St. Abban's Athletic Club
Masters Road Champs
Portarlington was the venue for Laois Master and Junior road race championships. The club was well represented and had 11 runners in the ladies 3k and 9 in the men's 6k race. Colette English led our ladies home again this year to take the Masters ladies title in 11.23, and the ladies o/35 team with Margo Dowling in 4th and Catriona McDonald in 6th. Sharon Buggy finished in 10th, Kate Bermingham was 12th to lead home the winning o/45 team with Mairead Moore in 13th and Ann Nichol in 18th completeing the team. Deirdre Brennan was 14th, Sinead Milton was 24th, Colette Brennan was 25th and Maura Fleming was 26th.
In the mens 6k, John Fenlon led home the o/35 team who took gold, finished in 1st place, with Stephen Hunter in 2nd, Colm Burke in 4th and Colin Coyne in 8th place completeing the team. Niall English finished in 21st place. Liam Byrne in 11th led home the o/45 team who also took team gold, with Francis Flemming in 24th, Paddy Harding in 28th and Dinny Whelan in 9th making up the team.
In the Juvenile races James Kovar was 5th in the u9 400m, Timmy Byrne 3rd in the u11 500m and Audrey Byrne was 6th in the u13 100m. Well done to all who raced.
Student GamesThe Student Games attracted large numbers of pupils from local schools for the 44th running of the event with Ardough, Arles, Ballyadams, Ballylinan, Clogh, Killeen, Killeshin, Mayo, Moneenroe, Newtown, The Swan, St. Fiacc's (Graiguecullen), Wolfhill and Ballinabranagh. Killeshin were once again out in force and retained the Social Service Cup. It was a great day of competition and some excellent performances on display. Special thanks to the teachers and parents for supporting the event. Perhaps you might continue to involve your children in the sport by bringing them along to training on Tuesdays and Fridays, all are welcome.
Cheryl goes quicker againStateside Cheryl Nolan knocked a further 2sec off her 1500m PB when she ran 4.25.41 at the John McDonnell invitational in Arkansas over the weekend to finish 5th in the race.
The 22nd Annuals St. Abban's AC open Sports will take place Monday 1st of May, starting at 12.30pm. Please save the date, track and field events for under 8's upwards.Full details and porgramme here....
Another date for the diary, the first stage of the 2017 St. Abban's Fit4Life Summer League takes place on Wednesday 10th May in Luggacurren. Full fixtures can be found here....
Ned Buggy Memorial 4k walk/run/crawl is on the 30th of April with all proceeds going to Pieta House. Registration at 12.30pm in St. Abban's Clubhouse. More info on the Facebook page
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