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Monday, November 24, 2014

Is there a problem with Cross Country in Ireland???

The National Inter-County Cross Country Championships were held in Dundalk on Sunday the 23rd of November 2014. See previous post. On the face of it, there were some excellent performances but when you looks at some of the stats, some issues are raised.

See chart below...this is the number of athletes entered and taking part from each of the counties in Munster. Also note that for a county team to score, 6 men or 4 women were needed.


Cork....There were some superb performances from some of the Cork athletes. Michelle Finn and Mark Hanrahan finished second in their respective races and qualified for the Irish team for the European Cross Country Championships next month. There was a big turnout from the mens teams... 15 men entered while 10 actually took part. Two others not on the Cork team but from Cork clubs also ran. The Cork team took silver on the day which was a big success for the county.

However, only 5 women were entered on the Cork team. On the day, only 3 ran so they couldn't score as a team. Cork is the second largest county in terms of registered athletes and has a dedicated cross country course near Riverstick, possibly the only one in the country. And yet the county couldn't field a full womens team?!?! Why wasn't a larger womens team entered?

Kerry....In numerical terms, Kerry is small yet the womens team took silver which was a fantastic performance. Not only that but two of their athletes Laura Crowe and Shona Heaslip will now represent Ireland at senior and U23 level. However, there was no mens team.

Limerick.....Zero and zero. No men or women from Limerick which is supposed to be the sporting capital of Ireland.

Waterford.....No teams. Just two individuals representing their clubs.

Tipperary.....12 men were entered and 7 took part. The Tipperary mens team finished 5th. On the womens side, Siobhan O'Doherty who is the best distance runner in the county finished an impressive 5th. However, again no womens team.

Clare.....In terms of entering teams, Clare were one of the best. They entered 15 men and 8 ran. They entered 8 women and 5 ran.

This was a feature not only confined to teams from Munster. For example, the winner of the womens race was Fionnuala Britton yet there was no womens team from Wicklow. If you look at the mens race, only 12 counties scored while only 7 counties scored in the womens race.

A lot of this is of course not down to individual athletes but the respective athletic boards in each county. If an individual can't make it on the day then a replacement should be found. As for the original question...."Is there a problem with Cross Country in Ireland?"...then I'd suggest there is. If only 7 out of 32 counties can field teams for the womens Inter-County competition then something is wrong.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Results of the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships...Sun 23rd Nov 2014

The AAI Inter-Counties Cross Country Championship were held at Dundalk IT today Sunday the 23rd of November 2014. With international places up for grabs for the European Cross Country Championships in December, there was a lot of interest in this race and the standard was pretty high.

In the womens race, Fionnuala Britton was the clear winner with Michelle Finn of Leevale AC finishing in 2nd place and Laura Crowe in 3rd. Laura is coached by former Olympian Donie Walsh of Leevale AC. The top 15 are shown below with some others from Munster.


The Kerry team finished in 2nd place.


Place County Positions...Points
1 Dublin "A" 8, 9, 14, 15...46
2 Kerry "B" 3, 19, 21, 22...65
3 Donegal "A" 6, 10, 37, 38...91
4 Down "B" 7, 32, 39, 42...120
5 Clare "A" 17, 29, 36, 47...129
6 Meath "A" 4, 41, 50, 54...149
7 Louth "B" 23, 48, 49, 51...171

The senior womens results can be seen HERE

In the mens race, Paul Pollock was the winner while Mark Hanrahan of Leevale AC finished in 2nd place in what was a hotly contested finish....


Mark has been on the Irish cross country team in the past and will be making the trip to Bulgaria in December for the Euro XC championships.

The Cork mens team finished 2nd!

540 30:42 2 HANRAHAN Mark Leevale A.C. Cork "A"
541 32:16 16 SHEAHAN Colm Leevale A.C. Cork "A"
535 33:08 27 HARTY Michael East Cork A.C. Cork "A"
666 33:30 33 O'SULLIVAN Mark (U23) Bandon A.C. Cork "A"
543 33:41 39 TWOMEY Tim Leevale A.C. Cork "A"
538 33:45 41 DONOVAN Barry Leevale A.C. Cork "A"

Place County Positions Points
1 Dublin "A" 3, 5, 7, 22, 23, 26...86
2 Cork "A" 2, 16, 27, 33, 39, 41...158
3 Antrim "A" 1, 18, 30, 49, 52, 56...206
4 Clare "A" 9, 17, 19, 40, 61, 69...215
5 Tipperary "C" 4, 11, 24, 36, 67, 83...225
6 Donegal "A" 25, 29, 35, 38, 48, 60...235
7 Derry "A" 13, 34, 37, 55, 71, 81...291
8 Meath "A" 15, 28, 58, 65, 97, 107...370
9 Galway "A" 8, 66, 68, 76, 89, 99...406
10 Down "C" 62, 72, 73, 77, 85, 94...463
11 Louth "B" 54, 78, 79, 80, 82, 93...466
12 Cavan "B" 51, 86, 87, 90, 92, 95...501

 The Senior mens results can be seen HERE

All the results including the juvenile races can be found HERE

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Carmel Parnell of Leevale AC leads Irish F55 team to team Gold


The British and Irish Masters Cross Country International was held in Wollaton Park in Nottingham on Saturday the 22nd of Nov 2014. One notable success of the day was that of the Irish womens F55 team that took Gold in that category. The Irish F55 team was led home by Carmel Parnell  of Leevale AC also won her fifth successive title in the F55 age group with a time of 23:26.

A special mention as well for Eamon McEvoy of St.Finbarr's AC who was part of the M60 team that finished second and Frank Hayes of East Cork AC who was part of the M45 team that finished 2nd.

M35...2nd team...Rep Ireland...3  Mark Ryan, 4  Philip Harty, 7  John Dunne, 12  Roger Barrett    
M40...2nd team...Rep Ireland...8  Niall Lynch, 9  Damien Lawless,  10  Peter O'Sullivan, 12  Pat Byrne
M45...2nd team...Rep Ireland...4  Mick Traynor, 5  Des Kennedy, 10  Damien Martin, 12  Frank Hayes

M50...3rd team...Rep Ireland...4  Mick Byrne, 6  Pat Malone, 12  Gerard Maloney, 13  Brian Kelly
M55...2nd team...Rep Ireland...2  Jim Stafford,  8  Martin McDonald, 10  Eugene Moynihan
M60...3rd team...Rep Ireland...1  Paul Elliott, 6  Eamon McEvoy, 15  John Todd
M65...1st team...Rep Ireland  13, 2  Martin McEvilly, 3  Pat Collins, 8  Barry Potts 
M75...2nd team...Rep Ireland 2  Jim McNamara, 7  Joseph Maguire, 12  John Fitzsimons  
F40...2nd team...Rep Ireland...4  Jackie Carthy, 5  Sylvia Malone,  6  Cathy McCourt    
F45...3nd team...Rep Ireland ...6  Colette Touhy, 13  Cathryn Brady, 14  Maria Dolan 
F55...1st team...1  Carmell Parnell  2  Lucy Brennan  6  Pauline Moran 
F65...3rd team...Rep Ireland...7  Carmel Macdhomhaill,  8  Bridget McCabe,  10  Una Reilly
F70...3rd team...Rep Ireland...6  Ann Woodlock, 11  Pam Benson, 12  Maureen Fitzgerald  

The full results can be seen HERE

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Irish Sports Council launch new Anti Doping awareness campaign, #BlackMark.

The Irish Sports Council recently launched a new Anti Doping awareness campaign called #BlackMark. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the Anti Doping programme and promote the message of clean sport.




John Treacy, CEO, Irish Sports Council, said "The Irish Sports Council is proud of our collaborations with our international colleagues and intelligence agencies on doping activities and trends so that we can ensure that our Programme continues to be one of the best anti-doping programmes in the world"

IAAF announce qualifying standards for the 2015 World Championships

The 2015 IAAF World Athletic Championships will be held in Beijing, China between the 22nd  and 30th of August. Yesterday on the 19th of November, the IAAF announced the qualifying standards which can be seen below.


One of the big changes is that they have done away with the 'A' and 'B' standards. There is now just one qualifying standard. The full conditions can be seen HERE

The qualification period is as follows....
a) For the 10,000m, marathon, race walks, relays and combined events: from 1 January 2014 to 10 August 2015 (closing date for the final entries)
b) For all other events: from 1 October 2014 to 10 August 2015 (closing date for the final entries).

Looking through the various standards, it's obvious that some are probably beyond the current abilities of a lot of Irish athletes, especially the sprint events. One possible exception might be Kelly Proper of Ferrybank AC who has a PB from the 2014 European Championships of 23.15 in the 200m. As you can see above, the standard is 23:20.

In the womens marathon, the standard is 2:44 which is one minute slower than the standard for the 2013 world championships. With only 3 athletes allowed on the Irish team, it'll be interesting to see who gets selected? Already, the three Irish women on the team who went to the European Championships in Zurich last August have already qualified based on their times...
Fionnuala Britton 2:31:46, Sarah Mulligan 2:42:43 and Barbara Sanchez who is one second inside the standard with 2:43:59!
There are others as well including Maria McCambridge who finished 2nd in the Dublin marathon in 2:34:19. Add a few others into the mix and several Irish women might be in contention for those 3 spots.

2019 World Championships : In other related news, it was also announced in the last few days that the 2019 World Athletic Championships will be held in Doha in Qatar.
The voting was as follows:
First round: Doha - 12, Eugene - 9, Barcelona - 6 (Barcelona was eliminated).
Second round: Doha - 15, Eugene - 12.

Due to the extreme heat, the competition will be held in October as opposed to August. Expect...
1) It will still be too hot
2) The crowds will be small...i.e. empty stadium
3) Impact on European Cross Country Championships in December.
4) Huge local support for Qatari athletes who were all born in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Race on giant treadmill in Chile next weekend

This is perhaps one of the strangest races ever. Next weekend, the Chilean firm Oxford Fitness are organising a race on a treadmill that can hold 10 runners at once. For the first hour, the treadmill will speed will be 10kph (9:39 minutes/mile). In the second hour, the speed will be gradually increased until only one runner is left. Four of these races will be held.

See the promo video below...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nearly 155,000 people make claims in Vibram court case

Many of you are no doubt aware of the Vibram brand and their 5 finger shoes. Back in May 2014, there was a news item about how Vibram settled a legal case after falsely advertising that the shoes could reduce foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles, without basing those assertions on scientific evidence.

While technically not guilty, the company did agree to a $3.75 million settlement. This was to take two forms...

The first is to refund customers who purchased a pair of Vibram FiveFingers between March 21, 2009 and the date of "the first dissemination of summary settlement notice or class notice, whichever is earlier". In this case, it's was thought that FiveFingers was going to award claimants between $20 and $50 per pair. With so many claims and legal and admin expenses, this in fact turned out to be just $8-$9 per pair.

The second is that claimants can get up to two pairs of shoes without any kind of receipt or proof of purchase.

The majority of the claims, 67 percent, were for two pairs of FiveFingers, the maximum number in the suit for which no proof of purchase was required. Less than a third of the claims, 28 percent, were for one pair, while 3 percent of the claims were for more than two pairs.

Roughly half of the $3.75 million settlement is expected to go towards admin and legal fees.

It would seem however as if this settlement only applies to Vibram FiveFinger customers in the USA. Vibram FiveFinger shoes currently sell for an average of $94 a pair in the US.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scott Gibson of Bandon AC is the Cork City Sports Athlete of the month for Sept 2014


Scott Gibson of Bandon AC has been awarded the Cork City Sports Athletics Person of the Month for September 2014. 17 year old Scott was part of the Bandon AC team that traveled to the Group B European Champion Clubs Cup Track & Field juniors competition in Leiria in Portugal back in September. Bandon AC were the only Irish team taking part and Scott won the 400m race.

Some other running news items from the week...Mon 10th - Sun 16th Nov 2014

Some news stories from the net over the last week...Mon 10th - Sun 16th Nov 2014
Dark cloud of doping hangs over Kenyan athletics...Irish Times...
Euro 10000m champion Jo Pavey too old for lottery funding...BBC Sport...
Glasgow bids for 2019 Euro Indoor Championships...BBC Sport...
Katie Kirk mulls over international switch from GB to Ireland...BBC Sport...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Entry deadline to the Waterford Half-Marathon extended until Wed 19th Nov

The deadline for entries to the Waterford Half-Marathon has now been extended until midnight on Wednesday the 19th of November. The race is on Saturday the 6th of December at 10am.

In 2013, this race attracted a field of over 1300 runners and this year is likely to be as big again if not bigger.

More info in the Running in Munster site..

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Results of the East Cork Senior Cross Country Championships...Sun 16th Nov 2014


The East Cork Senior and juvenile uneven age XC Championships took place today in Ballinahina and were hosted by Carraig na bhFear AC.  In the senior mens team competition Carraig na bhFear AC finished 1st, Midleton AC 2nd and Youghal AC 3rd.  Frank Hayes of East Cork was the first man, followed by his teammate John Hennessy then Willie Walsh of Carraig na bhFear 3rd

The senior womens race was won by Fiona Santry of East Cork, Ruth Mellerick Youghal was 2nd and Emma Leahy of East Cork was 3rd.  The team prizes went to East Cork 1st, Carraig na bhFear 2nd and Youghal 3rd.

Carraig na bhFear won the overall competition for best boys XC club and also won the overall girls competition.

The photo above shows the winning Carrig na bhFear team

The results can be seen HERE

Results of the Cork BHAA Mahers Sports 6k road race...Sun 16th Nov 2014

Just over 400 runners turned out for this new 6k road race in Little Island. 

1 Cathal O' Donovan   18:34 Temp Reg
2 James Mccarthy M1  19:21 MAHER SPORTS
3 Darren Molloy M2  19:53 Navy M-A-1
54 Deirdre Nagle  23:17 Temp Reg
61 Andrea Jones  23:46 Temp Reg
78 Aoife Quigley F1  24:33 Dub BHAA


The full results can be seen HERE


Photos...(Updated Sun 9pm)
1) Kieran Minihane has a gallery of photos HERE 
2) Majella Costello has a gallery HERE 
3) Tara Costello has a gallery HERE 
4) Joe Murphy of Eagle AC has a gallery HERE 
5) Graham Nudds has a gallery of over 300 photos HERE

 For more info on Mahers Sports, visit http://mahersports.ie/

Friday, November 14, 2014

Reminder...Cork BHAA Mahers Sports 6k in Little Island on Sun 16th Nov 2014


Just a reminder that the Cork BHAA Mahers Sports 6km road race is coming up next Sunday the 16th of November 2014. The race starts at 11am and the venue is at Mahers Sports in East Gate, Little Island near Cork City.

As per normal with Cork BHAA races, the entry fee is €5 for registered runners and €8 for non-reg.

Entries usually open around 10am.

This is a brand new race and the course looks pretty fast. There certainly aren't any hills worth talking about.

You'll find more info in this earlier post.

You can find a map of the course with directions HERE

Screening of Unbreakable : The Mark Pollock story opens in Douglas cinema for 2 weeks

Just a reminder for those who haven't seen it. The documentary film  Unbreakable : The Mark Pollock story will be shown at the Gate cinema in Douglas, Cork at 6:30pm from Friday the 14th to Wednesday the 26th of November 2014.




More info in this earlier post.