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Results of Galway Primary Schools XC Finals

Craughwell AC - 30 September, 2014 - 15:20

Results attached here :- 14GYPrimarySchoolsXC_FinalsResults.pdf.

Well done to all of our athletes on some truely fantastic results.Athletes from the club featured on each of the 4 teams that took the Galway team titles with Clarinbridge NS taking victory in the junior girls, Craughwell NS in the junior boys, Lisheenkyle NS in the senior girls and Clarinbridge NS in the senior boys. Craughwell NS took 4 sets of team medals - 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.

In the individual stakes, Kyle Moorhead won a fantastic Senior Boys 1000m title, the first time a boy from Craughwell NS has won this race. David Lee took silver with Clarinbridge NS with school mate Eoin Lyons 4th and Craughwell NS's Shaun Gilligan 5th. Mia Waters (Craughwell NS) had an outstanding run to take individual bronze in the senior girls with teammate Emily Miskella equally impressive in 5th. Killeeneen NS's Caoimhe Connolly took the individual silver in the juunior girls race with Clarinbridge NS's Saoirse Moore in 4th place.

There were some outstanding performances right down through the field and athletes can now look forward to both the club championships over the next 2 weekends and the Connacht schools on Sat 18 October.

Conamara 10K Race & Festival

Galway City Harriers - 24 September, 2014 - 20:02

The Conamara 10k promises to be one of the most scenic road races in Ireland, starting in Carna village, crossing the islands of Roisín an Chaladh and Muighnis, before reaching the turnaround point at Muighnis graveyard and heading back to Carna.

As well as being a stunningly beautiful route, the coastal run is flat and ideal for PBs. The race, organised by the Conamara club, TríSpórt, will be chip-timed and refreshments will be provided afterwards in Carna Bay Hotel.

The Conamara 10k will be open to runners, joggers and walkers. There will also be a number of fun runs for children.

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Provisional Results of Galway Primary Schools XC Semis

Craughwell AC - 23 September, 2014 - 17:08

The provisional results of today are at 14GYPrimarySchoolsXC_Results.pdf

Well done to all who took part - we had some fantastic performances from loads of athletes from the club, many of whom qualified for the Galway finals on Tuesday next in Renmore and many more of whom who ran superbly to finish out the race. I will post more later today on some exceptional team results from the clubs schools :-).

Tuam AC Notes 22/09/2014

Tuam AC - 22 September, 2014 - 22:31

Tuam AC would like to sincerely thank everybody who helped our fundraising run for IMNDA on Saturday. The team of runners left Eyre Square at 12 noon and arrived in Tuam just 3 hours later to a fantastic reception and a very enjoyable ice-bucket challenge. The runners received fantastic support all the way from Galway with car horns blowing and people out to cheer us on and we must give a special mention to the two young supporters in Knockdoe who even offered to cycle to Tuam with us. The support in Tuam was phenomenal and we have so far raised just over €1200 and we are all very very grateful to everybody who donated to this worthy cause. We would also like to thank the army of volunteers who helped out by collecting in Tuam, organising transport and providing the lovely ice-bucket challenge in the square. We also had runners in action at the Brooklodge 5k on Saturday and Claire Rowe notched up another top class victory as she was the first lady home. She was followed by Orla Burke, Andrea Ridge, Ann Munnelly, Orla Keane and Ursula Biggins who all ran extremely well and some of them were making their debut for Tuam AC which is always good to see. Sean O’Morain also had a great run and then headed back to Tuam via the N17 to help out on the Galway to Tuam run. We also had another victory to celebrate on Sunday when Martin Hynes won his category at the Charleville Half Marathon. Upcoming fixtures include the Loughrea AC 10k Road Race on Sunday which is also the County Championships and on the following Sunday 5th Oct the Galway County Cross Country Championships take place in Bushfield, Loughrea and we hope to be well represented in both events.

September Training Plan

Galway City Harriers - 22 September, 2014 - 13:36

Please find Matt Locketts Training Plan for September attached

Kileeneen Back to School Run Results

Craughwell AC - 20 September, 2014 - 00:31

Kileeneen Back to School run results are finally here - sorry about the delay!  It was a lovely evening - tonight it looks like possibly the last good one of this amazing summer of 2014!

The 5km was won in outstanding fashion by Damian O'Boyle who made a truly extraordinary debut over the distance in running 15.39.  Damian is a great track runner, with a steady haul of national medals over the past couple of years but I never would have imagined that he'd be able to maintain the speed over the longer distance, and I think he was more than a bit surprised himself!  Conor Dolan of GCH came second closely trailed by Neil Greaney to round off the top 3.  

The women's race was won by Caroline Whirskey of Loughrea AC, followed by Lisa Mctigue and Edel Kelly.

The organizers of the Kileeneen Back to School run would sincerely like to thank all the people that came out in force to support the school, and the marshals, caterers, etc that made it possible.  

Special shout out has to go to Blake Weibling of Seattle who ran the race while over here on a short work trip, and took the time out over sandwiches to help me type in the results - thanks and enjoy the trip Blake!  Stay tuned to John O'Connor's flickr page for some of his usual excellent photos. 

The results are below - note juvenilles aren't listed in the results but can get their times from their teachers who have the names to match to their bib numbers.  Well done again to all the talented young athletes that put in such superb performances over 1 and 5km on the day - stick with the sport - you will go far!!.


U8s and First Class training

Craughwell AC - 17 September, 2014 - 07:03

Craughwell Athletic Club’s U8 and First Class training group starts back this Thursday 18th Sept at 5.45pm at the Astroturf. Children are allowed to attend 3 training sessions to see if they like it and then must register on the 3rd night if staying at it. Registration forms will be handed out on the 2nd night. Alternatively you can download the form from http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/juvenileapplicationform.pdf. Unfortunately the club cannot take children in Senior or Junior Infants.

Children should wear a tracksuit and runners and bring a drink of water.

Some points in regard to safety:-

- The car park will be quite busy so please park and escort your child to and from the gate of the Astroturf.

- When parking, please reverse into the parking spot rather than drive in. It is much safer when exiting.

- If hanging around for the full training session, please fill the spots on the basketball court (on the right just behind the school) so that the remainder of the space is more available for traffic arriving and departing.

Also each year we try recruit new parents to help supervise at training and in time, learn how to coach. We would greatly appreciate your help if you can spare the time as we are expecting to have large numbers in this age group. The club will provide both informal and formal training to help you become a coach. Or alternatively if you are just happy to help supervise, that’s fine too.

Tuam AC Notes 15 Sep 2014

Tuam AC - 15 September, 2014 - 22:16

Tuam AC held it’s first official club Mile event last Thursday evening and it was an outstanding success. 32 club members were in attendance and their only aim was to run a mile as fast as they possibly could. The runners were divided into 4 separate events and as soon as the whistle sounded for the first event it was obvious that everybody meant business. At the end of the night Derek Naughton was the fastest man finishing in 5.25 and Margaret McDonagh was the fastest woman in 6.22 but this event was about a lot more than winning as the only real opponent was the clock and the 32 runners gave it absolutely everything. The full results are available on the Tuam AC Facebook page but there were a number of highlights including Ann Cosgrove in the first race along with Orla Keane and Katie Wrynne. Dolores Higgins had a great run in Race 2 as did Lorraine Lee, Brid Byrne, Siobhain O’Dea and Ursula Biggins. This race also included a dead heat between Charlene Murphy and Sarah Mannion and the performance of the night from Philomena Koller who was superb. Ronan McGrath took the award for the best finish in Race 3 as he was absolutely flying when he finished 2nd to Justin Lane and there was also a major battle between Joanna Kiely and Elaine Fleming.. This event will definitely be repeated and as an added bonus almost €100 was raised for IMNDA and we hope to raise a lot more on Saturday as a team of Tuam AC runners are going to run from Eyre Square to Tuam. They will be leaving Galway at 12 Noon and hope to be in Tuam around 3pm on Saturday. An Garda Siochana have issued a collection permit so please support this very worthy cause. Finally congratulations to Stephen Brady, John Mongan and all of the Tri Lakes members who completed Ironman Wales last Sunday.

Well done Jamie!

Craughwell AC - 14 September, 2014 - 18:09

Congratulations to Jamie Fallon who finished in 62nd place in a time of 55.02 at the World Mountain Running Championships which were held in Tuscany, Italy today over 8.4km of mountain terrain. Most of the competitors were 1 or 2 years older than Jamie so it was a massive performance to be competing out of age at this level. Well done Jamie!

Jamie is pictured below with other Irish athletes in the pictuesque (and challenging!) mountains of Tuscany (pictures nicked from Jamie''s facebook!). Gives me some ideas for the next phase of the athletics development in Craughwell ... a ski slope!



Tuam Ac Notes 08/09/2014

Tuam AC - 8 September, 2014 - 22:48

Tuam AC had a brilliant weekend with runners in action all over Connacht and some memorable results. Ger Hartnett and Derek Naughton travelled to Charlestown on Saturday to take part in the annual 10k race and they were both in flying form. Ger had a top 10 finish in 38.22 and Derek ran a superb race to finish in 40.29. Some of our newer members made their debut for Tuam AC at the Lough Cutra 5k and we hope it is the start of a long and rewarding running career for Fiona Delaney, Sadie McDonagh, Caroline Ronan and Ann Ronan. They did themselves and the club proud and are now looking forward to their next big event. We also had a great team representing us in the Monivea Run in the Woods 5k on Sunday. Unfortunately results are not available just yet but Tuam AC scored some major results including Maura Meenaghan winning the ladies race outright, a very well deserved first place for Maura and we hope it is the first of many. Audrey Greaney also won her category and everybody in the club was delighted and none more so than her father Roger Rushe who also won his category but he was absolutely delighted that Audrey won. Stephen Brady stormed to victory in the M50 category and he is now in top form for the Ironman Wales event that takes place next weekend and consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a full 26.2 mile marathon all one after the other. Finally a reminder that juvenile training resumes this evening Wed 10th Sept @7pm in St Jarlaths College grounds

Brooklodge 5k Road Race Sat 20th Sept 2014

Tuam AC - 7 September, 2014 - 22:38

This years Brooklodge 5k includes a childrens fun run commencing at 12 noon consisting of two categories, under 10 and under 16, 600 metres in length. The main event, the 5k run commences at 12.30. Prizes on the day for top 3(male and female), and for first place in the over 40 category (male and female). Refreshments available following races at (Galway Glamping). Parking available on the grounds of Glamping site again this year- 600 metres from race start. Registration from 10am from the Glamping grounds.

Jason to the fore with new 5k pb

Craughwell AC - 3 September, 2014 - 08:07

Well done to Jason Broderick who has come out fighting after yet another injury struck year.  He was never too far from the front of the nearly 4000 athletes in the Grant Thornton 5k in Dublin, finishing 4th with a breakthrough new PB of 15:30.  He's pictured below lining up beside the legendary Cathriona McKiernan.

Good on ya Brodders!


Rob gets the ultimate accolade!

Craughwell AC - 1 September, 2014 - 23:11

Our speedgolf legend, Rob Hogan sent me a mail there with the subject "my life is complete" :-).  You know you have hit the top when you see this in your email:


For anyone that doesn't know who Bernard Lagat is, he is an absolute legend of the track - right up there with the greatest of all time, and a hugely popular cult figure in the running community.   As an example, he set the awesome Kenyan 1500m record (3:26!) 13 years ago and it still stands to this day!  If I were you Rob I'd frame it and put it on your mantelpiece right center on your Gaylord Focker wall of fame - this is the bigtime right there!  

Some more stats from Rob's latest fan below:

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes Representing  Kenya 1999 Universiade Palma de MallorcaSpain 1st 1500 m 3:40.99 2000 Olympic Games SydneyAustralia 3rd 1500 m 3:32.44 2001 World Indoor Championships LisboaPortugal 6th 3000 m 7:45.52 2001 World Championships EdmontonCanada 2nd 1500 m 3:31.10 2002 World Cup MadridSpain 1st 1500 m 3:31.20 2002 African Championships RadèsTunisia 1st 1500 m 3:38.11 2003 World Indoor Championships BirminghamUnited Kingdom 2nd 1500 m 3:42.62 2004 World Indoor Championships BudapestHungary 1st 3000 m 7:56.34 2004 Olympic Games AthensGreece 2nd 1500 m 3:34.30 Representing  United States 2007 World Championships OsakaJapan 1st 1500 m 3:34.77 2007 1st 5000 m 13:45.87 2008 Olympic Games BeijingChina 9th 5000 m 13:26.89 2009 World Championships BerlinGermany 3rd 1500 m 3:36.20 2009 2nd 5000 m 13:17.33 2010 World Indoor Championships DohaQatar 1st 3000 m 7:37.97 2010 Continental Cup SplitCroatia 1st 3000 m 7:54.75 2010 1st 5000 m 13:58.23 2011 World Championships DaeguSouth Korea 2nd 5000 m 13:23.64 2012 World Indoor Championships IstanbulTurkey 1st 3000 m 7:41.44 2012 Olympic Games LondonUnited Kingdom 4th 5000 m 13:42.99 2013 World Championships MoscowRussia 6th 5000 m 13:29.24 2014 World Indoor Championships SopotPoland 2nd 3000 m 7:55.22

Tuam AC Notes 01 Sept 2014

Tuam AC - 1 September, 2014 - 22:24

Two big events planned for Tuam AC in the coming weeks. First up is a club members one mile time trial which will take place on Thursday 11th Sept at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to find out just how fast you can run a mile and everybody who runs on the night will receive their own individual accurate time for a mile. Entry fee is only €2 and all proceeds go to the IMNDA. Meet at Tuam swimming pool car park at 7pm. The next big event is a bit further when a team of Tuam AC members are going to run from Eyre Square to The Square in Tuam on Saturday 20th Sept 2014. Full exclusive details including competitors, recent form and starting prices will appear here next week. This event is also a fundraiser for IMNDA so please support our team on Sat 20th in Tuam. There was two big races over the last 7 days with the Clonbur Half Marathon and Oranmore 5k taking place. Derek Naughton was our sole representative on the very tough Clonbur course and finished the 13.1 miles in 1hr 34 mins which is superb running and that was after a week of very hard training. We had a number of runners taking part in the Oranmore 5k last Wednesday evening including the ever improving Justin Lane who recorded a massive pb when he finished in 23.08 and we were also delighted to see Peter Tierney in action for Tuam AC and he finished in 24.01. Our ladies were very well represented and the first Tuam AC lady home in the green vest was Elaine McHugh who had a great run 25.06 and she was followed by three of our newer members Olivia O’Grady, Julie Murphy and Marian Murphy who all finished in just a few seconds over 30 mins . Great running all round from the Tuam athletes and the mile could be very interesting ??

Juvenile Training recommences Sunday 7th Sept

Galway City Harriers - 31 August, 2014 - 12:04

GCH Juvenile training commences on Sunday 7th September at the track in Dangan.

Training times as follows;
Sunday 10.30am -12pm  7 year old-18 year olds
Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm 10 year olds -18 year olds.
Friday 7pm-8.30pm 9 year olds -18 year olds.

Cost is 2 euro per session.

Martin McEvilly wins European M65 Steeplechase in Turkey.

Galway City Harriers - 27 August, 2014 - 12:05

Congratulations to GCH's Martin McEvilly who won the European M65 Steeplechase in Izmir, Turkey.

Resumption of juvenile athletics

Craughwell AC - 26 August, 2014 - 21:45

After the long summer break, I'm sure our coaches and athletes and their parents (and our new U8s) are all itching to get back to athletics training and reading this website everyday for news of its resumption!

Well you have to wait no longer!, here's the details of the new training times for the Autumn. There may be some further adjustment to this depending on how well we can accomodate the large numbers on the existing facility and our new facility once its in use (hopefully by mid-September).

And a quick note to parents if you have any interest in getting involved in coaching or assisting at training, please give me (Michael Tobin) a call at 087 6591879. We are always looking for more help. While we are extremely fortunate to have almost 50 active coaches, we have huge numbers and need as much help as possible. So if you have a chink of interest, please let me know and we will pencil you in and also organise some training for you so that you get a kick-start with it.

The different training groups will resume on the following dates. I will update the TBDs as soon as possible.

U16/Older Sprints TBD U16/Older Jumps Mon  1 Sept U16/Older Distance Mon  1 Sept U15 Boys/Girls Tues 2 Sept U14 Boys/Girls TBD U13 Boys/Girls Tues 2 Sept U12 Boys/Girls TBD U11 Boys/Girls TBD U10 Boys/Girls TBD U9 Boys/Girls Tues 16 Sept U8 Boys/Girls Thur 18 Sept





Tuam AC Notes 25/08/2014

Tuam AC - 25 August, 2014 - 22:41

Clare River Harriers put on their usual top class event on Saturday evening with the annual running of the Claregalway 10k Road Race. Almost 250 runners lined up in perfect conditions for the single lap flat course and local man Matt Bidwell who runs with Galway City Harriers was in control all the way. He ran the first 5k in just over 17 mins before changing gear and running the remaining 5k in 15.50. The ladies race was won by Regina Casey who is officially running better than ever as she set a new personal best of 37.23 on Saturday. Regina is having a great 2014 and it all started with victory in the Tuam AC 8k back in January and she is already looking forward to the 2015 race. Tuam AC was very well represented and we also had winners as Tommy Joe Whyte and Claire Rowe both won their categories and we also had members making their debut and others making a comeback after a good long rest. Mary Burke made her debut for Tuam AC and loved every minute of it. She had great support out on the course and was flying at the finish and is really looking forward to the next race. Derek Fanning made a comeback having represented Tuam AC for many years as a juvenile where he excelled over the shorter distances. He is now back as a middle distance runner and if he transfers his track times to the road he will be very hard to catch. Tommy Varden and Elio Fusciardi were also in great form on Saturday and they had a good battle with their clubmate Aiden Doyle and there was just over a minute between these four athletes at the finish which represents very good club running. Our ladies were also represented by Maura Meenaghan who had a great run and Kathryn Antweiler who is a tonic for all runners as she is always happy and upbeat and her positive attitude pays off with some very impressive race times and results. A special mention to Derek Naughton and Mark Rabbitte as they both ran great races despite Derek putting in some serious mileage over the last few weeks and Mark cycling to the race and home again afterwards.

Jamie Fallon Selected on National Team for WMRC

Craughwell AC - 25 August, 2014 - 11:21

Congratulations to Jamie Fallon who has been selected for the Irish Junior team to compete in the World Mountain Running Championhips. This is a first for both Jamie and the club and yet another massive achivement on Jamie's growing list of achivements. The race will take place in Tuscany in Italy in mid-September.

The race will be run over a distance of 7.5km which includes a 700m ascent - not for the faint-hearted!! For more information on the event and on mountain running, check our the following websites:-

    Irish Mountain Running Association

    World Mountain Running Championships


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