RETURN TO TRAINING
We have now been back training for three weeks and while attendance so far has been great by many with tremendous work being done, it has been poor in some groups particularly on Friday nights. We look forward to a big improvement this coming week and remind everyone that we cannot hold places indefinitely for athletes who don’t attend regularly, as we have waiting lists on most groups.
REGISTRATION OF NEW ATHLETES
We welcome all our new athletes and hope they are settling in well. We would appreciate it if those who have been doing trials for the last couple of weeks could now get their registrations in please. Registration forms are available at check-in or can be downloaded from our website, under ‘Training Times & Club Info’. Please put form & fee in an envelope and hand in at check-in this coming week.
Thanks to all who responded to our reminders and paid off their overdue subs & race fees. There are still a small number unpaid, so please try to get this sorted this week. We also note that athletes are starting to build up unpaid subs again and remind you that you now have the option to pay in advance if you find it difficult to remember your weekly €2. The fee from Sept to Dec is €30, or from Oct to Dec €22. Please note that athletes who have paid in advance still need to check-in each night, as we must keep a record of attendance. Weekly subs are used to pay for track hire, entry fees and replacement equipment etc.
COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY
Competition is upon us already with our first event of the season taking place this coming Sunday
30th Sept in Knockraheen, Roundwood (located approximately 2km outside Roundwood Village on the R765 ). This is the Wicklow
County Novice and Even Ages (U8/10/12/14/16/18/Junior/Novice) Athletes CAN move up an age. Start time is 11am with the girls U8, boys U8, girls U10 etc.
Distances: Boys and Girls U/8 500m, U/10 1000m, U/12 2000, U/14 3000m U/16
4000m. Girls U/18 and Junior 4000m. Boys U/18 and Junior 6000m
Novice Men 6000m, Novice Women 4000m. Entry form is on our website and entries close on Thurs 27th Sept.
Hoping to see a really good turn out of athletes on Sunday at this event!
New members who wish to compete on Sunday need to get their registration forms in asap.
Our 2nd event is the Wicklow County Intermediate and Uneven Ages
Date: Sunday, 7th October, Venue: Avondale Forest Park, Start Time: 11 am.
Distances: Boys and Girls U/7 200m, U/9 800m, U/11 1500m, U/13 2500m,,U/15 3500,
U/17 Girls 4000m, U/17 Boys 5000m, U/19 Girls 4000m, U/19 Boys 6000m.
Intermediate Men 8000m Intermediate Women 4000m. Entry form will be on our website from Sunday 30th & entries will close on Thurs 4th Oct.
Wicklow County XC Championships, Sun. 30th Sept. in Roundwood @ 11am Novice & Even Ages
Wicklow County XC Championships, Sun. 7th Oct in Avondale @ 11am Intermediate & Uneven Ages
Autumn Open XC, Sun. 21st Oct., Abbottstown, Junior/Senior/Masters
Leinster XC Championships, Sat. 27th Oct. Novice and Even Ages, Navan Racecourse, Co. Meath
Leinster XC Championships, Sun.11th November Senior and Uneven Ages, Adamstown, Co Wexford
Round 3 County League, Aughrim on Friday 19th Oct. Check-in 6.30pm - Even Ages U6-U14/15
Round 4 County League, Bray Fri 16th Nov. Check-in 6.30pm - Uneven Ages U7-U15
As we have a number of athletes looking for club gear before the upcoming Cross Country (XC) the club shop will be open this Tues. 25th Sept. 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. If you don’t have club gear a plain T-shirt (preferably red) is fine for the County events. Please note that all athletes competing at Leinster & National events must wear a club singlet or T-shirt and red, white or black shorts! If you have outgrown your spikes & they are in good condition we are happy to exchange them for a larger size, if we have one in stock. We have a good selection at present!
INJURY PREVENTION/ REHAB
We are very lucky to have a top class Physio Matt Cox, working with our club every Tues. evening, who offers regular 20 mins. session to our athletes for a very reasonable price. A good number of our athletes have availed of these sessions throughout the year and as a result most stayed injury free during both the Indoor & Outdoor T&F seasons. For those who were unlucky enough to sustain an injury, the quick access to Physio aided rapid recovery & soon had them back to full strength. Athletes generally have regular maintenance sessions once every 4-5 weeks with extra sessions added should the need arise. Due to some athletes moving on to college etc. we now have some places available, so anyone not already on the list who wishes to avail of these sessions should contact us on 0877730000.
Physio Matt Cox will also be running Pilates classes on Tues. evenings from 6 - 6.45 pm and these are open to everyone. Great opportunity for mums or dads dropping off their athletes to training for 6-7pm and the 6.45pm finish also allows 15 mins, if you need to pick up athletes for the 7pm session. There will be a block of 5 classes at just €50 (only €10 per class) and you can contact Matt on 0879500262 for more info. or to book a place. Classes start on Tues 2nd Oct. and places are limited.
COACHES & HELPERS
A big Thank You to those who have joined the coaching team, we are very happy to have you on board. We are always in need of more helpers, so if you are in a position to help out as a coach or an assistant, even occasionally, please let us know. We will make sure you get training. If this doesn’t suit, maybe you could give a hand with check-in on any of the training nights. This only takes about 20 mins when you are dropping your athletes down and is a great help indeed.