Munster Intermediate, Junior XC & Juvenile Inter-County Relays, Enniskeane, West Cork, Sun 07-Feb-2016, 12pm

A lot of water’s flowed under the bridge since we gathered at the bhFear for the County Novice on the first Sunday back in October 2015. Even more of the stuff passed over the bridge, through fields, through outhouses, into barns, into cellars and into people’s living rooms. Boy, that Santa Claus idiot really screwed up this year! How could anybody possibly misconstrue Nollaig Sionainne for Nollaig Shona?  Well, for those of you who’ve managed to keep your heads above water, this weekend sees the Munster AAI bandwagon roll into the heart of West Cork for the Muster Intermediate XC, the last throw of the dice for the 2015 XC season, one last opportunity to muddy the waters as they say.

This event is organised and hosted by Doheny Athletic Club. Changing facilities will be available at the local GAA club. The Munster Juvenile Inter-County Relays will start at 12 noon followed by the Juniors  with the Intermediate Women and Men bringing up the rear.

WOMEN 5,000m : MEN 8,000m

LAT/LON: 51.744490N, 8.954139W
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Well, the gun’s off for Election 2016 and the Pols are about to embark on their own Cross Country odyssey. Now, here’s a novel idea for expanding the economy, try selling snow to the Eskimos! You may very well laugh at the idea, but the people who matter reckon it couldn’t be any harder than selling water to us.

Dungarvan 10 Sunday 31st January, 2016

A sizeable contingent of 37 Barr’s runners went to Dungarvan on Sunday for the first major 10 miler of the year. Some great performances were produced on a tough day with a very strong wind and some tough drags at different stages.

Michael Morgan led us all home with an excellent 6th place finish in a pb of 55 minutes flat. The men’s team were 2nd in the Club prize while the ladies team of Karina Teahan, Niamh Cronin and Mary Sweeney were 1st in the John Treacy Club Challenge! Karina was also 1st F35 and Mary was 1st F55. Paul Duggan was 2nd M45. We had 9 runners under 60 minutes and a further 18 who broke 70 minutes.

Here are the full results for the Barr’s

Lastname Firstname Category Time
MORGAN Michael O/40 00:55:00
O KEEFFE Eoin Senior 00:56:57
DUGGAN Paul O/45 00:58:47
MURNANE Christopher Senior 00:58:54
CORBETT Michael Senior 00:59:04
HOULIHAN Michael Senior 00:59:11
LYONS Dennis Senior 00:59:19
TEAHAN CONOR Senior 00:59:44
CURTIN Martin Senior 00:59:48
CASEY Garrett O/40 01:01:05
KELLEHER Joe O/40 01:02:37
BUTLER David Senior 01:02:59
MULLINS Brian Senior 01:03:20
TUPPER John Senior 01:03:27
DOLLARD Glenn Senior 01:03:49
SARGENT Fergal Senior 01:04:37
TEAHAN Karina O/35 01:05:00
NUDDS Graham Senior 01:05:01
FIELD Eoin O/40 01:05:38
NICHOL Jason Senior 01:05:45
O’REILLY Martin O/40 01:06:09
CRONIN Niamh O/35 01:06:13
GOULD Denis Senior 01:07:22
O’CONNELL Shane Senior 01:07:43
HAYES Willie O/55 01:08:45
O’TOOLE Paul O/50 01:08:55
SWEENEY Mary O/55 01:09:39
O’SULLIVAN Conor Senior 01:13:39
HARRINGTON Paul Senior 01:13:42
TWOMEY Niall Senior 01:14:19
O’REGAN Dave O/45 01:15:03
MCNULTY Ailíse O/35 01:17:51
DUNNE Michael O/65 01:19:09
MANNING Michelle Senior 01:20:11
MURPHY Mary O/50 01:21:46
CORBETT Michael Senior 01:25:32

Well done to all who ran!

AAI Intermediate & Masters XC 24-Jan-2016 (Results)

Glohealth AAI Mens' Intermediate XC, Dundalk I.T., Sun 24-Jan-2016

There were some fantastic individual and team performances by BARRS athletes in today’s All Ireland Intermediate & Masters Cross Country at Dundalk I.T. Conditions were very difficult with huge crowds running in what was a mud bath but the BARRS turned out in great numbers and performed brilliantly.

Our O35 Women’s team (Ann-Marie Healy, Gillian Cotter, Margo Dinan, Karina Teahan and Denise Twohig) achieved a very creditable 4th place just 12 pts behind the bronze medal winners. Individually, Karina Teahan was 2nd at F35 after a fantastic run that saw her finish 6th overall.

Our O35 Men finished 3rd with John Meade, Con Marshall, Rory O Sullivan and Joe Cunningham all scoring. John, Con and Rory also scored for the Cork team that finished 2nd. Our O50 Men’s team finished 9th with Eamonn McEvoy, Willie Hayes, Tony O’Brien and Eddie Barry all scoring. Individually John Meade was 6th at M35 and Rory O Sullivan 9th. Con Marshall was 9th at M40 with Eamonn McEvoy 4th at M60.

In the Women’s Intermediate race, the BARRS were 7th with Catriona Santry, Anita Murphy, Irene Eighan and Lorraine O’Sullivan all scoring. Catriona Santry also scored for the Cork Intermediate team that finished 2nd!

Well done to the BARRS athletes who travelled all the way to Dundalk and performed so well!

BHAA ESB Cross Country, Beaumont Park 10-Jan-2016

Irene Eighan winner at the BHAA-ESB XC 2016, Beaumont Park. (Photo - Joe Murphy, Eagle)

Rounding off a very successful weekend after Saturday’s Waterford Half Marathon, the club’s Men and Women posted some excellent performances in the BHAA-ESB Cross Country Race at Beaumont Park.

The BARRS Ladies completed a clean sweep with Irene Eighan an impressive winner and Caitriona Santry outsprinting Anita Murphy for 2nd and 3rd respectively. Gillian Cotter finished 4th overall and 1st at F40. Kitty Harrington Buckley was 1st woman home at F50.

In the Men’s race, Alex O Shea continued his impressive comeback with a 3rd place while the gallant Stephen Geoghegan was 2nd at M40 and the irrepressible Tony O Brien 1st at M55.

Well done to all the BARRS runners!

AAI Intermediate, Masters & Juvenile ’B’ XC Champs, Dundalk I.T., Co. Louth, Sun 24-Jan-2016, 13.30

The GloHealth (National) Intermediate, Masters & Juvenile ’B’ XC Championships of 2016 take place at Dundalk I.T., Co. Louth on Sunday 24th of January. The day’s proceedings kick off with the Juvenile races at 11am with the first of the adult races commencing around 1.30pm. The closing date for entries is Friday 15th of January. Competing athletes must be registered with Athletics Ireland for 2016. The Cork County Athletics Board has arranged a BUS, which will depart Patrick’s Quay at 11am on Saturday 23rd.

Cork Team Selections & Travel Arrangements

13.30 Master Women & Men M65
14.00 Master Men M35-64
14.40 Intermediate Women
15.10 Intermediate Men

Waterford Half Marathon 9th Janauary, 2016

Some fantastic performances again this weekend by Barr’s athletes, this time in the Waterford Half Marathon. In perfect running conditions with no wind or rain (if you can believe that!) John Meade was 3rd in 71.19, Michael Morgan 5th in 73.16 and Rory O Sullivan 7th in 73.32.

In other results of note Joe Cunningham was 16th in 77.33 and was 1st M40. Paul Duggan was 21st in 78.16 and was 2nd M45 and Martin Curtin was 29th in 79.13. Graham Nudds finished in 89.32.

Great running by all of them, well done!

National Intermediate & Masters Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to the Barr’s members selected to represent Cork in the National Intermediate & Masters Cross Country Championships. These take place in Dundalk IT on 24th January.

Those selected are as follows:

Mark Cronin (Intermediate Men)
Ann Marie Healy (O35 Women)
Eamonn McEvoy (O50 Men)

Best of luck to them and all others from the club who compete on the day!

Bandon 5 Mile 1st Jan, 2016

A great start to the year for the hardy Barr’s runners who competed in the Bandon 5 mile race on New Year’s Day in what can only be described as miserable conditions with the wind and rain on the day.

John Meade led the charge and finished 2nd in 25.57 with Rory O Sullivan (5th), Michael Morgan (8th) and Eoin O Keeffe (10th) all in the top 10.
Denis Lyons was 13th, and it was good to see Alex O Shea back racing and finishing in a creditable 29.09. (There is no truth in the rumour that he had just run to Bandon from Limerick :) ) Paul Duggan was another Barr’s member to break the 30 minute barrier. Eamonn McEvoy, Martin O Reilly, Conor O Sullivan, Tim O Donnell and Michael O Crualaoi completed the list of Barr’s members who competed. Well done to all!

Glohealth AAI National Novice & Juvenile Uneven Age XC Championships, Dungarvan, Sun 06-Dec-2015, 2pm

St. Augustine's College Duckspool, Abbeyside, Dungarvan

The AAI National Novice & Juvenile Uneven Age XC Championships take place on Sunday, 06-Dec-2015 at St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, just 2.5km (5 mins by car) from Dungarvan Town Centre on the R675. The Juvenile events get under way at 11.30am with the Novice Women up at 2pm and the Men at 2.20pm. The course is a flat one in and around the Collage grounds. However, with all the recent heavy rain, the course will probably be pretty well churned up by the time the Novice races get underway.

WOMEN 4,000m : MEN 6,000m

LAT/LON: 52.099018N 7.591842W
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Cork AAI County Masters, Junior and Juvenile B XC Champs, Conna, Sun 01-Nov-2015, 12pm

The Cork AAI Masters XC takes place on Sunday 01-Nov-2015 from 12pm. The venue is Shankill Lower, Conna, Fermoy. This venue is NOT the Hayes’ farm that members will be familiar with from previous years. To get to this venue, you’ll drive through Conna village on onwards towards Tallow on the R628. Keep an eye out for the AAI road signs after Conna. This event is organised and hosted by St Catherine’s A.C. and gets under way with the Junior Men and Women at 12pm.

WOMEN 4,000m : MEN 7,000m

Loc8code: W3Z-12-K74
LAT/LON: 52.094989N, 8.073315W
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Course Map