Mardyke Track Pods

Please keep within your pod at training sessions. Each pod uses:

  • Separate meeting points (place to go to on entering the track/bag & water bottle drop off point)
  • Separate warm up/stretches on specific lanes
  • Separate lanes for the session

Pod A – using lanes 1,2,3 for warm up and session

Pod B – using lanes 6,7,8 for warm up and session

Pod C – if and when there is a need for Pod C, use lanes 4 & 5.

Once Pod A on inside lanes 1,2,3 move off the start line Pod C can move up from their meeting point to the same start line in lanes 4 and 5 and take off from there.

Pod C will be asked to make their way back to Pod C meeting point between intervals and wait for Pod A to move off the start line before again making their way up to start line where the coach is.

Please remember:

  • To bring your own water bottle so as to avoid using the tap on the track.
  • No spitting or clearing the nose in the presence of others.

We encourage you to fill out the form as early as you can on the day of a session to ensure you can join your preferred pod.

Safe Return to Training Checklist

All members should review the following checklist before resuming training sessions:


  • Ensure that you remain up to date with official COVID-19 information.
  • All attendees should, in advance of attending each session, complete Covid Health Screening Questionnaire which acts as a contact tracing form also.
  • Ensure that you are following all advice and guidance issued by your National Governing Body of Sport or relevant representative body
  • Please do not to carpool, wait in your car or outside the venue until just before the beginning of a practice, warm-up, or game, instead of congregating with others prior to starting.
  • Meet no earlier than 5 minutes before training at specific meeting area. Enter via designated entry route.  
  • There is no use of shared spaces such as changing rooms, locker rooms, showers permitted.
  • Access to the Mardyke Pavilion is for use of toilets and emergency medical assistance only.
  • Sanitise your hands before entering the sports grounds.


  • Maintain social distancing of 2 metres between individuals where possible.
  • Stay within the small group of runners you are assigned to by your coach while on the track.
  • No spitting or clearing the nose in the presence of others.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing, or using a tissue where possible which is immediately disposed of.
  • No unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, elbow taps, hugs or huddles.


  • Exit via the designated exit route.
  • Sanitise your hands on leaving the track.
  • Maintain social distancing outside the sports grounds and do not congregate in groups post session.

Thank you everybody!

County Cross-Country Championships 2020

Cork AAI Cross-Country Championships 2020 will take place over October 4th, 11th, 25th and November 1st (subject to further COVID-19 announcements).

Day 1 – Sunday October 4th
(entries need to be submitted to Gerry before 12.00 Thursday 24th September)

Under 14 Girls, Under 14 Boys, Under 16 Girls, Under 16 Boys, Under 23 Women, Novice Women, Under 23 Men, Novice Men.

Club members need to submit their entry through Gerry Cronin (St. Finbarr’s A.C. Competition Registrar) before 12.00 Thursday 24 September. Please contact Gerry on 086 0226895 to submit your entry.

Day 1, Sunday October 4th, will set the standard to see if Cork Athletics County Board can manage to host the three subsequent Cross-Country Championship meets.

Everyone must take personal responsibility for their own behaviour and do everything that they can to make the event safe for everyone present.

To avoid close contact in the finish area, and remove the necessity for a finishing chute, chip numbers will be used for all races this year. As chip numbers are required late entries cannot be facilitated.

Day 2 – Sunday October 11th

Under 10 Girls, Under 10 Boys, Under 12 Girls, Under 12 Boys, Junior Women, Junior Men Senior Women, Senior Men

Day 3 – Sunday October 25th

Under 13 Girls, Under 13 Boys ,Under 15 Girls, Under 15 Boys, Masters Women, Masters Men

Day 4 – Sunday November 1st

Under 9 Girls, Under 9 Boys, Under 11 Girls, Under 11 Boys, Intermediate Women, Intermediate Men

Cross Country COVID Protocols for Athletes:

Source Athletic Association of Ireland

A Practical Guide for Athletes at Cross Country Competition following the Covid-19 Restrictions

Notes for this document:

The guidelines in this document relate to a return to athletics cross country competition within the current Government and Sport Ireland Covid Expert Group guidelines. This document will be reviewed in line with future government announcements.

Key Notes:

  1. Permits competitions limited to 200 people maximum (including officials, athletes, volunteers) where the facility can always ensure adequate social distancing. No spectators are permitted, and the venue must be closed to the public.
  2. You must adhere to any domestic travel restrictions in place.
  3. Permits individuals to extend their travel beyond their County.
  4. If you feel unwell do not present to the competition.
  5. If you are recovering from Covid19 seek medical advice prior to attending.
  6. PreCompetition
  7. During Competition
  8. Post Competition

We know that athletics provides great mental and physical health benefits for our society. We have a duty of care to ensure that our competition organisers ensure that we operate within a safe environment.

This practical guide, prepared by our team in consultation with medical experts and in line with Government and World Athletics Guidelines, outlines the robust measures Athletics Ireland strongly recommend competition organisers to implement and maintain to help safeguard all members during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow all of us to get back to training safely, improving the wellbeing of members across the country.

Our measures and procedures are under constant review and updated as advice from government, health authorities and governing bodies evolves in line with the gradual lifting of social restrictions.


• For involvement in the event, participants must:

o Have entered for the event.
o Not have been off the island of Ireland in the last 14 days.
o Not have been a close contact of someone diagnosed with Covid-19 or someone waiting on a Covid test or test results in the last 14 days.
o Not be in a period of self-isolation and/or cocooning under the current Health Policy Rules.
o Not be displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
o Adhere to any domestic travel restrictions in place.

• Participants must read and understand all notices from the competition organiser, to include:

o Covid-19 specific guidelines.
o Competition specific messages.
o Competitor etiquette (No spitting, no hand shaking etc).
o Venue maps.

• Participants must enter before the competition, no on the day registrations will be taken.

Competition Day

• Athletes must complete a COVID 19 screening questionnaire at check in for the competition.
• To protect against infection;

o Participants must refrain from handshakes, hugs and high fives.
o Keep 2m away from other people at all times.
o Cover their coughs and sneezes.
o Try not touch any surfaces at the event.

• Athletes should arrive ready to participate where possible and as close to the check in time as possible.
• Participants should bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer if possible.
• Wearing of a buff / neck scarf / facemask at all times around the start/finish area, only to be removed and disposed of when the race/event starts.
• Athletes will be told to listen to the instructions of officials regarding keeping a safe distance.
• Toilet etiquette (advised by Dept of health) must be adhered to.
• Adhering to competition ingress and egress plans.
• While warming up athletes should maintain a safe distance from others at all times.
• Athletes should stay away from the public immediately post-race when they are breathing heavier.

Post Competition

• All athletes will be expected to leave as soon as they finish.
• Adhere to egress signage.
• If an athlete becomes unwell after competing, they should first contact their GP and read the HSE guidelines and then inform the Competition Organisers. The Competition organisers will then follow advice provided to them by the HSE on the next steps.

Please remember entries once open must be through Gerry on 086 0226895.

Club Event: XC at Tramore Valley Park


  • The cross country course at Tramore Valley Park is located on the hill to the east of the main cark park.
  • The event provides an ideal opportunity to prepare for the upcoming XC season – to practice running in spikes, to run a fast session over hills, etc.
  • There will be 2 races on the day:
    • Race 1 over 5km @ approx 11.00 (suggested for sub 19min 5km’ers)
    • Race 2 over 4km @ approx 11.30 (suggested for over 19min 5km’ers)
  • The course is fully on grass so is suitable for running in spikes. However if you don’t have spikes, you will be able to wear runners also as the outlook for Saturdays weather forecast is good!
  • There is another group booked to use the XC course until 10.30, please do not enter the course before then. Warms-ups, etc. before this time can be done around the paths or elsewhere in the park.
  • Pre-registration for the event is required through the form below and as standard for all training sessions you need to fill out the online Health Screening Form on the day also.

Please pre-register for the event here:

Registration Form: XC at Tramore Valley Park

See you all Saturday for fun over the hills!


Eoin O’Keefe
St.Finbarr’s A.C. Committee

Results: National Masters T&F Santry September 2020

St Finbarr’s A.C. showed up in top form for the National Masters Track and Field Championships in Santry, 5th & 6th September 2020.

Club athletes won six medals comprising 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.

  • Eamonn McEvoy Gold 5000m
  • Eddie Barry Gold 400m
  • Marion Lyons Silver 3000m
  • Denis Coughlan Silver 1500m
  • Pat Murphy Bronze 1500m
  • Michael Murphy Bronze 800m
Pat Murphy, Eddie Barry, Marion Lyons, Eamonn McEvoy & Michael Murphy.
Eamonn McEvoy St. Finbarr’s A.C. 📸 by Angela McEvoy
Denis Coughlan St. Finbarr’s A. C. 📸 by Sam Barnes Sportsfile

Check out more images on and a comprehensive event report from Cork Athletics.

Cork Medals Table

Congratulations to all who competed.

Club Sessions Resume Friday 21 August 2020

Important Points:

  • Sports Ireland and Athletics Ireland have confirmed that all training groups can continue to operate in multiple groups of 15.
  • St. Finbarr’s A.C. are continuing with training with a maximum of 30 members attending a session. The session attendees will be split into 2 distinct pods/groups of 15 maximum using different lanes and start points.
  • Members are required to complete the health screen form on the day of each session you attend.
  • The form will ask you to choose a pod/group. Pod A (sub 7 min threshold pace) or Pod B (over 7 minute threshold pace). If in the case one of the groups is full you will be contacted before the session to confirm your assigned pod. There is no mixing of members between pods before, during or after the session.
  • The 30 spaces will be allocated to the first 30 members to fill out the health form.
  • We encourage you to fill out the form as early as you can on the day of a session. You will be notified in the case of the 30 people having already being reached.

Please read the updated COVID-Protocols here:

COVID-19 is still with us and we need to be ever vigilant regarding contact tracing, social distancing and hygiene.

With the latest Government announcement on August 18th, outdoor gatherings of a maximum of 15 people are permitted. This measure is to stay in place until at least September 13th.

Training Sessions

  • Mondays at 18:00 – Tramore Valley Park
  • Wednesdays at 18:00 – Mardyke Track
  • Fridays at 18:00 – Mardyke Track

Members should stay home if feeling unwell, and consult your GP.

If you answer YES to any of the following questions on the day of a particular session, we ask that you stay away from club training sessions until such time that you can answer NO to all questions.

  1. Do you have symptoms of cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness or flu-like symptoms now or in the past 14 days?
  2. Have you been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected of COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days?
  3. Are you a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (i.e. less than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes altogether in 1 day)?
  4. Have you been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?
  5. Have you, within the last 14 days, visited any country outside of Ireland (excluding Northern Ireland)?
  6. Are you in a period of self-isolation and/or cocooning?

Gatherings, including social gatherings, before or after events must be avoided. Participants should practice 2 metre physical distancing before and after events and during breaks in sessions.

Your compliance with these safety measures is very much appreciated.

Cancelled: Wednesday 19th August Track Session

⚠️📢 Wednesday Mardyke Track Session 19th August cancelled 📢⚠️

St. Finbarr’s A.C Committee are currently discussing new protocols in light of the latest Government COVID measure of 15 people max meeting outdoors before we resume training.

We will update you as soon as possible. For now Wednesday 19th August track session has been cancelled. Thank you #covidnotice #athleticsIreland #stfinbarrsac

1 Mile Time Trial

A great buzz on the Mardyke track this 7th August 2020 when St. Finbarr’s A.C. took on a 1 mile time trial. Great performances both by newcomers and club stalwarts coming out of the woodwork for the occasion.

Videos courtesy of Cian McParland.

Thank you to Eamonn, Marion, Patrick, Rachel and Cian for organizing the evening.

Cork City 10 Miler Cancellation 2020

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the John Buckley Sports Cork City 10 Miler 2020.

The difficult decision was made in light of the COVID-19 measures and restrictions and overall health and well-being of all runners, supporters and volunteers.

St. Finbarr’s AC are delighted to be host club of the race and welcome all joggers & runners to take part in the event in 2021.

The 10 mile road race attracts a growing number of participants each summer and has firmly secured its place as a favourite in the running calendar year.

The race route takes participants around Cork’s most visited amenity areas: The Marina walkway following the river Lee, The Blackrock Loop and The Old Railway Line.

The John Buckley Sports Cork City 10 Miler, an Athletics Ireland registered event, has a flat and fast course which proves popular with fun and elite runners alike.

Start line, finish line and final route details for 2021 yet to be confirmed. Watch this space!

2019 Race Route

Centre Park Road – The Marina- Pairc Ui Chaoimh – Monahan Road – Centre Park Road- Lough Mahon Loop- Monahan Road – Kennedy Park.

Golden Day For The BARRS At The Cork Novice XC 2019

Cork Athletics Novice Cross-Country Championships 2019, Knockardbane, Licarroll

This year’s Cork County Novice, U23, Junior & Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships took place on Sunday 06th of October last. Hosted by Liscarroll AC & Churchtown Road Runners AC, this was the opening event of the 2019 Cross Country season. On a near perfect day for racing, hoards of feisty adults, teenagers and juveniles descended on the lands of the O’Brien family, at Knockardbane, Licarroll. Watched over by somewhat puzzled and bemused residents of the local Donkey Sanctuary, athletes young and old competed vigorously in their respective age categories. The course was compact, relatively flat and the going firm. And with several mid-course U-turns, athletes often found themselves running towards each.

Orla Byrne - Cork Athletics Novice Cross-Country Champion 2019

In the Novice Ladies race, Orla Byrne from the BARRS notched up a commanding victory. Running Cross Country for the first time, Orla lead from the start and maintained her lead all the way to the finish. The Novice Ladies team with Orla Byrne, Marie Kelly, Rebecca McEvoy, Fiona Verling and Sinead Noonan finished in fourth spot with a 1, 22, 24, 26 team score. In the Novice Men’s race, the BARRS Men took on a very competitive field and finished in third spot with a 13, 20, 23, 36 team score.

The BARRS' bronze medal Men's team at the Cork Novice XC Champs 2019

Cork Juvenile Multi-Events & Masters T&F Champs 2019

Some of the BARRS athletes at the start line for the 800m heats

Like the first swallows, the County Track & Field Championships is a harbinger for the arrival of summer. No more need for layered clothing. Time to soak up some sunshine and let the kids run amok. This year’s Juvenile and Masters events were held in tandem offering a contrasting blend of wily experience and exuberant youth.

Coach Fergus O'Donovan with his young protégé Flor O'Leary

Pride of place must go to BARRS veteran Flor O’Leary who ran 1:37.7 for the 400m knocking almost 25s off the M85 record previously held by Gerry Ward. Unphased by events of the track, the unflappable Flor stalked the grass like a leopard on the prowl. When the 400m gun went, Flor quickly found his groove and it was soon clear to all and sundry that the record was in mortal danger. As he hit the home straight, Flor’s coach Fergus O’Donovan became ever more animated beating his fists in the air. The pair had clearly done their homework well! Flor’s new 400m record performance ranks as the second fastest M85 run for the year to date.

Flor O'Leary with some BARRS colleagues after his record-breaking run

Other notable performances on the day; in the Field events Dan Kennedy was 1st O/65 in the LONG JUMP while Sandra Hickson scored a 1st O/35 in both the SHOT PUT and WEIGHT for DISTANCE throws.

In the Track events, the BARRS quartet of Dermot Woods, Enda Kiernan, Stephen Geoghegan and Paul Duggan combined fleet of foot with deft baton work to win the 4X100m RELAY in a time of 56.2s.

BARRS Relay Team - Stephen Geoghegan, Paul Duggan, Enda Kiernan & Dermot Woods

Anita Murphy was 1st O/35 in the women’s 200m and 2nd O/35 in the 100m. In the Men’s 400m, Dermot Woods was 1st O/40, Paul Duggan 1st O/50 and Flor O’Leary 1st O/85.

In the Men’s 800m, Dermot Woods was 1st O/40, Stephen Geoghegan 3rd O/45, Paul Duggan 1st O/50 and Michael Murphy 1st O/60. In the women’s 800m, Margaret Lillis was 1st O/35, Anita Murphy 2nd O/35 and Marion Lyons 1st O/60.

In a very competitive 1500m race, Dermot Woods was 1st O/40, Enda Kiernan 2nd O/45, Paul Duggan 1st O/50 and Michael Murphy 1st O/60. Margaret Lillis was the 1st woman O/35.

In the 3000m, Pat Murphy was 1st O/55, Eamonn McEvoy 1st O/60 and Dan Kennedy 1st O/65. Marion Lyons was the 1st woman O/65.