Sligo Spring Championships 2024

Congratulations to all our juvenile athletes who competed in the Spring Championships in Skreen today in windy conditions!

Some fantastic relay runs got the day off to a great start. Sprints and middle distance followed with great performances by all age groups. All the while, jumps and throws took place – with opportunities for all to get involved. Thanks to the County Sligo Athletics Board, Tireragh AC and all volunteers who helped officiate today.

Michael Morgan wins Benbulben 5k

On a very wet course, Michael Morgan won first prize in the last race of the year in the Sligo AC Benbulben 5k.

The day started with some ominous weather, but luckily for all our 179 athletes who entered today, the rain stayed away and we had a great race to finish off the year.

Michael was nearly a minute ahead of fellow clubmate Matthew McMeekin. Michael took the victory in 14:51.

Michael Morgan winner of Benbulben 5k

Matthew McMeekin from Sligo AC came in second place in a time of 15:37

Francis ODonoghue rounded out the podium with a time of 15:55

In the junior category, Lucas Lyons won in a time of 16:02

Heather Foley from Sligo AC finished a fantastic year by winning the female trophy in a time of 18:13.

Sarah Kelly also from Sligo AC took 2nd female with a time of 18:52

Mari Johnston from Sligo AC rounded out the female podium with third place in a time of 18:56

Over 40 Female – Caroline Coulter

Over 40 Male – Eammon McAndrew

Over 50 Female – Trish Lee

Over 50 Male – Derek Hunter

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped run the event today.

Full results are available at Benbulben 5km 23 – Core Timing

Well done to all those who took part.

All finishing line photos are below

National Cross Country Championships (Uneven Ages)

,Navan Co. Meath – Sunday 3rd December. Over 1,000 athletes from all round the country descended on Navan Racecourse, on a beautiful frosty morning for the last cross country race of the season.

Huge congratulations to Grace Foley who ran a fantastic race right from the starting-gun and finished 4th in the u11 girls race – winning another national medal to add to her collection. Team mate Arwen Hunter was close behind in a fantastic 14th place (out of a field of 193 girls). These two great performances helped win valuable points for the u11 girls’ Connaught Team – who won bronze in the inter-provincial competition, ahead of Ulster and Dublin. Grace and Arwen also helped their Club Team mates – Sienne O’Sullivan, Saibh Prunty and Alex McDonald finish a fantastic 7th place overall out of 20 teams – so congratulation to all the u11 girls.

Next up was the u11 boys. Due to illness their anchor man – Moss Deasy was unable to run. In a fast, paced tightly packed race the team was lead home by a strong run from Oliver Foley followed closely by Timmy and Leo Brennan, Keelan Derrig and Rian Gallagher – all helping the Club Team finish 11th place overall out of 20 teams. Congratulation to all the u13 boys.

Niamh McNamara ran in the u13 girls’ race and had a great run and finished strongly to place in the top half of the finishers of a field of over 180 athletes.

In the u13 boys’ race,  Darragh Steels, fresh after his 4th place finish in the Even Ages National Cross Country Championship in Gowran – was ready for action again – running up an age. He showed his true grit and determination finishing in 15th place. Darragh was a scoring member of the Connacht Team who won gold in the inter-provincial competition. Great runs also from Lucas Ballantine, Fionn Prunty, Eamon Healy and Fionn McNasser all helped the Club Team finish 11th place overall out of 20 teams –  congratulation to all the u13 boys.

In the u15 girls Lucie Cawley continued her great performances this season, both on track and in cross country, finishing 40th in a field of 165 athletes. 

A huge thank you to all officials, coaches and parents over the past year for volunteering their time on the sidelines, travelling to venues and encouragement for all these juvenile athletes.

National Cross Country Championships (Even Ages) 2023

Massive congratulations to Darragh Steels (4th ) and Moss Deasy (10th), who both won national medals at the National Cross Country Championships (Even Ages) in the u12 boys race over 2000m in Gowran Park, Kilkenny on Sunday 19 November.

Brilliant running by both boys to make a podium finish in a field of 166 other boys.    

Both boys were scoring members (2nd and 3rd) of the Connacht team who won silver in the inter-provincial competition, ahead of Ulster, Dublin and Leinster.

Moss was competing one year in age, and the experience will undoubtedly benefit him for the National Cross Country Championships (Uneven Ages) in Navan next month.

Well done to Charlie McNamara who ran in the u16 boys race (6000m) and finished strongly to place in the top half of the finishers.  

Congratulations to all three boys represented themselves, their club, county and province.

All-Ireland Schools Combined Events 2023

 Eight juvenile Sligo athletes competed on Sunday at the All-Ireland Schools Combined Events,  in TUS Athlone. 

The athletes competed in 5 different track and field events – from sprint hurdles, 200m, long jump, high jump, shot put and 800m. The athletes earned points based on their performance in each event. 

Sean McCabe (Summerhill) had a fantastic day in the senior boys’ competition, winning silver after the end of a long, hard day. 

Finn Campbell (Summerhill – Intermediate Boys), Briain Cullinan (Summerhill – Junior Boys) and Mila Clancy (St Nathy’s – Junior Girls) put in super performances all finishing in 5th place – just one place shy of a call up to the Irish Schools’ Team. 

Nicole Flanagan (Mercy – Junior Girls) also finished in 5th place – another super performance in a very competitive field.  

Tom Rene-McEnroe (Summerhill – Junior Boys), Ruairi McLoughlin (Summerhill – Minor Boys) and Lucie Cawley (Mercy – Junior Girls) all put in strong performances and finished in top 10 positions. 

Thanks to Mary Barrett, Connaught Athletics and all officials on the day.

Thanks as ever to Coach Dermot McDermott.

Another weekend of cross-country success.

The Connacht Uneven Aged Cross Country Championship was hosted by Corran AC/Sligo Co Board at Ballymote Community Park, Co. Sligo on Sunday.


Sligo Ac’s u11 girls’ team won team bronze at the Connaught Cross Country Championships in Ballymote on Sunday 5 November. Pictured back row – Sienne O’Sullivan, Alexandra McDonald, Saidbh Prunty. Front row – Aoife Cullinan, Grace Foley (who finished 2nd overall) and Arwen Hunter (who finished 4th overall).

Sligo Ac’s u11 boys’ team won team bronze at the Connaught Cross Country Championships in Ballymote on Sunday, 5 November. Rían Gallagher, Rory Campbell-Mooney, Senan McSharry, Oliver Foley (who came 12th overall), Oisin McNasser, Albie Logan, Moss Deasy (who finished 7th overall), Timmy Brennan and Leo Brennan. (missing from picture Keelan Derrig). 

Sligo Ac’s U13 boys’ team won team bronze at the Connaught Cross Country Championships in Ballymote on Sunday, 5 November. Eamon Healy, Fionn Prunty, Darragh Steels (who finished 7th overall), Lucas Ballantine and Fionn McNasser.

Lucie Cawley Sligo AC, who had a top 10 finish in the u15 girls’ Connaught Cross Country Championships in Ballymote on Sunday 5 November. 


Niam McNamara who has a top 10 finish in the u13 girls’ Connaught Cross Country Championships in Ballymote on Sunday 5 November.

Sligo Ac’s Grace Foley leading the charge at the start of the u11 girls’ Connaught Cross Country Championship, Ballymote, Sunday 5th November. 

Medals aplenty for Sligo AC at Co Sligo Cross Country

Sligo AC’s U12 boys’ team who won gold at the County Sligo Cross Country Championships at Ballymote, Sligo on Sunday 29 October – Joseph Healy, Liam Healy, Darragh Steels, Lucas Ballantine and Eamon Healy.

Sligo AC’s U11 girls’ team who won gold at the County Sligo Cross Country Championships at Ballymote, Sligo on Sunday 29 October – Sienne O’Sullivan, Grace Foley, Violet McHale and Vivien Coll.

Sligo AC’s U11 boys’ team who won gold at the County Sligo Cross Country Championships at Ballymote, Sligo on Sunday 29 October – Senan McSharry, Oisin

McNasser, Albie Logan, Ronan Moran, Timmy Brennan, Oliver Foley, Keelan Derrig and Rory Campbell-Mooney.

Gearoid Tuohy and Lucie Cawley – U15 boy and girls’ champions respectively, at the County Sligo Cross Country Championships at Ballymote, Sligo on Sunday 29 October.

Fionn Prunty, Sligo AC’s who won bronze in the u13 boys’ race at the County Sligo Cross Country Championships at Ballymote, Sligo on Sunday 29 October.

Sligo AC’s U10 boys’ team who won gold at the County Sligo Cross Country Championships at Ballymote, Sligo on Sunday 29 October – Shea McGrath, Patrick Gilligan, Dara Keating, Rían Gallagher, David McHale and Leo Brennan.

Well done to all juvenile athletes who ran today and to parents who travelled. 

Thanks to all of Sligo county board for their time today.

Matthew McMeekin wins Coast to Coast

Matthew McMeekin set out at a blistering pace from Strandhill at the Sligo AC Coast to Coast. By the time the race had got to Cummen Hill, Matthew had gapped most of the field with only Brian Kinsella keeping within touching distance. Eventually, Matthew would come home in a time of 52:10, some 5 minutes and 26 seconds ahead of Brian, with Alan Stafford nine seconds behind.

In the women’s race, Cora Regan was over two minutes ahead of her nearest rival Eimear O’Connor with Sarah Kelly following close behind, just over a minute behind Eimear. Cora won the Coast to Coast in a time of 1:03:58, with Eimear taking second place in a time of 1:06:22 and Sarah rounding out the podium with a time of 1:07:26

In the 10 mile walk, our first two walker crossed the finished line in the exact same time, Izabela Sawicka and Padraig Mcgloin completed the walk in a time of 1:58:22

Shane O’Relly wins 5 Mile Challenge

In the 5 mile challenge, Shane O’Relly took first place in a time of 30:09, second place man was Danny Hannon in a time of 32:39 and rounding out the podium was Keith Watters with a time of 34:42

Heather Foley continues her form of podiums with a first place female in a time of 30:46, Mari Johnston was under a minute down for a time of 31:31 to take second place and Valeriia Petrova claimed third place with a time of 32:59

Thank you to all our sponsors

A massive thank you to our sponsors for 2023

Sligo AC would like to thank all the following who made today such a success:

A massive thank you to all our volunteers who marshalled, manned water stations and stewarded. Without such a great group of volunteers, we would never be able to run a race and keep all athletes safe

All results are available on the Core Timing website at Sligo Coast 2 Coast 23 – Core Timing

Congratulations to all the runners and walkers today!

Welcome to Sligo Coast to Coast & 5 Mile Challenge 2023.

This is a Road Race Event; therefore, all participants must understand that
rules of the road apply to this event and all participants are responsible for
their own safety and road usage.
Clear Signage and course marshals will be in place to ensure participants are
directed to the Finish.


Registration/Number Collection

Registration and number collection will be held in Sligo Rugby Club on:
Saturday, 23rd September, 5 pm until 7 pm.
Sunday 24th September from 8.30 am until 10 am. (no registrations accepted
after 10 am).

This year, we can accept debit/credit cards for those who wish to register in person.

Water stops @ Mile 3, Mile 6.5, Mile 10

Bag drop:

Available at Sligo Rugby Club on Sunday from 8.30 a.m. until 10 am – bags will not
be accepted after this time- Small items only, which must be placed in bags
provided with your race number clearly labelled on the bag. You are fully
responsible for all your own items.
The bags will be brought to the finish line, where they can be collected from
the tent.

Transport options

Carpool- drop your friends to the Rugby club and drive to Rosses Point, where
buses will take you over to the Rugby Club + Start. 4 Buses are available so limited
seat numbers -60 seats-
The first bus will leave at 8.30 am, or when full, to accommodate walkers.
If you are parking in Strandhill – Bus Eireann, S2 service, leaves Rosses Point @
11:05, 12:05,

North West Hospice

St Johns Patient Comfort Fund

A massive thank you to our sponsors for 2023

Sligo Coast to Coast:

Date: 24th of September 2023

Start time: 9.30 am for walkers, 10.30am for runners

Start location: Sligo Rugby Club

Entry Fee: €35

Online Registration: https://njuko.net/coast2coast2023/select_competition

Chip timing and Medal for all finishers, plus a technical T-shirt to all entrants registered BEFORE 20.9.2023- limited stock available to those entering after that date- Get signed up early to avoid disappointment.

Route:

Sligo Coast to Coast | 16.0 km Running Route on Strava

Sligo AC 5 Mile Challenge:

Date: 24th of September 2023

Start time: 10.30 for Runners

Start Location: Ballast Quay

Entry fee: €15

Chip Timing only

Online Registration: https://njuko.net/coast2coast2023/select_competition

Route:

Sligo AC 5 Mile Challenge 2023 | 8.0 km Running Route on Strava

Sligo Coast to Coast & 5 Mile Challenge 2023

The most beautiful 10-mile race on the Wild Atlantic Way is back again this year! Run or walk the 10 Miles from Strandhill to Rosses Point, taking in stunning views of Sligo Bay, Benbulben and Knocknarea, a highlight of the northwest running calendar!

This year, we will also have a 5-mile challenge for those looking for a shorter distance but still taking in views across Sligo Harbour towards Coney Island, Oyster Island and Knocknarea.

Our charity partners for this year are

North West Hospice

St Johns Patient Comfort Fund

A massive thank you to our sponsors for 2023

Race Details

Sligo Coast to Coast:

Date: 24th of September 2023

Start time: 9.30 am for walkers, 10.30am for runners

Start location: Sligo Rugby Club

Entry Fee: €35

Online Registration: https://njuko.net/coast2coast2023/select_competition

Chip timing and Medal for all finishers, plus a technical T-shirt to all entrants registered BEFORE 20.9.2023- limited stock available to those entering after that date- Get signed up early to avoid disappointment.

Route:

Sligo Coast to Coast | 16.0 km Running Route on Strava

Sligo AC 5 Mile Challenge:

Date: 24th of September 2023

Start time: 10.30 for Runners

Start Location: Ballast Quay

Entry fee: €15

Chip Timing only

Online Registration: https://njuko.net/coast2coast2023/select_competition

Route:

Sligo AC 5 Mile Challenge 2023 | 8.0 km Running Route on Strava

This run is becoming one of Ireland’s most successful and fastest growing 10-mile road race. You will enjoy a very scenic route, mainly flat, perfect for those seeking a P.B. There will be fantastic encouragement from spectators and our dedicated team of marshals’ who will provide support along the course.
Join us and experience a true Sligo welcome from Sligo Athletic Club. 

In-Person Registration:

Location: Sligo Rugby Club

Saturday afternoon: 23rd September 2023 – 4 pm-7 pm

Sunday morning:  24th September 2023 – 8.00 am – 10 am

Race Number Collection:

Location: Sligo Rugby Club

Saturday afternoon: 23rd September 2023 – 4 pm-7 pm

Sunday morning:  24th September 2023 – 8.00 am – 10 am

Bag Drop:

Location: Sligo Rugby Club

Sunday morning:  24th September 2023 – 8.00 am – 10 am

All bags will be brought to the finish line in Rosses Point.

Bus transfers: A limited number of bus seats will be available (free) to take participants from Rosses Point to the Rugby club in Strandhill on the morning of 24.9.2023 between 8 am- 8.30 am, so car-pooling is encouraged where possible.

Bus Eireann provides a frequent service between Rosses Point and Strandhill – commencing on the hour, every hour from 11.05 through to 19.05, so you could enjoy lunch in Rosses Point after the event. When flagged down in a safe area, the bus will stop in Rosses Point.

Click for schedule: https://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=525