St. Abban's Athletic Club
Cross Country Season of to a great start:-Emo Court once again was the beautiful setting for day 1 of the Laois Credit Unions cross country championships. Though we were down somewhat in numbers all those present performed exceptionally well. We had 5 county champions crowned with Cara Maher taking the girls U.14 title, Cian Kelly the boys U.16 title, the Lawlor brothers David and Danny winning the boys U.18 and the novice men in fine style respectively and Maire Griffith was a popular winner of the novice ladies crown.
Individual silver medalists included:-
Katie Brennan U.10, Darragh Kealy U.12, T. J. Burke U.14 and Laura Graham U.16, while our bronze recipients included:- Adam Buggy U.10, Amy Brennan U.12, Orla Davis U.14, Caitlin McDonald with a fine finish U.18 and Siobhan Nash in the novice ladies.
In the team contests we came away with gold in half of battles, taking 6 titles from the possible 12.
The novice ladies were clear winners with Maire (1) and Siobhan (3) being joined by a rejuvenated Margo Dowling 4th and newcomer Kay Bermingham 10th with support coming from Ann Nicholl 12th, Marie Murray 14th and Sharon Buggy 15th. It was gold and bronze in the novice men where Danny had over a minute and a half to spare in taking the title.
James Nolan showed a nice improvement in 6th, Conor Barry with his GAA commitments finished for another year was a fine 7th and Kevin Brennan making a welcome return in 8th to complete the gold medal performance. Niall English displayed his usual commitment finishing 11th to lead the 'B' team to bronze with Dorel Picovici 13th, Bernard Graham 15th and Mark Murray 18th scoring. Francis Fleming 20th, Anthony McDonald 22nd and Matt Moore 23rd completed our line up.
It was gold for the girls U.10 with Katie Brennan 2nd, Niamh Graham 8th, Aoibhin McDonald 9th and Audrey Byrne 11th scoring with the support coming from Katie Baldwin 14th, Danielle O'Driscoll 22nd and Maya Brennan 33rd. Boys U.10 took silver with Adam Buggy 3rd, Evan English 8th, Lee Murray 10th and Sean O'Sullivan 20th. In the girls U.12 Amy 3rd was joined by Seoighe English 11th. It was silver also for the boys U.12 with Darragh Kealy 2nd, joined by Sean O'Driscoll 8th, Cody Corrigan 11th and Evan Dowling 15th. Girls U.14 saw Cara (winner) and Orla (3rd) joined by Ellen Dempsey running her first county event 11th and Orla Kelly 12th capturing the title. The boys U.14 came out on top also led admirably by T. J. (2nd) with another newcomer Darragh Murphy 8th and Adam Delahunt 10th doing the business. Laura (2nd) had support from Alannah O'Rourke 7th and Niamh Moore 10th in the U.16. In the boys Cian the winner saw another newcomer Jack Lacey have an excellent run for 4th, Conor Hayden 7th and Adam Nicholl/Waugh 15th to lift the title with Niall Egan 19th and Gerard Kelly 20th supporting. Liz Brophy was 7th in the U.18 girls while David Baldwin was 7th in the boys.
Cullahill is the venue for the Uneven ages and the Intermediate this Sunday 12th October with an 11.00 a.m. start. A new venue to be explored.
Teresa on ScheduleThe Athlone ¾ marathon (which is a rarely run distance) was decided last Sunday and is usually a good indicator as to ones wellbeing ahead of the Dublin marathon. Teresa Agar ticked all the boxes running similar splits throughout to come home 28th overall and 3rd lady in a new personal best of 2 hours 14 minutes and 4 seconds. All going well on the big day another good clocking is on the cards.
Caitriona McDonald was another happy person running 2-43.02 for 245th place, with Mark Wogan clocking 2-44.10, Michelle Harrington 597th in 3-21.16 and Carmel Hughes 706th in 4-02.00 completing our turnout. Best wishes to all our club members taking in the marathon.
Team Titles on the DoubleThe middle distance squad currently available in the club made a wonderful start to the new season when they traveled to the capital and came away team champions in the highly rated Rathfarnham 5K road race. Packing wonderfully they finished almost together with Stephen Lawlor 15th in 15.13, Brian Kelly 16th in 15.24, Cormac Kelly 17th in 15.24 and Danny Lawlor 18th and 1st junior in 15.27 for a total of 66 points to gain a significant victory for a country club. The junior men followed in their foot steps stepped up to the mark and duly completed the double with James Moore 30th ( 2nd junior) in 15.54 a big P.B., Cian Kelly 65th in 17.05 and James Tyrrell 76th in 17.17 It was an excellent outcome for the green, white and gold.
Cheryl off to a good startCheryl Nolan made a great start to the new season in the U.S.A. when she finished 3rd in a 6K conference run in a fine time of 22 minutes and 5 seconds. Starting steadily she moved into the top 10 around the half way mark and progressed smoothly to the finish just short of nailing 2nd place on the line - a nice opening to the new season.
Danesfort 10K crown for TeresaTeresa Agar again showed excellent form to win the Danesfort 10K in just over 39 minutes. Other club participants included Francis Fleming (senior) registering in the masters in a time just over 40 minutes. Mark Wogan was just over 45 while Maura Fleming did the 5k.
New Faces at the clubThe recent club cross country was moved to the track at the last minute and we were delighted to see some new bodies arrive to sample the sport. Naturally we have plenty of room for more and if your interested your welcome along to any of the many club sessions, with the main sessions taking place on Tuesdays and Fridays. The girls U.10 saw Katie Brennan 1st, from Niamh Graham, Katie Baldwin, Rachel Ayres, Danielle O'Driscoll, Jessica Murray and Cara English. In the boys it was Evan English from Lee Murray, Peter Grogan, Jack Milton, Fionn O'Sullivan and Sean O'Sullivan. Girls U.12 it was Amy Brennan from Seoighe English while Darragh Kealy from Sean O'Driscoll, Cody Corrigan and Shane Buggy in the boys. Orla Kelly was the victor U.14 with Laura Graham U.17, Siobhan Nash junior, Colette English senior, Kay Bermingham O.35 and Teresa Kelly O.45. Boys U.17 saw Jack Lacey come home clear from Conor Hayden, Dean Malone, Niall Egan and Ger Kelly. Junior it was Aaron Murphy from Cian Burke and David Baldwin. The senior went to Dermot Ayres from James Nolan and Mark Murray with Niall English O.40, Sean Kelly O.59 and Dick Mullins O.60 from Dinny Whelan and Paddy Harding.
Secondary school leagueIt was great to see record field's turnout in Knockbeg for round 1 of the three county secondary schools league recently. As well as the massive field's the competition was red hot and it was great to see so many club members mixing it at the front. Congratulations to all concerned and best wishes in round 2 in Newbridge on the 16th October.
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