A big thank you to the Kildare County Board and Naas AC for hosting the Kildare Covid Games 2020.
Well done to all the Le Chéile athletes who took part. Everyone put in great performances in which was for many their first meet of this season. Some great results:
- Senior 200m Ciaran Connolly 1st, Thomas Connolly 3rd
- Senior 200m, Rois Ni Domhnaill 3rd Senior Long Jump new PB
- U18 200m Keeley Hogan 2nd, Eilis Ni Domhnaill 2nd
- Senior Long Jump, Jo Padilla 5th
- U17 200m, Ciara Clarke made her debut
- 800m solid runs from Aaron & Greg Kenny, Kevin Gough, Cormac & Ronan Slattery, Conor O’Reilly
Well done to Le Chéile’s Marc Augustin (34:50) & Karl Fitzgerald (34:54) who both had great runs in the Popup 10k in Mondello this eve.
Well done to Popup Races and Brian Conroy on the Return to Racing Test 5k race they hosted on roads outside Donadea. Athletes of similar abilities were arranged into groups of 4 or 5 and the groups set off at intervals of 30seconds, whilst observing social distancing. This worked well and is going to be the norm for road races over the next while. Popup deserve massive credit for getting this going! Well done to our own Brendan Kearney on his return to some form after injury.
As many people will have seen, yesterday Athletics Ireland announced that clubs can return to limited activity from Monday 18th May. They also provided protocol documents about how this return will need to be managed and approached by club members. We thank Athletics Ireland for all the work compiling the associated documentation.
Whilst it is great news that we will be able to reopen our track soon in some capacity, it is important that club members realise it still will not mean a return to regular group training yet. Government guidelines allow only groups of 4 to meet through this phase, which of course will severely limit how the track can be used. Furthermore access for younger members is still not allowed. For older members and coaches, request for use of the track will need to be booked in advance and individuals will only be allowed to attend the track at the timeslot confirmed by the club.
We are a club run by a limited number of volunteers. We now need to appoint a Safety Officer who will have a number of responsibilities regarding managing this return to activity. So we ask that you give your full support to that person over the period ahead.
The committee are meeting over the coming days to make that appointment, determine the specifics of the return and also the booking system to be used. Further details will be announced over the weekend when decided upon. In the meantime we ask for your patience and that you please familiarise yourself with the protocol documentation published on the Athletics Ireland website: https://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/coronavirus-covid-19-update/?fbclid=IwAR0UDQ9k_r2gvSfUyO_sMHK69_K8HfxqoqYGpb78-uHi_BvOyggbehkXJY4
Le Chéile AC Committee
Congratulations to all the Le Chéile Fit4life members who have just completed a 7 day challenge. Staying close to home, they completed 1265 kms between 34 members to raise funds for the Darkness into light campaign. Thanks to everyone who donated towards this brilliant cause.
Huge well done to Arlane Whelan for organising the challenge – a great motivator in these challenging times!