Well done to our very own Rob Hogan who won the 2015 World Speedgolf Championships which were held in the US over 2 days last week. Rob completed his final round in 78 shots and a time of 40 minutes, remarkable stuff!
Rob's next outing will be in the Craughwell AC vest when competing on our Senior Men's team in a weeks time in Longford. Its not every cross country team that can boast of having a World Champion in their midst. Well done Rob, its a privilege to have you in the club :-).
Cross Country season is well under way and a big hitter as always is the Gerry Farnan XC. This year marked the 32nd year of the race which is also the trial race for men and women wishing to represent Ireland in next month’s British & Irish Masters CC International, scheduled for Saturday 14th November in Santry.
Galway City Harriers had 3 great performances from athletes Keith Fallon, Michael O’Conner and Martin McEvily.
Keith came in second in U23’s and 13th overall in 27.01.
GCH has reserved a small fund to help young athletes to make the tricky transition from promising junior to successful senior. The U23 age group is the time at which many athletes are lost from the sport.
The U23 Bursary assists with the cost of conducting a serious competition campaign: Physio / medical assistance, travel etc. Successful applicants will be required to provide six monthly reports on the progress of their training and racing, alongside a summary of how they used any funding. They will also be expected to compete for the club on a regular basis. Athletes aged 18-23 should send completed forms (as attached) by 1st November 2015 to:
Or by post to Galway City Harriers Secretary, c/o Bernie Kelly, Caislean, Inverin, Co. Galway.
Best of luck to our elite speed golfer Rob Hogan who is competing in the World Speedgolf Championships in Chicago at the moment. Rob holds a 1-shot lead after the first round today.
For the golfers and runners amongst us, the rules are that its your combined golf score plus 1 shot per minute that you take to complete the course. So the event is a combination of running and golfing and alot of tactics at play to get the best of both worlds.
Rob is one of the leading speedgolfers in the world, having won the the World Championship in 2013. You can keep track of his progress in Chicago at https://www.facebook.com/speedgolfinternational.
Congrats to Emma Moore who won the 5th & 6th Class races at the Connacht Primary School X Country Champs at the weekend.
In the 3rd and 4th Class race Rachel Fahy won a silver medal.
The Even ages (U12 to U18) will be held in Longford (Moyne) on Sunday 1st November. Please sign up by Wednesday 21st October if interested in competing.
The Uneven ages (U9-U19) will be held in Boyle on Sunday 8th November. Please sign up by Wed 28th Ovctober if interested.
No late entries are allowed this year so please make sure you sign up on time.
As the underage coaches will be attending these two events with their athletes there will be no training for U9s to U13 on Sunday 1st November or Sunday 8th November.
The Galway county cross country at the Palace Grounds in Tuam doubled as the 7th event in the GCH club challenge. Ideal running conditions saw some great racing but ultimately led to little change in the club challenge tables.
The county 10k is going to be run off in conjunction with the Fields of Athenry. This means that there is actually one less race in the challenge as the FoA is already on the list of challenge races.
Another wonderful day of athletics took place in Leitrim Gaels Community Pitch today with the Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships. It was a special special day for Craughwell NS who took team medals in each of the 4 races - an historic achievement by the school and the first time I believe that any school has achieved such a feat in this event.
The graphic on the left shows how the school has fared in previous years, being to the fore on many occasions but never as much as this year. A fantastic well done to the 4 teams, their parents and their hard-working coaches :-).
And it wasn't just Craughwell NS who were in flying form with some fantastic runs from other athletes in the club including Sean Cotter (Gaelscoil de hIde) who placed 8th in the senior boys, Cian Lavan (Clarinbridge NS) who was in the top 10 in the juniors boys, and Ballymana NS duo Daniel Galvin and Asia Clarke. I don't have all the results to hand to summarize the fine performances from members of the club so will have to update this article later.
But to recap on the Craughwell NS results - the junior boys took home the team gold led by fantastic running from Evan Hallinan in individual 3rd place, the junior girls took home team bronze led by the in-form Clodagh O'Meara in 13th place, the senior boys took home team bronze led by long-distance supremo Adam Stewart and the senior girls took team silver led by a superb run from Emily Miskella in 7th or 8th place. More later when I get full results.
Forthcoming cross country fixtures are as follows.
- Sat 17-Oct-15 Connacht Primary Schools XC & Senior League, Leitrim Gaels, Co. Leitrim
- Sun 01-Nov-15 Connacht U12/14/16/18 XC & Seniors, Moyne Community School, Longford
- Sun 08-Nov-15 Connacht U11/13/15/17/Junior XC & Seniors, Lough Key Forest Park
- Sun 22-Nov-15 AAI Inter Club and Even Juvenile Age Groups Cross Country, Santry
- Sun 06-Dec-15 AAI Novice and Uneven Juvenile Age Groups Cross Country, Dungarvan
- Sat 09-Jan-16 National Short Course Senior XC and National Juvenile B XC, ALSAA Dublin
Please see full list at following link for details of Galway and Connacht indoors also:-
For the Connacht schools XC and senior league this Saturday, directions are as follows:-
Date: Sunday, 17th October
Time: 1pm Sharp
Venue:LEITRIM GAELS COMMUNITY FIELD, Coordinates (N53.997559⁰ W008.05604⁰) Directions to Course - from Carrick on Shannon take road R280 towards Drumshanbo to Leitrim Village (3 miles) - 800m on Drumshanbo side of Village.
Craughwell AC U11 Girls Squad before their 1500m
Glorious sunshine was the order of the day for much of today's historic cross country races in Craughwell. While the club has twice hosted the cross country on this very field, this year was special as its the first event since the club purchased the land and also the first event since the roadway into the facility became a public roadway last Thursday. We'd like to again acknowledge the support of several councillors in this regard including Moegie Maher, Peter Feeney, Michael Fahy, Gerry Finnerty, Joe Byrne, Shane Donnellan, Gabe Cronnelly, Malachy Noone, Sean Canney, Anne Rabbitte, Frank Kearney, Jimmy McClearn,Tim Broderick and Martina Kinane.
The grounds were in pristine condition thanks to the efforts of our local FAS workers and of Michael O'Brien from Gort who cuts the running routes on a weekly basis. And just as well as the numbers participating today were the largest in 10 years and possibly much longer at a Galway juvenile cross country event. 318 athletes finished their races with the previous high at a Galway juvenile event being 235 last year. The two U11 races provided the highest individual totals of the last 10 years for girls or boys races with 66 girls completing the course and 47 boys.
Provisional results are attached here:- GalwayXCDay2Results2015V2.pdf
Well done to all and well done particularly to our own athletes who put in some majestic performances on home turf!
Start of the U11 Boys 1500m under the watchful eyes of 100s of spectators
Councillor Moegie Maher pictured with Craughwell AC Chairperson Mark Gillen and Facility Officer Michael Tobin
on the newly opened public roadway into Craughwell AC Sports & Recreation Park
Well done to our U9 Girls and boys who all did themselves proud today, many in thier first race ever - Jamie Connolly, Richard McGrath and Ronan Duggan ran the boys race and Bethan O'Toole, Charlotte Koller and Rachel Caetano competed in the girls race. Sean Duggan and Calim McDonagh contested the Boys U11 race.
Our U11 Girls team did extraordinaryly well today claiming bronze medals after two of their team members fell at the start of the race. Well done to Aoibe Joyce, Rachel Fahy, Isabella Burke and Megan Connolly.
Yesterday was a fantastic day for the club with 2 major pieces of good news:-
- Firstly the announcement that the club are to receive a grant of €100,000 from the 2015 Sports Capital Program for the provision of additional flood-lighting on our new 8-acre site beside the school and the provision of an 8-lane 125m sprint straight and long jump runway. The club are overjoyed with the allocation and it will hopefully enable us to do this work next year. We would like to acknowledge the guidance received from both Ciaran Cannon and Brian Walsh when preparing our application. With our membership spread evenly between both electoral areas, both TDs were delighted to help and their input was invaluable.
- Secondly Galway County Council completed the final step yesterday in taking the roadway into our facility into their charge as a public roadyway. This will enable us to now build a carpark on the site and open it up for greater usage. We are indebted to a number of councillors for helping making this happen including Moegie Maher, Peter Feeney, Michael Fahy, Gerry Finnerty, Joe Byrne, Shane Donnellan, Gabe Cronnelly, Malachy Noone, Sean Canney, Anne Rabbitte, Frank Kearney, Jimmy McClearn,Tim Broderick and Martina Kinane. In particular the club would like to thank Moegie Maher and Peter Feeney for their leadership in this regard.
It is barely a year since we bought the site – with the purchase having completed on 21 September last year.
To have made so much progress in the space of a year is wonderful. Our recent attempt at a Guinness World Record in Dangan epitomised the fantastic sense of community within the club when we had over 2000 people take part. The support we are receiving from our members and the community is overwhelming – but we need it to continue as we have huge plans to build the best sports and recreation park in the country for use by the club and surrounding communities.
Conditions were perfect??? Not a sentence we’ve heard a lot of lately in the West for any sport but once in a while it all comes together and we are blessed with the ideal conditions to run. Saturday was one of those days………….
Three events too place this year……… 10k, Half Marathon and the addition of a Marathon saw approx. 2600 runners invade the prom with their own individual missions….to participate…….finish……PB…….win!!!
It was an exceptionally busy weekend for TuamAC starting early on Saturday morning at 9am with Justin Lane lining up for his first ever full marathon. Justin finished it in a great time of 4:27. Well done Justin!
We also had TuamAC members running the Half Marathon and the 10k. Noel Murphy, Joanna Kiely, Olivia Fitzpatrick, Julie Murphy, Yvonne Wilson, Deirdre Groarke, Andrea Ridge, Una Browne and Kathleen Hogan all ran the Half Marathon, while Patrick Fleming ran a terrific 10k with a new PB of just over 40mins. This is an outstanding result from Patrick who only came to running in earnest earlier this year.
Also running the 10k were Noelle Gannon, Kathrin Antweiler, Conal Burke, Bridget McGrath, Caroline Bodkin, Lisa Brady, Sandra Flesk, Siobhan O’Dea, Caroline McHugh, Eugenie Mullarkey, Helen Gilmartin, Teresa Burke, Anne Burke Farrell, Laura Hynes and Andrea Lawless.
On Sunday Jean Coleman and Kathrin Antweiler ran the Athlone 3 Quarter Marathon, a distance of 19.66 miles. That was a 2 race weekend for Kathrin!
On Sunday we also had the Galway County Cross Country Championship which were held in The Palace Grounds in Tuam. It was a super day and the grounds were in perfect condition. Running for the Tuam AC Seniors were Ann Maire Hynes Miskell, who came 3rd in her category, Tommy Joe whyte who finished 2nd in his category, Ian Egan, Sean Burke and Brendan Monaghan. Report of the Juvenile Cross Country will be published after the 2nd day in Craughwell next weekend.
We had a bit of a wait for the final results of the day to come in but we were delighted to hear that TuamAC members Fiona Carton, Stephen Brady, John Mongan, John Stapleton and Tommy Varden completed the Ironman Barcelona Triathlon in fine fashion. That’s a 2.4mile swim followed by a 112mile cycle and finishing with running a full marathon of 26.2miles. Super achievement and well done guys. Tommy started running with TuamAC in April 2014 with our first ever Fit4Life group. Phenomenal progress!
Galway U12 Cross Country Champions 2015 !
It was back to the rolling hills of the Palace Grounds in Tuam today for day 1 of the Galway Cross Country Championships where the even age groups were in action. The day got underway with the U10 girls where Craughwell had a strong squad in action. Sophie McIlrath led the team to bronze medals with a fine 5th place finish followed closely by Chloe Hallinan in 6th. All finishing places were as follows:- 5 Sophie McIlrath, 6 Chloe Hallinan, 17 Holly O'Boyle, 19 Abbie Molloy, 20 Sole Lopez, 21 Isabella Boland, 24 Muireen Leen, 26 Nicole Clarke, 28 Erin Doyle, 29 Katie Colleran, 32 Tanya Doyle, 33 Ciara Killeen, 37 Aoibhe Donnelan, 38 Catherine Gorman, 40 Anna Langan, 44 Laoise Gallagher, 45 Carmel Conway.
A reminder to all in the Craughwell area that the EGM of the Community Centre will be held on Monday the 12th October at 8.30pm. It is vital that all groups who use the hall are represented at this meeting so please come along if you are involved in such a group.
As you may know, the hall is closed at the moment because it does not have a committee to run it. The former committee resigned in August after almost 2 decades of service to the community. If you are reading this and benefitted from their service or hope to benefit from using the hall in years to come, perhaps you might consider stepping into their shoes and take on a role on the new committee that will hopefully be formed at the EGM.
Its unclear as to what will happen the hall if a new committee does not volunteer at the EGM and the hall may stay closed indefinitely.
Emma Moore led the way home to win gold in the U12 competition today at the Place Grounds in Tuam helping her team to win silver , she was well supported by Eabha Joyce, Isabella Burke and Gillian McGrath.
Jennifer Hughes took an early lead in the U14 race and finished strongly to win ahead of team mate Eimear Rowe. Ciara Dunne was 4th , the girls won the team competition with the help of Kara McCleane, Joanna Healy, Mairead Flynn, Ella Tomczak and Sinead Duggan.
Best of luck to everyone participating in day 1 of the Galway Cross Country Championships tomorrow at the Palace Grounds in Tuam. If you haven't been there before, directions are here.
The provisional timetable for the day is:-
- 1:00pm U10 Girls 1000m
- 1:10pm U10 Boys 1000m
- 1:20pm U12 Girls 2000m
- 1:30pm U12 Boys 2000m
- 1:40pm U14 Girls 3000m
- 1:55pm U14 Boys 3000m
- 2:10pm U16 Girls 4000m
- 2:30pm U16 Boys 4000m
- 3:00pm U18/Junior/Senior/Masters Women 4000m
- 3:30pm U18/Junior/Senior/Masters Men
Note above is just provisional, please arrive at least an hour before the above time in case it runs faster.
We have a many items of sport clothing left behind by Juveniles after training during the 2015 track season in the Club Shed. Any items not claimed within the next two weeks will be donated to Charity as they are getting damp in the Shed. Please check the boxes at training.