Challenging Course at West Muskerry

The picturesque setting of Carrigadrohid was the venue for the Cork County Cross Country Championship (uneven) hosted by West Muskerry last Sunday. Weather conditions were excellent which certainly helped athletes compete in a very challenging course.. For St. Catherine’s it wasn’t all about the quantity of athletes but the quality of the athletes and quality was obvious on the day with 4 of our 12 athletes taking home medals. In the juvenile categories there were individual medals for Laeila O’Reilly who finished 5th in the girls U-9, 750 metre race, followed by her sister Megan who took silver in the girls U-11, 1500 metre race. A silver medal by Laura Hays in the girls U-15, 3,500 metres, completed the medals tally for St. Catherine’s in the juvenile section. Anmhuire Hayes took fourth place in the Intermediate women’s race run over a distance of 5km.

Sara Barry, Laura Hayes, Caoimhe Hayes, Lucy Barry & Cliona Dunning at West Muskerry

Sara Barry, Laura Hayes, Caoimhe Hayes, Lucy Barry & Cliona Dunning at West Muskerry

On Sunday 20th October sees St. Catherine’s hosting the County B’s Cross Country Championships in Conna on the land of Frank Hayes. Any help with the preparation and running of this event would be greatly appreciated. Juvenile training continues Mondays and Thursday at 7pm in Conna pitch. Little Athletics in Conna Hall every Monday at 7pm.

Cork County Cross Country Championships 2013

Last Sunday saw the club attend the Cork County Cross Country championships, hosted again by Carrignavar AC. Our novice ladies were first out on the course for the 4km event and were pleased with their individual performances. For some it was their first cross country outing, so well done to all. St. Catherine’s were well represented in the men’s novice 6km run also. 1pm sharp saw the start of the juvenile races in which St. Catherine’s had a total of 15 participants. Running conditions were favourable on the day that saw Megan Carr O’Reilly take silver in the U12, well done Megan as you were the only St. Catherine’s runner in a very big field of runners. Next to finish in the medals was Ciaran O’Brien in the U12 category, who along with his fellow under 12 team members ran a 2km race. Next to the start line were our 3 under 14 girls, with Laura Hayes winning bronze in a tight finish, Sara Barry and Caoimhe Hayes also did very well and finished the race strongly. James Clancy and Joanna Leahy-Dingivan represented the club in the boys U-14 and girls U-16 respectively. So all in all Well done to all the athletes who participates and represented both their families and club over the weekend.
Juvenile training continues Monday and Thursday evening at 7pm in Conna pitch. New members always welcome. Next Sunday 13th October see the club travel to West Muskerry AC who are hosting the Cork County intermediate and Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country Championships.

St. Catherine’s A.C. attend the East Cork Cross-Country

East Cork 2013

Sunday 22nd Sept

With the Track & Field season behind us and the recent inaugural 5km Conna road race complete, it has been a busy year for St. Catherine’s A.C.
But, never short of things to do, we have spent the last several weeks training and preparing for the cross country races which now lie before us.
The summer has been extended by the warm and dry weather we have been experiencing, and so on Sunday, standing in the grounds of Youghal A.C.
with a warm and gentle breeze in our faces, we found ourselves peeling off the layers of clothes instead of the usual practice of piling them on.

This was the East Cork Juvenile Even-Age and Adult cross country, and as always, Youghal A.C. had a wonderful and testing cross course laid out
and waiting. Juvenile athletics has seen a growth in participation over recent years, with club numbers swelling and new clubs starting up around
the country. And so it was in Youghal, with the bigger clubs of Midleton, Youghal and Carrignavar fielding large teams. Although an altogether
smaller club, St. Catherine’s had 21 juveniles and 6 adults representing the parish. The races started with the U10 girls where we had a team of
six determined young ladies racing over 1000m. With four finishers in the top 25, the girls came away with team bronze, a fine achievement considering
many of them had never run a cross country before. In the boys U10 race we had two more athletes making thier debut and both ran very well. In the girls U12 we had two more athletes with Megan winning silver here. A short while later our four boys in the U12 category, Ciaran won the gold and the team bronze,demonstrating that cross country really is a team event where even the runners lower down in the field can make a difference to the outcome.
The U14 girls were up next, all three ran a great race wiyh Laura winning silver but unfortunatly bieng short one to make up a team no team prize.The U16 boys team were not prepared to be left out and ran a magnificent race finishing with Patrick winning silver and Cormac the Bronze, Eoin made up the team to win the team gold. This was especially pleasing to see as the boys have improved steadily over the last few years and deserve their spot in the limelight. The ladies masters won a team bronze.

The medals apart, all of our athletes competed to the best of their ability and represented their parish extremely well. The day had good individual
and team spirit as seen when many of our athletes spread themselves around the course to eagerly cheer on their friends. Thanks to everyone for
a good day and congratulations to everyone who took part.

On Friday last we hosted the East Cork Schools Cross Country. The weather was kind to us and a huge crowd started gathering in Conna Community Field before the off at 11am. With big numbers in every race some very exciting compitition was had. Well done to all who competed. The refreshing flavoured milk supplied by Glanbia was enjoyed by the compititors at the end of each race. To host this event takes alot of help and goodwill. We wish to thank anyone that helped on the day and the neighbouring land-owners that provided parking facilities.

On Sunday next Cork Co. Cross Country Championships begin in Carrignavar. We are looking forward to a large club turnout on the day. For club information and training schedule check us out on

From Frank Hayes, St Catherines AC 0876192070

Cross Country Dates

1. Cross Country Dates

The following are provisional dates and venues for the forthcoming cross country season:

September 22nd – East Cork X-Country, Youghal (Juvenile, Novice, Masters, Junior)

October 6th – County , Carraig na bhFear AC (Juvenile Even Age, Novice)

October 13th – County, West Muskerry AC (Juvenile Un-Even Age, Intermediate )

October 20th – County, St. Catherine’s AC (Masters, Juvenile-B, Novice-B)

October 27th – Munster, Limerick race Course (Juvenile Even Age, Novice)

November 3rd – County, Riverstick (Senior, Junoir)

November 10th – Munster, Castlelyons (Juvenile Uneven Age, Intermediate)

November 17th – AAI Nationals, (Juvenile Even Age, Inter County)

December 1st – East Cork X-Country, Carraig na bhFear (Juvenile, Senior)

December 15th – AAI Nationals, (Juvenile Uneven Age, Novice)

2. Schools Cross Country

Friday 27th September has been set as the date for the East Cork Schools Cross Country.

St. Catherine’s A.C. will once again host the event at the Conna Community Pitch.

We will be asking our volunteers to help us organise and stage this event, as they so kindly have done in recent years.

St Catherines AC – Fit4Life

The club is starting Fit4Life meeting up every Wednesday at 7pm in Conna Sports Field. All welcome to come along. The Fit4Life Programme is designed to give people the opportunity to get fit and enjoy walking/running in a structured environment. Participants set their own goals and are assisted by the Fit4Life leaders in the clubs. The emphasis is on improving fitness in a fun, sociable environment and no previous experience is required. All ability levels are catered for and participants exercise with others of a similar fitness level.



Athletics is a great place to meet new friends, exercise and have lots of fun.
At Athletics you can do javelin, sprinting, jogging, long jump, relays and lots of fun games.

I Love Athletics.
By Lucy A”

Photos from CIT 26 May 2013

Here is some photos of our athletes at the County track and field on Sunday 26th May. Well done everybody!!!