Laois Athletes travel well
Laois athlete made their way to Nenagh, Athlone and Santry for Competition races during the past week.
Nenagh AC hosted an open indoor event which attracted many of our you athletes, mostly from Portlaoise AC and St Michael's AC.
Athlone hosted the Glohealth Indoor Games. This brought in top athletes from all over the country and it's great to say that Laois Athletes were up there with the best. Craig Coffey was third in the high jump and Saragh Buggy was first in the triple jump for two weeks in a row.
The Leinster Schools cross country attracted some of our best secondary school athletes to Santry to compete with the best in the province. All athletes performed admirably and many made it to the All-Ireland's in Sligo. Best of luck to all.
Laois Road Race Championships
The dates and venues for the Laois road race championships have been confirmed. We have a few new venues this year. The Novice Road Race in Vicarstown will be the opening race on February 21st followed closely by the Intermediate in Kilcavan on February 28th. We will return to Vicarstown on April 3rd for the Senior road race and then finish up with the Masters and junior races in Portarlington.
These are great races for club athletes to take part in and maybe even better to watch. So why not come along and see some of the best athletes in Laois perform.
Laois Sprint Squad
The Laois sprint squad is back up and running again for the winter months and athletes from around the county are training hard in both sprints, hurdles and jumps disciplines. The coaching has been developed and tailored this year from focusing on the feedback from the Athletes and on what they wish to achieve in the following year.
The AGM of Laois Athletics will take place on Friday, February 19 at 8pm in the Old School House, Vicarstown. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.
Vicarstown Park Run, every Saturday at 9.30am.
Run for Ben & Jake Connolly, 10.00am, 28th February, MDA Car Park, Mountmellick.
13th March, The Heritage Charity 5k, Kilenard.
Streets of Portlaoise 5k, 17th March.
25th March, The Good Friday Emo Forrest Run, Emo @ 5pm.
21st February - Novice Women 3k, Men 6k - Vicarstown; 28th February - Intermediate 3k, Men 6k - Kilcavan; 3rd April - Senior 4k women, 8k men, Vicarstown; 24th April - Masters and Juniors 3k, Men 6k, Portarlington.
If your race does not appear on the calendar please contact us via Facebook or our website.
If you want to get into running or want to take it up again after a break, all runners are welcome to come along to any of our training sessions. So why not give it a go, come along and get up and running.
Tuesday 7.30pm meet at St Fintans Car Park, Portlaoise (opposite Portlaoise Prison).
Thursday 7.30pm meet at St Fintans Car Park, Portlaoise (opposite Portlaoise Prison).
Sunday 10.30am meet at Emo Court Car Park.
Training session can vary from 6k or 10k runs, on Road or Grass, or also take in Fartlek sessions.
Strength and Conditioning Training continues in The Ballyfin Community Hall every Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm, bring a weight and an ab wheel if you have one. These classes are great to assist in core strength and compliment other sports as well. €5 per session - well worth it! Please spread the word to anyone who you feel may be interested in coming along.
Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District AC
Monday Training - meeting at Sue Ryder Ballyroan leaving at 7.15pm.
Tuesday Training - at GAA Field at 7.30pm for all ages.
Wednesday Training - meeting at Abbey Cresent, Ballyroan Road, Abbeyleix at 7.30pm for fit for life.
the Heath 10k
Well done to all club athletes who braved the elements for The Heath 10k on Sunday last - Noel Burke was first home for the club in 39.47 followed by first lady for the club Joanne Carroll who was fourth lady overall in 42.18. Next up was Shaun Maher in 43.04, followed by Sandra Fitzpatrick 45.26, Don Sheeran in 45.59, next was Agnes Fennelly knocking a couple of minutes from her previous 10k in 48.46. Next up was Conal Bradley in 50.12, followed by Carol Walsh who had a brilliant run in 54.06. Next up were Orla Phelan 1.00.24, Anntoinette Mills running her first 10k in 1.00.28 and Anne Manning 1.01.08 who all ran very well on the day.
Leinster Schools XC
Well done to all club athletes who represented Heywood recently in the Irish Schools XC held in Santry Demesne. Niamh McDonald and Sarah Delaney both ran very well on the day finishing 7th and 11th respectively to both qualify for the All-Ireland's in Sligo. Jessica Brennan also ran very well in her race finishing 37th in a tough field.
Emo Rath AC
Leinster Schools xc
The club wishes Eddie Allen and Rebecca Balfe the very best of luck in the Leinster Schools Cross Country later this week. Eddie is going into the event as South Leinster Schools champion after an impressive win in Heywood recently, and Rebecca continues to improve on her form after a recent bout with influenza. Both are expected to put in sterling performances.
Leinster Indoor t&f
The Club will have a number of athletes competing at Day’s 1 and 2 of the Leinster indoor Track and Field Championships in Athlone at the weekend and hopes are high that the club will take away its fair share of medals. Results will be posted next week.
Training continues every Monday night 6.45pm – 7.45pm for our younger athletes, and on Friday night for our older athletes 7pm – 8.15pm.
Training continues for our O-12 Athletes on a Monday night from 7-8pm under flood lights at the running track and Wednesday nights for indoor training from 7.30-8.30pm in the Community Sports Centre. U-12 athletes during the winter months will now train only once a week indoors on a Wednesday evening from 6.30-7.30pm in the Community Sports Centre.
If you wish to find out more about Mountmellick Athletic Club or would like information on becoming a member you can contact us on or Facebook page (Mountmellick Athletic Club) or Seniors at the (Mountmellick Road Runners) Facebook page or by phone at the following 087-3493503 or 087-7686963 or call down to Smith Field on either of our clubs training nights as listed above.
Juveniles Shine In Nenagh
There was a super turnout and great atmosphere in Nenagh on Saturday for the Juveniles Indoor track event. All our athletes competed in the Long Jump, 60m sprint, 300/500m run and relays. Rebecca, Harrison, Eoghan, Aisling, Caoimhe, Aoife, Grace, Tara, Jack, and Annie all had a great days racing and well done to Sean, Fionn, Daniel and Michael all of whom won medals on the day. Special thanks to Patrick Marshall for all his hard work and efforts in ensuring the day ran so smoothly.
The annual Heath 10k on Sunday saw our members out in force again, with a few fine performances in the process. The ladies were well represented again, with Aoife and Ursula O’Malley, Niamh Kavanagh, Norah McGrath, Lucy Dunne and Olive Maher all have great runs on a testing course. The ladies used it as a warm up for the upcoming 'Ballycotton 10' in early March, where they will be well prepared for a few PBs no doubt!
Our men were also in action in The Heath, with Cyril Cuddy again showing great form to come home in 35.03, a fine time allowing for the windy conditions. Aengus Burke was hot on his heels in 35:08. Pat Marshall also continued his recent improvement with a fine 11th place finish, while it was great to see Niall Collins return to action with an impressive run.
Female: Tuesday and Thursday, 18.00-20.00, Track, Portlaoise College.
Male: Tuesday 19.00-20.00, College Track. Thursday – 19.00 – St Fintan’s Hospital.
Juveniles: Tuesday and Thursday at 19.00, College Track.
Please check our Facebook page for updates.
Killeigh St Johns 5K
Congratulations to Cathal Grennan who finished third overall in St Johns Killeigh last Saturday.
Indoor tarining Tuesday evenings 7-8pm in Rosenallis community center for 9 years and older. Registration for 2016 will also take place at training.
There is a running/walking group that meet every Tuesday at Kilcavan GAA field at 8pm everyone welcome all levels of fitness catered for.
St Abban's AC
Saragh in fine form
The AAI games were decided in Athlone over the weekend. The club had 8 athletes participating and each performed admirably. Tom Barry in his first outing for the club clocked 7.85 for the 60m, Katie Brennan registered 8.27 while Barry Regan clocked 7.27 (progressing nicely). Conor Daly was 4th in the TJ with 13.05m and Craig Coffey was 3rd in the High Jump with 1.85m. Shauna Daly recorded 28.32 for the 200 with Eoghan Buggy running a PB for 400m in 50.45 with sister Saragh 1st in the triple jump with 12.58 a new indoor PB.
Leinster Schools Success
Santry was the venue for the Leinster schools cross country last Wednesday. Several club athletes took part representing their school it was good to see so many parents out supporting, hopefully they enjoyed, what was a beautiful day. With a place in the top 15 being eagerly sought to qualify for the All-Ireland's in Sligo on the 5th March it was keen competition from start to finish. TJ Burke had a fine run on his return from a dose of the flu. Maebh Maher also showed good form after her fine run in Heywood, while Keelan Mulhall will have benifited greatly from the experience. Rebecca Fenlon competing at this level for the first time and though missing a few places at the finish crossed the line in 13th place. Caragh Maher started slowly and moved steadily through the field to finish in 9th place and looked very impressive and strong at the finish. Josh Lacey was the revelation on the day. In the Knockbeg strip he put himself on the line from the off and held on for an unbelievable able 8th place finish. Cian Kelly in the inter boys was another to apply himself from the off always being in the top 12, Fighting for every place he made it up to finish a fine 6th. In the senior girls Caitlin McDonald had to be happy as she made her way right through from the back to get up for 14th place and a nice qualification for those All-Irelands in Sligo.
Colette & Stephen score on The Heath
A number of club members made it to The Heath on Sunday last where Colette English made it in to 3rd place in the ladies with Stephen Lawlor going one better finishing 2nd in the men.
St Michael’s AC
2016 Registration – It’s never too late!
Our recent registration nights in January for St Michaels AC proved very busy which is testament to the ever growing popularity of our club. We are a very friendly, hard working club that caters for all standards of runners. Whether you want to start running for the first time or indeed if you are training for a specific running event in 2016 why not come along to our next registration/training session or enquire via our St Michael's AC Facebook page. It’s never too late to join.
The Heath 10K
Well done to our many athletes who took part in the annual Great Heath 10K, as always we had super representation from St Michael’s Athletic club. Congratulations to all who took part and proudly represented themselves and our club. Huge congratulations to Lisa Murphy who was the 2nd lady home in a brilliant time of 39:49, as always simply superb running from Lisa. Well done also to Stephen Hunter who came in fourth overall in 33:37, Mark Hackett who came in 11th overall in 35:59 followed by Aidan McGee in a new personal best (pb) of 41:15 closely followed by Kevin Mulpeter Snr who ran close to 43 mins today and Johnny Doris in 44 min. Congratulations to all our athletes Amanda Weldon, Andrew Dempsey, Brian Yarrow, Louise Murphy McEvoy, Gwen LaCumbre, Grainne Murphy, Emmet O'Reilly, Caroline O'Dea, Cormac Kavanagh, Con Lawler,Gareth Madden, Michelle Madden,Grainne Higgins, JJ Stapleton & Mick Cullen who ran super times with many PBs amongst them.
Many thanks to our coaches Owen Connolly, Mick Cullen and Larry Havens in their dedication in preparing all our athletes for this event. Great running by all.
Nenagh Olympic indoors
Well done to the four young girls from St Michael's AC - Patience Chinda, Rachel Donagher, Naomi Ikpotokin and Nouvel Johnson who took part in the Nenagh Olympic Open Indoor meet over the weekend. Results. U-10 60m, 1st Patience, 2nd Naomi. U-10 500m, 1st Naomi. U-11 60m, both Rachel and Nouvel qualified for the gold final and finished just outside of medal positions. U-11 4x100m relay, four girls placed second to an excellent team from Doneen AC Limerick.
Well done to our athlete Kevin Mulpeter Snr who ran the Rathcoffey 10k on Saturday followed by The Heath 10k on Sunday. Great running as always Kevin.
Fit For Life
Our Fit For Life Programme kick started February 2nd in McCann Park with an uplifting talk given by Dr Eddie Murphy. We had a great turn out and look forward to working with the group over the next six weeks. This programme has proved hugely successful in the past and is a great way to get fit, socialize and meet new people – its never too late to join. For further details on confirmed start dates, times & costs please check out our Facebook page.
Heritage Killenard 5K
Heritage Killenard 5 K Sunday 13th of March starting at 11am.Join us for the 5k Charity run/walk around the walking track at "The Heritage Killenard". This event is a charity event to raise much needs funds for "Portarlington Lourdes Invalid Fund".
This would be a great event for anyone doing any couch to 5k training program or anyone who just wants to help this worthy cause and have nice Sunday morning run. The Heritage Killenard have kindly offered their facilities and refreshments in the hotel afterwards.They have also given us a 100 free day passes to the first 100 who register for this event. Find out more on our Facebook page.
Senior training takes place twice each week from 7pm to 8pm. Tuesday training takes place at McCann Park, meeting at 7:00pm. Thursday Training for the next few weeks will take place in McCann Park - meeting at the car park there at 7pm. New members are always welcome at any time, just turn up at one of our training sessions, and give it a go!
Senior members still meet each Saturday morning at 9am in the Lidl car park (beside Odlums) for a long steady run. Distance range from 5K to 20K, and anyone is welcome to join in for an easy run and a friendly chat on the scenic country roads and forest trails around Portarlington, Emo and Killenard.
Juvenile training will continue each Monday and Thursday in 2016 from 6pm to 7pm at McCann Park in Portarlington. We would ask that all who take part in the sessions are fully registered with St Michael’s athletics club, registration forms are available at each session. For more information, contact Jean on 087-2125870.
Find us on Facebook (Michaels AC) and send a friend request to keep up to date with all that’s happening, or check out our club website on www.stmichaelsac.com.