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.