Sunday, March 25, 2018

Club Notes Week End 25th March 2018

Madrid, Spain was host to the 12th European Masters Indoors with a week long competition from March 19th to 24th. The participation of 4,000 athletes from all parts of Europe. 150 athletes from all over Ireland competed in various events. We had three representatives from our club. 

Jim O'Shea who has been a part of athletics for well over half a century was competing in the M75 category Long Jump & High Jump. Jim who trains every week for these specific events has proved yet again that age is no obstacle in competition. On the first day of competition Jim competed in the Long Jump where his jump of 4 meters was enough to win a European Masters Gold Medal. It was also the first Irish winning medal in these competitions. It could not have gone to a nicer man. Jim competed the following day in the High Jump where he finished in 5th Place with a height of 1.28m. This was just 3cm out of winning a medal. 

Jerome Foley competed in the M50 400m & 800m. It was always going to be a challenge to get out of the heats considering a three week illness just before the competitions. But he did well finishing 4th in 400m & 6th in 800m. 

Michael O' Connor M65, who loves the sport of Race Walking finished 10th in the Indoor 3K Walk and was 11th overall in the 5K outdoor Walk. The M65 team just missed out in a bronze team medal by a margin of only 3 mins. Well done the club is very proud of your achievements.
Results & Gallery: European Masters Madrid

SIAB International Schools Cross Country Championships.
Shauna McCarthy (Killorglin Community College) was part of the Irish Schools Junior Team to take part in the SIAB International Schools Cross Country Championships held in Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Competing against the best athletes from England, Scotland and Whales Shauna was part of a team of eight who runs over a 4K cross country course. The course was a mixture of good surface for fast running with long climbs and short sharp hills. The pace was extremely fast from the start, Shauna found herself in the back of the group at the mid-way point. Finding second wind she attacked the hills and began to gain ground on the athletes ahead. Shauna finally finished in 23rd place overall, 6th Irish finisher. The Irish combined effort placed the team in third place winning bronze. A great achievement for a young athlete to wear the Irish Singlet. 

The County Road Race Championships was held in beautiful sunshine on Sunday 25th March in Currow. Thanks to An Riocht AC for organising the course and Dan Sullivan for doing the results. The 5K course was a fast loop around Currow Village and finishing at the Community Center.  Numbers were down this year with a total of 40 athletes competing.  
Top club achievements went to Mary Daly who was second senior lady (18:36) and Marie McKenna was the ladies Novice winner with a personal best time of 19:15. Caitriona Barry won her F45 category (20:07) and made up the ladies team who won the senior category on count back.
In the Men's we had George McCarthy winning his M45 category in a time of 16:47. Aidan Cahill, competing in club singlet for the very first time had a great race where he set a personal 5K best time of 17:15 and taking third place in Novice category. Brendan Lynch was second in his M40 category (19:48). 

Club Training:.
Juvenile Indoor training on Tuesday is now finished and we will resume after the Easter Holidays, from 10th April  6pm to 6:45pm at Farranfore GAA Grounds. This will be in preparation for the County Track & Field scheduled for 12th & 13th May. This is for children born 2010 (7/8yrs) to 2004 (14yrs). €2 per session. New comers always welcome. 

Maria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise Class are finished for the season and will resume again next Autumn.

Secondary School & Senior training on every Thursday will be at An Riocht Track, Castleisland from 7:45pm to 8:45pm. Commencing on April 5th for 8 weeks. This is endurance / distance training & Field events. €2 club member, €4 non club member. 

Athletic's Fixtures
Mon 2nd April: Munster 4 Mile Road C'ships, Castlelyons, Co Cork @ 1pm
Mon 2nd April: Gneeveguilla AC - Jack O'Keeffe 4mile road race from Boherbuee to Kiskeam @2pm
Sat 7th April: National Juvenile Indoor C'ships Day 1, AIT Arena 
Sun 8th April: Community Games U12 - U14 XC, Beaufort @ 11am 
Sun 15th April: Gneeveguilla AC Open Juvenile Sports, Castleisland Track @1pm
Sat 21st April: Munster Junior & U/23 T&F & Juv Pentathlon C'ships, Templemore 
Sun 22nd April: An Riocht Kingdom Come 10mile & 5K, Castleisland

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.