Club News & Information



Well done to all the athletes & coaches who made it back to training last week in challenging conditions. Some great sessions were done despite the weather! Hoping to see everyone else back this week, as all groups are back training from tonight Tues 9th Jan


Please ensure all athletes bring a coat, hat & gloves to all training sessions, as we are out in all weathers. It is far too cold to be turning up in shorts & t-shirts or hoodies at this stage. It’s easy take something off when you get too hot, but miserable if you have nothing to put on when you’re cold!






Training sessions for all athletes in Groups 1 & 2 (7-8.30pm groups) who are interested in being considered for relay teams at the Indoor Championships on February 24th in Abbotstown, will take place every Wed. evenings from 7-8.30pm. Athletes who wish to be considered for teams, will need to attend these sessions regularly. Sign up at training this Wed 10th Jan.






Registration for this year will take place from 4.45-5.15pm and 6.30-7.30pm on Tues.16th Jan & from 6.30-7.30pm on Fri 19th Jan. 2018. All club athletes must either register at these times or hand in form & fee in an envelope at check-in during that week. Membership forms will be available at registration, or can be downloaded from our website under ‘Training Times & Club Info’ to save time on the night. Please make sure to get your registrations done during this week! Un-registered athletes cannot be allowed on to the track from Tues 23rd Jan. as they will no longer be insured. There will be no exceptions to this!






Well done to Alana Ryan who won the Juvenile Girls Leinster Star Award for 2017 and to Aoife Conroy who won the Senior award. The girls received their awards last Sat. Night in Tullamore.






We had a fantastic day with the Endurance Squad on Tues 2nd Jan. when 56 athletes took to the track to try their hand at Laser Tag. It was a very enjoyable experience and we discovered that we had some fantastic shooters among the group. Many thanks to Pentathlon Ireland for organising this part of the day for us and we hope to try it again in the future. We followed this with a run down to the swimming pool for an excellent Pool Recovery session, many thanks to Eamonn Whelan for this, and finished the day with a fantastic lunch, supplied by all the athletes. We look forward to the next session, which will be open to all interested athletes age 10 upwards.






It would be great 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, as it’s a very important part of the week’s training !!! Venues are posted on our website & FB page each week.




UPCOMING EVENTS (Keep a look out for entry forms)


National Indoor League R1, Sat 13th Jan, Abbottstown


Leinster Juv XC Relay, Inter/Master Champs, Sun 14th Jan, Dunboyne




National Combined Events Sat 20th Jan, Athlone (Form on the website)



National Indoor League R2, Sat 27th Jan, Athlone



National Junior/U23’s, Sun28th Jan, Athlone



National Indoor League Final, Sat 3rd Feb, Athlone




AAI Games, Sun th Feb., Athlone



Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 1, Sat. 10th Feb, Athlone



Intermediate, Masters, Juvenile B & XC Relays. Sun 11th Feb, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway


National Senior Indoors, Sat.17th & Sun.18th Feb. Abbottstown.



Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 2, Sat. 17th Feb, Abbottstown



Leinster Jun/Sen/Masters Indoor Championships Day 3, Sun. 18th Feb, Abbottstown






A reminder to all members that GAC is a voluntary organisation, where all coaches, helpers & committee members give their time freely and without financial reward. Most are trying to fit this in to their already busy lives with work & family commitments, like everyone else. The present group are overstretched trying to cover all the training hours and while we want to offer a big ‘Thank You’ to those who have joined our coaching team in the past couple of months and are delighted to welcome them on board, we are still very much in need of more helpers as we have to maintain the correct ratio of coaches to athletes at all sessions. In future, we may have to send athletes home on occasion if we don’t have enough coaches on a given night. Consequently, we are asking parents dropping children off to wait for coaches to arrive before leaving the track, as otherwise you may have to return to pick them up if we don’t have enough coaches to cover the session!


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.