Friday, November 30, 2012

Leinster Development and Performance Squad Day and Derval O'Rourke Hurdles Workshop 1 Dec 2012

Great opportunity to get specialist training in Sprints, Middle Distance, Long Jump and Javelin/Shot.

Leinster Development & Performance Squads Day 3

Day 3 of the Leinster Development and Performance Squads will be held in Santry in December 1st 2012.
Development Squad:
Open to all athletes from U12-U15 (Born 2001,2000,1999,1998). The events covered on day 2 will be as follows:
Sprints, Middle Distance, Long Jump and Javelin/Shot
The Development Squad will run from 10am – 12pm. Athletes are requested to register at 9.30am.
If they wish, athletes can change to another event after the first hour of coaching.
Cost for the Development Squad is €5 per day
Performance Squad:
Athletes who have been invited to the Performance Squad should report in at 11.30. The Performance squad will run from 12pm – 3pm. All events will be covered as usual.
High Jumpers are asked to go to Cushinstown AC in Co. Meath for 10.45am (Kilmoone Cross, Cushinstown)
Any Pole Vaulter’s in the Leinster area looking for some extra coaching are encouraged to attend the Performance Squad. Also if there are any female athletes who wish to learn more about or try the Steeplechase please report at 11.30 also.
Cost for the Performance Squad is €5 per day
Please note that ALL athletes must report to the office in the stand area on arrival for registration.
Any queries please e-mail

 Derval O'Rourke Free Hurdles Workshop in DCU 1-5pm Sat 1Dec 2012
Click on Link to AAI information. Note you have to email interest Derval O'Rourke Hurdles Workshop

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kids Christmas Party / Awards Presentation

Saturday 8th December
In GAA Hall
Cost €2 per person (small token towards cost)

Little Athletics (age 5 -7)
4pm till 6pm

Music and Dancing with
Matthew from Raw Edge Dance Crew

Certificates to be awarded to all athletes

All children must be collected inside by an adult please


Juveniles & Senior Athletes (age 8+
6.30 till 8.00pm

6.30pm – 7.30pm Music and Dancing with
Matthew from Raw Edge Dance Crew

7.30pm – 8.00pm Awards Ceremony
Awards to be given to ….

Girls: Top 10 point scorers in Meath Inter County League
Boys: Top 10 point scorers in Meath Inter County League
Girls: Most improved athlete of the year
Boys: Most improved athlete of the year
Girls: Athlete of year
Boys: Athlete of year
Presentation of Na Fianna Cup won by Boys U9 for best boys u9 club team in Meath


Please check this website regularly for information on training, Christmas and end of year awards presentation, club meetings, AGM coming soon (date to be fixed), upcoming fixtures etc.

All Ireland Cross Country in Tattersalls

Wonderful Day of Cross Country in Tattersalls at the All Ireland Even Age Groups and Inter Counties Competition. With an amazing 1300 Athletes from all over Ireland competing.

Special thanks to Tattersalls for providing the wonderful venue. Brendan Meade from Meath Athletics, and the host of Officials and Volunteers from the AAI, Meath Athletics and Ratoath Athletic Club without whom an event as big as this could not take place.

Highest respect to all the Athletes who competed last Sunday. Cross Country running is definitely for the strong and the brave.

Ratoath's own Áine O 'Connor U14 54th of 143 out of her age group on Meath team that came in 5th, Alex Hunter U14 13th out of 130 and helping the Meath Team win Silver, and Conor Duncan U18 all ran strongly representing Meath in this years competition. Alex's parent's Ann and Derek Hunter were also running on Sunday putting in great performances. Well done to them all running well on the heavy ground. Full write up and Results on the Athletics Ireland Website.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Saturday morning group run

For our adult/Fit4Life group we are going to try out a new tab on the top of this page starting today. It will have all the current news and training details without being in amongst everything else the club currently has going on. Let us know if it woks. If it doesn't we'll revert back to the previous way, thanks!

Saturday Morning - 24th November

Location: Ratoath AC

Meet: 7.50am

Start:  8.00am

Distance: 5 Miles/8km.

Open to all Ratoath AC members/AAI members

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Meath Awards Night Ratoath AC Results

The Meath Athletics Awards presentation took place at the Old Darnley Hotel, Athboy on Sunday 18 November. The President of Athletics Ireland, Professor Ciaran O Cathain and the President of Meath Athletics Paddy Reilly made the presentations across the various categories.

This is a list of the awards given to Ratoath AC both as a club and for individual athletes in the club.

National Medal Winners All underage athletes who won medals at National Championships will be presented with plaques noting their achievement:

Deirdre Healy, Ratoath AC
Eamon Wallace, Ratoath AC,

Inter Club Track & Field League 2012:
In our first year competing in this league we are delighted to have finished second to a very strong Na Fianna. We're already looking forward to next years competition.

Division A 1st Na Fianna AC 613pts
2nd Ratoath AC 589pts
3rd Bohermeen AC 563pts
3rd Dunboyne AC 563pts

Division B 1st Trim AC 280pts
2nd Navan AC 278pts
3rd Dunshaughlin AC 229pts

County Cups & Trophies 2012:

Na Fianna Cup: Boys U9 Team : Ratoath AC

Track & Field Awards:

Junior Track
Men Eamon Wallace, Ratoath AC

Masters Track
Men Peter Doherty, Ratoath AC

For a full list of results from the night please check

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Saturday Morning run

Saturday Morning - 17th November

Location: Car Park - Ratoath Inn

Meet: 7.50am

Start:  8.00am

Distance: (Group A) 4 miles/6.5k (Group B) 7 miles/11.2k

Open to Ratoath AC members and all registered AAI members.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Meath Athletics Award Dinner

Ratoath AC are among the top 3 Prize Winners (along with Bohermeen and Na Fianna) in this years Meath Interclub Track and Field League Division A following a sustained effort over the 4 days of the League. Many thanks to all the athletes and parents who made this possible in our first year of competing in this competition.
We also have individual prize winners and our under 9's boys team also won the Best in Meath.

Our final position 1st, 2nd, or 3rd will be announced, with Prize Giving and Photos, during the Meath Athletics Award Dinner on this Sunday 18th November at 6pm in the Old Darnley Lodge Hotel, Athboy. Any members who wish to attend the dinner and presentation are very welcome to come but we need to know if you are coming by Thursday morning. The cost for the dinner is €25.00 for adults and €10.00 for juveniles payable on the evening. Please contact me on email or by text on 0876851261 to reserve seats by latest Thursday morning.
Looking forward to seeing you there at a great night for Ratoath AC.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Leinster Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships

The Leinster uneven ages cross country championships were held yesterday in Dunboyne, it was great to have this competition so close to us this year. On the familiar Cow Park course as it is known locally we had 8 athletes competing from the club. The weather conditions were perfect and the course as usual was heavy in places which made the going difficult for the athletes. Aoife Rutherford was first on the course in the girls U11 1500m, Aoife finished in 62nd place out of 141 competitors and was 6th girl home for Meath which was a good result seeing that she was running up an age. Tom Kilgannon also running up an age had a  good run in the boys u11 1500m finishing 55th out of a 125 strong field and was 8th home for Meath, the boys Meath team were unlucky just finishing outside the medals in 4th. Karen Hayes had another strong run in the girl’s u13 2500m, Karen also running out of her age finished 57th and was 11th home on the Meath team; the Meath team took bronze in this event. Aine O’Connor had another good run finishing 19th in the girl’s u15 3500m and was 3rd home for Meath. Alex Hunter, Philip Marron and Peter Kilgannon had all very impressive runs in the boy’s u15 event and finished 16th, 27th and 30th respectively, and were 5th, 6th and 7th home for Meath who won gold in the County event. Philip in particular had a great run seeing that he is only back after injury. Brian Kiernan was very unfortunate and had to pull up with a calf strain near the finish after having a good race.
Congratulations to all our Athletes who competed yesterday and who have qualified for the All Irelands in December.

Fit4Life Training

For the near future Fit4Life Training Schedule:
No Training Tonight (Monday)
Starting Tuesday 13th November 8.00pm at Track same time as normal for this week
Some Thursdays speed session either 6pm/6.30pm (will be noted on website when on)

Monday: 9.30am and 7.30pm
Track Wednesday 7.30pm Speed Session: Run by Dunshaughlin Athletic Club
Friday: 9.30am: Track
Saturday 8.00am : Long Run (See website for location a day or two in advance)

 Check website regularly for updates and additional training sessions

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Reminder: Cookery Demonstration in aid of the club

Coaches/Fit4Life Group/Parents

Cookery Demonstration at Fairyhouse Cookery School
Thursday 22nd November  :  7pm – 10pm
Cost of tickets €25 each

After a very successful night in Fairyhouse Cookery School last year, we decided to arrange another night as our Christmas night out.By doing this we get to enjoy a night out together and raise some funds at the same time.

Cookery demonstration by Billie O’ Shea, details of which are detailed below.
We get to taste the food demonstrated by Billie.Bring your own drink.

·         Spring rolls  (Billie will demo stir-fry in general and then how to wrap oriental veg in spring rolls)
·         Slow cooked Massamam beef curry
·         Thai chicken and coriander curry
·         Winter Pilau Rice
Lemon Drizzle Cake with Bourbon Vanilla Burkes Farm Ice-cream

Tickets first come first served basis. Please book as soon as possible. Only 40 tickets available and ten already booked up.
Please let us know if you want tickets put by for you.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Saturday run

Saturday Morning - 10th November

Location: Hill of Tara (meet at the car park beside the shop)

Meet: 7.50am

Start:  8.00am

Distance: Various distances - these will depends on individuals,
1 lap = approximately 2 miles

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Meeting: Fit4Life Members (new members welcome)

This Thursday 8th November, 9pm – GAA Bar. (Meeting over by 10pm max)

Agenda: To plan ahead for the next few months etc.
  • Set fixed training times
  • Get a better structure in place incorporating all elements of training including speed sessions, tempo and long runs etc
  • Encourage our own runners who have reached appropriate levels of fitness to participate in athletic Ireland and Meath championship
  • Competitions representing our club
  • Encourage more runners to join so we can compete in competitions and participate as a team.
  • Get our Fit4Life runners who have become coaches with the club back running together now as a group