Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Meath Primary Schools Cross Country Event new date...

Meath Primary Schools cross Country event, which is to be held at Fr. Murphy’s Athletic Club, Athboy on Friday the 16th of March. There are 3 Groups of events- (1st & 2nd Class- Separate Boys & Girls race 400m) (3rd & 4th Class, separate Boys & Girls race 600m) and (5th & 6th Class Separate boys & Girls race, 800m). The first race begins at 10:30am.
Best of Luck to all competitors.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Meath Community Games Cross Country Report

There was a great attendance at yesterdays Meath Community Games Cross Country in Ballinacree wit well over 20 competitors in each age group running over the hilly course in Oldcastle.
Ratoath had 28 Runners participating and well done to them all.

Ella Mccarthy, Eilish O Farrell, Aimee Doherty, Lily Murray, Molly Keane, Aofie Casey, Aoife Rutherford, Caoimhe O'Farrell, Rachel Doherty, Lara Power, Ciara Coffey, Shauna Coffey
Peter Kilgannon, Alex Hunter, Ivan Mather, Tomas Whitty, Taylor McCarthy, Matthew Keane, Fionn Drummond, Tom Kilgannon, Brian Kiely, Conor Sheeran, Fergal Kilgannon, Darragh Casey,Tomas Brady, Oisin O'Farrell, Cormac Butler, Pearse Butler.

Congratulations also to our medal winners.
Boys U 9, Tom Kilgannon 2nd, Fionn Drummond 3rd.
Girls U9, Aimee Doherty 2nd, Lilly Murray 7th- She was unlucky not to get a medal. (First 6 got medals)
Girls U10, Aoife Rutherford 3rd
Boys U 13, Cormac Butler 6th
Boys U 14, Peter Kilgannon 1 st, Alex Hunter 6th
Boys U 16, Ivan Mather 3rd

The First 6 in the U 12 & 14 Events go to the National Finals in May.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Little athletics back tonight Tues 21 Feb in College Hall

U6 & U7 born 2007 2006 in from 6:15-7pm

U8 & U9 born 2005 2004 in from 7:00-7:45pm

Report from AAI Leinster Juvenile Indoors U12-19

We had 2 of our U19 Sprinters down in Nenagh this year Eamon Wallace and Abraham Zaidan competing in the 60m and the 200m.
Eamon won silver in the 60m in a time of 7.34sec and on his first time running on the tight bends of Nenagh came fourth in a time of 23.8sec.
Abraham in only his second year of running qualified for the 60m final and had a personal best time of 7.79sec and another personal best in the 200m with 25.5sec taking over 1.5sec off his outdoor time from last year. He should go well under 25s this year outdoor and is making great progress.
Well done to them both.
Special mention must be made regarding their Coach Peter Doherty he competed in the Leinster Masters on the 29th Jan winning the 60m, 200m and 400m events in the 35-40 age groups.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Report from Rathbeggan National School Cross Country League

The 10th Feb 2012 saw the 800mtrs Cross Country class and team league finals at Rathbeggan NS with 70% of second to sixth class students taking the option of joining in the competition organized by Deputy Principal Ms. Mary Devine.
Ratoath AC Members did very well: Fionn Drummond came 3rd  (2nd class race), Max Davenport 2nd, Kritsada Cooke 5th  (4th class race) and Diarmuid Mac Murchadha coming in 7th place in the 6th class race.
The school has also been running a cross country League competition over the last 4 weeks with seven teams consisting of eleven students in each team and having races every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students gained points for their team in each race with Max's Team coming in 1st place, Fionn's team 2nd place, Kritsada 5th place and Diarmuid’s team coming in 7th place. Great fun and sportsmanship was shown on the day with all the Rathbeggan students getting involved, cheering on their friends and teammates.
If that wasn't fun enough the School is also participating in the Fit kids Marathon programme where the students are challenged to run a 40km Marathon by doing laps of the football pitch every day. At 250mtrs per lap the students can do as many laps as they feel capable of, building up to 160 laps on their charts. Children are challenged to run or walk the 40km over two months. They are given a Running chart where they colour in each lap they complete. This helps each child to focus on his or her goal, enabling them to see progress each day.
Ms.Devine and the principal Mr.Rushe have ignited the love for athletics in the students and awaking a talent they may not otherwise realized they had, and now many of them are looking to join local clubs such as Dunshaughlin AC and Ratoath AC to further enhance their abilities and enjoyment.

Special Thanks to Sineรกd Drummond for this great report and I hope these young athletes are looking at representing Ratoath and Rathbeggan Parish in the Meath community games cross country event (see post below).

Monday, February 13, 2012

Reminder 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.
NOTE we have been advised that there are no spikes allowed only runners, football boots or barefoot.

There will be a group meeting at the track to travel in convoy at 9:15am on Sunday.

Map of Ratoath to Ballinacrea

Code of Ethics Course in Dunboyne 28 Feb 2012.

Moira Aston will be delivering the Code of Ethics in Sport course in Dunboyne AC club house on Tues. 28 FEB at 7pm.There is no cost to coaches attending.
The course is recommended for all coaches who have regular and significant contact with juveniles.
As the max that can attend is 16, places are on a first come first served basis and there are 7 places left.Please reply to if you wish to attend.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships

Ratoath A/C athletes competing in the Leinster schools cross country championships all did their school and club proud with some excellent performances. Deirdre Healy qualified once again for the All Ireland championships.

Well done to all!

Leinster Schools Cross Country Santry 8th Feb 2012

Deirdre Healy - 6th Intermediate Girls

Ciaran McCarthy - 26th Intermediate

Philip Marron - 23rd Junior Boys

Peter Kilgannon - 26th Junior Boys

Alex Hunter - 34th Minor Boys

Monday, February 6, 2012

Training 7th Feb important info

Due to the College's production of Westside Story there will be a huge traffic issue from 7-730pm. Please walk to training if it is at all possible to minimise the flow of traffic.
Note Little Athletics is cancelled for this week and next week due to unavailability of the hall.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ratoath Heartsafe Initiative Launch and invite to Demonstration. Very important for the community please support.

Ratoath Heartsafe Initiative will officially launch its LIVE operations for March 2012 in The Ratoath Community Centre on Thursday 16th February 2012 at 8pm.

At the launch we will be giving the general public an overview how the Ratoath Cardiac First Response Service will operate.

There will be a live demonstration of an incident in progress. Representatives from Dunshaughlin/Navan Ambulance Services will attend and Q&A session will follow.

Please come to support your Community and inform yourself of this life saving service which is now available in our Community.

Light Refreshment will also be available.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sports Psychologist back due to popular demand

Following the Mind over Matter forum, there was a big demand from the audience and wider public to get more of an insight into sports psychology and the role it plays in local everyday sport.
In response to that demand, we are pleased to announce that Gerry Hussey has agreed to host an information evening on Monday 20th February in the Ardboyne Hotel.
Gerry Hussey will be concentrating on some of the following key areas and bringing the focus to a local level -What makes a player tick? Methods that may best suit an individual player/athlete and performance management techniques for coaches and mentors.
This is sure to be an insightful yet passionate workshop, one that should strike a cord with players and coaches of all sports. Gerry likes to engage with the audience and questions from the floor play an integral part of his overall presentation.
Places on this workshop are limited, therefore to secure your place booking in advance is required.
Registration forms are now available to download here or to receive a registration form please call our offices on 046-9067337 or email
Workshop:  Sports Psychology at a local level
Venue: Ardboyne Hotel, Navan
Time:  7pm -9pm
Date:   Monday 20th February 2012
Cost: €10pp
(taken from the website)

North Leinster Schools Cross Country

Results from the North Leinster Schools Cross Country:
Peter Kilgannon 8th,
Philip Marron 13th,
Deirdre Healy 2nd
Ciaran McCarty 8th.
All above athletes have qualified for the Leinster Schools Cross Country which will be held next Wednesday at Santry Demesne.
The standard was very high this year.
Well done to everybody!