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Training as usual over mid-term break PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:52
Training for all groups will continue over mid-term break.  Younger athletes are more than welcome to dress in Halloween outfits for training on Thurs. 30th Oct.
Busy weekend of competition PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 October 2014 08:07
Best of luck to all our athletes competing this weekend. 
On Sunday some of our juvenile athletes and Novice Men will compete in the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow (first race starts at 10.45am). U10s can compete in a non-championship race and entry for this race only is on the day. Directions to Avondale House can be found here.  An estimated timetable can be found here.
Also on Sunday, a number of our Senior athletes are running in the Frankfurt Marathon in Germany. 
Then on Monday, we have a large number of Senior athletes competing in the Dublin City Marathon. 

Don't forget that the clocks go back one hour this weekend.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 08:21
Would you be interested in Coaching? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:16

Any parents who are interested in coaching are invited to meet with current Coaches tonight (Oct 23rd) at 8.40pm at the track for a short, informal chat. As the Club is expanding, we need and welcome new people to come on board. No experience is necessary as new coaches are always paired with an experienced coach in order to learn the ropes. 
Every little helps, so even if you can only do one hour a week - it would be gratefully appreciated.

If you can't make tonight but would like to get involved, please call Sandra on 087-6368289 or speak to any coach at the track. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:21
Senior Results PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 12 October 2014 21:47

Cross Country.

It’s been a very successful week for our senior athletes. Last Sunday our ladies team of Katie Byrne, Sinead O’Connor, Marie Diggin and Rebecca Gannon took silver in the novice cross country championships in Suncroft. The master’s team of Teresa Reilly, Rebecca Gannon and Marie Diggin claimed the bronze. One week on Katie, Sinead, Marie and Rebecca won silver in the County Intermediate championships. The men’s team came an impressive 3rd with the team of Shane Hunt, Jay Carraher, Dave Clancy, Simon Hanratty, Dave McMahon and Barry Dunleavy. Well done everyone.

Donadea 10K

Saturday the 11th of October saw the start of a record breaking weekend for our senior men. Martin Hoare came 3rd in the Donadea 10k in a time of 33 minutes flat making it yet another club record him. Not far behind was David O’Connor in 5th place in 34 minutes just 8 seconds off his Pb. Ian McManus set a personal best in 35:41 coming 10th. Three very impressive times and placing’s, with the Frankfurt and Dublin marathons just a fortnight away it shows the incredible commitment and hard work is showing great results.

Graz Marathon, Austria

On Sunday Jason Miley took to the start line of the Graz Marathon in Austria as part of the Ireland team competing in the European Police championships. Jason ran fantastic race in hot conditions coming home in 2hrs 41 mins destroying his personal best by 8 minutes. The standard of marathon running in the club has increased significantly over the last couple of years and Jason has now joined our team of elites.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 October 2014 21:51
Kildare Cross Country - Day 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 October 2014 07:23

Round 2 of the Kildare Cross Country Championships took place on Sunday last outside Kildare Town and this time it was the uneven age athletes to show their skill. Celbridge young under 9 girls were first up and the team of Niamh Gannon, Lily Daniere Doyle, Erin Kyle, Laragh Martin, Hannah Merrick, Rachel Kearns, Kate Connolly and Saoirse Carraher put in a great performance and took Silver medals. The Boys under 9 were next up and Oisin May, Jack Drumgoole, Brendan Moloney, Cian Walsh, Cormac Sheridan Luke O'Connor Harry Maughan and Peter Goss competed for the club but this time were outside the medals however coach Shane O'Dea said he was very proud of the performance of all his young athletes. The under ll girls team of Nina Martin, Grace Maughan, Rhea Donnelly, Rachael Laughoff, Paula Esquerra, Anna Burns, Lucy O'Reilly, Taylor Beatty, Chloe Kavanagh and Grace Laughoff competed next they finished in a very respectable 5th place in a tough race. The boys under 11 were next and Cian Sage Connolly, Paddy Merrick, Gavin Walsh, Alex Drumgoole, Mark Creighton and Ben Higgins went one better than the girls when they finished in 4th place.

The under 13 girls were next up and with the experience of running a few cross country competitions this team were not going to be beat, the team of Sarah Rose Merrick, Elena O'Toole, Rebecca Carroll, Hannah Kearns, Eleanor Clancy, Caoimhe May, Kirsty Higgins, Ellen Gannon and Sarah Forrester took Gold medals, Bernie Kavanagh and Dave Clancy has started training athletes who wish to run cross country and middle distance and this is proving very successful, this team will do well in Leinster. The Under 13 boys team of Callum Breheny, Eoin McConnon, Kyran O'Regan Sean Hanratty, Jack Geagan Murray and Simon Carroll just missed out on medals but their coach Ana Camara said they performed very well and should be proud of their achievement. In the under 15 boys race Cian May took and individual Silver medal Daniel Ecock also ran but they did not have the numbers to make up a team. In the under 17 boys race Ciaran O'Connor, Eoghan Goss and Andrew Carroll ran a great race and the team took Silver medals. In the under 19 boys race Conor Farrell took the gold medal with a great performance and the team of Jack Kyle and Liam King brought home team gold. Well done to all the athletes who competed in the County Cross Country Championships the next competition will see the athletes travelling to Rathdrum Co Wicklow to take part in the Leinster Even age Cross Country that is on Sunday 26th October and has a 11am start time for under 12 athletes. 





Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:14
Little Athletics Agility Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 07:06
This Thursday (Oct 9th), Little Athletics (Jay's Group) will take place in the NKETS School Hall at 6pm. Pat Ryan from Athletics Ireland will be hosting a Little Athletics Agility Challenge for our Little Athletics Group. Young athletes will be participating in various games, challenges and activities, which help to develop their agility, balance and coordination – the three fundamentals of the Little Athletics Programme. Thursdays session may last a little longer than usual - depending on numbers present. Any parent who would like to help out at this session, or indeed at any of our training sessions is more than welcome.
KIldare Cross Country - Day 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 October 2014 11:13

The first round of the Kildare Cross Country Championships took place in Suncroft last Sunday and Celbridge AC had a huge number of athletes taking part in all races. In the first race of the day the club put out 13 girls in the under 10 race. Emily Quigley, Olivia Gallagher, Niamh Gannon, Anna Burns, Grace Lauhoff, Lily Daniere Doyle, Erin Kyle, Laragh Martin, Hannah Merrick, Chloe Kavanagh, Rachel Kearns, Charlie McKeon and Christina McKeon all put in a great performance but were not in medal position. In the boys under 10 race Ben Higgins, Brendan Moloney, Gavin Walsh, Oisin May, Jack Drumgoole, and Peter Goss took to the start line and performed very well to finish in 4th place. next up was the under 12 girls and with their experience from last year the team secured Silver medals with Eleanor Clancy taking an individual Bronze the remainder of the team Caoimhe May, Ella Copeland, Rosa Whelan, Nina Martin, Monica Doda, Grace Maughan, Georgia Mooney, Taylor Beatty Rachel Lauhoff, Leah Murphy and Rhea Donnelly made up the team, Credit must also be given to Ellen Gannon who despite being sick turned up to cheer on her team mates. In the under 12 boys race Fionn Reilly, Paddy Merrick, Alex Drumgoole and Reece Flanagan ran a great race but were not in a medal position. The girls under 14 were next up and Sarah Rose Merrick, Elena O'Toole, Rebecca Carroll, Hannah Kearns and Laoise Lenehan put in a great performance and despite Laoise  picking up an injury and being unable to finish the team took Bronze medals. In the under 14 boys race George Lowen ran a great race to take the Kildare County Gold and the team of Eoin McConnon, Calum Brehony and Nathan Parameswaran took Bronze Medals. Niamh O'Connor was the only Celbridge athlete who competed in the under 16 girls race and Niamh put in her usual strong performance but did not make the medals on this occasion. In the under 16 boys race Cian May took the individual bronze and help the team of Eoin Goss and Andrew Carroll take team Bronze. The under 18 boys race was a hard fought affair which saw Conor Farrell finish very strong to take an individual Silver medal however when four athletes had crossed the line the officials thought that they had been directed to the finish line too early and marked the race null and void the remainder of the team of Jack Kyle, Robert Clampett, Liam King and Ciaran O'Connor were definitely heading for a podium finish. The Novice women team of Rebecca Gannon, Katie Byrne, Moira Diggin and Sinead O'Connor  along with the Novice mens team of Michael Comer, David McMahon, Michael Tynan and Shane Hunt also competed for the club however we are awaiting the final results for these teams. It is great to see such strong teams competing for the club and we hope going forward that we can encourage young athletes to train for and run cross country, Bernie Kavanagh and Dave Clancy are now training younger athletes who wish to concentrate on endurance running and if any young athlete expresses an interest do not hesitate to talk to any of the coaches. The next round of the Kildare Cross Country Championships for uneven age athletes takes place on Sunday 12th starting at 12pm in Kildare town, check back for directions closer to the weekend.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:52
Upcoming Events PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 September 2014 12:06

This coming Sunday 28th the Liz McDonnell 5K Cross Country run will take place in Castletown at 1pm. We hope many Celbridge athletes will support this worthy event.  Event details can be found here

The following Sunday 5th October the first Kildare Cross Country Championship will take place in Suncroft at 12 noon (u10,12,14,16 &18), Novice & Masters Men & Women.  (Entries for this are closing, so please let your coach know asap, if you want to take part)

Sunday 12th will see the odd ages (u9,11,15 & 17), Intermediate & Senior In Kildare Town.

Athletes can move up 1 age group - so all athletes can compete on both days.

Details on distances etc can be found here 

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 12:22
Senior Results PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 September 2014 21:42

It’s been an momentous weekend for the distance runners of Celbridge AC. Yesterday just one week after a new half marathon record was set in Athlone, David O’Connor ran a superb race at the Dublin half marathon coming home in 9th place overall in a time of 1:14:05. We were well represented in both the men and woman’s categories. Ian McManus came home in a time of 1:20 followed by Frank McDonald in a great time of 1:23. David Clancy finished in 1:27, Krzysztof Zacharsk 1:27, Darren Cranston 1:28 and Alan Thomas 1:44.

Katie O’Connor ran a personal best by an amazing 3 minutes in a time of 1:34 and narrowly missed out on a new club record. No doubt it’s only a matter of time before this record is broken. Linda Phelan was next home in 1:36, followed by Claire Millar who completed her first half marathon in 1:48. Claire set a goal of 1:50 a great achievement finishing under her predicted time.

 Three of our athletes travelled to Charleville on Sunday to run the international half marathon. Martin Hoare who has already set a club 5 k record ran astonishing time of 1:10:56 to raise the standard to a whole new level. Martin came 11th in a large field including many national and international elite athletes. Damien Gannon was next home narrowly missing out on a pb in fantastic time of 1:26 followed by Peter Donahoe in 1:29.


Exciting times ahead for our athletes running in the Berlin, Frankfurt and Dublin marathons.


Last Updated on Sunday, 21 September 2014 21:45
Senior Results PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 September 2014 23:02

Athlone Half Marathon

On Saturday the 13th of September two of our senior athletes, Jason Miley and Karl McKenna travelled to Athlone to take part in the 3rd annual flatline half marathon. The hot conditions did not seem to have any effect on the Celbridge representatives, as Jason ran a sensational race coming home in 1:15:39 setting and new club record. Preparation is obviously going well for Jason for the European Police marathon championships in Austria in mid-October. Karl McKenna ran a fantastic time of 1:29.

Best of luck to all our athletes travelling to the Charleville International Half-Marathon this weekend.

Congratulations to Barry Murphy on coming 4th in the North Kildare clubs 5k on Sunday.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:14
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