Congratulations go to Padraig Lennon on his fantastic win in the Raheny mile in a superb 4.18. Padraig followed this up a week later with a season opener of 2.02 in the Leinster Junior Indoor 800m, which earned him a bronze medal in the event. Aisling Moore took bronze in the High Jump at the same event and Jack Lacey Curtis finished 5th in his first indoor 3K in 10.28. Meanwhile, Dylan Grimes Larkin was setting a new PB of 31.20 in the Raheny 5 mile with Jackie Patrick running a fantastic 37.46. In Kilruddery on the same day, we had 12 hardy souls taking the Hell & Back Challenge and all survived to tell the tale with some terrific performances all round…… well done to all!
We had some great competition in the Leinster relays, with a number of our teams making the finals and three teams making the rostrum. It was particularly exciting to have three of the six teams in the U15 girls final wearing GAC colours and taking both silver and bronze medals. Our U14 girls also took bronze medals, with the boys U12 in 4th and both our girls U16 teams making the final and finishing 4th & 5th. Well done to all and best of luck to U14’s Alana Ryan, Rachel Diggin, Rachel Purcell Aislinn Smyth & 15’s Lisa Dallaghan, Richael Browne, Rebecca Murphy, Alison Dawson Whelan & Susie McParland, Hilary Gallagher, Alana Ryan, Rachel Purcell in the All Irelands!
High Jumper, Pippa Rogan finished in the medals at the National Juniors on Sunday last, with all three medalists going out on 1.68m. Well done Pippa!
Entries are now closed for the Leinster Indoors on the 9th/10th March in Athlone and no late entries can be accepted. We have a small number of rooms available for club members that weekend, if anyone wishes to stay over on Sat. night. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so contact Theresa asap if you wish to stay over.
We have organised a training day for this Friday 15th Feb. for athletes U12 and upwards (born 2002 and before) Warm-up at 12.30pm, with high jump & long jump from 1-2pm and hurdle & shot putt from 2-3pm. Athletes can take part in all or some of the events. Those only doing hurdles and/or shot should arrive at 1.30 to warm- up. Those doing HJ/LJ only will be free to go after 2pm, once they have cooled down and stretched. This event will be particularly beneficial for athletes competing in Athlone on March 9th/10th.
Our club AGM will take place on Thurs 7th March at 8pm. All club members and parents of juvenile members are encouraged to attend and will be made very welcome. Why not come along and see what makes the club tick and maybe add your ideas and suggestions for the future. While we are always looking for new committee members and helpers, we promise not to put pressure on anyone on the night.
Round 4 of the XC League will take place in Roundwood GAA on Friday 22nd Feb 6.45pm. Uneven Ages U/7,U/9, U/11, U/13, U/15.
The first Fit4Life race of the year, hosted by Greystones AC was a great success. Round 2 will be held in Rathdrum on Thurs 21st Feb. It is a 3 mile road race and open to all. Check-in at 7pm, race starts at 7.30pm. Cost €5 to athletic club members and €7 to all others. Prizes to first 3 men & 3 women in each category + spot prizes!