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
MUNSTER JUVENILE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 There has been no rest for our juvenile athletes the past two weekends.
The first leg of the Munster Track & Field championships were held in Templemore in Co Tipperary on the 8th of June. Fionn Harrington was first for the Club on the track competing in the Under 15 boys 800m. The race was evenly paced throughout until the last 300m when there was a breakaway group of four battling to take the top 3 medals. Fionn had a very fast finish and clinched the bronze medal on the line, securing his position on the start line for the National Finals in July. Ellen Collins followed in the girls u. 16 800m which went out at a very fast pace, and she had a good solid run. Aoibheann Lawton moved down in distance to the 800m from her preferred distance of 3000m, and she ran strongly throughout finishing in 4th also qualifying for the All Ireland finals. Caoimhe Cotter was the last of our athletes competing taking part in the u. 17 2000m S/C, which race was combined with mixed ages. Caoimhe had a great run and collected her first gold Munster Track & Field medal which also qualifies her for the All Ireland final.
This weekend past saw our athletes travel to Castleisland for the second and final leg of the Munster Athletics Track & Field championships in which they were competing in the 3000m & 1500m distance. Aoibheann Lawton had another great run in the 3000m and just like in the County championships, she claimed the silver medal in a new p.b. time of 11:21. She also participated in the u.17 1500m along with her team mate Caoimhe Cotter and Ellen Collins, but all were outside the medals in this event.
Fionn Harrington & Sean Lawton took to the start line of the u. 15 boys 1500m and both had very good performances, with Fionn finishing in 3rd place in a time of 4:42 and Sean finishing very close in 4th in a time of 4:42:55. Aoibheann, Sean & Fionn now go on to the Athletics Ireland National Finals in these distances in July.
It has been a hectic few weeks in the Club with numerous events attended by our members, young and old.
SECONDARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS NEWS;
On the 18th of May, there was great running at the Munster Schools Track & Field championships held in C.I.T. Five athletes from Durrus A.C. competed. Representing Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary were Caoimhe Cotter, Inter Girls S/Ch who finished in 3rd place, Aoibheann Lawton, in the Inter girls 3000m finishing in 11:30.63 & Ellen Collins also having a good run in the Junior girls 800m. Representing Coláiste Pobail Bheanntrai were Sean Lawton & Fionn Harrington both in the Minor boys 800m. Fionn finished very strong in 2nd place in a new P.B. of 2:11.95 and Séan had a great run finishing in 4th place also bringing in a P.B. of 2:15.57. Well done all and congratulations to Fionn Harrington & Caoimhe Cotter who qualified for the All Ireland Schools Finals.
It was an exciting day out on the 1st of June at the Irish Life Health Schools All Ireland Track & Field Championships held in Tullamore Harriers Athletics stadium. Caoimhe Cotter of Scoil Mhuire Ballingeary ran very well in the Inter Girls 1500m S/C running 16 seconds faster than her time at the Munster championships. Fionn Harrington represented Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí in the Minor boys 800m in a race that went out at a ferociously fast pace, where a new National Schools Minor boys record was set by the overall winner. The race was won in a time of 2:05.32 with Fionn running strong through out working his way from the back of the field to finish in a super 4th place.
Great running at the annual Bay Run - 10k & Half Marathon. Well done Giles Deacy (new PB 47:40) Mary Lawton, Jimmy Tobin (running as a guide runner) & Elmarie Lynch who ran in the 10k and Carmel Nash & Deirdre O’Brien in the half marathon. Well done to Jimmy Tobin who also participated in the Le Cheilé Africa 5k trail run in Watergrasshill Hill on the 7th of June.
COUNTY "B" JUVENILE & MASTER TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Our juveniles were in action in the Cork Athletics County B Championships on the 26th of May. Stand out performance of the day went to Beibhinn Horstmanhoff who ran a great race which she lead from the start and it ended up being a two way battle on the homestraight with Beibhinn finishing in 2nd place winning the County B silver medal in the girls u.13 600m. Good running also by Finnian Lawton in the sprint and middle distance event, and who narrowly missed out on a qualifying spot for the County Final of the sprint. In the middle distance events, very strong running by Liam Horstmanhoff, Jamie McCarthy & Luke McCarthy, giving it their all in the home straight.
Michael Harrington competed in the County Masters Track & Field Championships and won the o45 3000m in a time of 9:26. He went on to compete in the Munster Masters Men 3000m in which he was overall winner of his age category in a time of 9:27.89.
Massive well done to club members Deirdre O’Brien & Carmel Nash who completed the Cork City Half Marathon on the 2nd of June both crossing the finish line in 1:55.18 & Dee Harrington who completed her first Full Marathon distance in 3:58.03. Well done ladies.
WEST CORK LEAGUE
There was a great fun filled evening of running at the first of the West Cork Track & Field summer leagues held in Dunmanway on June the 4th. Fionn Wiseman picked up the first medal of the night in the sprint finals, winning the gold. Finnian Lawton also had a brilliant race in the u13 sprint final winning the gold medal. He went on to have a great run in the middle distance race & finished just outside the medals in 4th position. Durrus AC took two of the medals in the u15 sprint final with Anna Townes claiming the silver medal for her efforts & Caoimhe Horstmanhoff taking the bronze. In the middle distance races Padraig O’Sullivan had a super run in the u11 600m moving from the back of the pack up to 3rd place to clinch the bronze medal. Colm Hegarty was on target for a medal in his sprint but was unlucky to slip at the start however, this did not deter him in the u15 800m, in which he went out and ran really strong and won the bronze medal. Anna Townes & Caoimhe Horstmanhoff had great performances in the u15 800m, taking the silver & bronze medals respectively. All athletes gave great performances including Eva Leahy, Max Leahy, Aidan Collins, Chloe Hegarty, Beibhinn Horstmanhoff, Liam Horstmanhoff, Séan Wiseman, Lily Collins & our three new club members, Rachel Kelleher, John Coughlan & Clodagh Downey. Also well done to all who won medals in the mixed relay events.
Photos from the various events can be seen on our Facebook photo gallery
Our juvenile athletes were in action the past two weekends at the County Track & Field Championships held at C.I.T. Athletics Track. The sun shone for both days which made for a pleasant day out for spectators as well as athletes. Well done to all who took part, Jamie McCarthy, Aidan Collins, Fionn Wiseman, Damien Williams, Luke McCarthy, Finnian Lawton, Lily Collins, Beibhinn Horstmanhoff, Anna Townes, Fionn Harrington, Sean Lawton, Alice McCarthy, Ellen Collins, Caoimhe Cotter, Aoibheann Lawton, Liam Horstmanhoff & Caoimhe Horstmanhoff.
The standard at the County Championships is always very high and this year was no exception. Winning a medal of any colour is a huge achievement.
Great running as always by all our athletes. Medallists over the two weekends were Fionn Harrington who won both the boys u. 15 1500m and u.15 800m races, Sean Lawton who took the silver medal in both the boys u.15 1500m and silver medal in the boys u. 15, 800m race, Aoibheann Lawton won the bronze medal in the girls u. 17 1500m race and silver in the girls u. 17 3000m race.
Thanks to our parent volunteers on the track, Denis Collins, Joe McCarthy, Johann Horstmanhoff, Brad Townes & Geraldine Cotter and to the parents who are very supportive and encouraging of all the athletes from the Club on the track.
Last week, five members from the club representing their schools competed in the South Munster Schools Track & Field competitions which are held annually for secondary school athletes.
Representing Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary, Ellen Collins finished very strongly in 3rd position in the Junior girls 800m, Caoimhe Cotter, had a good day out finishing in 2nd place in the Intermediate girls 1500m Steeple Chase and Aoibheann Lawton finished in 3rd place in the Intermediate girls 3000m. Representing Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí were Fionn Harrington and Séan Lawton who both ran in the Minor boys 800m final, Sean finishing in 2nd place and Fionn in 3rd. All five have qualified for the Munster Schools Track & Field Finals which will be held this weekend. Best of luck to all taking part, a top 3 placing is required for their events to secure qualification for the All Ireland Schools T&F championships.
Timetable for Munster Schools Athletics Championships here
Our adult members have also been in action over the past few weeks. Jimmy Tobin completed the Southampton Half Marathon in a time of 2:09, knocking a massive 14 minutes off the time he ran the same race last year. Also significantly improving on his time in the 5k distance is Giles Deacy who took part in a recent Glengarriff Park Run finishing in 6th place overall knocking over 2 minutes off his previous best time there. We are sure there is more to come from Giles! Fit4Life continue to meet weekly, Mondays and Fridays 5:45 at the Community Field, Durrus. New members welcome.
Best of luck to our athletes that are taking part in the Bay Run Half marathon and 10k this weekend.
Three of our athletes took part in the Leevale A.C. Open Sports yesterday at C.I.T. and all three made the podium for the coveted Leevale trophies. First to run was Ellen Collins in the girls under 16, 800m who had a great run and was being challenged for 3rd position with 200m to go, but Ellen dug deep and had the stronger sprint finish coming in 3rd position overall. Next on the track were Fionn Harrington & Séan Lawton in the boys u. 15, 800m which was combined with the boys u. 16 800m race. Both put in very strong performances with a close battle between the top 3 finishers but Fionn edged ahead to take the win followed very closely by Séan who finished in second place. All three of our athletes were delighted to make the podium to be presented with their trophies.