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from teh AAI website – Waterford AC Winter League
– Sprints Coaching Course
– Fanahan McSweeney Athletic Club 10th Birthday Celebration
Waterford AC Winter League
Record numbers hit the streets of Waterford.

There was a record turnout of 446 for the Waterford AC Winter League last Thursday night run on the streets of Waterford. We had 420 on our first night last week. The winter league is run over 13 nights and cost €3 per night or €30 for the series. We have a 2.5 & 5.2 mile route. Registration from 6pm and run starts at 7pm sharp. The winter league is kindly sponsored by Alfie Hale Intersports Waterford. Rules are simple, no vis bib no run, no watches and no running on the roads.

Des Colbert
Club Captain,
Waterford Athletic Club

Sprints Coaching Course
The course is aimed at High Performance Coaches and Aspiring High Performance Coaches.

Coaches are welcome to attend some or all of the sessions, however the course fee remains the same.

Sat 8th and Sunday 9th December 2007

Venue: University Of Ulster at Jordanstown
1pm-6pm (saturday)
9.30am- 4pm (Sunday)

Cost £10 or €15

Cheques made payable to Northern Ireland Athletic Federation

Full Programme timetable to follow. There will be a limited number of places on the course.


Stuart Hogg, outlining his programme for Paul Hession, ’sprint starting’, ‘what makes a good sprint coach’.

Aileen McGillvary, strength and conditioning

David Reid, ‘Fundamentals of annual planning for sprints’

Dr Philip Glasgow, ‘Bulletproofing sprinters from injury’

Jonathon Davis,’Physical Conditioning for sprinters’ (Hills and Plyometrics)

Jonathon Bradley, Using camcorders for analysing sprinters

Paula Dunn, Skills and drills for developing athletes

Dr Jonny Bloomfield,Physiological interventions for Sprinters


Fanahan McSweeney Athletic Club 10th Birthday Celebration

The celebration of the club’s 10th anniversary provided a joyful remembrance of successful athletic participation for many on Friday last November 16th at the Ramble Inn, Mitchelstown.
Former/current club athletes, coaches, families, pals and guests partied and reminisced on the night. Special guests present were wife Jean, son Fanahan Jnr and brother Pat McSweeney, Dan McCarthy vice chair and Padraigh Kelly secretary of Cork County Athletics Board. Club Secretary Seamus Fox as MC opened proceedings and introduced the speakers.

Fanahan was a gifted and renowned international athlete. He broke the European 400 metre indoor record at the Houston Astrodome, Texas in February 1970 clocking 46.3 seconds shattering the world mark set by great Olympic champion Tommy Smith. The McNeese University graduate won 48 consecutive international 400m races.

Of Fanahan’s four national records the 200 metres remained for 16 years and the 220 yards and 440 yards remain unsurpassed at the time of writing. In 1968 he beat the national 220 yard record with a scintillating 21.1 seconds on grass. What was even more remarkable was that he never used starting blocks, the universal aid to sprinting, because of fear that crouching might aggravate his back injury.

He was national champion over eleven years and in 1972 represented Ireland at the Munich Olympics.

Eamon Coughlan said that “Fanahan was a born motivator with great attitude and a rare ability to think, analyse, construct and project in a positive way”. High jumper Brendan O’Reilly described him as “a genius in everything he did”. He was regarded as “one of the greatest natural talents this country has ever produced” by Dr Pat O’Callaghan.

Aged 44 he moved on to the next life, but in that short time with us he epitomised remarkable courage and dedication shown by all great sports persons. He is perceived as an excellent role model for aspiring athletes.