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Heptathlon PB for Grace Mckenzie at Texas Relays 2021

5,734 Point Pentathlon PB for Grace McKenzie

93rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

Mike A. Myers Stadium, Austin, Texas, USA

Thursday/Friday March 25th/26th 2021


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 Grace Mckenzie, McNeese State University and Belgooly AC in action at Texas Relays

Grace McKenzie, McNeese State and Belgooly AC multi-event athlete consolidated her position on the Irish All-Time Pentathlete Tables and, as written in Lake Charle media "one of the greatest in Cowgirl track and field history", when she broke her own McNeese State heptathlon record, scoring 5,734 points, eclipsing her previous record 5,619 by 115 points the 93rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

McKenzie’s 5,734 total gave her third position, and second college athlete. Overall winner was Taliyah Brooks, Asics, on 6,252 points, with Kristine Blazevica, Texas, second on 5,813.


Grace remains in third place on the Irish All-Time Pentathlete Tables

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Grace started with third place in the 100mH, in 13.77 sec, for 1011 points. Next up was the High Jump, in 1.7m, 5th place and 855 points, followed by eight place in the Shot Put, with 11.36m and 6199 points.

On Day 2, Friday 26th, McKenzie was third in the 200-meters, in 24.98 sec, for 889 points. She followed this with second in the long jump, jumping 6.15m (20-2.25), adding 896 points to her score. McKenzie capped off her meet by scoring 577 points in the javelin where she threw 35.26m (115-8)


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Shot Put


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Long Jump

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Final Overall Position


Death of Paddy Coleman - Youghal AC

Paddy Coleman R.I.P. - Condolences

March 20th 2021

Paddy Coleman, R.I.P.

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The Officers and Officials of Cork Athletics County Board extend their condolences and deepest sympathy to the Coleman family; his wife Ann, sons and daughters Claire, Jack, Deirdre and Robert, and his extended family, on the death of our esteemed colleague Paddy Coleman, former Chairman of Youghal AC, and member of several Cork National Senior Cross-Country Championship winning teams.

Paddy's  contribution to athletics leaves a lasting legacy


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The death has occurred of Paddy Coleman,

Summerfield, Youghal, Cork / Aghabullogue, Cork

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Paddy passed away, suddenly, but peacefully, at the Mercy University Hospital Cork. He will be sadly missed by his wife Ann, sons and daughters Claire, Jack, Deirdre and Robert, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Paddy's funeral will take place privately in keeping with current Government guidelines on Covid 19.

Funeral Mass will be live-streamed on the Church Services website from Our Lady of Lourdes Church, The Strand, Youghal, from 11am Tuesday morning. Alternatively the Youghal Parish website.

Please leave your messages of support for Paddy's family in the condolences section.



Tribute by John Walshe


The death has taken place of Paddy Coleman from Youghal, one of Cork’s outstanding middle-distance runners of the 1960s. Although his career was cut short due to injury, his performances as a 21-year-old during the summer of 1965 are still recalled today.

At the Cork City Sports, one of the finest fields seen in NACA competition assembled for the 1500m.  The line-up featured Dick Hodgins of UCC, along with Bobby Buckley (Grange), Denis Buckley (St Finbarr’s) and Mick Heery from Dublin.

At the bell, Hodgins had a slight lead from Heery, Coleman and the two Buckleys. Down the back straight, Coleman made his move and despite the best efforts of Bobby Buckley he held on for victory in 3:53.0, just outside the then Irish NACA record of 3:52.3.

Coleman’s performance won him the prestigious John O Jagoe Memorial Trophy (later known as the American Trophy) for the most outstanding performance at the City Sports.

Four days later, he won the Munster mile title at Cobh in 4:20.0 and then at the NACA championships in Banteer he won his second Irish title, this time again over the classic one mile distance. The time was a slow 4:21.5 (compared to his best of 4:12) but, as he explained a half-century later, “it was all about the winning.”

After such a successful track season in 1965, Paddy was offered a scholarship to East Tennessee State University which he didn’t take up. A problem with deep seated varicose veins would signal a premature end to his all-too short athletics career.

Paddy later became chairman of Youghal GAA and was one of the driving forces behind the wonderful facilities now enjoyed by the seaside club.

Related Articles

Paddy Coleman, Former Youghal Athlete Honoured

Presentation to Cork's Winning National Cross-Country Team 1964-65 (Awards Night 2018)


Bandon AC Announce New Track Development - March 2021

Bandon AC Driving Ahead with New Track and Indoor Facilities

March 17th 2021


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Bandon AC is to develop it's own 6 lane all-weather track, complete with filed event areas, along with combined clubhouse and indoor facility, at Clancoolbeg, Bandon, on the Bandon-Kilbrittain Road, approx. 2km from the Bandon Bypass.

The venue will have parking for over 150 cars, along with several buses


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The development is a very welcome addition to athletics in Cork, and West Cork in particular, and comes quickly following news of the Mallow track development. Several other clubs have 'works' in the pipeline, so it's an exciting time for athletics in Cork.

Bandon AC chose today, St Patrick's Day, to announce details of their new development, in recognition of the club's original name, St Patrick's AC, under which it competed for it's first two years, from 1964 to 1966.

The delevopment, which has seen many year's of planning and attention to detail, has passed all stages of planning, will start shortly, and is expected to be complete by next year, 2022. 

Congratulations, Best wishes and well done to Bandon AC on this tremendous news.

Bandon AC Release


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Bandon AC’s Phil Healy summed it up well recently after her fantastic 4th place in the 400m final at the European Indoor Championships:

“Explore so many events, because you never know which is the best for you. Don’t be afraid, and the main thing is have fun. If you know you’ve done your best then you can be delighted with your performance. It is not all about winning and it needs to move away from that mentality and thinking. If you give it your all, and walk off the track happy, then you’re winning for you. If you think you can do better then the next day is another opportunity to try that. I didn’t make finals or win anything until I was 17/18. You’re never too old. Just enjoy it, make new friends and most of all have fun.”

Bandon Athletic club and the coaches have always had the long term development of the athlete as the primary driving force and it is with that same commitment we are about to embark on a new journey.

Bandon Athletic Club are extremely excited and proud to announce that it has recently concluded the purchase of an 8 acre site, just outside Bandon. Full planning permission has been granted for the development of a 400m all-weather track, field event area’s and an indoor training facility.

This is a huge step forward for the club, and massive vote of confidence by the club in the talent within Bandon and the wider West Cork athletics community.

The site which is located at Clancoolbeg will see work commence shortly with the expectations that the all-weather track will be installed in 2022. The timeline for the development of the indoor training area will be determined by various fund-raising activities the club will be undertaking as well as grant allocations received. The indoor area, as well as having space for sprints and long distance, will also include jumps and throws areas.

This development, unlike majority of other all-weather tracks in this country, will be owned and controlled by the club. Bandon AC, for the last numbers of years, has been one of the largest Juvenile clubs affiliated to Athletics Ireland, but, due to lack of access to our own facilities, it has not always been able to accept members, and we frequently have a waiting list.

Once this development is complete, the club expects that it will eliminate waiting lists. Currently athletes frequently travel to Cork, and even further afield, to avail of tartan track facilities. Providing top class facilities close at hand, will enable athletes to focus on training and recovery, and not on travelling time.

Our club also caters for recreational sport, which is called Fit4Youth. This aspect of the club is vital to ensuring athletes have opportunities to partake in athletics in a friendly social environment and progress at their own pace while getting all the health benefits from athletics.

Bandon AC which already has great working relationships with local schools and organisations, such as Bandon Special Olympics and West Cork Athletics, and is looking forward to working even more closely with these schools and groups once the development is ready. This is a development which will greatly enhance the wider community and the athletics scene in West Cork.

It has been a long road to get the club to where it is now, with a lot of time and commitment from a large number of club members, but some people do deserve special mention. One of the founding members, Mr Billy Good, has played a large part in obtaining this site and the associated planning permissions.

A dedicated Track Development sub-committee put in a huge amount of work in recent years trying to find a suitable site, and get the planning permission.

Current members of the sub-committee include Michael Weldon, Paul Kingston, Michael McKeon, David Gibson and Una Hutchinson. Landowner Liam Crowley has been very helpful to the club throughout the long planning process.

As a tribute to all past members, the club decided to make this announcement on St Patrick’s Day, as the club was known as St Patrick’s AC for the first two years following its formation in 1964.

The club will shortly announce exciting fundraising activities to ensure this development is completed as soon as possible. We will be hoping that the community of Bandon and the wider athletics community will respond in a positive manner.

This is truly an exciting time for the athletics fraternity in Bandon and West Cork.

Grace Mckenzie Jumps Big PB for 5th in Irish All-Time Long Jump - March 2021

Grace McKenzie Jumps 6.21m at South Alabama Invitational

South Alabama Invitational

Mobile, Alabama

Friday March 12th 2021


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Grace Mckenzie, McNeese State University and Belgooly AC in action at the 2019 NCAA Div I Pentathlon - Photo: Michael Wade


McKenzie, Banks break school records at USA Invite


Grace McKenzie, McNeese State University and Belgooly AC set a new McNeese state college Long Jump record at yesterday's South Alabama Invitational, in Mobile Alabama, USA, jumping 6.21m, to break Shaterica Washington's 26-year-old record, set back in 1995.  Pentathlete Grace also won the 100m Hurdles in 13.95 sec, and ran 25.056 sec for 4th place in the 200m.

5th Place on Irish All-Time Women's Long Jump Standings

Grace's 6.21m jump is a big improvement of 0.18m on her previous best of 6.03m, set indoors, last year, in Houston, Texas in Feb 2020. This propels Grace from joint 19th on the Irish All-Time listings to 5th.

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Irish Women's All-Time Long Jump Standings - March 12th 2021

"McKenzie adds to her legendary status in her McNeese career with another school record." She now holds the McNeese college outdoor records for the 400-meter hurdles, the heptathlon, and the long jump.

McKenzie said "I'm so happy with my jump". "More importantly I'm happy with the series of jumps I had. Since I compete in the heptathlon, it's important that I can get my jumps in early and secure points.

"I think what happened today was definitely a good starting point for us as a team but we have a lot of work to do and a lot more to show for what we've been doing behind the scenes."


Related Pages

Grace Mckenzie Regains Irish Pentathlon Record - March 2019

Grace McKenzie Sets New Irish Indoor Pentathlon Record

Grace McKenzie Takes Southland Conference Gold

McKenzie's Maiden 400mH and PBs for Curtin and Cronin on US College Circuit

News April 14th - Euro Qualifier for Healy as Walsh and McKenzie Honoured

Further US Collegiate Circuit Successes for McKenzie & Cronin - April 2018

US Collegiate Circuit Successes for McKenzie & Curtin

Grace McKenzie Breaks Pentathlon 4000 Barrier

Grace McKenzie Named Southland Conference Womens Track Athlete of the Week

Athlete Transfer Deadline - March 24th 2021

Deadline - March 24th 2021


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


Transfer forms may be downloaded from the Athletics Ireland website.  


The Sequence and Procedure on the form MUST be followed.

Completed Transfer Forms

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

[Every transfer window, one of more forms are sent directly to Dublin, bypassing Cork County Board.

This results in, at best, delayed transfers, whilst the transfer may be held over until the next Transfer Window. (e.g. for the current deadline, of March 24th, it is unlikely that Cork Athletics will receive incorrectly directed forms back from AAI HQ by it's April meeting, so it may be May or even June before the transfer is approved.)]


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


Closing date is Wednesday March 24th

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


The Transfer Form MUST be signed in the following order

By the:

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

•   New Club

•   Outgoing Club

•   County Board (outgoing club)

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

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

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



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


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


Note: Cork Athletics County Board has asked Athletics Ireland to consider extending the transfer deadline until "One month after Athletics is allowed to resume". 

Please note that there is no guarantee that Athletics ireland will agree to this. If AAI agree with the request, an update will be posted on this website and on Cork Athletics social media. In the meantime, please ensure that completed forms are with John Copithorne, Cork Athletics County Board Registrar, by Wednesday March 24th 2021


European Indoor Championships - Day 3 2021

European Indoor Championships 2021 - Irish Highlights from Day 3

Torun, Poland,

Sunday March 7th 2021

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Livestream on European Athletics Website


European Athletics TV


The European Indoor Championships will also be covered on RTÉ Player and RTÉ2, with the morning sessions on RTÉ Player. There is also coverage on BBC

Schedule & Results


Sunday's Program

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Day 3 - Sunday March 7th - Irish Schedule

   9:18am - Ciara Neville - Womens 60m Heat 1  

9:34am - Molly Scott - Womens 60m Heat 3

9:42am - Joan Healy - Womens 60m Heat 4  

12:46pm - Sarah Lavin - Womens 60mH Semi Final

4:52 pm - Sean Tobin - Mens 3000m Final

Women's 60m
Ciara Neville was first up

Heat 1



Athletics Ireland Report - Morning Session


Neville and Lavin of Emerald AC bow out at European Semi-Final Stage

Emerald AC athletes Ciara Neville and Sarah Lavin have exited the European Championships in Torun at the semi-final stage.

Neville had advanced to the semi-finals after running a superb race from lane eight in the opening heat of the 60 meters to finish fourth (7.37) and automatically qualify to the semi-finals earlier this morning. She went on to take her place in the first of the semi-finals where she backed up her earlier performance by clocking 7.37 to finish 7th.

Sarah Lavin was also in semi-final action this afternoon on the back of her stunning 8.06 PB in yesterday’s heats. The 2013 European U20 silver medallist went in the 3rd semi-final of the 60m hurdles where she lined up against four athletes boasting sub 8 second PBs. Lavin exploded from the blocks and finished in 4th in what was the second best time of her career, missing out on progression to the final by one hundredth of a second. She crossed the line in a blanket finish for 8.07

The 26-year-old will be delighted with her consistency of performance which saw her PB tumble each of the last three months in the lead up to today’s semi-final.

Molly Scott and Joan Healy were also in action earlier this morning in the 60m but did not make it through their respective heats.

Scott will feel a little unlucky not to have progressed to the semis having only missed out on a fastest qualifier by one hundredth of a second. She posted a time of 7.37, the same as Neville, in finishing seventh in her heat, but was edged out after a fast final heat.

Healy went in the 4th heat and crossed the line in 7.46, which was outside her personal best of 7.31.


Athletics Ireland Report - Afternoon Session

11th for Tobin in European Indoor Final

Sean Tobin lined up against Europe’s elite in the final of the 3000m in Torun this afternoon and secured a 11th place finish with a gritty performance which saw him clock 7:58.11.

The Clonmel AC athlete had secured his place in the final on the back of a personal best performance of 7:47.71 in yesterday’s heats which ranks as the 6th fastest ever indoor 3000m by an Irishman.  

The final saw Norwegian star Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR) wind up the race the front and the injection of pace saw Tobin become detached from the leading pack. Tobin battled on to just finish outside the top 10 in what has been a tough two days of racing.

The medals went the way of Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR), Isaac Kimeli (BEL), and Adel Mechaal(ESP).


Sean Tobin Interviewed by Davis Gillick


Racing - The Shape of Things to Come?

Racing Is Resuming in Some Parts of the World - Is this How It Will Be?

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With all the World Marathon Majors now postponed until the autumn, in the expectation that, by that stage, Covid vaccination across the world will have changed the pandemic landscape enough to for health, travel, accommodation and race protocols to have been relaxed sufficiently to enable the events to go ahead.

US Races Go Ahead

Races are already happening in the U.S., with varying degrees of Covid protocols. Time will see how the various Covid protocols pan out. The feedback will be of great interest to race organisers and participants alike. 


Glass City Marathon to Require Vaccination or Negative Test

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The Glass City Marathon, in Toledo, Ohio, USA, on April 25th, with 10,000 entrants, and a waiting list of 500, recently emailed all entrants, to say that they MUST have a negative Covid test, within 72 hours of the marathon, or else they MUST provide proof of full Covid vaccination, completed at least two weeks before the marathon.

However, for other upcoming large events, it is likely that similar requirements to those being implemented in Toledo will be required for all the components in the majors; travel, accommodation and the race itself.

Gate River Run, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Saturday March 20th 2021

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Last weekend, the 44th Annual Gate River Run, doubling as the US National 15k Championship, took place in Jacksonville, Florida, with a significantly reduced field on previous years.  6,733 finished, from a 2021 cap of 8,000, compared to approx. 12,500 every other year. There were also several hundred in a 5k section of the race.  


Race Director's Take on Covid Changes to the Event

Covid brought several changes to the event, including the use of two different starts, with several waves going from each wave.

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Speaking in the lead up to the event, Race director Doug Allred said that this year’s race would be a little different due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We intend to put in place a number of social distance guidelines,”  This field is limited to 8,000 runners at 15K. There are also two different starting lines

“You’ll actually experience the course. Most water stations are still there, they run a little differently, and the finish lines will look exactly the same,” Alred said. “As long as people work together and wear the mask for its intended purpose, I think it will work. It’s a safe event for everyone and most people who come will find it a traditional run. Probably. “

A mask is required except when it is running.

“It needs more,” Alred explained the preparation. “We’re doing some small races and we’re using some of the guidelines we use at River Run to see how they go, so they really worked.”

Probably the key lesson is in the last sentence: “We’re doing some small races and we’re using some of the guidelines we use at River Run to see how they go".  For race directors here, get involved with the organisation of smaller events, and see what goes right, what went right and what to improve. All race organisers should be doing that, but now, with Covid hee, we need to share our lessons learnt.

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Will similar requirements be the norm for other races? Probably, but time will tell.  Large race or small, such requirements would introduce a large burden of administration -  Larger events may be able to absorb the workload, or build in scanner systems into their registration, but smaller events probably won't have such luxuries, or the manpower to work them ...time will tell

For the vast majority of us, the past year has been frustrating – and that’s definitely understating things!  Everyone is, literally, ‘chomping at the bit’, hoping that racing, as we knew it, will resume again soon.  However, even among runners, like the population at large on opening up society in general, opinion is divided as to how to organize races safely. Some people will run in races no matter what, while others remain very apprehensive, with the majority somewhere in the middle.

When it comes to virus transmission, races can be both safe and unsafe. Normally, runners aren’t in large groups, except before the start, and after the finish. Road races are entirely outdoors, with complete ventilation and fresh air.  ....But Covid loves social mixing, as do runners and spectators.


Health Protocols in Races

Participants & Volunteers

In the short to medium term, everyone attending an event will, at the very least, need to complete a Covid questionnaire. Another possibility is that Covid vaccination passports, or proof of immunity, will be required.

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Vaccine Passport

Feed Stations

In many races, you will have water stations along the course, where volunteers dispense water, sports drinks, energy gels, fruit, and more. You'll certainly have them after the finish.

No race could function without these volunteers. But, there is always some degree of contact as drinks and other material is passed to the runner, and the water stations are often congested areas, with runners gasping and breathing heavily as they get their hydration drinks, gels, bananas and other goodies.

Then there are, particularly in the longer distances, the inevitable few who finish (or not) in distress. Voluntary first aiders must deal with these. Covid has brought a major source of risk for these invaluable first-aiders.

Clearly the return to racing will bring many headaches for organisers, and, while keeping participants and volunteers safe, the control measures and systems, are probably not going to make the race experience more enjoyable for all. It's certainly going to be a learning experience for everyone involved.

Remember ... We all need to look out for each other if we're going to progress in the short/medium term.

Event Calendar

Recently, Athletics Ireland published a draft calendar for 2021, including Munster Athletics events.

Following the AAI release, Cork Athletics County Board has provisionally booked the MTU (CIT) Track for the last Sunday in August, and the first two Sundays in September.  No events or Age-Groups have yet been assigned to these days, and more dates may be needed.

The format for each day is, as yet, unclear. It would be great - but probably unlikely - if we could have "Normal" T&F days. It may be that we will need to run them similar to the Cross-Country Day held in Riverstick last October, with the site being cleared after each event, hopefully with bigger numbers - we were limited to 200 people on site on that day in October.


Download Draft Athletics Ireland / Cork Athletics Calendar (PDF File)

May Sat-Sun 1 - 2 WORLD ATHLETICS World Athletics Relays
May Sun 16 EUROPEAN ATHLETICS European Race Walking Team Championships
June Sat 5 EUROPEAN ATHLETICS 24th European Athletics 10000m Cup
June Sat 5 ISAA Irish Schools
June Sat 12 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Games + CE Championships (Youth/Junior/Senior/Master)
June Sun 13 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Games + CE Championships (Youth/Junior/Senior/Master)
June Sat 19 ISAA Tailteann Games
June Sun 20 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Junior Championships + U23 specific events
June Sat 26 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Senior & U23 Championships
June Sun 27 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Senior & U23 Championships
July Sat 3 Munster Munster U14-U19 Girls T&F Day 1
July Sun 4 Munster Munster U14-U19 Boys T&F Day 2
July Tue 6 CCS Cork City Sports
July Fri 9 Morton Morton Games
July Sat 10 Munster Munster U12 & U13 Girls T&F & Girls Childrens Games
July Sun 11 Munster Munster U12 & U13 Girls T&F & Girls Childrens Games
July Sat 17 ISAA SIAB Schools Track & Field
July Sat 17 Munster Munster U14-U19 Girls T&F Day 3
July Sun 18 Munster Munster U14-U19 Girls T&F Day 3
July Sat 24 Munster Munster U11-U15 'B' T&F
July Sun 25 Leinster Leinster Childrens Games and U12 & U13
July Fri - Sun 30-8 WORLD ATHLETICS Olympic Games
July Sat 31 Munster Munster Senior & Masters Men & Women T&F
August Sat 7 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Juvenile Day 1 14-19 Championships
August Sun 8 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Juvenile Day 2 14-19 Championships
August Sat 14 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Juvenile Day 3 12-19 Championships (12-13 Field Events)
August Sun 15 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI League Final
August Tue-Sun 17-22 WORLD ATHLETICS World Athletics U20 Championships
August Sat 21 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Childrens Games + 12/13 Track Events and CE U14/U15/U16
August Sun 22 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Juvenile Relays & B Championships
August Mon - Sat 23-28 IUAA FISU Universiade (Athletics)
August Sun 29 Cork Athletics T&F Championships Day 1
September Sun 5 Cork Athletics T&F Championships Day 2
September Sun 5 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Masters Championships
September Fri 10 ATHLETICS NORTHERN IRELAND Northern Ireland International EUROPEAN ATHLETICSP Meet
September Sun 12 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Road Relays
September Sun 12 Cork Athletics T&F Championships Day 3
September Sun 19 Cork Athletics Cork Women's Mini-Marathon
October Sun 17 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Autumn Cross
October Sun 24 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI National Marathon Championships (Dublin Marathon)
November Sat 13 IMAA British & Irish Masters XC
November Sun 21 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Senior, Junior & Juvenile Even XC Championships
December Sun 5 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI Novice & Juvenile Uneven XC Championships
December Sat 11 ATHLETICS IRELAND AAI National 30K World Athleticslks
December Sun 12 EUROPEAN ATHLETICS 27th SPAR European Athletics Cross Country

35k Win for Alex Wright at Dudince 50 2021

Win for Alex Wright Highlight for Irish Contingent at Dudince 50 2021

Dudince, Slovakia

Saturday March 20th 2021

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Mens 35k

Alex Wright, Leevale AC, won today's Men's 35km racewalk, at the Dudince 50 racewalk meet, in Dudince, Slovakia, covering the distance in 2:36:29

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Alex Wright

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Men's 35k Racewalk Results


Womens 20k

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Kate Veale, West Waterford AC, walked 1:38:40, in a top-quality womens field, for 22nd place.

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Women's 20k Racewalk Results

Mens 20k

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David Kenny, Brataslava, 2019

David Kenny, Farranfore Maine Valley AC, walked a 1 second PB for 1:23:06, for 12th place in a very competitive Men's 10k.

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Men's 20k Racewalk Results


Women's 10k

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Emily McHugh, Podebrady, 2019

Emily McHugh, Naas AC, walked 50:33, for fourth place in the women's 10k, just 3 seconds off her own 50:30 vest, set in Altyus last September.

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Women's 10k Racewalk Results




Dudince 50 Video

Stephanie Cotter Retains NCAA Div II Mile Title

Stephanie Cotter Retains NCAA Div II National Mile Title

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

March 13th 2021


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Stephanie Cotter coasting to victory in the NCAA Div II Women's Mile


Results of NCAA Div II Indoor Women's Mile Championship 2021


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NCAA Div II Women's Mile Results 2021


Video - Women's Mile

NCAA Div II National Indoor Championship 2021 - Women's Mile Final from Webmaster - Cork Athletics on Vimeo.


Stephanie Cotter, Adams State University and West Muskerry AC, retained her NCAA Division II Indoor Mile crown, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, last night, running 4:51.72. Stephanie won the event in 2019, however the 2020 edition was cancelled due to Covid-19.

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The race started at a pedestrian pace, going through the first 400m in approx. 93 sec. Allied Ludge, who eventually finished fourth, then upped the pace, with Stephanie content to follow in the wake, on the inside, with Ludge taking a slightly longer pat outside.  Ludge upped the pace with about 600 to go, but Stephanie, looking very comfortable throughout, stuck with her. With just over a lap to go, Stephanie changed gears decisively and went for home, leaving the field trailing in her wake.  Going into the first bend on the final lap, Stephanie gave a brief glance to her left, to see if she could see/sense anyone chasing, but there was a large gap at that stage.

Stephanie continued, even easing up coming off the final bend, and literally, jogged across the line.  Meantime, Hailey Steff had made a great run over the final two laps, coming from fifth place to take silver, with Ludge, who had led for much of the race, falling back to fourth.

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Coaching Material Video Links - March 2021

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Willie O'Mahony Celebrates 50 Years as East Cork Divisional Treasurer

Willie O'Mahony Turns 50 as East Cork Divisional Treasurer

January 1971 - January 2021 ...and still going!

 willie o mahonyWillie O'Mahony

Willie O'Mahony, East Cork Athletics Division's eternal and hard working Treasurer, has recently celebrated fifty Years ...Yes! 50 YEARS!! Treasurer of the Division.  In January 1971, Willie took over as Treasurer from Jerry Russell....and never stopped! His contribution to athletics has been immeasurable.


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Not only that, but anywhere that there is an athletics event in East Cork, Willie will be there, either officiating, running, videoing.....or simply helping out, whether it's a road race, cross-country, Track & Field, or a function of some sort. .....And that's only the Athletics Ireland/Cork Athletics side - you can add Schools Athletics to that, along with all the other work he does quietly!

The popular and hard-working Youghal AC man has been, literally, a dynamo ...and a driving force behind the success of athletics in East Cork for over five decades.

Willie also has the proud record of having run 39 of the 40 Ballycotton 10's, a feat only surpassed by John Walshe.

Take A Bow Willie!   .......We Know You Won't Take a Rest!!


European Indoor Championships - Day 2 2021

European Indoor Championships 2021 - Irish Highlights from Day 2

Torun, Poland,

Saturday March 6th 2021

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Livestream on European Athletics Website


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The European Indoor Championships will also be covered on RTÉ Player and RTÉ2, with the morning sessions on RTÉ Player. There is also coverage on BBC

Schedule & Results


Saturday's Program

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Day 2 - Saturday March 6th - Irish Schedule

Heats Mens 60m

Leon Reid (9:46am)

Israel Olatunde (10:07am)

Dean Adams (10:14am)

Heats Mens 3000m

John Travers (10.25am)

SeanTobin (10:38am)

Brian Fay (10:51am)


Heats Women’s 60m Hurdles

Sarah Lavin (11:42am)


Evening Session

Semi-Final Womens 800m

Nadia Power (6:00pm)

Semi Final Mens 800m

 Cian McPhillips (6:33pm)

Mark English (6:41pm)


Final Womens 400m

Phil Healy (7:25pm)


Athletics Ireland Report

Sean Tobin has secured his place in 3000m final at the European Indoor Championships with a step perfect performance in Torun this morning. The Clonmel AC athlete was in contention from the gun and a fastest qualifier spot was his reward. Tobin ran the perfect race in heat 2 of the 3000m which resulted in him attaining the 5th fastest time of all those qualifying for the final.


The 7:47.71 performance was also a new personal best for Tobin and ranks as the 6th fastest ever indoor 3000m by an Irishman. He’ll be back in action on Sunday afternoon at 4.52pm for the 3000m final where he’ll line up against European’s elite including Norwegian star Jakob Ingebrigsen who claimed the 1500m gold medal last night.

2013 European U20 silver medallist Sarah Lavin will also be back in action on Sunday as she progressed through her round 1 heats as an automatic qualifier in the 60m hurdles. The Emerald AC athlete stormed to a personal best time of 8.06 to continue her blistering start to 2021. The time shattered her old PB of 8.13 and further strengthens her 2nd place position on the Irish all-time list, with only Derval O’Rourke running faster. Lavin will be back in the starting blocks for the semi-final on Sunday at 12.30pm.


Saturday March 6th (Morning session)

Men’s 60m

Day 3 at the European championships got up and running for Irish athletes in the 60m where the trio of Leon Reid, Israel Olatunde, and Dean Adams took to the starting blocks for the first round of heats. The 60m heats looked ultra-competitive on paper with only 2 automatic qualifiers going through from each of the 9 heats, along with the next 6 fastest.

Leon Reid, who is second on the Irish all-time list went in heat 5 and crossed the line in 5th place in a time of 6.75 which was not enough to progress to the semi-final stage. Reid’s attention will now turn to the outdoors and Olympic qualification.

Israel Olatunde went in the 8th heat and the Irish U20/23 record holder will take great heart from his first senior international appearance. The UCD AC man finished in 4th place in a time of 6.79 and will no doubt be back on this stage in the years to come.

National indoor champion Dean Adams went in the final 60m heat of the day and Ballymena & Antrim A.C. man crossed the line in 7th place in a time of 6.89. The appearance secured Adams his first senior Irish (individual) cap at the age of 30, and will no doubt motivate the next generation of aspiring sprinters.


Men’s 3000m

2020 national indoor champion John Travers was first up in the 3000m for team Ireland. Travers was well positioned for much of the race and went with the injection in pace set by Mohamed Katir of Spain over the final 1000 meters. Unfortunately, the exertions seemed to take their toll in the finish with Travers coming home in 8th place in 8:05.96.


Tobin was up next and, as mentioned, ran the perfect race in the second heat, which resulted in him claiming that European final spot.


3000m Semi-Final 2

Brian Fay who was a late call up the the European indoor team faced a tough task in heat 3 of the 3000m where he lined up against Jimmy Gressier (FRA), Isaac Kimeli (BEL), and Jakob Ingebrigsen (NOR) who would go on to claim the first 3 automatic qualifying spots. The Raheny Shamrock AC man stayed in the chasing pack led by Ingebrigsten for much of the race and crossed the line in 7th place in a time of 7:56.13.


Women’s 60m Hurdles

Sarah Lavin was the sole Irish representative in the 60m hurdles, and she secured her place in Sunday’s final with a performance which smashed her old PB. The Emerald AC athlete looked supremely controlled as she crossed the line in 8.06 behind Visser (NED) and Sember (GBR) for third place.

Women's 400m Final

 PB For Phil Healy in Women's 400m Final

Phil Healy, Bandon AC, finished in fourth position in this evening's final in a lifetime best of 51.94 sec, just 0.21sec outside Bronze. Phil looked to be too far adrift of the leader with 100 to go, but came with a strong finish to 4th

Athletics Ireland Everning Session Report


Personal Best takes Healy to 4th in Europe at European Indoor Championships

Phil Healy has run the fastest 400 meters of her life in claiming 4th place in the European Indoor Championship final in Torun this evening.   

The Bandon AC athlete took to the blocks knowing that she would need a near perfect performance to compete amongst a world class line-up, and she did just that with a stunning personal best time of 51.94.

Healy finished strongly down the home straight for 4th and was just two tenths of a second short of making it onto the podium. Her time would have been enough to secure her a medal at the previous 5 editions of these championships, further highlighting the class of field which she was up against.

The final was Healy’s third run at these championships over two days, and her consistency of performance will be something she will look to carry with her, as she tracks towards Tokyo qualification.  

Nadia Power, Cian McPhillips and Mark English were all in 800m semi-final action this evening, and all three had to settle for fourth place, which resulted in them just missing out on tomorrow’s respective finals (McPhillips was subsequently promoted to 3rd after a DQ, and then back to 4th after an appeal against the DQ was upheld).

Power hit the front at the bell in a gutsy display which saw her leave everything out on the track in posting a 2:04.04. The Dublin City Harriers athlete finished 4th in the end and her recent indoor exploits will no doubt stand to her as she builds towards Olympic qualification.  

Longford man McPhillips who only made his senior Irish debut in yesterday’s heats looked very much as if he belonged with Europe’s elite, setting a new European U20 record of 1:48.08 at the age of 18 (McPhillips ran 1:46.13 at the Elite Micro Meet but anti-doping controls need to be undertaken for a European Record to be ratified). His 3rd place finish was not enough to progress to the final tomorrow but there is no doubt that he will return to this stage once again in the years to come.

Mark English signed off his record-breaking indoor season at the semi-final stage too, clocking 1:48.99 to finish 4th. The Finn Valley AC man was in position approaching the last 400 meters but could not peg back the leading trio of Borkowski (POL), Webb (GBR), and Kramer (SWE)

Irish Interest on Sunday

   9:18am - Ciara Neville - Womens 60m Heat 1  

9:34am - Molly Scott - Womens 60m Heat 3

9:42am - Joan Healy - Womens 60m Heat 4  

12:46pm - Sarah Lavin - Womens 60mH Semi Final

4:52 pm - Sean Tobin - Mens 3000m Final

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