GCH member Sean Breathnach has been a superb throwing athlete for many years. He continues to deliver outstanding throws and was recognised earlier this month by Galway Athletics as Senior Athlete of the Year.
His recent form though has been exceptional. His winning throw helped the GCH team win Silver in the Team Indoors in early February. He went on to win individual Senior National Indoors in late February with a new Irish record of 18.16m in Athlone. Returning to AIT one week later for the Leinster indoors he extended his Irish record by a further 11cm to throw 18.27m. Incredible form from an incredible athlete.
On the back of this he was selected to represent Ireland at the European Throwing Cup in Arad, Romania last weekend. It's not the first international vest Sean has earned, and based on his current form it won't be the last.
Congratulations Sean.Senior News
The Craughwell 10 Mile is over for another year. We would like to thank all of the people who help to make this great event happen each year. We were once again blessed with perfect cool calm running conditions which seemed to favour the majority with whispers of many PB’s achieved throughout the field.
Seamus Lynch took Bronze in the GloHealth Masters Indoor Championships 2016 High Jump competition which took part in Athlone IT today, 20/03/2016 in a Jump of 1.45M. Fantastic performance from Seamus in his first All Ireland competition in 26 years! Full results are available here.
Craughwell U17 Boys 4x200m Relay Team
Bronze Medallists at the National Indoor Track & Field Championships in AIT
Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan-Forde, Louis Molloy, Oisin Lyons
Five teams from the club made the short trip to Athlone International Arena today for the National Indoor Relay Championships with exceptional performances all around
The morning session saw the U17 girls and U17 boys in action. The U17 Girls lined up with Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney, Aoife Walsh and Laura Cunningham with Ciana Reidy and Shauna Tobin as subs on this occasion. The girls ran strongly in the heat with some smooth baton passing and just missed out on making the final when running a time of 1.53.30. As the finals were being called into the call room, half our team were on their way out the door when suddenly we heard our name called over the tannoy – into the final (one of the other qualifiers were unable to compete). Hurriedly gearing up for the final, the girls ran brilliantly again knocking almost a second off their heats time and taking 6th place with a time of 1.52.71 – over 2 seconds faster than their Connacht time!
The U17 boys lined up with Daniel Callanan-Forde, Louis Molloy, Jerry Keary and Oisin Lyons. Having been just pipped by Longford for the Connacht title, both teams were drawn in the same heat with Longford again having the upper hand taking victory in the heat with the Craughwell lads second in a fine time of 1.38.59 – an incredible 3 seconds faster than their Connacht time.
Matthew McKernan and Aisling Keady were both in flying form in the U19 Boys and U18 Girls Triple Jump at the National finals in Athlone today. Matthew had a marvellous series of jumps either side of the 12m mark with a best of 12.20m to take the silver medal against elite opposition where the championship best was broken by the winner. It was a great performance by Matthew who had just missed out on the medals last weekend when placing 4th in the long jump.
Aisling was in action early in the morning in only her second time ever competing in this event, having debuted a few weeks ago in the Connacht Championships where she leapt to a best of 9.35m. Aisling put in a very impressive string of jumps, bravely choosing to go off the 9m board, and being rewarded with jumps ranging from 9.77m to 9.90m – just 30cm away from the mark which took the bronze medal. Aisling had to settle for 4th place and a fantastic PB – but a little frustrated as she had three 4th place finishes in these National finals – high jump, triple jump and relay. 4th is nicer than 5th however and Aisling's performance in both the triple jump and her leg of the 4x200m were very impressive.
Online registration is now closed. We will be taking limited entries tomorrow morning from 10.00am until 11.30am.
Please ensure that you register early and leave yourself plenty of time to get to the start line which is 1km from Race HQ!
Following are details of forthcoming track and field dates:-U9-11s Sun, 08-May-16 Galway U9/10/11 T&F Teams and U12 T&F, Dangan Sat 11-Jun-16 Connacht U9/10/11 T&F Teams and U12 T&F, Dangan Sat 02-Jul-16 AAI Juvenile U9, U10 and U11 Track & Field Team Competition & Relays U12-19s Sun, 08-May-16 Galway U12 T&F, Dangan Sun, 15-May-16 Galway U13-19 Outdoor Track & Field, Dangan Sat 11-Jun-16 ConnachtU12 T&F, Dangan Sat 18-Jun-16 Connacht U13-19 Outdoor Track & Field, Sligo Sun 10-Jul-16 National Juvenile Track & Field U12 to U19 Day 1,Tullamore Sat 23-Jul-16 National Juvenile Track & Field U12 to U19 Day 2,Tullamore Sun 24-Jul-16 National Juvenile Track & Field U12 to U19 Day 3,Tullamore Seniors Sun, 15-May-16 Galways - most likely combined with older juveniles on 15 May Sat 18-Jun-16 Connacht Senior Outdoor Track & Field, Sligo Sat 25-Jun-16 National Senior Track & Field Day 1 Sun 26-Jun-16 National Senior Track & Field Day 2 Sun 03-Jul-16 National Junior & U23 Track & field, Tullamore
For full list of above and other events, click here ... 2016 Fixture List
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For some time now the club have been considering following the lead of most clubs in the country and having its own weekly lotto or raffle to help develop our facilities. We have a monumental amount of work to do this year including:-
- Building a carpark and roadway
- Constructing a high jump area
- Installing 8 additional floodlights
- Constructing an 8-lane tartan sprint runway
- Constructing additional long jump pits
And in the future including
- An 800m perimeter gravel walking/jogging path
- A state of the art indoor training centre incorporating gym, fitness class rooms, athletics training areas etc.
And the club have found the perfect charity to partner with on our fundraising campaign. The Croí BraveHearts Lotto is an innovative online lotto run by Croí in partnership with select local sports clubs or organisations. For 3 decades Croí has been battling heart disease/stroke in the West of Ireland with their information campaigns and health initiatives. They are the perfect fit for one of the most progressive and largest athletics clubs in the country whose purpose is to develop everyone to their potential whether that is just a regular habit of social exercise or competing at the highest level in Galway, Connacht, Ireland or abroad.
By signing up to the Croí BraveHearts Lotto for as little as €2 per week, participants receive weekly e-zines on cardiac health, learn and diet and exercise programs, healthy recipes and much more. €1 goes to Croí and €1 goes to Craughwell AC to help us develop our much needed facilities. Croí bear all the costs of the lotto, prizes etc. so 50% of everything you give goes to the club. Every cent of that will be ploughed into the ground in our new field to help develop our facilities for use by all. As an added incentive, the club will give free Park Membership for each year that you sign up for a 52-week lotto subscription.
So get on board, it’s a no-brainer as they would say in America … for €2 per week you get the following (incidentally we welcome very much donations from America and abroad as well as locally!!!)).
- To donate to a highly regarded charity
- To donate to a hard-working athletic club that promotes healthy exercise and competition
- A chance to win a minimum jackpot of €3000 each week
- Free annual membership of Craughwell AC Sports & Recreation Park which you can use all-day Fri-Sat-Sun and anytime Mon-Thurs except 6-9pm during juvenile training hours.
- The satisfaction of helping people in this part of Galway stay fit and healthy
- A big smile and feeling of “I helped that” when you see hundreds of kids exercising on the grounds or when athletes from the club succeed at the highest levels
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A large crowd of parents and kids had a super 2 hours in St Michael's Hall to round off their St Patricks Day celebrations with a trad hour and disco early this evening. Some wonderful local talent of Irish music and dance on action following by a full-on disco that I am sure will leave lots of tired little people tonight.
Well done all and especially well done to Sylvia Quinn and Tracy Moran (pictured below) for organising the event. People are already talking about next years event being even bigger and possibly incorporating a parade. Onwards and upwards!
The final Indoor Session for the U7-11 year olds will take place in the Pavillion this Friday 18th March at 7PM. Training for 9 year olds and older will resume outdoors on Fridays at 7pm after the Easter break on 8th April. Training for all ages from 7years old will continue on Sunday Mornings at 10.30am except for Easter Sunday 27th March. There will be no training on Good Friday 25th March or Easter Sunday 27th March as the Track and Pavillion are both closed. Hope you all enjoy the Easter Break.Categories: Juvenile News
The AAI National 10k is on Sunday 10th April in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. GCH athletes performed extremely well last year (report here), with three teams winning silver medals and several gold medal winners. We hope repeat and improved performances for this year.
Please email Mags Sheridan, club secretary, before Thursday 31st March if you intend to compete this year: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mags will ensure you are notified of your team details and the procedure for entry.
More race details here: http://www.greatirelandrun.org/aai/Categories: Senior RacingMeet & Train
A massive congrats to all who took part in the Kinvarra Rock and Road Half Marathon and 10k Races earlier this month.
GCH were dominant in the field and even more dominant on the podium despite windy conditions on the undulating course.
Must be all that winter training paying off!!!
In the Men’s 10k Race, the 2016 is looking good already for Owen Byrne who came 2nd in 35.05.
In the Women’s 10k Race Siobhan Egan is looking fresh after her Cross Country team win taking 2nd place also in 39.38.
In the Half Marathon, Grainne Ni Uallachain was 2nd home in 01:27:49 followed by Sarah Collins in 3rd 01:28:47 (not to mention a massive PB from last year’s 4th placing in the half).
So a great start for these ladies 2016 also and best of luck to Sarah in London Marathon next month, watch this space!!
There were some great running from all Jerome Debize’s GCH Training gang not to mention Brendan Kennelly’s Wednesday 6.30am group, with 4 out of 5 coming home in under 1.35!!
Well done on everyone who trained and ran!! Now for the next big adventure.
A full list of GCH athletes attached!Categories: Member NoticesSenior RacingSenior Results
A Fit4Life group will be travelling to the New Inn 5K on Sunday 3rd of April. All welcome to run, walk or jog it, or a combination of all three!
A bus will leave Westside Library at 11am (race start time 1pm) and return at approximately 4pm after race and post-race refreshments.
Please contact Bernie Kelly to book a place on the bus - €25 for bus and race entry.
Fit4Life Friday evening run will start again on Friday 1st of April, meeting at 6.30pm in Dangan.Categories: Fit4LifeMember Notices
Race number collection: Your race number will be available for collection from 12.00pm to 1.00pm on Saturday the 19th of March at St. Michael's Hall Craughwell
From 10.30am to 12.00 noon on race day 20th of March at our race HQ at Craughwell National School.
Please arrive early to collect your race number, timing chip and technical t-shirt from the marquee at the rear of the school.
Road Closure commences at 12:00 noon therefore it is vital that you arrive at the event prior to this time.
Ample parking is available in the GAA training grounds behind Craughwell National School which is the first left after Craughwell National School.
Note: The start line is approx. 1k away from the HQ!
Please attach your race number to the front of the t-shirt you will be wearing during the race using the safety pins provided. Your race number should be visible at all times. Your race chip is incorporated into your race number.
Toilets : there will be 10 portable toilets at race HQ.
Any items left at HQ or at the start area are left there entirely at your own risk.
We will collect all bottles and jackets etc. from the start and leave them for you to retrieve in a box near the finish line. The organisers will not be held responsible for any items lost or stolen.
The race will start at 12:30pm sharp. Clear instructions will be given to move to the start area from HQ and you must follow the instructions of the race officials at this time to ensure you are not late for the start.
If you are a walker please start at the back of the field to allow runners to get away safely.
There will be 1 water station with 250ml bottles, at the 5 mile marker and water will also be provided at the finish line.
When you are finished with each bottle please drop it at the mile markers only. Please do not throw away bottles anywhere else along the route. There will be distance markers every mile.
The roads will reopen at 2:30pm so please exercise caution after this time as normal rules of the road will apply.
Use of iPods and other devices is not permitted during the race. Please be aware of other runners at all times, particularly at water stations.
Please obey the marshals instructions at all times.
Refreshments will be available for participants in the marquee at the finish area.
Prize giving will take place for each category as they become available.
Thank you for entering the Craughwell 10 2016. We wish you the very best of luck and we hope you have a great experience.
If you have any queries please contact us on email@example.com
Daniel Callanan-Forde and Jerry Keary
Silver Medallists in the U17 Long Jump and High Jump
Another weekend of high-octane athletics took place in Athlone International Arena at the weekend at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships. Saturday saw some exceptional performances with the highlight being Evan Hallinan’s gold medal in the U12 boys high jump with a clearance of 1.25m having earlier placed 4th in the long jump with a fine 4.20m leap. While Sunday saw 3 more medals added with Jerry Keary taking the silver in a riveting U17 high jump competition where he tied on 1.89m with the eventual winner and losing out on countback of knocked bars, Daniel Callanan-Forde taking the silver in the U17 long jump with an impressive 6.15m and Conor Hoade taking the silver medal in the final of the U13 boys hurdles. And it was unlucky 4th place also for Matthew McKernan in the U18 long jump and for Aisling Keady in the U18 high jump. Other notable performances included 5th place for Ryan Gallagher in the U15 high jump and 6th place for Shaun Gilligan in both the U14 60m and long jump.
Continuing a remarkable few months, Sinead Gaffney (2nd from left above) had another outstanding day when running on the University of Limerick cross country team that won the Colleges title in Sligo recently. It’s been a roller-coaster few months for Sinead winning team silver in the colleges road-relays, individual silver in the 800m at National Indoor U23 Championships, helping UL win the colleges camogie title, breaking the club 800m record by 3 seconds in the National Senior Indoors and now adding a national cross country team gold to her collection!!
Also in action in Irish Schools cross country in Sligo, Caron Ryan placed 25th in the Senior Girls race while Jack Miskella placed 62nd in the Senior Boys, Ailbhe Miskella 60th in the Junior Girls, Sarah Woods 85th in the Junior Girls, Finbar McFadden 92nd in the Junior Boys and Kyle Moorhead 102nd in the Minor Boys.
To help share practical advice on easy-to-prepare and nutritions meals for post-exercise we're holding a recipe competition. Entries are welcome from any GCH member. Winning recipes will receive a voucher from the Gourmet Tart Company.
Meals should be well balanced and contain:
- Carbohydrate – wholegrain
- Protein source
- Bonus points will be awarded for people who try to incorporate - high fibre, vitamin C , Low GI, and healthy fats i.e. unsaturated fat
- Easily prepared in 30-40 mins
Entry deadline is Sunday 27th March. A short-list of recipes will be made and the Gourmet Tart Company vouchers awarded after a popular vote at the GCH night out, 8:30pm on 2nd April in Oslo, Salthill. Instructions for submitting an entry:
- Copy the recipe template below into a new email and complete it. Please add a photo where shown.
- Use eMail subject for the name of your recipe.
- Send the email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your recipe will be included in the list of recipes in the challenge here. (Note, your email address will be included as a recipe tag).
Categories: Member NoticesSenior NewsJuvenile News
Athletics Ireland have published a list of National Indoor Champions on their website along with the list of entries for the National Juvenile Indoor finals this weekend. Best of luck to the large number of Craughwell AC athletes who are taking part. The timetable for the weekend is here: Saturday Sunday
Its great to see so many Craughwell AC athletes feature on the list of National Champions. Our most prolific Champion is Cathriona Farrell with 12 titles followed by Ann Loughnane with 6 titles. The list includes:-
- Aidan Conneely (60m, 2 long jump)
- Aisling Keady (high jump)
- Ann Loughnane (6 race walking)
- Cathriona Farrell (9 high jump, long jump, 2 pentathlon)
- Jack Raftery (high jump)
- Katie O'Donoghue (2 pentathlon)
- Leanagh Gilligan (high jump)
- Linda Porter (1500m)
- Maeve Curley (race walking)
- Maria McNamara (pentathlon)
- Rachel Finnegan (2 pentathlon)
- Paul McGill (2 shot putt)
- Sacha Haverty (pentathlon)
- Sarah Finnegan (pentathlon)
- Sinead Treacy (60m, 200m, long jump)
- William Finnegan (triple jump)
- U19 Boys Relay (Nicohlas Sheehan, John Cormican, Aidan Conneely, Conor Duggan)
- U13 Boys Relay (Conor Duggan, Gavin O'Toole, Jamie Fallon, Aidan Conneely, Conor O'Donoghue)
I need to double check the published list for others as its missing at least 1 - Tomas Keehan who won a high jump title.
The club had another wonderful trip to Scotland last weekend where U13s, U15s and U20s were taking part following on from the U17s event in Glasgow a few weeks ago.
15 athletes made the journey on this occasion with many fine performances and personal bests.
Ava Finn was the star performer where she leaped to a huge 4.36m in the U13 girls long jump to take the bronze medal and indeed only that she had to alternate between high jump and long jump as the events overlapped, Ava would also have taken a medal in high jump but had to settle for 4th place with a best of 1.31m.
Conor Duggan was unlucky to miss out on a podium place in the sprints where he placed 4th in the U20 200m final with a best of 22.65 from the earlier heats and 5th in the U20 60m final in a time of 7.27.
Ryan Gallagher has a huge performance in the U15 Boys high jump where he placed 4th with a 1.57m jump, only losing out on a bronze medal on count-back of knocked bars and having earlier placed 6th in the 300m with a time 41.87.