After two rounds of the National Indoor Track and Field League, St Abbans AC currently sit top of the table in both the men’s and women’s competition
In the women’s event St Abbans AC (59 points) will battle it out with Craughwell AC who are just behind in second on 55 points. Menapians AC and Le Cheile AC are only separated by a single point with the Wexford club in third on 37 points and Le Cheile fourth on 36 points.
In the men’s contest St Abbans AC and Raheny Shamrock AC are leading the way with the Carlow club topping the table with a score of 98 points. Raheny Shamrock AC will attempt to close the 7 point differential having amassed 91 points from the first two rounds. Le Cheile AC (77), Menapians (74) and Leevale AC (74) are set for a thrilling three way battle for third position.
The top seven teams on the attachment below are all qualified for the final on the 16th of March in AIT International Arena, Athlone.
There is also an open competition available for individual athletes with entries available on the link below:
A full preview of the event will be posted on the website next week once the entries are confirmed.
The team for the European Cup Winter Throws to be held in Leiria, Portugal from 15-16 March 2014 has been announced. The athletes selected are Clare Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) – Discus and Shot Put, Anita Fitzgibbon (DSD) – Javelin, Marco Pons (DMP) – U/23 Discus.
The event is designed for athletes specialising in discus, javelin, hammer throwing and shot put. It is intended to counterbalance the fact that indoor athletics meetings cannot host the longer throwing events. This competition allows athletes to test their form for the forthcoming outdoor season. Last year’s competition saw the longest throw in the world in the Women’s javelin by Maria Abakumova.
The athletes competing will be hoping to secure selection for the European Team Championships to be held in Tallinn in June, and then the more difficult task of gaining selection for the European Senior Championships in Zurich in August.
The European Championships are a realistic target for Clare Fitzgerald in the Discus. Her personal best of 53.01m is tracking towards the 56m qualifying mark. While Anita Fitzgibbon new Irish record last year of 54.92m is approaching the 57.40m qualifying mark.
I have created three albums of photo's from last weekends championships and can be linked from below.
The Juvenile All Star Awards were held in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Saturday, 8th of February. Ireland’s best and most successful juvenile athletes from counties north and south, east and west, were recognised at the Tipperary Crystal Star Awards Banquet.
The popular annual awards, once again kindly supported by Tipperary Crystal, proved to be another success this year with the cream of Ireland’s young aspiring athletic talent being celebrated by the Juvenile Committee of Athletics Ireland.
Each County Award winner received their specially commissioned piece by Tipperary Crystal. There were also a number of special awards presented on the night, awarded to Juvenile athletes who achieved International success during the 2013 season.
Marcus Lawler scooped the overall athlete award for his outstanding season in 2013 which included a fourth place finish in the 200m at the European Junior Championships
A National Jumps Workshop will take place on Saturday March 15th in Nenagh Stadium between 11am & 3pm. The workshop will involve both athletes & coach. It is important that the coach and athlete attend the session where at all possible.
We will look at evaluating both winter training & the indoor season – what went well and what needs improving. We will also look at what we as a group can do to improving jumps in Ireland and what the athlete and coach would like to see done going forward. Then the jumpers will separate into their respective groups. The emphasis for both groups will be on drills and conditioning prior to specifics for their event.
The coaches for the day are as follows:
1. Triple Jump: David Murphy Waterford A.C. : David will be working on controlling the phases of the jump.
2. High Jump: Martin O’Grady Nenagh Olympic : Martin will concentrate on adjustments to the run up and specific jumping drills.
3. Pole Vault : Eamon Flanagan Abbey Striders A.C. : The focus for Eamon will be on the take-off position and the moving of the pole.
4. Long Jump: Pat Power St. Josephs A.C. : Pat will work on the approach to the board and the final phases of the approach.
The workshop is open to all jumps coaches & coaches who wish to learn about coaching jumps. Athletes (born in 1998 or earlier) who have medalled in national competition (in any jumps event) are also invited to attend.There is no cost to coaches or athletes for the workshop, but please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are attending.
Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) and Nicola Duncun (Galway City Harriers AC) will represent Ireland at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 29th of March.
Pollock qualified for the event after an impressive third place finish at the Bath Half Marathon on March 2nd. Pollock who is coached by Andy Hobnell finished behind two Kenyan athletes in Bath in a new personal best time of 63:52 to seal qualification for the championships. He will now fine tune his preparations to take on the best endurance athletes in the World around the streets of Copenhagen. Pollock has good pedigree going into these championships after finishing 21st (2nd European) in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow last August.
Duncun will join Pollock on the team as she makes her debut at World level. Duncan is a relative new comer to competitive running having only taken up the sport five years ago, her previous sporting background included playing tennis at inter-provincial level. Duncan who is coached by Nick Anderson has a busy couple of months coming up with April’s London Marathon next on the agenda after the Half Marathon Championships.
Paul Pollock Annadale Striders Andy Hobnell
Nicola Duncun Galway City Harriers Nick Anderson
Mark English (UCD AC) will be in action on Friday at 12:30am (Irish Time) in the 800 Metres Heats at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships, Sopot, Poland. David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) will line up in the Men’s 1500 Metres Heats at 11:25am (Irish Time). Live TV Coverage on BBC and Eurosport - with Irish updates on Irish Athletics Tweeter and Athletics Ireland website.
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Irish Male Athletes - IAAF World Indoor Championships Previous Performance 800m & 1500m
1995 David Matthews 1h4 1:49.90 4 SF 1:49.26
1997 David Matthews 5h1 1:49.65
1997 James Nolan 2h5 1:48.21 4 SF 1:48.75
1999 James Nolan 3h1 1:48.46 2 SF 1:47.54 5 1:47.77
1999 David Matthews 4h4 1:49.81
2001 Dan Caulfield 3h1 1:47.83 5 SF 1:47.79
2010 David McCarthy 4h3 1:51.88
1987 Marcus O’Sullivan 2h1 3:40.96 1 3:39.04
1987 Eamonn Coghlan 5h2 3:43.40
1989 Marcus O’Sullivan 1h1 3:47.34 1 3:36.64
1991 Marcus O’Sullivan 4h1 3:45.29 4 3:44.79
1993 Marcus O’Sullivan 1h1 3:42.31 1 3:45.00
1995 Niall Bruton 2h1 3:43.00 4 3:45.05
1995 Marcus O’Sullivan 3h2 3:45.27 10 3:47.02
1997 Niall Bruton 2h1 3:40.77 8 3:42.65
2003 James Nolan 5h2 3:40.85 6 3:44.67
2004 James Nolan 8h1 3:47.27
2006 James Nolan 1h3 3:44.67 6 3:43.98
2008 James Nolan 6h1 3:42.12
2012 Ciaran O’Lionaird 11h1 3:50.12
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Huge Congratulations to Gerry Ryan and to our Craughwell AC Womens W50 Team.
What great news to receive from the Galway AAI County Board this morning. Our W50 Team of Eileen Finn Graham, Maria McArdle and Marie Rooney have been selected as 2013 Galway Athletic Team of the year for 2013. These ladies achieved silver in the Dublin City Marathon Master Women’s Team event.
They will be joined on the podium in the Ard Rí Hotel in Tuam on Saturday 15th March by our very own Gerry Ryan. Gerry has been selected as joint Galway Masters Male Athlete of the year for 2013 for his outstanding achievements to date, the latest of which includes the European Masters 10k Road championships title which he earned earlier this year in the Czech Republic.
What a fantastic achievement this is for our athletes and we congratulate them in their fantastic achievements to date and wish them every success in the future.
2014 saw the 4th Annual Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon & 10k races with over 1,300 athletes taking part in both events. The Galway City Harriers dominated the course with 50 club members participating in the races this year.
It was a glorious day in Kinvara fresh and calm with enough sun shining through the clouds to keep the cold at bay. The atmosphere was electric with a sea of colorful athletes scattered along the waterside village doing last minute prep to warm up and stretch before their chosen races (and walks!).
Ciara Everard (UCD AC) and Rose-Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC) will be in action on Friday at 14:00 (Irish Time) in the 800 Metres Heats at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships, Sopot, Poland. Claire Tarplee (DSD) will line up in the women’s 1500 Metres Heats at 20:35 (Irish Time). Live TV Coverage on BBC and Eurosport - with Irish updates on Irish Athletics Tweeter and Athletics Ireland website.
Check out the the Women’s 800 Preview
Check out the Women’s 1500m Preview
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Irish Athletes - IAAF World Indoor Championships Previous Performance 800m & 1500m
1991 Ashling Molloy 2h1 2:03.56 4 SF 2:02.93
2001 Sonia O’Sullivan 3h1 4:11.27 9 4:19.40
2003 Maria Lynch 9h1 4:21.44
2010 Roseanne Galligan 6h1 4:17.04
2010 Kelly Reid 7h2 4:16.26
With the cross country and indoor season just about over, and the days getting longer, it is time to start thinking towards the summer.
There were some great performances by Galway's endurance athletes from: Nicola Duncan’s exploits on the roads; Gary Thortons's national silver medal, and Keith Fallons U23 indoor titles to mention a few.
Now is the time to put in some hard work if you want to race well this summer, so it is the time to think about maybe stepping training up by 5%. Maybe think about stretching the Sunday run by a mile or two and doing the extra rep.
The Aviva Irish Schools’ Cross Country Championships takes place in Cork CIT this Saturday, 8th of March. This annual fixture is the culmination of six weeks of competition for the country’s best young schools’ athletes. Close to a 1,000 of these schools athletes have progressed from their regional qualifiers, and through their provincial championships to reach the prestigious Aviva All Ireland Schools Championships. As always there will be a fierce battle for the team honours with nearly a 100 schools vying for the prestigious team awards.
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) and Aaron Hanlon (St Mary’s Drogheda) will start as favourites’ in their respective senior races after emphatic victories at the Aviva Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships in Santry, Demesne last month. Cleirigh Buttner will target an historic sixth straight schools title in what has been an outstanding schools cross country career. If anyone is to challenge the Colaiste Iosagain student, it is likely to be Munster champion Niamh Cotter. Cotter of Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai coasted to victory at the Aviva Munster schools championships on Thursday, February 13th.
Hanlon will start as the marginal favourite in the senior boy’s race after his powerful display at the Leinster championships. Over the previous 12 months Hanlon has represented Ireland at junior level in the European Cross Country Championships and he will be in confident mood he can deliver another top drawer performance in Cork. Munster champion Kyle Larkin (Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick) is another coming into top form and along with Connacht schools champion James Fallon (Calasanctius College) ensuing that Hanlon won’t have it all his own way.
At Inter level Ulster Schools Champion Clodagh O’Reilly (Loreto College Cavan) comes into the race as the defending inter girls champion. O’Reilly can expect tough competition from the likes of Caoimhe Harvey (St. Joseph’s Kilkee), Rhona Pierce (Skerries CC) and Grace Cahill (Pres Athenry) who all won their respective regional titles.
The Inter boy’s race could prove to be one of the most exciting contests of the day as Munster duo Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannans Ennis) and Ferghal Curtin (Midleton CBS) are set for another duel. Mulcaire came out on top on that occasion and along with Shane Hughes (Col. Mhuire Mullingar) and James Edgar (Friends School Lisburn) will lead the charge for the title.
Aaron McGlynn (Garm Scoil Chu Uladh) scored an impressive victory at junior level at the Ulster Schools Championships. McGlynn will need to reproduce this form if he is to get the better of Leinster champion Paddy Maher (Dunshaughlin CC). Laura Nicholson (Bandon Grammar School), Emma Hutchinson (Ballyclare High School), Jodie McCann (Rathdown) and Alice Hynes (St Attracta’s CS Tubbercurry) won their respective regional titles and will battle it out for all-Ireland glory in the junior girl’s race.
The youngest athletes competing in Cork will be the minor boy’s and girl’s race with the girl’s race beginning the days programme at 12 noon.
Last weekend belonged to the Juvenile section of the club as the Connacht Indoor Track and Field Finals took place at the fabulous AIT indoor arena. Tuam got off to a great start in our very first competition of the day on Saturday when Kemi Ogungbola took Silver in the girls U14 Shot Putt. Kemi is a very promising thrower and in her very first competition she finished 2nd out of almost 20 competitors and qualified for the All Ireland Final on Sun 23rd March she also ran a very good 60m and she was delighted with her Connacht medal. Ciaran and Emer meehan were also in action for Tuam AC and put in great debut performances in the green vest and will definitely be featuring in the medals this time next year if they keep progressing as well as they have since the start of the year. Oisin and Diarmuid O’Rourke were also in Athlone and Oisin had a great Shot Putt competition and finished just outside the medals, he also ran the 60m and the 600m in a very busy day. His brother Diarmuid completed the same treble and the highlight of his day was a superbly intelligent 600m race where he took his time in the opening lap and then moved through the field and was very unlucky to finish just outside the medals but it was a great run. On Sunday the older age groups were in action and Sara Martyn made another great start to the day when she won the girls U19 Shot Putt and shortly after lined up in the 800m race. She went out hard and for the first half of the race she was in third place with only two All Ireland champions ahead of her, she tired a little bit in the final lap but it was a very courageous effort and she followed that up a while later with 4th place in the 200m. It was a pity that the 200m didn’t take place before the 800m and she will probably target the shorter distance in the outdoor competitions as she has great natural speed. Kehinde Awoniran took part in the U18 events where he took Silver in a very hard fought and well attended Shot Putt competition and also ran in the 60m sprint and the 800m and finally Rory Monaghan took Gold in the U19 Shot Putt with a mighty throw and is on his way to yet another All Ireland Final and we wish them all the best. The adult side of the club was also in action and last week we forgot to mention Martin Hynes superb run at the Masters All Ireland Cross Country in Dunboyne. Martin just missed out on a medal but it was a great display of running from the Tuam veteran who has represented the club for many years and shows no sign of slowing down. He is now looking forward to a few of his favourite half marathons in the summer as he is virtually unbeatable over 13.1 miles in his category and we hope he has another great year. Ian Egan proved what a legend he is by storming to victory at the Clonbur 10k on Sunday in tough conditions and everybody is delighted to see Ian winning races in the green of Tuam AC. He is a very proud Tuam man and he wears the Tuam AC vest in races all over the world. Jarlath Monaghan and Derek Naughton travelled to Carnacon on Saturday for the annual 8k race where they were both in great form after a few weeks of serious training and Derek finished in just over 32 mins with Ja finishing in 34 mins and winning his category once again. All in all a fantastic weekend yet again for Tuam AC
Well done to everyone who has taken part in the challenge to date.
Remember the next event is the Craughwell 10 mile in 23rd March.
There have been some slight changes to the scoring system. These changes make showing up a lot more valuable than not showing up and rewards everyone who does.
Thanks to Vincent Jordan for these suggestions.
• Points are scored as follows:
- 30 for the 1st GCH finisher, 29 for the 2nd, 28 for the 3rd, all the way down to the 20th GCH finisher who gets 11 point. All subsequent GCH finishers will receive 10 points.
The Nenagh Olympic indoor stadium played host to the Munster juvenile championships over the weekend and once again produced a series of outstanding performances.
Sam Healy (Leevale AC) won three gold and a silver from the five U19 events he contested, winning the long jump with a new record of 7.00m and the 60m hurdles in a record time of 8.39. He also won the shot with 11.02m and was second in the high jump with 1.95m behind winner David Cussen (Old Abbey AC) who cleared a new record height of 2.04m.
Leevale clubmate Louise Shanahan won three events in the U18 age group – 400m in a fast 56.40, 800m in 2:17.22 and 1,500m in 4:52.69.
Darren Prout (Carrick on Suir AC) won four events in the U18 age group, 60m in 7.33, 200m in 23.67, long jump with 5.83m and the triple jump with 13.37, which was a new record. The image above shows Darren being congratulated by David Murphy who held the record since 1994.
Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrock AC) achieved a significant milestone over the weekend when he broke 14 minutes for 5,000m indoors for the first time. Competing in the Ivy League Heptagonal championships he finished a close third in a time of 13:59.06, less than half a second behind winner James Leakos, on an unbanked track. Dooney’s previous best was for the distance was 14:33.36 at the same championships twelve months ago.
Flotrack interview with Kevin Dooney
Kevin Cooper (Ferrybank AC) took another step closer to a sub-4 mile when he finished fourth in the mile at the BU Last chance Meet. His time of 4:01.82 knocked half a second off his previous best.
BU Last Chance Meet Boston MA
Men 1 Mile Run
1 Garn, Jesse JR-3 Binghamton 3:59.37
2 Denault, Robert SO-2 Villanova 3:59.52
3 Oakley, Julian SO-2 Providence 4:00.50
4 Cooper, Kevin SR-4 Providence 4:01.82
5 Hagen, Ryan Unattached 4:02.49
Ivy League Heptagonal Championships Hanover NH
Men 5000 M Run
1 Leakos, James SR Harvard 13:58.67
2 Korolev, Maksim SR Harvard 13:58.83
3 Dooney, Kevin SO Yale 13:59.06
4 Bendtsen, Chris SR Princeton 14:18.14
New England (NEICAAA) Indoor Championships - Boston, Mass.
3000 Meters Section 2
1. Sollowin, Stephen JR-3 Northeastern 8:19.92
2. Costello, Christian SO-2 Providence 8:22.63
3. Krause, Zach SO-2 Northeastern 8:22.67
4. O’Connell, Ryan SR-4 Springfield 8:24.61
5. Muldoon, Dennis SO-2 Holy Cross 8:25.39
6. Armstrong, Hugh FR-1 Providence 8:27.32
7. Thomas, Benjamin SO-2 UMass Amherst 8:28.74
Southland Indoor Championships - Birmingham, Ala.
3000 Meters Section 2
1. Stabler, Sam JR-3 Lamar 8:21.69
2. Baar, Philipp JR-3 Texas A&M-CC 8:30.58
3. Schreiber, Karl JR-3 Sam Houston St. 8:33.71
4. Burgess, Jonathan JR-3 Central Arkansas 8:35.45
5. Holroyd, Ryan JR-3 McNeese State 8:37.01
6. Creech, Ryan JR-3 Lamar 8:37.02
13. Kerr, Stephen SO-2 McNeese State 8:56.28
Men’s 5000 Meters
1. Creech, Ryan JR-3 Lamar 14:55.70
2. Holroyd, Ryan JR-3 McNeese State 14:56.26
3. Ponce, Palo SR-4 Sam Houston St. 14:58.80
800 Meters Preliminaries Heat 2
1. Webb, Louise JR-3 Lamar 2:16.05
2. McCall, Briana FR-1 Sam Houston St. 2:16.21
3. White, Jackie SR-4 Nicholls State 2:16.55
4. Siepert, Sidney SR-4 Texas A&M-CC 2:19.38
5. Casey, Laura SO-2 McNeese State 2:21.45
Big Ten Indoor Championships - Geneva, Ohio
Men 1 Mile Run
1 Simons, John Minnesota 4:15.73
2 Nierman, Robby Indiana 4:15.96
3 Hatz, Alex Wisconsin 4:16.12
4 Vidlak, Trevor Nebraska 4:16.51
5 Markham, Liam Illinois 4:17.41
6 Paulson, Marcus Minnesota 4:17.51
7 Creese, Robby Penn State 4:17.63
8 Endress, Wade Penn State 4:17.78
9 Dulian, Blayne Minnesota 4:17.88
Moonlight at the MAC - West Long Branch, NJ
Men Weight Throw
1 Jeffrey, Errol SR Monmouth 19.52m
2 Bernstein, Taylor JR Monmouth 16.28m
3 Barry, Killian JR Manhattan 16.11m
13.89m FOUL 14.94m 15.55m 15.88m 16.11m
SEC Indoor Championships - College Station, TX
Men 1 Mile
1 Sean Tobin FR Mississippi 4:06.70Q
2 Matt Hillenbrand SR Kentucky 4:08.05Q
Men 1 Mile
1 Matt Hillenbrand SR Kentucky 4:03.80
2 Sean Tobin FR Mississippi 4:06.14
3 Matt Airola JR Alabama 4:06.66
4 Niklas Buhner SR Auburn 4:08.00
Ohio Valley Conference Championship - Nashville, TN
Women 3000 Meter Run
1 Wittman, Hannah BEL 10:13.06
2 Svec, Ashley EKY 10:15.04
3 Harahan, Maggie BEL 10:15.75
4 Chevillard, Cecile EKY 10:18.38
5 Brown, Claire SIUE 10:20.04
6 Hudson, Xiamar APSU 10:21.60
7 Bohn, Brittany MUR 10:21.86
8 Brelsfoard, Emily EIL 10:22.34
9 Westlake, Gloria SEMO 10:23.52
10 Kirksey, Kendra APSU 10:23.87
11 Britton, Una EKY 10:24.81
Women 5000 Meter Run
1 Brelsfoard, Emily EIL 17:36.69
2 Wittman, Hannah BEL 17:41.10
3 Westlake, Gloria SEMO 17:44.22
4 Brown, Claire SIUE 17:50.90
5 Stam, Ericka JVST 17:51.72
6 Lawson, Rebekah SEMO 17:57.24
7 Britton, Una EKY 17:57.67
MPSF Championships - Seattle WA
Women Weight Throw
1 116 Amaechi, Chioma JR California 20.49m
2 207 Weir, Jillian JR Oregon 20.34m
3 263 Storm, Ida SR UCLA 20.10m
4 70 Whaley, Deezbaa SR BYU 18.92m
5 195 Mann, Brittany FR Oregon 17.96m
6 45 Weber, Ashley FR Arizona Stat 17.70m
7 141 Hunsucker, Emily SR Colorado 17.42m
8 285 Hickey, Aoife JR Utah 17.34m
15.95m 17.20m 17.34m FOUL FOUL FOUL
Well done to Gary Thornton who produced one of the best ever performances by a G.C.H. athlete when finishing 2nd in yesterday's National Senior Inter Club Cross-country Championships held in Dundalk I.T. over a very testing course.
Gary has set the standard for Galway City Harriers athletes since the late 1990's finishing 2nd in the Irish under 20 cross-coutry championships in 1998 & representing Ireland at the Europen championships in the under 20 event that year. He also represented Ireland a number of times at the European Senior cross-country championships.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org