West Cork Athletic Division AGM 2018
The West Cork Athletic Association had another successful year in 2017. The first event of the year was the West Cork Road Races on 2nd April on the roads adjacent to Droumleena Lawn, Dunmanway. It was the third year that the Road Races were held away from the traditional location at Kilbarry Road which was deemed unsuitable due to high traffic volumes. Again this year, races were for Juveniles only with no Seniors or Masters included. Newly formed Durrus AC were welcomed on their maiden outing with 50 of their athletes competing. Two Track & Field Championships were held at the CIT Track on April 9th and 30th.
Four Summer Leagues were held hosted by Doheny AC, Clonakilty AC, Bandon AC and Skibbereen AC. It was Clonakilty AC’s first time to host a Summer League event and it ran very successfully at the Clonakilty Rugby grounds.
The West Cork Cross Country Championships took place in a venue near Ballinadee on September 17th. This year saw the introduction of a Novice Category. The West Cork Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships took place at the usual venue of Dunmanway Showgrounds but were pushed out to 16th January 2018 to better line up with the sequence of Scho ol Cross Country Championships. Four West Cork athletes represented Ireland in December at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia at U20 level, Darragh McElhinney, Bantry AC, Stephanie Cotter, West Muskerry AC, and Laura Nicholson and Fiona Everard ,both Bandon AC. Phil Healy, Bandon AC represented Ireland at the World Indoor Athletic Championships in Birmingham in early March, reaching the semi finals in 400m, the first Irish female athlete to reach this level in this event.
Kate Coveney PRO 12 March 2018