Lambay Sports & Athletics

Founded 2011

Co. Dublin

LSA Newsletter 21st March - 5th April 2023

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Thursday Training

As it is Easter Break there will be no Thursday Training for the next 2 weeks.... Training will resume on April 20th!

Summer Camp

Our very popular summer camp will return in July and booking is available via ClubZapp Keep an eye on WhatsApp for further details...

Newbridge House Junior Parkrun

26/03/2023 | #9

Sunday 26th junior parkrun was another fantastic event for the LSA participants. There was celebrations for all 4 LSA participants with first and second males going to brothers and juvenile members Reuben and Leon Capocci and PBs for Harry Fulham and Tilly Hegarty well done all!

Huge thanks as always to all the volunteers and a special shout out to our own Taz who took the role of run director.

Leon & Rueben CapocciLeon & Rueben Capocci

Taz in action as Run DirectorTaz in action as Run Director

02/04/2023 | #10

Similary last Sunday's event on 02/04 was well represent by LSA with 9 listed LSA participants. Juvenile member Kate Jones secured first female across the line in a PB time and there were also PB celebrations for Emily Counihan and Nicole Hennelly. Huge well done to all the participants and thank you as always to all the volunteers without whom this event would not be possible.

Don't Forget ….There will be no Junior Parkrun event on Easter Sunday....(as all the juniors and volunteers will be busy eating chocolate!!)

Kate Jones in ActionKate Jones in Action

Huge thanks to volunteers young and not so youngHuge thanks to volunteers young and not so young

VHI Parkrun Hero February 2023

While on the subject of volunteering a huge well done to member, coach and co-director of Newbridge Junior Parkrun Karen Molony on being nominated for and winning VHI Parkrun Hero for February. Here's what Karen had to say about her award...

"Aisling Hegarty and I are the co event directors of Newbridge House Junior Parkrun. Six months ago we were strangers. Jen Tanner put us in touch. We'd both been bitten by the LSA bug, and shared a goal to make running outdoors a habit for life for ourselves and for our children. Bringing junior parkrun to our community has been a concrete step towards that goal. So far it has been hard work and a great joy. Every week we need 18+ volunteers, and every week there is a smattering of LSA members on the volunteer roster; including all five run directors so far (Dara, Jen, Taz, Aisling and me... we've high hopes for a couple of others in the near future too!), not to mention stalwart volunteer, Pat C, who goes above and beyond to ensure we have a clean course. Every single smiling child on a Sunday morning is the biggest reward we could ask for, and seeing the little athletics that we coach showing up, and loving it, is absolutely priceless. I'm honoured to be awarded the February 2023 park run hero award, and grateful to all of the volunteers who continue to support Newbridge House Junior Parkrun. I hope it will be fun, free, for every 4-14 year old, and forever a friend of a club."

Parkrun Hero Karen MolonyParkrun Hero Karen Molony


Track and Field report-National and International update

by Enda Gavigan

Last weekend we wrapped up our very busy Indoor season both at home and abroad.

Dara Carr and Steven Rice were in Toruń last week, representing Ireland at the World Masters Championship in 60m and 200m for Dara and the M50 Half Marathon for Steven.

Going into her 60m heat (which was a semi-final) Dara was seeded 4th from a Pb of 8.74 and she would need to be very close to this to make the final. Action was at 9:20am as is often the case for the sprint heats so it was an early breakfast, rub the sleep out of the eyes and get fully warmed up by 8.45. 60m is not a race you can ease into!! On the morning, Dara produced a great effort with an SB of 8.89 just missing out on qualification for the final.

In her W50 200m heat, Dara comfortably took second to qualify for the semis in 30.13s. Fifth in her semi in 29.57 was unfortunately not enough to make the final but a great effort nonetheless.

As if all that wasn’t enough, Dara also represented Ireland on the W50 4x200m relay team. Always a high octane event in which you never leave home without your keys or the changeover zone without your baton (generally J).

An excellent run from the team of Katherine Markey, Dara Carr, Margaret O’Connor and Linda Nally set a new W50 National record of 1:57.05 (this to be officially confirmed) and second in their heat. With the medals being decided on times from the heats, the team finished up in fourth place, a mere 1.42s outside the bronze.

At the other end of the running spectrum, Steven Rice was part of the three person M50 Team Ireland entry for the Half Marathon, teaming up with Patrick O’Grady and Ian Egan. Being a team event, all three athletes run the full half marathon with the times tallied up to give the team total. Its an exciting event. In a very close finish, Team Ireland won an excellent Bronze medal with an aggregate time of 4:10:23, just 3:46 behind the silver medal German team with Poland taking Gold.

Congratulations to both Dara and Steven on a great World Masters week.

National Indoor Juvenile Finals

A little closer to home we had our two older juvenile qualifiers, Michelle Branigan and Suzie Linkiewicz in action at the National Indoor Juvenile Finals at the AIT Athlone. Michelle Branigan in U18 400m and Suzie Linkiewicz U18 60m.

Michelle was up first in a very lively 400m heat. A time of 1:06, just outside her PB for the distance was unfortunately not enough to make the final but a great effort nonetheless.

In her 60m heat, Suzie ran a fine 8.18s to secure a place in the final. The final was a very close fought affair with Suzie producing a PB of 8.13s to secure 5th place just 0.09s off the bronze!

Well done to both Michelle and Suzie closing what has been an exciting indoor season

Upcoming Juvenile Track & Field Information

Here are details of upcoming Juvenile competition in April/May/June -Dublin Leagues and the Team Championships

1️⃣ The Dublin Juvenile League series starts on Sunday 23rd April in Tallaght AC.

This is a series of Track & Field events for athletes born in 2015-2008. It’s the ideal opportunity to have a go at track & field.

Athletes can take part in two or three events in their age group and unlike the Championships the €3 entry fee covers all events and is paid when you arrive on the day.

See the attached schedule of events for League 1.

There is at least one track race and one field event for all age groups.

The top six athletes in each event score points which accumulate over the four leagues. This year there is change in that medals will be awarded to the first three in an event in each age group.

Please RSVP on the event on the ClubZap Juvenile chat to help us with planning.

If you are available to help out as a parents please contact Louise 0868327467

Dublin League (U10-U16) .

1. Sunday 23rd April 10.30am Tallaght AC

2. Sunday 7th May 10.15am Tallaght AC

3. Sunday 7th May 10.30am Tallaght AC

4. Sunday 25th June 10.30am TBC

2️⃣ Another exciting event for our under 9s-under 11s (2015, 2014, 2013) is the Dublin Team Championships U9, U10, U11 on Saturday 27th May

This is for athletes to compete in pairs in up to two events in their age group: Events are Sprint, Middle distance, Long Jump and Turbo Javelin.

Team entries must be submitted and paid for in advance. This is the qualifying event for the National Children's Games in Tullamore on 1st July 2023.

More information will follow on the Team Championships

Adult News

Donabate Parkrun Takeover

25/03/2023 | #299

Saturday 25th March saw Donabate Parkrun taken over by the club. The entire volunteer roster was filled by LSA members along with our outstanding pacers Shane, Steven, Conor, Adrian, Darragh, Donal, Patrick, Sinead, Eimear, Helen, Sarah and Bronagh. Hugh well done to all involved and a special shout out to the Race Director Yannick Chevalier and our volunteer co-ordinator Jennifer Tanner. Thanks to phenomenal photographer Mícheál O'Dea for capturing the actions and atmosphere of the day.

01/04/2023 | #300

Last weekend also had a great LSA turnout with 11 participants and a PB for Karen Molony who also volunteered on the day. Big shout out to our C25k gang who incorporated parkrun into their training last week.

Malahide Pakrun

01/04/2023 | #464

Massive congratulations to Juvenile Mark Kelly on being first Male across the finish line at last week's Malahide Parkrun in an inspiring PB time of 18:35!

Cobh 10Mile

Ciara and Ian were flying the LSA flag when they travelled to Cork last weekend for the Sonia O'Sullivan Cobh 10 Mile Road Race. They even managed to get a photo with Sonia herself!! Well done guys!

Rainbow Warriors
Our 6.30@6.30 group where out hunting rainbows last week (and running ofcourse!). Check out their fab rainbow photos (How lucky are they to have the very talented Mícheál O'Dea in the group to take photos!)

Streets of Kilkenny 5k

Huge Congratulations to Amy Costigan who flew the LSA flag with a PB performance in Kilkenny on Thursday at the Streets of Kilkenny 5k!

Date for the diary!


Aldonza in Mexico!Aldonza in Mexico!

Amy in her hometown Media, Philadelphia!Amy in her hometown Media, Philadelphia!

Gill in Tramore, Co. WaterfordGill in Tramore, Co. Waterford

Rebekka in Germany!Rebekka in Germany!

Lovely seeing LSA on Tour again!! If you get out for a run whether in another county or country send a picture to me 087 9583807. Lets see how far LSA travels this year!!!

FYI...Upcoming Paced Mile

Dublin Athletics are delighted to host a series of Paced Miles in conjunction with our first Graded Meeting at UCD Campus track on April 29th.

These miles are designed for AAI registered athletes 16+ from beginners to novice; those participating in parkruns, Meet & Train events or just out running or jogging with their club mates.

How does it work?

There will be five runs on April 29th starting at 12pm 👇

👉 12.00      Running at 10 mins per mile pace

👉 12.15      Running at 9 mins per mile pace

👉 12.30      Running at 8 mins per mile pace

👉 12.45      Running at 7 mins per mile pace

👉 13.00      Running at 6 mins per mile pace

Pick your target!

The best part... 

To help you achieve your target mile; each run will be led by an experienced athlete; running at that exact target pace e.g. 10 minute mile, 9 minute mile etc. Everyone running will receive an accurate time.

Come and join us for this fun event at the beautiful new blue UCD track and enjoy a unique experience. 

And Finally...

As always if there is anything at all you would like to see in future newsletters please contact me on WhatsApp 0879583807. There is no Newsletter without News!!!! Thanks Kelly x

Wishing everyone a Very Happy Easter x

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