Celebration of 100 years of Athletics

While there is no doubt that athletics was an integral part of Irish sport since the 1850’s it was only in 1922 with the formation of the National Athletic and Cycling Association which came from the merging of the Athletic Council of the GAA (who were more concerned about field games rather than athletics), the Cross-Country Association of Ireland and the Irish Amateur Athletic Association that athletics had their own formal association with Ireland being admitted to the International Amateur Athletic Federation. Over the intervening years, there has been a lot of highs and lows in the sport but 2022 sees the centenary of this organisation and to mark the occasion the club are hosting an open cross-country event on Sunday 18th September. The programme of events, which gets underway at 12 noon will see Boys & Girls races at U/9 (600mts), U/11 (1,000mts), U/13 (1,500mts), U/15 (2,000Mts), U/19 (3,000mts), Senior Men & Master Men O/40, O/50, O/50 (6,000mts) and Senior Ladies & Master Ladies O/40, O/50, O/60 (3,000mts). Trophies will be awarded to the first three in each race with medals being awarded to the next 25 athletes at U/9, next 20 at U/11, next 15 at U/13 and next 10 at U/15 and U/19. For a novel team event the club are hosting a mixed team event – 2 ladies & 2 men with the result based on the athletes finishing places in their respective races. Admission Fee for athletes and spectators is €5. No additional fee to enter race. We hope that you will spread the word far and wide and support the fixture which celebrates our great sport.

Cross Country Training

The club has resumed training for the cross-country season and those who have been back have being going very well. With our first cross-country race taking place in four weeks’ time it is important that all athletes return to training on Tuesday and Friday nights at 7.30pm. All athletes from 7 year of age and up are welcome and indeed any new athletes interested in becoming members of the club are also most welcome to attend. While these sessions are for your juvenile athletes, senior members of the club are also encouraged to continue/resume training in anticipation of the upcoming cross-country season and our open cross-country fixture.

Cross-Country Fixtures

18th September – Open Cross Country – Moyne

28th September – Tipperary Primary Schools Cross Country – Thurles

02nd October – County Even Age Juveniles & Novice – Galbally

09th October – County Uneven Age Juveniles & Intermediate – Middlepiece, Two-Mile-Borris

16th October – County Juvenile & Senior Relays – Thurles

23rd October – Munster Even Age Juveniles, U/23 & Novice – Cork Venue

06th November – Munster Uneven Age Juveniles, Junior & Senior – Limerick Racecourse

13th November – County Juvenile B & Novice B – Moyne

20th November – National Even Age Juvenile & Senior – Venue TBC

27th November – Munster Juvenile B & Intermediate – Kerry Venue

04th December – National Uneven Age Juvenile & Novice – Venue TBC

11th December – Munster Juvenile Relays & Masters – Clare Venue

18th December – County Senior Cross Country – Dundrum (TBC)

Coaching Courses

Athletics Leader – Sep 17th 10am-5pm. Cost- €70.

Assistant Coach – Sep 24th – 10am-5pm. Cost- €70.

Online entry and information on www.athleticsireland.ie/coaching. Contact- Colin Byrne – colinbyrne@athleticsireland.ie  or 087-0632326

Split the Bucket!

The winner of the Split the Bucket for August 26th was Thomas Flynn, Galway. Winning amount €101. Envelopes are available at all training sessions, in Quinlan’s Pub, Moyne and in Tígh Maighne. On-line options are also available on our website www.moyneathleticclub.com. Thanks to all who continue to support each week.