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Athletes shine at Galway Community Games

Craughwell AC - 7 July, 2016 - 00:03

Craughwell U12 Girls 4x100m Relay Team
Galway Community Games Champions 2016

The Galway Community Games finals were held in Ballinderrin recently with a new 1-day format replacing the old 2 days of heats and finals. 

The Craughwell Community Games area had some exceptional performances with all 4 relay teams finishing in the medals as well as several individual Galway titles and podium finishes. The relays saw fantastic victories for the U13 Mixed 4x100m team (Robert Urquhart, Padraig Martyn, Emma Jane Moran, Ava Finn, subs Rebecca Lynch, Liam Mulveen) and the U12 Girls 4x100m team (Ailish Burke, Fauve Aylmer, Erin Kelly, Jade Moorhead) while the remaining 2 teams from the parish took bronze medals in their finals - U10 Mixed 4x100m team (Grace Keaveney, Cormac McFadden, Grace Lynch, Ben Moran, subs Eamonn McGlynn and Isabella Boland) and U12 Boys 4x100m team (Jamie Collins, Evan Hallinan, Cathal Kelly, Evan Moran).

In the individual events, the strong performances continued with Galway titles for Ryan Gallagher (U16 Boys High Jump), Rebecca Lynch (U14 Girls Javelin), Kyle Moorhead (U14 Boys 800m), Padraig Martyn (U14 Boys Long Jump), Grace Lynch (U10 Girls 60m Hurdles), Cormac McFadden (U10 Boys 60m Hurdles); silver medals for Liam Mulveen (U14 Boys Long Jump), Ava Finn (U14 Girls Long Jump) and Lauren Morgan (U8 Girls 60m); and bronze for Finbar McFadden (U16 Boys 1500m) and Daniel Galvin (U12 Boys 600m).

Clarinbridge’s Liam McDonagh and Oisin Keane also got in the medals with silver and bronze in the U14 Boys javelin as did Carrabane’s Cian Connaughton who took the bronze in the U10 Boys 100m. Oranmore’s Oisin Lyons had an impressive gun to tape victory in the U16 Boys 1500m.

Oisin Lyons and Finbar McFadden
Gold and bronze medallists in the U16 1500m at the Galway Community Games 2016

Craughwell U13 Mixed 4x100m Relay Team
Galway Community Games Champions 2016

Craughwell U12 Boys 4x100m Relay Team
Bronze medallists at the Galway Community Games 2016


Kyle Moorhead and Ryan Gallagher
Galway Community Games U14 Boys 800m and U16 Boys High Jump Champions 2016

Craughwell U10 Mixed Relay Team
Bronze medallists at the Galway Community Games 2016

Chloe Claims Silver at Irish Schools Finals

Craughwell AC - 7 July, 2016 - 00:02

The pinnacle event of the athletics season for secondary schools took place in Tullamore at the weekend with the Irish Schools Track & Field. Several athletes from the club were in action with the highlight being Chloe Casey’s (St Raphael’s) silver medal in the Junior Girls shot putt with an exceptional throw of 12.32m. Chloe also placed 8th in the 200m in a time of 27.84.

Daniel Callanan-Forde (St Raphael’s) had a fine performance to place 4th in the Intermediate Boys long jump with a best of 6.18m and 5th in the triple jump with a best of 12.60. Gerry Keary contained a remarkable day for the Loughrea school with a 4th place finish in the Intermediate Boys high jump with a leap of 1.85m. Matthew McKernan (Calasanctius) had a fine PB of 12.98m to take 6th place in the Senior Boys triple jump.

Laura Cunningham (Pres Athenry) placed 7th in the Intermediate Girls high jump with 1.50m while Leanagh Gilligan (St Brigid’s) placed 6th in the Junior Girls long jump with a best of 4.84m and 9th in the triple jump with a best of 9.01m. Dearbhaile Walsh (Seamount) placed 6th in the Intermediate Girls 1500m Steeplechase in a time of 5.42.87. Conor Roberts (Colaiste Bhaile Chlair) took 8th place in the Minor Boys long jump with a best of 4.85 while Garvin Surlis (The Bish) was fractionally behind in 9th place with a best of 4.83m. Damien O’Boyle took 6th place in the Senior Boys 5000m in a time of 15.45.31 while younger sister Leigha took 11th place in the discus with a best of 14.32m.

In the relays, the Calasanctius team of Caoilin Milton, Laura Nally, Lorraine Delaney and Caoimhe O’Donoghue had a strong run to take 5th place in the Intermediate Girls 4x100m in a time of 51.38 while the Pres Athenry Senior Boys team were unfortunate to be disqualified for a zone fault.

Terrific Performances at City & County Sports

Craughwell AC - 7 July, 2016 - 00:02



Ballymana NS Senior Girls 4x100m Team - Silver Medalists in the County Sports in Dangan

Primary schools athletics took centre-stage recently with the Galway County Sports and Galway City Sports taking place in Dangan.

In the County Sports, it was a particularly good day for Clarinbridge NS with victories in both the U13 Boys 4x100m (Gavin Lee, Liam Leen, Sean fox, Conor Hoade) and U13 Girls 4x100m (Saoirse Moore, Evie Ayo, Annie de Hora, Siofra Boland). Ballymana NS took the silver medals in the U13 Girls 4x100m with Laoise Bond, Aine Kelly, Ava Finn and Saorise Dooley. In the individual events, Clarinbridge NS also had plenty of success with Saoirse Moore taking bronze in the U13 Girls 800m, Gavin Lee and Liam Leen gold and silver in the U13 Boys 800m, Cian Lavan bronze in the U11 Boys 400m and Sean Lavan silver in the U9 Boys 400m. Sean Cotter (Gaelscoil de hIde) took bronze in the U13 Boys 800m while Ballymana NS’s Aine Kelly took bronze in the U13 Girls 100m and Daniel Galvin took silver in the U11 Boys 400m.

Craughwell NS Senior Girls 4x100m Team - silver medallists in the City Sports in Dangan

Meanwhile on the following day in the City Sports which Craughwell NS has traditionally contested, the school had some exceptional performances with 5 sets of relay medals and 3 individual medals. The school took the gold in the U13 Boys 4x100m (Lukas Schukat, Robert Urquhart, Kieran O'Connor, Shaun Gilligan, Padraig Martyn, Liam Mulveen, Gavin Kelly, Ross McGuinness), gold in the U9 Girls 4x100m (Katie Slevin, Isabel Schukat, Mollie Gilligan, Ella Farrelly, Katelyn Walsh, Sarah Creaven), silver in the U13 Girls 4x100m (Molly Sullivan, Emma Jane Moran, Edel Farrelly, Aoife Kelly, Niamh Griffin, Emily Miskella, Rebekah Flynn), bronze in the U11 Girls 4x100m (Erin Kelly, Jade Moorhead, Grace Lynch, Chloe Hallinan, Rachel O'Callaghan, Clodagh O'Meara) and bronze in the U9 Boys 4x100m (Cian Farrell, Darragh Kelly, Keelan Moorhead, Ben Moran, Ethan Waters). In the individual events Shaun Gilligan raced to gold in the U13 Boys 100m as did Jade Moorhead in the U11 Girls 400m, while Ella Farrelly took bronze in the U9 Girls 60m and Katelyn Walsh was very unlucky to be just pipped on the line for the bronze medal in the U9 Girls 400m.

National Half Marathon

Galway City Harriers - 6 July, 2016 - 09:05

The National Half Marathon takes place in Dublin on Sunday, August 7th. Anyone wishing to enter can do so using the link below .  The Club will reimburse entry fee for those who run.

Be sure to select Half Marathon-AAI Member 7 August. You will need your AAI membership number. Contact or message Mags @ 0879234224 for your Reg. number



Categories: Member Notices

July Summer Camp Moved to August

Craughwell AC - 29 June, 2016 - 12:23

For a number of reasons the club have had to move the July summer camp due to start next Monday 4th July to August ... merging it with our August camp on 15th August.

The parents who had booked for July have all agreed to switch to August, with a refund provided to one parent who could not move. Thank you everyone for your understanding.

As a result the August camp will be bigger and better with over 20 advance bookings already so please get your booking in early as its expected to fill up. Application form is here:- http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/2016/Summer_Camp_2016.pdf

Craughwell AC Carpark - Open for Business!

Craughwell AC - 23 June, 2016 - 23:38

Many thanks to the large crowd who turned up in the rain Thursday night for the official opening of our carpark and entrance roadway and the launch of our club lotto in association with Croí, Pictured above are Councillors Moegie Maher and Peter Feeney performing the opening ceremony under the watchful gaze of the next generation of athletes.

Both Moegie and Peter provided crucial advice to the club in regard to the planning process and the access road, leading a team of 14 councillors who supported the motions to Galway County Council to take the roadway public and coordinated funding from the same team to make €21000 available to the council to bring the roadway to the required standard. The club owe an immense debt of gratitude to both men for their leadership and advice.

The club has made giant strides in its facility development in a very short space of time as illustrated below:

  • September 2014
    • Site purchased
  • October 2014
    • Pedestrian entrance from school
    • Initial floodlighting completed, field in use for cross country running
  • July 2015
    • Community Finance Ireland provide additional loan of €38,500 to fund ongoing developments.
  • September 2015
    • Guinness World Record Relay fund-raiser
  • October 2015
    • Hosted Galway juvenile cross country
  • November 2015
    • Approved for €100,000 sports capital grant
    • Access roadway made public by Galway County Council
  • May 2016
    • Internal roadway and carpark constructed
  • June 2016
    • Car park officially opened by Councillors Moegie Maher and Peter Feeney
    • New floodlights installed and turned on to complete floodlighting of the field
  • July 2016
    • Sprint track construction starts
  • August 2016
    • Sprint track construction finishes
  • September 2016
    • Official opening of track


The last few lines are a look into the near future! Here's where you come in .... we still need your help to fund the development. As you know, we joined the Croí BraveHearts lotto where Croí and ourselves split the funds raised. Tonight after a whirlwind 4-week start to this, we were presented with a cheque by Croí for our half of the funds raised so far - coming to the fantastic total of €3120. A huge thank you to all who have supported us to date with donations and subscriptions to the Lotto. But we need to keep the momentum going. We have a target fund-raising total of €45k for this year and the Lotto is a major element of this. Click on the photo below to support us. If you are thinking about it, please do it - don't let the grass grow under our feet on this! Your club needs you! Thank you!

Croí's Kieran Browne presenting a cheque for €3120 to Club Chairperson Marion McEvilly
with Fundraising Coordinator Tracy Moran and Facility Development Officer Mike Tobin

Last call for National Junior & u23 Track & Field championships

Galway City Harriers - 23 June, 2016 - 12:26
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The National Junior & u23 championships take pace in Tullamore on Saturday 2nd July.Timetable below.

Friday 24th June is entry deadline

Entries to secretary

Categories: Member Notices

Craughwell AC Big Opening Night This Thursday!

Craughwell AC - 20 June, 2016 - 09:47

Check it out - big opening night this THURSDAY 6.30pm of new entrance road and car-park, together with family fun run over half-mile loop together with launch of the club's Lotto in association with Croi.

Craughwell AC is the largest juvenile club in the country, a remarkable statistic for a rural area.

We pride ourselves on being an all-inclusive club catering for children with all abilities, with an emphasis on a healthy body and mind especially amongst our growing youth/teenagers.

For those watching closely, you know how hard we are working towards developing our new facilities. We have so far done great to purchase our own site and have managed to produce great things with what we have BUT we have a bigger plan in place and we are determined to carry it out so the current members and future members will have as much benefits at their doorstep as all other clubs!!

But we now URGENTLY need your HELP!!! 

As you will know through email or handouts or txt, we are supporting Croí BraveHearts Lotto. For every member who chooses to support the Lotto, your money is split 50-50 with Croí and Craughwell AC. It’s a win win for the club, for a charity that are doing tremendous work and a chance of a lotto win for you also. As an added incentive, if you subscribe for the year, you get membership of our sports and recreation park to jog or walk around it.

To celebrate the above union, Croí will be in attendance this Thurs 23rd in our own field to launch the lotto. There will be two Croí nurses in attendance providing a free pulse test. Additionally, the Order of Malta will be demonstrating first aid to the children and we also hope to have some Defibrillator demonstrations giving kids and parents an opportunity to watch and learn in case of an emergency.

Click on the picture to support our Lotto or go tohttps://www.croi.ie/lotto and make sure to select Craughwell AC as the joint beneficiary.

On the same evening, we as a Club are also proudly inviting you and your friends/family to the official opening of our carpark and entrance roadway by Councillor Moegie Maher. The entrance roadway was taken public by the council last year with the financial support of 14 councillors for which the club is very grateful. This is a big milestone for the club and marks the beginning to the on-going development of our bigger plan.

We will also be inviting families to run, walk or jog for a half-mile loop of our 8 acres. This and other running routes are accessible to you as part of signing up each year for the BraveHearts Lotto ... an annual subscription will cost €100 or you can pay quarterly.

So if you haven't already supported this wonderful charity and of course the Club ... please come along on that evening and receive some information on how you can help. We appreciate all the wonderful families that have got behind us so far to make what is in place happen. Croí will be presenting a cheque to the club on the night which goes directly to the current work.

So please, if you intend of supporting the club and have a charitable contribution at the same time we would greatly appreciate it as we can't do this on our own.

And for those in business, we are in the process of finalizing some corporate sponsorship options and will be publicising detailed on same in the next 2 weeks.

Thank you kindly in advance and we look forward to seeing you all for our night of fun and celebration Thursday 23rd June at 6.30pm.

Change to Tuesday's Track time

Galway City Harriers - 20 June, 2016 - 08:33

Track times have now changed to 6.30pm at the usual spot each Tuesday night at Dangan Track!!

Track will now be merged wih Galway Triathlon Club members, this will help it group sizes and to ensure a good range of paces.

Please ensure your track fees are paid in advance.

Categories: Member Notices

Night of 5k PB's and Olympic Qualifier Event.

Craughwell AC - 19 June, 2016 - 19:22





Next Thursday Evening, June 23rd and Bonfire Night for 2016, sees one of Ireland’s final Olympic Qualifier Events, being run by our friends in Sligo from believeandachieve.ie which deserves a huge amount of support.

The Event is set to take place at the Knocknarea Arena of IT Sligo, with the first of 5 expertly paced open 5000m races on the track due off at 7pm. The Event has be planned in such a way to offer everybody the opportunity to join in on the excitement and participate in the event with the aim of achieving a new personal best and the chance to experience the immense atmosphere of the crowd before joining them on track for the feature event at 9pm.

The feature event has been set to inspire the next generation of budding stars and so the event will also play host to a select number of showcase Juvenile events, which will run tangentially to the event itself.


Please check out their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1098391646887750/?ti=cl

Results of the 2016 Connacnt Track & Field Championships U13 - Senior

Galway City Harriers - 19 June, 2016 - 17:05
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Congratulations to all the GCH athletes who participated yesterday in the Connacht Track & Field Championships in Sligo IT. 

Please see the link below to the Results.


Categories: Juvenile News

Timetable for National Senior Track & Field

Galway City Harriers - 17 June, 2016 - 14:16
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Last date for entries is Sunday 19th June.

Timetable below.

Contact secretary.


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National Track & Field Championships

Galway City Harriers - 15 June, 2016 - 22:33

There are two upcoming National Track & Field Championships.

The National Senior Track & Field Championships take place on the 25th and 26th June in Morton Stadium, Santry. Closing date for entries is Friday 17th June.

The Under 23 National Track & Field Championships , along with the Junior championships take place on July 2nd in Tullamore

Anyone wishing to compete in any of the above competitions, please email secretary@galwaycityharriers.com as soon as possible.


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Athenry Half Marathon

Galway City Harriers - 13 June, 2016 - 15:53

The Athenry Half Marathon (formaly theMoniea Half) takes place on Saturday 25th June at 11am.There is also a 5km on the day.

Entry is €25 for the Half Distance and €15 for the 5km.

If you are looking to break a time there are 1.30, 1.40, 1.50 and 2 hour pacers.

Full details and regitration can be found at www.athenryachalfmarathon.com.

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Weeks 5, 6, 7 and 8 - Absolute Beginners

Galway City Harriers - 12 June, 2016 - 20:02

Remember, continue to be patient and keep making incremental increases to the volume and/or pace of your training. Progress slowly with the training regime for the next few weeks to ensure you'r'e fit and healthy by the time you reach the start line.













2min walk, 2min run repeat 15 times. 30 mins running.


2min walk, 4min run. Repeat 5 times. Total 20 mins running.


After a brisk 5 min walk to warm up, see how long you can run for without stopping. Aim for 15 minutes but if you need to stop then walk for 1min and go ahead until you have run for a total of at least 18 minutes





Run for 12 min take 2min rest, run for 10 min, take 2min rest, run for 8min, take 2min rest, run for 6min, take 2min rest.


walk for 5 min then run for 15-20 min, then walk for 5min


Run for 5 km





Run for 1min, take a minute walk to rest, run for 2min, take 1min rest, then 3min run, 4min run, 5min run, 4min run, 3min run, 2min run, 1min run all separated by 1min walk


5min walk , then 25 min run, 5 min walk


Run for 5.5 km





Try to find a hill of medium steepness. After a 5min jog warm up, run 30 sec up the hill, jog back down the hill and then repeat the hill climb 4 more times, take 3min rest and then repeat the 5 hill climbs again, before a jog or walk home.


Run for 20 minutes then take 5min walk recovery before running for another 15 min


Run for 6 km



Categories: Training for the Streets

Weeks 5, 6, 7 and 8 - 40min 8km

Galway City Harriers - 12 June, 2016 - 19:57

At this point you'll be in the swing of the 40min 8k  training plan. Remember the tips from our earlier postings:

  • Find a buddy. A training partner is a great asset particularly if they are a similar fitness level to you. Better still join a club. GCH have groups for all abilities. Put the shoes on and get out the door. This is often the hardest part of a run. Once you are out there you can enjoy the feeling of pushing yourself and the fresh air.
  • Try to run off road if you can as it is kinder to the legs. Dangan, South park, and Barna Woods provide some respite from the tarmac.












4x 5 min off 75 sec jog then 5 x 30 sec



Out and back run: 23 min out, try to come back in 20


60 min easy




6 x 4min hard with 1 min rest



30 min easy.  Then 5x a 6-8 sec hill with very slow walk back down the hill to recovery in between.


60min easy




8x 3min off 1 min. If you need to take a break, then can be split into 2 sets of 4 x 3min with 3 minutes between the first and second set of 4.



Progression run. 9km: starting at 6min per km and then pick up speed by 10 sec per km each km.


Headford 8km to test progress.




4x1 min off 1 min rest, 12 minutes continuous hard run, 4x1min off 1 min



9km with 5th and 7th km @ 5min/km pace


65 min run



Categories: Training for the Streets

Order of Events for U9-12 Connachts

Craughwell AC - 10 June, 2016 - 15:34

Order of events for tomorrow:-


Best of luck to all of our participants!!

Timetable for Community Games Finals

Craughwell AC - 3 June, 2016 - 22:24

The order of events for the Community Games finals this Sunday in Ballinderrin is below. Please note - the times indicated are my guesses and people should arrive at least 1 hour before the time listed here to avoid dissapointment. 

The only official time published is the 10.30am start time so don't berate officials (or me!) if these times are way off. I guessed them based on the number of competitors and on the theory that the heats and semis of the sprints will run at the same time on opposite side of the field for boys and girls.

Note also spikes are not allowed in running shoes for ages U13 and younger. And that club singlets are not allowed. Best of luck to all of our club members while representing your parishes. Hope everyone comes away happy with their performance and happy with the day. Provisional times are below and again please remember they are just semi-educated guesses:- provisionalTimetable.pdf

Timetable for Irish Schools T&F

Craughwell AC - 3 June, 2016 - 18:00

The timetable for the schools track and field tomorrow is online here. The best of luck to all of our athletes who are involved! A rather belated report on the Connacht finals follows below.

The Calasanctius Oranmore Intermediate Girls 4x100m team - Connacht Champions 2016
Laura Nally, Caoilin Milton, Hannah-Kate Silke, Lorraine Delaney

Quick update on facility progress

Craughwell AC - 2 June, 2016 - 12:38

Click to play!

Quick update on our fundraising progress and facility works. Work has started on installing 8 additional floodlights and we hope to be signing contracts next week for the construction of the track. Fundraising is going well but we really need people to sign up quickly ... spread the word about our lotto and sign up and get your friends/family to sign up. Every cent will be spent on improving the facility for the club and the community to use. It will be available morning to night 7 days a week and will be the envy of many a club and community. So get on board and sign up at https://www.croi.ie/lotto and select Craughwell AC as the partner club. This weeks draw is in 2 hours time so sign up now and help us and help Croi and help us both help your health!



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