Kileeneen Back to School run results are finally here - sorry about the delay! It was a lovely evening - tonight it looks like possibly the last good one of this amazing summer of 2014!
The 5km was won in outstanding fashion by Damian O'Boyle who made a truly extraordinary debut over the distance in running 15.39. Damian is a great track runner, with a steady haul of national medals over the past couple of years but I never would have imagined that he'd be able to maintain the speed over the longer distance, and I think he was more than a bit surprised himself! Conor Dolan of GCH came second closely trailed by Neil Greaney to round off the top 3.
The women's race was won by Caroline Whirskey of Loughrea AC, followed by Lisa Mctigue and Edel Kelly.
The organizers of the Kileeneen Back to School run would sincerely like to thank all the people that came out in force to support the school, and the marshals, caterers, etc that made it possible.
Special shout out has to go to Blake Weibling of Seattle who ran the race while over here on a short work trip, and took the time out over sandwiches to help me type in the results - thanks and enjoy the trip Blake! Stay tuned to John O'Connor's flickr page for some of his usual excellent photos.
The results are below - note juvenilles aren't listed in the results but can get their times from their teachers who have the names to match to their bib numbers. Well done again to all the talented young athletes that put in such superb performances over 1 and 5km on the day - stick with the sport - you will go far!!.
Craughwell Athletic Club’s U8 and First Class training group starts back this Thursday 18th Sept at 5.45pm at the Astroturf. Children are allowed to attend 3 training sessions to see if they like it and then must register on the 3rd night if staying at it. Registration forms will be handed out on the 2nd night. Alternatively you can download the form from http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/juvenileapplicationform.pdf. Unfortunately the club cannot take children in Senior or Junior Infants.
Children should wear a tracksuit and runners and bring a drink of water.
Some points in regard to safety:-
- The car park will be quite busy so please park and escort your child to and from the gate of the Astroturf.
- When parking, please reverse into the parking spot rather than drive in. It is much safer when exiting.
- If hanging around for the full training session, please fill the spots on the basketball court (on the right just behind the school) so that the remainder of the space is more available for traffic arriving and departing.
Also each year we try recruit new parents to help supervise at training and in time, learn how to coach. We would greatly appreciate your help if you can spare the time as we are expecting to have large numbers in this age group. The club will provide both informal and formal training to help you become a coach. Or alternatively if you are just happy to help supervise, that’s fine too.
Congratulations to Jamie Fallon who finished in 62nd place in a time of 55.02 at the World Mountain Running Championships which were held in Tuscany, Italy today over 8.4km of mountain terrain. Most of the competitors were 1 or 2 years older than Jamie so it was a massive performance to be competing out of age at this level. Well done Jamie!
Jamie is pictured below with other Irish athletes in the pictuesque (and challenging!) mountains of Tuscany (pictures nicked from Jamie''s facebook!). Gives me some ideas for the next phase of the athletics development in Craughwell ... a ski slope!
Well done to Jason Broderick who has come out fighting after yet another injury struck year. He was never too far from the front of the nearly 4000 athletes in the Grant Thornton 5k in Dublin, finishing 4th with a breakthrough new PB of 15:30. He's pictured below lining up beside the legendary Cathriona McKiernan.
Good on ya Brodders!
Our speedgolf legend, Rob Hogan sent me a mail there with the subject "my life is complete" :-). You know you have hit the top when you see this in your email:
For anyone that doesn't know who Bernard Lagat is, he is an absolute legend of the track - right up there with the greatest of all time, and a hugely popular cult figure in the running community. As an example, he set the awesome Kenyan 1500m record (3:26!) 13 years ago and it still stands to this day! If I were you Rob I'd frame it and put it on your mantelpiece right center on your Gaylord Focker wall of fame - this is the bigtime right there!
Some more stats from Rob's latest fan below:YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes Representing Kenya 1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1st 1500 m 3:40.99 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd 1500 m 3:32.44 2001 World Indoor Championships Lisboa, Portugal 6th 3000 m 7:45.52 2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd 1500 m 3:31.10 2002 World Cup Madrid, Spain 1st 1500 m 3:31.20 2002 African Championships Radès, Tunisia 1st 1500 m 3:38.11 2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2nd 1500 m 3:42.62 2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 3000 m 7:56.34 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 1500 m 3:34.30 Representing United States 2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 1500 m 3:34.77 2007 1st 5000 m 13:45.87 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 9th 5000 m 13:26.89 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 1500 m 3:36.20 2009 2nd 5000 m 13:17.33 2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 3000 m 7:37.97 2010 Continental Cup Split, Croatia 1st 3000 m 7:54.75 2010 1st 5000 m 13:58.23 2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 2nd 5000 m 13:23.64 2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 3000 m 7:41.44 2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th 5000 m 13:42.99 2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 6th 5000 m 13:29.24 2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 2nd 3000 m 7:55.22
After the long summer break, I'm sure our coaches and athletes and their parents (and our new U8s) are all itching to get back to athletics training and reading this website everyday for news of its resumption!
Well you have to wait no longer!, here's the details of the new training times for the Autumn. There may be some further adjustment to this depending on how well we can accomodate the large numbers on the existing facility and our new facility once its in use (hopefully by mid-September).
And a quick note to parents if you have any interest in getting involved in coaching or assisting at training, please give me (Michael Tobin) a call at 087 6591879. We are always looking for more help. While we are extremely fortunate to have almost 50 active coaches, we have huge numbers and need as much help as possible. So if you have a chink of interest, please let me know and we will pencil you in and also organise some training for you so that you get a kick-start with it.
The different training groups will resume on the following dates. I will update the TBDs as soon as possible.U16/Older Sprints TBD U16/Older Jumps Mon 1 Sept U16/Older Distance Mon 1 Sept U15 Boys/Girls Tues 2 Sept U14 Boys/Girls TBD U13 Boys/Girls Tues 2 Sept U12 Boys/Girls TBD U11 Boys/Girls TBD U10 Boys/Girls TBD U9 Boys/Girls Tues 16 Sept U8 Boys/Girls Thur 18 Sept
Congratulations to Jamie Fallon who has been selected for the Irish Junior team to compete in the World Mountain Running Championhips. This is a first for both Jamie and the club and yet another massive achivement on Jamie's growing list of achivements. The race will take place in Tuscany in Italy in mid-September.
The race will be run over a distance of 7.5km which includes a 700m ascent - not for the faint-hearted!! For more information on the event and on mountain running, check our the following websites:-
Craughwell U16 Girls 4x100m Relay Team
Aisling Keady, Grainne McDaid, Mary Dunphy, Michelle Duggan
The past weekend saw the National finals of the Community Games take place in Athlone IT with one of the best ever years for athletes from the club. The relays threw up their usual share of excitement with the highlight being a magnificent 4th place for the Craughwell U16 girls’ team in their final in a time of 51.4. The girls were 4th fastest going into the final having placed 2nd in their semi in a time of 52.3 and 2nd in their heat in a time of 52.9. It was the best ever performance from a girls relay team from the club in the Community Games relay.
The previous best was 6th place by the U16 girls in 2011 (Sineád Gaffney, Maria McNamara, Maireád McCan and Ellen Fitzpatrick) while back in 2007 the U16 girls won Galway and looked very impressive in the first round of the National finals with their team of Cathriona Farrell, Rachel Finnegan, Rachel Kenny and Leah Creaven but unfortunately they were eliminated on a marginal zone fault. The 2014 performance equaled the 4th place obtained by last year’s U15 mixed relay team of Mary Dunphy, Dylan Finn, Michelle Duggan and Cian Waters.
The club’s inaugural golf classic was a great success with 52 teams taking part and overall victory going to the team of Catherine Cleary, Helen Shaughnessy, Mary Jennings and Ronnie Norris with an impressive score of 102 points. The winning team had a choice of first prize from a range of impressive prizes including green fees, accommodation and lunch at Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club (sponsored by Twomey Moran Ltd), green fees and lunch at Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg (sponsored by the golf club and by Liam & Alison Finn), green fees at Gort Golf Club and B&B in the Lady Gregory Hotel, green fees at Loughrea Golf Club and lunch in Maggie Mays, green fees and lunch at Athenry Golf Club, green fees and lunch at Portumna Golf Club, green fees at a number of other golf clubs including Ballinrobe Golf Club, Castletroy Golf Club and Woodstock Golf Club, framed golf prints from Cregal Art, golf lessons from Rob Hogan Golf Academy, car services from Pat Slevin.
Helen Shaughnessy, Catherine Cleary, Mary Jennings and Ronnie Norris
Winners of Inaugural Craughwell AC Golf Classic 2014
The club wishes to congratulate all of the prize winners and would also like to thank the many sponsors of prizes, greens and tee boxes and also the sponsors of the prizes for nearest the pin and longest drives (John Butler Physio, Tranquillity Leisure & Spa, Paul Anthony Hair Salon and Fat Tony’s Barber Shop). The nearest the pin prizes were won by Marie Kelly and Robbie Lyons while the longest drives were won by Patricia O’Hehir and Edwin McGrath.
Finally the club would like to thank the many teams who took part in the golf classic. All of the funds raised go directly towards the purchase and development of an 8-acre site adjacent to the local primary school which will be an invaluable asset for the club and the community, both young and old in the years ahead.
The full list of prize winners is as follows:-
Sineád Treacy and Conor Duggan at the Celtic Games International in Santry
A belated report on the ‘almost final’ juvenile track & field action of the summer. Seven more National track & field medals made their way to the club on the final weekend of the National juvenile championships in Tullamore.
Sineád Treacy was the star performer with double silver in the U18 girls’ long jump (5.22m) and 200m (25.21s) while Conor Duggan added bronze in the U18 Men’s 200m in 22.65. Their performances earned both Sineád and Conor selection for the Irish team that contested the Celtic Games international in Santry recently against Scotland and Wales. It’s been a really fantastic year for both athletes with both featuring on the National podium multiple times, Sineád getting selected for 3 internationals and Conor making his international debut. Sineád’s achievements were magnified by the honour of captaining the Irish Schools team at the Celtic Games. The athletic club is immensely proud of both athletes. Both acquitted themselves very well at the international with Sineád placing 3rd in the U18 Girls 200m in a time of 25.47 and helping the 4x100m team to relay silver in a time of 47.12, while Conor helped the U18 boys’ team to relay silver in a time of 42.89 as well as taking first place in the invitational 100m.
Just a gentle reminder to those of you are thinking of entering the Craughwell Marathon/Half Marathon on the 30th August 2014. Don't forget to e-mail your entry to email@example.com to secure your entry.
• Date: Saturday 30th August 2014.
• Start time: 9:30am.
• To enter mail name & club to this contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
• You will receive confirmation of entry in due course.
• REG: Craughwell Community Hall from 8:30am to 9:15am.
• Entry €20 surplus after costs will go to Craughwell Ac.
• Limited Entry.
• Quality Medals for all finishers of both half & full.
• Order of Malta in attendance.
• 250mm bottled water on course.
• Post race refreshments in the Hall.
• Changing Facilities available in the Hall.
• Course for the full is 8 loops 26.2Miles, Jones counter measured.
• Course for the half is 4 loops 13.1Miles, Jones counter measured.
• There is ample parking at the Community Centre.
Open invitation to all our players, coaches, members and parents to come along to Raftery's Bar tonight at 9pm for the prize giving for our golf classic and an end of athletics season drink.
The club would like to thank all those who took part in the golf classic. We had 52 teams take part which was super as we had organised the event in a relatively short space of time. We'd particularly like to thank organisign committee for their trojan work over the last few weeks and also those players who travelled long distances to take part.
Details of the fabulous prizes are belong and with the many companies and indivisuals who sponsored greens and tee-boxes. Thanks to everyone for their support. We are very very close now to finalising the purchase of our 8-acre site beside the school and fund-raisers such as these provide a much-needed source of funds to help us complete the purchase.
Holidays are Halfway through. Is boredom starting to set in? We can help!! Summer Camp at Craughwell A.C.is coming up again. It is running from Mon 11th Aug - Fri 15th Aug 9.30am - 2pm daily and we have a limited number of places available.
Do you wonder if Athletics is for you or what is it all about? Why not come along to camp and try it out in a FUN way. We offer a variety of activities, and learn athletics through games and drills. We have team activities and individual style activities so really there is something for everyone. We cater for children from those who have just finished 6th class down to those born in 2007.
Please contact Marion with any queries at 087 9390366 or download the application form which you can find in the dropdown menu for the Junior club. and return it with the deposit to the address on the back.
A few logistics issues, so we are going to have to postpone the facilities fundraiser 5k till further notice, hopefully we'll be able to get it together for later in the year - in the meantime if you are looking for a good local Autumn 5k I believe that Kileeneen National School are planning a 5k on the 17th of September - the "Back to School Run" is organized by friends of the club Mark Campbell, Michael Walsh and Peter O'Sullivan and might be a nice substitute! Check out runireland for details. Apologies for any confusion!
Just outlining the current status on the new athletics facility that we are creating adjacent to the school so that everyone knows where we are at with it. Read on for details.
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!!