CTC Autumn / Winter wrap-up

A quick CTC update as we close out 2023 and head into 2024...

A quick CTC update as we close out 2023 and head into 2024. Firstly ‘Happy Christmas’ to all our members, may the festive season be *fabulously* full of fun times, mischief & magic. The very best of wishes for the New Year – whatever goals and aims you may be setting for your 2024 – and whatever you do, don’t forget to renew your TI / CTC membership!

2023 / 2024 training

Registration for Swim & Spin sessions is currently open -with spaces available in Thursday’s Stroke Development & Lane Swimming – Register here. There are also a few spaces available in both Spin classes – Register here.

Registration is currently open for CTC S&C @ Base Fitness – There are still spaces available in both the 7pm & 8pm sessions. Register here.

All CTC training sessions are finished for the year, the return to club training dates are below. Please remember to renew your Triathlon Ireland (TI) & Cork Tri membership for the New Year!

*Yoga at Bishopstown GAA will not resume in January, we will look at introducing yoga to off-season training again next Autumn.

CTC events in January 2024

Registration is open for the New Year’s Day Hike on Old Kenmare Road. Friends, family – and dogs on leads, very welcome. Register here.

The next event in the Talk series is ‘Going Long’ – Advice on endurance racing – with Anne Marie Power, Alan O’Connor, Amy O’Keeffe, Paul Griffin, Sean Finn and Ivan Kelleher. The talk is MC’d by Roisin Burke and will have a Q&A at the end. The talk will take place in Base Fitness on January 14th at 6pm. You can register soon on Eventbrite.

The CTC Open Evening is on January 19th at the Maldron Hotel, South Mall at 6.30pm. This is a chance for new and prospective members to learn more about the club and what we do. Registration will open closer to the date.

The CTC Open Day is on February 10th at MTU, running from 9am – 12/1pm. This gives prospective members a taster of sessions and coaching styles in the club. Registration will be shared closer to the date.

Off-season antics

It’s been a busy few months this Autumn/Winter. There have been some great achievements, many of which have been captured in Medal Monday with pics and PBs. From Marathons to Ultra Marathons, road races to mountain running and swim galas, it’s been a busy offseason! Well done to all our members on their racing efforts.

The CTC Cork Simon Charity cycle raised 1470 euros this year, which will be matched by the club and rounded up, making it a total of 3,000 euro to be donated to the homeless charity in January. Thanks to all who donated to the worthy cause.

Separately, the club is selling CTC branded buffs for 5 euro each, raising money for Breakthrough Cancer Research. This is a charity that a number of our members have been fundraising for this year. The buffs can be picked up at training sessions and you can revolut Roisin or pay 5 euro cash to the coach. 

A shout out to our Social Committee – Camila Monteiro Curvelo, Niall Gallagher & Darragh Meighan who herded 29 members on the CTC Christmas ‘mystery tour’ which took people to The Dean for pre-drinks, onto the train to Midleton and into Sage Restaurant, after a local drink in The Maple Leaf.

A fine time was had by all! Thanks to Darragh, Camila & Niall for organising – and all the members who came along on the night!

CTC Committee 2023 – 2024

As 2023 comes to a close, I want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all the members of the committee for their work over the year. To those stepping away from positions – ‘thank you’ for your time and efforts to date – and those staying on or joining in 2024, looking forward to running the club with you into the New Year. 

The club committee for 2024 is full – apart from King of the Hill Race Director and Assistant Race Director, if you are interested in finding out more about these positions reach out to Daire Reilly, who was the RD in 2023.

As mentioned at the CTC AGM in November, both our races, King of the Hill and Lost Sheep went ahead this year, both making profits and both looking to run again in 2024.

Huge gratitude to LS RD Kelly Agnew and KOTH RD Daire Reilly for being at the helm in 2023, looking after Health & Safety, managing logistics, liaising and organising the masses as well as everything else that goes with the role. As is tradition, the club presented Daire & Kelly with a token of appreciation for their efforts at the end of the year – they both deserved to be acknowledged for taking on tough tasks and getting everything to run smoothly on race day! Thank you again!

Kelly is staying on for 2024, Daire would like someone to fill his shoes for KOTH, offering to support the new RD with his experience and knowledge of the race, along with everyone else who knows the race logistics well.

CTC Five-Year Plan

Just so members are aware, in the background, CTC has been working on a five-year plan to focus the efforts of the club going forward.

There are four pillars in the plan:

  • Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
  • Accessibility & Engagement
  • Training & Coaching
  • Development & Sustainability

These pillars were formed from a strategy meeting held in the Spring with the 2023 committee.

Three people are meeting on each pillar to discuss the aims and focus of the club and they will submit final proposals to the Chairperson in January 2024.

The chairperson will collate this information and prioritise the aims, before presenting to committee for tweaks & critiques – and finally, publish and present to members.