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Craughwell AC Hits the Streets of Galway

Craughwell AC - 10 June, 2015 - 21:01

Craughwell AC's at the 2014 Streets of Galway (Photo J O'Connor)

Craughwell AC Hits the Streets of Galway

Entries opened for the one of the best local races around this week which must mean the summer has finally arrived! We are making this Galway City Harriers 8k race which winds through the streets of Galway our club target race for summer 2015. A training plan has been devised which has been specifically tailored to get all our members across the line on August 8th with the hope of a few PB’s along the way. The plan has options for 3/4/5 days running with a range of mileage for each run so individuals can choose how best to fit it into to their schedule.

 Download the training plan here: Craughwell AC Streets of Galway Training Plan 2015


There will be two structured training sessions each week. Wednesdays will focus on Tempo intervals on the road meeting at the track at 7.00 for a full brief of what the session will entail. Fridays will be a dedicated track session from 8-9.


For anyone who feels that the this plan does not suit them but would like to run the Streets of Galway there are two 8k plans available here which are a good starting point. If you have any questions in relation to this or any matter please contact us through the Facebook page.


Happy running and hopefully we will see lots of our Craughwell AC members take to the streets on the 8th August.


Online entry can be found here

2015 Galway Track and Field Championships

Tuam AC - 10 June, 2015 - 16:56

> Galway Track and Field Championships 2015 > > The dates and programme have been announced for the Galway Senior/Masters and Junior Track and Field Championships and details are below. Entry can be made on Athletics Ireland online entry system, and on the night on Day One. Both days will be held in Dangan ,Galway City at the NUIG/RSC Track. > > Day 1 is on Tuesday 23rd June from 7:30pm > Track Events: 7:45pm – 3000m Women; 8:15pm – 5000m Men > Field Events: 7:30pm Triple Jump ;7:30pm Javelin (women) ;8:00pm Javelin (men) ;8:30pm: Shot Putt (Women) ;:9.00pm: Shot Putt (Men) > Day 2 is Sunday 28th June from 1pm > > Track Events are – 1pm 100m; 1.45 pm- 800m; 2:30pm – 200m; 3:00pm – 4x100m; 3:30pm – 1500m; 4:15pm – 400m; 5:00pm – 10,000m > > Day 2 Field Events are – 1:00pm: Hammer (women) ; 1:45pm: Hammer (men) ; 2:00pm: High Jump (Women) ; > 2:30pm: High Jump (Men) ;3:30pm: Discus (women) ;4:00pm: Discus (men) ; 4:30pm Long Jump (women) ; > 5:00pm Long Jump (Men) ;5:30pm: Weight Throw > > > Please find below the links for online entry to the Galway Jun/Sen/Mas Track and Field Championships. > > Day 1 – Tuesday 23rd June: https://events.athleticsireland.ie/ps/event/GalwayJunSenMasTrackandFieldChampionshipsDay1 > > Day 2: Sunday 28th June: https://events.athleticsireland.ie/ps/event/GalwayJunSenMasTrackandFieldChampionshipsDay2 >

Galway Track and Field Championships 2015

Galway City Harriers - 10 June, 2015 - 12:03

The dates and programme have been announced for the Galway Senior/Masters and Junior Track and Field Championships and details are below. Entry can be made on Athletics Ireland online entry system, and on the night on Day One. Both days will be held in Dangan, Galway City at the NUIG/RSC Track.

Day 1 is on Tuesday 23rd June from 7:30pm

Track Events:
7:45pm - 3000m Women;
8:15pm - 5000m Men

Field Events:
7:30pm: Triple Jump:
7:30pm: Javelin (women);
8:00pm: Javelin (men);
8:30pm: Shot Putt (Women);
9.00pm: Shot Putt (Men)

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Speedwork sessions are back

Tuam AC - 9 June, 2015 - 14:01

The Tuam AC weekly coached Speedwork session by Matt Bidwell recommence this (Tuesday) evening at 6:30pm in St Jarlaths.

Craughwell Champions of Connacht!

Craughwell AC - 8 June, 2015 - 10:03

Craughwell AC's U11 Squad at the Connacht Championships in Claremorris

Yet another brilliant day of athletics from the club on yet another day of challenging weather conditions. The day kicked off with the relays where the club had some outstanding performances taking all 4 Connacht titles in the boys races and bronze in the U9, U10 and U11 girls relays and 4th place in the U12 girls relay. Huge achievements all around! Full details of our performances are below. Well done to everyone!!

Hats off to Claremorris AC on their fine facilities – something that our parents and athletes know we are aspiring to ourselves on our new field in Craughwell. Before you read on I just want to take a brief opportunity to highlight our efforts in this regard and the need for your support. We hope to receive significant grant aid to construct our own tartan sprint lanes and additional long jump facilities this year but need to fund-raise €40,000 to accompany the grant and loans. Please support our GWR relay challenge by raising €100 per family – this will bring in most of what we need. We are trying to maximise the funds raised during June and will be holding the relay in September. If you don’t already have a sponsorship card, please ask any coach or contact myself at 087 6591879 or tobinm1@yahoo.com. Please bring your completed sponsorship cards up to training as early as possible and give to your age group coordinator, thanks!!

Launch of Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway 8k

Galway City Harriers - 8 June, 2015 - 08:58

The launch of the Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway 8k takes place at the Claddagh on Monday 8th June at 6.45pm.

All members, neighbouring clubs and fellow runners are welcome to join us!!

Guess your time in Ballindine

Tuam AC - 5 June, 2015 - 14:39

The Ballindine 4 mile Guess your Time race is on tomorrow evening at 7pm. Great race that absolutely anyone can win. All proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis so please support if at all possible.

World Record Relay Attempt Update

Craughwell AC - 5 June, 2015 - 07:31

Our Guinness World Record relay attempt has become a bigger event and is evolving into a health-themed day for all ages with a focus on mental and physical health, while at the same time the 12-hour relay world record attempt will be running throughout the day. If you are involved in a charity or business with a mental or physical health focus and would like to attend with information on the day, please contact Tracy at  087 8810737.

Because of the expansion in scope, we are pushing out the date to September when the schools are back to give us more time to pull everything together. The new date is the last Sunday of September – Sept 27th September. Mark it in your diaries!

The associated fund-raising campaign will continue in earnest in the meantime and we will be upping the focus on this in June and early July and again in September.

We are currently at €2000 of a fund-raising target of €40000 for the development of our new facility. If you haven’t already received a sponsorship card from the coaches, please ask. With over 300 families in the club if everyone was to fill a card with 20 lines of €5 each, this will bring in a massive €30,000.

This plus donations, clothes recycling etc will get us over the line. And remember people can sponsor a square metre of ground for €20. We are in the process of getting a large billboard map of the field printed which will show your sponsored metres.

Please text Michael at 087 6591879 with whatever amount you have currently raised on your sponsorship cards so that I can post a regular update on the thermometer on the website. Thanks for the support and lets ramp-up the efforts to hopefully deliver our tartan sprint lanes later this year.

World Record Relay Attempt Update

Craughwell AC - 5 June, 2015 - 07:31

Our Guinness World Record relay attempt has become a bigger event and is evolving into a health-themed day for all ages with a focus on mental and physical health, while at the same time the 12-hour relay world record attempt will be running throughout the da. If you are involved in a charity or business with a mental or physical health focus and would like to attend with information on the day, please contact Tracy at  087 8810737.

Because of the expansion in scope, we are pushing out the date to September when the schools are back to give us more time to pull everything together. The new date is the last Sunday of September – Sept 27th September. Mark it in your diaries!

The associated fund-raising campaign will continue in earnest in the meantime and we will be upping the focus on this in June and early July and again in September.

We are currently at €2000 of a fund-raising target of €40000 for the development of our new facility. If you haven’t already received a sponsorship card from the coaches, please ask. With over 300 families in the club if everyone was to fill a card with 20 lines of €5 each, this will bring in a massive €30,000.

This plus donations, clothes recycling etc will get us over the line. And remember people can sponsor a square metre of ground for €20. We are in the process of getting a large billboard map of the field printed which will show your sponsored metres.

Please text Michael at 087 6591879 with whatever amount you have currently raised on your sponsorship cards so that I can post a regular update on the thermometer on the website. Thanks for the support and lets ramp-up the efforts to hopefully deliver our tartan sprint lanes later this year.

Blast From The Past

Galway City Harriers - 4 June, 2015 - 20:13

In anticipation of the 30th Streets of Galway Road Race, we've uploaded a few photographs from 15 years ago...

Warming up for the Streets, 2000 style:

The obligatory sprint finish, at Eyre Square:

Happy Runners:

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2015 5K Series Tuam Leg – Congratulations and well done to all

Tuam AC - 3 June, 2015 - 10:53

Tuam AC would like to congratulate the well over six hundred participants who took part in the final leg of yet another successful 5K series in Tuam. The passing shower didn’t dampen the spirits of the runners on what was otherwise a great evening for running – not too warm(!) and not too windy.

Unfortunately, due to exceptional traffic levels, a number of runners seemed to have missed the start of the race – we’re sorry but this was due to circumstances beyond our control and arose from other events taking place in Tuam.

The 5K series goes from strength to strength with record numbers participating and entries closing in minutes. The proceeds of the series go towards a very good cause – the funding of juvenile and adult athletics in County Galway.

We would like to thank the volunteers from all the clubs who helped to make the series such a success. Thanks to the series organisers and, in particular, to Mick Rice.

We hope you all enjoyed the series this year, and hopefully we’ll all be back next year for another round of this great set of events. In the meantime, you can find the results of the Tuam leg on Red Tag Timing, or here, and there are some photos here.

Frozen, wet but happy at the Community Games!

Craughwell AC - 3 June, 2015 - 00:58

Galway Community Games Champions
Mia Waters (80m Hurdles) and Eva Kelly (Shot Putt)

The annual pilgrimage to Ballindereen for the finals of the Galway Community Games took place as normal in its ancestral home at the weekend. While some may say the numbers are dwindling in the Community Games, it ain’t that way in Craughwell with 47 athletes taking part over the 3 days of competition and it’s as hard as ever to get through to National finals.

The finals kicked off with the jumps and discus taking place in Dangan last Thursday where Leanagh Gilligan won a scintillating U14 Girls Long Jump competition with a winning jump of 4.61m, 7cm clear of Athenry’s Zoe Moore. Leanagh’s cousin Caoimhe made it a memorable day for the Gilligan clan when leaping 4 metres to take the bronze medal in the same event. In the U16 high jump, Clarinbridge’s Lorraine Delaney took the Galway title with a fine leap of 1.45m while Craughwell’s Laura Cunningham took the U16 girls triple jump title. In the U16 discus, Emma Urquhart continued the winning ways for Craughwell when taking the gold with a throw of 15.20m while Micheál McFadden took silver in the U16 Boys event with a throw of 12.80m.

Electric Performances at Irish Schools T&F

Craughwell AC - 2 June, 2015 - 22:25

Presentation College Athenry Senior Boys 4x100m Relay Team
Bronze Medallists at the Irish Schools Track & Field 2015
Cillian Dolan, Cillian Greene, Conor Duggan, Evan Quirke

On Saturday last, the cream of Irish juvenile athletics faced each other in the Irish Schools Track & Field in Tullamore. With 30 athletes from the club having qualified from the Connacht finals, it was the club’s highest participation ever in these finals. These finals are widely considered the highest standard of juvenile athletics in the country and so it was to be on Saturday with many fine performances.

The highlights of the day were the bronze medal for the Pres Athenry Senior Boys 4x100m team (Evan Quirke, Conor Duggan, Cillian Dolan, Cillian Greene), a splendid run in windy conditions by Jamie Fallon (Calasanctius) to take the bronze medal in the Senior Boys 5000m in a time of 15:32.69 and yet another blistering performance by Sineád Treacy (St Raphaels) to take the bronze medal in the Senior Girls 200m in a time of 24.85, having earlier raced to 4th in the 100m in a time of 12.20.

GCH Club Challenge - After Event 4+

Galway City Harriers - 2 June, 2015 - 10:14

Since the last Club Challenge update we've had the National Road Relays and the Club Away race. These events introduced several new names into the Club Challenge league and has changed the front end of the leaderboards.

Martin Kearney jumped into the lead in the Men's league and Majella Ní Chríocháin leads in the Women's league just one point ahead of GCH Chairperson Mags Sheridan.

The next Club Challenge event is Tuesday 23rd June - Galway Track & Field including 3000m (women) and 5000m (men). Full details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/825267837568323/ 

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Champion Performances at Primary Schools Finals

Craughwell AC - 2 June, 2015 - 07:55

Clarinbridge NS Athletics Squad at the Galway County Sports 2015

Craughwell NS enjoyed its best year ever at the Galway City Sports last Wednesday with 6 individual medals and 4 sets of relay medals despite absolutely horrible weather conditions when it rained incessantly for the duration of the event.

The weather conditions were in stark contrast to those a day earlier when the County Sports took place at the same Dangan venue on one of the hottest days of the year so far. The event saw Clarinbridge NS take 6 individual medals with Siobhan Carr taking gold in the U9 Girls 400m, Eddie Sillke silver in the U9 Boys 400m, Saoirse Moore bronze in the U11 Girls 500m, Sean Fox silver in the U11 80m, Eve Ayo silver in the U11 Girls 80m and Cian Lavan bronze in the U11 Boys 500m. Lisheenkyle’s Ellie Cronin took silver in the U13 Girls 800m while Killeeneen NS also had a fine day with 4 individual medals and a silver and a bronze in the relays.

A day later, it was 10 degrees colder with hours of rain for the City Sports. Craughwell NS have always competed in the City Sports as its relatively new companion the County Sports was only introduced 2 years ago. The sprints kicked off the day at the City Sports where Craughwell’s Mia Waters and Shaun Gilligan both battled their way through the heats and finals to take the bronze medal in the U13 Girls and U13 Boys 100m. Oranmore’s Caoilfhionn O’Donoghue also had a fine run in the U13 100m where she took the silver medal.

5K Series Tuam Tuesday June 2nd, 2015 @ 8 PM

Tuam AC - 1 June, 2015 - 21:19

The final leg of the Galway 5k series will be hosted by TuamAC this (Tuesday) evening. If you aren’t running, any help would be greatly appreciated. If you are running, bring a friend, and we will give them a job. Please come along to the Ard Ri Hotel at 7PM and make yourself known to race director, Brendan Monaghan.

For Tuam AC club members, there will be a marshalls meeting in the Ard Ri Hotel @ 6:30 PM.

The race itself starts @ 8PM. Please arrive early to collect your series T-Shirt and to ensure you will get a good parking place. Good luck to all participants and enjoy the end of series party afterwards. There is a race FAQ here.

Mayo AC / Baxter Streets of Castlebar 5k 2015

Galway City Harriers - 1 June, 2015 - 12:38

The Club Away Race was at the Baxter Streets of Casltebar 5k on Saturday 30th May. We had a bus organised from Galway and several members also travelled up under their own steam.

The weather had turned very wet and pretty windy and Aubree was the first to venture out for a warm up. The rest of us took shelter in race HQ at the Tennis Club, postponing the inevitable drenching.

After a brief delay at the start that felt like an age, we got underway and quickly into the short but hardest hill of the course. The course undulated through the town streets before switching from the streets to the lovely Lough Lannagh Greenway. This was a fast course and despite the conditions there were many good finish times and several PBs amongst the Harriers.

Aubree Peipmeier had the performance of the evening taking first woman and leading the women's team home. Six individual prizes and both team first prizes were collected by GCH on the night. Full details below, and full results here. After the prizegiving many of us shared a meal and drinks in Castlebar. Overall a good race and a good social evening.

GCH Participants in 2015 Streets of Castlebar 5k: Anna McHugh, Aubree Piepmeier (1st woman & 1st team), Bridget Jacobsen, Clare Rowe (1st age group & 1st team), Danny Carr (1st age group), Dearbhla Byrne, Esther O’Flaherty (1st team), Gerry Carty (1st age group & 1st team), Jason Kelly, Jim Phelan (1st team), Karen Quirke, Lisa Naughton, Mags Sheridan (2nd age group), Majella Ni Chriochain, Marie Sheil, Martin Kearney (1st age group), Sean Hanley (1st team), Sinead Brody (1st team), Vincent Jordan (1st team).

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Program for Irish Schools Track & Field

Craughwell AC - 29 May, 2015 - 16:48

The program for tomorrow's track and field is attached here:-

GloHealthAllIrelandTrackandFieldTimetable2015.pdf

Best of luck to all of our local schools! Click here for directions to the track.

Program for Irish Schools Track & Field

Craughwell AC - 29 May, 2015 - 16:48

The program for tomorrow's track and field is attached here:-

GloHealthAllIrelandTrackandFieldTimetable2015.pdf

Best of luck to all of our local schools!

TuamAC Notes 25/05/15

Tuam AC - 26 May, 2015 - 22:53



The 4th leg of the Galway 5k series was in Claregalway last Tuesday. This route is a technically challenging course. The first kilometer is all uphill and is forefront in the participants minds as they toe the start line. Do they run it flat out and hang on for the last 4km or run it sensibly and try to pick up the time on the downhills? In the end it didn’t really matter as there was a strong headwind out on the course. This was evident in the finish times. The winner’s time was approx 30s slower than the previous week. 

With this in mind TuamAC members posted some very admirable finishing times. Derek Naughton lead home the team in 18:47. Sean Burke, Tommy Joe Whyte and Brendan Monaghan all followed across the line within 30 seconds. Elaine Flemming is having a superb series and was first TuamAC lady to cross the line in 21:51 . She was followed by Jean Coleman and Maura Meenaghan. Conal Burke managed to overcome the course and the wind to finish the 5k in a personal best. Conal was delighted with his time. Orla Keane is finding her mojo as the weeks progress and is really looking forward to the series finale on home turf.

All TuamAC runners are looking forward to the last 5k in Tuam, next Tuesday 2nd June, and to the after series party in the Ard Ri hotel that evening. Could anybody that is available to help out please arrive at the Ard Ri hotel at 7pm. Please note that there will be no Fit4Life training that evening.

Sean Burke wasn’t resting up over the weekend between the Tuesday 5k runs. Last Sunday he finished 4th overall in the Garrafrauns 5k race and won the O40s category. Sean was delighted with his win and said that the hill in Claregalway last Tuesday was good training for the 2 steep hills around Garrafrauns on Sunday. Sean O Morain won the O50s category.

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