Some pictures from recent training sessions in Ardgillan. Also post training ice bath. Hot chocolates a vital part of the programme!
Never mind the Nationals….the most competitive race in the Skerries AC calendar is always the Xmas cake run (for those athletes who train up in Ardgillan). Always hotly contested, with competitors handicapped the idea being all finishing at roughly the same time (Mmmm…)! It was a beautiful day for the run, with everyone in good spirits. Great to see our Chairperson Donna out for her maiden Xmas Cake Run. Conor led the senior athletes home, with Nicole winning the junior race. Mince pies and hot chocolate followed, to round off a great years training. Thanks to Joanne for organising. Enjoy your well deserved break!!!
Well done to all the athletes who competed today at Abbottstown. Daphne got us off to a great start with a strong performance in the girls under 12 race. This was followed by our boys under 14 team, Joshua, Ben, Lorcan, James and Hugh, again producing a fine performance. Next up was the girls under 16 team. Despite racing out of their age, and Lily poorly all week, produced an outstanding performance to secure Bronze in the team event. All their hard consistent work over the winter paid off. Each member of the team battled to the end and fought for every place securing a two point lead over West Waterford. Well done Ruby, Lottie, Lily, Anna and Kerrie. Lottie was also fourth scorer in the Dublin team, who took Gold in the inter county competition. Mairead ran a strong race in the under 18 girls, as did Orla B in the under 23 8k (first time racing over this distance) and Ciara in the senior women. Thanks as always to the parents for their support. Also to the coaches for their hard efforts in preparing the athletes.
Sunday was a historic day for all our athletes as they competed in the very first event ever to be held at the new National Cross Country Course in Abbottstown. It was a blustery day, although fortunately the rain held off.
First Medal of the day was won by Shauna Prior, a brilliant third in the U10 girls. We had two team wins. Firstly U14 Boys took Bronze. They were led by Josh (super run came 6th), followed by James, Lorcan, Hugh and Ben. Then the U16 girls took Silver. They were led by a very strong Lottie who took it out from the start and came 5th, followed by Anna, Lily and Kerrie.
Strong individual performances by Daphne, Oscar and Ella who didn’t have the support of a team, but didn’t let that stop them.
Great runs by Eibhlin and Mairead in the U18 girls, and Conor and Stephen in the U18 boys.
Orla Bollard ran her first senior womens race in the Autumn Open. It was strong field led by Fionnuala McCormack. Orla came an impressive 31st with a time of 24.46
Full credit to all, with many stepping up an age to compete. As ever thanks to the parents who supported, and gave lifts.
3rd Shauna Prior
11th Daphne Ndjatang
34th Oscar McIvor Lynch
31st Ella Kingsnorth
6th Joshua Ericson
13th James Kenny
24th Lorcan Devine
30th Hugh Lawlor
33rd Ben Cohen
5th Lottie Simons
12th Anna Prior
20th Lily Heaney
22nd Kerrie Costello
10th Eibhlin McCarthy
12th Mairead Nichleirigh
15th Conor Tuck
16th Stephen O’Connor
31st Orla Bollard (24.46)
We have a number of athletes competing over the coming weekends in the National Juvenile T&F Championships in Tullamore. It is an incredible achievement to qualify for the Nationals. Good luck, we are so proud of you all (G’wan the goats!).
Day 1 Sunday 10th July
Girls U/12 – Daphne Ndjtang 600m
Girls U/15 – Ruby Pereira – 800m
Boys U/14 – Joshua Ericson – 800m
Boys U/18 – Conor Tuck – 800m
Day 2 Saturday 23rd July
Girls U/17 – Orla Thompson – 400m
Boys U/17 – Stephen O’Connor – 3000m
Day 3 Sunday 24th July
Girls U/15 – Lottie Simons – 1500m
Girls U/15 – Ruby Pereira – 1500m
Girls U/19 – Sive Duncan – 1500m
Boys U/18 – Conor Tuck – 1500m
10th June 2016 Santry & 11th June 2016 Irishtown
The 2016 Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships drew to a conclusion on Friday evening June 10th and Saturday morning June 11th. On Friday evening the scene was set yet again for more intense competition to be only cooled somewhat by the rain.
Our club has a strong tradition in middle and endurance events with this tradition coming to the fore again as our athletes competed in the 1500m across a variety of ages on the Friday evening. The standard in all 1500m races was high and all our athletes must be given credit and take pride in the way they competed on the night giving it their all, fighting hard for their club and for themselves. The following athletes managed to medal on the night; Lottie & Ruby getting a silver and bronze medal respectively and running PB’s in what was a very hotly contested girls U/15 1500m race, followed by Sive who got a bronze medal in the u/19 1500m race. All have booked their place for the upcoming nationals when they will take to the track in Tullamore. Another Skerries athlete who booked his place on the night for the nationals was Conor, finishing 4th in the U/18 1500m and running another PB following his success in the 800m the previous week.
No sooner had Friday’s night events concluded and our athletes were back early morning in Irishtown Track to compete in events over 400m & 200m. Our club may have a strong tradition in endurance, however with our new sprint programme launched this year under the careful guidance of Ailis, our sprint athletes held their own in what were very competitive races. Orla and Kerry toed the line with each of them flying out of the blocks (yes we now know how to use blocks) over 400m and 200m respectively, followed by Josh who made it out of his heat to finish 5th in his 200m final.
This brought the clubs Dublin championship campaign to an end, however the abiding memory is how all our athletes competed, giving it their all, however more importantly how they all supported each other, if they were not competing they were shouting from the side of the track providing encouragement to their team mates. Special thanks must also go to our coaches in preparing all our athletes for the championships and to parents who helped out at each days competition.
It’s not just the Dublin T & F Championships that have been keeping our athletes busy.
Laura Fagan has just competed and won her first park run in Rush. Well done Laura, all that hard work in Ardgillan is paying off.
Orla Bollard competed in the 1500m at the 4th Dublin graded meet. She ran a determined race, winning the race in 4.59.55, setting a new PB.
Also special mention to Keith, who having taken the training session with our Athletes in ALSAA, rushed to Santry to support Orla, and compete in the 1500m finishing 5th in a very competitive field.
5th June 2016 – Tallaght
“OH WHAT A DAY!”
Well off I set with John Lawlor, Hugh + Lottie and a lovely car journey it was too. Smooth journey on the M50 and I was surprised when pulling down the window it was a windee down and not electric, cheered me up no end!
It’s the little things isn’t it!
Weather report you ask – one word – glorious!
Now forgive me if I don’t get everyone’s individual performances but it’s safe to say a couple of things were learnt at the end of the day.
1) Great to see so many athletes putting on a Skerries Vest, all did the club proud
2) Enjoy, racing is about having fun!
Who did what? Well my competitors were as follows:
Daphney, Daisy, Ellie, Lorcan, Phillip, Mark, Ben, Josh, Hugh, Conall, Ella, Naomi, Lottie, Ruby, Kerrie and Stephen.
They ran sprints and long distance, all ran well and some even made the finals in Tullamore.
Two lads get a special mention.
Conall who literally left everything out on the track, first 800m and I know he will never forget it! Some achievement Conall! Thanks to Conall’s Dad for getting him thru post-race too.
And to Stephen O’Connor who had to hang around the longest for his 3000 metres, finishing 4th to qualify for the Nationals in Tullamore.
Thanks to Tallaght AC, to the parents (the easy bit – cheering), the kids (hard bit – racing) and thanks also to John Lawlor who volunteered to rake the sand pit. Lovely straight lines and no sand castles!
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.
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).
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!