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Irish Team Off To A Flyer In Baku

Athletics Ireland News - Sat, 2014-05-31 19:30


The Irish Team competing at the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku have been performing brilliantly over the last two days. The trials will brings together the best Youth Athletes (16/17 years of age) from all across Europe to compete in a variety of track and field events. The following performances have been achieved so far:

• Roseanna McGuckian (City of Lisburn) ran 24.56 to qualify for the final of the 200m. Phoebe Murphy (Clonmel AC) finished 10th overall with a time of 24.69, just missing out on a place in the final.
• Pierre Murchan (Celtic DCH) ran faster than he ever has before to finish a brilliant 6th in the 3,000m in a personal best of 8.32.59
• Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) was unfortunate to hit hurdle six but still managed to finish 10th overall in the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.94
• Andrew Barkley (City of Lisburn AC) finished 16th in the Discus with a throw of 50.84m, Eoin Sheridan threw a big personal best of 58.44m to qualify automatically for the final of the Discus.
• After qualifying brilliantly to make the final Adam King (Iveragh AC) placed 11th in the hammer event. In qualifying he threw a massive distance of 70.59m. James Williams (Shercock AC) threw a distance of 64m to finish sixth in his qualifying group.
• Both high jumpers Donagh Mahon (Gowran AC) and Keith Marks (Cushinstown AC) also qualified automatically for the final clearing 2.02m
• Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) comfortable qualified for the final of the 800m running a time of 2.10.71
• Michaela Walsh (Swinford AC) threw a personal best in the Shot to also qualify for the final
• In the hammer Aoife Vaughan Witts (Borriskane AC) threw 53.48m and In the Shot Anne-Marie Torsney (Fingallians AC) threw 12.80m, both just missing out a place in their respective finals.
• William Crowe (North Sligo AC) qualified for the final of the 1,500m after placing 5th in his heat in a time of 4.03.73.

Purcell Completes 400m/800m Double at Aviva All Ireland Schools

Athletics Ireland News - Sat, 2014-05-31 18:27


Harry Purcell (Castleknock College) was awarded the Lar Byrne Memorial Trophy for Athlete of the Championships after completing a unique 800m/400m double at the Aviva All Ireland Schools in Tullamore today.

Full Results

Purcell won the Boy’s 800m in 1.49.42 from Rob Tully of Gormanston in 1.49.95 with Danny Lawlor (Pres Carlow) third in 1.52.25 Both Purcell and Tully were inside the Irish Schools Record set by Sean Tobin last year of 1.50.65 and the B standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, USA in July. Purcell went onto later to take the 400m title in 47.83. It was a close battle with Andrew Mellow of Bangor Academy who was second in 47.93. Paul White (Nenagh CBS) was third in 49.18.

Purcell said “I am over the moon I can’t sum up my feelings. My big thanks to Eamonn Coghlan and John Shields (coaches) who always believed me. It wasn’t easy, I didn’t have it my own way in either the 400 or 800.”

In the Senior Girls 800m race favourite Aislinn Crossey (Scared Heart Newry) finished second behind Alannah Lally, after the student from Presentation Athenry put in a sprint finish with 100m to go. Lally’s time of 2:08.28 was also inside the B standard for World Juniors.

Zak Irwin (Sligo Grammar) won the 100m in 10.73 and went on to do the double winning the 200m in 21.38 into a headwind of -1.3. Kieran Elliot was second in (Ballinrobe) 21.50, both athletes were inside the B World Junior standard. Keith Doherty (Drimnagh Castle) was third in 22.15.

Irwin said: “I went out as hard as I could to build up a stagger in the 200 meters. The head wind hit me, but I managed to work through it. It hasn’t sunk in that I have done the double, I gave it everything I haven’t ever been as nervous going to an All-Ireland schools.”

Niamh McNichol also did the sprint double winning the 100m in 12.24 and 200m in 24.4 (H). While Gina Akpe Mossies (SV Dundalk) completed the Intermediate sprint double winning the 100m in 12.01 and the 200m in 25.08.

Kevin Mulcaire (St. Flannan’s Ennis) won the 3000m in 8.33.92 breaking the 36 year old record held by Darren Haddock. Mulcaire went onto to do the double winning the 1500m in 4.10.91. Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) took her 15th schools title to win the Senior’s 1500m in 4.25.23 inside the World Junior B standard for the second time in a week. The Senior Men’s 1500m was won by Andrew Coscoran in 4:10.59.

Sam Healy (Carrigalin CS) won the long jump in 7.20m and went on to complete the double taking the 110m Hurdles title in 14.26.

Kate O’Connor (SV Dundalk) set a new schools record in the Junior Girl’s Javelin with a throw of 40.77 improving on the throw of 36.94m set in 1985. She then went on to produce the most interesting doubles of the day wining the 800m in 2:21.08.

In the Intermediate girls hammer Katelyn Furlong threw 47.61 to set a new Irish Schools record. Maria Carey (St.Mary’s Newport) won the Intermediate Girls Triple Jump in 11.93 to break Caomhie King’s record of 11.73m.

In one of the first events on the track Aaron Egan (High Schools Clonmel) broke the 8 minute record held since 2004 to win the 2k Walk in 7:54.60.

To finish off a day of records Loreto Kilkenny won the Senior Girls 4×100m in 47.61 to improve on St.McDara’s time of 48.16 set in 1996.

Superb Murray Goes So Close To Buncrana 5K Irish Mens Course Record

Athletics Ireland News - Thu, 2014-05-29 17:47


St Joseph’s Creggan teacher, Gary Murray stormed to a cracking 14m 35s victory at Wednesday night’s eleventh staging of the prestigious Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5K, just missing fellow Donegal man Ciaran Doherty’s Irish male course record by a single second, as over 200 runners enjoyed the good conditions and the fast course by the Lough Swilly shore.

Murray and runner up Declan Reed were well clear by the first kilometre and a sustained charge by the St Malachys man saw him get so close to Doherty’s 2013 record of 14m 34s. Behind him the Derry Spartan belied his M40 status with another fine effort, clocking 14m 47s, one second quicker than last year when he also finished runner up. Completing the podium places was Finn Valley’s Barry Harron in 15m 16s, just a few strides and one second ahead the top M45 Pauric McKinney’s excellent 15m 17s.

The Derry men Noel Logan of the Spartans and Foyle Valley’s Chris McGuinness filled out the top six with 15m 20s, a PB, and 15m 32s respectively.

in an equally exciting Women’s race Teresa McGloin of Finn Valley significantly improved her best time on the course with a swift 16m 17s and was chased home in 16m 35s by Lifford’s Natasha Adams. The winning time was some ten seconds down on Maria McCambridge’s 16m 07s 2010 womens course record. This pair were always clear of the opposition which was led home in third spot by the always impressive Sarah Lindsay of Foyle Valley, with a strong 18m 54s effort.

The next three finishers were almost together in the downhill dash to the line with just over a second separating them. Fourth spot was secured by Maeve Maher McWilliams of the NW Tri Club in 19m 18s while it took the electronic chip timing to separate Inishowen’s Theresa Doherty and the F55 winner Ruth Magill of Lagan Valley on 19m 19s.

The four to score team races were also well contested with the male Spartans retaining their title from Letterkenny and Foyle Valley, Declan Reed and Noel logan being well supported by Greg Roberts, 15m 41s and Connor Dohertywith a 15m 42s PB.

Irene McFadden, Nakita Burke, Naoise Enright and Jane McGinley combined well to give Letterkenny the Women’s team title with the Spartans and Foyle Valley completing the top three.


Apart from the age group winners already mentioned the male Spartans had James Brown impress as M40 winner on 15m 52s and Michael Melarkey’s 17m 01s gave him the M U20 victory. Letterkenny had the top M35 Ivan Toner on 15m 50s and top M60, Brian McBride, 21m 23s. Michael McKnight ran 17m 40s for the M50 award, Joe McCarthy, back in City of Derry colours was the top M55 with 18m 32s and Desmond Brownlie of Lagan Valley was the top M65 on 28m 47s.

Sisters Jackie McGinley and Paula McGilloway were the leading F45 and F50 finishers, posting 19m 26s and 21m 41s respectively. Theresa Doherty’s fine 5th overall gave her the F35 prize; Eimer Gallen of Finn Valley was the leading F40 with 21m 06s and Emma Mcgilloway ran 20m 43s to claim the f U20 crown.


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Class of 2014 Set To Star At Schools Champs

Athletics Ireland News - Thu, 2014-05-29 15:48


After battling it out at local and regional level, the best of Irish schools’ athletics talent are ready to compete at the Aviva All Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships on Saturday, 31st of May at Tullamore Harriers Stadium.

This Aviva All Ireland Schools Finals is the culmination of months of tough competition for schools’ athletes throughout Ireland, who have progressed through regional and provincial championships to secure their much sought after place in the All-Ireland final.

Already in the Aviva Provincial Championships the class of 2014 have made their mark with a number of eye catching performances. Harry Purcell (Castleknock College) scorched to a 47.82 clocking over 400m to win the Leinster title. He also won the 800m in a time of 1.53.36 and will look to repeat this double at All Ireland level.

Irish Junior International sprinters Zak Irwin (Sligo Grammer) and Keith Doherty (Drimnagh Castle) are set to battle it out in the senior boy’s 100m and 200m events.

Gina Akpe Moses was in great form winning both the 100m (12.33) and the 200m (25.58) intermediate titles at Leinster level. The highly rated St. Vincent’s Dundalk athlete is tipped to replicate this form at All Ireland level on Saturday. Molly Scott is another of those impressing in the intermediate age category and she will start as favourite in the 100m hurdles.

Megan Marrs (Strathearn, Holywood) is another of those rounding into top form and will challenge for medals in the intermediate 100m and 200m events.

The senior girl’s 800m could prove to be the race of the day with Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) aiming to defend the title she won last year. Cleirigh Buttner will renew rivalry in Tullamore with Aislinn Crossey (Sacred Heart Newry) who finished fourth in the 800m final at last year’s European Junior Championships ahead of Buttner. Nadia Power (St McDara’s) should go well in the intermediate girl’s 1,500m event after a string of fine performances at provincial level.

Irish International Cross Country athlete Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannans) will target the 1,500m and 3,000m double in the senior boy’s category. Andrew Coscoran (St Mary’s Drogheda) and school mate Aaron Hanlon will start as the slight favourites’ in the respective senior boy’s 1,500m and 5,00m events.

Alice Akers (Skariff CC) impressed at the Munster championships by winning the senior girl’s hammer title with a massive throw of 52.97m. David Cussen (Colaiste an Spioroid Naoimh) soared over 2.10m to win the high jump at the same Championships, he will start as the firm favourite to capture the All Ireland title.

Live results will be updated throughout the day via the Irish Schools Facebook Page and Athletics Ireland Twitter



European Youth Olympic Trials Timetable

Athletics Ireland News - Thu, 2014-05-29 12:25


15 schools athlete’s, including double Munster Champion Phoebe Murphy (above), will be representing Ireland this weekend at the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku, Azerbaijan.

This is the first chance for most of the to compete on an international stage and if successful in their events they have the opportunity to qualify for the World Youth Olympic Games.

Update from Jacqui Freyne Jnr & Youth High Performance Manager:

“The 15 strong Irish team have settled in well to their new surrounds in the enormous purpose-built Olympic Village in Baku.

A long day’s travelling on Wednesday culminated in incredibly long and exhaustive security checks to get not only the Team, but the Team bus, into the magnificent Olympic Village. Every athlete, every rucksack and every large gear bag had to be searched and cleared before the Team could enter the Village.

The athletes are housed in one of three blocks being used for EYOT ( there are 17 blocks in total purpose built for next year’s inaugural European Olympic Games ). The apartments each have four enormous bedrooms with bathrooms etc and a vast communal area with views out over the intriguing city of Baku.

The Team are slowly finding their way round the huge Dining Hall which has only plastic cutlery and paper plates (presumably for security reasons again!) which offers a big variety of hot and cold food and lots of fruit and water plus two special areas dedicated to making toast and all the toppings u can imagine to go along with it!

Today the Irish team visited the Stadium and checked out the logistics such as location of Call Rooms, loos and other important ’stuff’ and did some light training. Then it was back through more security and sniffer dogs checking the buses entering the Village, before a well-deserved afternoon of R&R for the Team.

Competition begins tomorrow.”

EYOT Irish Athletes’ Timetable

English makes his Outdoor Season Debut at IFAM meet in Belgium

Athletics Ireland News - Thu, 2014-05-29 12:07


Close to 50 Irish athletes are set to compete at the IFAM International Flanders Meet in Oordegem Belgium this Saturday night with Indoor 800m record holder, Mark English will making his outdoor season debut.

An Irish men’s and women’s 4×100m team are set to line up and will be vying to achieve top 16 European ranking needed to secure qualification for the European Track and Field Championships that take place in Zurich in August.

At the same meet Sarah Lavin will be looking to edge closer to her target European qualification standard in the 100m Hurdles after running her fastest season opener of 13.49 at the AAI games last weekend. Irish in Action. start-lists. Event Website.

Waterford’s Thomas Barr will be joined by current top Irish ranked athletes, Jason Harvey, Timmy Crowe and Paul Byrne in the 400m Hurdles. Barr had an impressive season opener at the Numur meet last night finishing third in 50.34 less than two tenth off the standard for Europeans. Ciara Everard also opened her season with 2.06.51 to finish second. Kelly Proper time of 23.60 places her top of the Irish Rankings and edges closer to European standard of 23.35. atletissima-namur1

Also in action over the weekend will be Paul Robinson and Ciaran O’Lionaird who are racing the Prefontaine Classic May in Eugene, Oregon. Live Streaming

Laura Reynolds will compete in LA Croruna 20k Walk as part of the IAAF Race Walking challenge series as part of her preparations towards the European Championships in Zurich.

The full Irish Team for the championships be announced on the 21st of July at a Press Conference after the National Track and Field Championships (19th/20th). There is an expectation that this team will be made up of over 25 athletes, making it one of the largest Irish teams ever to compete at the championships.

Athletes competing who have achieved the A qualification standards will be looking to progress through the rounds and achieve a top 8 -12 placing.

Development athletes (those aged 24 and under) are expected to form a large continent of the team. This championship will form an integral part of their performance development towards Rio 2016 and beyond.

Aviva All Ireland Schools Track & Field Launch

Athletics Ireland News - Tue, 2014-05-27 14:59


Aviva All Ireland Schools Track and Field finalists Molly Scott and Brian Masterson were dreaming of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games today as they launched this year’s finals with current International athletes and Irish Schools record holders Brian Gregan (400m) and Sarah Lavin (100m Hurdles) in the Japanese Gardens in Kildare.

Gregan and Lavin are both focused on European qualification at the moment ahead of the Championships in Zurich in August and while Scott and Masterson’s can dream of a spot at the Games in Japan in 6 years their minds will be on Saturday in Tullamore where they will hope to become Irish School’s champions.

Scott and Masterson are two of over 20,000 athletes who begun the quest to make the All-Ireland Finals this weekend. Scott of Scoil Chonlais is the Leinster intermediate schools champion in the 80m Hurdles and will be hoping to get some tips from Sarah Lavin who has made a fast start to her outdoor season as she tries to secure a spot in Zurich.

Speaking at the launch Scott said “I am really looking forward to the championships on Saturday, I am competing in the 80m hurdles and the 100m, the schools championships are always lots of fun.”

Similarly 400m Leinster intermediate schools champion Masterson of Blackrock College will be looking at Brian Gregan’s path from School’s champion to Irish record holder and hoping to emulate the first part of that transition on Saturday by becoming All-Ireland champion in Tullamore. He has been in excellent form so far this year setting a new Leinster Schools record of 49.49 in winning the title.

Masterson said “I am going to try my best on Saturday; I really enjoyed the Aviva Leinster Schools Championships and I am looking forward to competing in the 400m and the 4×100m relay for my school Blackrock College, it should be a great day.”

Current Irish Schools Record Holder Sarah Lavin said “I loved the schools competition; they were always of the highest quality and brought out the best in everyone. It gave you a taste of International competition when you had the chance to represent Ireland at the annual Aviva Schools International.”

Irish Schools 400m Record Holder Brian Gregan said “I have very fond memories of the All-Ireland Schools Championships, I won my first All-Ireland Schools medal in the 400m hurdles and then picked up few more in the 400m. It is a brilliant competition and acts as the benchmark for future success.”

Mark Russell, Sponsorship Manager, Aviva, said; “This is our fourth year as sponsors of Schools athletics and we are now starting to see those athletes who began in Schools athletics, making their mark in the senior ranks. Especially Brian and Sarah here today who are part of a new wave of athletes coming through for the future and let’s hope that Molly and Brian (Masterson) can follow in their footsteps. To all the athletes competing on Saturday it has been a fantastic achievement to make the All-Ireland finals and irrespective of how they perform on the day I hope they can take that experience forward as they dream of future Olympic Games.”

A full preview of this weekend’s Aviva All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships will be available on the website on Thursday.

European Youth Olympic Trials - Final Entries

Athletics Ireland News - Tue, 2014-05-27 10:25


15 Irish athletes will be in action at the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku, Azerbaijan. The championships kick off this Friday 30th of May and finish Sunday the 1st of June.

The European trials also act as the qualifying event for the 2014 World Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China in August. Please see final entries.

Final Entries

Results from the European Club Championships

Athletics Ireland News - Mon, 2014-05-26 21:48

Team Points Scoring Men after :20 events.
Place Country Club Points
1 DEN Sparta AM 146.5
2 SLO AD Mass Ljubljana 138.5
3 NED Phanos 123.5
4 SRB AC Radnicki 123
5 SUI LG Bern 116.5
6 ISL IR-Reykjavik Sportclub 106.5
7 FIN Jyvaskylaan Kenttaurheilijat 104
9 LUX C.S. Luxembourg 71
10 IRL Crusaders A.C. 65.5

Team Points Scoring Women after :20 events.
Place Country Club Points
1 FRA CA Montreuil 93 152
2 NED Phanos 143
3 FIN Jyvaskylaan Kenttaurheilijat 126
4 ISL IR-Reykjavik Sportclub 120
5 SLO AD Mass Ljubljana 114
6 ITA ACSI Italia Clubb 111
7 LUX Celtic Diekirch 95
8 SUI STB Leichtathletik 86
9 IRL Dundrum South Dublin A.C. 76
10 ISR Reshon Le Zion 66

Buncrana 5k and SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon

Athletics Ireland News - Mon, 2014-05-26 18:06

A very busy week of local competitive action kicks off this Wednesday evening with the much awaited Buncrana 5k, the premier 5k in the North West, and then its on to Sunday’s SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon and Kids Mini Marathon, which will bring 1500 marathon runners, including the recent Belfast Marathon winner, Kenyan Freddy Keron Sittuk, and 500 minis onto the city streets for a veritable feast of running.

First off though its all eyes on Buncrana and the 7 30pm start for the 11th annual Furey Insurances 5K, set to bring around 400 runners to the potentially quick Inishowen course, where the aforementioned Freddy Sittuk set the all comers record of 14m 18s in 2012. The Kenyan is not due in Derry until Friday and will focus on Sunday’s city marathon where he will chase victory and a sub 2hrs 25min clocking to guarantee a substantial cash bonus.

Last year’s male winner Ciaran Doherty of Letterkenny set the Irish best for the Buncrana course of 14m 34s and is expected to line up again, alongside the locally based Gary Murray of St Malachys and top Derry distance men, Scott Galbraith and Declan Reed. Others could arrive on the night for what usually is a high quality event, producing exciting racing and fast times right down through the field.

Former Letterkenny AC’s Maria McCambridge holds the women’s course record of 16m 07s from 2010, but with the inform Lifford flyer Anne Marie McGlynn said to be targeting a sub 16m run, that could fall this week. Her clubmates Natasha Adams and Claire McGuigan may be there to keep the pace honest and former winner Teresa McGlynn could also be in a quality line up come Wednesday. McGlynn ran 16m 32s to win here last year and her current form suggests an improvement is entirely possible.

But its not all about the upfront action, the Buncrana race attracts runners and joggers of all abilities with the organisers always stressing that ” it is an event for everyone”. From sub 15mins to the sub 20’s, 25’s, 30’s and beyond, the Buncrana 5K caters for all abilities and everyone is very welcome.

Entries will be taken on the night from 5 30pm at event HQ in Scoill Mhuire adjacent to the start, the fee is £9 or E10 and for that you get an expertly organised event, a great course, accurately measured, chip timing, competition at all levels and of course the famous post race refreshments and the chance to debate the pros and cons of your run with your competitors.

Online entry is also possible up to 5pm on Tuesday evening 27th May. Simply send your name, date of birth, age on race day and club, if any, to furey5kentry@gmail.com You can pay the entry fee at race HQ when you pick up your race pack on the Wednesday night.


Freddy Sittuk is no stranger to these parts and following his recent impressive 2hrs 18m Belfast marathon victory the Kenyan will head the SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon field this Sunday. He will start as the odds on favourite and indeed will chase a sub 2hrs 25m time as the organisers have offered a £1000 bonus for the athlete ducking below that figure.

The inaugural winner Tommy Hughes posted a not so shabby 2hrs 30m winning time last year, very impressive for a 50 something, and will be in the field again as will third placer Pauric McKinney of Inishowen AC bur clearly the attention will be on the classy Kenyan. Interestingly the only man to win back to back Belfast and Derry marathons was our own Paul Craig back in 1983, when he put together two winning 2hrs 20m performances, just three weeks apart.

Defending women’s winner Jacqui Boyle , a Derry native long domiciled in Dublin where she runs for Tallaght AC will be be back seeking another win but could be pushed hard by another local, the Spartans Marina Campbell who boasts a sub 3hr 10m clocking from the Dublin marathon a few years ago. This pair look like the main female players but racing 26.2 miles can throw up some curved balls so take nothing for granted.


The final organisational arrangements are being sorted for the race which has a 8 30am start from the Everglades and follows a circuit along the banks of the Foyle with the first runner expected from around 10 50am, into Guildhall Square inside the historic walled city of Derry–Londonderry.

The Kids Mini Marathon starts close to the Gasyard Centre from 9 45am, there are five separate start groups, and the young runners from the Derry City Council area and beyond, will also finish in Guildhall Square fro 9 50am onwards. They will set the scene perfectly for the main event and will be all be clear of the finish area well before the leading marathon runner strides home.

Race Packs can be collected on Friday and Saturday at Foyleside ( the Food Quarter) —for both the Marathon and the Mini Marathon. Checkout all race information on www.thewalledcitymarathon.com and remember there will be some traffic restrictions from 7 30am to around 2 30pm on race day, details also on website and in separate press release

2014 Galway Senior T&F

Athletics Ireland News - Mon, 2014-05-26 11:50

The 2014 Galway County adult Track and Field championships will take place on the dates below. The venue is the Regional Sports Centre track in Dangan , NUI Galway grounds.

Day One -Sunday 29 June 1.30pm onwards
200m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, Discus
800m, Weight for Distance (only Seniors and Masters), 4×100m relay.
3000m Women / 5000m men

Day Two- Thursday 10 July from 7pm
100m, 400m, Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer, 1500m,
High Jump, 4×400m relay

10,000m on Thursday June 12th in Dangan at 7pm. Pre entries for this to ensure numbers.

County Championship medal Categories – Senior, Masters 35, Masters 50, Junior,

Entries on the day - E5 for day/event (i.e. 5 euro means you can run one or all events on one day)

All track events will be electronically timed.

Guest athletes are very welcome from other athletics clubs, but dont qualify for Galway medals.

Entries taken on the day at Dangan Track.

Event co-ordinators are Brian Bruton, Mary Barrett & Iain Shaw.

Queries to Brian Bruton 087 9278337 or email bmbruton@gmail.com .

If there is a demand and sufficient numbers for any other event eg hurdles/steeplechase/walks , we may be able to accommodate if you let me know by June 6th what it is.

Irish Runner Latest Issue Now on Sale

Athletics Ireland News - Fri, 2014-05-23 16:52


Start your training for the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon NOW by following the Exclusive 22 Week Marathon Training Schedules in the latest issue (June/July) of Irish Runner magazine.

This Issue includes Tried & Tested Marathon Training Schedules, as well as a profile of Dublin Marathon winner Sean Hehir and and a feature too on Nicola Duncan, who will compete for Ireland in the marathon at the European Track & Field Championships in Zurich.

There is also a Special Feature to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the first Sub 4 Minute Mile and a trip down Memory Lane with Irish Mile Record Holders, Ray Flynn and Sonia O’Sullivan.

Joe Conway reports from the World Masters Track & Field Championships in Budapest where Irish athletes Brian Lynch & Joe Gough both won Gold medals I their respective over 60 1500m and 800m events.

You can also order Irish Runner online at the eshop

All Eyes on Tullamore for Schools All Irelands

Athletics Ireland News - Fri, 2014-05-23 16:05


The Aviva All Ireland Schools’ Track and Field Championships will be held on the 31st of May in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.


Some of Ireland’s top up and coming athletes will be competing fiercely to bring home a national title to their school.

Live updates on the the Athletics Ireland Twitter and Facebook



Morton Games Welcomes International Talent

Athletics Ireland News - Fri, 2014-05-23 12:45


This year’s Morton Games will be awash with top class Irish and International talent. Heather Kampf (Team USA Minnesota), US 1 Mile Road Champion, and Molly Huddle, US 5000m Record Holder, will both make their first appearances at the games. Igor Bychkov (Spain) and Luke Cutts (The Dearne ALC, GB) will return for a second time hoping to reignite their fierce rivalry from last year’s games which led to a new stadium record.

US Champ Heather Kampf confirmed for Mile

It has been confirmed that Heather Kampf (Team USA Minnesota) will participate in the Clonliffe Women’s International Mile at Morton Games.

One of the top athletes on the US circuit. She has been particularly successful on the popular road circuit and is the reigning US 1 Mile Road champion.

Winning the The Ryan Shay Mile and the Liberty Mile has earned her the nickname in the States of ‘Queen of the Road Mile’.

Whilst at the University of Michigan she was a 9 time NCAA All American and was the NCAA 800 Indoor Champion in 2006.

In 2014 she competed in the World Indoor 1500 metres in Sopot. Heather boasts an impressive set of PBs, her 1500 PB is 4.07.15 set on the 25th of April this year at Des Moines. Her indoor mile PB is 4.30.14 with a road mile best of 4.27.1.

Cutts and Bychkov to go head to head

Hot on the heels of the confirmation from Igor Bychkov (ESP), the joint pole vault stadium record holder Luke Cutts (The Dearne ALC, GB) has confirmed his participation for this year’s Morton Games.

These two athletes were involved in one of the most dramatic events at the 2013 Morton Games when they jointly set a new stadium record of 5.56m. Vault after vault and they could not be separated and as exhaustion eventually set in a tie was declared.

Since those Morton Games Cutts has gone on to extend his PB outdoors to 5.70m, in London the 27th of July and this year on the 25th of January 2014 vaulted to a new Indoor PB 5.83m.

It is fantastic to see that these two world class athletes are coming back to Santry to thrill the Morton Stadium crowd.

US Record Holder confirms for Women’s Mile

US 5000m record holder Molly Huddle will be participating in the 2014 Women’s International Mile (sponsored by Clonliffe Harriers) at the Morton Games.
Molly Huddle set the blistering 5000m 14.44.76 record at the 2010 Ivo Van Damme Memorial Meet in Brussels.

She is an Olympic 5000m finalist having made the final at the London Olympics.
She has represented the United States twice at the world championships and three times at world cross country championships.

She has a 1500m PB of 4.08.09 and a 10000 PB of 30.47.59 set as recently as the 4th of May.

Launch of Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps

Athletics Ireland News - Thu, 2014-05-22 15:51

Young athletes get set for an active summer!

Dried fruit and nut experts Forest Feast and Athletics Ireland today officially launched the Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps at a special event in Morton Stadium, Santry.

The Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps will be run at several athletics clubs nationwide throughout June and July giving participating young people the chance to try a whole range of athletics activities such as sprinting, javelin, hurdles, shot putt, long jump, walks and relays during the summer holidays.

The camps, which are focused on fun and fitness, are open to boys and girls aged six years and above, and are run by fully accredited Athletics Ireland Leaders.

On the final day of each camp, every child will be presented with a medal and a certificate in recognition of their efforts. As well as learning new skills and making new friends in a fun environment, each child will go home with a New Balance T-Shirt, Spike Bag and Water Bottle.

Irish Long Jump Record Holder Kelly Proper, ambassador for the Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps, was on hand at today’s launch event, alongside a group of budding young athletes from north Dublin club Raheny AC.

Proper said “The Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps are a fantastic opportunity for young children to have fun and try athletics during the summer holiday period. These camps will give these kids a chance to develop many aspects of their physical abilities, such as speed, agility and balance in a fun environment.”

Forest Feast Field Sales Manager Christine Whelan said, “Forest Feast is proud to be kicking off a summer of athletics and fun through the Forest Feast Athletics Summer Camps. The warmer months represent an ideal time for young people to get into the fresh air and get active, instilling a fun and healthy relationship to fitness. Being part of these camps will give young people an opportunity to develop skills and make friendships that will last far beyond the summer.”



Week 1 July 7th - 11th
Week 2 July 14th - 18th
Week 1 June 30th - July 4th
Week 2 July 7th - 11th
SLOT (Carlow)
Week 1 July 14th - 18th
Ferrybank June 30th - July 4th
Leevale July 14th-18th
Cushinstown July 7th - 11th
Clonmel June 30th - July 4th
Dunleer July 7th - 11th
Tallaght AC July 21st - 24th

Raheny Kids Jump for Jamboree joy!

Athletics Ireland News - Thu, 2014-05-22 15:26

Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamboree a Success in Raheny, North Dublin

Getting active and having fun was top of the agenda for Raheny kids last night with a hugely successful Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamboree event taking place in Manor House School.

The fun-filled event, on Thursday 21st May, brought together over 220 young athletes (5-12 years old) from the Raheny Shamrock athletics club together to participate in an action packed evening of activity.

The event was co-ordinated by Collette Quinn of Raheny Shamrock AC who enlisted the help of over 20 volunteers. They put the young athletes through their paces by participating in various games, challenges and activities, which worked on their agility, balance and coordination - the three fundamentals of Forest Feast Little Athletics.

Athletics Ireland Regional Development Officer for North Dublin, Bart Rogers, said: “It was great to see so many children here today getting active and having fun at the same time. It’s hugely important that children understand the importance of staying active from a young age.

“We’re delighted that Forest Feast Little Athletics is growing even more popular across Ireland this year, with schools and clubs getting fully behind the programme.”

Christine Whelan of dried fruit and nut brand Forest Feast, sponsor of Little Athletics, said:
“Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamborees are a perfect way for kids to get active and make new friends in a relaxed and fun environment. They introduce the important lesson that keeping fit can and should be fun – and instil a very healthy attitude to leading an active lifestyle.

“It was great to see so many children in Raheny taking part in the Jamboree – they all had endless energy and most importantly, really enjoyed themselves!”

The Jamboree event comes on the back of the recent new partnership between Athletics Ireland and dried fruit and nut experts Forest Feast, who will support the growth of grassroot athletics in Ireland through the major sponsorship of Little Athletics. Forest Feast Little Athletics introduces young children (5-12 years) to athletics in a fun, engaging and non-competitive environment.

There are further Forest Feast Little Athletics Jamboree events planned over the coming weeks, with. AIT International Arena, 6.30pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 25th June, the next on the calendar.
For further information on these events please contact Athletics Ireland Director of Development Pat Ryan by email: pat@athleticsireland.ie or Mobile: 087 2621310

Finn Valley Area Schools Athletics Day 2

Athletics Ireland News - Wed, 2014-05-21 21:07


The sun came out and with it a record response in excess of 500 bringing the 2 day Finn Valley festival of school athletics to just under the 1000 participants the event builds and builds and with excellent organisation it is indeed most encouraging . Meet Director Patsy Mc Gonagle expressed his thanks to the many officials ,teachers /schools and indeed the enthusiastic response of the children as they engaged in long and high jump ,turbo javelin,wheelchair,shot,sprint and midddle distance plus relays . It all went along at a cracking pace with a return to the same venue next Wednesday for finals an 11 am start .














Gregan, Lavin & McCarthy Headline AAI Games (Live Stream Link)

Athletics Ireland News - Wed, 2014-05-21 12:41


Ireland’s number one 400m athlete Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) will headline a stacked 200m field at the 2014 AAI Open Games. European Junior Silver Medallist Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) continues her transition into the senior ranks as she is set to compete in both the 100m and 100m hurdles events. While 2014 World Indoor 1,500m representative David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) makes his return to competition after a spell out due to injury in the 1,500m.

In an exciting addition to the programme Ireland’s junior men’s relay squad will compete in a 4×100m relay event as they begin their quest to run the 40.10 qualifying standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregan in July (See relay preview below for more details)

All the action from the event will be streamed live via the following: Link

Entry List

Event Preview

After a successful training stint in America, Gregan drops down in distance to the 200m and faces a strong field which includes Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) and 2014 national indoor 60m champion David Hynes (Menapians AC). Rising sprint stars Marcus Lawler (St Laurence O’Toole AC) and Zac Irwin (Sligo AC) are both competing in what is likely to be one of the closest races of the day.

Lavin in her first year in the senior ranks will start as favourite in the 100m hurdles with rival Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH) also in the line-up. The women’s 100m race is set to be a thriller with Lavin lining up against sprint specialists Phil Healy (Bandon AC), Louise Kiernan (Fingallians AC), Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC) and McManus. Healy was the outstanding performer of the indoor season setting a new Irish U23 record of 7.36 for the 60m.

Timmy Crowe (Dooneen AC) competes in the men’s 400m having enjoyed a successful indoor campaign which included a 47.29 indoor personal best. Harry Purcell (Trim AC) was the standout performer at the recent Aviva Leinster Schools Championships recording a time of 47.82 is also in the line-up.

McCarthy just missed out on a spot in the final in the 1,500m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland in March. The AAI Games marks McCarthy’s first competitive race since then as he lines up in the 1,500m against John Coghlan (MSB AC) and Andrew Corscoran (Star of the Sea AC).

Ireland’s top ranked 800m athlete Laura Crowe (Riocht AC) is the leading name in the women’s 800m. Junior athlete Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dundrum South Dublin AC) targets a fast time over 1,500m in a year where the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregan is her top priority.


Another group of athletes with Oregan on their mind is the junior men’s relay squad with athletes of the quality of Lawler, Irwin and Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC) on the team they could go close to the national record of 40.60. Under the guidance of junior men’s relay coordinator Daniel Kilgallon this will be the squad’s first competitive outing of the season. The next planned race for the squad will be a meeting in Geneva on June 14th. The required qualifying time of 40.10 for the World Juniors will be the squad’s major goal for the season.

In the women’s Pole Vault event Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrock AC) and Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena & Antrim AC) will go head to head with Ian Rogers (Clonliffe Harriers AC) starting favourite in the men’s event.

Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers AC) and John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) are both over 15m already this year will renew rivalry in the men’s shot putt.

Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5KM - Preview

Athletics Ireland News - Tue, 2014-05-20 18:04


Wednesday the 29th of May is the date for the 11th annual Buncrana 5km Road Race and Fun Run. As ever, sponsored by Sean Furey Insurances of Buncrana and Carndonagh, the 2014 edition of the event promises to be as popular as ever with club runners and recreational athletes alike. Over the last ten years, the race has become a highlight in the Northwest racing calendar due to the proven fast course and the excellent organisation.

2013 was another record breaking year with Letterkenny AC’s Ciaran Doherty running a new Irish record for the course of 14.34 mins to win from Spartan Declan Reed on 14.48. It is worth noting that these men are 39 and 40 years old respectively! While the speed of their runs was questioned in some quarters, both ran similar times on the track shortly after. In the same race Scott Rankin ran 15.00 for 3rd place. This year these three are likely to do battle once again. Rankin has just edged out Reed a number of times this year so far and has a recent 8.31 PB for 3k on the track. Reed is also in great form winning the Irish masters Cross Country title this year and last week winning the Dublin 10k track championships in 31.30. Doherty is also in excellent shape and recently went sub 15 mins in the Ballyshannon 5k. Local hopes rest with the evergreen Pauric McKinney who is a former three time winner of the event and was 5th last year. Others to look out for include any of the Annadale Striders or St Malachy’s boys, who, if they make the trip across the Sperrins, mean business. The men’s team race was won very convincingly by City of Derry Spartans last year with 6 in the top 10 and all sub 16 mins. Both Foyle valley and Letterkenny AC will surely have something to say about the team battle in 2014.

Last year the ladies were also in flying form. Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn ran an excellent 16.32 last year to finish 18th overall in what was the second fastest performance ever by a female on the course. This year McGlynn has been in even better form and could challenge former Olympian Maria McCambridge’s 2010 record of 16 mins and 7 seconds. Also in the reckoning could be three time winner and no 3 on the all-time list Finn Valley’s Therese Mc Gloin who ran 16.35 in 2010. Interesting to note that McGloin got married to Ciaran Doherty during the year and you wouldn’t get good odds betting against and husband and wife double victory on the 28th. Other contenders include Lifford’s Natasha Adams, Finn Valley’s Helen Stockdale and Springwell’s Gemma Turley. Last year the Inishowen ladies were surprising but deserving winners of the team race.


In 2012 the Buncrana public were treated to a little demonstration of the East African dominance when Kenyan Runner Freddie Keron Sittuk posted 14 mins 18 sec to win. The organisers have deemed Freddie’s time to be an all-comers record for the course with Doherty’s 14.34 being an Irish record. They continue to offer €100 bonus to anyone who can break either record. In addition they offer €200 to anyone who can break 14 mins! Kenyan Freddie Sittuk is back in the country at the moment and fresh from winning the Belfast marathon may be lured down to have another crack at it. The ladies course record is no less impressive. Letterkenny AC’s former Olympian Maria McCambridge broke the record in 2010 running an excellent 16 mins and 7 seconds. The same bonus is on offer for the ladies.

Race for everyone

Despite all this talk of records and the fleet of foot, the main aim of this race has always been to provide competition for all levels of runners and joggers. It doesn’t matter if you have just started jogging and have to take walk breaks every so often, you are more than welcome to Buncrana. The only thing that we ask is that you do attempt to run/jog the 5km. It doesn’t matter if you have to walk a bit in the middle but this is not a walking event. Also worth noting that due to Athletic Association of Ireland (AAI) rules, no athlete under 16 years of age will be allowed to compete.

The race is also number 8 of the Donegal Athletics Board’s Summer Grand Prix series which this year comprises a staggering 55 races. In addition to this, there are literally hundreds of fund raising road events being staged across the NW. Due to the huge number of events happening this year, the organisers of the Furey Insurances Series have decided to cancel the whole series and just retain the Buncrana event. This event is not one to bring the dog on a lead or the wain in the pram to but is designed for ANYONE who would like an opportunity to see where they are at. Don’t buy into the scare mongering that this is only for the speedy ones or that 5k races are “too fast”. Everyone has a right to race/run/jog/waddle the Buncrana 5k. Go for it!

Event Details

Wednesday 28th May 2013. Registration from 5.30pm at Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, adjacent to Buncrana Leisure Centre. Entry fee €10/£9stg, Chip timing in operation. Race starts at 7.30 sharp. Refreshments provided after in Scoil Mhuire. Showers available in Buncrana Leisure Centre. Pre-race entries can be emailed to furey5kentry@gmail.com — simply state your name, gender, age on race day and club! These must be received by 6pm on Tuesday the 27th May. Your race number can be picked up on the night when payment is made. Due to the large numbers expected please help us and yourselves by pre-entering! Any of those who intend to register on the night please get there early as we will be closing registration at 7.10pm sharp and don’t want to have to disappoint you. Thanks

The Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5k is organised by Eoghan and Dara Furey with the help of City of Derry Spartans AC, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana, Buncrana Leisure Centre and the help of the local community.

This is an event for everyone regardless of what level of runner you think you are. No more excuses - too fast, too far, not far enough (?), I’ve no speed, I’ll be last! We have heard them all and refute them all. If you can cover three miles in training then you have a right to be there! If you have never tried a 5k or feel your PB is up for review then no better place to be.

We organise everything except the weather! How you run is up to you!

For further details contact race directors Eoghan and Dara Furey

ring 00 353 87 9474883/ 00 353 86 6061514

email: eoghanfurey@gmail.com/darafurey@gmail.com / website: www.derry-spartans.com

facebook: Furey Insurances Buncrana 5k series page / Race route fly through: www.goodrunguide.co.uk



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