Cathriona Farrell claimed her first National Senior outdoor title at the weekend when winning the Senior Women’s High Jump at the National Track & Field Championships in Santry on Sunday.
Hampered by an Achilles injury for a number of weeks Cathriona was in excellent jumping form, taking victory with a jump of 1.75m. This was a fantastic achievement for Cathriona after a spell of several weeks where she was not able to do any jumps practise due to the Achilles injury. In fact the only times Cathriona had jumped in the last 4 weeks were the European Team Championships in Estonia and the National U23s so to jump 1.75m and to come very close to clearing her outdoor PB again of 1.80m was exceptional.
It rounds off a great year for the club’s leading athlete who earlier in the year set a new Universities record of 1.81m to win the Universities indoor title and went on to win both the National U23 indoor and outdoor titles and now the National Senior outdoor title.
This is the third National Senior title for Cathriona having won the indoor title on 2 occasions in 2011 and 2012. Cathriona's indoor PB of 1.81m places her 6th on the all-time best performances indoors by Irish high jumpers while her recent outdoor PB of 1.80m places her in joint 8th on the outdoor list.
All-in-all it was a fantastic year for Cathriona despite the late season injury and augurs very well for next year's indoor and outdoor seasons and hopefully another string of personal bests, records and National titles.
Please note that tonight's EGM (and followon coaches meeting) has been rescheduled to Wednesday 6th August at 7pm due to the unavaiability of some key personnel tonight. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
I will email all with an update on the new facility progress in the meantime.
And please don't forget our Golf Classic which is on the same week. i.e. Mon 4th Aug to Sat 10th Aug. We still need parents to get fully behind this by entering teams and/or getting sponsorship. Check our website for more details, thanks!!!
National U18 100m Champion Conor Duggan
pictured with Damian O'Boyle (U18 Steeplechase Silver Medallist) and Sinead Treacy (U18 100m Bronze Medallist)
Conor Duggan had his finest athletic achievement to date when he stormed to victory in the U18 100m final at the National Track & Field Championships in Tullamore recently. Having won his heat comfortably in 11.23s, Conor ran a breath-taking final to take the victory by 0.07s in a time of 11.27s. Conor’s steady progression in athletics is an inspiration for many and should be a huge motivation for other sprinters to continue to put in the effort and success will follow.
Read on for details of Conor's steady progression from when he joined the club 6 years ago as an U12.
An EGM will take place Wednesday 23rd July at 7pm in Craughwell Community Centre in order to finalise the legal documentation for the purchase of the 8 acre site beside the school. It is hoped to have a large attendance from members and parents to hear an update on progress. Its hoped that the legal purchase will then complete by the end of July.
It is expected that it will take only 30 minutes. It will be followed immediately by a coaches meeting to review the year to date and to finalise coaching times and structures for the Autumn. All are welcome to stay for this part of the meeting also.
The timetable for tomorrow's U12-19 National track & field finals is as:-
The list of competitors in each event is at:-
Best of luck to all of our athletes taking part!!
Two of our athletes Ashley and Christopher McDonnell are in the final stages of preparation for their trip to Cambodia to help teach english, french and computers to children there and to raise funds for building a school there.
You can donate online to help their fund-raising campaign. Go to the link beflow for more details and hit the donate button at the bottom of that page!
The Galway Senior/Junior/Masters Track and Field 2014 Championship Day Two takes place Thursday July 10th in Dangan , NUI Sports grounds, Galway. These events are open to all AAI Galway registered athletes , with guest athletes from other AAI clubs outside Galway welcome.
Registration - is open at the track from 6.15 pm / Entry is 5 euro
Events order on the day will be as follows
Jamie Fallon had a fantastic run in the National Junior 5000m in Cork IT at the weekend when winning it in a time of 15.19.87. If you were watching it on aertv.ie, the commentators were very impressed with Jamie's performance as the race was combined with the U23s and Jamie placed 4th overall in the field - shaking it up with athletes 5 years older at the head of the race.
Also in action, Cathriona Farrell took the National U23 High Jump title with a leap of 1.65m. Cathriona was nursing an injury picked up recently in training and retired from the competition after the 1.65m jump as she had won it at that stage.
Conor Duggan had 2 top-drawer performances in qualifying for the finals of the U20 100m and 200m sprints where he placed 8th in the 100m in 11.20 and 5th in the 200m in 22.51. Both PBs and club records (wind-assisted but we haven't been ruling those out for club records since in many races we would not have wind guages in operation).
Peadar Harvey placed 4th in the U23 800m in 2.00.20 with Gavin Cooney 8th in 2.06.64 - a strong performance from Gavin who has been successfully combining his hurling with 800m training and came very close to hitting his target of 2:05 in this race. Damian O’Boyle placed 8th in the U20 1500m in 4.08.92 with Neil Greaney 12th in 4.16.23.
Craughwell AC U15 Boys 4x100m Relay
Daniel Callanan-Forde, Cian Waters, Sean Delaney, Oisin Lyons
The club battled bravely in Tullamore for National relay honours with the U15 boys team recording the club’s best result with a 5th place in their 4x100m final in a time of 49.96 (Sean Delaney, Cian Waters, Oisin Lyons, Daniel Callanan-Forde). The U14 boys also made their 4x100m final where they placed 8th in a time of 58.12 (Luke Roberts, Conor Hughes, Cathal Walsh, Oisin Shannon). The U12 boys just missed out on making the final by 0.07 of a second with their team of Gavin Kelly, Conall Doyle, Pádraic Martyn and Shaun Gilligan while the U13 boys also competed well but didn’t make the final (Kyle Moorhead, Alex Evans, Finbar McFadden, Ryan Gallagher, Brandon Morgan).
In the girls events, the U15 girls placed 10th in a time of 55.78 (Caoilin Milton, Aoife Walshe, Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney, Shauna Tobin) while the U12 girls placed 12th in a time of 60.55 (Aoife Kelly, Emma Jane Moran, Aine Kelly, Ava Finn, Kate Reilly).
Craughwell AC U15 Girls 4x100m Relay
Aoife Walshe, Lorraine Delaney, Caoilin Milton, Laura Cunningham, Shauna Tobin
Congratulations to Sineád Treacy who had been selected to represent Ireland in the 200m and the 4x300m relay in the Schools International Track & Field which will take place in Cardiff later this month.
Sineád's selection comes on the back of some fine performances in the Schools track & field and in the Tailteann Games and is richly deserved.
It is her second international, with the first having been the Schools Pentathlon held last year in Glasgow.
The club wish Sineád the very best of luck as she makes the short trip across the Irish Sea and are very proud of her achievements.
Well done to all club members who took part yesterday. Results of the day are here.
Number pick-up begins @ 6.15pm at the upper car park in Renville Park, with the run starting @ 8pm sharp. There will be marshalls & signage to give directions and assist with parking. Please car pool if at all possible.
For those who still want to enter, you can register at the race venue this evening from 6.15pm. Remember the race starts at 8pm sharp.
The choosen charity this year is Galway Autism Partnership GAP.
Looking forward to seeing the Craughwell AC colours out in force.
The very best of luck to all.
The second day of the Galway Senior/Junior/Masters Track and Field 2014 Championship takes place next Sunday 29 June in Dangan, NUI Sports grounds, Galway, with check-in open from 1pm onwards at the track. These events are open to all AAI Galway registered athletes, with guest athletes from other AAI clubs outside Galway welcome.
Registration is open at the track from 1 pm. Note Please register by 1.45 pm latest!
Events order on the day will be as follows:
Year 3 for our under 11s finished as it has done each year - a sense of tremendous achievement, enormous potential and no shortage of drama.
While we left Donegal last year without medals, we knew we had areas where we could compete for medals in 2014 . And compete we did.
Another season draws to a close and what a year 2014 has been for our under 10’s boys and girls.
Our journey started back in May whereby we competed in Regional County finals in Dangan. All our athletes did exceptionally well in all their individual events.
We continued onto the Connaught finals that were held in Sligo earlier this month. Even though it turned out a blistering hot day the athletes showed great enthusiasm and courage in their events. On the day Craughwell AC under 10’s came away with gold’s, silvers and bronze medals.
Our journey ended on Saturday at the All Ireland finals in Tullamore. Again a very hot day but the athletes showed great commitment and enthusiasm in their individual events.
Connacht 4x300m Relay Team - Tailteann Champions 2014
Laura Anne Costello, Tara McNally, Michelle Duggan, Sinead Treacy, Aisling Forkan
On a busy busy weekend for athletics, Craughwell AC athletes were in action across the country and across Europe as far as Estonia. On Saturday in Santry, athletes from the club made a huge contribution to one of the best ever days for Connacht athletics at the inter-provincial schools track and field known as the Tailteann Games. Just 2 years ago, Sineád Gaffney had the honour of helping Connacht to win its first ever relay gold medal at the 2012 Tailteann Games when running the 3rd leg of the 4x300m in an historic victory for Connacht – its first time in over 50 years of competition to win a gold medal at these Games.
Well last Saturday in Santry, the club made an even bigger contribution to a repeat performance in the 4x300m with both Tara McNally and Sineád Treacy running on the 4x300m team who took Connacht’s second ever gold relay medal at these Games in a time of 2.43.20. Tara and Sineád joined Laura Anne Costello and Mayo’s Aisling Forkan as the triumphant quartet. Just moments earlier, another Craughwell AC athlete Michelle Duggan partnered Sineád, Laura Ann and Aisling to silver in the 4x100m with 47.81s!
Siobhan Kelleher (Killeeneen NS) presenting Caoimhe Allen
captain of the winning Craughwell NS team with the Christy Kennedy Shield 2014
On one of the hottest days of the year last Wednesday, Craughwell NS won a superb Christy Kennedy Sports in the most widely contested program in the history of the event. Nine teams from seven schools took part with Ballyglass NS making a welcome return to the event after a few years absence and Scoil Mhuire Clarinbridge making a great debut in the event. Craughwell NS emerged victors with Clarinbridge in 2nd place and last year’s champions Killeeneen NS in 3rd place and 2012 champions Ballymana NS taking 4th place. Carrabane took 5th place just narrowly behind with Killeeneen B next in 6th, Ballyglass and Craughwell B tying for 7th and Coldwood 9th. Read on for full results.
Craughwell AC Athletes at the Connacht Track & Field Championships in Sligo IT
Last weekend provided another remarkable weekend for the club at the second day of the Connacht Track & Field Championships which again were held in the shadows of Ben Bulben at the track at Sligo IT. The clubs athletes in the U13 to 18 age groups put in some outstanding performances to feature over 70 times on the medal podium.
Daniel Callanan-Forde was the star of the show on this occasion with 4 Connacht titles in the U15 grade in 100m, long jump, triple jump and 4x100m. His long jump was a particularly impressive leap of 5.31m, shattering his personal best by over 20cm. The club dominated this age group taking almost all of the Connacht titles in the boys events and several in the girls.
The timetable for the Tailteann Games in Santry on Saturday is at:-
For those who don't know, this is an inter-provencial track & field competition for athletes in secondary school that is picked from performances at the schools track & field championships.
I have added directions to Santry on the website ... select Home ... Directions ... To Santry.
Best of luck to all of our athletes who are taking part.
As part of our fund-raising campaign for our new field and facility adjacent to the national school, we are holding a golf classic in August and are appealing to all members to get involved whether it be getting a team together to enter it or getting some sponsorship from your company or from businesses with whom you deal. Please support as this facility is for you and your children. It directly supports the work that our super coaching team are doing to help our athletes (and your children) to maximise their potential. I will email out more information in the coming days.
Please see flyer below which you could share with people:-