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11th June, 2011

Munster medal milestones!

 On our travels again last weekend we had two days in Templemore for more Munster championships competitions.
On Saturday it was the second of four days of Munster juvenile championships and on Sunday our junior, senior and masters athletes competed in their Munster championships.
The weather on both days was quite similar with sunshine and showers lending a bit of a déjà vu feel to the second day as we spent the day ducking downpours.
The scheduling of dates for both days championships could have been better as the weekend fell right in the middle of state exams and the GAA Féile na nGael weekend. As a result of that the fields in quite a few of the affected age groups were disappointing to say the least. Having said that there was still plenty of entertaining contests for the most part.

 Munster Juvenile Track & Field:

Our juvenile section had 12 competitors in action on the Saturday in eight separate disciplines.
Our youngest competitor was under 13 Richard Barry who raced the 60meter sprint hurdles in the morning, the 600 after lunch and ran the first leg of the under 14 4X100 relay in the afternoon.
Richard got through his heat of the hurdles and in the final was seventh in a competitive race where 1.5 seconds covered the field.
In his 600 heat he was just outside the three automatic places to make the final from the first of two heats.
A few of our under 14 group traveled and competed throughout the day and took our first medals.
Theo DeSouza was at his usual competitive best taking bronze in the 75 meter hurdles just ahead of his training partner Bobby O’Riordan who was fourth.
Timmy Colbert took another Munster medal with a fine performance in under 14 400 gram javelin. In a tight affair Timmy managed to pull ahead of a pack of four throwing for two medals behind the impressive winner Corey Scanlan of Finisk Valley AC. Timmy’s best of 32:91 in the first round of throws was enough to hold onto the silver medal and book his place at national finals.
Our two 4X100 relay teams that had taken medals in the counties were fairly stripped with the Féile weekend activities. With some of our under 13s stepping up to fill the vacant slots it was a tough act against the impressive Dooneen AC who have been national champions for a few years now. Carraig an Suir and Templemore athletics clubs took bronze and silver with our boys 3hundreds behind in fourth. A great experience for the younger lads and a indicator of the work needed to be done if the boys hope to do one better than last year and get on the podium at nationals.
Thanks to all the lads that traveled , Cathal, Luke , Howard and Dylan who joined Theo, Bobby , Timmy and Richard to make up the two teams.

 Aine Sheridan made her first appearance at a Munster track and field championships in her under 14 age group competing in High jump, javelin and the 800 meters.
Aine had a fine outing laying down a PB in both the Javelin where she was 6th and the high jump finishing in 8th. She was desperately close to booking a spot at nationals with a 5th place in a high quality 800 meters which contained last years national champion.

 In the under 15 age category we had two girls in the 800 meter race. Ellie Twomey and Sorcha Daly raced well but were not in the shake up for medals on this day.
In under 16 girls Lily O’Riordan was in action early in the day in the 80 meter sprint hurdles. With heats and a final in quick succession Lily qualified third in her heat and even though running faster in the final she had the disappointment of finishing fifth for the second year running in what is an extremely competitive age group. The top five have all previously medaled at national level , including Lily.
Another under 16 competition that was of a very high standard was Michelle Ugwah’s long jump. Michelle jumped her second longest jump ever of 5:36 meters but that was incredibly only good enough for 3rd place on the podium and a bronze medal. Michelle herself the schools junior national champion losing out this time to the schools intermediate champion St Mary’s AC athlete Laura Frawley who set a new championship record. Silver went to Katie Nolke of Ferrybank AC who had the same 5:36 as Michelle but her next best jump put her ahead of our girl. The girls will renew their rivalry at nationals in a few weeks time and we won’t be surprised to see all three on the podium again.
In under 17 boys long jump we had a first for junior cert student Harry Buckley. Harry took a break from studying to jump a PB if 5:71 meters and take bronze for his first ever individual Munster medal and will now be taking his first trip to nationals after his exams.
Our oldest competitor on the day was pole vaulter Orla Coffey. We’ve become, in a relatively short time ,so used to expecting to read about Orla winning nearly everything she enters. This day was just another one of those days where she won a title and smashed a long standing championship record without fuss or fanfare. That’s just the way Orla operates. No bells or whistles around Orla, just hard work and dedication. Turning up every wet evening and cold winters morning to practice her sport. A dedicated athlete that can tell you off the top of her head how long it takes to drive to nearly every venue in the country. That’s the level of repetition in training it takes to win titles and break records with apparent ease.

 Summary:

A Munster title, championship record, five medals in total and six athletes qualified for national finals. Another successful day out for our club with eight of our athletes now headed to Tullamore with two more days of Munster championships to come.

Munster Junior,Under 23 & Senior Championships:

On Sunday it was the turn of our older teens and adults.
Jennifer Goggin Walsh took yet another masters title when she won the F35 1500 meters. Capping off a recent great run of results Jennifer’s time of 5 minutes flat is a good indicator of her improving form.
Orla Coffey was back in action on Sunday in the junior (under 20) pole vault. Another championship best performance and victory for Orla just to cap off an amazing fortnight for her.
Katie Walsh took three senior medals when she won the 400 hurdles race, equaling her second fastest time ever. Katie added two silvers in the 100 hurdles and 400 flat in another tough day at the office for one of our most consistent athletes.
Emma Akinkoulie continues in her track apprenticeship running 400 meters in the junior women’s category. Yet another fourth place in a championship race for Emma but running a PB in heavy rain was a good indication that it won’t be long before she cracks a podium result.
Ciaran Nugent took his first Munster junior title with an impressive win in the 400 hurdles. A wonderful milestone for Ciaran who doubled up in the 400 flat and added a bronze for what capped off another great day for our junior/senior group.

Look Forward:

Day three and four of the juvenile championships take place in An Riocht ACs track in Castleisland, Co Kerry this Saturday & Sunday.



04th June, 2019

Super Schools Saturday!

All Ireland Schools:

Last Saturday one of the most anticipated athletics championships of the year reached its climax when the post primary schools track and field finals ran off in Tullamore.
With 122 events all of which are straight finals ever competition is full on. Eight Carraig na bhFear AC athletes were representing six separate schools in a day jam packed with excellent performances.
In the first discipline on the track we had three competing in the race walks spanning three age categories.
In the very first race Odhrna Hurley was making her debut appearance at an all Ireland outdoor finals in the junior girls walk. Odhrna, a first year in Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG, is minor aged but with no walks for minors she stepped up to the next age up junior. Having won the Munster title to qualify Odhna has made huge strides forward in her first year racing and has already outperformed her expectations.
In a ferociously fast first lap of the three lap 1200 meter race the field was torn to shreds from the outset with Odhna off the pace. Odhna quickly got to grips with the tempo needed but the damage had been done and the medals were decided without Odhna featuring but had a solid finish in fifth.
Odhnas older sibling Ciarán also representing Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG was in action next in the intermediate age group boys final over 3 kilometers. Ciarán is already an accomplished walker and greatly experienced beyond his years. Race walking like middle distance running is all about pacing and Ciarán set out his stall to race a pace that would see him set a new personal best and hope that would be good enough to clench a medal. Clocking a PB by 20 seconds Ciarán did exactly that by taking a wonderful bronze medal in his first year of two in the intermediate category.
Senior girls was the next race for our final walker with St Vincent’s Sarah Constant. Sarah has been a wonderful ambassador for her school and our club over the years and this her leaving cert year is her last schools competition. A 3 kilometer distance also for Sarah to cover and a performance just outside her recent seasons best from the national league wasn’t good enough for a medal but a nice way to sign off on her schools career.
Another one of our leaving cert students in action was discus aficionado Martha Quain representing Colaiste an Chroi Naofa in the senior competition. Martha is another that has had a very successful schools career and her final schools championships was no different. Martha’s been in great form lately and threw an excellent series of six throws all peppering her PB distance and vying for the Gold all the way through the competition. The final podium was separated by less than a meter in on of the closest competitions of the day. Martha was on the third step with yet another terrific national medal in her grasp and happy in the knowledge that she performed to her potential yet again when it counted the most.
Our third leaving cert in action was Presentation Brothers College student Michael Hand in the senior boys 4X100 relay. Michael ran the first leg in a see saw battle that at the line saw them clench a dramatic bronze medal. Another great way for Michael to sign off on his school career where he has competed in sprints, javelin and high jump over the years.
St Angela’s College is the alma mater of our next two protagonists.
Lily O’Riordan was making her first appearance in the schools all Ireland and was there in two events, Javelin and 75 meter hurdles in the junior age group.
Javelin was first up for lily and she was in another see saw battle with three others to secure the final step of the podium. Throwing a PB in both of the final two rounds of competition Lily took the bronze by the minimum of margins, a single centimeter. Amazing stuff from Lily and she barely had time to soak up the atmosphere of the  medal ceremony when she had to hurry across to the other end of the track for her hurdles race.
Running in lane seven with a tailwind Lily ran the race of her life so far to take her second ever national medal ever in less than thirty minutes. In a high quality tight race Lily burst her PB by nearly half a second and went below 12 seconds for the first time ever. A wonderful performance from a rising star with a big day temperament.
Another athlete with temperament for the big days is Orla Coffey also from St Angela’s College. Orla like Lily is another multi event performer but pole vaulting is her undoubted premier discipline. With multiple national titles to her name Orla was always the favorite going into the event and had the title in the bag after her second vault. Her sights were on bigger things and onwards she progressed until she was jumping not only for the championship record but also national youth record of 3:61 meters. 
Two failed attempts had a large crowd on the edge of their seats as she was tee’d up nicely by the stadium announcer to brilliantly clear on her third attempt to a magnificent roar. Records in the bag Orla put the bar up to 3:75 and the automatic qualifying height for this summers youth Olympics. On her first attempt Orla dislodged the bar and landed heavily on top of it, breaking said bar. Unperturbed Orla made two more solid efforts to clear the height without success. Despite this her new PB and records have moved her into the current top ten in European under 18 rankings.
Another of our super star big time performers was in action in the junior girls long jump. Michelle Ugwah is another who is no stranger to national competition with three national titles to her name and many podium finishes over the years. 
Representing Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney Michelle had one of those days where everything went so smooth. Going big in her very first effort Michelle took the lead with a PB effort of 5:29 meters putting her ahead by almost a foot from her nearest rival. Bossing the field throughout Michelle extended her lead and moved her PB even further with her round 4 effort. Jumping last in the fifth and final round with the competition won Michelle launched a massive effort out to 5:48 to a great cheer from the discerning crowd.
A magnificent final medal of the day and another athlete showing a big time temperament.

Summary:

Seven national medals from eighth athletes was another wonderful return. Two national titles. Two national records and PBs galore. All were competitive and performed to their potential or above and no more can be asked of them.

Cork City Marathon:

As usual the June bank holiday weekend wouldn’t be the same without spending the day running around the streets and suburbs of Cork city participating in the annual city marathon, half and team relays.
A big well done to all who participated , volunteered to steward and were out on the course making so much noise. You guys are a credit and wonderful ambassadors for our club. 
Special mention to Jo Martin who completed her first half and Siobhan Walsh who participated in her first “big” race as part of one of our club relay teams.

Group of Carraig na bhFear AC adults before the start of the Cork City half marathon last Sunday.

East Cork Track & Field: 

To cap off a frantic weekend of athletics we threw in the first day of the East Cork Athletics Division track and field championships on the bank holiday Monday in CIT.
Rescheduled after a postponement in early April due to weather the climatic conditions were much more favorable  last Monday for a great family day out.
With juveniles, adults, parents, coaches all participating and contributing to making a terrific atmosphere. 
A wonderful selection of photos by our PRO Michelle can be found on our Facebook page to give a flavor of the day.
With a plethora of medals won across all the age groups the biggest competition was for the Willie Harte perpetual trophy for best overall club over both days.
After day one we are in a strong position to challenge to win thanks in big part to lots of brilliant performances from our terrific teenagers. Day two will be held in Ballynoe on the evening of Thursday the 20th of June and with a strong turnout we should be in the shake up.

Carraig na bhFear AC athletes at the East Cork Athletics Division track and field championships in CIT last Monday.

Carraig na bhFear ACs younger athletes enjoying their day out at the East Cork Athletics Division track and field championships.

Look Forward:

Onwards relentlessly the season trundles and this coming weekend sees the second of four days of juvenile track and field championships held this time in Templemore on Saturday.
This Sunday we’re back to Templemore ,this time, with our junior (under 20s),under 23s ,seniors and masters for their Munster T&F championships.

30th May, 2019

Munster Juvenile T&F:

Last Saturday in CIT the Munster track and field juvenile championships kicked off with the under 9 to 11 age group and some field events for the under 12 and 13s.

Faye O’Riordan was in action in two under 12 field events, the turbo javelin and high jump.
Faye’s first event the high jump saw her clear two new PB’s and and get to the final five jumpers. When the bar was raised to the next height Faye bowed out but not without giving three good efforts.
Faye’s second event the turbo javelin notched up our first Munster outdoor juvenile medal of the season when she threw a wonderfully consistent set of throws to take silver. A great result from Faye who will now take her first ever trip to national finals day in Tullamore in late June.
Lucy Lynch was our second in action and she was hoping to defend her high jump title from last year. Lucy had a great series of jumps up to 1:43 where she was the only girl to clear the height. Consecutive Munster outdoor titles for Lucy to add to her indoor victory this year is a credit to a dedicated attitude.
Lucy will now also take her place at nationals alongside her training partner Faye.

We had two of our under 10 boys in the 500 team relay event in the pairs competition. Matthew Counihan and MJ Walsh were both 7th in their legs.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Lucy Lynch (Gold in High Jump) and Faye O’Riordan (Silver in turbo javelin) after receiving heir medals at the Munster juvenile track and field championships in CIT last Saturday.

Munster Walks:

The Munster walks were also held alongside the juvenile competition in CIT on Saturday and we had Sarah Constant in the Junior 3km race.
Sarah took the title to add to her schools senior crown with a solid time trial performance in her targeted time. Sarah will now have a busy few weeks negotiating her athletic events throughout her leaving cert exams.

County Senior/ Junior T& F:

The county senior and junior track and field championships were eventually held in CIT last Sunday amongst the plethora of events in the juvenile B championships program. A woefully disappointing turnout was a damaging inditement of the county boards flip flopping over the fixture in recent weeks. In the largest county in the country with one sixth the AAI registrations it was pitiful to see a mere handful of athletes competing.
That said for those with a discerning eye could see some of the talent on display.
Our own Orla Coffey cleared another PB in the Pole Vault to win with an impressive 3:60. Last year this was the qualification height for the European youth Olympics but this year the height has been moved to 3:75. Orla made three valiant efforts at the new qualifying height but it wasn’t to be on the day. 
Just on a foot note as Orla was trying her qualifying height on one end of the track Liscarroll ACs  Aoife O’Sullivan was attempting the same feat on the high jump mat on the other. All this going on and the stadium announcer completely oblivious to maybe getting the crowd behind the athletes.
Carraig senior athletes Jennifer Goggin and Katie Walsh won their races with fine performances.
Jennifer ran yet another sub 11 minutes in the 3k and Katie ran PBs in both the 200 & 400 meters.
Two of our juniors also had titles with fine performances. Ciarán Nugent ran a PB in the 400 and Nessa Wheeler ran a season best in her 800 meter race.
Under 17 athlete Harry Buckley took the junior long jump title.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Ciarán Nugent and Katie Walsh who were both victorious in their respective 400 meter championships at the county senior track and field championships last Sunday. 

County Relays:

The county relay race championships were held on Sunday morning and we had great success with a fair spread of medals and with national championship qualifying up for grabs the competition was sometimes quite fierce. 
We managed to field teams where we could and it was heartening to see all were competitive.
We had a gold medal in the very first race with our under 17 4X400 girls team. A wonderful medal from two sets of twins as the team was made up by Megan & Lauren Murphy and Isabel & Emily O’Meara.
Our under 18 boys 4 X 400 team of Darragh Walsh, Harry Buckley, Adam Foley and Arron Callanan had a great battle with Leevale for the gold. The boys lost out by barely 10 meters in one of the most entertaining races of the day. Silver all the same was a fair result from the lads.
Our under 14 boys had the most impressive result of the day when they amazingly got a one two in the 4X100 relay.
The “A” team of Ruaidhri Boyle, Cathal Whooley, Bobby O’Riordan and Theo DeSouza had a comfortable win but with such a fantastic bunch on this age the “B” team pulled off a wonderful second. 
A terrific final leg from Aidan Maher as he just got the decision on the dip taking silver for the team of Richard Barry, Timmy Colbert with another set of twins Luke and Michael Mullins making up this strong squad.
A terrific day for the lads who couldn’t have hoped for a better result and now both have the right to represent Cork at the national finals.
Both our under 14 and 16 girls teams were just outside the medals in fourth place.

County B T&F:

The county B championships are for athletes who didn’t take a medal in any of the juvenile county day one or two. The competition is run in every age group up to under 13 in only five disciplines, high jump, shot, long jump, sprints and middle distance. 
We had a wonderful cohort of younger athletes taking part and as the East Corks were cancelled due to weather this was a great environment for our less experienced to get valuable competition under their belts.
Top performers on the day were Lucy Davis (under 10) , who took two medals with bronze in both the 500 meters and Turbo javelin and Cian Ryan (under 11) winning his 600 meter race.
Darragh Pomeroy also had an impressive win in the under 12 boys long jump with a new PB of 4:02 meters.
Others that managed to pull medals out of large competitive fields were Robyn Maher (under 11) and Oscar O’Connor (under 12) who both took silver in their respective shot putt competitions.
Under 
Conor Gardiner took a bronze in under 13 high jump and Paul Colbert’s silver in under 9 turbo javelin was his first medal for the club.

Other Business:

IUAA international:

Under 23 athlete Katie Walsh traveled to Antrim last weekend to compete for the Irish universities team to take on their Scottish counterparts in the annual event.
Katie had been selected in high jump after coming second in the inter-varsities outdoor track and field championships in April.
The team event comprises of two from each country competing every event and the scores tallied to decide the winning country.
Katie and her high jumping team mate took a one two in their event and contributed greatly to an Irish win for Katie’s first appearance in an Irish singlet.

Graded leagues:

Last Thursday night a small group of our junior and seniors competed at the John Buckley sponsored graded leagues held in CIT.
A great training night for all with Junior boys Arron and Darragh doubling up on the 200 & 800 as they get to grips with senior competitions. Blathnaid and Ciarán both ran 800 with Ciarán clocking an impressive 2:03 PB.
Katie was in the mix to pick up the girls prize on the night winning the 200 and competing in high jump, javelin and shot putt also.

Look Forward:

Next weekend out adult road runners take the spotlight as lots will be competing in the Cork city marathon events on Sunday.
The rescheduled East Cork Athletics Division track and field championships take place on the bank holiday Monday in CIT.
The big competition for our older juveniles is the schools track and field championships finals in Tullamore on Saturday. A massive day for our 10 qualified athletes as they compete for the prestigious schools medals. 


23rd May, 2019

Munster Schools:

Another busy weekend for the club kicked off with the Munster schools track and field championships last Saturday in CIT. Fiftheen of our post primary juveniles were in action representing their schools after qualifying from the south Munster competition the previous week. In schools competition every race is a final where the qualifying is quite competitive as only the top three in field and non laned track events and two in laned sprints advancing to the next round, the national finals.
With only four age categories also the competition can be quite a high standard.
We had three first year girls make it to Munster finals in the minor category.
Ellie Twomey and Jess Murphy were  both running in the 4X100 relay for St Angela’s College. There team was fifth on the day a mere two seconds off a medal and going to nationals.
Jess also raced in the Junior girls 1200 meter walk as minors are allowed to compete up one age if there is no event in their age. Jess was fifth again in a competitive field.
The same race brought the first Carraig coached medal when Odhrna Hurley won the title with a stunning last 200 meter finishing burst in the blue and white colours of Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG. Trailing by 20 meters with half a lap to go Odhrna summoned a sprint finish that could not be matched to clinch another milestone medal for this rising star. 
We had two girls in the junior age category with Michelle Ugwah long jumping and Lily O’Riordan doubling up in Javelin and 75 meter hurdles.
Michelle competing for her school Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal , Blarney had one of her very best days competition ever when she won her age group title for the second year in succession. Jumping into a strong wind Michelle hit the board near on perfect ever time to post a best effort of 5:22 in a five jump card where all her efforts were over the five meter mark.
Lily O’Riordan was yet another of a strong cohort of St Angela’s girls competing strongly in their events.
Lily’s hurdle race was first up and she ran a PB time of 12:06 with the aid of a 1.6 meter legal tailwind. A wonderful run for Lily to take silver in a competitive field where the winning time smashed the previous championship best by over three tenths of a second.
 Lily a little later on was in a competitive javelin competition where her fourth round throw of 32.10 cemented her earlier second round lead effort. Lily held on to take an impressive victory with five very accurate and consistent efforts into a stiff breeze. Lily now goes forward in both her events to the national finals on Saturday the 1st of June.
In the next age group up , intermediate, we had another four of our teens.
Two of our boys were in action in the 400 meter sprint. Arron Callanan (St Aidan’s College) and Darragh Walsh (Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG) are relative novices at this particular distance and it was also their first time at a Munster finals. Arron had won the south Munster race to qualify in an impressive 52 seconds but was unable to replicate that heroic effort on this day and finished in the dreaded fourth place. Darragh who is possibly one of the youngest intermediates with his birthday just two days after the cut was fifth from lane one. Both boys will take a huge amount from the experience and it will stand to them in their future development.
Orla Coffey , yet another St Angela’s girl , was pole vaulting in a high standard five strong field of athletes. Orla is quite an experienced operator despite her age and produced a top class performance to smash the championship best performance and equal her personal best on her way to victory with a blemish free score card up to 3:40 meters where she left the new record stand.
Ciarán Hurley racked up yet another victory in the intermediate age 2km race walk for Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG.
Ciarán has been steadily and quietly putting together quite a formidable cabinet of silverware over the last couple of years and will hopefully add to it when he comes away from Tullamore on the first Saturday in June.
Our senior age groupers contained five of our leaving cert students and one fifth year. 
Joesph Daly was our fifth year in the viciously competitive 800 meter race and like Arron in the 400 he couldn’t replicate his south Munster victory when he finished fifth in his Davis College, Mallow colours.
Michael Hand was leading off for the Presentation Brothers College 4X100 relay team hoping to get to defend their national title from last year by making the top two qualifying for nationals. Second place and job done for the boys and now they get back to the books and try to fit in some baton drills to sharpen up for two weeks time.
Emma Coffey ,St Angela’s College, kept her impressive run of pole vault titles going with a vault of 2:95 meters. Onwards to the finals now for Emma and hopefully close out her impeccable schools sporting CV with another national title.
Sarah Constant of St Vincent’s Cork took her title in the 3km race walk the pro she’s become over the last few years. Sarah will head to nationals and hope to clench a national medal before she tackles her exams the week after.
Maebh Daly of Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG took silver behind school mate Katie Moynihan in the 600 gram javelin. Maebh and Katie will now go on to the national final with hopes of their school having both of them on the podium.
Last but no means least Martha Quain made yet another stride forward in her Discus development when she threw two new PBs while moving her best above the 35 meter mark for the first time with a throw of 36:24. Another Munster medal and national final for the Colaiste an Chroi Naofa leaving cert.
Of our 15 competing athletes 10 of them will now get to perform on the national stage and all will be competing with legitimate medal hopes.

Carraig na bhFear AC and Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG race walking siblings Ciarán and Odhrna Hurley who both won their respective races at the Munster schools track and field championships in CIT last Saturday.

County Multi Events:

On Sunday four of our growing multi events crew competed in the county multi events championships in CIT.
A warm dry day with light winds made for good competition conditions and it brought the best out of our troops.
In under 13 girls Lucy Lynch successfully defended her title from last year. Lucy’s victory was built upon a solid hurdles and high jump performance but she clenched the gold with a determined run in the final event the 600 meters.
Timmy Colbert and Theo DeSouza were in the boys under 14 category and were hoping to replicate their podium one two from last year.
Timmy like Lucy before him successfully defended his title from last year. Timmy is developing into a solid all rounder and that is his strength putting together a winning score from positioning second in shot, hurdles and long jump which set him up nicely to take the win by winning his high jump and a solid run in the final event the 800 meters.
Theo didn’t have the rub of the green on the day as an ongoing niggling injury popped up again during his high jump that forced him to withdraw. Nonetheless he was going great guns up to that point after winning both the hurdles and long jump.
In under 14 girls we took a bonus medal when newly transferred athlete Aine Sheridan took a wonderful bronze. New to multi events Aine has shown great improvement in a short time to clench her medal with a magnificent run in the 800 meters boosting her onto the third step of the podium. A great couple of weeks for Aine adding this medal to her bronze in javelin and hopefully the first two of many more in her future.
Three medals from our four entries was a magnificent return and heartening that our youngsters were able to be so competitive.

Carraig na bhFear AC athletes Timmy Colbert, Lucy Lynch and Aine Sheridan with their coach Rhona Lynch after receiving their medals at the county juvenile multi events championships held in CIT last Sunday.

County Masters Track and Field:

Running alongside the juvenile multi events last Sunday in CIT was the county masters track and field championships.
After making their successful track debuts at indoor Munsters and nationals earlier this year both Mary Fitzgerald and Robert Boyle had another magnificently memorable day out.
Mary won her category and the race overall in the women’s 3km.
Robert had a series of second place results in long jump ,100 and 200 meter sprints from three very competitive fields.

National league Rd 1:

Thirteen of our junior and senior athletes had a terrific days competition in Templemore last Sunday as part of the East Cork Athletics Division men and women’s teams competing in the national league round one.
Four of our boys made solid contributions in sprints, relays and the 3k walk. In their first year as Juniors Ciarán Hurley (3k walk)and Darragh Walsh (4X100) took their first step into adult competition taking five team points. Under 18 Arron Callanan made his senior debut and came second in his 400 claiming 7 valuable points for the team. Conor Kelly joined Arron and Darragh in the 4X400 to clock up five more team points.
On the girls team we had seven of our Juniors and two seniors in action. 
The girls played a blinder as usual with Sarah Constant (1500 walk),Katie Walsh(400) , Maebh Daly(javelin) and Orla Coffey (pole vault) all taking nine points for wins in their events. Katie and Orla both set new PBs as did Jennifer Goggin in the 3km to finish second.
Martha Quain matched her previous days PB in discus to take second and seven team points.
First year junior Emma Akinkoulie was one of the performers of the day when she contributed to 21 team points running sprints in the 100 and third leg of the 4X100. Emma also ran a PB in the first leg of the 4X400 when she linked up with club mates Nessa Wheeler, Katie Walsh and Orla Coffey to take 9 valuable points in a comprehensive win.
Two other notable performers were Katie Walsh and Orla Coffey who contributed to 32 points each over the course of the day.
The girls topped the Division one league table after round 1 and the boys were much improved over last year coming fourth.
Round two will be held on the 30th of June and both teams will hope to make the finals in July.

Carraig na bhFear AC women Emma Akinkoulie, Katie Walsh, Nessa Wheeler and Orla Coffey with St Nickolas ACs Sarah Morrison after winning the 4X400 relay for the East Cork Athletics Division team at the national league in Templemore last Sunday.

Other Business 

Cheetah run:
On Thursday night last a great cohort of Carraig athletes headed to Fota wildlife park for the always popular annual 5 km cheetah run organised by Eagle AC.
This year was the second the organizers added a mile race for under 11 to 15s adding an extra dimension. Seventy eight  youngsters took on the challenge, with thirteen in Carraig colours amongst their numbers.
Rebecca Kelleher impressively won the girls race with a time of 5:47 on a undulating course.
In the adults race another great spattering of Carraig singlets could be seen with both Jennifer Goggin Walsh and Dave O’Riordan taking category wins.

Surf n turf n tar:

Last Saturday five of our intrepid adventurers headed to the west Cork seaside town of Roscarberry to take on the unusual race that mixes trail , beach and road running over 10 km and half marathon. 
Yvonne O’Leary and Christy Murphy picked up category wins to sweeten a great day out.

Look Forward:

Round two of the John Buckley sports sponsored graded leagues continues this Thursday evening in CIT. Details can be found on the county board website.
This coming weekend is another jam backed with action.
Saturday morning under 23 athlete Katie Walsh is in action in Belfast where she is competing for the Irish universities in high jump against Scottish universities. This is Katie’s first time in an Irish singlet and a proud moment for her.
The Munster track and field championships kicks off this Saturday also in CIT with some of our younger juveniles, all the walks and middle distance for senior and masters.
On Sunday we have another big day in CIT where the county B championships are being run alongside the county juvenile relays , Senior and junior track and field championships.
A long day will no doubt be in store for all involved. Please confirm your entries with your reliant coaches to avoid disappointment on the day.


14th May, 2019
The juvenile outdoor track and field season kicked off with a vengeance over the last fortnight as the county championships and the south Munster schools championships all taking place in CIT in the space of eight hectic days.
The club had a fantastic run in both championships taking 61 medals in total.

County Championships:
The county juvenile championships were held on consecutive Sundays and fantastic dry warm weather made for two wonderful days competition.
Walks:
Our walking crew are going from strength to strength under Martins guidance and credit is due for their dedication that’s bringing them medals galore.
Odhna Hurley and Jess Murphy took the under 14 and 15 girls titles respectively.
Alan Davis and Ciarán Hurley winning the under 16 and 17 boys titles also.
Lily O’Riordan and David Maher on their first race at county level both took silver medals away for their efforts.

Middle Distance:

Over the two days of competition our middle distance runners were well represented and were amongst the medals also.
Ava Fitzgerald took double silver in the under 14 girls 1500 and 800 meters with two fantastic gutsy home straight battles.
Joseph Daly matched Ava with two impressive silvers in the under 19 boys 1500 and 800. 
Nessa Wheeler won her under 19 girls 800 with a strong run over the two lap race.
Blathnaid Daly took a silver in the under 19 girls 1500.
Penny Cronin’s bronze medal in the under 16 girls 800 was hard won from a competitive race.

Long Jump:

Gold medals for Theo DeSouza and Orla Coffey in their respective under 14 and 18 events. 
Ruaidhri Boyle joined Theo on the third step of the podium taking bronze.
Under 17 Harry Buckley took a good silver in his first outdoor competition of the season.

Javelin & Turbo Javelin:

Maebh Daly was another of our leaving cert athletes who took a break from studying to compete and win her under 19 event.
Timmy Colbert also won his under 14 boys crown with a fine 31 meter throw.
Lily O’Riordan took silver in her under 16 girls event.
Aine Sheridan took her first medal for Carraig with a bronze in the under 14 girls competition.
Faye O’Riordan is surely following in her sister Lily’s footsteps when she took a bronze in the turbo javelin competition for under 12 girls.

Pole Vault:
Pole vaulting siblings Emma and Orla Coffey both won their competitions to add two more gold medals to the club haul in under 19 and 18s.

Sprints:
Arron Callanan continued to impress by winning the boys under 18 400 and taking a bronze from the 200.
Nessa Wheeler took her second gold of the championships when she won the under 19 girls 400.
Ruaidhri Boyle took a terrific hard fought gold medal in the under 14 boys 200 meters.
Theo DeSouza in the boys under 14 80 meters won silver just ahead of club mate Cathal Whooley who took his first ever championship medal in the bronze position.
Orla Coffey in girls 18 took a bronze in the 200 meters.
In our under 17 age group where the 400 first becomes available to race Darragh Walsh took silver in the boys race and Emma Akinkoulie a bronze in the girls.

High Jump:

Orla Coffey took yet another medal winning the under 18 high jump with a PB equaling 1:55 meters.
Silver medals for three more of our jumpers when Lucy Lynch (under 13) , Theo DeSouza (under 14) and Rian O’Luasa (under 16) all took the second step of their podiums.

Hurdles:
Lily O’Riordan doubled up over the long and short under 16 hurdles to maximum effect when she took a silver in the 80 and bronze in the 300.
Ruaidhri Boyle showed again his strength over the longer sprints when he won a bronze in the under 14 250 meter race.
Orla Coffey took her 5th medal of the championships with a gold in the under 18 girls 100 hurdles.
In under 13 girls Lucy Lynch took her second medal of the championships with a bronze in her 60 meter race.
Theo DeSouza took a bronze from the under 14 boys final that had four Carraig lads make the eight lanes.

Summary:
Forty three medals over the two days competition was a great achievement and a credit to all that put in the hours of practice in their chosen disciplines. 
On the girls side top performers were Orla Coffey and Lily O’Riordan with five and four medals respectively.
On the boys side our under 14 boys took nine medals between them all, with Theo DeSouza (4) and Ruaidhri Boyle (3) top performers.

South Munster Schools:
The post primary schools are a competition that run parallel to the club season and begin in our catchment area with the south Munster championships.
Munster being divided into three areas makes progression a competitive affair with only the three medalists going forward to compete at the Munster finals in the hope of making it to nationals.
With the large numbers involved and so many events to cover across four age categories the girls and boys compete on separate days.
The girls were first up on the Wednesday and were highly successful taking seven gold and four silver medals. The weather on the day wasn’t ideal as misty rain threatened to dampen proceedings throughout and temperatures were below comfortable.
With athletes only allowed enter two events and a tight schedule it becomes an eggs in one basket scenario for most choosing their best event.
The first of a large contingent of St Angela’s college girls to medal was  Lily O’Riordan who medaled on the double when she won her javelin with a 30 meter effort and followed that up with a silver in the 80 meter hurdles race.
Orla Coffey put another medal in the St Angela’s pot when she took the intermediate pole vault title by setting a new personal best of 3:45 meters and smashing her own championship record by 35 centimeters.
Emma Coffey took the senior pole vault title comfortably to ease through to the Munster final hoping to add yet another title for St Angela’s.
The fourth St Angela’s girl to take a medal was first year Jess Murphy competing in the Junior race walk and winning a fine silver.
Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG also were strongly represented on the medal leader board with three Carraig girls taking silverware. 
Odhrna Hurley took a fantastic gold in the junior walk competing up in age as there is no walks for first years.
Blathnaid Daly took a gold medal north of the river in the senior girls 800.
Maebh Daly booked her place at Munsters with a silver medal in the senior javelin with a close to 30 meter throw and the AGs third medal from Carraig girls.
The AGs near neighbors St Vincent’s took their only medal with a wonderful gold through leaving cert student Sarah Constant in the senior race walk.
Martha Quain took gold in the senior discus competition and brought her medal back to the parish and Colaiste an Chroi Naofa.
Our eleventh and final medal of the day also came north of the river Lee and to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney when Michelle Ugwah took a silver in the junior long jump and will hope to add another at the Munster finals this weekend.

The boys competed on the Friday in much better conditions with periods of bright sunshine and warm temperatures.
Our walkers continued to rack up medals with Ciarán Hurley winning the intermediate boys race for Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG and David Maher taking second in the Juniors for Colaiste na Phiarsaigh.
Joesph Daly laid down a nice season opening 800 meter time of 2:06 to clinch the senior race for Davis College Mallow.
We had two of our boys on the podium in the intermediate 400 race.
Arron Callanan won in an impressive time of 52:92 and brought back St Aidan’s community college, Ballyvolanes first athletics medal in over 30 years.
Darragh Walsh took his first ever schools medal and yet another for Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG with his third place finish.
Two of our lads took medals in the relays.
Harry Buckley took a bronze with his Christian Brothers College intermediate 4X100 team and Michael Hand took a gold in a strong Presentation Brothers College senior 4X100 team.

Summary:

Two very competitive days competition brought 18 medals and all will now go forward to Munster finals this Saturday in CIT.

Look Forward:

This Saturday the Munster Schools finals will be held in CIT and promise to be an exciting and entertaining days competition as every race is a final and qualification for nationals is a very prestigious accomplishment.
Our juvenile multi events athletes are back in action this Sunday also in CIT where they will compete in the grueling outdoor pentathlon.
Our juniors and some seniors are heading to Templemore for round one of the national league this Sunday also competing as part of the East Cork Athletics Division men’s and women’s teams.

01st May, 2019
Outdoor season up and running!

Leevale open sports:

After a delayed start to the outdoor track and field season with the cancellation of the East Cork Championships our track stars got up and running at the Leevale open last Saturday and Sunday.
On the Saturday program for juniors and seniors we had a phenomenally successful day. Five athletes entered and brought home six medals ,five of which were Gold. 
Katie Walsh won the senior High Jump with a jump of 1:60 in difficult windy conditions. Katie doubled up by also taking the 400 hurdles prize with her second fastest ever time over the ten barriers.
Martha Quain threw a PB of 34:35 in the junior discus to win that event. A wonderful effort given the fact that the competition was throwing into the wind that still remained from storm Hannah.
Orla Coffey took her first senior competition win when she won the pole vault with a PB vault of 3:40. A milestone win for Orla that was backed up with Emma Coffey taking bronze to complete the podium.
Ciarán Nugent won the senior 400 men’s hurdles with a strong last 100 meters to post a first race of the season time of 58 seconds flat. 
A great return from our young adult athletes who seem to be adjusting well to competing in the senior ranks.

On Sunday the juvenile program had lots for our younger athletes to get stuck into.
A strong showing from our under 14 age group had lots of Carraig faces amongst the podium pictures.
Ava Fitzgerald took a impressive silver in the under 14 girls 800 meters behind last years national champion.
Newly transferred athlete Aine Sheridan competing unattached took a bronze in the under 15 girls shot putt.
The boys under 14s took the 4 X 100 relay crown with a strong anchor leg by Theo DeSouza after Timmy Colbert, Bobby O’Riordan and Aidan Maher got the relay baton cleanly through the changeovers.
Timmy Colbert was on the podium three more times taking silver in the 75 meter hurdles ,silver in the high jump and bronze in the Javelin.
Bobby O’Riordan was on the third step of the 75 meter hurdles podium alongside Timmy.
Theo DeSouza took a silver in both the under 14 80 meter sprint and the under 15 long jump.
Under 13 boy Richard Barry announced himself as one to watch for 2019 by winning the 80 meter sprint and taking bronze in the 60 hurdles.
A wonderful start for our promising group of young teenagers getting a great days competition under their belts.

East Cork road race:

Last Thursday night the 25th the East Cork Athletics Division road race championships were held in the now traditional venue of Ballynoe hosted by St Cathrines AC.
Last year we created a little bit of club history by taking both team titles but unfortunately this year it was a tougher task for our men’s team of Denis Hegarty, Michael Mulcahy, Conor Kelly and Kevin O’Callaghan to fight off some strong squads from the powerhouse clubs. Our women’s team were unable to field on the night and our sole representative was Siobhan Walsh who had a strong result finishing 18th overall in a competitive field. 

Malta trip:

Our club took the step last year to organize our first ever warm weather spring training camp/holiday. After 12 months of planning and organizing a group of 37 of headed to the central Mediterranean island of Malta for a week long club holiday. 
Flying out of Cork on Thursday evening and landing late in Malta after a three and half hour flight where a quick 25 minute bus transfer to our hotel in St Paul’s bay had us straight to bed.
Up the next morning and we made our way to the Malta Athletics associations track in Marsa for our first session. Later that evening some of our group went for a recovery trail run or walk. 
Saturday morning and an early start for some of the traveling party that had signed up for the Valletta 5km race around the bastions which started at 0730 to avoid the tourist rush brought on after 0900.
A magnificent race that wound its way around the narrow hilly ancient streets of the impressive capital and finished outside the national opera house next to the parliament building.
Six of our youngest took on the 2 km kids race and had a podium clean sweep in the boys when Bobby O’Riordan won with Michael and Luke Mullins either side of him on the podium.
It was another family affair on the girls podium with sisters Faye and Lily O’Riordan taking first and second. Our youngest group member , under 10 Anna Mullins , was fifth in the girls standings and should be a name we’ll here more of in the years ahead.
An afternoon track session was next on the agenda for the Saturday afternoon.
Easter Sunday mornings rest day consisted of an 8km hike to the beach for some recovery and beach games. Most took the bus back but a few hardy souls jogged home.
Monday saw a change in weather with a storm closing the track so a day of sightseeing was organized where we visited the capital Valletta for some shopping and took in some of the many museums. A stop off in the original ancient capital , the walled city of Mdina with its unusual streetscape is a must for any visitor. An evening trail run capped of a tiring day.
Tuesday had the whole circus take a boat trip to visit the neighboring islands of Gozo and Comino to swim in the “blue lagoon”.
Wednesday was back to the track for our last session with no time constraints and plenty of time to work on technical events. Wednesday evening the whole group broke bread together in a local restaurant and spent a lovely evening excitedly chatting about all the events of the week gone by.
Thursday morning came and along with the packing we managed to squeeze in one last trail run along the picturesque cliffs not far from our hotel to top up on the tans and fill the memory banks with yet another experience from a really enjoyable eventful week.
Our verdict on Malta is a thumbs up for a new destination for training holidays. Warm weather, good access to facilities , lots for the history buffs and arguably some of the best food experiences at affordable prices the group have came across.

Other Business:

Under 23 athlete and CIT engineering student Katie Walsh received an award at the CIT annual sports awards. One of three freshers and twelve overall Katie was recognized for winning the indoor heptathlon and being selected to represent the IUAA team in high jump when they take on Scotland in Belfast later this month.

Look forward:

The county juvenile outdoor track and field championships kick off this Sunday in CIT. We look forward to uncovering the future stars and seeing our old hands perform in front of what should be a full stadium.


09th April, 2019

Michelle makes the podium!

 Another weekend passes by in a flash as athletes , parents and coaches were on their travels again competing in national competitions.
Some of our adults were also in action closer to home.

National juvenile indoor championships:
Our final qualified competitor was in action on Saturday last in Athlone ITs indoor arena. Michelle Ugwah was in action in the under 16 girls long jump. A regular medalist and previous champion on the national stage Michelle goes into most competitions as one of the favorites.
In her three opening round jumps Michelle recorded two 5:11 meter efforts to have her comfortably in the silver medal position. After the 18 strong field was cut to eight for the final three jumps Michelle opened up the taps a bit and solidified her position with a 5:21 leap to set a new PB.
As she pushed the limits to catch the deserving winner Laura Frawley from St Marys AC she broke on her final two efforts. Another fantastic national medal for Michelle and a very promising start to her year.

Nationals summary:

With the indoor season now behind us Michelle’s medal added to the five from the first two days makes for an outstanding return from the eleven athletes we sent to Athlone over the three days of national finals.

 IUAA intervarcities:

The Irish universities athletics association is affiliated to athletics Ireland and holds its own athletics championships during the academic year similar to the post primary championships. Last Friday and Saturday their outdoor track and field championships was held in Athlone ITs outdoor facilities.
Two of our clubs athletes were competing for CIT. In high jump and sprints under 23 Katie Walsh and senior hard man Ruaidhri Myers did a trio of endurance events taking on the 10000 and 3000 steeplechase as well as the 3000 meter walk all to garner points for his team.
Katie took a silver medal in the high jump with a 1:60 clearance setting a new CIT outdoor record in the process. Katie ran the 400 hurdles on Saturday morning and finished in the worst position of all , fourth, in a good season opening time of 64:89 and only 42 hundreds off silver.
She pulled on her spikes again in the late afternoon to run the second leg of the 4 X 100 relay for CIT.
Ruaidhri took the opportunity to avail of the one year over rule to participate for his last time in the CIT colours. Racing a total of 16km over the two days he surely felt it in his legs on Monday. 

National spring throws:

Each spring time Athletics Ireland hold a throws competition for underage , junior and senior throwers in javelin, hammer and discus to facilitate the throws that aren’t catered for in indoor competition.
Carraigs discus aficionado Martha Quain entered the senior women’s competition , held this year in Athlone also and threw a fine season opening best of 31:80 meters for fifth place overall in a field of sixteen compeditors.

 Other Business:

Some of our adult members were in action on the great island of Cobh on Sunday running the BallymoreCobh AC 10 mile road race.
Paula, Liza, Gus and Mick all had good runs in warm conditions and got to meet local legend Sonia O’Sullivan after the race.

Two of our adult runners had notable results in the park run series on Saturday morning. Denise Maher completed her tenth park run 5k a mere six months into her running adventure in Mallow. Jennifer Goggin was first woman (8th overall) in the competitive Ballincollig run in a speedy 19:29 new PB.

Look Forward:

This Sunday sees the start of the outdoor track and field season proper as CIT host the East Cork Athletics Division Championships. The club expects every athlete to make it to Bishopstown to compete and support  their club mates. The competition to win the trophy for best overall club will be hotly contested as always as well as multiple individual medal contests in a wide variety of events.
Competition starts at 1100 hrs and will run for the day finishing with relay races in late afternoon.
Our Easter draw will take place on the 16th after training and all sponsor cards are to be returned beforehand.


07th April, 2019


The first two days of three national juvenile indoor track and field championship finals took place in Athlone ITs indoor stadium last weekend.
Ten of our eleven qualified athletes were in action over the two days competing in six different disciplines hoping to get their hands on the precious medals.
Our race walking crew were in buoyant mood going into their respective races after sweeping up three Munster titles at the provincial qualifiers.
Odhrna Hurley in girls under 14 was crowned national champion with a magnificently executed race. In the thirteen strong field Odhrna fought her way to the front of the pack over a frantic first 200 meter lap of the five lap race. Once at the front Odhrna blew the field asunder with a blistering injection of pace for the second lap and kept the pressure on right up until the bell lap. As the inevitable challenge started to build like a wave behind her she managed to pull something from within with 100 meters to go producing a sprint finish that kept her opponents at a safe distance. A wonderful gold medal from Odhrna with a new PB in a high quality race where her time was just 10 seconds off the championship record.
Ciarán Hurley took yet another national medal when he took silver in the under 17 boys 1500 meter race. Another personal best for Ciarán shows continued development and confirmed his good recent block of training. Just reward for his dedication and commitment to his chosen sport.
Jess Murphy was in her maiden voyage at national indoor finals and raced well over her 1000 meters under 15 race. In another large field of 14 athletes Jess battled hard to hold onto the ferocious early pace. Jess finished strongly over the final 100 meters ending up 9th overall. In a race of small margins positions 3 to 11 were separated by 29 seconds and surely as the season continues we will see Jess eat into the margin.
Our pole vaulters Orla and Emma Coffey were in action on Sunday and had another great return for their efforts as they both returned with medals.
Orla had a professional ,business like performance winning the national under 18 title with an blemish free card up to 3:20 meters. With the title in the bag as the only vaulter clear at the height she made three valiant efforts at 3:30 to equal the championship record but unfortunately couldn’t quite manage the feat on this day.
Another national title for Orla as she now moves to concentrate on her outdoor season.
Orla also was qualified for the 400 meter heats held on Saturday. Running in the third and by far the fastest heat she was fourth and unlucky not to make the six lane final as the eight fastest on the day.
Emma  Coffey narrowly lost out on the under 19 pole vault title taking silver behind City of Lisburn ACs Erin Fisher after briefly taking the lead only to top out at three meters. A good medal none the less for Emma after a period out with injury and navigating her way through her leaving cert year.
There were three of our young high jumpers in two finals on Saturday.
Lucy Lynch was going into the under 13 girls event as the Munster champion and kept her nerve beautifully keeping a clear score card up to 1:40 meters. When the bar was raised to 1:45 with seven girls left in, it was going to cull all but the very able. Lucy cleared on her second attempt setting a new personal best along with two others and so the medalists were chosen. The bar then moved to 1:48 to decide who got what medal. Lucy couldn’t improve on her PB and her second national high jump bronze was a big achievement in a high standard competition where the championship record was equaled by the eventual winner.
Timmy Colbert and Theo De Souza were in the boys under 14 competition. The boys didn’t have the rub of the green that they enjoyed at the Munster championships as Theo unfortunately picked up an injury in his opening jump and had to retire. Timmy jumped on but never reached the heights of his previous best set at Munsters. The boys will have many more days over the summer months to perform in their many outdoor events.
Theo was also qualified for the long jump final as the Munster champion along with fellow under 14 Ruaidhri Boyle on Sunday .After Theo picked up his injury jumping on Saturday he was a bit off being 100%. Despite this he still managed a fourth place finish. Ruaidhri got to the final eight places to jump for the medals but didn’t manage to improve on seventh place. A good return none the less from the lads and loads to look forward to for the season ahead.
Under 19 800 meters was the last of our weekends competitors where Blathnaid Daly raced the same time that had her on the podium in Munsters but was a little off the medals in the national finals. Blathnaid will have many more days in the sun over the course of the summer.

Summary:

Five medals from our ten competitors is a great strike rate and could have been more if not for bad luck. Great work from all involved over the past months in training on dark, wet winter nights and days. Good to see hard work being rewarded.

Other business:

A strong contingent of our adults ran the Mallow AC 10 mile road race on the 24th of March. Well done to all involved and great to see our club colours road racing.
Club senior athlete Jennifer Goggin Walsh had an impressive 40:14 10km clocking at the Carmel Lynch UCC BHAA race taking 3rd place.

 Look Forward:

Day three of the Juvenile indoors is on this coming Saturday again in Athlone. Our final participating athlete is under 16 long jumper Michelle Ugwah.
Under 23 athlete Katie Walsh will be joining senior runner Ruaidhri Myers in competing for CIT in the Irish Universities track and field championships which are also on in Athlone this Friday and Saturday.
The first day of the outdoor track and field calendar is quickly approaching with the East Cork Championships on Sunday the 14th. The club expects all competing members to make it to CIT for this excellent family day out. The competition for best overall club, multiple individual disciplines for all ages and relays will be contested on the day.
Our clubs first ever warm weather training camp is drawing near and excitement is building for those heading to Malta on the 18th.
While away the group plan to take in a 5km road race and an international track and field meet.


13th March, 2019

Lily Hurdles to Munster title!

Another busy week for all ages in the club saw medals and titles coming from all directions. Schools cross county, indoor nationals for masters but the weeks action started early on with the Munster post primary schools indoor games held in Nenagh on Tuesday.

Munster schools indoor games:

This indoor event is a stand alone competition for post primary students in the four schools age categories of minor, Junior, intermediate and senior. The main difference in this event is that there is no national schools indoor competition thus athletes don’t progress to national finals.

Top performer on the day was undoubtedly Lily O’Riordan who was crowned Junior 60 meter hurdles champion knocking a whopping half second of her PB.
Lily ran six races on the day winning both her heat and final of the hurdles, two rounds in the 60 meters to get to the final where she placed 6th and running the first leg of the intermediate 4X200 relay for her St Angela’s college team. Lily’s biggest day in athletics and her first ever Munster medal.
Lily’s St Angela’s college intermediate relay team was made up of a mixture of novice and experienced hands with Orla Coffey bolstering newbies Orlaith O’Callaghan and Emma Akinkoulie. The girls held their own coming second in their heat and 5th overall. Hopefully we’ll see them improve on this at the outdoors.
Emma also ran her first ever sprint race coming fourth in her semifinal of the 60 meters.
Long Jumper Michelle Ugwah was in action in the junior event for her school Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal , Blarney and took a silver medal back with her. Michelle also ran the 60 meters coming second in her round one heat but bowing out at the semifinal stage.
Middle distance runner Joesph Daly showed his turn of speed by taking a fine silver medal in the senior boys 600 meters with a powerful bit of front running to win his heat and post the second fastest time.
In a busy days competition we had six others representing their schools.
Aaron Callanan in his second ever track race comfortably won his heat of the intermediate boys 600 posting the 7th fastest time in a large competitive field. Aaron was the first athlete from his school St Aidan’s Community , Ballyvolane in over 20 years to represent in schools athletics competition.
Darragh Walsh pulled on his Gealcolaiste Mhuire AG singlet for his first time as he came home fourth in his heat , by far the fastest, of the intermediate boys 600.
Harry Buckley competed in intermediate boys long jump for Christians Brothers College, Sidney Place placing 8th out of a field of twenty five.
In the jam packed minor age group events Glanmire Community College first years Ciara Keohane and Sinead Fennessy ran middle distance and sprints. Ciara was closest to a podium finishing fifth fastest in the 1200 meters.
Cathal Whooley had his first ever taste of indoor competition when he competed in minor boys 60 meters and Long jump for his school Colaiste an Chroi Naofa. 

All Ireland Schools XC:

Last Saturday the national finals of the post primary schools cross country championships were held on the scenic grounds of Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare. A pan flat course around the rugby playing pitches made for some ferociously fast and frenzied racing.
Seven of our club athletes were representing three separate schools in two of the races.
Six first year girls were in action in the minor race.
Colaiste an Chroi Naofas Ava Fitzgerald (11th) , Leah Dunne (21st) and Katelyn Fitzgerald were unlucky 4th team overall.
St Angela’s Colleges team was fifth overall with Ellie Twomey as second scorer and Jess Murphy fourth. 
Rebecca Kelleher represented her Scoil Mhuire, Patrick’s hill colours admirably with a 22nd place finish in a race that seemed to suit the track specialists.
Our final competitor was Daire O’Sullivan in the senior boys race. Daire found the going difficult in the teak tough standard and finished in the middle of the pack. Chalk that one down to experience and we’ll see him back in his Colaiste an Chroi Naofa singlet at the outdoor track and field championships later in the season.

National masters indoors:

We had three athletes qualified on merit competing at the national masters track and field championships in AITs indoor arena last Sunday. 
Jennifer Goggin Walsh took another national medal with a silver in the F35 category of the women’s 3000 meters. A fantastic start to another track season for Jen carrying on where she left off last season and moving her PB to within a whisker of breaking the elusive 11 minute barrier with a time of 11:02.
Mary Fitzgerald ran her first ever national indoor final in the F45 category of the women’s 3000 meters and pulled off a nice double to take bronze for her first ever national medal. Mary also doubled up running the 1500 later on and was unlucky not to medal again loosing out on third place in a sprint finish.
Robert Boyle was in action in the M45 60 meter and long jump and despite suffering an injury setback while preparing for the finals finish 5th in the jump and 6th in his sprint.
Well done to all three wonderful role models and ambassadors for our ever more eclectic club.

Other business:

A mention to race walker Sarah Constant who picked up the accolade of sports person of the year in her school St Vincent’s girls post primary. A nice recognition for her amongst her peers in this her leaving cert year.

Pole vaulter Orla Coffey traveled to Cardiff, Wales last weekend to participate in the vault Cardiff event. Orla has traveled over the last few seasons to gain competition and experience in her preferred discipline.  In the highly technical discipline Orla used the opportunity to compete with a bigger pole as she strives for the incremental improvements needed to succeed.


Look forward:

Training continues as we move towards the beginning of the outdoor season which kicks off with the East Corks on the 14th of April in CIT.
Twelve of our juveniles are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for national indoor finals at the end of this month.
Any new members are more than welcome to come along to our training sessions and meet the coaches and find out what’s involved.
Times and locations plus contact details can be found on our website or contact us through Facebook or our Twitter page.


05th March, 2019


East Cork Awards:


On last Friday night the 1st of March the East Cork Athletics Division held their annual awards night. This year Carraig na bhFear AC were the host club and the central location of the Midleton Park hotel was the venue. The night celebrates all athletes from the division that win medals at national championships in the previous calendar year.

In 2018 Carraig na bhFear had 35 national medalists across track and field and cross country disciplines. 

Listed below are all our medalists, their national achievements of which some of them are multiple medalists and are five national champions. 

The club also received the trophy for best overall boys cross country team in 2018 retaining it for a second year.

The award for best overall athlete most deservedly went to Youghal ACs sprint and hurdles multi national champion ,both indoor and outdoors , Grace Rooney.


List of Club national medalists:


Faye O’Riordan GU11 XC

2018 was a super year for Faye both on the track and in XC.  In the Munster U11 XC Faye produced a storming run to win the gold medal for the Third year running, she finished off her year in superb form with a fabulous 8th place finish in the All-Ireland XC Championships.

Lucy Lynch GU12 T&F

Lucy performed really well in 2018 where she competing strongly in a range of events.  But it was in the High Jump that she really excelled winning County Gold, Munster Bronze and then a super PB of 1.36m to win the All Ireland Bronze medal.

Ava Fitzgerald GU13 XC

Ava had an incredible year in 2018, competing strongly over 600m on the track highlighted by a superb Gold medal in the Munster’s. In XC Ava helped lead both her Cork and Munster U13 & U14 XC teams to National medals and also her Carraig U14 team to National Bronze.

Leah Dunne GU13 XC

Leah had a superb year in 2018.  While she showed great speed on the track it was in her favoured XC that she really excelled producing storming finishes in every race helping her Girls U14 team to County & Munster Silver medals and National team Bronze medals.

Sinead Hurley GU13 XC

Sinead had a great Cross country season in 2018, helping her U13 team to East Cork, County & Munster silver medals before rounding off her season with a superb run in the National XC in Dundalk scoring for the silver medal winning Cork team.

Theo De Souza BU13 T&F

Theo had an excellent year in 2018 and was no stranger to the podium. He won the silver medal for long jump at the National Indoors but the highlight of his year was winning the National outdoor gold medal for long jump with a huge PB of 5.14m.

Bobby O’Riordan BU13 XC

Bobby had a great year in 2018, showing his ability in both Multi events and middle distance on the track and also in XC. It was XC that provided Bobby his biggest success when he produced a superb run in Navan to help his Cork team to the National Silver medals.

 

Luke Mullins BU13 XC

Luke had an excellent year in 2018 competing in both T&F and XC. In XC he was part of a very competitive and successful U13 & U14 group. He rounded off his year in style helping his club team to National gold in Dundalk.

Ruaidhri Boyle BU13 XC

Ruaidhri had a great year in 2018.  It was in the XC season that Ruaidhri had his most success leading his BU13 & BU14 teams to county gold and Munster bronze medals. He rounded off his year in style helping his club and County teams to National gold in Dundalk.

Aidan Maher BU13 XC

Aidan was a new addition to our club in 2018 and what a great addition he was! Aidan helped his BU13 & BU14 teams to county gold and Munster bronze medals. He rounded off his year in style helping his club and County teams to National gold in Dundalk.

Cathal Whooley BU13 XC

Cathal had a great year in 2018.  He showed good form on the track but it was in the XC season that he had his most success helping his U13 & U14 teams to county gold and Munster bronze medals. He rounded off his year in style helping his club and County teams to National gold in Dundalk.

Michael Mullins BU13 XC

Michael had an excellent year in 2018 competing in both T&F and XC. In XC he was part of a very competitive and successful U13 & U14 group.  After bouncing back from illness he rounded off his year in style helping his club team to National gold in Dundalk.

Timmy Colbert BU13 T&F

Timmy started his great year off with a superb Bronze medal in High Jump at the National Indoors and followed that with a Bronze medal in Javelin at the National outdoors.  He rounded off his year in style helping his club and County teams to National XC gold in Dundalk.

Ciara Keohane GU14 XC

Ciara had an outstanding year in 2018.  Competing in middle distance on the track she built up great speed which she put to good use in the XC season helping her team to East Cork, County and Munster Silver medals and National Bronzemedals.

Rebecca Kelleher GU14 XC

2018 was a super year for Rebecca. Competing strongly in 800m on the track, she worked incredibly hard in XC and improved with each race. In a superb season she helped her team to County & Munster Silver and National Bronzemedals, she also won National medals on both Cork U14 & U15 XC teams and on the Munster U15 XC team.

Kathryn O’Mahony GU14 XC

Kathryn was superb in 2018, both on the track and in her favoured XC.  On the track she showed incredible speed from 200m to 800m then in XC she helped her team to East Cork, County and Munster Silver medals and National Bronzemedals.

Ellie Twomey GU14 XC

Ellie had an outstanding year in 2018Her hard work on the track paid off in the XC season where she was part of a very strong U14 team winning East Cork, County and Munster silver medals before going on to help her team to National XC Bronze in Abbotstown.

Sorcha Daly GU14 XC

Sorcha had a great year in 2018 particularly in her favoured XC. She had her best success when running up in age in the Munster B XC where she won an individual bronze medal and also led her team to 3rd place.  She finished her year in style when she was 3rd scorer for the gold medal winning Cork U15 team at the National XC Championships in Dundalk.

Arron Sheehan BU14 XC

Arron had great success in XC in 2018. He was a leading member of our County medal winning U14 & U15 teams, he also helped his U14 team to Munster Bronze before rounding his season off in style with a superb run to lead his club team to National Bronze in Dundalk and his Cork team to the silver medals.

Odhran McCarthy BU14 XC

Odhran had his best year ever in 2018. He was a consistently strong performer in our U14 & U15 XC teams, helping his U15 team to County Gold and Munster B Bronze medals before rounding his season off with superb team Bronze and county Silver medals at the National XC in Dundalk. 

Rian O’Luasa BU14 XC

Rian had a great year in 2018. On the track he competed in High Jump but it was in XC that he had his best success when he helped his U15 team to the National Bronze medals in the National XC in Dundalk.

David Maher BU15 XC

David made his debut for Carraig in the 2018 XC season and what a great addition he was to the club.  As part of a strongU15 boys team he performed very well with the highlight being when he helped his U15 team to the Bronze medals in the National XC in Dundalk.

 Cliona Lynch GU15 XC

Cliona had another good XC year in 2018. She started her season by leading her U16 team to County XC Bronze then a week later helped her U15 team to the silver medals. She helped her U15 team to bronze in the Munster B’s then finished off her season with a strong run to help secure the team Gold for Cork U15’s in Dundalk.

Michelle Ugwah GU15 T&F

Michelle had another excellent year in 2018.  She continues to work on her Long jump technique and was rewarded with a superb silver medal in the national Indoors.  She rounded off her season by winning the Minor girl’s Long jump in the National schools T&F.

Ciaran Hurley BU16 T&F

Ciaran continues to go from strength to strength in the race walking event.  In 2018 Ciaran won Munster gold medals both indoors and outdoors and was second in both the indoor and outdoor National T&F Championships scoring a big PB in the outdoor Nationals.

Sinead Kearney GU16 XC

Sinead showed some great form over the course of the 2018 XC season. She helped her U16 team to East Cork Silver then County bronze, at U17 she helped her team to County Gold and then Munster Bronze medals. She finished her year off in style with a great run in Dundalk coming home in 12th place and winning a first National medal for her troubles.

Jennifer Kearney GU17 XC

Jennifer has been in great form over the 2018 XC season where she went from strength to strength with each race.  Her highlights were helping her U17 team to East Cork and County XC Gold, then a superb Munster U17 team bronze before rounding off her season with her best performance yet to come an excellent 9th place in Dundalk.

Orla Coffey GU17 T&F

Orla had a fantastic year in 2018. Competing strongly in the Long Hurdles she won the silver medal over 300m in the nationals and had even more success in the Pole Vault where she won both the indoor and outdoor National Championships.

Daire O’Sullivan BU17 T&F

Daire had an incredible year in 2018 over all the middle distance events.  In the Indoor T&F Daire took bronze over 1500m in the Nationals and followed it up in the outdoor T&F with another Bronze medal.  He also won National U17 XC medals with Cork and Munster teams.

Martha Quain GU18 Discus

Martha was in superb form again last year. In her chosen event of Discus she was always on the podium including winning Munster U18 & Senior Gold medals before throwing a new PB in the All-Irelands to claim the U18 silver medal.

 Emma Coffey GU18 Pole Vault

Emma had very good year in 2018 winning 4 National medals in total. In the Indoors she was 2nd in both the Junior and Senior Pole Vault, she followed this up in the outdoor season with silver in the National schools and bronze in the National Juniors.

Maebh Daly GU19 Javelin

Maebh had an incredible year in 2018 in all her Javelin competitions.  She won County Gold medal, Munster Silvermedal and followed that up with a superb silver medal in the National schools T&F.  Maebh finished her year in style,throwing a big PB of 36.59m to win her first All-Ireland Gold medal.

Ciaran Nugent BU19 400H

Ciaran finished off his juvenile career in fine style in 2018. Ciaran competed over 400m hurdles in Counties, Munsters, National League and National Championships, improving with each race.  He ran the race of his life in the National T&F in Tullamore when he got a new PB in the final as he won his first ever National title. 

Katie Walsh   Junior T&F

Katie had an incredible year in 2018, winning national medals in two disciplines. Her first National medal came indoors in the Junior Pentathlon where she won the Bronze medal, she was extremely strong in the 400mh winning the bronze medals in both the National schools and the National Juniors.

Jennifer Goggin Walsh  Senior T&F

Jennifer made her comeback to competitive running in 2018 and what a great year she had. She was a hard lady to beat in the O35 3000m winning both the County and Munster Gold medals before going on to claim silver at the Nationals.

 

Other Business:


Last Saturday morning under 23 athlete Denis Hegarty won his first ever race when he took the honors at the Nagle Rice 5km in Doneraile park in a time of 17:19.


Look Forward:


This Tuesday the Munster post primary schools indoor track and field games take place in Nenagh and some of our athletes will be competing.

This Saturday the post primary schools all Ireland cross country championships take place in county Kildare. Seven of our teenagers are in action representing three separate schools in two of the eight races in what always are top class competitions.

Training is back in full swing for all our age groups as the first outdoor event of the season looms on the near horizon, the East Cork track and field championships on the 14th of April. Our senior athletes will be putting their best foot forward in defense of both the East Cork women’s and men’s team road race titles in the last week in April.


26th February, 2019

Clean sweep for race walkers.

 Munster Indoors:

The track and field season for our underage athletes kicked into high gear last weekend when Nenagh Olympic hosted the Munster indoor under 12 to 19 championships.
Ran off over the two days sixteen of our athletes competed in eight of the athletic disciplines.
With outside temperatures at 15 degrees in sun shine the notoriously cold stadium was almost tropical making for good competition conditions.

Race Walks:

Our greatest success of the weekend came from our race walkers with three athletes in three separate races they won all three. An impressive strike rate for this early season and promising for the year ahead.
Ciarán Hurley was the first up in boys under 17 and executed a metronomic pace as he knocked off the seven and one half laps of the 1500 meter race. Ciarán set a new PB on his way to taking another title and showing steady incremental improvement year on year.
Odhrna Hurley and Jess Murphy were in action in the under 14 and 15 races respectively. Both girls raced over 1000 meters in their first race of the year. Odhrna and Jess had near identical races as both tracked the pace of the early leader and with 400 meters remaining they dropped the hammer pushing past the leader and crossing the line with some margin to spare. It is testament to they’re application in training over the winter with both girls competed in cross country on top of their technical walking sessions, that they were stronger in the later half of their race.

High Jump:

Four of our young multi event crew were jumping in the high jump competitions hoping to put all their hard work over the winter to the test.

Lucy Lynch was up against a large field in the under 13 girls competition and showed a calm head to be crowned Munster champion with a new PB performance of 1:43 meters. After taking two attempts at the winning height Lucy cleared her new PB on her third attempt winning clear from the rest of the field. A magnificent win for Lucy taking her first Munster field event title and just reward for all her training.

Three of our under 14 boys were in with a great chance in their first outing of the year. Bobby O’Riordan, Timmy Colbert and Theo de Souza were hoping to continue on their wonderful multi events year in 2018 bringing the good feelings into this season. In a high standard competition the boys were in the mix for medals once the jumping began. Bobby was unlucky to be first of our lads fouled out despite jumping well he didn’t get to his previous best which wasn’t reflective of the effort he has put into training.
Timmy and Theo continued on until they were setting new PBs and had medals in their grasp. The final round of jumps decided their positions with Timmy taking bronze and Theo jumping an excellent 1:54 tied for the lead but dropped to silver on count back. Great stuff for the lads and now they will head to nationals with Lucy as real contenders.

1500 meters:

One athlete only in the 1500s on the Saturday but Daire O’Sullivan is always in the medal mix in any championship race. Up front on the shoulders of the lead group in the mixed under 18/19 boys race Daire ran home comfortably to open his track season with a win in the under 18 category. Yet another Munster title for Daire as he now fights on two fronts as he has also qualified for the schools XC national finals.

Long Jump:

On Saturday two of our older teenagers were jumping in the under 17 and 18 age groups.
Orla Coffey took a step away from the pole vault area for this weekend and had a solid start with a best jump of 4:93 meters to finish in fourth position in the girls under 18.
Harry Buckley had a difficult time in the under 17 boys when he could only register 2 legal jumps out of 6. Despite that he managed a new PB and barely missed the fourth qualifying position for nationals when he was tied in fourth but was pushed to fifth on count back. Tight margins to lose by but Harry will no doubt bounce right back in the outdoor season just around the corner.
On Sunday our younger long jump protagonists were in action with Lucy Lynch first in action in under 13 girls. In a large field Lucy didn’t make the final eight after the first three jumps finishing 12th out of 27 girls.
Three of our super squad of under 14 boys had another great result in their competition. Theo De Souza , Ruaidhri Boyle and Bobby O’Riordan all got to the final eight after the first three jumps. Theo took yet another Munster title with a jump of 5:03. Ruaidhri was on the second step of the podium next to him as he took his first Munster long jump medal. Bobby finishing 7th for his best ever Munster result setting three new PBs along the way.

800 meters:

We had three of our under 14 boys in a large field of athletes for that age 800 meters. Aidan Maher, Ruaidhri Boyle and Bobby O’Riordan were each in one of five separate heats that would decide the three medals on times. The boys were outside the top three times with Bobby having the best result coming 3rd in his heat and 11th out of the 30 Entries.

In under 19 girls Blathnaid Daly took our only 800 medal of the weekend with a terrific bronze for her second time in two years. Blathnaid had a excellent second 400 of her four lap race to pull herself onto the podium from fifth position. An excellent start to Blathnaid’s season and hopefully we’ll see much more of the same as the summer unfolds.

Sprints:

Orla Coffey put her versatility on show yet again as she took two sprint medals in girls under 18. On the Saturday Orla took gold in the 400 meters with a good early season clocking of 65 seconds. On Sunday after making it through the 200 heats with a PB run knocking a tenth of a second off her previous best she took a fabulous bronze for her first ever Munster medal over the distance.

Aaron Callanan ran his first ever track sprint race in the boys under 18 400 meters and posted his PB at a very respectable 57 seconds. Much more to come from Aaron over the coming months and years as he learns his trade in the sprint world.

Lily O’Riordan raced over the 200 and the 60 meters for her first outing of the season. Didn’t make her respective finals but in her ultra competitive under 16 age group she had PB runs in both just outside the times to make each decider.

Theo DeSouza ran in the 60 meters on the Saturday comfortably getting to the final coming second in his heat in a time of 8:51.
Sixth place for Theo after a long wait for his final even with  him bringing down his time by one tenth of a second.

Hurdles:

Sunday’s 60 meter hurdles program had some very high standard racing on show and five of our athletes put their efforts in training on show.

Orla Coffey was fourth in the under 18 girls race with yet another PB clocking 9:86 over the five two foot six barriers.
Lily O’Riordan broke the 10 second barrier for her first time in a top class race in girls under 16. Lily’s sixth place was more than respectable in a race that was certainly national standard.
Theo De Souza and Bobby O’Riordan had heats to negotiate in the boys under 14 and both made it to the final from heat one.
Both improved their times in the final but were sixth and eight respectively in another race that could grace the national stage.
Our youngest hurdler on the day was Lucy Lynch who also made it to her final from the heats.
Again an improvement on her time and a fifth place finish for Lucy.

 Summary:

Another Munster championships behind us already this year and when we add the weekends 12 medals to the three from day one for a total of 15. Nine champions will head to nationals in Athlone in March and April with the other qualified athletes.

Other Business:

Last Friday night two of our junior athletes Orla Coffey and Daire O’Sullivan received bursaries from the Cork county board as aspiring athletes. The presentations were made as part of the International awards night held in the Kingsley Hotel.

Look Forward:

This Friday evening we are the host Club for the East Cork Athletics Division awards night which will be held in the Midleton Park hotel. Thirty Five of our juvenile, Junior, senior and masters athletes will be honored for winning medals at national championships in 2018.

22nd February, 2019

Orla takes National Senior medal

National Senior Indoors:

Last weekend the national senior indoor track and field championships were held in the national arena in Abbotstown. Our two pole vaulters were in competition on the Sunday lunchtime hoping to continue their success over the last couple of years.
Emma Coffey was first into action as the bar crept up incrementally to the heights that would sort out the medalists. Having previously been our first ever national field event senior medalist Emma bowed out at 2:90 meters for fifth place on countback.
Orla Coffey came in to the competition as the bar reached 2:90 and jumped really well up to 3:20. With the increments of 15 cm the next height of 3:35 was Orlas recently set PB but after three valiant attempts she topped out at the previous height. No increase in her early season performances but a magnificent bronze national medal for Orla as she was clear in third place going into her final round of vaults. 

Munster Schools Cross Country:

On last Friday the Munster post primary schools cross country championships were held in WITs sports complex on the outskirts of Waterford city.  Twelve of our teenagers were in action for their schools over four of the eight races.

In the first race we had our largest cohort of competitors when eight Carraig na bhFear AC girls lined out for five separate schools in the minor girls. 
Ava Fitzgerald backed up her win in the south Munster race with another podium display taking individual bronze in third place. Her school team comprising of clubmates Leah Dunne (12th overall ) and Katelyn Fitzgerald took a wonderful bronze in the team standings meaning that Colaiste an Chroi Naofa will have team representation at the national finals in  Clongowes Wood College, Clane county Kildare.
Rebecca Kelleher confirmed her steady rise in status with a ferocious sprint finish taking fourth place overall for Scoil Mhuire, Patrick’s hill. 
Ellie Twomey (29th) was the third scorer who along with Jess Murphy were part of the St Angela’s college team that took a silver medal.
Ciara Keohane running for Glanmire Community College was unlucky to be just outside the top 15 individual places to make the national finals as was Kathryn O’Mahony as her St Mary’s College Mallow team was fifth on the day.

In the intermediate girls race Lauren and Megan Murphy were running in their first Munster Schools finals for Glanmire community college. The girls coped well with a high standard race in the notoriously tough course and finished in the middle order but outside qualification for nationals.

The senior girls race saw Jennifer Kearney in her Loreto Fermoy singlet have a good run over 2500 meters but like the girls in the intermediate race Jennifer was outside the top 15 to progress to nationals. A great end to the most successful cross country season of her career.

The senior boys race had two of our athletes in the mix for the chance to make the national finals. Joesph Daly (Davis College, Mallow) and Daire O’Sullivan (Colaiste an Chroi Naofa) we’re competing over 6000 meters with four large laps of the hilly course.
Both boys were in the large lead group for three laps and as the final lap sorted out the pecking order Joesph was desperately unlucky to finish in 16th place. Daire had better fortune finishing in 10th and taking on of the fifteen individual qualifying spots for the national finals on the 9th of March.

Summary:

Of the twelve that traveled to Waterford, seven will be continuing on to the national finals which will be held on the grounds of Clongowes Wood College, Clane , County Kildare on the 9th of March.

Other Business: 

Our club AGM was held on Tuesday week last and all outgoing club officers were re-elected to their roles. The club hopes to continue to build on the success of recent years with the help of all members and stakeholders within the community.


Look forward:

This coming weekend is the second day of the Munster under 12 to 19 indoor championships which will be held in Nenagh Olympics stadium. A small contingent will be traveling over the two days in the hope of silverware and the all important qualification for nationals in March and April.
We’re looking forward to hosting the East Cork Athletics Division awards night in Midleton Park hotel on the 1st of March. Thirty-five of our club athletes will be honored on the night for winning medals at national championships in 2018.

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.