AAI Intermediate & Masters XC Champs, 23-Feb-2014


The Athletics Ireland Intermediate & Masters Cross Country Championships took place in Dunboyne, Co. Meath on 23rd of February 2014. It was a great day out for the BARRS ladies, who picked up a wad of Silver medals at Intermediate and Masters levels in the Inter Club and Inter County competitions. Despite a blustery day, the rain held off and ground conditions were more or less ideal for Cross Country running.

The ladies O/35 team featuring Denise Twohig, Anne Wolfe, Gillian Cotter, Ann-Marie Healy, Kitty Buckley and Eileen Buckley finished 6th in the O/35 Inter Club competition, while Ann-Marie Healy (#25) and Gillian Cotter (#28) helped the Cork team to a Bronze in the O/35 Inter Country competition.

Pride of place goes to Karina Teahan, Sinead Paley, Katherine Cashell, Margo Dinan, Ann-Marie Holland, Ailise McNulty and Rebecca McEvoy for their great performance in taking the Silver mdeal in the Intermediate Inter Club competition. Moreover, Sinead Paley, Katherine Cashell, Margo Dinan and Ann-Marie Holland were the first four to score on the Cork team thus garnering themselves another Silver medal in the Intermediate Inter Country competition.

The quartet of Mary Murphy, Marion Lyons, Frances Byrne and Mary Sweeney also took home Silver medals in the ladies O/50 Inter Club category, while Mary Sweeney’s performance garnered her a Bronze medal in the O/50 Individual category rounding of a very successful day out at the races for the ladies.

Our Masters men didn’t fare quite so well. A mounting casualty list left them unable to field teams in either the M35 or M50 category and there wasn’t enough time to rearrange entries on the day. Nevertheless, Cathal O’Connell could console himself with a Bronze medal in the O/50 Individual category, while Allen Whitaker, Cornelius Marshall, Trevor Woods and Eamonn McEvoy all finished well up the field in their respective categories. Our Intermediate men had a bit of an off-day. You could say they just didn’t turn up for the races.

The day passed off without incident and everybody was safely back home before 9pm. Well done to the BARRS ladies for their great performance in winning Silver at National Intermediate level and here’s to more success for the club in the future!

Cork County Novice & Masters Road Championships, Midleton A.C. 13:30, Sun 02-Mar-2014

This event takes place on Sunday March 2nd and is hosted by Midleton A.C. The Masters categories are Men O35 & O50 and Women O35 & O45. Eligible athletes can compete at Novice and Masters, but Masters athletes can only score on one Masters team. Novice applies to all athletes who do not have an individual medal at a Novice Roads Championship.

This 4M race takes the route of the popular Midleton A.C. 5M road race. The Women start at 13:30 followed immediately thereafter by the Men. The Midleton Park Hotel will be race H.Q. with some light post-race refreshments. Please text your entries to the Competition Secretary by the closing date of 25-Feb-2014.

Dungarvan 10 26th January, 2014

Well done to all who took part in the Dungarvan 10 yesterday. In what were horrific conditions, particularly early on there were some great performances and a lot of category prize winners. We had 3 men under 55 minutes, 11 under 60 minutes and there were 34 Barr’s athletes under 70 minutes.

Anne Marie Holland and Niamh Roe were 5th and 6th ladies home while Cathal O Connell (O50), Willie Hayes (O55) and Mick Dunne (O65) were men’s category winners and Margo Dinan (O45) and Mary Sweeney (O50) were ladies category winners. Ken Devine was 2nd (O45) and Sinead Paley 2nd (O40).

14 MEADE JOHN Senior 00:54:21
16 MARSHALL CORNELIUS Senior 00:54:39
19 O Shea ALEXANDER Male 00:54:52
29 O’CONNELL CATHAL O/50 00:56:28
33 MORGAN MICHAEL Senior 00:56:50
51 CORBETT MICHAEL Senior 00:57:57
52 LYONS DENNIS Senior 00:58:01
64 MURNANE CHRIS Senior 00:58:59
74 DEVINE KEN O/45 00:59:28
80 CURTIN MARTIN Senior 00:59:37
88 KELLEHER JOE 0/40 00:59:58
99 HOULIHAN MICHAEL Senior 01:00:55
101 BUTLER DAVID Senior 01:01:00
118 HOLLAND ANNMARIE 0/35 01:01:59
133 O’Mahony RUAIRI Senior 01:02:48
142 ROE NIAMH Senior 01:02:58
153 FIELD EOIN 0/40 01:03:15
156 GEOGHEGAN STEPHEN 0/40 01:03:18
162 O’Sullivan JOHN Senior 01:03:26
170 SARGENT FERGAL Senior 01:03:42
180 HARTE MARTIN Senior 01:03:53
192 DOLLARD GLENN Senior 01:04:16
197 MULLINS BRIAN Senior 01:04:33
199 CASEY GARRETT 0/40 01:04:35
200 PALEY SINEAD 0/40 01:04:35
206 O’Reilly MARTIN 0/40 01:04:47
242 NOONAN ALAN Senior 01:05:42
277 GOULD DENIS Senior 01:07:14
282 DINAN MARGO 0/45 01:07:25
289 SWEENEY MARY O/50 01:07:36
292 CRONIN NIAMH 0/35 01:07:40
299 HAYES WILLIE 0/55 01:07:51
315 O Regan DAVE O/45 01:08:16
411 VAUGHAN VALERIE Senior 01:09:50
437 COTTER GILLIAN O/40 01:10:42
445 O Mullain MICHEAL Senior 01:10:56
518 MURPHY ESTHER O/40 01:13:12
679 DUNNE MICHAEL 0/65 01:16:45
694 MC Nulty AILISE Senior 01:17:01
706 COLEMAN BARRY Senior 01:17:19
784 O’Flynn ESME Senior 01:18:26
830 O Neill CLAIRE Senior 01:19:08
852 NOLAN MICHELLE 0/40 01:19:29
1080 MULCAHY MARY 0/50 01:24:26
1183 O’ Connell KELLY Senior 01:27:22
1350 MULLINS CLAIRE 0/35 01:32:43
1535 COLEMAN JOHN O/45 01:44:38

AAI National Intermediate & Masters Cross Country Championships 23-Feb-2014, Dunboyne, Co. Meath

The National Intermediate & Masters Cross Country Championships 2014 will be held in Dunboyne, Co. Meath on Sunday 23rd of February. The venue is just off the M50 Dublin orbital, so we’ll be heading up on the day. If the numbers warrant it, we’ll hire a bus to transport athletes and supporters. So, please highlight the date in your diaries and inform the Competition Secretary if you intend to go. This is the last major XC event of the season and an opportunity to win individual and, or team medals at National level.

Munster Junior & Senior XC Champs, Cashel 12-Jan-2014

The Munster Juvenile Inter-County Relays, Junior and Senior XC Championships will be held on Sunday 12th January 2014 in Deansgrove, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. The Juvenile Relays will start at 11.30am followed by the Junior Women, Junior Men, Senior Women and  Senior Men’s races in that order.

Munster Senior XC 2014 Course

Paste coordinates 52.528134, -7.879976 into Google Maps or set SatNavs to +52° 31′ 41.28″, -7° 52′ 47.91″

Munster Senior XC 2014 Map

From Cork, take the M8 and bypass Cashel for Exit 7 (Cashel-Dundrum). At the Exit roundabout, take the first left (R639) back towards Cashel. The venue is about 1km from Exit 7 on the right.

Bring a dry change of clothes and umbrellas! Best of Luck to the Cork and BARRS team selections.

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

"A Brush for the Lead" - Lithograph by Currier & Ives, New York (1867)

The St. Finbarr’s A.C. Christmas Party, The Flying Enterprise Complex, Fri 20-Dec-2013, 8.30pm

The Flying Enterprise Complex, South Gate Bridge, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork
(Main Gate on Sober Lane by Nano Nagle (Foot) Bridge)

The club will hold its Christmas Party 2013 at the Flying Enterprise Complex on Friday 20th December from 8.30pm. There’ll be plenty of finger licking good food and good music with the usual medal presentation sandwiched somewhere in between. If you’re planning to attend, please text Maria (0860226850) ASAP. Note that the UCC Mardyke track will be closed on Friday evening December 20th. The CIT session will go ahead as normal on Wednesday 18th. The next session at the Mardyke will be on January 3rd.

Ballycotton 10 Entries – Don’t get left out in the cold!

The upcoming 37th Ballycotton 10 road race takes place on Sunday 09-Mar-2014. Thoughts of Ballycotton 2014 may seem a little premature, but the fact is that Friday 20-Dec-2013 is the last day for receipt of postal entries. So log on and print off your entry without delay. I’m told that entries received by this date are guaranteed a number.

AAI Novice Cross Country Championships, WIT Sports Campus, Carriganore, Waterford, Sun 15-Dec-2013

AAI Novice XC, Carriganore - view north from the Start area

The AAI Novice XC Championships take place on Sunday 15th of December 2013 at the WIT Sports Campus in Carriganore, Waterford. The day’s proceedings kick off with the Juvenile Uneven Age races at 11.30am. The schedule concludes with the Ladies and Men’s Novice races at 2.45pm and 3pm respectively. Events at national level are on a much larger scale than AAI Munster and AAI Cork events. Correspondingly, rules and regulations are more strictly enforced. So, please adhere to the rules and follow the signs and stewards directions for parking.

AAI Novice XC course and facilities

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 Novice Women 4,000m (1 Yelllow + 2 Navy) 14.45

Novice Men 6,000m (4 Navy) 15.00

The club’s last visit to WIT was in November 2012 for the Munster Intermediate Cross Country. The venue is a large open field with woods at the northern end. From the access road at the eastern end, the land inclines upward gradually towards the western end, the incline becoming more pronounced as you get to the top of the field. There’s a row of trees running East-West up the centre of the field. The west side ends high up on an embankment which runs parallel to the access road to the WIT West Campus at Point A in the picture above. On the day of the Munster Intermediate, runners had to negotiate a very nasty climb to get up onto this embankment. You’ll be glad to know that the AAI Novice avoids this climb as the Yellow and Navy loops cross below the second last tree at the top (west) end of the field. The ground in and around the wooded (north) end does tend to cut up easily around the bends. Other than that, this is a fast course in favourable weather conditions.On Women’s teams, the first four will score for both club and county. On Men’s teams, the first four will score for club and the first six for county. All competitors must wear official team colours. Best of luck to the BARRS’ Men’s and Women’s Novice Teams!

WIT Campus West

Travelling east from Cork, when you get to the Waterford [N25/E30] by-pass with the River Suir on your left, take the R710 exit for Waterford & ​Tramore. Cross over the N25 and go straight ahead at roundabout. About 500m further on you’ll arrive at the main access roundabout for the WIT Sports Campus.

Set the SatNav to [+52° 15' 15.72", -7° 10' 44.89"]

Paste coordinates [52.254367, -7.179136] into Google Maps

Waterford Institute of Technology West Campus, Carriganore is located on the Old Kilmeaden Road, bounded on the perimeter by the River Suir and the new Waterford [N25/E30] by-pass where a major roundabout access to the Campus has been developed. The existing Carriganore House has also been refurbished and is now a base for research activities and corporate meetings in a magnificent woodland setting. The sports pavilion and associated sports grounds have been developed to the South side of the campus. The Campus covers almost 160 acres of land that runs from the old Kilmeaden road down to the bank of the river Suir. Fifty acres of the land is set aside specifically for sports facilities, which includes the following;

  • Three full sized floodlight grass pitches
  • Top class GAA approved all weather pitch (full sized GAA or two soccer pitches)
  • 2km undulating outdoor run
  • 8 first class changing facilities

Munster Masters XC Champs, Beaufort, Kerry, 01-Dec-2013

The Munster Juvenile “B” & Masters Cross Country Championships will take place in Beaufort, Co. Kerry on Sunday 1st of December 2013 kicking off with the Juvenile events at 11.30am. The Master’s Ladies are scheduled for 2pm and the Men are down for 2.45pm.

Cork team selections are posted on the County Athletics Board website at http://www.corkathletics.org/

For directions to Beaufort click on http://www.stfinbarrsac.com/?p=2223

Paste coordinates 52.068661, -9.640235 into Google Maps or set SatNavs to +52° 4′ 7.18″, -9° 38′ 24.85″

The expected weather is dry and overcast. Best of Luck to the Cork and BARRS team selections.