Club Newsletter



Well done to all who competed in the recent County Championships in Roundwood & Avondale. The Club appreciates your support and participation. We have found over the years that those athletes who take part in competitions get so much more out of their participation and enjoy being part of their teams.

These athletes acquire long term health and social benefits and are less likely to droptheir fitness as young adults. So we were disappointed with the poor attendance and failed to make up teams in many age groups, but we were impressed with the performances of those who did compete at these events.

We had lots of individual medal winners, with Individual Gold medals for Richael Browne U19, Sarah O’Connor U18, Abbie Tyrrell U17, Joe Prendergast U15, Paul Delahunty U14, Individual silver for David Coyle Novice & Intermediate men, Katie Conroy Intermediate Wm, Troy Scully U19 & U18, Rachel Casey U19, Joe Prendergast U16, Paul Delahunty U15, Louise O’Riordan U14. Team Gold for U17 Boys John O’Connor, Colm Flynn, Joe Dowd, Ronan Dempsey, U16 Boys Joe Prendergast, Michael O’Shea, James Smartt, Ronan Dempsey. Team silver for U16 Girls Abbie Tyrrell, Megan O’Brien, Erin Howard, Enya Conroy, Team bronze for Novice Men David Coyle, Jamie Lennon, Robert Costello, AJ Cotter, U13 Boys Chase Scully, Conor Keogh, Tom McCarthy, Cian Smyth, Calum Flynn, U12 Boys Tom McCarthy, William O’Riordan, Rory McNally, Nathan Donlon, Calum Flynn, U11Girls Lucy Garvey, Ailbhe Kelly, Amber Scully, Chloe Hanley, Teagan Griffiths, U10 Girls Grace Rush, Holly Goodwin, Shana O’Dowd, Sarah Jane McCarthy, Teagan Griffiths, Ella Dallaghan. More runners..... makes more teams..... makes more medal winners!

We had the 1st big event of the XC season yesterday with huge fields in the Autumn Open in Abbottstown and we had great performances from Richael Browne & Sarah O’Connor in the Junior Women’s event & Katy Conroy in the Senior Women’s. Well done girls!



As schools are on mid-term next week and children will be out ‘Trick or Treating’ for Halloween on Tuesday night, there will be no training for the 5-6pm & 6-7pm groups next week. Training will go ahead as usual for the 7-8.30pm groups.



We had a fantastic morning in Shanganagh Park on Sunday Oct.15th, when athletes from all over Wicklow gathered for the Endurance Squad session and happily we had a better attendance from GAC athletes this time. It was wonderful to watch so many young athletes working together and I think many surprised themselves by what they were able to achieve. This is a great opportunity to work together and will really benefit everyone who makes the effort to attend.......... and you get to make lots of new friends also!

The next two sessions are being held on Fri 3rd Nov. in Rathdrum & Fri 1st Dec. in Aughrim. As Friday is already a training night for GAC, we are hoping to see a much better attendance at these. There is still time to get involved in this group and great plans to develop it in the future! It will not only improve our County team’s, it will improve Individual & club performances also.



Nice to see more GAC athletes attending the organised Sunday Run, which takes place each Sunday we don’t have a competition, in a variety of beautiful locations around the County. All of you are welcome to join in our Sunday run. Primary schoolers should have an accompanying adult ( who doesn't have to run ), however all ages participate....... up to very old !! Many parents bring younger kids and walk, cycle or run. We meet at 9-20 for a quick warm up & start running at 9-30am sharp. This is our long easy run, where athletes run from 40-80 minutes, age related, at an easy ( not jogging ) conversational pace.............another chance to catch up with the new friends! Hope to see you there. Its the most important session of the week !!! Venues are posted on our website & FB page each week.




Leinster XC Championships 28th October Novice and Even Ages, Navan Adventure Park


Leinster XC Championships 12th November Senior and Uneven Ages, Adamstown, Wexford


Endurance Squad Training Fri Nov 3rd @ 6.30pm Rathdrum Rugby Club



Round 4 Co. League Rathdrum Rugby Club 16th Nov. Check-in 6.30pm - Uneven Ages


Endurance Squad Training Fri Dec.1st @ 6.30pm Aughrim GAA Grounds


Round 5 Co. League Arklow Track 8th Dec. Check-in 6.30pm – Even Ages




The club shop will be open this Tues. 24th Oct from 4.40 -5pm & from 7-8 pm only, for singlets, shorts, leggings, T-shirts, hoodies, rainjackets, showerproof bottoms etc. We also have a good number of 2nd hand spikes and hoodies available. Please note that all athletes competing at Leinster & National events must wear a club singlet or T-shirt and red, white or black shorts! Orders can be taken for any club gear that might be needed in Dec. so that we can make sure we have this available on our next Shop opening in Dec.



A big Thank You to those who have joined the coaching team, however we are still very much in need of more helpers. If you are in a position to help out as a coach or an assistant, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are still very much in need of additional help. We will make sure you get training, so don’t be afraid to offer.


In particular we need help at Tuesday’s 6-7pm session & Friday’s 7-8.30pm session. Please help if you can, as we really don’t want to have to cancel these training sessions!

Forest Feast Launch with GAC 2015


Selection of Relay Teams



25th & 26th May - Leinster U20, Senior & Masters Championships -              SETU Carlow


2nd June - Childrens Games + U12/U13s Championships - Tullamore Harriers


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.