Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Race Series Updates

After two races in the outdoor season, here is the first Race Series scoring.

Womens 100H
1. Catherine McManus 14pts (2 races)
2. Sarah Lavin 13pts (1)
3. Shannen Dawkins 6pts (1)

Womens 400H
1. Jessica Neville 26pts (2)
2. Kelly-Ann Doyle 6pts (1)
2. Orlane Dubo 6pts (1)

Mens 110H
1. Edmond O' Halloran 13pts (1)
2. Eoin Power 6pts (1)
3. Emmanuel Sobayo 4pts (1)
4. Mark McGarvey 3pts (1)

Mens 400H
1. Eoghan Courtney 19pts (2)
2. Barry Upton 17pts (2)
3. Evan McGuire 7pts (1)
4. Dan Colbert 6pts (1)
5. Sean Gill 3pts (1)




Race Series To Be Re-Introduced For 2014

Its been a few years since we have had the Race Series but we will re-introduce this season. The hope is that it will give hurdlers an extra focus regarding races in Ireland. The scoring is simple enough but also has a time target that will give some of the developing hurdlers something to focus on.

  • Any hurdle race over senior heights and spacings will count for scoring
  • Scores from a maximum of 8 (best) races will be counted.
  • Points Scoring
    • 1st 10pts
    • 2nd 6pts
    • 3rd 4pts
    • 4th 3pts
    • 5th 2pts
    • 6th 1pt
  • 3 bonus points on offer for bettering the following times in a race:
    • W100H: 14.50
    • W400H: 62.50
    • M110H: 15.20
    • M400H: 55.60
  • To score points in a race, the following times must be achieved:
    • W100H: 15.59
    • W400H: 67.19
    • M110H: 16.34
    • M400H: 59.77

Monday, April 21, 2014

Final Indoor Royal Rumble Rankings

Sarah Lavin topped the 2014 indoor rankings across all hurdle events thanks to her 8.25 PB from Sheffield. Catherine McManus improved on her 7th position from 2013 to place 2nd in 2014. Ian McDonald complete the top 3 in third.

Sam Healy was the top rookie, in 11th overall, while Megan Marrs was top Youth/Junior in 6th overall.

Overall the standard was slightly up on last year, up 0.03%. There was big turnover from 2013 (athletes who ranked in 2013 but didn't compete in 2014) with 45% (or 9 of the 20 ranked in 2013) not competing in 2013. This includes 5 of the top 6. Turnover is never good (especially if due to injury or early retirement) but the new talent coming through was encouraging. Having said that, much of the 'newbies' are in fact older athletes who made improvements this year. The average age of the ranked athletes in 2014 was 23.2 tears compared to 21.0 years in 2013.

All set up now for an exciting outdoor season.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Leevale - 2014 Top Indoor Hurdle Club

As expected, Leevale and Carrick-on-Suir battled it out to be the top juvenile club at the All-Ireland Indoor Championships in Athlone. It went down to the wire with Jack Murphy needing to win the last race of the day in the Bu18. He did win and Leevale topped the table on 20pts. Carrick-on-Suir were 2nd on 19pts while Donore took 3rd on 17pts.

#1 Leevale - 20
#2 Carrick-on-Suir - 19
#3 Donore Harriers - 17
#4 Dooneen - 15
#4 DSD - 15
#6 Athenry - 12
#6 City of Lisburn - 12
#8 Cushsinstown - 11
#9 Bree - 9
#9 Emerald - 9
#9 Claremorris - 9
#9 Boyne - 9
#13 Moycarkey-Coolcroo - 8
#14 KCH - 7
#14 Shercock - 7
#14 Old Abbey - 7
#14 Belgooly - 7
#18 St Lawrence O' Toole - 6
#18 St Mary's - 6
#18 Lios Tuathail - 6
#18 City of Derry - 6

Top Region
#1 Munster - 122
#2 Leinster - 55
#3 Dublin - 41
#4 Ulster - 38
#5 Connacht - 32

Top County
#1 Cork - 39
#2 Limerick - 30
#3 Tipperary - 29
#4 Meath - 21
#5 Galway - 16

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Leevale And Carrick-on-Suir To Battle For Top Club At All-Irelands

Based on performances from the regional championships, its looking like an all-munster battle at next weekend All-Irelands in Athlone as regards who will be top hurdle club. Leevale will go in as slight favourites but current 2013 outdoor top club, Carrick-on-Suir, will be there or thereabouts. Surprise packet could be St Mary's from Limerick while DSD are likely to be up there also.

2014 Ranking (ahead of All-Irelands)
#1 Leevale
#2 Carrick-on-Suir
#3 St Marys
#4 DSD
#5 Moycarkey
#6 Cushinstown
#7 Athenry
#8 Old Abbey
#9 Donore
#10 Crusaders
#11 Emerald
#12 Bree
#13 Menapians
#14 City of Lisburn
#15 City of Derry
#16 Annalee
#17 Dublin Striders
#18 SLO'T
#19 KCH
#20 Dooneen
 

Craughwell Dethrone Reigning National #1 Claremorris Out West

Craughwell caused a bit of a surprise by taking the Top Hurdles club in the Connacht Indoors. They just edged out Athenry with Claremorris back in 3rd. New club entries in the Top Ten included Lake District, SRL, Loughrea and Ballina.

Very encouraging to see huge entrants in the younger age groups with 45 girls entering to compete in the GU13 60mH alone, unmatched in any other province this winter.

Last Years Rankings in ( )

#1 Craughwell (3)
#2 Athenry (2)
#3 Claremorris (1)
#4 GCH (3)
#5 Carrick-on-Shannon (7)
#6 Tireagh (3)
#7 Lake District ( )
#8 North Roscommon (8)
#9 SRL ( )
#10 Loughrea (10 )
#10 Ballina ( )

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DSD Leading Hurdle Club At Dublin Champs

DSD were the leading hurdle club at the Dublin Juvenile championship. Donore Harriers were #2 while Crusaders were #3.

#1 DSD
#2 Donore
#3 Crusaders
#4 Raheny
#4 Blackrock
#6 Cabinteeley
#6 Dublin Striders
#8 MSB
#8 Lusk
#8 Fingallians