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Craughwell Marathon/Half Marathon - 26th April 2014

Craughwell AC - 25 March, 2014 - 22:57

Craughwell Marathon/Half Marathon Details

This is a low key, self-sufficient Marathon/Half aimed at experienced marathon runners run in adherence to Marathon Club Ireland rules.


Date Saturday 26th April 2014.
Start time: 9:30am.
To enter you MUST mail this contact: craughwellathletics@gmail.com
Registration opens 12th April 2014 mails received beforehand will not be entered.
Number Pickup: Craughwell Community Hall from 8:30am to 9:15am.
Entry €20 - surplus after costs will go to Craughwell Ac.
AAI Permits pending.
Limited Entry.
Post race refreshments in the Hall.
Changing Facilities available in the Hall.
Course for the full is 8 loops 26.2Miles, Jones counter measured.
Course for the half is 4 loops 13.1Miles, Jones counter measured.
You are responsible for your own timing the race is not chipped.
There is ample parking at the Community Centre.

Craughwell 10 mile 2014 - Results.

Craughwell AC - 25 March, 2014 - 22:49

After the horrendous weather we had during the week, our prayers were answered Sunday morning when we were blessed with a perfect spring day in Craughwell for the 5th Annual Craughwell 10mile road race.
Up on 600 athletes took to the starting line of the Craughwell 10 mile road race at 1pm on Sunday 23rd March with representation from over 45 different clubs from all over the country.
Conditions were good as the athletes took to the course which kicked off at 1pm and they headed out the course towards the Rashane Turlough and through the country roads of Craughwell and neighbouring Clarnebridge.

Connacht Development Squad, Claremorris, April 5th

Athletics Ireland - 25 March, 2014 - 16:55

A Connacht Development Squad day will take place in Claremorris AC on Saturday April 5th 2014 from 12.30pm - 3pm.

Connacht Development Squad (in conjunction with Mayo County Squad)
Date: Saturday April 5th
Venue: Claremorris AC
Time: 12.30pm to 3pm
Who: Top 6 (or equivalent standard) in any Connacht event in 2013/2014, and aged u14 to u19 in 2014
To attend: Confirm name, contact mobile & event to Paul McNamara (paul@athleticsireland.ie) by 2nd April
Cost: €5
Consider bringing a packed lunch.
Be prepared for inclement weather.

This is an excellent opportunity for athletes to avail of collective training with peers under the guidance of an experienced coach, to complement the coaching you receive in your club. Please note that this session will take place in conjunction with a Mayo County Squad Day.

All Connacht athletes aged u14 to u19 in 2014 that finished in the top 6 at a Connacht Schools or Connacht Clubs championships in Indoor T&F, Outdoor T&F, Cross-country or Combined Events in 2013/2014, or are at an equivalent standard, are invited to attend (NB - Mayo squad is open to all Mayo athletes aged u12 and up).

Please note, those planning to attend MUST email AAI RDO Paul McNamara (paul@athleticsireland.ie ) to confirm their attendance by Wednesday April 2nd at the latest. When doing so please provide a parents contact number. Athletes MUST also state their chosen event so we can ensure we have sufficient coaching cover for each event. If insufficient numbers confirm attendance in any given event, then that event will not be catered for, and those who have confirmed attendance will be notified of this.

Athletes are asked to contribute €5 to offset the cost of the event. This will be collected on the day. Meet at 12.30pm in the indoor centre.

Tuam AC Notes 24 Mar 2014

Tuam AC - 24 March, 2014 - 23:43

The two big events at the weekend were the All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone and The Craughwell 10 Mile road race and Tuam AC was very well represented in both, Kemi Ogungbola made her debut at All Ireland level after her superb Silver medal in the Connacht Indoors. Kemi was competing in the girls U14 Shot and she started the competition with a mighty throw which was surely a personal best but she put so much effort into it that the momentum caused her to touch the top of the throwing board and it was heartbreaking to see the red flag being raised. Her 2nd and 3rd effort were very good and she finished in 12th position in a very high standard competition and she is now looking forward to the outdoor season. Rory Monaghan was competing in the Boys U18 Shot and set another PB but had to settle for 8th place as the standard in his competition was superb. The winning throw was almost 16m and it is great to see so many talented young throwers emerging from Ireland. Meanwhile in Craughwell the 10 mile race was getting underway at the same time and Tuam was represented by Gearoid Healy who is in great form at the moment and he was followed by Stephen Brady who had another fine run. Martin Hynes ran another fine race and Hilary Moloney was in fantastic form and flew around the 10 mile course, she even enjoyed the hills and is looking forward to the upcoming 5k series which starts in Athenry on 29th April. The highlight of our visit to Craughwell was Sean O’Morains race where he knocked an unbelievable 10 minutes off last years time and he had a good race in 2013. Sean trained hard coming up to this race and it certainly paid off. He is also the main man behind our new Fit4Life beginners running group which starts on Tues 1st April at 7pm. Further details on the Tuam AC facebook page or by e-mail at sean@tuamac.com

Craughwell 2014 - a personal race report with pictures

Galway City Harriers - 24 March, 2014 - 21:39

I've been running pretty well for a good few months. I'm racing almost as fast now as I was 11 years ago when I got all my personal bests in distances from 5k through the half marathon. Back then I was running six days a week and was more fit than healthy; I was on the physio table with shocking regularity and frequently trying to shake recurrent colds.

After a few years busy with other things I returned to some swimming, gentle running, and occasional biking. My training now is typically two or three runs a week, a weekend bike ride and a swim that's more social than strenuous. Recently I've added some weights work which has been helpful.

This would be my third time doing the Craughwell 10, and I was up for a good run. In the inaugural race in 2010 I was happy with a 68:39 finish. Last year I improved that to 66:00 by running alongside Pat O'Dwyer who used all his racing experience to run a smart race in a strong breeze that was difficult for many. This year I was looking for a 65min finish.

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Irish Schools Team Lead the Way in Bolton

Athletics Ireland - 24 March, 2014 - 16:36

There were thrilling individual victories achieved by two young Irish athletes; Caoimhe Harrington (Colaiste Pobail, Bheanntrai , Bantry) and Paddy Maher (Dunshaughlin Community College) at the SIAB International Schools Cross Country event in Bolton and there was silver and bronze medal success too by Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannan’s Ennis) and James Maguire (St Benildus, Dublin) in their respective Intermediate and Junior Boys events.

Caoimhe Harrington delivered a top drawer performance to win the Junior Girls race in a close finish with England’s Josie Czura who she just edged out approaching the finish line. Harrington also led the Irish Junior Women team to a third place finish behind England and Scotland.

This early victory by Caoimhe Harrington helped to inspire Paddy Maher to achieve victory in the Junior Boys event. Maher, who was running in his first international, raced into an early lead and was closely followed by his Irish schools team-mate James Maguire. However, it was Maher who had the faster turn of pace and he soon surged clear of England’s Matthew Willis and James Maguire and went on to finish strongly. The Irish Junior Boys team, led by Maher and Maguire, won the silver medals behind England. It was a day of special celebration for the Maher family as Paddy’s father, Tommy Maher is a former Irish Senior international cross-country runner who also finished third in the Dublin Marathon on two occasions.

The intermediate Girls race was a very convincing display by the English team with the first 8 individuals home all part of the English team. Ireland managed to hold off Wales to take Bronze in the Team results.

The final race of the day was the Intermediate Boys event and here Kevin Mulcaire from St Flannan’s College in Ennis delivered another top-class performance to take the silver medal behind the winner, Ben Dijkstra of England. Mulcaire led the Irish team to silver medal success behind England and ahead of Scotland.

Craughwell 10 mile Results 2014

Galway City Harriers - 24 March, 2014 - 16:25

The sun shone down on nearly 600 participants who took part in the 2014 Craughwell 10 mile. After a week of rain and wind (or months even) spirits were high amongst the race goers as they finally got a break from battling the elements.

Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrocks) took first place in the Men’s Race in 50:14, 2 minutes ahead of a deserving second place by Emmett Dunleavy (Sligo AC) in 52:21. And well done to our own Matt Bidwell coming home in third place in 54:02.

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Connacht Indoor Results

Galway City Harriers - 24 March, 2014 - 11:05

Well done to all the GCH Participants who took part in the Connacht Indoors

Please find the results attached

Hammer PB for McGuigan

Athletics Ireland - 23 March, 2014 - 22:04

Hammer throwers stole the limelight over the weekend with Aoife Hickey (Kilkenny City Harriers) and Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) both getting their outdoor seasons off to an excellent start.
Hickey had a best throw of 59.08m for second place at the Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles, not too far behind her best of 61.54m.
McGuigan, who started an athletics scholarship in Mississippi in January, added almost three metres to his best when he won his event in the Ole Miss Open in Mississippi. His winning throw of 66.38m improved on his previous best of 63.60m from last year.

Elsewhere, Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) broke 14 minutes for the first time when he clocked 13:58.03 when finishing sixth in the5,000m at the IAAF World Challenge in Melbourne, knocking almost eight seconds off his PB.

Trojan Invitational Los Angeles, Calif.
Women Hammer
1 Chambers, Lauren Usc 60.35m
2 Hickey, Aoife Utah 59.08m
59.06m 59.08m 58.36m FOUL 57.26m FOUL
3 Shepard, Martha Byu 57.67m

Ole Miss Open Oxford, Miss.
Men’s Hammer
1 McGuigan, Dempsey FR Unattached 66.38m Ole
65.44 65.20 66.15 65.21 65.80 66.38
2 Loe, Nathan FR Ole Miss 61.59m Ole
3 Vellella, Joseph JR Missouri S&T 60.00m

Spring Break Classic Carolina, Puerto Rico
Women 400 Meter Dash
1 Grace Claxton Sagrado 54.37
2 Claire Mooney St Johns University 55.32
3 Parilis Garcia St Johns University 56.12

Women 200 Meter Dash
1 Genoiska Cancel Federación 23.94 24.02 -0.7
2 Karene King British Virgin 23.24 24.06 -0.7
3 Alejandra Idrobo Univ. del Turabo 23.78 24.23 -0.7
4 Margarita Manzueta Interamericana 23.99 24.45 -0.7
5 Ashley Kelly British Virgin 23.45 24.81 -0.7
6 Shenika King St Johns University 24.60 25.46 -0.7
7 Claire Mooney St Johns University 24.90 25.53 -0.7

Bulls Invitational - Tampa, Fl
Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase
1 Kearney, Niamh Georgia Stat 10:50.73
2 Showalter, Katharine Georgia Stat 11:15.07
3 Evans, Bethany South Florid 11:37.96

Alabama Relays - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Men 1500m
1 Brandon Lasater JR - Georgia Tech 3:44.50
2 Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson SR - Belmont 3:44.98
3 Matt Airola JR - Alabama 3:45.86
7 Andrew Monaghan SO - Miss State 3:51.97

Men 800m
1 Shawn Roberts SR - Georgia Tech 1:48.45
2 Zack Fanelty JR - Georgia Tech 1:50.63
3 Erick Kigen JR - Belmont 1:50.70
4 Quamel Prince SO - Tennessee St. 1:50.78
5 Alex Holden FR - SE Louisiana 1:51.18
6 Patrick Monaghan SO - Miss State 1:51.53

Coastal Carolina / Shamrock Invitational - Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Hammer Flight 3
1. Fryman, Andy Unattached 71.55m
2. Litzell, Love FR-1 Manhattan 61.18m
3. Bozarth, Aaron Unattached 58.48m
9. Barry, Killian JR-3 Manhattan 55.14m
54.57m 55.14m FOUL FOUL 54.28m FOUL

Viking Relays - Des Moines, IA
Men 1500 Meter Run
1 Dylan Eigenberger SO Iowa Central 4:16.82
2 Dean Cronin SO Iowa Central 4:18.41
3 Isaac Lalang SO Iowa Central 4:20.10

Tulsa Duels 2014 - Tulsa, OK
Men 800 Meter Run
1 Silva, Elijah Tulsa 1:51.85
2 Harris, Bennett Oral Roberts 1:53.99
3 Payton, Tyler Oklahoma State 1:54.13
10 Casey, Tommy Oklahoma State 2:00.35

FSU Relays - Tallahassee, Fl
1,500m Section 4
1 Schmick, Brennen FR Webber 4:06.04
2 Dunne, Carl SO Saint Leo 4:07.21
3 Jackson, Daniel FR Albany State 4:12.85

Baldy Castillo Invitational - Tempe, AZ
Men 1500 Meter Run
1 Hillenbrand, Matt Kentucky 3:43.90
2 Neal, Keffri Kentucky 3:45.22
3 Corona, Patrick Air Force 3:46.04
4 Burcham, Jacob Oklahoma 3:46.21
- Zarda, Zach Unattached X3:47.00
5 Doughty, Brandon Oklahoma 3:47.97
6 Simbassa, Abbabiya Oklahoma 3:48.06
7 Nicolls, Bobby Minnesota 3:49.39
- Rooney, David Northern Ari X3:49.66
- Gorman, Daniel Halifast Athletics X3:49.72
8 Eke, Allen Oklahoma 3:50.77
9 Herson, Ryan Arizona State 3:50.89

IAAF Melbourne - World Challenge - Melbourne AUS
Men 5000 metres Open
1 Isiah Koech KEN 13:29.05
2 Ben St Lawrence AUS 13:46.17
3 Malcolm Hicks 87 NZL 13:47.21
4 Brenton Rowe 87 AUT 13:51.46
5 Liam Adams 86 AUS 13:56.50
6 Mark Hanrahan IRL 13:58.03
7 Mitchel Brown 88 AUS 13:59.10
8 Chris Hamer AUS 14:01.95

Women 1500 metres Open
1 Mercy Cherono KEN 4:08.57 CB
2 Zoe Buckman AUS 4:09.59 CB
3 Bridey Delaney 89 AUS 4:10.35 CB
4 Melissa Duncan AUS 4:13.73
5 Jenny Blundell 94 AUS 4:13.89
6 Nikki Hamblin 88 NZL 4:14.19
7 Kaila McKnight 86 AUS 4:14.63
8 Heidi Gregson 89 AUS 4:14.75
9 Laura Crowe IRE 4:18.87

Butler Bulldog Opener - Indianapolis, IN
Women 3000 Meter Run
1 Eason, Ann Eastern Kent 9:44.73
2 Fischer, Abby Xavier (Ohio 9:58.83
3 Mathisen, Julie Eastern Kent 10:01.22
4 Weatherford, Colleen Butler 10:03.12
5 Manz, Karina Morehead Sta 10:04.54
6 Svec, Ashley Eastern Kent 10:07.52
7 Burnett, Shelbi Butler 10:12.72
8 Britton, Una Eastern Kent 10:13.28

Records a Plenty on day 2 of Juvenile Champs

Athletics Ireland - 23 March, 2014 - 19:00

Day two of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships took place in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Sunday, 23rd of March. Once again Ireland’s best up and coming young athletes produced an array of top class performances.

Day 2 Results

There were four new championship best performances (CBP) in the 60m hurdles events. Jason Foley (Lios Tuathail AC) ran a time of 8.19 to shave .01 off the old record held by Fearghus Hannon (Tullamore Harriers) since 2008. Daniel Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo AC) was on the double in Athlone when he set two new CBP’s in the U16 60m hurdles (8.14) and long jump (6.58m). Niamh Foley (St Mary’s Limerick) and Miriam Daly (Carrick-on-Suir AC) set new CBP’s of 9.58 and 9.20 in their respective U13 and U14 60m hurdles events.

John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) dominated the U19 Boy’s shot putt competition with a massive throw of 17.80m. The throw eradicated the old mark by over 2m held by
Sean Breathnach (15.18m) which has stood since 1997. Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) had a very busy weekend of competition bagging herself three national indoor titles. Following on from her long jump gold yesterday she won the 60m hurdles (8.55) and set a new CBP in the high jump with a clearance of 1.73m.

Donogh Mahon (Gowran AC) excelled in the boy’s U19 high jump setting a new championship best with a height of 2.10m. The clearance added 6cm to old mark (2.04m) which was held by Barry Pender (St Abbans AC).

Darren Prout (Carrick-on-Suir AC) jumped 13.96m to win the boy’s U18 triple jump title. The distance added 2cm to old record held by Niall Counihan (Dooneen AC)-13.94m. Sophie Meredith (St Marys Limerick) did likewise in the U14 girl’s long jump setting a new championship best performance with a winning distance of 5.39m.

Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) was back on track today after his 60m heroics yesterday to claim the double winning the U19 200m in a time of 21.64. Vicky Harris (Mullingar Harriers AC) won the girl’s U19 title in a time of 24.67.

There was another very impressive double in the boy’s U18 age category by Dunleer AC athlete Garry Campbell; where he dominated the 800m (1.55.38) and 1500m (4.07.18) events. Kevin McGrath did like-wise at U16 level winning the 800m in a time of 2.00.21 and the 1500m in a time of 4.16.30.

European Youth Olympic Gold Medallist Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) was back in action today in the girl’s U18 800m after her victory in the 400m on day one of the championships. Shanahan stormed to victory in the 800m in a time of 2.16.54

The championships conclude next Saturday, 29th of March with the juvenile indoor relay championships of Ireland.

Finn Valley ac Spring Series

Athletics Ireland - 23 March, 2014 - 16:48

A turnout of close to 400 enjoyed excellent conditions to complete the Finn Valley ac Spring Series of road races, the winning Running Team award going to Castlefinn Runners . A feature of the Series was the emergence of so many local organised running groups namely Convoy, Raphoe, Aghyaran ,Pettigo , Finn Valley Fit4Life, Finn Valley LC , North Fermanagh and a strong presence from Letterkenny 24/7 and St Nauls today in addition to the established athletics club participants . Gerard Gallagher and Catherine Dooher were to the fore representing Finn Valley ac in the 5k with Paul Ward ,Tirconaill the 10k winner . AS we point out everyone was a winner and next up is the Rundonegal Womens 5k April 6th again 11 am


Day 2 Live Results

Athletics Ireland - 22 March, 2014 - 21:33

Live results from Day 2 of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships can be viewed here:

Live Results Link (this link be live tomorrow from 10am)

Thrilling Day of Competition at Juvenile Champs (Day 1)

Athletics Ireland - 22 March, 2014 - 18:51

Day one of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships of Ireland took place in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Saturday, March 22nd. Ireland’s best up and coming athletic talent battled it out for the national titles on what turned out to be a thrilling day of competition.


Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) powered to victory in the U19 60m in a time of 6.96 while Sarah Kate Lacey (Kilkenny City Harriers) won the girl’s 60m in a time of 7.81. The U18 60m titles went to Eoin Doherty (Tallaght AC) 7.01 and Roseanna McGuckian (City of Lisburn) was impressive in winning the girl’s title in a time of 7.71.

Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock AC-Louth) won the U16 girl’s 60m in a time of 7.67 which was a new championship best performance. The performance broke the old record of 7.72 held by European Junior 100m hurdle silver medallist Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC). There was two championship bests set in the 60m in the U13 age group with Niamh Foley (St Mary’s Limerick) winning the girl’s title in 8.10 and Mathew Buckley (Ratoath AC) winning the boy’s title in 8.04.

European Youth Gold Medallist Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) won the girl’s U18 400m in a time of 56.42. Shanahan will attempt to do the double tomorrow as she also goes in the 800m. Paul Murphy (Ferrybank AC) won the U19 boy’s 400m in a new CBP of 48.96.

Schools Cross Country Champion Andrew Corscoran (Star of the Sea AC) swapped the country for the boards as he won the U19 boy’s 1500m in a time of 3.57.04.

Young Corinne Kenny (St Laurence O’Toole AC) stormed to victory in the girl’s U13 600m in a time of 1.38.23. The time was another new championship best performance breaking the old mark held by Jemma Bromell (Emerald AC) of 1.41.28.

Sinead Burke (St Coca’s AC) was a clear winner of the U19 1,500m Walk in a time of 6.43.68

Micheala Walsh (Swinford AC) threw a stunning 15.08m to set a new championship best in the U17 girl’s shot putt competition. The winning distance broke the old mark held by Claire Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) of 13.91m which has stood since 2007.

There was a massive throw of 16.78m by James Kelly (Finn Valley AC) to win the U15 boy’s shot putt competition and in doing set a new championship best performance. Adam Sheridan (West port AC) launched the shot out to 12.80m (CBP) to win the U13 boy’s shot put title.

Sam Healy (Leevale AC) won the U19 long jump with a jump of 7.02m, Healy will be gunning for more gold on day two of the championships when he competes in the 60m hurdles and high jump. Multi-eventer Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) won the U17 girls long jump with a distance of 5.75, she too will be looking for more gold on day two of the championship.

Day two of the championships begins tomorrow at 10am with the 60m hurdles and 1,500m final events.

Upcoming Workshops in the West

Athletics Ireland - 21 March, 2014 - 14:55

The following event specific workshops will take place in the west in the coming weeks. These workshops are primarily intended to up-skill the club coach who may have recently completed an ‘Assistant Coach’ or ‘Level 1’ coaching course, although attendance on such a course is not a pre-requisite of attendance. Athletes are also welcome.

Please note that further workshops will be added in the very near future.

Javelin & Turbojav
Wednesday 2nd April
Athlone IT (TBC)
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance.
Delivered by David Courtney

Introducing Hurdles
Friday 4th April
St. Brigid’s VS Loughrea, Co. Galway
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

Javelin & Turbojav
Wednesday 9th April
Lee’s Rd., Ennis
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance.
Delivered by David Courtney

Strength and Conditioning for the Young Athlete
Friday 11th April
St. Brigid’s VS Loughrea, Co. Galway
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

Javelin & Turbojav
Wednesday 30th April
Galway RSC (TBC)
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance.
Delivered by David Courtney

Participants Race Day Information

Craughwell AC - 20 March, 2014 - 14:41

Race Day Information for the Craughwell 10 - Sunday 23rd March 2014

Race number collection: Your race number will be available for collection from 12.00pm to 1.00pm on Saturday the 22nd of March at St. Michaels Hall Craughwell
from 11.00am to 12.30pm on race day 23rd of March at our race HQ at Craughwell National School.

Please arrive early to collect your race number, timing chip and technical t-shirt from the marquee at the rear of the school.

Road Closure commences at 12:30pm therefore it is vital that you arrive at the event prior to this time.
Ample parking is available in the GAA training grounds behind Craughwell National School which is the first left after Craughwell National School.

Note: The start line is approx. 1k away from the HQ!

Please attach your race number to the front of the t-shirt you will be wearing during the race using the safety pins provided. Your race number should be visible at all times. Your race chip is incorporated into your race number.

Timetables and Entries for National Indoors

Craughwell AC - 20 March, 2014 - 14:14

Best of luck to all of our athletes taking part in the juvenile All-Irelands at the weekend in AIT.

The timetables for the weekend are at:

And the entries in each event are in the AAI article at:- http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?p=37418


Irish Team Selected for Schools International

Athletics Ireland - 20 March, 2014 - 11:02

The SIAB Schools International takes place in Bolton on Saturday, 22nd of March. Following on from the Aviva All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships on March 8th the first eight runners were selected to represent Irish Schools at the International. The Irish team will compete against school athletes representing England, Scotland and Wales in the junior (U15) and intermediate (U17) category.

Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannan’s Ennis) and Rhona Pierce (Skerries Community College) who won their respective intermediate races at the All-Ireland Championships in Cork will lead the Irish challenge in Bolton. Mulcaire has enjoyed a fantastic run of form lately including an impressive victory in the junior race (U20) at the National Inter Club Cross Country Championships on February 25th.

Pierce was equally impressive on route to victory in the intermediate girl’s race in Cork. After a great battle with defending champion Clodagh O’Reilly (Loreto College, Cavan) Pierce pulled away to win her first All-Ireland Schools title.

Caoimhe Harrington (Colaiste Pobail, Bheanntrai), Jodie McCann (Rathdown School) and Nicola Dufy (St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne) will lead the Irish charge in the junior girl’s event. All three athletes battled it out at the All-Irelands with Harrington taking the victory with McCann second and Duffy third.

Patrick Maher (Dunshaughlin Community College) will lead the junior boys’ team after coasting to victory at the All Ireland’s ahead of James Maguire (St Benildus College) and Niall Harvey (Presentation Carlow).

Irish Team

Make sure to check out our Irish Schools Facebook Page for results and pictures from the event.

12.30 pm - Junior Girls (3,500m)
12.45 pm - Junior Boys (4,500m)
1.30 pm - Intermediate Girls (4,500m)
2.00 pm - Intermediate Boys (5,500m)

Successful National Hurdles Workshop

Athletics Ireland - 19 March, 2014 - 11:29

The latest national hurdles workshop was held on Saturday March 15th in Athlone’s indoor arena. 37 people attended (20 coaches and 17 athletes) and as with the last workshop, both theoretical and practical aspects of coaching the hurdles disciplines were incorporated.

The morning session involved an evaluation of both winter training & the indoor season. It was generally agreed that the weather had been a major contributor to changes in the planned winter training programmes with ‘speed’ being the area of training that had been ‘dropped’ most often (in favour of indoor circuits/core work etc.) We also discussed the benefits and pitfalls of an indoor season and the problems arising from the fixture list for juveniles. We spoke about this next phase of training (between indoor & outdoor competition seasons); specifically how to plan a programme for those who competed over the 60m hurdles indoors, but will be competing over the long hurdles outdoors.

Finally we discussed race planning over the duration of both a season and a year. This continues to cause concern for those coaching underage athletes as there is pressure for athletes to compete in the indoors, the schools & national juveniles (outdoors) leaving very little time for training of any description between the months of January & August.

The practical session saw the athletes working on technical aspects of their hurdling with the coaches observing the athletes, giving feedback to them and discussing possible solutions to technical problems with Shane McCormack (sprint hurdles) and Hayley Harrison (long hurdles).

The date of the next hurdles workshop has not been set, but it will probably be August/September. There will be a Psychology workshop in May open to all event groups for both athletes and coaches. It will take place on Sunday May 11th in the Kemmy Business School lecture theatre in the University of Limerick (please note room change from original posting) between 10am & 1pm.

Setanta Coverage of Schools XC Champs

Athletics Ireland - 19 March, 2014 - 11:14

Highlights of last week’s Aviva Irish Schools Cross-Country Championships will be broadcast on Setanta Ireland this evening (19th March), with a repeat on Sunday afternoon (23rd March).

The screening tonight is at 6:10pm, with Sunday’s repeat on at 4pm. Highlights of all ten races, including both university championship finishes, will be screened.

AVIVA Irish Schools Cross Country Championships

Setanta Ireland (Sky Irl 423/UPC 105/401)
Wed 19 March - 6.10pm
Sun 23 March - 4:00pm

Check out our Irish Schools Facebook Page for all your schools athletics updates.

Annual Galway Sports Partnership 10k Run, Labane

Galway City Harriers - 18 March, 2014 - 22:49

The 3rd Annual Galway Sports Partnership 10k Run will take place in Labane, Ardrahan on Easter Monday, April 21st at 11.30 am. The race will be held in conjunction with Ardrahan AED,Ardrahan Juvenile GAA Club & Galway Sports Partnership.

The key aim of the Galway Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport and recreation in the whole county and we invite all the club runners, Meet & train/Fit4life groups and walkers around the county to participate in this 10k run/walk event on Easter Monday April 21st in Ardrahan.

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