New Track and New Normal

As some will know and many may not, our 20 year old athletic track was way beyond Botox and plastic surgery. We knew this day would arrive and over the last 8 years any free time has been spent researching and searching for a way to put in a new track. Thankfully, the Capital Sports Grant alloted us 180,000 euros towards the new track. We simply had to fund the remaining 85,000 euros, then Covid 19 hit.

The challenge became a challenge with a bite as we had no idea how or where to start, so we began with a working committee. Now it is September and we are delighted to announce the new track is in and is being used with Covid 19 Regulations in place. Our Gofundmepage is still working hard and we thank everyone from near and far who are continuing to show us their support. In 2019 the track saw almost 22,000 runners using it. No doubt the new track will see an improvement of that figure if Covid 19 fades.

When Old Age Threatens – (An athletic track)

The title is a little misleading, perhaps I should have called it what happens when an athletic track reaches its best before or use by date.

The track at Claremont Stadium is now 20 years old. Since it was first laid it has had many famous and not so famous feet pounding their way around it. It is the home of Navan Athletic Club and is a second home to many clubs in the County of Meath and in Leinster.

As a member of Navan Athletic Club for over 12 years I know how vital a role it has played in many peoples lives. Athletics is a sport for everyone, regardless of your ability, or your need to compete, many simply run for overall health. The track has been the venue for County and Club Championships, Leinster Championships, Special Olympic training days and events, Meath Local Sports Partnership Courses for walkers, runners and learn to cycle groups, not to mention the many personal trainers who have held courses. All in all over 200 clubs and groups make use of the Stadium on a regular basis.

Hisilicon K3

So when the track became worn and due to bad winters and hot summers it began to show signs of deterioration, we knew a patch up was not going to work. The stadium staff and board began the long search for finding a grant to help put in a new track.The cost of relaying a new track comes in at €260,000. Happily earlier this year, the stadium was given a life line in the form of €180,000 from the Sports Capital program. This means the track will be replaced in July/August this year, Covid 19 Regulations allowing.

Fundraising was planned for various events, bag packs, fun runs, family fitenss challenge etc but with the arrival of Coronavirus all of these plans were put aside.

Our fundraising is now operating courtesy of our fundraising committee and some local volunteers, and donations can be made on our GoFundMe page: New Track 4 Navan.

Team Simon, (in memory of BBC Cameraman Simon Cumbers who was also a Navan AC member ) are working hard to help us with this fundraising and we thank them for their continued support.

Keith Russell, who runs ultra distances for many charities, will wear out yet another pair of shoes running for the new track on Saturday 27th June starting at 12pm and running for 24 hours. Estimated distance 220km. Thank you Keith and his family.

Nichola Duffy, another lady who wears out many pairs of shoes runing great distances is promoting, supporting and giving her time to helping us with this fundraiser, thank you Nichola.

A local group of children enjoying the track.


Emotions are running amok, since early March when all of the Covid 19 precautions kicked in and we were made aware that this virus was going to stop our normal lives many people I have met have admitted to feeling a little lost at times.

The question is how to stay motivated, I have no answers but there are plenty of suggestions on the www that might be of help to anyone who is struggling at present. Here is a list of sites you might like to visit.

Dr Eric Perry is a very positive wordpress account to check out

MeathPPN website has an interactive map for services available

The HSE site also has links to many services for those who are anxious or worried or simply need someone to talk to or get advice.

With schools closed, home schooling is a necessity and schools are working with parents. However if you feel a secondary school pupil needs grinds this site might be of help:

Aloha Mental Arithmetic have started their online lesson plan.

TAG Meath Autism group are also on facebook.

At this time CORE Ireland (Meath) are still accepting/distributing food to find out more please check their facebook page.

Though the stadium is closed the office staff are working from home, so please let us know if there is any way we can help you.

Please stay safe and healthy.

New Year – New Resolutions

Each year everyone I know begins the year with a resolution. As Claremont is a sports and educational stadium, we often hear statements like; “This year I will run a marathon! This year I will drop four stone in weight! This year I will learn to speak fluent Italian! This year I will complete a novel!”

This year we will fill our garden with pollinators and invite some bees in!

The trouble is, everyone, myself included discover that, these monumental goals get lost in the everyday list of must dos and have to’s.

So this year I won’t set myself a huge goal but rather will break it down into a smaller chunk. For example “Today I will set aside ten minutes to write in my diary. Today I will walk for twenty minutes! This summer I will fill three window boxes with bee friendly plants!” My aim is actually to get somewhere, not just sit and think about it in a wistful manner. And if I forget today, there is always tomorrow.

Do you achieve your resolutions and if the answer is yes, please let us know how you manage to do so.

Clubs here in the Stadium

We often get asked, “is there any thing other than Soccer and Athletics in the Stadium?”

The answer is yes! Each Monday afternoon at 5pm a dance teacher arrives to teach boys and girls movement and dance, at 6.30pm Navan badminton juvenile club meet for an hours training and fun.

On Tuesday evenings at 6.30 Navan Athletic Club meet and they take children from the age of 6 years upwards.

On Weds afternoons after school the Parcours group meet here at 3 to 6pm, they are in the hall, and have a face book page where you can check out what they do.

Badminton group working on their hand to eye co-ordinaton

Thursday; Emma’s dance group are here again at 5pm. The local Girl Guides and Brownies group meet at 6.15pm for an hour. Parkvilla Belles soccer team for girls meet on Thursdays at 8pm

The Brickx club meet up every 2nd Friday of the month at 5.30pm.

On Saturday Morning we have a group called Little paws, (on FB) who meet and learn how to train their dogs, for agility and how to do neat tricks. This is a great club for children and their four legged friends.

So as you can see there is a good mix of sports and clubs here at the stadium.

The Trouble with Summer

The trouble with Summer, in particular Irish Summers, is its unpredictable nature. Claremont Stadium always attempts to cover all eventualities by offering Summer Camps that can happen either indoors or outdoors. Claremont is a great venue with an athletic track and a sports hall that can accommodate a large number.

This year the camps we have on offer are varied and as the posters say if you are interested either ring us or contact the number on the poster.

The Journey Begins

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


The above picture is not  of a sporting, educational or social theme but it seemed apt as we set off on a blog journey, to simply tell it as it is, as it happens.

We are a not for profit Community Stadium, in Navan, County Meath, Ireland. This means we are a small group. You can learn more about us on our about us page.