Sunday, June 25, 2017

Michael Manning Dunshaughlin 10K

The annual Dunshaughlin 10K road race took place on Saturday June 24th. Ratoath AC was very well represented with a very large team of 16 adult members - our biggest team so far this year . This marked the end of our 8 week 10K improvement plan and all the hard work paid off  .
Henry Fleming ,flying the flag for the men of Ratoath ,led the team home in a blistering time of 44:21.
Our first Woman over the line , in a dramatic finish , was Lianne Bailey in a time of 53:21 smashing her previous PB .
She was followed by Melissa Dunne (54:24), Joanne Lynch ( PB 55:25) , Michelle Doyle (55:33) ,Rachel Connolly ( PB55:57 ) , Una Smith ( 56:32) , Paula Glynn (57:50) ,Sarah Jane Hallinan (PB58:43) ,Mary Keily (59:16) ,Joyce Fitzharris (59:38), Olive Rice(1:00:54) ,Emma Scanlon (1:01:27) , Laura Marshall (1:02:22) , Jackie Doyle (1:03:07) and Joanne Kelly , who has only just returned to running following an injury, sailing over the finish line in a very respectable time and more importantly , injury free :)
Fantastic times , an amazing achievement , well done everyone .
A great night followed with a celebratory dinner and well deserved drinks . Thanks to Lianne Bailey for organising it and thanks to Russell and his team in La Bucca Ratoath for a fabulous evening .

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Conor back with a bang

After a year abroad studying, Conor Duncan arrived back in Ireland on Thursday and wasted no time in demonstrating that he is in good shape and ready to run some fast times. Running in the Belfast Irish milers club B 800m, he was a comfortable winner in 1 min 55.1. Following the pacemaker through 400m in 56/57 seconds, Conor moved to the front, and won going away, by nearly 2 seconds. Everything suggests  the best is yet to come so fingers crossed for an injury free season

First Leinster Title For Ciaran

Ciaran Crowther won his first individual track  title at the Leinster junior championships in Le Cheile , last night. After a tactical opening 1k in the junior 3k, Ciaran and John Halton (Trim a/c) gradually pulled away from the rest of the field. Ciaran then kicked away with approximately 300m remaining to win comfortably in 9 min 46 sec. Not content with his efforts in the 3k, and with only 20 mins to recover, Ciaran returned to take bronze in the 1500m.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Meath League final day this Wednesday June 21st

Final evening of the Meath league takes place this Wednesday evening in Claremont Stadium, Navan.
See event list below. All Ratoath AC athletes encouraged to come and take part and earn valuable  points for your club and gain great experience for themselves in fun environment. We will meet under  the Ratoath AC flag at 6:30pm. Look forward to seeing you all there on Wednesday.

Meath Athletics
Day 4 - Track and Field League 2017
Wednesday 21st June
Claremont Stadium Navan – 7pm

Under 9    (born 2009) - 250m, Turbo Javelin
Under 10  (born 2008) - 60m, Long Jump
Under 11  (born 2007)  - 300m, High Jump
Under 12  (born 2006)  - 60m, Turbo Javelin
Under 13  (born 2005)  - 60m, Shot Putt
Under 14  (born 2004)  - 1,500m, Shot Putt
Under 15  (born 2003)  - 1,500m, Shot Putt
Under 16  (born 2002)  - 800m,  Long Jump

Junior, Senior & Masters Events from 8.30pm
400m, 3,000m & Turbo Jav.


Gold Rush at Leinster Juveniles

Ratoath a/c athletes maintained their current fine form with another string of excellent performances at the Leinster juvenile championships over the weekend.

Matthew Buckley, a triple gold medal winner,  started the ball rolling. Matthew won gold in the u 16 200m (23.69 sec), 100m, (11 88 sec) and the 250m H (35.18). His training partner Rafa McCaffrey was not about to let him grab all the glory and duly took both the u 16 long and triple jumps, respectively with some fine jumping. Jed Walsh maintained  the clubs strong presence in the sprints with  gold in the u 15 200m (24.82 sec), silver in the 250mH,  and a bronze in the 100m. A first individual Leinster title for Jed in his initial season with the club shows what tremendous potential he has over the coming years. Adam Quinn (3rd u 16 javelin and 800m PB of 2 min 22), Matthew Hayes (u 15 1500m 4 min 29.86) and Naoise Mckenna (u 19 800m 2 min 08) all won bronze medals to complete a wonderful medal haul for the lads

The girls were equally focused and determined. Aimee Doherty won the u 14 1500m on Saturday in 4 min 59.83 sec and came back the next day to take silver in the 800m (2 min 24.3). Aimee comtinues to edge closer to Deirdre Healy's junior / senior club record of 2 min 22.6 sec. Amelia Campbell, and Laura Smith also did the 1500m / 800m on consecutive days and both put in excellent runs although just out of the medals Caoimhe Fitzsimons was second in the u 12 long jump with a best of 4.21m while Niamh Murphy was third in the u 12 60mH.

There were plenty of other fine performances from Ratoath a/c athletes over the course of the two days but unfortunately they did not make the rostrum on this occasion - Marcus Clarke, Kevindat Conway, Tom Kilgannon, Fionn Drummond, Emma O Connell, Lilly Nannery, Bronagh O Sullivan, Kyle Witter and Niamh Murray,

Well done to everyone

Sunday, June 18, 2017

St Pauls NS Athletics Day

On Wednesday June 7th ,as the junior and leaving certs kicked off , St Pauls arrived at the track for their annual Athletics day as part of active week . Led by Mr Burns and Ms McCarthy approximately 500 boys and girls from 1st to 6th class participated in a funfilled day of track and field events . Special thanks to the secondary school students - Emma McCamley, Alba Walshe , Aine Cooney , Rionach and Laoise Murphy, who volunteered and helped make the day a memorable event for all .

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Laura, Cara and Sophie Reign Supreme at Leinsters

Laura Kelly, Cara O Sullivan and Sophie Quinn  impressed in their respective events at yesterdays Leinster juvenile championships.

Laura put her recent injury woes behind her when she won the u 13 high jump Leinster title with a wonderful PB of 1.46m .  Cara O Sullivan was equally impressive as she claimed the u 12 high jump title with a 1.31m clearance.  Sophie Quinn dominated the girls u 13 600m  right from the  gun and made running 1 min 41.46 sec  for the distance look easy.  In this kind of form, these girls should be serious contenders for national titles in early July.

Eoin Kane was an excellent 5th in the boys u 13 600m in 1 min 44 sec. He is a tough competitor with real potential and continues to make steady progress year on year.

James Kelly and Fionn Heffernan were 3rd in the u 11 pairs 600m, Gavin Witter and Fionn were 3rd in the pairs long jump while Aisling Shelvin and Olivia Ryan were also 3rd in the u 9 pairs long jump.

 Niamh Murphy was an excellent 6th in the u 12 high jump and 60m.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Womens Mini Marathon 5th June

On a very wet bank holiday Monday, 3 of our Monday night crew braved the elements and ran the Womens Mini Marathon . Smashing their previous 10k times all 3 came in safely under the hour , setting new PBs and recieving very swanky engraved medals for their efforts .
Sarah Jane Hallinan was our first woman home in a terrific time of 59:36 , followed swiftly by Joanne Carrigan ( 59:52 ) and Rachel Connolly ( 59:34 ).
Great to see all your hard work paying off . You did yourselves proud ladies , Congratulations 😊