Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Free barefoot running clinic

There's a free barefoot/minimalist running clinic being held in five locations around the country in October. The Dublin one will be on the 14th at 8pm in ALSSA.
Registration is required, experience isn't. I'll be there myself.

More info here

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dublin Half Marathon

I had been looking forward to this race for months. Although I had also done the 8k (5mile) and 16k (10mile) races in the previous two months in the same park, I wasn't used to those distances. The HM distance seems to be (currently) where it's at for my racing, so I find pacing a bit easier.
So I did my final run of just 40mins on Thursday, but took it pretty easy. On Friday I did a bit of walking, but no gym and no running.
Saturday morning had me up at 7am to get breakfast in so it would settle in time. I had a gel about 15mins before the start and made my way to the wave 2 pen. Wave 1 was for sub 100mins, too ambitious for me yet! My PB was 1:50:04 and I was hoping for 1:48 or so, but at the last minute, I decided to aim for 1:45!!

The elites took off, and a couple of mins later wave 1 went. Then we moved up and I was chatting to the 1:50 pacers and Siobheal, who I bumped into. In no time at all we were off and the 1:50 pacers were ahead of me! In the crowd (a total of over 8,000) it was tricky for the first couple of KM, but I caught up to my target pace pretty soon and pulled away from the 1:50 crowd. I decided to try and keep my pace pretty constant and it was feeling good. We were doing two loops of Pheonix Park and as we came up the hill to Chesterfield Ave around the 8k mark I started to run low on energy so I took a gel with water. In 10mins or so I was feeling ok again so I picked up the pace.
Most of the race went fine and I stuck to my pace but at about the 15k mark my right hamstring started to complain (an intermittent issue). It was so bad that I had to take a walk break for a bit and took in some water. Just then, a woman I had been talking to earlier was passing and told me to "get back running" - in a friendly way. I started running again and couldn't keep the pace I had been at, but ran as hard as I could. With the final hill I slowed a bit (as most of us did) and put on a spurt for the final 600m or so. Crossing the line I was limping, but very happy with my 1:45:30 time, woohoo!
I got my goodie bag, water and bananas and chatted to a couple of people before walking back to the car. I would normally have jogged, but I couldn't.
A well organized race and we got lucky with ideal racing conditions on the day.
Looking forward to the Dublin Marathon now!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Star of the Sea AC Annual Cross Country Meeting

Greenanstown, Stamullen, Co. Meath
September 25th
Note: Venue will be signposted from Duleek to Julianstown road and from Stamullen village.
Juvenile programme commences at 11am
GIRLS                                                 BOYS
RACE 1: U9 500M                             RACE 2: U9 500M
RACE 3: U10 800M                           RACE 4: U10 800M
RACE 5: U11 1500M                         RACE 6: U11 1500M
RACE 7: U12 2,000M                        RACE 8: U12 2,000M
RACE 9: U13 2,500M                        RACE 10: U13 2,500M
RACE 11: U14 3,000M                      RACE 12: U14 3,000M
RACE 13: U15 3,500M                      RACE 14: U15 3,500M
RACE 15: U17 4,000M                      RACE 16: U17 5,000M

Junior, senior and masters programme commences at 12:45pm
Womens: Junior, senior and masters (M1, M2, M3) 4,000m
Mens: Junior, senior and masters (M1, M2, M3) 6,000m
PLEASE NOTE: Registration for junior, senior and masters races on the day –

3 per team for all juvenile races
Junior and senior teams can contain any combination of junior and senior atheletes – 3 per team.
Masters teams can contain any combination of atheletes of M1, M2 and M3 – 3 per team.
Junior races are under 20 years of age.
All ages as at 31st December 2011
Prizes for 1st 6 Juveniles and 1st 3 teams
Cash prizes for 1st 3 junior, senior and masters.
Prizes for 1st 3 masters in M1, M2, M3.
Masters ladies - over 35 and Masters men - over 40.
Team managers to hand in score cards within 10mins of finish of each race.
Sean Higgins Memorial Perpetual Trophy presented to the winner of the boys U17 race.
Star of the Sea A.C. Shield presented to the best juvenile club.
Paula Dunne 041 9835745 or
Brendan Meade 087-2533113
Or Email: starofthesea.athleticclub@gmail.com
Or check us on facebook: Star Of The Sea Athletic Club

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Navan Track and Field Roundup

We had 12 athletes competing today in the Navan Open Sports on a very pleasant September afternoon.

Amy Doherty, Grace Mahon, Lily Murray, Sorcha Brady, Ciara Coffey, Tom Kilgannon, Kevin DatConway, Shauna Coffey, Kritsada Cooke, Fergal Kilgannon, Tomás Brady, Peter Kilgannon and Peter Doherty all did their club proud.

Tom Kilgannon with 2 Golds in the 60m and Ball Throw, older brother Peter receiving 2 Silvers in the 100m and 200m and coach Peter Doherty winning the Senior Gold in the 100m were our medalists today and a big well done to them from all of us.

A big thanks to Navan AC for successfully organising the event.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Navan Track and Field 18th Sept 2011

Hi All,
The details of the various events for the different ages are all posted below on the 31st August. For the relays we'll see who we have on the day to run and hopefully we'll get more than one team per age group entered. We'll meet at the track at 11:00am on Sunday to make our way in convoy and get there in good time. Bring a packed lunch, warm clothes/rain mack and hat to make sure everyone is good and warm at all times. These open events are good fun with plenty of races/jumping and throwing to keep everyone occupied while waiting for their turn to arrive. Please reply to the teamer texts/emails so that we have a good idea who's going to be there.
Thank you

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tues 13th Sept General Info

Remember there are no Toilets at the Little Athletics so make sure your little ones have gonebefore they arrive at the training. We will be going inside on Tues 27th Sept.

For those Club Members who couldn't make it to the Club Championships last May and so didn't collect their club medal, Peter will have them for you this evening down at the track after training.

Last Track and Field event next Sun 18th Sep in Navan. Details below and please reply to the teamer texts when they are sent out.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Track Athletics and Fit4life still on assuming the very heavy rain holds off ;)

Little Athletics Cancelled tonight due Waterlogged Pitch behind College

Little Athletics is cancelled tonight for the Under6/7/8/9's. If some of the under 9's (Born 2003)are interested in Cross Country then they can come to the track athletics and join in.
We normally do not have access to the PE hall until Oct but we'll be making enquiries to see if we can get it a bit earlier.
Sorry to disappoint