With just over a week to go, places are filling up fast for the sixth Annual Craughwell 10 mile road race. The race takes place Sunday the 22nd of March at 1pm.
A long-range weather forecast is promising a fine, but breezy day, perfect running weather.
Flat accurate AAI measured10 mile course.
Full road closure.
Incorporating AAI Galway 10 mile club Chaimpionship.
Medal and T shirt for all finishers.
Online entry at www.active.com
€25 entry fee.
Tea/coffee and refreshments for all participants after.
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GCH has reserved a small fund to help young athletes to make the tricky transition from promising junior to successful senior. The U23 age group is the time at which many athletes are lost from the sport.
The U23 Bursary assists with the cost of conducting a serious competition campaign: Physio / medical assistance, travel etc. Successful applicants will be required to provide six monthly reports on the progress of their training and racing, alongside a summary of how they used any funding. They will also be expected to compete for the club on a regular basis. Athletes aged 18-23 should send completed forms (as attached) by 19th March to:
Galway City Harriers Secretary, c/o Bernie Kelly, Caislean, Inverin, Co. Galway.
Are we going to see a new course record on Sunday 22nd March 2015 in Craughwell for the Craughwell AC 10mile road race?
The men's course record is currently held by Sean Connolly of Tallaght AC in a time of 49:12, while the women's course record is held by Eilish Kelly of Raheny Shamrock AC in a time of 57:44.
With only 12 days to go entries are filling fast. Enter here at Active.com
Image courtesy of John O'Connor
The tough conditions didn't hold GCH back at the 2015 Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon and 10k.
GCH took 2nd and 3rd in the Men's 10k with Matt Bidwell in 33.19 and Owen Byrne in 35.14.
Sean Hanley also had a great run in 6th place in 38.19.
The GCH ladies stole the show however taking all three top spots in the 10k. Helen Corbett stormed home in first place in 39.39, followed by Sinead Brody in 40.37 in second place and Esther O'Flaherty took thrid place in 42.02.
Damian O'Boyle and Jamie Fallon after the Irish Schools Senior 6500m
Jamie Fallon (representing Calasanctius Oranmore) raced to his greatest performance to date when claiming the bronze medal in the senior 6500m at the Irish Schools Cross Country which was held in Clongowes Wood College at the weekend. Holding 4th place throughout much of the race, Jamie moved into 3rd place on the final lap and held that position for possibly the best performance from a Galway distance runner since the legendary Paul Donovan won this title in 1981. A group of 6 athletes broke from the pack in the early stages of the race and the on-course commentator gave a running commentary on them for the remaining laps, omitting to mention Jamie initially, then mentioning the man from “Calasenteese” who was in second place at the time and finally someone later having a whisper in his ear and Jamie became the ‘cousin’ of the great Jimmy Fallon :-).
Damien O’Boyle also had a fine run in the same race when taking 24th place. In the junior race, Oisin Lyons was another Calasanctius student to have a fantastic run when placing 5th in his 3500m race and in the process claim his first international vest for the Schools International which will be held later this month. Having played a Connacht Cup soccer final the day before (winning 6-3 incidentally), it was a super run from Oisin. He stuck with the leading group of 6 for the first third of the race and then got caught in no-man’s land for a while between 2 groups of 5 before the 2nd group caught up. Oisin battled hard at front of that group and they caught the trailing runner on the lead group on the home straight with Oisin holding on for a fine 5th place.
Also in action at the same venue, Neil Greaney had a good run in the Universities Cross Country to place 33rd as part of a strong DCU team which took team gold.
Oisin Lyons after his 5th place in the Irish Schools Junior 3500m
Earlier in the other schools races, Caron Ryan (St Raphael’s) had a strong run to take 33rd place in the intermediate girls race, with Pres Athenry’s Grainne McDaid and Ciara O’Boyle placing 69th and 80th and The Bower’s Aoife Green placing 77th. In the senior girls 1500m, Ciara Greene (The Bower) placed 45th while Andrea Tobin placed 57th to help the Pres Athenry to 8th team place. In the minor boys 2500m, St Raphael’s Sean Connaughton placed 55th in a high quality field while in the junior girls, Claregalway’s Rachael Hughes placed 69th.
The club will very shortly have a new training technical top/t-shirt for sale which doubles up as a fund-raiser for our much-needed facilities and as a high quality training top for use at training or in competition warm-up. I will post a seperate update on our facility progress in a few days time - we have a number of fund-raising initiatives coming up in order to proceed with developing the facility later this year. The top is available in both adult and children's sizes should parents or coaches also wish to get one.
To order your top, please text your name and sizes required to Tracy Moran at 087 8810737. Tracy will have them at the astro turf next Tuesday from 5.45pm to 8pm and at the hall Thursday 6.15pm-7.15pm and at the astro turf Thursday 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
The technical top will cost €20, with a €5 discount given for each additional top purchased by the same family, i.e. 2 tops for €35, 3 tops for €50, etc. The top comes in the following sizes:-
All profits from the tops will go directly into our facility fund for the development of facilities on our new 8-acre site.
The Club is delighted to announce the club challenge for 2015 for all runners. The aim is to encourage all club members & club teams to take part in a broad range o events including many of the top regional and national events. The objective is to encourage team spirit whilst promoting our club colours. There are 15 chosen races. Members must compete in 7 to qualify for prizes.
Next start date for Beginners to Fit4Life is Monday 13th April 2015.
Meet at 7pm at Westside Library.
Any queries to Bernie 087-7504066
17 days to go....
With 17 days to go to the Craughwell 10 we have 56% men registered and 44% women, come on girls register.
This is the 6th annual running of the Craughwell 10 it is run on a flat accurate AAI measured 10 mile course.
Incorporating the AAI Galway 10 mile Club championship, this race sells out every year. Race entry of €25 includes a technical T shirt and medal.
enter online at ACTIVE.COM
A large contingent of athletes from the club descended on the international arena in Athlone IT at the weekend for the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships. With over 100 athletes in action, Craughwell AC had the largest representation at these championships which told in the podium finishes with 29 Connacht titles coming our way, 13 silver and 11 bronze podium finishes.
There were many highlights across the 2 days in particular an impressive 1.58.08 from Damien O’Boyle in the U19 800m, significantly helped by Peadar Harvey who paced the first 400m of the race. It was a generous act from Peadar who holds the club record of 1.57.xx and unselfishly paced Damien to an attempt to break that. As it was Damien came very close to that record and even closer to Paul Joyce’s junior club record of 1.58.05. Cathriona Farrell gave an exhibition of jumping in the senior high jump, attempting 1.80m and soaring 10cm above it but clipping it with her heels. Sinead Treacy came home with triple gold I the 60m, 200m and long jump – another fantastic performance from a great athlete. In the U16s, despite a bad enough injury picked up on Thursday night when practicing for hurdles, Lorraine Delaney had an impressive series of jumps to nail a new high jump PB of 1.50m having improved from 1.40m to 1.45m only a few weeks earlier at the Scottish Championships. Laura Cunningham had to settle for 2nd place but more than made up for this with her first Connacht long jump title in a few years.
Craughwell U16 4x200m Relay Teams at the Connacht Indoors
Luke Finn, Oisin Lyons, Jerry Keary, Cian Waters, Daniel Callanan-Forde
Shauna Tobin, Anna Farrelly, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney
There were a string of good performances from athletes from the club at the Connacht Schools cross country which was held in Sligo Racecourse last week.
Leading the way with an exceptional run was Jamie Fallon (representing Calasanctius) when taking the Senior Boys Connacht title. This continues a string of cross country successes for this dedicated athlete who can look forward to the Irish Schools finals next weekend with confidence. Also with a fine run, clubmate and schoolmate Damien O’Boyle also had a super run to take 4th place and help his team to Connacht gold. In the Senior Girls race, Ciara Greene (The Bower) finished a fine 6th place while Andrea Tobin helped the Pres Athenry to team bronze with a 14th place finish and Tara McNally (Loughrea VS) placed 41st.
Oisin Lyons (Calasanctius) replicated Jamie’s success when striding to victory in the Junior Boys race, leading his team to 5th place with Eoghan McDonagh 25th, Ultan Sheerin 46th, Louis Molloy 56th and Paul Molloy 66th. Gavin Forde (Pres) placed 48th in the same race. Rachael Hughes (Coláiste Bhaile Chláir) placed 14th in the junior girls, helping her team to 5th place while Pres duo Shauna Tobin and Fiona Commins placed 32nd and 35th to help their team to 7th place.
Sean Connaughton (St Raphael’s) placed 13th in the minor boys race, with the Noonan brothers Patrick and Sean (Pres Athenry) placed 20th and 27th. Cathal Walsh (Seemount) placed 21st helping his team to a fantastic silver medal. Catherine Noonan and Aisling Carr placed 31st and 51st in the minor girls with their Pres team placing 7th.
In the Intermediate Boys race, Jack Miskella (Pres) placed 38th while Caron Ryan (St Raphael’s) took a fine 3rd place in the Intermediate Girls. Grainne McDaid and Ciara O’Boyle featured on the victorious Pres Athenry team in 14th and 19th place (where the Pres took both team gold and team silver!) while Aoife Greene 25th helped the Bower Athlone take the bronze medals.
Full results of the day are at:- ConnachtSchoolsXCResults2015.pdf
No Juvenile training Sunday 1st March due to Connacht Indoors Championships.
There will be a Bus to Connacht Indoors on Sunday leaving Dangan at 7.30am.
Price for the bus is 10 euro.
The provisional program for the Connacht Indoors this Sat/Sun is as follows:-
Senior training plan attached thanks to Matt Lockett.
Track Training from 7.30 (warm up done) at Dangan Track every Tuesday.
Unoffical Training session every Thursday (see attachement.
Training from Dangan Pavillion every Saturday from 10.00am.
Sunday Morning Long run from the Cathedral at 9.00am.
Check out Facebook for updates.
Many runners log their miles using a GPS-enabled watch. The map below shows the areas in Galway that have been most logged for running. Dark blue means it's a route used a lot, and red used even more. Cappagh Rd (Parkrun), The Prom, Dangan and the racecourse are all heavily logged. A similar view is available for biking routes, or biking and running combined:
Cathriona Farrell completed a hat-trick of senior indoor titles when winning the high jump at the National Senior indoors on Saturday. After a winter disrupted by injury, Cathriona was in remarkable form with an exceptional jump over 1.77m to take the title. Her 2 previous indoor titles came in 2011 and 2012 where she won in Belfast with jumps of 1.70m. Yesterday she was pushed much harder with 3 jumpers clearing 1.71m and 2 over the 1.74m. In fact, Cathriona's winning jump was the highest winning jump in the last 7 years in this event. Having cleared the 1.77m, Cathriona requested that the bar go to 1.82m and had 3 excellent efforts at what would have been a new PB.
Also in action in Athlone, Conor Duggan made the next round (to be held Sunday) of the men's 60m with a fine time of 7.23 and narrowly missed out on making the 200m final with a time of 22.83 while Damian O'Boyle ran strongly in the heats of the 1500m to record a time of 4.04.25 which is a new junior record for the club and possibly also a senior record (tbc).
We were treated to a real spectacle at the AIT Grand Prix on last Wednesday night. With our U13 boys and girls relay teams also in action on this international stage, it was a special special night. The U13s were magnificent, both relays winning their races to the rapturous applause of the capacity crowd – great experience for these young athletes. For the history books, our champion U13s were:- ...
Craughwell AC' U15 Boys at the National Juvenile B Cross Country Championships in Tuam
Sean Noonan, Gavin Forde, Oisin Lyons, Louis Molloy, Paul Molloy, Luke Finn
County Galway hosted a National cross country championships for the first time since 1999 with the holding of the National Juvenile B Championships and Intermediate/Masters Championships in Tuam. Craughwell AC were well represented on the day with plenty of success. In the Masters Men race, Peter O’Sullivan placed 25th with Ollie Mullins in 32nd to help Galway to 5th place in the team stakes.
In the juvenile races, Oisin Lyons led the way with a fine victory in the U15 boys 2500m, with his team placing 5th (34 Luke Finn, 37 Gavin Forde, 38 Sean Noonan, 42 Louis Molloy, 47 Paul Molloy). Sean Connaughton also stepped onto the podium with a superb silver medal performance in the U13 boys 1500m, with Finbar McFadden 23rd and Kyle Moorhead 51st all helping Galway to the team bronze in the inter-county event. Jack Miskella had a fine run in the U17 boys 3000m with an 11th place finish followed by Ben Vahey in 14th.
The U11 girls ran brilliantly to take the bronze medals in both the club and county events with Emily Miskella 10th, Caoimhe Connolly 17th, Jade Moorhead 18th, Aoibhe Carr 26th, Anna Cotter 48th, Jade Whelton 69th and Alana Grogan 149th. The U11 boys placed 5th in the club event and 3rd in the county event with Luke Flynn leading them home in 15th, Evan Hallinan 28th, Daniel Galvin 37th, Fiachra Bond 51st, Darragh McCartin 52nd, Fabian Fleetwood 54th, Joshua Ryan 55th, Aaron Doyle 62nd, Mark Egan 63rd, Daire Crowe 65th, Shane Concannon 69th, Aaron Crowe 78th, Jack Deely 79th and Ryan McDonnell.
Ailbhe Miskella placed 32nd in the U13 girls 1500m, with Jennifer Hughes 58th, Aoife Kelly 59th and Sarah Woods 64th. Rachael Hughes led the way in the U15 girls 2500m with a 26th placed finish, followed by Catherine Noonan in 34th and Fiona Commins in 42nd.
Most of the gang who travelled to the Scottish Indoors on Buchanan Street, Glasgow
(Credit: Daithi Cronin for most of the pics in this article)
A 30-strong group of athletes and parents from Craughwell AC journeyed to Glasgow for the Scottish Indoor Track & Field Championships at the weekend. With many athletes competing out of age, there were some fine performances over the 2-day event.
Pride of place went to Oisin Lyons who took the Scottish U15 1500m title with a superb display of front-running from gun to tape to take the victory in a time of 4.29.60, a fraction ahead of the 2nd place athlete. Oisin had earlier in the day ran a well-paced heat to comfortably qualify for the final in a time of 4.51.31 when taking 2nd place. In the final, Oisin led from the off and despite several challenges from the 2nd-placed Scottish athlete throughout the 7 and a half laps, Oisin held his ground at the front and took the Scottish title.
Daniel Callanan-Forde had some spectacular jumps in the U17 triple jump, eclipsing his previous PB of 10.75 by over a metre with jumps of 11.75, 11.76 and 11.77. Holding 3rd place with his 11.76 jump going into the final round, Daniel was just edged out of the medals by a leap of 11.89m on the last round - with Daniel improving slightly to 11.77m on his final jump but having to settle for 4th place. Earlier in the day Daniel took 6th place in the long jump with an impressive 5.62m - a 15cm improvement on his PB. All in all, while very dissapointed not to come home with some silverware, to take 4th and 6th place at this level when a year out of his age was a fantastic achievement for Daniel.
Ellie Cronin was another athlete to have a remarkable weekend with a 4th place finish in the U13 girls high jump. Ellie commenced jumping at 1.05m, clearing it comfortably but then struggled with her mark on the next height 1.10m - taking an extra step in and hence going off the wrong leg. Ellie moved back a few steps to have a run in of 7 steps and proceeded to clear all heights after that up to and including 1.30m on her first attempt to tie for the bronze medal but losing out on count-back of knocked bars. It was an incredible performance from Ellie in only her 2nd high jump competition ever having jumped 1.15m in the Galway indoors.
A fine performance also from Garvin Surlis saw him take 4th place in the U13 boys high jump with a leap of 1.30m, having earlier raced 9.60 in the 60m heats. As cool as a breeze, Garvin opted to open his jumping at the 1.30m height - making both his dad and his coach extremely nervous! But he knew what he was doing and cleared it and in fact was very unlucky not to nail the 1.35m which would have given him the bronze.
Craughwell AC's U17 Long Jumpers at the Emirates Arena iin Glasgow
Lorraine, Aoife, Laura and Caoilin
In the U17 girls long jump, the club had 4 athletes in action with Laura Cunningham the strongest to place 12th with a 4.69m leap, Aoife Walsh 4.37m, Lorraine Delaney 4.30m and Caoilin Milton 4.23m. Later in the day, Laura and Lorraine both jumped 1.45m to take 11th place in the U17 high jump, with Aoife leaping 1.40m. Ben Vahey raced to a time of 64.48 in the heats of the U17 400m while both Liam Moran and Tiernan Burke battled hard in the heats of the U17 men’s 1500m but didn’t progress to the final.
Pat & Garvin at the Scottish Indoors
Michael & Shauna at the Scottish Indoors
Ciara Greene placed 5th in the final of the U20 women’s 1500m in a time of 5.51.03 while Siona Lawless nailed a new PB in the U15 long jump with a leap of 4.73m to take 6th place, with Shauna Tobin (3.64) and Martha Haskett (2.88) jumping to PBs in the same event. Later Siona raced 28.70 in the U15 200m and Shauna threw 6.25m in the U15 shot putt.
Michelle winning her 200m heat
Jerry Keary had a fine series of jumps when taking 7th place in the U17 high jump, leaping 1.65m and coming agonisingly close to the 1.70m on his 2nd attempt. Jerry also batted hard in the heats of the 60m hurdles, sprinting to a time of 10.34. Michelle Duggan was unlucky to just miss out on a place in the final of the U17 200m, placing 3rd in the semi-finals in a time of 26.92, the 7th fastest time overall. Earlier Michelle ran 8.44 in the heats of the 60m.
Daithi & Ellie at the Emirates
Ben deep in thought prior to his 400m
Craughwell AC High Jumpers in Action in Glasgow
Daniel and Jerry during their events
Siona, Shauna & Martha at the Emirates
For more photos of the event, check out http://www.thatonemoment.co.uk/gallery.html.