Half (!) of Craughwell AC's U11 Girls Squad relaxing at the track
Results from Dangan on Saturday are out! And another incredible day for Craughwell AC with over 170 athletes in action across the 44 events in the U9 to 12s age groups and an incredible 69 podium finishes. It’s not just about podium finishes however – there were dozens of tremendous performances and personal bests from many athletes who competed to their best on the day and whose day on the podium will come in the future as they continue to train and improve. Highlight of the day was Lucas Keane breaking 3m for the first time in the U10 long jump with a leap of 3.01m and a loud yell to mark the occasion! A personal highlight for me was the unselfishness of 3 U10 athletes who stepped up onto U11 relay teams at short notice so that every one of the U11s were part of a full relay team.
Full details of the performances are in the attached pdf file at the bottom of this article. A big well done to South Galway AC who did all the admin work for the event including the results production. It takes a lot of hours on the PC to do all that and sometimes it goes unnoticed in our anxiety to receive the final results.
Sineád Treacy had another big weekend when running the 3rd leg of the 4x100m relay with the Irish Junior team at the Thomond Games in Limerick where the team secured the qualification time for the European Junior Championships. The Championships will be held in Sweden during the summer. With several athletes in contention for places on the team, the club's hopes are with Sineád to hold her place.
Shauna Bocquet made her UK road race debut at the weekend in the prestigious London Marathon series of events where she competed in the WheelChair Mini-Marathon on the morning of the main marathon event.
Shauna raised to a fantastic time of 17:25 in the U14 girls grade, a massive achievement for the youngest athlete from the club to compete on the international stage.
Well done everyone on a super day in Dangan at the U9-12 Galway Championships!
I will post results tomorrow as we are still in the process of getting info from our different age groups. But we had a super day and a massive amount of athletes from the club taking part ... over 180 from just our club.
And well done to South Galway AC who did all the admin for the event - a really good job!! And a big thank you to all our parents who helped out in large numbers for most of the day - without you we wouldn't have the day.
And for all the early birds tomorrow morning, check out the London Marathon coverage on BBC2 where our very own Shauna Bocquet is competing in the Wheelchair Mini-marathon at 8.40am. Best of luck Shauna!
The Members Survey showed members are looking to upskill in various ways. One great way to do that is to learn a bit about coaching. Athletics Ireland are conducting an Assistant Coach and GCH will pay the course costs for members and parents of Juveniles.
Course Starts: 10am 17th May in Dangan.
The timetable for this Saturday is now available and can be downloaded from the link below. Please note that the times are provisional and things may move faster or slower than listed. But it will give a reasonable idea of how long the events will take.
The officials list for the day is at:-
Best of luck to all of our athletes who are taking part - we have a huge contingent going in and hopefully everyone enjoys the experience and comes away happy with their performances. Arrive in plenty of time for your events ,,, 9.15am at the latest for anyone in action at 10am.
All of our young athletes should remember that if they run faster, jump further or throw further than they have ever done before, thats a brilliant success and winning a medal is just a nice bonus. Only a few athletes in each event will win medals but lots of athletes can get new personal bests or come close to it and have great fun when doing so.
So best of luck everyone and hopefully the weather will be nice to us!
For the uninitiated :-), Dangan track is just after the Westwood Hotel on the Moycullen road out of Galway city, next to the business park. Check it out on googlemaps.
Best of luck to all Tuam AC members running the Galway 5k Series. This series starts next Tuesday 28th April and continues every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks. It will be held in Athenry, Loughrea, Craughwell, Claregalway, Galway City and finishing up in Tuam on 2nd June. Please submit your race results/reports to Sean our Club PRO.
Congratulations to Margaret McDonagh on winning The Great Lakes Challenge Series. This series was ran over 5 races. Three 10k races and two 8k races. The series started with a 8k in Tourmakeady on 21st February. Margaret finished 2nd in a time of 37:40.She then ran the Clonbur 10k in a time of 46:51 on 1st March finishing in 3rd place. Margaret’s next run was on 7th March and another 8k where she finished 1st in a great time of 36:06. There was a 2 week gap to the next race on 21st March which saw the series in Claremorris. Margaret finished second in the second 10k of the series in a time of 45:53. She had cemented her lead and consistency was standing in her favour.
Four weeks later Margaret turned up in Ballinrobe on 18th April for the last race of the series. She was just recovered from a chest infection but this wasn’t going to stop her from giving it her best. Her husband Jude, her son and 3 daughters cheered her on from the side. Tuam AC members also supported her from the side and some members ran the race. Margaret kept the best to last and ran her quickest 10k of the series in a time of 45:07. She had won the series in style!
Maragaret was not the only Tuam AC athlete running the series. Special mention goes to Jarlath Monaghan who also ran the full 5 races of the series and finished 4th overall in the O40 category. Tommy Joe Whyte won the O50 category in the Ballinrobe race. Derek Naughton finished in a top 10 position and led home the Tuam AC team. Sean Burke was just 30 seconds over 40 mins and Shane Chrisham ran an impressive time of 47:17. Sean O Morain also ran.
I've updated the fixture list at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/2015/fixtures2015.pdf with some confirmed dates for a number of events that hadn't been confirmed until recently:-Thu 30-Apr-15 Secondary School Sth Connacht Secondary Schools Track & Field, Dangan Mon 04-May-15 U6-16 Craughwell Community Games Wed 27-May-15 9.30am Primary School Galway City Sports, Dangan Wed 17-Jun-15 Primary School Christy Kennedy Sports
Please click on the link above for full fixture list.
The National 10k in the Phoenix Park on April 11th was the 3rd event in the GCH Club Challenge 2015. It proved to be a high scoring day in the challenge with 9 participants collecting the 30point medal bonus and two collecting the 10k PB bonus.
In both the mens and women's tables three of the top four slots are taken by our masters runners reflecting very strong national performances by this element of our club.
Below are some of my thoughts and experiences from the Connemarathon 12/04/15- it is longer than I expected but then the marathon is not short! written by Sarah Makem
Another great weekend of racing with the National 10k taking place at the Phoenix Park on Saturday 11th April and the renowned Connemarathon Ultra, Marathon and Half taking place on Sunday 12th April.
On Saturday in Dublin on what is a notoriously hard course especially in the last 5k of the race. This did not deter our GCH athletes who determinedly took to the course to mark their place in this National event!!
Whose bright idea was this???
Oh yeah, mine.
So where to begin? I like to run. In doing so I like to do things that I will remember when I’m old and greyer. This year, I’m in my 39th year so what better way to mark it than a 39(.3) race, the Connemara Ultra.
KISS- Keep it Simple Stupid
My basic plan was (a) to get to the start line and (b) get to the finish line. In distance running, part (a) is often the hardest to achieve with the chance of illness, injury or simply not getting the time to complete the training load. For me, a chest infection with a week to go made me more than a little nervous. But, felt good by Friday and the race wasn’t until Sunday.
39 miles to run, nowhere to hide
We set off from near Peacocks of Maam Cross at 9am without fuss and I settled in to a nice steady rhythm. I ran by effort rather than pace as the Ultra is anything but flat and an even pace but would be difficult to achieve. For me, a Heart Rate (HR) of 165-170 was about right.
A game of 3 halves
You could say the Ultra is a race of 3 halves with the first half marathon section reasonable, followed by two progressively harder half marathons to follow. I felt comfortable until about mile 15 when a strong-ish wind and rolling roads made me work harder than I had wanted. My HR shot up to 180’s and slowing down didn’t have any effect. I knew I would pay the price later in the race. The left turn for Leenane brought a welcome relief from the wind. What followed was a good stretch of downhill running. The only problem was the downhills were just as hard if not harder on the legs than the uphills.
I got to the 26 mile mark at Leenane at 3 hrs 44 mins with the hardest section of the course left. Heading out of Leenane the legs started to get their own back on me and started to send shock waves of cramp. I wasn’t alone though as many of those around me suffered the same fate.
Onwards and Upwards. Literally.
I’d like to say that I negotiated the course from Leenane to Keane’s Pub in Maam comfortably but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It hurt like hell. Each uphill brought a dart of pain from the calf muscles and each downhill hurt everywhere else. Energy was running low but I couldn’t face eating. A bottle of flat coke at mile 29 managed to save the day though.
If you are going through hell, just keep going.
I struggled on to Keane’s and made the final turn of the day, onto the ‘Hell of the West’. I had decided long before the start that this race, for me, was all about the last 5 miles. A 34 mile warm up and a right good dig up and over the infamous hill.
Brendan Monaghan who had tirelessly kept me hydrated and motivated throughout the race as he cycled up and down the course was joined by Stephen Brady and John Joe Higgins. I think we were the only people who laughed our way up the climb. My wife Mary, sister Marian, and mother Sheila had stationed themselves at mile 38 and they provided all the encouragement I needed to slog it out to the finish. The clock read 5 hours 59 mins as I crossed the line.
Just need to find a 40 mile race for next year
Tuam AC Members running on Sunday were as follows:
Connemara Ultra Marathon – Padraic Burke (see his report above).
Hell and Back Tuam 5k – Joanna Kieley, Andrea Ridge, Tommy Varden, Justin Lane, Maura Meeneghan (1st female),Timothy Geraghty, Ronan McGrath, Teresa Burke, Dolores Higgins, Helen Gilmartin.
Ballinderry 5k – Ger Hartnett (3rd overall and 1st in his category), Sean Burke (3rd in category), Mark Rabbitte (1st in category), Annmaire Miskell (2nd in category), Maura Meeneghan (2nd 5k of the day), Justin Lane (2nd 5k of the day), Olivia Fitzpatrick, Timothy Geraghty, Roger Rushe (1st in Category), Audrey Greaney, Julie Murphy, Assumpta Meeneghan.
Please remember to send your race results/reports to Sean our Club PRO.
Easter weekend brought the sunshine to the West and it was time to put the hard slog of battling wind and rain which was plentiful over the winter season to the test. It was also time to see if our Lenten season sacrifices had paid off!!!
It was a weekend of celebrations for Tuam AC as three of our members received very well deserved awards at the 2014 Galway County Athletics Awards which took place on Saturday evening at the Ard Ri Hotel. Roger Rushe and Mickey Kelly were the joint winners of the Hall of Fame award and David Evans won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Athletics. Everybody in Tuam AC and indeed everybody in the Tuam area is delighted that Roger, Mickey and David have received recognition for there fantastic support and participation in athletics for so many years and we wish them continued success.
Roger celebrated by doing what he does best as he traveled to Loughrea on Monday and ran the 5k race in 25.07 and he was joined by his daughter Audrey Greaney who also had a superb run and they are both really looking forward to the 5k series which begins on Tuesday 28th April in Athenry and promises to be the biggest series to date with almost 1000 entries.
Other members in action over the weekend included Sean Burke, Mark Rabbitte and Sean O’Morain who all ran the Colemanstown 10k.
Ger Hartnett and Aidan Doyle both had flyers in the Kilmovee 10k and the Tuesday evening speedwork sessions are definitely paying off if these results are anything to go by.
Finally we would all like to wish Padraic Burke well in the Connemara Ultra Marathon on Sunday. He has completed his training schedule and is in superb condition and raring to go on Sunday, he is a great inspiration to everybody in the club and we wish him well.
Craughwell AC has retained its place as the largest juvenile club in Ireland with the figures announced yesterday by Athletics Ireland. Having spent a number of years in the top 3, Craughwell edged into 2nd place and then 1st in Autumn last year. We appear to be growing more rapidly than any other club and are now 55 members bigger than the next biggest Dundrum South Dublin and more than twice as big as all other Connacht clubs other than Sligo AC. The club is extremely proud of this statistic as we place a big emphasis on participation as well as developing our members to their potential be it part of a healthy lifestyle or elite national and international standards.
And we’re not neglecting competitiveness either. After the recent Irish Indoor Championships, the club are ranked 6th in the country based on our indoor performances – with 9 medals and many top 8 finishes. The club’s performances in terms of both participation and competitiveness are all the more impressive given that our members come from a relatively small area of rural County Galway compared to many big city and town clubs.
All the more reason why the club needs to move forward quickly on developing our new facility as we badly need the space and better facilities for our rapidly growing membership. To this end, the club are launching is major fund-raiser for this year – an attempt at setting a Guinness World Record.
We really need the full support of club members on this as we are putting a lot of effort into developing advanced facilities quickly with the aid of loans and grants so that the current membership benefit.
Please read on for details of the facility plans and fundraiser- don't leave it to others as we need everyone on board!! Thank you!!
Matthew McKernan in action in the U18 Triple Jump National finals in Athlone
The club’s leading juveniles had another wonderful day of action on the final day of the National Indoor Track & Field championships in Athlone last weekend, with some fantastic performances which yielded 1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze and several top eight finishes. Foremost amongst them was Sineád Treacy’s massive leap of 5.45m to take the gold medal in the U19 long jump along with a season’s best of 25.04 to take the silver medal in a close battle to the line in the 200m. This brings Sineád’s tally for the National indoor season to 2 individual gold and 1 silver in the U19 championships, silver in the U20 200m and team silver in the National Indoor League – incredible performances.
Also in fine form, Matthew McKernan leaped an impressive 12.17m to take the silver medal in the U18 triple jump. Daniel Callanan-Forde claimed his first indoor National medal and first long jump National medal with a fine jump of 5.70m. Daniel was holding 2nd place until the very last round of jumps with a best of 5.68m when the jumper prior to him leapt 5.77m. On his final jump, Daniel put everything into it to leap 5.70m and had to settle for bronze by the tiny margin of 7cm.
In the U19 800m, Damien O’Boyle qualified comfortably in the heats in a time of 2.01.00 and went on to produce his 2nd fastest time ever to place 3rd in the final in a time of 1.58.93.