It was with great sadness that members of our club assembled outside the church in Conna to form a Guard of Honour for the late Catherine Leahy Dingivan, last Friday evening. Following a brief illness borne with incredible strength and dignity this beautiful person who touched all of our hearts was heartbreakingly on her journey to being laid to rest.

Catherine was a true treasure of our club and a key committee member both at Juvenile and Senior Level. St. Catherine’s AC began to develop about five years ago, since then Catherine played a central with our junior members, her bright positive spirit was always to the fore namely in the form of her fabulous smile and her sharp wit not to mention all the unassuming work she carried out which some of us know little about. At senior level Catherine always and unselfishly made herself available to record results, clock time trials as well as attending county board meetings once a month. The loss to us and our community is palpable however at this time our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with Catherine’s family.

“Catherine may you rest in peace our thoughts will always be with you”.


On Sunday (27th Oct) some of our club members travelled to Limerick Race Course for the Munster Juvenille Even age Cross Country Championships. Leila Carr was first to the start line for the club (U10 Girls). In what was a very demanding course Leila showed great potential and finished well. Next out was Leyla’s sister Meghan (U12 girls) who powered home with the club’s first medal of the day winning an individual Munster silver as well as Gold for team placing. James Hayes and  Ciarán O Brien (U12 boys) both showed true strength and determination. James ran a very strong race and has continued to improve all season. Ciarán gave everything he had finished 11th , received an individual Munster medal as well as gold for team placing. Caoimhe and Laura Hayes (U14 girls) both ran a wonderful race. Caoimhe showed consistency and strength throughout. Laura blistered into the chute winning and individual bronze as well as a silver medal for team placing. Laura, Ciarán and Meghan will now represent Munster at the All Ireland’s on Nov 17th in Dublin. To all our competitors on the day well done! Well done also to two of our club members who competed in the Dublin City Marathon, Mike and John- hope the lactic acid is subsiding!

Adult training:

Interval Training: Tuesday @ 7pm

Fit 4 life continues on Wednesdays @7pm  +/- 8km road run.

Woodland run every Saturday Morning- Knockakeo Woods 10am SHARP.

Juvenile Training:

AGE 7+ Mondays and Thursdays, Conna Pitch @ 7pm.

AGE 5-7 Little Athletics- Mondays @7pm Conna Hall.

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.

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.

Congratulations Rob!!

Congratulations to Rob Heffernan who won the 50 km walk in the World Championships in Moscow with a time of 3:37.56 becoming Ireland’s third ever World Athletics Championships gold medal winner



Also congratulations to Frank Hayes on winning gold in the All Ireland Track & Field competition.

Conna 5k Road Race

On Thursday 1st August St Catherines AC held its first road race in the village of Conna. The 5k race kicked off the Conna gathering festival weekend and even though the conditions were wet and windy it did not deter great numbers of runners, walkers and spectators from taking part in and supporting the event on the night. The weather did ease for the race itself and at 8pm the gun went, sending 192 runners up through the village and out the Tallow road.
The first mile was flat and fast and by the Castle a stream of runners could be seen all the way back through the village with East Cork athletes James McCarthy & Sean McGrath followed closely by Frank Hayes pulling clear of the chase pack.

Leaving Conna Village


Leaving Conna Village

Leaving Conna Village

Shortly after mile 1 the course turned right where the runners entered into a series of challenging hills for the next mile. A few meters back from the right turn onto the Ballynoe/Conna road the hills were no more and and the general pace increased as runners let loose for the gradual downhill decent back into the village. James McCarthy was the first man to cross the line in a time of 15:37 despite the challenging course profile. Aisling Moran from Leevale AC was the first woman home.

James McCarthy turning into the home straight

James McCarthy on the last 100 meters

Click here for full results

Our club would like to thank Conna Community Council, the prize sponsors, volunteers, participants, spectators and everyone who helped out with the organisation, course measurement and race registration. Thanks to James Daly for the photographs.

Preparations underway for Conna 5k

This year the village of Conna will host a 5k road race on Thursday 1st August at 8pm. The race kicks off an action packed bank holiday weekend in the parish with a number of events organised as part of the Conna gathering.

Conna Village

Cork City Marathon

The Cork City Marathon is one of the most inclusive running events in Munster with the Youth Team Relay, Team Relay, Half and Full Marathon there is something for everyone. This year St Catherines AC had participants in all of these events. Well done to everybody who ran and congratulations to John Beecher who ran a fantastic time of 2:59:10 placing 39th in the Marathon.

Streets of Fermoy 5k

Congratulations to Ann-Marie Hayes, the first women home in last Thursday’s Streets of Fermoy 5k and overall winner of the Women’s league.

Monday mile continues

The club Monday mile continues every Monday at 8:15pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and give it a go.

The Gathering 5k

Great news! We are going to hold a 5k road race on the 1st of August as part of the Conna gathering. More to follow…
Start your training for “The Gathering 5K” by doing the Monday Mile.
Run it or walk a bit run a bit.
Every monday, 8.15pm Conna community field.
All welcome

Club take second in Ballynoe

On Thursday 25th April the East Cork Championships were held in Ballynoe.
A lovely spring evening brought good numbers to the race with plenty support for the runners taking part.
Our mens team performed well over the challenging 5 mile course winning medals for placing second in the team prizes.
Mens Team
Well done also to our womens team who put in a great effort in the 2k race.
Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers for putting on a great event.