Munster B’s Cross Country Championships

Winter is here with a blast and we had a seasonal day out at the Munster B’s Championships, held in
the Turnpike at TwoMileBorris in Tipperary, last Sunday, the 1 st of December.
There was no snow on the ground but it was cold enough for it. Perfect conditions for a run around a
mucky field. Eight of our juveniles were eligible to run for the Munster B’s and it’s great to report
that they all ran really well on the day.
Oscar Cunningham and Adam O’Connor were first out in the under 9s and both finished in the top
50. Next up was Ciara Hayes in the under 11s. In a field of over 100 runners, Ciara finished in 13 th
spot., just missing out on an individual medal but I am glad to say that Ciara picked up a County
medal for Cork who came first overall in the team medals. Brilliant stuff!
Our under 11 boys were Ryan Whelan, Tadgh Walsh and James O’Connor. Again, all of our lads
finished in the top half of the field of 103 runners. Ryan had a super finish, picking up an individual
medal finishing in 11 th place. Ryan also picked up a County team gold for Cork. Congratulations, Ryan.
Well deserved!
As usual, Ellie Barry and Ella O’Connor took their place at the start line for the under 13 race and
they duly put in a strong performance.
Last but not least, Darragh Ronayne put in a sterling performance in his under 13 boys race and
finished a strong 7 th place and besides his individual medal, also picked up a County gold medal for
his beloved Cork. Great going, Darragh!
Well done to all of our athletes and coaches for their great performances and to the families for the
great support.
Next Sunday, the 8 th of December is our second East Cork Cross Country Championships, to be held
in Carrignavar. Our club had a very successful day out the first day and we are confident that lots of
our club athletes will turn up and have a brilliant day out again.

Annual club outing to Bere Island

It was a Midsummer Run with a difference. St Catherines decamped from our usual haunts in East Cork and pitched up on Bere Island, in the heart of West Cork.

We were there to take part in not one, not two but three running events happening on Saturday last, the 13th of July.

Bere Island is one of the most popular ParkRun events in the country and many of our runners and walkers, both young and old, started the event at 9.30. It was beautiful and warm, not a cloud in the sky, as our club athletes wound their way around the hilly terrain. Chris O’Connell was off like a hare, “running at marathon pace” who came home first. Many of our first timers to the island remarked on the beautiful course set in the most picturesque countryside.

The Midsummer Run events at 5k and 10k took place in the afternoon which gave the ParkRun participants, a bit of time for a coffee and cake in the village café. Thanks to Edel and Brendan Murphy for the warm welcomes, the genuine hospitality and for making us feel right at home.

As the temperatures soared into the high twenties, the races began and our club athletes prepared to battle in the very humid conditions. The most welcome sight, besides the finish line, was the many water stations dotted throughout the course. Some of us were shedding buckets of sweat trying to get around the course, never mind trying to keep up with the leaders. As per usual, our club was very well represented in numbers and yet again, we featured in the medals. Well done to Chris O’Connell who finished second in the 5k; Roisin Ronayne who finished second in the 10 k; Trevor Geary who came home 3rd in the 10k and the one and only Brenda Hickey who was declared first female veteran in the 10k. That last one may have been a clerical error!!

Yours truly had the pleasure of accompanying the legendary wheelchair athlete, Jerry Forde, around the 10k race. Not surprisingly, Jerry put on an incredible display of pure strength and determination to conquer the very difficult road conditions for a wheelchair and triumphed in a time of 1 hour 51 minutes. Thanks Jerry!

While we tucked into the post-race  tea and sandwiches at the GAA club, the children’s races took place on the pitch. Well done to all the children and congrats to  Aimee Kearney, Mark Geary and Sarah O’Connell for getting onto the podium as well.

And to cap it all, we then descended to Lonehort Cove, where we spent a lovely few hours swimming in the azure blue water—if felt and looked like we were in the Mediterranean Sea.

All the club, including the Kearneys, Murphys, Dunnings, O’Connells, Clancys, Gearys, Hayes, Linehans, Hickeys, Hartes and Ronayne families, finished the night off in the pub being entertained by Doireann Hayes and Sadie & Grainne Linehan playing us some traditional tunes that they learnt in County Clare last week.

Thanks as ever, to Kevin Hayes for organizing this excellent weekend away.  

Looking forward already to next year.

Eoin Linehan

St Catherines AC Awards Night Notes

Our club members, young and old, gathered together to celebrate our athletes achievements for the 2018 calendar year.

There was a great turnout from the members and their families at Conna Hall on Saturday night last.

Awards were presented for Juveniles and Adults.

Kevin Hayes, chairman of the club, remarked on the increase of participation by athletes of all ages and the increase in membership, particularly the Little Athletics section, which resulted in more coaching requirements and more parents becoming involved in the running of the club.

Our guest speaker was Martin Drake, chairman of the East Cork AC Board, who remarked on the great ambition of the club over the last ten years, and his own personal admiration for the youngsters over the last ten years, who have been dogged in their pursuit for silverware. He also recounted various occasions at County, Munster and All Ireland races where he would take great pride in seeking out the St Catherine’s jersey in amongst all the other clubs and roaring on the runners in turn.

The club president, Dan McCarthy, presented the various trophies, assisted by Martin Drake.

The most improved female juvenile is Ally Mulkerins.

The most improved male juvenile is Conor Hayes.

The overall juvenile winner is Laura Hayes.

Dan McCarthy took great pride in presenting the award to Laura who not only had another superb year in athletics but also had the most incredible achievements in Camogie where she won 4 All -Irelands at schools, minor, intermediate and senior levels. He stated that her efforts reflected greatly on the parish and showed how a small club like St Catherine’s consistently punched above its weight.

The female adult ‘Athlete of the Year’ award was won by Frances Barry.

The male adult ‘Athlete of the Year’ award was won by Mike Byrnes.

The under 19 girls team were also presented with the County Trophy for winning the under-19 cross country County title in Carrignavar. The team is Sarah Barry, Laura Hayes, Natalie Nicholson, Sarah Mulcahy and Caoimhe Hayes. In fairness to these girls, who have given great service to the club, they made a special presentation to their coach, Frank Hayes for all the great effort to turn them into such a crack outfit.

Kevin Hayes also presented Natalie Nicholson with her All-Ireland ‘Munster’ team gold medal which she won recently in Navan at the All Ireland under-age Cross Country championships.

The evening was rounded off by a visual display of the athletes throughout the year, followed by a fine spread of sandwiches, pastries and cakes.

Thanks to everyone who helped out to put together such a memorable night.

ST CATHERINES A.C. AGM, Wednesday 12th Dec, 8PM

The Club AGM will be held on Wednesday 12th Dec at 8pm in Conna Community Centre. Everyone welcome to this very important club meeting.

Agenda

  1. Opening Address / Standing orders
  2. Secretary’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Chairperson’s Address
  5. Coaches Report
  6. Presidents Address
  7. Elections of Officers
    • Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Competitions Secretary
    • P.R.O.
    • Child Welfare Officer
    • Registrar
    • Delegates
    • Chairperson
  8. Motions
  9. Any Other Business

Avondhu 3X3 Overall Standings

Well done to everyone who has ran the race 1 and 2 of the series. As we head into the grand finale Grange Fermoy 4 Mile you can see where you are in the overall standings below…

The overall results of the Avondhu 3X3 are available here

Important Information

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For Juvenile & Little Athletics

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Couch to 5K

Fit for Life at Ballincollig Parkrun

Fit for Life at Ballincollig Parkrun

Following on from the great success of the couch to 5k sessions over the last year the club will kick off a new couch to 5k the first session starting tomorrow (Wednesday 30th August) at the slightly later time of 7:30pm. Tomorrow’s session is an introductory for everyone with the 9 week training schedule commencing next week. All welcome.

Our Couch to 5k Program is suitable for all beginners and is available here