AIT Athlone is the Club of the Week featured in FIT magazine- FREE with today’s Irish Independent. Today’s issue of FIT also includes a wide range of reports and pictures from last weekend’s road events.
It is time NOW to enter the inaugural Irish Independent/FIT magazine 10k which takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, May 12th. See today’s magazine for ‘Special Reader Offer’ for Race Entry.
Club Runners- please note that there are some excellent Cash Prizes for the top runners in the men’s and women’s event on May 12th.
The Irish Independent/ FIT magazine 10k is supporting the Athletics Ireland Fit 4 Youth Programme.
It’s that time of year again; time to sign up for the races in the 2013 Dublin Race Series - four top quality events – starting with the Irish Runner 5 Mile on Saturday, June 29.
This year’s Dublin Race Series will again be the ideal Racing build-up for all those training for the Dublin Marathon in October. The Series starts with the Irish Runner 5 Mile on June 29 and is followed by the Fingal 10K in Swords on Sunday, July 21. The Frank Duffy 10 Mile takes place in the Phoenix Park on Saturday, August 24 and the Dublin Race Series culminates with the Dublin Half-Marathon in the Park on Saturday, September 21.
Entries for this year’s Dublin Race Series are now available at www.dublinmarathon.ie
“The four events in the Dublin Race Series are ideal for anyone who is planning on taking part in this year’s Dublin Marathon,“ Marathon Coach, David Carrie said. “For the past few years I have trained a group of over 80 runners in my native Dunleer and each year every member of our group has completed the Dublin event.”
“I recommend the Dublin Race Series events to all my runners and they all use the Series to get some experience of pace and training progress. The Dublin Race Series events are all brilliantly organised and they also offer great value for the entry fee. All my marathon training group members love to collect the different souvenir technical T-shirts from the four races in the Series. The Dublin Race Series events offer great value for runners at every level and we will be supporting the events again this year.”
Well done to everyone from the club who took part in this year's National 10k Championships in Phoenix Park on April 7th held in conjunction with the Great Ireland Run. The club was well represented with almost 30 members taking part in the event this year.
Congrats to Matt Bidwell who once again took 1st place victory in the M40 category in 33:36.
In the M35+ category GCH also took home first place with Matt Bidwell, Gerry Carty and Brian Bruton finishing in a total time of 1:46:54. Second was Tullamore Harriers Athletic Club in 1:52:02 and 3rd was Mayo Ac in 1:54:16.
Congrats to Sean Breachnach and Michael Conerney who represented Galway City Harriers in the Athletics Ireland Spring Throws Competition held in Athlone on April 21st.
Sean Breachnach (GCH) was placed 1st in the 2kg discus, throwing well clear of the field with 46.06m.
Michael Conerney also of GCH was placed second with 39.53 and Crusaders’ Sam Graine was third with 38.34.
For full details go to http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?p=31760
This is a provisional list of transfer applications to be processed on 1st May in accordance with Athletics Ireland Transfer Bye-Law.
Once the process is complete the transferring members will appear on the new club website, either on the renewals list (if the transferee has not been registered for 2013 by their previous club) or the current membership list. The club should not register the transferring athlete as a new member. If you have any queries regarding the list or the transfer process please contact Moira Aston at firstname.lastname@example.org
This years Streets of Galway Race will take place on Saturday August 10th at 7.00pm.
More details to follow.
The Penn Relays will play host to the 14th edition of USA vs. The World relays on Saturday, April 27th. There is a high quality Irish team set to compete in the Penn Relays in the exciting men’s Distance Medley Relay (DMR) event.
The Irish DMR team consists of Olympian Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) who will be running the Mile leg. The US-based athlete has shown great form throughout the 2013 indoor season after bringing home the bronze medal in the 3000m at the European Indoor Championships.
Paul Robinson (St. Cocas), fresh from comfortably winning the SPAR Great Ireland Mile on April 14th and just recently returned from a spell of training in Australia, will be running the 1200m leg as part of the DMR team.
World Junior Finalist and Irish Junior Record holder Mark English (UCD AC) will be running the 800m leg and has shown he is coming into superb form after cruising to victory in the Irish Intervarsity Championships 400m in a personal best time of 47.56 seconds.
Clonliffe AC’s Brian Gregan who placed sixth at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki last summer will be taking the 400m leg. Gregan showed early dominance during the indoor season and held the fastest 2013 indoor 400m time in Europe for a number of weeks.
The Irish team will be up against some of the best athletes in the world racing teams from Canada, the UK, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco and two teams from the USA. Team USA swept the 2012 USA vs. The World relays for the first time in history last year and will be aiming to defend their dominance against the stellar international field. The Irish DMR teams collectively have numerous Irish records to their names and are sure to put up a good fight against their international rivals.
Diarmuid Coughlan reports on this years Boston Marathon and his experience surrounding this years event.
by Diarmuid “Dee” Coughlan
Following the great success of last year’s race, Sportsworld Running club are pleased to announce that this year’s Terenure 5 mile in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation, with main sponsor Zurich Insurance plc will be held on Sunday May 19th @ 11.00am.
Now in its 29th year this year’s Terenure 5 mile fun run and race (formerly known as the Dublin 5 mile classic) will be bigger & better than ever following record entries in 2012. The same superb venue – Terenure College and with probably the flattest course in Dublin this will ensure a most enjoyable race. The race features include:
- Fast flat AAI (Athletics Ireland) certified course
- Chip timing for all runners, joggers etc
- High quality technical T-shirt
- €4,000 in prizes prizes part sponsored by Saucony and Runway along with numerous spot prizes
- Post race refreshments, plus full facilities, showers, car parking etc
- Entry fee maintained at €20 and includes on-line registration fee
- Registration for group entries is €18 for groups of 6 or more
- Registration for schools is €120 per school, which includes up to 10 pupils
- This year’s race will also include a schools challenge, triathlon challenge and a corporate challenge.
All participants are encouraged to enter on-line. However downloadable entry forms for individuals and groups are available.
See www.terenure5mile.com for details.
Proudly Sponsored by Sheridan Insurances
The First Senior Man will receive the Simon Cumbers Perpetual Trophy while the First Senior Woman will receive the Paddy Hyland Perpetual Trophy.
Cash Prizes for Men and Women –First 3 Home, first 2 Masters (over 40 – 45- 50- 55- 60) and first 3 Juniors
Chip Timing –Fee €15 online or on the night.
Charity donation to BRI “Brain Injury” @ www.briireland.ie
In association with the 6 k race their will also be a 1 mile Track Challenge for Girls and Boys under the ages of 12 & 14 starting at 7 o clock –Entry Fee €3
The Donegal Juvenile, Senior and Masters Track and Field Championships are fast approaching. Day One will take place in Letterkenny on Tuesday evening 30th April with a start time of 6.30pm. Day Two will take place at the new Lifford AC track on Saturday 11th May starting at 12pm.
There will be Electronic Timing on both days.
As in previous years, there is an extensive programme of events on offer across both days. With juvenile athletes allowed to step up one age group there are at least four events (sprints, distance, throws and jumps) to choose from on each day of competition. A hurdles and walks programme also caters for an increasing number of juvenile athletes competing in these events.
This years Championships are being held earlier than in previous years to help athletes with their preparation for Provincial, All Ireland and Schools competitions.
This year, the pre-entry of athletes both to the Championships and to their individual events is encouraged. This will speed up registration on the days of competitions and allow event sheets to be drawn up in advance. Clubs are encouraged to submit their athlete names, years of birth, and selected events to me by Monday 29th April for Day One of competition. Please note, monies will only be paid by each athlete on the day of competition when collecting his/her number - there will be no cost to either the individual or club if he/she doesn’t attend. Likewise, where events have been pre-selected, athletes are still free to change or add events on the day of competition.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com or Brendan McDaid, Senior Competition Secretary (086-8113947)
The Galway Local Sports Partnership took place in Ardrahan last Saturday morning in almost perfect weather conditions and almost 300 people took part in a very enjoyable and well organized race. Tuam AC were represented by Ian Egan and Dan O’Rourke who have been running together for over 30 years at this stage which is hard to believe but nobody was surprised when they both finished in top ten positions once again. Ian finished in 5th place overall in 36 mins and he was followed just a minute later by Dan who finished in 8th place. They were also 2nd and 3rd in their category and their performance really is top class middle distance running. The 5k series is also due to start next week in Athenry and all runners should note that the first race of the series is taking place in Athenry town and not in Newcastle as in previous years. The race starts at 7.45pm and number collection takes place in Athenry boys school. Full details can be found at www.5km.ie Good luck to all involved especially the 30 members of Tuam AC who are taking part in this years series.
Updated results from the 5k time trial. Apologies on the delay in getting these updated results up.
961 johnny lane 17:43
991 niall callanan 18:06
973 daniel sheehan 18:39
975 eddie corban 19:00
988 micheal o mahony 20:35
996 mike mccartin 21:44
976 john fitzpatrick 21:54
981 keith devane 22:53
982 deirdre devanne 23:13
990 trasa callanan 23:34
960 Diurmuid Quill 23:36
997 geraldine farley 23:38
967 eoin fleetwood 23:50
966 kathleen gorman 24:06:00
980 fiona gleeson kane 24:06:00
984 irene spelman 24:52:00
993 ann kelly 25:02:00
998 kevin malone 25:18:00
989 brian spain 25:37:00
979 noreena morrissey 25:57:00
995 karen sweeney 25:57:00
983 connie egan 26:52:00
962 lisa thomas 27:30:00
974 meave sharkey 27:47:00
994 jo cahalane 27:47:00
970 aine mc guinness 27:59:00
977 barbera morrissey 28:24:00
978 loraine morrissey 28:24:00
964 kieran o leary 28:45:00
972 marie rooney 28:45:00
992 mariead lane 28:45:00
963 bernie mulkerns 28:46:00
971 maria mccardle 28:47:00
959 Ross Parkinson 29:51:00
987 carmel lyons 30:30:00
986 trish dolan 31:00:00
965 rosmarie o sullivan 31:02:00
969 celene o connell 31:15:00
968 emma corcoran 31:25:00
985 maggie ryan 31:44:00
999 carmel mitchell 37:00:00
The inaugural Athletics Ireland Spring Throws Competition took place on Sunday the 21st April in Athlone.
Close to thirty of Ireland’s best throwers took part in the competition which was in its first year of being held. Mixed and windy weather made for challenging conditions for athletes yet some great performances were achieved on the day.
In the men’s 1.50kg discus, Eoin Hanrahan (Ennis Track) threw a mighty 38.38m on his first throw to place him ahead of the rest of the field. Seamus Mc Mahon (Shannon AC) and Eoin Sheridan (North Westmeath) battled it out for the second place position with McMahon’s 34.85m throw just coming out ahead of Sheridan’s 33.05m.Sophie Parkinson Brown (Gowran AC) was the clear winner in the women’s discus with a solid throw of 45.61m ahead of St Pauls AC’s Emma Owens who threw 36.68m.
The mens 1.75kg discus was won by Paul Collins (North Westmeath) with a throw of 45.45m with Shane Aston (Trim AC) placing second. The 2kg discus was won by Galway City Harriers’ Sean Breachnach who threw well clear of the field with 46.06m. Clubmate Michael Conerney placed second with Crusaders’ Sam Graine in a close third.
The women’s 3kg hammer was won by Aoife Vaughan Witts (Borrisokane AC) and the 4kg hammer by Mieke Kiernan (Raheny Shamrocks). Seamus McMahon (Shannon AC) won the men’s hammer with a throw of 43.91m with Crusaders’ James Griffin a close second in 43.10m. Ciaran Donnelly (Crusaders) won the 7.26kg hammer event.
The javelin competions were won by Michaela Walsh (Swinford AC), Laura Dolan (Ferbane AC) and Shane Aston (Trim AC) who was a clear winner with a throw of 44.32m while adding a Javelin victory to his earlier discus second place.
Many thanks to the athletes, coaches and organizers who made the day a success and best of luck to all throwers in the rest of the outdoor season.
Photos can be found here
The 2nd Annual Galway Sports Partnership 10k took place in Labane / Ardrahan on Saturday 20th April 2013 with over 200 people taking part this year. Galway City Harriers were well represented with lots of take home prizes on the day for club members.
The Men’s race was won by Matt Bidwell of GCH in 33:21, followed closely by Peter O’Sullivan in 2nd place in a time of 33:35 with Gearoid Hynes of GCH achieving 3rd place in 35:32.
There have been some excellent Youth and Junior performances early this season ahead of the European Youth Olympics, World Youths and European Junior Championships with several athletes already achieving A and B qualification standards
As anyone who has ever served on a committee at club, county or provincial level will know, the workload of the Secretary is a never ending one!
As part of the process to record the history of Irish Athletics since its inception in 1873, the Technical Committee are pleased to share this list of General Secretaries / CEO’s of Irish Athletics for the past 140 years. Until 2006, these great men and woman undertook this role in a voluntary capacity and Athletics Ireland salutes all of their work, passion and dedication to the cause of Irish Athletics.
Please find details below of some recent updates:
- Friday 26th April Sprints/Hurdles Workshop at Cork IT Track 7-9pm. It will be run by Munster Performance Squad Coach Drew Harrison and AAI Level 3 Coaches Ger Moynihan and Liz Coomey. It takes place from 7-9pm and is open to all athletes and coaches aged 9+. Cost is €5 payable on the night.
- The final Munster Performance Squad session of the year takes place at Cork IT Track on Saturday 27th April 10am-1pm for all event groups. Athletes and their personal coaches are asked to be at Cork IT Track for 9.45am sharp. Head event group coaches will be in touch with their own groups re plans for the day. lease pass on these details to any athletes in your club on the performance squad.
- Details of workshops and courses available in the South East here http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?p=31596
- Please find attached above the most up to date development calendar for the South West. Some workshop dates in Tipperary were changed so please can you pass on this calendar to all athletes/coaches in your clubs and post on relevant websites. The dates are now as follows:
Wed 15th May High Jump Workshop Clonmel 7-9pm
Tue 21st May Long Jump & Triple Jump Workshop Templemore 7-9pm
Mon 6th May Throws Workshop Templemore (10.30am-12.30pm Shot Putt & Hammer, 1pm-3pm Discus & Javelin)
For further information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0876335565.