A massive well done to Shauna Bocquet who won the U14 grade in the London Mini-Marathon today. Well done Shauna and coach/dad Loic !!!!!
Aisling Keady, Aoife Walsh and Caoilin Milton at the Dublin Graded Meet in Santry Stadium
A small group of Craughwell AC athletes made the trip to Dublin during the week for the first evening meet of the 2016 Dublin Graded Series. The series comprises 8 Wednesday evenings throughout the summer and is ideal preparation for the forthcoming track & field season or for attempting a few PBs in graded races.
Aoife Walsh leaped an impressive 1.45m to take 2nd place in the high jump with Aisling Keady 3rd in 1.40m and Caoilin Milton clearing 1.25m on her first time in individual high jump in quite a while. Gavin Cooney had a good season’s opener in the 800m when running 2.08.70 to take 3rd place in the Men’s 800m B race. While late in the evening in chilly conditions, Aisling Keady ran a strong 100m to take 2nd place in the Women’s 100m B race in a time of 13.46 with Caoilin Milton hot on her heels in 3rd place in a time of 13.59 and Aoife Walsh a little further back in 14.52. Full results are on the Dublin athletics website.
The remaining 7 meets in the Series are listed below and with Dublin only a short 95-ish-minute drive up the motorway on a Wednesday evening, how better to spend your time than spin up to the graded meet and give it a blast for a PB in a stress-free non-championship event. Sure what else would you be doing on a Wednesday evening! Each day kicks off at 7pm and you can register online up to 1pm on the day of the event. Click on the program below for more details.
Conor Duggan (University College Dublin) and Sineád Gaffney (University of Limerick)
at the Irish Universities Track & Field Championships in Santry
Conor Duggan and Sineád Gaffney both represented their colleges with distinction at the Irish Universities Track & Field in Santry at the weekend with both athletes helping their college to take the silver medals in the 4x400m relay with Sineád featuring on the University of Limerick women’s team and Conor on the University College Dublin men’s team. Earlier in absolutely terrible weather conditions, Sineád made the final of the women’s 800m where she placed 6th in a time of 2.27.08 while Conor placed 6th in the final of the men’s 200m in a time of 22.55 having earlier ran 11.05 in the 100m semifinals – his fastest season opener to date.
Meanwhile at the Leevale Open Track & Field in Cork, Evan Hallinan made a very worthwhile trip down to the rebel city where he took part in high jump, long jump and hurdles. Evan leaped an amazing 1.40m to take the gold medal in the U12 High Jump and stepped up an age to take the gold in the U13 Long Jump with an equally impressive 4.27m. And for good measure he added bronze in the U12 Hurdles in a time of 11.60. The previous best high jump by an U12 boy in the club was Jack Raftery's 1.36m in 2006 while Jack also holds the U12 record for best long jump with a 4.50m leap the same year. Interestingly Jack's dad and Evan's dad grew up right next door to each other! That corner of the main street in Craughwell can be rechristened jumper's corner!
Sineád in action in the final of the IUAA 800m
(photo from IUAA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/irishuniversitiesathleticsassociation/)
Members of Craughwell AC's fit4youth group who took part in the Loughrea 5k
Claire Callanan, Grace Mortimer, Maria O’Keeffe and Aisling Carr
The few weeks gap between the indoor and outdoor track seasons has afforded the opportunity to some of the club’s athletes to try their hand at the local road race scene with some remarkable success. Shauna Bocquet continues to set the 5k scene alight with some blistering times on the road – most recently in the Loughrea 5k where she raced to a time of 16:38 (a massive PB by 21 seconds) and then in the New Inn 5k with a time of 17:12 and then in the Claregalway 5k which she won with a time of 17.56.
13-year old Kyle Moorhead took a spectacular 12th place overall and 1st U20 in the “Remembering Aoibhe” Renville 5k in an exceptional time of 20:11 and not to be outdone, 13-year old Ailbhe Miskella did likewise in the U20 grade in the New Inn 5k recording a fine time of 21:58 and taking 5th place amongst senior women. Jack Miskella took 2nd place in the Junior Men in New Inn in a time of 18:55 and 11th place overall.
Peadar Harvey raced to 2nd place in the Loughrea 5k in a time of 16.22 while Damien Larkin took 2nd in the New Inn 5k with a time of 16.57 with Gavin Cooney 5th with 18.16. Damien O’Boyle ran an outstanding 32.34 to take 2nd place in the Tubbercurry 10k.
Meanwhile some of the club’s fit4youth group made their road race debut in the Loughrea 5k where Claire Callanan, Grace Mortimer, Maria O’Keeffe and Aisling Carr all completed the 5k course in style and The fit4youth group meet at 8.15pm every Tuesday and Thursday at Craughwell astro-turf where they walk, jog, run (and talk!!) making steady improvements each week. Four of the group decided to take on the Loughrea 5k as a personal challenge and they really took it in their stride and finished mid-pack in the 250-strong race while really enjoying the experience.
The Galway 5km Series sponsored by Bradley Renault is nearly upon us and with many GCH members signed up to particiapate it should make for a great start to the running summer.
Like all good things the series doesn't just happen and there are a few things we'd like some help with before the series kicks off.
- First is an invite to the series launch on Thursday, 21st April at 6:00 pm in Bradley Renault on the Tuam Road.
- Second is a bit of race pack packing. Again on Thursday, 21st April at 7:00 pm in Avaya in the Mervue Business Park.
- Thirdly, as GCH are hosting the first race on Tuesday, 26th April at Ballybrit racecourse we need more help than normal at our leg
- from 5:30pm to help with handing out numbers,
- and 6:30pm for marshalling.
If you're available please let Niamh know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Race DetailsGCH - Tuesday 26 April, 7:30pm - Galway RacecourseCraughwell - Tuesday 3 May, 8:00pm - Community HallLoughrea Tuesday - 10 May, 8:00pm - Temperance HallTuam - Tuesday 17 May, 8:00pm - Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown RoadClaregalway - Tuesday 24 May, 8:00pm - Claregalway Corporate Park, Oranmore RdAthenry - Tuesday 31 May, 8:00pm - Athenry Primary Care Medical CentreCategories: Fit4LifeMember NoticesSenior AthletesSenior NewsSenior RacingImage:
The following dates have been scheduled for this years County Track & Field Championships. There will be no juvenile training on those dates.
U8s to U12s Sunday 8th May 2016 at 10am in Dangan
U13 to U19 & Senior Sunday 15th May 2016 @ 10am in Dangan
Please sign up before Friday 29th April at training if you wish to participate.
Categories: Juvenile News
For any new coaches or parents of new members, the following booklet provides a lot of information on introduction to the sport, the different seasons, the different age groups, the different organisations, etc.
And it then provides details on the structures within the junior club.
The booklet is focussed on junior activities and doesn't currently cover senior activities.
Craughwell AC's highly successful fit4fun athletics summer camp is on again this year, led by coaches and athletes from the club. The camp is an enjoyable mix of fun and games along with learning a range of athletics events including long jump, high jump, sprints, throws and relays. Check out the details below and get your application form in early to Peadar as places will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Flyers will be also be handed out at training and through the schools in the coming days. Click on the link below for the full flyer.
The GCH recipe competition resulted in some very interesting contributions for quick, nutritionus meals suitable for those of us with time pressure post-training. The recipes can all be seen by clicking here.
Prizes were drawn from all entrants at the great GCH social night held in the Oslo in early April, and were won by Marie Sheil, Carmel Brannigan, Vincent Jordan, Marie O'Boyle, Aoife King, and Niamh O'Regan. A big thank you to Marie and Matt for organising and to Fintan for the great Gourmet Tart Company vouchers.
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Little Athletics commencing Thurs 7th April
Craughwell Athletic Club currently provide training sessions for children in first class or older. With the improvements in facilities that we are making, we are planning to go one year younger and introduce a session for Senior Infants on Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm at Craughwell astro-turf commencing on Thursday 7th April.
The session will be known as Little Athletics. It will be structured around games-based activities that teach the children fundamental coordination movements for running, jumping and throwing that are essential for all sports and many other activities. Athletics is widely regarded as the ideal introductory sport for small children because it is so varied and focuses on movement and coordination. It is also a great start to building a regular habit of exercise for children in an environment where the emphasis is on participation as well as self-improvement.
We are also seeking parents who would be interested in getting involved with the coaching of this age group regularly or on a rota basis. No prior experience required as initially existing coaches and older athletes will be assisting. Please don’t be daunted by getting involved – once you know more than the children you are teaching or supervising, you will be fine and will learn from others as you go along. It’s an incredibly rewarding volunteer activity – seeing the kids you coach learn new skills, making friends, having fun and enjoying participating in competitions. If you would be willing to get involved, please contact Michael Tobin at email@example.com or 087 6591879.
Children can come up to 3 sessions to try it out but must register on the 3rd session. Our registration form is at www.craughwellac.com under the menu link for Junior Club and will be handed out on the 3rd session. A reduced fee of €60 will apply for the remainder of the year covering Apr-May-Jun and Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec. This age group will not be training during July and August but will benefit from a discount for our summer camps which will be held on 4-8 July and 15-19 August this year.
For further information please contact Michael.