Luke Flynn, silver medallist in the
Galway Community Games U13 Cross Country Finals
Craughwell athletes took part in the Community Games cross-country for the first time in several years today in Tuam. Luke Flynn put in an exceptional performance in the U13 Boys 1200m to take the silver medal – one of his finest races to date.
Likewise, Clodagh O’Meara and Fauve Aylmer both had outstanding runs in the U13 Girls 1200m with Clodagh racing to the bronze medal when finishing 3rd and Fauve taking 6th place on very swampy terrain in the Palace Grounds. The athletes now look forward to the All-Ireland finals which will be held in early May.
All at Galway City Harriers were saddened to hear of the tragic death last weekend of Chris McGrath, a recent member of city club GCH.
Chris had competed with the club since juvenile days in the 1990s, and was a very talented and committed athlete who won numerous titles at Juvenile level. In recent years he competed at cross country and road races at regional and National level for GCH and Galway county. A terrific win at the Connacht Intermediate Cross Country in St Marys in 2012 and a top 50 National senior cross country finish in Tullamore in 2013 were among the highlights of his career. Chris was a hugely keen, enthusiastic, talented and very competitive runner who always gave his best...
We wish to express our condolences and sympathy to his family and friends, and to the many GCH members, and athletes around Galway, who grew up, coached, trained and raced with Chris over the years.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Categories: Member NoticesSenior NewsMeet & Train
Congrats to Cillian Jordan who had an outstanding run in Mallusk Co. Antrim yesterday to finish 8th in the Junior Boys competition at the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships securing his place on the Irish team for an upcoming Schools International Competition. Cillian was representing St Enda's Secondary School.
Barry Murphy and Eoghan Jennings ran fine races also in the Junior Boys race with Barry finishing in 17th and Eoghan in 29th position.
In the Inter Boys race Thomas McStay who has been hampered by injury in recent weeks did well to finish in 46th place . Aoife King was impressive in the Senior Girls race taking 19th place and in the Senior Boys race Eanna Folan secured 14th place, Gary Martyn 26th and Michael Healy in 51st position.
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Junior girls (Sarah Woods & Ciara Sheppard) at the start line
Craughwell AC had a very successful day yesterday when some of our finest cross country runners travelled up to Belfast for the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships. The competition took place in the "playing fields", Mallusk on what turned out to be, a beautiful, mild spring day. 10 athletes represented 2 schools (Presentation College, Athenry, & Calasanctius College, Oranmore). We must not forget that 1,000's of athletes have begun this battle to get to the All Irelands and to earn a place in this final is a great achievement.
The first Craughwell athlete to race was Liam Leen (minor boy), who as per his usual style, held a strong position from begining to end, to storm in through the shoots in 45th position. A proud moment for the Presentation College, Athenry as he also claimed, 6th Connacht runner to finish.
Junior girls were next and with the mud and rain from the previous day having played havoc on the ground, there were some last minute procrastinations over whether the largest spikes (pins) that could be found that morning, would indeed be of any benefit at all, and that wellies might in fact be the safest option. Winner of the Intermediate girls ran the entire race with one spike on and one spike off (having lost her spike early on in the race). Our junior girls; Ciara, Sarah and Freya eagerly and strongly pulled out from the madding crowd to push themselves up amongst the middle set of runners. Their finishing posiitons were; Ciara Sheppard (Calasanctius College), 53rd (6th Connacht girl in), Sarah Woods (Pres, Athenry), 69th and Freya Bohen (Pres), 75th.
We also had some fantastic finishes for the junior boys, with Kyle Moorhead charging to the finish in 38th place (7th Connacht), (Kyle has leapt a massive 64 places up from his placing in last years schools x country final). Both Oisin Davis and James Furey had fine finishes coming in 81st and 96th.
Ailbhe Miskella (Pres), who was our only intermediate girl (and having another year to run in this category) had a superb race to finish in 50th place and cross the line as the 5th Connacht runner.
Grainne McDaid (Pres), running in the senior girls race (almost the last race of the day), had to battle through some tough terrain and incredibly muddy conditions caused by the previous races and had a strong 61st finishing place.
This is the end of a very successful season for our Cross Country Craughwell athletes who have all proved their strength of character and determination to train hard for competition and endure whatever our Irish weather throws at them.
Senior Men's 4x200m relay teams who won silver at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Ben Garrard, Gavin Cooney, John Cormican, Jerry Keary
Craughwell AC had a super successful weekend at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend in Athlone with many exhilarating performances and heart-thumping moments through the 2 days of events. The club came away with a massive haul of 76 podium placings with 25 Connacht titles coming our way as well as 25 silver places and 26 bronze places and many many PBs from our super athletes.
With the best wine kept to last, the senior men’s 4x200m relay team provided one of the most exciting moments of the weekend when they took the silver medals in the final event of the weekend when splitting 2 incredible Carrick-on-Shannon teams which featured a number of international sprinters. But we had our own international in action on our team with Jerry Keary literally gobbling up the ground on the 3rd leg of the relay with giant strides, looking as though he was on springs such was the ground that he covered on each step. John Cormican marked his return to the sport after a couple of years absence with a fine performance in both the individual 200m where he ran 24.69 and in the relay where he ran the 1st leg, handing over to Gavin Cooney to Jerry Keary and to Ben Garrard. With Gavin and Ben having run an 800m just an hour earlier, it was a fine performance. In a nail-biting finish, with both Carrick-on-Shannon teams thundering down the finishing straight as if their lives depended on it, Ben held on to clinch the silver medal in the tightest of finishes in a time of 1.38.19 just 0.27s behind 1st place and 0.15s ahead of 3rd place. It was the tightest finish I have ever seen in a Connacht senior relay with all 3 teams separated by just 0.42s. Fair play to Carrick-on-Shannon for fielding 2 teams of that caliber.
Craughwell AC's Senior Women's and U19 Girl's 4x200m relay teams
who won gold and silver at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Back: Shauna Tobin, Aoife Walsh, Laura Cunningham, Sinead Treacy, Jessica Heneghan
Front: Sinead Gaffney, Aisling Keady, Grainne McDaid
Our senior women’s team were also impressive in their 4x200m with the team claiming the Connacht title with a comfortable victory in a time of 1.54.85. The team featured Sinead Treacy, Sinead Gaffney Jessica Heneghan and Grainne McDaid and it was great to see them back in relay action as bar 1 had not run a relay in many years. With each of the team having medaled previously at National level in different juvenile age groups, it was lovely to see them competing so well on a senior relay team.
In the individual senior events, Sinead Gaffney put in an impressive performance to win the Connacht 800m title in a time of 2.25.17 with Grainne McDaid taking the bronze medal. Peter O’Sullivan had a strong run to take the silver medal in the Senior Men’s 1500m in 4.22.25 while Gavin Cooney raced to bronze in the Senior Men’s 800m in 2.14.13. Paul Armstrong made his debut at Connacht level with a fine performance to take the gold medal in the Senior men's high jump with a clearance of 1.60m and the bronze medal in the long jump with a leap of 5.39m.
Ben Garrard was one of the top performers for the club on the day with gold medals in the U19 Boys high jump and long jump and then a scintillating finish to win the Connacht 800m title on the line in 2.02.93. Laura Cunningham matched this achievement with 3 individual golds in the U18 Girls grade – taking victory in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Aoife Walsh took the silver medals in both the high jump and long jump with Shauna Tobin taking the bronze in both events. The same three U18 girls partnered with Siona Lawless to take the gold medals in the U18 Girls 4x200m and with Aisling Keady to take the silver medals in the U19 Girls 4x200m.
Top 3 in the U18 Girls High Jump at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Aoife Walsh (2nd), Laura Cunningham (1st), Shauna Tobin (3rd)
Jerry Keary was in flying form in the jumps taking victory in the U18 Boys high jump with an impressive clearance of 1.90m and in the long jump and adding bronze in the 200m. Siona Lawless took silver and bronze in the U17 Girls long jump and 60m sprint while Leanagh Gilligan took double silver in the U16 Girls high jump and long jump. Chloe Casey heaved the shot putt out to 13.06m to win the Connacht U16 title. Ciara Sheppard had a strong run to take bronze in the U16 Girls 1500m while Ryan Gallagher took bronze in the U16 60m hurdles and silver in the U16 long jump with an impressive 5.31 with Garvin Surlis taking 5th place. The U16 Girls raced to silver in their 4x200m relay with Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan, Leanagh Gilligan and Ava Power.
A strong U15 squad saw impressive performances in the relays with both Connacht titles coming to the club. The girls were particularly impressive when taking victory in a time of 1.53.75 with Chloe Farragher, Aleisha Larkin, Ava Finn, Ornait Coen and Aine Kelly while the boys also had a convincing victory with Shaun Gilligan, Gavin Lee, Robert Urquhart and Paschal Walsh.
In the individual stakes, Ellie Cronin sailed over 1.55m in the high jump to take the Connacht title, with Aine Kelly 3rd and Ava Finn 4th. Chloe Farragher took double silver in the long jump and 60m sprint, with Aleisha Larkin also qualifying for the National finals with a 4th place finish in the 60m sprint. Paschal Walsh took an impressive silver in the 60m with Shaun Gilligan 4th, a position shared by Jack Fitzgerald in the 60m hurdles. Lughaidh Morgan took a fine silver medal in the U15 long jump and Liam Leen and Sean Cotter placed 2nd and 4th in a quality U15 800m race.
Craughwell AC's U15 High Jumpers at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Aine Kelly (3rd), Ellie Cronin (1st), Ava Finn (4th)
In the U14 age group, Rian Kearney led the way with an impressive leap of 4.87m to take victory in the long jump and added a silver medal in the shot putt. Conor Hoade also had a good day with victory in the 60m hurdles, silver in the high jump and 4th place in the long jump. Lukas Schukat took bronze in the high jump while Robert Urquhart took 4th place in both the high jump and 60m hurdles. Jack Kinane took the Connacht title in the U14 Boys 1000m race walk, a feat repeated by Anna Molloy in the U14 Girls event. Rebekah Flynn took bronze in the high jump with Saoirse Pierce in 4th place while Eve Ayo finished just outside the National qualifiers with a 5th place finish in the U14 60m sprint. Both the boys and girls relay teams placed 3rd in their event with Saoirse Pierce, Rebekah Flynn, Jade Moorhead and Fauve Aylmer racing to bronze in the girls 4x200m and Conor Hoade, Lukas Schukat, Rian Kearney and Liam Mulveen (with subs Oisin Keane and Fabian Fleetwood) doing likewise in the boys 4x200m.
Craughwell AC's U13 Girls Relay Squad at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
In the U13 Girls grade, Clodagh O’Meara had an exceptional run when taking silver in the 600m in 1.54.23. Rosemary Maduka was impressive in the shot putt when taking the silver medal there while Jade Moorhead had fine performances with bronze in the long jump and 4th place in the high jump. Alicia Locteau and Erin Kelly went close to the podium with 5th place finishes in the high jump and long jump. The boys put in some star performances when taking one-third of the qualifying positions for the Nationals finals. Cian Lavan led the way with 3 individual bronze medals in the high jump, long jump and hurdles.
Evan Hallinan was also impressive with victory in the high jump, silver in the hurdles and 4th place in the long jump. Calvin Ryan and Odhran Gilligan took 4th place in the shot putt to qualify for Nationals while Daniel Galvin went close with a 5th place finish in the 600m in 1.52.40. The U13 boys relay team of Cian Lavan, Evan Hallinan, Odhran Gilligan, Ryan McDonnell and Killian Walsh raced to the silver medals in their 4x100m.
In the U12 grade, Evan Moran was the star performance with triple gold in the 60m sprint, 60m hurdles and 600m. Darragh Kearney was strong also with bronze in the 60m and silver in the shot putt. Adam Jordan took bronze in the high jump while Tomas Fitzgerald and Ben O’Dwyer also qualified for Nationals with 4th place in the long jump and shot putt, with Cormac McFadden just missing out by 7cm with 5th place in the long jump. In the girls’ events, Chloe Hallinan won a brace of silver medals in the hurdles and high jump and placed 5th in the long jump. Grace Lynch took bronze in the long jump with Isabella Fitzgerald doing likewise in the high jump while Niamh Duffy threw impressively to win the Connacht title in the shot putt. The girls relay team put in an incredible run in their 4x100m to take the Connacht title with Grace Keaveney, Niamh Duffy, Chloe Hallinan and Aoibhe Donnellan with the boys taking the bronze medals in their 4x100m with Jamie Collins, Eoin Spellman, Darragh Kearney, Evan Moran and Conor Gilligan.
Full results of the 2 days are here.
The Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships were held at the Athlone IT Arena last weekend, over two days of exciting competition. A huge entry of almost 900 athletes competed in a packed programme of over 100 events.
At Senior level GCH secured plenty of silverware , with golds coming via Eoin Lyons in the Men’s 800m, Nicole King, who cruised to victory in the Senior Ladies 200m, as did Majella Loftus in the Senior Ladies 60m .Kathryn Casserly took 1500m silver after an exciting battle with Aisling Joyce of NUIG, and the GCH Ladies relay team also secured silver as well as a TV slot on TG4 - well done to Majella Loftus, Jean O Connor and to Sonya and Nicole King ! .
In the field , Cliff Jennings won the Pole Vault title, and Brendan Staunton was a clear winner in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt, while Henrique Nkolovata won the Triple Jump title and took silver in the Long Jump.AttachmentSize Conn Indoor Field Results 2017 .pdf705.94 KB Conn. indoors 2017 track v6.compressed.pdf214.95 KB
With less than a month to go to Craughwell 10 Mile Road Race preparations are well under way. It's been a busy week of entries so don't forget to register here: http://www.active.com/craughwell-galway/running/distance-running-races/craughwell-10-2017?int=
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1st 2nd 3rd lady
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first lady over 40
First male over 40
First lady over 50
First male over 50
First lady over 60
First male over 60
We have added 10th male and female this year!!! Revive Active have kindly donated hampers as prizes another great reason to Enter this great race.
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Looking forward to welcoming you all on the 19th of March.
GCH had a hugely successful day at the Connacht Indoor Championships in Athlone at the weekend.
Jack Dempsey and Seren O’Toole were the stars of the Games each winning triple Gold medals in their age groups. Jack won the U19 Boys 60m , 200m and helped team mates Sean Kilmartin, Kacper Poniatowski, and Darren Costello to Gold in the 4 X 200m relay. Seren won the 200m, 60m hurdles and the long jump.
Emma Moore won Double Gold in the 800m and 60m and helped team mates Gillian McGrath, Aoife Waldron and Nicole Quirke to silver in the Girls U14 relay. Ava McKeon also won double gold winning both the 60m hurdles, 600m and then went on to claim silver in the 60m and anchored her relay team of Leana McDonncha, Isabella Burke and Kelsey wall to bronze in the U13 Girls relay.
Robert McDonnell won the U16 Boys 200m and came 3rd in the 60m. Darragh Jennings won the U14 Boys 800m and was 3rd in the Shot Putt. Lydia Doyle won the U18 Girls 60m hurdles and was 2nd in both the 200m and 60m sprint. Darren Costello won the 60m sprint . Rachel Hughes won the U17 Girls 800m and Mary Duggan won the U16 Girls Shot Putt. Aaron Brennan won the U17 Boys 1500m and was 3rd in the 800m. Eoghan Jennings won the U16 Boys pole vault and was 4th in the Shot putt.
Other notable performers were Sean Kilmartin who claimed silver in both the U19 Boys 60m and the 200m sprints. Diego Brule won silver in both the 400m and 60m hurdles. Rita Lahoe won silver in both the 60m hurdles and was 4th in the 60m sprint . Kacper Poniatowski won bronze in the 60m sprint. Other qualifers for the National were Gary Martyn finishing 4th in the U18 Boys 1500m , Sinead Duggan in the U15 Girls 60m and Jonathan McGrath in the U16 Boys 60m hurdles and 200m.
Our U12 Girls performed really well to finish 5th overall in the 4x100m relay. Well done to Caoimhe Callaghan, Mia Craughwell, Kayla McKeon and Sadbh Farthling.Categories: Juvenile NewsImage:
Following on from our Sports Psychology Talk earlier in the month, we are holding a workshop on Planning and Goal setting. This will be facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Egan.
Thursday 23rd March 7.30pm - 9.30pm Croi House, Moyola Lane.
The aim of the workshop is to introduce some basic lifestyle principles that athletes can apply to their sporting and non sporting lives over the coming year. It will have a strong emphasis on weekly, monthly and annual planning, making informed decisions and ensuring sustainable balance.
Numbers are limited for this workshop and Club Members are encouraged to sign up early before the event is opened to non Club Members.
Tickets and more information on Eventbrite.
GCH Bursary/Athlete Support Fund is now open for applications. Forms are attached and should be completed returned to email@example.com by 10th March.
Bursary payments will be dependent upon club funds being available and will be awarded at the discretion of the Galway City Harriers bursary committee and/or management committee . The committee retain the right to withhold payment if the conditions below are not satisfied.
Applicant must be a paid up member of Galway City Harriers.
Two categories are available
GCH Under 23 Athlete Development
This bursary is open to athletes who have been a National champion at senior or age group level in the past 12 months . Athletes that are not national champions but have recorded outstanding times or distances will also be considered and may apply.
Applicants must be Aged 18-23 at date of application.
Bursary fund of €1500 with up to three slots available.
GCH Athlete Bursary
This bursary is intended to provide a level of support to competitive national and international level GCH athletes. The bursary is open to athletes who meet two or more of the following criteria:
- Have been an individual National medallist or finalist at senior or age group level in the past 12 months .
- Athletes that have recorded outstanding times or distances in their event.
- Athletes that intend to compete for GCH in a recognised EA/IAAF international level event
Applicants must be Aged 18 and over at date of application
Bursary fund of €500 available
Return forms to Galway City Harriers c/o firstname.lastname@example.org by 10th March.
Decision regarding granting of bursaries will be made by Committee by the following weekend.
The remainder of this year’s Bursary Fund has already been allocated to support the development of GCH athletes (including the upcoming Running Endurance Camp in Portugal for 16-18 juveniles age group and support of individual senior international athlete)Categories: Member Notices
Categories: Juvenile News
There will be no Juvenile training in Dangan on Sunday 26th Feb due to the Connacht Indoor Championships in Athlone. Best of luck to all our athletes at the event.
The 2016-2017 Cross Country Season has finally ended. Some may well have said good riddance, never again, while others are already looking forward to the beginning of the new xc season in October. The long hauls to some of the events and hard slogs around some of the courses, not to mention the training sessions - well... they say variety is the spice of life !
Well done to all who competed over the season, and hope to see many of you back for the new season !
Attached below is a round up of the season.Categories: Senior News
Maeve Curley, bronze medallist in the National Senior 3k race walk
at the new National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown Dublin
Massive congratulations to Maeve Curley on winning the bronze medal in yesterday's National Senior 3k race walk at the National Indoor Championships in Abbotstown. Maeve was one of the most successful juvenile athletes in the club winning many National medals in race walk and representing Ireland on a number of occasions. The last couple of years have been relatively quiet for Maeve on the competitve front, wth a year out of the sport in 2016 and intermittent injuries in 2014/15 although Maeve still competed at a high level winning silver in the National senior championships in 2015 and indoor and outdoor Universities track & field titles in 2015.
So its wonderful to see Maeve back competing and achieving at the highest level of senior competition in Ireland. Maeve placed 3rd in a time of 14.18.26 just 12 seconds off the pace of the top 2 - former world youth champion Kate Veale of West Waterford and Farranfore's Emma Prendiville. Maeve's podium place follows a similar placing a week earlier in the Universities Track & Field finals where she won bronze in the 1500m race walk in a time of 6.45.14.
Well done Maeve! And well done also to Ballinasloe's Veronica Burke who placed 4th in the same race in a close finish.
In the beginning - Glasgow 2008
I have updated a roll of honour of medallists in the Scottish Indoor Track & Field:-
Some interesting snippets:-
- We have won a total of 17 medals in these championships - 12 jumps and 5 track
- Jerry Keary becomes the first person from the club to win medals on 2 different trips to Scotland
- Evan Hallinan becomes the first boy from the club to win 2 medals on same trip
- 5 of the medals were won in the U13 grade
- 4 of the medals in the U14/15 grade
- 5 of the medals in the U16/17 grade
- 3 of the medals in the U18/20 grade
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The provisional program for the Connacht Indoors is available at the following links:-
Note that its not possible to guess times of individual events until the list of entries is published. So for example ithe first long jump is at 10am on Saturday. If there are 20 participants, it will take approx an hour. If there are 40 participants, it will take approx 2 hours. I will update this page with some guesswork if the entry list is published beforehand.
The Indoor season will soon come to a close. If you havn't already declared your interest in either event the details are as follows:
Sunday 26th Feb. : Connaught Senior Indoors, Athlone IT. Closing date for entry , Sun.19th Feb.
Sunday 5th March: National Masters Indoors, Athlone IT. Closing date for entry , Friday 24th Feb
Contact: email@example.com or Mags at 0879234224Categories: Senior News
The victorious Craughwell AC U13 4x200m relay teams with team managers Helen Hallinan and Mairead Lavan
On a marvellous night of athletics at the AIT Grand Prix, the cool calm and clinical Craughwell U13 relays stole the show in the opening events of the night when winning both relays with an exquisite display of sprinting and baton changing from all members of the 2 teams.
The girls were on the track first and with Katie Scully handing off to Jade Moorhead to Aoibhe Carr to Fauve Alymer the team combined to build a substantial lead over the other teams and win in style. Ablely backed up by substitute Clodagh O'Meara, the team ran an impressive time of 2.02.
The boys were up next and put in an equally powerful display of sprinting with Evan Moran handing off to Evan Hallinan to Conor Gilligan and to Cian Lavan, recording a time just under the 2 minutes and winning by a substantial margin and again with a very strong substitute Eoin Spellman waiting on the wings should anyone get injured.
It was a super experience for the athletes and a great honour for both them and the club to take part and come away with 2 victories. In the 3 years since this event was part of the progam, this is the second time the club took both victories, winning both races in 2015 and 2017 and placing 3rd and 4th last year.
And well done to AIT on putting on a tremendous show yet again with a dazzling array of international stars in action. And hopefully we will all be back again next year for the yet another amazng night of athletics!
And if you missed the action, you can get it here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vwV5Jw7OxM. The relays are the first event but unfortunately don't seem to have been on the live stream. I have a video of them and will upload it later.