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from AAI website – Fit4Life Meet N Train Groups Around the Country
– European Cross Country Championships
– International Team Coaching Positions 2008
– Ulster Regional Squad Head Coach
Fit4Life Meet N Train Groups Around the Country

Thirty clubs around the country have launched their Fit4Life Meet ‘N’ Train Groups to provide a safe, sociable and welcoming environment for the recreational runner.

Attached is a directory of all clubs that have taken on the challenge of promoting and organising a Fit4Life programme in their club. View these clubs at the following link;

Athletics Ireland Fit4Life Meet N Train Contacts.pdf

The Fit4Life Programme is aimed at recreational runners. The idea is to encourage clubs to expand their ‘traditional’ structures to include a section for the ‘recreational runner’. From the evidence of events such as the Women’s Mini Marathon, there are thousands of ‘recreational runners’ in the country, but research has shown that many of these are not members of any club.

Feedback from the 2006 Fit4Life Running Leagues strongly supported the idea of having a support structure for these ‘recreational runners’ where they can enjoy all the benefits of running in a social, safe and organised environment and also receive tips and advice on training and fitness.

The most obvious benefits to a club of hosting a Fit4Life programme is the opportunity to increase it’s membership and to raise it’s profile within the community. For further information on the Fit4Life programme please contact your local Regional Development Officer.

European Cross Country Championships

Athletics Ireland announce team changes

Athletics Ireland today announce amendments to the team for the European Cross Country Championships which take place on the 9th of December in Toro, Spain

In the Senior Men’s team, reserve Alan McCormack from Dundrum South Dublin has been promoted to the team in place of Gareth Turnbull who is concentrating on the indoor season.

The Senior Women’s has had several alterations; Maria McCambridge and Mary Cullen have both withdrawn due to injury. Reserve Rosemary Ryan of Bilboa A.C. was promoted to the senior women’s team has now had to withdraw for medical reasons.

Meanwhile, RTE 2 will have live television coverage of the championships from 12 noon to 1.40pm.

Irish Team
European Cross Country Championships
December 9th, Toro, Spain

Senior Men
Martin Fagan (Mullingar Harriers)
Gary Murray (St. Malachy’s)
Alan McCormack (Dundrum South Dublin)
Vinnie Mulvey (Raheny Shamrocks)
Joe McAllister (St. Malachy’s)
Colm Rooney (Clonliffe Harriers)

Senior Women
Fionnuala Britton (Sli Chulainn)
Deirdre Byrne (Sli Chulainn)
Jolene Byrne (Donore Harriers)
Pauline Curley (Tullamore AC)

U-23 Men
Mark Christie (Mullingar Harriers)
Joseph Sweeney (Dundrum South Dublin)
Michael Clohissey (Raheny Shamrocks)
Cathal Dennehy (Emerald AC)
Danny Darcy (Liffey Valley AC)
Andrew Ledwith (Fr. Murphy’s)

U-23 Women
Linda Byrne (Dundrum South Dublin)
Frances Nic Reamoin (Clonliffe Harriers)
Rose Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC)
Aisling Baker (Dundrum South Dublin)
Azemra Gebrezgi (Dublin City Harriers)
Tracey Williams (Tallaght AC)

Junior Men
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC)
Brenadn O’Neill (Dundrum South Dublin)
John Coghlan (Metro St. Brigid’s)
Michael Mulhare (North Laois AC)
David Rooney (Raheny Shamrocks)
Niall Tuohy (Ferrybank AC)

Junior Women
Charlotte Ffrench-O’Carroll (Dundrum South Dublin)
Rebecca Ffrench-O’Carroll (Dundrum South Dublin)
Suzanne Huet (Dundrum South Dublin)
Sara Louise Treacy (Moynalvey AC)
Eimear Black (Balymena and Antrim AC)
Lorraine McCarthy (West Waterford AC)


International Team Coaching Positions 2008

Athletics Ireland invites applications for the following International Coaching positions for 2008. Applicants should indicate their coaching qualification and their coaching experience to supplement their application.
3rd February
Cardiff International Indoor Meeting

7th-9th March
IAAF World Indoor Championships – Valencia

15th –16th March
European Cup Winter Throwing – Split, Croatia

29th -March
Schools Cross Country International – Scotland

30th -March
IAAF World Cross Country Championships – Edinburgh

12th -April
European Cup 10000m – Istanbul, Turkey

10TH – 11TH May
IAAF World Race Walking Cup – Cheboksary, Russia

21st – 22nd June
European Cup – Men, Tallinn Estonia – Women, Leiria Portugal

21st – 22nd June
Mannheim U20 Meeting, Germany

28th – 29th June
European Cup Combined Events – Slovenia

8th – 13th July
IAAF World Junior Championships – Poland

19th – July
Schools International – England

2nd -August
Celtic Games- Scotland

9-10 August
England Athletics u17 Championships (formerly AAA)
THe coaching committee at its January meeting will consider coaching appointments for the period 2008 . Expressions of interest should be with coaching@athleticsireland by Dec 31st .


Ulster Regional Squad Head Coach

Applications are invited for the position of Head coach for the Ulster regional SquadThe head coach for the Ulster regional squad will be responsible for the selection of athletes and coach’s for the squad and in association with the Regional development officer the preparation of the regional squads for the year. The Head coach will be the leader of the coaching on the day and as such the suitable applicants experience and qualifications should be appropriate for such a presitigious and important position. Expressions of interest should be made to coaching@athleticsireland.ie before December 31st and all applications will be considered by the coaching committee at their January meeting. A short list of applicants will be interviewed for the position