Monday, January 30, 2012

Little Athletics training

Little Athletics back tomorrow Tuesday 31st January for one week only.
Ratoath College Hall 6.15pm - 7.00pm: athletes born 2007 & 2006
7.00pm - 7.45pm: athletes born 2005 & 2004
Due to unavailability of hall there will be no training for little athletics Tuesday 7th or 14th February.
Training will resume in full Tuesday 21st February.

Training times update

Ratoath College Hall 6.15pm - 7.00pm: athletes born 2007 & 2006
7.00pm - 7.45pm: athletes born 2005 & 2004

Track 6.30pm - 7.30pm: athletes born 2004, 2003, 2002
7.30pm - 8.30pm: athletes born 2001, 2000

There is a cross over in training for athletes born 2004. These athletes have the option to either train in the hall or on the track depending on the individual and parents wishes. If athletes wish to participate in competition this year it will be more beneficial to train on the track and they can prepare properly for competition. Parents must decide and let us know by 31st January if their children are opting to train in the hall or on the track as we need to allocate coaches as required and free up spaces for new children to join little athletics in the hall.

(Siblings Only) Due to the change in training times, parents may choose one of the training times for all of their children to train in, at the same time. Children may not change out of their correct age group to be in a different group because of their friends etc. This option is for siblings only. (note: please ensure your child is capable and suited to the time slot you choose).
Children born in or after the year 2005 are not accepted for training on the track unless their parent is actively involved in coaching on the track.

Leinster Indoors

Our own coach Peter Doherty had a good day winning the Masters M1, 60m, 200m and 400m. He also got a PB in the 60m of 7.6s and 400m in 55.9s. There was a huge crowd there due to the Juvenile relays (U12 to U19), and this made for a great atmosphere, we should definitely target this event next year for our juvenile members.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cushinstown AC indoors

We had 15 athletes in Cushinstown yesterday. The full results were as follows: Kevin Dat Conway 3rd in long jump and 30m u11, Orla Byrne 3rd in Long Jump and 2nd in 30m u11, Aine Foster 3rd in 30m u11, Aimee Doherty 1st in 30m u9, Pierse Butler 2nd u14 60m, Cormac Butler 3rd in u14 long jump, Conor Sheeran 3rd in 30m u13. Some new faces were there which was great to see - all enjoyed the day.

Mickey Ruben coaching course

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be able to take part in this one day coaching course. Mickey Ruben is Usain Bolt's Strength and Conditioning coach and is also a Physio in his own right and used to compete in Decathlons.
There were about 70 people there, mainly coaches and runners, but also some footballers and martial artists.
The day started with core exercises. This is a pic of one that was recommended. The athlete is holding two dumbbells (weight not important) and the arms kept wide while staying in that position for 20-30secs.
Next we moved on to get a demonstration of the "jack-knife" abs workout - looked tough!
Then we moved on to mobility work, and used some hurdles. The volunteers had to hold the hurdle with both hands and make their way over each one in turn. It's all about getting the hips in the air - which in turn helps with sprints.
This is an "action shot" of the same hip movement applied to sprint starts:
After lunch (which was included in the price), we moved outside to the all weather track for some fine tuning of sprint starts and setting up in the blocks (no pics I'm afraid). Then it was back inside for discussions on warmups, cool downs, shot putt, javelin and a Q & A session.
It was a really packed and worthwhile course and one I'd highly recommend. Many thanks to Carlow AC for hosting the event!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Little Athletics Training Tues Afternoons on the track.

Due to the unavailability of the hall for the next few weeks Siobheal has arranged training for the little athletics on Tues afternoons 4-4:45pm at the track. This is for the under 6,7,8's and the u9's who aren't ready for the evening track session. Note due to their ages a parent or guardian needs to be present. Thank you

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fit4Life Training Times

Training Times (Provisional) for the Fit4Life group
Monday Morning 10-11am
Tues Night 8:15pm for Warm up Training 8:30-9:15pm

Track available for members use
Wed night at 8pm-9pm Dunshaughlin train here at this time and is a good session for the faster athlete
Thurs Night 8pm-9pm
Fri Night 7:15pm-8pm

Training Returns tonight for U9 born 2004 and older with New Training Times

Training Tonight for U9, U10, & U11 born 2004,2003,2002 at 6:30 to 7:30pm NOTE NEW TIME
Training for U12+ Born 2001,2000.... at 7:30-8:30pm NOTE NEW TIME
Be there in good time to get checked in as quickly as possible.

We have still not got a return date from the college for the indoor Little Athletics Training U6,U7,U8 born 2007,2006,2005. We have been told that we'll get a date at the end of this week and we'll let you know.

I'll be sending out teamer texts to everyone on our lists from last year. This has not yet been updated for our new members as I'm still waiting for the Athletics Ireland details to be updated. If you are not returning please send me an email so that I can for up space for new members.
Thank you

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cushinstown Sports on Next Sun 22nd Jan

Have just gotten info regarding the Cushinstown AC Indoor Sports that is on this Sun 22nd Jan. The field events Longjump, Highjump, Shotputt start at 11 with 30m and 60m sprints at 1pm. Full details on their new site.

I'm reliably informed that this is a really nice introduction to competitions and as it is indoors all the better.
Bring warm clothing though, hat and gloves at it does get cold in there :).

Feb 26 - Meath Community Games Cross Country:

Cross Country Event for the Meath Community Games is in Ballinacrea besides St. Bridgets' GAA Club in Oldcastle on Sunday Feb 26th at 11am. Register on the day and the entry fee is €2 per athlete. Anyone who wishes to take part to be there by 10:30 latest. Competitors must be under-age on 31st July 2011, eg. under 8 Competition - Competitors must not have reached their 8th birthday on or before July 31st 2011. Note: Under 8, 9, 10 & 16 are County Competitions only and winners do not go forward to Athlone.
Events are for under 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16.
Events for Under 8, 9, 10 are 500m (County Competition only).
Event for under 12 is 500m and the first 6 (4 plus next 2 as subs) will qualify as a Relay Team for Athlone.
Event for Under 13 is an individual event, distance 1,200m and top 6 will go to Athlone.
Event for Under 14 is 700m and the like Under 12 the first 6 (4 plus next 2 as subs) will qualify as a Relay Team for Athlone.
Event for Under 16 is 700m. (County Competition Only)
Contact person is Martin Heery from Oldcastle AC.

Map of Ratoath to Ballinaree

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Leinster Juvenile Relays and Masters Indoors Review

A spirited display against very tough opposition saw our Under 14 team of Peter Kilgannon, Philip Marron, Alex Hunter and Eoin Clayton, come in 5th out of 10 in todays Leinster Cross Country Relays. They were convincing winners of the Meath Cross Country Relays and the move up to In competition was great experience for them. Well done to them and we'll be looking forward to the track season ahead.

Peter Doherty represented Ratoath in the All Ireland Masters today returning with 2 Bronze medals for his great effort. In a blistering 60m final won in a time of 7.32s by Kevin Cogley (Menapians AC) equaling the current irish M35 masters record, with Micheal Downey (West Waterford AC) 2nd 7.37s, Peter came in 3rd with 7.7s just outside his heat time of 7.64s.
In the 200m it came down to thousands of a sec to seperate Micheal Downey 2nd in 25.2s from Peter 3rd in 25.2s but the clear winner was again Kevin Cogley with a new M35 Irish Masters record of 24.05s.
This will make for a very interesting masters outdoor track season in this category especially if Colm Keogh (Ratoath AC) last years winner throws his hat into the ring this summer.

Special well done to Tom O'Connor (Liffey Vally AC) local bank manager and helper in the club who won a great double Gold in the 1500m and 3000m today in the M50 category.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Good Luck to our Competitors this Sunday 15th Jan

We have Peter Doherty one of our Master Sprinters and Coach competing tomorrow at the All Ireland Masters event in Nenagh and Peter Kilgannon, Philip Marron, Alex Hunter and Eoin Clayton competing in the All Ireland U14 Cross Country Relays. Best of Luck to them all.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Top events filling up fast as huge demand swells entry numbers - Other Sports, Sport -

All the more reason to get involved and running in the Meath Series of Races, details in our Docs section under Meath AAI fixtures. All the yellow entries are Meath 5k to 1/2 marathon Running Events. Local Races, friendly faces, and a nice cup of tea and a chat afterwards, perfect.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Successful Registration Night 2012

We had a great turn out yesterday evening at our registration night with over 200 athletes registering on the night. Thank you to Siobheal, Janice, Claire, Marie and Sinead for all their work collecting forms,giving receipts, and collating the information on the night. Thanks to Vinny Donnelly for bringing gear for people to try out for size.
Thank you specially to everyone who turned up to register their young and not so young :) athletes.

Course by conditioning coach to Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, Micky Ruben at St. Laurence OToole Athletic Club Carlow 21st Jan 2012

Highly recommended course. I saw Micky last year in Carlow where he taught and demonstrated over 2 hours of advanced core training in a very educational and entertaining way. I brought my 10 year old son and a16 yr old athlete from the club with me and they too really enjoyed the talk and demonstrations. Details of the course below.

St Laurence OToole Athletic Club, Askea, Carlow

The Ultimate Coaching Course

Open to all Sporting Clubs

Including Officials, Coaches, Athletes, Team Players, etc..

Usain Bolt's personal speed & conditioning coach.

Micky Ruben

A full day of coaching which includes

Pre comp warm up /post comp cool down

Weights and plyometric matching for speed

Mobility for jumps & hurdles with speed

Core strength for different age levels


Where: St Laurence OToole Track & Clubhouse, Carlow

When: Saturday 21st of January 2012

Time: Starting at 9.30am Finishing at 4.30pm

Refreshments & light lunch included in course fee of €50

For further information or bookings contact club secretary @ 087 2138788

Due to demand booking is essential as limited spaces are available -- Closing date 17th January 2012

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Other dates where he will be speaking in different clubs in Leinster are on

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Meath AAI Fixtures for 2012

The Meath Fixtures have been updated for the year. You can download the list here, or on the Documents tab. Hope to see you at some of them!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Registration Night Tues 10th Jan 6:30-8:30

Registration night will take place next Tues 10th Jan in Ratoath GAA Club from 6:30-8:30.
Forms available for download from the Documents tab above.
The General Registration form is also here and the Renewal form is here.
We will also have some Gear there for sizing purposes and this will be the last day this month for ordering gear. No order will be put through without payment up front.

AGM for 2011 Monday 9th Jan 8pm Ratoath GAA Club

Hi All,
The date for 2011's AGM is set for next Monday 8pm.
Usual agenda plus some proposals that need to be ratified on the night.
1 We propose dividing Tues nights training into 2 groups U9-U11 (Born2004,2003,2002) from 6:30-7:30 and U12+ (Born 2001, 2000, etc) from 7:30-8:30 with the hope of having an extra nights training as the season progresses.
2 Change in the night for the fit4life group and subject to vollunteers having morning training sessions.
3 Change of cost of the associate (non exercising) membership increasing from €20 to €23.
4 Helpers to the club in the hall and the track if they are giving instruction must be members of the club and garda vetted. Ie they can choose to join with the family or senior membership if they want to use the facilities or as an associate member.
5 New Simpler Renewal form for already registered athletes only New Members have to fill out the General Registration Form
6 Proposal from Rory O'Neill Physiotherapist to volunteer to run a free biomechanical screening program for our athletes, 2 athletes/week, and the offer of a reduced rate for Ratoath AC Members.

Please come on down to the AGM to have your say in your clubs development.