The national indoor track and field league final was held in Athlone IT last Saturday 6 February.
The Craughwell AC ladies team were back in the final for the third year in a row. Having finished ahead of the winners from the last two years and scoring 57 points, the team still found themselves six points short of a medal winning position as the Dublin city clubs were to the fore this year.
There was a good performance all round from the team in a stronger competition this year. Competing for the Craughwell ladies team in the final was Sarah Finnegan (60m hurdles and triple jump), Cathriona Farrell (high jump), Aisling Keady (long jump), Sinead Treacy (60m, 200m and 4x200m relay), Dearbhaile Walsh (400m), Sinead Gaffney (800m), Caron Ryan (1500m), Michelle Duggan (4x200m relay), Caoilin Milton (4x200m relay), Laura Cunningham (4x200m relay), Melissa Mullins (shot), Edel O'Meara (pole vault) and Lorraine Delaney and Aoife Greene.
Well done to all.
The second round of the indoor national track and field league was held in Athlone IT on Saturday 30 January. The Craughwell ladies team performed very well to qualify for the final next Saturday. This is the third year in a row that the team has qualified for the final. Competing on the day for the team was Michelle Duggan (200m), Dearbhaile Walsh (400m), Caron Ryan (1500m), Aoife Greene (high jump) and Sarah Finnegan (triple jump). The team would be hoping to put in a strong performance in the final next Saturday 6 February.
The National Junior & U23 Indoor Championships took place in AIT on Sunday where the hard work of the last few months paid rich dividends for Sineád Gaffney. Sineád who juggles her sport between athletics and camogie was on fire a few years ago as an U18 when she ran 2.23.93 to place 4th in the National U18 Indoor 800m, a performance that came on the back of a solid 4 months winter training. Camogie took first place in the meantime with Sinead featuring on successful Galway and Craughwell teams.
But the last 4 months has seen Sinead again put a lot of effort into the athletics and yesterday In AIT, the benefits of this work paid off again where Sineád ran a splendid PB of 2:23.13 to take the National U23 Silver medal – a fantastic achievement. Sinead ran the perfect race with splits of 36.06, 36.63, 35.41, 35.50 – a superbly paced race. Its onwards and upwards now hopefully and Sinead can build on the good training and good times to knock further seconds off her PB and who knows how far she can take it!
Also in action in the 800m, Gavin Cooney ran a good PB in the U23 grade where he ran 2.04.05 knocking more than a second off his PB and edging closer to the elusive 2 minute mark - great progress for Gavin who is another who successfully juggles his sport between GAA and athletics being a squad member of the victorious Sarsfields County Senior Champions. Gavin’s splits in the 800 were 29.80, 30.59, 30.96 and 32.70 – a very solid performance.
You can watch both Sineád and Gavin’s races at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWahEcJ7iMQ – forward to 4:08 for Sinead’s race and 4:28 for Gavin’s.
In the sprints Conor Duggan just missed out on making the finals of the U20 60m with a time of 7.18 in the 60m and placed just outside the medals in 4th place in the 200m in a time of 22.76 having earlier ran 2.73 in the heats.
Our group of athletes after arriving at the hotel
Oisin Lyons, Laura Cuningham, Lorraine Delaney, Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan-Forde
Aoife Walsh, Caoilin Milton, Ciana Reidy, Shauna Tobin, Martha Haskett
It was back to Glasgow on Friday for another fantastic trip for the club’s athletes who were competing in the Scottish Indoor Track & Field. This year the format of the competition has split the event into 2 separate weekends in January and March so we have to go twice! U17s and seniors competing this weekend and U13/15/20s competing the first weekend of March.
Oisin, Laura, Aoife, Ciana, Martha, Daniel, Shauna, Caoilin, Martha, Jerry
A group of 10 of our U17s made the exciting journey and had such a wonderful weekend – excelling in the competition and having a great time in Glasgow. The club is really proud of them and they represented themselves, their families, the club and their country so well both on and off the track.
We arrived in Glasgow in the middle of the day Friday, flying into Glasgow Airport and bussing into the city centre where we walking to our hotel Jury’s. After the customary all-you-can-eat Chinese Friday evening, the athletes got an early night as we had to be at the Emirates Arena at 9am the following morning.
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After an absolutely riveting 3 hours of athletics this time last year, the AIT Grand Prix is back!!! Last year was an event not to be missed with the amazing Mutaz brothers in action and threatening to break the high jump world record. You can recap on the excitement of the evening on youtube and fast forward to 38:51 to see the dignatories in attendance over Mutaz's right shoulder :-). And rewind back to 27:00 to soak up the brillance of our U13 relay teams running in front of 2000 people!
This years event is on Wednesday 17th February and you can get your tickets at http://www.aitsport.ie/ait-grand-prix. It will almost certainly be a sell-out after the success of last years event so get in early if you are thinking of going and don't want to be dissappointed. There are several world medallists in action including the men's world pole vault champion which promises to be a highly entertaining event.
A large contingent of Craughwell AC athletes descended on Athlone IT International Arena for the 2016 Galway Indoor Track & Field Championships. There were some magnificent performances from the club throughout a great day and huge credit it due to all of our coaches for the effort they make in preparing each individual for these comepetitions.
With almost one-third of the participants from the club, this was also reflected in the results where the club did exceptionally well. A notable performance also on the same weekend came from Jason Broderick in the National Intermediate men’s Cross Country in Dundalk where he placed 12th in an elite field. Also in action in Dundalk, the multi-talented Evan Hallinan and Aoibhe Carr placed 9th and 15th in the National Juvenile B Cross Country in the morning and proceeded to perform brilliantly later in the day in the Indoor Championships in Athlone where both won the high jump titles in their age group! Full results of Craughwell AC medal winners at the Galway Indoor Championships are as follows:
The annual 4 mile Coldwood run takes place on Sunday the 31st of January at 12pm.
This will be the 4th year of the run, and as always, Red Tag Timing will be doing the timing on the day. There will be a children's run at 11am preceding the main race with spot prizes and goodie bags , same format as last year which was a huge success.
Registration for the 4 mile race can be done on the day or on-line on Active Network/Run ireland once that is set up . €15 to enter . Children's run will be registration on the day. €5 to enter.
The provisional timetable for the Galway Indoors on 24 January is as follows:-
Note that we are still missing lots of help and clubs need to provide more officials. The only clubs to provide their quota so far are Athenry, Caltra and Connemara.
Attaching also the current entry list:-
If any amendments, please let me know asap - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first round of the indoor national track and field league was held in Athlone IT on Saturday 16th January. After the success of the team last year, the Craughwell senior club entered a ladies team in the competition again this year.
The team performed very well to achieve a score of 46 points and this leaves the team in second place overall heading into the second round on 30 January. Competing on the day for the team was Sarah Finnegan (60m hurdles), Sinead Gaffney (800m), Cathriona Farrell (long jump), Sinead Treacy (60m) and Melissa Mullins (shot putt).
The team would be hoping to put in another strong performance in the second round in order to reach the final on 6 February.
Craughwell 10 Mile Road Race is now a little over 9 weeks away. Enter at active.com
The AGM of Craughwell AC Juvenile Section will be held in St Michael's Hall on Wednesday 13th January at 8pm. Athletes, parents and coaches are all welcome.
Additionally registration nights for juveniles for 2016 will take place on Thursday 7th January in St Michael's Hall from 6-8pm and again on Tuesday 12th January at the astroturf from 6-7.30pm. It is important from an insurance perspective and from a facility development perspective that all members register as soon as possible. The registration form can be downloaded here.
Question time at last year's AGM :-)
Excitement is mounting amongst the club's athletes as the Galway Indoors approaches on Sunday 24th January. Always a brilliant day of action with the fabulous Athlone indoor arena electrified by the energy of hundreds of athletes young and old. Its always a big day for Craugwell AC who will have 200 or more athletes in action.
So get your entries in now to your age group coordinators who are at the moment getting the information together for their age groups. Each year its nice also to see a large number of our athletes a year old and still sticking at the sport. Here's a shot of some of this year's U17s when coming in the indoors as U12s in 2011.
Aoife Walsh, Caoilin Milton, Laura Cunningham, Derbhla, Ciana Reidy
National U12 Indoor Relays in Nenagh 2011
And from last year's outdoors and a few weeks ago kitted out in the club's top from clarin4sportwear.
Craughwell U16 Girls 4x100m Relay Team - Galway Outdoor Champions 2015
Aoife Walsh, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney
Craughwell AC U17s training in Athlone, Jan 2016
Ciana Reidy, Shauna Tobin, Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney
A massive well done to Damien O'Boyle on his selection for the Irish Junior Development Team to contest the Celtic International Cross Country in Edinburgh this coming weekend. Damien's selection comes on the back of a very strong performance in the National Junior Cross Country before Christmas where he placed 11th and also on the back of several 15.xx 5k races last Autumn. Damien is making giant strides at the moment from his base in Sligo where he is studying in Sligo IT and training as part of the legendary (if you can be young and legendary!) Dermot McDermott's training group.
The Annual General Meeting of the Senior Club takes place on Sunday 17th January 2016 at 7.30pm in St. Michael's Hall, Craughwell. All our members are encouraged to attend. We welcome input and new ideas from all our members and look forward to seeing you all at our Annual General Meeting.
The new 10 week Fit For Life Training term will resume Wednesday 13th for all members.
Senior training will resume on Tuesday 5th
Registration will be held on Tuesday 12th of January from 7.30-9.00pm in St. Michael's Hall for both fit for life and Senior Members.
Looking forward to welcoming both new and existing members back and working with you as you achieve your running goals for 2016
January to Easter Fit For Life Members €40 for 10 week term
Registrations for January – December
Club Affiliation (no use of senior track) €40
Club Affiliation, Speed Session and use of Senior Track €75
Couple Membership Club Affiliation, Speed Session and use of Senior Track €120
Registration for the 2016 running of the Craughwell 10 Mile is now open. This will be the 7th year of this fantastic event which never fails to deliver an exciting field of local and national athletes. Incorporation of the Galway 10 mile championship makes for a very competitive day out for all.
Early Bird Entry of €20 until 14/01/2016, €25 thereafter.
Technical Tee Shirt for the first 500 online entries .
Fast flat AAI permited race, chip timed with full road closure.
County Galway 10 Mile Championship.
Startline 2015 ©Paul O'Connor
Start Line FOA 10k 2015 ©John O'Connor
The 14th Fields of Athenry 10k took place on Saturday 26th December. Conditions were near perfect, presenting what must have been the calmest day in weeks. Over a thousand eager runners took to the road which this year included 33 from Craughwell AC.
There were some fantastic performances across the board with Jason Broderick finishing fourth. The club had two finishers in the top ten and 4 finishing under 40 minutes. Stephen Carty posted a PB of 42:34 taking a minute and a half of his previous PB which he only set in Killtullagh before Christmas. There were other super performances from Piotr Prokop, Tom Prendergast and Tom Tuohy. Many members reported posting PB's and course records on the day. There was great support on the course from supports and marshals alike, making this one of the highlights of the festive season.
The whole event was executed to perfection from registration to the cup of tea after the race, many thanks to our friends and neighbours in Athenry AC. Looking forward to 2016 already!
Full set of photographs by John O' Connor from the day can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenhill77/
Andrew Talbot of Clare River Harriers has shared his photographs on facebook which can be found here https://www.facebook.com/athenryac/?fref=ts
In a relatively quiet week for Craughwell AC, two of the club’s leading juvenile distance runners made an impressive debut on the road racing scene when taking victory in the Kiltullagh 5k race recently. Siblings Caron and Ben Ryan took the victory in both the Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s 5k with Caron taking the honours in a time of 21.25 and Ben equally impressive in time of 18:43. Well done to both athletes - seriously impressive running!
As Craughwell coped with the aftermath of the recent rains, Jason Broderick was among those that headed to Waterford to do battle in the mud at the immmensely competitive National Novices XC Championships. The Galway XC Champion ran a superb race, starting off conservatively to avoid the crush and building through the field from 50th in the first lap to the top 5 as the race progressed. In the end he won an amazing bronze medal, probably the finest individual Senior XC result in the club's history.
Anyone who knows the popular Loughrea man will be delighted for him - this is richly deserved and a great story. Jason took to the sport about 11 years ago and quickly became one of the leading young lights in Galway athletics, marked as a great prospect. However, just as he started to break through he embarked on many years of struggling with injuries. Most people would have long since quit the sport after the setbacks he has had. He never once gave up and kept trying new treatments, coaching regimes and options, and these have really paid off over the past 3 years where he has really transformed under his coach Ned.