The Indoors Nationals are taking place on 30/31st March and 6th April, and our athletes who are competing in these have been training hard.
Following the Nationals, we will turn our attention to the Outdoor track and field league, please note the dates below:
Below is some useful information on the upcoming fixtures.
Track & Field League U10-U16
This event is held over 4 Saturdays (usually lasting most of the day) in different outdoor locations each week. Athletes may compete in any or all of the events available for their age group. Events include Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Javelin, Turbo Javelin, Hurdles and a mixture of long and short distances. U9's may compete with the U10's, but everyone else must compete in their own age group. The top six athletes in each event collects points which are accumulated throughout the league - so the more events you participate in the more likely you are to gain points. Athletes do not have to participate in all 4 league days. The final top 6 in each age group get medals, with the top 3 receiving beautiful trophies. This event is for Dublin based clubs, and is not a qualifier for any National event - it's purely for fun and valuable practice for future competitions.
Dublin U9/U10/U11 Team Championships/National Qualifier
** Please notechange of date: U9/10/11 Team championships have been brought forward to Saturday 11th May instead of Saturday 25th.
This is a great all day event for our young athletes who wish to take competing seriously, but in a protected environment. They compete with a partner for a maximum of 2 events plus the relay. They do not have to compete with the same partner for both events. The combined score of the partners is added together to give the final total for each event. Medals are awarded to the top 3, who then automatically qualify to represent the club at the National Team Championships, should they wish to compete at a higher level. Athletes can compete in a short distance (60m), a long distance (300/500/600m), Long Jump, Turbo Javelin and 4 x 100m relay.
Dublin Track & Field Championships (U10/U19) /National Qualifier
This is a super 6 day event held in June at various outdoor stadiums and is mainly for U12-19 in all track and field events. U10 & 11 can only compete on one day of the competitions, 500/600m, (this is not a qualifying event for the National Championships as they have the Team Championships event instead), this is likely to be on Friday 7th June. The top three athletes receive medals and the top 4 in each event qualify to attend the National Championships should they wish to compete at a higher level.
Nationals U9/10/11 Team Championships & U12/13 - Saturday 29th June All Track & Field events (except Hurdles) plus Relay
Nationals U13/19 Day 1 - Sunday 7th July - U13 Hurdles plus events for U14/19 Nationals U14/19 Day 2 - Saturday 13th July Nationals U14/19 Day 3 - Sunday 14th July
Cross-country updated 20/03/2019
After the summer holidays, our focus turns to the Cross Country League and Championships.
DUBLIN CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE The Cross Country League (U9 – U18) is held on 3 x Sundays between September and December. The courses are generally in different locations around Dublin – typically Phoenix Park, Tymon Park and Santry Demense (subject to change). The distance of each league will increase throughout the programme according to the athlete’s age, i.e. U9 League 1 = 400m, League 2 = 500m and League 3 = 600m. Each athlete will be awarded 10 points for each race when they cross the finish line, and the first 20 will be awarded extra points (i.e. 1st = 21 points, 2nd = 19 point, 3rd=18 points etc). Points are accumulated over the course of the three events. This is a fun event (if the weather behaves) and has a great team atmosphere. Athletes are recommended to wear 9mm spikes for these events. This league is NOT a qualifier for the Nationals. Athletes do not need to pre-register for this event.
League 1 – Sun 15th Sept – TBA – 11am League 2 – Sun 6th Oct – Phoenix Park – 11 am League 3 – Sun 1st Dec – Tymon Park – 11 am
DUBLIN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS & NATIONALS The Dublin Cross Country Championships are held on two separate Sundays according to athletes’ ages. Athletes can compete in their own age group, AND can run one year above their age. Athletes do not need to have competed in the League in order to compete at the Championships. The Championships are both a team event (up to 6 members) and an individual event. The top 12 individuals per age group qualify for the Nationals, and receive medals. In the Team event, the first 4 athletes from a club to cross the finish line are awarded points according to their position – i.e. if Cabinteely’s U11’s cross the line 4th, 10th, 15th and 21st their team score will be 50 points (4+10+15+21). The 4 clubs with the lowest combined scores will be awarded team medals, and the whole team can then compete at the Nationals (so if six athletes from Cabinteely’s U11’s team competed at the Dublin Championships – then all six can go to the Nationals). Athletes are recommended to wear 9mm spikes for these events. The Dublin Cross Country Championships is for U9s upwards, however, it is only a qualifier for the Nationals for U11s up. Athletes must pre-register with the club for this event. Late entries are not accepted.
Dublin X-Country Championships EVEN AGE (U12, U14, U16) – Sun, 20th Oct – Abbotstown – 11am UNEVEN AGE (U11, U13, U15) – Sun 3rd Nov – Santry Demense – 11 am
National Cross Country Championships EVEN AGE – Sun 24th Nov – Abbotstown – 11 am UNEVEN AGE – Sun 15th Dec – TBA – 11 am