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!
As many of our athletes and coaches will be attending the Connacht Cross Country Championships in South Park on Sunday 30th October there will be no training for 7 to 12 year olds on this day.
We have had a number of volunteers who have agreed to look after this age group on Sunday 6th November (which is the date of day 2 of the Connachts ) so we will now be able to go ahead with training as normal and do not have to cancel on 6th November as previously advised.Categories: Juvenile News
Day 1 of the Connacht Cross Country championships takes place in South Park/Claddagh on Sunday 30th October. We would like to wish good luck to our many juveniles U12/14/16/18 who will be competing.
Please arrive at 10.50am to collect your race number and for a pre race warm up.
There will be no training in Dangan for 7 - 12 year olds on Sunday 30th October as the coaches will be attending this event.
Categories: Juvenile News
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.
The Galway Sports Partnership are organising a Sports First Aid Course on Saturday 22nd October in Renmore. All active coaches and leaders with GCH Fit4Life, Senior or Juvenile sections are invited to attend the course to learn or refresh their first aid skills. If you are actively leading or coaching with GCH the club will reimburse your participation fee. Please notify Vincent Jordan (email@example.com) once you’ve registered for the course.Member Notices
An awards night for all parts of our club will be held in the Westwood Hotel on Friday 18th November 7pm-10pm.
This is an opportunity to recognise and thank our athletes, coaches, leaders and volunteering teams for the work they have put in over the past year. It will include awards across our Fit4Life, Senior and older Juveniles sections.
More details to follow, but please reserve this date in your diary. We’d love to see as many of our members as possible involved in this fun night.Categories: Member Notices
A unanimous decision was reached by the GCH Management Committee to hold an EGM in the Westwood Hotel, Elizabeth Suite 8:30pm, 10th November 2016. This is an important opportunity for you to participate in some important decisions about how we operate as a club and we encourage all members to attend.
The Agenda is as follows:
Adopt a revised Club Constitution that complies with the Revenue Commissioners requirements for obtaining Tax Exempt status. This matter will be voted on at the meeting.
Information only presentation on future governance options for GCH. This is an opportunity for open dialog between the Management Committee and the membership on future options for legal status of our club. No decision is needed on this matter at the meeting.
For clarity, all members with full membership status aged 16 years or older are eligible to vote. Each eligible person is entitled to one vote. Parents shall hold one vote on behalf of their child/children who are members of the club and have yet to reach the age of 16. Parents who are club members in their own right may vote with this right for themselves and also cast one vote on behalf of their child/children.
A change to the club constitution must be passed by a special resolution of two-thirds of the persons present at the meeting that are entitled to vote.Categories: Member NoticesImage:
GCH Juvenile winter hoodies for sale for €15 at training. Good selection of sizes available.
Also 1 X GCH half zip size Medium available for €37
If anyone has any old club singlets they would like to sell second hand to our younger members please bring them along to training in a clear plastic bag with your name on it. If and when we sell the singlet the club will pass the funds received to the owner.
Categories: Juvenile News
Day 1 30th October South Park/Claddagh 12 O'clock U12/14/16/18s ; Day 2 6th November - Westport House @ 12 O'Clock U11/13/15/17/19s Please add your child's name to the Entry list in 'The Shed' after training if interested in participating by Sunday 23rd October.
Categories: Juvenile News
Venues have been confirmed for Days 2 and 3 of the Connaught Cross Country League.
Day 2 takes place in South Park, The Claddagh, on Sunday October 30th. Races commence at 12pm with the Connaught even ages.
Day 3 takes place in Wesport House, Westport, on Sunday November 6th. Races commence at 12pm with the Connaught uneven ages .
Anyone interested, contact the secretary advising your category . NB You must stick to the one category for all days. Senior or Novice or Masters
Dublin Marathon / National Marathon. There are a number of GCH athletes competing in the National Marathon. If no teams are declared, then the first three club members to finish (irrespective of category) will count for team purposes. If GCH members that are running could let me know their predicted finish time and team category, then I could fill in team forms. The team categories for men and women are as follows:
Senior, Masters over 35, and Masters over 50.
Tel: Mags , 0879234224
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.
Day one of the Connaught adult cross country league is this Saturday 15th October. The venue is Sligo Racecourse, start time is 2pm.
Two races : Senior/Novice/Master ladies over 4k and Senior/Novice/Master men over 8k.
Deadline for entries is this Wednesday, 12th October.
If interested email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mags at 087 9234224, stating whether you wish to run as a Senior as a Master.Categories: Member Notices
The Claddagh was the venue for day 2 of the Galway Cross Country Championships and proved to be an excellent venue with the combination of gradual inclines towards the seafront and the border of the playing pitches providing almost the perfect cross country course. Perfect weather conditions also guaranteed an enjoyable experience for all participants and spectators and The Claddagh will surely feature again as a venue for cross country competition.
The day threw up a nice mix of results across the county with no less than 9 clubs in the medals during the day with Craughwell AC leading the way when featuring on the podium 21 times throughout the races with 7 golds, 7 silver and 7 bronze.
The day commenced with a fine individual victory for Amelie Bocquet in the U9 Girls 800m, a feat repeated by her brother Mathys in the U11 Boys 1500m – remarkable performances from a very talented family whose sister Shauna is our Paralympic track specialist. Jack Miskella (pictured across) also shined with victory in the U19 5000m in his final year as a juvenile, with sisters Ailbhe taking individual bronze in the U15 3500m and Emily placing 9th in the U13 2500m. Oisin Lyons completed the individual victories for Craughwell AC’s athletes with a fine gun-to-tape victory in the U17 5000m while William Fitzgerald stepped up an age to put in an outstanding run and claim bronze in the same race.
Catherine Noonan and Sinead Kennedy took silver and bronze in the U17 Girls 4000m while Saoirse Moore had a spectacular run to claim silver in the U13 Girls 2500m. Kelly Hallinan and Keelan Moorhead also took bronze in the U9 Girls and U9 Boys 800m – illustrating the strength in the club from U9 to U19!! Sean Cotter was in hard luck not to claim individual bronze in the U13 Boys 2500m with a turbo-charged finish over the last 300m which came up just short by 1 metre from claiming the individual bronze.
Craughwell AC's U17 Boys Cross Country Team - Galway Champions 2016
Oisin Lyons, Sean Noonan, Patrick Noonan, William Fitzgerald
In the team events, the club had tremendous success with teams making the winners podium in every race. There were Galway titles for the U17 Boys with 17 points (1 Oisin Lyons, 3 William Fitzgerald, 6 Patrick Noonan and 7 Sean Noonan, the U9 Girls with 27 points (1 Amelie Bocquet, 3 Kelly Hallinan, 10 Ciara O’Connor, Emma O’Donovan, 13 Keevagh Barry, 14 Lauren Morgan, 15 Abby Haugh, 19 Sophie Keenan, 21 Chloe Keane, 24 Amy Connaughton, 31 Maria Gorman, 36 Rebecca Doyle) and the U9 Boys with 18 points (3 Keelan Moorhead, 4 Paul Barry, 5 Caelan Coleman, 6 Ben Moran, 7 Declan O’Connell, 12 Gavin Clarke).
Craughwell AC's U15 Boys Cross Country Team - Galway Silver Medalists 2016
Craughwell AC's U13 Girls Cross Country Team - Galway Silver Medalists 2016
Five teams claimed the silver medals – the U15 Girls with 28 points (3 Ailbhe Miskella, 6 Ciara Sheppard, 8 Sarah Woods, 11 Asia Clarke), the U15 boys with 26 points (4 Sean Cotter, 5 Finbar McFadden, 7 Liam Leen, 10 Kyle Moorhead, 12 James Furey, 13 Oisin Davis, 14 Paschal Walsh), the U13 Girls with 33 points (2 Saoirse Moore, 9 Emily Miskella, 11 Clodagh O’Meara, 12 Jade Moorhead, 16 Rebekah Flynn, 17 Fauve Aylmer, 18 Abbie Rooney, 24 Leah Farrelly and 29 Grace Leen, the U13 Boys with 38 points (8 Daniel Galvin, 9 Cian Lavan, 10 Robert Urquhart, 11 Evan Hallinan, 12 Darragh McCartin, 15 Noah Keane, 17 Ben Brady), the U11 Boys with 34 points (1 Mathys Bocquet, 7 Liam O’Connell, 12 Lucas Keane, 14 Cormac McFadden, 16 Adam Jordan, 20 Callum Brady, 26 Gavin Keenan, 27 Alan Connaughton, 29 Christian Joyce, 33 Eamonn McGlynn).
And two teams claimed team bronze – the U11 Girls with 69 points (7 Isabella Boland, 17 Luiseach Conaghan, 22 Grace Lynch, 23 Holly O’Boyle, 24 Muireann Leen, 25 Erin Doyle, 31 Nicole Clarke, 32 Vivien Blaine, 33 Wendy Whiriske, 34 Aoibhe Donnellan, 43 Tara Molloy, 44 Carmel Conway) and the U9 Boys second team with 69 points (14 Diarmuid Kelleher, 16 Iarlaith Leen, 17 Sean McDonagh, 22 Paul Thornton, 23 James O’Sullivan, 25 Liam Egan, 28 Leo Molloy, 29 John Donnellan, 32 Donnacha Lawless).
Full results of the day are here:- GalwayCrossCountry-UnevenAges-ProvisionalResultsAmended.pdf
Craughwell AC's U13 Boys Cross Country Team - Galway Silver Medalists 2016
Well done to all the GCH athletes who competed at the Galway Cross Country in South Park, the Claddagh today. There were some great individual and team performances. Please see the results attached below.
Categories: Juvenile News
The venue for Day 2 of the Galway Cross Country for U9s to U19 has been moved to South Park in the Claddagh. Anyone competing should arrive by 12 O'Clock at the latest.Categories: Juvenile News