Clonmel Co Tipperary.
There will be a Sports Psychology Workshop taking place on Thursday 14th November in Clonmel Co Tipperary. It takes place at the Bridge Centre next to the Dr Pat O Callaghan Sports Complex, Cashel Road, Clonmel (Next door to the running track) at 7-9pm and will be run by Canice Kennedy. It is open to all athletes and coaches aged 14+ and cost is €5 payable on the night at registration 6.45-7pm.
The workshop is entitled “Concentration for Competition” and aims to assist athletes & coaches prepare for big competitions by developing routines to reduce distractions and focus completely on the task in hand, thereby delivering consistent performances. Please pass on these details to all athletes & coaches in your clubs.
For further information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection for the Celtic Cross Country taking place on the 4th January 2014:
(1) First four Non Ulster runners over the line at National Under 16 Inter-Counties Cross Country Race on 17th November in Dublin will race in the Under 17 Celtic Cross Country Race on the 4th January.
(2) First four Non Ulster runners over the line at National Under 19 Cross Country Race on the 15th December in Waterford will race in the Under 20 Celtic Cross Country Race on the 4th January.
It was Conference time on the American collegiate cross country scene over the weekend, with several Irish runners in action. Headline performance came from Sarah Collins (Finn Valley AC). Competing in the Big East Conference the Providence College sophomore finished in an excellent third place behind her Providence team mate Emily Sissons and Emily Lipari from Villanova. All three finished well inside the course record of 20:26 for the 6k distance.
Another athlete in record breaking form was Eimear Black (Ballymena & Antrim AC) who won the America East Conference for the second time. After winning last year’s championship race by 13 seconds Black destroyed the field on Saturday, winning the race by over a minute. She set a course record with a time of 17:46, over a minute faster than Sacred Heart’s Brianna Castrogivanni.
Big Ten Conference West Lafayette, Ind.
1 Malachy Schrobilgen FR Wisconsin 24:16.9 3
2 Matt McClintock SO Purdue 24:17.9
3 Matt Fischer JR Penn St 24:19.7
17 Liam Markham SO Illinois 24:47.1
BIG EAST Conference Somers, Wis.
Men’s 8k Individual Results
1 Tiernan, Patrick FR-1 Villanova 23:51.00
2 Curr, Tom JR-3 Butler 24:03.00
3 Doyle, Brian JR-3 Providence 24:15.00
12 Quinn, Shane JR-3 Providence 24:35.00
Women’s 6k Individual Results
1 Sisson, Emily SR-4 Providence 19:49.00
2 Lipari, Emily SR-4 Villanova 19:56.00
3 Collins, Sarah SO-2 Providence 19:58.00
4 Nagel, Laura SR-4 Providence 20:21.00
5 Schneider, Rachel SR-4 Georgetown 20:23.00
Southland Conference Lake Charles, La.
Men’s 8k Individual Results (8k ) Top?
1 Johnsen, Matt SR-4 Lamar 24:38.79
2 Harrell, Ash SR-4 Lamar 24:52.94
3 Guerra, Nicholas SO-2 Stephen F. Austin 25:03.24
9 Creech, Ryan JR-3 Lamar 25:30.89
Sun Belt Conference Troy, Ala.
1 Aubert, Kristina Arkansas State 17:28.17
2 Hinken, Lindsey Western Kentucky 17:47.76
3 Stefanoff, Hannah Georgia State 18:00.38
4 Lever, Katie Western Kentucky 18:03.28
5 Parry, Kristin South Alabama 18:14.83
6 Parcells, Rexi Arkansas State 18:22.96
7 Kearney, Niamh Georgia State 18:24.59
Northeast Conference Loretto, Pa.
1 Eimear Black, Sr 17:46 Bryant
2 Brianna Castrogivanni, Sr 18:50 Sacred Heart
3 Elizabeth Hutchins, Jr 19:05 Sacred Heart
America East Conference Vestal, N.Y.
Women’s 5k Individual Results
1 Burne, Olivia Stony Brook 17:30.14
2 Lane, Brittney Albany 17:33.34
3 Del Fava, Silvia Albany 17:43.96
3 McCarthy, Lorraine Stony Brook 18:15.05
Thirty three coaches completed the first five day module of their AAI Level 3/IAAF Level IV course this weekend at ALSAA, Dublin.
The group was comprised of coaches from four disciplines – Sprints & Hurdles, Endurance & Walks, Jumps, and Throws and there was a great mix of experience among the group. These first five days deal with the ‘Generic Theory’ areas of each event group, and during the course there is a lot of group work which gave rise to a lot of lively debate and discussion among the coaches over the five days.
The course was led by Ralph Mouchbahani, an IAAF Tutor who said he thoroughly enjoyed the course as the coaches ranged in experience form those coaching for many years, to ex-athletes developing their coaching skills further, to younger coaches keen to expand their knowledge and this mix allowed a lot of healthy discussion and exchange of views to take place.
The next part of this course sees the group broken into their four event specific groups and focuses on the practical application of the learning.
The participants have requested that this part be again held in Dublin, so venues will be confirmed shortly for the course form February 18th to 21st, and April 17th to 19th 2014.
John Travers continued his impressive 2013 year, with a maiden Dublin senior cross country championship gold medal.
A lead pack of Travers of Donore Harriers, Clonliffe Harriers pair Brian McMahon and Stephen Scullion with Raheny Shamrock’s Mick Clohisey opened an early lead.
The lead pack had whittled down to Travers and Scullion by half way with Brian McMahon marooned somewhat in third place.
Travers showed his track cunning to race away from Scullion on the flat fast St.Anne’s park terrain winning the 10 kilometre race in 30:50.
Scullion finished some six seconds back as Travers misread the finish line, McMahon took bronze in 31 minutes and 28 seconds.
Scullion and McMahon joined by Jamie Rossiter and Edgar Sunskiss in the top 10 helped Clonliffe to team gold with 55 points, 19 clear of Raheny Shamrock, bronze went to Donore Harriers.
The women’s race saw an identical team result as the men’s. As DSD’s Sarah Mulligan proved her strength to win individual gold.
Mulligan took the race on from the beginning shoulder to shoulder with the host clubs Aoife Talty before Mulligan powered away over the last lap and a half.
Mulligan posted 17:17 t aking gold medal, four seconds clear of Talty with Raheny Shamrock Elish Kelly taking a well deserved bronze in 18:06
Rathfarnham’s Mitchell Byrne was the fastest of the junior men taking taking the tape in 19:36, followed by Pierre Murchan of Celtic DCH with Raheny Shamrock’s Eoin Strutt third.
Isabelle Odlum of DSD took the junior women’s race in 15:33, club mate Ella Fennelly taking bronze as Celtic DCH’s Claire Brennan grabbed silver in 15:46.
The Cork senior and junior cross country championships were held today on land owned by Cork county board. The land, situated between Carrigaline and Riverstick, was purchased by the board a couple of years ago when it became evident that farmers were becoming reluctant to host cross country races on their land.
Athletics Ireland CEO John Foley was present at the opening of the new course, and was full of praise for Cork officials whose ‘innovative’ approach was one which he hoped other units of the Association would copy. He was, he said, impressed by the new course, and it was, he said ‘a matter of time’ before national cross country events were held there.
A lot of work has been put into making the course suitable for racing and the reaction of athletes was more than favourable towards the venture. In spite of continuous rainfall for the whole afternoon, the first competition on this new course was a tremendous success.
Rachel O’Shea from the West Cork team scored a comprehensive win in the junior women’s race, and Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC) was equally impressive in winning the senior race for the fifth consecutive time.
Conor Walter (Leevale AC) ran stride for stride with Jamie Buckley (Carraig na bhFear AC) for much of the junior men’s race before using his 800m speed tosprint away in the closing stages for a fine win.
The senior mens race went saw a big lead group race together until the last lap when a breakaway group of four put some daylight between themselves and the rest of the field. As they neared the finish it was Ben Thistlewood (Leevale AC) who proved the strongest as he broke clear to win impressively.
Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) and David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) produced impressive performances at the Lotto Cross Cup in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday, 3rd of November. Britton stormed to a comprehensive victory in the women’s race while McCarthy finished in fourth place in the men’s race. With both athletes finishing in the top 8 positions today they have now secured pre-selection for the upcoming European cross country championships in Belgrade, Serbia on the 8th of December.
Double European cross country champion Britton eased to victory in a time of 15.40 with team mate Sara Treacy (Moynalvey AC) fourth in a time of 16.23. Ann Marie Larkin (Lifford AC) and Laura Crowe (An Riocht AC) battled all the way around the course, eventually finishing in 7th (16.30) and 8th (16.32) place respectively.
The junior women’s race was run in conjunction with the senior women’s race. Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dundrum South Dublin) ran brilliantly to finish in 12th place overall and first junior in a time of 16.57.
The men’s race was won by Alex Kibet of Kenya in a time of 27.52. McCarthy having his best run of the year finished an impressive fourth place in a time of 28.26. He was followed home by Irish athletes Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) 10th in a time of 29.04, John Coughlan (MSB AC) 19th in 29.54 and Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) 22nd in 30.07.
The next race for all these athletes will be the Woodie’s DIY Inter County Cross Country Championships on November 17th which will act as the trial for the European cross country championships.
Day 2 of the 2013/14 Leinster Development and Performance squads will be held in Santry on November 16th. Additional squad dates are also listed.
(Please note that there has been in change in the dates for Day 4 + Day 5, previously scheduled for February 1st and March 8th. The new dates for both squads are March 1st and April 19th due to the previous dates colliding with Leinster Indoor Championships).
The Development Squad between 10am-12pm is open to all athletes from 12 years old upwards. Please note that Pole Vault has now been added to the Development Squad and will run each day for the remainder of the sessions. This is great opportunity for athletes to try Pole Vault. Equipment will be provided on the day. Please encourage athletes in your club to try it out.
The events covered on Day 2:
The cost for the 2 hours is €5 per athlete which is payable on the day. Please register in the stand at Morton Stadium from 9.30am.
The Performance Squad 12pm-3pm is for selected athletes only U16 +. The Performance Squad covers all event categories. Athletes are asked to arrive at 11.30am on Day 2 to register for the squad. Registration will take place in the stand at Morton Stadium.
Please note that those originally invited as part of the ‘Endurance Group’ are now incorporated into a new group for the ‘Leinster Middle Distance performance Squad’. Please do not attend Day 2 in Santry. Athletes have been notified of these changes.
Athletes in the High Jump group will now continue the Squads in Cushinstown AC Sports Centre in Co. Meath at 11am for the remainder of the squad dates.
Leinster Regional Squads 2013/2014;
Date: Venue: Development Squad: Performance Squad
Sat October 5th 2013 Santry 10am – 12pm 12pm to 3pm
Sat November 16th 2013 Santry 10am – 12pm 12pm to 3pm
Sat December 7th 2013 Santry 10am – 12pm 12pm to 3pm
Sat March 1st 2014 Santry 10am – 12pm 12pm to 3pm
Sat April 19th 2014 Santry 10am – 12pm 12pm to 3pm
The squads are designed to complement the coaching that athletes are already receiving at their clubs. Personal coaches are encouraged to attend either/both squad sessions on the day.
For insurance reasons ALL athletes must register before they start the event.
We look forward to seeing you and your coach throughout the year.
Any further queries please email: email@example.com
Catherina McKiernan will join hundreds of walkers, joggers and runners in the second annual Remembrance Run 5k which takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday week, November 10th.
Remembrance Run 5k is organised by Athletics Ireland in association with mycharity.ie –is a unique event that gives participants an opportunity to remember family and friends passed, or others who may be currently struggling with illness or other life challenges.
“I will be running in the Remembrance Run 5k with my daughter Deirbihle in memory my father, John, who passed away on September 4th, “Catherina McKiernan said. “Running in the event with my daughter will be my way of saying thanks to my father for being such a powerful driving force behind my running career. I would like to encourage others to enter this unique event and remember those close to them on a November Sunday morning.”
Entries are filling up fast for this year’s Remembrance Run 5k. Entry and other details are available at www.remembrancrerun.ie
The updated list of members registered per club and county has been published. Our membership total has now reached 48,291, a 16% increase on 2012. We would like to encourage all clubs to keep up the good work as the target for the year end is to surpass 50,000 members.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodie’s DIY are extending their sponsorship of our members by offering a 10% discount on presentation of an Athletics Ireland membership card.
Athletics Ireland would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Ricki Savage (27). Ricki collapsed at the finish line of Monday’s marathon where he was treated by St. John’s Ambulance medical crew. He was transferred to St. Vincent’s Hospital where he remained in a stable but very serious condition until he died yesterday afternoon.
Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce that John Cronin has been appointed as International Technical Official (I.T.O). This appointment means that he is eligible to officiate at the World Championships and the Olympic Games. John has been an Area Technical Official (A.T.O.) since 2006 and his appointed as an I.T.O was achieved through a competitive examinations, both written and oral.
Congratulations John on behalf of all the members and staff we are delighted with your appointment to this prestigious appointment and we wish you well for the future
Athletics Ireland are pleased to announce the nominations for the 2013 National Athletics Awards in association with Woodie’s DIY and Tipperary Crystal. The awards will take place on Wednesday 20th of November in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood. The awards ceremony is a celebration of the many successes of our athletes during 2013.
The nominations for Track and Field Athlete of the Year are; Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) who finished 5th in the 400m at the World University Games, Mark English (UCD AC) who ran 1.44.84 for the 800m, the second fastest time ever by an Irishman. Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s AC) - 4th in the 1500m at the European U23 Championships and Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC) who set a new national senior record of 2.00.58 for the 800m to break the old mark held by legendary Irish distance runner Sonia O’Sullivan which stood at 2:00.69
Endurance Athlete of the Year nominations includes Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) for his 16th place finish in the IAAF World Championship Marathon, Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC) for her 9th place finish and personal best in the Berlin Marathon, Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) for successfully retaining her European Cross Country title in Hungary and Mary Cullen (Sligo AC) for her comeback to top level competition at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships.
The Track and Field Indoor Athlete nominations include Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC), Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) and Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) for their outstanding performances at the 2013 European Indoor Championships.
The athletes nominated in the Race Walker of the Year category are Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) – 25th in the 50kmWalk at the World Championships, Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) – 6th in the 20km Walk at the World University Championships, Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) on winning the world 50km Walk title and Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) – 13th in the 10km Walk at the European Junior Championships.
Junior Athlete of the Year nominations includes Marcus Lawler (St Laurence O’Toole AC) – 4th place in the 200m at the European Junior Championships, Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) – silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the European Junior Championships, Phil Healy (Bandon AC) – 4th place in the 100m final at the European Junior Championships and Aislinn Crossey (Newry AC) – 4th in the 800m at the European Junior Championships.
The prestigious Athlete of the Year Award will be presented on the night along with the; Emerging Athlete of the Year, Ultra Running Award, Mountain Running Award, Master Athlete of the Year, Aviva Tailteann Schools Boy and Girl Award, Inspiration Performance and Team Award.
For the second year running there will be awards presented to Club of the Year and Development Club of the Year.
The award ceremony also commemorates our exceptional volunteer base. In recognition of that, awards will be presented to Coach of the Year, Official of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year Athletics Ireland is introducing a new format of an Awards Luncheon. Please join us in celebrating and congratulating the awards winners. The lunch will take place from 12pm to 3pm. Please note: There is a limited amount of tickets available for purchase; the deadline for purchase of tickets is Friday 8th of November. The cost of the tickets is €50 per head and the dress code is smart. Tables of 10 can be purchased at €450. To purchase tickets please telephone: (01) 8869933.
It is a sad day for the Athletics Community as we learned of the passing of Leevale club chairman, Liam Horgan. Liam had been battling illness for the past couple of years.
Liam was an inspirational figure within Leevale AC, and an athletics man to his core. He had an infectious enthusiasm for the sport and he was particularly keen to encourage younger athletes. Even through his illness, he was a regular visitor to the track on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and was well known to all athletes in Leevale. He also continued to travel, supporting athletes at London 2012, and at Bydgoszcz, Poland this year.
Liam will be a huge loss to Leevale AC, and to athletics in Cork and Ireland. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and his wide circle of friends.
Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Funeral arrangements: Lying in repose at Crowley’s Funeral Home, Ballincollig. Rosary on (Thursday) (31st Oct) evening at 7pm. Reposing on tomorrow (Friday) (1st Nov) from 6pm to 8pm, followed by removal to the Church of St Mary and St John, Ballincollig. Requiem Mass at 11am on Saturday (2nd Nov). Funeral afterwards to St Oliver’s Cemetery.
Calling all Walker, Joggers and Runners-The second Remembrance Run 5k takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, November 10th at 11am. The closing date for online entries will be Friday, 8th of November, participants and encouraged to enter NOW to avoid disappointment.
To find out more about the event and to enter see www.remembrancerun.ie or call: (01) 886 9933
The entry fee is €20 for individuals and there is also a family rate of €50 for families of four. Each finisher will receive a specially designed souvenir candle, a certificate and a goody bag to mark their participation in this special themed event that will on the day include a unique mix of music and special commentary.
The Remembrance Run is organised by Athletics Ireland in association with mycharity.ie . Participants are encouraged to make it count and adopt a favourite charity through www.mycharity.ie , the registration system will enable participants to create a fund- raising web page for your adopted charity.
So join Irish great Catherina McKiernan on November 10th for a day to remember!
Olympic athlete Albie Thomas dies at the age of 78. Albie Thomas is survived by his wife, Nola, daughters Robyn and Patricia and four grandsons, Thomas, Mark, Liam and Mathew. Funeral arrangements: 11.30am Thursday October 31st West Chapel, Woronora Cemetery, Linden Street, Sutherland
• 1956 Olympics - 5,000m 5th (14 min 05.33 sec)
• 1960 Olympics – 1,500m 5th heat; 5,000m 11th heat
• 1964 Olympics – 1,500m 9th heat, 5,000m 11th heat
• 1958 Commonwealth Games – 1 mile bronze medal 4min 02.77sec; 3 mile 13.24.37 silver medal
• 1962 Commonwealth Games – 1 mile 5th 4:11.19; 3 mile 5th 13:40.64
• 1958 – July 9, Santry Field, Dublin 3 mile 13min 10.8sec
• 1958 – August 7, Santry Field, Dublin 2 mile 8min 32sec
• 1959 – March 22, Olympic Park, Melbourne 4 x 1 mile relay 16min 25.6sec (2nd leg, 4:06.5) with Denis Wilson, Herb Elliott and John Murray
• 1964 – 24 January, Toronto Canada, 3 mile indoor 13min 26.4sec
Its been a busy month on the Coach Education front in the North West. Two Athletics Leader courses in Monaghan and Manorhamilton and one Level 1 course in Buncrana and Donegal Town found fifty one enthusiastic coaches, from across the region, attend.
In Buncrana, on Saturday/Sunday 7th/ 8th Sept and in Donegal Town on 14th/15th Sept. eighteen coaches from Innishowen, Finn Valley, Rosses, Enniskillen, Lifford and Tir Chonaill committed and were actively involved in the four day course. Monaghan on Fridays 27th Sept and Oct 4th had 14 coaches present while in Manorhamilton on Saturday 19th October 19 coaches were involved. He following clubs were epresented on the various Leader courses Monaghan Phoenix, Shercock, Monaghan Institute, Nth Roscommon, Ballinamore, Tir Chonaill, Sliabh Liag and North Leitrim.
A sincere thanks and congratualations to all who attended. The coaching benefits will be found in the various clubs as this new group are challeged and become part of internal coaching structures. Thanks to the various clubs that facilitated the courses ie Innishowen AC, Tir Chonaill AC, Monaghan Institute and North Leitrim and to the Tutors ref successful delivery.
A number of clubs in the region also received support coaching equipment during the period
Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF) and Maria McCambridge (Dundrum South Dublin AC) were the respective men’s and women’s winners in the Woodie’s DIY Marathon Championships of Ireland. The national championships were held in conjunction with the 2013 Airtricity Dublin Marathon on bank holiday Monday, the 28th of October.
Hehir became the first Irish athlete in twenty years to win the Dublin marathon. The Clare native won in a time of 2:18.19 to hold off second place athlete Joe Sweeney (Dundrum South Dublin AC) who finished in a time 2:19.26 with Clonliffe Harrier Sergiu Ciobanu in third in a time of 2:22.02.
Commenting afterward Hehir said “To win today, I’ve been in Dublin over 10 years, since I moved here from college, this is my home from home I am so proud to win it.”
A tremendous battle ensued between both Hehir and Sweeney for 20 miles of the race. However it was the Clare man who had the superior strength as he romped to a popular victory.
The race for the women’s title was equally as exciting with McCambridge having to overcome stomach problems and a determined effort by Leevale athlete Clare McCarthy to win the title.
Commenting afterwards the Dublin native said “I am so happy to win my home town marathon. I had to take a pit stop around 18 miles. My legs just started to go on me. I just had to run through it, it was a big battle, but I am very proud to win Dublin.
McCarthy and McCambridge were locked in battle for the majority of the 26 mile race with McCambridge proving the stronger over the last 800m to win in a time of 2:38.51. McCarthy stuck to her task and was rewarded for her bravery with a second place finish in the national championships in a time of 2:39.27. Former Olympian Pauline Curley (Tullamore Harriers AC) finished in third place in a time of 2:42.57
Amy O’Donoghue (Emerald AC) had to fight hard to overcome the strong challenge of Michelle Kenny (Midleton AC) to win the Munster novice cross country championship at a wet and wind-swept Limerick racecourse yesterday. The two principals raced together for most of the race until O’Donoghue got clear in the last 800m.
O’Donoghue has turned her back on an American scholarship in Arkansas and is now home based and attending Mary I College. Next on her agenda is the Woodie’s DIY national inter county championships where she will contest the junior race after missing the last two years through injury.
Damien Landers (St. John’s Clare AC) won the men’s race in the same manner as O’Donoghue, racing away from Mark O’Sullivan (Bandon AC) in the closing stages.