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Rás UCD 5K Run

26 March, 2014 - 10:43

The fifth Rás UCD 5K Run will start at 11 am on Saturday 5th of April 2014. Online REGISTRATION is now open on Registration

Online entry fee is €12 for students, €15 for non-students. There is a free t-shirt and goody bag for the first 500 people who register online!

Proceeds from the event will be donated to UCD Volunteers Overseas (Registered Charity CHY15856). There is a large prize fund, and all athletes will be chip timed. All participants will get sandwiches, tea and coffee after the race, along with a goody bag full of surprises! There are also team prizes.

This event is organised by students involved in UCD Bord na Gaeilge, COBÁC, Residence Scheme, An Cumann Gaelach UCD, UCD Volunteers Overseas and UCD Athletics.

Rás UCD is supported by Bank of Ireland, Centra, Bord na Gaeilge UCD and the UCD Newman Fund

Connacht Development Squad, Claremorris, April 5th

25 March, 2014 - 16:55

A Connacht Development Squad day will take place in Claremorris AC on Saturday April 5th 2014 from 12.30pm - 3pm.

Connacht Development Squad (in conjunction with Mayo County Squad)
Date: Saturday April 5th
Venue: Claremorris AC
Time: 12.30pm to 3pm
Who: Top 6 (or equivalent standard) in any Connacht event in 2013/2014, and aged u14 to u19 in 2014
To attend: Confirm name, contact mobile & event to Paul McNamara (paul@athleticsireland.ie) by 2nd April
Cost: €5
Consider bringing a packed lunch.
Be prepared for inclement weather.

This is an excellent opportunity for athletes to avail of collective training with peers under the guidance of an experienced coach, to complement the coaching you receive in your club. Please note that this session will take place in conjunction with a Mayo County Squad Day.

All Connacht athletes aged u14 to u19 in 2014 that finished in the top 6 at a Connacht Schools or Connacht Clubs championships in Indoor T&F, Outdoor T&F, Cross-country or Combined Events in 2013/2014, or are at an equivalent standard, are invited to attend (NB - Mayo squad is open to all Mayo athletes aged u12 and up).

Please note, those planning to attend MUST email AAI RDO Paul McNamara (paul@athleticsireland.ie ) to confirm their attendance by Wednesday April 2nd at the latest. When doing so please provide a parents contact number. Athletes MUST also state their chosen event so we can ensure we have sufficient coaching cover for each event. If insufficient numbers confirm attendance in any given event, then that event will not be catered for, and those who have confirmed attendance will be notified of this.

Athletes are asked to contribute €5 to offset the cost of the event. This will be collected on the day. Meet at 12.30pm in the indoor centre.

Irish Schools Team Lead the Way in Bolton

24 March, 2014 - 16:36

There were thrilling individual victories achieved by two young Irish athletes; Caoimhe Harrington (Colaiste Pobail, Bheanntrai , Bantry) and Paddy Maher (Dunshaughlin Community College) at the SIAB International Schools Cross Country event in Bolton and there was silver and bronze medal success too by Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannan’s Ennis) and James Maguire (St Benildus, Dublin) in their respective Intermediate and Junior Boys events.

Caoimhe Harrington delivered a top drawer performance to win the Junior Girls race in a close finish with England’s Josie Czura who she just edged out approaching the finish line. Harrington also led the Irish Junior Women team to a third place finish behind England and Scotland.

This early victory by Caoimhe Harrington helped to inspire Paddy Maher to achieve victory in the Junior Boys event. Maher, who was running in his first international, raced into an early lead and was closely followed by his Irish schools team-mate James Maguire. However, it was Maher who had the faster turn of pace and he soon surged clear of England’s Matthew Willis and James Maguire and went on to finish strongly. The Irish Junior Boys team, led by Maher and Maguire, won the silver medals behind England. It was a day of special celebration for the Maher family as Paddy’s father, Tommy Maher is a former Irish Senior international cross-country runner who also finished third in the Dublin Marathon on two occasions.

The intermediate Girls race was a very convincing display by the English team with the first 8 individuals home all part of the English team. Ireland managed to hold off Wales to take Bronze in the Team results.

The final race of the day was the Intermediate Boys event and here Kevin Mulcaire from St Flannan’s College in Ennis delivered another top-class performance to take the silver medal behind the winner, Ben Dijkstra of England. Mulcaire led the Irish team to silver medal success behind England and ahead of Scotland.

Hammer PB for McGuigan

23 March, 2014 - 22:04

Hammer throwers stole the limelight over the weekend with Aoife Hickey (Kilkenny City Harriers) and Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) both getting their outdoor seasons off to an excellent start.
Hickey had a best throw of 59.08m for second place at the Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles, not too far behind her best of 61.54m.
McGuigan, who started an athletics scholarship in Mississippi in January, added almost three metres to his best when he won his event in the Ole Miss Open in Mississippi. His winning throw of 66.38m improved on his previous best of 63.60m from last year.

Elsewhere, Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) broke 14 minutes for the first time when he clocked 13:58.03 when finishing sixth in the5,000m at the IAAF World Challenge in Melbourne, knocking almost eight seconds off his PB.

Trojan Invitational Los Angeles, Calif.
Women Hammer
1 Chambers, Lauren Usc 60.35m
2 Hickey, Aoife Utah 59.08m
59.06m 59.08m 58.36m FOUL 57.26m FOUL
3 Shepard, Martha Byu 57.67m

Ole Miss Open Oxford, Miss.
Men’s Hammer
1 McGuigan, Dempsey FR Unattached 66.38m Ole
65.44 65.20 66.15 65.21 65.80 66.38
2 Loe, Nathan FR Ole Miss 61.59m Ole
3 Vellella, Joseph JR Missouri S&T 60.00m

Spring Break Classic Carolina, Puerto Rico
Women 400 Meter Dash
1 Grace Claxton Sagrado 54.37
2 Claire Mooney St Johns University 55.32
3 Parilis Garcia St Johns University 56.12

Women 200 Meter Dash
Finals
1 Genoiska Cancel Federación 23.94 24.02 -0.7
2 Karene King British Virgin 23.24 24.06 -0.7
3 Alejandra Idrobo Univ. del Turabo 23.78 24.23 -0.7
4 Margarita Manzueta Interamericana 23.99 24.45 -0.7
5 Ashley Kelly British Virgin 23.45 24.81 -0.7
6 Shenika King St Johns University 24.60 25.46 -0.7
7 Claire Mooney St Johns University 24.90 25.53 -0.7

Bulls Invitational - Tampa, Fl
Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase
1 Kearney, Niamh Georgia Stat 10:50.73
2 Showalter, Katharine Georgia Stat 11:15.07
3 Evans, Bethany South Florid 11:37.96

Alabama Relays - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Men 1500m
1 Brandon Lasater JR - Georgia Tech 3:44.50
2 Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson SR - Belmont 3:44.98
3 Matt Airola JR - Alabama 3:45.86
7 Andrew Monaghan SO - Miss State 3:51.97

Men 800m
1 Shawn Roberts SR - Georgia Tech 1:48.45
2 Zack Fanelty JR - Georgia Tech 1:50.63
3 Erick Kigen JR - Belmont 1:50.70
4 Quamel Prince SO - Tennessee St. 1:50.78
5 Alex Holden FR - SE Louisiana 1:51.18
6 Patrick Monaghan SO - Miss State 1:51.53

Coastal Carolina / Shamrock Invitational - Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Hammer Flight 3
1. Fryman, Andy Unattached 71.55m
2. Litzell, Love FR-1 Manhattan 61.18m
3. Bozarth, Aaron Unattached 58.48m
9. Barry, Killian JR-3 Manhattan 55.14m
54.57m 55.14m FOUL FOUL 54.28m FOUL

Viking Relays - Des Moines, IA
Men 1500 Meter Run
1 Dylan Eigenberger SO Iowa Central 4:16.82
2 Dean Cronin SO Iowa Central 4:18.41
3 Isaac Lalang SO Iowa Central 4:20.10

Tulsa Duels 2014 - Tulsa, OK
Men 800 Meter Run
1 Silva, Elijah Tulsa 1:51.85
2 Harris, Bennett Oral Roberts 1:53.99
3 Payton, Tyler Oklahoma State 1:54.13
10 Casey, Tommy Oklahoma State 2:00.35

FSU Relays - Tallahassee, Fl
1,500m Section 4
1 Schmick, Brennen FR Webber 4:06.04
2 Dunne, Carl SO Saint Leo 4:07.21
3 Jackson, Daniel FR Albany State 4:12.85

Baldy Castillo Invitational - Tempe, AZ
Men 1500 Meter Run
1 Hillenbrand, Matt Kentucky 3:43.90
2 Neal, Keffri Kentucky 3:45.22
3 Corona, Patrick Air Force 3:46.04
4 Burcham, Jacob Oklahoma 3:46.21
- Zarda, Zach Unattached X3:47.00
5 Doughty, Brandon Oklahoma 3:47.97
6 Simbassa, Abbabiya Oklahoma 3:48.06
7 Nicolls, Bobby Minnesota 3:49.39
- Rooney, David Northern Ari X3:49.66
- Gorman, Daniel Halifast Athletics X3:49.72
8 Eke, Allen Oklahoma 3:50.77
9 Herson, Ryan Arizona State 3:50.89

IAAF Melbourne - World Challenge - Melbourne AUS
Men 5000 metres Open
1 Isiah Koech KEN 13:29.05
2 Ben St Lawrence AUS 13:46.17
3 Malcolm Hicks 87 NZL 13:47.21
4 Brenton Rowe 87 AUT 13:51.46
5 Liam Adams 86 AUS 13:56.50
6 Mark Hanrahan IRL 13:58.03
7 Mitchel Brown 88 AUS 13:59.10
8 Chris Hamer AUS 14:01.95

Women 1500 metres Open
1 Mercy Cherono KEN 4:08.57 CB
2 Zoe Buckman AUS 4:09.59 CB
3 Bridey Delaney 89 AUS 4:10.35 CB
4 Melissa Duncan AUS 4:13.73
5 Jenny Blundell 94 AUS 4:13.89
6 Nikki Hamblin 88 NZL 4:14.19
7 Kaila McKnight 86 AUS 4:14.63
8 Heidi Gregson 89 AUS 4:14.75
9 Laura Crowe IRE 4:18.87

Butler Bulldog Opener - Indianapolis, IN
Women 3000 Meter Run
1 Eason, Ann Eastern Kent 9:44.73
2 Fischer, Abby Xavier (Ohio 9:58.83
3 Mathisen, Julie Eastern Kent 10:01.22
4 Weatherford, Colleen Butler 10:03.12
5 Manz, Karina Morehead Sta 10:04.54
6 Svec, Ashley Eastern Kent 10:07.52
7 Burnett, Shelbi Butler 10:12.72
8 Britton, Una Eastern Kent 10:13.28

Records a Plenty on day 2 of Juvenile Champs

23 March, 2014 - 19:00

Day two of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships took place in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Sunday, 23rd of March. Once again Ireland’s best up and coming young athletes produced an array of top class performances.

Day 2 Results

There were four new championship best performances (CBP) in the 60m hurdles events. Jason Foley (Lios Tuathail AC) ran a time of 8.19 to shave .01 off the old record held by Fearghus Hannon (Tullamore Harriers) since 2008. Daniel Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo AC) was on the double in Athlone when he set two new CBP’s in the U16 60m hurdles (8.14) and long jump (6.58m). Niamh Foley (St Mary’s Limerick) and Miriam Daly (Carrick-on-Suir AC) set new CBP’s of 9.58 and 9.20 in their respective U13 and U14 60m hurdles events.

John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) dominated the U19 Boy’s shot putt competition with a massive throw of 17.80m. The throw eradicated the old mark by over 2m held by
Sean Breathnach (15.18m) which has stood since 1997. Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) had a very busy weekend of competition bagging herself three national indoor titles. Following on from her long jump gold yesterday she won the 60m hurdles (8.55) and set a new CBP in the high jump with a clearance of 1.73m.

Donogh Mahon (Gowran AC) excelled in the boy’s U19 high jump setting a new championship best with a height of 2.10m. The clearance added 6cm to old mark (2.04m) which was held by Barry Pender (St Abbans AC).

Darren Prout (Carrick-on-Suir AC) jumped 13.96m to win the boy’s U18 triple jump title. The distance added 2cm to old record held by Niall Counihan (Dooneen AC)-13.94m. Sophie Meredith (St Marys Limerick) did likewise in the U14 girl’s long jump setting a new championship best performance with a winning distance of 5.39m.

Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) was back on track today after his 60m heroics yesterday to claim the double winning the U19 200m in a time of 21.64. Vicky Harris (Mullingar Harriers AC) won the girl’s U19 title in a time of 24.67.

There was another very impressive double in the boy’s U18 age category by Dunleer AC athlete Garry Campbell; where he dominated the 800m (1.55.38) and 1500m (4.07.18) events. Kevin McGrath did like-wise at U16 level winning the 800m in a time of 2.00.21 and the 1500m in a time of 4.16.30.

European Youth Olympic Gold Medallist Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) was back in action today in the girl’s U18 800m after her victory in the 400m on day one of the championships. Shanahan stormed to victory in the 800m in a time of 2.16.54

The championships conclude next Saturday, 29th of March with the juvenile indoor relay championships of Ireland.

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

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