Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Harrys title

Harry Purcell (Trim AC) won the AAI U/18 national indoor 800m title at Athlone Arena in a time of 1.57.02. Earlier in the month Harry set a championship best time for the same event when winning the Leinster title.

Cushinstown goldrush

Cushinstown Athletes returned with 8 medals including 6 gold from the All
Ireland Indoor Juvenile Athletics Championships held in Athlone over the
weekend. Most notable achievement was the Three Gold medals won by
Elizabeth Morland in the Girls U16  Long Jump,  High Jump and 60m hurdles
where she set a new national record of 8.74 secs.
Shannon Sheehy also performed well by winning Two Gold in the U15 High Jump
and Hurdles   and a bronze in the Long Jump.
Keith Marks also earned a gold in the Boys U17 High Jump
Niamh Reynold returned with a silver in the Girls U19 Triple Jump.
Congratulations must also go to    Shane and Mark Joyce___ Lee Ward___
Dominic Mc Cabe and  Aoife Lenehan who competed very strongly in their
respective events.
With the Indoor season complete for 2013 Cushinstown AC is looking forward
to further success in the upcoming outdoor season

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Weather forces deferral of first round.

The first round of the Meath athletics inter club league planned for Claremont Stadium on the evening of Weds. 20 March has been deferred until further notice due to weather conditions. Please spread the word among friends and clubmates

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Result and report from primary cross country

The primary schools cross country competition took place last Friday the 15th March in Fr Murphys AC, Athboy @ 11am. This competition has grown in popularity over the years with this year having over 600 children participating and 20 primary schools involved. The standard of competition has improved also and with each year the overall standard within schools is improving. There was one quick shower at the start of the day other than that we were blessed with the weather. Our gratitude goes to all those from Meath athletics board and various Meath athletics clubs who came to help out on the day which saw the event run very smoothly. The results are as follow:

1st & 2nd Class Girls
1. Nora Clarke, Killyon,2,Debbie Perdue,Rathwire,3,Natalie Larkin, Dangan
Teams: 1. Nobber, 2. Rathwire,3. Killyon.

1st & 2nd Class Boys
1,Brian KelvinGilson NS,2,Jack Kelly,Rathwire,3,Denis Darby,Killyon.
Teams, 1,Rathwire,2,Kilbride,Oldcastle.

3rd &4th Class Girls
1,Aly Sherlock,Rathcairn,2,Emma Regan,Kill,Ella Thompson,Rathcairn.

3rd &4th ClassBoys
1,Devon Hill,Rathwire,2,Niall,Bagnall,Boardsmill,3,Aaron,Kiltale.

5th &6th Class Girls
1,Amy Clarke,Killyon,2,Sarah Ennis,Kill,3,Aoife Darby,Rathwire.
Teams.1,Gaelscoil na Boinne,2,Rathwire,3,Dangan.

5th & 6th Class Boys.
1,Shane Walsh,Baconstown,2,Evan Burke,Killyon,3,Anthony Burke.
Teams. 1,Rathwire,2,Baconstown,3,Oldcastle.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

High noon in Kildalkey

On Easter Sunday the Fr Murphy athletic club hosts its annual 5 mile road race.

Further details to follow.

 This race will incorporate the county 5 mile championship. Entry details here


Dunboyne 4 mile road race

The 44th EirGrid Dunboyne 4 Mile Road Race & Fun Run, in partnership with Athletics Ireland, takes place on Sunday 24th March 2013. It is a landmark event on the Irish road racing calendar, attracting an entry over one thousand in 2012. Joe Sweeney of Dundrum South Dublin and Sara Treacy of the nearby Moynalvey Athletic Club both strode to comfortable victories in the men’s and women’s races last years. The flat course offers athletes great potential to target a fast time and also allows supporters to provide plenty of encouragement along the way. At 4 miles, this is also an ideal event for anyone new to fitness, walking or running, as the emphasis is on a fun day out in a friendly and safe environment.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Photos from Meath schools cross country

There was a massive turnout of primary school children at the Fr Murphy training grounds in Frayne, Athboy. The recent dry spell meant that the conditions for cross country running were the best they could possibly be at any time in the last year (including last year beautiful summer). There were representatives from schools throughout the county taking part. The host club Fr Murphy AC laid out a great course and the event was a great way to introduce many new runners to athletics and cross country in particular.

 Photos from the event are here


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Weighty matters at Dunboyne

There was an almost carnival atmosphere in Dunboyne with a big crowd turning up for the 2nd Dunboyne Winter Throws Meeting. The event was kicked off by over 200 committed runners putting on a great show in the sun-drenched 5k race. The mood was set for some good things to come, and we were not disappointed as there were over 15 personal best throwing performances – clearly a sign of a solid period of winter training paying off.

The most notable performance of the day came from Dunboyne’s own Padraig White in the Men’s hammer with a massive personal best of 66.09m moving him to the 12th best all-time performance by an Irish thrower. White arrived quietly to the venue, hoodie up and relaxed looking. Competition on…Hoodie off.…only to reveal a new ‘Mohican’ haircut – an admirable statement supporting Cancer Research. This was a great comeback for White who has had a couple of difficult years with niggling injuries and illnesses.

Tom Furlong with 60.75m, James McCabe on 59.88 and Adam King with 62.09 (5k) provided supporting cast in the hammer season opener. Alice Akers was the best of the girls reaching 54.65m with the lighter 3k implement and there were good shows from Aoife Vaughan Witts (47.79m) and a big PB from Caoimhe Morris.

Clonliffe’s Tomas Rauktys led the way in the discus with 53.99m backed up with his best ever series – all his other legal throws over 52 and a foul approaching 55m . Under 17 Eoin Sheridan took no time settling in with his first competition with the 1.5kg discus - his effort of 49.48m passed the qualifying mark for the European Youth Olympic Festival – surely a great confidence booster as he now has two seasons at this implement weight. Marco Pons was just below his best with 46.73m, and in the women’s event Sophie Parkinson-Brown also opened well with 43.00m.

Finn Valley’s John Kelly was best of the Shot Putters achieving a best ever of 16.99m with the 5k, but there is lots more to come with warm up throws going over a metre further. Tomas Rauktys backed up his Discus performance with another win in the senior event with 15.92 despite some technical issues.

All in all, a very successful day in Dunboyne – a great opportunity to assess the effect of winter training, and promise of an exciting year ahead for Irish Throwing.