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New High Jump Area Springs Into Action!

Craughwell AC - 1 May, 2016 - 16:01

Despite the absense of sunshine on the first day of summer today, it was time to hold the first ever high jump training session on the club's new high jump facility at our new grounds. Alot of work has taken place in the last 4 weeks to construct a roadway and carpark into the grounds and then a 20x20m high jump area - and its all coming together nicely now. With more floodlighting and tartan sprint lanes to go in over the summer, we should have alot of what we need locally in place by the end of this year. 

The honour of being the first ever to high jump on the new facility went to Aisling Keady and she was followed swiftly by Lorraine Delaney, Aoife Walsh, Freya Bohan, Katie O'Donoghue and Gavin Cooney. Being able to jump regularly and locally will be of tremendous assistance to our large group of talented high jumpers in the years ahead, so its super that it is all coming together.

High Jump History Makers
Gavin Cooney, Aisling Keady, Aoife Walsh, Lorraine Delaney, Freya Bohan, Katie O'Donoghue


Craughwell Community Games 2016 Mon May 2nd

Craughwell AC - 27 April, 2016 - 14:10


Craughwell Community Games will take place this bank holiday Monday May 2nd from 3pm to 6pm as the astroturf and adjacent athletics field.

You don't need to be a member of the athletic club to take part - the event is intended for all children in the parish and is a great opportunity to represent the parish in the Galway finals either as an individual or on a relay team.

It promises to be an entertaining event with the following events in each age group. Children can take part in as many events in their age group as they wish.  Entry fee is €5 per family - mainly to cover costs of medals.

  • Preschool: 25m
  • U6s: 35m
  • U8s: 60m & 80m
  • U10s: 100m, 200m, hurdles
  • U12s: 100m, 600m, ball throw, long puck (boys)
  • U14s: 100m, 800m, hurdles, long jump, shot putt, javelin, long puck (girls)
  • U16s: 100m, 200m, 1500m, discus, high jump

Note spikes are not allowed in running shoes for U12s and younger in the community games. U14s and older may wear them.

A provisional timetable will be published in this article later today.

For more information, contact Mike Tobin at 087 6591879 or Tracy Moran at 087 8810737.

Galway 5k Series - Race 1 ballybrit

Galway City Harriers - 26 April, 2016 - 21:26

Galway City Harriers kicked off the 5k Series at Ballybrit Race Course this evening 26th April 2016. The Series this year has been carefully coordinated by GCH’s Gerry Carty and also sponsored by Galway’s Bradley Renault.

Race Director for the GCH leg was Connaght Cross Country Champion, Niamh Hennelly, her second year to coordinate the race on behave of the club, so a very big thank you to Niamh and her team for all their efforts and a special thanks to the field of marshals from the club who were on form with their support and encouragement. Well done everyone on a very successful race.

The weather, as always, couldn’t decide what it wanted to do throughout the day, it was sunny, cold, hot, windy, wet, we even had hail stones you name it but once the race began it was head down for the runners into the wind (and a small shower)!!! With cold and windy conditions 734 brave souls took to the two loop course. The route was a reverse of the previous course in 2014, which took runners down the dreaded hill this time – TWICE J, unfortunately though this was met by a head wind into the incline at 2k and 4k to home………but none the less we all survived and there was lots of smiles at the end!!!

In the Men’s race Philip Niland (Celbridge AC) took first place in a time of 16.55, followed in second place by Owen Byrne (GCH) in an even 17 minutes and in third was Timmy Glavey (Mayo AC) in 17.09.

In the Women’s race Deirdre Brophy (Athenry AC)  who is having a phenomenal year already took the winning title in the first race of the series in 19.39, followed by Caroline Whirskey (Loughrea AC) in 20.09 and in third by Martina Dempsey in 20.14.

Congrats to Marie Boyle who was 4th lady home and her son Ronan Dirrane who was 9th overall…..it must be the genes!!!!

Galway City Harriers were low in numbers this week due to marshalling duties but watch this space in the forthcoming weeks!!!

A massive congrats to all who took part, organised, marshalled and to Galway Race Course for the venue………..here’s to next week in Loughrea!!! Keep up the good work!!!

Race Results at http://www.redtagtiming.com/results/Galway5km2016_1_Ballybrit.pdf

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Shauna First U14 In London Mini-Marathon!

Craughwell AC - 24 April, 2016 - 15:09

A massive well done to Shauna Bocquet who won the U14 grade in the London Mini-Marathon today. Well done Shauna and coach/dad Loic !!!!! 

Athletes Debut in Dublin Graded Meet

Craughwell AC - 23 April, 2016 - 22:05

Aisling Keady, Aoife Walsh and Caoilin Milton at the Dublin Graded Meet in Santry Stadium

A small group of Craughwell AC athletes made the trip to Dublin during the week for the first evening meet of the 2016 Dublin Graded Series. The series comprises 8 Wednesday evenings throughout the summer and is ideal preparation for the forthcoming track & field season or for attempting a few PBs in graded races.

Aoife Walsh leaped an impressive 1.45m to take 2nd place in the high jump with Aisling Keady 3rd in 1.40m and Caoilin Milton clearing 1.25m on her first time in individual high jump in quite a while. Gavin Cooney had a good season’s opener in the 800m when running 2.08.70 to take 3rd place in the Men’s 800m B race. While late in the evening in chilly conditions, Aisling Keady ran a strong 100m to take 2nd place in the Women’s 100m B race in a time of 13.46 with Caoilin Milton hot on her heels in 3rd place in a time of 13.59 and Aoife Walsh a little further back in 14.52. Full results are on the Dublin athletics website.

The remaining 7 meets in the Series are listed below and with Dublin only a short 95-ish-minute drive up the motorway on a Wednesday evening, how better to spend your time than spin up to the graded meet and give it a blast for a PB in a stress-free non-championship event. Sure what else would you be doing on a Wednesday evening! Each day kicks off at 7pm and you can register online up to 1pm on the day of the event. Click on the program below for more details.

Further silverware for Conor and Sineád!

Craughwell AC - 19 April, 2016 - 03:40

Conor Duggan (University College Dublin) and Sineád Gaffney (University of Limerick)
at the Irish Universities Track & Field Championships in Santry

Conor Duggan and Sineád Gaffney both represented their colleges with distinction at the Irish Universities Track & Field in Santry at the weekend with both athletes helping their college to take the silver medals in the 4x400m relay with Sineád featuring on the University of Limerick women’s team and Conor on the University College Dublin men’s team. Earlier in absolutely terrible weather conditions, Sineád made the final of the women’s 800m where she placed 6th in a time of 2.27.08 while Conor placed 6th in the final of the men’s 200m in a time of 22.55 having earlier ran 11.05 in the 100m semifinals – his fastest season opener to date.

Meanwhile at the Leevale Open Track & Field in Cork, Evan Hallinan made a very worthwhile trip down to the rebel city where he took part in high jump, long jump and hurdles. Evan leaped an amazing 1.40m to take the gold medal in the U12 High Jump and stepped up an age to take the gold in the U13 Long Jump with an equally impressive 4.27m. And for good measure he added bronze in the U12 Hurdles in a time of 11.60. The previous best high jump by an U12 boy in the club was Jack Raftery's 1.36m in 2006 while Jack also holds the U12 record for best long jump with a 4.50m leap the same year. Interestingly Jack's dad and Evan's dad grew up right next door to each other! That corner of the main street in Craughwell can be rechristened jumper's corner!

Sineád in action in the final of the IUAA 800m
(photo from IUAA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/irishuniversitiesathleticsassociation/)

Juniors Light Up Road Racing Scene!

Craughwell AC - 19 April, 2016 - 03:21

Members of Craughwell AC's fit4youth group who took part in the Loughrea 5k
Claire Callanan, Grace Mortimer, Maria O’Keeffe and Aisling Carr

The few weeks gap between the indoor and outdoor track seasons has afforded the opportunity to some of the club’s athletes to try their hand at the local road race scene with some remarkable success. Shauna Bocquet continues to set the 5k scene alight with some blistering times on the road – most recently in the Loughrea 5k where she raced to a time of 16:38 (a massive PB by 21 seconds) and then in the New Inn 5k with a time of 17:12 and then in the Claregalway 5k which she won with a time of 17.56.

13-year old Kyle Moorhead took a spectacular 12th place overall and 1st U20 in the “Remembering Aoibhe” Renville 5k in an exceptional time of 20:11 and not to be outdone, 13-year old Ailbhe Miskella did likewise in the U20 grade in the New Inn 5k recording a fine time of 21:58 and taking 5th place amongst senior women. Jack Miskella took 2nd place in the Junior Men in New Inn in a time of 18:55 and 11th place overall.

Peadar Harvey raced to 2nd place in the Loughrea 5k in a time of 16.22 while Damien Larkin took 2nd in the New Inn 5k with a time of 16.57 with Gavin Cooney 5th with 18.16. Damien O’Boyle ran an outstanding 32.34 to take 2nd place in the Tubbercurry 10k.

Meanwhile some of the club’s fit4youth group made their road race debut in the Loughrea 5k where Claire Callanan, Grace Mortimer, Maria O’Keeffe and Aisling Carr all completed the 5k course in style and The fit4youth group meet at 8.15pm every Tuesday and Thursday at Craughwell astro-turf where they walk, jog, run (and talk!!) making steady improvements each week. Four of the group decided to take on the Loughrea 5k as a personal challenge and they really took it in their stride and finished mid-pack in the 250-strong race while really enjoying the experience.

Galway 5km Series

Galway City Harriers - 18 April, 2016 - 22:20

The Galway 5km Series sponsored by Bradley Renault is nearly upon us and with many GCH members signed up to particiapate it should make for a great start to the running summer.

Like all good things the series doesn't just happen and there are a few things we'd like some help with before the series kicks off.

  • First is an invite to the series launch on Thursday, 21st April at 6:00 pm in Bradley Renault on the Tuam Road.
  • Second is a bit of race pack packing.  Again on Thursday, 21st April at 7:00 pm in Avaya in the Mervue Business Park.
  • Thirdly, as GCH are hosting the first race on Tuesday, 26th April at Ballybrit racecourse we need more help than normal at our leg
    • from 5:30pm to help with handing out numbers,
    • and 6:30pm for marshalling.

If you're available please let Niamh know at niamh.hennelly@gmail.com

Race DetailsGCH - Tuesday 26 April, 7:30pm - Galway RacecourseCraughwell - Tuesday 3 May, 8:00pm - Community HallLoughrea Tuesday - 10 May, 8:00pm - Temperance HallTuam - Tuesday 17 May, 8:00pm - Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown RoadClaregalway - Tuesday 24 May, 8:00pm - Claregalway Corporate Park, Oranmore RdAthenry - Tuesday 31 May, 8:00pm - Athenry Primary Care Medical Centre

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2016 County Track & Field Championships

Galway City Harriers - 18 April, 2016 - 15:24

The following dates have been scheduled for this years County Track & Field Championships.  There will be no juvenile training on those dates.

U8s to U12s Sunday 8th May 2016 at 10am in Dangan

U13 to U19  & Senior Sunday 15th May 2016 @ 10am in Dangan

Please sign up before Friday 29th April at training if you wish to participate.




Categories: Juvenile News

Club Introduction & Admin Handbook

Craughwell AC - 17 April, 2016 - 22:55

For any new coaches or parents of new members, the following booklet provides a lot of information on introduction to the sport, the different seasons, the different age groups, the different organisations, etc.

And it then provides details on the structures within the junior club.

The booklet is focussed on junior activities and doesn't currently cover senior activities.

Junior Club Introduction & Administration Handbook

Announcing Athletics Summer Camp 2016 !!

Craughwell AC - 15 April, 2016 - 23:26

Craughwell AC's highly successful fit4fun athletics summer camp is on again this year, led by coaches and athletes from the club. The camp is an enjoyable mix of fun and games along with learning a range of athletics events including long jump, high jump, sprints, throws and relays. Check out the details below and get your application form in early to Peadar as places will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Flyers will be also be handed out at training and through the schools in the coming days. Click on the link below for the full flyer.


Recipe Competition Wrap-up

Galway City Harriers - 15 April, 2016 - 06:28

The GCH recipe competition resulted in some very interesting contributions for quick, nutritionus meals suitable for those of us with time pressure post-training. The recipes can all be seen by clicking here.

Prizes were drawn from all entrants at the great GCH social night held in the Oslo in early April, and were won by Marie Sheil, Carmel Brannigan, Vincent Jordan, Marie O'Boyle, Aoife King, and Niamh O'Regan. A big thank you to Marie and Matt for organising and to Fintan for the great Gourmet Tart Company vouchers.


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Galway Sports Parnership 10k, Labane, 17 April

Craughwell AC - 14 April, 2016 - 11:45

The Labane 10k takes place this Sunday 17th April. Sponsored by the Galway Sports Partnership, the race kicks off at noon. Click on the flyer attached for more information. All support weclome. You can register online or on the day.

Little Athletics (Senior Infants) Commencing

Craughwell AC - 5 April, 2016 - 11:52

Little Athletics commencing Thurs 7th April

Craughwell Athletic Club currently provide training sessions for children in first class or older. With the improvements in facilities that we are making, we are planning to go one year younger and introduce a session for Senior Infants on Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm at Craughwell astro-turf commencing on Thursday 7th April.

The session will be known as Little Athletics. It will be structured around games-based activities that teach the children fundamental coordination movements for running, jumping and throwing that are essential for all sports and many other activities. Athletics is widely regarded as the ideal introductory sport for small children because it is so varied and focuses on movement and coordination. It is also a great start to building a regular habit of exercise for children in an environment where the emphasis is on participation as well as self-improvement.

We are also seeking parents who would be interested in getting involved with the coaching of this age group regularly or on a rota basis. No prior experience required as initially existing coaches and older athletes will be assisting. Please don’t be daunted by getting involved – once you know more than the children you are teaching or supervising, you will be fine and will learn from others as you go along. It’s an incredibly rewarding volunteer activity – seeing the kids you coach learn new skills, making friends, having fun and enjoying participating in competitions. If you would be willing to get involved, please contact Michael Tobin at tobinm1@yahoo.com or 087 6591879.

Children can come up to 3 sessions to try it out but must register on the 3rd session. Our registration form is at www.craughwellac.com under the menu link for Junior Club and will be handed out on the 3rd session. A reduced fee of €60 will apply for the remainder of the year covering Apr-May-Jun and Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec. This age group will not be training during July and August but will benefit from a discount for our summer camps which will be held on 4-8 July and 15-19 August this year.

For further information please contact Michael.

GCH Club Night Out

Galway City Harriers - 21 March, 2016 - 16:29

We all like to train and we have all put in a hard Winter's training this year, so what bette way to congratulateourselves than with some laughs with fellow running buddies.

A night out is planed in the Oslo in Salthill on Saturday April 2nd at 8.30pm.
Finger Food will be served and the 2015 Club Challenge prizes will be presented.

You can let us know by email or Faceboo if you plan to attend.

See you all there!!!

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GCH Juvenilles 5 day intensive training camp in Portugal

Galway City Harriers - 21 March, 2016 - 13:38

Our Juvenile Club are soon heading off on a 5 day intensive training camp in Monte Gordo, Portugal with 25 of their athletes on the 28th March. The athletes are all in the 16 to 18 age group.

The purpose of the trip is to expose the athletes to an environment where they will learn and develop using the state of the art facilities provided at Villa Real de Santo Antonio Sports Centre. This is a well known training site for professional and national teams and is part of the IAAF’s network of accredited training centres. It is also home to the Portuguese Olympic committee where Portuguese international athletes regularly train.

It is hoped that the trip will engage the athletes in high intensity training over a short period and focus them of the upcoming competitive Outdoor Track & Field season as well as promote athletics as they progress into adult competitions over the next few years.

It is a unique opportunity for the athletes and they have raised significant funds over the last number of months with a 50K treadmill challenge in the Eyre Square Centre, bag packing and a cake sale.

Categories: Juvenile News

Sean Breathnach wins Galway Athletics' Senior Athlete of the Year

Galway City Harriers - 21 March, 2016 - 12:08

GCH member Sean Breathnach has been a superb throwing athlete for many years. He continues to deliver outstanding throws and was recognised earlier this month by Galway Athletics as Senior Athlete of the Year.

His recent form though has been exceptional. His winning throw helped the GCH team win Silver in the Team Indoors in early February. He went on to win individual Senior National Indoors in late February with a new Irish record of 18.16m in Athlone. Returning to AIT one week later for the Leinster indoors he extended his Irish record by a further 11cm to throw 18.27m. Incredible form from an incredible athlete.

On the back of this he was selected to represent Ireland at the European Throwing Cup in Arad, Romania last weekend. It's not the first international vest Sean has earned, and based on his current form it won't be the last.

Congratulations Sean.

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Categories: Senior News

Craughwell 10 Mile 2016 Results

Craughwell AC - 20 March, 2016 - 19:48

The Craughwell 10 Mile is over for another year. We would like to thank all of the people who help to make this great event happen each year. We were once again blessed with perfect cool calm running conditions which seemed to favour the majority with whispers of many PB’s achieved throughout the field.

Seamus Lynch Takes Bronze Masters National Indoors High Jump

Craughwell AC - 20 March, 2016 - 18:54

Seamus Lynch took Bronze in the GloHealth Masters Indoor Championships 2016 High Jump competition which took part in Athlone IT today,  20/03/2016 in a Jump of 1.45M.  Fantastic performance from Seamus in his first All Ireland competition in 26 years!  Full results are available here.

Breath-taking Performances in National Relays

Craughwell AC - 19 March, 2016 - 23:44

Craughwell U17 Boys 4x200m Relay Team
Bronze Medallists at the National Indoor Track & Field Championships in AIT
Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan-Forde, Louis Molloy, Oisin Lyons

Five teams from the club made the short trip to Athlone International Arena today for the National Indoor Relay Championships with exceptional performances all around

The morning session saw the U17 girls and U17 boys in action. The U17 Girls lined up with Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney, Aoife Walsh and Laura Cunningham with Ciana Reidy and Shauna Tobin as subs on this occasion. The girls ran strongly in the heat with some smooth baton passing and just missed out on making the final when running a time of 1.53.30. As the finals were being called into the call room, half our team were on their way out the door when suddenly we heard our name called over the tannoy – into the final (one of the other qualifiers were unable to compete). Hurriedly gearing up for the final, the girls ran brilliantly again knocking almost a second off their heats time and taking 6th place with a time of 1.52.71 – over 2 seconds faster than their Connacht time!

The U17 boys lined up with Daniel Callanan-Forde, Louis Molloy, Jerry Keary and Oisin Lyons. Having been just pipped by Longford for the Connacht title, both teams were drawn in the same heat with Longford again having the upper hand taking victory in the heat with the Craughwell lads second in a fine time of 1.38.59 – an incredible 3 seconds faster than their Connacht time.


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