Congratulations to Frank, our chairman and coach, for recently winning his second international cross country medal. For the second year in a row, Frank represented Ireland in the British and Irish Cross Country championships. This year the event was held in Stormont and Frank won a bronze medal in the team event.
On Friday 28th Sept, St.Catherine’s once again hosted the East Cork Schools Cross Country at the Conna Community Pitch. This event has become increasingly popular over recent years, and this year was no exception. Over 1000 school children arrived and took part in the 16 races, the first 15 from each race winning a medal and all receiving a fruit drink courtesy of the sponsor Glanbia. Between the East Cork Athletic Board and all the volunteers from the club, the event ran very smoothly. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible. Below are a few pictures from the day.
Sunday October 7th saw the first race in the County cross-country season. The event was hosted by Castlelyons who set up a wonderful course and looked after the many athletes and clubs who turned up from all over the County. Our St. Catherine’s Juvenile team put in some great performances which reflected the efforts they have made in training over the last several weeks. Please take a look at the Cross Country page of our website to see the results.
On Sunday September 23 rd the East Cork Cross Country season got underway at Garryanne, Conna. All our athletes ran well considering this was the first race of the season, and for some their first ever competitive race. Special mention goes to Laura who took the individual Silver Medal; Cliona, Hazel and Doireann who won the team Bronze medal in the U10 Girls race; and Deirdre, Trish and Siobhan who won the O35 team Gold medal.
The first East Cork cross country for juveniles will be hosted by St. Catherine’s A.C. and held in Aghern at 11:30am on Sun 23rd September. Men’s and Ladies Novice and Masters races will also be held at the same event. The following is the programme of races:
Girls/Boys under 10 (born 2003/2004) 1000m
Girls/Boys under 12 (born 2001/2002) 2000m
Girls/Boys under 14 (born 1999/2000) 3000m
Girls/Boys under 16 (born 1997/1998) 3500m
Girls under 18 (born 1995/1996) 4000m
Boys under 18 (born 1995/1996) 4500m
Ladies Novice, 4000m
Ladies Masters O/35, 4000m
Ladies Masters O/45, 4000m
Men Novice, 6000m
Men Masters O/35, 6000m
Men Masters O/45, 6000m
Admission: Adults 6 euros, juveniles 4 euros
This year St. Catherine’s A.C. will once again host the East Cork Schools cross country at the Conna Community pitch. The date will be Friday 28th September and the races will start at 11:00am sharp. There will be races for girls and boys born in 1999 to 2006 inclusive with the distances varying according to age.
The club will be seeking volunteers to help on the day from 10:30am to approx 1:30pm
Sept 23rd East Cork (Even Age) Conna
Oct 7th County Cork (Even Age) Castlelyons
Oct 14th County Cork (Uneven Age) Carrignavar
Oct 21st Munster (Even Age) Beaufort
Oct 28th County B (Uneven Age) Conna
Nov 4th East Cork (Uneven Age) Carrignavar
Nov 11th Munster (Uneven Age) Co.Waterford
Nov 25th National (Even Age) Co.Meath
Dec 2nd Munster B Co.Clare
Dec 9th National (Uneven Age) Thurles Racecourse
Jan 13th Munster Relays Limerick Racecourse
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.