TRAINING AND COMPETITION
Regular training continues this week at the usual times, for all age groups!
Entry form for the Leinster Uneven ages (U11-17) & Intermediate XC in JFK Park, New Ross will shortly beon the website and entries close on Sat. Night 31stOct. Leinster will not accept any late entries, so do it asap and don't miss out! Please enter only once, as some athletes are being entered over & over. We had 14 entries for one athlete for one of the events.
Hot on their success at the European Cup in Portugal, we learnt this week that the junior girls team have again qualified for this competition in 2016 from their great results in the National Junior competition during the Track & Field season. We are absolutely delighted for them and so very, very proud of them. The girls are very excited and already planning fund-raising events towardsit.
WARM WEATHER TRAINING
Anyone who is interested in the proposed warm weather training trip next Easter, but has not handed back their 'show of interest form' needs to do so immediately. Open to all athletes U16 up in 2016, who regularly attend training & competition. Younger athletes may go if accompanied by an adult. Forms available at training, but need them back quickly. Places are limited.
The club shop will be open on Tues 3rdNov. from 4.40-5pm & again from 6.30 – 7.30pm, before the next Leinster competition. We have club singlets, shorts, hoodies, rain jackets, T-shirts, leggings etc. for sale, all at cost price and also some second hand spikes at very reasonable prices. We also have club pensfor sale @ €3 each or two for €5, which are being used as a fund raiser for the away trip. They will make great stocking fillers! The committee are also looking into organising a club calendar, which will be available early in Dec and will make a great Xmas pressie, so hold off on buying any 2016 ones.
REGISTRATION FOR NEW ATHLETES
We have handed out registration forms to all our new athletes and while most have returned them, there are still a few outstanding. It is essential that these are returned asap, as we cannot have unregistered athletes at training sessions. If you have not done so already please return your form, as we do not want to have to refuse admittance to any child. Those already registered for 2015, do not need to register again.
We use webtext to communicate changes or send reminders, but I must remind you once again that if you have a query that requires an answer then you need to text Theresa on 0868635797, not the webtext number. While I am set up to receive the webtext msg. on my phone, I can only answer them from my laptop, so if I am at work or training, you may have a long wait for a reply.
XC RACE REPORTS
Huge congratulations to all the athletes who competed in the XC over the last couple of weeks.
Wicklow XC Championships, in Roundwood. Uneven ages & Intermediate
Better numbers this time, but still small when you consider how many train each week.
We had only two girls for the U9 Lucy Garvey & Amber Sculy and just one boy Tristan Joylrt Cunningham. We had 11girls in the U11 race Sarah Hayes, Tara Casey, Lucy Willoughby, Camille Madden, Lucy Daly, Alex Mulcahy, Juliette Madden, Keelin McGuire, Kate Kennedy Whelan, Aoibhin Downey & Georgia Hogan and some great running saw the girls finish 4thteam overall. 6 in the U11 boys where we had a great run from Ed Nicholson to take the bronze medal, with the boys team Davey Kennedy Whelan, Chase Scully, Tom McCarthy, Daniel Quirk & Rory McNally taking the silver medals. At U13 we had 10 girls competing with Ella Shanley having a great race to finish 4thand Eimear Ryan close behind in 6th. Along with team members Louise O'Rordan, Ellen McNally, Enya Conroy, Erin Howard, Emma Quirk, Alannah Guilfoyle, Maebh O'Neill & Robin Carroll the girls also took the silver team medals. Gold medals for the U13 boys, with a really strong run from Joe Prendergast to take the individual Gold medal, Jack McGlone 4th, Danny Jones 5thand Paul Delahunty 6th& Michael O'Shea 8th. Gold medals also for the U15 girls, with Abbie Tyrrell having a super race to take the individual silver medal and Megan O'Brien, Katie Lawless, Sarah O'Connor, Frances Dallaghan Alice O'Neill & Grace Kirwan. Only three U15 boys with Alan Gordon taking individual bronze, John O'Connor 4th& Ronan Dempsey 5th. As there were no teams of 4, the boys were awarded the gold medals. Only two U17 girls Megan Healy 5th& Rachel Casey 9th. Cillian Browne had a great race in the U19 boys and won very comfortably. A bronze medal for Jamie Cullen on his return to XC led the Intermediate men's team Caoimhin MacMaolain, Dermot Hughes & AJ Cotter to a 4thplace finish.
Leinster XC Championships, in Moyvalley. Even ages, Novice & Masters.
Very disappointing numbers for the first of the Leinster events, where we only managed to fill two teams. Lets hope for a much better turnout at the uneven ages in Wexford on Nov 8th. Congratulations to all the athletes who competed so well on the day.
Four girls took part in the Open U10 race Tara Casey, Sarah Hayes, Alex Mulcahy, Amber Scully, with great running from all four. There were huge numbers in all the Championships races where we had five girls in the U12 with Eimear Ryan having a great run to finish 39thout of a field of 129. Team members were Isabelle Donnelly 103, Rachel Jones 111, Lucy Jones 113 Maebh O'Neill 118. A huge field in the boys race also where we only had two athletes, Paul Delahunty 59 & Chase Scully 95. Another big field in the U14 girls where Abbie Tyrrell had another great race to finish 18thoverall, with Ella Shanley 56, Megan O'Brien 60, Enya Conroy 115. The U14 boys saw another great run from Joe Prendergast to finish 20thout of age, with Joe Dowd 47 & Danny Jones 63.Again only two in the girls U16, with a fantastic race from Sarah O'Connor for a 16th place finish out of age, with Holly Byrne in 30th.Only one in the boys, where despite the strapped kneeBen Jones, also out of age, finished 20th. The U 18 girls saw Richael Browne 9th& Susie McParland 12thin the medals and also Katy Conroy 7thin the U19. These girls were all part of the Slí Cualann junior girls team who won both club & County gold medals. Carol Costello finished 15thin the M2 & AJ Cotter 26thin the M4.
Photos from recent XC events can be found on the club website & FB page!