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Finn Valley ac Spring Series

23 March, 2014 - 16:48

A turnout of close to 400 enjoyed excellent conditions to complete the Finn Valley ac Spring Series of road races, the winning Running Team award going to Castlefinn Runners . A feature of the Series was the emergence of so many local organised running groups namely Convoy, Raphoe, Aghyaran ,Pettigo , Finn Valley Fit4Life, Finn Valley LC , North Fermanagh and a strong presence from Letterkenny 24/7 and St Nauls today in addition to the established athletics club participants . Gerard Gallagher and Catherine Dooher were to the fore representing Finn Valley ac in the 5k with Paul Ward ,Tirconaill the 10k winner . AS we point out everyone was a winner and next up is the Rundonegal Womens 5k April 6th again 11 am

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Day 2 Live Results

22 March, 2014 - 21:33

Live results from Day 2 of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships can be viewed here:

Live Results Link (this link be live tomorrow from 10am)

Thrilling Day of Competition at Juvenile Champs (Day 1)

22 March, 2014 - 18:51

Day one of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships of Ireland took place in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Saturday, March 22nd. Ireland’s best up and coming athletic talent battled it out for the national titles on what turned out to be a thrilling day of competition.

Results

Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) powered to victory in the U19 60m in a time of 6.96 while Sarah Kate Lacey (Kilkenny City Harriers) won the girl’s 60m in a time of 7.81. The U18 60m titles went to Eoin Doherty (Tallaght AC) 7.01 and Roseanna McGuckian (City of Lisburn) was impressive in winning the girl’s title in a time of 7.71.

Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock AC-Louth) won the U16 girl’s 60m in a time of 7.67 which was a new championship best performance. The performance broke the old record of 7.72 held by European Junior 100m hurdle silver medallist Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC). There was two championship bests set in the 60m in the U13 age group with Niamh Foley (St Mary’s Limerick) winning the girl’s title in 8.10 and Mathew Buckley (Ratoath AC) winning the boy’s title in 8.04.

European Youth Gold Medallist Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) won the girl’s U18 400m in a time of 56.42. Shanahan will attempt to do the double tomorrow as she also goes in the 800m. Paul Murphy (Ferrybank AC) won the U19 boy’s 400m in a new CBP of 48.96.

Schools Cross Country Champion Andrew Corscoran (Star of the Sea AC) swapped the country for the boards as he won the U19 boy’s 1500m in a time of 3.57.04.

Young Corinne Kenny (St Laurence O’Toole AC) stormed to victory in the girl’s U13 600m in a time of 1.38.23. The time was another new championship best performance breaking the old mark held by Jemma Bromell (Emerald AC) of 1.41.28.

Sinead Burke (St Coca’s AC) was a clear winner of the U19 1,500m Walk in a time of 6.43.68

Micheala Walsh (Swinford AC) threw a stunning 15.08m to set a new championship best in the U17 girl’s shot putt competition. The winning distance broke the old mark held by Claire Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) of 13.91m which has stood since 2007.

There was a massive throw of 16.78m by James Kelly (Finn Valley AC) to win the U15 boy’s shot putt competition and in doing set a new championship best performance. Adam Sheridan (West port AC) launched the shot out to 12.80m (CBP) to win the U13 boy’s shot put title.

Sam Healy (Leevale AC) won the U19 long jump with a jump of 7.02m, Healy will be gunning for more gold on day two of the championships when he competes in the 60m hurdles and high jump. Multi-eventer Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) won the U17 girls long jump with a distance of 5.75, she too will be looking for more gold on day two of the championship.

Day two of the championships begins tomorrow at 10am with the 60m hurdles and 1,500m final events.

Upcoming Workshops in the West

21 March, 2014 - 14:55

The following event specific workshops will take place in the west in the coming weeks. These workshops are primarily intended to up-skill the club coach who may have recently completed an ‘Assistant Coach’ or ‘Level 1’ coaching course, although attendance on such a course is not a pre-requisite of attendance. Athletes are also welcome.

Please note that further workshops will be added in the very near future.

Javelin & Turbojav
Wednesday 2nd April
7pm-9pm
Athlone IT (TBC)
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance.
Delivered by David Courtney

Introducing Hurdles
Friday 4th April
7pm-9pm
St. Brigid’s VS Loughrea, Co. Galway
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

Javelin & Turbojav
Wednesday 9th April
6pm-8pm
Lee’s Rd., Ennis
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance.
Delivered by David Courtney

Strength and Conditioning for the Young Athlete
Friday 11th April
7pm-9pm
St. Brigid’s VS Loughrea, Co. Galway
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

Javelin & Turbojav
Wednesday 30th April
7pm-9pm
Galway RSC (TBC)
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance.
Delivered by David Courtney

Irish Team Selected for Schools International

20 March, 2014 - 11:02

The SIAB Schools International takes place in Bolton on Saturday, 22nd of March. Following on from the Aviva All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships on March 8th the first eight runners were selected to represent Irish Schools at the International. The Irish team will compete against school athletes representing England, Scotland and Wales in the junior (U15) and intermediate (U17) category.

Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannan’s Ennis) and Rhona Pierce (Skerries Community College) who won their respective intermediate races at the All-Ireland Championships in Cork will lead the Irish challenge in Bolton. Mulcaire has enjoyed a fantastic run of form lately including an impressive victory in the junior race (U20) at the National Inter Club Cross Country Championships on February 25th.

Pierce was equally impressive on route to victory in the intermediate girl’s race in Cork. After a great battle with defending champion Clodagh O’Reilly (Loreto College, Cavan) Pierce pulled away to win her first All-Ireland Schools title.

Caoimhe Harrington (Colaiste Pobail, Bheanntrai), Jodie McCann (Rathdown School) and Nicola Dufy (St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne) will lead the Irish charge in the junior girl’s event. All three athletes battled it out at the All-Irelands with Harrington taking the victory with McCann second and Duffy third.

Patrick Maher (Dunshaughlin Community College) will lead the junior boys’ team after coasting to victory at the All Ireland’s ahead of James Maguire (St Benildus College) and Niall Harvey (Presentation Carlow).

Irish Team

Make sure to check out our Irish Schools Facebook Page for results and pictures from the event.

Timetable
12.30 pm - Junior Girls (3,500m)
12.45 pm - Junior Boys (4,500m)
1.30 pm - Intermediate Girls (4,500m)
2.00 pm - Intermediate Boys (5,500m)

Successful National Hurdles Workshop

19 March, 2014 - 11:29

The latest national hurdles workshop was held on Saturday March 15th in Athlone’s indoor arena. 37 people attended (20 coaches and 17 athletes) and as with the last workshop, both theoretical and practical aspects of coaching the hurdles disciplines were incorporated.

The morning session involved an evaluation of both winter training & the indoor season. It was generally agreed that the weather had been a major contributor to changes in the planned winter training programmes with ‘speed’ being the area of training that had been ‘dropped’ most often (in favour of indoor circuits/core work etc.) We also discussed the benefits and pitfalls of an indoor season and the problems arising from the fixture list for juveniles. We spoke about this next phase of training (between indoor & outdoor competition seasons); specifically how to plan a programme for those who competed over the 60m hurdles indoors, but will be competing over the long hurdles outdoors.

Finally we discussed race planning over the duration of both a season and a year. This continues to cause concern for those coaching underage athletes as there is pressure for athletes to compete in the indoors, the schools & national juveniles (outdoors) leaving very little time for training of any description between the months of January & August.

The practical session saw the athletes working on technical aspects of their hurdling with the coaches observing the athletes, giving feedback to them and discussing possible solutions to technical problems with Shane McCormack (sprint hurdles) and Hayley Harrison (long hurdles).

The date of the next hurdles workshop has not been set, but it will probably be August/September. There will be a Psychology workshop in May open to all event groups for both athletes and coaches. It will take place on Sunday May 11th in the Kemmy Business School lecture theatre in the University of Limerick (please note room change from original posting) between 10am & 1pm.

Setanta Coverage of Schools XC Champs

19 March, 2014 - 11:14

Highlights of last week’s Aviva Irish Schools Cross-Country Championships will be broadcast on Setanta Ireland this evening (19th March), with a repeat on Sunday afternoon (23rd March).

The screening tonight is at 6:10pm, with Sunday’s repeat on at 4pm. Highlights of all ten races, including both university championship finishes, will be screened.

AVIVA Irish Schools Cross Country Championships

Setanta Ireland (Sky Irl 423/UPC 105/401)
Wed 19 March - 6.10pm
Sun 23 March - 4:00pm

Check out our Irish Schools Facebook Page for all your schools athletics updates.

Stars of the Future Take Centre Stage

18 March, 2014 - 16:47

The Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships take place this weekend (22nd/23rd) in AIT International Arena, Athlone. There is a packed programme of events, which will see over 1,200 of Ireland’s young athletics talent in action in a wide range of running, jumping and throwing events.

Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce that all the action from day one (Saturday 22nd) of the championship will be streamed live via the Athletics Ireland Website. Please check back on this page later in the week for your live stream options.

There are eight different age categories for both the girls and boys (U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18, and U19) that will battle it out for the national titles. All athletes competing over the weekend have qualified through from the five regional finals (Dublin, Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht) to reach the All-Ireland Finals.

Day 1 Entry List
Day 2 Entry List

Zac Irwin (Sligo AC) is entered for the U19 60m, 200m and 400m events for the weekend. Irwin will start as favourite in the shorter sprint events after flying to a 21.71 silver medal winning performance at the National Senior Championships in February.

Roseanna McGuckian (City of Lisburn AC), Nimah McNichol (Ferrybank AC) and Laura Ann Costello (Galway City Harriers AC) are set for a showdown in the girl’s U18 sprint events. All three were members of the Irish team that won the bronze medals in the 4×100m relay at last year’s European Youth Olympic Festival.

Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) who struck gold last year in the 800m at the EYOF’s will attempt a 400m and 800m double at U18 level as will Galway City Harrier athlete Alanna Lally in the U19 age group. William Crowe (North Sligo AC) won silver in the 1,500m at the EYOF’s will target gold in the boy’s U18 800m event.

After his marvelous victory at the Aviva All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships last week Andrew Corscoran (Star of the Sea) swaps the country for the boards as he targets a fast times in the U19 800m and 1500m.

The prodigiously talented hurdling duo of Molly Scott (St Laurence O’Toole) and Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) will be the ones to watch over the barriers in Athlone. Scott competes in the U16 60m and 60m hurdles events while multi-eventer Morland goes in the U17 60m hurdles, long jump and high jump. Morland and Scott finished first and third respectively in the 60m Hurdles Final at the English U17 Indoor Championships on the 2nd of March.

Rivals Sam Healy (Leevale AC) and David Cussen (Old Abbey AC) are both excellent all-round athletes and will battle it out in the U19 60m hurdles, long jump and high jump events. Donagh Mahon (Gowran AC) has cleared 2.09m in the high jump this year and will start as the likely favourite in the U18 event. Keith Marks (Cushinstown AC) is also entered in the U18 high jump and should push Mahon all the way having cleared 2.03m this year.

Micheala Walsh (Swinford AC) – U17, Fiona Tuite (Fingallians AC) – U19 and John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) – U19 should all do very well in their respective age groups in the shot putt.

A thrilling weekend of track and field competition is on the cards with the action beginning at 10:00am on both days.

Make sure to LIKE the Athletics Ireland Facebook Page for pictures and updates from the two days of competition.

Irish Runner 5 Date Change

18 March, 2014 - 14:30

The date for the Irish Runner 5 Mile-the first race in the 2014 SSE Airtricity Dublin Race Series is now set for Saturday, June 28th. The venue is the Phoenix Park.

This year’s SSE Airtricity Race Series events will again serve as the ideal build- up races for everyone training for the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in October. “I recommend all of the runners I train to enter all four race in the Series, “David Carrie, Coach to Team Carrie said. ” The Race Series offers all runners an ideal opportunity to experience the racing environment and to gauge their training progress through the months of June, July, August and September.” Last year David Carrie trained over one hundred members of Team Carrie and every one of them completed the Dublin Marathon.

The other events in the 2014 SSE Airtricity Race Series are: Fingal 10k in Swords on Sunday , July 20th, Frank Duffy 10, Phoenix Park, Saturday, August 23rd and Dublin Half- Marathon, Phoenix Park, Saturday, September 20th.

This year participants in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Race Series events will receive a Bonus Gift from each race they enter- in addition to the Souvenir Technical T shirt and Goody Bag. See full details at www.dublinmarathon.ie

The SSE Airtricity Dublin Race Series events offer Exceptional Value for race entry fee. Enter any two events for 35 euro- 3 events for 50 or all 4 events for just 65. Register online now at www.dublinmarathon.ie

Race Walking Squad

18 March, 2014 - 12:33

The Athletics Ireland Race Walking Squad made the trip over to the Isle of Man for a 3 day programme held in conjunction with the English Race Walking Academy. A full report courtesy of National Event Co-ordinator Michael Lane is available below:

Overview

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The combined AAI and RWA squad on the beach at Douglas after their Sunday morning session’

Endurance Workshop

18 March, 2014 - 12:22

The next Endurance Workshop is scheduled for 5th April and consists of an exciting topic “Technical model of running “ and the Physical competency in endurance athletes. The workshop will be led primarily by Dave Rowland, National Coach Mentor for Physical Preparation, England and ably supported by AAI Head Physiotherapist Emma Gallivan and Strength & Conditioning coaches working with current Irish athletes.

The workshop will be Dublin based ( venue TBC) and will run from 10 am until 3.30 pm approx. Please email Teresa McDaid on endurance@athleticsireland.ie to secure a place.

John Travers Wins St Patrick’s 5k

18 March, 2014 - 12:13

Donore Harriers athlete John Travers has won the 2014 St. Patrick’s 5K Festival Road Race, which took place in Dublin today. He completed the course in a time of 00:14:07.

Race Results

Second place went to Colm Rooney from Clonliffe Harriers AC who finished in 00:14:23. He was followed in third place by Kevin Maunsell of Clonmel AC in a time of 00:14:43.

Winner in the women’s category was Kilcoole AC athlete Fionnula Britton who completed the course in a time of 00:15:33.

Second in the women’s category was Catherina McKiernan with a time of 00:15:58 followed in third place by Lifford AC athlete Ann-Marie McGlynn in 00:16:01

Organised by Metropolitan Harriers & St. Brigid’s Athletic Club, the race was a highlight of the annual St. Patrick’s Festival programme and a major element in attracting tourists and visitors to Dublin City. The record 1,700 entries were made up from dedicated athletes, families, tourists and fun runners alike.

Praising the efforts of all who took part, race director Eamonn Coghlan thanked Dublin City Council and An Garda Sochna for the support which they had given to the event.

Sponsorship was provided by Kleinwort Benson Investors, specialist provider of niche investment strategies for pension funds, charities and corporate bodies, who have supported the event for a number of years.

As an added attraction this year and to coincide with their forthcoming Muppets Most Wanted movie, Disney held a competition for the ‘best inspired Muppet costume’ in the race which was won by 11 year old MSB AC athlete Sarah O’Gorman from Castleknock whose prize is a private screening with 100 of her friends!

Leevale AC on the Double at League Final

16 March, 2014 - 18:29

Leevale AC won both the men’s and women’s competition at the Woodie’s DIY National Indoor Track and Field League Final in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Sunday, 16th of March.

Club Results

Ind Results

The Leevale men’s squad dominated the competition amassing a winning total of 76 points ahead of St Abbans AC second on 61 points and Raheny Shamrock AC in third on 51 points.

Leevale were buoyed by strong performances by David Quilligan who won both the 200m (22.03), long jump (6.92m) and Sam Healy in the high jump with a clearance of 1.90m. Ben Thistlewood notched up another victory for the Cork club by winning the 1,500m in a time of 4.04.97. Leevale performed consistently across all of the other events to emerge the clear winners of the inaugural indoor track and field league final.

The women’s event proved a much closer affair with Leevale battling it out with St Abbans AC and Craughwell AC. St Abbans were led by 400m hurdle specialist Nessa Millett who bagged maximum points in the 60m H (9.19), 400m (57.56) and finished second in the long jump with a jump of 4.98m.

Leevale responded with some strong performances of their own in the middle distance events; Louise Shanahan won the 800m in a time of 2.11.2 and Claire McSweeney secured victory in the 1500m in a time of 4.27.80. Craughwell propelled themselves into the mix after impressive results from Cathriona Farrell in the high jump (1.70m), long jump (5.02m) and club mate Sarah Finnegan won the triple jump with a distance of 10.20m.

After an anxious wait the scores were revealed and the Leevale women’s squad were declared the winners with a score of 65 points, one point ahead of Craughwell (64) in second and St Abbans in third on 60 points.

5th Place for Rob Heffernan & European QT for Paul Robinson

16 March, 2014 - 14:53

World 50km Race Walk Champion Robert Heffernan (Togher A.C.) made his competitive comeback on the Race walking Circuit at the Lugano Race Walking Grand Prix in Switzerland on Sunday, March 16th. The event in Lugano is one of the most prestigious race walking events in Europe with many of the athletes using it as preparation for the European Championships in Zurich later in the summer.

Heffernan showed that his preparations are well underway for Zurich by finishing in fifth place in the 20km race in a time of 1:20.57. Posting on his twitter page (@RM_Heffernan) afterwards Heffernan said:

“Excellent competition today over 20km finished 5th in 1h20m57sec. Perfect preparation at this time of year.”

The event was won by Ruslan Dmtrenko of the Ukraine in a time of 1:20.08

There was a number of other Irish athletes competing in Lugano; Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) finished 25th in a time of 1:26.33 while up and coming athletes Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) and James Traynor (Shercock AC) were rewarded with new personal bests of 1:28.00 and 1:31.02 to place 31st and 49th respectively. Next up for these athletes will be the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China on the 3rd/4th of May.

Away from the action in Lugano Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s AC) finished a close third in the 1,500m at the Sydney Track Classic on Saturday,15th of March. Robinson clocked a time of 3:39.08 and finished just half a second behind the winner James Magut (Kenya) and one meter behind 2012 Olympian Jeff Riseley (Aus) who ran 3:38.90. It was an excellent performance by Robinson as the time is also inside the 1,500m qualifying standard of 3:39.30 for the European Championships in Zurich.

Irish Athletics Caps

15 March, 2014 - 07:48

In a week when an Irishman became the most capped Rugby player in the history of the game, the Athletics Ireland Technical Committee is pleased to publish the first ever attempt to compile the definitive list of Irish Athletics Caps.

The list attempts to include the names of all athletes who were selected by the internationally recognised governing body and competed in an official senior International match, Cup or Championships for Ireland against other athletes wearing their national vests.

This includes all T&F events (indoors & outdoors) Road Races and Ultra Distances and Mountain Running.

While every effort has been made by the compilers to ensure as much accuracy as possible, compiling a list made up over nearly 7,200 selections over 140 years is bound to include some errors and omissions and the compilers welcome feedback to correct this information.

The list will be kept in the About us, history section of the AAI website as well as the competition, statistics section and will be updated with corrections and additions on a regular basis.

A working group of 5 members has been established by the Technical Committee to investigate the validity of all caps won or claimed to be won consisting of Pierce O’Callaghan (Technical Committee Member and List Compiler), Cyril Smyth (Athletics History Researcher), Killian Lonergan (AAI Statistician), John Cronin (Chairman of the Technical Committee) and Liam Hennessy (Association of Track & Field Statisticians).

The remit of this group is to ensure the authenticity of all Irish cap winners over the past 140 years.

By the end of 2014 when the list has been thoroughly reviewed by as many people as possible, the compilers intend to assign one unique number to every Irish International Cap winner which will stay with the athletes forever.

The immortal number one has already been assigned to Maurice Davin who threw the hammer which was the first event in the first ever International Athletics Match between Ireland and England in Lansdowne Road on June 5, 1876.

Davin was a colossus in Irish sport in the late 19th century, was the first President of the GAA and was generally regarded as the greatest all round athlete in the world in the 1870s and 80s.

Winning an Irish vest and representing Ireland in an international event is the highest honour many fortunate athletes will ever achieve in the sport and Athletics Ireland salutes the achievements, talent and dedication of all these athletes for the cause of Irish Athletics.

Athletics Ireland also recognises that many Irish athletes were denied the honour of an Irish vest due to various political reasons totally beyond their control.

Please send any corrections or additions to pierce@savvysportsmgt.com

Irish Athletics Caps

World Champ Rob Heffernan to Compete in Lugano

14 March, 2014 - 17:19

World 50km Race Walk Champion Robert Heffernan (Togher A.C.) is set to make his competitive comeback this Sunday, 16th of March at the European Athletics Race Walking Permit Meeting in Lugano, Switzerland.

The race represents Heffernan’s first major race since his magnificent performance to win the World 50km title in Moscow and become Ireland’s third ever World Outdoor Champion. Since then Heffernan has been busy training and setting up the High Performance centre in Cork. He has competed over a one mile promotional race in the Milrose Games, New York in February where he set a new Irish best performance of 5.39. Heffernan also participated in the 4mile road race in Cork in January posting an excellent time of 22.38.

Alex Wright (Calry AC), Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC), Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) and James Treanor (Shercock AC) are all set to join Heffernan in the 20km race in Lugano.

Jared Tallant (Australia) and Ihor Hlavan (Ukraine) who came third and fourth respectably in the 50km World Championship in Moscow last year are both in the starting line-up. All the race information can be seen on the event website:

Event Website

Wexford Sportshall Athletics

14 March, 2014 - 16:25

Sportshall Athletics got off to a great start in Co. Wexford on Wednesday and Thursday night with 8 teams of boys and girls from 3rd & 4th class and 8 teams of boys and girls from 5th & 6th class taking part. A very enjoyable couple of evenings with lots of fun and competition.

Thanks to all the clubs, teachers and parents who helped out as officials and to all in Adamstown AC for hosting the event.

Congratulations to the winning teams - Adamstown NS boys, Adamstown NS girls and Mercy, Wexford who will be off to the National Finals in Athlone International Arena on March 26th

Spar Great Ireland Run (Incl National 10k Champs)

14 March, 2014 - 14:53

The SPAR Great Ireland Run is taking place on the 6th of April in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The race will once again incorporate the National 10k Championships with entry for the national championships closing on Thursday, March 20th. For any club athletes or teams that plan to take part please enter through the below link before the deadline date:

Online Entry

The day, which includes the Junior & Mini Great Ireland Run, is an opportunity to escape from the roads and pavements and into the grassland and tree-lined curves that the 1,750-acre park has to offer.

The race is the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics. The event is one of twenty-two races in the world to receive an IAAF Road Race Silver Label in recognition of the event’s high standard of organisation, elite participation and media profile.

The event is Ireland’s largest mixed 10k and up to 12,000 adults and children are expected to participate in the run and its associated junior events. Every 10K finisher will receive a technical event t-shirt, medal, goody bag and chip timed results.

The 2014 event will also give runners the chance to represent their county in the All Ireland County Challenge competition for the Ronnie Delany Trophy. To qualify each county must have at least five registered runners, and the winner is determined by the fastest average time of each county’s competitors, using chip finishing time technology. Each county will also have a recorded time for the fastest male and female finisher.

Endurance Workshop

14 March, 2014 - 09:27

A continuing professional development course for Irish Endurance Coaches entitled “The Practical Application of Exercise Science to Endurance Training” was held for the second year running on March 8th and 9th, 2014. Previously carried out at the University of Limerick, the venue for this year was very kindly provided by the Irish Institute of Sport. Over 50 coaches around the country have now completed this program leading to a community of evidenced based practice amongst endurance coaches in Ireland.

Updated information and some new workshops were integrated into this year’s course. An enthusiastic group benefitted massively from having a broad spectrum of coaches, backgrounds and experiences. Philosophies about mileage, speed, strength and physiology were openly discussed, with the strengths of each approach being evaluated, and an integrated approach being suggested.

Theory and practical sessions included:

1)Manipulating nutritional status to enhance endurance performance.
2)The role of dehydration in the impairment of dehydration. Is the 2% rule valid?
3)Lifestyle: The making of an athlete.
4)How does repetitive strain/overuse injury occur? What are our options to avoid chronic it?
5)The Physiology of Endurance Performance: Broken down into digestible concepts.
6)Physiological testing of a middle distance athlete in the laboratory.
7)Basic functional movement tests we can do to evaluate movement capability in our athletes.
8)Prehabilitation and Circuit Training for Endurance Athletes.
9)An introduction to a gym environment: basic exercises for the endurance athlete.

Thanks to Peter Francis from the Sport and Health Science department at the University of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth who delivered the program over 2 days. Irish Institute of Sport physiologist Ciara-Sinnott O’Connor assisted along with national indoor 800m champion Niall Tuohy.

Thanks also to the Institute of Sport for their use of the facility and COACHING IRELAND for their significant contribution to the initiative both last year and this year. ( Report by Peter Francis)

Teresa McDaid
National Event Co-ordinator for Endurance
Athletics Ireland

Track Officiating Training

13 March, 2014 - 16:43

The Athletics Ireland technical committee are running the annual officials training day in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Sunday the 30th March from 10 am to 4pm, please see attached document for further details:

Training Course

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