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

British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships

On Saturday 11th November 2016, Maria McCarthy was part of the Irish Masters team who competed in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships held in Tollcross Park, Glasgow, Scotland.

Weather conditions were ideal with temperatures in the double digits, dry and little wind. It was a tough course with plenty of steep climbs and rough terrain along the 2000m course. 
Maria who was part of the O40 team had 3 laps to contend with. From the gun the pace was very intense and it was clear that some of the competitors were feeling the effects of going out too fast. Maria ran a very strong race to be the first Irish to cross the line in her team and helped them to win Bronze for the team. Maria was 5th overall. Another great achievement.


Full Results:

Thursday, November 10, 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, October 30, 2016

County Senior, Junior & Juvenile Relay XC C'Ships 2016

The final County Cross Country Championship event for this season was held on Sunday 30th October in the South Kerry Sports Centre, Cahersiveen hosted by Iveragh AC. The County Senior, Junior and Juvenile Inter club relays had a glorious day with temperatures in the high teens. The course, a 1,100m loop was well laid out, good underfoot with plenty of sharp inclines and sudden twists.
Our club had three Juvenile relay teams competing. Teams of four had a 500m loop each. First up was the U10 girls. With six teams contesting, Grainne Costello, Niamh O'Shea, Rhian McCarthy & Mairead Walsh ran well to finish in third place to get bronze county medals. The girls U14 team made up of Natasha Myers, Aine O'Shea, Elaine McMahon & Shauna McCarthy (sub. Eabha McCarthy) did enough to hold onto third spot. It was great to see Natasha Myers competing in athletics following a long illness. The U14 Boys team, Conall O'Mahony, Cormac Costello, Malachy Kirwan & Cian Spillane, all running out of age ran very good legs to also finish in second place.

In the Senior Women's race, which was a 5000m distance, we had seven competing. The first lap was at a fast pace where Maria McCarthy running strong in second place. As the race progressed the high temperatures and tough course was showing on the ladies as the gap grew between runners. Maria ran very strong to take silver in the Seniors, she was followed home by Caitriona Barry in fourth place and not far behind was Mary O'Shea. There combined positions earned them silver team. All our ladies did exceptionally well, the others were, Marie McKenna, Bernie O'Mahony, Pauline Joseph & Christine Spillane.

In the Mens 10KM distance, there was a very poor turnout. Just eight athletes competing in this years senior race. We had George McCarthy competing.

Full results in Kerry Athletics website.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Club Training Update

There will be no training sessions for Juveniles & Seniors next week. (Nov 1st - 4th).
Maria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Class is also not on next Tuesday 1st Nov. But will return on Tuesday 8th at the usual time of 7pm.

Juvenile Training:
For the month of November we will be going indoors. Training will be once a week, Thursdays, starting at 7pm in the Sports Hall, Farranfore.  Commencing on Thursday 10th Nov.
Any juveniles who will be competing in the Munster & National Cross Country Championships will have their endurance / interval session at the same time (7pm) outside on the GAA field.

Enjoy the Halloween Festivities

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kerry Athletics Junior Development Squad

The Kerry Athletics Development Squad are now hosting its inaugural Junior Development Squad.
This Junior Development Squad session will take place at the An Riocht track in Castleisland on Sunday 6th November from 1pm to 3pm.

This is open to all athletes registered with a Kerry Athletics Club that will be U11, U12, U13 in 2017. U10 at club discretion.
Registration from 12.30 €5 per athlete payable on the day.

There will be coaches available to work with the following events:-
Sprints, Middle Distance, Long Jump and High Jump(U12/13) Shot, Discus (U13/14), Javelin (U12/13), Hammer (U14)

A Junior development Squad session will be held every few months and will help the athletes develop and prepare for upcoming events.

Maria's Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Classes

With the long nights arriving it is time to get your body back to full strength for next spring.
Our Indoor Cardiorespiratory, Strength, Endurance & Flexibility Exercise session is on on every Tuesday @ 7pm at the Sports Hall in Farranfore @ only €5 for the session.

The class, lasting for one hour, will consist of a program developed by World Masters medalist, Maria McCarthy, who has a National level 4 qualification in exercise health studies & personal training and a Level 2 National Athletics Ireland coach.

This is held indoors and is an effective method of exercising that can be enjoyed by a variety of people. The programme is designed to improve all the components of fitness that constitute physical fitness of an individual. The most essential components for maintaining fitness for life and sport include:
- Cardiorespiratory Fitness
- Muscular Strength
- Muscular Endurance
- Flexibility
Being physically fit also contributes to our overall health and total fitness. Total fitness includes social, mental, emotional, nutritional and medical fitness. It protects you against cardiovascular disease, increases your bone density, lowers cholesterol, reduces blood pressure and improves sleep quality. As a general rule, engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiorespiratory activity each week.

Time: Tuesday nights @ 7pm.
Venue: Sports Hall Farranfore.
Session fee: Pay as You Go €5 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Kerry Senior and Juv. Relay XC - Venue

This years County Senior and Juvenile Relays Cross Country will be held in Cahersiveen on Sunday October 30th 2016. First race is at 11:00am sharp. Which will be the Senior Ladies 5000m. This will be followed by the Juvenile Even Ages Relays. The final race of the day will be the Senior Mens 10Km race.
Please note that the juvenile relays run off very fast.


Directions to Venue..
The XC race will take place in Cahersiveen, When entering the town from Killorglin side continue on until you come to old library at cross roads. Turn right onto Bridge Street, continue on the Castlequinn Road. Follow this road over the bridge and you will see the football field on left. This is the venue, about 800m from turnoff.
Co-Ordinates: 51.953496,-10.230227