Training/competition this week

Sat 5th Oct Hole in the wall 10.30 sprints group and middle distance group born 2003 and older.

Sun 6th Oct Hole in the Wall 11a.m sprints group and middle distance group born 2003 and older.

League 2 in Phoenix park for everyone else. Athletes born 2008 and younger meet at the Popes Cross car park at 10.15 sharp. Older age groups can follow over to the Magazine Hills for 11am
Watch the weather forecast to ensure you bring correct gear. Bring 3 euro for your competition number. We expect all our young athletes to compete. This is where you learn how to race.

Tue 8th Oct Grangegorman 7pm everyone including sprints group.

Wed 9th Oct schools cross country in Santry. Best of luck to all competing.

Thur 10th Oct gym group 7pm. Everyone else St John Bosco school hall at 7pm. Hi viz essential.

Steph Creaner Retires

One of our finest ever athletes, Steph Creaner, has decided to retire following a long and glittering career.

Steph became a member almost 20 years ago as a nine-year old and joined in general club activity including relays, high jump, long jump and cross country. She began to show exceptional speed as a young teenager and concentrated on sprinting to great effect – including winning her first ever all Ireland sprint.

Her competitive record is superb! She won her age group 200M under 15/16/17/18/19 both indoors and outdoors, often setting new national and club records and frequently doubling up with the shorter sprint. Displaying superb bend running technique she became a 200M specialist and won the Irish Junior 200M indoors and outdoors three times in addition to the under 23 titles indoor and outdoor twice. Additionally, she has contributed to national junior and u23 4x100m records.

Steph won the last National Senior Indoor 200M championship to be held in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. In addition to these achievements she won schools, Celtic games and university titles and contributed to many successful relay teams.

International honours came thick and fast and Steph represented Ireland at the Celtic Games, winning a treble, Schools Internationals, World Junior, European Junior, European u23 and Senior World and European Championships. The pinnacle of her career may have been representing Ireland at the World Senior relay championships in the Bahamas where the team finished a credible 5th in a national record time.

While Steph will not be around to compete in the future her performances will stand the test of time and her 23.82 indoor best (6th Irish all time), and 23.72 outdoor (19th Irish all time) speak for themselves.

We wish Steph all the very best of luck in her future career!

Thank you from Mary.

Mary and her family would like to thank everyone who sympathised with them on the recent death of her Dad Michael McKenna after a long illness. We are very grateful for all the texts, cards and expressions of sympathy. Sincere thanks to all from the club and the wider Athletics family who travelled to Monaghan for the wake and the funeral.

Dublin Schools x country

We had a group of our secondary School athletes in action at the Dublin schools cross country for first , second and third years on Thursday last in the Phoenix park. In the first years girls race Niamh O Connor led her team from St Dominics to 3rd place overall with great backup from Shona Gogarty and Lily Farrell. Jana Gleeson ran very well for Mt Temple.

Clare o Connor and Jana Moheiden were very impressive finishing 2nd and 3rd in the third year girls race and Joe Fogarty had a great run finishing 2nd in the boys race.

Others who made top 10 were Cliodhna Ryan and Christopher McLoughlin. Well done to all.

Training this week

Sat 28th Sept Hole in the wall 10.30 sprints group plus middle distance 2005 and older.

Sun 29th Sept Hole in the wall 11 am everyone. We will be running on the course for league 2 following Sunday. Only those who compete in the leagues will be considered for teams for Dublin championships.

Tue 1st Oct Grangegorman 7pm everyone. Bogies at 4 for anyone who’s free.

Thur 3rd Oct gym group 7pm. Everyone else St John Bosco school hall 7pm