East Cork Cross Country Even Age Juveniles and Senior & Junior Championships, held on 13th of September, 2020.

It  gives uz great pleasure to report on a great day out at the East Cork Division Cross Country Championships hosted by St Catherines  AC. At one stage, not too long ago, we weren’t sure whether there would be any cross-country season but working under new recommended guidelines, the club and the Divisional officers put on a very successful event.

The championships were held once again on Frank Hayes’s farm and the course was in fantastic shape, especially so as the sun came out and with it being  dry underfoot, it was set for ideal running conditions.

Numbers were down in some of our under age races, but this did not  detract from the quality running on display.

Our opening races over 1000 metres were for the under 10 athletes. Lara Byrne was our sole participant in the girls and finished a highly creditable 5th place.

The under 10 boys had 5 running and what a performance they put in to secure first place to win the team medal.

Kenneth O’Connell put on a commanding performance to win the race by some distance to be followed by Oscar Cunninghan in 4th, Zach Pyne in 8th and Noah Keane in 9th spot. Really great stuff lads!

The under 12s races were over the 1,500 metre course which featured a fair few drags, up and down. The girls and boys performed very well through this challenging course. The seven strong girls team secured 2nd place overall which is a fabulous achievement, Ciara Hayes led the team home in 6th, followed closely by Ella Higgins in 7th, Aimee Kearney in 8th, Ciara O’Regan in 10th, Amy O’Connell in 20thAnnA Byrne in 32nd and Maebh O’Connell in 34th. The team coaches did well making sure they packed well as a team. Great stuff, girls! Silver medals on their way!

The boys race was  a very hard fought race up front and Conor Ronayne put up a great battle before settling for 2nd place and silver. Ryan Whelan finished strongly in 9th spot and Ryan Molumphy cam home in 26th. Well done, lads.

Our under 14 girls of Ellie Barry and Sadie Linehan tackled the 3,000 metre course with their usual courage and tenacity. Both girls finished strongly in the last few hundred metres to pass fellow athletes to finish strongly, Ellie in 12th and Sadie in 15th. Mighty stuff, girls!

Our sole representative in the under 14 boys was Darragh ronayne. Again, not for the first time, he found himself in a ding dong battle upfront and having lost the battle for first place held off the field to secure second in a fine sprint finish. Brilliant tactical running as always, Darragh. Good amn yourself.

Our next competitors were Sinead Goss in the under 18 girls and Sara Barry and Natalie Nicholson in the Junior Women. This race was rac together and what a display our girls put in. Natalie led out the field and kept pulling away from the field the longer the race went on. She won by some distance from her teammate Sara Barry in second spot. Sinead Goss finished in seventh spot overall in her first competitive outing for the club and picked up a Junior team medal for her efforts. The Junior Women secured a silver team medal.

Lastl but not least, the Ladies and Mens events. Our 2 Ladies in the Masters over 4,000 metres were Catherine Clancy and Agnes Hurley.There was a big field of nearly 50 runners , one of which was Ireland and Ballymore-Cobh’s very own Sonia O’Sullivan, who was chasing an East Cork Senior medal, one of the very few that she hadn’t picked up in all her years competing and entertaining  us. Great to see her back competing in cross country in her beloved county.

Catherine came home in 24th place,and Agnes in 40th on her debut for the club. (And Sonia finished 10th).

The mens race over 4 laps of the 1,500 metre course was a fast race won by Kevin O’Brien from East Cork. In a very large field of 60 athletes, our men put up a great show and they were led home by Mike Byrne in 20th, closely followed by John Beecher in 22nd, Chris O’Connell in 33rd , Brendan Hickey in 34th, Kevin Hayes in 36th, John Mulcahy in 39th, Kieran Harte in 51st and Kieran Murphy  57th.

Our Mens over-35 team finished third overall, a very commendable performance , earning themselves bronze medals.

It was satisfying to hear from the other clubs how well organized the event was, especially the new incentives like the Call Area and the new labelling system which speeds up the recording of results.

It’s so important to keep all of our athletes active and to have them and their families representing our club at these events. Long may it continue.

Hope to see you all the second East Cork Cross Country In Carrignavar next Sunday.

Conna 5k Virtual

Well done to everyone who took part. It is not easy to get out on your own and do it

Jonathan Kenneally
Chris O'Connell20:06
John Mulcahy20:24
Brendan Hickey21:11
Ted O'Leary21:19
Kieran Harte
Seamus Keane
Denis McCarthy
Allan Carr
Paul O'Flynn24:14
Kathleen O Brien28:30
Fiona Feeney
Lesley Feeney
Mary Lee

East Cork Cross Country

Our next to last outing  for cross country running was held in Carrig na bhfear on Sunday, the 8th.

The stormy conditions meant numbers were low overall but I am glad to say that St Catherines still turned up in good numbers and we had a great showing.

Lara Byrne came second in the under 9 girls which was a super performance over the 750 metre course. Well done , Lara!

The weather deteriorated very sharply after this and the next couple of races were held in driving rain. So fair dues to all the boys and girls for not only starting but also completing their respective races.

Oscar Cunningham came third in the under 9 boys. Mark Geary followed in 7th, Noah Keane in 10th and Adam O’Connor in 13th place. Fabulous teamwork, lads. Second place in the overall team and silver medals for all four boys.

The under 11 girls team also put on a brave face heading into the worsening conditions competing over the 1,500 metre course with big and small jumps . Aimee Kearney had a great battle upfront and duly came home third. She was followed by Ciara Hayes in 5th, Anna Byrne in 16th, Maebh O’Connell in 20th and Grainne Linehan in 25th. This team also captured silver, coming second overall. Great stuff girls!

Ryan Whelan and James O’Connor took on the under 11 boys race. Ryan had a great sprint finish and picked up a bronze medal for his efforts.

The under 13 girls were Ellie Barry and Ella O’Connor. They ran really well coming in 7th and 10th overall.

Darragh Ronayne and Charlie Nicholson also had strong performances in their under 13 race. Darragh came third and Charlie in 5th. Yet another medal for Darragh this season.

Last but not least, the most anticipated run of the day was for Doireann Hayes in the girls under 17s race. Doireann has been training hard the last few weeks and she had a solid run taking the field around for a few laps before she was reeled in, in the last few hundred metres and was just pipped for a medal, coming in fourth spot. Better luck next time, Doireann.

Our novice men of Jonathan Kenneally, Kevin Hayes, Kieran Harte and Kieran Murphy couldn’t resist giving this course a go over four laps. They were duly rewarded for their efforts coming third team overall.

Mighty stuff everyone. Handfuls of silver and bronze medals for the club. Very proud of each and every one of ye.

All Ireland Cross Country

fter the celebration of Friday night’s 10 year anniversary social Sunday morning dawned and this means cross country. However this was no ordinary cross country but the All Ireland Even Age, Junior and Senior cross country championships held in the National Sports Complex in Abbotstown. For any athlete to qualify to compete in a national championship takes months of dedication and training. These athletes finished in the top of their provincial championship to qualify.

St. Catherine’s a.c. had 8 athletes representing them last Sunday and so early Sunday the athletes, their families, and supporters left for Dublin in anticipation of a great days racing.

First up for the club was Charlotte Norman in the girls u12. This is Charlotte’s first year competing and to get to the All Ireland’s is a huge achievement in itself. Despite a slight hiccup on the journey up Charlotte arrived in plenty of time to warm up and join her Cork team on the starting line. The sight of 180 u12 girls sprinting off the starting line is a sight to behold and Charlotte in the middle of them. The course for this race was still in good condition but it deteriorated rapidly as the day went on. Charlotte made little of her inexperience and finished in 42nd place of the 178 finishers and 7th Cork finisher. Well done Charlotte.

Next up for St Catherine’s was Conor Hayes. This was Conors second time qualifying for the All Ireland’s. 3000m was the challenge awaiting him on a course where the surface was deteriorating badly. Despite getting hampered in the starting charge Conor battled through the race to finish in 50th position of the 164 finishers and 4th Cork finisher. Unfortunately the Cork team finished 4th, just outside the medals. A great run by Conor who also has the uneven ages to look forward to and prepare for.

After Conors race we had a chance to draw a breath before the girls u18 and junior race which was run as a single race. St. Catherine’s a.c. had a club team here of Laura Hayes, Natalie Nicholson, Sarah Mulcahy, Sara Barry, Caoimhe Hayes, and Meghan Carr. Laura, Natalie and Meghan were also on Cork teams. By now conditions on the course were tough and slippery and ankle deep in places but the 4000m that awaited our girls did not phase them in any way. The girls ran strongly throughout and fought for every position. The team was led home by Laura Hayes followed by Natalie, then Meghan and Sarah, Sara,and Caoimhe. Unfortunately a team prize eluded them again this year. The Cork junior team was also outside the medals but Meghan also on the Cork u18 team earned a bronze medal being 4th finisher on the Cork u18 team.

This group of girls have been a model of inspiration and example to all in St Catherine’s ac and as they begin to move up to the adult ranks they have many more years ahead of them with new challenges. 4 of the girls have been part of the club since it’s inception 10 years ago, with juveniles inspired on the night by Rob Heffernan and Steve Macklin. As a team they have won many team prizes over the years and individual as well. A great achievement by all. Best of luck to Meghan, Natalie and Sara in the uneven ages cross country on December 15th

Munster uneven age and Senior Championships

Munster uneven age and Senior Championships, held in Conna, on the 10th of November.

It was a  momentous occasion for our club last Sunday as we hosted the Munster Juvenile uneven-age  categories and the Senior Men & Women championships.

As a club, St Catherines has regularly hosted championship events like the East Corks and the County events.

However, putting on a Munster championship takes things to a higher level. So hats off to all the club members who got involved in every shape and form and brought together the club, the parish and the community together in hosting this prestigious event.

Special mention to the landowners, Frank Hayes and Brendan Hurley for the parking facilities on their land and hearty thanks to all the marshalls controlling the traffic in and out of the car and bus parks. . The catering tent set up by Noel Curtin from Youghal AC was a great addition to the arena and was run by the  parents association from all the local schools and what a brilliant job they did. Every cup of tea, ham sandwich and carton of soup went down very well at that stage

And so onto the races.  It was a typical winter’s day, starting out cold, then some lovely sunshine for the late morning but turning quite cold by mid-afternoon.

There was a great turnout from clubs all over our beloved province; for instance, the likes of Ennis Track AC brought three buses alone!

Our under 9 boys team of Kenneth O’Connell, Oscar Cunningham, Mark Geary , Adam O’Connor and Donncha Walsh were our first representatives in alarge field and they had a great run over the 750 metre distance. Kenneth came home 7th overall to win a Munster medal. Fantastic effort, Kenneth!

Our under 11 girls of Aimee Kearney,Ciara Hayes, Ciara Hayes, Abby Leahy, Amy O’Connell and Maebh O’Connell also a superb race over the tough 1,500 metre course. Many of these girls were “running up an age”, so fair dues to Aimee Kearney for coming home in 11th spot, earning herself a Munster medal. In a field of 185, our club came 10th team overall of 20 teams. That’s a fabulous achievement, girls.

The boys under 11s were Conor Ronayne, Ryan Whelan,Sean and Tadgh Walsh and they finished 7th overall of 19 teams in a field of 165 runners. Conor finished 15th overall. Great stuff, lads!

Under 13s girls were led in by Charlotte Norman, followed by Aoife O’Regan and Ella O’Connor.

The under 13 boys were Charlie Nicholson, Darragh Ronayne and Charlie Leahy and they also had a great performance.

Our under 15 boys were Conor Hayes, Senan O’Reailly and Cian Dunning. Conor came in 18th closely followed by Senan in 21stand Cian back in the pack. Super stuff, lads.

Meghan Carr ran a brilliant race to finish 17th in her under 17 race.

Our under 19/ junior girls team were outstanding on their home turf and fought bravely to come home second in the team and finish with silver medals all round. Well done to Laura Hayes, Natalie Nicholson, Sarah Mulcahy, Sara Barry and Caoimhe Hayes for battling around the 2k course over 2 laps.

Dave O’Connor, Trevor Geary and Kieran Harte all took part in the Senior Mens race over 5 laps of this gruelling course. Looked like a nice spin around for all of ye, lads!

Once again, we would like to thank everyone involved in putting this great day together.Thanks to all the parents and families for their support.

We hope to see you all at the All Irelands which are coming up soon. Some of the club athletes have qualified to run for Munster and for Cork. What a great honour for the club. We will know more in the days ahead.

Next Sunday is the Munster Masters and the Juvenile Relays in Beaufort, Co Kerry.

Good luck to all those taking part.

County Cross-Country

Our club had another great day out at the County Cross-Country relay championships held in Castlelyons last Sunday, the 3rd of November.

This season has been very rewarding for the club, not only being successful winning medals but just as importantly, new faces trying out in the races.

We entered five teams in these championships with the hope that we would be competitive and may be in the running for a medal. But, not for the first time, our boys and girls performed above and beyond our expectations. Relay races only happen a couple of times a year and our club coaches put on trials to select the teams and then practised the passing of batons etc. We always hope that these practice sessions will pay off on the big day and this time, our runners performed admirably.

First of were the under 10 boys of Kenneth O’Connell, Tadgh Walsh, Oscar Cunningham and Conor Ronayne. These boys had a great tussle with the leading clubs all the way around the 1k course and Conor pulled back a place in the last leg to finish second overall and silver medals for the four lads. Brilliant team effort and outstanding running from all the boys!

Our under 12 girls team also coped well in a large field over the 2k course and the team of Charlotte Norman, Amy O’Connell, Ciara Hayes and Willow O’Gorman worked incredibly hard to be in with a shout for a medal and they duly obliged taking home the third placed team and a fistful of bronze! Super stuff, girls!

Our under 12 boys team of Sean Walsh, James O’Connor, Kevin Geaney and Darragh Ronayne were also in a large field and were in the middle of the pack all way round and managed to hold their place and finish 8th overall. Good effort lads.

The under 14 girls team of Ellie Barry, Ella O’Connor, Abby Leahy and Shannon O’Gorman also had a great spin around this course and were unlucky not to finish in the medals coming fourth overall. Abby stepped in for Sadie Linehan at the last minute as Sadie had a foot injury and Abby put in a great leg to keep us in the hunt and Shannon showed her class tearing around the last leg but the finish line came too soon and the front three clubs had done just enough to get home. Well done everyone, a great effort.

Our last team out were the under 14 boys of Senan O’Reilly, Charlie Nicholson, Cian Dunning and Conor Hayes and what a race they had. From the start Senan powered off to the front with only Midleton able to match him and these two clubs were the only contenders for gold at the first changeover. Charlie and Cian held second spot all the way around and Conor put in an explosive sprint for the last leg but Midleton held on for gold.

 But what a truly excellent spectacle and congratulations to all of our runners and all the team medals won on the day. Thanks to all the coaches for their hard work and to the families for their support.

This weekend, St Catherines are honoured to be hosting the Munster Juvenile Uneven age and the Senior Cross-Country Championships. The event will be on Sunday, the 10th , but preparing the course will start  on the Saturday and we would welcome all help and support for the day.

Hope to see you all there!

Munster Cross Country Even Age and Novice Championships held on 20th of October

Our club distinguished themselves yet again with another great  day in Limerick racecourse last Sunday.

Our athletes have to step up every race at the moment and after contesting the 2 County Championship event days, our next challenge was the Munsters.

I t was a cold and dry at the racecourse but when the runners were warming up, they found the underfoot conditions to be wet and slippy. Strangely enough, testing conditions can be to our advantage as our athletes train hard a few times  every week in all conditions, so we were hopeful that the girls and boys would get around without incident and hopefully, be the shake-up at the finish.

Our first runners were the under 10s and  Aimee Kearney  finished a superb 13th place and this was good enough to secure a County team Gold medal for Cork. Well done Aimee!

Next up were the boys at under 10s and Conor Ronayne, Kenneth O’Connell and Adam O’Connor also tacked the tough course and ran a cracking race. Conor got off to a great start and was in the leading group going up the hill, moving to the front going down the hill and he powered to the finish line to win the race. Absolutely brilliant stuff, Conor. The County Champion and the Munster Champion!! Kenneth and Adam finished very strongly and finished in the middle of the 100 strong pack. Conor led the County team to first place overall, so another gold medal. Wow!

The under 12 girls were represented by Charlotte Norman and Ciara Hayes. In a huge field of over 160 competitors, Charlotte finished in 21st place, an excellent performance once again. Ciara finished strongly, as always, in the middle of the pack.

The sole representative for the under 12s boys was James O’Connor who ran another great race.

The next big race was the boys under 14s where we had three entries but unfortunately, Senan O’Reilly had to pull out due to a chest infection. Conor Hayes and Charlie Nicholson tackled the racecourse with grit in their teeth and Conor had another super race finishing 16th overall and securing a county Silver team medal. Charlie also had a fine race finishing in the top half of the field.

Our last competitor in the juveniles was Meghan Carr in the under 18s race. She continued her comeback with a solid run finishing 15th overall and also securing a county Gold team medal. Fine running, Meghan!

Our sole representative in the adult races was Dave O’Connor who tacked the Nivice race. Dave had yet another outstanding performance finishing 9th overall and also capturing a county Gold team medal.

The runners who won county team medals now have the very great honour to run in the All Ireland Championships in the county colours. What a proud moment for you all!!

Next up are the County B’s in Dromtariffe, outside Mallow, next Sunday, the 27th.

Hope to see you all there.

County Even Age Cross Country Championships

County Even Age Cross Country Championships held on 6th of October in Liscarroll.

The club had another great day’s outing at the County Cross Country Championships in Liscarroll.

In perfect conditions for running, our athletes turned up in big numbers and they tackled the tough course with great courage.

This time around, our junior women’s team led off the races and yet again put on a masterclass in team running to win gold. It was great to see Laura Hayes back and she duly obliged in leading from the front but just lost the place for gold in the finish. Natalie Nicholson (5), Sarah Mulcahy(8), Meghan Carr(9) and Sara Barry(12) followed  her in.

Kieran Harte was our only Novice runner in the adult races and enjoyed his day .

The juveniles were led off by our under 10 girls and Aimee Kearney had another super run finishing third. As she came over the line, one of the officials said to me, she came home third…in her socks!!, imagine if she had runners on! Her loyal team-mate, Grainne Linehan was finding the going hard at the back of the field but was determined not to finish last and passed a few girls in the last few hundred metres. All about the effort, girls.

The under 10 boys had another outstanding team display and won gold in fine style. Conor Ronayne led front the front and came home a brilliant first followed by Kenneth O’Connell in 11th and Tadgh Walsh in 14th place. James Geary came by in 57th spot and that was enough to secure gold medals for the team. Mark Geary, Adam O’Connor and Donncha Walsh rounded out this team. It shows that perseverance and effort will bring its own rewards.

The under 12 girls, of Amy O Connell, Ciara O’Regan, Ciara Hayes and Charlotte Norman, had agreat run. They  also had a superb result with Charlotte coming home fourth on her debut at country running.The top 6 earn medals at county level so a medal on your first start, Charlotte.  What an exciting prospect for the future.

The boys were led again by Darragh Ronayne and he had a serious battle upfront with a group of 7 others. He looked so like he was struggling coming up the last hill in fourth but fought back at the top of the hill and used the fall of the hill to pull back two places and just lost out in the sprint finish. Smart running, Darragh! The team just lost out on team prizes finishing fourth overall. Ryan Whelan(14),James O’Connor(26), Billy Aherne(40) and Sean Walsh(44).

The under 14s girls team of Ellie Barry, Ella O’Connor, Sadie Linehan and Mallaidh O’Regan had another solid performance and were 6th overall.

The under 14s boys team consisted of Conor Hayes and Charlie Nicholson. Conor was in a great tussle out front and finished a highly creditable fifth. Another medal in the locker. Well done !

Lucy Aherne had a fine run  in the under 16s girls.

Well done everybody. A great day out. We are very proud of you all.

Next Sunday, October the 13th,  are the Uneven Age County Championships in Carrigdrohid near Macroom.

Hope to see you all there and keep the St Catherines flag flying!

Day 2 of East vs West

Revised Programme


Middle Distance Long Jump Turbo Javelin Shot Relays
U9 -300m U10(9,10) U10(9,10) U14(13,14) U10 B+G
U10 -300m U12(11,12) U12(11,12) U16(15,16) U12 Mixed
U11-500m U14(13,14)     U14 Mixed
U12 -500m U16(15,16)     U16 Mixed


Latest Club News May 9th

Cork Juvenile Championships
The younger athletes in St Catherines took part in the Cork County Track & Field Championships, held in CIT, on Sunday the 5th of May.
All of our competitors did themselves and their club proud.
In very warm and humid conditions, the club coped with a very full programme. Many of our competitors competed in more than one event. They attempted various track events like sprints, hurdles and middle distance while also trying field sports like the turbo javelin, the shot putt, the high jump and the long jump.
As a small club and with limited resources, and with most of our success confined to cross country running, we were hoping that the boys and girls would give it a good go and that they did. The younger children had up to a hundred children vying for a spot in the sprints finals so it was encouraging to see the likes of Oscar and Ryan getting through to the semi-finals and only just losing out on a final place by inches!
Cian Dunning and Conor Hayes performed very well at the High Jump; Cian was very unlucky not to come away with a medal, being beaten on countback for a bronze.
Sam Dunning did bring home the silverware, not one but two silvers in the 100 and 400 metre races in his age category. All those practice runs in the field were worth it in the end!
Well done to all the boys and girls like Ellie and Lucy Barry, Conor and Ciara Hayes, Darragh and Conor Ronayne, Tegan Murphy, Oscar Cummins, Neesha and Ryan Whelam, Sarah O’Connell and Charlie Nicholson. Hope I haven’t left anyone out .
A special thank you to the coaches for figuring out all the times of the events and making sure the kids get to their starts.
The 2nd Sunday of the Championships is on next Sunday so good luck to everybody taking part.
Midleton 5 mile
Well done to all members who crossed the line in Midleton on Thursday. On what was a warm night the rolling hills of Midleton produced some very fast times. We had 4 runners break 30 mins. Well done to Mike Byrne, John Beecher, Trevor Geary and Noel Early who put in amazing performance. Roisin Ronayne was the 1st woman member home. You can check out all the results here
East Cork Road Championships
We had large turn out for the East Cork Road Championships held in Ballynoe on Thursday April 25th. The mens took on the 5 mile distance while the women did 3k. Both involved multiple climbs which was tough on the legs. But great news came out of it and that was that our mens team came home with the Mens Team gold medal. The 1st four from the team were John Beecher, Trevor Geary, Chris O’Connell and Keith Barry. Well done to all our members who took part. You can check out the results here 
Cork Road Championships
Back in March we competed in the Cork Road Championships in Castlelyons. And we were finally able to present our F45 team with their bronze medals. Well done to Siobhan Hayes, Noreen Daly and Geraldine Sheehan and their great performance on the day which was rewarded with these county medals.
Limerick Marathon and Half
We had some members travel to Limerick on Sunday for the full and half marathon. Colin Conningham took on the marathon and managed a negative split to finish in 3:59:07. That was a very consistent run from Colin who went through half way in 1:55:50. Keith Barry who has had some great results recently broke 1:30 for the 1st time with 45 seconds to spare and Paddy Ryan who finished in 1:48:58 which was a great result considering he wasn’t feeling well on the day. Brid Barry did the 6 mile and finished in 1:05. Good to see members out in all the races.