Mon

18

Sep

2017

CLUB NEWS & INFORMATION

RETURN TO TRAINING

We have now been back training for two weeks and attendance so far has been poor in many groups. We look forward to a big improvement this coming week and remind everyone that athletes who don’t attend for 3 weeks without notification, are assumed to have left the club, so if we haven’t seen or heard from you by the end of this week (Fri 22nd Sept), we will be removing you from our lists. We cannot hold places indefinitely, 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 will allow another week’s trial this week and will then hold a Registration night for all new members on Tues 26th Sept from 4.45-5pm for Little Athletics and again from 6.45-7.30pm for everyone else. Registration forms will be available on the night, or to prevent delays you can downloaded one in advance from our website, under ‘Training Times & Club Info’..

 

PAYMENT OF WEEKLY SUBS

Thanks to all who responded to our text 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. 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 ENDURANCE SQUAD

Earlier this year County Wicklow set up an endurance training squad for all athletes from age 10 upwards, with the aim of improving our County results in this year’s XC events. It was well attended generally, but very few GAC athletes have availed of the opportunity to be part of it so far. However there is still time to get involved, as the next session takes place this coming Saturday 23rd Sept. from 11am -1pm in Avondale, Rathdrum. It would be great to see lots of our athletes taking advantage of these sessions, so do come along if at all possible. It will not only improve our County team’s, it will improve Individual & club performances also.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 County Endurance Squad training Sat 23rd Sept in Avondale 11am-1pm

 

Wicklow County XC Championships Sun. 1st Oct in Roundwood @ 11am Novice & Even Ages

 

Wicklow County XC Championships Sun. 8th Oct in Avondale @ 11am Intermediate & Uneven Ages

 

Leinster XC Championships 29th October Novice and Even Ages Tyrrells Pass

 

Leinster XC Championships 12th November Senior and Uneven Ages Venue TBC

 

Round 4 Co. League Rathdrum Rugby Club 16th Nov. Check-in 6.30pm - Uneven Ages

 

Round 5 Co. League Arklow Track 8th Dec. Check-in 6.30pm – Even Ages

 

COACHES & HELPERS

A big Thank You to those who have joined the coaching team, however we are still in need of more helpers. If you are in a position to help out as a coach or an assistant, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are really in need of additional help. We will make sure you get training. If this doesn’t suit, maybe you could give a hand with either 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

In particular we need help at Tuesday’s 6-7pm session & Friday’s 7-8.30pm session. Please help if you can, as we really don’t want to have to cancel these training sessions!

 

 

 

Thu

31

Aug

2017

CLUB NEWS & INFORMATION

 

WELCOME BACK

 

We hope you all had a great summer and that you have been back running and gradually building up the miles over the past few weeks, as requested in our last Newsletter in July and so are all coming back 'Fit to Train'. Our first Cross Country events are coming up very quickly, with Round 1 of the XC League for U8-U15 on Fri 15th Sept in Roundwood and the County XC Champs at the beginning of Oct.

 

 

RETURN TO TRAINING

 

Training for Groups 1 & 2 (7-8.30pm) will resume on Tues. 5th Sept, with groups 3-6 (6-7pm) returning on Fri. 8th Sept. & Little Athletics returning on Tues. 12th Sept. This allows our younger athletes a chance to settle in to school before starting back. All athletes who are changing training times have been notified of this.

 

 

 

 

PAYMENT OF WEEKLY SUBS

 

In response to requests from a small number of parents, we are offering an alternative means of paying the weekly sub this term. Athletes have the option to pay €30 at the beginning of this term, which will cover the subs for the remaining 15 training weeks of 2017. This will be recorded on the check-in sheets, but athletes will still need to check-in each night, as we must keep a record of attendance. Prepaid fees will not be refunded where athletes fail to attend training. The usual option of paying €2 once a week will still be available to those who prefer to use this method, however we appeal to everyone not to run up bills, as it is very time consuming trying to collect these. Weekly subs are used to pay for track hire, entry fees and replacement equipment etc.

 

 

 

COACHES & HELPERS

 

Greystones AC wishes to acknowledge the generosity of all the coaches, helpers & committee members, who volunteer so much time each week to help make Greystones AC such a successful club. We have a very dedicated core group of coaches & check-in personnel, but as always we still need more if we are to continue facilitating the large number of athletes we have in Greystones AC. There is a natural turnover of coaches as their children pass through the club, but obviously we need replacement volunteers for these as they leave. If you are in a position to help out as a coach or an assistant, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are always in need of additional help. We will make sure you get training. If this doesn’t suit, maybe you could give a hand with the check-in at either time 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. The more volunteers we have the less the burden on all. We strongly recommend that 2 or more parents buddy up to share the slot to support your athletes in the club whether it be to assist, coach or check-in. The number of volunteers determines the number of athletes we can facilitate and the number of nights we can hold training. As we return for the new season, we find that we are very short of coaches, particularly for the 6-7pm groups, so if you have not already given your time to the club then it's probably time you did!

 

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW CLUB POLICIES

 

Greystones AC is currently reviewing our Policies & Procedures and we are offering parents & members an opportunity to contribute to this. Please forward any suggestions you may have to greystonesathletics@gmail.com, before our next meeting at the end of Sept. If there are any amongst our members/parents with relevant experience in formulating policies, we would be delighted to have your assistance. Current policies can be found on our website under “Training Times & Club Info”

 


 

Tue

18

Jul

2017

Club News & Information

CONGRATULATIONS

Well done to all of our club athletes who competed in the National Championships recently and who represented the club so well, though it was disappointing that so many failed to turn up for their events this year. Many congratulations to the medal winners and to all who earned PB's.

Congrats also to those who competed in the National B’s last Saturday and in the Bray Invitational, where we retained both the Overall Cup & the Relay Shield once again.

Huge congratulations to Alana Ryan who has been selected to represent Ireland in the 200m & the 4 x 100m relay at the Celtic Games on Saturday August 5th. As the Games are in Ireland this year, it’s a great opportunity to go along to Santry and support Alana and the rest of the Irish team!
Congratulations also to Alex Campbell who represented Ireland in the Triple Jump at the Schools International last weekend!
 
TRAINING
As most athletes have now finished competing and the attendance at training has been very erratic for the past few weeks, we feel it is time to give our hard working coaches a well earned break after a great summer of competition, where we had some outstanding performances from several of our athletes. Consequently we will finish training tonight Tues. 18th July for everyone except those competing in the National Seniors & the League. Training throughout the summer for the League, will be by arrangement with the coaches involved.
For all our other athletes we recommend a full two weeks break, which many have had by now, and then you should start back gradually, running 15-20 mins (younger groups 10-15m) every second day and adding 5 mins each week. This way you will return in Sept. 'Fit to Train' and not have to spend the first few weeks trying to get fit. Our first Cross Country events will come up very quickly, when we return in Sept.
Training for Groups 1 & 2 (7-8.30pm) will resume on Tues. 5th Sept, with groups 3-6 (6-7pm) returning on Fri. 8th Sept. Little Athletics will return on Tues. 12th Sept. Athletes who are changing training times will be notified of this before our return.
 
Groups for Sept.'17 will be organised very soon to allow us time to notify those on our waiting lists. Parents of athletes from all groups, who have not attended for a number of weeks, need to contact us right away if your children intend to return in Sept. Otherwise places will be given to those on our waiting list and we will not be able to accommodate them in Sept. (Text 0868635797 or use Contact Us on our website)
 
OUTSTANDING DEBTS
A big 'Thank You' to those athletes who paid their debts over the past few weeks. A webtext reminder will be sent to those who owe weekly subs, entries fees where athletes didn't show up for events they had entered and club gear. These debts need to be sorted on your return in Sept.
 
THANK YOU
A big 'Thank You' also to Christina & Dermot Browne for organising another successful Bagpack for the club and also to all those who helped out over the two days.
 
COACHES & HELPERS
Geystones AC wishes to acknowledge the generosity of all the coaches, helpers, committee and of course athletes who give of their time. We have a very dedicated group of coaches & check-in personnel, but as always we still need more if we are to continue facilitating the large number of athletes we have in Greystones AC. If you have not already given your time to the club then it's probably time you did.  If you are in a position to help out with coaching, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are always looking for additional coaches. We will make sure you get training. If this doesn’t suit, maybe you could give a hand with the check-in at either time 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. The more volunteers we have the less the burden on all. The number of volunteers will determine the number of athletes.

Thu

15

Jun

2017

Newsletter

 

BRAY INVITATIONAL EVENT

 

The Annual Bray Invitational Event takes place this coming Tues. 20th June in Greystones. We are only allowed a limited number of athletes for this event and so priority will be given to those who have competed in the recent County & Leinster events. Any places left after this will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The entry form is on our website and will close on Sat. 17th.

 

There will be no training for the 6-7pm or 7-8.30pm groups this Tuesday due to this competition. Little Athletics 5-6pm will go ahead as normal.

 

 

TRAINING

 

Training for our younger groups ie 5-6pm & 6-7pm sessions, will finish for the summer at the end of June. We will finish up with a fun competition on Friday 30th for all our younger athletes (5-6 & 6-7pm groups) and we look forward to seeing you all back in Sept. A huge ‘Thank You’ to our coaches and helpers and an appeal for more help in Sept. please, we can’t continue without it. Have a great summer everyone!

 

Training for the 7-8.30pm groups continues through July as many of our athletes will still be competing during this time. Most will take a short break then and return on the first Tues of Sept. Those competing in the final of the League in August will continue to train by arrangement with coaches.

 

Athletes from all groups, who have not attended for a number of weeks, need to contact us right away if they intend to return in Sept. otherwise places will be given to those on our waiting list and we will not be able to accommodate them in Sept.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

 

Please check website regularly for entry forms & closing dates!

  1. Leinster U12 – U19 Championships, Tullamore Sat/Sun 17th/18th June.

  2. Bray Invitational Event, Greystones Tues 20th June. (limited numbers)

  3. Leinster Juniors, Leixlip Fri 23rd June.

  4. Tailteann Games, Santry Sat. 24th June.

  5. National League Round 1, Athlone or Tallaght Sun. 25th June.

  6. National Juniors & U23’s, Tullamore Sat 1st July.

  7. National Juvenile Inter Club Relay Championships, Athlone Sun 2nd July.

  8. National Masters Championships, Tullamore Sun 2nd July.

  9. National Juvenile T&F Championships, Sat. 8th/Sun. 9th July, Tullamore.

  10. Morton Games 2017 T&F , Wed 12th July, Santry

  11. National Juvenile ‘B’ Championships, Sat. 15th July, Tullamore.

  12. National Juvenile T&F Championships, Sun. 16th July, Tullamore.

  13. Cork City Sports, Tues 18th July, CIT Cork.

  14. National Senior T&F Championships, Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd July, Santry.

  15. National League Round 2, Sun 30th July.

  16. National League Final, Sun 20th Aug, Tullamore.

 

 

BAGPACK FOR GAC

 

Don’t forget our Fundraising Bagpack for the club which is being held this Friday 16th June and Saturday 17th June at Tesco Greystones. All support will be greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING DEBTS

 

We still have a small number of outstanding debts and in the interest of fairness to all club members, we are once again requesting full payment of these overdue subs. before we finish up for the summer! Further entries cannot be accepted for athletes until all debts are paid.

 

Mon

22

May

2017

Club News, Bag Pack & Upcoming Competitions

Well done to all who competed at the recent County Championships and a huge Thank You to all the coaches & officials who made it all possible.

 

Athlete attendance numbers were disappointing, especially on the Saturday, but what was lacking in numbers was more than made up for by the enthusiasm and effort put in by those who did attend. We saw great individual & team performances and many club athletes went home loaded down with medals on both days. Thanks also to the parents who brought the athletes along and who gave the club such great support over the two days.

A special mention here for our older athletes, four of whom act as Junior coaches each week before their own training sessions. These older athletes not only competed for our club on both days, they also helped out at every opportunity, assisting at Long jump, High Jump, relay zones and anything that was asked of them, while still managing to produce magnificent performances in their own events. They were like a well organised army on Sunday during the Sprints for the younger age groups, sorting the children, putting on & off the bibs, lining them up and escorting them back after their races. We genuinely could not have managed without their help and we are very, very proud of each & every one of them.

Full results are now on our club website!

 

Congratulations to all club athletes on the fantastic results from the East Leinster Schools and the Leinster Schools and best of luck to everyone in the All Ireland’s on June 3rd. All results are on the AAI website under schools!

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

  1. National Combined Events, Santry Sat/Sun May 27th/28th.

  2. AAI Games, Santry Sun. May 28th.

  3. All Ireland Schools, Tullamore

  4. Leinster U23/Senior/Masters, Tullamore Sun. June 4th.

  5. Leinster Team Event for U9-U15’s, Tullamore Mon. June 5th.

  6. Leinster U9-11 Pairs & U12 & 13 Championships, Tullamore Sat. June 10th.

  7. Leinster U12 – U19 Championships, Tullamore Sat/Sun 17th/18th June.

  8. Bray Invitational Event, Greystones Tues 20th June. (limited numbers)

  9. Leinster Juniors, Leixlip Fri 23rd June.

  10. Tailteann Games, Santry Sat. 24th June.

  11. National League Round 1, Athlone or Tallaght Sun. 25th June.

 

BAGPACK FOR GAC

Many thanks to Dermot Browne who has managed to arrange a Fundraising Bagpack for the club again this year, on Friday 16th June and Saturday 17th June at Tesco Greystones. We require volunteers for 2 hour slots from 11am to 8pm on the Friday and 11am to 6pm on the Saturday. Email Christina Browne on Christinamary123@gmail.com with your availability. All help greatly appreciated from all parents & from athletes & siblings ages 14 and upwards.

 

CLUB SHOP

The club shop will be open on this coming Tues. 23rd May 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 available. Please note that all athletes competing at Leinster & National events must wear a club singlet or T-shirt and red, white or black shorts!

 

OUTSTANDING DEBTS

A big 'Thank You' to those who responded to our appeal and paid their debts for overdue subs and entry fees for events not attended. However we still have a small number due and in the interest of fairness to all club members, we are once again requesting full payment of these overdue subs. Reminders will be sent out this week.

We also remind you once again that while the club covers all entry fees for it's juvenile members, athletes who don't show up for events they have entered, are liable for these fees.

Further entries cannot be accepted for athletes until all debts are paid.

 

CLUB INFORMATION

Club information is generally sent out via our newsletter and most regular communication is done via e-mail. The webtext is mainly used to send out notifications or reminders about events. If you have a question that requires an immediate answer, it is better to text or e-mail one of the coaches or use the Contact Us on the website. Replying to the webtext number may lead to long delays, as we don’t always have access to it and generally cannot answer when we are at work. It is fine to use it if reply is not urgent.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Heartiest congratulations from everyone at Greystones AC to club athlete Rachel Casey, who this week receives the ‘Greystones Special Person of the Year Award’ for 2017. Rachel specialises in Race Walking & has been a committed club member for over 7 years. She is one of our regular Junior coaches, who helps out twice a week with the younger athletes before doing her own training sessions. She also helps out with Bray Lakers on a regular basis and is a very active member of the Greystones Rowing Club. Check out the link below for more details: http://www.greystonesguide.ie/my-greystones-rachel-casey/

Fri

05

May

2017

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS!

 

The Wicklow County Championships are fast approaching and all club athletes need to get their entries in asap to allow time to process them. Closing date is next Tuesday May 9th and events take place on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May, starting at 11am each day.

 

 

There are events for all ages from U8 up to O80, however only registered club athletes can take part. Athletes may only compete in their own age group except for relays, where an athlete can move up one age group, so allowing them to compete in the relays on both days. Age group is determined by Year of Birth, so a child who is or will be 7 this year (2017) is U8, 8 this year is U9 etc.

 

There is an AWARD SCHEME for U8/9/10/11 year olds on Sunday. Our Little Athletics members who are or will be 6 this year (2017) are welcome to come along and take part in the U8’s. Athletes take part in a sprint, a long jump & a turbo javelin throw, with points being awarded for each. All athletes who complete the three events will receive an award, Gold, Silver or Bronze medals are awarded according to their final score. On Saturday these younger athletes have their longer race, fun Obstacle relays & the Even Aged relays, with the uneven age relays on Sunday. If an athlete signs up for the relays and is put on a team, they are expected to stay around to take part. It is dreadfully disappointing for other team members to discover when the relays are called, that one of the team has gone home. This is true for all ages!

 

Athletes from U12 upwards will have a number of events on both days. The programme is on the sidebar on the front page of our website and also on our notice board down at the track. Please note that athletes should be proficient at all events that they enter for. In particular, don’t enter for High Jump, Javelin (U13 up), Discus (U14 up) or Hurdles, if you have not practised them at training, as injuries could occur. There is no issue with taking part in the Turbo Javelin.

 

As always, the club will cover the cost of entries for our athletes, but those who fail to turn up will have to refund these fees to the club.

 

This is the biggest event of the year for a large number of our club athletes and we sincerely hope that everyone will make the effort to take part on at least one of the days and ideally on both days, especially as it is here in Greystones and we don’t even have to travel. As well as being great fun, it will give you loads of extra points towards our club awards & attendance trips for 2017.

 

We would appreciate it if parents could please inform all children that they are not allowed on the outdoor gym equipment beside the track. This will be taped off on the day, but still needs supervising! Neither are they allowed climb on or over the fences or the banks around the track. These are Health & Safety issues and we have to ensure these rules are adhered to. This has been a big problem in previous years, with many unsupervised children constantly having to be removed from these area throughout the day. We would also advise that children should not go into the field behind the track/Go Gym area, as it is waste ground and may hold hidden dangers.

 

Looking forward to watching all of our athletes show off their skills, in what will be a great weekend of athletics!

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Mon

10

Apr

2017

CLUB NEWS

 

TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAYS

 

Due to very poor attendances during school breaks, we are not holding training for the 5-6pm or 6-7pm groups during the Easter holidays, These groups will return to training on Tues. 25th Apr. Training for our 7-8.30pm groups will go ahead as usual. Schools competitions are fast approaching!

 

Round 2 of the Juvenile League for athletes up to U15, will go ahead on Fri 21st at the Riverfield Centre, Aughrim. Entry form will be on our website shortly and entries will close on Wed. 19th Apr.

 CLUB CAPTAINS

At our recent AGM we agreed to elect two Club Captains who will help and encourage our younger athletes and liaise between the coaches and the athletes on a regular basis. We are delighted to announce that Aoife Conroy & Conor Dempsey have agreed to accept the roles. Aoife & Conor have both been involved in athletics from an early age and have been competing for a number of years at all levels. They have experienced both the highs & the lows, have had the joy of standing on podiums, but also dealt with disappointment and with unwelcome injury & the long road to recovery. They have a wealth of experience which they are happy to pass on to our younger members and indeed have been passing on their skills at our training days for the past two years. We feel they will be a great help to those coming through in the future and will be happy to bring any concerns that athletes may have, to the coaches.

 

CLUB AWARDS NIGHT

We had a great night at the club awards on the 24st March and we congratulate all of the athletes who attended and won awards for 2016. If you did not receive your award on the night, but want to collect it, we will arrange to have them available for collection on Tues. 26th Apr. when all groups are back at training.

 

ATTENDANCE TRIPS

Our annual Good Attendance Trip took place on Saturday 8th Apr and a fantastic time was had by everyone who attended. Many thanks to Fiona Ryan for organising it and to all who helped out on the day and all who supplied transport.

The trip for our older athletes will take place on Apr. 22nd to GoQuest.

 

WICKLOW ENDURANCE INITIATIVE

Just over 80 athletes took the Mile Challenge on Saturday in glorious conditions in Greystones. Every club in the County was represented and the only word to describe the day was awesome. A better turnout from GAC this time, but still very small when you consider how many athletes could have been involved. Hopefully numbers will grow with each event.

Many of the athletes achieved a result well beyond their expectation and all were delighted with their wristbands. Next time they will aim even higher and try for the next colour band. Well done to all the athletes and thanks to all the coaches who motivated their athletes and gave them the opportunity to experience a great sense of achievement !!

 

WEBTEXT

The webtext is mainly used to send out notifications or reminders about events. If you have a question that requires an immediate answer, it is better to text or e-mail one of the coaches or use the Contact Us on the website. Replying to the webtext number may lead to long delays, as we only have access to it from our laptops, so generally cannot answer when we are at work. It is fine to use it if reply is not urgent.

 

CLUB SHOP

 The club shop will be open on Tues. 25th Apr from 4.40 -5pm & 6.40 -7.30pm only, for singlets, shorts, T-shirts, hoodies, rainjackets etc. We also have a good number of 2nd hand spikes available & club pens. Please note that all athletes competing at Leinster events must wear a club singlet or T-shirt!

 

OUTSTANDING DEBTS

A big 'Thank You' to those athletes who paid their debts for overdue subs and entry fees for events not attended. A small number still owe for weekly subs/entries and are reminded that these debts need to be sorted asap. If you are unsure whether you owe money, just ask at check-in.

The Club’s volunteer helpers collect these fees and check athletes in on training nights. They do not want to repeatedly ask athletes for the unpaid subs. The subs are a nominal sum to cover track costs, entry fees and replacement of equipment. The subs are for the mutual benefit of all members. Reminders will be issued shortly for these unpaid amounts. The Club cannot continue effectively without the support of all of its members.  

We remind you also that while the club covers all entry fees for it's juvenile members, athletes who don't show up for events they have entered, are then liable for these fees.

Further entries cannot be accepted for athletes until all debts are paid.

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

  1. Leinster 10 mile championships, Clontarf Easter Monday 17 April. Entries to Theresa

  2. Juvenile Track League R2 Fri 21th Apr, Riverfield Centre, Aughrim. Even Ages. Entry form will be on GAC website

  3. National Road Relay Championships, Sun 23rd April, Raheny. U17 up. Entries to Theresa

  4. Leinster Novice Road Race, Gowran Mon 1st May Adult event. Entries to Theresa

  5. GAC/IMC Track & Field Sat 6th May, Greystones. U17 upwards. Entries on IMC website

  6. Wicklow County Championships Sat/Sun 13th/14th May, Greystones. Open to all ages. Entry form will be on GAC website

  7. Leinster Combined Events Championships, Claremont Stadium, Navan Sat 20th May. Entry form will be on GAC website

  8. Leinster Relays, Sun 22nd May, Le Chéile AC, Leixlip Entry form will be on GAC website

  9. National Combined Events Championships Santry Entry form will be on GAC website

  10. AAI Games, Santry (U17 upwards) Entry form will be on GAC website

 

RECENT RESULTS

Day 3 of the National Indoors produced more excellent performances and saw Daniel Quirk take bronze in the Long Jump in his first National Indoor Championships. Ailbhe Gordon, another first timer, threw a huge PB in the Shot Putt giving her a terrific 5th place finish. A fantastic run from Joe Prendergast in the boys U15 800m heats and a 5th place finish after really taking on the final. 5th place also for Ben Jones in the U17 boys 800m & for Richael Browne in the U19 girls. A new PB for Marcus Lalor in his 200m heat where he finished 4th, with a 5th place for Noah Daly in his and great hurdling from Emma Quirk saw her finish 4th in her heat in the U15 girls 60mH. Well done to all who competed and represented the club so well!

 

Great running from the GAC athletes in the recent County road race where Brien Geraghty finished 3rd overall, taking the M40 title with Caoimhin MacMaoláin finishing 7th .Dermot Hughes finished 11th in the M35 and William McCann finished 12th in the Senior men. Troy Scully finished 18th overall, making him 2nd in the Junior men’s to take the silver with Colm Flynn finishing in 5th. Annette Cleary took silver in the W50, with Clodagh Manning finishing 6th in the W45 & Christine McCann 6th in the W55.Such a pity not to have full teams here, but hopefully we can improve on this for future events.

Troy Scully followed his 4.49 mile on Saturday with a 2nd place finish in the Great ireland 5K on Sunday, where he ran a fantastic 17.11, with William McCann running 39.48 in the 10K.

 

 

Thu

30

Mar

2017

DAY TRIP FOR OLDER ATHLETES

This year we are going to GoQuest with the older athletes for our annual day trip.

GoQuest is an indoor, multi-challenge themed arena for teenagers and adults. The 27 custom-designed rooms are a mix of physical and mental challenges with three levels of difficulty. People work in teams of 3 – 4 in order to complete the challenges.

Whilst the club will subsidise the cost for those athletes who had high attendance during 2016, other athletes (U17 and up) are more than welcome to come along but will be asked to contribute the full cost.

Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017

Time: 5.30 pm

Full-Cost: €16.00 per person plus the cost of pizza afterwards

Subsidised Cost: €12.00 to include GoQuest & Pizza

Since we need to confirm numbers in advance against this reservation, please text Fiona Ryan on 086-7333319 by Saturday 2.00 pm at the latest to confirm whether you will be participating. Please bring along the cost in an envelope (with your name and enclosed amount noted on the outside of the envelope) to training on Friday evening if possible, if not on Tuesday evening at latest.

To minimise the cost we will arrange car-pooling.

See www.goquest.ie for futher information.

GoQuest Indoor Challenge Zone

 

Exit 5 M50

 

Unit 23 North Park Business Park

 

North Road

 

Dubin 11

 

List of those with qualifying attendance,

 

Niamh Conroy

Alana Ryan

Sarah O'Connor

Rachel Casey

Richael Browne

Alannah O'Carroll

Katie Lawless

Aoife Conroy

Ara Freeman

John O'Connor

Troy Scully

Noah Daly

Louis Lalor

All other club athletes U17 up are welcome to attend!

Tue

28

Mar

2017

GREYSTONES AC GOOD ATTENDANCE TRIP 2016

As our last trip was such a success, this year’s trip for good attendance will be to Jumpzone in Sandyford again and has been arrange to take place on Sat. 8th April from 4.00-5.00 pm.

We reduced the percentage qualification for the trip to 50% attendance this year to allow more athletes to attend. Points have been awarded for each training night attended during 2016, with bonus points for every competition attended.

Athletes will need to be at the Jumpzone Centre by 3.45pm latest, where we will have a full hour on the trampolines. We will pay a trip to McDonalds afterwards and expect to arrive back in Greystones about 7.00 pm.  As it would make the trip very expensive for everyone if we have to hire a bus, we will be depending on parents to drop off and collect the athletes, but if we carpool nobody should have to make more than one journey. If you can let us know whether drop off or pick up suits best, we will do our best to arrange this. Those doing the return journey will need to pick up at Jumpzone at 5.00 pm and  accompany the group to McDonalds. The trip will be subsidised, so cost to the athletes will be €10, which includes food.  If participants have their own Jumpzone socks they should bring them along or they will have to be purchased at the venue on the day (€2.00).

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Below is a list of the athletes who have qualified for the trip. If you wish to attend, please text your name to 0877730000 by Friday 31 March at the latest, as we have to confirm numbers asap. All athletes attending will be issued with a waiver form which must be signed and returned to the club. Jumpzone will not allow anyone in without this form.

 

To avoid having to deal with cash on the day, and in order for us to be able to confirm final numbers with Jumpzone, payment can be made to Fiona Ryan at the gate at 7 pm tonight or tomorrow night, Wednesday 29 April, or to Louise on Friday night.  Please bring along an envelope with your child’s name and the amount clearly marked on it, and waiver form enclosed (form can be downloaded from Jumpzone’s website).

 

Enya Conroy,  

Erin Howard,

Abbie Taylor

Megan O’Brien ,

Isobel Radford Dodd                                                                                               

Ella Shanley                                                                                                                         Emma Quirk                                                                                                                 

Ellen McNally                                                                                                            

Michael O’Shea                                                                                                              

Joe Prendergast
Paul Delahunty                                                                                                                 Aodhan Daly 

Ronan Dempsey                                                                                                       

Eimear Ryan                                                                                                               

Maebh O’Neill                                                                                                            

Sophie Dallaghan                                                                                                     

Isabelle Donnelly                                                                                                            

Lucy Daly                                                                                                                    

Salley Shanley                                                                                                            

Louise O’Riordan                                                                                                                  Chase Scully

Ailbhe Gordon

Daniel Quirk

Tara Casey

Rory McNally

Ava Foley                                                                                                                                     Camille Madden                                                                                                             

Tom McCarthy                                                                                                              

Sarah Hayes                                                                                                               

Georgia Hogan                                                                                                            

Alex Mulcahy                                                                                                                   

Jack Golden                                                                                                                  

Óisin O’Malley                                                                                                                            Amber Scully                                                                                                                              Zoe Kenna                                                                                                                              Daniel Garvey                                                                                                               

Lucy Garvey        

Evan Quirk                                                                                                                           Tristan Jolyet Cunningham                                                                                                  Aine Hayde                                                                                                                          Georgia Cullen                                                                                                                       Ella Dallaghan                                                                                                                     Isaac Leahy                                                                                                                           Kate Smith

Chloe Hanley

Charlotte Hudson

Nathan Donlon

 

Mon

27

Mar

2017

NATIONAL JUVENILE INDOORS 2017

 

The first weekend of the National Juvenile Indoors saw GAC athletes produce some top class performances with some great results.

 The track on Saturday was all about the Relays, with our U15 boys team making the final in one of the tightest races of the day.

 They gave a great performance in the final where another very close finish left them 5th overall

It was the turn of the U18 boys in the afternoon and having finished a comfortable second in their heat, they went on to take the silver medals in style in the final.

 

We had a number of field eventer’s competing on Saturday and some great results in the Long Jump, with Ellen McNally taking Bronze in the U15 Girls with 5m 05 and Emma Quirk finishing 6th with 4m 79, James Nicholson taking Bronze in the U15 boys with 4m 98, with Joe Prendergast taking 5th with 4m 77 and Aodhan Daly taking 6th in the U17 boys with 5m 34. Sophie Nicholson had a 7th place finish in the U17 high jump and Alannah O’Carroll a 5th place in the U19 pole Vault.

 

Sunday saw our distance runners take to the track for the 1500m and they produced some very exciting races with great results. Richael Browne had a fantastic run in the U19, controlling the race right from the start and pulling away from the field in the last two laps to comfortably take the Indoor title for the second year in a row. Sarah O’Connor took on the girls U17 race right from the gun and had a fantastic run that resulted in her taking the bronze medal and setting a new 1500m PB.

 

Troy Scully had to cover the distance twice, as there were heats in the boys U18, but as always he rose to the challenge running a PB in the heat to qualify comfortably for the final where he followed up with yet another PB and a 10th place finish.

 

A fantastic race from Rachel Casey in the U18 Walk to finish 6th with a huge PB of 7.59m. Rachel has progressed hugely and has taken 49 secs off her time for this distance in the past year.

 

A good win in her heat saw Alana Ryan safely through to the 60m final where she finished 4th , but disappointment for Jack McGlone after an unfortunate break at the start of his.

 

Silver in the U19 Long Jump for James Vance, losing out on the gold by a mere .01 of a centimeter and 13th place finishes for Ellen McNally in the U15 High Jump and for Sophie Nicholson in the U17.

 

Well done to all who competed over the two days & a huge Thank You to the parents & coaches who supported them during the weekend.

 

Best of luck to everyone on the final day next Saturday !

 

Mon

20

Mar

2017

Newsletter

CLUB NEWS

 

 

 

CLUB AWARDS NIGHT

 

Our club awards night for 2016 will be held in Greystones Tennis Club this coming Friday. 24st March at 7pm.

 

CLUB AWARDS NIGHT

 

Our club awards night for 2016 will be held in Greystones Tennis Club this coming Friday. 24st March at 7pm. This will take a similar format to previous years, where athletes get certificates for Attendance, Attitude & Achievement during 2016, 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 2016, 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 24th to facilitate this Awards night.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE TRIPS

 

 

Our annual Attendance Trip for those with good attendance during 2016, has been arranged for Sat 8th April.at 4pm. As Jumpzone proved to be so popular last year, we are returning this year, with the customary stop off at McDonald’s on the way back. The full list of athletes who qualify to go on this trip will be published on our website in the next couple of days.

 

A separate trip for our older athletes is also being planned and full details will follow shortly!

 

 

 

JUVENILE & JUNIOR RESULTS

 

Congatulations to Sarah O’Connor who won Gold in the 1500m on Day 3 of the Leinster Champ. and Alannah O’Carroll who won Gold in the Pole Vault, Ben Jones who won bronze in the 1500m & Sophie Nicholson who won bronze in the HJ.

 

Gold in the Relays for U15 Boys: Joe Prendergast, James Nicholson, Michael O’Shea, Jack McGlone & U18 Boys: Louis Lalor, Noah Daly, Marcus Lennon, John O’Connor with Silver for U19 Boys: Louis Lalor, Noah Daly, Marcus Lennon, James Vance. Good Luck in the Nationals!

 

Day 4 was the Junior/Senior/ Masters Champs:

 

Junior medals: Gold for James Vance in the LJ. Silver for Ara Freeman in the 60m, Alana Ryan in the 200m, Rosa Kirwan in the TJ and Bronze for Rosa Kirwan in the 400m & HJ & Katie Lawless in the 60mH.

 

 

 

SENIOR & MASTERS RESULTS

 

Indoor Track & Field: Senior: Silver for Niamh Kearney in the 3K & Silver for Aoife Conroy in the 60mH & bronze in the 400m.

 

Masters: Gold for Carol Costello in the Leinster 800m, while the National Masters saw Carol Costello take silver in the 800m & Nick Russell take silver in the 400m.

 

Road & XC: Brian O'Murchu finished in an excellent 6th place in the Clane 10k in a time of 34:44, as well as picking up another 6th place finish in the BHAA 5 mile XC. Brian Geraghty won the M40 title in the Enniscorthy 10k in a time of 33:33, while also clocking a very impressive 56:14 in the Ballycotton 10 miler. Robert Costello followed up a 10th place finish in the IMRA mountain race at Ticknock with a trail marathon in the Blue Mountains while holidaying in Australia, where he also posted a time of 39:30 in the Sydney Striders 10k race. Dermot Hughes has also been competing recently, but at a more local level, including running a 44 minute 10k in the Wicklow Hospice race in Avondale, finishing 11th overall out of a field of over 200 runners. Finally, GAC racing stalwart AJ Cotter has recently completed his 100th parkrun! Congratulations to all!

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

 

  1. National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 1 25th March, Athlone (Qualifiers only)

  2. National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 2, 26th March, Athlone (Qualifiers only)

  3. County Road Race, Fri 31st March in Ashford @ 7.15pm.. U17 upwards.

  4. National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 3, 1st April, Athlone (Qualifiers only)

  5. Wicklow Invitational Secondary Schools T&F, Greystones 10.30am

  6. National 10k Championships Dublin Sun 9th Apr. Adult event.

  7. Leinster 10 mile championships, Clontarf Easter Monday 17 April.

  8. Juvenile Track League R2 Fri 21th Apr, Riverfield Centre, Aughrim. Even Ages

  9. National Road Relay Championships, Sun 23rd April, Raheny. U17 upwards.

  10. Leinster Novice Road Race, Gowran Mon 1st May Adult event.

  11. GAC/IMC Track & Field Sat 6th May, Greystones. U17 upwards

  12. Wicklow County Championships Sat/Sun 13th/14th May, Greystones. Open to all ages.

 

 

 

WICKLOW ENDURANCE INITIATIVE

 

There was a great turnout in Avondale last Saturday afternoon at the first gathering of athletes for the new County Initiative for athletes from 10-20 yrs of age, although GAC was poorly represented. After a good warm-up, the athletes broke into groups to go for a run over a variety of distances and on their return they were divided into groups for team building games. There was a fantastic atmosphere with everyone present having a great time and hopefully building bonds for the future. There are some pictures from the day on our website & FB page.

 

The next event in early April, will be a mile challenge on the track and hopefully we will see many more GAC athletes taking part in this and becoming part of what promises to be a great development squad for Wicklow athletes.

 


 

Sun

19

Feb

2017

Club Newsletter

TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THIS WEEK

 

Due to very poor attendances during school holidays & breaks, we are not holding training for the 5-6pm or 6-7pm groups this coming week, ie Tues 21st & Fri 24th Feb. Training for our 7-8.30pm groups will go ahead as usual.

 

ATTENDANCE AT TRAINING

 

A number of athletes have had very poor attendance recently and should note the club rule, 'Athletes who don't attend for three weeks or more without contacting us re injury/illness, are deemed to have left the club'. Places are then given to those on our waiting list & those who wish to return will have to go back on to the waiting list.

 

All athletes are expected to attend training on a regular basis with those in Groups 1 & 2 having made a commitment to attend at least two sessions per week. Training sessions take place on Tues/Wed/Fri from 7-8.30pm. While we hope you can do all three, if only doing two nights, it is better to do Tues/Fri or Wed/Fri if at all possible, rather than two nights together with 5 off. We also have an organised Sunday morning run at 9.15am, which is a very important part of the training week. If you cannot make this, you will need to do a run yourself later in the day.

 


HELP STILL NEEDED

 

We have a very dedicated group of coaches & check-in personnel, but as always we still need more if we are to continue facilitating the large number of athletes we have in Greystones AC. If you are in a position to help out with coaching, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are always looking for additional coaches. We will make sure you get training. Recently the check-in has been falling back on to the coaches on a fairly regular basis, so if you can give 20 mins to help with check-in when you are dropping your athletes down, it would be a great help indeed.

 


CONGRATULATIONS

 

Congatulations to Aoife Conroy, Alana Ryan, Ara Freeman, Richael Browne, Rosa Kirwan, Alannah O’Carroll, Claire Earls, Laura Kavanagh & Niamh Conroy, who made up the Slí Cualann women’s team in the National Indoor League recently. Terrific performances from all the girls in both rounds and a great battle in the final won them the Silver medals. A great effort from the men’s team saw them make the final also, with some top class individual performances. Well done also to all who competed in the AAI Games and again some terrific individual performances on the day.

 

We had a big entry in the Leinster Championships, with a number of first timers taking to the Indoor track for the first time. Unfortunately quite a number of those who entered didn’t manage to make it to their events and we take this opportunity to remind everyone that while we pay all the entry fees for our juvenile athletes, those who fail to turn up to compete are expected to refund these fees to the club. On this occasion the entry fee was €3.50 per event, but fees can be up to €15 an event and the club cannot continue to pay these and then not have the athletes turn up to compete.

 

Well done to all who took part over the two days. Some really top performances, with a big number qualifying for event finals and several medal winners and qualifiers to Nationals at the end of March. Gold for Alana Ryan in the 60m & 200m, James Vance in the Long Jump, Ben Jones in the 800m & Ailbhe Gordon in the Shot Putt, Silver for Joe Prendergast in the 800m and James Nicholson & Ellen McNally in the LJ, Bronze for Richael Browne in the 800m & for Aodhan Daly, Sophie Nicholson, Jack McGlone & Daniel Quirk in the LJ and 4th place and qualification to Nationals for Rachel Casey in the 1500m walk, Emma Quirk in the Hurdles & LJ, Ellen McNally in the HJ, John O’Connor in the 800m, Marcus Lennon in the 200m & Joe Prendergast in the LJ. Best of luck to all those competing in the 1500m & Relays next Saturday and to all our Juniors, Seniors & Masters competing on Sunday!

 


UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

 

  1. Leinster Juvenile Indoors Day 3+ Relays in Abbottstown on Sat 25th Feb. Entries closed

  2. Leinster Junior/Senior/Masters Indoors in Abbottstown on Sun 26th Feb. Entries closed.

  3. Sportshall, Shoreline Community Hall, Greystones Saturday 4th March 2-5pm.

  4. National Masters Indoor Championships, Athlone Sunday 5th March. Entries close

  5. National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 1 25th March, Athlone (Must qualify)

  6. National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 2, 26th March, Athlone (Must qualify)

  7. National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 3, 1st April, Athlone (Must qualify)

 


CLUB AGM

 

The club AGM will be held on Thurs. 2nd March at 8pm at Shoreline Sports Park. 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.

 


SPORTSHALL COMPETITION

 

Our Sportshall competition for our younger athletes will take place on Sat 4th March in the Community Hall at Shoreline swimming pool from 2.00-5.00pm. This is a really fun event, where the athletes are put into teams and take part in a number of running, jumping & throwing events, finishing with a relay. As this is a team competition, athletes must be available for the entire event. If an athlete leaves early, their entire team loses out, as they will not be able to finish the competition. Open to all athletes up to U14 in 2017 (born 2004 or after). Teams will be made up on the day! Please arrive on time as once the teams have been made up we will not be able to include late comers and we don’t want to disappoint anyone! Lots of help will be needed for this one, so if you are available, please let us know asap. Help from our older athletes is invaluable for this event, so please let us know if you can come along and help. As we need to get an idea of numbers taking part we’ll have an entry form on our website which will close on Wed 1st March.

 

Wed

25

Jan

2017

Newsletter

 

CLUB NEWS

 

CONGRATULATIONS

We had a great start to the indoor season on Sat. 14th Jan with the 1st round of the National League, where our girls team, Aoife Conroy, Richael Browne, Ara Freeman, Alannah O’Carroll & Laura Kavanagh made a great start in the defence of their title from last year.

 They are lying 2nd by a single point going into R2 this coming Sat. The boys team didn’t fare quite as well, despite an outstanding performance of 6.78m from James Vance in the Long jump. We had 8 athletes in the 800m Endurance Initiative races that day, with most running PB’s on the day and a terrific 1st run over senior height hurdles from Katie Lawless as well. We also had great performances from Emma Quirke, Ellen McNally, Enya Conroy & Nell Berney in the Combined events last Sun.

 

 

REGISTRATIONS FOR 2017

 A big thank you to everyone who helped with registrations last week and to all the athletes & parents for getting them in on time. We are now all registered & insured for the year ahead. Places that were not taken up have now been offered to those on our waiting list and we welcome our new members for 2017.

 

HELP STILL NEEDED

 We have a very dedicated group of coaches & check-in personnel, but as always we still need more if we are to continue facilitating the large number of athletes we have in Greystones AC. If you are in a position to help out with coaching, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are always looking for additional coaches. We will make sure you get training. Recently the check-in has been falling back on to the coaches on a fairly regular basis, so if you can give 20 mins to help with check-in when you are dropping your athletes down, it would be a great help indeed.

 

 FEBRUARY COMPETITIONS (another busy month!)

  1. National Indoor League R2 is on Sat 28th Jan. in Athlone. Open to all athletes from U17 up. Guest & endurance initiative events.

  2. National Junior/U23’s in Athlone on Sun. 29th Jan.

  3. National Indoor League Final in Abbottstown on Sat 4th Feb + Endurance Initiative Events 800m, 1500m, 3K. Entries close Thurs 26th Jan.

  4. AAI Games in Abbottstown on Sun 5th Feb. Entries close Thurs 26th Jan. (Adult event)

  5. Leinster Juvenile Indoors Day 1 in Athlone on Sat 11th Feb. Entries close Thurs 2nd Feb.

  6. Leinster Juvenile Indoors Day 2 in Athlone on Sun 12th Feb. Entries close Thurs 2nd Feb.

  7. National Masters & Juvenile B XC Championships in Waterford on Sun 12th Feb. These races are open to all athletes who did not medal at the National XC. Races for U11/13/15/17 age groups (2016 ages and athletes can move up 1 yr) and distances are shorter than the 'A' XC Championships. Entries close Thurs 2nd Feb.

  8. National Senior Indoors Day 1 in Abbottstown on Sat 18th Feb. Entries close Feb.9th.

  9. National Senior Indoors Day 2 in Abbottstown on Sun 19th Feb. Entries close Feb.9th.

  10. Leinster Juvenile Indoors  Day 3+ Relays in Abbottstown on Sat 25th Feb. Entries close Feb.16th.

  11. Leinster Junior/Senior/Masters Indoors in Abbottstown on Sun 26th Feb. Entries close Feb.16th.

 

Entry forms for all of these events are on our website. Please get your entries in asap, as this will help us to arrange as much training as we can for all athletes, in their chosen events!

 

CLUB AGM

 The club AGM will be held on Thurs. 2nd March 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.

 

SPORTSHALL COMPETITION

 Our Sportshall competition for our younger athletes will take place on Sat 4th March in the Community Hall at Shoreline swimming pool from 2.00-5.00pm. This is a great fun event, but as it is a team competition, athletes must be available for the entire event. If an athlete leaves early, their entire team loses out. Open to all athletes up to U14 in 2017 (born 2004 or after). Teams will be made up on the day! Please arrive on time as once the teams have been made up we will not be able to include late comers and we don’t want to disappoint anyone! Lots of help will be needed for this one, so if you are available, please let us know asap. Help from our older athletes is invaluable for this event, so please let us know if you can come along and help.

 

CLUB AWARDS NIGHT

 As Feb. is so busy with preparation for competitions this year, we will leave our awards night until early March. A number of awards will be given out for both individual & team performances during 2016, as well as our 5yr/10 yr membership awards, Athlete of the Year & our 3A’s awards for Attendance, Attitude, Achievement which will be given to all age groups. Light refreshments will be follow and an opportunity to chat with your child’s coaches. All athletes & their families are welcome to attend.

 

ATTENDANCE DAY TRIP

 The attendances for 2016 are being counted and a list will be put up on our website shortly with the names of those who have qualified and the details of the Good Attendance Trip.

 

WICKLOW COUNTY ENDURANCE INITIATIVE

 A meeting for coaches & parents interested in the propose Endurance Initiative will take place on Mon. next 6th Feb.at 7.30pm in Shoreline Sports Park. There will be a presentation by Steve Macklin - AAI Junior Endurance Coach at 7.30pm followed by a planning session at 8.30pm. Well worth attending!

 

 SPRINTS INITIATIVE

 Details of a sprints Initiative will follow shortly

 

Tue

03

Jan

2017

Newsletter

CLUB NEWS
We hope all our athletes & coaches had a lovely Xmas and that you are all ready to get back to work now. Training for all groups resumes tonight Tues 3rd Jan.

REGISTRATIONS FOR 2017
All club athletes must register for 2017. Registration will take place on Tues 17th Jan from 5-8pm, & Fri 20th Jan from 6-8pm. Registrations can be handed in at check-in before these dates provided they are in an envelope with the athlete’s name on it, but cannot be accepted after these dates, as all available places will have been given to those on our waiting list. Please note that Shoreline Sports Park cannot accept registration forms or payments for Greystones AC.

 

HELP NEEDED
We have a very dedicated group of coaches & check-in personnel, but as always we still need more if we are to continue facilitating the large number of athletes we have in Greystones AC. If you are in a position to help out with coaching, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are always looking for additional coaches. We will make sure you get training. Recently the check-in has been falling back on to the coaches on a fairly regular basis, so if you can give 20 mins to help with check-in when you are dropping your athletes down, it would be a great help indeed.

 

CONGRATULATIONS & CELEBRATIONS!
The Wicklow Star Awards will take place in Roundwood Parish Hall on Fri. 13th Jan at 7.30pm. Once again Greystones AC athletes have done really well, taking 3 of the 4 Juvenile awards with Alex Campbell winning the Boys U14-16, Richael Browne winning the Girls U16-19 & Ben Jones winning the Boys U16-19. GAC take both Junior awards, with Ara Freeman winning the girls & James Vance winning the boys. GAC’s Claire Foley & Jamie Cullen receive International Merit Awards for representing the Irish Universities in Scotland.
The Leinster Star Awards will take place in Carlow on Sat. 22nd Jan. and Geystones AC athletes take all 3 awards, with Richael Browne winning the Juvenile Girls, Josh Pyper winning the Juvenile Boys & Aoife Conroy winning the Senior Award.
Congratulations to all of these athletes on their awards. It’s great to see their hard work paying off!

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
1. Wicklow Masters XC (age 35 & up) will take place in Shanganagh Park on Sun. 8th Jan @ 11am.
2. National Indoor League R1 is on Sat 14th Jan. in Athlone. Open to all athletes from U17 up. If you are interested in being considered for a team or want to guest at this event, please fill in the form on the website. Closing Fri 6th Jan. We won the Ladies League in 2016, so have a title to defend girls! We want a full men’s team also this year lads!
3. Leinster Intermediate & Masters and Juvenile Relays (U12/14/16, 4 x 500m) will take place on Sun. 15th Jan. In Dunboyne. If you are interested in being on a team, please fill in the form which will close on Fri 6th.
4. National Combined events for athletes from U14 upwards will take place in Athlone on Sat. 21st Jan. Form on the website will be closing Wed Jan 11th.
5. The National Intermediate XC & Inter Club Relays ((U12/14, 4 x 500m) will take place in Tuam on Sun. 22nd Jan. Form up & closing Wed 11th Jan.
6. National Indoor League R2 is on Sat 28th Jan. in Athlone. Open to all athletes from U17 up.
7. National Junior/U23’s in Athlone on Sun. 29th Jan.

 

News of Club AGM, Club Awards night, Attendance Day Trip & Sportshall Competition for our younger members, will all follow shortly

Sun

18

Dec

2016

XMAS NEWSLETTER & INFO

 

CONGRATULATIONS

 

Well done to all the GAC athletes who competed in the National XC’s and represented us so well.

 

Congratulations to Richael Browne who won Gold with both the Co. U18 team & the Co. U19’s, silver with the Leinster U18’s, silver with the Slí Cualann junior team & bronze with the Co Junior team. Congrats also to Joe Prendergast on his silver medal with the Leinster U14 team. Great running from everyone who competed & congrats to all on a great XC season.

 

Well done also to all who competed in R6 of the XC League. Great running from everyone and some terrific wins once again! Most of the medals have now been given out, but we still have a few in hand due to athletes not being present at training. If you think you are due a medal from either the Co. Champs or the League, please ask Theresa on Tues. night, as they may get forgotten when we come back in the new year and we really do want you to have them.

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS (Busy month ahead!)

  1. Solstice Mile: Sli Cualann AC will host a series of graded 1 ml races (4laps of the track), to mark the winter solstice on Wed 21st Dec. at 7pm. Entry donation 5euros for Adults, 3euros for U12’s U16’s. Refreshments afterwards.

  2. STREETS OF WICKLOW 5K A great way to run of the turkey on Stephen's day is The Streets of Wicklow 5K at 11am. Always a great event, with lots of prizes & spotprizes & great refreshments afterwards. There's also a kids 1 mile race just before the big event on the day!

  3. Roundwood Biathlon: Roundwood AC host a Charity Biathlon on Tues 27th Dec. supporting leukaemia & Cancer Research at Vartry House Kavanagh's. Starting at 2pm, walkers 1.45pm.

  4. Wicklow Masters XC (age 35 & up) will take place in Shanganagh Park on Sun. 8th Jan @ 11am.

  5. National Indoor League R1 is on Sat 14th Jan. in Athlone. Open to all athletes from U17 up. If you are interested in being considered for a team or want to guest at this event, please fill in the form on the website. We won the Ladies League in 2016, so have a title to defend girls! We want a full men’s team also this year lads!

  6. Leinster Intermediate & Masters and Juvenile Relays (U12/14/16, 4 x 500m) will take place on Sun. 15th Jan. In Dunboyne. If you are interested in being on a team, please fill in the form which will be up shortly.

  7. National Combined events for athletes from U14 upwards will take place in Athlone on Sat. 21st Jan. Form will be up shortly.

  8. The National Intermediate XC & Inter Club Relays ((U12/14, 4 x 500m) will take place in Tuam on Sun. 22nd Jan. Form will be up shortly.

  9. National Indoor League R2 is on Sat 28th Jan. in Athlone. Open to all athletes from U17 up.

  10. National Junior/U23’s in Athlone on Sun. 29th Jan.

CELEBRATIONS!

The County Star Awards will take place in Roundwood Parish Hall on Fri. 13th Jan at 7.30pm. We have a number of GAC athletes in the running for awards and all athletes and their families are invited to come along and support our stars! Award winners will be announced shortly.

 

XMAS TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS

All groups have training this Tues. 20th Dec. and this will be the final session for the younger groups. The 7-8.30pm session will go ahead as usual on Wed, but this will be the last session before Xmas. as the centre closes at 6pm on Fri. Training will officially resume on Tues 3rd Jan, but some coaches may make their own arrangements with groups over the holiday period. Do keep running and keep your fitness levels up, as competition starts early in January for many of you.

 
We hope all our members and friends have a very Happy Christmas!

 

Stronger! Higher! Faster!” for 2017!”

 

Sat

26

Nov

2016

Newsletter

 CLUB NEWS

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

The National even ages events for U12-18 and the Junior & Senior adults are taking place tomorrow Sun. 27th Nov.

GAC competitors for Sunday: Joe Prendergast U14 boys representing Greystones & Leinster, Ella Shanley, Louise O’Riordan, Eimear Ryan, Enya Conroy, Salley Shanley U14 girls representing Wicklow. Ben Jones, Fernando Ruiz, John O’Connor, Enrique Rancon U16 Boys representing Wicklow, Richael Browne & Rachel Casey U18/Junior girls representing Greystones & Wicklow, with Richael also representing Leinster. Troy Scully U18 boys representing Greystones. Katy Conroy Junior girls representing Slí Cualann & Wicklow. We congratulate them all and wish them well on Sunday!

 

The National uneven ages event for U11-19 and the Novice adults will take place on Sunday 11th Dec. in Dundalk. GAC competitors for Sun 11th: Louise O’Riordan, Eimear Ryan, Salley Shanley U13 girls representing Wicklow, Abbie Tyrrell, Ella Shanley, Megan O’Brien, Enya Conroy U15 girls representing Wicklow, with Abbie also representing Leinster, Sarah O’ Connor U17 girls representing Greystones & Leinster, Richael Browne U19 girls representing Greystones, Wicklow & Leinster. Troy Scully U17 boys representing Greystones. Best of luck to everyone!

 

XC LEAGUE ROUND 6: The 6th and final round of the League will be held in Bray Emmetts on Fri 2nd Dec. Registration 6.30pm, first race 7 pm. This one is even Ages U/ 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14/15, but athletes can move up one age group. Entry form is on our website and will close on Thurs. 1st Dec. Certs to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly. Athletes who compete in 5 events get gold, in 4 events get silver & in 3 events get bronze medals. Present standing after 5 rounds is listed on the sidebar of our website. Have a look and see if you can improve your medal standing or get yourself into the medals by attending the final round.

Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training on Friday 2nd Dec, as coaches will be at the XC League. The 7-8.30pm training will go ahead for those who are not running in the league!

 

SPORTSHALL

We intend holding a Sportshall competition for our younger athletes around mid January. This will be a team event for U7/9/11/13/15 and so will be open to all athletes aged 5 - 14 in 2017. This is always a really fun competition and is a great first event if you haven’t ventured into competition yet. We will be practising for this over the coming weeks, with groups rotating each week, so do try to come along to training each week and get to know the events involved. Medals for the 1st three teams in each age group for both girls & boys. It really is great fun!

 

COACHING DAY

We had a very successful club coaching session in late Oct. and are planning to hold the next session on Sat. 10th Dec. from 11.30 -2pm. Once again we will cover Hurdles, Sprints, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Javelin & Discus as required. Application form is now on the website and will close on Thursday 8th Dec. These sessions are helpful in preparing the athletes for the Indoor season and are open to all club athletes from U11–U16 (Born 2001-2006). Registration form now on our website. Please list three events in order of preference. We will do our best to give you your top two choices, if at all possible.

 

TEAM MEDALS

We have been trying to hand out the team medals won at the Co. Championships over the past few weeks, but still have a good number in hand, as some athletes have not been attending training sessions. If you are due a medal, please collect from Theresa asap.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Huge congratulations go to Richael Browne, who has been offered a full scholarship at Georgia State University for next September. This is a fantastic opportunity for Richael to develop as an athlete while getting a first class education and we hope she enjoys her time in the USA. Richael is following in the footsteps of another Greystones athlete Niamh Kearney, who has recently returned with a Masters in Nutrition, after a very successful 5 yrs in Georgia State. Just goes to show that if you make the commitment, work hard and progress steadily, your athletics can open doors to a great future for you.

 

ATTENDANCE AT TRAINING

Attendance at training has been very poor in some groups during November and we remind everyone that athletes who disappear for up to 3 weeks without contacting us are deemed to have left the club. Check-in sheets are reviewed at the end of each month, names of those who aren’t attending are removed from the check-in sheets and places are given to those on our waiting list. Please contact us before the end of the month if you fall into this category.

 

NB: Athletes in groups 1 & 2 have agreed to attend a minimum of two sessions per week and need to do this to enable them to keep up with the training level and stay with their group. This has been agreed by all athletes/parents before joining this group, but is not being adhered to. Training sessions take place on Tues/Wed/Fri from 7-8.30pm. While we hope you can do all three, if only doing two nights, it is better to do Tues/Fri or Wed/Fri if at all possible, rather than two nights together with 5 off.

 

We also have an organised Sunday morning run at 9.15am, which is a very important part of the training week, particularly from U12 up. If you cannot make this, you really need to do the run yourself later in the day. Venue varies from week to week and is posted on our website & FB page each week. This long, easy run can be very enjoyable and lays the base for everything we do.

 

So far this season the attendance on Sunday mornings is poor and we would really love to see a huge improvement from here out. All athletes & parents are welcome to join us on these Sunday runs, however young children need to be accompanied.

 

CLUB SHOP

The club shop will be open on Tues. Dec.13th from 4.45-5pm and again from 7-8pm, in case anyone needs extra Xmas pressies........Santa has already put in his order! We have club singlets, shorts, t-shirts, rainjackets, hoodies etc. available and souvenir club pens also. The new batch of smaller singlets were delayed, but should have arrived by then. Athletes should have either a club singlet or T- shirt for competitions. All other items are optional. We also have some second-hand spikes for sale at very reasonable prices. Some of these have hardly been worn!

 

FINALLY

Can we appeal to parents once again to ensure that all athletes bring a raincoat, hat & gloves to training, as it is very cold on the track some nights. Gloves are a real necessity, as when cold the children are inclined to run with their hands in their pockets, which is likely to result in head or facial injury if they fall as they have no way of saving themselves.

Mon

31

Oct

2016

Newsletter

TRAINING IS AT THE USUAL TIMES ALL THIS WEEK

 

LEINSTER XC CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

A very disappointing turn out of just 15 athletes for the first of the Leinster XC Championships on Saturday last, with only 9 girls & 6 boys from the club taking part. This is hugely disappointing for the athletes who do take part as we fail to fill teams for them and for the coaches who put in so much time and effort in preparing the athletes for these events.

 

Congratulations to those who did take part as we had some fantastic running on the day. A first outing for Cian Smyth in the boys U12 saw him finish 97th, with Chase Scully 108th. In the boys U14 Joe Prendergast finished in 5th place to qualify as an individual and also as part of the Leinster team for the Nationals. Paul Delahunty (U13) stepping up an age, also had a great run to finish 38th. In the girls U14 Ella Shanley finished 25th, Louise O’Riordan (U13) 37th, Eimear Ryan (U13) 51st, Enya Conroy 65th, Salley Shanley (U13) 78th & Erin Howard 90th. Ella, Louise, Eimear, Enya & Salley qualify for Nationals as part of the Wicklow team. A great run from Abbie Tyrrell (U15) stepping up in the girls U16 where she finished 18th and a 21st place finish for Ben Jones in the boys U16, with Joe Dowd (U15) taking 61st. Richael Browne had a terrific race to take 6th in the girls U18, also qualifying as an individual and as part of the Leinster team and Rachel Casey (U17) finishing 32nd. A terrific race also in the U18 boys from Troy Scully, (U17) who finished just out of the medals in 13th, with Cormac Gilnagh (U17) 45th. Well done to all and here’s hoping for a much better turn out for the Uneven Ages.

 

Form for Uneven Ages is now on our website and will close on Fri. 4th Nov.

 

 

 

URGENT-------- UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

 

The uneven ages event for U11-19 and the Juniors & Senior adults will take place on Sun. 13th Nov. It will be on the same course as the Even Ages, in New Forest Golf Club, Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath. We hope that lots & lots of our athletes will make an effort and turn out for this one to run for Club & County. First race is at 12 o’clock, so athletes will need to arrive at 11am for check-in & warm up, as numbers will be big. Entry form is now on the website and closing date is this Friday 4th Nov. There are absolutely no late entries accepted by Leinster, so get your names down right away and don’t wait until the last minute, as you might miss out.

 

 

 

XC LEAGUE ROUND 5: Thursday 17th Nov. in Rathdrum Rugby Club. Registration 6.30pm. First race 7 pm. This one is uneven Ages U/ 7, 9, 11, 13 & 15, but athletes can move up one age group. Entry form will be on our website and will close on Tues. 15th Nov. Certs to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly. Athletes who compete in all 6 events get Gold, in 5 events get silver & in 4 events get bronze medals.

 

 

 

COACHING DAY

 

We had a relatively small attendance at the club coaching session on Saturday 22nd Oct. but coaches & athletes present all agree that it was a really worthwhile session. Those who turned up really enjoyed the morning and got a lot out of it. We hope to run one of these sessions each month to help prepare for the Indoor season and they are open to all club athletes from U11–U16 (Born 2001-2006).

 

 

 

TEAM MEDALS

 

We have not yet received team medals from the County Champs, but should get them at Tuesday’s meeting this week and will give them out on Wed/Fri.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE AT TRAINING

 

All athletes are expected to attend training regularly and need to bring water with them to all sessions. They should wear proper runners and tracksuit, shorts or leggings please. If wearing shorts, please bring tracksuit bottoms to wear over them for warm-up & cool down as the evenings are getting very cold now. Always bring a light rain jacket to all training sessions, as we do not have indoor facilities if it rains!

 

 

NB: Groups 1 & 2 are required to attend a minimum of two sessions per week to enable them to keep up with the training level and stay with their group. This has been agreed by all athletes/parents before joining this group. Training sessions take place on Tues/Wed/Fri from 7-8.30pm. While we hope you can do all three, if only doing two nights, it is better to do Tues/Fri or Wed/Fri if at all possible, rather than two nights together with 5 off.

 

 

We also have an organised Sunday morning run at 9.15am, which is a very important part of the training week, particularly from U12 up. If you cannot make this, you really need to do the run yourself later in the day. Venue varies from week to week and is posted on our website & FB page each week. This long, easy run can be very enjoyable and lays the base for everything we do.

 

So far this season the attendance on Sunday mornings & also on Fri nights is poor and we really need to see a huge improvement from here out. All athletes & parents are welcome to join us on these Sunday runs, however young children need to be accompanied.

 

 

Parents and brothers/sisters are not allowed inside the track during training sessions, but are welcome to watch from outside the fence. Please note that the Outdoor Gym Equipment is for age 14 up only and children should not be allowed to play on this! (Health & Safety)

 

 

 

Mon

17

Oct

2016

Newsletter

A VERY LONG NEWSLETTER THIS TIME, BUT PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT AS IT CONTAINS A LOT OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CLUB ATHLETES AND PARENTS.

 

WICKLOW XC CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Fantastic results from both Sunday’s at the Wicklow XC Championships, despite a very big percentage of our club athletes failing to attend. On day 1 we had barely 20% of our athletes in attendance, but despite this we got 7 individual medals and team medals in the Girls U10, U14 & U16 and Boys U16 & U18

Congratulations to our County Champions Ella Shanley, Richael Browne & Joe Prendergast, Silver medal winners Sarah O’Connor & Troy Scully and bronze winners Abbie Tyrrell & Paul Delahunty and well done to all who ran so well.

 

On day 2 we did a little better, but not much, and again we saw fantastic running from those who did come with County Championships going to Sarah O’Connor, silver medals to Abbie Tyrrell, Louise O’Riordan, Paul Delahunty & Troy Scully & bronze medals to Katy Lawless & Ella Shanley. A few more teams this time, with team medals, for every team we managed to fill, Girls U9, U11, U13, U15 & U17, Boys U17 & our Intermediate Men. Great running from everyone who took part, but disappointing for all the coaches who put so much time and effort in, to see so many athletes not taking part on either day.

 

Full results from both days are now on the sidebar of our website home page. Medals to follow!

 

 

 

COACHING DAY

 

We are holding a special coaching session on next Saturday 22nd Oct. from 10-12 o’clock at Shoreline Track. This is open to all club athletes from U11–U16 (Born 2001-2006) and will cover Hurdles, Sprints, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Javelin, Discus. Application form is now on the website and will close on this Thursday 20th Oct. Don’t just turn up on the day please, as we will not be able to facilitate you. Each athlete can take part in two events only. Please list 3 events in order of choice and we will do our best to give you your first preferences. Cost for the day is €5. We intend holding a number of these sessions over the coming months, to help prepare for the Indoor season.

 

 

 

URGENT-------- UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

 

We are now looking forward to the first of the Leinster Championships, which will take place on a new course this year in New Forest Golf Club, Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath. This is the even ages event for athletes from U12-18 (U11’s can move up) and also for Novice & Masters athletes. We hope that lots & lots of our athletes will make an effort and turn out to run for Club & County on Saturday 29th Oct. First race is at 12 o’clock, so athletes will need to arrive at 11am for check-in & warm up, as numbers will be big. Entry form is now on the website and closing date is this Friday 21st Oct. There are absolutely no late entries accepted by Leinster, so get your names down right away and don’t wait until the last minute, as you might miss out. There will be open (non championship) races for girls & boys U10, with entries taken on the day, at the event. Start time for this is 11.40am.

 

The uneven ages event for U11-19 (U10’s can move up) and the Intermediate adults will take place on Sun. 13th Nov. Venue has yet to be confirmed for this. To avoid confusion, entry form for this will only go up when the even ages comes down.

 

 

 

LEAGUE ROUND 5 : Friday 17th Nov. in Rathdrum Rugby Club. Registration 6.30pm. First race 7 pm. This one is uneven Ages U/ 7, 9, 11, 13.& 15, but athletes can move up one age group. Entry form will go up after the Leinster events close, to avoid confusion.. Athletes must be registered to compete. Certs to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly. Athletes who compete in all 6 events get Gold, in 5 events get silver & in 4 events get bronze medals. A list of standings for the 2016 League will go up on our website shortly.

 

Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training on Friday 17th, as coaches will be at the XC League. The 7-8.30pm training will go ahead for those who are not running in the league!

 

 

 

SOME ADVICE FOR RACE DAYS

 

Arrive on time, as late arrival puts unnecessary stress on everyone, especially the young athletes. Athletes should start their warm-up about 30 mins before their own race/event and they should complete their usual regular routine. Club coaches will generally take charge of the younger groups. Warm up should be done in runners not spikes, and tracksuits etc. should be left on throughout. Athletes should only take their gear off and put their spikes on while the race ahead of there is taking place and they should leave a top on until the last possible minute. There is absolutely no point in warming up and then stripping clothes off and letting your muscles get cold while you wait around. There is no support in a pair of spikes and it is very easy to spike yourself or someone else while walking around wearing them. Absolutely wonderful for racing in, but only for racing in………. wear them for the shortest possible time, not all day! Very long spikes are not recommended for children, as they may injure themselves or others.

 

We know how easy it is to get carried away during a race and while love to hear everyone cheering on our athletes, in keeping with the ethos of our club, parents, coaches & supporters should try to ensure that we are always being supportive of all our athletes and not critical of how they are performing. Not every race will go to plan, but they are all out there doing their very best, so lets leave the race analysis to the coaches/athletes at the next training session and just be there for them offering your unwavering support and encouragement! Please note that running beside an athlete during a race is termed pacing and you will most likely get the athlete disqualified if you do this.

 

 

 

 

PLEASE READ AND INFORM/REMIND ATHLETES:

 

We are asking once again that athletes make sure to use the toilets before coming down to training as it causes huge problems if a coach has to leave a group to bring them up, during the session. On this note, we remind athletes that the toilets and changing rooms must be left as we find them and not in a mess. Recently we have had a lot of tissue etc. thrown about and water everywhere, coinciding with athletic club’s use of the facility, and this needs to stop. Shoreline have the right to refuse access to groups who do not respect the track and other facilities. Please remember that the building is not our club house, it is a business premises and athletes are asked not to gather in the reception area or just outside the front door, as this interferes with other customers access. We now have access to the container nearest to the track for check-in on wet evenings, so please go directly there to check-in, if it is raining. You may leave your bags here on wet nights.

 

 

We remind you once again that all athletes are expected to attend training regularly and need to bring water with them to all sessions. They should wear proper runners and tracksuit, shorts or leggings please. If wearing shorts, please bring tracksuit bottoms to wear over them for warm-up & cool down as the evenings are getting very cold now. Always bring a light rainjacket to all training sessions, as we do not have indoor facilities if it rains!

 

 

Athletes who may need an inhaler, should always make sure to bring it with them. You should not share other athletes inhalers, as they may not be the same medication/dosage as yours.

 

 

Athletes who are not fit to train due to injury or illness should not attend training sessions. Athletes who arrive and are not fit to train will be sent home, as it is far too cold to stand around on the track waiting for the session to end.

 

 

NB: Groups 1 & 2 are required to attend a minimum of two sessions per week to enable them to keep up with the training level and stay with their group. This has been agreed by all athletes/parents before joining this group. Training sessions take place on Tues/Wed/Fri from 7-8.30pm. While we hope you can do all three, if only doing two nights, it is better to do Tues/Fri or Wed/Fri if at all possible, rather than two nights together with 5 off. We also have an organised Sunday morning run at 9.15am, which is a very important part of the training week. If you cannot make this, you will need to do the run yourself later in the day.

 

 

So far this season the attendance on Fri nights & Sunday mornings is poor and we really need to see a huge improvement from here out. All athletes & parents are welcome to join us on these Sunday runs, however young children need to be accompanied.

 

 

Parents and brothers/sisters are not allowed inside the track during training sessions, but are welcome to watch from outside the fence. Please note that the Outdoor Gym Equipment is for age 14 up only and children should not be allowed to play on this! (Health & Safety)

 

 

 

LEINSTER PERFORMANCE SQUAD

 

 

Congratulations to GAC athletes Alana Ryan  Sprints, Alex Campbell TJ, Ara Freeman Sprints, Ben Mooney  Sprints, James Vance  LJ, Josh Pyper  Sprints, Louis Lalor  Hurdles, Niamh Conroy  Sprints, Rachel Casey  Walks, Rachel Whitten  Javelin, Sophie Nicholson  HJ, who were selected for the Leinster performance squad for the 2016/17 season. They had their first session last Sat. in Santry with the second one coming up on Dec. 3rd in Athlone covering all events except endurance, which is organised separately. A developmental squad, open to all athletes aged 12 yrs +, runs on the same day from 11am-1pm. The Dec. 3rd session for this one covers Hurdles, Middle Distance, Javelin and High Jump and costs €5.

 

 

 

 

CLUB SHOP

 

The club shop will be open on Tues. 25th Oct. from 4.40-5pm and again from 7-8pm only. We have club singlets, shorts, t-shirts, rainjackets, hoodies etc. available. Unfortunately the new batch of smaller singlets are not due to arrive until the 31st Oct., but they can be purchased on the 25th and we will deliver them as soon as they arrive. Athletes should have either a club singlet or T- shirt for competitions. All other items are optional. We also have a small number of secondhand spikes for sale at very reasonable prices.

 

 

 

AAI REGISTRATION CARDS

 

We have a large number of athletes registration cards which have still not been collected. These have the athletes Life No. and will not be replaced, so we don’t want to give them to young children in case they get lost. A lot of them were given out at the Awards night, but for those who haven’t received them yet, we will have them at the gate this week, so please ask when you are dropping off your child, if you have not collected them previously. Cards for recently registered athletes will not be available yet.

 

Sun

25

Sep

2016

Newsletter

 

WELCOME BACK

 

Welcome back to all our athletes and coaches and a big welcome to all our new athletes. We hope everyone is well settled in at this stage, enjoying the training and looking forward to the Cross Country (XC) season. Attendance at training has been poor in a couple of groups and we are now removing all athletes who have not returned at this stage, as we have long lists of people waiting for places. We cannot hold places indefinitely!

 

REGISTRATION NIGHT

 

We will be holding a registration night for all of our new athletes on this coming Tues 27h Sept. Registrations for ‘Little Athletics’ 5-6pm group will be taken at their check-in time. Registrations for the 6-7pm & 7-8.30pm groups will be taken between 6.45- 7.30pm in the room behind Reception. Forms will be available on the night and are also on the website under ‘Training Times & Club Info’ Fee for the remainder of 2016 is €20 for one child or €15 for an additional child. Those already registered for 2016, do not need to register again.

 

 

 

COMPETITIONS

 

We had our first competition last Friday with a good number of our athletes taking part in the Cross Country (XC) League. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to all who helped out on the night.

 

 

 

VERY IMPORTANT

 

The County XC Championships are coming up fast and will take place on next Sun 2nd Oct in Ashford & the following Sun 9th Oct. in Roundwood. We need as many athletes as possible to take part in these events, so please try to come along. We would really love to have full teams in every age group! (See FB/GAC Website for maps)

 

The entry forms are now on the website and entries need to be in asap. Entries for the Even Ages (U6/8/10/12/14/16/18/Novice) on Oct. 2nd will close on Thurs. 29th Sept. and for the Uneven Ages (U7/9/11/13/15/17/ Intermediate) on Oct. 9th will close on Thurs. 6th Oct.

 

Certs for all athletes who complete the course from U7-U10’s. U11’s upwards are Championship events, with medals for the 1st three finishers and the 1st three teams. Events are open to all registered athletes and all athletes may move up one age group (U7 can run U8 etc.) allowing everyone to compete both weeks.

 

Tue

30

Aug

2016

Club News & Information

 

RETURN TO TRAINING

 

We hope you have all enjoyed a good rest at this stage and are all now eagerly preparing to return to training. We sincerely hope that you have all followed our request to start back running, are now doing a reasonable run every second day and will be more than ready to start training when we return.

 

 

We hope you have all enjoyed a good rest at this stage and are all now eagerly preparing to return to training. We sincerely hope that you have all followed our request to start back running, are now doing a reasonable run every second day and will be more than ready to start training when we return. If you have not started yet, you can still make a difference by starting now. Run 15-20 mins (younger groups 10-15m) every second day and you will reap the benefits. The first Cross Country event will be held in Greystones in late Sept.

 

Training for Groups 1 & 2 (7-8.30pm) will resume on Tues. 6th Sept, with groups 3-6 (6-7pm) returning on Fri. 9th Sept. Little Athletics (5-6pm) will return on Tues. 13th Sept. All athletes who are changing training times have been notified. Those who did not respond to the invite will now stay in their original group, as all available places have now been allocated.

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING DEBTS

 

A big 'Thank You' to those athletes who paid their debts before taking their break. Those who still owe for weekly subs/entries are reminded that these debts need to be sorted on your return in Sept. If you are unsure whether you owe money, just ask at check-in. If this continues to be an issue, we may have to refuse entry to those who arrive without their €2 and we would rather not have to do this.

 

We remind you also that while the club covers all entry fees for it's juvenile members, athletes who don't show up for events they have entered for, are then liable for these fees. Further entries cannot be accepted for these athletes until said fees are paid.

 

 

 

URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP

 

We are still very short of coaches for the Tues 6-7pm slot, so we are again making an urgent appeal to anyone who is free to help out for 1 hour on Tues. to please contact Theresa @ 0868635797. Even an hour every second week would be a great help, if we could get people to share. You will have help and we will ensure you get some basic training. We won't just drop you in at the deep end! Unfortunately, if we don't get some help, we will not be able to continue with our younger groups!

 

We also need helpers to look after the check-in on all three nights. This generally only takes about 20 mins, but is a huge help to the coaches, as it allows training to begin on time.

 

FIT4YOUTH

 

We plan to revive our Fit4Youth group this Sept. and have places available in this group. This group is for age 12 yrs upwards and is aimed at those who want to run for fitness rather than take part in competitive athletics. Athletes will warm up on the track with the rest of the groups and will then be taken on a run by a qualified coach. Group members can also join in with the Core/Circuits session on Wed. evenings.

 

 

 

 

ADULT RUNNING

 

Over the next few weeks we plan to re-vamp our adult programmes as we are keen to build the adult section of our club for both serious and recreational runners. For the moment our Beginner2Winner group continues with sessions on Mon/Wed at 6pm and we hope to see lots of new faces coming along.

 

Our regular established Fit4Life sessions continue on Mon/Wed at 8.30pm & Wed/Fri at 10am and our road run takes place on Monday evenings at 8.30pm with Caoimhin MacMaolain. This group meet at the track and do a run around Greystones. All level & abilities will be catered for at our sessions. All club members young & old are welcome to the Sunday morning run, but U12’s must be accompanied by an adult. Sunday run venues are posted on our web page & Facebook page each week!

 

Tue

09

Aug

2016

Club News & Info

 

TRAINING

 

Most athletes & coaches are now on a well earned break after a great summer of competition, where we had some outstanding performances from many of our athletes. Enjoy the rest, but do spare a thought for the girls still training and wish them well as they continue their preparation to compete in the European Clubs Cup in Portugal in September, where they took the bronze last year!

 

 

TRAINING

 

Most athletes & coaches are now on a well earned break after a great summer of competition, where we had some outstanding performances from many of our athletes. Enjoy the rest, but do spare a thought for the girls still training and wish them well as they continue their preparation to compete in the European Clubs Cup in Portugal in September, where they took the bronze last year! Training throughout the summer for this event, will be by arrangement with the coaches involved.

 

For all our other athletes we recommend a full two weeks break, which many have had by now and then you should start back gradually, running 15-20 mins (younger groups 10-15m) every second day and adding 5 mins each week. This way you will return in Sept. 'Fit to Train' and not have to spend the first few weeks trying to get fit. Our first Cross Country event will be less than two weeks after we return in Sept.

 

Training for Groups 1 & 2 will resume on Tues. 6th Sept, with groups 3-6 returning on Fri. 9th Sept. Little Athletics will return on Tues. 13th Sept. Athletes who are changing training times will be notified of this before our return.

 

 

 

Groups for Sept.'16 will be organised very soon to allow us time to notify those on our waiting lists. Parents of athletes from all groups, who have not attended for a number of weeks, need to contact us right away if their children intend to return in Sept. Otherwise places will be given to those on our waiting list and we will not be able to accommodate them in Sept.

 

 

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING DEBTS

 

A big 'Thank You' to those athletes who paid their debts over the past few weeks. Those who still owe for weekly subs/entries are reminded that these debts need to be sorted on your return in Sept. If you are unsure whether you owe money, just ask at check-in. If this continues to be an issue, we may have to refuse entry to those who arrive without their €2 and we would rather not have to do this.

 

We remind you also that while the club covers all entry fees for it's juvenile members, athletes who don't show up for events they have entered for, are then liable for these fees. Further entries cannot be accepted for these athletes until said fees are paid.

 


 

CONGRATULATIONS

 

Well done to all of our club athletes who competed in the National Championships recently and who represented the club so well, though it was disappointing that so many failed to turn up for their events this year. Huge congratulations to the medal winners and to all who earned PB's.

 

U14: Ellen McNally took bronze in the Long Jump with a huge PB.

 

U16: Alex Campbell took Silver in the Triple Jump.

 

U18: Richael Browne took Silver in the 1500m with a 4 sec. PB and 4th place in the 800m.

 

U19: Ara Freeman Gold in 100m & Bronze in 200m.

 

Great performances from Joe Prendergast U14, Aodhan Daly & Ronan Dempsey U15, Sarah O'Connor, Ben Mooney, Josh Pyper & Ben Jones U16, Troy Scully, Rachel Casey, Alana Ryan & Niamh Conroy U17, Alannah O'Carroll U18

 

Relays: Bronze for the U17 boys Noah Daly, Louis Lalor, Josh Pyper & Ben Mooney and 4th place for the U14 team Darragh Rush, James Nicholson, Joe Prendergast & Michael O'Shea.

 

Great performances also from everyone who took part in the National B Championships, with Emma Quirk U14 the star of the day winning the Long Jump and breaking the Championship Best 3 times while doing it. She also finished 5th in the 80m In the 800m, a great win from Katie Lawless U16 leading all the way from the gun and a great run from Erin Howard to win silver U14, with Enya Conroy finishing 7th. Silver also for John O'Connor in the U16 High Jump. A super run and a huge PB from Danny Jones U14 who was just shaded for the bronze medal in a terrific finish, a 6th place finish for Paul Delahunty U13 600m and 4th place for Lucy daly U12 in the 60m.

 

A small turn out for the Inter Counties event in Leixlip, but a fantastic day's competition and a real team spirit with several athletes competing in multiple events during the day, finishing with some very exciting relays. Well done to all!

 


 

A long trip to Cork for R2 of the National League and another great performance from our Slí Cualann teams. Once again many of them went above and beyond the call of duty, giving everything they had and more to get every possible point available. A huge Thank You to PJ Scully who gave up his day off to drive the bus for us........ and a long day it was, but so worthwhile, with the girls team finishing 2nd overall and qualifying for the Final.

 

Unfortunately we had a depleted team for the final last Sunday, as several athletes were not available. Despite this the girls put in a tremendous effort as always and finished in 5th place overall. Well done to all the girls who competed so well throughout the entire League!

 


 

Tue

05

Jul

2016

Club Newsletter

 

TRAINING

 

Training for our younger groups ie 5-6pm & 6-7pm sessions, has now finished for the summer. We hope all our young athletes enjoyed the final night's games & the goodies afterwards & we look forward to seeing you all back in Sept. A huge 'Thank You' to our coaches and an appeal for more help in Sept. please. Have a great summer everyone.

 

 

Training for the 7-8.30pm groups continues through July as many of our athletes are still competing up to the first weekend in August. Most will take a short break then and return on the first Tues of Sept. However our Junior Girls, who are off to compete in Europe in Sept., will continue to train throughout the summer, by arrangement with coaches.

 

Athletes from all groups, who have not attended for a number of weeks, need to contact us right away if they intend to return in Sept. Otherwise places will be given to those on our waiting list and we will not be able to accommodate them in Sept.

 


OUTSTANDING DEBTS

 

A number of athletes regularly forget to bring their weekly €2 track fee and some owe for several weeks, built up over a period of time. Our check-in crew regularly remind athletes of outstanding fees owed, often to no avail, and so we are now asking that all money owed to the club should be paid off before we take our summer break. We can then start back in Sept. with a clean slate. We know it is easy to forget, but it is unfair that some athletes run up debts while others always pay their fees. If you are unsure whether you owe money, just ask at check-in.

 

We remind you also that while the club covers all entry fees for it's juvenile members, athletes who don't show up for events they have entered are then liable for these fees. Further entries cannot be accepted for these athletes until said fees are paid.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS (Still lots happening)

 

  1. National B Championships Sat 9th July in Tullamore

  2. National Relays Sat 9th July in Tullamore

  3. Day 1 National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore on Sun. 10th July

  4. 4 Counties Event in Leixlip on Sat 16th July ( U14 – U17) This is an Inter-County event and athletes interested in being selected for the teams should fill in the form on our website. Closing Fri 8th July. The programme of events is on the sidebar of our website.

  5. Round 2 National League in Cork on Sun. 17th July

  6. Day 2 National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore on Sat. 23rd July

  7. Day 3 National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore on Sun. 24th July

  8. Celtic Games Sat. 6th Aug in Wales

  9. National League Final in Tullamore on Sun. 7th Aug.

  10. National Masters Championships in Tullamore on Sun. 21st Aug.

 


CONGRATULATIONS

 

Well done to all of our club athletes who competed in the Leinster Championships this year. We had some great performances and some top results once again.

 

 

 

 

U13: Jack McGlone Gold in the LJ & Bronze in the sprint.

 

U14: Joe Prendergast Gold in the LJ & 5th in the 1500m, Michael O'Shea 4th in the 80m, Ellen McNally Bronze in the LJ & 6th in the 75mH, Emma Quirk 5th in the LJ & 5th in the 75mH, Enya Conroy 6th in the 75mH, James Nicholson 6th in the 800m

 

 

U15: Ronan Dempsey Bronze in the 80mH & 250mH, Aodhan Daly Bronze in the 200m & the 100m & 4th in the LJ, Isobel Radford Dodd 5th in the 1500m

 

 

U16: Ben Jones Gold in the 800m & Silver in the 1500m, Sarah O'Connor Silver in the 1500m & 5th in the 800m, Josh Pyper Gold in the 100m, Ben Mooney Bronze in the 200m, Alex Campbell Gold in the TJ, Katie Lawless 5th in the 250mH & 80mH.

 

 

U17: Niamh Conroy Silver in the 400m & 5th in the 200m, Rachel Casey Bronze in the 3K Walk

 

U18: Richael Browne Gold in the 800m, the 1500m & the HJ, Alannah O'Carroll 4th in the 400m & 5th in the 200m.

 

 

The Bray Invitational Event saw another great night of athletics in Greystones. Disappointing that a number of selected athletes didn't bother to show up, especially as places were so limited and they were denying others a chance to compete. Those who did show up put on another great performance and GAC once again won the Bourke Cup for top club & the Medley Relay Shield.

 

The Invitational Mile saw Richael Browne take the honours in the women's event, with Carol Costello 2nd and Cillian Browne take 3rd in the men's event. Well done to all!

 

Great results again at the National Juniors/U23's on Sat 2nd July.

 

 

U23: Claire Foley Gold in the 100m & Bronze in the 200m, Aoife Conroy Bronze in the 400mH.

 

 

Junior: Gold for our relay team Alannah O'Carroll, Alana Ryan, Katy Conroy, Richael Browne.

 

The National Combined Events on Sun 3rd saw Ellen McNally & Emma Quirk produce several PB's throughout the day leaving them in 4th & 5th position going in to the final 800m where they finished a creditable 8th & 10th.

 

 

Great performance also from our Slí Cualann teams in R1 of the National League, with the

girls team lying 3rd overall going into R2 on July 17th and looking good for a place in the final. A depleted Men's team struggled a bit for points, but with a bigger team going to Cork, we hope for a better showing in R2.

 

 

Congratulations to all the medal winners and qualifiers for the All Irelands!

 

 

Best of Luck to all those who are competing in the many events listed over the next couple of weeks!

 

 

 

Mon

30

May

2016

Newsletter

 

CONGRATULATIONS

 

Well done to all of our athletes who competed in the County Championships this year. Most of the results are now posted on our website and I will post the rest as soon as I receive them. Well done also to all who competed in the Leinster Relays & Juniors Championships.

 

 

 Some great running here and good results. In the relays we took Gold in the U16 Boys & the U14 Boys, with our 2nd team taking 4thplace. We took silver in the U13 Boys and had 4th place finishes in the U11 & U15 Boys. In the Junior competition Congratulations go to Rachel Casey, who took Gold in the 3K walk, her first race at this distance, to become Leinster Junior Champion, Richael browne who took silver in the 800m, Troy Scully who took silver in the 3K, Noah Daly who took bronze in the Long Jump and the girls 4x100m team, Alana Ryan, Richael Browne, Niamh Conroy, Alannah O'Carroll, who took bronze in the relay. Great results also from the Combined Events where Aoife Conroy took Silver in the Senior with Isobel O'grady taking the bronze. Great performances in their first Combined Events from Ellen McNally 6th, Emma Quirk 8th, Enya Conroy 11th, Erin Howard 14th, in the Girls U14's. Lots more to come from these girls!. In the Leinster Schools, congrats go to Ben Jones 1st & Sarah O'Connor 2nd in the 1500m events, Josh Pyper 2nd in the 100m & Alex Campbell 2nd in TJ at Junior level & James Vance 1st in the LJ at Intermediate level. We wish them well in the National Finals on Sat. Very well done to Richael Brown on her bronze medal in the 800m at the AAI Games!

 

Best of Luck to all those who are competing in the Schools on Sat. 4th, Leinster Sen/Mast on Sun. 5th & the Team Competition on Mon. 6th June.

 

 

 

TRAINING

 

Training during club training times, is carried out by coaches on a voluntary basis. Occasionally the club will organise specialist training sessions. Otherwise private training sessions outside of these times are not carried out under the remit of the club.

 

While the club encourages involvement in other sports and activities, athletes, parents and coaches are reminded to take a holistic view of all activities while planning training sessions, with the aim of injury prevention. Please communicate with the coaches to best coordinate appropriate levels of training to avoid injury or stress on the athletes.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  1. Leinster U23's, Senior & Masters in Tullamore on Sunday 5th June. Entries close Mon. 30th.

  2. Leinster Team Competition in Tullamore on Monday 6th June for U9/10/11/12/13/15. Closed.

  3. Round 1 National League on Sun 12th June. U17 up. Contact Theresa if interested in selection.

  4. Leinster U9,10,11 Pairs & U12 & U13 Championships in Tullamore on Sat 11th June. Entries close on Tues. 31st May.

  5. Leinster U14-19 Championships in Tullamore on Sat/Sun 18/19th June. Entries close June 6th.

  6. Bray Invitational on Tues 21st June in Greystones. Limited numbers allowed. Priority given to those who compete regularly, then first come first served.

 

 

 

FURTHER REMINDER RE WEBTEXT

 

Once again a reminder that the webtext is mainly used to send out notifications/ reminders of events. If you have a question that requires a quick response, you should text or e-mail one of the coaches or use the Contact Us on the website. Replying to the webtext number leads to long delays, as we only have access to it from our laptops, so generally cannot answer when we are at work. It is fine to use it if message is not urgent.

 

 

 

CLUB SHOP

 

The club shop will be open on Tues. June 7th from 4.45-5pm & 6.30-7.30pm only, for singlets, shorts, T-shirts, hoodies, rainjackets etc. We also have some 2nd hand spikes available & club pens. Please note that all athletes competing at Leinster & National events must wear a club singlet or T-shirt

 

Tue

03

May

2016

Club News & Information

 

CONGRATULATIONS

 

Well done to all of our athletes who competed in the 1st night of the County Championships, the East Leinster schools and the Primary schools relays recently. Fantastic results for our athletes at all of these events. Full results will be published later.

 

 Well done to our club athletes, Richael Browne & Carol Costello who put in fantastic performances on the Slí Cualann medal winning teams at the National Road relays. Well done also to all the adults who competed so well at the County road race in Ashford & the Leinster road race in Gowran. Special Congrats to Troy Scully who won the Junior event in Ashford.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  1. Wicklow County Championships remaining events are on this weekend on Fri 6th May & Sunday 8th May. Programme is on the GAC website and entry forms also. Entries will close on Wed. 4th May to allow time to process them and sort relay teams. There are events for all ages and we hope that all of our athletes will make a big effort to take part in these championships. Coaches and helpers needed also, as we are required to officiate at all 3 days and also need sufficient cover to look after our athletes. Please note that athletes may not compete in events on the day, if they haven't pre-entered these events.

    For our younger athletes taking part in the Award Scheme, all athletes do a run, a jump & a throw and are scored on these. Scores are tallied and all receive a medal according to these results. This is a very enjoyable & rewarding event for these young athletes and we look forward to seeing a large attendance from GAC!

  2. The Leinster Relays will be held in Greystones on Saturday 21st May and entries close on Mon 9th May. If you are interested in being considered for a team, please get your entry in asap. Absolutely no late entries will be accepted by Leinster!

  3. The Leinster Juniors also take place on Sat. 21st May in Greystones. These are open to all athletes born 1997-2000. A full programme except for PV & SC which will be held on Sun. 5th June in Tullamore. Entries close on Mon 9th May. Absolutely no late entries will be accepted by Leinster!

  4. The Leinster Combined events for U14 up, are being held in Enniscorthy on Sunday 22nd May. Entries also close on Mon 9th May.

 

WEBTEXT

 

The webtext is mainly used to send out notifications or reminders about events. If you have a question that requires an immediate answer, it is better to text or e-mail one of the coaches or use the Contact Us on the website. Replying to the webtext number may lead to long delays, as we only have access to it from our laptops, so generally cannot answer when we are at work. It is fine to use it if reply is not urgent.

 

THANK YOU!

 

A huge Thank You to everyone who helped out with the very successful bagpack in Tesco on Fri 21st/Sat 22nd Apr and many thanks to all who donated so generously. The proceeds from this event will benefit all members of our athletic club. Special thanks go to Christina & Dermot Browne who secured the slot for us and did all the organising leading up to and during the event.

 

AWARDS NIGHT

 

We had a very successful Club Awards night on Thurs. 21st Apr. where many athletes received certificates & Awards for Attendance, Attitude & Achievement. There were awards for longevity in the club, team awards, Special achievement awards, International Selection awards & our Athlete of the Year. A very enjoyable night was had by all who attended.

 

 

ATTENDANCE AT TRAINING

 

All athletes are expected to attend training on a regular basis with those in Groups 1 & 2 having made a commitment to attend at least two sessions per week. A number of athletes have had very poor attendance recently and should note the club rule, 'Athletes who don't attend for three weeks or more without contacting us, are deemed to have left the club'. Places are then given to those on our waiting list & those who wish to return will have to go back on to this list.

 

 

CLUB SHOP

 

The club shop will be open on Tues. May.10th from 6.30-7.30pm only, for singlets, shorts, T-shirts, hoodies, rainjackets etc. We also have some 2nd hand spikes available & club pens. Please note that all athletes competing at Leinster events must wear a club singlet or T-shirt!

 

 

URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP

 

We are still very short on coaches for the Tues 6-7pm slot, so we are again making an urgent appeal to anyone who is free to help out for 1 hour on Tues to please contact Theresa @ 0868635797. Even an hour every second week would be a great help, if we could get people to share. We will ensure you get some basic training and won't just drop you in at the deep end! Unfortunately, if we don't get some help, we will not be able to continue with all of our present groups!

 

We are also looking for some extra coaches for the 7-8.30pm sessions on Tues/Fri if anyone is available to help out.

 

 

ADULT RUNNING

 

Our Beginner2Winner group continues on Mon/Wed at 6pm and we hope to see lots of new faces coming along.

 

Don’t forget that our regular established Fit4Life sessions will continue as normal Mon/Wed at 8.30pm & Wed/Fri at 10am. All these are run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, so you don’t have to be a club member to take part.

 

Our club road run has been going for several weeks now. It takes place on Monday evenings at 8.30pm and we say a big Thank You to Caoimhin MacMaolain who is looking after this for us. The group meet at the track and do a run around Greystones and all level & abilities are catered for. We hope to see lots of additional runners coming along to join this group and help grow the adult section of our club. This one is for club members only, as is the Sunday morning run, but you are welcome to come along for a trial session before joining. Sunday run venues are posted on our web page & Facebook page each week!

 

 

 

 

 

Thu

28

Apr

2016

Good Luck!

Best of Luck to all of our athletes taking part in the County Championships tomorrow Fri 29th Apr. Check-in at the track at 6pm, first race at 6.30pm. Full programme is on the sidebar on our website. Entries are closed for this Fri, but entry forms for Fri 6th & Sun 8th May are still open on our website! Please come out and compete for your club at these championships!

Sat

02

Apr

2016

Club News & information!

 

Please take the time to read this, as it contains crucial information!

 


CLUB FUNDRAISER

 

We would ike to remind everyone that we will have a fundraising bagpack in Tesco, Greystones on Fri 22nd Apr. & Sat 23rd Apr. 2016. We will be packing from 11am - 7 pm Fri & from 10 am – 6pm on Sat.

 

 

A great deal of help will be needed for this fund-raising event, so all athletes from age 16 upwards & all parents are asked to try to come along and cover a shift or two. We will break the days up into 2 hr shifts and if we get a good response, then nobody will have to put in too much time. Please contact Christina on 0871459959 and let her know what time/times you will be available to help out, so that she can put together a plan to ensure we have sufficient cover throughout both days. The proceeds from this event will benefit all members of our athletic club, so please help out if at all possible. It's not fair to always leave the effort to the same small group of people, who already do so much for our club!

 

 

 

AWARDS NIGHT

 

Our club awards night for 2015 will be held in Greystones Tennis Club on Thurs. 21st Apr. at 7pm. This will take a similar format to previous years, where athletes get certificates for Attendance, Attitude & Achievement, with those who achieve all three getting an added award. There will also be 5yr, 10yr & 15 yr membership awards, team awards & our Athlete of the Year. Light refreshments will be served afterwards with some treats for the athletes. 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.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE TRIP

 

We are presently working on arranging our annual club day trip for athletes with 60% plus attendance in 2015. Attendances have been added up and the list of those eligible to attend should be available at the Awards night, along with details of the trip. These will also be posted on our website, once finalised.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE AT TRAINING

 

All athletes are expected to attend training on a regular basis with those in Groups 1 & 2 having made a commitment to attend at least two sessions per week. A number of athletes have had very poor attendance recently and should note the club rule, 'Athletes who don't attend for three weeks or more without contacting us are deemed to have left the club'. Places are then given to those on our waiting list & those who wish to return will have to go back on to this list.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  1. Round 3 of the Track League takes place on Thurs 7th April at the track in Greystones. Entry form is now on our website and entries close on Wed 6th. Events are open to all athletes up to U14. Check-in from 6pm, first race at 6.45pm sharp.

  2. Wicklow Sec. Schools T&F is being held on Tues. 5th Apr. in Greystones

  3. Wicklow Primary Schools XC Relays is being held on Tues 12th Apr. in Avondale

  4. Wicklow County Championships will be held this year on Fri 29th Apr., Fri 6th May & Sunday 8th May. Programme will be posted on the GAC website as soon as it is available. There will be events for all ages and we hope that all of our athletes will make a big effort to take part in these championships.

  5. Wicklow County Road Race is being held in Ashford on Wed. 20th Apr. @ 7.15pm. Entries to Theresa by lunchtime Monday 18th. Open to athletes age 16 and upwards.

  6. The annual GAC/IMC T&F event will take place in Greystones on Saturday afternoon 30th Apr. This has quickly become a very successful event at which National records have been set & qualifying times achieved for International competitions. It is well worth coming along to view & is a great opportunity to see some of our club Junior & Senior athletes compete with the best in the country.

 

 

 

CLUB SHOP

 

The club shop will be open on Tues. 4th Apr. from 6.30-7.30pm only, for singlets, shorts, T-shirts, hoodies, rainjackets etc. We also have some 2nd hand spikes available & club pens. If you didn't manage to get one of our club calendars, they are still available and now at a reduced price. Please note that all athletes competing at Leinster events must wear a club singlet!

 

 

 

URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP

 

We are still very short on coaches for the Tues 6-7pm slot, so we are again making an urgent appeal to anyone who is free to help out for 1 hour on Tues to please contact Theresa @ 0868635797. Even an hour every second week would be a great help, if we could get people to share. We will ensure you get some basic training and won't just drop you in at the deep end! Unfortunately, if we don't get some help, we will not be able to continue with all of our present groups!

 

We are also looking for some extra coaches for the 7-8.30pm sessions on Tues/Fri if anyone is available to help out.

 

 

 

ADULT RUNNING

 

Our Beginner2Winner group starts a new 6 week programme this week, with sessions on Mon/Wed at 6pm and we hope to see lots of new faces coming along.

 

Don’t forget that our regular established Fit4Life sessions will continue as normal Mon/Wed at 8.30pm & Wed/Fri at 10am. All these are run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, so you don’t have to be a club member to take part.

 

We're delighted to announce that our road run is back for the past few weeks. It now takes place on Monday evenings at 8.30pm and we say a big Thank You to Caoimhin MacMaolain who is looking after this for us. The group meet at the track and do a run around Greystones and all level & abilities will be catered for. We hope to see lots of additional runners coming along to join this group and help grow the adult section of our club. This one is for club members only, as is the Sunday morning run, but you are welcome to come along for a trial session before joining. Sunday run venues are posted on our web page & Facebook page each week!

 


 

Mon

14

Mar

2016

NATIONAL JUVENILE INDOORS 2016

 

 

Thrills & spills for GAC athletes at the first two days of the National Indoors, where we had top class performances and some great results. On Saturday, Richael Browne took on the U18 1500m right from the gun and stormed to victory with a huge PB of 4.45!

 

 

Thrills & spills for GAC athletes at the first two days of the National Indoors, where we had top class performances and some great results. On Saturday, Richael Browne took on the U18 1500m right from the gun and stormed to victory with a huge PB of 4.45! Despite waking with a cold on Sunday she took on the 800m, running a beautifully controlled race to again win her heat. However as the day & the cold progressed, sense had to prevail & sadly she had to withdraw from the final. Huge disappointment for Ara Freeman on Saturday as a break saw her DQ'd from her favoured 60m, but what a comeback on Sunday when she ran a new PB of 24.82 to take silver in the 200m. A terrific bronze for Louis Lalor in the U17 60m hurdles on Sunday also. Another good weekend for Troy Scully who ran a big PB of 4.32 to qualify for the U17 1500m on Saturday, followed by a gutsy run in the final to finish 12th overall. A big PB also for Rachel Casey in the U17 1500m walk where she finished 7th in 8.48. Disappointment for Sarah O'Connor, who was tripped up & crashed to the ground in the first lap of the U16 1500m, but she showed great guts & determination and soon got herself back into contention. However the fall, the battered knees & the fight back took it's toll and Sarah finished in 11th place. Alana Ryan mainly used her indoor season this year to try out the 400m, but still qualified for both the 60m & 200m finals this weekend finishing in 5th place. An early stumble saw Josh Pyper have to fight hard for his place in the 60m final where he later finish in 5th place. Jack McGlone U13, finished 6th in his 60m heat in his first ever National event.  In the field events, Aodhan Daly finished 4th in the Long Jump & 13th in the High Jump U15, Sophie Nicholson finished 8th in the U16 Long Jump & James Nicholson 8th in the U14 Long Jump, with Noah Daly 13th in the U17 Long Jump. Well done to all & best of luck to our relay teams next Saturday and to our Masters on Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

13

Mar

2016

LEINSTER RESULTS 2016

 

LEINSTER INDOOR RESULTS 2016

 

Well done to each and every athlete who competed in the Leinster Juvenile Indoors and Best of Luck to those taking part in the National Juvenile & Masters events over the next two weekends. We had many, many qualifiers for semi-finals and finals and we are so proud of you all. Our Medal winners are listed below. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out.

 

 

U13: Jack McGlone Bronze in 60m.

 

U14: James Nicholson Silver in Long Jump

 

U15: Aodhán Daly, Silver in Long Jump & Bronze in High Jump.

 

U16: Josh Pyper, Gold in 60m

 

Ben Mooney, Bronze in 200m

 

Sarah O’Connor, Bronze in 1500m

 

Sophie Nicholson, Bronze in Long Jump

 

U17: Alana Ryan, Gold in 200m & Silver in 60m

 

Louis Lalor, Bronze in 60m Hurdles

 

Noah Daly, 200m???

 

U18: Richael Browne, Gold in 800m (Championship Best Performance) Gold in 1500m & Bronze in H J

 

U19: Ara Freeman, Gold in 60m (Championship Best Performance) & Gold in 200m

 

Relays

 

Boys U14 Gold: Joe Prendergast, James Nicholson, Paul Delahunty, Michael O'Shea

 

Boys U17 Gold: Josh Pyper, Noah Daly, Louis Lalor, Ben Mooney

 

 

 

Junior Girls: Ara Freeman Gold in 60m & Bronze in 200m

 

Susie McParland Silver in 3K

 

Katy Conroy Bronze in 800m

 

Relay Silver: Alannah O'Carroll, Niamh Conroy, Katy Conroy, Ara Freeman.

 

Junior Boys: Troy Scully Bronze in 3K

 

Senior Women: Isobel O'Grady Bronze in 400m & Long Jump

 

Masters Women: Carol Costello Bronze in 800m

 

Masters Men: Conor O'Reilly Gold in Shot Putt

 

Thu

03

Mar

2016

CLUB FUNDRAISER

 

Greystones Athletic Club

 


 

Greystones AC have a fundraising bagpack in Tesco, Greystones on Fri 22nd Apr. & Sat 23rd Apr. 2016. We will be packing from 11am - 7 pm Fri & from 10 am – 6pm on Sat.

 

A great deal of help will be needed for this fund-raising event, so all athletes from age 16 upwards & all parents are asked to try to come along and cover a shift or two. We will break the days up into 2 hr shifts and if we get a good response, then nobody will have to put in too much time.

 

Please contact Christina on 0871459959 and let her know what time/times you will be available to help out, so that she can put together a plan to ensure we have sufficient cover throughout both days.

 

The proceeds from this event will benefit all members of our athletic club, so please help out if at all possible. It's not fair to always leave the effort to the same small group of people, who already do so much for our club!

 

 

 

Thu

18

Feb

2016

Worth Reading!

 

Sonia O’Sullivan: Enjoyment is an important part of winning

Nurturing a competitive instinct in children is healthy – just don’t apply pressure

Photograph: Inpho

Photograph: Inpho

 

 

Athletics is going through a rough period, and I’ve spoken before about losing some of my emotional attachment to the sport. But I still believe athletics is where competition is at its most basic and stinctive, partiularly at a grassroots level! 

These days I often find myself on the sidelines watching young athletes race, and there is no better place to see competition in its most natural state: it doesn’t take much to realise who is the best, the fastest, the most competitive.

 

 

 

There aren’t a lot of tactics employed, as they almost all rely on natural competitive instinct. Young athletes are always fighting for the lead, whether it’s a 400m or a 1,500m race, simply because they believe to be in with a chance of winning you need to be as close to the lead as possible at all times.

 

Last Friday night I found myself inside the Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne, a nice blue track alongside the Albert Park lake. It was a full weekend of athletics, the Victorian Junior Championships. As a parent, I was required to volunteer some time to my club, Glenhuntly AC, to help out with the running of the programme. I figured if I took the first two hours on Friday evening I would be free to relax and enjoy the races for the rest of the weekend.

 

Simple instructions

 

I was given the job of tape puller in the shot put circle, not something that I am too familiar with, although with a few simple instructions and corrections in the first few attempts I had it down to a tee.

 

That was until the 1,500m races started, when I had to multitask, keeping my eye on the races while continuing the shot put measuring. Now I may be slightly biased, but to me the middle-distance races are the most exciting, entertaining and competitive events on the programme.

 

I am involved a little with coaching in Australia, although not my daughter Sophie, who was running in the under-16 1,500m. No wonder I was distracted.

 

 

Second Captains

 

I see a lot of myself in the way Sophie races. Not the times she runs, but just her instincts, her ability to race. She is always jostling for a lead position, similar to when I used to compete in junior races around Cork and Munster.

 

The best thing about these races is the aftermath: all the girls are the best of friends, rolling around on the grass laughing, not a care in the world – when only minutes before they were battling on the track. Sophie finished second, in her best time, and she was happy. I sensed, without any discussion, that she was already looking ahead to the next race.

 

At this level, it’s not the time that matters: the competition is so fierce that the times just come with the pure racing. Watching these races, I always have an eye on the clock because I understand if you go too fast at the start there is a good chance you will slow down and the winner is rarely predictable.

 

It’s also easy to pick out the athletes who are training and more physically prepared. However, it is those who have trained less, but possess a more competitive instinct, who are more fascinating to watch.

 

Sometimes these athletes do things that shouldn’t be possible, based on their preparation, but being involved in the competition allows them to regularly finish in the top three, or run faster times. This is partly due to natural talent and an ability to rise to the occasion, a fearless and instinctive ability to react to any challenge.

 

The longer you can contain this natural competitiveness in children, without pressure or expectation, the more likely that they will continue to be competitive throughout their adult life.

 

The enjoyment of sport and the ability to be competitive must balance out. As soon as the competitiveness becomes more important than the enjoyment, then the level of competitiveness will drop. A bit like hitting a golf ball; the harder you try, the worse your shot. You need to be at one with what you are doing, and to produce a balanced effort, in order to achieve more. 

 

There is a competitive instinct in all of us. Some people may not even know it, as they think to be competitive means you must be involved in a sporting activity. But this competitive instinct is the driving force that allows each person to fulfil their potential. It comes out in the variety of activities, from schoolwork to office work, to simply cooking the dinner each day.

 

It’s not always obvious, but if you find yourself being very particular about how you do something, take the time to perfect it, then you’re clearly competitive in some sense, and it’s only the beginning of the natural competitive instinct that drives us every day of the week.

 

You also need to be able to relax and enjoy what you do, to be able to get the best results. If we can instil this ability in our children, they are more likely to have a competitive and enjoyable life in sport.

 

Stay on the sidelines

 

The difference now to when I was young is the greater involvement of parents in their child’s sporting lives. I believe parents should be there for transport and support and other peripheral matters, but outside of that should stay on the sidelines and simply enjoy the competition.

 

Let the children be the driving force. Let them find a way to be competitive and get the best from themselves. The place for this to begin is on the school field, and then let it reinvent itself in some other area of life later on.

Mon

15

Feb

2016

Notice from County Secretary

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME!
Round 2 of the Juvenile League will take place on Friday 26th Feb. at Shoreline Track.
Entry form now open closing Thurs 25th. No late entries accepted.
6.00pm Registration
6.30 pm First Race
Distances :
U/7 100M
U/9 300M
U/11 500M
U/!3 600m
U/15 800m
Please do arrive on time as races must start promptly.
No 6-7pm training Fri. due to this event. 7-8.30pm training sessions go ahead as normal.

Sat

13

Feb

2016

NOTICE OF AGM

 A.G.M.

 A reminder that the club AGM will be held on this coming Thurs. 18th Feb. 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.

 

Nominations & Motions for the AGM should be sent to the club Sec. by Tuesday next 16th Feb. @ theresa.kinane@gmail.com or 0868635797

 

 

The Outgoing committee are as follows:

 

Chairperson: Aidan Hartnett

 

Vice Chair: Helen Dempsey

 

Secretary: Theresa Kinane

 

Treasurer: Fiona Gordon

 

Competition Sec: Theresa Kinane

 

PRO: Theresa Kinane

 

Registrar: Fiona Ryan

 

Welfare Officer: Fiona Ryan, Aidan Hartnett, Deirdre Kearney

 

Shop: Deirdre Kearney, Fiona Ryan

 

Fundraising Committee: Helen Dempsey, Christina Browne, Fiona Ryan, Sinead Daly

 

Social Committee: Fiona Ryan, Aidan Hartnett

 

As you can see a number of people are doing several jobs, so extra volunteers are definitely needed and would be most welcome, we will not put pressure on anyone, so please come along on the night. Nominations are welcome for any and all positions on the committee.

 

Mon

01

Feb

2016

Newsletter

 

CLUB NEWS & INFORMATION

 


 

Registrations are finally completed and hopefully those athletes who have moved up are now settling in to their new groups. We welcome any new members and hope that they too are settling in to their groups.

 

 

 

 

The Indoor season is now well and truly under way. Our Junior & Senior athletes have already competed in several competitions during Jan. with great success and we congratulate them on their results so far. We have a very busy time ahead during Feb. & March. with competition most weekends. Please note that closing dates for entries will be strictly adhered to and late entries cannot be accepted for any events!

 


 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

 

  1. The National League Final is on Sat. 6th Feb. In Athlone and our ladies team have qualified for this.

  2. The AAI Games are on Sun. 7th Feb. in Athlone and we have a small no. of athletes competing in this event also.

  3. The Leinster Juvenile Indoors (U12 up) are being held on Sat/Sun 13th/14th Feb. & Sat 5th March. Entry Form for Feb. is currently on our website and entries close on Tues 2nd Feb. The full programme is on the sidebar on our website and athletes can choose a max of 3 individual events across the 3 days. No late entries can be accepted!

  4. The Leinster Junior/Senior/Masters is on Sun. 6th March in Athlone. A Junior athlete is U17-U20. Closing date for entries is 23rd Feb. No late entries!

  5. The National Seniors are on Sat/Sun 27th/28th Feb. in Athlone. Open to U17 up. Closing date for entries 18th Feb. No late entries!

  6. Greystones AC host the next round of the Fit4Life series on Thurs. 11th Feb. It is a 2 mile out & back race and is open to everyone from age 13 up. Great event for those who are not competing at the Leinsters. We will need some help with stewarding etc. on the night. Check-in 7pm at the track. Entry on the night. Lots of Spotprizes.

    Please note that entries for the relay squad are now closed, as per webtext!

 

 

 

AGM

 

The club AGM will be held on Thurs. 18th Feb. 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.

 


 

CLUB SHOP

 

The club shop will be open this coming Tues. From 6.30-7.30pm only for singlets, shorts, hoodies, rainjackets etc. We still have Club Calendars & Club Pens available also. Please note that all athletes competing at Leinster events must wear a club singlet!

 

 

 

 

 


 

Wed

30

Dec

2015

Newsletter

Training will resume on Tues 5th Jan. for all groups. Coaches gave out programmes or arranged sessions with groups for the holiday period, but many athletes were missing in the weeks beforehand. All competitive athletes who missed this should try to keep running and keep fitness levels up, as competition starts early in January for many of you.

 UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

  1. The National 'B' XC Championships are being held in ALSAA (beside the Airport) on Sat. 9th Jan at 11.30am. These races are open to all athletes who did not medal at the National XC. (correction to previous note, which said qualifiers couldn't run) Races for U11/13/15/17 age groups (2015 ages and athletes can move up 1 yr) and distances are shorter than the 'A' XC Championships. Form is now on the website and entries need to be in asap if you would like an opportunity to represent your Club & your County at this event! Very poor entry so far, but hoping for a big improvement over the next few days.

  2. Masters XC (age 35 & up) will take place in Ashford on Sun. 3rd Jan @ 11am. Entries to Theresa.

  3. National Indoor League R1 is on Sat 16th Jan. Open to all athletes from U17 up. If you are interested in being considered for a team or want to guest at this event, please fill in the form on the website asap. Events for R1 are 60m, 60mH, 800m, LJ, SP, PV

  4. Leinster Senior XC, an Open Junior XC and XC Relays for U12/14/16 will be held in Kilmacow on Sun. 17th Jan. Form will go up on the website shortly for this one.

 

 CLUB CALENDAR

  If you didn't manage to get a copy of our beautiful Club Calendar before Xmas, you'll be delighted to hear that they are still available. You can buy one when we return to training next week, or pick one up at Shoreline Sports Park! Remember this is a fundraiser and all money raised will go to help support our club and help our fees remain low!

 So far the calendar has not been very well supported. You will appreciate that equipment needs to be maintained and replaced throughout the year. The calendar will become, with your help, a source of regular annual income for this purpose. The calendar contains all competition dates for 2016 known at the time of publishing. Please feed photographs into the club following each event or occasion during the season so that this initiative will be more successful. Support your athletes please. 

 

 AWARD WINNERS

 Once again Greystones AC athletes are the recipients of both County & Provincial awards, with club athletes winning 3 of the 4 Juvenile award, both the Junior awards in Wicklow and both Juvenile awards in Leinster for 2015.

 Congratulations go to Alana Ryan & Josh Pyper for the U14-16 section, Louis Lalor for the U16-19 section & Ara Freeman & Conor Dempsey for the Junior section in Wicklow. These will be presented in Ashford on Fri. 22nd Jan. along with awards for International selections and other achievements during the year. Slí Cualann Fit4Life & other club awards will also be presented that night and club members are welcome to come along and support our many winners!

Congratulations go to Alana Ryan & Conor Dempsey for the Leinster Juvenile awards, which will be presented on Sat 9th Jan. at The Seven Oaks in Carlow. GAC would like to congratulate Tim Grummell on winning the Senior award at Leinster.

 

 REGISTRATIONS FOR 2016…………..VERY IMPORTANT!

 All club athletes now need to renew their registration/insurance for 2016. Registrations will take place at training times for one week only and athletes who have not registered cannot be admitted to the track on the following week, as they will not be covered by insurance. Club committee members will accept registrations in the room behind the reception area on Tues.12th Jan. Wed 13th Jan & Fri 15rd Jan. during training times only. Adult registrations can be accepted at Fit4Life training times. If you have changed address or phone number, or wish to change the mob. we use for webtext messages, please fill out a new club form when registering. These forms will be available at registration, or can be downloaded from our website. Up to U19’s need to fill the Juvenile form and Parents/Guardians must sign the form at the back, but please do not sign your child’s name. If your child is too young to sign, just leave that line blank. Athletes born 1997 and before should use the adult form. There is no need to fill another form if details haven’t changed. Fees remain the same as previous years, €30 for 1, €50 for 2, €70 for 3 & €90 for 4 or more family members. The club covers all entry fees for juvenile athletes, but covers team entries only for adults.

 

Overdue weekly subs. need to be paid off at this time, as we want everyone starting 2016 with a clean slate please. Some athletes owe several weeks fees which need to be paid off right away, as it is unfair that some athletes run up debts when most pay weekly.

 

Please do not leave registration forms/fees in to the Sports Park Reception at any time as they can not be accepted by the staff. Neither can they be accepted by the coaches on the track. If you cannot make registration week, fees may be put in an envelope with the child's name on it and handed in at check-in during the previous week.

 
HELP STILL NEEDED

 You should be aware by now, following frequent appeals, that the club needs more commitment from parents to participate as leaders or coaches. We have significant gaps in the 6-7 pm session on Tuesday. We are obliged to maintain safe ratios between coaches and athletes. Without your commitment athlete numbers cannot be sustained. Please contact Theresa 0868635797 if you can help!

 

 TRAINING & WEATHER

 We remind you all once again that we train in all weathers, hail, rain or snow. In the very unlikely event that we ever have to cancel training or an event at short notice, a webtext msg. will be sent to all members/parents! Please ensure that you/your child always brings warm clothing and a waterproof jacket to training. While we may very occasionally have access to indoor facilities, we are generally outdoors regardless of the weather, so come prepared for this! On wet nights, gear bags with your change of clothes can be left in the changing rooms at the sports centre.

 

We hope all our members had a great Christmas, enjoyed the rest, kept up the running and are now ready to get back to training for the New Season!

 

 

 

Sat

19

Dec

2015

Xmas Newsletter

 

XMAS CLUB NEWS & INFORMATION

 

CLUB CALENDAR

 Our beautiful Club Calendar is still available, so if you are in need of a lovely gift for someone this Xmas, just want a souvenir of another great year for GAC or a reminder of what a great club you are all part of, you can contact Helen Dempsey, Fiona Ryan, Christina Browne or Theresa Kinane or pick one up at Shoreline Sports Park! Remember this is a fundraiser and all money raised will go to help our club and help keep our fees low! Club pens also available!

 CONGRATULATIONS

Well done to all the GAC athletes who competed in the National XC and represented us so well. Congratulations to Richael Browne on her Silver medal with the County team and to our U15 girls team Sarah O'Connor, Abbie Tyrrell, Sophie Nicholson, Megan O'Brien on their 5th place finish. Great finish places from Ben Jones & Joe Prendergast, and great running also from Troy Scully, Eimear Ryan & Enya Conroy.

 

Well done also to all the athletes who took part in the Inter-County (Kildare, Laois, Meath, Wicklow) Indoor Competition in Athlone. Wicklow were well short of having a full team, with mostly GAC athletes and a few from Kilcoole & Roundwood. We didn't let that worry us though and had some top class performances throughout the day. Well done to all and hopefully County Wicklow will fill the team for the Outdoor event in the summer.

 

Well done also to all who competed in R3 of the XC League. Great running from everyone and some terrific wins once again!

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

  1. The National 'B' XC Championships are being held in ALSAA (beside the Airport) on Sat. 9th Jan at 11.30am. These are open to all athletes who did not qualify for the National XC. U11/13/15/17 age groups (athletes can move up 1 yr) and distances are shorter than the 'A's. Form is now on the website and entries close on Jan 2nd. There are individual, club & County team events.

  2. Masters XC (age 35 & up) will take place in Ashford on Sun. 3rd Jan @ 11am.

  3. National Indoor League R1 is on Sat 16th Jan. Open to all athletes from U17 up. If you are interested in being considered for a team or want to guest at this event, please fill in the form on the website.

 

XMAS TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS

 Attendance at training during the month of December has generally been poor and, as we had only 5 athletes at Little Athletics 5-6pm last Tues and had very small numbers at the 6-7pm training on both Tues & Fri., we have decided to finish up with all of these groups until Tues 5th Jan. It seems unfair to bring up to ten coaches out at this busy time of year, when so many athletes are not attending. The 7-8.30pm session will go ahead as usual this coming Tues. and this will be the last session before Xmas. Training will officially resume on Tues 5th Jan, but some coaches may make their own arrangements with groups over the holiday period. Do keep running and keep your fitness levels up, as competition starts early in January for many of you.

 

 We hope all our members and friends have a very Happy Christmas!

 

 “Stronger! Higher! Faster!” for 2016!”

 

Tue

01

Dec

2015

December News & information

DECEMBER CLUB NEWS & INFORMATION



CLUB CALENDAR

The Club Calendar is gone to print and will be on sale from Tues. 8thDec. at a cost of just €10. This is a fantastic record of great memories from 2015, with many, many photos of all age groups from our Little Athletics Group launching the National Forest Feast programme, to County, Leinster, National & International competitions and much more

DECEMBER CLUB NEWS & INFORMATION



CLUB CALENDAR

The Club Calendar is gone to print and will be on sale from Tues. 8thDec. at a cost of just €10. This is a fantastic record of great memories from 2015, with many, many photos of all age groups from our Little Athletics Group launching the National Forest Feast programme, to County, Leinster, National & International competitions and much more! A huge amount of work has gone into producing this calendar and our sincere thanks go out to Fiona Dempsey who did a fantastic job designing the calendar and also to Helen Dempsey, Fiona Ryan & Christina Browne for all their work. Many thanks also to our sponsors Goldfish (Gordon O'Neill) Avalon Gardening Services (Paschal Casey) and ALPHACC( Jonathan Donnelly)

This calendar will be a great reminder of a great year for GAC and will make a great Christmas present, as will our lovely club pen. Both will be on sale from Dec. 8thright up to Xmas and are being used as a fundraiser for the club! Front Cover is now on our website & FB page!



CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to all the GAC athletes who qualified for the National XC and who will now represent Club, County & Leinster teams next Sunday in Dungarvan. Best of Luck to: Joe Prendergast, Ella Shanley, Eimear Ryan, Enya Conroy U13, BenJones, Abbie Tyrrell, Sarah O'Connor, Sophie Nicholson, Megan O' Brien U15, Richael Browne, Susie McParland, Troy ScullyU17 and to the Novice men's team!



UPCOMINGCOMPETITIONS

  1. There is an Inter-County (Kildare, Laois, Meath, Wicklow) Indoor Competition for U14/15/17 (U16's move up) athletes on Sat 12th Dec at 2.30pm in Athlone. All age groups have 60mH, 60m, 200m, 800m, 1500m. U15/17 also have Walk, HJ, LJ, SP and U14's can compete in these with the U15's. If you are interested in being considered for any of these teams, please enter right away and list events in which you are interested. Entry form is now on the website and we need names asap, so that the teams can be selected and entered. This is a great opportunity to get some early competition indoors.

  2. A very small turnout for Round 2 of the XC League in Rathdrum, but great running and great results once again from those who did compete on the night. Round 3 ( the final round) will be held in Bray on Fri 11th Dec. at 6.30pm. Usually held on the Bray Emmet's Astro Pitches, but I'll confirm after tonight's meeting. Entry form is now on the website. Open to all athletes up age 14. Please enter once only, as some athletes are being entered over & over for every event.

  3. The Co. Senior & Junior XC will be held in Avondale on Sun. 13th Dec @ 11am. Jun Men 6K/Women 4K & Sen. Men 10K/Women 5K. For those not old enough to race, our Sunday run that day will be in Avondale!

  4. Masters XC (age 35 & up) will take place in Ashford on Sun. 3rd Jan @ 11am.



CLUB SHOP

The club shop will be open on Tues 8rdDec. from 4.40-5pm & again from 6.30 – 7.30pm, to allow a chance for Santa to pick up any club gear he might need. We have club singlets, shorts, hoodies, rain jackets, T-shirts, leggings etc. for sale, all at cost price and also some second hand spikes at very reasonable prices. Our fabulous Club Calendar@ €10 and Club Pens @ €3 each or two for €5, will also be on sale andwill make great Xmas pressies!



WEBTEXT

Despite several reminders that thewebtext no. is only for communicatingchanges or sendingreminders, I am still gettingqueries on this mob. all the time. If you have an urgent query,you need to text Theresa on 0868635797, not the webtext number, asI can only answer thisfrom my laptop, so if I am at work or training, you may have a long wait for a reply.




Tue

27

Oct

2015

Club News & Information

TRAINING AND COMPETITION

Regular training continues this week at the usual times, for all age groups!


Entry form for the Leinster Uneven ages (U11-17) & Intermediate XC in JFK Park, New Ross will shortly beon the website and entries close on Sat. Night 31stOct. Leinster will not accept any late entries, so do it asap and don't miss out! Please enter only once, as some athletes are being entered over & over. We had 14 entries for one athlete for one of the events.

CONGRATULATIONS

Hot on their success at the European Cup in Portugal, we learnt this week that the junior girls team have again qualified for this competition in 2016 from their great results in the National Junior competition during the Track & Field season. We are absolutely delighted for them and so very, very proud of them. The girls are very excited and already planning fund-raising events towardsit.


WARM WEATHER TRAINING

Anyone who is interested in the proposed warm weather training trip next Easter, but has not handed back their 'show of interest form' needs to do so immediately. Open to all athletes U16 up in 2016, who regularly attend training & competition. Younger athletes may go if accompanied by an adult. Forms available at training, but need them back quickly. Places are limited.


CLUB SHOP

The club shop will be open on Tues 3rdNov. from 4.40-5pm & again from 6.30 – 7.30pm, before the next Leinster competition. We have club singlets, shorts, hoodies, rain jackets, T-shirts, leggings etc. for sale, all at cost price and also some second hand spikes at very reasonable prices. We also have club pensfor sale @ €3 each or two for €5, which are being used as a fund raiser for the away trip. They will make great stocking fillers! The committee are also looking into organising a club calendar, which will be available early in Dec and will make a great Xmas pressie, so hold off on buying any 2016 ones.


REGISTRATION FOR NEW ATHLETES

We have handed out registration forms to all our new athletes and while most have returned them, there are still a few outstanding. It is essential that these are returned asap, as we cannot have unregistered athletes at training sessions. If you have not done so already please return your form, as we do not want to have to refuse admittance to any child. Those already registered for 2015, do not need to register again.


WEBTEXT

We use webtext to communicate changes or send reminders, but I must remind you once again that if you have a query that requires an answer then you need to text Theresa on 0868635797, not the webtext number. While I am set up to receive the webtext msg. on my phone, I can only answer them from my laptop, so if I am at work or training, you may have a long wait for a reply.


XC RACE REPORTS

Huge congratulations to all the athletes who competed in the XC over the last couple of weeks.


Wicklow XC Championships, in Roundwood. Uneven ages & Intermediate

Better numbers this time, but still small when you consider how many train each week.

We had only two girls for the U9 Lucy Garvey & Amber Sculy and just one boy Tristan Joylrt Cunningham. We had 11girls in the U11 race Sarah Hayes, Tara Casey, Lucy Willoughby, Camille Madden, Lucy Daly, Alex Mulcahy, Juliette Madden, Keelin McGuire, Kate Kennedy Whelan, Aoibhin Downey & Georgia Hogan and some great running saw the girls finish 4thteam overall. 6 in the U11 boys where we had a great run from Ed Nicholson to take the bronze medal, with the boys team Davey Kennedy Whelan, Chase Scully, Tom McCarthy, Daniel Quirk & Rory McNally taking the silver medals. At U13 we had 10 girls competing with Ella Shanley having a great race to finish 4thand Eimear Ryan close behind in 6th. Along with team members Louise O'Rordan, Ellen McNally, Enya Conroy, Erin Howard, Emma Quirk, Alannah Guilfoyle, Maebh O'Neill & Robin Carroll the girls also took the silver team medals. Gold medals for the U13 boys, with a really strong run from Joe Prendergast to take the individual Gold medal, Jack McGlone 4th, Danny Jones 5thand Paul Delahunty 6th& Michael O'Shea 8th. Gold medals also for the U15 girls, with Abbie Tyrrell having a super race to take the individual silver medal and Megan O'Brien, Katie Lawless, Sarah O'Connor, Frances Dallaghan Alice O'Neill & Grace Kirwan. Only three U15 boys with Alan Gordon taking individual bronze, John O'Connor 4th& Ronan Dempsey 5th. As there were no teams of 4, the boys were awarded the gold medals. Only two U17 girls Megan Healy 5th& Rachel Casey 9th. Cillian Browne had a great race in the U19 boys and won very comfortably. A bronze medal for Jamie Cullen on his return to XC led the Intermediate men's team Caoimhin MacMaolain, Dermot Hughes & AJ Cotter to a 4thplace finish.


Leinster XC Championships, in Moyvalley. Even ages, Novice & Masters.

Very disappointing numbers for the first of the Leinster events, where we only managed to fill two teams. Lets hope for a much better turnout at the uneven ages in Wexford on Nov 8th. Congratulations to all the athletes who competed so well on the day.

Four girls took part in the Open U10 race Tara Casey, Sarah Hayes, Alex Mulcahy, Amber Scully, with great running from all four. There were huge numbers in all the Championships races where we had five girls in the U12 with Eimear Ryan having a great run to finish 39thout of a field of 129. Team members were Isabelle Donnelly 103, Rachel Jones 111, Lucy Jones 113 Maebh O'Neill 118. A huge field in the boys race also where we only had two athletes, Paul Delahunty 59 & Chase Scully 95. Another big field in the U14 girls where Abbie Tyrrell had another great race to finish 18thoverall, with Ella Shanley 56, Megan O'Brien 60, Enya Conroy 115. The U14 boys saw another great run from Joe Prendergast to finish 20thout of age, with Joe Dowd 47 & Danny Jones 63.Again only two in the girls U16, with a fantastic race from Sarah O'Connor for a 16th place finish out of age, with Holly Byrne in 30th.Only one in the boys, where despite the strapped kneeBen Jones, also out of age, finished 20th. The U 18 girls saw Richael Browne 9th& Susie McParland 12thin the medals and also Katy Conroy 7thin the U19. These girls were all part of the Slí Cualann junior girls team who won both club & County gold medals. Carol Costello finished 15thin the M2 & AJ Cotter 26thin the M4.


Photos from recent XC events can be found on the club website & FB page!

Tue

06

Oct

2015

Newsletter

A warm welcome to our new members and while it's greatto see our athletes settling in to training again, the attendance by quite a fewhas not been great so far, especially on Friday nights. Please remember that we have a waiting list for places at all times, so if you are only turning up once in a while we may have to consider giving the place to someone who really wants it. We cannot hold places indefinitely, unless notified of ongoing injury or illness!

CONGRATULATIONS

Huge congratulations to all the athletes who competed at the Wicklow XC Championships last Sunday in Avondale, but huge disappointment also that so few of our athletes actually made it to the event! We had so many age groups with just 3 athletes when one more would have given us a full team and team medals. Grace Rush was our only U8 runner as our only other entry Evan was injured on the day. And she had a great race to finish a close 2nd. We have at least 60 U8's in the club and up to 50 eligible athletes for each of the other age groups.The best turn out of the day was at U10, with 6 girls making it and 3 boys. All had terrific runs, particularly Ava Foley who led the girls from start to finish for a great victory. Only 2 girls at U12 & 3 boys and one more runner here would have guaranteed the boys team medals. We managed to get 5 girls out at U12 (still awaiting team results) and with our 3 U14 boys finishing 3rd, 4th& 5thanother runner here would have guaranteed the boys Gold medals. A fantastic race from Sarah O'Connor in the U16 for 2ndplace out of age, but again we missed out as one of the team didn't turn up. Yetanother fantastic race from Ben Jones witha great finish, to win the boys U 16, also running out of age, but again only 3 runners, so no team. Looking good for both these athletes in the U15's next week. We had no U18's or Novice women, but to our delight we did get a team out in the Novice men's race. Cillian Browne had a super race to take the bronze medal and he and team mates Caoimhin MacMaolain, Dermot Hughes & AJ Cotter also await team results. So while we are delighted with the results and the great performances from all who attended, you can understand the disappointment of these athletes at the lack of teams and the frustration of our coaches who work so hard each week to prepare the athletes for these events.

We sincerely hope that this coming Sunday will see a lot more athletes taking to the field for the uneven ages in Roundwood. Sunday's event is not at the usual Roundwood venue, but is opposite the GAA centre on the right hand side of the road. First race is 11am, so athletes should arrive at 10.30am. Most of you will be done and on the way home in under an hour. Entry form is on the website and will close on Fri. Night, to allow time to process entries. Please, please make an effort this week!!!



URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP

We are still very short on coaches for the Tues 6-7pm slot, so we are againmaking an urgent appeal to anyone who is free to help out for 1 hour on Tues to please contact Theresa @ 0868635797. Even an hour every second week would be a great help, if we could get people to share. We will ensure you get some basic training and won't just drop you in at the deep end! Unfortunately, if we don't get some help, we will not be able to continue as we are!



REGISTRATION FOR NEW ATHLETES

We are presently handing out forms to all our new athletes and these can also be found onthe website under ‘Training Times & Club Info’ Fee for the remainder of 2015 is €20 for one child or €15 for an additional child. These need to be filled out and returned to training asap please. Those already registered for 2015, do not need to register again.



WEBTEXT

We use webtext to communicate changes or send reminders, but I must remind you once again that if you have a query that requires an answer then you need to text Theresa on 0868635797, not the webtext number. While I am set up to receive the webtext msg on my phone, I can only answer them from my laptop, so if I am not at home, you may have a long wait for a reply.



Tue

15

Sep

2015

Newsletter

WELCOME BACK

A big welcome back to all of our athletes and coaches. Attendance so far has not been great and we are now asking that athletes who have not made it back by tonight Tues 15th Sept. let us know if they do intend to return, as we have very long lists of people waiting for places. If we haven't heard from you by the end of this week, we will have to assume that you are not returning to the club. We cannot hold places indefinitely!

URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP

As you are all aware, Greystones AC is a completely voluntary organisation, with some of our coaches putting in up to 9 hrs a week coaching plus many hours spent helping out with competitions and the endless admin. involved in running a club like ours. While we know you all appreciate the time and effort given by our volunteers, many of whom have no children in the club, we must appeal to all parents to consider giving us some help or we will not be able to continue. This is a really urgent appeal as we no longer have enough people helping, particularly with the 6-7pm groups. Some of our long time coaches are no longer available to help at these sessions due to changes in their work hours and most of our young helpers are not available this year due to changes in their school schedules. We have 100 children in the 6-7pm groups with only 3 parents from these groups helping with the coaching, and a further 5 with the check-in. We are now making an urgent appealing to anyone who is free to help out for 1 hour on either Tues or Fri to please contact Theresa @ 0868635797. Even an hour every second week would be a great help, if we could get people to share. We will ensure you get some basic training and won't just drop you in at the deep end! Unfortunately, if we don't get some help, we will not be able to continue!



REGISTRATION NIGHT

We will be holding a registration night for all of our new athletes on Tues 29thSept. Registrations for ‘Little Athletics’ 5-6pm group will be taken at their check-in time. Registrations for the 6-7pm & 7-8.30pm groups will be collected between 6.45- 7.30pm in the room behind Reception. Forms will be available on the night and are also on the website under ‘Training Times & Club Info’ Fee for the remainder of 2015 is €20 for one child or €15 for an additional child. Those already registered for 2015, do not need to register again.



FIRST COMPETITIONS

Athletics Wicklow are holding the first round of the Cross Country (XC) League on Fri 25th Sept. This will be hosted by our own club and will take place on the football field at the top of the Sports Park. Check-in by 6.30pm latest, with the first race starting at 6.45pm sharp, due to fading light. This one is for even ages, but athletes can move up 1 age group. It is open to all athletes up to age 14 (U15) in 2015 and is a participation event, with Certs for all who complete the course. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who complete 3 or more races in the League. An entry form will go up on our website shortly and entries will close on Wed night 23rd Sept. No late entries accepted. There will be no 6-7pm training that night, as coaches/athletes will be busy with the League.



County XC Championships will take place on Sun 4thOct in Avondale & Sun 11th Oct. In Roundwood. We need as many athletes as possible to take part in these events, so please put the dates in your diaries! More info in the next newsletter!





Mon

31

Aug

2015

Newsletter

RETURN TO TRAINING

Hopefully you have all been following the plan outlined in the last Newsletterand you are now all ready to return to training “fit to train” and not totally out of condition, making training for the winter season a whole lot easier for all of us!

No changes to the information in the last newsletter, with the 7-8.30pm groups returning tomorrow Tues.1st Sept. and the 5-6pm & 6-7pm groups returning on Tues 8th Sept, allowing them a week to settle back in to school first. Looking forward to seeing you all back, full of enthusiasm for the coming season!

 

OUR EUROPEAN VENTURE

As you probably all know by now our Junior Girls, as part of the Slí Cualann Team, have been selected to represent Ireland in the European Club Cup in Portugal in Sept. This is as a result of their performances in 2014 and we are very proud indeed to accept this selection. More than half the team are Greystones athletes and we are still trying to raise the funds to cover this.

Thisis a fantastic opportunity for these young athletes to go out and experience International competition. They are very proud indeed to be representing their club & country and we have set up a Crowd Funding site at www.gofundme.com/europeanclubcupand all donations big & small will be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, donations can be handed in to Theresa at the track, at Shoreline Sports Park or to any of the coaches involved. We really need your help with this!






Wed

22

Jul

2015

Club Newsletter


OUR VERY EXCITING NEWS
We are very excited to announce that our Junior Girls, as part of the Slí Cualann Team, have been selected to represent Ireland in the European Club Cup in Portugal in Sept. This is as a result of their performances in 2014 and we are very proud indeed to accept this selection.


OUR VERY EXCITING NEWS
We are very excited to announce that our Junior Girls, as part of the Slí Cualann Team, have been selected to represent Ireland in the European Club Cup in Portugal in Sept. This is as a result of their performances in 2014 and we are very proud indeed to accept this selection.
For those who are new to the clubs set-up, Slí Cualann is an amalgamation of five Co. Wicklow clubs, Greystones, Inbhear Dee, Roundwood, Bray Runners & Parnell, who’s athletes compete at juvenile level under their individual clubs, but become Slí Cualann at Junior & Senior level.
 A group of up to 20 athletes will compete on this team and it is a fantastic opportunity for these young athletes to go out and experience International competition. They are very proud indeed to be representing their club & country and we are very busy fundraising towards this at present, as flights etc. are quite expensive. We have set up a Crowd Funding site at http://www.gofundme.com/europeanclubcup and all donations big & small will be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, donations can be handed in to Theresa at the track at Shoreline Sports Park or to any of the coaches involved.
If anyone has any ideas for further fundraising or knows anyone who might like to help sponsor the team, please get in touch with Theresa asap.

SUMMER BREAK FOR ATHLETES
The majority of our athletes are now on a short break, with just the small number who are still competing  continuing to train. As it has been a long hard season, unless athletes have alternative instructions from their coaches, we recommend taking a complete break for about 2 weeks, after which athletes should start running every other day to gradually build up fitness again. Start with 10-15 mins and after 3 or 4 runs increase this by 5 mins. Continue in this way and you will return in Sept. “fit to train” and not totally out of condition, making training for the winter season a whole lot easier. The 7-8.30pm groups will return to training on Tues.1st Sept. and the 5-6pm & 6-7pm groups will return on Tues 8th Sept, allowing them a week to settle back in to school first.

THANKS
As they finally get to take a well earned break, we would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’  to every one of the many volunteers who give up their time week in week out to help make Greystones AC such a fantastic club! Our coaches: Aidan Hartnett, Buntu Mlisana, Christina Browne, Deirdre Kearney, Deirdre O’Neill, Eamonn Whelan, Emma O’Brien, Emer McNally, Fiona O’Connor, Helen  Dempsey,  Joanne O’Shea,  Joanna Pluck,  Julie Fallon, Laura O’Neill,  Muriel Drinkwater, Neil Brooks, Pauline Dallaghan, Ronan Nicholson, Sinead Daly, Steve Jones, Theresa Kinane. Our junior coaches: Alannah O’Carroll, Ara Freeman, Conor Dempsey, Isobel Kenny, Lisa Dallaghan, Richael Browne, Susie McParland. Our check-in crew: Breda Hayes, Celina Purcell, Fiona Ryan, Louise Casey, Louise Willoughby , Sandra Colgan. Apologies if I’ve left anyone out!

VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE
All athletes who have not attended training for more than 3 weeks before their group finished, need to contact the club if they intend to return in Sept. Otherwise they will be deemed to have left the club. All groups for Sept.will be organised over the next couple of weeks and any available places offered to those on the waiting lists. There will be no way of adding athletes back into the groups in Sept., so please use ‘Contact Us’ on www.greystonesac.com to leave us a message, if missing for a while and planning to return.

CONGRATULATIONS
Every weekend we are on the road to Tullamore, Belfast, Athlone etc. but what a fantastic Track & Field season we had again this year, with superb results from National Juveniles & Juniors Championships and also from the League.
Three of our club athletes qualified to represent Ireland this year, with Alana Ryan qualifying for the Schools International in Scotland last weekend and winning a bronze medal on the 4 x 300m relay. Well done Alana! Amaris Borel & Ara Freeman are also off to Scotland for the Celtic Games on the 1st August.


RESULTS


U12-19 National Championships
U19: Martha Hassett Gold in PV , Katy Conroy 6th in 400m, Katy Conroy 6th in 400m, 10th 1500m
U18:  Ara Freeman silver in 100m & 200m, Amaris Borel silver in 100mH & in 400mH, Conor Dempsey bronze in 200m & 400mH & 6th in 100m, Rosa Kirwan bronze in HJ
U17: Richael Browne 5th in 400m & 8th in 800m
U16: Alana Ryan gold in 200m & silver in 100m, Louis Lalor 4th in 250mH & 5th in 100mH, Noah Daly 12th in LJ
U15: Ben Jones silver in 800m & 1500m, Josh Pyper silver in 100m & 4th in 200m, Ben Mooney 5th in 200m, Sarah O’Connor 5th in 1500m, Katie Lawless 8th in 250mH & Sophie Nicholson 12th in High Jump.
U14: Aodhan Daly silver in LJ, 11th in HJ & 3rd in 200m heat (injured)
U13: James Nicholson 5th in LJ, Joe Prendergast 12th in LJ, Ellen McNally 15th in LJ & Emma Quirk 16th

Juniors/U23's Championships
Junior athletes:  Katy Conroy gold in the 3K Steeplechase, Amaris Borel silver in 100mH & 6th in the 400mH, Ara Freeman 4th in the 100m with a new PB & 5th in the 200m, Conor Dempsey 8th in 200m, Richael Brown trying out a new event and just missing out on the 400m final, Isobel O'Grady 6th in the Long Jump & Jamie Wood 11th in 800m.
U23's : Claire Foley took bronze in the 200m & 4th in the 100m and Aoife Conroy 4th in the 400mH.

National ‘B’ Champs & Relays
U16: Cachel Casey gold in Shot Putt, Holly Byrne silver in 800m, Troy Scully bronze in HJ & 4th in 800m, Marcus Lennon 5th in 100m & 7th in 800m,  Sarah Lalor 5th in 100m, Niamh Conroy in medal position with 10m to go taking a very bad tumble in the 100m.
U15: John O’Connor gold in HJ,
U14: Ronan Dempsey silver in 80m & bronze in LJ, Alan Gordon silver in HJ & bronze in 80m, Megan O’Brien 13th in 800m
U 13: Danny Jones bronze in LJ, Erin Howard 7th in 600m & 10th in LJ
U12: Eimear Ryan 4th in LJ & 10th in 600m
The U15 boys team took silver in the 4 x 100m relay.

National League:
Top performances from everyone on both days means both the Women’s & Men’s teams have qualified for the finals on Aug. 2nd, making for another busy weekend. Best of Luck to both teams and to Ara & Amaris in the Celtics in Scotland.


The National Senior Championships on 7th/8th Aug. brings the domestic T&F season to a close for 2015, but athletes involved in the European Cup will continue training for this prestigious event in Sept.

Mon

22

Jun

2015

Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
What a weekend for GAC at the Leinster Championships! Well done to each and every athlete who competed over the weekend. We are so proud of you all.

CONGRATULATIONS
What a weekend for GAC at the Leinster Championships. Well done to each and every athlete who competed over the weekend. We are so proud of you all. Medal winners, 4th place qualifiers & finalists below. There are a lot of them, so apologies if I’ve missed anyone out.
U14: Aodhán Daly, Gold in LJ, bronze in 200m, 4th in HJ,
         Ronan Dempsey 6th in 75mH
         Alan Gordon 9th in 80m

U15: Ben Jones, Gold in 1500m and 800m,
         Josh Pyper, Gold in 100m & 200m
         Ben Mooney, Silver in 100m & 200m
         Sarah O’Connor, Bronze in 1500m,
         Sophie Nicholson, Bronze in HJ
         Katie Lawless, 4th in 250mH & 200m & 5th in 80mH

U16: Alana Ryan, Gold in 100m & 200m
         Louis Lalor, Gold in 250mH, Silver in 100mH & 4th in 200m
         Noah Daly, 4th in LJ & 200m
         Niamh Conroy 7th in 100m
         Troy Scully 5th in 3K

U17: Richael Browne, Silver in HJ & 4th in 800m also 5th in 800m in Tailteann games.
         Alannah O’Carroll,  Bronze in 400m, 6th in 200m

U18: Conor Dempsey, Gold in 100m, 200m, 400mH & Silver in 400m
         Amaris Borel, Gold in 400mH, Silver in 100mH, & 400m
         Ara Freeman, Gold in 100m & 200m
         Rosa Kirwan, Bronze in  800m ,4th in HJ
 
U19: Katy Conroy Gold in 800m & bronze in 3K Steeplechase
         Martha Hassett, Gold in Pole Vault
         Lorcan Lalor, Silver in 400mH & bronze in 400m
         Cillian Browne, Bronze in 3K
         Niall Martin 6th in 200m
         Eoin Doyle 6th in 400m

Boys U 19 Club Team Gold Conor Dempsey, Niall Martin, Lorcan Lalor, David O’Flynn

Inter County Relays  Wicklow Teams
Boys U15 Gold: Ben Jones, Josh Pyper, Ben Mooney & John O’Connor
Boys U19 Gold Conor Dempsey, Niall Martin, Lorcan Lalor, Eoin Doyle

Can those who have qualified for Nationals please let us know if not competing!

The previous weekend, the Leinster Combined events saw Aodhan Daly take gold in the U14 boys, Sophie Nicholson silver in the U15 girls, Louis Lalor bronze in the U16 boys, Hilary Gallagher silver in the U17 girls & Rosa Kirwan bronze in the U18 girls..

URGENT: A reninder that the Bray Runners Invitational event is being held this coming Tues 23rd June.at the track in Greystones. Entries closed last Wed. night and only athletes who have entered can compete, as we are only allowed a limited number of athletes. Athletes need to arrive at 6pm for check-in and warm-up as events must start at 6.30pm sharp.
No training on that night for 6-7pm & 7-8.30pm groups due to this event!
Little Athletics will go ahead as usual from 5-6pm!
Absolutely no entries on the night!.


. SUMMER BREAK FOR YOUNGER ATHLETES
We will take a break from training for the summer for the age 5-6 & age 7-11groups (ie 5-6pm and 6-7pm), finishing up with a fun evening on Tues. 30th June. Already the numbers have dropped off a lot, particularly on Fri evenings, so there is little point in trying to carry on. U12 Athletes competing in the National B Championships on Saturday 18th July may attend the later training sessions. We will return on Tues.8th Sept., which allows a week to settle back in to school first. Please note that  the older groups which train from 7-8.30pm will continue throughout the summer, as we have a lot of competition during this time. We will take a short break in August before returning on Tues. 1st Sept. to prepare for the XC season.

AWARDS/REGISTRATION CARDS
We will make a final attempt to give out the awards and medals on Tues 30th June between 6.30 & 7.30pm, as there are still a lot that haven’t been collected. Registration cards will also be available again that night. If anyone is available to help for an hour on that Tues evening we would really appreciate it. Athletes may collect their awards themselves, but the registration cards are addressed to the parents, so we cannot give them to the athletes. Athletes are now being issued with Life Registration cards and won’t be getting replacements every year. This is the number that will be used for all your future entries. Most  cards have arrived, but there are still a few to come.

FURTHER REMINDER RE WEBTEXT MESSAGES
Information texts are sent out fairly regularly by the club. It is fine to reply to this number if you are just confirming something. However, if you have a question that requires an answer that day, please text Theresa directly on 0868635797, as a lot of the time I am not in a position to answer webtext replies. This msg. has been sent out on several previous occasions, but the number is still being used a lot for queries!


Mon

08

Jun

2015

Club Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to all the GAC athletes who took part in the recent Leinster Relays & Juniors, held in Greystones on Sat. 23rd May. We had a good number of teams in the U9-16 Relays and the boys in particular did really well.

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to all the GAC athletes who took part in the recent Leinster Relays & Juniors, held in Greystones on Sat. 23rd May. We had a good number of teams in the U9-16 Relays and the boys in particular did really well. Our U13/14/15/16 boys all took the silvers, our U16 Girls won bronze, our U9B were 4th & our U11B were 6th in their finals.
Junior results saw Richael Browne take gold and Katy Conroy take bronze in the 800m, Rosa Kirwan take gold & Richael Browne silver in the HJ, Ara Freeman take silver in the 100m & bronze in the 200m, Conor Dempsey take silver in the 200m & Isobel O’Grady take silver in the LJ…….a good day’s work!
Last Sat. saw us on the road very, very early for a 9am start in Tullamore for the U9/10/11 pairs & u12 & 13 Championships. It was a very long day for all the athletes, but each & every one of them did GAC proud. Great performances from our athletes and some great results too. Gold for Joe Prendergast in the U13 LJ with a 4th place for James Nicholson, Silver for Michael O’Shea in the U13 60m, bronze for Emma Quirk in the U13 LJ, with a 4th place for Ellen McNally, 4th place for Darragh Rush in the U12 60m. Finals places for Eimear Ryan in the U12 600m & 60m hurdles, Emma Quirk in the U13 hurdles, Erin Howard & Joe Prendergast in the U13 600m & Jack McGlone in the U12 LJ. In the pairs events, Daniel Quirk & Rory McNally U10,won silver in the LJ & bronze in the 60m, Ava Foley & Ailbhe Gordon U10 won silver in the Turbo Javelin. Other notable performances, Ailbhe Gordon & Camille Madden had a 5th place finish in the U10 LJ, Ava Gordon & Camille Madden had a 10th place finish in the U10 60m & Lucy Willoughby & Lucy Daly had a 10th place finish in the U11 LJ.  Well done to all and we wish the qualifiers well in the All Ireland’s!

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
LEINSTER Combined events for U14 + will be held on Sat 13th June in Celbridge this coming Saturday. Best of Luck to those competing.
LEINSTER U14-19 championships will be held in Tullamore on Sat & Sun 20th/21st June. Entries close on this coming Tues 9th June. Absolutely no late entries can be accepted, so get your entries in now!
Forms will be on our website shortly for the Bray Runners Invitational event, which will be held on Tues 23rd June. As we are only allowed a limited number of athletes in each event, we will give priority to athletes who compete regularly for the club. If there are any places left, these will be given on a first come, first served basis, as per previous years. No training on that night for any groups, due to this event!
Forms will also go up shortly for the National Juniors/U23’s which will be held in Tullamore on Sunday 5th July (Juniors are U17-20) get those entries in.
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EXCITING NEWS
Our Junior Girls (as part of Slí Cualann) have been selected to take part in the European Clubs Track and Field Junior B competition, to take place in Portugal on the 19th September 2015. This selection is as a result of their performance in 2014 and is a great honour for our athletes and we are very proud indeed to accept the offer. While some of our costs will be covered, we will need to fundraise to help towards flights and other expenses. As our first fundraiser, we will be providing stewards (age 17-adult) for the Sonia 5K on Sat. next in Dunlaoghaire. You will be needed for a maximum of two hours from 6.30-8.30pm and the club will be paid for each steward we provide. Please let us know asap if you can help out with this event and start the ball rolling towards our much needed funds! We really need your help with this!

OVERDUE SUBS
A number of athletes owe money to the club for unpaid weekly subs. We do remind the athletes about this at check-in, but get little response. We would appreciate it if parents could check this with us and pay off these debts asap. It is easy to forget that you missed some weeks, but unfair on the athletes who always pay if others don’t and it all adds up to quite a bit. 

SUMMER BREAK FOR YOUNGER ATHLETES
We will take a break from training for the summer for the age 5-6 & age 7-11groups (ie 5-6pm and 6-7pm), finishing up with a fun evening on Fri 30th June. Already the numbers have dropped off a lot, particularly on Fri evenings, so there is little point in trying to carry on. U12 Athletes competing in the National B Championships on Saturday 18th July may attend the later training sessions. We will return on Tues.8th Sept., which allows a week to settle back in to school first. Please note that  the older groups which train from 7-8.30pm will continue throughout the summer, as we have a lot of competition during this time. We will take a short break in August before returning on Tues. 1st Sept. to prepare for the XC season.

AWARDS/REGISTRATION CARDS
We gave out a number of  the registration cards and the awards and medals on Tues 2nd June, but there are still a lot not collected.  If anyone is available to help for an hour on a Tues evening we could try once more. Athletes may collect their awards themselves, but the registration cards are addressed to the parents, so we cannot give them to the athletes. Athletes are now being issued with Life Registration cards and won’t be getting replacements every year. This is the number that will be used for all your future entries. Not all cards have arrived yet.

WEBTEXT MESSAGES
Information texts are sent out fairly regularly by the club. It is fine to reply to this number if you are just confirming something. However, if you have a question that requires an answer that day, please text Theresa directly on 0868635797, as a lot of the time I am not in a position to answer webtext replies. This msg. has been sent out on several previous occasions, but the number is still being used a lot for queries!

Thu

21

May

2015

Club Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to all the GAC athletes who took part in the recent County Championships Great performances from our athletes and lots & lots of medals won. There are far too many to list here.......

Most results are now on our website. Many thanks to all who helped out during the 3 days. The effort & commitment from some of our coaches was far & above anything we could have asked for. We cannot thank them enough!

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
The Leinster Relays and Juniors are being held in Greystones on this coming Sat. 23rd May. Best of luck to all our teams and to all our Junior athletes also. Uneven age teams are billed to start at 11.30 and even ages at 3pm. Please arrive an hour beforehand as it will be very busy and also to allow for events running ahead of schedule. Relay Teams are now posted on the sidebar! Please let us know asap if you cannot attend as we don’t want disappointed children, arriving to discover they no longer have a team. Athletes need to wear club colours please, ie club singlet or T-shirt with red, white or black short only. (no pinks, blues, yellows etc. please) We are suppose to wear club gear only, for all of these events! Juniors athletes (U17-20) must wear Slí Cualann gear for this event!
As GAC is the host club, help will be needed to set up on Sat., to monitor events during the day and to clean up afterwards. Two coaches have to act as officials on the day and others willl be needed to look after teams, so if anyone else is free to help it would be greatly appreciated.
LEINSTER U9,U10,U11 Pairs Competition & U12-U13 Championships will be held in Tullamore on Sat. 6th June. Entries will need to be in by Tues 26th May. latest.
LEINSTER Combind events for U14 + will be held on Sat 13th June (no venue yet) and entries for these close on Tues 2nd June.
LEINSTER U14-19 championships will be held in Tullamore on Sat & Sun 20th/21st June. Entries close on Tues 9th June.
Forms will be on our website shortly for all of these events. Please ensure you enter in the correct competitions, as there are absolutely no late entries accepted by Leinster!

CARPET PIECES WANTED
Due to all the recent rain, the ground around the track is very wet & muddy. The track has being cleaned this week and is looking very well. In an effort to keep it this way, if anyone has reasonable large sized pieces of carpet they don’t need we would be grateful for these, as they could be put down around the gates and may help to keep some of the mud off the track.

WEBTEXT MESSAGES
Information texts are sent out fairly regularly by the club. It is fine to reply to this number if you are just confirming something. However, if you have a question that requires an answer that day, please text Theresa directly on 0868635797, as a lot of the time I am not in a position to answer webtext replies. This msg. has been sent out on several previous occasions!

TESCO COLLECTION
Before training on Tues. evening a number of our coaches & athletes went along to Tesco where they were presented with a cheque for €325 for the club, from the Tesco Charity Fundraiser. We are absolutely delighted to receive this cheque which will go towards extra equipment for the athletes. Many thanks to Emma O’Brien for arranging to have us included as one of the charity groups and for collecting the cheque.

AWARDS/REGISTRATION CARDS
We are still looking for a couple of volunteers to help hand out the registration cards and the awards that weren’t collected. If anyone is available to lend a hand with this we will organise to make them available at  training on a given Tues. Registration cards are addressed to the parents, so we cannot give them to the athletes. Athletes are now being issued with Life Registration cards and won’t be getting replacements every year. This is the number that will be used for all your future entries. Not all cards have arrived yet.

CLUB SHOP
We try to open our shop once each month and just before competitions. Our next club shop opening will be  on Tues. next 26th May  from 7-8pm. If you need singlet, shorts or any other club gear, please try to come along on Tues.26th. As we are all volunteers and many are covering more than one job, unfortunately we cannot manage to open the shop outside of these times.

HELP STILL NEEDED URGENTLY
We  still need help at the 6-7pm training sessions. The total number of children attending at this time is 100 and we have waiting lists on all 4 groups. Only two of the present coaches have children in these groups and we are appealing to parents of these children to come on board and help with the training, otherwise we will not be able to continue with all of the groups. We really do not want to have to suspend groups, but will not be left with any other option if we don’t get some help soon. If any adults are available to help out, it would be greatly appreciated. We promise not to throw you in at the deep end and we will get you on to a coaching course asap. If you can help out once a week, or alternate with another parent every other week, please let us know.
Help is also urgently needed to cover check-in at 6pm & 7.30pm please. We are down to a small number of parents who are trying to cover all the sessions, or back to coaches trying to do this which delays the training, resulting in us being late finishing. This only takes about 15-20 mins max. but is a huge help to the smooth running of our training sessions.


Tue

05

May

2015

Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to all the GAC athletes who took part in the 1st day of the County Championships last Fri. evening. There were many fine performances and lots & lots of medals won. There are far too many to list here, but full results will be published after the Championships are

completed. Many thanks to all who helped out on the night and especially to Rachel Casey who, I’m reliably informed, did a tremendous job with the admin. on the night. Fantastic to see a young athlete step up and take on these responsibilities and manage to compete and win medals as well. Many thanks Rachel.
Day’s 2 & 3 will take place this weekend on Fri 8th & Sat 9th May. We have a good number of entries, despite the clash with First Communions, and look forward to two more days of top class competition and lots & lots of fun! . Full programme is posted on the sidebar of our website. Entries are closed.

GREYSTONES AC/IRISH MILERS CLUB
Despite atrocious weather conditions, we had a great day's athletics with the IMC on Sat 2nd May, with several athletes reaching qualifying standards throughout the day! A huge Thank You to everyone who helped out, with special thanks to the ever reliable Cyril Smyth, Terry Kavanagh, Noreen O'Reilly, Oran O'Toole and the small but hardworking GAC crew, all of whom went above & beyond the call of duty to make the day a success. Many, many thanks to the IMC for all their work, to the Irish Sprinters & Irish Hurdlers for their welcome input and to Dave Sweeney for organising the Javelin event. Thanks also to Shoreline Sports Park for all their help! Lets hope for better weather next year!

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
The Leinster Relays for U9-U16 ( athletes born 2000 – 2007) will be held in Greystones on Sat. 23rd May. As it is on our home track and there is no travelling involved, we hope to have lots & lots of teams running. Form will be on the website shortly and will close on Sunday 10th May and teams will be announced by Tues 12th latest. We need 4 members for each team and athletes can move up one age group to run on two teams.


The Leinster Juniors (U17-U20….. born 1996-1999) is being held on the same day and again as we are on home turf we hope to have lots of athletes competing on the day. Please list the events you wish to take part in. Form will be up shortly.

AWARDS NIGHT
Our Awards night went off well although quite a number of our athletes didn’t make it along to pick up their awards on the night. Once the County Championships are behind us, we will organise to make these awards available at check-in one Tuesday evening. It would be a huge help if we could have a couple of volunteers to look after this.

2015 REGISTRATION CARDS
A further batch  of Registration cards have arrived, but there are still many more to come. These too will be available for collection on the same night as the awards. As athletes are now being issued with Life Registration cards and won’t be getting replacements every year, they are addressed to the parents and so need to be collected by them. This is the number that will be used for all your future entries.

HELP STILL NEEDED URGENTLY
We  urgently need help at the 6-7pm training sessions. The total number of children attending at this time is 100 and we have waiting lists on all 4 groups. Only two of the present coaches have children in these groups and we are appealing to parents of these children to come on board and help with the training, otherwise we will not be able to continue with all of the groups. We really do not want to have to suspend groups, but will not be left with any other option if we don’t get some help soon. If any adults are available to help out, it would be greatly appreciated. We promise not to throw you in at the deep end and we will get you on to a coaching course asap. If you can help out once a week, or alternate with another parent every other week, please let us know.
Help is also urgently needed to cover check-in at 6pm & 7.30pm please. We are down to a small number of parents who are trying to cover all the sessions, or back to coaches trying to do this which delays the training, resulting in us being late finishing. This only takes about 15-20 mins max. but is a huge help to the smooth running of our training sessions.




Mon

20

Apr

2015

AWARDS REMINDER

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
AWARDS NIGHT
We remind you all that our awards night for 2014 is this coming Tues. 21st Apr 2015 and will

be held at Charlesland Golf Club at 7pm. Awards for Attitude, Achievement & Attendance will be presented as well as our 5yr & 10yr club memberships awards, team awards and Senior and Juvenile ‘Athlete of the Year’ for 2014. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All athletes and their families are most welcome. As this is being held on one of our regular training nights we hope that this year everyone will be available to attend. This is a great opportunity to see your children’s efforts being rewarded and a chance to meet the coaches and have a chat!
These awards are being presented for 2014, so athletes who only joined this year or late in 2014 will not have the required Attendances etc. You are however very welcome to attend and hopefully you will work hard during the remainder of this year and be back here next year receiving your own awards!
THERE WILL BE NO TRAINING THIS TUESDAY FROM 6-7PM pm & 7 –8.30PM DUE TO THE CLUB AWARDS  NIGHT! ! LITTLE ATHLETICS WILL RUN AS NORMAL FROM 5-6PM!       

2015 REGISTRATION CARDS
This year all athletes are being issued with  Life Registration cards. Some of these have arrived and we will hand them out to parents at the Awards night.  These cards now have just a Life Number., which members will have for their entire athletic career instead, of getting a new registration number every year. This is the number that will be used for all entries. Consequently athletes/parents need to look after these cards, as they will no longer be replaced every year.

HELP NEEDED URGENTLY
We  urgently need help at the 6-7pm training sessions. The total number of children attending at this time is 100 and we have waiting lists on all 4 groups. Only two of the present coaches have children in these groups and we are appealing to parents of these children to come on board and help with the training, otherwise we will not be able to continue with all of the groups. We really do not want to have to suspend groups, but will not be left with any other option if we don’t get some help soon. If any adults are available to help out, it would be greatly appreciated. We promise not to throw you in at the deep end and we will get you on to a coaching course asap. If you can help out once a week, or alternate with another parent every other week, please let us know.
Help is also urgently needed to cover check-in at 6pm & 7.30pm please. We are down to a small number of parents who are trying to cover all the sessions, or back to coaches trying to do this which delays the training, resulting in us being late finishing. This only takes about 15-20 mins max. but is a huge help to the smooth running of our training sessions.

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
CO. CHAMPIONSHIPS.
This year’s Wicklow Championships will be held on two evenings & 1 full day, Fri 1st May, Fri 8th May & Sat 9th May. Full programme is posted on the sidebar of our website and there is a link on our entry form. All GAC athletes of all ages who want to compete in this year’s Championships must register on our website for each day they intend to compete. You must also list the events you intend to compete in each day.  Form is now up on our web site and closing date for all entries will be Tues. 28th Apr. No entries can be accepted after this date, so make sure you are in on time!


EXPLANATION OF AWARD SCHEME FOR NEW PARENTS.
Children up to age 10 in 2015 (U11), take part in an award scheme at the County Championships on Saturday 9th May, there are no individual events for these age groups. Each child competes in 3 events, a sprint, a long jump and a turbo javelin throw, and their points are calculated to get a finishing score. All athletes who compete in all 3 events will get a medal on the day. The top scorers will get gold, the next group silver and the remainder bronze.  Those who don’t complete the competition, ie all 3 events,  will not receive a medal. It will take a while to get through all the events for all the age groups and as the relays for the younger age groups are also on the Sat. afternoon, please come prepared to spend the day.  If we are lucky enough to get good weather it can be a very enjoyable day!
There are longer races and Obstacle Relays on Fri 1st May for these younger age groups, which start at 6.30pm and will be done within the hour.  We have not included events on Fri 8th to leave them fresh for the Sat. competitions.

CLUB SHOP
Our club shop will be open on Tues. 28th Apr.at 5pm and again from 7-8pm to allow athletes to purchase club gear before the County Championships. We now have new girls red shorts in stock in all sizes and also some ¾ length & full length red leggings. We also have a good number of secondhand spikes available as well as rain jackets, lightweight showerproof  trousers and club hoodies, club singlets & T shirts. We also have some black Nike tracksuit bottoms reduced to just €10.

Tue

07

Apr

2015

CLUB NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS
The final day of the National Indoors brought more fine performances and more medals for GAC athletes Alana Ryan had yet another fantastic day, cruising through her heat of the U16 200m......

..... and winning the final in great style to take another National title. Fantastic running once again from Richael Browne in the U17 800m, where she took the silver medal in a new indoor PB of 2.19.88.  A great run also from Katy Conroy in the U19 800m where she finished in 8th place. Conor Dempsey ran 22.87 in his heat in the U18 200m to qualify for the final where he finished 5th. Noah Daly qualified for the final of the U16 LJ where he finished 5th with a jump of 5.36m and Aodhán Daly jumped 4.49m in the U14 LJ to finish 9th.  Well done to all of our athletes! A little time to recover now, but we are looking forward to a great outdoor season!

HELP NEEDED URGENTLY
Once again we have to appeal for help at the 6-7pm sessions. We have big groups at these sessions and have lost some coaches recently due to changed circmstances. As well as this we have coaches covering these sessions at present who are having to arrange minders and transport for their own children, now all in the later groups, to allow them to cover the 6-7pm sessions. We need to allow these coaches to move to the 7-8.30pm time asap. We have  100 children in the 6-7pm sessions and urgently require parents of these children to come on board and help with the training, otherwise we will not be able to continue with all of the groups. If any adults are available to help out, it would be greatly appreciated. We promise not to throw you in at the deep end and we will get you on to a coaching course asap. If you can help out once a week, or alternate with another parent every other week, please let us know.
Help is also urgently needed to cover check-in at 6pm & 7.30pm please. We are down to a small number of parents who are trying to cover all the sessions, or back to coaches trying to do this which delays the training, resulting in us being late finishing. This only takes about 15-20 mins max. but is a huge help to the smooth running of our training sessions.

ATTENDANCE AT TRAINING
There are a number of athletes who’s attendance at training is very poor indeed. Athletes are expected to attend training regularly and Group 1 & 2 athletes have committed to attending a minimum of two sessions per week to enable them to keep up with the training level. We have a constant waiting list for places and we can not be expected to hold places for those who do not use them. Once again we must remind everyone that athletes who disappear for over 3 weeks without letting us know why, (ie illness, injury etc.) are deemed to have left the club and their places are offered to those on the waiting list. We will always hold the place for an injured/ill athlete and once we are made aware it is not necessary to notified us at every session. Lists are reviewed at the end of each month.

AWARDS NIGHT
We remind you all that our awards night for 2014 has been arranged for Tues. 21st Apr 2015 and will be held at Charlesland Golf Club at 7pm. Consequently there will be no training that night! Awards for Attitude, Achievement & Attendance will be presented as well as our 5yr & 10yr club memberships awards, team awards and Senior and Juvenile ‘Athlete of the Year’ for 2014. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All athletes and their families are most welcome. As this is being held on one of our regular training nights we hope that this year everyone will be available to attend. This is a great opportunity to meet the coaches and have a chat!

2015 REGISTRATION CARDS
This year all athletes are being issued with  Life Registration cards. Many of these have arrived this week and we will hand them out to parents at the Awards night.  These cards now have just a Life Number., which members will have for their entire athletic career instead, of getting a new registration number every year. This is the number that will be used for all entries. Consequently athletes/parents need to look after these cards, as they will no longer be replaced every year.

SPECIAL COACHING SESSION
Well done to all the athletes who attended the coaching session on Good Friday. This was another great success and we thank the coaches who did such a great job on the day. We will organise a follow up session for these athletes over the next couple of weeks.

RELAY SQUADS
Apologies for the error with the Relay Squad date as we were not training on the given date. Our next training night for our Relay Squads is this Fri. 10th April. It is particularly important that all members of the squads attend these training sessions!

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
COUNTY ROAD RACE.
The Athletics Wicklow 5k Road Race Championships for Junior & Senior men & women will take place in Ashford on Wed 22nd April. Juniors are age 16-19 in 2014. Check in from 6.15 pm.  Start Time 7.00 pm. Names to Theresa by Sunday 19th April latest. No late entries accepted this year..

CO. CHAMPIONSHIPS.
This year’s Wicklow Championships will be held on two evenings & 1 full day, Fri 1st May, Fri 8th May & Sat 9th May. Full programme is posted on the sidebar of our website. All GAC athletes of all ages who want to compete in this year’s Championships must register on our website for each day they intend to compete. You must also list the events you intend to compete in. Form will be up on our web site shortly and closing date for all entries will be Tues. 28th Apr. No entries can be accepted after this date, so make sure you are in on time!


EXPLAINATION OF AWARD SCHEME FOR NEW PARENTS.
Children up to age 10 in 2015 (U11), take part in an award scheme at the County Championships on Saturday 9th May, there are no individual events for these age groups. Each child competes in 3 events, a sprint, a long jump and a turbo javelin throw, and their points are calculated to get a finishing score. All athletes who compete in all 3 events will get a medal on the day. The top scorers will get gold, the next group silver and the remainder bronze.  Those who don’t complete the competition, ie all 3 events,  will not receive a medal. It will take a while to get through all the events for all the age groups and as the relays for the younger age groups are also on the Sat. afternoon, please come prepared to spend the day.  If we are lucky enough to get good weather it can be a very enjoyable day!
There are longer races and Obstacle Relays on Fri 1st May for these younger age groups, which start at 6.30pm and will be done within the hour.  We have not included events on Fri 8th to leave them fresh for the Sat. competitions.

Wed

25

Mar

2015

CLUB NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS
Nationals Indoors in Athlone last weekend and it was yet another great weekend for GAC !  We had 5 teams in the National relays on Sat. of which 4 made the finals. The 5th, moving a little

too quickly, unfortunately exchanged just outside the zone just exchanging. Our U16 boys, Josh Pyper, Noah Daly, Louis Lalor & Ben Mooney led from the gun and took the gold medals comfortably, while our U18 girls Alannah O'Carroll, Isabel Kenny, Rosa Kirwan & Ara Freeman put up a great battle to take the bronze, while U17 girls Alannah O'Carroll, Niamh Conroy, Richael Browne & Alana Ryan finished 5th and U13 boys, Joe Prendergast, Danny Jones, James Nicholson & Michael O'Shea finished 6th. Sunday was individual events and all of our 60m sprinters comfortably made their finals. In the U 16 boys Josh Pyper & Ben Mooney put in another terrific effort and this time Josh took the bronze medal with Ben finishing in 4th place. Alana Ryan had another fantastic race, pushing all the way to the line to take yet another gold medal and National Championship in the girls U16. Ara Freeman had her usual fantastic start in the girls U18 and she too fought all the way to the line where she unfortunately took a nasty fall at the finish line. Delighted to report that she is recovering well and has a bronze medal for her efforts. Many thanks to all her well wishers! Cillian & Richael Browne were in action again in the 1500m. Richael had another great race to finish 4th in the girls U17 in a time of 4.58 with Cillian running 4.14 for 8th place in the U19 boys. Amaris Borel & Conor Dempsey both qualified for their 400m finals wih Amaris finish 5th & Conor 6th after a clash at the break line. Alan Gordon cleared 1.30m in the HJ for 12th place. Well done to all who competed and good luck to everyone next Sat. when we get to do it all again!

STILL VERY  IMPORTANT
Please come to training properly prepared for training! Despite constant reminders that we train in all weathers, wind, hail, rain or snow, and regular requests that our athletes always brings warm clothing and a waterproof jacket to training, we still have many who don’t bring sufficient clothing with them. It is easy to remove layers if you get too hot, but there is nothing we can do if you are cold and you don’t have enough clothing with you and you cannot train properly if you are cold. So wear plenty layers, bring a jacket and gloves and don’t forget your water bottle!

AWARDS NIGHT
Our awards night for 2014 has been arranged for Tues. 23rd Apr 2015 and will be held at Charlesland Golf Club at 7pm. Consequently there will be no training that night! Awards for Attitude, Achievement  & Attendance will be presented as well as our 5yr & 10yr club memberships awards, team awards and Senior and Juvenile ‘Athlete of the Year’ for 2014. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All athletes and their families are most welcome. As this is being held on one of our regular training nights we hope that this year everyone will be available to attend. This is a great opportunity to meet the coaches and have a chat!

COACHES MEETING
A reminder to all coaches that we have a coaches meeting tomorrow evening at 8pm at the track. If anyone is interested in getting involved with coaching or helping out at training session, you are most welcome to come along to this meeting.

SPECIAL COACHING SESSION
We are arranging a specialised coaching session for athletes from U12 up (born 2004 or before) who intend to compete throughout the coming Track & Field season. As we have limited places available, athletes who take advantage of this extra coaching will be expected to compete at Leinster competitions as well as at County level.. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, provided the applicant is a regular attendee at club training sessions.
The coaching sessions will take place on Good Friday 4th Apr from 10.30 – 12.30am and athletes may take part in two events during the morning. Events being coached will be
 Long Jump  High Jump  Hurdles  Javelin/ Turbo  Shot Putt  Discus  Sprints (concentrating on starts/blocks )
Form will be on the website shortly and will close on Wed. 2nd Apr. Please give your name and list three events in order of choice. We will do our best to give you your first two choices, but it may not be possible, when dividing the groups, to facilitate everyone. There will be a €5 fee to help cover costs for the day.
Please note that athletes will need to arrive on time, as the Sports Centre is closed for business on Good Friday and there will be nobody to open the gate once we have gone on to the track. Gates will only be open from 10.20- 10.35  latest. I’m sorry, but we can not be running up and down to open the gate to late comers, as this disrupts the coaching sessions.

RELAY SQUADS
Next training night for our Relay Squads is Fri. 4th April. It is particularly important that all members of the squads attend these training sessions!

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
XC LEAGUE ROUND 5
Don’t forget that the last race in the XC League takes place on this Friday 27th March in Bray Emmets. Registration 6.30pm. First race 7 pm. This one is even Ages U/ 8, 10, 12, 14.& 15, but athletes can move up one age group. Entry form is on our website www.greystonesac.com  and can be found under  Entry Forms at the top of the page. Entries will close on Thurs 26th at 6pm. Athletes must be registered to compete. Certs to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly.
Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training on this Friday 27th March, as coaches will be at the XC. The 7-8.30pm training will go ahead for those who are not running in the league!

FIT4LIFE RACE
The next Fit4Life race will be held in Shanganagh Park on Thursday 2nd April. Check-in at 7pm, race at 7.30pm. This is open to everyone from 14 up and while there are prizes for each category and some spot prizes, it is very much  a participation event and a great way to start racing.  Refreshments afterwards!

COUNTY ROAD RACE.
The Athletics Wicklow 5k Road Race Championships for Juniors & Seniors men & women will take place in Ashford on Wed 22nd April. Juniors are age 16-19 in 2014. Check in from 6.15 pm.  Start Time 7.00 pm. Entries to Theresa by Sunday 19th April latest.

CO. CHAMPIONSHIPS.
This year’s Wicklow Championships will be held on two evenings & 1 full day, Fri 1st May, Fri 8th May & Sat 9th May. Full programme is posted on the sidebar of our website. entries in advance this year. A reminder will be posted nearer the time!

Sun

22

Mar

2015

National Indoors

Yet another great weekend for GAC athletes. We had 5 teams in the National relays on Sat. of which 4 made the finals.......

while the 5th, moving a little too quickly, unfortunately exchanged just outside the zone. Our U16 boys, Josh Pyper, Noah Daly, Louis Lalor & Ben Mooney led from the gun and took the gold medals comfortably, while our U18 girls Alannah O'Carroll, Isabel Kenny, Rosa Kirwan & Ara Freeman put up a great battle to take the bronze, while U17 girls Alannah O'Carroll,Niamh Conroy, Richael Browne & Alana Ryan finished 5th and U13 boys, Joe Prendergast, Danny Jones, James Nicholson & Michael O'Shea finished 6th. Sunday was individual events and all of our 60m sprinters comfortably made their finals. In the U 16 boys Josh Pyper & Ben Mooney put in another terrific effort and this time Josh took the bronze medal with Ben finishing in 4th place. Alana Ryan had another fantastic race, pushing all the way to the line to take yet another gold medal and National Championship in the girls U16. Ara Freeman had her usual fantastic start in the girls U18 and she too fought all the way to the line where she unfortunately took a nasty fall at the finish line. Delighted to report that she is recovering well and has a bronze medal for her efforts. Many thanks to all her well wishers! Cillian & Richael Browne were in action again in the 1500m. Richael had  another great race to finish 4th in the girls U17 in a time of 4.58 with Cillian running 4.14 for 8th place in the U19 boys. Amaris Borel & Conor Dempsey both qualified for their 400m finals wih Amaris finish 5th & Conor 6th aftera clash at the break. Alan Gordon cleared 1.30m in the HJ for 12th place. Well done to all who competed and good luck to everyone next Sat. when we get to do it all again!

Wed

11

Mar

2015

CLUB NEWSLETTER

CONGRATULATIONS
Another great weekend for GAC at the Leinster Indoors!
Off to a great start on Saturday, with gold for Alana Ryan in the U16 200m and for Amaris Borel in the U18 400m, Silver for Conor Dempsey in the U18 400m, for Richael Browne

in the U17 High Jump, for Noah Daly in the U16 Long Jump, for Louis Lalor in the U16 60m hurdles and for Aodhan Daly in the U14 Long Jump and Bronze for Amaris Borel in the 60m hurdles. A 5th place finish for Noah Daly in the U16 200m and fine performances also from many others, with U14 Alan Gordon and Ronan Dempsey making the 60mH final finishing 4th & 5th,respectivily & U13 Emma Quirk making the 60mH final and James Nicholson & Joe Prendergast making the 600m final! Well done to our younger athletes, many making their first appearance at indoors and showing great promise for the future of our club! This all left us looking forward to another great day on Sunday!


The 4th and last day of the Leinster Indoors again saw top performances from GAC athletes with U 19 Katy Conroy taking bronze in the 8oom,18's Ara Freeman taking double gold in the 60m & 200m and setting a new Championship Best in the 60m, Conor Dempsey having a superb race to take silver in the 200m, Amaris Borel winning her 200m heat comfortably and Isobel Kenny making the 60m final after a great 200m run earlier in the day and 4th place finishes for Rosa Kirwan in both the 800m & the High Jump. Championship Best performance also from Richael Browne running a fantastic race to win the U17 800m. Alana Ryan added the U16 60m title to her 200m title from yesterday and only .01 separated Ben Mooney & Josh Pyper who took Gold & Silver in the u15 60m in one of the closest races of the day. Bronze as well for Ben in the Long Jump and a bronze for Alan Gordon in the U14 High Jump having finished 4th in the 60m hurdles yesterday. Aodhan Daly had 3 great runs in the U14 60m to progress through the heats & semi- finals, as did older brother Noah in the U16 and  Michael O'Shea in The U13 with Emma Quirk also getting to her semi-final U13 and Sophie Dallaghan in the U12. Emma also finished 5th in her Long Jump. Another very successful weekend for GAC. Nationals............ here we come!.


Huge congratulations go to Alana Ryan on winning the National Juvenile Star Award for 2014. We are very proud to see Alana receive this well deserved award for her achievements last year and as you can see from the report above, she has made a terrific start to 2015. This is the 6th year in a row that a GAC athlete has won this National Award, so keep up the good work guys!


GAC  also won the National Developmental Award for 2014 and we congratulate all the athletes involved in what was a great day for the club back in July. U15 Troy Scully, Niamh Conroy, Rachel Casey, Catherine Casey & Rachel Purcell, U14 Sarah O’Connor, Katie Lawless, Eva Roche & Frances Dallaghan, U13 Aodhan Daly, Ronan Dempsey, Alan Gordon, U12 Michael O’Shea, Emma Quirk, Ellen McNally &, Erin Howard.

VERY  IMPORTANT
Please come to training properly prepared for training! Despite constant reminders that we train in all weathers, wind, hail, rain or snow, and regular requests that our athletes always brings warm clothing and a waterproof jacket to training, we still have many who don’t bring sufficient clothing with them. It is easy to remove layers if you get too hot, but there is nothing we can do if you are cold and you don’t have enough clothing with you and you cannot train properly if you are cold. So wear plenty layers, bring a jacket and gloves and don’t forget your water bottle!

AGM
A reminder that our club AGM, which will be held in Shoreline Sports Park on this Thurs 12th March at 8pm. This is open to all members and/or parents of juvenile members and is your opportunity to come along and find out how our club is run and what goes on in the background to keep it all running smoothly. It is also an opportunity to make suggestions that you think might improve things, or maybe even come on board and lend a hand on the club committee or one of our sub-commitees. Motions and nominations for the AGM are still being taken and should be e-mailed to theresa.kinane@gmail.com by Tues 10th March please.


RELAY SQUADS
Due to the Leinster Indoors at the weekend we deferred the first relay squad session until this coming Friday 13th March. This means that there is still a chance to add your name to the list if you are interested in being considered for relay team selection in the future. The form will stay on the web site until Thurs. 12th and we will have our first training session on Fri evening. After this, specific relay training sessions for all club teams will be held on the 1st Friday of each month. All athletes who want to be considered for future teams, must fill out the form on the website declaring their interest and of course will need to attend the training sessions regularly.
It is particularly important that all members of the teams who have qualified for the National Relay Championships attend this training session!

FIT4YOUTH GROUP
In Sept.’14 we created a Fit4Youth training group for members who don’t want to compete or train at competition level, but who do want to stay fit and remain/become members of the club.This group  trains at the 7-8.30pm sessions and have been working hard at maintaining/improving their fitness levels and core strength over the past number of months. They will have opportunities to try field events over the next few months and always have the option to move to one of the competative groups if they decide they want to compete at any discipline. This group is ideal for those who just want to get/stay fit or for those who are just starting athletics, as it works at a less intense level than the competition groups. We do have some places available in this group at present.

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
XC LEAGUE ROUND 5
This takes place on Friday 27th March in Bray. Registration 6.30pm. First race 7 pm. This one is even Ages U/ 8, 10, 12, 14.& 15, but athletes can move up one age group. Entry form will be on our website www.greystonesac.com shortly and can be found under  Entry Forms at the top of the page. Entries will close on Thurs 26th at 6pm. Athletes must be registered to compete. Certs to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly.
Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training on Friday  , as coaches will be at the XC. The 7-8.30pm training will go ahead for those who are not running in the league!

NATIONAL INDOORS
National Indoors take place on Sat/Sun 21st/22nd March and on Sat 28th March. Well done to all who have qualified for these. While we are trying to give as much time as possible to all events, we may not be able to cover every event each night and so qualified athletes, including relay teams, need to make a big effort to attend all sessions to ensure they get in as much practise as possible.

FIT4LIFE RACE
The next Fit4Life race will be held in Shanganagh Park on Thursday 2nd April. Check-in at 7pm, race at 7.30pm. This is open to everyone from 14 up and while there are prizes for each category and some spot prizes, it is very much  a participation event and a great way to start racing.  Refreshments afterwards!

COUNTY ROAD RACE.
The Athletics Wicklow 5k Road Race Championships for Juniors & Seniors men & women will take place in Ashford on Wed 22nd April. Juniors are age 16-19 in 2014. Check in from 6.15 pm.  Start Time 7.00 pm. Entries to Theresa by Sunday 19th April.

Sun

08

Mar

2015

LEINSTER INDOORS

Another good day for GAC on Saturday 7th march, with gold for Alana Ryan in the U16 200m and for Amaris Borel in the U18 400m, Silver for Conor Dempsey in the U18 400m, for Richael Browne in the U17 High Jump, for Noah Daly in the U16 Long Jump, for Louis Lalor in the U16 60m hurdles and for Aodhan Daly in the U14 Long Jump and Bronze for Amaris Borel in the 60m hurdles.

A 5th place finish for Noah Daly in the U16 200m and fine performances also from many others, with Alan Gordon and Ronan Dempsey making the 60mH final U14 & Emma Quirk U13 and also James Nicholson & Joe Prendergast making the 600m final U13! Well done to our younger athletes, many making their first appearance at indoors and showing great promise for the future of our club! This all left us looking forward to another great day on Sunday!

The 4th and last day of the Leinster Indoors again saw top performances from GAC athletes with U 19 Katy Conroy taking bronze in the 8oom,18's Ara Freeman taking double gold in the 60m & 200m and setting a new Championship Best in the 60m, Conor Dempsey having a superb race to take silver in the 200m, Amaris Borel winning her 200m heat comfortably and Isobel Kenny making the 60m final after a great 200m run earlier in the day and 4th place finishes for Rosa Kirwan in both the 800m & the High Jump. Championship Best performance also from Richael Browne running a fantastic race to win the U17 800m. Alana Ryan added the U16 60m title to her 200m title from yesterday and only .01 separated Ben Mooney & Josh Pyper who took Gold & Silver in the u15 60m in one of the closest races of the day. Bronze as well for Ben in the Long Jump and a bronze for Alan Gordon in the U14 High Jump having finished 4th in the 60m hurdles yesterday. Aodhan Daly had 3 great runs in the U14 60m to progress through the heats & semi- finals, as did older brother Noah in the U16 and  Michael O'Shea in The U13 with Emma Quirk also getting to her semi-final U13.

Tue

24

Feb

2015

Club Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
What a great start we had over the first two days of the 2015 Leinster Indoor Championships. Fantastic running from all our GAC athletes with great results on Saturday from the Relays and distance events. Gold medals all round for our U18 girls, Alannah O’Carroll, Isobel Kenny, Rosa Kirwan & Ara Freeman, U16 boys, Josh Pyper, Noah Daly, Louis Lalor & Ben Mooney & U15 boys, Josh Pyper, Aodhan Daly, John O’Connor & Ben Mooney...

... Silver for our U17 girls, Alannah O’Carroll, Richael Browne, Niamh Conroy & Alana Ryan  & U13 boys, James Nicholson, Joe Prendergast, Danny Jones & Michael O’Shea, with 4th place finishes for U16 girls, Katie Lawless, Rachel Purcell, Niamh Conroy & Alana Ryan & U14 boys, Aodhan Daly, Ronan Dempsey, Joe Dowd, Alan Gordon & James Nicholson.. Fantastic running from Cillian Browne finishing 3rd in the U19 1500m, Richael Browne finishing 3rd in the U17 1500m & Sophie Nicholson finishing 4th in the U15 800m!
Sunday proved to be another fantastic day for our club athletes competing for Slí Cualann at the Leinster Juniors. Following on from the previous day’s great results, brother & sister Cillian & Richael Browne went for gold today ,with Cillian winning the Junior 3K & Richael winning the 800m. Gold too for Amaris Borel in the 60m Hurdles, and Amaris also had a Season's Best in the 400m. Gold again for Ara Freeman in the 60m with a new Leinster Championship Best Performance and Ara also had a fourth place finish in the 200m. Silver medals for Susie McParland in her first track 3K and for Conor Dempsey in the 400m, a Bronze medal for Rosa Kirwan in the High Jump and another new 800m PB for Katy Conroy! What a top weekend's competition it was!

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS


XC LEAGUE ROUND 4
This coming Friday 27th Feb. in Roundwood GAA centre. Registration 6.30pm. First race 7 pm. This one is uneven Ages U/ 7, 9, 11, 13.& 15, but athletes can move up one age group. Entry form is on our website now and entries close on Thurs 26th Feb at 6pm. Athletes must be registered to compete. Certs to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly.
Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training on this Friday 27th , as coaches will be at the XC. The 7-8.30pm training will go ahead for those who are not running in the league!


LEINSTER INDOORS DAYS 3&4
Days 3&4 of the Indoors are Sat/Sun 7th/8th March. Entries are all gone in and athletes are training hard for their specific events. While we are trying to give as much time as possible to all events, we may not be able to cover every event each night and so athletes need to make a big effort to attend all sessions to ensure they get practise at their chosen events.


LEINSTER DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
Day 4 of the Leinster Development Squad takes place from 11am – 1pm on this coming Sat. Feb 28th, in Morton Stadium, Santry. As always ,each day and is open to all athletes aged 12 years +. The squad will cost €5 per athlete each day. Please check-in at the stand in Morton Stadium from 10.30am. Events covered this weel will be Hurdles, Middle Distance, Javelin and High Jump. This is a great opportunity for some extra coaching on your event!

AGM
Time again for our club AGM, which will be held in Shoreline Sports Park on Thurs 12th March at 8pm. This is open to all members and/or parents of juvenile members and is your opportunity to come along and find out how our club is run and what goes on in the background to keep it all running smoothly. It is also an opportunity to make suggestions that you think might improve things, or maybe even come on board and lend a hand on the club committee or one of our sub-commitees. Motions for the AGM should be e-mailed to theresa.kinane@gmail.com by Fri 6th March to allow time to send these out.

RELAY SQUADS
Following on from our success at the Indoor Relays, GAC intends to work on developing our relay squads for future events and so we will have specific relay training sessions for all club teams on the 1st Friday of each month. Athletes who wish to be considered for future teams need to fill out the form on the website declaring their interest and of course will need to attend the training sessions regularly.

REGISTRATIONS
These are all now completed and all training groups are re-organised for the coming season. Prospective new members should send us their details, to include Name & DOB, to ‘Contact us’ on our website. www.greystonesac.com

TRAINING GROUPS
While our aim is to promote athletics and foster a love of the sport in all our members, we would like to remind you all that Greystones AC is first and foremost a competative club and so athletes are expected to attend training regularly and take part in the various competitions that the club competes in during the year.
Athletes in Groups 1 & 2 agreed to attend a minimum of two sessions each week before moving to these groups and we expect this to be adhered to. This is necessary to enable them to keep up with the training level and stay with their group. Training sessions take place on Tues/Wed/Fri from 7-8.30pm. While we hope you can do all three, if only doing two nights, it is better to do Tues/Fri or Wed/Fri if at all possible, rather than two nights together with 5 off. We also have an organised Sunday morning run at 9.30am, which is a very important part of the training week. If you cannot make this, you will need to do the run yourself later in the day. So far this season the attendance on Fri nights & Sunday mornings is very poor and we really need to see a huge improvement from here out.

FIT4YOUTH GROUP
In Sept.’14 we created a Fit4Youth training group for members who don’t want to compete or train at competition level, but who do want to stay fit and remain/become members of the club.This group  trains at the 7-8.30pm sessions and have been working hard at maintaining/improving their fitness levels and core strength over the past number of months. They will have opportunities to try field events over the next few months and always have the option to move to one of the competative groups if they decide they want to compete at any discipline. This group is ideal for those who just want to get/stay fit or for those who are just starting athletics, as it works at a less intense level than the competition groups.

CLUB SHOP
The club shop will be open on Tues 3rd March from 7-8pm to facilitate those who need singlets etc.for the Leinster Championships. We now have new girls red shorts in stock in all sizes and also some ¾ length & full length red leggings. We also have a good number of secondhand spikes available as well as rain jackets, lightweight showerproof  trousers and club hoodies & T shirts. We also have some black Nike tracksuit bottoms reduced to just €10.

Once again we must remind you all that we train in all weathers, hail, rain or snow. Please ensure that you/your child always brings warm clothing and a waterproof jacket to training, as we still have many who don’t bring suficient clothing. While we may very occasionally have access to indoor facilities, we are generally outdoors regardless of the weather, so come prepared for this! On wet nights, gear bags with your change of clothes can be left in the changing rooms at the sports centre. In the very unlikely event that we should ever have to cancel training or an event at short notice, a webtext msg. will be sent to all members/parents!

Sun

15

Feb

2015

WHAT A WEEKEND!

Fantastic running from all our GAC athletes this weekend in Athlone with great results on Saturday from the Leinster Indoor Relays in Athlone. Gold medals all round for our U18 girls, Alannah O’Carroll, Isobel Kenny, Rosa Kirwan & Ara Freeman, U16 boys, Josh Pyper, Noah Daly, Louis Lalor & Ben Mooney & U15 boys, Josh Pyper, Aodhan Daly, John O’Connor & Ben Mooney. Silver for our U17 girls, Alannah O’Carroll, Richael Browne, Niamh Conroy & Alana Ryan  & U13 boys, James Nicholson, Joe Prendergast, Danny Jones & Michael O’Shea, with 4th place finishes for U16 girls, Katie Lawless, Rachel Purcell, Niamh Conroy & Alana Ryan & U14 boys, Aodhan Daly, Ronan Dempsey, Joe Dowd, Alan Gordon & James Nicholson.. Fantastic running from Cillian Browne finishing 3rd in the U19 1500m, Richael Browne finishing 3rd in the U17 1500m & Sophie Nicholson finishing 4th in the U15 800m!

Sunday proved to be another fantastic day for our club athletes competing for Slí Cualann at the Leinster Juniors. Following on from yesterday's great results, brother & sister Cillian & Richael Browne went for gold today ,with Cillian winning the Junior 3K & Richael winning the 800m. Gold too for Amaris Borel in the 60m Hurdles, and Amaris also had a Season's Best in the 400m. Gold again for Ara Freeman in the 60m with a new Leinster Championship Best Performance and Ara also had a fourth place finish in the 200m. Silver medals for Susie McParland in her first track 3K and for Conor Dempsey in the 400m, a Bronze medal for Rosa Kirwan in the High Jump and another new 800m PB for Katy Conroy! Well done to all our athletes and congratulations to team mate & training partner Tim Grummell on his gold in the Senior 1500m and to Terry Kavanagh with Silver medals in the Masters 400m & 800m. What a top weekend's competition it has been!

Thu

22

Jan

2015

FINAL REMINDER

REGISTRATIONS FOR 2015…………..FINAL REMINDER!
Club Registrations for 2015 have been taking place all this week during all training sessions and the final opportunity to renew club registrations is tomorrow Friday 23rd Jan. Athletes who have not renewed their registrations by Fri 23rd will be deemed to have left the club and their places will be offered to those on the waiting lists. Those who are not registered will not be on the check-in sheets next Tues evening and can no longer be admitted to the track, as they are no longer covered by insurance. Club committee members will accept registrations in the room behind the reception area during training times on Fri 23rd Jan. only, ie 6-8.30pm. Adult registrations can be accepted at Fit4Life training times. Please do not leave registration forms/fees in to the Sports Park Reception at other times as they can not be accepted by the staff. Neither can they be accepted by the coaches on the track. In an effort to get all records up to date again, all members need to fill out a new club form this year. Fees remain the same as previous years, €30 for 1, €50 for 2, €70 for 3 & €90 for 4 or more family members. Overdue weekly subs. should also be paid off at this time, as we want everyone starting 2015 with a clean slate please.

UPCOMING EVENTS
We are already well into our competition for 2015, with several events already completed. Wel done to all who took part, report to follow. Next events are:
 Sun 25th Jan National Jun (1996-1999)/U23 (1993-95) Indoors, Athlone
 Tues 27th Jan. East Leinster Schools XC, Avondale
 Sat 31st Jan Round 2 Indoor League, Athlone (1999 up)
 Sun 1st Feb AAI Games, Athlone (1998 up)
 Sat 7th League Final, Athlone (1999 up)
 Sun. 8th Feb Juvenile B XC , Tuam (1996-2004)
 Sun 8th Feb. Nat. Intermediate XC, Tuam
 Wed 11th Feb. Leinster Schools XC, Santry
 Sat 14th Feb. Leinster Indoor relays + walks, PV, TJ & 800/1500m races (born 1996-2004), Athlone 
 Sun. 15th Feb. Leinster Jun/Sen/Masters, Athlone on Feb 15th.
 Sat/Sun 21st/22nd Feb. National Senior Indoors, Athlone
The remainder of the Leinster events are on the 7th/8th March.


All athletes who intend to compete at any of the Juvenile events up to & including 8th March, should fill out the appropriate form, which is on our website, by Tues next 27th Jan. Indoor events are for athletes from U12 up (born 2004 and before) and athletes can enter up to 3 events + relays.  Don’t forget to list your events and availability for relays. Teams + subs will be sorted asap.  U11’s, ie born 2005 can compete in the relays. Leinster programme of events can be found on www.athleticsleinster.org

We remind you all once again that we train in all weathers, hail, rain or snow. In the very unlikely event that we should ever have to cancel training or an event at short notice, a webtext msg. will be sent to all members/parents! Please ensure that you/your child always brings warm clothing and a waterproof jacket to training. While we may very occasionally have access to indoor facilities, we are generally outdoors regardless of the weather, so come prepared for this! On wet nights, gear bags with your change of clothes can be left in the changing rooms at the sports centre.


Wed

07

Jan

2015

Newsletter

NEWSLETTER 2015
Normal service resumes this week and we welcome back  all those we haven’t seen since before Xmas. We hope you all had a great time and wish everyone a Happy New Year! Small numbers at the sessions and runs over the holidays, but well done to those who put the effort in, it will pay dividends at the upcoming competitions!

AWARD WINNERS
Once again Greystones AC athletes are the recipients of both County & Provincial awards, with club athletes winning 3 of the 4 Juvenile awards & both Junior awards in Wicklow and all 3 awards in Leinster for 2014. Congratulations go to Alana Ryan & Ben Jones for the U14-16 section, Cillian Browne for the U16-19 section & Amaris Borel & Padraig Lennon for the Junior section in Wicklow and to Amaris Borel & Conor Dempsey for the Leinster Juvenile awards & David Coyle for the Senior award. The Leinster Awards will be presented this Sat 10th Jan in Carlow and the Wicklow Awards will be presented in Wicklow town on Fri. 16th Jan. Fit4Life prizes will also be presented that night and club members are welcome to come along and support our many winners!

REGISTRATIONS FOR 2015…………..VERY IMPORTANT!
All club athletes now need to renew their registration/insurance for 2015. Registrations will take place at training times for one week only and any athletes not registered at the end of that week can no longer be admitted to the track, as they will not be covered by insurance. Club committee members will accept registrations in the room behind the reception area on Tues 20th Jan. Wed 21th Jan & Fri 23rd Jan. during training times only. Adult registrations can be accepted at Fit4Life training times. Please do not leave registration forms/fees in to the Sports Park Reception at other times as they can not be accepted by the staff. Neither can they be accepted by the coaches on the track. In an effort to get all records up to date again, we will be asking members to fill out a new club form this year. These forms will be available at registration, but can be downloaded from our website, or collected at check-in next week, if you want to have it ready in advance and avoid long delays. Up to U19’s need to fill the Juvenile form and Parents/Guardians must sign the form at the back, but please do not sign your child’s name. If your child is too young to sign, just leave that line blank. Athletes born 1996 and before should use the adult form.  We would really appreciate it if anyone who’s details haven’t changed, would indicate this on their form. It will save a great deal of time double checking everything. Fees remain the same as previous years, €30 for 1, €50 for 2, €70 for 3 & €90 for 4 or more family members. Overdue weekly subs. should also be paid off at this time, as we want everyone starting 2015 with a clean slate please.

UPCOMING EVENTS
We have a very busy year ahead and I have listed the first two months events below:
 Sunday 11th Jan.  Round 1 of the Indoor League, Athlone (1998 up)
 Sat. 17th Jan. National Combined events, Athlone (2002 up)
 Sun 18th Jan Leinster XC for Jun (1996-1999) & Sen (1995 and before) Dunboyne
 Sun 18th Jan Leinster XC Relays in Dunboyne. Relays are for U12/14/16 (2015 ages, so born 2000-2005) Distances are short and we would love to have teams in all the age groups, so interested athletes should fill out the form on the website asap, as entries close very soon. We will let you know the teams at training on Tues. next  latest.
 Sun 25th Jan National Jun (1996-1999)/U23 (1993-95) Indoors, Athlone
 Tues 27th Jan. East Leinster Schools XC, Avondale
 Sat 31st Jan Round 2 Indoor League, Athlone (1999 up)
 Sun 1st Feb AAI Games, Athlone (1998 up)
 Sat 7th League Final, Athlone (1999 up)
 Sun. 8th Feb Juvenile B XC , Tuam (1996-2004)
 Sun 8th Feb. Nat. Intermediate XC, Tuam
 Wed 11th Feb. Leinster Schools XC, Santry
 Sat 14th Feb. Leinster Indoor relays + walks, PV, TJ & 800/1500m races (born 1996-2004), Athlone 
 Sun. 15th Feb. Leinster Jun/Sen/Masters, Athlone on Feb 15th.
 Sat/Sun 21st/22nd Feb. National Senior Indoors, Athlone
The remainder of the Leinster events are on the 7th/8th March. All athletes who intend to compete at any of the Juvenile events should fill out the form, which will be on the website shortly, as we want to start event specific training right away. Indoor events are for athletes from U12 up (born 2004 and before) and athletes can enter up to 3 events + relays.  Don’t forget to list your events and availability for relays. Teams + subs will be sorted asap.

We also have to arrange our Sportshall event, which is always very popular with the younger athletes and always a fun day. Details will follow asap!

HELP NEEDED
Once again we have to appeal for help at the 6-7pm sessions. We have big groups at these sessions and have lost two coaches recently due to family circumstances. If any adults are available to help out, it would be greatly appreciated. We promise not to throw you in at the deep end and we will get you on to a coaching course asap. If you can help out, even a little, please let us know.

We remind you all once again that we train in all weathers, hail, rain or snow. In the very unlikely event that we should ever have to cancel training or an event at short notice, a webtext msg. will be sent to all members/parents! Please ensure that you/your child always brings warm clothing and a waterproof jacket to training. While we may very occasionally have access to indoor facilities, we are generally outdoors regardless of the weather, so come prepared for this! On wet nights, gear bags with your change of clothes can be left in the changing rooms at the sports centre.

Tue

09

Dec

2014

CLUB NEWSLETTER

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to our GAC athletes who took part in the National XC in Santry on Sunday. Illness struck again this week with only four athletes, Megan O’Brien, Ben Jones, Susie McParland and Cillian Browne, making it to the start line. and some of those were still not back to top form. Great running as always with silver medals going to Ben Jones in the boys U15 and Susie McParland in the girls U17 on their silver medals with the Leinster teams.

CANDLELIGHT REMEMBRANCE RUN
Many thanks to all who turned out for our Candlelight run and in particular a huge Thank You to those who put so much effort into setting out the candles & lighting them and to those who did the lovely baking. It couldn’t happen without you guys and the whole place looked amazing when it was all lit up! All the jars were collected next day & have been stored, as we hope to make this an annual event. We raised €285 for Aware, so thanks to all who contributed to this!

GROUP TRAINING SESSION
Athletes who participated in the athletes assessment day on Sat.15th Nov. are invited to a follow up session at the track on this coming Sat.13th Dec. from 10-12pm. This session will concentrate on sprints, starts, running technique etc. and will be beneficial to all. Your results from the previous day will be available and this will act as your baseline for our follow up sessions.  We also hope to organise a further session during the Xmas break. Details will be sent out to those concerned.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Just two events left to go this year:
Round 3 of the XC League is in Arklow Rugby Club this coming Friday evening 12th Dec. Registration 6.30pm. First race 7 pm. This one is even Ages U/ 8,10,12,14.& 15, but athletes can move up one age group. Entry form is now on the website and entries close on Thurs.11th Dec. at 6pm. Athletes must be registered to compete. Certs to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly.


Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training on Friday 12th , as coaches will be at the XC. The 7-8.30pm training will go ahead for those who are not running in the league!


County Senior & Junior XC will take place on this coming Sunday 14th Dec. in Shanganagh Park. First race at 10.30am. GAC would love to have teams in all 4 categories, so please let Theresa  know if you are available to run.


Please note that our Sunday morning run will take place in Shanganagh Park at 9.30am, that way we’ll be finished in time to cheer on our runners in the races!

CLUB SHOP
The club shop will be open tonight Tues 9th Dec. from 7-8pm, just in case Santa needs any club gear this year! We have singlets, shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, rainjackets and tracksuit bottoms. Some of the gear hasn’t arrived yet, but hoodies & T-shirts can be paid for tonight and will be available before we finish for Xmas. The girls shorts have not arrived and unfortunately we don’t have a delivery date for those. Samples of the new red leggings and sprint shorts are available to view and orders will be taken for these tonight. Leggings and sprint shorts only come in Sm, Med, Lg , there are no children's sizes available.

XMAS TRAINING TIMES
The 5-6pm group will finish next Tues evening 16th Dec. and the 6-7pm groups will finish on Fri 19th. We will have a Xmas games evening to finish up and maybe a few Xmas treats! These groups will return to training on Tues. 6th Jan 2015.


Our 7-8.30pm groups will finish up on Tues 23rd Dec and will return to training on Fri 2nd Jan., as we have Indoors  and Schools XC  approaching fast for these age groups.


We remind you again that we train in all weathers, hail, rain or snow. In the very unlikely event that we should ever have to cancel training or an event at short notice, a webtext msg. will be sent to all members/parents! Please ensure that you/your child always brings warm clothing and a waterproof jacket to training. While we may very occasionally have access to indoor facilities, we are generally outdoors regardless of the weather, so come prepared for this! On wet nights, gear bags with your change of clothes can be left in the changing rooms at the sports centre.

Tue

25

Nov

2014

CLUB NEWSLETTER

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to all our GAC athletes who took part in the National XC in Dundalk today. Great running from Eimear Ryan, Ella Shanley, Erin Howard & Emma Quirk in the U12's and from Sarah O'Connor, Sophie Nicholson & Katie Lawless in the U14's. Congratulations to Sarah on her gold medal with the Leinster team. Fantastic running from Ben Jones in the boys U14 with an individual medal for his 6th place finish and a bronze medal with the Leinster team. Congrats also to Susie McParland & Richael Browne on their silver medals with the County team and fine running from Irene Gomez Romro U16 and from Steven Diggin in the U18/Jun event.  Unfortunately we lost a few to illness this weekend, but hopefully most will be up and running again for the uneven ages in Santry on Sun. 7th Dec.

Very well done indeed to the club athletes/coaches who braved the awful weather conditions on Fri last to take part in Round 2 of the XC League in Rathdrum. Fantastic performances from all 15 who attended and had to battle mud, wind & rain for the points. They never gave up! Evan Quirk, Daniel Quirk, Tom McCarthy, Chase Scully, Louis Kelly, Troy Scully, Amber Scully, Georgia Hogan, Eimear Ryan, Rebecca Leahy, Sophie Dallaghan, Sally Shanley, Emma Quirk, Erin Howard, Ella Shanley.


Well done also to athletes & coaches alike who come out night after night and battled the tough training conditions we’ve been having recently. 

SPORTSHALL  REPORT  by Helen Dempsey
Great performance by the boys under 13, winning silver in both the 4 x1 lap ( Michael O Shea, Ronan Dempsey, Aodhan Daly, Alan Gordan) and the 4 x 2 lap ( Michael O Shea, Joe Prendergast, Aodhan Daly, Alan Gordan) relays. Joe Prendergast took home two gold in the 6 Lap Individual and the Speed Bounce and a silver in the Vertical Jump. Joe along with Alan Gordon gave a very impressive performance in the 8 Lap Paarlouf bringing home the silver. Alan took the silver in the Shott Putt as well as the bronze in the Vertical Jump. The 2 Lap Individual again saw a strong performance from the Greystones athletes, with Aodhan Daly and Ronan Dempsey taking Silver and Bronze respectively. The pair added to their cache taking Gold and Bronze respectively in the Standing Long Jump.  Aodhan went on to take the bronze in the Standing Triple Jump.


The under 9 girls were not to be outdone by the boys, taking bronze in both the Tunnel Relay (Ava Foley, Tara Casey, Sarah Hayes, Amber Scully) and 1 x Lap Relay (Ailbhe Gordon, Tara Casey, Sarah Hayes, Amber Scully). Ava Foley gave an outstanding performance throughout the day’s events, winning three silver medals in the 3 x Lap Individual, the 2 x Lap Individual and the Speed Bounce. Ailbhe Gordan gave a mighty throw to the Foam Javelin  to bring home the silver and along with Tara Casey took joint gold in the standing long jump. Tara went on to add a silver to her medal count for the 5 strides event.
The Portarlington Sportshall event was superbly organised and was a great day for athletes and parents.  A big thanks to Buntu for putting the athletes through their paces prior to the event.

COMMUNICATION (Please read & note)
Greystones AC uses it’s club Newsletters as our regular means of communication. All new members are asked to sign up for this when they first join, so if you are not getting them please go on to our website www.greystonesac.com and sign up right away. These Newsletters are also available on the front page of the website and on our Facebook page. The club also uses webtext to communicate information, but as we have limited characters for each text this is mainly used for reminders or urgent messages. Please note that while you are occasionally asked to use the webtext no. to sign up for an event, if you have a question that requires a same day reply you should send it by e-mail or text to Theresa on 0868635797. I cannot answer messages on the webtext no. from my mob. and so there may be a long delay before I can reply to you due to work/coaching  commitments. Likewise, if you send messages via our FB page there may be a long delay in getting a reply, as this is mainly used for information purposes and is not constantly monitored.

TRAINING
We train in all weathers, hail, rain or snow. In the very unlikely event that we should ever have to cancel training or an event at short notice, a webtext msg. will be sent to all members/parents! Please ensure that you/your child always brings warm clothing and a waterproof jacket to training. While we may very occasionally have access to indoor facilities, we are generally outdoors regardless of the weather, so come prepared for this! On wet nights, gear bags with your change of clothes can be left in the changing rooms at the sports centre.

CANDLELIGHT REMEMBRANCE RUN -------------- EVERYONE WELCOME!
A reminder that we are holding our Candlelight Remembrance Run/Walk on Sun. 30th Nov. from 4.30pm. This year we are holding the event at Shoreline Sports Park , Charlesland. Starting at the front gates, our route will take us up the back road to the soccer pitch, around the pitch, down the winding hill behind reception, out through the side gate and across the carpark to the track gate, down the hill and around the roadway behind the track bringing us back out to the carpark beside Zoom, approx 1500m in all. The route will be candlelit all the way and hopefully will be as magical an experience as last year’s was. We will have refreshments afterwards in the Shoreline building. Once again there will be a bucket available for donations to Aware


We need jars for the candles, so if you have a jar or two lying around at home, could you please bring them to training this week. Jam/coffee jars or anything of that size will be greatly appreciated. We would also appreciate help from anyone who is free to lend a hand on Sunday!
Please note that if Sunday is wet we will not be able to go ahead, as the candles will go out!

ATHLETE ASSESSMENT DAY
We held a very successful Talent ID day for our juvenile  athletes on Sat. 15th Nov. We had over 60 athletes in attendance and all were put through a series of  tests for jumps, throws, sprints, distance and had their height, peak flow etc. measured. Th results are an indication of potential at various events and give the athletes a base line to work from. We intend to follow up from this with event specific workshops which will help the athletes to take up, or progress at, their chosen events.

 
Members of the Slí Cualann development squad have a similar event on Sat 28th Nov from 12-2pm in the Shoreline hall, with lunch afterwards.  Squad T-shirts have arrived and will be given out on the day!

CLUB SHOP
The club shop will be open on Tues 9th Dec. from 7-8pm, just in case Santa needs any club gear this year! We have singlets, shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, rainjackets and tracksuit bottoms. We have new girls shorts on order and we will also have new red leggings and sprint shorts available. Leggings and sprint shorts (Sm, Med, Lg only) can be viewed and ordered at training this week.


 

Sun

09

Nov

2014

Club News

CONGRATULATIONS
Tremendous running from our athletes at the first day of the Leinster XC in Avondale and some great results Congratulations to Ben Jones who won the championship in the boys U14 and to Sarah O’connor who finished in the medals in 9th place in the U14 girls. Both these athletes will represent Leinster at the All Ireland’s. We also have several athletes qualified for the All Ireland’s as members of  Wicklow County teams, as the U14 & 16 girls teams won gold and the U12 girls were 4th. Congratulations and good luck to our athletes for Nov 23rd in Dundalk: U12 Girls: Eimear Ryan, Erin Howard, Ella Shanley & Emma Quirk, U14 Girls: .Sarah O’Connor, Rachel Diggin, Katie Lawless & Sophie Nicholson, U14 boys: Ben Jones, U16 girls:  Susie McParland, Richael Browne, Hilary Gallagher, Irene Gomez Romero, U18 girls: Katy Conroy & U18 boys:  Steven Diggin & Cillian Browne.
A disappointingly small number of club athletes took part in the 3rd and final day of the Leinster XC  in Adamstown today Sun. 9th Nov. and unfortunately due to the small numbers, we were unable to fill teams in any age groups. Some great running from those who did come along with individual medals for Cillian Browne in the boys U19 & Ben Jones in the boys U15. Co. team gold for Susie McParland & Richael Browne on the girls U17 team and a qualification place for Megan O’ Brien on the girls U15 Co. team. Best of Luck to all in the Nationals.

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
XC LEAGUE ROUND 2
Friday 14th Nov. in Rathdrum Rugby Club. Registration 6.30pm. First race 7 pm. This one is uneven Ages U/ 7, 9, 11, 13.& 15, but athletes can move up one age group. Entry form is now on the website and entries close on Wed next 12th Nov. Athletes must be registered to compete. Certs to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly.
Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training on Friday 14th , as coaches will be at the XC. The 7-8.30pm training will go ahead for those who are not running in the league!

SOME ADVICE FOR RACE DAYS (for those who missed it last time)
Athletes should start their warm-up about 30 mins before their own race/event and they should complete their usual regular routine. This should be done in runners not spikes, and tracksuits etc. should be left on throughout. Athletes should only take their gear off and put their spikes on while the race ahead of there is taking place and they should leave a top on until the last possible minute. There is absolutely no point in warming up and then stripping clothes off  and letting your muscles get cold while you wait around. There is no support in a pair of spikes and it is very easy to spike yourself or someone else while walk around wearing them. Absolutely wonderful for racing in, but only for racing in………. wear them for the shortest possible time, not all day! Very long spikes are not recommended for children, as they may injure themselves or others.

SPORTSHALL
We are presently selecting teams for a Sportshall competition on Sun. 23rd Nov. in Portarlington. This is open to Boys & Girls U9 - U13 (born 2002 – 2007) If you are available & interested in taking part, please let us know asap on 0877730000 . We hope to enter teams in all categories.

TRAINING GROUPS
While our aim is to promote athletics and foster a love of the sport in all our members, we would like to remind you all that Greystones AC is first and foremost a competative club and so athletes are expected to attend training regularly and take part in the various competitions that the club competes in during the year.
Athletes in Groups 1 & 2 agreed to attend a minimum of two sessions each week before moving to these groups and we expect this to be adhered to. This is necessary to enable them to keep up with the training level and stay with their group. Training sessions take place on Tues/Wed/Fri from 7-8.30pm. While we hope you can do all three, if only doing two nights, it is better to do Tues/Fri or Wed/Fri if at all possible, rather than two nights together with 5 off. We also have an organised Sunday morning run at 10am, which is a very important part of the training week. If you cannot make this, you will need to do the run yourself later in the day. So far this season the attendance on Fri nights & Sunday mornings is very poor and we really need to see a huge improvement from here out.


FIT4YOUTH GROUP
This Sept. we created a Fit4Youth training group for members who don’t want to compete or train at competition level, but who do want to stay fit and remain/become members of the club.This group  trains at the 7-8.30pm sessions and have been working hard at maintaining/improving their fitness levels and core strength over the past few months. They will have opportunities to try field events over the next few months and always have the option to move to one of the competative groups if they decide they want to compete at any discipline. This group is ideal for those who just want to get/stay fit or for those who are just starting athletics, as it works at a less intense level than the competition groups.

ATHLETE ASSESSMENT DAY
We are holding a Talent Identification Day for our juvenile athletes born 2004 or before, who intend to compete in the Leinster Indoors in Athlone in March 2015.  If you are interested, come along and give each event a go and discover where your talents really lie. We also hope to have a Specialist in Steeple Chase there on the day, to coach those athletes eligible to enter the Steeple Chase (born 1999 or before).
Date: Sat 15/11/14, Time: 10-12 (reg at 09:45), Venue: Shoreline Track, Fee: €2 per athlete
Eligibility: Born 2004 and before and competing in the Leinster Indoors in Athlone in March 2015.
If you wish to attend please text your name and dob to 0877730000 by Wed. 12th November latest.
Members of the Slí Cualann development squad will have a similar event on Sat 28th Nov from 12-2pm in the Shoreline hall, with lunch afterwards.

REMEMBRANCE RUN
Last year we held a Candlelight Remembrance Run/Walk in Kindlestown Wood which received tremendous support and we have been asked by many if we would repeat it this year. As November is traditionally the month that  we remember those we have lost, we will hold  a similar event on Sun. 30th Nov. from 4.30pm. Due to the narrow road, parking and traffic control were a problem last year, so this year we will hold the event at Shoreline Sports Park , Charlesland. Starting at the front gates, our route will take us up the back road to the soccer pitch, around the pitch, down the winding hill behind reception, out through the side gate and across the carpark to the track gate, down the hill and around the roadway behind the track bringing us back out to the carpark beside Zoom, approx 1500m in all. The route will be candlelit all the way and hopefully will be as magical an experience as last year’s was. We will have refreshments afterwards in the Shoreline building. Once again there will be a bucket available for donations to Aware.

AAI REGISTRATION CARDS
We arranged to give out Registration cards for 2014 on Tues. 21st Oct. but very few bothered to collect them. As we do not want to give these cards to children and risk having them lost, we will try again on Tues. next 11th Nov. between 6.30 & 7.30pm and we ask that you please come and pick them up. There is a hotel voucher, courtesy of Athletics Ireland, with each card. Cards for athletes who registered in Sept. have arrived, but later registrations are still not here.



Thu

16

Oct

2014

CLUB NEWSLETTER

A LENGTHY ONE, BUT PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT AS IT CONTAINS A LOT OF  IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR  CLUB ATHLETES AND PARENTS.

WICKLOW XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fantastic results from both Sunday’s at the Wicklow XC Championships, despite a very big percentage of our club athletes failing to attend. On day 1 we had barely 20% of our athletes in attendance, but despite this we got  8 individual medals and 18 top ten finishes in the U12-18’s , with Gold team medals for all 4 teams that we managed to fill at U12 & U14. We had great performances in the U8-10 races, with 7 top ten finishes and we had the winner of the Novice ladies. Congratulations to our County Champions James Nicholson, Ben Jones, Troy Scully, Katy Conroy, Cillian Browne & Carol Costello, to silver medal winner Joe Prendergast and bronze winner Sophie Nicholson and well done to all who ran so well.
On day 2 we did a little better, but not much, with 24% attending and again we saw fantastic running from those who did come with County Championships going to Eimear Ryan, Troy Scully, Steven Diggin & Cillian Browne & silver medals to Sarah O’Connor & Katy Conroy and once again we had 18 top ten finishers. A few more teams this time and lots of team medals, with gold for U11 Girls, Silver for U13, U15 & U17 girls and 4th place to U13 boys.  Once again great performances from our younger athletes in the U7-9 groups and great to have an Intermediate men’s team out, who finished 4th overall, with 2 members in the top 10.  Great running from everyone who took part, but disappointing for all the coaches who put so much time and effort in, to see so many not taking part on either day.
Full results from both days are now on the sidebar of our website home  page.

URGENT-------- UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
We are now looking forward to the first of the Leinster Championships which will take place here in our own Co. Wicklow, once again in beautiful Avondale. This is the even ages event ( same course as Oct 5th) for athletes from U12-18 (U11’s can move up) and also for Novice & Masters athletes. We hope that lots & lots of our athletes will take advantage of home turf  and turn out to run for Club & County on Sunday 26th Oct. Entry form is now on the website and closing date is Sunday 19th. There are absolutely no late entries accepted by Leinster, so get your names down right away and don’t wait until the last minute, as you might miss out. There will be open U10’s races for girls & boys on the day, so anyone interested in taking part should enter on our website form.


The uneven ages event for U11-19 (U10’s can move up) and the Intermediate adults will take place in Adamstown, Co. Wexford on Sun. 9th Nov. To avoid confusion, entry form for this will only go up when the even ages comes down.

LEAGUE ROUND 2 : Friday 14th Nov. in Rathdrum Rugby Club. Registration 6.30pm. First race 7 pm. This one is uneven Ages U/ 7, 9, 11, 13.& 15, but athletes can move up one age group. Entry form will go up after the Leinster events close, to avoid confusion.. Athletes must be registered to compete. Certs to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly.
Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training on Friday 14th , as coaches will be at the XC. The 7-8.30pm training will go ahead for those who are not running in the league!

SOME ADVICE FOR RACE DAYS
Athletes should start their warm-up about 30 mins before their own race/event and they should complete their usual regular routine. This should be done in runners not spikes, and tracksuits etc. should be left on throughout. Athletes should only take their gear off and put their spikes on while the race ahead of there is taking place and they should leave a top on until the last possible minute. There is absolutely no point in warming up and then stripping clothes off  and letting your muscles get cold while you wait around. There is no support in a pair of spikes and it is very easy to spike yourself or someone else while walk around wearing them. Absolutely wonderful for racing in, but only for racing in………. wear them for the shortest possible time, not all day! Very long spikes are not recommended for children, as they may injure themselves or others.

LEINSTER PERFORMANCE SQUAD
Congratulations to GAC athletes Amaris Borel, Ara Freeman, Richael Browne, Rosa Kirwan, Isobel O’Grady, Cillian Browne, Padraig Lennon, Conor Dempsey, and Lorcan Lalor who were selected for the Leinster performance squad. They had their first session last Sat. in Santry with the second one coming up on Nov 1st and covering all events.  A developmental squad, open to all athletes aged 12 yrs +, runs on the same day from 11am-1pm. The Nov 1st session for this one covers Hurdles, Middle Distance, Javelin and High Jump and costs €5.
 
PLEASE READ AND REMIND ATHLETES:
We are asking once again that athletes make sure to use the toilets before coming down to the track, as it causes huge problems if a coach has to leave a group to bring them up during the session. On this note, we remind athletes that the toilets and changing rooms must be left as we find them and not in a mess. Recently we have had a lot of tissue etc. thrown about and water everywhere, coinciding with our club’s use of the facility, and this needs to stop. Shoreline have the right to refuse access to groups who do not respect the track and other facilities. Please remember that the building is not our club house, it is a business premises and athletes are asked not to gather in the reception area or just outside the front door, as this interferes with other customers access. On wet evening we will check-in in the bottom changing room on the right, so please go directly there, check in and then head to the track, as we do not have enough space to keep athletes indoors.. You may leave your bags here if you wish.


We remind you once again that all athletes are expected to attend training regularly and need to bring water with them to all sessions. They should  wear proper runners and tracksuit, shorts or leggings please. If wearing shorts, please bring tracksuit bottoms to wear over them for warm-up & cool down as the evenings are getting very cold now. Always bring a light rainjacket to all training sessions, as we do not have indoor facilities if it rains!


Athletes who may need an inhaler, should always make sure to bring it with them. You should not share other athletes inhalers, as they may not be the same medication/dosage as yours.


Athletes who are not fit to train due to injured or illness should not attend training sessions. Athletes who arrive and are not fit to train will be sent home, as it is far too cold to stand around on the track waiting for the session to end.


Groups 1 & 2 are required  to attend a minimum of two sessions per week to enable them to keep up with the training level and stay with their groip. Training sessions take place on Tues/Wed/Fri from 7-8.30pm. While we hope you can do all three, if only doing two nights, it is better to do Tues/Fri or Wed/Fri if at all possible, rather than two nights together with 5 off.

We also have an organised Sunday morning run at 10am, which is a very important part of the training week. If you cannot make this, you will need to do the run yourself later in the day.


So far this season the attendance on Fri nights & Sunday mornings is very poor and we really need to see a huge improvement from here out.


Parents and brothers/sisters are not allowed inside the track during training sessions, but are welcome to watch from outside the fence. Please note that the Outdoor Gym Equipment is for age 14 up only and children should not be allowed to play on this! (Health & Safety)

CLUB SHOP
The club shop will be open on next Tues.21st Oct. from 4.30-5pm and again from 7-8pm only. We have club singlets, shorts, t-shirts, rainjackets, hoodies etc. available. Athletes should have either a club singlet or T- shirt for competitions. All other items are optional. We also have Foam Rollers on sale at a very reasonable €14 if anyone wants one and a small number of secondhand spikes.

AAI REGISTRATION CARDS
Registration cards for 2014 arrived recently and we will have them available on Tues 21st Oct.also. Two club members will hand these out, to parents and older athletes only, between 6-7pm. They will be in the room behind the reception area in the Shoreline building. As the girls will need to leave for training just before 7pm, please collect before this time. There are a lot of cards and it may be busy, so please allow for this. Cards for Little Athletics can be collected in the shop. Cards for recently registered athletes will not be available yet.

Thu

25

Sep

2014

XC League

Directions to The Murrough for XC League this Friday.
Approaching Wicklow from Rathnew  take the left on new road (before bridge), signposted Port.
Go approx 1K along this road over the bridge and the car park is on the left….

Distances for Juvenile League  as agreed at last Co Board meeting are as follows:
U/8    400M
U/10    800m
U/12    1200M
U/14/15    1600M
Toddlers Race we usually go for 50m.

Sun

21

Sep

2014

Club Newsletter

AS THE CLUB IS RUN ENTIRELY BY VOLUNTEERS WHO ALL HAVE DAY JOBS, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR US TO  CONTACT EACH MEMBER INDIVIDUALLY ABOUT COMPETITIONS AND OTHER CLUB INFORMATION, SO WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ OUR REGULAR  NEWSLETTERS  AS THEY CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ATHLETES AND PARENTS.

TRAINING
We are back in action for three weeks now and are settling into our new training regimes. These first weeks back are always hard, as we work on getting fitness levels back up and getting ready for the rapidly approaching Cross Country (XC). Regular attendance at training will help you get fit quickly and will make it easier for you to keep up with your group.


All athletes are expected to attend training regularly and need to bring water with them to all sessions. They should  wear proper runners and tracksuit, shorts or leggings please. Children will not be allowed to train in jeans, sandals or street shoes. If wearing shorts, please bring tracksuit bottoms to wear over them for warm-up & cool down as the evenings are getting cold now. Always bring a light rainjacket to all training sessions, as we do not have indoor facilities if it rains!


Groups 1 & 2 are required  to attend a minimum of two sessions per week to enable them to keep up with the training level. Training sessions take place on Tues/Wed/Fri from 7-8.30pm. While we hope you can do all three, if only doing two nights, it is better to do Tues/Fri or Wed/Fri if at all possible, rather than two nights together with 5 off. We also have an organised Sunday morning run at 10am, which is a very important part of the training week. If you cannot make this, you will need to do the run yourself later in the day.


So far this season the attendance on Fri nights & Sunday mornings is very poor indeed, but we expect to see a huge improvement from here out.


We take this opportunity to remind everyone that athletes who disappear for over 3 weeks without letting us know why, (ie illness, injury etc.) are deemed to have left the club and their places are offered to those on the waiting list. We will always hold the place for an injured/ill athlete and once we are made aware it is not necessary to notified us at every session.


For Insurance reasons, parents and brothers/sisters are not allowed inside the track during training sessions, but are welcome to watch from outside the fence. Please note that the Outdoor Gym Equipment is for age 14 up only and children should not be allowed to play on this! (Health & Safety)

URGENT-------- UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
We are now looking forward to a great Cross Country (XC) season which is coming up very quickly indeed, with the Wicklow XC League begins this coming Fri evening on the Murrough in Wicklow Town.
ROUND 1 : The Murrough, Wicklow Friday 26th September. Registration 6.30pm. First race 7 pm
This one is even Ages U/ 8, 10, 12, 14.& 15, but athletes can move up one age group. There will be a toddlers race if required U/6.   Certs for all finishers at League events.
Entry form is now up on the website  and anyone who wants to run this Fri in the Murrough will need to complete it by 6pm Thurs 25th latest.  Athletes must be registered to compete. Cerates to all finishers. Medals are awarded at the end of the League to athletes who accumulate sufficient points by attending regularly.


Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training this Friday, as coaches will be at the XC. The 7-8.30pm training will go ahead for those who are not running in the league!


County Wicklow XC Championships, (separate events to the league), will take place on the first two Sundays of October. Both events are in Rathdrum this year, exact venues TBC later. The even ages on Oct. 5th and uneven ages on Oct. 12th, both starting at 11am. All registered athletes are eligible to compete in all competitions, as athletes can move up one age group at XC. We will be trying to fill teams for these events, so hope to see everyone making a big effort to attend.. Athletes up to U10 all receive certs for completing their events. Form for Oct 5th will be up shortly.

DAY TRIP
The 2013/2014 club trip for good attendance took place on Sat 20th & Sun 21st Sept. and we are delighted to report that everyone had a really good time at Jumpzone on both days. Well done to everyone who made the 60% attendance and don’t forget that we are already counting for next year. All attendance’s. are counted and scored out of the full number of training nights for the group, with additional points added for attending competitions. If you regularly miss one night a week or miss a week here and there, it is very easy to drop below the qualifying score, so keep your attendance up and add those points for competing, to guarantee making next year’s trip.

CLUB SHOP
The club shop will be open on Tues.30th Sept. from 6-8pm. We have club singlets, shorts, t-shirts, rainjackets, hoodies etc. available. Athletes should have either a club singlet or T- shirt for competitions. All other items are optional. We also have Foam Rollers on sale at a very reasonable €14 if anyone wants one.

Sat

06

Sep

2014

CLUB NEWS

WELCOME BACK
A big welcome back to all of our athletes and if the first week’s training is anything to go by we can look forward to a great XC season. We had a huge turnout on both Tues and Wed, but attendance in some groups was rather poor on Fri evening. Hopefully this was just due to tiredness after the first week back at school and we anticipate a big improvement in future weeks. 


To those athletes who didn’t make it back this week, we would appreciate it if you could let us know whether you are returning or not, as we still have waiting lists on most age groups.


Don’t forget our Sunday runs are back on and are a very important part of the training week. This Sun. we are meeting in Djouce woods at 10.15, ready to run by 10.30am.

REGISTRATION NIGHT
We will be holding a registration night for all new athletes on Tues 16th Sept. Registrations for ‘Little Athletics’ 5-6pm group will be taken at their check-in time. Registrations for the 6-7pm & 7-8.30pm groups will be collected between 6.45- 7.30pm in the room behind Reception. Forms are available at check-in each week and are also on the website under ‘Training Times & Club Info’ It would be very helpful if you could arrive with the forms filled out, as it really helps speed everything up and prevents queues forming.

ATTENDANCE TRIP
This year’s trip for good attendance will be to Jumpzone in Sandyford and has been arrange to take place over the weekend of the 20th/21st Sept  We have had to arranged two separate days, as there are restrictions on the numbers they can cater for.
Qualification for the trip requires 60% attendance from Sept to May. Points have been awarded for each training night attended since Sept 2013, with bonus points for every competition attended.

 

The list of qualified athletes has been posted in the sidebar on our website.  Qualified athletes who wish to go on the trip need to let us know right away, as we need to confirm numbers asap.

FIT4YOUTH
A new running programme for 12-17 yr olds begins on Mon 22nd Sept, and sessions will be held on Mon & Thurs evenings from 5-6pm and will cost just €2 per session. This programme will offer a chance to Get Fit, Have Fun, Make New Friends & Feel Good. It will begin with an introduction to running & will go on to offer an opportunity to try out throws and jumps, for those who might be interested in these. You will be encouraged to run with others of  similar ability & fitness levels and you will progress at your own pace without pressure. There will be options to go on and join the athletic club later on, for those who might want to.
So come along and get fit in a non-competitive environment, you just need runners and comfortable clothes!

 

ADULT RUNNING
Adult sessions continue to take place on Mon/Wed at  6pm & again at 8.30pm & also Wed/Fri at 10am.  All these are run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, so you don’t have to be a club member, but members get a reduced rate. Our Sunday morning run is for club members, but you are more than welcome to come along for a trial session before joining.


HELP NEEDED
Once again we must appeal for help with coaching and with checking-in the athletes.  A few coaches are no longer available to help at the 6-7pm sessions so we are appealing to anyone who is free to help out either Tues or Fri to please contact Theresa @ 0868635797.
Last year a number of parents took on the roll of checking in the athletes at the track gate and this is a fantastic help to the coaches, who can then get on with the training session. Unfortunately several have given up and the coaches are back trying to multi-task, especially on Friday’s. If anyone is free to give 20-30mins a week to help with this, please let us know.  It is an invaluable help and makes a huge difference to the smooth running of our training sessions.

Tue

19

Aug

2014

Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS to each and every athlete who competed over the recent Track and Field season. It has been a terrific season for our club where we finished in top spot on the medals table on ARCU Rankings. We have 8 National Championship wins including two doubles, with Alana Ryan taking both the 100m & 200m titles U15 and Ben Jones taking the 800m & 1500m titles U14, Amaris Borel taking the 300mH U17, Padraig Lennon the 3K steeplechase U19, Martha Hassett the Pole Vault U18 and newcomer Ben Mooney the 200m U14. Fantastic silver medal performances from Richael Browne in the 800m, Ara Freeman 100m U17 and Padraig Lennon 1500m U19, and bronze for our other newcomer Josh Pyper in the 200m U14.


The Girls U 17 team Alannah O’Carroll, Amaris Borel, Ara Freeman & Richael Browne took the bronze medals in the National Relays and Ara & Amaris were joined by Aoife Conroy & Isobel Kenny on the junior team to win the silver medals.


The pairs event saw Daniel Quirk & Rory McNally win gold in the 60m U9 and Ailbhe Gordon & Ava Foley  win bronze in the Turbo Javelin U9.


We had a great day at the National ‘B’ Championships, when we brought home a barrow load of medals: U12: Michael O'Shea gold in 60m & silver in Long Jump (LJ), Ellen McNally gold in LJ, Emma Quirk silver in 60m, Erin Howard 4th in High Jump (HJ), Liam Phibbs 5th in 600m. U13: Aodhan Daly gold in 80m & LJ, Ronan Dempsey silver in LJ & bronze in 80m, Alan Gordon gold in HJ & silver in Shot Putt (SP) U14: Sarah O'Connor gold in 800m, Katie Lawless 4th in 800m, U15: Troy Scully silver in 800m & HJ, Rachel Purcell silver in SP, Catherine Casey bronze in HJ & 4th in LJ, Rachel Casey 4th in SP. Niamh Conroy 4th in 100m.


A fantastic win for Amaris Borel in the schools 300mH saw her get her first Irish Vest this summer. Amaris went on to produce an outstanding performance in Wales to win the International event.


We ended the season with 3 of our athletes, Richael Browne, Ara Freeman & Alana Ryan, getting selected as members of the Irish Developmental Squad for the Celtic Games, giving them their first taste of International competition also.


Many of our older athletes were members of the Slí Cualann teams who competed in the League again this year. this year it was the girls team who made the final and had a fantastic competition on the day, missing out on the bronze medals by half a point and the silver by one point. Well done to club members Amaris Borel, Aoife Conroy, Ara Freeman, Carol Costello, Connie Thiel, Isobel Kenny, Isobel O’Grady, Katy Conroy, Martha Hassett and their team mates Claire Earls, Denise O’Shea and Laura Kavanagh.


We congratulate and thank all of our coaches who worked so hard and committed so much time and energy to helping our athletes with their achievments. We also thank them and all of the parents for the many long days spent at various track throughout the season supporting all of our athletes so well. At least they were mostly nice sunny days this year!

RETURN TO TRAINING
All groups return to training on Tues Sept 2nd . With such a short time from our return date until the Cross Country (XC) season starts, it is crucial that athletes who intend to compete start getting fit ahead of our return. This is easily achieved by doing short runs every other day and gradually increasing the time over the next couple of weeks. Start with 10 mins every second day this week and gradually increase this to15mins next week. This will help you to return ‘fit to train’ so that we don’t have to spend these few precious weeks of training just getting fit.

VERY IMPORTANT
While the 5-6pm & 6-7pm groups finished training on Tuesday 31st June, the 7-8.30pm groups continued right through July and into early August. However many of the members of these groups have not been seen since long before this date. As we are now trying to organise the training groups for our return in Sept, we are asking that all athletes, who have not attended for a prolonged period of time, but who wish to return to training, would TEXT US on 0877730000 ASAP, otherwise we will not have a place for you in Sept. As well as trying to find spaces to move athletes up the groups, we also have long lists of people in most age groups waiting to join the club.

ATTENDANCE TRIP
With so much happening throughout the summer, we didn’t get a chance to organise the Day Trip for those who have an average of 60% attendance from Sept to June. We are now in the process of organising this event for early Sept. Details of the trip and a list of those who are eligible to attend will be sent out by newsletter and also posted on our website over the next couple of days. Those who are eligible will need to let us know if they are coming asap, so that we can confirm numbers. As numbers are large we will be dividing the athletes (by age group) into two different trips this year

2013 AWARDS
We didn’t get around to organising our 2013 awards night either this year. We are also working on this during our short break and hope to hold it during Sept. as well. Please note that this will be for ‘Attendance, Attitude, Achievement’ during 2013 only and will not include the Indoors last Spring or the recent T&F. These will count towards the 2014 awards.

ADULT RUNNING
Adult sessions continue to take place on Mon/Wed at  6pm & again at 8.30pm & also Wed/Fri at 10am.  All these are run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, so you don’t have to be a club member. Our road run also continues on Tues evenings at 7.15pm and again we would hope to see lots of additional runners coming along to join the group. This one is for club members, as is the Sunday morning run, but you are welcome to come along for a trial session before joining.

Sun

29

Jun

2014

Leinster Championships!

Fantastic weekend at the Leinster Championships with GAC athletes winning 9 Gold, 8 Silver, 6 Bronze and two 4th places.
Results to hand:
U19; Katy Conroy 3rd in 800m

Isobel O'Grady 2nd in TJ
U18: Cillian Browne 2nd in 1500m & 3K
Lorcan Lalor 2nd in 400mH
U17: Ara Freeman 1st in 100m & 200m
Amaris Borel 1st in 300mH & 400m
Conor Dempsey 2nd in 400m & 300mH and 3rd in 100m & 200m
U16: Richael Browne 3rd in 800m & 4th in HJ & 5th in the 1500m.
U15: Alana Ryan 1st in 100m & 200m
Louis Lalor 2nd in 250mH
Noah Daly 3rd in LJ

Aoife McTague 4th in 2K Walk
U14: Ben Jones 1st in 800m & 1500m
Ben Mooney 1st in 200m
Josh Pyper 2nd in 200m
Sophie Nicholson 3rd in 800m & 4th in HJ
Some great performances from several of our other competing athletes also, in particular from Troy Scully in the U15 800m & 1500m finishing 5th in both with new PB's and also from Sarah O'Connor in the U14 1500m.
Well Done to all the athletes and coaches!

Thu

12

Jun

2014

RESCHEDULED JAMBOREE

Athletics Ireland are hosting a series of Little Athletics Jamborees around the country to showcase Little Athletics as they have a new sponsor on board. This is a Sportshall Competition for all athletes from age 5 up to U12’s, with fun indoor games and activities and also relays and will largely be of a non-competitive nature. Just something for the kids to have some fun with. It will be held in the Hall in Shoreline Leisure Centre in Greystones and has been rescheduled to Monday June 23rd from 7.00-9.00pm. Form will be up shortly and closing date is Thurs.19th May, as they need to get an idea of numbers.

 

Don't forget that entries for the U14-19 Leinster Championships close today! No late entries accepted.

Wed

11

Jun

2014

Club Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
It continues to be a really busy time for GAC with non stop competition at all levels and there are still many more to go, so no let up for a while yet. We congratulate all the athletes who have competed so well over recent weeks and commend everyone on their great results:


At the All Ireland Schools: In the Senior boys, Stephen Rice won Gold in the Javelin, Padraig Lennon won Silver in the Steeplechase and Martha Hassett finished 5th in the Pole Vault. In the Intermediate Girls Amaris Borel won Silver in the 300mH and in the Junior Girls, Alana Ryan won Silver in the 200m & Bronze in the 100m. Great results all round and several PB's as well.


At the Leinster Relays: Girls U16, Richael Browne, Alana Ryan, Alannah O’Carroll, Rebecca Murphy won Gold & Boys U15 Louis Lalor, Noah Daly, Ben Jones, Troy Scully won Silver. Girls U15 4th, Girls U13 4th, Boys U9 4th


At he Leinster Juniors:Aoife Conroy won bronze in 400mH, Ara Freeman won bronze in 100m & 4th in 200m, with Amaris Borel 5th. Cillian Browne won gold in the 3K and Padraig Lennon won silver.


At the Leinster Pairs: Daniel Quirk & Rory McNally won silver in the U9 Boys Long Jump & bronze in the 60m, Ava Foley & Ailbhe Gordon won silver in the U9 Girls Turbo Javelin


At the Leinster U12/13 Championships: James Nicholson won bronze in the Long Jump & Emma Quirk was 4th in the 60m hurdles qualifying for All Irelands.


At the Wicklow Schools: tremendous results and lots of medals for so many GAC athletes,( too numerous to list),  at both the Schools Invitational & the Cumann Na mBunscoil events.


At the Leinster Seniors/Masters: David Coyle won bronze in the Senior 1500m & Carol Costello won silver in the M2 800m.

NEW SQUAD
Congratulations to GAC athletes Amaris Borel, Richael Browne, Aoife Conroy, Alison Dawson,Claire Foley, Ara Freeman, Alannah O’Carroll, Rachel Purcell, Alana Ryan, Cillian Browne, Noad Daly, Conor Dempsey, Lorcan Lalor, Louis Lalor, Jamie lennon, Padraig Lennon, Stephen Rice, who achieved the standard and have been invited on to the newly formed Slí Cualann developmental squad for athletes aged 14-22yrs. It is a great priviledge to be invited on to this squad and we encourage all of you to attend the sessions and make the most of the opportunities being given to you.  We hope to see more of our athletes make the standards for this squad during the present T&F season.

COMBINED EVENTS FOR U13’s
Leinster are including an Introduction to Combined Events to next Sat programme in Lourdes Stadium Drogheda. Open to athletes born in 2002,  athletes compete in 3 events,  LJ, 200m and Shot Putt. Entries will be accepted on the day of competition.

COMPETITIONS
A busy time ahead again with:
Date 14/06/14:U14 up Combined events Sat 14th June in Drogheda
Date 18/06/14: Fit4Life + BBQ on Wed 18th June in Roundwood
Date 21/06/14: National U 9/10/11 Pairs  in Tullamore
Date 22/06/14: Round 2 of the  National League in Santry
Date 24/06/14: Bray Runners Invitational in Greystones ( Limited numbers)
Date 28& 29/06/14:U14-19 Championships Sat/Sun 28th/29th June in Tullamore
Date 05/07/14: National Juvenile Relays in Tullamore
Date 06/07/14: National Juniors in Cork IT
Date 12/07/14; National Juvenile Developmental Events in Tullamore
Date 13/07/14: National Juvenile Day 2 in Tullamore
Date 19 & 20/07/14: National Seniors in Santry
Date 26 & 27/07/14: National Juvenile Day 3 & 4 in Tullamore
Date 02/08/14: National Combined Events in  Tullamore
Date 03/08/14: National League Final in Tullamore
Date 09/08/14: Celtic games in Santry
Date 10/08/14: National Masters in Tullamore

 Entry forms are now up for:
Date 28& 29/06/14: U14-19 Championships Sat/Sun 28th/29th June in Tullamore.

Forms going up shortly for:
Date 24/06/14: Bray Runners Invitational in Greystones ( Limited numbers)
Date 06/07/14: National Juniors in Cork IT
Date 12/07/14: National Juvenile Developmental Events in Tullamore
Please watch out for these forms and make sure you don’t miss the closing dates, as we are no longer able to do late entries to these events.

BRAY RUNNERS INVITATIONAL
The Bray Runners Annual Invitational Event will take place on the Greystones track on Tues 24th June. Each club is allowed a limited number of participants to ensure that the programme can be completed in the time available. An application form will be on our club website shortly for those who are interested in taking part. Closing date will be Wed 18th June and a list will be published on the website by Fri 20th. As numbers are limited, (and in the interest of fair play) we will prioritise athletes who regularly travel to competitions and will then fill any remaining places on a first come, first served basis.


Please note that there will be no training on Tues 24th June, due to this competition!

CLUB SHOP
Our club shop wil be open on Tues 17th June from 7-8.30pm. Singlets in all sizes available. Also Hoodies, T- shirts, shorts and lightweight  waterproof jackets & leggings.

SUMMER BREAK
The 5-6pm & 6-7pm groups will finish training on Tuesday 31st June with an evening of Fun Games for all! We will facilitate the small number who are competing the following week, at the later training times. The 7-8.30pm groups will continue training into early August as they continue to have competitions until then. We will then take a short break and all groups will return to training on the first Tuesday of September.

ADULT RUNNING
Adult sessions continue to take place on Mon/Wed at  6pm & again at 8.30pm & also Wed/Fri at 10am.  All these are run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, so you don’t have to be a club member. these will continue throughout the summer! Our road run also continues on Tues evenings at 7.15pm and again we would hope to see lots of additional runners coming along to join the group. This one is for club members, as is the Sunday morning run, but you are welcome to come along for a trial session before joining.

Fri

16

May

2014

Greystones AC Teams for Leinster Relays Sat 24th May



U9 Girls: Keelin McGuire, Ava Foley, Amber Scully, Jill Shanley

U11 Girls: Ruby Dowd, Sophie Dallaghan, Maebh O’Neill, Eimear Ryan

U12 Girls: Emma Quirk, Ellen McNally, Nell Berney, Erin Howard

U12 Girls: Ella Shanley, Molly Crowe, Eimear Ryan, Ruby Dowd

U13 Girls: Danielle Crowe, Megan O’Brien, Emma Quirk, Ellen McNally

U13 Girls: Jenny Marshall, Alice O’Neill, Nell Berney, Erin Howard

U14 Girls: Katie Lawless, Aislinn Smyth, Sophie Nicholson, Sarah O’Connor, Rachel Diggin

U14 Girls: Jessica McDonald, Ella Curtis, Danielle Crowe, Megan O’Brien, Alice O’Neill, Jenny Marshall

U15 Girls: Alana Ryan, Niamh Conroy, Katie Lawless, Sophie Nicholson, Aislinn Smyth

U15 Girls: Sinead Mahon, Megan Healy, Etain Pegman, Rachel Diggin, sarah O’Connor

U16 Girls: Alana Ryan, Richael Browne, Alannah O’Carroll, Rebecca Murphy, Niamh Conroy

U9 Boys: Rory McNally, Frank O’Shea, Turlough McCracken Browne, Daniel Quirk

U10 Boys: Ed Nicholson, Chase Scully, Davey Kennedy Whelan, Daniel Quirk

U12 Boys: Joe Prendergast, James Nicholson, Liam Phibbs, Michael O’Shea, Danny Jones

U13 Boys: Aodhan Daly, Ronan Dempsey, James Nicholson, Joe Prendergast, Michael O’Shea

U13 Boys: Joe Dows, Jay Cafolla, Michael O’Shea, Danny Jones, Liam Phibbs

U14 Boys: Ben Jones, David Phibbs, Aodhan Daly, Ronan Dempsey

U14 Boys: John O’Connor, David Prendergast, Oscar Cafferky, Joe Dowd

U15 Boys: Noah Daly, Louis Lalor, Troy Scully, Ben Jones, David Phibbs

 

This is not the running order


Mon

12

May

2014

Club Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
The last few weeks have been extremly busy for GAC with non stop competition at all levels and it is set to continue for the foreseeable future.
If you didn’t make it down to the track on Sat 10th, you missed out on an absolutely top class competition, which saw many of the top athletes in the country competing here in our town. We witnessed an Irish Record being set in the Men’s 300mH and saw a number of top athletes achieve qualifying standards for upcoming European and World events.


Well done to our young GAC athletes who took on the challenge of competing with seniors in a very high calibre competition. This event is an opportunity for athletes to test their metal against athletes they would not normally meet as a juvenile. It affords our young athletes a “no pressure” arena to gain more experience. Results speak for themselves, with Ara Freeman winning her 100m in 12.87 and clocking 26.46 for the 200m, Amaris Borel clocking 67.37 for the 400mH, Conor Dempsey clocking 54.19 for 400m and in the 800m we had Jamie Lennon with 2.03.14, Richael Browne with 2.25.30 and Aoife Conroy 2.37.10. Tremendous running in far from ideal conditions. We are very proud of all of them!


The previous weekend we had the Wicklow County Championships, where GAC athletes dominated many of the events and produced many fine performances throughout the competition. Club athletes put their hearts and souls into the weekends events and took home barrow loads of medals, with lots and lots of PB's and top class performances! Well done to each and every athlete who came out and competed and a huge Thank You to all the coaches & officials who looked after our athletes and who ensured that this was an excellent Championships for everyone.
It was great to see so much red & white around the track, but it may surprise many to know that we still had well under 50% attendance. Full results on www.athleticswicklow.com  shortly.
A huge amount of preparation work goes into the organisation and set up for events like these and it would not happen without the very dedicated and committed people who put so much time, effort and behind the scenes work into it all.  Many thanks to all involved.


Many of our club athletes were out competing for their schools in the week leading up to these championships and there were a host of great results here also. Those we know about are as follows: Seniors: Padraig Lennon gold in 2K Steeplechase, Cillian Browne gold in 1500m, Katy Conroy silver in 800m, Jamie Lennon set a new PB in 800m,  Intermediate: Amaris Borel gold in 400mH & silver in 300m, Richael Browne silver in 800m & bronze in 1500m, Ara Freeman silver in 100m & 200m, Steven Diggin silver in 1500m, U16: Alannah O’Carroll silver in 200m, Junior: Alana Ryan gold in 100m & 200m, Noah Daly gold in LJ, Rachel Purcell 4th in Jav. Minor:Lorcan Lalor silver in LJ and hurdles, Troy Scully bronze in 1500m.


Greystones AC athlete Niamh Kearney continues her medal winning performances in the US where she took bronze in the 3K steeplechase in 10.38 on Sat and followed up on Sun with a 4.38 in the 1500m. This helped Niamh’s college to a 2nd place finish overall in the Sunbelt Conference. Niamh also picked up a prestigious award from Georga State University  recently. Well done Niamh!

FUNDRAISER
There will be no training next Friday evening as we are holding a fundraising event with the emphasis on FUN. One of our own athletes, Ellie Hartnett, who joined GAC when she was 7 yrs old and who is now studying Physiotherapy in UCD, is heading off to India to spend her summer holidays helping poor children out there. Not only does she have to pay her own expenses, she also has to raise funds for the project. Ellie and her friends ( many are club members) will host a fun event next Fri on the track. Check-in will open at 5.30pm, teams will be arranged and the fun will start. It will be all fun events, Obstacle relays, Wellie throw, Bean bag war, Backwards t-shirt races etc……… fun, fun, fun!  This event is open to everyone (you don’t have to be a club member) all ages and the entry fee is just €3, which goes to the charity. There will be a bucket available also if anyone would like to make a donation. Please come along and support this event!

 

JAMBOREE
Athletics Ireland are hosting a series of Little Athletics Jamborees around the country to showcase Little Athletics as they have a new sponsor on board. This is a Sportshall Competition for up to U12’s, with fun indoor games and activities and relays which will largely be of a non-competitive nature. Just something for the kids to have some fun with. It will be held in the Hall in Shoreline Leisure Centre in Greystones on Monday May 26th from 7.30-9.30pm. Form will be up shortly and closing date is Fri. 16th May, as they need to get an idea of numbers.


COMPETITIONS
A busy time ahead with
Date 15/05/14: Primary Schools Invitational event on Thursday next 15th in Greystones
Date 15.05/14: Fit4Life on Thurs evening 15th in Greystones
Date 14 & 17/05/14:Leinster schools are on Wed 14th & Sat 17th in Santry
Date 18/05/14: Round 1 of the National League is in Waterford on Sun 18th
Date 24/05/14:Leinster Relays and the Leinster Juniors, in Greystones on Sat 24th May.
Date 26/05/14:Athletics Jamboree, (Up to U12) Mon 26th May in Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones

Entry forms are now up for:
  Date 01/06/14: Senior/Masters on Sun June 1st in Tullamore
  Date 02/06/14: U9-U15 Team event on Mon June 2nd in Tullamore.
Entries close on Wed next 14th May. We need teams of four for the ‘Team Event’ This is an excellent competition and fosters a great team spirit, so we would love to see lots of names going down in order that we can fill the teams. 

Forms going up shortly for:
Date 07/06/14: U9/10/11 pairs and U12/13 Championships Sat 7th June in Tullamore
Date 14/06/14: U14 up Combined events Sat 14th June in Drogheda
Date 28& 29/06/14: U14-19 Championships Sat/Sun 28th/29th June in Tullamore
Please watch out for these forms and make sure you don’t miss the closing dates, as we are no longer able to do late entries to these events.

TRAINING
As notified in previous newsletters, athletes who go missing for up to 3 weeks without contacting us to explain why, are deemed to have left the club and their places are given to those on the waiting list. Consequently several names have now been removed from the check-in sheets and these athletes will have to go back on our waiting list if they wish to return. If you have not attended for over 3 weeks, you will no longer be on the list and cannot be admitted to training, as places have been filled. We are constantly under pressure with requests from potential new members to join and these are currently on the waiting list.

ADULT RUNNING
Adult sessions take place on Mon/Wed at  6pm & again at 8.30pm & also Wed/Fri at 10am.  All these are run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, so you don’t have to be a club member. Our road run also continues on Tues evenings at 7.15pm and again we would hope to see lots of additional runners coming along to join the group. This one is for club members, as is the Sunday morning run, but you are welcome to come along for a trial session before joining.

HEALTH & SAFETY REMINDER
We remind parents that they should not drop children off at the track without ensuring there are coaches present. GAC is only responsible for the athletes after they have checked in at the bottom track gate. We recommend that younger children be accompanied to this gate and collected here after their session, to avoid having them wandering around the busy Carpark/Sportspark on their own. We have a limited number of coaches available and cannot supervise drop off/collection, as coaches are trying to get ready for the training sessions.
We take this opportunity to remind parents using the carpark to be extra cautious on the premises. Inconsiderate driving or parking may cause injury to a child or inhibit emergency access. Also note that not all vehicles accessing the carpark during our club times are associated with the club and these drivers may not be anticipating the presence of small child.

Sun

11

May

2014

Letter from Ellie re fundraiser!

Hello ,

 
This is an email informing you about the Fun Sports Day which will be held in Charlesland Sports and Recreation Park on Friday the 16th May (Thats's next Friday).
 
My name is Ellie Hartnett and I will be hosting this as a Charity Fundraiser  event in aid of my trip to South India this summer. I will be travelling as part of UCD Volunteers Overseas Programme. All proceeds will go directly towards the project. 
 
While in India I will be working as a student Physiotherapist in the local hospital . Here I will be treating children from the ages of 2 - 17 who are suffering with physical disabilities , such as cerebral palsy. I will also be working closely with the Care and Share  Charity , who are a local charity involved in teaching, recreation, aid and construction work in the local orphanage. As part of my role with this organisation I will be teaching in the Kindergarden there and will be obliged to carry out various construction tasks .
 
I would very much appreciate your support next week. Each child will be asked to give 3 euro to take part and al proceeds go directly to the project.I decided to base this charity fundraiser at the running track as I am a keen athlete myself , having been a member of Greystones AC for over ten years and am now continuing my athletics with UCD. However, next friday the emphasis will be COMPLETELY ON FUN! Activities will be fun , team based games with nothing to difficult ! Everyone and anyone can join in . We will have obstacles, BACKWARDS TSHIRT RACE, scooters, well toss , tug of war , bean bag war and plenty more.
 
Attached is a simple information leaflet which explains everything .Arrive at 5.30pm to give names, be put into group etc.!! Feel free to circulate this leaflet and this email to anyone you think be be interested in taking part .
 
The more the merrier.
 
Kind Regards,
Ellie

Sun

04

May

2014

County Championships!

The track at Shoreline Sports Park was a sea of Red & White for the Wicklow Championships on Friday night and again on Saturday. Club athletes put their hearts and souls into their performances and took home barrow loads of medals, with lots and lots of PB's and top class performances! Well done to each and every athlete who came out and competed and a huge Thank You to all the coaches & officials who looked after our athletes and who ensured that this was an excellent Championships for everyone. A huge amount of preparation work goes into the organisation and set up for an event like this and it would not happen without the very dedicated and committed people who put so much time, effort  and behind the scenes work into it all. Many thanks also to the Shoreline staff who put a lot of effort into preparing the track and setting out equipment for us and also for looking after the parking and keeping access open for everyone. Results are far too many to list here, but will be up on our web-site as soon as they are available. This too is a very time consuming job, so will take a little while!

Tue

15

Apr

2014

SPECIAL COACHING SESSION

We have arranged a specialised coaching session for athletes from U12 up (born 2003 or before) who intend to compete throughout the coming Track & Field season. As we have limited places available, athletes who take advantage of this extra coaching will be expected to compete at Leinster competitions as well as at County level. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, provided the applicant is a regular attendee at club training sessions.
The coaching sessions will take place on Fri next from 10.30 – 12.30am and athletes may take part in two events during the morning. Events being coached will be
 Long Jump
High Jump
Hurdles
Javelin/ Turbo Javelin
Shot Putt
Discus
Sprints ( concentrating on starts/blocks )
If interested, please text Theresa on 0868635797 to ensure your place. Please give your name and list three events in order of choice. We will do our best to give you your first two choices, but it may not be possible, when dividing the groups, to facilitate everyone. There will be a €5 fee to help cover costs for the day.
Please note that athletes will need to arrive on time, as the Sports Centre is closed for business on Friday and there will be nobody to open the gate once we have gone on to the track. Gates will only be open from 10.20- 10.35  latest. I’m sorry, but we can not be running up and down to open the gate to late commers, as this disrupts the coaching sessions.

Tue

08

Apr

2014

Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to our new National Indoor Champions, Alana Ryan in the Girls U15, 60m and Ben Jones in the Boys U14, 800m. Congratulations also to Padraig Lennon on his National bronze medal in the Boys U19, 1500m and to Ara Freeman on her 4th place finish in the Girls U17, 60m.
Well done to all our club athletes who took part in the Schools Invitational Track & Field here in Greystones last Friday and congratulations to the many medal winners, far too numerous to list.
Well done also to all who took part in the XC League in Aughrim on Friday evening, where once again we had terrific performances from our athletes. The last round of the League will be held in Greystones on Thurs 17th Apr. Check-in from 6.30pm with races for U7/9/11/13/15.  Hoping to see lots of our athletes taking part as we are in with a great chance of retaining the overall club trophy. Entry form is on the web-site now and will close on Wed. 16th.
Across the Atlantic, Greystones AC athlete Niamh Kearney is having an amazing year, running regular PB’s in the 1500m, the 3K and the 3K Steeplechase. She has twice recently been named Athlete of the week and has also set a new college record for the mile. Back home our other scholarship athlete Ellie Hartnett also continues to shine following up her medal winning indoor season with a 3rd place finish in the Intervarsities XC in Cork. She will start her T&F season at the Intervarsities in Waterford this week. GAC is mighty proud of their achievements.

COMPETITION DATES
Dates were sent out recently for competitions coming up shortly and all upcoming competitions from Apr – Aug ’14 will shortly be listed on the calendar on our website. The entry form for the Wicklow County Championships will be up shortly also and the closing date for entries will be Wed. 30th Apr. No late entries can be accepted.

NOTE RE SHORTS FROM AAI
While the rule about singlets is strictly adhered to, it is becoming increasing common for athletes to wear shorts which are inappropriate for the following reasons:
·      National Apparel is to be worn only when representing Ireland at International Competition.  No athlete should compete wearing Athletics Ireland shorts at a National Event.
      In general shorts should be single colour, not patterned. While a Nike/Adidas etc logo is acceptable, multi-coloured or patterned shorts are not.
·       Where possible shorts should complement the singlet, if in doubt black is always acceptable.
It is not in the best interest of any athlete that they be asked to changed their shorts when they appear in the assembly area, the most appropriate way to deal with this is through communication with the athletes/clubs in advance of events.

CLUB SHOP
GAC club gear is available from the Club Shop. The next shop night will be Tues. 29th Apr. from 7-8.30pm. All athletes should wear club singlet/T shirt & shorts when attending competitions. Hoodies, rainjackets etc. are also available.

TRAINING GROUPS
All club training groups are full at present and we have a waiting list for places, so we remind all athletes/parents that regular attendance at training is expected and athletes who go missing for up to 3 weeks without contacting us to explain why, will be deemed to have left and their places will be given to those on the waiting list. We also remind the athletes in the 7-8.30pm groups that they have committed to attend at least two sessions a week when moving up to these groups. Less than this means they struggle to keep up with the training, which consequently demoralises them and holds back the progress of the entire group.

CLUB HELPERS
Thanks to the parents who have agreed to help out with checking in the athletes at the track gate as this is a great help to the coaches, who can then concentrate on getting on with the training session. We are still looking for extra helpers  and also for extra coaches if anyone would like to get involved.

HEALTH & SAFETY REMINDER
We remind parents that they should not drop children off at the track without ensuring there are coaches present. GAC is only responsible for the athletes after they have checked in at the bottom track gate. We recommend that younger children be accompanied to this gate and collected here after their session, to avoid having them wandering around the busy Carpark/Sportspark on their own. We have a limited number of coaches available and cannot supervise drop off/collection, as coaches are trying to get ready for the training sessions.
We take this opportunity to remind parents using the carpark to be extra cautious on the premises. Inconsiderate driving or parking may cause injury to a child or inhibit emergency access. Also note that not all vehicles accessing the carpark during our club times are associated with the club and these drivers may not be anticipating the presence of small children.
A reminder also that Shoreline Sports Park is a business premises and is not our Clubhouse, therefore we must not use the reception area as a waiting room. Please do not gather in the reception area or in groups outside the entrance to the building, as this block access for other customers. This causes complaints from other users of the facilities and does not give a good impression of GAC athletes. Changing rooms and toilets are of course available for our use, other than this athletes should go straight to the track when they arrive for training. On occasions when parents are late picking up the older athletes on dark evenings, we do however encourage these children to assemble close to but not blocking the reception entrance in view of the camera.

ADULT RUNNING
Our BEGINNER2WINNER group took part in their first race last Thurs. evening in Shanganagh Park and all completed the course comfortably. We are really proud of them all and look forward to watching their progress over the coming weeks. We started a new programme this week, with sessions on Mon/Wed at 6pm and hope to see lots of new faces coming along.
Don’t forget that our regular established Fit4Life sessions will continue as normal Mon/Wed at 8.30pm & Wed/Fri at 10am.  All these are run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, so you don’t have to be a club member.
Our road run also continues on Tues evenings at 7.15pm and again we would hope to see lots of additional runners coming along to join the group. This one is for club members, as is the Sunday morning run, but you are welcome to come along for a trial session before joining.


Sat

29

Mar

2014

Upcoming Competitions

COMPETITIONS (please read and save details)
Lots of Competition ahead, with the final two rounds of the XC League coming up rapidly and then on to the Track & Field (T&F) season. Entry forms will be on our club website shortly.


 Round 5 of the XC League will be held next Fri evening 4th April in the Community Field in Aughrim. Check-in from 6.30pm with 1st race at 6.45pm. This time it is even ages, U6/8/10/12/14/15, but as usual athletes can move up one year, so all can compete. The Aughrim committee have informed us that there will be a sign on Rednagh Rd to direct people to the correct field.  A good number of our athletes are in the running for medals in this League, so keep your attendance up to make sure you get one.  Attend all 6 to get Gold, 5 to get Silver, 4 to get Bronze. Closing date for entry is this Thurs 3rd Apr. No late entries.  Fee €2 if not paid on Tuesday at training.


 Round 6 will be held in Greystones on Thurs. 17th April in the top field down at Shoreline Sports Park (track) This will be un-even ages U7- U15.


Please note that there will be no 6-7pm training on Fri due to the League races, as a number of coaches have to be available to help out at the event. Otherwise our athletes will not be allowed to compete.


 Wicklow County Championships:  this year the Co. Champs are being held on a Fri evening and all day Sat instead of the usual Sat/Sun arrangement. Dates are Fri 2nd May, checking in at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Younger athletes (up to age 10 in 2014) will just have a short programme that evening and their Award Scheme and relays will be held on Sat 3rd May. Older athletes will have their programme spread across the two days. Full programme will be available after next Tues. nights county meeting and will be published on our web-site along with entry forms.  This is the biggest T&F event for all County clubs and we expect to see a huge atendance from or athletes. This is what you all train for!


 St. Abban’s T&F event will be held on Mon 5th May at 12.30 pm at their track in Monavea, Crettyard, Co Laois. This is always a very well organised event and of a high standard and is well worth the trip. GAC athletes have done very well here over the years. Entry €3 on the day for anyone interested in attending.  Programme will be on our club noticeboard at the track.


We remind parents that they should not drop children off at the track without ensuring there are coaches present. GAC is only responsible for the athletes after they have checked in at the bottom track gate. We recommend that younger children be accompanied to this gate and collected here after the session to avoid having them wandering around the busy Carpark/Sportspark on their own. We have a limited number of coaches available and cannot supervise drop off/collection, as coaches are trying to get ready for the training sessions.

Wed

12

Feb

2014

Club Newsletter

Registrations are now completed and we welcome the new members to our club and hope they enjoy their training with us. We remind all athletes that regular attendance is expected and athletes who go missing for up to 3 weeks without contacting us to explain why, will be deemed to have left and their places will be given to those on the waiting list. We also remind the athletes in the 7-8.30pm groups that they have committed to attend at least two sessions a week. Less than this means they struggle to keep up with the training, which consequently demoralises them and holds back the progress of the entire group.

NEW HELPERS
Thanks to the parents who have agreed to help out with checking in the athletes at the track gate as this is a great help to the coaches, who can then concentrate on getting on with the training session. We still have room for more and also for extra coaches if anyone would like to get involved.

AGM
Our club AGM will take place on Thurs. 13th March at 8pm. All club members and parents of juvenile members are encouraged to attend and will be made very welcome. Why not come along and see what makes the club tick and maybe add your ideas and suggestions for the future. While we are always looking for new committee members and helpers, we promise not to put pressure on anyone on the night. Nominations and/or motions to  greystonesathletics@gmail.com.

COMPETITIONS (please read and save details)
We have a lot of competition still to come over the next few weeks and entry forms are already up for the first few of these.
Sat/Sun 15/16th Feb. National Senior Indoors in Athlone.  Entries closed.
Sat 22nd Feb. Round 2 National Indoor League in Athlone. (Athletes U17 & up) Contact Theresa.
Sun 23rd Feb. Intermediate, Masters & Juv Development Cross Country Championships, Dunboyne. Closing date for entries is this Thurs 13th Feb. No late entries. Form on web site.
Fri 28th  Feb. Round 4 of the XC League, Bray Emmets for athletes U7 - U15. Closing date. Wed 26th Feb. Form on website. No late entries
Sat 8th/Sun 9th March Leinster U12-U19 Individual events in Athlone. Closing date Wed  19th Feb. No late entries. Form on website. Athletes are allowed to compete in a maximum of 3 events (this includes the 800 or 1500m run on Feb 1st) Programmes on www.athleticsleinster.org (Day 3&4)

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Conor Dempsey on winning the 2014 National Star Award for Wicklow for the 2nd year in a row . This is a great achievement and is the 4th consequetive year that a Greystones AC athlete has won this award.
Boys U12 Team ; James Nicholson, Liam Phibbs, Joe Prendergast, Danny Jones  who won the gold medals in the XC Relays.
Girls U16 Team: Alannah O’Carroll, Richael Browne, Alana Ryan, Rebecca Murphy, Alison Dawson Whelan who won silver at the indoor Relays.
Padraig Lennon who won gold in the Indoor U19 1500m and silver in the Junior 3K, Cillian Browne who won silver in the U18 1500m and bronze in the Junior 800m, Ben Jones who won bronze in the U14 800m, Richael Browne 4th in U16 1500m. Best of Luck to these athletes in the All Ireland’s.
Caoimhinn MacMaolain who won bronze in the M1 1500m and Nick Russell who won bronze in the M5 400m.

CLUB AWARDS
We are currently working on the club awards for 2013. Date and venue will be announced shortly.


FIRST AID COURSE
Congratulations to our coaches who completed their First Aid course recently. We will be organising another one shortly for those who haven’t done it yet.

ADULT RUNNING
Our new BEGINNER2WINNER programme is in it’s 6th and final week and has been very successful. We will be starting a continuation programme from next Mon and also a new Beginners programme. These are held on Mon or Wed evening at 6pm.
Our regular established Fit4Life sessions will continue as normal Mon/Wed at 8.30pm & Wed/Fri at 10am.  All these are run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, so you don’t have to be a club member.
Our road run continues on Tues evenings at 7.15pm also. This one is for club members, as is the Sunday morning run, but you are welcome to come along for a trial session before joining.

CLUB SHOP
Our club shop will be open on Tues.25th Feb. from 7-8.30pm. We have a new batch of singlets in all sizes and a small number of the Nike girls short. Lots of t-shirts, shorts, hoodies and rain jackets. We also have some Nike track bottoms reduced to €10 and some larger Nike showerproof bottoms reduced to €20. 5mm spikes are now in stock also.

Tue

14

Jan

2014

Club Newsletter

REGISTRATION FOR 2014
All athletes, without exception, must now re-register for 2014. Registration will take place during all training sessions next week, times as follows:
Tues. 21st Jan. from 5-8.30pm
Wed. 22nd Jan. from 7-8.30pm
Fri. 24th Jan. from 6-8.30pm
This should allow everybody a chance to get down and these are the only times that registration fees for juvenile athletes can be accepted. Athletes not registered after Fri 24th can not be admitted to the track, as they will no longer be covered by our insurance. Please do not hand Registration fees in to Shoreline reception as they can not be accepted there.
Note that if your name is not on the check-in sheet at the track gate you will not be permitted to enter the track.

HELP NEEDED
Once again we must appeal for help with coaching and with checking-in the athletes.  A few coaches are no longer available to help at the 6-7pm sessions so we are appealing to anyone who is free to help out either Tues or Fri to please contact Theresa @ 0868635797.
A number of parents had taken on the roll of checking in the athletes at the track gate and this was a fantastic help to the coaches, who could then get on with the training session. Unfortunately several have given up and the coaches are back trying to multi-task, especially on Friday’s. If anyone is free to give 20-30mins a week to help with this, please let us know.  It makes a huge difference to the smooth running of our training sessions.

COMPETITIONS (please read and save details)
We have a lot of competition coming up over the next few weeks and entry forms are already up for the first few of these.
Sun. 19th Jan. Juvenile Cross Country Relays & Jun XC, Ballyroan Laois. (Entry closed)
Sat. 24th Jan. is National Masters (35+ ) Indoors in Athlone. Contact Theresa right away if interested.
Sun, 25th Jan. is National Juniors (U17-U20) in Athlone. Contact Theresa right away if interested.
Sat. 1st Feb Leinster  Indoor relays U12-U19 in Athlone and also U14/15 800m & U16/17/18/19 1500m. Form on web. Please indicate event.  No entries after midday this Thurs Jan. 16th.  (URGENT)
Sun. 2nd Feb. National Indoor Open Games in Athlone.(Not for juveniles)Contact Theresa if interested.
Sun 9th Feb. Leinster Junior/Senior/Masters individual & relays in Athlone. Form on our web site.
Sat/Sun 15/16th Feb. National Senior Indoors in Athlone. Form will go up shortly.
Sat 22nd Feb. Round 2 National Indoor League in Athlone.
Sun 23rd Feb. Intermediate Master & Juv Development Cross Country Championships, Dunboyne.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to all our Wicklow Star Award winners, Alana Ryan, Amaris Borel, Conor Dempsey, Stephen Rice and Padraig Lennon and our Leinster Star Award winners Ara Freeman & Conor Dempsey. Congrats to Niamh Kearney onher Slí Cualann ‘Athlete of the Year Award and to Fit4Life award winners Carol Costello, Jackie Patrick, Christine McCann, Muriel Drinkwater, Alan Drinkwater, AJ Cotter. Well done all!
Well done to all our Masters athletes who took part in the County XC. Congratulations to Carol Costello & Jackie Patrick who won silver medals in their categories and to Caoimhin MacMaolain and AJ Cotter who won bronze medals in theirs. Our Men’s team placed 5th on their first outing. Looking forward to a promising year.
Congratulations also to Padraig Lennon & Jamie Lennon on their fine performances at the International XC in Antrim.

SPORTSHALL
While we were a bit disappointed that more of our young athletes, particularly the U14/15’s, didn’t come along last Sunday, the 86 athletes who turned up for the Sportshall competition in Shoreline had an absolutely fantastic day. We had a very enjoyable competition and a huge amount of fun. Congratulations to all the medal winners and indeed to all who took part. It was great to see such team effort and to watch everyone have so much fun. Many thanks to all the coaches and the older athletes who came along to help run the event with so much enthusiasm.  Thanks also to Inbhear Dee AC who came along and supported the event. We hope you all had a great day.

LEINSTER JUNIOR/SENIOR/XC RELAYS
NOTE: If you are on a team below but now cannot come let me know now as otherwise a team may travel for nothing.
A poor response also to the XC Relays next Sunday and we were only able to fill 5 teams. 
Girls U12: Sophie Dallaghan, Molly Crowe, Ella Shanley, Maebh O'Neill
Boys U12; James Nicholson, Liam Phibbs, Joe Prendergast, Danny Jones, Sub:Harvey Palmer
Girls U 14: Eva Roche, Sophie Nicholson, Danielle Crowe, Sarah O'Connor, Sub:Frances Dallaghan
Boys U14: Ben Jones, David Phibbs, Joe Dowd, Aodhan Daly, Sub: John O'Connor
Girls U16: Richael Browne, Megan Healy, Etain Pegman, Rachel Casey.
Apologies to the athletes who put their names down and didn’t get on a team. We tried our best.
 Best of luck to these teams and to our Juniors athletes Cillian Browne, Jamie Lennon, Jack Lacey Curtis who will be competing both for Slí Cualann and for Wicklow on the day.

FIRST AID COURSE
Congratulations to our coaches who completed their First Aid course recently and a reminder to all remaining coaches that your course starts at 10am on Sat 25th Jan.

ADULT RUNNING
Our new BEGINNER2WINNER programme got off to a good start and we are now in our 2nd week. It’s still not too late to come along and join in any Mon or Wed evening at 6pm.
Our regular established Fit4Life sessions will continue as normal Mon/Wed at 8.30pm & Wed/Fri at 10am.  All these are run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, so you don’t have to be a club member.
Our road run continues on Tues evenings at 7.15pm also. This one is for club members, but you are welcome to come along for a trial session before joining.

Thu

26

Dec

2013

CLUB NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to all of our competitors in the National XC in Waterford on Sunday Dec. ,  James Nicholson in the U11B, Ben Jones & David Phibbs in the U13B, Richael Browne, Susie McParland, Lisa Dallaghan & Etain Pegman U15G, Sadhbh Redford, Anna Hayes, Isobel Kenny, Rosa Kirwan U17G, Cillian Browne U17B, Jamie Lennon, Dylan Grimes Larkin & Jack Lacey Curtis U19B. 
Very special congratulations to Ben Jones on his fantastic individual medal performance and also to Richael Browne & Susie McParland on their county team silvers!
Well done also to everyone who competed in Round 3 of the XC League in Roundwood.
Congratulations to GAC athletes Cillian Browne, Jamie Lennon, Caoimhin MacMaolain, Richael Browne, Jackie Patrick and Christine McCann on some top performances in the Streets Of Wicklow 5K.
Best of Luck to Padraig Lennon, Cillian Browne & Jamie Lennon who will represent Leinster at the International XC in Antrim on Jan 4th 2014.

STAR AWARD WINNERS
Once again GAC athletes have won both of the Leinster Juvenile Star Awards, with Ara Freeman taking the girls award and Conor Dempsey taking the boys award. These will be presented at the awards dinner in Carlow on Sat 4th Jan.
GAC athletes also won all four of the Wicklow Juvenile Star Awards, with Alana Ryan and Conor Dempsey taking the U14-16 awards and Amaris Borel and Stephen Rice taking the U16-19 awards. GAC’s Padraig Lennon wins the Junior Boys Award. These will be presented at an Awards evening in St. Coleman’s Hospital, Rathdrum on Fri 10th Jan. at 7.30pm. All are welcome to this event and it would be lovely to see lots of club support on the night. The Slí Cualann Fit4Life awards will also be presented at this event. Congratulations to all the award winners!

WICKLOW MASTERS XC
The County Masters XC takes place in Shanganagh Park on Sun 5th Jan at 11am. Any men & women, O35 up, who wish to take part in this, need to text Theresa or e-mail our website by Fri 3rd Jan. please.

SPORTSHALL
This year’s Sportshall competition will take place on Sun 12th Jan in the Community Hall at Shoreline swimming pool from 2.30-5.30pm. Open to all athletes from Little Athletics up to U15 in 2014 (born 2000). Teams will be made up on the day and athletes must be available for the entire event, including the relays at the end as it is a team event! Lots of help will be needed for this one, so if you are available, please let us know asap, so that events/jobs can be assigned in advance. Help from our older athletes is invaluable for this event, so please let us know if you can come along and help. This is always a really fun event, so hoping to see lots and lots of young athletes attending.

LEINSTER JUNIOR/SENIOR/XC RELAYS
Entries for the Leinster Jun/Sen/Mast and the U12/14/16 XC relays on Jan 19th in Ballyroan, Co Laois, will be due in very soon, so we need the names in now please. The form is up on the website, so get your name down now if you are interested and we will fill as many teams as we can. We will let you know asap if you are on a team. Relays for those born 1999 –2004. Juniors born 1995-1998.

RETURN TO TRAINING
The 6-7pm groups and 7-8.30pm groups will return to training on Fri 3rd Jan. and the 5-6pm group on Tues.7th Jan.In the meantime try to get out and run every second day, to keep up fitness levels……. we have the relays coming up very soon!

BEGINNER2WINNER
Starting on Mon 6th Jan, a new beginners group for adults that want to start the New Year off on the right track. Run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, our qualified & experienced coaches will teach you proper warm-up & stretching routines, offer practical advice and encouragement and ensure a proper cool-down is done afterwards. Using a tried & tested walk/jog formula, we will have you up and running quicker and easier than you ever thought possible. Sessions on the track each Mon. & Wed. from 6-7pm. You can attend one or both sessions each week. Hi-vis vest and diary with programme supplied, when you sign up for a 6 week programme. Our regular established Fit4Life sessions will continue as normal.

GAC WISHES EVERY HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS IN 2014 TO ALL OF OUR CLUB MEMBERS, FAMILIES & FRIENDS! HOPING FOR MANY NEW PB’s IN 2014 AND MAY YOU ALL ACHIEVE YOUR ATHLETIC GOALS!

Mon

09

Dec

2013

Xmas Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to Cillian Browne  on his silver medal in the County junior XC in Avondale and also to the boys team of Cillian Browne, Padraig Lennon, Jamie Lennon, Dylan Grimes Larkin & Jack Lacey Curtis on their team silver.

GOOD LUCK
Best of Luck to all those taking part in the National uneven ages on next Sun. Dec 15th in Waterford. We have James Nicholson in the U11B, Ben Jones & David Phibbs in the U13B, Richael Browne, Susie McParland, Lisa Dallaghan, Etain Pegman, Sinead O’Neill U15G, Sadhbh Redford, Anna Hayes, Isobel Kenny, Rosa Kirwan U17G, Cillian Browne U17B, Padraig |Lennon, Jamie Lennon, Dylan Grimes Larkin & Jack Lacey Curtis U19B. As well as representing Greystones AC, James Ben, David & Padraig also represent Leinster and Richael, Susie & Lisa represent Wicklow.
Best of Luck to Padraig Lennon, Cillian Browne & Jamie Lennon who will represent Leinster at the International XC in Antrim on Jan 4th 2014.

CANDLELIGHT RUN
A huge Thank You to  to everyone who supported our Candlelight Remembrance Run on Sat.last. To the galant crew who worked so hard to prepare everything  and to put out and then light all 450 candles and then come back on Sun. morning to collect them all and tidy up. To the Borel family for acquiring all the jars for us and returning them afterwards, the Lawless family for facilitating the parking, the Quirk family for the beautiful signs  and to everyone who supplied all the lovely food. Thanks also to Inbhear Dee AC for the tent etc. and for all their help and support and special thanks to everyone who turned up on the night to take part. We were blessed with a beautiful evening and collected €1120 for AWARE. The Patrick family were overwhelmed by the fantastic support they received and have asked us to thank everybody on their behalf

ROUND 3 WICKLOW XC LEAGUE
Round 3 of the XC League will take place at An Tochair, Roundwood on Fri 13th Dec. Check-in by 6.30pm, with the 1st race at 6.45pm. Races for U6/8/10/12/14/15, with all registered athletes eligible to compete. Certs to all finishers with medals at the end of the League to all who complete 3,4, or 5 of the League races. Athletes who have paid their €2 sub on Tues/Wed, do not need to pay again at the race on Fri. Entry form is on  the web-site and we are hoping for a big increase as we only have 12 names so far. Entries for this one will close on Wed 11th Dec. NO LATE ENTRIES CAN BE ACCEPTED. The 6-7pm groups will not have training on that Fri.13th Dec.due to our coaches and hopefully lots and lots of our athletes being at the XC League. The 7 - 8.30pm athletes who are not taking part in the League races, will train as normal.

LEINSTER JUNIOR/SENIOR/XC RELAYS
Entries for the Leinster Jun/Sen/Mast and the U12/14/16 XC relays on Jan 15th in Ballyroan, Co Laois, will be due in over the Xmas break, so we need the names in. The form is also up on the website, so get your name down now if you are interested and we will fill as many teams as we can. We will let you know asap if you are on a team. Relays for those born 1999 –2004. Juniors born 1995-1998.

STREETS OF WICKLOW
Inbhear Dee wil be holding their annual “Streets of Wicklow” 5K on St Stephen’s day again this year. It’s always a great fun event and a great way to run off the turkey & pudding. You can register online now @ Run Ireland or at East Glendalough school on the day from 10.30am. Race starts @ 11.30am. There is a childrens 1ml race @ 11am. Your support would be greatly appreciated as always.

CLUB SHOP
Our club shop will be open next Tues. evening 10th Dec. from 7-8.30pm, for anyone who might want or need club hoodies, singlets, shorts, t-shirts, rainjackets etc. We recently got in a small number of the Nike girls red shorts in size 8-10(XS) and we have some Nike tracksuit bottoms reduced to €10  in this size. We also have showerproof bottoms, male & female, in larger sizes, reduced to €20.

CHRISTMAS TRAINING TIMES
The 5-6pm & 6-7pm training groups will finish up for Christmas on Tues 17th Dec. when we will have an evening of athletic fun & games (weather permitting) with the 6-7pm group returning to training on Fri 3rd Jan. and the 5-6pm group on Tues.7th Jan.
The 7-8.30pm groups will continue training until Fri 20th Dec and will also return on Fri 3rd. Some training sessions will be arranged over the holidays for athletes competing in Jan. and those who wish to keep up their training. Times/dates will be available before we break up for Xmas.  Those who don’t attend training sessions should get out and run every second day, to keep up fitness levels……. we have the relays coming up very soon!

SUNDAY RUNS
Attendance at the Sunday run has improved a bit, but is still very poor. This is a very important part of your training and by far the most enjoyable run of the week.  We have been keeping it local by running in Djouce @ 10am most Sundays, with a reminder going up on our FB page and our website each week. Please make an effort to attend these runs, you will be amazed at the difference it will make to your running and your general fitness.

ADULT CLUB MEMBERS
The Tues night road runs are continuing and everyone who comes along is really enjoying them. The group meets at the track at 7.15pm, and after a short warm-up various groups, from absolute beginners to regular runners, head out for a run over various distances. We now have markings on the cycle track in both directions to help you gage distance and pace. Runners of all abilities are welcome, but remember, you do not have to be a runner to come along to any of our adult sessions, as beginners are very welcome. . We hope that the numbers will continue to grow. Running is something you can take up at any age, so why not join in the road run  on Tues.nights while the kids are on the track or try a Fit4Life session on Mon or Wed. at 10am or 8.30pm

 

BEGINNER2WINNER

Starting on Mon 7th Jan, a new beginners group for those that want to start the New Year off on the right track. Run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park, our qualified & experienced coaches will teach you proper warm-up & stretching routines, offer practical advice and encouragement and ensure a proper cool-down is done afterwards. Using a tried & tested walk/jog formula, we will have you up and running quicker and easier than you ever thought possible. Sessions on the track each Mon. & Wed. from 6-7pm. You can attend one or both sessions each week. Hi-vis vest and diary with programme supplied, when you sign up for a 6 week programme. Our regular Fit4Life sessions will continue as normal. 

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR CLUB MEMBERS, FAMILIES & FRIENDS!

Tue

19

Nov

2013

Club Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to GAC athletes Ben Jones U14, Richael Browne, Susie McParland, Sadhbh Redford, Anna, Hayes, Lisa Dallaghan U16, Padraig Lennon, Cillian Browne, Jack Lacey Curtis U18, Dylan Grimes Larkin Junior, who all competed in the All Ireland XC in Santry last Sunday. A fabulous day with some tremendous racing. It was great to watch Wicklow’s Fionnuala Britton cruise to victory once again in the Inter-counties!
Best of Luck to all those taking part in the uneven ages on Dec 15th in Waterford.

DON’T FORGET OUR CANDLELIGHT RUN
In June of this year Niall Patrick, the 18 yr old son of Greystones AC athlete Jackie, tragically lost his life.  Jackie has been a popular and enthusiastic club member for several years and has represented both Greystones AC & Slí Cualann AC on many occasions. Niall, who was a great sportsman himself, was very proud of his mum’s running achievements and always gave her his full support.
In remembrance of Niall and in support of Jackie, Peter, Conor & Ciara, Greystones AC is organising a Candlelight Run on Sat. 30th Nov. This event will take place in Kindlestown Wood and will be around a loop of approx. 1 mile. We will begin at dusk, around 4.30pm and participants can run, jog or walk  as many loops as they wish. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.
Donations to AWARE will be accepted on the night, but your presence and support is far more important!  Hoping to see lots & lots of athletes, parents, siblings, relatives & friends on the night.
Directions from Greystones: Go through Delgany and take the right turn at The Delgany Inn. Straight up this road for approx 2.5K and the entrance to the woods is on your right. As parking is limited, the Lawless family, who live across the road, are kindly providing extra parking in their yard. We will have signs!
We will need a number of stewards on the night to help with parking and directions. As parking is limited, please try to car pool if you can to limit the number of cars we have to cater for.  We will also need some jars for the lights, so if you have a few lying around, please bring them to Theresa at training!
Many thanks to those who have offered to bake buns etc. all will be greatly appreciated. Here’s hoping for a dry night!

JOHNNY HAYDEN ULTRA RUNNING FUNDRAISER
Johnny Hayden, who is the uncle of two of our club athletes, was paralised after a back operation and is undergoing extensive and costly treatment to help him walk again. An ultra running event, on 3 treadmills, has been organised in Matt Brittons shop from 1pm on Fri 29th Nov. to 1pm Sat 30th Nov. Runners are needed to help out at this event by joining the lads for a while on the 3rd treadmill. You can book time slots and/or get sponsopship cards by contacting  kevinkeyes@glenfuels.com. Sponsorship cards are also available from Theresa at training. There is also an opportunity to make a donation and possibly win a wine hamper, by guessing how many miles Ultra runner  Barry Thornton will cover in the 24 hrs. These cards are also available at training. See www.mediaconcepts.ie/johnnyhayden for full details.

 ROUND 3 WICKLOW XC LEAGUE
Round 3 of the XC League will take place at An Tochair, Roundwood on Fri 13th Dec. Check-in at 6.30pm, with 1st race at 6.45pm. Races for U6/8/10/12/14/15, with all registered athletes eligible to compete. Certs to all finishers with medals at the end of the League to all who complete 3,4, or 5 of the League races. Athletes who have paid their €2 sub on Tues/Wed, do not need to pay again at the race on Fri. Entry form will be on the web-site shortly and entries for this one will close on Wed 11th Dec. NO LATE ENTRIES CAN BE ACCEPTED. The 6-7pm groups will not have training on that Fri.13th Dec.due to our coaches and hopefully lots and lots of our athletes being at the XC League. The 7 - 8.30pm athletes who are not taking part in the League races, will train as normal.

ADULT CLUB MEMBERS
The Tues night road runs are continuing and everyone who comes along is really enjoying them. The group meets at the track at 7.15pm, and after a short warm-up various groups, from absolute beginners to regular runners, head out for a run over various distances. We now have markings on the cycle track in both directions to help you gage distance and pace. Runners of all abilities are welcome, but remember, you do not have to be a runner to come along to any of our adult sessions, as beginners are very welcome. . We hope that the numbers will continue to grow. Running is something you can take up at any age, so why not join in the road run  on Tues.nights while the kids are on the track or try a Fit4Life session on Mon or Wed. at 10am or 8.30pm

FIT4LIFE
The final Fit4Life of 2013 is a 4Ml trail run in beautiful Avondale. It will take place at 10am on Sun. next 24th Nov. Check-in from 9.30am at the top carpark.

SUNDAY RUNS
Attendance at Sunday runs has improved a bit, but is still very poor. This is a very important part of your training and by far the most enjoyable run of the week. Due to the Fit4Life race this week, we will move our run to Avondale this Sunday, but will be back in Djouce the following week @ 10am. Please make an effort to attend these runs, you will be amazed the difference it will make to your running and your general fitness.

Tue

12

Nov

2013

Candlelight Remembrance Run

In June of this year Niall Patrick, the 18 yr old son of Greystones AC athlete Jackie, tragically lost his life.  Jackie has been a popular and enthusiastic club member for several years and has represented both Greystones AC & Slí Cualann AC on many occasions. Niall, who was a great sportsman himself, was very proud of his mum’s running achievements and always gave her his full support.
In remembrance of Niall and in support of Jackie, Peter, Conor & Ciara, Greystones AC is organising a Candlelight Run on Sat. 30th Nov. This event will take place in Kindlestown Wood and will be around a loop of approx. 1 mile. We will begin at dusk, around 4.30pm and participants can run, jog or walk  as many loops as they wish. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.
Donations to AWARE will be accepted on the night, but your presence and support is far more important!  Hoping to see lots & lots of athletes, parents, siblings, relatives & friends on the night.
Directions from Greystones: Go through Delgany and take the right turn at The Delgany Inn. Straight up this road for approx 2.5K and the entrance to the woods is on your right. As parking is limited, the Lawless family, who live across the road, are kindly providing extra parking in their yard. We will have signs!

Sun

10

Nov

2013

Leinster XC Adamstown

Well done to all the GAC athletes who competed in the Leinster XC Championships in Adamstown today, where we had some great results! Huge congratulations to Ben Jones who won the U13 boys and to team mate David Phibbs who also medalled in 12th place. Also to James Nicholson who finished 4th in the U11 boys and to Padraig Lennon who finished 4th in the U19 boys. These 4 boys will represent Leinster as well as Greystones at the All Irelands in Waterford. Also qualifying for the All Irelands are our Girls U15 club team Richael Browne, Susie McParland, Lisa Dallaghan & Etain Pegman and our Girls U 17 club team Sadhbh Redford, Anna Hayes, Isobel Kenny, Rosa Kirwan.  Richael, Susie & Lisa will also be part of the Wicklow County team, who won the U15's today. The U 19 boys County team finished 2nd, with Padraig Lennon, Jack Lacey Curtis & Dylan Grimes Larkin all scoring and Rachel Diggin, Eva Roche, Katie Lawless & Grace Kirwan also qualify as members of the County's U13 team. A good day's work! Photos to follow shortly!

Sat

26

Oct

2013

CLUB NEWSLETTER

GOOD LUCK
Best of luck to all our athletes taking part in the Leinster XC this Sunday in Dunboyne. We are looking forward to a great day of competition and hopeful of some good results once again. Details of start times and a map of where to find the course are  up on www.athleticsleinster.org. Please arrive early and allow plenty of time, as Leinster events are very busy indeed with lots of traffic delays and big crowds. U10’s should be at the course by 11am latest and U12/14’s by 11.20, to allow time for check-in, warm up etc., as athletes will be taken to the start line well ahead of their event. Late arrival causes unnecessary stress and upset for the athletes. Theresa will have all the club numbers, so you do not need to go to the check-in tent, just find the Greystones group on the course. We will bring the red club banner to help you to locate us. MOB for Theresa is 0868635797, in case you can’t find us.

UNEVEN AGES LEINSTER CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Entries for the second of the Leinster XC Champs for 2013, which takes place in Adamstown, Co. Wexford on Sun. 10th Nov. at 12 o’clock, are due in by this Thurs. 31st Oct. Leinster entries have earlier closing dates than Counties and there are absolutely no late entries accepted from anyone!  Races for U11/13/15/17/19/Intermediate. (U10’s, born 2004 can compete U11)  Entry form on the web-site as usual……. only 4 entries so far!   

ROUND 2 WICKLOW XC LEAGUE
Round 2 of the XC League will take place in Bray Emmets football grounds on Fri next 1st Nov.  Check-in at 6.30pm, with 1st race at 6.45pm. Races for U7/9/11/13/15, with all registered athletes eligible to compete. Certs to all finishers with medals at the end of the League to all who complete 3,4, or 5 of the League races. Athletes who have paid their €2 sub on Tues/Wed, do not need to pay again at the race on Fri. Entry form is on the web-site and entries for this one close on Wed 30th Oct. NO LATE ENTRIES CAN BE ACCEPTED.

TRAINING
Training will take place as usual next week on Tues.29th and Wed.30th Oct, but the 6-7pm groups will not have training on Fri.1st Nov. due to our coaches and hopefully  lots and lots of our athletes being at the XC League in Bray. The 7 - 8.30pm athletes who are not taking part in the League races, will train as normal.

ADULT CLUB MEMBERS
Delighted to report that despite the terrible weather last Tues night, there was a better turnout for our adult road run and reports are that everyone who comes along is really enjoying it.  We hope that the numbers will continue to grow week by week and that we will soon have several groups out enjoying these runs. The group meets at the track at 7.15pm, and after a short warm-up various groups, from absolute beginners to regular runners, head out for a run over various distances.Runners of all abilities are welcome, but remember, you do not have to be a runner to come along to any of our adult sessions, as beginners are very welcome. Running is something you can take up at any age, so why not join in the road run  on Tues.nights while the kids are on the track or try a Fit4Life session on Mon or Wed. at 10am or 8.30pm

FIT4LIFE
Congrats. to all of our club athletes who took part in the Fit4Life mile challenge races last Thurs. night. Fine performances in all races with AJ Cotter running 5.55, Jackie Patrick 6.38, Carol Costello 6.39, Alan Drinkwater 7.48, Christine McCann 8.50, Muriel Drinkwater 8.58, Patricia Redmond 9.37. Well done everyone!

Congrats also to all the club athletes who competed in the Wicklow Schools Invitational XC last Tues. in Avondale. Tremendous performances from all of our athletes on the day, with the senior boys literally finishing to thunderous applause, as a storm broke over the course. Well done to all who competed.

Thu

17

Oct

2013

N ewsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations once again to every athlete who took part in last Sundays XC in Avondale. We were blessed with a beautiful day again and once again we had top class performances from our athletes. Individual Gold medals to James Nicholson, Sadhbh Redford, Cillian Browne & Padraig Lennon and silver medals to Erin O’Brien Howard, Joe Prendergast, Rachel Diggin, David Phibbs, Rosa Kirwan, Isobel O’Grady. We had seven teams running this week of which six won gold and the other silver, which is an absolutely fantastic result once again. Fantastic running from our U7’s & U9’s also, who all collected certs for their achievements.  Full results should be up on www.athleticswicklow.com.  shortly,under results.

LEINSTER CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Reminder that entries for the first of the Leinster XC Champs for 2013, which takes place in Dunboyne, Co. Meath on Sun. 27th Oct.at 12 o’clock, are due in by this evening Thurs. 17th Oct. Leinster entries have earlier closing dates than Counties and there are absolutely no late entries accepted from anyone!  Races for U12/14/16/18/Novice. (U11’s, born 2003 can compete U12)                                           
There is now a race for U10’s (U9’s can run) with individual and team medals. Start time 11.40am.

 NEWSPAPER
We are finally featured  in this weeks Fit Magazine, in today’s Irish Independent.

ADULT CLUB MEMBERS
We had our first adult road run last Tues night and this was thoroughly enjoyed by those who came along. We hope that the numbers will grow week by week and that we will soon have a big group out enjoying these runs. A big Thank You to or group leaders, who are looking forward to seeing lots more runners next week. The group meets at the track at 7.15pm, and after a short warm-up various groups, from absolute beginners to regular runners, head out for a run over various distances. Remember, you do not have to be a runner to come along to any of our sessions, but you will be amazed how quickly and easily you become one! Running is something you can take up at any age and continue doing for the whole of your life, so why not give it a try!  You may learn to love it as much as we do!
Also watch out for additional Fit4Life sessions………… coming soon!

FIT4LIFE
Next race is on Greystones Track next Thursday, 24 October 2013 @ 7:30pm. Registration takes place down on the track from 7pm.  €5 for AAI affiliated members and €7 for non AAI affiliated members
Graded 1 mile races
Timetable: 7.30pm: 6:30 - 7:30, 7.40pm: Sub 5:30, 7.50pm: 7:30 - 8:30, 8.00pm: 5:30 - 6:30, 8.10pm: 8:30+
Prizes: Open categories: Men and Women: 1st 3 Junior, Senior (under 40 on race day), O40, O50 and O60.
Fit 4 Life Categories: Open to New and Recreational runners. Self-selected by participant.

CLUB SHOP
The hoodies & small T-shirts have arrived and we will open our club shop on Tues next 22nd Oct. from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, for those who are waiting for them, or those who need singlets for the Leinster XC, as club singlets must be worn at Leinster level.

Wed

09

Oct

2013

Club Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations and well done to each and every athlete who took part in last Sundays XC in Eden Gate. It was a rough, tough, unforgiving course and there were some fantastic performances from our athletes with a number of individual medals won across the age groups. Great team performances as well with every GAC team in the medals, taking Gold in the Girls U12 & U14 & the Boys U12 & U18, Silver in the Girls U16 and Bronze in the Boys U14. Fantastic running from our U8’s & U10’s also and their certs. should be available at next Sunday’s event in Avondale. Full results are up on www.athleticswicklow.com. under results.

COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND 2
The second of the Wicklow XC Champs for 2013 takes place on this coming Sunday 13th Oct. in beautiful Avondale, Rathdrum. Uneven ages this week, with U7/9’s all receiving certs. Back to the normal format this week, starting with  U 7’s at 11am and finishing with the Intermediate adults. Juvenile athletes need to be in Avondale by 10.30 am at the very, very latest, to allow time for (calm) check-in and warm-up.  Arriving at the last minute, means athletes are stressed and upset and don’t warm up properly. This can lead to injury or disappointing performances for the athletes. Once again all registered athletes are eligible to take part.  We hope to see a much bigger turn out this week, as despite all the red & white visible, we had less than one third of our athletes competing last Sunday. As always we will be trying to make up club team from U11 up, so everyone is asked to make a big effort to run. Entry form can be found on our website, (just click forms on the top bar) and closing date is this Fri 11th Oct.

LEINSTER CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The first of the Leinster XC Champs for 2013 takes place in Dunboyne, Co. Meath on Sun. 27th Oct.at 12 o’clock. Races for U12/14/16/18/Novice. (U11’s, born 2003 can compete U12) Leinster entries have earlier closing dates and there are absolutely no late entries accepted from anyone! Entry form for this event will shortly be on our web-site and entries must be in by Thurs 17th Oct. Absolutely no exceptions to this as they will have to be written up on Thurs. night and posted on my way to work on Fri. morning in order to be in on time. Leinster do not accept on-line entries yet!

PHOTOS FOR NEWSPAPER
We finally got that photo done at the XC last Sunday and sent off, so GAC should be the featured club in this weeks Fit Magazine in tomorrow ‘s (Thursday’s) Independent.

ADULT CLUB MEMBERS
We are keen to grow & develop the adult section of our club and plan to add some road sessions to our current Fit4Life sessions, which are hold on Mon & Wed evenings at 8.30 & Wed & Fri mornings at 10am, and our 10am Sunday run. We will begin by adding a run on Tues. evenings and if enough people are interested, add Fri evenings also. This group will meet at the track at 7.15pm, hopefully this allows time for interested parents to drop younger kids home and get back. After a short warm-up various groups, from absolute beginners to regular runners, will head out for a run, over various distances.  Joanna Pluck will co-ordinate the Tues. runs and we would be delighted if any regular runners, who might be willing to help get us started by leading out a group, would get in touch with Joanna on 0872270167 or Theresa on 0868635797. Remember, you do not have to be a runner to come along to any of our sessions, but you will be amazed how quickly and easily you become one! Running is something you can take up at any age and continue doing for the whole of your life…….. why not give it a try! You may learn to love it as much as we do! First Tues evening run will take place at 7.15pm next Tues 15th Oct. Why not have a go!
Also watch out for additional Fit4Life sessions………… coming soon!

FIT4LIFE
Next race is on Greystones Track on Thursday, 24 October 2013 @ 7:30pm. Registration takes place down on the track from 7pm.  €5 for AAI affiliated members and €7 for non AAI affiliated members
Graded 1 mile races
Timetable: 7.30pm: 6:30 - 7:30, 7.40pm: Sub 5:30, 7.50pm: 7:30 - 8:30, 8.00pm: 5:30 - 6:30, 8.10pm: 8:30+
Prizes
Open categories: Men and Women: 1st 3 Junior, Senior (under 40 on race day), O40, O50 and O60.
Fit 4 Life Categories: Open to New and Recreational runners. Self-selected by participant.
Prize Structure: 1st 3 Women, 1st 3 Men plus 3 spot prizes.

WEEKLY SUBS
A small number of athletes regularly arrive to training without their €2 weekly sub. While some are great to bring it the following night, a number tend to forget. As of Sept.’13 we are counting up subs owed and informing the athletes at check-in. It is unfair that while most of our athletes do pay every week, a small number don’t and are therefore being subsidised by those who do.  Please pay any monies owed for Sept. and make sure to pay your sub weekly from now on.  €2 is not  a large amount, but this is what pays the rent on the track and covers your entry fees.

REGISTRATION CARDS
Many of you have still not collected your athletics registration cards for 2013. Please ask for this at check-in, if you haven’t collected it yet. For the younger athletes we would suggest that parents come down and collect them, as they are likely to get lost otherwise and they cannot be replaced. These cards entitle you to a 10% reduction at Woodies. Cards for recent registrations will not have arrived yet.

Tue

01

Oct

2013

Club Newsletter

REGISTRATIONS
Our 3rd and final registration night for new athletes is tonight Tues 1st Oct from 5-7pm. Registrations close sharply at 7pm due to coaching commitments at this time. We are sorry, but after this date athletes who are not registered must be removed from the check-in sheets and will not be allowed on to the track as the trial period is now over and they will not be covered by our insurance. Reg/Ins fee for the remainder of 2013 is €20 for first family member and €15 for additional members. Cash/cheques only please, as the club doesn't have a card facility.
Please do not hand registrations in to the Shoreline reception, as the staff cannot accept them on our behalf.

CLUB SHOP
The club shop will be open tonight Tues. 1st Oct. from 6-8pm. We have club singlets, shorts, t-shirts, rainjackets, hoodies etc. available. Athletes should have either a club singlet or T- shirt for competitions. All other items are optional. Bill Porter from Avondale Sports will also attend that night with a selection of runners & spikes and leggings.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIGNS AND ENTER BY THE BOTTOM DOOR FOR REG. AND/OR SHOP AND NOT THROUGH THE RECEPTION AREA!

PHOTOS FOR NEWSPAPER
As there was so much rain on the night we were trying to take the photos for the newspaper, they didn’t come out very well, so weather permitting we will try again tonight about 7pm. We would appreciate it if our 7-8.30pm athletes could check- in a few minutes early to facilitate this. We will gather on the top quadrant of the track  to take the photos and hopefully just take a few minutes to get them done.

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to all the athletes who turnd out for the XC League last Fri night in Rathdrum. Club numbers were low, but there were some fine performances from those who attended and hopefully numbrs will grow for the rest of the series and for the Championships!.

COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The first of the Wicklow XC Champs for 2013 takes place on this coming Sunday 6th Oct. beside Eden Gate. All registered athletes are eligible to take part and we hope to see a big, big turn out for this event, especially as it is so close by. All athletes up to U10 (age 5- 9 in 2013), who complete their race will receive a cert with their place. We will be trying to make up club team in the ages above this, so everyone is asked to make a big effort to run. Entry form can be found on our website, (just click forms on the top bar) and closing date is this Thurs. 3rd Oct.

Below are directions and info received today:. 
Directions to Wicklow Cross Country October 6th 2013. South and North bound cars take the Kilcoole/Greystones exit off the N11 for the R774. Go through the first roundabout.. About 200M BEFORE the next roundabout which is the Kilcoole Road roundabout take a LEFT onto PRIORY ROAD.  This will be signposted in advance.
Eden Gate is the housing estate 50M off the R774 this smaller roundabout is about 200M from the entrance to the cross country.  There will be parking in the field, however, access and egress will be subject to weather conditions on the day of the cross country championships. Persons concerned about access/egress may choose to park in this estate.
Novice Men and Ladies may wish park in local public parking areas and jog the 800M to the cross country.
Maps of the COURSE will be available at Co Board Meeting tomorrow evenings.
Please note  novice ladies race will start  at 11am followed the Novice men. 
Juvenile races commence at 12.00 with U6.
Admission is €2 per adult whether on foot or by car.                                                             


 

 

Wed

25

Sep

2013

ERROR ON REGISTRATION DATES

ERROR ON REGISTRATION DATES
Due to an error in the Newsletter which listed the registration nights as Oct instead of Sept. an extra night will be added next Tues from 5-7pm only.There will be nobody available after 7pm to take registrations. Registration will also go ahead this evening Wed 25th Sept from 6-7pm. All new members doing trial sessions must now register with the club. Forms may also be downloaded from our website (under training times & club info)or will be available at the registration desk. Cash or cheques only please, as the club does not have card facilities. Please follow the signs for club shop and/or registration and enter via the bottom door. Please note that Shoreline staff do not have club forms and cannot accept payments on our behalf.
After Tues 1st Oct, we cannot admit unregistered athletes to the track.

Reminder: No training for 6-7pm groups on Fri as the coaches ( and we hope all the athletes) will be in Rathdrum for the XC League. Online entry closes tonight Wed 25th Sept.  Athletes in the later groups who are too old for these races will train as usual.

AAI are holding a hurdles workhop on the Greystones track on tomorrow Thursday 26th Sept. @ 6.30 pm, open to all coaches and athletes over 12 yrs. Cost €5.


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Tue

24

Sep

2013

Club Newsletter

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REGISTRATION NIGHTS FOR NEW  MEMBERS
A reminder to all prospective new members who have been trying out sessions for the past couple of weeks that you now need to register with the club. We have arranged  registration nights for Tues. 24th Oct. from 5 – 7.30 pm and Wed. 25th Oct. from 6-7pm, where club volunteers will have forms available and fees can be paid. Cash or cheques only please, as the club does not have card facilities. Registrations will take place in the room behind the Sports Park Reception area. Please follow the signs and enter via the bottom door. Forms may also be downloaded from our website. Please note that Shoreline staff do not have club forms and cannot accept payments on our behalf.  After this date, we cannot admit unregistered athletes to the track.
A reminder also that it is the responsibility of parents to make sure children are collected on time after training sessions. Coaches are busy checking in the incoming groups and are unable to supervise collections as well. We have tried unsuccessfully to get a roster going to cover this, so if people are willing to help out please let us know.
Parents and brothers/sisters are not allowed inside the track during training sessions, but are welcome to watch from outside the fence. Please note that the Outdoor Gym Equipment is for age 14 up only and children should not be allowed to play on this! (Health & Safety)

CHECK-IN AND NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR VERY WET NIGHTS
As pointed out in previous newsletters, greystones AC does not own the facilities at Shoreline Sports Park. Shoreline is a business that we rent the track from and while Shoreline staff are extremely helpful to us at all times, the reception area cannot be used as our clubhouse as there are many other customers besides ourselves. Athletes have been asked repeatedly  to only go into the building if they need to use the bathrooms, otherwise go straight to the track and check in. It is very unfair to the staff and to other customers if we block up the reception area or the area outside the entrance door.
We have made an arrangement with Shoreline that on very wet nights athletes will enter the building by the bottom door (follow signs) and check-in will be done in the bottom changing room. If athletes wish to keep clothes dry, gear bags can be left here during  the training session and collected afterwards. Toilets/showers are also available at this end of the building. Please note that both the building and the outdoor facilities are monitored by CCTV cameras and any athlete seen causing damage or breaking rules will be asked to leave the club……no second chances!
We will keep the ‘Little Athletics’ group indoors on wet nights, but we do not have indoor facilities big enough to facilitate the later groups (6-7pm & 7-8.30pm). As the weather can change so quickly, you should always bring a rain jacket to training, no matter what the weather is like when you are leaving home! It is essential that all athletes bring water to all sessions …… proper hydration is very important!

NB     CLUB COACHES
I know we have covered this issue before, but once again it has been brought to our notice that a number of athletes and parents are of the opinion that some of the club coaches are being paid to coach our athletes. The ‘Little Athletics’ programme is run in conjunction with Shoreline Sports Park and this is covered by Shoreline staff with Theresa co-ordinating it on behalf of GAC.  For all other sessions, ALL of our coaches/helpers, past & present, are volunteers, who give their time and expertise to the club freely and indeed cover their own travel and accommodation costs when attending competitions and other events on behalf of the club. Where staff members help out with coaching at these sessions, they do so as volunteers like everyone else and are not paid for their time. If still in uniform (which may be the cause of the confusion) it is only because they have come straight from work and have not had time to change.
Most of the money collected for Registration & Insurance is paid to Athletics Ireland for that purpose. The remainder, plus the €2 a week sub. is used to cover the cost of track hire, hall hire, athletes entry fees, equipment and other administration costs incurred when running a club. As many of you know, we have to hold fund-raising events to supplement this!


COMPETITION ON FRIDAY
ROUND 1 of the XC League will take place in Rathdrum Rugby Club this coming Friday 27th September. All athletes must be registered and must be entered in advance. The online entry form is still up on our website, but will be removed on Wed night when entries will close. This time races are for even ages U/ 8, 10, 12, 14., but all can take part  There will be a toddlers race U/6. There are a series of bad bends as you approach Rathdrum and the Rugby Club is on the right at the bridge just after these bends and just before the turn up into the town. Registration 6.30pm. Start  6.45pm.
No training for 6-7pm groups on Fri as the coaches ( and we hope all the athletes) will be in Rathdrum. Athletes in the later groups who are too old for these races will train as usual.

CLUB SHOP
The club shop will be open on Tues. 1st Oct. from 6-8pm. We have club singlets, shorts, t-shirts, rainjackets, hoodies etc. available. Athletes should have either a club singlet or T- shirt for competitions. All other items are optional. Bill Porter from Avondale Sports will also attend that night with a selection of runners, spikes and children’s leggings. Bill will also have his shop at the XC League on Fri in Rathdrum. If he doesn’t have what you want, he’ll  do his best to get it for you.

HELP NEEDED
We are delighted that a couple of people have come forward to help, but could still do with a few more to ease the pressure as a number of our coaches/helpers are no longer available to us, due to changes in their family/work circumstance. If you can spare an hour a week, every second week, or even once a month, and are prepared to lend a hand, as a coach or a helper, please call Theresa (0868635797) right away. Nobody will be thrown in over their heads and all help will be greatly appreciated. If you are unsure or have any questions about this, please call and ask …..….. the call is not a commitment! Remember the welfare of the children is paramount and your attendance as a helper provides the opportunity for safe participation of the athletes.       We are also looking for people who can help with the check-in. This only requires about 20 mins at the start of a training session, but is an enormous help to the smooth running of our sessions!

Mon

16

Sep

2013

Club Newsletter

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS NEWSLETTER AS IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ATHLETES AND PARENTS.

TRAINING
We are back in action for two weeks now and are settling into our new training groups. These first weeks back can be hard work, mostly involving running, as we work  at getting fitness levels up. Once we see an improvement in fitness, we will mix the sessions up more, to include jumping, throwing, obstacle races etc.for the younger athletes. Regular attendance at training will help you get fit quickly and will make it easier for you to keep up with your group. All athletes need to wear proper runners and tracksuit , shorts or leggings please. Children will not be allowed to train in jeans, sandles or street shoes. Please bring a light rainjacket to all training sessions, as we do not have indoor facilities if it rains!
It is the responsibility of parents to make sure children are collected on time after training sessions. Coaches are busy checking in the incoming groups and are unable to supervise collections as well. We have tried unsuccessfully to get a roster going to cover this, so if people are willing to help out please let us know.
Parents and brothers/sisters are not allowed inside the track during training sessions, but are welcome to watch from outside the fence. Please note that the Outdoor Gym Equipment is for age 14 up only and children should not be allowed to play on this! (Health & Safety)
ALL athletes who have not returned to training over the past two weeks or have not contacted us as requested, have now been removed from our check-in sheets. Athletes who are not on the lists can not be admitted to the track.
Athletes in groups 1 & 2 are required  to attend a minium of two sessions per week to enable them to keep up with the training level. Training sessions takes place on Tues/Wed/Fri from 7-8.30pm. While we hope you can do all three, if only doing two nights, it is better to do Tues/Fri or Wed/Fri if at all possible, rather than two nights together with 5 off. We also have an organised Sunday morning run at 10am, which is a very important part of the training week. If you cannot make this, you will need to do the run yourself later in the day. So far this season the attendance on Sunday mornings is very poor indeed, but we expect to see a huge improvement from here out.
“If we don’t put the miles in, we’re going nowhere!”
Group 1 athletes have been asked to complete and return a survey form asap. This will help us to plan your training programme around your other commitments (as much as we possibly can), allowing you and your coaches get the most from your training, with sufficient recovery time to help improve your performance.     If you didn’t get one yet, these forms are available from Theresa at training.

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to club athletes Amaris Borel, Padraig Leenon, Eoin Taggart, Stephen Rice, Conor Dempsey and Lorcan Lalor, who have been selected for the Leinster Performance Squad for 2013/14 This squad brings together small groups of talented athletes  from across Leinster and offers specialised sessions in the athletes chosen event/s that compliment the athletes regular training. We are delighted to have 6 athletes on the squad.

HELP NEEDED
A number of our coaches/helpers are no longer available to us, due to changes in their family/work circumstances and so we are urgently seeking help, in particular at our 6-7pm training sessions. Numbers in all training groups remain large and we require two coaches, or a coach and a helper with each group, particularly the younger groups from 6-7pm. If you can spare an hour a week, every second week, or even once a month, and are prepared to lend a hand, as a coach or a helper, please call Theresa (0868635797) right away. Nobody will be thrown in over their heads and all help will be greatly appreciated. If you are unsure or have any questions about this, please call and ask …..….. the call is not a commitment! If we fail to get more help, we will be forced to make radical changes to the numbers that we facilitate. Remember the welfare of the children is paramount and your attendance as a helper provides the opportunity for safe participation of the athletes.       We are also looking for people who can help with the check-in. This only requires about 20 mins at the start of a training session, but is an enormous help to the smooth running of our sessions.

NEW   MEMBERS
We have a lot of prospective members who have been trying out sessions for the past couple of weeks. Those who wish to become club members now need to register with the club. We have arranged  registration nights for Tues. 24th Oct. from 5 – 7.30 pm and Wed. 25th Oct. from 6-7pm, where club volunteers will have forms available and fees can be paid. Cash or cheques only please, as the club does not have card facilities. Registrations will take place in the room behind the Sports Park Reception area. Forms may also be downloaded from our website. Please note that Shoreline staff do not have club forms and cannot accept payments on our behalf.  After this date, we cannot admit unregistered athletes to the track.

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
We are now looking forward to a great Cross Country (XC) season which is coming up very quickly indeed! The first 3 rounds of the XC League this year are as follows:
ROUND 1 Rathdrum. Friday 27th September. Registration 6.30pm. Start  6.45pm
Even Ages U/ 8, 10, 12, 14.  There will be a toddlers race if required U/6
ROUND 2 Bray Emmets. Friday 1st November. Registration 6.30pm. Start  6.45pm
Un-Even Ages U/ 9, 11, 13, 15. There will be a toddlers race if required U/7
ROUND 3 Roundwood.Friday 6th December. Registration 6.30pm. Start  6.45pm
Even Ages U/ 8, 10, 12, 14.. There will be a toddlers race if required U/6
Certs for all finishers at League events,
A form will go up on the website shortly and anyone who wants to run in Rathdrum will need to fill it out by Wed 25th Sept. latest. Athletes must be registered to compete.
County XC Championships will take place on the first two Sundays of October. The even ages in Kilcoole on Oct. 6th and Uneven ages in Avondale, Rathdrum on Oct. 13th, both starting at 11am. All registered athletes are eligible to compete in all competitions, as athletes can move up one age group at XC. We will be trying to fill teams for these events, so hope to see everyone making a big effort to attend.. Athletes up to U10 all receive certs for completing their events.

CLUB SHOP
The club shop will be open on Tues. 1st Oct. from 6-8pm. We have club singlets, shorts, t-shirts, rainjackets, hoodies etc. available. Athletes should have either a club singlet or T- shirt for competitions. All other items are optional. Bill Porter from Avondale Sports will also attend that night with a selection of runners & spikes.

PHOTOS FOR NEWSPAPER
Our club is soon to be the featured club in the Fit Magazine that comes out with Thursday’s Independent. We need some group photos to go with the article we have written and will take these tomorrow Tues 17th Sept about 7pm. This way we can get the groups from both training times together. If you want to be in the photos please make sure you arrive early for the 7pm session. We will take the photos on the top quadrant of the track at 7 pm. Photos of the ‘Little Athletics’ group will be done at their 5-6pm session.


Tue

27

Aug

2013

Newsletter

Well done to everyone who trained so hard and competed so well during the Track & Field season again this year. It was a very, very long season for some of our athletes and also a very successful season. As you will know from previous newsletters, our club athletes competed in many, many County, Provincial & National  competitions from early May to mid August. and covered themselves in glory throughout the entire season. A huge number of medals were won across a wide range of events and we have 4 National Champions for T&F in 2013. For a number of our athletes, PB’s were run practically every time they raced with huge improvements in times during the season. We finished the season with the National League final on Aug 18th. where our men’s team once again made the final, with the team being predominantly made up of GAC athletes and we finished a very respectable 6th………looking good for next year lads! Congratulations to all who competed during the season, to all the medal winners during the season and to all who achieved new PB’s this season!
We are now looking forward to a great Cross Country (XC) season which is coming up very quickly indeed!

TRAINING
We hope that our older athletes are enjoying their short break and that our younger ones are well refreshed by now. At this stage almost all of the group 1& 2 members (7-8.30pm groups) should already be back running (if they haven’t started already, begin with 15-20 mins for Group 1 and 10-15 mins for Group 2 every second day and increasing by 5 mins every couple of runs), so that you return ready to train. These two groups will return to training on Wed 4th Sept. at 7pm.
All 6-7pm groups will return on Fri 6th Sept and the 5-6pm ‘Little Athletics’ group will return on Tues 10th Sept. This allows the children a chance to settle back into school before starting training.

NB    MEMBERSHIP LIST
As notified in many of our previous Newsletters, we have revised the members list and athletes who have not attended for a long period and haven’t contacted us as requested to explain absences have been removed from our check-in sheets. Athletes who are not on the lists can not be admitted to the track, so if your child has not attended for a long period of time, please do not drop them off without checking first. Should athletes who have been removed from the list for non attendance wish to return, they will have to go back on the waiting list until a place becomes available again!
We have a lot of new applications for club membership again this Sept. so we are requesting that members who intend to return, but are unable to attend during the first week would text us on 0877730000 (only) to let us know. Please do not text Theresa or any of the other coaches with this information.

Sun

07

Jul

2013

Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
A super weekend for Greystones AC at the National Championships, with 4 National titles, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals! 2013 U 18 Javelin champ is Stephen Rice, U 18 Steeplechase Champ is Padraig Lennon, U16 Triple Jump Champ is Conor Dempsey & U14, 80m Champ is Alana Ryan. Silver medals in the U16, 80m to Ara Freeman and U16, 250m hurdles to Amaris Borel, with Amaris also taking a Bronze medal in the U16, 80m hurdles and Conor Dempsey taking bronze in both the 80m & the long jump. Alison Dawson Whelan finished 8th in the U15 long jump with 4.58m. Eoin Taggart finished 6th in the U19 3K in 9.39 and Jack Lacey Curtis ran 10.31 in the U18. Cillian Browne had another solid run of 2.07 in the U17 800m. Well done to all! We look forward to Days 3 & 4 in two weeks time!


Congratulations to Ellen McNally & Emma Quirk who won National Silver medals in the Girls U11 Long Jump pairs event last Sat. 29th June in Finn Valley, Donegal. Fantastic jumping by both girls who finished only 2cm off the winners! GAC is very proud of them!


Congrats also to Conor Dempsey who won the Leinster Combined events U16 in Navan and to Richael Browne who was 3rd in the U15 and Lisa Dallaghan who was 4th.


Well done also to Jamie Lennon who ran a new PB in the Junior 800m on Sunday in Tullamore, finishing just ahead of team mate Cillian Browne.


New 1500m PB’s also for Padraig Lennon 4.07 & Eoin Taggart 4.08 in the Graded Meet in Tallaght on Wed. 27th June. Well done lads!

UPCOMING EVENTS
Round 2 of the National League is on Sun 14th July and we have been drawn in Sligo. A bus will be arranged for athletes needing transport. Any athletes from U17 – adult who are available to compete, should let Theresa know please, as we need to fill team places asap. We need everyone we can get in order to reach the league finals again  this year.


The Wicklow 3k Junior (U16-U20), Senior/Masters 3K women’s & 5k men’s Championships will be held on the Greystones track on Wed 24th July @ 7pm.  Entry to Theresa asap please.


Form is now up on the club web-site for the National Combined Events on Sat/Sun 10th/11th Aug
( All U14/15/16 events are on Sat. while older ages take part over  the two days)


Form up also for the Developmental Event for U12/13/14/15/16 on Sun. 11th Aug. This competition has a limited programme, where athletes can compete in two events and it is open to athletes who have not qualified for any events in the National Championships.


Please sign up for these events right away, so that we can focus your training on your chosen events!


FIT4LIFE
Following the very serious incident at last month’s Fit4ife race in Roundwood, the next Fit4Life will be a fundraiser for the purchase of a defibrillator. The next race will take place on Djouce on Wed. the 31st of July. There will be no race fee and no prizes at this race. Instead donations to fund the purchase of the defibrillator will be very welcome and appreciated. Check-in at 7pm, race at 7.30pm. This is a predictor race, where nobody wears a watch and runners predict their finishing time. Token prizes for nearest predictions!

New club singlets are now available. Those who have been waiting for them for competition, can contact Theresa to arrange purchase.

TRAINING
 Usual training  continues for the 7 - 8.30pm groups, who still have a number of competitions during July and early August. U 12 athletes who have signed up to compete in the Developmental Event on Aug 11th are welcome to attend these sessions. These groups will take a break in Aug. once competitions end, and training will resume at the start of Sept. After a two week break, athletes will need to start doing short runs every second day, in order to return ‘fit to train’.


Please note that athletes who have missed training for several weeks without notifying the club are assumed to have left and have been removed from our check-in sheets and places have been given to waiting athletes. Anyone wishing to return to the club will have to contact us to go back on to our waiting list until places become available.

REGISTRATION CARDS
Many of you have still not collected your athletics registration cards. Please ask for these at check-in, if you haven’t collected it yet. For the younger athletes we would suggest that parents come down and collect them, as they are likely to get lost otherwise and they cannot be replaced. These cards entitle you to a 10% reduction at Woodies. Cards for recent registrations may not have arrived yet.

Thu

04

Jul

2013

Congratulations & Good Luck

Congratulations to Ellen McNally & Emma Quirk who won National Silver medals in the Girls U11 Long Jump  pairs event last Sat. Fantastic jumping by both girls who finished only 2cm off the winners! GAC is very proud of them!
Congrats also to Conor Dempsey who won the Leinster Combined events  U16 and to Richael Browne who was 3rd in the U15 and Lisa Dallaghan 4th. Well done also to Jamie Lennon who ran a new PB in the Jun 800m on Sun.day, finishing just ahead of team mate Cillian Browne.
Best of Luck to all our athletes taking part in this weekend's National Championships U13-19......... looking forward to some top competition!

Mon

24

Jun

2013

NEWSLETTER

TRIP TO EUROPEAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
The European Team Championships were held in Santry, Dublin over the weekend and a group of Greystones athletes & coaches spent a very enjoyable day watching 1st class athletics and collecting autographs from top athletes. The highlights of the day had to be watching both women’s & men’s Irish teams winning their 4 x 400m relays. Many complimentary comments were passed throughout the day, on what a great group of supporters GAC were.  Well done guys……. you made a great impression!

UPCOMING EVENTS
The Leinster Combined Events for U14 upwards is on next Sat. 29th June in Navan. Anyone wishing to be entered by the club needs to fill in the form on the website by Thurs. afternoon latest. Late entries will be accepted on the day, but this will cost you €12 for juveniles & €20 for adults. All age groups are doing a Pentathlon. Programme of events is on www.athleticsleinster.org under programes & entry forms.
National Juniors is on in Tullamore on next Sun 30th June.  Anyone wishing to take part needs to contact Theresa immediately as entries are overdue.
The Wicklow 3k Junior (U16-U20), Senior/Masters 3K women’s & 5k men’s Championships will be held on the Greystones track on Wed 24th July @ 7pm.  Entry form will be on the website shortly.
The National Pairs event is on Sat next 29th June in Finn Valley, Donegal and we wish Ellen McNally and Emma Quirk the very best of luck in the U11 Long Jump, which they qualified for in Tullamore.
Best of Luck to Amaris Borel competing in the hurdles at the Tailteann Games, also on next Sat. 29th June.
National U12-19 Championships will be held on Sat/Sun 6th /7th & 20th/21st July in Tullamore. Best of Luck to all our athletes taking part and also to our relay teams.
Round 2 of the National League is on Sun 14th July in Cork or Sligo. Draw should be available this week and a bus will be arranged. Any athletes from U17 – adult who are available to compete, should let Theresa know asap please. We need everyone we can get in order to reach the league finals again.

TRAINING
Training for our younger athletes Tues 5-6pm and Tues/Fri 6-7pm will finish up for the summer on this coming Fri. 28th June.  Hopefully we will see a good number down this week and we will finish up on this Tues for the 5-6 pm group and on Fri. for the 6-7pm groups, with a fun filled night. Hope you all have a great summer!
Training will continue for the 7 - 8.30pm groups, who still have a number of competitions during July and early August. These groups will take a break in Aug. once competitions end, and training will resume at the start of Sept. After a two week break, athletes will need to start doing short runs every second day, in order to return ‘fit to train’.

CONGRATULATIONS
Fantastic results from the U13-19’s Leinster Championships for GAC. On day 1, Stephen Rice, with a throw of 64.41m, shattered the U18 Javelin record, adding over 8m to it and Alana Ryan broke Emily Maher’s 200 record, which has stood since 1994, by winning the U14 200m in 24.19, taking a huge .21s off the record. Gold medals also for Eoin Taggart in the Boys U19 3K and Conor Dempsey in the U16 LJ . Silver for Amaris Borel in the 80m hurdles and a 5th place finish in the 200m, bronze for Ara Freeman in the U16 200m & Cillian Browne in the 800m with a PB. 4th place finishes for Ishmael Mnensa in the U18 100m and Alison Dawson in the U15 LJ, with Alison also finishing 6th in the 200m final.  5th for Rosa Kirwan in the U16 HJ  and PB's for  Jamie Lennon 5th in the 800m and for Steven Diggin 5th in the 1500m, with Troy Scully finishing 9th in the U14 1500m final.
Day 2 brought more great results, with 2 more gold medals for Conor Dempsey in the U15 100m and triple jump and a second gold for Alana Ryan in the 100m (despite a knee injury). Gold also for Padraig Lennon, who cruised to victory in the U18 3K steeplechase and for Lorcan Lalor in the U17 300m hurdles. Lorcan also took 4th place in the 100m. Bronze for Amaris Borel in the U16 250m hurdles and for Ara Freeman in the 100m. Bronze also for Cillian Browne in the U17 1500m, for Steven Diggin in the U16 3K and Sophie Nicholson in the U13 high jump. 4th place finishes for Jamie Lennon in the U19 1500m, Katy Conroy in the U17 1500m and Isobel O’Grady in the U18 LJ. Finals places for Richael Browne finishing 7th and Sinead O'Neill 8th in the U15 800m and Sophie Nicholson 8th and David Phibbs 9th in their U13 600m. 7th place for Louis Lalor in the U14 80m final, 8th place for Catherine Casey in the U14 HJ, and Noah Daly in the LJ, with 9th for Rachel Purcell in the Discus. Top class performances from many of our younger athletes throughout the two days also, leaving us with high hopes for future years. Well done to everyone who competed over the two days and best of luck to those who have qualified for the All Irelands! Thanks to coaches, officials, parents and athletes for a great weekend's competition!

Bray Invitational
A fantastic evening was had at the Bray Invitational T&F event, with superb performances from so many GAC athletes, they are too numerous to list. Suffice to say that GAC retained the Cup by a big margin once again and we also retained the Medley Relay Shield with GAC teams finishing 1st & 2nd.  The Invitational Mile on the night saw Padraig Lennon take the win comfortably with a new PB of 4.35, with Tim Grummell of Inbhear Dee 2nd in 4.37, Jamie Lennon  3rd in 4.48, Cillian Browne 4th in 4.49 and Steven Diggin 7th, all running PB’s for the event. Well done to everyone who competed on the night and to all who helped out!

Fit4Life Round 6
Congrats to GAC athletes who took part in the Fit4Life in Roundwood. Great results with Carol Costello 1st M2 in 14.05, Jackie Patrick 1st M4 in 14.13, Shane Gillan 10th Sen man in 16.14, Alan Drinkwater 2nd M6 in 16.17 and Muriel Drinkwater 1st M6 in 19.29.  Well done all!Next race is the Djouce Predictor on July 31st

REGISTRATION CARDS
Many of you have now collected your athletics registration cards, but there are still a big number remaining. Please ask for these at check-in, if you haven’t collected it yet. For the younger athletes we would suggest that parents come down and collect them, as they are likely to get lost otherwise and they cannot be replaced. These cards entitle you to a 10% reduction at Woodies. Cards for recent registrations may not have arrived yet.

Mon

17

Jun

2013

Bray Invitational Event

Bray have kindly increased our numbers for Tues. next to 50 athletes from U9-U15. This still doesn't accommodate all the athletes who applied for places. We are sorry to disappoint athletes, but a criteria for selection was drawn up, prioritising athletes who have travelled  to other competitions during the season. The list is now published on the sidebar. Please let us know immediately if you are not taking your place, so that we can give it to someone who is on the waiting list. Athletes who are not listed will not be able to compete on the night.

Thu

13

Jun

2013

Report from Celbridge by Ronan Nicholson

Greystones Athletics Club (GAC) entered 10 teams in the Leinster Team Event for U9 to U15 on Saturday 8th June 2013 in Celbridge AC.

The competition was at a high level with GAC athletes putting in very good individual performances and all teams performing very well. This resulted in GAC winning 2 bronze medals for the Boys Under 9 (Sean Smyth, Daniel Quirk, Edward Nicholson & Rory McNally) and the Girls Under 15 (Sinead O Neill, Richael Browne, Alison Dawson Whelan & Rebecca Murphy). The Girls Under 13 (Aisling Lawrence, Aislinn Smyth, Sophie Nicholson and Rachael Diggin) came in with an impressive 4th place. Every one of our GAC athletes provided us with great excitement and competed to their best in all events which was a joy to watch and we were very proud of all of them. The relay teams provided huge excitement at the end of a very long day.

It was a very successful team event assisted by the number of parents that travelled to Celbridge. GAC is very thankful to all parents who made the effort to travel but a special thanks has to go to those parents and coaches who looked after each of the teams individually -  Pauline Dallaghan (GU10 - Sophie Dallaghan, Ruby Dowd, Maebh O’Neill, Eimear Ryan), Linda Quirk (GU11 - Molly Crowe, Ellen McNally, Erin O’Brien Howard, Emma Quirk), Valerie Lawerence (GU12 Danielle Crowe, Lily Hartnett, Eve Lawrence, Alice O’Neill), Billy Diggins (GU13 – Rachael Diggin, Aisling Lawerence, Sophie Nicholson, Aislinn Smyth, Ellen McGrath) Fiona Ryan (GU13 – Aimee Coughlan, Frances Dallaghan, Sarah O’ Connor, Eva Roche, Ellen McGrath) Liz Diggin (GU15 – Richael Browne, Alison Dawson Whelan, Rebecca Murphy, Sinead O’ Neill), Louise Casey / Clare McTague (GU15 Team 1 – Catherine Casey, Megan Healy, Aoife McTague, Alana Ryan), Dave Pegman (GU15 Team 2 – Rachael Casey, Etain Pegman, Ellen Prendergast, Joy Spendlove), Emer McNally (BU9 – Rory McNally, Edward Nicholson, Daniel Quirk, Sean Smyth, Frank O’ Shea), Fiona O Connor (BU12 – Jay Cafolla, Joe Dowd, Alan Gordon, James Nicholson) and a big thanks to Liz Diggin for being our main team coordinator.

It was a great day for Team GAC involving one and all as we all worked together to make the day a successful event for our GAC athletes. One of the parents remarked over the weekend “that all the Greystones athletes and parents looked happy to be at the event” and this showed in the way the athletes performed and represented our club – well done everyone!

Another huge thank you to Christina McIntyre and Laura O’ Neill who were the Clubs nominated officials, each Leinster Club has to provide 1 / 2 officials to help out on the day, to assist in running the event which was not an easy task taking the weather into consideration. Well done for your hard work in very hot conditions.

And finally we cannot forget Ellen McGrath number 1 sub for the Girls Under 13 teams (x2) and to John O’ Connor who in spite of his team not being able to compete due to injuries still travelled to the meeting to support their fellow athletes. Athletes like this are invaluable to the club. In relation to the substitutes for any team event that the athletes compete in the rule is that if a team wins a medal and the substitute is at the event they will receive a medal but if they do not travel to the event unfortunately they cannot be awarded the medal so it is very important that a substitute travels to all events.
 
It was a fantastic day with the sun shining, what more could any athlete ask for. Once again a big thank you to all parents especially those of you who ensured that all athletes, including your own (children), were covered with sufficient sun tan lotion given the great conditions.

Note for your diaries -  Next big meet is the Leinster Individuals in Tullamore for U13 – U19 Sat / Sun 15th / 16th June 2013 so we really looking forward to seeing you all their with your picnics and, hopefully, sun cream!

Tue

11

Jun

2013

Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS
All roads lead to Tullamore once again this coming  weekend ,when we have two long days of competition for the U13-19’s. We have a good number of athletes taking part, though many still fail to turn out for any events. We wish the best of luck to all those who are competing and look forward to a great weekend’s competition and good results once again.

Tuesday 18th June is the Bray Invitational event, held here in Greystones. We have a very limited number of places available on this team, as Bray Runners AC need to control the numbers in order to get through the programme. Form is now on the website to express your interest in being selected, both for individual events and/or the medley relay. Unfortunately not everyone who applies will be able to compete. Coaches will select the team, from the names submitted, to represent the club across a broad range of age groups. The form will be taken down on Friday night and the team  will be posted over the weekend. THERE WILL BE NO TRAINING ON TUES. 18th JUNE, DUE TO THIS EVENT BEING ON THE TRACK.

The next round of the Fit4Life will be held in Roundwood on Wed 19th June and is a 2mile out and back event. Check-in at 7pm, race at 7.30pm and there is a charity BBQ afterwards.

The Leinster Combined Events for U14 upwards is on Sat. 29th June, as is the Tailteann Games and the National Junior/U23’s is on Sun 30th.

The National Pairs event is also on Sat 29th June and we wish Ellen McNally and Emma Quirk the very best of luck in the U11 Long Jump, which they qualified for in Tullamore.

The Wicklow 3k Junior (U16-U20), Senior/Masters 3K women’s & 5k men’s Championships will be held on the Greystones track on Wed 24th July @ 7pm.

PROPOSED TRIP TO EUROPEAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
The European Team Championships are being held in Santry, Dublin this year on the 22nd/23rd June.  We see this as a great opportunity to bring interested club members along to see top class athletes from all over Europe in action, including Wicklow’s own Fionnuala Britton. There will be a strong Irish challenge and it should be a fantastic two days of competition. Free tickets are available to clubs and we are proposing to organise a free bus for Sun. 23rd.  All interested club members should sign up asap, on the form which is now on our website. We must confirm the number of tickets required by Friday, so closing date will be midday Friday. Tickets/bus seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis and athletes family members will be accommodated, if there is room on the bus. 5-6 coaches/helpers will be needed on the day. We expect to leave Greystones at 12 o’clock and return between 6 & 6.30pm.
 
TRAINING
Training for our younger athletes Tues 5-6pm and Tues/Fri 6-7pm will finish up for the summer on the last week in June.  Numbers have dropped off dramatically already, especially on Friday’s and with the holidays coming, it makes it impractical to try to continue.
Our 7-8.30pm groups will continue to train, as they still have a number of competitions during July and early August. These groups will take a break in Aug. once competitions end, and training will resume at the start of Sept.  After a two week break, athletes will need to start doing short runs every second day, in order to return ‘fit to train’.  

CONGRATULATIONS
The GAC/IMC event was a huge success for the second year in a row, with perfect weather once again. Top class performances from many of Irelands best athletes and plenty of very strong performances and lots of Personal Bests achieved by local athletes also. The Mens C 800 saw 5 local athletes in action, with Greystones athletes, Padraig Lennon coming in 3rd place in 2.02, Cillian Browne running a big PB of 2.06, and Jamie Lennon with a big PB of 2.08. Andrew Sutton of Bray Runners and Des Earls of Inbhear Dee also completed in the race, with Des making his surprise comeback after a long injury. Good to see him back. The Women's 800m saw Greystones girl, Ellie Hartnett (currently running for UCD) take a comfortable win, with Clare Earls of I Dee in 3rd place. Final races of the day were the 1500s, with Tim Grummell I Dee (but does most of his training with GAC) having a great race and putting in a strong finish to run a PB of 4.08, in the B race. Fionnuala Briton ran in this race also and she too got a new PB for the distance. This was followed by the race of the day, where some of Ireland's best fought out the 1500m A race, which was eventually won by John Coughlan. Bray’s Richard Owens also ran a PB of 3.56 in this event!
 
Two National schools Titles for Greystones AC athletes! Huge congratulations, to Padraig Lennon who took the Intermediate boys Steeplechase title in style and to Stephen Rice who took the Senior boys Javelin title. Congrats also to Claire Foley on her 4th place finish in the senior girls 100m, Eoin Taggart who finished 5th in the Senior boys Steeplechase and Amoris Borel who took 6th in the Intermediate girls 300m hurdles! Well done everyone!

Well done to Emma Quirk & Ellen McNally, who won bronze medals in the Leinster U11 Long jump pairs event.  The girls will compete in the All Irelands in Donegal on Sat 29th June. Good Luck girls!

Well done also to all the teams who competed in Celbridge and congrats to U9 boys Daniel Quirk, Ed Nicholson, Sean Smyth, Rory McNally on their bronze medals and to U15 girls Richael Browne, Sinead O’ Neill, Alison Dawson, Becky Murphy who are awaiting a re-count to establish which colour medals they won in their event.

Well done to all our club athletes who represented their schools at the Cumann Ná mBunscóil T&F event last week and congratulations to the many, many medal winners.

Well done also to the many club members who took part in the Women’s Mini Marathon and congrats on achieving your goals. We have several senior & masters athletes who regularly compete in Road, Trail and Park runs and we are delighted that they are out there flying the flag for GAC. Please send us your results as we would love to add them to our list.

REGISTRATION CARDS
Many of you have now collected your athletics registration cards, but there are still a big number remaining. Please ask for these at check-in, if you haven’t collected it yet. For the younger athletes we would suggest that parents come down and collect them, as they are likely to get lost otherwise and they cannot be replaced. These cards entitle you to a 10% reduction at Woodies. Cards for recent registrations may not have arrived yet.

Tue

21

May

2013

Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS
THE ATHLETICS LEINSTER team competition is our next event and it’s on in Celbridge on Sat 8th June. The entry form has been on our web-site since Mon. (check under forms) and closing date for entries is this Wed. 22nd May. Teams of four needed in each age group. We can enter more than one team per age group.
The GAC/IMC Track & Field event will be held here in Greystones on this Sat 25th May at 3pm. There are several top athletes taking part, including Fionnuala Britton, Orla Drumm & Ciara Everard and our own Ellie Hartnett, in the women’s and a host of top runners in the various men’s events. Why not come on down and take a look  and also cheer on our local lads, who will all be hoping for PB’s on the day!
Best of luck to our younger athletes competing in the U9/10/11 pairs and the U12 Champs this Sat also.
Round 1 of the National League is this Sun. and happily, we are drawn in Santry. We will need all our U17’s and over to help make up the teams for this one. Both the men’s & women’s teams made the final last year and we hope to do the same in 2013. Please join us if you possibly can. For those under time pressures, as all events are timed and we are in Santry, you can just arrive for your event and leave immediately afterwards.
Entry form for the U13-U19 Leinster Championships will be up shortly, so watch out for this as there will be no late entries accepted by Leinster.

HELP NEEDED
We are still looking for some help both at the check-in, where we need volunteers for about 15-20 mins around drop off time and also during the 6-7pm training sessions, particularly on Tues evenings. We are constantly trying to improve things for all of our athletes and a little of your time could make for a safer and more enjoyable session for all of the children.

CONGRATULATIONS
Well done to all our club athletes who competed in the recent Wicklow Championships. We had two great days of competition, which included Track & Field events for all ages from 7 to 70+. Congratulations to the many, many medal winners, who are far too numerous to list here. We will post the full results on our web-site once they are available. A huge 'Thank You' must go out to all the officials and coaches who put in so much work, both before, during and after the events. It wouldn't happen without their willingness to give both their time and expertise, to make it all possible!


Congratulations to Stephen Rice who took the Senior Boys Javelin title at the Leinster schools with a fantastic throw of almost 60m, to Alanna Ryan, who won the Junior girls 80m sprint, Padraig Lennon who won the Intermediate boys Steeplechase and Eoin Taggart who won the Senior boys Steeplechase. Both lads were convincing winners in their respective races. Congrats also to Conor Dempsey who took 2nd in the Intermediate long jump, Amaris Borel on her 2nd place in the Intermediate 300m hurdles and Claire Foley on her 2nd place in the Senior 100m. Amaris was just shaded into 3rd place in the sprint hurdles. Solid performances also from Jamie Cullen in the senior 400m final & to Lorcan Lalor in the Intermediate 100m and a new PB for Steven Diggin of 4.58 for the Mile. Best of Luck in the All Ireland Schools.
Well done to the many, many GAC athletes who represented a variety of local schools at the Wicklow Invitational T&F event last Thurs. It was wonderful to see so many taking part and fantastic to see so many of our club athletes in the medals. We are very proud of all of you! Special congratulations go to St Kevin's NS, who won both the girls & the boys overall awards for best school!


Niamh Kearney continues to impress in the US where she was in action at the Sun Belt Conference Championships in Florida. She won bronze in the 1500m in a time of 4:33.56! This was after taking 5th place in the 800m in 2:15.65, which was just slower than her heat time of 2:14.07. A very impressive trio of results.

LEINSTER RELAYS
We had a great day's relay racing last Sunday, with some top results for GAC. U19 boys 4x400m won gold and the U18 team bronze. In the 4x 100m, the U 15 girls teams were 1st and 4th, with the U 16's 2nd and 6th. 4th place finishes for the U9 boys and U11 girls, 5th for U10 girls and 6th for U14 girls & U12 boys.  Well done to all who competed! Once again a big ‘Thank You’ to all the coaches who helped out on the day. A special ‘Thank You’ to Aidan Hartnett who was there early, as always, to help set up for the day and to Christina Browne, Cyril Smyth, Billy Rafter, and the Leinster members, who stayed back to help put all the equipment away, collect all the cones, take down the tents and pick up all the rubbish. It was greatly appreciated at the end of another long day.  Full results on www.athleticsleinster.org  

AWARDS
Most of the Awards have now been given out. If you still haven’t received yours, please ask when checking-in at training.

REGISTRATION CARDS
We now have most of the athletes registration cards and we will try to give these out at check-in over the next few weeks. For the younger athletes we would suggest that parents come down and collect them, as they are likely to get lost otherwise and they cannot be replaced. These cards entitle you to a 10% reduction at Woodies. cards for recent registrations won’t have arrived yet.

CLUB SHOP
Our club shop will be open on next Tues. 28th May. We still don’t have any of the smaller sized singlets as we are having great difficulty sourcing a new supplier, but they should be available in a few weeks hopefully. We have all sizes in the red club t-shirts, childrens red shorts, club hoodies & rain jackets and some crop tops. We also have some Nike tracksuit bottoms at a great price, a couple of tracksuits and a small number of second hand spikes.

Wed

08

May

2013

CLARIFICATION & FORGOTTEN BITS!

                                 CLARIFICATION & FORGOTTEN BITS!

Clarification:
Please note that Junior Championships are for athletes from U17 - U20 only.  U9’s must be age 8 in 2013. There is no competition at Leinster level for children aged 7. Once again we apologise for the short notice re U9/10/11 pairs and U12 & Jun champs and we remind you all that entries must be in by 1pm tomorrow Thurs. latest. NO LATE ENTRIES CAN BE ACCEPTED!

Forgotten bits!


Training: In the interest of having the athletes rested and in top shape for the two full days of competition this Sat/Sun, we will not be training this Fri. evening. Best of Luck to all competing. We are looking forward to a top weekend of sport!


Parking:
All parking for the next two weekends, for anyone attending the track, will be in the top football field. There will be stewards there to guide you and we ask that everyone co-operates with them fully. We are asking everyone to be considerate of others and go all the way up to the field. Do not park on the roadway on the way up, or the road outside the centre, as this blocks ambulance access if there were to be an accident and also blocks cars from entering and leaving. Please make this a really great event, by arriving on time and following the rules that are in place for the safe enjoyement of all. Thank you!

Tue

07

May

2013

Urgent News

URGENT NEWS
ATHLETICS LEINSTER have brought all their closing dates for entries forward, by one week. Consequently entries for the U9/10/11 pairs competition, the U12 Championships and the Junior Championships on Sat. 25th May are now due in this Friday 10th May.  A sign up form is now available on our web-site and anyone wishing to compete needs to fill this in immediately, with their choice of events. For the pairs event, athletes just need to choose their events and the coaches will sort the pairs. U12’s are individual events and can choose up to 3 events.  Leinster will not accept late entries under any circumstances, so if you wish to take part, fill in the form by Thurs. morning latest. Apologies for the short notice, but it is out of our control.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Entries are now closed for this weekend’s County Championships. Athletes taking part, should arrive by 10.15am latest to allow time for check-in, warm ups etc. Programme of events is on the sidebar on the web-site. Athletes who have signed up and then fail to attend will be liable for entry fees paid on their behalf.

RELAY TEAMS
Relay trials took place on Tues 30th Apr. and teams for Leinster relays were chosen from these. As these entries had to be posted last Thurs., anyone who added their name to the list after this time could not be included. These teams are now posted on the web-site.  Teams for the Wicklow Championships will be posted shortly. While we are using the trials to sort these also, we are trying to inlude everyone who has put their name forward. Athletes who signed up for relay teams are reminded that there are 3 other team members depending on them to show up.

AWARDS
Apologies for the delay handing out the awards that weren’t collected on the night. With the Championships so close, our coaches have been putting all our efforts into getting as much practise as possible at all events, in preparation. Consequently we didn’t have anyone available to hand these out. They will be available for collection at the club tent during the Championships on Sat/Sun.

WORKSHOPS
There are still  two workshops to go in Greystones over the next two Thurs. nights. So far attendance from the club has been poor, but hopefully will improve for the last two.
Details of these workshops are:
Thursday May 9th – Shot + Discus Workshop – Greystones 7.00 – 9.00pm
Open to all Coaches and athletes over 12. Cost: €5 per Athlete/Coach
Thursday May 16th – Hurdles + High Jump Workshop – Greystones 7.00 – 9.00pm
Open to all Coaches and athletes over 12. Cost: €5 per Athlete/Coach

Thu

25

Apr

2013

Newsletter

THIS NEWSLETTER CONTAINS A LOT OF VITAL INFORMATION FOR ATHLETES AND PARENTS. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT THROUGH.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Niamh Kearney who set another PB of 4.29.16 when she won the 1500m at the War Eagle Invite in Alabama, ranking her 2nd in the Sun Belt conference. The conference championships are on in Miami in May.  Niamh is having a terrific T&F season and is setting PB’s practically every time she races. We look forward to having her back in Greystones with us for the summer months!  
Congratulations also to Padraig Lennon overall winner of the Fit4Life 5K in Shanganagh park last Thurs. evening. On what was a very blustery evening, Padraig took it out from the start and eventually broke away from the field to finish comfortably ahead in 9.44. A good run also from Jamie Lennon, who finished 3rd  junior in 10.45.

HELP NEEDED
As you are all aware, we are a totally voluntary organisation and are constantly growing and developing as a club and so we are constantly in need of help. We are delighted that a few new parents have agreed to come on board , but we still need more help. To improve our sessions, we urgently need volunteers for about 15-20 mins around drop off time to do the check-ins for us. This will free up the coaches to get on with the warm-ups & training, enabling us to cover a greater variety of events at our sessions and finish on a high note rather than a mad rush. If enough come forward to form a rota, it will spread the load. We are constantly trying to improve things for all of our athletes and a little of your time could make for a safer and more enjoyable session for your child.

VERY IMPORTANT
To facilitate the above new check-in procedure, we are asking all athletes to arrive a few minutes early for their training sessions from now on. Proceed to the bottom gate, where check-in will be done and wait here for coaches to collect their groups. This will mean that we can start our sessions on time and as a result, finish on time.  Athletes should not climb the banks or wander down the back path while waiting, as this may lead to accidents. Late arrival will delay the whole group and upset the training session. Your co-operation is crucial to the smooth running of our training sessions.

RELAY TRIALS
Trials for athletes interested in representing our club on relay teams at the Wicklow Championships on 11th/12th May  and/or the Leinster Relay Championships, (which take place in Greystones on 19th May), will be held on Tues. 30th Apr at our usual training times.  Anyone interested in being considered for a team, needs to sign up on the web-site (form in the sidebar) and also needs to attend these trials. Selected teams will be posted on our web-site shortly after these trials.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
This year’s County Championships will be held on Sat/Sun 11th/12th May at the Greystones track. Programme of events is on the sidebar on the web-site. Athletes who intend to take part need to sign up on the form provided on the web-site. Please indicate if you are attending one or both days. This form will be removed on Wed 8th May and no further entries will be accepted. Athletes who sign up and then fail to attend will be liable for entry fees paid on their behalf.
Competition on Sat 11th for younger athletes up to age 10 in 2013 (U11), is an Award Scheme. All athletes must compete in all 3 events, 60m run, long jump and turbo javelin. Points will be accumulated from all events, with all athletes receiving an award. There will be a gold, silver or bronze awards for anyone who completes the 3 events. Sunday’s races are individual, with 1st 3 getting medals. Obstacle races and Tug-O-War are fun events only.  Events for all other ages are individual, with 1st 3 getting medals. Medals for 1st 3 teams in all 4x100m relays.

WORKSHOPS
Athletics Ireland are hosting a series of workshops in Greystones over the next few weeks. This is a great opportunity to try an event, or to improve your technique, before the Track & Field season gets under way. Details of these workshops are:
Thursday April 25th – Long Jump + Triple Jump Workshop – Greystones 7.00 – 9.00pm
Open to all Coaches and athletes over 12 years. Cost: €5 per Athlete/Coach
Thursday May 2nd – Javelin + Turbo Javelin Workshop – Greystones 7.00 – 9.00pm
Open to all Coaches and athletes over 9. Cost: €5 per Athlete/Coach
Thursday May 9th – Shot + Discus Workshop – Greystones 7.00 – 9.00pm
Open to all Coaches and athletes over 12. Cost: €5 per Athlete/Coach
Thursday May 16th – Hurdles + High Jump Workshop – Greystones 7.00 – 9.00pm
Open to all Coaches and athletes over 12. Cost: €5 per Athlete/Coach

ST. ABBAN’S OPEN SPORTS
This year St. Abban’s Sports Day returns to it’s former Bank Holiday date and so is back on our calendar of events.  This is an open sports, with events for all ages and in the past was an event targeted by GAC.  It is being held on Mon. May 6th and is always a top class event.  Start time is 12.30pm and entry fee is €3 per athlete & €5 per relay team. A great way to spend the Bank holiday and they usually get good weather too.

AWARDS NIGHT
Our awards night on Thurs 18th Apr was a great success and while we had a big attendance, there were a number of athletes who didn’t make it on the night to pick up their awards. These will be available after your training session on Tues 30th April. Well done to the many athletes who got rewarded for their efforts in 2012 on the night. Congratulations to all the winners, especially those who received 'Exceptional Athlete' awards. Special congrats to Conor Dempsey our 'Athlete of the Year' and Niamh Kearney our 'Senior Athlete of the Year' Many thanks to all the coaches who put so much effort into organising the event and making it such a successful night. A big Thank You to Charlesland Golf Club for supplying the fantastic venue

ATTENDANCE DAY TRIP
Details and numbers for the Atendances Day Trip have now ben finalised and we hope everyone has a terrific day on Sunday. A big Thank You to the coaches who organised this and to those helping out on the day.

 TALKS
We had a very interesting and informative talk on Nutrition & Hydration last Sat. morning. While numbers attending were disappointingly small, the feedback from those who did attend is excellent. Handouts from the talk will shortly be posted on our web-site.

Tue

02

Apr

2013

Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Alana Ryan, 2013 National 60m indoor champion and to Conor Dempsey who won  bronze medals in both the 60m and the long jump. Conor also finished 4th in the 60m hurdles. Well done also to Padraig Lennon 800m, Aisling Moore triple jump, Steven Diggin and Dylan Grimes Larkin 1500m, who all represented our club so well.  Unfortunately, several of our athletes were unable to attend the Championships, due to illness.


As many members, who had committed to compete in recent competitions, subsequently failed to show, significant sums of money were wasted on entry fees. Requests for payment of those fees are now being issued to athletes who put their names forward for recent competitions and who then failed to take part. We cannot accept further entries from these athletes until these costs have been cleared.


HELP NEEDED
A number of our coaches/helpers are no longer available to us, due to changes in their family/work circumstances and so we are urgently seeking help at all training sessions. Numbers in all training groups remain large and we require two coaches, or a coach and a helper with each group, particularly the younger groups from 6-7pm. We need 8 people each night for the 6-7pm session and at least 5 for the 7-8.30pm sessions.  If you can spare an hour a week, every second week, or even once a month, and are prepared to lend a hand, as a coach or a helper, please call Theresa (0868635797) right away. Nobody will be thrown in over their heads and all help will be greatly appreciated. If you are unsure or have any questions about this, please call and ask …..….. the call is not a commitment! If we fail to get more help, we will be forced to make radical changes to the numbers that we facilitate. Remember the welfare of the children is paramount and your attendance as a helper provides the opportunity for safe participation of the athletes.


AWARDS NIGHT
Our awards night has been arranged for Thurs 18th Apr and will be held at Charlesland Golf Club at 7pm. Awards for Attitude, Achievement  & Attendance will be presented as well as our 5yr & 10yr club membrships awards, team awards and Senior and Juvenile ‘Athlete of the Year’ for 2012. Refreshments afterwards. All athletes and their families are most welcome. This is a great opportunity to meet the coaches and have a chat!


ATTENDANCE DAY TRIP
Atendances at training and competitions are almost tallied up, and the list of athletes who qualify for the Day Trip will shortly be posted on our web-site. This year, to help things run more smoothly, we will be sending an email to the qualifying athlete’s parents to sign up or decline the invite on the new form available. This year’s trip is being held on Sunday 28th April. Athletes should arrive at Bray Bowl at 11am. They will have unlimited access to bowling, qazar, pool, fussball, air hockey, and all games machines for 4 hours. Lunch will be supplied and athletes should be collected at 3pm.


TALKS
We have arranged talks on Nutrition & Hydration for Sat. 20th April at Shoreline Sports Park, Greystones, from 11am -1 pm. Open to all coaches and athletes from age 12 upwards. Please contact Theresa asap if you wish to attend this event, as places are limited.


COACHING COURSE
For those coaches who have not yet done a course, or anyone who would like to start helping out with coaching, there is an Athletics Leader Course on Sat 13th Apr. from 10am-5pm at Shoreline Sports Complex (Gym), Greystones.


XC LEAGUE
The final round of the XC League takes place on the Murrough in Wicklow town on this Fri 5th April. Registration from 6.30pm, races start 7pm. Competition for uneven ages this time. Car parking in either car park on The Murrough (race start is between the two). Please note there are no toilet facilities at this race venue. We are still in the running for the overall trophy, so we need lots and lots of our athletes out on the night to try and win it. Athletes who intend to compete, should text Joanna 0872270167 or Pauline 0861954783 by Thurs. latest. There will be NO TRAINING for our younger athletes on Fri. next, as we hope you will all be down in Wicklow competing!


COUNTY  ROAD RACE
Athletics Wicklow 5K Road Race Championships in Ashford on Wednesday 3rd of April. Registration from 6.15pm. Start Time 7.00pm . Junior/Senior/Masters categories. All athletes participating must be registered with AAI. It would be really great to have Greystones teams in this event. Please contact Theresa (0868635797) if you are available to compete.


RELAY TRIALS
The Leinster relays will be held in Greystones on Sun 19th May and we will be entering a number of teams. We will arrange trials for these relays in the next week or two and anyone interested in being considered for a team, needs to attend these trials. Selected teams will be posted on our web-site shortly after these trials. Where possible, these teams will also compete in the Wicklow Championships on 11th/12th May.

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Mar

2013

List of Competitors for Leinster Indoors

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Mon

18

Sep

2017

CLUB NEWS & INFORMATION

RETURN TO TRAINING

We have now been back training for two weeks and attendance so far has been poor in many groups. We look forward to a big improvement this coming week and remind everyone that athletes who don’t attend for 3 weeks without notification, are assumed to have left the club, so if we haven’t seen or heard from you by the end of this week (Fri 22nd Sept), we will be removing you from our lists. We cannot hold places indefinitely, 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 will allow another week’s trial this week and will then hold a Registration night for all new members on Tues 26th Sept from 4.45-5pm for Little Athletics and again from 6.45-7.30pm for everyone else. Registration forms will be available on the night, or to prevent delays you can downloaded one in advance from our website, under ‘Training Times & Club Info’..

 

PAYMENT OF WEEKLY SUBS

Thanks to all who responded to our text 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. 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 ENDURANCE SQUAD

Earlier this year County Wicklow set up an endurance training squad for all athletes from age 10 upwards, with the aim of improving our County results in this year’s XC events. It was well attended generally, but very few GAC athletes have availed of the opportunity to be part of it so far. However there is still time to get involved, as the next session takes place this coming Saturday 23rd Sept. from 11am -1pm in Avondale, Rathdrum. It would be great to see lots of our athletes taking advantage of these sessions, so do come along if at all possible. It will not only improve our County team’s, it will improve Individual & club performances also.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 County Endurance Squad training Sat 23rd Sept in Avondale 11am-1pm

 

Wicklow County XC Championships Sun. 1st Oct in Roundwood @ 11am Novice & Even Ages

 

Wicklow County XC Championships Sun. 8th Oct in Avondale @ 11am Intermediate & Uneven Ages

 

Leinster XC Championships 29th October Novice and Even Ages Tyrrells Pass

 

Leinster XC Championships 12th November Senior and Uneven Ages Venue TBC

 

Round 4 Co. League Rathdrum Rugby Club 16th Nov. Check-in 6.30pm - Uneven Ages

 

Round 5 Co. League Arklow Track 8th Dec. Check-in 6.30pm – Even Ages

 

COACHES & HELPERS

A big Thank You to those who have joined the coaching team, however we are still in need of more helpers. If you are in a position to help out as a coach or an assistant, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are really in need of additional help. We will make sure you get training. If this doesn’t suit, maybe you could give a hand with either 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

In particular we need help at Tuesday’s 6-7pm session & Friday’s 7-8.30pm session. Please help if you can, as we really don’t want to have to cancel these training sessions!

 

 

 

Thu

31

Aug

2017

CLUB NEWS & INFORMATION

 

WELCOME BACK

 

We hope you all had a great summer and that you have been back running and gradually building up the miles over the past few weeks, as requested in our last Newsletter in July and so are all coming back 'Fit to Train'. Our first Cross Country events are coming up very quickly, with Round 1 of the XC League for U8-U15 on Fri 15th Sept in Roundwood and the County XC Champs at the beginning of Oct.

 

 

RETURN TO TRAINING

 

Training for Groups 1 & 2 (7-8.30pm) will resume on Tues. 5th Sept, with groups 3-6 (6-7pm) returning on Fri. 8th Sept. & Little Athletics returning on Tues. 12th Sept. This allows our younger athletes a chance to settle in to school before starting back. All athletes who are changing training times have been notified of this.

 

 

 

 

PAYMENT OF WEEKLY SUBS

 

In response to requests from a small number of parents, we are offering an alternative means of paying the weekly sub this term. Athletes have the option to pay €30 at the beginning of this term, which will cover the subs for the remaining 15 training weeks of 2017. This will be recorded on the check-in sheets, but athletes will still need to check-in each night, as we must keep a record of attendance. Prepaid fees will not be refunded where athletes fail to attend training. The usual option of paying €2 once a week will still be available to those who prefer to use this method, however we appeal to everyone not to run up bills, as it is very time consuming trying to collect these. Weekly subs are used to pay for track hire, entry fees and replacement equipment etc.

 

 

 

COACHES & HELPERS

 

Greystones AC wishes to acknowledge the generosity of all the coaches, helpers & committee members, who volunteer so much time each week to help make Greystones AC such a successful club. We have a very dedicated core group of coaches & check-in personnel, but as always we still need more if we are to continue facilitating the large number of athletes we have in Greystones AC. There is a natural turnover of coaches as their children pass through the club, but obviously we need replacement volunteers for these as they leave. If you are in a position to help out as a coach or an assistant, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are always in need of additional help. We will make sure you get training. If this doesn’t suit, maybe you could give a hand with the check-in at either time 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. The more volunteers we have the less the burden on all. We strongly recommend that 2 or more parents buddy up to share the slot to support your athletes in the club whether it be to assist, coach or check-in. The number of volunteers determines the number of athletes we can facilitate and the number of nights we can hold training. As we return for the new season, we find that we are very short of coaches, particularly for the 6-7pm groups, so if you have not already given your time to the club then it's probably time you did!

 

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW CLUB POLICIES

 

Greystones AC is currently reviewing our Policies & Procedures and we are offering parents & members an opportunity to contribute to this. Please forward any suggestions you may have to greystonesathletics@gmail.com, before our next meeting at the end of Sept. If there are any amongst our members/parents with relevant experience in formulating policies, we would be delighted to have your assistance. Current policies can be found on our website under “Training Times & Club Info”

 


 

Tue

18

Jul

2017

Club News & Information

CONGRATULATIONS

Well done to all of our club athletes who competed in the National Championships recently and who represented the club so well, though it was disappointing that so many failed to turn up for their events this year. Many congratulations to the medal winners and to all who earned PB's.

Congrats also to those who competed in the National B’s last Saturday and in the Bray Invitational, where we retained both the Overall Cup & the Relay Shield once again.

Huge congratulations to Alana Ryan who has been selected to represent Ireland in the 200m & the 4 x 100m relay at the Celtic Games on Saturday August 5th. As the Games are in Ireland this year, it’s a great opportunity to go along to Santry and support Alana and the rest of the Irish team!
Congratulations also to Alex Campbell who represented Ireland in the Triple Jump at the Schools International last weekend!
 
TRAINING
As most athletes have now finished competing and the attendance at training has been very erratic for the past few weeks, we feel it is time to give our hard working coaches a well earned break after a great summer of competition, where we had some outstanding performances from several of our athletes. Consequently we will finish training tonight Tues. 18th July for everyone except those competing in the National Seniors & the League. Training throughout the summer for the League, will be by arrangement with the coaches involved.
For all our other athletes we recommend a full two weeks break, which many have had by now, and then you should start back gradually, running 15-20 mins (younger groups 10-15m) every second day and adding 5 mins each week. This way you will return in Sept. 'Fit to Train' and not have to spend the first few weeks trying to get fit. Our first Cross Country events will come up very quickly, when we return in Sept.
Training for Groups 1 & 2 (7-8.30pm) will resume on Tues. 5th Sept, with groups 3-6 (6-7pm) returning on Fri. 8th Sept. Little Athletics will return on Tues. 12th Sept. Athletes who are changing training times will be notified of this before our return.
 
Groups for Sept.'17 will be organised very soon to allow us time to notify those on our waiting lists. Parents of athletes from all groups, who have not attended for a number of weeks, need to contact us right away if your children intend to return in Sept. Otherwise places will be given to those on our waiting list and we will not be able to accommodate them in Sept. (Text 0868635797 or use Contact Us on our website)
 
OUTSTANDING DEBTS
A big 'Thank You' to those athletes who paid their debts over the past few weeks. A webtext reminder will be sent to those who owe weekly subs, entries fees where athletes didn't show up for events they had entered and club gear. These debts need to be sorted on your return in Sept.
 
THANK YOU
A big 'Thank You' also to Christina & Dermot Browne for organising another successful Bagpack for the club and also to all those who helped out over the two days.
 
COACHES & HELPERS
Geystones AC wishes to acknowledge the generosity of all the coaches, helpers, committee and of course athletes who give of their time. We have a very dedicated group of coaches & check-in personnel, but as always we still need more if we are to continue facilitating the large number of athletes we have in Greystones AC. If you have not already given your time to the club then it's probably time you did.  If you are in a position to help out with coaching, even occasionally, please let us know, as we are always looking for additional coaches. We will make sure you get training. If this doesn’t suit, maybe you could give a hand with the check-in at either time 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. The more volunteers we have the less the burden on all. The number of volunteers will determine the number of athletes.

Thu

15

Jun

2017

Newsletter

 

BRAY INVITATIONAL EVENT

 

The Annual Bray Invitational Event takes place this coming Tues. 20th June in Greystones. We are only allowed a limited number of athletes for this event and so priority will be given to those who have competed in the recent County & Leinster events. Any places left after this will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The entry form is on our website and will close on Sat. 17th.

 

There will be no training for the 6-7pm or 7-8.30pm groups this Tuesday due to this competition. Little Athletics 5-6pm will go ahead as normal.

 

 

TRAINING

 

Training for our younger groups ie 5-6pm & 6-7pm sessions, will finish for the summer at the end of June. We will finish up with a fun competition on Friday 30th for all our younger athletes (5-6 & 6-7pm groups) and we look forward to seeing you all back in Sept. A huge ‘Thank You’ to our coaches and helpers and an appeal for more help in Sept. please, we can’t continue without it. Have a great summer everyone!

 

Training for the 7-8.30pm groups continues through July as many of our athletes will still be competing during this time. Most will take a short break then and return on the first Tues of Sept. Those competing in the final of the League in August will continue to train by arrangement with coaches.

 

Athletes from all groups, who have not attended for a number of weeks, need to contact us right away if they intend to return in Sept. otherwise places will be given to those on our waiting list and we will not be able to accommodate them in Sept.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

 

Please check website regularly for entry forms & closing dates!

  1. Leinster U12 – U19 Championships, Tullamore Sat/Sun 17th/18th June.

  2. Bray Invitational Event, Greystones Tues 20th June. (limited numbers)

  3. Leinster Juniors, Leixlip Fri 23rd June.

  4. Tailteann Games, Santry Sat. 24th June.

  5. National League Round 1, Athlone or Tallaght Sun. 25th June.

  6. National Juniors & U23’s, Tullamore Sat 1st July.

  7. National Juvenile Inter Club Relay Championships, Athlone Sun 2nd July.

  8. National Masters Championships, Tullamore Sun 2nd July.

  9. National Juvenile T&F Championships, Sat. 8th/Sun. 9th July, Tullamore.

  10. Morton Games 2017 T&F , Wed 12th July, Santry

  11. National Juvenile ‘B’ Championships, Sat. 15th July, Tullamore.

  12. National Juvenile T&F Championships, Sun. 16th July, Tullamore.

  13. Cork City Sports, Tues 18th July, CIT Cork.

  14. National Senior T&F Championships, Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd July, Santry.

  15. National League Round 2, Sun 30th July.

  16. National League Final, Sun 20th Aug, Tullamore.

 

 

BAGPACK FOR GAC

 

Don’t forget our Fundraising Bagpack for the club which is being held this Friday 16th June and Saturday 17th June at Tesco Greystones. All support will be greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING DEBTS

 

We still have a small number of outstanding debts and in the interest of fairness to all club members, we are once again requesting full payment of these overdue subs. before we finish up for the summer! Further entries cannot be accepted for athletes until all debts are paid.

 

Mon

22

May

2017

Club News, Bag Pack & Upcoming Competitions

Well done to all who competed at the recent County Championships and a huge Thank You to all the coaches & officials who made it all possible.

 

Athlete attendance numbers were disappointing, especially on the Saturday, but what was lacking in numbers was more than made up for by the enthusiasm and effort put in by those who did attend. We saw great individual & team performances and many club athletes went home loaded down with medals on both days. Thanks also to the parents who brought the athletes along and who gave the club such great support over the two days.

A special mention here for our older athletes, four of whom act as Junior coaches each week before their own training sessions. These older athletes not only competed for our club on both days, they also helped out at every opportunity, assisting at Long jump, High Jump, relay zones and anything that was asked of them, while still managing to produce magnificent performances in their own events. They were like a well organised army on Sunday during the Sprints for the younger age groups, sorting the children, putting on & off the bibs, lining them up and escorting them back after their races. We genuinely could not have managed without their help and we are very, very proud of each & every one of them.

Full results are now on our club website!

 

Congratulations to all club athletes on the fantastic results from the East Leinster Schools and the Leinster Schools and best of luck to everyone in the All Ireland’s on June 3rd. All results are on the AAI website under schools!

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

  1. National Combined Events, Santry Sat/Sun May 27th/28th.

  2. AAI Games, Santry Sun. May 28th.

  3. All Ireland Schools, Tullamore

  4. Leinster U23/Senior/Masters, Tullamore Sun. June 4th.

  5. Leinster Team Event for U9-U15’s, Tullamore Mon. June 5th.

  6. Leinster U9-11 Pairs & U12 & 13 Championships, Tullamore Sat. June 10th.

  7. Leinster U12 – U19 Championships, Tullamore Sat/Sun 17th/18th June.

  8. Bray Invitational Event, Greystones Tues 20th June. (limited numbers)

  9. Leinster Juniors, Leixlip Fri 23rd June.

  10. Tailteann Games, Santry Sat. 24th June.

  11. National League Round 1, Athlone or Tallaght Sun. 25th June.

 

BAGPACK FOR GAC

Many thanks to Dermot Browne who has managed to arrange a Fundraising Bagpack for the club again this year, on Friday 16th June and Saturday 17th June at Tesco Greystones. We require volunteers for 2 hour slots from 11am to 8pm on the Friday and 11am to 6pm on the Saturday. Email Christina Browne on Christinamary123@gmail.com with your availability. All help greatly appreciated from all parents & from athletes & siblings ages 14 and upwards.

 

CLUB SHOP

The club shop will be open on this coming Tues. 23rd May 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 available. Please note that all athletes competing at Leinster & National events must wear a club singlet or T-shirt and red, white or black shorts!

 

OUTSTANDING DEBTS

A big 'Thank You' to those who responded to our appeal and paid their debts for overdue subs and entry fees for events not attended. However we still have a small number due and in the interest of fairness to all club members, we are once again requesting full payment of these overdue subs. Reminders will be sent out this week.

We also remind you once again that while the club covers all entry fees for it's juvenile members, athletes who don't show up for events they have entered, are liable for these fees.

Further entries cannot be accepted for athletes until all debts are paid.

 

CLUB INFORMATION

Club information is generally sent out via our newsletter and most regular communication is done via e-mail. The webtext is mainly used to send out notifications or reminders about events. If you have a question that requires an immediate answer, it is better to text or e-mail one of the coaches or use the Contact Us on the website. Replying to the webtext number may lead to long delays, as we don’t always have access to it and generally cannot answer when we are at work. It is fine to use it if reply is not urgent.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Heartiest congratulations from everyone at Greystones AC to club athlete Rachel Casey, who this week receives the ‘Greystones Special Person of the Year Award’ for 2017. Rachel specialises in Race Walking & has been a committed club member for over 7 years. She is one of our regular Junior coaches, who helps out twice a week with the younger athletes before doing her own training sessions. She also helps out with Bray Lakers on a regular basis and is a very active member of the Greystones Rowing Club. Check out the link below for more details: http://www.greystonesguide.ie/my-greystones-rachel-casey/

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05

May

2017

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS!

 

The Wicklow County Championships are fast approaching and all club athletes need to get their entries in asap to allow time to process them. Closing date is next Tuesday May 9th and events take place on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May, starting at 11am each day.

 

 

There are events for all ages from U8 up to O80, however only registered club athletes can take part. Athletes may only compete in their own age group except for relays, where an athlete can move up one age group, so allowing them to compete in the relays on both days. Age group is determined by Year of Birth, so a child who is or will be 7 this year (2017) is U8, 8 this year is U9 etc.

 

There is an AWARD SCHEME for U8/9/10/11 year olds on Sunday. Our Little Athletics members who are or will be 6 this year (2017) are welcome to come along and take part in the U8’s. Athletes take part in a sprint, a long jump & a turbo javelin throw, with points being awarded for each. All athletes who complete the three events will receive an award, Gold, Silver or Bronze medals are awarded according to their final score. On Saturday these younger athletes have their longer race, fun Obstacle relays & the Even Aged relays, with the uneven age relays on Sunday. If an athlete signs up for the relays and is put on a team, they are expected to stay around to take part. It is dreadfully disappointing for other team members to discover when the relays are called, that one of the team has gone home. This is true for all ages!

 

Athletes from U12 upwards will have a number of events on both days. The programme is on the sidebar on the front page of our website and also on our notice board down at the track. Please note that athletes should be proficient at all events that they enter for. In particular, don’t enter for High Jump, Javelin (U13 up), Discus (U14 up) or Hurdles, if you have not practised them at training, as injuries could occur. There is no issue with taking part in the Turbo Javelin.

 

As always, the club will cover the cost of entries for our athletes, but those who fail to turn up will have to refund these fees to the club.

 

This is the biggest event of the year for a large number of our club athletes and we sincerely hope that everyone will make the effort to take part on at least one of the days and ideally on both days, especially as it is here in Greystones and we don’t even have to travel. As well as being great fun, it will give you loads of extra points towards our club awards & attendance trips for 2017.

 

We would appreciate it if parents could please inform all children that they are not allowed on the outdoor gym equipment beside the track. This will be taped off on the day, but still needs supervising! Neither are they allowed climb on or over the fences or the banks around the track. These are Health & Safety issues and we have to ensure these rules are adhered to. This has been a big problem in previous years, with many unsupervised children constantly having to be removed from these area throughout the day. We would also advise that children should not go into the field behind the track/Go Gym area, as it is waste ground and may hold hidden dangers.

 

Looking forward to watching all of our athletes show off their skills, in what will be a great weekend of athletics!

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Mon

10

Apr

2017

CLUB NEWS

 

TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAYS

 

Due to very poor attendances during school breaks, we are not holding training for the 5-6pm or 6-7pm groups during the Easter holidays, These groups will return to training on Tues. 25th Apr. Training for our 7-8.30pm groups will go ahead as usual. Schools competitions are fast approaching!

 

Round 2 of the Juvenile League for athletes up to U15, will go ahead on Fri 21st at the Riverfield Centre, Aughrim. Entry form will be on our website shortly and entries will close on Wed. 19th Apr.

 CLUB CAPTAINS

At our recent AGM we agreed to elect two Club Captains who will help and encourage our younger athletes and liaise between the coaches and the athletes on a regular basis. We are delighted to announce that Aoife Conroy & Conor Dempsey have agreed to accept the roles. Aoife & Conor have both been involved in athletics from an early age and have been competing for a number of years at all levels. They have experienced both the highs & the lows, have had the joy of standing on podiums, but also dealt with disappointment and with unwelcome injury & the long road to recovery. They have a wealth of experience which they are happy to pass on to our younger members and indeed have been passing on their skills at our training days for the past two years. We feel they will be a great help to those coming through in the future and will be happy to bring any concerns that athletes may have, to the coaches.

 

CLUB AWARDS NIGHT

We had a great night at the club awards on the 24st March and we congratulate all of the athletes who attended and won awards for 2016. If you did not receive your award on the night, but want to collect it, we will arrange to have them available for collection on Tues. 26th Apr. when all groups are back at training.

 

ATTENDANCE TRIPS

Our annual Good Attendance Trip took place on Saturday 8th Apr and a fantastic time was had by everyone who attended. Many thanks to Fiona Ryan for organising it and to all who helped out on the day and all who supplied transport.

The trip for our older athletes will take place on Apr. 22nd to GoQuest.

 

WICKLOW ENDURANCE INITIATIVE

Just over 80 athletes took the Mile Challenge on Saturday in glorious conditions in Greystones. Every club in the County was represented and the only word to describe the day was awesome. A better turnout from GAC this time, but still very small when you consider how many athletes could have been involved. Hopefully numbers will grow with each event.

Many of the athletes achieved a result well beyond their expectation and all were delighted with their wristbands. Next time they will aim even higher and try for the next colour band. Well done to all the athletes and thanks to all the coaches who motivated their athletes and gave them the opportunity to experience a great sense of achievement !!

 

WEBTEXT

The webtext is mainly used to send out notifications or reminders about events. If you have a question that requires an immediate answer, it is better to text or e-mail one of the coaches or use the Contact Us on the website. Replying to the webtext number may lead to long delays, as we only have access to it from our laptops, so generally cannot answer when we are at work. It is fine to use it if reply is not urgent.

 

CLUB SHOP

 The club shop will be open on Tues. 25th Apr from 4.40 -5pm & 6.40 -7.30pm only, for singlets, shorts, T-shirts, hoodies, rainjackets etc. We also have a good number of 2nd hand spikes available & club pens. Please note that all athletes competing at Leinster events must wear a club singlet or T-shirt!

 

OUTSTANDING DEBTS

A big 'Thank You' to those athletes who paid their debts for overdue subs and entry fees for events not attended. A small number still owe for weekly subs/entries and are reminded that these debts need to be sorted asap. If you are unsure whether you owe money, just ask at check-in.

The Club’s volunteer helpers collect these fees and check athletes in on training nights. They do not want to repeatedly ask athletes for the unpaid subs. The subs are a nominal sum to cover track costs, entry fees and replacement of equipment. The subs are for the mutual benefit of all members. Reminders will be issued shortly for these unpaid amounts. The Club cannot continue effectively without the support of all of its members.  

We remind you also that while the club covers all entry fees for it's juvenile members, athletes who don't show up for events they have entered, are then liable for these fees.

Further entries cannot be accepted for athletes until all debts are paid.

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

  1. Leinster 10 mile championships, Clontarf Easter Monday 17 April. Entries to Theresa

  2. Juvenile Track League R2 Fri 21th Apr, Riverfield Centre, Aughrim. Even Ages. Entry form will be on GAC website

  3. National Road Relay Championships, Sun 23rd April, Raheny. U17 up. Entries to Theresa

  4. Leinster Novice Road Race, Gowran Mon 1st May Adult event. Entries to Theresa

  5. GAC/IMC Track & Field Sat 6th May, Greystones. U17 upwards. Entries on IMC website

  6. Wicklow County Championships Sat/Sun 13th/14th May, Greystones. Open to all ages. Entry form will be on GAC website

  7. Leinster Combined Events Championships, Claremont Stadium, Navan Sat 20th May. Entry form will be on GAC website

  8. Leinster Relays, Sun 22nd May, Le Chéile AC, Leixlip Entry form will be on GAC website

  9. National Combined Events Championships Santry Entry form will be on GAC website

  10. AAI Games, Santry (U17 upwards) Entry form will be on GAC website

 

RECENT RESULTS

Day 3 of the National Indoors produced more excellent performances and saw Daniel Quirk take bronze in the Long Jump in his first National Indoor Championships. Ailbhe Gordon, another first timer, threw a huge PB in the Shot Putt giving her a terrific 5th place finish. A fantastic run from Joe Prendergast in the boys U15 800m heats and a 5th place finish after really taking on the final. 5th place also for Ben Jones in the U17 boys 800m & for Richael Browne in the U19 girls. A new PB for Marcus Lalor in his 200m heat where he finished 4th, with a 5th place for Noah Daly in his and great hurdling from Emma Quirk saw her finish 4th in her heat in the U15 girls 60mH. Well done to all who competed and represented the club so well!

 

Great running from the GAC athletes in the recent County road race where Brien Geraghty finished 3rd overall, taking the M40 title with Caoimhin MacMaoláin finishing 7th .Dermot Hughes finished 11th in the M35 and William McCann finished 12th in the Senior men. Troy Scully finished 18th overall, making him 2nd in the Junior men’s to take the silver with Colm Flynn finishing in 5th. Annette Cleary took silver in the W50, with Clodagh Manning finishing 6th in the W45 & Christine McCann 6th in the W55.Such a pity not to have full teams here, but hopefully we can improve on this for future events.

Troy Scully followed his 4.49 mile on Saturday with a 2nd place finish in the Great ireland 5K on Sunday, where he ran a fantastic 17.11, with William McCann running 39.48 in the 10K.

 

 

Thu

30

Mar

2017

DAY TRIP FOR OLDER ATHLETES

This year we are going to GoQuest with the older athletes for our annual day trip.

GoQuest is an indoor, multi-challenge themed arena for teenagers and adults. The 27 custom-designed rooms are a mix of physical and mental challenges with three levels of difficulty. People work in teams of 3 – 4 in order to complete the challenges.

Whilst the club will subsidise the cost for those athletes who had high attendance during 2016, other athletes (U17 and up) are more than welcome to come along but will be asked to contribute the full cost.

Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017

Time: 5.30 pm

Full-Cost: €16.00 per person plus the cost of pizza afterwards

Subsidised Cost: €12.00 to include GoQuest & Pizza

Since we need to confirm numbers in advance against this reservation, please text Fiona Ryan on 086-7333319 by Saturday 2.00 pm at the latest to confirm whether you will be participating. Please bring along the cost in an envelope (with your name and enclosed amount noted on the outside of the envelope) to training on Friday evening if possible, if not on Tuesday evening at latest.

To minimise the cost we will arrange car-pooling.

See www.goquest.ie for futher information.

GoQuest Indoor Challenge Zone

 

Exit 5 M50

 

Unit 23 North Park Business Park

 

North Road

 

Dubin 11

 

List of those with qualifying attendance,

 

Niamh Conroy

Alana Ryan

Sarah O'Connor

Rachel Casey

Richael Browne

Alannah O'Carroll

Katie Lawless

Aoife Conroy

Ara Freeman

John O'Connor

Troy Scully

Noah Daly

Louis Lalor

All other club athletes U17 up are welcome to attend!

Tue

28

Mar

2017

GREYSTONES AC GOOD ATTENDANCE TRIP 2016

As our last trip was such a success, this year’s trip for good attendance will be to Jumpzone in Sandyford again and has been arrange to take place on Sat. 8th April from 4.00-5.00 pm.

We reduced the percentage qualification for the trip to 50% attendance this year to allow more athletes to attend. Points have been awarded for each training night attended during 2016, with bonus points for every competition attended.

Athletes will need to be at the Jumpzone Centre by 3.45pm latest, where we will have a full hour on the trampolines. We will pay a trip to McDonalds afterwards and expect to arrive back in Greystones about 7.00 pm.  As it would make the trip very expensive for everyone if we have to hire a bus, we will be depending on parents to drop off and collect the athletes, but if we carpool nobody should have to make more than one journey. If you can let us know whether drop off or pick up suits best, we will do our best to arrange this. Those doing the return journey will need to pick up at Jumpzone at 5.00 pm and  accompany the group to McDonalds. The trip will be subsidised, so cost to the athletes will be €10, which includes food.  If participants have their own Jumpzone socks they should bring them along or they will have to be purchased at the venue on the day (€2.00).

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Below is a list of the athletes who have qualified for the trip. If you wish to attend, please text your name to 0877730000 by Friday 31 March at the latest, as we have to confirm numbers asap. All athletes attending will be issued with a waiver form which must be signed and returned to the club. Jumpzone will not allow anyone in without this form.

 

To avoid having to deal with cash on the day, and in order for us to be able to confirm final numbers with Jumpzone, payment can be made to Fiona Ryan at the gate at 7 pm tonight or tomorrow night, Wednesday 29 April, or to Louise on Friday night.  Please bring along an envelope with your child’s name and the amount clearly marked on it, and waiver form enclosed (form can be downloaded from Jumpzone’s website).

 

Enya Conroy,  

Erin Howard,

Abbie Taylor

Megan O’Brien ,

Isobel Radford Dodd                                                                                               

Ella Shanley                                                                                                                         Emma Quirk                                                                                                                 

Ellen McNally                                                                                                            

Michael O’Shea                                                                                                              

Joe Prendergast
Paul Delahunty                                                                                                                 Aodhan Daly 

Ronan Dempsey                                                                                                       

Eimear Ryan                                                                                                               

Maebh O’Neill                                                                                                            

Sophie Dallaghan                                                                                                     

Isabelle Donnelly                                                                                                            

Lucy Daly                                                                                                                    

Salley Shanley                                                                                                            

Louise O’Riordan                                                                                                                  Chase Scully

Ailbhe Gordon

Daniel Quirk

Tara Casey

Rory McNally

Ava Foley                                                                                                                                     Camille Madden                                                                                                             

Tom McCarthy                                                                                                              

Sarah Hayes                                                                                                               

Georgia Hogan                                                                                                            

Alex Mulcahy                                                                                                                   

Jack Golden                                                                                                                  

Óisin O’Malley                                                                                                                            Amber Scully                                                                                                                              Zoe Kenna                                                                                                                              Daniel Garvey                                                                                                               

Lucy Garvey        

Evan Quirk                                                                                                                           Tristan Jolyet Cunningham                                                                                                  Aine Hayde                                                                                                                          Georgia Cullen                                                                                                                       Ella Dallaghan                                                                                                                     Isaac Leahy                                                                                                                           Kate Smith

Chloe Hanley

Charlotte Hudson

Nathan Donlon

 

Mon

27

Mar

2017

NATIONAL JUVENILE INDOORS 2017

 

The first weekend of the National Juvenile Indoors saw GAC athletes produce some top class performances with some great results.

 The track on Saturday was all about the Relays, with our U15 boys team making the final in one of the tightest races of the day.

 They gave a great performance in the final where another very close finish left them 5th overall

It was the turn of the U18 boys in the afternoon and having finished a comfortable second in their heat, they went on to take the silver medals in style in the final.

 

We had a number of field eventer’s competing on Saturday and some great results in the Long Jump, with Ellen McNally taking Bronze in the U15 Girls with 5m 05 and Emma Quirk finishing 6th with 4m 79, James Nicholson taking Bronze in the U15 boys with 4m 98, with Joe Prendergast taking 5th with 4m 77 and Aodhan Daly taking 6th in the U17 boys with 5m 34. Sophie Nicholson had a 7th place finish in the U17 high jump and Alannah O’Carroll a 5th place in the U19 pole Vault.

 

Sunday saw our distance runners take to the track for the 1500m and they produced some very exciting races with great results. Richael Browne had a fantastic run in the U19, controlling the race right from the start and pulling away from the field in the last two laps to comfortably take the Indoor title for the second year in a row. Sarah O’Connor took on the girls U17 race right from the gun and had a fantastic run that resulted in her taking the bronze medal and setting a new 1500m PB.

 

Troy Scully had to cover the distance twice, as there were heats in the boys U18, but as always he rose to the challenge running a PB in the heat to qualify comfortably for the final where he followed up with yet another PB and a 10th place finish.

 

A fantastic race from Rachel Casey in the U18 Walk to finish 6th with a huge PB of 7.59m. Rachel has progressed hugely and has taken 49 secs off her time for this distance in the past year.

 

A good win in her heat saw Alana Ryan safely through to the 60m final where she finished 4th , but disappointment for Jack McGlone after an unfortunate break at the start of his.

 

Silver in the U19 Long Jump for James Vance, losing out on the gold by a mere .01 of a centimeter and 13th place finishes for Ellen McNally in the U15 High Jump and for Sophie Nicholson in the U17.

 

Well done to all who competed over the two days & a huge Thank You to the parents & coaches who supported them during the weekend.

 

Best of luck to everyone on the final day next Saturday !

 

Mon

20

Mar

2017

Newsletter

CLUB NEWS

 

 

 

CLUB AWARDS NIGHT

 

Our club awards night for 2016 will be held in Greystones Tennis Club this coming Friday. 24st March at 7pm.

 

CLUB AWARDS NIGHT

 

Our club awards night for 2016 will be held in Greystones Tennis Club this coming Friday. 24st March at 7pm. This will take a similar format to previous years, where athletes get certificates for Attendance, Attitude & Achievement during 2016, 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 2016, 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 24th to facilitate this Awards night.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE TRIPS

 

 

Our annual Attendance Trip for those with good attendance during 2016, has been arranged for Sat 8th April.at 4pm. As Jumpzone proved to be so popular last year, we are returning this year, with the customary stop off at McDonald’s on the way back. The full list of athletes who qualify to go on this trip will be published on our website in the next couple of days.

 

A separate trip for our older athletes is also being planned and full details will follow shortly!

 

 

 

JUVENILE & JUNIOR RESULTS

 

Congatulations to Sarah O’Connor who won Gold in the 1500m on Day 3 of the Leinster Champ. and Alannah O’Carroll who won Gold in the Pole Vault, Ben Jones who won bronze in the 1500m & Sophie Nicholson who won bronze in the HJ.

 

Gold in the Relays for U15 Boys: Joe Prendergast, James Nicholson, Michael O’Shea, Jack McGlone & U18 Boys: Louis Lalor, Noah Daly, Marcus Lennon, John O’Connor with Silver for U19 Boys: Louis Lalor, Noah Daly, Marcus Lennon, James Vance. Good Luck in the Nationals!

 

Day 4 was the Junior/Senior/ Masters Champs:

 

Junior medals: Gold for James Vance in the LJ. Silver for Ara Freeman in the 60m, Alana Ryan in the 200m, Rosa Kirwan in the TJ and Bronze for Rosa Kirwan in the 400m & HJ & Katie Lawless in the 60mH.

 

 

 

SENIOR & MASTERS RESULTS

 

Indoor Track & Field: Senior: Silver for Niamh Kearney in the 3K & Silver for Aoife Conroy in the 60mH & bronze in the 400m.

 

Masters: Gold for Carol Costello in the Leinster 800m, while the National Masters saw Carol Costello take silver in the 800m & Nick Russell take silver in the 400m.

 

Road & XC: Brian O'Murchu finished in an excellent 6th place in the Clane 10k in a time of 34:44, as well as picking up another 6th place finish in the BHAA 5 mile XC. Brian Geraghty won the M40 title in the Enniscorthy 10k in a time of 33:33, while also clocking a very impressive 56:14 in the Ballycotton 10 miler. Robert Costello followed up a 10th place finish in the IMRA mountain race at Ticknock with a trail marathon in the Blue Mountains while holidaying in Australia, where he also posted a time of 39:30 in the Sydney Striders 10k race. Dermot Hughes has also been competing recently, but at a more local level, including running a 44 minute 10k in the Wicklow Hospice race in Avondale, finishing 11th overall out of a field of over 200 runners. Finally, GAC racing stalwart AJ Cotter has recently completed his 100th parkrun! Congratulations to all!

 

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

 

  1. National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 1 25th March, Athlone (Qualifiers only)

  2. National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 2, 26th March, Athlone (Qualifiers only)

  3. County Road Race, Fri 31st March in Ashford @ 7.15pm.. U17 upwards.

  4. National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 3, 1st April, Athlone (Qualifiers only)

  5. Wicklow Invitational Secondary Schools T&F, Greystones 10.30am

  6. National 10k Championships Dublin Sun 9th Apr. Adult event.

  7. Leinster 10 mile championships, Clontarf Easter Monday 17 April.

  8. Juvenile Track League R2 Fri 21th Apr, Riverfield Centre, Aughrim. Even Ages

  9. National Road Relay Championships, Sun 23rd April, Raheny. U17 upwards.

  10. Leinster Novice Road Race, Gowran Mon 1st May Adult event.

  11. GAC/IMC Track & Field Sat 6th May, Greystones. U17 upwards

  12. Wicklow County Championships Sat/Sun 13th/14th May, Greystones. Open to all ages.

 

 

 

WICKLOW ENDURANCE INITIATIVE

 

There was a great turnout in Avondale last Saturday afternoon at the first gather