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Cork Athletics - Events Week Ending Sunday May 27th 2018

Registered Cork Athletics Races & Events for Week Ending Sunday May 27th 2018



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Just 2 road races in Cork this week: Killeagh 4 and John Hartnett 10k

Trackwise, we have the Cork Athletics Junior and Juvenile B T&F Chps, and Juvenile Relays

International: Alex O'Shea (St Finabarr's AC) and Aidan Hogan (Rising Sun AC) represent Ireland in the European 24 Hour Championships


Cork Events

Thursday May 24th, 8pm, Killeagh - Killeagh GAA Club 4 Mile


Friday May 25th, 7:30pm, Ballyhooly - John Hartnett 10k


Sunday May 27th, 10am, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Juvenile Relay Championships


Sunday May 27th, 10am, CIT Track - Cork Athletics County Junior T&F Championships


Sunday May 27th, 10am, CIT Track - Cork Athletics Juvenile B T&F Championships



National Events

Saturday May 26th, Morton Stadium, Dublin - Athletics Ireland Combined Events


Saturday May 26th, Belfast - Belfast Irish Milers International


Sunday May 27th, Morton Stadium, Dublin - Athletics Ireland Games


Sunday May 27th, Morton Stadium, Dublin - Combined Events Chps - Day 2 (Decathlon & Hepathlon)


International Events

Saturday 26th - Sunday May 27th - European Clubs T&F Championships

Saturday 26th - Sunday May 27th, Timisoara, Romania - 22nd European 24 Hour Championships
Alex O'Shea & Aidan Hogan Represent Ireland

Saturday May 26th, Eugene, Oregon, USA -  Diamond League 2018 - Eugene







Tom Brady - Tracton AC - RIP

Tom Brady, Tracton AC, R.I.P. - An Appreciation


tom brady tracton ac photo carrigdhounTom Brady, on right - Photo: Carrigdhoun

"On behalf of all members of Tracton AC, both adult and juvenile, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the family of Tom Brady who passed away on Saturday 12th May.

Tom was a founding member of Tracton AC, and an accomplished athlete. He had many successes in the high jump and triple jump, but it was in the 56lb throwing event that Tom excelled, winning numerous County titles.

He also served as Chairman of the Cork County Athletics Board and President of the Munster Council, working tirelessly to promote athletics.

Toms hard work and commitment to Tracton AC, from the clubs inception over 60 years ago, to the present day cannot be underestimated. He was an absolute gentleman, who always had plenty of words of encouragement for our juvenile club members, particularly at our annual Sports Day, which he regularly attended.

Tom will be sadly missed by everybody associated with Tracton AC. Our thoughts are with Mary, Bill, Betsy, Catherine, Tom, Jerry, Mary, David, Ellen and his extended family at this sad time.

May He Rest In Peace."

- Billy O'Mahony, Chairman, Tracton AC


Cork Athletics County Board extends its condolences and deepest sympathy to the Brady family, and to Tracton AC. May he rest in peace.


Funeral Notice (RIP.Ie)

The death has occurred of THOMAS BRADY, Boardee, Carrigaline, Cork / Minane Bridge, Cork

Brady (Boardee, Carrigaline and formerly of Knocknamanagh, Minane Bridge) On May 12th 2018, peacefully (in his 91st year) at home in the presence of his family, Thomas (Tracton Athletic Club and N.A.C.A.I.), beloved husband of Mary (nee Saunders), much loved father of Bill, Betsy, Catherine, Tom, Jerry, Mary, David and Ellen. Dear brother of the late William and brother-in-law of the late Anne. Sadly missed and dearly loved by his family, 18 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law John, sister-in-law Betty, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

May he rest in peace

Reposing at Forde Funeral Home, Old Waterpark, Carrigaline Monday (14th) from 5.00pm until removal at 7.00pm to the Sacred Heart Church, Minane Bridge. Requiem Mass Tuesday (15th) at 2.00pm, funeral afterwards to Killingley Cemetery.

The following article appeared in the Carrigdhoun, on January 6th 2017

Tom Brady – Tracton Athletics Legend

    by The Carrigdhoun Weekly January 6, 2017


"One of the founder members of Tracton AC and one of the country’s best known athletics administrators, Tom Brady, was presented with the inaugural Hall of Fame award by Club Chairperson, Breda Good O’Donovan at the Tracton Athletic Club social in Roberts Cove last month. This was indeed a fitting tribute to a man who has done more than most to foster a love of athletics, in Tracton and indeed further afield.

Tom Brady was born in Knocknamanagh in 1928. He is the younger of the two sons of Elizabeth and William Brady and received his education at Knocknamanagh Old School. After leaving school at the age of 12, Tom moved the short distance to Boardee to work on the farm owned by his three maiden aunts. This was a very different Ireland to the one in which we live today. Many rural houses had no running water and the rural electrification scheme was still a few years off. People grew or raised most of their own food, gathered their own fuel and worked hard throughout the year to the rhythm of the seasons. But there was still time for leisure pursuits and for many the local GAA club provided both a great outlet and a source of great entertainment.

Tom and his older brother Billy were always keen sportsmen. Tom was active as a hurler from 1943 to 1971. He first played minor hurling with Carrigaline in 1943 before moving to Tracton in 1946. He was a member of the 1950 Tracton team, which won the South East Final and the 1957 team, which won the County Junior Final. He was a regular on the Carrigdhoun Divisional side from 1949 to 1962 and he also played football for Carrigdhoun. But his first love was athletics.

Tom first became involved in athletics at the encouragement of Jack Barry of Ballymartle. He joined Rising Sun A.C in 1949 and won his first county championship in the high jump in Donoughmore in 1951. At the end of 1953 he was one of the founder members of the Tracton Athletic and Cycling Club, which was established at a public meeting held at the old Knocknamagh School. The inaugural officers were: President – David Blaney Barry, Chairman – Walter Ashcroft, Vice Chairman – James O’Reilly, Secretary – Tom Brady, Treasurer – Batty Neill, Assistant Treasurer – Sean Ryan, Committee: Sean Cotter, Sean O’Neill, Donal Ashcroft, William O’Neill, John Castleton, James O’Flynn, Timothy O’Flynn, Timothy Lynch, Daniel Murphy, Donal Dempsey, Brendan Barry and Tadhg O’Callaghan.

Before the club was formed the area had produced many noted athletes down through the years, including Johnny Prendergast and Johnny Brien from Fountainstown, cyclists Austin Kiely and David V. Barry. The first Tracton athlete to wear the red and green jersey was Tom’s brother Bill Brady, who competed in a cross-country event in October 1953. Competing now for Tracton AC, Tom had many successes in the high and triple jump, but it was in the 56lb throwing event that Tom specialised. He won his first County title in 1956 and he had wins in Blarney and Skibbereen in the same year and actually won his last County title in 1985, an incredible 29 years after winning his first. However, it was back in 1967 that he had his greatest achievement at an event in Dublin, when he finished second to Gerry O’Connell of Crusheen with a throw of 26 feet 10 inches. Gerry O’Connell later broke the national record for the 56lbs distance.

Having competed under the shadow of the great weight throwers of that era such as Donal Prenderville, Tom Moran and Tom Jones, Tom never won an Irish title until he competed in the Veteran Series. His last win was in 1982 in Belfield, with a throw of 7 metres 10, defeating T.K. Dwyer of Thurles at the age of 54.

As well as competing for Tracton AC, Tom became a keen administrator at local and national level. He served as Chairman of the Cork County Board for seven years, he was President of the Munster Council for five years and served as Secretary for twelve years. He was also Vice President of the National Association for a number of years. On the more local level Tom served as Chairman of the Community Hall Committee and was on the committee to restore St. Patrick’s Church in Nohoval.

As well as being a hardworking and enthusiastic community worker, Tom was also a busy family man. He married Mary Saunders from Carrigaline in 1960 and the couple went on to have eight children; Billy, Betsy, Catherine, Tom, Jerry, Mary, David and Ellen. All of the Brady children were involved in sport, especially track and field and his daughter Mary’s memories are that every weekend her father would fill his Chrysler estate with up to ten children and drive all over the country to various events. As the years passed, many of Tom’s grandchildren joined Tracton AC and as the club enters its seventh decade in existence, his great grandchildren, are now the fourth generation of Bradys to become members of the club.

Since reaching his mid eighties Tom as taken a step back from his involvement in the club but remains one of the honorary Presidents. Up to four or five years ago Tom used to act as MC for many local events, including the Tracton Annual Sport, so people throughout the area will be very familiar with his voice!

Still a huge sports enthusiast, Tom had the pleasure of attending Riverstick Sports last year and watched his two great grandsons win medals. With many family members living nearby and extremely good neighbours, the Bradys are enjoying a well deserved retirement and I am sure that Carrigdhoun readers will join us in wishing them only the very best for the future.

Thank You to Mary Egan for her assistance in curating this piece."




Cork Athletics - Events Week Ending Sunday May 20th 2018

Registered Cork Athletics Races & Events for Week Ending Sunday May 20th 2018



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'Mega Fest' of road races this week:

Cork: Streets of Fermoy 5k, Cheetah Run 5k & 1M, Buttevant 4M, Blackwater 10 and Bay Run 10k & Half-Mar

Trackwise, we have the Cork Athletics Juvenile Multi-events, and the County Senior & Masters T&F Chps


Cork Events

Tuesday May 15th, 7:30pm, Fermoy - Streets of Fermoy 5k


Thursday May 17th, 8pm, Fota Wildlife Park -  Eagle AC's The Cheetah Run 5k & 1 Mile


 Friday May 18th, 8pm, Ballymacoda - Ballymacoda 4 Mile


Friday May 18th, 8pm, Buttevant Buttevant AC 4 Mile


Sunday May 20th, 10am, CIT - Cork Athletics County Seniors, Masters & Juvenile Combined Events T&F Chps


Sunday May 20th, 10:30am, Clondullane Blackwater 10 Mile


Sunday May 20th, 10:30am, Glengarriff/Bantry - Bay Run 10k & Half Marathon 2018


Munster Events

Saturday May 19th, Castleisland Glohealth Munster Schools T&F


International Events

Friday 18th - Sunday May 20th, Alicante, Spain - European Masters Non-Stadia Championships

Friday May 19th, London - European Cup 10,000m 2018 - Night of the 10,000 PB's




Cork Athletics - Events Week Ending Sunday May 13th 2018

Registered Cork Athletics Races & Events for Week Ending Sunday May 13th 2018



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Plenty of choice again this week:

Cork: Bweeng 5k & 10k, South Munster Schools T&F Chps- Days 1 & 2, and Cork Athletics Juvenile T&F Chps - Day 2


Cork Events


Wednesday May 9th, 11am, CIT - South Munster Schools T&F Championships - Day 1


Friday May 11th, 11am, CIT -  South Munster Schools T&F Championships - Day 2


 Sunday May 13th, 10:30m, CIT - Cork Athletics Juvenile T&F Championships - Day 2


Sunday May 13th, 11am, Bweeng Bweeng 5k and 10k




International Events

Saturday May 12th, Shanghai, China - Diamond League - Shanghai




Cork Athletics Registration Figures - April 30th 2018

Cork Athletics Registration Figures - April 30th 2018

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April end-of-month registrations for Cork Athletics stand at 6,665. This is marginally down on the April 2017 figure of 6,846 and ahead of the corresponding 2016 figure of 6,049, while the April 2015 figure was 5,531, and 4,953 in April 2014.

To date, fifty one of Cork's fifty seven registered clubs have registered athletes, leaving six clubs yet to register a single athlete. 

These clubs, and their athletes, coaches, officials and other club members are NOT covered by Athletics Ireland insurance for any purpose whatsoever, leaving those athletes and clubs in a precarious position. In the situation where membership fees have been collected, but no Athletics Ireland registration paid, then that particular club, and its officers, leave themselves in a very precarious position, with the club, and the individual officers, personally covering any liability arising.

An additional consequence of failing to register a club and the minimum registration requirement of ten (10) registered members, is that permit applications from such clubs will, as has already happened this year, be declined, pending registration.

2018 Athletics Ireland Registrations are now Due


Clubs are reminded that 2018 registrations should be completed as soon as possible. There was a "grace period" of a few weeks, to allow sufficient time for re-registrations, whereby insurance cover continued, pending registration.  This "grace period" does NOT extend beyond the later end of January, and did NOT include competition.


Therefore any athlete, coach, official, or any member acting in any capacity, who remains unregistered is NOT covered by Athletics Irelands insurance, for ANY purpose whatsoever, including training and/or competition.

Clubs are urged to register their athletes without further delay.



Overall Registrations as at March 31st 2018

Bandon AC and Leevale AC continue to head the list, by a distance, with both clubs having over 500 registered members. Togher AC have over 300 registered members. A total of twelve (12) clubs have over 200 registrations, while another eleven (11) clubs exceed 100 registered members.



Total Registrations by Club - April 2018

Leevale A.C. 361 7 98 59 525
Bandon A.C. 393 2 81 26 502
Togher A.C. 159 6 105 30 300
Ballymore Cobh A.C. 133 1 146 14 294
Midleton A.C. 143 1 132 8 284
Youghal A.C. 135 0 113 19 267
West Muskerry A.C. 185 3 53 7 248
North Cork A.C. 171 2 60 14 247
St. Catherine's A.C. 160 0 70 9 239
Mallow A.C. 1 0 206 25 232
St. Nicholas A.C. 89 0 109 20 218
Clonakilty Road Runners 130 0 70 14 214
Belgooly A.C. 173 0 25 0 198
Ballincollig A.C. 140 1 51 2 194
Grange/Fermoy A.C. 76 0 95 6 177
Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 112 1 40 7 160
Eagle A.C. 0 1 144 15 160
Carrigaline Road Runners A.C. 99 0 48 6 153
Tracton A.C. 83 0 65 1 149
Ballintotis Fit4Life 3 0 98 12 113
Watergrasshill A.C. 1 0 90 18 109
Millstreet A.C. 57 0 43 6 106
St. Finbarrs A.C. 2 0 90 12 104
Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C. 81 1 15 2 99
Doheny A.C. 86 0 10 1 97
Doneraile A.C. 0 0 74 21 95
Dromahane Road Runners A,C, 1 0 76 18 95
Courcey A.C. 76 0 14 1 91
Liscarroll A.C. 62 2 21 3 88
Skibbereen A.C. 65 1 15 7 88
Bantry A.C. 30 0 38 13 81
Bweeng Trail Blazers 2 0 63 10 75
Aghada Running Club ARC 0 0 69 5 74
Durrus A.C. 47 1 18 1 67
Old Abbey A.C. 46 0 6 6 58
Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C. 1 0 49 8 58
Blarney/Inniscara A.C. 39 0 11 3 53
Riverstick/Kinsale A.C. 43 0 9 0 52
Buttevant R.C. 0 1 29 12 42
Churchtown Road Runners 0 1 20 13 34
Carrigtwohill A.C. 0 0 24 9 33
East Cork A.C. 0 0 15 12 27
Galtee Runners A.C. 1 0 20 6 27
Fota Island Running Club 0 0 20 6 26
Donoughmore A.C. 0 0 22 2 24
Rising Sun A.C. 0 0 21 0 21
Cork Mental Health A.C. 0 0 10 9 19
Shandrum A.C. 0 0 15 3 18
Duhallow AC 0 0 12 2 14
Abbey Striders A.C. 3 2 3 3 11
Cork Varsity A.C. 0 0 0 5 5
Total 3389 34 2731 511 6665

Total Registrations for Cork Clubs April 30th 2018


cork athletics clubs with over 100 regististrations april 2018

Clubs with 100+ Members


cork athletics clubs with under 100 regististrations april 2018

Clubs with Under 100 Members


Juvenile/Junior Registrations as at April 30th 2018

Bandon AC lead the pack, ahead of Leevale AC, who have over double the Juvenile/Junior memebrship of third-placed West Muskerry AC.

cork athletics juvenile junior regististrations april 2018


Bandon A.C. 393 2 395
Leevale A.C. 361 7 368
West Muskerry A.C. 185 3 188
Belgooly A.C. 173 0 173
North Cork A.C. 171 2 173
Togher A.C. 159 6 165
St. Catherine's A.C. 160 0 160
Midleton A.C. 143 1 144
Ballincollig A.C. 140 1 141
Youghal A.C. 135 0 135
Ballymore Cobh A.C. 133 1 134
Clonakilty Road Runners 130 0 130
Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 112 1 113
Carrigaline Road Runners A.C. 99 0 99
St. Nicholas A.C. 89 0 89
Doheny A.C. 86 0 86
Tracton A.C. 83 0 83
Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C. 81 1 82
Courcey A.C. 76 0 76
Grange/Fermoy A.C. 76 0 76
Skibbereen A.C. 65 1 66
Liscarroll A.C. 62 2 64
Millstreet A.C. 57 0 57
Durrus A.C. 47 1 48
Old Abbey A.C. 46 0 46
Riverstick/Kinsale A.C. 43 0 43
Blarney/Inniscara A.C. 39 0 39
Bantry A.C. 30 0 30
Abbey Striders A.C. 3 2 5
Ballintotis Fit4Life 3 0 3
Bweeng Trail Blazers 2 0 2
St. Finbarrs A.C. 2 0 2
Buttevant R.C. 0 1 1
Churchtown Road Runners 0 1 1
Dromahane Road Runners A,C, 1 0 1
Eagle A.C. 0 1 1
Galtee Runners A.C. 1 0 1
Mallow A.C. 1 0 1
Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C. 1 0 1
Watergrasshill A.C. 1 0 1
  3389 34 3423


Senior/Master Registrations as at April 30th 2018

Mallow AC top the list, with Ballymore-Cobh AC just ahead of Eagle AC and Leevale AC

cork athletics top 25 clubs adult regististrations april 2018


Mallow A.C. 206 25 231
Ballymore Cobh A.C. 146 14 160
Eagle A.C. 144 15 159
Leevale A.C. 98 59 157
Midleton A.C. 132 8 140
Togher A.C. 105 30 135
Youghal A.C. 113 19 132
St. Nicholas A.C. 109 20 129
Ballintotis Fit4Life 98 12 110
Watergrasshill A.C. 90 18 108
Bandon A.C. 81 26 107
St. Finbarrs A.C. 90 12 102
Grange/Fermoy A.C. 95 6 101
Doneraile A.C. 74 21 95
Dromahane Road Runners A,C, 76 18 94
Clonakilty Road Runners 70 14 84
St. Catherine's A.C. 70 9 79
Aghada Running Club ARC 69 5 74
North Cork A.C. 60 14 74
Bweeng Trail Blazers 63 10 73
Tracton A.C. 65 1 66
West Muskerry A.C. 53 7 60
Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C. 49 8 57
Carrigaline Road Runners A.C. 48 6 54
Ballincollig A.C. 51 2 53
Bantry A.C. 38 13 51
Millstreet A.C. 43 6 49
Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 40 7 47
Buttevant R.C. 29 12 41
Carrigtwohill A.C. 24 9 33
Churchtown Road Runners 20 13 33
East Cork A.C. 15 12 27
Fota Island Running Club 20 6 26
Galtee Runners A.C. 20 6 26
Belgooly A.C. 25 0 25
Donoughmore A.C. 22 2 24
Liscarroll A.C. 21 3 24
Skibbereen A.C. 15 7 22
Rising Sun A.C. 21 0 21
Cork Mental Health A.C. 10 9 19
Durrus A.C. 18 1 19
Shandrum A.C. 15 3 18
Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C. 15 2 17
Courcey A.C. 14 1 15
Blarney/Inniscara A.C. 11 3 14
Duhallow AC 12 2 14
Old Abbey A.C. 6 6 12
Doheny A.C. 10 1 11
Riverstick/Kinsale A.C. 9 0 9
Abbey Striders A.C. 3 3 6
Cork Varsity A.C. 0 5 5
Total 2731 511 3242

Total Adult Registrations by Club - April 2018


Senior Registrations

Leevale AC surpass all others athe head of the Senior table, with 52 Seniors. Nearest rivals Togher AC, have 30, with third placed Bandon AC on 25.


cork athletics top 20 clubs senior regististrations april 2018

Clubs with 10+ Senior Members


Leevale A.C. 59
Togher A.C. 30
Bandon A.C. 26
Mallow A.C. 25
Doneraile A.C. 21
St. Nicholas A.C. 20
Youghal A.C. 19
Watergrasshill A.C. 18
Dromahane Road Runners A,C, 18
Eagle A.C. 15
Ballymore Cobh A.C. 14
Clonakilty Road Runners 14
North Cork A.C. 14
Bantry A.C. 13
Churchtown Road Runners 13
Ballintotis Fit4Life 12
St. Finbarrs A.C. 12
Buttevant R.C. 12
East Cork A.C. 12
Bweeng Trail Blazers 10
St. Catherine's A.C. 9
Carrigtwohill A.C. 9
Cork Mental Health A.C. 9
Midleton A.C. 8
Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C. 8
West Muskerry A.C. 7
Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 7
Skibbereen A.C. 7
Grange/Fermoy A.C. 6
Carrigaline Road Runners A.C. 6
Millstreet A.C. 6
Fota Island Running Club 6
Galtee Runners A.C. 6
Old Abbey A.C. 6
Aghada Running Club ARC 5
Cork Varsity A.C. 5
Liscarroll A.C. 3
Shandrum A.C. 3
Blarney/Inniscara A.C. 3
Abbey Striders A.C. 3
Ballincollig A.C. 2
Donoughmore A.C. 2
Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C. 2
Duhallow AC 2
Tracton A.C. 1
Durrus A.C. 1
Courcey A.C. 1
Doheny A.C. 1
Belgooly A.C. 0
Rising Sun A.C. 0
Riverstick/Kinsale A.C. 0
Total 511

 Senior Registrations


Masters Registrations

Mallow AC have streaked ahead, passing the 200 mark, with Ballymore-Cobh AC and Eagle AC together at 146 and 144 respectively. Midleton AC follow close behind, with another trio heading the rest; Youghal AC, St Nicholas AC and Togher AC all topping the 100 mark.


Clubs by Masters Registrations - March 2018

Mallow A.C. 206
Ballymore Cobh A.C. 146
Eagle A.C. 144
Midleton A.C. 132
Youghal A.C. 113
St. Nicholas A.C. 109
Togher A.C. 105
Leevale A.C. 98
Ballintotis Fit4Life 98
Grange/Fermoy A.C. 95
Watergrasshill A.C. 90
St. Finbarrs A.C. 90
Bandon A.C. 81
Dromahane Road Runners A,C, 76
Doneraile A.C. 74
Clonakilty Road Runners 70
St. Catherine's A.C. 70
Aghada Running Club ARC 69
Tracton A.C. 65
Bweeng Trail Blazers 63
North Cork A.C. 60
West Muskerry A.C. 53
Ballincollig A.C. 51
Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C. 49
Carrigaline Road Runners A.C. 48
Millstreet A.C. 43
Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 40
Bantry A.C. 38
Buttevant R.C. 29
Belgooly A.C. 25
Carrigtwohill A.C. 24
Donoughmore A.C. 22
Liscarroll A.C. 21
Rising Sun A.C. 21
Churchtown Road Runners 20
Fota Island Running Club 20
Galtee Runners A.C. 20
Durrus A.C. 18
East Cork A.C. 15
Skibbereen A.C. 15
Shandrum A.C. 15
Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C. 15
Courcey A.C. 14
Duhallow AC 12
Blarney/Inniscara A.C. 11
Cork Mental Health A.C. 10
Doheny A.C. 10
Riverstick/Kinsale A.C. 9
Old Abbey A.C. 6
Abbey Striders A.C. 3
Cork Varsity A.C. 0
Total 2731

Masters Registrations

Lizzie Lee and Claire McCarthy Selected for European Championships Marathon Championships - Berlin 2018

Leevale Pair Among Eleven Athletes for European Marathon Championships

Berlin, Germany

August 2018


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Lizzie Lee and Claire McCarthy, at the 2018 Cork City Sports Athlete of the Year Awards - Photo: Leevale AC


Leevale athletes Claire McCarthy and Lizzie Lee have been selected by Athletics Ireland for the European Marathon Championships, which will be held in Berlin, Germany, next August.  Claire is coached by Ronan Boland (Eagle AC), while Lizzie is coached by Donie Walsh (Leevale AC)

The Leevale girls selection comes off the back of a great performance at the recent World-Half Marathon Championships,in Valencia, Spain, a month ago, on Saturday March 24th, where they led the Irish team home, with bothe girls recording PB's : Lizzie Lee (46th place, 73:19) & Claire McCarthy (57th place, 74:20)

Athletics Ireland release - Feidhlim Kelly

Irish Marathon Teams for European Championships Announced

11 Irish athletes have been selected to run the Marathon at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin this August.

The 11-strong team includes five Olympians – Lizzie Lee (Leevale), Breege Connolly (North Belfast Harriers), Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock), Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) and Kevin Seaward (St Malachy’s) – and a number of athletes in good form.

Kevin Seaward recently finished fourth in the marathon for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast, while Stephen Scullion ran a personal best of 2:15:55 at the London marathon last weekend.

The team has bags of experience with the vast majority of the team seasoned internationals.

The marathon in Berlin also encompasses the European Cup team competition and the Irish teams will be looking to combine well collectively as well as individually.

Paul McNamara, Athletics Ireland High Performance Director

High Performance Director Paul McNamara said “We’ve seen a steady increase in the standard of Irish marathon running in recent years and it is significant to be in a position to select 11 athletes for the European Marathon Championships including the European Marathon Team Cup.  Both of these teams should be highly competitive in Berlin based on past results.  In 2014, the last edition of this event, we had no sub-2:17 performers start the men’s race, while now we have 6 athletes comfortably inside that standard, while 4 of the 5 women selected have significant championship experience.  The early selection date allows these athletes to focus on optimal preparation to produce a peak performance at the championships.”


Women's Team

Breege Connolly North Belfast Harriers AC Donie Walsh
Gladys Ganiel North Belfast Harriers AC Matt Shields
Laura Graham Mourne Runners AC Ryan Maxwell
Lizzie Lee Leevale AC Donie Walsh
Claire McCarthy Leevale AC Ronan Boland


Men's Team

Sergiu Ciobanu Clonliffe Harriers AC Jerry Kiernan
Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrock AC Dick Hooper
Sean Hehir Rathfarnham WSAF AC Dick Hooper
Paul Pollock Annadale Striders AC Andy Hobdell
Stephen Scullion Clonliffe Harriers AC Stephen Haas
Kevin Seaward St Malachy's AC Andy Hobdell

Steven Macklin To Take Up Doha Head Coach Position

Steven Macklin Joins Aspire Academy in Doha Qatar

May 2018

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Steven Macklin, Athletics Ireland National Endurance Coach is to leave his post at the end of this month, to take up the role of Head Endurance Coach Role at Aspire Academy in Doha Qatar. Steven starts in his new position, in August.

Steven joins the Aspire Academy at an exciting time, with the IAAF World Championships there in autumn 2019. 

Steven said "It was just too good an opportunity to turn down. It was a tough decision, and I’ve enjoyed my time here but, after 10 years with AAI, it’s the right time for a change"

Steven, a former Togher athlete, started his career with Athletics Ireland as Regional Development Officer (RDO) for Munster, before taking on a National role, based in Dublin, with Athletics Ireland, and finally as National Endurance Coach.  In the last few years, Steven was the driving force behind the highly popular and innovative Athletics Ireland Coaching Networks initiative: Endurance Coaching, Sprint Coaching, Jumps Coaching and Throws Coaching

Stephanie Cotter Heads for Adams State


stephanie cotter west muskerry acStephanie Cotter with the Irish Milers Club Trophy awarded to the Senior Girls 1500m winner at the Irish Schools Championships


This article by, John Walshe, appeared in the May 12th 2018 issue of the Evening Echo

It’s a long way from the townland of Direen, which lies halfway between Coachford and Dripsey, to the rarefied air of Adams State University in Colorado but that’s the path one Ireland’s most promising athletes will take later this year.

Following her victory in the 1500m at the Irish Life Health/Irish Schools T&F in Tullamore, Stephanie Cotter was destined to be one of the most sought-after athletes to follow in the footsteps of the many Irish who have taken the scholarship route.  

That June day in Tullamore, just 0.02 of a second separated first and second in the 1500m, with Cotter getting the verdict, ahead of Jodie McCann, in a personal best of 4:31.98. This was around 10 seconds faster than she had ran before, and it came after she had taken the silver medal in the 800m earlier in the afternoon.

So when the email arrived from Adams State, something told the West Muskerry athlete that this was the place for her. “Adams State was actually my first offer and I think sometimes you’re better off going with the very first, but after going over to visit the place, I really fell in love with it,” she explains.

Last September, along with her father, Michael, Stephanie got a taste of what life for the next four years will be like. “I was really fortunate when we asked about going over, they said yes straight away. To meet the Coach, Damon Martin, and his assistant David Granato, and to see the facilities first-hand was of huge benefit.

“There are two girls from Tyrone, twin sisters Roisin and Eilish Flanagan, already at Adams State, and they have shown huge improvement since moving there. I have kept in contact with them and some of the other girls, and there’s definitely a great team spirit at the university.”

Another Northern Irish athlete attending Adams State, who has also shown tremendous improvement this season, is Paddy Robb who has already clocked 3:49.58 for 1500m.

Adams State University is based in the town of Alamosa, in south-central Colorado, around 220 miles from Denver. Situated at 7,544 feet, it was the site chosen for the 1968 US Olympic trials, to replicate the conditions that would be experienced at the high altitude Mexico Olympics.

Probably the most famous athlete to attend the university was Pat Porter, a two-time Olympian, and one of the most dominant US runners of the 1980s, who tragically died in a plane crash in 2012. There is also a strong Irish connection with 1996 Olympian Shane Healy, and 2001 World Championship representative Daniel Caulfield – brother of Cork City manager John – having been inducted into the Adams State Hall of Fame in recent years.  

To train and compete at high altitude for the most formative years of her athletics career had a big bearing in Stephanie’s decision, as the former Coachford College student explained: “The altitude was obviously a huge factor for me and the idea of training at altitude for four years plus is something that very few athletes in Ireland have the means or the funds to do.

“As a distance runner, I do think that altitude training is hugely beneficial. It’s going to be a challenge, obviously, trying to adjust my training in the first couple of months, in order to make sure that I’m working with the altitude rather than against it, that’s what Coach Martin says.”  

Coached by Colette O’Riordan while at West Muskerry, Stephanie comes from an athletic family, so it was no surprise that she, along with her two younger sisters, Jennifer and Shannon, would follow in their parent’s footsteps. Michael Cotter was a top athlete with Leevale back in the 1990s, and also spent some time on an American scholarship, while their mother Sheila (Daly) ran with both the Millstreet and St Finbarr’s clubs around the same time.

Having experienced the US system himself, Michael Cotter was also high impressed with what he saw at Adams State during the 10-day trip in September. “I think everything you want to succeed in athletics and academically is there. First of all, it’s at altitude, running is the number one sport at the university and then there’s the tradition. The facilities are out of this world, although the majority of running is done on soft surfaces.

“I also think Adams State would like to get more involved with Irish athletics. Most athletes here have traditionally gone to the East Coast, at sea level, and they have never really experimented at altitude. You see people going away for a couple of weeks training at altitude and the difference it makes, imagine being out in a place like this for four or five years.”  

Having represented Ireland at junior level at last December’s European Cross-Country, Stephanie feels she has nothing to lose by going to America. “I’m in UCC at the moment, and I’ve had the experience of what it’s like to train and race here at home, but due to the fact that I train a lot on my own it’s not like I’m leaving a training group or the like.

“Also, at the university class sizes are small, and you get a one-on-one with your professors, which you don’t get here. Being from a rural area, I’m used to that and I’m sure I’ll feel at home there.”

Given her athletics achievements to date, and with a supportive family behind her, along with the opportunity to train and compete at such an acclaimed academy, the progress of this dedicated, articulate and courteous 19-year-old will be closely followed over the coming years.


Other Guest Articles by John Walshe

Cork to Cobh 40 Years Ago - Guest Article by John Walshe

Unique National Double for McGraths - Guest Article by John Walshe

Dick Hooper Speaks at St Finbarrs AC Function - Guest Article by John Walshe


Other Cork Athletics Stephanie Cotter Articles

Stephanie Cotter Runs for Europe in Edinburgh International 2018

Stephanie Cotter Third in Antrim International Cross-Country 2018

Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month May 2017 Stephanie Cotter




Grace McKenzie Takes Southland Conference Gold

Belgooly AC's Grace McKenzie Now No. 3 on Irish National Pentathlon Standings

Southland Conference Track and Field Championships

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

May 4th - 6th 2018


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Grace McKenzie competing in Birmingham, Alabama - Photo: McNeese State University


McNeese State Website


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Belgooly athlete, Grace McKenzie, currently on scholarship at McNeese State University in the U.S.A., has again smashed her own McNeece State record, with a combined points total of 5,619 points.  In the process, Grace also set a new Conference record, and becomes just the second McNeese Cowgirl to win Gold in the Heptathlon, along with Mariah Georgtown (2012). Grace's score of 5,619 is the second highest total in Conference history.  Grace also ran in the 400mH, where she placed fourth, in a time of 1:00.32 and a new PB for the event. She also ran the first leg of McNeese's 4x400m relay.


Grace McKenzie's McNeese State Record


Grace McKenzie's Southland Performances

Event Performance
100m Hurdles 13.88 secs
High Jump 1.73m
Shot Put 11.29m
200m 24.71 sec
Long Jump 5.72m
Javelin 32.19m
800m 2:12:96
Total  5,619



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Grace McKenzie Named Southland Conference Womens Track Athlete of the Week


Grace McKenzie, Belgooly AC, Joins McNeese State University on Multi-Events and High Jump Scholarship


Grace McKenzie's IAAF Profile


Grace McKenzie's Profile on All-Athletics


Belgooly ACs Grace McKenzie Excels at US College Meet

EYOF Qualification Attempt - Brian Lynch, Old Abbey

Somerset, UK

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Brian Lynch, Old Abbey AC - Photo: Sam Barnes / Sportsfile


On April 28th & 29th, Brian Lynch (U18), Old Abbey AC, attempted to make the European Youth qualification mark, at a decathlon event, in Somerset, UK. Brian surpassed the European Qualification standard of 6100 points, but fell short of the Irish requirement of 6400 points. Notwithstanding this, Brian is currently ranked 9th in the world on the IAAF Ranking Tables


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Brian Lynch's IAAF Standing

Fearghal Curtin - Big South Championship

High Point University- High Point, North Carolina, USA

Friday May 11th 2018



Big South Results


Last night, Youghal AC's Fearghal Curtin ran another 1500m PB at the Big South Meet in High Point, North Carolina. Fearghal placed third, after a sprint finish, behind two of the host University's athletes, in a time of 3:47.37. Approx. one hour later, Fearghal was off again, in the 5,000m, placing fourth this time, in 14:34.66


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1500m Results

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5,000m Results

Record Entries for Cork Athletics Juvenile T&F - Day 1 2018

CIT Track Set to Host Record 1,460 Juvenile Athletes

CIT Track, Cork

10:30am Sunday May 6th 2018

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Gates will be open from 09:30am
 Entry fee is €5 for adults - children are free of charge.
Anyone who helps out at the event will have their entry fee refunded by Competition Secretary


Day 1 Schedule

A record 1,460 athletes have been entered for Day 1 of Cork Athletics Juvenile T&F Championships 2018

As a result, there will be a considerable number of heats in many events, therefore it is critical that clubs and coaches ensure that their athletes are ready and available for their particular events. 

  • Please Note that events will NOT be held up for missing or late athletes. This is particularly important where athletes are competing in several events simultaneously, i.e. track events and field events that are going on at the same time. For example, in the high jump, athletes who are missing for a particular height, will NOT have the bar lowered on their return.

    The Co-Operation of everyone, Athletes, Officials and Clubs is absolutely vital for smooth and efficient progress on the day


Safety Matters

  • All persons using cameras MUST register at the gate, when entering CIT Track
  • Only designated officials and athletes are permitted in the infield areas
  • NB Frequently children can be seen hanging out of fences and elevated railings adjacent to stairwells - this highly dangerous and will not be tolerated
  • Clubs and parents MUST ensure that their athletes do not engage in unsafe activities

    As we have a record entry of nearly 1,500 athletes, it is critical that events start on time. Therefore, can all nominated club officials/helpers please report to competition Secretary, in the (red-brick) office before 10 :15am, to ensure that events are under way by 10:30am

    In order that events start on time, warm up is not permitted on the track .

    Hi-Viz vests must be worn by all persons in the infield areas

    The weather forecast is for warm weather, so please remember to bring sun-block and drinks, and sufficient food & snacks for the day

    This is an athletics competition, so please leave all balls, hurleys and other similar items, at home.

  • Those bringing their own throwing instruments should please take care of them, and, under no circumstances whatsoever may they be thrown outside of competition area

  • Practising on the banks around the track is absolutely prohibited


Order of Events



Please use the litter bins provided around the CIT grounds, or bring your rubbish home.

There is a SUBSTANTIAL cleanup charge levied on Cork Athletics, when the Stand, Grounds and associated areas are left "In a State"

If you see someone littering, or leaving their rubbish after them, please 'Pull Them' on it - or we'll all be "Tarred with the One Brush

Cork Athletics - Events Week Ending Monday May 7th 2018

Registered Cork Athletics Races & Events for Week Ending Monday May 7th 2018



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Lots to choose from again this week:

Cork: Midleton 5, Day 1 of Cork Athletics Juvenile T&F Chps and Leevale Junior & Senior T&F Sports

 Munster: Ton le Gaoithe T&F Meet and Munster Marathon and Half-Marathon Chps


Cork Events


Wednesday May 2nd, 8pm, CIT - Monthly County Board Meeting


Thursday May 3rd, 10am & 7pm - Cheetah Run Online Entry Opens


 Thursday May 3rd, 8pm, Midletion - Joe Hourigan Memorial Midleton 5 Mile


Sunday May 6th, 10:30am, CIT Track Cork Athletics Juvenile T&F Championships - Day 1


Monday May 7th, 11am, CIT Track - Leevale Sports - Junior & Senior T&F



Munster Events


Saturday May 5th, 12 Noon, Waterford RSC - Ton le Gaoithe T&F Meet

Sunday May 6th, 9am, Limerick - Munster Marathon and Half-Marathon Championships



International Events

Friday May 4th, 7pm, Doha, Qatar - Diamond League 2018 - Doha

Saturday May 5th, Taicang, China - IAAF World Race Walking Cup (Alex Wright, Leevale AC, competes)




Successful CYDI Launch - April 2018

Cork Youth Development Initiative (CYDI) Launched

CIT Track

Saturday April 14th 2018


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A hugely successful launch of the Cork Youth Development Initiative (CYDI) took place at CIT track, on Saturday April 14th, with more than ninety (90) athletes present, drawn from a wide spectrum of Cork clubs, along with their parents and coaches.


The session was introduced by Colette Kelly, Cork County Board, who outlined the background and aims of the initiative. Jacquie Freyne, Athletics Ireland High Performance Director, then addressed the group, and gave a very informative talk on qualifying standards and selection policy for international competitions. Philip Kearney Phd. University of Limerick then gave a very well received talk on athletic development, and reasons why young athletes, through their teenage years, either stay in the athletics or are lost to the sport.

The lead coaches were then introduced to the athletes, followed by a training session, with the coaches putting the athletes through their paces, while also explaining what they will be watching for over the summer competition months.

Both Philip Kearney and the Munster Regional Development Officer, Lilly-Ann O’Hora, went around all the groups, observing, and gathering feedback, from coaches and athletes, for the workshops which will be given over the winter months.

The day was rounded off with all athletes present registering their events of interest with Mary Meagher, Cork Athletics County Board Competition Secretary.

Once it is verified, by Cork Register, John Copithorne, that these athletes are registered members of a Cork Athletic Club, their names will be given to the relevant event lead coach.



Over the summer months, the coaches will be following the performances of each of the individual athletes on their particular event lists, and, in September next, will submit the names of those they consider have the potential to achieve the target International Qualification Standards, to Cork Athletics County Board,



The named athletes will then be invited to join CYDI Panel A, by Cork Athletics County Board. All other athletes will invited to join CYDI Panel B.

Training courses and workshops will be organised for both panels over the Autumn/Winter months. There will be flexibility to move up from Panel B to Panel A, as proficiency improves and they move towards the top in their event.


Athletes Who Were Unable to Attend the Launch

Any athlete who was unable to attend the Launch, but who would nevertheless like to register their interest in selection should submit their Name, (Date of Birth (DOB), and their Club, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email. 

Copies of the handouts which were handed out on the day can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:


Phil Kearney, Ph. D Introduction & Proposal


Standards - Girls

  English AA Entry Standard    EYOF Standard  Carding  
Event 2006 - U13 2005 - U14 2004 - U15 2003 - U16 2002 - U17 2003 - U16 2002 - U17 2001 - U18 2000 - U19 1999 - U20
100m   12.99 12.99 12.8 12.8   12.05 12.05   11.86 11.75 11.63
200m   26.6 26.6 26.3 26.3   24.95 24.95   2434 23.93 23.69
300m       42 42   56.8 56.8        
400m                   55 54.94 54.17
800m   2:21 2:21 2:18 2:18   2:12 2:12   2:06.26 2:04.86 2:04.83
1500m   4:53 4:53 4:49 4:49   4:40 4:40   4:17.16 4:17.01 4:16.99
3000m       10:30 10:30   10:10 10:10        
5000m                   16:08.55 15:56.23 15:48.71
75mH   12 12                  
80mH       12.4 12.4              
100mH             14:02 14.2   14.08 13.87 13.56
300mH       48 48   43.5 43.5        
400mH             62 62   59.82 59.61 58.44
HJ   1.6 1.6 1.65 1.65   1.75 1.75   1.86 1.87 1.89
LJ   5 5 5.5 5.5   5.8 5.8   6.24 6.38 6.39
TJ       11.1 11.1   12.2 12.2   13.26 13.4 13.57
SP   9.8 9.8 12.2 12.2   13.75 13.75   15.46 16.06 16.46
DT   29 29 35 35   40 40   50.91 52.07 53.67
JT   30 30 36 36   48 48   50.41 50.45 52.57
HT   33 33 47 47   56 56   58.42 59.59 61.14


Standards - Boys

  English AA Entry Standard    EYOF Standard  Carding  
Event 2006 - U13 2005 - U14 2004 - U15 2003 - U16 2002 - U17   2003 - U16 2002 - U17   2001 - U18 2000 - U19 1999 - U20
100m   11.8 11.8 11.3 11.3   11.05 11.05   10.68 10.61 10.54
200m   24.2 24.2 22.9 22.9   22.3 22.3   21.12 21.09 20.89
400m   40 40 52 52   49.8 49.8   47.87 47.44 47
800m   2:08 2:08 1:59 1:59   1:56 1:56   1:49.39 1:48.76 1:47.84
1500m   4:30 4:30 4:10 4:10   4:02 4:02   3:46.57 3:42.54 3:41.27
3000m   10:00 10:00 9:03 9:03   8:42 8:42        
5000m                   13:46.59 13:40.34 13:38.20
80mH   12.5 12.5                  
100mH       14.5 14.5   14.4 14.4        
110mH                   14.23 14.1 14.07
400mH       60 60   55 55   52.33 51.4 50.63
HJ   1.7 1.7 1.9 1.9   2 2   2.17 2.18 2.2
LJ   5.8 5.8 6.45 6.45   6.8 6.8   7.54 7.69 7.75
TJ   11.5 11.5 13.1 13.1   14.3 14.3   1599 16.04 16.29
SP   12.2 12.2 13.8 13.8   17 17   16.9 17.52 17.88
DT   35 35 43.5 43.5   52 52   52.49 54.42 46.4
JT   40 40 52 52   62.5 62.5   68.63 70.32 73.13
HT   44 44 52.5 52.5   63 63   63.64 66.22 68.52

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Cork Athletics is a constituent member of Athletics Ireland. Cork Athletics is the governing body, administering athletics, track and field (T&F), cross-country (XC) and running in county Cork. The Board comprises elected representatives of constituent athletic clubs and running clubs. Cork County Board AAI organises Championship races and competition, including road, track & field (T&F) and Cross-country (XC), at junior, juvenile, senior and masters levels, and selects representation for the county. In addition, training and education is provided for coaches and officials. The Board also regulates the Athletics Ireland race/event permit (licence) process for county Cork.

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