Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Keeping it local

Duleek and District Athletic Club

Headline – Keeping it local

 

The scene was set for a grandstand finish in Claremont Stadium Navan for the final round of the Meath Track and Field League. It was all on the line with Duleek battling it out with Bohermeen and Dunshauglin for the division C title. Keen to sign off on a track and field season of unprecedented success and a league run that has surpassed all expectations the little and large green vests were once again out in force. A total of 20 juveniles and  3 adults competed for the club in the final round of the league. The large Juvenile contingent put in great performances and there was additional success in the adult events with a fantastic performance from Greg Dixon in winning the mens 3,000m with David Doyle taking third in the 400m. Flying the flag for the ladies was Sam Power with some excellent throwing and second place in the ladies ball throw.

From the track in Navan attention switched to the streets of Drogheda for the annual midsummer 5k road race. This year 8 Duleek and District athletes took part and there were great performances and personal bests for Kate Darcy, Helen Lynch, Sam McDonnell and Graham Byrne.  The same rich vein of form for the clubs adult runners carried on in the Michael Manning 10km road race in Dunshauglin on the same weekend. The race, which is in its 35th year is one of the oldest and most popular races on the circuit. These year was no different with the race attracting the cream of Irish road running talent. On a fast and flat course and balmy conditions the 6 Duleek athletes were at the peak of their form. Sarah McKenna, who is having an excellent season ran a great personal best of 51:18 and there were strong performances from Susan Gleeson, Amanda Noone and Derek Sheridan.

The Indaver Duleek 10k will be held on Sunday 16th August at 11am. This year’s race promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Registration is now open on www.precisiontiming.ie For more information visit www.duleekac.ie or follow us on facebook.

On road and Off Road

Duleek and District Athletic Club

Headline – On road and Off road

It was another busy week on and off the roads for Duleek and District Athletic Club. First up were the on road activities in the form of the Glenmore AC 10 mile road race in Cooley. Conditions were perfect with the long awaited Irish summer showing signs of a breakthrough. The race is a firm favourite with Duleek athletes as it offers up a very challenging but scenic run through the Cooley mountain hinterland. It also marks the formal start of the clubs marathon training programme. It was no surprise then that the green vests were highly conspicuous in the 200 strong field. There were great performances from Niall Doyle, Sinead Donnelly,  Deborah O’Sullian, Karen O’Sullivan and Ken Brady who was making a welcome return from injury. The weekend marks a line in the sand in terms of the coming weeks with the clubs endurance athletes undertaking some intensive stamina building training over the coming weeks in preparation for the longer distance races in late summer and early autumn.

From there things moved to the off road activities as later in the same day the club held the official launch of the Indaver Duleek 10k. The race, which will be held on Sunday 16th August is in its third year and is already one of the most popular races on the Meath road running circuit. Once again the race sponsor is Indaver and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.  The race is chip timed with an Athletics Ireland permit and the course remains the same. It is a route which offers the athletes a rural, scenic and fast course with a great atmosphere.  Pricing is very competitive with  a generous early bird price of €15 is available until 27th June with the price reverting  to €20 thereafter.  As if all of that was not enticing enough each athlete will receive one of the most well stocked goodie bags around, not to mention the famed post race refreshments and hospitality afterwards. For more information log on to www.duleekac.ie or follow us on Facebook. 

Meath Track and Field League Day 4

MeathTrack and Field League 2015

The final and decisive round of the Meath Track and Field League is upon us. This mark the culmination of what has been a very successful League with the club well in contention. To date, we have had record turnouts and great performances and we want to finish the league on a high. There are full details of events and age categories below. It promises to be a very enjoyable evening and we hope to see as many of you as possible there.

Round 4

Date

Wednesday 18th June

Venue

Claremont Stadium, Navan

Start Time

7.00pm.

Events

See table below

Age Group

Boys and Girls Under 9 to Under 16

 

Age Categories & Events

Age Group

Track Event

Field Event

Year Born

Under 9

250m

 

2007

Under 10

60m

 

2006

Under 11

300m

High Jump

2005

Under 12

60m

Ball Throw

2004

Under 13

60m

Shot

2003

Under 14

1,500m

Shot

2002

Under 15

1,500m

Discus

2001

Under 16

800m

Long Jump

2000

Sub 3 and Super Kids

Duleek and District Athletic Club

Headline – Sub 3 and Super Kids

Many attempt it but few achieve it. Within marathon running there are various holy grails with a sub 3 hour time serving as one of the most sacred of all. A quick review of last year’s Dublin marathon results bears out the enormity of the task with a mere 3% of the athletes who finished the course arriving in before the clock struck 3. This was the size of the task that faced Duleek athlete Peter Hearty as he made the trip down the M6 to take on the Cork city marathon. Peter has been returning to his best form this year after making his return last year from a horrific and career threatening injury with Peter having ruptured his kneecap whilst training. In conditions that were much less than favourable Peter ran an attacking first half coming in just shy of one and a half hours for the half marathon. Peter was able to maintain his pacing to clock an impressive time of 2hours and 58 mins for the full. Elsewhere on the same weekend there was an impressive performance in Munster from Paddy Ryan. Running in the Moyne AC 10k in his native Tipperary Paddy clocked an impressive personal best of 41.53.

From there all roads led to Tullamore for the final round of the Leinster Juvenile track and Field championships in Tullamore. This round which was a pair’s competition put the athletes through their paces across a variety of disciplines. Once again, the green vests were out in force with a total of 24 Duleek athletes competing on the day in the Under 9, Under 10 and Under 11 age groups. First up were the Under 9s where the events in this category were the Long Jump, Turbo Javelin, 60m and 300m and there were great performances from Saoirse Dixon,  Ruby Hartford,  Doireann Power, Megan O’Connor, Nicole Hoey, Eabha O’Brian, Lillia Walsh, Cailiosa Miland and Michaela O’Neill.  There were bronze medals in the Under 9 Turbo Javelin for Naoise Donnelly and Ciara McCroary. On to the Under 10 category where the days programme consisted of the Long Jump, Turbo Javelin, 60m and 500m. Once again the Duleek pairs of Aoife Rohan and Madison Gaffney, Annie O’Neill and Aiobheann Grogan and Jake Meehan and Mark Reilly gave it everything amongst the very best in the province. Finally in the Under 11 category Duleek pairs Sarah Maxwell and Lauren Crosby, Chloe Dunion and Leah Martin and Tadgh Dixon and Karl Miland performed heroically in the long Jump, Turbo Javelin, 60m and 600m.

The Indaver Duleek 10k will be held on Sunday 16th August at 11am. This year’s race promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Registration is now open on www.precisiontiming.ie and there is a special early bird offer of €15 until June 27th and €20 thereafter. For more information visit www.duleekac.ie or follow us on facebook.

Back on Track

Duleek and District Athletic Club

Headline – Back on Track

It was another week with a familiar theme as Duleek and District AC were once again busy on the track. First up was the penultimate round of the Meath track and field league in Claremont with precious league points on offer. The Duleek contingent amounted to 24 with 17 Juveniles and 7 adults doing battle for the points on offer. This was a critical round with a good showing here potentially proving decisive in the final standings. First up were the 17 Juvenile’s who competed in events from Under 9 through to Under 12 60m, 300m and 600m and Ball throw with great performances from all Duleek athletes.

From there it was on to the adults to pick up from where the Juveniles left off.  There were 2 adult events in the evenings programme – the 1,500m and the Shot Putt.  The adults were not to be found wanting with Fran Power, Liam Nulty and David Doyle all placing in their categories in the 1,500m. There was an outstanding performance from Amanda Noone in the ladies 1,500m also placing and taking a resounding 15 seconds off her previous personal best over the distance. The points were not confined to the track with great performances in the Shot Putt from Maria Ludlow, Samantha Power and John Wall. The final round of the league takes place on Wednesday 18th June and another strong turnout from the club is anticipated.

Navan on Wednesday became Tullamore on bank holiday Monday and the stage was once again set with the same cast for the Leinster Juvenile track and field championships. The variable was the weather and one of the organisers had clearly wiped out a generation of black cats as conditions could only be described as horrific. The Duleek athletes gritted their teeth to put in great performances in what was the first time the club have sent athletes to the event. It turned out to be a momentous occasion for the fledgling club as they secured their first ever Leinster medals through the girls Under 9 team of Doireann Power, Megan O’Connor, Ruby Hartford and Aoife McRoary who won silver in the team event. This was another landmark achievement in a record breaking year for Juvenile athletes.

The Indaver Duleek 10k will be held on Sunday 16th August at 11am. This year’s race promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Registration is now open on www.precisiontiming.ie and there is a special early bird offer of €15 until June 27th and €20 thereafter. For more information visit www.duleekac.ie or follow us on facebook.

Batons and Border Crossings

Duleek and District Athletic Club

Headline – Batons and Border crossings

There was another action packed week for Duleek and District Athletic club. Proceedings commenced in the happy hunting ground of Claremont stadium Navan with the relay league of the Meath juvenile track and field championships. There was joy for Duleek in the under 9 4 x 100m race with the girls team of Doireann Power, Ruby Hartford, Naoise Donnelly  & Megan O’Connor running a sparking race and bringing home the sliver medal for the club. This brings the total number of county medals won at the Meath Track and field championships to date by the adult and juvenile sections of the club to an impressive 23 which is a significant increase on last year’s performance.  In particular, it is proving to be a very fruitful year for the Juvenile athletes in the club.

Next up was more baton passing and a border crossing to boot as 3 of the clubs adult members headed up the M1 to take on the Newry Marathon relay. The relay which broke up the 26.2 course or 42k in new money, into 3 legs of 15k, 12k and 15k. In perfect conditions for running Graham Byrne kicked off proceedings by running a strong opening leg out along the towpath towards Poyntzpass. Graham then handed over the baton to Mick Lannigan who ran a storming second leg in what was his return to action after an injury enforced layoff. From there it was down to Joe Martin to take the team home and he showed no sign of the blues as he finished strongly in Hill Street. The combined time for the event was an impressive 3hours 50 mins, a time which any marathon runner would be proud of.

Two days later the Juveniles and adults were out in force at the local Star of the Sea 5k in Stamullen. The race, which is a fixture on the local running calendar, is always a popular one with the clubs members and this year proved no different as a total of 37 athletes made the short trip east. First up were the Juvenile events where 13 Duleek Juveniles took part and put in great performances in their events. From there it was on to the 24 adults where once again there were lots of great performances and plenty of personal bests as well. First home for the club was another impressive performance by Fran Power coming in just north of 19 minutes and followed closely by Stephen McKee, Ray Cassin and Derek Sheridan. Not to be outdone by their male counterparts the ladies in green ran their socks off and there was a very impressive performances by Kate Darcy, Laura Donohoe, Georgina Cassin and Patricia McGlone.

The Indaver Duleek 10k will be held on Sunday 16th August at 11am. This year’s race promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Registration is now open on www.precisiontiming.ie and there is a special early bird offer of €15 until June 27th and €20 thereafter. For more information visit www.duleekac.ie or follow us on facebook.

Meath Track and Field League Day 3

MeathTrack and Field League 2015

The next round of the Meath Track and Field league is almost upon us. Full details are below. The first 3 rounds of the league were a big success as well as being a very enjoyable evening. We have slipped a few places in the league table and we need a big turnout in this round. In addition, parents are more than welcome to come along and support.

 

Round 3

Date

Wednesday 27th May

Venue

Claremont Stadium, Navan

Start Time

7.00pm.

Events

See table below

Age Group

Boys and Girls Under 9 to Under 16

 

Age Categories & Events

Age Group

Track Event

Field Event

Year Born

Under 9

60m

Ball Throw

2007

Under 10

300m

Ball Throw

2006

Under 11

60m

Ball Throw

2005

Under 12

600m

Shot

2004

Under 13

600m

Long Jump

2003

Under 14

200m

Shot

2002

Under 15

200m

Long Jump

2001

Under 16

200m

Shot

2000

Adult events are 1,500m & Shot Putt

Duleek on the podium, on the double

Duleek and District Athletic Club

Duleek on the podium, on the double

New ground was broken by Duleek and District Athletic club at the Meath Road Relay championships recently. The club put 2 men’s and one ladies team on the roads in what was the clubs first time to enter the event. The championships this year were held in Bohermeen in the heart of Co Meath and the Duleek club returned in force to this venue after a successful outing here in the Meath Half marathon championships in March. There was a strong entry with clubs from all over Meath entering the event. In what was one of the few balmy evenings this year to date over 25 teams from all over Co Meath did battle for the prizes on offer.

The Road relays stand alone as a unique event in the running calendar. In what is predominantly an individual discipline it is one of the few team specific events on the calendar. The relay comprised of 5 miles run over 4 legs, the first leg being 800m, the next being 1 mile, 1.5 miles and finishing with a lung bursting 2 mile leg. In addition the relays bring both a social and strategic dimension to the race in what turned out to be a new and very enjoyable experience

A good start is half the battle and it was Sandra Cassin, Derek Sheridan and David Doyle to open the night’s proceedings with a frenetic 800m. There were strong performances from each and the baton made it safely through a frantic changeover area to Aishling Duff, Stephen McKee and Joe Martin to carry on their predecessor’s good work for the next mile and trying to maintain and better their teams placing and ensure a clean changeover for the third leg of the race. From there Sam Power, Graham Byrne and Fran Power took up the running and each ensured the teams were well placed entering the decisive leg of the race. From there it was on to the 2 mile anchor leg with Amanda Noone, Greg Dixon and John Wall running a storming leg to take their respective team’s home. Each held off stiff competition in a very competitive field. The efforts of the athletes did not go unrewarded with the ladies team winning an excellent silver medal in their category and one of the men’s teams taking gold in theirs. Both of these were extremely hard earned in very competitive fields.

The athletes made the short trip home with tired limbs and the jingle of silverware closing the latest chapter in what is proving a season of unprecedented success for the Duleek club with a total of 19 county medals won by the club in the Meath championships to date. This is a ringing endorsement of the coaching and hard work that is being put in at all levels of the club. There are a number of events on the horizon as the running season moves up to full throttle. The Meath Track and Field league and championships are in full swing and the club is well positioned to finish both strongly. On the roads there is a number of high quality and local upcoming races where there is likely to be a healthy representation of green vests and just around the corner is the commencement of the clubs marathon training programme for the Dublin Marathon. Exciting times ahead

Upcoming Tullamore Events for Juveniles

 

 

Tullamore Track and Field Team Event 2015

 

There is an upcoming Leinster track and field event on Monday 1st June starting at 10am in Tullamore. The club needs to enter any competing athletes no later than 19th May so if you have a child who would like to participate please give their name to Sam Power by this date. Late entries after this date or entries on the day cannot be accommodated. The club may be putting on a bus depending on the level of interest. Any child travelling on the bus must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

 

Schedule

 

Age Group

Year Born

Event & Time

Under 9

2007

60m

500m

Long Jump

Turbo Javelin

4 x 100m relay

Under 10

2006

60m

600m

Long Jump

Turbo Javelin

4 x 100m relay

Under 11

2005

60m

600m

Long Jump

High Jump

Turbo Javelin

4 x 100m relay

          Under 12

            2004

                                                   60m Hurdles

600m

Long Jump

High Jump

Shot Putt

4 x 100m relay

Under 13

2003

                                                80m Hurdles

600m

200m

Long Jump

Shot Putt

4 x 100m relay

Under 15

2001

                                               80m Hurdles

800m

High Jump

Long Jump

Shot Putt

4 x 100m relay

 

 

 

Notes:

 

  • Each team must have 4 athletes. Athletes can only compete in one team
  • Each athlete must compete in two events plus the relay. There must be two from each team per event and an athlete must compete in two events plus the relay
  • U9 & U10 teams must compete in all events listed. U11 + teams can only compete in 4 of the 5 events listed

 

 

 

Tullamore Track and Field Team Event 2015

There is an upcoming Leinster track and field event on Saturday 6st June starting at 10am in Tullamore. The club needs to enter any competing athletes no later than 25th May so if you have a child who would like to participate please give their name to Sam Power by this date. Late entries after this date or entries on the day cannot be accommodated. The club may be putting on a bus depending on the level of interest. Any child travelling on the bus must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Schedule

Age Group

Year Born

Event & Time

Under 9

2007

Long Jump

Turbo Javelin

60m

300m

Under 10

2006

60m

500m

Long Jump

Turbo Javelin

Under 11

2005

60m

600m

Long Jump

Turbo Javelin

4 x 100m relay

          Under 12

            2004

                                                   60m Hurdles

600m

Long Jump

High Jump

Shot Putt

Javelin

Under 13

2003

                                                60m Hurdles

60m

600m

Long Jump

Javelin

High Jump

Shot Putt

4 x 100m relay

 

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