There’s no stopping Laois athletes as they prepare for the first run of 2019 Road Race Championships this Sunday, February 24.
The Cross Country season is finished, the Indoors Season is also drawing to a close and now the Road Race Championships are ready to go.
Laois Athletics hosts four adult Championship Races each year – Novice, Intermediate, Senior and Masters & Junior. Each programme also has a juvenile programme of short races included.
First up next Sunday February 24 is Ballyfin AC hosting the Novice Mens and Ladies Races, 6k and 3k respectively.
There’s a whole new group of lads and girls, coming of age now, who are serious contenders – however the All-Ireland indoors might just hold off one or two of them until next season.
Cian Kelly of St. Abbans AC, who ran 15:09 in Armagh last week, is a firm favourite for the mens. Adam Holden Mountmellick AC is another to watch, as are William Fox St Abbans AC , Shane Bowe Ballyroan Abveyleix and Barry McEvoy Portlaoise AC
In the Ladies Race there is a wealth of talent also.
Avril Deegan and Sorcha Moloney, Ballyroan Abbeyleix and Caitlin McDonald, Lucy Deegan, Maeve and Cara Maher (all St Abbans) are some of the new kids on the block, and if all 6 compete it should be an interesting race.
Sunday’s event begins with juvenile races beginning at 11.15am. This are for U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 in both girls and boys competitions.
Medals are presented to the top six in each juvenile category and registration begins at 10.30am in Ballyfin Community centre.
The novice ladies and men’s races begin at 12pm with the ladies running 3000 metres and the men 6000 metres.
Novice athletes must be aged 19 years or over on 31 December in the year of competition and be AAI registered.