AAI Virtual Cross-Country Club Challenge
The RDO’s of Athletics Ireland have come together to organise a virtual cross-country club challenge during the month of November. The club are going to compete in this challenge, and we will hold the event on Sunday 22nd November in Moyne Sportsfield where we will have created a flat 500mts loop as directed by the RDO’s. The events are U9 & U/10 together (500mts), U/11 (1,000mts), U/13 (1,500mts), U/15 (1,500mts) and U/17 (2,000mts). All athletes will be awarded a race time. The first ten individuals in each age group across Ireland will be awarded medals. The top four fastest times for each club in each age group will be deemed the club team with the top three teams across Ireland in each age group also awarded medals. The club currently have four pods training and it is only these athletes who will be given the opportunity to compete in this event. It will certainly liven up training for the next couple of weeks.
The club were saddened to hear of the recent death of one of our former members, Tommy Moriarty. Tommy’s athletic career began in the 1960’s with action on the field in the County Senior Cross-Country championships on home soil. In Deerpark, Cashel during the 1972/73 cross country season he was a member of the cub team that won the County Intermediate title while also being a scoring member of the Tipperary Novice team that won the Munster Championship in Newmarket, Co. Cork. The following season he finished second in the County Junior Championships while also scoring on the Tipperary Junior team at the Munster Championship in Kanturk where the County finished second. In the 76/77 season he finished 2nd in the Munster Vet’s in Killarney while also winning a club gold medal in the County 5mile road championship and the following season saw him winning the silver medal in the inaugural O/35 cross country championship. In the 1983-84 season he won the County O/40 Road Championship while four year later in the 87/88 year he helped the club to win the County O/40 road title. The following season saw him win gold as part of the club O/40 cross country team and changing underfoot conditions from cross country to track he went on to secure a silver medal in the Munster O/50 800mts, indoors in 1992. With an athletic career that spanned over 30 years, Tommy was a valued member of the club and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him and competing with and against him. The club formed a guard of honour at his funeral with the club flag draped on his coffin. Our condolences to all of the Moriarty Family and may Tommy rest in peace.
Webinars for Youth Athletes
AAI have a series of Webinars for Youth Athletics coming up and we would encourage our youth athletes to participate. Each Webinar costs €5 and will be 60-90mins in length. The first one is entitled” Overcoming Injury” and takes place on Wednesday 11th November at 7pm with Sarah Lavin, (https://eventmaster.ie/event/vK44SPoSb4) next up is “Strength & Conditioning” on Wednesday 25th November at 8pm with Daniel Moore (https://eventmaster.ie/event/wE12UPySRQ) and the final one is “Youth Nutrition” on December 9th at 7pm with Evan Lynch (https://eventmaster.ie/event/zx1msPYSQJ.