Club Notes 14/05/2019


Limerick County Track & Field UL

We had three west limerick athletes who competed in the UL county track & field yesterday.
Fiona Burke ran in the women’s seniors 3000m taking 2nd place in a great time of 12.30.
Mike Cussen ran in the men’s seniors in the 3000m completing it in 11.07.
Liam Hurrell came 3rd in the 200m and 3rd place again in the 800m in a time of 2.37 winning himself 2 bronze medals.
Great day out for the clubs and excellent running by all. Well done

ATHLETICS LIMERICK Juvenile Track & Field Championships 2019

ATHLETICS LIMERICK Juvenile Track & Field Championships 2019 took place on Sunday 12th May at the University of Limerick Sports Arena. A total of 16 West Limerick juveniles represented the club in a number of events across the day.

The day commenced with the hurdle event , Josh Cummins completed the U13 hurdle , followed by Eimear Bourke in the girls U15 hurdles, Eimear came third and won a bronze medal . Ciara Reidy and Lily Forrestal competed in U16 Hurdle event , Ciara Reidy came first in the hurdles winning a gold medal this was Ciara first event with West Limerick AC Lily Forrestal came second in the same event winning sliver.

Katie Lenihan completed the U10 500m and 60m Sprint event.

Eimear Bourke was next on the track doing the U15 200m followed by Lily Forrestal in U16 200m. Rafe Cussen and Ronan Lynch took to the track for the U11 600m , Tristan Kirwan for the U12 600 m and Josh Cummins for the U13 600m , this is a very tough distance for juveniles where pacing and position are key skills, they ran a brilliant race against very tough competition.

Next up was our very young athletes , U9 boys category and Ryan Cummins was the only U9 West Limerick AC male athlete who took to the track for 300m , a big distance for a new runner but another brilliant performance from this young athlete. U9 60m girls race was a fantastic race with Leyna Cuseen, Neasa Reidy and Emma Cotter in top form, Leyna came first winning a gold medal.

Aideen Reidy wore the green and white club singlet for the first time and we were proud to have her represent the club Aideen is a top runner and with her speed and determination we can look forward to great achievements in the future . She took part in the U12 80m and also the Long Jump and came second in the long jump winning a silver medal.

Darragh Lynch took part in the very challenging U14 800m and came fourth , a super performance from Darragh. Jade Brouder also competed the 800m event in the U13 category.

Long Jumps was a very popular event for our athletes with Lily Ann Cremin winning gold in the U10 long jump , Ryan Cummins did the U9 category with Ronan Lynch and Rafe Cussen in U11, Josh Cummins U13 Long jump and Tristan Kirwan in the U12, all did excellent in this event. Ciara Reidy came first winning gold in the U16 long jump followed by Lily Forrestal winning sliver for her place in the U16 long jump.
Ciara Reidy ran the 100m U16 and came third winning a bronze medal , her third medal of the day

Emma Cotter , Neasa Reidy and Leyna Cussen took to the track for the U9 300m and it was a nail biting race with all girls running their very best , Leyna Cussen won the gold medal finishing really strong , Leyna is a powerful runner and trains hard so we were delighted to see her efforts rewarded.

Well done to all the athletes that who took part, it was a great day out .

Run Clare Lisdoonvarna Half Marathon

Niamh Humphries ran in this half marathon on Saturday in a time of 2hrs 19 minutes.

Ballyhoura Trail Marathon:

Well done to three of our West Limerick athletes who participated in the Ballyhoura marathon at the weekend.  John O’Sullivan completed the Ultra marathon in 7.20.18 finishing overall in 31st position. John Paul O’Connell completed the trail marathon in 3.36.26 finishing in second place and Diarmuid McCarthy finished 2.02.55 in the half marathon.

 Excellent times for the lads on a very challenging course. Well done.

Michael Curly Cunningham 4 Mile

On Friday night the memorial run for one of Limericks most well known and popular runners took place in Galbally with a crowd of 200 runners attending.Niall Shanahan An Bru AC 19.28 was first home. Declan Moore continues his fine form to finish second in 20.02. The first woman was Olympian Michelle Finn of Leevale AC 22.31. She was followed by Dympna Ryan of Dundrum AC in 22.58.

We had a number of West Limerick AC members running on the night. Caroline Conroy set a new PB of 25.52 to claim the first o40 prize. She was followed by Declan Guina 25.53, Con Mulcahy 27.22, Edel Henriques 28.38 and Carmel MacDomhnaill 31.10.

Well done to all.

Juvenile Training

Due to the large numbers of juvenile members attending training on Tuesdays and Thursdays we will have closed registration to new juvenile members We have reached full capacity in our current facilities and in coaching ratios. We are currently looking for parents and/or people in West Limerick with an interest in athletics to obtain Garda Vetting and get involved with coaching in the club so that we can support our current coaches and offer more training to juveniles in our area. We need your help if we are to continue our juvenile training. West Limerick A.C. will pay for all necessary courses once a commitment is made to join the club and help in the juvenile section of our club.

Our current coaches are Mike Cussen, Tara Carr and Kevin O Donoghue along with assistant coaches Aogan MacDomhnaill, Aine Mawe and Micheal Rowsome.

 2019 registration

 2019 West Limerick AC registration is still open for adults (over 19) and juveniles , all registration and payments are now online, all members are requested to complete the on line form and make the payment electronically. Adult membership (over 19’s) is €35 and Juvenile membership  is €25.  The club is no longer using paper forms  and/ or  cash transactions. Full details and link to registration are on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Payment for club gear can also be made through the online account.

Adult Training

Senior training for West Limerick AC members continues each Tuesday evening at 7pm on the Astro turf in the Desmene Newcastle West. You must be registered before you can train. There are no exceptions. The €2 fee remains. Non athletics Ireland members will not be allowed take part for insurance reasons. This goes for Juvenile, Fit4Life and Interval training. If you are not a member of the club you will not be allowed train with the club.

AAI Permit Races

In a bid to highlight AAI permit races to athletes we are trying to put a list of permitted races together.

Upcoming Permitted Races:

Doneraile 10k – 8th June 11am.

10th Anniversary Banna 10k Run and 5k Fun Run, Sunday,  4th August at 9:30 a.m..

September 15th or 22nd – Novice, Masters and Even age Juveniles XC

Limerick Mini Marathon – Sept 29th – Limerick

October 13th – Senior, Intermediate and Uneven Juveniles XC.

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Want to Join The Club?

Adult Membership is currently open. If you have been a member of a different Athletics Club in the past 3 years a Transfer Form is required. Please contact us and we will assist with the transfer.