Athletics Ireland NRWJ (National Race Walking Judge) Level I course Athlone IT, Saturday January 25, 2020.

  1. Introduction The NRWJ (National Race Walking Judge) Level I course is intended to provide the participants with the theoretical and practical training required to make them capable of officiating at national competitions. The Level I course also identifies potential candidates to sit the evaluation to be a member of the panel of European Race Walking Judges.
  2. Objectives of the Course the aforementioned goals the NRWJ Level I course has the following detailed objectives: To apply the competition rules correctly and consistently To interpret the competition rules appropriately To be updated on the most recent rules changes and their application To have a clear understanding of the management of competitions To have a precise knowledge on the setup for each event To have a basic understanding of road measurement procedures To demonstrate proper behaviour during the competition To act independently and avoid preference for any athlete
  3. Candidate Pre-requisites The pre-requisites for candidate participation on a NRWJ Level I course are at least 3 of the following: - Have an active interest in judging Race Walking events - Are aged over 21 years of age. - Are registered members of Athletics Ireland. - Have actively judged or officiated in the past 5 years. - Have previously competed in Race Walking events at National level.


  1. Course Format NRWJ Level I courses are organised in a 1-Day format.


  1. Course Location The NRWJ Level I Courses will be held in Athlone IT on Saturday January 25th, 2020 the same day as the National U20/23 Indoor Championships.


  1. Course Lecturers The NRWJ Level I courses will be organised by Pierce O’Callaghan (IAAF Level 3 Judge)


  1. Course Timetable NRWJ Level I courses follows a standard syllabus.

Draft Morning Session: 08.30 – 13.00

Rule 230 Chief Judge Role & duties Chief Judge’s assistant Role & duties Recorder Role & duties Paper work (Red Cards, Individual judge’s sheet, Summary sheets) Shadow Judging the National U20/20 Indoor Championships

The course will conclude with written & video examinations. If you are interested in attending this course, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The course is open to the first 30 people who register their interest before January 22, 2020. The course is targeted at beginners who wish to improve their judging knowledge and act as judges at future Championship events.

Congrats to all our athletes in during the 2019 Session at County, Regional, National & International Level.


Our 2019 Star Awards are this year in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday 15th February 2020. 

For anyone wishing to purchase tickets the link for online purchasing is below.


Any queries please get contact with Larry @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Leinster Star Award Winner 2019:


Male Adam Nolan St Laurence O'Toole AC
Female Chloe Hayden St Laurence O'Toole AC
Senior (Tie) Niall Harvey St Laurence O'Toole AC
Senior (Tie) Matthew Keenan St Laurence O'Toole AC
Senior (Tie) Molly Scott St Laurence O'Toole AC


Senior Mitchell Byrne Rathfarnham AC


Male (Tie) David Oghuvbu Naas AC
Male (Tie) John Grant Celbridge AC
Female Sarah Millea Celbridge AC
Senior Michael Kenny Kildare AC


Male Jordan Knight St Josephs AC
Female Sophie Jackman St Senans AC
Senior Ciara Deely Kilkenny City Harriers AC


Male Canice Whearty Oughaval AC
Female Helen Ikpotokin St Michaels AC
Senior (Tie) Seodhna Hoey Portlaoise AC
Senior (Tie) Nicole Kehoe Dowling St Abbans AC


Male Tadgh Donnelly Drogheda & District AC
Female Aoibhinn McMahon St Gerards AC
Senior Amy McTeggart Boyne AAC


Male Rafael McCaffrey Ratoath AC
Female Amy Callaghan Cushinstown AC
Senior Karen Dunne Bohermeen AC


Male Jack Saunders Tullamore Harriers AC
Female Katelyn Farrelly Tullamore Harriers AC
Senior (Tie) Nadine Donegan Tullamore Harriers AC
Senior (Tie) Liam Brady Tullamore Harriers AC


Male Charles Okafar Mullingar Harriers AC
Female Shauna Leydon Mullingar Harriers AC
Senior Vicky Harris Mullingar Harriers AC


Male Jack Forde St Killian's AC
Female Maeve Hayes St Pauls AC
Senior Peter O'Connor Enniscorthy AC


Male Jack McGlone Greystones & District AC
Female Roisin Treacy Ashford AC
Senior Niamh Kearney Sli Cualann AC

Athlete of the year Fionnuala McCormack Kilcoole AC
Jumps Ruby Millett St Abbans AC
Throws Niamh Fogarty Raheny Shamrock AC
Masters Anette Kealy Raheny Shamrock AC
Walks Oisin Lane Mullingar Harriers AC

Day 1 - Sunday the 12th Janurary, 2020 Leinster Intermediate & Masters Cross Country and Juvenile Cross Country Relays will be held in Gowran, Co Kilkenny and hosted by  Gowran A.C. For Juvenile Relays, 2020 age groups shall apply.

Many thanks to Gowran AC for hosting the Championships and we look forward to a great day of competition in the new year.

Athletics Leinster is a voluntary organisation and in order to ensure the smooth running of the Championships we require volunteers from every participating club in Leinster to help out on the day. Names are to be provided in advance by email to:

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas as we reflect on a very successful 2019 and look forward to an event filled 2020. See you on the 12th January, 2020.

Greg Duggan & Catriona Duffy

Cross Country and Road Secretary

Notes from Higher Grounds - The ultimate altitude training travel guide

When Irish steeplechaser Elizabeth Egan was planning to visit Kenya for a training holiday a decade ago, she had difficulty finding information about the best places to visit, where to stay, and if it was possible for a female to travel alone. After weeks of searching, she stumbled across the website of Lornah Kiplagat’s High Altitude Training Centre (HATC) in Iten, and arranged the first of many trips to the ‘Home of Champions’. She knew then that this sort of information should have been easier to find, and in 2010, she set about researching a travel guide which would detail how to get to Iten and 14 other popular altitude training venues across the globe.

Notes from higher grounds: an altitude training guide for endurance athletes (Kukimbia Huru Publishing) is the product of almost 4 years of research, and provides the information that any distance runner or their coach would need to arrange an altitude training trip. Any athlete that wants to run with the Kenyans or stride along the Albuquerque trails made famous by Paula Radcliffe, can now do so. Ifrane, Mammoth Lakes , and Boulder have suddenly become more accessible, and places like Falls Creek and Addis Ababa are no longer reserved for elite athletes with connections there.

Egan says ‘I hope that Notes from higher grounds will enable more athletes to sample altitude training, East African running culture, and the beautiful mountain trails of places like Font Romeu, St. Moritz and Flagstaff’.

The 368-page full-colour publication includes practical advice, spectacular photographs, interesting features, and light-hearted blog excerpts detailing the author’s own experiences and observations. It is available to purchase through