Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) put in a stellar performance today at the Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships at the AIT International Arena, Athlone to win the Women’s 60m Final in a personal best of 7.32. This time was also the qualification standard for the World Indoor Track and Field Championships which take place in Sopot, Poland in March. Phil Healy (Bandon AC) was second with 7.37, with Niamh Whelan third in 7.65. Speaking after the race Foster said: “The aim was to come out here and win and I achieved that. I knew to win I needed to run fast as Phil Healy has been in flying form. I didn’t have the best of starts but my pick up and finish were good and overall I’m really happy with the race. It was great to get the pb and the qualification time for the world indoors – it’s a pretty perfect day”
Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) added the 200m title to add to her Long Jump title from yesterday setting a new personal best and stadium record of 23.56. It also brings her total tally of indoor titles to 16 making her the most prolific winner of indoor national titles. Proper said: “I’d a great weekend, I couldn’t have asked for anymore, I’d two personal bests in the 200m and I’d a few great jumps (6.35m)”
Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC) was another stand out performance recording a New National Indoor Junior record of 21.19 to take the Senior Men’s 200m. Zac Irwin (Sligo AC) was second in 21.71 with David Quilligan (Leevale AC) third in 21.94. Lawler said: “I’m over the moon, recording a new national junior record, stadium record and the qualification standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships.
Earlier in the day Lawler finished second in the 60m in 6.95 with Jamie Davis (Raheny AC) recording the same time for third. The race was won by David Hynes (Menepians AC) in 6.85. Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC, who recorded a personal best of 6.84 to win his semi-final earlier in the day withdrew from the final due to a slight niggle.
The Men’s 400m proved to be a thrilling race with Timmy Crowe (Dooneen A.C) and Richard Morrissey ( Crusaders AC) leading the charge to the break and Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) sitting in behind. Barr made a move down the back straight to take the lead and he powered to finish winning in 47.05, Crowe was second in 47.51 and Morrissey third in 47.56.
Sinéad Denny (DSD AC) was the clear winner in the women’s 400m in a personal best of 54.30. There was a real battle between reigning champion Shauna Cannon (Brothers Pearse A.C.) and Ciara McCallion (Clonliffe Harriers A.C.) down the home straight with Cannon taking silver in 55.56 from McCallion in bronze in 55.67.
With Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC) having to withdraw due to illness the expected battle between herself and Ciara Everard (UCD AC) in the Women’s 800m did not transpire. Everard regained her title winning in 2:06.23.
With the newly crowned Irish 800m Indoor Senior Record holder Mark English (UCD AC) withdrawing from the championships during the week due to illness it left the battle for the National title wide open with Niall Touhy (Ferrybank AC) taking the honours in 1:52.24.
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) dominated the Men’s 1500m taking the race out with 800m to go, he crossed the line in 3.49.50 with Letterkenny’s Danny Mooney second in 3.52.14 and Darragh Greene (Dunleer AC) third in 3:54.85. Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC) took the women’s title in 4:30.59 from club-mate Siofra Cléirigh Büttner in 3:32.84.
In the Men 3000m it was defending champion John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) who set the early pace but Alex Bruce Littlewood (Leevale AC) reeled him back in to win in 8:02.13. Bruce Littlewood a former scholarship student of McNeese State hails from the UK and has recently settled in Cork with his wife. Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers) went onto claim silver in 8:10.57 with Travers paying for his early pace having to settle for third in 8:14.73.
In the 60m Hurdles Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) put in another solid performance running 8.33 to take the title from Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH AC) who powered to second in a personal best of 8.48. The Men’s 60m Hurdles title went to Ian McDonald (Crsuaders AC) in 8.22 from Paul Byrne (St.Abbans) in 8.29 and Tom Reynolds (North Down AC) in 8.32.
In the women’s pole vault Zoe Brown cleared a personal best of 4.31m and set an all comers’ record. The Men’s Shot Put was won by Sean Breathnach in 16.15m. Kourosh Foroughi (Star of the Sea AC) recorded one of his best jumps in recent times when taking the national High Jump title in 2.15m. Caoimhe King (Aughagower A.C.) was close to her best when taking the Triple Jump title in 12.84.
Just weeks after starting an athletics scholarship at the University of Mississippi Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) became the first athlete in the school history to run a sub four minute mile. Competing at the Husky Classic in Seattle Washington Tobin won section 4 of the mile in a time of 3:59.91 to become the 39th Irishman to break four minutes for the classic distance.
“I’m proud of Sean,” head coach Brian O’Neal said. “To break four minutes and set a lifetime personal best in his first mile with us, I’m excited for what the future holds for him and our whole team. Our men’s team is rounding into form at the right time.”
His achievement comes just a week after helping his school break another school record when he ran 1:50 for the 800m leg of the DMR for a time of 9:40.17 at the Armory in New York.
At the Iowa State Classic Liam Markham (Ennis Track), another runner who is closing on the sub4 club, won his section of the mile in a time of 4:04.04 in a fiercely competitive race.
World champion Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) was in action at the Millrose Games in New York where he finished second in the 1 mile walk in a time of 5:39.75.
NYRR Millrose Games New York, N.Y.
Susan Rudin Men’s USATF13 Championship Mile Walk (Elite)
1 Gustafsson, Andreas GK Steget Sweden 5:34.45
2 Heffernan, Robert Togher AC Cork Ireland 5:39.75
3 Hallman, Jonathan Shore Athletic Club 6:07.32
Husky Classic - Seattle WA
1 Tobin, Sean Mississippi 3:59.91
2 Poland, Ryan Portland 4:01.28
3 Greenwald, Jeremy Georgia Tech 4:01.90
4 Clowes, Matthew Concordia (Ore.) 4:03.78
Women Weight Throw
1 Amaechi, Chioma California 21.75m
2 McKee, Meagan Fresno State 19.77m
3 Daniels, Shreese Wyoming 19.21m
4 Weir, Jillian Oregon 19.12m
5 Byrd, Caitlin Fresno State 17.97m
6 Tauvela, Vania Eastern Washington 17.87m
7 Hickey, Aoife Utah 17.69m
17.69m 17.39m 17.42m FOUL 17.28m 16.96m
Iowa State Classic - Ames, Iowa
Men 1 mile
1 Liam Markham SO Illinois 4:04.04
2 Nathan Weitz SO Northern Arizona 4:04.33
3 Niklas Buhner SR Auburn 4:04.35
4 Joel Hubbard FR Syracuse 4:05.27
Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) took the Women’s Long Jump title with a leap of 6.35m at the Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships at the AIT International Arena, Athlone today. Not only was this a new stadium record but it also brings her total tally of indoor titles to 15 - equalling that of World 50k Walks Champion Robert Heffernan, as the most prolific winner of indoor national titles. Proper said: “I’m absolutely delighted with it (15th title). In the last few weeks I’m so close to getting back to near my personal best in the long jump (6.62), training is going great and I’m so happy with how my season has gone so far and hopefully I go even better in the next week or so.” The Waterford woman went on to set a stadium record and personal best in the 200m heats of 23.75.
With Robert Heffernan competing in the Millrose Games in New York this weekend it was left to Alex Wright (Calry AC) a member of his training academy in Cork to take the Men’s 5k Walk title in a time of 19.25.38, which is third fastest in the All-time List. Wright who hails from London has recently declared for Ireland spoke after the race: “I’m very happy with the title today, it’s been a tough week of training and it’s a PB for me too”.
There was a battle between Wright’s training partners Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) and Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) with Hickey sitting in behind Boyce throughout before he pulled away crossing the line in 19:56.78 and Boyce finished third in 20:03.91, both personal best times. The Women’s 3k was won by Lauren Whelan (Leevale AC) in 14.22.96 which is her third personal best in the last two months.
The women’s 3000m title went to Deirdre Doyle (SLOT AC) in 9:53.64 while Maria O’Sullivan (Raheny AC) who had led right up to the closing lap was second in 9:53.97. Sinéad O’Connor of Leevale AC was third in 10:02.79.
The women’s shot put was won by Claire Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers AC) with 14.95m a new stadium record, improving on her all-time best of 14.75m. Ian Rogers of Clonliffe Harriers AC won the Men’s Senior Pole Vault in 4.60m, while his team mate David Donegan who was targeting his 10th National title was second with 4.50m. There was joint third placing for Thomas Houlihan (West Waterford AC) and Stuart Greene (Raheny AC) with 4.40m. The women’s high jump title went to Grainne Moggan (DSD AC) with a jump of 1.68m. The Triple Jump Men’s was won by Antony Daffurn (St. Ronans A.C.) in 14.99m.
In the Men’s 1500m it was first four in each heat with four fastest to qualify for the final; David McCarthy (West Waterford A.C.) won heat one in 4:04.84 with Darragh Greene (Dunleer A.C.) taking the second heat in 3:58.90.
With Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC) having to withdraw due to illness the expected battle between herself and Ciara Everard (UCD AC) in the Women’s 800m will not now transpire. Everard took the first heat in a conservative 2:20.73 clearly saving energies for tomorrow’s final while Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore AC) took the second heat in 2:16.30.
With the newly crowned Irish 800m Indoor Senior Record holder Mark English (UCD AC) withdrawing from the championships during the week due to illness it has left the battle for the National title wide open. In the heats it was the first two plus two fastest qualifiers for a place in the final. The fastest winner of the three heats was Harry Purcell (Trim AC) who is coached by Eamon Coughlan in 1:54.77.
In the Men’s 60m heats the most impressive of the morning’s action was David Hynes (Menapians AC) with 6.86 seconds. The winners of the other heats were as follows; Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) 6.92, Marcus Lawler (SLOT) 6.95, Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC) 7.02, Jamie Davis (Raheny AC) 7.03, Laurence O’Reilly (Tullamore AC) 7.05. Semi-Finals and Finals take place tomorrow.
From the Men’s 200m heats it was the six fastest times from the seven heats who qualified into tomorrow’s final so all competitors were not holding back with four of the qualifiers running sub 22 seconds. Marcus Lawler looked impressive crossing the line in 21.39, while Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) set a new personal best of 21.70, David Qulligan (Leevale AC) was the third qualifier with 21.90. The remaining qualifiers were; Eanna Madden (Carrick on Shannon) 21.95, Mark Kavanagh (DSD AC) 22.00 and Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC) 22.08.
Action kicks off tomorrow at 1pm with live TV coverage from RTE from 3pm.
Athletics Ireland has published the names of the selected athletes for the 2014 Carding Scheme which it will operate in partnership with the Irish Sports Council. Athletics Ireland was named by the ISC as one of three National Governing Bodies deemed to be in a position to transition to managing its carding process. Instrumental to this transition and to securing the 2014 athlete funding levels was the development of the Athletics Ireland High Performance Plan by High Performance Director Kevin Ankrom. Athletics Ireland was also deemed by the ISC to have met all the required governance standards.
The Carding Scheme for athletes for 2014 identifies athletes who will receive support in the calendar year based on their performances at major championships and their ability to deliver medal opportunities in the future. In 2013 the implementation of the High Performance Plan of which the carding scheme was instrumental, delivered 12 Medals at Major championships and 17 top 6 placings.
The carded athletes selected by the Athletics Ireland Selection Panel of Kevin Ankrom, Chris Jones and Jacqui Freyne; will receive varying amounts of cash support in addition to many other support services. High Performance Director Kevin Ankrom said “The selection panel is confident that we have delivered fair and equitable carding selections with robust criteria which will support targeted athletes in order to deliver more medals on the world stage over the next three years”.
Ankrom points out that the Carding Scheme includes five levels of cash grant aid plus various degrees of services including; sports science and medical assistance, support to travel to key international competitions and major championships, major injury treatment and rehabilitation and support for personal coaches. “The grants now amount to considerably more than the initial cash amount of €40,000, €20,000 or €12,000 with the additional opportunity of performance related assessments during the year, for example an athlete on €40,000 can receive close to €65,000 in total support”, said Ankrom.
The following athletes have been selected by the Athletics Ireland Carding Selection Committee for the initial cash grants indicated below:
Robert Heffernan Podium (40k)
Fionnuala Britton World Class (20k)
Ciaran O’Lionaird International (12K)
Derval O’Rourke International (12K)
Jessie Barr International (12K)
Brian Gregan International (12K)
Laura Reynolds International (12K)
Brendan Boyce International (12K)
Mark English International (12K)
Paul Robinson International (12K)
Rose-Anne Galligan International (12K)
For 2014 in addition to the individual cash grant allocation of €168,000 for Podium, World Class and International athletes there is a substantial investment into the High Performance Programme. €258,000 will be provided for support services for athletes covering medical, physiotherapist and soft tissue services in addition to the services of physiologists and nutritionists. €213,000 is allocated for travel and accommodation for major International competition from youth through to senior athletes. Over €60,000 will be provided to enable athletes to attend warm weather camps and to travel to key competitions which are seen as integral in preparation for major championships. In addition to the athletes named above, over €180,000 will be invested in 76 Development and Emerging Talent athletes. The Irish Sports Council contribution to Athletics Ireland High Performance Programme is supplemented by funds raised by the commercial activities of Athletics Ireland.
Ankrom commented: “We have identified a targeted group of athletes who we believe will deliver future success and more medals on the world stage. It’s encouraging to see that we have the largest number of athletes ever hitting the emerging talent standards. So we are seeing both the quality and quantity bar of the next generation moving in the right direction.”
In the 2014 carding system, the Selection Panel also used their discretion to retain carding status even if an athlete did not meet the criteria due to injury as they believe that realistic medal or placing potential still existed. Ankrom added “We have in the past and will continue to be in the future very supportive of athletes who are injured. In 2013 we worked with leading carded athletes to ensure they gained access to world leading consultants and paid in full for their surgery and travel”
John Foley, CEO of Athletics Ireland said: “We have been fortunate in challenging times to have continued to receive significant investment for our High Performance Programme from the Irish Sports Council and we’re happy that our organisation and our systems reflect the responsibility associated with receiving this grant support. We are also very thankful for the quality of support service provided by Institute of Sport as we all support our athletes in fulfilling their ambitions”
The next Athletics Ireland Level 2 Coach Education Course will be held in the Autumn, with on-line entry open during the summer months for coaches to apply.
This course takes place over three full weekends so the next window of opportunity is the Autumn.
Please keep an eye on the Athletics Ireland website for further details and on-line application (which will begin in the summer).
It was sunshine all the way at the Aviva Munster schools cross country championships at Cork IT today. Everyone breathed a big sigh of relief at missing yesterday’s terrible storm and the prospect of another one tomorrow. At a time when sports fixtures are being postponed all over the country a big ‘Thank You’ goes to CIT for allowing the fixture to go ahead.
Kyle Larkin (Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick) was up at the dawn this morning to facilitate a Pre-Leaving Cert exam before travelling to Cork. His race plan was to ‘sit back’ for the first half of the race, but was feeling so good that he decided to let it flow and controlled the senior boys race from the gun to win be a considerable margin. A bad calf strain kept him side-lined for a couple of months causing him to miss the national junior cross country championships before Christmas. He travels to the US at the weekend to look at college facilities with a view to taking up an athletics scholarship.
St. Joseph’s Nenagh runners Darren Dunne and Karl Fitzmaurice chased him home for the minor places, with Risteard Clifford (St. Brendan’s Killarney) fourth. After winning his first ever schools race at the South Munster championships Clifford headed to the nearby Marymount Hospice where his father Richard was seriously ill. Sadly, his father, just 48 years of age, lost his battle for life and was buried on Tuesday. We extend our sympathy to Risteard and his family on their sad loss. Risteard’s presence today helped his school win the senior team title.
There was a terrific battle upfront in the senior girl’s race before Niamh Cotter (Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai) took over close to home and was clearly delighted to win, saying that she felt very good throughout the race.
Ursuline Thurles runners Eileen Rafter and Ciara Cummins were second and third leading their school to the team title.
Kevin Mulcaire (St. Flannan’s Ennis) spent the first half of the intermediate boys race running alongside one of his colleagues before heading after leader Ferghal Curtin (Midleton CBS) who was making the best of his way home. Mulcaire took over the lead on the last lap and won in good style. Curtin was second ahead of Barry Keane (St. Declan’s Kilmacthomas), while St. Flannan’s won the team title.
Fiona Everard (MICC Dunmanway) took the lead early on in the intermediate girl’s race and looked to have the race at her mercy, before an inspired sprint by Caoimhe Harvey (St. Joseph’s Kilkee) brought her into the lead just before the finish for the win. Everard was second and Aisling Kelly (St. Joseph’s Spanish Point) third. St. Augustine’s Dungarvan won the team contest.
Laura Nicholson (Bandon Grammar School) won the junior girl’s race from Emer Hanrahan (St. Flannan’s Ennis) and Creena Crowley (Sacred Heart Clonakilty) with Bandon GS winning the team title.
Victory in the boy’s junior race went to Aidan McCarthy (CBS Ennistymon) from Patrick O’Rourke (Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna) and Cathal O’Donnabhain (Colaiste Chriost Ri) who won the team contest.
Alex O’Neill (Colaiste Mhuire Ennis) capped a good day for Clare teams when she won the minor girl’s race from Tamzin Muldowney (St. Mary’s Midleton) and Jennifer Cotter (Coachford College). Colaiste Mhuire won the team contest.
Darragh McElhinney (Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai) won the minor boy’s race from Cian McDonough (St. Flannan’s Ennis) and Sean Horan St. Patrick’s Castleisland) , with Thurles CBS winning the team.
The popular St. Patrick’s Festival 5K Road Race & Family Fun Run takes place again this year on Sunday, 16th March next – the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Runners can enter online for €15 by February 14th.??One of the leading events in the busy St. Patrick’s Festival calendar, it is organised by Metropolitan Harriers & St. Brigid’s Athletic Club in co-operation with Dublin City Council and An Garda Síochána.
Once again, this year’s race director will be legendary athlete and Senator, Eamonn Coghlan whose late father Bill created the event and whose son, John, won it last year in a time of 00:14: 45. Women’s category winner last year was Dundrum athlete Linda Byrne in a time of 00:16:03, while team prizes in the men and women’s categories went to Rathfarnham WSAF and Crusaders 506 respectively.
With one eye on the goal of building on last year’s record entry, and the other on the current economic climate, organisers are going all the way to offer value to participants. This year, runners can enter online for €15 by February 14th increasing to €20 by March 14th. A late entry fee of just €25 applies to registrations made on the day of the event. A special rate of €40 applies to families of up to four who register on the day only (e.g. two adults and two children or one adult and three children up to 16 years). Those intending to take part can register online at www.patricksrun.com??
Beginning at 12.00noon from a new start/finish line at the junction of Dawson Street/St. Stephen’s Green, the race will be officially started by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn, himself a dedicated triathlete, who will be competing alongside 200 volunteers as part of the Lord Mayor’s 5 Alive Challenge – a team committed to running in five of Dublin’s leading road races this year.
The event will follow its traditional route through Georgian Dublin. Race headquarters will be at Fire Restaurant, adjacent to the Mansion House on Dawson Street.
At 11.40 am, prior to the main race, a team of doctors and nurses from Beaumont Hospital will take part in a Charity Relay Race in aid of The Beaumont Charity Foundation.
Open to families, fun runners and dedicated athletes alike, it has established itself as a major attraction in bringing tourists and visitors to Dublin. Underpinning its success is the support received from sponsors Kleinwort Benson Investors, providers of investment strategies for pension funds, charities and corporate bodies. Through their support a generous prize fund has been created, from which individual, team and master’s prizes are presented. ??
Adding to its festive appeal will be entertainment and street theatre that includes a live band, clowns, jugglers, face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, fire-eaters and a parade of motorbikes. As an added attraction this year and to coincide with their forthcoming Muppets Most Wanted movie, Disney will be running a competition for the ‘best inspired Muppet costume’ in the race where the prize will be a private screening for the winner and 100 of their friends! Technical long sleeve T-shirts and goodie bags will be given to all participants.
Appealing to elite athletes and fun runners alike to reserve March 16th in their diaries, Eamonn Coghlan thanked those whose involvement over the years has made the race the foremost public sporting event of the St. Patrick’s Festival.
The Aviva Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships took place in Santry Demesne on Wednesday, 12th of February. After torrential down pours on the morning of the competition the rain luckily held off for the majority of the day’s competition. There were a number of standout performances including senior victories for Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) and Aaron Hanlon (St Mary’s Drogheda).
Siofra continued her unbeaten record at schools level with a comprehensive victory in the senior girl’s race.
Cleirigh Buttner made light work of the field as she led from gun to tape with her school mate Sarah Mhaolmhuire running strongly in second place. Ella Fennelly (Mount Anville) broke up the Colaiste Iosagain domination to finish in third place. The next target for Cleirigh Buttner will be the 1,500m at the Woodie’s DIY Senior Indoor Championships this weekend.
Aaron Hanlon and Andrew Coscoran both of St Mary’s Drogheda battled it out for the senior boy’s title. Both athletes took turns at leading the race with Padraig Moran (Col Mhuire Mullingar) in close pursuit. Hanlon made the decisive move on the last lap and pulled away to record an impressive victory. Coscoran held on for second place with Moran battling all the way to the line to round out the podium places.
In the absence of multiple schools champion Siobhra O’Flaherty, the Intermediate girl’s race was a thriller. Niamh Corry (Malahide CS) surprised many by setting a fast early pace with Skerries CC duo Rhona Pierce and Isabel Carron tracking every move. Pierce was growing in confidence and she strode to an impressive victory with her school mate Carron in second place. Early leader Corry battled bravely over the last lap to secure third place.
Shane Hughes (Col. Mhuire Mullingar), Cathal Doyle (St Aidan’s Whitehall) and Peter Lynch (St Kieran’s College) served up a three way battle in the intermediate boy’s race. Hughes proved the strongest of the trio as he romped to a popular victory with Lynch just getting the better of Doyle in the battle for the minor places.
Jodie McCann (Rathdown) produced a marvelous sprint finish to win the junior girls title ahead of Annie O’Connor (Loreto Kilkenny) and Laura Ward (Pres Carlow). Paddy Maher (Dunshaughlin CC) was equally impressive on route to victory in the junior boy’s race ahead of James McGuire (St Benildus) second and Niall Harvey (Presentation College, Carlow) third.
Sarah Healy (HC Killiney) won the minor girl’s title ahead of Natasha Twomey (Mount Anville) and Laura Gillespie (Wesley College) in third. Jack Moran (Col Mhuire Mullingar) won the minor boy’s race with Adam Fitzpatrick (St Kieran’s College) in second and Mark Fitzgibbon (Willow Park) in third.
The next race for all these athletes will be the Aviva Irish Schools Cross Country Championships in Cork CIT on the 8th of March.
The Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships takes place in the AIT International Arena, Athlone on the 15th and 16th of February. The national championships are the pinnacle of the 2014 domestic indoor season with 330 of Ireland’s top athletes battling it out for titles. Many athletes will also be seeking qualification standards for the World Indoor Track and Field Championships which take place in Sopot, Poland in March. The 2014 championships will see live coverage from RTÉ present from 4pm on Sunday, 16th February.
The Men’s 60m will undoubtable be one of the races of the championships with real depth and quality in the line-up. David Hynes (Menapians A.C) the number one ranked Irish athlete this season over 60m with 6.81 seconds will have to contend with Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) who ran a personal best of 6.87 seconds at the Intervarsity championships. Last year’s silver medallist, Jamie Davis (Raheny AC), has also been in great form this year, setting a personal best of 6.89 at the AAI Games. Junior athletes Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC) and Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC) will be looking to shake things up. Doherty set a new Irish Junior Record of 6.88 at the Junior Championships and Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC) has a best of 6.93 this season.
The will be a real battle for the title in the women’s 60m between Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) and Joan Healy (Bandon AC), with both athletes in flying form. Foster equalled her personal best when she finished fourth in the women’s 60m final of 7.33 at the British Championships last weekend. Healy powered to victory in the Intervarsity championships last week, in a new U23 record of 7.36 seconds.
Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC) will be the strong favourite in the Men’s 200. The Carlow man was a class apart last weekend when setting a new Irish junior record of 21.26. In the women’s race Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) with a best this season of 23.90 is likely to retain her title.
In the Men’s 400m, hurdle specialist Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC) is likely to dominate. Barr broke the 47 second territory when setting a personal best of 46.97 at the Intervarsity’s last weekend with Timmy Crowe (Dooneen A.C) in second setting a personal best of 47.47. In the women’s 400m Sinead Denny (DSD) will be race favourite having run a personal best of 54.52 at the recent AAI Games, setting a new stadium record.
Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) will be the clear favourite in the women’s 60m Hurdles. Lavin ran a brilliant new personal best of 8.25 seconds to finish third at the British Athletics Indoor championships in Sheffield on Sunday. She competed at the IAAF Meeting Pas de Calais in last night in Lievin, France and was unable to match that form running 8.38 seconds. In the Men’s 60m Hurdles race it will be a battle between Ian McDonald (Crusaders AC) and Gerard O’Donnell (Carrick-on-Shannon AC).
Mark English (Letterkenny AC) will start as the firm favourite in the men’s 800m. English produced a world class performance at the Open Indoor Games on February 2nd when he set a new Irish indoor record of 1.46.82. The women’s 800m is set to be an exciting duel between defending champion Ciara Everard (UCD AC) and 2014 top ranked athlete Roseanne Galligan (Newbrige AC) - 2.03.69.
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) leads the entry in the men’s 1500m after a 3.39.14 clocking at the open indoor games, inside the standard for the world Indoor championships in Sopot, Poland. Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC) is another of those with Sopot on her mind as she targets the 4.14 qualifying time in the women’s 1500m.
Defending champion John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) will look to re-create the magic of last year when he brought the Athlone crowd to their feet on route to victory in the 3,000m. Challengers on the day include National outdoor 1500m champion Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers AC).
The men’s Walk event is set to be a thriller with training partners Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) and Alex Wright (Calry AC) set to battle it out.
In the field events Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) comes into the championships on a high after recording a season best of 6.38m at the British championships last weekend. Also competing at the championships was Caoimhe King (Aughagower AC) who broke her own Irish U23 record jumping 12.96m.
Colin Quirke (Crusaders A.C.) returns from America to compete in the Shot Putt competition. Quirke who finished the 2013 season as Ireland’s top ranked shot putter with a throw of 17.14m will start as the favourite to win the national title
The Men’s 60m will undoubtable be one of the races of the championships at the Woodie’s DIY Track and Field Championships this weekend with real depth and quality in the line-up. David Hynes (Menapians A.C) the number one ranked Irish athlete this season over 60m with 6.81 seconds will be looking to make his mark. Hynes will face competition from Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) who ran a personal best of 6.87 seconds at the Intervarsity championships. Last year’s silver medallist, Jamie Davis (Raheny AC), has also been in great form this year, setting a personal best of 6.89 at the AAI Games. Junior athletes Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC) and Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC) will be looking to shake things up. Doherty set a new Irish Junior Record of 6.88 at the Junior Championships and Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC) has a best of 6.93 this season. Craig Lynch who set an impressive new PB of 6.88 at the AAI Games will not be competing due to injury sustained at the championships.
The will be a real battle for the title in the women’s 60m between Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) and Joan Healy (Bandon AC), with both athletes in flying form. Foster equalled her personal best when she finished fourth in the women’s 60m final of 7.33 at the British Championships last weekend. While Healy powered to victory in the Intervarsity championships in a time of 7.36 seconds, setting a new Irish U23 record breaking the old mark of 7.37 held by Ailis McSweeney. Both athletes will have an eye to the World Indoor Championships qualifying time of 7.32. The battle for minor places is likely to be between Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH), Louise Kiernan (Fingallians A.C.) and Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC).
Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC) will be the strong favourite in the Men’s 200. The Carlow man was a class apart when setting a new Irish junior record of 21.26 at the Intervarsity’s last weekend improving on his 21.29 of last year. Zak Irwin (Sligo AC), Eanna Madden (Carrick-on-Shannon AC), Mark Kavanagh (DSD AC) are likely to battle it out for the minor places.
Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) with a best this season of 23.90 is likely to retain her title. With Steffi Creaner away warm weather training, Proper’s teammate Niamh Whelan will be looking to secure a medal position. With Louise Holmes (Kilkenny City Harriers) and Joanna Mills (Ballymena & Antrim A.C) also competing for places.
In the Men’s 400m, hurdle specialist Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC) is likely to dominate. Barr broke the 47 second territory when setting a personal best of 46.97 at the Intervarsity’s last weekend. Timmy Crowe (Dooneen A.C) also set a personal best at the championships in second with 47.47. Richard Morrissey (Crusaders AC) who has a seaon’s best of 47.79 wil also look to be in the mix.
In the women’s 400m Sinead Denny (DSD) will be race favourite. Denny ran 54.52 at the recent AAI Games improving on her personal best set earlier in the month of 54.83, setting a new stadium record. Reigning champion Shauna Cannon of Brothers Pearse A.C. who has a season’s best of 55.15 will be looking to provide Denny with a good battle.
Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) will be the clear favourite in the women’s 60m Hurdles. Lavin ran a brilliant new personal best of 8.25 seconds to finish third at the British Athletics Indoor championships in Sheffield on Sunday. She competed at the IAAF Meeting Pas de Calais in last night in Lievin, France and was unable to match that form running 8.38 seconds. Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH) has also been in great form this year setting a personal best of 8.58 seconds at the Intervarsity’s.
In the Men’s 60m Hurdles race it will be a battle between Ian McDonald (Crusaders AC) and Gerard O’Donnell (Carrick-on-Shannon AC). McDonald set a stadium record of 8.13 at the Leinster championships last weekend while O’Donnell improved his personal best to 8.27 when taking the Intervarsity title.
Important timetable change for athletes, coaches and spectators for this weekend’s Woodie’s DIY Senior Indoor Championships of Ireland. The men’s 60m heats will begin the weekend programme at 13.00 on Saturday 15th of February. The women’s 60m heats will no longer take place on the Saturday, instead the semi-finals (13.50) and final (15.20) will take place on Sunday (16th). There will be no heats for the women’s 60m hurdles, the final will take place on Sunday at 15.38. The women’s 1500m will also be a straight final on Sunday at 14.25.
There is a mixture of established senior athletes and up and coming junior athletes set to clash in the field events in the battle for the national titles at the Woodie’s DIY Senior Indoor Championships of Ireland this weekend.
Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) produced a season best performance of 6.38m for third place at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield on Sunday (9th Feb). Proper is the defending champion and will target a further improvement on that season’s best mark on Saturday. National junior combined event champion Sarah McCarthy (Mid-Sutton AC) form has been steadily improving after leaping out to 5.83m at the university championships.
Defending champion Adam McMullen (Crusaders AC) jumped 7.28m to top the 2014 Indoor rankings, there are three other men over 7m this year in the long jump; David Quilligan – 7.18m, Benjamin Guillon – 7.09m and Sam Healy - 7.01m all of Leevale AC which should make for a very exciting competition.
In the women’s triple jump Caoimhe King (Aughagower AC) produced the series of her life at the British indoor championships in Sheffield. All five of King’s efforts were over her previous personal best of 12.68m, the longest of which was 12.96m is a new Irish U23 record. Eoin Kelly (St Abbans AC) who is almost half a metre clear at the top of the triple jump rankings (14.43m) will start as favourite in the men’s contest.
There are five men over 2m in the high jump this indoor season with Kourosh Foroughi (Star of the Sea AC) leading the way after his 2.11m clearance at the open indoor games. Donagh Mahon (Gowran AC) is the next highest ranked with 2.08m with Jamie Murtagh (St Andrews AC) third ranked of the athletes on 2.05m.
Colin Quirke (Crusaders A.C.) returns from America to compete in the Shot Putt competition. Quirke who finished the 2013 season as Ireland’s top ranked shot putter with a throw of 17.14m will start as the favourite to win the national title. Defending champion Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers) threw 16.75m to win the title last year and will need to be near his best to challenge Quirke. Claire Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers AC) rocketed to the top of the indoor rankings after her 14.13m throw at the Irish university which is over a metre clear of Laura McSweeney (Bandon AC) 13.10m.
In the pole vault Ian Rogers (Clonliffe Harriers AC) and Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena & Antrim AC) cleared 4.70m and 3.95m respectively at the Irish university championship (7th Feb) to set new IUAA records. Rogers is the top ranked athlete in the men’s competition but will need to be wary of the vastly experienced David Donegan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) who has won multiple national titles. Wilkinson will have an even tougher battle on her hands with Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrock AC) clearing 4.16m for third place at the British championships to leap frog Wilkinson at the top of the rankings.
Some updates below for the South West:
- The Athletics Leader Course being held at Cork IT on Feb 22nd is now FULL & CLOSED
- The S&C Workshop planned for Thursday 20th Feb at Cork IT has been CANCELLED
- There are places available on both the Assistant Coach Course in Templemore Co Tipperary March 15th and the Athletics Leader Course Castleisland Co Kerry April 12th. Places are filling up fast and both courses are expected to close soon.
- The 1st weekend of the Level 1 Course in April due to be held at UL has now been changed to Templemore Co Tipperary with the 2nd weekend as planned in UL. There are still places available but filling up fast, it will close soon.
- Details of the Hurdles Workshop taking place in Moyne Co Tipperary on Thur 13th Feb here http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?p=36633.
- There will be a Sprints workshop taking place in Moyne Co Tipperary on Thur 27th Feb led by Munster Performance Squad Coach Brid Golden (Further details to follow)
For further information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Woodie’s DIY Senior Indoor Championships of Ireland takes place in AIT International Arena, Athlone this Saturday (15th) and Sunday (16th) of February. The middle distance/walk cast of 2014 include the likes of Mark English (UCD AC), Roseanne Galligan (Newbrige AC), Ciara Everard (UCD AC), David McCarthy (West Waterford AC), Claire Tarplee (Dundrum south Dublin AC), John Travers (Donore Harriers AC), Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) and Alex Wright (Calry AC). The national championships are the pinnacle of the 2014 domestic indoor season with Ireland’s leading endurance athletes set to star, full event by event preview available below:
Defending champion Mark English (UCD AC) will start as the firm favourite in the men’s 800m after a couple of stunning performances over the last few weeks. English produced a world class performance at the Woodie’s DIY Open Indoor Games on February 2nd when he set a new Irish indoor record of 1.46.82. The time broke the old record held by Daniel Caulfield (1.47.21) which stood for thirteen years. He continued his good form at the Stockholm International Grand Prix on February 6th when he stormed to victory in the 800m in a time of 1.47.69.
Niall Tuohy (Ferrybank AC) is returning to top form after recording a personal best of 1.49.30 in Zurich on the 25th of January. He backed this up with an impressive win at the Irish university championships in Athlone (Feb 7th) over 800m. Karl Griffin (UCD AC) also lines up in the 800m after smashing his personal best at the open indoor games when running a time of 1.49.82.
The women’s 800m is set to be a duel between defending champion Ciara Everard (UCD AC) and Roseanne Galligan (Newbrige AC). Galligan tops the 2014 Irish Indoor rankings with her 2.03.69 performance in Reykjavik, Iceland on the 19th of January. Everard began her 2014 campaign at the Open Games where she finished second in a time of 2.04.69, if the pace is fast both athletes could go close to the World Indoor standard of 2.03.00. Another athlete to watch out for is Katie Kirk (Lagan Valley AC) who finished third at the recent British Indoor Championships in Sheffield (9th Feb).
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) stunned with a 3.39.14 clocking over 1500m at the open indoor games, the time moved him to eight on the Irish indoor all time lists. McCarthy will use the national championships to test his speed again ahead of the big goal for the winter; the 3,000m at the world Indoor championships in Sopot, Poland (7th-9th Mar). Other athletes to watch out for include Ruairi Finnegan (UCD AC), Joe Warne (Doheny AC) and Daniel Mooney (Letterkenny AC) all of which are coming into top form ahead of the championships.
Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC) tops the Irish ranking over 1500m after her 4.14.61 run in Vienna on the 28th of January. The time was just outside the World indoor standard of 4.14.00, a time she is likely to target on the fast boards of Athlone come Sunday. Club mate Siofra Cleirigh Buttner is set to toe line in a year where the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregan in July will be the major target. Becky Woods (Clonliffe Harriers AC) is another to watch out for after her personal best of 4.25.21 at the open indoor games.
Defending champion John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) will look to re-create the magic of last year when he brought the Athlone crowd to their feet on route to victory in the 3,000m. Travers has warmed up for these championships with a 4.01.47 mile victory in Athlone (18th Jan) and a victory at the Irish University Championships over 1500m in a time of 3.42.66. National outdoor 1500m champion Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers AC) – 8.14.45, Conor Bradley (City of Derry AC) – 8.16.43 and Rory Chesser (Ennis Track) – 8.16.03 are all set to challenge in what could be one of the most exciting finals of the weekend.
The women’s 3,000m is wide open with no clear favourite emerging from the athletes entered. The precociously talented Siobhra Flaherty (St. Laurence O’Toole AC) is one athlete to watch out for along with Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise AC) and Maria O’Sullivan (Raheny Shamrock AC).
The Race Walk events will be the first track finals of the weekend with the women’s 3,000m scheduled for 13.55 and the men’s 5,000m at 14.35. The men’s event is set to be a thriller with many of Ireland’s leading athletes set to battle it out. Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) and Alex Wright (Calry AC) are the two leading names and along with up and coming athletes Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) and Cian McManamon (Westport AC) will be the athletes to watch out for on Saturday. Boyce finished 25th in the 50km Walk at the 2013 World championships in Moscow will battle it out against newly declared Irish athlete Alex Wright for the title. Hickey and McManamon are both in the development stages of their walking career and will target improvements on their personal bests on Saturday.
The leading contenders in the women’s 3,000m walk include Alicia Boylan (Oriel AC), Sinead Burke (St Coca’s AC) and Lauren Whelan (Leevale AC).
All roads lead to Lifford this Sunday 16th February for the final race in the Dalys XL Spring 5K Series organised by Lifford Athletic Club.
The Series has already seen two bumper races held in St Johnston and Raphoe with huge crowds of over 350 taking part in each event. Both events to date have seen some excellent individual running, while also providing a relaxed and family friendly environment for the jogger or walker. Another huge crowd is expected in Lifford for the Grand Finale on Sunday, the biggest race ever held in the town. Letterkenny AC’s Pauric Breslin and Lifford AC’s Claire McGuigan are in pole position to take the overall perpetual awards for the Series winners, while there will be exciting battles for placings across the eight different race categories from junior through to senior and masters.
As with each of the two previous races, there will be spot prizes galore to ensure everyone is in with a chance of winning, while for those athletes taking part in their third of three races, a specially designed technical t shirt will be presented.
Chip Timing will be in use again this Sunday. Whether participants are running, jogging or walking, they are welcome and advised to pre enter their details on liffordac.com before Friday at 10pm. Participants at either of the first two races will be automatically pre entered for the final race. Registrations will also be taken on race morning. Registration desks will be open between 8.45am and 10am, with the race itself due to start at 10.30am sharp.
Contact Race Director Brendan O’Donnell on 086-6007847 for further information.
Kevin Cooper (Ferrybank AC) knocked half a second off his best time when he clocked 4:04.22 when finishing seventh in the mile at the Valentine Invitational in Boston over the weekend. The race is now on in earnest to see who will become the next Irish sub-four minute miler with several runners closing on the time.
At the same meet Jake Byrne (Mullingar Harriers) clocked 4:06.53 in a separate mile race.
Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrocks AC) was doubly engaged in the Giegengack Invitational in New Haven, finishing second in the mile in 4:07.57 and second in the 3,000m in 8:21.33
In the Armory New York Patrick Monaghan won his section of the 1,000m in 2:25.31, while Claire Mooney (Naas AC) was third in her 400m in 55.10 - a new PB.
Armory Collegiate Invitational - New York NY
Women 400 Meter Dash Championship
1 Rucker, Erika South Carolina 54.47
2 Williams, Chrishuna Arkansas 54.53
3 Mooney, Claire St. John’s 55.10
4 Pridgett, Tamara Arizona 56.53
Men 1000 Meter Run Championship
1 Monaghan, Patrick Miss State 2:25.31
2 Albino, Jake UMBC 2:25.48
3 Davenport, Ethan Toronto 2:25.95
4 Farley, Henry Duke 2:26.18
Men 3000 Meter Run College
1 Wilson, James Kansas 8:11.09
2 Cousins, Tim Columbia 8:14.13
3 Lafond, Dylan Mount Olive 8:14.39
8 Monaghan, Andrew Miss State 8:25.72
Giegengack Invitational - New Haven, Conn.
1. Ross, Nick JR-3 La Salle 4:05.31 )
2. Dooney, Kevin SO-2 Yale 4:07.57
3. Sullivan, Zach SR-4 La Salle 4:08.43
Men’s 3000 Meters
1. Randon, James FR-1 Yale 8:21.26
2. Dooney, Kevin SO-2 Yale 8:21.33
3. Eversole, Ben JR-3 Columbia 8:25.45
Women’s 3000 Meters Section 2
1. McCarthy, Lorriane Unattached 10:05.32
2. Slattery, Emma SR-4 St. Joseph’s (Pa.) 10:14.61
David Hemery Valentine Invitational - Boston University - Boston, MA
Women 3000 M
1 End, Bridget Dartmouth 9:45.71
2 Thiel, Danielle Lakehead University 9:46.50
3 Speakman, Meredith Syracuse 9:48.01
8 Jameson, Tara Iona 9:52.86
Men 1 Mile Run
1 Hehir, Martin Syracuse 4:00.04
2 Allen, Robert Umass Lowell 4:00.35
3 Clements, Kieran Iona 4:00.36
4 Bleday, John Dartmouth 4:00.69
5 Oakley, Julian Providence 4:00.71
6 Saad, Julian Providence 4:01.04
7 Cooper, Kevin Providence 4:02.44
1 Williams, Michael Princeton 3:59.63
2 Moore, John Stotan Racing 4:00.99
3 Miller, Chartt Iona 4:00.99
11 Byrne, Jake Iona 4:06.53
Men 5000 M
1 Gillette, Matt Unattached 14:32.37
2 Ruegg, Kurt Harvard 14:39.95
3 Mazaheri, Bijan Williams 14:41.42
7 Armstrong, Hugh Providence 14:49.93
Dennis Young Classic - Storm Lake, IA
Men 1000 Meter Run
1 Eigenberger, Dylan Iowa Central 2:35.66
2 Hosting, Kyle Iowa Central 2:35.96
3 Schiltz, Drew Morningside 2:36.91
4 Prohaska, Josh Iowa Central 2:37.57
5 Schleis, Mitchell Briar Cliff 2:39.94
6 Cronin, Dean Iowa Central 2:40.21
Samford Multi & Invitational - Brimingham, Alabama
Women 3000 Meter
1 Tessni Carruthers JR Nicholls State 10:01.42
2 Niamh Kearney JR Georgia State 10:04.42
3 Erika Setzler SR Central Arkansas 10:12.57
Joe Gough Sets A New World Masters O60 Record
By Frank Greally
There was reason for big celebrations at Sunday’s Leinster Indoor Track & Field Championships in the International Arena at Athlone IT as Joe Gough of West Waterford A.C set a World Masters over 60 Indoor 800 metres record of 2.14.06- beating the existing record of 2.14.23 held by Horace Grant of the USA.
This was the first World Record to be broken in the Athlone International Arena and Gough’s achievement had on Monday already attracted over 15,000 hits on facebook at home and abroad.
This was a terrific performance by the West Waterford runner who has been involved in athletics since age 11. Gough has won a total of 68 national masters titles over the years, 8 European gold medals, 10 British Championships and 2 silver medals at World Masters Championships.
Last weekend’s World Record crowns a brilliant athletics career for the West Waterford man who is looking forward to competing in the European Masters Indoor Championships in Budapest next month.
“I have received many messages of congratulations on my weekend World Record, “ Gough said. “I was delighted with my performance and to have set a World Record in Athlone was something very special.”
Workshop: Practical Application of Exercise Science to Endurance Training
Date: 8th / 9th March
Venue: Irish Institute of Sport, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15(Entrance now through to the National Aquatic Centre
Presented by: Peter Francis
Currently a lecturer in sport and health science at the University of St. Mark and St. John Plymouth, Peter is an exercise scientist with both research and industry experience and PhD in June 2014. During his time at the PE and Sports Science Department Peter taught on undergraduate physiology and sports injury modules as part of the BSc Sport and Exercise Science program.
Outline and Content:
1. Feeding Performance
3. Lifestyle: The making of an athlete
4. Screening for Injury Prevention
1. Physiology of Endurance Performance
2. Using the Laboratory to Benefit Athletes
3. Introduction to Circuit Training
4. Getting to know the Gymnasium
To book a place or any enquires please contact Teresa McDaid on email@example.com
There will be a Hurdles Workshop taking place at Moyne AC Clubhouse, just outside Thurles Co Tipperary on Thursday 13th February next from 7-9pm. The workshop will be run by Munster Performance Squad Coach Chris Regan and is open to all athletes & coaches aged 11+. The cost is €5 payable at registration from 6.45-7pm.
This will be followed up with a Sprints Workshop on Thursday 27th Feb in Moyne also, run by Brid Golden.
For further information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The updated list of members registered per club and county has been published.
All members should have received their membership cards. If you have not received one yet please contact your club secretary or Moira Aston (Registration & Child Welfare Manager) in Athletics Ireland by email: email@example.com