Tri & You Will Succeed!

On the weekend of 27/28th May, a number of Togher athletes took part in relays and triathlons, events that are new to them. Others participated in their preferred events and despite adverse weather conditions for some, and international competition for others, they came through the other side relatively unscathed or with personal bests (PB).

IFAM International Meet in Oordegem Belgium

On Saturday 27th May, we had two incredible performances from Liam Harris and Evan Byrne at the IFAM International meet in Oordegem Belgium. Liam ran a 5000m PB of 14.20.66 and Evan had 26 second PB of 14.52.66. We are so proud of Liam, Evan and coach Steve Macklin who continue to represent our club at the highest levels.

Burren Mountain Challenge & Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

Five Fit4Life members completed a half marathon across the hills near Ballyvaughan in Co. Clare on Saturday 27th May. Despite a very wet start, the conditions did not deter the enjoyment of the event for the group.

Tom Carroll, Clodagh Huggard, Helen Walsh, Louise Murphy & Claire Dunne, Burren Mountain Challenge HM, May 2017

The weather cooperated beautifully from an hour in, so participants were afforded stunning sea views as they navigated the rocky landscape. One of the party may have been admiring the view a little too much, resulting in a trip to the first aid tent at the finish line to patch up a bloodied knee. The torn leggings will live to face another trail challenge however!

Burren Mountain Challenge, May 2017

For a first triathlon, Lough Cutra Castle offers the perfect backdrop and distance. Michelle Nelson has been training for this triathlon for the past months. Overcoming the challenge of fixing a melted tyre upon arrival at the Castle made the event itself seem less daunting. Michelle it seems has caught the Tri bug and will be seen swimming soon in a river near you 🙂

Michelle at the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

County Juvenile Relay Championships

The Cork County Juvenile Relay Championships took place on Sunday 28th May in CIT. This was the first time that Little Athletics teams from Togher AC were entered into the event, so it was a momentous occasion. Credit is due to all coaches, especially Marianne Haslette, who prepared the athletes for the day.

The Juvenile girls under 18 and under 19 were prepared for the event by Mr. John Hayes. There were great results for their teams who medalled on the day. The U18 team,  Fiona Byrne, Megan O’Regan, Katie Oldham and Mei O’Donoghue were 3rd in the 4X100m race. The U19 team, Maeve McTaggart, Sally Naughton, Megan O’Regan and Katie Oldham were 2nd in the 4X100m race and 3rd in the 4X400m race. Some very strong performances by our girls despite a few injuries on the day.

U10 Girls Relay Team: Jorja, Dilly, Meadhbh & Kate, May 2017

The U10 girls team; Jorja Lannon, Dilly Barry Twohig, Meadhbh O’Connell and Kate McCarthy, did very well in their heat, as did the  U10 boys; Alex Moloney, Darren O’Connell, Shane O’Shaughnessy and Ali O’Leary.

U10 Boys Relay Team: Alex, Darren, Shane & Ali, May 2017

The U11 boys team were Conor Geehan, James Traynor, Trevor Howe and Conor Kelliher. This team had a very good heat and qualified for the final.

U11 Boys Relay Team: Conor, James, Trevor & Conor who made the final, May 2017

The U12 boys team also qualified for the final and were Oisin O’Connell, Tadhg Howe, Rory Moloney and Sam O’Leary.

U12 Boys Relay Team: Oisin, Tadhg, Rory & Sam who made the final, May 2017

Congratulations to everyone involved in such a great event. The hard work and dedication by athletes and volunteers can be seen on the track each week and at competitions. Results can be viewed HERE

Local, County & European Success

Munster Schools Track & Field

At the Munster Schools Track and Field on Saturday 20th May, Kevin Jelenak claimed a gold medal with a throw of 51.44 meters in the Javelin. Kevin is proving to be a champion in all competitions.

Kevin Jelenak, 1st in the Javelin

Aisling O’Shaughnessy won a bronze medal and had a super PB of 6:41 in the 1200m race walk. Also Chris O’Reilly had a fantastic 3rd place in the U16 mile. Congratulations to each of you and to your coaches Denise Murphy, Frank Doherty and Steve Macklin.

Aisling O’Shaughnessy 3rd in the 1200m race walk with Frank Doherty

Rosscarbery Surf, Turf n’Tar

On Saturday 20th May, a number of Togher AC athletes took part in the Rosscarbery Surf Turf ‘n’ Tar Half Marathon and 10k races. The routes were along a combination of beach, road, forest and trails. Participants were treated to stunningly beautiful scenery along the way, which made the particularly tough routes more palatable!

Marjorie O’Connell, Brian Maher, Mary Beth Ryan, Yvonne Walsh, Helen Walsh & Rachel O’Callaghan

Congratulations to Brian Maher, Marjorie O’Connell, Rachel O’Callaghan, Helen Walsh, Yvonne Walsh, Mary Beth Ryan, Patrick O’Regan and Rory McCarthy who all completed the Half Marathon on the day.

Rachel O’Callaghan receiving her prize for first female O40 category

There were some very strong runs, especially Brian Maher (1:48:02) who was 2nd in the O45 mens category; Marjorie O’Connell who was 4th female over all (1:49:42); Rachel O’Callaghan (1:50:18) who was 1st and Helen Walsh (1:51:41) who was 2nd in the female O40 category for the Half Marathon.

Rory McCarthy, Marjorie O’Connell, Brian Maher, Rachel O’Callaghan & Patrick O’Regan

Well done to Louise Murphy, Claire Dunne, Aine Flynn, Deirdre O’Brien, Liz Doyle & Norma Kelleher who all completed the 10km race there. Louise Murphy ran a superb race and was 5th female overall in the 10k (49:08), while Claire Dunne (56:13) was 2nd female in the O40 category for the 10k.

Aine Flynn, Deirdre O’Brien, Alice Lili, Louise Murphy, Liz Doyle & Claire Dunne
Norma Kelleher (far right) with her sisters who all completed the 10k race









The best idea in the world – Chocolate Medals!

Great results for everyone given the type of terrain and that there were very heavy downpours throughout the first hour. Thank you to the Rosscarbery Surf, Turf n’Tar team and the Celtic Ross Hotel for the efforts they went to in organising the race – every detail was covered and very much appreciated by all who took part from our club. Well done to Togher’s athletes and to coach Frank Doherty.

County Masters Track & Field

There were fantastic results from the County Masters track & field championships in CIT on Sunday 21st May, when Ian Tivy came first and is now County Champion in the Senior Men’s 1500m. In the same race, club mate Tony Kelleher came in 2nd place. Incredible performances by two incredible athletes. Congratulations and well done to you both.

Pictured here on Sunday 21st May is Ian Tivy receiving his gold County Novice Road Race medal for the 4 mile road race on Patrick’s Day.

European Athletics Race Walking Cup

Robert Heffernan raced a superb 20km in the European Race Walking Cup in Podebrady, Czech Republic on Sunday 21st May. Rob was part of the Irish Team in this event who took Bronze. The team was Alex Wright who was 6th, Rob Heffernan who came in 13th place and Cian McManamon who was 26th (PB). A fantastic result from these inspiring athletes. Hearty congratulations from all in Togher AC to Robert and his team.

Team Ireland who took Bronze in the mens 20k race walk in the European Race Walking Cup

A great weekends work by everyone taking part for fun in local community events right up to high level and professional European competitions. Togher AC, a club for all people! 🙂

The Boys are Back while Eimear Bags a win in the Bay

Cork County Juvenile Championships – Day 2

It was another great day in CIT on Sunday 14th May for the County Juvenile Championships. It is encouraging to see participation at an all time high. Armed with the coaches support and guidance, our juvenile athletes are enjoying getting involved in these competition days, which is what it is all about.

Well done to everyone who took part: Niamh Barrett & Orlaith Byrne (U9 Girls); Alex Moloney, Ali O’Leary, Darren O’Connell & Shane O’Saughnessy (U10 Boys); Kate McCarthy (U10 Girls); Shane Byrne & Conor Kelleher (U11 Boys); Leah Moore & Siun Moore (U11 Girls); Sam O’Leary & Rory Moloney (U12 Boys); Clodagh Moore, Edel O’Sullivan & Anna Fitzgerald (U12 Girls); Ciara Naughton & Bronagh O’Shaughnessy (U13 Girls); Zoe Adeshina & Ciara Higgins (U14 Girls); Michael Cullinane (U15 Boys); Aisling O’Saughnessy & Christina Maher (U15 Girls); Conor Higgins (U16 Boys); Katie McSweeney, Aoibheann McSweeney & Jennifer Daly (U16 Girls); Mei O’Donoghue (U17 Girls); Matthew McCarthy (U17 Boys); Megan O’Regan (U18 Girls); Sean Fouhy & Andrew Maher (U19 Boys); Maeve McTaggart, Sally Naughton & Jessica Daly (U19 Girls).

Darren O’Connell and Anna Fitzgerald both got through their heats with very strong performances and ran in the finals. Conor Kelliher had a super long jump at 3.32 meters.

It was the older age groups from Togher AC who particularly shone on the day when it came to results. Congratulations to Aisling O’Shaughnessy who was first in the U15 race walk. Aisling’s race walking is going from strength to strength. Sally Naughton competed in the 200m sprint and was first in the U19 Girls race, giving Sally a second gold county medal within one week.

Sally Naughton (1st place Girls 100m U19) with clubmate Fiona Byrne

Jessica Daly competed in the 3000m U19 race and won a silver medal.

Jessica Daly who was 2nd in the Girls U19 3000m race

A silver medal went to Maeve McTaggart in the 800m race also, to add to her silver medal in the 1500m last Sunday.  Maeve had an injury niggle which impacted upon her performance and prevented her from taking a gold by just seven seconds.

Maeve McTaggart who won a silver medal in the Girls U19 800m race

Michael Cullinane had a very strong 800m race and led with 200m to go, gathering pace and fending off two Leevale competitors to bring the gold medal to Togher. Another county medal joining Michael’s silver medal from Day 1 of the County Championships.

Michael Cullinane with his father after winning the 800m U15 Boys race.

Matthew McCarthy, new to the club, has thrived under coach Doc Doherty and in his very first 800m race and second only track competition, he was third in the Boys U17 800m race.

Matthew McCarthy (3rd Boys U17 800m) & Sean Fouhy (1st Boys U19 800m) with coach Doc Doherty

Sean Fouhy is another strong Togher AC athlete who has shown ability in road races as well as track. In the 800m race, Sean snatched first place in the Boys U19 800m race in 2.10.05 minutes.  Andrew Maher did us proud by coming second in the U19 3000m race.

Andrew Maher (2nd Boys U19 3000m Race) with his sister Christina Maher

As with all events, it would not be possible without the efforts of our voluntary coaches and parents. A big thank you to you all for your continued support. See Cork Couny Athletics website for full results HERE

The Bay Run

Runners competing in the Bay Run could be seen all around the Bantry area on Sunday 14th May. This is a challenging course for the half marathon and the 10k due to the hills all along the routes. Not too challenging for our Eimear O’Brien however, who was first female over the line in 41:42 minutes.

Eimear O’Brien (right) winner of the 10k Bay Run

Eimear is thriving in competition having won The Great Railway run 10k at the end of April. Congratulations Eimear. Well done to Jess Sheehy who ran the half marathon in the Bay Run. Jess has been training for this race with the Fit4Life group over the last months. Well done Jess.

Eimear at the finish line

Congratulations to everyone involved over the weekends events.