Friday, May 29, 2009

Connacht Championships : Closing Date!

Please note that the closing date for entries to the Connaught championships is 31st May 2009. If you need any further information regarding these Championships please do not hesitate to contact club officials at
Connaught U12 to U15 - 13th June Athlone IT.
Connaught U16 – U19 & Seniors – 20th June Athlone IT.

Calry 5k: 27th May 2009 : Report & Results

Conditions were wet and windy for the Calry 5k held on Wednesday night last. However a sizable turnout braved the elements including a few athletes from Mayo AC. The race began at 7pm on this "out and back" course to ensure that any interested parties got home to see at least the second half of the Champions League Final! Ultan McNasser (Sligo AC) claimed first place with Anto Devaney (Mayo AC) coming second. Alan Kearins (pictured) came through strongly over the second half of the course to push Devaney all the way and take third place. Steve Finnegan (Sligo AC) was first Vet with David Verdon taking the first Junior prize. Mary Foye claimed first female home whilst Aishling Cawley was hot on her heels to take first female Vet. All proceeds went to Edel Hough who was collecting sponsorship for the worthy cause of Tanzania Child Aid and she expressed her gratitude at the post race refreshments afterwards.

Calry 5k Results
1:Ultan McNasser, 16.39. 2: Anto Devaney, 16.46. 3: Alan Kearins, 16.57. 4: Andrew Lynskey, 17.03. 5: Seamus Somers, 17.43. 6: Steve Finnegan, 17.45 (1st Vet). 7: Mel Casserly, 17.56. 8: Raymond Byrne, 18.04. 9: Karl Boyce,18.06. 10: Trevor Hunter, 18.07. 11: Mark Burns, 18.39. 12: Jimmy Curran, 19.09. 13: Rory Connor, 19.10. 14: Damien Gilligan, 19.12. 15: Cyril Walsh, 19.22. 16: Sean McHale, 19.37. 17: Terry McGowan, 19.39. 18: David Verdon, 19.51(1st Junior)19: Terry Hayes, 19.57. 20: Paddy Croal, 20.01. 21: Paul Rooney,20.26. 22: Roy Kelly, 20.33. 23: Declan Byrne, 20.43. 24: Christy O’Mahony, 21.11. 25: Paul Higgins, 21.14. 26: Mary Foye, 21.19 (1st Female). 27: James Hardiman, 21.27. 28: Aisling Cawley, 21.47 (1st Vet Female). 29: John Walsh, 22.51. 30: John Kent, 22.57. 31: Michael Storey, 23.00. 32: Fintan Conlon, 23.01. 33: Amy Spratt, 23.21. 34: Dave Burke, 23.23. 35: Mark Fox, 23.42. 36: Lorraine Dolan, 23.44. 37: Paul Riley, 24.08. 38: Shane Farrell, 24.18. 39: Mark Jennings, 24.50. 40: Kevin Mills, 25.07. 41: Jill Connor, 25.24. 42: Gwen Hunter, 25.29. 43: Aisling Gillen, 26.05. 44: Alison Spratt, 26.29. 45: Trina Philips, 26.48. 46: Tricia Watters, 26.48. 47: Mary Henry, 27.38. 48: Jacinta Walsh, 27.56. 49: Mary O’Rourke, 29.35. 50: Maeve McCormack, 35.00. 51: Aoife Cawley, 35.00.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Irish Milers Club - Friday 22nd May 2009

It was a balmy 21 degrees, no wind and blue skies when the athletes arrived in Irishtown for the first IMC meet of 2009. A perfect night for racing and the times that followed proved that. Both Sligo AC and North Sligo had athletes involved in two events with Tommy Casey running 4.06.16 in the mens 1500m A Race. The 3000m A Race pitted Martin Conroy and Emmett Dunleavy against some of the best athletes in the Country. Both ran fast times with Dunleavy achieving a PB over the distance in 8.18.06 whilst Conroy was just behind in 8.24.56. Such performances augers well for all these athletes over the coming season.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sligo Track & Field Championships: 20th May 2009

The County Championships for ages under 8 to Senior took place last wednesday, 20th May, when a large group of talented and enthusiastic young athletes displayed their talents over sprints, middle distance, jumps and throws . The presence of guest Athletes from South Donegal Club Tir Conaill added to the occasion and added an extra competitive edge to the strong numbers from Calry ac, Sligo ac, North Sligo and South Sligo.
Such was the strength at under ages that heats were required in some of the sprint events thus this augurs well for the future of Athletics in Sligo.
Many of the participants will go on to compete at Connacht and National level later in the year, while others will continue to improve their fitness with a view to more competitive involvement next year. Sligo Athletics board would like to thank all the athletes who took part in the various competitions and also all officials who helped out during the course of the evening. For full results please email

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sligo Athletic Club; Latest Race Results

Carramore 10k Road Race.
Carramore hosted their annual 10k Road Race last Saturday evening. The rain held off for the duration and the race was a great success, with a number of Sligo A.C athletes making the trip down. Lucy Brennan once again ran a fine race, coming second in the senior womens section.
Sligo A.C overall positions: 19 Lucy Brennan Sligo AC F45 36.51. 27 Steve Finnegan Sligo AC M40 37.41. 37 Mark Burns Sligo AC MS 39.27. 47 Rory Connor Sligo AC M40 40.08. 103 Patsy Deegan Sligo AC M40 50.55. 106 Paul Reilly Sligo AC MS 51.53. 122 Marie Dunleavy Sligo AC F35 56.34.
AAI Games, Athlone I.T.
Emmet Dunleavy and Martin Conroy took part in the mens 1500m race on the new track in Athlone I.T. It was won by Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) who closely followed pacemaker Anthony Leighio for two laps before taking over the lead and then raced on strongly to win comfortably in a time of 3:49.30, Conor Healy (Clonliffe Harriers AC) was second in 3:51.57.
Emmet dunleavy took fourth place in 3.56.84 with Martin conroy taking 5th in 3.58.79.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Upcoming Events May/June 2009.

Calry 5k Road Race, Calry Community Park, Hazelwood, Co.Sligo. Wednesday 27th May 2009 @ 7pm. Register on the evening from 6p.m sharp. All proceeds go to Tanzania Child Aid.

Donegal Town 5k Road Race, Friday 5th June @ 8pm. Registration at Abbey Voc School, Donegal Town from 6pm.

Rotary Club Enniskillen 10K, The Forum, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Saturday 6th June 2009 @ 2pm.

Maugherow 10k Road Race, Maugherow Parish Hall, Co.Sligo. Sunday 14th June 2009 @ 1pm. Junior race and walkers start at 12.30 sharp. All proceeds go to Defibulator Fund.

Ransboro 10k Road Race, Saturday 27th June @ 6.15pm. Walkers start at 6pm. Registration in Ransboro Community Hall (beside the school). All proceeds to go Defibrillator fund.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ballyshannon 5k, 8th May 2009. Report & Results

Sligo A.C was well represented in Ballyshannon on friday night last, 8th May, for the Ballyshannon 5k (part of the Donegal 2009 Race Series). In all, 12 athletes, 6 male and 6 female made the trip. After a very blustery & unsettled day the weather seemed to ease a bit towards evening time. By the time the race began at 7.30pm the clouds had lifted altough the stiff breeze had not abated & this proved to be troublesome especially over the middle part of the fast course. However the club still managed to pick up some prizes with Tanya McHale & Mel Casserly achieving 1st place in their respective caegories whilst Ultan McNasser got third. Rory Connor also ran a fine race achieving a personal best over the distance.
SligoAC overall positions: 4th: Ultan McNasser, 16.49. 6th: Alan Kearins, 17.11. 15th: Steve Finnegan, 18.08. 17th: Mel Casserly, 18.25. 22nd: Mark Burns, 18.46. 30th: Rory Connor, 19.19. 43rd: Cindy McCarthy, 20.12. 56th: Tanya Mchale, 21.25. 60th: Rose Tully, 21.46. 81st: Laura O'Shea, 25.16. 82nd: Jill Connor, 25.29. 84th: Mary Durcan, 25.43. For full results please visit

Results Co. Sligo: U9, U10, U11 age group. 6th May 2009

Co. Sligo U9, U10, U11 Team competition. Sligo I.t Track.
Girls U9 60m: 1st Sligo AC Eva Delahunt/Aedin Kinsella. 2nd: Sligo AC Katlyn Carty/Edel Burke. Girls U9 300m: 1st Sligo AC Eva Delahunt/Aedin Kinsella. 2nd: Sligo AC Edel Burke/Katlyn Carty. Boys U9 300m: 1st Sligo AC Sean Keaney/Jack Connor. Boys U9 Ball Throw: 1st Sligo AC Sean Keaney/Jack Connor. Girls U10 60m: 2nd Sligo AC Lillian Casey/Ellen McGeough. Girls U10 500m: 1st Sligo AC Ellen McGeough/Lilian Casey. Boys U10 60m: 1st Sligo AC Leo Doherty/Mark Kilcawley. Boys U10 500m: 1st Sligo AC Leo Doherty/Conor Melvin. Boys U10 Ball Throw: 1st Sligo AC Conor Melvin/Jack Walshe. Boys U10 Long Jump: 1st Sligo AC Jack Walsh/Mark Kilcawley. Girls U11 60m: 1st Sligo AC Emma Gallagher/Maeve Keaney. Girls U11 600m: 2nd Sligo AC Riona Connor/ Jayne McCormack. Girls U11 Long Jump: 2nd Sligo AC Emma Gallagher/Jayne McCormack. Boys U11 60m: 1st Sligo AC Ciaran McGlone/Adam Lynch. Boys U11 600m: 2nd Sligo AC Ciaran McGlone/James McCole. Boys U11 Ball Throw: 1st Sligo AC Adam Lynch/James McCole.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Inspire... Endure... Win. Athletics Seminar

Southern Hotel, Sligo on Saturday May 9th at 8pm.
Jim Davis:• National endurance director Athletics Ireland• IAAF Elite Middle Distance Academy Coach• Coach to Irish Athletics Team Olympics 2004• Coach to Irish Athletics Team in forthcoming World Championships Berlin 2009.
Robert Heffernan:• 7th World Championships Osaka 2007• 8th Olympic Games 2008 20k Race Walk.
Jerry Kiernan:• 9th Olympic Marathon Los Angeles 1984• Former record holder Dublin City Marathon• RTE athletics analyst.
This is an event not to be missed by all athletes of all abilities and ages, coaches and mentors. Admission: Juveniles €5 Adults €10. Further details: Ray Flynn 0876566215.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May Bank Holiday Weekend Athletic Results

Carer's Association 10k
The Carer's Association 10k was held in wet and windy conditions on Monday 4th May. Mayor Cllr Veronica Cawley got the race underway shortly after 3pm from outside the Radisson Hotel and soon a breakaway group of John Byrne (Mayo A.C), Richard Gorman, Neil Walton and Ultan McNasser (all Sligo A.C) moved ahead of the remaining runners. A stiff headwind on the outward section towards Rosses Point made running conditions slightly more difficult but this was redressed by the favourable tailwind on the return leg. At the 5k mark, John Byrne Moved ahead of his pursuers and kept this position to win the race with a comfortbale margin. Richard Gorman took second place whilst Neil Walton claimed third.

First 45 over the line!
1:John Byrne, Mayo AC, 34.00. 2:Richard Gorman, Collooney, 35.10. 3:Neil Walton, Strandhill, 35.16. 4: Ultan McNasser, Calry, 35.23. 5: Thomas Kelly, Grange, 37.31. 6: Mel Casserly, Grange, 38.52. 7: Seamus Somers, Pearse Rd, 38.55. 8: John McSharry, Grange, 40.01. 9: Gerard Higgins, Hazelwood, 40.02. 10: Tom Hunt, Mayo AC, 40.22. 11: Helen Stockdale, Lisbellow, 40.25. 12: Rory Connor, Carney, 40.27. 13: Brian Sexton, Ballymote, 40.28. 14: Sean Flannery, Strandhill Rd, 40.32. 15: Shaun Graham, Letterkenny, 40.58. 16: Mary Johnson, Cloonacool, 41.41. 17: Noreen McManamon, Newport, 41.42. 18: Daniel Collins, Bray, 41.50. 19: Kevin McGlynn, Cregg, 41.59. 20: Damien Walsh, Tubbercurry, 42.10. 21: Niall McIntyre, Ballinfull, 42.16. 22: Terry Hayes, Rathanna, 42.21. 23: Damien Kennedy, Caltragh Heights, 42.27. 24: Cyril Walsh, Maugharow, 42.33. 25: Glen McCormack, Collooney, 42.52. 26: Jimmy Currid, Ballinfull, 42.53. 27: Roseanne Mitchell, Beltra, 42.55. 28: Kieran Coleman, Riverstown, 43.10. 29: Ciaran Higgins, Ballydoogan, 43.35. 30: David McDermott, Rosses Point, 43.37. 31: Conor Niland, Rosses Point, 43.55. 32: Sean McHale, Rathanna, 44.11. 33: Paddy Croal, Manorhamilton, 44.19. 34: Roy Kelly, Drumshambo, 44.33. 35: Brian Mullen, Rosses Point, 44.38. 36: Ciaran Toher, Ballinfull, 44.41. 37: Gerry Hargadon, Rosses Point, 44.45. 38: Glen Gannon, Rosses Point, 45.08. 39: Wayne McNulty, Rusheen Ard, 45.15. 40: Chris Crughan, Carraroe, 45.17. 41: Ashling Cawley, Strandhill, 45.26. 42: Noel Walsh, Cartron, 45.40. 43: Martin McMoreland, Calry, 45.42. 44: Una Ni Chumhaill, Carney, 45.44. 45: Shane O’Doherty, Cartron, 46.01

Belfast Marathon
Well done to Ray Flynn (Sligo A.C) who completed the Belfast Marathon in a time of 3hrs35 mins in similiar wet and windy conditions.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Carer's Association 10k Road Race, May 4th 2009

The Carers Association 10k will take place on Monday 4th may 2009 @ 3pm. The Race starts at the Radisson Hotel, Ballincar approx one and half miles from Sligo Town on the Rosses Point Road. Unlike last year which saw the race start at the Radisson but finish at the Village Inn, Cartron it seems that this year the race will continue further into Rosses Point Village to allow the finish line to be located at the Radisson aswell. The course in general is very level which should allow for fast times for all participants. Good luck to all who enter & we'll endeavour to have news & results posted on this site as soon as possible afterwards. For further information please email terry hayes at