Munster uneven age and Senior Championships, held in Conna, on the 10th of November.
It was a momentous occasion for our club last Sunday as we hosted the Munster Juvenile uneven-age categories and the Senior Men & Women championships.
As a club, St Catherines has regularly hosted championship events like the East Corks and the County events.
However, putting on a Munster championship takes things to a higher level. So hats off to all the club members who got involved in every shape and form and brought together the club, the parish and the community together in hosting this prestigious event.
Special mention to the landowners, Frank Hayes and Brendan Hurley for the parking facilities on their land and hearty thanks to all the marshalls controlling the traffic in and out of the car and bus parks. . The catering tent set up by Noel Curtin from Youghal AC was a great addition to the arena and was run by the parents association from all the local schools and what a brilliant job they did. Every cup of tea, ham sandwich and carton of soup went down very well at that stage
And so onto the races. It was a typical winter’s day, starting out cold, then some lovely sunshine for the late morning but turning quite cold by mid-afternoon.
There was a great turnout from clubs all over our beloved province; for instance, the likes of Ennis Track AC brought three buses alone!
Our under 9 boys team of Kenneth O’Connell, Oscar Cunningham, Mark Geary , Adam O’Connor and Donncha Walsh were our first representatives in alarge field and they had a great run over the 750 metre distance. Kenneth came home 7th overall to win a Munster medal. Fantastic effort, Kenneth!
Our under 11 girls of Aimee Kearney,Ciara Hayes, Ciara Hayes, Abby Leahy, Amy O’Connell and Maebh O’Connell also a superb race over the tough 1,500 metre course. Many of these girls were “running up an age”, so fair dues to Aimee Kearney for coming home in 11th spot, earning herself a Munster medal. In a field of 185, our club came 10th team overall of 20 teams. That’s a fabulous achievement, girls.
The boys under 11s were Conor Ronayne, Ryan Whelan,Sean and Tadgh Walsh and they finished 7th overall of 19 teams in a field of 165 runners. Conor finished 15th overall. Great stuff, lads!
Under 13s girls were led in by Charlotte Norman, followed by Aoife O’Regan and Ella O’Connor.
The under 13 boys were Charlie Nicholson, Darragh Ronayne and Charlie Leahy and they also had a great performance.
Our under 15 boys were Conor Hayes, Senan O’Reailly and Cian Dunning. Conor came in 18th closely followed by Senan in 21stand Cian back in the pack. Super stuff, lads.
Meghan Carr ran a brilliant race to finish 17th in her under 17 race.
Our under 19/ junior girls team were outstanding on their home turf and fought bravely to come home second in the team and finish with silver medals all round. Well done to Laura Hayes, Natalie Nicholson, Sarah Mulcahy, Sara Barry and Caoimhe Hayes for battling around the 2k course over 2 laps.
Dave O’Connor, Trevor Geary and Kieran Harte all took part in the Senior Mens race over 5 laps of this gruelling course. Looked like a nice spin around for all of ye, lads!
Once again, we would like to thank everyone involved in putting this great day together.Thanks to all the parents and families for their support.
We hope to see you all at the All Irelands which are coming up soon. Some of the club athletes have qualified to run for Munster and for Cork. What a great honour for the club. We will know more in the days ahead.
Next Sunday is the Munster Masters and the Juvenile Relays in Beaufort, Co Kerry.
Good luck to all those taking part.