Friday, May 29, 2009

Seniors Saturday Track Sessions Resume

The time has come to give up the saturday lie-in and get back into the Saturday morning speed session.

A light session will be held tomorrow morning (to help ease back into it :)) at 11am at the track. I look forward to seeing an enthusiastic and energetic return from all!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Leixlip Community Games - Athletics

We have been informed by the organisers that the postponed
Community Games for Athletics in Lexilip will now take place on Wednesday 3rd June.

The venue remains the same at the Le Chéile AC running track behind the Amentities Centre. The events will start at 6:00.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Intel 10k Saturday 22nd May 2009

On Saturday at 11.00am Tony Brennan stepped up to the mark in the BHAA 10k run hosted by Intel. On home ground Tony set off at a comfortable pace, Sean O'Sullivan was just seconds behind him. Tony was supported by Lisa, John and Aisling O'Regan, John's task on the day was to take photo's. Some runners even stopped to allow John capture the moment. Tony looked comfortable throughout the race and should have kicked for home(next time) Tony finished in just over 39mins - happy days!!! ahead of Sean who finished in just over 41mins, it's all in the vest Sean!...

Congratulations to Tony; next race Tuesday 26/05/09

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Leinster Schools Track & Field

Julie Boyle and Erica Dixon were competing in the Leinster Schools last week.

Julie competed in sprint hurdles, unfortunately it was not her day she was suffering from cramp in her calf and did not make it through to the All-Irelands Schools. Julie is a terrific athlete and I'm sure her school is very proud of her as we are.

Erica competed on saturday in very wet and windy conditions, not ideally suited to Javelin. Erica was disappointed with her throws but securred 2nd place and will represent St Wolstans in the All-Irelands on 30th May in Tullamore. Best of luck.

Kildare Championships Round 2 17/05/09

The second round of the championships took place in Naas Athletic Club grounds, in damp conditions 11 athletes showed up to represent Le Cheile. Many thanks to the parents of these athletes who assisted on the day with particular thanks to Mr Kiely (Conor's Dad for taking photos which will be posted). The results are as follows;

U12 Boys: Patrick Flanagan 2nd 80m and 3rd 600m
U12 Girls: Niamh Kane 2nd Long Jump and 1st 80m
U13 Boys: Sean Flanagan 1st 200m and 1st Long Jump
U14 Boys: Sean Kelly 3rd Shot Putt
U15 Girls: Roisin Flanagan 2nd High Jump
U17 Girls: Julie Boyle 3rd 200m
U18 Girls: Julie boyle 3rd Long Jump

Other athletes who completed on the day were Emily Gallagher, Emily just missed out on a place in the final of her 80m as did Alice Flanagan. Catherine Jones made her final and was just outside the medals, next time Catherine!. Conor Kiely competed in the Boys U13 High Jump, Long jump and the 200m, I believe he was very relieved that he was not down to compete in the walk! Well done to all the athletes and many congratulations on your achievements.

The Leinster Championships are next, please note that athletes wishing to compete in these championships must let me know as soon as possible. Details of all events are on

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Kildare Track & Field Day 2 - Naas

The following are the events that will take place for each category. Events will start at 12pm sharp and warm-up will take place from 11am. The venue for this event is Naas AC track.

The track is located in the Sports round on the Caragh Road (R409)

Kildare Championships Round 1 - Results

Celbridge Athletic Club were hosts to the first round of the championships, 28 Le Chéile athletes competed and they were cheered on by their parents and coaches. A big thank you to Rob Harris and Anne Kiely for taking photos on the day.

Girls U9 events we had Carrah Hayes and Lauren Boyle both girls put in great performances with Carrah making the 80m final.

Boys U9
- Josh Dunne and Cian O'Regan, both boys had great 10m and made it through to the final, Josh was 4th in the final with Cian just behind him.

Girls U10
- Kate Harris, Kate had a great 100m heat and was 4th in her final.

Girls U11
- Fiana Hayes, Roisin Forde and Emily Gallagher competed in 200m,Ljump and ball throw. Well done girls.

Boys U11
- Niall O'Sullivan, Niall
won his 80m heat and was 4th in a very competitive final with nothing between the top finishers, however he ran a fantastic 600m where he claimed Gold.

Boys U12 - Patrick Flanagan, Conall Hayes and Paul MaGuire, these boys had very solid performances in the 200m heats and all boys made it through to the final, much to his disappointment Conall had to dash off and was unable to compete in his final , which resulted in Patrick being 4th, with Paul finishing hot on his heels.

Girls U12 - Niamh Kane, Niamh was 6th in a very fast 80m final and also competed in the SPutt.

Girls U13 - Aoife McMahon made her championships debut - well done Aoife.

Boys U13 - Sean Flanagan and Conor Kiely, Conor had a good 600m and finish 6th he also ran in the 100m. Sean had a terrific 100m heat and an even better final where he won Gold, Sean then ran in the 600m another great race and was second- Silver

Boys U14 - Louis Hartnett, Tadhg Forde and Sean Kelly, Tadhg and Sean made theirchampionship debut, both boys put in great performances and enjoyed their experience. Louis had a great day he was 2nd in the Long Jump and was 3rd in the 600m, so Silver and bronze for Louis.

Girls U15 - saw Roisin Flanagan compete in the 100m, it was a very fast race and Roisin was unlucky missing out on a medal by a whisker (next round Roisin) - 4th

Boys U15 - Conor kelly and Ciaran Fagan both competed in Shot Putt, these lads had a great competition and took silver and bronze respectively.

Girls U17 - Saw Julie competing out of age in the sprints, Julie picked up a Bronze medal, Julie won silver in the girls U18 high jump.

Girls U18 - Erica Dixon, Erica won Gold in the high jump, Erica also competed out of age in the U19 800m and was 3rd.

Girls U19 - Aine O'Connor, Aine in a great race won Gold in the 100m and Aine also won Gold in 1500m.

The relays are always last and after a long day the U12 boys stepped upto the mark, the team was made up of Naill O'Sullivan, Patrick Flanagan, Paul McGuire and Luke Hartnett(thanks for saving the day). Patrick got off to a flying start and passed to Luke who gave it his best shot passing to Paul, Paul dug deep and passed to Niall in a very tight finish the boys were pushed out of the medals into 4th - the boys were cheered on by their parents and all the other Le Chéile athletes.

Next to take up their position were the Inter Girls relay team (2x1x1x4) Julie Boyle, Erica Dixon, Lisa Dixon and Aine O'Connor, there was fierce competition from St Cocas and Celbridge, St Cocas won the event, Le Chéile in second (very respectable, thanks for redeeming me and making me look good) with Celbridge 3rd.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Good Luck John!

John O'Regan will compete in the 'North Face 100', his second 100k ultra marathon, this Saturday (16th May). John has travelled to the Blue Mountains in Australia for this event. The North Face 100 is the pinnacle of trail runs in Australia. A challenging, spectacular course through some of Australia's most iconic landscape of the Blue Mountains. 100km was never meant to be easy and this course will certainly test everyone. But it will bring great rewards, phenomenal views, and the best tracks in the Blue Mountains. For more information click here.

Best of luck to John!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Leixlip 5k Road Race - Results

The results of the 2009 Leixlip 5k Road Race are available by clicking here.

Our friends in have been kind enough to host and tag all the photos from the race. Thanks again to Rob Harris our photographer for once more capturing the essence of the event. Well done Rob!

Click here and enter you bib number to see pictures we may have taken of you during the race.

Provisional date for Leixlip 5k 2010 is 8th May. Its never to early to plan for the next Leixlip 5k!

5k Road Race a huge success

It was the first time we ran the race in May, the first time that we offered online booking and a brand new 5k course. It is was with much trepidation that we watched the strong winds and driving rain set the scene for what should have been a washout of a race. There was a real chance that many on their way to Leixlip would have turned their cars and headed home, not being mad enough to brave such elements. But it was not to be. From 9:30 when the first runners arrived to register, through the storm at 10:00 right up to 10:50 serious runners, joggers and walkers kept coming. The competitors came, it was now up to us to give them a well organised event.

Over 160 runners and walkers gathered outside the Leixlip Amenities centre and the mix of serious club runners and novice first-timers created an electric mix of excitement and expectation. The field headed off at a very fast pace out the Maynooth road in what was now completely dry conditions. Many were surprised as they turned the corner to see the size of the hill that greeted them. There was a bunch of about 10 runners that took the charge up the hill, but the lead pack which included the eventual first three men home, took full advantage of the long decline through the 1km mark to break away. The race followed a flat course for the next 2.5km until the turn at the traffic lights on station road. From here there is a gradual climb up to the 4km mark at Louisa Bridge, which although gradual certainly presented a challenge for those trying to match the pace of the lead runners.

The last 800m of the course took the runners into the grounds of the Amenities Centre along the side of the football pitches to the ultimate finish on the Le Chéile 400m grass track. There was a very exciting finish with Eoghan McGinley and Dwane Farrelly battling it our over the last 500m. Eoghan let the pair onto the track ahead by a few meters and Dwane put up a brave fight to catch up but failed to catch McGinley. The race was ultimately won by a small 2 second margin by Eoghan McGinley (Cramford AC) in a very respectable time, given the windy conditions, of 16:05. It was truly a race to the finish with Dwane Farrelly (Tinryland AC) begin beaten into second place (16:07) and Peter Mooney a few meters behind finishing in 16:13.

The ladies race was won by Caitriona Jennings (WSAF Rathfarnham) in a personal best setting time of 17:23. Jean Wilson (Sportsworld) took second place with a time of 18:47 and Kathleen Horgan (Sportsworld) came home in third with a time of 19:26.

We have received excellent feedback from club runners and first time racers alike but its probably best summed up by the comment :

“It was great to see the road race well managed and set up… this one ticked lots of the boxes for me. Dressing rooms with showers, a race that started on time, Guards involved keeping the traffic at bay and great stewarding along the course ensuring that we weren't run over by Leixlip's citizens. I'm acutely aware that you and your team of organisers are volunteers and as such are putting on the show for free, so thanks a million for that.”

Thanks to all who supported the event and also those who helped make it such a success and of course our wonderful hosts in the Leixlip Amenities Centre. Here’s to a bigger and better event next year.

(Likely to be the 8th of May - so get it in the diaries now)