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Facility Progress Gathers Pace!!

Craughwell AC - 12 hours 48 min ago

Work is proceeding at pace on the club’s fine new facilities in Crinnage with the construction of an international standard sprint straight 8 lanes wide and 140m long with a 9m long jump pit at the end.

Work is expected to be completed mid-September just in time for what the club hope will be a major family event with the inaugural Family 5k and children’s colour run on Saturday September 17th.

The 5k commences at the school and runs the Grenage loop while the colour run takes place on the club’s new grass running routes. The club are appealing to individuals and families to take part in the 5k either walking or jogging it to raise much needed funds for the facility development.

Every cent raised is ploughed back into the facility. The club is pleased also to welcome on board the sponsors for the event with the Family 5k being sponsored by software development company Xyea and the Children’s Colour Run being sponsored by Yeats College.

The event will be accompanied by athletics fun and games for younger children while parents and older siblings run the 5k race. There are prizes for the fastest individuals in the 5k race and for the fastest families with the cumulative times of 3 members of the same family counting in the 5k.

 

 

So please get on board and take part in our event on September 17th. You can sign up here:- http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/5k.

There are other ways to support us too by joining our Lotto or by making a direct donation to our facility. Details for signing up to our lotto are at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/lotto.

An added incentive for signing up to the Lotto is that you get annual membership of our Sports and Recreation Park as part of the deal. Membership works out at €1 a week – excellent value for use of a facility which is lit up to 11pm each night, where you can park your car safely and go for a walk or run on nice grass routes and in time, on a gravel route around the perimeter. 

Please please support us by taking part in the 5k and colour run or supporting the lotto. Facilities like what we are building do not come cheap. Our total spend on the sprint lanes, lights, long jump area, high jump area and carpark/roadway comes to very close to €200,000. We got a grant of €100k but the other €100k has to come from loans and fund-raising. We are building one of the finest community facilities in the country so it is very worthy of your financial support.

The pictures below show how the development of the sprint lanes have been progressing this past few weeks.

 16 June 2016

15 August 2016

16 August 2016

22 August 2016

24 August 2016

 

 

Athletes Compete in National Community Games

Craughwell AC - 24 August, 2016 - 23:52

Craughwell's U13 Mixed Relay Team at the National Community Games Finals in Athlone

A small group of athletes from the parish travelled to the National finals of the Community Games last weekend to battle it out for National honours. There were no medals on this occasion but many fine performances from the athletes against the best in the country and they can be proud of their achievements in being the Galway champions and making it to this level. The athletes were Cormac McFadden and Grace Lynch in the U10 60m hurdles, the U12 girls relay team of Erin Kelly, Ailish Burke, Fauve Aylmer and Jade Moorhead, the U13 mixed relay team of Robert Urquhart, Padraig Martyn, Emma Jane Moran and Ava Finn, Rebecca Lynch in the U14 javelin, Kyle Moorhead in the U14 800m, Padraig Martyn in the U14 long jump and Ryan Gallagher in the U16 high jump.

 

Craughwell's U12 Girls Relay Team at the National Community Games Finals in Athlone

Damian Settles into McNeese!

Craughwell AC - 24 August, 2016 - 23:44

Damian pictured on arrival at McNeese University

Best wishes to Damian again - he made the long journey last week to McNeese and is getting settled in as we speak.

 

Damian being presented with a Certificate of Achievement and some club gear by Nessa Gillen and Michael Tobin
to mark his unique achievement in becoming the first athlete from the club
to go on scholarship to the United States

Dublin City Marathon latest news

Galway City Harriers - 16 August, 2016 - 15:12

 

The Dublin City Marathon team organisers have secured permission to increase their capacity by an extra 2000 . So if you have not already so, please put your name on waiting list. The link is below. You will still not be guranteed a place. I have done all I can re with AAI and Dublin Marathon team.

 

Waiting list is available viasseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie/contact-us

National Half Marathon, Track & Field League , Race Committee

Galway City Harriers - 14 August, 2016 - 22:54

Last weekend was a very busy and successfull weekend for the club.

Congrats to the GCH mens  team who took bronze in the final of the National Track & Field  League in Tullamore. Great team effort over all three rounds. Well done to manager Brendan Glynn and all the coaches who have built up this team over the years. Well done also to the Galway County womens team who reached the final, with some GCH women competing on the team.

Well done to all the GCH participants who competed in the National Half Marathon in Dublin. Medal winners included Gary Thornton who took silver in the Senior category, Grainne Ni Uallachain, who took gold in her category, and Gerry Carty who took bronze in his category. The v50 womens team of Carmel Brannigan, Majella Ni Chriochain, and Mags Sheridan took silver.

Finally, many thanks to the Streets of Galway Road Race committee for their organisation of the 31st Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8K and well done to everyone who took part. 

 

 

Dublin Marathon and Masters Track & Field

Galway City Harriers - 9 August, 2016 - 20:32

Dublin Marathon

This from the Dublin Marathon page, so if you planning on running and not yet signed up, do so now !

Over 15,000 walkers, joggers & runners have signed up for the 37th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon so far. (incorporating the National Marathon Championships)

Anyone planning on running,make sure you sign up ASAP as imited spaces available!!
Register via: www.sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie

 

Reminder :National Masters Track & Field closing date is this Friday ,12th August

Entries to secretary@galwaycityharriers.ie or contact Mags at 0879234224

 

 

Shauna Competing in the Diamond League!

Craughwell AC - 2 August, 2016 - 09:00

Shauna Bocquet pictured with World Champion Marcel Hug at training camp in Switzerland

The incredible achievements by athletes from the club just keep on flowing! The latest breaking news is one of the biggest achievements ever by an athlete from the club – an invitation to take part in the Diamond League in Zurich!!!!!!

Shauna Bocquet and her dad and coach Loic are just back from a one week training camp in Switzerland. Shauna spent the week training alongside athletes from around Europe (Swiss, Netherland, Germany, Scotland, England, Austria, Ireland and Denmark) under the watchful eye of World Champion Marcel Hug one of the top wheelchair racers in the world and his coach, Paul Odermatt.

Marcel also joined the sessions along with some of the Elite Swiss Paralympic team, who are getting ready for Rio 2016. It was a very busy week with two daily training sessions and evening workshops but a lot of fun also with an excursion in Zurich including a visit to the FIFA football museum.

Thanks to her performances during the week, Shauna has now been invited to compete in an U23 girls 400m wheelchair race as part of the Zurich Diamond League meeting on Thursday the 1st of September in the Letzigrund Stadium. This is an incredible achievement for any athlete but for a 12-year old girl – incredible doesn’t do it justice!

Shauna has a busy August to prepare for the Diamond League with training sessions with the Irish squad in Waterford and Belfast and races in Coventry and Belfast before heading off the Zurich.

Well done Shauna, the club are proud of you!

Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8K 2016 - Race Information

Galway City Harriers - 1 August, 2016 - 14:16

Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8K 2016 - Race Information

Galway’s biggest road-race takes place this weekend, as 2016 sees the 31st running of the iconic ‘Streets of Galway" 8K road-race. The Galway City Harriers organized event, which is sponsored this year by the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Galway, takes place on Saturday 6th August next at 7pm. This year the race will have 3,000 participants with many top Irish athletes competing including some Irish internationals and top local road runners as well as thousands of club  runners , joggers and those who just want to get around!

The race itself starts as usual at School Road on the junction of Fr. Griffin Road and Fr. Burke Road (directly outside the entrance to the Galway Technical Institute) and the finish- is in Southpark, Claddagh. However, as race head-quarters are situated closer to the finish-line at the Galway Rovers Clubhouse, Nimmo's Pier, Southpark, Claddagh (approximately 0.5KM from the race start-line), you are advised to assemble at race head-quarters to warm-up (on the numerous playing fields at Southpark) or to avail of the toilet or changing facilities beforehand. You should then proceed to the race-start according to the directions provided approximately 20 minutes before the race is started at 7pm sharp.

 The 8km route takes in all the city highlights, winding through the city-centre and out into the Salthill suburbs, before returning on the roads along the coast-line to Southpark in the Claddagh where the finish-line is located. All of the most famous landmarks in the city are taken in on en-route including the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square, NUIG, the Cathedral, and the Salthill promenade making it a superb way to see the city by foot. Please consult the  Course map and FAQ on the website of host club Galway City Harriers to brief yourself fully on all race logistics. As the race starts and finishes in a residential area, we would ask that you respect the local environs by not obstructing access to private residences and to use litter bins where provided to dispose of all rubbish.

Number collection for those registered is at the Claddagh Hall, South Park, Salthill, and is open from 2-8pm Friday and 9-4 pm Saturday. Use your race number from the Start list or your confirmation email when you are collecting race packs. Parking on a limited basis is available at the Hall on Friday and on the Grattan Road prom on Friday and Saturday – follow the stewards’ guidance!  Here is the location map  https://www.google.ie/maps/place/Claddagh+Hall/@53.267232,-9.053363,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x44c0b3c4f681e575?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjEzoCun5jOAhXsKMAKHYpBBJ8Q_BIIXzAK

Entries will close in advance of race day, but can still be made via online race-registration partners, ACTIVE.com (until 2nd August at midnight). Note - this year, manual entries to the race can be made at the Claddagh Hall on Friday only at 25 euro

This year’s event has a prize fund of over 5,000 euro, many category prizes open to master’s athletes and team prizes in both the men’s and women’s races.

The race committee spends six months planning and organizing the race and much help is provided by our sponsors, The Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Galway, as well as the Gardai , City Council and our suppliers, The longevity and success of the race  also owes much to the original founders, the first committee of Jack Mahon, Mick Roche (Race Director), Geraldine Hanley, Sean McMenamon, Philip Cribben, Paddy Greaney, John McNamara and Jimmy Lydon, under the auspices of Cospoir, whose stalwart work from 1986 on established the race as one of the "must do" events each year in the city. GCH took on the organisation of the burgeoning event in 1991, with Oliver and Teresa Geraghty, PJ Coyle, Brian Geraghty, Danny Carr and others among the driving forces behind the famous city athletics club involvement, which ensured the continued growth of the race to what it is today.

There have been many famous winners down through the years, including Olympians Paul DonovanRosemary Ryan (the women’s record-holder at 26.01), Mark Kenneally,  and  joint men’s record holders Seamus Power and Josphat Boit (the men's race record is currently set at 22.49). Rosemary Ryan with six titles and Paul Donovan with four wins tops the women's and men’s leaderboards respectively.

This year's field is again a high quality one and includes a host of current and former national champions at various racing distances, including a very strong ladies field including Irish internationals Caroline Crowley of Crusaders, Laura Shaughnessy DSD and Siobhan O Doherty, a top class men’s field  including Northern Irish runners Andrew Annett, Lindsay Gordon and Seamus Lynch, top Dublin club athletes from Crusaders AC such as Vinnie Mcguinness, regular prize winners Brian Murphy, Davy Byrne and masters international Pat Byrne, and a swathe of Galway's elite road-runners such as Joe Tannian , Regina Caseyand the legendary Christine Kennedy, now back with GCH ,  all of whom will battle it out on the fast and flat course for top honours in 2015.

The field also includes three notable ever presents – those who have run in every race to date, namely Patrick Larkin (Moycullen), Gerard Murphy (Clare River Harriers) and Gerard Meehan (Dooneen AC) who return for the 31st time to the start line of the Streets - go neirí go geal leo!

The race attracts many Galwegians young and old, famous and not so famous, who take on the distance as a challenge or to try to beat their previous year's time, as well as to run alongside top local and national athletes and always creates a great atmosphere throughout the city on the evening of the event. We also welcome hundreds of athletes and visitors from Ireland and abroad, including over 70 runners from our friends in Mallow AC, big groups from Crusaders AC  in Dublin, and Athenry, Craughwell , Tuam and others locally, and many charity runners from ACT, Cope, and Croi .

Interested in reading more about the history of our race?

25 Facts:See  http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/streets-galway/25-things-you-may-not-h...

Fancy your chances of winning?

Then you will have to be quick as the following list of previous winners and times will indicate:Check out http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/streets-galway/streets-galway-race-rec...

Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8k start list online

Galway City Harriers - 1 August, 2016 - 13:58

The Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8k start list is attached for online entrants, full version to follow later. Please check your race number ! 

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Streets 8k course map

Galway City Harriers - 31 July, 2016 - 17:29
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The 2016 Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8k Course Map is attached- start is at GTI and finish at South Park Claddagh

Categories: Streets of Galway

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.

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