Saturday, March 31, 2012

Shining performers.

Once again the Sligo AC Juveniles competed today and gave performances that each one of them and their coaches should be very proud of. They also came away with a considerable medal haul, Zak Irwin claimed gold in the boys U/17 200m final in an impressive time of 22.83, this was backed up be 3 silver medals by our walkers Orlaith Delahunt, Dylan Carty & Robbie Kelly, there were also 2 brilliant bronze medals for our long jumpers, Emily Burns who was demoted on the last jump of the competition after sitting in silver throughout, and Colm Bourke who just keeps improving leaped an impressive 6.38 to claim his first ever National medal. There was also brilliant performances by Stacey Kerr in the girls U/16 200m final finishing a superb 4th, Caelainn McGonigle gave a brave performance finishing 7th in her 800m final and 2 brilliant runs by Thomas Delahunt and Aishan Patil in their 800m events. Well done to all athletes and coaches for representing the club with such distinction.

Geevagh 5K & 10K

The sweet smell of success.

Omagh Half

Well done to Sarah Mc Caffrey & Joe Davey (Pictured) who ran superbly in the Omagh half marathon today. On a tough course Joe completed the Half in 1:46 and Sarah in 2:01, also a big well done to Enda Whelan finishing in a time of 1:38, well done to Mairead McMorrow finishing in a time of 1:58, both Sarah and Mairead were competing in their first Half Marathon so no stopping them now, "Roll On Dublin"

Star in the making.

Once again Sligo AC's Zak Irwin shows his opponents the way it should be done while winning the Boy's U/17 200Mtrs in Nenagh this weekend. Well done Zak from all your club mates.

Geevagh in Pictures. Winner all right...

The loneliness of the long distance road runner's

Sligo AC's spring Marathon runners just before the last long run, 23 miles covered on a classy scenic route in beautiful conditions and plenty of banter on route. Roll on London and Belfast. — with Eamon Dunbar and Damien Kennedy.

The Marathon season is well and truly under way, "more Gel's available than in an Asics production factory".

Brotherly Love..

Congrats to Sligo AC's brothers Alan and David Kearins who ran in the Finn Valley 5k, Alan clocked a fine 16.49 and big brother David who cruised around in 17.36. A fantastic blow out for both who are now well set up for a summer of Road racing, Well done lads.

The Future Look's Bright.... :)

Round 2 of the National Indoor Juvenile Championships take place this weekend in Nenagh, Best of luck to all Sligo AC athletes and their coaches - Dylan Carty & Orlaith Delahunt in the walks, Zak Irwin in the 200m, Caelainn McGonigle, Aishan Patil & Aishling Molloy in the 800m, Emily Burns & Colm Bourke in the long jump and Stacey Kerr in the 200m. A brilliant weekend ahead and good luck to them all from all their friends in Sligo AC. Happy Running.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Carney 10K.

The ever popular Carney Lisadell 10k is back for its 7th year, on Easter Monday the 9th of April. The format this year will be the tried and tested one, Entry online on, number and chip timing pickup on the Sunday Evening, and on the morning of the race up to 11am.
Looking forward to a great race this year, with over 400 participants last year, hopefully the April showers will hold off and allow people to run off the Easter Eggs!
Kids races will take place beforehand in the Oxfield Sports Centre, with medals for all kids participating.
This years proceeds will go to the North West Hospice (to be confirmed) and towards the parents associations of Grange and Rathcormack National Schools.
Online entry will remain at €12. On the day entry will be €15. All proceeds from the day will be given to the charities listed. Participants can raise sponsorship for the day, and should get in touch with the charities for more information.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weekend Fixtures.

Good luck to our juvenile athletes & their coaches in Nenagh this weekend in the Woodies DIY AAI National Indoors.
The Ray Darcy 5k is on next Wednesday at 1pm from the Sligo Sports Complex.
Best of luck to all in the Omagh Half Marathon, and don't forget to enter the Carney 10k on Easter Monday at


Congratulations to all who participated so well in the recent Fit4Life competition.
This was a very successful event with increasing numbers throughout the competition.
Keep up the good work and above all Happy Running from all in Sligo AC.

Run in Mayo..

Dates for the 14th Mayo AC C&C Cellular Road League 2012 have been
announced. The format will be similar to recent years. The League will
consist of 9 races with points counted from best 6 races. Full details
on the points structure will be on in advance of the
first race. Full race schedule:

1 Kilmovee 10k Sat April 7th, 1 pm

2 Balla 8k Sat May 19th, 6pm

3 Balla 10k Sat July 28th, 7 pm

4 Swinford AC 8k Sun August 5th, 4pm

5 Claremorris 5 Mile Sat August 25th, 6pm

6 Ballina AC 10k Sun Sept 16th, 3 pm

7 Ballyhaunis 8k Sat Sept 29th, 4pm

8 Ballina 4 Mile Sun Oct 14th, 3 pm

9 Hollymount Road Races. Sun Nov 11th,1 pm

3rd Mayo AC 5K Summer Series in association with Mayo Sports Partnership:
All at 8pm

1 Castlebar Tue June 19th

2 Ballyhaunis Tue June 26th

3 Claremorris Tue July 3rd

4 Ballinrobe Tue July 10th

The Grange Good Friday 5K

The 2nd annual Grange 5K in aid of the Friends of Sligo General Hospital will take place on Good Friday starting at 7pm , last year over 140 people took part in the event and over 1800 euro was raised.The course after the first 1k is either flat or downhill and is accurately measured so some good times would be expected,it should act as a good sharpener for the Carney 10k which will be on the following Monday.Entries will be taken in the Sport Centre in Grange from 5:30 pm that evening and will close at 6: 50pm.Entry fee is 10 euro and 20 for a family you can walk jog or run,tea and sandwiches and spot prizes in the Centre afterwards. Happy Running.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thank you.

A sincere thank you to all who supported Sligo AC member Enda Dineen in his fundraising table quiz held last Friday night in the Sligo City Hotel in aid of his up coming challenge in the Virgin London Marathon which he is running for Bone Cancer Research Trust in Memory Of Balthnaid Foley,
Thank's again on behalf of Enda.


Congratulations to Sligo AC's Zak Irwin who was crowned U/17 All Ireland 60metre Champion this weekend in Nenagh.

A reminder that the "Run with Ray" (Darcy) in Association with Sligo AC takes place on Wednesday April 04th at 1pm
Registration at

Friday, March 23, 2012

Stars of the future...

Good luck to all our athletes and coaches who are competing at the Woodies DIY AAI Juvenile Indoor Championships in Nenagh this weekend.Best of luck from all in Sligo AC. :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Here come the Girls.....

Last year Gary Dillon and Sligo AC member Eimear O'Brien organised a group of 60 women to go to the Dublin Mini Marathon to run/jog/walk for cystic fibrosis Sligo branch. The team raised 12,000 euro for the charity. This year they aim to hopefully do the same. If you have any interest in joining their team please enter at the link attached and email Eimear your race reference number, phone number, address and t shirt size. All participants for the team will get a gift bag and tshirt for the day, they will be organising busses to and from Dublin for you as well as an after party back in Sligo that night. You can follow the team on facebook if you interested
Eimear can be contacted at

Open Public Meeting - All Welcome

FREE Open Public Meeting - All Welcome
Sudden Cardiac Death in
Children & Adolescents
A talk by:
Dr David Coleman
Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist
Our Lady's Children's
Hospital, Crumlin
Chair: Dr Hilary Greaney
Consultant Paediatrican, SGH
8 pm Thursday March 29th 2012
Canis Major, Clarion Hotel Sligo
• Causes of sudden cardiac death
• Value of cardiac screening
• Managing ‘at risk’ individuals
• Community support
Followed by Infant & Child CPR demonstration
by Deirdre Staunton, Resuscitation Officer, SGH

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fit 4 Life...Grand Finale...

Race six the last in this series takes place on next Thursday 22nd March with a 2 mile at Cleveragh, Start time is 6.30pm with registration at 6pm.

The presentation of prizes to the top fifteen in the League and also to juveniles (under 16) will take place in the Southern Hotel at 8pm sharp.

All welcome and finger food will be provided.

Training continues each Tuesday at 6.15pm at Sligo IT and Thursday at 6.15 pm meeting at Doorly Park beside Argos.

There will be training in the Racecourse on Thursdays when the evenings lengthen sufficently starting at 6.15pm.
Happy Running.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Craughwell. Co. Galway

Congratulations to Sligo AC's Damien Kennedy and Eamon Dunbar who ran superb times in the Craughwell 10 mile road race today finishing in 65 and 62 minutes. Well done lad's from all in Sligo AC.

Glam Ladies..

Tubber in Pictures...:)

Tubber in Pictures...

Tubbercurry 10K..

There was a record entry for this years South Sligo AC Tubbercurry 10K road Race,
224 athletes competed in one of the North West's most
popular events. In it's 39th year the sun really shone for all on our national holiday. The race was won by Sligo AC's Emmett Dunleavy in a time of
32:15 closley followed by Sligo AC's Eamon McAndrew finishing in a time of 32:36 with Turlough Conway of Rathfarnam in 3rd in 33:34,
Ann Lennon of Mayo AC was the first lady in a time of 40:30 followed by Sligo AC's Roseanne Mitchell in a time of 41:41 and 3rd spot was taken
by Paula Prendergast 42:45. Both the Men's and Women's prizes in the team event was won by Sligo AC.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Weekend of Racing..

Firstly Congratulations to the boys and girls who competed in the All Ireland Schools Crosscountry in Galway and to our athletes and their coaches who competed in the Connacht Indoors on Sunday last, a long day was had by all but they represented their club and county with pride.
The 39th South Sligo 10K takes place this Saturday on its traditional St.Patricks Day Slot.
This is the first Road Race of the Sligo League for 2012 and is always a nice spring test of form for athletes both local and from surrounding counties.
The Race starts at 12.30pm and entry fee is €10.
Last year 160 entries competed and the race was won in a time of 32.50 by Roger Barrett of Ballina AC.
This Year there is also a Walk of 8K and proceeds are going towards the cost of developing a new South Sligo community park.This Walk starts at 11.30am.

Best wishes to those running in the Craughwell 10 mile Road Race on Sunday. Also don't forget "An evening with endurance coach Chris Jones" next Tuesday the 20th March at 8.30pm in The Southern Hotel Sligo.
Happy Running from all in Sligo AC.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cara Bundoran Sligo AC Results.


(Overall Position) (Name) (Finish Time)

12 Seamus Somers 58:49:00
24 Eamon Dunbar 01:00:41
26 Danny Hannon 01:00:48
29 John Whelan 01:01:35
40 Michael O’Connell 01:03:26
55 Damien Kennedy 01:04:36
57 Enda Dineen 01:04:53
59 Declan Marshall 01:05:02
71 Paul Deering 01:06:20
73 Declan foley 01:06:26
92 Rosanne Mitchell 01:08:10
163 Enda Whelan 01:13:36
164 Geraldine Gilroy 01:13:42
180 Brendan Mullen 01:15:14
182 Joe Davey 01:15:17
193 Ciaran Donnellan 01:16:26
200 Deirdre Deering 01:16:40
225 Hubert Beatty 01:18:30
226 Ciaran Garry 01:18:23
231 Pauline Henry 01:18:41
242 Geraldine O Grady 01:19:15
270 Cathy McCarthy 01:21:27
279 Dermot Cunningham 01:22:07
300 Carmel Mullaney 01:23:04
332 Fiona Melvin 01:24:15
341 Sonya O Connell 01:24:38
342 Finbar Filan 01:25:13
347 Linda Higgins 01:25:29
400 Aisling Gillen 01:28:31
415 Aishling Kennedy 01:30:06
444 Bernie Flynn 01:32:15
523 Aisling Davey 01:42:41

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Birthday Girl..

Style with a Smile....

You'll Never Walk Alone........

Here is a picture that is going to have the whole of FaceBook Wondering....."Like my Liverpool headband".....

Bundoran In Pictures....2

Chairman In full Flight.

A Big congratulations to Sligo AC chairman Michael O'Connell who competed in the Cara Bundoran 10 mile road race today. A fantastic outing for Michael who is making a massive comeback after a long injury lay off. Well done Michael from all your friends in Sligo AC.

Bundoran In Pictures....

Cara Bundoran 10 mile challenge...The Afters...

Congratulations to all the Sligo AC members who ran the Cara 10 mile race in Bundoran. There were PB's galore and great performances all round. There were many Fit4Life runners who made the jump in distance so congratulations to them also. Well done to Roseanne Mitchell, Danny Hannon and Enda Whelan who won category prizes. Thanks to Paddy Donoghue (SAF), Canice Nicholas (Cara Pharmacy) and Tir Chonaill AC for staging a fantastic event. The runners really appreciated all the jelly babies, water, Gel's and support on the course so many thanks to all. Another high light of the day was the birthday presentation made to Aisling Davey who was presented with a beautiful Birthday cake presented on behalf of all her friends in Sligo AC. Well done to all again, also pictured with the Sligo crew is Athletics Legend Danny Mc Daid who was race starter. As alwaysHappy Running.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Run In Donegal..

Tir Chonaill A.C.
5K Spring Series 2012

Dates: Sunday 1st April start: 10am
Sunday 15th April start: 10am
Sunday 29th April start: 10am

• Tir Chonaill A.C. invites you to participate in a series of 5k road events during April 2012.
• Course - flat accurately marked course –starting and finishing at the clubs HQ, Abbey Voc. School, Donegal Town

Numerous prizes
 a specially designed quality T-Shirt for those who participate in all events
 a series of 10 spot prizes each week –drawn randomly at the conclusion of each race
 hospitality afterwards
 provides an opportunity and a challenge for walkers, get fit enthusiasts, fit4life and competitive athletes in a friendly supportive community environment
• All welcome
• Just turn up and register- €5 and away you go
• Run, Jog, Walk, Chat

 Tir Chonaill AC – Annual Open Track and Field meet

On Easter Monday - 9th April – full range of events electronic timing – over 600 competed last year
Enquiries to David Doherty, 086
or Eamon Harvey, 087 2797548

 Also Donegal Grand Prix Road Series in our area
Ballyshannon 5k Fri 11th May 2012 -7.30pm
Donegal Town 5k Fri 1st June 2012 -7.30pm

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Big weekend ahead....

Good luck to all Sligo AC athletes taking part in the Cara 10 mile road race in Bundoran....Best wishes to the boys and girls competing in the All Ireland Schools Crosscountry in Galway and good luck to our athletes and their coaches competing in the Connacht Indoors on Sunday.
Happy Running from all at Sligo AC.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Streets Of Sligo..

The Sligo Champion Streets of Sligo 5K Road Race held in conjunction with Sligo AC takes place on Sunday, June 17th next at 1.15 p.m. Entry fee €15. Chip timing. Entries now open at Pictured at the launch of the race are John Feerick, The Sligo Champion, Michael O'Connell chairman of Sligo AC, Eimear O'Brien of Sligo AC and last year's winner in the womens' race, Paul Deering The Sligo Champion and Sligo AC and Alan Kearns Sligo AC.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Carrick Success.

Congratulations to all Sligo AC athletes who competed in The Carrick On Shannon 10K today. Notable performances were Damien Kennedy's PB, Eamon Dunbar 1st over 40, Philip Morrison 1st over 55. Also mention Paul Higgins 10KM PB by over 1 minute. 2nd in team event to Mullingar Harriers. well done to all. (Results to follow)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Motivation :)

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
-John Bingham.

"Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time."
-Michael Sargent

"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
-William Faulkner

There will be days when I don't know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime knowing that I have.

The Road to Carrick On Shannon......

Good luck to all members of Sligo AC competing in the Carrick 10K on Sunday, also the countdown is on to the Cara 10mile in Bundoran on the 10th March as is the All Ireland Schools Crosscountry in Galway.
Happy Running!and above all Enjoy it. :)

Fit 4 Life Result's to date.

Fit4life results:

After four races the lead in the overall League is shared on 69 points by Gwynne Hodgins and Alan Healy with Michelle Mc Gloin just two ponts behind.
The reason for these three being clear is the huge time improvements they have shown over the four races.
With two races to go it will get tougher unless they can get more improvement or at least maintain their solid performances.
A look at most of the times shows the benefit of some hard races with good improvements all round.
The whole idea of the League is to improve fitness and for each individual to improve on their personal performances.

Next race is on 8th March at Riverside, It’s over a 1 mile route,
There will be 2 races the first is off at 6:30pm and the second at 6:45,
Registration at 6pm at the park across from the Doorly Park retail park.
Happy Running.

Tri Information Night.

Sligo Triathlon Club New Members Initiative

New Members Initiative Night will take place on Monday 12th March, at 8 o'clock in the Glass House Hotel function room.

The Information night will be especially for new Club Members who plan to do a Triathlon this year for the first time, whether this is the Try a Tri, or Club Events in August. Sligo Tri Club are also hoping to attract potential new Members, who may have an interest in finding out the basics of the sport, and have their questions answered.

It will also be an opportunity for people to meet the Club Officers and Coaches, and also find out about the various Training Sessions that can be availed of as Members.

The main focus will be an introduction to Triathlon, with particular emphasis on the Swim section. A follow up night will focus on the Bike and Run sections.

There will also be a Question and Answer Section, and try to deal with any issues and concerns that people may have.

Other details can be found on Sligo Tri Club Website over the coming days.
Best of Luck.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

An endurance evening with Chris Jones.

Chris Jones is one of Europe’s leading sports coaches. He works with sports professionals on performance strategy, management, planning and performance-limiting factors.
He is currently Performance Director for Triathlon Ireland.

As a speaker, his style is straightforward and practical, delivered with real enthusiasm for his work and with slides and video to illustrate his speech. His experience of working in a high performance environment, alongside athletes and support staff has not only furthered his experience and understanding of effective leadership and coaching techniques, but his own leadership, people management and organisational skills, all of which are essential in the high-pressure environment of top-level sport.

Chris’ key skills and attributes include:
Strategic planning Leadership training and advice
Mentoring Logical thinking
Physiological profiling and evaluation The use of technology in coaching methods
The ability to work under pressure Using technology to enhance athlete performance

Recent experience in High Performance Sport
• Consultant Director of Coaching – Triathlon Ireland 2011
• Performance consultant for the ITU Slovenia IOC Project 2012.
• Athlete Performance Management Role – Irish Institute of Sport – 2011
• Consultancy Coach Development Project – Irish Institute of Sport - 2011
• Coaching Consultant for Athletics Ireland 2010
• Coaching consultant to the Welsh Golf Association 2010/2011
• Performance Consultant for the Belgium Triathlon Federation 2010
• Coaching development for Institute of Wales – 2009/2010

Coaching Achievements include:

• World ITU Cup – Ishigaki, Japan – 2nd place – Aileen Morrison 2011
• World ITU Series –Yokahama Japan -4th places –Aileen Morrison 2011.
• European Cross country champion 1st place –Fionnuala Britton 2011.
• World Championship – Hamburg – 3rd place – Aileen Morrison 2010
• World Cup podium athletes x 8
• Sports Council for Wales Coach of the Year 2003
• Coach to many Irish athletes including; 800mts runner Thomas Chamney and marathon runner Gary Thornton

Venue: Sligo Southern Hotel
Date: Tuesday 20th March
Time: 8.30pm
Admission: €5

“This is a must for all endurance athletes of all standards”