Happy Christmas 🎄☃️🎅🏼

Hard to believe but Training has finished until 2019.

Congratulations to Shauna, Lottie and John who did not allow Storm Deirdre to deter them from competing in the National Uneven Age Cross Country Championships in Navan on Saturday.

All put in great performances under very tough conditions, with Shauna stepping up an age group to U/13’s. Lottie was the 6th scorer in 39th place helping the Dublin team secure gold in the County competition. John had an amazing race finishing in 8th position in the individual race and was 2nd team scorer for Dublin securing a silver medal for Dublin County team and a bronze medal for Dublin province team.

The Senior groups joined by the Sprint Group finished up with the annual Christmas cake run in Ardgillan on Sunday. As always a hotly contested competition with Nathan, Aoife and Shauna battling out for the first cake, Aoife just taking it on the line.

Another sprint finish for the older group with Philip just beating Josh.

Thanks so much to Joanne for organising and as always supplying the beautiful cakes. Thanks to the parents who supported and brought cakes, treats and hot chocolate, (including the Ericson & Fanning families for the warm sausages, and Nathan for his amazing healthy (at least that’s what I’m telling myself 😉) brownies.

Thanks to the coaches and committee members for all you do for our athletes during the year, the parents for your ongoing support and of course the athletes whose hard work and commitment make it all worth while.

Have a good break. Wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas. Look forward to seeing you all back at training in the New Year.

Annual Awards Evening

Friday night saw all Skerries Athletic Club’s training groups, coaches and parents/guardians come together to celebrate what has been another great year for our athletes. The achievements of all our athletes were recognised and acknowledged whether it was at their training sessions, races or a combination of both.

Some of our athletes are in their first year with Skerries AC which we hope is the start of a long enjoyable journey. Huge thanks were passed on to our coaches for the time and commitment they give to the club in supporting our athletes and parents for their continued support. Thanks was also given to our committee for their commitment, time and hard work throughout the year in supporting our coaches/athletes and organising our social/fundraising events.

We were delighted to welcome Ciara Durkan (long time member of the Club and successful Irish athlete) to present the Club Awards to our athletes.

Proceedings kicked off with a small presentation to a long time member of the committee who stepped down earlier this year Joanne Carron. We would like to thank Joanne for all her years on the committee, thankfully she is remaining with us as a coach.

Participation medals were awarded to our Junior athletes (Indoor and Astro) in recognition of their hard work at training in all weathers throughout the year. Next up were the Dublin League, Dublin Championship and National Championship medals of which were in abundance down to the fantastic runs by our athletes throughout the year. These medals represented the Clubs success in both Cross Country and Track races, over distances varying from 60m up to 6,000m. (The recent XC League medals were not available but the athletes achievements were recognised … hence the reason for no medals in their photos).

The Club Annual Awards for 2018 were presented to

Junior 1 Attendance – Conall Gilbride

Junior 1 Coaches – Chloe Walls

Junior 2 Attendance – James Walls

Junior 2 Coaches – Aisling Murphy

Female Track Athlete – Lottie Simons

Female XC Athlete – Shauna Prior

Male Track Athlete – Harvey Lowe

Male XC Athlete – John Fanning

Most Improved Athlete – Cressida Amaniampong

Jim Quigley Award – Nathan Harpur

At the end of the evening we held our Christmas Raffle, thank you to all the parents for their support. Huge thanks also go to our sponsors who donated fantastic prizes :

Gourmet Food Parlour

Stoop Your Head

McMeels Pharmacy

Apache Pizza

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LA Bakery

Red Island Wines

C&T Supermarkets

Price Family

Hackett Family

O’Hara Family

McGirl Family

Fanning Family

Last but not least thanks to Michael for the great photos.

Wishing you all an enjoyable break over the Christmas and we look forward to another successful year of athletics during 2019.