Monday, July 22, 2013

Athletic Development Evening 6:30-9 Tuesday 23rd July in Claremont Navan U12+

Meath Athletics are promoting an Athletics Development Evening in Claremont Stadium, Navan, on Tuesday 23rd July, from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.
The events being covered are Hurdles, Starting Technique using Blocks and Javelin.
Brian Corcoran, Tom Clinton and Philip Cogavin will be the lead coaches on the night.
Participants in the Javelin should bring their own throwing implements, if available.
A Javelin Beginners session will be from 6.30 to 7.30pm, with a Javelin Improvers session from 7.30pm.
All are welcome, athletes and coaches.

If anyone is interested in going but needs a lift please text Tom on 0876851261 and we'll see if we can organise one for you. We'll bring some club javelins down with us for you to use and this is a great opportunity to get some training with some excellent coaches and learn new skills.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

All Ireland County Relay Champions

The All Ireland Club and County Relay Championships were held yesterday in Tullamore. The weather again was glorious and the completion was even hotter. We had our u13 girls club team competing in the U13 4 x 100m in the morning session, the team consisting of Emma Coroner, Ivie Okome, Rachel McPartlin and Aine Cooney put in a great display coming home 6th in the final, their time of 55.45 was a new pb for the team and was over a second faster than they ran at the Leinster Championships, the U13 girls event had one of the most competitive fields in a long number of years and the girls time would have placed them 3rd in this event last year. The event was won by Dooneen in a time of 53.95s a new National record.

The girls were disappointed to miss out on the medals but made up for it in the afternoon session, three of our club girls, Emma Coroner, Ivie Okome and Aine Cooney combined with Tara Hedrington form Dunshaughlin to make up the U13 Meath Relay team for the All Ireland County Competition, the girls ran a great final and won in a time of 54.29s, ahead of Tipperary 2nd and Mayo 3rd. This was a great achievement seen that they only finished third in the Leinster Championships back in June, Congratulations to the girls on winning their first All Ireland medals, well deserved after putting in a great effort in training over the past 6 weeks.

Deirdre Healy was also in action on Sunday in the girls U17 1500m All Ireland final, the 1500m Race was very tactical early on with Deirdre in the lead at the bell but was out-sprinted  over the last lap by others including Louise Shanahan (Leevale) who recorded a winning time of 4 min 51.7 sec.
Deirdre finished 7th in 5 min 4sec which was just outside her best. The calibre of the field can be gauged by the fact that Louise Shanahan  is the 2013 EYOF 800m gold medalist. Nevertheless this was a great performance by Deirdre and bodes well for the upcoming cross country season.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Congratulations Eamon

Congratulations & best of Luck to Eamon Wallace who has been selected on the Meath team for their clash with Dublin in next Sundays Leinster SFC final

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dublin Graded Meeting 10 July

The sixth series of  Dublin graded races was held in Morton Stadium on 10 July. Weather conditions were perfect so we were expecting some good performances from the small group of Ratoath athletes that competed and we were not disappointed.

Eimear Griffin had the distinction of breaking not one but two PB's in the one race. She blasted the first 400m in 69 / 70 sec & went on to finish her 800m in 2 min 34.98 sec - an improvement of 3 sec on her previous best. Eimear looks set to crack 2 min 30 sec in the right race. Deirdre Healy was just outside her best time when finishing second in her 800m race  in 2 min 24.57 sec. Her 200m splits of 34 sec, 36 sec, 37 sec  and 37 sec would suggest that when Deirdre moves back to her preferred 1500m distance she is ready to unleash a big performance. Neil Finnegan won his 400m very comfortably in 54.43 sec from the unfavourable inside lane - 0.4 sec better than his PB while in the same race John Wallace showed that his nephew Eamonn is not the only speed merchant in the family and looks to be getting back to full fitness after some early season hamstring injuries.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Juvenile training resumes on Tuesday 13th August.

There is no Juvenile training from now until the 13th August except for those athletes competing in All Ireland Competitions over the summer. 
Have a great holiday and we're looking forward to seeing you all after this short break well rested and ready to train for cross country and hopefully indoor competition. 

Ratoath AC Adults - Weekly Runs July 01-07

Hi all,


Details of this week's run:


Date: Monday 01st July


Track Session - Warm up - 4 x 800m @ VO2 pace with 2 mins active recovery - warm down


Meeting: Ratoath AC

Time: 6.55pm - Start at 7.00pm


Date: Thursday 04th July


Meeting: Hill of Tara (note change of time)

Time: 6.55pm - Start at 7.00pm


1 x lap = 2 miles

2 x lap = 4 miles

3 x lap = 'A Jarlath'


This is a tough session so only do what you can -  


Date: Saturday 06th July


This is the start of the 12 week schedule for all those planning on doing the 12 week Dublin Half Marathon schedule  - September 21st)

- just reply if you need me to resend a copy of the training schedule


8:00am - Group A - 10 Miles

Ratoath AC - Ratoath AC - Kilbride Rd - 3rd right - follow lane for approx 3 miles - at T junction turn right - go past Fairyhouse on your right - pass the national school and loop around the village via the roundabout at Jamestown and finish at Ratoath AC


8:00am - Group B - 7 Miles

Start/Finish Ratoath AC -  Go out Kilbride road - take 2nd right onto Glascarin Lane - follow lane all the way to Fairyhouse Road - turn right - follow road to village - at roundabout at Tesco cross road and head in the direction of the GAA pitch - turn right at Steeplechase (at the roundabout before the GAA) follow road to the Skryne road - turn right and follow road past pitch n putt & Codliss - Run through the lights past back of Donnelly's - run to roundabout at Jamestown - turn right and finish at AC



Additional Notes:


Well done to all those who completed the Phoenix Park 5 miler on Saturday, there was some great times, results as follows:


Ø  Alan Phelan 32:49

Ø  Sharon Phelan 33:03


Some of the Meath Road Race Series races coming up include:


Ø  03.07.13 South O'Hanlon 5k Road Race & Fun Run South O'Hanlon Senchelestown GAA Centre 8pm

Ø  17.07.13 St. Brigid's AC 5k Road Race & Fun Run St. Brigid's AC Oldcastle 8pm

Ø  24.07.13 Cushinstown AC 6k Road Race & Fun Run Cushinstown AC Pudden Hill, Co. Meath 7.30pm

Ø  18.08.13 Duleek & District AC 10k Road Race & Fun Run Duleek & District AC Duleek 

Ø  23.08.13 Tara AC 5K Road Race & Fun Run Tara AC Skyrne Community Hall 7.30pm

Ø  08.09.13 Rennicks Cup & Fr Delany 5 Mile Road Race & Fun Run  Bohermeen AC Bohermeen Community Centre 12noon

Ø  15.09.13 Ratoath AC 5k Road Race & Fun Run Ratoath AC Ratoath GAA Club (on Dunshaughlin Rd) 11.00am

Ø  22.09.13 Star of the Sea AC 23rd Annual Cross Country Meeting  Star of the Sea AC Greenanstown, Stamullen, Co. Meath 11.00am




Leinster Combined Pentathlon

The Leinster combined pentathlon championships were held in Navan on 29th June. This is truly an event for the tough athletes of track & field. Over the course of the day athletes had to compete in the hurdles, shot putt, long jump, high jump and last but not least an 800m. Ratoath A/C was well represented with Gareth Doyle taking silver when finishing a close second behind Ryan Carthy Walsh from Adamstown a/c in the u 15 pentathlon while Eoin Clayton narrowly missed out on a medal with a fourth place finish in the under 16 equivalent.

 Congrats to both athletes on some magnificent performances.