A new year is coming, but Green is still the in color for 2017!
New half zip soon available..please place your order through your age co ordinator to ensure it arrives before XMAS...Also available to purchase for XMas are our Hoodies at 25 small sizes/27 euro for bigger sizes, Technical Running Tops at 15euro in green and white and NOW our New Half Zips at 30 euro.. place your order today!! Or message the Craughwell Juvenile AC page on facebook.
The National Even Ages Cross Country took place last weekend on a fantastic new purpose-built course at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown in Dublin.
As always, the standard is just crazy high at National level. When you think about the numbers involved ... there are roughly 60000 or 70000 children of same age in Ireland (based on secondary school exam numbers!) so thats approx 35000 boys and 35000 girls. And 2 years combined run each age group in cross country, so in each race you up against the top 200 children from 70000 ... that's the top 0.0028% in your age group!!
So to run at Nationals is a major achievement, to place in the top 100 an even bigger one, to place in the top 50 extraordinary, to get into the top 20 unreal!
While we didn't bring any medals home from Abbotstown, all of athletes competed with distinction doing themselves and the club proud.
Jamie Fallon led the way for the club with a fine 13th place finish in the U20 Men’s 6000m race and 7th in the junior grade. I think every adult runner in Galway knows how good Jamie is so this gives you a good grasp of the elite standard of this event.
Ben Ryan was very impressive also with a 16th place finish in the U16 Boys 4000m, leading his Craughwell AC teammates to 12th place with William Fitzgerald 40th followed by Kyle Moorhead, Patrick Noonan, Sean Noonan and Finbarr McFadden.
The U14 Boys were led home by Sean Cotter in 28th place followed by Liam Leen, Ross McGuinness, Eoin Byrne and Darragh McCartin with the team taking 13th place overall.
The U12 boys took 10th place in their 2000m race with Evan Hallinan first in followed closely by Cian Lavan, Mathys Bocquet, Daniel Galvin and Luke Flynn.
In the U12 Girls 2000m, Clodagh O’Meara led her team to 16th place followed by Fauve Aylmer, Jade Moorhead, Abbie Rooney and Isabella Boland. And running as individuals, Catherine Noonan and Asia Clarke put in fine performances in the U16 Girls 4000m and U14 Girls 3000m, placing well up in the fields of over 160 athletes.
Craughwell AC's U16 Boys Cross Country Team at the National Championships in Abbotstown Dublin
Ben Ryan, William Fitzgerald, Kyle Moorhead, Patrick Noonan, Finbarr McFadden, Sean Noonan
Craughwell AC's U14 Boys Cross Country Team at the National Championships in Abbotstown Dublin
Craughwell AC's U12 Girls Cross Country Team at the National Championships in Abbotstown Dublin
Craughwell AC's U12 Boys Cross Country Team at the National Championships in Abbotstown Dublin
End of Term Time Trial Results are in the table below! Well done to all who took part.
Well done to all who completed the 10 weeks. Fit For Life will recommence in mid January.
Keep an eye on the website and Craughwell AC Facebook page for updates.
A special thank you to all of the Fit for Life Leaders; Katie Gorman, Steven Carty, John Ward, Gerry Carty, Niamh Flavin, James Diviney, Betty Coleman and Edel Kavanagh. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated.
Timetable for tomorrow's National cross country is at the link below. Best of luck to all of our athletes. The races kick off at 11.30am with the U12 girls. Please try to arrive 75 minutes before your race as the large crowds make it difficult to find people and organise teams.
The venue is Abbotstown which is near the Blanchardardstown Shopping Centre in Dublin and is the new National Sports Campus. It will be the first time there for most of us and it will be interesting to see the new facilities there. It is exit 6 off the M50 as you head to the airport. Then shortly after taking that exit, take the turn left for Blanchardstown and immediately go across the flyover over the road you were just on to get onto the R843. The R843 takes you past the National Sports Campus on the right. See map below for details.
Well done to Jamie Fallon who produced a strong performance in the international Cross de Atapuerca at the weekend in Spain where he placed a commendable 34th in an elite field in the Junior Men's race. Results are at the link below.
Chloe Casey (St Raphael’s Loughrea), pictured across put in an outstanding performance at yesterday’s Irish Schools Combined Events to take 4th place in the Junior Girls category with a points total of 2977 and in the process claim her first international vest with the international due to take place in Athlone on December 11th.
Chloe’s elite event of shot putt put her right up in contention after 4 events with a heave of 13.31m earning her 748 points. Qualification went down to the wire with the 800m deciding it in a shake-up between four athletes for the 4th spot on the team leaving them separated by just 33 points – a little under 3 seconds in an 800m! Chloe did just enough in the 800m to hold onto 4th place and becomes the 5th athlete from the club to make this team over the years joining Cathriona Farrell, Maria McNamara, Aidan Conneely and Sineád Treacy.
And it was hard luck for Laura Cunningham (Pres Athenry) who put in a magnificent performance in the Intermediate Girls grade to record a points total of 2760 which included PBs of 9.22 in the shot putt and 2.46.87 in the 800m. As with Aisling Keady’s points total last year, Laura’s total would have made the Irish team on many occasions in the past 10 years but not so this year where there was an incredible standard in the intermediate grade with 1st and 2nd both exceeding 3500 points.
Ellie Cronin (Pres Athenry) was also in action in the Minor Girls event where she put in another great performance in a high-standard competition. Having won the Connacht title a few weeks ago, Ellie battled hard in her first time in a National multi-events competition where she placed 11th overall but great experience and a definite contender for international multi-event teams in the years ahead.
In the boys events, Sean Connaghton (St Raphael’s Loughrea) placed 9th in the junior boys grade with 2485 points, a strong performance across all of the events with some exceptional performances despite the lack of recent practise.
In the intermediate grade, Ben Garrard and Oisin Lyons both recorded some fine results in a high standard event. Ben’s long jump of 5.76m was particularly impressive while Oisin’s 2.03.48 in the 800m was the fastest of the day. Ben’s points score of 2883 placed him 7th overall while Oisin’s final score of 2773 placed him 9th overall.
In the Senior Boys grade, Paul Armstrong made his debut at National level where he placed 7th with 2095 points, a good performance in his first time at this level where he produced 4 PBs including a 5.34m leap in the long jump.
Craughwell U15 Boys - Connacht Cross Country Bronze Medallists 2016
Westport House provided its familar tough cross country challege to athletes from the club in day 2 of the Connacht Chanpionships today. Mixed weather conditions made it a tough day for the athletes but nonetheless they battled to some brilliant performances.
Leading positions on the day went to Jack Miskella who placed 5th in the U19 Boys 6000m and sister Ailbhe who put in a splendid performance to place 6th in the U15 Girls 3500m, with Mathys Bocquet also placing 5th in the U11 Boys 2500m. Ailbhe's 6th place finish is just reward for the one of the most dedicated athletes in the club who has attended an incredible 42 training sessions this Autumn.
Two teams from the club finished in the medals with the U13 Boys and U15 Boys taking the accolades. And it was hard luck for 3 more teams who were just pipped for the top 3 places but still qualify in 4th place for the All-Irelands - particularly so for the U11 Boys who came 4th on countback to home club Westport.
The day got underway with the U11 Girls 1500m where we placed 7th with 167 points led home by Isabella Boland in 32nd place and followed by 35 Erin Doyle, 44 Sole Lopez, 49 Nicole Clarke, 50 Muireann Leen, 53 Claudia McGuinness, 56 Holly O'Boyle and 64 Jenny Cloonan. The U11 Boys 1500m was up next where the team scored 90 points to place 4th with 5 Mathys Bocquet, 14 Evan Moran, 34 Liam O'Connell, 37 Lucas Keane, 42 Cormac McFadden, 43 Adam Jordan, 53 Callum Brady and 66 Eamonn McGlynn. The boys were unlucky to just miss 3rd place, tying on 90 points with 3rd place Westport who took 3rd place by virtue of a higher place 4th finisher - the harsh rules of cross country.
In the U13 Girls 2500m, the team put in a marvellous performance to take 4th place with 3 of the team out of age. The team scored 80 points with Saoirse Moore and Clodagh O'Meara leading the way in 15th and 16th place, followed closely by Fauve Aylmer 22nd and Jade Moorhead 27th. In the U13 Boys 2500m, the team claimed a splendid bronze medal with 85 points led by Ross McGuinness in 11th and the rest of the team packing well with Eoin Byrne 23rd, Darragh McCartin 25th, Evan Hallinan 26th, Daniel Galvin 28th, Ben Brady 36th and Noah Keane 42nd.
The U15 Girls 3500m saw yet another 4th place finish for the club with the team scoring 75 points and led by Ailbhe Miskella 6th, Ciara Sheppard 21st, Asia Clarke 23rd and Sarah Woods 25th. In the U15 Boys 3500m, the club claimed their second team bronze of the day with 65 points with 11 Sean Cotter, 17 Finbar McFadden, 18 Kyle Moorhead, 19 Liam Leen and 40 James Furey - a fine performance with several of the team running out of age.
Full results are here:- 2016_Connacht_Uneven_Cross_Country_Results.pdf
Best of lluck to all of our athletes taking part tomorrow! Information and course map below.
CONNACHT CHAMPIONSHIPS – UNEVEN AGES, NOVICE AND MASTERS
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2016
INFORMATION ON THE VENUE
Registration will be open from 11 am.
The first race will start at 12 noon.
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 will be located 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).
The Westport House “Galley” will be set up in front of Westport House serving snacks and hot drinks.
Click map if want larger version
The club's completed high jump facility basked in glorious sunshine today!
Dear Parents and Members
We are nearing completion of phase 2 of our ambitious athletics facility plans which includes car-parking, tartan sprint and jump areas and grass running routes.
In total in the last 3 years, the club has invested over €460K in the facility when taking account of site purchase and the 2 development phases. This has been funded through a combination of fund-raising, members’ donations, membership subscriptions and outstanding loans of €199K. Members’ donations have come to almost €30,000 and we are particularly indebted to a group of 14 families who between them have donated more than €22,000! We are also fortunate to have the support of Community Finance Ireland who have provided us with loan finance on 3 occasions now in the past 2 years to purchase and develop the site.
All of this has been achieved in a very short time-frame – it is literally just 2 years and 1 month since the club purchased the site and the achievement is thanks to our members, their parents, the community, local businesses and our hardworking coaches and committee. It just shows what can be achieved when everyone pulls together!
However, we are still greatly in need of your support in order to complete phase 2 – something that we are very close to now.
We are sending 2 tickets home to each family in the club for what has proven in the past to be a very enjoyable family night out at the Dogs on December 10th. The price of the tickets (€15/ticket or €25/family) is just a small premium on what you would pay anyway to enter at the door and it is excellent entertainment for all of the family. We are hoping that each family in the club will purchase a pair of tickets to help support our facility work. And of course, we are still open for donations and support of our lotto, or if you own a business, advertising on our annual calendar/business directory. This latter has proven an invaluable source of funds over the years – please contact Michael Tobin at 087 6591879 or email@example.com if you are interested in advertising on it as we are finalizing it over the next 2 weeks
And the picture above is just a sneak preview of where we are heading next – with a significant building for both juveniles and adults to exercise in. We hope to launch straight into the construction of a substantial indoor training building which will eventually house athletics facilities, a community gym and a multi-purpose indoor sports court. Additionally, we will be building a perimeter walkway for use for walking/jogging. It is hoped that much of the funding for this phase will come from grants and loans with 20% or so from fund-raising activities.
But we need your support. We have already received fantastic support from many families and we know many more are thinking about it. Well now is the time to put your thoughts into action! We need you and you need the facilities we are developing. These facilities are an investment in you and your family’s health – a place to exercise from 8am until late at night. A place for all the family to exercise. A safe floodlit environment and eventually a nice indoor arena to exercise on those dark and cold winter evenings. So whether you are a long-standing member or a new recruit, please consider supporting us via one of the above options. The money is being ploughed directly and quickly into the facilities that you and your family are using – so you get to see the impact of your support almost immediately.
For those who like statistics, check out the attached for all of our placings, both teams and individuals, in Connacht cross country since 2004:- Craughwell Performances In Connacht Cross Country
After years of practice in St Michael's Hall, a much appreciated and valued facility, the club have finally completed a state of the art outdoor high jump facility on its very own site in Craughwell. Gone are the days of travelling into Dangan and hauling out the 3 large high jump mats with the help of a handful of jumpers! For our jumpers now have just to turn up on their own doorstep, peel back the high jump cover and bingo! practice can begin.
So today Sunday 30th October 2016, the first training session on our new facility was held with the honour of being the first to jump on it going to the group in the pictures above .... Jerry Keary, Laura Cunningham, Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan, Ellie Cronin, Shana Tobin, Aisling Keady, Ciana Reidy and Lorraine Delaney. And apologies to the group, I just had to get my own head into 1 of the photos!
The groundwork for the high jump area was completed by Martin Freaney earlier this year and the tartan surface was completed by track contractors Crawford Group last week. Its massive massive progress for the club to have its own high jump facility. With the event being one of the most successful in the club (athletes from the club have won 59 National medals in the event since 2004), its just fantastic to see our own complete facility. With work continuing on other facilities, it won't be long before we have decent facilities for all events on our doorstep.
Connacht U16 Cross Country Champions 2016
Ben Ryan, William Fitzpatrick, Patrick Noonan, Kyle Moorhead, Finbar McFadden, Sean Noonan
The first day of the Connacht Cross Country Championships went off in perfect weather conditions in The Claddagh in Galway city. There were some tremendous performances by athletes from the club with Jamie Fallon and Sean Cotter both racing to convincing individual victories in their races – Jamie taking the Connacht Junior title by a considerable margin and Sean putting in a strong finish to take the U14 title by 20 or so metres. The U12 and U16 boys also raced to the Connacht titles with very strong team performances while U14 boys and U12 girls took team silver.
The first race of the day was the U12 Girls 2000m where Clodagh O’Meara put in a terrific performance to place 8th – one of Clodagh’s finest performances to date. She was followed swiftly by Aoibhe Carr with a great race to place 9th having just returned from injury. Next in one of the most improved athletes in the club was Fauve Aylmer in 17th place – an incredible 36 places improvement since the same race last year. Jade Moorhead completed the team scoring in 19th place and was followed by 40 Isabella Boland, 44 Abbie Rooney, 55 Erin Doyle and 57 Holly O'Boyle who showed great commitment to make the start line having had to take a taxi into town in an emergency. The girls performance was strong enough to yield a super set of silver medals with a team score of 53 points.
Craughwell AC U12 Girls - Connacht Cross Country Silver Medallists 2016
The U12 Boys were next into battle with a very strong team who raced to the Connacht title in style with a low score of 42 points. The team were led home by another superb run from Cian Lavan in 6th place followed by 8 Mathys Bocquet, 13 Evan Hallinan, 15 Daniel Galvin, 17 Luke Flynn, 20 Evan Moran, 39 Cormac McFadden, 45 Alan Connaughton and 55 Michael Woods. This is the first time since 2004 that Craughwell has taken theConnacht title in this age group – a fantastic result from an exceptional group of athletes.
Craughwell AC U12 Boys- Connacht Cross Country Champions 2016
Next the U14 Girls battled hard to a 5th place finish in their 3000m led home by Saoirse Moore in 21st, following by 27 Emma Jane Moran, 29 Asia Clarke and 31 Ciara Hughes. In the U14 boys 3000m, Sean Cotter put in one of the performances of the day when taking the Connacht title in style – racing into an early lead and pushing the pace the whole way to the line. Liam Leen put in a brilliant performance in his wake, despite being noticeably impeded earlier in the race – placing 5th overall. Liam was followed in by 13 Ross McGuinness, 20 Oisin Davis and 29 Paschal Walsh – a performance earned a well-deserved set of silver medals for the team with a score of 39 points. Catherine Noonan was the club’s sole representative in the U16 Girls 4000m where she had yet another fine run to place 11th overall.
Craughwell AC U14 Boys - Connacht Cross Country Silver Medallists 2016
Next one of the highlights of the day – the U16 Boys 4000m which turned out to be an intensely close batted for the medals with just 3 points separating the top 3 teams. Craughwell captured the Connacht title with 54 points with Westport just behind on 55 and GCH on 57. The Craughwell team were led home by Ben Ryan in 4th place followed closely by William Fitzgerald in 7th, Patrick Noonan 20th, Finbarr McFadden 23rd, Sean Noonan 24th and Kyle Moorhead 25th. In the Junior Men’s 6000m, Jamie Fallon put in one of the performances of the day when winning the Connacht title in style by a considerable margin. Jamie was followed in by Odhran Keane in 2nd place. Ollie Mullins was the final competitor from the club in action in the senior race but the results of same are not published yet.
Results of the juvenile and junior races are here - huge well done to Iain Shaw for getting them out within minutes of the final race!
Mario, Wario and Luigi stormed into Craughwell AC tonight to turbo-charge the club's spookily scary Halloween disco with DJ Mitch. A super evening was had by the huge crowd of happy scary and busy children from 6.30 to 8.30pm. The event was a super success and I'm sure lots of tired little parents people tonight!
The event raised much needed funds for our almost completed track facilities as well as providing our members with loads of fun, fun for funds as one might say! And a big thank you to our hard-working coaches and committee for doing all the organisation. Another wonderful success for the club.
Some of our young athletes enjoying the fun below:
Top 4 in the Intermediate and Senior Girls at the Connacht Schools Combined Events 2016
Laura Cunningham (Connacht Intermediate Champion), Aisling Keady (Connacht Senior Champion),
Caoilin Milton (Intermediate Bronze Medallist), Lorraine Delaney (Intermediate Silver Medallist)
A massive number of athletes from the club took part in the Connacht Secondary Schools Multi-Events Championships in Athlone on Wednesday with some exceptional results. We had so many athletes in action that I lost count of them all – but probably over 60 from the club there between the Oranmore, Athenry and Loughrea schools as well as Yeats College, with half of the 28 athetes who qualified for the All-Irelands from our club.
Our girls took a clean sweep of the Connacht titles in the 4 age groups with Ellie Cronin winning the Minor grade, Chloe Casey the Junior, Laura Cunningham the Intermediate and Aisling Keady the Senior. While Oisin Lyons took the Connacht title in the Boys Intermediate grade by a narrow margin. Notable performances included Ellie’s 1.50m in the high jump, Laura’s 1.55m and almost 1.60m in the high jump Chloe’s 13m+ in the shot, Oisin’s 2.05 in the 800m and Caoilin’s 9.x in the hurdles.
The provisional results have been announced as follows with full results hoped to be available at the weekend. The All-Irelands take place in 2 weeks time on Saturday 12th November with the top 4 in each event (including minors) qualifying.
- 1st Ellie Cronin Pres Athenry 2,488pts
- 2nd Erin Taheny St Marys Ballysadare 2,476pts
- 3rd Freya Bohan Pres Athenry 2,408pts
- 4th Aoibhe Deely St Killians College New Inn 2,291pts
- 1st Iarlaith Golding St Colmans Claremorris 2,481pts
- 2nd Eoghan Jennings CSS Carraroe 2,381pts
- 3rd Aaron McKenna Coola PPS 2,132pts
- 4th Ruair Collins Pres Athenry 2,076pts
- 1st Chloe Casey St Raphaels Loughrea 3,030pts
- 2nd Niamh O’Neill Ballyhaunis CS 2,812pts
- 3rd Seren O’Toole Ballinrobe CS 2,683pts
- 4th Zoe Moore Pres Athenry 2,341pts
- 1st Nelvin Appiah Moyne CS 2,672pts
- 2nd Sean Connaughton St Raphaels Loughrea 2,575pts
- 3rd Ryan Gallagher St Raphaels Loughrea 2,85pts
- 4th Harry Burke St Colemans Claremorris 2,333pts
- 1st Laura Cunningham Pres Athenry 2,817pts
- 2nd Lorraine Delaney Cal Oranmore 2,473pts
- 3rd Caoilin Milton Yeats College Galway 2,333pts
- 4th Aoife Walsh Presentation College Athenry 1,817pts
- 1st Oisin Lyons Calasanctius College Oranmore 2,863pts
- 2nd Brendan Lynch St Brigids College Loughrea 2,839pts
- 3rd Gerry Keary St Raphaels College Loughrea 2,795pts
- 4th Cillian Dolan Presentation College Athenry 2,735pts
- 1st Aisling Keady Presentation College Athenry 2,238pts
- 1st Shane Traynor-Canavan St Marys Galway 2,847pts
- 2nd Patryk Woleniuk Presentation College Athenry 2,294pts
- 3rd Paul Armstrong Presentation College Athenry 1,831pts
Both Craughwell NS and Scoil Mhuire Clarinbridge put in outstanding performances at the Cumann na mBunscoil cross country in Renmore on Wednesday where Craughwell took the team title in both the Junior Boys 800m and Senior Boys 1000m and Clarinbridge did likewise in the Senior Girls 1000m.
In the Junior Boys race, Evan Moran led his team to victory with an exceptional individual victory followed by Luke Flynn, Evan Hallinan (who raced to a fine finish despite a heavy fall early in the race) and Danny Gilligan. In the Senior Boys race, Robert Urquhart had yet another outstanding run with a 3rd place individual performance followed closely by Ross McGuinness, Darragh McCartin and Eoin Byrne.
Clarinbridge took the honours in the Senior Girls race with Saoirse Moore, Aoibhe Carr and Katie Scully all featuring strongly while Jade Moorhead was the leading Craughwell NS runner in 7th or 8th place. In the Junior Girls, Clodagh O'Meara was unlucky to finish just outside the individual honours when taking 4th place with a fine run while Clarinbridge's Cian Lavan also had a fine run in the Junior Boys with a 2nd place finish.
Another great day for athletes from the club!
Run for Mary 5km Run/Jog/Walk is taking place on Saturday 5th November. Mary is a former member of our club who died tragically from cancer a number of years ago.
Registration can be done online at http://www.active.com/co-galway-connacht/running/distance-running-races/run-for-mary-2016 or one can register on the day between 10.30am and 11.30.
The registration fees are:
- Individual: €15
- Child: €5
- Family: €30
This is the 3rd year of this worthy fundraising event and this year it is in aid of Hand in Hand & Galway Hospice and it's for everyone as open to all walkers, joggers and runners !! Please support!
Some of the group on the first trip many years ago in 2008
Back row: Sue Joyce,Michael Tobin,Padraic Tobin,Cormac Dillon,Ruairi Finnegan,Niall Rooney,Cathal Coppinger,Triona Coppinger
Middle row: Julie Gallagher,PJ Kelly,Peter Treacy,Benny Gallagher,Ashley McDonnell,Orla McDaid,Laura Porter,Orla Ryan,Claire Ryder
Front row: Shaun Gallagher,Linda Porter,Debbie Kenny,Caoimhe Quill,Katie O'Donoghue
The club’s by now annual trip to the Scottish Indoors is going ahead in 2017. The event is spread over two weekends in Glasgow with
- U20s, U15s and U13s on Sat/Sun 11th and 12th February
- Seniors and U17s on Sat 28th January
Note the cut-off date for age groups in Scotland is different to Ireland – it is 1st September. This means that
- An athlete who is an u18 in Ireland next year but born on or after 1 Sept is an u17 in Scotland
- An athlete who is an u16 in Ireland next year but born on or after 1 Sept is an u15 n Scotland
- And an athlete who is an u14 in Ireland next year but born on or after 1 Sept is an u13 in Scotland
13 families have already booked Ryanair flights flying out on the 18:50 flight on the Friday and back on the 21:50 flight on the Sunday. You can read more on the most recent trip at:-
We are in process of block booking rooms in a hotel for the Friday/Saturday night so anyone going, let Michael or Tracy know asap together with events you are entering in. Its best just to do 1 or 2 events as the timetable may clash and also as it’s a National championships and an athlete will be too tired if too much events on same day.
The events available are:-
- U15, U17, U20, Senior: 60m,60mH,200m,300/400m,800m,1500m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Putt
- U13:60m,60mH,200m,800m,1500m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt
Ideally if going let me know asap as there are limits on the number of entries in each event.
To minimise costs of flights and hotels, its best to decide early if going or not.
Craughwell NS senior boys made history today in the shadow of Benbulben when winning the Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country title on the grounds of Sligo IT. While the school have featured on the winners podium many times in the last 15 years, this was the first time that the senior boys claimed the Connacht title, a feat achieved by the school’s senior girls on 3 occasions - 2003, 2006 and 2010. Previously the senior boys’ teams best performances were bronze team medals in 2007, 2014 and 2015.
Scoll down to the end of this article for the full results.
Craughwell NS Senior Boys - Connacht Champions 2016!
The boys were led home by an outstanding performance from Ross McGuinness with an 8th place finish – the joint highest position ever achieved by an athlete from the school (Kyle Moorhead in 2014). Ross was followed in with an incredible run by Robert Urquhart who had sprinted out of the starting chutes to take an early position in the leading group just behind Ross. For a sprinter to be in the leading group on a miserable day when the heavens rained down on the runners for the entire time we were there …. was a remarkable achievement and Robert hung on to place 18th in the race – a fantastic performance. And right on Robert’s heels, Eoin Byrne had the race of his life to take 19th place in the race. Having placed 42nd in the Galway finals, to place in the top 20 at the higher standard Connacht finals was amazing and one of the key improvement which brought the Connacht title to Craughwell. Next in came our 5th class hero’s Evan Hallinan 27th, Luke Flynn 33rd and Evan Moran 40th – another incredible set of performances from these young athletes in what is probably the toughest cross country race in Connacht.
And earlier in the girls’ races, Clodagh O’Meara, Jade Moorhead and Fauve Aylmer put in fine performances also to place 35th, 36th and 41st in the Senior Girls 1200m. Fantastic runs in a highly competitive field and again in absolutely drenching weather conditions. And also with an outstanding performance Sophie McIlrath placed 16th in the Junior Girls race, just missing out on the top 15 medallists.
And at the end of a wet but very very happy day, the cup made its way back to Craughwell in a black unmarked car under armed guard!!
Full results of the races are here:- Results_Con_Primary_Schools_2016.pdf
And read on below for a history of Craughwell NS performanes in these races in previous years - apologies to athletes from other schools in our club as I don't have the full history for all schools.