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Tuam AC Notes 16 June 2014

Tuam AC - 16 June, 2014 - 23:21

Nobody really knows who first said the famous sports quote ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent’ but it is definitely true in the case of Dan O’Rourke who stormed to victory in the Milltown Run for Ollie 10k race on Saturday. Dan has been representing Tuam AC for almost 30 years and there is absolutely no sign of him slowing down and he made all the running in Milltown on Saturday followed by almost 700 other competitors and he won well in the end and everybody in Tuam is delighted with his victory. There were a number of other Tuam AC runners in attendance including Ger Hartnett, Derek Naughton, Padraic Burke and Steven Brady to name just a few and they all ran particularly well. Our juvenile athletes made the journey to Sligo for the Connacht Track and Field Championships and returned with a fine haul of medals including a Gold and two Silvers for Sara Martyn, two Silvers and a Bronze for Kehinde Awoniran and a Gold, Silver and Bronze for Rory Monaghan. There was also very notable performances from Kemi Ogunbola and Olivia Kenny who were very close to securing medals and gave a great account of themselves in their first outdoor competition for Tuam and we are all very proud of them.

Order of Events for Connacht U13-Senior T&F

Craughwell AC - 13 June, 2014 - 08:02

Order of events is attached below. Please arrive at least an hour before your event because events can and likely will be brought forward:-

Order of events

I will review the list of entries to come up with an estimated time for the field events.

Marshalls needed for the Streets of Galway 8k

Galway City Harriers - 12 June, 2014 - 21:02

Marshalls needed for the Streets of Galway Race!

Streets of Galway

If you are not running in the Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway race this year and would like to be part of this great event we could do with your help.  Marshalls are needed from 5.30pm until 9pm on the night. E-mail brendan.kennelly@nuigalway.ie if you can help – no experience necessary!

We need help with the following jobs:

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U11s Perform Heroically in Sligo

Craughwell AC - 10 June, 2014 - 18:23

Another year, more drama and ultimately more success than disappointment when we look back on the Connachts in Sligo for u11s in 2014.

The day kicked off with a measure of the latter, when the u11 Girls Relay team (Alex Slamas, Rebecca Lynch, Rebekah Flynn, Emily Miskella sub Caoimhe Connolly) failed to qualify for the All-Irelands for the first time. This was a disappointment for a team that had won the County title in such style, but the margins get smaller for error the older the age-group, and the team members compensated later in the day with some outstanding performances (see below). Our B team (Caoimhe Connolly, Hannah Hynes, Oliwia Komav, Holly Comer) were missing two key members, but battled well in the other heat, holding their own with Connacht's finest.


U11s Perform Heroicallly in Sligo

Craughwell AC - 10 June, 2014 - 18:23

Another year, more drama and ultimately more success than disappointment when we look back on the Connachts in Sligo for u11s in 2014.

The day kicked off with a measure of the latter, when the u11 Girls Relay team (Alex Slamas, Rebecca Lynch, Rebekah Flynn, Emily Miskella sub Caoimhe Connolly) failed to qualify for the All-Irelands for the first time. This was a disappointment for a team that had won the County title in such style, but the margins get smaller for error the older the age-group, and the team members compensated later in the day with some outstanding performances (see below). Our B team (Caoimhe Connolly, Hannah Hynes, Oliwia Komav, Holly Comer) were missing two key members, but battled well in the other heat, holding their own with Connacht's finest.

Tuam AC Notes 9 June 2014

Tuam AC - 9 June, 2014 - 22:29

The 5k series ended on a high note in Tuam when a massive crowd of over 700 runners lined up at Kilcloghans in absolutely perfect running conditions. It was a cool sunny evening and the little bit of wind was actually blowing in the right direction. We also had a top class field with everybody in great form after 5 weeks of serious running. The race started at exactly 8pm thanks to the well oiled Tuam AC team and our regular volunteers who turn out at every Tuam AC event. Matt Bidwell GCH was just ahead of Conor Dolan GCH in the early stages and as they went over the top of the hill at the 1k marker Matt put the pressure on and opened a gap that the chasing group of four runners could not close and he was ecstatic when he crossed the finish line in 15 mins 23 seconds a new pb for the well known Claregalway based runner. He was followed by Conor Dolan, John Greaney both GCH, Peter O’Sullivan of Loughrea AC and Owen Byrne of GCH and the quality of this race was so high that all of the top five finished in under 16 mins. The ladies race was won by Regina Casey who also had a pb in 17.31 and she was followed by Helen Corbett 18.20 and Sinead Brody in 18.44 all GCH athletes. Tuam AC had a superb night themselves with a number of pb’s including Ger Hartnett, John Grimes and Elaine Fleming amongst many others and the full results of the entire series can be found at www.redtagtiming.com. A special word of thanks to all who helped out on the night as stewards and marshalls as well as Tuam Gardai, Tuam Order of Malta and Galway Co Council. No event would ever take place without the help of people who volunteer to give their time and we really appreciate the help. Tuam AC were also in action at the weekend with Andrea Ridge claiming victory at the Monivea Half Marathon on Saturday where she was joined by Sean O’Morain and Kathleen Hogan and Tommy Joe Whyte was the big winner of the Ballindine Guess Your Own Time race on Saturday when he predicted he would run the course in 25 mins flat and finished in 25.01. Tommy Joe is becoming a specialist in predicting his time and Tuam AC have enjoyed great success at this race down through the years and long may it continue.

Hogan, Cronin, and Mooney win European Trials

Athletics Ireland - 8 June, 2014 - 22:31

The trials for the European championships, Snowdon, and the International Youth Cup were held in good conditions in Crone Wood. Junior women and Youths ran one lap (3.48 km), Senior women and Junior men ran two laps (6.48 km), and Senior men had 9.48 km. The course has a steep climb for around 700m and a long gradual descent.

Killian Mooney (DSD) continued his good recent form with a convincing win in a fast time of 29:45 which was held inside the previous best times set by James Egan (31:04) and Hugh Armstrong (31:18) in 2011. William Hynes (Swinford AC) won the Youths trial from Ruadhan O’Grada (DSD) and Tadgh McGinty (Swinford AC). Hynes won in a time of 15:43 which was 35 seconds slower than Killian Mooney’s winning time in 2011. O’Grada was making his debut in a mountain race and he ran very well to separate the two Swinford runners in a competitive race. Aoife Mulroy (Swinford AC) won the Girls Youths trial from Tullamore Harriers athletes Emily Grennan and Cara Todd. Her time was 47 seconds slower than Louise Hill-Stirling’s 2011 time. All six athletes are now in contention for selection for the International Youth Cup in Italy in late June. A record 17 countries will participate with the USA making their debut. Ireland has previously won both the boy’s and girl’s teams.

Kate Cronin (Raheny Shamrock) won the senior women trial from Laura Shaughnessy (UCD). Cronin’s time was a tantalising six seconds slower than Sarah Mulligan’s 2011 record. Mulligan and Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe) were given pre-selection. With Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe) and Eoin Flynn (Rathfarnham) pre-selected there were only two places on offer for the senior men’s trial. It quickly turned into a dogfight between Mark Ryan (Rathfarnham), Tom Hogan (Sliabh Buidhe Rovers), and Ian Conroy (Raheny Shamrock). The leading positions changed as the laps unwinded but eventually it was Hogan who won by 22 seconds from Ryan with Conroy third. Hogan’s time was 17 seconds slower than Barry Minnock’s (Rathfarnham) 2011 time.

Cork City Sports Junior 1500m Races

Athletics Ireland - 8 June, 2014 - 22:25

There will be two junior 1500m races being held at the Cork City Sports International Athletics Meet on Tuesday 8th July at Cork IT Track. There will be both junor mens and junior womens 1500m races and both will be earlier in the program and will allow all junior athletes to relax afterwards and enjoy the senior international races. This international night of athletics will now be streamed live online also. Full timetable available here http://www.corkcitysports.ie/programme/.

A number of places in both races have already been allocated to members of the National Junior XC panels, but the remaining places are now open to any junior athlete born 1999-1995. The junior women’s race welcomes athletes of all standards sub 5.00 and the men’s race can now only take athletes with a SB/PB of sub 4.12.

Any athletes interested in competing in either of the junior races are asked to e mail National Junior Endurance Coach Steven Macklin at steven@athleticsireland.ie ASAP as entries close very soon.

English runs Qualification Standard in 800m for European Championships

Athletics Ireland - 8 June, 2014 - 19:06

Donegal’s Mark English (UCD AC) finished fifth today in the 800m at the FBK Games in Hengelo Germany running a season’s best of 1.46.22, inside the qualification time of 1.46.45 for the European Track and Field Championships which take place in Zurich in August. The race was won by Robert Biwott of Kenya in 1.44.75. English was the second European over the line with Thijmen Kupers of Netherlands running 1.45.68 to place third. The Indoor 800m record holder made his outdoor season in IFAM meet in Belgium last weekend when he won the race in 1.46.39.

Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) ran a season’s best of 3.36.45 to place 12th in the 1500m in a high class field at the IAAF Diamond League in Rome on Thursday night. This is the second time this season that he has dipped inside the European qualification standard of 3.39.30.

Crusader’s Jason Harvey continued a strong season claiming victory in the 400m Hurdles running 51.72 at the Northern Ireland Championships to finish ahead of Paul Byrne (51.91). In the women’s 400m hurdles Ferrybank’s Jessie Barr who has battled her way back from a foot injury ran her first race of the season to win in 60.11 in challenging weather conditions. North Down AC high hurdler Ben Reynolds continued to show form, winning his event in 13.83 seconds. Paralympic champion, Jason Smyth (Derry City Track Club) claimed another NI and Ulster title winning in 10.87. Full report available on Northern Ireland Athletics website.

At the Grand Prix of Race Walking meet in York which incorporated the Irish 20k championships Luke Hickey took the national title in 1.28.10 placing third overall.

Tonabrucky Challenge 2014 Results

Galway City Harriers - 8 June, 2014 - 17:46

Well done to Martin Hegarty of GCH on his win at Tonabruckey 6k yesterday evening in 22:30, followed in second by Francis King in 23:05 and Killian Dooley of GCH in 23:14.

The Ladies race was won by Esther O'Flaherty in 24:52 and in second was Sarah Jane Grehan in 27:18 and third was Carmel Coyne in 28:49.

Conditions were lovely with a beautiful evening on the rolling hills of Tonabruckey.

This race is a favourite among many in Galway who like the challenge of the peaks.

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GCH Club Challenge 2014 Latest Results

Galway City Harriers - 8 June, 2014 - 17:32

The latest results are attached of the GCH Club Challenge.

Don't forget there are lots more races in the challenge to compete in and the next is the Country Track this Thursday 12th June.

All-Ireland Secondary School's T&F Championships 2014

Galway City Harriers - 8 June, 2014 - 16:43

Galway City Harrier’s athletes picked up 6 individual medals at the all-Ireland Secondary school's T&F championships in Tullamore on Saturday last.

Alanna Lally Presentation Convent Athenry won a great gold medal in the senior girls 800m in a time of 2.08.28 which is a B standard for the World Junior championships to be held in Oregon in July. Alanna outkicked Aislinn Crossey from Newry over the last 60m. Aisliin finished 4th in the European Junior 800m in 2013 with a PB of 2.03. This was Alanna's 5th straight year winning a schools title.

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Keith Fallon & Evan McGuire at the Scottish University & College Athletics

Galway City Harriers - 8 June, 2014 - 16:23

Keith Fallon and Evan McHale represented Ireland in the Scottish University & College Athletics last weekend.

Keith had a great run and was 5th in the1500m finishing strong after a few weeks nursing an injury and even managed a 50 sec split in the last 400m.

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Galway Junior, Senior & Masters Track & Field

Craughwell AC - 8 June, 2014 - 14:04

The 2014 Galway County Junior & Senior Track and Field championships will take place in Dangan as follows:-

Thursday 12 June - 8pm

County 10,000m Championships

Pre-entries for this event are required to bmbruton@gmail.com. Registration at 7.15pm

Sunday 29 June - 1.30pm

Events: 200m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, Discus, 800m, Weight for Distance (only Seniors and Masters), 4x100m relay, 3000m women/5000m men

Thursday 10 July - 7pm

Events: 100m, 400m, Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer, 1500m, High Jump, 4x400m relay


  • Cost of entry is €5 per day.
  • All track events will be electronically timed.
  • Guests welcome but don't qualify for medals.
  • All queries to Brian Bruton 087 9278337 or email bmbruton@gmail.com.

June Training Plan

Galway City Harriers - 7 June, 2014 - 22:56

Matt is away for 2 weeks but has left a very in-depth training plan and explanation of what the sessions and expectations of the sessions.

Thanks Matt, have a good 2 weeks off

Craughwell AC Young Guns Excel at U9-12 Connachts

Craughwell AC - 7 June, 2014 - 22:49

Some of Craughwell AC's U9 Squad at the Connacht Track & Field Championships in Sligo

Craughwell AC’s younger age groups practically relocated en masse to Sligo IT today for the U9-12s. With 46 pairs having qualified from the Galway championships in the U9s, 10s and 11s, the club were by far the best represented in Sligo and this carried through into the silverware with a massive haul of 24 pairs of medals making their way to the club across the paired age groups and several more medals in the individual events in the U12 age group, not to mention the relays where the club featured in the medals in 7 of the 8 relays.

Well done to all of our athletes and a particular well done to our coaches for all the preparation they have done with the large groups of athletes in the younger ages. The coaches have to find the balance between crowd control and expert tuition at training and they are doing a fine job as was in evidence today. Qualification for the All-Irelands is a huge achievement for these young athletes and one they should be very proud of. They can look forward now to the All-Irelands and hopefully not get too wound up about them as they have already over-achieved in getting that far and in being there with the best of the country.

Here’s a quick summary of the results and I will add more detail as it becomes available:-


Members invite to Streets of Galway Launch Mon 9th June

Galway City Harriers - 7 June, 2014 - 21:56

It is our pleasure to invite all our members to the launch of the Streets of Galway launch this Monday 9th June.

We are hoping that all our members will support the race this year as you have generously done in previous years and we also hope to see you this Monday at the launch which takes place at 6.30pm on Monday 9th June.

Venue: Kearney Cycles, (Our generous sponsor), Headford Road, Galway.

Afterwards please join us for tea, biscuits and PB tactics at the neighbouring Pillo Hotel.

We would be grateful if you can RSVP to this email to dave.glynn1@gmail.com.

Top Irish Athletes Continue Preparations

Athletics Ireland - 5 June, 2014 - 15:41

A number of Ireland’s top track and field athletes will race in grand prix races across Europe this weekend as they continue their preparations for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August.

Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) is first off as he competes in the IAAF Diamond League Meeting this evening (June 5th) in Rome. Robinson goes in a high class 1500m race which includes Asbel Kiprop of Kenya who has run 3.29.18 already this year.

On Sunday Irish Indoor 800m record holder Mark English (UCD AC) is set to compete in the 800m at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Hengelo. English began his 2014 outdoor season with an impressive victory over 800m in Oordegem Belgium on Saturday, 31st of May.

Rose Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC) will compete in the Memorial Josefa Odlozila Grand Prix in Prague on Monday 9th of June. Galligan set her season’s best time of 2.02.07 at the BMC meet in Manchester last Saturday.

The Northern Ireland and Ulster Senior Championships take place at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast on Saturday 7th of June with many of Ireland’s top athletes set to feature including: Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC), Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC), Ben Reynolds (North Down AC), Phil Healy (Bandon AC) and Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC)

Northern Ireland & Ulster Senior Championships Entry List

The full Irish Team for the European championships will be announced on the 21st of July at a Press Conference after the National Track and Field Championships (19th/20th). There is an expectation that this team will be made up of over 25 athletes, making it one of the largest Irish teams ever to compete at the championships.

New Record For Brown

Athletics Ireland - 5 June, 2014 - 14:51

Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrocks) put the disappointment of a ‘no-height’ at the AAI Games last week behind her to set a new Northern Ireland record of 4.32m when winning the woman’s pole vault in the Welsh Senior Championships on Sunday 1st June.

Zoe improved her lifetime best by 1cm, from the height she won the 2014 national Indoor title with in Athlone in February, to defeat a field comprising almost all of the UK’s top female pole vaulter’s.

Order of Events for Connacht U9-12 T&F

Craughwell AC - 5 June, 2014 - 11:41

The order of events for Saturday's track and field is below:-


Note the starting time of 11am. Start times for individual events are not given but from the order of the program, I would expect the following:-

  • U10 boys and girls will go to long jump straight after their relays
  • U11 boys and girls javelin might start first thing at 11am as their relays are last
  • U12 high jump and shot putt will likely start after their relays but not certain on that

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