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Athletics Ireland - 5 April, 2014 - 08:10

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

The glamour of it all!

Craughwell AC - 5 April, 2014 - 01:55

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!

Great Progress on New Facility!

Craughwell AC - 4 April, 2014 - 17:35

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 tobinm1@yahoo.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.

Call for Club Stewards

Athletics Ireland - 4 April, 2014 - 16:04

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.

600 Club Athletes Entered for National 10k

Athletics Ireland - 4 April, 2014 - 15:05

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.

Entry List

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.

Masters Impress At World Champs

Athletics Ireland - 4 April, 2014 - 08:45

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

Training Plan for April 2014

Galway City Harriers - 3 April, 2014 - 17:51

Attached is Matt locketts training plan for April

Cork City Marathon Information

Athletics Ireland - 3 April, 2014 - 14:47

With the Cork City Marathon now open for registration, there is no excuse not to make 2014 your marathon year! Whether it is the full or half marathon, the team relay, youth relay or the inter-services championships, the Cork City Marathon offers a pace and course suited to everyone.

Speaking at the launch of the Cork City Marathon 2014, which will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd June 2014, Race Director Jim O’Donovan said: “The 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.

The Inter Services Championships encourages teams and individuals from the various uniformed bodies, such as the Gardaí, Naval Service, Fire Brigade, Ambulance, Coastguard, etc., to run for the honour of their Units.

We are encouraging everyone to get involved in 2014, it’s all about team spirit, participation and that special sense of achievement. Make 2014 the year that you run the Cork City 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.

Last year, the first year of the Youth Challenge, saw more than 100 youth teams take part in the 26.2 mile marathon relay challenge, each team member (5 persons) completing a stage of the marathon, with a maximum distance of 5.8 miles (9.3km) each.
This year will see also see a Guinness Wold Record Challenge by Alex O’Shea, who will attempt to break the record for running a marathon in his full firefighter attire, including fire hazard boots.

Entry forms and full details on the Cork City Marathon are available online at www.corkcitymarathon.ie/entry/

Registration Figures (March 2014)

Athletics Ireland - 3 April, 2014 - 14:40

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: moiraaston@athleticsireland.ie

Club Reports

County Reports

Congress Syllabus

Athletics Ireland - 3 April, 2014 - 14:33

The 2014 Athletics Ireland General Congress will take place on the 26th/27th of April in the Moran’s Silver Springs Hotel in Cork. The full syllabus can be viewed below:

Congress Syllabus

Development Update South West

Athletics Ireland - 3 April, 2014 - 09:56

Some updates below for all clubs:

- The Level 1 Course kicks off tomorrow evening Fri 4th April and runs for two weekends in Templemore & UL. Full details sent to all coaches enroled on the course.

- The Athletics Leader Course due to be held on Saturday 12th April in Castleisland CLOSES tomorrow as is nearly full. No places can be accepted after this date.

- A number of Athletics Leader Courses will be run over the next 6 weeks in some secondary schools mid week as part of the transition year coaching programme in Cork. Details have been sent out to schools by the Cork Sports Partnership & AAI.

- The Throws Workshop due to be held at Cork IT on Friday 11th April has been CANCELLED.

- The final Munster Performance Squad Day takes place on Sunday 13th April at Cork IT Track. Full details here www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?p=37656

- There will be a Sprints/Hurdles Workshop taking place on Tuesday 15th April from 7-9pm at UL Track led by Munster Performance Squad coach Noelle Morrissey. It is open to all athletes/coaches aged 11+ and cost is €5 payable on the night at registration 6.45-7pm.

- The South Munster Schools T&F now takes place on Fri 9th and Mon 12th May. See new website here www.southmunstersports.com/. Munster Schools website here www.munsterschoolsathletics.org/.

- The Leevale Open Sports takes place this weekend at Cork IT Track full details here www.leevale.org/2014/leevale-2014-satsun-56-april/.

For further information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or steven@athleticsireland.ie

Weekend Round up 29th / 30th March

Galway City Harriers - 2 April, 2014 - 14:55

New Inn 5k 2014
Thanks to Bernie Kelly for organizing a great crowd of Galway City Harriers at this year’s New Inn 5k on Sunday 30th March.
Results attached.

Killanin 8K
Congrats to Brian O’Connor won the Killanin 8k on Saturday 29th March in 29:13.
Full results HERE

Knockma Duathlon
Well done to Helen Corbett, taking part in the Knockma Duathlon on Sunday 30th March and coming home 2nd in the women’s race

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GCH Club Challenge 2014 Results (Event 4)

Galway City Harriers - 2 April, 2014 - 13:53

The 4th event of the 2014 GCH Club Challenge took place at Craughwell 10 mile on Sunday 23rd March.

We had a great turnout of GCH participants on the day and a guest appearance by the sunshine also.

There were lots of new faces at this event and hopefully this is just the start of many more appearances at the challenges.

We also saw lots of County Medals come from Craughwell so well done to everyone on their achievements!

Craughwell 10 mile 2014 Medals Announced

Galway City Harriers - 2 April, 2014 - 13:43

Craughwell County 10 Mile 2014 medal winners announced

Well done to all the GCH Champions.

Men Senior
1st Matt Bidwell (Galway City Harriers) in 54:02

Women Senior
3rd Grainne Ní Uallachain (Galway City Harriers) in 1:07:04

Men Over 50
1st John Devlin (Galway City Harriers) in 1:02:49

Men Over 60
1st Martin McEvilly (Galway City Harriers) in 1:05:26

Women Over 40
1st Margaret Sheridan (Galway City Harriers) in 1:16:46

Women Over 50
1st Mairead Welby (Galway City Harriers) in 1:20:14

Men's Teams
1st - Matt Bidwell, Gerry Carty,

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Forest Feast Activates Local Kids Through Little Athletics

Athletics Ireland - 2 April, 2014 - 13:35

Athletics Ireland and dried fruit and nut experts Forest Feast have today announced a new partnership which will support the growth of grassroot athletics in Ireland through the major sponsorship of Little Athletics. Irish Long Jump Record Holder Kelly Proper, ambassador for the Forest Feast Little Athletics programme, was on hand to officially launch the partnership.

The Forest Feast Little Athletics programme introduces young children (5-10 years) to athletics in a fun, engaging and non-competitive environment. It focuses on the use of games to develop fitness whilst enhancing agility, co-ordination and balance - all fundamental to longer term physical athletic development.

Irish Long Jump Record Holder Kelly Proper, Ambassador for the Forest Feast Little Athletics Programme said, “The Forest Feast Little Athletics programme is fantastic for young children to be a part of. It encourages them to get active, develop their athletic ability and importantly have fun while doing so. Their involvement will help form a solid foundation for their future sporting life.”

The Forest Feast Little Athletics programme is delivered in athletic clubs nationwide by Athletics Ireland’s Regional Development Officers and Athletics Leaders - adults trained through the Athletic Leader coaching qualification courses. Throughout the year there will be four regional Jamborees which will see various clubs coming together for fun challenges and group activities.

Forest Feast Field Sales Manager Christine Whelan said, “We develop healthy snack options for the whole family through our range of dried fruit and nut products and firmly believe that establishing healthy habits at a young age is crucial for later life. For that reason we’re committed to supporting grassroots sports and are proud to come on board as title sponsor of Little Athletics.

“As part of the Forest Feast Little Athletics programme, children will be encouraged to tumble, run, throw, hop and jump using a whole range of equipment such as hurdles, medicine balls, foam javelins and hula hoops. As such, the programme creates a very positive association between fun and fitness for children.”

Speaking at the launch of the Forest Feast Little Athletics programme, John Foley, CEO of Athletics Ireland said, “We are delighted about this valuable new partnership between Forest Feast and Athletics Ireland. The Forest Feast Little Athletics programme is all about participation and making athletics fun for kids and now, with the support of Forest Feast, we can work to increase awareness and involvement across the country.”

Results All-Ireland In-Doors 22nd & 23rd March

Galway City Harriers - 2 April, 2014 - 12:00

Well done to all who took part in the All-Ireland In-Doors on 22nd & 23rd March

Alanna Lally was the top GCH performer at the All-Ireland indoors at the weekend.
She had a fine double winning the 400m in a championship best performance of 56.75 secs in the U19 girls 400m on Saturday.
She followed up with an U19 girls 800m win on Sunday.
She also competed in the 200m setting an indoor PB of 25.56 secs in her heat & finished 4th in the final.

Elisabeth Maher reached the final of the 400m.

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Munster Performance Squad Day Sunday 13th April Cork IT

Athletics Ireland - 2 April, 2014 - 11:51

The final Munster Performance Squad day takes place on Sunday 13th April at Cork IT Track from 10am-1pm. Athletes/Personal Coaches can contact the head event coach before the squad day via e mail at the details below:

- MD Steven Macklin steven@athleticsireland.ie
- Walks Frank Lynch frangilllynch@eircom.net
- High Jump Chris Regan chrisregan@eircom.net
- LJ/TJ Steve Fleming stephenajfleming@gmail.com
- Pole Vault Eamon Flanagan eflanpolevault@gmail.com
- Discus Jerry Horgan jmnahorg1@hotmail.com
- Javelin John Sheehan jsheehan58@eircom.net
- Shot Putt Dave Sweeney sweeney.david@gmail.com & throws@athleticsireland.ie
- Short Sprints Drew Harrison drew.harrison@ul.ie
- Long Sprints/Hurdles Brid Golden bridgolden1@gmail.com
- Sprint Hurdles Noelle Morrissey nmorrissey2@gmail.com
- Multi Events Pat Power/Denis Finnerty denisdorfin@eircom.net & jumps@athleticsireland.ie & coachpat1@eircom.net

Squad hoodies will be given out on Sun 13th, only to those members of the squad that have attended the sessions. Any squad member that cannot make the final day please make sure that someone from your club or a friend collects your hoody as they will be given out on this day only.

For further information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or steven@athleticsireland.ie

2014 Junior & Youth Information

Athletics Ireland - 2 April, 2014 - 07:56

Please find important information for Junior and Youth Athletes here Included in this document are a list of National Competitions and other competition opportunities. For any questions please contact Junior High Performance Manager, Jacqui Freyne (jacqui@athleticsireland.ie)

Ramble Aid 2014

Athletics Ireland - 1 April, 2014 - 16:09

South Dublin County Sports Partnership (SDCSP) has announced the details for Ramble Aid 2014, their annual charity event series. This year the event donation will go to The Carers Association, Ireland’s national voluntary organisation for family carers in the home. Family carers play a vital role in our local community providing high levels of care to a range of people including frail older people, people with severe disabilities, the terminally ill and children with special needs.

Ramble Aid offers a series of 3 events rising from 5km to 7.5km and 10km over the months of April to June, allowing participants to increase their targets. Once more however entry costs have been kept to a minimum. People can enter 1, 2 or all 3 events with entry just €5, €7.50 and €10. A free, special edition Ramble Aid water bottle is provided to all who enter the 3 events !!

Each location has easy parking, all events are timed and they are all contained in parkland with no roads to cross or traffic in view. Free refreshments will also be provided. SDCSP wishes to make Ramble Aid a special event for its charity partner and for everyone in the community and looks forward to seeing you there. For details on dates, locations and times and to register visit www.rambleaid.ie

Spring Throws Competition

Athletics Ireland - 1 April, 2014 - 15:55

The Spring Throws Competition takes place in Morton Stadium, Santry on Saturday 5th April – 11am. After a very successful indoor season, the outdoor season kicks off in earnest this weekend in Santry. This is the second running of the new ‘Athletics Ireland Spring Throws’ competition. This is aimed at giving all throwers (From Under 16 to Senior) the opportunity to get an early competition. It’s ideal for athletes getting ready for schools competitions or those trying to make qualification to European Youth or World Junior Championships.

It is expected that there will be some very good competitions across all events. All weight of implements can be catered for (from Under 16 upwards). Just make sure to provide your date of birth and age group on the day.

Age Category:U/16 minimum to Senior
Entry Fee: €5 per event (can enter and pay on the day)
Throwing Implements: Bring own implement for weigh in at least 30min before event.
Competition: 4 x throws for each athlete

Order of Events and Start Time of first event:
Hammer: (11.00am) Men 7.26k, Men 6k, Men 5k, Men 4k, Women 4k, Women 3k
Javelin: (11.00am) Women 500g, Women 600g, Men 600g, Men 700g, Men 800g
Discus:(12.45pm) Men 2k, Men 1.75k, Men 1.5k, Men 1k, Women 1k


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