Athletics Ireland have announced today, 25th of November the athletes that will represent Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on December 8th.
A full preview of the team will be available following the press conference on the 27th of November.
Tir Chonaill Athletic Club’s annual Jingle Bells 5k road race takes place on Sunday, 22nd of December:
Race: Annual Jingle Bells 5k Road Race
Location: Donegal Town
Date: Sunday 22nd Dec. 2013
Double European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) finished in seventh place in a top class field at the Cross de l’Acier in France on Sunday, November 24th.
It was Britton’s first real test of the winter as she continues her preparations towards the defence of her European cross country title in Belgrade on December 8th. The Wicklow native finished the 6.6km course in a time of 23.03. The race was won by Ethiopian athlete Hiwot Ayelew in a time of 22.30. One of Britton’s big rivals for the European title Sophie Duarte of France finished in fifth place in a time of 22.54.
Ireland’s Michael Mulhare (Portlaoise AC) fresh from his second place finish at last weekend’s Woodie’s DIY national inter county cross country championships competed in the men’s race. Mulhare was up against a top quality field with Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes occupying the top six positions. Mulhare finished in 11th place in a time of 29.33; the race was won by Kenyan athlete Cornelius Kangogo in a time a time of 28.07.
The inaugural Donegal Remembrance 10k brought out a wide ranging number of people to Finn Valley Centre Sunday morning . It was a case of a community coming together to remember loved ones that had sadly passed away . Friends and family joined together to support this unique event many choosing to raise funds on behalf of their particular cause .
The American collegiate cross country season concluded yesterday with the staging of the NCAA championships on a wet and windy course in Terre Haute, Indiana. Pre-race favourites Providence College lived up to the predictions and dominated the team competition with a runaway victory – 56 points clear of second place Arizona.
Sarah Collins (Finn Valley AC) was fast away in the 6k race but slipped back as the race progressed. However, she did pick up seven places in the last mile to finish 39th.
Fellow Providence runner Shane Quinn (Ferrybank AC) was best of the Irish men when he finished 42nd in the men’s 10 race, with Jake Byrne (Mullingar Harriers) just behind in 71st.
“The women were brilliant,” Head Coach Ray Treacy said. “It was a difficult course with tough conditions. Sarah really pulled through at half-way mark.” Waterford man Treacy has spent half a lifetime as coach of Providence College.
NCAA DI Cross Country Championships Terre Haute, IN
November 23rd, 2013
1 Abbey D’Agostino SR - Dartmouth 20:00.3
2 Emma Bates JR - Boise State 20:03.9
3 Kate Avery SO - Iona 20:05.4
4 Aisling Cuffe JR - Stanford 20:09.3
5 Emily Lipari SR - Villanova 20:10.8
6 Colleen Quigley JR - Florida State 20:11.3
7 Emily Sisson SR - Providence 20:17.5
39 Sarah Collins SO - Providence 20:44.9
1 Edward Cheserek FR - Oregon 29:41.1
2 Kennedy Kithuka SR - Texas Tech 29:59.1
3 Maksim Korolev SR - Harvard 29:59.5
4 Futsum Zienasellassie SO - Northern Arizona 30:05.7
5 Jim Rosa JR - Stanford 30:08.9
42 Shane Quinn JR - Providence 30:47.8
71 Jake Byrne JR - Iona 31:03.1
100 Kevin Dooney SO - Yale 31:18.8
167 David Flynn SR - Arkansas 31:55.7
Just days after the 60th anniversary of the founding of Tullamore Harriers, comes the sad news of the passing of Larry Fox, a founding member of the club, after a long illness.
Larry was a versatile sportsman in his youth with success across various codes. However it was our sport of athletics gain, when as a teenager he and his friends met to form the club on the night of November 13th 1953. Larry was a major stalwart in the club through the years and the fine facilities on the Tullamore Harriers grounds today are a testament to him and his colleagues.
Larry will be sadly missed by his loving wife Liz, son Tom, daughter Mary, son-in-law Eugene, daughter-in-law Maureen, a large extended family and all Tullamore Harriers past and present.
Rest In Peace
Arrangements: Reposing at his residence, Healy Street, Tullamore on Saturday (23rd November) from 2pm until 10pm with Rosary at 9pm. Reposing at his Residence again on Sunday (24th November) from 2pm until Removal at 7pm to the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore. Requiem Mass on Monday (25th November) at 12 noon. Burial after Mass in Clonminch Cemetery.
Athletics Ireland Club Mark applauds excellence in safeguarding, coaching and club management. Club Mark will help make our clubs safer, stronger and more successful.
Athletics Ireland CEO John Foley says “We are delighted to launch this new initiative to all our clubs. We believe Club Mark will become a key planning and development tool for clubs.”
Club Mark coordinator Kieron Stout says “We are delighted the system is now launched and available online for all Athletics Ireland clubs nationwide.”
Accreditation is easy to achieve. Click Here to register and access your Club Mark workbook. Once your workbook is submitted it will be assessed. When your submission is approved your club will be awarded the Athletics Ireland Club Mark. Accreditation will include benefits such as Club Mark branding, discounted coaching courses and sports equipment for your clubs.
Clubs accredited to the Athletics Ireland Club Mark can be proud of what they have achieved. They will have demonstrated a definite commitment to developing athletics. Parents and members can be reassured their club is safe, well-managed and striving to offer the best in coaching and athletic experiences.
The Athletics Ireland Club Mark coordinator is Kieron Stout. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 01 886 9933.
Athletics Ireland encourage all clubs to register now for the new online system under the Sports Capital programme. The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment throughout the country.
To improve efficiency the Department of Sport have introduced a new online system called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register). Clubs and organisations are requested to register NOW if they wish to apply for funding under the Sports Capital fund in 2014. Failure to register will mean that clubs or organisations will not be able to apply for funding under this measure in 2014.
OSCAR will allow groups to view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate with the Department online.
This will also be the only way to apply for grants under any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme.
Applications for funding are not currently being accepted and no decision has been made on the timing of the next round of the programme.
For further information see www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie Registration Guide
The annual Antrim IAAF International Cross Country event will take place on the slightly earlier than usual date of Saturday 4th January 2014. Once again the event will encompass the NI & Ulster Senior Cross Country Championships. This great all-round event is a key fixture in both the British Athletics Cross Challenge Series and the Athletics NI Cross Country League. Awarded one of only 12 IAAF World Cross Country permits the event is the highlight of the Cross Country calendar in Northern Ireland. A number of top class UK and Irish athletes are expected to confirm their attendance over the coming weeks in addition to the international athletes already committed.
Organised by Athletics Northern Ireland and supported by Antrim Borough Council and Sport Northern Ireland, the races will be held in the picturesque surrounds of CAFRE at Greenmount Campus in Antrim. $15,000 prize money is once again on offer, with $7500 for each of the men’s and women’s races.
Annadale Striders’ athlete, Ryan McDermott joined Alderman Sam Dunlop, Chair of Antrim Borough Council’s Development and Leisure Committee and Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of Sport Northern Ireland to launch the 2014 event. Ryan was part of the strong Irish team that competed at the Lotto Cross Cup in Antwerp earlier this month and finished first in the Under 23 category in the Woodies DIY AAI Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships last weekend.
The Antrim IAAF International Cross Country is one of the largest and most popular events in the Northern Ireland athletics sporting calendar, with more than 1,200 competitors taking part and race categories ranging from Under 13s to Masters.
This year Athletics Northern Ireland will also play host to the Celtic Cross Country International in which teams from Ulster, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will all compete for the coveted Individual and Team Trophies.
Alderman Sam Dunlop said, “We are delighted that Athletics Northern Ireland has chosen to return to Antrim for the IAAF International Cross Country. CAFRE, Greenmount Campus is an ideal venue for this world class competition. With its central location and ease of access it is ideal for the many competitors who will travel from overseas.”
Alderman Dunlop continued, “Antrim Borough Council is proud to support this prestigious event, which will no doubt contribute significantly to the Borough, particularly with the inclusion this year of the Celtic Cross Country Championships.
We wish Athletics Northern Ireland, CAFRE and the runners every success for January 2014.”
Sport Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown, welcomed the event saying “I am delighted that Sport Northern Ireland is supporting this event through the International Sports Events programme and we look forward to welcoming international athletes here to compete with our home grown talent. By hosting this event, Northern Ireland athletes will have the opportunity to compete at a high level and I have no doubt this will encourage and inspire them and provide an excellent opportunity to showcase their skills. It will also help Sport Northern Ireland to achieve one of its main aims – developing improved performance pathways for Northern Ireland athletes, players and sports.”
Online Entry is now available at www.athleticsni.org
For National Track Records, Qualification Standard or Season Best Performance, set in Ireland to be accepted as a valid performance for records and statistical purposes the following rules must be observed:
There continues to be a lot of activity in the Walks events, both locally, regionally and nationally. The RDOs are helping to co-ordinate workshops such as the one held in Santry on November 16th and the Walks NEC organises a full programme of activities to help develop walkers and walks coaching each year.
Some of the recent National Squad activities includes; Irish Youths competing in the AAA’s underage Track & Field Championships in Bedford, England on the 1st September, 2013. This was a highly successful weekend. Competitively the group won 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze, however more importantly the entire group had the experience of traveling to a foreign Track Championships and enduring all the additional relevant experiences not encountered at home including moving up to a new event racing distance and also for the first time ever from an Irish perspective experiencing the implementation of the new ‘Pit Lane’ rule (however due to the very high quality of each Irish walkers’ technique none had to endure its full implementation). Also the group got several additional coaching guidelines and instructions. Including athletes and group support a total of 17 travelled.
At the suggestion and encouragement of the Endurance Coach, Chris Jones, a one day squad session in Athlone IT on Saturday the 28th September. As this was in conjunction with the National Junior Cross-Country Squad it was mainly for Junior Race-walkers and their coaches. This was relatively early for such a session but there was a very positive response.
As the Youths/younger juveniles had travelled to Bedford in September, the Juniors and the Under 23’s and development walkers travelled to the Race-walking Centre for Excellence in Leeds Carnegie Metropolitan University for 4 days from the 31st October to the 3rd November, 2013 inclusive. This has become an annual event. Thanks goes to Brian Hanley who co-ordinated advanced testing and usage of University facilities. Likewise thanks to Dr. Ian Richards and Dr. Andi Drake, who made the group most welcome and who helped organize some training sessions in conjunction with the training group based there. Including athletes and group support a total of 15 travelled to Leeds.
Following on from the visit to Leeds there will be a squad session in Santry on Saturday the 7th December, 2013. Brian Hanley will be present to give individual reports based upon the findings of his testing, in addition to a full day of coaching activities.
As several Race-walkers are now pursuing third level qualifications in Dublin, there is now in place a plan for regular training get-togethers. With the support of Enda Fitzpatrick this is planned for DCU on every second available Friday from 4pm to 7.30pm. So far this expanding group has met consistently.
A full programme of activities for 2014 is now being drawn up and full
World Race Walk Champion Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) was named as the Athlete of the Year at the National Athletics Awards in association with Woodie’s DIY and Tipperary Crystal which took place on Saturday 20th of November in the Crown Plaza Hotel.
2013 was the year when Heffernan quite literally had the Walk of his life. The Cork athlete won an historic gold medal at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Moscow in the 50k Race Walk. The inspirational performance meant Heffernan became Ireland’s third ever gold medalist at these prestigious championships along with Eamonn Coghlan (1983) and Sonia O’Sullivan (1995). Heffernan was also awarded the Race Walker of the Year Award for 2013.
The Endurance Athlete Award went to Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) who successfully defended her European Cross Country title in Budapest, Hungary. On that occasion Britton also led the senior women’s team to an historic team gold medal. The team of Linda Byrne (Dundrum South Dublin AC), Ava Hutchinson (Dundrum South Dublin AC), Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC), Sarah Louise Treacy (Moynalvey AC) and Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe Harriers AC) along with Fionnuala were recognised for their achievements at those championships.
The Track and Field Athlete of the Year was awarded to Mark English (UCD AC) after he produced a number of high quality performances on the track. The Letterkenny native ran the second fastest time ever by an Irishman over 800m at the diamond league meeting in London when he ran a time of 1.44.84.
Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) received the Indoor Track and Field Athlete Award for his exploits at the European Indoor Track and Field Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden. He won the bronze medal in the 3,000m in a time of 7.50.40 and he also impressed over the mile when he ran a time of 3.52.10 to move to fourth on the Irish all time lists.
Leevale Athletic Club was the worthy recipients of the Performance Club of the Year Award. Leevale is one of the powerhouses of Irish Athletics and the Cork club enjoyed an exceptional run of success in 2013 culminating in their senior men’s and women’s team finishing second in the National Track and Field League final. They also enjoyed international success through their athletes Ciaran O’Lionaird, Derval O’Rourke and youth athlete Louise Shanhan to name just three.
Lifford AC were awarded Development Club of the Year.The Donegal based club has been pro-active in increasing their Fit4Life group over the last twelve months. The club encourages and supports numerous members to up skill their coaching knowledge and skills through the various coaching courses and the club also has an active annual coaching support service/partnership with all the primary schools in the catchment area.
2013 was a busy year in international competition for our up and coming athletes and this quality is reflected in the winner of that category. Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) who had a remarkable 2013, a year in which she won a silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the European Junior Track and Field Championships in Rieti, Italy. She also lowered the national junior 100m hurdles record to a time of 13.45 seconds. Lavin was the worthy recipient of Junior Athlete of the Year. On a special day for Lavin her coach Noelle Morrissey was the winner of the Coach of the Year award.
Inspirational performance of the year went to Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) on the basis of her four gold medals (100m, 200m Long Jump and 4×100m) at the 2013 National Track and Field Championships.
Ronnie Long was named as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Ronnie has played a very significant role in Irish Athletics for almost half a century. The award is a fitting recognition for all those years of service.
The Outstanding Official Award was presented to Brian Dowling of Naas Athletic Club who embodies the ethos of volunteerism, giving unselfishly his time and energies for the benefit of others.
The Master of the Year award was presented to Geraldine Finegan (Dunleer AC) after claiming the gold medal in the heptathlon and bronze in the pole vault at the 2013 World Master Championships in Brazil in October.
The Mountain Runner of the Year was awarded to the Irish women’s senior team of Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe Harriers AC), Kate Cronin (Raheny Shamrock AC), Sarah Mulligan (Dundrum South Dublin AC) and Sharon Trimble (North Belfast Harriers AC). The team won the bronze medals at the World mountain running championships in Krynica, Poland.
The Ultra Running Award was presented to Eoin Keith for setting a new Irish 24 hour record of 152 miles at the Mary Peter’s track in Belfast in July.
The AVIVA Tailteann Schools’ Awards were awarded to Marcus Lawler (CBS Carlow) and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain)
The Aviva All Ireland Schools’ Combined Event Championships took place in Athlone International Arena on Saturday, 16th of November. The competition brought together the best schools combined event athletes in the country to take part in the junior, intermediate and senior categories.
There was an enthralling battle in the boy’s intermediate competition between Sam Healy (Carrigaline CS) and Christian Robinson (Carrick GS). Both athletes were inseparable across the five event contest with Healy impressing in the long jump with a leap of 6.70m. Robinson had it all to do going into the 800m, despite his best efforts (2.09.56) it wasn’t to be as he had to settle for second place with a score of 3,385. Healy had four points to spare over Robinson and won the title with a score of 3,389.
Elizabeth Morland (Dunshaughlin CC) dominated the Intermediate girl’s category with a score of 3,617 points. Morland began the competition with a commanding victory in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.90. She also cleared an impressive 1.68m in the high jump and finished off with a solo effort of 2.34.67 in the 800m to seal overall victory.
Daniel Ryan (CBS Thurles) was very consistent across all the events as he romped to victory with a point’s total of 3,245. In the junior girl’s category there were five athletes over the 3,000 point barrier with Arlene Crossen (Loreto Letterkenny) taking the victory with a score of 3,289.
Jonathan Hill (Sullivan Upper) scored 2,933 points to win the senior boy’s title and Katie Hyland (Sacred Hearth Westport) won the senior girl’s title with a score of 2,946 points.
The death of Catherine Coghlan (nee King) has occurred. Catherine (Kathleen), beloved wife of the late William (Billy) (former president of Athletics Ireland) and mother of Ann, Bill, Brendan, Eamonn and Mary.
Reposing at her residence on Monday from 4pm until 8pm. Removal to the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mourne Road on Tuesday morning 19th of November arriving for Requiem Mass at 11.30am, followed by burial in Dean’s Grange Cemetery.
The National Combined Events Squad met to begin preparations for 2014 in Tallaght AC on Sunday 17th Nov. Over 28 of our top multi eventers reported for a busy afternoon of work.
Kieron Stout, NEC, opened the day with a briefing on support for the athletes in 2014 and details of bursaries and targeted international CE competitions.
After warm up athletes participated in two tests with vertical jump digital pad and flying 30m speed tests facilitated by Alan Golden and Stefen Fleischer. The national coaches of Brid Golden, Lucy Moore, Garry Power and Alan Golden then took groups through a rotation of technical events. These included long jump, hurdles, high jump, shot put and discus.
While work was in progress out on the track back in the physio room Rosie Daniel and her team from Tralee IT were working with selected athletes on posture analysis which proved very useful to all that participated.
The day closed with a terrific 800/1500 interval session managed by Brid Golden and Lucy Moore. This was a very informative session and was very popular with all the coaches in attendance.
Overall it was a terrific day for combined events. Well done to all who travelled long distances to contribute and participate in the day. It was great to have the CE community together again to build on this year’s work. We look forward to our next squad session in late December (Sunday 29th) and then into our National Championships in AIT on January 11th.
For more information on the National Combined Events squad please contact Kieron Stout at email@example.com or telephone at 086 2450134.
The big attendance at today’s Woodie’s DIY cross country championships at Santry Demesne in Dublin added very much to the atmosphere. The weather remained mild and the rain never materialised, much to the delight of everyone. It was also very heartening to see so many of the juvenile athletes stay for the junior and senior races, and they were surely delighted to witness some marvellous performances.
The performance of Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole aC) was one of the most enthralling sights to be witnessed in a long time. She had Sarah Treacy (Moynaley AC) for company for the first lap, but she eased away and added to her lead as the race progressed. It was a magnificent run by the Wicklow woman who acknowledged the great support she received all around the course as she raced almost without effort around the course. Juvenile athletes who witnessed the race could not but have been impressed. Sarah McCormack (Dundrum South Dublin AC) came through strongly for secon, ahead of Treacy.
Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders), better known for his efforts in the marathon, opened up a lead in the senior men’s race after a lap. David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) was the only one to remain with him, but after another lap Pollock went for home again. This time no one could live with him and he stretched his lead all the way to the line for an impressive win.
Brothers Michael and Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC) were in superb for as they batteled each other for the minor places. The younger Michael was second and Dan third to become the first pairing of brothers to represent Ireland in the European cross country championships.
Siofra Buttner Cleirigh (Dundrum South Dublin AC) won the junior title in convincing style, leading an avalanche of clubmates over the line – five in the first six in the combined U18/junior race, including Sarah Fitzpatrick who won the U18 title.
Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) proved a convincing winner of the junior men’s race, with Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) racing on strongly for second, and U18 winner Kevin Mulcaire (Ennis Track) third.
Dublin won all four, senior and junior, inter county titles.
The juvenile races saw Siofra O’Flaherty (Dunleer AC) and Christy Conlon (Beechmount Harriers) win the U16 titles; Sarah Healy (Blackrock AC) and Aarn McGlynn (Finn Valley AC) won the U14 titles; and Corrine Kenny (St. L. O’Toole AC) won the U12 titles. Competition in all the underage races was tremendous.
Senior & Junior Results
(Juvenile Results to follow)
There will be live streaming available for tomorrow’s Woodie’s DIY Inter County Cross Country Championships of Ireland. The live streaming will cover the junior and senior races only, please see timetable below. This is our first attempt at live streaming; all feedback and suggestions are welcomed:
Link: Live Stream
Junior Women: 13.00
Junior Men: 13.20
Senior Women: 13.45
Senior Men: 14.25
The American Regional cross country championships were held at Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx New York yesterday, just eight days before nationals at Terre Haute Indiana next Saturday. In the North East Regional it was Sarah Collins (Finn Valley aC) who again produced the best performance by an Irish based athlete. She finished third, thirteen seconds behind winner Abbey D’Agostino from Dartmouth, and just two seconds off her Providence College team mate Emily Sissons.
In the men’s race Shane Quinn (Ferrybank AC) was best of the Irish in seventh place with Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrock AC), running probably his best race since heading Stateside, just four seconds behind Quinn in eleventh place. Jake Byrne (Mullingar Harriers) was 19th.
2013 NCAA Div 1 East Region Cross Country Championships Van Cortland Park - Bronx, NY
1 Abbey D’Agostino SR 19:48.3 Dartmouth
2 Emily Sisson SR 19:59.1 Providence
3 Sarah Collins SO 20:01.2 Providence
4 Waverly Neer JR 20:01.8 Columbia
5 Kate Avery SO 20:03.3 Iona
21 Eimear Black SR 20:53.6 Bryant
1 Maksim Korolev SR 30:11.6 Harvard
2 Matt Gillespie SR 30:18.4 Iona
3 Martin Hehir SO 30:18.5 Syracuse
4 Robert Molke SR 30:19.6 Syracuse
5 Will Geoghegan SR 30:22.1 Dartmouth
6 Jake Sienko SR 30:24.3 Columbia
7 Shane Quinn JR 30:24.3 Providence
8 John Bleday SR 30:26.0 Dartmouth
9 Daniel Everett JR 30:28.3 Columbia
10 Nico Composto SR 30:28.3 Columbia
11 Kevin Dooney SO 30:28.4 Yale
12 Brian Doyle JR 30:29.0 Providence
13 Griff Graves SR 30:33.1 Syracuse
14 Daniel Clorley SR 30:34.0 Iona
15 Benjamin Connor JR 30:34.5 Providence
16 Ryan Urie JR 30:35.7 Syracuse
17 Kelton Cullenberg SR 30:35.7 Maine
18 Julian Saad SR 30:38.3 Providence
19 Jake Byrne JR 30:39.4 Iona
20 Kieran Clements FR 30:40.6 Iona
South Central Region Championships - Waco, TX
Men’s 10k Championship
1 Stanley Kebenei JR Arkansas
2 Kemoy Campbell SR Arkansas
3 Ryan Dohner SR Texas 29:52.7
4 Craig Lutz JR Texas 29:52.7
5 Matt Johnsen SR Lamar 29:59.7
16 David Flynn SR Arkansas 30:49.7
Midwest Region Cross Country Championships - Ames, IA
Men’s 10k Individual Results (10k )
1 O’Hare, Chris SR-4 Tulsa 30:27.94
2 Lusignan, Trent JR-3 South Dakota St. 30:30.24
3 Topfer, Jannis SR-4 Illinois 30:31.09
52 Markham, Liam Illinois 31:28.64
Double European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) headlines the women’s field at the Woodie’s DIY Inter County and Juvenile Even Age Cross County Championships of Ireland in Santry Demesne this Sunday the 17th of November. David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) and Michael Mulhare (Portlaoise AC) are set to battle it out in the senior men’s race while Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dundrum South Dublin AC) will start as the favourites in the junior races.
Joe Sweeney (Dundrum South Dublin AC) is back to defend the men’s title however club mate and defending women’s champion Ava Hutchinson will miss this year’s race due to injury. The Inter county team competition will once again be integrated into the competition. Dublin dominated last year’s event by claiming all four inter county titles in the senior and junior races.
The following are the 2013 Inter county grades for this Sunday’s race:
Cars bringing juveniles to compete in the under age championships will park at the Express Red Long Term Carpark, Dublin Airport (entry at side of ALSAA) 800 spaces. This will be accessed free of charge for the duration of the parking via pre- booking on the Dublin Airport Authority website www.dublinairport.com They will book entry and exit on the 17 November, enter the PROMO CODE DAAFD549. They will then be prompted to enter their details.
The national championships on Sunday will also act as the trials for the upcoming European cross country championships in Belgrade, Serbia on December 8th. The top three athletes in the junior and senior races in Sunday’s trial race will gain automatic selection for the European championships. The first three U23 athletes (male/female) within the senior races will gain favourable consideration for selection. John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) after a commanding performance at the Dublin championships will start as favourite to win the U23 title. Both Shane Quinn (Ferrybank AC) who is on scholarship over in America and Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) who is training in Australia will not be competing on Sunday; however both athletes have expressed interest in competing in the U23 race at the Europeans.
The athletes already pre-selected for the European championships are; Britton, McCarthy, Cleirigh Buttner and Aaron Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers AC) after their impressive performances in the Antwerp international race on the 3rd of November.
National Endurance Co-ordinator Chris Jones commented “The senior men’s race is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races in years with up to twelve athletes contesting for the top positions. There is real momentum building towards this race after some strong performances in Gerry Farnan and Antwerp. Commenting about the senior women’s race Jones said “Similar to the men’s race this should be a very competitive race with Fionnuala looking to continue her preparations towards the European cross country championships.”
Fionnuala Britton has made a promising return to racing with victories at the Gerry Farnan race in October and a comprehensive victory at the Antwerp International on the 3rd of November. Britton will start as the clear favourite to win the national title as she continues her build up towards the European championships. Sarah Treacy (Moynalvey AC), Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC) and Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe Harriers AC) were part of the triumphant gold medal winning team at last year’s European championships. All three athletes will be in action on Sunday. Treacy in particular showing encouraging form recently after a fourth place finish in Antwerp.
Laura Crowe (An Riocht AC), Ann Marie McGlynn (Lifford AC) and national marathon champion Maria McCambridge (Dundrum South Dublin AC) will all be in the mix for a top six placing. Another interesting entrant is Nicola Duncan (Galway City Harriers AC) who ran a European Championship marathon qualification time of 2:36.44 last month in Amsterdam.
David McCarthy and Michael Mulhare had a fantastic duel at the Gerry Farnan race with Mulhare running out the victor on that occasion. McCarthy continued his good form with a fourth place finish at the Antwerp international and both athletes will be targeting a top placing on Sunday. World championship marathon representative Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) finished in 10th place in an International cross country race in Soira, Spain earlier this month and will provide stiff opposition to both athletes. John Travers (Donore Harriers AC), John Coghlan (MSB AC) and Stephen Scullion (Clonliffe Harriers AC) will all have aspirations of finishing in the top six. Marathon men Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF) and Joe Sweeney will aim to utilise their marathon strength over the 10km course.
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner and Sean Tobin will start as the clear favourites to win their respective junior races. Buttner produced a high quality performance to finish in 12th place in the senior race at the Antwerp International. Cleirigh Buttner will be confident of dominating the junior women’s race with competition likely to come from Clodagh O’Reilly (Annadale Striders AC). Cleirigh Buttner’s Dundrum South Dublin team mates Meghan Ryan, Sarah Fitzpatrick and Clare McCarthy are likely to be in the mix for a place on the podium.
Tobin has benefitted from the training stint at altitude in September and after a commanding performance at the Gerry Farnan race he will use this race as a stepping stone towards the European cross country championships. Pre-selected athlete Aaron Hanlon will be eager to consolidate his good early season form and with the likes of Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC), Con Doherty (Westport AC), Hugh Armstrong (Ballina AC) and Shane Fitzsimons (Mullingar Harriers AC) all rounding into top form the junior men’s race is set to be a thriller.
The stars of the future will get proceedings underway with the girl’s U12 race scheduled for 11.30am and the programme will culminate with the senior men’s race at 14.25.
The National Jumps Squad will hold its first session on the Saturday 14th December 2013 (10.30 to 3.00) at the indoor track in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary . The four disiplines of Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault will be catered for.
As this is the first session all coaches and clubs who feel that their athlete should be part of this squad should apply by e-mail with their reasons for inclusion to the new National Jumps Co-Ordinator Pat Power at :firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Pat @087-9586138.
All athletes should be over 15 years of age. All coaches to the participating athletes will be invited to attend and be part of this squad.