Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ratoath AC Registration Night for 2015

Tuesday January the 6th is Ratoath AC's Registration night for 2015 in Ratoath GAA club  from 6:30pm – 9pm
General Registration form 2015 and Ratoath Code of Practice are available, you can click here or Download in the documents section of this website.
Please see below the new revised membership rates for 2015 as approved at our recent AGM


Adult/Adult Couple

1 Child/Student/Junior

2 Children

3 Children(each extra child €22)

Family 2+2(each extra child €22)

Family 1+3(each extra Child €22)


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday Night Training- 7:30

The 7:30 training session will go ahead tonight, again please bring spikes and runners in case we have to go on the road.

VO2 Testing

Philip Marron recently undertook a VO2 max test using a treadmill in Tallaght Sports Centre. The testing involved analysing his specific VO2 and determining at what heart rate his body crossed  the threshold of aerobic and anaerobic intensity. Once this was measured, Philip's training workout zones could be calculated much more accurately. The objective of all this is to fine tune his training to ensure he peaks for target competitions. Using a heart monitor will enable him to be certain he is training in the correct workout zone and not just be relying on how he "feels " on any given day. Well worth considering having this done irrespective of what standard you are competing at.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Update on Fones4Life club appeal

A big thank you to Martina Cahill who participated in our C25k programme early in 2014, for a massive donation of mobile phones to our fones4life club appeal. We now have a total of 190 mobiles donated - only 160 more needed to hit our target of 350. Well done to everyone who has contributed so far but we are sure there are loads more old phones out there so keep them rolling in over the Christmas and the New Year.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Night Training

The 5:30pm session is cancelled tonight due to the weather, the 7:30pm and 7:45pm session will go ahead as normal but may be on the road so please bring spikes and runners.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas fun night’s for Ratoath Athletics club juvenile members

Ratoath AC Annual Awards Presentation Saturday 
This coming Saturday 6-8pm in Ratoath GAA
Please come early … Doors open from 5.45pm
6-7pm: Entertainment by Kevin from Raw Edge Crew
7-8pm: Presentation of Awards

 Age group is for all athletes born 1994-2006
Siblings and parents all welcome

 Little Athletics Christmas Fun night Tuesday 
for children born 2007,2008,2009 will be held
Next Tuesday 16th in the Scouts Den

6.15pm – 7.15pm: Entertainment by Kevin from Raw edge Crew
7.15pm - 7.45pm:  Presentation of certs by Santa Claus

Thursday 7:30 Training Session

The 7:30 training session will go ahead tonight, again please bring spikes and runners in case we have to go on the road.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

7:30 Training Session

The 7:30 training session will go ahead tonight but may be on the road if the track is too wet. Please bring both runners and spikes to the session and appropriate rain gear.

5:30pm and 6:30pmTraining Canceled tonight

Due to the bad weather and unavailability of a few coaches due to illness, we will have to cancel training tonight for 5.30pm and 6:30pm session's only
This applies only to U10’s and the U11’s who train at 5.30pm and U8 (2007) who train at 6:30pm

International vest for Deirdre Healy

Congratulations to Deirdre Healy who has been selected on the Irish Junior womens team for the Celtic games. The races are scheduled for 18th Jan 2015 in Dunboyne so put that date in your diary and make sure to go along and support her

Monday, December 8, 2014

All Ireland Juvenile Uneven age Championships

The uneven age All Ireland juvenile x-country championships were held in Santry Demesne on Dec 7th. While the rain held off it was a bitterly cold day  and underfoot conditions were testing for the athletes.

Our u 11 girls have been running great all season and they all delivered top class performances once again. Aimee Doherty had her best race of the season when finishing a brilliant 13th overall and was closely followed by Sophie Quinn in 28th. Aimee and Sophie were well supported by Amelia Campbell (71st), Eabha Toole (101st) and Molly Keane and the club team were 5th. Laura kelly had to withdraw due to illness but Laura will be back better than ever before she knows it.

We had four athletes in the boys u 11 and they all acquitted themselves well with Fionn Drummond 85th, Eoin Kane 102nd, Kyle Witter 112th and Harry O Connor 133rd. Karen Hayes was another who gave it everything in the Meath singlet and had a ding dong battle with her cousin right through the girls u 15 race before finishing 74th.

Philip Marron rounded off a great AAI cross country season with another fine run in the u 17 boys when placing 19th with his training partner Ciaran Crowther (Ashbourne a/c) tracking him all through the race to finish 33rd and both helped Meath secure the silver medals in the county team championships only losing out to Dublin by 4 points.

Deirdre Healy's season has been badly affected by a niggling calf injury but in her first race for nearly six months she delivered a top drawer run when taking third in the girls u 19. Afterwards she reported no ill effects and was already looking forward to the schools cross country season. It was great to see her back in full flight especially after all the hard strength and conditioning work she has done to get back for these championships.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Meath primary schools Cumann na mBunscol cross country competition report

Wednesday the 26th of November the annual Meath primary schools Cumann na mBunscol cross country competition was held at Bellewstown race course. 
 It was very well organised considering the large amount of participants; over 160 children in each race. The competition was very high this year with many Meath/Leinster competitors taking part.

Each race was divided in to Medium /Large school and U11, U13 boys/Girls age groups.
There were 16 Ratoath AC athletes competing for their schools Rathbeggan NS, Ratoath SNS, St. Andrews N.S Curragha, and St.Marys, Trim.

They all put in some great personal performances especially in the U11 category.
In the girls U11 Medium school race we had Sophie Quinn fighting to the end in a very close finish to come in 3rd with Elbha Toole close behind in 4th both for St. Andrews N.S Curragha. Next to come in was Rathbeggan’s Abby McHugh (32nd) and Sophie Crowe (35th) both running steady and earning valuable point for their schools.

Fionn Drummond with 100mtr to go took off with determination to win the U11 Medium schools race for Rathbeggan NS with a 15mtrs lead.
Tom Kilgannon putting in a strong race with a very comfortable win in the U11 Large schools with Oisín Kelly not too far behind in 4th position and also Stephen Kiernan (29th) putting in a great effort all running for for Ratoath SNS

Next up was the girls U13 Medium schools and Orla Hayes was competing for Rathbeggan NS Orla did very well to come in 10th in a strong field.

U13 girls large schools– in another tight race Lili O’Connor coming in 3rd position did her school St.Marys, Trim proud also doing their school Ratoath SNS and club proud were Molly O’Toole (36th) and Grace Mahan (52nd)

U13 boys Medium schools another Jam packed field saw Adam Quinn finish very well in 11th place for St. Andrews N.S Curragha.
And last but not least was the U13 boys Large schools race we saw Darragh Shanley (39th), Eoghan Kavanagh, and Raymond Walsh all preforming very well for Ratoath S.N.S.

 TEAM Results with Ratoath AC Members.
U11 boys- Medium schools 1st place Rathbeggan N.S
U11 boys- Large schoold 1st place Ratoath S.N.S
U11 girls- Small schools 1st place Curraha
U13 girls- Large schools  3rd place St.Marys, Trim

 We would like to thank the teachers from the local schools for taking the time and effort to enter the children in what proved to be a very successful day out.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Upcoming events for December

Sunday 7th December:  
All Ireland uneven age Cross Country Championships
Santry Park, Dublin – 11:30am (more details in post below)
(if your free come out to support our athletes in this event)

Wednesday 10th December:    AGM
Ratoath AC AGM  8pm in Ratoath GAA

Saturday 13th December: 
U9 and older Club Awards/fun night   6-8pm Ratoath GAA Club house
This is for all athletes U9 (born 2006) and older
All athletes, parents, siblings welcome
Entertainment by Raw Edge Crew
Presentation of Awards
Drinks / Sweets

Tuesday 16th December:  Little Athletics xmas party 6-8pm
Little Athletics U6 -U8 (2007-2009) – End of year party in the Scouts Den.
Entertainment by Raw Edge Crew
Santa will be present
Drinks, Sweets and presentation of certs
Pre-registration for 2015 for existing Little Athletics members
(Details will be emailed shortly about this)
Blondelles will also be there selling Ratoath AC t-shirts for €5.95 great stocking fillers

Sunday 21st December: Cross Country Relay Championships
Time and Venue not yet confirmed.

Please contact up at if you have any queries on any of the above.