Week Ending Sunday April 30th 2017
Sunday April 23rd 2017
Lots of Choice over the weekend, from Road Race to T&F
Sat April 22nd, 11am, Waterford RSC - Munster Junior and Under-23 T&F Championships
Sat April 22nd, 11am, Waterford RSC - Munster Juvenile Youth Pentathlon Championshi
Sun April 23rd, 11am, Monkstown-Carrigaline - Great Railway Run 10k Road Race 2017
Sun April 23rd, 11am, Raheny, Dublin - National Road Relay Championships
Sun April 23rd, 11am, CIT Track - Leevale Sports - Juvenile T&F
Sun April 23rd, 11:45am, Ringaskiddy-Carrigaline - Great Railway Run 5k Road Race 2017
It has come to the notice of Cork Athletics that some athletes, in all categories, Adult and Under-Age, who recently transferred clubs, have been competing under their new club's name and/or colours. This is in breach of Athletics Ireland Transfer Regulation. Until the expiry of 30 days, i.e., untiul May 1st, transferred athletes may only compete, in open or championship events, as "Individual", without club affiliation. They then compete under the name and colours of the new club, from May 1st
Cork Athletics, and Athletics Ireland, puts all transferred athletes on notice that breaches of these Regulations may be penalised by sanctions, including, possibly, suspension
The Spring Transfer Window closed on Friday March 24th, and a total of seventy five (75) athletes transferred clubs. These transfers were approved by Cork Athletics and Athletics Ireland, with an effective transfer date of April 1st 2017. Under Athletics Ireland regulations, these athletes may NOT compete for their new clubs until 30 days have elapsed, following transfer, i.e. they may NOT compete for their new club until May 1st, at the earliest
Transfer forms may be submitted at any time but will not be dealt with until the next Transfer Window closes, on August 24th 2017
Permit Applications MUST be approved by Cork Athletics County Board. Permit applications should be submitted at least three (3) months before the event. Permit applications should be submitted to Cork Athletics County Board Secretary Anne Murray, prior to monthly meetings (Normally first Wednesday of each Month).
Some Clubs have been submitting Permit Application directly to Athletics Ireland Head Office. All applications submitted in this fashion will be sent back to Cork Athletics, and are likely to be delayed significantly, due to being sent via the circuitous route. The quickest and easiest way of getting Permit Approval is to submit directly to Cork Athletics.
3. Urgent! - Stewarding for Cork City Marathon
Cork Athletics urgently seeks volunteer stewards for the forthcoming Cork City Marathon, on Sunday June 4th. This year, the Marathon moves to a Sunday. A consequence of the Sunday event is a significant reduction of available Gardai. On top of this, the normal Cork Athletics stewarding cover will also be badly hit, due to a clash with Munster Juvenile T&F Championships, in Ennis on the same day, as many regular stewards will be officiating in Ennis, or accompanying/supervising their club's Juvenile athletes to the Championships.
As of the April County Board Meeting, six clubs; Ballymore-Cobh AC, Bantry AC, Courcey's AC, Millstreet AC, Old Abbey AC and Youghal AC, were due reimbursement of Cork Athletics Travel Grants (which are made possible only because of financial return to Cork Athletics from organising and/or stewarding the events outlined in 3, above).
The above clubs can collect their cheques at any County Board Meeting (Next meeting Wed May 3rd), or by arrangement with the Treasurer
Guest Article By John Walshe
Reading AC - British Road Relay Champions 1973. Richard Piotrowski is second from right, back row
Photo: Athletics Weekly
Richard Piotrowski, who now lives near Macroom and runs with Eagle Athletic Club, was the recent winner of the M70 title at the British Masters 10km road championships, which took place at Gravesend in Kent.
Since moving to Ireland, Richard has been a regular winner in both the M60 and M65 categories on the Cork running scene. He recently moved up to the M70 grade and his 43:08 over a difficult course and in warm conditions in Gravesend gave him the gold medal.
The report of the race in last week’s edition of Athletics Weekly stated: “Back in the early 1970s Dick Piotrowski was one of the Reading AC senior team taking major team medals on road and country and here was an M70 victor in 43:08, half a minute clear of Peter Giles.”
That report was written by regular AW contributor Martin Duff, a team-mate of Richard on those Reading teams. Piotrowski also ran with the famous Belgrave Harriers and was an accomplished performer on the track, especially in the 3000m steeplechase.
As the results below show, the late 1960s/early 1970s was a golden age in British – and also Irish - distance running. The race, the Bracknell ‘5’, was just an ordinary club event held every August. Although only 108 runners took part, as can be seen the first 12 broke 25 minutes with 82 of the 108 under the half-hour.
Richard finished sixth on that occasion in 24:27 and three seconds behind him was John Bryant, a newspaper editor who would go on many years later to write the story of the London Marathon titled ‘The History of the Greatest Race On Earth’.
In 12th position, and the last under 25 minutes, came Mick Woods of Aldershot, Farnham & District. A former Irish international marathon runner, Woods is better known nowadays as coach to a host of British internationals such as Olympian Steph Twell, European cross-country champion Emelia Górecka, and Jonny Hay, one of the top British hopes in next Sunday’s London Marathon.
Editor's note: Another member of the Reading team was Bud Baldaro, another renowned coach. Bud gave a talk/lecture to Cork Athletics in August 2015
|35||T.||Wilton-Jones||Linc. & RAF||00:26:33|
|73||D.||D O'Connell (V)||Herc-Wim||00:29:04|
|1 74||G.||Knox (V)||Hill.||00:29:09|
As of today, April 16th, Cork Athletics Registrations stand at 6,602. The April 17th 2016 figure was 5,872, therefore registrations are 12.43% up on last year's number.
To date, fifty one of Cork's fifty three registered clubs have registered athletes, leaving just two clubs yet to register an athlete. These clubs, Fota Island Running Club and Ballinacurra Villagers Running Club, and their athletes, are reminded that the insurance dispensation, whereby the 2016 insurance cover continued until the end of January last, is no longer in force - unregistered athletes are NOT covered by the Athletics Ireland insurance for any purpose whatsoever, leaving those athletes and clubs in a precarious position.
Any club having difficulties registering their athletes should contact Cork Athletics Registrar, John Copithorne.
Clubs are reminded that 2017 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 January 31st and does NOT include competition.
Therefore any athlete that remains unregistered beyond January 31st is NOT covered by Athletics Irelands insurance, for ANY purpose, training or competition.
Clubs are urged to register their athletes without further delay.
NB: The "grace period" covers official club, county, provincial and national training sessions. It does NOT cover competition. All athletes competing in Championship or representative events MUST be registered. Club Registrars are reminded that there is a new Registration System in operation.
These Registration Figures do NOT take account of the March 2017 transfers
Leevale AC now head the list, ahead of Bandon AC, by a distance, with each club having over 500 registered members. Two clubs, Ballymore Cobh AC and Midleton AC, have over 300 registered members, while a further six clubs exceed the 200 registrations mark, and another seventeen clubs now have over 100 registered members.
Two clubs, Fota Island Running Club and new club, Ballinacurra Villagers, have yet to register any athlete.
|Ballymore Cobh A.C.||349||168||1||22||158|
|West Muskerry A.C.||231||185||1||8||37|
|St. Catherine's A.C.||224||164||0||13||47|
|North Cork A.C.||205||144||0||13||48|
|St. Nicholas A.C.||197||97||0||20||80|
|Clonakilty Road Runners||164||110||0||3||51|
|St. Finbarrs A.C.||131||2||0||26||103|
|Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C.||110||108||0||0||2|
|Old Abbey A.C.||105||96||2||1||6|
|Dromahane Road Runners A,C,||102||0||0||32||70|
|Carrigaline Road Runners A.C.||100||64||0||7||29|
|Aghada Running Club ARC||94||0||0||12||82|
|Bweeng Trail Blazers||64||2||0||11||51|
|Galtee Runners A.C.||38||0||0||9||29|
|Churchtown Road Runners||23||0||0||10||13|
|Rising Sun A.C.||23||1||0||0||22|
|East Cork A.C.||22||0||0||7||15|
|Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C.||21||1||0||3||17|
|Cork Mental Health A.C.||16||0||0||3||4|
|Abbey Striders A.C.||11||4||0||3||4|
|Cork Varsity A.C.||10||0||1||9||0|
Juvenile/Junior Registrations as at April 16th 2017
As with the overall figures, Bandon AC and Leevale AC stand clear of the other clubs, while a total of thirteen clubs now have more than 100 registered Juvenile/Junior members.
|West Muskerry A.C.||186||185||1|
|Ballymore Cobh A.C.||169||168||1|
|St. Catherine's A.C.||164||164||0|
|North Cork A.C.||144||144||0|
|Clonakilty Road Runners||110||110||0|
|Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C.||108||108||0|
|Old Abbey A.C.||98||96||2|
|St. Nicholas A.C.||97||97||0|
|Carrigaline Road Runners A.C.||64||64||0|
|Abbey Striders A.C.||2||4||0|
|St. Finbarrs A.C.||2||2||0|
|Bweeng Trail Blazers||2||2||0|
|Rising Sun A.C.||1||1||0|
|Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C.||1||1||0|
|Cork Varsity A.C.||0||0||1|
Senior/Master Registrations as at April 16th 2017
Leevale top the list, closely followed by Ballymore Cobh, with thirteen clubs now having over 100 registered adult members.
|Ballymore Cobh A.C.||180||22||158|
|St. Finbarrs A.C.||129||26||103|
|Dromahane Road Runners A,C,||102||32||70|
|St. Nicholas A.C.||100||20||80|
|Aghada Running Club ARC||94||12||82|
|Bweeng Trail Blazers||62||11||51|
|North Cork A.C.||61||13||48|
|St. Catherine's A.C.||60||13||47|
|Clonakilty Road Runners||54||3||51|
|West Muskerry A.C.||45||8||37|
|Galtee Runners A.C.||38||9||29|
|Carrigaline Road Runners A.C.||36||7||29|
|Churchtown Road Runners||23||10||13|
|Rising Sun A.C.||22||0||22|
|East Cork A.C.||22||7||15|
|Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C.||20||3||17|
|Cork Mental Health A.C.||16||3||4|
|Cork Varsity A.C.||9||9||0|
|Old Abbey A.C.||7||1||6|
|Abbey Striders A.C.||7||3||4|
|Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C.||2||0||2|
CIT Track, April - July 2017
Cork Athletics popular Graded Track & Field Leagues, sponsored, as always, by John Buckley Sports, returns later this month, on April 26th, and runs through to July.
NB: Cork Athletics is planning a further review, next week, of the 2017 Graded League program. As a consequence some details of the program may change
Four (4) graded League meets will be held, for both male and female athletes. Athletes who are eligible to compete Under-17 in 2017 are also eligible to take part, with the exception of male athletes, in Shot, Discus and Hammer, who must be Under-19 in 2017.
All registered Athletics Ireland athletes are eligible to take part in these Leagues. Guest athletes are very welcome, but MUST be Athletics Ireland registered, or, if from outside Ireland, must be members of another IAAF member Federation.
|26-Apr-17||Wed||CIT Track||7.45 p.m.||100m||Mile||400m||Long Jump||Shot||Discus||56lb for Distance|
|29-May-17||Mon||CIT Track||7.45 p.m.||110mH||800m||200m||3000m||High Jump||Hammer||Javelin||Pole Vault|
|29-Jun-17||Thurs||CIT Track||7.45 p.m.||100m||1500m||400m||Long Jump||Shot||Discus||56lb for Distance|
|28-Jul-17||Fri||CIT Track||7.45 p.m.||800m||200m||3000m||High Jump||Hammer||Javelin|
Throwing events, and long and triple jumps, will be decided on basis of 4 attempts.
Other Qualification Events:
2. Cork Athletics will consider adding additional Qualification Events to the Graded Leagues program, providing sufficient notice is received, so that every effort can be made to assemble a field of appropriate standard.
3. Pole vault has been added to Meet 2; Monday May 29th
Other events may be added. Any additional events will be posted on the individual Graded League event page, and circulated on Cork Athletics social media.
Sunday April 23rd 2017
St Finbarrs AC - National M50 Road Relay Champions 2017
Athletics Ireland Release - Feidhlim Kelly
Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham) was the leading Irish finisher at the London Marathon this morning in 2:16:18 while Queen's University women and Raheny Shamrock men won the Irish Life Health National Road Relays in Raheny (April 23).
Hehir, from Clare, came through strongly to run a qualifying time for the World Championships in London in August and was followed home by Kevin Seaward (St Malachy's) in 2:17:08, Stephen Scullion (Clonliffe Harriers) in 2:17:59 and Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock) in 2:18:34.
Laura Graham (Mourne Runners) was first of the Irish women home in 2:42:38 with Barbara Sanchez (Clonliffe Harriers) next in 2:47:36.
Day of drama as Queens and Raheny triumph at Road Relays
Drama and excitement. It’s what we’ve come to expect at the Irish Life Health National Road Relays in Raheny today (April 23) where Queen’s University women and Raheny Shamrock men came out on top in the senior races.
From the get go there was big changes in position with Annmarie McGlynn, who had a busy afternoon, guiding Letterkenny AC to the F35 title over 4 miles, 1-2-1 mile format, in a record time of 22:32.
The F50 women were also in action alongside their F35 counterparts and it was the Raheny Shamrock team of Adrienne Atkins, Orla Gormley and Nora Byrne who brought home the gold in 25:22 from Dundrum South Dublin in 25:44 and Finn Valley in 27:42.
The masters’ men were next and Raheny Shamrock were first across the line in the M35 in a new record of 19:28 with Ian Conroy getting them started followed by Michael McMahon and John Dunne on anchor.
St Finbarr’s team of Michael Murphy, Cathal O’Connell and Ken Devine clawed back Raheny in the M50 race with an excellent last leg by Ken Devine who clocked 4:59 to win gold for the Cork team in 21:13 overall. Raheny had to settle for silver in 21:21 with Rathafarnham WSAF third in 22:22.
This set the stage for the senior races with roads in Raheny lined with people on both sides and a palpable buzz in the air. Leevale came in as defending champions but it didn’t go to script. They were right in the hunt after Carol Finn’s first leg but no one accounted for Queen’s University who made their debut in the event. Emma Mitchell was in sparkling form on the 2 mile leg running 10:18 having taken over from Sinead Sweeney. This teed up Rebecca Henderson for a surprise victory.
The final race of the day in the senior men’s 8 mile saw high drama in the first lap of the first leg. The leading pack were bunched around 1km in when they came together and it saw Raheny Shamrock’s Mark Kirwan and Ennis Track’s Karl Fitzmaurice take a heavy fall losing track on the main pack.
Kirwan was visibly in pain, later learning that he had broken his collarbone, but gathered himself to be in touching distance of the leaders at the changeover for the one mile leg. Kieran Kelly took over and blitzed the 1 lap circuit in 4:20 to put the defending champions back in the lead.
It was then down to the crucial 3 mile leg with Kevin Dooney now carrying the mantle with Donore Harriers’ John Travers in hot pursuit. Travers was in form and sped around the 3 mile leg in 14:04 to equal the course record and bringing Donore into the lead. Dooney hung on gamely and handed over to his brother Conor who had to chase down Eric Keogh on the last 2 mile leg.
With one lap to go Keogh looked menacingly calm sitting in behind Conor Dooney who had turned from hunter to hunted. The aficionados were awaiting the return of the duo leaning towards Keogh but it was Dooney who had enough at the finish to hold off by one second and guide home the host club in 37:38. Donore Harriers had to settle for silver in 37:39 with Kilkenny City Harriers third in 38:10. Raheny Shamrock won the Paddy Boland trophy for the best overall trophy on a day where competition and participation combined seamlessly.
F35 4 miles
1. Letterkenny AC 22:32 (record), 2. Crusaders 23:01, 3. Drogheda & District 23:06
F50 4 miles
1. Raheny Shamrock 25:22, 2. DSD 25:44, 3. Finn Valley 27:42
Senior 4 miles
1. Queen’s University 20:58, 2. UCD AC 21:04, 3. Letterkenny AC 21:15
M35 4 miles
1. Raheny Shamrock 19:29 (record), 2. Finn Valley 19:31, 3. Sportsworld 19:53
M50 4 miles
1. St Finbarr’s 21:13, 2. Raheny Shamrock 21:21, 3. Rathfarnham WSAF 22:22
Senior 8 miles
1. Raheny Shamrock 37:38, 2. Donore Harriers 37:39, 3. Kilkenny City Harriers 38:10
Cork Athletics Juvenile T&F Championships Information
Thursday April 20th 2017
Two Road Races are on offer tomorrow:
Week Ending Sunday April 23rd 2017
Week Ending Sunday April 16th 2017
After last week's frenzy, there are only two Registered Athletics Ireland events this week, along with a third event on Monday:
Fri April 14th, 7pm, Doneraile Park - Liscarroll AC 5k Trail Run 2017
Sat April 15th, 12 noon, Ahakista, West Cork - Sheeps Head Easter 10k Road Race 2017
Mon April 17th, 2pm, Boherbue - Jack O'Keeffe Boherbue to Kiskeam 4 Mile Road Race
The Spring Transfer Window closed on Friday March 24th. Transfer forms may be submitted at any time but will not be dealt with until the next Transfer Window closes, on August 24th 2017.
Seventy three (73) athlete transfers were approved at the April meeting of Cork Athletics County Board, on Wednesday April 5th. Sixty transfers were between Cork clubs, with thirteen more 'out of county' transfers. One (1) transfer was declined, as as it was received after the closing date (Friday March 24th).
|Aine-Cait Ni Cheallachain||Ballincollig||Leevale|
|Jack Doherty||Belgooly||St Finbarr's|
|Joanne Jenks||Bweeng T.B||Dromahane R.R|
|Michael Cremin||Bweeng T.B||Dromahane R.R|
|Ciara Galvin||Carrigaline R.R||Leevale|
|Jack O'Riordan||Donoughmore||West Muskerry|
|Niamh Harte||Dooneen||North Cork||Yes|
|Sean Harte||Dooneen||North Cork||Yes|
|Deirdre Nagle||Eagle||Farranfore M.V.|
|Jonathan Kenneally||Eagle||St Catherines|
|David McCarthy||East Cork||St Nicholas|
|Martina O'Driscoll||Grange/Fermoy||St Nicholas|
|Thomas O'Shea||Liscarroll||Buttevant R.R|
|Eoin Butler||Liscarroll||Churchtown R.R|
|Mei-Ming Cronin||Liscarroll||North Cork|
|Zara O'Hanlon||Liscarroll||North Cork|
|Yvonne Kertsch||Mallow||Buttevant R.R|
|Trish Hayes||Mallow||Dromahane R.R|
|Mary Kiely||North Cork||Belgooly|
|Robert Dutfield-Cook||North Cork||Belgooly|
|Teresa O'Mahony||North Cork||Buttevant R.R|
|Grainne Egan||North Cork||Leevale|
|Angelina Keniry Mason||North Cork||Liscarroll|
|Karen O'Leary||St Finbarr's||Cork Mental Health|
|Niamh O'Regan||St Finbarr's||Youghal|
|Michelle Middleton||Tracton||North Cork|
|Ailish Blake||West Muskerry||Ballincollig|
|Killian Blake||West Muskerry||Ballincollig|
|Eimear Galvin||West Muskerry||Doheny|
Approved Inter-County Transfers
There were thirteen inter-county transfers, with seven coming into Cork, and six going out.
|Ian O'Leary||Donore Hrs||Leevale|
|Rhona Dempsey||Galway C.H||St Finbarr's|
|Jamie Power||Kilmallock||North Cork||Yes|
|Sean Dowling||Liffey Valley||Leevale|
|Nicholas Moloney||North Cork||An Bru||Yes|
|Edward O'Mahony||Rathfarmham||St Finbarr's|
|Ali O'Connor||St Finbarr's||Dundrum|
|Julie Deane||St Finbarr's||Farranfore M.V.|
|Deirdre McCrae||St Finbarr's||Galway C.H|
|Paul Griffen||St Finbarr's||Liffey Valley|
|Stephen Power||West Waterford||St Finbarr's||
There may be other Inter-County transfers being processed by other Counties that have not yet been presented to Cork Athletics.