Congratulations to Conor Dempsey who won the Scottish National U16 Long Jump last weekend with a big PB of 5.90m. Conor also took bronze in the 60m. Well done also to Cillian Browne, Steven Diggin, Padraig Lennon, Dylan Grimes Larkin & Jack Lacey Curtis who also travelled to Glasgow and put in some first class racing in the wonderful new Emirates arena.
All roads lead to Athlone this weekend, where many of our athletes will compete in the fabulous new International Arena for the very first time. The very best of luck to all competing and we hope you all enjoy the experience. There will be a list on our web-site with details of who’s competing each day and in what events. Start time is 10.30am each day and you will need to allow at least 30 – 40 mins for warm-up etc. It is difficult to predict start times for events during the day, as we don’t know how many athletes will turn up to compete in each event.
The programme for the two days is on www.athleticsleinster.com Those doing 600m on Sat. should be safe enough arriving by 11.30, the hurdles by about 12 and the 60 on Sun. by about 12. There will probably be two Long Jump, & High Jump areas in operation, boys & girls, and it is likely to take at least half an hour for each. These estimates could be way off and you still might have a long wait, but it is better to wait two hours than to drive all that way and arrive too late. Club singlets must be worn!
Please note that any athletes who put their names forward and who fail to turn up, must refund their entry fees to the club. €120 of the fees paid out for our relay teams went to waste, due to athletes not attending.
For athletes needing singlets, shorts etc. for this weekend, our club shop will be open this Fri 8th from 6.30 – 7pm. We have a small number of second hand spikes on offer also. Please note that only 5mm spikes are allowed on any track and these will be checked at the weekend.
For any of our coaches who have done the Athletics Leader and/or Assistant Coaches course and would like to upgrade to Level 1, there will be a course here in Greystones over two weekends.
Level 1 Coaching Course, Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
Friday 15th & Saturday 16th March and Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd March.
(6pm - 10pm Fridays and 10am - 5pm Saturdays)
Location – Shoreline Sports Complex (Track), Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
For those coaches who have not yet done a course, or anyone who would like to start helping out with coaching, there is an Athletics Leader Course on Sat 13th Apr. from 10am-5pm at Shoreline Sports Complex (Gym), Greystones.
I am also in the process of arranging another Code of Ethics course as many of us are due to renew this in 2013.
All coaches need to complete at least one coaching course and the Code of Ethics course and must complete a Garda vetting form.
We are arranging talks on Nutrition & Hydration in April, for athletes from age 12 upwards. Details to follow shortly.
Our club AGM had to be postponed this week and will now take place on Thurs 21st March at 8pm in Shoreline Sports Park (track). 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, coaches and helpers, we promise not to put pressure on anyone on the night.
The third Fit4Life race, hosted by Greystones AC, is a timed mile on the track and will take place on Wed 20th March. Check-in from 7pm, races start at 7.30pm and will be run off every 15 mins. Cost €5 to athletic club members and €7 to all others. Prizes to first 3 men & 3 women in each category + spot prizes!
COUNTY ROAD RACE
Athletics Wicklow 5K Road Race Championships in Ashford on Wednesday 3rd of April
Registration from 6.15pm. Start Time 7.00pm . Junior/Senior/Masters categories.
All athletes participating must be registered with AAI and their 2013 Reg Numbers recorded on the Entry Form.