Registration for the 2016 running of the Craughwell 10 Mile is now open. This will be the 7th year of this fantastic event which never fails to deliver an exciting field of local and national athletes. Incorporation of the Galway 10 mile championship makes for a very competitive day out for all.
Early Bird Entry of €20 until 14/01/2016, €25 thereafter.
Technical Tee Shirt for the first 500 online entries .
Fast flat AAI permited race, chip timed with full road closure.
County Galway 10 Mile Championship.
Startline 2015 ©Paul O'Connor
Ultra Runner Cole Greene will don the GCH vest this Saturday 2nd Jan at 12 O'Clock and attempt a gruesome 50K on a TREADMILL in the sweltering conditions of the busy Eyre Square Centre as a fundraiser for GCH Juvenile. He will set up opposite Penneys.
Please come out and support his attempt, it's an awesome challenge.
Monday 11th January 2016 is the next start date for beginners wishing to start running with Fit4Life. Venue is Westside Library and time is 7pm. Anyone who is thinking of starting needs to turn up on that evening to attend a short talk followed by a short taster session. Membership forms will be available on that night and all questions will be answered on how it works. Parking is available in Dunnes Stores Carpark near the Library. Enquiries to Bernie 087 7504066
Start Line FOA 10k 2015 ©John O'Connor
The 14th Fields of Athenry 10k took place on Saturday 26th December. Conditions were near perfect, presenting what must have been the calmest day in weeks. Over a thousand eager runners took to the road which this year included 33 from Craughwell AC.
There were some fantastic performances across the board with Jason Broderick finishing fourth. The club had two finishers in the top ten and 4 finishing under 40 minutes. Stephen Carty posted a PB of 42:34 taking a minute and a half of his previous PB which he only set in Killtullagh before Christmas. There were other super performances from Piotr Prokop, Tom Prendergast and Tom Tuohy. Many members reported posting PB's and course records on the day. There was great support on the course from supports and marshals alike, making this one of the highlights of the festive season.
The whole event was executed to perfection from registration to the cup of tea after the race, many thanks to our friends and neighbours in Athenry AC. Looking forward to 2016 already!
Full set of photographs by John O' Connor from the day can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenhill77/
Andrew Talbot of Clare River Harriers has shared his photographs on facebook which can be found here https://www.facebook.com/athenryac/?fref=ts
We had podium finishes for Tuam AC in the East Galway Athletic Club 4 Mile Road Race last Sunday. Derek Naughton finished 2nd in the men’s race with Ann Marie Miskell finishing 2nd in the ladies race. Tuam AC men once again successfully defended their title in the team race taking 1st place. Not to be outdone by the men the Tuam AC ladies also won their team race. There were category wins for Andrea Ridge and Kathleen Hogan. Tuam had 14 members in total running this ever popular race. Full list as follows Derek Naughton, Sean Burke, Ger Hatnett, Tommy Joe Whyte, Dan O’Rourke, Patrick Fleming, Brendan Monaghan, Ann Maire Miskell, Paul Hynes, Thomas Mannion, Marian Coleman, Paddy Gilmore, Andrea Ridge, Kathleen Hogan. Entries are flying in for the annual club 8k race and the famous 3 pack of Kelanji running socks are disappearing fast. Please use the following link to guarantee yourself a pair of socks –http://www.runireland.com. We will be taking entries on the day but we can not guarantee socks. Looking forward to seeing you all in Tuam on Sunday 17th January 2016. Happy Christmas to all from Tuam AC
Tuesday 22nd December will be the final track session for 2015. It will be at the earlier time of 6.30pm to facilitate the GCH Christmas party which will be held in the Kings Head at 9.00pm.
See you all on the 5th January for our first training session will be at the usual time of 7.30pm at Dangan Track.
GCH gear available in Kearney Cycles on the Headford Road if you are
looking for a nice Christmas present for yourself or a fellow Harrier.
Short sleeve tech t-shirts (ladies' and men's) €20,
Long sleeve tech top with zip (ladies and men's) €30,
Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (unisex) €25
Light weight jackets ladies and men's €50.
In a relatively quiet week for Craughwell AC, two of the club’s leading juvenile distance runners made an impressive debut on the road racing scene when taking victory in the Kiltullagh 5k race recently. Siblings Caron and Ben Ryan took the victory in both the Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s 5k with Caron taking the honours in a time of 21.25 and Ben equally impressive in time of 18:43. Well done to both athletes - seriously impressive running!
Our last training session for 2015 will take place for all our Juveniles this Sunday 20th December at 10.30 am. We are also holding a bake sale and would be grateful for your support.
Training will resume for all athletes on Sunday 10th January
Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas. Enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing you all again on the 10th.
The club challenge scorekeeper has been slacking off of late but has eventually updated the challenge tables after events 8 and 11.
Event 8 was the Connacht Cross Country held over 3 races. At the end of all that muck GCH brought home lots of silverware.
Congratulations to Ian Egan on a top ten finish on Sunday in the Kiltullagh 10k. Ian finsihed in a great time of 38 minutes dead. Online entries for the Tuam AC 8k are flying in and the famous 3 pack of running socks are disappearing fast. Only the first 300 entrants can be guaranteed a pack of socks. Register online at www.runireland.com. We will be taking entries on the day but we can not guarantee socks. Our annual breakfast run takes place next Sunday morning at 9am with breakfast afterwards in the Currylea Hotel. It will be a short run this year so as to faciltate members running in the East Galway A/C 4 Mile Christmas Challenge. Tuam AC would like to send our deepest condolences to Assumpta and Maura Meeneghan on the recent death of their father Tom. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.
The Juvenile Club are holding their Registration Day this Sunday 13th December from 10am at the Track. Please see the 2016 membership form attached below.
As Craughwell coped with the aftermath of the recent rains, Jason Broderick was among those that headed to Waterford to do battle in the mud at the immmensely competitive National Novices XC Championships. The Galway XC Champion ran a superb race, starting off conservatively to avoid the crush and building through the field from 50th in the first lap to the top 5 as the race progressed. In the end he won an amazing bronze medal, probably the finest individual Senior XC result in the club's history.
Anyone who knows the popular Loughrea man will be delighted for him - this is richly deserved and a great story. Jason took to the sport about 11 years ago and quickly became one of the leading young lights in Galway athletics, marked as a great prospect. However, just as he started to break through he embarked on many years of struggling with injuries. Most people would have long since quit the sport after the setbacks he has had. He never once gave up and kept trying new treatments, coaching regimes and options, and these have really paid off over the past 3 years where he has really transformed under his coach Ned.
A group of our young athletes in the 15-18 age group are hosting a Cake Sale on Sunday 20th December at the track in Dangan at 11am. They are fundraising to reduce the costs of a training camp in Portugal which they are participating in early next year. This is a fantastic opportunity for this talented group and we would ask you to support them in any way you can. Donations of cakes/biscuits etc or a raffle prize would be much appreciated.
Three of our U13s won bronze medals at the Nationals in Dungarvin today as members of the successful Connacht team. Eimear Rowe had her best performance of her year to finish in a credible 18th position, she was followed in 19th by Emma Moore, Shauna Brennan finished 36th with all three making the podium for Connacht. Ciara Dunne 80th, Sinead Duggan 138th and Joanna Healy 144th made up the GCH team that just narrowly missed the bronze by 4 places in the team event. So heartbreakingly close for this team.
Making the long journey to Waterford for the 2nd day of the National Cross Country Championships, 21 Craughwell juveniles put in some heroic performances on the muddy Dungarvan surface against the top youngsters from all around the country.
Sean Cotter ran to a superb 11thplace in the U13 Boys 2500m, leading his team to 7th place with Gavin Lee 50th, Liam Leen 64th, Sam O'Neill 67th, Shaun Gilligan 101th and Pascal Walsh 124th. In the U11 Girls 1500m Aoibhe Carr raced to a splendid 19th place with Jade Moorhead close behind in 27th place – 1st and 3rd Connacht athlete on the day and leading the team to 7th place in the club competition. Anna Cotter was next in 82nd place followed by Clodagh O'Meara in 122nd (unlucky to take a heavy fall early in the race but recovering brilliantly), Sadhbh Irwin 130th, Erin Doyle 147th and Fauve Alymer 159th. Evan Hallinan led a strong U11 boys team to 11th place in their 1500m with Evan placing 40th followed by Cian Lavan 58th, Daniel Galvin 69th, Mathys Bocquet 108th, Aaron Doyle 134th and Evan Moran 141st. Siblings Caron and Ben Ryan completed the performances for Craughwell AC with fine runs in their age groups with Caron placing 43rd in the U17 Girls 4000m and Ben taking 53rd place in the U15 Boys 3500m.
Craughwell U11 Boys Cross Country Team after their 1500m in Dungarvan
Craughwell U11 Girls Cross Country Team after their 1500m in Dungarvan
Due to the red weather warning for Galway this evening we are cancelling all training.
AAI have some information on their fixtures page on the course layout and timetable:-
Its best for people to try to be there 90 minutes before their race start as its usually chaotic trying to find people, get numbers, warm-up etc.
I will be collecting the race numbers around 10am. First race is off at 11.30am with the U11 girls in action. Best of luck to everyone!!
Entries are flying in for the 12th annual TuamAC 8k road race and the famous 3 pack of running socks are disappearing fast. Only the first 300 entrants can be guaranteed a pack of socks. Please use the following link to ensure yourself a pair of socks – http://goo.gl/ejjO8W We will be taking entries on the day but we can not guarantee socks. Looking forward to seeing you all in Tuam on Sunday 17th Jan 2016.