There was a big turnout from the club in the Coldwood Fun Run last weekend with athletes featuring highly in the kids 3rd class and 6th class races. Some pics of the happy faces below! Results of the adult races are at:-
Congratulations to Damien Larkin on yet another podium finish when taking second-place in an impressive time of 22:46. He's well on the way to becoming the most photographed man in the club with the amount of top-3 finishes he is collecting around the roads of Galway in the last while!
Sean, Patrick and Catherine Noonan
representing the Pres Athenry in the Minor Boys and Minor Girls 1500m Races
where they each performed heroically to place 8th, 2nd and 8th
A large number of athletes from the club took to the hills in Bushfield last Wednesday for the South Connacht Schools Cross Country Championships, representing a number of schools including Athenry VS, Calasanctius Oranmore, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Loughrea VS, Bower Athlone, Pres Athenry, Seamount Kinvara and St Raphael’s Loughrea.
There were some fine individual performances with 3 of the 4 boys titles going to members of the club with Sean Connaughton (St Raphael’s) taking the victory in the Minor Boys 1500m, Oisin Lyons (Calasanctius) in the Junior Boys 2500m and Jamie Fallon (Calasanctius) in the Senior 5000m. Damien O’Boyle (Calasanctius) made it a 1-2 for his school and the club in the senior 5000m when taking the silver medal ahead of Athenry VS’s Conor Gillen in 5th place. Sean Crowley (Calasanctius) placed 40th as part of a strong Calasanctius team who almost certainly took the team title.
Patrick Noonan (Pres Athenry) took the silver medal in the Minor Boys 1500m to also complete a 1-2 for the club. Patrick’s brother Sean took a fine 8th place in the same race, the exact position that their sister Catherine held onto in the Minor Girls 1500m to complete a strong triple for the Noonan triplets! Such was the coldness of the day, Patrick ended up with hypothermia after the race and had to be attended to by first aid. Thankfully he recovered fully - but something for us all to bear in mind on these wintery days that perhaps underarmour wouldn't go astray on such a day.
Sinead Treacy resumed her National medal-winning ways at the National Junior Track & Field last weekend with a fine silver medal in the Junior Women’s 200m in a time of 25.20. Sinead is in breath-taking form having earlier won her heat in 25.41 and having run 25.57 last weekend in the Galway Indoors. Earlier in the day Sinead narrowly missed out on making the final of the 60m by the slim margin of .03 seconds when placing 4th in her heat in a time of 8 seconds flat.
Sinead’s good form continued in the National Senior League today where she raced to victory in the 200m in a 25.32 to earn the maximum 9 points for the Craughwell team. Sinead was joined in the action by Aisling Keady who was making her debut in senior competition. Aisling took part in the high jump in the absence of Cathriona Farrell due to work commitments and jumped exceptionally well at this level to take joint 1st place with a leap of 1.46m. Their scored combined with a 3rd place finish for Sarah Finnegan in the triple jump with 10.13m, a 5th place finish from Sinead Gaffney in the 400m in a time of 64.02 and 6th place for Ciara Greene in the 1500m in a time of 5.37.22. The team's performance over the 2 rounds of the league puts them unofficially at the top of the league table going into the final on 7th February.
Sinead Treacy, silver medallist in the National Junior Women’s Indoor 60m
along with gold and bronze medallists Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport AC) and Sophie Becker (St Joseph’s AC)
Another athlete in blistering form at the National Juniors, Conor Duggan placed second in the heats of the 60m in a time of 7.12 before going on to race 7.09 to take 5th place in the final. By our reckoning Conor is now the 2nd fastest man to ever come out of Galway behind Olympian Paul Hession – we don’t have the detailed statistics to prove it but we are not aware of anyone faster other than the legendary Paul! Later in the day, Conor raced a time of 22.90 in the heats of the 200m, 0.25 seconds off the qualifying time that made the final.
There was good news also for both Sinead and Conor during the week with their selection onto the National Junior Relay Panel. This is a huge achievement for both athletes and comes on the back of years of steady progress under the guidance of their coaches Eddie, Martin and Patricia. All going well, both athletes will feature on Irish junior relay teams during the year leading up to the European Junior Championships this July in Sweden if the Irish team qualifies.
Also at the National Juniors, Damien O’Boyle had a fine 1500m with a time of 4.21.56 in the heats and followed it up with a blistering 4.08.40 to place 4th in the final, just missing out on the podium. John Cormican who is making the transition from middle to shorter distances ran a strong 400m to place 5th in his heat in a time of 54.38. Nicholas Sheehan was our last man in action with a time of 2.02.23 in the heats of the 800m, missing out on the final where his time would have taken the silver medal.
The finalised results are attached below:-
Well done again to all of the Craughwell participants. We had a fabulous day out and I hope that everyone enjoyed the experience. We had over 230 athletes take part (over one-third of the participants) and we featured on the podium a massive 131 times with 43 Galway titles, 44 silver placings and 43 bronze placings. Read on for full details of the Craughwell AC medallists. Its not all about winning of course and we are equally proud of the huge numbers that we had taking part.
Next up for juvenile track & field is the Connacht Indoors which take place on 28 Feb (U12/U13) and 1 Mar (U14-Senior). Age group coordinators will be collating entries for this shortly - so athletes/coaches should be thinking of what athletes will take part in.
The Connachts are open entry, i.e. you don't have to qualify from Galway for them. Note that U9s, 10s and 11s don't have a Connacht Indoor competition.
The All-Ireland indoors are on 21, 22 and 28 March. The schedule is in the Juvenile Competition Booklet which is published on the AAI website: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/other/Updated.pdf. Incidentally this booklet is the Bible of national juvenile competition and is a must-read for coaches/parents if you want to avoid a clash with holidays!
Best wishes to Coldwood NS on their annual 4 mile frundraising run this Sunday at noon. You can register on the day.
This year the organisers have introduced a 1km race for kids up to 3rd class and a 2km race for kids in 4th, 5th and 6th class. Entry is a €5 and every child gets a treat bag. 1st,2nd 3rd boys and girls get a medal.
The kids races start at 11am with registration from 10.30am.
Huge congratulations to Galway and Carrabane woman Olive Loughnane whose silver medal performances at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 is about to be upgraded to gold following the latest drugs scandal in Russia arising from which the gold medal winner has been banned.
Incidentally, when our hard-working U11s were training on a cold night between Christmas and the New Year, who casually popped in for a walkaround the track with her husband - the lady herself, who generously gave up her time for a chat and some photos with the athletes.
You can read a small bit of the athmosphere of that time in 2009 here:- Mike's Berlin Blog although we were not there in time for Olive's masterclass performance.
Well done to Jamie Fallon who last weekend represented Ireland in the Celtic Cross Country in Dunboyne. Jamie was selected for the team on the back of his strong performances in the club cross country last Autumn. THe Celtic Cross Country is an annual event between Ireland, Scotland, Ulster and Wales. Jamie was the second Irishman home in the U20 race and 7th overall in one of the best performances of his career. Results are at http://www.precisiontiming.net/result.aspx?v=2288.
Well done everyone on fantastic performances yesterday and thanks to the army of volunteers who helped as officials on the day!!! Provisional results from the track attached here and I will confirm all tonight and add the field results.
The program for this Sunday's Galways Indoors is below. Best to luck to everyone in it, I am sure in this weather that you're glad its indoors!!
The Annual General Meeting of the Senior Club takes place on Sunday 11th January 2015 at 7.30pm in St. Michael's Hall, Craughwell. All our members are encouraged to attend and show your support for the club. We welcome input and new ideas from all our members and look forward to seeing you all at our Annual General Meeting.
The Annual General Meeting of the club's juvenile and executive committee will take place next Wednesday night 7th January commencing at 6.30pm. It is hoped that alot of parents and coaches can attend to hear a quick update on the year's activities and on facility development.
All going well, the meeting will be over within 45 minutes so please try to attend if possible to support your hard-working committee and coaches.
Also we are holding our 2015 registration nights on this coming Tuesday and Thursday Jan 6th and Jan 8th from 6pm to 8pm in Craughwell hall. We need to get all who will be participating in the Galway indoors on 18th January to register next week for 2015 as you need to be registered in order to take part. The registration form is available on the club's website at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/juvenileapplicationform.pdf or copies will be available on the night.
For anyone wishing to purchase club tracksuits or tops, Geraldine Jennings (085 8404509) will be taking orders on the registration nightes. Tracksuits cost €35 and training tops cost €25. Geraldine also has a small stock of club rain jackets (€35) and beanie hats (€7).
Wishing all of our members both young and old a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year. It’s being a fantastic year for the club on both the competitive and non-competitive scene.
Our membership numbers have gone through the roof (if we had a roof !), we’ve become the biggest juvenile club in Ireland ahead of all of the large urban centres, have the 26th largest adult membership and combined are the 4th largest club in the country – a remarkable achievement for a club in a rural location.
I will post a separate article on our superb competitive performances throughout the year but want to focus on progress with facilities in this article and to sincerely thank all who have supported our fund-raising efforts to date.
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!
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
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.
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.
WELL DONE MICHAEL A TRULY WELL DESERVED TITLE. We are all so proud of you.
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.
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.
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