Reigning men’s champions Clonliffe Harriers AC will be hoping to get off to a good start on the road to defending their title in Santry alongside the 2012 Division One champions SLOT AC who are new to the Premier Men. Clonliffe’s Dublin rivals Crusaders AC will be competing in Tullamore for the first round of competition.
The 2012 Premier Women’s champions DSD will be battling it out in Tullamore against close rivals from last year Leevale who put up a fierce challenge to the Dublin Club. The women’s St. Abbans AC team who due to their Division One victory last have been bumped up to the Premier Division will also be hoping to get off to a strong start.
The day started with a dynamic warm up delivered by Rosie Daniel. A full complement of coaches was present with Brid Golden (hurdles), Alan Golden (long jump), Dave Sweeney (javelin & discus) and Lucy Moore (high jump and shot put). Athletes moved through each group over the day with particular attention on the technical aspects of their events.
A number of athletes were on competitive duty in the United Kingdom with Sarah McCarthy (Mid Sutton AC) taking Junior heptathlon silver with 4534 points and Mark Rogers (St Peters AC) taking youth octathlon gold with a personal best performance of 5135 in the annual Woodford Green AC Combined Events meet in Essex.
Back home in Kilkenny the coaches and mentors discussed competition plans with athletes as they prepared to start their outdoor multi events season at various competitions at home and abroad in June. Good luck to everyone over the summer and don’t forget to link in to the National Combined Events Squad Facebook page for the latest information on squad activity and competition plans.
For more information on the National Combined Events Squad please contact;
Kieron Stout, National Combined Events Coordinator
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 087 7812778
There were several outstanding performances at the Aviva Leinster Schools on Saturday.Pride of place goes to Marcus Lawlor CBS Carlow who set a National Junior Record in the 100m with a time of 10.38 seconds and then went on to set a Leinster Schools record in the 200m with a time of 21.17seconds - both times had legal winds.
Another outstanding performace by Siofra Cleirigh Buttner from Colaiste Íosagáin saw her set a new mark in senior girls 800m when she ran 2.06.67. Cliodhna Manning (Loreto Kilkenny) also had two impressive performances winning both the senior girls 100m and 200m.
There was also some excellent performances in the field events. Stephen Rice (Wesley College) a first year senior, added 2m to the senior boys javelin record when he threw 59.48m. Others who impressed included Jamie Murtagh, Ashbourne CS, in the senior boys high jump, Sarah Buggy (Castlecomer) in the senior girls triple jump and Ann Marie Tornsey, Loreto Swords in the senior girls discus.
Full results can be found here:
They are to be found in our families, our schools, our sporting clubs, our communities. Selflessly giving of themselves in our homes, acting tirelessly as champions in our neighbourhoods, inspiring others as leaders on our sporting fields, courageously serving our communities in our public services. They are all around us. Heroes who deserve to be recognised with one of the nation’s highest honours, a People of the Year Award.
But unless you nominate them for an award now, we may never know.
This year’s 39th annual People of the Year Awards event, organised by Rehab and broadcast live on RTÉ One television, takes place on Saturday September 14 at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin.
Nominated by you, these are the People’s Awards that each year celebrate ordinary people who inspire a nation. In addition to a number of People of the Year Awards, specific awards are also presented for:
Young Person of the Year (under 25 years)
Community Group of the Year
Sports Person of the Year
International Person of the Year
*Note judges reserve the right to alter these categories.
There is a number of convenient ways to nominate:
Online, visit www.peopleoftheyear.com
Send an email to email@example.com
Write to: People of the Year Awards, Rehab, Roslyn Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4.
The closing date for nominations is June 14, 2013.
Round 1 National Track & Field League 26th May 2013
Santry - Premier Men Premier Men - Tullamore Ferrybank AC D.S.D North Down AC Kerry Athletics Menapians AC Tullamore Harries AC Raheny Shamrock AC Crusaders AC Clonliffe Harriers AC Meath Athletics SLOT AC Galway City Harriers AC Tallaght AC Leevale AC Kilkenny City Harriers AC St Abbans AC Santry - Premier Women Premier Women - Tullamore Ferrybank AC County Kildare Clonliffe Harriers AC St Abbans AC Kilkenny City Harriers AC Kerry Athletics North Down AC Leevale AC Raheny Shamrock AC Galway County City of Derry AC Bandon AC D.S.D Santry - Division 1 Women Division 1 Women - Tullamore Olympian Youth AC Meath Athletics Sli Cualann AC Galway City Harriers AC Lifford AC Tullamore Harriers AC Louth County Youghal AC Finn Valley AC West Waterford AC Menapians AC Clare County Sligo County Craughwell AC Portlaoise AC Limerick AC Wexford County Santry - Division 1 Men Division 1 Men - Tullamore Sli Cualann AC Youghal AC Lifford AC West Waterford AC Louth County Clare County Finn Valley AC Craughwell AC Olympian Youth AC Limerick AC Sligo County Bandon AC Donore Harriers AC Galway County Dunboyne AC Kildare County Shercock AC An Riocht AC Wexford County Togher AC
Full Results of International Programme for Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event can be foundfull-results-letterkenny-ac-sub-4-minute-mile-challenge-event
The 43rd annual Donegal primary school athletics finals are nearly upon us to be held at the Finn Valley Centre ,Stranorlar with an 11 am start on May 29th. The only variation on that being the wheelchair races at 1045, a new welcome initiative.
There have been qualifying events held Finn Valley Centre ( 2 days ) ,Annagry, Buncrana and Glenties, all of which have had an encouraging response, and with the addition of schools from North and South that did not have the opportunity to have a Q meet its expected that 1200 youngsters will participate representing 90 schools, a number that continues to rise as more and more schools engage .
70 events are included in the programme and its traditionally a slick well run operation by the host club Finn Valley ac . The only team aspect is of course relays and they are in competition on a size basis versus similar size schools as per 0-100 pupils (small school) ,100-200 ( medium school ) and large school 200 plus .
Check in on the day from 0930 with the programme as already indicated to kick off 10.45 with wheelchair events which are 100m for boys and girls separately . Further enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
The M3 Monavea Women’s Mini Marathon takes place on Sunday 26th May 2013 at 1pm. The 8km road event will start and finish at St Abban’s AC clubhouse, Monavea, Co Laois. This is the 6th year of the event and It will be perfect for those just wishing to take part to get fit, whilst still offering a quality race and event for the more serious runner.
Cash prizes for the first 10 Finishers as well as many spot prizes.
The cost of entering the mini marathon is just €15 or €40 for a team of 4. Souvenir T-shirt to the first 200 registered.
Further information available on the club website on: www.stabbans.itcarlow.ie
To register online, visit: Run Ireland website
Please note that “Planning a Training Year Workshop” due to be held on Tuesday 21st May at Cork IT has now been re-scheduled for Thursday 6th June from 7pm to 9pm in Cork I.T. Please make sure all coaches in your club are aware of this.
For further information contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or email@example.com.
Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s AC) recorded a significant win yesterday when he won one of the 1,500m races at the Oxy High Performance meet in Los Angeles. His winning time of 3:37.99 was just a fraction outside his best, but the quality of athletes finishing behind him would indicate that he has much more in the tank.
Rose Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC) clocked 2:04.08 to win the 800m at the BMC meet in Solihull on Saturday night, and followed up with a second place finish over the same distance at the Loughborough meet on Sunday in a time of 2:03.19.
Image courtesy of http://trackandfieldphoto.com
BMC Grand Prix Solihull
BMC 800m A (Womens)
1 2:04.08 Rose-anne Galligan Gloucester / St. Mary’s Uni / Irela
2 2:05.85 Shelayna Oskan-clarke Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow /
3 2:07.03 Kaylee Dodd U20 Basildon
BMC 1500m C (Mens)
1 3:50.63 Kyran Roberts U20 Carmarthen
2 3:51.26 Gareth Hill Ballymena & Antrim
3 3:51.73 Michael Dowling U23 Ferrybank / Newham & Essex Beagle
4 3:51.74 Michael Mckillop St. Malachy’s / Ireland
5 3:52.11 Stuart Ferguson U23 Radley / Birmingham Uni
New Balance Twilight Meet Waltham MA
Women Shot Put
1 O’Brien, Becky Unattached 16.79m
2 Connor, Stacey GBTC 11.79m
3 Murphy, Deirdre GBTC 11.39m
Women Discus Throw
1 O’Brien, Becky Unattached 46.89m
2 Murphy, Deirdre GBTC 40.50m
3 Connor, Stacey GBTC 40.25m
USATF Oxy High Performance Meet Los Angeles CA
Men 1500 M Run
1 Robinson, Paul Nike 3:37.99
2 Kaan, James Nike 3:38.23
3 Bolas, Jack New Balance 3:38.48
4 Bishop, David Great Britain 3:38.72
5 Johnson, Brett Unattached 3:38.91
6 Miller, Craig New Balance 3:39.22
7 Huling, Dan Nike 3:39.28
8 Blankenship, Ben Nike 3:39.39
9 Derrick, Chris Nike 3:39.45
10 Gonzalez, Christia Njnytc 3:40.30
100m Guest A Men WS -0.2 m/s
1 Andrew Robertson Sale Harriers Manchester 10.39
2 Joel Fearon Birchfield Harriers 10.41
3 Aidan Syers LSAC 10.65
4 David Hynes IRELAND 10.70
400m Hurdles Guest B Men
6 Barry Upton IRELAND 54.19
100m Guest A Women -2.2 m/s
4 Niamh Wheelan IRELAND 12.06
400m Hurdles Guest A Women
1 Mandy Gault Lagan Valley 1:00.07
100m Match Women WS0. 4 m/s
1 ENG 2 Anyika Onuora England 11.51
2 Amy Foster IRELAND 11.58
200m Guest A Women WS -0.1
1 Shannon Hylton Blackheath & Bromley 23.54
2 Amy Foster IRELAND 23.59
3 Rachel Johncock Swansea 23.88
4 Niamh Wheelan 23.95
Womens Pole Vault
3 Zoe Brown Loughborough 3.90m
5 Claire Wilkinson BUCS 3.75m
3000m Steeplechase Match Women
1 Kerry Harty Ireland 10:06.30
2 Emily Stewart BUCS 10:10.83
800m Match Women
1 Jessica Judd GB Juniors 2:00.71
2 Rose-Anne Galligan Ireland 2:03.19
3 Alison Leonard England 2:03.22
4 Claire Tarplee Loughborough 2:04.47
5 Tara Bird England (Guest) 2:04.65
1500m Match Women
1 Eilish McColgan Scotland (guest) 4:09.67
2 Morag McLarty Scotland (guest) 4:12.91
3 Claire Tarplee Loughborough 4:15.61
4 Rosie Clarke England 4:15.98
4 Clare Fitzgerald Ireland 51.07m
6 Clare Fitzgerald Ireland 14.31
400m Hurdles Match Women
1 Child Eilidh Scotland 56.34
2 Beesley Meghan Loughborough 57.12
3 Barr Jessie BUCS 58.05
3000m Steeplechase Match Men
1 James Wilkinson England 8:44.77
2 Jonathan Taylor England (Guest) 8:50.78
3 Rory Chesser Ireland 8:55.07
Mens High Jump
1 Tom Parsons England 2.28m
2 Allan Smith Scotland 2.22m
3 Chris Baker Loughborough 2.14m
4 Simon Phelan BUCS 2.14m
Sean Tobin (Clonmel HS) achieved a new PB of 1:50.23 when he won the 800m at the Aviva Munster schools championships at Cork IT athletics stadium on Saturday. His time was a new Munster schools record, replacing the 1:50.8 of Liam Reale in 2001.
Later in the afternoon he followed up with another gun to tape win in the 1,500m and his time of 3:50.54 improved on the record of Mark Carroll, whose time of 3:52.5 was set in 1990.
Phil Healy (Colaiste na Toirbhirte) achieved the B standard for the 100m last week, but went one better yesterday when she won the senior 200m in 23.95 to better the record of Sharon Kelly who clocked 24.1 in 2001. Her time betters the A standard of 24.25 for the 200m at the European junior championships. There was a legal 1.3m/s following wind for the race. She made it a winning double when she won the 100m in 11.64 (wind +3.3).
David Cussen (Colaiste and Spioraid Naoimh) cleared 2.05m to win the senior boys high jump, a new schools record previously held by Chris Crowley who jumped 2.01m in 2004.
Ireland’s Rob Heffernan produced another competitive performance on the international stage today at the 10th biennial European Cup of Race Walking in Slovakia.
Competing in the 20km event, Heffernan finished a very commendable 9th position in a very tough field in soaring temperatures in the famous Spa town of Dudince.
Heffernan kept pace throughout the race from the start, and only began to lose ground over the last 3km to the leading group, which included eventual winner Denis Strelkov of Russia who won in 1:21:41. Heffernan’s time was a solid 1:23:27.
The Cork man will have real grounds to be pleased with his performance considering the conditions in Dudince and the fact that he will be likely focusing on the longer 50km event later in the season, hopefully at the World Championships in Russia in August.
Heffernan’s 9th place finish today in this event is his best performance since his 4th place in 2009 in France over the 20km distance.
The bronze medal winning performance of Matej Toth of Slovakia was understandably a crowd-pleasing moment for the locals in Dudince.
Heffernan had two improving compatriots in the same event today, in the shape of 2012 Olympian Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) and Westport AC’s Cian McManamon.
Boyce and McManamon stuck to their task well, and considering temperatures were in the 30’s, will both be happy to have finished the event armed with increased fitness and experience. Boyce crossed in 35th place and McManamon in 47th.
Heffernan was not the only Irish walker to perform particularly well today in Slovakia.
In the Junior Men’s 10km event, Leevale’s Luke Hickey finished in 14th place in a top quality field of emerging talent, in a time of 44:49.
The winner, by the closest of margins, was the Russian Pavel Parshin in 41:14, from his compatriot Nikolay Markov, who were both given the same time but then separated by chip timing technology. Ireland’s other representative in this event was Evan Lynch (Leevale AC) who struggled in the conditions and failed to finish.
In the Men’s 50km event, Tara AC’s Michael Doyle equipped himself admirably in what was his first outing over the immensely challenging distance. Doyle finished in a noteworthy 21st position in a time of 4:08:03, behind the Double European Champion Yohann Diniz of France who collected another title in 3:41:08, in front of a number of challenging Russians, traditionally strong in this event.
Ireland’s sole female race walker competing today in Slovakia was London Olympian Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC), who had hopes of competing well in the women’s 20km race. In the event, Reynolds found the conditions too challenging this afternoon and, after a positive start, dropped out around the 10km mark. It wasn’t the season opener she would have wanted but there will be plenty more opportunities to progress over the season ahead.
Russia claimed a 123 in this women’s 20km event with the ever competitive Anisia Kirdiapkina taking the gold in 1:28:40.
Results - 10th European Cup Of Race Walking, Dudince, Slovakia, May 19th 2013
Senior Men 50km
1. Yohann Diniz (France) 3:41:08
2. Mikhail Ryzhov (Russia) 3:44:42
3. Ivan Noskov (Russia) 3:45:32
21. Micheal Doyle (Ireland / Tara AC) 4:08:03
Senior Men 20km
1. Denis Strelkov (Russia) 1:21:41
2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Spain) 1:21:49
3. Matej Toth (Slovakia) 1:21:52
9. Rob Heffernan (Ireland / Togher AC) 1:23:27
35. Brendan Boyce (Ireland / Letterkenny AC) 1:28:57
47. Cian McManamon (Ireland / Westport AC) 1:33:13
Junior Men 10km
1. Pavel Parshin (Russia) 41:14
2. Nikloay Markov (Russia) 41:14
3. Vito Minei (Italy) 41:27
14. Luke Hickey (Ireland / Leevale AC)
DNF. Evan Lynch (Ireland / Leevale AC)
Senior Women 20km
1. Anisia Kirdiapkina (Russia) 1:28:40
2. Vera Sokolova (Russia) 1:29:19
3. Marina Iumanova (Russia) 1:29:26
DNF: Laura Reynolds (Ireland / Mohill AC)
Championship medals will be awarded for the first time at this summer’s Energia 24-Hour Race in Belfast on July 19/20.
The decision was taken at last month’s Athletics Ireland Ultra Running Committee meeting with medals being given to the 1-2-3 in both the mens and womens race.
Race Director Ed Smith says: “ This is great news and further recognition that ultra running is ‘coming home’ and is very much a part of the Athletics Ireland heartland - as more and more people look beyond marathon to new challenges and our top athletes continue to make their mark on the world stage.
“ We are also delighted to be staging the National Championship for the third year in a row - and the new-look Mary Peters’ track with its new 8-lane track and stand should provide a fitting backdrop for the Irish title race,” he says.
“ It is important to point out that to become champion the athlete will need to belong to a recognised club in Ireland and have covered a minimum distance : For men this is 200k and ,for women,160kms,” he says.
The Energia race, now in its 4th year , will also be used as a selection race for international competition with qualifying standards available from Athletics Ireland.
The remarkably consistent Irish champion John O’Regan from Leixlip in Kildare will be back looking for a hat-trick of titles but he will have to watch out for fellow international Eoin Keith.
Keith had to pull out during this race last year with a stomach upset but the Rathfarnham man has since become only the fourth person in history to run 300 miles in 3 days. He achieved the feat in Phoenix at the start of the year.
Also on his way is another Irish international,Madrid-based Eddie Gallen. Remarkably the 50 year-old has never stepped off the track in the three runnings of the race, finishing second twice and third.
There is a £500 prize to the man and woman who goes the furthest, a £250 bonus for an Irish track record ( currently 236kms(men)and 181kms(women)and a £100 bonus for a Belfast track record(currently 213kms and 181kms). There are also special ‘Beyond Limits’ jackets for anyone who joins the 100 mile club.
There is also a 12-hour race and a relay for teams of 4 which must include one woman.
You can enter at Active.com or contact Ed Smith on 00447740818389, e: ed_n_smith@ hotmail.com.
The popularity of the Dublin Graded Meetings was evidenced by no fewer than 220 athletes from all over the country competing in the second meeting of the season at Morton Stadium. Fortunately the wind and rain abated for most of the meeting and most of the competition was run in calm cool conditions.
An additional hurdles race was added to the programme and Shaneen Dawkins running over the lower junior heights clocked 14.39 with Kelly Proper happy enough with her 15.08 as she starts to concentrate on the heptathlon. “Hurdles and throws and to get around the 800 is what I have to work on “was how she described what she will be concentrating on. Many observers would feel that she has a lot of potential in the combined events and her targets for the season include the European Combined Events Team Championships in Portugal where she hopes to improve on her recent Irish Record.
No fewer than 81 athletes competed in the 200 metre races. Sligo’s Zak Irwin was strongest down the finish straight, clocking 21.92, edging out Chris Russell running in the Clonliffe colours for the first time. Shauna Cannon also came with a late surge to overtake Sarah Murray in 25.21 in the women’s “A”.
After an outstanding Indoor season culminating in a European Indoor final spot Ciara Everard ran her first 1500 metres for two years and she looked quite untroubled and impressive as she clocked 4.25.13 with a 68 second last lap. She had Becky Woods for company in the early stages but it was Fiona Kehoe who followed her home coming through strongly over the last 500 metres .
Andrew Connick of Abbey Striders having won the 3000 metres on the opening night was quite impressive as he won the 1500 in 3.54.21. Sligo’s Dermot McDermott took the field through the first lap in 62 seconds but the pace fell away in the second lap as 800 was reached 2m09. Connick’s smooth running style took him away from the field over the last lap and was a comfortable winner in 3m54.21 with Clonmel’s William Maunsell coming through to take second in 3m57.17 just ahead of Willowfield’s Andrew Wright.
Hugh Armstrong made the journey from Ballina to win the 10000 metres in 31m28.92 just inside the qualifying mark for The European Juniors. Tullamore’s Liam Brady lead through the early stages but his challenge evaporated and the young Ballina man was left to focus on lapped runners to focus on for most of the race. He was happy to get the standard and go home to compete in the Connacht Schools the next day over 5000 mtrs.
Given that we have so many distance runners it seems a great pity that more did not take on the challenge of the 25 laps since this is the only one on the calendar apart from the Nationals.
Dunboyne’s James McCabe threw 60.93 to win the Mens Hammer with Alice Akers winning the womens with a best of 54.08.
The next meeting in the series is in Tallaght on May 29th. and online entry is now available @ www.dublinathletics.com - where you can also find full detailed results.
The plan provides a comprehensive framework for producing more opportunities for medal success and includes action plans in each of seven key areas over the next four years. The plan envisages 24 Championship medal opportunities in the period 2013-2016.
Commenting on the plan, Athletics Ireland’s High Performance Director, Kevin Ankrom said the ambition is clear – “to have more Irish athletes with more opportunities for medal success on the international stage”. “The plan is based on Athletics Ireland investing in a performance centered system, focused on the athlete and driven by the coaches – all supported by our High Performance team and resources ”, Ankrom said.
“At the core of the plan is a systems and evidence based approach to supporting athletes and coaches in key events where the investment is most likely to produce the maximum opportunities for success” he said. “The approach is to make the full range of support services and structures available to athletes and work together with the athletes, coaches and performance staff to provide the optimum level of support which can also compliment the athlete’s own team’s existing structures”.
The President of Athletics Ireland Ciarán O’ Catháin said “Athletics Ireland has now laid down a framework which will result in more opportunities for success at the key international events and championships in the coming years”. “This approach will take time some time to bed in and will require the family of Athletics working closely together - Athletics Ireland is fully committed to helping make this happen”, he added. “I want to thank the Irish Sports Council and the Institute of Sport in Ireland for their assistance with and support of this plan” said O Catháin.
Athletics Ireland’s CEO John Foley said driving the plan forward is now a key focus for the organisation and maintaining investment levels in high performance is essential to achieving long term success. “We have committed to this plan as the best way forward for elite level success in Irish athletics”, he said. “The delivery of the High Performance Plan will require significant investment over the four years ahead and we will continue to prioritise funding for the Plan”, Foley added.
Ray Flynn, Chairman of the Athletics Ireland High Performance Committee said he welcomed the publication of the High Performance Plan.
“The Plan provides the necessary structures and support systems across the spectrum of areas from which athletes can benefit”, said Flynn. “This level of data based, athlete focussed support will bring significant benefits to our elite level athletes and will complement the structures which many of our leading athletes already have in place”, he added.
“It is genuinely an exciting and positive time for athletics and we look to the future with some optimism, Flynn concluded.
The plan is being rolled out to all key stakeholders over the coming weeks.
The key points of Athletics Ireland’s High Performance Plan are:
1. 1st plan of its type in Irish athletics
2. Ambition is to have “more Irish athletes winning on world stage”
3. Target 24 medal opportunities at major championships
4. Provides both a vision and a practical framework for success
5. It’s an evidence and systems based approach which is sustainable in the long term
6. It’s designed to provide athletes with support across every aspect of High Performance
7. Will require change of approach – from AAI, athletes, coaches
8. It’s an investment in the future of Irish athletics
9. High Performance strategies are proven to deliver success
A summary of the High Performance Plan is available at hp.athleticsireland.ie
Entries close tomorrow Friday
To alleviate the annual last-minute rush of entries, we’re extending the deadline for MARATHON and RELAY entry until Friday 17th May.
Please note that the HALF is almost full and entry will close as soon as capacity is reached.
the race takes place in Cork City on Bank Holiday Monday 3rd June
Day 2 of the Finn Valey primary School athletics was again an enjoyable experience went off without a hitch and now its all systems go for May 29th back at the same venue 1 for finals . 31 schools engaged over the 2 days and once again a big shout out to the local officials who do an excellent job each year . Further queries if required re May 29th from Patsy Mc Gonagle 0872226112