Registration for all athletes takes place this Wednesday 8th January from 8-9pm in Conna Hall.
All athletes must be registered in order to train or to take part in any athletics events representing the club.
Adults: €20, Juveniles: €15 (for first 2 juveniles, 3rd and subsequent juvenile €10).
Training starts back this Thursday 9th Jan & Monday 13th *ONLY* for Juveniles COMPETING in the following:
•Munster Indoors – Feb 15th
•All Ireland B cross country championships – Feb 8th
•Secondary Schools Cross country championships.
Thursday night – U9-U12 7-8pm, followed by older group 8-9pm. Monday 7-8pm.
**NORMAL* training for All resumes mid February with outdoor Track & Field as our focus.
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.
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.
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
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.
Well done to all who took part in this years annual Christmas 3km in aid of St Vincent de Paul. We had 75 finishers overall and raised a whopping €700 for SVP at this important time of year. Many thanks to all for your generous contributions, and great running!! Results below:
St Catherine’s AC annual Christmas 3km in aid of St Vincent de Paul takes place this Tuesday in Conna sports field – race starts at 7:30pm. All race entry donations go to SVP at this important time of year. Come along and join in and enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit after the race!
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