Saturday 23rd June turned out to be a historic day in the club’s History when the All-Ireland ‘A’ Track and Field Championships were held at the CIT Track in Cork. These Championships were from under 9 to under 13 years of age and Athletes had to take part in teams of two, the club were represented in the Girls under 10 competition by Mallaidh O Neill and Jasmine Kiely who had already won two medals in the Munster Championships. This All-Ireland was expected to be a big step up in class for the two Girls but they responded in style by again producing an excellent performance which won them an All-Ireland Gold medal in the long jump which was followed by an equally impressive sprint which won them a Bronze medal over 60m. This was an amazing achievement by the two girls as the standard of competition at All-Ireland level is extremely high.
It was a proud day for the Girls, their families and all associated with Skibbereen Athletic Club. Many Congratulations on a wonderful achievement.
On Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July the CIT track in Cork was again the venue for the Munster Championships for the under 14 to under 19 age groups. On Saturday Kate McCarthy ran in the Girls Under 18, 3,000m race and produced a very consistent run to win the Gold medal in first place while in the Girls under 14 race Ellen Mc Carthy finished in 5th place over 1500m after a great run. On Sunday Sarah Hayes also produced a great performance in the Girls under 15 shot when she finished in third place and won the Bronze medal.
On Sunday 17th June the Munster Masters and Senior track and field Championships were held in Templemore, Co.Tipperary. In the Masters Competition Maureen Glanton had an amazing haul of four medals. She won gold in the discuss with a huge throw and followed this up with silver medals in both the Shot Putt and Javelin as well as a Bronze medal in the Hammer throw.
In the Senior Men’s 800m race John Collins finished in 6th place in what was a very fast pace.
The club are currently putting in place arrangements for their second Annual Road Race. This year it will be a 10k race and walk on Sunday 30th Sept: starting at 1.00pm and preceeded by a one mile Juvenile race at 12.00 noon. The winner will be presented with a Perpetual Memorial Cup in Memory of Noreen Mc Carthy, Dreeny who tragically died in June 2011. It is hoped that a large number of runners and walkers will turn out for an event which will have prize money in excess of €1,000.