Monday, February 24, 2014

All Ireland Development X Country Championships - Dunboyne

Aine O'Connor had a tremendous run in the All Ireland development X-country championships which were held in Dunboyne on February 23rd.. Aine finished 7th overall in the girls u 15 race and was also the third placed scoring member of the victorious Meath county team.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Meath Inter Club League Day 1 A

The Meath Inter Club league begins this Wednesday at Cushinstown Ac's indoor facility starting at 7:15pm Sharp. This year Day 1 is split over 2 nights with U10,12,14,15 Junior, Senior and Master Athletes competing on the first night (Day 1 A), the U9,11,13 and 16s will compete on the 26th of March (Day 1B).
All age groups will compete on day 2,3 & 4 on  April 30th,May 28th and June 18th at Claremont Stadium, Navan. We would like to encourage all of our athletes to compete in this competition.

Meath Athletics
Inter Club Track & Field League
Wednesday February 26th 2014 - 7.15 p.m. - Cushinstown AC
Program: Day 1(a) - Sprints
Boys & Girls


 &Long Jump

 &Long Jump

 & High Jump
 &High Jump

Junior, Senior & Masters Events 60m - 8.00 p.m.
60m & Long Jump

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mini League Report

The Annual Mini Club league between Ratoath, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin and Tara was held last Sunday at Dunboyne Ac, We had a great turnout out from our u9s and 10s, but were missing a lot of our athletes at U11 and 12. We had some great individual performances from all age groups on the day, the U9s were particularly impressive scoring a total of 77 points out of our overall point’s total of 198, the U10’s performed well also scoring 48 points, the U11 despite only having 4 athletes competing scored 50 points, while the u12’s with only 2 athletes competing scored 23 points. The league title on the day was initially awarded to Ratoath Ac but with the results being so close the score sheets were re-checked and on the recount Dunboyne won by 5 points with a total of 203 points. This was a great experience for our younger athletes many of whom were competing for the first time. A reminder that the first day of the Meath Inter Club Track and Field league takes place this Wednesday the 26th at Cushinstown indoor track, age groups competing will be U10, U12, U14, U15, Junior, Seniors and Masters.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Leinster Indoor Individual Championships-March 8th & 9th

The Leinster juvenile indoor individual championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday the 8th and 9th of March at Athlone IT indoor stadium. Age groups are U12-U19 only, Athletes may not move up an age group. Entries for this event close on Friday the 21st of February. A full list of events and championship programme are available at the link below to the Athletics Leinster web site.
Please text athletes name and the events that they wish to be entered in to 087-8295375 by Thursday 20th February. Note: Athletes may only enter 3 individual events. Entry fee €3.5 per event.

Inter Club Mini League-Sunday February 16th

The annual mini club league between Ratoath, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin and Tara will take place this Sunday at Dunboyne Ac Athletic Track (Beside Dunboyne GAA Club) commencing at 12 noon. Please be there at 11:30am so that the kids can get warmed up for the 12 noon start. This competition is for U9-U12 age groups only and we expect that the event will take about 2 hours to run off. Best of luck to all athletes competing

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Leinster Indoors Day 2 - 9th Feb

The club quartet of Peter Kilgannon, Colm Keogh, Ciaran McCarthy and Peter Doherty smashed the  senior indoor 4 X 200m record when finishing third behind Menapians & Donore Harriers and recorded a time of 1 min 37.59 sec in the Leinster senior indoor championships.

Peter Doherty and Siobheal Cummins continue to rack up their personal haul of Leinster titles with good wins in the 60M M2 (7.49 sec) and High Jump M3 (1.40m), respectively. Colm Keogh also added to his impressive indoor medal collection when taking silver in the 60M M 1 recording a time of 7.64 sec.

Leinster Schools Cross Country - 12 Feb 2014

Heavy overnight rain ensured that the course in Santry Demesne was testing for the Leinster schools cross country championships. Interest, from a Ratoath athletic club perspective, centred on the senior girls & intermediate boys races.

Deirdre Healy ran another cracking race with a close up fourth place finish behind Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, Sarah Fitzpatrick and and Ella Fennelly. Deirdre started cautiously and was 7th going into the last lap but put in a very strong finish to catch Linda Conroy and Isobelle Odlum on the run to the line. The fact that the first six athletes in this race have all competed internationally, demonstrates the strength in depth in this age group.

The intermediate boys race over 4500m was another exciting affair with up to 10 athletes still in contention going into the last lap. This included our own Alex Hunter who briefly held the lead on the last lap but  had to settle for 11th behind  the eventual winner Shane Hughes from Mullingar. Philip Marron and Ciaran McCarthy (despite getting spiked) both ran very positive races and finished 16th and 51st. Philip had particular hard luck as the first 15 athletes qualify for the All Ireland in Cork next month but both he and Alex are eligible to run in this race again next year.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Spaces available for the cardiac screening in Dunshaughlin next week Feb 15th

Why undergo a Cardiac Screening?

• Up to 100 young people die each year in Ireland from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS)

• 1 in 300 people may have a cardiac abnormality

• The national register recently reported that the incidents of SADS are higher in Ireland than many other European countries.

• In Italy cardiac screening is mandatory for anyone aged 12 to 35 years involved in competitive sport for the past 25 years. They have reduced the incidents of SADS by 89%.

• The GAA’s Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee recommend cardiac screening for all players over the age of 14 years

• The European Society of Cardiology & the International Olympic Committee recommends cardiac screening.

• Heartaid’s service is based on the recommendations of the above named organisations.

Contact Philip Neville – 086 467 3320

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Session cancelled due weather Tuesday 4-2-14

Sorry for the late notice to those who would have been at the 6:30 session but I couldn't get a 3G signal to sent out the notice. 

Gerry may have some training on the roads with his group at 7:30 but otherwise due to the inclement weather we are cancelling the 7:30-8:30 session. 

Meath Athletics: Diary Dates in Meath ...

2 March @11 am, Bohermeen AC half marathon and 10km.
30 March @ 3pm, Dunboyne AC 4 miles.
5 April @ 12 noon, St Brigids AC 5km hill run,( inc. County HR C/ship) Mullaghmeen.
13 April @ 12 noon, :Lismullen 10km in conjunction with Tara AC.
20 April @12 noon, Fr Murphy AC 5 mile (inc County C/ship) Kildalkey.
20 April Cushinstown AC track and field meeting at Kilmoon off N3.
13 May @ 8.30pm Star of the Sea AC, 5km at Stamullen
20 May @ 8pm Na Fianna AC 5km (Bob Heffernan Memorial) Johnstownbridge.
30 May @ 8pm Navan AC, 8km (Simon Cumbers Memorial 10th) Claremont.
7 June @ 7.30pm Bohermeen AC 5km (Patrick Bell Memorial).
13 June @ 8pm Trim AC Braveheart 5km trail, Porchfields, Trim.
21 June @ 7.30pm Dunshaughlin AC 10km (Michael Manning Memorial).
2 July @ 8pm, South O Hanlon AC 5km Seneschalstown.
16 July @ 8pm St Brigids AC 5km Oldcastle.
8 August @ 8pm Fr Murphy AC 5km Athboy.
17 August @ 10am Duleek & District AC 10km, Duleek.
22 August @ 7.30pm, Rathkenny AC 5km.
29 August @ 7.30pm Tara AC 5km, Skryne.
7 September @ 12 noon, Bohermeen AC 5 mile (Rennicks Cup).
14 September @ 11am, Ratoath AC 5km.
28 September @ 11am, Star of the Sea AC cross country, Greenanstown, Stamullen.
7 October @ 11am, St Brigids AC schools cross country Ballinacree, Oldcastle

All events have AAI permits.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Track closed tonight Mon 3rd Feb. U9's Canceled, road run for Adult Section.

Training canceled tonight for U9's due the track still too wet to train on. 

However Adult training will still take place at 7pm but running around the village rather than the track. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Leinster Indoor Championships Day 1- U12 Girls Set New Leinster Record

Day 1 of the Leinster Indoor Championships was held yesterday in Athlone. We had 8 teams competing from the club and 4 athletes in the middle distance events which were included in the programme. The un-even age relays were held in the morning and after getting off to a shaky start in the girls and boys u13 relays, both teams just managed to qualify out of their heats for the finals. The U13 girls and boys really upped their game for the final with both teams finishing 3rd, with great anchor legs from Emma Cororer for the girls and Tom Kilgannon for the boys. The U17 boys also finished 3rd with great performances from Peter Kilgannon, Brian Kiernan, Owen Clayton and Philip Marron. Next up were the individual events where Alex Hunter finished 2nd in the boys U16 1500m in a time of 4:30.9, Philip Marron finished 5th in the U17 1500m with a time of 4:25.9 and Aine O’Connor was 6th in the girls U16 1500m with a time of 5.31. Deirdre Healy secured another Leinster title with a great run in the girls U18 1500m with a PB of 4:48.65.
The even age relays followed the individual events with the U12 girls up first. With a record field of 27 teams competing, 5 heats were required, with top 6 fastest times only making it into the final. The girls qualified from the heat comfortably setting a new Leinster record of 58.9s in the process, they then stormed to victory in the final with another great display to take gold, well done to Ella Healy, Emma O’Connell, Aimee Doherty and Lili O’Connor. The u12 boys team didn’t make it out of the heats, but with two of them still u12 next year, the experience will stand to them. The u14 girls team made up for the disappointment of missing out on a medal last year by securing 3rd place in the 4x200m relay, Aine Cooney ran a great final leg and just missed out on the silver by a fraction. The U16 4 x 200m boys team qualified for the final in 2nd place and were very unlucky to finish 4th in the final with good performances from Tommy Friel, Alex Hunter, Gareth Doyle and Brian Kiernan. The U18 4 x 200m boys team were also unlucky to finish 4th in a highly competitive field, the lads ran a time of 1:38 which is a new club senior record, and this time would have been good enough to take gold last year. Peter Kilgannon ran a storming first leg with a split of 23.7s, good performances also from Ciaran McCarty, Adam Doyle and Ryan O’Connor, Adam and Ryan competing for their first time for the club. Special mention to Philip Marron and Alex Hunter who had a busy day competing in both their individual 1500m and 4 x 200m relays.