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Further Event Workshops in the West

Athletics Ireland - 15 April, 2014 - 20:50

The following event workshops will take place in the west in the coming weeks. These workshops are primarily intended to up-skill the club coach who may have recently completed an ‘Assistant Coach’ or ‘Level 1’ coaching course, although attendance on such a course is not a pre-requisite of attendance. Athletes aged 12 and up are also welcome.

Introducing Hurdles
Thursday 24th April
Claremorris AC
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Mary Barrett & Jim Ryan

Introducing Shot Put
Friday 25th April
St. Brigid’s VS Loughrea, Co. Galway
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

Javelin & Turbojav (NB - this workshop has been cancelled)
Wednesday 30th April
Athlone IT (TBC) (Meet in Indoor Arena)
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by David Courtney

The following workshops have recently taken place as part of this series. Many thanks to all coaches and athletes who have attended, and particular thanks to the coaches who delivered the sessions.

Javelin & Turbojav
Wednesday 2nd April
Athlone IT
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by David Courtney

Introducing Hurdles
Friday 4th April
St. Brigid’s VS Loughrea, Co. Galway
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

High Jump
Monday 7th April
Claremorris AC
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Jim Ryan

Race Walking
Monday 7th April
Claremorris AC
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Michael Oliver

Javelin & Turbojav
Wednesday 9th April
Lee’s Rd., Ennis
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by David Courtney

Strength and Conditioning for the Young Athlete
Friday 11th April
St. Brigid’s VS Loughrea, Co. Galway
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

Long Jump
Monday 14th April
Athlone Indoor Arena
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

Connacht Development Squad, AIT, April 26th

Athletics Ireland - 15 April, 2014 - 20:35

The next Connacht Development Squad day will take place in Athlone IT on Saturday April 26th 2014 from 12.30pm - 3pm.

Connacht Development Squad
Date: Saturday April 26th
Venue: Athlone IT (meet in the indoor arena)
Time: 12.30pm to 3pm
Who: Top 6 (or equivalent standard) in any Connacht event in 2013/2014, and aged u14 to u19 in 2014
To attend: Confirm name, contact mobile & chosen event to Paul McNamara (paul@athleticsireland.ie) by 23rd April
Cost: €5
Consider bringing a packed lunch.
Be prepared for possible inclement weather.

This is an excellent opportunity for athletes to avail of collective training with peers under the guidance of an experienced coach, to complement the coaching you receive in your club.

All Connacht athletes aged u14 to u19 in 2014 that finished in the top 6 at a Connacht Schools or Connacht Clubs championships in Indoor T&F, Outdoor T&F, Cross-country or combined Events in 2013/2014, or are at an equivalent standard, are invited to attend.

Please note, those planning to attend MUST email AAI RDO Paul McNamara (paul@athleticsireland.ie ) to confirm their attendance by Wednesday April 23rd at the latest. When doing so please provide a parents contact number. Athletes MUST also state their chosen event so we can ensure we have sufficient coaching cover for each event. If insufficient numbers confirm attendance in any given event, then that event will not be catered for, and those who have confirmed attendance will be notified of this.

Athletes are asked to contribute €5 to offset the cost of the event. This will be collected on the day. Meet at 12.30pm in the indoor arena.

Connemarathon & National 10k Results

Galway City Harriers - 15 April, 2014 - 16:17

Well done to everyone who braved the elements in both the East and West on April 5th.

It was a busy weekend in racing with two large events occurring.

In Connemara
The Connemara is always a popular target each year in all 3 events and this year there was not only the mountain to contend with but rain, hail and wind. Not easy on an already challenging course.

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Selection for World Race Walking Cup in China

Athletics Ireland - 15 April, 2014 - 15:28

The selections were made for the IAAF World Race Walking Cup to take place in Taicang, China from the 3-4 May 2014. The decision was to select a Men’s 20km team and one woman as an individual for the 20km. (A full preview will be available tomorrow on the website)

The selections are as follows:

Men’s 20km Team
Name Club Coach
Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) Marian Heffernan
Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) Rob Heffernan
Luke Hickey (UCC AC) Rob Heffernan
Cian McManamon (Westport AC) Michael Doyle

Women’s Individual 20km
Name Club Coach
Laura Reynolds (Mohill and District A.C.) Colin Griffin

Team Support
Team Manager – Patsy McGonagle
Team Physio – Emma Gallivan
Team Support – Ray Flynn

Penn Relay Team & Relay Squads Announced

Athletics Ireland - 15 April, 2014 - 11:33

The Penn Relays will play host to the USA vs. The World Relays on Saturday, April 26th. There is a high quality Irish team set to compete in the event in the exciting men’s Distance Medley Relay (DMR) event. The Irish team consists of Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC), Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC), Anthony Lieghio (Tallaght AC) and John Coghlan (Metro St Brigids AC).

Gregan and Robinson were members of the 2013 Irish team that competed at the Penn Relays finishing in fifth place in a time of 9.24.10. The DMR relay begins with the 1,200m leg followed by the 400m, 800m and then concludes with the 1600m final leg. The Irish team manager for the event will be Br. John Dooley.

Irish Team

Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC)
Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC)
Anthony Lieghio (Tallaght AC)
John Coghlan (MSB AC)

Support: Br John Dooley

Relay Squad Announcements

Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce the support for three Irish relay squads for the forthcoming track and field season. Terrie Cahill (W 4×100m) and David Gillick (M 4×400m) will oversee and assist with the senior teams. Daniel Kilgallon will co-ordinate the junior men’s 4×100m relay squad. The senior teams will target qualification for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August while the junior men’s squad target will be the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregan in July.

Women 4×100m
Technical Lead: Terrie Cahill

Catherine Mc Manus (Celtic DCH)
Joan Healy (Bandon AC)
Sarah Lavin (UCD AC)
Phil Healy (Bandon AC)
Louise Kiernan (Fingallians AC)
Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC)
Steph Creaner (Celtic DCH)

Men 4×400m
Assist and Co-ordinate: David Gillick

Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC)
Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC
Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC)
Timmy Crowe (Dooneen AC)
Richard Morrissey (Crusaders AC)
Dara Kervick (Carrick on Suir AC)
Mark English (UCD AC)
Brian Murphy (Crusaders AC)

Junior Men 4×100m
Technical Lead: Daniel Kilgallon

Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC)
Zac Irwin (Sligo AC)
Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC)
Dean Power (Tullamore Harriers)
Kieran Elliott (North Sligo AC)
Joseph Ojewumi (Tallaght AC)
Eoin Doherty (Tallaght AC)
Sean Lawler (Donore Harriers)

Craughwell Community Games 2014

Craughwell AC - 15 April, 2014 - 01:16

Mark it in your diaries: Monday May 5th 2014 3pm to 5pm

Craughwell Community Games will take place in the main hurling field (Gilligan Park) on the bank holiday Monday. The following events will take place that Monday:-

Preschool: 20m
U6s: 40m
U8s: 60m & 80m & 200m
U10s: 100m, 200m & hurdles
U12s: 100m, 600m & ball throw
U14s: 100m, 800m, hurdles, shot putt & javelin
U16s: 100m, 1500m and discus

The following events will be organised at different times:-

Fine Performances at Galway Open Track & Field

Craughwell AC - 15 April, 2014 - 00:48

A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all at the Galway Open Track & Field in Dangan last Sunday. With 114 athletes taking part, it was a nice warm-up for the forthcoming track & field. Full results are at the following link:-

 Galway Open Track & Field Results 2014

There were many highlights for the club across all of the events. It was good too for our U8 athletes who won’t get a chance to compete in the official track and field – hopefully a nice taster for them of what is to come next year with some very good up and coming athletes in that group.

We look forward with excitement now to day 1 of the Galway Track and Field on Saturday 3rd May where our U9s, 10s and 11s athletes will battle it out with Galway's best to see who goes forward to the Connacht finals, and the U12s also take to the track to fight for the Galway medals.


Great Day At Ennis Open Track and Field

Craughwell AC - 15 April, 2014 - 00:40

Some of the victorious Craughwell AC athletes in Ennis

A small band of Craughwell AC athletes had a great day at Ennis Track the weekend before last. First off was the U14 shot putt where Micheál McFadden (who hadn't intended taking part at all so had no proper gear!!) along with Finbarr McFadden and Ryan Gallagher stepping up an age, took part in the U14 shot with Micheál coming 3rd!

Grace Lynch was 4th in the U9 sprint heat. Evan Moran and Cormac McFadden then both made the final of the U9 sprints with Evan putting in a fantastic run to win the final. Luke Flynn took part in the U10 sprints, Rebecca Flynn and Emily Miskella were both 4th in their U11 sprint heats. Emma-Jane Moran made the final of the U12 sprints. Four Craughwell AC girls (Emma-Jane Moran (u12), Rebekah Flynn, Emily Miskella and Rebecca Lynch] took part in the U12 long jump. It was the first outdoor competition jumping from the board for the latter 3 under 11s and all 3 registered clean jumps between 3.13m and 3.19m. 3.17 for Rebecca Lynch was a competition PB.

Ryan Gallagher came 1st in the U13 sprint final with Finbarr McFadden 4th. All took part in the distance races. Grace Lynch was 7th in the U9 300m in 1:08. Evan Moran had a fantastic run to win the U9 300m in an astonishing 54secs with Cormac McFadden 4th. Luke Flynn put in a great effort over the last 50m to take 5th in his U10 500m with Emily Miskella a very solid 6th in the girls U11 500m and Rebecca Flynn (a close 4th despite just returning from a lengthy injury) in the U11 500m. Emma-Jane Moran was well inside the top 10 in a very competitive U12 600m. Finbarr McFadden was a classy 2nd in U13 600m and Ryan Gallagher a fast-finishing 3rd.

Luke Flynn U10, with Grace Lynch, Cormac McFadden and Evan Moran all stepping up an age, had a great run in the U10 mixed relay to take 2nd place out of 10 teams.

Emma-Jane Moran, Rebecca Lynch, Rebecca Flynn and Emily Miskella finished 5th in their U12 mixed relay heat in a very quick 64 seconds. Their competitors included several all-boys teams, with some boys a year older and literally a foot taller than the girls! Micheál McFadden, Ryan Gallagher, Finbarr McFadden made up an U14 team with Ruari from Limerick AC with Ryan putting in a blistering finish, unluckily finishing 4th by a whisker.

Ennis is a turbo javelin stronghold, so the club can be very proud of an incredible 1-2 in the U11 boys' turbo javelin, with Liam McDonagh (1st with 18m) and Oisin Keane (2nd with 16m) throwing into a strong headwind against a large field. Our girls u11 trio were simultaneously competing in Long Jump (Rebekah, Rebecca and Emily) yet all 3 were just outside the top 3 in the end.

U10 Training Sessions

Craughwell AC - 14 April, 2014 - 10:59

Please note that there is no U10 training tonight Monday 14th April.

Training is on as normal this Thursday 17th April.

Technical Model of Running Workshop

Athletics Ireland - 14 April, 2014 - 10:32

An encouraging attendance of endurance coaches attended the Technical Model of Running Workshop 5th April at Irish Institute of Sport led by Dave Rowland, National Coach Mentor for Physical Preparation, England Athletics and previously Head of Strength and Conditioning, Bristol Rugby.

Dave provided an enthusiastic and detailed presentation that literally left Coaches begging for more. The workshop ran over by an hour and feedback indicates that we endurance coaches want to hear more from Dave Rowland and this topic. The workshop catered for areas such as:
?•Maintain health of the athlete?•Strengthen the structures within the athletes body?•Reduce risk of injury?•Sustain endurance training?•Make our athletes robust and resilient?•improve performance .

As endurance coaches economy is an important element for us. The technical model of running contributes significantly to the athlete in all of the above areas.

It is hoped to have Dave return in September by way of follow up and continue some of the practical application of the workshop. Also to develop the content of the workshop further with the assistance of our lead Physiotherapist Emma Gallivan and S&C coaches.

Thanks to the coaches for their support and contribution on the day. The short tea break was a buzz of engaging coaches sharing and discussing the ideas delivered by Dave which is always a great sign on a workshop. Thanks to Dave Rowland for making the trip across and to the Irish Institute of sport and their staff for facilitating the event.

For any further information please contact Teresa McDaid on endurance@athleeticsirelaand.ie

High Jump Clinic

Athletics Ireland - 14 April, 2014 - 08:59

High Jump Clinic: For Coaches and Athletes Given by Kevin Ankrom

Target Age: 16 years old and up, jumpers of a relatively high standard – not suitable for beginners
Venue: Athlone IT Indoor Arena
Date: Wednesday 16th of April
Time: 5pm to 6:30pm

15-20 Minute Presentation
•Physics Behind the High Jump
•Approach, Takeoff, and Bar Clearance
•Deciding What’s Important in a Jump (to change or not to change)

1/1.5hr of practical jump session

Lecturer/Coach: Kevin Ankrom

Ian on Top of the World

Tuam AC - 14 April, 2014 - 08:53

Well known Tuam AC runner Ian Egan was literally on top of the world this week when he WON the North Pole Half Marathon. This was Ian’s second visit to the North Pole as he ran the full marathon in 2013 and he couldn’t wait to go back. Competitors travel from all over the World to take part in this unique event which is organized by World Record runner Richard Donovan of Galway City. In the 2013 race Ian suffered the early stages of frostbite and Hypothermia so he knew what to expect this year. He also knew that he was flying in the first half of the marathon in 2013 when the race was won by his good friend Gary Thornton of Galway so he decided to target the Half Marathon in 2014 and it paid off with a stunning victory on Wednesday morning. Conditions for the race were good even though it was -30 deg centigrade but there was no snow and only a light wind to deal with. The weather is probably the least of your worries when you have to consider Polar Bears and giant cracks in the ice that can open up at anytime. Ian kept the power on throughout the race and won by almost a minute at the finish and was his usual modest self despite the race making BBC and ITV news headlines worlwide. Ian was more interested in paying tribute to the runners who took part in the full marathon as he knew from last years experience just how hard that race is and he also gave a very special mention to Colm Farrell and his Hazwalk for Console throughout the UK. Ian can now look forward to warmer days running throughout the summer and everybody in Tuam AC would like to extend their congratulations to Ian on his memorable victory.

Sligo & Leevale Impress in Raheny (Marathon Std. for Duncan)

Athletics Ireland - 13 April, 2014 - 17:40

The National Road Relay Championships took place in Raheny, Dublin with Sligo AC and Leevale AC winning the respective men’s and women’s titles. Sligo AC were the defending champions and returned to the 2014 event with a strong team comprising of Emmett Dunleavy, Dermott McDermott, Alberto Sanchez and David Harper. Sanchez recorded a time of 14.20 for the crucial 3 mile leg to hand over in the lead to team mate Harper. Track specialist Harper powered around the final 2 mile leg to win the title for Sligo in a time of 38.08.

The Chesser brothers Rory and Kevin combined with Daragh Lynch and Kevin Mulcaire to win the silver medals for Ennis Track in a time of 38.36. Clonliffe Harriers finished in third place in a time of 38.50 while host club Raheny Shamrock finished fourth in a time of 38.55.

Leevale AC made the long journey from Cork worthwhile as they stormed to victory in the senior women’s race. Clonliffe Harrier Becky Woods put the North Dublin Club into an early lead with a time of 5.01 for the opening one mile leg. Eleanor Alexander continued the momentum for Clonliffe handing over in first place at the second changeover in a time of 16.10. Orla Drumm of Crusaders moved her club into contention with a 10.58 split while Sarah Mulligan of DSD did the same with a 10.45 split. Leevale AC athlete Sinead O’Connor produced a solid 11.07 split for the 2 mile leg to keep the Cork club in contention.

On the final one mile leg Claire McSweeney of Leevale was the quickest of them all as she romped to victory in a time of 21.24. Crusaders hung on for the silver medals in a time of 21.34 with defending champions Dundrum South Dublin third in a time of 21.39.

Host club Raheny Shamrock experienced double joy in the Master 35+ races with their women’s team taking victory in a time of 23.42 and their men also reigning supreme in a time of 19.46. In the master 50+ category Raheny’s women’s team won the title in a time of 27.27 with South Dublin rivals Rathfarnham WSAF winning the men’s 50+ title in a time of 21.35


Marathon Standard for Nicola Duncan

Nicola Duncan (Galway City Harriers) ran a personal best of 2.33.28 in the London Marathon on Sunday 13th of April. The time was inside the qualifying standard (2.38) for the European Championships in Zurich in August. It was remarkable turnaround of form by Duncan after being forced to drop out of the World Half Marathon championships in Copenhagen on the 29th of March. That decision proved a wise one as Duncan stormed to a new personal best and fifth place on the Irish All time marathon lists around the streets of London this morning.

Irish Race Walkers in Action in Podebrady & South Africa

Olympian Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) led the Irish charge in the Race Walking Grand Prix in Podebrady, Czech Republic. Reynolds finished in sixth place in the women’s 20km race in a time of 94.24. There were also encouraging performances by Cian McManamon (Westport AC) and James Treanor (Shercock AC) in the men’s 20km race. Both athletes worked together with McManamon recording a time of 90.36 with Treanor just behind in a new personal best time of 90.40.

Alex Wright (Calry AC) finished second in the men’s race at the South African National championships in a time of 87.17 with Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) recording a time of 92 minutes with Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) just behind with a time of 94 minutes for the 20km distance. The next target for the race walking squad will be the forthcoming World Race Walking Cup in China in early May

Boston Marathon Celebration for Neil Cusack

Athletics Ireland - 11 April, 2014 - 15:14

On Good Friday, April 18th, Irish Runner magazine editor Frank Greally will host An Evening with Neil Cusack at the Gibson Hotel, Point Village- starting at 8pm. This special evening, which will include a wide ranging interview and an audience with the Limerick running legend, will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Cusack’s famous Boston Marathon victory of 1974. Neil was twice an Olympian- 1972 & 76 and he is a former winner (1981) of the Dublin Marathon.

Neil will talk about Marathon Training & Racing as well as a wide range of other running related topics. This promises to be a most entertaining evening at the Gibson Hotel located in Dublin’s Point Village where Parking is also available. For FREE tickets to An Evening with Neil Cusack- email: editor@irishrunner.ie- putting Boston Marathon in the subject.

Official Opening of Ben O’Donnell Athletics Stadium

Athletics Ireland - 11 April, 2014 - 14:57

Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May promises to be a landmark day for Lifford Athletic Club when it officially opens its long awaited Mondo track. Replacing the old cinder surface, Mondo’s international standard surface (the same as that supplied to the London Olympics) is designed for superior athletic performance, which when added to the sheltered surrounds of the Lifford facility should make it one of the fastest tracks in Ireland. This exciting new development for the border club is the culmination of a ten year long project which has seen over €1 million spent on the club’s infrastructure which, in addition to the Mondo track, includes a new clubhouse, fully equipped gymnasium, fitness suite and floodlighting.

The guiding light behind Lifford AC for over 30 years was Ben O’Donnell, in whose memory the newly opened facility is to be named. A former Gaelic footballer from his native Dungloe, Ben O’Donnell was a founding member of Lifford AC as well as being a founding member of the Donegal Athletics Board. Ben was also considered ahead off his time in coaching and guided many athletes towards national success and international representation.

To celebrate the new track, Lifford AC will host a week long Festival of Athletics which starts on May 5th with the Opening of the Ben O’Donnell Athletics Stadium and finishes with the Strabane/Lifford Half Marathon on May 11th. During the week, the club will also host an evening of Grade Miles for Seniors and Masters, as well as hosting Donegal Juvenile Track and Field Events, and a cross border Primary Schools competition.

The Track and Field evening meeting planned for May 5th will incorporate a quality Senior and Masters Track and Field programme and is being used by many athletes as a warm up event for forthcoming Championships as well as by those targeting Youth Olympics, World Juniors and Commonwealth Games qualification standards. Electronic timing will be in operation. Events for men and women include sprint hurdles, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, Mile, 3,000m and 4 x 400m Relay. Field events include Long Jump, High Jump, Shot and Javelin. A €500 prize has been included for the first person to break the 4 minute mile in Donegal.

Entries are now being invited for the Senior/Masters programme by emailing liffordac@eircom.net which should include details on recent best performances. Entries close on the 25th April. To celebrate our Opening, there is no entry fee either for athletes or spectators. Further details, please contact Brendan O’Donnell on +353 86 6007847.

A juvenile programme from Under 12 to Under 16 will take place earlier in the day. Entries for the juvenile programme (limited to 2 track and 1 field or 2 field and 1 track event) are also invited, with entries closing on the 25th April.

Race Walkers Set for SA Champs

Athletics Ireland - 11 April, 2014 - 09:57

A group of Irish Race Walkers led by world champion Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) have been training at altitude in Johannesburg for the past 3 weeks.

On Saturday morning three of the group Alex Wright (Calry AC), Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) and Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) travel to Pretoria to compete in South African 20km Championships. Wright who recently declared for Ireland will be hoping to put a recent disappointing performance in Lugano behind him and challenge for the South African title. This will be no easy feat as South African race walking has become very strong in the last few years and this is also their trial for the forthcoming world race walking cup in China.

Boyce and Hickey will also be hoping to join Heffernan on the Irish team in China and will be using this race as the final piece of training of their 22 day South African training camp.

Sligo AC Return To Defend Title

Athletics Ireland - 10 April, 2014 - 15:45

The senior and master athletes take centre stage at the Woodie’s DIY National Road Relay Championships in Raheny, Dublin this Sunday 13th of April. The senior women and master athletes will complete 1mile, 2mile and 1 mile legs while the senior men are tasked with 2mile, 1mile, 3 mile and 2 mile stages.

Sligo AC surprised many last year by storming to victory in the senior men’s category, they return this year with an equally strong team of athletes. Alberto Sanchez and Dermot McDermott both return having played a crucial role in the 2013 victory and are joined on the team by Emmett Dunleavy and young up and coming talent David Harper.

The Sligo AC team will need to produce another inspiring performance to hold off the likes of host club Raheny Shamrock, Clonliffe Harriers and Rathfarnham WSAF who are fielding strong teams. Ennis Track AC are calling on the likes of Rory Chesser and Kevin Mulcaire to line out while Cork club Leevale AC will make the trip to Dublin with an eye on a podium position.

Dundrum South Dublin AC and Raheny Shamrock AC provided a thrilling conclusion to the senior women’s race last year with the South Dublin club crowned champions. DSD will target a third straight title with athletes of the caliber of Maria McCambridge and Sarah Mulligan lining up.

Raheny Shamrock will be out for revenge with World Mountain Running Bronze Medalist Kate Cronin leading the charge. Clonliffe Harriers and Crusaders AC are also fielding strong teams with Becky Woods (Clonliffe) and Orla Drumm (Crusaders) leading their respective teams.

There are also national titles up for grabs in the 35+ and 50+ master categories for both men and women with three athletes per team. The action gets underway with the master women at 2pm and concludes with the senior men at 3.30pm.

Individual Bay Rd 5k Honours Go To Visitors

Athletics Ireland - 10 April, 2014 - 09:21

Despite local runners featuring prominently in the upfront action at Wednesday night’s Bay Road 5K the individual NI championship honours went to Annadale Striders very impressive Glenn Phair and Finn Valley’s equally impressive Helen Stockdale but between them the local City of Derry Spartans and Foyle Valley squads mopped up the bulk of the team medals on offer on a good night for road running..

Phair was involved in a great battle with Scott Rankin and defending champion Declan Reed in the mens race on the quick Bay Road lap course, and got clear late on to post a fabulous winning 14m 47s , with Rankin next on 14m 52s and Reed on 15m 01s. It was fast and furious all the way and the spectators were treated to a tense battle between three top athletes.

The team race was not so tight with defending champions City of Derry retaining the three to score team championship from Foyle Valley and the Spartans B string. Declan Reed was well supported by Noel Logan, getting back into the grove with a 15m 43s 4th place finish and Connor Doherty 7th with 15m 58s his first ever sub 16m run for the 5K distance. Scott Rankin, Chris McGuinness 5th and Pius McIntyre 12th were the Valley scorers and Paul McCafferty 8th, Michael Murphy 15th and Eddie Quigley 19th comprised the Spartans bronze medal team.

Behind Helen Stockdale in the Womens race was the improving Sara Lindsay of Foyle Valley with a good 18m 52s effort and the Spartans Hannah Shields on 19m 09s took the individual bronze medal. The red vests went one better than last year in the team race as Shields was superbly supported by Angeline McShane 7th and Sarah Kivlehan 8th to clinch team championship honours, their 18 points total getting them home ahead of city rivals Foyle Valley on 28 and further back Ballymena Runners with 43 points.

Sarah Lindsay was backed up by Charlene Slevin 10th and Allison Creane 16th to claim team silver as the local women did the business on home turf.

A total of 17 different clubs were represented in the race and among the age group winners were the Spartans duo, Philip Donaghy M40 and Paul McCafferty M45. The awards including the championship medals were presented post race by the new ANI President Gary Keenan of the Orangegrove club who travelled especially for that purpose.


Blackrock & Dunleer Training Day

Athletics Ireland - 10 April, 2014 - 09:03

Blackrock AC and Dunleer AC jointly arranged a training session with elite athletes David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) and Timmy Crowe (Doneen AC). The focus of the session was to educate the kids on the importance of many factors which enable athletes to achieve that extra 1%. The session started with McCarthy and Crowe talking about their athletic background and the importance of proper nutrition, fluid intake and sufficient sleep when training and racing. The groups were then split into two:

(1) Sprint and hurdles group
(2) Middle distance group

Both Crowe and McCarthy demonstrated full warm up routines and the importance of each exercise in that routine and what the benefit of each was. They also demonstrated to the kids that the warm up drills should always be consistent with your running technique. Both Groups then did a full training session with both athletes focusing on style and technique and offering advice to each individual athlete as required.

The day finished off with our two star athletes posing for photographs and an onslaught of autograph signing! Overall it was a very enjoyable day made more so by two current elite athletes who could really connect with the kids.

IUAA Champs (Crowd Funding)

Athletics Ireland - 10 April, 2014 - 08:46

In February, the Irish athletics community secured funding for live streaming coverage of their event through online donations. The athletes wanted the event streamed, after Athletics Ireland initiative with live streaming company, Aertv, proved a huge success. The IUAA were unable to attract a sponsor for their smaller event but through nTrai, a crowd-funding website, they managed to gather over the €1,800 that was required in just two days. The athletes promoted the event via social media and appealed to their community to donate by posting videos through their social media channels.

The campaign worked and Aertv produced the live streaming with givebacks to the community through live commentary on the day. Again fans engaged by posting pictures of themselves watching the live stream and the coverage received fantastic feedback. IUAA wish to repeat the success of this campaign and have initiated a new project to live stream their Track & Field Championships on 12th April.

David O’Shea, founder of nTrai said, “We are delighted to be hosting the project in conjunction with IUAA and Aertv. The indoor campaign went extremely well and I’m sure the athletes will get behind the project again. It’s a real example of participants helping to make their sport better.”

Philippe Brodeur, director of Aertv said, “Irish sports are often under-represented by the traditional broadcasters. We want to provide a platform for all sports in Ireland and share their passion. Aertv SportsLive can provide fantastic exposure and promotion for all sports and athletes. If budget is a problem for getting coverage, crowd-funding provides the solution and everybody benefits.”

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