The next squad training for the race walking group part of the Munster Performance Squad, takes place on Sunday 23rd February at the RSC Track Waterford from 10am-1pm. This is just for the race walking group only, not the other event groups. For further details please contact head coach Frank Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0868282689.
Olympic gold medalist, Ashton Eaton, heads international field competing in Athlone on 26 February
Ashton Eaton, the Olympic decathlon champion and world record holder, is the headliner at the AIT International Arena Grand Prix on 26 February.
The 26-year-old, who was dubbed “the best athlete to ever walk the planet, hands down” at London 2012, is part of an international field – including Eaton’s wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton – that will compete in the AIT International Arena, Athlone.
One of the highlights of the evening will undoubtedly be the Senator Eamonn Coghlan Mile, which is sure to attract a top-calibre field looking to run the first four-minute mile in the Athlone venue. A prize fund of €500 is on offer for the winner of the race if he achieves the elusive sub-four minute time.
Amongst those already signed up to compete in the race are John Coghlan, John Travers, and Joe Warne.
President of AIT, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, said: “The grand prix is attracting a growing list of national and international talent. People are really excited about the opportunity to see athletes who have succeeded at the highest level, whether that be in the Olympics, the World Championships or the European Championships. We’re really confident that this will be a sell-out event,” he said.
The AIT International Arena has established a reputation as a fast track, something which Prof. Ó Catháin says is proving to be “a decisive factor in attracting the sporting elite” to the midlands venue. “In the year since we opened the International Arena, new records are continuously being set, including most recently a new world record for over-60 in the 800m set by Joe Gough, as well as Mark English’s new national senior and u-23 indoor record in the 800m. Just last Friday, 12 indoor athletics intervarsity records were broken. That bodes well for some really keen times at the Grand Prix,” the president said.
Events confirmed for the meet include the 60m, 400m, 600m, Senator Eamonn Coghlan Mile, 3000m, as well as the long jump, shot put and 60m hurdles.
Amongst the international athletes competing at the AIT Grand Prix will be: Ashton Eaton (Olympic decathlon champion and world record holder), Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlete, 2012 Olympian and 2013 World Championship silver medalist), Tabarie Henry (three-time World finalist – 400m), Shara Proctor (2013 Diamond League Champion, British indoor and outdoor record holder, 2012 World Indoor Bronze medalist – long jump), James Ellington (London 2012 Olympian, current 2xBritish 200m champion), Donald Sanford (fourth at European Championships in 2012 – 400m), Damar Forbes (2013 NCAA Champion and World finalist – long jump), Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (member of GBR 4×100m relay that won bronze at World Championships), and William Sharman (Captain of the GB athletics team and World 110m hurdles finalist).
Further information about the AIT International Arena Grand Prix can be found at www.aitsport.ie. The event starts at 7pm on Wednesday 26 February.
Tickets are priced at €10 for adults and €5 for children, and will be on sale on the door. Highlights of the event will be shown on Setanta Ireland.
Galway are sending a huge number of athletes to the National Masters XC on Sunday which is great to see. I'm going to make up the numbers and I'm not expecting much - especially if it's a mud-bath which is more than likely given all the recent rain and flooding. The location is called Cow Park in Co Meath and that doesn't conjure up images of nice, flat, firm meadows for running. I had a conversation with Owen on the weekend where I made the point that in my mind, XC running is so far removed from road running that I see it almost like a different sport (at which I'm no good). As you can see I'm getting my excuses in very early doors...perhaps all this negativity stems from those cold, wet, wintry runs we were forced to do as a junior in school (which everybody hated). Perhaps I need some form of counselling?
One of the best races of the year is on Sunday when the annual Kilconiern Charity 5 mile road race takes place. This race has raised over EUR20,000 for local charities in the last 6 years and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Please make every effort to support this great local event. All the details are below and we would also like to wish all the best to our runners who are taking part in the Masters All Ireland Cross Country championships in Dunboyne on Sunday. Registration for the 2014 Kilconieron Charity Run is now open on Run Ireland. The 5 mile run is on Sunday 23rd February at 12pm and all proceeds this year will go to ACT For Meningitis. To enter go to www.runireland.com/active/all-events and scroll to February 23rd where you can enter now for EUR15! There is also a special discounted rate this year for walkers of just EUR10. Entries will also be taken on the day at Kilconieron GAA grounds. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kilconieron.charityrun and look out for our new website which is coming soon (www.kilconieroncharityrun.com ). See you on Sunday 23rd February and thank you for your support! For more info contact Niall Callanan – 087 6773983.
The provisional program for the Connacht Indoors on the first weekend of March is as follows-
The U12-15 events are all on Saturday 1st while U16 and older are on Sunday 2nd March.
Age group coordinators will be seeking entries early this week. Note there are no Connachts for age groups younger than U12.
The race started in town and we had a nice downhill start where a guy from Ennis track took the lead and I settled in behind him. After about 400m I decided to push on and took the lead with the rest of the field in pursuit. We took a left turn and then hit the first km marker and whilst this section of the course was flat enough, we were running into the breeze. I was feeling good and had a quick glance at my watch at the 2km marker and the split was a little disappointing but I was still leading with Michael right behind me.
I don't recall the detail of the course but mid-way through the 3rd km we took another left turn. I was still plugging away but not surging and upon reaching the 3km point I was starting to think that Michael was going to stick with me until the last few minutes and then put in his customary quick finish. That didn't happen and at about 3.5km I started to open up a gap as we took another left turn onto a busier road. At this point it was foot down with wind on the back and it was soon apparent that I was out in the lead by myself.
At around 5km we were back in town and there was some great support from Fintan and his kids. Then the fun started - I was directed up the section of road I'd covered during my warm-up so knew straight away this wasn't going to be fun. I lost a lot of momentum going up the first hill and in the space of a minute I'd gone from feeling great to feeling very ordinary. At the top of the hill I had nothing left to push on and had to take a further 5-10 seconds of recovery before attacking the downhill section. Then another climb before a left turn and then the 6km marker arrived and having missed the 5km split the time for the last 2km seemed decent considering the hills (6:36 - I'd guess 3:10/3:26).
This gave me a bit of a lift and the old thought of "keep this going for 6+ minutes and you'll be home and hosed". The 7th km was certainly flatter and I'd convinced myself that the last km was going to be a quick one. Not on your Nelly - it was a very nasty climb up past the 7km marker and again on reaching the top and making a left turn, I had to recover again before lifting the pace for the run home. This section still felt tough - perhaps into the breeze and then a few more turns and another drag before the run down the finishing chute.
I crossed the line in 26:04 for the win with my team-mate Owen coming in second. It turns out that Mike had pulled out of the race around 3.5km and I hope that he didn't aggravate his injury and wish him a speedy recovery. I'm delighted with that result - especially the time which was 42 seconds quicker than last week. The course and conditions were certainly better than Maree but I wouldn't say the course was an easy one - some very testing hills between 5km and 7km which left me thinking that I still have more to come. My "race yourself fit" strategy seems to be working...
A warm-down with Owen and we ran those nasty hills for a 3rd time. A total of 3.3km to give me 14.3kms for the day.
Here's a photo of me on the course courtesy of South Galway AC. As you can see I'm wearing my away strip for a change:
All in all a very enjoyable day. Great organisation from South Galway AC and they must have been delighted with how the day panned out. It certainly got a big thumbs up from all the people I spoke to so credit to the organisers.
That's 93.9kms for the week. Very happy with how things are progressing at the moment.
Here are the splits from the race:
3:10 / 3:21 / 3:17 / 3:14 (13:02) / 6:36 / 3:10 / 3:16 (13:02)
Total 26:04 (note even splits - pleasing given the tougher second half)
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Despite the incessant torrential downpours of late, the Sun gods have been smiling down on us for our weekends racing over the past few weeks. If only we could do something about the wind!
A lovely sunny afternoon greeted the 174 runners who turned up in Gorgeous Gort for their 8k outing today. Previously held as a 4 miler, South Galway AC increased the distance this year which gave Galway based athletes a chance to run a mini ‘8k Series’ over the first six weeks of the year, with Tuam AC & Maree AC also holding 8k’s since the turn of the year.
As always the days racing is viewed differently depending on whom you speak to afterwards & the new 8k route was described as ‘a lovely course with perfect running weather’ by one whilst another felt it was a ‘tough course in windy conditions’. A quick look at the stats would rate it as slightly slower than Tuam but slightly faster than Maree.
Ray Somers has been climbing up the finishing tables consistently over the last year & is now hovering closely behind the usual suspects of Matt Bidwell, Owen Byrne et al, finishing fourth today in a time of 29.46. After a period of going unchallenged at the top of the Athenry AC charts, the return to form of his nemesis, Mick Rice, seems to have given him a kick to push on further again.
Mairead Sullivan continued her streak of improving times with a 45 second PB, finishing as 7th female home in 35.24. Clearly the ‘run, at least, every day’ strategy suits Mairead. James Lundon just about made the start line after deciding to check out the entire course during his pre-race warm up (in preparation for his 10th assault at Ballycotton next month) but still ran a credible 36.18, 11 seconds faster than Maree last week, whilst Fiona Doughan made her first appearance for the year with a 41.55.
Matt Bidwell claimed first position in a time of 26.04 & Ann Lennon of Mayo AC was first female with a 30.48.Race Result
Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) put in a stellar performance today at the Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships at the AIT International Arena, Athlone to win the Women’s 60m Final in a personal best of 7.32. This time was also the qualification standard for the World Indoor Track and Field Championships which take place in Sopot, Poland in March. Phil Healy (Bandon AC) was second with 7.37, with Niamh Whelan third in 7.65. Speaking after the race Foster said: “The aim was to come out here and win and I achieved that. I knew to win I needed to run fast as Phil Healy has been in flying form. I didn’t have the best of starts but my pick up and finish were good and overall I’m really happy with the race. It was great to get the pb and the qualification time for the world indoors – it’s a pretty perfect day”
Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) added the 200m title to add to her Long Jump title from yesterday setting a new personal best and stadium record of 23.56. It also brings her total tally of indoor titles to 16 making her the most prolific winner of indoor national titles. Proper said: “I’d a great weekend, I couldn’t have asked for anymore, I’d two personal bests in the 200m and I’d a few great jumps (6.35m)”
Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC) was another stand out performance recording a New National Indoor Junior record of 21.19 to take the Senior Men’s 200m. Zac Irwin (Sligo AC) was second in 21.71 with David Quilligan (Leevale AC) third in 21.94. Lawler said: “I’m over the moon, recording a new national junior record, stadium record and the qualification standard for the World Junior Track and Field Championships.
Earlier in the day Lawler finished second in the 60m in 6.95 with Jamie Davis (Raheny AC) recording the same time for third. The race was won by David Hynes (Menepians AC) in 6.85. Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC, who recorded a personal best of 6.84 to win his semi-final earlier in the day withdrew from the final due to a slight niggle.
The Men’s 400m proved to be a thrilling race with Timmy Crowe (Dooneen A.C) and Richard Morrissey ( Crusaders AC) leading the charge to the break and Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) sitting in behind. Barr made a move down the back straight to take the lead and he powered to finish winning in 47.05, Crowe was second in 47.51 and Morrissey third in 47.56.
Sinéad Denny (DSD AC) was the clear winner in the women’s 400m in a personal best of 54.30. There was a real battle between reigning champion Shauna Cannon (Brothers Pearse A.C.) and Ciara McCallion (Clonliffe Harriers A.C.) down the home straight with Cannon taking silver in 55.56 from McCallion in bronze in 55.67.
With Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC) having to withdraw due to illness the expected battle between herself and Ciara Everard (UCD AC) in the Women’s 800m did not transpire. Everard regained her title winning in 2:06.23.
With the newly crowned Irish 800m Indoor Senior Record holder Mark English (UCD AC) withdrawing from the championships during the week due to illness it left the battle for the National title wide open with Niall Touhy (Ferrybank AC) taking the honours in 1:52.24.
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) dominated the Men’s 1500m taking the race out with 800m to go, he crossed the line in 3.49.50 with Letterkenny’s Danny Mooney second in 3.52.14 and Darragh Greene (Dunleer AC) third in 3:54.85. Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC) took the women’s title in 4:30.59 from club-mate Siofra Cléirigh Büttner in 3:32.84.
In the Men 3000m it was defending champion John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) who set the early pace but Alex Bruce Littlewood (Leevale AC) reeled him back in to win in 8:02.13. Bruce Littlewood a former scholarship student of McNeese State hails from the UK and has recently settled in Cork with his wife. Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers) went onto claim silver in 8:10.57 with Travers paying for his early pace having to settle for third in 8:14.73.
In the 60m Hurdles Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) put in another solid performance running 8.33 to take the title from Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH AC) who powered to second in a personal best of 8.48. The Men’s 60m Hurdles title went to Ian McDonald (Crsuaders AC) in 8.22 from Paul Byrne (St.Abbans) in 8.29 and Tom Reynolds (North Down AC) in 8.32.
In the women’s pole vault Zoe Brown cleared a personal best of 4.31m and set an all comers’ record. The Men’s Shot Put was won by Sean Breathnach in 16.15m. Kourosh Foroughi (Star of the Sea AC) recorded one of his best jumps in recent times when taking the national High Jump title in 2.15m. Caoimhe King (Aughagower A.C.) was close to her best when taking the Triple Jump title in 12.84.
Just weeks after starting an athletics scholarship at the University of Mississippi Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) became the first athlete in the school history to run a sub four minute mile. Competing at the Husky Classic in Seattle Washington Tobin won section 4 of the mile in a time of 3:59.91 to become the 39th Irishman to break four minutes for the classic distance.
“I’m proud of Sean,” head coach Brian O’Neal said. “To break four minutes and set a lifetime personal best in his first mile with us, I’m excited for what the future holds for him and our whole team. Our men’s team is rounding into form at the right time.”
His achievement comes just a week after helping his school break another school record when he ran 1:50 for the 800m leg of the DMR for a time of 9:40.17 at the Armory in New York.
At the Iowa State Classic Liam Markham (Ennis Track), another runner who is closing on the sub4 club, won his section of the mile in a time of 4:04.04 in a fiercely competitive race.
World champion Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) was in action at the Millrose Games in New York where he finished second in the 1 mile walk in a time of 5:39.75.
NYRR Millrose Games New York, N.Y.
Susan Rudin Men’s USATF13 Championship Mile Walk (Elite)
1 Gustafsson, Andreas GK Steget Sweden 5:34.45
2 Heffernan, Robert Togher AC Cork Ireland 5:39.75
3 Hallman, Jonathan Shore Athletic Club 6:07.32
Husky Classic - Seattle WA
1 Tobin, Sean Mississippi 3:59.91
2 Poland, Ryan Portland 4:01.28
3 Greenwald, Jeremy Georgia Tech 4:01.90
4 Clowes, Matthew Concordia (Ore.) 4:03.78
Women Weight Throw
1 Amaechi, Chioma California 21.75m
2 McKee, Meagan Fresno State 19.77m
3 Daniels, Shreese Wyoming 19.21m
4 Weir, Jillian Oregon 19.12m
5 Byrd, Caitlin Fresno State 17.97m
6 Tauvela, Vania Eastern Washington 17.87m
7 Hickey, Aoife Utah 17.69m
17.69m 17.39m 17.42m FOUL 17.28m 16.96m
Iowa State Classic - Ames, Iowa
Men 1 mile
1 Liam Markham SO Illinois 4:04.04
2 Nathan Weitz SO Northern Arizona 4:04.33
3 Niklas Buhner SR Auburn 4:04.35
4 Joel Hubbard FR Syracuse 4:05.27
The Irish National 50km Championships were held on a muddy but runable course in Donadea Forest Park this morning. Respresenting Athenry AC were David Noone, Valerie Glavin, Maeve Noone, Ed Egan & Siobhan Guinan who was making her first foray into ultra running.
David Noone was first home of the club members in a time of 3.58.03, a 3 minute PB & just rewards after a hard 4 months of various niggles & illness. He was placed 30th overall & 29th male in the Irish National Championships. That's some performance when you look at the field of accomplished ultra runners who finished ahead of him; Eoin Keith, Gary O'Hanlon, Rory & Peter Mooney, Thomas Bubendorfer & John O'Regan are just some of the names on the list who would be regular podium finishers over marathon & ultra distances.
Next up was Maeve Noone in a time of 4.36.28. It was a very consistent run throughout & a time which gave her 8th position in the National Championships. Ed Egan came in just under the 5 hour mark with a 4.56.21 & Siobhan Guinan followed soon after with a 5.04.35. This was Siobhan's first attempt at an ultra distance & only her second marathon distance.
Valerie Glavin notched up 25km on her continuing return to the ultra running fold before she called it a day but it surely won't be long before she has racked up enough miles in the legs to be back challenging in these races.
The race was won by Gary O'Hanlon on his debut in an ultra distance. His time of 2.59.19 was enough to give him the second fastest time in Europe this year (31 seconds off top spot) & gained him a spot at the 50k world champioships. Gary only found out last week that someone entered him in this race & had no specific training done for it, it bodes well for the 'worlds' with a structured plan in place.
Orna Dilworth of Sportsworld was first female in 3.43.16 & also claims a World Championship slot. Good luck to both!!
Gary O'Hanlon deserves a special mention as someone who can be held up as an inspiration to us all as we go through our (what seem to us at the time) endless injuries. Gary was a promising junior athlete back in the 90's & went unbeaten in schools athletics between 1990 & 1992, also setting national records in that time. Whilst out on a training run as a 17 year old, he was knocked down in a near fatal accident which left him with brain & facial injuries. For the next six years he had to undergo intensive rehab, not knowing if he would ever be able to run again. He battled chronic pain & depression during this time but eventually, with the help of his coaches in Clonliffe Harriers, he made a return to athletics. Over twenty years after the accident he is now regarded as one of the top marathon runners in the country & has multiple wins to his name.
Everyone at Athenry AC wishes him the best in his World Championship exploits where he is sure to be regarded as one of the favourites.Category: Race Result Attachments: donadea50km_2014.pdf
Charity race - Permit sponsored by Craughwell AC
Registration for the 2014 Kilconieron Charity Run (its 6th running) is now open on RunIreland.
Go to www.runireland.com/active/all-events and scroll to February 23rd where you can enter now for €15!
All proceeds this year will go to ACT For Meningitis.
Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) took the Women’s Long Jump title with a leap of 6.35m at the Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships at the AIT International Arena, Athlone today. Not only was this a new stadium record but it also brings her total tally of indoor titles to 15 - equalling that of World 50k Walks Champion Robert Heffernan, as the most prolific winner of indoor national titles. Proper said: “I’m absolutely delighted with it (15th title). In the last few weeks I’m so close to getting back to near my personal best in the long jump (6.62), training is going great and I’m so happy with how my season has gone so far and hopefully I go even better in the next week or so.” The Waterford woman went on to set a stadium record and personal best in the 200m heats of 23.75.
With Robert Heffernan competing in the Millrose Games in New York this weekend it was left to Alex Wright (Calry AC) a member of his training academy in Cork to take the Men’s 5k Walk title in a time of 19.25.38, which is third fastest in the All-time List. Wright who hails from London has recently declared for Ireland spoke after the race: “I’m very happy with the title today, it’s been a tough week of training and it’s a PB for me too”.
There was a battle between Wright’s training partners Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) and Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) with Hickey sitting in behind Boyce throughout before he pulled away crossing the line in 19:56.78 and Boyce finished third in 20:03.91, both personal best times. The Women’s 3k was won by Lauren Whelan (Leevale AC) in 14.22.96 which is her third personal best in the last two months.
The women’s 3000m title went to Deirdre Doyle (SLOT AC) in 9:53.64 while Maria O’Sullivan (Raheny AC) who had led right up to the closing lap was second in 9:53.97. Sinéad O’Connor of Leevale AC was third in 10:02.79.
The women’s shot put was won by Claire Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers AC) with 14.95m a new stadium record, improving on her all-time best of 14.75m. Ian Rogers of Clonliffe Harriers AC won the Men’s Senior Pole Vault in 4.60m, while his team mate David Donegan who was targeting his 10th National title was second with 4.50m. There was joint third placing for Thomas Houlihan (West Waterford AC) and Stuart Greene (Raheny AC) with 4.40m. The women’s high jump title went to Grainne Moggan (DSD AC) with a jump of 1.68m. The Triple Jump Men’s was won by Antony Daffurn (St. Ronans A.C.) in 14.99m.
In the Men’s 1500m it was first four in each heat with four fastest to qualify for the final; David McCarthy (West Waterford A.C.) won heat one in 4:04.84 with Darragh Greene (Dunleer A.C.) taking the second heat in 3:58.90.
With Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC) having to withdraw due to illness the expected battle between herself and Ciara Everard (UCD AC) in the Women’s 800m will not now transpire. Everard took the first heat in a conservative 2:20.73 clearly saving energies for tomorrow’s final while Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore AC) took the second heat in 2:16.30.
With the newly crowned Irish 800m Indoor Senior Record holder Mark English (UCD AC) withdrawing from the championships during the week due to illness it has left the battle for the National title wide open. In the heats it was the first two plus two fastest qualifiers for a place in the final. The fastest winner of the three heats was Harry Purcell (Trim AC) who is coached by Eamonn Coghlan in 1:54.77.
In the Men’s 60m heats the most impressive of the morning’s action was David Hynes (Menapians AC) with 6.86 seconds. The winners of the other heats were as follows; Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) 6.92, Marcus Lawler (SLOT) 6.95, Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC) 7.02, Jamie Davis (Raheny AC) 7.03, Laurence O’Reilly (Tullamore AC) 7.05. Semi-Finals and Finals take place tomorrow.
From the Men’s 200m heats it was the six fastest times from the seven heats who qualified into tomorrow’s final so all competitors were not holding back with four of the qualifiers running sub 22 seconds. Marcus Lawler looked impressive crossing the line in 21.39, while Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) set a new personal best of 21.70, David Qulligan (Leevale AC) was the third qualifier with 21.90. The remaining qualifiers were; Eanna Madden (Carrick on Shannon) 21.95, Mark Kavanagh (DSD AC) 22.00 and Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC) 22.08.
Action kicks off tomorrow at 1pm with live TV coverage from RTE from 3pm.
I watched the Lego Movie in the afternoon with the wife and kids. I enjoyed it! I consumed my own body weight in popcorn in the process. Good carb loading!
Craughwell AC has run out of space for its juvenile membership!!! Read on for how we are going to fix it!
I started my threshold run at 3:24/km pace but the heart rate wasn't getting high enough, so I eventually had to get up to 3:19/km pace before I was in the correct zone (no higher than 151). I ran 7.44kms during the 25 minutes so that's an average of 3:22/km. Felt great again today and I feel like I could be coming into a bit of form. Fingers crossed.
I will probably race again this weekend so will be hoping for better conditions. And I've also signed up for the Masters XC the following weekend (yes you've read that correctly). Galway will hopefully have a strong team so we are going in search of some vets medals at the national champs.
I cooked a curry in the evening from scratch. The recipe called for grated tomatoes as one of the ingredients. Well I'd never grated tomatoes before and for good reason - what a mess. I made a lovely red mush on the chopping board which I then forgot to add to the main dish. In my defence it did still taste very nice...