A quick update on facility progress for our members and a huge appeal to you to get behind our fundraising. You will have seen plenty of construction activity on the field in the last 8 weeks. This is just the start of some major development work to be completed during June and July. We are about to go ahead with the following:-
- Completion of basic roadway and carpark on the new grounds
- Installation of 8 additional floodlights
- Construction of an 8-lane IAAF-certified tartan sprint runway 140m long, bordered at one end by a large long jump pit.
- Surfacing of our new high jump area with the same tartan surface bringing it also to an IAAF-certified standard.
All of which is targeted to be complete by mid-August this year.
But we are short funds to get everything done – €45,000 to be precise and we really need parents to get behind our fund-raising efforts in this regard. Please don’t leave it to someone else, please don’t set this note to one side and say I must do that sometime. The time to help is now – we really need these funds. If we can get them, we can deliver all of the above and as well as providing better facilities for your children to use immediately, you eliminate a lot of travel time required when we have to go to Dangan or Athlone to get the benefit of proper track surfaces.
The benefit to your children is huge. Our membership and fund-raising is relatively small and the cost to you for the facilities we are and will be providing is relatively small. An example of costs elsewhere is a new track currently being developed for Kilkenny County Council by the same company that will be installing ours. If you google for “Kilkenny watershed track”, you will see that they charge almost €3 per child each time they use the facility. Our facility is free of charge to members. We just need your support with the fundraising. And as your children get older, they train more often and will get an even bigger benefit.
A major part of our fund-raising campaign is our newly launched club lotto which we have just commenced in conjunction with Croí, the highly regarding cardiac health and stroke prevention charity. Our target is to get 900 people to sign up for a year. This will raise what we need. Please help and please encourage friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours to also signup.
You can sign-up online by clicking on the picture across or at www.croi.ie/lotto (make sure you select Craughwell AC as the joint beneficiary!) or contact the undersigned if you have difficulty in doing that and we will assist.
Your €2 will be spent each week as follows:
- €1 to the Croí Lotto which covers all costs and prizes of the Lotto and raises funds for their charitable work.
- €1 to Craughwell AC which will be spent in 2016 as follows:-
- 10 cents towards construction of roadway and carpark
- 17 cents towards installation of 8 additional floodlights
- 17 cents towards construction of high jump and long jump areas
- 56 cents towards the construction of the sprint lanes
As an added incentive, if you sign up for the year, we will give you free membership of the facility for the year which gives you the right to use the perimeter route at any time of day to jog/walk or the other routes when juvenile training not in progress.
Please support and please push with friends and relatives as best you can - we are building facilities for you and your families and your descendants! Each year we will be making improvements. A little goes a long way, and a lot of ‘littles’ goes an awful long way!
Michael Tobin, Facility Development Officer, 087 6591879
Tracy Moran, Fundraising Coordinator, 087 8810737
Provisional timetable for tomorrow is here:-
A nice snap of possibly Craughwell's fittest family - the 3 Miskella siblings after some champion performances in Dangan yesterday where Aibhe won double gold in U15 800m and 1500m, Jack won silver in Junior Men 400m and a fine PB of 2.09.96 in the 800m, and Emily won gold in the U13 Long Jump, 4th place in the 600m and 6th place in the hurdles. Impressive performances!! The photo reminded me of 1 taken almost 5 years to the day at Craughwell Community Games where the trio were similarly displaying their talent for athletics ...
Dangan, May 2016
Craughwell, May 2011
Leanagh Gilligan and Lorraine Delaney who both joined the exclusive 5m Long Jump Club at the weekend!
Yet another highly successful day at the Galway Championships on a glorious sunny day saw many more fine performances from the large numbers of Craughwell athletes in attendance, most notably Jerry Keary’s breath-taking 1.92m in the U17 high jump to set a new club senior outdoor record, Leanagh Gilligan and Lorraine Delaney both breaking 5 metres for the first time in the long jump and Lukas Schukat clearing 1.45m to win the U14 high jump.
The following are partial results from the day which I will update as soon as the official result come out or coaches/parents can send me corrections in the meantime.
Long Jump 1 Emily Miskella, 2 Rebecca Lynch
High Jump 1 Saoirse Pierce
Javelin 1 Rebecca Lynch, 2 Leah Farrelly, 3 Tara Kelly
4x100m 3 Craughwell AC (Eve Ayo, Rebecca Lynch, Oliwia Koman, Emily Miskella, sub Anna Molloy)
Long Jump 3 Lukas Schukat
High Jump 1 Lukas Schukat, 2 Conor Hoade, 3 Liam McDonagh
Javelin 1 Liam McDonagh, 2 Oisin Keane, 3 Robert Urquhart
Shot Putt 1 Oisin Keane
4x100m Craughwell AC 2 (Kieran O'Connor, Lukas Schukat, Conor Hoade, Rian Kearney, sub Liam Mulveen)
75m Hurdles 2 Aine Kelly
Long Jump 3 Aine Kelly
High Jump 2 Ellie Cronin, 3 Aine Kelly
Javelin 1 Lauran McNally, 3 Edel Farrelly
4x100m 3 Craughwell AC (Aine Kelly, Ava Finn, Ellie Cronin, Ciara Hughes, sub Emma Jane Moran)
75m Hurdles 1 Jack Farrell, 2 Lewis Ryan, 3 Padraig Martyn
80m 1 Shaun Gilligan, 2 Pascal Walsh
200m 1 Shaun Gilligan, 2 Pascal Walsh
800m 1 Sean Cotter
1500m 1 Sean Cotter
Long Jump 1 Shaun Gilligan, 2 Jack Farrell, 3 Padraig Martyn
High Jump 1 Lewis Ryan
Javelin 1 Conor Trehy, 2 Sean Cahill, 3 James Furey
Shot Putt 3 Sean Cahill
4x100m 1 Craughwell AC (Shaun Gilligan, Robert Urquhart, Pascal Walsh, Padraig Martyn, Jack Fitzgerald), 3 Craughwell AC (Jack Fitzgerald, James Furey, Conor Trehy, Ludhaigh Morgan)
Craughwell AC's U15 Girls 4x100m Team, County Champions 2016
Freya Bohan, Chloe Casey, Ava Finn, Leanagh Gilligan
100m 2 Freya Bohan
200m 2 Chloe Casey
80m Hurdles 3 Leanagh Gilligan
800m 1 Ailbhe Miskella
1500m 1 Ailbhe Miskella, 3 Ciara Shepard
Long Jump 1 Leanagh Gilligan, 3 Freya Bohan
High Jump 1 Chloe Casey
4x100m 1 Craughwell AC (Ava Finn, Chloe Casey, Leanagh Gilligan, Freya Bohan)
80m 2 Ryan Gallagher
80m Hurdles 1 Ryan Gallagher
800m 1 Finbarr McFadden
1500m 1 Finbarr McFadden, 2 Kyle Moorhead
Long Jump 1 Conor Roberts, 3 Finbarr McFadden
High Jump 1 Sean Connaughton, 2 Ryan Gallagher
80m Hurdles 3 Lorraine Delaney
100m 2 Siona Lawless
200m 2 Siona Lawless
1500m 2 Catherine Noonan
High Jump 1 Laura Cunningham, 2 Ciana Reidy, 3 Aoife Walsh
Long Jump 1 Lorraine Delaney, 2 Aoife Walsh, 3 Caoilin Milton
Triple Jump 1 Laura Cunningham, 2 Caoilin Milton
Shot Putt 2 Shauna Tobin
Javelin 2 Laura Cunningham, 3 Shauna Tobin
200m 3 Oisin Lyons
400m 1 Oisin Lyons
800m 1 Oisin Lyons
1500m 1 Ben Ryan
Long Jump 1 Oisin Lyons, 2 Louis Molloy
High Jump 1 Jerry Keary
Craughwell AC's Junior Womens 4x100m Team, County Junior Champions 2016
Ciana Reidy, Aoife Walsh, Katie Stephens, Caoilin Milton
100m Hurdles 1 Aisling Keady
800m 3 Aoife Greene
1500m 1 Caron Ryan
Long Jump 1 Aisling Keady, 2 Katie Stephens, 3 Mary Dunphy
High Jump 1 Aisling Keady
Triple Jump 1 Aisling Keady
Javelin 1 Aisling Keady
Shot Putt 1 Laura Cunningham, 2 Aisling Keady, 3 Caoilin Milton
4x100m 1 Craughwell AC (Aoife Walsh, Katie Stephens, Ciana Reidy, Caoilin Milton)
400m 2 Jack Miskella,
800m 3 Odhran Keane
Long Jump 1 Matthew McKiernan, 3 Ben Garrard
Triple Jump 2 Matthew McKiernan
Shot Putt 1 Ben Garrard, 3 Oisin Lyons
The Craughwell Senior Women 4x100m who placed second in the Galway Senior Championships
Orla Ryan, Katie O'Donoghue, Aisling Keady, Laura Cunningham
Long Jump 1 Katie O'Donoghue, 2 Orla Ryan
High Jump 1 Katie O'Donoghue, 2 Orla Ryan
Triple Jump 1 Sarah Finnegan
4x100m 2 Craughwell AC (Orla Ryan, Laura Cunningham, Katie O’Donoghue, Aisling Keady), 3 Craughwell AC (Sarah Finnegan, Rena Deely, Niamh Flavin, Rachel Finnegan)
800m 3 Gavin Cooney
Long Jump 2 Gavin Cooney
Triple Jump 2 Gavin Cooney
High Jump 2 Gavin Cooney
If anyone out there is interested in a parttime position on the Communiy Employment Programme, the club have been approved for an allocation of a clerical assistant to perform some admin duties for the the club as par of the CE Program. Click on the image below for more details or go to the website http://jobseeker.fas.ie/, enter location "Galway County" and Type "Employment Programme" and hit Search to get to same page. If interested, you will need to contact Galway Rural Development in Athenry to follow up on it. The club is not involved in the selection of a person for the role.
Timetable for tomorrow is below. Best of luck to all of our participants!
Attached is the timetable for Day two of the 2016 Galway Track and Field championships being held on Sunday next 15th May , in Dangan, from 10 am. The programme includes events for older ages juveniles, Seniors and Masters ( who compete with Seniors) .Categories: Senior News
U9 Boys Relays Sweep the Boards!
Last week culminated with one of the highlights of the athletics year for our younger athletes – the Galway U8-12 Track & Field Championships in Dangan, Galway. With over 180 athletes taking part from the club, to say it was a busy day for our coaches and athletes is a massive understatement.
The club had loads of success throughout the day, medalling in most events and everyone having a good time in the pleasant weather conditions. A big well done to the organising team led by GCH's Ger Nally and John Kilmartin - with over 500 athletes competing across dozens of events over 7 hours, its a hard one to organise without any hiccups and the day went extraordinarily well for the most part. And thank you to all the parents from our own club who gave up several hours during the day to help as officials - without you this event could not take place.
Full results of the day are as follows:-
Shauna Bocquet competed in her first British Wheelchair racing games in Stoke Mandeville on Saturday and Sunday. Over 70 wheelchair racers (including 28 girls) competed, with the best of Great Britain looking for qualification times for the upcoming IPC European Championships. The conditions were great with temperatures reaching 25 degrees over the two days. On Saturday, Shauna started with a 100m PB in the heats with a time of 19"27, more than enough to make the A final in the afternoon where she came 6th amongst European, World and Paralympic champions! Next was the 400m where she managed another PB with a time of 69"33 but, this time, it was not enough to make the final as she was 10th time overall. Finally, she raced in the 1500m final coming 4th and recording a 9 seconds PB with a new time of 4:34"08.
On Sunday, the wind had picked up but Shauna recorded one more PB in the 200m heats with a time of 35"67 and once again made the A final where she came 7th. To complete the week-end, Shauna also made the 800m final where she could hold on to the pack for the first 300m and managed to hold off a late charge from the older and stronger girls to come 6th in a brillant finish! Great week-end overall and a lot of experience gained. Next on the track will be the Irish Nationals in Santry on the 4th of June.
April is a popular marathon month. GCH had participants running in Boston, Rotterdam, Manchester and London.
In Rotterdam Timmy Jones ran 2.50 a massive achievement in his first ever marathon!! While Martin Kearney ran 3.06 on the day.
In London Sarah Collins straight from her win in the County 10 miler, continued her line of PB’s and out did herself once again by running a massive PB coming home in 3.10………..amazing achievement. There is lots more to see from Sarah!!
Well done to all the GCHers’ for making the trip to the National 10k in the Phoenix Park on April 10th .
Regina Casey, another rlady that is having an incredible year, ran 36:50 and came in the top 6 in the Irish Ladies field.
The Masters Ladies continued with success, taking the Silver medals home to the West. The team consisted of Carmel Brannigan, Barbara Bergin and Mags Sheridan!! Superb ladies!
The O35s Mens team took the Bronze Medal home and was completed by Owen Byrne, Gerry Carty and Brian Bruton took bronze.
Gerry Carty, loves a bit of bling and so ran his heart out to take home the individual bronze in his category.
While Martin McEvilly took silver in the over 65 category.
In Connemara it was cold…………………very cold! But none the less GCH had a great day out and they came home warm and happy with medals to show for their hard work and woes!
In the Half Nessa DeBurca was second female in a fantastic 1.38. Judith also had a great race and came second in her Age Category in 1.42.
And in the Ultra Jerome Debize returned to his love of distance and came home in 3rd overall in a not so shabby 4.40!!! Amazing!!!
Galway Sports Partnership 10k
Matt Bidwell continued his winning streak at the Ardrahan 10k in 33:16, while Owen Byrne came home in third in 34:28. Claire Rowe took second place in the Ladies field in 40:32 which was just behind the first placed lady.
Gary Higgins had a great run and was the first M40 home in 34:34 while Danny Carr was the first M50 home in 39:22. Well done guys.
If I have missed out on anyones PB’s, Races, Podiums or just pure misery running in wet, windy and cold April conditions, then please don’t hesitate to let me know so I can include it in the report………
Joanne firstname.lastname@example.orgCategories: Member NoticesSenior News
The singlets are washed, the spikes are cleaned, the excitement is building as Sunday's Galway Outdoor Track & Field approaches! With the addition of some events for U8s this year and the further addition of U12 hurdles, its a bulging program of events that starts at 10am in the morning and is scheduled to end around 6.30pm. There are 527 athletes entered which includes a massive 180 from Craughwell AC.
Its an exciting time for the club what with the development of improved facilities and huge participation rates across all age groups. With a new senior infants group just started and competition entering its summer season, there are busy months ahead. Coupled with this the club was confirmed as the 2nd largest juvenile club in the country in the latest AAI figures with 436 junior/juvenile members. And with 131 adult members comprising 36 juvenile coaches and 95 senior/master members, the clubs combined total of 567 members makes it the 3rd largest in the country - a wonderfu achievement for a club whose membership is drawn largely from a handful of rural parishes.
The timetable for Sunday is here. Best of luck to all of our participants - hopefully you will enjoy participating in the events and come home with a smile on your face and hopefully the weather smiles on us too.
Senior and Intermediate Boys 800m Athletes
Ben Garrard (4th Intermediate), Jack Miskella (3rd Senior), Odhran Keane (1st Senior)
A long but enjoyable day of track and field took place in Athlone yesterday with the South Connacht Schools Championships where large numbers from the club took part representing their schools.
The day kicked off at 10am and went full throttle until 7.15pm that evening when the last relay race completed – a long day for participants and an even longer day for the hard-working officials. The club had teenagers in action from Presentation Athenry, Calasanctius Oranmore, Loughrea VS, St Raphael’s Loughrea, Seamount Kinvara, Athenry VS and The Bower Athlone with many fine performances in blustery but sunny weather conditions.
Timetable for this Sunday attached below. Please note that all times are provisonal so please aim to arrive an hour before the listed time and please don't be harsh on officials if times change. The intention of giving this level of detail on times is to allow parents and coaches make rough calculations of times if the event runs ahead or behind. As you can see, there are alot of participants and its hard to accurately timetable an 8 hour program of events of this scale.
Details for the Galway Senior/Masters/Junior Track and Field Championships 2016 have been announced
Venue – Dangan , Galway
Day One - Sunday 15th May
Track ( Electronic timing)
- 100/110 hurdles
- 400m hurdles
- race walk
- long jump
- triple jump
- high jump
- shot putt
Can all members have their entries into email@example.com by Saturday 7th May.
Entry is €5 for two events or €10 for two or more.
Craughwell AC hosted last nights second race in the Galway Renault 5k Series this evening 3rd May 2016. Always a contender for a PB course with a FAST start this year saw a huge number of runners come from far and wide to take on the second leg of the series.
The weather was a lot better than last week, with the sun shining amongst some intermittent clouds and aside from the little wind there was no reason for complaints!!!
730 runners took part this week. The route was the same as previous years, starting at the Craughwell national School, running fast downhill for the first km, turning left in the village towards Ballymore with a slightly undulating course to the end.
In the Men’s race John Greaney (GCH) stormed home to first in 16:12, followed in second place by Owen Byrne (GCH) in 16:21 and in third was Brian Furey (Rathfanham) in 16:24.
In the Women’s race Regina Casey (GCH) won in 17:36. Regina is having a phenomenal year already and just finished second in the West of Ireland’s Mini Marathon on Sunday. Barbara Dunne (GCH) was second in 18:18, and Grainne Ni Uallachain (GCH) was third in 18:36
Phenomenal stuff from GCH taking 5 out of 6 top spots!!!
Congrats to Martin Kearney who had a massive PB of 18:15, all those marathon miles have paid off. Ronan Diraane broke 18 mins in style in 17:47. Niamh Hennelly had a fabulous PB of 18:38, along with Eilis Ni Dhuill in 19:24, Nessa DeBurca almost broke 20 mins so watch this space and Marie Boyle improved on last weeks’ time and is approaching Sub 20 too, go on ladies!!!!!
A massive congrats to all who took part, organised, marshalled and cheered on the runner………..here’s to next week in Loughrea!!!Categories: Member NoticesSenior Results
Craughwell Community Games were held on the new athletics grounds in Crinnage for the first time at the weekend. There was a good turnout on a blustery day with plenty of excitement in the air. The historic first track & field event to be held on the new grounds were the Preschool Girls and Boys 20m races and they were appropriately won by Lena and Tom Glennon from the sports-mad Glennon family! Well done to all who took part and thank you to everyone who helped as officials on the day. A summary of the leading competitors in each event follows:-