Tuesday, December 29, 2009

John O'Regan - Selected for Irish Team

John O'Reagan has been selected to represent Ireland in the World 24hr Challenge and European Championships. This race will take place in Brive, France 13/14th May 2010.

John made his debut 24hr race in October last in London. Ireland will send a team of six and the first 3 home will score on the Irish Team.

John is currently in Kery with his family and I'm sure he is delighted with his selection. John is a very committed athlete and I'm sure he found time over Christmas to get a couple of runs in!

Well done John and best of luck from everyone at the club.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Un-even ages Cross Country Re-Run

Two races from the Uneven ages Cross Country are to be re-run in February, the following information is taken directly from the athletics Ireland website; "The re-run of the two races declared void at the uneven age group championships in Coleraine, boys under 13 and girls under 15, will take place in conjunction with the juvenile ‘B’ cross country championships at Lough Key, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, on Sunday 21st February 2010."

The athletes affected by this re-run are Conal Hayes, Daragh Nolan, Patrick Flanagan and Seán Flanagan (all competing in the boys u13). The re-run of this event will greatly affect their training for the indoor and track&field season's but no doubt the boys will rise to the occasion. Best of luck!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Club Christmas Party

The Club Christmas party was held tonight (Thursday 17th December) a night that was enjoyed by all who attended. The night started off with a basketball tournament followed by a small awards ceremony. Certificates were presented to Patrick Flanagan, Fiacra MacSuibhne, Julie Boyle, Conal Hayes, Sean Flanagan, Niall O’Sullivan and Erica Dixon for representing the club in the various National Championships throughout the past year. Vouchers were also presented to Conal Hayes, Julie Boyle and Niall O’Sullivan for their performances in these Championships. We ended the night with a male vs female sing-off. The males who chose ‘Jingle Bells’ were no match for us girls who chose ‘Santa Clause in Coming to Town’, There's always next year boys...

Training will resume on Thursday 7th January.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

All Ireland Race Report - Sunday 22nd November 2009 Kilbeggan Race Course

The even ages All Irelands took place in terrible weather conditions. The course in Kilbeggan was tough and had a number of twists and turns, underfoot conditions were slippy but the Le Cheile athletes did their very best.

First up were Naill O'Sullivan and Conal Hayes, both boys competing in the U12, they were wet through as they were held in the cold and rain by the starter. Finally they got under way and both boys did their very best, unfortuantely on this occasion the Kidlare team were out of the medals. Niall and Conal will be running in Coleraine, Niall on the Leinster and Kildare team U11, with Conal on the U13 Kildare team.

Next to line up was Sean Flanagan and Fiachra McSuibhne, Sean was on the line and rearing to go when Fiachra showed up, thanfully with the help of Pat Hayes Fiachra got to the start, in a very tough race the boys did themselves proud, its hard to get up to the front when the middle is so bunched up, given the twists and turns in this course it made it quite difficult to pass anyone out. Both boys were on the Kildare team and again they were out of the medals, but they put in a good performance. Sean with also be running in Coleraine he is on the Leinster and Kildare U13 team.

The Girls u16 race was fantastic with Ciara Hewson claiming 5th place, Ciara was on the Kildare team. Well done Ciara.

The last juvenille race of the day was U18, Erica Dixon was on the kildare team along with atheletes from Naas, St Coca's and Newbridge, They were frozen to the core by the time they got off as they had endured 3hrs of rain. The girls were rewarded for their efforts with a bronze team medal. Well done.

In the Senior race and U23 you had Mark Kennelly and Alan O'Brien and Paul Robinson to name a few competing for Kildare as well as their respective clubs. Congratulations to you and best wishes to you in the forthcoming European CC, which will be held in Santry.

Many thanks to all the parents who supported the athletes on the day.