Laois Athletics Digest (January 8)

This week’s Laois Athletics Digest. Read it first every Tuesday in the Leinster Express. See this week’s edition for more photographic coverage.

This week’s Laois Athletics Digest. Read it first every Tuesday in the Leinster Express. See this week’s edition for more photographic coverage.

St Abban’s

Leinster’s Best

St Abban’s AC were announced as the best club in Leinster in the Junior and U-23 track and field section for which we will receive the Dew Shield at the Leinster star awards on Saturday night in the Seven Oakes Hotel, Carlow. To make the evening all the better we have secured the best senior club award from the Leinster senior championships. Many congratulations to all the athletes who represented the club in these championships to win the top club in Leinster at senior level for the first time ever.

Stars Shine

The Leinster star award recipients for Laois were announced recently.

The ladies juvenile award goes to National senior silver medallist in the triple jump Saragh Buggy. It is Saragh’s first time to be recognised with this award and it is based on her performances indoor and outdoor over the past year in the Leinster championships. Saragh is currently studying for her leaving certificate in Castlecomer Community college.

The boys recipient is none other than Conor Daly who has been the outstanding male juvenile athlete in the county for the past five years. Conor excels at the combined events, long, triple and high jump and is currently studying for his leaving certificate in Knockbeg college.

Brian Kelly is honoured for the first time being the recipient of the senior award. He also had an outstanding year indoors and outdoors featuring in the 800m, while he recently featured over the cross country taking the Leinster novice title.

The presentations will take place at a dinner in the Seven Oaks, Carlow on Saturday 5th January. Anyone interested in tickets please get in touch with any of the stars. Many congratulations to Saragh, Conor and Brian from all in the club.

Wellies Rule

2013 commenced with record numbers descending on Castlecomer for the 33rd Annual ‘Welly’ Race. Blessed with a dry sunny day the parade had a magnificent turnout of vintage machinery along with some modern show pieces where it drew favourable comments from the large number of visitors. Several club members togged out in a variety of different type of wellingtons to go in the 4 mile run along with hundreds from all over the country and beyond. Some ran in the race for the crack and others giving it plenty of ‘welly’ - in general a good day all round.

Table Quiz

All are invited to take part in the club’s annual table quiz in Behan’s on Thursday the 24th January. Why not organise a few of your friends and give it a go, your support would be much appreciated.

Club AGM

The annual general meeting of the club will take place on Monday the 14th January at 8 o’clock in the clubhouse. All members, parents and intending members are welcome to come along and review a magnificent year for the club. Thanks to all our members, supporters and the local community for making it such a great year.

Laois Senior Cross Country

The Laois Credit Unions county junior and senior cross country championships will take place on Sunday (6th)in Graham’s field at the back of Behan’s, Tolerton with the action getting under way at 12 o’clock. Juvenile relays also on the programme for U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16 boys and girls.

Big Turnout for St Stephen’s Day

Despite the poor weather conditions a good crowd showed up for the club’s Annual St Stephen’s day events. Over 40 took part in the ladies and U-14 boys event over one lap (one mile) of the Turra circuit.

Cheryl Nolan, home for Christmas from her scholarship exertions in the United States, had nine seconds to spare over the defending champion Ailish Brennan, with Cian Kelly having a big PB of 5.45 with Breda Mulcahy fourth in 5.52. Maire Griffith continued to show her good form when she came in fifth in 5.55 with Mairead Moore sixth with a PB of 6.24.

In the quest for the ‘Jack Mealy Perpetual Cup’ which goes to the female that has shown the most improvement on the previous years performance it was a very close affair. Mairead Moore improved by five seconds, with Ailish Brennan improving by six seconds, Breda Mulcahy by 10 seconds, Orla Davis by 11 seconds, Carmel Hughes by 12 seconds, Pauline Doyle by 14 seconds, Angela Mulhall by 16 seconds and the holder of the cup for the coming year with an improvement of 21 seconds is Laura Graham.

In the men’s event over three laps of the Turra circuit the defending champion Stephen Lawlor meant business from the off. Forcing the pace he gradually pulled away from the remainder of the 44 competitors to comehome in a time of 14.08 which was 11 seconds faster than last year. John Fenlon and James Griffin had a good battle for second and third places with John getting the verdict over the final 300 metres. Chris Finn was fourth with Colm Burke returning after injury fifth and Dermot Ayres sixth. It was a very close affair in the team contestwith team ‘D’ (Colm Burke, Noel Phelan, Paraic Bolton, Martin Rice and Michael Lyons) getting the better of team ‘L’ (Noel Coss, Eoghan Buggy, Matthew Moore, Francis Fleming and Patsy Baldwin) on a score of 94 points to 95. Team ‘H’ (Chris Finn, Dermot Ayres, John Graham, David Buggy and Sean Kelly) scored 104pts while team ‘K’ (Declan Byrne, Mark Murray, Liam Delaney, Matthew Warren and Jimmy Walsh) were fourth on 108 points. Team ‘C’ fifth on 114 points with team ‘F’ 122 points, team ‘A’ 124 points, Team ‘B’ 131 points and team ‘E’ ninth on 143 points.

Unlike the ladies the men had a clear winner of the Paddy DOC Delaney Cup. Patsy Baldwin and Francis Fleming improved their performance by one second on their 2011 times. Stephen Lawlor by 11 seconds, Matthew Moore by 16 seconds, Paddy Harding by 18 seconds, Martin Kelly by 24 seconds, Andrew Rice by 35 seconds, Dylan Byrne and John Fenlon improved by 39 seconds while Matthew Warren showed with an improvement of 1 minute and 36 seconds while John Reid had 1.46 but it was Seamus Brennan with a massive improvement of 4 minutes and 48 seconds that took the cup for the coming year. Appropriately enough his father local Councillor Ben Brennan sponsored the event. Special thanks to the Behan family for looking after us so well with the best of facilities.

St Michael’s

Goal Mile

Congratulations to Eddie Murphy and helpers who have organised another successful Goal mile this year. With a great turnout on Christmas morning with lots of new hats, scarves and gloves on show this event was enjoyed by all who took part and raised much need funds for a worthy charity well done to all involved.

Christmas Running

St Michael’s AC had a lot of members out participating in events throughout the county over the Christmas time well done 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. John Fenlon trains the Fit for Life group on Tuesday and Aidan Mullally on Thursday evenings.

New Members welcome

New members are always welcome to St Michaels AC senior Club, for details of Senior Training contact Aidan Mullally 087-6968844. Seniors member are welcome to bring a friend to training to see if they like it (first night free) – if you know anyone who enjoys running, wants to get fit and would like to join St Michael’s AC club please invite them along.

Club Newsletter

The senior club newsletter is currently out, the newsletter contains a list of fixtures, achievements and news about what events and development are taking place within the senior club.

Sunday Morning Run

The long run on Sunday morning continues at the winter scheduled time of 10am.

Juvenile News

On Sunday 5th February the National juvenile development championships will take place in Derry the age groups are U-11, U-13, U-15. St Michael’s will be represented at this event with members preparing hard for the Derry event.

Upcoming Juvenile Fixtures

The Laois relay championships take place this Sunday 6th Jan starting at U-12, U-14, U-16. The Leinster relay championships will take place on Sunday 20th of Jan in Ballyroan. Laois Secondary schools take place in O’Dempsey’s GAA grounds old pound on 16th Jan South Leinster Secondary schools are on in Clongowes on 30th Jan tbc

Leinsters secondary schools are on in Santry on 6th Feb.

The first day of the Leinster indoors is down for the 9th and 10th of March it will be held in Athlone. The venue in Athlone is a new state of the art arena and would be a good introduction to athletics for juveniles. The age groups for this event is U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 it would be nice to see some kids doing long jump, sprinting and relays anyone interested in these disciplines please speak to Bill or Mark Higgins.

Juvenile Registration

The yearly registration is due and must be in by the 25th January it is important that all children are registered as this covers them on insurance the cost is 20e per child or 50e for a family.

Juvenile League

We are planning a league for the spring it will involve from u10s and the distances are short from 200m to 800m the aim will be to help young athletes to see what preferences they might have.

St Michaels AC Club Contact Details

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Contacts: Aidan Mullally Tel 087-6968844, Noel Coss Tel:087-9900840;

Wes Reilly Tel: 085-1252352; Mark Higgins Tel: 087-2431154