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Spar Great Ireland Run (Incl National 10k Champs)

Athletics Ireland - 14 March, 2014 - 14:53

The SPAR Great Ireland Run is taking place on the 6th of April in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The race will once again incorporate the National 10k Championships with entry for the national championships closing on Thursday, March 20th. For any club athletes or teams that plan to take part please enter through the below link before the deadline date:

Online Entry

The day, which includes the Junior & Mini Great Ireland Run, is an opportunity to escape from the roads and pavements and into the grassland and tree-lined curves that the 1,750-acre park has to offer.

The race is the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics. The event is one of twenty-two races in the world to receive an IAAF Road Race Silver Label in recognition of the event’s high standard of organisation, elite participation and media profile.

The event is Ireland’s largest mixed 10k and up to 12,000 adults and children are expected to participate in the run and its associated junior events. Every 10K finisher will receive a technical event t-shirt, medal, goody bag and chip timed results.

The 2014 event will also give runners the chance to represent their county in the All Ireland County Challenge competition for the Ronnie Delany Trophy. To qualify each county must have at least five registered runners, and the winner is determined by the fastest average time of each county’s competitors, using chip finishing time technology. Each county will also have a recorded time for the fastest male and female finisher.

Endurance Workshop

Athletics Ireland - 14 March, 2014 - 09:27

A continuing professional development course for Irish Endurance Coaches entitled “The Practical Application of Exercise Science to Endurance Training” was held for the second year running on March 8th and 9th, 2014. Previously carried out at the University of Limerick, the venue for this year was very kindly provided by the Irish Institute of Sport. Over 50 coaches around the country have now completed this program leading to a community of evidenced based practice amongst endurance coaches in Ireland.

Updated information and some new workshops were integrated into this year’s course. An enthusiastic group benefitted massively from having a broad spectrum of coaches, backgrounds and experiences. Philosophies about mileage, speed, strength and physiology were openly discussed, with the strengths of each approach being evaluated, and an integrated approach being suggested.

Theory and practical sessions included:

1)Manipulating nutritional status to enhance endurance performance.
2)The role of dehydration in the impairment of dehydration. Is the 2% rule valid?
3)Lifestyle: The making of an athlete.
4)How does repetitive strain/overuse injury occur? What are our options to avoid chronic it?
5)The Physiology of Endurance Performance: Broken down into digestible concepts.
6)Physiological testing of a middle distance athlete in the laboratory.
7)Basic functional movement tests we can do to evaluate movement capability in our athletes.
8)Prehabilitation and Circuit Training for Endurance Athletes.
9)An introduction to a gym environment: basic exercises for the endurance athlete.

Thanks to Peter Francis from the Sport and Health Science department at the University of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth who delivered the program over 2 days. Irish Institute of Sport physiologist Ciara-Sinnott O’Connor assisted along with national indoor 800m champion Niall Tuohy.

Thanks also to the Institute of Sport for their use of the facility and COACHING IRELAND for their significant contribution to the initiative both last year and this year. ( Report by Peter Francis)

Teresa McDaid
National Event Co-ordinator for Endurance
Athletics Ireland

Track Officiating Training

Athletics Ireland - 13 March, 2014 - 16:43

The Athletics Ireland technical committee are running the annual officials training day in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Sunday the 30th March from 10 am to 4pm, please see attached document for further details:

Training Course

St Patricks Day 5k (Final Entry Call)

Athletics Ireland - 13 March, 2014 - 16:33

The deadline is looming for the St. Patrick’s Festival 5K Road Race & Family Fun Run road race with online entries due to close on Friday, 14th of March. There will be late entry taken on the day of the race (16th March) from 9am in the Round Room of the Mansion House.

Online Entry

One of the leading events in the busy St. Patrick’s Festival calendar, it is organised by Metropolitan Harriers & St. Brigid’s Athletic Club in co-operation with Dublin City Council and An Garda Síochána.

Once again, this year’s race director will be legendary athlete and Senator, Eamonn Coghlan whose late father Bill created the event and whose son, John, won it last year in a time of 00:14: 45. Women’s category winner last year was Dundrum athlete Linda Byrne in a time of 00:16:03, while team prizes in the men and women’s categories went to Rathfarnham WSAF and Crusaders 506 respectively.

Beginning at 12.00noon from a new start/finish line at the junction of Dawson Street/St. Stephen’s Green, the race will be officially started by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn, himself a dedicated triathlete, who will be competing alongside 200 volunteers as part of the Lord Mayor’s 5 Alive Challenge – a team committed to running in five of Dublin’s leading road races this year.

The event will follow its traditional route through Georgian Dublin. Race headquarters will be at Fire Restaurant, adjacent to the Mansion House on Dawson Street.

At 11.40 am, prior to the main race, a team of doctors and nurses from Beaumont Hospital will take part in a Charity Relay Race in aid of The Beaumont Charity Foundation.

Appealing to elite athletes and fun runners alike to reserve March 16th in their diaries, Eamonn Coghlan thanked those whose involvement over the years has made the race the foremost public sporting event of the St. Patrick’s Festival.

League Final Set for Athlone

Athletics Ireland - 13 March, 2014 - 16:17

The Woodie’s DIY National Indoor Track and Field League Final takes place this Sunday, 16th of March in AIT International Arena, Athlone. After the first two rounds of the league St Abbans AC currently occupy the top spot in both the men’s and women’s competition.

In the men’s contest St Abbans AC and Raheny Shamrock AC are leading the way with the Laois club topping the table with a score of 98 points. Raheny Shamrock will attempt to close the 7 point differential having amassed 91 points from the first two rounds. Le Cheile AC (77), Menapians (74) and Leevale AC (74) are set for a thrilling three way battle for third position.

The Raheny men’s team is led by 2014 60m national Indoor bronze medallist Jamie Davis as he competes in both the 60m and 200m. Raheny are also calling on the likes of Kieran Kelly (400m), Feidhlim Kelly (800m & Triple Jump), Kevin Moriarty (3,000m) and Stuart Greene (Pole Vault) to attempt to turn the tables on St Abbans AC.

The Laois club will field a strong team with sub seven second 60m runner Barry Regan targeting maximum points in the sprint events and club mate Paul Byrne goes in the 60m H and High Jump.

In the women’s event St Abbans AC (59 points) will battle it out with Craughwell AC who are just behind in second on 55 points. Menapians AC and Le Cheile AC are only separated by a single point with the Wexford club in third on 37 points and Le Cheile fourth on 36 points.

Irish junior 400m hurdle record holder Nessa Millet will spearhead the St Abbans charge along with Sarah Buggy who competes in the long jump, triple jump and 60m hurdles. Craughwell are also fielding a strong team with the likes of Cathriona Farrell, Sarah and Rachel Finnegan all set to compete.

The action on the track begins at 12pm with the 60m hurdles and in the field with the women’s shot put.

There are also individual races available on the day with entry still available via the link below:

Entry Link


Calling club members

Craughwell AC - 12 March, 2014 - 22:20

If your not running in this years C10, then maybe you could volunteer to help out at the Craughwell 10 mile on Sunday 23rd March. If your interested in helping out on Sunday March 23rd, can you please contact Linda on 087 6290808. We would love to have you on board with us. Thanks to those who have already volunteered your services.

We are also calling out for some of the delicious home made baking ye have provided in the past.  Any cakes, buns, treats etc can be dropped to the Catering tent on the morning of Sunday 23rd.  All donations will be greatly appreciated.  ;) 

Weekend Results Round up March 8th/9th

Galway City Harriers - 12 March, 2014 - 19:17

Well done to everyone who raced over the weekend.

Hurley Hoey 10k
Congratulations to Gerry Carty coming home 3rd in the Hurly Hoey 10k on Saturday in 35:07!
Full results click HERE.

Ballycotton 10 mile
Conor Dolan had a fantastic run in the Ballycotton 10 miler on Sunday coming home 25th in an extremely competitive field in 55.48. Congrats Conor.

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Finn Valley open T/ F meet

Athletics Ireland - 11 March, 2014 - 19:40

Finn Valley ac have today announced details of their annual open early season meet which proved so popular last season
It provides opportunity before the school programme gets underway and the organisers point they are open to amendments should there be a request . Timetable to issue in the weeks ahead


Craughwell 10 - Entries filling up fast.

Craughwell AC - 11 March, 2014 - 16:38

A note to those who are thinking about entering Craughwell AC 10 mile... Entries have been flowing in the last week and we have less than 100 entries left.  Remember online registration only and it has sold out every year. To guarantee your entry and ensure you get your hands on one of the C10 medals and Tech T's sign up today. Just log onto https://www.activeglobal.com/running/craughwell-ireland/craughwell-10-mile-galway-2014/205052. So don't delay, sign up today. 


Galway 5km Series.

Craughwell AC - 11 March, 2014 - 16:15

Galway 5km Series. 

It's that time of year again.  The evenings are getting longer and the sun is starting to make a welcomed appearance in the sky, which means the Galway 5km series is just around the corner. 

This year the series will open for entry on www.activeglobal.com on Thursday 13th March at 8pm.  Series entry costs €30 and sells out within minutes.  So be sure to have logged into your active account and be ready to enter for 8pm.

The County Galway 5km series is an initiate of Galway Athletic Clubs  Over 6 Tuesday nights, a 5km race is organised by one of the athletic clubs across the county.  The format is simple - one race number covers the entire series.  No prizes are awarded, but anyone who completes 4 out of the 6 races gets a souvenir t-shirt. After the last race, a social night is organised by the final host club. 

All proceeds from the 5km series go to fund juvenile and adult athletics in Galway.

The first leg of the series starts in Athenry on Tuesday 29th April at 8pm where you will pick up your race number.

More detailed information can be found on www.5km.ie.


Tuam AC Notes 10 Mar 2014

Tuam AC - 10 March, 2014 - 23:43

The Inaugural Galway County Athletics Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday evening in The Ard Ri Hotel Tuam. The 2013 awards winners will be honoured for their athletics endeavors and it promises to be a great night as there is a vast well of Athletics talent in Co Galway. Our own stars were in action again at the weekend with Maura Meenaghan leading the way in the Tuam Transformation 5k event on Sunday and Ian Egan secured yet another podium finish when he finished 2nd out of over 700 competitors in the Moycullen 5k.. The main event this weekend is the Abbey Duniry 10k.*Charity Race – Permit sponsored by Loughrea AC*. Following the very successful inaugural event in 2013, the Abbey Duniry 10km Challenge is back! The race takes place around the village of Abbey Duniry on Sunday 16th of March. The course measurement complies with IAAF rules. Public liability insurance is in place. AAI permitted. There are prizes for all categories and a souvenir t-shirt for all entrants. The event is open to all levels of runners and walkers. Registration will be also available in the Community Centre on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. There is plenty of parking and there will be toilets and a bag drop area close to the start/finish. Refreshments will be available in the community centre afterwards. For further information please see the Facebookpage .

All-Ireland Juvenile Indoors 22nd & 23rd March

Galway City Harriers - 10 March, 2014 - 22:36

Attached are the All-Ireland Juvenile Indoors timetables for Saturday 22nd March & Sunday 23rd at Athlone IT.

Note: There will be no juvenile training on Sunday 23rd March as a result.

Galway Athletics Award Winners 2013

Galway City Harriers - 10 March, 2014 - 22:24

Galway Athletics County Board are delighted to announce that the following Galway Athletics Award Winners have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the various category awards for the 2013 year.

These athletes and coaches have contributed immensely to their sport and have achieved great success and excellence both in 2013, and in some cases, over many decades of athletic endeavour.

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New Inn 5K Sunday 30th March

Galway City Harriers - 10 March, 2014 - 22:02

New Inn 5K Sunday 30th March

Bernie will be taking names (and money if you have it) before Fit4Life training over the next few training evenings. 

€25 for bus and race entry fee. leaving Westside Library 11ish and back again approx. 4ish.

This is a lovely race with a nice and flat route
Road Race starts and finishes in the village of New Inn, Ballinasloe Co. Galway. 

Registration takes place from 11am at the Community Centre in the village.
Race starts at 1.

Refreshements afterwards and biscuits.

2014 Track & Field Summer Camps (Club Notice)

Athletics Ireland - 10 March, 2014 - 16:59

Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce the return of the Athletics Ireland Track & Field Summer Camps for 2014. The camps will give children the chance to try a whole range of athletics activities such as sprinting, javelin, hurdles, shot putt, long jump, walks and relays during the summer holidays!

Athletics Ireland is calling on our clubs and members to get involved in this exciting opportunity. The clubs that hold one of these camps will have the opportunity to increase their club’s membership numbers and revenue stream.

Athletics Ireland will work in partnership with your club to promote and market the camps in your local area through poster/flyer campaigns and online via the Athletics Ireland Website and Social Media Channels. The camps will allow the club to increase the club profile within their locality and surrounding areas while also promoting the sport of athletics nationwide.

In summary Athletics Ireland will provide the following:

•Online registration via the Athletics Ireland website
•Promotion via the Athletics Ireland website and social media platforms
•New Balance technical t-shirt, spike bag and certificate provided for all the participants
•Promotional flyers/poster supplied to generate local interest
•Full Training provided for the camp leaders
•Membership registration to your club of any child who signs up for the camp who is not already a member of your club.

Club Requirements:

In order for your club to host one of these camps they must have an outdoor track (preferably tartan) and an indoor facility (in case it rains) available to use. There also needs to be a space made available for the children to eat lunch and do their arts and crafts. Each club will identify one overall adult camp leader and a number of other leaders which Athletics Ireland will provide the necessary training for.

Camp Details

The projected start date for the summer camps is the week commencing the 30th of June and they are open to boys and girl’s aged 6+. Each camp begins on a Monday and runs right through to Friday from 10.30am to 2.30pm. The camps are priced at €50 for one week with a €10 discount for a second child.

Expression of Interest

We are looking for any club to express interest in hosting one of these camps to email John Holian (finance@athleticsireland.ie) or call the office on (0)1 8869933 for further details.

Trinity & DCU Take Title Laurels at Inter-Universities XC Champs

Athletics Ireland - 10 March, 2014 - 15:25

Maria O’Sullivan (Trinity College Dublin) won the Women’s Intervarsities Cross-Country Championship at Cork IT. This followed her 4th place in the Inter-Club’s Cross Country the previous week. She was pushed all the way by her team-mate Becky Woods who took the individual Silver medal. Ellie Harnett (University College Dublin) took the Bronze medal. Claire McCathy (8th) and Sorcha Humphreys (10th) gave Trinity its four scorers in the top ten (21 pts), to retain “The Cheetahs” Intervarsity Trophy. DCU placed second (6,7,11,15 = 39pts) and University College Cork took team Bronze (4,5,17,23 = 49pts).

During the initial stages of the Men’s race, the leading pack had all the potential contenders. The Men’s individual title went to John Coghlan (DCU). Ben Thistlewood (UCC) held off the challenge of John Travers (AIT) to take the Silver and Bronze medals, respectively. Andrew Connick (Waterford IT), National Intermediate Cross-Country Champion, was 4th. The team title was an enthralling competition and a close run affair in the end. DCU regained “The Green Fox” Intervarsity Trophy on 68pts (1,10,11,12,16,17) with UCD runners-up on 74pts (7,8,12,14,15,18). Athlone IT took the team Bronze team medals, being the only club to place three in the top ten – in addition to John Travers, Darragh Rennicks (5th) and Eoin Everard (6th), but lacked the depth to challenge for the title (122pts).

Full results are available at Results

Finn Valley 5k Spring Series Race 3

Athletics Ireland - 9 March, 2014 - 17:19

Another encouraging turnout at Finn Valley on what was an ideal morning for the challenge
The series comes to a conclusion on March 23rd 11am with a 5/ 10k option


Oisin Lyons Takes National XC Bronze

Craughwell AC - 9 March, 2014 - 14:58

A powerful run saw Oisin Lyons take individual bronze in the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships at Cork IT on Saturday. Oisin representing his school Calasanctius Oranmore was part of a 3-man breakaway group. His opponents managed to pull clear on a couple of hills throughout the course but Oisin continued to run strongly throughout to secure the bronze medal, the highest individual placing ever from a member of the club in a National cross country.

Jamie Fallon also representing Calasanctius was unlucky to pick up an ankle injury during the senior race which resulted in the Connacht champion having to settle for 16th place on the day. Having beaten the highly-rated David Harper from Westport in the Connacht finals, Jamie was in the mix for an individual medal but unfortunately it was not to be on the day. David Harper went on to take the individual bronze and in the process led his school Rice College to the National Senior title, reportedly the first time that a Connacht school has won the title. Damian O’Boyle had a strong run in the same race to take the individual 24th place.

Earlier in the Intermediate Boys race, Liam Moran led the Calasanctius team home with a 55th finish followed by James Cahalane 79th, Oisin Doyle 83rd and Matthew Barrett 97th with the team finishing in 9th place overall. In the Intermediate Girls event, Grainne McDaid had a fine run to take 44th place and in the process help her Presentation Athenry team to 6th place with 115 points only 15 points shy of the bronze medal position.

Nicola Duncan to represent Ireland at World Half Marathon Championships

Galway City Harriers - 9 March, 2014 - 12:19

Congratulations to Nicola Duncan was been chosen to represent Ireland at the World half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen on 29th March.

Nicola finished 2nd women in the Barcelona half marathon in February demolishing her personal best set 2 weeks previous to that in Watford 74:46 with a new PB of 72:13 seconds.

Nicola is also taking part in the London Marathon, best of luck!

Club EGM

Craughwell AC - 8 March, 2014 - 22:14

The Executive Committee have called for EGM on Wednesday 19th March at 8pm in St Michael's Hall in Craughwell in order to:

a) Give a full presentation of the new 8-acre facility being purchased/constructed adjoining the school grounds and answer any questions.

b) Approve changes to the Constitution to enable the Committee to appoint trustees and to register the club a tax-exempt body, all of which are required in order to purchase the 8-acre site.



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