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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
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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
Fit 4 Life Success! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:55
Fit 4 Life group at Maynooth 5K today
Congrats to all Celbridge AC Fit4Life athletes who partook in the Maynooth 5K this morning. The women's team took 3rd place overall. Congrats to Deirdre O'Rourke who took 1st place in her age category. Well done to all and thanks to North Kildare Club for hosting a very well organised event! 
Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 13:08
County Kildare Juvenile League PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 September 2014 08:36

The final round of the County Kildare Juvenile League takes place this Sunday in Naas AC at 2pm.  Athletes will need to be in Naas for 1.15pm for warm up and registration.  We are currently lying in 3rd place in the Division A League.  Events for Sunday are as follows and please remember that athletes must take part in both events in order to gain points.

Boys: u8 80m & 100m. u9 60m & turbojav. u10 100m & turbojav. u11 200m & turbojav. u12 600m & shot putt. u13 100m & 200m. u14 400m & shot putt. u15 600m & shot putt. u16 200m & 400m.

Girls: u8 80m & turbojav. u9 100m & long jump. u10 100m & turbojav. u11 100m & 200m. u12 200m & long jump. u13 100m & 600m. u14 200m & 800m. u15 800m & long jump. u16 100m & long jump.

Athletes from our Little Athletics Group are more than welcome to compete at u8.  

For members new to the Club - The league consists of 4 rounds which take place in different venues across Kildare. Each round normally takes approx 2 hours to complete, however some events finish earlier than others.  It is important to check with your childs coach before you leave the competition to ensure that your child has finished all their competitions (in sprint events there may be heats, semis and then finals).  There are 3 divisions A, B & C and Celbridge are currently in Division A.  Athletes are awarded points based on their placings in each event and after all rounds the points are added to determine the Clubs position in the league.  Clubs are then awarded medals based on their final placing in the League (this year the result of the League will be announced at the Cross Country Championships on Oct 5th - and medals will be presented to all athletes who competed at the next training night). For all AAI athletic events, age groups are determined by your childs age on Dec 31st in the year of competition eg if your child is currently 9, but will be 10 in November - they will compete at u11. Club singlets or a plain white t-shirt should be worn. There is no charge to the athlete for competing in the League.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 09:05
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Monday, 08 September 2014 15:31

New 5k Record

Martin Hoare raised the standard of distance running significantly by setting a new club record for the 5k, a sensational time of 15:48 at the Grant Thornton corporate challenge on Tuesday the 3rd of September. Martin came 11th overall in a very competitive field of close on 4000. Great running by Jason Miley coming home in 16:45 contributing to the Garda teams 3rd place and Karl McKenna running a time of 18:09. No doubt there will be a few more sub 16 minute 5k’s to come.

Great North Run

Sunday the 7th of September Saw the 34th Great North Run in Newcastle. It is the world’s premier half marathon that saw its one millionth runner cross the line and the races first domestic winner in 29 years. Among the 56,000 participants were two representatives from Celbridge, David Clancy and Peter Donohoe who has battled through a bad injury to take part in this prestigious event. Great achievement well done to both athletes.


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