Monday, March 31, 2014

Ratoath Rathbeggan Community Games Swimming Gala

A Reminder for all our Club members who are interested in Swimming, The annual Ratoath-Rathbeggan Swimming Gala takes place this Sunday April 6th. Details below:

Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Swimming Gala 2014 

Sunday, 6th April, 5pm at Coolmine Swimming Pool (near Powercity), D 15.  
Registration from 4.30pm, 2 euros to enter.
Ages U8 to U16, swimmers of all levels welcome.
Contact 086 8466495 with any queries.

Meath Inter Club League Day 1B Report

The Meath inter Club league day 1 B took place at Cushinstown indoor track last Wednesday, as day 1 was split over two nights, it was the turn of the u9,11,13,&16 juvenile age groups. Again we had some great performances from all age groups and we came away with 6nr first place, 2nr second place and 2 nr third place and a large number of 4th -8th place finishes. The u9s most of whom were in action for the first time performed very well on the night with 4 of the girls making the u9 60m final. Caoimhe Fitzsimons finished 2nd in the final and also won the girls u9 long jump. We were strong again in the sprint events, Aimee Doherty, Matthew Buckley, Emma Coroner and Brian Kiernan all winning their event, Brian Kiernan did the double winning the u16 high jump also. Rachel McPartlin and Emma Coroner finished 2nd and 3rd in the girls u13 high jump. 

Thanks to all parents and athletes who made the trip on the night. Day 2 of the league will take place on April 30th at Claremont Stadium, Navan.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

All Ireland Juvenile Indoors- Day 1 & 2 Report

The National Juvenile individual indoor championships was held last weekend in Athlone. We had 10 athletes competing from the club, a great number considering we only had two athletes at these championships last year.
Day1- Saturday March 22nd
Day 1 seen our sprinters in action in the morning session, Lili O’ Connor, Matthew Buckley and Ivie Okome all ran good heats and qualified for their finals comfortably, Lili got off to a bad start in her final, but still managed to finish 6th, she was a little disappointed, but in only her first year of completion this was a good result at national level. Ivie was not on top form on the day and again she was disappointed to finish 8th in her final. Matthew Buckley was in flying form again setting an Irish Championship record in the heats of the u13 boys 60m with a time of 8.01. Matthew was put under pressure in the final and was behind at 40m, but he kept his cool and came through to win by 2m from the Portmarnock AC athlete. This was a great result for Matthew, claiming his first National title and he got the weekend off to a great start for the Club. Emma Coroner competed in the girls u13 long jump, Emma’s best jump of the day 4.2m was a bit below her pb of 4.28, but still good enough to make the jump off and she eventually finished 8th in the final. Emma has made huge progress this year in the long jump. Tom Kilgannon was first up in the afternoon and was a strong contender for a medal in the boys u12 600m, unfortunately Tom got off to a bad start and hurt his foot on the track kerb which cost him a lot of time, he fought back well to finish 8th in a time of 1:52s, well below his pb of 1:49. Again Tom has made great progress winning the Leinster title this year and will be back to fight another day. Alex Hunter, Philip Marron and Deirdre Healy competed in the 1500m in the evening session, Philip had another great run finishing 5th in the boy’s u17 final with a new pb of 4:21.37. Alex had a good run also finishing 5th in the U16 1500m with a pb of 4:28.92. Deirdre Healy fresh from her bronze medal in the All Ireland Schools Cross Country the previous weekend showed no signs of tiredness winning the girls u18 1500m convincingly in yet another pb of 4:46.93 earning our second Gold of the Weekend.
Day 2- Sunday March 23rd
We only had 4 athletes competing on Day 2, Lili O’ Connor quickly got over her disappointment from the previous day with a terrific display in the girls U12 long jump. Her first jump of 4.31m was her best jump on the day and was good enough to take the Gold. A great performance by Lili who was had 3 jumps in excess of 4m and her 4.31m jump added 15cm to her pb. Matthew Buckley returned for the boys u13 hurdles, Matthew made the final where he finished 6th. Eoin Clayton competed in the boys U17 high jump, Eoin finished 10th with a jump of 1.50m. Peter Kilgannon qualified comfortably from the heats of the boys u17 800m, Peter really went for it in the final going through the first lap with the leaders in sub 58s, but the top 4 got away from him on the final lap, and he finished 5th in 2:07, four seconds off his seasons best.
This was a record Weekend for the Club winning 3 National Gold Medals and We hope there is more to come in the up an coming outdoor season. Well done to all athletes who competed at the weekend. 

National Juvenile Indoors Relays

Best of luck to our three Relay teams who travel to Athlone today for the National Juvenile Indoor Relays. The u13 boys will be on first at about 10:30 and the U12 and 14 Girls will be on in the afternoon commencing at 2pm. All updates will be available on the Ratoath Ac twitter feed.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Meath Inter Club League-Day 1 B

Day 1 B of the Meath inter club league takes place this Wednesday at Cushintown, commencing at 7:15pm sharp. Events on the night for U9,11,13 and 16 age groups only.  Event details listed below.

Meath Athletics

Inter Club Track & Field League

March 26th 2014 - 7.15 p.m. - Cushinstown AC

Program: Day 1(b) 

Boys & Girls

U9 60m Long Jump 2006
U11 60m Long Jump 2004
U13 60m High Jump 2002
U16 60m High Jump 1999

Friday, March 21, 2014

National Juvenile Indoors

Best of luck to our 10 athletes who will compete at the National Juvenile indoors this weekend. Tomorrow morning will see Lili O' Connor, Ivie Okome and Mathew Buckley compete in the 60m heats at 10am, followed by Emma Coroner who will be competing in the u13 long jump at 11am, Tom Kilgannon takes to the track at 3:15 for the boys u12 600m final. Alex Hunter, Philip Marron and Deirdre Healy compete in the 1500m at 4:40pm.
On Sunday Matthew Buckley competes in the boys u13 60m hurdles at 10am, followed by Eoin Clayton in the boys u17 high jump and Lili O’ Connor  in the girls u12 long jump at 1:30pm. Peter Kilgannon will compete in the u17 800m at about 2:30pm.
Live updates via Ratoath Ac Twitter feed and this year the events will be streamed live on the Athletics Ireland Web Site at the ink below.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Meath Primary Schools Cross Country

The Meath Primary Schools Cross Country was held last Friday at Fairyhouse Racecourse. We had a great turnout from the local Schools and our club athletes were prominent in both individual and team events on the day. Laura Kelly representing St. Pauls had a great run finishing 2nd in the girls 1st & 2nd class event, her club mate Niamh Murray impressed also finishing in 3rd position. St. Pauls NS finished 2nd and Ratoath NS took the bronze in the team event.  In the boys 1st & 2nd class race, new club member Christopher Dunne had a great race to take gold for Ratoath NS, he was followed in by Cian Crawford in 4th and Mark Wallace 11th, Ratoath NS also won the boys team event.
In the girls 3rd & 4th class race we had a 1,2 3 for the Club with Aoife Rutherford and Aimee Doherty 1st and 2nd for St. Paul's NS and Sophie Quinn 3rd for St. Andrew’s NS Curragha. Curragha won gold in the team event, with St. Pauls NS 2nd and Rathbeggan NS 3rd.  In the boys event Tom Kilgannon had another good run finishing 2nd for Ratoath NS and he led his team to 2nd place in the team competition. Fionn Drummond Rathbeggan NS finished 17th.
In the 5th & 6th class event, Karen Hayes finished 3rd for Ratoath NS, with club mates Ivie Okome, Rachel McPartlin and Maria Rogers finishing  in 22nd,26th and 33rd which was good enough to take the bronze in the team event. Lili and Sophie O' Connor finished 10th and 11th and their Trim School finished 2nd in the team event. Matthew Buckley who is more accustomed to the shorter distances had a terrific run to win the boys event for St. Paul’s NS. 
Thanks to all who helped out on the day and thanks to Tommy Boshell and Paddy Mangan who set up the course.