Well done Sean on a magnificent silver medal at the National Masters 5000m on Saturday. This medal completes a unique triple, where Sean has won individual medals at National Masters XC (bronze), Indoors (gold) and Outdoor Track (silver) this year. This is a testament to Seans ability to race at an extremely high level across different disciplines throughout the year. He clocked 15.22.
7th for East Cork Division at the AAI National League
Congrats also to the East Cork Division in placing 7th in AAI National League 1st division. The ladies were actually leading after the first two rounds but unfortunately some injuries and absentees meant we couldn't match those feats in the final. It is the first year of this initiative with all clubs in East Cork supporting and leads to a very exciting day of athletics as all races and field events are equally important to the overall placing of the team. I'm sure it will go from strength tho strength. We had one athlete competing on the day. Lorna Santy ran a competitive 5.33 in the 1500m to earn 3 points for the division. Well done to all involved.
Dungarvan 5 Mile:
We had a 1-2 in this race on Friday night. Tim was making his comeback to racing after a long stint out injured and made it a successful one winning in 25.49. Just in time for cross country! Kevin continued his fine vein of form holding off the rest of the field for 2nd in 26.30. Well done lads.
Heir Island 5k:
Eibhlin touring around after her wedding last week came across the Heir Island 5k and over a very difficult hilly course finished 3rd lady. Congrats Eibhlin on the podium and of course to yourself and Ger on the wedding. It's good to see that she remembers where her priorities lie.
Congrats to Frank O'Brien (Midleton AC) on being selected and competing for Ireland in Scotland in the Senior Boys 2k steeplechase. In a very high standard field Frank placed 4th and is still eligible next year. It is great to see local athletes racing at international level, especially when you can see the hard work that goes in week in week out over the winter and summer to get to this level.
Road Racing Scene:
As we have no athletes in the Diamond leagues track and field is effectively finished up for the year (the exception is Sean will be competing in the world masters in Spain in September and the national Masters is also on this weekend). Cross country is still a few weeks away so the roads are where everyone is chasing times at the end of the summer or trying to find out where their fitness is at leading into the winter sessions ahead.
Kevin O'Leary has continues his impressive form with two wins in two weeks, winning the Marine Bar 6 mile in 34.53 and moving up in the podium in the East Cork Harbour 10k from 3rd in 2016 to win in a healthy 33.49, blowing away the rest of the field in the process.
Conna and Castleyons:
Denis, Phil and John went to Conna to support the St Catherines annual 5k on August 3rd. Denis ran a tidy 20.37, Phil 22.04 and John 25.52. I'll leave it up to you to figure out who is chasing the times and who is gauging fitness!
Denis and John then popped down to nearby Castlelyons a few days later and ran the 4 mile. Denis somehow managed to run a faster pace here then the 5k in Conna, perhaps the expectation of local hero got to him.
The rarely ran 8km distance was the order of the day in Mitchelstown Friday the 10th and John was our sole runner, he completed the route in 46.36. This was won by Clonmels Kevin Mauncell in 23.57.
Michelle and Niamh tackled the Marina 5k route last night in the Musgrave 5k. Michelle improved her season best by 31 seconds to 22.33 and Niamh also knocked off 40 seconds from her last 5k race in Coolagown in April to finish in 21.27. There must of been something in the water in Ennistymon last weekend!
National Track and Field - July 28th/July29th:
National Track and Field and two local road races in the last week. Sean made the trip to Morton Stadium in Santry on Saturday to take part in the National T&F championships. He was 11th in the 10,000m in a stacked field in 31.26. Frank also took part in the Junior Mens 3000m and was 4th in 9.15.
Ballinacurra 4 Mile and Cloyne 5k:
Ballinacurra 4 mile was on last Thursday in very wet conditions. The course for the race is part of many of the clubs local training routes. Kevin O'Leary was 3rd in 20.53, Denis 41st in 27.02 and John Walshe finished in 33.09. The race was won by Paul Moloney from Mallow AC in a new course record of 19.59.
Cloyne 5k was on last night and again we had a very good showing from the club, hopefully a sign that people are starting to get ready for cross country again. Kevin O'Leary as so often this summer was our first athlete home. He was 4th in 16.07. Brian Harty made a welcome return to racing with a top 15 in 17.45. Conor Tierney just missed out in breaking the 6 min miling with 18.43 and Denis just missed a sub 20 in 20.10. Michelle and Eibhlin had a close battle with Michelle winning out in 23.04 and Eibhlin in 23.38. John Walshe beat the 8 min miling barrier for the second time this year with a 24.37. Well done all. The race was won by Alan O'Shea from Bantry AC in 15.11.