Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Outdoor and Circuit Training Tues 26th March

Outdoor training is on tonight providing that between now and 5:30pm the snow doesn't fall so hard that it begins sticking.
No training next Tuesday 2-4-2013 for Easter. Back again on the Tuesday 9-4-2013

Circuit training for is on as usual tonight at 8pm but it is not on next Tuesday for Easter. Returns 9th April.
Happy Easter Everyone

All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships

The All Ireland Juvenile indoors championships were held last Saturday and Sunday in Athlone.
Ivie Okome and Kritsada Cooke represented the club in the U13 60m and U13 60m hurdles respectively. Ivie competed on Saturday and qualified from her heat for the final, in the final she had a slight stumble at the start but recovered well and finished in 7th place in a time of 8.56s, this was outside her pb that she set in the Leinster Championships of 8.41s.
Kritsada Cooke competed on Sunday in the 60m hurdles, he finished 5th in a very strong heat and just missed out on the finals, Kritsada ran a time of 10.93s, again this was outside his pb of 10.64s that he ran in the Leinsters.
Well done to both Athlete who were competing at their first National Indoors, and we look forward to seeing them compete in the up and coming outdoor season.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Little Athletics training over Easter

There will be no Little Athletics training tomorrow or next week, due to Easter holidays. Training will resume on April 9th.

Meath Community Games Duathlon

Congratulations to Alex Hunter who finished 3rd in the first ever Community Games Duathlon yesterday in Clonard. The event consisted of a 1400m run, an 8k cycle followed by another 1400m run.

Meath Inter Club League

The Meath Inter Club league will not be on this Wednesday as indicated last week. The track is not available and we are waiting on a new date, this is likely yo be in early April, and may be held on a Friday evening.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Meath Inter Club League Day 1- Postponed

Day 1 of the Meath Inter club league has been cancelled this evening and has been postponed to Wednesday 27th March 2013 - 7.00pm.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Outdoor Training Cancelled Tonight Tuesday 19th March 2013.

Due to the snow all outdoor training will be cancelled tonight as the track would be unusable.
Please remember the Interclub league tomorrow in Claremont Navan. Little Athletics and the circuit training will still be on at the usual times.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Interclub League Wed 20th March Claremont Stadium Navan 7pm

We'll be leaving in convoy from the club at 6 pm if people don't know how to get to Claremont stadium in Navan themselves.
Please ensure you and your athletes are well prepared for the weather plenty of layers is the way to go. This is a tartan track so if using spikes make sure they are 5mm max.
Remember the officials are all volunteers so please no arguing with the officials and applaud every athlete for their efforts from all clubs.
This is a great introduction into competition and all competitors have chance to score points for the team and for themselves in our club's Athletes of the Interclub League Competition.
We'll need assistance at each of the events to keep track of how all are athletes are doing in each of the events.
Looking forward to seeing a big turnout form the club.

Info below regarding the events per age group.

Meath Athletics
InterClub Track & Field League
Wednesday 20th March 2013 - 7.00pm
Program: Day 1

Boys & Girls

U9 2005
60m Ball Throw

U10 2004
300m Long Jump

U11 2003
60m Ball Throw

U12 2002
300m Long Jump

U13 2001
600m Shot

U14 2000
80m Shot

U15 1999
100m High Jump

U16 1998
100m High Jump

Junior, Senior & Masters Events 100m - 8.30pm

100m & Long Jump
1. Juveniles can only compete in their own age group.
2. Max. 2 events per athlete.
3. Club’s best 20 scores to count from each leg.
4. First 3 Clubs to medal in Section A, next 3 to medal in Section B, and so on in Sections C, D, E etc. until all Clubs classified.
5. Maximum two attempts at each height in high jump.
6. Junior, Senior & Masters Field events take place at end of night
Further League Dates: April 17th, May 1st, June 26th
Meath Junior, Senior & Masters 800m and Shot Putt Championships and Under 18 800m Championships will take place on Day 3 of the League (May 1st)
Places on Meath AAI T&F League Team will be based on performances in Meath Championships & Inter Club League
For More Information Contact:
Brendan Meade 01-8412107/087 2533113 email: bmeade@iol.ie

St. Patrick's Day Parade Report.

Well it rained on us again this St. Patrick's Day but that didn't dampen the spirits of the hardy souls who joined us in marching down the Main Street of Ratoath. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Meath Primary Schools Cross Country Report from Sineád Drummond

We had a very enjoyable day, 48 students from Rathbeggan NS traveled to the primary schools’ cross country competition in Fr.Murphy's AC , Athboy, with many of the children competing for the first time in a cross country competition. It was well organized with a large turnout of up to 100 kids in each race. The track was very clearly laid out and the ground was in perfect condition, not a muddy puddle in sight, and thankfully the rain held off.
The boys and girls did themselves, their school and club very proud. The school had 8th kids in each race with all the students finishing their races and placing very well, all thanks to their Operation Transformation “Hero Teacher”, Ms. Mary Devine. She organized a cross-country league in the school over the last few months, keeping the kids very fit and able. (Special thanks to Ratoath AC coaches Gerry and Tom for coming to the school as guest race starters for Rathbeggans league final last month)

The first race of the day was the girls of 1st and 2nd class 400mtrs with Ratoath AC club new member Sarah Maher coming in 31st, Jasmine Murray doing very well also. The Boys of 1st & 2nd class 400mtrs had no Rataoth AC athlete in this race, but Rathbeggan’s Ronán Byrne (2nd class) came in 5th place. Next was the Girls 3rd & 4th class 600mtrs, with Orla Hayes (4th class) putting in a great race, coming in 5th. Caroline Murphy (3rd class) showing great heart in finishing well.
In the Boys 3rd & 4th - 600mtrs, Fionn Drummond (3rd class) ran a very strong race, coming in 11th and was Rathbeggans 1st boy home. Marcus Zaidan (3rd class) showing well for his first time in a cross-country race.
The 3rd & 4th class boys team came 3rd overall in the competition.

The older races had some very strong contenders
Girls 5th & 6th class - 800mtrs with Rathbeggan’s 1st home, Julie Crowe coming in 17th
Boys 5th & 6th class - 800mtrs had new club member Michael McHugh (6th class) 20th,and Kritsada Cooke 5th Class also finishing well.
The children all enjoyed the experience and a big thank you to Mr.Rushe and Ms.Devine for making the effort in bringing the school to the competition.

St.Pauls N.S 5th and 6th class also traveled to Athboy. Club members Rachael Doherty, Zara Kane, Emma McCamley, Harry Haskins, and Harry Bailey all competed for St. Paul's in the 5th and 6th class race over 800m with over 100 runners in the race. Well done to them all.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ratoath.

We're going to be walking in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. We are meeting after 12pm at the Corbollis Centre (beside La Bucca) to get our place for the Parade starting at 1pm.
We'll have our banner, singlets, hurdles (to get some practice in :) ), relay batons, and turbojavs to give mini demonstrations as the parade moves along.
It's looking like it will be dry but cool so please dress to keep warm.
Looking forward to seeing a big turnout from the club.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships

The Leinster indoor juvenile championships were held last Saturday and Sunday in Athlone. We had a great turnout from the club on both days and all of our athletes competed very well in both track and field events.

On Saturday Orla Hayes, Emma Coroner, Kate Smith, Mark O’ Reilly, Karen Hayes, Shauna Coffey, John Redmond, Kritsada Cooke and Lara Power made the trip to Athlone. The competition this year was of a very high standard with big numbers entered in all the events. John Redmond and Lara Power competed in the u13 shot putt, John threw 7.99m, finishing 5th overall, while Lara threw 7.80m and finished 9th overall, a good result for their first Leinster competition. Shauna Coffey and Karen Hayes competed in the girls U13 600m, Karen was unlucky not to make the final finishing 4th in the heat, while Shauna finished 7th, Shauna also competed in the high jump, jumping 1.15m finishing 8th. The hurdlers were up next with Orla Hayes, Kate Smith and Emma Coroner competing in the girls u12 60m hurdles, Orla was unlucky not to make the final after finishing 2nd in her heat, her heat was re ran again due to timing problems and she finished 4th in the re-run. Kate ran well but did not make the final; Emma Coroner qualified for the final, but unfortunately missed it. The two performances of the day came from Matthew Buckley and Kritsada Cooke, Matthew qualified easily in his heat of the u12 Boys 60m hurdles, and put in a great run in the final finishing 2nd in a time of 10.64 earning him his first Leinster medal. Kritsada Cooke only managed to qualify for the boys U13 60m hurdles as a fastest loser, but put in a storming run in the final to finish 3rd  in a time of 10.64s, this was also Kritsada’s first Leinster medal. Kritsada also competed in the high jump, and jumped 1.25m finishing 8th. Mark O’ Reilly also competed in the boys U13 Hurdles and put in a good run.
A big thank you thanks to Kieran Walshe and Richie Smith who helped out on the day.

On Sunday our middle distance athletes and sprinters travelled to Athlone, the middle distance races were up first with Aine O Connor and Amber Roche competing in the girls U15 & 16 800m respectively, both girls ran well, but did not make the final. Alex Hunter, Peter Kilgannon and Ciaran McCarty competed in the boys U15, 16, & 17 800m respectively, all qualified out of their heats for the finals. Alex finished 6th in the final in a time of 2.20.91, Peter finished 9th in a time of 2.21.88, his heat time was 2.17.6, and Ciaran finished 7th in a time of 2.18.62. Conor Duncan competed in the boys u19 800m, and finished 3rd in a time of 2.12.66, a new indoor pb for Conor. Next up was the 60m sprints, Emma Coroner , Orla Hayes and Rachel McPartlin competed in the girls U12 60m, Rachel and Emma qualified for the semi-finals, while Orla just missed out on qualification by 100th of a second. Rachel did not make it out of the semi, but put in a good run, her best time on the day being 9.58s, Emma made the final and finished 7th; her best time on the day was 9.13s. Aine Cooney and Ivie Okome won their heats easily in the girls U13 60, Aine ran a time of 9.01s, but did not make it out of the semi-final, Ivie won her semi-final also and put in a very strong run in the final finishing second in a time of 8.41s, the standard in the girls 60m this year was incredibly high, the winning time was 8.32s. Owen Clayton and Mikey O Malley competed in the boys U16 60, this was their first competition, both finished 4th in their heats, but missed out on qualification. Joey Wallace put in a good run in the boys U19 60m final, finishing 4th in a time of 7.56s, which was a new pb for him.
Thanks to Gerry Finnegan and Siobheal Cummins who helped out on Sunday, and to all the parents who travelled on both days.
Best of luck to our athletes who have qualified for the All Irelands.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Training limit reached for indoors

Hi all,
Sorry but we have reached the limit of kids we can train in the school hall this year. Even today we got more calls from parents asking if their kids could start, but we are limited due to the number of coaches and space we have. We do have to keep safety our first priority.
Hope you understand.


Monday, March 11, 2013

All Ireland Schools Cross Country - Belfast

The Schools All Ireland cross country championships were held in cold, wet and windy conditions at the University of Ulster, Belfast last Saturday. Philip Marron followed up his great run in the Leinster championships with another superb performance, finishing 11th. He was subsequently named as second reserve on the Irish schools international team that will compete in Wales in a couple of weeks time. Well done Philip. You did your school and club proud. 

Adult training tonight

Just to let you all know that adult (Fit4Life) training is still on from 7-8pm tonight. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Leinster Juvenile Indoors

Best of Luck to our Athletes competing this weekend in the Leinster Indoors Competition. For many of them this will be their first ever indoor competition and to compete in the new A.I.T. arena will be an amazing experience for them.
Report to follow....

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Death of Noel Finnegan brother of Coach Gerry Finnegan.

It is with great regret that we notify you of the death of Noel Finnegan of Lucan, Dublin brother of our head coach Gerry Finnegan.

Finnegan Noel (Lucan, Co. Dublin) March 3rd. 2013. (peacefully) at his home. Beloved son of the late Donald and Peggy. He will be sadly missed by his loving sisters Pauline and Colette, brothers Gerry and Fergus, sisters-in-law Bernie and Elaine, brother-in-law Raymond, close cousin Michael, godchild Claire, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Reposing at Cunningham’s Funeral Home, Lucan on Wednesday evening from 6.30pm until 8pm. Removal to St. Mary’s Church, Lucan on Thursday morning arriving for Requiem Mass at 10am followed by burial in Mulhuddart Cemetery. Family flowers only please.

May He Rest in Peace

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Weekend Fit4Life racing

Well done to all who complete the various races this weekend.  We had members competing the Debra Ireland Half Marathon, the Garristown 10K and the Meath Half Marathon & 5K races!

Bohermeen 5K
The F4L group continues to go from strength to strength and again there was a decent Ratoath AC contingent taking part in the 5K, Una Simpson was first Ratoath lady home in 21.57 and was followed shortly after with another PB by Claire Witter 24.31, Jacinta Forde 25.18, Bernie Roche on her first 5K posted a very respectable 25.34, followed by Kate O'Driscoll 26.26 and the ever improving Joy Tyrrell 30.03.  Great work ladies keep up the good work and we are sure those times will be beaten next time out.

Bohermeen (Meath) Half Marathon 03 March 2013:
A picture paints a thousand words and this was certainly the case at the at the end of the Bohermeen (Meath) Half marathon on Sunday, 8 members took part and for many it was their maiden voyage over the distance.  The smiles as they crossed the finish line said it all.  This group has been working very hard over the last number of weeks, months and have been spotted pounding the highways and byways around Ratoath every Saturday morning in their quest to complete this event.  The Ratoath contingent were led home by Michael Kennedy in a time of 1.33.54 and was followed home by Damian Ryan 1:50:15, Alan Donnelly 1:50:34, Jaralath Nally 1:52:31, Monica Reilly 1:58:37, Melissa Dunne 2:00:28, John Coroner 2:02:19 & with only a handful of runs under his belt Hugh Kelly in 2:04:05.  Fantastic running and some super times guys, keep up the good work.

Following their success in Bohermeen Jaralath & Hugh are now looking for like-minded individuals to join them in their quest of completing the Dublin City Marathon in October. 

Ratoath AC also provided the Half Marathon with pacers, Keith paced the 1.45:00 group and got round in 1:45:02 whilst the lively Eimear Griffin & Karen Kirrane brought a touch of mardi gras and fun to the event as they guided the 2:15:00 group round in 2:14:30.  Great job guys.

Those in the Pic include (from Left to Right):  Melissa Dunne, Michael Kennedy, Damian Ryan, Jaralath Nally, Hugh Kelly, John Coroner, Alan Donnelly, Eimear Griffin, Karen Kirrane, Kate O'Driscoll, Claire Witter, Bernie Roche, Joy Tyrrell & David Tyrrell.

Many thanks to Bohermeen AC for a great event and post-race refreshments.

Garristown 10K:
Congratulations to Ian Phelan who finished an impressive 3rd place in the Garristown 10K in a time of 37.12 - that was a great time on an undulating course

Debra Ireland Half Marathon:
Henry Fleming had a great run on the very tough Debra Ireland Half marathon, despite picking up an early knock he still produced a great finishing in a time of 2.05

Monday, March 4, 2013

Updated Fit4Life Training Times

Training for Fit4Life
9:30-10:30am beginners Track or Road training
7:00-8:00pm NEW UPDATED TIME
Tempo session on Track or Footpaths

Circuit training at Ratoath College Gym 8-9pm

9:30-10-30am beginners on the Track or Footpaths

Long Run 7:50am generally meeting at track running on local roads but sometimes Tara or away for a Race.

Membership to end of December €60 plus €2 subs once in the week.
(Member of the long run group only no track use or circuits €25)

Fit4Life training tonight

In case you hadn't heard, our Fit4Life Monday night training has moved to a slightly earlier time of 7pm from tonight.