Monday, September 7, 2020

Club Notes Week-ending 6th Sept 2020

 National Masters Track & Field C'Ships

The Annual Irish life National Masters Track & Field Championships were held in Morton Stadium on Sunday 6th September. Later than usual, due to Covid-19. Due to restrictions each athlete was only allowed to enter in one event. However, this did not have a large impact on the numbers competing. Their was a larger than normal increase in the men's distance races. 

Arthur Fitzgerald was our only club member competing this year. It is Arthurs very first time competing as a master at the track and field events. Competing in the 1500m M35 race, which was, as usual, very competitive at National level. Arthur ran very well to finish 8th overall and in a time of 4:28. Arthur has been a member of the club from Juvenile level and has achieved great records throughout his athletics career. We hope he has many more at the Masters level.




Kerry Way Ultra
Well done to Dermot Dineen who competed in the Annual Kerry Way Ultra held over last week-end. Dermot completed a 78Km leg as part of a relay team from Caherdaniel to Killarney. An overnight treck along the scenic Kerry Way. A great test of your mental endurance and overall fitness. Great achievement.

Club Training

We had a good turnout to our first group session since March. It was very enjoyable running in Inch beach. Thanks to all our helpers who helped out in both our Juvenile and Senior groups. Hope to be back again soon. Next planned session will be posted in WhatsApp group.

Athletic Fixtures

Presently there is no update in regards County Cross Country fixtures or venues at this time. This topic should be discussed in the next County Board meeting which is planned for after Sept. 13th.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Club Member Notes - Aug 30th 2020

We hope you and your families are doing well. We are glad to be able to update you all with some Athletic events after almost 6 months. 

It has been a long journey with many changes in how we live our lives. However we are a resilient group and we will prevail.

Leaving Certificate Results:
We wish all our Leaving Cert students of 2020 all the best in their results next Monday, September 7th. It has been a very challenging year for you and your teachers so don’t be too hard on yourselves. Celebrate responsibly!

Back To School:
We wish all our juveniles the best of luck in returning to school. There will be a lot of mixed emotions, but stay positive and look forward to meeting up with all your friends again.

National Senior Track & Field Championships


This year's National Senior Track & Field Championships were held over two weekends in order to comply with Government Covid-19 guidelines. There were some very exciting races. So if you missed any, all results and videos are on the Athletics Ireland website and Facebook page. 
Our very own David Kenny was competing in the 10,000m Race walk last weekend. David, who is coached by Rob Heffernan, had a great race to finish in second place with a time of  41:38.45. Training partner  “Callum Wilkinson (Togher AC) was the winner in a time of 39:52.05 and third place went to Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley AC) in 42:19.19.89 

Club Training
Our club committee has met and plans are in place to commence training for our juveniles and seniors. We will update you shortly.

Athletic's Fixtures
The Irish Life Health National Junior and Masters Championships will take place over the weekend of 5th & 6th September. Due to Covid-19 there are strict guidelines in place which allows only two events for Junior's and one event for Masters. Those attending please review AAI facebook page for updates as they may change.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Irish Life Health Track and Field C,ships - 24th June 2020


Irish Life Health Track and Field Championships

POSTED: 
24.6.2020
Athletics Ireland Competitions and Juvenile committees are pleased to announce the following schedule of competitions for 2020 Irish Life Health Outdoor Track and Field season subject to the easing of government restrictions.
  • 22nd/23rd August-Irish Life Health National Senior Championships (incorporating National U23 Championships) - Morton Stadium
  • 29th/30th August-Irish Life Health U17,U18, U19 Juvenile Championships - Morton Stadium
  • 5th September-Irish Life Health National Junior Championships (plus National U23 Walks) - Morton Stadium
  • 6th September- Irish Life Health National Masters Championships - Morton Stadium
  • 12th/13th September- Irish Life Health National Combined Events Championships - Morton Stadium
Competitions are subject to government restrictions being eased and will have additional measures in place to ensure that the competitions are safe for all athletes, officials and spectators.
Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Club Notes Week Ending 8th March. 2020

National Senior 20Km Race Walk
The National 20Km Race Walk Championships were held on Saturday March 7th in St Anne's Park Raheny. David Kenny, who just recently won the National Senior Indoor 5K, showed great determination and attacked each and every lap to win the championship in great style. He took almost two minutes off his personal best time and olympic qualification points. His time of 1:23.07 was 98 seconds ahead of silver medallist Brendan Boyce of Fin Valley who in turn was 40 secs ahead of bronze medallist Alex Wright who unfortunately suffered a 2 minute penalty.  A true champion and great ambassador to all athletes.

National Masters Indoors
The National Master Indoors was held in AIT Arena on Sunday March 8th. Four of our master men athletes were in action. 
Mike O'Connor was second in the M70 3K Race Walk (19:10). 
Jerome Foley had a busy afternoon competing in 3 events. Doing very well, Jerome M55 was first in the 800m (2:16), second in 400m (60.10) and third in 200m (27.20). 
Sean O'Shea competed in the field events where he also did very well. He was second in M50 Shot Putt (10.64m) & third in WFD (7.07m). Our youngest master, 
Dermot Dineen was in action on the track with the distance races. Dermot M40 ran a personal best in the 800m in a time of 2:10.56 5th overall and ran a very good 1500m finishing in 4th place (4:38.14). Well done to all. Great to see our club singlet at national level.
British Masters Indoors
Jim O'Shea crossed the water to compete in the British Masters Indooor C'Ships. Held in Lee Valley Stadium London on Saturday 7th March, always a great event with plenty of competition. Jim won gold in the M75 Long Jump 3.80m and to cap off a great day he also won gold in the M75 High Jump 1.20m.

Munster Schools Indoors  
Eabha McCarthy (Killorglin CC) competed in the Munster Schools Indoors held in Nenagh on March 3rd. Eabha, competing in Junior age, made the semi-finals of the 60m sprint, she was fifth overall in the 600m after winning her heat.

County Juvenile Sports Hall Games
The County Juvenile development Sports Hall Games was held on Sunday 8th March. Record numbers attended this event which is designed for the development of our juvenile athletes between the ages of U9 to U12 and a great introduction to a range of events in a non competitive stage. Thanks to all those who helped out on the Day as it takes alot of volunteers to keep things running smoothly. Well done to our boys who competed. Fionan Sexton, Thomas Lynch, Michael Daly & James O'Sullivan. They participated in all events, making the semi-finals of the sprints and was fourth in the Relay Final. Also, Josh Nelligan competed in all the U9 events


Club TrainingMaria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise Classes on Tuesday from 7pm at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Class is designed for all abilities from secondary school upwards. €5 per class.
Juvenile Indoor Training has now finished and we will take a break for the next two weeks. On Tuesday March 24th 6pm we will be back out doors getting ourselves ready for the County Outdoor Track & Field in May.
Thursday Nights from 7pm for Seniors and juveniles U12 upwards. Grass Session on GAA Field Farranfore. €2


Athletic's Fixtures
Mar 15th: World Masters Indoors (15th - 21st)


Fri 27th Mar: Club Awards Night, 7pm, Sherwoods Farranfore
Sun 28th Mar: National Juvenile Indoor C'ships - Day 1, AIT
Sun 29th Mar: National Juvenile Indoor C'ships - Day 2, AIT
Sat 4th Apr:  National Juvenile Indoor C'ships - Day 3, AIT
Sun 5th Apr.: National Spring Throws

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Club Notes Week Ending 1st March. 2020


National Senior Indoors,
The National Senior Indoor Championships were held over two days on Sat 29th & Sun 1st March. The venue was the Indoor Sports Arena, Abbottstown Dublin. 
David Kenny produced a lifetime best performance when he takes the gold medal in the 5000m Race Walk with a time of 19:45.97 and Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley AC) takes second place walking 20:07.52.

Caitriona Barry was second lady finisher in the Tralee 10 Mileer on Sunday March 1st. Caitriona completed the distance in 1hr 9mins. Also running was Aidan McCarthy who finished in a time of 1hr 18mins.

Following our Clubs AGM we would like to welcome to our new chairman, Peter Vickers & new secretary, Pauline Joseph. 


Club Training

  • Maria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise Classes on Tuesday from 7pm at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Class is designed for all abilities from secondary school upwards. €5 per class.
  • Juvenile Indoor Training will commence on Tuesday from 6pm  at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Please bring €2, water and suitable footwear for indoors. New members welcome.
  • Thursday Nights from 7pm for Seniors and juveniles U12 upwards. Grass Session on GAA Field Farranfore. €2


Athletic's Fixtures

  • Tue 3rd Mar.: Munster Schools Indoors, Nenagh
  • Sat 7th Mar.: All Ireland Schools XC, Santry
  • Sat 7th Mar.: National 20Km Walk Race, Raheny
  • Sun 8th Mar.: National Masters Indoors, AIT
  • Sun 8th Mar.: County Juv.B Sports Hall Games. Milltown
  • Mar 15th: World Masters Indoors (15th - 21st)
  • Sun 28th Mar: National Juvenile Indoor C'ships - Day 1, AIT
  • Sun 29th Mar: National Juvenile Indoor C'ships - Day 2, AIT
  • Sat 4th Apr:  National Juvenile Indoor C'ships - Day 3, AIT
  • Sun 5th Apr.: National Spring Throws

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Club Notes Week Ending 23rd Feb. 2020

Munster Juvenile Indoors,
The Munster Juvenile U12-U19 Indoor Championships were held in the Nenagh Indoor stadium over two days. Isaac Vickers, Kevin O'Shea, Rhian & Eabha McCarthy made the trip to compete for our club over various events.  Participation from all Munster clubs was very high so plenty of competitive events.
Isaac Vickers (U12) tried his hand on all events. He got a pb of 9.17 in the 60m and was 4th in the 600m with a pb time of 1:52. Rhian McCarthy (U13) competed in the 600m where she finished in a time of 2:00
Eabha McCarthy (U15) competed in the 800m where she finished in a time of 2:46

County 5K Roads Championship
The County Road 5K Championship was held on Sunday 23rd Feb. in Beaufort. Hosted by Star Of The Laune AC. Weather conditions were ideal for the 56 runners. We had a good turnout from our club. In the Men's, George McCarthy was 7th (16:59) overall and 2nd in his O45 age category. Dermot Dineen was 10th (17:24) and 3rd O40. Brendan Lynch was 17th (18:42) and 3rd O45. Mike O'Connor won his O70 category in a time of 23:50. They were 4th Senior Team and 2nd O35 Master Team.
 In the Women's 5K, Maria McCarthy was back competing again after a long spell out due to injury. Maria ran well to finish 2nd senior (19:49). Helen English equally ran well to take 3rd Senior (21:28). Marie O'Shea won her O35 category (23:45), Mags Moriarty was second in her O60 category (25:35) and Pierette Scroope was third in her O45 category (24:44). Also well done to Samuel & Sally Scroope who guested the race and ran very well.

Leinster Master Indoors
Jerome Foley competed in the Leinster Master Indoor Championships held on Sat. 22nd Feb. Jerome who is training hard in preparation for the European Masters in March had a great day out. Winning the 200m (27.25) & 800m (2:22.29) and 2nd in the 400m (1:01.26). He also improved on his times from last week in the Munster Indoors. Next up for Jerome now in the National Masters on March 8th. Best of luck.

Other News
Well done to Arthur Fitzgerald who competed in the Barcelona Half Marathon on Sunday 16th Feb. Arthur was part of the Joe O'Connor Nicsus Fitness group to travel to this annual event. Arthur ran very well to finish in a personal best time of 1hr. 17mins. Well done.

Club Training
Maria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise Classes on Tuesday from 7pm at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Class is designed for all abilities from secondary school upwards. €5 per class.
Juvenile Indoor Training will commence on Tuesday from 6pm  at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Please bring €2, water and suitable footwear for indoors. New members welcome.
Thursday Nights from 7pm for Seniors and juveniles U12 upwards. Grass Session on GAA Field Farranfore. €2

Athletic's Fixtures
Sat 29th Feb.: National Senior Indoors, Abbotstown Dublin
Sun 1st Mar:  National Senior Indoors, Abbotstown Dublin
Sun 1st Mar.: Munster 4Mile Roads, Brikey GAA Club, Boherard, Dungarvan
Tue 3rd Mar.: Munster Schools Indoors, Nenagh
Sat 7th Mar.: All Ireland Schools XC, Santry
Sat 7th Mar.: National 20Km Walk Race, Raheny
Sun 8th Mar.: National Masters Indoors, AIT 


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Club Notes Week Ending 16th Feb. 2020

IUAA National Indoors,
The Irish University Indoor Championships were held on Saturday 15th Feb. in the AIT Arena Athlone.
David Kenny, representing CIT, competed in the 2000m Race Walk. David has dominated this event since he started college and this year was no exception. He not only won the race comfortably, but he also completed it in a new IUAA record time of 7:29.99. This sets David up nicely for the outdoor season. We wish him all the best.
Munster Indoor Track&Field,
Nenagh Indoor Area was the venue for the Munster U9-U11 Juveniles,  Senior & Masters Indoors. On Saturday 15th Ryan Vickers competed in the U11 events, which were 60m sprint, 600m and long jump. Ryan did not medal, but he really enjoyed the day out.
 
On Sunday was the Senior & Masters day out.
Daniel Clifford was back in action after a few years absent for athletics. He dusted off the cobwebs in fine fashion when he took gold in the Senior Men's Shot Putt with a throw of 11.80m.
His clubmate, James Nagle took silver with a throw of 11.35m. James also competed in the Weight For Distance(WFD) where his throw of 6.06m was enough to secure gold. Well done to both of you.
The Master's men equally did very well. Jim O'Shea (O75) took gold in the Long Jump (3.79m) and was second in the 60m sprint.
Jerome Foley (O55) has a busy day, where he competed in three distances. He won bronze in the 200m, and silver in both the 400m & 800m. Great start in his preparations for the European Indoors in March.
Dermot Dineen (O40) had a great day, securing Gold in the 3000m and 1500m. Well done to everyone.
Club Training
Maria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise Classes on Tuesday from 7pm at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Class is designed for all abilities from secondary school upwards. €5 per class.
Juvenile Indoor Training will commence on Tuesday from 6pm  at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Please bring €2, water and suitable footwear for indoors. New members welcome.
Thursday Nights from 7pm for Seniors and juveniles U12 upwards. Grass Session on GAA Field Farranfore. €2

Athletic's Fixtures
Sat 22nd Feb.: Munster U12 to U19 Indoors DAY 1, Nenagh
Sun 23rd Feb.:  Munster U12 to U19 Indoors DAY 2, Nenagh
Sun 23rd Feb: County Roads 5K, Junior/Nov./Snr & Master, Beaufort 12pm
Sat 29th Feb.: National Senior Indoors, Abbotstown Dublin
Sun 1st Mar:  National Senior Indoors, Abbotstown Dublin
Sun 1st Mar.: Munster 4Mile Roads, Brikey GAA Club, Boherard, Dungarvan
Tue 3rd Mar.: Munster Schools Indoors, Nenagh
Sat 7th Mar.: All Ireland Schools XC, Santry
Sat 7th Mar.: National 20Km Walk Race, Raheny
Sun 8th Mar.: National Masters Indoors, AIT 


You are required to pre-register for all athletic competitions. Please do so before late entry fees apply.  Contact club registrar, Maria McCarthy on 085-1909509, e-mail ffmvregistrar@gmail.com well in advance.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Club Notes Week Ending 9th Feb. 2020

National Masters Cross Counrty,
Storm Ciara did not deter athletes as there was a large turnout for the final Cross country Race of the season. The National Masters, Intermediate & Juvenile 'B' XC was held in picturesque Avondale Estate, Co. Wicklow on Sat. 8th Feb.. The setting was lovely, however, the course was very testing for all athletes. A series of strong climbing and fast down hills under a very uneven footing was in store for the competitors. Helen English represented our club in the Masters Women 4km race. Helen, competing for the first time at National level for our club, was amongst 206 finishers over the 2 lap course. Helen did very well to finish 107th overall and 26th in her age category.
George McCarthy competed in the Masters men 7Km race. Again numbers were well up with 260 competing. George did very well to finish 52nd overall and 11th in his age category. Well done to both for taking the long journey to Wicklow.
Congratulations also to Conor O'Mahony (An Riocht AC) who won the Men's Intermediate Title. A great day for Kerry athletics.

County AGM Notes
The County AGM was held on 3rd Feb. Here are some County fixture dates that have been fixed.

  • County 5K Road Race Championship (Novice / Junior / Senior / Master): Beaufort Sunday 23rd February at 12 noon.
  • County Juvenile 'B' Indoor Games (U9-U12): Miltown Community Centre Sunday 8th March.
  • County Awards Night: 17th or 18th April in Manor Hotel, Tralee.
  • A Meeting at Knockreer, Killarney to discuss proposed changes to the current cross country course on Tuesday 18th February at 5.00pm.
  • Next county board meeting on 23rd March at Killarney Court Hotel at 8.00pm.
Club Training
  • Maria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise Classes on Tuesday from 7pm at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Class is designed for all abilities from secondary school upwards. €5 per class.
  • Juvenile Indoor Training will commence on Tuesday from 6pm  at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Please bring €2, water and suitable footwear for indoors. New members welcome.
  • Thursday Nights from 7pm for Seniors and juveniles competing in Munster Schools XC. Grass Session on GAA Field Farranfore. €2
 
Athletic's Fixtures
  • Thur 13th Feb: Munster Schools XC, Clarecastle Co. Clare.
  • Sat 15th Feb: Munster U/9 to U/11 Indoors & Juv. & Women's & Men's Walks & Men's 3km, Nenagh
  • Sun 16th Feb: Munster Senior & Masters Indoor C'ships, Nenagh
  • Sat 22nd Feb.: Munster U12 to U19 Indoors DAY 1, Nenagh
  • Sun 23rd Feb.:  Munster U12 to U19 Indoors DAY 2, Nenagh
  • Sun 23rd Feb: County Roads 5K, Junior/Nov.?Snr & Master, Beaufort 12pm
  • Sat 29th Feb.: National Senior Indoors, Abbotstown Dublin
  • Sun 1st Mar:  National Senior Indoors, Abbotstown Dublin
  • Sun 1st Mar.: Munster 4Mile Roads, Brikey GAA Club, Boherard, Dungarvan
  • Tue 3rd Mar.: Munster Schools Indoors, Nenagh
  • Sat 7th Mar.: All Ireland Schools XC, Santry
  • Sat 7th Mar.: National 20Km Walk Race, Raheny
  • Sun 8th Mar.: National Masters Indoors, AIT 
You are required to pre-register for all athletic competitions. Please do so before late entry fees apply.  Contact club registrar, Maria McCarthy on 085-1909509, e-mail ffmvregistrar@gmail.com well in advance.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Club Notes Week Ending 2nd Feb. 2020

Munster Athletics Information:
Nutrition Workshop with Evan Lynch, Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist - 19th March in the Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Register here.
Munster Athletics Report 2019. See here.

Online entry for the Munster competitions on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th February are now open. Please note that Walks for all age groups including Senior & Masters are on Saturday 15th along with all 3km races for Junior, U/23, Senior & Masters. Closing date for both competitions is Tuesday 11th February at midnight

Munster Provincial Schools Cross Country


On Thursday 30th Jan. was the Munster Provincial Schools Cross Country Championships. Held in Tramore Valley Park, Cork was the South Munster competition. The first 15 from each race and first 3 teams qualify to go forward to the Munster XC on Thurs. 15th Feb.
Eabha McCarthy(KCC)  competed in the Junior Girsl 2K race where she finished in 22nd place.
Shauna McCarthy (KCC) was up next competing in the Intermediate Girls 3K race where she ran very well to finish in 4th place overall, securing a place in the Munster XC on Feb.13th in ClareCastle.
Cian Spillane (Milltown Pres.) raced in the Intermediate Boys 4K where he was up against some very stiff competition. Cian battled on the finish in 17th place. Well done to you all.


Junior  National Indoor Championships

Siofra Foley represented FFMV AC in the Junior Weight for Distance 28lb at the Junior and Under 23's National Indoor Championships in AIT, Athlone on Saturday 25th January. There was a large number of competitors in the Junior category who were throwing very well on the day. Siofra is 17 so will be in the same age group again next year. She did not medal on this occasion but enjoyed the experience.

The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile held on Sunday 2nd Feb. where the event sold over 3,200 entries. This race attracts the best distance runners in Ireland. Well done to Arthur Fitzgerald who completed the distance in just over 60min, while Grainne Tierney completed it in 1hr 26mins. Well done to you both.




Club Training
  • Maria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise Classes on Tuesday from 7pm at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Class is designed for all abilities from secondary school upwards. €5 per class.
  • Juvenile Indoor Training will commence on Tuesday from 6pm  at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. Please bring €2, water and suitable footwear for indoors. New members welcome.
  • Thursday Nights from 6:30pm for Seniors and juveniles competing in Munster Schools XC. Grass Session on GAA Field Farranfore. €2

Athletic's Fixtures
  • Sat 8th Feb: National Juv. "B", Masters & Intermediate XC, TBC
  • Sun 9th Feb: National Indoor Games, Abbottstown
  • Thur 13th Feb: Munster Schools XC, Clarecastle Co. Clare.
  • Sat 15th Feb: Munster U/9 to U/11 Indoors & Juv. & Women's & Men's Walks & Men's 3km, Nenagh
  • Sun 16th Feb: Munster Senior & Masters Indoor C'ships, Nenagh
  • Sat 22nd Feb.: Munster U12 to U19 Indoors DAY 1, Nenagh
  • Sun 23rd Feb.:  Munster U12 to U19 Indoors DAY 2, Nenagh
  • Sat 29th Feb.: National Senior Indoors, Abbotstown Dublin
  • Sun 1st Mar:  National Senior Indoors, Abbotstown Dublin
  • Sun 1st Mar.: Munster 4Mile Roads, Brikey GAA Club, Boherard, Dungarvan
  • Tue 3rd Mar.: Munster Schools Indoors, Nenagh
  • Sat 7th Mar.: All Ireland Schools XC, Santry
  • Sat 7th Mar.: National 20Km Walk Race, Raheny
  • Sun 8th Mar.: National Masters Indoors, AIT 
You are required to pre-register for all athletic competitions. Please do so before late entry fees apply.  Contact club registrar, Maria McCarthy on 085-1909509, e-mail ffmvregistrar@gmail.com well in advance.