Starting Saturday 8th September (10:00 am sharp) we will hold regular cross country training runs at Kilbarry Woods. The intention is to finish in good time for those who wish to attend GAA training later in the morning. New members and adults are invited to join in. This is an opportunity put in some extra training prior to the forthcoming cross country season, and to run in some attractive surroundings.
Little Athletics for 5, 6 and 7 year olds has resumed at Conna pitch on Monday evenings, 7pm to 8pm. We will stay outside for the next few weeks and move indoors as the nights become darker.
Cross Country training for U9s and older has started at Conna pitch in preparation for the forthcoming cross country season. Training nights are Monday 7pm to 8pm, and Thursdays 7pm to 8pm.
Congratulations to Aoibhe O’Brien who recently competed in the National juvenile Track and Field championships at Tullamore. Aoibhe has only started race walking this year but she has quickly found her stride and qualified for the U16 2000m race. Aoibhe is our first athlete to compete at National level in the Track and Fields.
Grange Fermoy will host their annual Open Sports on Friday 15th June at Colaiste an Craoibhin in Fermoy starting 6:30pm. This is a great chance to take part in a local and friendly competition and a fine way to prepare for the Triangular event hosted by our own club on 19th May.
The Monday Mile will finish for the summer on Monday the 25th June.
On Tuesday 19th June, 7pm, St.Catherine’s A.C. will host a ‘triangular’ club event at the Conna Community pitch. Midleton A.C. and Youghal A.C. will join us for an open Track and Field competition. This will be a friendly event for those between the ages of U8 and U14. We would encourage all our athletes within these ages to come along and take the chance to join in. You can choose the events you wish to do. They will include the long jump, ball throw, sprints and middle distances. Please come along and have a go.
Monday the 18th June will be the last day of training for both Little Athletics and Juvenile Athletics before we finish for a summer break.
The last several weeks have been a busy time for athletics training, events and competitions. Starting on May 6th and lasting for three weekends in a row, St. Catherine’s A.C. attended the County ‘Track and Field’ Championships held at CIT. Over the three days our athletes took part in the long jump, high jump, ball throw, javelin, shot, sprints, middle distance races, walks and relays. The club has rarely taken part in so many events and with so many different athletes. It reflects the growing confidence our athletes have attained through the weeks of training and willingness to try their hand at different events. Unfortunately, the official records only ever show those who come first, second and third. They don’t show the near misses, the personal bests, the drama of the races, the cheering of the packed stands, or the pleasure and sometimes brief sadness experienced. So well done to all those who took part and represented the club and parish. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to taking part in future events.
We must of course congratulate those who won medals: M.Carr (long jump and middle distance), J.Leahy (walks and high jump), L.Hayes (javelin and middle distance), M.Draper (shot). So many more came so close, and we feel sure their time will come soon.
Each year the East Cork Championships represent the start of the Track and Field competitions for our athletes. This year they were spread over two successive Saturdays, hosted by Midleton the first week and Youghal the second. With a relaxed and friendly atmosphere they provide the opportunity for our more serious athletes to test their skill and fitness prior to the County Championships, but also allow our newer or less competitive athletes to dip their toe in the water. And so it was this year. Over the two days the club was well represented across a number of the events, including the shot, discus and javelin in which we’ve had little involvement in the past. Judging by the smiles we had an enjoyable time, helped no doubt by the fair weather. Congratulations to all who took part, whether you won medals or not. It is taking part, trying to improve your own abilities, and being part of a club that matters!