Sunday, October 15, 2017

Club Weekly Notes October 2017

On Sunday 15th October the Juvenile Even Age Relays,Senior & Junior Cross Country Championships were held in Killorglin, hosted by Star Of The Laune AC. Weather conditions were ideal in what was a testing course with undulating hills, soft sections and the odd down hill.

In the Juveniles first up was the U10 4x250m Relays. The team was made up of Rhian McCarthy, Jessie Lynch, Grainne Costello & Rachel Boyle. They all ran exceptionally well to win gold with a very comfortable lead. 
The U10 Boys made up of Kevin O'Shea, Tyrnan Lynch, Isaac & Ryan Vickers had a good run to come in 2nd place taking silver.
U12 4x250m Girls race we had Doireann O'Shea, Niamh O'Shea, Meabh Dineen and Sadhbh Teahan. Most of these girls were out of age but ran an impressive race to finish outside the medals. 
U14 4x500m Girls we had Shauna & Eabha McCarthy, Elaine McMahon & Ellen Kelliher. They were up against some very tough competition and finished outside the medals. 
The U14 Boys did well to finish in 2nd place. The team was Cian Spillane, Malachy & Diarmuid Kirwan & Cormac Costello. 
Our U16 3x500m Boys did very well to finish in a comfortable 1st place. Their was some very impressive running by Conall O Mahony, Michael Brosnan & Thomas Clifford. Great to see so many teams out representing our club on the day.

The Senior Women's 5000m race was 3 laps of the course. We had eight ladies competing. Maria McCarthy running strong from the start took second place position behind Shona Heaslip of An Riocht AC. Just behind Maria was Niamh De Hora in fourth place, Mary Daly 5th, Catriona Barry 6th and Marie McKenna 7th. Mary O'Shea 13th, Grainne Tierney 14th, Julie Dean 19th. Our club picked up two team medals Team a Gold and Team B bronze. An outstanding performance by everyone.
There was a big turnout for the Men's 10Km, 6 lap race. We had six competing. George McCarthy was first to finish in 5th place overall. Next was Dermot Dineen in 8th, Artur Fitzgerald 10th, Brendan Lynch 15th, Garvin Cronin 17th & Denis Riordan 18th. With some very gutsy running the six men took silver team.
This was a very successful county cross country championships for the club. We are not one of the largest clubs in the county, but we had a great turnout in both Juvenile and adult level. It was great to see so many teams in all age categories competing and doing so well. This would not have been possible only for the hard work of our chairman, Jerome Crowley, who works tirelessly all season in bringing everything together. A special thanks also to our head coach, Maria McCarthy and her assistants, Sean O'Shea and Eileen Myers.

We will now be focusing on the Munster events. The Munster Juvenile 'B' and Intermediate XC will be held in Beaufort on Sunday 3rd December. This will be our main focus over the next month and it is a great event for newcomers to get experience in competing at Munster level.

Club Training:
Juvenile Training is on every Tuesday 6pm and Thursdays 6:30pm in Farranfore GAA grounds. Open to all registered juveniles aged 8yrs (Born 2007) and upwards. This will be in preparation for the Cross Country Championships €2 per session.

Maria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise Classes every Tuesday starting @ 7pm at the Sports Hall in Farranfore. €5 per class

Secondary School/Junior / Senior training on every Thursday at 6:30pm in GAA grounds Farranfore. This is endurance training for cross country preparation. €2 club member, €4 non club member.

Athletic's Fixtures
Sunday 22nd October: Munster Juvenile Even Age, Novice & U/23 Cross Country Championships, in Clarecastle, Co.Clare @ 11:30am .
Sunday 22nd October: : Autumn Open Cross Country Festival, Sport Ireland, National Sports Campus.
Sunday 29th Oct.: AAI National Marathon Championships, Dublin
Sunday 12th November : Munster Juvenile Uneven Age & Senior Cross Country Championships, in Tipperary (venue tbc).
Saturday 18th Nov.: British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships, Derry
Sunday 19th November: Munster Masters & Juvenile Inter-Club Cross Country Championships, Sunday 19th November in Cork (venue tbc).
Sunday 26th Nov.: AAI Senior, Junior & Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championships, Abbottstown
Sunday 3rd December: Munster Juvenile "B", Junior & Intermediate Cross Country Championships, in Kerry (venue tbc).

See Kerry & Munster Athletics website for full fixture lists & timetable for events