Sunday, December 25, 2011

Goal Mile Run in Fairyhouse

Lovely run in Fairyhouse this morning with an out 1/2 mile and back route on the ambulance road within the perimeter of the race track. Strong headwind for the first half made for pushing too hard on the return with the wind. Wish I hadn't eaten breakfast before the run :)
Special thanks to Declan Fahy and Co for getting out there on Christmas morning to make it all happen.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Goal Mile Christmas Day Fairyhouse Racecourse from 10-11am

There will be a Goal Mile run on in Fairyhouse Racecourse organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership this Christmas Day between 10 and 11am.

Please support this local event for a very worthy cause. If you collected money last year for the club goal mile which had to be cancelled due weather please bring it along with you to Fairyhouse this Christmas Day.

Hope to see loads from the club down there.

Happy Christmas

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Only training for fit4life group at 7:30 and a trial for U14 Boys for Leinster

All as the title says.

For everyone else Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year from all the committee in Ratoath Athletic Club.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Meath Cross Country Juvenile Relays Report

Ratoath had a great turnout at today's Cross Country Relays with 9 teams of 4 turning out to compete. 2 U10 girls teams, 1 u10 boys, 1 U12 Girls team, 2 U12 Boys Teams, 2 U14 boys and 1 U16 boys Team.
All the runners gave it all they had and did themselves and Ratoath AC proud.
We had 4 teams medaling, one of our U10 Girls teams and our U16 boys winning Bronze, our U10 boys team claimed Silver and 4 very strong runs from one of our under 14 boys teams winning Gold.
Well done to all the competitors and to Dunboyne AC for a very well organised event with the juvenile races starting just after 12 and all races finished by 1:10pm.

Meath Cross Country in Dunboyne Sun 18th Dec,-6.456444%20%28Dunboyne%20Road,%20Meath,%20Ireland%29

Above is a link to the entrance to the cross country course Well signposted from entrances into Dunboyne on the Clonee road out of Dunboyne.
Quickest route from Ratoath is via Fairyhouse Rd 1st exit at the 1st roundabout 1st exit at the 2nd roundabout towards Clonee then exit for Dunboyne at the 3rd roundabout and the course is on the left beside Clonee Sawmills.
Course looks flat and fast but with quite long grass with a narrow bridge that has to be crossed twice in the Senior Race.

Should be a great day for the Racing.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Operation Transformation is coming to Meath…

And is looking for YOU!

Meath Local Sports Partnership and the ISC have linked up with RTE’s Operation Transformation Programme to transform the masses.

Why not join us on Saturday 14th January 2012 at Trim Castle at 12pm. The walk will follow the 3.7km Trim Slí na Sláinte route.

We welcome all ages and abilities along on the day and particularly would like to see families getting involved. The event is ideal for beginners to come out and give it a go. Why not make a day of it and remember no matter what age you are it is never too late to start exercising.

Slí na Sláinte, means "Path to Health", so get your New Year’s Resolution moving on the right path by starting your own “physical activity transformation”!

Click on the title above for a link to the MLSP website

Monday, December 12, 2011

All Ireland results

All Ireland 11 Dec - Curragh

Deirdre Healy    12th Girls u 15 / Leinster Team 2nd

Aine O Connor    52nd girls u 13 / Meath Team 1st

Alex Hunter    68th boys u 13

Philip Marron    63rd boys u 15

Congratulations to all our athletes who competed in the All Ireland cross country even age championships yesterday at the Curragh. Aine O Connor was a member of the Meath team that won the all Ireland inter county title while Deirdre Healy won silver with Leinster in the team provincial championship.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

200m race night Review

Great effort put in by everyone at tonight's race night. The bitter wind and rain showers did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of our young athletes. We'll hopefully get some photos up from the night soon. Thank you to all the parents and coaches who helped out on the night.

Monday, December 5, 2011

200m Races for U9,U10,U11,U12,U13,U15,U18

We are going to have 200m sprint race night, tomorrow Tues 6th Dec. First race starts at 7:10 but be there early to warm up properly. Please ensure all athletes have warm layers, coats, hats and gloves as they'll be only running 1 race and then watching the rest.

The U9's can meet at the gym before jogging to the track to run their races then they will return to the gym to Graduate from the Little Athletics.
Helpers will be required from the parents, please turn up at 6:45 to get a job :)

This event is to both give the athletes a chance to run a fast 200m as they have been practicing, so as to get a pb (personal best) for the distance. Also we'll be using the races to help us pick teams for the cross country relays on Sunday 18th Dec.
Note this is the final night for the Little Athletics for this year but not for the outdoor athletes.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Club Gear Contact

With considerable thanks from all the committee Eileen Doherty has volunteered to become our club gear contact. We have a link to an order form which you will be able to print out and give to Eileen with payment for clubwear. Last orders for this year will be on the 5th Dec and for 2012 orders will be made on the 15th of each month and any order not in and payed for prior to the 15th will have to wait until the bulk order is put in on the 15th of the following month with no exceptions. This is to reduce the level of admin on Eileen. To try gear out for size Vinny has his shop open in Ratoath GAA on Sat Mornings between 10 and 12.
Eileen can be contacted on and 0872887217. Please let your friends and club-mates know about this info so that they can get their order in on time. Thank you for your support.

Leinster and Dublin U13-U15 Squad Sessions

This is an exciting development from Athletics Ireland for all Under 13 and Under 15 (born 1999,98,97) AAI Registered Athletes in Dublin and Leinster which is open to any young person in this age group and is to help young athletes develop an overall feeling for athletics. Starting 10th Dec from 9:30-12:15 Bart Rogers development officer says "we believe it is important to give athletes the knowledge needed to compete in all events and we hope some of these athletes may undertake multi-events as the way forward in athletics under Kieran Stout who is the Multi-events Coordinator." Details of the Dates and Times below. If you need further info please contact Bart Tel;0872696577
E mail:

AAI Regional Development Squad u13-u15
Overall Structure:
For all AAI registered club/school athletes u13 (1999)-u15 (1997) in 2011 ages
- Day 1 (Testing Day & Guest Speaker)
- Day 2 (Speed & Throws)
- Day 3 (Jumps & Endurance/Walks)
- Day 4 (Speed, Throws, Jumps, Endurance)
- Day 5 (Testing Day & Guest Speaker)

- Saturday December 10th Morton Stadium, Santry
- Saturday February 4th Morton Stadium, Santry
- Saturday March 3rd Morton Stadium, Santry
- Saturday March 31st Morton Stadium, Santry
- Saturday April 21st Morton Stadium, Santry

Daily Timetable 1:
- 9.30am Registration
- 10am Introduction Talk (Plan for all 5 sessions, introduction of coaches)
- 10.15am Dynamic Warm Up
- 10.45am Start of testing (Standing LJ, 30m sprint, Med Ball Overhead, 800m Test, Vertical Jump, Med Ball Chest Pass, Sit & Reach)
- 12.00-12.15pm Guest Speaker
- 12.15pm Finish

Daily Timetable 2:
- 9.30am Registration
- 10am Dynamic Warm Up
- 10.30am (Group A- Speed and Group B- Throws)
- 11.15am (Group B- Speed and Group A- Throws)
- 12.00-12.15pm Finish

Daily Timetable 3:
- 9.30am Registration
- 10am Dynamic Warm Up
- 10.30am (Group A- Jumps and Group B- Endurance)
- 11.15am (Group B- Jumps and Group A- Endurance)
- 12.00-12.15pm Finish

Daily Timetable 4:
- 9.30am Registration
- 10am Dynamic Warm Up
- 10.30am (Group A- Jumps, Group B- Endurance, Group C- Throws, Group D- Speed)
- 12.00-12.15pm Finish

Daily Timetable 5:
- 9.30am Registration
- 10am Introduction Talk (Plan for all 5 sessions, introduction of coaches)
- 10.15am Dynamic Warm Up
- 10.45am Start of testing (As per day 1)
- 12.00 Guest Speaker
- 12.15pm Finish

- There will be an experienced Head Coach for each event with support from some assistant coaches and personal coaches. Personal coaches and any coaches in Leinster & Dublin coaching young athletes aged u13-u15 are very welcome to attend all sessions and sit in and ask questions etc.

Entry Guidelines:
- Open to all AAI registered club/school athletes aged u13 (1999)-u15 (1997) in 2011 ages, NO younger!!!

Application Process:
- Simply come along on the day and pay €5 per session