Athletes from the club put in some huge performances at the weekend in the Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships which were held on a narrow course in Summerhill College Sligo. On a windy day with a sprinkling of rain, the narrow course around the boundary of a football field proved to be a very tough course due to the tightness of the running route and the fields of 120 or so athletes. The club’s athletes coped well with the blustery conditions and featured strongly on 5 of the medal winning teams across the 4 races.
Great performances all round for the GCH Girls and Boys Categories in the Galway County Cross Country.
The club’s junior section are holding a fund-raising Night at the Dogs to help raise funds for the development of the club’s new 8-acre athletics park beside Craughwell NS. We’re hoping that all club members young and old will support. In the past, the night has proven to be a fantastic social occasion for the whole family. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the development of the club’s new sports park adjacent to the school. We are making fantastic progress with the development and hope to turn the lights on very shortly. The layout below gives you an idea of what will be provided and when. We are a little behind schedule due primarily to finalization of the legal purchase but all that is done and dusted now and we hope to have it fenced and lit and in use very shortly.
We will be handing out tickets at training. We appreciate that not all parents will be in a position to support the fund-raising so in that case just return the tickets to us. But it is an enjoyable night out for the family and it is raising vital funds for the facility and your children will benefit from its use almost immediately.
A truly magnificent day of Cross Country running took place in Tuam on Sunday. Tuam AC were the host club for the 2014 Juvenile Uneven age groups County Championships and The Palace Park provided a stunning setting. Cross Country runners are used to slogging around wet fields in lashing rain so the perfect weather and underfoot conditions made it even more enjoyable. There was a total of 10 races on the card and well over 300 juveniles arrived in Tuam ahead of the 1pm start and we are delighted to report that 23 Tuam athletes were among the participants. The first race was the Girls U 9 race over 800m and there was a very strong field of 40 runners. The race was won by Aoibheann Fitzpatrick of Ballinasloe & District AC and Tuam had 3 athletes taking part. Ciara Ryan, Hazel Mahon and Maeve Harken were all competing in their first County Final but they took it all in their stride and didn’t put a foot wrong over the very challenging course. Parents and supporters were rightly very proud of the three Tuam girls as they passed the finish line and even though it was a very tough race they enjoyed every inch of it. It was the boys U 9 up next and this race was won by Evan Moran of Craughwell AC but Tuam had a crack team of young lads in this race and some of them had stepped up from the U 8 age group as they were so eager to represent the club. After a superb effort the Tuam lads finished in 3rd place and will be awarded their medals at next Sunday’s training session. It was a great team effort with Oisin Phelan crossing the line first for Tuam and winning an individual medal for finishing in the top 10 and he was followed by Dara Kenny, Jack Heneghan, Cian Rafferty and Shane Coleman. Winning a County medal in your very first attempt is some achievement and they have a great future ahead of them. We also had a very strong team in the Girls U 11 race who just missed out on medals when they finished in 5th place but we have to remember that some of these girls are only 9 years of age and they ran 1500m on a very tough and technical course. They were magnificent and the team included Sarah Cafferkey, Shauna Fallon, Aoibheann Phelan, Ciara Gorman and Ella Rafferty. We actually could have had two complete teams in the Boys U 11 race as 8 young lads from Tuam AC stood on the start line and they also finished in 5th place with Conor Heneghan leading the way for Tuam followed by Ross Cosgrove, Conor Munnelly, Matthew Cafferkey, Jack Hession, Freddie Tuck, Danny Harken and Dara O’Brien. It was brilliant to see all of these Tuam lads running together and enjoying it and the hard work they have put in training all summer at our St Jarlath’s training centre has surely paid off. The next few races were extremely tough as the distances were long and hard. Maeve Fallon ran in the U 13 Girls race over 2500m and gave one of the performances of the day as she ran around the course like an experienced athlete despite it being her first ever race and she finished very strongly and our final competitor of the day was Olivia Kenny who took part in the marathon 3500m Girls U 15 race. This distance is not for the faint hearted and especially when the sun is shining and you have to tackle the hill four times but it didn’t knock a stir out of Olivia and she had her trademark smile on throughout the race and finished like a train. It was a fitting ending for a truly wonderful day for the club and we are immensely proud of all our juvenile athletes who are a credit to their families, the club and the whole North Galway area. A few of our older members were also in action and we have to congratulate Derek Naughton who won the Aughrim 10k on Sunday, Padraic Burke who had a great run in Carna on Saturday and all of our members who took part in the Moylough 10k on Sunday. Well done to All
The latest Club Challenge after the Grey Lakes 10km and the Galway County Cross Country, both held in Loughrea in the last couple of weeks. The Cross Country was very well attended with 24 Harriers competing in the adult races.
In the women's challenge it looks like it's becoming another head to head between Jane and Mags. However Grainne and Niamh could challenge if they feature strongly in at least 2 of the remaining 4 events.
In the men's challenge Martin McEvilly is rolling back the years by topping the table going into the tailend of the season. Vincent Jordan lies second currently, but Martin Kearney is in a solid third with a race in hand so is well placed for a jump into the lead after one more race.
Upcoming races include the National Marathon in Dublin and the Connacht Cross Country on 2nd & 9th November.
Photo credit: John O'Connor.
There some marvellous performances in Tuam at the uneven age groups cross country championships, most notably Sean Connaughton who took the Galway title in the U13 2500m in his debut in club cross country and Caron Ryan who is going from strength to strength and added the U17 4000m title to the U16 one that she won last weekend. It was a super day also for Oisin Lyons who strode to victory in the U15 boys 3500m and for Evan Moran who took the title in the U9 boys 800m. There were top 3 finishes also for Chloe Hallinan (U9 silver), Caoimhe Connolly (U11 silver), Niamh Niland (U13 bronze), Sean Cannon (U13 silver), Dearbhaile Walsh (U17 silver) and Ben Garrard (U17 bronze).
The club also excelled in the team stakes with victory in the U9 girls as well the bronze medals, silver medals in the U9 boys, gold in the U11 girls, silver and bronze in the U11 boys, silver in the U13 girls, gold in the U13 boys, gold in the U15 boys and gold in the U17 girls.
Provisional results of the day are attached here:- GalwayCrossCountry2014Day2Results.pdf.
Well done to Tuam AC on hosting an excellent event.
Special mention to our youngest athletes who painted a sea of green and white singlets in the U9 races with no less than 34 athletes from the club completing the girls and boys 800m. Overall, the club had 80 athletes take part in the races - the largest of all participating clubs. Well done to all of our athletes and particularly well done to our hard working coaches.
To get to the Palace Grounds, the red line below shows the way in from the Athenry Road to the main street in Tuam while the blue line shows the way coming from Claregalway.
Both these routes bring you onto a small roundabout in the centre of town - travel up the main street and you come to the Cathedral on the right:-
Turn left here directly opposite the Cathedral and comtinue down this road-
The road leads you into the swimming pool carpark and the Palace Grounds is the park behind the swimming pool.
As part of our Session feedback at the club and an attempt to harness members ideas and input on improvements /ideas we are asking members who take part in events however varied to drop us a few lines detailing their experience.
Thanks to Edwina for her feedback.
"I started running June 28th I remember this date because I had not ran since a child and was both dreading it and looking forward to it. I signed up for 8 weeks to 8km with Act for Meningitis a Galway charity set up by fellow club members Noel & Siobhan Carroll. I began working with. So that was the plan in less than 8 weeks run 8km - that first Saturday I almost vomited on finishing just under 2km...
There were 50 of us signed up and through a group on Facebook kept each other motivated. Before I knew it I was running 3 times a week and ran the streets of Galway 8km in 55min.
Last Saturday I did the Galway Bay 10km in 1:00:28 - thrilled is an understatement. I was not expecting to do it in that time. I had said if I did it in 1:20 I would be delighted.
I joined Craughwell Ac Fit4Life group a couple of weeks ago with Val and a great bunch of runners, I am finding it great -they are pushing me out of my comfort zone but the sense of personal achievement after the 10km makes it all worthwhile. In just over 3 months I am fitter, eating better and am more aware of me.”
Some recent events we have had members take part in include:
“Hell & Back”
“The Great North Run”
“Galway Bay Marathon”
“Galway Bay 10k”
“Galway Bay Half”
Any further input however short or detailed would be fantastic, send it to email@example.com we will do the rest.
Tuam AC had it’s busiest weekend ever with athletes in action at the following races. Claremorris 5 mile on Saturday evening with Dan O’Rourke 3rd overall and Derek Naughton 5th overall and they both won their categories. A number of Tuam AC members in action at the Galway Bay Half Marathon and the Galway Bay 10k on Saturday. The results of this race were very hard to read so apologies in advance to any Tuam AC members that we have missed but the Half Marathon runners included Stephen Brady, Justin Lane, Jean Coleman,Joanna Kiely and Kathryn Antweiler. A special mention for Conal Burke who was making his debut for Tuam AC and there was a number of other Tuam AC members in the 10k race including Jennifer Carney, Derek Fanning, Elio Fusciardi and Siobhan O’Dea. Everybody ran extremely well in windy conditions and returned very impressive times. Sean O’Morain was our sole representative at the Athlone 3/4 Marathon which is ran over a tough 19.65 mile course. On Sunday Andrea Ridge and Kathleen Hogan took part in the Brussels Half Marathon and thoroughly enjoyed it and we also managed to field two full teams at the Galway County Cross Country Championships and it was particularly satisfying to see a Tuam ladies team in action and they finished just outside the medals in 4th place. The team consisted of Maura and Assumpta Meenaghan whilst Joanna Kiely and Kathryn Antweiler made the brave decision to run Cross Country just 24 hours after running the Half Marathon in Galway. The four ladies flew around the course in Bushfield Loughrea and cannot wait for the next Cross Country race. The men also had a good team but they were really up against it with a number of elite runners in attendance. Tommy Joe Whyte lead the way for Tuam and also won the M50 category once again. Derek Naughton had a great run and was very happy considering it was his second race of the weekend and Padraic Burke made his Cross Country debut for Tuam and is definitely looking forward to his next outing on the grass. Well done to all and group training sessions continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm from Tuam swimming pool. Tuam AC will also be hosting the Juvenile uneven age groups Cross Country Championships on Sunday at 1pm in The Palace and this is a great spectator event and everybody is welcome to come along and watch our future stars in action.
A massive congrats to all who took part in the Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10k on Saturday 4th October epically our ladies team who took gold home and deservedly so after outstanding performances by all.
Craughwell AC Senior Women's Cross Country Team
Silver Medallists at the County Championships in Bushfield
Jane Reeves, Rena Deely, Deirdre Devane, Niamh Flavin, Grainne McDaid, Ciara Greene
Well done to all of our athletes in action today in Bushfield. We had some fantastic results with team titles for
- U10 boys
- U12 boys
- U14 boys
- U16 boys
- U16 girls
And team silver for both the senior women and senior men, not to mention team bronze for the U10 girls.
There were strong individual performances also with several top 3 finishes including Sean Cotter (gold U12 boys), Shaun Gilligan (bronze U12 boys), William Fitzgerald (silver U14 boys), Oisin Lyons (gold U16 boys), Caron Ryan (gold U16 girls), Ciara Greene (gold U18 girls), Grainne McDaid (silver U18 girls), Ben Vahey (gold U18 boys), Conor Gillen (gold junior men), Deirdre Devane (bronze novice women), Rena Deely (gold intermediate women), Peter O'Sullivan (bronze senior men), Rob Hogan (gold novice men), Damien Larkin (silver novice men), Ollie Mullins (gold M35 men).
And a big well done to all of our youngest athletes in the U10 and 12 age groups, many of whom were running the hills of Bushfield for the first time. Click here for provisional results from Bushfield.
The Galway club cross country kicks off tomorrow with the even ages and senior cross country championships in Bushfield, Loughrea.
The races commence at 1pm sharp with the 10 girls, followed swiftly by the remaining races in the following order
- U10 girls
- U10 boys
- U12 girls
- U12 boys
- U14 girls and boys
- U16 girls and boys
- U18/senior women
- U18/senior men
To get to Bushfield, you take the Bullaun road out from Loughrea and travel out 4km and its on the right.
Please arrive an hour before your race for warm-up, course familiarisation, race number etc. The first few races will take approx. 10 minutes each.
Results attached here :- 14GYPrimarySchoolsXC_FinalsResults.pdf.
Well done to all of our athletes on some truely fantastic results.Athletes from the club featured on each of the 4 teams that took the Galway team titles with Clarinbridge NS taking victory in the junior girls, Craughwell NS in the junior boys, Lisheenkyle NS in the senior girls and Clarinbridge NS in the senior boys. Craughwell NS took 4 sets of team medals - 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.
In the individual stakes, Kyle Moorhead won a fantastic Senior Boys 1000m title, the first time a boy from Craughwell NS has won this race. David Lee took silver with Clarinbridge NS with school mate Eoin Lyons 4th and Craughwell NS's Shaun Gilligan 5th. Mia Waters (Craughwell NS) had an outstanding run to take individual bronze in the senior girls with teammate Emily Miskella equally impressive in 5th. Killeeneen NS's Caoimhe Connolly took the individual silver in the juunior girls race with Clarinbridge NS's Saoirse Moore in 4th place.
There were some outstanding performances right down through the field and athletes can now look forward to both the club championships over the next 2 weekends and the Connacht schools on Sat 18 October.
The Conamara 10k promises to be one of the most scenic road races in Ireland, starting in Carna village, crossing the islands of Roisín an Chaladh and Muighnis, before reaching the turnaround point at Muighnis graveyard and heading back to Carna.
As well as being a stunningly beautiful route, the coastal run is flat and ideal for PBs. The race, organised by the Conamara club, TríSpórt, will be chip-timed and refreshments will be provided afterwards in Carna Bay Hotel.
The Conamara 10k will be open to runners, joggers and walkers. There will also be a number of fun runs for children.
The provisional results of today are at 14GYPrimarySchoolsXC_Results.pdf
Well done to all who took part - we had some fantastic performances from loads of athletes from the club, many of whom qualified for the Galway finals on Tuesday next in Renmore and many more of whom who ran superbly to finish out the race. I will post more later today on some exceptional team results from the clubs schools :-).
Tuam AC would like to sincerely thank everybody who helped our fundraising run for IMNDA on Saturday. The team of runners left Eyre Square at 12 noon and arrived in Tuam just 3 hours later to a fantastic reception and a very enjoyable ice-bucket challenge. The runners received fantastic support all the way from Galway with car horns blowing and people out to cheer us on and we must give a special mention to the two young supporters in Knockdoe who even offered to cycle to Tuam with us. The support in Tuam was phenomenal and we have so far raised just over €1200 and we are all very very grateful to everybody who donated to this worthy cause. We would also like to thank the army of volunteers who helped out by collecting in Tuam, organising transport and providing the lovely ice-bucket challenge in the square. We also had runners in action at the Brooklodge 5k on Saturday and Claire Rowe notched up another top class victory as she was the first lady home. She was followed by Orla Burke, Andrea Ridge, Ann Munnelly, Orla Keane and Ursula Biggins who all ran extremely well and some of them were making their debut for Tuam AC which is always good to see. Sean O’Morain also had a great run and then headed back to Tuam via the N17 to help out on the Galway to Tuam run. We also had another victory to celebrate on Sunday when Martin Hynes won his category at the Charleville Half Marathon. Upcoming fixtures include the Loughrea AC 10k Road Race on Sunday which is also the County Championships and on the following Sunday 5th Oct the Galway County Cross Country Championships take place in Bushfield, Loughrea and we hope to be well represented in both events.
Please find Matt Locketts Training Plan for September attached
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.