Thursday, March 31, 2011

Schools International Cross Country

Deirdre Healy did the club and her school proud when finishing 18th overall in the junior girls school international cross country race held in Greenmount College, Antrim, on 26th March.
She was the 4th Irishwomen home and the team finished second to England.
Many congratulations Deirdre!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Race reports - Kildalkey and Dunboyne

The Kildalkey 5 mile race was hosted by Fr Murphy's AC on St Patrick's day. It was good weather for it and there was a good turnout. It was a pretty flat course, some of which winded through the local bog on a trail and the last couple of hundred metres went through a housing estate to finish at the community centre. There were 178 finishers and I got an official time of 38:42. I was having stomach issues due to eating lunch a bit late so could have done a lot better. The refreshments afterwards were great and plenty of them. Everyone who registered also got a free high viz vest, much needed on our dark path-less roads! The winner completed the course in just over 26 minutes!

Just yesterday (27th), Dunboyne AC held their 42nd annual 4 mile road race in great weather. Over 750 had registered and more turned up at the last minute to make the numbers swell to just over 1,000 - a record turnout. The course wound through Dunboyne village, out the Maynooth road, back in along Summerhill Road, through the village and some housing estates and back along the Navan Road, (a figure of 8 course) to the finish line. The crowds were a big help cheering us on and with chip timing, goodie bags and t-shirts we got great value for money. My time (unofficially) was 38:42, but bear in mind I was pushing a buggy with two kids in it weighing a total of about 53kg! The lucky kids got to sleep while I was doing all the work! The winner - a member of Clonliffe Harrriers - finished in just over 18 minutes, over 20 seconds ahead of the second placed runner!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Death of the Father of Head Coach Gerry Finnegan Update

It is with deep regret that we write this notice to inform you of the death on Friday 25th March of Donald (Danny) Finnegan, Father of Head Coach Gerry Finnegan. All Training is cancelled this Sunday and Tuesday 29th March as a mark of respect.

Funeral Arrangements.
Removal Monday morning from the Kirwan Funeral Home, Ballygall Road West to St. Canice's Church, Finglas Village arriving 9.50am. for 10 o'c. Mass.
Funeral afterwards to Mulhuddart Cemetery. May He Rest In Peace.

Link to map of St Canice's Church

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Meath Community Games cross country results

Hi all,
Here are the results of the Community Games Cross country events which were held a couple of days ago in Ballinacree, Co. Meath.
A big thank you to St. Bridgets Athlectic Club for hosting the event.

Girls Under 8
1.Erin Farrell, Enfield
2. Ciara Keegan Flynn, Boardsmill
3. Claudia Durkan, Boardsmill
4. Aimee Doherty, Ratoath
5. Nora Clarke, Killyon
6. Emma Halpin, Oldcastle

Boys Under 8
1. Ciaran McLoughlin, Boardsmill
2. Mark Horan, Kilmessan
3. Ivan Clarke, Oldcastle
4. Brian Hoey, Clonard
5. Joshua Shields, Oldcastle
6. Riain Mulvaney, Oldcastle

Girls Under 9
1. Hannah Rooney, Drumconrath
2. Meadbh Byrne, Dunshaughlin
3. Amelia Williams, Boardsmill
4. Sophie Walsh, Boardsmill
5. Caoimhe O'Farrell, Ratoath
6. Hannah Shields, Oldcastle

Boys Under 9
1. Leo Anderson, Athboy
2. Aidan Gill, Enfield
3. Luke Horan, Kilmessan
4. Dylan Swan, Kilmessan
5. Tadhg Cotter, Boardsmill
6. Joe Larkin, Dunshaughlin

Girls Under 10
1. Jane Larkin, Dunshaughlin
2. Ciara Foley, Killyon
3. Lisa Naughton, Rathkenny
4. Annie Rose Curran, Oldcastle
5. Emer Clarke, Enfield
6. Rachel Doherty, Ratoath

Boys Under 10
1. Conall Bird, Boardsmill
2. Sean O'Connor, Dunshaughlin
3. Oran Mulvaney, Oldcastle
4. Oisin OFarrell, Ratoath
5. Shane Clarke, Killyon
6. Christopher Clarke, Enfield

Girls Under 12
1. Sarah Clarke, Enfield
2. Amy Clarke, Killyon
Joint 3rd Molly Fitzgerald, Kells & Sarah Daly, Clonard.
5. Emma Neary, Summerhill
6. Olivia Flanagan, Dunshaughlin

Boys Under 12
1. Paddy Maher, Dunshaughlin
2. Evan Butler, Dunshaughlin
3. Niall Smullen, Clonard
4. Robert O'Donnell
5. Luke O'Hagen
5. Rory Gordon, Boardsmill

Girls Under 13
1. Rose Finnegan, Carnaross
2. Ellen Rooney, Drumconrath
3. Aoife Flanagan, Drumconrath
4. Emer Delaney, Oldcastle

Boys Under 13
1. Conor Leech, Clonard
2. Eric Casserley, Dunshaughlin
3. Adam Kealy, Dunshaughlin
4. Peter Kilgannon, Ratoath
5. Ciaran Leech, Clonard
6. Niall Durkan, Ratoath

Girls Under 14
1. Florence Smith, Oldcastle
2. Ciara Lawless, Oldcastle
3. Hayley Halpin, Drumconrath

Boys Under 14
1. Ben Clarke, Killyon
2. Ciaran McCarthy, Ratoath
3. Sam Butler, Dunshaughlin
4. Mark Daly, Clonard
5. Aenghus Clarke, Enfield
6. Ivan Mather, Ratoath

Boys Under 16
1. Gavin Maher, Dunshaughlin
2. Ross Hunter, Ratoath

Girls Under 16
1.Laura Heneghan, Enfield
2. Ciara Heneghan, Enfield
3. Catherine Rooney, Drumconrath.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Training as Usual

Hi All,
Training as usual tonight 6:55pm-7:50pm for the Little Athletics in the Hall, Under 10's, 11's, 12's, and 13's from 7-8pm and under 14's and older from 7:30-8:30. Fit4Life from 8-9pm.
We'll use the Teamer texts for changes to the schedule and Competition Notification.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dunboyne 4 miler - March 27th

Hi all,
Don't forget about the Dunboyne 4 mile race/fun run on Sunday March 27th. Enter online now for €15 including a free t-shirt and goodie bag for all finishers. You can also register on the day, but it goes up to €20 then.
See you there!

Monday, March 14, 2011

All Ireland Junior Girls Schools Championships

Deirdre (Ratoath AC No.81) who finished 7th in the All Ireland junior girls schools championship over the weekend and in doing so wins her first Irish International singlet for the upcoming schools international in Antrim
on 26th March.

Many congratulations from us all!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Meath Community Games Cross Country Trials

Hi Everyone,
For any athletes competing in Community Games, please see the below link to Google Map giving directions from Loughcrew (where previous Meath Community Games Cross Country Trials were held) down to St Brigid's GFC and Athletic Club Grounds, Ballinacree where this year's Meath Community Games Cross Country Trials will be held.
Please also & note start time is 11am on Sunday the 20th of March 2011.

Click here for the map

We will be meeting at Jamestown track Sun 20th March at 09:30am to travel in convoy to race.
First race due to start at 11am.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Successful and Enjoyable Cross Country Relays

Ratoath AC had a great turnout at this running of the 2010 Meath Cross Country Championships. We had 7 teams of 4 who all ran their very best for their Team and the Club and we as coaches are very proud of them all.
We medaled in the U12 Girls and the U16 boys with the girls winning Silver and the boys Bronze, and congratulations to them for some fine running.
For the other teams most of which came just outside the medals in very strong competition it was a day which they all enjoyed as they pushed themselves to their limits in overcoming the challenges of the 500m course.
Coach Susan Marron decided on the morning to enter the ladies race and ran well over the 3km hilly course, fair play to her.
Above is a picture of the U10 Boys and Girls more pictures from the day to follow.
For those who have want to keep going with the Cross Country running this is a reminder about the Meath Community Games Cross Country Trials which are on on the 20th March in Oldcastle Co.Meath. Details of which are in a post below this one, go check it out...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Meath Cross Country Regulations


Any appeals, accompanied by a fee of €20.00 (refundable in the case of a successful appeal) must be  submitted in writing within 20 minutes of the finish of the race to which they refer. Only Officers of the Club concerned may submit appeals.

All appeals will be dealt with on the day. The ruling of the Appeals Committee shall be final.

The Appeals Committee shall, in the first instance, be composed of the County Chairman, the County Secretary and the County Competition Secretary. In the case of a conflict of interest on any particular matter an alternate shall replace the conflicted member for the determination of that issue. The alternate shall be either Martin J. Heery or Paddy Mangan, as appropriate. In the event that any member of first instance is unavailable on the day of competition they shall be substituted by the Vice County Chairman, the County Treasurer or the County Registrar, as appropriate.


Juvenile athletes shall compete in their own age groups. Juvenile athletes may move up one age group to compete, except that juvenile athletes may not move up an age group in order to compete in Under 9 competition.

All juvenile teams shall comprise of a minimum of 4 scoring members in competition up to and including Under 14. In juvenile competition from Under 15 to Under 19 then teams shall comprise a minimum of 3 scoring athletes. Where there are less than 3 such scoring teams in a competition then the best scoring groupings of a lesser number of athletes may be awarded championship placings and medals.

In juvenile competition the first twelve finishing athletes in each competition shall qualify by right for the Meath county team in Leinster Cross Country Inter-County competition. A further 3 places on the Meath county team may be filled by athletes who, while not competing on the day, would, in the opinion of the juvenile selectors, be an asset to the overall team. If no such athletes exist then those athletes placing 13th, 14th and 15th in the Meath Cross Country Championships may be allocated places on the county team if sufficient places are available.

In the event of a county team qualifying for the National Cross Country Competition then the first ten finishing county athletes, whether on the county team or not, shall qualify by right for the Meath county team in National Cross Country Inter-County Competition.


Minimum age of athlete to be eligible: Under 17

Maximum age of athlete to be eligible: Under 20

Team Competition

Men’s and Women’s Competitions, teams of 3 scoring members.


Minimum age of athlete to be eligible: 18 yrs of age in the year of competition

Team competition

An athlete may only score on one team (Novice, Overall Masters or Over 50 Masters). A Masters athlete competing on a Novice team must be so declared in advance.

In Men’s Competition, teams of 4 scoring members.

In Women’s Competition, teams of 3 scoring members.


Minimum Age of athlete to be eligible: 20yrs of age in the year of competition

Team competition

In Men’s Competition, teams of 4 scoring members.

In Women’s Competition, teams of 3 scoring members.


Minimum age of athlete to be eligible: 16yrs of age in the year of competition

Team competition

Men’s Competition

Clubs can designate, before competing, whether they are in "A" or "B" event. "A" event, 4 to count, "B" event, 3 to count. No limit on number of runners competing.

In absence of declaration then Club designated as "A".

A Club may only compete in either ‘A’ or ‘B’, not both.

Women’s Competition

Teams of 3 scoring members.


Minimum age of athlete to be eligible: Over the age of 40 on the day of competition

Team competition

Men’s Competition

An athlete may only score on one team (Novice, Overall Masters or Over 50 Masters)

Overall Masters Competition

Minimum age of athlete to be eligible: Any eligible Master may score.

Teams of 4 scoring members.

Over 50 Masters Competition

Minimum age of athlete to be eligible: Over the age of 50 on the day of competition

Teams of 4 scoring members.