2012 Ulster Star awards

Nov 30th 2012

Ulster Star awards


Congratulations to Aine Brady, Clodagh O'Reilly and Paul Sexton winners of the 2012 Ulster Star Awards. And to Andrew Creamer who received an award for outstanding performances during the year which included setting a new Irish Championship record in the 60m Hurdles.

On Friday 30th November the 8th Ulster Star awards ceremony of the Ulster athletics council was held.

Cavan Awards:

Aine Brady Annalee Ac girl’s u12 to u15

This talented hurdler started off well with a gold in the Ulster indoors U15 60m hurdles. In the outdoor she did both the long and short hurdles take the Ulster title in the U15 250mh and silver in the U15 80mh.She also took silver in the Ulster schools junior girls 200m sprint. In the nationals she took bronze in the U15 250m hurdles in a new personal best time. 

Clodagh O Reilly Annalee Ac Girls u16-u19

This truly exceptional distance athlete from Cavan has taken six Ulster titles. In Cross country she won - U15 and U16 girls, junior girl’s schools. In indoor - u16 1500m and then in outdoor - u16 1500m, junior girls schools 1500m. She then has won three national titles U16 Cross Country, Junior Girls Cross country and U16 indoor 1500m, as well as several other medals Bronze U15 cross country , silver Junior girls schools 1500m and bronze U16 1500m at national level. She has had several international duties when she represented Ulster at the Celtic games and Ireland in the Schools International cross country.

Paul Sexton Annalee Ac Boys u16- u19 

This talented sprinter and hurdler took gold 200m sprint and silver 60m hurdles in the Ulster indoors. In the outdoors he continued his run taking the Ulster title in the 250m hurdles and silver in the 100m hurdles. In the nationals he took the national 100m hurdles title and silver in 250m hurdles and bronze in the indoors 60mh. He represented Ireland in the Celtic games in Scotland where he ran a new personal best time and took gold in the 100mh just outside the Celtic record.

Later on in the night Ulster Athletics Council recognises that on occasion there are athletes who because of their international commitments or because of the level of competition in certain events there is a need to present special performance awards

Andrew Creamer Annalee Ac  

This hurdler started of the indoor season winning gold in the national junior’s hurdles. Following on from that he won gold in the Ulster’s and national indoors u18 60mh. Despite being out for most of the outdoor season with injury he came back took gold in the national u18 110mh and then was on international duty representing Ireland in the Celtic games where he took silver.  But it was his performance in the National age group indoors in Nenagh which saw him break the U18 60mh hurdles record which was his highlight of the year.

All Ireland Even Ages & Intercounties Cross Country Championships November 25th 2012

Clodagh O'Reilly, Annalee AC, takes the silver medal at the recent All Ireland U 16 Cross Country Championships held in Rataoth, Co Meath. 

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The championships were held in Tattersalls and the recent heavy rain left the underfoot conditions soft and wet which left the course very muddy and heavy. The U 16 race started at a blistering pace that quickly broke up the field of runners leaving Siofra O Flathery 936 the eventual winner out in front with Clodagh in second place as the race reached the 1km mark. Despite their best efforts the other athletes were unable to draw back the leading pair who gradually extended their lead. In the final kilometer the leader, Siofra pulled away from Clodagh and finished a very impressive champion with Clodagh second ahead of Aoife Hamilton from Waterford.  Next week Clodagh will be in action in Adamstown, Co Wexford were she will run in the u 17 National Championship Cross Country.

Clodagh was also the first Ulster team member home, winning another silver with the Provincial team. Cian O'Reilly was 12th U23 and first Co Cavan Senior man home, Aodhagan O'Reilly was 3rd Senior home and the County Cavan team secured a further Silver medal in the B category

2012 Ulster & Northern Ireland Uneven Age & Novice Cross Country Championships, November 11th 2012

2012 Ulster & Northern Ireland Uneven Age & Novice Cross Country Championships





Annalee AC athletes were to the fore at the Ulster & Northern Ireland Uneven Ages & Novice Cross Country Championships in Killybegs, Co Donegal on November 11th 2012 with three individual Golds in the U9 Boys, U11 Girls and U17 Girls, and one Bronze medal in the Men’s Novice Cross Country.

Clodagh O'Reilly made it 4 Ulster championships in a row winning the U17 Cross Country Championship to add to the U16 title she had won two weeks previously. Clodagh finished the 3000m race well in front and over 30 seconds ahead of the silver medal-winning athlete. In the U11 Girls age group Mary Kate Gannon won her second Ulster championship title with a great win. Mary Kate had stayed in the leading group for the first segment of the race but sprinted away from the field with 300m to go and she was a clear winner in the end. Blathnaid O’Reilly also ran strongly to finish 15th and both athletes were part of the second placed County Cavan team.  The remaining team members of Emily Sheridan (22nd) and Bevan McCaffrey (36th) combined with the top two to finish in 4th place, just outside of the medals but good enough to qualify for the All Ireland Championships.

Odhran O'Reilly was another winner on the day when he won the U9 nonchampionship race.  Odhran had a good strong run as he led from the start to finish clear of the other athletes. Cian O'Reilly won the Bronze medal in the hotly competed Ulster Men's Novice race. There were over 70 athletes entered in the Novice category. This led to some crowding of athletes on part of the course. Cian and two Finn Valley athletes broke clear and although Cian finished strongly, his sprint finish just wasn’t enough to win. He finished in a time of 22:47s, which was six seconds behind first place and just two seconds behind second place.

Ciaran O’Reilly rounded off a good day for the O’Reilly family when he finished in 7th place in the U13 Boys, a placing that qualifies Ciaran for the All Ireland Championships. Daire O’Reilly was 28th, Patrick McPhillips 39th and Shane McGovern 53rd in the U13 Boys. Emily Sheridan was the sole Annalee AC runner in the U13 Girls and she finished 56th in a big field and 11th placed finisher on the County Cavan team. Caoimhe O’Reilly was 43rd and the 7th Cavan runner home on the county team, which finished in 4th place. There were nine runners from the club in the Boys U11 race. This was the first Ulster race for many of these athletes and they acquitted themselves well with Conor Galligan in 28th, Conal Ruddy in 39th and Alex Prior in 42nd. The other finishers were Cormac Hegarty, Daniel Madigan, Dallan McKenna, James Fahey, Niall O’Shea and Sean McGovern and they all clearly enjoyed the experience of running in the large field of runners.

All the club qualifiers go through to the All Ireland Championships, which will be held over two days on November 25th in Ratoath, Co. Meath and on December 9th in Co. Wexford. Link to full results here and photos are posted on Annalee AC Flickr site

Co Cavan Senior Cross Country Championships Nov 4th 2012


2012 Annalee AC Senior Cross Country teams with Cian O'Reilly (Individual winner) with the Senior Men's Individual Trophy, Gina Dolan (Individual 2nd) holding the Ladies Senior Team trophy and Lorraine O'Reilly with the 2012 Cross Country Cup for best overall club. (missing Paul Fahy)

The County Cavan Senior Cross Country Championships was held in a new location in Drumelis, Cavan town. The course was held on part of the old Farnham estate (now the Radisson) thanks to Declan McCabe and Edward Brady who allowed us to use the field for the event. Despite the torrential rain that had fallen during the week, the surface held up well and the runners who took part were full of praise for the new course.

Annalee AC’s Cian O'Reilly won the Senior Men's race, retaining the title he won in 2011. Cian had a strong run over the testing 10k course and finished ahead of the biggest field in the senior cross country in many years.  A trio of athletes broke away after the first lap and these included Cian along with Martin Fulton of Bailieboro who had recently won the Cavan DMC 22k and Cootehill 10k and Noel Carroll of Shercock who has won the two winter league road races this season. The lead changed hands several times during the fast paced 10k race. Cian looked comfortable throughout and took the lead with about 3k to go. Neither Noel nor Martin could go with the additional pace and Cian gradually drew away to win by 100m with Noel Carroll finishing strongly to take second and Martin Fulton in third place. Aodhagan O'Reillly of Annalee AC and Cillian Heery of Bailieboro were in a battle for 4th and 5th place. Mark McNamara and Paul Fahy were the 3rd and 4th members of the Annalee team, which came in third place winning a team bronze behind a strong Bailieboro A team in first and Shercock in second. It was nice to see a large turnout with teams from Innyvale, Shercock and Laragh also participating along with individual Cavan born runners and all the Cavan clubs represented in the race.

The Ladies race was also an excellent competition. Gina Dolan of Annalee and Eimear McGovern of Innyvale raced stride for stride for 5 of the 8 kms. The two leaders were well clear of Bailieboro's Louise Kearns who kept in 3rd place throughout. Eimear upped the pace with 3k to go and pulled clear of Gina to eventually win by a good margin and deservedly retain the ladies title for the 5th consecutive year.  Second place for Gina in her first senior cross country competition was a very good result for the 2011 All Ireland Junior Cross Country Champion. And there was yet another amazing performance from Annalee's Lyla Dolan who finished just behind her daughter in 4th place. Annalee AC’s Diana Hogan Murphy showed no apparent tiredness from the previous week's Dublin marathon and she finished strongly in 6th place. Eadaoin O'Reilly was directly behind in 7th and Brenda Wilson followed with a super last 2k, both also running for Annalee.  The remaining Annalee AC ladies team members of Fiona Connolly, Lorraine O'Reilly and Tara McNamara all finished well. The Ladies from Annalee won the gold team medal and Rice Senior Ladies trophy just ahead of a good Innyvale team.  

Annalee AC were also presented with the Co Cavan Perpetual Cup Cup for overall best club in the 2012 Co Cavan Cross Country championships. The club was the best performing club on all three days. Well done to all who competed over the three days and to the coaches. 

And a big thank you to everyone who helped prepare the course, acted as steward and provided teas, scones, sandwiches for the large contingent of athletes and also for the spectators and officials.

 © Miriam Griffin 2012