Damian O'Boyle and Jamie Fallon after the Irish Schools Senior 6500m
Jamie Fallon (representing Calasanctius Oranmore) raced to his greatest performance to date when claiming the bronze medal in the senior 6500m at the Irish Schools Cross Country which was held in Clongowes Wood College at the weekend. Holding 4th place throughout much of the race, Jamie moved into 3rd place on the final lap and held that position for possibly the best performance from a Galway distance runner since the legendary Paul Donovan won this title in 1981. A group of 6 athletes broke from the pack in the early stages of the race and the on-course commentator gave a running commentary on them for the remaining laps, omitting to mention Jamie initially, then mentioning the man from “Calasenteese” who was in second place at the time and finally someone later having a whisper in his ear and Jamie became the ‘cousin’ of the great Jimmy Fallon :-).
Damien O’Boyle also had a fine run in the same race when taking 24th place. In the junior race, Oisin Lyons was another Calasanctius student to have a fantastic run when placing 5th in his 3500m race and in the process claim his first international vest for the Schools International which will be held later this month. Having played a Connacht Cup soccer final the day before (winning 6-3 incidentally), it was a super run from Oisin. He stuck with the leading group of 6 for the first third of the race and then got caught in no-man’s land for a while between 2 groups of 5 before the 2nd group caught up. Oisin battled hard at front of that group and they caught the trailing runner on the lead group on the home straight with Oisin holding on for a fine 5th place.
Also in action at the same venue, Neil Greaney had a good run in the Universities Cross Country to place 33rd as part of a strong DCU team which took team gold.
Oisin Lyons after his 5th place in the Irish Schools Junior 3500m
Earlier in the other schools races, Caron Ryan (St Raphael’s) had a strong run to take 33rd place in the intermediate girls race, with Pres Athenry’s Grainne McDaid and Ciara O’Boyle placing 69th and 80th and The Bower’s Aoife Green placing 77th. In the senior girls 1500m, Ciara Greene (The Bower) placed 45th while Andrea Tobin placed 57th to help the Pres Athenry to 8th team place. In the minor boys 2500m, St Raphael’s Sean Connaughton placed 55th in a high quality field while in the junior girls, Claregalway’s Rachael Hughes placed 69th.
The club will very shortly have a new training technical top/t-shirt for sale which doubles up as a fund-raiser for our much-needed facilities and as a high quality training top for use at training or in competition warm-up. I will post a seperate update on our facility progress in a few days time - we have a number of fund-raising initiatives coming up in order to proceed with developing the facility later this year. The top is available in both adult and children's sizes should parents or coaches also wish to get one.
To order your top, please text your name and sizes required to Tracy Moran at 087 8810737. Tracy will have them at the astro turf next Tuesday from 5.45pm to 8pm and at the hall Thursday 6.15pm-7.15pm and at the astro turf Thursday 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
The technical top will cost €20, with a €5 discount given for each additional top purchased by the same family, i.e. 2 tops for €35, 3 tops for €50, etc. The top comes in the following sizes:-
All profits from the tops will go directly into our facility fund for the development of facilities on our new 8-acre site.
The Club is delighted to announce the club challenge for 2015 for all runners. The aim is to encourage all club members & club teams to take part in a broad range o events including many of the top regional and national events. The objective is to encourage team spirit whilst promoting our club colours. There are 15 chosen races. Members must compete in 7 to qualify for prizes.
Next start date for Beginners to Fit4Life is Monday 13th April 2015.
Meet at 7pm at Westside Library.
Any queries to Bernie 087-7504066
17 days to go....
With 17 days to go to the Craughwell 10 we have 56% men registered and 44% women, come on girls register.
This is the 6th annual running of the Craughwell 10 it is run on a flat accurate AAI measured 10 mile course.
Incorporating the AAI Galway 10 mile Club championship, this race sells out every year. Race entry of €25 includes a technical T shirt and medal.
enter online at ACTIVE.COM
A large contingent of athletes from the club descended on the international arena in Athlone IT at the weekend for the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships. With over 100 athletes in action, Craughwell AC had the largest representation at these championships which told in the podium finishes with 29 Connacht titles coming our way, 13 silver and 11 bronze podium finishes.
There were many highlights across the 2 days in particular an impressive 1.58.08 from Damien O’Boyle in the U19 800m, significantly helped by Peadar Harvey who paced the first 400m of the race. It was a generous act from Peadar who holds the club record of 1.57.xx and unselfishly paced Damien to an attempt to break that. As it was Damien came very close to that record and even closer to Paul Joyce’s junior club record of 1.58.05. Cathriona Farrell gave an exhibition of jumping in the senior high jump, attempting 1.80m and soaring 10cm above it but clipping it with her heels. Sinead Treacy came home with triple gold I the 60m, 200m and long jump – another fantastic performance from a great athlete. In the U16s, despite a bad enough injury picked up on Thursday night when practicing for hurdles, Lorraine Delaney had an impressive series of jumps to nail a new high jump PB of 1.50m having improved from 1.40m to 1.45m only a few weeks earlier at the Scottish Championships. Laura Cunningham had to settle for 2nd place but more than made up for this with her first Connacht long jump title in a few years.
Craughwell U16 4x200m Relay Teams at the Connacht Indoors
Luke Finn, Oisin Lyons, Jerry Keary, Cian Waters, Daniel Callanan-Forde
Shauna Tobin, Anna Farrelly, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney
There were a string of good performances from athletes from the club at the Connacht Schools cross country which was held in Sligo Racecourse last week.
Leading the way with an exceptional run was Jamie Fallon (representing Calasanctius) when taking the Senior Boys Connacht title. This continues a string of cross country successes for this dedicated athlete who can look forward to the Irish Schools finals next weekend with confidence. Also with a fine run, clubmate and schoolmate Damien O’Boyle also had a super run to take 4th place and help his team to Connacht gold. In the Senior Girls race, Ciara Greene (The Bower) finished a fine 6th place while Andrea Tobin helped the Pres Athenry to team bronze with a 14th place finish and Tara McNally (Loughrea VS) placed 41st.
Oisin Lyons (Calasanctius) replicated Jamie’s success when striding to victory in the Junior Boys race, leading his team to 5th place with Eoghan McDonagh 25th, Ultan Sheerin 46th, Louis Molloy 56th and Paul Molloy 66th. Gavin Forde (Pres) placed 48th in the same race. Rachael Hughes (Coláiste Bhaile Chláir) placed 14th in the junior girls, helping her team to 5th place while Pres duo Shauna Tobin and Fiona Commins placed 32nd and 35th to help their team to 7th place.
Sean Connaughton (St Raphael’s) placed 13th in the minor boys race, with the Noonan brothers Patrick and Sean (Pres Athenry) placed 20th and 27th. Cathal Walsh (Seemount) placed 21st helping his team to a fantastic silver medal. Catherine Noonan and Aisling Carr placed 31st and 51st in the minor girls with their Pres team placing 7th.
In the Intermediate Boys race, Jack Miskella (Pres) placed 38th while Caron Ryan (St Raphael’s) took a fine 3rd place in the Intermediate Girls. Grainne McDaid and Ciara O’Boyle featured on the victorious Pres Athenry team in 14th and 19th place (where the Pres took both team gold and team silver!) while Aoife Greene 25th helped the Bower Athlone take the bronze medals.
Full results of the day are at:- ConnachtSchoolsXCResults2015.pdf
No Juvenile training Sunday 1st March due to Connacht Indoors Championships.
There will be a Bus to Connacht Indoors on Sunday leaving Dangan at 7.30am.
Price for the bus is 10 euro.
The provisional program for the Connacht Indoors this Sat/Sun is as follows:-
Senior training plan attached thanks to Matt Lockett.
Track Training from 7.30 (warm up done) at Dangan Track every Tuesday.
Unoffical Training session every Thursday (see attachement.
Training from Dangan Pavillion every Saturday from 10.00am.
Sunday Morning Long run from the Cathedral at 9.00am.
Check out Facebook for updates.
Many runners log their miles using a GPS-enabled watch. The map below shows the areas in Galway that have been most logged for running. Dark blue means it's a route used a lot, and red used even more. Cappagh Rd (Parkrun), The Prom, Dangan and the racecourse are all heavily logged. A similar view is available for biking routes, or biking and running combined:
Cathriona Farrell completed a hat-trick of senior indoor titles when winning the high jump at the National Senior indoors on Saturday. After a winter disrupted by injury, Cathriona was in remarkable form with an exceptional jump over 1.77m to take the title. Her 2 previous indoor titles came in 2011 and 2012 where she won in Belfast with jumps of 1.70m. Yesterday she was pushed much harder with 3 jumpers clearing 1.71m and 2 over the 1.74m. In fact, Cathriona's winning jump was the highest winning jump in the last 7 years in this event. Having cleared the 1.77m, Cathriona requested that the bar go to 1.82m and had 3 excellent efforts at what would have been a new PB.
Also in action in Athlone, Conor Duggan made the next round (to be held Sunday) of the men's 60m with a fine time of 7.23 and narrowly missed out on making the 200m final with a time of 22.83 while Damian O'Boyle ran strongly in the heats of the 1500m to record a time of 4.04.25 which is a new junior record for the club and possibly also a senior record (tbc).
We were treated to a real spectacle at the AIT Grand Prix on last Wednesday night. With our U13 boys and girls relay teams also in action on this international stage, it was a special special night. The U13s were magnificent, both relays winning their races to the rapturous applause of the capacity crowd – great experience for these young athletes. For the history books, our champion U13s were:- ...
Craughwell AC' U15 Boys at the National Juvenile B Cross Country Championships in Tuam
Sean Noonan, Gavin Forde, Oisin Lyons, Louis Molloy, Paul Molloy, Luke Finn
County Galway hosted a National cross country championships for the first time since 1999 with the holding of the National Juvenile B Championships and Intermediate/Masters Championships in Tuam. Craughwell AC were well represented on the day with plenty of success. In the Masters Men race, Peter O’Sullivan placed 25th with Ollie Mullins in 32nd to help Galway to 5th place in the team stakes.
In the juvenile races, Oisin Lyons led the way with a fine victory in the U15 boys 2500m, with his team placing 5th (34 Luke Finn, 37 Gavin Forde, 38 Sean Noonan, 42 Louis Molloy, 47 Paul Molloy). Sean Connaughton also stepped onto the podium with a superb silver medal performance in the U13 boys 1500m, with Finbar McFadden 23rd and Kyle Moorhead 51st all helping Galway to the team bronze in the inter-county event. Jack Miskella had a fine run in the U17 boys 3000m with an 11th place finish followed by Ben Vahey in 14th.
The U11 girls ran brilliantly to take the bronze medals in both the club and county events with Emily Miskella 10th, Caoimhe Connolly 17th, Jade Moorhead 18th, Aoibhe Carr 26th, Anna Cotter 48th, Jade Whelton 69th and Alana Grogan 149th. The U11 boys placed 5th in the club event and 3rd in the county event with Luke Flynn leading them home in 15th, Evan Hallinan 28th, Daniel Galvin 37th, Fiachra Bond 51st, Darragh McCartin 52nd, Fabian Fleetwood 54th, Joshua Ryan 55th, Aaron Doyle 62nd, Mark Egan 63rd, Daire Crowe 65th, Shane Concannon 69th, Aaron Crowe 78th, Jack Deely 79th and Ryan McDonnell.
Ailbhe Miskella placed 32nd in the U13 girls 1500m, with Jennifer Hughes 58th, Aoife Kelly 59th and Sarah Woods 64th. Rachael Hughes led the way in the U15 girls 2500m with a 26th placed finish, followed by Catherine Noonan in 34th and Fiona Commins in 42nd.
Most of the gang who travelled to the Scottish Indoors on Buchanan Street, Glasgow
(Credit: Daithi Cronin for most of the pics in this article)
A 30-strong group of athletes and parents from Craughwell AC journeyed to Glasgow for the Scottish Indoor Track & Field Championships at the weekend. With many athletes competing out of age, there were some fine performances over the 2-day event.
Pride of place went to Oisin Lyons who took the Scottish U15 1500m title with a superb display of front-running from gun to tape to take the victory in a time of 4.29.60, a fraction ahead of the 2nd place athlete. Oisin had earlier in the day ran a well-paced heat to comfortably qualify for the final in a time of 4.51.31 when taking 2nd place. In the final, Oisin led from the off and despite several challenges from the 2nd-placed Scottish athlete throughout the 7 and a half laps, Oisin held his ground at the front and took the Scottish title.
Daniel Callanan-Forde had some spectacular jumps in the U17 triple jump, eclipsing his previous PB of 10.75 by over a metre with jumps of 11.75, 11.76 and 11.77. Holding 3rd place with his 11.76 jump going into the final round, Daniel was just edged out of the medals by a leap of 11.89m on the last round - with Daniel improving slightly to 11.77m on his final jump but having to settle for 4th place. Earlier in the day Daniel took 6th place in the long jump with an impressive 5.62m - a 15cm improvement on his PB. All in all, while very dissapointed not to come home with some silverware, to take 4th and 6th place at this level when a year out of his age was a fantastic achievement for Daniel.
Ellie Cronin was another athlete to have a remarkable weekend with a 4th place finish in the U13 girls high jump. Ellie commenced jumping at 1.05m, clearing it comfortably but then struggled with her mark on the next height 1.10m - taking an extra step in and hence going off the wrong leg. Ellie moved back a few steps to have a run in of 7 steps and proceeded to clear all heights after that up to and including 1.30m on her first attempt to tie for the bronze medal but losing out on count-back of knocked bars. It was an incredible performance from Ellie in only her 2nd high jump competition ever having jumped 1.15m in the Galway indoors.
A fine performance also from Garvin Surlis saw him take 4th place in the U13 boys high jump with a leap of 1.30m, having earlier raced 9.60 in the 60m heats. As cool as a breeze, Garvin opted to open his jumping at the 1.30m height - making both his dad and his coach extremely nervous! But he knew what he was doing and cleared it and in fact was very unlucky not to nail the 1.35m which would have given him the bronze.
Craughwell AC's U17 Long Jumpers at the Emirates Arena iin Glasgow
Lorraine, Aoife, Laura and Caoilin
In the U17 girls long jump, the club had 4 athletes in action with Laura Cunningham the strongest to place 12th with a 4.69m leap, Aoife Walsh 4.37m, Lorraine Delaney 4.30m and Caoilin Milton 4.23m. Later in the day, Laura and Lorraine both jumped 1.45m to take 11th place in the U17 high jump, with Aoife leaping 1.40m. Ben Vahey raced to a time of 64.48 in the heats of the U17 400m while both Liam Moran and Tiernan Burke battled hard in the heats of the U17 men’s 1500m but didn’t progress to the final.
Pat & Garvin at the Scottish Indoors
Michael & Shauna at the Scottish Indoors
Ciara Greene placed 5th in the final of the U20 women’s 1500m in a time of 5.51.03 while Siona Lawless nailed a new PB in the U15 long jump with a leap of 4.73m to take 6th place, with Shauna Tobin (3.64) and Martha Haskett (2.88) jumping to PBs in the same event. Later Siona raced 28.70 in the U15 200m and Shauna threw 6.25m in the U15 shot putt.
Michelle winning her 200m heat
Jerry Keary had a fine series of jumps when taking 7th place in the U17 high jump, leaping 1.65m and coming agonisingly close to the 1.70m on his 2nd attempt. Jerry also batted hard in the heats of the 60m hurdles, sprinting to a time of 10.34. Michelle Duggan was unlucky to just miss out on a place in the final of the U17 200m, placing 3rd in the semi-finals in a time of 26.92, the 7th fastest time overall. Earlier Michelle ran 8.44 in the heats of the 60m.
Daithi & Ellie at the Emirates
Ben deep in thought prior to his 400m
Craughwell AC High Jumpers in Action in Glasgow
Daniel and Jerry during their events
Siona, Shauna & Martha at the Emirates
For more photos of the event, check out http://www.thatonemoment.co.uk/gallery.html.
All members are invited to join us at a social gathering in Munroes, Dominic St. on Saturday 21st February from 8pm. As well as a chance to catch up with friends and glam-up there will be some Club Awards to recognise the achievements over the past year.
Awards will start around 8:45pm, including awards various county, provincial and national team medal winners, as well as for the Club Challenge and our club leaders. See you there!
Juvenile training continues Sunday morning and every Sunday morning at 11:30am in St. Jarlath’s. Please contact brendan@tuamac for further details. Sunday 22nd Feb. sees the 7th year of the Kilconieron Charity 5 mile Run & Walk. Each year all proceeds from the event are donated to charity. This year’s nominated charity is Athenry Cancer Care. Members running last weekend were Michael McLoughlin in the Gort 8k, Caroline Ronan, Fiona Lardner and Michael Lardner in the Westport AC Point to Point 5k. Tuam AC is delighted to announce that it has managed to secure the coaching services of Matt Bidwell. Matt is one of Galway’s top athletes and 2nd place finisher at this year’s Tuam AC 8k road race. He will be coaching a Tuam AC weekly speed work session commencing in March. This speed work session is suitable for runners of all abilities and will increase speed and endurance. The first block of training coached by Matt will run on Tuesday evenings up until the start of the 5k series in May. The speed work session will then recommence in June. You must be a member of Tuam AC in order to participate and it will cost €2 per person per session.
The GloHealth Master, Intermediate and Juvenile B Cross Country Championships took place in the Palace Grounds, Tuam last Sunday, 8th of February. Almost 1,000 athletes were treated to a real cross country test over the rolling hills of the Palace Grounds. Tuam AC fielded 20 athletes over all of the events of the day. The day started in the morning with the juvenile U11 age group. Tuam AC was represented by Aoibheann Phelan in the girls U11 and Ross Cosgrove, Jack Hession, Conor Munnelly and Oisin Phelan in the boys U11 race. Each of them doing very well and can be proud of their performance. The seniors filled up the afternoon events with the highlight being Roger Rushe finishing second in the over 75 category. Tuam AC was represented by the following senior members – Ladies: Katrin Antweiler, Elaine Fleming, Audrey Greaney, Joanna Kiely, Assumpta Meenaghan, Maura Meenaghan, Ann Marie Miskell – Men: Stephen Brady, Martin Hynes, Justin Lane, Brendan Monaghan, Roger Rushe, John Stapleton, Tommy Joe Whyte. Thanks to the local Gardai for their presence throughout the day and to O’Toole’s Supervalu for the use of their car parks.Thanks also to The Presentation Convent who provided us with their superb facilities. Sincere thanks to all officials and stewards that officiated at the event. Special mention to Galway County Board and Athletics Ireland for all their help with the event While all this was taking place in The Palace Grounds, Maree AC was having it’s annual 8k road race. We are delighted to report that Tuam AC Clare Rowe won the women’s race in a superb 33min. Also running for Tuam AC were Ann Cosgrove, Marina Hussey, Elaine Hynes, Julie Murphy and Yvonne Wilson. On Saturday some Tuam AC members traveled to Ballinrobe to participate in a duathlon. Derek Naughton completed in the running sections of the team relay. First timers, Elaine Fleming, Michael Lardner, Sean O Morain and seasoned triathlete Tommy Varden completed the 3.5k run then a 18k cycle followed by another 3.5k run. Each were very happy with their times.
Some of the Craughwell AC team who competed in the 2015 National League
Sinead Treacy, Tara McNally, Michelle Duggan, Aisling Keady, Rachel Finnegan, Sarah Finnegan
Missing from photo Cathriona Farrell, Ciara Greene and Sinead Gaffney
Craughwell AC’s juveniles and seniors combined forces today in the National Indoor League final with some remarkable success in the women’s event. The club repeated its performance of 2014 when claiming the silver medals against the top track and field clubs in the country, losing out by the narrowest of margins of a single point which went down to the wire in the last event of the day – the 4x200m relay. The relay was won by the eventual champions Leevale of Cork in a battle to the line. The Craughwell quartet of Sinead Treacy, Tara McNally, Aisling Keady and Michelle Duggan ran a breathtaking time of 1.46.65 to knock over 3 seconds off the club’s record which was set in 2013.
Earlier in the day, there were double victories for Sinead Treacy in the sprints (60m 7.88 and 200m 25.24) and Cathriona Farrell in the jumps (long jump and high jump) with Cathriona equaling her own indoor club record of 5.25m in the long jump. Sarah Finnegan had a fine day also with a double second place finish in the triple jump (10.22) and 60m hurdles (10.01), her triple jump eclipsing her previous best to set a new club record. Tara McNally took second place in the shot putt (7.23) and ran an impressive 62.59 in the 400m to place third, while Rachel Finnegan and Ciara Greene battled hard in the 800m and 1500m to each place 6th in times of 2.33.5H and 5.32.32.
All in all it was a wonderful performance from the club to take the silver medals in a hotly contested event, particularly since the lack of a pole vaulter meant the club lost out on valuable points with just 3 athletes contesting that event where Leevale picked up a crucial 7 points with a 2nd place finish.
The time table and information for the juvenile B cross country in Tuam tomorrow is available on the Athletics Ireland website at the following links:-
- Timetable: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/events-timetable/Intermediate_xc_timetable.pdf
- Directions and Course Map: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/events/Galway_XC_Info_Pack.pdf
First race is the u11 girls at 11.30am, followed swiftly by the u11 boys, u13 girls etc etc. Best of luck all of our juveniles in action and also to our seniors taking part in the intermediates and masters later in the day.