Tuesday night's speed session in Loreto Park always has has a buzz about it with often up to 100 people doing intervals from 100m to 2k and everything inbetween, the chatter is ferocious in the recovery minutes and the long tempo people are there looping around and around in the backround. This Tuesday 16th May there was an extra buzz before training kicked off with a special presentation from the club to Seán Hehir in recognition of his fantastic achievement of qualifying for the marathon at the World Athletics Championships 2017 to be held in August in London. Following dissappointment last year after running the qualifying time but not being selected for the Rio Olympics, a determined Seán managed to up the ante this year to run a marathon PB to earn his qualification for the World Championships. Such dedication and determination is an inspiration to all athletes young and old. Best of luck to Seán in London. For anybody interested, a group from the club is heading over to support him and the rest of the irish marathon team running on August 6th. Ask at training if you want to join in!

Below is a copy of the email from Athletics Leinster confirming the Irish Team to compete at the
C.S.I.T. games in Riga, Latvia in June. Massive congratulations to Rathfarnham WSAF AC's Carla
Sweeney and Stephen Gaffney who have been selected, with Carla being the women's captain! 
Best of luck to the whole team.


The following athletes have been selected by Leinster Athletics to compete
as the Irish Team at the upcoming CSIT Games in Riga, Latvia from 13-18 June.
This is a major development initiative by Athletics Leinster to help
our athletes gain experience at international completion at a very
important stage in their athletics career. We would like to thank Athletics
Ireland for their financial support in registering Athletics Leinster with
CSIT and providing gear to the athletes. We would also like to thank all
Counties for their nominations which shows the calibre of athletes we have
in the Province. We would have liked to have brought more than 12 athletes
but we believe it's a major commitment from Athletics Leinster in our
athletes.

*The Team is*

Sophie Becker - 400m & 200m
Amy McTeggart  - HJ & Javelin
Carla Sweeney (Ladies Captain) - 800m
MaryAnn O'Sullivan - 1500m
Ciara Maguire - Hammer
Aoife Rochford - 200m & 100mH
Shane Fitzsimons (Men's captain) - 800m
John Fitzsimons – 400 & 800m
Adam Murphy -100m & 200m
Stephen Gaffney 100m & 200m
Stephen Rice - Javelin
Keith Marks - Long Jump

The Team Managers are Nicola Welsh & Fintan Reilly

Congratulations all
Yours In Sports,
Athletics Leinster Secretary
Mary Dwyer

Well done to Margaret and Sean Grehan who were honoured today for their 43 years of athletics volunteering with WSAF AC and Dublin Athletics, at a party in Grenhills today. Sean and Margaret were the driving force behind the many years of success at WSAF AC and were ever present with helping at many cross country and track events over the years. WSAF AC was a feeder Club for Rathfarnham WSAF AC until it was amalgamated with our Club earlier this year. A presentation was also made to Paul Fleming by the junior members of WSAF AC, for his many years support and coaching at the Club. Pictures of all who were at the party are on our Facebook site and in the Gallery. We wish Sean and Margaret good health and happiness into the future.

GrehansPartyMay2017

It was a night at the races for the final night of the Rathfarnham WSAF Fit4Life programme. The participants completed the now inaugural Fit4Life 5km in Loreto Park in Nutgrove. This years winners were Evan Farren and Lian Brady.
Evan set a new Fit4Life course record of 20:55 beating Gavin Stapleton's time of last year by 25s. Jenny O'Malley's time from last year of 21.59 still stands as the ladies record.
 
Well done to all who participated in the 8 week programme. We hope that you will continue running with the club. A big thank you also to Sue and Lynne who have co-ordinated the programme as well as everyone who helped out coaching each week.
 
Pictured are Evan Farren (1st Male) and Lian Brady (1st Female) standing between co-ordinators Sue (left) and Lynne (right).