Michelle Finn was in superb form in the 3K steeplechase final at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam today. One of the best technical hurdlers in the field, Michelle finished very strong to cross the line in 7th place in PB of 9:43.19. She was the first of the Irish girls over the line.
Michelle is coached but the famous Donie Walsh who is very proud of her achievements to date. Hurdles coach Seamus Power has insured Michelle is technically on of the best hurdlers in the steeplechase event.
Well done to Michelle Finn today on a fantastic run in the semi-final of the 3000m Steeplechase at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. She finished 4th in her heat to qualify for the final in a seasonal best time of 9:45:93
County B Cross Country Championships took place 1st November in Conna and we came home with great results and lots of medals.
Seamus Moynihan finished in 3rd position U9. Donal Bourke finished 2nd position
U13 and Caoimhe O’Leary finished 2nd U15. Shannon Bourke just missing out on a medal finishing 7th U9, Donnacha Murphy finished 8th U13 as well as Gemma O’Regan 8th U15.
Our U11 team was made up of Clara O’Keeffe, Ciara O’Sullivan, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Madison Gallahue-Murphy and Meave Buckley. Ethan Walsh ran U11 finishing 36th.
Our boys U13 finished 3rd team made up of Donnacha Murphy, Donal Bourke, Darragh Moynihan, Ian Buckley and Joshua Jumbo.
Girls U13 team came home with gold medals made up of Cathy Kiely, Eimear O’Leary, Brianna Gallahue-Murphy and Megan Kiely.
Girls U15 team also won gold medals consisting of Caoimhe O’Leary, Gemma O’Regan, Emma Moynihan and Sarah Bourke.
Well done to Dan Bourke who also competed in the Masters event and ran a great race.
Michelle Finn was running in the semi-final of the 3000m Steeplechase at the World Championships in Beijing yesterday. Unfortunately she failed to make the final, running well outside her best time. But, it’s an experience on her way to the Olympics in Rio next year which she has qualified already for.
Michelle’s mum Mary is from Millstreet, and runs with Millstreet AC. They are a family of runners and are regularly seen at the races around Cork and winning often too. All have all run the Clara Mountain Run in recent years. Michelle was the national champion 3000m steeplechaser in 2013.
Simon Chodziesner is an Australian running from Mizen to Malin. Covering about three quarters of a marathon each day, he arrives in Millstreet tomorrow from Ballingrary, and is off again the following morning.
Millstreet Athletic Club would like to thank everyone who supported our road race on Friday night from the sponsors, stewards and the local Gardai to all the runners and walkers. It was lovely to see so many people in the town and along the route. It was a great success and a very enjoyable evening. Thank you to Geraldine Dennehy for the excellent photography.
We extend sincere congratulations to Billy Cronin, a multi-talented Student at Millstreet Community School who has recently achieved amazing successes in the All Ireland Cross Country Championships. Billy indicates:
“In the All-Ireland Athletics Championships in the u18 6000m race I won an All-Ireland Silver Medal representing Cork and an All- Ireland Silver representing Munster (23rd November 2014 in Dundalk). On Sunday, 7th December in Santry, Dublin in the u19 6000 meters I won a Gold Medal representing Munster.“
Millstreet is very proud of your achievements Billy …. We shall have to keep an eye out for future Olympic possibilities! (S.R.)
Over the past month Millstreet Athletic Club has been represented at the Munster Cross Country Championships held in Tipperary, Clare and Carrig na Bhfear
by Emma Lehane, Donal Bourke, Donnacha Murphy, Orla Buckley, Caoimhe O’Leary and Dan Bourke.
The club recorded great results in all age groups and are delighted thatCaoimhe O’Leary will represent the club and county at National level in the All-Ireland cross country Championships in Dublin next weekend in the Girls U15 race.
It is a fantastic achievementfor Caoimhe and we wish her the very best of luck and also to Billy Cronin of Knocknakilla who will also be representing Cork in Dublin next weekend.
Harry Coher was a legendary athlete
Against Ireland’s best with success he did compete
As the wild mountain hare is quite as fleet
The first of the great cross country runners of Millstreet
Old memories remain as a source of joy
By old timers i heard many stories of him as a boy
As children they remembered Harry Coher in his prime
He was indeed a legend of his time [read more …] “Harry Coher”
I only knew Mushera’s Paddy Keeffe as a very old man
He was then in the twilight of his long life span
The physical wear of time on him did show
With a cane’s assistance he was walking slow
Ireland’s best two mile hurdler when in his life’s prime
Though this is going back many decades in time
Few in Ireland could match it with him on his day
The best of Mushera Valley of him one can say [read more …] “Mushera’s Paddy Keeffe”
Well done to Caoimhe O’Leary, Orla Buckley and Donal Bourke who represented Millstreet A.C. in Two Mile Borris, Co Tipperary on Sunday at the Munster A Cross Country Champships even ages.
Caoimhe came home in 36th position and 12th girl to represent Cork, followed by Orla in 47 position and 16th girl to represent Cork in the girls U14 race in a field of over 80 runners. Donal finished in 58 position and 15th boy to represent Cork in boys U12 in a field of over 120 runners.
Great results at such a high level.
Our club will also be represented at the Munster Uneven ages in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare on 9th November next and we wish them all continued success in representing the club for the remainder of the season.
The club is starting a training session on Wednesday nights 7-8pm in Millstreet Town Park for anybody over 18 who wishes to take up running. We are especially looking for people who are just starting out and want to get fit for the winter months. All welcome.
We would like to extend our congratulations to the Millstreet footballers, their trainers and all those involved who won the County Championship on Saturday night. It was a fantastic achievement and we wish them continued success at Munster level.
Well done to Caoimhe OLeary, Orla Buckley , Donal Bourke, who competed in Two Mile Borris In Co Tipperary
It was a great day again for members of Millstreet Athletic Club who competed at the County “B” cross country championships in Castlelyons today bringing home two individual medals and three team prizes.
Jamie Kelleher made it look easy when he won the boys U11 race leading his team home in 2nd position. The team was made up of Donnacha Murphy who finished 9th, Patrick Kelleher and Tomas Cronin. Emma Lehane came home a comfortable 2nd in girls U11 with her team coming home in 3rd position. Her team mates were Brianna Gallaghue-Murphy, Caoimhe Murphy, Aoife O’Connor, Holly Sheehan, Cathy Buckley, Muireann Cronin and Katie Linehan.
Girls U9 also came home in 3rd position, the team was made up of Aoife Casey who finished 9th, Ciara O’Sullivan, Maeve Buckley, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Ellen Cronin and Madison Gallahue-Murphy.
Also representing the club were Eimear O’Leary, Jenny Kelleher, Emma Moynihan, Sara Linehan, Eanna O’Mahony, Diarmuid Cronin, Patrick Cronin and Daniel Buckley.Dan Bourke also competed in the Novice race.
Next week the club will be represented by Dan Bourke, Donal Bourke, Emma Lehane, Orla Buckley and Caoimhe O’Leary who are travelling to Tipperary to compete in the Munster Even ages. We wish them the very best of luck. [full results]