Hope everyone has managed to stay nice & warm this week and you have all had lots of fun in the snow. We hope to get back to normal training this coming week, with all groups back on Tues. evening at their usual times. However this will be subject to weather conditions and the track being open, so please keep an eye on our website & FB page for updates.
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-shirt or hoodie at this stage. It’s easy to take something off when you get too hot, but miserable if you have nothing to put on when you’re cold or don’t have a jacket when it’s raining. Athletes also need to wear suitable runners and not street shoes or Astro Turf shoes, which are unsuitable for athletics.
Due to the present weather conditions, the final day of the Athletics Leinster Juvenile Championships scheduled for the AIT Arena this Saturday has been postponed. As this event is a qualifier for the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships, Athletics Leinster will run their program on the 11th March and Day 1 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships (Relays and older age field events) will be held on SATURDAY 7th APRIL. The program on the 18th and 25th March is unaffected.
This decision has been taken so that all athletes’ will be given an opportunity to compete and qualify for their National Championships.
All Ireland Schools Cross Country, Sat 10th March, Waterford IT
National Masters Indoor Championships, Sat. 10th March, Athlone
Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 4, Sun. 11th March, Athlone
National Juvenile Indoor Championships, Day 2, Sun 18th March, Athlone
National Juvenile Indoor Championships, Day 3, Sun 25th March, Athlone
National Juvenile Indoor Championships, Day 1, Sun. 7th April, Athlone
CLUB AWARDS NIGHT
Our club awards night for 2017 will be held in Greystones Tennis Club on Friday. 23rd March at 7pm. This will take a similar format to previous years, where athletes get certificates for Attendance, Attitude & Achievement during 2017, with those who achieve all three getting an added award. There will also be 5yr, 10yr & 15 yr membership awards, Achievement awards & our Athlete of the Year. Light refreshments will be served afterwards with some treats for the athletes.
While these awards are for athletes who were with us during 2017, all athletes and their families are welcome to come along and be part of the celebrations on the night This is a great opportunity to come along and meet our volunteers and maybe have a chat with the people who coach your child each week. There will be no training on Friday 23rd to facilitate this Awards night.
The club AGM will be held on Thurs. April 12th at 8pm. All members and parents of juvenile members are invited and encouraged to attend. The AGM is an opportunity for members to find out more about the running of the club, put ideas/suggestions forward and maybe get involved in helping the club to progress in the future. While we would welcome new members on to the club committee or any of our sub committees, we will not put pressure on anyone, so please come along on the night.
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 30-80 minutes, age related, at an easy (not jogging) conversational pace.............another chance to catch up with or make 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.