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Athletics Ireland Sets Qualification Standards for London 2017

 Athletics Ireland Sets Performance Standards for London 2017 IAAF World Championships

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Performance Standards set by Athletics Ireland for selection consideration

Athletics Ireland has set its own Qualification Periods in which the Performance Standards must be achieved. Selection will be based on performances during the Qualification Periods from 1 January 2015 to 24 April 2016 for the Marathon.

Cork Athletics Editorial Note: The Qualification Periods mentioned above appear to be out of line with the 2017 event - the qualification period cited has closed. I have been reliably informed that the Qualification period should be Jan 1 2016 to 24 April 2017. Awaiting official confirmation/update.

The complete selection policy and performance standards will be released by Athletics Ireland when official 2017 World Championship information is available. Any questions please contact Kevin Ankrom or Paul McNamara

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* Performance Standards set by Athletics Ireland for selection consideration

Registered Cork Athletics Events Week Ending Sun Sept 11th 2016

Registered Cork Athletics Events for Week Ending Sunday September 11th 2016


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This Week's Registered Events

Cork Athletics Race Fixture List / Calendar


Results of Athletics Ireland Registered Events - April 2014 - May 2016 (on Old Cork Athletics website)

Results of Athletics Ireland Registered Events - May 2016 to date


Register Events Week Ending September 11th 2016


Four Evening Races this week - Then it's all over for the evening races until April 2017!


Wed, Sep 7th, 19:00, Glountaune - GCA/Fitzpatrick's Glountaune 4 Mile Road Race

Wed, Sep 7th, 20:00, CIT Track - Cork Athletics County Board Monthly Meeting, September

Thurs, Sep 8th, 19:00, Mahon - St. Luke's Home 5k Road Race

Fri, Sep 9th, 19:00, Doneraile - Buttevant Running Club 5k Road/Trail Race

Sat, Sep, 08:00 - Munster Paralympic Championships / Grand Prix 2016

Sat, Sep 10th, 18:00, Cork - John Buckley Sports Cork City 10 Miler


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 St Lukes 5k Road Race Flyer 2016 min 
 Buttevant 5k Road Race Flyer 2016 min 
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Fit4Class Primary Schools Initiative Comes to Cork

Athletics Ireland's Fit4Class Primary Schools Initiative is Open to Applications


Closing October 7th, unless already full


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Fit4Class Passes the Test

Athletics Ireland Report on the Pilot Scheme

Fit4Class is Athletics Ireland's new 10 week athletics programme that introduces primary school children aged 5-10, from junior infants to fourth class to athletics in a fun, engaging and non-competitive environment. It focuses on the use of games to develop fitness whilst enhancing agility, co-ordination and balance, all fundamental to longer term physical athletic development.

Daniel Kilgallon Athletics Ireland RDO and Fit4Class coordinator said “Fit4Class has been very well received. The pilot gave us a great insight into how well this athletics programme works in a busy primary school environment where a multi-sport approach is adopted”.


Fit4Class Registration

The Fit4Class scheme is only open to DEIS schools, but is limited to 300 schools in total, with over 160 schools already registered nationwide - only 140 or so places are left.


Athletics Ireland is specifically offering Fit4Class to DEIS Schools nationwide from September to December. 

Athletics Ireland has emailed all DEIS Primary Schools inviting them to register for 300 free class places. To date 160 classes have registered. Athletics ireland is confident that the 300 places will be taken up before registration closes, on October 7th. 300 packs have been ordered from the printer, the 160 classes registered have already been posted their packs, and are ready to start.

A number of classes from Cork Schools have already signed up. Active School Flag has included a short piece for their newsletter.

Invitation from Athletics Ireland RDO, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Dear Principal,

I would like to inform all DEIS Primary Schools about Fit4Class , Athletics Ireland’s new 10 week teacher led programme that introduces primary school children from junior infants to fourth class to athletics in a fun, engaging and non-competitive environment. It focuses on the use of games to develop fitness whilst enhancing agility, balance and co-ordination, all fundamental to longer term physical athletic development. Fit4Class rewards students for participating with colourful wristbands for classes that complete the 10 week programme.

For your information I have attached the Fit4Class programme outline and encourage you to read about the pilot programme

To kick start Fit4Class, Athletics Ireland would  like to invite 300 DEIS primary school classes nationwide to register free and take part in Fit4Class. Upon registration the easy to follow Fit4Class booklet , Class tracker and wristbands will be posted directly to the class teacher at the school’s address provided.

Registration is free to 300 classes as follows:

•             50  x  Junior Infant

•             50  x  Senior Infant

•             50  x  First Class

•             50  x  Second Class

•             50  x  Third Class

•             50  x  Fourth Class

Registration for each class must be made by the class teacher. Registration is now open and will close on October 7th or when the registration capacity has been met -  Registrations for all classes can be made through the following link 

I would be grateful if you could inform all teachers in your school about Fit4Class.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., RDO East Coast, Athletics Ireland

M: 085 8084864  W: "


Cork Deis Schools should contact David Matthews

Cork Athletics / Athletics Ireland Regional Development Officer, Cork

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Regional Development Officer, Cork, Athletics Ireland, c/o Sports Department, Cork Institute of Technology, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork

Tel: 087-0516430

Registered Cork Athletics Events Week Ending Sun Sept 4th 2016

Registered Cork Athletics Events for Week Ending Sunday September 4th 2016


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This week's Registered Athletics Ireland Events

With the evenings drawing in, we have just one registered evening event this week, on Friday.

Monday August 29th, 20:30 - East Cork Division of Cork Athletics hold its AGM in the Two Mile Inn, Midleton.
Friday, September 2nd, 19:00 - Grange Fermoy AC's Annual 4 Mile Road Race
Sunday, September 4th, 11:00 - Kinsale RFC's 5 Mile Road Race


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  East Cork Division's AGM, Two Mile Inn, Midleton  
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Grange-Fermoy 4 Mile Road Race

19:30pm, Friday September 2nd 2016

Organised and hosted by Grange-Fermoy AC

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Kinsale 5 Mile Road Race

11:00am, Sunday September 4th 2016

Organised and hosted by Kinsale Rugby Club, in association with Riverstick-Kinsale AC



August 2016 Athlete Transfer Window has Closed

August 24th 2016 - Deadline Passed


Transfer Window Closed

The August 2016 transfer deadline for the return of fully completed transfer forms, Wednesday August 24th, has passed.  Any further Transfer Forms received after that date will NOT be accepted, except, only, Inter-County transfers which will have already been processed by the outgoing county.

The next transfer window will close on March 24th 2017

Late Forms

Late Forms are .....Late...and will NOT be accepted for this transfer window - NO EXCEPTIONS


March 2017 Transfers

Transfer forms may be downloaded  from the Athletics Ireland website.  

The Procedure on the form MUST be followed.

Completed forms should be give/posted to Cork AAI County Board Registrar, John Copithorne, Belgooley, Co. Cork.

  • Do NOT call to John Copithorne's house or workplace.
  • 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.

The Transfer Form must be signed in the following order

By the:
•   Member (in the case of a minor by the parent or guardian)
•   New Club
•   Outgoing Club
•   County Board (outgoing club)
•   County Boards (out of county club transfer)
•   County Boards (inter county transfer)

Incomplete, improperly or incorrectly completed forms will be rejected.


  • 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.

International Athletics Events August 2016

Upcoming International Athletics Events - August - September 2016


Now that our appetite for top class International Athletics has been whetted and honed during the Rio Olympics, we can look forward to more outstanding performances over the coming weeks.  Below is a list of upcoming events. The list will be added to as information on other meets is updated.


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Aug-25-2016 Lausanne Diamond League
Aug-28-2016 Paris Diamond League
Sep-01-2016 Zurich Diamond League
Sep-04-2016 ISTAF Berlin, (GER)
Sep-06-2016 IAAF World Challenge Zagreb
Sep-09-2016 Brussels Diamond League
Sep-25-2016 BMW Berlin Marathon


Diamond League Livestreaming Link


Eurosport 2 TV Coverage

Wed 24 Aug 7:25pm Athletics: Diamond League - 2016 Stockholm - The Stockholm BAUHAUS Athletics - Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden
Thu 25 Aug 6:00pm Athletics: Diamond League - 2016 Monaco - The Herculis meeting - Stade Louis II in Monaco
Thu 25 Aug 7:00pm Athletics: Diamond League - 2016 Lausanne - The Athletissima meeting - Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland
Thu 25 Aug 10:00pm Athletics: Diamond League - 2016 Paris - Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris
Tues 30 Aug 5:45pm Athletics: Diamond League - 2016 Paris - The Meeting Areva - Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris
Tues 30 Aug 11:30am Athletics: Diamond League - 2016 Paris - The Meeting Areva - Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris

Aidan Hogan of Rising Sun AC added to Irish Squad for European 24-Hour Championship

Athletics Ireland Name Team for 24-Hour European Championships

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Aidan Hogan running in Energia 24-Hour Championship


Athletics Ireland Release - European 24 Hour Championship

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Selection Criteria


The 24-hour European Championships for 2016 will take place in Albi, France on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October.  The Irish Team selected for this event will include participants in both the mens and womens races.

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Eoin Keith

The Men’s Team will be captained by the current National Champion Eoin Keith of Sportsworld, Dublin, who has a PB of 244.664k, and includes regulars Eddie Gallen of Finn Valley AC, Donegal, with a PB of 230.136k, and John O’Regan of Le Cheile AC, Kildare with a PB of 227.286k.

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Eddie Gallen

New additions to the squad are Aidan Hogan of Rising Sun AC, Cork, who recently ran an incredible 238.132k in his 24-hr debut, in Belfast, and Daragh O’Loughlin of Dublin Bay Runners, Dublin with a PB of 225.871k.  This Men’s Team has the experience and strength to do well in the Team Competition.

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Amy Masner

Competing in the women’s race will be Amy Masner of Parnell AC in Wexford with a PB of 217.608k.  Amy, a native of Canada, has recently declared for Ireland, and has the experience and potential to challenge for a podium position.

The Squad will be aided and supported by Gary McConviille (Team Manager), Kevin Belton (Physical Therapist & Support) and Louis Byrne (Support)

Cork Athletics Registration Figures - August 31st 2016

Cork Athletics Registration Figures - August 31st 2016

The Athletics Ireland Monthly Registration Report for the month of August is due in the next few days.


August figures include new clubs Buttevant Running Club and Churchtown Runners, with Shandrum AC being listed for the first time.  There are now 6,926 registered athletes, from 49 Cork clubs.  The August total is just 10 registrations short of the year-end total for 2015.  With the expected surge in registrations for the Cross-Country season, the 2015 figure seems certain to be shattered.

Overall Cork Registrations

There are now five clubs with more than 300 members, Bandon AC, Leevale AC, Ballymore-Cobh AC, Midleton AC and Youghal AC, and two others, North Cork AC and Togher AC, within striking distance of that figure.


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Team nameJuvenileJuniorSeniorMastersTotal
Bandon A.C. 509 4 25 88 626
Leevale A.C. 316 7 75 92 490
Ballymore Cobh A.C. 195 2 37 155 389
Midleton A.C. 153 0 24 137 314
Youghal A.C. 141 3 32 129 305
North Cork A.C. 222 3 8 55 288
Togher A.C. 114 7 44 86 251
Belgooly A.C. 190 3 4 34 231
Tracton A.C. 131 0 13 70 214
Mallow A.C. 3 1 29 176 209
West Muskerry A.C. 149 4 7 35 195
Eagle A.C. 0 0 28 161 189
Clonakilty Road Runners 102 0 14 62 178
St. Catherine's A.C. 131 0 8 35 174
St. Nicholas A.C. 107 0 7 58 172
Ballintotis Fit4Life 7 0 20 143 170
St. Finbarrs A.C. 0 0 39 126 165
Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 114 2 5 43 164
Skibbereen A.C. 123 1 5 28 157
Ballincollig A.C. 103 0 8 43 154
Grange/Fermoy A.C. 66 1 13 71 151
Watergrasshill A.C. 3 0 36 98 137
Duhallow A.C. 0 0 7 28 126
Carrigaline Road Runners A.C. 108 0 2 13 123
Liscarroll A.C. 90 1 1 24 116
Doheny A.C. 100 0 1 9 110
Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C. 104 0 0 4 108
Dromahane Road Runners A,C, 0 1 26 78 105
Millstreet A.C. 76 0 0 26 102
Courcey A.C. 86 0 0 15 101
Aghada Running Club ARC 0 0 15 74 89
Blarney/Inniscara A.C. 66 0 3 8 77
Old Abbey A.C. 64 0 2 7 73
Riverstick/Kinsale A.C. 56 0 3 10 69
Bantry A.C. 8 0 20 40 68
Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C. 0 0 15 48 63
Donoughmore A.C. 31 0 1 27 59
Bweeng Trail Blazers 0 0 8 48 56
Galtee Runners A.C. 1 0 12 39 52
Carrigtwohill 0 0 7 26 33
Rising Sun A.C. 1 0 0 24 25
East Cork A.C. 0 0 8 16 24
Fota Island Running Club 0 0 8 15 23
Churchtown Runners 0 0 10 12 22
Abbey Striders A.C. 12 2 3 4 21
Shandrum A.C. 2 0 2 15 19
Buttevant R.C. 0 0 6 12 18
Cork Varsity A.C. 0 0 10 0 10
Glanmire A.C. 1 0 0 1 2

Note: Glanmire AC, with just two registered athletes, does not meet the Athletics Ireland required minimum of 10 registrations.


Cork Juvenile Registrations

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Bandon AC top the listing, with Leevale AC a distance behind, but well ahead of third place. Nineteen clubs have more than 100 Juvenile members


Team nameJuvenileJuniorTotal
Bandon A.C. 509 4 513
Leevale A.C. 316 7 323
North Cork A.C. 222 3 225
Ballymore Cobh A.C. 195 2 197
Belgooly A.C. 190 3 193
Midleton A.C. 153 0 153
West Muskerry A.C. 149 4 153
Youghal A.C. 141 3 144
St. Catherine's A.C. 131 0 131
Tracton A.C. 131 0 131
Skibbereen A.C. 123 1 124
Togher A.C. 114 7 121
Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 114 2 116
Carrigaline Road Runners A.C. 108 0 108
St. Nicholas A.C. 107 0 107
Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C. 104 0 104
Ballincollig A.C. 103 0 103
Clonakilty Road Runners 102 0 102
Doheny A.C. 100 0 100
Liscarroll A.C. 90 1 91
Courcey A.C. 86 0 86
Millstreet A.C. 76 0 76
Grange/Fermoy A.C. 66 1 67
Blarney/Inniscara A.C. 66 0 66
Old Abbey A.C. 64 0 64
Riverstick/Kinsale A.C. 56 0 56
Donoughmore A.C. 31 0 31
Abbey Striders A.C. 12 2 14
Bantry A.C. 8 0 8
Ballintotis Fit4Life 7 0 7
Mallow A.C. 3 1 4
Watergrasshill A.C. 3 0 3
Shandrum A.C. 2 0 2
Dromahane Road Runners A,C, 0 1 1
Galtee Runners A.C. 1 0 1
Glanmire A.C. 1 0 1
Rising Sun A.C. 1 0 1


Cork Adult Registrations

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Mallow AC lead the adult standings, followed by Ballymore-Cobh AC and Eagle AC. Twelve clubs now have over 100 registered adult members


Team nameSeniorMastersTotal
Mallow A.C. 29 176 205
Ballymore Cobh A.C. 37 155 192
Eagle A.C. 28 161 189
Leevale A.C. 75 92 167
St. Finbarrs A.C. 39 126 165
Ballintotis Fit4Life 20 143 163
Midleton A.C. 24 137 161
Youghal A.C. 32 129 161
Watergrasshill A.C. 36 98 134
Togher A.C. 44 86 130
Bandon A.C. 25 88 113
Dromahane Road Runners A,C, 26 78 104
Aghada Running Club ARC 15 74 89
Grange/Fermoy A.C. 13 71 84
Tracton A.C. 13 70 83
Clonakilty Road Runners 14 62 76
St. Nicholas A.C. 7 58 65
North Cork A.C. 8 55 63
Rosscarbery Steam Runners A.C. 15 48 63
Bantry A.C. 20 40 60
Bweeng Trail Blazers 8 48 56
Ballincollig A.C. 8 43 51
Galtee Runners A.C. 12 39 51
Carraig-Na-Bhfear A.C. 5 43 48
St. Catherine's A.C. 8 35 43
West Muskerry A.C. 7 35 42
Belgooly A.C. 4 34 38
Duhallow A.C. 7 28 35
Carrigtwohill 7 26 33
Skibbereen A.C. 5 28 33
Donoughmore A.C. 1 27 28
Millstreet A.C. 0 26 26
Liscarroll A.C. 1 24 25
East Cork A.C. 8 16 24
Rising Sun A.C. 0 24 24
Fota Island Running Club 8 15 23
Churchtown Runners 10 12 22
Buttevant R.C. 6 12 18
Shandrum A.C. 2 15 17
Carrigaline Road Runners A.C. 2 13 15
Courcey A.C. 0 15 15
Riverstick/Kinsale A.C. 3 10 13
Blarney/Inniscara A.C. 3 8 11
Cork Varsity A.C. 10 0 10
Doheny A.C. 1 9 10
Old Abbey A.C. 2 7 9
Abbey Striders A.C. 3 4 7
Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C. 0 4 4
Glanmire A.C. 0 1 1

Coach Education Autumn 2016

Coach Education, Training and Networking - Autumn 2016


Athletics Ireland National Coach Education Listing


Athletics Ireland Coaching Pathway


Outline details for upcoming Coaching events, including Level 1, Athletics Leader and Assistant Coach Courses, in Cork, over the coming two to three months.


DateEventCountyTypeRegisterContact DetailsStart Time
03-Sep Development Coaching Network Day - Sprints/ Hurdles/ Relay/ HJ/ TJ/ Conditioning Westmeath Workshop Online Entry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 087 2621310 10:00am
17-Sep Performance Coaching Network Day Westmeath Workshop Online Entry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 087 2621310 10:00am

Munster Junior Endurance Performance Squad 2016-2017(By Invitation Only)

Kerry Regional Squad Online Entry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - 0876335565  
30-Sep Level 1 Coaching Course 30/09/2016 CIT, Cork Cork Level 1 Online Entry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 0870516430 6:00pm
01-Oct Endurance Coaching Network (ECN) Day 3 Saturday 1st October Westmeath Workshop Online Entry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - 0876335565 10:00am
08-Oct Munster Developement and Performance Squad Cork Regional Squad Online Entry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 087 6728925 or 087 0632326 11:00am
29-Oct Athletics Leader Course 29th Oct 2016 Cork Athletics Leader Online Entry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 0870516430 9:30am
12-Nov Assistant Coach Course CIT Cork 12th Nov 2016 Cork Assistant Coach Online Entry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 0870516430 9:30am


Endurance Coaching Network (ECN) Day 3 Saturday 1st October

Athletics Ireland is pleased to announce the details for the 3rd meeting of the Endurance Coaches Network (ECN) on Saturday 1st October at Athlone IT. The theme for this event will be "Endurance Training- Insights into development and high performance athletes programs". The event program will focus on giving coaches’ practical information that they can take away and use to help improve their own coaching practice and will be delivered through plenary presentations and breakout sessions. There will be time for question & answers at all sessions also. If you are a club coach, development coach or a performance coach then this event has something to offer you. The (ECN) will bring the coaching community together to gain & share knowledge and more importantly to network with each other. It will be hosted in the excellent surroundings of Athlone IT and run from 9am-5.30pm.

Steve Macklin, Athletics Ireland Coach Education Lead for Endurance said:
"I am really looking forward to this final event for 2016 as we have a superb line up of speakers and these coaches will share all. It should be a fantastic days sharing and learning and I encourage every endurance coach in Ireland to attend and make that investment in themselves and their athletes. For this last event we have given more time to the breakout sessions and have also introduced our first practical workshop on running mechanics. I am also delighted to announce our international keynote speaker Andy Hobdell who has masterminded the success of Irish international senior athletes Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward who compete in Rio Olympics this week. ”

Coaches can now register at the online link below for the low cost of €30 and the full finalised timetable will be released shortly. Registration for this event will close on Friday 16th September or when capacity is reached and places are limited to 140 coaches only. Register now to avoid disappointment

Ballycotton 5 Where It All Began

40th ANNUAL BALLYCOTTON ‘5’ (1977-2016)

August 11th, 1977… WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Guest Article By John Walshe


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John O'Leary of Leevale AC, who, last night, ran in his 150th consecutive Ballycotton 5 Series Race, pictured with Donie and Kathleen O'Connell


Ballycotton 5 Mile Road Race 2016


In March of next year, the famous Ballycotton ‘10’ will celebrate its 40th birthday. But let us not forget the race that started it all, and without it it’s unlikely that road running in this region would have attained the huge popularity it now has.

       The date was Thursday August 11th 1977 and it was another age as far as road running was concerned. From January to August of that year, only six events on the road took place in the Cork region – the well-known Cork to Cobh ‘15’, two four-milers in Ballymore (where 26 ran), and Ballyhooly, a five-mile race in Mallow, a six-mile in Kildorrery (16 runners), and the popular relays around the Lough organised by St. Finbarr’s AC. 

       August 11th was a week after that Ballymore Festival race, and commitments had been received there from most of the runners to come to Ballycotton, including winner Ray Treacy. The work in organising the race had started some weeks before, with the local shops and business people being approached for donations. One of the few firms in the area at the time contributed five pounds, as did three of the businesses. Two more gave two pounds and one pound each, and even the 50p from another was appreciated. The total came to £28.50.

      Trophies and plaques were purchased as prizes, costing £29.75. Entry fee was either 20p or 30p, and no race numbers were issued. Instead, as each runner finished he was handed a card with his finishing position on it, and he then gave his name to the recorder. We say ‘he’ deliberately, for at that time no women ran such a long distance as five miles!

      The race started at the old Post Office (just above where the race now finishes), and the course was the same as is used at present, although the finish was outside the School Gate. As measuring techniques were not as advanced as nowadays, it was slightly short of five miles.

     Local interest was a mixture of curiosity and bemusement. Some people asked what a road race was – “is it a cycling race, or what?” When Phil McGrath and John Walshe went out to mark the road, one local person told them that County Council would object, as they considered painting on the road graffiti!

      First to enter was Michael Healy from Youghal, one of the top cross-country runners in Cork at the time. Tens of thousands of entries for a myriad of events have been received since, but Michael can take pride of place as the first runner to have ‘No. 1’ alongside his name in a Ballycotton race. BLE County Board Chairman, the late Paddy Hartnett, sent the 34 runners on their way. John Murray from Ballybraher (who has also passed away) was a spectator on that fine August evening and he was asked to act as lead car, which he duly did, accompanied by reporter Joe Duggan (also now deceased) from the ‘News and Star’.

       Michael Long of Leevale, along with his girlfriend Ellen, volunteered to time the runners. It is worth noting that virtually no races in those days did this, apart from maybe taking the winners’ time. In fact, in his newspaper report Joe Duggan stated that, “the time of all the competitors was taken, a rare feat in Cork in athletics.” At the finish line the numbered cards were handed out by Seamus Hartnett, there to se the race with his parents, and who would go on to be the area’s top runner in the years to come.

       The other locals involved were John Walshe and Dan Donovan (who both ran the race), along with Phil McGrath and his brother Fr Tom, home from England. At the prize-giving in the local hall the trophies were presented by the late Fr Bertie Troy, C.C., Ballycotton.


The race itself saw Ray Treacy, then based in Cork and running for Leevale, wining easily in a time of 23:46, well ahead of Richie Crowley and Donie Walsh. As Joe Duggan’s report put it, “at four miles he was close on 500 yards ahead of the bunch and in parts was travelling at 14 miles an hour, timed on the speedometer of Mr John Murray’s car.”  In fact, both Richie and Donie could have been even further back as a herd of cows came out on the road (after Ray had passed) with over a mile to go and almost brought them to a standstill.

      In fourth position and first novice was Noel Shannon, while Liam O’Brien could only manage fifth on the night. Murt Coleman of Liffey Valley, who had ran internationally for Ireland in the marathon and Kevin Treacy from Loughrea, both working in the Cork area at the time, finished sixth and seventh respectively. In eight was another well-known marathoner, Jerry Murphy of Leevale.

      At the end of this article we publish the names of the 34 runners. Sadly, Dave Ainscough, Joe O’Flynn, Jerry Martin, Liam Horgan and Dan Donovan have passed away, but the remainder are still around and some still running, although their times (along with their hairstyles) have receded somewhat. A few have gone on to foreign lands and bigger things, such as winner Ray Treacy who is now Head Track Coach at Providence College in the USA.


The following year, the race date was moved to June. Only 24 ran, with victory going to Richie Crowley. Of course that was his second local victory in 1978, as in March he had won the inaugural Ballycotton ‘10’. Ray Treacy returned to win in 1979 and the following year Liam O’Brien won the first of his 14 Ballycotton ‘5’ titles. 1981 saw Marcus O’Sullivan, later to become World Indoor Champion on three occasions, take the Ballycotton honours.

     In 1985, Liam O’Brien established the present course record of 23:41, but the previous year of ’84 was also special. Just four days after qualifying for that year’s LA Olympics when setting a new Irish 3000m steeplechase record at Crystal Palace, Liam showed his loyalty and commitment to the sport by turning out and winning yet another local race.

     At this stage the Ballycotton Summer Series, comprising of four races, was well established. Although the Ballycotton ‘5’ had been held in June since 1978, in 1985 it was decided to swap the August date with Shanagarry, as it seemed more appropriate to finish off the yearly proceedings where it had all started from.

     Women ran for the first time in 1979, with just two taking part, Ellen Whelan of Leevale and the winner, one Mary Dempsey from Youghal. She may be better known nowadays as Mary Sweeney and is still a regular prize-winner. Like Liam O’Brien, her enthusiasm and support of local events, as well as her love of the sport, is an example to all.

     Numbers taking part continued to increase, reaching 124 in 1982 and topping the 200 mark the year after. Of course in the past few years we have reached a new level with 500/600 now the norm for each of the Summer Series events. In 1993, 92 runners finished under the 30-minute barrier at Ballycotton and it is a reflection on present day standards that less than half that number (42) did so last year, although the number of participants had doubled.


Nobody involved in that first race could have imagined what lay ahead. The Dublin Marathon was still three years away, with London following six months later. Nowadays, the popularity of the Ballycotton ‘10’ is only too evident to all who try to enter and the numbers taking part in races – especially in the Cork area - along with the variety of events, is at an all-time high.

     A total of 190 five and ten mile races later, the statistics show in excess of 91,000 finishers. With the participation of international stars and Olympic medallists, it can be safely assumed that the Ballycotton events have now reached a global audience.

     August 1977 is also remembered for another very different reason entirely. Five days after that Ballycotton race, the world was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Elvis Presley. It was, one could say, the end of a legend; although of course his music still lives on.

     In its own small way, that Ballycotton race five days before was the catalyst of a movement which in the intervening years has also gained a legendary status, albeit of a very different nature.  

     The ‘King’ may be dead, but road running is certainly alive and well. However, it may never have transpired but for those pioneering men (below) who turned up in Ballycotton village to run five miles on an August evening all of 39 years ago. Yes, that’s WHERE IT ALL BEGAN.


 Results of the First Race - August 11th, 1977

1 Ray Treacy Leevale 00:23:46
2 Richie Crowley St. Finbarrs 00:24:16
3 Donie Walsh Leevale 00:24:21
4 Noel Shannon Leevale 00:24:29
5 Liam O'Brien Midleton 00:25:17
6 Murt Coleman Liffey Valley 00:25:33
7 Kevin Treacy Loughrea 00:25:46
8 Jerry Murphy Leevale 00:25:59
9 Micheal Healy Youghal 00:26:18
10 Jerry Martin Midleton 00:26:28
11 Liam Horgan Leevale 00:26:30
12 John Delaney Leevale 00:26:43
13 Mick Murphy Leevale 00:26:55
14 Jack O'Leary St. Finbarrs 00:27:04
15 Flor O'Leary St. Finbarrs 00:27:15
16 Mick Carey Leevale 00:27:21
17 Gerard Lambe Glounthaune 00:27:23
18 Michael Joyce St. Finbarrs 00:27:34
19 Batt Kearney Leevale 00:27:56
20 Joe O'Flynn Leevale 00:28:02
21 Der O'Riordan Leevale 00:28:14
22 Ger Coulihan Leevale 00:28:23
23 Russell O'Brien Grange 00:28:33
24 Pat Whyte Midleton 00:28:45
25 Denis Forde St. Finbarrs 00:29:15
26 Michael O'Riordan St. Finbarrs 00:29:43
27 Billy Griffin Midleton 00:29:51
28 John Walshe Midleton 00:30:09
29 Dave Ainscough St. Finbarrs 00:30:14
30 N O'Doherty Glounthaune 00:31:01
31 Willie O'Mahony Youghal 00:31:13
32 Bernard Lynch St. Finbarrs 00:31:29
33 Tom Houlihan Midleton 00:33:40
34 Dan Donovan Midleton 00:34:40

Irish Rio Olympic Team Returns Home

Breakthrough Games for Irish Athletes

Athletics Ireland Rio Olympic Squad 2016 min

Athletics Ireland Release

- Feidhlim Kelly

Irish athletics had a breakthrough Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a number of world class performances highlighted by Thomas Barr’s (Ferrybank) fantastic fourth place in the 400m hurdles underlining the development of the High Performance programme stewarded by Kevin Ankrom.

The team will arrive home this evening on Lufthansa flight LH980 scheduled for 17:10 at terminal 1 and we would love to see people welcome home our Olympians who competed with such distinction.  

Barr’s 47.97 clocking is truly world class territory – the last athlete not to medal running sub 48 was in Atlanta in 1996 by Sweden's Sven Nylander in 47.98 who also finished fourth. Until the final, only one athlete since 2013 had run under 48 seconds. The last time four athletes went under 48 seconds was fifteen years ago.
The Ferrybank athlete's time on the IAAF scoring table equates to a 9.92 100m, a 3:47 mile and a 2:06 marathon.

Robert Heffernan (Togher) finished a magnificent sixth in the 50km race walk in 3:43:55 in his sixth Olympic Games. This was the first Olympic Games since 1980 in Moscow that two men (Eamonn Coghlan and John Treacy) have come in the top 8 in their event.

Alongside Barr and Heffernan were a number of athletes who finished in the top 20. Mark English, Ciara Mageean (both UCD) and Sara Treacy (Dunboyne) were 17th overall in their respective 800m, 1500m and 3,000m steeplechase events. Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny) was 19th in the 50km race walk and Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) was 20th in the marathon. McCormack's run was the best ever finish by an Irish woman in the Olympics.

The majority of Irish athletes exceeded expectation and Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) with his time of 2:16:24 was the third fastest Irish man in the history of the Olympics in the marathon behind John Treacy and Jerry Kiernan.

In terms of qualification from the first round, it was the most successful Games since Atlanta in 1996. This provides a good barometer as historically Irish athletes have struggled to progress past the first round. It gives a platform for development and is a sign of the increasing depth and preparation at the top end.  

Of the 17 athletes 13 were making their Olympic debuts including three of our leading athletes Thomas Barr, Mark English and Ciara Mageean.

High Performance Director Kevin Ankrom said:

“The overall performance at Rio is one which reflects really positively on the athletes, their coaches and the AI support teams which worked hard to make Rio a success.  Since we launched the High Performance Plan following the London Games, we have expanded our investment in HP athletes to over 150 athletes in 2016 to broaden and strengthen the base for future years.   

“When I came to Ireland to take the position of HP Director, one of the biggest challenges was to create a support system for all HP athletes while trying to fill the gap which had developed over time, with young new athletes.  It was brilliant to see these young men and women display their talent and potential in their first Olympic Games.  This has been made possible by the support of Sport Ireland and through the funding raised by Athletics Ireland directly.”

“We have significantly progressed in many areas and have set a good platform for more success in the next two Olympic cycles.  There has been really positive progress through each championship culminating in an Olympic Games where the Irish athletics team produced one of its best ever overall performances.  While we were close to achieving medals the prospects for success in 2020 and 2024 is there to be built upon.”

Athletics Ireland Athletes Rio Olympic Results

Men’s 400m Hurdles - Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) heat 2nd 48.93; semi-final 1st 48.39; final 4th 47.97

Men’s 800m - Mark English (UCD) heat 3rd 1:46.40; semi-final 5th 1:45.93

Women’s 800m - Ciara Everard (UCD) heat 8th 2:07.91

Women’s 1500m - Ciara Mageean (UCD) heat 2nd 4:11.51; semi-final 11th 4:08.07

Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase - Sara Treacy (Dunboyne) heat 3 12th 9:46.24, final 17th 9:52.70; Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle) heat 1 14th 9:45.35; Michelle Finn (Leevale) heat 2 11th 9:49.45

Men’s Marathon - Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) 32nd 2:16:24; Kevin Seaward (St Malachy’s) 64th 2:20:06; Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock) 103rd 2:26:34

Women’s Marathon - Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) 20th 2:31:22; Lizzie Lee (Leevale) 57th 2:39:57; Breege Connolly (North Belfast Harriers) 76th 2:44:41

20km walk - Alex Wright (Leevale) 46th 1:25:25

50km walk - Robert Heffernan (Togher) 6th 3:43:55; Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny) 19th 3:53:59; Alex Wright (Leevale) DNF

Women’s Pole Vault - Tori Pena (Finn Valley) Group B 14th 4.30m

Little Athletics Programme Autumn 2016

Little Athletics in Cork

Little Athletics Athletics Ireland min


Message from David Matthews,  Cork Athletics Regional Development Officer


On the back of what’s been a very successful Olympics for Ireland (and especially Cork), I have been inundated with requests and queries from Parents who would like to get their Children involved in Athletics. - That’s the good news.


For my own benefit, and in Order to offer the best advice to parents, I’m trying to put together a list of Clubs that have “active” Little Athletic Programmes.

Remembering that a Robust Little Athletic programme is a feeder to Juvenile Athletics.

Obviously I will direct parent to clubs within their locality, but not all clubs have Little Athletics Programmes in place.

I would appreciate it if you can confirm whether or not you have a Little Athletic Programme in Place.

If not, there will be an “Athletic Leader Course” in CIT, in  Sept/Oct (I’ll have all the Coach Ed programmes up on the Web by this day next week) which will provide Coaches with the necessary skill set to develop a Little Athletic Programme in your Club.


Athletics Ireland Little Athletics Programme Details

Athletics Ireland Little Athletics Video


Club Contacts

Finally, I can’t Stress the importance or ensuring that you’ve got the correct contact details on the Cork Athletics website, and to ensure the Fields are fully complete - Number/email etc.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this mail - I await your response re “Little Athletics Programme”

Onwards and upwards to the Cross Country season……


David Matthews, Regional Development Officer - Cork

Athletics Ireland, c/o Sports Department, Cork Institute of Technology, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork

E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tel: 087-0516430


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