Held at Finn Valley AC stadium
The program for the Community Games this Sunday/Monday in Ballinderrin is attached below:-
I will update this article tomorrow with my guesswork as to the times of the events - but please arrive at least 60 minutes before my guesses.
For those doing high jump, it will take place in Dangan on Sunday evening at 7pm.
For those doing long jump, it most likely will take place in Craughwell on Monday afternoon as soon as the day finishes up in Ballinderrin (to be confirmed).
After battling it out at local and regional level, the best of Irish schools’ athletics talent are ready to compete at the Aviva All Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships on Saturday, 31st of May at Tullamore Harriers Stadium.
This Aviva All Ireland Schools Finals is the culmination of months of tough competition for schools’ athletes throughout Ireland, who have progressed through regional and provincial championships to secure their much sought after place in the All-Ireland final.
Already in the Aviva Provincial Championships the class of 2014 have made their mark with a number of eye catching performances. Harry Purcell (Castleknock College) scorched to a 47.82 clocking over 400m to win the Leinster title. He also won the 800m in a time of 1.53.36 and will look to repeat this double at All Ireland level.
Irish Junior International sprinters Zak Irwin (Sligo Grammer) and Keith Doherty (Drimnagh Castle) are set to battle it out in the senior boy’s 100m and 200m events.
Gina Akpe Moses was in great form winning both the 100m (12.33) and the 200m (25.58) intermediate titles at Leinster level. The highly rated St. Vincent’s Dundalk athlete is tipped to replicate this form at All Ireland level on Saturday. Molly Scott is another of those impressing in the intermediate age category and she will start as favourite in the 100m hurdles.
Megan Marrs (Strathearn, Holywood) is another of those rounding into top form and will challenge for medals in the intermediate 100m and 200m events.
The senior girl’s 800m could prove to be the race of the day with Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) aiming to defend the title she won last year. Cleirigh Buttner will renew rivalry in Tullamore with Aislinn Crossey (Sacred Heart Newry) who finished fourth in the 800m final at last year’s European Junior Championships ahead of Buttner. Nadia Power (St McDara’s) should go well in the intermediate girl’s 1,500m event after a string of fine performances at provincial level.
Irish International Cross Country athlete Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannans) will target the 1,500m and 3,000m double in the senior boy’s category. Andrew Coscoran (St Mary’s Drogheda) and school mate Aaron Hanlon will start as the slight favourites’ in the respective senior boy’s 1,500m and 5,00m events.
Alice Akers (Skariff CC) impressed at the Munster championships by winning the senior girl’s hammer title with a massive throw of 52.97m. David Cussen (Colaiste an Spioroid Naoimh) soared over 2.10m to win the high jump at the same Championships, he will start as the firm favourite to capture the All Ireland title.
Live results will be updated throughout the day via the Irish Schools Facebook Page and Athletics Ireland Twitter
15 schools athlete’s, including double Munster Champion Phoebe Murphy (above), will be representing Ireland this weekend at the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku, Azerbaijan.
This is the first chance for most of the to compete on an international stage and if successful in their events they have the opportunity to qualify for the World Youth Olympic Games.
Update from Jacqui Freyne Jnr & Youth High Performance Manager:
“The 15 strong Irish team have settled in well to their new surrounds in the enormous purpose-built Olympic Village in Baku.
A long day’s travelling on Wednesday culminated in incredibly long and exhaustive security checks to get not only the Team, but the Team bus, into the magnificent Olympic Village. Every athlete, every rucksack and every large gear bag had to be searched and cleared before the Team could enter the Village.
The athletes are housed in one of three blocks being used for EYOT ( there are 17 blocks in total purpose built for next year’s inaugural European Olympic Games ). The apartments each have four enormous bedrooms with bathrooms etc and a vast communal area with views out over the intriguing city of Baku.
The Team are slowly finding their way round the huge Dining Hall which has only plastic cutlery and paper plates (presumably for security reasons again!) which offers a big variety of hot and cold food and lots of fruit and water plus two special areas dedicated to making toast and all the toppings u can imagine to go along with it!
Today the Irish team visited the Stadium and checked out the logistics such as location of Call Rooms, loos and other important ’stuff’ and did some light training. Then it was back through more security and sniffer dogs checking the buses entering the Village, before a well-deserved afternoon of R&R for the Team.
Competition begins tomorrow.”
Close to 50 Irish athletes are set to compete at the IFAM International Flanders Meet in Oordegem Belgium this Saturday night with Indoor 800m record holder, Mark English will making his outdoor season debut.
An Irish men’s and women’s 4×100m team are set to line up and will be vying to achieve top 16 European ranking needed to secure qualification for the European Track and Field Championships that take place in Zurich in August.
At the same meet Sarah Lavin will be looking to edge closer to her target European qualification standard in the 100m Hurdles after running her fastest season opener of 13.49 at the AAI games last weekend. Irish in Action. start-lists. Event Website.
Waterford’s Thomas Barr will be joined by current top Irish ranked athletes, Jason Harvey, Timmy Crowe and Paul Byrne in the 400m Hurdles. Barr had an impressive season opener at the Numur meet last night finishing third in 50.34 less than two tenth off the standard for Europeans. Ciara Everard also opened her season with 2.06.51 to finish second. Kelly Proper time of 23.60 places her top of the Irish Rankings and edges closer to European standard of 23.35. atletissima-namur1
Also in action over the weekend will be Paul Robinson and Ciaran O’Lionaird who are racing the Prefontaine Classic May in Eugene, Oregon. Live Streaming
Laura Reynolds will compete in LA Croruna 20k Walk as part of the IAAF Race Walking challenge series as part of her preparations towards the European Championships in Zurich.
The full Irish Team for the championships be announced on the 21st of July at a Press Conference after the National Track and Field Championships (19th/20th). There is an expectation that this team will be made up of over 25 athletes, making it one of the largest Irish teams ever to compete at the championships.
Athletes competing who have achieved the A qualification standards will be looking to progress through the rounds and achieve a top 8 -12 placing.
Development athletes (those aged 24 and under) are expected to form a large continent of the team. This championship will form an integral part of their performance development towards Rio 2016 and beyond.
Phpto's from last Saturday's county championships in Dangan can be found at the link below.
Results of Saturday attached below, apologies for delay. Full report to follow:-
It was a glorious evening in Ballybrit this evening which hosted the GCH leg of the Galway 5k Series and fifth race in this years league. It was also a special race tonight in that it was the 50th race in the Galway 5k series overall.
The course was changed this year to accommodate more PB’s, set on a two lap circuit around the racecourse and its perimeter road. So this week the crowds came in their hundreds once again!!
6 participants took part and once again Galway City Harriers were well represented in the top spots!!!
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Aviva All Ireland Schools Track and Field finalists Molly Scott and Brian Masterson were dreaming of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games today as they launched this year’s finals with current International athletes and Irish Schools record holders Brian Gregan (400m) and Sarah Lavin (100m Hurdles) in the Japanese Gardens in Kildare.
Gregan and Lavin are both focused on European qualification at the moment ahead of the Championships in Zurich in August and while Scott and Masterson’s can dream of a spot at the Games in Japan in 6 years their minds will be on Saturday in Tullamore where they will hope to become Irish School’s champions.
Scott and Masterson are two of over 20,000 athletes who begun the quest to make the All-Ireland Finals this weekend. Scott of Scoil Chonlais is the Leinster intermediate schools champion in the 80m Hurdles and will be hoping to get some tips from Sarah Lavin who has made a fast start to her outdoor season as she tries to secure a spot in Zurich.
Speaking at the launch Scott said “I am really looking forward to the championships on Saturday, I am competing in the 80m hurdles and the 100m, the schools championships are always lots of fun.”
Similarly 400m Leinster intermediate schools champion Masterson of Blackrock College will be looking at Brian Gregan’s path from School’s champion to Irish record holder and hoping to emulate the first part of that transition on Saturday by becoming All-Ireland champion in Tullamore. He has been in excellent form so far this year setting a new Leinster Schools record of 49.49 in winning the title.
Masterson said “I am going to try my best on Saturday; I really enjoyed the Aviva Leinster Schools Championships and I am looking forward to competing in the 400m and the 4×100m relay for my school Blackrock College, it should be a great day.”
Current Irish Schools Record Holder Sarah Lavin said “I loved the schools competition; they were always of the highest quality and brought out the best in everyone. It gave you a taste of International competition when you had the chance to represent Ireland at the annual Aviva Schools International.”
Irish Schools 400m Record Holder Brian Gregan said “I have very fond memories of the All-Ireland Schools Championships, I won my first All-Ireland Schools medal in the 400m hurdles and then picked up few more in the 400m. It is a brilliant competition and acts as the benchmark for future success.”
Mark Russell, Sponsorship Manager, Aviva, said; “This is our fourth year as sponsors of Schools athletics and we are now starting to see those athletes who began in Schools athletics, making their mark in the senior ranks. Especially Brian and Sarah here today who are part of a new wave of athletes coming through for the future and let’s hope that Molly and Brian (Masterson) can follow in their footsteps. To all the athletes competing on Saturday it has been a fantastic achievement to make the All-Ireland finals and irrespective of how they perform on the day I hope they can take that experience forward as they dream of future Olympic Games.”
15 Irish athletes will be in action at the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku, Azerbaijan. The championships kick off this Friday 30th of May and finish Sunday the 1st of June.
The European trials also act as the qualifying event for the 2014 World Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China in August. Please see final entries.
The 5k series moved to Claregalway last Tuesday on a cold and wet evening but it did not stop 600 dedicated runners from taking part in the 4th leg of the 2014 series. The first kilometre of the Claregalway race is as tough as you will find anywhere, it is a long hard climb and you can easily overdo it and then suffer for the rest of the race. The Tuam athletes paced it just right and whilst all of the usual suspects were in attendance we are going to concentrate this week on our superb ladies team. Ann-Marie Miskell led the way for the Tuam ladies as she has done for many years but she now has plenty of company with Maura Meenaghan and Elaine Fleming having their own battle all the way to the line and they were closely followed by Therese Murray who is flying every week. Joanne Kiely had another fine run as she prepares for her upcoming half marathon in Cork and our two marathon specialists Hilary Moloney and Kathrin Antweiler ran extremely well and finished like trains. Audrey Greaney was another Tuam runner in superb form as was Elaine McHugh and Catherina Forde who are going from strentgh to strentgh as the weeks go by and a very special mention to Audrey Acton who just keeps getting better and better and is a great addition to the club. There was a number of other Tuam AC ladies taking part and the results of the entire series so far can be found at www.redtagtiming.com Obviously our men had a good week as well and the highlight was the super performance of two Tuam AC legends at the Lough Cutra Half Ironman race on Sunday. This race consists of a 1.9 mile swim followed by 56 miles on the bike and then a 13.1 mile half marathon to finish. Stephen Brady flew around the course and won his category in style and he was joined on the podium by Ian Egan who was taking part in the relay event and completed the 13.1 mile run leg of the race for his team who won by an outstanding 60 minutes. A full hour ahead of their nearest rivals. Well done to the two Tuam lads.
Team Points Scoring Men after :20 events.
Place Country Club Points
1 DEN Sparta AM 146.5
2 SLO AD Mass Ljubljana 138.5
3 NED Phanos 123.5
4 SRB AC Radnicki 123
5 SUI LG Bern 116.5
6 ISL IR-Reykjavik Sportclub 106.5
7 FIN Jyvaskylaan Kenttaurheilijat 104
8 BEL RESC 89
9 LUX C.S. Luxembourg 71
10 IRL Crusaders A.C. 65.5
Team Points Scoring Women after :20 events.
Place Country Club Points
1 FRA CA Montreuil 93 152
2 NED Phanos 143
3 FIN Jyvaskylaan Kenttaurheilijat 126
4 ISL IR-Reykjavik Sportclub 120
5 SLO AD Mass Ljubljana 114
6 ITA ACSI Italia Clubb 111
7 LUX Celtic Diekirch 95
8 SUI STB Leichtathletik 86
9 IRL Dundrum South Dublin A.C. 76
10 ISR Reshon Le Zion 66
Galway City Harriers are delighted to host the fifth leg of the Galway 5k series tomorrow night at 8pm at Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Galway.
This year we have a new improved fast course, which is on a two lap circuit around the racecourse and its perimeter road.
Map of the course can be seen here.
Entrance from Ballybrit Crescent only as marked on the map.
Please follow stewards directions to parking at 'P' indicated on map.
A very busy week of local competitive action kicks off this Wednesday evening with the much awaited Buncrana 5k, the premier 5k in the North West, and then its on to Sunday’s SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon and Kids Mini Marathon, which will bring 1500 marathon runners, including the recent Belfast Marathon winner, Kenyan Freddy Keron Sittuk, and 500 minis onto the city streets for a veritable feast of running.
First off though its all eyes on Buncrana and the 7 30pm start for the 11th annual Furey Insurances 5K, set to bring around 400 runners to the potentially quick Inishowen course, where the aforementioned Freddy Sittuk set the all comers record of 14m 18s in 2012. The Kenyan is not due in Derry until Friday and will focus on Sunday’s city marathon where he will chase victory and a sub 2hrs 25min clocking to guarantee a substantial cash bonus.
Last year’s male winner Ciaran Doherty of Letterkenny set the Irish best for the Buncrana course of 14m 34s and is expected to line up again, alongside the locally based Gary Murray of St Malachys and top Derry distance men, Scott Galbraith and Declan Reed. Others could arrive on the night for what usually is a high quality event, producing exciting racing and fast times right down through the field.
Former Letterkenny AC’s Maria McCambridge holds the women’s course record of 16m 07s from 2010, but with the inform Lifford flyer Anne Marie McGlynn said to be targeting a sub 16m run, that could fall this week. Her clubmates Natasha Adams and Claire McGuigan may be there to keep the pace honest and former winner Teresa McGlynn could also be in a quality line up come Wednesday. McGlynn ran 16m 32s to win here last year and her current form suggests an improvement is entirely possible.
But its not all about the upfront action, the Buncrana race attracts runners and joggers of all abilities with the organisers always stressing that ” it is an event for everyone”. From sub 15mins to the sub 20’s, 25’s, 30’s and beyond, the Buncrana 5K caters for all abilities and everyone is very welcome.
Entries will be taken on the night from 5 30pm at event HQ in Scoill Mhuire adjacent to the start, the fee is £9 or E10 and for that you get an expertly organised event, a great course, accurately measured, chip timing, competition at all levels and of course the famous post race refreshments and the chance to debate the pros and cons of your run with your competitors.
Online entry is also possible up to 5pm on Tuesday evening 27th May. Simply send your name, date of birth, age on race day and club, if any, to email@example.com You can pay the entry fee at race HQ when you pick up your race pack on the Wednesday night.
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Freddy Sittuk is no stranger to these parts and following his recent impressive 2hrs 18m Belfast marathon victory the Kenyan will head the SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon field this Sunday. He will start as the odds on favourite and indeed will chase a sub 2hrs 25m time as the organisers have offered a £1000 bonus for the athlete ducking below that figure.
The inaugural winner Tommy Hughes posted a not so shabby 2hrs 30m winning time last year, very impressive for a 50 something, and will be in the field again as will third placer Pauric McKinney of Inishowen AC bur clearly the attention will be on the classy Kenyan. Interestingly the only man to win back to back Belfast and Derry marathons was our own Paul Craig back in 1983, when he put together two winning 2hrs 20m performances, just three weeks apart.
Defending women’s winner Jacqui Boyle , a Derry native long domiciled in Dublin where she runs for Tallaght AC will be be back seeking another win but could be pushed hard by another local, the Spartans Marina Campbell who boasts a sub 3hr 10m clocking from the Dublin marathon a few years ago. This pair look like the main female players but racing 26.2 miles can throw up some curved balls so take nothing for granted.
REGISTRATION AND RACE DAY INFORMATION
The final organisational arrangements are being sorted for the race which has a 8 30am start from the Everglades and follows a circuit along the banks of the Foyle with the first runner expected from around 10 50am, into Guildhall Square inside the historic walled city of Derry–Londonderry.
The Kids Mini Marathon starts close to the Gasyard Centre from 9 45am, there are five separate start groups, and the young runners from the Derry City Council area and beyond, will also finish in Guildhall Square fro 9 50am onwards. They will set the scene perfectly for the main event and will be all be clear of the finish area well before the leading marathon runner strides home.
Race Packs can be collected on Friday and Saturday at Foyleside ( the Food Quarter) —for both the Marathon and the Mini Marathon. Checkout all race information on www.thewalledcitymarathon.com and remember there will be some traffic restrictions from 7 30am to around 2 30pm on race day, details also on website and in separate press release
The 2014 Galway County Adult Track and Field championships will take place on the dates below.
The venue is the Regional Sports Centre track in Dangan at the NUI Galway grounds.
Day One - Sunday 29 June
Time: 1.30pm onwards
Events: 200m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, Discus, 800m, Weight for Distance (only Seniors and Masters), 4x100m relay, 3000m women/5000m men
Day Two - Thursday 10th July
Time: 7pm onwards
Well done to everyone who took part in the Mayfly 10k on Saturday 24th May.
In the Men’s race Matt Bidwell came home first in 33:43 and Larry Kelly in 3rd in 38:36.
In the Women’s race Sinead Brody came home first in 39:46.
Well done to everyone.
Full results click HERE.
Lough Cutra Triathlon
Well done to our club members who took part in the Lough Cutra Triathlon on Sunday 25th May
The 2014 Galway County adult Track and Field championships will take place on the dates below. The venue is the Regional Sports Centre track in Dangan , NUI Galway grounds.
Day One -Sunday 29 June 1.30pm onwards
200m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, Discus
800m, Weight for Distance (only Seniors and Masters), 4×100m relay.
3000m Women / 5000m men
Day Two- Thursday 10 July from 7pm
100m, 400m, Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer, 1500m,
High Jump, 4×400m relay
10,000m on Thursday June 12th in Dangan at 7pm. Pre entries for this to ensure numbers.
County Championship medal Categories – Senior, Masters 35, Masters 50, Junior,
Entries on the day - E5 for day/event (i.e. 5 euro means you can run one or all events on one day)
All track events will be electronically timed.
Guest athletes are very welcome from other athletics clubs, but dont qualify for Galway medals.
Entries taken on the day at Dangan Track.
Event co-ordinators are Brian Bruton, Mary Barrett & Iain Shaw.
Queries to Brian Bruton 087 9278337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
If there is a demand and sufficient numbers for any other event eg hurdles/steeplechase/walks , we may be able to accommodate if you let me know by June 6th what it is.
The AAI Games kicked off the national track and field season today in Morton Stadium Santry with many of Ireland’s top athletes in action. Ben Reynolds (North Down AC) produced the performance of the day in the 110m Hurdles winning in 13.63. This time was just inside the qualification standard of 13.65 for the European Track and Field Championships which take place in Zurich in August however the wind of +2.1 was agonisingly just outside the legal limit of +2, therefore it will not count as a qualifier. Marcus Lawlor (SLOT) who is only 19 commanded the field of Ireland’s best 200m athletes crossing the line to win in 21.13, inside the qualification standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships which take place in July in Oregon. In the 100m Hurdles Limerick’s Sarah Lavin, (UCD AC) was a clear winner producing her fastest ever season opener with 13.49 just off her targeted European qualification standard.
The much anticipated Men’s 200m race didn’t fail to disappoint. It was young gun Lawlor who got the best start running a great curve into the home straight. Steven Colvert (Crusaders A.C.) made some grounds in the closing 50m however Lawlor held him off to win in 21.13 with Colvert second in 21.23. Lawlor said: “My focus is World Junior’s, that was another A standard today. I went to the last World junior’s and saw Mark English get to the final and I went home and said to myself I can do that as well.”
David Hynes (Menapians A.C) took third place in 21.46 and 400m specialist Brain Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) having to settle for fourth in 21.55. Later in the day in the 100m Hynes and Lawlor both recorded 11.60 with Hynes being given the nod for poll position. Keith Pike (Clonliffe Harriers) was third in a personal best of 11.72.
In the women’s 100m, Phil Healy Bandon A.C continued her run of good form winning in 11.68 from Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank A.C.) second in 11.73 and Catherine Mc Manus (Dublin City Harriers A.C) third in 11.77. Positions were reversed in the 200m with Whelan winning in an Irish lead time of 23.91 and Healy second in 24.18.
The women’s 400m won by Ciara McCallion (Clonliffe Harriers) in 56.31, while 18 year old Harry Purcell won the men’s race in convincing style in 48.26 from Kieran Kelly in 49.06.
Reynolds winning time of 13.63 improved on his season debut last week at the Loughborough International of 13.79. Speaking after the race Ben Reynolds said “I was satisfied with the run, it’s a lot faster than I was going in my early races last year”
Lavin’s time of 13.49 in the 100m hurdles was a solid start to her season. While youth athlete Megan Marrs (City of Lisburn AC) looked impressive finishing second in 13.72 with Catherine Mc Manus (Dublin City Harriers A.C.) third in 14.04. Speaking after the race Lavin said “I don’t think it could have gone any better, it’s my fastest opener by a large margin I think it’s half a second. I feel in a really good place, I’ve really worked on my start and its showing. I want to get an A Standard (for Europeans) as I don’t want to make up the numbers in Zurich”.
In the Men’s 400m Hurdles there was a great battle between Timmy Crowe (Dooneen A.C) and Paul Byrne of St. Abban’s AC . Both were neck and neck at each hurdle until Crowe began to pull away from at hurdle 8 to win in 51.76 with Byrne second in 52.34.
Dave McCarthy won the Men’s 1500m in 3.46.68 with Andrew Coscoran second in 3.50and John Coghlan third in 3.50.27. Coghlan lead the pace for the first 3 laps with McCarthy making a decisive move with 300m to go. Coghlan faded in the final 200m and was passed out by Coscoran.
The women’s 1500m was won by Siofra Cleirigh Buttner in 4.27.01 inside the B World Juniors Standard (4.28). Aislinn Crossey dominated the women’s 800m from gun to tape winning in 2:10.80 with Robert Tully Star of the Sea winning the men’s race in 1:53.29. Conor Dooney (Raheny AC) set a PB of 8:19.19 to win Men’s 3000m.
Caoimhe King Aughagower A.C jumped 12.73 to win Triple Jump, a leap which is just off her U23 record of 12.75.
On their first attempt the Irish junior men’s relay 4×100m squad fall short of their quest to achieve the qualifying standard for the World Junior Championships of 40.10 finishing second the Senior Men’s team.
Program for tomorrow's track and field is attached below. Please note that the scheduled times for each event are approximate only and please arrive in good time at least 1 hour before that scheduled time: