John Shields, national sprints and jumps coach came to Kilcock Saturday last, 22nd February to assist the club coaches with a sprints session. He concentrated on warm ups and sprint drills and almost 30 athletes took part in the session. He explained the fundamentals of speed how to improve speed through these drills. He will be in Kilcock again next Saturday, 1st March from about 1.15 and will concentrate on long jump and hurdles.
Paul Robinson has been in sparkling form in Australia since his return after Christmas. In January he set a new PB in a 3k race and followed it up with a fantastic 13.54.34 in the Briggs Classic in Hobart in a 5000k. He will remain in Australia till mid March and has a few more races planned before his return.
National Masters, Juniors and U23
The national Masters and juniors and u23 took place in Athlone. Bobby King had marvellous double in the 1500m and 3k. Meanwhile in the juniors and u23 Sinead Burke won the junior walk while Sarah Bourke won the u23 walk. On the same day we had a couple of good 4th place results. Niamh Field u23 400m, Rachael Smyth U23 1500m, Kevin Kelly junior 1500m and Nathan Murphy junior walk. Good performance also by Claire Kennedy.
At Leinster level the walks and 1500m took place early in the month. Sinead Burke and Nathan Murphy both won their events. Claire Kennedy and Karla Burke 2nd and Karen Bourke 3rd. Oisin O’Cuill had a good run in the 1500m finishing 5th in a new PB.
At the Leinster seniors/masters and juniors Kevin Kelly won the 3k 2nd in the 800m. Claire Kennedy showed real improvement to take the junior walk with Karen Bourke 3rd. Sarah Bourke 2nd in the senior walk. Rachael Smyth posted another PB to finish 3rd in the 800m. Joan McGillicuddy 2nd in the senior 3k and Glynnis Reidy 2nd in the masters 800m and Larry Kelly 2nd in the masters 3k. Martin Baten, Lynda Gormley and John O’Boyle all ran great but were out of the medals.
Meanwhile in the UK Ollie Back has been improving his 60m PB since the new year, in his last race in the British championships he posted a time of 6.82 finishing 5th in his semi final. His next race will be the British university championships.
Club note Sept 2013
Training resumes for all members on Monday 2nd September at 7pm. New members from 8 years are also welcome. Over the next couple of weeks training will continue as normal on Monday and Wednesday at 7pm. The cross country season will be commencing so the training will be geared towards these competitions. We will also have a long slow run on Sundays either in Donadea or the field behind Scoil Dara at 11am. This will be an easy run which parents will be able to do and we would encourage you to consider doing this run with your children.
Coaches needed With the increase in numbers coaches are urgently needed to assist with training. Athletics Ireland provide a one day training course which is funded by the club. If you have an hour to spare one evening a week we could do with the help and you children and the other club members will really benefit. Contact 086 1650971 if you can assist…and don be shy.
All athletes are required to wear the club singlet and green shorts for competition. Anyone requiring these should contact Annette (087 771 9435) who will order them for you. We have also sourced green men’s and women’s running shorts onwww.4niketeamwear.com .They are an Irish company based in Clondalkin and all gear is Nike running wear.
All Ireland Track and Field medal winners and coaches 2008