Laois Athletics Digest (August 9)

This week’s Laois Athletics Digest. For more pictures from Laois Athletics see this week’s Leinster Express.

This week’s Laois Athletics Digest. For more pictures from Laois Athletics see this week’s Leinster Express.


County Track and Field Championships Day 3

Fantastic result from Day 3 of the County Track and Field Championships and JK Malone Competition which was held on Friday 26th July at St Abbans Sports Complex.

In the Senior Mens 800m, it was a clean sweep for Ballyfin with Gideon Kirui, Ciaran Fitzpatrick and Colin Maher coming home in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Well done lads!

Congratulations also to Daithí Keenan who was 2nd in the Senior Mens Discus event.

Great day for the club. Well done all.

Juvenile Training Update

Monday 29th July was the last Juvenile training session for the Summer as many people will be away on holidays etc., and training will resume again when the schools are back.

The first date back will be Monday evening Sept 2nd with the Friday evening sessions starting up as well on the following Friday, Sept 6th. The Outdoor Training takes place at the Harpurs Lane Community Track across from Treo Nua in Portlaoise Monday/Friday evening training from 6.30-7.30pm.

And when the days are shorter we go in to the Community Hall in Ballyfin, same days and times as above. For more info contact Ger Goode on 083-1077421.

Castletown Crazy Crawl 5k

Well done to the ever-improving John Paul Phelan who came 2nd in the Castletown Crazy Crawl in a time of 18:40. The race was won by Portlaoise’s Aengus Burke.There were also some great kids races too and Ballyfin’s Cara Goode came first in Race No 2 in the 5/6/7 Age Group, 500m distance. Her sister Lucy took part in Race No 3 for the Over 8s, 1k distance, and came 4th place. John Paul Phelan’s nephew, Ciaran McKelvey ran in the Over8s and also took part in the main 5k. That’s a lot of running, well done!It was a great day with a great turnout, a very well organised event. We will be back for more in 2014. Well done to all!

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 everyTuesday and Thursday evening in Portlaoise meeting in St Fintans car park across from the prison at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome so why not dust off those trainers, come along and get active!

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.



The third stage of the Laois Track & Field Championships incorporating the JK Malone team event took place last Friday evening. A committed band of our athletes took to the track in pursuit of county championship medals. Tom Dunne lead the charge as he retained his 200m striking gold for the 2nd year in succession. Added to his 400m silver medal of a couple of weeks previous, the sprint distances on the track are proving to be a happy hunting ground for Tom. Martin McDonald continued his fine form throughout 2013 by winning gold in the 3000m. Martin was followed in third by John Kirwan and 6th by Tom Dunne ensuring the Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District threesome won the team race. Aine McDonald won medals on the double with a Silver in the Senior Womens 200m and a bronze in the Senior womens 800m. In the JK Malone Boys U10 60m Darragh Carpenter stormed home to win in outstanding fashion.

Well done to all our athletes on the night as they each represented the club with pride and no little talent.


Stage 6 of the St Abban’s summer league took place last Wedensday evening over 4km in Ballylinan. Club results were as follows; James Hamm 7th (13m 55s), Thomas Dunne 12th (14m 26s), Sinead Stone 28th (19m 47s), Martina Peacock (22m 56s), Agnes Fennelly (24m 20s), Michelle Harvey (24m 22s), Yvonne Williams (24m 54s). Well done to everyone who ran on the night. Stage 7 takes place in Graiguecullen on Wed August 7th.

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JK Malone Trophy

The JK Malone Trophy was held on Friday 26th July in St Abban’s there was a very small turn out but I guess the holiday season has a lot to do with that. We had nine athletes competing on the night and all nine came home with a medal which made for a great evening. Gillian Keean won Gold in the shot putt U-14, Chloe Keenan won gold in the 60m sprint U-10 Eddie Allen was 4th in the U-14 100m Padraic Langford was 3rd in the U-10 60m and 6th in U12 Longjump, the boys mixed age relay was made up of Eddie Allen, Padraic Langford, Donal Hetherington and Eoin Keenan and the lads took Gold. Una Hetherington won silver in the U-16 100m, Eoin Keenan won gold in the U-14 shot putt and bronze in the U-14 100m, Donal Hetherington won gold in the 100m U14. The mixed age girls relay was made up with Gillian Keenan, Chloe Keenan, Ciara Langford and Aoife Langford the girls took gold. Well done to everybody involved with the evening.


Track and Field Championships

Congratulations to our athletes who recently competed in the last two major county track and field championships. Here are the results:

Girls U11 (80m) - Jessica Hewitt Bronze; Boys U11 (80m) - Noah Delaney Bronze; Girls U13 (80m) - Sasha Kemmy won gold; Girls U11 (300m) - Jessica Hewitt gold; Boys U11 (300M) - Noah Delaney silver; Senior men(100m) - Darragh Nerney bronze; Senior men (400m) - Daragh Nerney bronze; Girls U13 shott putt - Sasha Kemmy silver

Girls U-10, U-11, U-12, U-13 4x100m relay - Jessica Hewitt, Sara Hewitt, Sasha Kemmy, Jenny O’Connor Murphy won gold.

Boys U-10, U-11, U-12, U-13 - Canice Whearty, Conor Whearty, Noah Delaney, Blake

Kemmy also won gold medals.

Laois Track and Field Day 3 and JK Malone Trophy

Girls U-12 (80m) Jenny O’Connor Murphy gold Sasha Kemmy silver. Boys U-12 (80m) Canice Whearty gold; Girls U-14 (100m) Ellen Miller bronze; Girls U-16 (100m) Kate Miller bronze; Senior women (200m) Cannie Miller bronze; Senior men (200m) Daragh Nerney bronze; Girls U-12 long jump Sasha Kemmy silver, Jenny O’Connor Murphy bronze; Boys U-12 Long Jump Canice Whearty gold; Girls 2xU-12 100m, 2xU-14 200m relay, Ellen Miller, Jenny O’Connor Murphy, Sasha Kemmy, Grace Miller won bronze medals.



Seniors - Tuesday and Thursday @7pm at the track. Saturday in Oakvale Woods, meet at 10.45, run starts at 11.00 sharp. Sunday, Training in Emo Court, Meet at 10.15, run at 10.30 sharp.

Juveniles - Well done to all who have kept up your training over the summer. Juvenile training will finish up for the summer on Thursday 1st August, and resume on Tuesday 3rd September. Enjoy a well earned break, and we will get right in to Cross Country training in September.

Meet ‘N’ Train

The Portlaoise Athletic Club “Meet ‘N’ Train” programme continues each week, at the track on Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm. If you are interested in continuing your current programme or thinking of starting training, why not come along and do it in a friendly atmosphere with likeminded people.

This programme is also open to new members so spread the word and bring a friend. Membership forms will be available at the sessions.

St Abbans Fit4Life Summer League

Well done to all who took part in this race, Chris Finn took the first steps on his return to racing with a great 2nd place in 13:16, Chris was followed home by Trevor Percy 15:29 and Niamh Kavanagh in 19:37.

Castletown Crazy Crawl 5k

This was a well organised event for a local cause and hopefully it will go from strength to strength in future years. We had a great representation in this race all through the race and also had the winners in the Senior Ladies -- Amanda McDonald, Senior Men -- Aengus Burke and Junior Lady -- Amy Walsh, Well done to all who ran.

National Senior Track and Field

At the National Senior T&F championships, Michael Mulhare had a great run winning a national silver medal in the 5000m in Morton Stadium in a time of 14.37, Great running by Mick in what was a high quality field.

JK Malone Track and Field Championships

The final Track and Field competition of the season was the Laois Senior and JK Malone Championships in St Abban’s on the 26th July. Our numbers were down at this stage of the year, but those who took part were in flying form. Colin McEvoy was third in U-10 60m, Danielle Keane third U-12 80m and fourth in Long Jump. Dylan Peters was third in U-12 Long Jump and fourth in 80m. Eimear Corri was first and Amy Walsh fourth in U-16 100m. Katie Walsh and Jake Byrne were both fourth in their U-14 Shot Putts. Charlie Walsh was second, and Amy Walsh third in U-16 High Jump. In the Senior Women’s 800m it was Portlaoise first and second, with Ruth Hodgins followed by Anna Healy. Anna was also first in Senior High Jump. Trevor Percy was second in Senior Men’s 200m. Seamus Fitzpatrick was clear winner of both Senior Discus and 56lb. The final events of the evening were the relays. In the Boys’ medley, Jake Byrne, Dylan Peters, Jack Delaney and James Carroll were third, while Paula Grant, Ruth Hodgins, Eimear Corri and Amy Walsh won the Senior Ladies.

Well done, everyone, and enjoy the Summer break.

St Abban’s

Nessa Enjoys Italian Experience

Nessa Millet made the most of her selection for the European Junior Championships in the 400m hurdles turning in two fantastic performances. Drawn in heat 1 in lane two it was a difficult task from the off. Never-the-less it was a determined young lady that set about tackling the 10 hurdles and with a fully committed run she sped round the track to record 5th place and a new PB of 59.69 seconds. It was a nail biting experience waiting for the remaining heats to be run to see if she had qualified for the semi-finals. This she did and it was preparation for the big one on the next day. It was an afternoon run and so the heat was considerably greater. As a fastest looser she was drawn in lane one in the second semi-final and giving it everything it was 7th place in another sub 60 effort recording 59.90 seconds. It was a very happy lady that made her exit from the championships in Rieti, Italy and sowed the seeds for greater things in the future.

Siobhan Takes Silver

The second weekend of the Woodies DIY National Juvenile championships in Tullamore saw Liz Brophy finish 7th in the hammer with 29.06m while it was 4th for Nicole Kehoe/Dowling with 29.21m in the javelin. Competing in her last juvenile event Siobhan Nash took silver in the girls U-19 3K walk in 16:10:35 a very satisfying feeling as she makes her entrance into junior and senior competition.

Round 7 of the League in Graiguecullen

Thanks to all who turned out in the JFSports Fit4Life league in Ballylinan where Colm Burke and Teresa Agar emerged victorious once again from a field of 142. Round 7 is scheduled for Graiguecullen this Wednesday 7th August with registration from 6.20pm in St. Fiacc’s house. All walkers, joggers and runners are welcome.

Development Events at the County Championships

Many congratulations to all those who turned out for the Laois County Development events held at St Abban’s AC track. It was good to see some new faces and plenty of parent support. Among those to feature were: Audrey Byrne, Sam Dowling, Farrell O’Reilly, Dean Malone, Niall Egan, Gerard Kelly, Aoibhinn McDonald, Dara Kelly, Orla Kelly, Eanna Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan and Orla Davis. Those to score among the senior group included:- Conor Daly, James Delaney, Eoin Kelly, Emma Daly, Maire Grifiths, Niamh Moore, Lauryn Kealy and Stephen Lawlor.

Season Best

Paul Byrne had a fine run when finishing 4th in the 400m hurdles in the Billy Morton International evening in Santry recording a season best of 52.85.

Camp Numbers Filling Up

The 12th Annual St Abban’s AC Summer Camp is currently in progress with good numbers taking part. Many thanks to oursponsors and the club members for taking it on board and making sure all goes well. Hope everyone has an enjoyableexperience and several new friends are made.

National Seniors A Great Success

The ‘Woodies’ DIY National Senior championships once again saw club members mix it with the cream of the country and emerge with several noteworthy performances. Brian Kelly recorded a season’s best in his heat of the 800m to qualify in 2nd place in 1-51.81 for the final. Alas in the final he ran out of gas in the back straight and came home tailed off. Eoghan Buggy ran sub 51 seconds again finishing 4th in his heat in the 400m. Emma Daly set a new club record of 44.49 metreswhen finishing 6th in the hammer.

Saragh Buggy was in excellent form going out to 11.77m in round 1 and 11.82m in round 2 for bronze in the triple jump. Alas a massive shower put paid to increasing her distance. Eoin Kelly was in good form also taking the silver with 14.52m in the men’s triple jump. Barry Pender once again underlined his class taking gold in the high jump with a 2.05 metreclearance, having cleared 2.12m during the week.

Nessa Millet ensured her final race of the season in the 400m hurdles would be one to remember. Starting steadily in lane 3 she moved up a gear around the half way mark and came home flying over the last 4 hurdles to finish a very close 3rd and a new Irish Junior Record for the 400m hurdles in 59.00 seconds. The previous holder of the record was Fiona Norwood of Kilkenny City Harriers set 16 years ago. Many congratulations to athletes and coaches on another excellent track and field season for the club.

St Michael’s

Donadea Forest 5k

Well done to John Fenlon who won the recent Donadea AC forest run recently. John took the lead from the start to win this well organised event.

Stump Jumpers Duathlon

Pippa Hackett was 3rd lady in the recent Stump Jumpers ARC duathlon. Pippa completed the 3k run, 20k cycle and 3k run to take 3rd place in the second year of this successful event. Well done all St Michaels members who took part in the duathlon event.

Adult Training Schedule

Senior Training takes place at Emo court every Tuesday at 7pm. John Fenlon leads the Tuesday training session. New members are always welcome.

Sunday Morning Run

The long run on Sunday morning continues at the scheduled time of 10am – Meeting at Lidil contact Wes - 085-1252352.

St Michaels AC Senior Club Contact Details

Website: e-mail:; Facebook: Search for “Michaels AC” send friend request; Contacts: Aidan Mullally Tel 087-6968844, Noel Coss Tel:087-9900840; Wes Reilly Tel: 085-1252352; Juvenile info: Mark Higgins 087-2431154.