Durrus Athletic Club is an Athletic Club that caters for juveniles, teenagers and adults. We currently coach children who are eight years of age or who are turning eight this year. Little Athletics is held for children aged 5 - 6 years from April - September. Training is held every Monday and Friday from 5:45 - 7:00 p.m. at Durrus Community Field. Our Fit4Life group also meet at this time. Enquiries - Michael 086 856 7179 or Annie 087 930 9807
Well done to the six of our athletes who competed brilliantly for their schools (Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí & Scoil Mhuire Ballingeary) at the South Munster schools cross country championships held in Tramore Valley Park, Cork recently. All six were successful in qualifying for the next round of competition
Results; Minor Girls 2000m - Anna Towns, 10th, Junior boys 3000m - Séan Lawton 1st, Fionn Harrington 3rd, (2nd place team on 83 points), Intermediate girls 3000m - Aoibheann Lawton 5th, Ellen Collins 15th & Caoimhe Cotter 19th (Team placing 1st on 39 points). The next round of competition is the Munster Schools which will be held on the 13th of February in Clare.
True grit and determination was shown by our athletes who competed at the Munster Schools Cross Country championships which were held in Clarecastle, Co. Clare on the 13th of February. Top 15 individuals and top 3 teams qualified for the All Ireland championships, due to be held in Santry Demesne in March.
Anna Towns, Fionn Harrington & Séan Lawton ran for Coláiste Pobail Bheanntrai and Caoimhe Cotter and Aoibheann Lawton ran for Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary.
Anna Towns finished strongly in the middle of the pack in the Minor girls race. Fionn Harrington and Séan Lawton competed with great power and strength in the Junior boys 3500m race, both having a sprint finish in the home straight. Fionn edged ahead marginally coming in 3rd place overall and Séan in 4th place. Leon Cassidy and Séan O'Shea made up the team which finished in a super 2nd place overall on a scoring of 96 points. In the Intermediate girls race Aoibheann Lawton and Caoimhe Cotter ran very well, with Aoibheann finishing in 15th position securing automatic qualification for the All Ireland championships. Their team finished with 77 points which was not enough to secure team qualification.
It was a very successful day for our athletes who made the journey to Dunboyne in Co. Meath for the All Ireland Juvenile Uneven ages & Novice cross country championships. Dunboyne A.C. were the host club and Cow Park was the venue and though a relatively flat enough course, it was very, very mucky and boggy. It is a big ask of athletes at this time of the year to make it to the start line in full health and injury free. Most of our juvenile athletes had to contend with a lot of sickness recently which hampered their training however, they were determined to take their positions on the start line and do their best.
Beibhinn horstmanhoff competed, wearing the Cork singlet, with her usual strength and determination in the girls u. 13 2500m race. Although Cork did not win any county team medals, Beibhinn was the 4th placed scorer for Cork which is a big improvement on her placing in the County championships.
Fionn Harrington and Seán Lawton were next up in the boys under 15 3500m distance. Fionn got a very good start and settled in nicely to the fast paced race. He ran side by side with his training partner Seán for a good part of the race before Seán pulled away from him with a km to go. However, Fionn found some energy in the final few hundred metres and gave it everything he had running in to the finish line passing athletes on the way finishing in 7th overall. Seán also had a fierce battle to get to the finish line with two other athletes and he took the 10th place medal and both were thrilled to make the top 12 finishers podium. Not only did they win individual medals, but they both were scorers on the Cork team and the Munster team who both claimed the gold medals.
Aoibheann Lawton was next up in the girls u. 17 4000m race and ran brilliantly throughout finishing in a super 15th place overall. This was a huge improvement on her finishing place in 2018. Aoibheann was the 2nd Cork athlete over the line and the 4th Munster athlete, which again is a significant improvement on her County and Munster performance. Aoibheann did not come home empty handed, winning both a Gold Cork County team medal and a broze Munster medal.
Michael Harrington competed in the last race of the day, the mens Novice race over a distance of 6 km. The course was well and truly dug up and mucky at this stage in the day, so it was a pure test of strength and stamina. Michael finished in 49th position out of a field of 216 athletes and was delighted to win a silver medal with the Cork team, being the 5th place scorer for them.
Huge well done to all athletes, who had the honour of competing against the best of athletes from the four corners of Ireland.
Turnpike, Co. Tipperary was the venue for this years Munster B XC Championships, hosted by Moycarkey Coolcroe A.C.. Representing the Club were Adam Whelton (u. 9) Emily Drinan (u.11), Robyn Whelton (u.11), Liam Horstmanhoff (u.11), Bebhinn Horstmanhoff (u. 13), Finnian Lawton (u.13), Anna Towns (u.15), Caoimhe Horstmanhoff (u.15) Caoimhe Cotter (u.17) Michael Harrington Intermediate Men. Great running by all athletes. There were individual medals for the first twelve finishers overall in addition to Club and County team medals. Adam Whelton, a relatively new member of the Club, had an impressive run in his first Munster championship race, finishing in an excellent 5th place in the boys u. 9 category. Not only did Adam win an individual medal, but he was also a scorer on the Cork team that took the gold County medals. Caoimhe Cotter also had a very strong performance in the girls u. 17 race and finished in 10th position overall. Caoimhe also won a gold team medal with Cork. Michael Harrington was our last athlete to run. He is returning to good running form after injury woes. He grafted hard throughout the race to win the Munster Intermediate Men's bronze medal. Michael has also been selected to run on the Cork team at the upcoming All Ireland Novice Cross Country championships.
Carmel Nash finished off her running year on a good note, competing in the Clonakilty Half Marathon. Carmel also took part in the Skibbereen Athletic Club 10 mile road race last weekend in poor weather conditions, as did Deirdre Towns in the 5 mile distance. Jimmy Tobin has been getting in the Christmas spirit taking part in both the Killorglin Jingle Bell 5k run and the Castleisland 5k Run Rudolph Run.
Run specific juvenile indoor Strength & Conditioning training will start this Friday evening in Durrus Community Hall from 5:45 - 7 p.m. and will continue for the next few months every Monday & Friday at the same time. Strength & conditioning training prevents injuries, improves running form & enhances performance. There is no charge for these sessions. Parents are reminded to drop off their children and collect them from inside of the hall. Children will not be permitted to leave the hall by themselves.
Annual Club registration will take place this Friday night
Where → Durrus Community Hall
Time → 5:45-7:00 p.m.
There will be a second registration night on Monday next at the same time and venue, to facilitate members.
Registration fees for 2020 are -
€30 child / €40 adult / €100.00 family rate (family of 4) (additional family members - €20.00).
What do you get for your membership fee ????
Minimum twice weekly qualified coached athletics sessions all year.
Winter Indoor Strength & Conditioning training.
Fit4Life / Adult running sessions twice a week for all abilities.
Little Athletics for kids age 5-8 for the Spring & Summer.
Free Couch to 5k program for beginner runners
Option to participate in championship/league events - No pressure!
Enquiries re registration
📞 Michael 086 856 7179
📞Annie 087 930 9807
📞 Mary (Fit 4 Life / Adult groups) 086 841 4358
There will be a new free Couch to 5km running program starting in early January for over 18s. This is for complete beginner runners (no experience necessary) or lapsed runners. You need to be a registered member of the Club to take part in this program. Any enquiries, contact Mary on 📞086 841 4358.
Cross Country season is well underway. The County Masters and Novice B competitions were held in Castlelyons on November the 3rd. Giles Deacy and Michael Harrington competed for the Club both running well, Giles in the Novice B and Michael in the Masters Men finishing 1st in the o.45 category (7th overall).
Giles Deacy giving it everything to the finish line
The following Sunday the Munster "A" uneven ages xc championships were held and the venue was Conna in Cork. The course was a true cross country course over two fields which tested all the athletes to their limits. Medals were presented to the top 12 over the line which secured automatic qualification for the All Irelands in December which are being held in Dunboyne, Co. Meath this year. There were also County team placings for the taking, with the top 10 Cork athletes over the line securing a place on the Cork teams at the All Irelands. We had three individual qualifiers.
Séan Lawton and Fionn Harrington ran a super race in the boys u. 15 3500m . They were in the early break away group of 12 who stayed together for most of the race. With the race just won, Séan had a sprint finish against the reigning All Ireland Minor Boys school champion, with Séan coming over the finish line in 3rd place taking the bronze medal. Fionn followed, digging deep in the final few hundred metres and moved from 11th position to 6th overall to secure automatic qualification. They both helped Cork take the County team gold medals with Séan and Fionn both scorers on the team. Cork is very strong in this category with 6 athletes in the top 12.
Aoibheann Lawton ran another powerful race in the fiercely competitive girls u.17 category. She finished in a brilliant 12th position overall also securing automatic qualification to the All Irelands and was also the 4th scorer on the Cork team that took gold.
Also testing their limits and running to their strengths but outside of the medals on this occasion were Beibhinn Horstmanhoff u. 13 (33rd) Caoimhe Horstmanhoff u.15 (60th), Ellen Collins u. 17 (35th), Caoimhe Cotter u. 17 (39th) and Michael Harrington in the Mens Senior race (25th).
Michael Harrington in action in the Mens Senior race
Full results HERE Photos on Durrus AC Facebook PageHERE
This Sunday the Munster Masters championships will be held in Beaufort, Co. Kerry
Details here REMINDER of A.G.M. being held Thursday 14th November at 8:30 p.m. in Durrus Community Hall. All members & parents encouraged to attend