Laois Athletics Digest (October 23)

This week’s Laois Athletics Digest. See this week’s Leinster Express for four pages of athletics coverage featuring photos from the Laois Cross Country Championships

This week’s Laois Athletics Digest. See this week’s Leinster Express for four pages of athletics coverage featuring photos from the Laois Cross Country Championships


Juvenile Training

Monday Nights – Indoor Training moves back to the Ballyfin Community Hall for the Winter, taking place every Monday from 6.30 to 7.30.

There will be a cool ‘Little Athletics’ training programme for children aged 5-9. This age group has been identified as the FUNdamental stage in the long term physical development of the child, and the development of fundamental skills such as agility, co-ordination and balance will contribute greatly to future sporting achievements. 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 Nights – Indoor/Outdoor Training

Training for children over eight years continues to take place on Friday evenings with a mixture of indoor/outdoor training (weather dependent). Meeting at Treo Nua Community Centre in Portlaoise on Harpurs Lane (across from entrance to the Portlaoise Running Track) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

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 Fintan’s 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.

Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District

Solas Run For Life 10 Mile

Ann Churchouse had a fantastic run in Waterford last Sunday when she finished 123rd from about 1700 participants in the Solas Run For Life 10 Mile Road Race. Ann completed the course in a fantastic 1.13.51. We congratulate Ann on this superb performance.


There is training in Cullahill GAA Grounds at 7pm 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 7.30pm 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 9.45am 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.

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Cross Country

Oughaval AC hosted Stage 1 of the Laois Juvenile Cross Country Championships in Stradbally recently. All our athletes competed strongly as our club goes from strength to strength. Results from the day: Girls U-10 - Grace Miller, Kayla Darcy and Anna Crean competed and all ran well; Boys U-10 - Jack Fennelly 1st and our new Cross Country Champion. Blake Kemmy and Conor Whearty also competed and ran well; Girls U-12 - Ellen Miller, Orla Fennelly, Jessica Hewitt, Jenny O’Connor, Heather Crean, Bronagh Scully and Sasha Kemmy took fourth place in the team event; Boys U-12 - Cathal Connaughton 1st and our new Cross Country Champion, Canice Whearty 3rd place; Girls U-14 - Kate Miller competed and ran well; Boys U-14 - Johnny Fennelly competed and ran well; Boys U-16 - Ewan Philips, Fergal Scully, Conor Stapleton, Jake Bickerdike and Dara Stapleton took second place in the team event.

Congratulations to all the competitors and those who came to support them.

On Sunday October 21st, the second stage takes place in Emo Court. The age-groups in Emo will be U-9, U-11, U-13, U-15 and U-17. Medals for first three teams of four, except U-9s. Medals for first ten finishers in U-9 races


Business Houses Cross Country

A number of our senior athletes took part in a Business Houses Athletic Association Cross Country race in Dublin at the weekend. In the women’s two mile race Paula Grant was third in the O35 category. In the same category Patricia Cuddy was fifth and Pamela Power seventh. In the senior section Sharon Grant finished fifth. Back in action after a short break Cyril Cuddy ran in the senior men’s four mile race and finished 24th. Louise Stack and Domhnall O’Farrell ran in round two of a three counties schools cross country. This league features schools from Laois, Kildare and Carlow. Louise and Domhnall both had great runs to finish third and 18th respectively. Well done to all.

Meet ‘N’ Train

The Portlaoise Athletic Club ‘Meet ‘N’ Train’ programme continues each week. Come along to the track on Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm if you are interested in continuing or starting training. This programme is also open to new members so spread the word and bring a friend. Membership forms will be available at the sessions.


Training sessions: Seniors - Tuesday and Thursday 7pm at track. Saturday in Oakvale, meet at 10.45, run at 11.00. Sunday in Emo, Meet at 10.15, run at 10.30 sharp.

Juveniles - Tuesday and Thursday 7pm at track for sprints, long jump, hurdles, distance. Thursday Progressive run from the church in Portlaoise at 9.10 pm (Seniors). Sunday 10.15am at Emo for 11yrs+

Throws - Sunday @ 10am and Tuesday @ 6pm.

St Abban’s

Thank you for your support

Thank you very much to everyone who supported the first of St Abban’s Members’ draws, in these difficult financial times, which took place last Saturday in The Glenside, Killeshin. Many congratulations to the winners, which were:- €1,000 – Rosetta Beaugendre, France. €500 – Bedelia Kilbride, Luggacurren and €100 each to the following – Tommy Doyle, Turra, Marie Baldwin, Ballyfoyle, Paddy Brennan, The Strand, Breda Whelan, Dromagh and Jimmy Sheehan, The Numbers, Graiguecullen. The next draw is scheduled to take place on the November 3 in Leech’s pub, Wolfhill and if you’re not in you have plenty of time to make contact with any committee member and join up. Many thanks to all our promoters and we look forward to your support for the remaining two draws.


Avondale House in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow is the venue for the first of the Leinster cross country championships on Sunday next the 28th October. The usual large turnout for these championships on a difficult course will no doubt provide a good days sport. Best wishes to all club members participating.

Club League

A three stage club league is getting underway on Tuesday the 6th November commencing at 7.45pm at St Abban’s AC. Round 1 is over a mile and anyone interested is more than welcome to come along and give it a try.

Round 2 of Secondary Schools Cross Country

The second stage of the Kildare, Laois and Carlow secondary schools cross country took place during the week in Leixlip. As usual big numbers turned out and after some keen competition everything is set up for the final session which will be in the format of relays. Well done to all the club members that represented their school. These included:- Laura Graham, Aideen Barry, Aine Burke, Claire Delaney, Cian Kelly, Brian O’Reilly, Michael Dempsey, Kevin Byrne, Aaron Barry, Kevin Brennan, Joseph Barry, Dylan Byrne, Luke Attride, Aran Murphy and James Moore.

Nutrition & Hydration

The first of two talks on nutrition and hydration will take place in the clubhouse on Monday evening (22nd) next commencing at 7 o’clock. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in developing this area of sport preparation to come along and avail of the national coaches thoughts on how to develop this aspect of our sport.


Despite the weather the numbers for the Fit4Life have increased over the past couple of weeks. The Monday evening session commences at 7 o’clock with Ben, while the Wednesday session is at the usual time of 7.30pm with Jimmy. Circuit training will be included as part of the session in the next couple of weeks.


Club singlets are available and anyone requiring same contact Jane or Liam at training.

St Michael’s

Irish Kidney Association Run

Congratulations to Valerie McAuliffe who was second in the recent Irish Kidney association run in Park west in Dublin recently.

Dublin Marathon 2012

Best wishes to the many St Michael’s members who are participating in the 2012 Dublin City Marathon. As the big day approached all members are ready for the off with all hoping that the many months of serious training, commitment and hard work will help them along the marathon route to the finish line. Good luck to all.

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 Michael’s 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