Officer must report to CIT Designated Officer 15 minutes prior to allocated time

·         Athletes to arrive no more than 10 minutes before allocated time

·         No entry until approved by CIT Designated Officer

·         Club COVID Officer must send attendance list to fintan.oleary@cit.ie  within 24 hours of attendance at CIT Track

·         Clubs/Individuals/Users must be registered members of AAI

·         Members must leave track promptly and also not congregate in the car park afterwards

·         NO access will be provided to dressing rooms or toilet facilities

·         NO CIT equipment to be provided.  No club use of pole vault, high jump or long jump.

·         NO Rubbish bins provided –  take your rubbish with you when you leave the campus 

·         Each athlete to bring their own hand sanitizer and water bottle with name marked on it - Water tap in CIT not in use.

·         This is a live guidance document and will be regularly reviewed and communicated 

 

BE ACTIVE AND BE RESPONSIBLE





6th June 2020

Club Training Update

Hello all.
Good news at last.
Group training will recommence on Tuesday evening the 9th of June in the college fields in Carraig na bhFear @ 1930 hrs sharp.
All members should make themselves aware of the guidelines laid down by athletics Ireland.
The link provided will bring you to the Cork Athletics webpage where a concise version can be read.

If you intend to attend training you need to book in with the lead coach of your age group.
Unfortunately at this time under 13s are not allowed attend in any way.
If you are 13 on or before next Tuesday you can train.
Coaches will be in touch through the usual channels with more details.
All coaches contact details can be found on the contact us tab on the sidebar.

Hope to see you all Tuesday.😁




25th May 2020

An informative Video on the Covid-19 Virus 

Covid-19 Video






19th May 2020

Club Update Re Covid-19

After a meeting of coaches and committee members yesterday evening it has been decided that there will be no return to organised training in the current phase 1 of the government’s roadmap to reopening the country.
Although athletics Ireland has reinstated our insurance and has laid out a comprehensive set of guidelines for clubs to follow , the conditions are not going to allow enough freedom for us to return to group training. 
The 5 km restriction on movement , no facilities opened and groups no larger than 4 would make organised training impossible to coordinate.
We have begun planning a return to training for the 8th of June on the college grounds in Carraig should the government move to Phase 2 on that date and the Athletics Ireland guidelines mirror the government ones.
We hope that everyone continues to train in their family groups and in their social groups  of 4. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we’re all back together as a club and enjoying the sport that has brought so much joy to our lives.



12th March 2020
IMPORTANT CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT


In light of the recent government, HSE and Athletics Ireland direction we are taking the decision to suspend all club activities until further notice.
This means there will be no training in the college tonight.
No Bodypump or spinning on Friday night.
No CYDI training in CIT Saturday.
No training in the Mardyke Sunday.
No High Jump on Tuesday or normal club training in Carraig.
The CIT campus is closed until the 29th at least so we will have no access to their facility.
The national indoor championships will now fall under these directives and will be cancelled/postponed.
As the directions do not discourage training we encourage all our members to continue to train to the best of their ability and stay in touch with your coaches.
We will assess the situation again early next week as more information becomes available & update you as necessary.




3rd March 2020

Oh What A Night! 

On Friday night last the East Cork Athletics Division annual awards night was held in the Midleton Park Hotel. Forty of our athletes were honoured for winning national medals in track and field and cross country in the 2019 season.
The trophies for best juvenile track and field club , best juvenile cross country girls club and best cross country boys club were also presented to representatives of our club. 
This was a monumental achievement for Carraig as it was the first time our club has won the track and field trophy and also the first time that a club has secured all three. To put the icing on an already sweet cake Orla Coffey was selected as the overall athlete of the year for 2019 for her record breaking achievements in pole vault. 

Listed below are the athletes and a short note about their achievements at national level. 


AWARD WINNERS 2020 (2019 SEASON) – Carraig na bhFear A.C.

 

Boys U11 - Cian RyanCian had a super XC season winning the county under 11 title and finishing 3rd in the under 12’s. Individual medals in both ages at the Munster XC were followed by an impressive 7th place finish in the National under 11s in Dunboyne and being the 2nd scorer on a silver medalling Munster team.

Girls U12 – Faye O’Riordan     Another strong XC season for Faye with good performances at county and Munster levels, culminated in a National silver medal with the Cork team at the National XC championships in Abbotstown.

Girls U13 – Lucy LynchLucy had a great start to 2019 winning the Munster indoor high jump title and going on to win a bronze medal at the National indoors. She continued this form outdoors winning the Munster title and jumped a PB of 1.48m to win a silver medal at Nationals.

Girls U14 – Aine Sheridan     A first National track medal was won by Aine in the girls under 14 800m at the National “B” championships. Aine continued to be a valued member of the club’s under 14 and 15 XC teams and won a gold medal with Cork at the recent National “B” XC championships.

Girls under 14 – Ava Fitzgerald  Another super consistent XC season for Ava in 2019 where she had podium finishes in both county and provincial under 14 and 15 races. She backed up these great performances by finishing 5th at the National under 14 eventand winning team gold with Cork and team silver with Munster at both under 14 and 15.

Girls U14 Odhrna Hurley       Odhrna had a clean sweep of titles in 2019 with gold medals at County championships, Munster indoors and outdoors and National indoors and outdoors in her specialist event, racewalking. Her victory in the National outdoors 2,000m walk being her most impressive performance of the year.

Boys U14 - Cathal Whooley       Cathal won his first National track medal when winning a silver medal in a competitive 80m sprint at the National “B” championships. He showed his versatility by being part of a winning under 15 club team at the National “B” XC championships last month.

Boys U14 Ruaidhri Boyle      At the National “B” Track & Field championships Ruaidhri clenched the silver medal in the boys under 14 long jump. He also ran cross country and was part of the under 15 club team that won the National “B” XC title.

Boys U14 Theo De Souza      Theo won Munster indoors under 14 long jump gold and high jump silver, before going on to excel at the long jump event over the summer months,winning county gold, Munster silver and National bronze with a PB performance of 5.42m at Nationals.

Boys U14 Aidan Maher   Aidan had some super runs in county, Munster and National XC races at under 14 and 15, finishing with a tremendous individual medal at the National “B” XC and leading his club team to the gold medals. He was also a scorer on the Cork team that won gold medals on the same day.

Boys U14 Timmy Colbert     Timmy has participated in wide range of track and field events during 2019 as well as being part of the club’s under 14 and 15 XC squads. He was the 2nd scorer on the winning under 15 club team at the National “B” XC championships as well as being part of the Cork team that also took the gold medals.

Girls U15 - Mary Dorgan     Mary had a great XC season in 2019 producing excellent performances in every race. She ended the season by winning a gold medal with the Cork team at the National “B” XC championships in Wicklow.

Girls U15 – Ellie Twomey     Ellie had a consistent XC season as part of the club’s under 15 and 16 teams. She had a great individual performance at the National “B” XC championships winning a gold medal with the Cork team.

Girls U15 – Caoimhe Geoghegan     At the National “B” Track & Field championships Caoimhe had a super day winning a bronze medal in the girls under 15 100m, as well as taking the gold medal in the long jump, producing a championship best performance of 4.61m in the process.

Girls U15 – Rebecca KelleherRebecca won her first National track medal when she won the girls under 15 800m title at the National “B” championships. She continued that great form into the XC season, winning individual medals under 15 and 16 at both county and Munster levels. She capped a fine 2019 year when she won under 16 National XC medals in Abbotstown, silver with the Cork team and bronze with the Munster team.

Boys U15 - Arron Sheehan      A consistent performer for the club’s under 15 and 16 XC teams over the season, Arron won a team gold medal at the National “B” XC championships in the under 15 race.

Boys U15 – Timmy HawkinsTimmy was a new addition to the club’s under 15 and 16 XC squads in 2019 and ran really well throughout the season. He ran his best race of the XC season at the National “B” championships, helping his team to the club gold medals and also being a member of the winning Cork team.

Girls U16 - Lily O’Riordan      A breakthrough year for Lily when she won her first National medals. Lily won bronze medals in both Junior Girls javelin and 75m hurdles at the Irish Schools Track & Field championships in June and a further bronze medal in the girls under 16 javelin competition at Nationals later in the summer.

Girls U16 – Michelle UgwahAt the National indoors Michelle captured the silver medal in the girls under 16 long jump. She also retained her Irish Schools title when jumping a PB of 5.48m to win the Junior Girls competition.

Girls U16 – Cliona Lynch       Cliona had an excellent XC season in 2019 as part of the club’s under 16 and 17 teams. Running up an age, she was the 2nd scorer on both her club and county teams that won silver medals at the National “B” XC championships.

Boys U16 – David Maher        One of the club’s most improved performers David finished off the XC season in fine style by racing to a super individual medal at the National “B” XC championships running up an age in the boys under 17 event.

Girls U17 – Blessing AlamuBlessing had a great Track & Field season in 2019, winning the girls under 17 discus title and also taking a bronze medal in long jump at the National championships. Selected to compete for Ireland at the discus in the Youth Nations Cup in August capped a fine year.

Girls U17 – Sinead KearneySinead led both her club and county to silver medals at the National “B” XC championships in Wicklow to bring a fitting end to a season of consistent performances in all her races.

Girls U17 – Daisy Horan       Daisy had a great XC season improving with every race and ended the season winning silver medals with both her club and county at the National “B” XC championships.

Girls U17 – Lauren Murphy     Lauren has competed on her club’s under 17,18 and junior teams throughout the XC season and she ended the year, running at the National “B” XC championships where she won silver medals with her club and county.

Girls U17 – Megan MurphyA consistent XC season for Megan finished on a high note when winning a club silver medal in the girls under 17 race at the National “B” XC championships last month.

Girls U17 – Isobel O’MearaIsobel won National under 17 silver medals with club and county at the National “B” XC championships. Also during the summer she was part of several relay squads and was a member of the women’s under 23 4 x 400m team that won gold at the National Track & Field championships.

Boys U17 – Samuel Judd      A superb bronze medal at the National indoors over 200m was followed up in the summer by winning an outdoor National silver medal at 100m and a bronze medal at 200m. Selection on the Irish  relay squad at the Youth Nations Cup competition put the finishing touches to a fine Track & Field season.

Boys U17 – Ciaran HurleyCiaran won a silver medal in the boys under 17 1,500m walk at the National indoors. A further silver medal was garnered at the National outdoors, this time over a distance of 3,000m. At the Irish Schools Ciaran won a bronze medal at intermediate level which highlighted a fine year of racewalking.

Girls U18 – Orla Coffey    A National Youths record of 3.61m in pole vault capped a magnificent year for Orla. Championship best performances were the norm when winning National under 18 titles both indoors and outdoors,Irish Schools, National Junior medals, both indoors and outdoors and her first National Senior medal. These were followed by selection on two Irish teams in 2019 for pole vault competitions. To top all this off Orla was also a member of the title winning National under 23 4 x 400m relay team.

Boys U18 – Daire O’SullivanAfter an injury interrupted year Daire was back racing in time to win a National bronze medal as part of the Cork under 18 team at the National XC championships in Abbotstown.

Girls U19 – Emma Coffey        Emma won a silver pole vault medal at the National indoors under 19 event in Athlone in early 2019. Unfortunately injury seriously curtailed her outdoor season and she was unable to compete in the National outdoors.

Girls U19 – Martha QuainMartha had a great 2019 year winning numerous titles at county and provincial level in her specialist discus event. She signed off from juvenile competition with a silver medal winning performance in the girls under 19 discus at the National Track & Field championships. 

Boys U19 – Emmanuel Alamu A series of super performances throughout the 2019 Track & Field season ended with Emmanuel winning a bronze medal at Nationals, in the boys under 19 shot putt competition. 

Junior – Ciaran Nugent    Ciaran commenced his 2019 track season with a gold medal at 400m hurdles and a bronze medal over 400m in the Munster championships. He followed this up at the National Junior championships when he raced to a superb silver medal in the 400m hurdles with a PB performance of 55.94 seconds.

Senior – Katie WalshKatie started 2019 in fine style by taking the gold medal in multi events at the Irish Intervarsities indoor championships. She also won a silver medal at the outdoor Irish Intervarsities championships at high jump and was selected on the Irish Universities team that competed against Scottish Universities. Many fine performances both indoors and outdoors followed and led to Katie winning the gold medal in her specialist event 400m hurdles at the National under 23 Track & Field championships. At the same championships Katie anchored the club’s 4 x 400m relay team to the National title.

Senior - Nessa Wheeler     Nessa won her first National track medal at senior level when winning a gold medal as part of the 4 x 400m relay team at the National under 23 Track & Field championships.

Senior – Emma AkinkoulieAlthough still in the juvenile ranks, Emma stepped up to senior competition to win a National gold medal at the under 23 Track & Field championships in the 4 x 400m relay.

Senior – Jennifer Goggin Walsh   Jennifer had a fine 2019 year winning a silver medal in the over 35 category over 3,000m at the National indoor masters championships. She followed this up with another silver medal at the outdoor championships, this time over 1,500m. Recently she added a National XC medal as part of the Cork intermediate team.

Senior – Mary Fitzgerald          Mary has mainly raced on the roads and over cross country but in 2019 she took to indoor racing with aplomb. At the National indoor masters championships she won a bronze medal over 3,000m in the over 45 category.

 

Summary:
While it was fitting and necessary that our national medalists were honoured, our capturing of the overall trophies in the division were the stand out achievements from a club perspective. All team trophies were received with great pride on behalf of all our members who contributed but were not there on the night. The team trophies take a team effort to win and every single member who competed in the divisional level competitions played their own part however big or small. 

Look Forward:
This coming weekend sees our athletes that have qualified for the schools cross country travel to Dublin and the Santry demesne for what will be an exciting competitive experience.
As always we would be delighted to see new potential members coming along to one of our training sessions to see what it’s all about.
Our club website has all the information needed and links to our social media platforms.




25th February 2020

Munster Indoors Rounded Out!
Last weekend saw the completion of the Munster juvenile indoor track and field championships for 2020. Over the Saturday and Sunday there was a feast of quality underage competition held in Nenagh Olympics stadium. Over the two days we had fourteen athletes competing hard for medals and the opportunity to compete at the national finals as only the top four in each event final get to progress.

Hurdles:
On Saturday three of our boys were competing in the 60 meter hurdles.
Our youngest was Richard Barry in the under 14 competition where he qualified with a fourth place finish from his heat through to the final and was outside the medal shake up.
George Alamu took on the under 16 boys hurdles which get incrementally higher and further apart as you get older. George knocked three tenths off his last race over the 2’9” barriers for fourth place in the final and now has a spot at nationals to improve further.
Theo de Souza took our first medal of the weekend with a bronze in the boys under 15 which was a straight final. The start of another great championship weekend for Theo.

On the Sunday morning it was the turn of two of our girls to tackle the hurdle races.
Rosemary Alamu was in a jam packed field in the under 14 age category and didn’t make it out of the first of three competitive heats with only two progressing automatically.
Lily O’Riordan was in one of the hottest finals of the day and despite running a very credible 9:81 it was only good enough for 4th place. Another run in heats at nationals like that should see lily make a final hopefully. This is Lily’s first time qualifying for national indoors.

Sprints:
60s;
Two stand out performances from our short sprinters were Lily O’Riordan in the under 17 girls and Sam Judd in the 18 boys.
In the ultra competitive world of sprints the indoor 60 can be a real specialist area and to pull a medal is a tough ask.
Lily only got through to the final in one of the fastest looser positions and thus was drawn in the unfavourable lane one. Turning the “nobody ever medals from lane one”rule on its head Lily had a terrific start and execution to snatch her first ever Munster sprints individual medal with a third place finish.
 Sam had a straight final in the boys 18 competition and produced a seasons best time of 7:29 to take a terrific silver medal from a competitive field.
Others that raced over the shortest of all athletics distances were Rosemary Alamu in the under 14 girls where she bowed out at the semi final stage after getting through her heat.
Caoimhe Geoghegan and Kathryn O’Mahony were in the 16 girls heats
with Kathryn not making the final but Caoimhe had a great second place in her heat to get one of the automatic places in the final but was outside the medals.
Kiah Olotu and Emma Akinkoulie were in a straight final in the 18 girls where all 10 lanes were used but both girls were not in the medal shakeup.
In the boys races under 13 Josh Judd didn’t make it out of his heat in his first ever track race.
In the 15s Theo DeSouza got an big Q as an automatic qualifier in his heat and had a solid run for fifth in his final.

200 meters;
On the Saturday it was the girls turn to race the 200 and we had three in the heats trying to make one of the four lanes in the final being decided on times.
Kathryn O’Mahony (16s) , Lily O’Riordan (17s) & Emma Akinkoulie (18s) all ran well but didn’t crack the top 4 to progress. Both Lily and Emma were unlucky finishing 5th overall.
On the Sunday Sam Judd was our only boy to take on the one lap lung buster and had a great race in his heat to book a final slot. In one of the tightest races of the day Sam won an excellent bronze medal with an improvement on his heat time for a new indoor PB.

400 meters;
Two of our older teenagers were racing over the two lap , leg sapping  400 sprint. Emma Akinkoulie and Harry Buckley laid down their first times for 2020 but didn’t feature amongst the medalists.

Middle Distance:
With most of our middle distance gang still focusing on the schools cross country competition we had only under 13 Faye O’Riordan taking on the 600. Faye was 7th in her heat where the medals were decided on times.

High jump:
Five of our high jump group competed over the weekend and had some success.
George Alamu in the boys 16 took a silver medal away from his event with a best clearance of 1:50 meters.
Lucy Lynch took a bronze medal from the girls 14 competition on countback with a best clearance of 1:45 meters. Rosemary Alamu was also jumping in the 14 girls competition and was close to a new PB of 1:40 that will surely come on her next day out.
Theo DeSouza cleared 1:50 meters in the boys 15 to take 4th place to qualify for nationals in yet another event.
Faye O’Riordan jumped in a large field of 20 girls in the under 13 event and had a PB equaling 1:25 for a very credible 7th place and only missed a medal place on countback.

Shot Putt
Not known for our prowess in the shot circle we have recently been trying to improve our efforts in that direction and had Caoimhe Geoghegan (16s) and Josh Judd (13s) dipping their toes in. A bit of work needed to get to the competitive end of the results for both.

Long Jump:
Back to an area where we have some pedigree we had a very successful long jump weekend with three medals and competitive athletes in all our entries.
Theo DeSouza won the under 15 boys title in the early start on Sunday morning. A best of 5:11 from his second of six jumps was enough to secure Theo’s most recent title.
Harry Buckley jumped a big PB in the under 18 boys competition with a best of 5:99 meters to almost break the magic 6 meter mark. Putting almost a foot onto his previous best Harry took a silver medal for his efforts and was delighted with his first competition of 2020.
Blessing Alamu was in action in the girls under 18 competition and also took a silver medal with her best effort of 5:29 meters. A consistent set of jumps from Blessing who is becoming one of our most valued field eventers.
Caoimhe Geoghegan was jumping in the 16 girls competition and had her best Munster result with a fifth place finish. Rosemary Alamu was also 5th in her under 14 long jump which was a very credible result from a field of 26 girls.
Josh Judd also dipped his toe into the sand in long jump in his first season of competition in the 13 boys.

Summary:
Over the two days we had a very successful weekend by blooding some new athletes at Munster level and taking away nine individual medals. Added to the previous two days competition we have 17 of our underage qualified for nationals with a fair few making the grade in multiple events.

Other Business:
Last Friday night the Cork County board Athletics awards night was held in the Kingsley hotel where two of our under 18 athletes received the aspiring young athlete award in the form of a cash bursary.
Blessing Alamu was selected for throws and Sam Judd was selected for sprints. Congratulations to both.

Look Forward:
With the Munster club indoor track and field season behind us our training will focus on preparing our athletes going to nationals. Also in the next week our cross country distance group who qualified for the schools all Ireland’s in Santry on the 7th of March will be putting the finishing touches to their training.
The beginning of the outdoor track and field season is rapidly approaching with our first big event the East Cork track and field championships on Sunday the 5th of April. By then we hope to have the sun back shining and warming our skin as we put away our winter training gear in the expectation of warmer days ahead.
Closer to hand this Friday night the East Cork Athletics Division awards night will be held in the Midleton Park Hotel. Letters inviting forty of our members to attend have been sent and constitutes our largest ever attendance and amounts to nearly one fifth of our members who have achieved national medals in 2019.



18th February, 2020

Another busy week of training and competitions behind us and lots to report back on from four different championships.

Inter varsities:
Three of our college aged under 23 athletes traveled to Athlone last Saturday to compete in the intervarsities indoor track and field championships. 
AITs wonderful indoor facilities provided the appropriate stage for some of the countries best and brightest. 
Sarah Constant got her year kicked off in the 1500 meter race walk with a big PB. Knocking nearly 30 seconds off her previous best was a great result for Sarah in her first race representing UCC and a fourth place finish gained valuable points for her team in the overall competition where UCC women were second.
Nessa Wheeler also a UCC student was racing in the 800 with two lunchtime heats to decide the who went forward to the final later in the afternoon. Nessa ran a solid season opener of 2:26 to claim a place in the final with a small q. A very tactical affair in the final saw a slower time for Nessa where she was outside the medal shakeup. A successful outing for Nessa in her first year in the as a fully fledged senior.
Katie Walsh was our third athlete in action and was competing for CIT in the indoor pentathlon to defend her title from last year. Another successful day out for Katie where she won the title with a comfortable cushion over second place. 
A slightly subdued performance by Katie’s high standards but , in keeping with her strong work ethic she put in solid performances across all the five disciplines with the highlight being her hurdle race where she got close to her PB. 

Munster indoors:

Walks:
The Munster juvenile indoor championships continued last weekend and our crew of race walkers were in action and medaling.

  First to compete was Odhrna Hurley in the Girls Under 15, 1000m. Odhrna was in the lead group for the first two laps and then made a very early move going into third lap and never looked back, She eased to victory with a margin of over 20secs.

 Next up was Jessica Murphy who competed in the under 16 race. Jessica was always in control of her race and got consistent splits in her seven and a half laps and is now looking forward to the All-Irelands.  

Our third category racer was Alan Davis in the boys under 17. Alan had a great battle with another walker from Ennis and it was the experience of the Ennis athlete who took the Munster title, but this run out will prove invaluable to Alan as the year progresses.

Last of our Athletes was Ciarán Hurley, older brother to Odhrna.  Ciarán was in total command of his race from the gun and wanted to get a time close to seven and a half minutes. Like a metronome Ciarán wound out the laps and his time  was 7.30 exactly. Ciarán will now be looking forward to the next six weeks of hard training for the All-Ireland’s.

Carraig na bhFear Athletic Club had 4 athletes and all medled and qualified for Athlone. A job well done and a credit to all and their coach Martin.


Masters:

The Munster masters indoor track & field championships took place in Nenagh Olympics facility on Sunday. We had a sole participant in Dave O’Riordan competing in the over 50s 60 meters & 200 meters sprints. Two bronze medals for Dave in his debut indoor event and another one of our coaches leading by example.

Munster Schools:

On Thursday the 13th last the Munster schools cross country championship races took place in a very wet Clarecastle GAA grounds in Ennis , Co Clare.
As always in the schools competition the qualifying is quite tight with only the top 15 individuals and three teams in each race going forward to the all Ireland’s in Santry on the 7th of March.
In the minor girls race Aine Sheridan (Colaiste Mhuire , Cobh)  was unlucky not to take one of the six individual medals with a seventh place finish that sees her qualifying for nationals.
Lucy O’Connell (SMGS Blarney) was racing with her team hoping for one of the three spots but they couldn’t replicate the results of the south Munster race and finished in 7th place.
In the boys minor we had four club runners who all are going to the all Ireland’s.
Aidan Maher (St Colmans Fermoy) continues his fantastic run of form by taking an individual medal with sixth place overall.
Bobby O’Riordan and Michael Mullins were the second and third scorers respectively on the bronze medaling Presentation Brothers College team and will now be joined by Michaels twin brother Luke as they prepare for the all Ireland’s.
A wonderful achievement from this rugby stronghold to qualify a team for an all Ireland’s and great for our three boys to be part of it.
In the junior girls race we had nearly identical success when Rebecca Kelleher (Scoil Mhuire Cork) matched Aidans sixth place finish for an individual medal of her own.
St Angelas College, Patricks hill has been the alma mater of many Carraig athletes in recent years and this year three of our number will make up their team that will be heading to Santry. Ellie Twomey and Mary Dorgan were second and third scorers on the team which was completed by race walker Jessica Murphy.
In the intermediate boys race David Maher was running for his school Colaiste na Phiarsaigh , Glanmire. David was unable to reproduce the heroics of his national medal at the B all Ireland’s and was a bit outside the top 15 to progress to the finals.

Our final two competitors of the day were sisters Sinead and Jennifer Kearney in the senior girls race. Racing for Loreto Fermoy the girls took a silver team medal to keep up their schools great recent record of sending teams to the nationals. 

Summary:

Another really successful day for our distance runners representing their schools and all but two now heading to the national finals.

Other Business:

Jennifer Goggin Walsh continued her recent good form by winning the Cloyne Commons 4km race last 
Sunday. This was the fourth race of five in a series and Jennifer now stands in pole position to take the overall win in the senior womens category. Race 5 will be held on the 22nd of March and we wish her the very best of luck.

Look Forward:

This Friday night the Cork county board international awards night will be held in the Kingsley Hotel. 
Two of our juniors have been selected to receive one of the aspiring young athletes bursary. Blessing Alamu (throws/jumps) and Sam Judd (sprints) will be amongst the group of young upcoming county talent on this year’s selection.
The Munster juvenile indoor Championships continue this weekend with the Saturday & Sunday busy with the teenagers competing.
18 of our teens will be hoping to make the medals and qualify for nationals in Athlone in March.



19th February, 2020

For anyone who's feeling nostalgic the links on our photos page are now fixed : )



06th February, 2020


05th February, 2020

Our Fixtures page has now been updated with all this years T&F Fixtures, exceptions are the East Cork and County Championships which should be available soon.


28th January, 2020
Two National Medals at Juniors!

Junior/ Under 23 Nationals:

Another competition weekend in January and another trip up the M8 in the early morning hours to Athlone for the national junior & under 23 indoor track and field championships.
Three of our juniors , two under 23s with parents and coaches had another successful days competition. Two medals and PBs to take back down the road was more than expected and a great bonus.

First into action was Sam Judd in the ridiculously competitive under 20 mens 60 meters. Four heats with the winners and four other fastest times making the eight lanes for the final. Sam ran well , but as a young junior it’s always tough going up against the full under 20s. Fifth in his heat with a solid run out to get more racing into his body before his age group championships kick off in a few weeks.
Sam had a second race in the 200 meters heats in the afternoon and had a good result coming second from the unfavourable lane 3 to the eventual junior champion Jack Oliver from DSD AC. With seven heats and only six lanes to fill , the qualifying for the final was ridiculous as one of the heat winners didn’t get a final place. Another good run out for Sam just 4 hundredths off his PB.

Our next sprinter in action was Katie Walsh in the under 23 girls 400 meters straight final. Bitter sweet for Katie as she came a close fourth while running a half second 400 meter PB. Good stuff out of Katie and another incremental improvement to verify the work done over the winter.
Katie also ran in the heats of the under 23 200s but had a run to forget from lane 2 and didn’t progress to the final.

Ciarán Nugent was our next in action racing over 400 meters for the first time at nationals as an under 23. Another PB recorded as Ciarán battled bravely to qualify for the final but missed by a few hundredths of a second. Encouraging all the same to still be pulling PBs out when it matters.
Ciaráns focus will now steer towards the one lap outdoor hurdles where he is most at home.

Ciarán Hurley was race walking in the junior 3000 meters competition.
This was Ciaráns first outing of the year and while hoping to just get a race in before his underage championships start in a few weeks he outdid all expectations by taking a magnificent bronze medal.
A technically faultless race was pleasing and the medal was another milestone for club and athlete.

Performer of the day was undoubtedly Blessing Alamu who first up had the junior womens long
Jump with 19 of the countries best underagers competing. As with all long jump competitions three jumps are given to separate the field with the top eight jumpers at that point going onto get three further efforts , to decide the podium positions.
Blessing made the final eight but didn’t improve her position with her second three jumps. Blessing has to be happy with her position considering she is still only entering her second of four years as a junior.
Blessings big performance came in the junior shot putt where she took a magnificent bronze medal. Throwing the adult weight of 4kg as an under age athlete can sometimes allow an athlete the leisure of the “pre prepared excuse” to say it’s not my proper competition. Not for Blessing this path though! With a best putt of 10:58 meters Blessing increased her previous best performance by over 1 meter.
A wonderful national junior medal for one of the countries up and coming young field eventers.

Summary:

On a day we traveled with more hope than expectations , what a bonus to have such terrific medals and PBs to bag so early in the year. Junior national medals are not easily won and worth celebrating when achieved so hearty congratulations to Blessing and Ciarán.

Look forward:

This weekend we get a well earned break from traveling and club competitions.
The one competition that takes place this week is the beginning of the post primary schools cross country season. The south Munster schools takes place this Thursday in the Tramore valley park in the city , with the first race starting at 12 noon.
Our next big club day out will be on Saturday the 8th of February when 38 of our juveniles will travel to Wicklow to compete in the “B” all Ireland cross country.
Senior athlete Jennifer Goggin Walsh will also be racing for Cork in the intermediate adults race at the same championships.
This “Bs” have always been a happy hunting ground for our club and a great weekend to enjoy with the obligatory overnight stay providing a nice social outing for athletes and families alike.
Our club AGM will take place the Monday night after the “Bs” at 2000 hrs in the community hall in the village. All club members of junior age and older are encouraged to attend.


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.