Sunday, February 11, 2018

Club Weekly Notes Feb. 2018

The Intervarsities Indoors were held in Athlone Indoor Arena on Friday 9th Feb. 
David Kenny, representing CIT, continues to improve in the Race Walk event where he finished in second place of the 2000m in a fantastic time of 8:06. 
Rossa Foley, representing Tralee IT, was third in the WFD with a good throw of 7.48m.

National Juvenile B, Masters & Intermediate Cross Country.
The final athletics Cross Country for this season was held in Galway on Sunday 11th Feb. The National Juvenile B, Masters and Intermediate races were held in freezing conditions with a few snow showers thrown in for good measure. The worst of the weather was during the Juvenile races so well done to all those young boys and girls who competed. 
We had the McCarthy sisters in action with young Rhian first up in the U11 1000m distance. Rhian, competing out of age, ran a very gutsy race to finish in 50th place out of 100 competitors. 
Next up was Eabha in the U13 1500m race. Eabha competing at national level for the first time ran a solid race, holding her position right through to finish in 33rd place. Eabha was also part of the County team to win Bronze. Well done. 
Shauna McCarthy ran the U13 2500m race. Shauna ran very well and placed herself in second place very early into the race. Shauna continued to open up a gap from third place but was unable to gain ground on the leader. Shauna finished in second place. However, she later heard she was not eligible for an individual medal after receiving a Munster province team medal last November.

Next up we had our Master Womens 4000m race. By now the course conditions had deteriorated greatly with no good running available in the 2K loop. the luscious grass was quickly replaced by a continuous mat of deep stick mud. There was a large field of 180 athletes spread out over the course with our five club team mixed in all fighting their own battles for positions. 
Maria McCarthy lead the team home to finish in 8th place overall and winning individual bronze in her O40 age category. Just three places behind was Mary Daly who had an outstanding run and placed 6th in her age category. Next was Caitriona Barry who again ran very well to come in 52nd overall and 11th in her category. Marie McKenna was 112th and Grainne Tierney 138th. The ladies were 6th club team and 5th county team which is a great achievement for such a small club. Well done to you all. 
George McCarthy competed as part of the county team in the Intermediate 8000m which was the final race of the day. 
By now the course was so muddy that it would be a test to those who have good strength and endurance as opposed to speed. George ran a very solid race and was continuously gaining positions throughout the race as the conditions were sapping the energy out of other competitors. He continued to gain ground right up to the end where he finished in 21st place overall and third home for the county. Unfortunately the county team just missed out on a bronze medal. Equaling the points for third (Dublin) but on count back lost out. Well done to everyone who competed for our club throughout the whole cross country season as we can look back on many individual and team achievements.
Results: HERE

Munster Juvenile Indoors for U9 to U12 were held over the week-end. No results were posted at time of print so we will include in next weeks notes

Race two of the Gneeveguilla 5k series held in Killarney on Saturday 10th Feb. Brendan Lynch was 8th overall in a time of 19:35. Marie McKenna was 20th (21:04). Pierette Scroope was 39th (24:04). Pauline Joseph was 50th (26:44).
Results HERE

Munster Schools Indoor Games on Tuesday 6th March in Nenagh Indoor Stadium. All details have gone out to all Munster schools.

The club will be holding their annual awards night for senior athletes on Friday 16th Feb. at 8pm in Sherwoods, Farranfore village. All athletes are invited to attend where we will be honoring our most outstanding athletes for 2017.

Club Training:.
Juvenile Indoor training every Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm at Farranfore Community Sports Hall. This is for children born 2010 (7/8yrs) to 2006 (12yrs). €2 per session. New comers always welcome.

Maria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise Class every Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm in Farranfore Community Hall. €5 per session

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

Athletic's Fixtures
Sat/Sun 17th/18th Feb: National Senior Indoors Championships, Abottstown.
Fri 23rd Feb: Munster Schools XC, WIT
Sat/Sun 24th/25th Feb: Munster U13 - U19 Indoor Championships
Sun 4th March: National Masters Indoors, AIT Arena
Tue 6th March: Munster Schools Indoor Games, Nenagh
Sat 10th March: National Schools XC, WIT
Sun 11th March: National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 1, AIT Arena
Sun 18th March: National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 2, AIT Arena
Sun 25th March: National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 3, AIT Arena

Please contact club secretary, Mary, 085-1909509 to register for competitions in advance
See Kerry & Munster Athletics website for full fixture lists & timetable for events.