Newsletter Nov 11th, 2021

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Cross Country

Another day and another fantastic setting for Day 3 of the Leinster Cross Country Uneven ages and Senior Championships.

The stage was set, the hills in place, the weather absolutely perfect for the inevitable showdowns that were ahead in an action packed schedule of races!

The mighty U11s turned out in force with full Club teams and faces full of eagerness to dash out the course and earn fantastic experience and indeed make new friends beforehand. Kate Hargaden stormed up the final hill looking very fresh indeed, over taking athletes and leaving them in her wake. This mighty effort earned her a scoring place on the County Team which bagged 2nd place. Kate received her team silver medal at training on Monday to the rapturous cheers and applause from her fellow team mates and proud coaching team. Notable performances with the boys were Niall O’Connell and Sean Rafferty 7th and 8th place on the County team. Cross Country racing is in safe hands with this group.

The Warriors were up next and this U13 crack team with 2 U12s running up and age were primed and ready to rock. Unfortunately illness had eaten into some of their preparation but this didn’t deter them from giving it their all. The athletes lined up and were ready to take charge up the hill the moment the starting gun went off. Leah Tisdell took on the course with the same determination she gives everything was rewarded with a County Team bronze medal. Her team mate Ciara Johnson was the 8th Kildare athlete home. Over to the boys and Fred Dick, this time racing up an age, showed us how it’s done with yet another County Team bronze medal to add to his ever growing collection.

Rhys Johnson, running up an age, powered around the course and gave us a great racing spectacle with places changing in the first lap. Where would he finish? Up the final hill and across the line in 5th place overall and a secure place at Nationals and backing it up scoring on the County Team taking a silver team medal home also. Sean Behan was back in action this weekend, also running up an age, and along with Cian Villing scoring on the 4th place County Team.

Sarah Rowland secured her place at Nationals on the 5th December in Gowran, racing an absolute storm and taking 7th place overall.

Next up in Cross Country action are The Nationals with the Even Ages , Junior and Senior on the 27thNovember, followed by the Uneven ages and Novice on the 5th Dec.

Combined Events

With the All Ireland Schools Combined Events on the 20th November we have Naas AC interest with Alison Dempsey. We wish her the very best of luck!


This absolutely wonderful event takes place every Saturday morning at 9:30 at venues all over the country. Our local event is at Naas Racecourse ran by an amazing bunch of volunteers who ensure that everyone is kept safe and enjoys each and every kilometre around the course. We have huge achievement news from parkrun with one of our fantastic members, Vincent McIntyre reaching 200 parkruns recently. Congratulations Vinnie – here’s to the next 200!

Our road racers are currently preparing for their next batch of races, which are coming thick and fast now, most notably the Clontarf Half Marathon and the Jingle Bells 5km. We can’t wait for new mugs at the end of the 5km!

Yes we’ve said it! Christmas!!!!

We’re sure that Santa Claus’ email must be on our mailing list as he’s an avid fan and partaker in athletics. Just in case he’s reading this we’re putting it out there that the Club Shop is taking orders. The links are below!

Naas AC Club Shop

Naas AC Club Singlets

And Finally…

We’d like to extend our thanks to Perri Williams from Athletics Leinster for the absolutely fantastic write ups in the Kildare Nationalist. It is wonderfully refreshing to see our sport in the newspapers showcasing the fantastic depth of athletic talent we have in the County.