Attached is a fixture list from 14th Jan - 9th April,with some Senior, Master & Junior events. Please note that the closing date for entry into most County,Connaught and National events is ten days before the event itself. Please check the AAI website, and the GCH website for updates. Some upcoming closing dates to be aware of: National Intermediate Cross Country , closing date - Friday 13th January National Indoor Combined events, closing date - Friday 13th January Junior/ Under 23 Indoors, closing date - Friday 20th January AAI Games, closing date - Friday 27th January National Masters Cross Country, closing date - Friday 3rd February Senior Indoor Championships, closing date - Friday 10th February Connaught Indoors, closing date - Friday 17th February National Masters Indoors Championships - Friday 24th February Anyone interested in running the National Intermediate Cross Country, (Tuam, 22nd Jan) contact the secretary asap. For information on any other events contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0879234224 AttachmentSize Fixtures list 2017 Jan-9th April.pdf199.59 KB
Timetable for next Sundays Galway indoors in AIT Indoor Arena is attached . Competition from 9am onwards. Remember you must be a signed up 2017 member to compete.AttachmentSize GalwayIndoorTrackAndFieldProgram2017.pdf22.18 KB
Following tonights AGM of the Senior Club the following officers have been elected for 2017:
Chairperson: Brian Gorman
Vice Chairperson: Fiona Diviney
Secretary: John Ward
Assistant Secretary: Emer Molloy
Treasurer/Registrar: John Fitzpatrick
PRO: Edel Kavanagh
Facilities Officer: Noel Gorman
Fit For Life Coordinator: Katie Gorman
Congratulations to the new Committee members and those taking on new roles.
Many thanks to Keith Devane, Niamh Flavin and Stephen Carty for all their work over the last two years.
The Tuam Athletic Club Annual 8K Road Race will take place on Sunday 15th January 2017 @ 2.30pm.
Almost 400 runners, joggers and walkers completed last years race with athletes travelling from far and wide and we are looking forward to welcoming them all back to Tuam again. Tuam AC are very grateful to the people of Tuam and surrounding areas who have supported the race by taking part in such huge numbers and also the many people who have volunteered to help out over the years.
We have a wide range of category prizes for men and women in all age groups as well as the first 3 men and women and the first two teams of men and women. Prizes consist of generous cash prizes and trophies. The course has been accurately measured and is a fantastic 8K lap with great local support to help the runners around. After the race, runners can look forward to hot showers and our legendary post race refreshments in the Mercy Gym.
Online entries are now open at the Athletics Ireland Runzone.
Register now to avoid disappointment!
We also have an FAQ page for everything you need to know about the race.
We look forward to welcoming you to Tuam on Sunday week and we hope you enjoy the race.
Fit4life is an introductory 12 week programme for people who would like to improve their fitness and get into running in a group environment.
You will be guided by experienced Fit4life coaches who will take you from walking, to jogging, to running!
A new group* will start on Tuesday 10th January 2017, meeting at the Palace Grounds/Pool carpark @ 7PM. All are welcome.
* The group will only commence if there is sufficient interest. Please ensure that you are medically fit to participate and if there are any doubts about this please consult your doctor.
A full set of Championship Best Performances has been produced by Athenry AC's Iain Shaw for the Galway Indoor Track & Field. Any errors or omissions can be fed back to Iain and he will verify and update. See attached for details - and very well done to Iain for a fine piece of work!
Happy New Year to everyone.
There are a few upcoming events and please note that closing dates for entry to many events is normally ten days beforehand. You must be a registered club member for 2017.
We encourage people to register as soon as possible for the 2017 season. This will then enable our membership secretary to register you with the AAI for this season, which will enable you to partake in club training sessions and events.
Hope your training and racing goes well for 2017.
Events to note:
15th January, Galway Indoors at Athlone IT. Closing date this Friday, 6th January,
22nd January, National Intermediate Cross Country, Palace Grounds , Tuam. Closing date Friday, 13th January
For entry contact: email@example.com or 0879234224
Senior Club membership falls due on January 1st. Please find the 2017 Membership form attached. Please download this form and complete in full and either give it to any member of the committee or you can bring it to the AGM which will take place on Sunday 8th of January in St. Michael's Hall, Craughwell at 7.30pm. An official registration night will take place the following week. Details to follow.
Any new or existing member who wish to take part in the National Indoors in Athlone later in January needs to submit their membership ASAP as they will not be allowed to compete if not registered. Please note that until you renew your membership you are not covered under AAI insurance when competing so it is imperative to submit your forms as soon as possible.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).