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Momentum Builds for World Record Attempt!

Craughwell AC - 2 September, 2015 - 18:27

As the momentum builds for our World Record Relay attempt at the end of this month, the latest membership numbers from Athletics Ireland confirm the club's position as the largest juvenile club in the country with 495 members. The scale of its size is such that we have more juvenile members than 10 counties and of the 329 clubs in the country, it is more than twice the size of all bar 14 clubs. It is a huge vote of confidence in what the club is about with its emphasis on participation and improving each individual athlete to achieve their potential irrespective of what level that may be. 

All good news when the club is striving hard to develop its facilities. We have our Guinness World Record 12-hour relay attempt coming up on Sat 26th September in Dangan 9am-9pm and we are looking to athletes and families from all codes of sport and all ages to get involved and help us set a world record.

We need 2406 of you (!!) to run 100m with a baton in an average of less than 17.95 seconds in order to break the record. Don’t let the time scare you – if you haven’t a clue how fast that is, fit teenagers and young adults will be running it in 11 to 14 seconds. In fact, 9-year old boys and girls run their 4x100m relays in an average that is just faster than this. So we have plenty of scope to take slower times too in order to get that average!

The day has grown into much more than just a fund-raiser with a theme of “Mental and Physical Health” and lots of service providers coming on-board on the day with information stands and advice. Check us out on Facebook and get on-board and come down to Dangan to help us set a record on the day.

We will shortly be doing up a schedule for the day to allocate time-slots to various clubs from all sporting disciplines and to schools. And we will also be ramping up our fund-raising via our club members as this is our big chance to raise a decent amount of funds towards the development of our track facilities in Craughwell. We have grand plans for the Autumn and next year for this development, with a jumping area for high jump and indoor circuits, a car-park, more floodlighting and state-of-the-art sprint lanes.

But we need all our members to get behind these efforts in a big way to help provide you with the best facilities possible.

More to follow on it all!

Juvenile Training to resume on Sunday 13th September

Galway City Harriers - 1 September, 2015 - 20:57

Due to the huge interest in Sunday's All Ireland Hurling final we are postponing our return to Juvenile  training until Sunday 13th September.  Looking forward to seeing you all back for the New Season.

All systems go for tomorrow’s Eyre Square to Tuam Square Hospice Fundraiser

Tuam AC - 28 August, 2015 - 18:34

Final preparations are being made by members of Tuam Athletic Club for tomorrow’s fund-raising day for Galway Hospice in memory of our dear friend and club-mate Seamus Sweeney who passed away in April.

Seamus played a very important role in the development of Tuam AC and was a member of the club for almost 50 years. He was a talented runner who excelled at Cross Country and road races and was also a 3 hour marathon runner which he achieved in Dublin in 1982.He was also a very dedicated club member and was always the first to offer help alongside his wife Virgie at any club event we ever organized. He was an ever present at the annual 8k and 5k road races in Tuam and was often the first to arrive and the last to leave. Seamus was one of life’s real gentlemen.

Thanks to Seamus’ help Tuam AC is now thriving with 300 members and we want to celebrate his life and legacy to Tuam by holding an action packed day in aid of Galway Hospice on Saturday 29th August 2015. The action will start with a team of Tuam AC members taking part in The Run for Seamus from Eyre Square to The Square in Tuam and we will have full ladies and men’s teams in action. We also hope to set a record time for the 33km run with a number of contenders training hard for this event. For those who cannot do the full distance, we also have people joining at Claregalway, Knockdoe and Corofin.

At exactly the same time as the runners leave Eyre Square a number of our members will leave the square in Tuam on bikes in a real Man v Machine battle and they will cycle to Kilmaine, Shrule, Caherlistrane and Claregalway before turning left onto the N17 and chasing the runners all the way to The Square. It will be a very close battle as the 75km cycle is not flat and the cyclists have to obey the rules of the road at all times so a red light or traffic could be crucial. Seamus was also a keen cyclist and excelled at both disciplines.

Later on in the day a number of our members will be taking part in The Seamus Sweeney Mile around the streets of Tuam at 5pm and for the entire day we will be having a bucket collection in aid of Galway Hospice.

The day will conclude with a BBQ at The Rustic Vaults.

Please give generously to this very worthy cause if you see any of our collectors on Saturday.

Autumn Training Plan 2015

Craughwell AC - 27 August, 2015 - 13:31

The Senior Club Autumn Training Plan 2015 can be downloaded below.  This plan has been developed to work with the significant number of members who are currently training for Autumn half and full marathons. Please note this is not a marathon specific plan.

Substitute the workouts in the schedule with similar workouts in the plan that you are using.  These workouts will help to build endurance which will benefit your overall running, so even if you are not focused on a half or a full you will see huge gains over shorter distances.

 

There will be two structured training sessions each week. Wednesdays will focus on Tempo, Marathon and Half Marathon race pace runs on the road as long at the light allows from 7-8. Fridays will be a dedicated track session from 8-9. 

If you have any questions in relation to this or any matter please contact us through the Facebook page.

Best of luck to all members with their training over the coming months...

 

Track Training returns to 7.30pm

Galway City Harriers - 25 August, 2015 - 10:55

 

Track training will return tonight 25th August at 7.30pm at Dangan.

Full steam ahead for the forthcoming Cross Country Season with Matt Lockett and Marathon training with Jerome Debize!!

Warm up done and €2 at the gate.

Shauna Excells in Coventry!

Craughwell AC - 25 August, 2015 - 00:36

Shauna Bocquet was competing in the Paralympic track races at the weekend in the Coventry Classic where she had some fantastic performances against some top-class opposition. Shauna made the A final of the 100m after clocking 19.85 in the heats and went on to race world class athletes (Paralympic and European champions) in the final on Sunday where she clocked 20.57.

Shauna got five PBs over the 2-day event (100m 19.85, 200m 37.58, 400m 72.54, 800m 2.21.42, 1500m 4.43.71). Her PBs knocked a staggering amount of time off her previous times, in particular her 800m was 38 seconds faster than her previous PB! This talented 11-year old is now looking forward to her final meet of the year in September in London.

Shauna Bocquet (far right) pictured at the start of the 1500m in the Coventry Classic
with Margriet Van den Broek (Netherlands) and Meggan Dawson-Farrell (Scotland)

Laura Leaps to National Triple Jump Medal!

Craughwell AC - 24 August, 2015 - 23:29

Craughwell U16 Girls 4x100m Relay Team
Siona Lawless, Shauna Tobin, Laura Cunningham, Aoife Walshe

A busy two days of action unfolded in Athlone IT where the 2015 National Community Games finals were taking place at the weekend with a dozen athletes from the club taking part.

Pride of place went to Laura Cunningham in her final year in Community Games. Laura was competing in the U16 Girls Triple Jump and in unfavourable weather conditions put together a fine series of jumps to take 4th place in the competition and make it to the Community Games podium for the first time. Laura broke 2 of her 6 jumps and was in 5th place after 4 jumps but when others were tiring Laura kept improving and jumped into the medal positions on her 2nd last and final jumps. This was a well-deserved reward for Laura who last medalled at National level as an U10 in 2009 where she won both long jump and relay silver and has come close to the National podium on several occasions since then.

Next beginners start date for new Fit4Life members

Galway City Harriers - 24 August, 2015 - 20:20

Monday 21st Sept is the next start date. Venue is Westside Library and time is 7pm. Anyone who is thinking of starting needs to turn up on that evening to attend a short talk followed by a short taster session. Membership forms will be available on that night and all questions will be answered on how it works. Parking is available in Dunnes Stores Carpark near the Library.

Claregalway 10k results 2015

Galway City Harriers - 23 August, 2015 - 11:43

Clare River Harriers never fail to put on a great race and 2015 didn’t disappoint with a well organised and exciting race at yesterday evenings Claregalway 10k. Flat for the most of this course this always brings home PB’s and is a target race for most athletes at the end of the Summer racing or for those targeting the Dublin City Marathon. Despite a very wet evening, the race was yet again a great success!!

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Athletics ready to resume!

Craughwell AC - 20 August, 2015 - 12:32

It’s just a few weeks now until the club will be back into full training for all age groups. The time-table for training sessions is provided below. It’s important that all parents adhere to the arrival and collection times listed below in order to minimise traffic in the car-park and make it a safer place for you and your children.

We’d like to welcome our new first class/U8 age group who will be under the guiding hand of Tracy Moran and we’d doubly like to welcome back all our other athletes for the forthcoming year. It’s an exciting time for the club with the steady development of our new facilities and the continued growth in our membership. The club is the largest juvenile club in the country with one of the key reasons for this being our focus on participation and opening the sport up for everyone irrespective of ability.

In an age where obesity is a growing problem amongst the wider population, participation in sport is more important than ever and it’s critical that our children stay involved in as much sport as possible as they move through their primary school and secondary school years to give them some chance of having a regular sport as a young adult. A research study a few years ago advocated that children should have 3 or more regular sports while in primary school, reduce to 2 or 3 during the first few years of secondary school and only in mid to late teens reduce it to one if you want to give it all your time. This was found to give a person the best chance of continuing to participate in sport as an adult.

So parents, encourage your child to keep up their sport for as long as possible and if under a time squeeze, maybe they can give up some Play-station or Facebook time instead! Luckily in our club, we have bucked the trend of leaving the sport early and our teenage age groups are in fact our largest growth age groups, with over 150 teenagers currently in the club.

Just a quick word also on our facilities progress. As many of you will know we will have a major fundraiser at the end of September when we hold a 12-hour relay world record challenge. We will be ramping up the preparation work on this in the next few weeks and are looking for huge support from all our parents. As well raising much needed funds, we are making that day into a health-themed information awareness day for the physical and mental health of children, teenagers and adults. We are inviting professional services and advice centers to setup information stalls at the event along with nutritional and physical therapies ....and a lot more. We are trying to spread the message among our youth that it's Okay not to be Okay! Help is at hand, etc. As a club we want to highlight mental and physical health and that physical activity helps mental wellbeing. We will have more information on this in the next 2 weeks and if you know of services who would like to get involved in the above, please have them contact Tracy at 087 8810737.

 

Training Group YOB Coordinator Contact # Restarts Time U8s 2008 Tracy Moran 087 8810737  Tues 8th Sept 5.30pm U9s 2007 Sylvia Walsh 087 8940395 Thurs 10th Sept 5.30pm U10s 2006  Tracy Moran  087 8810737  Tues 8th Sept 6.15pm U11s 2005 Michael Tobin 087 6591879 Mon 7th Sept 6.15pm U12s 2004 Seamus Lynch  087 2117697  Thurs 10th Sept 7.00pm U13s 2003 Tracy Moran 087 8810737  Tues 8th Sept 7.00pm U14s 2002 Siobhan McFadden 087 2733327 Tues 8th Sept 8.15pm U15s 2001 Marion McEvilly 087 9390366 Tues 1st Sept 8.15pm U16s 2000 Michael Tobin 087 6591879 Hasn't stopped   Older/Jumps/Distance   Michael Tobin 087 6591879 Hasn't stopped   Older/Sprints   Patricia Cosgrove  087 6671534 Tues 15th Sept  8.15pm

Athletics ready to resume!

Craughwell AC - 20 August, 2015 - 12:32

It’s just a few weeks now until the club will be back into full training for all age groups. The time-table for training sessions is provided below. It’s important that all parents adhere to the arrival and collection times listed below in order to minimise traffic in the car-park and make it a safer place for you and your children.

We’d like to welcome our new first class/U8 age group who will be under the guiding hand of Tracy Moran and we’d doubly like to welcome back all our other athletes for the forthcoming year. It’s an exciting time for the club with the steady development of our new facilities and the continued growth in our membership. The club is the largest juvenile club in the country with one of the key reasons for this being our focus on participation and opening the sport up for everyone irrespective of ability.

In an age where obesity is a growing problem amongst the wider population, participation in sport is more important than ever and it’s critical that our children stay involved in as much sport as possible as they move through their primary school and secondary school years to give them some chance of having a regular sport as a young adult. A research study a few years ago advocated that children should have 3 or more regular sports while in primary school, reduce to 2 or 3 during the first few years of secondary school and only in mid to late teens reduce it to one if you want to give it all your time. This was found to give a person the best chance of continuing to participate in sport as an adult.

So parents, encourage your child to keep up their sport for as long as possible and if under a time squeeze, maybe they can give up some Play-station or Facebook time instead! Luckily in our club, we have bucked the trend of leaving the sport early and our teenage age groups are in fact our largest growth age groups, with over 150 teenagers currently in the club.

Just a quick word also on our facilities progress. As many of you will know we will have a major fundraiser at the end of September when we hold a 12-hour relay world record challenge. We will be ramping up the preparation work on this in the next few weeks and are looking for huge support from all our parents. As well raising much needed funds, we are making that day into a health-themed information awareness day for the physical and mental health of children, teenagers and adults. We are inviting professional services and advice centers to setup information stalls at the event along with nutritional and physical therapies ....and a lot more. We are trying to spread the message among our youth that it's Okay not to be Okay! Help is at hand, etc. As a club we want to highlight mental and physical health and that physical activity helps mental wellbeing. We will have more information on this in the next 2 weeks and if you know of services who would like to get involved in the above, please have them contact Tracy at 087 8810737.

 

Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway 8K 2015 - Official Results/Prize-List

Galway City Harriers - 14 August, 2015 - 14:53


The results and prize-winners for the Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway 8K road-race for 2015 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 or will 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. Note - an adjustment has been applied to both F40 and F45 prize-categories to ensure that the correct finishers are credited with the appropriate prize in each case.

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Craughwell Community Centre (aka St Michael's Hall)

Craughwell AC - 12 August, 2015 - 22:55

Just quick update on the community centre as I am not sure if its widely known as to what's happening next. The following was the previous information circulated amongst the community. 

Notice for an Extraordinary General Meeting
The existing officers of St Michael’s Community Centre have been involved in the development and management of the community centre for the residents of Craughwell and surrounding areas for over 15 years. We are very proud of this fantastic amenity in our village, unfortunately the current committee are now at a stage where they can no longer continue with this undertaking and have resigned with immediate effect.
In light of this, the Trustees are calling an EGM on THURSDAY 23rd July at 9pm in St Michaels Hall. We ask that other members of our community take on the challenge of further improving and maintaining this great facility for current and future generations. If there are not members of the community willing to form a new committee at this meeting, it is with regret that the community hall will close indefinitely.
There are currently 18 clubs using the community centre and we would ask you to contact all your members to attend this EGM in order to ensure that the centre remains open. The Trustees wish to express their sincere appreciation to the outgoing committee for their commitment and dedication over the last 15 years.

The EGM was held and with just 6 of the 18 groups using the hall attending and no volunteers to go on a new committee, the EGM decided that the hall would be closed with effect from 1st September until a new committee volunteers. So that means no venue for

  • high jump (until we get our own shed built on the new field)
  • road races HQ
  • Foroige
  • bingo
  • Active Retirement
  • cubs/beavers
  • Parents & Toddlers
  • Order of Malta
  • dancing classes
  • AA
  • various meetings held by different groups including athletics, soccer, gaa etc.
  • etc


The outgoing committee got together around 15 years ago to redevelop the hall from an unusable state where the rainwater was dripping from the ceiling in many places into the fine facility that it is today. Prior to that multiple committees did the same for several generations. Each time, they did it when their children were young and getting the benefit from the activities organised there. Its up to a new generation of parents now to take up the baton and volunteer to be on a new committee. Your children will be the primary beneficiaries of your endevours.

Please share this amongst your Craughwell contacts to help get people thinking about getting involved. I would imagine that when September comes and the venue is no longer available, it will be sorely missed and that another meeting will be called. People should have a think about getting involved - its in everyone's interests!

Streets of Galway 2015

Craughwell AC - 11 August, 2015 - 12:35

Just under 2400 runners took to the “Streets of Galway” for the 30th anniversary running of what is a key event in the running calendar for many local and national athletes. With a packed field including some of Ireland’s potential Olympic athletes for Rio 2016, this race was never going to disappoint. Taking in some of Galway’s most well know land marks it has a special place in many people’s hearts. The rain held off for the most part, with at least half of the field home before the showers returned.


This year the club had chosen the ‘Streets’ as a target race, with training starting in earnest at the end of June. Just under 40 members participated with an impressive number of personal bests achieved, testament to all the hard effort put in over the last 8 weeks.

Photo by Paul O'Connor


Gary Thornton (GCH) crossed the finish line in 23.53 taking first place on the podium followed by Sergiu Clobanu (Clonliffe Harriers) in 24.12, leaving Kenneth Rodgers, St Johns AC, to finish third in 24.58.
Maria McCambridge (Dundrum South Dublin) took the top spot for the ladies in 26.58 with a very close battle for second and third from two local champions, Regina Casey (GCH) in 28.55 and Jane Ann Healy (Athenry AC) finishing 3rd in 28.59.

Club Challenge - Event 6

Galway City Harriers - 10 August, 2015 - 22:14

The national half marathon took place in conjunction with the Rock n Roll half marathon last weekend, August 2nd in Dublin.  The race proved a very succesful one from a club point of view with a host of great results.

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Cathriona Lands 5th National Senior title

Craughwell AC - 10 August, 2015 - 08:15

Cathriona Farrell retained her National Senior crown in style yesterday at the National Senior Track & Field Championships in Santry, clearing 1.80m on her first attempt to equal her outdoor personal best and take the gold medal.

This makes it a double indoor-outdoor set of titles for Cathriona in the National Seniors this year and a total of 2 National Outdoor and 3 National Indoor titles in recent years. 

Also in action, Maeve Curley has made a super recovery after a year of injury to get back onto the National podium with a fine silver medal in the National Seniors with a time of 26:16.12. Its great to see Maeve back in action at this level and hopefully its all injury-free years ahead for Maeve.

At the same championships, Damian O'Boyle took 8th place in the National Junior 3000m in a time 9:26.47 - another fine performance from 1 of the most dedicated athletes in the club. On a sad note, the club would like to extend its commiserations to Damian and Marion on the death of Marion's dad later that day. Funeral arrangements to be announced, may he rest in peace.

Cathriona Lands 5th National Senior title

Craughwell AC - 10 August, 2015 - 08:15

Cathriona Farrell retained her National Senior crown in style yesterday at the National Senior Track & Field Championships in Santry, clearing 1.80m on her first attempt to equal her outdoor personal best and take the gold medal.

This makes it a double indoor-outdoor set of titles for Cathriona in the National Seniors this year and a total of 2 National Outdoor and 3 National Indoor titles in recent years. 

Also in action, Maeve Curley has made a super recovery after a year of injury to get back onto the National podium with a fine silver medal in the National Seniors with a time of 26:16.12. Its great to see Maeve back in action at this level and hopefully its all injury-free years ahead for Maeve.

At the same championships, Damian O'Boyle took 8th place in the National Junior 3000m in a time 9:26.47 - another fine performance from 1 of the most dedicated athletes in the club,

Craughwell Athletes Build School in Cambodia!

Craughwell AC - 10 August, 2015 - 08:04

Check out the article in last week's Connacht Tribune on the amazing work done by Craughwell AC athletes Ashley and Christopher McDonnell in building a school in Cambodia.

The siblings travelled there last summer to start the project and Ashley went there again this year to work for several weeks on the official opening of the new school.

The athletic club are very proud of their achievements both on and off the track!

Ashley was a multiple National champion in the past, winning National titles in the 600m in both the Communiy Games and Athletics Ireland when aged 11, running an incredible 1.44.50 for the 600m at the time and featuring on many strong cross country teams during the years, closing out her juvenile years with a fine bronze medal in the National U19 long jump.

While Christopher was part of a strong U15 bouy 4x100m who took National honours a few years back.

Well done to both and their proud parents (and coaches!).

And please click oin the article to learn how you can support the fine efforts of Ashley and Christopher by making a donation to the school.

Make the Dream!

Craughwell AC - 10 August, 2015 - 07:41

I phoned Michael Tobin last Thursday week on the off chance he might take Sinead for a long jump session some time before the National league finals on Sunday. I knew the season was officially over but I knew he wouldn’t mind me asking. I thought he might be at the races but guess where he was when he answered .... training secondary school athletes for the schools multi events which take place next September !!

This reminded me of an incident a couple of months ago when I met Michael walking the field Nobody else around just himself and the field !!

Ok no surprise there but what was he doing?

He was simply checking if the grass was cut to mark out the new running loops. Clearly it was !!

But rather than stopping at the gate he commenced walking, not one loop but each and every loop. That’s our Michael.

As he started to walk we said hello. He asked if I was in a rush and for once I wasn’t so I strolled along and just listened.

He spoke and painted the dream with the same passion he had the first time I met him, 12 years ago. Talking about the tartan track, indoor high jump facilities, long jumps , phase 1 , phase 2 ...

Make the Dream!

Craughwell AC - 10 August, 2015 - 07:41

I phoned Michael Tobin last Thursday week on the off chance he might take Sinead for a long jump session some time before the National league finals on Sunday. I knew the season was officially over but I knew he wouldn’t mind me asking. I thought he might be at the races but guess where he was when he answered .... training secondary school athletes for the schools multi events which take place next September !!

This reminded me of an incident a couple of months ago when I met Michael walking the field Nobody else around just himself and the field !!

Ok no surprise there but what was he doing?

He was simply checking if the grass was cut to mark out the new running loops. Clearly it was !!

But rather than stopping at the gate he commenced walking, not one loop but each and every loop. That’s our Michael.

As he started to walk we said hello. He asked if I was in a rush and for once I wasn’t so I strolled along and just listened.

He spoke and painted the dream with the same passion he had the first time I met him, 12 years ago. Talking about the tartan track, indoor high jump facilities, long jumps , phase 1 , phase 2 ...

As we walked I glanced across the field to Craughwell Hall where many a winter night was spent with a hall full of kids - running, jumping , relay practice , circuits. We soon outgrow the hall and the club started using the school car park and in time the adjoining field. This was in turn transformed to the astro as we know it today. How far we have come
Now a typically night sees 100’s of kids, enjoying themselves in a sporting environment that is unique to athletics.

Unique because where else do you find boys and girls from 6 to 20 years old , being active and being encouraged to reach their potential .Where it is not all about winning and competition but taken part . No distinction made on ability. Where international athletes train side by side with their friends and neighbours, encouraging and inspiring each other.

Unique because there are no parish boundaries. The children make a new circle of friends, friendships that are built on as children move from national school to secondary level. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing athletes compete against each other on the hurling /camogie field and then training and laughing together the next night at athletics, all based on respect. Children seldom have to chose athletics over other sports but you sure can pick out the Craughwell athletes on any playing field !!

Never a cross word or discerning voice but continuous banter and respect between the coaches and children. All, athletes and coaches alike, having fun. Priceless !

Now it is time for athletes past and present, their parents and the community to help make the dream. Michael and the executive can’t be expected to do it all. Mind you they will but they shouldn’t have to !

In late August we will be called on to get involve as we get closer to the fund raising day in Dangan for the Guinness Book of records challenge. You will be asked to help, organise, knock on doors and participate. Please don’t hesitate to get involved or leave it to someone else

If we all work together with the same commitment that makes our club so successful then this will be no burden on anyone. Working as a team we should raise double the amount that what Michael expects and more.  Yes, there is nothing worse than asking for money but it’s surprising how many people are only too glad to support their own and wish to acknowledge the hard work of all involved in the club.

Everyone is aware of what Craughwell AC represents and why not give them the opportunity to show their appreciation.

So PLEASE take the first step and answer the call and take on the challenge.

Imagine a full athletics facility on your door step. It will be some achievement. What a legacy!

Always proud to be involved
Brendan Treacy

PS I was back at the field again the following Friday and guess who I met? Yes, he was there, training the next generation, getting them ready for the community games. I don’t think I need to say anymore.

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