Craughwell AC's membership renewal is due at the start of January for all juvenile/junior/student members who are on a Jan-Dec cycle. That's the majority of members. If in any doubt, consult your age group coach who may already have texted you about it.
To facilate getting renewals in, our register Mike O'Connor will hold registration hours at the following times in the green shed at the pedestrian entrance to our new athletics field-
- Thurs 5th Jan: 7pm to 8.30pm
- Tues 10th Jan: 6pm to 8.30pm
Please if possible bring renewal form and membership fees to 1 of the above sessions to help us get the membership renewal done efficiently.
Note we need to get this done by mid January for a number of reasons:-
- current insurance expires on 31 December
- you must be insured to compete in Galway Indoors
- you cannot train if not insured
- we need the funds to run the club and develop the facility
You can download and print the form by clicking on the adjacent image. Or if you want an editable version, click here: word version.
Festive Fun run report
by Maria Gorman Aged 8
I arrived down at the track, other people were arriving too. We were getting ready to run the fun run. We all walked down to the start line. We had a choice of 1km or 2km and I decided to run two kms which is five laps. Before we started we sang a happy birthday to Stephen.
The whistle blew and away we went. Everyone was wearing something Christmassy and they all were having great fun. I got a bit tired on my last lap and my face actually went a bit red. My little sister Olivia went a few laps as well and she stopped a few times but she is only 3.
When we finished we got cups of sweets and some juice. And after the adults race they had mulled wine an apple punch. I tasted the hot apple punch and it tasted nice. Olivia was messing with the sand trying to make a sandcastle. My mammy ran about 4km in the adult fun run. Daddy was busy talking with lots of people I didn’t know.
Maria enjoying the fun run today. Photo © John O'Connor
Fun run at 11.00am, 27th December at the Senior Club track open to all members & their families with some hot punch and little treats after. Its a free entry social event for the club.
Please wear your Santa hats , Xmas jumpers etc as spot prizes for best dressed runners...
Choice of distance , 1 mile , 5km or just a walk/jog...Below is a link to john o'connor's wonderful photos he took at last years event....lots of smiling faces...
But she doesn’t flood our tartan!
Pictured below at 10am this morning as Barbara rained down on Craughwell is the part of the school track and roadway near the pedestrian entrance to the track. As you see there is water everywhere.
And pictured next is our porous tartan sprint area and high jump area … same conditions, no water!!
But a note to all of our members – we need to keep it clean of all dirt and as much as possible the sand from the long jump. Since its a porous tartan surface, any dirt or sand will be washed down into it and will eventually block it and cause the water to stay on the surface. We will be figuring out some solution for the sand to help keep it off the tartan but we are really relying on coaches to ensure their athletes respect the tartan and not to go on it after being on the grass. Do it the other way around if using both or bring 2 sets of footwear.
Our annual calendar / directory for 2017 is being circulated by club members throughout the area this week and over the holiday period and first week of January. We initiated the calendar/directory in December 2002 with the first year being 2003. So 2017 is the 15th year of the calendar. In that time, the calendar has generated a profit for the club of over €5000 each year ... when you add it up, that's a massive €75000.
If you took those funds out of the club, we'd have no field, no facility and no vision!
So the club are exceptionally grateful to all the current and past advertisers who have placed ads in the calendar and all of the dedicated parents and athletes who have gone door to door on many occasions distributing the calendar in the area.
Each year we distribute over 600 copies. Please support it again this year. Please hang it up in your house and please give some of your business to the businesses that are supporting us. And remember without this business support, we would not have a facility.
Click on the picture below to download a copy.
Juvenile training resumes after the Xmas break on Sunday 8th January .
The County Indoor Champonships takes place on Sunday 15th January in Athlone IT. Registration for 2017 must be paid online by 5th January in order to participate. See Member Notices for link to registration.
There will be no training for Juveniles in Dangan on Sunday 15th January.Categories: Juvenile News
The Committee are currently working on a new membership system with MyClubFinances.com which we hope to have finalised shortly.
This will facilitate collection of member details and online payments in one system which should be of great assistance to the Club Officials who are currently managing the registrations.
The new payment system will be available for both Senior and Juvenile Members.
Members will be notified when the system goes live and the payment link will appear on this website.Categories: Member Notices
Craughwell U17s at the club's training session on the ice rink in Leisureland!
Ciana Reidy, Lorraine Delaney, Shauna Tobin, Laura Cunningham
As the athletics year draws to a close, Craughwell AC would like to wish all of its members a very happy Christmas and a successful New Year. It was another wonderful year for the club with the ongoing development of its facilities in Crinnage and consolidating its position as the largest juvenile club in Ireland with over 600 members.
The next big event for the club will be the Galway Indoor Track & Field on Sunday January 15th in Athlone – athletes and their parents need to confirm to their coaches their preferred events for this over the Christmas period as entries have to be in by early January. The club has booked Athlone IT for a preparation training session on the preceding Sunday 8th January.
Event choices are as follows:
- U10s: 60m, 400m, Long Jump, Relay
- U11s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay
- U12s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles
- U13s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles
- U14s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk
- U15s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk
- U16/17s: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk, 200m
- U18/19/Adults: 60m, 600m, Long Jump, Relay, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk, 200m, 3000m
The club would like to thank all members and parents and sponsors for their support throughout the year and will be distributing copies of its annual calendar/directory over the holiday period which has proved to be an invaluable source of funds these last 15 years. And the club would like in particular to thank its hard-working coaches and committee members without whom there would be no club. Over 50 parents are voluntarily giving their time week-in week-out to help out at training and they can be proud of helping the club to become what it is today. The club is always on the lookout for more help though as with over 600 members, it’s a massive challenge to cater for such numbers on a weekly basis. So perhaps parents can consider making a New Year’s Resolution to lend a hand even if not available every week.
A very happy Christmas to all!
A belated report on last weekend’s cross country where a small band of athletes from the club made the journey to Dundalk for day 2 of the National Juvenile Cross Country Championships. Top finisher on the day from the club was Mathys Bocquet who took 28th place in the U11 Boys 1500m and led his team to 12th place overall with Evan Moran 90th, followed by Lucas Keane, Cormac McFadden, Adam Jordan and Liam O'Connell. Aibhle Miskella had an outstanding run to place 48th in the U15 Girls 3500m with Sarah Woods and Asia Clarke just outside the top 100. Sean Cotter and Kyle Moorhead placed 70th and 72nd in the U15 Boys 3500m with Finbar McFadden 98th while Ross McGuiness led his U13 team to 17th place when placing 62nd in the U13 Boys 2500m, followed by Eoin Byrne, Darragh McCartin, Noah Keane and Ben Brady all with fine runs against elite opposition.
As everyone knows the standard at this level is incredibly high and everyone in the race is a top class runner. You can look back over the history of our performances in National cross country in the attached file to see how difficult it is! The attached is not fully complete yet so if you spot omissions, let me know.
The Craughwell 10 Mile
Sunday March 19th 2017.
© John O'Connor
The Craughwell 10 Mile will take place on Sunday March 19th 2017. This will be the 8th 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. Fast flat AAI permitted race and chip timed.
Registration will open soon. Check back for details or
Irish Junior Girls Pentathlon Team at the International Schools Combined Events in Athlone IT
Niamh O'Neill, Rhian Kidd, Chloe Casey, Erin Fisher
Saturday saw Chloe Casey make her international debut, the first of many when you see the remarkable distance she threw the shot out to. Chloe was part of the Irish Schools Junior Girls Pentathlon team who took on the best athletes from England, Scotland and Wales in the International Schools Pentathlon. An event whose traditional home is Glasgow, it moved for the first time out of its Scottish homeplace to the new surrounds of Athlone – unfortunate for Chloe as it meant no foreign trip but handy for us locals who only had to travel over the road to attend!
Chloe threw the shot putt out a massive 13.28m to record the top throw in her age group on the day, as well as achieving performances of 4.46m in the long jump, 10.80 hurdles, 1.36m high jump and 2.45.89 800m.
Chloe becomes the 16th juvenile athlete from the club to represent Ireland following in the footsteps of Ann Loughnane (race walk), Cathriona Farrell (high jump and pentathlon), Claire Ryder (long jump), Conor Duggan (relay and 100m), Conor Gillen (cross country), Damien O’Boyle (cross country and steeplechase), Jamie Fallon (cross country and 5000m), Jerry Keary (high jump), Maeve Curley (race walk), Maria McNamara (pentathlon), Nicholas Sheehan (800m), Oisin Lyons (cross country), Shauna Bocquet (wheelchair 400m), Sineád Treacy (200m and pentathlon) and Tomás Keehan (high jump).
Just a quick reminder about the upcoming event to be held in Athlone. Dermot McDermot who is on a par with Michael Tobin in his passion for athletics and encouraging young peolple into the sport, (and had a big influence and hepling hand in our first athlete from the club gaining his scholarship to the states) is holding the second day of events in Athlone on Sat 17th December. Closing date for entries is tomorrow and if you have been putting it on the long finger .......
This is your reminder to get into action and get those entries sent in this evening or during the day and evening tomorrow. It might be the one event that gets the feeling of competition going in the body again before the start of the indoors in January.
A smaller group from the club took to the streets of Dublin to run the 2016 Dublin City Marathon than in previous years. This was primarily the result of a large contingent heading to abroad earlier in the month to take on the Amsterdam Marathon! (race report pending I hear).
For the first-time Dublin sold out in August this year. A combination of the switch to Sunday and the 1916 commemoration medal led to a record entry with a little under 17,000 toeing the start line.
Race day conditions were perfect, no wind, no rain and temperatures not set to rise above 12 degrees. The support from the crowds along the whole route in Dublin was phenomenal. It can be overwhelming at times and you find yourself smiling and laughing between gritting your teeth and arguing with your legs to keep going! Special mention to friends, family and club mates who placed themselves strategically alone the route armed with jellies, flat coke and much needed words of encouragement. The last mile was a wall of noise with people cheering encouragement at you all the way to the finish line.
After an historic year both on and off the track, Craughwell AC have 2 celebratory events coming up. Firstly this Saturday evening 10th December, the club have organised a Family Night at the Dogs to help raise funds towards its ongoing facility development. The club are hoping that many of its members and former members and their families will come along to enjoy the night – tickets are still available from any committee member or from Mike Tobin at 087 6591879.
Secondly on Friday 16th December, Raftery’s Pub in Craughwell are provided a free evening of entertainment for Craughwell AC from 9.30pm onwards with music from Evoke and free finger food. The club are inviting all coaches, parents and adult members along that night to join in the celebrations of a fantastic year and will be organising free transport home for those who want to imbibe in a few beverages! So come along and join the fun and celebrate what has been a wonderful year for the club.
Pictured below, Rachel Raftery presenting a sponsorship cheque to Craughwell AC's Mike Tobin and Tracy Moran at the club's fantastic new track facilities.
Sometime between 10.30pm on Monday night and 8am on Tuesday morning this week, the containers which store the club’s equipment and equipment belonging to the local FAS scheme were burgled.
The locks on the containers were cut or smashed and 2 strimmers worth around €800 belonging to the FAS scheme were stolen. These strimmers are used routinely by the FAS workers to keep our athletics field looking tidy and a pleasant place for children and adults to exercise in. They are also used for maintaining other community and sports grounds in the area.
Its despicable that anyone would think it’s okay to go and steal from a club where volunteers give 1000s of their hours for free each year for the greater good of the community.
Please share this post as widely as possible on Facebook. The club are asking that anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious that night in the vicinity of the athletics facility or the nearby fields/main road, please contact Garda Flanagan or Garda Perill in Gort Garda Station at 091 636400.
If you come across strimmers being sold at a bargain, please consider whether they may be stolen goods and whether it is still advisable to purchase them. The details of the strimmers in question are make efco CE 2010 1770060192 8460 IC - 8460 (45.7 cm3) - 8530 IC - 8530-8550 BOSS (52.5cm3) (purchased on 13/12/2012) and KAAZ VS256 (purchased on 3-6-2014). The harness for one was also stolen.
Tuam AC has been saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Sweeney, a former member of the club.
While in recent years, Brian had become more of a cyclist than a runner, he was at one time a regular fixture on the Tuesday and Thursday night training sessions.
Brian will be reposing at his home on Weir Road this (Wednesday) evening from 5.00pm until 7.00pm. His funeral mass will be tomorrow (Thursday) in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam at 12.30pm.
Our deepest condolences from all at Tuam AC to Brian’s family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
The Craughwell AC senior club AGM will take place on Sunday 8th January, 2017 in St. Michaels Hall at 7.30. There will be a number of positions opening up on the committee also. If you are interested in joining the committee please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to a current committee member to express your interest.
GCH hosted a hugely successful Awards Night on Friday 18th November in the Westwood Hotel . The event celebrated the achievements of Club athletes and members in their sporting achievements over the past year, including the recent National marathon win by their Senior Ladies team. The club presented awards across the Club to Senior Members, Juvenile Members and Fit4Life Members as well as to various teams and international stars.
Galway City Harriers Senior Ladies team, who won the National Marathon team championships at the Dublin Marathon, Grainne Ni Uallachain, Sarah Collins and Siobhan Egan, received their National title medals as well as the Female team of the year on the night
The GCH National Track and Field League team which won National indoor silver team and outdoor bronze team medals won the Men’s team of the Year awards – attendees from the team (pictured) on the night were
Brendan Staunton, Sean Breathnach, Igor Muntean, Luke Shaughnessy Linas Mitkas, Sean Kilmartin, Cillin Greene, Robert Meaghar
Gary Thornton, Eoghan Dobey , Cliff Jennings , Michael Breathnach, Brendan Glynn ( manager)
PJ Coyle was awarded a Hall of Fame award for his tremendous work over the last 25 years in establishing the GCH Juvenile section and making it one of the most successful clubs in the country.
Frank McGuire received an Achievement for services to Juvenile coaching, including a hugely successful sprints section which he has developed
Senior Athlete of the year – Male- was presented to Gary Thornton for his half marathon and marathon exploits, while the Senior ladies award winner was multiple cross country medallist and National cross country winning team member Niamh Hennelly
Masters athletes of the year were the incredible Sean Breathnach – who won multiple National titles and medals during the year in the Field, and broke the Irish indoor Shot Putt record, and Grainne Ni Uallachain- National marathon and half marathon medal winner and team gold winner
GCH National Juvenile gold medal winners 2016 were presented with certificates- Cillin Greene, Nicole King, Seren O Toole, Lydia Doyle and Emma Moore, as were those athletes who won International caps in the year.
GCH Juvenile relay squads who won National titles were also awarded , including several National record-breaking teams.
Fit for Life leaders were presented with certificates for their excellent work in training and leading huge numbers of new runners and joggers, and a number of Fit for Life athletes who completed their first half marathons and 10k races were also presented with prizes.
Coaches Matt Lockett and Jerome Debize also received awards for their huge commitment and advice given to athletes over the course of the last year and more.
Many thanks are due to Cormac O Connor, Una Murphy, Gerry Carty, Vincent Jordan and helpers , as well as the fantastic MC on the night, club chairman Pat O Dwyer for making the night such a success.
Photos ( all Photos credit John O Connor)Categories: Member Notices
A new year is coming, but Green is still the in color for 2017!
New half zip soon available..please place your order through your age co ordinator to ensure it arrives before XMAS...Also available to purchase for XMas are our Hoodies at 25 small sizes/27 euro for bigger sizes, Technical Running Tops at 15euro in green and white and NOW our New Half Zips at 30 euro.. place your order today!! Or message the Craughwell Juvenile AC page on facebook.
The National Even Ages Cross Country took place last weekend on a fantastic new purpose-built course at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown in Dublin.
As always, the standard is just crazy high at National level. When you think about the numbers involved ... there are roughly 60000 or 70000 children of same age in Ireland (based on secondary school exam numbers!) so thats approx 35000 boys and 35000 girls. And 2 years combined run each age group in cross country, so in each race you up against the top 200 children from 70000 ... that's the top 0.0028% in your age group!!
So to run at Nationals is a major achievement, to place in the top 100 an even bigger one, to place in the top 50 extraordinary, to get into the top 20 unreal!
While we didn't bring any medals home from Abbotstown, all of athletes competed with distinction doing themselves and the club proud.
Jamie Fallon led the way for the club with a fine 13th place finish in the U20 Men’s 6000m race and 7th in the junior grade. I think every adult runner in Galway knows how good Jamie is so this gives you a good grasp of the elite standard of this event.
Ben Ryan was very impressive also with a 16th place finish in the U16 Boys 4000m, leading his Craughwell AC teammates to 12th place with William Fitzgerald 40th followed by Kyle Moorhead, Patrick Noonan, Sean Noonan and Finbarr McFadden.
The U14 Boys were led home by Sean Cotter in 28th place followed by Liam Leen, Ross McGuinness, Eoin Byrne and Darragh McCartin with the team taking 13th place overall.
The U12 boys took 10th place in their 2000m race with Evan Hallinan first in followed closely by Cian Lavan, Mathys Bocquet, Daniel Galvin and Luke Flynn.
In the U12 Girls 2000m, Clodagh O’Meara led her team to 16th place followed by Fauve Aylmer, Jade Moorhead, Abbie Rooney and Isabella Boland. And running as individuals, Catherine Noonan and Asia Clarke put in fine performances in the U16 Girls 4000m and U14 Girls 3000m, placing well up in the fields of over 160 athletes.
Craughwell AC's U16 Boys Cross Country Team at the National Championships in Abbotstown Dublin
Ben Ryan, William Fitzgerald, Kyle Moorhead, Patrick Noonan, Finbarr McFadden, Sean Noonan
Craughwell AC's U14 Boys Cross Country Team at the National Championships in Abbotstown Dublin
Craughwell AC's U12 Girls Cross Country Team at the National Championships in Abbotstown Dublin
Craughwell AC's U12 Boys Cross Country Team at the National Championships in Abbotstown Dublin