Thank you to the almost 400 athletes who took part in our 12th annual 8k road race on Sunday 17th. It was a cold and showery day. The top two men were Gary Thornton GCH in 24.22 followed by Matthew Bidwell GCH in 25.54 and Michael O’Connor GCH finishing 3rd in 27.10. Regina Casey GCH won the women’s race in a time of 29.09. Zola Flynn from Calry AC in Sligo finished 2nd in 31.43 and Clare Rowe GCH crossed the line in 3rd palce in a time of 31.47. Team prizes went to GCH who finished 12t in both the men’s and ladies races. Craughwell finished 2nd in the men’s race while Tuam finished 2nd in the ladies race. Sean Burke and Ann Maire Miskell were first Tuam AC members home and both were awarded silverware for their achievements. There were almost 50 Tuam AC members that ran the race with some of them running 8k for the first time. Teresa O’Dea, Alma Finnegan, Andrea King Claus and Rory O’Connor were some of our members that ran 8k for the first time. Rory was particularly delighted with his achievement and is already eyeing up the race calendar to pick his next race. Well done to all first timers! Tuam AC would like to offer sincere thanks to the army of volunteers who help us every year and Tuam Gardai, The Order of Malta Tuam, The Mercy Secondary school and St Jarlath’s College. Tuam AC would like to say a BIG thank you to the ladies who helped with the after race refreshments, Patricia Monaghan, Mary O’Neill, Vergie Sweeney, Lisa Warren, Fiona Lardner and Eileen Moran. Hope to see you all running again in our 13th annual 8k road race in 2017.
The first round of the indoor national track and field league was held in Athlone IT on Saturday 16th January. After the success of the team last year, the Craughwell senior club entered a ladies team in the competition again this year.
The team performed very well to achieve a score of 46 points and this leaves the team in second place overall heading into the second round on 30 January. Competing on the day for the team was Sarah Finnegan (60m hurdles), Sinead Gaffney (800m), Cathriona Farrell (long jump), Sinead Treacy (60m) and Melissa Mullins (shot putt).
The team would be hoping to put in another strong performance in the second round in order to reach the final on 6 February.
Entries are flying in from all over Ireland and our famous 3 pack of Top Quality running socks are disappearing fast. We might have some socks left for late registrations but cannot guarantee what size they will be. Online entries are still available on Active.com.
We would also ask all club members who have not registered online to please register on Saturday between 3-5pm in The Mercy gym. This will alleviate the last minute rush on Sunday prior to the race.
Sincere Thanks to everybody who has entered so far. Hope you all have a great day in Tuam on Sunday.
Craughwell 10 Mile Road Race is now a little over 9 weeks away. Enter at active.com
The Galway City Harriers AGM will take place on Wednesdy 20th Januay 2016 at the Westwood Hotel from 8pm.
Club gear will be available to purchase and refreshments will be served.
We have a number of committee positions to fill this year so we would greatly appreciate your attendance this year as your ideas really count towards driving the future of the club.
For more details contact email@example.com
Training for U9-12 age groups resumes on Sunday 10th January. Please sign up on Sunday for the County Indoor Competition ( 24 Jan in Athlone) ) if you wish to compete. All athletes must be registered before entering the competition.
The County Indoor Competition takes place on Jan 24th in Athlone IT. Please sign up at training before 15th Jan if you wish to compete. Athletes who wish to compete in this Competition must renew their memberships fees prior to 15th Jan. Full details of the indoor events are on the GCH Juvenile Facebook Page.
The AGM of Craughwell AC Juvenile Section will be held in St Michael's Hall on Wednesday 13th January at 8pm. Athletes, parents and coaches are all welcome.
Additionally registration nights for juveniles for 2016 will take place on Thursday 7th January in St Michael's Hall from 6-8pm and again on Tuesday 12th January at the astroturf from 6-7.30pm. It is important from an insurance perspective and from a facility development perspective that all members register as soon as possible. The registration form can be downloaded here.
Question time at last year's AGM :-)
Excitement is mounting amongst the club's athletes as the Galway Indoors approaches on Sunday 24th January. Always a brilliant day of action with the fabulous Athlone indoor arena electrified by the energy of hundreds of athletes young and old. Its always a big day for Craugwell AC who will have 200 or more athletes in action.
So get your entries in now to your age group coordinators who are at the moment getting the information together for their age groups. Each year its nice also to see a large number of our athletes a year old and still sticking at the sport. Here's a shot of some of this year's U17s when coming in the indoors as U12s in 2011.
Aoife Walsh, Caoilin Milton, Laura Cunningham, Derbhla, Ciana Reidy
National U12 Indoor Relays in Nenagh 2011
And from last year's outdoors and a few weeks ago kitted out in the club's top from clarin4sportwear.
Craughwell U16 Girls 4x100m Relay Team - Galway Outdoor Champions 2015
Aoife Walsh, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney
Craughwell AC U17s training in Athlone, Jan 2016
Ciana Reidy, Shauna Tobin, Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney
A massive well done to Damien O'Boyle on his selection for the Irish Junior Development Team to contest the Celtic International Cross Country in Edinburgh this coming weekend. Damien's selection comes on the back of a very strong performance in the National Junior Cross Country before Christmas where he placed 11th and also on the back of several 15.xx 5k races last Autumn. Damien is making giant strides at the moment from his base in Sligo where he is studying in Sligo IT and training as part of the legendary (if you can be young and legendary!) Dermot McDermott's training group.
The Annual General Meeting of the Senior Club takes place on Sunday 17th January 2016 at 7.30pm in St. Michael's Hall, Craughwell. All our members are encouraged to attend. We welcome input and new ideas from all our members and look forward to seeing you all at our Annual General Meeting.
The new 10 week Fit For Life Training term will resume Wednesday 13th for all members.
Senior training will resume on Tuesday 5th
Registration will be held on Tuesday 12th of January from 7.30-9.00pm in St. Michael's Hall for both fit for life and Senior Members.
Looking forward to welcoming both new and existing members back and working with you as you achieve your running goals for 2016
January to Easter Fit For Life Members €40 for 10 week term
Registrations for January – December
Club Affiliation (no use of senior track) €40
Club Affiliation, Speed Session and use of Senior Track €75
Couple Membership Club Affiliation, Speed Session and use of Senior Track €120
St. Stephen's Day brought the, by now traditional, Fields of Athenry, flooded roads, chilly conditions and gale force winds. Actually there was no gale force wind and it showed in some superb performances. Matt Bidwell led the GCH challenge home with a fantastic sub 32 minute run and a 3rd place overall finish. Martin Kearney not only secured his first top 50 t-shirt but also ran a 10km PB for good measure. Niall Murphy also ran his best Fields yet to secure one of those sought after t-shirts.
Registration for the 2016 running of the Craughwell 10 Mile is now open. This will be the 7th year of this fantastic event which never fails to deliver an exciting field of local and national athletes. Incorporation of the Galway 10 mile championship makes for a very competitive day out for all.
Early Bird Entry of €20 until 14/01/2016, €25 thereafter.
Technical Tee Shirt for the first 500 online entries .
Fast flat AAI permited race, chip timed with full road closure.
County Galway 10 Mile Championship.
Startline 2015 ©Paul O'Connor
Ultra Runner Cole Greene will don the GCH vest this Saturday 2nd Jan at 12 O'Clock and attempt a gruesome 50K on a TREADMILL in the sweltering conditions of the busy Eyre Square Centre as a fundraiser for GCH Juvenile. He will set up opposite Penneys.
Please come out and support his attempt, it's an awesome challenge.
Monday 11th January 2016 is the next start date for beginners wishing to start running with Fit4Life. Venue is Westside Library and time is 7pm. Anyone who is thinking of starting needs to turn up on that evening to attend a short talk followed by a short taster session. Membership forms will be available on that night and all questions will be answered on how it works. Parking is available in Dunnes Stores Carpark near the Library. Enquiries to Bernie 087 7504066
Start Line FOA 10k 2015 ©John O'Connor
The 14th Fields of Athenry 10k took place on Saturday 26th December. Conditions were near perfect, presenting what must have been the calmest day in weeks. Over a thousand eager runners took to the road which this year included 33 from Craughwell AC.
There were some fantastic performances across the board with Jason Broderick finishing fourth. The club had two finishers in the top ten and 4 finishing under 40 minutes. Stephen Carty posted a PB of 42:34 taking a minute and a half of his previous PB which he only set in Killtullagh before Christmas. There were other super performances from Piotr Prokop, Tom Prendergast and Tom Tuohy. Many members reported posting PB's and course records on the day. There was great support on the course from supports and marshals alike, making this one of the highlights of the festive season.
The whole event was executed to perfection from registration to the cup of tea after the race, many thanks to our friends and neighbours in Athenry AC. Looking forward to 2016 already!
Full set of photographs by John O' Connor from the day can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenhill77/
Andrew Talbot of Clare River Harriers has shared his photographs on facebook which can be found here https://www.facebook.com/athenryac/?fref=ts
We had podium finishes for Tuam AC in the East Galway Athletic Club 4 Mile Road Race last Sunday. Derek Naughton finished 2nd in the men’s race with Ann Marie Miskell finishing 2nd in the ladies race. Tuam AC men once again successfully defended their title in the team race taking 1st place. Not to be outdone by the men the Tuam AC ladies also won their team race. There were category wins for Andrea Ridge and Kathleen Hogan. Tuam had 14 members in total running this ever popular race. Full list as follows Derek Naughton, Sean Burke, Ger Hatnett, Tommy Joe Whyte, Dan O’Rourke, Patrick Fleming, Brendan Monaghan, Ann Maire Miskell, Paul Hynes, Thomas Mannion, Marian Coleman, Paddy Gilmore, Andrea Ridge, Kathleen Hogan. Entries are flying in for the annual club 8k race and the famous 3 pack of Kelanji running socks are disappearing fast. Please use the following link to guarantee yourself a pair of socks –http://www.runireland.com. We will be taking entries on the day but we can not guarantee socks. Looking forward to seeing you all in Tuam on Sunday 17th January 2016. Happy Christmas to all from Tuam AC
Tuesday 22nd December will be the final track session for 2015. It will be at the earlier time of 6.30pm to facilitate the GCH Christmas party which will be held in the Kings Head at 9.00pm.
See you all on the 5th January for our first training session will be at the usual time of 7.30pm at Dangan Track.
GCH gear available in Kearney Cycles on the Headford Road if you are
looking for a nice Christmas present for yourself or a fellow Harrier.
Short sleeve tech t-shirts (ladies' and men's) €20,
Long sleeve tech top with zip (ladies and men's) €30,
Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (unisex) €25
Light weight jackets ladies and men's €50.