Well done to all who competed in the Leinster XC Championships and Congratulations to medal winners Luca O'Shea Breen 4th U13, Joe Dowd 8th U17 & Troy Scully 12th U19 at the Leinster uneven ages XC in Adamstown.
Congrats also to Luca O'Shea Breen & Tom McCarthy on their silver county team medals & to Colm O'Neill, Louise O'Riordan, Jack McGlone & Paul Delahunty on qualifying to Nationals on their respective County teams. We wish them all the very Best of Luck in the All Irelands on Dec 15th in Navan.
Congratulations go to Brian Geraghty & Joe Dowd on their terrific runs in the Jingle Bells 5K on Dec 1st, with Brian clocking a fantastic 15.35 & 16 yr old Joe finishing in a terrific 17.01. Great running guys!
Attendance at training has been very poor indeed for the past 5-6 weeks and we remind athletes & parents that when members join Greystones AC they agree to attend regularly, especially the 7-8.30pm groups who make a commitment before being moved up to these groups to attend a minimum of two sessions each week. While we don’t expect to be notified every time a session is missed, we remind you that if we don’t see or hear from you for up to 3 weeks we presume that you are no longer interested in training with the club and we offer the place to someone on our waiting list who does want to come & train. Please note that attending once every 3 weeks does not fulfil an athlete’s commitment.
Training will continue at the usual times for the next 3 weeks finishing up for Xmas on Fri 21st Dec. The track will be closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 26th & 31st & on Jan 1st. As the track closes at 6pm during Xmas week, athletes should complete the sessions on their training programmes during opening hours. The 7-8.30pm groups will return to normal training on Wed 2nd Jan, with all younger groups returning on Tues 8th Jan.
Slí Cualann will be holding the Winter Solstice Mile again this year on Fri 21st Dec @ 7pm. This will be a series of graded 1 mile races (4 laps of the track), to mark the winter solstice, starting at 7pm. Entry donation €5 for Adults, €3 for U12’s – U16’s. Refreshments afterwards. Open to everyone from U12 up! GAC will hold a Solstice Mile relay for our younger athletes at our 6-7pm session!
GOOD ATTENDANCE DAY TRIP
Our annual Attendance Trips for those with good attendance during 2018, are currently being arranged & we look forward to fun days again this year. Athletes need to have a 60% attendance at training during the year to qualify for these trips. November attendances are now being added to the lists & the final list of athletes who qualify to go on the trip will be notified during Dec, which means you still have time to get your attendance percentage up. Extra attendance points are awarded for attending competitions.
Separate trips for our older athletes are also being planned and full details will follow shortly!
Round 5 Co. League GAA school of Excellence, Rathdrum, next Fri 7th Dec. Even Ages U6-U14/15 Entry form for this event is now on our website and must close Wed.5th.
County Senior XC, Sun 9th Dec.
National Novice & Uneven ages XC, Navan, Sat. 15th Dec. Best of Luck to all GAC qualifiers.
STREETS OF WICKLOW 5K, Wed. 26th Dec. Always a great way to run off the turkey!
County Masters XC, Shanganagh Park Sun Jan..
National Indoor League R1, Sat 12th Jan, Abbottstown
National Combined Events Sat 19th Jan, Athlone
National Indoor League R2, Sat 26th Jan, Athlone
National Junior/U23’s, Sun 27th Jan, Athlone
Round 5 of the Juvenile XC League takes place on this coming Fri 7th Dec at the GAA school of Excellence, Rathdrum. This is the final round of the league & your last chance to secure that attendance medal or get yourself on to the medal table. Entry form is on the website.
As we still have a number of athletes looking for club gear, the club shop will be open on Tues 11th Dec. from 4.40-5pm & from 7-8 pm only, for singlets, shorts, leggings, T-shirts, hoodies, rainjackets, showerproof bottoms etc. We now have hoodies back in stock, but unfortunately the new singlets won’t be in until the New Year. We also have some secondhand hoodies available & also a good number of spikes. 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! (Multi coloured shorts are not acceptable) 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!
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 30-80 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.
INJURY PREVENTION/ REHAB
We still have some places available on our Physio rota, where athletes can avail of regular monthly 20 mins. sessions at a very reasonable price from our top class Physio Matt Cox, who works with our club every Tues. evening. A good number of our athletes have availed of these sessions over the last year & a half and as a result most have stayed injury free. 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. Extra sessions can be added should the need arise. Anyone not already on the list who wishes to avail of these sessions should contact us on 0868635797.
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.
Wishing all of our athletes & coaches & their families a very happy Christmas!