We are nearing completion of phase 2 of our ambitious athletics facility plans with the final layer of tartan hopefully going on this week following by lane markings and then some final work on our carpark. As a politician might say, “a lot done and a lot more to do”.
Having kicked off our fundraising plans in January 2014 with €44,000 in the bank built up over the preceding 10 years primarily with the support of local businesses of our annual calendar, the club made massive progress during 2014 to raise an additional €210,000 in loans, donations and other fund-raising to fund the site purchase, a public roadway, entrance roadway and initial floodlighting to bring the 8-acre site into use.
Then in July 2015, we launched into the phase 2 of the development to provide a carpark, additional floodlights, a sprint runway, long jump pit and high jump area. Our target was to raise €250,000 for this work and we are nearly there – with €80,000 in additional loans, a grant of €100,000 and fundraising of over €38,000 in the space of little over a year.
By the end of this year, we will have outstanding loans of just over €200,000 but will have spent over €460,000 on the facility between site purchase and the 2 development phases. If you factor in the grant we got last year, that means the club has raised an incredible €160,000 in the last 3 years from fundraising and membership income. All thanks to our members, the community and local businesses.
And our membership is booming. We became the largest juvenile club in the country again at the end of September with more than 550 members. It’s wonderful to see the membership curve below – predominantly on the up and up and justifying the massive investment that the club is making.
However, we are still greatly in need of your support in order to complete phase 2 – something that we are very close to now. We need your support either by
- Support our lotto
- Sign up for our park membership
- Make a straight donation to the club
- Take up one of our advertising/sponsorship options
The facilities we are developing are for you our members and their parents and other members of the community who would like to use our running routes for exercise, be it walking jogging or racing.
And we are not for sitting still either. As soon as this phase is done and dusted, we hope to launch straight into the next phase which is the construction of a substantial indoor training building which will eventually house athletics facilities, a community gym and a multi-purpose indoor sports court. Additionally, we will be building a perimeter walkway for use for walking/jogging. It is hoped that much of the funding for this phase will come from grants and loans with 20% or so from fund-raising activities.
But we need your support. We have already received fantastic support from many families and we know many more are thinking about it. Well now is the time to put your thoughts into action! We need you and you need the facilities we are developing. These facilities are an investment in you and your family’s health – a place to exercise from 8am until late at night. A place for all the family to exercise. A safe floodlit environment and eventually a nice indoor arena to exercise on those dark and cold winter evenings.
So whether you are a long-standing member or a new recruit, please consider supporting us via one of the above options. The money is being ploughed directly and quickly into the facilities that you and your family are using – so you get to see the impact of your support almost immediately.
Michael Tobin, Facility Development Officer
Tracy Moran, Fundraising Coordinator
Caron Ryan, Galway U18 Champion 2016
The first day of the Galway club cross country championships got underway on Sunday at the Palace Grounds in Tuam with the highest number of participants ever in the juvenile races.
Craughwell’s U10 girls were first into action on their 1k loop with some fantastic performances which yielded the team title with a score of 33 points. The team were led home by Sophie McIlrath in 2nd place with Gillian Crowe 5th, Sara Craven 9th, Claudia McGuinness 17th, Kathlynn Walsh 20th, Orlaith Murphy 21st, Lillian Walsh 23rd, Aoife O’Meara 27th, Hannah Mangan 28th, Amelie Bocquet 29th, Chloe Keane 30th, Orna McNamna 31st, Clara Rooney 32nd, Oshini Maria 34th and Isobel Whyte 42nd. The U10 boys took silver medals in their 1k with 49 points led home by Luke O’Sullivan in 10th place, Fionn Higgins 11th, Daire Kelly 12th, Keelan Moorhead 16th, Sean Lavan 17th, Ben Moran 20th, Eoin Woods 30th and Matthew Coleman 33rd.
In the U12 2000m, the Craughwell girls team just lost out on bronze when placing 4th with 62 points, tied with Ballinasloe but just losing on countback of 4th place position. Craughwell were led home by Clodagh O’Meara in 7th place, followed by Fauve Aylmer 13th, Jade Moorhead 14th, Abbie Rooney 28th, Erin Doyle 36th, Grace Leen 37th, Holly O’Boyle 38th and Rachel Kinane 39th. The Craughwell boys team had a strong run to take the gold medals with 27 points with Cian Lavan and Mathys Bocquet taking 2nd and 3rd place followed by Luke Flynn 10th, Evan Hallinan 12th, Cormac McFadden 19th, Lucas Keane 20th, Killian Walsh 21st, Alan Connaughton 24th and Michael Woods 28th.
In the U14 3000m, the Craughwell girls took silver medal with 47 points led home by Ellie Cronin 10th, Rebekah Flynn 11th, Emma Jane Moran 12th, Asia Clarke 14th and Alisha Larkin 19th. While a strong boys team raced to the Galway title with 17th points where Sean Cotter took the club’s first individual gold medal of the day followed by Liam Leen in 3rd, Ross McGuinness 5th, Oisin Davis 8th, Paschal Walsh 12th, Dara McCartin 13th, James Furey 15th and Noah Keane 18th.
In the U16 girls 4000m, Catherine Noonan raced to individual bronze medal while Sarah Woods took 7th place. While in the boys 4000m, Ben Ryan and William Fitzgerald had fine runs to place 2nd and 3rd with Patrick Noonan 7th, Finbar McFadden 8th, Sean Noonan 9th, Kyle Moorhead 10th and Conor Murphy 15th. The team took the Galway title with 20 points. Caron Ryan took the Galway title in the U18 girls 4000m in fine style with Aoife Greene 7th.
In the Senior Men’s 8000m, Peter O’Sullivan placed 4th and in the process took the silver medal in the senior category, leading the Craughwell team to bronze medals with Ollie Mullins 8th, Johnny Lane 12th and Michael Walsh 22nd.
Full results of the day are here:-
Craughwell AC's U12 Girls Cross Country Team at the Galway Championships in Tuam
Craughwell AC's U12 Boys Cross Country Team, Galway Champions 2016
Craughwell AC's U14Boys Cross Country Team, Galway Champions 2016
Craughwell AC's U14 Girls Cross Country Team, silver medallists in the Galway team championship 2016
Craughwell AC's U16 Boys Cross Country Team, Galway Champions 2016
Sean Noonan, Patrick Noonan, Conor Murphy, Ben Ryan, Finbar McFadden, Kyle Moorhead, William Fitzgerald
Craughwell NS Senior Boys - Galway Champions 2016
A strong Craughwell NS 5th/6th class boys team took the Galway title in the Primary Schools Cross Country Championships last Tuesday with a low points total of 68 points. Led home by a strong performance from Ross McGuinness in 4th place, Ross was followed by a super 16th place finish from Robert Urquhart more renowned for his sprinting exploits, Evan Hallinan 22nd, Darragh McCartin 26th, Luke Flynn 34th and Eoin Byrne 42nd. It is the 3rd time that the school have won the Galway senior title and the first time since 2008, a great achievement for the team! Check out here for results in previous years. Clarinbridge placed 9th and Killeeneen 10th in strong performance in a very high standard race.
In the 5th/6th class girls race, Clarinbridge’s Saoirse Moore had a fine run to take individual 6th place following closely by Craughwell NS’s Clodagh O’Meara in 7th and Jade Moorhead in 8th, with Coldwood’s Fauve Alymer also qualifying for the Connacht finals with a 14th place finish. The Craughwell team placed 5th with Clarinbridge 6th and Killeeneen 8th.
In the 3rd/4th class boys race, it was Killeeneen’s turn to shine with an amazing performance from their 2 teams when placing 2nd and 4th. Eddie Silke from Clarinbridge took individual 13th place while the Craughwell NS team placed 10th.
In the 3rd/4th class race, Craughwell NS’s Ella Farrelly took 6th place with Killeeneen’s Sophie McIlrath close behind in 8th place and the Craughwell team placed 5th overall, Killeeneen 6th and Ballymana 10th.
Full results are here.
Results from Galway cross country day one are attached. A great day in Tuam , well done to all GCH athletes .More to follow!Categories: Senior News
Due to the Galway Cross Country Championships on Sunday 2nd & 9th October there will be no training in Dangan for 7 to 12 Year olds.
Best of luck to all competing.Categories: Juvenile News
Provisional results of today's cross country finals are here. Any queries should be referred to email@example.com. Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to all who helped. The top 15 individuals and top 3 teams in each age group go forward to the Connacht finals which take place in Sligo on Saturday 15th October in Sligo. I will publish more precise details on the venue and start time when it has been announced.
We make a mistake in the team results announced earlier at the event where in the 5th/6th class girls, a data entry error omitted a Claregalway NS runner and when corrected, Claregalway NS take the gold medals. We will order a new set of medals for Claregalway and the other teams can retain their medals and we will seek to put 4 teams through to the Connacht finals.
Also to the children who have taken part in the semifinals or finals of the primary schools cross country who are not already in an athletic club, you may be interested in the club competition that is coming up on the first 2 Sundays of October.
Day 1 of the Galway Club Cross Country Championships are on Sunday next 2nd October at 1pm in the Palace Grounds, Tuam. This is separate to the primary schools cross country and you do not have to have qualified for it.
There are races for:
- U10 1000m (born 2007/08)
- U12 2000m (born 2005/06)
- U14 3000m (born 2003/04)
- Older ages
And the 2nd day of the club championships takes place the following Sunday with races for U9 800m (born 2008/09), U11 1500m (born 2006/07) and U13 2500m (born 2004/05).
If your athlete enjoyed the primary schools cross country, is not already in the club and fancies taking up the sport, this is an ideal event to start in. You need to be a member of a club in order to take part. There is contact information for each club in Galway available at galwayathletics.com or contact myself at 087 6591879 if you need more information.
The following races will take place on Sunday 2nd October at Palace Grounds in Tuam. Please arrive at 12 O'clock to get the athletes race number and to join in the pre race warm up. U10s - 1000m;U12s - 2000m ;U14s - 3000m;U16s - 4000m ;U18s - 4000m (girls) 6,000 (boys) Athletes should bring the following;
- Waterproof jacket for before and after the race
- Running Spikes /Trainers
- GCH Singlet ( available on the day for €15)
- Running shorts/tights
- Bottle of water/snack
All athletes must have signed up for this event at Training, it will not be possible to enter the competitions on the day. Best wishes to all our athletes for an enjoyable day.
Categories: Juvenile News
Any Seniors/Masters....Novice, Intermediate....who are interested in running the the Galway County x-c and Connaught x-c, contact the club secretary no later than Wednesday 28th (for the County Galway x-c)
Sunday 2nd October: Galway County x-c. Senior/Master/Junior and even age Juveniles, Palace Grounds, Tuam @ 1pm
Sunday 9th October: Juvenile uneven ages. Bushfield, Loughrea.
Saturday 15th October: Coannaught x-c Senior/Masters day 1, & Connaught Primary Schools final. Sligo Racecourse.
Sunday 16th October: AAI Open x-c , incorporating the Masters International trials. National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Entry available on AAI fixture list, Senior, Under 20, and Masters. Please note that Masters must compete in their appropriate distance for the International selection purposes, and must also have current membership with the Irish Masters Athletic Association (IMMA) . Check Irish Masters website for more information.
Sunday 30th October: Connaught x-c Championships day 2, including Senior/eague. Venue to be decided. (Mayo or Galway)
Sunday 6th November: Connaught day 3 senior/Master league. Venue to be decided. (Mayo or Galway)
Saturday 12th November: British & Irish Masters x- International. Glasgow
Sunday 27th November: National x-c - Interclubs and Intercounties all in one race. (10k men/8k women) ans Even ages Juveniles. Venue to be decided
Sunday 11th December: National Novice x-c and uneven ages Juvenile. Venue to be decided.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0879234224
And as a parting gift to our celebrity guests, the club presented a set of 10 Back Baller foam rollers to the celebrities and their experts to help them in their athletic pursuits.
The Back Baller is the invention of Shannon-based entreprenur Noel Marshall and comes highly recommended by the renowed Limerick physical therapist Gerard Hartmann and Ireland's leading female athlete Sonia O'Sullivan. It was recently launched in Shannon and by all accounts, is just flying out of the warehouse there. You can read more about it and the accompanying program of stretches developed by Gerard Hartmann at www.backballer.com.
If interested in ordering one, please do so via the club as Noel Marshall will sponsor the club in return for our help in advertising his product. Tracy who looks after our club merchandising amongst many other things, can take details of your order at 087 8810737 and you will be able to collect it from the club within a week.
Lovely finale to the Celebrity Operation Transformation show with a lovely piece on the club and the activities last Saturday which capture perfectly the spirit of the club as a happy happy place for exercise and fun as well as developing your skills to the best of your ability. Well done Operation Transformation! And roll on Craughwell AC!!! ... things are just flying now ... new facilities almost complete ... massive publicity on national TV ... loads of new kids joining the club at all ages ... 40 senior infants starting ... at least 20 new teenagers joining ... and even more teenagers joining fit4youth ... more of our athletes sticking at the sport in college ... first US scholarship ... club currently 2nd largest in the country with 509 junior members ... and soon to be the largest I reckon with membership threatening to go close to 600 once all new members have registered. Way to go Craughwell AC!!
Operation Transformation team lead out our colour run ... the moment captured perfectly by Kevin Moore
Don't miss the big event ... tonight 9:35pm RTE1 .... starring Craughwell AC with support from the celebs!!!!
A massive thank you to Ray O'Connor who bailed us out in an emergency last Saturday. With Operation Transformation coming to town we were very concerned that we were not going to have enough paint for the extra numbers in the colour run and Ray very kindly loaned us boxes of powder that RunIreland had left over from a colour run earlier this year as well as loaning us the RunIreland race gantry for use as the finish line for the colour run.
For the adult runners amongst our members and the parents of of our juveniles, you should check out the superb Galway Bay races organised by Ray and his legendary Connemarathon races. The Galway Bay races are expected to sell out this weekend - click on the image below for more details if you are interested in taking part. Many notable athletes have graced this race and its predecessor the Galway Bay 10 in the past including runner 5297 in 2006 :-).
Start of the West Division Senior Boys race - picture by Sean Ryan
Well done to all who took part in the semi-finals of the primary schools cross country today in Renmore. The event saw its highest ever participation with 1463 children entered and 765 taking part in the West Division races and 613 in the East races.
Provisional results are here:- 2016GalwayPrimarySchoolsXC_SemiFinals_ProvisionalResults.pdf
Any queries should be referred to email@example.com.
THe finals take place in the same field in Renmore next Tuesday 27h Sept. The top 30 individuals and top 5 teams in each race qualify for the finals.
The club had such a fantastic day on Saturday at our Yeats College Colour Run and Xyea Family 5k and with the Operation Transformation team.
After a whirlwind few days since Tuesday when the Operation Transformation team selected our event for their final challenge, a huge effort from an army of helpers within the club got the show on the road early Saturday morning. The Operation Transformation team arrived around 9.30am and it was pretty much non-stop action from then on. I won’t stay too much about it until the show goes out on air on Wednesday night at 9.35pm but it was such an amount of fun for everyone … the celebs, the experts and Craughwell AC. Thankfully our high jump bar survived the challenge and is still intact!
The highlight of the day was the colour run where over 400 people took part. It was like a scene out of a war movie when the colour bombs were thrown in the air at the race start – remarkable scenes and something to look forward to on Wednesday night when we get to see it properly on RTE.
The club had a good turnout also for its inaugural Family 5k with the family trophy being won in style by the Noonan triplets. Full results are here:- 5kresults.pdf
The club have a huge number of people and organisations to thank and we will get a full list up here later in the week but I just wanted to give special mention to our race sponsors Yeats College and Xyea for their very generous sponsorship of the races. Pictured below is Pat Reidy of Xyea presenting the Family Trophy to the fastest family in the 5k race - the famous Noonans! And Terry Fahy of Yeats College presenting a sponsorship cheque to a coloured Mike Tobin.
Upcoming Events for young juveniles
The Galway Cross Country Competitions will take place over the first two Sundays in October and it’s an ideal event for athletes of all abilities. Club members can sign up at Training.
Athletes will need to have a Club Singlet to compete and they can be purchased at the Track for €15.
The Race Distances are as follows for each age group
Sun 2nd Oct - County Cross Country Day 1 – Palace Grounds, Tuam
Events for Under 10/12/14/16/18
Sun 9th October – Galway Cross Country Day 2 - Bushfield , Loughrea
Events for U9/11/13/15/17/19
There will be no training in Dangan on 2nd or 9th October for the young juveniles as the coaches will be attending these events.
Categories: Juvenile News
The world is coming to Craughwell this Saturday!!
Celebrity Operation Transformation are on their way to our Colour Run and 5k Race this Saturday. With the races sponsored by Xyea and Yeats College, what was a relatively big event has become a HUGE event with the TV cameras rolling from 11am to 3pm!!!
Here’s a word from Jill (one of the Producers) to help tease out these stories:-
Our celebs & experts are really looking forward to trying their hand (or foot as it may be) at athletics in Craughwell this Saturday. They’ll be shaking down the grounds in the group Zumba at 11AM & trying keep up with all of you in the colour run at little later. We’re welcoming stories to try & involve as many people as possible so please get in touch & tell me yours firstname.lastname@example.org See you all Saturday at 11! Jill :-)
So if you live in Galway, Craughwell is the place to be this Saturday with a busy program of activities for the celebs, their experts, our members and the general public.
The fun starts with the cameras rolling from 11am when everyone will try their hand at ZUMBA dancing led by instructors from our newest addition to the local community FITTSteps Training Studio. Just prior to Zumba, we want to take a massive group shot of everyone with the Operation Transformation team. Your moment to smile on TV :-) So please get there early to get into the group shot!!
Then at 11.30am the Operation Transformation celebs and experts will try their hand at athletics under the watchful eye of our coaches, trying their hand at high jump, long jump, hurdles, shot putt and javelin!!! Tokyo 2020 here we come!
After this, the cameras will move into position for our colour run which gets going at 12.30pm. This will be on grass on our new athletics ground beside the school. Its best to wear a white T-shirt for this as you will look messier in it after a good dousing with 6 different colours! Don’t worry about getting rid of the colour afterwards, its washable, edible, unsmellable, everythingelseable paint. The only ones to have to worry are the bleached blondes, so to all the men and women with bleached blonde hairdos, please cover up your hair because it won’t be bleached blonde anymore after the race. (That’s serious by the way, seems there is something about the bleach that makes it stay red green purple blue and yellow afterwards!).
The colour run is on grass with 3 loops of a 350m circuit and a shortcut in the middle for the less energetic. Prepare to get well-coloured!! And we want all local clubs to be welcome to the event – so local GAA, soccer, athletic clubs from all around, cubs, beavers, Foroige, ICA, Active Retirement etc etc you are all most welcome. We want a crowd and it will be amazing fun and ye all might be on the telly! Try not to trip a celebrity or expert on the way around the colour run – we don’t want to interrupt their transformation!
There will be refreshments throughout the day and goodie bags for the kids in the colour run and prizes for the 5k – more details on the prizes tonight. And a tip if not wearing old clothes for the colour run to get the colour out - first soak in COLD water then warm water.
And straight after the colour run, our 5k gets going on the road outside the school at 1.30pm. We are hoping our celebs will be able to launch the 5k and wave the participants off. It depends on how zapped they are have the colour run. So if you are following a celeb and want them to send you on your 5k way, get down to Craughwell this Saturday.
The colour run and 5k are still fund-raisers for our athletics facilities which are being constructed but we are hoping that you have so much fun from being involved that you won’t mind chipping in for the colour run or 5k. Details and link to online registration: http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/5k. We are taking registrations on the day but it saves us some admin if you can get it done online.
The Operation Transformation team will still be there while the 5k is in progress, interviewing celebs and locals with an interesting personal story to tell of their healthy pursuits.
Fit4life Autumn term starts the 14th of September, Wednesday night at 7.30 and Saturday morning at 9, from Senior club track.
Registration from 7.00-7.30 on Wednesday 14th. First F4L session will begin that evening so have your running gear on!
10 weeks running with a team leader, training plan and a 5k time trial at the end of term. €40 for the 10 weeks and a fitter, happier healthy you. Men and women welcome!
See you at the track.
Photo ©John O'Connor
Training for athletes aged 7 to 12 years will recommence on Sunday 18th Sepember at 10.30am. Looking forward to seeing you all back after the Summer holidays.
As our membership numbers are large for this age group Parents of athletes aged 7 to 10years need to remain trackside during the training sessions. If you can help out on Sundays during this session please speak to one of the coaches and you can add your name to the Rota.
The Older Sprint Group will recommence in October. Details to follow.
Categories: Juvenile News