A super weekend for Greystones AC at the National Championships, with 4 National titles, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals! 2013 U 18 Javelin champ is Stephen Rice, U 18 Steeplechase Champ is Padraig Lennon, U16 Triple Jump Champ is Conor Dempsey & U14, 80m Champ is Alana Ryan. Silver medals in the U16, 80m to Ara Freeman and U16, 250m hurdles to Amaris Borel, with Amaris also taking a Bronze medal in the U16, 80m hurdles and Conor Dempsey taking bronze in both the 80m & the long jump. Alison Dawson Whelan finished 8th in the U15 long jump with 4.58m. Eoin Taggart finished 6th in the U19 3K in 9.39 and Jack Lacey Curtis ran 10.31 in the U18. Cillian Browne had another solid run of 2.07 in the U17 800m. Well done to all! We look forward to Days 3 & 4 in two weeks time!
Congratulations to Ellen McNally & Emma Quirk who won National Silver medals in the Girls U11 Long Jump pairs event last Sat. 29th June in Finn Valley, Donegal. Fantastic jumping by both girls who finished only 2cm off the winners! GAC is very proud of them!
Congrats also to Conor Dempsey who won the Leinster Combined events U16 in Navan and to Richael Browne who was 3rd in the U15 and Lisa Dallaghan who was 4th.
Well done also to Jamie Lennon who ran a new PB in the Junior 800m on Sunday in Tullamore, finishing just ahead of team mate Cillian Browne.
New 1500m PB’s also for Padraig Lennon 4.07 & Eoin Taggart 4.08 in the Graded Meet in Tallaght on Wed. 27th June. Well done lads!
Round 2 of the National League is on Sun 14th July and we have been drawn in Sligo. A bus will be arranged for athletes needing transport. Any athletes from U17 – adult who are available to compete, should let Theresa know please, as we need to fill team places asap. We need everyone we can get in order to reach the league finals again this year.
The Wicklow 3k Junior (U16-U20), Senior/Masters 3K women’s & 5k men’s Championships will be held on the Greystones track on Wed 24th July @ 7pm. Entry to Theresa asap please.
Form is now up on the club web-site for the National Combined Events on Sat/Sun 10th/11th Aug
( All U14/15/16 events are on Sat. while older ages take part over the two days)
Form up also for the Developmental Event for U12/13/14/15/16 on Sun. 11th Aug. This competition has a limited programme, where athletes can compete in two events and it is open to athletes who have not qualified for any events in the National Championships.
Please sign up for these events right away, so that we can focus your training on your chosen events!
Following the very serious incident at last month’s Fit4ife race in Roundwood, the next Fit4Life will be a fundraiser for the purchase of a defibrillator. The next race will take place on Djouce on Wed. the 31st of July. There will be no race fee and no prizes at this race. Instead donations to fund the purchase of the defibrillator will be very welcome and appreciated. Check-in at 7pm, race at 7.30pm. This is a predictor race, where nobody wears a watch and runners predict their finishing time. Token prizes for nearest predictions!
New club singlets are now available. Those who have been waiting for them for competition, can contact Theresa to arrange purchase.
Usual training continues for the 7 - 8.30pm groups, who still have a number of competitions during July and early August. U 12 athletes who have signed up to compete in the Developmental Event on Aug 11th are welcome to attend these sessions. These groups will take a break in Aug. once competitions end, and training will resume at the start of Sept. After a two week break, athletes will need to start doing short runs every second day, in order to return ‘fit to train’.
Please note that athletes who have missed training for several weeks without notifying the club are assumed to have left and have been removed from our check-in sheets and places have been given to waiting athletes. Anyone wishing to return to the club will have to contact us to go back on to our waiting list until places become available.
Many of you have still not collected your athletics registration cards. Please ask for these at check-in, if you haven’t collected it yet. For the younger athletes we would suggest that parents come down and collect them, as they are likely to get lost otherwise and they cannot be replaced. These cards entitle you to a 10% reduction at Woodies. Cards for recent registrations may not have arrived yet.