08 Aug 2022

Laois Athletics Notes - All the latest news, reports and pics from around the county

Laois Athletics

Upcoming Races

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

Downey’s Nissan County Cross Country
- 2nd December - Laois Masters and Development Races Cross Country – Hosted by Rosenallis Kilcavan AC.

National Races
- 11th November - Leinster Even Age, Junior & Senior Cross Country - Adamstown, Co Wexford.
- 17th November - British and Irish Masters – Swansea.
- 25th November - National Senior, Junior & Juvenile Even Age Cross Country – National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin.
- 27th November - NIA Live - Abbotstown.

Please email laoisathleticspro@gmail. com if your race does not appear on the calendar.

Ballyfin AC

Laois Senior Cross Country & Juvenile Relays
A great morning of athletics in the beautiful surrounds of Emo Court with its autumnal colours. Ballyfin AC had 18 athletes competing in the juvenile element i.e. underage (U-8) guest race and uneven relay races. Both Juliette Carroll and Conall Dooley participated in the underage category and both were placed high and earned themselves individual medals. The Club had four relay teams - one U-9 girls & boys team and two U-11 girls teams.
Up first, the U-9 team of Aoibheann Conroy, Sarah Jane Walsh, Eimear Farrell and Muireann Thompson ran their hearts out to earn themselves team silver. Not to be outdone, the U-9 boys team of Conor Prendergast, Ryan Lanham, Kieran Ryan and Barry O'Loughlin also earned themselves second full team placing. The U-11 girls had a large number of teams competing and all eight girls worked hard for their teams with Team 1 (Aoibheann O'Rourke, Cara Dooley, Jessica Ryan-Downey & Orla Carroll) achieving team silver. Unfortunately, Team 2 (Aimee Rose Conroy, Grace McEvoy, Molly Kelly & Laura McEvoy) came home in 4th placing missing out on a team placing. What a great bunch of juveniles and thanks to the parents for supporting the event.
In the Mens Senior Cross Country Championships we had six team members competing as is required. The lads gave it everything with Colin Maher winning the race in great style and adding to his trophy cabinet. His team mates of Roibeard Miller, Liam Buggy, Andrew Kehoe, Shane Delaney and Ciaran Keenan gave it everything but were pipped into 4th place by the men from Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District. A great race - well done lads.  Well done to Portlaoise AC for a well run event!
Onwards to the Masters now - what a great Cross Country season it has been!

Leinster Uneven and Senior Championships
The club have a fantastic group of U-11 girls participating at the Leinster Championships in Adamstown, Wexford taking in a distance of 1,500m over cross country terrain. The dedicated bunch include Orla Carroll, Aoibheann O’Rourke, Jessica Ryan-Downey, Grace McEvoy, Aimee Rose Conroy, Grace McEvoy, Molly Kelly and Laura Parnell. The girls will run as individuals, as a Club team and will represent their County along with their County colleagues. It’s a great experience for these girls to run at this level and club officials wish them the very best. 

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).
Wednesday 8-9pm - Strength and Conditioning at Ballyfin Community Hall.
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

Laois Senior Cross Country and Juvenile Relays 
Well done to all club athletes who competed in Emo on Sunday last. Well done to our senior ladies who claimed silver team medals in their 5km event with Breda McDonald (5),  Kate McDonald (6), Louise Mahoney (7) and Siobhan Burke (9). Also, well done to our men's team who also ran very strong to claim bronze team in their 10km with Cian McDonald (11), Tom Dunne (15), Liam Dunne (16),  Noel Burke (24), John Kirwan (25), Shane Bowe (26), Martin McDonald (28) and Paul Burke (32). 
Our juveniles were also very impressive today with Leah Dunphy finishing second in the U-8 race. Well done to each Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District juveniles who came to run relays (unfortunately we didn't have full teams). Well done to Emily Dunphy, Ellen O'Mahoney,  Hannah Burke, Katie Sheeran, Hannah Cox, Isobel Lawlor, Ayla Morrin, Billy Lawless, Alan Fitzpatrick, Jack Coogan, Eoin Lynam, Josh Cox, James O'Mahoney, Jill Gaughan, Emma Fitzpatrick, Abbey Lalor.

Belgium Cross Country
Well done to Sorcha Moloney who finished 6th Junior in the Belgium Cross Country today. Well done to Avril Deegan who claimed a bronze medal in the U-23 ladies.

Ballyroan 10mile and 5km Santa run
The Ballyroan 10 mile road race and 5km run will take place on Saturday December 8th. Check out  Facebook for more details.

Training for all ages in  Ballyroan  GAA field at 7.30pm every Tuesday.

Emo Rath AC

County Cross Country Relays
The club had a good contingent of athletes on show at the County Juvenile relays in Emo Court recently. In the U-8 Open Race Aoileann Ni Comhraidhe and Sarah Bastick both ran excellently and finished in the medal positions. Well done girls. Our Boys U-9 relay team comprising of Darragh Duffy, Ben & Jack Slevin and Raife Eoghan were competing in their first ever County Relay. The lads ran brilliantly, finishing in third position. Well done lads. Our U-13 Girls team comprised of Cliodhna Creegan, Claire McMahon, Louise O’Halloran and Louise Hartnett. The girls ran superbly from start to finish and were unlucky to finish in 4th position, just outside the medal placings. Our Boys U-13 team comprised of Fionn Fitzpatrick, Sean Gahan, Owen McGarry and Craig Mangan McKenna. The lads all ran brilliantly, finishing third overall in a very competitive race. Well done lads, a superb performance. Katelyn Eoghan ran, as part of a mixed relay team with the Oughaval U-11 girls. Katelyn has been running brilliantly all season and had another great run. Well done Katelyn.

Training continues every Monday night 6.45pm-7.45pm for our younger athletes and on Wednesdays from 6.30-7.30pm. Training for our older athletes includes: Strength Training in Emo Community Hall on Wednesdays 7-8pm; Technical Training on Friday Nights in Emo 7-8pm and Performance Squad training in Vicarstown on Sunday mornings 11am-12.30pm.

Mountmellick AC

Beat The Barge
Nine athletes from Mountmellick AC took part in this year’s annual Beat the Barge 4k race in Vicarstown, with Adam Holden finishing the race in second place overall. This is a great event every year, and 2018 was no exception. The weather was great, and the refreshments afterwards in Creans were second to none.

Laois Cross Country Relays
We had only two full teams competing at the recent Laois athletics cross country relay competition in Emo Court, but the event went down very well with all concerned. This is a short run that allows children who normally consider themselves to be sprinters have a go at a cross country race and hopefully gives them a taste for it in the future.

Club Training
You can find us training at the track in Smiths field any Monday or Wednesday from 7-8pm. 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

Juveniles Shine in Emo
We had a great crowd of juveniles representing Portlaoise AC on Sunday in Emo Court, where the club won lots of medals in the relay races. Well done to all athletes who competed for the club and a special congratulations to the U-11 boys - Darragh Brady, Harrison Marshall, Daniel Murrell and Daniel Downey who took home a gold medal for Portlaoise in a very competitive 4x500m relay. Portlaoise AC had medal winners all across the board on the day. Also, in the Portlaoise AC U-8 guest race, well done to Grace Cuddy, Lily Reid, Ava McDonald and Jacob Day who all had an enjoyable and excellent race. Thanks again to all athletes who turned up on Sunday and ran brilliantly and gave their best for the club. Finally, a big thanks to the juvenile parents who helped out on the day.
Laois Senior Cross Country
Portlaoise were proud to host the Laois Senior Cross Country on Sunday 4th last, and by all means it was a very successful day. Well done to all involved, especially Michael Delaney and Joe Walsh also special mention to Mountmellick AC's Noel Coss for a super job as MC. The ladies event was the first of the senior races, and we got two ladies on the podium along with team bronze, the ever modest Mary Mulhare took the lead from the off, and came home in style to take another title. Grace Reilly came strongly through the field to secure an excellent third spot for the bronze medal. Niamh Quinn, Maria Cuddy and Amy Walsh made up our ladies team on the day, congratulations girls. The men's senior saw us down a few, resulting in us fielding six vets in our team of seven. However, they put in a fine performance to take the silver team medals. Well done to Tony Reilly, Tom Lupton, Aengus Burke, Richie Reid, James Hamm, Paul Cuddy and Noel Marum. Finally, congratulations to St Abban’s on taking both team titles, a good  days running all round.

British and Irish Masters
Saturday next see the British and Irish Masters cross country take place in Swansea, Wales. The race sees the top six from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales battle it out for the honours, with the top four in each age category to score. We have two members selected, Tony Reilly in the O45, while Aengus Burke will compete in the O50 section. Both athletes will hope to help their country get among the medals, best of luck lads.

Club Training
Training 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

Leinster Cross Country
Well done to our three athletes who travelled to Navan on Saturday 27th October last for Leinster Cross Country. Evanna Ryle finished a very impressive 15th position in the U-12 Girls 2500M. Rory Lalor also had a great race finishing in 35th position in the Boys U-14 3000M. Aron Lawlor unfortunately had to pull out of U-12 boys due to injury. Also, well done to Ronan Hyland, now representing Tullamore Harriers, who took silver in U-16 Boys. Big thanks to parents, supporters and athletes for traveling to Navan to represent the club.

Laois Cross Country Relays
Well done to our nine athletes who competed in cross country relays in Emo. Big thanks to our athletes and their parents for attending the cross country and thanks to our hosts Portlaoise AC.

Training Monday and Wednesday evenings in Kilcavan.

St Abban’s AC

Laois Senior Cross Country and Relays
An outstanding day for St. Abban’s AC at Emo Court for the Juvenile Relays and Senior Championships. We did the double winning the Laois Senior Womens and Men Titles. Congratulations to all our athletes that represented the club in both races and of course our future stars in the juvenile events. Our Women won by three points, Cheryl Nolan ran a superb race and was first team member home in 2nd place, Caitlin McDonald had a strong 4th place finish. Sinead Kelly placed 8th and Ailish Brennan was 10th for the team. They were supported by our steadfast athletes Claire Phelan 11th and Breda Mulcahy 13th. Our Men’s team had a convincing win with 35 points. Seán (Proctor) Geoghegan had a great race and was first member home in 3rd position. Behind him was Brian Kelly in 4th, our stalwart Colm Burke was 5th, William Kelly our youngest representative ran an superb race taking 6th place, John Fenlon was 7th and finally, for the team was Stephen Hunter in 10th place. Huge team effort from all our men with great support from the returning Stephen Lawler, Colin Coyne, Conor Barry and Niall English. We had great numbers out in our juvenile relay uneven age groups from U-9 to U-15. A huge effort was made to make up the teams and everyone got their just reward with loads of team medals won. Thank you to Portlaoise AC for hosting the event.

Development Draw 2018
We need your support for our biggest fundraiser of the year. Three €10 Draws for an opportunity to win €6,500 in cash prizes! Get your tickets in the clubhouse.

Couch to 5km
Couch to 5km takes place on Monday & Wednesdays at 7.30pm at the St Abban's track. Suitable for Men & Ladies of all ages and all abilities. Come along and bring a friend, €2 per night.

Coaches needed
Anybody willing to help out with coaching, AAI have a new list of courses - /coaching/fixtures/  we can organise training for anyone interested Please contact Catriona at the Club.

Senior training Tuesday and Friday 7:30 to 9:00pm. Cost will be just €2 per session, contact Bernard, Michael or Gavin for more information. Juvenile training has resumed at the track. Cross Country training begins Sunday 2nd of September at 11:00am in Tolerton, park at Behans.

St Michael’s AC

Dublin City Marathon 2018
Well done to all the St Michaels AC Athletes who traveled to Dublin on a near perfect day for running. It was cold to start with, but this was eased by the certain business of running a Marathon. We had over 41 one runner’s running this year which is a great reflection on the great training and running by the club. The Dublin City marathon does seem to be St Michaels main club race of the year. This year we had great running throughout and it reflected all the hard work by all runners, with a lot of PBs and also a lot of new first time marathon runners Dave Sweeney who has being instrumental in the marathon training this year produced a pb by over a minute to be the first Michael’s AC athlete to cross the line with a brilliant time of 2:47:34. Well done Dave. Next across the line was a new member Darren Geoghegan with another pb of 3:01:25. Not far off beating the three-hour mark. Well done to Derek Bracken who had a super time of 3:05:57. A big well done also to Johnny Doris on breaking 3:20 in fine style with a time of 3:18:32 and Gary Kelly with a time of 3:19:59, followed by Dave Murphy on 3:20:44. First lady home for Michaels AC was Olivia Sheerin in a good time of 3:46:13. Well done to Karen Phelan who ran 3:58:32. We had some first time DCM participants who came home in
super times Alison Galvin in 4:02:34, Kate Finane in 4:09 and Emma Ni Lionnain in 4:11.
We are very proud of everyone’s times and the huge effort all put in. We have to pick out Shane Broderick who only recently recovered from injuries and ran a fine time of 4:27. We also welcomed home Larry Havens who was out in Syria with the Irish Army and did most of his training on a 1.6 km route around his camp. He ran a great time in much colder conditions of 3:57. Everyone put in a great effort to cross the line and all should be proud of their achievements, some had tougher days than they expected, but everyone made it across the line so well done.
The support around the course was amazing again this year with St Michael’s athletes and families spread though the course. A big thank you to Chris and Gwen La Cumbre for the photos from mile 22.5 and also to John Corcoran and Monica Corcoran. We had great support all around the course, also from Mick and Geraldine Cullen and Paddy Dempsey. Well done to everyone, we hope everybody is recovering well. Happy Running from all in St Michael's AC.

Senior Cross Country
Well done to Aindriu O Comhraidhe on coming Second in the Senior County Cross Country championships in Emo. Well done to Aindriu.

Laois intermediate and Uneven ages
Well done to all who took to part in the cross country races on recently. Well done to Aindriu O Comhraidhe who added the intermediate title to his recent novice victory. Well done to Poppy Hacket who came 3rd in the U-15 girls 3000m. Well done to Liam Ward who came 4th in the U-11s 2000m race. Well done to Heidi Hacket who came 5th and Louise Ward who came 14th in the U-11s Race. Well done to all from all in Michaels 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.

Juvenile Training
Juvenile Training resumes on September 3rd  for Monday and Thursday at 6pm in the Portarlington GAA Centre.

St Michaels AC
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