Entries are flying in for the 12th annual TuamAC 8k road race and the famous 3 pack of running socks are disappearing fast. Only the first 300 entrants can be guaranteed a pack of socks. Please use the following link to ensure yourself a pair of socks – http://goo.gl/ejjO8W We will be taking entries on the day but we can not guarantee socks. Looking forward to seeing you all in Tuam on Sunday 17th Jan 2016.
Juvenile training has been cancelled this morning due to a weather warning from Met Eireann.
A massive congratulations to Keith Fallon who won the U23’s Bonze at last weekend’s National Inter Cross Country 8k in Santry. And was 40th overall in one of the most competitive Cross Country Races we have seen to date.
Keith has also been selected for the U23 team to represent Ireland in the European Cross Country Championships in France on December 13th, a massive achievement!!
Meanwhile, locally Keith has also won the Galway Bay FM Sports Awards 2015 for his contribution to Athletics.
Day 1 of the National Cross Country Championships took place on Sunday in the grounds of Santry Demesne in Dublin. For anyone who hasn’t been to them, the National Championships are an eye-opener to the talent around the country. At adult level, you are literally up against the nation’s elite. You could take the top 3 out of every road race in the country and put them together in the same race and you have the quality that is the National Cross Country Championships.
This level of quality is repeated in the juvenile age groups where you have the top 200 in action from each age group in the country. This is the elite of the elite. With perhaps 60,000 kids born in the same year and with each race comprising 2 ages, you are up against the best of 120,000 children born in the same 2 years as you. Often times this can be forgotten when people compete at National level and finish down the field a little – but you are competing against the best of the best and to be even there in the same race is a fantastic achievement.
The best performance of the day for the club came in the Junior Men's 6000m where Damian O'Boyle had an impressive run to place 11th in the Junior Men's 6000m in a time of 19:21 - one of Damian's finest runs in cross country since his debut as an U13 in 2009. Interestingly Damien made his National cross country debut in the ill-fated Coleraine cross country in 2009 and placed 11th in the rerun in Boyle the following February - the same place that he occupied on Sunday against a star-studded field.
The races kicked off earlier on Sunday with the U12 Girls 2000m where Craughwell put in a gallant effort to finish as 13th team with Emily Miskella 51st (just missing out as a scorer on the Connacht team that placed 3rd), Aoibhe Carr 87th, Saoirse Moore 88th, Jade Moorhead 98th and Rebekah Flynn 122nd. IN the U12 Boys 2000m. Evan Hallinan placed 84th while in the U14 boys 3000m Kyle Moorhead placed 85th. In the U14 Girls 2000m, Ailbhe Miskella placed 124th and Sarah Woods 141st while in the U16 Girls 4000m Catherine Noonan placed 92nd and Sinead Kennedy 99th. Ben Ryan placed 87th in the U16 4000m with Patrick Noonan 110th. Caron Ryan took 50th place in the U18 Girls 4000m while Jack Miskella placed 99th in the U18 6000m with Tiernan Burke 108th and Ben Vahey 115th.
Well done to all of our participants. Full results are at:- http://www.athleticsireland.ie/competition/results/
As part of its ongoing fund-raising campaign, the club are organising a massive cleanout of your old clothes and shoes from your house this Thursday!!
Well actually, you can do the cleanout but we will take all your unwanted items!
We have approximately 300 families in the club. If each family donated 4 bags of old clothes (collected from family and neighbours), we would get 1200 bags which amazingly would raise approximately €6000!
So please get behind this effort this week and do yourself and the club a massive favour by doing a big cleanout. Drop your stuff up to the green container this Thursday evening at athletics. All funds raised go directly to the development of our facility at the school.
Emma Moore was in impressive form in the U12 race to finish 11th and in the medals in this highly competitive race. Well done too to Gillian McGrath and Rachel Fahy both competing as part of the Galway team. In the U12 Boys race Dylan Connolly battled hard to finish 29th in his first ever National Championships.
If you’re looking for some club gear and want it to double up as a Christmas gift, check out what we have available below, all of which bears the club logo.
It will be on sale at Craughwell Community Centre from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 10th December. Prices are below with a €5 discount if you are buying 2 items together.
Clarin4sportswear (contact Geraldine Jennings 085 8404509)
- Rain jackets €35
- Long-sleeved training tops €25 (sizes S XS 2XS)
- Full tracksuits €35 (sizes S, XS, 2XS and 3XS)
- Beanie hats €7 (one size)
- Sports bag €25
Technical top/hoodie/singlets (contact Tracy Moran 087 8810737)
- Technical training top/tee-shirt €20
- Sizes 7-8yrs, 9-11yrs, 12-13yrs, 14-Adult
- Club hoodie €25 (Marion McEvilly 087 9390366)
- White inner lining on hood
- Draw strings on older sizes
- Thumb hole on sleeves
- IPOD pouch in pocket
- Sizes 7-8yrs and 9-11yrs
- Official singlets (contact Mary Greaney 087 9141505)
- Singlet €20
- Crop-top €25
Please contact one of the coaches at training if interested in participating in the Connacht Squad Training Session in Claremorris on 13th December.
The very best of luck to all of our athletes competing in Santry on Sunday. You can get directions to the course here:-
Also Athletics Ireland have published event information at:-
and a map of the course at:-
Siobhan Moorhead will be looking after getting the numbers for the Craughwell athletes and checking in the teams, so look for Siobhan near the check-in desk. Siobhan's mobile is 087 3116736 in case you can't find her. She will be near the check-in desk and tartan track at 10am to 10.30am with the numbers. Everyone should aim to be there 90 minutes early, i.e. be there at 10am if running at 11.30am - as its generally bedlam and mad panic to find people at the All-Irelands because there are so many people there.
Best of luck!!
We’d like to invite all of our parents, coaches, young adults and old adults along to a fantastic new initiative being spearheaded by a number of sports organisations in Galway including ourselves.
Pat Lam, Connacht Rugby head coach is special guest at a discussion evening in Oranmore which explores ways in which positive mindset and motivation can be fostered. Lam’s vast experience of motivating players to achieve their optimum, as well as supporting people to deal with life’s knocks and self –doubts, is guaranteed to captivate the audience. This event will be held next Thursday November 26th at 8pm in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel.
Sport and physical fitness have long been acknowledged as valuable tools for improving personal growth and overall wellbeing. The organisers decided to focus on the benefits of physical fitness and participation in sport clubs. The aim is to get people talking and thinking about how to build resilience and motivation.
Mental fitness is best promoted by hearing from those who often defy the odds and show resilience. Nothing is more powerful than a story and this event will see some inspiring sports people share their story. More than ever, people need to develop positive attitudes and hobbies to counteract a culture which often promotes unhealthy lifestyles and negativity.
Pat Lam will be joined by FAI official/coach, Des Tomlinson, Jeffrey Lynskey, Galway Minor Hurling Manager, an athletics coach to share their insights at this discussion evening. The format of the evening will be relaxed and informal and encourages open discussion. It will be facilitated by Sean Walsh of Galway Bay FM.
Galway is lucky to have a range of good sports organisations who are working together to promote co-operation and self-help. The approach is simple, namely, to support each other at club and community level. This event is free and anyone with an interest the subject is welcome to attend whether or not they partake in sports clubs.
This event is organised by Clarinbridge GAA, Colga FC, Oranmore Maree GAA, SCCUL Enterprises, Mental Health Ireland, Maree-Oranmore FC, Craughwell Athletic Club and Clarinbridge Camogie.
Please see the attachment below with full details of how you might be able to help us out at GCH Juvenile
Peter O’Sullivan excelled in the Britain and Ireland International Masters Cross Country which was held in Santry at the weekend. Peter who coaches in our U9 age group, placed 10th in the M40 category to help Ireland take the team victory ahead of England and Scotland. Well done coach! Some of your protégées will hopefully still be at the sport in 2047 when they might emulate you!
Also at the weekend, the Craughwell AC senior team achieved a notable team victory in the 50th Hollymount International 10k Road Race held in Mayo where Jason Broderick placed 2nd, Jerry Ryan 4th and Damien Larkin 9th - the club’s first time winning one of the most prestigious and oldest road races in Connacht. Former coach in the club and former Hollymount race organiser Josephine Gardiner also made a rare road racing appearance in Hollymount at the weekend - well done Josephine!
A massive well done to Sineád Gaffney who competed yesterday on the University of Limerick’s team in the prestigious university road relays which were held in Maynooth. Sineád ran the anchor leg of the relay for UL to earn team silver for the college – a fantastic achievement. The relay is run as a 1mile-2mile-2mile-1mile race and Sineád completed the final leg in an impressive time of 6:06 – the 7th fastest mile on the day out of the 100+ participants.
The road relays are one of the highlights of the college athletics year and Craughwell AC extremely proud of Sineád achievement. It comes only a couple of weeks since Sineád came within a whisker of breaking the club’s indoor 800m record when she raced to victory in the Limerick Senior Indoors in a time of 2:24 and added sliver in the 1500m later for good measure. And only a couple of weeks since Sineád starred with her sister Emma while helping Craughwell Camogie Club win the Galway and Connacht Junior Championships and helping Craughwell to earn promotion to the Intermediate Grade in the process!
Sineád's achievement is just reward for a remarkably dedicated athlete who is achieving at the highest levels in multiple sports. Well done Sineád!
Sineád pictured after her recent Galway Camogie Championship success
along with her sister Emma (herself an accomplished 800m runner in her younger years!)
Over the past several months the GCH Development Committee and Juvenile Committee have been reviewing how we collect and manage membership and participation fees at GCH. At the moment all our track fees and most of our membership fees are in cash. The club is of a scale where this requires heroic effort on the part of a few volunteers to collect, count and lodge. Finding €2 for track every time can be pretty inconvenient for participants too. So in 2016 we're moving to a new membership and fees arrangement across all membership groups.
Everybody that regularly attends track will pay lower overall yearly costs, those who attend track frequently will see a substantial cost reduction. The following membership & track fee structure will apply in 2016:
Juvenile Membership (includes AAI affiliation fee of €12 and all track session fees):
- €95 for 1 Juvenile/Junior
- €150 for 2 Juvenile/Junior athletes in same family
- €200 for 3 or more Juvenile/Junior athletes in same family.
NB: Currently Juvenile membership is full. There will be a registration day in December for existing members to renew membership for 2016. If any capacity is available it will be made available at a further registration day before the County Indoors in January.
Senior Membership (includes AAI affiliation fee of €17):
- Annual Membership Fee including Track Fee: €95
- Annual Membership Fee (no track): €40
- Each senior member pays the above rate.
Senior Track Fees:
- Annual Track Fee: €55 for the year 1st January to 31st December
- Per-Term Track Fee: €22 per term. There are three terms in the year. January to Easter, Easter to August, September to December.
- Ad hoc payments will be taken at the track €5 per session.
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Congratulations to Martin McEvilly who has won Gold in Santry at the British & Irish Cross Country Championships in Santry earlier today.
Tough competition, tough conditions, but neither as tough as Martin!
After a successful and very enjoyable X Country Championships in Longford and Roscommon on 1st & 8th November training resumes for all ages this Sunday. Well done to our many athletes who took on the challenge.
Winners all round! Tuam AC Fit4Lifers had great results at the Athenry AC Fit4Life 5k on Saturday 1st November. We had a first and third for both men and women. Patrick Fleming finished first in a PB time of 19:48 and Timmy Geraghty finished third. Noelle Gannon won the ladies category and Bridget McGrath was 3rd. Other members running on the day were Jarlath Monaghan, Maura Meenaghan, Conal Burke, Mary Miskell, Alma Finnegan, Teresa O’Dea, Karen Burke and Sean O Morain. This was a great haul of trophies for Tuam AC. Thanks to Julie Murphy for coming to cheer us all on.
Craughwell U11 athletes at the start of their 1500m race at the
Connacht Cross Country Championships in Lough Key Forest Park
A hardy contingent of athletes made the long journey to Boyle for the second day of the Connacht Cross-country Championships with some exceptional performances. Having struggled to field complete teams on the first day of the Championships 2 weeks ago, we more than made up for that today with 6 teams in action who took home 3 Connacht team titles and 2 silvers between them.
Five athletes from the club battled it out at the weekend in Athlone IT in the Irish Schools Pentathlon Championships in Athlone where there were some exceptional performances and incredibly high points totals.
In an elite Intermediate Girls event, Aisling Keady placed 9th with a points total of 2784 (hurdles 10.07, shot 6.98, long jump 4.83, high jump 1.55, 800m 2.41.25) with Lorraine Delaney 10th with 2537 points (hurdles 10.30, shot 6.04, long jump 4.56, high jump 1.46, 800m 2.40.03) and Laura Cunningham 11th with 2480 points (hurdles 10.28, shot 6.93, long jump 4.27, high jump 1.52, 800m 2.49.14). Aisling’s performance would have been good enough to make the schools international team in 7 of the last 10 years so she was just unlucky that it was an exceptionally high standard this year where most of the international team qualifiers from the last decade would have finished outside the top 4 this year.
Oisin Lyons placed an impressive 8th in the Junior Boys event with 2600 points (hurdles 9.79, shot 10.19, long jump 4.44, 200m 25.40, 800m 2.04.63) and Ben Garrard placed 12th in the Intermediate grade (hurdles 9.57, shot 7.87, long jump 5.68, 200m 26.10, 800m 2.12.69).
Results are here.