Well done to all who competed in the recent County XC Championships in Roundwood & Avondale. The Club appreciates your support and participation. We have found over the years that 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 drop their fitness as young adults. We were disappointed with the poor attendance both days 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, Individual Gold medals: Luca O’Shea Breen U13, Luca O’Shea Breen U14, Paul Delahunty U16, Joe Dowd U18, Troy Scully U19, Individual silver: Joe Dowd U17, Callum Flynn U18, Troy Scully Junior Men, Individual Bronze: Michael O’Shea U16, Abbie Tyrrell U17, Joe Dowd Junior Men, Troy Scully Novice Men. Team Gold for Junior Men Troy Scully, Joe Dowd, Colm Flynn, Team silver for U8 Boys Conor Stanley, William Hance, Hector Marrian, Aidan McLaughlin, Quade Scully, U9 Boys: Harry Coughlan, Andrew McCarron, Jack Deegan, Sean Lawless Rebello, Zach Hayes, Aidan McLaughlin, U13 Girls: Ava Foley, Charlotte Hudson, Tara Casey, Georgia Hogan, Lizzie McIllroy, Zoe Kenna, Gaelle Cherry Kinito, U14 Girls: Ava Foley, Cliodhna Kennedy Howe, Georgia Hogan, Tara Casey, & U17 Girls: Abbie Tyrrell, Megan O’Brien & Isobel Raddford Dodd, Team bronze for U12 Girls Amy D’Arcy, Charlotte Hudson, Amber Scully, Grace Rush, Shana O’Dowd, Gaelle Cherry Kinito, Lizzie McIllroy, Teagan Griffiths, U13 Boys: Luca O’Shea Breen, Tom McCarthy, Colm O’Neill, Alex Goff. Conor Stanley finished 2nd in U7 Boys & 3rd in the U8, with William Hance 3rd U7. Well done to all! Hopefully we will get lots more out running the Leinster XC & will be able to field lots of teams!
More runners..... makes more teams..... makes more medal winners!
TRAINING HALLOWEEN WEEK
As attendance at training tends to be very poor when schools are on mid-term/holidays due to children being away or doing camps, there will be no training for the 5-6pm & 6-7pm groups on Tues. 30th Oct. or Fri.2nd Nov. Training will go ahead as usual for the 7-8.30pm groups.
Nice to see more GAC athletes attending the organised Sunday Run and we are very impressed with how well they are doing. These long easy runs take 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.............a great chance to catch up with friends from other clubs, or make new friends! Hope to see you there, as it’s one of the most important session of the week for fitness!!! Venues are posted on our website & FB page each week.
Next Sunday is the Autumn Open XC in Abbottstown and we are planning to do our Sunday run on the course beforehand and then watch the events, which are always top class. Each attendee is asked to bring something for sharing and we plan to have a lovely picnic while waiting for the event to start.
Leinster XC Championships 27th October Novice and Even Ages, Navan Adventure Park.
Leinster XC Championships 1th November Senior and Uneven Ages, Adamstown, 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
Round 5 Co. League Rathdrum Even Ages U6-U14/15 . Details to follow.
Entry form for next Fridays XC in Aughrim on Fri 19th is now on our website and must close Wed.17th.
Entry form for Leinster XC in Navan on Sat 27th is now on our website and must close Fri.19th.
Please be careful to enter the correct event!
As we still have a number of athletes looking for club gear, the club shop will be open on Tues. 23rd 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. 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. Great to see some of our younger athletes now taking advantage of this facility & as we still have some places available, anyone not already on the list who wishes to avail of these sessions should contact us on 0868635797.