Finn Valley ac have today announced details of their annual open early season meet which proved so popular last season
It provides opportunity before the school programme gets underway and the organisers point they are open to amendments should there be a request . Timetable to issue in the weeks ahead
Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce the return of the Athletics Ireland Track & Field Summer Camps for 2014. The camps will give children the chance to try a whole range of athletics activities such as sprinting, javelin, hurdles, shot putt, long jump, walks and relays during the summer holidays!
Athletics Ireland is calling on our clubs and members to get involved in this exciting opportunity. The clubs that hold one of these camps will have the opportunity to increase their club’s membership numbers and revenue stream.
Athletics Ireland will work in partnership with your club to promote and market the camps in your local area through poster/flyer campaigns and online via the Athletics Ireland Website and Social Media Channels. The camps will allow the club to increase the club profile within their locality and surrounding areas while also promoting the sport of athletics nationwide.
In summary Athletics Ireland will provide the following:
•Online registration via the Athletics Ireland website
•Promotion via the Athletics Ireland website and social media platforms
•New Balance technical t-shirt, spike bag and certificate provided for all the participants
•Promotional flyers/poster supplied to generate local interest
•Full Training provided for the camp leaders
•Membership registration to your club of any child who signs up for the camp who is not already a member of your club.
In order for your club to host one of these camps they must have an outdoor track (preferably tartan) and an indoor facility (in case it rains) available to use. There also needs to be a space made available for the children to eat lunch and do their arts and crafts. Each club will identify one overall adult camp leader and a number of other leaders which Athletics Ireland will provide the necessary training for.
The projected start date for the summer camps is the week commencing the 30th of June and they are open to boys and girl’s aged 6+. Each camp begins on a Monday and runs right through to Friday from 10.30am to 2.30pm. The camps are priced at €50 for one week with a €10 discount for a second child.
Expression of Interest
We are looking for any club to express interest in hosting one of these camps to email John Holian (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the office on (0)1 8869933 for further details.
Maria O’Sullivan (Trinity College Dublin) won the Women’s Intervarsities Cross-Country Championship at Cork IT. This followed her 4th place in the Inter-Club’s Cross Country the previous week. She was pushed all the way by her team-mate Becky Woods who took the individual Silver medal. Ellie Harnett (University College Dublin) took the Bronze medal. Claire McCathy (8th) and Sorcha Humphreys (10th) gave Trinity its four scorers in the top ten (21 pts), to retain “The Cheetahs” Intervarsity Trophy. DCU placed second (6,7,11,15 = 39pts) and University College Cork took team Bronze (4,5,17,23 = 49pts).
During the initial stages of the Men’s race, the leading pack had all the potential contenders. The Men’s individual title went to John Coghlan (DCU). Ben Thistlewood (UCC) held off the challenge of John Travers (AIT) to take the Silver and Bronze medals, respectively. Andrew Connick (Waterford IT), National Intermediate Cross-Country Champion, was 4th. The team title was an enthralling competition and a close run affair in the end. DCU regained “The Green Fox” Intervarsity Trophy on 68pts (1,10,11,12,16,17) with UCD runners-up on 74pts (7,8,12,14,15,18). Athlone IT took the team Bronze team medals, being the only club to place three in the top ten – in addition to John Travers, Darragh Rennicks (5th) and Eoin Everard (6th), but lacked the depth to challenge for the title (122pts).
Full results are available at Results
Another encouraging turnout at Finn Valley on what was an ideal morning for the challenge
The series comes to a conclusion on March 23rd 11am with a 5/ 10k option
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) and Andrew Coscoran (St Mary’s Drogheda) won the senior races on a thrilling day of cross country running at the Aviva All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships in Cork CIT on Saturday, 8th of March.
Full Results (Junior Girls Results are attached below)
For Cleirigh Buttner it was an historic sixth straight All Ireland Schools title as she romped to victory in a time of 10.34, her Colaiste Iosagain team mate Sarah Mhaolmhuire finished second in a time of 10.43 and Deirdre Healy (Dublin Institute) surprised many to finish third in a time of 10.52
Ursiline Thurles won the team title with a score of 49 points with Colaiste Iosagain 2nd on 53 points and Loreto Kilkenny 3rd (69)
Commenting afterwards Cleirigh Buttner said “I am delighted with that; it’s never been done before (6 all Ireland titles) so I am really happy. Next for me is the Athletics Ireland warm weather training camp and then the build up to the World Juniors in Oregan.”
Coscoran and school mate Aaron Hanlon battled it out for the senior boy’s title with the two athletes locked together for the majority of the 6,500m race. Coscoran continued to apply the pressure and won the senior title in a time of 21.58, three seconds ahead of Hanlon in second (22.01).
Commenting afterwards Corscoran said “I am really happy with that, I thought Aaron was going to pull away. I just dug in for as long as I could and managed to get the win. I am going to target the 1500m and maybe the 3k steeplechase on the track next.”
Track specialist David Harper (Rice College Westport) finished a fine third place in the individual race in a time of 22.35. He also had the added bonus of leading his school to the team title with a score of 84 points. St. Fintan’s Sutton finished second on 117 points and St. Malachy’s, Belfast third on 125 points.
Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannan’s, Ennis) dominated the Inter boy’s race with a gun to tape victory. Mulcaire, the defending champion raced out to an early lead and never looked back as he coasted to victory in a time of 17.33. There was a big battle for the minor positions with Shane Hughes (Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar) finishing second (17.50) just ahead of Barry Keane (St Declan’s) on the same time in third.
Mulcaire led St Flannan’s to the team title with a score of 66 points ahead of St. Aidan’s CBS second on 68 points and Rathmore GS third on 122 points.
Rhona Pierce (Skerries CC) and Clodagh O’Reilly (Loreto College, Cavan) were the early leaders in the girl’s intermediate race. Both athletes took turns at the front of the field until Pierce upped the intensity and pace over the last lap and won the title in a time of 14.04. O’Reilly finished second in a time of 14.14 with Fiona Everard (Maria Immaculata CC) third in a time of 14.20.
Skerries CC won the team title with a score of 40 points ahead of Dominican College, Wicklow on 60 points and Rathmore G.S third on 100 points.
Paddy Maher (Dunshaughlin CC) was a runaway winner of the junior boy’s title in a time of 12.24 ahead of James Maguire (St Benildus, Dublin) second in a time of 12.45 with Niall Harvey (Presentation Carlow) third in a time of 12.57.
There was a great three way battle between Caoimhe Harrington (Colaiste Pobail, Bheanntrai), Jodie McCann (Rathdown Glenageary) and Nicola Duffy (St Peter’s Dunboyne). Harrington proved the stronger as she won the title in a time of 10.44 with McCann second in a time of 10.47 and Duffy third in a time of 10.55.
Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) won the minor girl’s race in a time of 7.48, which put her 21 seconds clear of Olivia Nelson (Strathearn School, Belfast) (8.09) and Tamzin Muldowney (St Mary’s Midleton) third in a time of 8.12
Sean Corry (Omagh Christian Brothers) won the minor boy’s race in a time of 9.39 with Darragh McElhinney (Colaiste Pobail, Bheanntrai) second in a time of 9.52 and Oisin Lyons (Calasanctius College) third in a time of 10.03
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At the morning season of the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Sopot, Poland there was plenty of promising performances from the young Irish Team. David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) produced a fine championship performance finishing 6th in his heat in 3:39.46, just missing out on a fastest qualification spot into the final by under two tenths of a second. The time was also just off his personal best of 3:39.14 which he set at the AAI Games. Impressively the Waterford man finished the eighth fastest time overall.
McCarthy said: I’m a little disappointed with that, I gave it my all but I finished just outside the qualifiers. The goal was to make the final, then to just fall short of it is disappointing”.
There was season’s best for Kildare’s Rose-Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC) with 2:03.30 and Kilkenny’s Ciara Everard (UCD AC) in 2:03.69 when they finished 5th and 6th receptively in their 800m heats. However progression to the final was not to be with qualification being particularly tough with no semi-finals. Both athletes are now firmly focused on the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August.
Speaking after her race Galligan said: “I felt really good on the last lap, I was on target for what I wanted. I tried to hold my form but the speed just went. I gave it all that was all I had on the day. It’s all about the summer now for me; I’m really looking forward to Zurich and to see what I can do there”.
Irish Indoor record Holder Everard commented: “I’ll have to take the seasons best as a positive it was always going to be tough. I’m going to now turn my focus to Zurich”.
Donegal’s Mark English put himself right in contention for a final spot running aggressively throughout eventually finishing 4th in his 800m heat in 1:47.60 outside qualification. English of UCD AC said: “I gave it everything, it wasn’t wholly disappointing. I executed my plan perfectly the other guys were just too good on the day”.
Kevin Ankrom said: “The team produced solid performances this morning performing close to their best and putting themselves in the mix. They have gained exposure to a world class competition environment which will stand to them come the Europeans in Summer and World outdoors next year and Rio 2016”.
Next up on the track is Claire Tarplee (DSD AC) in the 1500m at 18:45am.
The Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships of Ireland take place in AIT International Arena, Athlone on the 22nd and 23rd of March.
Online entry is now open and will close on Wednesday, 12th of March, there will be strictly NO ENTRY after this date.
The Irish Team of five will all be in action at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Sopot, tomorrow. Mark English (UCD) will line up in the Men’s 800m with Roseanne Gilligan (Newbridge AC) and Ciara Everard (UCD AC) lining up in the women’s race. In the 1500m Ireland will be represented by David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) and Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC).
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) will compete in the 1500m at 11:43 (Irish Time) in Heat 3. In a heat of eight, McCarthy is sixth based on season’s best. Qualification is first 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 3 fastest (q) - Start List.
The women’s 800 Metres Heats start at 12:00 (Irish Time) with Rose-Anne Galligan (Newbridge A.C) in Heat one. Galligan is fifth fastest in a heat of six based on season’s best. Ciara Everard (UCD A.C) lines up in Heat three at 12.14 (Irish Time) in a tough heat the Kilkenny women is ranked sixth based on season’s best. Qualification for the final is first 1 in each heat (Q) and the next 3 fastest (q) - Start List
Mark English (UCD A.C) competes in the third Heat of the Men’s 800 at 12:44 (Irish Time) . With six in his heat, English is ranked fourth overall based on season’s best. Qualification for the final is first 1 in each heat (Q) and the next 3 fastest (q). Start List.
Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin A.C) lines up in Heat 3 at 18:45. Tarplee is fourth fastest in her heat of six based on her season’s best. Qualification for the final is first 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 3 fastest (q). Start List.
After two rounds of the National Indoor Track and Field League, St Abbans AC currently sit top of the table in both the men’s and women’s competition
In the women’s event St Abbans AC (59 points) will battle it out with Craughwell AC who are just behind in second on 55 points. Menapians AC and Le Cheile AC are only separated by a single point with the Wexford club in third on 37 points and Le Cheile fourth on 36 points.
In the men’s contest St Abbans AC and Raheny Shamrock AC are leading the way with the Carlow club topping the table with a score of 98 points. Raheny Shamrock AC will attempt to close the 7 point differential having amassed 91 points from the first two rounds. Le Cheile AC (77), Menapians (74) and Leevale AC (74) are set for a thrilling three way battle for third position.
The top seven teams on the attachment below are all qualified for the final on the 16th of March in AIT International Arena, Athlone.
There is also an open competition available for individual athletes with entries available on the link below:
A full preview of the event will be posted on the website next week once the entries are confirmed.
The team for the European Cup Winter Throws to be held in Leiria, Portugal from 15-16 March 2014 has been announced. The athletes selected are Clare Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) – Discus and Shot Put, Anita Fitzgibbon (DSD) – Javelin, Marco Pons (DMP) – U/23 Discus.
The event is designed for athletes specialising in discus, javelin, hammer throwing and shot put. It is intended to counterbalance the fact that indoor athletics meetings cannot host the longer throwing events. This competition allows athletes to test their form for the forthcoming outdoor season. Last year’s competition saw the longest throw in the world in the Women’s javelin by Maria Abakumova.
The athletes competing will be hoping to secure selection for the European Team Championships to be held in Tallinn in June, and then the more difficult task of gaining selection for the European Senior Championships in Zurich in August.
The European Championships are a realistic target for Clare Fitzgerald in the Discus. Her personal best of 53.01m is tracking towards the 56m qualifying mark. While Anita Fitzgibbon new Irish record last year of 54.92m is approaching the 57.40m qualifying mark.
The Juvenile All Star Awards were held in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Saturday, 8th of February. Ireland’s best and most successful juvenile athletes from counties north and south, east and west, were recognised at the Tipperary Crystal Star Awards Banquet.
The popular annual awards, once again kindly supported by Tipperary Crystal, proved to be another success this year with the cream of Ireland’s young aspiring athletic talent being celebrated by the Juvenile Committee of Athletics Ireland.
Each County Award winner received their specially commissioned piece by Tipperary Crystal. There were also a number of special awards presented on the night, awarded to Juvenile athletes who achieved International success during the 2013 season.
Marcus Lawler scooped the overall athlete award for his outstanding season in 2013 which included a fourth place finish in the 200m at the European Junior Championships
A National Jumps Workshop will take place on Saturday March 15th in Nenagh Stadium between 11am & 3pm. The workshop will involve both athletes & coach. It is important that the coach and athlete attend the session where at all possible.
We will look at evaluating both winter training & the indoor season – what went well and what needs improving. We will also look at what we as a group can do to improving jumps in Ireland and what the athlete and coach would like to see done going forward. Then the jumpers will separate into their respective groups. The emphasis for both groups will be on drills and conditioning prior to specifics for their event.
The coaches for the day are as follows:
1. Triple Jump: David Murphy Waterford A.C. : David will be working on controlling the phases of the jump.
2. High Jump: Martin O’Grady Nenagh Olympic : Martin will concentrate on adjustments to the run up and specific jumping drills.
3. Pole Vault : Eamon Flanagan Abbey Striders A.C. : The focus for Eamon will be on the take-off position and the moving of the pole.
4. Long Jump: Pat Power St. Josephs A.C. : Pat will work on the approach to the board and the final phases of the approach.
The workshop is open to all jumps coaches & coaches who wish to learn about coaching jumps. Athletes (born in 1998 or earlier) who have medalled in national competition (in any jumps event) are also invited to attend.There is no cost to coaches or athletes for the workshop, but please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are attending.
Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) and Nicola Duncun (Galway City Harriers AC) will represent Ireland at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 29th of March.
Pollock qualified for the event after an impressive third place finish at the Bath Half Marathon on March 2nd. Pollock who is coached by Andy Hobnell finished behind two Kenyan athletes in Bath in a new personal best time of 63:52 to seal qualification for the championships. He will now fine tune his preparations to take on the best endurance athletes in the World around the streets of Copenhagen. Pollock has good pedigree going into these championships after finishing 21st (2nd European) in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow last August.
Duncun will join Pollock on the team as she makes her debut at World level. Duncan is a relative new comer to competitive running having only taken up the sport five years ago, her previous sporting background included playing tennis at inter-provincial level. Duncan who is coached by Nick Anderson has a busy couple of months coming up with April’s London Marathon next on the agenda after the Half Marathon Championships.
Paul Pollock Annadale Striders Andy Hobnell
Nicola Duncun Galway City Harriers Nick Anderson
Mark English (UCD AC) will be in action on Friday at 12:30am (Irish Time) in the 800 Metres Heats at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships, Sopot, Poland. David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) will line up in the Men’s 1500 Metres Heats at 11:25am (Irish Time). Live TV Coverage on BBC and Eurosport - with Irish updates on Irish Athletics Tweeter and Athletics Ireland website.
Entry Lists sopot-2014-entry-list-by-event-and-seasons-be12
Irish Male Athletes - IAAF World Indoor Championships Previous Performance 800m & 1500m
1995 David Matthews 1h4 1:49.90 4 SF 1:49.26
1997 David Matthews 5h1 1:49.65
1997 James Nolan 2h5 1:48.21 4 SF 1:48.75
1999 James Nolan 3h1 1:48.46 2 SF 1:47.54 5 1:47.77
1999 David Matthews 4h4 1:49.81
2001 Dan Caulfield 3h1 1:47.83 5 SF 1:47.79
2010 David McCarthy 4h3 1:51.88
1987 Marcus O’Sullivan 2h1 3:40.96 1 3:39.04
1987 Eamonn Coghlan 5h2 3:43.40
1989 Marcus O’Sullivan 1h1 3:47.34 1 3:36.64
1991 Marcus O’Sullivan 4h1 3:45.29 4 3:44.79
1993 Marcus O’Sullivan 1h1 3:42.31 1 3:45.00
1995 Niall Bruton 2h1 3:43.00 4 3:45.05
1995 Marcus O’Sullivan 3h2 3:45.27 10 3:47.02
1997 Niall Bruton 2h1 3:40.77 8 3:42.65
2003 James Nolan 5h2 3:40.85 6 3:44.67
2004 James Nolan 8h1 3:47.27
2006 James Nolan 1h3 3:44.67 6 3:43.98
2008 James Nolan 6h1 3:42.12
2012 Ciaran O’Lionaird 11h1 3:50.12
Entries for National Juvenile Indoors are available online and must be completed by the closing date.
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2014 Registration Numbers are required for all entries.
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Ciara Everard (UCD AC) and Rose-Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC) will be in action on Friday at 14:00 (Irish Time) in the 800 Metres Heats at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships, Sopot, Poland. Claire Tarplee (DSD) will line up in the women’s 1500 Metres Heats at 20:35 (Irish Time). Live TV Coverage on BBC and Eurosport - with Irish updates on Irish Athletics Tweeter and Athletics Ireland website.
Check out the the Women’s 800 Preview
Check out the Women’s 1500m Preview
Entry Lists: sopot-2014-entry-list-by-event-and-seasons-be1
Irish Athletes - IAAF World Indoor Championships Previous Performance 800m & 1500m
1991 Ashling Molloy 2h1 2:03.56 4 SF 2:02.93
2001 Sonia O’Sullivan 3h1 4:11.27 9 4:19.40
2003 Maria Lynch 9h1 4:21.44
2010 Roseanne Galligan 6h1 4:17.04
2010 Kelly Reid 7h2 4:16.26
The Aviva Irish Schools’ Cross Country Championships takes place in Cork CIT this Saturday, 8th of March. This annual fixture is the culmination of six weeks of competition for the country’s best young schools’ athletes. Close to a 1,000 of these schools athletes have progressed from their regional qualifiers, and through their provincial championships to reach the prestigious Aviva All Ireland Schools Championships. As always there will be a fierce battle for the team honours with nearly a 100 schools vying for the prestigious team awards.
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) and Aaron Hanlon (St Mary’s Drogheda) will start as favourites’ in their respective senior races after emphatic victories at the Aviva Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships in Santry, Demesne last month. Cleirigh Buttner will target an historic sixth straight schools title in what has been an outstanding schools cross country career. If anyone is to challenge the Colaiste Iosagain student, it is likely to be Munster champion Niamh Cotter. Cotter of Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai coasted to victory at the Aviva Munster schools championships on Thursday, February 13th.
Hanlon will start as the marginal favourite in the senior boy’s race after his powerful display at the Leinster championships. Over the previous 12 months Hanlon has represented Ireland at junior level in the European Cross Country Championships and he will be in confident mood he can deliver another top drawer performance in Cork. Munster champion Kyle Larkin (Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick) is another coming into top form and along with Connacht schools champion James Fallon (Calasanctius College) ensuing that Hanlon won’t have it all his own way.
At Inter level Ulster Schools Champion Clodagh O’Reilly (Loreto College Cavan) comes into the race as the defending inter girls champion. O’Reilly can expect tough competition from the likes of Caoimhe Harvey (St. Joseph’s Kilkee), Rhona Pierce (Skerries CC) and Grace Cahill (Pres Athenry) who all won their respective regional titles.
The Inter boy’s race could prove to be one of the most exciting contests of the day as Munster duo Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannans Ennis) and Ferghal Curtin (Midleton CBS) are set for another duel. Mulcaire came out on top on that occasion and along with Shane Hughes (Col. Mhuire Mullingar) and James Edgar (Friends School Lisburn) will lead the charge for the title.
Aaron McGlynn (Garm Scoil Chu Uladh) scored an impressive victory at junior level at the Ulster Schools Championships. McGlynn will need to reproduce this form if he is to get the better of Leinster champion Paddy Maher (Dunshaughlin CC). Laura Nicholson (Bandon Grammar School), Emma Hutchinson (Ballyclare High School), Jodie McCann (Rathdown) and Alice Hynes (St Attracta’s CS Tubbercurry) won their respective regional titles and will battle it out for all-Ireland glory in the junior girl’s race.
The youngest athletes competing in Cork will be the minor boy’s and girl’s race with the girl’s race beginning the days programme at 12 noon.
The Nenagh Olympic indoor stadium played host to the Munster juvenile championships over the weekend and once again produced a series of outstanding performances.
Sam Healy (Leevale AC) won three gold and a silver from the five U19 events he contested, winning the long jump with a new record of 7.00m and the 60m hurdles in a record time of 8.39. He also won the shot with 11.02m and was second in the high jump with 1.95m behind winner David Cussen (Old Abbey AC) who cleared a new record height of 2.04m.
Leevale clubmate Louise Shanahan won three events in the U18 age group – 400m in a fast 56.40, 800m in 2:17.22 and 1,500m in 4:52.69.
Darren Prout (Carrick on Suir AC) won four events in the U18 age group, 60m in 7.33, 200m in 23.67, long jump with 5.83m and the triple jump with 13.37, which was a new record. The image above shows Darren being congratulated by David Murphy who held the record since 1994.