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Ireland All Set for European Cross-Country Championships 2019

European Cross-Country Championships

Bela Vista Park, Lisbon, Portugal

Sunday December 8th 2019

 

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Athletics Weekly: With the temperature on Sunday expected to reach around 16 degrees centigrade and the weather set fair, the Parque da Bella Vista should provide a somewhat different test to the usual cross country challenges to be found on these shores.

A total of 602 athletes representing 40 countries – including Russian athletes competing as Authorised Neutral Athletes – have been declared across the seven races. The entry lists also include all six reigning individual champions – U20 winners Jakob Ingebrigtsen from Norway and Italy’s Nadia Battocletti, U23 gold medallists Anna Emilie Møller of Denmark and Frenchman Jimmy Gressier, as well as Filip Ingebrigtsen and Turkey’s Yasemin Can in the senior races.

 

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Stephanie Cotter and Adams State University Gear Up for European XC

 

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Adams State University trio Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry AC), along with twin sisters Eilish & Roisin Flanagan (Carmen Runners, Tyrone) form the nucleus of the Irish Womens Under-23 squad in Lisbon on Sunday. This is another huge occasion for Adams State to have three girls from the same NCAA University on the same team at the one time, and for the second consecutive year. The University is delighted to have the three students represent Ireland again.

Just two weeks ago, at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, in Sacramento, California,  Stephanie Cotter won, in a Championship Record time, with the Flanagan twins coming in directly behind her, in second and third places. With three to score, we'll be rooting for the girls.

 

As asked in other media locations, it will be interesting to see how the US-based trio fare in the European setting, but one would think that the Portuguese park setting should be somewhat comparabale to that of the Carifornia course, and therefore suit the Irish girls. It's certainly going to be better than my recollection of a particular Munster master XC, in Borrisoleigh, in January 2001...with freezing temperatures, driving sleet, deep much and a film-setting-like snow-line, just 400m or so away. I'd take Portugal any day!


Cork Interest

This year sees probably the smallest Cork contingent in several years, with just two Corkonians on the team: Stephanie Cotter, West Muskerry AC, and Glengarriff's Darragh McElhinney, who now runs with UCD AC, having transferred recently from Bantry AC

 

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IRISH TEAM LOOK TO SHINE IN LISBON

The Irish team will be looking for good performances at the 26th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon on Sunday (December 8th) ahead of the championships in Dublin next year. This will be the third time Portugal has hosted the championships and this year Bela Vista Park hosts the event in downtown Lisbon.

U20 teams get action underway

Jodie McCann (Dublin City Harriers) is the only returning athlete to the women’s U20 team which will have a fresh look. Last year’s team just missed out on medals finishing fourth, but this year will be more about experience ahead of Dublin 2020. Aoife O'Cuill (St. Coca's AC), Danielle Donegan (Tullamore Harriers AC), Eimear Maher (Dundrum South Dublin AC), Maeve Gallagher (Swinford AC) and Sarah Kelly (Inishowen AC) make up the rest of the team.

It’s a case of déjà vu with Norway’s wunderkind Jakob Ingebrigtsen who now is looking to make even more history by winning four individual titles in the U20 men’s race. Darragh McElhinney (UCD) and Jamie Battle (Mullingar Harriers) are the only returnees on the Irish U20 men’s team which finished fifth in last year’s event.

Strong U23 teams

The women’s U23 team will look to have a strong showing with Adams State trio Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry) and twins Eilish and Roisin Flanagan (Carmen Runners). The trio led a 1-2-3 clean sweep of the podium at the NCAA Division II cross country championships. Eilish Flanagan also won a silver medal in the 3,000m steeplechase at the European U23 Athletics Championships last summer and will aim to improve upon her 16th place finish in this event last year. With three athletes to score, it looks like they will need a score inside 35 points to win a team medal.

Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock), Jack O’Leary (Mullingar Harriers) and Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe Harriers) return to the men’s U23 team and will be strengthened by Peter Lynch (Kilkenny City Harriers) who finished 13 at the NCAA Division I Championships. They will hope to build on their 6th place finish from last year.

McCormack quietly makes more history

Fionnuala McCormack’s (Kilcoole) name is synonymous with this event and creates more history by running for a record-breaking 16th time (only Italy’s Gabriele De Nard (17) and Ukraine’s Sergiy Lebid (19) surpassing McCormack’s tally on the men’s side) along with her famous back-to-back victories in 2011 and 2012.

Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn) comes into the event on the back of her stunning top 10 finish at the World Championships in Doha, as well as recently setting a new 5km road personal best of 15:44. Aoibhe Richardson (Kilkenny City Harriers) makes her senior debut in this event after a good 19th place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The team will be looking to improve on last year’s 11th place finish. 

The senior men will hope to put in a strong performance with Sean Tobin (Clonmel) who was 10th individually last year, and Liam Brady (Tullamore Harriers) who brilliantly won the national senior title leading the charge.

An experienced team will compete in the mixed relay with the race set to start at 12:05pm 


Irish Squad

Women

U20

Aoife O'Cuill (St. Coca's AC), Danielle Donegan (Tullamore Harriers AC), Eimear Maher (Dundrum South Dublin AC), Jodie McCann (Dublin City Harriers AC), Maeve Gallagher (Swinford AC), Sarah Kelly (Inishowen AC)

 

U23

Claire Fagan (Mullingar Harriers AC), Eilish Flanagan (Carmen runners), Fian Sweeney (Dublin City Harriers AC), Roisin Flanagan (Carmen runners), Sorcha McAlister (Westport AC), Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry AC)

 

Senior

Aoibhe Richardson (Kilkenny City Harriers AC), Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn AC), Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole AC), Fionnuala Ross (Armagh AC), Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise AC), Una Britton (Kilcoole AC)

 

Men

U20

Daragh McElhinney (UCD), Jamie Battle  (Mullingar Harriers AC), Keelan Kilrehill  (Moy Valley AC) , Shay McEvoy (Kilkenny City Harriers AC), Thomas McStay (Galway City Harriers AC), TBC

 

U23 

Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock AC), Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe Harriers AC), Cormac Dalton (Mullingar Harriers AC), David McGlynn (Waterford AC), Jack O'Leary (Mullingar Harriers AC), Peter Lynch (Kilkenny City Harriers AC)


Senior

Conor Bradley (City of Derry Spartans AC), Damien Landers (Ennis Track AC), Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers AC), Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel AC), Liam Brady (Tullamore Harriers AC), Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC)    

                                   

Mixed Relay

Amy O'Donoghue (Emerald AC), John Travers (Donore Harriers AC), Luke McCann (Dublin City Harriers AC), Nadia Power (Dublin City Harriers AC)

 

List of Entries (PDF File)

 


Course Preview

The 26th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships will be disputed on a 1500m lap course, with a second 500m lap, to be used in the beginning of certain races. It is a demanding course, designed in a hilly area of the Bela Vista Park, basically with a grassed surface

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TV Coverage & Livestream

Action will be covered on RTE 2, from 12pm

Livestreamed on European Athletics

BBC: Live coverage, from 10am - 2pm, on BBC Red Button, Connected TV, online & the BBC Sport app, with highlights on BBC Two from 17:15pm - 18:15pm
Note: Some BBC coverage is restricted to UK viewers

 


Schedule of Events

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09:45 Opening ceremony


10:00 U20 men (6,225m; Ss + 4L laps + Fs)


10:30 U20 women (4,225m; Ss + 2S laps+ 2L laps + Fs)


10:55 U23 men (8,225m; Ss+ 1S lap + 5L laps + Fs)


11:30 U23 women (6,225m; Ss + 4L laps + Fs)


12:05 Mixed relay (4 x 1,500m; Ss + 4x1L lap + Fs)


12:35 Senior men (10,225m; Ss + 2S laps + 6L laps + Fs)


13:20 Senior women (8,225m; Ss + 1S lap+ 5L laps + Fs)


S: Short lap (500m); L: Long lap (1,500m); Ss: Start straight (125m); Fs: Finish straight (100m)

 


Irish European Cross-Country Championships Medal History

Individual Irish:

1994 - Senior Women- Catherina McKiernan - GOLD - 14:29

1998 - Junior Men - Gareth Turnbull - BRONZE - 16:55

2006 - U23 Women - Fionnuala Britton - SILVER - 18:56

2011 - Senior Women - Fionnuala Britton - GOLD - 25:55

2012 - Senior Women - Fionnuala Britton - GOLD - 27:45

 

Irish Teams:

1999 - Junior Mens Team - BRONZE - 43 pts

Gary Murray 8th, Brian Keane 15th, Mark Smyth 20th, Joe McAlister 75th, Robert Connolly 94th

 

2000 - Senior Mens Team - BRONZE - 72 pts

Peter Matthews 10th, Seamus Power 14th, Gareth Turnbull 23rd, Keith Kelly 25th, Ken Nason 55th, Fiachra Lombard 67th

 

2003 - Senior Womens Team - SILVER - 78 pts

Sonia O’Sullivan 4th, Rosemary Ryan 13th, Ann Keenan Buckley 27th, Catherina McKiernan 34th, Marie Davenport 52nd

 

2004 - Junior Mens Team - SILVER - 54pts

Mark Christie 5th, Andrew Ledwith 7th, Danny Darcy 11th, Jamie McCarthy 31st, Joe Sweeney 44th, Mark Hanrahan 56th

 

2010 - U23 Mens Team - GOLD - 60pts

David McCarthy 11th, Brendan O’Neill 13th, Michael Mulhare 16th, David Rooney 20th (25th), John Coghlan 34th, Ciarán Ó Lionáird 76th

 

2012 - Senior Womens Team - GOLD - 52 pts

Fionnuala Britton 1st Linda Byrne 8th, Ava Hutchinson 20th, Lizzie Lee 23rd, Sarah McCormack 36th, Sara Treacy 42nd

 

2014 - Senior Womens Team - BRONZE - 87 pts

Fionnuala Britton 6th, Sara Treacy 12th, Michelle Finn 23rd, Ann Marie McGlynn 46th, Siobhan O’Doherty 47th, Laura Crowe 53rd

 

2015 - Senior Womens Team - BRONZE - 83 pts

Fionnuala McCormack (nee Britton) 4th, Lizzie Lee 13th, Caroline Crowley 23rd, Ciara Durkan 43rd, Michelle Finn 54th, Kerry O’Flaherty 55

 

Cork Team Panels Update 2 for Athletics Ireland National Novice Cross-Country Championships 2019

Revised (Dec 4th) Cork Team Selections for National Novice Cross-Country Championships

Cow Park, Dunboyne, Co. Meath

Sunday December 15th 2019

 

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Can all Nominees please Confirm with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0851480725, ASAP

Any athlete who feels that they should also be nominated, should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0851480725

 

Novice Women

Eleven on Panel, four to score, with eight on team. All Panel members run

ForenameSurnameClub
Orla Byrne St Finbarrs AC
Michelle Ahern East Cork AC
Fiona Everard Bandon AC
Ida Kelleher Mallow AC
Ellen McCarthy Skibbereen AC
Emmii Gocke Leevale AC
Andrea Bickerdike Leevale AC
Franziska Skogsholm Leevale AC
Jennifer Montague Leevale AC
Michelle Kenny Leevale AC
Emily Knox Leevale AC

 

Novice Men

Twelve on Panel, six to score, with eight on team. All Panel members run

ForenameSurnameClub
Alan O'Brien Eagle AC
Jeremiah Sheehan North Cork AC
Shane Harrington East Cork AC
Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC
Eoghan McElhinney Bantry AC
Michael Harrington Durrus AC
David O'Connor St. Catherines AC
Naoise Ó Flaitheartaigh Bandon AC
Gavin O'Rourke Leevale AC
Hewood Richardson Leevale AC
Jonathan Murphy Leevale AC
Feidhlim Ó Dubhlaing Leevale AC
Donal Coakley Leevale AC
Conor McCauley Leevale AC
Brian Kearney Leevale AC
John Goggin Tracton AC

Cork Team Panels in Athletics Ireland National Novice Cross-Country Championships 2019

Cork Team Selections for National Novice Cross-Country Championships

Cow Park, Dunboyne, Co. Meath

Sunday December 15th 2019

 

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Can all Nominees please Confirm with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0851480725, ASAP

Any athlete who feels that they should also be nominated, should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0851480725

 

Novice Women

Eleven on Panel, four to score, with eight on team. All Panel members run

ForenameSurnameClub
Orla Byrne St Finbarrs AC
Michelle Ahern East Cork AC
Sinead O'Driscoll Midleton AC
Fiona Everard Bandon AC
Ida Kelleher Mallow AC
Ellen McCarthy Skibbereen AC
Emmii Gocke Leevale AC
Andrea Bickerdike Leevale AC
Franziska Skogsholm Leevale AC
Jennifer Montague Leevale AC
Michelle Kenny Leevale AC

 

Novice Men

Twelve on Panel, six to score, with eight on team. All Panel members run

ForenameSurnameClub
Alan O'Brien Eagle AC
Jeremiah Sheehan North Cork AC
Shane Harrington East Cork AC
Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC
Eoghan McElhinney Bantry AC
Michael Harrington Durrus AC
David O'Connor St. Catherines AC
Naoise Ó Flaitheartaigh Bandon AC
Gavin O'Rourke Leevale AC
Hewood Richardson Leevale AC
Jonathan Murphy Leevale AC
Feidhlim Ó Dubhlaing Leevale AC

Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month October 2019 - Aoife Cooke

Aoife Cooke is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for October 2019

River Lee Hotel

Thursday November 28th 2019

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Aoife Cooke, Eagle AC is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for October 2019

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The award was presented at a function at the River Lee hotel, on Thursday November 28th 2019

 

The Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by 96FM/C103FM, The Echo, The River Lee, Cork Crystal and Leisureworld

 

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The Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of October 2019 is Aoife Cooke, Eagle AC

 

 

Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month - October 2019 - Award Citation

This afternoon, Thursday November 28th, 2019, Aoife Cooke, Eagle AC was presented with the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Award for October 2019

 The Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month of October goes to Aoife Cooke (Eagle AC). At the Dublin City Marathon on the 27th of the month Aoife won the Irish Senior title, winning in a substantial lifetime best time of 2:32:34. This time ranks her 5th in the all-time Irish Women's Marathon rankings.

 

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Aoife Cooke, Eagle AC, is the recipient of the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month award for October 2019.

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Aoife Cooke with Cork City Sports Committe Members and Sponsors

 

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Aoife Cooke, with training partner, and fellow Eagle AC member, Damian Kenneally


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Aoife Cooke with family members Aisling Cooke, Kathleen Dempsey, Maura Dempsey, Ken Dempsey and Bernie Taylor

 

Photos

Photo album from the function on Cork AthleticsCounty Board Facebook Page

Videos

 

Aoife Cooke Interviewed by John Walshe, and John Quigley, Webmaster, Cork Athletics

 

 

 


Liam O'Brien, Technical Director, Cork City Sports reads Award Citation

 

 

Watch all Cork Athletics Videos on Vimeo

 

 

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Aoife Cooke Takes First Senior Woman Place in Lisbon Half-Marathon 2018

 

Aoife Cooke Runs 55:17 in Mallow 10 2019 – Guest Article by John Walshe

 

Scullion and Cooke win National Marathon Championship 2019

 

 

 

Report on Riverstick Cross-Country Training Day - Novermber 2019

Successful Training Day for Cork Teams

Cork Athletics Grounds, Slieveroe, Riverstick

Saturday November 16th

 

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Some of the athletes who took part in the training day


Report by Collette O'Riordan

A training day was held on Saturday 16th November, for athletes competing on Cork teams, at the Athletics Ireland National Even Age Championships, in Abbotstown, Dublin, on Sunday November 24th

It was very well supported and all athletes got to know their teammates.  They will be less nervous on the start line as they can talk to their teammates now that they have got to know them better.

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Group of Under-12 Boys & Girls


A great training session was completed by all the groups, and they all put in 100% effort on the day. A big thank you is also due to the personal coaches who helped out on the day.

The next training day for Cork athletes, who will be competing in Cow Park Dunboyne, on Sunday december 14th, is Saturday December 7th, in West Muskerry AC's grounds at Ummera, Macroom. Hopefully it will be just as successful  as this one was.

Thank you to all those who came on Saturday and the very best of luck to you all in Dublin on November 24th and December 14th.

Updated Cork Juvenile Teams for National Juvenile UnEven-Age Cross-Country Championships 2019

Updated Cork Team Selections for Irish Life Health National Juvenile UnEven-Age Cross-Country Championships 2019

Cow Park, Dunboyne, Co.Meath

Sunday December 15th 2019

 

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The following are the UPDATED Cork team selections for the Athletics Ireland National Juvenile UnEven-Age Cross-Country Championships, to be held in Cow Park, Dunboyne, Co.Meath on Sunday December 15th

Can any athlete selected but who is UNABLE to travel, please contact John Copithorne, 0861713500, by phone or by text, as soon as possible, but No Later than 12 Noon on Friday next, November 29th.


Please note that Cork Athletics Competition Secretary, Mary Meagher, is not available, so confirmation must be made only with John Copithorne, 0861713500, by phone or by text


Updated Listings of Athletes to Represent Cork

The following athletes have been selected to represent Cork at next month's National Juvenile UnEven-Age Cross-Country Championships, in Cow Park, Dunboyne, Co.Meath on Sunday December 15th.

 

Cork Teams

Girls Under-11        Boys Under-11 
Athlete Club   Athlete Club
Emma Flynn North Cork AC   Cian Ryan Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC
Elle - Kate Mcrae Midleton AC   Conor Looney Blarney/Inniscara AC
Freya Bateman Belgooly AC   Michael Leamy Grange/Fermoy AC
Alicia Moono Midleton AC   Tomas Kiely North Cork AC
Aimee Kearney St. Catherines AC   Conor Ronayne St. Catherines AC
Shona Synnott Riverstick/Kinsale AC   Liam O Driscoll Riverstick/Kinsale AC
Isobel Goggin Belgooly AC   Fionn Hayes Grange/Fermoy AC
Caoimhe O'Regan Bandon AC   Micheal Walsh Grange/Fermoy AC
Kate O'Donovan Leevale AC   Jack McCarthy Belgooly AC
Noelle Mulcahy Leevale AC   Max Smiddy Midleton AC
         
Girls Under-13    Boys Under-13 
Athlete Club   Athlete Club
Caoimhe Flannery Skibbereen AC   Odhrán O'Sullivan Midleton AC
Gemma O'Mahony Doheny AC   Jack Mcgrath Midleton AC
Eabha Ni Chonaola West Muskerry AC   Daniel Dollard Bandon AC
Katie O'Neill Youghal AC   Darragh O'Connor Belgooly AC
Simone Looney Leevale AC   Sean O'Callaghan North Cork AC
Ruby Cummins Bandon AC   Shane Byrne Togher AC
Autumn Devereux Youghal AC   Adam Sexton Bandon AC
Ciara Delany Skibbereen AC   Cillian O'Flynn Bandon AC
Ella Dinan Leevale AC   Charlie Nicholson St. Catherines AC
Bebhinn Horstmanhoff Durrus AC   Mathew Herbert Midleton AC
         
Girls Under-15    Boys Under-15 
Athlete Club   Athlete Club
Nicole Dinan Leevale AC   Sean Lawton Durrus AC
Claire Crowley Leevale AC   William Verling St. Nicholas AC
Ava Fitzgerald Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC   Fionn Harrington Durrus AC
Avril Millerick Youghal AC   Robert Troy Liscarroll AC
Rebecca Kelleher Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC   Eoin Quirke Midleton AC
Marie Hynes Mclaughlin Leevale AC   Matthew Lee Leevale AC
Hannah Arrigan Leevale AC   Eoghan O'Connor Belgooly AC
Katie O Keeffe Leevale AC   Roman Borkowski-Hogan North Cork AC
Emily Brenner Youghal AC   Conor Hayes St. Catherines AC
Alex Cashman Youghal AC   Sam Kiely Riverstick/Kinsale AC
         
Girls Under-17    Boys Under-17 
Athlete Club   Athlete Club
Emma Landers Youghal AC   Adam Kiely Leevale AC
Holly Carroll Blarney/Inniscara AC   John Spelman Midleton AC
Avril Cashman Youghal AC   Ruairi Harrington Bandon AC
Aoibheann Lawton Durrus AC   Luke Hever North Cork AC
Meghan Carr St. Catherines AC   Stephen O'Shea Leevale AC
Aniela Borkowski-Hogan North Cork AC   Fearghal Desmond Leevale AC
Sarah Morrison St. Nicholas AC   Ciaran Mcnamee Youghal AC
Patrice Holmes Leevale AC   Darren Moynihan West Muskerry AC
Brigin Kelleher West Muskerry AC   Daniel Buckley Leevale AC
Erin Joyce Youghal AC   Mark O'Connor Leevale AC
         
Girls Under-19    Boys Under-19 
Athlete Club   Athlete Club
Lucy O'Keeffe Youghal AC   Frank O'Brien Midleton AC
Natalie Nicholson St. Catherines AC   Tommy Connolly Leevale AC
Jennifer Cotter West Muskerry AC   Jake Mccarthy Youghal AC
Hanna D'Aughton Leevale AC   Jack O'Shea Midleton AC
Nessa Wheeler Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC   Charlie Gaffney Leevale AC
Alannah O Flaherty Leevale AC   Connor O'Neill Youghal AC
Sara Barry St. Catherines AC   Gavin Kenny Bandon AC
Caoimhe O'Leary West Muskerry AC   Fionn Harrington Bandon AC
Jennifer Kearney Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC      
Sarahlouise Bourke Millstreet AC      

Youghal AC's London Emer Casey 10k Exploits – Guest Article by John Walshe

YOUGHAL ATHLETES BRING HOME THE CUP

Guest Article by John Walshe

 This article, by John Walshe appeared in The Echo, on Thursday December 5th 2019

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 The winning Youghal team: (back) Richella Bennett, Carol Murphy, Susan Casey, Keith Ansbro, Martin Drake, Sean Ahern. (front) Claire Kilgannon, Deirdre Ansbro, Louise O'Brien, Dave Kilgannon

Many Cork runners are familiar with the annual Emer Casey Memorial race held in Youghal for the past 12 years. The Emer Casey Foundation was set up in 2006 following the death, at a young age, of Emer Casey, a native of the town.

Not so well known is a similar race in London, organised by James Ward, a member of Herne Hill Harriers – a club that recently celebrated its 130th birthday. A number of Youghal athletes have travelled over for the past few years to take part in the 10km which is held in Brockwell Park.

Two years ago, to add a bit of spice to the race, local Youghal business man Ger Flanagan sponsored a cup to be contested annually between Herne Hill Harriers and a Youghal selection.

Flanagan Print sponsored the cup and the whole idea is to have a competition between the two clubs,” explained Ger. “It’s worked out on aggregate times, whatever number of athletes travel over that number is matched by Herne Hill. They won it last year but this time Youghal came out on top, the margin of two minutes was very close considering the numbers involved.”

Not alone did the seaside club bring back the Flanagan Print Cup, they also supplied the women’s winner in Deirdre Ansbro. Although Deirdre has achieved success at both the half-marathon and marathon distances in recent years, this was her first-ever individual race victory.

 

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Deirdre Ansbro on her way to victory in the women's race

 

“I was delighted to win the race as it has a special significance for me as I was a class-mate of the late Emer at school in Youghal,” said Deirdre. Over the undulating course which comprised of a number of laps around the park, she recorded a time of 42:16 which gave her a margin of 28 seconds over Nathaile Gaudillat from the Beckenham club.

To make it a memorable day for the visitors, third place went to Susan Casey, sister of Emer, who wasn’t too far behind with her time of 42:53.

The men’s race went to Andrew Inglis of Cambridge Harriers, his time of 33:20 an indicator of how tough the course was. Sean Ahern was the first of the Youghal contingent with an impressive seventh place in a time of 36:34.

The finishing order and times of the 10 Youghal runners were as follows: Sean Ahern (36:34); Deirdre Ansbro (42:16); Susan Casey (42:53); Louise O’Brien (45:20); Dave Kilgannon (44:12); Martin Drake (47:00); Richella Bennett (49:17); Carol Murphy (51:58); Keith Ansbro (52:52); Claire Kilgannon (52:53).

There was a jubilant reception for the Youghal team on their return with Brendan and Juliette Casey, parents of the late Emer, proudly pictured with the Flanagan Print Cup along with the athletes.

One person who was delighted with the success was Martin Drake, currently chairman of the East Cork Athletics Division. Martin has a long involvement with the sport in the seaside town and jubilant homecomings are nothing new to the man described as ‘Coach and Mr Motivator.’

Back in December of 1974, Martin won the All-Ireland U13 Cross-Country title up in Donegal. The reception on his return, when he was carried shoulder-high through the town behind the Youghal Pipe Band, is still fondly recalled all of 45 years later.

 

Updated Cork Team Panels for Athletics Ireland National Novice Cross-Country Championships 2019

Revised (Dec 3rd) Cork Team Selections for National Novice Cross-Country Championships

Cow Park, Dunboyne, Co. Meath

Sunday December 15th 2019

 

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Can all Nominees please Confirm with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0851480725, ASAP

Any athlete who feels that they should also be nominated, should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0851480725

 

Novice Women

Eleven on Panel, four to score, with eight on team. All Panel members run

ForenameSurnameClub
Orla Byrne St Finbarrs AC
Michelle Ahern East Cork AC
Fiona Everard Bandon AC
Ida Kelleher Mallow AC
Ellen McCarthy Skibbereen AC
Emmii Gocke Leevale AC
Andrea Bickerdike Leevale AC
Franziska Skogsholm Leevale AC
Jennifer Montague Leevale AC
Michelle Kenny Leevale AC

 

Novice Men

Twelve on Panel, six to score, with eight on team. All Panel members run

ForenameSurnameClub
Alan O'Brien Eagle AC
Jeremiah Sheehan North Cork AC
Shane Harrington East Cork AC
Kevin O'Leary East Cork AC
Eoghan McElhinney Bantry AC
Michael Harrington Durrus AC
David O'Connor St. Catherines AC
Naoise Ó Flaitheartaigh Bandon AC
Gavin O'Rourke Leevale AC
Hewood Richardson Leevale AC
Jonathan Murphy Leevale AC
Feidhlim Ó Dubhlaing Leevale AC
Donal Coakley Leevale AC
Conor McCauley Leevale AC
Brian Kearney Leevale AC
John Goggin Tracton AC

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Registered Cork Athletics Races & Events for Week Ending Sunday December 8th 2019

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Wednesday December 4th, 7;30pm, CIT - CIT Sports Seminar Series 2019-2020 - #1 Nutrition and Performance Thursday December 5th, 1pm, Riverstick - Cork Schools Cross-Country Championships  Saturday December 7th, 11am, Ummera, Macroom - Juvenile Squad and Senior Cross-Country Training Session

Saturday December 7th, 1pm, CIT Track - Cork Youth Development Initiative - CYDI Day 7

Saturday December 7th, 2:30pm, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series - Day 7 Saturday December 7th, 11am, Nenagh - Avondhu District Athletics Indoor Championships

Sunday December 8th, 11:30am, Ballinahina, White's Cross - East Cork Cross-Country Championships Day 2

 

 Weeks Summary:

w/e Sun December 8th - Lots on this week: CIT Sports Seminar Series 2019-2020 - #1 Nutrition and Performance, Cork Schools Cross-Country Championship, Cork Youth Development Initiative - CYDI & Winter Coaching Series Day 7, Juvenile Squad and Senior Cross-Country Training Session, Avondhu District Athletics Indoor Championships, East Cork Cross-Country Championships Day 2

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Cork Events This Week

 

Wednesday December 4th, 7;30pm, CIT - CIT Sports Seminar Series 2019-2020 - #1 Nutrition and Performance

 

Thursday December 5th, 1pm, Riverstick - Cork Schools Cross-Country Championships

 

Saturday December 7th, 11am, Ummera, Macroom - Juvenile Squad and Senior Cross-Country Training

Saturday December 7th, 11am, Nenagh - Avondhu District Athletics Indoor Championships

 

 Saturday December 7th, 1pm, CIT Track - Cork Youth Development Initiative - CYDI Day 7

 

Saturday December 7th, 2:30pm, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series - Day 7

 

Sunday December 8th, 11:30am, Ballinahina, White's Cross - East Cork Cross-Country Championships Day 2

 

 

International

Saturday December 7th, Lisbon, Portugal - European Cross Country Championships 2019

(Stephanie Cotter & Darragh McElhinney among Irish representation)

 

 

Online Registrations

The Following Upcoming Races currently have Online Entry or Online Registration open:
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Newmarket 5k Classic, Sunday December 15th (500 Entry Limit)



 Dick Copithorne Memorial Belgooly 4, St. Stephen's Day, December 26th

 

 Togher 5k, Sunday December 29th

 

Kinsale 10 Mile, Sunday February 23rd 2020


Crosshaven 5k & 10k, Sunday March 8th 2020

 

Duhallow 10 Mile, Sunday March 8th 2020

Mallow 10, Sunday March 22nd 2020

 

Sonia O'Sullivan Cobh 10, Sunday April 5th 2020

 

Doneraile 10k, Saturday June 6th 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Juvenile Squad and Senior Cross-Country Training Session December 7th 2019

Cross-Country Squad Training Session

West Muskerry AC Grounds, Ummera, Macroom

11am, Saturday December 7th 2019

 

 

 

A training session will be held in the West Muskerry AC Grounds, Ummera, Macroom, at 11am on Saturday December 7th.

This session is open to Juvenile athletes named on the teams for the National Juvenile UnEven-Age Cross-Country Championships, at Cow Park, Dunboyne, Co. Meath, on Sunday December 15th. The Juvenile teams are listed further down the page.


Report on Day 1 - Training Day for Juvenile UnEven-Age Cross-Country Squad

 

The session is also open to all Senior athletes, whether running in Cow Park, Dunboyne or not

 

This is a FREE session - there is no charge for attending


Volunteers

Volunteers to help on the day would be greatly appreciated - Just turn up!

 

This is a great chance for the athletes to get to know the other athletes on the respective Cork teams. Support from club coaches would be greatly appreciated. The more athletes, coaches and volunteers that attend the session, the more successful it will be for all involved. It also means that more selective coaching can be achieved.

Cork and Munster singlets will also be handed out on Saturday.


Cork Juvenile Teams for National UnEven-Age Cross-Country Championships

Cork Teams

Girls Under-11        Boys Under-11 
Athlete Club   Athlete Club
Emma Flynn North Cork AC   Cian Ryan Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC
Elle - Kate Mcrae Midleton AC   Conor Looney Blarney/Inniscara AC
Freya Bateman Belgooly AC   Michael Leamy Grange/Fermoy AC
Alicia Moono Midleton AC   Tomas Kiely North Cork AC
Aimee Kearney St. Catherines AC   Conor Ronayne St. Catherines AC
Shona Synnott Riverstick/Kinsale AC   Liam O Driscoll Riverstick/Kinsale AC
Isobel Goggin Belgooly AC   Fionn Hayes Grange/Fermoy AC
Caoimhe O'Regan Bandon AC   Micheal Walsh Grange/Fermoy AC
Kate O'Donovan Leevale AC   Jack McCarthy Belgooly AC
Noelle Mulcahy Leevale AC   Max Smiddy Midleton AC
         
Girls Under-13    Boys Under-13 
Athlete Club   Athlete Club
Caoimhe Flannery Skibbereen AC   Odhrán O'Sullivan Midleton AC
Gemma O'Mahony Doheny AC   Jack Mcgrath Midleton AC
Eabha Ni Chonaola West Muskerry AC   Daniel Dollard Bandon AC
Katie O'Neill Youghal AC   Darragh O'Connor Belgooly AC
Simone Looney Leevale AC   Sean O'Callaghan North Cork AC
Ruby Cummins Bandon AC   Shane Byrne Togher AC
Autumn Devereux Youghal AC   Adam Sexton Bandon AC
Ciara Delany Skibbereen AC   Cillian O'Flynn Bandon AC
Ella Dinan Leevale AC   Charlie Nicholson St. Catherines AC
Bebhinn Horstmanhoff Durrus AC   Mathew Herbert Midleton AC
         
Girls Under-15    Boys Under-15 
Athlete Club   Athlete Club
Nicole Dinan Leevale AC   Sean Lawton Durrus AC
Claire Crowley Leevale AC   William Verling St. Nicholas AC
Ava Fitzgerald Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC   Fionn Harrington Durrus AC
Avril Millerick Youghal AC   Robert Troy Liscarroll AC
Rebecca Kelleher Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC   Eoin Quirke Midleton AC
Marie Hynes Mclaughlin Leevale AC   Matthew Lee Leevale AC
Hannah Arrigan Leevale AC   Eoghan O'Connor Belgooly AC
Katie O Keeffe Leevale AC   Roman Borkowski-Hogan North Cork AC
Emily Brenner Youghal AC   Conor Hayes St. Catherines AC
Alex Cashman Youghal AC   Sam Kiely Riverstick/Kinsale AC
         
Girls Under-17    Boys Under-17 
Athlete Club   Athlete Club
Emma Landers Youghal AC   Adam Kiely Leevale AC
Holly Carroll Blarney/Inniscara AC   John Spelman Midleton AC
Avril Cashman Youghal AC   Ruairi Harrington Bandon AC
Aoibheann Lawton Durrus AC   Luke Hever North Cork AC
Meghan Carr St. Catherines AC   Stephen O'Shea Leevale AC
Aniela Borkowski-Hogan North Cork AC   Fearghal Desmond Leevale AC
Sarah Morrison St. Nicholas AC   Ciaran Mcnamee Youghal AC
Patrice Holmes Leevale AC   Darren Moynihan West Muskerry AC
Brigin Kelleher West Muskerry AC   Daniel Buckley Leevale AC
Erin Joyce Youghal AC   Mark O'Connor Leevale AC
         
Girls Under-19    Boys Under-19 
Athlete Club   Athlete Club
Lucy O'Keeffe Youghal AC   Frank O'Brien Midleton AC
Natalie Nicholson St. Catherines AC   Tommy Connolly Leevale AC
Jennifer Cotter West Muskerry AC   Jake Mccarthy Youghal AC
Hanna D'Aughton Leevale AC   Jack O'Shea Midleton AC
Nessa Wheeler Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC   Charlie Gaffney Leevale AC
Alannah O Flaherty Leevale AC   Connor O'Neill Youghal AC
Sara Barry St. Catherines AC   Gavin Kenny Bandon AC
Caoimhe O'Leary West Muskerry AC   Fionn Harrington Bandon AC
Jennifer Kearney Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC      
Sarahlouise Bourke Millstreet AC      

Outstanding Cross-Country Entry Fees - Autumn 2019

Notice Regarding Outstanding County Cross Country Entry Fees

November 26th 2019

 

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Several clubs still have entry fees outstanding from this years Cork Athletics Cross-Country County Championships, particularly from the last two days of Competition. A number of clubs have, to date, made no payment

 

Can all clubs please check their Cross-Country entry forms and, from these, make out their bills, and then send their outstanding remittances to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at 10 Nutley Avenue, Mahon, Cork T12  F1WE. Collette will be handling this matter for the remainder of the season.

Several Clubs have paid their entry fees for the initial Cross-Country days of the season, but have not paid for the later days.

In particular the County Board is calling on the following clubs to return all their outstanding fees, as they have not, to date, paid for any of their entry fees:


Club
Carraig na bhFear AC
Cork Track Club AC
Courcey's AC
Eagle AC
Galtee Runners AC
Leevale AC
Skibbereen AC
St Finbarrs AC
Togher AC

Stephanie Cotter - NCAA Div II Woman Athlete of the Year 2019

Stephanie Cotter Named NCAA Div II National Cross-Country Athlete of the Year 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Tuesday November 26th 2019

 

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Following on from her record breaking winning run in the NCAA Division II Cross-Country Championships, in Sacramento, California, last Saturday, Stephanie Cotter, Adams State University and West Muskerry AC, has, today, been nominated as the NCAA Division II Women's Cross-Country National Athlete of the Year. 

Stephanie has had a fabulous season, turning out in three NCAA cross-country events, and won all three, and led Adams State Women's team - 'The Grizzlies' - to Div II team Gold. Among the Grizzlies team, finishing in second and third places last Saturday, were sisters Roisin and Eilish Flanagan, from Co. Tyrone club, Carmen Runners AC. To crown a great weekend for the trio, they were also named on the Irish Junior Women's team for the European Cross Country Championships, in Lisbon, on December 8th next.

 

postseason national ncaa dii xc 2019

 

NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday Nov 26th– National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the National Championship meet.

 

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The awards were voted on by member coaches based on results from both the postseason and during the regular season.

Women’s National Athlete of the Year

Stephanie Cotter, Adams State

Cotter, a sophomore from Cork, Ireland, only raced three times this season, but made each of them count, none more so than at the NCAA DII Cross Country Championships this past weekend.

It was in Sacramento, California, where Cotter covered the 6K track in 19:15.5, and became the first woman in NCAA DII history to break the 20-minute barrier at the National meet. Cotter also won individual titles at the South Central Region Championships, as well as at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.

 

 

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