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Laois Athletics

Upcoming Races

- Vicarstown Parkrun every Saturday at 9:30am.
- Junior Parkrun Vicarstown every Sunday at 11am.

County Championship Races
- 18th May – Laois County Track and Field – St Abban's.

County Races
- 16th May - Ballyroan Road Race Series (5k) – Cullahill.
- 23rd May - St Abban's League - Rossmore.
- 27th May - Deadmans Dash 5k - Ballyfin.

National Races
- 16th May - Irish Life Health Leinster Schools Track and Field Day 1 - Santry.
- 19th May - Irish Life Health Leinster Schools Track and Field Day 2 – Santry.
- 19th May - Leinster Combined Events - The Watershed, Kilkenny.
- 20th May - Leinster U9-U19 Inter-club relays - The HUB, Enniscorthy.
- 26th May - Irish Life Health National Combined Events All Ages - Santry.
- 27th May - Irish Life Health National Combined Events All Ages - Santry.
- 27th May - AAI Games - Santry.

If your race does not appear on the calendar please contact us via Facebook or our website or our Gmail

Ballyfin AC

Strength and Conditioning Training
Strength and Conditioning Training is back for the winter and will continue 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.

Senior Training
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.

Training schedule
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.

Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District AC

Irish Milers - Greystones
Well done to Avril Deegan ran a time of 2:15.07 in the 800m at the Greystones Irish Milers meet earlier today. Great running Avril.

Ned Buggy Memorial
Well done to Martina Peacock, Michelle Harvey and Agnes Fennelly who took part in the Ned Buggy 4km memorial race recently.

Leinster Masters and Novice road races
Novice women 3km - Breda McDonald 6th (11.31) Louise Mahony 8th (11.45) and Siobhan Burke 15th (12.20). Well done on winning county silver for Laois.
Novice Men 6km - Tom Dunne 5th (20.39) Paul Burke 17th (22.07) and John Kirwan (22.25). The three boys were part of the Laois county gold winning team. Masters Men Martin McDonald 1st M60 in 22.17.
Well done to all that ran.

Training continues for all athletes in Ballyroan Abbey GAA field from 7.30 on a Tuesday night.

Emo Rath AC

South Leinster Schools Track & Field
Six athletes from the club competed over the last couple of weeks in the South Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships. Chloe Keenan qualified for the finals of the minor girl’s sprint hurdles and missed out on a medal by the narrowest of margins finishing in fourth position. Chloe’s sister Gillian went one better, finishing 3rd in the senor hurdles event. In the senior 4 x 100m relay Elaine and Aoife Daly, Gillian Keenan and Kiahara Dempsey ran an excellent race to take the bronze medals. Eoin Keenan finished third in senior boy’s high jump and triple jump. Eoin teamed up with club mate Lee Mullan where they ran an impressive heat to finish second and comfortably qualify for the final. Unfortunately, a poor batten change cost them the opportunity of a medal in the final.

Community Games
Four athletes competed for the club in the recent Community Games County Cross country trials. Daniel Taylor was first up in the Boys U-12 event. Daniel set a fast pace early on and held on to win in impressive style. Well done Daniel. In the girls U-12 event Louise O’Halloran, Amber Woods and Claire McMahon competed. Although they didn’t win the race they all ran very well and the experience will stand to them in the future.

School Awards
The club would like to congratulate Eoin Keenan on being awarded Senior Athlete of the Year in his school, St. Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise.

Training continues every Monday night 6.45pm-7.45pm for our younger athletes. Training for our older athletes includes Strength Training in Vicarstown Hall on Wednesdays; Technical Training on Friday Nights in Emo and Performance Squad training in Vicarstown on Sunday mornings.

Mountmellick AC

Club Training
Our over 12s group training is on Monday & Wednesdays from 7-8pm.
Our U-12s have been reduced to one night per week on alternating days, Monday/Wednesday each week, and this will be reviewed when we return to summertime.
Contact us with any questions you might have on our club phone at 087-3493503, or check out our Facebook page for our most up to date information -

Oughaval AC

Juvenile training is on Monday and Wednesday evening from 7-8pm. Enquires can be made to John Scully 085-1742251.

Portlaoise AC

South Leinster Schools
Portlaoise ACs had two athletes competing in the South Leinster school on Friday, May 3rd. Jack Delaney competed in the Intermediate 200m and high jump. Katie Walsh competed in the 4 X 100m relay for Scoil Chríost Rí in a very packed heat the girls did extremely well but a poor baton change cost them the chance of a medal. The athletes competed for St Marys CBS and Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise, well done to both.

Spink 5k
On May 2nd many Portlaoise athletes travelled to Spink for the third of the Ballyroan Race Series in Spink. The course is known to be fast and it did not disappoint Portlaoise AC as all results were extremely successful for each athlete, however their hard work and training is the main reason for these fabulous times. Results as follows: Grace O’Reilly 18:38; Joe Walsh 19:29; Niall Collins 19:31; Olwyn Larkin 22:35; Seamus Smyth 23:31; Lucy Dunne 23:52; Anna Nichol 24:05; Aoife O’Malley 24:07; Niamh Kavanagh 24:15; Donna Devitt 24:43; Sinead Curtis 25:19; Ursula O’Malley 25:39; Margaret Mary Grant 26:55; Martina Gardner 27:22; Olive Maher 27:42; Nuala Arrington 28:09; Anita Smyth 28:32; Suzanne Miley 40:02.

Great Limerick Run
Well done to Mary Margaret Grant, Sarah Conroy and Treacy Gavin who did the Great Limerick Run - half marathon on Sunday.

Leinster Novice & Master Road Championships
Well done to Tom Lupton taking second place at the Novice Leinster Championships. Joe Walsh had a good run to take 17th in his age category. Grace Reilly seems to be back on form taking 1st in her age category.

Park Run
Good turn out from the club at Vicarstown Noel Marum, Sean Donoghue, Lucy Dunne, Sinead Curtis,Patricia Naughton, Elaine Moore, Nuala Arrigan.

Upcoming Laois Track and Field May 18th
Please inform the coaches if you available to attend the upcoming Laois T&F Championships as numbers for buses and relay teams are being finalised.

Training has resumed for juveniles and seniors as follows:
Monday: Seniors, St Fintan's: Meet at 8pm - run at 8.15pm.
Tuesday: Juveniles, Portlaoise Track: All Ages From 6+ Meet at 7pm.
Tuesday: Seniors, St Fintan's: Meet at 6.15pm - run at 6.30pm.
Wednesday: Seniors, Portlaoise Track: Meet at 7pm.
Thursday: Seniors, Portlaoise Track: Meet at 6pm.
Thursday: Juveniles, Portlaoise Track: All Ages From 6+ Meet at 7pm.

Rosenallis Kilcavan AC

Training takes place in Kilcavan every Monday and Wednesday evening.

St Abban's AC

South Leinster Schools
Well done to all our athletes who took part in Day 2 of the South Leinster Schools on Friday, 3rd of May. Sarah Graham was 1st in the Inter discus with a PB 30.34 and 3rd in the Triple Jump. Aoife Gallagher was 5th in the triple jump and 6th in the Inter 1500m. Ger Kelly was 1st in the Senior Hammer. Cara Maher was 2nd in the Inter 800m. Méabh Maher was 3rd in the Senior 800m. Matthew Rossiter 1st Senior High Jump and 2nd Pole Vault. Tom Buggy Senior 400m. Ruby Millet 1st 100 hurdles and 1st in the Long Jump. Orla Davis 2nd Senior Steeplechase, Ivan Jones 5th Inter Discus, Rebecca Fahy 7th Inter Shot and discus, Daena Kealy 1st High Jump 1.60, TJ Burke 5th Inter High Jump 155 and 6th Inter 1500m. Eadaoin Coady was 1st in the Junior Hammer & 2nd in Discus. Shane Buggy 1st junior shot & 2nd javelin.
Best wishes to all those that have qualified for the Leinsters!

Leinster Road Race Gowran
Super Performances all round at Gowran. Individual gold for Cheryl, Colin and Colm and Paddy won silver for Colette Brennan O55 and Maura Fleming O60. Bronze 045 for Margo and Stephen O35. Men's County Novice took the gold for Laois, with two St Abban's members Liam Byrne and John Sourke. Well done to both of you. St Abban's Master Men O35 taking third Club team.
The Ladies also had some great individual and team performances. Master Women 3rd County winners with great runs from Colette English 6th overall and Caitriona McDonald. Ann Waugh, Colette Brennan & Maire Fleming winning second County and Club Team W50.
A special mention for Aoife McEvoy who cycled from Portlaoise to take part in the Ladies Novice Race helping her team to Silver alongside Cheryl her niece Caitlin and Sinead Kelly.
Caitlin McDonald was also on the Novice Ladies Team who claimed the silver for Laois today. Great runs also from Mairead Moore, Ann Waugh, Paddy Harding, Eithne Sourke, Mary Doherty and Carmel Hughes.

Ned Buggy Memorial Run
There was a great crowd at the Ned Buggy Memorial Run. A lovely tribute to a lovely man. All money was raised for Pieta House - The aim of the run was to cross the line with someone, whether that meant to slow down or speed up. This was to highlight that nobody is alone and there is always someone to talk to. Special thanks to the Buggy family for the signed photo of Messi & Ronaldo, presented to the club last night. Thanks to Noeleen for all her great photos, that really captured the spirit of the day!

First Stage in St Abban's League
Well done to everyone that took part in Stage 1 of our Fit4Life league. Thank you to our sponsors Clonmore Meats Killeshin and Farrell McElwee Solicitors. First man over the line was Mick Kelly (SLOT), in a time of 13:28, Colm Burke 2nd 13.54 Colin Coyne 3rd in 14.04 and 1st Women was Grace Reilly (Portlaoise), in 15:32 2nd Colette English 16.07 and 3rd Sinead Kelly 16.39.

St Abban's Open Sports
We had a fantastic day for our 23rd Annual Open Sports. The brilliant sunshine brought with it loads of fun and some super performances. It has been another busy weekend for our athletes; parents and our 50+ volunteers that helped pull off another successful event! We had 40 clubs represented from all over the country. Congratulations to our shield winners St Laurence O'Toole.

St Abban's on the road
Well done to Nessa Millet on qualifying for today's 400mH semi-finals at the BUCS, winning her heat in 60.3 seconds.
At the Ton Le Gaoithe meet in Waterford, Ruby Millet clocked 12.09s (+2.9m) in the 100m, Eoghan Buggy clocked 10.88s (+2.6m) in the 100m and 49.8s in the 400m, and Daena Kealy clearing 1.70m in the High Jump.
Over stateside Cormac Kelly has qualified for the Conference 1500m Final, which takes place tonight at 9.30pm (stream available on Google Southland Network).

Couch to 5k/FIT for Life
St Abban's will continue to run the couch to 5k program every Monday and Wednesday night 7.30pm to 8.30pm over the winter at St. Abban's sports complex. Cost will be just € 2 per session, contact Bernard, Michael or Gavin for more information.

Senior and Juvenile training Tuesday and Friday 7:30 – 9:00pm. Cost will be just €2 per session, contact Bernard, Michael or Gavin for more information.

St Michael’s AC

Senior Training
Senior training takes place twice each week from 7pm to 8pm. Tuesday training takes place at Emo House – meeting at 7pm in the back-car park. Thursday training takes place in Corrig. 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.

St Michael's AC
Find us on Facebook (Michaels AC) and send a friend request to keep up to date with all that’s happening. Any questions and comments are welcome by Messaging us on Facebook.

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