Sunday, January 15, 2017

Weekly Notes Jan 2017

Hi,
Below are this week's club notes

The Munster Senior and Masters Indoor Championships were held at the Nenagh Indoor Stadium Jan 15th. Competing in the Senior category, Niamh De Hora was third in the 800m in a time of 2:25.52. Rossa Foley was first in the Triple Jump (11.89m), first in the shot with a throw of 9.73m and second in the Weight for Distance 56 lb with a throw of 4.77m. Jim O'Shea competing in the Masters O70 category, was second in the Long Jump with a distance of 3.81m, third in the 60m sprint with a time of 9.92sec.
Full results on Munster Athletics website. See Results here.

Online Entry is now open for the Munster U/9 to U/12 Indoor Championships & the Munster U/13 to U/19 Indoor Championships. All information can be found on the Munster Athletics website "Forms" page here. 

Club Membership
Membership for 2017 is now due. In order to be eligible to take part in athletic competitions & avail of our club training it you need to be registered. Full details posted on our club website. Newcomers welcome with information in regards athletics and our club also available on our website. www.ffmvac.blogspot.ie

Club Training:
Secondary School /Junior / Senior training every Thursday starts back again at 6:40pm in GAA grounds Farranfore from Jan12th. This is endurance training for all levels with emphasis on running form and technique. €2 club member, €4 non club member.

Cardiorespiratory, Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise Class every Tuesday @ 7pm indoors at Farranfore Sports Hall, Coached by Maria McCarthy, this programme is designed to improve all the components of fitness that constitute physical fitness of an individual
Athletic's Fixtures
Sat 21st Jan: AAI Indoor Combined Events Championships (All Ages), AIT Indoor Arena, Athlone
Sun 22nd Jan: Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Relay Championships & Pole Vault Championships, Nenagh Indoor Stadium
Sun 22nd Jan: AAI Intermediate XC & Juvenile Inter-Club XC Relays, Palace Grounds, Tuam, Co. Galway
Sat 28th Jan: AAI Indoor League - Round 2, AIT Indoor Arena, Athlone
Sun 29th Jan: AAI Junior & U/23 Indoor Championships, AIT Indoor Arena, Athlone
Sat 4th & Sun 5th Feb: Munster U/9 to U12 Indoor Championships, Nenagh Indoor Stadium


See Munster Athletics website for full fixture lists & timetable for events
Pre-registration required. Contact Club Secretary well in advance

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Weekly Notes Jan 2017

Hi,
Below are this week's club notes. 

FARRANFORE MAINE VALLEY Athletic Club
The Munster Junior & U/23 Indoor Championships & Juvenile/Youth Indoor Pentathlon Championships were held at the Nenagh Indoor Stadium last weekend. David Kenny, competing in the Junior Race Walk finished in second place in a time of 26:08. Michael O'Connor won his age category race walk in a time of 17:27. Neesan O'Brien Shea, competing for his first time at munster level, did well to finish in 6th place for the 60m sprint in a time of 8.13sec. Rossa Foley competing in the U23 category was 3rd in the shot with a throw of 9.30m. 3rd in the Weight for Distance 35 lb with a throw of 7m and 2nd in the Long Jump 5.36m.
Full results on Munster Athletics website.
Munster Indoor Race Walk Results
Munster Junior & U23 Indoor T&F Results

The Charles O'Shea Memorial Cup Beaufort 10K & 5K fun run was held on New Year's Day. The road race is organised by Star Of The Laune AC. Well done to our following club athletes who participated. In the 10K: Ger Ladden, Caitriona Barry, Eileen Egan & Michelle Hoare. 5K: Cian Spillane, Christine Spillane & Marie McKenna.
Full Results: Results

Club Membership
Membership for 2017 is now due. In order to be eligible to take part in athletic competitions & avail of our club training it you need to be registered. Full details posted on our club website. Newcomers welcome with information in regards athletics and our club also available on our website. www.ffmvac.blogspot.ie

Club Training:
Secondary School /Junior / Senior training every Thursday starts back again at 6:40pm in GAA grounds Farranfore from Jan12th. This is endurance training for all levels with emphasis on running form and technique. €2 club member, €4 non club member.

Athletic's Fixtures
Sat 14th Jan: AAI Indoor League Round 1, AIT Indoor Arena, Athlone
Sun 15th Jan. Munster Senior & Masters Indoor Championships, Nenagh Indoor Stadium @ 10am.
Sat 21st Jan: AAI Indoor Combined Events Championships (All Ages),  AIT Indoor Arena, Athlone
Sun 22nd Jan: Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Relay Championships & Pole Vault Championships, Nenagh Indoor Stadium
Sun 22nd Jan: AAI Intermediate XC & Juvenile Inter-Club XC Relays, Palace Grounds, Tuam, Co. Galway
Sat 28th Jan: AAI Indoor League - Round 2, AIT Indoor Arena, Athlone
Sun 29th Jan: AAI Junior & U/23 Indoor Championships, AIT Indoor Arena, Athlone
Sat 4th & Sun 5th Feb: Munster U/9 to U12 Indoor Championships, Nenagh Indoor Stadium

See Munster Athletics website for full fixture lists & timetable for events
Pre-registration required. Contact Club Secretary well in advance


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Membership now due for 2017

Membership for 2017 is now due
For Period: January 1st 2017 to December 31st 2017

NOTICE: Athletes whose membership is not up to date are not entitled to train with the club and will not be entered in competitions for 2017
FULL DETAILS: Membership 2017

New Members should fill out the Membership Form 2017 and return to any club officer or coach. Please read our New Members Welcome Pack to give you an insight into our club and the sport of athletics in Ireland.

Existing Members can pay the appropriate fee to any club officer or coach. 
Alternatively payment can be made online HERE

The membership fee includes:
  • Entry to all AAI Championship Events
  • AAI registration
  • AAI insurance
  • AAI Coaching Course fees

The subscription fees for the 2017 season are:
Juvenile / Junior                  € 25 (3rd additional child €20)
Senior & Master                   € 45
Fit4Life Membership           € 25
1 Adult + 2 Children            € 85  (additional child €20)
2 Adults + 2 Children          € 125 (additional child €20)

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 St. Stephen's Day 5K Results

It was ideal weather conditions for our 55th Annual St. Stephen's Day 5K Road Run. With well over 400 participants taking part in what is one of the longest running races in Ireland. A special thanks to all our race organisers & volunteers who work tirelessly every year to make this an event to be enjoyed by all.
A sincere thanks to all our main sponsors: Moriarty's Centra Foodstore, DUNNES Killarney, Angasana Resort & Spa, AIB, Edward O'Mahony Electrical.
2016 Race Results

James Ledingham of Kilkenny City Harriers was first home (15:24) to take the Fr. Dan Browne perpetual Cup.
Carol Finn of Leevale AC was first lady (17:58) to take the Fr. Gearoid O'Donnachadha perpetual Cup.
We are extremely grateful to the Pierse family of Listowel who kindly donated the ladies memorial cup. They have been participating in the road race since 1961, now with 3 generations taking part.









Top 6 Male & Female
Posn Time RACE No. NAME SURNAME CLUB GENDER
1 15:24.2 26 James Ledingham KCH M
2 15:27.1 74 Tim O Connor An Riocht AC M
3 16:06.4 59 Sean  O Sullivan An Riocht AC M
4 16:09.6 123 Aogán MacDomhnaill West Limerick AC M
5 16:19.7 54 Patrick O Connor An Riocht AC M
6 16:22.1 3 Tony Harty Killarney Valley AC M
19 17:58.6 139 Carol Finn Leevale AC F
20 18:08.6 241 Sinead Tangney Sportsworld Running C F
24 18:19.6 320 Maria McCarthy Farranfore Maine Valley  F
29 18:32.6 122 Ide MacDomhnaill Donore Harriers AC F
32 18:40.6 785 Deirdre Nagle Unattached F
44 19:00.5 142 Siobhan Daly Gneeveguilla AC F


We had 36 competing from our club. Individual performances below.  Killian Kerins & Marie McKenna were our Club Novice winners. Well done to all.
16 17:46.9 13 Dermot    Dineen M
24 18:19.6 320 Maria McCarthy F
26 18:28.0 73 Killian Kerins M
34 18:48.7 145 Brendan Lynch M
36 18:50.3 436 Aidan McCarthy M
40 18:56.5 118 Gerard Ladden M
49 19:12.3 752 Cian  Spillane M
50 19:14.9 799 Garvin Cronin M
55 19:23.4 114 Caitriona Barry F
64 19:46.0 438 Richard O Brien M
100 21:15.9 103 Conall O Mahony M
109 21:34.1 323 Shauna McCarthy F
113 21:39.5 726 Tomás Clifford M
114 21:39.8 113 Marie McKenna F
115 21:40.3 410 Michael O Connor M
116 21:49.4 733 Ciara Tierney F
118 21:55.9 158 Michelle Hoare F
128 22:21.4 332 Bernie O Mahony F
172 23:47.0 537 James Horgan M
178 24:00.9 154 James Daly M
193 24:25.1 751 Christine  Spillane F
211 25:01.7 520 Grace Crowley F
215 25:08.7 510 Sean O Shea M
220 25:16.0 271 Doireann O Shea F
275 27:17.1 388 Áine O Shea F
288 27:53.4 14 Méabh Dineen F
302 28:27.9 174 Mia O Keefe F
318 29:18.5 466 Katie Brosnan F
320 29:29.1 273 Niamh O Shea F
339 30:48.5 414 Conor O Keeffe M
341 31:29.5 727 Marie O Donoghue F
353 32:51.8 36 Sophie Norris F
357 33:11.0 34 Elaina Norris F
364 33:41.4 467 Olivia O Keefe F
380 36:58.2 695 Matthew Horgan M
386 40:49.3 35 Isabel Norris F

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Juvenile Evening Of Celebration

We will end the 2016 year with an evening in which the success of our Juveniles will be heralded.
On Thursday December 15th @ 7pm in Farranfore GAA Sports Hall our juvenile celebrations will be on the agenda as we come together to offer thanks to our athletes who have delivered through their personal endeavors.

An open invite extended to all club members, parents and those who were involved with us this year in any capacity to come along and join us. Refreshments for all.
Anyone who would be willing to assist with home baking please drop to Hall before 7pm.

Looking forward to seeing you and your families there.

National Novice, Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country C'ships 2016

There was another excellent showing at the Irish Life Health National Novice and Uneven Age Cross Country Championships in Dundalk IT on Sunday December 11th. The competitors were blessed with the weather, temperatures in the double digits and bursts of sunshine in a well laid out course made running very fast.
Shauna McCarthy competing in the U13 2500m race was part of the Munster team following her 4th place finish in the Munsters XC. Shauna ran very well, keeping with the lead group for the most part of the race. Shauna crossed the line in 23rd place out of 137 runners. 
Cian Spillane also competing in the U13 category ran a very gutsy race. Keeping with the lead group for all of the race. The pace was very fast, yet Cian held on and fought hard to finish in an unbelievable 3rd place. He also lead the Munster team to Gold. A great performance by both athletes. 
A special thanks also to their coach & mentor Maria McCarthy for her hard work throughout the year.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016 Annual St. Stephens Day 5K Road Race / Fun Run


Our 55th Annual 5K Road Race FUN Run is not that far away. We will keep the traditional route of starting at the Kerry Mill in Farranfore, running close to the cross-roads in Firies and returning via the same route. So it will be in keeping with the traditional OUT AND BACK course. You can enjoy the day without having to worry about any traffic concerns as the road will be closed to traffic for the duration of the race.
Registration on the day will take place in the Sports Hall, Farranfore from 10:45am.
GPS: 52.172649,-9.546777
There is ample parking with changing facilities.
AAI Permit Granted


Entry Fee.... 
Senior/Masters €10, U16  €5

Prizes.... 
First Six Men & Women (regardless of age category)
First Two Master Men: Over: 40, 45, 50 and 60
First Two Master Women: Over: 35, 40, 45, 50, 60 & 65
First Junior Man & Woman (Under 20)
First Two Secondary Students (Boys & Girls Under 17)
First Local Club Novice (Male & Female)
Spot Prizes
Post race banter over tea and sandwiches with prize presentations at the Sports Hall

Extra Bonus prize if course record broken
Mark Hanrahan - Leevale AC 14:38 (2015 )
Laura Crowe - An Riocht AC 16:26 (2015)



Entrance to Sports Hall off the N22
The Course.... 5KM DISTANCE
It starts just at the entrance to the Kerry Group Mill on the Farranfore to Firies road. This is just 400 meters from the registration point and parking area at the Community Hall. The first 400 meters is up hill, once at the top it is down hill and then levels off for at least 1.6KM. Uphill as you approach Firies Village, you will then turn on the road where it will be clearly marked. From here on you are returning on the same road you started from.
The road will be closed off to all traffic for the duration of the race.
Their will be plenty of stewards along the route with water stations also available.

Start / Finish  (Kerry Group Mill)

400m Climb out of Farranfore


Return Loop from Firies

Sunday, November 27, 2016

National Juvenile Even Age & Inter-Club Cross Country Championships

The National Juvenile Even Age & Inter-Club Cross Country Championships were held on Sunday 27th November at the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. The purpose-built Sport Ireland national cross country course provided the perfect spectacle in ideal racing conditions.

Maria McCarthy & Bernie O'Mahony were competing in the Women's Senior 8000m race. With ground conditions good it was a fast paced race from the start with Rio Olympians competing for the overall title. Maria was the fourth lady for Kerry to cross the line, finishing in 45th place overall. In doing so she won national bronze county team medal behind Cork & Dublin. Bernie felt good after the race and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A special congratulations also to Shona Heaslip of An Riocht AC who won the Senior title and Laura Crowe also An Riocht AC in fourth place. A great achievement by all.

For full results click HERE

Monday, November 21, 2016

Munster Masters Cross Country Championships

The Munster Juvenile Inter Club Relays & Masters Cross Country Championships were held on Sunday 20th Nov. in St. Augustine's College, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. A calm, sunny crisp day greeted the competitors in what was ideal weather conditions and a perfect course.
Maria McCarthy & Bernie O'Mahony were our only two athletes competing in the Masters women 4 Km race. Maria, following her team bronze medal in the British & Irish Masters XC last weekend looked very strong from the start sitting in amongst the lead pack. She started to show here strength in the last kilometer when she lay in second place overall and was slowly reeling in the leader. Maria finished in second place overall and taking gold in her O40 age category. Bernie O'Mahony competing in the O45 category, had a very gutsy run, fighting all the way to the end. She finished 26th overall and was placed 8th in her category. Bernie was also just outside the county team gold medal when finishing 5th for the county. Well done to you both.

Munster Masters Cross Country Championships. See Provisional results here.

Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Relay Cross Country Championships. See Provisional results here.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Munster Senior, Junior & Juvenile Uneven Age XC C'Ships 2016

On Sunday November 13th 2016 in was the Juveniles turn, when we had a small number competing in the Munster Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships held in the Limerick Race Course. The course was wet and muddy following the previous day's torrential downpour. There was a massive turnout for all munster clubs with over one hundred juveniles competing in most races. 

First up was the U9 Girls 750m race. Rhian McCarthy was in the lead bunch from the start and maintained here composure and continuously made great head ground to finish in 8th place with her very first individual Munster Medal. Her teammate, Grainne Costello, found the muddy course tough to contend with but did fantastically to finish in high spirits.
Eabha McCarthy competed in the U11 1500m race. Eabha finished in the top 50 out of over one hundred competitors, which was very good. 
Shauna McCarthy competed in the U13 2500m race. After 500m a gap was opening up where the front group of runners continued to keep the pace up. Shauna was amongst these ten runners. As the race progressed, Shauna continued to pass, with 500m to go she was now in fourth place. Shauna did very well to hold onto fourth place with a sprint to the finish line. Like her sister, Shauna won individual bronze and will represent Munster in the Nationals. 
In the U14 2500m Boys race we had three competing. Cian Spillane,following his dominance in the County Championships, was part of the top group of runners from the start. Sitting back in second spot, Cian waited until the last 300m where he upped the pace to take the lead. The pace was too much for the opposition and finished to take gold. Conall O'Mahony finished strong in 40th place with Cormac Costello not far behind.

Niamh De Hora was our only athlete competing in the Senior Race. They had to contend with 8000m, 4 laps, of what was a very muddy course by now. Niamh ran well to finish in sixteenth place out of thirty six competitors. She was the third Kerry athlete and Kerry team finished in fourth place, just 3 points short of third spot. Well done to everyone who competed and to the Munster Cross Country team for organising such a fine event.

See Provisional Results here: Juvenile Uneven Age Junior & Senior