By The Active Network
Calling all Walker, Joggers and Runners-The second Remembrance Run 5k takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, November 10th at 11am. The closing date for online entries will be Friday, 8th of November, participants and encouraged to enter NOW to avoid disappointment.
To find out more about the event and to enter see www.remembrancerun.ie or call: (01) 886 9933
The entry fee is €20 for individuals and there is also a family rate of €50 for families of four. Each finisher will receive a specially designed souvenir candle, a certificate and a goody bag to mark their participation in this special themed event that will on the day include a unique mix of music and special commentary.
The Remembrance Run is organised by Athletics Ireland in association with mycharity.ie . Participants are encouraged to make it count and adopt a favourite charity through www.mycharity.ie , the registration system will enable participants to create a fund- raising web page for your adopted charity.
So join Irish great Catherina McKiernan on November 10th for a day to remember!
Olympic athlete Albie Thomas dies at the age of 78. Albie Thomas is survived by his wife, Nola, daughters Robyn and Patricia and four grandsons, Thomas, Mark, Liam and Mathew. Funeral arrangements: 11.30am Thursday October 31st West Chapel, Woronora Cemetery, Linden Street, Sutherland
• 1956 Olympics - 5,000m 5th (14 min 05.33 sec)
• 1960 Olympics – 1,500m 5th heat; 5,000m 11th heat
• 1964 Olympics – 1,500m 9th heat, 5,000m 11th heat
• 1958 Commonwealth Games – 1 mile bronze medal 4min 02.77sec; 3 mile 13.24.37 silver medal
• 1962 Commonwealth Games – 1 mile 5th 4:11.19; 3 mile 5th 13:40.64
• 1958 – July 9, Santry Field, Dublin 3 mile 13min 10.8sec
• 1958 – August 7, Santry Field, Dublin 2 mile 8min 32sec
• 1959 – March 22, Olympic Park, Melbourne 4 x 1 mile relay 16min 25.6sec (2nd leg, 4:06.5) with Denis Wilson, Herb Elliott and John Murray
• 1964 – 24 January, Toronto Canada, 3 mile indoor 13min 26.4sec
Fair play to Mike for spotting this one - the Craughwell AC women's W50 team of Eileen Finn-Graham, Maria McArdle and Marie Rooney have achieved the best Senior women's team result I can remember for Craughwell AC Senior ladies by winning Silver in the Dublin Marathon. I'm sure there'll be more details on it later, but hat's off ladies that's a fantastic achievement, not many people have a National medal in their warchest.!
Congratulations to Michael Greene of Galway City Harriers who was awarded Gold in the M65 National Marathon Championship in Dublin on Monday
Michael ran a phenomenal 3:22:24 marathon.
Full results to follow soon.
Congratulations to Alanna Lally who has been honoured by Galway Bay FM as the 2013 Athletics Sports Star of the year. Such an amazing achievement.
There is an overall prize of “Youth Sports Personality of the Year” and the overall winner is decided by a vote.
Please support our rising star by voting for Alanna.
To vote for Youth Sports Personality of the Year, text 'YOUNG' followed by the number of your winner to 53133 or call 1513 999 330 to cast your vote.
Alanna is number 4
So for Alanna - text YOUNG 4 to 53133
Congratulations to Nicola Duncan who has recently registered with GCH as a new recruit.
Nicola is based in Edinburgh but is from Taylors Hill and joined the club in October this year.
Nicola had an amazing race at the Amsterdam Marathon last weekend. She finished 8th woman over all in a time of 2:36:44 taking 13 minutes from her previous marathon PB from 2 years ago.
Her time is the fastest recorded marathon time by an Irish female for the marathon in 2013 and has qualified her for the 2014 European Championships.
It was a truly great day for Tuam AC at the Dublin City Marathon as we had a number of members taking part in the Country’s biggest marathon yet and the two overall winners Sean Hehir and Maria McCambridge are both former winners of the Tuam AC 8k Road Race. Sean won the Tuam 8k in 2012 and holds the record for the new course around Cloonthue in under 24 mins whilst Maria McCambridge won the race in 2008 in a little over 26 mins and that record is sure to stand for many years as she finished in 5th place overall on that day and many people still talk about her performance in Tuam. However everybody was a winner in Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday and Gearoid Healy was the first Tuam runner home in 2 hr 59 mins and he was followed by Tommy Joe Whyte who has only missed one Dublin City marathon since it started 30 years ago and our very own Ironmen Stephen Brady, John Mongan and John Stapleton who not only ran the Marathon in well under 4 hrs but cycled to Dublin on Sunday in torrential rain and grabbed a few hours sleep before running the 26.2 miles. They did this as part of the Care for Shane fundraising campaign for Shane Grogan and they have received fantastic support and donations will still be gratefully accepted at any time. They were all delighted with there cycle and run and the support of the people of Tuam and they even received a round of applause from there 14,500 fellow competitors before the start which really inspired them. Tuam AC ladies were also in action with Kathryn Antweiler running her first ever marathon in perfect style as she paced the race perfectly from start to finish in just over 4 hrs and Rachel Conlon ran the race with the sole intention of breaking the 4 hr mark and hit it exactly on target in 3 hrs 59 mins and 44 seconds. We hope they all enjoy a few days of well earned rest but we are sure to see them all back in action soon. Meanwhile the date has been announced for the 10th running of the aforementioned Tuam AC 8km Road Race and it will take place on Sunday 19th January 2014 at 2.30pm. Put this date in your diary as we hope it will be the biggest race ever in Tuam and full details will be announced exclusively in the Tuam Herald shortly.
Its been a busy month on the Coach Education front in the North West. Two Athletics Leader courses in Monaghan and Manorhamilton and one Level 1 course in Buncrana and Donegal Town found fifty one enthusiastic coaches, from across the region, attend.
In Buncrana, on Saturday/Sunday 7th/ 8th Sept and in Donegal Town on 14th/15th Sept. eighteen coaches from Innishowen, Finn Valley, Rosses, Enniskillen, Lifford and Tir Chonaill committed and were actively involved in the four day course. Monaghan on Fridays 27th Sept and Oct 4th had 14 coaches present while in Manorhamilton on Saturday 19th October 19 coaches were involved. He following clubs were epresented on the various Leader courses Monaghan Phoenix, Shercock, Monaghan Institute, Nth Roscommon, Ballinamore, Tir Chonaill, Sliabh Liag and North Leitrim.
A sincere thanks and congratualations to all who attended. The coaching benefits will be found in the various clubs as this new group are challeged and become part of internal coaching structures. Thanks to the various clubs that facilitated the courses ie Innishowen AC, Tir Chonaill AC, Monaghan Institute and North Leitrim and to the Tutors ref successful delivery.
A number of clubs in the region also received support coaching equipment during the period
Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF) and Maria McCambridge (Dundrum South Dublin AC) were the respective men’s and women’s winners in the Woodie’s DIY Marathon Championships of Ireland. The national championships were held in conjunction with the 2013 Airtricity Dublin Marathon on bank holiday Monday, the 28th of October.
Hehir became the first Irish athlete in twenty years to win the Dublin marathon. The Clare native won in a time of 2:18.19 to hold off second place athlete Joe Sweeney (Dundrum South Dublin AC) who finished in a time 2:19.26 with Clonliffe Harrier Sergiu Ciobanu in third in a time of 2:22.02.
Commenting afterward Hehir said “To win today, I’ve been in Dublin over 10 years, since I moved here from college, this is my home from home I am so proud to win it.”
A tremendous battle ensued between both Hehir and Sweeney for 20 miles of the race. However it was the Clare man who had the superior strength as he romped to a popular victory.
The race for the women’s title was equally as exciting with McCambridge having to overcome stomach problems and a determined effort by Leevale athlete Clare McCarthy to win the title.
Commenting afterwards the Dublin native said “I am so happy to win my home town marathon. I had to take a pit stop around 18 miles. My legs just started to go on me. I just had to run through it, it was a big battle, but I am very proud to win Dublin.
McCarthy and McCambridge were locked in battle for the majority of the 26 mile race with McCambridge proving the stronger over the last 800m to win in a time of 2:38.51. McCarthy stuck to her task and was rewarded for her bravery with a second place finish in the national championships in a time of 2:39.27. Former Olympian Pauline Curley (Tullamore Harriers AC) finished in third place in a time of 2:42.57
Amy O’Donoghue (Emerald AC) had to fight hard to overcome the strong challenge of Michelle Kenny (Midleton AC) to win the Munster novice cross country championship at a wet and wind-swept Limerick racecourse yesterday. The two principals raced together for most of the race until O’Donoghue got clear in the last 800m.
O’Donoghue has turned her back on an American scholarship in Arkansas and is now home based and attending Mary I College. Next on her agenda is the Woodie’s DIY national inter county championships where she will contest the junior race after missing the last two years through injury.
Damien Landers (St. John’s Clare AC) won the men’s race in the same manner as O’Donoghue, racing away from Mark O’Sullivan (Bandon AC) in the closing stages.
Craughwell's Rob Hogan has kept the cool and sealed the deal in Oregon, USA - finishing a full 6 shots/minutes clear of the field to become world champion in this rapidly growing sport. He set his sights on achieving this goal last year when he finished 7th in the same competition. This year the standard was much higher, but the smart choices and tactics he applied throghout the year have paid off. Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting and training with Rob since he joined the club a little over a year ago will be genuinely delighted for him.
After his dominant display yesterday, the question was could he keep his nerve? Today he continued his great form - scoring well with 1:20 to get a total of 2:36 for the two rounds. He had to play well: Eri Crum put on a late charge, but Rob kept the cool to defend his great lead. Traditional Athletics fans will also be interested in how Bernard Lagat got on - the great man actually finished last in the field, but based on my sums had the fastest pace - a video of him in action yesterday is below:
If you feel like getting coached by a genuine world champion, check out http://www.hogangolfacademy.com/ and book a lesson today!
The Victorious Craughwell AC U16 Boys Cross Country Team
Diarmuid Harvey, Oisin Doyle, Ben Garrard, Liam Moran, James Cahalane, Matthew Barrett
The club got its Connacht cross-country campaign off to a flying start in Calry Sligo with 4 sets of team gold and 2 team silver at the Connacht Even Ages Cross Country Championships today. As the boat bus departed from Craughwell hall this morning, the heavens were busy raining down on us – ominous signs of a tough day in Sligo. Fortunately it cleared a little on the way up and while still pretty wet, there were some dry spells also.
It was a mighty day for the club with all 37 participants (one of our highest ever) doing themselves and the club proud. The club took 4 sets of team gold and 2 sets of silver – definitely up there with our best ever performances. The U12 girls were the first to get going in the difficult conditions for their 2000m race. The course was laid out in a 1000m loop across 2 fields overlooking the picturesque Lough Gill with a steady downhill for half the course (nice) and a steady uphill for the other half (horrible!).
For the young U12s, it wasn’t the nicest of conditions to be running in but they put in an almighty effort to pack close to the front right from the go. As the race unwound around the course, Niamh Niland stayed in touch with the leaders and pounced as the race entered its closing stage to take the bronze medal in a high quality race. Jennifer Hughes was next in 5th place with a storming finish, followed closely by Ailbhe Miskella with another fine run in 11th place, Mia Waters in 20th, Sarah McCartin 21st and Sarah Woods 27th. When the numbers were crunched, Craughwell AC were announced the victors with a fine score of 38 points. This was a super for a result for the girls after their 2nd place finish last year with 55 points and the first time since 2004 that the club claimed the Connacht title in the U12 girls.
Next up, the boys U12 over the same 2 loops where the club put in a blistering performance to claim the silver medals in a score of 38 points. With 4 in the top 12, such a low score would normally take team gold but a super strong Westport team took the gold. Sean Cannon led the team home with a fine run to take 5th place and the team packed in after him with Kyle Moorhead 10th, Finbar McFadden 11th, David Lee 12th and Eanna McDaid 38th.
The U14 girls were off next into the wind and rain over their 3000m – a distance that was new for them all. The girls put in a fine performance to improve on their 7th place from last year’s U13s to take 4th place this year and qualify for the All-Irelands. The team were led home by Rachael Hughes in 17th, with Sineád Kennedy 26th, Catherine Noonan 27th, Amy Touhy 28th, Sarah Phillips 30th and Fiona Commins 32nd.
A strong U14 boys’ team took to the field led by Oisin Lyons who put in a magnificent performance to decimate the field and take the gold medal by 30 or 40 metres. Conor Lee was next in with another fine run on his return to cross country, taking 9th place. He was followed by Patrick Noonan in 18th, Luke Finn 20th, Gavin Forde 22nd and Sean Noonan 23rd. It was a fine team performance from a relatively inexperienced team and augurs well for the future. An interesting statistic is that the club have taken team medals in this age group in every year since 2005 taking 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze in that time-frame.
The U16 girls were off next over their 4000m distance. This is a particularly tough distance for this age group and given that the novice women’s distance is also 4000m, it’s something that should possibly be reviewed downwards as the boys equivalent is only 3/4s of the novice men’s distance. In any case, the Craughwell AC team put in a fantastic performance to take the gold medals from Sligo AC with a score of 34 points. This was the club’s best ever performance by an older girls cross country team, beating the previous best of U16 bronze in 2010. The team were led home by Dearbhaile Walshe in 6th place with Ciara O’Boyle making up fantastic ground to take 8th place, followed closely by Grainne McDaid in 9th and Aoife Greene in 11th.
In the U16 boys 4000m, the group went out with the U18 and U20 boys 6000m race, something which suited everyone as it meant for a 30 or 40 strong race. Oisin Doyle had one of his best races in a number of years to stay with the U16 leaders throughput. Back a little on lap one, Liam Moran moved through the field in later laps to overtake Oisin and both lads had a very strong finish with Liam taking individual silver and Oisin bronze. Matthew Barrett and James Cahalane were in next, with Ben Garrard and Diarmuid Harvery also finishing strongly. Craughwell AC took the team victory, its 3rd time in 5 years to take the Connacht title in this age group and 4-in-a-row titles for this particular team when you trace back through the age groups.
As the U16s finished, the U18s continued their 6k race where Jamie Fallon was leading the way from all in the field, both juniors and U18s. Jamie continued to put yards between himself and GCH’s John Moroney to run out a fine winner. Matthew Moran was next in – 3rd overall between U18s and Juniors and 2nd in the U18 race. Keelan Ryan and Conor Gillen wrapped up the team scoring to give this team yet another Connacht title – their 6th in a row since U13s in 2008. Interestingly it is the first time that the club have won an U18 Connacht title, having won silver in 2010 and 2012.
Great news for a Craughwell AC athlete in a slightly alternative athletics event! Rob Hogan had an incredible round yesterday - shooting an awesome 77 in 39.31 minutes, an unbelievable performance and a big pb of 116 for him, if I'm not mistaken. His Golf score was the second lowest of the day, and his time was the fastest by almost 5 minutes - Olympic Silver Medallist Nick Willis coming closest with 44 mins. The shortest point to point distance for 18 holes on Bandon Dunes is over 6k - imagine running that in 39 minutes carrying your own clubs and stopping 77 times to hit the ball along the way - incredible stuff. Bernard Lagat is having a tough time in 25th place, but it's the golf that's letting him down - he shot 118 in 59 mins, which is 30 seconds per shot - the same hit rate as Rob.
Even though he's off to a dream start, it's only half way and anything can happen. You can watch the tournament live on:
It resumes around 4pm irish time.
Nenagh Olympic A.C. hosted the inaugural North Tipperary Primary Schools Indoor Competition for 4th, 5th & 6th Class pupils in Nenagh Indoor Stadium on Wednesday 23rd October. With over 500 children from Primary Schools across North Tipperary taking part, it was a showcase of what juvenile athletics should be about – great fun, smiles all round & an atmosphere full of excitement & enthusiasm. All children got to partake in one track & one field event with events ranging from 60m sprint, 300m, 600m Long Jump & Shot Putt. The finale was a series of 4 x 100m Relays for all boys, all girls & mixed teams with most children taking home a medal on the day.
Our thanks to Nenagh Olympic A.C. for hosting this wonderful new initiative, to the teachers of all the participating schools for taking the time to attend, to the parents & grandparents in attendance & to everyone who helped make it a memorable day for all concerned. Full results & photos can be found at www.tipperaryathletics.com.
Best of luck to all taking part in the Connacht Even Ages Cross Country tomorrow.
Note the following directions are from 2010, so pay attention to the count of traffic lights in case any new ones since then! Key thing is that you stay on main road until after you cross the river and then will be turning right within 100m after that onto the Enniskillen road.
To get to Hazelwood travelling from Dublin Road into Sligo on dual carriageway:
- Go through 6 sets of traffic lights
- On 7th set turn right (signposted Enniskillen)
- Proceed through small roundabout, past Sligo IT on your left to traffic lights.
- Go straight through (i.e. leave Enniskillen road).
- Continue on for approx 2 miles until a garage on your left and playing fields on your right with clubhouse.
- You can park at that garage.
The selection policy for the European Track and Field Championships to be held in Zurich, Switzerland on 12-17 of August, 2014 has been released:
Double European cross country champion Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) will lead a strong Irish contingent at the Lotto Cross Cup in Antwerp, Belgium on November 3rd. The team was picked following the trial race at the Gerry Farnan cross country festival on October 20th. The team is headed up by National Endurance Co-ordinator Chris Jones as the competition plays a crucial part on the build up towards the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on December 8th.
The following are the athletes that have taken up the opportunity to compete in the International race:
Michael Mulhare (Portlaoise AC)
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC)
John Coghlan (MSB AC)
Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC)
Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC)
Sara Treacy (Moynalvey AC)
Laura Crowe (Riocht AC)
Ann Marie Larkin (Lifford AC)
Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise AC)
Rachael Smyth (St. Coca’s AC)
Maria O’Sullivan (Raheny Shamrock)
Darren Mc Brearty (Letterkenny AC)
Ryan McDermott (Annadale Striders AC)
Siofra Cléirigh-Buttner (DSD AC)
Clodagh O’Reilly (Annalee AC)
Megan Ryan (DSD AC)
Sarah Fitzpatrick (DSD AC)
Aaron Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers AC)
Con Doherty (Westport AC)
Best of luck to all our club members and friends taking part in the Dublin City Marathon on Monday 28th October.
We will be capturing a Club pre marathon photo Monday morning. We will meet at the gates to the national museum on Merrion Street Upper at 8am, its right outside the baggage drop and has become a tradition, so hopefully we can get as many as possible smiling photos "in our club gear”.
Here is a link for our wonderful supporters who wish to track the participants on Monday http://track.rtrt.me/e/TDL-DUBLIN-2013
Keep hydrated, eat well and rest well over the next few days. All the hard work is done now.