Laois Athletics News

All this week’s athletics news from clubs across Laois. See the Leinster Express each week for extensive photographic coverage.

All this week’s athletics news from clubs across Laois. See the Leinster Express each week for extensive photographic coverage.

Friendly Inter-Club Competition

A fantastic evening was had by all in the Emo Community Sportsground on Monday 30th July, for Day 2 of the Friendly Inter-Club Challenge.

Well done to all our athletes with some great performances - some of which was their first real taste of competition. It was good to see so many participating despite the holiday season. Remember the purpose of these events is to introduce the athletes to some friendly competition and a stepping stone towards County Championships and beyond.

Here are some of the Ballyfin AC results from the evening; In the U5 Girls Sprint, Áine Quinn came first and in the U5 Boys race it was the turn of Ballyfin’s Drew Dalton who stormed home in 2nd place. In the U7 Girls race Cara Goode ran a great race to finish 2nd and in the U7 Boys race Ciaran Quinn won in great style.

In the U9 Girls 100m Lucy Goode ran well to finish in 3rd place and in the U11 Boys 100m Sean O’Rourke came home in 3rd place.

The Relay Races were a big success and the Ballyfin AC kids love them.

In the U11 Mixed Race Ballyfin came 2nd place with Sean, Jason and James. In the U9 Girls Relay Ballyfin came in in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, what a result! In the U11 Girls Relay Race; Ellen, Ciara and Roisin came 4th for Ballyfin in what was a tough contest.

It was a clean sweep in the U9 Girls Ball Throw with Ballyfin taking all the top 4 places.

The winner was Rebecca Cunneen who threw an amazing 22.85. 2nd was Ellen Rowney, 3rd Catriona Phelan and 4th Kora Davis.

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 every Thursday evening at Emo Court at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome so why not dust off those trainers, come along and get active! More details on the Ballyfin AC Facebook page and why not post on the site if you are thinking of coming along and we will contact you.

Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District AC

Juvenile Inter Club Track & Field


Our juveniles were busy over the last 2 weeks with the Inter Club Track & Field Challenge. The purpose of these events are to introduce our young members to competition in an easy going and friendly way. It can be viewed as a stepping stone to them participating in county and provincial championships in the future. The first night was in Portarlington on the 23rd July with Emo being the venue on the 30th July. We had 16 young members compete over the 2 evenings and there were some great performances all round. While everybody competed excellently and to the best of their abilities with many podium finishes we also had some outstanding wins.

Portarlington - In Portarlington we had 11 athletes on a damp drizzly evening. The U/8 Mixed Relay team of Adrian Dunne, Faye McEvoy and Niamh McDonald won outright. Niamh also came 2nd in the U/10 Girls 200m and 3rd in the U/10 Girls 80m with Adrian coming 2nd in the U/8 Boys 60m. Shaun Fitzpatrick was victorious in the U/10 200m and finished 3rd in the U/10 Boys 80m with Adam Dunne winning the U/12 Boys 80m and coming second in the U/12 Boys 600m. Leah Kelly continued her tremendous form winning the Girls U/12 600m and placing 2nd in the

U/12 Girls 80m. Cian McDonald won the U/14 Boys 800m and came 3rd in the U/14 Boys 100m. Jimmy Keegan won the U/16 Boys 100m and the U/16 Boys 1000m with Declan Foyle coming 2nd in both races. Aine McDonald came 2nd in the U/16 Girls 1000m and 3rd in the U/16 Girls 100m.

Robert Maher came 2nd in both the U/14 100m and 800m races.


Emo - In contrast o the week before in Portarlington the weather was beautiful in Emo and the young athletes did not disappoint. We had 13 young athletes ready for the fray. While all our athletes performed heroically we had 4 outstanding success stories on the night. Adrian Dunne won the U/9 Ball Throw Competition. Leah Kelly brilliantly won the U/11 Girls 600m. We had 2 outstanding success stories in the relay races. The boys U/13 team of Cian McDonald, Drew Maher, Lewis Churchouse and Adam Dunne beat all comers with a commanding win in their race. The U/11 Girls were no less impressive with Leah Kelly, Mary Kate Brennan and Niamh McDonald proudly winning against strong opposition. Also performing well were Ava Churchouse, Isobel Churchouse, Shaun Fitzpatrick, Robert Maher and Faye McEvoy.

Well done to all our Juveniles on their excellent performances and thanks to all the parents who travelled in support.

Laois County Track & Field and Juvenile Development Championships

St Abbans were host to the annual T&F championships in Tolerton on July 19th. We had some great performances by all our athletes and we would like to congratulate them all. Performance of the night must go to the mixed relay team of Lewis Churchouse, Cian McDonald, Adam Dunne and Leah Kelly who took county championship gold medals home with them. Lewis also came 2rd in the U/13 Boys 300m and 3rd in the 80m.

Ava Churchouse came third in in the U/9 Girls 200m with her sister Isobel winning bronze in the U/11 Girls 80m. Katie Clerkin won bronze in the U/13 Girls 80m with Adam Dunne claiming silver in the U/13 Boys 80m. Eadoin De Burca won bronze in the senior 400m with sister Carolyn claiming silver in the shot put. In the U/11 Boys Ball Throw Adrian Dunne won bronze.

St Abbans Summer League -

Ballylinan 4k

The club had 4 athletes athletes compete in stage 6 of the St Abbans summer league which was held in Ballylinan on July 25th. The race was run off as a Handicap race with the athletes staggered according to personal ability. The results as reported here have the Handicap placing in brackets. Great credit must go to our friends St Abbans for organising such a great nights action. Our highest finisher on the night was the ever improving James Hamm from Ballinakill with a brilliant 10th (101st) place in a high quality field in an outstanding time of 13.46. Tom Dunne finished in 24th (141st) in a time of 15.00.

Jean McEvoy finished in 61st (121st) in 17.15 with Ann Churchouse close behind in 60th (140th) in a time of 17.35. Well done to each athlete who took the tough Ballylinan circuit in their stride.

St Abban’s

St Abban’s AC Retain the JK Malone Trophy

It was a small crowd all round that turned out for the JK Malone trophy competition. This event has been run for a long time to mark the outstanding contribution that the late JK made to Laois athletics in his pursuit of excellence in the javelin. When the dust had settled last Thursday the trophy was once again in safe keeping in the trophy cabinet.

Those who played a part in retaining the trophy included:- Laura Graham, Daena Kealy, Kelsey Warburton, Lauryn Kealy, Evan Kealy, Shane Buggy, Amy Brennan, Aran Murphy, Dylan Byrne, Tom Buggy, Ruby Millet, Orla Davis, Cian Kelly, Lisa Gorman, Sinead Jones, Nessa Millet, Michael Kelly, Finbar Fitzgerlad, Patsy Baldwin, Lynda Fay, Orla Kelly, Niamh Moore, Niall Egan, Conor Daly, Brian Kelly, Shauna Daly, Liam Kelly, Emma Daly and Sinead O’Gorman. Thanks to all who wore the club colours.

Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Well done to all those that turned out for the Scarecrow festival road race in Durrow and appeared to have a good time.

Saragh Registers Another National Title

The U-13 to U-19 Woodies DIY individual championships were decided in Tullamore recently. Nicole Kehoe-Dowling went out to 11.63m when finishing 4th in the shot. Anna Daly had a P.B. when she finished 6th in the walk in 11:48:53, it was a P.B. for Aran Murphy when he finished 6th in the javelin with 37.48 metres. Conor Daly had to settle for 4th in the high jump and 5th in the long jump while it was 5th also for Nessa Millet in the 200m. Siobhan Nash was happy to take the silver in the walk despite having a cold for the past couple of weeks. Saragh Buggy went home a happy and contented lady once again when she claimed the bronze in the long jump with 5.46m and it was gold as usual in the triple jump with a new championship best performance of 11.76m.

On Sunday the girls U-12 squad travelled to Tullamore for the 4 x 100m relay. Lucky to qualify for the final they gave it everything and came up just short finishing a fine 4th. Team members were:- Orla Davis, Ciara McDonald, Cara Maher and Ruby Millet.

Summer League

The seventh stage of the Fit4Life league takes place in Graiguecullen by storm this Wednesday evening (August 8) over 4Km. Registration takes place in St Fiacc’s house from 6.30pm. Runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome to come along. Refreshments will be served afterwards in St Fiacc’s house along with the presentation of prizes.

St Michaels AC

Durrow Festival 7k

Olivia Sheerin won the Durrow festival 7k road race on Sunday 29th of July. St Michaels Olivia Sheerin put in an impressive performance on the 7k circuit in Durrow to stride home to victory.

Race round up

St Michaels ACs Mark Hackett and Pippa Hackett joined club mate Stephen Hunter on the Curragh race track on 29th July for the Jog for Jockey 5k run in aid of injured jockeys. Stephen Hunter finished 5th overall out of the 247 competitors with Mark Hackett in 14th place and Pippa Hackett put in performance to finish 4th woman over the line.

Well done to John Fenlon who won a 5k in Belvedere house and gardens on Wednesday 1 August. Well done also to St Michaels Members who competed in the Duathlon in Portarlington on 29th of July.

TV to 10K Meet and Train group

The TV to 10K meet and train group continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm in Garryhinch Portarlington. The group will move to Emo from week six. The group are currently completing week 5. Well done to all. With a big thank you to the St Michaels Members who are providing the training sessions, advice and training plans for the TV to 10k group.

Training & Membership

New members are always welcome to St Michaels AC. Training caters for all levels of fitness from beginners to advanced. Senior Training times Tuesday 7pm in Emo court. For updates on training schedules and membership of our club contact us via facebook or email:

Upcoming fixture

Sept 16th: King and Queens County 10k. Starts 11am at Portarlington GAA centre.

Portlaoise AC

Day 3 of the All Ireland Finals was held in Tullamore Harriers on July 28. Portlaoise AC had four Juveniles competing. Anna Healy ran in the final of theU16 1500m. Next up was Niamh Quinn in the U17 High Jump. Niamh had a great competition, clearing a PB of 1.55m. With only one girl jumping higher than that, Niamh looked to be in silver medal position. Unfortunately 2 other girls also cleared 1.55m, and on countback Niamh finished 4th. A tremendous achievement for the 15 yr old, but heartbreakingly close to an All Ireland medal.

Aisling Stack threw a PB in U19 Discus, and finished 6th. Our final competitor was Eimear Corri in U15 200m. This was Eimear’s first All ireland experience in this event, and she gave a great performance. In the semi-final she had a powerful run to finish 2nd. The final was a very close affair, and coming into the home straight Eimear was in a medal position. The last 30m was a tough contest, and she was just edged out of a medal, finishing a very creditable 5th. Well done all round on a fine performance.