Club Newsletter

Well done to all the GAC athletes who took part in the recent Leinster Relays & Juniors, held in Greystones on Sat. 23rd May. We had a good number of teams in the U9-16 Relays and the boys in particular did really well.

Well done to all the GAC athletes who took part in the recent Leinster Relays & Juniors, held in Greystones on Sat. 23rd May. We had a good number of teams in the U9-16 Relays and the boys in particular did really well. Our U13/14/15/16 boys all took the silvers, our U16 Girls won bronze, our U9B were 4th & our U11B were 6th in their finals.
Junior results saw Richael Browne take gold and Katy Conroy take bronze in the 800m, Rosa Kirwan take gold & Richael Browne silver in the HJ, Ara Freeman take silver in the 100m & bronze in the 200m, Conor Dempsey take silver in the 200m & Isobel O’Grady take silver in the LJ…….a good day’s work!
Last Sat. saw us on the road very, very early for a 9am start in Tullamore for the U9/10/11 pairs & u12 & 13 Championships. It was a very long day for all the athletes, but each & every one of them did GAC proud. Great performances from our athletes and some great results too. Gold for Joe Prendergast in the U13 LJ with a 4th place for James Nicholson, Silver for Michael O’Shea in the U13 60m, bronze for Emma Quirk in the U13 LJ, with a 4th place for Ellen McNally, 4th place for Darragh Rush in the U12 60m. Finals places for Eimear Ryan in the U12 600m & 60m hurdles, Emma Quirk in the U13 hurdles, Erin Howard & Joe Prendergast in the U13 600m & Jack McGlone in the U12 LJ. In the pairs events, Daniel Quirk & Rory McNally U10,won silver in the LJ & bronze in the 60m, Ava Foley & Ailbhe Gordon U10 won silver in the Turbo Javelin. Other notable performances, Ailbhe Gordon & Camille Madden had a 5th place finish in the U10 LJ, Ava Gordon & Camille Madden had a 10th place finish in the U10 60m & Lucy Willoughby & Lucy Daly had a 10th place finish in the U11 LJ.  Well done to all and we wish the qualifiers well in the All Ireland’s!

LEINSTER Combined events for U14 + will be held on Sat 13th June in Celbridge this coming Saturday. Best of Luck to those competing.
LEINSTER U14-19 championships will be held in Tullamore on Sat & Sun 20th/21st June. Entries close on this coming Tues 9th June. Absolutely no late entries can be accepted, so get your entries in now!
Forms will be on our website shortly for the Bray Runners Invitational event, which will be held on Tues 23rd June. As we are only allowed a limited number of athletes in each event, we will give priority to athletes who compete regularly for the club. If there are any places left, these will be given on a first come, first served basis, as per previous years. No training on that night for any groups, due to this event!
Forms will also go up shortly for the National Juniors/U23’s which will be held in Tullamore on Sunday 5th July (Juniors are U17-20) get those entries in.
Our Junior Girls (as part of Slí Cualann) have been selected to take part in the European Clubs Track and Field Junior B competition, to take place in Portugal on the 19th September 2015. This selection is as a result of their performance in 2014 and is a great honour for our athletes and we are very proud indeed to accept the offer. While some of our costs will be covered, we will need to fundraise to help towards flights and other expenses. As our first fundraiser, we will be providing stewards (age 17-adult) for the Sonia 5K on Sat. next in Dunlaoghaire. You will be needed for a maximum of two hours from 6.30-8.30pm and the club will be paid for each steward we provide. Please let us know asap if you can help out with this event and start the ball rolling towards our much needed funds! We really need your help with this!

A number of athletes owe money to the club for unpaid weekly subs. We do remind the athletes about this at check-in, but get little response. We would appreciate it if parents could check this with us and pay off these debts asap. It is easy to forget that you missed some weeks, but unfair on the athletes who always pay if others don’t and it all adds up to quite a bit. 

We will take a break from training for the summer for the age 5-6 & age 7-11groups (ie 5-6pm and 6-7pm), finishing up with a fun evening on Fri 30th June. Already the numbers have dropped off a lot, particularly on Fri evenings, so there is little point in trying to carry on. U12 Athletes competing in the National B Championships on Saturday 18th July may attend the later training sessions. We will return on Tues.8th Sept., which allows a week to settle back in to school first. Please note that  the older groups which train from 7-8.30pm will continue throughout the summer, as we have a lot of competition during this time. We will take a short break in August before returning on Tues. 1st Sept. to prepare for the XC season.

We gave out a number of  the registration cards and the awards and medals on Tues 2nd June, but there are still a lot not collected.  If anyone is available to help for an hour on a Tues evening we could try once more. Athletes may collect their awards themselves, but the registration cards are addressed to the parents, so we cannot give them to the athletes. Athletes are now being issued with Life Registration cards and won’t be getting replacements every year. This is the number that will be used for all your future entries. Not all cards have arrived yet.

Information texts are sent out fairly regularly by the club. It is fine to reply to this number if you are just confirming something. However, if you have a question that requires an answer that day, please text Theresa directly on 0868635797, as a lot of the time I am not in a position to answer webtext replies. This msg. has been sent out on several previous occasions, but the number is still being used a lot for queries!

Forest Feast Launch with GAC 2015


Selection of Relay Teams



8th June - Leinster Combined Events Championships - Tullamore Harriers


9th June - Leinster Juvenile Relay Championships - Tullamore Harriers


15th & 16th June - Juvenile U14-U19 Championships - Tullamore Harriers


Closing dates for entries.