Thursday, March 13, 2014

Weekend Update

A brilliant run by Sligo AC athlete David Harper was the highlight of the weekends athletic action. The occasion was the all Ireland cross country schools championship held in Cork. Harper won the bronze medal in the senior boys race and led his school to team gold. Congrats to Sligo coach Dermot Mc Dermott who had a big input to the coaching of this winning team. Harpers good form is a huge fillip to the Sligo AC team who next month defend their team title in the AAI relay championships. 

Over the last couple of weeks we have seen some very encouraging runs from Sligo athletes in road races. Richard Gorman led the team home to gold medals in the Bundoran 10 mile. His time of 53mins 57secs was good enough for 8th place. Likewise Lucy Brennan led the women to team victory and she also won the over 50 title, a feat which Enda Whelan also achieved in the men's over 60. The men's team who scored with Richard Gorman was Michael O Connell, Damian Kennedy and Paul Deering. The women's team was Lucy Brennan, Roseanne Mitchell, Deirdre Deering and Pauline Henry.

Richard Gorman also ran well in Carrick-on-Shannon where he finished 2nd in 33mins 14secs in a 10 km road race. Seamus Somers collected the over 40 award clocking 35:21, while Dromahair native Danny Hannon is still very competitive collecting the over 50 award.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Another busy week for Sligo A.C. athletes with members competing at venues in Athlone, Carrick-On-Shannon, Bundoran and Dundalk.

On Wednesday evening a Grand Prix International was held in Athlone with Emmett Dunleavy, Colm Bourke, and Dermot McDermott performing well.

The big event of the weekend was the A.A.I. Connaught Juvenile Championships indoors in Athlone. Plenty of medals crossed the Shannon on route to the club. Gold medals were won by David Harper, Orlaith Mulvihill, Colm Bourke, Roisin Clarke, Finley Daley, Robbie Kelly, and Zak Irwin. Silver medals went to Orlaith Delahunt, Jack Cawley, Meave Mopney, Stacy Kerr, Eva Delahunt, James Mc Geogh and Thomas Delahunt. Bronze medal winners were Cathal Corcoran Lauren Cadden, Leo Doherty, and Claire Conlon. Silver relay medals also came to the Girls relay teams comprising of Ellie Mc Geogh, Lauren Cadden, Aoife Morris and Eimear Joyce. The boys relay team also got bronze and the club colours were carried by Jack Cawley, Jack Connor, Noel Bourke, and Cathal Corcoran. All those athletes now qualify for All Ireland finals in two weeks time which is a wonderful achievement for the club.

In Dundalk Rory Connor represented the club in the national cross country and performed well.

Meanwhile club athletes were out in force in good class road races in Bundoran and Carrick with a full report next week.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fit 4 Life Spring League 2014 Announced

With Spring in the air (or somewhere) attached is a short series of runs to clear the cobwebs.

Those who have done the series before know the format. Please encourage others to get active.

The beginners series should suit those with a view to completing a 5 or 10k as Summer approaches.

Download the poster here.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

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It has been another great week for Sligo A.C. athletes.

The week started with a call up for Emmett Dunleavey to the International squad. The event was the International road races in Armagh on Thursday night last. Emmett did himself, the club, and his country, proud by being second Irishman home on the team recording 14mins 35secs, a new personal best and club record on the road.

On Saturday evening in Spain, Alberto Sanchez, finished a magnificent 3rd to take the bronze medal in the Spanish championships.

On Sunday last it was the A.A.I. Intermediate, Masters and Juvinile B development races. The club were represented in most races and were out in force. The performance of the day came from Dermot McDermott, who literally ran his heart out to finish just outside the medals in 4th place. The fact that Dermot's preparation was hampered by sickness probably cost him a medal but he can still be happy with 4th in a high class race. Fintan Whelan also ran a good race and finished in mid division. In the masters race, which had a record field of nearly 300 toe the line, David Kearns led the squad home followed by Mel Casserly, Conal Sexton and Rory Connor.

Our Juveniles gained valuable experience with the top performance of the day coming from Ross Doherty who finished 9th in the under 11 boys race. Other good performances came from Laura Joyce, Leo Doherty, Aoife Morris, Liam Carty, Cliona Walsh, Meabh Walsh, Caoimhe Connor,  Alannah O Reilly, Cliodna O Sullivan and Amy Deering amongst others.

Next weekend it's the Connaught Juvinile championships in Athlone. Buses will depart from Pearse Road at 7.45am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dunleavy sets new club 5K record!

A fabulous PB of 14.35 and a new Sligo AC road 5k record saw Emmett Dunleavy finish as the leading member of the Irish Team in last nights Armagh International Road Race 5k. An amazing 45 men ran sub 15 minutes with Morpeth ACs Nick McCormick representing England winning in a time of 14.11.

Bus for Intermediate, Masters, and B Championships

A bus will depart at 7.45am from Roamer furniture Pearce Road on Sunday next (February 23rd) en route to National Intermediate, Mastets, and B championships in Dunboyne.

Intending passengers are asked to assemble not later than 7.40am.

The cost of the bus is €5 per person. Athletes are reminded that it is a National event and therefore Club vests must be worn.