Laois Athletics Digest (October 16)

This week’s Laois GAA Digest. Read it first each and every Tuesday in the Leinster Express.

This week’s Laois GAA Digest. Read it first each and every Tuesday in the Leinster Express.

Laois Athletics

Results of Laois Cross-Country Day 1

Girls U-10

1st - Amy Brennan (St Abbans); 2nd - Roisin Bland (Ballyfin); 3 Anna Bishop-Wilkes (St Michael’s); 4. Della Marie Doherty (St Michael’s); 5. Ailbhe Quinn (Portlaoise);

6. Niamh McDonald (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 7. Rebecca Fenlon (St Michael’s); 8. Kate Eacrett (St Michael’s); 9. Grace Miller (Oughaval); 10. Rachel Mullally (St Michael’s); 11. Eleanor Healy (Portlaoise); 12. Rebecca Mullally (St Michael’s); 13. Grainne Lawlor (Rosenallis); 14. Faye McEvoy (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District);

15. Mollie O’Toole (Emo-Rath); 16. Aisling Fleming (Portlaoise); 17. Aoife White (St Michael’s); 18. Emma Dermody (St Abbans); 19. Kayla Darcy (Oughaval); 20. Katlyn Kelly (St Abbans); 21. Megan Donagher (St Michael’s); 22. Michelle Coneelly (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 23. Niamh Graham (St Abbans); 24. Leah Clerkin (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 25. Anna Crean (Oughaval); 26. Maeve Carroll (Ballyfin); 27. Audrey Byrne (St Abbans); 28. Sinead Murphy (Portlaoise); 29. Emma Connell (St Michael’s); 30. Cliodhna McGowan (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District);

Teams: 1. St. Michaels (A) 22pts; 2. St. Michaels (B) 60pts; 3. Portlaoise 60pts; 4. St. Abbans 62pts; 5. Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District 66pts

Boys U-10

1. Jack Fennelly (Oughaval); 2. Iarlaith Galvin (St Michael’s); 3. David Dooley (Rosenallis); 4. Luke Dunne (Rosenallis); 5. James Hyland (Rosenallis); 6. Shane Buggy (St Abbans); 7. James Wheeler (Ballyfin); 8. Darragh Fenlon (St Michael’s); 9. Blake Kemmy (Oughaval); 10. Davin McEvoy (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 11. Patrick Daly (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 12. Pauric Langford (Emo-Rath); 13. Sean O’Rourke (Ballyfin); 14. Jonah Kelly (St Abbans); 15. Jack Fenlon (St Michael’s); 16. Darragh Kealy (St Abbans); 17. Josh Kelly (St Abbans); 18. Cian Connaughton (St Michael’s); 19. Conall Rowley (Ballyfin); 20. Conor Whearty (Oughaval); 21. Conor McMahon (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 22. Luca Marcarelli (St Michael’s); 23. Cosmo Bernal-Walsh (St Abbans); 24. Niall McEvoy (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District);

Teams: 1. St Michael’s 43pts; 2. St Abban’s 53pts

Girls U-12

1. Cara Maher (St Abbans); 2. Orla Davis (St Abbans); 3. Nicole McLoughlin (Emo-Rath); 4. Mary Kate Brennan (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 5. Victoria Moore (Emo-Rath); 6. Ruby Millett (St Abbans); 7. Sarah Delaney (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 8. Amy Byrne (Portlaoise); 9. Katie Walsh (Portlaoise); 10. Pheobe Makim (Ballyfin); 11. Emer Howe (Portlaoise); 12. Erin Simpson (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 13. Aoife Lawlor (St Michael’s); 14. Ellen Coughlan (Ballyfin); 15. Sarah McMahon (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 16. Sarah Graham (St Abbans); 17. Ellen Miller (Oughaval); 18. Orla Fennelly (Oughaval); 19. Orla Kelly (St Abbans); 20. Aoibheann Maher (St Michael’s); 21. Ciara Langford (Emo-Rath); 22. Dearbhail Cuddy (Ballyfin); 23. Kate Conroy (Ballyfin); 24. Ciara Byrne (Portlaoise); 25. Jessica Hewitt (Oughaval); 26. Megan Grant (Portlaoise); 27. Isobel Churchouse (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 28. Jenny O’Connor Murphy (Oughaval); 29. Ciara Poole (Rosenallis); 30. Kate Maher (Rosenallis); 31. Sara Fleming (Portlaoise); 32. Neasa McEvoy (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 33. Eva Hyland (Rosenallis); 34. Heather Crean (Oughaval); 35. Chloe Egan (Rosenallis); 36. Eimear Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 37. Bronagh Scully (Oughaval); 38. Sasha Kemmy (Oughaval); 39. Ciara Foynes (Rosenallis);

Teams: 1. St Abban’s 25pts; 2. Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District 38pts; 3. Portlaoise 52pts; 4. Oughaval 88pts; 5. Rosenallis 122pts

Boys U-12

1. Cathal Connaughton (Oughaval); 2. Tom Buggy (St Abbans); 3. Canice Whearty (Oughaval); 4. T.J. Burke (St Abbans); 5. Eddie Allen (Emo-Rath); 6. Jonathon Crossley (St Abbans); 7. Cathal Doyle (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 8. Eoin Higgins (St Michael’s); 9. Fergus Sheehy (Portlaoise); 10. Ryan Francis (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 11. Lee Kavanagh (St Michael’s); 12. Sylvester Mista (Ballyfin); 13. Adam Delahunt (St Abbans); 14. Eoghan Leonard (Ballyfin); 15. Joshua Brennan (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); Teams: 1. St. Abban’s 25pts

Girls U-14

1. Eva Galvin (St Michael’s); 2. Erone Fitzpatrick (Portlaoise); 3. Leah Cooney (St Michael’s); 4. Aoife Mooney (Emo-Rath); 5. Daena Kealy (St Abbans); 6. Naomi Luttrell (St Michael’s); 7. Orla Mullally (St Michael’s); 8. Laura Graham (St Abbans); 9. Amy Walsh (Portlaoise); 10. Charlie Walsh (Portlaoise); 11. Elaine Daly (Portlaoise); 12. Jessica Higgins (St Michael’s); 13. Katie Piggott (St Michael’s); 14. Aoife Daly (Portlaoise); 15. Sinead Cullen (St Michael’s); 16. Erin Murphy (St Michael’s); 17. Kate Miller (Oughaval); 18. Isabella O’Toole (Emo-Rath); 19. Katie O’Donnell (St Michael’s); 20. Aideen Barry (St Abbans); 21. Mary Conroy (Rosenallis); 22. Jessica Bennett (Portlaoise); 23. Niamh Moore (St Abbans); 24. Emer Healy (Portlaoise); 25. Katie Clerkin (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 26. Ava Dunne (Portlaoise);

Teams: 1. St Michael’s (A) 17pts; 2. Portlaoise 32pts; 3. St Michael’s (B) 56pts; 4. St Abban’s 56pts; 5. Portlaoise 86pts

Boys U-14

1. Cian Kelly (St Abbans); 2. Cian McDonald (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 3. P.J. Daly (Portlaoise); 4. Niall Brennan (St Abbans); 5. Lewis Churchouse (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 6. Ewan Brennan (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 7. Gavin Dent (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 8. Conor O’Farrell (Portlaoise); 9. Cian Coss (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 10. Adam Nichol-Waugh (St Abbans); 11. Fintan McGowan (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 12. Johnny Fennelly (Oughaval);

Teams: 1. Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District 21pts

Girls U-16

1. Louise Stack (Portlaoise); 2. Lauryn Kealy (St Abbans); 3. Aoife Campion (Portlaoise); 4. Avril Deegan (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 5. Anna Healy (Portlaoise); 6. Kayleigh Woods (St Michael’s); 7. Shirley Fennelly (St Abbans); 8. Aine McDonald (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 9. Anna Daly (St Abbans); 10. Elizabeth Brophy (St Abbans); 11. Eimear Corri (Portlaoise); 12. Eadaoin De Burca (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 13. Elizabeth Keyes (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 14. Stephanie Dent (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); Teams: 1. Portlaoise 20pts; 2. St Abban’s 28pts; 3. Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District 37pts

Boys U-16

1. Domhnall O’Farrell (Portlaoise); 2. Jimmy Keegan (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 3. Alex Crossley (St Abbans); 4. Declan Foyle (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 5. Michael Nash (St Abbans); 6. Aaron Barry (St Abbans); 7. Ewan Philips (Oughaval); 8. Fergal Scully (Oughaval); 9. Conor Stapleton (Oughaval); 10. Jake Bickerdike (Oughaval); 11. David Baldwin (St Abbans); 12. Dara Stapleton (Oughaval); 13. Cian Burke (St Abbans); 14. Kevin Wilson (St Abbans); 15. Keelan Dermody (St Abbans);

Teams: 1. St Abban’s 25pts; 2. Oughaval 34pts

Girls U-18

1. Siobhan Nash (St Abbans); 2. Marijke Prieckaerts (St Abbans); 3. Rosie Stack (Portlaoise); 4. Molly Carbery (St Abbans);

Boys U-18

1. David Mulhare (Portlaoise); 2. James Delaney (St Abbans); 3. James Moore (St Abbans); 4. Dylan Byrne (St Abbans); 5. Eoghan Buggy (St Abbans); 6. Chadrack Landu (St Abbans); 7. Aran Murphy (St Abbans); 8. Adam Conroy (Rosenallis);

Teams: 1. St Abban’s 14pts

Masters Women

1. Paula Grant (Portlaoise); 2. Elaine Mullally (St Michael’s); 3. Sinead Eacrett (St Michael’s); 4. Pippa Hackett (St Michael’s); 5. Mairead Moore (St Abbans); 6. Jean McEvoy (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 7. Patricia Ramsbottom (St Abbans); 8. Ann Churchouse (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 9. Linda Francis (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 10. Trish Cuddy (Portlaoise); 11. Amanda Weldon (St Michael’s); 12. Frances Deegan (Portlaoise); 13. Noreen Daly (Portlaoise); 14. Michelle Castriux (Portlaoise); 15. Ann Nichol-Waugh (St Abbans); 16. Olwyn Larkin (Portlaoise); 17. Vietta McManus (St Michael’s); 18. Cannie Miller (Oughaval); 19. Siobhan Byron (St Michael’s);

O35 Women

1. Paula Grant (Portlaoise); 2. Elaine Mullally (St Michael’s); 3. Sinead Eacrett (St Michael’s);

O45 Women

1. Ann Nichol-Waugh (St Abbans);

Teams: 1. St. Michaels 9pts; 2. Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District 23pts; 3. Portlaoise (A) 23pts; 4. St Abban’s 27pts; 5. Portlaoise (B) 43pts; 6. St Michael’s (B) 47pts

Master Men

1. Tony Reilly (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 2. Noel Marum (Portlaoise); 3. Aengus Burke (Portlaoise); 4. Derek Coogan (St Michael’s); 5. Martin McDonald (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 6. Jimmy McCormack (Portlaoise); 7. Liam Byrne (St Abbans); 8. Noel Coss (St Michael’s); 9. Dave Osborne (St Abbans); 10. Ciaran Keenan (Ballyfin); 11. John White (St Michael’s); 12. Christy Cahill (Portlaoise); 13. Stephen Bland (Ballyfin); 14. Joe Harding (St Abbans); 15. Matt Moore (St Abbans); 16. Francis Fleming (St Abbans); 17. Tim Churchouse (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 18. Alo Maher (Ballyfin); 19. Neil Coffey (St Michael’s); 20. Nick Devery (Ballyfin); 21. Aidan Mullally (St Michael’s); 22. David Buggy (St Abbans); 23. Dan Allen (Ballyfin); 24. Liam Delaney (St Abbans); 25. John Culleton (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 26. Joe Walsh (Portlaoise); 27. Pat Barnaville (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 28. Patsy Baldwin (St Abbans); 29. Dinny Whelan (St Abbans);

O40 Men

1. Tony Reilly (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 2. Noel Marum (Portlaoise); 3. Aengus Burke (Portlaoise);

O50 Men

1. Martin McDonald (Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District); 2. Francis Fleming (St Abbans); 3. Nick Devery (Ballyfin); Teams: 1. Portlaoise 23pts; 2. St Michael’s; 3. St Abban’s; 4. Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District; 5. Ballyfin 61pts; 6. St Abban’s 90 points

Ballyfin AC

Laois County Cross Country Championships

Sunday last was a big day in the local racing calendar with the Laois Credit Unions Cross Country taking place in Stradbally. The weather was great and there was a big turnout. We had 11 children who participated in the Juvenile races with five senior men participating.

In the Masters Men we had five runners with Ciaran Keenan coming home the best in 10th place, with Stephen Bland in 13th, Alo Maher in 18th, Nick Devery taking 20th place and Dan Allen in 23rd. The team took fifth place with 61 points and Nick Devery took third place in the O50 Mens Category.

In the Boys U-10 Ballyfin ACs James Wheeler was 7th, with Sean O’Rourke in 13th and Conall Rowley in 19th. Roisin Bland was the hero of the day coming home a strong 2nd in the U-10 Girls, our first Juvenile County medal since the Club has reformed this year. Maeve Carroll also put in a brave run in the same race.

In the Girls U-12 Phoebe Makim was 10th overall with Ellen Coughlan, Dearbhail Cuddy and Kate Conroy also taking part. In the Boys U-12 Sylvester Mista was 12th with Eoghan Leonard in 14th place.

Juvenile Training

With the evenings closing in training will be going back to the Ballyfin Community Hall for the Winter, taking place every Monday at 6.30 to 7.30. Why not get along and give it a go! Contact Ger Goode on 083-1077421. Children from the age of 5 welcome, €2 per child and max €5 per family.

Friday Evening Juvenile Training

A decision has yet to be made regarding the best venue for the over 8s training – so watch this space, to be announced soon.

Adult Training

Adult Training for all levels takes place every Sunday in Emo Court at 10.30am with runners meeting up in the car park, and with the days closing in its every Tuesday and Thursday evening in Portlaoise meeting in St Fintans car park across from the prison at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome so why not dust off those trainers, come along and get active!

Get fit with the Ballyfin AC girls

Why not get along to the Portlaoise Running Track adjacent to Portlaoise College on Monday evenings at 6.30pm, ask for Ger Goode and join in in some light training to get you up and running. For more details contact Ger Goode on 083-1077421.

For more details and updates check us out on the Ballyfin AC Facebook page. All you gotta do is search for Ballyfin AC on Facebook and that will get us.

St Michael’s AC

Laois Credit Union Masters Cross Country Championships

St Michaels AC Juveniles and Masters performed exceptionally well at day one of the Laois Cross Country championships on the Cosby Estate in Stradbally. St Michael’s AC was well represented in many events and achieved great results to take home a great haul of medals from day one of the cross country Champions. First off was the Mens Masters event with St Michaels Derek Coogan, Noel Coss, John White, Michael Cullen and Aidan Mullally all putting great performances with the first four home scoring enough to finish in 2nd placed Masters team. Coogan had great run and finished 4th followed by Coss 8th, White 11th and Cullen 19th. In the Womens event Elaine Mullally had a great run to finish in 2nd place taking individual silver and placing the team in good position for Team gold. Mullally was followed over the finish line by club mates Sinead Eacrett in 3rd to secure individual bronze and Pippa Hackett in 4th to secure the team gold medals for the trio retaining the Masters team title that St Michaels lost last year. The St second St Michaels Masters women team of Valerie McAuliffe, Ciara Herron and Siobhan Byran all performed well on the cross country course marking their introduction to the Cross country scene and all now looking forward to day 2 of the Championships in Emo.

In the juvenile events Day 1 of Laois Cross Country even ages in Stradbally on Sunday proved very successful for the St Michael’s AC juvenile members. The results: Girls U-10 individual Anna Wilkes Bishop 3rd. U-10 Team Gold St Michaels Anna Wilkes Bishop, Della M Doherty, Rebecca Fenlon and Kate Eacrett, U-10 Team Silver St Michaels Rachel Mullally, Rebecca Mullally, Aoife White, Megan Donagher. Boys U-10 individual Iarlaith Galvin 2nd, Team gold St Michaels Iarlaith Galvin, Daragh Galvin, Jack Fenlon and Cian Connaughton. U-14 girls individual Eva Galvin 1st, Leah Cooney 3rd. Team Gold St Michaels Eva Galvin, Leah Cooney, Naomi Luttrell and Orla Mullally. U-14 Team bronze St Michaels Erin Murphy, Jessica Higgins, Sinead Cullen and Katie Piggott. Well done to all our athletes to those who came home with medals and those who did not. Thank you to parents for travelling and thank you to coaches involved. Next day is Laois Novice uneven ages Cross country in Emo on Sunday 21st Oct @11 am. Next day is Laois Novice uneven ages Cross country in Emo on Sunday 21st Oct @11 am.

Athlone Three Quarter Marathon

Well done to St Michaels AC’s Olivia Sheerin who competed in the Athlone three quarter marathon recently. Sheerin performed well on the tough course and all the serious training and milage clocked up on preparation for this event paying off with Olivia finishing in sixth place overall to securing second prize in her category.

Winter Training Schedule

Senior Training has moved to McCann Park Portarlington for the Winter months Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7pm. Each session is €2. Wes Reilly trains the Fit for Life group on Tuesday and Aidan Mullally on Thursday evenings. Noel Coss trains the other groups on both evenings. Juvenile Training takes place on Monday and Thursday evening at 6pm in McCann park.

New Members welcome

New members are always welcome to St Michaels AC senior Club and Juvenile Club for information about juvenile training contact Bill Devereaux 086-3057563 or Mark Higgins 087-2431154 and for details of Senior Training contact Wes Reilly 085-1252352. .

Sunday Morning Run

The long run on Sunday morning continues at the winter scheduled time of 10am. Meet at the car park in Emo.

St Michaels AC Club Contact Details

Website: www.stmichaelsac.com e-mail: info@stmichaelsac.com. Facebook: Search for “Michaels AC” send friend request. Contacts: Aidan Mullally Tel 087-6968844, Noel Coss Tel:087-9900840; Wes Reilly Tel: 085-1252352; Mark Higgins Tel: 087-2431154

St Abban’s

Championships off to a great start

Everything was in order when Day 1 of the Laois Credit Unions cross country championships were decided on the lawn in Stradbally. With the overnight fog lifting just in time it made for a beautiful setting and a good turnout. In the girls U.10 Amy Brennan led everyone a merry dance to come home in flying colours and lead her team of Emma Dermody, Katlyn Kelly, Niamh Graham and Audrey Byrne to 4th place in the team competition, just two points behind 2nd team. The boys U.10 secured silver medals with Shane Buggy 6th, Jonah Kelly 14th, Darragh Kealy 16th, Josh Kelly 17th and Cosmo Bernal-Walsh 23rd wearing the club colours.

The girls U-12 were in excellent form as usual and with Cara Maher and Orla Davis having a good battle at the front to finish 1st and 2nd respectively it was team gold. Ruby Millet 6th, Sarah Graham 16th and Orla Kelly 19th being the other members of the team. The boys U-12 scored the same number of points as the girls and also emerged victorious in the team event with Tom Buggy returning to form leading them home in 2nd place followed by T.J. Burke 4th, Jonathon Crossley 6th and Adam Delahunt 13th.

The girls U-14 were unlucky finishing on 56 points the same total as St. Michael’s loosing the bronze medals on count back. Daena Kealy came in 5th, Laura Graham 8th, Aideen Barry 20th and Niamh Moore 23rd being the unlucky quartet. Cian Kelly had an excellent run to take gold in the boys U-14, while debutant Niall Brennan was an excellent 4th and with Adam Nichol/Waugh 10th all looked good for a team title. Alas that was it as we failed to finish a 4th athlete and so missed out on the team medals.

The girls U-16 were led home superbly by newcomer Lauryn Kealy taking the individual silver and leading her team to silver also with another debutant Shirley Fennell 7th, Anna Daly having her best cross country run to date 9th and Elizabeth Brophy a very happy 10th place. The boys U-16 went one better to take gold with another new to these championships leading them home and taking individual bronze in the person of Ballylinan’s Alex Crossley, Michael Nash 5th, Aaron Barry 6th and David Baldwin 11th were the scorers. Cian Burke 13th, Kevin Wilson 14th and Keelan Dermody 15th provided the support.

The girls U-18 provided us with our third individual winner on the day when Siobhan Nash with a convincing performance took gold ahead of her team-mate Marijke Prieckaerts, while Molly Carbery completed our representation in 4th place, again we were short that all important fourth member to make the team. The boys U.18 turned out in force with six finishers and another couple arriving a little late. James Delaney came with a strong finish over the final kilometre to take the silver from clubman James Moore (making a welcome return after all his injuries), Dylan Byrne had an excellent run for 4th while Eoghan Buggy 5th secured the final scoring position on the team. The back up was provided by Chadrack Landu 6th and Aaron Murphy 7th.

The Master ladies were to finish a game 4th with Mairead Moore 5th, Patricia Ramsbottom 7th and Ann Nichol/Waugh 15th which was good enough to see her claim her first county title taking the O45 crown. The Master men short of the big guns through injury in the two Colm’s, never- the-less gave a good account of themselves to finish 3rd and 6th team. Liam Byrne had the satisfaction of leading them home in 7th, with Dave Osborne 9th, Joe Harding 14th and Matt Moore 15th collecting the bronze. Francis Fleming 16th just lost out on the team but was well compensated with silver in the in the over 50. David Buggy 22nd, Liam Delaney 24th, Patsy Baldwin 28th and Dinny Whelan 29th were our other representatives.

Congratulations to all who turned out to represent the club and many thanks to the large support. Best wishes to everyone in round 2 in Emo Court on Sunday 21st October starting at 11 o’clock.

Fit4life Returns

Several new faces and some not so new are back at the track on Mondays and Wednesdays for the Fit4Life programme. Mondays have a new starting time of 7 o’clock. All are welcome to come along and walk, talk or jog.

James Scores in Carlow

James Griffin underlined that all was going well when he won the ‘Nationalist’ sponsored Carlow 10K run on Sunday last. From a field of around 300 runners James was always to the fore and won easily in a time of 34:45.

Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District

Laois Cross Country Championships

Masters

The club had a highly successful outing at last Sunday’s Masters and Juvenile even ages cross country races at Cosby Hall, Stradbally. Action commenced with the running of the the mens masters race. Tony Reilly returned with a bang by claiming victory and adding to his impressive list of gold medal successes in 2012. Tony was followed across the line by Martin McDonald in 5th, Tim Churchouse 17th, John Culleton 25th and Pat Barneville in 27th. Martin McDonald won the gold medal in the M50 category. The team were just outside the medals and we congratulate each of them.

In the next race the Masters Ladies packed brilliantly to claim silver medal success only beaten by the strong St Michael’s team. Jean McEvoy lead the team home with a very impressive 5th place. Jean was followed by Ann Churchouse in 8th with Jean’s sister Linda Francis in 9th. Each of the girls ran outstanding races and we are proud of each of them.

Juveniles

The first of the juveniles saw our U-10 Girls perform admirably. Leading them home was Niamh McDonald in 6th followed by the improving Faye McEvoy in 14th. Michelle Conneely was 22nd and was closely followed by Leah Clerkin in 24th. Cliodhna McGowan completed the team in 30th place. The girls were just outside the medals but the future is bright as each of them is gaining experience and improving all the time.

We had four contestants in the boys U-10 and our highest finisher was Davin McEvoy in 10th. He was just ahead of Patrick Daly in 11th. Conor McMahon annd Niall McEvoy completed the team in 21st and 24th respectively.

We had great success in the Girls U-12 when the team lead by Mary Kate Brennan won excellent Silver medals. Mary Kate finished just outside the podium positions in 4th but what a super run nontheless. Other members of the silver medal team were Sarah Delaney (7th), Erin Simpson (12th) and Sarah McMahon (15th). There were three other starlets on show as Isobel Churchouse (27th), Neasa McEvoy (32nd) and Eimear Fitzpatrick 36th all played their parts.

We had three runners in the boys U-12 and Cathal Doyle (7th), Ryan Francis (10th) and Joshua Brennan (15th) all had strong runs and have great futures ahead of them.

Katie Clerkin was our lone representative in the Girls U/14 where she finished 25th.

We had Golden success in the boys U-14 when the team lead by Cian McDonald (2nd) and ably assisted by Lewis Churchouse (5th), Evan Brennan (6th) and Gavin Dent (7th) packed well to claim the team gold medals on offer. Congratulations to Cian on his individual silver medal also. Cian Coss (9th) and Fintan McGowan(11th) also competed well.

The Girls U-16 claimed team bronze with Avril Deegan from Cullahill in her first ever Cross Country race finishing 4th. This was an outstanding run and she is a star of the future. Avril was followed by Aine McDonald (8th), Eadaoin De Burca (12th) and Elizabeth Keyes (13th). Stephanie Dent also had an excellent run in 14th.

The Boys U-16 saw Jimmy Keegan claim individual Silver with Declan Foyle finishing a close 4th.

It really was an excellent day all round for the club with many new athletes performing excellently and the team spirit surrounding the club augurs really well for the future. We are looking forward with real confidence to Day 2 of the Cross Country to be held in Emo Court this coming Sunday.

Athlone 3/4 Marathon

PJ Carroll had a great run in the Athlone 3/4 Marathon over 19.66 Miles last Sunday. PJ came 11th overall in a time of 2:02:37 and won the Over 40 category outright. PJ is currently training for the Dublin City Marathon and this was his final big test before Bank Holiday Monday the 29th October.

Training

There is training Cullahill GAA Grounds at 7.00 pm each Monday evening. Anybody with an interest in athletics/general fitness regardless of age or experience is most welcome. All levels of fitness are catered for. We would encourage and welcome parents especially to bring their children and maybe even participate with them in becoming fit for life.

There will be a group run in Cullenagh each Monday evening at 7pm. This is an easy run on hills.

There is training each Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm at Ballyroan GAA grounds. Anybody with an interest in athletics/general fitness regardless of age or experience is most welcome. All levels of fitness are catered for. We would encourage and welcome parents especially to bring their children and maybe even participate with them in becoming fit for life.

There is a tempo run on hills scheduled for 09.45 each Saturday morning at Oakvale Woods in Stradbally.

There will be a group training run for adults organised for each Sunday morning. Next sunday the run will begin at the Library in Abbeyleix at 9.30am. Distance can be varied depending on ones current endurance but the emphasis will be on an easy pace to suit everyone.

You can follow us on Facebook at BallyroanAbbeyleix Athletics Club.

Emo Rath

Cross Country

The County Championships for the Cross Country were held in Stradbally Hall on Sunday 7th October 11am. The athletes competing on the day were U10 boys Padraig Langford 12th in the 800m , Ciara Langford in the u12 girls 1.4k 21st , Molly O’Toole u10 girls 800m 15th, Isabella O’Toole u14 girls 2k 18th , Aoife Mooney u14 girls 2k 4th, Victoria moore u12 girls 1.4k 5th, Rebecca Balfe u12 girls 1.4k 3rd and Eddie Allen u12 boys 1.4k 5th. This was a very quiet turn out from our club we hope to see more athletes at the second day of the championships which will be in Emo Court on Sunday 21st October for uneven ages. Well done to Rebecca Balfe Victoria Moore Aoife Mooney and Eddie Allen who go forward as part of a county team in their age groups to compete in the Leinster Cross Country Championships.

We recently held two interclub cross country championships the first was held in Vicarstown and the second in Portlaoise. They were a great success, we had a great turn out with ahtletes from Oughvale AC, Ballyfin AC, Portlaoise AC, Emo-Rath AC, and St Michael’s AC. It was a wonderful introduction to the cross country season. Well done to all the athletes who took part.

Trianing continues every Monday evening 6.45pm till 7.45pm €1 and every Friday evening 7pm - 8pm for the over 10’s.

Portlaoise

Cross Country

The first race of the Cross Country season took place in bright sunshine in Stradbally on Sunday last. Portlaoise had a good turn-out, with competitors in almost all races, and we returned with 4 individual gold medals, two team golds, as well as two individual silvers, three bronzes, and three bronze team medals. The Masters Men were first off, and in a very competitive 6k race, they retained the gold team medal, with Noel Marum 2nd, Aengus Burke 3rd, Jimmy McCormack 6th, Christy Cahill 12th, and Joe Walsh 26th.This is the 4th year in a row that Portlaoise masters have won this event and they also have claimed 7 from the last 8 masters team titles,the only blip being in 2007 where they were unable to field a full team. Aengus Burke also has the enviable record of one gold, two silver and four bronze individual medals from those 8 years ,only missing out in 2006.

Paula Grant powered her way through the field to take the Masters Women 3k title. With teammates Trish Cuddy 10th, and Frances Deegan 12th, Portlaoise took the team bronze. Portlaoise ‘B’ team of Noreen Daly, Michelle Castriux, and Olwyn Larkin came 5th.

The Juveniles were also out in force, and they did not disappoint. David Mulhare brought home the first Juvenile gold when retaining the U18 5k title, while Domhnall O’Farrell and Louise Stack both took U16 3k golds. The u16 Girls went one better when they also took the team title, with Aoife Campion 3rd, Anna Healy 5th, and Eimear Corri , ever the team player, making the leap from her All Ireland Bronze 200m performance in the Summer to finish 11th in the 3k on Sunday. Erone Fitzpatrick gave a great performance finishing second out of her age in u14 2k. Amy Walsh, Charlie Walsh, and Elaine Daly got the reward for all the Sunday morning training when they finished 9th, 10th, and 11th, joining Erone in taking second team. Portlaoise ‘B’ team was 5th, with Aoife Daly, Jessica Bennett, Emer Healy, and Ava Dunne.

PJ Daly took bronze in U14 boys, with Conor O’Farrell 8th. Hopefully they will have 2 more with them to make a team in Stage 2 in Emo. Rosie Stack made a return to Cross Country, finishing 3rd in U18 4k. Our U12 Girls were 3rd team, with Amy Byrne, Katie Walsh, Emer Howe, and Ciara Byrne, followed by Megan Grant. Fergus Sheehy was 9th in U12 boys. U10 girls were 3rd, with Ailbhe Quinn 5th, Eleanor Healy 11th, Aishling Fleming, and Sinead Murphy.

All in all it was a very good day for the club. Thanks to Eileen, Mary and Margaret on results, and all who helped out with the club juveniles and club gazebo. Thanks to all the officials and all who helped out in any way. Let’s hope we have a good representation on Day 2 in Emo on Sunday 21st at 11.