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Mark of Distinction - Mark Carroll - Young Athlete of the Year 1991

Mark Carroll - EBS Young Athlete of the Year 1991

 

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Mark Carroll, Margaret O'Connor and Pat O'Reilly, M.D. EBS

 

 

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If Mark Carroll longed for company while he logged up his 2,000 training miles in 1991 he certainly made up for it during his Christmas holidays. Home in Knocknaheeny in Cork after his first term at Providence College, he received a heap of prestigious awards in recognition of the wonderful performances he strung together last year.


Carroll certainly came good in '91, and Christmas was a time to look back and enjoy the memories. The outstanding junior athlete of the year, and indeed for many a long year before, he deservedly was chosen as the EBS Young Athlete of the Year.
He also picked up his second Irish Runner/Seiko award, as well as one of the monthly awards presented by Jury's of Cork.
Carroll is no overnight star. Yet neither is he one of those who particularly shone through during his juvenile days. Not much was waged on young Mark in the ante-post betting. Injury has regularly plagued his progress, but whereas muscle and bone may have yielded to the strain of his efforts, his ambition and his belief in his own ability never wavered. It was this belief that shortened his odds of success.


Winner of his first BLOE C.C. title in 1989, it was his performance in the Schools C.C. Championships during his time in North Monastery CBS that indicated a performance curve steadily on the rise. Tenth place in '87 to eighth in '88 and '89, before finally taking gold in '90 and '91, show the tireless apprenticeship he clocked up perfecting his talent.

They say that ‘talent will always out’. However talent does not develop by accident and gold medal performances are not achieved on flimsy dreams and neatly planned schedules. The gallops along the footpaths of Harbour View Road, and in the schoolfields around Our Lady’s Mount, as well as the odd quick dash around the tartan lanes of the Mardyke, have moulded a middle distance runner with the equipment to take on the very best.


Add to this mould the ingredients of a supportive home, the coaching of Der O'Donovan, the guidance of Bro. John Dooley, the friendship of fellow Leevale athlete Declan O'Callaghan and the camaraderie of the lads from ‘the Mon' and the recipe for real progress was complete.

His coach Der O'Donovan sees 1989, and particularly the second placing in the Munster Juniors, as the turning point in Carroll’s career. "When he transferred from Eagle Track Club I didn't know of him. The Leevale squad was built around Ken Nason at that time, and so we took no special notice of Mark. However his performance behind John Murray that day was gutsy.

 

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Mark Carroll's main Cross-Country achievements


I told him that he would make the team for the World Juniors, and that turned him on. His greatest asset is his ability to handle pressure, he doesn’t crack up, and nothing or nobody frightens him. He has great ability, is very committed and my one hope is that he develops patience."


Mark Carroll was always interested in running. His mother, Anne, remembers him racing around the local square in competitions with his friends, as they lapped around the block in opposite directions. "He has always been extremely dedicated and worked hard to prepare properly for every race," she pointed out. "The tension on the day he was competing in Greece at the Europeans was fierce, it was a beautiful day, and during a long walk, his father, John, and I talked and wondered about how he was getting on. It was John who first heard the news on Sunday Sport. It was certainly the greatest moment in our lives."


The story of the historic win in Thessalonika, told so well by Bro Dooley in the Irish Runner Annual, completed a marvellous five weeks of top-class running by Carroll. During that time he won Irish Championship U/21 gold, and Senior silver at 1500m, he finished just out of the medals in the British AAA 3000m, won the European gold, and ran two splendid PBs. His 3:43 1500m ranks him third in the All-Time Junior list behind Ray Flynn and Enda Fitzpatrick (athletes also guided by Bro. Dooley), while only John Treacy's 8:06 is rated faster over 3K.


Mark Carroll has carved out a unique part in the history of Irish athletics and many more achievements are no doubt on the cards for the likeable, modest young man from Knocknaheeny.

 

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Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month of March 2020 - Avril Millerick

Avril Millerick is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for March 2020

River Lee Hotel

Wednesday August 5th 2020

 

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Avril Millerick, St Marys High School Midleton and Youghal AC, is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for March 2020

 

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 The Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of March 2020 is Avril Millerick, Youghal AC

 

 

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Avril Millerick, St Marys High School Midleton and Youghal AC, is the recipient of the Cork City Sports athlete for the month of March

At the Irish Schools cross country championships at Santry Avril produced a marvelous performance to secure the individual bronze medal in a very competitive Intermediate Girls race

 

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Avril Millerick with Cork City Sports Committe Members and Sponsors

 

John Walshe writes:

After a break of over six months, the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Awards resumed with the recipients for February, March and April receiving their presentations at The River Lee hotel.


Liam O’Brien, Technical Director of the Cork City Sports and one of the selectors, said it was under very unusual circumstances due to the little activity that had taken place since March that it was possible to honour the people present. He praised Cork City Sports Chairman, Tony O’Connell, saying he was very keen in continuing the monthly awards which have now been on the go for over a dozen years.

Avril Millerick of St Mary’s High School, Midleton, and Youghal AC, was the recipient of the City Sports award for the month of March. At the Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country at Santry, despite losing a shoe, Avril produced a marvellous performance to secure the individual bronze medal in a very competitive Intermediate Girls race.


This came after she had easily won the Munster Schools’ over a tough course at Ennis and she was well pleased with both performances: “I was very happy considering I lost a spike in the first one hundred metres at Santry and I really enjoyed the course at Clare and thought it wasn’t as tough as some people found it.”


Her third place in the All-Irelands qualified Avril for the Irish team for the SIAB Schools Cross-Country in Scotland but unfortunately this was cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus. “That was very disappointing, although I went to Scotland earlier in the year for the Celtic International where I finished seventh overall,” said Avril, who has another year in the intermediate grade.

 

 

February - March - April

Three awards were presented at the August function

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Paddy Buckley (April), Avril Millerick (March) and Charlie O'Donovan (February)

 

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Track Events Officials - Virtual Introductory Level Course - Aug 2020

Virtual Introductory Level Officials Course Track Events

Saturday Aug 8th 11am - 2pm

 

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This course is aimed at volunteers who would like to start officiating track events at local level competitions, and for current officials who want to refresh their knowledge

 

Date: Saturday August 8th 2020


Time: 11am–2pm


Location:Zoom

 

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Course Outline

Description: This course is aimed at volunteers within Athletics Ireland who wish to start officiating Track Events, including Race Walking, at local and county level competitions. It is also ideal for current officials at this level who wish to refresh their knowledge of Track and Race-Walking events.


Duration: approx 3 hours


Experience required: A basic knowledge of Athletics but experience in officiating is not required.


Qualification: Introductory Level Official-Track Events to include Race Walking. Qualified to officiate at track events at local and county competitions.


Course content: The technical rules of Track Events and Race Walking are covered on the course.


 Presenters: Declan Curtin, Ronan O’Hart and Pierce O’Callaghan

Reopening Athletics - State of Play August 2nd 2020

Cautious Progress in ReOpening

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Editorial - The contents of this editorial do not necessarily reflect the views of Cork Athletics County Board

 

It's only been 5 weeks since HSE & AAI Covid-19 Guidelines were extended on June 29th, allowing events of up to 50 persons indoors and 200 outdoors. CIT Track reopened early in July, with the Mardyke Track following suit from July 13th. 

Several clubs have held Athletics Summer Camps and, in the past 10 days or so, several Track and Field meets (Leevale AC's two Summer Evening Meets, and West Cork's Juvenile meet), and a road race (Grange-Fermoy AC's 60th Anniversary Bob Burke Fermoy 4 Mile) have been held, all under controlled conditions, in Cork and elsewhere around the country. Further T&F Meets are to be held in Cork, in the coming weeks, with East Cork Division's confined T&F meets this Thursday, and again on Thursday week, and CIT AC's 'Track Night on Monday August 17th.

Its been a learning experience for everyone, with additional layers of work required to comply with HSE and AAI Guidelines. Organising an event was daunting enough before, Covid requirements not only add to the work, but also mean that more people and procedures have become necessary.


Roller Coaster - Snakes & Ladders

As in the image above, it's been a rollercoaster ride since March, but, while it might not satisfy some, we have come a long way.  Nevertheless we must proceed cautiously, or we may hit one of those snakes and slide a small bit back.....or maybe a long way. 

We have seen, in other sports, both here in Ireland, and abroad, where events have been called off and teams and leagues suspended after individuals, and groups, have tested positive for Covid-19.  Sooner or later, this very likely to happen in athletics here. Maybe someone will be asymptomatic...or maybe someone will just keep their mouth shut (or perhaps not!)...hoping to 'Run It Off'.

Taking it as a given that we must protect each other, we must also protect our sport, by doing our utmost to ensure that we don't take short-cuts in reopening, by neglecting aspects of the Covid Guidelines.  If we protect our sport, we also protect each other!


Recent T&F Meets & Road Race

Reports, photos and videos from the registered events in Cork are, by and large, positive, with the organising clubs complying with HSE and AAI Guidelines. There were some teething troubles, but something was to be expected .... This has been, and will continue to be, a learning curve - and a sharp one at that - for us all. 

Reports, including videos and photos, from events outside Cork show wide differences in Covid Guideline compliance around the country, with some meets doing excellently, while others were abysmal, with little social distance among spectators and organisers, and hugs, handshakes and even spitting - yes! actually caught on camera! 

One Unregistered road race (claiming, without foundation, to have European Athletics Running4All 5 Star status) ran in waves, with, apparently no effort to assign people based on finish times, resulting in random finishes, defeating any reason for the wave start. The same event saw a token effort at social distancing athletes for the start, but had those waiting for the next wave bunched together, and with nil social distancing among the organisers. 

It is sad to see, on one hand, Athletics Ireland clubs cancelling their events due to their valid Health and Safety concerns, and being 'given grief' from a minority for doing so, and on the other hand, organisers who have no long term commitment to the sport, paying lip service to HSE and AAI Covid-19 Guidelines.

Tale of Two Types of Organiser

Organiser A: Strives to put on a quality event AND meet HSE and AAI Guideline standards
Organiser B: Thinks putting on an event means just Starting a Race, taking race results, and, maybe, putting a bit of an effort into the HSE guidelines.....

Any idiot can put 'a race' on, but it takes an organisation to ensure, even pre-Covid-19, that sufficient safety measures are in place.  

 

First Road Race for Months

Last weekend, Grange-Fermoy AC held the first AAI registered road race in Cork since mid March. Their 60th Anniversary Bob Burke Fermoy 4 Mile was a strictly invitation only event, with a strong 68 athlete field taking part.  The event went very well, with the high calibre field running an 'honest race' - normally, with a wide choice, and frequent races available, a common belief is that top athletes 'cherry pick' and avoid each other. Being the first Registered race in over 4 months, the elite field produced both men's and women's course records.  A forgotten lesson for everyone - People Excel with Competition!

After the event, Cork Athletics asked Grange Fermoy AC to consider a short report, as an aid to other AAI Event Organisers:  What went right...what went wrong...what wasn't done that you'd do next time...what you wouldn't , etc.

Grange Fermoy AC's Advice:

Social distancing was paramount to ensuring the safety of all involved. The following measures were put in place:
1) Limited numbers
2) No chip timing - gun time only.
3) No refreshments
4) A co-ordinated finish line, to ensure athletes dispersed post race.
5) Social distancing markers at the start line, communicated to athletes via email.
6) Limited parking with athletes encouraged to park a couple of miles from the start line, and use the distance as a warm up/cooldown. This avoided congregation at the start line and encouraged dispersal post race.
7) No messing at the start line. Athletes were called to take their socially distant place markings. Following a brief course description, athletes were asked to move forward, and the gun was fired.

Sanitisation was an important factor:
1) PPE. including face masks, were worn by race personnel at the check-in desk.
2) Hand sanitiser was available at key locations.

Screening:
1) As per AAI guidelines, All athletes were required to complete the Covid-19 questionnaire, which ensured that they self-declared fit and healthy, and had followed the guidelines in the weeks leading up to the race.

Grange Fermoy AC feel that the following factors were key:

1) The evening before the race, a trial run over the course, involving approx 30 Grange Fermoy athletes,  took place, under the control measures in force for the race proper. This ensured that any kinks were ironed out, and volunteers were familiar with the measures.
2) A small field of athletes was key: The field of 68 athletes was deemed optimum, ensuring a very competitive male and female race, and was also manageable from a control measure perspective.

What would Grange Fermoy do differently next time?
1) Possibly temperature screening
2) Possibly mask wearing by all volunteers and spectators, however it may be difficult to ensure compliance

 

What's Happening Elsewhere?

Northern Ireland
Events have restarted, mainly track meets, and races largely held in enclosed areas, e.g. race tracks, forest parks etc.  Northern Ireland is blessed with an abundance of off-public road venues, which helps enormously, particularly in limiting public/spectator access.

Scotland
Races cancelled for foreseeable future

Wales

Road Races cancelled for foreseeable future

England

Some races going ahead....even in areas bordering the Greater Manchester Major incident!




Reminder of Synopsis of AAI Guidelines - Posted June 24th

 

So What Do You need to Do?


Firstly, Read the Fecking Manuals!! ....Everyone!!

Road Race Event Organiser Guidelines

Road Race Volunteer, Staff and Marshalls Guidelines

Road Race Participant Guidelines

 

NB This is only an extract of Key Points!!

Every Event should appoint a COVID-19 Officer, who should have NO Other Responsibility
This person should ensure that all COVID plans are in place, that all race personnel are familiar with and compliant with HSE & AAI guidelines, and that all necessary contact details and waivers have been received from all participants, race personnel, support entities and, literally, everyone present.

On the day
You will need additional signage and operate routes to and from key locations, in such a way as to minimise crowding and contact.


You need efficient and effective communications, via radio or mobile phone


Plenty of hand sanitiser


Ideally no baggage drop.....people should leave all personal belongings in their cars.


All race personnel should be wearing appropriate PPE


Any desks. e.g. Help desk, should have Plexi-Glass screens and NO sharing of pens/biros, or other material.

Toilets
Try to go before you leave home....both race personnel and participants
Minimise contact with surfaces and wash your hands/use sanitiser

Start Area
Only essential race personnel should be in the start area, along with participants.
Where possible, use waves and time zones.

NO PACERS!

Participants ...NO Spitting!! If you need to clear your throat, swallow it!  If you need to snort/blow your nose, use a tissue and put it in YOUR pocket, or bin it!

No chopping/jumping in and out and around other runners, and no shoving, pushing etc


Water stations.....Do you really need to take on water? If you're properly hydrated, you probably don't.

 

Finish Line
Once you've finished, go home, or wait for your colleagues at your car. Do NOT hang around the finish area.

 

Timing
Hand timing should only be done for very small, and widely spaced finishers. There should be absolutely NO queueing at the finish. Chip timing is recommended, both for timing and also for contact tracing.

 

Sterile Area
The finish line and immediate surrounds should be a sterile area....in other words, there shouldn't be anyone in the zone who is not essential.  In addition, a separate area will be required for anyone in distress, where medical personnel can tend to them.

Spectators
NO spectators should be Present

Marshalls/Stewards
You will need an awful lot more marshalls/stewards/helpers under Covid-19, and these will eat into your overall total numbers. All officials should be readily identifiable

 

Guidelines & Booklets

HSE Covid-19 Booklet (PDF File)

AAI Guidelines

Road Race Event Organiser Guidelines

 

Road Race Volunteer, Staff and Marshalls Guidelines

 

Road Race Participant Guidelines

Other Resources

 

Guidelines for Small to Large Running Events (PDF File) U.S.A.



Looking Forward - Guidelines for Races (RRCA)

 

PRINCIPLES FOR STAGING ROAD AND MT RUNNING EVENTS DURING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS (UK Athletics)

 

UK HSE Covid-19 Risk Assessment



And for the amateur sleuths *** .... better off, as the ancient Romans did ...read the chicken entrails

Mark Carroll Interview - Irish Runner Annual December 2002

Mark Carroll - Spring in his Step

Irish Runner Annual, December 2002

 

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 Mark Carroll breaking new ground in New York

 

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After a sensational Marathon debut in New York, Mark Carroll is understandably excited about his next effort at the classic distance

Just minutes after crossing the New York finish line in sixth place in 2:10:54, marathon first-timer Mark Carroll was already confidently talking about breaking 2:08 for the distance in spring 2003.


“I know that my New York City time is worth at least a few minutes on a flat European course and if David Bedford is generous to me, I would like to attempt a really fast time in London next April,” Carroll said.


Clearly delighted with his first outing over the classic distance — and looking everv inch the shaven-headed warrior — Carroll was quick to point out that he is not about to abandon the track and become a marathon specialist.
“I have still some unfinished business to attend to on the track, but my days of running fast 1500m and mile races across Europe are probably at an end,” he admitted.


“Nevertheless, I still have goals to achieve at both 5,000m and 10,000m and it’s important to keep that track speed because you do need it for today’s marathon challenges.”


At 30, Carroll seems to have perfectly timed his transition from world-class track runner to marathoner and looks certain to
command attention from promoters of big events like London, Boston, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin and Chicago — and to add substantially to the $18,000 he won in New York ($10,000 for finishing sixth and $8,000 for breaking 2:11).


And yet earlier this year he was in the doldrums as a knee injury threatened his career.


"We need to look at the whole socio-economic situation and take some steps to encourage kids back to our sport. We need to dress the sport up and make it attractive to young people.


“Once I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee last January, things started to come together and I was always confident I could make the successful transition from the track to the marathon — although I do realise a number of people thought otherwise.”


The major change to training made by Carroll and coach Jimmy Harvey in the build-up to New York was the weekly long run.


“For the most part I ran a 20-mile run with the first ten in around 55 minutes — 5:30 pace — and the second ten miles in 50 minutes. These long runs were over hilly terrain — nothing crazy, just rolling hills similar to what New York was going to throw at us in the second half of the race.


“All my marathon training was done in nine-day blocks. I trained for nine days straight — averaging about 115 miles — then took 48 hours complete rest to help my body absorb the workload.


“Other sessions were 6 x 2 kilometres and 4 x 3 kilometres — the 6 x 2ks in about 5:30 and the 4 x 3ks averaging 8:45.
“I would also do some 5k repeats in 14:25. The recovery would be short — 45 seconds to a minute’s rest for a session ot 12 x 1k.


“Also in every block there was a session of 20 x 400m in about 62 seconds, just to keep the pace in my legs.


“In every block there was the long run which doubled as a tempo run, one Iona session like I have described, and a hare track workout. The training was very specific and every session was well planned in advance.”


Every morning on rising Carroll took a hot bath to get the circulation flowing

This would be followed by 30 or 40 minutes of stretching before running.


Then there was the real ordeal — several times a week after really hard sessions Carroll immersed himself for 15 to 20 minures in a bath of ice.


“Mick Ahern of Patrick’s Pub in Providence kept me supplied with ice and I think these ice baths have been great for keeping injuries at bay,” he says.


He also did regular gym work to develop and maintain core strength and topped up religiously with iron supplements.
“I would eat a lot of complex carbohydrates as well as protein supplements and electrolyte concentrate drinks,” he reveals.
Carroll was assisted in much of his training — especially the interval sessions — by Providence-based Keith Kelly and the visiting Gareth Turnbull.


“They were both of great help to me in the build-up,” Carroll said. “They were so enthusiastic — they kept me feeling young.”


In New York on what he deemed a windy day, the Leevale man ran aggressively from the start.
“I felt brilliant up to 16 miles and it was at that point the Kenyans went a bit crazy,” he recalls.


“I just made a conscious decision not to chase them. I just needed to maintain my form to the finish and stay strong.
“I hadn’t set any time targets as I hadn’t come to New York chasing a very fast time — I just wanted to be competitive and to be in the lead pack from the start.


“I did everything that I said I was going to do right to the point where I said that I would not reacton 1st Avenue if things got crazy.


And I’m glad that I stuck to my plan because I saw guys in the last two or three miles who were almost walking.
“It was a great feeling to finish so strong and to recover so quickly.”


Since he won the European Junior 5000m title back in 1991, Carroll has developed into a distance runner of world stature and in the process put up new Irish numbers for the 3000m (7:30.36), 5000m (13:03.93) and 10,000m (27:46.82).


And he still harbours ambitions to be the first Irishman to break 13 minutes for 5000m and go sub-27:10 for 10,000m.

For now though he is looking at another intensive block of training geared toward a spring marathon.


“I would like to complete another 12- week block of training similar to what I did for New York, some of it at altitude,” he says.


“I really do not know where I’ll run in the spring. It could be London or Boston — or somewhere else. My manager, Ray Flynn, will negotiate that for me.

 

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Carroll still has track ambitions


“I have always aimed high — that is just the way I am — and I do not say that to be cocky or boastful.


“When Jim Harvey started to coach me, he asked me what I thought I could run for 5000m and I told him I believed I could break 13 minutes. That was not an arrogant statement — it was the only way forward and I had to think like that if I was to
succeed. There are Kenyans and Ethiopians and Moroccans running fast all over the place and if you don’t think like that you have no place at the top of this game.


“I believe now that based on my track performances a 2:07 marathon is definitely possible.”


Carroll is mindful that in New York he revived a great Irish marathon tradition that — at least among the men — had been flagging over the past decade.


“It is good to be able to put Irish marathon running back on the map again,” he acknowledges.


“For the past five or six years I have done my best at every distance I have competed at and I’ve tried to better the Irish records for 3000m, 5,000m and 10,000m and take them into the turn of the century.


“Nowadays guys are running so fast at every distance across the board and I just ask why cannot an Irish guy be in there too.


“The last five years I feel I have done my part. I have taken three Irish records to world standard and I’d like to do the same in the marathon by the time I’m done — hopefully, by then some other kid will be coming through looking to better my records.”


Clearly, Carroll is conscious of the general decline in Irish distance standards.


“Maybe it’s time that the AAI, the Irish Sports Council and the Olympic Council of Ireland had a conference to examine why there has been such a big drop in standards,” he muses.


“I believe the talent is there — but the drop-off seems to be in interest. It’s the same in Britain — the depth is just not there.


“We need to look at the whole socio-economic situation and take some steps to encourage kids back to our sport. We need to dress the sport up and make it attractive to young people.


“That’s something I would like to help with and I’m sure Sonia O’Sullivan feels the same.


“I’ve always wanted to give something back to the sport — though living 3,000 miles away doesn’t make that easy. Still, over the next few years I would be prepared to sit down with people and help in any way I can to progress the sport in Ireland.”


Meanwhile Mark Carroll goes chasing 2:07 in the spring — and suddenly John Treacy’s Irish record of 2:09:18 looks in severe danger.


These past few weeks have been easy going for the Leevale man as he visited his parents in Cork City. But he will soon ease back into training, starting with 30 miles a week, quickly progressing to 50 or 60, then adding 10 a week until he passes the magic 100 — the watershed for all successful marathoners.


“I’ve had my break and enjoyed myself on a few nights out but it will soon be time to get serious again,” he says.
“You would never feel spring coming around.”

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Irish Runner Report - NACAI National T&F Championships - July 1983

N.A.C.A.I. National T&F Championships 1983

Mardyke, Cork

Saturday 9th & Sunday July 10th 1983

 

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Irish Runner Magazine - August 1983, Vol 3, No 5, P26 - 27

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The 1983 adidas sponsored All-Ireland Track and Field Championships of the N.A.C.A.I. were staged on Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th July, in near perfect weather conditions in the Mardyke, Cork. A stiff breeze measuring 3.5 m per secs was blowing against the sprinters on the first day of the Championships.


The programme consisted of 70 track events and 34 field events for four categories of athletes (a) Senior Men, (b) Senior Women, (c) Veterans over 35, 40, 45 for men and over 30 and 40 for women and (d) youths - under 18 male. The heavily congested programme was run off very efficiently by a hard-working and well- organised committee.


The standard in the senior ladies’ events overshadowed that of the senior men. Caroline McCoy of the Bros. Pearse Club ran a powerful race to retain her 100 metres title, having earlier retained her 100 metres hurdles title. She showed excellent sprinting ability into a 3.5 m. per sec. wind to hit the tape in 12.2 secs, which was 0.3 outside her personal best. Second in the 100 metres was Deirdre McGrath who later took the 200 metres gold in 25.0 secs, and the long jump gold in 5.40 metres.

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Rosie Lambe on her way to victory in the 3000 metres

 

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Rita Malone winning the 1500 metres from Rosie Lambe


Rosy Lambe from Knockbridge ran an aggressive 3000 metres which she controlled from the gun to register a time of 9 mins. 3.74 secs. The previous day Lambe was outsprinted by Rita Malone from the St. John’s Club in Clare who won in a very creditable 4 mins. 37.4 secs. In fact, Rita Malone lined up on the second day of the Championships as favourite for the 800 metres but was beaten into second place by Mary Joe O’Mahony from Gneeveguilla in Kerry who recorded 2 mins. 18.0 secs, for the gold medal.


In the field events the very attractive Pauline Carolan was in a class of her own to win both the Shot and Discus with distances of 11.55 metres and 46.45 metres respectively, the latter being a new championship record. The Fr. Murphy’s Club athletes’ throwing ranks among the best in the country and with stronger competition Pauline could drastically improve her standard. Dublin’s Mairead Somers was also an easy winner in the javelin with a new championship record of 34.44 metres.

In the senior men’s events David Adams from Harolds Cross sprinted to victory in both the 100 and 200 metres events with times of 10.9 secs, and 22.1 secs. Paul Hetherington from Navan A.C., who was runner-up to David Adams in both these events, went on to take the gold in the 400 metres with a time of 50.6 secs.


Meath’s David Harrison from the South O’Hanlon club ran a class 1500 metres to win in 3 mins. 53.4 secs. Unfortunately, a family bereavement cut short his week-end and, in his absence, the 800 metres proved to be one of the most competitive events won by John Hogan from Bohermeen in a blanket finish in a time of 1 min. 57.5 secs.

 

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Left to right - Deirdre Flatman, first in the high jump; second Paula Davis and third Ann Cussen

A feature of the veterans’ events was the running of Willie Neenan from Millstreet. Having won the over-40 1500 metres with a time of 4 mins. 24.4 secs., the North (Corkman ran) across to the start of the over-45 1500 metres which was the very next event. Willie outkicked the field to win his second gold in a time of 4 mins. 48.5 secs. The Cork evergreen athlete literally jogged next day the legendary Neenan won the silver medal in the over-45 400 metres.

 

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Vincent Manley on his way to victory in the Youths 1500 metres


The N.A.C.A.I. coach, Dr. Z. Orywal from Poland, who was sixth in the 1958 European 1500 metres final, was critical of certain aspects of the Mardyke’s facilities. He could not reconcile the fact that such a modem stadium as the Mardyke could be without sufficient starting blocks and without any measuring tapes

 

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Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month of February 2020 - Charlie O'Donovan

Charlie O'Donovan is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for February 2020

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Wednesday August 5th 2020

 

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Charlie O'Donovan, Leevale AC is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for February 2020

 

The award was presented at a function at the River Lee hotel, on Wednesday August 5th 2020

 

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 The Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of February 2020 is Charlie O'Donovan, Leevale AC

 

 

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Charlie O'Donovan (University of Villanova and LeevaleAC) receives the Cork City Sports athlete award for the month of February.

Running at the David Hemery Invitational indoor meet, at Boston University, Charlie dipped under the magical 4 minute barrier to win the mile race. His time of 3:58.95 means Charlie now joins an illustrious list of Irish sub 4 minute milers.

 

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John Walshe writes:

After a break of over six months, the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Awards resumed with the recipients for February, March and April receiving their presentations at The River Lee hotel.


Liam O’Brien, Technical Director of the Cork City Sports and one of the selectors, said it was under very unusual circumstances due to the little activity that had taken place since March that it was possible to honour the people present. He praised Cork City Sports Chairman, Tony O’Connell, saying he was very keen in continuing the monthly awards which have now been on the go for over a dozen years.


Charlie O'Donovan (University of Villanova and Leevale) received the Athlete of the Month Award for February. Running at the David Hemery Invitational indoor meet at Boston University, Charlie dipped under the magical four-minute barrier to win the one mile race. His time of 3.58.95 means Charlie now joins an illustrious list of Irish sub-four-minute milers.

As anyone who viewed the video of the race, the look on Charlie’s face when he crossed the line at the Boston meeting said it all, as he described: “The race went very well, I was in the third heat and although the second heat was supposed to be faster, my race was ideal as I was near the front all the way and only took the lead with about 80 metres to go. I had run 4:02 two weeks before, so to improve four seconds was great.”


Charlie became the 42nd athlete from Villanova to break the four minutes, joining such illustrious names as Ronnie Delany and Eamonn Coghlan plus fellow Corkmen John Hartnett, Marcus O’Sullivan and Ken Nason. Marcus is now Charlie’s coach at Villanova while Ken looked after him before his move to the famed Pennsylvania university.

 

February - March - April

Three awards were presented at the August function

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Paddy Buckley (April), Avril Millerick (March) and Charlie O'Donovan (February)

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Cork City Sports Athletics Person of the Month of April 2020 - Paddy Buckley

Paddy Buckley is Cork City Sports Athletics Person of the Month for April 2020

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Paddy Buckley, St Finbarrs AC and Cork County Board, is Cork City Sports Athletics Person of the Month for April 2020

 

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The award was presented at a function at the River Lee hotel, on Wednesday August 5th 2020

 

 

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 The Cork City Sports Athletics Person for the Month of April 2020 is Paddy Buckley, St Finbarrs AC and Cork County Board

 

 

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Paddy Buckley, St Finbarrs AC and Cork County Board, is recognised for his lifetime contribution to athletics. Paddy is the Cork City Sports athletic person for the month of April.

Initially as an athlete and coach at St Finbarrs AC and subsequently as a very active member of the Cork County Athletics Board Paddy's involvement in the sport spans a period of over 60 years. He is the current chairman of the Cork County Board - this is is second term at the helm of the Board.

 

 

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Paddy Buckley with Cork City Sports Committe Members and Sponsors

 

 

John Walshe writes:

After a break of over six months, the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Awards resumed with the recipients for February, March and April receiving their presentations at The River Lee hotel.


Liam O’Brien, Technical Director of the Cork City Sports and one of the selectors, said it was under very unusual circumstances due to the little activity that had taken place since March that it was possible to honour the people present. He praised Cork City Sports Chairman, Tony O’Connell, saying he was very keen in continuing the monthly awards which have now been on the go for over a dozen years.

A man who has over 60 years involvement in athletics was the surprise recipient of the April award. Paddy Buckley of St Finbarr’s AC and current chairman of the Cork Athletics Board was recognised for his lifetime contribution to the sport.


Initially as an athlete – along with his well-known brothers John and Denis – and later as coach at St Finbarrs, Paddy’s mammoth contribution over the decades is richly deserved. “To be honest, I didn’t expect this honour at this stage of my life,” he admitted. “I suppose I was never very exciting as an athlete, it was mostly in administration that I was involved in. I must say that the Cork City Sports are doing great work for athletics, especially with these monthly awards.”

 

 

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Three awards were presented at the August function

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Paddy Buckley (April), Avril Millerick (March) and Charlie O'Donovan (February)

 

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Athlete Transfer Deadline - August 24th 2020

Deadline - August 24th 2020

 

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Athletes wishing to transfer clubs are reminded that the deadline for the return of fully completed transfer forms is Monday August 24th.  Forms received after that date will NOT be accepted.

 

Transfer forms may be downloaded from the Athletics Ireland website.  

 

The Sequence and Procedure on the form MUST be followed.



Completed Transfer Forms


Completed forms should be given to Cork AAI County Board Registrar, John Copithorne, or posted to him at John Copithorne, Registrar Cork AAI County Board, Belgooley, Co. Cork.

 

  • Do NOT call to John Copithorne's house
  • Do NOT send your form by Registered Post, Courier or other form of delivery, except the regular Post
  • Do NOT send your completed form to Athletics Ireland HQ (Dublin), as this will severely affect delivery time, likely missing the deadline.

 

Closing date is Monday August 24th


Completed Transfer Forms may be submitted at any stage, but will not be reviewed by Cork Athletics County Board until after August 24th. However early submission allows time for the return and resubmission of forms that are incomplete or contain an error of some form or other

 

The Transfer Form MUST be signed in the following order

By the:

•   Member (in the case of a minor, by their parent or guardian)

•   New Club

•   Outgoing Club

•   County Board (outgoing club)

•   Outgoing County Board (for out of county club transfer only)

•   Incoming County Board (for inter-county transfer only)

Incomplete, improperly, or incorrectly completed forms will be rejected.

 

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  • Athletes must be in good stead with the outgoing club, i.e. they must not owe any membership  fee, or other arrears, and all club property in their possession must have been returned
  • Athletes whose membership of the outgoing club has lapsed by more than three years do NOT require a transfer, i.e. they are free to change clubs without going through the formal transfer process - they can be simply registered by the incoming club.  Note: Effectively this means that anyone transferring, who has been registered in ANY of the years 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020, will need to fill out a Transfer Form

 

Next Transfer Window, following August 24th 2020, will close on March 24th 2021

 

 

Olympic Marathon and Walks Qualification Window to Reopen Early

Olympic Marathon & Walks Qualifying Period to Reopen From September

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Fionnuala McCormack running in the 2016 Rio Olympic Marathon

 

Qualification had been suspended until the start of December, however athletes can, from September, qualify “in pre-identified, advertised and authorised races being staged on World Athletics certified courses, with in-competition drug testing on site”.

The reason for the change has been given as being  “due to concerns over the lack of qualifying opportunities that may be available for road athletes before the qualification period finishes on 31 May 2021”.

The resumption does not affect the accrual of points for world rankings and/or automatic qualification through Gold label marathons /Platinum Label marathons, as these qualification routes remain suspended until after 30 November 2020.


World Athletics president Seb Coe said that it was apparent that marathon and race walk athletes would have very limited opportunities to make their Olympic qualifying times in 2021, due to the uncertainty around mass participation events, which rely heavily on cities around the world agreeing to stage them.

He said “Most of the major marathons have already been cancelled or postponed for the remainder of this year and the evolution of the pandemic makes it difficult to predict if those scheduled for the first half of next year will be able to go ahead”

The reason for the change has been given as being  “due to concerns over the lack of qualifying opportunities that may be available for road athletes before the qualification period finishes on 31 May 2021”.

“That situation, combined with the fact that endurance athletes in the marathon and race walks can only produce a very limited number of high-quality performances a year, would really narrow their qualifying window without this adjustment.

“We have also been assured by the Athletics Integrity Unit that the anti-doping system is capable of protecting the integrity of road races during this period and will put in place strict testing criteria for all athletes.”


One of the first events up is the London Marathon, on Sunday October 4th, however the London organisers announced, yesterday, that a final decision on whether to go ahead with this years event will be made by August 10th. With Chicago, New York, Berlin and Boston marathons all cancelled, London is the sole remaining Abbott World Marathon Majors race on the 2020 calendar.

 

 

World Athletics Sets New Shoe Rules

In a separate development, World Athletics also announced today, interim changes to rules on Track Shoes - Road Shoe Rules remain unchanged.   These rules remain in place until after the Tokyo Olympics, and "until a newly formed Working Group on Athletic Shoes, which includes representatives from shoe manufacturers and the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), have had the opportunity to set the parameters for achieving the right balance between innovation, competitive advantage and universality and availability."

 Maximum thickness of the sole (As per rule 5.5, notes (i), (ii), (iii) and figures (a) & (b) to rule 5.5, and rule 5.13.3).Further rule requirement
Field events (except triple jump) 20mm Applies to all throwing events, and vertical and horizontal jumping events except the triple jump. For all field events, the sole at the centre of the athlete's forefoot must not be higher than the sole at centre of the athlete's heel.
Triple jump 25mm The sole at the centre of the athlete's forefoot must not be higher than the sole at centre of the athlete's heel.
Track events (including hurdle events) up to but not including 800m 20mm For relays the rule applies to the distance of the leg being run by each athlete.
Track events from 800m and above (including steeplechase events) 25mm For relays the rule applies to the distance of the leg being run by each athlete. For race walking events the maximum thickness of the sole is the same as that for road events.
Cross country 25mm  
Road events (running and race walking events) 40mm  
Events under rule 57 of the technical rules Any thickness  

World athletics Ceo, Jon Ridgeon said “In developing these rules we have been mindful of the principles of fair play and universality, maintaining the health and safety of athletes, reflecting the existing shoe market in these challenging economic times, and achieving a broad consensus with the shoe manufacturers who are major investors in our sport.

Ciara Mageean Becomes First Irish Woman Sub 2 Min for 800m

Ciara Mageean Runs 1:59.69 in Bern, Switzerland

Citius Champs - Bern Switzerland

July 24th 2020

 

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Ciara Mageean

 

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Citius Games, Bern, Switzerland, Friday July 24th 2020


This afternoon, 28 year old Ciara Mageean, from Protaferry, Co Down, and running with UCD AC, became, on what should have been the day of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, the first Irish woman to go sub 2 minutes.  Running 1:59.69, to break Rose Anne Galligan's 7 year-old record, she won the womens 800m at today's Citius Champs, taking almost a second off the record, but most importantly, goung sub 2 minutes.

 

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 Womens 800m Results

 

Ciara's run places her on top of the Irish Women's 800m All-Time Standings, bring her up from 4th place, and slicing 1.10 seconds off her own lifetime best

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Irish Runner Report - Cork City Sports - July 1983

Cork City Sports

Scott Wins Harp Lager Mile

Mardyke, Cork

Wednesday July 13th 1983

 

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Steve Scott leading Ray Flynn and David Taylor

 

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 Irish Runner Magazine - August 1983, Vol 3, No 5, P56

 

THE Cork City Sports is now acknowledged as one of the really major fixtures on the Irish Athletics calendar and the Harp Lager Mile has come to be the highlight event of the meeting.


However, Derek O’Connor (Dundrum A.C.) came close to upstaging the stars of the classic mile distance when he got this year’s meet off to a flying start by breaking the Irish 100m record for both junior and senior.


O’Connor, who has this season emerged as the new star of Irish sprinting, clocked 10.61 for the new record and then went on to take the 200m in 21.17. In both races he was chased home by A. Gough of Annadale.


For two laps of the Harp Lager Mile pacemaker Paul Forbes raced clear from Frank O’Mara and Scott, With Limerick’s Dave Taylor, Ray Flynn and John Walker next. Flynn took it up with 600m to run but Scott was ahead at the bell.


Walker raced from 5th to challenge Scott over the last 200 m. but having closed to within 10 yards turning into the straight, he could do no more and Scott coasted home in 3:50.99 with Walker 2nd in 3:51.59 and O’Mara delighting the local crowd by staying on in 3rd in 3:52.50. Dave Taylor was 4th in 3:54.48; Ray Flynn 5th in 3:54.61; Marcus O’Sullivan 6th 3:56.65, while Tommy Moloney (Thurles) who was 7th, 3:57.70, joined O’Mara, Taylor aand O’Sullivan recording personal bests for the distance.


Despite a great effort by David Lewis, the European championThomas Wessinghage (West Germany) emerged a comfortable winner in the 5000m. in 13:28.02. Tim Hutchings, 2nd in the event at the Donore meeting, finished 3rd with Ronnie Carroll best of the Irish in 5th and Liam O’Brien beating 14 minutes for the distance for the first time ever in finishing 9th.


Annsley Bennett of Birchfield Harriers, who is almost the local hero with the Cork crowd by now, ran a meet best of 47.31 in 400m. while in a blanket finish to the 800m. the early leader Roddy Gaynor was overwhelmed late by the flying finish of Brian Jennings on the outside who just held off Ian Marron who challenged on the inside.


The ladies’ events provided plenty of excitement albeit the National Aluminium 3000m proved something of a disaster for the Irish girls.

 

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Monica Joyce leads Womens 3000m


After Louise McGrillen had showed with them early on, national record holder Monica Joyce led through 800m, from Chris Benning, Jane Furness and Paula Fudge of England. From there, the three English girls had it between them. Furness sprinted clear of Benning with 300m to run, but could not hold her compatriot in the straight. Fudge was 3rd, Joyce 4th, Locke of Wales 5th and Margaret Kelly emerged best of the home-based challengers in 6th.

 

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In the ladies’ 800m Aideen Morrisson outsprinted Aishling Molloy in the straight, while in a thrilling finish to the ladies’ 400m. Caroline O’Shea, having mastered early leader Michelle Walsh, just held the flying late burst of Mary Parr.
Olive Burke reached the European Junior qualifying standard when taking the 100m.


Those who came early saw a most exciting men’s Junior 1500m. in which Bernard O’Sullivan sacrificed himself as pacemaker, with the result that winner Enda Fitzpatrick, runner-up Eugene Curran and Gerry O’Reilly, 3rd, all reached the European qualifying standard.


All told, it was a memorable night’s sport and run with great efficiency and greatly helped by Joe Holden’s invigorating commentary

 

 

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