Meet and Train

Ballyhaunis Meet & Train Group
“Ballyhaunis Meet & Train” (Fit4Life)
Ballyhaunis Meet and Train Group is part of the new national initiative called Fit4Life. With the help of Tracy Cunnane who is a professional Personal Trainer in the town, the new organisation was set up. Martin Fitzmaurice, Anne Cunnane and her sister Tracy are the founder members. Ballyhaunis is rich in abundance of sporting clubs and organisations, rugby, Golf, Gaa etc, but there was no organisation for the neutral walker & runner. While a lot of people do their own thing, we felt we could make more progress in an organised manner. We decided to go for it and announced a time and place for an initial outing. Tracy made the greatest initial contribution, showing us how to warm up, stretch and cool down. To this day, I believe it is the most important aspect of progress. As time moved on, more people turned up on a regular basis and we added a second outing for the week. We also progressed from walking to jogging. Over the course of the last 18 months, a number of people have come and gone. Some people find what they want in our group and some people still prefer to work on their own. I would personally, never have made it to this level on my own.
Recently we decided to try to improve our identity and arranged to have our own shirts made with our own logo. They have just been produced by Frank Brown Clubkit in conjunction Fordes of The Square. We now have approx 30 registered members who join us on a regular basis. We go out on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm and Saturday mornings at 9 am from the Ball Court in the Friary Field. Everyone is not free every time we go out and therefore we would have approx 15 people going out on Tuesday and Saturday. There is no strict regime of having to go out twice a week and you can come and go as you please or as you are free. Presently we are breaking up into three groups : A walking group, a jogging group and a group who want to do a bit more….
Once someone joins, they are assisted in the techniques of warming up, stretching and cooling down until we establish what they want to do. Then its off out the road…..
Anyone is welcome to join us. There is a membership fee of €40 which entitles you to membership of Mayo Athletics Club and Athletics Ireland for insurance purposes. We take nothing out of membership fee and all assistance is given voluntarily. As people join, we would encourage their input as the group must try to satisfy everyone’s aspirations in as far as possible. You can join at any level of fitness. Even if you just want to come along and join us for one day to see what we do, you can give it a try and see if its for you. As part of Mayo Athletic Club, we are involved in two annual road race series; the Summer 5k and the Mayo A C league which is an 8k. The 5 k takes place this year on 16th July and the 8k is in September. Why not set a target for one of those and we will help you prepare for it. Michael McGrath of Mayo Athletic Club and Ann Ronayne of Mayo Sports Partnership, have both been very helpful along the way.
Prior to Ballyhaunis Meet & Train, I had never done any running and never really played any sport. Presently I am capable of completing 10 k and would like to do a little more. This is thanks to the help and encouragement given to me by Tracy Cunnane, Jim Donnelly and Anne Cunnane. Everyone of us in turn, now assist anyone new coming in to take them where they want to go. So why not give it a try. If you want any more information, you can give me a call at : 087 2455 989. You can check us out now on our new Facebook page also.Stay fit, Stay Healthy.
If anyone would like to join you are welcome to meet us on Saturday mornings at 9am and Tuesday evening at 7pm in  the Friary Field (Ballyhaunis) at the Multi-Purpose Ball Court to what is an excellent start to the day and a chance to meet new people.  Registration is just €40 for the year which will cover the insurance.  We would like to thank Mayo Sports Partnership for all their help is setting up the Meet & Train group and look forward to working with them.
For further information please contact Anne Cunnane on 094 9630311 OR Martin Fitzmaurice on 087 2455989
Mayo A.C. launches their Winter Fit4Life Programme
Mayo A.C. launches their Winter Fit4Life Programme
Mayo AC have just announced details of their Winter Fit4Life  programme.
The club now operates four meet and train groups in the southern part of the county in Ballyhaunis Ballinrobe Castlebar and Claremorris.
Fit4Life caters for people over 18 with no upper age limit and provides an opportunity for people to improve their fitness in a safe sociable environment at low cost .Fit4life is open to all levels of fitness, from beginners upward and all centres  trained team leaders in attendance catering for people who wish to walk, jog or run or who want  to progress from one of those  levels  to another.
Since it was first established in the Spring of 2009 the Mayo A.C. Fit4Life has catered for hundreds of members. Speaking recently Michael McGrath Chairman of Mayo AC.  Outlined what has happened to date “Since the Mayo A.C. Fit4Llife was set up in Claremorris in February 2009 we have helped many women and men to improve their fitness and general health. We have organised a number of 5k series races with a fun aspect for people of all levels of fitness and on occasions we offer workshops for  people to offer advice on various themes like fitness,  nutrition  footwear etc
With Fit4life there is no pressure to attend each week. While some members attend regularly others dip in and dip out as it suits their lifestyle. Also there is always a big welcome back for those who may not have attended for a while. Fit4life has a huge social element to it and great friendships have been forged through walking, jogging and running in the past few years.
For the next four weeks (leading up to the Mayo A.C, Fit4Life Christmas Party in the Dalton Inn Claremorris on Thursday night December 22nd ) all who attend any of the  Fit4Life sessions enter a free draw for a selection of prizes including the star  prize of a top of the range I.Phone in association with the clubs sponsors C+C Cellular .This promotion is open to all existing Mayo AC/Fit4life members and of course all new perspective members who can join in at any of the venues on any of the evenings. After a short break for the festive season Fit4Life will resume early in the New Year.
The Mayo A.C. ‘Fit4Life’ is organised in association with Mayo Sports Partnership. Speaking recently Anne Ronayne, Community Sports Development Project Worker complimented the club on its achievements to date and wished them well on their winter promotion and their plans for 2012. “Fit4life has been and can be life changing for many people, over the years I have seen many people really increase their fitness becoming more confident in their walking and jogging. The weekly sessions give people something to aim for and with great leaders to help newcomers it really is an opportunity for all people to improve their health and wellbeing”
Mayo A.C. Fit4lLife venues times and contacts
** Ballyhaunis Tuesday evenings 7pm 
                         Saturday mornings 9am
                         Venue .Multi Use Games Area [beside Friary Field
                         Contact.Martin [087] 2455989 or Anne [086] 8115769
** Ballinrobe    Thursday evenings 7.45 and Sunday 10 am
                          Venue The Green Ballinrobe [beside soccor pitch]
                          Contact ..Joan [087] 6726029 [after 6pm]
**Castlebar       Monday evening at 7pm
                          Venue Breaffy G.A.A.  Centre
                          Contact Anne [086] 8635534
**Claremorris    Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm
                           Venue  Claremorris AC. Track at 7.30 pm
                          Contact Michael at [086] 8534729 after 7pm.