Saturday, May 30, 2015

GloHealth National Schools Champs

The GloHealth national schools championships were held today (30th May) in Tullamore, Conditions were cold, damp and blustery but nevertheless there were some excellent performances from Ratoath A/C athletes representing their schools.

Philip Marron won the intermediate boys 1500m steeplechase in a new club record of 4 min 31.25 sec. He made a break early on and was never headed thereafter and looked like he had a few more gears in reserve if needed. His next race will be the Tailteann games which also serves as a trial for the Irish team to compete in the schools international scheduled for mid July in Glasgow.

Ivie Okome was another to win gold when she ran a very impressive last leg in the minor girls 4 x 100m relay for Mount Sackville.

Matthew Buckley was most unfortunate in the minor boys 100m in that he pulled up after 5 m thinking there had been a recall but still managed to recover to take third in a time of 11.92 sec.

Deirdre Healy took the bronze (4 min 56.85 sec)  in what turned out to be a very tactical senior girls 1500m with Nadia Power and Cliona Murphy. Deirdre is using these 1500m races to hone her speed and will surely benefit from this when she moves back up to her favoured 3K .

Darragh Casey and Raphael McCaffrey both competed in the minor boys long jump and while they did not make the top 6, they will have gained from the experience of competing in their first All Ireland and their day will surely come.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hugh Kelly 3rd in National C/E

Hugh Kelly won bronze at the national masters 35 yrs + combined events at Templemore Stadium on 24th May, The first four athletes were only separated by 63 points after 5 events and Hugh's standout performances included 110m H 20.37, SP 7.84m, LJ 5.09m, HJ 1 54m and 1500m in 4 min 52.32. Congratulations Hugh, on some great performances.

Little Athletics U5/U6/U7 outdoors

Little Athletics U5/U6/U7 is no longer in the school gym, we will be outdoors on the green area next to the athletics track from now on.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Record Haul of Medals at Leinster Relay Championships

The Leinster juvenile and junior sprint relay championships took place last Saturday at Charlesland; Greystones in what were perfect weather conditions for sprinting. We had 13 teams entered for this event and with some exceptional performances from all of our athletes we brought home a haul of 10 medals on the day doubling our previous best of 5 medals in 2013. Our u9 boys and girls kicked off proceedings with the girls qualifying for the final where they finished 5th in a very competitive race, well done to Isabel Wallace, Katie Doherty, Erin Lesson and Amelia Holland. Our u9 boys team of Gavin Witter, Fionn Heffernan, Charlie O’ Connor and Harry Bogan began the medal rush taking bronze in the boys final. We had two teams in the girls u11 event, our blue team Niamh Murray, Cara O’Sullivan, Caoimhe Fitzsimons and Amy Forde placed 4th in their heat but did not qualify for the final, our Yellow team of Laura Kelly, Sophie Quinn, Sophie Green and Aobh Forde finished 2nd in their heat in a close contest with KCH, but the girls pulled out a top drawer performance in the final to take the title in another close race with KCH.
Our u13 teams were up next and both boys and girls teams qualified for the final, Our u13 boys team of Kyle Witter, Oisin Kelly, Fionn Drummond and Tom Kilgannon battled all the way in the final finishing 5th, Our u13 girls team were up against it from a very strong Tullamore Harriers team, our girls ran a great final and were narrowly beaten into 2nd place. Well done to Aimee Doherty, Emma O’Connell, Aoife Rutherford, Ella Healy and Lili O’ Connor. The u15 girls as usual put in another great performance with a powerful run from Aine Cooney to bring the girls into 2nd in the final, the girls ran another senior club record of 52.10s, an exceptional time for 14 years old girls, congratulations to Aine Cooney, Emma Coroner, Ivie Okome, Maria Rogers and Lara Power. Our u15 boys team of Kevin Conway, Matthew Buckley, Daragh Casey and Fergal Kilgannon put in a terrific performance also with a great battle on the final leg, Fergal Kilgannon holding on for 3rd in a photo finish.
With 5 medals from the morning session we looked forward to the even age’s event in the afternoon. Our u10 girls team of  Ciara Coroner, Cara O’Sullivan, Caoimhe Fitzsimons and Niamh Murphy were first up finishing 2nd in their heat and with a great run in the final they placed  3rd to take our 6th medal of the day. Our u12 girls who were not expected to medal ran out of their skins winning their heat and finishing 3rd in the final, with a little more practice this team could do very well at Nationals, well done to Aimee Doherty, Sophie Quinn, Laura Kelly and Eno Okome. Our u14 girls just scraped into the final taking the last fastest loser spot, but that did not deter them and with a powerful run from lane one they finished 3rd in a blanket finish, this was one of our best performances of the day, great credit to Kate Smith, Lili O’Connor, Rachel McPartlin, Emma Coroner and Aoife Rutherford.
Our u14 boys’ team put in another great performance to claim our second Leinster title, after a comfortable win in their heat the lads put in a faultless display of baton changing and sprinting in their final to take the gold with a great anchor leg from Adam Quinn. Our 10th medal of the day came from our Junior men’s 4 x 400m team, the lads ran a new club record of 3:35 finishing 3rd with great running from Brian Kiernan, Ciaran McCarty, Daryn Browne and Philip Marron.
Thanks to all athletes and parents who made the trip to Greystones and we look forward to more success at Nationals in June and July.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

League night this Wednesday in Claremont Stadium, Navan.

Second last night of the league is on this Wednesday night, all club athletes are encouraged to take part in this fun event. please contact your coach for more details.

Meath Athletics
InterClub Track & Field League
Wednesday 27th May - 7.00pm
Program: Day 3
Boys & Girls
Ball Throw
Ball Throw
Ball Throw
Long Jump
Long Jump
        Junior, Senior & Masters 1,500m - 8.30pm
1,500m & Shot Putt

Further League Dates: June 17th 

Leinster U12 & 13 Championship Entries

Entries close for the Leinster U12 and U13 Championships this Wednesday May 27th, if you wish to enter please e-mail your entry to by Tuesday and bring your entry fee to training on Tuesday evening.
Details of all events are on the Athletics Leinster Web site,, entry fee €3.5 per event.
The championships take place on Saturday June 6th at Tullamore Harriers Stadium, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Meath Championship Relays

We had 40 teams competing at the Meath Relay Championships last Wednesday evening from u9s up to Senior level and with great performances by all teams we had our best year ever taking home 11 gold, 9 silver and 2 bronze. 
Well done to all athletes who competed on the night, the event ran smoothly and finished earlier than last year due to the new electronic timing system introduced by Meath Athletics.

Club Results:

U9 Girls                1st                           U9 Boys 4th
U10 girls 1st & 2nd                                                                           
U11 girls 1st
U12 girls 1st                                       U12 Boy 3rd                                   
U13 Girls 1st & 2nd                            U13 Boys 2nd
U14 girls 1st & 2nd                             U14 boys 1st
U15 girls 1st & 3rd                             U15 Boys 1st
U16 Girls 3rd                                      U16 Boys 3rd
Junior Women 2nd                            
Junior Men 2nd
Senior Men 2nd
Women's Medley 1st & 2nd                
Men's Medley 1st and 2nd

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Superb 3k Run by Deirdre Healy

Running in the Irish Milers track meet in Belfast this evening, Deirdre Healy finished  a superb second in the 3,000m. Deirdre took 23 sec off her own PB to record 10mins 06 sec and once again set a new club record for this event. The opening lap was 71 sec but Deirdre stayed off the early hot pace and gradually worked her way through the field to finish strongly and take second. Next up is the Schools All Ireland championships where she will contest the 1500m before siting her leaving certificate and we wish her the very best of luck in both.

Earlier in the day, Ciaran Crowther competed in the Leinster junior 3K championships in Greystones. After a tactical race, Ciaran won an exciting bunch sprint for second and recorded a new PB of 9 min 47 sec. In the right race, Ciaran has the talent to run 9 min 30 and will surely do so sooner rather than later.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Leinster Relays Saturday 23rd

Best of luck to Ratoath AC Athletes in the Leinster relays tomorrow in Shoreline Leisure Sports Park, Charlesland, Greystones, Co.Wicklow.

Uneven relay heats start at 11:30am sharp, athletes are to be at the athletics track in Shoreline Leisure Sports Park at 10:45am. Uneven ages are U9,U11,U13,U15. Siobheal Murry will be meeting at our track tomorrow morning at 9:45am to travel in convoy for anyone not sure of the way.

Anyone taking part in the even relays only ie U10,U12, U14,U16 are advised to be at the athletics track in Shoreline Leisure Sports Park no later than 2pm. please note if your child is taking part in two relays ensure you are there for the earlier start time.

Monday, May 18, 2015

No Little Athletics or 6:30pm Training this Tuesday night

No Training for Little Athletics U6,U7 & U8's this Tuesday night or U12 and older who normally train at 6:30pm, due to the local community games being held at our track. All are welcome to take part in the community games please see time table in post below.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Conor Duncan 5th in Glohealth AAI Games

Conor Duncan produced another excellent performance today when competing  in the GloHealth AAI games at the Morton Stadium, Santry. Conor hung back off the opening lap of 54 sec to eventually finished 5th in 1 min 57.5 sec behind the very imprssive winner, Harry Purcell. This is yet again another new PB for Conor's and is his third sub 2 mins for the 800m in a matter of weeks. It is just reward for all the tough training sessions he consistently put in over the winter months and with a little bit of luck, there is even better to come from him

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Day 2 of Leinster Schools Athletics

Day 2 of the Leinster schools athletics was held in the Morton Stadium, Santry, today. The blustery wind was not condusive to fast times but both Brian Kiernan and Deirdre Healy made light of the demanding conditions.

Brian got off to a slow start in the intermediate boys 400m but finished like the proverbial train to get up for third in a magnificent new PB of 50.96 sec - just 0.14 behind the winner and 0.01 off second. The finish was so tight, nobody was sure who had won until the judges announcement was made.

Deirdre Healy took the field out hard in the senior ladies 1500m and led up to 1100m before Nadia Power put in a blistering last lap to win. Deirdre and Cliona Murphy battled it out all the way down the finishing straight with Deirdre finishing 3rd in 4 min 43.3 sec. Excellent running in the blustery conditions and especially having made all the early pace. It suggests Deirdre will run a very fast time when she moves back up to her favoured 3000m

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Philip Marron Takes Leinster Schools Title

Philip Marron was the toast of Ratoath Community College  today when he won the intermediate boys Leinster schools 1500m steeplechase title  at the  Morton Stadium, Santry. Philip just got the better of fellow Meath man Jarlaith Jordan down the home straight to win in a new PB and club record of 4 mins 40.42 sec. This win was all the more impressive considering Philip has only recently returned to training after an injury. Alex Hunter was 5th in the same race in 4 min 55 sec.  Alex  hinself had only resumed training after a short enforced layoff. Ciaran Crowther did his school proud with an excellent 5th place in the 2000m senior steeplechase and improved his personal best to 6 min 46.79 sec. The intermediate girls 1500m s/chase was exceptionally fast from the gun but Aine O Connor gave it everything to finish just outside the medals in 4th place (5 mins 58 sec).

Matthew Buckley just missed out on the gold in the minor boys 100m while Aine Cooney was another to made it to the podium with an excellent third place finish in the junior girls 100m and recording a new pb of 12.67 sec and club record into the bargain.

Darragh Casey was a brilliant third in the minor boys long jump in a new PB of 5.10m and later went on to show his versatility and finish 6th in the 500m, running 1 min 19,7 sec. Karen Hayes improved her 800m by almost 4 seconds when finishing 7th  in 2 min 31 sec. and continues to get better with every race.

 Emma Coroner was fourth in the minor girls long jump with a very consistent series culminating in a best of 4.61m

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games, Tuesday evening, 19th May,

"Local Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Athletics, Track and Field events, Tuesday evening, 19th May, 2015 at Ratoath AC Track, Jamestown, Ratoath. First race at 6pm. Registration from 5.30pm. Events from U4 years to U16 years.  Children must be under the age as of 31st July, 2015  2 euros entry fee. any queries 086 8466495".

These are approximate times only, events may run ahead or behind time.
Nearside Track
Centre Pitch
Farside Track
Long Jump

Girls U8 60m Heats
Girls and Boys U12 B.Throw
Girls U10 60mH Heats
Boys U14
Girls U14

Boys U8 60m Heats
at 2 stations

Girls U8 60m Final
Boys U10 60mH Heats

Boys U8 60m Final
Girls U14
Boys U14

Girls U4 30m Final
Girls U10 60mH Final

Boys U4 30m Final
Girls U14 L.Puck Boys U12
Boys U10 60mH Final

Girls U5 30m Final
at 2 stations
Girls U12

Boys U5 30m Final

Girls U6 60m Final

Boys U6 60m Final
Boys U12

Girls U10 100m Heats
Girls U14 80mH Heats

Boys U10 100m Heats
Boys U14 80mH Heats

Girls U10 Final
Girls U14 80mH Finals

Boys U10 Final
Boys U14 80mH Finals

Girls U12 100m Heats
Girls U8 80m Heats

Boys U12 100m Heats
Boys U8 80m Heats

Girls U14 100m Heats
Girls U8 80m Finals

Boys U14 100m Heats
Boys U8 80m Finals

Girls U12 100m Finals

Boys U12 100m Finals

Girls U14 100m Finals

Boys U14 100m Finals

Girls U16 100m St Final

Boys U16 100m St Final

Girls U10 200m

Boys U10 200m

Boys and Girls U16 200m New event St Final

Girls U12 600m Final

Boys U12 600m Final

Girls U14 800m Final

Boys U14 800m Final

Boys and Girls U16 1500m