Team Points Scoring Men after :20 events.
Place Country Club Points
1 DEN Sparta AM 146.5
2 SLO AD Mass Ljubljana 138.5
3 NED Phanos 123.5
4 SRB AC Radnicki 123
5 SUI LG Bern 116.5
6 ISL IR-Reykjavik Sportclub 106.5
7 FIN Jyvaskylaan Kenttaurheilijat 104
8 BEL RESC 89
9 LUX C.S. Luxembourg 71
10 IRL Crusaders A.C. 65.5
Team Points Scoring Women after :20 events.
Place Country Club Points
1 FRA CA Montreuil 93 152
2 NED Phanos 143
3 FIN Jyvaskylaan Kenttaurheilijat 126
4 ISL IR-Reykjavik Sportclub 120
5 SLO AD Mass Ljubljana 114
6 ITA ACSI Italia Clubb 111
7 LUX Celtic Diekirch 95
8 SUI STB Leichtathletik 86
9 IRL Dundrum South Dublin A.C. 76
10 ISR Reshon Le Zion 66
Galway City Harriers are delighted to host the fifth leg of the Galway 5k series tomorrow night at 8pm at Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Galway.
This year we have a new improved fast course, which is on a two lap circuit around the racecourse and its perimeter road.
Map of the course can be seen here.
Entrance from Ballybrit Crescent only as marked on the map.
Please follow stewards directions to parking at 'P' indicated on map.
A very busy week of local competitive action kicks off this Wednesday evening with the much awaited Buncrana 5k, the premier 5k in the North West, and then its on to Sunday’s SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon and Kids Mini Marathon, which will bring 1500 marathon runners, including the recent Belfast Marathon winner, Kenyan Freddy Keron Sittuk, and 500 minis onto the city streets for a veritable feast of running.
First off though its all eyes on Buncrana and the 7 30pm start for the 11th annual Furey Insurances 5K, set to bring around 400 runners to the potentially quick Inishowen course, where the aforementioned Freddy Sittuk set the all comers record of 14m 18s in 2012. The Kenyan is not due in Derry until Friday and will focus on Sunday’s city marathon where he will chase victory and a sub 2hrs 25min clocking to guarantee a substantial cash bonus.
Last year’s male winner Ciaran Doherty of Letterkenny set the Irish best for the Buncrana course of 14m 34s and is expected to line up again, alongside the locally based Gary Murray of St Malachys and top Derry distance men, Scott Galbraith and Declan Reed. Others could arrive on the night for what usually is a high quality event, producing exciting racing and fast times right down through the field.
Former Letterkenny AC’s Maria McCambridge holds the women’s course record of 16m 07s from 2010, but with the inform Lifford flyer Anne Marie McGlynn said to be targeting a sub 16m run, that could fall this week. Her clubmates Natasha Adams and Claire McGuigan may be there to keep the pace honest and former winner Teresa McGlynn could also be in a quality line up come Wednesday. McGlynn ran 16m 32s to win here last year and her current form suggests an improvement is entirely possible.
But its not all about the upfront action, the Buncrana race attracts runners and joggers of all abilities with the organisers always stressing that ” it is an event for everyone”. From sub 15mins to the sub 20’s, 25’s, 30’s and beyond, the Buncrana 5K caters for all abilities and everyone is very welcome.
Entries will be taken on the night from 5 30pm at event HQ in Scoill Mhuire adjacent to the start, the fee is £9 or E10 and for that you get an expertly organised event, a great course, accurately measured, chip timing, competition at all levels and of course the famous post race refreshments and the chance to debate the pros and cons of your run with your competitors.
Online entry is also possible up to 5pm on Tuesday evening 27th May. Simply send your name, date of birth, age on race day and club, if any, to firstname.lastname@example.org You can pay the entry fee at race HQ when you pick up your race pack on the Wednesday night.
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Freddy Sittuk is no stranger to these parts and following his recent impressive 2hrs 18m Belfast marathon victory the Kenyan will head the SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon field this Sunday. He will start as the odds on favourite and indeed will chase a sub 2hrs 25m time as the organisers have offered a £1000 bonus for the athlete ducking below that figure.
The inaugural winner Tommy Hughes posted a not so shabby 2hrs 30m winning time last year, very impressive for a 50 something, and will be in the field again as will third placer Pauric McKinney of Inishowen AC bur clearly the attention will be on the classy Kenyan. Interestingly the only man to win back to back Belfast and Derry marathons was our own Paul Craig back in 1983, when he put together two winning 2hrs 20m performances, just three weeks apart.
Defending women’s winner Jacqui Boyle , a Derry native long domiciled in Dublin where she runs for Tallaght AC will be be back seeking another win but could be pushed hard by another local, the Spartans Marina Campbell who boasts a sub 3hr 10m clocking from the Dublin marathon a few years ago. This pair look like the main female players but racing 26.2 miles can throw up some curved balls so take nothing for granted.
REGISTRATION AND RACE DAY INFORMATION
The final organisational arrangements are being sorted for the race which has a 8 30am start from the Everglades and follows a circuit along the banks of the Foyle with the first runner expected from around 10 50am, into Guildhall Square inside the historic walled city of Derry–Londonderry.
The Kids Mini Marathon starts close to the Gasyard Centre from 9 45am, there are five separate start groups, and the young runners from the Derry City Council area and beyond, will also finish in Guildhall Square fro 9 50am onwards. They will set the scene perfectly for the main event and will be all be clear of the finish area well before the leading marathon runner strides home.
Race Packs can be collected on Friday and Saturday at Foyleside ( the Food Quarter) —for both the Marathon and the Mini Marathon. Checkout all race information on www.thewalledcitymarathon.com and remember there will be some traffic restrictions from 7 30am to around 2 30pm on race day, details also on website and in separate press release
The 2014 Galway County Adult Track and Field championships will take place on the dates below.
The venue is the Regional Sports Centre track in Dangan at the NUI Galway grounds.
Day One - Sunday 29 June
Time: 1.30pm onwards
Events: 200m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, Discus, 800m, Weight for Distance (only Seniors and Masters), 4x100m relay, 3000m women/5000m men
Day Two - Thursday 10th July
Time: 7pm onwards
Well done to everyone who took part in the Mayfly 10k on Saturday 24th May.
In the Men’s race Matt Bidwell came home first in 33:43 and Larry Kelly in 3rd in 38:36.
In the Women’s race Sinead Brody came home first in 39:46.
Well done to everyone.
Full results click HERE.
Lough Cutra Triathlon
Well done to our club members who took part in the Lough Cutra Triathlon on Sunday 25th May
The 2014 Galway County adult Track and Field championships will take place on the dates below. The venue is the Regional Sports Centre track in Dangan , NUI Galway grounds.
Day One -Sunday 29 June 1.30pm onwards
200m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, Discus
800m, Weight for Distance (only Seniors and Masters), 4×100m relay.
3000m Women / 5000m men
Day Two- Thursday 10 July from 7pm
100m, 400m, Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer, 1500m,
High Jump, 4×400m relay
10,000m on Thursday June 12th in Dangan at 7pm. Pre entries for this to ensure numbers.
County Championship medal Categories – Senior, Masters 35, Masters 50, Junior,
Entries on the day - E5 for day/event (i.e. 5 euro means you can run one or all events on one day)
All track events will be electronically timed.
Guest athletes are very welcome from other athletics clubs, but dont qualify for Galway medals.
Entries taken on the day at Dangan Track.
Event co-ordinators are Brian Bruton, Mary Barrett & Iain Shaw.
Queries to Brian Bruton 087 9278337 or email email@example.com .
If there is a demand and sufficient numbers for any other event eg hurdles/steeplechase/walks , we may be able to accommodate if you let me know by June 6th what it is.
The AAI Games kicked off the national track and field season today in Morton Stadium Santry with many of Ireland’s top athletes in action. Ben Reynolds (North Down AC) produced the performance of the day in the 110m Hurdles winning in 13.63. This time was just inside the qualification standard of 13.65 for the European Track and Field Championships which take place in Zurich in August however the wind of +2.1 was agonisingly just outside the legal limit of +2, therefore it will not count as a qualifier. Marcus Lawlor (SLOT) who is only 19 commanded the field of Ireland’s best 200m athletes crossing the line to win in 21.13, inside the qualification standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships which take place in July in Oregon. In the 100m Hurdles Limerick’s Sarah Lavin, (UCD AC) was a clear winner producing her fastest ever season opener with 13.49 just off her targeted European qualification standard.
The much anticipated Men’s 200m race didn’t fail to disappoint. It was young gun Lawlor who got the best start running a great curve into the home straight. Steven Colvert (Crusaders A.C.) made some grounds in the closing 50m however Lawlor held him off to win in 21.13 with Colvert second in 21.23. Lawlor said: “My focus is World Junior’s, that was another A standard today. I went to the last World junior’s and saw Mark English get to the final and I went home and said to myself I can do that as well.”
David Hynes (Menapians A.C) took third place in 21.46 and 400m specialist Brain Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) having to settle for fourth in 21.55. Later in the day in the 100m Hynes and Lawlor both recorded 11.60 with Hynes being given the nod for poll position. Keith Pike (Clonliffe Harriers) was third in a personal best of 11.72.
In the women’s 100m, Phil Healy Bandon A.C continued her run of good form winning in 11.68 from Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank A.C.) second in 11.73 and Catherine Mc Manus (Dublin City Harriers A.C) third in 11.77. Positions were reversed in the 200m with Whelan winning in an Irish lead time of 23.91 and Healy second in 24.18.
The women’s 400m won by Ciara McCallion (Clonliffe Harriers) in 56.31, while 18 year old Harry Purcell won the men’s race in convincing style in 48.26 from Kieran Kelly in 49.06.
Reynolds winning time of 13.63 improved on his season debut last week at the Loughborough International of 13.79. Speaking after the race Ben Reynolds said “I was satisfied with the run, it’s a lot faster than I was going in my early races last year”
Lavin’s time of 13.49 in the 100m hurdles was a solid start to her season. While youth athlete Megan Marrs (City of Lisburn AC) looked impressive finishing second in 13.72 with Catherine Mc Manus (Dublin City Harriers A.C.) third in 14.04. Speaking after the race Lavin said “I don’t think it could have gone any better, it’s my fastest opener by a large margin I think it’s half a second. I feel in a really good place, I’ve really worked on my start and its showing. I want to get an A Standard (for Europeans) as I don’t want to make up the numbers in Zurich”.
In the Men’s 400m Hurdles there was a great battle between Timmy Crowe (Dooneen A.C) and Paul Byrne of St. Abban’s AC . Both were neck and neck at each hurdle until Crowe began to pull away from at hurdle 8 to win in 51.76 with Byrne second in 52.34.
Dave McCarthy won the Men’s 1500m in 3.46.68 with Andrew Coscoran second in 3.50and John Coghlan third in 3.50.27. Coghlan lead the pace for the first 3 laps with McCarthy making a decisive move with 300m to go. Coghlan faded in the final 200m and was passed out by Coscoran.
The women’s 1500m was won by Siofra Cleirigh Buttner in 4.27.01 inside the B World Juniors Standard (4.28). Aislinn Crossey dominated the women’s 800m from gun to tape winning in 2:10.80 with Robert Tully Star of the Sea winning the men’s race in 1:53.29. Conor Dooney (Raheny AC) set a PB of 8:19.19 to win Men’s 3000m.
Caoimhe King Aughagower A.C jumped 12.73 to win Triple Jump, a leap which is just off her U23 record of 12.75.
On their first attempt the Irish junior men’s relay 4×100m squad fall short of their quest to achieve the qualifying standard for the World Junior Championships of 40.10 finishing second the Senior Men’s team.
Program for tomorrow's track and field is attached below. Please note that the scheduled times for each event are approximate only and please arrive in good time at least 1 hour before that scheduled time:
Start your training fort the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon NOW by following the Exclusive 22 Week Marathon Training Schedules in the latest issue (June/July) of Irish Runner magazine.
This Issue includes Tried & Tested Marathon Training Schedules, as well as a profile of Dublin Marathon winner Sean Hehir and and a feature too on Nicola Duncan, who will compete for Ireland in the marathon at the European Track & Field Championships in Zurich.
There is also a Special Feature to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the first Sub 4 Minute Mile and a trip down Memory Lane with Irish Mile Record Holders, Ray Flynn and Sonia O’Sullivan.
Joe Conway reports from the World Masters Track & Field Championships in Budapest where Irish athletes Brian Lynch & Joe Gough both won Gold medals I their respective over 60 1500m and 800m events.
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The Aviva All Ireland Schools’ Track and Field Championships will be held on the 31st of May in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Some of Ireland’s top up and coming athletes will be competing fiercely to bring home a national title to their school.
Live updates on the the Athletics Ireland Twitter and Facebook
This year’s Morton Games will be awash with top class Irish and International talent. Heather Kampf (Team USA Minnesota), US 1 Mile Road Champion, and Molly Huddle, US 5000m Record Holder, will both make their first appearances at the games. Igor Bychkov (Spain) and Luke Cutts (The Dearne ALC, GB) will return for a second time hoping to reignite their fierce rivalry from last year’s games which led to a new stadium record.
US Champ Heather Kampf confirmed for Mile
It has been confirmed that Heather Kampf (Team USA Minnesota) will participate in the Clonliffe Women’s International Mile at Morton Games.
One of the top athletes on the US circuit. She has been particularly successful on the popular road circuit and is the reigning US 1 Mile Road champion.
Winning the The Ryan Shay Mile and the Liberty Mile has earned her the nickname in the States of ‘Queen of the Road Mile’.
Whilst at the University of Michigan she was a 9 time NCAA All American and was the NCAA 800 Indoor Champion in 2006.
In 2014 she competed in the World Indoor 1500 metres in Sopot. Heather boasts an impressive set of PBs, her 1500 PB is 4.07.15 set on the 25th of April this year at Des Moines. Her indoor mile PB is 4.30.14 with a road mile best of 4.27.1.
Cutts and Bychkov to go head to head
Hot on the heels of the confirmation from Igor Bychkov (ESP), the joint pole vault stadium record holder Luke Cutts (The Dearne ALC, GB) has confirmed his participation for this year’s Morton Games.
These two athletes were involved in one of the most dramatic events at the 2013 Morton Games when they jointly set a new stadium record of 5.56m. Vault after vault and they could not be separated and as exhaustion eventually set in a tie was declared.
Since those Morton Games Cutts has gone on to extend his PB outdoors to 5.70m, in London the 27th of July and this year on the 25th of January 2014 vaulted to a new Indoor PB 5.83m.
It is fantastic to see that these two world class athletes are coming back to Santry to thrill the Morton Stadium crowd.
US Record Holder confirms for Women’s Mile
US 5000m record holder Molly Huddle will be participating in the 2014 Women’s International Mile (sponsored by Clonliffe Harriers) at the Morton Games.
Molly Huddle set the blistering 5000m 14.44.76 record at the 2010 Ivo Van Damme Memorial Meet in Brussels.
She is an Olympic 5000m finalist having made the final at the London Olympics.
She has represented the United States twice at the world championships and three times at world cross country championships.
She has a 1500m PB of 4.08.09 and a 10000 PB of 30.47.59 set as recently as the 4th of May.
Dried fruit and nut experts Forest Feast and Athletics Ireland today officially launched the Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps at a special event in Morton Stadium, Santry.
The Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps will be run at several athletics clubs nationwide throughout June and July giving participating young people 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.
The camps, which are focused on fun and fitness, are open to boys and girls aged six years and above, and are run by fully accredited Athletics Ireland Leaders.
On the final day of each camp, every child will be presented with a medal and a certificate in recognition of their efforts. As well as learning new skills and making new friends in a fun environment, each child will go home with a New Balance T-Shirt, Spike Bag and Water Bottle.
Irish Long Jump Record Holder Kelly Proper, ambassador for the Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps, was on hand at today’s launch event, alongside a group of budding young athletes from north Dublin club Fingallians AC.
Proper said “The Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps are a fantastic opportunity for young children to have fun and try athletics during the summer holiday period. These camps will give these kids a chance to develop many aspects of their physical abilities, such as speed, agility and balance in a fun environment.”
Forest Feast Field Sales Manager Christine Whelan said, “Forest Feast is proud to be kicking off a summer of athletics and fun through the Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps. The warmer months represent an ideal time for young people to get into the fresh air and get active, instilling a fun and healthy relationship to fitness. Being part of these camps will give young people an opportunity to develop skills and make friendships that will last far beyond the summer.”
Week 1 July 7th - 11th
Week 2 July 14th - 18th
Week 1 June 30th - July 4th
Week 2 July 7th - 11th
Week 1 July 14th - 18th
Ferrybank June 30th - July 4th
Leevale July 14th-18th
Cushinstown July 7th - 11th
Clonmel June 30th - July 4th
Dunleer July 7th - 11th
Tallaght AC July 21st - 24th
Getting active and having fun was top of the agenda for Raheny kids last night with a hugely successful Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamboree event taking place in Manor House School.
The fun-filled event, on Thursday 21st May, brought together over 220 young athletes (5-12 years old) from the Raheny Shamrock athletics club together to participate in an action packed evening of activity.
The event was co-ordinated by Collette Quinn of Raheny Shamrock AC who enlisted the help of over 20 volunteers. They put the young athletes through their paces by participating in various games, challenges and activities, which worked on their agility, balance and coordination - the three fundamentals of Forest Feast Little Athletics.
Athletics Ireland Regional Development Officer for North Dublin, Bart Rogers, said: “It was great to see so many children here today getting active and having fun at the same time. It’s hugely important that children understand the importance of staying active from a young age.
“We’re delighted that Forest Feast Little Athletics is growing even more popular across Ireland this year, with schools and clubs getting fully behind the programme.”
Christine Whelan of dried fruit and nut brand Forest Feast, sponsor of Little Athletics, said:
“Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamborees are a perfect way for kids to get active and make new friends in a relaxed and fun environment. They introduce the important lesson that keeping fit can and should be fun – and instil a very healthy attitude to leading an active lifestyle.
“It was great to see so many children in Raheny taking part in the Jamboree – they all had endless energy and most importantly, really enjoyed themselves!”
The Jamboree event comes on the back of the recent new partnership between Athletics Ireland and dried fruit and nut experts Forest Feast, who will support the growth of grassroot athletics in Ireland through the major sponsorship of Little Athletics. Forest Feast Little Athletics introduces young children (5-12 years) to athletics in a fun, engaging and non-competitive environment.
There are further Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamboree events planned over the coming weeks, with. AIT International Arena, 6.30pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 25th June, the next on the calendar.
For further information on these events please contact Athletics Ireland Director of Development Pat Ryan by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile: 087 2621310
The sun came out and with it a record response in excess of 500 bringing the 2 day Finn Valley festival of school athletics to just under the 1000 participants the event builds and builds and with excellent organisation it is indeed most encouraging . Meet Director Patsy Mc Gonagle expressed his thanks to the many officials ,teachers /schools and indeed the enthusiastic response of the children as they engaged in long and high jump ,turbo javelin,wheelchair,shot,sprint and midddle distance plus relays . It all went along at a cracking pace with a return to the same venue next Wednesday for finals an 11 am start .
Ireland’s number one 400m athlete Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) will headline a stacked 200m field at the 2014 AAI Open Games. European Junior Silver Medallist Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) continues her transition into the senior ranks as she is set to compete in both the 100m and 100m hurdles events. While 2014 World Indoor 1,500m representative David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) makes his return to competition after a spell out due to injury in the 1,500m.
In an exciting addition to the programme Ireland’s junior men’s relay squad will compete in a 4×100m relay event as they begin their quest to run the 40.10 qualifying standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregan in July (See relay preview below for more details)
All the action from the event will be streamed live via the Athletics Ireland Website in partnership with broadcast providers Aertv.
After a successful training stint in America, Gregan drops down in distance to the 200m and faces a strong field which includes Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) and 2014 national indoor 60m champion David Hynes (Menapians AC). Rising sprint stars Marcus Lawler (St Laurence O’Toole AC) and Zac Irwin (Sligo AC) are both competing in what is likely to be one of the closest races of the day.
Lavin in her first year in the senior ranks will start as favourite in the 100m hurdles with rival Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH) also in the line-up. The women’s 100m race is set to be a thriller with Lavin lining up against sprint specialists Phil Healy (Bandon AC), Louise Kiernan (Fingallians AC), Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC) and McManus. Healy was the outstanding performer of the indoor season setting a new Irish U23 record of 7.36 for the 60m.
Timmy Crowe (Dooneen AC) competes in the men’s 400m having enjoyed a successful indoor campaign which included a 47.29 indoor personal best. Harry Purcell (Trim AC) was the standout performer at the recent Aviva Leinster Schools Championships recording a time of 47.82 is also in the line-up.
McCarthy just missed out on a spot in the final in the 1,500m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland in March. The AAI Games marks McCarthy’s first competitive race since then as he lines up in the 1,500m against John Coghlan (MSB AC) and Andrew Corscoran (Star of the Sea AC).
Ireland’s top ranked 800m athlete Laura Crowe (Riocht AC) is the leading name in the women’s 800m. Junior athlete Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dundrum South Dublin AC) targets a fast time over 1,500m in a year where the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregan is her top priority.
Another group of athletes with Oregan on their mind is the junior men’s relay squad with athletes of the quality of Lawler, Irwin and Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC) on the team they could go close to the national record of 40.60. Under the guidance of junior men’s relay coordinator Daniel Kilgallon this will be the squad’s first competitive outing of the season. The next planned race for the squad will be a meeting in Geneva on June 14th. The required qualifying time of 40.10 for the World Juniors will be the squad’s major goal for the season.
In the women’s Pole Vault event Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrock AC) and Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena & Antrim AC) will go head to head with Ian Rogers (Clonliffe Harriers AC) starting favourite in the men’s event.
Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers AC) and John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) are both over 15m already this year will renew rivalry in the men’s shot putt.
Round One of the AAI National Track and Field League took place last Sunday in a downpour at Sligo IT.
Galway City Harriers men’s squad scored 95 points placing them 7th in the Premier Division, after the first round- the team needs to finish in the top eight in the first two rounds to reach the final.
There were some excellent performances right across the team, including wins for Sean Breathnach in the Shot and 56lb weight, and for Mike Conerney in the Discus .
Keith Fallon ran well for 4th spot in a competitive 1500m, and Peter Mannion had a fine third spot in the 3k Walk.
Claregalway was host to tonight’s event which was the 4th in the Galway 5k series.
This course was a little testing as with a hill to start and a hill at approx. 4km, and with weather conditions poor it was a test but none the less as we've seen in the past few weeks this didn't deter the crowds!!
The turnout was great tonight with 574 participants taking part and once again Galway City Harriers were well represented in the top 10 with 7 out of the 10 top spots (with 8 in the top 11)!!!
Claregalway was host to tonight’s event which was the 4th in the Galway 5k series.
This course was a little testing as with a hill to start and a hill at approx. 4km, and with weather conditions poor it was a test but none the less as we’ve seen in the past few weeks this didn’t deter the crowds!!
The turnout was great tonight with 574 participants taking part and once again Galway City Harriers were well represented in the top 10 with 7 out of the 10 top spots (with 8 in the top 11)!!!
Wednesday the 29th of May is the date for the 11th annual Buncrana 5km Road Race and Fun Run. As ever, sponsored by Sean Furey Insurances of Buncrana and Carndonagh, the 2014 edition of the event promises to be as popular as ever with club runners and recreational athletes alike. Over the last ten years, the race has become a highlight in the Northwest racing calendar due to the proven fast course and the excellent organisation.
2013 was another record breaking year with Letterkenny AC’s Ciaran Doherty running a new Irish record for the course of 14.34 mins to win from Spartan Declan Reed on 14.48. It is worth noting that these men are 39 and 40 years old respectively! While the speed of their runs was questioned in some quarters, both ran similar times on the track shortly after. In the same race Scott Rankin ran 15.00 for 3rd place. This year these three are likely to do battle once again. Rankin has just edged out Reed a number of times this year so far and has a recent 8.31 PB for 3k on the track. Reed is also in great form winning the Irish masters Cross Country title this year and last week winning the Dublin 10k track championships in 31.30. Doherty is also in excellent shape and recently went sub 15 mins in the Ballyshannon 5k. Local hopes rest with the evergreen Pauric McKinney who is a former three time winner of the event and was 5th last year. Others to look out for include any of the Annadale Striders or St Malachy’s boys, who, if they make the trip across the Sperrins, mean business. The men’s team race was won very convincingly by City of Derry Spartans last year with 6 in the top 10 and all sub 16 mins. Both Foyle valley and Letterkenny AC will surely have something to say about the team battle in 2014.
Last year the ladies were also in flying form. Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn ran an excellent 16.32 last year to finish 18th overall in what was the second fastest performance ever by a female on the course. This year McGlynn has been in even better form and could challenge former Olympian Maria McCambridge’s 2010 record of 16 mins and 7 seconds. Also in the reckoning could be three time winner and no 3 on the all-time list Finn Valley’s Therese Mc Gloin who ran 16.35 in 2010. Interesting to note that McGloin got married to Ciaran Doherty during the year and you wouldn’t get good odds betting against and husband and wife double victory on the 28th. Other contenders include Lifford’s Natasha Adams, Finn Valley’s Helen Stockdale and Springwell’s Gemma Turley. Last year the Inishowen ladies were surprising but deserving winners of the team race.
In 2012 the Buncrana public were treated to a little demonstration of the East African dominance when Kenyan Runner Freddie Keron Sittuk posted 14 mins 18 sec to win. The organisers have deemed Freddie’s time to be an all-comers record for the course with Doherty’s 14.34 being an Irish record. They continue to offer €100 bonus to anyone who can break either record. In addition they offer €200 to anyone who can break 14 mins! Kenyan Freddie Sittuk is back in the country at the moment and fresh from winning the Belfast marathon may be lured down to have another crack at it. The ladies course record is no less impressive. Letterkenny AC’s former Olympian Maria McCambridge broke the record in 2010 running an excellent 16 mins and 7 seconds. The same bonus is on offer for the ladies.
Race for everyone
Despite all this talk of records and the fleet of foot, the main aim of this race has always been to provide competition for all levels of runners and joggers. It doesn’t matter if you have just started jogging and have to take walk breaks every so often, you are more than welcome to Buncrana. The only thing that we ask is that you do attempt to run/jog the 5km. It doesn’t matter if you have to walk a bit in the middle but this is not a walking event. Also worth noting that due to Athletic Association of Ireland (AAI) rules, no athlete under 16 years of age will be allowed to compete.
The race is also number 8 of the Donegal Athletics Board’s Summer Grand Prix series which this year comprises a staggering 55 races. In addition to this, there are literally hundreds of fund raising road events being staged across the NW. Due to the huge number of events happening this year, the organisers of the Furey Insurances Series have decided to cancel the whole series and just retain the Buncrana event. This event is not one to bring the dog on a lead or the wain in the pram to but is designed for ANYONE who would like an opportunity to see where they are at. Don’t buy into the scare mongering that this is only for the speedy ones or that 5k races are “too fast”. Everyone has a right to race/run/jog/waddle the Buncrana 5k. Go for it!
Wednesday 28th May 2013. Registration from 5.30pm at Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, adjacent to Buncrana Leisure Centre. Entry fee €10/£9stg, Chip timing in operation. Race starts at 7.30 sharp. Refreshments provided after in Scoil Mhuire. Showers available in Buncrana Leisure Centre. Pre-race entries can be emailed to email@example.com — simply state your name, gender, age on race day and club! These must be received by 6pm on Tuesday the 27th May. Your race number can be picked up on the night when payment is made. Due to the large numbers expected please help us and yourselves by pre-entering! Any of those who intend to register on the night please get there early as we will be closing registration at 7.10pm sharp and don’t want to have to disappoint you. Thanks
The Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5k is organised by Eoghan and Dara Furey with the help of City of Derry Spartans AC, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana, Buncrana Leisure Centre and the help of the local community.
This is an event for everyone regardless of what level of runner you think you are. No more excuses - too fast, too far, not far enough (?), I’ve no speed, I’ll be last! We have heard them all and refute them all. If you can cover three miles in training then you have a right to be there! If you have never tried a 5k or feel your PB is up for review then no better place to be.
We organise everything except the weather! How you run is up to you!
For further details contact race directors Eoghan and Dara Furey
ring 00 353 87 9474883/ 00 353 86 6061514
email: firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com / website: www.derry-spartans.com
facebook: Furey Insurances Buncrana 5k series page / Race route fly through: www.goodrunguide.co.uk
Craughwell A.C. Training Tops and Tracksuits available to purchase from Geraldine Jennings on 085 8404509 pls call her if you are interested in purchasing.
- Full Tracksuits S, XS, 2XS and 3XS available price €36
- Training Tops S XS 2Xs available price €26