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
Cork Masters Cross Country
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.
On the roads
We had several members racing on the roads over the weekend and we will start with the BHAA Clearstream 5km which was held on the roads around the marina on Sunday morning. A flat course was met with a stiff breeze for the last 2km but that didn’t stop Senan O’Reilly posting a time of 16:38. It has had us searching through the record books and we believe this is the fastest time posted by a club member over the 5k distance. A hugely impressive performance by one of our younger members helped him to finish 7th overall in a field of almost 500 people. A lot more to come from Senan in the future. Also in this race Jonathan Kenneally finished in a time of 19:27
Next up we had 2 members who head to Waterford on Saturday for the Beat the Train race on the Greenway. This event is a hugely popular race that sells out each year and raises funds for Down Syndrome Ireland. We can confirm both members beat the train. Adam Blaiklock finished in 1:23 followed closely by Declan Clancy in 1:25. Well done to both and the word is that they both would recommend people to get out and do this race next year.
And the other race was held in Cloyne with the 1st of the Cloyne Commons Winter 4km series started. This is 5 races over the coming months on the same course and if you complete 4 you receive high-tech t-shirt. Noel Early was 1st home in 15:55, after picking up an injury half away around he pushed through to get it done. Bill O’Keeffe was next followed by Breda Lynch who was out again after her great marathon run in Dublin. We then had Jamie O’Connor, Frances Barry, Adam O’Connor, Deirdre Milbourne and Ella O’Connor who all did really well on this 4km loop.
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.