Lambay Sports & Athletics

Founded 2011

Co. Dublin

LSA NEWSLETTER 10th -17th January 2023

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Gentle Reminder to all Adult & Juvenile Members …

Membership is now due for renewal and can be paid via Clubzap. Any membership queries, please contact Club Registrar Heather at


National Junior Championships

Another busy weekend for our Juveniles at the National Junior Championships (U20)

On Saturday 14th , it was back to the National Indoor Arena as three of our Juveniles once again took to the track as part of their preparation for the upcoming Dublin Juvenile Championships. And it was certainly in at the deep end again as this was the National Junior Track and Field Championship (U20). This didn’t seem to phase our three athletes as you are about to see!

Recent joiner, Suzie Linkiewicz went from strength to strength with another great outing in the 60m sprint, producing a PB with a time of 8.18.

Eabha O’Farrell, in only her second ever 400m race found herself in the fastest heat of the day. Up against such tough competition, Eabha managed to knock nearly 1.5 seconds of her Pb with a time of 1.05.19

Michelle Branigan, in the 800m was also anxious to improve on her recent great showing at the NIA Live. She ran a very well planned race and really worked hard on lap three to maintain her pace. The plan paid off handsomely with a new PB of 2.36.27.

So, it was PBs all round! A big congratulations to the athletes on three great performances.

Next up will be NIA live on Wednesday evening 18 th January where a number of our sprinters will be in action again.

The Dublin Indoor Juvenile Championship is now fast approaching, pencilled in for NIA Dublin 4 th and 5 th Feb, 12 th Feb, 25 th and 26th Feb. A number of adults have volunteered to help out and thank you very much to them. We still need more help, so if you can spare a few hours on any of the dates, it would be very much appreciated.

Those dates are NIA Dublin February 4th , 5th , 12th , 25th and 26th. Contact Dara or Louise or any committee member please.

Juvenile Competition – Dublin Indoor Championships 2023

What is it?

This is the Championships for the Dublin Region, organised by Dublin Athletics. It is also the qualifying competition for entry to National Championships : The first three in each age category from Under 12 and older progress to the National Championships.

Who can take part?

Athletes from Under 9 (born 2015) to Under 19 (born 2005) compete in the Juvenile Age Groups.

Where does it take place?

The venue is the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown, Dublin 15 (in the Sport Ireland Campus close to the National Aquatic Centre). The indoor arena has a perimeter of 200m (whereas an outdoor track is 400m).

What events are available?

All age groups have a 60m sprint. This takes place in the centre of the arena. All age groups have a middle distance event – the distance starts at 300m for U9, which is a lap and a half.

Under 12s and older can take part in some Field events (Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt). Under 13s and older also have 60m hurdles.


All age groups have a 4 x 200m relay. These take place on Sunday 26th February. Athletes can move up an age group, but at least two athletes must be the correct age for their team. For example, an Under 10 team could comprise two Under 10 athletes (born in 2014) and two Under 9 athletes (born in 2015) who are stepping up an age group.

We would aim to have a squad of six, to form a team of four and two reserves.

When does it take place?

Please check the programme for your child’s age group for the most up to date times and dates. The provisional programme is below.

Day 1 – Saturday February 4th

2009 - 60m Hurdles, 800m, Long Jump, Girls’ Shot Putt 2.72kg

2008 – 60m Hurdles, 800m, Long Jump, Girls’ Shot Putt 3Kg

2007 – 60m Hurdles, 800m, Long Jump, Girls’ Shot Putt 3kg

2006 – 60m Hurdles, 800m, Long Jump, Girls’ Shot Putt 3kg

2005 – 60m Hurdles, 800m , Long Jump, Girls’ Shot Putt 4kg

Day 2 – Sunday February 5th

2009 - 60m, High Jump, Boys’ Shot Putt 3kg

2008 – 60m, High Jump, Boys’ Shot Putt 4Kg

2007 – 60m, 1500m, 400m, High Jump, Boys’ Shot Putt 5kg

2006 – 60m, 1500m, 400m, High Jump, Boys’ Shot Putt 5kg

2005 – 60m, 1500m, 400m, High Jump, Boys’ Shot Putt 6kg

Day 3 – Sunday February 12th

60m & Field Events

2015 – 60m

2014 – 60m

2013 - 60m

2012 – 60m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, Girls’ High Jump

2011 – 60m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, Girls’ High Jump

2010 - 60m, 60m Hurdles, Shot Putt, Girls’ High Jump

Day 4 – Saturday February 25th.

Middle Distance & Field Events

2015 – 300m

2014 – 400m

2013 - 500m

2012 – 600m, Long Jump, Boys’ High Jump

2011 – 600m, Long Jump, Boys’ High Jump

2010 – 800m, Long Jump, Boys’ High Jump

Day 5 – Sunday February 26th RELAYS

How does my child enter?

1. Ensure that your child’s LSA membership has been renewed for 2023. Entry is only open to those who are registered with Athletics Ireland for 2023.

2. Discuss with your child’s coach to decide if it is appropriate for them to compete in these Championships. There will be outdoor Track and Field Leagues in April and May that might be more suitable.

3. To enter, please DM the LSA Juvenile Competition Secretary with:

-your child’s Date of Birth and

-the event they wish to take part in.

You must pay in advance (either cash or Revolut to the Juvenile Competition Secretary) and refunds are not possible. The Club competition secretary submits and pays for the entries online to Dublin Athletics. Juvenile Competition Secretary is Louise Gilroy 0868327467

What can parents do to help?

It is a condition of competition that all clubs must provide volunteers to help with the running of events on the day. We will ask parents to do this. No experience is needed and you will enjoy it. Our coaches will be needed in the warm up area to help the athletes prepare for their events.

Donabate Junior Parkrun

Don't Forget...

The highly anticipated Donabate Junior Parkrun will start on Sunday 29th January 2023. The free, fun weekly 2k event suitable for juniors ages 4-14 year will take place in the stunning surrounds of Newbridge House. More details can be found HERE. Sign your child up for their barcode now so they are ready to run!!

RiverValley Parkrun

Huge congratulations to Juvenile Member Mark Kelly for being first across the finish line in last week's Rivervalley Parkrun in a phenomenal PB time of 19.59

Provisional Summer camp Date

The provisional dates for this year's LSA Summer Camp are 17th, 18th and 19th July 2023. Just something to keep in mind if starting to make summer camp plans for your children.


Donabate Parkrun

As always LSA was well represented in last weekend's Donabate Parkrun We had 16 runners with 2 PBs, well done to Darragh & Sarah. Some of our C25k group also ran this weeks parkrun as they prepare for graduation next week.

C25k Graduation

The current C25k group lead by Andrew Forde will graduate at next Saturday's (21/1/23) Parkrun. If you are free come and show your support. The graduation will take place in Jones Café after the parkrun and all are welcome to pop in for coffee and graduation.

Our Very Own Cover Girl

Member, coach and inspirer Ali Conway was a cover girl in last Sunday's Sunday World. Ali told her inspirational weight loss journey explaining how she has been selected to represent Slimming World at this years London Marathon. We are all so proud of you Ali. If you missed the article you can read it HERE.

As part of her London Marathon adventure Ali is raising money for The Irish Cancer Society. She is currently running a raffle with a fantastic Hamper as the prize. If you would like to take part in this raffle, more info can be found HERE or you can contact Ali on WhatsApp0877513940

Lusk 4 Mile

Don't forget the Lusk 4 Mile entry is still available at a reduced rate of €21.50 on the Club Shop on Clubzap. The deadline for entry at this reduced price is January 31st 2023!

Club Merchandise

If anyone is looking to order Malley Club gear please contact Ali. Once there is interest for 10 or more orders the club shop will reopen online.


The Irish Osteoporosis Society are holding a live and interactive zoon event called 'Bone Health and the Menopause' which may interest some of our members. If you wish to attend a donation of €10 to Osteoporosis Society can be made HERE

And Finally...

As always if there is anything at all you would like to see in future newsletters please contact me on WhatsApp 0879583807. Thanks Kelly x

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