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Robinson, Gregan, McCullough & Foster Impress in America

Athletics Ireland - 7 hours 16 min ago

Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) continued his impressive start to the 2014 season with a second place finish at the B.A.A Invitational Mile in Boston on the 19th of April. Robinson was up against a stacked field including 3.30.35 1,500m athlete Nick Willis (NZL) and 2012 Olympic 1,500m silver medalist Leo Manzano (USA).

The race turned into a slow tactical affair with all the big contenders watching each other in the early stages of the race. Willis demonstrated a devastating kick to pull clear of the field and win the race in a time of 4.11.3. Robinson showed impressive speed of his own to finish second in a time of 4.12 ahead of Olympic silver medalist Manzano third in a time of 4.13.3

“I am happy with that; it was a very slow race, very tactical. I am delighted to get second to Nick. He is a great tactician and his experience came through today, he was the stronger athlete, well done to him.”

Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) opened her 2014 outdoor season in style with a fast 11.50 second run in the 100m at the Tom Jones Memorial Meet in Florida. The time was just .01 of a second outside her personal best for the distance.

Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) was also in action over the weekend competing in the 200m at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays in California. This was Gregan’s season opener and he produced an encouraging performance to run a time of 21.40 to finish in seventh place. Gregan will now team up with Robinson to run on the Irish team at the Penn Relays this Saturday, April 26th.

Conor McCullough (Crusaders AC) contested the hammer event at the Mt. Sac Relays. McCullough produced a consistent set of throws, with all of his efforts over 70m. His best throw came in the final round when he launched the hammer out to 72.53m to finish in second place. The throw was less than a metre shy of the qualification standard (73.50m) for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August.

Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge

Athletics Ireland - 7 hours 23 min ago

Great atmopsphere record crowds at 800 plus checking in . Section winners coming from visiting athletes . The event which encompasses road ,trails and Beach and add in a dip in the cold Atlantic Ocean plus childrens races on the beautiful setting that is Pollan Beach the local committee were delighted as funds will primarily go towards repairing the local Beach walkway severely damaged in winter Storms . Brooks and retail store Mc Elhinneys came on board as sponsors and all are reminded that race number is valid for 20 % off in their Sports Store until May 4th . Full results and photos to issue shortly

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Abbey Run 10k

Athletics Ireland - 17 April, 2014 - 16:05

The Abbey Run Quin 10k takes place this Saturday, 19th of April at 11am. There is a 10k run or 7k walk on offer, registrations and enquiries can be made to quinclooneygames@gmail.com or mobile: 087 7868220

Heffernan to Lead Irish Team at World Cup

Athletics Ireland - 17 April, 2014 - 15:08

World 50km Race Walking Champion Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) will lead the Irish Team at the prestigious IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China from the 3rd -4th May.

Heffernan made his competitive comeback on the Race Walking Circuit at the Lugano Race Walking Grand Prix in Switzerland last month (March 16th). He finished fifth in the 20km race in Lugano in a time of 1.20.57. Heffernan has recently returned from a three week training camp at altitude in Johannesburg and will use the race in China to further his preparations for the 50km Race Walk at the European Track & Field Championships in Zurich in August.

Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC), Luke Hickey (UCC) and Cian McManamon (Westport AC) will join Heffernan on the team in China. Olympian and World Championship representative Boyce has also been on camp in Johannesburg fine tuning his preparations for the race in China. Boyce who finished in 63rd place at the World Cup two years ago will target an improvement on that performance at the 2014 event.

At the end of the 2013 season Hickey was ranked amongst the top 15 junior’s in Europe while McManamon was also inside the top 15 at U23 level. Both of these young up and coming athletes will test themselves against the very best race walkers in the World as they both make their debuts at World Cup level.

Olympian Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) will be the sole Irish representative in the 20km women’s race. Reynolds is coming off the back of a solid sixth place finish in the 20km race at the Grand Prix in Podebrady, Czech Republic on April 13th. Reynolds like Heffernan will be using the World Cup event as part of her preparations for the European Championships.

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

Galway Triathlon Club seek Volunteers for Aquathon

Galway City Harriers - 17 April, 2014 - 10:03

The Galway Triathlon Club Aquathon 2014 committee will once again host The Galway Aquathon Festival for both the National Long Course and Youth Aquathlon Championships!

They are looking for GCH members to volunteer for the National Championship race on 19 July 2014 from 9.30 - 2.00pm. And will provide water and snacks, and the entertainment ... i.e. the tri-athletes going past at various intervals!!

GTC members were very good to us during the Streets of Galway last year and many of their members marshalled for us on the day so it would be nice to return the favour to them.

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The Marathons have put a Spring in our step

Galway City Harriers - 16 April, 2014 - 22:06

Well done to everyone who has put in some serious training over the past 4 months. It's never easy to train for a marathon and even harder when the wind, rain, hail, sleet and snow are against you and that could happen on a long run the way the weather has been since Christmas. None the less last weekend there was some fantastic achievements by our club members and hopefully the GCH crew in Boston will come across the line in triumph!

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EYOT (Important Change of Date)

Athletics Ireland - 16 April, 2014 - 13:55

The Athletics Ireland has updated the selection policy for the 2014 European Youth Olympic Trials to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 30 May - 1 June 2014.

We have received updated information from the EYOT organisers in Baku.

Anybody hoping to travel from Ireland to Baku needs a visa to enter the country therefore we wish to notify you that solely due to the length of time for the Visa application process we have had to change the selection date for the European Youth Olympic Trials to the 12 May. The deadline for achieving guideline performance standards will therefore be 11 May 2014. This is to solely to accommodate the minimum length of time required to obtain a visa (even using their ‘express’ system) as the embassy is based in London.

Below you will find an outline of the process for obtaining a visa for this competition.

Athlete completed National Team Declaration Form - 31 January 2014.
Athlete sends Passport Copy to Athletics Ireland.
Athletics Ireland applies for a Visa Invitation Letter from the EYOT Baku organisers - deadline 28 April (process takes a minimum of 2 weeks).
Final Day to send application for Visa to embassy in London is 12 May (process takes a minimum of 2 weeks).
If on time should receive passport and visa - 26th May (2 days before travel)

Please note that as with any international competition obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the individual athletes. Athletics Ireland will apply for an athlete’s invitation letter. Further details on how to apply for a visa will be sent over the next few days.

Notes: In order to be eligible for selection all athletes must:

Fill out a National Team Declaration Form (NTDF) on the Athletics Ireland High Performance website before 31 January 2014.
Athletics Ireland endeavours to select a team of the top individuals (up to a maximum of sixteen athletes) for this competition that have met with the selection policy criteria.

Athletes can query (i.e. seek clarification regarding selection and/or requirements regarding what they need to do to meet selection requirements) with the Athletics Ireland Selectors or the Junior High Performance Manager.

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
11am-1pm
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
7pm-9pm
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
7pm-9pm
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
7pm-9pm
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
7pm-9pm
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
7pm-9pm
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
7pm-9pm
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
6pm-8pm
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
7pm-9pm
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
7pm-9pm
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.

Fit4Life - Beginners Group starts Monday 28th April

Galway City Harriers - 15 April, 2014 - 18:46

A new beginners group will be starting just after Easter on Monday 28th April.

On Monday 7th April participants moved up to the next group. Leaders remain the same.

Groups are as follows:
Beginners (Bernie’s Group)
Baby joggers (with leaders Mary, Bridie, Miriam, Colm......)
Slow joggers (with leaders Fleur, Claire, Eithne, Stephen........)
Intermediate joggers (with leaders John, Olive, Lisa, Mary........)
Fast joggers (with leaders Sylvia, Rita, Majella.....)
Runners (with leaders Catherine.....)
Advanced runners (with leaders Catherine, Cormac, Joseph..........)

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Nicola Duncan London Marathon victory

Galway City Harriers - 15 April, 2014 - 18:04

A massive congrats to Nicola Duncan from all at Galway City Harriers.

Nicola Duncan ran a personal best of 2.33.28 in the London Marathon on Sunday 13th of April which was well inside the 2.38 qualifying standard for the European Championships in Zurich in August.

Nicola was first in her category on the day and not only that but her time beat number 13th and 14th in the elite category.

This was a new personal best for Nicola and not only that but is now fifth place on the Irish all time marathon lists.

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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)
•Training/Practice

1/1.5hr of practical jump session

Lecturer/Coach: Kevin Ankrom

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