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.

Monday mile begins as winter training ends

The 2012/2013 senior winter training season finished on the 2nd of April. There was a great effort put in by all over the winter months under the watchful eye of Frank Hayes. A big thank you to Frank for his support and advise to all of the athletes. We are already seeing promising results in some recent races. Best of luck to everyone as the summer road race season gets underway. 

The Monday Mile started on the 22nd of April at 8pm in Conna Community Field. It will run weekly for the new few months. This is a timed mile (4 laps) of the pitch and everybody is welcome to come along and give it a go. 

John and Kevin on the final lap

John and Kevin on the Monday mile (final lap)

Great Club Representation in Ballycotton

On Sunday 3rd March thousands of runners made their way to the picturesque seaside village of Ballycotton for the 36th Ballycotton 10 mile road race. The historic race is a milestone on the annual road race calendar and a cool dry day with only a light breeze to contend with made for good running conditions overall for the athletes taking part. At 1:30pm the traditional Ballycotton 10 song rang out across the village and moments later droves of eager runners filled the main street cheered on by family and friends.

This year saw a great turnout from St Catherines AC with 9 athletes from the growing senior club taking part. It was encouraging to see the men’s team of Michael Byrne, Shane Fitzgerald, Kevin Hayes, Aidan Hogan and Edmond Galvin all safely cross the line in under 70 minutes. There was also a strong showing from the ladies team with Annette Fitzgerald, Patricia Barry, Elaine Mulcahy and Faith Noonan all putting in a great effort on the day. Well done to everyone who ran.