Weekend of racing in Allihies and White’s Cross


Allihies 5 mile road race

We had 3 members make the long drive down to Allihies for a tough 5 mile race. There were plenty of hills to battle up but it was worth it for the views of the coast line. The sun was shining for the day which meant once the race was done a trip to the beach was needed to cool down. It was great to have a road race to go to and Beara AC put on a great event. There are 2 more races in the series and we hope to see them stay on the calendar. Jonathan Kenneally was 13th overall in a time of 33:19, Roisin Ronayne was 7th woman home and 1st in her age category in 39:19 with Catherine Clancy close behind in 40:39 also 1st in her age category.

East Cork Uneven Age Juveniles & Novice Men & Women Cross-Country Championships 

Following on from last week where our club hosted a very successful event, we had another great day out in Whites Cross, this time being hosted by Carrignavar AC.

I am delighted to report that the club members had a strong turnout and their hunger for success was very evident from the start.

On a gloriously warm summer’s day, the conditions were set up for fast running on a dry surface. There were several jumps on this course which needed to be tackled with courage and all the athletes managed to do this very well indeed.

On her competitive debut for the club, Mary_Jane Casey stormed off in the under 9 girls race and won the 750 metre race nearly half a field between her and second place. Brilliant stuff .

Not to be outdone, Aimee Kearney also dominated her under 11 girls race and led from start to finish, a very impressive performance again.

Our boys must  have taken note as their team also tackled their race with serious intent. Conor Ronayne won this race  in superb style and was followed home by Kenneth O’Connell in 4th, Tadgh Walsh in 8th, Oscar Cunningham in 16th, Noah Keane in 25th and Adam O’Connor in 27th. These boys ran strongly as a team and won gold medals for first overall. Great stuff, lads. Keep it going !

Our under 13 girls tackled the 2,000 metre course with real grit. In a large field, there was a very exciting end to the race where Charlotte Norman won a sprint finish to get third place . She was followed by Ciara Hayes in 9th, Ella Higgins in 10th, Ciara O’Regan in 12th, Maeve Fitzgerald 24th and Amy O’Connell  in 27th.

A fabulous team performance which won second overall and silver medals!

The under 13 boys team tackled the same course in similar fashion. Darragh Ronayne had a great battle upfront, like last week, but lost out on first place but held on strongly to secure second place. He was followed by Alan Cotter in 4th spot, James O’Connor in 9th and Sean Walsh in 14th. Again, a very strong performance amongst  formidable opposition and the team finished second overall. Silver medals all around, lads.

Ella O’Connor was our sole performer in the under 15 girls over 4,000 metres and ran well to finish in the top ten.

In the under 15 boys, Conor Hayes had an exciting battle upfront with his his old rival Aiden Maher,from Carrignavar and they entertained us no end for all of this race with some classy running. Conor finished second in a very commanding performance.

In the under 17 boys race, Stephen Roche made his debut and ran strongly in the first lap before settling in the middle of the pack but finished strongly. Well done, Stephen on your first start.

Sinead Goss ran in the under 19 girls race over 4,500 metres which was run with the Womens Novice race. Sinead finished in the middle of her group while Sara Barry and Catherine Clancy finished midway in the Womens, Sara in 14th and Catherine in 18th. Well done ladies.

The mens team of Jonathan Kenneally, Kevin Hayes, John Mulcahy and Kieran Murphy tackled the 6,000 metre course with great humour as always and finished a creditable 7th place team overall. Jonathan finished 26th, Kevin in 30th, John in 33rd and Kieran in 45th.

Well done to all our athletes and coaches for another great day out.

You are a credit to your club and families.

Hope to see you all at the County Championships, to be held in Riverstick very soon

26.20 Virtual Relay Challenge

26.20 Virtual Relay Challenge

May 30th 8am to May 31st 10:20am

On what should have been Cork Marathon weekend we decided to set ourselves a challenge and also raise money for Marymount Hospice.

The Goal

          Continuous virtual relay for 26 hours and 20 mins



          At least 1 person has to recording a run at all times during the challenge window

          More than 1 person can run at the same time (does not have to be in the same place and you should follow the current government guidelines when running)

          All miles count.

          Between 8am and 10:20am we want as many people out running (you should follow the current government guidelines when running)

How do I sign up

          Fill out the google sheet with the time slot you wish to do. They are in half hour blocks.

          Log your mileage once complete on google sheet

          If you can’t commit to a specific time then just run any time within the challenge window and log your mileage once complete

Challenge 1

          How many miles can we as a club cover in the 26.20 hour challenge?

          Every mile counts

          Runners can do as much or as little as they wish within the challenge window

Challenge 2

          Using only 1 persons distance for each half hour block how far can the club run in the challenge window?

          Miles in Challenge 2 also count towards challenge 1

Dublin City Marathon

Club & Parish Marathon Times

2019 marked an excellent year of marathon running for St Catherines AC and its fantastic to see the growing amount of people in the area who have completed the legendary distance of approximately 26 Miles & 385 yards (or 42.195 KM). As we start into a new decade its a good time to reflect on all of the marathons run by both club runners and people who have lived in the local area. Massive thank you to Denis McCarthy for collating these results over the years. Note: This set of results is a work in progress and feedback is welcome as we update and amend the listing. Here’s to another great decade of marathon running.

Noel Early2:43:19Frankfurt2019
Michael Byrne2:44:26Manchester2018
John Beecher2:46:17Dublin2019
Shane Kearney2:54:33Chicago2018
Allan Carr2:56:42Dublin2018
JK Harty2:59:05Dublin2019
Trevor Geary2:59:15Manchester2018
Chris O'Connell3:08:02Cork2018
Ted O'Leary3:08:52Dublin2017
Johnny Sheehan3:10:42Dublin2016
Kevin Hayes3:13:35Cork2017
Keith Barry3:14:20Dublin2019
Brendan Hickey3:16:31Dublin2019
Pat Costigan3:20:00Dublin2019
Steven Collins3:20:10Dublin2018
Edmond Gavin3:21:12Cork2011
Jonathon Kenneally3:23:26Dublin2018
Colin Cunningham3:36:39Cork2017
Kevin Cotter3:40:42Calgary2014
Paul McGuinness3:41:00Cork2014
John Clancy3:44:19Dublin1986
Mark Pyne3:44:21Dublin2018
Noel Carr3:45:00Tralee2015
Fr Carvell3:45:00Dublin1982
Brian Hogan3:45:00Dublin2013
Patrck Ryan3:45:06Dublin2019
Marthin Feeney3:49:00Barcelona2019
Adam Blaiklock3:52:00Connemara2015
Bill Keeffe3:55:00Dublin2005
Georgina Cunningham3:57:11Manchester2017
Steve Dunning3:58:00Coventry1999
Sean Twomey4:02:14Dublin2019
Louise Beecher4:03:55Dublin2014
Aisling Collins4:05:43Dublin2019
Catherine Clancy4:07:52Devon2015
Michael Walsh4:08:00Dublin2017
Catherine Leahy4:08:09Dublin2017
Ester Power4:10:36Brighton2016
Gerry Hogan4:12:00Cork1982
Michael Collins4:12:00Dublin2019
Batt Sheehan4:16:00Dublin2017
Catherine Flynn4:20:00London
Patricia Barry4:23:00Dublin2016
Kevin Barry4:23:10Dublin1988
Billy Barry4:23:11Dublin1988
Stephen O'Brien4:25:41Dublin2018
Gemma Barry4:35:00Chicago2012
Seamus Keane4:36:48Dublin2018
Norma Caples4:40:20Cork2018
Donal Caples4:40:21Cork2018
Claire Kearney4:47:13Dublin2011
Betty Walsh5:34:59Dublin2019
Amanda Nolan6:40:23Dublin2018

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.


  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

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