Congratulations to GCH's Martin McEvilly who won the European M65 Steeplechase in Izmir, Turkey.
After the long summer break, I'm sure our coaches and athletes and their parents (and our new U8s) are all itching to get back to athletics training and reading this website everyday for news of its resumption!
Well you have to wait no longer!, here's the details of the new training times for the Autumn. There may be some further adjustment to this depending on how well we can accomodate the large numbers on the existing facility and our new facility once its in use (hopefully by mid-September).
And a quick note to parents if you have any interest in getting involved in coaching or assisting at training, please give me (Michael Tobin) a call at 087 6591879. We are always looking for more help. While we are extremely fortunate to have almost 50 active coaches, we have huge numbers and need as much help as possible. So if you have a chink of interest, please let me know and we will pencil you in and also organise some training for you so that you get a kick-start with it.
The different training groups will resume on the following dates. I will update the TBDs as soon as possible.U16/Older Sprints TBD U16/Older Jumps Mon 1 Sept U16/Older Distance Mon 1 Sept U15 Boys/Girls Tues 2 Sept U14 Boys/Girls TBD U13 Boys/Girls Tues 2 Sept U12 Boys/Girls TBD U11 Boys/Girls TBD U10 Boys/Girls TBD U9 Boys/Girls Tues 16 Sept U8 Boys/Girls Thur 18 Sept
Clare River Harriers put on their usual top class event on Saturday evening with the annual running of the Claregalway 10k Road Race. Almost 250 runners lined up in perfect conditions for the single lap flat course and local man Matt Bidwell who runs with Galway City Harriers was in control all the way. He ran the first 5k in just over 17 mins before changing gear and running the remaining 5k in 15.50. The ladies race was won by Regina Casey who is officially running better than ever as she set a new personal best of 37.23 on Saturday. Regina is having a great 2014 and it all started with victory in the Tuam AC 8k back in January and she is already looking forward to the 2015 race. Tuam AC was very well represented and we also had winners as Tommy Joe Whyte and Claire Rowe both won their categories and we also had members making their debut and others making a comeback after a good long rest. Mary Burke made her debut for Tuam AC and loved every minute of it. She had great support out on the course and was flying at the finish and is really looking forward to the next race. Derek Fanning made a comeback having represented Tuam AC for many years as a juvenile where he excelled over the shorter distances. He is now back as a middle distance runner and if he transfers his track times to the road he will be very hard to catch. Tommy Varden and Elio Fusciardi were also in great form on Saturday and they had a good battle with their clubmate Aiden Doyle and there was just over a minute between these four athletes at the finish which represents very good club running. Our ladies were also represented by Maura Meenaghan who had a great run and Kathryn Antweiler who is a tonic for all runners as she is always happy and upbeat and her positive attitude pays off with some very impressive race times and results. A special mention to Derek Naughton and Mark Rabbitte as they both ran great races despite Derek putting in some serious mileage over the last few weeks and Mark cycling to the race and home again afterwards.
Congratulations to Jamie Fallon who has been selected for the Irish Junior team to compete in the World Mountain Running Championhips. This is a first for both Jamie and the club and yet another massive achivement on Jamie's growing list of achivements. The race will take place in Tuscany in Italy in mid-September.
The race will be run over a distance of 7.5km which includes a 700m ascent - not for the faint-hearted!! For more information on the event and on mountain running, check our the following websites:-
Craughwell U16 Girls 4x100m Relay Team
Aisling Keady, Grainne McDaid, Mary Dunphy, Michelle Duggan
The past weekend saw the National finals of the Community Games take place in Athlone IT with one of the best ever years for athletes from the club. The relays threw up their usual share of excitement with the highlight being a magnificent 4th place for the Craughwell U16 girls’ team in their final in a time of 51.4. The girls were 4th fastest going into the final having placed 2nd in their semi in a time of 52.3 and 2nd in their heat in a time of 52.9. It was the best ever performance from a girls relay team from the club in the Community Games relay.
The previous best was 6th place by the U16 girls in 2011 (Sineád Gaffney, Maria McNamara, Maireád McCan and Ellen Fitzpatrick) while back in 2007 the U16 girls won Galway and looked very impressive in the first round of the National finals with their team of Cathriona Farrell, Rachel Finnegan, Rachel Kenny and Leah Creaven but unfortunately they were eliminated on a marginal zone fault. The 2014 performance equaled the 4th place obtained by last year’s U15 mixed relay team of Mary Dunphy, Dylan Finn, Michelle Duggan and Cian Waters.
The club’s inaugural golf classic was a great success with 52 teams taking part and overall victory going to the team of Catherine Cleary, Helen Shaughnessy, Mary Jennings and Ronnie Norris with an impressive score of 102 points. The winning team had a choice of first prize from a range of impressive prizes including green fees, accommodation and lunch at Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club (sponsored by Twomey Moran Ltd), green fees and lunch at Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg (sponsored by the golf club and by Liam & Alison Finn), green fees at Gort Golf Club and B&B in the Lady Gregory Hotel, green fees at Loughrea Golf Club and lunch in Maggie Mays, green fees and lunch at Athenry Golf Club, green fees and lunch at Portumna Golf Club, green fees at a number of other golf clubs including Ballinrobe Golf Club, Castletroy Golf Club and Woodstock Golf Club, framed golf prints from Cregal Art, golf lessons from Rob Hogan Golf Academy, car services from Pat Slevin.
Helen Shaughnessy, Catherine Cleary, Mary Jennings and Ronnie Norris
Winners of Inaugural Craughwell AC Golf Classic 2014
The club wishes to congratulate all of the prize winners and would also like to thank the many sponsors of prizes, greens and tee boxes and also the sponsors of the prizes for nearest the pin and longest drives (John Butler Physio, Tranquillity Leisure & Spa, Paul Anthony Hair Salon and Fat Tony’s Barber Shop). The nearest the pin prizes were won by Marie Kelly and Robbie Lyons while the longest drives were won by Patricia O’Hehir and Edwin McGrath.
Finally the club would like to thank the many teams who took part in the golf classic. All of the funds raised go directly towards the purchase and development of an 8-acre site adjacent to the local primary school which will be an invaluable asset for the club and the community, both young and old in the years ahead.
The full list of prize winners is as follows:-
Sineád Treacy and Conor Duggan at the Celtic Games International in Santry
A belated report on the ‘almost final’ juvenile track & field action of the summer. Seven more National track & field medals made their way to the club on the final weekend of the National juvenile championships in Tullamore.
Sineád Treacy was the star performer with double silver in the U18 girls’ long jump (5.22m) and 200m (25.21s) while Conor Duggan added bronze in the U18 Men’s 200m in 22.65. Their performances earned both Sineád and Conor selection for the Irish team that contested the Celtic Games international in Santry recently against Scotland and Wales. It’s been a really fantastic year for both athletes with both featuring on the National podium multiple times, Sineád getting selected for 3 internationals and Conor making his international debut. Sineád’s achievements were magnified by the honour of captaining the Irish Schools team at the Celtic Games. The athletic club is immensely proud of both athletes. Both acquitted themselves very well at the international with Sineád placing 3rd in the U18 Girls 200m in a time of 25.47 and helping the 4x100m team to relay silver in a time of 47.12, while Conor helped the U18 boys’ team to relay silver in a time of 42.89 as well as taking first place in the invitational 100m.
The results and prize-winners for the Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway 8K road-race for 2014 have been declared official and are attached below. The decision of the race organising committee is final in all matters and no further correspondence can be entered into at this point.
Two PDF files of the final results have been generated, the first one sorted by finish (gross) time (and from which official results and prize-winners are calculated) and a second one sorted by chip (nett) time for information purposes only. A final list of individual category and team prize-winners is presented in the third attachment.
Next start date for Beginners to Fit4Life is Monday 22nd September. 7pm Westside Library
Just a gentle reminder to those of you are thinking of entering the Craughwell Marathon/Half Marathon on the 30th August 2014. Don't forget to e-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your entry.
• Date: Saturday 30th August 2014.
• Start time: 9:30am.
• To enter mail name & club to this contact: email@example.com
• You will receive confirmation of entry in due course.
• REG: Craughwell Community Hall from 8:30am to 9:15am.
• Entry €20 surplus after costs will go to Craughwell Ac.
• Limited Entry.
• Quality Medals for all finishers of both half & full.
• Order of Malta in attendance.
• 250mm bottled water on course.
• Post race refreshments in the Hall.
• Changing Facilities available in the Hall.
• Course for the full is 8 loops 26.2Miles, Jones counter measured.
• Course for the half is 4 loops 13.1Miles, Jones counter measured.
• There is ample parking at the Community Centre.
Matt Lockett has put together a comprehensive pack detailing all about Cross Country running and training.
There are a number of training sessions planned and all are outlined in the attached document.
Get down to the training session at Dangan Saturday 16th August warmed up for 10 am then sign up for the training session in Cong Saturday 13th September through the GCH training together Facebook page or by contacting Bernie Kelly.
Conditions were absolutely perfect for the 29th edition of the World famous Streets of Galway 8km Road Race on Saturday evening. Athletes travel from all over the World to take part in this race and it is now ranked amongst the top 100 road races in the world and is nearly as good as the Tuam 8k which will take place on Sunday 18th January 2015 so plenty of time to prepare. All of the usual suspects were in Galway and there was a record entry of 2700 competitors and the event sold out almost two weeks before race day. Tuam AC was definitely one of the best represented clubs in attendance and the green T-Shirts and Singlets with the broken wheel symbol were very noticeable at the finish line in South Park. It was particularly satisfying to see a huge number of new Tuam AC members taking part and somewhere in the region of 30 members were in attendance. Tuam AC had three big prize winners on the night with Tommy Joe Whyte taking the M50 prize, Claire Rowe winning F40 just 5 days after winning the Garrafrauns to Dunmore road race and the one and only Roger Rushe who took the M75 title and received the biggest cheer of the night at the prize giving ceremony. Our new members included Aidan Doyle, Eamon Niland, Tommy Varden, Elio Fusciardi and Justin Lane who was completing an incredible treble of races in only 6 days. He took part in the Loughrea tri-athlon last Sunday followed by Garrafrauns to Dunmore on Monday and flew around Galway on Saturday evening, an incredible weeks work. We also had a huge contingent of lady runners including Aine Doherty, Olivia O’Grady, Philomena Koller, Niamh Feeney, Maeve Kilroy, Julianna Collins, Deniece Williams and Lorraine Lee. They were all superb and did themselves and Tuam proud and numerous personal bests were recorded in the race as an added bonus. There were many more Tuam AC members taking part but they passed the finish line to fast for the naked eye and certainly to fast for any amateur photographer but don’t worry the sophisticated finish line technology captured all of the results in split second timing and they are all available to be viewed, digested and enjoyed at www.galwaycityharriers.com The next big local race and definitely not to be missed is the Claregalway 10k Race on Saturday 23rd August at 6pm. This great race incorporates the Galway County 10k Championships and is ran on a fast flat pb friendly course. Enter online to avoid disappointment at www.runireland.com
After review and consultation, an update has now been applied to the female prize-list for last Saturday's Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway 8K road-race for 2014. In summary, the changes are as follows:
- athletes assigned positions 6 (six), 7 (seven) and 8 (eight) previously in the overall women's finishing order have now been adjusted to reflect actual finishing times;
- athletes assigned positions 1 (one) and 2 (two) in the F45 category previously have now also been adjusted as a direct result of the changes applied in the above.
Open invitation to all our players, coaches, members and parents to come along to Raftery's Bar tonight at 9pm for the prize giving for our golf classic and an end of athletics season drink.
The club would like to thank all those who took part in the golf classic. We had 52 teams take part which was super as we had organised the event in a relatively short space of time. We'd particularly like to thank organisign committee for their trojan work over the last few weeks and also those players who travelled long distances to take part.
Details of the fabulous prizes are belong and with the many companies and indivisuals who sponsored greens and tee-boxes. Thanks to everyone for their support. We are very very close now to finalising the purchase of our 8-acre site beside the school and fund-raisers such as these provide a much-needed source of funds to help us complete the purchase.
Two PDF files of the initial results data have been generated, the first one sorted by finish (race/gross) time (and from which official results and prize-winners will be calculated) and a second one sorted by chip (nett) time for information purposes only. A provisional list of individual category and team prize-winners is presented in the third attachment.
A provisional starter's list for the Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway 8K road-race for 2014 has now been attached in PDF format here (sorted alphabetically, by way of lastname/surname). Please review to confirm your participation and ensure that you go to the race-pack collection point this weekend knowing your race-number in advance for ease of processing.
Matt Locketts Training Plans attached for August.
Please note that GCH are welcome to join up with the GTC each Thursday.
Matt has also included a detailed formula for your training phases to strucutre your years training. Identify when key races are and have simialr phases to your training where you rest, build-up training, train hard, apply the finishing touches to your training and then race you key races.
The long Bank Holiday weekend had plenty to offer our athletes and thankfully we didn’t have to travel to far. Stephen Brady and John Mongan travelled to Athlone to take part in the Athlone Shadowman Half Ironman which consisted of a 1.9km swim followed by 90km on the bike and then a 13.1 Mile half marathon. Most people would feel weak just thinking about tackling this kind of event but the two lads were using it as final race preperation for their upcoming Ironman Wales in September which is exactly double the distance they completed on Sunday !! They both recorded excellent times with Stephen finishing in 5hr 48 mins and John just a fraction over 6hrs. This puts them both on course for great times in Wales and as this correspondent was lucky enough to see them in action in Wales last year it is hard to put into words just how tough a full Ironman race is. Good luck to them both in their final weeks of training and the huge contingent of competitors from North Galway who will be joining them on the start line in Wales. A bit closer to home and maybe not as tough as an Ironman the fantastic Garrafrauns to Dunmore Road Race celebrated their 40th Birthday on Bank Holiday Monday and the 6km race had a record crowd and took place in very warm conditions. The route is far from flat but their are no major hills and Tuam AC was very well represented once again. The big winner for Tuam was Claire Rowe who was the first lady home in a superb 25 mins and she is a regular on the podium and a great ambassador for the club. We hope she is now looking forward to The Streets of Galway on Saturday and a host of other local races over the rest of the summer and keeps on winning for Tuam AC. Tommy Joe Whyte was also in the prizes as the first over 40 and their was also great performances from Ger Hartnett, Derek Naughton who ran an absolute stormer of a race and the legendary Ian Egan who has won the race on a number of occasions and it is always good to see him representing Tuam AC. We were also delighted to see Mark Rabbitte in action along with Tim Geraghty and two of our newer members who have really taken to road racing, Tommy Varden and Shane Crisham. It was also great to see Chris Reddington flying along and he also ran all the way back to Garrafrauns after the race. Our ladies were also very well represented with Maura and Assumpta Meenaghan in great form and a very special mention to two members who were making their race debut for Tuam AC Brid Byrne and Dolores Higgins who absolutely loved the occasion and are looking forward to the next race already. There was plenty of other Tuam AC athletes in attendance but results are just coming to hand as we go to press so apologies to any athletes that we have not named and well done to all and sincere thanks to the organizers for putting on another memorable day.
29 not out!
The 29th running of the Streets of Galway 8K road-race (sponsored by local company Kearney Cycles) will take place this year at 7pm on the evening of Saturday 9th August next.