Get ready to rock Dublin on August 4! NEW course. Same old toe-tapping, head-banging, air-guitaring goodness of a race route lined with live bands and entertainment.
Starting in Dublin’s Docklands area, running along the north side of the Liffey River, runners are in for a treat as they pass all of the fan favorites! After crossing over Memorial Bridge onto the south side, the route passes the famous Ha’Penny bridge (cue the photo opps!), Christ Church Cathedral, St. Audoen’s Church (oldest parish church in Dublin!) and of course, no tour of Dublin would be complete without… the Guinness Brewery. Although, the smell of hops and barley will be fleeting, as runners continue on past the Royal Hospital and Kilmainham Gaol into Phoenix Park. It’s there that the journey turns scenic as the route winds its way through the lush park, taking in the Wellington Monument, the Papal Cross, Áras an Uachtaráin and Dublin Zoo, finishing with a rockin’ concert in the park! Run hard, play hard in Dublin this summer… this is one run you simply can’t miss!
The 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon will include the Woodie’s DIY AAI Half Marathon Championships of Ireland. Enter Here
The Entry Fee includes:
•An Official Brooks Technical T-shirt
•Fantastic Finishers Medal
•Race Pack including; timing tag, race number & various other goodies
•Access to Health & Fitness Expo
•Live Entertainment along the route
•Access to Finish Line Festival and concert
Hope to see you at the event!
Its that time of year again when area Community Games kick off. The following are the local ones coming up:-
- Sunday 13th April: Athenry Community Games, 1.30pm, Carnaun
- Monday 5th May: Craughwell Community Games, 3pm, Gilligan Park
- Monday 5th May: Ardrahan Community Games, 1pm, Ardrahan GAA Pitches
- tbd: Clarinbridge Community Games
- tbd: Oranmore/Maree Community Games
- tbd: Carrabane Community Games
The program for the Craughwell area will be roughly similar to last year but I will produce update next week.
The Galway finals will be held on 1/2 June in Ballindereen.
For those interested in cross-country, it is being held on 15th June in Tuam this year. The later than usual date is because the National finals have moved into August, the weekend of 16/17 August. The track & field finals take place the following weekend 23/24 August.
The next National Combined Events squad day will be on Sunday May 4th at 12.30pm at Morton Stadium, Santry.
If you have any queries about the National CE Squad please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kieron Stout on 086 2450134.
You can also follow the squad on Facebook at National Combined Events Squad Facebook Page
The Cork City Marathon already has a Team Batman, but if you think that your team could be the A-Team then get ready, get set and get training for the Cork City Marathon Team Relay and Half Marathon 2014.
With race day 2014 rapidly approaching there is no time for excuses, the Cork City Marathon offers a pace and length suited to everyone so register today for the team relay or half marathon and get training for Bank Holiday Monday 2 June 2014.
“Cork City Marathon 2014 is all about encouraging individuals of all levels and abilities to get involved – from first timers to professional athletes. In recent years we have developed the concept of group participation with the introduction of the Team Relay, Youth Relay and the Inter-Services Championships encouraging some healthy competition among colleagues and school mates,” said Race Director Jim O’Donovan.
“The team relay is fantastic for work colleagues, not only will it encourage employee wellbeing and team building, but it will also boost morale while raising funds for charity, helping to meet CSR objectives,” he added.
There are five stages of the team relay, each team member will complete at least one leg of the marathon course varying in distance from the shortest, 4.5 miles, to the longest, 5.8 miles.
The PCH International team relay are running the Cork City Marathon in 2014, in conjunction with Buckley Kiely & Co. Accountants.
“The Cork City Marathon provides a great platform for teambuilding, camaraderie within office, and also the bragging rights of who gets the best time! There will be 6 relay teams participating this year and also some individual members doing the full and half marathon,” said Sean Corkery, Group Finance Manager of PCH International.
“It was decided that MS Ireland would be our nominated charity this year as Richard Fowler from Buckley Kiely & Co. recently had a family member diagnosed with the condition. The teams are very focused on beating the fundraising target of €22, 000 which was raised from the 2013 marathon,” he added.
Now in its eighth year, the Cork City Marathon is an internationally recognised marathon, with certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). In 2013, over 7,000 people took part in the Cork City Marathon, an event that is quickly becoming one of the major events in the Irish sporting calendar. One of the fastest courses in Ireland, the Cork Marathon has been praised for its inclusivity, with entry fee concessions for those who are unwaged and in receipt of benefit ensuring that young and old and those with varying ability are included in the marathon.
Enter your relay team online before 31 March to avail of the special discounted entry fee. Teams can be comprised of friends, family, work colleagues, groups and clubs – it’s all about having fun and getting fit in the process!
Entry forms and full details on the Cork City Marathon Team Relay are available online at www.corkcitymarathon.ie.
The Tuam AC Fit4Life programme got off to a flying start last Tuesday evening with almost 50 people turning up to the first session. This programme continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm from Tuam Swimming Pool Car Park and all adults over 18 yrs are welcome. For further details contact Sean@tuamac.com. Juvenile training also continues on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and we have now moved outdoors to St Jarlath’s College for the summer months and we are extremely grateful to St Jarlath’s for allowing us to use their facilities. Padraic Burke and Kathryn Antweiler represented the club at the Connemara half marathon on Sunday where they had to battle a very strong headwind and the killer hill over the last two miles which is affectionately known by runners as ‘The Hell of the West’. Padraic finished in 1hr 38 mins which is great running and Kathryn was equally impressive as she broke the 2 hour mark and is now heading to Dusseldorf for the full marathon in 2 weeks time. Closer to home the first running of the Ballinderry 5k run took place on Sunday and Tuam AC had a good crew in attendance with Brendan Monaghan finishing in 3rd place overall in 19.35 and he was closely followed by Stephen Brady in 21 mins, Ann Marie Miskell who is training hard for the 5k series. Mark Rabbitte and Andrea Ridge. Everybody in Tuam AC would like to wish Ian Egan the very best of luck as he has once again travelled to the North Pole for the marathon which takes place on Wednesday morning. As always he has carefully packed his Tuam AC singlet and we will have a full report on his outstanding effort next week.
The second running of the new ‘Athletics Ireland Spring Throws’ competition took place in Morton stadium on Saturday, April 6th. The aim of the competition was to give throwers (From Under 16 to Senior) the opportunity to get in an early competition. The event was ideal for athletes getting ready for schools competitions or those trying to make qualification to European Youth or World Junior Championships.
Eoin Sheridan (North Westmeath) was the stand out performer in the discus event when he set a new National Youth Record of 56.38m. The distance surpassed the old mark held by Colin Quirke of 52.77m which had stood since 1990.
Another of those to impress was James Williams (Shercock AC) who achieved the standard for the European Youth Olympic Festival in the hammer by throwing a distance of 63.48m.
Pink was definitely the colour as hundreds of women braved windy and at times wet conditions at Finn Valley earlier today for the Rundonegal Women’s 5k . Proceeds on this occassion going to Paedriatric Unit LGH to purchase a recovery incubator for new born babies .
The funds will be increased with the organisation of a coffee morning at Cristeph Gallery Thursday morning from 10.30 . Final figure announced after that and indeed should anyone wish to purchase a race t shirt and add to the figure contact Grace Boyle 0868092354
Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) and Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) were victorious in the Woodie’s DIY National 10k Championships on Sunday, April 6th in the Phoenix Park. The national championships were run in conjunction with the Great Ireland Run with 600 club athletes battling it out for the national titles.
Two times European Cross Country Champion Britton started as one of the pre-race favourites along with current European Champion Sophie Duarte of France. However there was a surprise in store when Iwona Lewandowska of Poland made her break with seven kilometres remaining. Britton crucially allowed the Polish athlete along with Duarte to move away, a gap the Kilcoole AC athlete would never manage to close.
Lewandowska stayed strong to the finish to win the race in a time of 33.39 with Duarte second in a time of 33.48 and Spain’s Alessandra Aguilar third in a time of 33.49. Britton ran very strongly over the second part of the race and closed the gap on the leaders to finish fourth in a time of 33.54.
She had the consolidation of winning the national 10k title with Catherina McKiernan, ten years after winning the event, finishing a fine second with Dundrum South Dublin athlete Sarah Mulligan third.
Cork athlete Mark Hanrahan returned from a recent spell of warm weather training in Australia won the men’s national title in a time of 30.20 with Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC) second in a time of 30.46 and Tomas Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) placing third in a time of 30.47.
The overall victory in the men’s race went to reigning World Cross Country Champion Japhet Korir of Kenya in a time of 29.12.
*A more detailed report, including master and team results, will be added to this piece once the championship results are available.*
Before the 10k races got underway the elite men’s mile race took centre stage. Defending champion Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) showed his winter training has gone extremely well producing a powerful kick over the last 400m to win in a time of 4.02. After an up and down indoor season a resurgent John Travers (Donore Harriers) finished in second place in a time of 4.04, impressive performances by both athletes in wet and windy conditions.
Denis Finnegan (Leevale AC) recorded the jump of his life at the Australian championships in Melbourne yesterday. His first jump of the competition was measured at 15.93m, well ahead of his previous best of 15.55m. The only downside was the wind measurement of 3.7m/s, which is over the legal 2.0m/s. He followed up in the second round with 15.71 (3.4m/s).
A legal wind reading would have seen him ranked at number 3 on the Irish All Time List, headed by clubmate Colm Cronin who jumped 16.27m indoors in 1978, and Hugh Maguire who jumped 15.88m in 1986.
Only Samual Okantey has recorded a longer wind assisted jump of 16.04m (w5.9m/s) in 2007.
Australian Athletics Championships - Melbourne AUS
Men Triple Jump Open
1 Idowu, Phillips 78 GBR X16.71m CB 2.4
2 Jones, Alwyn 85 VIC 16.37m CB 3.2
3 Hasegawa, Daigo 90 JPN X16.23m 3.8
4 Lumley, Joshua 90 NSW 16.10m 4.2
5 Finnegan, Denis 86 IRE 15.83m 3.7
15.83m(3.7) 15.71m(3.4) 15.52m(2.6) 15.23m(2.7) FOUL FOUL
6 Anang, Tetteh 93 QLD 15.57m 3.0
Battle on the Bayou - Baton Rouge, La.
Men 3000 Meter
1 Damian Roszko JR Miss State 8:17.95
2 Phillip Primeaux JR LSU 8:22.27
3 Andrew Monaghan SO Miss State 8:28.24
4 Tyler Yunk FR Kansas 8:30.59
Florida Relays - Gainesville,Fl
Women 1500 Meter Run University
1 Ellie Staker JR Embry-Riddle 4:20.91
2 Nina Herrera SR UTSA 4:25.15
3 Morgan Jackson JR Georgia Tech 4:26.30
4 Niamh Kearney JR Georgia State 4:26.64
5 Tessni Carruthers JR Nicholls State 4:27.85
Sam Howell Invitational - Princeton, N.J.
Men 3000m Section 2
1 Costello, Christian Providence 14:51.27
2 Garrity, Chris Widener 14:51.68
3 Eversole, Ben Columbia 14:52.04
10 Armstrong, Hugh Providence 14:58.20
Arkansas Spring Meet - Fayetteville, AK
1 Ryan Wheatley FR Oklahoma State 1:53.55
2 Dean Cronin SO Iowa Central CC 1:54.47
3 Dylan Eigenberger SO Iowa Central CC 1:57.32
1 Tomas Squella JR Arkansas 3:48.73
2 Andrew Pisechko FR Arkansas 3:49.20
3 Trevor Vidlak SR Nebraska 3:49.87
8 Tommy Casey JR Oklahoma State 3:57.74
Men 800m seeded
1 Elijah Silva FR Tulsa 1:51.68
2T yler Payton SR Oklahoma State 1:51.93
3 Anthony Lieghio Unattached 1:52.23
4 Will Teubel SO Iowa 1:52.52
Colonial Relays - Williamsburg, Va.
Women 5000 Meter Run Seeded University
1 Balouris, Elaina SR William and 15:56.85
2 Stites, Emily SO William and 15:57.04
3 ward, rachel Ragged Mount 15:59.19
7 Jameson, Tara JR Iona 16:38.81
Spikes Classic - Daytona Beach, Fla.
Men 1500 Meter Run University
1 Bez, Niclas FR Saint Leo 3:57.63
2 Schmick, Brennen FR Webber 3:59.93
3 Mullen, Joseph JR Tennessee Wesleyan 4:00.04
7 Dunne, Carl SO Saint Leo 4:04.24
Sprinters dominated the annual Leevale Sports at Cork IT yesterday. Five heats were required in the men’s 100m and 200m, with three heats in the women’s 100m. A light drizzle did little to deter athletes throughout the day, while the strength of the wind fluctuated continuously.
There was a shock for Marcus Lawler (St. L. O’Toole AC) when his blocks slipped at the start of his heat of the 100m and he crashed to the track. The race was re-run and he duly lined up for the final. The final belonged to David Hynes (Menapians AC) who was always one step ahead throughout the race and he won in a time of 11.22 to Lawler’s 11.26. Lawler made amends later when he dominated the 200m to win in a time of 22.87, with Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC) second in 22.69.
Phil Healy (Bandon AC) was a clear winner of the women’s 100m in a time of 12.24, chased home by Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) in 12.30 and Catherine McManus (DCH AC) in 12.32. Surprisingly, Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) could only finish fourth in 12.35, but there was an even bigger surprise when she later dominated the 200m to win in a time of 24.85, with Kelly Proper second in 24.98.
Lavin made it a double when she added the 100m hurdles in 14.05.
Junior Sam Healy (Leevale AC) was a surprise winner of the men’s long jump with 6.99m, ahead of clubmate David Quilligan with 6.95m. Healy added the junior 110m hurdles in a time of 15.38, while Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) won the junior women’s 100m hurdles in 14.23 which is inside the standard for the European Youth Olympic Trials.
Paul Murphy (Ferrybank AC) got his season off to a flying start when he won the 400m in 48.65, putting him on track for an attempt on the World junior standard in the weeks ahead.
David Rooney (Raheny Shamrock AC) got the weekend off to a good start when he finished fifth in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational in California last night. His time of 28:41.72 knocked thirteen seconds off his previous best and is also a ‘B’ standard for the European championships in Zurich.
Clubmate Kevin Dooney competed in Section 2 and finished second in a time of 29:10.13, an improvement of 46 seconds on his previous best.
Kerry O’Flaherty (Nee Harty) was seventh in the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:14.33.
Stanford Invitational - Stanford, California
Men 10000 Meter Run Section 1
1 208 Jason Witt BYU 28:36.64
2 206 Jared Ward BYU 28:37.36
3 50 Micah Chelimo Alaska Ancho 28:37.75
4 306 Aaron Dinzeo California ( 28:40.88
5 562 Ryan Rutherford Illinois Sta 28:41.23
6 772 David Rooney NAZ Elite 28:41.72
7 529 Ethan Shaw Hansons-Broo 28:41.86
8 943 David Perry Portland 28:42.35
9 890 Abbabiya Simbassa Oklahoma 28:42.56
10 1349 Andrew Lemoncello Unattached 28:42.68
Men 10000 Meter Run Section 2
1 904 Kirubel Erassa Oklahoma Sta 29:02.77
2 1554 Kevin Dooney Yale 29:10.13
3 16 Jovanny Godinez Adams State 29:15.00
4 821 Josh Hardin Northern Ari 29:15.51
5 907 Brian Gohlke Oklahoma Sta 29:17.41
Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase Section 1
1 1331 Lennie Waite Unattached 9:48.17
2 101 Rachel Johnson Baylor 9:49.31
3 27 Sarah Pease Adidas/Rogue 9:55.35
4 880 Megan Rolland Oiselle 9:58.41
5 11 Alicia Nelson Adams State 9:59.83
6 833 Alexa Aragon Notre Dame 10:14.29
7 592 Kerry O’Flaherty Ireland 10:14.33
8 95 Emma Dahl Arkansas-Lit 10:15.20
I came across this photograph today from a cross country a few years ago in Ballinamore that featured our U18 200m champion Sinead Treacy.
Given Sineád's recent success in winning the National U18 indoor 200m and coming so close to the National record, I thought the photo might inspire others to understand that it wasn't all that easy on the way up!
Things are moving along at speed in regard to our ambitious facility plans to purchase and develop an 8-acre site adjacent to the school. Our recent EGM approved the addition of important clauses to allow the club to register as a tax-exempt sports body with the Revenue Commissions and to allow the club to appoint Trustees and to raise loans. At a meeting of the Executive Committee this week, the following five club members were selected as Trustees in order to buy/develop the land and take out loans for this purpose:- Michael Tobin, Mark Gillen, Martin Conneely, Marion McEvilly and Mike O’Connor.
The legal process to purchase the site is in progress and hopefully will be complete within 6 weeks. The school has given its permission for pedestrian access and gateway from the existing track which we hope to install immediately on purchase of the land. All going well, athletes will be running around the field by the middle of May!
Fundraising for the project is going well but we still need your urgent assistance in this regard to complete the project’s funding requirements. We began our fund-raising campaign 6 weeks ago on 14 February and have made huge progress in a short-space of time. We still have a substantial amount to raise and we are appealing to parents and the community that if you are considering loans or donations, to let us know as soon as possible.
If you are happy to give a donation by sponsoring square metres on the new site, please fill out the attached form with the amount you wish to donate and bring it up to training on Tuesdays or Thursdays. It is also possible to support the project by setting up a monthly standing order to the club’s Credit Union account. If you are interested in this option, please text or email Michael Tobin at 087 6591879 or email@example.com and I will email you with details of the club’s account.
We wish to thank parents and the community in advance for your support for the project. It’s an ambitious undertaking but a collective effort from everyone makes it possible to fund it. Its benefit to the club and the community will be immeasurable in the years ahead as it will provide the space to develop many facilities for members and the community to use on a regular basis.
Athletics Ireland wish to recruit Club Members who are Over 18 from the greater Dublin area to assist stewarding at the following events.
Date Event Location Race Start Distance
(1) Friday April 18 Ray D’Arcy Half Million Half Marathon Phoenix Park 10am 21k
(2) Sunday April 28 Samsung Run Dublin@night Dublin City Centre 9pm 10k
(3) Saturday May 10 Pieta House Darkness into Light Phoenix Park 4am 5k
(4) Monday August 4 Rock’n'Roll Half Marathon Dublin 8.30am 21k
(5) Wednesday Sept 3 Grant Thornton Corporate Team Challenge Docklands 7.30pm 5k
(6) Sunday Nov 9 Remembrance Run Phoenix Park 11am 5k
Clubs should register their interest by emailing JohnHolian@athleticsireland.ie identifying the event and number of stewards they can provide.
A donation to the club of €30 for each steward will be made as reimbursement of member travel and subsistence expenses. Allocations will be made on a first come, first served basis.
Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC), European cross country champion in 2011 and 2012, will lead nearly 600 club athletes in this Sunday’s national 10k championships. The national championships are once again being incorporated into the SPAR Great Ireland Run over 10k on the roads of the Phoenix Park.
Britton will start as the firm favourite to win the national title and she will also challenge for the overall victory in the women’s race.
The women’s elite field includes European Cross Country Champion Sophie Duarte of France, Helen Clitheroe (Great Britain) and Spanish due of Allesandra Aguilar and Diana Martin.
Apart from Britton the places on the podium for the national championships will be hotly contested with Ciara Durkin (Skerries AC) and Teresa McGloin (Finn Valley AC) set to toe the line.
Reigning national inter club cross country champion Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC) will start as the favourite to win the men’s national title. Clohisey has enjoyed a wonderful return to form lately including that impressive victory at the Inter Clubs in Dundalk on March 2nd. With Dublin marathon champion Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF) and Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) competing it ensures that Clohisey will need to be at his best to win the title.
As always the team aspect of the championships will witness Ireland’s leading clubs battle it out in the men’s and women’s senior, master O35 and master O50 categories.
In the elite men’s 10k race, Japheth Korir the 2013 World cross country champion makes his first visit to Dublin and will start as favourite in the men’s race with a personal best time of 27:52 for 10k.
Before the 10k Run starts, a men’s elite mile will go up and down Chesterfield Avenue (the main road) in the Phoenix Park. Defending champion Paul Robinson from St Coca’s in Kildare returns to face up to 3:52 British miler Ross Murray, and his compatriots James Brewer and Ross Millington who are 3:54 and 3:59 milers.
The other Irish favourites will include national indoor 800 metre champion Niall Tuohy of Ferrybank, last year’s runner-up Eoin Everard from Kilkenny and national indoor 1500 metre champion John Coghlan from Metro St Brigid’s.
The mile gets under way at 12:20, the elite women’s race at 13:10 and the SPAR Great Ireland Run starts at 13:30.
The Irish team returned from the World Master Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary with an impressive haul of ten medals. The medals were earned in a variety of events including the 800m, pentathlon and shot putt.
Pride of place goes to Joe Gough (M60) and Brian Lynch (M60) who were both crowned world champions and set new world records in the process. Gough won the 800m title in a time of 2.15.08; storming around the last 200m in 30 seconds to clinch gold.
Lynch matched his team mate with a equally impressive performance in the 1,500m winning the title in a new world record of 4.26.62. This broke his own world record set in Athlone a few weeks ago (4.27.27). For good measure Gough rounded off a fantastic weekend by winning the bronze medal in a time of 4.33.68.
A full list of all the medal winners can be seen below and further information can be found on the Irish Masters Athletics Website: www.irishmastersathletics.com
Brian Lynch M60, 1,500 World Record, 4.26.62
Joe Gough M60, 800ms, World Record 2.15.08
Ann Woodlock, W75, 3000m
Mick Traynor, M45, CC
Joe Gough, M60 1,500m
Geraldine Finegan, W45, Pentathlon
John McDermott, M70, Pentathlon
Cathal McLaughlin, M45, 1500m
Ann Woodlock, W75, 1,500m
Mary Barrett, W55, Shot Putt.
*Picture credit Tomas Greally
Attached is Matt locketts training plan for April