Laois Athletics Digest (March 13)

Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District athletes in Geashill last Sunday, from left, Tom Dunne, Jean McEvoy, Ann Churchouse, James Hamm and Tony Reilly
Ballyfin AC

Ballyfin AC

Ballycotton 10

Ballyfin AC’s Mike McCarthy made the long trek to Ballycotton for the 36th running of the Annual 10 mile road race on Sunday 3rd March last. The conditions were almost perfect for this year’s race and more than 2,500 took part, to be exact there were 2,597 finishers. That is some field. With dry cool weather, the only thing people had to worry about was a slight breeze. Mike achieved a PB over the distance, running the 10 Miles in 71 minutes and hitting the 8 Mile mark in 58 minutes exactly. Well done to him.

Geashill 5k

A 5k Fun Run in Memory of Barry Lee was held in Geashill Village on Sunday 3rd March 2013 last. Proceeds went towards the Geashill Playground Fundraising Committee,

so all in a good cause. Three Ballyfin AC runners turned out with Ciaran Keenan continuing his run of good form coming home in fourth place, with John Paul Phelan in 11th place and Dino Bland in 13th position. Good running lads!

The Deadman’s Dash 7k Sunday 21st April

The Deadman’s Dash 7k will take place on Sunday 21st April 2013 at 12 Noon, starting and finishing outside the Deadmans Inn with Prizes for the first five senior Men and Women of €100, €80, €60, €40 and €20. There will also be a 1k kidsDASH at 11.15am prior to the main race, each child will receive a medal for taking part. Registration is €15

and can be done on the day from 10.00am in the Deadmans Inn or register online at, look for it under Events Calendar.

Registration for students will be €5, only on the day. The is also a €2 entry fee for the kidsDASH, only on the day. Refreshments and prize-giving will take place afterwards at the Deadman’s Inn including spot prizes for all taking part. AAI Permit Granted. Specific details on Ballyfin AC Facebook page.

Monday Nights - Indoor Training

Indoor Training takes place at the Ballyfin Community Hall every Monday from 6.30 to 7.30. There will be a cool ‘Little Athletics’ training programme for children aged 5-9. This age group has been identified as the FUNdamental stage in the long term physical development of the child, and the development of fundamental skills such as agility, co-ordination and balance will contribute greatly to future sporting achievements. Why not get along and give it a go! Contact Ger Goode on 083-1077421. Children from the age of 5 welcome, €2 per child and max €5 per family.

Friday nights – Indoor/Outdoor Training

Friday night training, for children over 8 years of age, takes place at the Treo Nua Community Centre in Portlaoise on Harpurs Lane (across from entrance to the Portlaoise Running Track) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. It consists of a mixture of indoor/outdoor training (weather dependent).

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 every Tuesday 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!

Get fit with the Ballyfin AC Ladies

Following on from our first Womens Team taking part in the Laois Cross Country Championship in Emo – we want to keep the momentum going! With the short evenings it can be difficult but why not contact Ger Goode on 083-1077421 and she can give out details on where the girls meet up. So why not get out and get up and running.

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.

Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District

Barry Mee Memorial 5k Road Race

On a cool but sunny afternoon our club had five representatives for the inaugural running of the Barry Lee memorial 5k road race in the picturesque county Offaly village of Geashill. Tony Reilly who was our first athlete home also took overall victory in the race in 16.30, James Hamm ran a PB for the distance clocking an excellent 17.11 to take sixth place overall with Thomas Dunne following close behind. The first of our ladies home was Ann Churchouse who crossed the finish line in just under 22 mins. Ann was closely followed by her great friend and training partner Jean McEvoy. We would like to congratulate Tony on what was a great win and indeed congrats to all our participants each of whom wore our Primrose and Blue with pride.

Munster Schools Indoor Games

The Munster Schools Indoor Games took place last Tuesday in Nenagh Co.Tipperary. Avril Deegan continued her upward progressiom in her first year of athletics when she finished a strong second in her heat of the Junior Girls 1200meters. There were 3 such heats with the overall winner being the fastest timed runner from all the heats. Avril’s time

in her heat was good enough to place her fifth overall Junior Girl in munster. Avril also competed in the Junior Girls 600m finishig third in her heat in the excellent time of 1.54. Avril was representing her school the Presentation Convent Thurles and the club congratulates her on her great performances.


There is training in Cullahill GAA Grounds at 7pm each Monday evening. There will be a group run in Ballyroan beginning at the Church each Monday evening at 7.30pm. This is a easy run with the emphasis on a relaxed pace that would suit runners of all abilities. Anybody with an interest in Running is welcome to attend. We would love to see you there. There is training each Tuesday evening at 7.30pm at Ballyroan GAA grounds. Anybody with an interest in athletics/general fitness regardless of age or experience is most welcome. All levels of fitness are catered for. We would encourage and welcome parents especially to bring their children and maybe even participate with them in becoming fit for life. For any further information regarding training times/locations please contact either Grace at 085 7542078 or Martin at 087 2068969. You can follow us on Facebook at BallyroanAbbeyleix Athletics Club.


Streets of Portlaoise 5k

Entries are flowing in for the annual Streets of Portlaoise 5k (incorporating a Juvenile 1k at 11am) in association with The Heritage Health and Fitness Club on Sunday 17th March. This year promises to be our biggest yet, with the seasoned runners joined by dozens of ‘Couch to 5k’ runners ready to embark on their first road race. Advance registration online at Registration on the day is from 9-11am at the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise. (Changing Facilities/Refreshments and Prize giving in the hotel after the race). The race will start at Main Street Portlaoise commencing at 11.30am. There will be Chip Timing. Prizes for first five Senior men and women (€200, €150, €130, €115, €100).Top Master in the following Categories, M40, M45, M50, W35, W40, W45. €50.There will be €100 bonus for breaking the Course records: Men 14.52, Women 17.00.There will also be prizes in underage categories.

Couch to 5k

The couch to 5k programme which has been running since January draws to a close this evening. Congratulations to all of you who made the tough decision to leave the couch and set a goal of running 5k next weekend. The improvements have been amazing and it’s wonderful to see so many people sticking with the programme. We wish everyone taking part the best of luck. Information will be posted on Portlaoise AC facebook page and StreetsofPortlaoise facebook page. A huge thank you to all the coaches and helpers who gave their time voluntarily. Now that the couch to 5k has concluded we would encourage people to join the “meet and train” group and keep up the healthy pastime.

Ballycotton 10 Mile Road Race

Paula and Sharon Grant travelled to Cork for the 36th Ballycotton 10 mile road race. In what was their first road race of the season both had excellent runs. 2597 people completed the race. Paula covered the 10 miles in 1:05:40 to finished in 247th place overall and was 18th female. Sharon was 292nd overall and 21st female in a time of 1:06:53.


Seniors - Tuesday and Thursday 7pm at track. Saturday in Oakvale, meet at 10.45, run at 11.00. Sunday in Emo, Meet at 10.15, run at 10.30 sharp. Juveniles - Tuesday and Thursday 7pm at track for sprints, long jump, hurdles, distance. Sunday 10.15am at Emo for 11yrs+. Throws: Shot Putt 6pm, Tuesdays at track. Hammer, Discus: Sundays 11 am St Fintan’s field.

St Abban’s

Saragh Scores in Scotland

The numbers representing the club in the Scottish championships were down considerably on the past few years due no doubt to the large number preparing for the leaving certificate. Those that travelled enjoyed themselves and were loud in their praise of the fantastic new indoor arena in Glasgow. Eoghan Buggy was very close to his personal best when finishing fourth in his heat in the 400m in a time of 52.37 seconds. This should put him in the right frame for the Leinster championships this coming weekend. Conor Daly took the silver in the junior men triple jump with a hop, step and jump of 13.08 metres, a mere six centimeters behind the winner. Saragh Buggy made a welcome return to competition after missing the indoor season due to injury. While not fully recovered she put in an excellent performance to retain her Scottish junior title for the triple jump with an 11.62m performance. While it is the completion of the indoor season hopefully she can build on this and progress further with the outdoor season less than two months away.

Senior Road

The county senior men and women road championships will be hosted by St Abban’s AC on the Turra triangle on Sunday 24th March commencing with the women at 12 o’clock.

M3 goes to 8k

Laois Sports Partnership have once again kindly come on board to sponsor the M3 Women’s mini marathon which will be held over the Monavea, Garrendenny, Killeen, Crettyard, Mayo and Monavea circuit, a distance of 8k on Sunday the 26th May at 1 o’clock. It would be especially nice to see those that are taking up an active hobby such

as walking joining up with some ‘BUDDIES’ and coming along and getting involved in the 10 weeks preparation programme. Sessions are held on the track almost every evening to satisfy all requirements. All local areas are welcome to join us on the day. Prizes to the top 10, with special t-shirts to the first 200 entries and numerous spot prizes spread throughout the field. Make it a day toremember by signing up asap.

St Michael’s

Paris Half Marathon

Congratulations to Sinead Eacrett who competed in the Paris half Marathon recently and put in an excellent performance through the streets of Paris in the St Michael’s colours. In fine weather conditions Sinead achieved a new PB over the Half Marathon distance. Well done Sinead.

Good Friday 5k

The St Michael’s AC Good Friday run will be held at the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort Killenard on 29th of March. The fun run starts at 6:30pm and is AAI approved. Entry only €10. Great spot prizes with cash for first Man and Woman.

Geashill 5k

Well done to Pippa Hackett, Mark Hackett, Caroline O’Dea and Michelle Madden who competed in the recent 5k run in Geashill Offaly.

Training Schedule

Senior Training takes place every Tuesday in McCann park Portarlington at 7pm. Tuesday evening session is €2. John Fenlon leads the Tuesday training session. Sunday morning

New Members welcome

New members are always welcome to St Michael’s AC senior club, for details of senior training contact Aidan at 087-6968844. All levels of fitness catered for.

Sunday Morning Run

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

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; Juvenile info: Mark Higgins 087-2431154.