Just a quick lookahead to next Sunday in Loughrea where the Connacht even ages and senior cross country takes place. The day commences at 1pm with the U12 girls. The races will take place in the following order:-
- U12 Girls 2000m
- U12 Boys 2000m
- U14 Girls 3000m
- U14 Boys 3000m
- U16 Girls 4000m
- U16 Boys 4000m
- U18/Junior Girls 4000m
- U18/Junior Boys 6000m
- Senior Women (all grades) 4000m
- Senior Men (all grades) 8000m
Please arrive at least one hour before your race. Allow approx
- 20 minutes for the two U12 races
- 30 minutes for the two U14 races
- 40 minutes for the two U16 races
- 40 minutes for the two U18 races
Above is my guesswork at times. If races are combined, the schedule will move quicker than above, so allow for that possibility.
And a quick recap on our history in the juvenile events. I have a list of our performances in these championships since 2002 on our statistics page:-
Last year was a bumper year with 95 participants over the 2 days of the Connachts and 13 sets of team medals including 9 Connacht titles. Our previous bests were 10 sets of team medals achieved in 2005, 2010 and 2012. The most impressive statistic from last year was that we had almost double the number of participants compared to previous years.
It will be hard to surpass last year's achievements but our athletes love a challege so best of luck to everyone on Sunday, both juvenile and senior.
Athletes from the club put in some huge performances at the weekend in the Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships which were held on a narrow course in Summerhill College Sligo. On a windy day with a sprinkling of rain, the narrow course around the boundary of a football field proved to be a very tough course due to the tightness of the running route and the fields of 120 or so athletes. The club’s athletes coped well with the blustery conditions and featured strongly on 5 of the medal winning teams across the 4 races.
The club’s junior section are holding a fund-raising Night at the Dogs to help raise funds for the development of the club’s new 8-acre athletics park beside Craughwell NS. We’re hoping that all club members young and old will support. In the past, the night has proven to be a fantastic social occasion for the whole family. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the development of the club’s new sports park adjacent to the school. We are making fantastic progress with the development and hope to turn the lights on very shortly. The layout below gives you an idea of what will be provided and when. We are a little behind schedule due primarily to finalization of the legal purchase but all that is done and dusted now and we hope to have it fenced and lit and in use very shortly.
We will be handing out tickets at training. We appreciate that not all parents will be in a position to support the fund-raising so in that case just return the tickets to us. But it is an enjoyable night out for the family and it is raising vital funds for the facility and your children will benefit from its use almost immediately.
There some marvellous performances in Tuam at the uneven age groups cross country championships, most notably Sean Connaughton who took the Galway title in the U13 2500m in his debut in club cross country and Caron Ryan who is going from strength to strength and added the U17 4000m title to the U16 one that she won last weekend. It was a super day also for Oisin Lyons who strode to victory in the U15 boys 3500m and for Evan Moran who took the title in the U9 boys 800m. There were top 3 finishes also for Chloe Hallinan (U9 silver), Caoimhe Connolly (U11 silver), Niamh Niland (U13 bronze), Sean Cannon (U13 silver), Dearbhaile Walsh (U17 silver) and Ben Garrard (U17 bronze).
The club also excelled in the team stakes with victory in the U9 girls as well the bronze medals, silver medals in the U9 boys, gold in the U11 girls, silver and bronze in the U11 boys, silver in the U13 girls, gold in the U13 boys, gold in the U15 boys and gold in the U17 girls.
Provisional results of the day are attached here:- GalwayCrossCountry2014Day2Results.pdf.
Well done to Tuam AC on hosting an excellent event.
Special mention to our youngest athletes who painted a sea of green and white singlets in the U9 races with no less than 34 athletes from the club completing the girls and boys 800m. Overall, the club had 80 athletes take part in the races - the largest of all participating clubs. Well done to all of our athletes and particularly well done to our hard working coaches.
To get to the Palace Grounds, the red line below shows the way in from the Athenry Road to the main street in Tuam while the blue line shows the way coming from Claregalway.
Both these routes bring you onto a small roundabout in the centre of town - travel up the main street and you come to the Cathedral on the right:-
Turn left here directly opposite the Cathedral and comtinue down this road-
The road leads you into the swimming pool carpark and the Palace Grounds is the park behind the swimming pool.
As part of our Session feedback at the club and an attempt to harness members ideas and input on improvements /ideas we are asking members who take part in events however varied to drop us a few lines detailing their experience.
Thanks to Edwina for her feedback.
"I started running June 28th I remember this date because I had not ran since a child and was both dreading it and looking forward to it. I signed up for 8 weeks to 8km with Act for Meningitis a Galway charity set up by fellow club members Noel & Siobhan Carroll. I began working with. So that was the plan in less than 8 weeks run 8km - that first Saturday I almost vomited on finishing just under 2km...
There were 50 of us signed up and through a group on Facebook kept each other motivated. Before I knew it I was running 3 times a week and ran the streets of Galway 8km in 55min.
Last Saturday I did the Galway Bay 10km in 1:00:28 - thrilled is an understatement. I was not expecting to do it in that time. I had said if I did it in 1:20 I would be delighted.
I joined Craughwell Ac Fit4Life group a couple of weeks ago with Val and a great bunch of runners, I am finding it great -they are pushing me out of my comfort zone but the sense of personal achievement after the 10km makes it all worthwhile. In just over 3 months I am fitter, eating better and am more aware of me.”
Some recent events we have had members take part in include:
“Hell & Back”
“The Great North Run”
“Galway Bay Marathon”
“Galway Bay 10k”
“Galway Bay Half”
Any further input however short or detailed would be fantastic, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org we will do the rest.
Craughwell AC Senior Women's Cross Country Team
Silver Medallists at the County Championships in Bushfield
Jane Reeves, Rena Deely, Deirdre Devane, Niamh Flavin, Grainne McDaid, Ciara Greene
Well done to all of our athletes in action today in Bushfield. We had some fantastic results with team titles for
- U10 boys
- U12 boys
- U14 boys
- U16 boys
- U16 girls
And team silver for both the senior women and senior men, not to mention team bronze for the U10 girls.
There were strong individual performances also with several top 3 finishes including Sean Cotter (gold U12 boys), Shaun Gilligan (bronze U12 boys), William Fitzgerald (silver U14 boys), Oisin Lyons (gold U16 boys), Caron Ryan (gold U16 girls), Ciara Greene (gold U18 girls), Grainne McDaid (silver U18 girls), Ben Vahey (gold U18 boys), Conor Gillen (gold junior men), Deirdre Devane (bronze novice women), Rena Deely (gold intermediate women), Peter O'Sullivan (bronze senior men), Rob Hogan (gold novice men), Damien Larkin (silver novice men), Ollie Mullins (gold M35 men).
And a big well done to all of our youngest athletes in the U10 and 12 age groups, many of whom were running the hills of Bushfield for the first time. Click here for provisional results from Bushfield.
The Galway club cross country kicks off tomorrow with the even ages and senior cross country championships in Bushfield, Loughrea.
The races commence at 1pm sharp with the 10 girls, followed swiftly by the remaining races in the following order
- U10 girls
- U10 boys
- U12 girls
- U12 boys
- U14 girls and boys
- U16 girls and boys
- U18/senior women
- U18/senior men
To get to Bushfield, you take the Bullaun road out from Loughrea and travel out 4km and its on the right.
Please arrive an hour before your race for warm-up, course familiarisation, race number etc. The first few races will take approx. 10 minutes each.
Results attached here :- 14GYPrimarySchoolsXC_FinalsResults.pdf.
Well done to all of our athletes on some truely fantastic results.Athletes from the club featured on each of the 4 teams that took the Galway team titles with Clarinbridge NS taking victory in the junior girls, Craughwell NS in the junior boys, Lisheenkyle NS in the senior girls and Clarinbridge NS in the senior boys. Craughwell NS took 4 sets of team medals - 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.
In the individual stakes, Kyle Moorhead won a fantastic Senior Boys 1000m title, the first time a boy from Craughwell NS has won this race. David Lee took silver with Clarinbridge NS with school mate Eoin Lyons 4th and Craughwell NS's Shaun Gilligan 5th. Mia Waters (Craughwell NS) had an outstanding run to take individual bronze in the senior girls with teammate Emily Miskella equally impressive in 5th. Killeeneen NS's Caoimhe Connolly took the individual silver in the juunior girls race with Clarinbridge NS's Saoirse Moore in 4th place.
There were some outstanding performances right down through the field and athletes can now look forward to both the club championships over the next 2 weekends and the Connacht schools on Sat 18 October.
The provisional results of today are at 14GYPrimarySchoolsXC_Results.pdf
Well done to all who took part - we had some fantastic performances from loads of athletes from the club, many of whom qualified for the Galway finals on Tuesday next in Renmore and many more of whom who ran superbly to finish out the race. I will post more later today on some exceptional team results from the clubs schools :-).
Kileeneen Back to School run results are finally here - sorry about the delay! It was a lovely evening - tonight it looks like possibly the last good one of this amazing summer of 2014!
The 5km was won in outstanding fashion by Damian O'Boyle who made a truly extraordinary debut over the distance in running 15.39. Damian is a great track runner, with a steady haul of national medals over the past couple of years but I never would have imagined that he'd be able to maintain the speed over the longer distance, and I think he was more than a bit surprised himself! Conor Dolan of GCH came second closely trailed by Neil Greaney to round off the top 3.
The women's race was won by Caroline Whirskey of Loughrea AC, followed by Lisa Mctigue and Edel Kelly.
The organizers of the Kileeneen Back to School run would sincerely like to thank all the people that came out in force to support the school, and the marshals, caterers, etc that made it possible.
Special shout out has to go to Blake Weibling of Seattle who ran the race while over here on a short work trip, and took the time out over sandwiches to help me type in the results - thanks and enjoy the trip Blake! Stay tuned to John O'Connor's flickr page for some of his usual excellent photos.
The results are below - note juvenilles aren't listed in the results but can get their times from their teachers who have the names to match to their bib numbers. Well done again to all the talented young athletes that put in such superb performances over 1 and 5km on the day - stick with the sport - you will go far!!.
Craughwell Athletic Club’s U8 and First Class training group starts back this Thursday 18th Sept at 5.45pm at the Astroturf. Children are allowed to attend 3 training sessions to see if they like it and then must register on the 3rd night if staying at it. Registration forms will be handed out on the 2nd night. Alternatively you can download the form from http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/juvenileapplicationform.pdf. Unfortunately the club cannot take children in Senior or Junior Infants.
Children should wear a tracksuit and runners and bring a drink of water.
Some points in regard to safety:-
- The car park will be quite busy so please park and escort your child to and from the gate of the Astroturf.
- When parking, please reverse into the parking spot rather than drive in. It is much safer when exiting.
- If hanging around for the full training session, please fill the spots on the basketball court (on the right just behind the school) so that the remainder of the space is more available for traffic arriving and departing.
Also each year we try recruit new parents to help supervise at training and in time, learn how to coach. We would greatly appreciate your help if you can spare the time as we are expecting to have large numbers in this age group. The club will provide both informal and formal training to help you become a coach. Or alternatively if you are just happy to help supervise, that’s fine too.
Congratulations to Jamie Fallon who finished in 62nd place in a time of 55.02 at the World Mountain Running Championships which were held in Tuscany, Italy today over 8.4km of mountain terrain. Most of the competitors were 1 or 2 years older than Jamie so it was a massive performance to be competing out of age at this level. Well done Jamie!
Jamie is pictured below with other Irish athletes in the pictuesque (and challenging!) mountains of Tuscany (pictures nicked from Jamie''s facebook!). Gives me some ideas for the next phase of the athletics development in Craughwell ... a ski slope!
Well done to Jason Broderick who has come out fighting after yet another injury struck year. He was never too far from the front of the nearly 4000 athletes in the Grant Thornton 5k in Dublin, finishing 4th with a breakthrough new PB of 15:30. He's pictured below lining up beside the legendary Cathriona McKiernan.
Good on ya Brodders!
Our speedgolf legend, Rob Hogan sent me a mail there with the subject "my life is complete" :-). You know you have hit the top when you see this in your email:
For anyone that doesn't know who Bernard Lagat is, he is an absolute legend of the track - right up there with the greatest of all time, and a hugely popular cult figure in the running community. As an example, he set the awesome Kenyan 1500m record (3:26!) 13 years ago and it still stands to this day! If I were you Rob I'd frame it and put it on your mantelpiece right center on your Gaylord Focker wall of fame - this is the bigtime right there!
Some more stats from Rob's latest fan below:YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes Representing Kenya 1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1st 1500 m 3:40.99 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd 1500 m 3:32.44 2001 World Indoor Championships Lisboa, Portugal 6th 3000 m 7:45.52 2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd 1500 m 3:31.10 2002 World Cup Madrid, Spain 1st 1500 m 3:31.20 2002 African Championships Radès, Tunisia 1st 1500 m 3:38.11 2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2nd 1500 m 3:42.62 2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 3000 m 7:56.34 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 1500 m 3:34.30 Representing United States 2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 1500 m 3:34.77 2007 1st 5000 m 13:45.87 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 9th 5000 m 13:26.89 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 1500 m 3:36.20 2009 2nd 5000 m 13:17.33 2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 3000 m 7:37.97 2010 Continental Cup Split, Croatia 1st 3000 m 7:54.75 2010 1st 5000 m 13:58.23 2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 2nd 5000 m 13:23.64 2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 3000 m 7:41.44 2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th 5000 m 13:42.99 2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 6th 5000 m 13:29.24 2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 2nd 3000 m 7:55.22
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
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:-