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Friday, November 28, 2014

Update on National Marathon results...

Athletics Ireland have recently updated the results for the National Marathon which was part of the Dublin Marathon at the end of October. The biggest change was probably the fact that Clonmel AC womens team actually finished first in the senior women cateregory. In the womens F35 section, St.Finbarr's AC move from 1st down to 2nd and Midleton AC went from 3rd to 5th.

The various individual category prizes for runners from Cork remain the same.

All the relevant links can be seen in this previous post.

Pre-Indoor Season Track & Field Meet in Castleisland...Sat 29th Nov 2014

For anyone interested, there is a Pre-Indoor Season Track & Field Meet in Castleisland, Co.Kerry on Sat 29th Nov 2014.

Meet start time will be 12 noon and it will cost  €5.

Events...150m, 600m, 3000m, Long Jump, Shot Putt

More info...

Canicross : Running has gone to the dogs...

Running has gone to the dogs quite literally! In most races, dogs are usually banned and for good reason. However in the UK and in Europe, there is a sport called 'Canicross' which is a cross country race for runners and dogs. Turning the usual rules on their head, you can't take part unless you have a dog.

Before today, I had never heard of this sport so I presume there isn't one in Ireland. It's probably just a matter of time though :o)

The BBC had a news story about it today.

Directions for the Munster Masters Cross Country in Watergrasshill...Sun 30th Nov 2014

The Munster Masters Cross Country Championships are coming up in Watergrasshill on Sunday the 30th of November. The venue is located next to Kartworld which is just a few hundred metres east of the village.

As you can see from the map below, it's pretty simple to get to. Just leave the M8 motorway and from the relief road just to the east of M8, look for the signpost for Kartworld. Also look for signs on the day.

For more details on the course, see this map on the Munster Athletics website.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Athletics Ireland announce Irish team for Euro XC championships...

Athletics Ireland have today announced the Irish Team for the 21st SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria on December 14th.

Athletes from Munster highlighted...
Senior Men
Paul Pollock...Annadale Striders A.C.  , Mark Hanrahan...Leevale A.C  , Mick Clohisey...Raheny Shamrock A.C. , Kevin Maunsell...Clonmel A.C , Breandan O’Neill...DSD AC  , Kevin Batt...St Coca’s AC 

Senior Women
Fionnuala Britton...Kilcoole A.C.  , Michelle Finn...Leevale AC, Laura Crowe...An Riocht  , Sara Treacy...Dunboyne AC.  , Siobhan O'Doherty...Borriskane AC, Ann Marie McGlynn...Letterkenny A.C.

U23 Men
Liam Brady...Tullamore Harriers, Brandon Hargreaves...Clonliffe Harriers, Ryan McDermott...Annadale Striders A.C. , Kevin Dooney...Raheny Shamrock A.C , Dara Chesser...Ennis Track
U23 Women
Mary Mulhare...Portlaoise A.C.  ,Maria O'Sullivan...Raheny Shamrock A.C.  , Rachael Smyth...St. Coca's AC , Orna Murray...UCC/Ferrybank  , Shona Heaslip...An Riocht AC, Ellie Hartnett...UCD  

Junior Men
Kevin Mulcaire...Ennis track A.C.  , Con  Doherty...Westport A.C. , Jack O’Leary...Mullingar Harriers  , Rick Nally...DSD AC, David Harper...Sligo  , Brendan O’Connor... An Riocht  ,
Junior Women
Hope Saunders...Clonliffe Harriers, Orlaith Moynihan...Clonmel A.C , Clodagh O'Reilly...Annalee A.C.  , Rhona Pierce...Leevale AC

Guest Article...The Manchester Road Race - Cork Connection With Famous Race

Today is of course the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States. There are many races on today in the US as a result and one of the most famous is the Manchester Road Race in Connecticut. The following article was written by John Walshe of Ballycotton about an Irish connection with the event.


The fourth Thursday of November is known as Thanksgiving Day across the United States of America and is a national holiday. Along with the traditional roast turkey dinner, the day is marked by a number of long-established sporting events, including some of the oldest road races in the world.

One such event takes place in Manchester, Connecticut, and will today celebrate its 78th anniversary. Irish runners have played their part in the cherished roll of honour associated with this famous race, amongst them Corkman Mark Carroll. 

In connection with the 2011 75th anniversary race, a 176 page full-colour publication entitled ‘The Manchester Road Race: A Seventy-Five Year Celebration’ was published and the heading on page 158 honoured Carroll and his American-born wife, Amy Rudolph – it simply refers to the couple as “Mr & Mrs Road Race.” The Olympians, who married in 2005, have a combined total of seven Thanksgiving Day victories to their credit over the 4.748-mile route which has been used since the inaugural event began way back in 1927. Mark’s victories came in 1998 and 2000, the latter occasion also seeing Amy taking her inaugural title. His time on both occasions was 21:49 and between 1996 and 2010, Carroll could also boast of three second place finishes and was always a contender for top honours. After finishing runner-up in the two previous races, Carroll’s victory in 1998 in the drenching rain saw him hold off Brian Baker of the United States and Kenyan runners Paul Mwangi and Daniel Kihara to take the coveted title by a margin of 13 seconds. Two years later, it was a much closer affair. Three elite runners – Carroll, Janko Bensa of Yugoslavia and Mohamaed Amyn of Morocco – battled down Main Street with Bensa marginally ahead but the Corkman responded with a final burst of speed with 60 metres left to win again as just two seconds covered the top three.

Carroll’s wife, Amy, a native of Kane in Pennsylvania, has a more impressive record in the race. She has notched up a total of five victories from 14 starts, along with five second places and two thirds. In 2002 she finished 22nd overall in a time of 24:25, the highest ever place by a female runner. Carroll and Rudolp both attended Providence College and other former Providence runners to feature on the Manchester honour list include John Treacy, winner in 1979 (the year he won the second of his two World Cross-Country titles). His time on that occasion of 21:26 would stand for 17 years and second that day was the winner’s brother Ray, a former member of Leevale.

Martin Fagan is the most recent Irish winner, his time of 21:41 six years ago securing the title to add to his second place in 2007. Waterford man David McCarthy - another Providence athlete - maintained the strong Irish connection in 2010 when taking third position in 21:45.

From humble beginnings in 1927 when just 12 runners took part to today’s massive event which now sees entries capped at a phenomenal 15,000, the Manchester Thanksgiving Day Road Race is now one of New England's premier sporting events.

Former Boston Marathon winner Amby Burfoot, now Editor-at-Large for Runner’s World, won the event on nine occasions in the 1960s and 70s but probably just as impressive is his record of running the race every year for the past 51 years! Now aged 68, no doubt he will continue for a few years yet and will be in the line-up again this time along with Dennis McCormack who is going for his 50th consecutive Manchester race.  

For Mark Carroll from Knocknaheeny, who is still Irish record holder for the 3000 metres with his 7:30.36 from 1999, the race will always invoke special memories: “Thanksgiving means Manchester for us,” he says of the affection it holds for both himself and his wife. “We are so thankful for the friendships we have forged there,” added Amy, “it is a race that not only gives to the running community, but to the community as a whole. Everyone has been so wonderful to us and our hearts will always be in Manchester on Thanksgiving Day.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Leevale AC from Cork named club of the year at AAI awards ceremony

At the 2014 Athletics Ireland Award Ceremony on Wed 26th Nov, Leevale Athletic Club from Cork was awarded Club of the Year for the second year running. Tony Shine (Head Coach) and Finbarr O’Brien (President) accepted the award on befall of the club.

From Athletics Ireland.....“Leevale is one of the powerhouses of Irish Athletics and the Cork Club enjoyed an exceptional run of success in 2014. The year began with victory for the Leevale men’s and women’s teams at the inaugural Indoor League held in Athlone. Leevale had the most podium finishes at the national senior championships. They continued their success with the men’s team claiming the outdoor league final and the women’s team finish forth. Their women’s team won the national road relay title and the men won the national 10k team title.”

Catching Kayla...a remarkable story about a teenage runner with MS

Kayla Montgomery is a teenager in the USA who despite suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), is also one of the top distance runners in North Carolina. Her condition means that when she heats up during a race, she loses any sensation in her legs and can no longer feel them. This also means that she can't stop at the finish line and her coach has to be on hand to catch her.

You can see her inspiring story below...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Badwater Ultramarathon returns to Death Valley in 2015

One of the most famous ultra-marathons in the world is the Badwater 135...a tortuous 135 mile ultra that starts in Death Valley below sea level and finishes at Mt. Whitney Portal at 8,360 feet (2530m). In 2014, the route had to be changed due to new safety rules introduced by the National Parks Service due to the extreme heat.

In order to comply with the new rules, the race will now start at night and runners will also be to a maximum of four crew members and one support vehicle, down from six and two, respectively, in the past.

In a statement, the organisers said......."We are just excited to return to Death Valley. Most of the impact of the new rules will be on us, the organizers, with more bureaucracy and additional expenses. Event participants and support crews won't see too much that is different, other than more rules to follow."

The race will be held July 28-30, and registration opens January 19.

This video clips below are from the documentary Running on the Sun 2000. It really captures the flavour of the event. It's split up into 9 parts...

Part 1 of 9....Check out the training method at 5:20...I'd recommend it!

Part 2 of 9

Part 3 of 9

Part 4 of 9

Part 5 of 9

Part 6 of 9

Part 7 of 9

Part 8 of 9

Part 9 of 9

Booksigning by Derval O'Rourke in Mallow next Saturday 29th Nov 2014

We are delighted to announce Derval O'Rourke is coming to Philip's Bookshop, Mallow, next Saturday at 2pm to sign copies of her new book "Food for the Fast lane".
This is a beautifully put together book with loads of practical recipes for anybody in training or just looking to be healthier.  It would make a great present for Christmas.

Philip O Flynn
Philip's Bookshop
36 Bank Place
Co Cork.
Tel 00353 22 42471

Monday, November 24, 2014

Is there a problem with Cross Country in Ireland???

The National Inter-County Cross Country Championships were held in Dundalk on Sunday the 23rd of November 2014. See previous post. On the face of it, there were some excellent performances but when you looks at some of the stats, some issues are raised.

See chart below...this is the number of athletes entered and taking part from each of the counties in Munster. Also note that for a county team to score, 6 men or 4 women were needed.

Cork....There were some superb performances from some of the Cork athletes. Michelle Finn and Mark Hanrahan finished second in their respective races and qualified for the Irish team for the European Cross Country Championships next month. There was a big turnout from the mens teams... 15 men entered while 10 actually took part. Two others not on the Cork team but from Cork clubs also ran. The Cork team took silver on the day which was a big success for the county.

However, only 5 women were entered on the Cork team. On the day, only 3 ran so they couldn't score as a team. Cork is the second largest county in terms of registered athletes and has a dedicated cross country course near Riverstick, possibly the only one in the country. And yet the county couldn't field a full womens team?!?! Why wasn't a larger womens team entered?

Kerry....In numerical terms, Kerry is small yet the womens team took silver which was a fantastic performance. Not only that but two of their athletes Laura Crowe and Shona Heaslip will now represent Ireland at senior and U23 level. However, there was no mens team.

Limerick.....Zero and zero. No men or women from Limerick which is supposed to be the sporting capital of Ireland.

Waterford.....No teams. Just two individuals representing their clubs.

Tipperary.....12 men were entered and 7 took part. The Tipperary mens team finished 5th. On the womens side, Siobhan O'Doherty who is the best distance runner in the county finished an impressive 5th. However, again no womens team.

Clare.....In terms of entering teams, Clare were one of the best. They entered 15 men and 8 ran. They entered 8 women and 5 ran.

This was a feature not only confined to teams from Munster. For example, the winner of the womens race was Fionnuala Britton yet there was no womens team from Wicklow. If you look at the mens race, only 12 counties scored while only 7 counties scored in the womens race.

A lot of this is of course not down to individual athletes but the respective athletic boards in each county. If an individual can't make it on the day then a replacement should be found. As for the original question...."Is there a problem with Cross Country in Ireland?"...then I'd suggest there is. If only 7 out of 32 counties can field teams for the womens Inter-County competition then something is wrong.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Results of the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships...Sun 23rd Nov 2014

The AAI Inter-Counties Cross Country Championship were held at Dundalk IT today Sunday the 23rd of November 2014. With international places up for grabs for the European Cross Country Championships in December, there was a lot of interest in this race and the standard was pretty high.

In the womens race, Fionnuala Britton was the clear winner with Michelle Finn of Leevale AC finishing in 2nd place and Laura Crowe in 3rd. Laura is coached by former Olympian Donie Walsh of Leevale AC. The top 15 are shown below with some others from Munster.

The Kerry team finished in 2nd place.

Place County Positions...Points
1 Dublin "A" 8, 9, 14, 15...46
2 Kerry "B" 3, 19, 21, 22...65
3 Donegal "A" 6, 10, 37, 38...91
4 Down "B" 7, 32, 39, 42...120
5 Clare "A" 17, 29, 36, 47...129
6 Meath "A" 4, 41, 50, 54...149
7 Louth "B" 23, 48, 49, 51...171

The senior womens results can be seen HERE

In the mens race, Paul Pollock was the winner while Mark Hanrahan of Leevale AC finished in 2nd place in what was a hotly contested finish....

Mark has been on the Irish cross country team in the past and will be making the trip to Bulgaria in December for the Euro XC championships.

The Cork mens team finished 2nd!

540 30:42 2 HANRAHAN Mark Leevale A.C. Cork "A"
541 32:16 16 SHEAHAN Colm Leevale A.C. Cork "A"
535 33:08 27 HARTY Michael East Cork A.C. Cork "A"
666 33:30 33 O'SULLIVAN Mark (U23) Bandon A.C. Cork "A"
543 33:41 39 TWOMEY Tim Leevale A.C. Cork "A"
538 33:45 41 DONOVAN Barry Leevale A.C. Cork "A"

Place County Positions Points
1 Dublin "A" 3, 5, 7, 22, 23, 26...86
2 Cork "A" 2, 16, 27, 33, 39, 41...158
3 Antrim "A" 1, 18, 30, 49, 52, 56...206
4 Clare "A" 9, 17, 19, 40, 61, 69...215
5 Tipperary "C" 4, 11, 24, 36, 67, 83...225
6 Donegal "A" 25, 29, 35, 38, 48, 60...235
7 Derry "A" 13, 34, 37, 55, 71, 81...291
8 Meath "A" 15, 28, 58, 65, 97, 107...370
9 Galway "A" 8, 66, 68, 76, 89, 99...406
10 Down "C" 62, 72, 73, 77, 85, 94...463
11 Louth "B" 54, 78, 79, 80, 82, 93...466
12 Cavan "B" 51, 86, 87, 90, 92, 95...501

 The Senior mens results can be seen HERE

All the results including the juvenile races can be found HERE

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Carmel Parnell of Leevale AC leads Irish F55 team to team Gold

The British and Irish Masters Cross Country International was held in Wollaton Park in Nottingham on Saturday the 22nd of Nov 2014. One notable success of the day was that of the Irish womens F55 team that took Gold in that category. The Irish F55 team was led home by Carmel Parnell  of Leevale AC also won her fifth successive title in the F55 age group with a time of 23:26.

A special mention as well for Eamon McEvoy of St.Finbarr's AC who was part of the M60 team that finished second and Frank Hayes of East Cork AC who was part of the M45 team that finished 2nd.

M35...2nd team...Rep Ireland...3  Mark Ryan, 4  Philip Harty, 7  John Dunne, 12  Roger Barrett    
M40...2nd team...Rep Ireland...8  Niall Lynch, 9  Damien Lawless,  10  Peter O'Sullivan, 12  Pat Byrne
M45...2nd team...Rep Ireland...4  Mick Traynor, 5  Des Kennedy, 10  Damien Martin, 12  Frank Hayes

M50...3rd team...Rep Ireland...4  Mick Byrne, 6  Pat Malone, 12  Gerard Maloney, 13  Brian Kelly
M55...2nd team...Rep Ireland...2  Jim Stafford,  8  Martin McDonald, 10  Eugene Moynihan
M60...3rd team...Rep Ireland...1  Paul Elliott, 6  Eamon McEvoy, 15  John Todd
M65...1st team...Rep Ireland  13, 2  Martin McEvilly, 3  Pat Collins, 8  Barry Potts 
M75...2nd team...Rep Ireland 2  Jim McNamara, 7  Joseph Maguire, 12  John Fitzsimons  
F40...2nd team...Rep Ireland...4  Jackie Carthy, 5  Sylvia Malone,  6  Cathy McCourt    
F45...3nd team...Rep Ireland ...6  Colette Touhy, 13  Cathryn Brady, 14  Maria Dolan 
F55...1st team...1  Carmell Parnell  2  Lucy Brennan  6  Pauline Moran 
F65...3rd team...Rep Ireland...7  Carmel Macdhomhaill,  8  Bridget McCabe,  10  Una Reilly
F70...3rd team...Rep Ireland...6  Ann Woodlock, 11  Pam Benson, 12  Maureen Fitzgerald  

The full results can be seen HERE

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Irish Sports Council launch new Anti Doping awareness campaign, #BlackMark.

The Irish Sports Council recently launched a new Anti Doping awareness campaign called #BlackMark. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the Anti Doping programme and promote the message of clean sport.

John Treacy, CEO, Irish Sports Council, said "The Irish Sports Council is proud of our collaborations with our international colleagues and intelligence agencies on doping activities and trends so that we can ensure that our Programme continues to be one of the best anti-doping programmes in the world"

IAAF announce qualifying standards for the 2015 World Championships

The 2015 IAAF World Athletic Championships will be held in Beijing, China between the 22nd  and 30th of August. Yesterday on the 19th of November, the IAAF announced the qualifying standards which can be seen below.

One of the big changes is that they have done away with the 'A' and 'B' standards. There is now just one qualifying standard. The full conditions can be seen HERE

The qualification period is as follows....
a) For the 10,000m, marathon, race walks, relays and combined events: from 1 January 2014 to 10 August 2015 (closing date for the final entries)
b) For all other events: from 1 October 2014 to 10 August 2015 (closing date for the final entries).

Looking through the various standards, it's obvious that some are probably beyond the current abilities of a lot of Irish athletes, especially the sprint events. One possible exception might be Kelly Proper of Ferrybank AC who has a PB from the 2014 European Championships of 23.15 in the 200m. As you can see above, the standard is 23:20.

In the womens marathon, the standard is 2:44 which is one minute slower than the standard for the 2013 world championships. With only 3 athletes allowed on the Irish team, it'll be interesting to see who gets selected? Already, the three Irish women on the team who went to the European Championships in Zurich last August have already qualified based on their times...
Fionnuala Britton 2:31:46, Sarah Mulligan 2:42:43 and Barbara Sanchez who is one second inside the standard with 2:43:59!
There are others as well including Maria McCambridge who finished 2nd in the Dublin marathon in 2:34:19. Add a few others into the mix and several Irish women might be in contention for those 3 spots.

2019 World Championships : In other related news, it was also announced in the last few days that the 2019 World Athletic Championships will be held in Doha in Qatar.
The voting was as follows:
First round: Doha - 12, Eugene - 9, Barcelona - 6 (Barcelona was eliminated).
Second round: Doha - 15, Eugene - 12.

Due to the extreme heat, the competition will be held in October as opposed to August. Expect...
1) It will still be too hot
2) The crowds will be small...i.e. empty stadium
3) Impact on European Cross Country Championships in December.
4) Huge local support for Qatari athletes who were all born in Ethiopia and Kenya.