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Busy Year For Ballyskenach AC

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Busy Year For Ballyskenach AC thumbnailA group of Ballyskenach Athletic Club athletes pictured after competing at Tullamore Harriers. MT46724JOC

REFLECTING on a busy year, Ballyskenach AC enjoyed an eventful year with record number registering to run for the club. The year started with the indoors in February for the Juvenile club followed by the Spar Great Ireland Run. This was followed by the Juvenile Track and Field and the three counties. The Juvenile club has now 86 registered members making it the 2nd largest juvenile club in the county. This year the juvenile athletes were involved in designing a new logo for the club and they acquired a new set of club singlets for the club, together with a new set of turbo Javelins and a variety of different Shot Putt and discus.
The season for the Juvenile Club finished on a high with the Zombie run in Orange Hill and the presentation disco. A well-deserved break for the athletes and coaches and they look forward to welcoming them back in the New Year.
 The Senior Club enjoyed its first full year in existence and has 69 registered members to date. Their season commenced with the Sean Lowry Run in Birr and it was their first full outing for the senior club.
The Offaly 5k road series was an outstanding success again this year with all clubs enjoying in excess of 260 runners. The Ballyskenach AC leg of the 5k Road race took place on July 8th was a resounding success this year, with 70 juvenile athletes competing in the juvenile event and 287 runners crossing the finish line. The event attracted some of the elite athletes around with Pauline Curley and Liam Brady winning their individual categories.
  The club would like to thank all their sponsors the local businesses who were so good to them and particularly their club members who gave so generously and also to those who went out and sought sponsorship to ensure their event was a success. The catering was spectacular on that evening they would like to thank everyone who contributed food and their assistance for that evening. A particular thank you to Danny & Jurgita Parker and their team Kate O'Donoghue, Fidelma Donnelly and Theresa Ryan. The sandwiches were delicious on the evening and for anyone who does not know everything was cooked and prepared, everything fresh in the rugby club that evening and the club set the bar very high. They would also like to thank everyone that lent assistance that evening stewards, motorbike outriders, parking officials, registrars, catering, wash up, clean up etc.
This year the Club also commissioned the Monty Franks Perpetual trophy in recognition of his contribution to athletics in Ballyskenach. A big thank you to Paradzai Havityte for designing and carving this beautiful piece. It was decided that this trophy would be the preserve of the first Ballyskenach person to cross the line this year it was won by Paul Maher. Well done Paul. Next year's event is scheduled for Friday 2nd June.
 While they didn't receive any individual prizes, the club were rewarded at county level for best supporting team. This was the trophy that was awarded to the club for their participation.
They had also 18 athletes running in the Tullamore half Marathon, followed by the Offaly Track and Field. The season concluded with the Offaly Cross Country Championships in October.
They would like to thank all their coaches who give so generously of their time, and do a fantastic job both at juvenile and senior levels. Thanks to the outgoing team of officers that has run the club so efficiently over the year and they look forward to working with most of them again in the coming year. Unfortunately they are losing their Treasurer, Aileen Hoyne, who has not resubmitted her name for election. Aileen has kept a very close eye on the finances for the last couple of years and thanks to her for a job well done. 
Thanks to Ballyskenagh GAA, Mount Saint Joseph's Abbey and Roscrea Rugby Club for the use of their facilities.
 The Juvenile club has finished for 2016 but will start again in February. This club caters for children from 5 to 18 years of all abilities.
The senior club will continue until December 14th. So if you would like to come down and try it out between now and Christmas they meet every Monday and Wednesday night at Ballyskenagh GAA field at 7.30p.m. They cater for all levels of ability from absolute beginner to seasoned runner.
 2017 Registration for seniors will take place Wednesday 11th January and costs €20.

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