St. Catherine’s take part in the National Juvenile Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to Laura, Caoimhe and Meghan who recently competed in the All Ireland Juvenile Cross Country Championships which took place in Dundalk on Sunday Nov 23rd and Santry on Sunday 7th Dec. Between them the girls represented County Cork and Munster and won a combination of medals. We are very proud of the girls and everything they achieved. Shortly after their race in Dundalk, one of our senior athletes, Sara, took the opportunity to interview the girls about the day and their experiences:-


Q: Was the day any different to a normal day’s racing?

A: Yes it was because there were tons at the start and there was a rope in front of you so you couldn’t step over the line.

Q: Which County do you think was the best attended and how many people were there in the race?

A: Most people were from Dublin and there were about 115 in the race.

Q: How did you feel at the starting line?

A: I felt quite nervous.

Q: Would you like to experience it again?

A: Yes I would.

Q: What was the distance of the race and how did you think you would do?

A: It was 4km long and I felt I would do OK.

Q: What was the terrain like?

A: It was a boggy pitch!


Q: How was the day in Dundalk?

A: It wasn’t as big as a normal All Ireland because we were just back from England and so I was tired, but the atmosphere was good.

Q: Was there much mud in the race?

A: Not as much as other cross countries I have run in but there was still a good bit.

Q: Was the course any easier than other days?

A: It wasn’t a very hard course, it was very flat because it was through pitches but I wouldn’t have said it was easy either.

Q: How did you feel after the race?

A: Tired but I was kind of satisfied with where I came and how I got on.

Q: What was the terrain like?

A: It was fine but a bit rough in places because it was like pitches so the ground wasn’t perfect.


Q: How did you find the race?

A: It was good but some of it was hard.

Q: And how many people were in the race, and how far did you have to run?

A: Probably about 200 in the race and the distance was on 2.5km.

Q: What colours did you wear and were you proud to wear them?

A: Yes I was. I wore the Munster jersey and shorts.

Q: Were relatives and friends present to cheer you on?

A: Yes, Laura Hayes and Caoimhe Hayes were there.

Q: Do you enjoy running for St. Catherine’s?

A: Yes I do.

Some dates for your calendar

Now that we are approaching Christmas here are a few important date for the club…

8th December little athletics & Juvenile finish up for Christmas break.
• club social 12 December in Winners enclosure( to be confirmed )
16th December Christmas 3k & final night for seniors & fit 4 life.
•juvenile resume 15th Jan in hall ( to be confirmed)
•little athletics 12th jan
•adult training resumes 6&7th jan
* AGM  11th December


Carraig-na-Bhfear AC hosted the East Cork Uneven age cross country championships on Sunday last. As a result of the recent heavy rain, conditions were slippy and challenging in places. This was an event that was really enjoyed by athlete’s, both juvenile and adults. It was just regrettable that we couldn’t make up teams for some of the age groups.

Results were as follows: Girls U-9: Sarah O’Connell (10th) Boys U-9: Conor Hayes (7th), Jack Kiely (15th), Cian Dunning (16th), Daniel Harte (20th) Girls U-11: Lucy Aherne (13th), Doireann Hayes (17th), Lucy Barry (18th), Cliona Dunning (25th), Karina Hartnett (33rd) Boys U-11: Gearoid O’Brien (11th), Nathan Sheehan (21st) Girls U-13: Meghan Carr (2nd), Laura Mellerick (10th), Hazel Sheehan (15th) Girls won a Team Bronze Boys U-13: Kevin Barry (4th), James Hayes (13th), Tom Hartnett (14th)Girls U-15: Laura Hayes (1st), Sara Barry (2nd), Caoimhe Hayes (3rd)……Super performance by the girls which won them a team silver as well.

In our adults section our team brought home a team bronze.

BEST OF LUCK Best of luck to club coach Frank Hayes and club member Kathleen O’Brien who will represent Ireland this weekend in Nottingham as they compete in the British and Irish Masters International Cross Country. THE NATIONALS Good luck to Meghan, Caoimhe and Laura in this Sunday’s National Cross Country Championships in County Louth.

Juvenile training continues every Monday and Thursday nights 7 – 8pm in Conna pitch. Little athletics takes place every Monday evening 7 -8pm in Conna Hall. Interval training Tuesdays 7-8pm, Fit4life Wednesday 7 – 8pm School run/jog/walk Mondays 9.30am Conna School.

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Sara Barry, Laura Hayes & Caoimhe Hayes who took 1st three places in the U-15 Girls, 3500m race.

Sara Barry, Laura Hayes & Caoimhe Hayes who took 1st three places in the U-15 Girls, 3500m race.

East Cork XC on Sunday

The East Cork Cross Country Championships will be held on Sunday in Ballinahina which is just outside Carrig na bhFear. The course will be signposted from the village.

You can find a map to Carrig na bhFear here

Cork AAI XC Championships 2014 – Masters & Uneven ages (9-19)

St Catherines AC hosted the Cork AAI Cross-Country Championships –  Masters & Uneven ages (9-19) last weekend. Thanks to everybody who helped to make this a successful event. Some photos from the event below…

Summer News

Conna 5k

St. Catherine’s AC held their second 5k road race in wonderful weather conditions onThursday 31st July. A total of 227 runners took part in a very well organised event which involved running through the village, past the sports field and commencing a tough challenging 2nd mile. Monty’s Pass and his four legged stable companions have found this stretch a challenge! The final 1.5km is mostly downhill, flat and fast. Congratulations to Tim O’Connor (Riocht AC), Con Marshall (St. Finbarr’s AC) and Frank Hayes (East Cork AC) the first three men home respectively. In the ladies category congratulations goes to Ann-Marie Holland (St. Finbarr’s AC), Evelyn Caphman (Youghal AC) and Clotilde Fitzgibbon (Grange-Fermoy AC), 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In studying the field of runners taking part it was noted that many were running in their first road race, so let’s hope it has given people an appetite to continue, most 5K road races would not be quiet as tough as the Conna 5K. Many runners improved their times from last year, some by as much as 4 minutes which is a fantastic personal achievement.

Thank you to all who took part, helped in any way, supported and sponsored the 5K.

Mary Lee been presented as prize winner in her category by Pat Lee (Community Council)

Mary Lee been presented as prize winner in her category by Pat Lee (Community Council)

Congratulations to Meghan

Congratulations to Meghan Carr, our only athlete to take part in the recent National Juvenile Athletics Championships in Tullamore. Meghan took part in a very competitive U12s Long Jump competition where the winning jump was 4.43m and the following 7 girls were within 46 cm. Despite jumping close to her personal best, Meghan was a little outside a medal position. Well done Meghan for representing the club so well!

Meghan Carr in the long jump

Meghan Carr in the long jump

Athletics Training Resumes

Training resumes in September

  • Juvenile training is back on Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm
  • Adult Training on Tuesday 7pm (starting with the monthly 3k – First Tuesday every month. Interval training every other Tuesday)
  • Fit for life resumes on Wednesday at 7pm
  • Little Athletics starts on the 8th September
  • The club also meet every Saturday at 10am at the woods beside Leahy’s Open Farm (outside Ballynoe) for a easy jog

All are welcome

Well done Catherine, Kathleen and John

We would like to say a special congratulations to club athletes Catherine Clancy (2nd Female), Kathleen O’Brien (1st Female O60) and John Beecher (2nd Male) in the overall results at the end of the Streets of Fermoy road race series 2014 last night.

Kathleen has been a welcome addition to the club with some great results since joining. Catherine has been going from strength to strength with PBs and prizes in a number of races in 2014. While John has produced super times across multiple disciplines ranging from 3k, 5k, 5 & 10 miles but most notably The Cork City Marathon (30th Place – 2:56:59) and the Connemara Ultra Marathon (23rd Place – 5:13:19). Well done all.

Alan Carr, Batt Sheehan, John Beecher, Catherine Clancy, Kathleen O'Brien

Alan Carr, Batt Sheehan, John Beecher, Catherine Clancy, Kathleen O’Brien

Male…1st    Jamie Buckley    Carrignabhfear AC, 2nd    John Beecher    St. Catherine’s AC, 2rd    John Murphy    Grange Fermoy AC
Male O/40…1st     Brian O’Connor    Grange Fermoy AC, 2nd    Brendan O’Mahony    Grange Fermoy AC, 3rd    Darren Flynn    Grange Fermoy AC
Male O/50…1st     Sean Freeman    Grange Fermoy AC, 2nd    Batt Kearney    Leevale AC, 3rd    Kerry Constant    Unattached/Cork
Male O/60…1st    Maurice Tobin    Grange Fermoy AC
Male Junior…1st     Declan Mehigan    Mallow AC
Female…1st    Caroline Buckley    Watergrasshill AC, 2nd    Catherine Clancy    St. Catherine’s AC, 3rd    Linda Murphy    Grange Fermoy AC
Female O/40…1st    Mary Claire Healy    Grange Fermoy AC, 2nd    Angela O’Mahony    Unattached/Castlelyons, 3rd    Mariska Smit    Unattached/Rathcormac
Female O/50…1st     Judy Baker    Unattached/Fermoy
Female O/60…1st     Kathleen O’Brien    St. Catherine AC, 2nd    Maggie Dunne    Grange Fermoy AC