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National Track & Field League Final: Galway City Harriers Men and Galway County Ladies to make bid for Europe

Galway City Harriers - 28 July, 2016 - 22:23

Please show your support for our Galway teams.

The GCH mens National Track & Field League manager, (an excellent determined manager ) Brendan Glynn, has shared with us the following statement :

With Olympics in Rio kicking off in August, why not give your attention to Elite athletics domestically?

GCH men and Galway County ladies both comfortably qualified for the Final in Tullamore Stadium on Sunday, 7th August from 11.30am. We have 2 incredibly strong teams for the final with many National Champions and International athletes on the Galway teams. Both teams have realistic shot at medals but…….

People of Galway, we need you!!!

Often at domestic athletic events there are no supporters and athletes run with very little cheering or support. We believe Galway can change this. Let’s get supporters there on the day. Supporters can be the difference between our teams winning or losing. Let’s make history together and have not 1 but 2 teams from Galway take a medal on this stage. No team from the West ever has but with your help we’ll give it everything and I can promise, the rest of the country will know we were there!

If they can get enough people committed to going, the Galway County Board will provide transport to and from Tullamore on the day (email address below if interested). All you will need to do is pay the entrance fee into the stadium.

Anyone interested in travelling please Email:  galwayathletics@gmail.com

 

Categories: Member Notices

National Masters Track & Field Championships 2016

Galway City Harriers - 28 July, 2016 - 20:35
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The National Masters Track & Field Championships take place this year on Sunday, 21st August in Tullamore. Anyone wishing to compete please contact the secretary before 12th August.

Timetable below.

Entries to: secretary@galwaycityharriers.com

Mobile: 087 9234224

Categories: Member Notices

Top Class Performances at the National Juvenile Athletic Championships

Galway City Harriers - 26 July, 2016 - 23:50

Galway City Harriers juvenile produced some tremendous performances at the National Outdoor Championships in Tullamore this year.  In the Individual events our athletes won a total of six gold and 5 bronze medals.  Our relay teams broke two national records, won 5 Gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals.

Nicole King completed a hugely successful weekend by winning the double in the U19 Girls 200m and 400m.  She ran a superb time of 56.81 to claim the 400m title on Saturday.  With confidence high she followed this up on Sunday with a a second gold in the 200m in a time of 25.57. What a remarkable finish to her days on the juvenile circuit as next year she moves on to the Junior and Senior ranks.  2016 has been an amazing journey for Nicole and it has been truly inspirational watching it unfold. 

Jack Dempsey also took home two medals at the weekend.  In the U18 boys 200m Jack stormed through the home straight  with 80m to go , leaving his rivals behind to battle  for the silver and bronze positions, finishing in an impressive time of 22.17.  The previous day Jack finished 3rd in the 100m in an exciting finish where mere hundreds of a second separated the top three.   Jack recently medalled with the Irish 4 X 100m team in the UK at an International Schools Competition.  Jack has had a magnificent season, medalling in the Junior and Juvenile Indoor Championships, Schools  Championships , the Tailteann Games and  at the  International  in the UK .

Our third double medal winner was Seren O’Toole.  One of the best out of the blocks, Seren took an early lead and managed to hold off the challenge of Niamh Foley  the 200m record holder  to secure gold in the 250m hurdles.  Seren also won a bronze medal in the short hurdles on Day 1.  Lydia Doyle was hugely impressive in the U17 100m hurdles taking her first national title in a time of 14.64 which has earned her a place on the Irish team for the upcoming Celtic Games to be held in Wales.  Emma Moore claimed the U13 600m title in a perfectly executed race showing maturity way beyond her years .  She ran a remarkable time of 1.37 well ahead of her nearest rival Fiona Dillon.  Emma also finished 4th in the U13 60m narrowly missing the bronze in a very close finish.

Eanna Folan’s  fine season continued with a third place finish in the U18 boys 3,000m in a time of 9.13. The following day Eanna competed in both the heats and final of the 1500m where he finished a credible 5th in a time of 4.12.  Laura Nally clinched a bronze medal in a dramatic finish in the U17 400m in a time of 59.60 after a tremendous battle with the fast finishing Laura Crossan.  Eoghan Jennings leaped 2.20m in the U15 boys pole vault claiming a bronze medal in his first year at this event.  Eoghan also competed in the triple jump.

There were some other notable individual performances from our athletes over the 3 days of national competition.  Roisin Flynn finished 4th in the U18 Girls 400m having just recently moved up from the shorter sprints.  Sean Kilmartin finished 4th in the U18 boys 100m in one of the closest finishes of the day running  a time of 11.44.  Aoife Sheehy had a great run in the 300m hurdles to finshed 5th after having competed in the 400m heats and final the previous day.  Ava McKeon ran a fine race in the U12 girls 600m to finish 5th achieving a new pb.  Fezi Johnny, in her first National Championships ran strongly to finish 5th in the U15 girls 100m.  Luke O’Shaughnessy finished 6th in the U18 boys 400m final.  Other finalists were Sarah Agboola and Sinead Duggan in both the U14 80m and 200m, Zoe Moore in the U15 girls 80m hurdles, Aoife King in the U18 3000m, Ann Moroney in the U19 1500m and 3000m, Zino Johnny and Tyrone Ezeogu in the U16 boys 100m. Kacper Poniatowski  in the U17 100m, Aaron Brennan in the U16 1500m and Bryan Ndego in the U18 high jump,  Rachel Fahy and Eabha Brennan in the U12 600m, Joanna Healy in the  U14 800m, Colma Ni Cheidigh in the U15 800m and Eadaoin Langan in the U16 800m.

In the National Relay Championships there were two new national records for the Club including the U19 boys  4X 100m in a time of 42.80 ( Cilin Greene, Jack Dempsey, Sean Kilmartin and Eoghan Dobey) and the U18 girls 4 X 400m in a time of 4.08 ( Laura Nally, Aoife Sheehy, Naoimi Whyte and Roisin Flynn).

 Other Gold medals winners were the Boys U19 4 X 400m which saw some of our athletes take on the 400m for the first time (Cilin Greene, Luke O’Shaughnessy,  Dylan Neary and Eoghan Dobey).  The U18 boys also struck gold in the 4 X 100m (Luke O’Shaughnessy, Jack Dempsey, Sean Kilmartin and Kacper Poniatowski).  The U15 Girls were impressive in their final where facing tough competition they held on for gold in the 4 X 100m (Mairead Flynn, Zoe Moore, Fezi Johnny and Seren O’Toole).

The U18 girls took home silver in the 4 X 100m after a dual with local rivals Craughwell AC ( Sallyann O’Malley, Aoife Sheehy, Laura Nally and Roisin Flynn).  The U14 girls 4 X 100m team also took 2nd place in an exciting finish. The team members were Sarah Agboola, Sinead Duggan, Eimear Rowe , Johanna Healy and Hannah King.

The U16 Boys put in a great performance to take bronze in the 4 X 100m.  The team consisted of Zino Johnny, Tyrone Ezeogu, Calvin Toye and Jonathan McGrath.

 

Well done to all our athletes who qualifed for this years championships.

Enjoy the break and hope to see you all back in September!
 

Categories: Juvenile News

Club Records Updated

Craughwell AC - 26 July, 2016 - 23:31

Our club records page fell a little out of date over the last 3 years but I've tried to bring them uptodate here with last 3 years of performances. Click on the pictures below to view the latest. And if anyone spots a mistake, let me know and I can update them. The updates show some fantastic results in recent years from our many super talented athletes. Next update is hopefully our age group records which also are woefully out of date!

   

Craughwell AC Marathon 27th August 2016

Craughwell AC - 26 July, 2016 - 20:50

The Craughwell AC Marathon is back again for 2016!  This years event will be held on Saturday 27th August and will be run over a looped route through the village of Craughwell and its surrounding quiet country roads.

This is an ideal event for anyone tackling the distance for the first time or for the seasoned Marathoner.  The route is accurately measured and  is AAI licensed.

 

Celebrations at the Finish Line 2015 ©John O'Connor

Entry Details Below:

• Date: Saturday 27th August 2016.
• Start time: 9:00am.
• To enter mail name & club to this contact: craughwellathletics@gmail.com
• You will receive confirmation of entry in due course.
• Registration: Craughwell Community Hall from 8:00am to 8:45am.
• Entry €25
• Limited Entry.
• Medals for all finishers
• 250mm bottled water on course.
• Post race refreshments in the St. Michael's Hall Craughwell
• Changing Facilities available onsite
• Course consists of 8 loops to make the 26.2Miles, Jones counter measured.
• There is ample parking at the Community Center.

Looking forward welcoming you all on the day!

Track & Field: Galway City Harriers Men and Galway Ladies to make bid for Europe.

Craughwell AC - 26 July, 2016 - 18:17

With Olympics in Rio kicking off in August, why not give your attention to Elite athletics domestically?

GCH men and Galway ladies both comfortably qualified for the Final in Tullamore Stadium on 7th Aug. We have 2 incredibly strong teams for the final with many National Champions and international athletes on the Galway teams. Both teams have realistic shot at medals but…….

 

 

Timetable for the event availible here...

 

People of Galway, we need you!!!

Often at domestic athletic events there are no supporters and athletes run with very little cheering or support. We believe Galway can change this. Let’s get supporters there on the day. Supporters can be the difference between our teams winning or losing. Let’s make history together and have not 1 but 2 teams from Galway take a medal on this stage. No team from the West ever has but with your help we’ll give it everything and I can promise, the rest of the country will know we were there!

Brian Bruton & Martin McEvilly at the European Masters Road Race Champs May 2016

Galway City Harriers - 25 July, 2016 - 14:21

Brian Bruton, who is far too youthful to call a GCH stalwart yet, represented Ireland in May this year at the European Masters Road Race Championships which were held in the Algarve in Portugal.

Now Brain may not have come home with a tan, but he did come home having come 4th in his Age Category )35 in the 10k Road Race….. a massive achievement Brian!! Congrats.

Accompanying Brian in the Champs was stalwart Martin McEvilly, who came home with not one but two medals. He won bronze in his Age category O65’s in the 10k Road race and in a sweltering 29 degrees claimed the bronze as part of the Irish team in the Cross Country Relay!

Excellent stuff lads!!!

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Matthew McKernan - the making of a champion!

Craughwell AC - 24 July, 2016 - 22:23

Matthew McKernan, National U19 Triple Jump Champion 2016

The final day of the National juvenile track & field saw Matthew McKernan close out his career as a juvenile with a fantastic victory in the U19 triple jump with a fine leap of 12.54m. Having won a silver medal in the long jump last weekend, Matthew finished out his season in style with his first gold medal at National level.

Matthew first represented the club as an U13 in 2010 when competing in Bushfield in the Galway Cross Country (of all things Matthew!). But after a brief encounter with cross country running, the horizontal jumps became Matthew’s forte and he steadily progressed in long and triple jump through the years. He first hit the National podium as an U16 in 2013 where he took bronze with a leap of 11.17m in the triple jump, a discipline he had just commenced training for only 8 weeks previously.

He followed this up with impressive performances in the Galway outdoors in 2014 with a 5.84m long jump and 12.15m triple jump and at the National outdoors with a terrific 12.98m to take the bronze medal in the triple jump – a feat he repeated that August in the National Community Games finals. Matthew’s strong jumping performances continued in 2015 when he took silver in the National indoor triple jump with a leap of 12.17m and then claimed his first National long jump medal in the outdoors taking the bronze with a leap of 5.98m and followed up with silver in the outdoor triple jump with 12.35m. The success continued in 2016 with silver in the triple jump with 12.20m and now the elusive gold medal as an U19 in 2016.

Well done Matthew, great to witness the making of a champion in the last 3 years!

Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney followed up on their triple jump success of yesterday with strong performances in the U17 high jump which came very close to the medals. Laura cleared 1.50m on her first attempt and came very close to doing likewise at 1.55m which would have taken the bronze medal. Lorraine came within a hairs breath of clearing 1.55m on her first and third attempts, barely touching the bar with her heels causing it to drop. There was so little contact, one would think it was her shoelace that caught it! In the end, Lorraine placed 9th due to some knocked bars earlier on and Laura was joint 5th – but both encouraged by being so close to the bronze medal which a first time clearance of 1.55m would have won.

Ryan Gallagher placed 5th in the U15 high jump with a clearance of 1.60m, unlucky not to go higher with the wet ground causing him to slip on some of his earlier jumps. Entering the competition at 1.55m, Ryan lost his footing under the bar on his first attempt but bravely battled on to clear the 1.55 and 1.60 and unlucky not to get 1.65.

Sean Cotter following his impressive performance in the U14 Boys 1500m

Sean Cotter ran a fine time of 4.55.35 to take 9th place in a high quality U14 1500m race with Caron Ryan also placing 9th in the U18 girls 1500m with a time of 5.06.89 and Finbar McFadden and Ailbhe Miskella racing to 13th and 16th position in their U15 1500m races, slightly down on their PBs from the Galway and Connacht championships. Sean’s performance ranks him number 3 on the club’s all-time times for U14 Boys 1500m while Caron’s performance parachutes her to the top of our U18 performances in 1500m.

Daniel Callanan-Forde ran a good time of 24.82 to place 6th in his heat of the U17 200m to wrap up a very successful Nationals with his double silver in long jump and triple jump.

Well done also to former member of the club Michael Hand who emigrated a few years ago to the Deep South and now competes with Cork club Old Abbey. Michael placed 4th in the U16 javelin.

U17 Triple Jumpers Shine In Tullamore!

Craughwell AC - 23 July, 2016 - 22:34

Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney
Silver and Bronze Medal Winners in the U17 Girls Triple Jump

Another glorious day of athletics success took place in Tullamore on day 3 of the National Juvenile Track & Field where the club had 20 athletes in action.

Today was Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney’s turn to take center-stage where they put in a magnificent performance in the U17 Girls Triple Jump to take 2nd and 3rd place. Laura 2nd jump of 10.29m earned her the silver medal in an impressive series of jumps. Having placed 4th in both the AAI U16 triple jump and Community Games triple jump last year, it was wonderful for Laura to stand on the podium today as an AAI individual medallist for the first time. And even more wonderful to be standing alongside club-mate and friend Lorraine Delaney whose 5th attempt was an exceptional 10.14m to take the bronze medal. Amazingly it was Lorraine’s first competition in triple jump and to come away with a medal and a big jump was very impressive. Laura’s and Lorraine’s jumps place them 3rd on 4th on the club’s all-time list for triple jump with Sarah Finnegan holding the club senior record with 10.54m and Melissa Mullins the junior record with 10.36m and Laura and Lorraine next with today’s jumps.

Jerry Keary and Daniel Callanan-Forde on the podium with silver
in the U17 Boys High Jump

Daniel Callanan-Forde made it a treble triple jump for the club with another fantastic silver medal in the U17 boys with a best of 12.64m on his 6th and final jump – adding to his long jump medal from the nationals 2 weekends ago. Jerry Keary continued his exceptional summer with silver in the U18 boys high jump with a leap of 1.85m, a little down on his recent superhuman form but nonetheless a superb achievement coming only a week after the highs of his international silver in Kent.

Also in the medals Chloe Casey won her first National medal in the colours of Craughwell AC with a PB and huge throw of 12.99m in the third round to take the silver – a massive throw and missing out on gold to a throw which set a new championship record for this age group.

Chloe Casey, silver medallist in the U15 Girls Shot Putt

There were many more fine performances which came very close to the medals. Evan Hallinan was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the U12 boys high jump with a best of 1.35m which was the same as the bronze medallist but placed him 5th when account was taken of knocked bars. Only for a broken toe which prevented him training since the Connachts, Evan would have almost certainly medalled.

Conor Hoade was also in fine form in the U13 Boys Long Jump leaping a new PB of 4.49m on his first attempt and improving this further to 4.52m on his 4th attempt to place 6th overall. Cian Lavan was also impressive with a best of 1.30m in the U12 high jump to place 9th, only 1 jump away from the medal positions and a PB by 10cm for Cian.

Three U12 girls proudly represented the club in the shot putt with Rosemary Maduka placing 9th, Aoibhe Fahy 12th and Shauna Donoghue 13th. Saoirse Pierce had a great National debut with a 10th place finish in the U13 Girls high jump, a position shared by Padraig Martyn in the U14 Boys long jump. Pascal Walsh placed 5th in his heat of the 80m with a good time of 11.21 while performances were slightly down for some of our long jumpers but nevertheless all will have gained valuable experience with Garvin Surlis and Conor Roberts 11th and 12th in the U15 boys long jump, Leanagh Gilligan 13th in the U15 girls long jump and Aine Kelly 15th in the U14 girls long jump.

All in all it was a wonderful day for the club and any disappointments for some of our younger athletes will disappear when they look back on old articles on this website and see that our U17s were close to the medals in their younger years but kept plugging away at it and now are enjoying the success that all our dedicated athletes so richly deserve.

U17 Triple Jumpers Shine In Tullamore!

Craughwell AC - 23 July, 2016 - 22:34

Another glorious day of athletics success took place in Tullamore on day 3 of the National Juvenile Track & Field where the club had 20 athletes in action.

Today was Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney’s turn to take center-stage where they put in a magnificent performance in the U17 Girls Triple Jump to take 2nd and 3rd place. Laura 2nd jump of 10.29m earned her the silver medal in an impressive series of jumps. Having placed 4th in both the AAI U16 triple jump and Community Games triple jump last year, it was wonderful for Laura to stand on the podium today as an AAI individual medallist for the first time. And even more wonderful to be standing alongside club-mate and friend Lorraine Delaney whose 5th attempt was an exceptional 10.14m to take the bronze medal. Amazingly it was Lorraine’s first competition in triple jump and to come away with a medal and a big jump was very impressive. Laura’s and Lorraine’s jumps place them 3rd on 4th on the club’s all-time list for triple jump with Sarah Finnegan holding the club senior record with 10.54m and Melissa Mullins the junior record with 10.36m and Laura and Lorraine next with today’s jumps.

Daniel Callanan-Forde made it a treble triple jump for the club with another fantastic silver medal in the U17 boys with a best of 12.64m on his 6th and final jump – adding to his long jump medal from the nationals 2 weekends ago. Jerry Keary continued his exceptional summer with silver in the U18 boys high jump with a leap of 1.85m, a little down on his recent superhuman form but nonetheless a superb achievement coming only a week after the highs of his international silver in Kent.

Also in the medals Chloe Casey won her first National medal in the colours of Craughwell AC with a PB and huge throw of 12.99m in the third round to take the silver – a massive throw and missing out on gold to a throw which set a new championship record for this age group.

There were many more fine performances which came very close to the medals. Evan Hallinan was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the U12 boys high jump with a best of 1.35m which was the same as the bronze medallist but placed him 5th when account was taken of knocked bars. Only for a broken toe which prevented him training since the Connachts, Evan would have almost certainly medalled.

Conor Hoade was also in fine form in the U13 Boys Long Jump leaping a new PB of 4.49m on his first attempt and improving this further to 4.52m on his 4th attempt to place 6th overall. Cian Lavan was also impressive with a best of 1.30m in the U12 high jump to place 9th, only 1 jump away from the medal positions and a PB by 10cm for Cian.

Three U12 girls proudly represented the club in the shot putt with Rosemary Maduka placing 9th, Aoibhe Fahy 12th and Shauna Donoghue 13th. Saoirse Pierce had a great National debut with a 10th place finish in the U13 Girls high jump, a position shared by Padraig Martyn in the U14 Boys long jump. Pascal Walsh placed 5th in his heat of the 80m with a good time of 11.21 while performances were slightly down for some of our long jumpers but nevertheless all will have gained valuable experience with Garvin Surlis and Conor Roberts 11th and 12th in the U15 boys long jump, Leanagh Gilligan 13th in the U15 girls long jump and Aine Kelly 15th in the U14 girls long jump.

All in all it was a wonderful day for the club and any disappointments for some of our younger athletes will disappear when they look back on old articles on this website and see that our U17s were close to the medals in their younger years but kept plugging away at it and now are enjoying the success that all our dedicated athletes so richly deserve.

Damian joins the Cowboys!

Craughwell AC - 23 July, 2016 - 00:38

Hot off the Atlantic airwaves, the news has reached the club that Damian O’Boyle has been offered a scholarship in McNeese State University in Louisiana. Their athletics squad, known as The McNeese Cowboys, is a popular choice for some of Ireland’s finest distance runners. Being selected for the college is a fantastic achievement for Damian and follows years of dedication from a young age. Going on scholarship to a US college steeped in distance running history was a dream ambition for Damian these last few years. This week’s news is just reward for one of the club’s most dedicated athletes and the club is immensely proud of Damian’s achievement. He becomes the first athlete from the club to go on scholarship to the United States, another achievement box ticked for the club. Congratulations also to his parents for their years of dedication and in particular mum Marion who is our current Chairperson and works tirelessly for the club.

The only gotcha now is that the club will have to fly the Club PRO out to the US to cover the US cross country season – that sucks as I hate leaving home!

Well done Damian, we will be watching the US news feeds from a far to keep tabs on our club records!

Jerry Defies Gravity to Take International Silver

Craughwell AC - 17 July, 2016 - 13:46

Craughwell AC's Jerry Keary and Nenagh Olympic's Joseph McEvoy
who placed 2nd and 3rd at the Schools International in Kent yesterday
(photo from ISAA facebook page)

Congratulation's to Jerry Keary and Nenagh's Joseph McEvoy on fantastic jumping at the schools international in Kent yesterday where Jerry leaped 1.99m to claim silver and Joseph leaped 1.96m to claim bronze.

Jerry sailed over 1.99m on his first attempt to claim the silver in an elite international field. His jumps are listed above.

Jerry’s progression in the high jump has been remarkable this year. He has improved his PB from 1.81m from last year’s to 2.00 this year – leaping 1.80 in the Galway indoors, 1.90 in the Connacht indoors, 1.92 in the Galway outdoors, 1.93 in the Connacht schools and 2.00 in the Connacht outdoors, capping it all off with victory in the Tailteann Games with 1.95 and now 2nd place in the international with 1.99. To put his improvement into perspective, an equivalent improvement in the space of a year for a 2-minute 800m runner would be to run the 800m in 1:47.5 or for a 35-minute 10k runner to run their 10k in 31:20. And to even further highlight these massive achievements, Jerry had to take 6 weeks off training between the indoors and outdoors to get his appendix removed! Clearly it was a heavy appendix that was weighing him down :-).

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Jerry in previous years. Having medalled as an U12 in 2011 with bronze and a leap of 1.20 in the National indoors, Jerry placed 5th, 6th and 7th on many occasions in the intervening years at National level, jumping 1.30 in the U12 outdoors, 1.40 and 1.43 indoor an outdoors as an U13, 1.50 and 1.53 as an U14 and 1.50 and 1.63 as an U15. Despite many times coming close to the podium, Jerry never lost heart, continued to train, continued to compete in every National final and finally returned to the National podium as an U16 when taking the National silver with a leap of 1.70m in the indoors. He progressed from there to leap 1.75m and then 1.81m in the outdoors before his astronomic improvements this year.

All our athletes should take inspiration from Jerry’s progress. The standard of athletics in the UK is world-class – Jerry is right up there with the best of his age in these islands. But that right was well-earned as you can see from his progress and commitment over the years – so all of our athletes should be encouraged by this. Keep training, keep improving, eventually you will get to the top!

And well done Jerry!

Fantastic Performances in Tullamore

Craughwell AC - 11 July, 2016 - 12:29

Craughwell AC’s U18 Girls 4x100m, National Champions 2016
Back: Michelle Duggan, Laura Cunningham; Front: Aisling Keady, Caoilin Milton
Pictured on the podium along with silver medalists Galway City Harriers and Donore Harriers

Another fantastic weekend of athletics took place in Tullamore at the weekend with the first 2 days of the National Juvenile Track & Field Championships. The inclement weather conditions were blown away by the incredible performance of the U18 Girls relay team to take the National title in their 4x100m in a new club record time of 51.49. The team of Caoilin Milton, Aisling Keady, Laura Cunningham, Michelle Duggan and sub Lorraine Delaney put in a magnificent run to take the victory on the line from local rivals GCH. Having placed 4th in the National Indoors finals behind GCH, it was a sweet victory for the girls and comes after years of dedication to training and near misses in relay finals – a just reward for an exceptional group of girls. To say the club is proud of the girls achievement is an understatement. All have been in the club since the age of 7 or 8 years old, all have trained hard in the intervening years – some years with success some years without success. They never gave up, they continued to train well every year (not all of the time, but most of the time!) and their National title and club record is a very well earned reward for the girls and an inspiration to other members of the club. Well done girls!

 

Dearbhaile Walsh flying high in the U18 Steeplechase on her way to National silver

There was glory also for a number of athletes with silver medals for Matthew McKernan with a leap 5.92m in the U19 Boys Long Jump, Dearbhaile Walsh with a time of 7.57.01 in the U18 Girls Steeplechase, Daniel Callanan-Forde with a jump of 6.12m in the U17 Boys Long Jump and Conor Hoade with a time of 9.60 in the U13 Boys Hurdles. Lorraine Delaney and Aoife Walsh came agonisingly close to the podium in the U17 Girls Long Jump with Lorraine leaping to 4th with a best of 4.94m and Aoife 5th with 4.87m. While in the National B Championships, Jade Moorhead claimed a fine silver medal in the U12 High Jump with a clearance of 1.19m.

Craughwell AC’s Matthew McKernan, silver medalist in the U19 Boys Long Jump
at the National Championships in Tullamore

There several other top-8 finishes with Ben Garrard placing 7th in the U18 Boys Long Jump; the U17 Girls 4x100m team 7th in a time of 53.42 with Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney, Aoife Walshe, Laura Cunningham and sub Shauna Tobin; Lukas Schukat 6th in the U13 Boys High Jump; Liam McDonagh 7th in the U13 Boys Javelin with 28.01m; the U13 Boys 4x100m team 7th in a time of 55.52 with Rian Kearney, Lukas Schukat, Kieran O’Connor, Conor Hoade and sub Liam Mulveen; Aoibhe Fahy 7th in the U12 Girls Turbo Javelin; Katie Scully 8th in the U12 Girls Long Jump.

Craughwell AC’s U17 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore
Aoife Walshe, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton and Lorraine Delaney

 

Craughwell AC’s U13 Boys 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore

There were many other fine performances throughout the day with Ben Garrard 9th in the heats of the U18 800m in 2.09.48; Shauna Tobin 9th in the U17 long jump with 4.07m; Finbarr McFadden 11th in the U15 800m final in a time of 2.24.37; Jack Farrell 5th in the U14 Boys Hurdles in a time of 12.92; Ava Finn 10th and Aine Kelly 12th in the U14 high jump, both clearing 1.30m with Ellie Cronin unlucky to exit the competition at 1.25m; Sean Cahill 12th in the U14 javelin with 21.15m; Lauren McNally 13th in the U14 javelin with 16.71; Robert Urquhart 10th in the U13 javelin with 23.89m; Liam McDonagh and Conor Hoade, joint 10th in the U13 high jump with 1.30m and Robert Urquhart clearing the same height to place 13th; Daniel Galvin 10th in the U12 600m in 1.48.56 (the 2nd fastest time ever by a Craughwell AC athlete in this age group); Cian Lavan 10th in the U12 long jump with 3.99m and Millie Geraghty 16th in the U12 turbo javelin with 13.30m.

The impressive performances continued in the National B Championships where Jade Moorhead claimed a fine silver medal in the U12 High Jump with a clearance of 1.19m and also placed 5th in the long jump with 3.79m while Rian Kearney was unlucky not to medal in the U13 long jump where he placed 4th with a leap of 4.23m. Rian also made the final of the 80m sprint where he placed 6th in a time of 11.56, while Kieran O’Connor placed 6th in the heats of the same event in a time of 11.97.

Rebecca Lynch placed 8th in the U13 Girls long jump with a best of 3.85m while Emily Miskella was unlucky not to be given her final jump in the same event due to being called to the relays – missing out by a fraction on making the top 8 picked for the final 3 jumps with a best of 3.69m on her 2nd jump. Erin Kelly leaped 3.48m to place 16th in a field of over 30 athletes in the U12 long jump.

Craughwell AC’s U18 Girls 4x100m team following their victory at the National Championships in Tullamore
Caoilin Milton, Michelle Duggan, Laura Cunningham and Aisling Keady

The rest of the Craughwell relay teams who were in action put in tremendous performances in their heats but did not make it to the finals on this occasion,. They should take heart however from the performance of the U18 girls who contested the National finals on many occasions, sometimes making it out of the heats and sometimes not – but this year claiming the ultimate prize with the National title. Remaining relay results were as follows: U15 girls 6th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 54.25 just 0.23 away from making the final (Aine Kelly, Ava Finn, Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan); U14 girls 5th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 56.93 (Aine Kelly, Aoife Kelly, Ava Finn, Ciara Hughes, Ellie Cronin, Emma Jane Moran), U14 boys 6th in the heats of the 4x100m in a time of 55.16 (Padraig Martyn, Pascal Walsh, Robert Urquhart, Shaun Gilligan); U13 girls 8th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 60.71 (Emily Miskella, Eve Ayo, Hannah Hynes, Rebecca Lynch); U12 girls 5th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 63.00 (Erin Kelly, Jade Moorhead, jade Whelton, Katie Scully),

Craughwell AC’s U15 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore
Aine Kelly, Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan and Ava Finn

Craughwell AC’s U14 Boys 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore

 

Craughwell AC’s U14 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore

Craughwell AC’s U12 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore

 

 

U18 Girls 4x100m Champions of Ireland!!

Craughwell AC - 9 July, 2016 - 22:14

Craughwell AC U18 Girls 4x100m Team moments after winning the National title!
Michelle Duggan, Caoilin Milton, Aisling Keady, Laura Cunningham
(missing from photo - sub Lorraine Delaney)

Massive congratulations to our U18 girls team who won the National title in style today at the National Relay Championships in Tullamore. The team of Michelle Duggan, Caoilin Milton, Aisling Keady and Laura Cunningham put in a powerful display of sprinting to take the National title on the line from a spirited GCH team in second place and Donore Harriers in third.

The team put in a superb performance in each leg of the race with Caoilin leading the team out with a storming start from lane 4 before handing off to Aisling at zone 1. Aisling tore down the straight in a blur of speed to hand off to Laura in zone 2 who accelerated around the bend at dizzying speed to hand off to Michelle in the final zone with the team in a strong second place at this stage. Michelle turbo-charged down the home straight chasing the leading runner who had a few metres advantage. As the finish loomed, the gap was narrowing, narrowing, narrowing, narrowing all the way to the line with Michelle just edging past in the final metres to anchor the team to victory by 7 hundreths of a second and a fine time of 51.49   ... or a speed of about 28 km per hour!

The time is also a new club senior record, breaking the old record of 52.03 set by Jessica Heneghan, Sineád Gaffney, Orla Ryan and Katie O’Donoghue when taking the silver medal in the U19 Girls 4x100m in 2012.

Well done to the girls, the club are proud of you and its just reward for years of hard work and near misses, in particular the 4th place finish in the U18 4x200m at this year's National Indoors.

Full report to follow tomorrow on all our performances including the fine silver medal won by Jade Moorhead in the U12 high jump.

Massive progress on club facilities!

Craughwell AC - 7 July, 2016 - 00:24


Click on the image below to play and help Croí and Craughwell AC!

 

The ongoing work to deliver state-of-the-art facilities is powering ahead at Craughwell AC Sports and Recreation Park. Following on from the recent opening of our new carpark, the work to install 8 new floodlights was completed last week and the facility now proudly boasts a total of 13 poles with 39 floodlights to light up the whole 8 acres. If you drive past along the Craughwell-Oranmore road between 10 and 11pm, you will see them on at the moment.

The next step of the work is to construct our tartan sprint and jump areas, a shot putt area and a javelin runway. This work will be commencing shortly and completed during August weather permitting. Between loans, grants and fundraising, we have been doing fantastic in raising over €210,000 already out of a €250,000 target but we still need to raise almost €40,000 in funds to complete this phase of the project.

We are appealing to our members and the community to support us by signing up for our club lotto at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/lotto or by sponsoring some aspect of the development with a one-off donation or by installments. We are just launching the attached brochure on sponsorship options. If you have already sponsored us, we will be acknowledging that in the appropriate category from the attached options. Or if you would like to select an option and donate by installments, we would be delighted with that approach.

If you weight up the cost of a €50 donation vs other ways you spend €50, its money well spent!

  • 3 trips into training sessions in Dangan will cost more in fuel and wear/tear on the car than a €50 donation to the club.

  • A meal for two and a few drinks will cost more than a €50 donation to the club. Swap one night out a year for that donation and think of the health benefits that you get from access to a fully-lit 8-acre park for walking/jogging all year around.

So get behind us if you can on this and support the lotto or one of our sponsorship options in the attached. And remember if you have already sponsored us or if you want to donate further, we will acknowledge it in your selected option in the attached brochure.

We would also greatly appreciate if parents could consider any potential business sponsors that might be interested in supporting us and approach them on our behalf. The facility provides a solid advertising opportunity for businesses as well as supporting a very worthwhile cause. We will be getting some brochures printed that might be of help to parents in this regard.

 

 

 

 

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U9s 10s and 11s Battle it out in Tullamore

Craughwell AC - 7 July, 2016 - 00:04


Craughwell AC’s U9 Girls 4x100m Team at the National Championships in Tullamore

On Sunday last, the club had a large representation in the National finals of the U9-11 age groups where the highlight of the day was the bronze medals for the U9s girls pairing of Tara Keane and Mollie Gilligan in the Turbo Javelin where they threw a combined distance of 31.17m to claim their spot on the podium.

There was heart-break for a number of athletes who placed 4th in their long jump event with U9 girls Keevagh Barry and Katelyn Walsh combining to leap 6.20m only 1cm from bronze medals, U9 boys Dara Zimmerer and Keelan Moorhead doing likewise to leap 6.18m in their event and ending 1cm from bronze and Ella Farrelly and Shannon Quinn whose combined jump of 6.86m placed them 4th in the U10 girls long jump.

There were many more top-notch performances from the club’s young athletes with Emily Kinane/Kelly Hallinan 5th in the U9 Girls Long Jump, Cian Connaughton/Steven Jennings 5th in the U10 Boys 60m, Ben Moran/Keelan Moorhead 5th in the U9 Boys 300m, Freya Bohan 6th in the U15 Girls Pentathlon, Chloe Hallinan/Isabella Boland 6th in the U10 Girls Long Jump, Cian Connaughton/Fionn Higgins 6th in the U10 Boys 500m, Ben Moran/Dara Zimmerer 6th in the U9 Boys 60m, Adam Jordan/Darragh Kearney 7th in the U11 Turbo Javelin, Steven Jennings/Darragh Kelly 7th in the U10 Boys Long Jump, Katelyn Walsh/Kelly Hallinan 8th in the U9 Girls 300m, Ellie Cronin 9th in the U14 Girls Pentathlon, Eabha Neary/Jenny Cloonan 9th in the U11 Girls Turbo Javelin, Ella Farrelly/Evie Culhane 9th in the U10 Girls 60m, Isabel Schukat/Lily Lopez 11th in the U10 Girls Long Jump, Lewis Ryan 11th in the U14 Boys Pentathlon, Rian Comer/Ewan Walsh 11th in the U10 Boys Long Jump, Tara Keane/Isabel Schukat 12th in the U10 Girls 60m and Dillon Martyn/Jack Murray 13th in the U10 Boys Turbo Javelin.

In the relays 5 teams made it through the heats and into the finals with the U9 Boys placing 5th in a time of 67.08 (Keelan Moorhead, Dara Zimmerer, Sean Hoade, Ben Moran, Caelan Coleman), the U10 Boys 5th with 63.16 (Steven Jennings, Sean Lavin, Darragh Kelly, Cian Connaughton, Rian Comer), the U11 Boys 6th with 60.45 (Jamie Collins, Cathal Sweeney, Evan Moran, Tomas Fitzgerald, Adam Jordan, Cormac McFadden), the U10 Girls 8th with 66.29 (Isabel Schukat, Evie Culhane, Tara Keane, Ella Farrelly, Mollie Gilligan) and the U11 Girls 8th with 63.97 (Aoibhe Donnellan, Grace Lynch, Chloe Hallinan, Isabella Boland, Grace Keaveney).



Craughwell AC’s U9 Boys 4x100m Team who placed 5th at the National Championships in Tullamore

Some of Craughwell AC’s U11s at the National Championships in Tullamore

Craughwell AC’s U11 Boys 4x100m Team who placed 6th at the National Championships in Tullamore

Craughwell AC’s U11 Girls 4x100m Team who placed 8th at the National Championships in Tullamore

Craughwell AC’s U10 Boys Squad at the National Championships in Tullamore

Craughwell AC’s U10 Girls at the National Championships in Tullamore

Jamie Fallon Clinches National Junior Title

Craughwell AC - 7 July, 2016 - 00:03


Craughwell AC's Jerry Keary being presented with a training grant of €100 by Club Chairperson Marion McEvilly
in recognition of his selection for the Irish team to contest the Schools International in mid-July

Yet another action-packed weekend of athletics took place in Tullamore with the National U20/U23 Track & Field Championships on Saturday and the National U9-11 Track & Field Championships and National U14-16 Pentathlon Championships last Sunday.

On Saturday Jamie Fallon raced to the National title in the U20 Men’s 5000m in a time of 15:38.76 while Damien O’Boyle took 6th place in the U20 Men’s 1500m in a time of 4.03:76. Stepping up from U17 to U20, Jerry Keary clinched a fine bronze medal in the Men’s High jump with a clearance of 1.90m in wet conditions and Laura Cunningham placed 6th in the U20 Women’s High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m. Aoife Walsh and Shauna Tobin also jumped well in the U20 Long Jump but were unlucky to break on their better jumps and placed 10th and 11th in the event, while Lorraine Delaney had a similar experience in the U20 high jump when struggling with her mark on the misaligned Tullamore high jump and unlucky to knock her opening height of 1.40m.

On Sunday in National U14-16 Pentathlon, 3 athletes from the club competed in the multievents with Freya Bohan placing 6th in the U15 Girls Pentathlon,   Ellie Cronin 9th in the U14 Girls Pentathlon and  Lewis Ryan 11th in the U14 Boys Pentathlon - very useful experience for all 3 athletes.

Aoife Walsh leaping high in the U17 long jump in Tullamore
(photo Kieran Carlin https://www.facebook.com/finn.v.ac)

Great Competition at Christy Kennedy Sports

Craughwell AC - 7 July, 2016 - 00:03

Some of the victorious Craughwell NS team at the Christy Kennedy Sports

A very successful Christy Kennedy Sports were held on the grounds of Craughwell NS and the GAA field last week with 100s of children taking part from local primary schools including Ballyglass, Ballymana, Carrabane, Clarinbridge, Coldwood, Craughwell and Killeeneen. There were some fantastic performances throughout the day with Craughwell NS taking the victory in the large schools competition and Ballyglass NS doing likewise in the smaller schools competition. Individual winners in the different events were as follows:

1st/2nd Class: 60m Rebecca Gardiner (Ballyglass), 80m Emma O'Toole (Coldwood), Long Jump Ella Farrelly (Craughwell), Ball Throw: Mollie Gilligan (Craughwell), 60m Ben Moran (Craughwell), 80m Cian Connaughton (Carrabane), Long Jump Darragh Kelly (Craughwell), Ball Throw Diego Da Silva (Ballymana), 4x60m Craughwell (Lauren Morgan, Cian Farrell, Molly Gilligan, Keelan Moorhead), 4x80m Craughwell (Ella Farrelly, Darragh Kelly, Katelyn Walsh, Ben Moran);

3rd/4th Class: 80m Niame Crowe (Coldwood), 200m Fauve Aylmer (Coldwood), Long Jump Chloe Hallinan (Craughwell), Triple Jump Erin Kelly (Craughwell), Ball Throw Tara Morgan (Craughwell), 80m Fiachra Bond (Ballymana), 200m Daniel Keane (Carrabane), Long Jump Evan Hallinan (Craughwell), Triple Jump Mark Kilgannon (Clarinbridge), Ball Throw Darragh Keaveney (Killeeneen), 4x100m Ballymana (Conor Gilligan, Aoibhe Donnellan, Sole Lopez, Fiachra Bond), 4x200m Craughwell (Evan Moran, Sarah Byrne, Evan Hallinan, Chloe Hallinan);

5th/6th Class: 100m Eve Ayo (Clarinbridge), 600m Emily Miskella (Craughwell), Long Jump Ava Finn (Ballymana), Triple Jump 1 Aoife Kelly (Craughwell), Ball Throw Jane Phiri (Clarinbridge), Long Puck Niamh Spellman (Carrabane), 100m Shaun Gilligan (Craughwell), 600m Gavin Lee (Clarinbridge), Long Jump Sean Fox (Clarinbridge), Tripel Jump Jack Farrell (Craughwell), Ball Throw Nicks Apse (Ballymana), Luke Forde (Killeeneen), 4x100m Clarinbridge (Sean Fox, Annie de Hora, Conor Hoade, Eve Ayo), 4x200m Ballymana (James Furey, Aine Kelly, Ross Whelton, Ava Finn).

Full results are here: cks2016results.pdf

Jerry Claims Spot on Irish Schools Team

Craughwell AC - 7 July, 2016 - 00:03

Jerry Keary had the biggest success of his athletics career to date when he leaped to victory in the high jump at the Tailteann Games which were held in Santry at the weekend. The Tailteann Games is an annual inter-provincial schools event between the top schools athletes in the four quarters of Ireland. Jerry leaped 1.95m to take the title on countback and in the process claim his first international vest for Ireland with selection onto the Irish schools team that will compete in England in mid-July. Jerry’s progress in the last year has been incredible, adding almost 20cm to his PB of 1.81m from last year when he jumped 2 metres at the Connacht Championships recently.

Also in action at the Tailteann Games, Laura Cunningham leaped to a 1.55m PB in the girls high jump event, Leanagh Gilligan did likewise with a 9.53m leap in the triple jump whiel Chloe Casey placed 4th in the shot putt and Dearbhaile Walshe placed 8th in the steeplechase. Also in action in Santry, Damien O’Boyle had a fine run in the Junior Men’s 3000m at the National Senior Track & Field where he claimed the silver in a time of 8:49.24.

Jerry Keary and Laura Cunningham at the Irish Schools Tailteann Games
where Jerry won the High Jump title with 1.95m and Laura claimed a new PB of 1.55m

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