Cathriona Farrell retained her National Senior High Jump crown in style today with a fine series of jumps in the AIT International Arena. Surprisingly overlooked in the AAI website preview of the event, the stadium record holder and National indoor and outdoor champion cleared 1.75m on her first attempt to claim her 4th National Senior Indoor high jump title in what was one of the most competitive senior high jump event in many years with 4 jumpers clearing 1.70m. Struggling with a knee injury, Cathriona didn’t jump further after the 1.75m but was very pleased with nailing that height on her first attempt.
Last night, 25th February, saw a great turnout at the Nutrition for Performance education session at the Galway Bay Hotel. We had a big turnout from the senior athletes and the up and coming Juveniles.
Marie Mulkerrin, GCH club member and registered dietician, delivered an excellent workshop on how to fuel and hydrate for training and racing. The group-based practical exercises provided a real hands-on way of digesting the content of the night.
Stay posted for the follow-up practical sharing nutritious, easy to make recipies to be in a chance to win some fabulous Gourmet Tart Company vouchers.Categories: Fit4LifeSenior NewsJuvenile NewsImage:
Please see the attachments below for the results of the Connacht Indoor Championships. GCH had over 70 athletes competing in Sprints, Hurdles, Distance races, Jumps, Pole Vault, Shot Putt and relays over the two day event at the weekend. Congrats to all who competed, many of whom qualified for the National Championships in March.
There are some great action scenes from the event on our Juvenile Facebook Page captured by Conrad.Categories: Juvenile News
Craughwell AC’s U18 Girls 4x200m Team – Connacht Indoor Champions 2016
Aisling Keady, Lorraine Delaney, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton
The club has another mighty series of performances across the 2 days of the Connacht Indoors at the weekend with a large contingent of athletes in action and some exceptional performances across all of the age groups.
Club Chairperson Marion McEvilly, Ciaran Cannon TD, Club Development Officer Mark Gillen,
Minister of Sport Mr Michael Ring TD, Cllr Mogie Maher and Facility Development Officer Michael Tobin
at the turning of the sod at Craughwell AC's new facility
The athletic club was honoured recently to be host to Minister for Sport Michael Ring TD and Ciaran Cannon TD when they visited its new 8-acre site in Crinnage to perform the official turning of the first sod on the new facility. A large crowd of parents and young athletes attended the event to witness the launch. Organised by Ciaran Cannon TD, the ceremony was a significant milestone for the club who were awarded a €100,000 Sports Capital Grant last year for lighting and sprint lanes. The club hope to have the work carried out during the summer months so that the facility is up and running at full capacity for the Autumn.
With an election almost upon us, the club wish to draw parents attention to Ciaran Cannon's trojan work on its behalf in securing the grant award and also to the extremely valuable support from 3 other candidates who are also going foward for election to Dail Eireann - Councillors Micheal Fahy, Anne Rabbitte and Sean Canney who all supported the taking of the roadway into the facility into public charge by Galway County Council and contributed significant funds from their Notice of Motion monies to help take the roadway to the required standard before it coud be taken public.
The club greatly appreciate the support of all of the above and wish to highlight their contribution to the club in this the week of the General Election.
And just a quick update on timelines of development of the facility:-
- The 2015 Sports Capital funding was awarded towards the provision of 8 new floodlights which will light up the remainder of the 8-acre sports field and towards the provision of sprint lanes and long jump runways.Realistically with all the bad weather, it will be towards the summer months when the work is done. All going well with fund-raising, the club will hopefully have all of the work done during the summer months so that the new facilities will come into use in September.
- The club are additionally developing a high jump area with funds from a previous grant award along with a substantial loan from Community Finance Ireland.
- Part of the loan from CFI will go towards the provision of an internal roadway and carpark inside the 8-acre grounds which is a key part of the infrastructure required but not eligible for sports capital funding.
- It is hoped that all of the above will be completed by the end of August subject to weather and subject to additional fund-raising that the club hope to do over the next number of months.
Huge congratulations to one of the club's star athletes who has been selected for the AAI National Juvenile Star Awards 2015. Sinead's extraordinary achuevements in sprints and long jump are well documented on this web site and she is the holder of many club records.
Her selection as recepient of the National Award for a Co. Galway athlete is just recognition of an exceptional 2015 where she won multiple National titles in both sprints and long jump. Well done Sinead!!!
At the Universities Indoor Track & Field, Conor Duggan set a new club record and a college record for UCD when racing to a time of 22.59 in the Men’s 200m, just missing out on a place in the final by 0.03s.
Sinead Gaffney was also in fine form for her college UL when placing 6th in the final of the Women’s 800m in a time of 2.26.1 having earlier in the day run 2.26.7 in the heats.
The club is extremely proud to see our athletes performing at such a high leve at college/adult level and well done to both athletes.
Full results of the Universities can be found online at http://www.iuaa.org/.
On another night of high drama at the AIT International Grand Prix, Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber was the star of the show when soaring over 5.77m on his first attempt in the packed Athlone arena - in the process setting a new National Allcomers record, the previous record being 5.40m.
The Canadian quickly became an adopted Connacht man as he demonstrated his greatness when hanging back patiently after the event for the scores of kids who wanted autographs and selfies. In a similar manner to the great David Rudisha a few years ago in Dangan, the young Canadian star was a great example of humility and gentleness as he calmly spent over 30 minutes with his young fans.
It was another splendid program of events with another highlight being the wonderful mile record set by Ethiopian athlete Dawit Wolde in a time of 3:54.02. That’s faster than eight 30 second 200s in a row! Incredible running.
Earlier in the night, Craughwell AC’s young relay teams put in a heroic effort in the invitational 4x200m relays. The U13 girls team were blazing to a magnificent victory when disaster hit Emily Miskella only metres from the line.
Holding a substantial lead of over 30m, Emily was literally flying when her feet were moving so fast that she tripped around 10m from the line and only that the baton went rolling 4 or 5m into the next lane, Emily would have recovered and still won.
As it happened, she bravely got to her feet and finished 4th – but certainly the unofficial winners of the night along with her team of Eve Ayo, Rebekah Flynn, Aoibhe Carr and sub Jade Moorhead.
The U13 boys had a less dramatic finish to their race when taking 3rd place with a fine performance from the team of Robert Urquhart, Danny Gilligan, Lukas Schukat and Conor Hoade (sub Cian Lavan).
Full results of the night are here.
There will be no juvenile training on Sunday 21st February due to the Connacht Indoor Championships. Best of luck to all our athletes who are competing.Categories: Juvenile News
It was a great weekend for Galway, with the Inter County Cross Country Gold Cups coming back to Galway for the first time in 32 years!!! For the first time in 40 years the XC Champs were held in Galway so what better place to collect a win than on home turf!!
GCh were proud to be represented in the Captain Seat for both the Men’s and Women’s Teams, with Gerry Carty heading up the Men’s side and Siobhan Egan heading up the Ladies team.
The ladies team was led home by Laura Shaughnessy, who was also placed in second for the silver medal, Next was Kathryn Casserly, (Castlegar AC), third was Niamh Hennelly (GCH) and finishing for the team was Deirdre Brophy (Athenry AC). Well done to all 9 ladies who worked hard over the past few months!!
The Men’s Team for Galway was led home by Gary Thornton (GCH) who also took second place and the silver medal home with him, an absoluley fantastic achievement in such a competitive field!! Second home was John Moroney (GCH) who had a great run, third for the team was Brian Furey (Rathfarnham) and finally Matt Bidwell completed the fourth spot! Well done to all the guys who gave 100% to training for the XC this year…..
The Junior Ladies took silver home with Aoife King (GCH), Shannen Lee, Sarah Gilhooley, Aoife Sheehy (GCH) representing the county.
The Junior Men’s Team also took silver with three GCHer’s in the team mix Joseph Tannian (GCH, also winning the JM bronze medal), Eanna Folan (GCH), Damian O'Boyle, Gary Martyn Doyle (GCH).
Full results http://www.athleticsireland.ie/competition/results/Categories: Member NoticesSenior NewsSenior Racing
Provisional timetable is below. Please note that all times are provisional so please arrive an hour before the time listed in case events move ahead of plan:-connacht_indoor_timetable.pdf
Tuam and County Galway are all set to host the All Ireland Cross Country Inter-County Championships for the firts time in 42 years this Sunday February 14th. With a home advantage the Galway Team Manager Ian Egan is hoping the Tribes can claim it's first medal in 30 years at the event.
GCH are well represented with many members on th evarious teams entered, which will be led by Gerry Carty and Siobhan Egan, both Galway City Harriers. The team include Irish International Gary THornton and Keith Fallon on th emen's side. Top Ladies Connacht Champion Niamh Hennelly and Grainne Ni Uallachain. Not forgetting some of our best junior athletes Maebh Brannigan and Eanna Folan.
All roads lead to the Palace Ground, Tuam so please come and support your team. Races start at 12pm with the Junior Women, Junior Men, Senior Women and last but not least Senior Men.Categories: Member NoticesSenior Racing
Tuam AC will be hosting The National Senior Cross Country Championships this Sunday in the Palace Grounds. The programme comprises of four races, 1)Junior Women 4k @12pm, 2)Junior Men 6k @ 12:20pm, 3)Senior Women 8k @12:45pm, and 4)Senior Men 10k @1:25pm. Please come along to support your county team.
Congratulations to Brendan Monaghan on his category win at the Maree Athletics Club 8k last Sunday. It was a very diffucult run for all in very wet and windy conditions. Also running for TuamAC were Patrick Fleming, Maura Meenaghan and Tim Geraghty.
Sean Burke was running in Irishtown on Sunday where he blasted the field to finish in first place.
Please see the timetables for the Connacht Indoor Championships attached.
Please note there will be no training for the Juvenile Club on Sunday 21st Feb as a result of this event.Categories: Juvenile News
1. Team of the Year - GCH U18/& U19 Galway City Harriers Relay team
2. Under 12 to Under 15 Girls - Emma Moore, Galway City Harriers.
3. Under 16 to Under 19 Boys - Cilin Greene, Galway City Harriers.
4. Senior Women - Niamh Hennelly, Galway City Harriers.
5. Senior Men - Sean Breathnach, Galway City Harriers.
6. Masters Women - Margaret Sheridan, Galway City Harriers.
7. Masters Men – Martin Kearney, Galway City Harriers
8. Outstanding Contribution to Athletics – PJ Coyle - Galway City Harriers
9. Hall of Fame Award - Joe Scanlon GCH - Galway City HarriersCategories: Fit4LifeMember NoticesSenior NewsImage:
National League Final, GCH Men Silver Medallists.
GCH is a great club. I believe in our club, the athletes, volunteers,
parents are all amazing. However sometimes at senior level we don’t
show this as a club at elite level competition, we always have some
great individual performances but rarely as a team. This is beginning
to change, we’re showing it in Cross country and now we’re showing it
in track & field.
Our photos taken by Luis Figueiredo show the team proudly wearing our
fancy new kit. These GCH tops made us really feel like a team.
Sometimes the team element of athletics can be missing but we found it
on Saturday. Thanks to Galway Clinic and our club for sponsoring the
Kit for the team.
We fought hard and chased Cloniffe Harriers all the way to the end.
Cloniffe won with 157 points, Galway City harriers 2nd with 143 points
and Leevale and Donore Harriers were joint 3rd with 102 points.
Cloniffe had a great team there on the day, they have a great
reputation in Elite level competition and it was great that our team
from the west could push them to the end. We had some great
performances to be proud of:
Pole Vault: Cliff Jennings, the ultimate team player done the pole
vault for us. We don’t have the facility for Pole Vault in Galway so
it is really amazing to have someone be able to get over this for us.
Cliff had to rush off so we missed him at the end for presentation but
he was there in spirit.
Long Jump: Michael was unlucky in the long jump just missing his mark
for foul jumps. Knowing points counted he managed a safe 5.43m jump.
He is capable of 1m further. We’re hoping Michael will be around for
the outdoors as I believe he is a very good Javelin thrower!
Simon Callaghan guesting in the long jump and done 5.96m. He’ll be
over 6m in no time at all.
60m Hurdles: Simon Callaghan, only recently returned to competition
showed why he is a class act. Simon finished 3rd and improved his
season time by .2.
60m Jack Dempsey, only 16 years of age really put it to the seniors.
Jack ran an incredible 7.11 to finish 4th behind some of the best
seniors in the country. Jack and his team mates will be a big part of
GCH teams in the future.
Shot Putt: This was one of the great moments of the day that make you
proud to be GCH. Powerhouse Sean Breathnach unofficially broke the
Irish record in a practice throw. He threw 18.63m, the record is
18.07m. It doesn’t stand but it is only a matter of time before Sean
officially owns this record. Sean of course won the event and secured
Both Igor Muntean and Breandan Staunton had fantastic throws in the
shot putt too. Igor and Brendan are a huge part of the future of the
club. Our Jumps and throws coaches. Igor is taking some of our young
stars under his wing and we will see the results in the future.
Breadan is ensuring that there is a throws group so that when the
great Sean Breathnach finally has enough, the club will have throwers
to come in and try fill his shoes.
1500m: Keith Fallon was going to do the double in the 800m and 1500m
for us. Unfortunately there was only an hour between races. Keith is a
smart competitor, he could have destroyed the field easily but instead
just relaxed, conserved energy and done enough to win the race for
team in 4.03. I spoke with him 1 minute after finishing and you
couldn’t even tell he had run!
High Jump: Bryan Ndego is what you would call one of these incredible
talents. With very little coaching he has managed to be one of the
best jumpers in the country. He had a titanic battle for first and
just missed out on final height to finish second. Igor Muntean is
hopefully going to be helping Bryan out and we can expect to see Brian
out in an Irish vest soon.
400m: Luke O’Shaughnessy has being going for strength to strength this
season. Before this season, Luke has a 400m PB of 52.5. He ran 51.18
to finish 3rd for team. But it was the way he ran that made us all
proud. Luke fought hard all the way to the line and never once gave up
– this is what the character of our team is and was shown right here!
Sean Kyne also had a great race in the 400m going under 54 again
showing last time was no fluke. His improvement has been nothing short
800m this was one of the most exciting races of the day. Keith Fallon
was out again for us. Keith told me he hadn’t run a sub 60sec 400m all
year so this was going to be interesting. Keith was in 3rd place with
a lap to go. He went for it, he was still in 3rd place with 100m to
go, he kept going for it, going for it and right at the line Keith got
up there for the win! It was incredible and Keiths performances really
gave us hope to go after Cloniffe.
Triple Jump: Henrique Nkolovata gained some valuable experience
jumping 11.29m. With some training and coaching he can certainly be a
contender in the future.
200m: Cillin Greene ran 22.15 for 2nd place overall for team. However
heat he was in, he won the race. He battle hard all the way to the
line and won his heat by 1/10th of a second. To me its that fighting
spirit of not giving in, regardless of if you’re the person who wins
by 1/10th of second or not is what athletics is about. Our club has
shown that we have that spirit in abundance.
Sean Kilmartin, a tank of a teenager had a great race running 23.1 in
the 200m too.
4x200m relay: We had a strong 4x200m relay of Jack Dempsey, Luke
O’Shaughnessy, Sean Kilmartin and Cillin Greene. However, AAI decided
that straight after the mens 200m they the mens 4x200m relay would be
on. Sean and Cillin were both really tired.
I tried telling the lads to take it easy, we can’t win now and no one
can over take us. Inbetween legs, Sean and Cillin were bent over
wrecked…. But of course they guys have mental toughness! As soon as
baton was passed over, you just saw the elite athletes they were with
no evidence of them being tired. The finished 2nd in a very exciting
It was a great day where the team really came together. This day was
made possible by many coaches, parents and volunteers.
Race Report Brendan GlynnAttachmentSize GCH Team Athlone.jpg114.11 KB Categories: Member NoticesSenior NewsImage:
The national indoor track and field league final was held in Athlone IT last Saturday 6 February.
The Craughwell AC ladies team were back in the final for the third year in a row. Having finished ahead of the winners from the last two years and scoring 57 points, the team still found themselves six points short of a medal winning position as the Dublin city clubs were to the fore this year.
There was a good performance all round from the team in a stronger competition this year. Competing for the Craughwell ladies team in the final was Sarah Finnegan (60m hurdles and triple jump), Cathriona Farrell (high jump), Aisling Keady (long jump), Sinead Treacy (60m, 200m and 4x200m relay), Dearbhaile Walsh (400m), Sinead Gaffney (800m), Caron Ryan (1500m), Michelle Duggan (4x200m relay), Caoilin Milton (4x200m relay), Laura Cunningham (4x200m relay), Melissa Mullins (shot), Edel O'Meara (pole vault) and Lorraine Delaney and Aoife Greene.
Well done to all.