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Blackrock & Dunleer Training Day

10 April, 2014 - 09:03

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

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

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

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

IUAA Champs (Crowd Funding)

10 April, 2014 - 08:46

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

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

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

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

To help support Irish athletes, you can make a donation here

EYOT 2014

9 April, 2014 - 15:12

The following is the list of those athletes who have achieved performances inside the Guideline Standards for EYOT’s 2014 in Baku. Achieving the guideline standard does not guarantee selection.

EYOT Performances

Please read the selection policy carefully for further details on selection: Policy

Route Announced Rock ’n’ Roll Half

8 April, 2014 - 16:02

Get ready to rock Dublin on August 4! NEW course. Same old toe-tapping, head-banging, air-guitaring goodness of a race route lined with live bands and entertainment.

Starting in Dublin’s Docklands area, running along the north side of the Liffey River, runners are in for a treat as they pass all of the fan favorites! After crossing over Memorial Bridge onto the south side, the route passes the famous Ha’Penny bridge (cue the photo opps!), Christ Church Cathedral, St. Audoen’s Church (oldest parish church in Dublin!) and of course, no tour of Dublin would be complete without… the Guinness Brewery. Although, the smell of hops and barley will be fleeting, as runners continue on past the Royal Hospital and Kilmainham Gaol into Phoenix Park. It’s there that the journey turns scenic as the route winds its way through the lush park, taking in the Wellington Monument, the Papal Cross, Áras an Uachtaráin and Dublin Zoo, finishing with a rockin’ concert in the park! Run hard, play hard in Dublin this summer… this is one run you simply can’t miss!

The 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon will include the Woodie’s DIY AAI Half Marathon Championships of Ireland. Enter Here

The Entry Fee includes:
•An Official Brooks Technical T-shirt
•Fantastic Finishers Medal
•Race Pack including; timing tag, race number & various other goodies
•Access to Health & Fitness Expo
•Live Entertainment along the route
•Access to Finish Line Festival and concert
Hope to see you at the event!

8 April, 2014 - 13:48

Last Shout on this event . Details attached should you wish to give it a go Walking/Running

You can alternatively enter online


National CE Squad Date (May)

8 April, 2014 - 11:45

The next National Combined Events squad day will be on Sunday May 4th at 12.30pm at Morton Stadium, Santry.

If you have any queries about the National CE Squad please email or call Kieron Stout on 086 2450134.

You can also follow the squad on Facebook at National Combined Events Squad Facebook Page

Cork City Marathon Team Relay

8 April, 2014 - 08:23

The Cork City Marathon already has a Team Batman, but if you think that your team could be the A-Team then get ready, get set and get training for the Cork City Marathon Team Relay and Half Marathon 2014.

With race day 2014 rapidly approaching there is no time for excuses, the Cork City Marathon offers a pace and length suited to everyone so register today for the team relay or half marathon and get training for Bank Holiday Monday 2 June 2014.

“Cork City Marathon 2014 is all about encouraging individuals of all levels and abilities to get involved – from first timers to professional athletes. In recent years we have developed the concept of group participation with the introduction of the Team Relay, Youth Relay and the Inter-Services Championships encouraging some healthy competition among colleagues and school mates,” said Race Director Jim O’Donovan.

“The team relay is fantastic for work colleagues, not only will it encourage employee wellbeing and team building, but it will also boost morale while raising funds for charity, helping to meet CSR objectives,” he added.

There are five stages of the team relay, each team member will complete at least one leg of the marathon course varying in distance from the shortest, 4.5 miles, to the longest, 5.8 miles.

The PCH International team relay are running the Cork City Marathon in 2014, in conjunction with Buckley Kiely & Co. Accountants.

“The Cork City Marathon provides a great platform for teambuilding, camaraderie within office, and also the bragging rights of who gets the best time! There will be 6 relay teams participating this year and also some individual members doing the full and half marathon,” said Sean Corkery, Group Finance Manager of PCH International.

“It was decided that MS Ireland would be our nominated charity this year as Richard Fowler from Buckley Kiely & Co. recently had a family member diagnosed with the condition. The teams are very focused on beating the fundraising target of €22, 000 which was raised from the 2013 marathon,” he added.

Now in its eighth year, the Cork City Marathon is an internationally recognised marathon, with certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). In 2013, over 7,000 people took part in the Cork City Marathon, an event that is quickly becoming one of the major events in the Irish sporting calendar. One of the fastest courses in Ireland, the Cork Marathon has been praised for its inclusivity, with entry fee concessions for those who are unwaged and in receipt of benefit ensuring that young and old and those with varying ability are included in the marathon.

Enter your relay team online before 31 March to avail of the special discounted entry fee. Teams can be comprised of friends, family, work colleagues, groups and clubs – it’s all about having fun and getting fit in the process!

Entry forms and full details on the Cork City Marathon Team Relay are available online at

Youth Record for Sheridan

7 April, 2014 - 16:40

The second running of the new ‘Athletics Ireland Spring Throws’ competition took place in Morton stadium on Saturday, April 6th. The aim of the competition was to give throwers (From Under 16 to Senior) the opportunity to get in an early competition. The event was ideal for athletes getting ready for schools competitions or those trying to make qualification to European Youth or World Junior Championships.

Eoin Sheridan (North Westmeath) was the stand out performer in the discus event when he set a new National Youth Record of 56.38m. The distance surpassed the old mark held by Colin Quirke of 52.77m which had stood since 1990.

Another of those to impress was James Williams (Shercock AC) who achieved the standard for the European Youth Olympic Festival in the hammer by throwing a distance of 63.48m.


Rundonegal Women’s 5k

6 April, 2014 - 20:36

Pink was definitely the colour as hundreds of women braved windy and at times wet conditions at Finn Valley earlier today for the Rundonegal Women’s 5k . Proceeds on this occassion going to Paedriatric Unit LGH to purchase a recovery incubator for new born babies .

The funds will be increased with the organisation of a coffee morning at Cristeph Gallery Thursday morning from 10.30 . Final figure announced after that and indeed should anyone wish to purchase a race t shirt and add to the figure contact Grace Boyle 0868092354


Britton & Hanrahan Win National 10k Titles

6 April, 2014 - 15:04

Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) and Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) were victorious in the Woodie’s DIY National 10k Championships on Sunday, April 6th in the Phoenix Park. The national championships were run in conjunction with the Great Ireland Run with 600 club athletes battling it out for the national titles.

Two times European Cross Country Champion Britton started as one of the pre-race favourites along with current European Champion Sophie Duarte of France. However there was a surprise in store when Iwona Lewandowska of Poland made her break with seven kilometres remaining. Britton crucially allowed the Polish athlete along with Duarte to move away, a gap the Kilcoole AC athlete would never manage to close.

Lewandowska stayed strong to the finish to win the race in a time of 33.39 with Duarte second in a time of 33.48 and Spain’s Alessandra Aguilar third in a time of 33.49. Britton ran very strongly over the second part of the race and closed the gap on the leaders to finish fourth in a time of 33.54.

She had the consolidation of winning the national 10k title with Catherina McKiernan, ten years after winning the event, finishing a fine second with Dundrum South Dublin athlete Sarah Mulligan third.

Cork athlete Mark Hanrahan returned from a recent spell of warm weather training in Australia won the men’s national title in a time of 30.20 with Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC) second in a time of 30.46 and Tomas Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) placing third in a time of 30.47.

The overall victory in the men’s race went to reigning World Cross Country Champion Japhet Korir of Kenya in a time of 29.12.

*A more detailed report, including master and team results, will be added to this piece once the championship results are available.*

Before the 10k races got underway the elite men’s mile race took centre stage. Defending champion Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) showed his winter training has gone extremely well producing a powerful kick over the last 400m to win in a time of 4.02. After an up and down indoor season a resurgent John Travers (Donore Harriers) finished in second place in a time of 4.04, impressive performances by both athletes in wet and windy conditions.

Finnegan Aims For 16m

6 April, 2014 - 10:03

Denis Finnegan (Leevale AC) recorded the jump of his life at the Australian championships in Melbourne yesterday. His first jump of the competition was measured at 15.93m, well ahead of his previous best of 15.55m. The only downside was the wind measurement of 3.7m/s, which is over the legal 2.0m/s. He followed up in the second round with 15.71 (3.4m/s).

A legal wind reading would have seen him ranked at number 3 on the Irish All Time List, headed by clubmate Colm Cronin who jumped 16.27m indoors in 1978, and Hugh Maguire who jumped 15.88m in 1986.

Only Samual Okantey has recorded a longer wind assisted jump of 16.04m (w5.9m/s) in 2007.

Australian Athletics Championships - Melbourne AUS
Men Triple Jump Open
1 Idowu, Phillips 78 GBR X16.71m CB 2.4
2 Jones, Alwyn 85 VIC 16.37m CB 3.2
3 Hasegawa, Daigo 90 JPN X16.23m 3.8
4 Lumley, Joshua 90 NSW 16.10m 4.2
5 Finnegan, Denis 86 IRE 15.83m 3.7
15.83m(3.7) 15.71m(3.4) 15.52m(2.6) 15.23m(2.7) FOUL FOUL
6 Anang, Tetteh 93 QLD 15.57m 3.0

Battle on the Bayou - Baton Rouge, La.

Men 3000 Meter
1 Damian Roszko JR Miss State 8:17.95
2 Phillip Primeaux JR LSU 8:22.27
3 Andrew Monaghan SO Miss State 8:28.24
4 Tyler Yunk FR Kansas 8:30.59

Florida Relays - Gainesville,Fl

Women 1500 Meter Run University
1 Ellie Staker JR Embry-Riddle 4:20.91
2 Nina Herrera SR UTSA 4:25.15
3 Morgan Jackson JR Georgia Tech 4:26.30
4 Niamh Kearney JR Georgia State 4:26.64
5 Tessni Carruthers JR Nicholls State 4:27.85

Sam Howell Invitational - Princeton, N.J.
Men 3000m Section 2
1 Costello, Christian Providence 14:51.27
2 Garrity, Chris Widener 14:51.68
3 Eversole, Ben Columbia 14:52.04
10 Armstrong, Hugh Providence 14:58.20

Arkansas Spring Meet - Fayetteville, AK
Men 800m
1 Ryan Wheatley FR Oklahoma State 1:53.55
2 Dean Cronin SO Iowa Central CC 1:54.47
3 Dylan Eigenberger SO Iowa Central CC 1:57.32

Men 1500m
1 Tomas Squella JR Arkansas 3:48.73
2 Andrew Pisechko FR Arkansas 3:49.20
3 Trevor Vidlak SR Nebraska 3:49.87
8 Tommy Casey JR Oklahoma State 3:57.74

Men 800m seeded
1 Elijah Silva FR Tulsa 1:51.68
2T yler Payton SR Oklahoma State 1:51.93
3 Anthony Lieghio Unattached 1:52.23
4 Will Teubel SO Iowa 1:52.52

Colonial Relays - Williamsburg, Va.
Women 5000 Meter Run Seeded University
1 Balouris, Elaina SR William and 15:56.85
2 Stites, Emily SO William and 15:57.04
3 ward, rachel Ragged Mount 15:59.19
7 Jameson, Tara JR Iona 16:38.81

Spikes Classic - Daytona Beach, Fla.
Men 1500 Meter Run University
1 Bez, Niclas FR Saint Leo 3:57.63
2 Schmick, Brennen FR Webber 3:59.93
3 Mullen, Joseph JR Tennessee Wesleyan 4:00.04
7 Dunne, Carl SO Saint Leo 4:04.24

Sprinters Dominate Leevale Sports

6 April, 2014 - 08:47

Sprinters dominated the annual Leevale Sports at Cork IT yesterday. Five heats were required in the men’s 100m and 200m, with three heats in the women’s 100m. A light drizzle did little to deter athletes throughout the day, while the strength of the wind fluctuated continuously.

There was a shock for Marcus Lawler (St. L. O’Toole AC) when his blocks slipped at the start of his heat of the 100m and he crashed to the track. The race was re-run and he duly lined up for the final. The final belonged to David Hynes (Menapians AC) who was always one step ahead throughout the race and he won in a time of 11.22 to Lawler’s 11.26. Lawler made amends later when he dominated the 200m to win in a time of 22.87, with Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC) second in 22.69.

Phil Healy (Bandon AC) was a clear winner of the women’s 100m in a time of 12.24, chased home by Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) in 12.30 and Catherine McManus (DCH AC) in 12.32. Surprisingly, Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) could only finish fourth in 12.35, but there was an even bigger surprise when she later dominated the 200m to win in a time of 24.85, with Kelly Proper second in 24.98.

Lavin made it a double when she added the 100m hurdles in 14.05.

Junior Sam Healy (Leevale AC) was a surprise winner of the men’s long jump with 6.99m, ahead of clubmate David Quilligan with 6.95m. Healy added the junior 110m hurdles in a time of 15.38, while Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) won the junior women’s 100m hurdles in 14.23 which is inside the standard for the European Youth Olympic Trials.

Paul Murphy (Ferrybank AC) got his season off to a flying start when he won the 400m in 48.65, putting him on track for an attempt on the World junior standard in the weeks ahead.


European B Standard for Rooney

5 April, 2014 - 08:10

David Rooney (Raheny Shamrock AC) got the weekend off to a good start when he finished fifth in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational in California last night. His time of 28:41.72 knocked thirteen seconds off his previous best and is also a ‘B’ standard for the European championships in Zurich.

Clubmate Kevin Dooney competed in Section 2 and finished second in a time of 29:10.13, an improvement of 46 seconds on his previous best.

Kerry O’Flaherty (Nee Harty) was seventh in the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:14.33.

Stanford Invitational - Stanford, California
Men 10000 Meter Run Section 1
1 208 Jason Witt BYU 28:36.64
2 206 Jared Ward BYU 28:37.36
3 50 Micah Chelimo Alaska Ancho 28:37.75
4 306 Aaron Dinzeo California ( 28:40.88
5 562 Ryan Rutherford Illinois Sta 28:41.23
6 772 David Rooney NAZ Elite 28:41.72
7 529 Ethan Shaw Hansons-Broo 28:41.86
8 943 David Perry Portland 28:42.35
9 890 Abbabiya Simbassa Oklahoma 28:42.56
10 1349 Andrew Lemoncello Unattached 28:42.68

Men 10000 Meter Run Section 2
1 904 Kirubel Erassa Oklahoma Sta 29:02.77
2 1554 Kevin Dooney Yale 29:10.13
3 16 Jovanny Godinez Adams State 29:15.00
4 821 Josh Hardin Northern Ari 29:15.51
5 907 Brian Gohlke Oklahoma Sta 29:17.41

Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase Section 1
1 1331 Lennie Waite Unattached 9:48.17
2 101 Rachel Johnson Baylor 9:49.31
3 27 Sarah Pease Adidas/Rogue 9:55.35
4 880 Megan Rolland Oiselle 9:58.41
5 11 Alicia Nelson Adams State 9:59.83
6 833 Alexa Aragon Notre Dame 10:14.29
7 592 Kerry O’Flaherty Ireland 10:14.33
8 95 Emma Dahl Arkansas-Lit 10:15.20

Call for Club Stewards

4 April, 2014 - 16:04

Athletics Ireland wish to recruit Club Members who are Over 18 from the greater Dublin area to assist stewarding at the following events.

Date Event Location Race Start Distance

(1) Friday April 18 Ray D’Arcy Half Million Half Marathon Phoenix Park 10am 21k

(2) Sunday April 28 Samsung Run Dublin@night Dublin City Centre 9pm 10k

(3) Saturday May 10 Pieta House Darkness into Light Phoenix Park 4am 5k

(4) Monday August 4 Rock’n'Roll Half Marathon Dublin 8.30am 21k

(5) Wednesday Sept 3 Grant Thornton Corporate Team Challenge Docklands 7.30pm 5k

(6) Sunday Nov 9 Remembrance Run Phoenix Park 11am 5k

Clubs should register their interest by emailing identifying the event and number of stewards they can provide.

A donation to the club of €30 for each steward will be made as reimbursement of member travel and subsistence expenses. Allocations will be made on a first come, first served basis.

600 Club Athletes Entered for National 10k

4 April, 2014 - 15:05

Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC), European cross country champion in 2011 and 2012, will lead nearly 600 club athletes in this Sunday’s national 10k championships. The national championships are once again being incorporated into the SPAR Great Ireland Run over 10k on the roads of the Phoenix Park.

Entry List

Britton will start as the firm favourite to win the national title and she will also challenge for the overall victory in the women’s race.

The women’s elite field includes European Cross Country Champion Sophie Duarte of France, Helen Clitheroe (Great Britain) and Spanish due of Allesandra Aguilar and Diana Martin.

Apart from Britton the places on the podium for the national championships will be hotly contested with Ciara Durkin (Skerries AC) and Teresa McGloin (Finn Valley AC) set to toe the line.

Reigning national inter club cross country champion Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC) will start as the favourite to win the men’s national title. Clohisey has enjoyed a wonderful return to form lately including that impressive victory at the Inter Clubs in Dundalk on March 2nd. With Dublin marathon champion Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF) and Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) competing it ensures that Clohisey will need to be at his best to win the title.

As always the team aspect of the championships will witness Ireland’s leading clubs battle it out in the men’s and women’s senior, master O35 and master O50 categories.

In the elite men’s 10k race, Japheth Korir the 2013 World cross country champion makes his first visit to Dublin and will start as favourite in the men’s race with a personal best time of 27:52 for 10k.

Before the 10k Run starts, a men’s elite mile will go up and down Chesterfield Avenue (the main road) in the Phoenix Park. Defending champion Paul Robinson from St Coca’s in Kildare returns to face up to 3:52 British miler Ross Murray, and his compatriots James Brewer and Ross Millington who are 3:54 and 3:59 milers.

The other Irish favourites will include national indoor 800 metre champion Niall Tuohy of Ferrybank, last year’s runner-up Eoin Everard from Kilkenny and national indoor 1500 metre champion John Coghlan from Metro St Brigid’s.

The mile gets under way at 12:20, the elite women’s race at 13:10 and the SPAR Great Ireland Run starts at 13:30.

Masters Impress At World Champs

4 April, 2014 - 08:45

The Irish team returned from the World Master Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary with an impressive haul of ten medals. The medals were earned in a variety of events including the 800m, pentathlon and shot putt.

Pride of place goes to Joe Gough (M60) and Brian Lynch (M60) who were both crowned world champions and set new world records in the process. Gough won the 800m title in a time of 2.15.08; storming around the last 200m in 30 seconds to clinch gold.

Lynch matched his team mate with a equally impressive performance in the 1,500m winning the title in a new world record of 4.26.62. This broke his own world record set in Athlone a few weeks ago (4.27.27). For good measure Gough rounded off a fantastic weekend by winning the bronze medal in a time of 4.33.68.

A full list of all the medal winners can be seen below and further information can be found on the Irish Masters Athletics Website:

Brian Lynch M60, 1,500 World Record, 4.26.62
Joe Gough M60, 800ms, World Record 2.15.08

Ann Woodlock, W75, 3000m
Mick Traynor, M45, CC

Joe Gough, M60 1,500m
Geraldine Finegan, W45, Pentathlon
John McDermott, M70, Pentathlon
Cathal McLaughlin, M45, 1500m
Ann Woodlock, W75, 1,500m
Mary Barrett, W55, Shot Putt.

*Picture credit Tomas Greally

Cork City Marathon Information

3 April, 2014 - 14:47

With the Cork City Marathon now open for registration, there is no excuse not to make 2014 your marathon year! Whether it is the full or half marathon, the team relay, youth relay or the inter-services championships, the Cork City Marathon offers a pace and course suited to everyone.

Speaking at the launch of the Cork City Marathon 2014, which will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd June 2014, Race Director Jim O’Donovan said: “The Cork City Marathon 2014 is all about encouraging individuals of all levels and abilities to get involved – from first timers to professional athletes. In recent years we have developed the concept of group participation with the introduction of the Team Relay, Youth Relay and the Inter-Services Championships encouraging some healthy competition among colleagues and school mates.

The Inter Services Championships encourages teams and individuals from the various uniformed bodies, such as the Gardaí, Naval Service, Fire Brigade, Ambulance, Coastguard, etc., to run for the honour of their Units.

We are encouraging everyone to get involved in 2014, it’s all about team spirit, participation and that special sense of achievement. Make 2014 the year that you run the Cork City Marathon,” he added.

Now in its eighth year, the Cork City Marathon is an internationally recognised marathon, with certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). In 2013, over 7,000 people took part in the Cork City Marathon, an event that is quickly becoming one of the major events in the Irish sporting calendar. One of the fastest courses in Ireland, the Cork Marathon has been praised for its inclusivity, with entry fee concessions for those who are unwaged and in receipt of benefit ensuring that young and old and those with varying ability are included in the marathon.

Last year, the first year of the Youth Challenge, saw more than 100 youth teams take part in the 26.2 mile marathon relay challenge, each team member (5 persons) completing a stage of the marathon, with a maximum distance of 5.8 miles (9.3km) each.
This year will see also see a Guinness Wold Record Challenge by Alex O’Shea, who will attempt to break the record for running a marathon in his full firefighter attire, including fire hazard boots.

Entry forms and full details on the Cork City Marathon are available online at

Registration Figures (March 2014)

3 April, 2014 - 14:40

The updated list of members registered per club and county has been published.

All members should have received their membership cards. If you have not received one yet please contact your club secretary or Moira Aston (Registration & Child Welfare Manager) in Athletics Ireland by email:

Club Reports

County Reports

Congress Syllabus

3 April, 2014 - 14:33

The 2014 Athletics Ireland General Congress will take place on the 26th/27th of April in the Moran’s Silver Springs Hotel in Cork. The full syllabus can be viewed below:

Congress Syllabus