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Results of Galway Primary Schools XC Finals 2016

27 September, 2016 - 14:13

Provisional results of today's cross country finals are here. Any queries should be referred to tobinm1@yahoo.com. Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to all who helped. The top 15 individuals and top 3 teams in each age group go forward to the Connacht finals which take place in Sligo on Saturday 15th October in Sligo. I will publish more precise details on the venue and start time when it has been announced.


We make a mistake in the team results announced earlier at the event where in the 5th/6th class girls, a data entry error omitted a Claregalway NS runner and when corrected, Claregalway NS take the gold medals. We will order a new set of medals for Claregalway and the other teams can retain their medals and we will seek to put 4 teams through to the Connacht finals. 

Also to the children who have taken part in the semifinals or finals of the primary schools cross country who are not already in an athletic club, you may be interested in the club competition that is coming up on the first 2 Sundays of October.

Day 1 of the Galway Club Cross Country Championships are on Sunday next 2nd October at 1pm in the Palace Grounds, Tuam.  This is separate to the primary schools cross country and you do not have to have qualified for it.

There are races for:

  • U10 1000m (born 2007/08)
  • U12 2000m (born 2005/06)
  • U14 3000m (born 2003/04)
  • Older ages

And the 2nd day of the club championships takes place the following Sunday with races for U9 800m (born 2008/09), U11 1500m (born 2006/07) and U13 2500m (born 2004/05).

If your athlete enjoyed the primary schools cross country, is not already in the club and fancies taking up the sport, this is an ideal event to start in. You need to be a member of a club in order to take part. There is contact information for each club in Galway available at galwayathletics.com or contact myself at 087 6591879 if you need more information.

The Back Baller - Our Celebrity Gift!

22 September, 2016 - 14:05

And as a parting gift to our celebrity guests, the club presented a set of 10 Back Baller foam rollers to the celebrities and their experts to help them in their athletic pursuits.

The Back Baller is the invention of Shannon-based entreprenur Noel Marshall and comes highly recommended by the renowed Limerick physical therapist Gerard Hartmann and Ireland's leading female athlete Sonia O'Sullivan. It was recently launched in Shannon and by all accounts, is just flying out of the warehouse there. You can read more about it and the accompanying program of stretches developed by Gerard Hartmann at www.backballer.com.

If interested in ordering one, please do so via the club as Noel Marshall will sponsor the club in return for our help in advertising his product. Tracy who looks after our club merchandising amongst many other things, can take details of your order at 087 8810737 and you will be able to collect it from the club within a week.

Well Done Operation Transformation!

21 September, 2016 - 23:15

Lovely finale to the Celebrity Operation Transformation show with a lovely piece on the club and the activities last Saturday which capture perfectly the spirit of the club as a happy happy place for exercise and fun as well as developing your skills to the best of your ability. Well done Operation Transformation! And roll on Craughwell AC!!! ... things are just flying now ... new facilities almost complete ... massive publicity on national TV ... loads of new kids joining the club at all ages ... 40 senior infants starting ... at least 20 new teenagers joining ... and even more teenagers joining fit4youth ... more of our athletes sticking at the sport in college ... first US scholarship ... club currently 2nd largest in the country with 509 junior members ... and soon to be the largest I reckon with membership threatening to go close to 600 once all new members have registered. Way to go Craughwell AC!!

Operation Transformation team lead out our colour run ... the moment captured perfectly by Kevin Moore


Don't miss the big event ...

21 September, 2016 - 12:52

Don't miss the big event ... tonight 9:35pm RTE1 .... starring Craughwell AC with support from the celebs!!!!

RunIreland coloured the color run!

20 September, 2016 - 23:43

A massive thank you to Ray O'Connor who bailed us out in an emergency last Saturday. With Operation Transformation coming to town we were very concerned that we were not going to have enough paint for the extra numbers in the colour run and Ray very kindly loaned us boxes of powder that RunIreland had left over from a colour run earlier this year as well as loaning us the RunIreland race gantry for use as the finish line for the colour run.

For the adult runners amongst our members and the parents of of our juveniles, you should check out the superb Galway Bay races organised by Ray and his legendary Connemarathon races. The Galway Bay races are expected to sell out this weekend - click on the image below for more details if you are interested in taking part. Many notable athletes have graced this race and its predecessor the Galway Bay 10 in the past including runner 5297 in 2006 :-).

Provisional Results of Primary Schools XC Semis

20 September, 2016 - 22:50

Start of the West Division Senior Boys race - picture by Sean Ryan

Well done to all who took part in the semi-finals of the primary schools cross country today in Renmore. The event saw its highest ever participation with 1463 children entered and 765 taking part in the West Division races and 613 in the East races.

Provisional results are here:- 2016GalwayPrimarySchoolsXC_SemiFinals_ProvisionalResults.pdf

Any queries should be referred to tobinm1@yahoo.com.

THe finals take place in the same field in Renmore next Tuesday 27h Sept. The top 30 individuals and top 5 teams in each race qualify for the finals.

Wonderful Day of Colour!

18 September, 2016 - 23:59

The club had such a fantastic day on Saturday at our Yeats College Colour Run and Xyea Family 5k and with the Operation Transformation team.

After a whirlwind few days since Tuesday when the Operation Transformation team selected our event for their final challenge, a huge effort from an army of helpers within the club got the show on the road early Saturday morning. The Operation Transformation team arrived around 9.30am and it was pretty much non-stop action from then on. I won’t stay too much about it until the show goes out on air on Wednesday night at 9.35pm but it was such an amount of fun for everyone … the celebs, the experts and Craughwell AC. Thankfully our high jump bar survived the challenge and is still intact!

The highlight of the day was the colour run where over 400 people took part. It was like a scene out of a war movie when the colour bombs were thrown in the air at the race start – remarkable scenes and something to look forward to on Wednesday night when we get to see it properly on RTE.

The club had a good turnout also for its inaugural Family 5k with the family trophy being won in style by the Noonan triplets. Full results are here:- 5kresults.pdf

The club have a huge number of people and organisations to thank and we will get a full list up here later in the week but I just wanted to give special mention to our race sponsors Yeats College and Xyea for their very generous sponsorship of the races. Pictured below is Pat Reidy of Xyea presenting the Family Trophy to the fastest family in the 5k race - the famous Noonans! And Terry Fahy of Yeats College presenting a sponsorship cheque to a coloured Mike Tobin.


Operation Transformation Coming to Craughwell!!

15 September, 2016 - 14:22

The world is coming to Craughwell this Saturday!!

Celebrity Operation Transformation are on their way to our Colour Run and 5k Race this Saturday. With the races sponsored by Xyea and Yeats College, what was a relatively big event has become a HUGE event with the TV cameras rolling from 11am to 3pm!!!

Here’s a word from Jill (one of the Producers) to help tease out these stories:- 

Our celebs & experts are really looking forward to trying their hand (or foot as it may be) at athletics in Craughwell this Saturday. They’ll be shaking down the grounds in the group Zumba at 11AM & trying keep up with all of you in the colour run at little later. We’re welcoming stories to try & involve as many people as possible so please get in touch & tell me yours jillwalshe@gmail.com See you all Saturday at 11! Jill :-)

So if you live in Galway, Craughwell is the place to be this Saturday with a busy program of activities for the celebs, their experts, our members and the general public.

The fun starts with the cameras rolling from 11am when everyone will try their hand at ZUMBA dancing led by instructors from our newest addition to the local community FITTSteps Training Studio. Just prior to Zumba, we want to take a massive group shot of everyone with the Operation Transformation team. Your moment to smile on TV :-) So please get there early to get into the group shot!!

Then at 11.30am the Operation Transformation celebs and experts will try their hand at athletics under the watchful eye of our coaches, trying their hand at high jump, long jump, hurdles, shot putt and javelin!!! Tokyo 2020 here we come!

After this, the cameras will move into position for our colour run which gets going at 12.30pm. This will be on grass on our new athletics ground beside the school. Its best to wear a white T-shirt for this as you will look messier in it after a good dousing with 6 different colours! Don’t worry about getting rid of the colour afterwards, its washable, edible, unsmellable, everythingelseable paint. The only ones to have to worry are the bleached blondes, so to all the men and women with bleached blonde hairdos, please cover up your hair because it won’t be bleached blonde anymore after the race. (That’s serious by the way, seems there is something about the bleach that makes it stay red green purple blue and yellow afterwards!).

The colour run is on grass with 3 loops of a 350m circuit and a shortcut in the middle for the less energetic. Prepare to get well-coloured!! And we want all local clubs to be welcome to the event – so local GAA, soccer, athletic clubs from all around, cubs, beavers, Foroige, ICA, Active Retirement etc etc you are all most welcome. We want a crowd and it will be amazing fun and ye all might be on the telly! Try not to trip a celebrity or expert on the way around the colour run – we don’t want to interrupt their transformation!

There will be refreshments throughout the day and goodie bags for the kids in the colour run and prizes for the 5k – more details on the prizes tonight. And a tip if not wearing old clothes for the colour run to get the colour out - first soak in COLD water then warm water.

And straight after the colour run, our 5k gets going on the road outside the school at 1.30pm. We are hoping our celebs will be able to launch the 5k and wave the participants off. It depends on how zapped they are have the colour run. So if you are following a celeb and want them to send you on your 5k way, get down to Craughwell this Saturday.

The colour run and 5k are still fund-raisers for our athletics facilities which are being constructed but we are hoping that you have so much fun from being involved that you won’t mind chipping in for the colour run or 5k. Details and link to online registration: http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/5k. We are taking registrations on the day but it saves us some admin if you can get it done online. 

The Operation Transformation team will still be there while the 5k is in progress, interviewing celebs and locals with an interesting personal story to tell of their healthy pursuits. 


Fit4Life Autumn 2016

12 September, 2016 - 18:07

Fit4life Autumn term starts the 14th of September, Wednesday night at 7.30 and Saturday morning at 9, from Senior club track.

Registration from 7.00-7.30 on Wednesday 14th.  First F4L session will begin that evening so have your running gear on!

10 weeks running with a team leader, training plan and a 5k time trial at the end of term. €40 for the 10 weeks and a fitter, happier healthy you. Men and women welcome!
See you at the track.

Directions to track


Photo ©John O'Connor

Rubber ready to hit the road!

4 September, 2016 - 22:05

View of the sprint track prior to the tartan rubber going on

Shauna 6th in Zurich!!

1 September, 2016 - 22:26

What a fantastic achievement from our very own Shauna Bocquet ... the 12 year old budding star places 6th in the U20 400m at the Zurich Diamond League and a new PB. What a wonderful talent and as we all know, so well deserved for such a dedicated athlete. Well done Shauna!!!!!

Best of luck Shauna!!

1 September, 2016 - 05:39

Shauna Bocquet competes this Thursday evening in the biggest event of her young career when taking part in the U20 Women’s 400m Wheelchair race in the Zurich Diamond League. Despite her young age, the Ardrahan star was invited to take part in the illustrious Diamond League due to her impressive performances on the track this year – an historic achievement for an athlete from the club and Shauna travels to Zurich with the good wishes of the entire club and the local community!!!

Shauna is pictured below in action in Belfast last weekend where she raced to a 2 second PB in the 800m with 2.17.33.

And is also pictured below receiving a training grant of €100 from club chairperson Marion McEvilly in recognition of her selection for the Zurich Diamond League - a truely unique achievement and one that the club is so proud of for Shauna.




Resumption of juvenile athletics

29 August, 2016 - 00:15

Athletics will resume over the next week or two as follows:

  • Senior Infants: Wed 14th Sept 5.30pm
  • First class: Thurs 8th 6pm
  • U9s: Tues 6th Sept 5.30pm
  • U10s Thurs 8th Sept 6pm
  • U11s: Tues 6th Sept 6.30pm
  • U12s: Mon 5th Sept 6.15pm
  • U13s Mon 5th Sept
  • U14s: Tues 30th Aug 7.30pm
  • U15s: Tues 30th Aug 8.15pm
  • U16s: Tues 30th Aug 8.15pm
  • U17s: Tues 30th Aug 8.15pm
  • U18/Older - Michael: Tues 30th Aug 8.15pm
  • U18/Older - Trish: to be confirmed


For details of all training times, click here.

Little Athletics for Senior Infants

28 August, 2016 - 23:51

Craughwell Athletic Club are starting a new training group for children in Senior Infants class. The training will be at 5.30-6.30pm on Wednesday evenings at the Astroturf. It is hoped to commence on Wednesday 14th September.

The session will be coordinated by Mark Gillen who is our Club Development Officer. But we need help from parents of children in this age group to get involved in the coaching. The club will provide training for new coaches but initially it is really very simple fun and games with the gradual introduction of athletics.

The session will be known as Little Athletics. It will be structured around games-based activities that teach the children fundamental coordination movements for running, jumping and throwing that are essential for all sports and many other activities. Athletics is widely regarded as the ideal introductory sport for small children because it is so varied and focuses on movement and coordination. It is also a great start to building a regular habit of exercise for children in an environment where the emphasis is on participation as well as self-improvement.

Parents, please don’t be daunted by getting involved – it’s easy and is an incredibly rewarding volunteer activity, seeing the kids you coach learn new skills, making friends, having fun and enjoying participating in competitions. If interested in helping, please contact Mark at 086 8162637 or markgillenster@gmail.com.

Facility Progress Gathers Pace!!

25 August, 2016 - 00:28

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

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!

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

Shauna Competing in the Diamond League!

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!

Club Records Updated

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!