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Buncrana 5k and SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon

26 May, 2014 - 17:06

A very busy week of local competitive action kicks off this Wednesday evening with the much awaited Buncrana 5k, the premier 5k in the North West, and then its on to Sunday’s SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon and Kids Mini Marathon, which will bring 1500 marathon runners, including the recent Belfast Marathon winner, Kenyan Freddy Keron Sittuk, and 500 minis onto the city streets for a veritable feast of running.

First off though its all eyes on Buncrana and the 7 30pm start for the 11th annual Furey Insurances 5K, set to bring around 400 runners to the potentially quick Inishowen course, where the aforementioned Freddy Sittuk set the all comers record of 14m 18s in 2012. The Kenyan is not due in Derry until Friday and will focus on Sunday’s city marathon where he will chase victory and a sub 2hrs 25min clocking to guarantee a substantial cash bonus.

Last year’s male winner Ciaran Doherty of Letterkenny set the Irish best for the Buncrana course of 14m 34s and is expected to line up again, alongside the locally based Gary Murray of St Malachys and top Derry distance men, Scott Galbraith and Declan Reed. Others could arrive on the night for what usually is a high quality event, producing exciting racing and fast times right down through the field.

Former Letterkenny AC’s Maria McCambridge holds the women’s course record of 16m 07s from 2010, but with the inform Lifford flyer Anne Marie McGlynn said to be targeting a sub 16m run, that could fall this week. Her clubmates Natasha Adams and Claire McGuigan may be there to keep the pace honest and former winner Teresa McGlynn could also be in a quality line up come Wednesday. McGlynn ran 16m 32s to win here last year and her current form suggests an improvement is entirely possible.

But its not all about the upfront action, the Buncrana race attracts runners and joggers of all abilities with the organisers always stressing that ” it is an event for everyone”. From sub 15mins to the sub 20’s, 25’s, 30’s and beyond, the Buncrana 5K caters for all abilities and everyone is very welcome.

Entries will be taken on the night from 5 30pm at event HQ in Scoill Mhuire adjacent to the start, the fee is £9 or E10 and for that you get an expertly organised event, a great course, accurately measured, chip timing, competition at all levels and of course the famous post race refreshments and the chance to debate the pros and cons of your run with your competitors.

Online entry is also possible up to 5pm on Tuesday evening 27th May. Simply send your name, date of birth, age on race day and club, if any, to You can pay the entry fee at race HQ when you pick up your race pack on the Wednesday night.


Freddy Sittuk is no stranger to these parts and following his recent impressive 2hrs 18m Belfast marathon victory the Kenyan will head the SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon field this Sunday. He will start as the odds on favourite and indeed will chase a sub 2hrs 25m time as the organisers have offered a £1000 bonus for the athlete ducking below that figure.

The inaugural winner Tommy Hughes posted a not so shabby 2hrs 30m winning time last year, very impressive for a 50 something, and will be in the field again as will third placer Pauric McKinney of Inishowen AC bur clearly the attention will be on the classy Kenyan. Interestingly the only man to win back to back Belfast and Derry marathons was our own Paul Craig back in 1983, when he put together two winning 2hrs 20m performances, just three weeks apart.

Defending women’s winner Jacqui Boyle , a Derry native long domiciled in Dublin where she runs for Tallaght AC will be be back seeking another win but could be pushed hard by another local, the Spartans Marina Campbell who boasts a sub 3hr 10m clocking from the Dublin marathon a few years ago. This pair look like the main female players but racing 26.2 miles can throw up some curved balls so take nothing for granted.


The final organisational arrangements are being sorted for the race which has a 8 30am start from the Everglades and follows a circuit along the banks of the Foyle with the first runner expected from around 10 50am, into Guildhall Square inside the historic walled city of Derry–Londonderry.

The Kids Mini Marathon starts close to the Gasyard Centre from 9 45am, there are five separate start groups, and the young runners from the Derry City Council area and beyond, will also finish in Guildhall Square fro 9 50am onwards. They will set the scene perfectly for the main event and will be all be clear of the finish area well before the leading marathon runner strides home.

Race Packs can be collected on Friday and Saturday at Foyleside ( the Food Quarter) —for both the Marathon and the Mini Marathon. Checkout all race information on and remember there will be some traffic restrictions from 7 30am to around 2 30pm on race day, details also on website and in separate press release

2014 Galway Senior T&F

26 May, 2014 - 10:50

The 2014 Galway County adult Track and Field championships will take place on the dates below. The venue is the Regional Sports Centre track in Dangan , NUI Galway grounds.

Day One -Sunday 29 June 1.30pm onwards
200m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, Discus
800m, Weight for Distance (only Seniors and Masters), 4×100m relay.
3000m Women / 5000m men

Day Two- Thursday 10 July from 7pm
100m, 400m, Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer, 1500m,
High Jump, 4×400m relay

10,000m on Thursday June 12th in Dangan at 7pm. Pre entries for this to ensure numbers.

County Championship medal Categories – Senior, Masters 35, Masters 50, Junior,

Entries on the day - E5 for day/event (i.e. 5 euro means you can run one or all events on one day)

All track events will be electronically timed.

Guest athletes are very welcome from other athletics clubs, but dont qualify for Galway medals.

Entries taken on the day at Dangan Track.

Event co-ordinators are Brian Bruton, Mary Barrett & Iain Shaw.

Queries to Brian Bruton 087 9278337 or email .

If there is a demand and sufficient numbers for any other event eg hurdles/steeplechase/walks , we may be able to accommodate if you let me know by June 6th what it is.

Wind Rules out Reynolds Euro Qualification Standard at AAI Games

25 May, 2014 - 18:24

The AAI Games kicked off the national track and field season today in Morton Stadium Santry with many of Ireland’s top athletes in action. Ben Reynolds (North Down AC) produced the performance of the day in the 110m Hurdles winning in 13.63. This time was just inside the qualification standard of 13.65 for the European Track and Field Championships which take place in Zurich in August however the wind of +2.1 was agonisingly just outside the legal limit of +2, therefore it will not count as a qualifier. Marcus Lawlor (SLOT) who is only 19 commanded the field of Ireland’s best 200m athletes crossing the line to win in 21.13, inside the qualification standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships which take place in July in Oregon. In the 100m Hurdles Limerick’s Sarah Lavin, (UCD AC) was a clear winner producing her fastest ever season opener with 13.49 just off her targeted European qualification standard.

The much anticipated Men’s 200m race didn’t fail to disappoint. It was young gun Lawlor who got the best start running a great curve into the home straight. Steven Colvert (Crusaders A.C.) made some grounds in the closing 50m however Lawlor held him off to win in 21.13 with Colvert second in 21.23. Lawlor said: “My focus is World Junior’s, that was another A standard today. I went to the last World junior’s and saw Mark English get to the final and I went home and said to myself I can do that as well.”

David Hynes (Menapians A.C) took third place in 21.46 and 400m specialist Brain Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) having to settle for fourth in 21.55. Later in the day in the 100m Hynes and Lawlor both recorded 11.60 with Hynes being given the nod for poll position. Keith Pike (Clonliffe Harriers) was third in a personal best of 11.72.

In the women’s 100m, Phil Healy Bandon A.C continued her run of good form winning in 11.68 from Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank A.C.) second in 11.73 and Catherine Mc Manus (Dublin City Harriers A.C) third in 11.77. Positions were reversed in the 200m with Whelan winning in an Irish lead time of 23.91 and Healy second in 24.18.

The women’s 400m won by Ciara McCallion (Clonliffe Harriers) in 56.31, while 18 year old Harry Purcell won the men’s race in convincing style in 48.26 from Kieran Kelly in 49.06.

Reynolds winning time of 13.63 improved on his season debut last week at the Loughborough International of 13.79. Speaking after the race Ben Reynolds said “I was satisfied with the run, it’s a lot faster than I was going in my early races last year”

Lavin’s time of 13.49 in the 100m hurdles was a solid start to her season. While youth athlete Megan Marrs (City of Lisburn AC) looked impressive finishing second in 13.72 with Catherine Mc Manus (Dublin City Harriers A.C.) third in 14.04. Speaking after the race Lavin said “I don’t think it could have gone any better, it’s my fastest opener by a large margin I think it’s half a second. I feel in a really good place, I’ve really worked on my start and its showing. I want to get an A Standard (for Europeans) as I don’t want to make up the numbers in Zurich”.

In the Men’s 400m Hurdles there was a great battle between Timmy Crowe (Dooneen A.C) and Paul Byrne of St. Abban’s AC . Both were neck and neck at each hurdle until Crowe began to pull away from at hurdle 8 to win in 51.76 with Byrne second in 52.34.

Dave McCarthy won the Men’s 1500m in 3.46.68 with Andrew Coscoran second in 3.50and John Coghlan third in 3.50.27. Coghlan lead the pace for the first 3 laps with McCarthy making a decisive move with 300m to go. Coghlan faded in the final 200m and was passed out by Coscoran.

The women’s 1500m was won by Siofra Cleirigh Buttner in 4.27.01 inside the B World Juniors Standard (4.28). Aislinn Crossey dominated the women’s 800m from gun to tape winning in 2:10.80 with Robert Tully Star of the Sea winning the men’s race in 1:53.29. Conor Dooney (Raheny AC) set a PB of 8:19.19 to win Men’s 3000m.

Caoimhe King Aughagower A.C jumped 12.73 to win Triple Jump, a leap which is just off her U23 record of 12.75.

On their first attempt the Irish junior men’s relay 4×100m squad fall short of their quest to achieve the qualifying standard for the World Junior Championships of 40.10 finishing second the Senior Men’s team.


Irish Runner Latest Issue Now on Sale

23 May, 2014 - 15:52

Start your training fort the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon NOW by following the Exclusive 22 Week Marathon Training Schedules in the latest issue (June/July) of Irish Runner magazine.

This Issue includes Tried & Tested Marathon Training Schedules, as well as a profile of Dublin Marathon winner Sean Hehir and and a feature too on Nicola Duncan, who will compete for Ireland in the marathon at the European Track & Field Championships in Zurich.

There is also a Special Feature to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the first Sub 4 Minute Mile and a trip down Memory Lane with Irish Mile Record Holders, Ray Flynn and Sonia O’Sullivan.

Joe Conway reports from the World Masters Track & Field Championships in Budapest where Irish athletes Brian Lynch & Joe Gough both won Gold medals I their respective over 60 1500m and 800m events.

You can also order Irish Runner online at the eshop

All Eyes on Tullamore for Schools All Irelands

23 May, 2014 - 15:05

The Aviva All Ireland Schools’ Track and Field Championships will be held on the 31st of May in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.


Some of Ireland’s top up and coming athletes will be competing fiercely to bring home a national title to their school.

Live updates on the the Athletics Ireland Twitter and Facebook



Morton Games Welcomes International Talent

23 May, 2014 - 11:45

This year’s Morton Games will be awash with top class Irish and International talent. Heather Kampf (Team USA Minnesota), US 1 Mile Road Champion, and Molly Huddle, US 5000m Record Holder, will both make their first appearances at the games. Igor Bychkov (Spain) and Luke Cutts (The Dearne ALC, GB) will return for a second time hoping to reignite their fierce rivalry from last year’s games which led to a new stadium record.

US Champ Heather Kampf confirmed for Mile

It has been confirmed that Heather Kampf (Team USA Minnesota) will participate in the Clonliffe Women’s International Mile at Morton Games.

One of the top athletes on the US circuit. She has been particularly successful on the popular road circuit and is the reigning US 1 Mile Road champion.

Winning the The Ryan Shay Mile and the Liberty Mile has earned her the nickname in the States of ‘Queen of the Road Mile’.

Whilst at the University of Michigan she was a 9 time NCAA All American and was the NCAA 800 Indoor Champion in 2006.

In 2014 she competed in the World Indoor 1500 metres in Sopot. Heather boasts an impressive set of PBs, her 1500 PB is 4.07.15 set on the 25th of April this year at Des Moines. Her indoor mile PB is 4.30.14 with a road mile best of 4.27.1.

Cutts and Bychkov to go head to head

Hot on the heels of the confirmation from Igor Bychkov (ESP), the joint pole vault stadium record holder Luke Cutts (The Dearne ALC, GB) has confirmed his participation for this year’s Morton Games.

These two athletes were involved in one of the most dramatic events at the 2013 Morton Games when they jointly set a new stadium record of 5.56m. Vault after vault and they could not be separated and as exhaustion eventually set in a tie was declared.

Since those Morton Games Cutts has gone on to extend his PB outdoors to 5.70m, in London the 27th of July and this year on the 25th of January 2014 vaulted to a new Indoor PB 5.83m.

It is fantastic to see that these two world class athletes are coming back to Santry to thrill the Morton Stadium crowd.

US Record Holder confirms for Women’s Mile

US 5000m record holder Molly Huddle will be participating in the 2014 Women’s International Mile (sponsored by Clonliffe Harriers) at the Morton Games.
Molly Huddle set the blistering 5000m 14.44.76 record at the 2010 Ivo Van Damme Memorial Meet in Brussels.

She is an Olympic 5000m finalist having made the final at the London Olympics.
She has represented the United States twice at the world championships and three times at world cross country championships.

She has a 1500m PB of 4.08.09 and a 10000 PB of 30.47.59 set as recently as the 4th of May.

Launch of Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps

22 May, 2014 - 14:51

Young athletes get set for an active summer!

Dried fruit and nut experts Forest Feast and Athletics Ireland today officially launched the Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps at a special event in Morton Stadium, Santry.

The Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps will be run at several athletics clubs nationwide throughout June and July giving participating young people 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.

The camps, which are focused on fun and fitness, are open to boys and girls aged six years and above, and are run by fully accredited Athletics Ireland Leaders.

On the final day of each camp, every child will be presented with a medal and a certificate in recognition of their efforts. As well as learning new skills and making new friends in a fun environment, each child will go home with a New Balance T-Shirt, Spike Bag and Water Bottle.

Irish Long Jump Record Holder Kelly Proper, ambassador for the Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps, was on hand at today’s launch event, alongside a group of budding young athletes from north Dublin club Fingallians AC.

Proper said “The Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps are a fantastic opportunity for young children to have fun and try athletics during the summer holiday period. These camps will give these kids a chance to develop many aspects of their physical abilities, such as speed, agility and balance in a fun environment.”

Forest Feast Field Sales Manager Christine Whelan said, “Forest Feast is proud to be kicking off a summer of athletics and fun through the Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps. The warmer months represent an ideal time for young people to get into the fresh air and get active, instilling a fun and healthy relationship to fitness. Being part of these camps will give young people an opportunity to develop skills and make friendships that will last far beyond the summer.”



Week 1 July 7th - 11th
Week 2 July 14th - 18th
Week 1 June 30th - July 4th
Week 2 July 7th - 11th
SLOT (Carlow)
Week 1 July 14th - 18th
Ferrybank June 30th - July 4th
Leevale July 14th-18th
Cushinstown July 7th - 11th
Clonmel June 30th - July 4th
Dunleer July 7th - 11th
Tallaght AC July 21st - 24th

Raheny Kids Jump for Jamboree joy!

22 May, 2014 - 14:26

Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamboree a Success in Raheny, North Dublin

Getting active and having fun was top of the agenda for Raheny kids last night with a hugely successful Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamboree event taking place in Manor House School.

The fun-filled event, on Thursday 21st May, brought together over 220 young athletes (5-12 years old) from the Raheny Shamrock athletics club together to participate in an action packed evening of activity.

The event was co-ordinated by Collette Quinn of Raheny Shamrock AC who enlisted the help of over 20 volunteers. They put the young athletes through their paces by participating in various games, challenges and activities, which worked on their agility, balance and coordination - the three fundamentals of Forest Feast Little Athletics.

Athletics Ireland Regional Development Officer for North Dublin, Bart Rogers, said: “It was great to see so many children here today getting active and having fun at the same time. It’s hugely important that children understand the importance of staying active from a young age.

“We’re delighted that Forest Feast Little Athletics is growing even more popular across Ireland this year, with schools and clubs getting fully behind the programme.”

Christine Whelan of dried fruit and nut brand Forest Feast, sponsor of Little Athletics, said:
“Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamborees are a perfect way for kids to get active and make new friends in a relaxed and fun environment. They introduce the important lesson that keeping fit can and should be fun – and instil a very healthy attitude to leading an active lifestyle.

“It was great to see so many children in Raheny taking part in the Jamboree – they all had endless energy and most importantly, really enjoyed themselves!”

The Jamboree event comes on the back of the recent new partnership between Athletics Ireland and dried fruit and nut experts Forest Feast, who will support the growth of grassroot athletics in Ireland through the major sponsorship of Little Athletics. Forest Feast Little Athletics introduces young children (5-12 years) to athletics in a fun, engaging and non-competitive environment.

There are further Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamboree events planned over the coming weeks, with. AIT International Arena, 6.30pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 25th June, the next on the calendar.
For further information on these events please contact Athletics Ireland Director of Development Pat Ryan by email: or Mobile: 087 2621310

Finn Valley Area Schools Athletics Day 2

21 May, 2014 - 20:07

The sun came out and with it a record response in excess of 500 bringing the 2 day Finn Valley festival of school athletics to just under the 1000 participants the event builds and builds and with excellent organisation it is indeed most encouraging . Meet Director Patsy Mc Gonagle expressed his thanks to the many officials ,teachers /schools and indeed the enthusiastic response of the children as they engaged in long and high jump ,turbo javelin,wheelchair,shot,sprint and midddle distance plus relays . It all went along at a cracking pace with a return to the same venue next Wednesday for finals an 11 am start .

Gregan, Lavin & McCarthy Headline AAI Games

21 May, 2014 - 11:41

Ireland’s number one 400m athlete Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) will headline a stacked 200m field at the 2014 AAI Open Games. European Junior Silver Medallist Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) continues her transition into the senior ranks as she is set to compete in both the 100m and 100m hurdles events. While 2014 World Indoor 1,500m representative David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) makes his return to competition after a spell out due to injury in the 1,500m.

In an exciting addition to the programme Ireland’s junior men’s relay squad will compete in a 4×100m relay event as they begin their quest to run the 40.10 qualifying standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregan in July (See relay preview below for more details)

All the action from the event will be streamed live via the Athletics Ireland Website in partnership with broadcast providers Aertv.

Entry List

Event Preview

After a successful training stint in America, Gregan drops down in distance to the 200m and faces a strong field which includes Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) and 2014 national indoor 60m champion David Hynes (Menapians AC). Rising sprint stars Marcus Lawler (St Laurence O’Toole AC) and Zac Irwin (Sligo AC) are both competing in what is likely to be one of the closest races of the day.

Lavin in her first year in the senior ranks will start as favourite in the 100m hurdles with rival Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH) also in the line-up. The women’s 100m race is set to be a thriller with Lavin lining up against sprint specialists Phil Healy (Bandon AC), Louise Kiernan (Fingallians AC), Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC) and McManus. Healy was the outstanding performer of the indoor season setting a new Irish U23 record of 7.36 for the 60m.

Timmy Crowe (Dooneen AC) competes in the men’s 400m having enjoyed a successful indoor campaign which included a 47.29 indoor personal best. Harry Purcell (Trim AC) was the standout performer at the recent Aviva Leinster Schools Championships recording a time of 47.82 is also in the line-up.

McCarthy just missed out on a spot in the final in the 1,500m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland in March. The AAI Games marks McCarthy’s first competitive race since then as he lines up in the 1,500m against John Coghlan (MSB AC) and Andrew Corscoran (Star of the Sea AC).

Ireland’s top ranked 800m athlete Laura Crowe (Riocht AC) is the leading name in the women’s 800m. Junior athlete Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dundrum South Dublin AC) targets a fast time over 1,500m in a year where the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregan is her top priority.

Another group of athletes with Oregan on their mind is the junior men’s relay squad with athletes of the quality of Lawler, Irwin and Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC) on the team they could go close to the national record of 40.60. Under the guidance of junior men’s relay coordinator Daniel Kilgallon this will be the squad’s first competitive outing of the season. The next planned race for the squad will be a meeting in Geneva on June 14th. The required qualifying time of 40.10 for the World Juniors will be the squad’s major goal for the season.

In the women’s Pole Vault event Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrock AC) and Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena & Antrim AC) will go head to head with Ian Rogers (Clonliffe Harriers AC) starting favourite in the men’s event.

Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers AC) and John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) are both over 15m already this year will renew rivalry in the men’s shot putt.

Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5KM - Preview

20 May, 2014 - 17:04

Wednesday the 29th of May is the date for the 11th annual Buncrana 5km Road Race and Fun Run. As ever, sponsored by Sean Furey Insurances of Buncrana and Carndonagh, the 2014 edition of the event promises to be as popular as ever with club runners and recreational athletes alike. Over the last ten years, the race has become a highlight in the Northwest racing calendar due to the proven fast course and the excellent organisation.

2013 was another record breaking year with Letterkenny AC’s Ciaran Doherty running a new Irish record for the course of 14.34 mins to win from Spartan Declan Reed on 14.48. It is worth noting that these men are 39 and 40 years old respectively! While the speed of their runs was questioned in some quarters, both ran similar times on the track shortly after. In the same race Scott Rankin ran 15.00 for 3rd place. This year these three are likely to do battle once again. Rankin has just edged out Reed a number of times this year so far and has a recent 8.31 PB for 3k on the track. Reed is also in great form winning the Irish masters Cross Country title this year and last week winning the Dublin 10k track championships in 31.30. Doherty is also in excellent shape and recently went sub 15 mins in the Ballyshannon 5k. Local hopes rest with the evergreen Pauric McKinney who is a former three time winner of the event and was 5th last year. Others to look out for include any of the Annadale Striders or St Malachy’s boys, who, if they make the trip across the Sperrins, mean business. The men’s team race was won very convincingly by City of Derry Spartans last year with 6 in the top 10 and all sub 16 mins. Both Foyle valley and Letterkenny AC will surely have something to say about the team battle in 2014.

Last year the ladies were also in flying form. Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn ran an excellent 16.32 last year to finish 18th overall in what was the second fastest performance ever by a female on the course. This year McGlynn has been in even better form and could challenge former Olympian Maria McCambridge’s 2010 record of 16 mins and 7 seconds. Also in the reckoning could be three time winner and no 3 on the all-time list Finn Valley’s Therese Mc Gloin who ran 16.35 in 2010. Interesting to note that McGloin got married to Ciaran Doherty during the year and you wouldn’t get good odds betting against and husband and wife double victory on the 28th. Other contenders include Lifford’s Natasha Adams, Finn Valley’s Helen Stockdale and Springwell’s Gemma Turley. Last year the Inishowen ladies were surprising but deserving winners of the team race.


In 2012 the Buncrana public were treated to a little demonstration of the East African dominance when Kenyan Runner Freddie Keron Sittuk posted 14 mins 18 sec to win. The organisers have deemed Freddie’s time to be an all-comers record for the course with Doherty’s 14.34 being an Irish record. They continue to offer €100 bonus to anyone who can break either record. In addition they offer €200 to anyone who can break 14 mins! Kenyan Freddie Sittuk is back in the country at the moment and fresh from winning the Belfast marathon may be lured down to have another crack at it. The ladies course record is no less impressive. Letterkenny AC’s former Olympian Maria McCambridge broke the record in 2010 running an excellent 16 mins and 7 seconds. The same bonus is on offer for the ladies.

Race for everyone

Despite all this talk of records and the fleet of foot, the main aim of this race has always been to provide competition for all levels of runners and joggers. It doesn’t matter if you have just started jogging and have to take walk breaks every so often, you are more than welcome to Buncrana. The only thing that we ask is that you do attempt to run/jog the 5km. It doesn’t matter if you have to walk a bit in the middle but this is not a walking event. Also worth noting that due to Athletic Association of Ireland (AAI) rules, no athlete under 16 years of age will be allowed to compete.

The race is also number 8 of the Donegal Athletics Board’s Summer Grand Prix series which this year comprises a staggering 55 races. In addition to this, there are literally hundreds of fund raising road events being staged across the NW. Due to the huge number of events happening this year, the organisers of the Furey Insurances Series have decided to cancel the whole series and just retain the Buncrana event. This event is not one to bring the dog on a lead or the wain in the pram to but is designed for ANYONE who would like an opportunity to see where they are at. Don’t buy into the scare mongering that this is only for the speedy ones or that 5k races are “too fast”. Everyone has a right to race/run/jog/waddle the Buncrana 5k. Go for it!

Event Details

Wednesday 28th May 2013. Registration from 5.30pm at Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, adjacent to Buncrana Leisure Centre. Entry fee €10/£9stg, Chip timing in operation. Race starts at 7.30 sharp. Refreshments provided after in Scoil Mhuire. Showers available in Buncrana Leisure Centre. Pre-race entries can be emailed to — simply state your name, gender, age on race day and club! These must be received by 6pm on Tuesday the 27th May. Your race number can be picked up on the night when payment is made. Due to the large numbers expected please help us and yourselves by pre-entering! Any of those who intend to register on the night please get there early as we will be closing registration at 7.10pm sharp and don’t want to have to disappoint you. Thanks

The Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5k is organised by Eoghan and Dara Furey with the help of City of Derry Spartans AC, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana, Buncrana Leisure Centre and the help of the local community.

This is an event for everyone regardless of what level of runner you think you are. No more excuses - too fast, too far, not far enough (?), I’ve no speed, I’ll be last! We have heard them all and refute them all. If you can cover three miles in training then you have a right to be there! If you have never tried a 5k or feel your PB is up for review then no better place to be.

We organise everything except the weather! How you run is up to you!

For further details contact race directors Eoghan and Dara Furey

ring 00 353 87 9474883/ 00 353 86 6061514

email: / website:

facebook: Furey Insurances Buncrana 5k series page / Race route fly through:


Mary Peters Track to Host Belfast International

20 May, 2014 - 13:35

Belfast International Athletics Meet

Athletes from Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and further afield are in the running for the Belfast International Athletics Meet at the Mary Peters Track on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.

Organised by Athletics Northern Ireland with support from Belfast City Council, the event follows on from the 2013 official opening event which followed a £3m refurbishment of the track as part of Belfast City Council’s £150m Investment Programme. It is hoped that the event will become a regular fixture in the athletics calendar for many years to come.

Among the athletes confirmed for the event is 2014 British Athletics Indoor 800m bronze medallist, Katie Kirk of Queen’s University Belfast AC. Katie has enjoyed a strong season of late, running a PB of 2:02.97 last weekend to achieve the Glasgow 2014 consideration standard. Athletics fans in Northern Ireland and further afield will no doubt be keen to see Katie compete against some of the World’s top runners on home soil.

General Secretary of Athletics Northern Ireland, John Allen, said: “This is a fantastic event for everyone involved and provides an opportunity to showcase one of the Country’s top athletics arenas. Taking place just three weeks ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Belfast International Athletics Meet will offer fans an opportunity see world class athletes compete at the home of Athletics in Northern Ireland ahead of the Games.

“The Mary Peters Track is a world class standard venue that is open to the whole athletics community, catering to all levels of the sport from schoolchildren and club athletes to those training to compete at an international level.” he added.

Following the re-opening of the track in 2013, Dame Mary Peters said she was delighted that the track named in her honour would continue to serve Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Ahead of the Belfast International Athletics Meet she acknowledged the importance of Belfast City Council’s continued support along with the work carried out by Athletics Northern Ireland stating “I am overjoyed that Belfast has a truly world-class facility that serves both current and future generations of athletes. The presence of a world class venue ensures a legacy of athletics development for the City for many years to come”.

(Left to Right) Dame Mary Peters, John Allen of Athletics NI and athlete Katie Kirk help launch the 2014 Belfast International Athletics Meet. Following on from the international opening event held at the newly refurbished Mary Peters Track in 2013 the Belfast International Athletics Meet on Wednesday 2nd July will ensure a legacy of world class athletics in Belfast for years to come. To find out more visit

Connaught Schools Results

20 May, 2014 - 11:53

The Aviva Connaught Schools Track and Field Championships took place on Thursday the 15th of May in Athlone Institute of Technology. The championships brought together some of the best athletes in the west of Ireland representing their schools.


The Inter Girls was full of strong performances with Laura Ann Costello, Dunmore CS, and Sinead Treacy, St. Raphael’s Loughrea split the sprint titles between them. Costello won the 100m in a time of 12.41. Treacy won 200m title in a time of 25.59.

Michaela Walsh from SM&P Swinford produced a fantastic performance in the Shot Putt with a throw of 14.92m almost 5m ahead of her nearest competitor.

The Senior Girls had its fair share of the day’s double winners. Stacey Kerr, Ursiline College Sligo, took the 100m (12.89) and 200m (26.49) titles.

Alannah Lally, Pres Athenry, was also impressive in her events winning the 400m (57.73) and the 800m (2.20.02).

Eimear Murphy from Gortnor Abbey was dominant in the Shot Putt with a fine throw of 9.26m.

In the Senior Boys, Zac Irwin from Sligo Grammar was successful in capturing both the 100m (10.83) and 200m (21.78) Connaught titles in impressive times.

Live Streaming of Three Outdoor T&F Events

20 May, 2014 - 10:23

Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce that it will be Live Streaming three events for the up and coming Track and Field season in partnership with Aertv; the AAI Games, 25th of May, Junior and U23 Championships, 6th of July and the Juvenile Track and Field Championships, 26th of July.

The streaming of three of Athletics Ireland Indoor Track and Field meets achieved the highest Irish viewership of any sport aired on Aertv proving that Athletics has appeal and interest when made available.

Feedback received from fans was overwhelmingly positive with comments on social media from “Live stream was brilliant today let’s hope there will be more” and “Excellent coverage and commentary from an excellent venue.”

Sinéad Galvin, Marketing and Communications Manager of Athletics Ireland said; “In a highly competitive sporting media environment Live streaming enables the association to become its own broadcaster. We can showcase our great sport and reach a wide fan base at a relevant convergence point of on-line and social media.”

Rock & Roll 1/2 Marathon Offers Clubs a Chance to Win €1,000

20 May, 2014 - 09:41

The National Half Marathon Championships will be run in conjunction with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon, taking place on the 4th of August in Dublin’s City Centre. The 2014 national championship offers clubs the opportunity to win a €1,000 cash prize.


Every affiliated Athletics Ireland Club in the country has a chance to win. For every ten club members that enter the national half marathon championships the club will be automatically entered into the draw. The more members that enter, the better your club’s chances are of winning!

The winning club will win a €1,000 cash prize and a table for ten club members at the prestigious national athletics awards held each year in November. The lucky club can utilize the generous prize fund for the future development of their club.

Deadline for Entry

In order to be in with a chance of winning these prizes club athletes must enter before 5pm on June 30th. The entry fee for the national half marathon is €25 per athlete and along with being entered into the draw the following are the perks of entering:

• Scenic city centre course highlighting Dublin’s famous sites
• Live, local bands along the course
• Technical Participant T-Shirt
• Fantastic Finisher’s medal
• Swag Bag
• Plentiful Course Support, including Sports Drink and Power Bar energy gel
• Free Admission to the Finish Line Festival

Entry Available: Here

Last year’s national championships attracted a record number of over 600 athletes with similar numbers expected for this year’s event. Mark Christie (Mullingar Harriers AC) and Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC) were the respective senior men’s and women’s champions while Dublin club Clonliffe Harriers and Cork Club Leevale AC were victorious in the team competitions. The competition for the men’s and women’s master individual and team titles will be as competitive as ever, all will be revealed in the battle for club supremacy come August 4th.

Sionnach Relay

20 May, 2014 - 09:17

The national launch of the Sionnach Relay, Ireland’s First Overnight Team Relay Event, recently took place at The Bank on College Green in Dublin. The event, hosted by Race Directors Liam Dwyer and Patrick McCarrick was supported by rugby greats Sean O’ Brien and Leo Cullen who are firmly behind the concept with Cullen saying that he believes it provides a significant but achievable challenge to runners of all abilities and fitness levels

In celebration of its award of the prestigious title of European Town of Sport for 2014, the inaugural Sionnach race will be set against the beautiful backdrop of Sligo and participants will benefit from the town’s great sporting amenities and tourist-friendly facilities. Inspired in part by relay series held in the USA, such as Hood to Coast, Reach the Beach and the Ragnar Relay Series, and based on a hub and spoke system, each team runs four carefully selected loops. Open to teams of runners of all abilities, the challenge comprises an 8-person relay covering 274kms over a 24 + hour period.

If a runner can complete an 8km run then they are fit enough to take part in the Sionnach Relay. While the active team member is out running the rest of the team will enjoy the best of Irish live entertainment at the hub. Entertainment is to include modern cover bands, traditional Irish music as well as poetry reading and other cultural activities.

In cooperation with JustGiving, the event supports the Irish Cancer Society as its official charity and runners raising over €100 will receive a special commemorative medal for their efforts with additional special prizes for the top individual and team fundraisers.

Patrick McCarrick (Race Director) said “the event will showcase the very best of Sligo to the international running community and we have been bowled over by the support we have received from the County Council, the Institute of Technology and local businesses, all of whom have been extremely positive and helpful in making the Sionnach Relay a reality”.

Go to to view the explanatory video and to register and follow the Sionnach on at Facebookand Twitter @sionnachrelay

Ulster and Munster Schools Results

19 May, 2014 - 17:02

The Aviva Munster Track and Field Championship took place in Cork Institute of Technology on Saturday the 17th of May with some fantastic performances throughout the day.

Munster Results

In the Inter Boys, Bandon Grammar School were rampant with Joey Henchy winning the 100m (11.81) and 200m (23.52), Scott Gibson adding a 400m win (49.46) and together with their team winning the 4×100m in an impressive time of 45.59.

The Senior Boys events were full of double winners with Mark Varley, Crescent Comp SJ, winning the 100m (12.43) and 200m (23.24), Eoin O’Carroll, Mercy Mount Hawk, capturing the long jump (7.24m) and triple jump (13.29m) titles, and Eoin Hanrahan of St. Flannan’s winning out in the shot putt (12.50m) and the discus (35.48m)

There was no shortage of double winners in the Inter Girls’ championship. Phoebe Murphy, Loreto Clonmel, won the 100m (12.43) and 200m (25.15) in the inter girls. Aoife Doyle, Intermediate School Killorglin, also pulled of a double in the discus (32.14m) and the hammer (46.30m).

Niamh McNichol and Stella Maris Tramore were dominant in the Senior Girls sprinting events winning the 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay. Leanne Prout, Presentation Ballingarry, pulled off her own double in the hurdles winning both the 100mH and the 400mH.

Kayleigh Cronin, St. Brigids Kilkenny, came out with two strong performances in the shot putt and hammer winning both.


The Antrim Forum was the host of the Aviva Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of May. Another host of young talent were on show competing for their schools.

Oisin O’Callaghan, Abbey Grammar Newry, dominated the middle distances winning both the 800m (2.01.5) and 1500m (4.14.5).

Jonathan Hill from Sullivan Upper showed his skill in the jumps by finishing first in both the triple jump(12.54m) and the long jump (6.18m) in the Inter Boys.

In the Inter Girls, Clodagh O’Reilly, Loreto Cavan, came out on top with win in the 1500m (4.44.02) and the 3000m (10.10.28).

Michaela McNally, Lurgan College, threw an impressive 42.5m in the hammer to claim her Ulster schools title.

Aislinn Crossey, Sacred Heart Newry, won the both the 400m and 800m in the Senior Girls championship.

Hannah Mc Auley, Ballyclare High won the triple jump with a fine jump of 11.47m.

Ulster Results

Heffernan & Boyce Selected for Europeans

19 May, 2014 - 15:25

Athletics Ireland has today announced that reigning World Champion Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) has been selected to compete in the 50km Race Walk at the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich on the 15th of August. Heffernan will be joined on the team by training partner Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC). The full Irish Team for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich will be announced after the National Track and Field Championships on the 21st of July and is expected to be one of the largest Irish teams ever to compete at the championships.

Championship Form

Four years ago at the European Championships in Barcelona Heffernan finished fourth in both the 20km and 50km events. Since then Heffernan’s has gone on to place fourth at the London Olympics the best-ever Irish Olympic result in the distance and he recorded an Irish record of 3:37.54. Last August the Corkman made history by becoming Ireland’s third ever World Champion when he struck gold in Moscow in 2013.

Boyce also an experienced championship performer has steadily improved his placing and times over the last four years. Boyce finished 15th at the 2011 World University Games and within a year of that performance he placed 29th at the London 2012 Olympics. At last year’s World Championships in Moscow Boyce improved again to finish in 25th place in a new personal best of 3:54.24.

Current Form

Both Heffernan and Boyce have been preparing for the European Championships by undertaking rigorous training camps at altitude and competing in shorter 20km races. Heffernan set a season best of 1:20.57 when placing fifth in the Race Walking Grand Prix in Lugano in March. Boyce also competed in Lugano finishing 25th in a time of 1:26.33. The preparations continued in China at the Race Walking World Cup when Heffernan recorded a time of 1:21.00 and Boyce posted a time of 1:26.55.

Most recently Heffernan secured a fine victory at the Naumburg International Race Walking Grand Prix on Sunday, 18th of May over 20km with a time of 1:21.07.

Please Note

The selection policy for the European Track and Field Championships looks to raise performance standards for Irish Athletes. This selection philosophy is in-line with High Performance Vision of ‘More athletes winning on the World Stage’.

A Standards

-The A standards were determined by reviewing previous performances at European Championships combined with the progression standards outlined in the Athlete Carding Scheme.
- The qualifications standards set provide an opportunity for an athlete selected to achieve a top 8 -12 placing at the championships.
- An athlete will be considered for selection if they have achieved an A standard within the qualification period.

B Standards
- The B standards apply to carded development athletes only.
- Development athletes are defined in the Athlete Carding Scheme as aged 24 and under and as having Olympic potential in 2016/2020 and as having hit specific performance targets twice and placed at major championships
- The Selectors may however, in their sole discretion, identify individuals who are not carded as ‘Development Athletes’ and consider them for selection based on the B standards
- A development athlete must achieve the standard twice within the qualification period to be considered for selection.
- The B standards are the European Athletics qualifications standards

An athlete that has been selected with an “A” Performance Standard who has also achieved a “B” Performance Standard in another event will be automatically entered for the championship for the “B” event and may compete in either or both events if selected.

Qualification Period
• 1 January 2013 to 5 May 2014: Marathon
• 1 January 2013 to 19 May 2014: 50k Walk
• 1 January 2014 to 21 July 2014: All Others

• Must compete in the Senior Track and Field Championships
• Be a member of Athletics Ireland
• Fill out National Declaration form

Full Selection Policy

Purcell Impresses at Leinster Schools

19 May, 2014 - 14:33

The Aviva Leinster Schools Track & Field Championships took place in Santry Stadium on Wednesday, 14th of May with many future stars on show trying to qualify for the Aviva All Ireland Schools Championships.

Girls Results

Boys Results

Keith Doherty from Drimnagh Castle came out on top in both the Senior Boys 100m (11.08) and 200m (22.33). This is a great start to the season for Keith who will be aiming to represent Ireland at the World Junior Championships as part of the 4×100m relay team.

Harry Purcell from Castleknock College had a fantastic 400m in the senior Boys race where he finished first with a time of 47.82 which is fourth fastest in the country so far this season. He also won the 800m in a time of 1.53.36.

Jamie Murtagh from Asbourne cleared a fine jump of 2.05m in the High Jump to win out over his competitors by a whole 5cm.

In the Inter Boys Blackrock College’s students had a great competition setting Leinster Schools records in both the 400m by Brian Masterson in a time of 49.49 and the 4×100m relay in a time of 44.25.

Mustafa Nasir from HFCS Rathcoole represented his school brilliantly with a double of his own in the 800m and in the 1500m (4.14.82).

Eoin Sheridan from St. Finians Mullingar threw 55.74m in the discus to win out over his opponents by 5m.

The girls side was also an exciting affair with three athletes (Elizabeth Morland, Anne Marie Tornsey, Siofra Cleirigh Buttner) in competition who will be moving on to represent Ireland in future championships.

Elizabeth Morland from Dunshaughlin CC had a fine display in the long jump with a jump of 5.52m to win. She will be forgoing the Aviva All Ireland Schools Championships to represent Ireland in the European Youth Olympic Games having qualified for three events (long jump, high jump and 100m hurdles). Morland will contest the 100m hurdles event in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Gina Akpe Moses from St. Vincent’s Dundalk was in great form winning both the 100m (12.33) and the 200m (25.58) in the inter Girls.

Anne Marie Tornsey from Loreto Swords, who will also be competing in the European Youth Olympic Games, won out in the shot putt (12.41m) and in the discus (34.27m).

In the Senior Girls, Loreto Kilkenny had a fantastic championship with Cliodhna Manning and Sarah Kate Lacey finishing first and second in both the 100m and 200m. They also ran in the 4×100m winning that also in a time of 48.29.

Siofra Cleirigh Buttner from Colaiste Iosagain was dominant in her events finish first in both the 800m (2.07.3) and the 1500m (4.37.13). Buttner is also targeting a place on the Irish team for the World Junior Championships in Eugene in July.

Long/Triple Jump Workshop Tuesday May 20th Clonmel Co Tipperary

19 May, 2014 - 10:31

Just a reminder that there will be a Long Jump/Triple Jump Workshop taking place on Tuesday 20th May at the Dr Pat O Callaghan Sports Complex in Clonmel Co Tipperary from 7-9pm. Please note it is now taking place in Clonmel and not Templemore as previously advertised. The cost is ?5 payable at registration 6.45-7pm and is open to all coaches and athletes aged 11+. The workshop will be run by former Irish International long jumper and current Junior High Performance Manager Jacqui Freyne.

For further information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or