Are we going to see a new course record on Sunday 23rd March 2014 in Craughwell for the Craughwell AC 10mile road race?
The men's course record is currently held by Sean Connolly of Tallaght AC in a time of 49:12, while the women's course record is held by Eilish Kelly of Raheny Shamrock AC in a time of 57:44.
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The Munster Middle Distance Performance Squad enjoyed a 3 day training camp at Banna Beach over the past few days. A total of 18 athletes (Boys & Girls aged u17-u20) attended the camp along with some of their personal coaches. The group enjoyed the superb facilities at Banna Beach in Kerry and were once again greeted with perfect weather for duration of the camp.
The group arrived on Saturday evening, some having competed at the National Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone that day. There was a team meeting at 9.30pm with coach Steven Macklin detailing the plans for the camp. On Sunday morning the group headed for the beach and a long run followed by stretching and recovery in the pool. That afternoon the group undertook a core conditioning session followed by some recovery in the pool.
Monday was a busy day for the group beginning with a morning run followed by drills & strides. At 12pm a workshop was delivered by Sports Performance Psychologist Canice Kennedy. Late afternoon the group were treated to a superb workshop with coaching legend Br John Dooley. Br Dooley was as always an inspirational presence at the camp mixing with the athletes and offering words of encouragement and advice. In the evening the group had their final workshop tackling a core strength & conditioning session with expert Joe O Connor. Joe brought the athletes through a demanding session, doing individual screenings and offering advice. On Tuesday morning it was clean up time for the athletes in each house, before the group departed for the track in Castleisland. All the athletes were put through a tough track workout in preparation for the up coming All Ireland Schools XC Championships. Athletes also went through some video analysis to help them with their running form & technique.
It proved to be a hugely successful weekend with everyone learning new information/tips, getting to know each other better and getting in some great training. A special thanks to Banna Beach Hotel, Canice Kennedy, Joe O Connor, Br John Dooley, all the athletes for their superb behaviour and great focus towards the training and to the personal coaches in attendance Ray Shanahan and Noel & Geraldine Curtin. This group really worked well together over the duration of the camp and were especially buzzing after hearing former squad member Sean Tobin broke 4 mins for the mile in the US. A tough act to follow but with many National Champions and a European Gold medalist in the group, there are certainly a few future stars in the making.
The next squad training for the race walking group part of the Munster Performance Squad, takes place on Sunday 23rd February at Waterford IT Track from 10am-1pm. This is just for the race walking group only, not the other event groups. For further details please contact head coach Frank Lynch at email@example.com or 0868282689
Olympic gold medalist, Ashton Eaton, heads international field competing in Athlone on 26 February
Ashton Eaton, the Olympic decathlon champion and world record holder, is the headliner at the AIT International Arena Grand Prix on 26 February.
The 26-year-old, who was dubbed “the best athlete to ever walk the planet, hands down” at London 2012, is part of an international field – including Eaton’s wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton – that will compete in the AIT International Arena, Athlone.
One of the highlights of the evening will undoubtedly be the Senator Eamonn Coghlan Mile, which is sure to attract a top-calibre field looking to run the first four-minute mile in the Athlone venue. A prize fund of €500 is on offer for the winner of the race if he achieves the elusive sub-four minute time.
Amongst those already signed up to compete in the race are John Coghlan, John Travers, and Joe Warne.
President of AIT, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, said: “The grand prix is attracting a growing list of national and international talent. People are really excited about the opportunity to see athletes who have succeeded at the highest level, whether that be in the Olympics, the World Championships or the European Championships. We’re really confident that this will be a sell-out event,” he said.
The AIT International Arena has established a reputation as a fast track, something which Prof. Ó Catháin says is proving to be “a decisive factor in attracting the sporting elite” to the midlands venue. “In the year since we opened the International Arena, new records are continuously being set, including most recently a new world record for over-60 in the 800m set by Joe Gough, as well as Mark English’s new national senior and u-23 indoor record in the 800m. Just last Friday, 12 indoor athletics intervarsity records were broken. That bodes well for some really keen times at the Grand Prix,” the president said.
Events confirmed for the meet include the 60m, 400m, 600m, Senator Eamonn Coghlan Mile, 3000m, as well as the long jump, shot put and 60m hurdles.
Amongst the international athletes competing at the AIT Grand Prix will be: Ashton Eaton (Olympic decathlon champion and world record holder), Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlete, 2012 Olympian and 2013 World Championship silver medalist), Tabarie Henry (three-time World finalist – 400m), Shara Proctor (2013 Diamond League Champion, British indoor and outdoor record holder, 2012 World Indoor Bronze medalist – long jump), James Ellington (London 2012 Olympian, current 2xBritish 200m champion), Donald Sanford (fourth at European Championships in 2012 – 400m), Damar Forbes (2013 NCAA Champion and World finalist – long jump), Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (member of GBR 4×100m relay that won bronze at World Championships), and William Sharman (Captain of the GB athletics team and World 110m hurdles finalist).
Further information about the AIT International Arena Grand Prix can be found at www.aitsport.ie. The event starts at 7pm on Wednesday 26 February.
Tickets are priced at €10 for adults and €5 for children, and will be on sale on the door. Highlights of the event will be shown on Setanta Ireland.
One of the best races of the year is on Sunday when the annual Kilconiern Charity 5 mile road race takes place. This race has raised over EUR20,000 for local charities in the last 6 years and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Please make every effort to support this great local event. All the details are below and we would also like to wish all the best to our runners who are taking part in the Masters All Ireland Cross Country championships in Dunboyne on Sunday. Registration for the 2014 Kilconieron Charity Run is now open on Run Ireland. The 5 mile run is on Sunday 23rd February at 12pm and all proceeds this year will go to ACT For Meningitis. To enter go to www.runireland.com/active/all-events and scroll to February 23rd where you can enter now for EUR15! There is also a special discounted rate this year for walkers of just EUR10. Entries will also be taken on the day at Kilconieron GAA grounds. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kilconieron.charityrun and look out for our new website which is coming soon (www.kilconieroncharityrun.com ). See you on Sunday 23rd February and thank you for your support! For more info contact Niall Callanan – 087 6773983.
Below is the list of qualifiers from the Ulster Schools Cross Country Championships for the Aviva All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships on the 8th of March.
Gary O’Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers was in sparkling form on Saturday as he sped to victory in the National 50 kilometres championship held over a ten lap course in Donadea Forest Park.
O’Hanlon looked impressive as he came home in a national record time of 2:59.19 - well clear of second place finisher- Raivis Zakis of West Waterford AC who finished second in 3:13.44. Peter Mooney (100 Marathon Club) finished third in 3:16.11 and Steven McKeague was fourth in 3:16.41. Justin Maxwell (East Coast) finished fifth in 3:17.24 and Mike Cunningham (Bilboa AC) was sixth in 3:28.45.
There was an impressive perfoemance too by Orna Dilworth of Sportsworld Running Club who won the women’s title in 3:43.06. Olwyn Dunne (Crusaders AC) finished second in 4:13.23 and Donna McLoughlin was third in 4:21.35. Deirdre Finn (100 Marathon Club) was fourth in 4:27.49 and Kate Kelly finished fifth in 4:28.40.
For 2014 Athletics Ireland would like to announce that Terrie Cahill has been appointed as the Women’s 4×100m Relay Coach. The relay programme will be supported as a High Performance initiative leading up to the 2014 European Championships.
In due course Athletics Ireland will release further details around this project and as well other relay initiatives for 2014.
The provisional program for the Connacht Indoors on the first weekend of March is as follows-
The U12-15 events are all on Saturday 1st while U16 and older are on Sunday 2nd March.
Age group coordinators will be seeking entries early this week. Note there are no Connachts for age groups younger than U12.
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Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) put in a stellar performance today at the Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships at the AIT International Arena, Athlone to win the Women’s 60m Final in a personal best of 7.32. This time was also the qualification standard for the World Indoor Track and Field Championships which take place in Sopot, Poland in March. Phil Healy (Bandon AC) was second with 7.37, with Niamh Whelan third in 7.65. Speaking after the race Foster said: “The aim was to come out here and win and I achieved that. I knew to win I needed to run fast as Phil Healy has been in flying form. I didn’t have the best of starts but my pick up and finish were good and overall I’m really happy with the race. It was great to get the pb and the qualification time for the world indoors – it’s a pretty perfect day”
Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) added the 200m title to add to her Long Jump title from yesterday setting a new personal best and stadium record of 23.56. It also brings her total tally of indoor titles to 16 making her the most prolific winner of indoor national titles. Proper said: “I’d a great weekend, I couldn’t have asked for anymore, I’d two personal bests in the 200m and I’d a few great jumps (6.35m)”
Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC) was another stand out performance recording a New National Indoor Junior record of 21.19 to take the Senior Men’s 200m. Zac Irwin (Sligo AC) was second in 21.71 with David Quilligan (Leevale AC) third in 21.94. Lawler said: “I’m over the moon, recording a new national junior record, stadium record and the qualification standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships.
Earlier in the day Lawler finished second in the 60m in 6.95 with Jamie Davis (Raheny AC) recording the same time for third. The race was won by David Hynes (Menepians AC) in 6.85. Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC, who recorded a personal best of 6.84 to win his semi-final earlier in the day withdrew from the final due to a slight niggle.
The Men’s 400m proved to be a thrilling race with Timmy Crowe (Dooneen A.C) and Richard Morrissey ( Crusaders AC) leading the charge to the break and Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) sitting in behind. Barr made a move down the back straight to take the lead and he powered to finish winning in 47.05, Crowe was second in 47.51 and Morrissey third in 47.56.
Sinéad Denny (DSD AC) was the clear winner in the women’s 400m in a personal best of 54.30. There was a real battle between reigning champion Shauna Cannon (Brothers Pearse A.C.) and Ciara McCallion (Clonliffe Harriers A.C.) down the home straight with Cannon taking silver in 55.56 from McCallion in bronze in 55.67.
With Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC) having to withdraw due to illness the expected battle between herself and Ciara Everard (UCD AC) in the Women’s 800m did not transpire. Everard regained her title winning in 2:06.23.
With the newly crowned Irish 800m Indoor Senior Record holder Mark English (UCD AC) withdrawing from the championships during the week due to illness it left the battle for the National title wide open with Niall Touhy (Ferrybank AC) taking the honours in 1:52.24.
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) dominated the Men’s 1500m taking the race out with 800m to go, he crossed the line in 3.49.50 with Letterkenny’s Danny Mooney second in 3.52.14 and Darragh Greene (Dunleer AC) third in 3:54.85. Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC) took the women’s title in 4:30.59 from club-mate Siofra Cléirigh Büttner in 3:32.84.
In the Men 3000m it was defending champion John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) who set the early pace but Alex Bruce Littlewood (Leevale AC) reeled him back in to win in 8:02.13. Bruce Littlewood a former scholarship student of McNeese State hails from the UK and has recently settled in Cork with his wife. Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers) went onto claim silver in 8:10.57 with Travers paying for his early pace having to settle for third in 8:14.73.
In the 60m Hurdles Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) put in another solid performance running 8.33 to take the title from Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH AC) who powered to second in a personal best of 8.48. The Men’s 60m Hurdles title went to Ian McDonald (Crsuaders AC) in 8.22 from Paul Byrne (St.Abbans) in 8.29 and Tom Reynolds (North Down AC) in 8.32.
In the women’s pole vault Zoe Brown cleared a personal best of 4.31m and set an all comers’ record. The Men’s Shot Put was won by Sean Breathnach in 16.15m. Kourosh Foroughi (Star of the Sea AC) recorded one of his best jumps in recent times when taking the national High Jump title in 2.15m. Caoimhe King (Aughagower A.C.) was close to her best when taking the Triple Jump title in 12.84.
Just weeks after starting an athletics scholarship at the University of Mississippi Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) became the first athlete in the school history to run a sub four minute mile. Competing at the Husky Classic in Seattle Washington Tobin won section 4 of the mile in a time of 3:59.91 to become the 39th Irishman to break four minutes for the classic distance.
“I’m proud of Sean,” head coach Brian O’Neal said. “To break four minutes and set a lifetime personal best in his first mile with us, I’m excited for what the future holds for him and our whole team. Our men’s team is rounding into form at the right time.”
His achievement comes just a week after helping his school break another school record when he ran 1:50 for the 800m leg of the DMR for a time of 9:40.17 at the Armory in New York.
At the Iowa State Classic Liam Markham (Ennis Track), another runner who is closing on the sub4 club, won his section of the mile in a time of 4:04.04 in a fiercely competitive race.
World champion Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) was in action at the Millrose Games in New York where he finished second in the 1 mile walk in a time of 5:39.75.
NYRR Millrose Games New York, N.Y.
Susan Rudin Men’s USATF13 Championship Mile Walk (Elite)
1 Gustafsson, Andreas GK Steget Sweden 5:34.45
2 Heffernan, Robert Togher AC Cork Ireland 5:39.75
3 Hallman, Jonathan Shore Athletic Club 6:07.32
Husky Classic - Seattle WA
1 Tobin, Sean Mississippi 3:59.91
2 Poland, Ryan Portland 4:01.28
3 Greenwald, Jeremy Georgia Tech 4:01.90
4 Clowes, Matthew Concordia (Ore.) 4:03.78
Women Weight Throw
1 Amaechi, Chioma California 21.75m
2 McKee, Meagan Fresno State 19.77m
3 Daniels, Shreese Wyoming 19.21m
4 Weir, Jillian Oregon 19.12m
5 Byrd, Caitlin Fresno State 17.97m
6 Tauvela, Vania Eastern Washington 17.87m
7 Hickey, Aoife Utah 17.69m
17.69m 17.39m 17.42m FOUL 17.28m 16.96m
Iowa State Classic - Ames, Iowa
Men 1 mile
1 Liam Markham SO Illinois 4:04.04
2 Nathan Weitz SO Northern Arizona 4:04.33
3 Niklas Buhner SR Auburn 4:04.35
4 Joel Hubbard FR Syracuse 4:05.27
Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) took the Women’s Long Jump title with a leap of 6.35m at the Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships at the AIT International Arena, Athlone today. Not only was this a new stadium record but it also brings her total tally of indoor titles to 15 - equalling that of World 50k Walks Champion Robert Heffernan, as the most prolific winner of indoor national titles. Proper said: “I’m absolutely delighted with it (15th title). In the last few weeks I’m so close to getting back to near my personal best in the long jump (6.62), training is going great and I’m so happy with how my season has gone so far and hopefully I go even better in the next week or so.” The Waterford woman went on to set a stadium record and personal best in the 200m heats of 23.75.
With Robert Heffernan competing in the Millrose Games in New York this weekend it was left to Alex Wright (Calry AC) a member of his training academy in Cork to take the Men’s 5k Walk title in a time of 19.25.38, which is third fastest in the All-time List. Wright who hails from London has recently declared for Ireland spoke after the race: “I’m very happy with the title today, it’s been a tough week of training and it’s a PB for me too”.
There was a battle between Wright’s training partners Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) and Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) with Hickey sitting in behind Boyce throughout before he pulled away crossing the line in 19:56.78 and Boyce finished third in 20:03.91, both personal best times. The Women’s 3k was won by Lauren Whelan (Leevale AC) in 14.22.96 which is her third personal best in the last two months.
The women’s 3000m title went to Deirdre Doyle (SLOT AC) in 9:53.64 while Maria O’Sullivan (Raheny AC) who had led right up to the closing lap was second in 9:53.97. Sinéad O’Connor of Leevale AC was third in 10:02.79.
The women’s shot put was won by Claire Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers AC) with 14.95m a new stadium record, improving on her all-time best of 14.75m. Ian Rogers of Clonliffe Harriers AC won the Men’s Senior Pole Vault in 4.60m, while his team mate David Donegan who was targeting his 10th National title was second with 4.50m. There was joint third placing for Thomas Houlihan (West Waterford AC) and Stuart Greene (Raheny AC) with 4.40m. The women’s high jump title went to Grainne Moggan (DSD AC) with a jump of 1.68m. The Triple Jump Men’s was won by Antony Daffurn (St. Ronans A.C.) in 14.99m.
In the Men’s 1500m it was first four in each heat with four fastest to qualify for the final; David McCarthy (West Waterford A.C.) won heat one in 4:04.84 with Darragh Greene (Dunleer A.C.) taking the second heat in 3:58.90.
With Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC) having to withdraw due to illness the expected battle between herself and Ciara Everard (UCD AC) in the Women’s 800m will not now transpire. Everard took the first heat in a conservative 2:20.73 clearly saving energies for tomorrow’s final while Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore AC) took the second heat in 2:16.30.
With the newly crowned Irish 800m Indoor Senior Record holder Mark English (UCD AC) withdrawing from the championships during the week due to illness it has left the battle for the National title wide open. In the heats it was the first two plus two fastest qualifiers for a place in the final. The fastest winner of the three heats was Harry Purcell (Trim AC) who is coached by Eamon Coughlan in 1:54.77.
In the Men’s 60m heats the most impressive of the morning’s action was David Hynes (Menapians AC) with 6.86 seconds. The winners of the other heats were as follows; Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) 6.92, Marcus Lawler (SLOT) 6.95, Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC) 7.02, Jamie Davis (Raheny AC) 7.03, Laurence O’Reilly (Tullamore AC) 7.05. Semi-Finals and Finals take place tomorrow.
From the Men’s 200m heats it was the six fastest times from the seven heats who qualified into tomorrow’s final so all competitors were not holding back with four of the qualifiers running sub 22 seconds. Marcus Lawler looked impressive crossing the line in 21.39, while Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) set a new personal best of 21.70, David Qulligan (Leevale AC) was the third qualifier with 21.90. The remaining qualifiers were; Eanna Madden (Carrick on Shannon) 21.95, Mark Kavanagh (DSD AC) 22.00 and Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC) 22.08.
Action kicks off tomorrow at 1pm with live TV coverage from RTE from 3pm.
Well done to everyone who took part in the Coldwood 4 mile on 26th January, the name lived up to conditions on the day
Jason Broderick (Craughwell) came first in 22.01, while Fintan Hyland (GCH) came second in 22.16 and to Jerome Debize (GCH) coming in 3rd place in 24.26.
Helen Corbett (GCH), back on form came first in the ladies and 11th overall in 26.22.
Full results attached
Craughwell AC has run out of space for its juvenile membership!!! Read on for how we are going to fix it!
This year Kilconieron Charity Run is taking place on Sunday 23rd February at 12noon. Our very own Niall Callanan is one of the main organisers. This year sees them introduce a walkers entry for a fee of just €10 for people who would like to walk the entire course. The entry fee for runners is €15. Each year
This year they have introduced a reduced entry fee of just €10 for people who want to walk the entire course. The entry fee for runners is €15.
Each year Kilconieron Charity Run donate all proceeds from the event to a charity and in 2014 the nominated charity is ACT For Meningitis.
We'd love to see the Craughwell AC singlets out in force supporting this great event. For more details see their newly designed website at http://www.kilconieroncharityrun.com or you can enter at https://www.activeglobal.com/running/galway-ireland/kilconieron-charity-run-2014
Athletics Ireland has published the names of the selected athletes for the 2014 Carding Scheme which it will operate in partnership with the Irish Sports Council. Athletics Ireland was named by the ISC as one of three National Governing Bodies deemed to be in a position to transition to managing its carding process. Instrumental to this transition and to securing the 2014 athlete funding levels was the development of the Athletics Ireland High Performance Plan by High Performance Director Kevin Ankrom. Athletics Ireland was also deemed by the ISC to have met all the required governance standards.
The Carding Scheme for athletes for 2014 identifies athletes who will receive support in the calendar year based on their performances at major championships and their ability to deliver medal opportunities in the future. In 2013 the implementation of the High Performance Plan of which the carding scheme was instrumental, delivered 12 Medals at Major championships and 17 top 6 placings.
The carded athletes selected by the Athletics Ireland Selection Panel of Kevin Ankrom, Chris Jones and Jacqui Freyne; will receive varying amounts of cash support in addition to many other support services. High Performance Director Kevin Ankrom said “The selection panel is confident that we have delivered fair and equitable carding selections with robust criteria which will support targeted athletes in order to deliver more medals on the world stage over the next three years”.
Ankrom points out that the Carding Scheme includes five levels of cash grant aid plus various degrees of services including; sports science and medical assistance, support to travel to key international competitions and major championships, major injury treatment and rehabilitation and support for personal coaches. “The grants now amount to considerably more than the initial cash amount of €40,000, €20,000 or €12,000 with the additional opportunity of performance related assessments during the year, for example an athlete on €40,000 can receive close to €65,000 in total support”, said Ankrom.
The following athletes have been selected by the Athletics Ireland Carding Selection Committee for the initial cash grants indicated below:
Robert Heffernan Podium (40k)
Fionnuala Britton World Class (20k)
Ciaran O’Lionaird International (12K)
Derval O’Rourke International (12K)
Jessie Barr International (12K)
Brian Gregan International (12K)
Laura Reynolds International (12K)
Brendan Boyce International (12K)
Mark English International (12K)
Paul Robinson International (12K)
Rose-Anne Galligan International (12K)
For 2014 in addition to the individual cash grant allocation of €168,000 for Podium, World Class and International athletes there is a substantial investment into the High Performance Programme. €258,000 will be provided for support services for athletes covering medical, physiotherapist and soft tissue services in addition to the services of physiologists and nutritionists. €213,000 is allocated for travel and accommodation for major International competition from youth through to senior athletes. Over €60,000 will be provided to enable athletes to attend warm weather camps and to travel to key competitions which are seen as integral in preparation for major championships. In addition to the athletes named above, over €180,000 will be invested in 76 Development and Emerging Talent athletes. The Irish Sports Council contribution to Athletics Ireland High Performance Programme is supplemented by funds raised by the commercial activities of Athletics Ireland.
Ankrom commented: “We have identified a targeted group of athletes who we believe will deliver future success and more medals on the world stage. It’s encouraging to see that we have the largest number of athletes ever hitting the emerging talent standards. So we are seeing both the quality and quantity bar of the next generation moving in the right direction.”
In the 2014 carding system, the Selection Panel also used their discretion to retain carding status even if an athlete did not meet the criteria due to injury as they believe that realistic medal or placing potential still existed. Ankrom added “We have in the past and will continue to be in the future very supportive of athletes who are injured. In 2013 we worked with leading carded athletes to ensure they gained access to world leading consultants and paid in full for their surgery and travel”
John Foley, CEO of Athletics Ireland said: “We have been fortunate in challenging times to have continued to receive significant investment for our High Performance Programme from the Irish Sports Council and we’re happy that our organisation and our systems reflect the responsibility associated with receiving this grant support. We are also very thankful for the quality of support service provided by Institute of Sport as we all support our athletes in fulfilling their ambitions”
The next Athletics Ireland Level 2 Coach Education Course will be held in the Autumn, with on-line entry open during the summer months for coaches to apply.
This course takes place over three full weekends so the next window of opportunity is the Autumn.
Please keep an eye on the Athletics Ireland website for further details and on-line application (which will begin in the summer).
It was sunshine all the way at the Aviva Munster schools cross country championships at Cork IT today. Everyone breathed a big sigh of relief at missing yesterday’s terrible storm and the prospect of another one tomorrow. At a time when sports fixtures are being postponed all over the country a big ‘Thank You’ goes to CIT for allowing the fixture to go ahead.
Kyle Larkin (Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick) was up at the dawn this morning to facilitate a Pre-Leaving Cert exam before travelling to Cork. His race plan was to ‘sit back’ for the first half of the race, but was feeling so good that he decided to let it flow and controlled the senior boys race from the gun to win be a considerable margin. A bad calf strain kept him side-lined for a couple of months causing him to miss the national junior cross country championships before Christmas. He travels to the US at the weekend to look at college facilities with a view to taking up an athletics scholarship.
St. Joseph’s Nenagh runners Darren Dunne and Karl Fitzmaurice chased him home for the minor places, with Risteard Clifford (St. Brendan’s Killarney) fourth. After winning his first ever schools race at the South Munster championships Clifford headed to the nearby Marymount Hospice where his father Richard was seriously ill. Sadly, his father, just 48 years of age, lost his battle for life and was buried on Tuesday. We extend our sympathy to Risteard and his family on their sad loss. Risteard’s presence today helped his school win the senior team title.
There was a terrific battle upfront in the senior girl’s race before Niamh Cotter (Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai) took over close to home and was clearly delighted to win, saying that she felt very good throughout the race.
Ursuline Thurles runners Eileen Rafter and Ciara Cummins were second and third leading their school to the team title.
Kevin Mulcaire (St. Flannan’s Ennis) spent the first half of the intermediate boys race running alongside one of his colleagues before heading after leader Ferghal Curtin (Midleton CBS) who was making the best of his way home. Mulcaire took over the lead on the last lap and won in good style. Curtin was second ahead of Barry Keane (St. Declan’s Kilmacthomas), while St. Flannan’s won the team title.
Fiona Everard (MICC Dunmanway) took the lead early on in the intermediate girl’s race and looked to have the race at her mercy, before an inspired sprint by Caoimhe Harvey (St. Joseph’s Kilkee) brought her into the lead just before the finish for the win. Everard was second and Aisling Kelly (St. Joseph’s Spanish Point) third. St. Augustine’s Dungarvan won the team contest.
Laura Nicholson (Bandon Grammar School) won the junior girl’s race from Emer Hanrahan (St. Flannan’s Ennis) and Creena Crowley (Sacred Heart Clonakilty) with Bandon GS winning the team title.
Victory in the boy’s junior race went to Aidan McCarthy (CBS Ennistymon) from Patrick O’Rourke (Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna) and Cathal O’Donnabhain (Colaiste Chriost Ri) who won the team contest.
Alex O’Neill (Colaiste Mhuire Ennis) capped a good day for Clare teams when she won the minor girl’s race from Tamzin Muldowney (St. Mary’s Midleton) and Jennifer Cotter (Coachford College). Colaiste Mhuire won the team contest.
Darragh McElhinney (Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai) won the minor boy’s race from Cian McDonough (St. Flannan’s Ennis) and Sean Horan St. Patrick’s Castleisland) , with Thurles CBS winning the team.
Congratulations to Evan McGuire who just received one of the Athletics Ireland All Stars for his successes in 2013 in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Saturday the 8th of February.
Seen above, Evan was presented with his award by Olive Loughnane, Professor Ciaran O Cathain & Jim Ryan, Athletics Ireland.
Evan had a very successful 2013. Winning both the indoor and outdoor 400 and he followed this up with a win and Champion Best Performance in the 400 Hurdles.