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National CE Squad in Santry

6 May, 2014 - 15:59

The National Combined Events Squad met in Santry on Sunday May 4th. Six events were coached across the day. Brid Golden focused on Sprint Hurdles, Lucy Moore coached the High Jump, Alan Golden worked on the Long Jump and Garry Power travelled from the UK to coach Javelin, Discus and Shot.

Athletes selected the groups they wanted to work in and focused on competition prep for the summer. A number of multi-eventers were competing over the last week from Woodford to Waterford. This weekend also saw the start of the Counties and provincial championships. National CE Coordinator, Kieron Stout, discussed competition plans with athletes as they prepare to start their outdoor multi events season at home and abroad this summer. Combined Events athletes need to carefully plan their competitions.

A two day competition needs much longer recovery than an individual event. Leave plenty of time between competitions and lighten the training load a month out to focus on speed and quickness within technical events. You will not get much stronger but you can get faster. Limit yourself to no more than three CE competitions in your outdoor season. Your national championships and one or two more heptathlons or decathlons. This year our national CE championships are on 2/3rd of August in Tullamore.

Athletes were provided with a list of summer Combined Events championships. The bursary for National CE squad members to travel outside Ireland for competitions will continue for another year. Athletes were reminded to complete their EOI form on the HP Athletics Ireland site if they wish to be considered for selection the European Cup 2nd League in July. The next National CE Squad will be in early September. The focus for the coaching team now turns to athlete support. Don’t forget to link in to the National Combined Events Squad Facebook Page for the latest information on squad activity and competition plans.

For more information on the National Combined Events Squad please contact;
Kieron Stout, National Combined Events Coordinator Email:
Mobile: 086 2450134

261 Sub 4 Minute Miles

6 May, 2014 - 15:53

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first sub 4 minute mile by Sir Roger Bannister on the 6th May 1954 in Oxford, a listing of sub 4 minute miles run in Ireland has been compiled. Research has found 261 performances by 148 athletes in 59 races across 11 venues. Of course the very first one was on the very famous night in Santry in August 1958 when Herb Elliott (AUS) broke the tape in a World Record 3.54.5 with a total of 5 going under the barrier in that race.

The fastest has been Sydney Maree (USA) 3.49.42 at the Cork City Sports in 1982. The youngest has been Neil Horsfield (GBR) 3.54.39 at the Cork City Sports in 1986 aged 19 years 7months and 1 day. The oldest has been John Walker (NZL) 3.58.29 at Giro Bank Ulster Games in 1989 aged 37 years 6 months and 5 days.

The most frequent have been Marcus O’Sullivan and Ray Flynn with 10 each followed by John Walker with 9 and Steve Scott (USA) and Eamonn Coghlan on 8 each.

The deepest field was at Cork City Sports in 1986 with 11 dipping under 4 minutes. The cities of Dublin and Cork are evenly matched with 106 performances each with Belfast having 40. Following on from Elliott in 1958, five subsequent Mile World Record holders; Peter Snell (NZL), Filbert Bayi (TAN), John Walker (NZL), Steve Ovett (GBR) and Steve Cram (GBR) ran sub 4s in Ireland.

Sub 4 Minute Miles

U23 Record for Caoimhe King

6 May, 2014 - 09:49

Caoimhe King (Westport AC) competed in the British University Championships from the 3rd-5th May at the Bedford International Stadium. King finished second in the triple jump event setting a new Irish U23 record of 12.75m, which added over 20 centimetres to the old mark which King held at 12.52m.

King also competed in the long jump event finishing second with a leap of 5.96m.

Christine McMahon (Ballymena & Antrim AC) and Nessa Millet (St Abbans AC) contested the women’s 400m Hurdles Final. In the earlier heats McMahon had recorded a new personal best of 59.09 to start as one of the favourites to take the title. McMahon ran strongly off the last barrier to finish second with a time of 59.23, her second fastest time ever for the event.

Millet was leading coming off the last barrier but placed just outside the medals to finish fourth in a seasons best time of 60.54.

Pollock Achieves Euro Standard (US Round-Up)

5 May, 2014 - 16:52

Irish International Marathon Runner Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) achieved the qualifying standard in the 10,000m for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August. Pollock competing in the Payton Jordon Invitational Meeting in California recorded a time of 28.32.18 to dip inside the required standard of 28.35 for the European Championships.

The time was only .03 outside Dermot Donnelly’s Northern Ireland record set in 1999. Pollock now has the qualifying times in both the 10,000m and marathon for August’s European Championships in Zurich.

Also in action in California was Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) and Shane Quinn (Ferrybank AC) as they competed in section two of the 10,000m. Hanrahan recorded a new personal best of 29.33.80 with Quinn just behind with a time of 29.36.24 for 18th and 19th place respectively.

Kerry Harty (Newcastle AC) finished eighth in the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 10.10.28 and Tomas Cotter (Dunleer AC) finished 7th in the men’s equivalent in a time of 8.44.15.

The ever improving Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) notched up another impressive victory over 800m at the LSU Invitational. Tobin won the race in a time of 1.48.79 which was less than a second outside his personal best for the distance (1.47.99) set on the 11th of April.

A day previous Olympian Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) competed in the Jamaican International Invitational Meet over 1,500m. O’Lionaird is on the comeback trail after spending nearly a year out with injury finished in second place in a time of 3.41.74. The race was won by Will Lee (USA) in a time of 3.41.31

Solid Performance for Rob Heffernan & QT for Laura Reynolds

4 May, 2014 - 15:25

World Champion Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) finished in the 23rd place at the prestigious IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China on Sunday 4th of May. A day previous Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) achieved the qualifying standard in the women’s 20km race for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich.

The world cup event brings together the world’s best race walkers to compete over distances of either 20km or 50km.

Heffernan was joined on the Irish men’s team by Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC), Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) and Cian McManamon (Westport AC) as the four Irish athletes tackled the 20km distance in China.

Heffernan was amongst the leaders going through the 10km point; however he lost ground over the second half of the race when the 20km specialists in the race surged ahead. Heffernan continued to walk strong and recorded a time of 1:21.00 for 23rd place, a solid performance when you consider his major focus for the year is the 50km race at the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August.

The race was won by Rusian Dmytrenko of the Ukraine in a national record of 1:18.37

After recently recovering from illness Boyce finished in 77th place in the race in a time of 1:26.55. Boyce was also using this race as preparation for the 50km race at the European Championships. Hickey made an aggressive start to the race and was rewarded for his efforts recording a personal best of 1:27.51 to finish in 80th place. McManamon finished a minute behind Hickey in 84th place in a time of 1:28.51. Both Hickey and McManamon were making their debut at world competition level.

Olympian Laura Reynolds was Ireland’s sole representative in the women’s 20km race. Reynolds demonstrated improved form recording a time of 1:32.25 to finish in 37th place. The time was the Leitrim athletes second fastest ever time for the distance and also inside the qualifying standard (1:33.00) for the European Championships in Zurich.

The women’s race was won by Russian athlete Anisya Kirdyapkina in a world leading time of 1:26.31.

Mighty shot effort from Kelly

2 May, 2014 - 11:25

The May Day annual open meeting at Finn Valley AC, held in cool conditions, went off extremely well with the key highlight an 18.80m shot ( 6kg ) effort from Valley athlete John Kelly, a mere 5 cms short of the A qualifying standard for the world junior champs in Oregon July . This is the best throw by an Irish u 20 athlete in the history of the discipline and, subject to ratification, a new national record - the current mark at 17.70m stands to Eoin Leen from 2003 .

John Kelly a rotational thrower has worked extremely hard through the winter months and with his coach Dad John and the support of his family has developed a most proffessional support team round him in the area of S / C, Nutrition ,physio . Additionally he had sourced an indoor throws area during the winter again it all adds up to a focus rarely seen and is now paying dividends for the St Johnstone lad.

Competition is the life of any sport hence good to witness an enthusiastic turnout from local and visiting clubs, and Meet Director Neil Martin expressed his thanks to the numerous officials who helped deliver the programme and to the guests from a wide area who made it the event that it was .


Level 3 Course Finished in Athlone

2 May, 2014 - 10:15

A journey which began in October 2013 was completed this Easter. The AAI Level 3/IAAF Level IV Coach Education course was completed on Easter Sunday in Athlone. This course began with a theory block for all event groups in October 2013 given by Ralph Mouchbahani. Armed with the theoretical knowledge and many working examples of micro, macro and meso cycles, the coaches then split into event specific groups in Dublin in February 2014.

Gunter Lange of the IAAF led the Middle & Long Distance group. Volker Herrmann from Germany led the Sprints & hurdles group and Kevin Ankrom led the Jumps group. Each of these three groups then underwent an intensive three days of both practical and theoretical learning in Dublin.

The aforementioned three groups again met over Easter in Athlone for four days to complete the course and to sit the various practical, oral, written and planning assessments.

The throws group were fortunate to have World – renowned Throws Coach Didier Poppe travel from New Zealand to lead the Throws for eight days over Easter in Athlone.

Coaches in all event areas found the course challenging, and the Tutors were very happy with the overall standard and input. It is hoped that these coaches can now help to develop their events and develop athletes in these event areas to perform at a high level with the help of the knowledge learned.

Thank you to all the tutors who gave of their time and expertise to deliver the course and to all the coaches who gave the time and commitment to attend.

Successful Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamboree held in Tipperary

1 May, 2014 - 22:19

A very successful Forest Feast Little Athletics jamboree was held in Moyglass Co Tipperary with over 70 kids in attendance. All the kids took part in a fun night doing some sporthshall athletics and little athletics games working on agility, balance and coordination. There was a great turnout and all the kids enjoyed the night. A special thanks to Marian Hughes of the Tipperary County Board and the host club Moyglass AC for a great night and a fine spread of food afterwards for the kids and parents.

Registration Figures (April)

1 May, 2014 - 16:26

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

The membership numbers as of the end of April stand at 41,948, an increase of 11% on the figure from 2013 (37,809)



Le Cheile AC International Competition

1 May, 2014 - 16:07

On Friday 27th June, Le Chéile AC will celebrate the opening of their new 8-lane, fully-synthetic athletics facility in Leixlip, Co. Kildare. The event will include a night of high-class, international competition and will be a celebration of athletics to be enjoyed by all the family. The Irish Milers Club has kindly come on-board and will be staging one of their famously well-run, high-quality competitions as part of the event.

For more information or details on how to enter, please contact: David McCarthy by Mobile: (0857327662) or Email:

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Development Update South West

29 April, 2014 - 17:03

Some updates below, please pass on to all club members:

- The Sprints & Hurdles workshop planned for Friday 2nd May at Cork IT has been CANCELLED. Please make sure athletes/coaches in your clubs know this before they travel.

- There will be a Little Athletics Jamboree taking place on Thursday 1st May in Moyglass Co Tipperary starting at 6.30pm. Full details here

- The Throws Workshop planned for Monday 5th May in Templmeore has been POSTPONED due to a clash with the Munster Junior/u23 T&F Championships and will be re scheduled in the next few days.

- The East Munster/South Munster/North Munster Schools T&F Championships take place next week with full details at the links below:

- Details of the Cork Graded T&F Meets Here

Forfurther information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or

Sprints/Hurdles Workshop Cork IT Fri 2nd May Cancelled

28 April, 2014 - 20:31

The sprints & hurdles workshop planned for Friday 2nd May at Cork IT has been cancelled and will be re scheduled at a later date. Please make sure athletes/coaches in your clubs know this before they travel.

For further Information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or

Irish Team Place 3rd at Penn Relays

27 April, 2014 - 15:56

The Irish relay team finished in third place in the 2014 edition of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, USA on Saturday, 26th of April. John Travers (Donore Harriers AC), Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC), Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) and John Coghlan (MSB AC) combined to record a time of 9.42.83 for the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) event. The DMR is made up of four legs: 1,200m, 400m, 800m and 1 mile.

The Irish quartet were up against very strong teams from America and Australia with the USA winning the event in a time of 9.28.27 and Australia second in a time of 9.30.74

The splits for the Irish athletes were Travers (1,200m: 3.01.99), Gregan (400m: 46.31), Robinson (800m: 1:48.59) and Coghlan (1600m: 4.05.95)

On the same day European Indoor 3,000m bronze medallist Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) made a welcome return to the track when he competed in the 1 mile race at the Drake Relays. The event was O’Lionaird’s comeback race after nearly a year out due to injury. O’Lionaird finished in eight position in a time of 4.03.64, the race was won by Aman Wote in a time of 3.53.29. Commentating on his twitter (@GoCiaran) afterwards O’Lionaird said:

“Disappointed, but crutches to a tactical 4:03 ain’t terrible. The hardest steps have been taken. Body healthy, mind motivated. I’m back.”

Richard Morrissey (Crusaders AC) had a busy afternoon at the Spring Invitational Meeting in Clermont, Florida. Morrissey recorded personal bests of 10.81 in the 100m and 21.47 in the 200m. He also competed in his specialist 400m distance and recorded his fourth fastest time ever with a time of 46.83 to finish in seventh place.

Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) was also competing in Florida where she ran a time of 11.50 in the heats of the 100m. Foster ran even quicker in the final when she recorded a time of 11.38, however the wind speed was +2.3, over the allowable limit of +2.0

O’Catháin re-elected President of Athletics Ireland

26 April, 2014 - 15:50

The President of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, has been re-elected as the new President of Athletics Ireland.

Prof. Ó Catháin is a member of the National Technical Official (NTO) panel for Athletics Ireland. Under his stewardship at AIT, a multi-million sports campus has been developed at the institute. An outdoor 400m track was built in recent years and a new state-of-the art 200m indoor track and sports arena was opened in 2013. In February this year the inaugural AIT International Arena Grand Prix was hosted at the venue which produced a night of magical sporting memories.

During his speech Ó Catháin spoke of the importance of the volunteer: “To say that we appreciate the work and commitment of the thousands of administrators, officials and coaches who give freely of their time is a significant understatement.” He also thanked the CEO John Foley, the entire staff team and committee members of Athletics Ireland for all of their work.

The President also spoke of the need to be ambitious as a sport: “Our vision set out in the strategic plan is an inclusive one and envisages a future landscape for our sport that is not small or limited. That landscape should be as vast and expansive as the ambitions of our athletes. It should be illuminated with the successes of our sporting heroes from Rob Heffernan to Joe Gough, Fionnuala Britton to Kelly Proper.”

The following chairs were also voted on to the board: Chair of Competition and Deputy President: Georgina Drumm and, Chair of High Performance: Brid Golden, Chair of Coaching and Development: Eamon Harvey, Chair of Juvenile:Jim Ryan and Chair of Finance and Risk: Peter Hanlon.

John Foley CEO of Athletics Ireland
also presented to the delegates at the Congress highlighting that membership is up 67% since 2009 from 29,000 to just under 50,000 in 2013, with an objective to grow membership to 60,000 over the next two years.

Foley also spoke of the support provided to our elite athletes “Close to €900k of support is provided to our 88 carded athletes in the form of cash grants and support services. Indeed the support provided is one of the best in Europe. The High Performance Systems which have been developed by Kevin Ankrom will allow for more consistent delivery of performances at major championships and create more medal opportunities”

The CEO also spoke of the importance of coaching in the development of our athletes from grassroots to glory he said “Last year we appointed our first full term coach in Endurance; Chris Jones, and with funding we have aspirations to extend for each discipline”

On the topic of finances Foley said “We are now 60% self-sufficient and 40% government funding. Just three years ago the ratio stood at 40% self-sufficient to 60% government funding. The €4.3m income is generated predominantly through membership fees, sponsorship and by running recreational road races. The support however we receive from the Sports Council is core to our sustainability and we are extremely grateful for this support”.

At the Athletics Ireland Congress the following candidates were elected to the Board
• President: Ciarán Ó Catháin
• Chair of Competition and Deputy President :Georgina Drumm
• Chair of High Performance: Brid Golden
• Chair of Coaching and Development: Eamon Harvey
• Chair of Juvenile: Jim Ryan
• Chair of Finance and Risk: Peter Hanlon
• Munster Representative: Jim Ryan
• Leinster Representative : John Cronin
• Connaught Representative: Michael O’Hart
• Ulster Representative: Neil Martin

Club Transfer List

24 April, 2014 - 14:15

Transfers are processed on 1st May. At this date the transferee will appear on the database of the new club.

If the transferee has been registered for the current year by the outgoing club the transferee will appear on the membership list for the new club and no action is needed by the new club.

If the transferee has not been registered for the current year by the outgoing club the transferee will appear on the “Members not registered for the current year” list and the club may select the transferee from this list for registration.

Clubs should not register a transferee as a new member as this will create a duplicate registration.

Transfer List

Regional Schools TT’s

23 April, 2014 - 16:39

The 2014 Aviva Schools’ Track and Field Season is fast approaching with the various regional competitions taking place across the country over the coming weeks. The Aviva schools competition programme encourages young people to get active and compete in a wide variety of track and field events. Attached below are the fixtures for a number of the Leinster regional competition coming up:

West Leinster Day 1

West Leinster Day 2

North Leinster

East Leinster

East Leinster Day 2

East Leinster Day 3

Zac Irwin Blog (Day 1 in Monte Gordo)

22 April, 2014 - 16:16

A squad of Ireland’s top class junior athletes set off on Sunday, 20th of April for a one week warm weather training camp in Monte Gordo, Portugal. The camp has been organised by Athletics Ireland’s High Performance unit and will provide athletes with an opportunity to fine-tune their form pre-season. There will be a full top class support system in place for the week and athletes will be attending various strength and conditions workshops throughout the week. The camp will be overseen by Junior High Performance Manager Jacqui Freyne. 2014 is a big year for the junior athletes with the World Junior Track and Field Championships taking place in Eugene, Oregan from the 22nd-27th of July.

Check out Irish International sprinter Zac Irwin’s (Sligo AC) blog from day one of the camp. This page will be updated each day with a blog from a different athlete and event, so make sure to check back on this page for all the updates.

Day 1: Sunday 20th of April
Author: Zac Irwin

Woke up at 8:50- to the beautiful sounds of playtime alarm clock music. Went down to breakfast with my roommate Marcus- down in breakfast there was a wide selection of cereals, fruit and bacon- I love bacon! At 10 o’clock, 3 bus loads went down to “el Complexo Desportivo” to see the track and to do our main sessions! It was a lot of the members of the group’s first time training in these facilities and the amount of people training there was uncountable. Yet everyone managed to complete there session in the overcast and warm weather. Our session was supervised by ‘Pique’ himself, Daniel Kilgallon!

All bad weather cleared up after training as the sun came out and we went in to the sea for a dip and to refresh the legs! We then headed in for lunch and got ready for our first workshop of the week which was taken at the track by John Cleary, he tought us the basics in strength and conditioning and a dynamic warm up suitable for these exercises. After doing this we left the track and anyone who needed a rub went to room 450 for appointment with Vinny ‘The Nidge’ Mulvey, sound man who loves nothing more than treating his clients while watching Olympic handball!

Half six, we entered the queue for the evening dinner, then at 8 o’clock went to our introductory workshop!

Zak Irwin, signing out!

Robinson, Gregan, McCullough & Foster Impress in America

20 April, 2014 - 16:30

Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) continued his impressive start to the 2014 season with a second place finish at the B.A.A Invitational Mile in Boston on the 19th of April. Robinson was up against a stacked field including 3.30.35 1,500m athlete Nick Willis (NZL) and 2012 Olympic 1,500m silver medalist Leo Manzano (USA).

The race turned into a slow tactical affair with all the big contenders watching each other in the early stages of the race. Willis demonstrated a devastating kick to pull clear of the field and win the race in a time of 4.11.3. Robinson showed impressive speed of his own to finish second in a time of 4.12 ahead of Olympic silver medalist Manzano third in a time of 4.13.3

“I am happy with that; it was a very slow race, very tactical. I am delighted to get second to Nick. He is a great tactician and his experience came through today, he was the stronger athlete, well done to him.”

Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) opened her 2014 outdoor season in style with a fast 11.50 second run in the 100m at the Tom Jones Memorial Meet in Florida. The time was just .01 of a second outside her personal best for the distance.

Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) was also in action over the weekend competing in the 200m at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays in California. This was Gregan’s season opener and he produced an encouraging performance to run a time of 21.40 to finish in seventh place. Gregan will now team up with Robinson to run on the Irish team at the Penn Relays this Saturday, April 26th.

Conor McCullough (Crusaders AC) contested the hammer event at the Mt. Sac Relays. McCullough produced a consistent set of throws, with all of his efforts over 70m. His best throw came in the final round when he launched the hammer out to 72.53m to finish in second place. The throw was less than a metre shy of the qualification standard (73.50m) for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August.

Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge

20 April, 2014 - 16:23

Great atmopsphere record crowds at 800 plus checking in . Section winners coming from visiting athletes . The event which encompasses road ,trails and Beach and add in a dip in the cold Atlantic Ocean plus childrens races on the beautiful setting that is Pollan Beach the local committee were delighted as funds will primarily go towards repairing the local Beach walkway severely damaged in winter Storms . Brooks and retail store Mc Elhinneys came on board as sponsors and all are reminded that race number is valid for 20 % off in their Sports Store until May 4th . Full results and photos to issue shortly

Here are results 1-250

Abbey Run 10k

17 April, 2014 - 16:05

The Abbey Run Quin 10k takes place this Saturday, 19th of April at 11am. There is a 10k run or 7k walk on offer, registrations and enquiries can be made to or mobile: 087 7868220