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Tis the season to set goals

18 December, 2014 - 11:17

I just noticed that the Craughwell 10 has reduced entry for the next 13 days.  Ten miles is a different distance - pace wise it feels like a 10k, but you get endurance challenges that are more like a half marathon.  One definition of threshold pace is "the maximum pace you can sustain for an hour".  For faster runners, this is 10 miles which explains why it's so challenging at that level - basically you are right on the edge for as long as possible.  For slower runners, you get the endurance challenges that just dont come in shorter distances and people often surprise themselves by setting 10k bests en-route to a 10 mile time.

Anyhow if you are thinking of running the Craughwell 10 this year and want to save a fiver, head on over to the active europe site to sign up for 20 eu.  It might help us moderate the christmas festivities!

Galway Indoors Sunday 18th January 9.30am

13 December, 2014 - 23:37

The Galway Indoors will be held in Athlone IT's fabulous international arena on Sunday 18th January at 9.30am. I will be finalising the timetable for it in early January but it will be structured such that u13s to seniors compete in the morning commencing at 9.30am and u10s to U12s compete in the afternoon, concluding at 5pm.

The events available in each age group will be as follows:-

U10s 60m 400m 4x100m Long Jump           U11s 60m 600m 4x100m Long Jump           U12s 60m 600m 4x100m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt       U13s 60m 600m 4x100m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt Hurdles     U14s 60m 800m 4x200m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt Hurdles     U15s 60m 800m 4x200m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt Hurdles     U16-17s 60m 800m 4x200m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt Hurdles 200m   U18-19-Senior 60m 800m 4x200m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt Hurdles 200m 3000m



Fantastic Bronze Individual Medal for Jamie

8 December, 2014 - 02:30

Jamie Fallon, Bronze Medallist in the National U19 Cross Country in Santry

Jamie Fallon had a huge run in Sunday's U19 6000m cross country where he led the race for much of the first 3k in a tight battle with 3 other athletes and eventually held on to a magnificent 3rd place to seal his first individual podium finish in National cross-country.

Jamie's achievement comes on the back of extraordinary dedication from a young age. As an U10 in 2006, Jamie stepped up to the U11s where he placed 35th in the Connachts. Our younger readers should take note of that statistic, 35th as an U10 stepping up to U11 in the Connachts would translate to 120-something in the Nationals - and 8 years later Jamie claims National bronze against many of the same athletes!

In recent years, Jamie edged his way to the podium, placing 

  • 6th in the U16 boys in 2012
  • 5th in the U18 boys in 2013
  • 4th in the U18 boys in 2014
  • 3rd in the U19 boys in 2014

Jamie is a nephew of the legendary Galway runner Jimmy Fallon who represented Ireland in cross country on numerous occasions and was a scholarship student in Providence College in the US. Jamie's performance had earned him his third international vest for the Celtic Games which will be held in Ireland next January.

In the same U19 race, Damien O'Boyle had a strong run to take 24th place while Conor Gillen continued his comeback from injury to take 52nd place. Unfortunately we only had the 3 lads in action - a 4th scorer in 66th place or better would have earned team bronze. In the U19 girls 4000m, Ciara Greene had an exceptional run out-of-age to take 28th place.

In the Novice Men's 6000m, Neil Greaney and Rob Hogan had incredible runs to finish as 2nd and 4th Galway athletes home with Neil taking 41st place in a time of 22:06 and Rob not far behind in 65th place in 22:27. 

Earlier in the day, Adam Stewart was the star of the show with a 13th place finish in the U11 boys 1500m. It was a remarkable run from Adam off a relatively small amount of cross country training, definitely a bright future in store for him if he can fit it into his busy sports schedule. Adam was followed home by Eoin Byrne 102 Luke Flynn 108, Conor Hoade 118, Darragh McCartin 122 and Evan Hallinan 172. It was a tough race but good experience for the team as it was their first taste of National cross country. The team placed 12th with 341 points.

The U11 girls placed 10th with 266 points in another tough battle. The team were led hom by a strong run from Caoimhe Connolly in 49th place, followed by Emily Miskella in 59th, Rebekah Flynn hot on her heels in 62nd, Aoibhe Carr in 96th, Jade Moorhead in 124th and Saoirse Moore in 144th. Saoirse had the misfortune of developing a pain in her side before the race started which lasted right through the race and destroyed the race for her on the day after such a fine series of performances in the Galway and Connacht championships. But there will be plenty of other days in the years ahead for this super athlete. Particularly well done to the U10 boys and girls who stepped up an age into the U11 teams. Its a tough race when you are the right age and even tougher when most of the field is a year older. Both teams did themselves proud and a small improvement in individual placings would take them very close to the leading teams.

The U13 girls had another big battle at such a high level of running and they did great to finish out the gruelling 2500m distance. The team were led home by Ailbhe Miskella in 86th place with Sarah Woods 134th, Mia Waters 145th and Aoife Kelly 155th. Penny Wells battled bravely but had to withdraw midway through the race.  


U13 Girls Cross Country Team
at the National Championships in Santry

 U13 Boys Cross Country Team
at the National Championships in Santry

In the U13 boys race, the club had mixed fortunes with a superb team in action. Sean Connaughton had a tremendous run to take 22nd place overall. Kyle Moorhead was also well placed in the early stages just behind Sean but suffered a heavy fall and was unable to continue. It was unfortunate for Kyle who has had a great year with numerous Galway titles to his name but he will bounce back stronger and this team has the nucleus of a superb team and team success will almost certainly come their way in the future. Gavin Lee was next home in 54th place followed closely by Liam Leen 68th, Sean Cotter 69th, Sean Cannon 94th and Finbar McFadden 127th. The team placed 7th with 239 points.

In the U15 boys 3500m, misfortune hit us again when Oisin Lyons had to withdraw in the early stages of the race. Oisin had been ill with a chest infection the night before and bravely took to the line but due to severe breathing difficulties, had to withdraw after 800m. Conor Lee led the team home with a fine performance in 50th place, followed by super runs from William Fitzgerald in 64th, Patrick Noonan 88th and Gavin Forde 122nd. Luke Finn was also in difficulty with breathing and had to withdraw in the latter stages of the race. The team placed 11th with 324 points, but nonetheless with some very encouraging performances for the future.

The U17 girls had a strong run in their 4000m with Caron Ryan in excellent form to take 30th place followed by Dearbhaile Walshe in 56th, Grainne McDaid in 72nd and Ciara O'Boyle in 88th. The team placed 8th with 246 points and placed 4th in the county competition. This was the first time that the club has contested the team event in the U17 girls and in fact the girls are now the oldest girls team to have represented the club in National juvenile cross-country - great progress for the girls and the club.

So overall it was a mixed day for the club - some superb performances and some mishaps to athletes that messed up their day. But there's always ups and downs and its fantastic that our athletes are able to go out and participate at this level of running. The highlights of the season were the tremendous silver medals for the U12 boys team and the superb individual bronze for Jamie Fallon - our highest individual placing ever. That wraps up the club cross country action for the year so its onwards now to the indoors for most and of course also the secondary schools cross country for some. 

SuperMan Michael

6 December, 2014 - 22:32

Well folks (as Michael would say)

It's finally official Michael Tobin is the BEST child mentor/coach in Ireland.

We in Craughwell A.C. have always known this, but now most of Ireland have also found out.

What a wonderful way to celebrate the excellence of a man who lives, eats and breaths the sport of athletics.

He nevers misses a training session often arriving late to, or leaving early from meetings.

How many of us have emails with 3am times on them. Does this man ever sleep Who knows???

So many young people have the honour of saying they have been trained at some stage of their athletic lives in Craughwell A.C. by Michael. That is something they never forget.

How many of us who originally agreed to help out occasionally are now qualified coaches, among other roles we have taken on due to his gentle persuasion!!! Boy is he good at all the roles he has in the club, but he shines as a coach.

He has been the driving force behind the great new 8 acre site we now proudly own and has not stopped driving forward in developments to ensure we will keep moving forward through the project.




Logistics for Santry tomorrow

6 December, 2014 - 16:26

Best of luck to all of our athletes in action tomorrow!

Athletics Ireland have posted course map and detailed time-table at:-


Bear in mind the much larger numbers at an All-Ireland make it harder to find people, walk the course, etc so please arrive extra early.

Directions to Santry track are here:-


Note AAI in the info they have posted are asking that people park (for free) in the Airport Green Carpark from where shuttle buses will go to/from the cross country.




Cathriona Farrell Galway Bay FM Athletics Award 2014

1 December, 2014 - 16:52

A big well done to Cathriona on receiving the Galway Bay FM Athletics Award 2014 at the weekend at the awards ceremony in the Loughrea Hotel. Cathriona was a close runner up in the Young Sportsperson of the Year Award, just missing out by 12 votes in the public text-voting competition which was won by powerlifter Olivia Lane. With over 5000 votes cast, it was a close battle between the 2 athletes.

Cathriona is pictured below along with the  Hurling Award winner Conor Cooney, Powerlifting and Young Sportsperson Award winner Olivia Lane and their strength and conditioning coaches Padraig and Tom from the French Vanoli Gym in Oranmore.

Great day for Craughwell Seniors

25 November, 2014 - 09:21

In tough conditions, Craughwell AC Seniors delivered fantastic performances in both National and International competition on Sunday.

In the National Inter-County XC, Rob and Ollie made their debuts - both had smashing runs, both finishing in scoring positions of 4th and 5th in the Galway team respectively and well up in the field.  There's a surprising lack of pictures from the event on facebook - Rob send on those pics lad!  In the meantime here's a shot of Ollie unmuddied proudly wearing the Galway singlet for the first of many times:

Ollie found the going tough, but showed his mental strength to hold the pace for the full 10km and finish with a very solid poisition of 89th in an impressive 36:45.  Rob Hogan, showed that he can also run on surfaces stickier than an Oregon golf course with a fine time of 35:36 and a 76th position.  Afterwards Rob said the thing that stuck with him was how important the start is in XC - when he found his position it didn't really change for the remainder of the 10 kilometers, how true it is!

Over in Nottingham, UK Peter defied a chest infection to score 3rd on the Silver medal winning Irish M40 team. This was a fantastic run in the circumstance from the tough Rowveagh man, and continues his long record of medalling in the event.  Ireland actually took Silver medals across the board, which shows the relative strength of the Irish veteran running scene.


I'd just like to mention again how impressed I was with the Junior performances from the weekend - Jamie and Neil had absolutely storming runs, Damian continued his strong level of performance and Paul Joyce also did amazingly well for a man that hasn't been training to his usual level this year.  I hear Paul has just passed his driving test so no excuses not to make it to training now Paul!! :P


Irish Schools Multi-Events Results

24 November, 2014 - 08:35

Aidan Conneely (centre) competing in the 200m at the Irish Schools Multi Events in Athlone

A small group of Craughwell AC athletes travelled to Athlone to represent their schools in the Irish Schools Combined Events Championships recently.

Top performances of the day came from Aidan Conneely who was representing his school Calasanctius Oranmore. Aidan’s scores were 9.38 hurdles, 9.23 shot putt, 5.98 long jump, 23.40 200m, 2.11.27 800m for an overall points total of 2993. Aidan’s 800m time was particularly impressive for a sprinter. He placed 7th overall and has an outside chance of making the international team for December,

Michelle Duggan and Laura Cunningham competed in the Junior Girls category representing Presentation Athenry. Following a new PB of 1.45m in the high jump, Michelle had to withdraw from the event due to a knee injury. Laura put in another very impressive performance in the high jump, clearing in the 1.50s for the 2nd time in a fortnight with a 1.51m jump. She went on to record 10.89 hurdles, 8.86 shot putt, 4.49 long jump and 2.59.96 in the 800m for a points total of 2211 and 11th place overall Her shot putt was a huge PB as was her 800m – knocking 17 seconds off her Connacht time.

St Raphael’s Daniel Callanan-Forde was our last athlete in action. Daniel put in a string of good performances to take 11th place with a score of 2342 points. Long jump was his strongest where he leaped 5.37 followed this up with 9.44 hurdles, 8.03 shot putt, 25.30 200m and 2.31.40 800m.

Laura Cunninghan and Michelle Duggan
Competing at the Irish Schools Multi Events in Athlone

Fallon and Greaney Shine in National XC

23 November, 2014 - 21:57

Jamie Fallon is edging closer and closer to the top 3 in National cross country. In 2012 Jamie placed 6th in the U16 boys. He went 1 better in 2013 when stepping up to the U18 boys where he placed 5th. And today in Dundalk, Jamie took another place off that with a fine 4th place finish in the U18 boys 6000m.

Neil Greaney had a fine run also in the Junior Men's 6000m where he had his best finish yet in a National cross country with a 13th place finish - just shy of the top 12 medalling winning athletes. Neil had a storming last lap where he passed 25 athletes and it all augurs well for the future. Also in strong form, Damian O'Boyle placed 31st in the U18 race while Paul Joyce took 37th place in the Junior Men's race. Fantastic for the club to have 4 athletes of this calibre competing at the highest junior levels in Ireland!

In the U14 girls race, Rachael Hughes was the 9th Connacht athlete home when taking 83rd place while in the U18 girls 4000m Ciara Greene was our sole competitor when placing 47th and 3rd Connacht athlete home.

Athletics Ireland have temporarily put the results on dropbox so I have pulled them here in case you cannot access them there:-

U12 Boys Claim National Silver!

23 November, 2014 - 12:59

News just coming in over the airwaves that the U12 boys cross country team have claimed National silver team medals! Fantastic result and a huge well done to the lads in what is one of the toughest races they will ever run. The team raced superly to finish just behind Ennis Track and just ahead of Westport in a close battle. They were led home by Gavin Lee in 20th followed by Liam Leen 22nd, Sean Cotter 30th, Gavin Kelly 65th, Jack Farrell 73rd and Oisin Davis 153rd.

A huge huge achievement for all of the lads!

It is impossibly difficult to medal at National level in cross country and something the club has achieved only a handful of times.  The last time was in 2012 when our U17 boys made history by becoming the first Galway boys team in at least 15 years in older age groups to win National cross country team medals – winning team bronze with 82 points (8 Jamie Fallon, 16 Conor Gillen, 27 Nicholas Sheehan, 31 Damien O’Boyle, 32 Matthew Moran, 46 Keelan Ryan).

While previously:-

  • In 2011 the U13 boys struck team gold with 73 points (11 James Cahalane, 14 Matthew Barrett, 15 Liam Moran, 33 Brian Loughnane, 43 Ben Sharkey, 88 Sam McArdle

  • In 2009 the U13 boys took team bronze with 107 points (11 Damien O’Boyle, 22 Oisin Doyle, 33 Jamie Spellman, 41 Gavin O’Toole, 56 Cillian McDaid)

  • In 2005 the U11 boys took team silver with 121 points (21 Jack Raftery, 22 Brendan Gallagher, 45 PJ Kelly, 47 James Greaney, 58 Patrick Prendergast, 80 Padraic Hannon)

  • In 2002 the U11 girls took team gold in their 800m with 109 pts (6 Rachel Finnegan, 27 Cathriona Farrell, 36 Rebecca Helebert, 40 Sarah Helebert, 57 Ashley McDonnell)

Logistics for tomorrow

22 November, 2014 - 13:14

Logistics for tomorrow's cross country are at:


Best of luck to all of our athletes who are travelling :-

- U12 boys team
- U14 girls: Rachael Hughes on the county team
- U16 boys: Brian Loughnane on the Connacht team
- U18 girls: Ciara Greene on the Connacht team
- U18 boys: Jamie Fallon and Damien O'Boyle on the Connacht team
- U20 Men: Neil Greaney and Paul Joyce
- Senior Men: Ollie Mullins and Rob Hogan on the county team

The races get underway at 11.30am with the u12 girls followed by the u12 boys 11.43. Full timetable and course map is at:-


Cathriona in the Running for Galway Bay FM Award

21 November, 2014 - 12:47

Congratulations to our leading athlete Cathriona Farrell who has been selected as the Galway Bay FM Athletics Sportstar of the year following her incredible performances in the high jump this year where she broke the Irish Universities Indoor Track & Field record with a leap of 1.81m and won numerous National titles throughout the summer.

Cathriona is also in the running for the Young Sportstar of the Year Award.

Please support her by texting YOUNG 3 to 53133. For more details, check out 


Great Performances in Westport

10 November, 2014 - 08:30

Craughwell AC U15 Boys Cross Country Team
Silver Medallists at the Connacht Championships in Westport
L-R: Oisin Lyons, Gavin Forde, Conor Lee, William Fitzpatrick, Luke Finn

It was back to good old-fashioned cross-country at Westport House today for day 2 of the Connacht Cross Country Championships. While a run in the park at Westport House may have sounded easy, they never told us about the hills! It made the challenging Loughrea course seem flat! Well done to Mayo and Westport AC on hosting a terrific event!


Our U11s were first into action in the 1500m race. Caoimhe Connolly was our leading runner and despite a fall on the slippery Himalayan slopes on lap 2, Caoimhe had a fine run to place 10th and lead the Craughwell AC team to team silver with 66 points. Caoimhe was followed closely by Emily Miskella in 14th and Saoirse Moore in 16th (battling bravely despite carrying an injury). Rebekah Flynn had a strong run to come in next in 26th place with U10 trio Aoibhe Carr, Jade Moorhead and Katie Lydon next in 31st, 33rd and 41st place.

Let There be Light!

9 November, 2014 - 19:48

After years of dreaming, the dream is finally becoming a reality. For this Tuesday at 7.30pm we are going to officially start using our new 8-acre field adjacent to the school. We are going to do a low-key ‘switching on the lights’ ceremony at that time and will be trying to get all training groups there at the same time this Tuesday to be part of that. We’d like to invite all of our athletes, parents and coaches to this on Tuesday and we will adjust training times for this Tuesday only to have everyone there together.

Age group coordinators will be in touch with their groups to arrange with them to come at different times this Tuesday - U8s and U9s groups should park in the school as normal and just on this occasion, older groups should park in the GAA who have kindly given permission to use their carpark this Tuesday.

So what have we done?

  • During September, we bought an 8-acre site next to the school – mostly funded by loans.
  • We’ve put a pedestrian gate in from the school.
  • We’ve put up 15 floodlights on 5 poles.
  • We’ve fenced it off to keep out animals and keep in kids!
  • We’ve done some work on the adjoining roadway as a condition of our planning permission.
  • We’ve marked out some running loops on the land.

And what are we going to do?

  • We will build a 60m sprints and long jump runway and new long jump pit.
  • We will build a high jump area.
  • We will build a throwing area.
  • We will create a grass 400m track.
  • We will create a gravel pathway around the site boundary, approx. 800m.
  • We will complete the roadway and car-park.
  • We will build a substantial indoor athletics training centre.

And how are we going to do it?

  • By keeping the club strong and coaching every individual athlete in the club to their potential.
  • And seeking grants to match the fantastic enthusiasm of our coaches, athletes and parents.
  • And keep low-key fundraising going along with hopefully more donations from parents.

And a few acknowledgements for helping us to get this far:-

  • All of our coaches and committee who put in a huge slice of their time freely.
  • Our 5 trustees without whom we would not have a facility and who agreed to be trustees.
  • The parents who between them have loaned €83,000.
  • The 2 financial institutions who between them have loaned €80,000 – UCIT and Loughrea Credit Union.
  • Several parents within the club who have advised and helped with plans for the facility.
  • The parents who have made donations to the fundraising campaign.
  • Galway County Council for an amenity grant of €3805 towards the initial access work.
  • KBC Bank for an award of €3600 under their Bright Ideas scheme towards construction of a new long jump pit.
  • Everyone else who has supported our fundraising efforts to date.

The picture below gives an outline of the eventual scale of the building that we hope to build. But in the short-term, we will constructing some outdoor facilities only in order to get using the new ground. All going well, we'd be building the first phases of the building in 2016.

And one final word before I sign off, if you haven't already received tickets for our Night at the Dogs which is on this coming Saturday 15th November, we will be handing them out on both Tuesday and Thursday this week at training.

Hope to see you there!

Club Trip to Scottish Indoors 2015

8 November, 2014 - 23:14

It’s time to dust down the passports again because the club is planning to travel to the Scottish Indoor Championships next February with some of its secondary school athletes. You can read about previous trips on our website. Scottish Athletics confirmed the date of their championships just last Friday as being on the weekend of 14/15 February 2015. This is just before the mid-term break so hopefully it will suit athletes and doesn’t clash with mock exams for those in JC or LC.

Ciara Greene on the podium after winning the Scottish U15 1500m title in 2012

Largest junior membership in Ireland!!!!

8 November, 2014 - 17:42

The club reached a HUGE milestone last week when the latest membership figures were announced by Athletics Ireland. Having been in the top 3 largest junior clubs in the country for a number of years now and briefly the 3rd largest overall membership back in 2011, the latest membership figures published by AAI show that Craughwell AC have now the largest junior membership of any club in the country and in fact have more members than 11 counties and are twice the size of all bar 11 other clubs in the country! When you take overall membership numbers into account, the club is the 4th largest in the country and also has the 26th largest adult section.

This is an incredible achievement for the club when you consider it is operating from a rural base with a relatively small population compared to large urban areas. It’s a reflection of the ethos of the club on participation and on helping its athletes succeed to their potential. And it is an achievement that our coaches should be very proud of – we have more than 50 coaches who are down at the astro-turf routinely 1 or 2 or 3 days a week patiently coaching scores of children. Undoubtedly these coaches and their enthusiasm are the club’s most important asset, as well of course as our dedicated athletes and parents who bring them to training and competitions right through the year.

Following provides some more information on the makeup of our junior membership. It shows another statistic that we are particularly proud of – there are 167 teenagers in the club. This is a fantastic statistic in this day and age and particularly impressive if you look back to 2002 when we had 10 teenagers in the club.

Logistics for Connacht XC in Westport

8 November, 2014 - 16:56

Best of luck to all of our athletes taking part tomorrow in day 2 of the Connacht cross country in the grounds of Westport House.

According to googlemaps, shortest route is to go through Claregalway and then Ballinrobe:-

Following are the directions once you get to Westport:-

Please access Westport House via the Westport Quay gates (less than a mile from town centre).
GPS Co-ordinates are N53.80581 W9.539. http://www.westporthouse.ie/find-us/
On arrival at Westport House, please use Car Parks P4, P3 and P1 for parking. Parking stewards will be there to help.
Registration and toilets / changing area at the Go Karting Area on the walk between the Parking Area and the course.
The course is beside the main house itself on the front lawn (approx. 400m walk from the parking areas).

Westport House are offering discount tickets on the day for entry to the house: €9 for adults / €4 for children (reduced from €12.50 adult/€6.50 child normally)

The course layout is as follows:-


Huge Turnout at Connacht Schools Pentathlon

8 November, 2014 - 16:34

The club had a massive group of 43 athletes in action at the Connacht Secondary Schools Multi-Events which were held in Athlone IT on Thursday. The club’s athletes came mainly from Calasanctius Oranmore (23), The Pres Athenry (12), Loughrea VS (5), St Raphael’s Loughrea (2) and The Bower Athlone (1).

There were huge numbers in both minor girls and boys with over 60 in each age group. In the girls, the club had following in action:- Finola Kelly, Tara Slattery, Niamh Creane, Alison Leahy, Ciara Murphy, Erin Mullins and Martha Haskett (all Calasanctius), Anna Farrelly, Sarah Callanan and Shauna Tobin (Pres Athenry), Leanagh Gilligan, Eva Kelly and Sinead Kennedy (Loughrea VS). While in the minor boys grade, the club had Jack O'Neill, Conor Hughes, Ultan Sheeran, Oisín Lyons, Paul Molloy, Louise Molloy and Luke Finn (all Calasanctius), and Oisin Shannon, Finbar McFadden and Gavin Forde (Pres).

In the junior girls, the club again had large numbers with Caoilin Milton, Laura Keane, Lorraine Delaney, Maeve Cannon and Emily Timmons (Calasanctius), Laura Cunningham, Michelle Duggan and Ciara O'Boyle (Pres Athenry) and Aoife Greene (The Bower) while in the boys the club had Peter Martin, Dylan Finn (both Loughrea VS), Daniel Callanan-Forde and Jerry Keary (St Raphael’s) and Cian Waters (Pres). Numbers were much smaller generally in the intermediate grades where Aisling Keady (Pres) was our sole representative in the girls and Adam Flynn (Pres), Aidan Conneely, Mathew McKernan and Nathan Lynskey (all Calasanctius) contested the boys, while Damian O’Boyle (Calasanctius) was our only representative in the senior grades.

Presentation Athenry's Aisling Keady
Silver Medallists in the Intermediate Girls Pentathon
at the Connacht Schools Multi-events in Athlone IT

Run for Mary in Peterswell 8th November

4 November, 2014 - 01:54

We don't normally advertise races on the main page of our website but this race is a special one. Way back in 2005, the club had only a dozen or so adult members, mostly coaches. That autumn, the club launched its very successful circuit training program in the hall in Craughwell and adult membership blossomed to over 75 adults.

Helen Hallinan and her best friend Mary Prendergast were 2 of the new recruits to the club who participated in the circuit training sessions in its first 2 years. Helen is now a coach in the club (coaching our terrific U10 age group) and emailed the following to me today:-

"As some of you are aware, I lost my best friend to breast cancer on January 2nd of this year.  She was Mary Prendergast and a fabulous person whom I was very fortunate to have called my friend.  


In June 2012, Mary lost her beautiful son Zach unexpectedly at only one week old. A few months later she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was so positive throughout and a real inspiration to everyone who knew her.  


Her birthday was on 25th October and her close friends have organised a 5K charity Run/Jog/Walk in her memory.  It will be taking place on Saturday, 8th November in Peterswell village at 12 noon and all are welcome to come and participate.


You can register on the day or through Active website:-




All proceeds will be donated to the Galway Hospice and to the Paediatric unit in UCHG in memory of Mary and Zach."

I'd like to encourage our members and parents to run for Mary this coming Saturday - its a special cause and even more special because of its close association with the club.


Provisional Results of Connacht XC Day 1

2 November, 2014 - 18:55

Well done to all participants today and to host club Loughrea AC. The weather worked against us today but hopefully everyone enjoyed the day if that's the correct word for it in such wet conditions!

Provisional results are at:- 

Well done to all of the Craughwell AC participants. We are some super performances which yielded team gold in the U18 girls, team silver in the U12 boys, U14 boys and U16 boys, and team bronze in the U16 girls. It was a particularly proud day for the club to field an U18 girls cross country team for the first time, who took the Connacht title by a small margin ahead of Sligo AC. The girls were joined in the same race by the senior women's team, only the second time that the club have had a senior women's team contest a Connacht championships - so well done to both teams, it was great to see 10 Craughwell AC singlets in the field of 66 runners in a Connacht senior championships.

Craughwell U18 GIrls Cross Country Team
Connacht Champions 2014
Ciara Greene, Leanne Freaney, Andrea Tobin, Caoimhe Reidy, Grainne McDaid

Craughwell AC Senior Womens Cross Country Team at the Connacht Championships in Loughrea
Rena Deely, Louise O'Rourke, Jane Reeves, Niamh Flavin, Deirdre Devane