The club had a fantastic turnout at the Galway Indoor Track & Field on Saturday with well over 200 athletes in action on a busy busy day. With the older ages on in the morning and younger in the afternoon it was a long day but a very successful one for the club in what is one of the pinnacle events of the year. Huge thanks to the many volunteers from the club who helped out for much of the day and in some cases from 8am to 8pm! Special thanks to the group of TY students who helped tirelessly and enthusiastically all day - there were many nice compliments for them from many of the experienced officials throughout the day.
There were plenty of podium finishes from the club’s athletes across the different categories from senior down to U10 with many special moments throughout the day and many star performances. The club is on the up and up both in participation terms and performance terms and hopefully all of our athletes enjoyed the experience regardless of where they placed in their events.
Highlights included a new Galway Indoor Championship Best Performances from Laura Cunningham in the Senior Women’s 60m Hurdles, Jerry Keary in the Senior Men’s High Jump, Chloe Casey in the U16/17 Girls Shot Putt, Conor Hoade in the U14 Boys 60m Hurdles, Fabien Fleetwood in the U14 1000m Walk, Evan Hallinan in the U13 Boys High Jump, Evan Moran in the U12 Boys 60m Hurdles and in the 600m, and Ella Farrelly in the U11 Girls Long Jump. Full details of the podium places from the club are as follows while full provisioal results are here.
Senior Women 200m 3 Laura Cunningham 27.35; 800m 3 Sinead Kennedy 2.54.71; 60m Hurdles 1 Laura Cunningham 9.93, 2 Caoilin Milton 10.33; Long Jump 1 Lorraine Delaney 4.45, 2 Caoilin Milton 4.44, 3 Aoife Walsh 4.43; High Jump 1 Ciana Reidy 1.53, 2 Laura Cunningham 1.50, 2 Aoife Walsh 1.50; Shot Putt 2 Shauna Tobin 6.80, 3 Aoife Walsh 6.38; 4x200m 2 Craughwell AC 1.52.35 (Sinead Treacy, Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney, Laura Cunningham), 3 Craughwell AC 2.01.00 (Lauren Stuwart, Ciana Reidy, Aisling Tracy, Alison Coy-Fitzgerald).
Senior Men 800m 1 Peadar Harvey 2.04.31, 2 Ben Garrard 2.04.31, 3 Oisin Lyons 2.05.88; Long Jump 2 Ben Garrard 5.87, 3 Jerry Keary 5.72; High Jump 1 Jerry Keary 1.90; 4x200m 2 Craughwell AC 1.38.62 (Louis Molloy, Jerry Keary, Oisin Lyons, Ben Garrard).
U16/17 Girls 60m 2 Chloe Casey 8.70, 3 Siona Lawless 8.73; 200m 3 Siona Lawless 28.83; Long Jump 1 Leanagh Gilligan 4.73, 3 Chloe Casey 4.54; High Jump 1 Leanagh Gilligan 1.40; Shot Putt 1 Chloe Casey 13.08, 3 Maeve Dawson 5.02; 4x200m 1 Craughwell AC 1.55.96 (Chloe Casey, Siona Lawless, Leanagh Gilligan, Ava Power).
U16/17 Boys 200m 1 Oisin Shannon 24.36; 60m Hurdles 3 Ryan Gallagher 9.83; Long Jump 2 Garvin Surlis 4.96.
U15 Girls 60m 1 Chloe Farragher 8.46, 2 Aleisha Larkin 8.56; 800m 2 Caoimhe Starr 2.40.31; 60m Hurdles 3 Ellie Cronin 10.74; Long Jump 2 Aine Kelly 4.43, 3 Chloe Farragher 4.34; High Jump 2 Aine Kelly 1.40, 3 Ellie Cronin 1.35; Shot Putt 2 Caoimhe Starr 7.70; 4x200m 1 Craughwell AC, 3 Craughwell AC.
U15 Boys 60m 1 Paschal Walsh 8.44, 2 Shaun Gilligan 8.51, 3 Gavin Lee 8.52; 800m 1 Gavin Lee 2.22.52, 2 Liam Leen 2.22.86, 3 Sean Cotter 2.32.56; 60m Hurdles 1 Jack Farrell 10.55, 2 Jack Fitzgerald 11.48; Long Jump 1 Conor Trehy 4.44, 2 Paschal Walsh 4.38, 3 Luadaigh Morgan 4.31; High Jump 2 James Furey 1.30; Shot Putt 3 Aoran Healy 7.15; 4x200m 1 Craughwell AC 1.51.59, 2 Craughwell AC 2.01.62.
U14 Girls 60m 2 Eve Ayo 9.18; 800m 2 Rebekah Flynn 2.42.89; 60m Hurdles 2 Anna Molloy 12.03; 1000m Walk 1 Hannah Hynes 7.59.10, 2 Oliwia Koman 8.07.68; Long Jump 1 Rebekah Flynn 3.94; High Jump 1 Rebekah Flynn 1.33, 2 Saoirse Pearse 1.33; Shot Putt 2 Hannah Hynes 6.70; 4x200m 2 Craughwell AC 2.07 (Eve Ayo, Anna Molloy, Oliwia Koman, Hannah Hynes, subs Erin Doyle/Saoirse Moore).
U14 Boys 60m Hurdles 1 Conor Hoade 9.90; 1000m Walk 1 Fabien Fleetwood 6.58.21, 2 Jack Kinane 7.00.84; Long Jump 3 Conor Hoade 4.57; High Jump 1 Lukas Schukat 1.35, 2 Robert Urquhart 1.30, 3 Liam McDonagh 1.25; Shot Putt 1 Rian Kearney 9.60, 3 Oisin Keane 7.76; 4x200m 2 Craughwell AC 1.57 (Conor Hoade, Lukas Schukat, Rian Kearney, Kieran O'Connor, sub Fabian Fleetwood), 3 Craughwell AC 2.06 (Fabian Fleetwood, Jack Kinane, Liam McDonagh, Oisin Keane, sub Noah Keane).
U13 Girls 60m 3 Katie Scully 9.28; 60m Hurdles 3 Katie Scully 11.74; Long Jump 1 Katie Scully 4.13, 2 Jade Moorhead 3.69, 3 Ella Lyons 3.56; High Jump 1 Jade Moorhead 1.30, 2 Aoibhe Carr 1.20, 3 Alicia Locteau 1.20; Shot Putt 2 Rosemary Maduka 7.28, 3 Aoibhe Fahy 6.75; 4x100m 2 Craughwell AC 60.15 (Katie Scully, Clodagh O'Meara, Aoibhe Carr, Jade Moorhead, sub Sarah Byrne), 3 Craughwell AC 62.02 (Siofra Davis, Ailish Burke, Aoibhe Fahy, Fauve Alymer, sub Erin Kelly).
U13 Boys 60m Hurdles 2 Evan Hallinan 11.27, 3 Cian Lavan 11.39; Long Jump 1 Evan Hallinan 4.13; High Jump 1 Evan Hallinan 1.45, 2 Cian Lavan 1.30; Shot Putt 2 Calvin Ryan 6.85; 4x100m 2 Craughwell AC 60.70 (Evan Hallinan, Dara Kearney, Ryan McDonnell, Cian Lavan, Luke Flynn, sub Killian Walsh).
U12 Girls 60m 2 Aoibhe Donnellan 9.53; 60m Hurdles 2 Chloe Hallinan 12.46, 3 Grace Lynch 12.59; Long Jump 1 Isabella Boland 3.45, 2 Grace Lynch 3.44, 3 Chloe Hallinan 3.33; High Jump 2 Isabella Fitzgerald 1.15, 3 Chloe Hallinan 1.15; Shot Putt 1 Niamh Duffy 7.55; 4x100m 2 Craughwell AC 1.02.79.
U12 Boys 60m 2 Evan Moran 9.32, 3 Dara Kearney 9.37; 600m 1 Evan Moran 1.52.76; 60m Hurdles 1 Evan Moran 10.93, 3 Conor Gilligan 12.01; Long Jump 2 Conor Gilligan 3.66; High Jump 1 Adam Jordan 1.15, 2 Cormac McFadden 1.10; Shot Putt 1 Darragh Kearney 6.87, 3 Ben O’Dwyer 6.23; 4x100m 1 Craughwell AC 59.31.
U11 Girls 60m 2 Ella Farrelly 10.00; 600m 1 Tara Keane 2.08.13, 3 Sophie McIlrath 2.11.04; Long Jump 1 Ella Farrelly 3.64; 4x100m 1 Craughwell AC 1.04.74, 3 Craughwell AC 1.06.21.
U11 Boys 60m 2 Cian Connaughton 9.27 Long Jump 2 Cian Connaughton 3.56, 3 Rian Comer 3.43; 4x100m 2 Craughwell AC 1.02.95.
U10 Girls 400m 3 Katelyn Walsh 1.26.79; Long Jump 1 Emma O’Donovan 3.17; 4x100m 1 Craughwell AC 1.11.92.
U10 Boys 60m 1 Ben Moran 9.68, 2 Dara Zimmer 10.20; Long Jump 1 Dara Zimmer 3.25, 2 Sean Hoade 3.00; 4x100m 1 Craughwell AC 1.08.05.
With the National League and the Galway Indoors on today and tomorrow, its a busy weekend for the club. Best of luck to all our competitors.
Today saw several of the club's athletes take part in the National Indoor League with Ciana Reidy making history in becoming the first juvenile from the club to take part in the indoor pole vault, where she cleared 1.80m - a very impressive performance off limited practise and of course a club junior record! Check out current records here:- http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/statistics/2017.01.14.indoorrecords.pdf
Laura Cunningham threw the 4kg shot over 7.70m while Sinead Treacy had a good early season jump of over 4.80m in the long jump and a good performance in the 60m sprint as did Sarah Finnegan in the 60m hurdles. Sinead Gaffney had a strong season opener in the 800m in a time of 2.24/2.25. Will post full results when available.
Eyes now turn to tomorrow for an action packed day from 9am to 7pm for the Galway Indoor track & field. With over 220 athletes from the club, taking part its going to be a busy day. Hopefully shortly after the indoors, I will have an update on the club's indoor age group bests ... the current version below is well out of date but our hard-working FAS assistant Cecelia has been doing alot of work on updating our results statistics over the last number of months and I should be able to get an update out on this within a week or 2 of the indoors. The current version is from 2013:- http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/attachments/indooragegrouprecords.pdf
Please see attached ... can clubs ensure all officials listed read this before the Galway Indoors this Sunday and ideally bring a copy with them, thanks!
Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 25th January at 8 pm in the upstairs room of the Community Hall. Can attendees please park in a suitable safe spot near the hall as the hall car park and bus spaces will be in use for bingo.
The AGM will include an update on Club development plans, report on activities in 2016 as well as the election of the Committee and Officers for the forthcoming year.
All parents and members aged 16 or older all welcome and encouraged to attend to hear an update on developments in the club and ask questions and make suggestions on any area we can improve in.
Following tonights AGM of the Senior Club the following officers have been elected for 2017:
Chairperson: Brian Gorman
Vice Chairperson: Fiona Diviney
Secretary: John Ward
Assistant Secretary: Emer Molloy
Treasurer/Registrar: John Fitzpatrick
PRO: Edel Kavanagh
Facilities Officer: Noel Gorman
Fit For Life Coordinator: Katie Gorman
Congratulations to the new Committee members and those taking on new roles.
Many thanks to Keith Devane, Niamh Flavin and Stephen Carty for all their work over the last two years.
A full set of Championship Best Performances has been produced by Athenry AC's Iain Shaw for the Galway Indoor Track & Field. Any errors or omissions can be fed back to Iain and he will verify and update. See attached for details - and very well done to Iain for a fine piece of work!
Senior Club membership falls due on January 1st. Please find the 2017 Membership form attached. Please download this form and complete in full and either give it to any member of the committee or you can bring it to the AGM which will take place on Sunday 8th of January in St. Michael's Hall, Craughwell at 7.30pm. An official registration night will take place the following week. Details to follow.
Any new or existing member who wish to take part in the National Indoors in Athlone later in January needs to submit their membership ASAP as they will not be allowed to compete if not registered. Please note that until you renew your membership you are not covered under AAI insurance when competing so it is imperative to submit your forms as soon as possible.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com.
Craughwell AC's membership renewal is due at the start of January for all juvenile/junior/student members who are on a Jan-Dec cycle. That's the majority of members. If in any doubt, consult your age group coach who may already have texted you about it.
To facilate getting renewals in, our register Mike O'Connor will hold registration hours at the following times in the green shed at the pedestrian entrance to our new athletics field-
- Thurs 5th Jan: 7pm to 8.30pm
- Tues 10th Jan: 6pm to 8.30pm
Please if possible bring renewal form and membership fees to 1 of the above sessions to help us get the membership renewal done efficiently.
Note we need to get this done by mid January for a number of reasons:-
- current insurance expires on 31 December
- you must be insured to compete in Galway Indoors
- you cannot train if not insured
- we need the funds to run the club and develop the facility
You can download and print the form by clicking on the adjacent image. Or if you want an editable version, click here: word version.
Festive Fun run report
by Maria Gorman Aged 8
I arrived down at the track, other people were arriving too. We were getting ready to run the fun run. We all walked down to the start line. We had a choice of 1km or 2km and I decided to run two kms which is five laps. Before we started we sang a happy birthday to Stephen.
The whistle blew and away we went. Everyone was wearing something Christmassy and they all were having great fun. I got a bit tired on my last lap and my face actually went a bit red. My little sister Olivia went a few laps as well and she stopped a few times but she is only 3.
When we finished we got cups of sweets and some juice. And after the adults race they had mulled wine an apple punch. I tasted the hot apple punch and it tasted nice. Olivia was messing with the sand trying to make a sandcastle. My mammy ran about 4km in the adult fun run. Daddy was busy talking with lots of people I didn’t know.
Maria enjoying the fun run today. Photo © John O'Connor
Fun run at 11.00am, 27th December at the Senior Club track open to all members & their families with some hot punch and little treats after. Its a free entry social event for the club.
Please wear your Santa hats , Xmas jumpers etc as spot prizes for best dressed runners...
Choice of distance , 1 mile , 5km or just a walk/jog...Below is a link to john o'connor's wonderful photos he took at last years event....lots of smiling faces...
But she doesn’t flood our tartan!
Pictured below at 10am this morning as Barbara rained down on Craughwell is the part of the school track and roadway near the pedestrian entrance to the track. As you see there is water everywhere.
And pictured next is our porous tartan sprint area and high jump area … same conditions, no water!!
But a note to all of our members – we need to keep it clean of all dirt and as much as possible the sand from the long jump. Since its a porous tartan surface, any dirt or sand will be washed down into it and will eventually block it and cause the water to stay on the surface. We will be figuring out some solution for the sand to help keep it off the tartan but we are really relying on coaches to ensure their athletes respect the tartan and not to go on it after being on the grass. Do it the other way around if using both or bring 2 sets of footwear.
Our annual calendar / directory for 2017 is being circulated by club members throughout the area this week and over the holiday period and first week of January. We initiated the calendar/directory in December 2002 with the first year being 2003. So 2017 is the 15th year of the calendar. In that time, the calendar has generated a profit for the club of over €5000 each year ... when you add it up, that's a massive €75000.
If you took those funds out of the club, we'd have no field, no facility and no vision!
So the club are exceptionally grateful to all the current and past advertisers who have placed ads in the calendar and all of the dedicated parents and athletes who have gone door to door on many occasions distributing the calendar in the area.
Each year we distribute over 600 copies. Please support it again this year. Please hang it up in your house and please give some of your business to the businesses that are supporting us. And remember without this business support, we would not have a facility.
Click on the picture below to download a copy.
Craughwell U17s at the club's training session on the ice rink in Leisureland!
Ciana Reidy, Lorraine Delaney, Shauna Tobin, Laura Cunningham
As the athletics year draws to a close, Craughwell AC would like to wish all of its members a very happy Christmas and a successful New Year. It was another wonderful year for the club with the ongoing development of its facilities in Crinnage and consolidating its position as the largest juvenile club in Ireland with over 600 members.
The next big event for the club will be the Galway Indoor Track & Field on Sunday January 15th in Athlone – athletes and their parents need to confirm to their coaches their preferred events for this over the Christmas period as entries have to be in by early January. The club has booked Athlone IT for a preparation training session on the preceding Sunday 8th January.
Event choices are as follows:
- U10s: 60m, 400m, Long Jump, Relay
- U11s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay
- U12s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles
- U13s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles
- U14s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk
- U15s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk
- U16/17s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk, 200m
- U18/19/Adults: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk, 200m, 3000m
The club would like to thank all members and parents and sponsors for their support throughout the year and will be distributing copies of its annual calendar/directory over the holiday period which has proved to be an invaluable source of funds these last 15 years. And the club would like in particular to thank its hard-working coaches and committee members without whom there would be no club. Over 50 parents are voluntarily giving their time week-in week-out to help out at training and they can be proud of helping the club to become what it is today. The club is always on the lookout for more help though as with over 600 members, it’s a massive challenge to cater for such numbers on a weekly basis. So perhaps parents can consider making a New Year’s Resolution to lend a hand even if not available every week.
A very happy Christmas to all!
A belated report on last weekend’s cross country where a small band of athletes from the club made the journey to Dundalk for day 2 of the National Juvenile Cross Country Championships. Top finisher on the day from the club was Mathys Bocquet who took 28th place in the U11 Boys 1500m and led his team to 12th place overall with Evan Moran 90th, followed by Lucas Keane, Cormac McFadden, Adam Jordan and Liam O'Connell. Aibhle Miskella had an outstanding run to place 48th in the U15 Girls 3500m with Sarah Woods and Asia Clarke just outside the top 100. Sean Cotter and Kyle Moorhead placed 70th and 72nd in the U15 Boys 3500m with Finbar McFadden 98th while Ross McGuiness led his U13 team to 17th place when placing 62nd in the U13 Boys 2500m, followed by Eoin Byrne, Darragh McCartin, Noah Keane and Ben Brady all with fine runs against elite opposition.
As everyone knows the standard at this level is incredibly high and everyone in the race is a top class runner. You can look back over the history of our performances in National cross country in the attached file to see how difficult it is! The attached is not fully complete yet so if you spot omissions, let me know.
The Craughwell 10 Mile
Sunday March 19th 2017.
© John O'Connor
The Craughwell 10 Mile will take place on Sunday March 19th 2017. This will be the 8th year of this fantastic event which never fails to deliver an exciting field of local and national athletes. Incorporation of the Galway 10 mile championship makes for a very competitive day out for all. Fast flat AAI permitted race and chip timed.
Registration will open soon. Check back for details or
Irish Junior Girls Pentathlon Team at the International Schools Combined Events in Athlone IT
Niamh O'Neill, Rhian Kidd, Chloe Casey, Erin Fisher
Saturday saw Chloe Casey make her international debut, the first of many when you see the remarkable distance she threw the shot out to. Chloe was part of the Irish Schools Junior Girls Pentathlon team who took on the best athletes from England, Scotland and Wales in the International Schools Pentathlon. An event whose traditional home is Glasgow, it moved for the first time out of its Scottish homeplace to the new surrounds of Athlone – unfortunate for Chloe as it meant no foreign trip but handy for us locals who only had to travel over the road to attend!
Chloe threw the shot putt out a massive 13.28m to record the top throw in her age group on the day, as well as achieving performances of 4.46m in the long jump, 10.80 hurdles, 1.36m high jump and 2.45.89 800m.
Chloe becomes the 16th juvenile athlete from the club to represent Ireland following in the footsteps of Ann Loughnane (race walk), Cathriona Farrell (high jump and pentathlon), Claire Ryder (long jump), Conor Duggan (relay and 100m), Conor Gillen (cross country), Damien O’Boyle (cross country and steeplechase), Jamie Fallon (cross country and 5000m), Jerry Keary (high jump), Maeve Curley (race walk), Maria McNamara (pentathlon), Nicholas Sheehan (800m), Oisin Lyons (cross country), Shauna Bocquet (wheelchair 400m), Sineád Treacy (200m and pentathlon) and Tomás Keehan (high jump).
Just a quick reminder about the upcoming event to be held in Athlone. Dermot McDermot who is on a par with Michael Tobin in his passion for athletics and encouraging young peolple into the sport, (and had a big influence and hepling hand in our first athlete from the club gaining his scholarship to the states) is holding the second day of events in Athlone on Sat 17th December. Closing date for entries is tomorrow and if you have been putting it on the long finger .......
This is your reminder to get into action and get those entries sent in this evening or during the day and evening tomorrow. It might be the one event that gets the feeling of competition going in the body again before the start of the indoors in January.
A smaller group from the club took to the streets of Dublin to run the 2016 Dublin City Marathon than in previous years. This was primarily the result of a large contingent heading to abroad earlier in the month to take on the Amsterdam Marathon! (race report pending I hear).
For the first-time Dublin sold out in August this year. A combination of the switch to Sunday and the 1916 commemoration medal led to a record entry with a little under 17,000 toeing the start line.
Race day conditions were perfect, no wind, no rain and temperatures not set to rise above 12 degrees. The support from the crowds along the whole route in Dublin was phenomenal. It can be overwhelming at times and you find yourself smiling and laughing between gritting your teeth and arguing with your legs to keep going! Special mention to friends, family and club mates who placed themselves strategically alone the route armed with jellies, flat coke and much needed words of encouragement. The last mile was a wall of noise with people cheering encouragement at you all the way to the finish line.
After an historic year both on and off the track, Craughwell AC have 2 celebratory events coming up. Firstly this Saturday evening 10th December, the club have organised a Family Night at the Dogs to help raise funds towards its ongoing facility development. The club are hoping that many of its members and former members and their families will come along to enjoy the night – tickets are still available from any committee member or from Mike Tobin at 087 6591879.
Secondly on Friday 16th December, Raftery’s Pub in Craughwell are provided a free evening of entertainment for Craughwell AC from 9.30pm onwards with music from Evoke and free finger food. The club are inviting all coaches, parents and adult members along that night to join in the celebrations of a fantastic year and will be organising free transport home for those who want to imbibe in a few beverages! So come along and join the fun and celebrate what has been a wonderful year for the club.
Pictured below, Rachel Raftery presenting a sponsorship cheque to Craughwell AC's Mike Tobin and Tracy Moran at the club's fantastic new track facilities.