National Master Indoor T&F
We had two members who headed to the AIT International Arena, Athlone for the National Master Indoor T&F. Steve Dunning took home an amazing gold in the Long Jump with Donal Howard getting silver in WFD throwing. It is not all about running and there are opportunities to try different events. If you have interest please reach out and the club will support trying these out.
U20 National Indoor 800m
Senan O’Reilly represented the club at the National U20 & U23 Indoor Championships in Athlone. In an extremely competitive Senan continued his great form with a 2nd place finish in 1:55:20. A huge result for Senan in this National Championships.
We had four members who headed to Limerick recently to take on the Tom Walsh Memorial 10k . An impressive 400+ people turned up with Jim Harty first home in 31st position in a time of 37:07. Soon after Noel Early completed the 10km in 37:41 with Frances Barry next in 48:03 and John Morrisson in 52:30. Great running from all on a rolling course and great to see members travelling to the race.
Close to home Bill O’ Keffee and Adam Blaiklock took on the IMRA Corrin race. This is over 9km and over 400 meters in elevation where you pass the cross at the top 3 times as you are guided around the paths and newly formed routes through the trees. A hugely challenging race and no doubt the legs were sore for a few days after.
Jonathan Kenneally and Catherine Clancy headed to Glengarra for this trail race which was just over 7km and just under 200 meters of elevation. Even though this was on Sunday it seemed to miss most of the bad weather and was perfect conditions for running.
Mike Byrne travelled to Little Island for this 5km and finished in 17:31. There was no hiding from the wind there as all runners were tested in the tough conditions.
Well done to all who took part in our annual St Vincent de Paul Charity 3km in Conna field tonight.
It was a great turnout of both runners and supporters, and through the generosity of everyone who contributed to the donation bucket tonight, the club raised a whopping €1050 for SVP at this important time of year. Many thanks to all for your support!
Combined results of the two 3km races are below.
|Sarah Mai Clancy
National Uneven Age Cross Country Championship
You would think when we hit December things would start to quieten down but not in athletics. We had a big group of juvenile members who headed to Navan for the National uneven age cross country championships and our athletes put in top class performances as usual. The Under 11s got the races under way and Ailish Bourke (24th), Ciara O’Connell (45th), Sophie O’Connor (56th) and Molly Casey (61st) made sure the team came home with National team Bronze medal. In a race with close to 200 runners it was great to see each of our members right at the front of the race. All the girls were part of the Cork team that finished 5th. On to the U11 boys and where Ronan put in the performance of the day with a 2nd place overall, what an amazing run with almost 180 athletes that is a huge achievement. With Adam Fitzgerald, Alex Keane, Sean Cummins, Cillian Fitzgerald and James Beecher joining Ronan the team managed a 4th place overall. To put that into context, there were 18 of the best teams from across Ireland at this and this team are now 4th best in Ireland and there was the smallest of gaps between 3rd and 4th. Plenty more to come from this group.
Then on to the Under 15 girls where Aimee continues to impress with 23rd overall in a field of 165 runners. This place meant Aimee was a scorer on the Cork team that took Gold and was enough to help Munster to Silver. Then in the U17 girls Charlotte Norman was 48th overall in a race of approx. 120 athletes. This was a high enough position to be a scorer on the Cork team that just missed out on bronze.
Waterford Half Marathon
Well done to Mike Byrne and Roisin Ronayne who both ran PBs, Stephen Collins, Chris O’Connell and Frances Barry who raced the Waterford half in very cold conditions on Saturday morning. Great times posted by all.
Stephen Carr made the trip to Newmarket for the extremely popular 5km and put in a great race to finish bang on 18 minutes. Not long before he will go sub 18. John Morrisson was as consistent as ever in a geat time of 24:36.
While Aimee was putting in a storming performance in Navan her parents were running the streets of Valencia. Well done to both Shane and Michelle on great times, it was no doubt slightly warmer there.
St Vincents De Paul 3km Charity run
On Tuesday 12th we will host our annual charity run in Conna Community field from 7pm. This is a fun event and we want to see as many as possible turning up to support St Vincents de Paul charity. Everything raised goes directly to the charity.
Couch to 5km
Saturday was final the day for our couch to 5k athletes to take the step they have been training for. Weeks of commitment made sure they passed it in flying colours. Well done to Tracey Lenihan, Rosin O’Regan, Niamh Feeney, Ciara O’Neil, Maire O’Keefe, Joanna Hegarty, Jacinta Kilmartin, and Sinead Kelleher who headed to Youghal Parkrun to complete the 5km there. Thanks to the coaches for guiding them and hopefully we can help to achieve their next goal.
Munster Cross Country
Another weekend and more Cross Country action. This time is was Munster Intermediate Cross Country and Juvenile B hosted in Riverstick. We had a number of members who took part and we have continued our great run of success in cross country.
In the U9 boys Harvey Cunningham took on the 750m distance to put in a great run. Then in the U11s in a distance of 1000m Cathal Twomey put in another strong run finishing in the top half where over 100 boys took part in.
On to the U13s and with a distance of 1500m Lara Byrne put in an exceptional performance to finish 2nd overall. After recent All Irelands she has continued her form and made it onto the podium here when is a true testament of the work she is putting in. This also meant she was 1st scorer with the Cork team and helped them to gold beating Clare. Oscar Cunningham was up next in the U13 boys where he finished 23rd in a group of almost 70 runners.
In the U15 girls Ella Higgins took on the 2500m distance and battle to the line and finished 26th overall. Over the same distance in the U17s Ellie Barry was 11th overall which meant she finished in the medals with top 12 getting them in these Championships. A good battle and strong finish meant she got that well deserved medal.
Lastly in the mens intermediate Mike Byrne took inspiration from Lara and ran the 8000m finishing 12th overall and also helping score for Cork and receive gold county medal. After his marathon training this was a test of speed that he passed.
Long way around
And for something completely different on Saturday night we had Adam Blaiklock, Catherine Clancy and Bill O’Keffee travelling to Clonmel for Long Way Round run. It is a 15km circuit in and around the Comeraghs at night which includes road, track and open mountain. This is a fundraiser for South Eastern Mountain Rescue who do such great work in the area. With plenty of climbing the head torch was needed to find your way but with almost 900 runners there was always someone close by. Spectacular views was the reward when you got to Holy Year Cross and sure made the climb worth it. And the reward on the way down was knowing there was Christmas cake and a cup of tea waiting. Well done to all three on doing it and definitely looks like one for next year.
Great Glenville run
On Sunday we saw Lesley Feeney and Mary Lee travel to Glenville for the Great Glenville 4 Mile run. On a rolling course some very fast times were achieved with close to 300 people taking part. Watergrasshill always put on a great race and that was the same on Sunday.
Fit4life programme in association with St Catherines starts on Thursday 30th and will continue on Mondays and Thursday between 7pm and 8pm in Conna. Keep an eye out on social media for updates. Come join us on Thursday 30th for introduction to the group, light aerobic begineers session and cup of tea afterwards.
What a weekend for the club. We will post later on many members who were out on the roads this weekend but our members who travelled to Gowran in Kilkenny for the National Juvenile Even-Age Cross Country deserve their own post. In really tough conditions all members battled through the mud, hills and competition to put St Catherines on the map as a club with hugely successful juvenile members. Many photos showed boots being dug out of the mud along the course afterwards
The day started with the journey up to make the 11:30 start for the first race which was the 2,000m girls U12 race. We had 6 members lacing up their boots for this after they qualified via an outstanding 2nd place finish in the Munster Championships in Cooraclare last month. In a race that had almost 170 high quality runners from around All Ireland it was sure to be stiff competition but our team showed what they were made of and followed up last years gold on home turf with a team silver today. A national SILVER medal in a field of 18 of the best teams around Ireland. What a run to start us off with where Mary Jane Casey finished 7th in Ireland, soon after Sophie O’Connor, Jill Beecher, Aoife O’Connor, Ailish Bourke and Ciara O’Connell all crossed the line and could celebrate their success. Well done to Templeogue AC on winning gold in a close battle and for Ennis Track AC for bronze.
Next up were the U12 boys where we had two members who qualified. Again a large number of runners took part in this race with close to 170 taking to the line. Ronan Geaney was 22nd over all with Adam Fitzgerald 72nd. Again to have 2 runners well inside the top half of the finishes shows their training paid off and did the club proud.
The U14 girls were up soon after as they ran 3,000m. Continuing the trend of large numbers entered there was 180 girls here. Aimee Kearney, who picked up a small knock in the build up to the race, finished in 34th with and Lara at her first ever nationals finished 96th. It is hard enough to qualify for these events so to get there and perform like they did was outstanding.
Our last runners of the day were in the U16 girls where 4,000m were waiting for them. Charlotte Norman and Ciara Hayes put in strong performances to finish inside the top half of the field. Like all members on the day they can look back with pride on their results.
There is also country and provisional competitions within the races and Mary Jane helped Munster to gold in the U12s, while Ronan Geaney helped the Munster boys to gold also.
Well done to all and a thanks also to coaches, team mates, family and friends as it wouldn’t be possible without all the support. Thanks to all who travelled to cheer them on and we look forward to the next race which is the Munster Juvenile Bs in Riverstick next weekend.
Munster Juvenile Uneven Cross Country
This week Cross Country brought a large number of Juvenile members to Two Mile Borris in Tipperary for the Munster Juvenile Uneven Cross Country Championship. As has been the case all year all our juveniles continue to preform at a high level in any race they participate in.
We started with the under 9 girls where both Mia Keane and Orlaith Finn had strong runs in a large field of over 100 runners. They had a 750 meter to complete and done so in great times. Harvey Cunningham was our only boy in the same age category and again put in a great display over the same distance.
Next up was the Under 11 girls where just under 200 girls had a distance of 1,500 meters to complete. Sophie O’Connor was our first member to receive an individual medal with a 5th place finish, with Molly Casey, Ailish Bourke, Ciara O’Connell and Saeran Carr helping the team to 2nd place overall. With such huge numbers in the race this was a real team effort to get that medal with 18 teams in total. Onto the boys where Ronan Geaney was an amazing 2nd overall, with Adam Fitzgerald, Alex Keane, Cillian Fitzgerald, James Beecher, Sean Cummins, Ciaran O’Connor and William Lester making up a large team for the club. Having 8 run is great to see and their efforts paid off with another silver for the team in a race with 16 teams.
We move on to the Under 13 girls next who had 2,500 meters to run which was made up of a 1,000 meter loop followed by 1,500 loop. Mary Jane Casey, Lara Byrne, Aoife O’Connor and Jill Beecher helped the team to 6th overall and with 16 teams that is an impressive result from them. The boys took on the same course and Kenneth O’Connell was 8th overall which got him another medal, he was joined in the race by Oscar Cunningham and Noah Keane. Well done to all three.
The under 15s were up soon after and with 3,500 meter to run made up of a 1,500 and 2,000 loop it was going to a be a big test with Aimee Kearney finishing 5th overall, Ciara Hayes and Ella Higgins also putting strong displays.
The last race of the day for our members came in the U17 girls with a tough 4,500 to run. Charlotte Norman was 9th overall for a medal with Ellie Barry again performing excellently.
With so many members putting in such huge effort we had many members who also scored on Cork teams. Sophie and Molly were part of the Cork U11 team to get silver. Ronan scored for the U11 boys Cork team that won gold. Kenneth helped the U13 Cork boys to silver, while Aimee helped Cork U15 girls to gold. And finally Charlotte Norman helped Cork to another gold in the U17 girls.
A lot of these runners will also be taking part in the National Juvenile Even Age next weekend in Gowran, Kilkenny. We wish them the best of luck and keep an eye on our Social media throughout the week for updates on our members going there.
Thomas Kent 10km
The annual Thomas Kent 10k took place on Sunday and St Nicholas AC made sure the weather was perfect and not a repeat of last years monsoon weather. As always they put on a great race with stylish medals and plenty of food afterwards. The first half of the course is challenging before you have more downhills for the 2nd half so pacing is key here. First member home was Noel Early in a time of 37:44, followed by Jonathan Kenneally, Bill O’Keeffe, Laura O’Flynn, Paul O’Flynn, Adam Blaiklock, Deirdre Milbourne, Marguerite Flynn and Mary Lee. Thanks to St Nicholas on putting together the race and we look forward to next year.
John Morrisson was our sole member who headed to Brickey in Waterford for their 5km John finish in an excellent time of 25:12
Cork Athletics Intermediate, Novice ‘B’ & Juvenile ‘B’ Cross-Country Championships 2023
We had the enjoyment of hosting the latest Cross Country event here in Cork as the club welcomed clubs from all over Cork to the Intermediate, Novice B and Juvenile Championships on Sunday. This would not have been possible without the volunteers who turned up on a wet Saturday to get the course ready and back again on Sunday to make sure the event ran smoothly. We would like to thank Donal Howard for the use of the land.
On to the racing and we had young and old out to represent the club on a beautiful day for racing. The ground was soft in parts and a hill or two meant it was a challenging run for all.
We started with the U9s who ran one lap of 750m. In the girls we had Aine O’Farrell, Mia Keane and Orlaith Finn who put on great performances and definitely would have been in the running for team prize if there was a 4th member. In the boys Tom O’Keeffe finished 4th overall with top 6 getting medals. Harvey Cunningham, Charlie O’Donovan and Danny Collins made up the team and were 5th team overall and very close to podium.
Next it was the turn of the U11s with 1 loop of 1km to do. Saoirse O’Farrell, Michelle Hamill and Eimer Flynn all ran extremely well in the biggest race of the day with over 100 girls running which is great to see. In the boys we had Alex Keane, James Beecher, Eoin Ronayne and Sean Flynn who were 5th team overall
On to the U13s where we had no girls running but in the boys we had Oscar Cunningham, Noah Keane, Oisin O’Farrell and Sean O’Keeffe. They took on the 1.5km loop which was a challenge for all runners. They were unlucky no to podium but did the club proud with a 4th place team finish.
We moved on to the U15s then as they did 1 loop of 1km followed by a loop of 1.5km for a total of 2.5km. We had out first win of the day with Ciara Hayes putting in a strong performance to finish 1st with Ella Higgins in the medals in 5th . Two very strong runs from the girls. In the boys Cathal Higgins finished in 13th with another excellent run.
The U17 girls went with 2 of the 1.5km loop and we had 3 in the top 10. A huge well done to Charlotte Norman on winning the race in impressive style followed by Ellie Barry in 4th and Clodagh Hayes in 9th. The girls also came home with Silver medal as a team
Next up we had the Novice B women who took on 4km. Our women have done great work making sure they are represented at each cross country this year. Sarah Mulcahy continued her great form this year with a second place finish after a battle with Aoibheann Lawton from Durrus AC. Laura O’Flynn, Deirdre Milbourne, Sarah O’Connor and Marguerite Flynn then helped the team to a superb 3rd place finish. The men could learn a bit from the women. We only had the one member in Novice B and one in the intermediate races. Well done to Paul O’Flynn and Kieran Harte on getting out there and representing the club. Hopefully we can have a mens team out there again in the future.
Paul Brunnock Memorial
On Saturday all roads lead to the Waterford Greenway for races varying from 50k to 5k in memory of West Waterford AC member Paul Brunnock who passed away last year. We had 3 members who competed in the 5km with Senan O’Reilly finishing 1st, Stephen Carr in 2nd and John Morrisson in 6th. In the marathon Ted O’Leary put in another great run and added to his overall number of marathons.