St. Abban's Athletic Club
Enable Ireland 5K great successThe club was well represented in miserable conditions in the Enable Ireland 5K fun run held on the roads of Oak Park on Sunday last in Carlow. Starting from Carlow hurling club it was a flat out and back course with the historic Oak Park gateway making an ideal backdrop to proceedings.
Club participation included:- Mairead Moore, Francis Fleming, Dinny Whelan, James Nolan, Mick Kelly, Breda Mulcahy, Maura Fleming, Sean Kelly, Margo Dowling, Patrick Brennan, Mary Boylan, Gerry Regan, Ann Nicholl/Waugh, Clare Walsh, Colette English and Maire Griffith.
Laois IndoorsThe inaugural Laois county indoor championships take place this Friday evening 14th March in the Athlone International arena by kind permission. With events from U.10 right through to senior it promises a good evenings activity.
League FinalThe inaugural National League indoor final for men and women takes place in Athlone on Sunday 16th March. Many congratulations to both the men and women's team for qualifying so convincingly and best wishes in the final.
New MembersWith the evenings stretching and the weather improving some what, now that Lent is here it's the ideal time for those interested in giving the sport of athletics a go. With several disciplines going from sprints to walks, jumps to throws, relays to hurdles we have something to suit everyone. Presently we are scarce in the throws area and would be delighted to see the shot, discus, javelin and hammer being tested by some new members. Anyone over the age of 7 right through to 70 is more than welcome to join up. Membership forms may be downloaded from the club website or can be collected in the clubhouse. Any parents interested in getting involved in coaching please let Breda or Pat know immediately.
St Abban's AC Fit4LifeIf interested why not come along to the track any Monday or Wednesday evening and join Jimmy and his gang for some exercise. Walkers especially welcome. Graiguecullen on Mondays and Thursdays if it suits instead, sessions commence at 7.30.
Dineen Refractories Sponsor AgainThe Annual primary schools table quiz, kindly sponsored by Dineen Refractories, is currently in full flow at the semi-final stage. Once again the local schools are out in force and Pat and his team are testing the knowledge. Thanks to all the parents and teachers for supporting the event.
Mullins turns back the yearsThe All-Ireland intermediate and masters cross country championships were decided over some rough and heavy countryside in Dunboyne, Co. Meath last Sunday. With a few athletes down with the flu we were short to make teams. Never the less those that turned out gave some outstanding performances. Brian Kelly was 19th in the intermediate with James Nolan 36th. In the masters O.35 to O.60 we had Dermot Ayres, Liam Byrne, Colm McEvoy, Francis Fleming and Dinny Whelan putting on a fine show. However it was left to the O.65 to climb the podium and no better than Dick Mullins who has competed since the early 60's was pipped by a mere 1 second for the O.65 title. Coming right through the 4K race which was held in conjunction with the masters ladies he passed a couple up the finishing straight and just failed to catch Pat Collins, Liffey Valley. In all his years running this was his best individual performance and a silver individual medal for his efforts. Paddy Harding was 13th in the same race.
Paul & Eoin Take SilverThe 'Woodies' DIY National seniors were decided in the Athlone Institute of Technology last weekend. The club had some excellent performances and made a major contribution to the sport over the two days. Emma Daly was 7th in the shot with 9.34 metres, with sister Shauna 5th with 10.21 metres. Brother Conor was 6th in the triple jump with 13.22 Saragh Buggy was unfortunate having to withdraw from the triple jump having injured her ankle in warming up.
Nessa Millet traveled home from Loughborough and set a new P.B. of 56.54 seconds for the 400 which qualified her for the final, in which she was 5th in 57.02 Barry Regan had three fantastic runs over 60 metres clocking 7.09 in round 1 to qualify for the semi-finals where he clocked 6.98 seconds to make the final. In the final he went sub 7 again clocking 6.99 and a very close 5th just 4 hundredths of a second off the silver medal.
Eoin Kelly was also in superb form having a new P.B. of 6.78 metres (getting ever closer to 7 metres) when finishing 5th in the long jump. It was 14.34 in the triple jump and the silver medal for good measure. Paul Byrne was also in sparkling form, leaving the blocks in fantastic style he recorded a P.B. of 8.45 in the 60 hurdles semi-final and with a mighty effort took the silver in the final with a fantastic time of 8.29 seconds for a new club and county record. It was fantastic to see Barry and Paul starting so well, thanks to coaches John Maye and Jeremy Lyons on doing an excellent job. With 4 athletes in 5th place and two silver medals in was a most enjoyable weekend for athletes, parents and coaches.
Eoghan 7th in GlasgowEoghan Buggy made his 5th annual visit to Glasgow for the Scottish junior indoor championships. With the Commonwealth games being hosted by Scotland this year athletics has a high profile at the moment. The new indoor arena is a delightful venue and Eoghan enjoyed the experience clocking a new P.B. when finishing 7th place in the 400 metres.
Club MembershipWith the evenings getting brighter and hopefully the weather improving anyone interested in getting involved in any athletic discipline from javelin to relays, from race walking to jumps, is more than welcome to join us any Tuesday or Friday evening from 7.30pm in the clubhouse for training. Membership forms are available and can be filled in and returned to Breda at your earliest convenience. Club singlets are also available now, contact either Breda or Liam.
Click on the "Events" link in the lefthand menubar for more information.
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