Hosey breaches nation’s top five at schools finals

March 7, 2015 in Cross Country Results, Results by Brian O'Connor


LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB’S Rachel Hosey finished fifth at the Minor Girls GloHealth All-Ireland Schools’ Cross Country Championships held at Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare on Saturday March 7, 2015 while representing Castletroy College.

Rachel lined out at the starting line among almost 100 of her peers who had qualified for this prestigious event from their efforts across local and provincial cross country races.

The young athletes were called to the start and were told that they would be running “One Big Lap” of approximately 2km in length. At 12 noon the race was off and drama ensued with position jostling and when that settled down the psychological battle commenced.

Rachel confidently avoided trouble at the start and had claimed a nice position from the outset and if held would ensure her a top twenty finish. With another tacit display of her strategic maturity and natural athletic ability, Rachel whittled through the athletes ahead.

As the race leaders headed for the finish line over the final quarter of the race, Rachel had kept some reserves in the tank and with the final push took the fifth position.


Back in October at Two Mile Borris, Rachel finished second in the Munster girls U-14 3k cross country, which claimed an elusive top three finish at this event for LAC.

In November, Rachel ran for LAC at the Glo Health Even Age Inter County Cross Country Championships held at Dundalk IT, where her performance cemented her position Limerick’s number one and one of Munster’s Top Ten U-14 cross country runners.

In January this year, Rachel claimed the gold medal at the North Munster School’s cross country.

And in February, Rachel finished seventh with a time of 6mins 55secs following a 2km course where just 18 seconds separated the first ten runners home at the Munster School’s.

On the indoor track this year Rachel also has a Munster U-15 800m silver medal for her cabinet and the rest of the year might see Rachel take home another one or two adornments for her achievements.

The LAC community along with her immensely proud coaches would like to congratulate Rachel on her cross country season be it for club or school. Well done Rachel.

LAC’s Hosey and deBarra perform brilliantly at Munster School’s Cross Country

February 15, 2015 in Cross Country Results, Results by Brian O'Connor

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LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB’S Rachel Hosey and Sadhbh deBarra each put in a fabulous effort at the GloHealth Munster Schools Cross Country held on Thursday February 12, 2015 at Cork Institute of Technology.

01 Rachel North MunstersRachel following her Gold medal win at the North Munster’s


LAC’s Rachel Hosey represented her school – Castletroy College – in the Minor Girls category. The race, run over 2,000metres, was anticipated to be one of the most challenging for these young athletes to emerge with medals from.

It emerged to be just that and a mere eighteen seconds separated the top ten finishers. In one of the closest races to ever have been staged in Munster which included an almost photo finish ending between the podium spots, Rachel finished in seventh position despite posting a most impressive time of 6mins 55secs.

Sadhbh at Munster Schools XC 13 Feb 2014 at CITSadhbh at Munster School’s XC 2014


In the Intermediate Girls Category over 3,000metres and representing Laurel Hill Coláiste- LAC’s Sadhbh deBarra lined up among Munster’s strongest athletes for their age. Sadhbh posted a healthy time of 13mins 40secs and was unlucky not to be placed higher up the ranks.

These two young LAC athletes are gaining immense experience of competing at the uppermost level of their age-groups and from the field of participants at this particular event many commentators are optimistic that Limerick and Irish athletics clubs will produce many champions over the coming decade.

Congratulations to Rachel and Sadhbh from the entire LAC community, we are proud of you.

Masters Munster Cross Country championships in Watergrasshill, Cork

December 1, 2014 in Cross Country Meeting, Cross Country Results by Brian O'Connor

Limerick AC Results: Masters Munster Cross Country championships in Watergrasshill, Cork (subject to updates on club placements clarification)

Masters women: F40 Sandra Ryan (Women’s Captain) 17th
Masters Men:Keith Daly 29th Joe Coffey 35th Keith Ryan 37th Vincent OBrien 48th Brian O Sullivan 75th Pat O Riordan 113th & Tony O Donovan 114th Ray McInerney 129th M35 Brian O Sullivan 32nd M40 Keith Daly 9th Joe Coffey 12th Vincent O Brien 19th Ray McInerney 42nd M45 Keith Ryan 5th Pat O Riordan 15th Tony O Donovan 16th M35
Limerick AC 6th with 149 points
Well done from all at Limerick AC

LAC’s Rachel best in Limerick and in Munster’s top ten following Nationals

November 25, 2014 in Cross Country Meeting, Cross Country Results, Results by Brian O'Connor

Rachel Hosey

LIMERICK Athletic Club’s Rachel Hosey is Limerick’s number one U14 Girl in cross country running for 2014.

She also secured the position as one of Munster’s top ten juvenile cross country athletes following her fantastic performance at the Glo Health Even Age Inter County Cross Country Championships held at Dundalk IT on Sunday November 23, 2014.

Rachel ran an impressive race across the course, she was challenged throughout, yet remaining calm and collected she held her position to finish in the first third of athletes from across the island of Ireland.

Of the almost 150 juvenile athletes who qualified for this national event by their placing positions at county and provincial level, Rachel’s consistent performance ensured that she is the top cross country athlete of her age to emerge from Limerick and her achievements have placed her among Munster’s top ten.  This included a silver medal at the Munster Juvenile 3000m on October 26 which earned LAC an elusive podium finish for the category.

Limerick Athletic Club wish to congratulate Rachel on her successful cross country season and the entire community of LAC athletes and coaches are immensely proud of the deserving accolades awarded to her during 2014.


Turner gold and team silver at senior men’s cross country

November 17, 2014 in Cross Country Meeting, Cross Country Results, Results by Brian O'Connor

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by Brian O’Connor

LIMERICK AC athlete Colm Turner took gold at the Senior Men’s, Limerick County Athletics Board’s final event of the cross country season at University of Limerick, Sunday, November 16, 2014.

The ten kilometre race was run with ideal atmospheric conditions – cold and dry – while underfoot conditions proved more difficult varying from sticky in large parts to firm in places. The athletes found the short steep hill trickier to negotiate as the laps increased. Thirteen LAC athletes lined out in the 40 strong field.

Turner’s race was described as a master class in maximising use of strength, endurance, tact and perseverance over difficult terrain, LAC Coach PJ O’Rourke said: “Colm was 20 metres behind West Limerick’s Niall O’Callaghan for the first three kilometres or so. He fought back and took command of the race at the four kilometre mark and managed to stretch his lead over the next six kilometres crossing the line almost 150 metres ahead of O’Callaghan. Bilbao’s Declan Moore held third position throughout.”

Limerick AC’s Paul Fitzgerald, Martin Doody and Mark Guerin came home in sixth, seventh and eight respectively and with those positions LAC amassed a total of 22 points in the team event, narrowly missing out to West Limerick’s 20 points. LAC would like to congratulate West Limerick AC on their team’s success.

Limerick AC athletes Joe Coffey, Keith Ryan and Vincent O’Brien finished just outside of the points while Dave Beary, Keith Daly and Mike Lynch followed up in quick succession with Brian O’Sullivan, Tony O’Donovan and Pat O’Riordan forming the final batch of LAC runners to cross the finish line leaving one quarter of the field behind them.

In the senior women’s race, West Limerick AC’s Caroline Hayes took gold from Dooneen’s Tracey Roche Johnson and following closely into bronze position was Noelle Fitzgerald from West Limerick AC who also won the team event.

The event was hosted by Limerick Athletic Club, who provided volunteers, marshals and stewards. Limerick County Athletics Board has expressed its gratitude to Daniel Gallagher, Pat O’Riordan, Ray McInerney, Gwynne Ryan and PJ O’Rourke who laid out the course and assisted at the event. LAC vice-chairman Tom Foley was thanked in absentia by the board for the “much appreciated tea and sandwiches” which followed.