St. Abban's Athletic Club

Maher Sisters on the move

The first weekend of the GLO Health Leinster indoor championships were decided in the International arena in Athlone. The juvenile section saw good performances from the Lacey brothers Josh and Jack over the 800m and 1500m. Oisin Ryan and Tom Buggy acquitted themselves well also and will have learned from the occasion. Cian Kely continued his fantastic season for silver over 1500m in a new P.B. It was silver also for Cara Maher when she ran two excellent races over 800m to post a new P.B. also. But perhaps it was her sister Maeve who was happier on the day when she took gold in the triple jump in a new P.B. of 9.30 meters. She was a happy customer and enjoyed her first Leinster gold medal.

In the senior Jamie Pender had two fine runs over 60m and 200m. Barry Regan ran 7.15 in the 60m to win the bronze. The 3,000m meters was a club classic with Brian Kelly, Stephen Lawlor and Cormac Kelly locked together throughout In the early laps. Cormac cut out a steady pace, then Brian went to the front and shoved it on with Cormac appearing to suffer. Next up it was Stephen at the front and he succeeded in opening up what looked like a winning break. With over 30 meters to spare at the bell it was his title to loose and sure enough Cormac dug deep to catch Stephen on the home straight for gold , with Stephen having to settle for silver with Brian in 4th spot.

Conor Daly competed in the long and triple jump and captured the silver medal in the triple. His teammate Eoin Kelly collected silver in the long jump and retained his title taking gold in he triple jump. Barry Pender was a clear winner in the high jump when clearing 2.14m (just over 7 feet in old mans terms) for a new season's best.

Barry joins the big boys

The greatest height ever achieved in this country in the high jump was updated on Wednesday evening when Mutaz Barshim from Quatar cleared a magnificent 2.41 meters in AIT Athlone and the stadium erupted. He came and he delivered and was unlucky not to achieve 2.44m. Our own club man Barry Pender had an excellent evening with first time clearances up to and including 2.15m improving his seasons best on the previous Sunday. He can be well happy and look forward to mixing it with the big boys.

Registration Time

The club has 178 members registered for this year. As it is a condition that only registered members can compete in championship events it would be much appreciated if those wishing to join the club could fill in an application form and return with your membership fee. Membership forms can be downloaded from the St Abban's AC website.


The numbers are increasing gradually at the track at the moment. All are welcome to walk, jog or run at whatever pace they so wish. As and from Monday night next a special session will commence for walkers only. Why not come along with your friend and enjoy the trip at YOUR pace.

Barry Scales New Height

An excellent high jump competition saw a large crowd remain after the track events had concluded to witness a titanic battle between Karoush Foruigi and Barry Pender in the GLO Health National senior championships in Athlone on Sunday. Spurred on from the fantastic clearance by our friend from Quatar of 2.41 meters the previous Wednesday night at the International meet, the two boys moved the bar steadily towards the roof. With both having perfect score cards up to and including 2.14m Karoush went clear first time at 2.17m with Barry failing what was new territory for him. Never the less he had the belief and opted to pass with the bar going to 2.20m. Not a murmur in the stadium as he attacked the bar and sailed over for a magnificent clearance and the crowd erupted to the man from Springhill. Foruigi passed and the bar went to 2.22m which was the qualifying standard for the European indoor's. Both had good efforts at this height with Barry going very close on his 3rd attempt. No doubt it will come. The National senior indoor high jump champion for 2015 is Barry Pender with a club and county record of 2.20m which is a shade over 7 feet 2.5 inches in old money.

Barry's brother Jamie had new P.B'.s in the 60m (7.43) and the 200m (23.61) while Barry Regan rose to the occasion qualifying for the final of the 60m where he finished 8th clocking a time of 7.10 in the semi-final. Craig Coffey had a fine performance to finish 4th in the high jump clearing 1.85m. Paul Byrne won his heat of the 400m in a P.B. of 49.50 which was just outside the top 6 that made the final. Eoghan Buggy was delighted with a big P.B. of 50.88 seconds for his 400m. Conor Daly was 8th in the triple jump with 13.29 meters.

Our other medalists were Eoin Kelly taking silver in the triple jump with 14.27 meters and fouling narrowly on a massive jump on his last attempt. It was 5th for Eoin in the long jump with a leap of 6.79 meters (22 feet 3.5 inches). Our sole female competitor Siobhan Nash put in a sterling performance registering a big new P.B. of 14-47.25 in the 3K walk and the silver medal.

Sportshall in Progress

Laois sports partnership are currently providing the sports hall athletic program for all local school's in the clubhouse at Monavea. With good participation it is an ideal way of introducing a fun based activity to all school children. Thanks to all concerned for encouraging and promoting the sport.


The 2nd weekend of the Leinster juveniles takes place in Athlone this coming weekend. Best wishes to all our participants.


1st Mar 2015 National Inter Clubs & Development Cross Country TBC
7&8th Mar2015 Leinster Indoors Athlone 10.00am
7th Mar2015 GLO Health All-Ireland Schools Cross Country & Universities Clongowes
8th Mar2015 38th Annual 10 mile Road Race Ballycotton
13th Mar2015 Laois Indoors Athlone 18.30pm

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