Lambay Sports & Athletics

Founded 2011

Co. Dublin

LSA Newsletter July 2023

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Our annual summer camp took place on Monday 17th & Wednesday 19th July! Even though we had to call off camp on 18th due to torrential rain we still had an exciting and action packed Summer Camp. 160 children aged between 6-14 took part and we had an army of enthusiastic coaches and mentors to ensure everyone had a fantastic time.

The children were put through their paces each day participating in Sprints, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Putt, Javelin, Discus, Hurdles, Obstacles, Strength & Conditioning, Games and Yoga....there was definitely something for everyone and no better time to try a new event!

Our final day concluded with a colour steeple chase and a visit from the ice-cream man. Massive thanks to all the organisers and volunteers without them, wonderful events like summer camp would not be possible. The atmosphere at camp was testament to how fun and inclusive LSA truly is.

Just a small selection of the fantastic feedback from parents ...

Some photos to give a tiny snapshot of the incredible atmosphere....

The Clean-up crewThe Clean-up crew

And that's a wrap....And that's a wrap....

Keep an eye on Juveniles WhatsApp for group for updates on Return to training in Sept....


National Juvenile Championships

We were delighted to have a number of our LSA athletes in action at the the National Juvenile Championships.

First up was Eliza Hussain in U14 discus in her first National appearance. A best of 18:76m clinched 8th place and some valuable experience for Eliza at this level.

Next up we’re our 400m runners, Michelle Branigan U18 and Eabha O’Farrell U17. A 1:09.03 for Michelle claimed 5th place in her heat just missing out on qualification for the final. A similar story for Eabha with 5th in her heat in 1:03.31 missing out on the final by the narrowest of margins.

Eabha now turned her attention to the very competitive U17 hammer competition. A very nice progression of throws produced a best of 37:51, enough for fourth place and a little unlucky not to challenge for third.

Back on track, Sinéad O’Farrell was warming up for her U18 3000m final. In tough conditions Sinéad maintained a consistent pace and crossed at 11i:47.68 for 11th place.

Well done to all our athletes .

Louth U20/Senior/Master Championships

A warm welcome and a well run event, not to mention a beautiful evening was assured at the Louth U20/Senior/Master Championships.

Two of our oldies Enda Gavigan and Xavi Hubert attended, accompanied by the ever youthful Dara Carr, all anxious to scorch up the tartan once more ahead of the National Masters in August.

And a useful outing it proved to be with Xavi posting a 13:51 PB in the 100, Enda a 13:38, Xavi a 27:08PB in 200, Enda a not too shabby 27:32 with Dara completing the 400 lap in 1:14.56 having just tossed a 5.12m best in the Shot. So not looking to bad ahead of the National in August!

National Senior Championships Morton Stadium 30th July

Anna Gavigan represented LSA at the premier event of the season to defend the National Ladies Senior Discus Title she won last year. The day certainly presented its challenges for the throws events with wet and slippery conditions underfoot.

It was a close run competition, Anna acquitted herself very well with a best of 47.08m to claim the Silver with Gold going to the highly experienced senior, Raheny’s Niamh Fogarty with a best of 49.77m.

Anna now packs her bags to head for Jerusalem with the National U20 squad for the European U20 Championships where she will represent Ireland in Discus. Guided by Senior Coach Gerry Ronan, Anna has had a great run of success recently, winning the National Senior Schools Championship and National U20 Championship in recent weeks, setting a new National U20 record in the process.

This will undoubtedly be her toughest event to date, coming up against the very best Europe has to offer. Wishing her the best of luck ☘ and a huge thank you to coach Gerry Ronan for his tireless commitment to the athletes in his group.


Attention athletes interested in Dublin, Leinster, National or International Master Championships

For Dublin, Leinster, National and International Master Championships, please use the following link

Contact Jennifer on 087 2936509 if you have any questions or need help with entries.

Calling all coaches (or anyone interested in coaching in the future)

Here are the next batch of coaching courses for the Dublin area.

Level One Coach

Dates: August 19th & 20th and 26th & 27th

Venue: DSD AC track

Cost: €100

Assistant Coach

Date: September 9th

Venue: National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown

Cost: €70

Athletics Leader

Date: September 16th

Venue: National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown

Cost: €70

Endurance Running Coach

Date: September 16th

Venue: National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown

Cost: €70

Please Note: The cost of Athletic Ireland Courses will be fully covered by the club for registered coaches . If you would like to do a course or have any questions get in touch with Dara Carr.

Clontarf Half Marathon and 5 Mile

LSA well & truly made it's mark at the Joe Duffy BMW Clontarf Half Marathon and 5 mile on July 8th. With participants across both the half marathon and 5 mile distances it was a challenging day for all. Huge Congratulations to Anthony Sharkey who took Gold in the 5 mile race.

LSA Parkrun Highlights - July

Firstly a huge milestone congratulations to Helen Roche on her 100th Parkrun on July 8th! Super achievement Helen!!

July 22nd was another big day for LSA in terms of Parkrun!!

Donabate Parkrun - 22 July

July 22nd was an extremely successful parkrun day for LSA with 14 runners A PB performance from Claire McSweeney and a first place finish for Pat Cussen! Huge well done to all!

LSA Parkrun Tourism - Malahide - 22 July

LSA flag was flown high by Siobhan, Georgean, Aoife, Ali , Elaine and Deirdre as they took on the Malahide parkrun. Well done Ladies

Next planned Parkrun Tourism is Poppintree Parkrun August 12th

LSA Parkrun Tourism - Limerick Parkrun

No such thing as a holiday for Mark Kelly as he took on the Limerick parkrun on July 22nd. Mark took third place in a very impressive 19.08! Well done Mark.

Junior Parkrun - Sunday 23 July

The super LSA Parkrun weekend continued into the Junior Park on Sunday 23rd with LSA having First, Second & Forth place finishes with Leon Capocci first in a PB time of 8.49 with Kyle O'Connor hot on his heels in Second place and Liam Butler taking 4th place! Well done all!

Not only that Eimear Caulfield lead the athletes in the warm up! Well done Eimear.

Parkrun can not run without the fantastic support of Volunteers. A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered this month.

Fingal 10k - Sunday July 16th

The LSA flag was flown high at the Fingal 10k, part of this years Dublin Marathon Race Series. There where 30 LSA Participants with a first in age category for Pat Cussen and Willie Cahill. Huge congrats all.

Irish Runner 10 Mile - National 10 Mile Championship - 23rd July 2023

Congratulations to Anthony Sharkey, Stephen Naughton and Sarah Roux taking on the Irish Runner 5 mile in the Phoenix Park. Super PB performance from Sarah Roux.

Parkwest Dublin Summer NightRun - 25th July

Congratulations to Ciara Cullen who took on the Bear Races Dublin City Nightrun in Parkwest and smashed it with a PB performance.

Run4Autism - 30th July

Run4Autism raising funds for Autism charity ASIAM was held in Corkagh Park on July 30th. This is the fifth year for this family friendly 5k event in the beautiful surrounds of Corkagh Park. This 5k is a run not a race & is not chipped for time. Highly recommend it for next year as the atmosphere is amazing!

If anyone is looking for a good upcoming family friendly race the Run n'Roll in support of the Irish Wheelchair Association will take place in St. Anne's Park in Raheny in September.

Irish Wheelchair Association’s Run ‘n’ Roll 5k and 2.5k will take place on September 3rd, 2023 at support and promote an inclusive society for people with disabilities. This family fun run is set in the beautiful St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin.  This setting provides us with the perfect, accessible, route ensuring runners, walkers, wheelchair users and buggies are all safely catered for. The event promises to be a fun filled, family affair with kids face painting, pre-race warm up, refreshments and family entertainment at the finish line. All participants will receive a bespoke finishers’ medal and entrants over 16 years of age will also receive a high spec. race t-shirt. This event will raise vital funds to support provision of additional services for members of the Young Adult Services in the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Booking details can be found HERE

Club Merchandise

There are currently LSA T-shirts in stock on ClubZap go into the ClubZap shop to order

RW sports currently has some Qtr zip long sleeve tops, Gilets & rain jackets in adults & kids sizes - Limited stock so click on Link to see what's available.

If anyone wants Malley items please contact Ali on WhatsApp 0877513940 to let her know - When she has 10 people looking to order she will reopen the Malley shop.

LSA Race Calendar

Huge thanks to Georgean who keeps the LSA race calendar up to date. You can check out all upcoming events here

LSA On Tour

Huge well done to Iveta McDonnell who took to the podium as first lady at an extremely tough race in her native Czech Republic.

In July Ali Conway took LSA on tour to both Dubai & Świebodzin, Poland! 💙

Mícheál O'Dea took LSA stateside to Chicago!

Also taking LSA to the US Coach Amanda McAra running in the Florida heat!

You never know who you'll bump into on your holdiays... Taz, Tracey and Suzanne in Cambrils

Sarah Roux took LSA on tour to Southwest Scotland

Wojtek in his hometown Lódz in Poland

Andrew took LSA on tour , cliff walking and climbing around the Giant's Causeway

No rest from running on holiday... Cathal in sunny Spain

An early 3k in 37 Degrees for Little Athletics Coach Ben with his speedy son Jacob pacing him!

And Finally ...

If you have any news for future newsletters let me know WhatsApp 0879583807! Kelly x

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