Dublin Juvenile Even Age XC Championships & AAI Autumn Open Abbotstown

The Dublin Juvenile Cross Country Championships took place in Abbotstown on Sunday morning, with athletes competing at U/10 right up to under 18. The Dublin Championships is always a big step up in standard compared to the Cross Country leagues, with the Championships providing an opportunity for our athletes to qualify for the National Cross Country Championships in November. As always all our athletes did their club proud performing very well. A special mention must go to the following; Tom Walsh Boys U10 who smiled the whole way round the course (we love your attitude) and Emer Fanning 10th Girls U10.  Then we had our Under 12 athletes and older hunting the National Championship qualification places with the following securing their selection:  U12 Girls: Shauna Prior 3rd (Bronze Medal) & Aoife Curley 6th; U14 Boys: Lorcan Devine 9th: U15 Girls: Ruby Pereira 10th & Lottie Simons 11th, Boys U16: John Fanning 2nd (Silver Medal); Girls U18 Mairead NiChleirigh 6th.

Following the Dublin Juvenile championships in the morning it was the turn of our Junior, Senior & Master Athletes. Eibhlin took part in her first junior women’s cross country race which was part of the senior women’s race. Having come through the Skerries AC Juvenile ranks she did as always put in a solid performance in a strong field in the junior women.

At a senior and master level, huge congratulations must go to Ciara Durkan & Keith Downey. Ciara continues her fine form since her win in the Rathfarnham 5K to take 5th place overall (3rd Irish woman) in the senior women’s Autumn Open Cross country race in a time of 21min 12sec. We wish Ciara well as she prepares for the National Cross Country Championships in November, which will act as the trials to select the Irish women’s team for the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia.

Later Keith & Kevin competed in the Senior & Master Men’s Race. The race also acted as the trials to select the Irish Masters Women and Men’s teams across a variety of age groups for the forthcoming  British & Irish Masters International Cross Country Race in Derry on November 18th.  Teams competing will be Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales. Keith finished as the 4th over 50 in the race and made automatic selection for the Team Ireland over 50 category. Congratulations to Keith on obtaining his first Irish vest.
Thanks as always to the coaches for preparing the athletes for the competition and to those who were there to give that final bit of guidance and support. To all the parents who came as well to support, particularly Philip, Eilish, Brian & Brenda who acted as stewards on behalf of the club. Most of all to all our young and not so young athletes, who work so hard in training, and represent the club so well.


Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal Open Sports Day 21st May 2017

Clonliffe Harriers AC held their Open Sports Day on Sunday last in Morton Stadium and having attended last year’s event it promised to be a good day. It had a later start of 2pm and the event didn’t disappoint.

We had six athletes from Skerries AC who represented the Club in a very positive fashion in participation, support and performance. We had representatives in the U/10, U/12 and U/14 events.  Jake was first up with his 60m taking home a gold, despite a bad start. Isabelle the sole female representative for Skerries, was next up with her 80m one side of the track while Harvey and Sam ran their 80m on the other side. Isabelle came home in 4th place in her race, with Sam taking silver in his followed closely by Harvey taking bronze.

Next up was Oscar who had some very tough competition in his 100m against 4 athletes from the home club. He ran an impressive race and with very little encouragement decided to take the lads on again in the 200m. Intimidation started on the starting line with some of the lads deciding to use starting blocks, but this didn’t discourage Oscar. He ran a determined race right to the line.

While the sprints were taking place, Jake was taking his turn in the Long Jump. After being taught the correct technique of long jump by Ailis, he had to move away from this and jump from the sand, just in front of the board.  He gave a good account of himself and took home a bronze medal. While the jumps were taking place Ben arrived after playing a match in Sallynoggin and headed straight for his 300m. He was coming 5th with 50m to go and got a 2nd wind the closer he got to the line securing an impressive second place.  Next up was Jake in his 300m, finishing in 5th place.

Harvey after a lot of encouragement and possibly a bit of bribery ran a great 600m, just missing out on a bronze medal with 2m to go.  Track events were finished now for Skerries AC as no amount of encouragement or bribery could convince Oscar to run the 1,000m for his age group. Then back to the Long Jump pits for Sam, Harvey and Isabelle. The boy’s long jump was being taken very seriously with all the lads counting their steps back from the board, while at the other pit the girls were being told to jump from the sand in front of the board. All the athletes put in impressive jumps as can be seen from the photos.

The last field events of the day for Skerries were Shot Putt for Harvey and Sam with the Long Jump for Oscar.  As with all the field events, each athlete had three attempts, with the best being recorded. Harvey and Sam had never competed in the Shot Putt before and put in some impressive throws, with Harvey claiming a gold medal with a throw of 7.55m. Oscar rounded off the day for Skerries with some nice jumping.

Thanks to all the athletes, their supporters and Clonliffe Harriers AC for a great day.  After two hours and 30 minutes of competition, Skerries AC brought home 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. Well done all and here’s to next year’s event.

Dunboyne 4 Mile Road Race

Congratulations to Ciara Durkan and Isabel Carron who represented Skerries AC in the Dunboyne 4 Mile Road Race on Sunday.

Ciara was first female home in a time of 22:06. Isabel was first junior female in a time of 23:34.

Great to see such a strong performance from both.

National Juvenile Indoor Championships

Congratulations to Ruby Pereira and Lottie Simons who represented Skerries AC in the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone on Sunday. They were both competing in the U16 Girls 1500m.

Ruby came 7th with a time of 5:06.94, closely followed by Lottie in 8th with a time of 5:09.11.

Great result by both.

2016 Annual Awards Night

A great night was had on 16th December when the whole club came together to celebrate the achievements of all Skerries AC athletes over the past 12 months. We recognised the achievements of athletes, some whom competed for the first time this year, and those who have trained with us for years and represented the club on many occasions. We also thanked our coaches for the time and commitment they give to the club in supporting our young athletes. We were delighted to welcome Ailis MacSweeney (our Sprint Coach and Irish 100m record holder) and Ciara Durkin (long time club member and European Cross Country Team Bronze Medalist) to present medals and awards to athletes. As well as presenting Dublin League awards, Dublin Cross Country Awards, and National Medals the following Club Annual Awards for 2016 were presented.

Best Girl Track Athlete – Ruby Pereira

Best Girl XC Athlete – Lottie Simons

Best Boy Track Athlete – Conor Tuck

Best Boy XC Athlete – Stephen O’Connor

Most Improved Athlete – Mairead NiChleirigh

Jim Quigley Award – Kerrie Costello

At the end of the evening we held our Christmas Raffle. Thanks to the following who donated prizes;

Stoop Your Head

Whizz Kids/Philanns

Shankey for Men

Skerries Sports Shop

Gerrys Supermarket

Aidan O’Briens Butcher

McGirl Family

Owens Family

Burgess Family

Kenny Family

KL Cakes/Aonghus Lynch




National Uneven Ages XC Championships – Dundalk IT

A great day of athletics to be had on Sunday at the National Uneven XC and Novice Championships in Dundalk IT. The weather was mild, and fairly dry underfoot. Our U15 girls kicked off for the club. Lottie had her best run of the season to lead the team home (14th overall) followed by strong performances from Ruby (26th), Lily (58th), Ella (112th) and Kerrie (114th). As a team they came 7th, but Lottie and Ruby also qualified as part of the Bronze winning Dublin County team.

Next up were the U17 girls. Again strong performances from Anna (59th) and Mairead (77th). Anna also qualified as part of the Silver winning Dublin County team.

Stephen followed in the U17 boys. He had the misfortune of losing a shoe early in the race, so under the circumstances finished a very credible 104th (I believe racing with one shoe is a specialty of his).

After a tough year due to injury it was great to see Isabel racing again, finishing 7th in the U19 girls. An incredible achievement for first race back.

Sad to see Orla B pull out of the Novice race due to injury. Fingers crossed nothing too serious.

It is an incredible achievement to qualify for the Nationals so well done to all, Skerries AC is so proud of you all. Also to Eibhlin who qualified, but couldn’t compete due to illness.

Thanks as always to the coaches, for their hardwork on the day, but also in preparing the athletes to reach the Nationals, and for the parents and their ongoing support.



Girls under 16 team win Bronze in National Even Age XC Championships

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.

Dublin XC Championships (Even Ages) Results


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.

U10 Girls

3rd Shauna Prior

U12 Girls

11th Daphne Ndjatang

U12 Boys

34th Oscar McIvor Lynch

U14 Girls

31st Ella Kingsnorth

U14 Boys (3rd Team)

6th Joshua Ericson

13th James Kenny

24th Lorcan Devine

30th Hugh Lawlor

33rd Ben Cohen

U16 Girls (2nd Team)

5th Lottie Simons

12th Anna Prior

20th Lily Heaney

22nd Kerrie Costello

U18 Girls

10th Eibhlin McCarthy

12th Mairead Nichleirigh

U18 Boys

15th Conor Tuck

16th Stephen O’Connor

Senior Women

31st Orla Bollard (24.46)


Eibhlin takes Silver in Portland

Congratulations to Eibhlin who is away in Portland at the moment, but still training hard and competing. Eibhlin took women’s silver, 5th finisher, with a pb of 20:26 in Hillsboro 5k  4th July Catwalk roadrace.
Eibhlin’s Grandpa took veterans in 29:20. Obviously running is in the genes. Congratulations to both!