The Aviva Connaught Schools Track and Field Championships took place on Thursday the 15th of May in Athlone Institute of Technology. The championships brought together some of the best athletes in the west of Ireland representing their schools.
The Inter Girls was full of strong performances with Laura Ann Costello, Dunmore CS, and Sinead Treacy, St. Raphael’s Loughrea split the sprint titles between them. Costello won the 100m in a time of 12.41. Treacy won 200m title in a time of 25.59.
Michaela Walsh from SM&P Swinford produced a fantastic performance in the Shot Putt with a throw of 14.92m almost 5m ahead of her nearest competitor.
The Senior Girls had its fair share of the day’s double winners. Stacey Kerr, Ursiline College Sligo, took the 100m (12.89) and 200m (26.49) titles.
Alannah Lally, Pres Athenry, was also impressive in her events winning the 400m (57.73) and the 800m (2.20.02).
Eimear Murphy from Gortnor Abbey was dominant in the Shot Putt with a fine throw of 9.26m.
In the Senior Boys, Zac Irwin from Sligo Grammar was successful in capturing both the 100m (10.83) and 200m (21.78) Connaught titles in impressive times.
Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce that it will be Live Streaming three events for the up and coming Track and Field season in partnership with Aertv; the AAI Games, 25th of May, Junior and U23 Championships, 6th of July and the Juvenile Track and Field Championships, 26th of July.
The streaming of three of Athletics Ireland Indoor Track and Field meets achieved the highest Irish viewership of any sport aired on Aertv proving that Athletics has appeal and interest when made available.
Feedback received from fans was overwhelmingly positive with comments on social media from “Live stream was brilliant today let’s hope there will be more” and “Excellent coverage and commentary from an excellent venue.”
Sinéad Galvin, Marketing and Communications Manager of Athletics Ireland said; “In a highly competitive sporting media environment Live streaming enables the association to become its own broadcaster. We can showcase our great sport and reach a wide fan base at a relevant convergence point of on-line and social media.”
The National Half Marathon Championships will be run in conjunction with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon, taking place on the 4th of August in Dublin’s City Centre. The 2014 national championship offers clubs the opportunity to win a €1,000 cash prize.
Every affiliated Athletics Ireland Club in the country has a chance to win. For every ten club members that enter the national half marathon championships the club will be automatically entered into the draw. The more members that enter, the better your club’s chances are of winning!
The winning club will win a €1,000 cash prize and a table for ten club members at the prestigious national athletics awards held each year in November. The lucky club can utilize the generous prize fund for the future development of their club.
Deadline for Entry
In order to be in with a chance of winning these prizes club athletes must enter before 5pm on June 30th. The entry fee for the national half marathon is €25 per athlete and along with being entered into the draw the following are the perks of entering:
• Scenic city centre course highlighting Dublin’s famous sites
• Live, local bands along the course
• Technical Participant T-Shirt
• Fantastic Finisher’s medal
• Swag Bag
• Plentiful Course Support, including Sports Drink and Power Bar energy gel
• Free Admission to the Finish Line Festival
Entry Available: Here
Last year’s national championships attracted a record number of over 600 athletes with similar numbers expected for this year’s event. Mark Christie (Mullingar Harriers AC) and Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC) were the respective senior men’s and women’s champions while Dublin club Clonliffe Harriers and Cork Club Leevale AC were victorious in the team competitions. The competition for the men’s and women’s master individual and team titles will be as competitive as ever, all will be revealed in the battle for club supremacy come August 4th.
The national launch of the Sionnach Relay, Ireland’s First Overnight Team Relay Event, recently took place at The Bank on College Green in Dublin. The event, hosted by Race Directors Liam Dwyer and Patrick McCarrick was supported by rugby greats Sean O’ Brien and Leo Cullen who are firmly behind the concept with Cullen saying that he believes it provides a significant but achievable challenge to runners of all abilities and fitness levels
In celebration of its award of the prestigious title of European Town of Sport for 2014, the inaugural Sionnach race will be set against the beautiful backdrop of Sligo and participants will benefit from the town’s great sporting amenities and tourist-friendly facilities. Inspired in part by relay series held in the USA, such as Hood to Coast, Reach the Beach and the Ragnar Relay Series, and based on a hub and spoke system, each team runs four carefully selected loops. Open to teams of runners of all abilities, the challenge comprises an 8-person relay covering 274kms over a 24 + hour period.
If a runner can complete an 8km run then they are fit enough to take part in the Sionnach Relay. While the active team member is out running the rest of the team will enjoy the best of Irish live entertainment at the hub. Entertainment is to include modern cover bands, traditional Irish music as well as poetry reading and other cultural activities.
In cooperation with JustGiving, the event supports the Irish Cancer Society as its official charity and runners raising over €100 will receive a special commemorative medal for their efforts with additional special prizes for the top individual and team fundraisers.
Patrick McCarrick (Race Director) said “the event will showcase the very best of Sligo to the international running community and we have been bowled over by the support we have received from the County Council, the Institute of Technology and local businesses, all of whom have been extremely positive and helpful in making the Sionnach Relay a reality”.
It is hard to believe that we have already reached the halfway mark in the 2014 series and Tuam AC are absolutely flying. We have almost 40 members taking part this year so it is not possible to name everybody but the performances have been outstanding. Last weeks event in Maree, Oranmore returned some outrageous times with Tommy Joe Whyte and Ger Hartnett well under 19 mins and Seamus Walsh had the run of his life to finish in 19.04. Padraic Burke was also well under 20 mins after a lot of cycling over the weekend and John Grimes produced a stunning 19.50. Ann-Marie Miskell was the first Tuam lady home and is really returning to form and other highlights included Tomas Boyle, Therese Murray and Tim Geraghty who have all been great additions to the club and will go from strength to strength over the coming weeks. One of our members was forced to miss the series so far due to injury and we wish Olivia Fitzpatrick a speedy recovery to full fitness. Injury always seems to strike when you are running well and we know Olivia will soon be back in action for Tuam AC. The final race of the series will be in Tuam on Tuesday 3 June at 8pm and a record crowd of well over 600 people is expected and the runners are already looking forward to the fantastic support they receive on the very popular Kilcloghans route. Tuam AC was also well represented in the Ballina Half Marathon at the weekend by Martin Hynes who won his category by a massive 25 mins and Sean O’Morain our half marathon specialist and Fit4Life leader who is doing outstanding work with his team at their weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings.
The Aviva Munster Track and Field Championship took place in Cork Institute of Technology on Saturday the 17th of May with some fantastic performances throughout the day.
In the Inter Boys, Bandon Grammar School were rampant with Joey Henchy winning the 100m (11.81) and 200m (23.52), Scott Gibson adding a 400m win (49.46) and together with their team winning the 4×100m in an impressive time of 45.59.
The Senior Boys events were full of double winners with Mark Varley, Crescent Comp SJ, winning the 100m (12.43) and 200m (23.24), Eoin O’Carroll, Mercy Mount Hawk, capturing the long jump (7.24m) and triple jump (13.29m) titles, and Eoin Hanrahan of St. Flannan’s winning out in the shot putt (12.50m) and the discus (35.48m)
There was no shortage of double winners in the Inter Girls’ championship. Phoebe Murphy, Loreto Clonmel, won the 100m (12.43) and 200m (25.15) in the inter girls. Aoife Doyle, Intermediate School Killorglin, also pulled of a double in the discus (32.14m) and the hammer (46.30m).
Niamh McNichol and Stella Maris Tramore were dominant in the Senior Girls sprinting events winning the 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay. Leanne Prout, Presentation Ballingarry, pulled off her own double in the hurdles winning both the 100mH and the 400mH.
Kayleigh Cronin, St. Brigids Kilkenny, came out with two strong performances in the shot putt and hammer winning both.
The Antrim Forum was the host of the Aviva Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of May. Another host of young talent were on show competing for their schools.
Oisin O’Callaghan, Abbey Grammar Newry, dominated the middle distances winning both the 800m (2.01.5) and 1500m (4.14.5).
Jonathan Hill from Sullivan Upper showed his skill in the jumps by finishing first in both the triple jump(12.54m) and the long jump (6.18m) in the Inter Boys.
In the Inter Girls, Clodagh O’Reilly, Loreto Cavan, came out on top with win in the 1500m (4.44.02) and the 3000m (10.10.28).
Michaela McNally, Lurgan College, threw an impressive 42.5m in the hammer to claim her Ulster schools title.
Aislinn Crossey, Sacred Heart Newry, won the both the 400m and 800m in the Senior Girls championship.
Hannah Mc Auley, Ballyclare High won the triple jump with a fine jump of 11.47m.
Athletics Ireland has today announced that reigning World Champion Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) has been selected to compete in the 50km Race Walk at the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich on the 15th of August. Heffernan will be joined on the team by training partner Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC). The full Irish Team for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich will be announced after the National Track and Field Championships on the 21st of July and is expected to be one of the largest Irish teams ever to compete at the championships.
Four years ago at the European Championships in Barcelona Heffernan finished fourth in both the 20km and 50km events. Since then Heffernan’s has gone on to place fourth at the London Olympics the best-ever Irish Olympic result in the distance and he recorded an Irish record of 3:37.54. Last August the Corkman made history by becoming Ireland’s third ever World Champion when he struck gold in Moscow in 2013.
Boyce also an experienced championship performer has steadily improved his placing and times over the last four years. Boyce finished 15th at the 2011 World University Games and within a year of that performance he placed 29th at the London 2012 Olympics. At last year’s World Championships in Moscow Boyce improved again to finish in 25th place in a new personal best of 3:54.24.
Both Heffernan and Boyce have been preparing for the European Championships by undertaking rigorous training camps at altitude and competing in shorter 20km races. Heffernan set a season best of 1:20.57 when placing fifth in the Race Walking Grand Prix in Lugano in March. Boyce also competed in Lugano finishing 25th in a time of 1:26.33. The preparations continued in China at the Race Walking World Cup when Heffernan recorded a time of 1:21.00 and Boyce posted a time of 1:26.55.
Most recently Heffernan secured a fine victory at the Naumburg International Race Walking Grand Prix on Sunday, 18th of May over 20km with a time of 1:21.07.
The selection policy for the European Track and Field Championships looks to raise performance standards for Irish Athletes. This selection philosophy is in-line with High Performance Vision of ‘More athletes winning on the World Stage’.
-The A standards were determined by reviewing previous performances at European Championships combined with the progression standards outlined in the Athlete Carding Scheme.
- The qualifications standards set provide an opportunity for an athlete selected to achieve a top 8 -12 placing at the championships.
- An athlete will be considered for selection if they have achieved an A standard within the qualification period.
- The B standards apply to carded development athletes only.
- Development athletes are defined in the Athlete Carding Scheme as aged 24 and under and as having Olympic potential in 2016/2020 and as having hit specific performance targets twice and placed at major championships
- The Selectors may however, in their sole discretion, identify individuals who are not carded as ‘Development Athletes’ and consider them for selection based on the B standards
- A development athlete must achieve the standard twice within the qualification period to be considered for selection.
- The B standards are the European Athletics qualifications standards
An athlete that has been selected with an “A” Performance Standard who has also achieved a “B” Performance Standard in another event will be automatically entered for the championship for the “B” event and may compete in either or both events if selected.
• 1 January 2013 to 5 May 2014: Marathon
• 1 January 2013 to 19 May 2014: 50k Walk
• 1 January 2014 to 21 July 2014: All Others
• Must compete in the Senior Track and Field Championships
• Be a member of Athletics Ireland
• Fill out National Declaration form
The Aviva Leinster Schools Track & Field Championships took place in Santry Stadium on Wednesday, 14th of May with many future stars on show trying to qualify for the Aviva All Ireland Schools Championships.
Keith Doherty from Drimnagh Castle came out on top in both the Senior Boys 100m (11.08) and 200m (22.33). This is a great start to the season for Keith who will be aiming to represent Ireland at the World Junior Championships as part of the 4×100m relay team.
Harry Purcell from Castleknock College had a fantastic 400m in the senior Boys race where he finished first with a time of 47.82 which is fourth fastest in the country so far this season. He also won the 800m in a time of 1.53.36.
Jamie Murtagh from Asbourne cleared a fine jump of 2.05m in the High Jump to win out over his competitors by a whole 5cm.
In the Inter Boys Blackrock College’s students had a great competition setting Leinster Schools records in both the 400m by Brian Masterson in a time of 49.49 and the 4×100m relay in a time of 44.25.
Mustafa Nasir from HFCS Rathcoole represented his school brilliantly with a double of his own in the 800m and in the 1500m (4.14.82).
Eoin Sheridan from St. Finians Mullingar threw 55.74m in the discus to win out over his opponents by 5m.
The girls side was also an exciting affair with three athletes (Elizabeth Morland, Anne Marie Tornsey, Siofra Cleirigh Buttner) in competition who will be moving on to represent Ireland in future championships.
Elizabeth Morland from Dunshaughlin CC had a fine display in the long jump with a jump of 5.52m to win. She will be forgoing the Aviva All Ireland Schools Championships to represent Ireland in the European Youth Olympic Games having qualified for three events (long jump, high jump and 100m hurdles). Morland will contest the 100m hurdles event in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Gina Akpe Moses from St. Vincent’s Dundalk was in great form winning both the 100m (12.33) and the 200m (25.58) in the inter Girls.
Anne Marie Tornsey from Loreto Swords, who will also be competing in the European Youth Olympic Games, won out in the shot putt (12.41m) and in the discus (34.27m).
In the Senior Girls, Loreto Kilkenny had a fantastic championship with Cliodhna Manning and Sarah Kate Lacey finishing first and second in both the 100m and 200m. They also ran in the 4×100m winning that also in a time of 48.29.
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner from Colaiste Iosagain was dominant in her events finish first in both the 800m (2.07.3) and the 1500m (4.37.13). Buttner is also targeting a place on the Irish team for the World Junior Championships in Eugene in July.
Just a reminder that there will be a Long Jump/Triple Jump Workshop taking place on Tuesday 20th May at the Dr Pat O Callaghan Sports Complex in Clonmel Co Tipperary from 7-9pm. Please note it is now taking place in Clonmel and not Templemore as previously advertised. The cost is ?5 payable at registration 6.45-7pm and is open to all coaches and athletes aged 11+. The workshop will be run by former Irish International long jumper and current Junior High Performance Manager Jacqui Freyne.
For further information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or email@example.com
World Champion Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) continued his preparations for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich with a victory in today’s International Race-Walking Grand Prix in Naumburg, Germany.
Heffernan dropped down in distance to 20km for today’s race and showed his class by winning the race in a time of 1:21.07, ahead of Christopher Linke (SC Potsdam) second in a time of 1:21.18. It was an encouraging performance by Heffernan with the major goal for the year being the 50km race at the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich.
In the same race Alex Wright (Calry AC) finished sixth in a time of 1:23.52 with Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) eleventh in a time of 1:28.24.
At the Loughborough International Ben Reynolds (North Down AC) made his season’s debut in the 110m hurdles finishing second in a time of 13.79. The race was run into a -0.8 headwind and was won by Lawrence Clarke (England) in a time of 13.56. It was an impressive run by Reynolds and only just outside the 13.65 qualifying standard for the European Championships.
Gemmas 5k memorial run held Aghyaran,Co Tyrone drew close to 600 from both sides of the border Friday evening to a well organised event proceeds in excesss of £ 5000 to Musgrave Hosp ,Belfast .Everybody was a winner for what was a fitting tribute to the memory of a young local woman Gemma Mc Hale who died tragically in a road accident .
The provisional program for the Galway finals in Ballinderrin on the June bank holiday weekend is as follows:-
Athletes from across Connacht took to the track Thursday in Athlone IT for the Connacht Schools Track & Field Championships. Large numbers took part in the unusually hot conditions for this time of the year – one could be forgiven for thinking that it was summer!
The day got underway with the senior 5000m where Jamie Fallon (Calasanctius Oranmore) scorched around the track in an incredible 15.04. This was a spectacular performance from Jamie and came within a whisker of breaking the club’s senior record set a few years ago by the legendary Gerry Ryan.
Just turned 17, Jamie is an incredible talent but his progress is equally reflected in his dedication to training. Years of consistent and mostly injury free training have led Jamie from finishing 35th in the Connacht U11 cross country in 2006 to elite adult standards. Our younger athletes should take note of this – dedication to training pays off! Matthew Moran (also Calasanctius) made a welcome return to the track in the same race where he placed 4th after a long absence due to injury.
In an action-packed day there were many highlights for the club, including a 1-2-3 in the minor girls’ long jump, domination of the girls sprints with victories in the minor 100m (Caoimhe O’Donoghue, Calasanctius), junior 100m and 200m (Michelle Duggan, Presentation Athenry) and intermediate 200m (Sineád Treacy, St Raphael's). It was a particularly successful day for Michelle Duggan who took 3 golds in 100m, 200m and 4x100m.
Conor Gillen (Athenry VS) had a comfortable victory in the senior 800m by a considerable margin while Oisin Lyons (Calasanctius) did likewise in the minor 1500m. Ciara Greene (The Bower) and Oisin Doyle (Calasanctius) also took the Connacht titles in the intermediate 1500m races.
In the jumps, Laura Cunningham (Pres Athenry) made her debut in the triple jump by taking the Connacht junior girls title while Lorraine Delaney (Calasanctius) took victory on countback in the junior girls high jump with Aoife Walsh (Pres Athenry) in second place. Siona Lawless (Loughrea VS) took the title in the minor girls long jump where Ciara Murphy and Finola Kelly (both Calasanctius) made it a clean sweep of medals for athletes from the club.
Wow what a day!!! Is this the start of a fantastic summer or am I just a tad too optimistic.
Oh I think I'll stay positive. We had a fabulous time last year why shouldn't we expect the same this year.
Summer camp time is coming up and flyers have gone out to local schools in the past week, so moms and dads check the bottom of those school bags. Can't find it? Don't despair!! You can access it here on the website by going to Junior Club news header and it is on the drop down menu. Print it off fill it in and send it off with your deposit.
We have the Fun ready to be released, staff waiting in the wings dying to get to work. Research for new games and activities is in progress. All that is left is for you the athlete or budding athlete to book your place and join us. Looking forward to welcoming old and new faces for Fun Fun Fun!!!!!
The Athletics Ireland High Performance unit is committed to supporting and developing, Relay Squads to provide sprinters with a realistic pathway to represent Ireland at the major championships. Qualification of teams for this year’s European Track and Field Championships is seen as important stepping stone towards qualification of teams at the Rio 2016 Olympic. The long-term objective for Irish Relay Squads is in line with the core objective of the High Performance Strategic Plan; to deliver more medals on the World stage.
Three team Relay Co-ordinators have been appointed. Terrie Cahill who has vast experience both as a former International athlete and as a coach will head up the women’s 4×100m relay squad. Cahill coached the women’s relay squad to an Irish Record in 2010. Double European 400m Indoor Champion and Record Holder David Gillick will oversee the Men’s 4×400m team. While Daniel Kilgallon who looks after up and coming sprinting stars in Tallaght AC will coach and co-ordinate the junior men’s 4×100m relay squad.
Support will be provided to Relay Squads that have potential to run/or have achieved the standard set in the qualification policies for major championships. Depth and quality is needed in events with a minimum of five athletes that meet the Individual Relay Standards needed for support to be made available from the relay programme.
In 2014 support will be provided to Senior Women’s 4×100m and Men’s 4×400m with the target of achieving qualification for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August. Both teams will need to achieve a top 16 European ranking to secure qualification. While the junior 4×100m men’s squad are targeting the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon with a qualification time needed of 40.10, the current Irish Junior Record stands at 40.60.
The relay team members are selected from the relays panels. The athletes pre-selected for the relay panels were selected based on the 2013/14 ranking lists, current form in 2014; relay experience and availability and commitment to the relay programme. To be added to the relay panel for 2014 athletes will have to achieve the Individual Relay Standard Click Here For Further Details
Day one of the Aviva Leinster Schools Track & Field Championships took place in Santry Stadium on Wednesday, 14th of May. The event brought together the cream of Ireland’s young athletic talent to compete for a place in the prestigious Aviva All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on the 31st of May. The following records were broken on a thrilling day of track and field action:
Day 1 Record
U16 Girls 200m Aine O Connor (St. Mary’s Naas) 26.85sec
Senior Girls Steeplechase Alison Armstrong (Coolmine C.C) 5:21:37.
Inter Girls Steeplechase (Killina Secondary School) Emily Greenan 5:25:71.
Minor Girls Relay (St. Vincent’s Dundalk) 52.28
Minor Girls Javelin Kate O Connor (St. Vincent’s Dundalk) 36m.
Minor Boys 800m Mark Milner (Cholaiste Choilm Tullamore) 2:02:51.
U16 Boys Relay 4 x 300m (St Aidan’s) 2:34:99.
Junior Girls Hammer Lauren O’Keeffe (Loreto Balbriggan) 53:02m.
Galway teams will once again participate this year in the Premier Division of the AAI National League Track and Field event, the major competition for Track and Field athletes.
Galway City Harriers have entered a mens team and Galway County have a womens teams.
The event will take place at the Sligo IT complex next Sunday 18th May in the opening round of the League.
Calling all athletes and coaches who are interested in multi-events. There will be two being workshops held in St. Laurence O’Tooles AC in Carlow on Wednesday 21st May and Wednesday 4th of June from 6-9pm each evening.
On the first night the following will be covered:
1. Sprints starts.
3. Shot Putt
4. Long Jump
Athlete MUST do 2 events. In addition there will be a talk on how to be prepared for competition. This will be of interest to both athletes and coaches.
Open to athletes over 13 years and coaches only.
Cost - €5 per Athlete/Coach
To book your place please contact:
Colin Byrne - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Power - 087-9586138
Maree hosted tonight’s event which was the 3rd in the Galway 5k series. This was Maree’s first time to take part as a stage in the series and an excellent inaugural event it was0021
Between a fast and favourable route and perfect weather conditions so many new PB’s were rewarded for the hard work to date!!
The turnout was great tonight with 662 participants taking part and once again Galway City Harriers were well represented this week and dominated the field!!!