Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 International Mountain Running Youth Cup

The 2015 international mountain running youth cup took place in Smolyan, Bulgaria on 27th June. Ireland had teams in both the girls and boys events. Seventeen teams were represented in the boys race.  Our own Alex Hunter, despite getting a severe stitch on the second of three circuits, again wore the green singlet with pride as he was second Irishman home in 40th. Competition was red hot and the Italian winner of the event is also the current European cross country ski champion.

Well done Alex. Hopefully there will be many more international vests to come in the years ahead

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Youth Hill Running International-Bulgaria

Best of luck to Alex Hunter who has been selected for Ireland to complete at the European Youth Hill Running Championships in Bulgaria this weekend, well done also to our coach Gerry Finnegan who was selected as coach/manager of the Irish youth team.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Treble for Matthew at Leinster Championships

The Leinster u 14 to u 19 juvenile championships were held in Tullamore last weekend with the club well represented as over a dozen athletes competed in various events.

Matthew Buckley had a fantastic treble, winning gold in the u 14 75m H, 200m and 80m sprint. The 200m and 80m  were won in  new championship records of 24.25 sec and  9.72 sec. respectively.

 Brian Kiernan won his first individual Leinster title with an impressive display in the u 17 400m (52.67 sec) less than 24 hours after taking the bronze in the Tailteann games over the same distance. Emma Coroner  was disappointed to just miss out on a medal in the u 14 75m H but in the style of a true champion she bounced back the next day to take bronze in the 80m sprint.  Ivie Okome, Maria Rogers and Aine Cooney had excellent runs over the weekend but unfortunately did not make the podium. Aine however, had the satisfaction of running a new club senior record of 27.34 sec in the 200m

Daragh Casey was fifth in the 200m on Saturday but in his specialist event on Sunday, finished 3rd in the u 15 long jump with 4.90m. Ciaran Crowther ran another impressive PB of 9 min 31.66  when taking third in the u 18 3k while Philip Marron was also third in a tactical u 18 1500m in 4 min 14 sec. Both Adam Quinn and Karen Hayes put in strong performances in their respective 800m races but were out of the medals

Monday, June 22, 2015

Track Not Available - Wednesday June 24th 7:30-9 pm

Please note that the track will not be available this Wednesday June 24th from 7:30-9pm due to a Meath Community Games Event.

U9-13 Leinster Track and Field Championships

The Leinster u9-13 Championships were held on June 6th in Tullamore. We had some terrific performances on the day from all our athletes in both track and field events, club results as follows:

Katie Doherty Isabel Wallace, U9 300m- 9th
Katie Doherty Isabel Wallace, U9 Long Jump- 8th
Fionn Heffernan and James Kelly, U9 300m -3rd
James Kelly and Gavin Witter, U9 long jump-2nd
Charlie O’ Connor and Gavin Witter, U9 Turbo Jav -3rd
Charlie O’ Connor & Fionn Heffernan, U9 60m- 5th
Niamh Murphy Cara O Sullivan, U10 60m- 4th
Ciara Coroner and Caoimhe Fitzsimons, U10 Long Jump-2nd
Ciaran Coroner and Caoimhe Fitzsimons, U10 500m-3rd
Lauren Fewer Ciara Flanaghan, U10 500m – 9th
Aishling Strafford Aobh Forde U11 60m- 8th
Sophie Green Lara Lacey, U11 60m-16th
Sophie Quinn Laura Kelly, U11 600m- 1st
Laura Kelly & Sophie Quinn, U11 Long jump- 3rd
Niamh Murray and Laura Kelly 4th U11 Turbo Jav- 4th
Aimee Doherty, U12 600m- 4th
Lili O’ Connor, U13 80m- 6th, u13 Hurdles- 1st
Aoife Rutherford, U13 Hurdles- 6th
Emma O’ Connell, U13 80m- 10th
Tom Kilgannon, u13 600m- 3rd

Congratulations to all athletes who have qualified for All Irelands.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Tailteann Games 19 June Morton Stadium

The Tailteaan Games were held in Santry today (19th June). Ratoath Community School had two athletes running in the Leinster colours as they competed for the Tailteaan title. With places also up for grabs on the Irish schools team to compete in Galgow in mid July, every event was keenly contested.

Philip Marron continued his unbeaten run in the 1500m steeplechase with another faultless performance over the barriers and took the title in 4 min 31.8 sec which was just a fraction outside his personal best.

Brian Kiernan also caught the eye with his trademark strong finish to get up for third right on the line in 51.5 sec. This is Brian's first season running the 400m and he has made  huge progress in what is a very demanding event. Later on in the afternoon, Brian had the satisfaction of anchoring the winning Leinster team in the 4 x 400m relay in a time of 3 min 25 sec. Brian's leg was timed at 50.88 sec

Fingers crossed that both lads get selected on the Irish schools international team

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Meath Inter Club League- Final Night

Please see below programme for the final night of the inter club league, we are currently leading Division 1 thanks to great support from our athletes and parents over the previous 3 nights. 
Again we would like to encourage all of our athletes to take part tomorrow night.

Wednesday 17th June - 7.00pm

 Program: Day 4

 Boys & Girls

Ball Throw
Long Jump
High Jump
Ball Throw
Long Jump

            Junior, Senior & Masters 400m & 3,000m from 8.30pm
400m, 3,000m & Ball Throw

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Club Championships

The final night of our club championships will take place this Tuesday June 16th, events for Little Athletics commencing at 6:30pm and u9-16 at 7pm. Please ensure all little athletics u6-8 age groups are at our track for 6:15pm. Our sprints programme will commence at 7pm with races for u9-16 and a fun Mam and Dad’s 60m race. The balance of the field events for u13-16s will also take place as per programme below. The club will finish up for summer on Tuesday June 23rd and will re-commence at the end of August.
The final Meath League Night takes place on Wednesday June 17th in Claremont Stadium Navan, we would like to thank all of our athletes and parents who attended the previous nights and hope that we can get a good turnout for the final night. A programme of events for the final league night will be posted to our web-site on Tuesday.


Ratoath Ac Championships

Day 2 Events

Middle Distance Events Field Events
6:30- U6 Obstacle Course U13 Boys Long Jump U14 Girls Shot

6:40- U7 Obstacle Course

6:50- U8 Obstacle Course

7:00- U9 Girls 60m U13 Girls Long Jump U14 Boys Shot

7:05-U9 Boys 60m

7:10-U10 Girls 60m

7:15- U10 Boys 60m U15 & 16 Girls Long Jump

7:20- U11 Girls 60m

7:25- U11 Boys 60m

7:30- Mam's & Dad's 60m U15 & 16 Boys Long Jump

7:40-U12 Girls 60m

7:45- U12 Boys 60m

7:50- U13 Girls 80m

7:55- U13 Boys 80m

8:00-U14 Girls 80m

8:05-U14 Boys 80m

8:10-U15 & 16 Girls 80m

8:15-U15 & 16 Girls 80m

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ratoath Ac Club Championships

Day 1 of Ratoath Ac Club Championships will take place this Tuesday evening June 9th. General registration will take place at 6:20pm with events starting at 6:30pm. €2 registration fee applies and all athletes must be registered members of Ratoath Ac in order to compete.
Day 1 will consist of Middle Distance events and Field events for U12,13 and 14 Athletes, Day 2 will take place on June 16th commencing at 6pm with sprint races for u9-Senior level and non-competitive obstacle course for U6,7,8 to show off their variety of skills learnt.
We will also have a fun Mam's and Dads race over 60m.
The balance of U13-16 Field events will take place on day 2, and u9-11 field events will take place during normal training sessions.
Club medals will be presented to u9-12 age groups on day 2, individual event medals will be presented directly after events on Day 1 and 2.
Day1 Events

Middle Distance Events

Field Events
6:30- U9 Girls 300m U13 Boys Shot
U12 Girls L. Jump U12 Boys Turbo J.

6:35- U9 Boys 300m

6:40- U10 Girls 500m

6:45- U10 Boys 500m U13 Girls Shot

6:50-U14 Girls 800m

6:55-U14 Boys 800m

7:00- U11 Girls 600m U15 & 16 Girls Shot U12 Boys L. Jump U12 Girls Turbo J.

7:10- U11 Boys 500m

7:15- U15 Girls 800m U15 & 16 Boys Shot
U14 Girls L. Jump

7:20- U15 Boys 800m

7:25-U12 Girls 600m

7:30- U12 Boys 600m

7:35- U13 girls 600m

U14 Boys L. Jump

7:40- U13 Boys 600m

7:45- u15&16 800m

Leinster Team Event

The Leinster team event was held last Monday in Tullamore, We had 4 teams competing from the club and all teams came away with medals, Our u9 boys didn’t have much luck on the day but still managed to finish 3rd, well done to Fionn Heffernan, Gavin Witter, Charlie O’ Connor and James Kelly. Our u10 girls were in great form and won their first Leinster title with a terrific all round team effort from Cara O’ Sullivan, Ciara Coroner, Caoimhe Fitzsimons and Eline Lund. The u11 girls only missed out on the gold by 1 point with great track and field performances from Niamh Murray, Sophie Quinn, Laura Kelly, Aishling Strafford and Sophie Green. The u13 girls also took gold, however a late change to the relay rules and points allocation after presentation suggested that they finished 2nd, the girls were already well down the road and were happy to take home their gold medals.
Well done to all athletes and thanks to parents who gave up their bank holiday Monday for this event.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Thank you Intel’s Involved Matching Grant Program

Ratoath AC would like to extend our gratitude to Intel and their Involved Matching Grant Program.

Mary Keily Club Treasurer and Sinéad McGoldrick club Secretary went to Intel’s involved matching grant program event recently to be presented with a $2,410 cheque and to acknowledge the positive impact intel employees have had on their communities also to mark the success of the program in 2014. 
Huge appreciation to Intel employee and club photographer Joe Kilgannon for giving his time to Ratoath AC over the years and for choosing Ratoath AC as his local community group.
This money is gratefully received by our club it will be put to good use in our upcoming projects.

Below photo of Ratoath AC athletes at the Meath Relay Championships with the cheque. and photo of cheque we received from Intel with Eamonn Sinnott, Intel Ireland General Manager, Mary Keily, Sinéad McGoldrick, the Mayor of Kildare, Fiona O’Loughlin and Joe Kilgannon.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Leinster Senior & Masters Championships

Strong winds in Tullamore last Sunday made conditions tough for those competing the the Leinster track & field championships.

Conor Duncan timed his effort to perfection in the senior 800m and won in 1 min 59.65 sec. This is Conor's first Leinster senior title in what has been a great track season for him so far. Siobheal Murray also won gold in her specialist HJ event with a height of 1 .45m and then went on to take the silver in the long jump (3.67m) . Ciaran Crowther was 7th in the senior mens 1500m.