Cork City Sports and Graded Leagues Rd 4:
As we get into late July the track starts to get a bit more serious with Nationals just around the corner. First up last week was the 67th Cork City Sports International Meet in CIT. Sean ran in the Open mens 3000m and finished 4th in a high quality mens field in 8.42. This was won by Damien Landers in 8.31, with the top 12 all finishing sub 9 minutes. Frank ran in the Junior Mens 1500m and was also 4th in a new PB of 4.07 with a trade mark storming finish.
Staying at the track last Friday night was the 4th and final night of the John Buckley sponsored Graded Leagues. Sean and Frank were both racing again. Sean winning the 3000m in 8.45 from Rossa Hurley of Donore Harriers and Frank coming 2nd in the 800m in 2.03. Michelle and Eibhlin also ran the 3000m and both were in the top 5 women. Michelle ran 12.55 and Eibhlin ran 13.58 (over 2 minutes faster than the East Cork Roads 3k back in April - well done Eibhlin).
Carrigtwohill 5k and Ballymac 5 Miles:
We had three athletes running in in the Carrigtwohill 5k last Wednesday night. Kevin O'Leary had a big battle with rival Michael Morgan and Brian Kearney and finished 4th in 16.04, impressive going with the number of races and mileage he is clocking up at the moment. John Walshe was his consistent self too finishing in 25.07. While Lorna was our sole ladies representative running her first road race since May ran 20.58.
Kevin also continued his destruction of the Waterford Road Race Series winning the Ballymac 5 Miler in 26.29. This sets him up nicely to take out the overall summer series with 3 races to go.
National T&F - July 28th/29th
We have one entry in the National Track and Field this year. Sean is running the the 10,000m at 3pm on Saturday in Morton Stadium. It is a straight final. Best of luck to Sean from all at the club, he has been our leading runner all year with very impressive times and results so hopefully he continues his fine form on Saturday and runs a PB. I think his PB is from 10 years ago so it is about time that is broken.
We had seven racing in Youghal on Thursday night. Kevin had another great run with a sub 16 for 3rd. Conor Tierney continues his comeback and was breathing down Erics neck. Denis ran a solid 20.16 and nearing that sub 20 again! Phil, Lawerence and John rounded off the East Cork showing.
National Juveniles in Tullamore:
The dedicated winter training has also paid dividends for some of the non East Cork contingent of our training squad. We would like to congratulate Midleton AC's Paul Hartnett and Frank O'Brien for both winning National titles in Tullamore at the weekend. Paul won the U-17 Boys 3000m in an impressive 9.03. Frank followed up his Junior 3rd with a win in the U-18 Boys 3000m S/C in 10.07.
Both are a model of consistently and winning the Nationals is richly deserved due to a patient build up for the last 10 months since August. Liam has been overseeing there training throughout this time and credit goes to him for getting both to peak at exactly the right time. Congrats to all involved.
Full results below:
Sean and Kevin continued their winning streaks. Sean won the 5000m in Athlone in round 2 of the National Leage for the East Cork Divisional side. Sean set a blistering pace solo, finishing in 15:00.92. Also competing for the East Cork Divional side was Frank O'Brien who was 2nd in the 3k S/C and 4th in the 800 in 1:58. New member Michael McSweeney was 4th in the Discus with 27.10 mters and was 5th in the 56lb weight with 4.40 meters.
Again these are great races for anyone trying to improve a road PB or even to try another event. So if you have any interest please contact Liam. He might even tailor make a programme for you...
Kevin raced a 5.5 mile in Dungarvan and seems to be getting comfortable leading form the front as he comfortable eased away form the field to be the only man home sub 32 mins.
Full results below:
All 5000m and 4 miles the last week over four different races. Kevin O'Leary has hit a hot steak and won two races in three days the VMware 5k and Mount Uniake 5k. Also winning, and taking his tally to 12 wins this year, was Sean in the Corkbeg 4 mile in a time to match the weather. A scorching 19.30 and Course Record!
The club had a great turn out for the Robbie Steele Memorial with 9 athletes towing the line in what is one of the club organised races. And no doubt there were plenty of hands helping out behind the scene as usual making sure everything runs smoothly as usual and adds to the race experience. Congrats to all for racing and helping.
Reminder there is training still ongoing in the usual places Tuesday, Thursday at 6pm and Saturday morning at 10am. So if you are even just going for a jog there will always be a few around.
Full results below: