Kileeneen Back to School run results are finally here - sorry about the delay! It was a lovely evening - tonight it looks like possibly the last good one of this amazing summer of 2014!
The 5km was won in outstanding fashion by Damian O'Boyle who made a truly extraordinary debut over the distance in running 15.39. Damian is a great track runner, with a steady haul of national medals over the past couple of years but I never would have imagined that he'd be able to maintain the speed over the longer distance, and I think he was more than a bit surprised himself! Conor Dolan of GCH came second closely trailed by Neil Greaney to round off the top 3.
The women's race was won by Caroline Whirskey of Loughrea AC, followed by Lisa Mctigue and Edel Kelly.
The organizers of the Kileeneen Back to School run would sincerely like to thank all the people that came out in force to support the school, and the marshals, caterers, etc that made it possible.
Special shout out has to go to Blake Weibling of Seattle who ran the race while over here on a short work trip, and took the time out over sandwiches to help me type in the results - thanks and enjoy the trip Blake! Stay tuned to John O'Connor's flickr page for some of his usual excellent photos.
The results are below - note juvenilles aren't listed in the results but can get their times from their teachers who have the names to match to their bib numbers. Well done again to all the talented young athletes that put in such superb performances over 1 and 5km on the day - stick with the sport - you will go far!!.
Craughwell Athletic Club’s U8 and First Class training group starts back this Thursday 18th Sept at 5.45pm at the Astroturf. Children are allowed to attend 3 training sessions to see if they like it and then must register on the 3rd night if staying at it. Registration forms will be handed out on the 2nd night. Alternatively you can download the form from http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/juvenileapplicationform.pdf. Unfortunately the club cannot take children in Senior or Junior Infants.
Children should wear a tracksuit and runners and bring a drink of water.
Some points in regard to safety:-
- The car park will be quite busy so please park and escort your child to and from the gate of the Astroturf.
- When parking, please reverse into the parking spot rather than drive in. It is much safer when exiting.
- If hanging around for the full training session, please fill the spots on the basketball court (on the right just behind the school) so that the remainder of the space is more available for traffic arriving and departing.
Also each year we try recruit new parents to help supervise at training and in time, learn how to coach. We would greatly appreciate your help if you can spare the time as we are expecting to have large numbers in this age group. The club will provide both informal and formal training to help you become a coach. Or alternatively if you are just happy to help supervise, that’s fine too.
Tuam AC held it’s first official club Mile event last Thursday evening and it was an outstanding success. 32 club members were in attendance and their only aim was to run a mile as fast as they possibly could. The runners were divided into 4 separate events and as soon as the whistle sounded for the first event it was obvious that everybody meant business. At the end of the night Derek Naughton was the fastest man finishing in 5.25 and Margaret McDonagh was the fastest woman in 6.22 but this event was about a lot more than winning as the only real opponent was the clock and the 32 runners gave it absolutely everything. The full results are available on the Tuam AC Facebook page but there were a number of highlights including Ann Cosgrove in the first race along with Orla Keane and Katie Wrynne. Dolores Higgins had a great run in Race 2 as did Lorraine Lee, Brid Byrne, Siobhain O’Dea and Ursula Biggins. This race also included a dead heat between Charlene Murphy and Sarah Mannion and the performance of the night from Philomena Koller who was superb. Ronan McGrath took the award for the best finish in Race 3 as he was absolutely flying when he finished 2nd to Justin Lane and there was also a major battle between Joanna Kiely and Elaine Fleming.. This event will definitely be repeated and as an added bonus almost €100 was raised for IMNDA and we hope to raise a lot more on Saturday as a team of Tuam AC runners are going to run from Eyre Square to Tuam. They will be leaving Galway at 12 Noon and hope to be in Tuam around 3pm on Saturday. An Garda Siochana have issued a collection permit so please support this very worthy cause. Finally congratulations to Stephen Brady, John Mongan and all of the Tri Lakes members who completed Ironman Wales last Sunday.
Congratulations to Jamie Fallon who finished in 62nd place in a time of 55.02 at the World Mountain Running Championships which were held in Tuscany, Italy today over 8.4km of mountain terrain. Most of the competitors were 1 or 2 years older than Jamie so it was a massive performance to be competing out of age at this level. Well done Jamie!
Jamie is pictured below with other Irish athletes in the pictuesque (and challenging!) mountains of Tuscany (pictures nicked from Jamie''s facebook!). Gives me some ideas for the next phase of the athletics development in Craughwell ... a ski slope!
Tuam AC had a brilliant weekend with runners in action all over Connacht and some memorable results. Ger Hartnett and Derek Naughton travelled to Charlestown on Saturday to take part in the annual 10k race and they were both in flying form. Ger had a top 10 finish in 38.22 and Derek ran a superb race to finish in 40.29. Some of our newer members made their debut for Tuam AC at the Lough Cutra 5k and we hope it is the start of a long and rewarding running career for Fiona Delaney, Sadie McDonagh, Caroline Ronan and Ann Ronan. They did themselves and the club proud and are now looking forward to their next big event. We also had a great team representing us in the Monivea Run in the Woods 5k on Sunday. Unfortunately results are not available just yet but Tuam AC scored some major results including Maura Meenaghan winning the ladies race outright, a very well deserved first place for Maura and we hope it is the first of many. Audrey Greaney also won her category and everybody in the club was delighted and none more so than her father Roger Rushe who also won his category but he was absolutely delighted that Audrey won. Stephen Brady stormed to victory in the M50 category and he is now in top form for the Ironman Wales event that takes place next weekend and consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a full 26.2 mile marathon all one after the other. Finally a reminder that juvenile training resumes this evening Wed 10th Sept @7pm in St Jarlaths College grounds
This years Brooklodge 5k includes a childrens fun run commencing at 12 noon consisting of two categories, under 10 and under 16, 600 metres in length. The main event, the 5k run commences at 12.30. Prizes on the day for top 3(male and female), and for first place in the over 40 category (male and female). Refreshments available following races at (Galway Glamping). Parking available on the grounds of Glamping site again this year- 600 metres from race start. Registration from 10am from the Glamping grounds.
Well done to Jason Broderick who has come out fighting after yet another injury struck year. He was never too far from the front of the nearly 4000 athletes in the Grant Thornton 5k in Dublin, finishing 4th with a breakthrough new PB of 15:30. He's pictured below lining up beside the legendary Cathriona McKiernan.
Good on ya Brodders!
Our speedgolf legend, Rob Hogan sent me a mail there with the subject "my life is complete" :-). You know you have hit the top when you see this in your email:
For anyone that doesn't know who Bernard Lagat is, he is an absolute legend of the track - right up there with the greatest of all time, and a hugely popular cult figure in the running community. As an example, he set the awesome Kenyan 1500m record (3:26!) 13 years ago and it still stands to this day! If I were you Rob I'd frame it and put it on your mantelpiece right center on your Gaylord Focker wall of fame - this is the bigtime right there!
Some more stats from Rob's latest fan below:YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes Representing Kenya 1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1st 1500 m 3:40.99 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd 1500 m 3:32.44 2001 World Indoor Championships Lisboa, Portugal 6th 3000 m 7:45.52 2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd 1500 m 3:31.10 2002 World Cup Madrid, Spain 1st 1500 m 3:31.20 2002 African Championships Radès, Tunisia 1st 1500 m 3:38.11 2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2nd 1500 m 3:42.62 2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 3000 m 7:56.34 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 1500 m 3:34.30 Representing United States 2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 1500 m 3:34.77 2007 1st 5000 m 13:45.87 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 9th 5000 m 13:26.89 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 1500 m 3:36.20 2009 2nd 5000 m 13:17.33 2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 3000 m 7:37.97 2010 Continental Cup Split, Croatia 1st 3000 m 7:54.75 2010 1st 5000 m 13:58.23 2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 2nd 5000 m 13:23.64 2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 3000 m 7:41.44 2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th 5000 m 13:42.99 2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 6th 5000 m 13:29.24 2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 2nd 3000 m 7:55.22
Two big events planned for Tuam AC in the coming weeks. First up is a club members one mile time trial which will take place on Thursday 11th Sept at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to find out just how fast you can run a mile and everybody who runs on the night will receive their own individual accurate time for a mile. Entry fee is only €2 and all proceeds go to the IMNDA. Meet at Tuam swimming pool car park at 7pm. The next big event is a bit further when a team of Tuam AC members are going to run from Eyre Square to The Square in Tuam on Saturday 20th Sept 2014. Full exclusive details including competitors, recent form and starting prices will appear here next week. This event is also a fundraiser for IMNDA so please support our team on Sat 20th in Tuam. There was two big races over the last 7 days with the Clonbur Half Marathon and Oranmore 5k taking place. Derek Naughton was our sole representative on the very tough Clonbur course and finished the 13.1 miles in 1hr 34 mins which is superb running and that was after a week of very hard training. We had a number of runners taking part in the Oranmore 5k last Wednesday evening including the ever improving Justin Lane who recorded a massive pb when he finished in 23.08 and we were also delighted to see Peter Tierney in action for Tuam AC and he finished in 24.01. Our ladies were very well represented and the first Tuam AC lady home in the green vest was Elaine McHugh who had a great run 25.06 and she was followed by three of our newer members Olivia O’Grady, Julie Murphy and Marian Murphy who all finished in just a few seconds over 30 mins . Great running all round from the Tuam athletes and the mile could be very interesting ??
GCH Juvenile training commences on Sunday 7th September at the track in Dangan.
Training times as follows;
Sunday 10.30am -12pm 7 year old-18 year olds
Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm 10 year olds -18 year olds.
Friday 7pm-8.30pm 9 year olds -18 year olds.
Cost is 2 euro per session.
Congratulations to GCH's Martin McEvilly who won the European M65 Steeplechase in Izmir, Turkey.
After the long summer break, I'm sure our coaches and athletes and their parents (and our new U8s) are all itching to get back to athletics training and reading this website everyday for news of its resumption!
Well you have to wait no longer!, here's the details of the new training times for the Autumn. There may be some further adjustment to this depending on how well we can accomodate the large numbers on the existing facility and our new facility once its in use (hopefully by mid-September).
And a quick note to parents if you have any interest in getting involved in coaching or assisting at training, please give me (Michael Tobin) a call at 087 6591879. We are always looking for more help. While we are extremely fortunate to have almost 50 active coaches, we have huge numbers and need as much help as possible. So if you have a chink of interest, please let me know and we will pencil you in and also organise some training for you so that you get a kick-start with it.
The different training groups will resume on the following dates. I will update the TBDs as soon as possible.U16/Older Sprints TBD U16/Older Jumps Mon 1 Sept U16/Older Distance Mon 1 Sept U15 Boys/Girls Tues 2 Sept U14 Boys/Girls TBD U13 Boys/Girls Tues 2 Sept U12 Boys/Girls TBD U11 Boys/Girls TBD U10 Boys/Girls TBD U9 Boys/Girls Tues 16 Sept U8 Boys/Girls Thur 18 Sept
Clare River Harriers put on their usual top class event on Saturday evening with the annual running of the Claregalway 10k Road Race. Almost 250 runners lined up in perfect conditions for the single lap flat course and local man Matt Bidwell who runs with Galway City Harriers was in control all the way. He ran the first 5k in just over 17 mins before changing gear and running the remaining 5k in 15.50. The ladies race was won by Regina Casey who is officially running better than ever as she set a new personal best of 37.23 on Saturday. Regina is having a great 2014 and it all started with victory in the Tuam AC 8k back in January and she is already looking forward to the 2015 race. Tuam AC was very well represented and we also had winners as Tommy Joe Whyte and Claire Rowe both won their categories and we also had members making their debut and others making a comeback after a good long rest. Mary Burke made her debut for Tuam AC and loved every minute of it. She had great support out on the course and was flying at the finish and is really looking forward to the next race. Derek Fanning made a comeback having represented Tuam AC for many years as a juvenile where he excelled over the shorter distances. He is now back as a middle distance runner and if he transfers his track times to the road he will be very hard to catch. Tommy Varden and Elio Fusciardi were also in great form on Saturday and they had a good battle with their clubmate Aiden Doyle and there was just over a minute between these four athletes at the finish which represents very good club running. Our ladies were also represented by Maura Meenaghan who had a great run and Kathryn Antweiler who is a tonic for all runners as she is always happy and upbeat and her positive attitude pays off with some very impressive race times and results. A special mention to Derek Naughton and Mark Rabbitte as they both ran great races despite Derek putting in some serious mileage over the last few weeks and Mark cycling to the race and home again afterwards.
Congratulations to Jamie Fallon who has been selected for the Irish Junior team to compete in the World Mountain Running Championhips. This is a first for both Jamie and the club and yet another massive achivement on Jamie's growing list of achivements. The race will take place in Tuscany in Italy in mid-September.
The race will be run over a distance of 7.5km which includes a 700m ascent - not for the faint-hearted!! For more information on the event and on mountain running, check our the following websites:-
Craughwell U16 Girls 4x100m Relay Team
Aisling Keady, Grainne McDaid, Mary Dunphy, Michelle Duggan
The past weekend saw the National finals of the Community Games take place in Athlone IT with one of the best ever years for athletes from the club. The relays threw up their usual share of excitement with the highlight being a magnificent 4th place for the Craughwell U16 girls’ team in their final in a time of 51.4. The girls were 4th fastest going into the final having placed 2nd in their semi in a time of 52.3 and 2nd in their heat in a time of 52.9. It was the best ever performance from a girls relay team from the club in the Community Games relay.
The previous best was 6th place by the U16 girls in 2011 (Sineád Gaffney, Maria McNamara, Maireád McCan and Ellen Fitzpatrick) while back in 2007 the U16 girls won Galway and looked very impressive in the first round of the National finals with their team of Cathriona Farrell, Rachel Finnegan, Rachel Kenny and Leah Creaven but unfortunately they were eliminated on a marginal zone fault. The 2014 performance equaled the 4th place obtained by last year’s U15 mixed relay team of Mary Dunphy, Dylan Finn, Michelle Duggan and Cian Waters.
The club’s inaugural golf classic was a great success with 52 teams taking part and overall victory going to the team of Catherine Cleary, Helen Shaughnessy, Mary Jennings and Ronnie Norris with an impressive score of 102 points. The winning team had a choice of first prize from a range of impressive prizes including green fees, accommodation and lunch at Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club (sponsored by Twomey Moran Ltd), green fees and lunch at Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg (sponsored by the golf club and by Liam & Alison Finn), green fees at Gort Golf Club and B&B in the Lady Gregory Hotel, green fees at Loughrea Golf Club and lunch in Maggie Mays, green fees and lunch at Athenry Golf Club, green fees and lunch at Portumna Golf Club, green fees at a number of other golf clubs including Ballinrobe Golf Club, Castletroy Golf Club and Woodstock Golf Club, framed golf prints from Cregal Art, golf lessons from Rob Hogan Golf Academy, car services from Pat Slevin.
Helen Shaughnessy, Catherine Cleary, Mary Jennings and Ronnie Norris
Winners of Inaugural Craughwell AC Golf Classic 2014
The club wishes to congratulate all of the prize winners and would also like to thank the many sponsors of prizes, greens and tee boxes and also the sponsors of the prizes for nearest the pin and longest drives (John Butler Physio, Tranquillity Leisure & Spa, Paul Anthony Hair Salon and Fat Tony’s Barber Shop). The nearest the pin prizes were won by Marie Kelly and Robbie Lyons while the longest drives were won by Patricia O’Hehir and Edwin McGrath.
Finally the club would like to thank the many teams who took part in the golf classic. All of the funds raised go directly towards the purchase and development of an 8-acre site adjacent to the local primary school which will be an invaluable asset for the club and the community, both young and old in the years ahead.
The full list of prize winners is as follows:-
Sineád Treacy and Conor Duggan at the Celtic Games International in Santry
A belated report on the ‘almost final’ juvenile track & field action of the summer. Seven more National track & field medals made their way to the club on the final weekend of the National juvenile championships in Tullamore.
Sineád Treacy was the star performer with double silver in the U18 girls’ long jump (5.22m) and 200m (25.21s) while Conor Duggan added bronze in the U18 Men’s 200m in 22.65. Their performances earned both Sineád and Conor selection for the Irish team that contested the Celtic Games international in Santry recently against Scotland and Wales. It’s been a really fantastic year for both athletes with both featuring on the National podium multiple times, Sineád getting selected for 3 internationals and Conor making his international debut. Sineád’s achievements were magnified by the honour of captaining the Irish Schools team at the Celtic Games. The athletic club is immensely proud of both athletes. Both acquitted themselves very well at the international with Sineád placing 3rd in the U18 Girls 200m in a time of 25.47 and helping the 4x100m team to relay silver in a time of 47.12, while Conor helped the U18 boys’ team to relay silver in a time of 42.89 as well as taking first place in the invitational 100m.
The results and prize-winners for the Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway 8K road-race for 2014 have been declared official and are attached below. The decision of the race organising committee is final in all matters and no further correspondence can be entered into at this point.
Two PDF files of the final results have been generated, the first one sorted by finish (gross) time (and from which official results and prize-winners are calculated) and a second one sorted by chip (nett) time for information purposes only. A final list of individual category and team prize-winners is presented in the third attachment.
Next start date for Beginners to Fit4Life is Monday 22nd September. 7pm Westside Library