Jan- August 2017

Indoor National Success for Annalee

The Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships were held recently in the award winning AIT indoor track in Athlone. The Championships took place over three days, on two separate weekends, drawing very large crowds to the heart of Ireland, as the regional qualifiers from the four corners of the country gathered to compete amidst the cream of Ireland’s athletic crop. 

Annalee AC had to wait until Day 3 to draw in some medals, although there were a few near misses on the way. Renee Crotty was the first Annalee athlete to bag a medal after coming 2nd in the 600m U13 final , in what was a superb race for her. Renee’s brother Cormac was a finalist in two U12 races , just falling 0.03s short of a medal in the 60m sprint final and coming 5th in the 600m . Niamh McCorry was Annalee’s second athlete to bring home a national medal , earning herself a bronze medal in what was a very competitive U15 60 m hurdle final. Niamh just missed out on a medal in the high jump coming in 4th position and  Mark Sexton just missed out on a medal in the boys’ U15m hurdle final , having won his heat.

Ellie Brady and Kayla Bartley were both very impressive in the U12 long jump, gaining pbs . Ellie just missed out on a medal, finishing 4th and Kayla was not far behind, coming in 6th place. Kayla Bartley also just fell short of a medal in the U12 High Jump, finishing 4thand earning a pb of 1.25m.

 In total eight athletes competed in the national hurdles finals- Conal Mooney, Odhran O'Reilly, Mark Sexton, Kate Donohoe, Niamh McCorry, Bevan McCaffrey, Oisin McCorry and Abbey Sexton. 

 Other athletes who competed in the All-Ireland Competitions were: Cliodhna Sheridan and Oisin McCorry , in the high jump while Bevan McCaffrey, Kate Donohoe and Odhran O'Reilly  competed in the long jump. Conal Mooney and Kate Donohoe  competed in the 60m sprint (pb), Mary Kate Gannon competed in the shot putt earning a pb and Conal Mooney, Kayla Bartley, Ellie Brady, Roisin Kellegher  all took part in the high jump with good jumps. Daire Donohoe had a pb in the boys’ U16 200m . Annalee also took part in three of the relays. Under 13 boys and Under 12 Girls, both came 5th  in their respective races and Under 16 Girls who ran their best.

Successful First Day Of Spring League for Annalee Athletes

Day 1 of the Spring League was hosted by Annalee AC at Clones Peace Link Sports Facility on 12th March. Weather conditions were ideal for competing. Annalee athletes had some excellent performances right across the age groups. The first competition of the day was the U9 100 metre race. Annalee athletes medalled in all races. In the girls race Ciara Brennan won , Aurela Crotty came second and Jenna Smith was 3rd. Harry Jennings came first in the boys race, Diarmuid Reilly ,2nd and Conor Donohoe 3rd. There was more success in the U11 100m races where Annalee took home 5 medals out of a total of 6 . Cáit O’Reilly took gold in the girls race, Lauren Miney , silver and Kate Fegan bronze. Ultan Reilly won gold in the boys race and Tadgh Shiels earned himself a silver. In the U15 100m races Annalee again won 5 of the 6 medals awarded. Aideen Drury and Renee Crotty won gold and silver respectively for the girls while Conal Mooney, Leo Jennings and Senan Shiels came 1st,2nd and 3rd respectively. Kate Donohoe got gold and Niamh McCorry silver in the U15 girls 100m race. In the Senior Mens race John Nulty entered as a guest and came first. Paul Sexton won gold and Diarmuid McCorry earned a silver medal. More medals were won by Annalee in the V1 and V2 100m races when Brendan Jennings and Paul Connolly won their respective races. In the longer races Mai Sharkey and Liam Rodgers both came 1st in the U10 girls and U10 boys 500m races. Kayla Bartley came 3rd in the U12 600m race. James Miney and Odhran O’Reilly brought home a gold and a silver medal respectively in the U14 800m boys race. Annalee won gold, silver and bronze medals in the U16 girls 800m race when Tara Brady came 1st, Bevan McCaffrey 2nd and Mary Kate Gannon 3rd. More success was achieved in the boys U16 800m race where Conal Ruddy won a gold medal and Daire Donohoe a silver. Oisin McCorry came 1st in the U18 boys 800m race. In the 3000m mens race Roland Surlis and Ronan Smith ran very impressive races as guests. Gillian Rodgers had a fantastic 1500m run in the V1 category earning herself a gold and John Donohoe did likewise in the mens  V1 3000m race. In the Field events many more medals were won.  In the Long Jump U9-Jenna Smith, Orla McSurley and Caoimhe Murtagh impressed as  guests,   Fotla McCaffrey, 1st, Kate Donohoe, 2nd and  Ciara Brennan 3rd. Diarmaid Reilly 1st, Conor Donohoe, 2nd and Harry Jennings 3rd. In the U11 girls Eve Murtagh, 1st, Cait O’Reilly 2nd,Ruby Gilmartin 3rdand in the U11 Boys- Ultan O’Reilly 1stand Emmett Reilly 3rd.In the U13 boys 3 medals were won; Leo Jennings, gold, Senan Shiels, silver and Conal Mooney ,bronze. Kate Donohoe and Niamh McCorry came 1st and 2nd in the U15 event. In the Throws, Mia Sharkey earned a silver in the Girls U10 Turbo Javelin and John Donohoe and Liam Rodgers came 1st and 2nd respectively in the Boys event. Three more medals were won by Annalee in the U12 Girls Shot Putt with Kayla Bartley earning gold, Ciara Rodgers silver and Ellie Brady bronze. Odhran O’Reilly added to the collection of golds for Annalee ,coming 1st in the boys U14 event. Mary Kate Gannon won another gold in the U16 girls event, followed by a silver win by Bevan McCaffrey and a bronze by Tara Brady. In the U16 boys , Daire Donohoe earned gold and Conall Ruddy silver. Oisin McCorry came 1st in the U18 boys event. Paul Sexton won the senior mens and Gillian Rodgers won the V1 ladies, while Brendan Jennings won the V1 mens . Ann McCorry won the V3 while Miriam Griffin came 2nd. It was a great day out for Annalee!

Ulster T & F Championships at Mary Peters Track Belfast

Mary Peters Track was the venue for the Ulster Athletics T+F finals held recently. Athletes gathered from all over Ulster hoping to fulfil their own dream as they follow in the footsteps of Olympic Gold Medal winner, Mary Peters. The track lies on the site of the Old Queen’s University track in the centre of a natural amphitheatre. Athletes could not but be inspired to push themselves to achieve success here, and many Annalee AC  athletes who made the journey performed admirably.


Gold medals: Roisín Kellegher- U15 HJ, Niamh McCorry -U15 80mH and 250mH, Áine Brady-U20 400m, Diarmuid McCorry-U20 200m

Silver medals: Mary Kate Gannon-U16 SP, Bevan McCaffrey-U16 80mH,

Abbie Sexton-U18 400mH, Oisín McCorry –U20 HJ and Roland Surlis-Senior Men’s 800m

Bronze medals:  Clíodhna Sheridan-U17  HJ and 200m,

 Mark Sexton- U15m 80mH and Charlotte Moore- U14 1500m

4th place and All Ireland Qualifiers: Daire Donohoe -U16 200m and HJ,

Kate Donohoe-U15 100m, Bevan McCaffrey-U16 100m , Donnacha McNamara-U14 1500m

Annalee Athletes Make National Headlines

Annalee athletes are making their mark nationally at Athletic Meetings across the country.

Niamh McCorry represented Annalee Athletics Club in The National Combined Events Championships 2017 on Saturday May 27th in Santry .  In the Combined Events athletes participate in a number of track and field events earning points for their performance in each event which adds to a total points score. Niamh , an all rounder, is well equipped for this event and she needed all her steel and determination to get through on a truly miserable day weather wise as competition was held up for over two hours. The High Jump, a strong event for Niamh, had to be cancelled due to the inclement conditions leaving hurdles, long jump, shot putt and 800m.Niamh ran the fastest time in the hurdles at 12.72 secs, a PB of 9.52m in shot putt and going into the 800m she was sitting in 3rd position with  only 60 points separating  1st and 4th position. Niamh won the 800m  in a time of 2.28.18 min shifting her into 2nd position, a mere 4 points behind the winner.

More recently four Annalee athletes took  part in The All Ireland Schools Championships on Saturday 3rd June in Tullamore. They all acquitted themselves very well. First up was Roisín Kellegher , an extremely talented high jumper showing great promise . Roisín jumped 1.55m in the junior girls’ high jump, winning a bronze medal amidst stiff competition.

Next up  Oisín McCorry  brother of Niamh,, ran the senior boys’ race coming  in 5th place. In the junior girls’ another very talented hurdler with terrific style, Bevan McCaffrey, won a silver and Niamh McCorry who still had some steam left  came home in 4th position. Great achievements for Annalee A.C.!  

Annalee AC  Athletes at Antrim  Forum

Annalee Athletics Club had a very successful day recently at The Antrim Forum in The Youth Development League.  This league is a series of Track and Field competitions which encourages young athletes to compete against other clubs in their region. Ample opportunity is available to athletes as it is possible to compete in either ‘A’ or ‘B’ category of each event from U13 to U17 age groups. Points are awarded for placings in both categories. This event offers  athletes a wonderful opportunity to develop and perfect their technique. This year the competition is spread over three days. Results of the winning club will be announced after Day 3 , which will be on July 1st.

Childrens’ Games U12 and U13 and Masters T&F

Annalee athletes achieved more success for their club in Shercock on April 30th in the Childrens’ Games U12 and U13 and also The Masters Track and Field Competitions. A large number of young athletes competed in these games.

Athletics: Uneven Age Group Ulster Cross Country Championships

Success Continues for Annalee A.C. Athletes 

Annalee A.C. juvenile athletes success story continues as talented young athlete Cáit O’Reilly returned to Ulster to claim another gold medal, this time in the U11 Girls category after already claiming gold in the U10 age group in the Cross Country held in the Rostrevor on October 22nd.  The other members of her team all ran superbly in the competition with Sarah Clarke coming 20th out of a large field of almost 100 athletes followed in close succession by Ciara Rodgers, Ruby Gilmartin and Lauren Miney. This successful team brought home a team gold medal for Annalee which was a proud achievement indeed and contributed a total of 65 points to their club.

In the U9 age group Aisha Gannon earned herself a bronze medal. 

Annalee also won team gold in the Boys U11 age group with 57 points. This team’s overall success contributed in no small way to the Cavan Club coming third in Ulster in this event. Cormac Crotty continued to impress, winning a bronze, followed closely by teammate, Fionn Mc Namara, in fourth place. Charlie Gannon, Tadhg Shiels, Rory O’Brien and Cian Mc Crystal all ran impressive races to help Annalee to overall third place.

In the U13 Boys event Donnacha Mc Namara did his team proud winning an individual bronze medal. James Miney was not far behind finishing in 8th place. The other team members: Luke Gilmartin, Malachy O’Brien and Odhrán O’Reilly all ran their best putting Annalee into 2nd position overall with 53 points. 

The Moore twins ran their hearts out in the U13 Girls’ event with Charlotte winning silver and Olivia coming in 11th place out of a huge field of 98 runners, taking an individual medal for her position. Renee Crotty and Katie Gannon followed her closely, coming in 15th and 26th positions, respectively. This pushed the girls into bronze medal position with a phenomenal total of 115 points.

Kate McCrystal had an impressive run finishing 22nd in the U15 girls’ race. Blathnaid O’Reilly and Doireann Mc Namara also ran very well.

In the U17 Boys Ciarán O’Reilly finished 14th out of a field of 62 athletes. 

Best of luck to all Annalee Juvenile Athletes in the upcoming

 All-Ireland Cross Country Championships.

 © Miriam Griffin 2012