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East Cork AC Men and Youghal AC Women to Run European Champions Club Cup Cross-Country Championships 2023

Youghal AC Women and East Cork AC Men Run in Sunday's ECCC Cross-Country Championship

Oropesa del Mar, Spain

Sunday February 5th 2023

 

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East Cork AC Men Youghal AC Under 20 Women

 

East Cork AC Men and Youghal AC Under 20 Women represent Ireland in Sunday's ECCC Cross-Country Championships, in Oropesa del Mar, Spain, as part of Ireland's eight-team squad. The teams were selected by virtue of their winning and runner-up spots at the 2022 National Cross-Country Championships, in Rosapenna, Donegal, last November, when the Youghal AC women won the Under 20 Title and the East Cork AC men's team were very close runners-up in the Senior Men's Championship

  The event will be Livestreamed on the European Athletics YouTube Channel, with the first event off at 10am, Irish Time

LIVESTREAM

 LIVESTREAM Begins at 9am

Schedule

NB: Not sure if these are Spanish Times, in which case the U20 Women, inc Youghal AC, will be off at 9am Irish Time

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Live Results

 

ECCC Information Page

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Athletics Ireland Release


IRISH CLUBS SET FOR EUROPEAN CROSS COUNTRY SHOWDOWN


Eight Irish teams will take to European competition at the European Club Cross Country Championships (ECCC) in Oropesa del Mar in Spain this Sunday (Feb 5th)

In total, 399 athletes from 77 clubs across 22 countries will battle it out for club honours at one of the longest-standing and most established cross country fixtures on the athletics calendar

The eight Irish teams secured their place by virtue of their first and second place team finishes at the 2022 National Cross-Country Championships in Rosapenna, Donegal

Each club will be looking to replicate some of the success enjoyed by Irish teams at last year’s edition, including Ennis Track Club’s historic day which saw their junior men’s team claim gold

Each team’s score shall be determined by the aggregate of finishing positions achieved by its 3 (three) best placed athletes

Teams

Senior Men

Clonliffe Harriers
Efrem Gidey
Stephen Cashin
Ian Guiden
Seán O'Leary
Jayme Rossiter
 
East Cork AC
Paul Hartnett
Frank O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
Tim O'Donoghue



Senior Women

Dublin City Harriers
Edel Monaghan
Cliona Murphy
Sinead Cronin
Avril Deegan
Faye Dervan
Eimear Fitzpatrick
 
Letterkenny AC
Natasha Adams
Nakita Burke
Shauna McGeehan
Noeleen Scanlan


Under 20 Men

Ennis Track AC
Barry Conway
Peter Farrel
Niall Murphy
Cian O’Boyle
Colin Ryan
 
Nenagh Olympic AC
Daniel Ryan Ellis
Luke Purcell
Sean Hayes
Cian Hodgins
Jamie Moloney
Thomas Bergin


Under 20 Women

Youghal AC
Robyn Buckley
Alex Cashman
Avril Cashman
Emma Landers
Avril Millerick
 
Finn Valley AC
Nuala Bose
Sarah Bradley
Amy Greene
Eimear McCarroll
Sally McMenamin


Related Articles

East Cork Men and Youghal Women Selected for ECCC Cross-Country Championship 2023

Results of Athletics Ireland National Senior Junior and Juvenile Even Age Cross-Country Championships 2022

 

MTU Track Update - January 2023

MTU Track & Facilities Update

January 31st 2023

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Overview of MTU Track


MTU (formetly CIT) Track is due to close in the next few weeks, probably in the third week of February, for the complete resurfacing of the track. The existing track surface, along with the substructure will be completely dug up and replaced. Preparatory work is expected to take 4 weeks, while laying of the track running surface is expected to begin in May and, weather permitting, will take eight weeks, with an expected completion date around late June


A key deadline for the works is that it must be complete in time for the 70th Cork City Sports on Thursday July 20th

 

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A rather tired looking MTU Track eagerly waiting resurfacing

Unfortunately the entire track facility, including the indoor facility under the stand, and the field events area in the centre of the track will be off-limits during the works, as the entire facility will be a construction site. Consequently, Cork Athletics is examining ways in which the regular Track & Field Championships can be facilitated this year.  There are several options under review, including delaying many of the Championships until later in July, August and September. Other options include holding them on grass tracks. Some Championships are qualification events for National Championships, so it may be necessary to hold these in the Mardyke, or even Castleisland. It is a pity that other tracks, like Bandon AC's new track, will not be developed by this summer


Trackside lighting is also scheduled to be replaced completely with LED lights, which should be a big improvement on the existing system. The current MTU track surface was relaid in 2001, so will be in great shape once all the work is done and it reopens in the summer

High Performance Facility to Open In February

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Design view of new High Performance facility

Athletics Ireland and MTU have been granted funding from the Government’s Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund, to deliver an indoor community and high performance sports facility adjacent to the track. Work on this has been going on for the past two years or so, and is scheduled to open in the coming days. This facility will replace the existing Gym, which will be demolised to make way for the next phase of the Track Facilities Development

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Artist's impression of the view of the Track from inside the High Performance facility

Design work work is progressing on the next Phase, which comprises the demolition of the existing Gym and the construction of another High Performance facility on the site of the Gym.  This will include a double height area to facilitate Pole Vault, an indoor Long Jump area, along with a 60m Sprints Track. The buildings footprint will be approx. the size ot the existing Gym

 

Athletics Ireland Course Measurer Training Programme 2023

Training Courses for Athletics Ireland National Grade Measurer Accreditation

Spring 2023

Online Outline and Details, and Practical Training in Various Locations

 

 

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 Mark Gallagher, Beara AC, with Pat Walsh (Chairman Cork Athletics County Board), John Quigley (World Athletics/AIMS Grade A Measurer) and Hamish Adams (CEO Athletics Ireland)
Tommy Hartnett, East Cork AC, with Pat Walsh (Chairman Cork Athletics County Board), John Quigley (World Athletics/AIMS Grade A Measurer) and Hamish Adams (CEO Athletics Ireland)


Athletics Ireland National Grade Measurer Accreditation Certificates were presented to Mark Gallagher, Beara AC, and Tommy Hartnett, East Cork AC, at Cork Athletics International Awards Night, Kingsley Hotel, Cork, Friday January 27th 2023

Mark has been the driving force in re-establishing Beara AC. Following initial training in April 2019, Mark complete his Measurer training and certification requirements using races around the Beara Peninsula, where he now the 'go to' Measurer.

Tommy was a key member of the Ballycotton 10 organisation during its 40 years, and, along the way, he participated in many measurements, and helped lay down calibration courses, so when it came to measurement training, he took to it 'like a duck to water'. His certification course submission was a challenging one; The 2022 Youghal Ironman Marathon and Half-Marathon courses - literally a 'Baptism of Fire'

 

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IAAF Course participants Laying down a Calibration Course in Suva

 

Athletics Ireland is to hold several one-day training courses for those interested in becoming accredited Athletics Ireland National Grade Measurers

The practical training courses will be held in various locations around the country, depending on several factors, including need for measurers in a particular region, the number of candidates in the region, candidate availability, and availability of existing accredited measurers

 

Athletics ireland Release (January 9th 2023)

Road Race Measuring Course – Expression of Interest

Athletics Ireland in conjunction with the Road Racing measuring committee, are hosting a Road Race Measuring Course in Spring 2023

We are inviting expressions of Interest from anyone who is interested in finding out more about the course and taking part.  We will be holding an online information session in early Spring with the course taking place in late spring 2023

You must be over 18 years of age to take part in the course

Register Your Interest

 

The Course will comprise of an Online introductory/appreciation course (provisionally set for second week of February, with a repeat the following week).  This will be followed by a more detailed/in-depth tutorial, again Online, probably in March.   Following this, the attendees will be asked again to register for the practical training days.  These One-Day courses will be held in various locations around the country, depending on the specific need, as seen by the Measurers Committee - we would like to see at least one accredited measurer in each County/Region. The practical days will be led by World Athletics (formerly IAAF) / AIMS Grade A and B International Measurers, assisted by experienced National Grade Measurers

To date, eighty six (86) people have registered their interest. The online segments can cater for may attendees, however the practical days will be limited to approx. 4 candidates to each Measurer/Trainer, consequently the canditates, in the inital stages at least, will be prioritised, as decided by Regional requirements, among other criteria

Existing Accredited Measurers

Existing accredited measurers are asked, if they have not already done so, to confirm their status (Active or Inactive) with Athletics Ireland

The existing accredited Measurers will be invited to assist at these practical training courses; To help spread the training load, To network with other Measurers, and share Tips & Tricks of measuring


We are also planning to have National Grade Measurers assessed as World Athletics Grade 'B' Measurers, and also have some of our Grade 'B' Measurers elevtaed to Grade 'A'

 

Practical Measurement Course Essentials

You will need to bring the following with you on the day

 Bicycle (Note: As the Jones Counter must be fitted to the front wheel, bikes with disc brakes are NOT suitable)

Bicycle spanner(s) - Required to remove front wheel & fit Jones Counter

Puncture repair kit (Just in case!)

Helmet

Hi-Viz vest

Notebook

Pen/Pencil

Calculator

Jones Counters, tension springs, Measuring Tapes, etc will be supplied for use on the day

Course Costs

The online sections are FREE of charge, there it is a charge (yet to be determined) envisaged for the Practical Course. This charge will be set against the purchase, from Athletics Ireland, of a Jones Counter

 

Practical - Weather and Course Duration

As we will be out for most of the day, these courses are very weather dependent. For Health & Safety reasons, courses will not be held if the weather on the day is just awful, however weather can be predicted reasonably well within a few days, if not longer. The course is held over one day, generally from around 9:30/10am to 4pm(ish), and covers the theoretical and practical sides of measurement

 

Course Content

 

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Jones Counter Jones Counter Mounted on Wheel

 

Introduction & Safety

 

Jones Counter Setup

 

Laying of Measurement Baseline

 

Calibration of Jones Counter

 

Measurement Practical

 

Post Measurement Recalibration

 

Documentation, Maps and Records

 

'Tips & Tricks'

 

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Accreditation

Following successful conclusion of the course, candidates are required to submit documentation detailing at least one course measurement that they have undertaken on their own. Assuming all is satisfactory, and it invariably is, candidates then become accredited Athletics Ireland National Grade Measurers

 

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Measurement Line - and the Racing Line - on an unrestricted course



 

Road Races and Athletics Events Week Ending Sunday January 29th 2023

Cork Athletics Event Listing - Week Ending Sunday January 29th 2023

 

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This Week's Events - Week Ending Sunday January 29th 2023

 

Next Week's Events - Week Ending Sunday February 5th 2023

 

This Month's Events - January 2023

Next Month's Events - February 2023


Key Event Summary

Admin: Friday January 27th, 8pm - Cork Athletics Annual International Awards Night 2023, Kingsley Hotel, Cork

Indoor T&F: Saturday Jan 28th - 
Munster Indoor Junior & U23 Chps, Nenagh.  Sunday Jan 29th - Indoor AAI Games

 

Road/Trail: Sunday Jan 29th - North Cork AC 5k Road Race, Doneraile Park

 


The Events

Wednesday Jan 25th, 6:45pm - Forde's Daybreak League - Week 10 (Waterford Race)

Dungarvan

Friday Jan 27th, 8pm - Cork Athletics Annual International Awards Night 2023

Kingsley Hotel, Carrigrohane Road, Cork

 

Saturday Jan 28th, 9:30am - Parkrun - 10 Locations

Bere Island, Glengarriff, Castlehaven, Clonakilty, Macroom, Ballincollig, Tramore Valley Park, Glen River, Mallow Castle, Youghal

Saturday January 28th - Munster Indoor Junior & U23 Championship

Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

 

Sunday January 29th - Indoor AAI Games

 

Sunday January 29th, 11:00 - North Cork AC 5k Road Race

Doneraile Park

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Register for North Cork AC Doneraile Park 5k

Death of Jim Hayes - St Catherines AC

Jim Hayes R.I.P. - Condolences

January 11th 2023
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The Officers and Officials of Cork Athletics County Board extend their condolences and deepest sympathy to the Hayes family; Jim's wife Anne, children Orla, Emer, Frank, Liam, Kevin and Anne-Marie, and his extended family, on the death of our esteemed colleague Jim Hayes, founding member of St Catherine's AC

Tribute on St Catherine's AC Facebook Page

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It is with great sadness that yesterday we heard of the passing of Jim Hayes. Jim was a great community man, and an avid supporter of Athletics.  Jim, along with Dan Mccarthy, Dermot O'Leary and John Gough, were the founders of the original St. Catherine's Athletics club, back in the late 70s/80s. His enthusiasm for our sport will live long in our club, with many of his family members the cornerstones of the club today. We all have fond memories of meeting Jim at various events, and he was always good for a bit of encouragement, at the right time, during a cross country race. Sincere sympathy to his Wife Anne, sons and daughters; Orla, Emer, Frank, Liam, Kevin, Anne Marie, and all the extended Hayes family. Rest in Peace

 
Notice on RIP.ie

The death has occurred of James (Jim) Hayes, Garryanne, Conna, Cork / Aglish, Waterford

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James (Jim) Hayes

James (Jim) Hayes, Garryanne, Conna, Co. Cork, formerly of Aglish, Co. Waterford

Jim passed away peacefully on the 11th Jan 2023, at Cork University Hospital, in the presence of his loving family. Much loved husband of Anne (nee Power), dear father of Orla (Nicholson), Emer (Linehan), Frank, Liam, Kevin and Anne-Marie. Brother of the late Roger. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, family, sisters Delma (Lacey) and Alice, cherished grandchildren, Caoimhe, Laura, Natalie, James, Doireann, Conor, Charlie, Sadie, Ciara, Gráinne, Anna and Paudie, sons-in-law, Jeremy and Eoin, daughters-in-law Maura, Siobhan and Linda, nephews, relatives, great neighbours and friends.

Rest in Peace

Reposing at his home in Garryanne on this Friday from 2pm (P51 W8R6), with prayers at 7.30pm. Reception into St. Catherine’s Church, Conna on Saturday for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Conna Cemetery.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to Cork University Hospital (Respiratory) please.

https://www.cuhcharity.ie/donate-page/

 

 

 

Road Races and Athletics Events Week Ending Sunday January 15th 2023

Cork Athletics Event Listing - Week Ending Sunday January 15th 2023



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Next Month's Events - February 2023


Key Event Summary

Admin: Sunday January 15th, 11am - Cork Athletics AGM, Kingsley Hotel, Cork

Indoor T&F:
Athletics Ireland National Junior & U23 Indoor T&F Championships, National Indoor Arena, Dublin


The Events

Wednesday Jan 11th, 6:45pm - Forde's Daybreak League - Week 8 (Waterford Race)

Dungarvan

 

Saturday Jan 14th, 9:30am - Parkrun - 10 Various Locations

Bere Island, Glengarriff, Castlehaven, Clonakilty, Macroom, Ballincollig, Tramore Valley Park, Glen River, Mallow Castle, Youghal

Sunday January 15th - Athletics Ireland National Junior & U23 Indoor T&F Championships

National Indoor Arena, Dublin

Sunday January 15th, 09:30  - Tom Kelly Memorial 8k - Ardfert (Kerry Race)

 

Sunday January 15th, 11am - Cork Athletics AGM

Kingsley Hotel, Cork

 

Sunday January 15th, 11am - 34th Annual Colligan Cup (Waterford Race)

Dungarvan

Sunday January 15th, 11:00 - Corrin Hill (IMRA - Cork)

Fermoy

 

 

Welcome Upgrade Brings Mixed News for Marina and Cork Womens Mini-Marathon

New Route Required for 2023 Cork Womens Mini-Marathon

 

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Yesterday's announcement, by the National Transport Authority (NTA), of €57M funding for walking and cycling infrastructure projects, involving over 130 Active Travel schemes across Cork City and County is very welcome, but brings several 'headaches' for Cork Athletics and the general running community, at least during the development stages.

The works include the development of segregated cycle lanes and widened footpaths, new walking and cycling bridges, and new pedestrian crossings. Three of the major developments are; €1.6m for upgrade works to the Marina Promenade; €4.5m for a new pedestrian and cycle route, from the Grange Road to Tramore Valley Park, including a bridge over the N40 South Ring Road; and €3.4m for the Ballinacurra to Midleton pedestrian and cycle route

Work on the Marina is scheduled to start in May next, with a projected completing date of May 2024.  While this is welcome news, the downside is that the Marina will not be available for races/runs during the development.  This means that Cork Athletics, organisers of the Cork Womens Mini-Marathon, sponsored by The Echo, must find a new route for this year's event, due to be held on Sunday September 17th

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The Marina upgrade is long overdue, as the concrete running surface there is quite broken in places. The artistic impression of the finished product looks great, so we look forward to that


Grange/Frankfield link to Tramore Valley Park

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The other main Cork City project is the pedestrian bridge over the N40 South Ring Road, linking Grange/Frankfield with Tramore Valley Park. Indeed work is progressing well on the civil engineering works on both sides of the N40, so, hopefully the bridge crossing will be complete in the very near future. In addition, in the past two weeks, most of Tramore Valley Park has been resurfaced with smooth tarmac, and the main circuit around the Park has been widened, and drainage has been improved along the path

Ballinacurra to Midleton pedestrian and cycle route

The town of Midleton, and the general East Cork area, has been a been a hive of athletic activity for several decades, so the Ballinacurra to Midleton pedestrian and cycle route should provide a boost to running there

 

Road Races and Athletics Events Week Ending Sunday February 5th 2023

Cork Athletics Event Listing - Week Ending Sunday February 5th 2023

 

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This Week's Events - Week Ending Sunday February 5th 2023

 

Next Week's Events - Week Ending Sunday February 12th 2023

 

This Month's Events - February 2023

Next Month's Events - March 2023


Key Event Summary

Admin: Wed Feb 1st: County Board Monthly Meeting (Zoom); Thurs Feb 2nd: Munster Athletics AGM (Zoom)

Indoor T&F: Wed Feb 1st: Track and Field Live Tour - Athlone;
Sat Feb 4th: Track and Field Live Tour - Nenagh; Sun Feb 5th: National Masters Indoor Championships, TUS, Athlone

 

Road: Wed Feb 1st: Final Race in  Forde's Daybreak League (Dungarvan) & Sun Feb 5th: John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile, Dungarvan

 

IMRA: Sun Feb 5th: Mt. Hillary (IMRA - Cork), Glen Theatre, Banteer


The Events

Wednesday Feb 1st - Track and Field Live Tour - Athlone
TUS, Athlone

Wednesday Feb 1st, 6:45pm - Forde's Daybreak League - Week 11 (Waterford Race)

Dungarvan

 

Wednesday Feb 1st, 8pm  - Cork Athletics County Board Monthly Meeting

OnLine Via Zoom

 

Thursday Feb 2nd, 8pm  - Munster Athletics AGM

OnLine Via Zoom 

 

Saturday Feb 4th, 9:30am - Parkrun - 10 Locations

Bere Island, Glengarriff, Castlehaven, Clonakilty, Macroom, Ballincollig, Tramore Valley Park, Glen River, Mallow Castle, Youghal

Saturday Feb 4th - Track and Field Live Tour - Nenagh

Nenagh Indoor Stadium

 

Sunday February 5th - National Masters Indoor Championships

TUS, Athlone

 

Sunday February 5th, 11am - John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile (Waterford Race)

Dungarvan

 

Sunday February 5th, 11:00 - Mt. Hillary (IMRA - Cork)

Glen Theatre, Banteer

 

Cork Athletics International Awards Night 2023

International Awards, Aspiring Young Athletes Bursaries, 1967 National Junior XC Medalist, National Measurer Accreditations and Lifetime Achievement Award 2023

Kingsley Hotel, Carrigrohane Road, Cork

Friday January 27th 2023

 

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Cork Athletics International Award Medals

The Cork Athletics Annual International Awards presentations took place in the Kingsley Hotel, Carrigrohane Road, Cork, on Friday January 27th 2023.  The awards are made to Cork athletes who have represented Ireland in athletics, during the previous twelve months, and have been nominated by their clubs 

 

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 Pat Walsh, Chairman, Cork Athletics County Board Hamish Adams, CEO, Athletics Ireland, who made the presentations Enda Kiernan, PRO, Cork Athletics County Board  Some of the International Awards

 

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Paddy Buckley receives his Lifetime Achievement Award from Hamish Adams and Pat Walsh Pam Buckley receives a bouquet of flowers from Anne Murray, Hon. Secretary, Cork Athletics County Board

 

Cork Athletics Aspiring Young Athletes 2023

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Cork Athletics Aspiring Young Athletes 2023

 

Along with the International Awards, training bursaries are presented to Aspiring Young Athletes, selected on several criteria, including significant athletic achievement, progression and application to their chosen athletic discipline(s).  This year, additional awards were presented, covering the period 2021 -2023

 

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 Mark Gallagher, Beara AC, with Pat Walsh, John Quigley and Hamish Adams  Tommy Hartnett, East Cork AC, with Pat Walsh, John Quigley and Hamish Adams

Presentation of Accreditation Certificates to New Athletics Ireland National Grade Measurers

 

1967 National Junior Cross-Country Championship Medalist - Batty O'Neill

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 Batty O'Neill with his family, along with Pat Walsh

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Batty O'Neill, Beara AC, was a scoring member of Cork's victorious 1967 National Junior Cross-Country Championship team, in sixth place and 15th overall. Unfortunately Batty never received his medal at that time, but Cork Athletics was pleased to present it to him at the awards night

Awards Function Brochure 2023 - PDF File

2023 Awards Booklet will be uploaded as soon as scanned

 

Awards Function Brochure 2020 - PDF File


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 International Awards 2019

 

International Awards 2018

 

International Awards 2017

 

Cork Athletics International Awards 2016

2015 Awards

 

2014 Awards

 

2012 Awards  - scroll down page, once link opened

 

2009 Awards

 

2008 Awards

 

Photos - Cork Athletics Facebook Page

General Photos

International Awards


Aspiring Young Athletes

 

Special Presentations

 

General Photos


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Videos


Introduction

International Awards Presentations


Presentation of Aspiring Young Athlete Bursaries - Video 1

Presentation of Aspiring Young Athlete Bursaries - Video 2

Lifetime Achievement Award - Baddy Buckley

National Measurer Accreditations & 1967 National Junior Cross-Country Medal Presentation to Batty O'Neill


Batty O'Neill Interview

 

Cork Athletics Vimeo Account

 

Road Races and Athletics Events Week Ending Sunday January 22nd 2023

Cork Athletics Event Listing - Week Ending Sunday January 22nd 2023

 

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This Week's Events - Week Ending Sunday January 22nd 2023

 

Next Week's Events - Week Ending Sunday January 29th 2023

 

This Month's Events - January 2023

Next Month's Events - February 2023


Key Event Summary

Very quiet week locally, with no AAI events scheduled

Indoor T&F:
National League and Combined Events Championships, Athlone


The Events

Wednesday Jan 18th, 6:45pm - Forde's Daybreak League - Week 9 (Waterford Race)

Dungarvan

 

Wednesday Jan 18th - Track and Field Live Tour
National Indoor Arena, Dublin

 
Saturday Jan 21st, 9:30am -  National Indoor Combined Events Championships Day 1

 

Saturday Jan 21st, 9:30am - Parkrun - 10 Locations

Bere Island, Glengarriff, Castlehaven, Clonakilty, Macroom, Ballincollig, Tramore Valley Park, Glen River, Mallow Castle, Youghal

Sunday January 22nd - National League and Combined Events Championships Day 2

 

Sunday January 22nd - European Masters Marathon Championship

 

Sunday January 22nd, 11:00 - Dupont - IFF 5k (BHAA)
Little Island

Denis McCarthy – Man of records

Denis McCarthy - Man of Records

This Article, by John Walshe, appeared in The Echo, on Wednesday January 11th, 2023

 

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Denis McCarthy, East Cork AC

 

Denis McCarthy, a member of the East Cork Athletic Club, is a man of records – and not all of them are of the running variety, as we shall see

A meticulous keeper of statistics, his running log for the year just gone by shows a total of 2,020 miles ran, an average of just over five-and-a-miles for every single day of the year. This annual total has been the norm for at least the past 40 years and the Ballynoe native reckons he has now clocked up in excess of 100,000 miles

“Since June 5, 1985, I’ve only missed eight days,” says the 60-year-old, before adding, nonchalantly, “but some of them were on crutches.” A running streak that began on that date in 1985 finally came to an end 28 years and four days later when a bad fall resulted in a fracture to a bone in his leg

Even while on crutches, he still managed to complete the Shanagarry five-mile race in 71 minutes. “There were eight days in which I actually did nothing, but then there were days trying to train while hobbling around in a medical walking boot until a doctor said to me I’d never heal like that, so I stopped running then and went on crutches.”

Last October, another milestone was reached at Macroom when McCarthy competed in the Cork county senior cross-country championship for the 40th time. This includes on two occasions being a scorer on the winning East Cork team of which he’s been a member of since its inception in 1985

“The first county I ran was in Castlemartyr back in 1981, when I was with the Youghal club,” he recalls. “After that, I just took it one step at a time. I always had a kind of unique interest in the race, going back to the 1970s when there was a great rivalry between the likes of John Hartnett and Donie Walsh. It was a kind of a county versus city rivalry in my eyes; between them they won a total of seven titles so that gave you an idea of the stature of the race

“In the 1980s, Tony O’Leary dominated the championship and that sort of infatuated me as well. In 1989, when I was running and training with Liam O’Brien, to see a man like Liam who had dominated Munster athletics finally come along and win the county senior, and to see what that meant to people. And then I was finding myself on East Cork teams and was a scoring member when the club took the title in 1985 and 1986.”

During the 1990s another unique challenge was hatched and came to fruition – that of running a race in each of the 32 counties on this island, before his 32nd birthday. “I was after running a number of national intermediate cross-country races, it took me eight years to get out of that category and I was travelling to a lot of obscure counties, for want of a better word

“When I did my tally, I had something like 18 or 19 counties so I then felt that the 32 was within reach.” In an era when races were a lot harder to come by compared to today, for someone in the far south of the country the northern counties would be the hardest to get to

At Christmas 1993, Denis had just three counties to go. On St Stephens Day he travelled to Tyrone, where, on a snow-covered course, he finished third in the Greencastle 10km. A week later, he availed of an invitation to take part in the Derry cross-country championships, thus leaving just Monaghan on his agenda, and this he 'bagged' the following March when he finished fourth in a road race in Glaslough


For most of the races in the far North, it meant leaving his home in Ballynoe (near Conna) at an unearthly hour, and not arriving back until midnight. One of the longest journeys he undertook was to Donegal, a round trip of about 500 miles. He left home at 5:30am, slept for a short while in his car alongside the tomb of W.B. Yeats in Drumcliffe, Sligo, before going on to Donegal Town, where he finished sixth in a 5km

Over the years, Denis has won 179 East Cork championship medals, 94 county medals, 82 Munster medals and 19 national medals in road, track and cross-country – such statistics as those trip readily off the tongue. With personal bests on the track of 8:33 for 3000m and 14:58 for 5000m, he was no mean performer. He won the 5,000m county title in 1986 and of the 2,064 races he has competed in (up to December 2022), he has finished first on 198 occasions

An employee of Glenmar Shellfish Ireland in Curraglass for many years, Denis’ other passion – apart from his running - is attending car boot sales and adding to his record collection. And there is also a tie-in here from his travels up north, as he explains: “That same week I was in Belfast I came across a CD single by Brian Adams ‘Everything I Do, I Do It for You’ which had spent 18 weeks at Number 1 in the UK charts

“So I bought it and when a new record went to Number 1 after that I continued and then I started getting older ones at car boot sales and record fairs and tried to work backwards

“It was the UK charts I was first chasing but then I branched out and started collecting Irish Number Ones which date back to 1962. There have been over 1,000 Irish Number Ones, and I reckon I have them all.”


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Cork Athletics Year-End Registration Figures - November 2022

Cork Athletics Registration Figures for Year 2022

 cork end of year registrations 2022

 

Cork Athletics Registrations 2010 - 2023

The year-end registrations for Cork Athletics saw a new record of 8,521, exceeding the previous record of 8,455, set in 2019

  It should be noted that 2022 registrations closed unexpectedly, on or about November 22nd, whereas the scheduled date was December 14th.  Given that the year-end was approaching, it's not possible to estimate how many more registrations might have been added before the nominal closing date, however, as further championships, along with other events, were still to be held, it s clear that there would have been more registrations

Note: The top image is from Athletics Ireland's Registration page, and shows six more registrations than are in the actual Cork registration data]

 

cork athletics year end registrations 2013 2022

YearRegistrations
2022 8521
2021 7193
2020 6919
2019 8227
2018 8455
2017 8264
2016 7822
2015 6936
2014 6602
2013 5852

 

Overall Registrations as at November 22nd 2022

Bandon AC and Leevale AC head the table, with 573 and 567 members respectively. North Cork AC are in third place, with a total of 494, while Midleton AC are just one shy of the 400 mark. Fifteen clubs exceed 200 members, while a further 15 clubs have 100 or more registered members

 

largest clubs 2022

 

 

next largest clubs

 

ClubJuvYouJunSenMasTotal
Bandon AC 450 14 11 30 68 573
Leevale AC 266 71 46 81 103 567
North Cork AC 407 16 5 9 57 494
Midleton AC 186 18 2 15 178 399
Togher AC 175 17 3 42 129 366
St. Catherine's AC 220 8 1 9 103 341
Youghal AC 145 11 6 27 152 341
Grange/Fermoy AC 120 4 4 14 157 299
Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC 140 34 18 32 71 295
Belgooly AC 249 7 1 0 28 285
Riverstick/Kinsale AC 200 15 3 2 15 235
Tracton AC 136 3 2 6 83 230
West Muskerry AC 179 3 1 4 35 222
Carrigaline AC 117 2 0 10 85 214
St. Finbarrs AC 0 0 2 31 171 204
Mallow AC 0 0 0 14 181 195
Bweeng Trail Blazers AC 111 2 0 4 75 192
Ballymore Cobh AC 82 2 1 14 91 190
Watergrasshill AC 68 0 0 17 102 187
Ballincollig AC 79 6 5 10 68 168
Eagle AC 0 0 0 18 149 167
Blarney/Inniscara AC 135 5 2 2 18 162
Millstreet AC 117 3 0 1 34 155
Fanahan Mc Sweeney AC 129 3 0 0 10 142
Courcey AC 106 1 0 0 31 138
St. Nicholas AC 60 1 2 6 64 133
Doheny AC 102 0 1 0 8 111
Mount Hillary AC 0 0 0 12 94 106
Ballintotis Fit4Life AC 0 0 0 10 91 101
Skibbereen AC 82 2 0 1 15 100
Durrus AC 58 5 2 2 31 98
Beara AC 37 0 1 10 43 91
Old Abbey AC 77 0 1 3 9 90
Aghada Running Club ARC 0 0 0 2 86 88
Bantry AC 61 2 0 1 22 86
Liscarroll AC 58 4 6 3 14 85
Clonakilty Juvenile A.C 63 0 0 0 11 74
Bridevale AC 0 0 0 11 58 69
Dromahane Road Runners AC 0 1 1 2 50 54
Donoughmore AC 0 0 0 3 50 53
Rosscarbery Steam Runners AC 0 0 0 4 39 43
Cork Track Club 0 0 0 27 12 39
Clonakilty Road Runners 0 0 0 4 34 38
Buttevant R.C. 0 0 0 8 29 37
East Cork AC 0 0 1 9 26 36
Doneraile AC 0 0 0 2 29 31
Fota Island Running Club 0 0 0 4 24 28
The Churchtown Roadrunners AC 0 0 0 6 20 26
Carrigtwohill AC 0 0 0 2 19 21
Galtee Runners AC 0 0 0 3 18 21
Duhallow AC 0 0 0 3 15 18
Cork City AC 6 1 0 1 8 16
Cork Mental Health AC 0 0 0 1 15 16
Rising Sun AC 0 0 0 0 16 16
Shandrum AC 0 0 0 1 15 16
Abbey Striders AC 6 1 2 2 3 14

 

Juvenile/Youth/Junior Registrations as at November 22nd 2022


largest juvenile clubs
Bandon AC head the table, with 475 Juvenile registrations, followed by North Cork AC on 428, with Leevale AC on 383. Twenty clubs now have over 100 juvenile members

 

ClubJuvYouJunTotal
Bandon AC 450 14 11 475
North Cork AC 407 16 5 428
Leevale AC 266 71 46 383
Belgooly AC 249 7 1 257
St. Catherine's AC 220 8 1 229
Riverstick/Kinsale AC 200 15 3 218
Midleton AC 186 18 2 206
Togher AC 175 17 3 195
Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC 140 34 18 192
West Muskerry AC 179 3 1 183
Youghal AC 145 11 6 162
Blarney/Inniscara AC 135 5 2 142
Tracton AC 136 3 2 141
Fanahan Mc Sweeney AC 129 3 0 132
Grange/Fermoy AC 120 4 4 128
Millstreet AC 117 3 0 120
Carrigaline AC 117 2 0 119
Bweeng Trail Blazers AC 111 2 0 113
Courcey AC 106 1 0 107
Doheny AC 102 0 1 103
Ballincollig AC 79 6 5 90
Ballymore Cobh AC 82 2 1 85
Skibbereen AC 82 2 0 84
Old Abbey AC 77 0 1 78
Liscarroll AC 58 4 6 68
Watergrasshill AC 68 0 0 68
Durrus AC 58 5 2 65
Bantry AC 61 2 0 63
Clonakilty Juvenile A.C 63 0 0 63
St. Nicholas AC 60 1 2 63
Beara AC 37 0 1 38
Abbey Striders AC 6 1 2 9
Cork City AC 6 1 0 7
Dromahane Road Runners AC 0 1 1 2
St. Finbarrs AC 0 0 2 2
East Cork AC 0 0 1 1

 

Adult (Senior/Masters) Registrations as at  November 22nd 2022

largest adult clubs

 
St Finbarr's AC is the largest adult club, with 202 registrations, followed by Mallow AC, on 195, with Midleton AC closely behind, on 193.  Fourteen clubs top the 100 mark

 

ClubSenMasTotal
St. Finbarrs AC 31 171 202
Mallow AC 14 181 195
Midleton AC 15 178 193
Leevale AC 81 103 184
Youghal AC 27 152 179
Grange/Fermoy AC 14 157 171
Togher AC 42 129 171
Eagle AC 18 149 167
Watergrasshill AC 17 102 119
St. Catherine's AC 9 103 112
Mount Hillary AC 12 94 106
Ballymore Cobh AC 14 91 105
Carraig-Na-Bhfear AC 32 71 103
Ballintotis Fit4Life AC 10 91 101
Bandon AC 30 68 98
Carrigaline AC 10 85 95
Tracton AC 6 83 89
Aghada Running Club ARC 2 86 88
Bweeng Trail Blazers AC 4 75 79
Ballincollig AC 10 68 78
St. Nicholas AC 6 64 70
Bridevale AC 11 58 69
North Cork AC 9 57 66
Beara AC 10 43 53
Donoughmore AC 3 50 53
Dromahane Road Runners AC 2 50 52
Rosscarbery Steam Runners AC 4 39 43
Cork Track Club 27 12 39
West Muskerry AC 4 35 39
Clonakilty Road Runners 4 34 38
Buttevant R.C. 8 29 37
East Cork AC 9 26 35
Millstreet AC 1 34 35
Durrus AC 2 31 33
Courcey AC 0 31 31
Doneraile AC 2 29 31
Belgooly AC 0 28 28
Fota Island Running Club 4 24 28
The Churchtown Roadrunners AC 6 20 26
Bantry AC 1 22 23
Carrigtwohill AC 2 19 21
Galtee Runners AC 3 18 21
Blarney/Inniscara AC 2 18 20
Duhallow AC 3 15 18
Liscarroll AC 3 14 17
Riverstick/Kinsale AC 2 15 17
Cork Mental Health AC 1 15 16
Rising Sun AC 0 16 16
Shandrum AC 1 15 16
Skibbereen AC 1 15 16
Old Abbey AC 3 9 12
Clonakilty Juvenile A.C 0 11 11
Fanahan Mc Sweeney AC 0 10 10
Cork City AC 1 8 9
Doheny AC 0 8 8
Abbey Striders AC 2 3 5

Leevale AC top the adult listings, followed by Mallow AC and Midleton AC, with ten clubs topping 100 adult members

 

Senior Registrations as at November 22nd 2022

Senior registrations rose from 471 to 535. Our Provincial and National Champions and contenders, along with International representatives are more than likely to come from these ranks. The numbers active in this range are disappointingly small, pointing to a significant problem in attracting and retaining athletes, both male and female, in the age range 18 to 34

 

largest senior clubs

 While the numbers in this category are disappointingly small, Leevale AC outpunch the rest significantly, with 81 Senior members. Togher AC are next, with 42, with several clubs in the 27 to 32 range

 

ClubSenior
Leevale A.C. 81
Togher A.C. 42
Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 32
St. Finbarrs A.C. 31
Bandon A.C. 30
Cork Track Club 27
Youghal A.C. 27
Eagle A.C. 18
Watergrasshill A.C. 17
Midleton A.C. 15
Ballymore Cobh A.C. 14
Grange/Fermoy A.C. 14
Mallow A.C. 14
Mount Hillary A.C. 12
Bridevale A.C. 11
Ballincollig A.C. 10
Ballintotis Fit4Life A.C. 10
Beara A.C. 10
Carrigaline A.C. 10
East Cork A.C. 9
North Cork A.C. 9
St. Catherine's A.C. 9
Buttevant R.C. 8
St. Nicholas A.C. 6
The Churchtown Roadrunners A.C. 6
Tracton A.C. 6
Bweeng Trail Blazers A.C. 4
Clonakilty Road Runners 4
Fota Island Running Club 4
Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C. 4
West Muskerry A.C. 4
Donoughmore A.C. 3
Duhallow A.C. 3
Galtee Runners A.C. 3
Liscarroll A.C. 3
Old Abbey A.C. 3
Abbey Striders A.C. 2
Aghada Running Club ARC 2
Blarney/Inniscara A.C. 2
Carrigtwohill A.C. 2
Doneraile A.C. 2
Dromahane Road Runners A.C. 2
Durrus A.C. 2
Riverstick/Kinsale A.C. 2
Bantry A.C. 1
Cork City A.C. 1
Cork Mental Health A.C. 1
Millstreet A.C. 1
Shandrum A.C. 1
Skibbereen A.C. 1

 

Masters Registrations as at November 22nd 2022

Mallow AC their position at the top of the table, with 169 Masters registrations. Midleton AC and Eagle AC have 155 and 130 respectively, with St Finbarr's AC next

largest masters clubs

 Mallow AC has the largest Masters membership, with Midleton AC close behing, on 178, and St. Finbarr's AC third on 171

 

ClubMasters
Mallow A.C. 181
Midleton A.C. 178
St. Finbarrs A.C. 171
Grange/Fermoy A.C. 157
Youghal A.C. 152
Eagle A.C. 149
Togher A.C. 129
Leevale A.C. 103
St. Catherine's A.C. 103
Watergrasshill A.C. 102
Mount Hillary A.C. 94
Ballintotis Fit4Life A.C. 91
Ballymore Cobh A.C. 91
Aghada Running Club ARC 86
Carrigaline A.C. 85
Tracton A.C. 83
Bweeng Trail Blazers A.C. 75
Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 71
Ballincollig A.C. 68
Bandon A.C. 68
St. Nicholas A.C. 64
Bridevale A.C. 58
North Cork A.C. 57
Donoughmore A.C. 50
Dromahane Road Runners A.C. 50
Beara A.C. 43
Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C. 39
West Muskerry A.C. 35
Clonakilty Road Runners 34
Millstreet A.C. 34
Courcey A.C. 31
Durrus A.C. 31
Buttevant R.C. 29
Doneraile A.C. 29
Belgooly A.C. 28
East Cork A.C. 26
Fota Island Running Club 24
Bantry A.C. 22
The Churchtown Roadrunners A.C. 20
Carrigtwohill A.C. 19
Blarney/Inniscara A.C. 18
Galtee Runners A.C. 18
Rising Sun A.C. 16
Cork Mental Health A.C. 15
Duhallow A.C. 15
Riverstick/Kinsale A.C. 15
Shandrum A.C. 15
Skibbereen A.C. 15
Liscarroll A.C. 14
Cork Track Club 12
Clonakilty Juvenile A.C 11
Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C. 10
Old Abbey A.C. 9
Cork City A.C. 8
Doheny A.C. 8
Abbey Striders A.C. 3

Senior & Masters Age Categories

senior age categories

CatMF
Over-35 198 223
Over-40 371 477
Over-45 360 440
Over-50 281 270
Over-55 146 129
Over-60 84 51
Over-65 50 22
Over-70 24 7
Over-75 19 3
Over-80 8 1
Over-85 1 1

 

Age Distribution Data

overall age distribution
Overall Age Distribution

As per the last few years, the overall age distribution throws up some interesting observations:
There are two distinct distributions, based around Young Juveniles and Masters Athletes, with older Juveniles and Seniors literally nowhere to be seen

AgeMaleFemale
4 2 4
5 44 27
6 88 83
7 197 161
8 309 305
9 368 325
10 305 325
11 296 344
12 213 240
13 161 223
14 89 137
15 68 114
16 58 84
17 52 68
18 38 39
19 27 28
20 26 10
21 19 12
22 12 15
23 9 7
24 18 10
25 20 11
26 12 12
27 17 15
28 16 14
29 12 24
30 17 15
31 18 28
32 16 24
33 27 36
34 19 42
35 34 26
36 37 45
37 32 51
38 50 39
39 45 62
40 66 67
41 68 88
42 83 96
43 76 106
44 78 120
45 74 110
46 79 80
47 73 86
48 61 83
49 73 81
50 69 63
51 59 60
52 59 50
53 49 59
54 45 38
55 35 27
56 28 34
57 29 24
58 28 22
59 26 22
60 21 14
61 18 9
62 12 12
63 18 10
64 15 6
65 12 7
66 12 6
67 8 1
68 8 3
69 10 5
70 5 3
71 1 0
72 7 1
73 4 3
74 7 0
75 4 0
76 6 0
77 5 2
78 0 1
79 4 0
80 3 0
81 2 0
82 1 0
84 2 1
85 0 0
86 0 0
87 0 1
88 0 0
89 0 0
90 0 0
91 0 0
92 0 0
93 1 0

 

Juvenile Age Distribution

 juvenile age distribution

 Overall, Girls outnumber boys by 190 registrations - 2,440 to 2,250 and comprise 52.03% of all Juvenile Registrations. Some notable features of the stats is that, up to age 9, the boys are in the majority. However, from age 9 through to 19, girls outnumber boys

A woorying feature is that, in spite of increasing registrations, the "Cliff" - the age at which registrations start to drop off - continues to drop.  Numbers now fall off from age 9

The drop off of Juveniles has been noted across many sports in Ireland, and is worrying from a number of perspectives, not just athletics membership. In particular the non-participation of juveniles, along with the related and alarming growth in obesity, among juveniles and younger adults, is almost certainly going to lead to a significant rise in general population health issues in the coming years

Senior Age Distribution

senior age distribution

 The total number of Senior registrations remains alarmingly low, with just 665 registrations; 323 men and 342 women between 18 and 34.  The women's figure is somewhat skewed, as, between 29 and 34, there are significantly more women than men; 169 to 104

From an athletics perspective, the low numbers between 18 and 34 is of particular concern, as this is the group from which our Championship, International and Olympic hopes will emerge.  Historically, Cork has 'punched above its weight' in producing European, World and Olympic Champions and medalists, along with many, many International athletes.  To continue this proud and valued heritage, we really need to be attracting, and retaining, more people in this age range

 

Masters Age Distribution

masters age distribution


In recent years there has been a huge, and welcome, growth in women's registrations, with women of all ages taking up the sport. The stats illustrate this vividly; women outnumber men at every age, with one or two exceptions, from 35 through to 56. No doubt, given time, the figures above age 56 will also rise

 
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