Breathing Exercises – Astro Group

Attached please find the breathing exercise we would like the children to perform on a daily basis, with your encouragement and assistance. It is a very simple exercise which aims to help the children improve their breathing techniques and quicken their muscle recovery during effort. This will benefit the children in all their sporting activities not just athletics.

As you can appreciate, one hour a week is a very short time to try and incorporate all the techniques and exercises which will benefit your child’s athletic experience, so over time we will be handing out more home activites and would appreciate your assistance in encouraging the children to perform them. It might even be a time when all the family take time out to do the exercises together. We would also appreciate your feedback on the exercises and how your child manages with them.
Although aimed at the Astro group, these exercises would benefit all our young athletes (and families).

breathing exercises



Dublin T & F Championships Day 1

3rd June 2016 – Santry

The first part of the juvenile Dublin track championships was held in Santry on Friday evening, the evening was hot as were the races. First up for Skerries AC was our U/10 girls racing over 500m with Shauna, Jessica & Aoise committing 110% and setting the standard for the other Skerries athletes to follow. Our U/10 boys then threw themselves into the race and were not afraid to take it out from the gun.

The temperature continued to rise as did the distances with the race schedule moving on to the boys & girls U/11  to U/13  racing over 600m. Every place was fought for and our athletes did not give an inch as they flew around the track in the blue and white colours of the club.

As the racing programme drew to a close the weather began to cool however with two remaining athletes left to compete at under U/17 & U/18 over 800m the club got its first medal of the championship with Conor in a stacked field taking the silver medal and running a PB to boot!

Well done to all and we wish the best of luck to our athletes competing on Sunday for round two of the championships.

End of Season for Hall & Astro Groups


The sun shone on our young athletes on Friday night, as they rounded off a great season of athletics, with a fun night at the Community Centre. Our athletes showed off their multi disciplinary talents with the Tug of War; Relay Races that involved dragging tyres, carrying weights, jumping in sacks, zig zagging round obstacles; Turbo Javelin throwing; and of course lots of running. We may have a few decathletes in the making! Thanks to all the coaches for organising such a fun evening. Have a great summer holiday. See you all in September.

Dublin T&F League 4 (21st May 2016)

Another Great Day of Athletics At The Morton Stadium, Santry

Update from Sebastian

It was a great day for the astro group athletes taking part in the events
and the organisation of the meeting was “spot-on”!
We were represented in the Sprints by:
Lily, Isabella, Samuel, Shane og, Andre, Darragh and Dylan.
In Long distance by:
Lily at the 400m and Shane og, Samuel and André took part on the 300m
Great to see Skerries AC represented in Field Events
Long Jump:
Isabella, Lilly, Darragh, Andre, Samuel, Shane og, Dylan
Turbo Javelin:
Andre, Samuel, Shane og.

News From Greg


League 4 at Santry so I picked up me pal Altan (new spikes – thank-you Breen) and off we went. 11am meet as the hurdles were at 10.30 and none of me troops wanted to try them out. Especially Breen who replied when I asked him “Greg I’m a sprint man none of that hurdles lark for me!” A young man who knows his strengths and weaknesses! Wish I was 14 again!

Registration and I got meself me stickers. Slight panic as Marie and her girls were not here?  Panic over as Keva came down to me and all three were up in the stands. Marie is Skerries AC No1 fan and she takes a mean picture!  (see attached)

The weather you ask, well started off sunny and showers throughout the day. Quite warm in the stands for a change.

Sprints first. Nicole and Keva, great pals’ great sprinters. Speedy with great times. 60 metres went in a flash!

Daphney up next, little further 80 metres. Walked her down to start, quick pep talk and she was at the line! Boom! made the final no bother!

The U14 sprints came up really quickly and nearly forgot about Naomi! She went to the start on her own and used the blocks. Well impressed! Great run too.

Ben next (who showed me how to set up his blocks!) he flew out of them and finished well. I see him as a sprinter, powerful, good action, but you are not getting out of the Ardgillan runs Ben! Thanks Mr Ben for taking photo’s (see attached).

Long Distance

Keva, get your 3 Euro worth says me, so she ran in the 400m and Daphney in the 500m both doubling up. Keva came in about 12th and Daphney came second – well done girls that’s value for money!

Lorcan, well to be honest I missed the long distances as I had to see a man about a dog but my co-coach John said “what a run” twice so it must have been good. Strolled in 1st and not a bead of sweat! Rio still a bit too early for him but Olympics maybe one day.

Altan came in 7th which was half decent too. This lad runs with a smile on his face. He lit up the track on Saturday both in his 80 metres and long distance. Look after them spikes sir!

Hugh and Ben ran well, not put off by running with the girl U16’s and in atrocious conditions, yes the heavens did open!

Lastly thanks to all the kids (they do the hard bit) the mum’s and dad’s (the easy bit- the cheering) and fellow coaches Sébastien (photos too), Ide, Martina, John and all officials at Santry who give their time for the love of the sport.

 We all love the sport too!

 Coach Greg


Clonliffe Harriers Juvenile Open Sports

15th May 2016

Our younger athletes were blessed with glorious weather for their latest trip to the Morton Stadium for the inaugural Clonliffe Harriers Juvenile Open Sports event. All our athletes performed superbly, with plenty of medals coming home to Skerries. The club always performs well on the track, but it has been great this season to see athletes trying some of the field events. We have seen success in the Turbo Javelin in the Leagues, and on Sunday in the Long Jump. Thanks to all the coaches who were there to assist the athletes on the day, the parents for their support, our friends at Clonliffe for putting on such a great event, and obviously our athletes for their outstanding performances.