Tuesday, January 31, 2012


The Sligo AC AGM was held in The Best Western Southern Hotel in Sligo last night.
I will post a summary of the meeting minutes once compiled and any other business addressed at the meeting. If you would like to post anything on the Sligo AC blog such as an event please forward details to sligoac@gmail.com.


Dont Forget
Race 2 in the Fit 4 Life series is on this Thursday February 02nd.
Make registration easy by remembering your number and be aware of your group at the start as the groups will go very close to each other.
Register from 6:00pm - 6:20pm at the Cleveragh Park across from Smyths Toys.
Happy Running, and Enjoy...


Hi Running colleagues:
If any of you have old spikes whatever condition or size could please let us have them for recycling. They are invaluable to children who are trying out cross country or track for the first time and do not as yet have their own. If they are in top condition due to the fact they are expensive a small fee can be arranged. If you can help please contact any of the Club coaches who will be present at the Sligo IT training track every Tuesday and Thursday between 17:00pm and 18:30pm.
Thank you in advance.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Join SPAR and Ray for 5K

It's that time of year again...after the inaugural series of 5ks last year, Ray and Co are ready to do it again this year! With 5 new locations just announced it's time to get the training started. We'll have more information on the clubs and routes in the near future.

Monday April 2nd – Kilkenny

Tuesday April 3rd – Limerick
Wednesday April 4th – Sligo
Thursday April 5th – Tullamore
Friday April 6th (Good Friday) – Dublin

Once more information becomes available for this event we will post on this blog
and local media. If you have any queries please mail us at sligoac@gmail.com

Sunday, January 29, 2012

XC Inter / Masters Boyle

Best of luck to all Sligo AC athletes competing in the Inter / Masters Cross Country in The Forest Park, Boyle, County Roscommon, next Sunday February 05th. Happy Running from all in the club.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saturday Morning Run.

Once again the 7:57 Trail Runners took shelter and comfort in the surroundings of Union Wood this morning, Sources close to the Blog Spotter said that Sligo AC's hardened Road Runners were spotted pounding the roads of the Yeats County early this morning, and we have photographic evidence of Sligo AC's "Legs 11" training group who also braved the elements this morning and were spotted in a scenic area of the County completing there long run, well done to all Sligo AC members for choosing to stay active this morning and get out and enjoy the fresh air and banter of each training group rather than lazing the day away. All members are asked to remember that the club's AGM is on this Monday evening January 27th in The Sligo Southern Hotel and all are asked to attend, we would also like to invite any one wishing to join the club to attend on the night.
Happy Running...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sligo Try A Tri.

This year's Sligo Try A Tri event organised by Sligo Triathlon Club takes place on Sunday the 15th of April starting from the Regional Sports Centre, Sligo. It involves swimming 10 lengths of the pool, a 10km cycle and a 4km run.

Entry is now open on www.triathlonireland.com.

Go on give it a go.......

Sligo AC training times and venues.

Why not come and join Irelands fastest growing athletic club

Mondays 6:00pm to 7:00pm Sligo IT Gym for ages under 6s to under 15s

Tuesday 5:15pm to 6:15pm Sligo IT Track for all ages
6:00pm to 7:00pm Middle/ Long distance meet at Sligo IT for all
(including fit4life)

Thursday 5:15pm to 6:15pm Sligo IT Track for all ages
6:00pm to 7:00pm Cleveragh Middle/ Long distance meet Green Area
across from Smyths toys(including fit4life)

Saturday 07:57am to ????am Smyths toys for LONG distance road run, subject
to the odd change to Union wood

Sligo AC's future stars shine bright.

The National Junior Indoors(U/20) were held in Nenagh on Sunday last. Some great performances by our young athletes. Emily Burns and Colm Bourke qualified respectively for their Long Jump Finals and acquitted themselves very well. Killian O'Connor finished 6th in the 1500m final while Zak Irwin qualified for the 60m Final and finished in 5th place. This augurs well for the season ahead, and well done to all athletes and their dedicated coaches from all in Sligo AC.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

7:57 Club

Once again there was a fantastic turnout at Union wood this morning for the weekly gathering of the renowned Sligo AC's 7:57 club. At the time of going to post the word on the ground was that a splinter group was spotted heading in the direction of Rosses Point as the 7:57 was gathering at Union, It is also rumoured that the discussion of the splinter group was focusing on a speed session which took place under the cover of darkness last Tuesday on the Hazelwood Road where it is alleged the average speed was above the legel limit for the area, it was also mentioned that one of the offenders was herd saying during one of the ferocious bursts of speed "when are we starting the session", the same offender is no stranger to entering races under an alias, The club Chairman is investigating these allegations. It is hoped that all athletes are enjoying their running and we hope to see the numbers increasing each week. A suggestion was also made that a new camera will need to be purchased with a telescopic lens as due to increased numbers the "old reliable iphone" no longer can handle the crowd's.
Please don't forget that Sligo AC's AGM is been held in the Sligo Southern Hotel on Monday January 30th at 7:30pm, all members are asked to attend and all newcomers are most welcome.

Emmet's success.

What a great day for Sligo AC's Emmett Dunleavy who was the 1st Irish finisher and 17th overall in the Antrim International Cross country."Emmett kept the Kenyans well in his sights". Congratulations from all your running buddies in Sligo AC.
Photo by Declan Dunleavy.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Calender of Events Jan - Jun

Athletics Calendar Jan to June 2012

Day Date Competition Category Venue

Sat Jan-21 Indoors T/F Senior combined Nenagh

Sat Jan-21 Indoors T/F Senior AAI games Nenagh

Sun Jan-22 Indoors T/F Junior Nenagh

Thurs Jan-26 XC Connacht Schools prelim Sligo & Galway

Sat Jan-28 Indoors T/F Juvenile combined Nenagh

Thurs Feb-02 Fit4life 2 miles Riverside

Sun Feb-05 XC Inter / Masters Boyle

Juveniles B Boyle

Wed Feb-08 XC Connacht Schools Finals Galway

Sat&Sun Feb 11&12 Indoors T/F Senior Championships Belfast

Thurs Feb-16 Fit4life 3K Sligo IT

Sat Feb-18 Indoors T/F Connacht Juvenile Hurdles Claremorris
Long jump / High jump

Sun Feb-26 XC Senior / Junior Inter Clubs Dublin

Thurs Mar-01 Fit4life 3K Sligo IT

Sun Mar-04 Road Race Carrick On Shannon 10K Carrick On Shannon

Thurs Mar-08 Fit4life 1 mile Riverside

Sat Mar-10 XC All Ireland Schools Finals Galway

Sat Mar-10 Road Race Cara 10 mile Bundoran, Donegal

Sat Mar-10 Duathlon Sligo Tri Club Spring Duathlon Rosses Point,

Sun Mar-11 Indoors T/F Connacht All ages / senior Nenagh
Relays , sprints , middle distance

Sat Mar-17 Road Race Tubbercurry 10K Tubbercurry

Sun Mar-18 Road Race Craughwell 10 Mile Craughwell, Co. Galway

Thurs Mar-22 Fit4life 2 miles Riverside

Sat&Sun Mar 24&25 Indoors T/F All Ireland session one Nenagh

Sat&Sun Mar 31&Apr 1 Indoors T/F All Ireland session two Nenagh

Mon Apr-09 Road Race Carney 10k Carney, Sligo

Sun Apr-15 Road Race National 10K (Great Ireland Run)Phoenix Park

Sun Apr-22 Road Relays All Ireland Senior and Masters Raheny

Wed May-02 Track & Field Connacht Schools preliminaries Sligo/Athlone/Galway

Sat May-12 Road Race Sligo AC 8 K Rosses Point Sligo

Thurs May-17 Track & Field Connacht Schools finals Athlone

Sat May-26 Road Race Carers 10K Sligo IT

Sat Jun-02 Track & Field All Ireland Schools Tullamore

Sun Jun-06 Duathlon Boyle Charity Duathlon Boyly, Roscommon

Sun Jun-17 Road Race Streets of Sligo Champion 5K Sligo Town

Sat Jun-30 Road Race Ransboro 10K Ransboro, Sligo

All information is correct of going to post Friday 20th Jan 2012.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Best of luck to Sligo AC's Emmett Dunleavy who makes his International debut on Saturday in the IAAF International Cross country in Antrim. A richly deserved honour and no doubt it will be the first of many Irish singlets, all the hard work and many many miles are now paying off, Emmett Best wishes from all your friends in Sligo AC. Also best of luck to all other Sligo AC members travelling and competing in Antrim this Saturday, Enjoy the atmosphere and above all enjoy the running.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Teddy Bear's Picnic......

If you go down to the woods this Saturday your in for a big surprise,
If you go down to the woods this Saturday you'll never believe your eyes,
For all the runners that ever there was are gathered there together because,
O'Connell has said get out of bed because the Pink T-Shirt is waiting for the Lazy head. The 7:57 club is heading for union wood Saturday morning and with 22 brave "Bears" last week expectations are high for increased numbers this week and all new comers are welcome as there are a number of pace groups available. The Irish aviation authority have been informed of the increased levels of high Viz clothing in the area and we are not expecting any air liners veering off course for the duration of the run. So see you there for the craic and banter provided by all on route.

Gold Medal for Sligo AC Athlete.

Congratulations and well done to Sligo AC's Kevin Mc Glone who won GOLD in the 800metres M40 in 2.12 at the National Indoor Championshps in Nenagh. Well done Kevin from all at Sligo AC.

Monday, January 16, 2012

"Fit For Life"

Fit4Life starts this Thursday 18th January with a 2 mile run along the Riverside. Register from 6pm opposite Smyths car park. Happy Running.

Sligo AC AGM

Sligo AC'S AGM will be held in Sligo Southern Hotel on Monday 30th of January at 7.30pm. All new members are welcome, so why not come along and join one of Irelands fastest growing Athletics clubs.

Sligo AC's " Little Children's Athletics"

Little children's athletics every Monday at Sligo I.T. from 6-7pm. All newcomers are very welcome. It's play time while exercising at the same time. Fun for all.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Operation Transformation Walk......

Hi folks,

The Irish Sports Council and the 33 Local Sports Partnerships around the
country have teamed up with RTE's Operation Transformation Programme
(presenter Kathryn Thomas) to encourage people to follow a healthy lifestyle
in 2012.

People of Sligo are been encouraged to kick start a healthy and active
lifestyle for 2012 by joining Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership at 12
noon on Saturday 14th January for one of the Operation Transformation
National Walks. The meeting place for the walk is JFK Parade Sligo and the
route will follow along Doorly Park over a distance of 4 kilometres.

The Sligo walk will have an RTE film crew on site for the event and hence
the people of Sligo are encouraged to put on their walking shoes and promote
Sligo as an active an d scenic county to the nation (highlights from the
walk, one of only 7 walks to be filmed, will be featured on the 'Operation
Transformation' RTE programme on Wednesday 18th January).

Attached is a flier so please spread the message among family, friends, work
colleagues through your websites/ facebook pages/ email contacts etc.

Hope to see you on the day and 'Let's Get Sligo Walking'

Shane Hayes

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer

Sligo Sport & Recreation Partnership

FIT 4 Life Winter League

We are kicking off Winter League next Thursday
Will send out handicaps(starting positions) in next couple of days but each person needs to get a starting number the first event.
If you are not on list dont panic you will be sorted on Thursday
Come before six to get registered.

This is a fantastic way to get into running so come along one and all, we cater for all abilities.

SLIGO FIT4LIFE Winter League 2012
An event for all levels of runner / walker.
6 events run on a handicap basis with slower walkers / runners starting ahead of faster competitors.
Handicaps are continually adjusted to give every participant an equal chance.

Date Time Distance Venue
Thurs 19 th Jan 6.30pm 2 mls Riverside (Cleveragh)

Thurs 2ndrd Feb 6.30pm 2 mls Riverside(Cleveragh)

Thurs 16th Feb 6.30PM 3K Sligo IT

Thurs 1st March 6.30pm 3 K SligoIT

Thurs 8th March 6.30pm 1ml Riverside(Cleveragh)

Thurs 22nd March 6.30pm 2 mls Riverside(Cleveragh)


Registration between 6pm and 6.20pm.Absolutely no entries after 6.20pm

Craughwell 10 Mile