RETURN TO TRAINING
We have now been back training for three weeks (two for the younger groups) and while attendance so far has been great by many with tremendous work being done, it has been poor in some groups, particularly Group 2. 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 still have a long 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 get their registrations in this coming week please. Registration forms will be available at check-in or can be downloaded from our website, under ‘Training Times & Club Info’. You can put the form & fee in an envelope and drop it into our club letterbox in the reception area at the track.
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 23rd to Dec will be €26 if you wish to pay in advance. Any overdue subs will need to be paid also. 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 for track hire, entry fees and replacement equipment etc.
COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY
Competition is coming up
fast with our first event of the season taking place on Sunday 6th Oct 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 will be on our website shortly and entries will close on Thurs 3rd Sept.
Hoping to see a really good turn out of club athletes at this event!
New members who wish to compete need to get their registration forms in asap.
Our 2nd event is the Wicklow County Intermediate and Uneven
Date: Sunday, 13th October, Venue: Avondale Forest Park, Start Time: 11 am.
Distances: Boys and Girls U/7 300m, 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 & entries will close on Thurs 10th Oct.
Our Sunday 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 school-goers should have an accompanying adult (who doesn't have to run), however all ages can & do 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 a very important session of the week for fitness!!! Venues are posted on our website & FB page each week. This Sunday 22nd Sept. we are in Avondale!
WICKLOW LEAGUE (XC Dates)
Juvenile League Round 3 Roundwood GAA, Fri 18th Oct. 7pm (Even ages) U8/400m, U10/800m, U12/1200m, U14/1600m
Juvenile League Round 4 Rathdrum (Rugby Club or Ballinakill), Fri 15th Nov. (Uneven ages) U9/400m, U11/800m, U13/1200m, U15/1600m
Juvenile League Round 5 Bray Emmets, Fri 6th Dec.(Even ages)
U8/400m, U10/800m, U12/1200m, U14/1600m
Anne Marie Kelly of Inbhear Dee AC is coaching throws most Saturdays at the track from 11am-12.30pm and GAC throwers are welcome to go along to these sessions. There is none next Sat. 28th Oct, but she will be back on Sat. 4th Oct.
NEW CLASSES AT SPORTS PARK
Shoreline Sports Park have new classes on Tues. evenings which may be of interest to parents dropping off children to athletics. There’s ‘Work it Out’ on Tues 6.15-7pm, which is a full body workout and the timing is perfect for parents of the 6-7pm training groups. At 7.15pm there’s ‘Step to Fitness’ also a full body workout which should suit those dropping off for the 7-8.30pm session. Both classes are ‘Pay as you Go’ and are just €7 each.
Wicklow County XC Championships, Sun. 6th Oct. in Roundwood @ 11am Novice & Even Ages
Wicklow County XC Championships, Sun. 13th Oct in Avondale @ 11am Intermediate & Uneven Ages
Juvenile League Round 3, Roundwood GAA, Fri 18th Oct. Check-in 6.30pm (Even ages)
Autumn Open XC, Sun. 20th Oct., Abbottstown, Dublin. Junior/Senior/Masters
Leinster XC Championships, Sat. 26th Oct. Nov. and Even Ages, Gowran Co Kilkenny.
Leinster XC Championships, Sat. 9th Nov. Sen & Uneven Ages, Ferbane, Co Offaly
Juvenile League, Round 4, Rathdrum Fri 15th Nov. Check-in 6.30pm - Uneven Ages
National XC Championships, Sun. 24th Nov. Even Ages, Jun & Sen, Abbottstown, Dublin.
As we will have athletes looking for club gear before the upcoming Cross Country (XC) the club shop will be open on Tues. 1st 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 some 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 number at present!
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.