The 2020 Federation of Irish Sport Volunteer in Sport awards begin tonight with a live stream available here
 
Pat Hooper our former chair is getting a special reconigtion awards.
 
Our current Indoor Compeition Secretary David Denieffe is getting the award for Kilkenny!
 
Along with Denis Shannon of Tinryland A.C. for Carlow, Graham Hyland of Cilles A.C. for Meath and Colm Walsh of Mullingar Harriers for Westmeath!
Congrats to all the winners it is well deserved!
 
The Leinster Awards will be streamed tonight, and Pat Hooper special award tomorrow evening.
 

Pat Hooper (RIP) will also be honoured with a Special Recognition Award at this week’s ceremonies. Pat was a stalwart of athletics and his club Raheny Shamrocks. He was a decorated athlete himself before becoming a dedicated and exceptional coach. He was appreciated, respected and loved by his many, many clubmates, friends and family. His untimely passing last year was felt by the entire athletics community.

Carlow’s Denis Shannon, has been involved in athletics in Tinryland AC, a small running club on the outskirts of Carlow town, for many years. During his time as principal of the local school, he gave great encouragement to his students to take part in both in-school and outside-school events. Denis has also been involved in Tinryland Community Games and in the County and National Games as well. He trains the local children for games and at the County event, he could be seen at the start, at the finish line, in the medals tent, or supporting - helping out wherever and whenever he is needed and always encouraging the children and young adults, regardless of their finishing position. Participation is as important to Denis as a gold, silver or bronze.  

Westmeath’s Colm Walsh coaches a large group of athletes at Mullingar Harriers, and, is responsible for overseeing their development from all ages from 16 to 60. He also organizes events for the club and the athletes, and recently elevated his coaching qualifications to Level 2. He is committed to his own high standards and continued development and is always improving and supporting the running community at his club. You'll regularly see Colm with his stopwatch, face mask and hi viz jacket, timing or channeling athletes from the sidelines. He is an unassuming but organised volunteer and is thorough in his methods to get a job well done with his team of efficient volunteers in Mullingar. 

Meath’s Graham Hyland started up Cilles Athletic club back in 2014 after he realised there was huge demand for the sport from children in the area. He has driven the club forward over the last six years and has coached children of all ages. He has inspired and surrounded himself with like-minded and dedicated volunteers who support his forward thinking, inclusive and hard-working approach. Graham is dedicated to helping youths enjoy their running - whether they want to be competitive or not. His love for athletics is unparalleled, and he has traveled the length and breadth of the country to attend athletics events with the youths of the club and coached them to be the best they can be. Graham is constantly coming up with innovative ideas to improve the club. He has represented Cilles AC at the Meath Athletics Board for many years and has also volunteered on the Meath Board. He is a role model for everyone in the club and through his dedication and hard work, he has put Cilles AC on the map and has given so much to the community around East Meath through the work he has done.  

Kilkenny’s David Denieffe has only been involved in athletics for a relatively short time, but he has made a huge impact on the sport both locally and nationally. His home club, Gowran A.C., has seen a rejuvenation over the past five years, with David as one of the members at the forefront of the surge. His skills in governance and policy writing have helped to put structure on Gowran A.C. and his work in the club has helped them to induct new coaches, increase membership across all age groups, and allow the club to act more strategically. David also has a very active role in the Kilkenny Athletics County Board, firstly acting as the Kilkenny Competitions Secretary and more recently, as the County Secretary. David has a passion for helping all clubs in the region and has been involved in Leinster Athletics for several years, starting off as a volunteer on competition days, and eventually moving into the role of Indoor Competition Secretary which he still holds. Most recently, David has created a workshop for Athletics Ireland in which he discusses the key areas that clubs need to focus on to develop. He has delivered this workshop to over 30 clubs so far and has worked closely with clubs after the workshop to help them create their own plans.

Quick update regarding our 2020/21 XC Championships, giving we're going back into lockdown until the 31st of January it means our XC Championship 2.0 dates are now no longer tenable. There are still some counties who need to hold the first day of their championships, which means whenever we're allow competition there will be a slight delay of a week or two to facilitate them.
 
When we've an update we will let you know.
Fingers Cross it won't be too far away.
Wishing you & your family all the best in 2021!
Its with a heavy heart we to a say goodbye to our good friend & Chairman Pat Hooper whom tragically passed away today.
 
We are in complete shock as he only Chaired a Zoom meeting last night and was in great form, especially with Slovakia v. Ireland blaring away in the background of his "office".
 
1979 Irish Marathon Champion, 1980 Irish Olympic Marathoner and current Chairman of Dublin County Board,
 
He contributed so much to the sport of athletics whether this was at club level with his beloved Green & White Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club, Dublin County, Leinster & National Level.
 
He was one of the main drivers of the sport, encouraging people at every level along the way to get involved, he will be deeply missed by one & all.
 
Our sincerest sympathies to his wife. son Dave, and extended family.
 
A true giant of Irish Athletics has fallen...
 
RIP
 

Leinster Dates for the 2020 XC Season:

 

TBC - Even Ages, Junior & Senior - Stradbally Hall, Laois

TBC - Uneven Ages, Novice & Master (Provisionally) - Venue TBC

These dates are provisionally and are depended on Covid-19 Restricitons enforce at the time...

 

Our XC Secretary is working dilgently to secure a venue for the second weekend.

Secondly, compliance with Covid regulations has required some difficult decisions to limit numbers in races and to limit overall numbers on the course. The main decisions being -
  1. There will not be any club competition this year for Even Age races, no club entries nor indivdual entries.
  2. There will only be a maximum of 8 athletes allowed to enter from each county in U11-U19 races.
  3. A decision has yet to be made on the Unevens club teams, but current restricitons makes it extremely diffcult.
  4. There will not be any U10 non-championship race.
  5. There will not be any spectators allowed into the course.
  6. Juvenile athletes will be entitled to be accompanied by one parent only.
  7. Age Groups will be based on 2020 Season for Juveniles & Juniors, 2021 AAI Club Membership required after Janurary.

 Points 1 and 2 above were difficult decisions, but had to be taken. It will be up to County Boards to determine the 8 athletes that will be entered from each County for the Juvenile Races.

There will be Open, Club & County entry for the Juniors, Masters, Novice & Seniors XC Races.
 
Due to time restricitons we won't be holding a Inter Competition for the 2020 season.

 

Top 15 Juvenile go forward to National,

There will be no bypass entries for U17-U19 through to Nationals for this year.

For Senior Athletes there is Qualifications this year to National: (ONLY FOR 2020 Season) 

  • First 3 Clubs from Leinster Championships (Excluding Dublin as they qualify via own championships)
  • Plus First 6 individuals from Leinster Championships (excluding those already qualified on club teams & Dublin Athletes)
  • Plus 2019 club and individual winners
  • Plus up to 23 places available to elite/HP/U23 athletes based on European Cross Championship participation over the last 3 years

 

Also attached are the National Protocols for XC in regards Covid:
 
Have a safe Xmas and we hope to see you in the fields in the new year :)

Any queries please get in contact with Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Just a little update for the 2020 XC Season:
 
Our XC Secretary Greg Duggan, is working very hard to secure venues so that we have the ability to have a championship this year. It is by no means certain that venues can be secured, but at least a couple of possibilities have emerged that are being worked on. Again, if anyone has a venue to put forward please reach out to Greg on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Secondly, compliance with Covid regulations has required some difficult decisions to limit numbers in races and to limit overall numbers on the course. The main decisions being -
  1. There will not be any club competition this year for U11-U19 races, no club entries nor indivdual entries.
  2. There will only be a maximum of 8 athletes allowed to enter from each county in U11-U19 races.
  3. There will not be any U10 non-championship race.
  4. There will not be any spectators allowed into the course.
  5. Juvenile athletes will be entitled to be accompanied by one parent only.
Points 1 and 2 above were difficult decisions, but had to be taken. It will be up to County Boards to determine the 8 athletes that will be entered from each County for the Juvenile Races.
There will be Open, Club & County entry for the Juniors, Novice & Seniors XC Races.
 
AAI we only be taking the top 15 through to Nationals and there will be no bypass entries for U17-U19 through to Nationals for this year. 
 
The scheduled event dates are as follows - UPDATED 19th Oct
 
Given the latest restrictions all our XC dates are now postponed until we've more clarity regards Covid Restrictions.
 
TBC (Stradbally) - U12, U14, U16
TBC (Stradbally) - U18, Junior, Senior
Date (and venue) TBC - U11. U13, U15
Date (and venue) TBC - U17, U19, Novice

 
The first race each day will be at the earlier time of 10:00am and there will be reasonable time gaps between each race.
 
More specific information will be provided over the next week or two regarding such matters as Covid compliance, entry process etc.
 
We hope that everyone appreciates that matters countrywide are very fluid so we ask your understanding and co-operation in these most exceptional times.
 
Also attached are the National Protocols for XC in regards Covid:
 
Keep safe in these strange times!
 
Any queries please get in contact with Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2020 Leinster cross country championship
Yet again our proposed dates have to be rescheduled. 
 
In view of us being in a National Level 5, and that a reduction to Level 2 is likely to be needed to host this event, we are not at present able to provide any indicative dates. The only thing that can be said at present is that Athletics Leinster remains fully committed to holding a 2020 cross country championship, even if it ends up being held in early 2021. So keep coaching and keep your athletes training.
 
2021 Leinster indoor T&F championship
At this point in time it is very difficult to see an environment in which an indoor competition will be held. As an alternative, we are looking at the possibility of hosting some form of limited Jumps/Throws/Sprint competition in early 2021 in an outdoor environment. In this regard we invite suggestions and thoughts from anyone on this topic - please forward to David at athleticsleinsterindoorsec@gmail.com

This year's Boyne Supports the Frontline: Virtual 5k promises to be even more exciting and more popular than our races in previous years.

Boyne A.C. aims to demonstrate the gratitude of our members to the Frontline workers in protecting our communities throughout the pandemic.

As a result, we have decided to donate all proceeds and race entries received to our deserving Frontline Charity Partners:

- Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital ICU Dept. to fund an ICU Bed costing 3,300 Euro

- Drogheda Women's Refuge.

Our virtual 5k run titled " Boyne Supports the Frontline; Virtual 5k" takes place between Sunday 1st August 2020 and Sunday 20th September 2020.

Register on myrunresults.com.

Results can be added to MyRunResults.Com between these dates.

Option to purchase event t-shirt & donate further during registration.

We look forward to your support and generous donations to our Frontline charities.

 

Good Evening All,
 
Based on Phase 4 now set for the 31st of August, we are no longer in a position to host our Junior, Senior & Masters Champs in Santry for this season unfortunately.
 
We would encourage County's to host smaller competition in their local area for both Juvenile & Senior athletes as these would be possible under current government guidelines.
 
Our full support rows in behind Nationals in hopefully hosting their few outdoor T&F competitions for this year!
 
Leinster / Dublin Juvenile Entries won't open till we know the story with National Juveniles. Enquires to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andrew