Friday 6 December 2019

Carrick Aces AC: a young, progressive, ambitious club

Members of Carrick Aces AC who to took part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon
Members of Carrick Aces AC who to took part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon

Frank Greally

CARRICK Aces Athletic Club from Carrickmacross in County Monaghan was well represented at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon, with a dozen members taking part.

Carrick Aces is a relatively young club set up in 1990 by the local Garda Sergeant, Jim Marks. Over the past six years the club has developed rapidly and the current membership includes over 200 Juveniles, as well as a thriving Fit4Life group of over 80 members.

Back in 2006, five club members, Francie Thornton, Larry Lambe, Michael Murphy, Paschal Larney and Niall McQuillan, formed the nucleus of a committee whose aim was to build a 400m track in the town of Carrickmacross.

The track is now in place and in the past year lighting and sewerage have been added to the site.

The track development had a price tag of €300,000 and funding for the project came from a number of sources, including the National Lottery, the county and local council and a 10-year loan from the Ulster Community Investment Trust.

The club is well served by qualified coaches and over a dozen coaches at the club have Athletics Ireland Level 1 qualifications. Another great coaching addition to the club has been former international athlete Rosie Lambe, a former winner of the Women's Mini-Marathon.

The club hosts an annual introduction to training night in the town - an open night of presentations on training, nutrition and injury prevention and treatment. Gary O'Hanlon is due to make a guest appearance at this club promotion on November 14.

Members of Carrick Aces are easily recognisable by their distinctive green and black singlets. Carrick Aces caters for all strands of athletics and the future looks very bright for this progressive and ambitious Monaghan Club.

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