There was a fantastic turnout of more than 60 GCH members at the seminar on psychology in sport last night at the Galway Bay Hotel. We had some of the newest members present with some of the longest standing members of the club and the speakers kept us enthralled.
In our recent members survey 82% of respondents reported they run to keep fit and healthy. The good news it they are doing just the right thing. The April editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says:
A recent report from the UK's Academy of Medical Royal Colleges described ‘the miracle cure’ of performing 30 min of moderate exercise, five times a week, as more powerful than many drugs administered for chronic disease prevention and management. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%.
Interestingly 25% of our respondents reported they run to lose weight. The news on this front is less good:
However, physical activity does not promote weight loss.
This is a great article jointly written by a cardiologist, sport physiologist and nutritionist and well worth a read. Or if you're interested the lead author cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra discusses the article in a BJSM podcast.
Keep your ear to the GHC ground as we'll be holding a seminar on nutrition for sport in the not too distant future.
Order of events for tomorrow:-
Map of facility plans - click map for larger image
Just a quick report on the club's facility plans and progress to date and plans for this year. As people will know, last September the club embarked on its most ambitious venture to date with the purchase of 8 acres adjacent to the National School. The purchase and initial development was funded through the combination of savings, loans, fundraising and a small amount of grants with a total spend of €248,000. Loans made up €184,000 of this total and the club had made considerable inroads into this in the last 9 months with almost €13,500 repaid in that period.
The club are not for standing still and have advanced plans in place for:-
- The construction of a basic indoor training area approximately two-thirds the size of the existing training area in Craughwell Community Centre.
- The erection of 8 more floodlights.
- The construction of 10x125m sprint lanes which will double up as long jump runways.
- The construction of internal roadway and car-park similar to that at the GAA fields.
We are MAJORLY dependent on our members to support us in a fund-raising campaign to help fund these. We have a fund-raising target of €40,000 this year and this coupled with hoped-for additional loans and a Sports Capital Grant will fund the work.
But we need EVERYONE on board for this. We are kick-starting this with a major fund-raiser for a 12 hour relay where each participant will run 100m and pass the baton to the next participant. We hope to break a Guinness World Record but more importantly we hope to raise a 5 figure sum to put a huge dent in that €40k target. Click image below for more details
We want YOU our member families to get your neighbours, friends, work colleagues and relatives to sponsor the club in this effort. We have 300 families in the club. If each family filled 1 sponsorship card with 20 lines of €5 each … let me get the calculator … 5 * 20 * 300 = €30,000 !!!! If alot of families raised €200, that could be twice as much!
But we need you to start TODAY and return completed sponsorship cards ASAP … it will encourage everyone to see us approaching this target. It does not matter if you are not available to run in the relay (although we hope you can) - its the club's attempt that people are sponsoring and not individual runners. Sponsorship cards have been handed out at training sessions and if you don't have one, please ask any coach or Michael Tobin (087 6591879).
There are other ways that you can also help us to raise funds including:-
- DONATE: We are still open for donations and you can donate in 1 go or setup a monthly standing order to our account which will help us repay debts. Please consider this and don’t leave all the burden to a small few. We already have had 58 families who donated a total of €17500 in varying amounts and 15 families who have loaned the club a staggering total of €80000.
- RECYCLE: We continually have a clothes recycling bin located at the Astroturf and we get approx. €5 for each substantial bag of clothes and shoes/belts.
- TEE-SHIRTS: Click below to see our super high quality t-shirt and ordering information, part of the proceeds of which goes to the club's fund-raising efforts.
So let’s get a bit of momentum going on the fund-raising and lets all support each other in developing a facility that will be of immeasurable benefit to the health and welfare of the children in the club, their families, the community and future generations.
Thanks for listening!
Congratulations to the Craughwell Junior A Camogie team on winning the Galway League title yesterday many of whom are current or former members of the athletic club. A very youthful team with an average age of 18 took the title by the slender margin of a point over Ballinderreen. Particularly well done to the current athletes in the squad including Sinead Gaffney who last week won the County Limerick Senior Women’s 400m title in a time of 63.3 seconds while representing her college UL and Caoimhe Reidy, Andrea Tobin, Leanne Freaney and Jean Waters who are the reigning U18 Connacht Cross Country Champions. Well done also to club member Dearbhaile Walsh who was part of the victorious Ardrahan squad in the Junior B final which was played at the same venue and hard luck to club members Orla Ryan (Ballinderreen) and Tara McNally (Shamrocks) in their A and B finals.
Craughwell U18 GIrls Cross Country Team
Connacht Champions 2014
Ciara Greene, Leanne Freaney, Andrea Tobin, Caoimhe Reidy, Grainne McDaid
Craughwell U10 Girls 4x100m Team - National Bronze Medallists 2007
Andrea Tobin, Tara McNally, Grainne McDaid, Caoimhe Reidy, Hannah Rabbitte
Some of the medal winners in the U14 Girls age group at the Craughwell Community Games 2015
A very successful Craughwell Community Games ran off last Monday with over 100 children taking part. For the first time, the Games were held in Crinnage at the Astroturf, GAA training grounds and Craughwell AC’s new athletics field. The day kicked off with the preschool and U6 races which were held in the astroturf and were followed swiftly by the U8 60m and U10 60m hurdles. Down then to the GAA fields for the 100m, 200m, 600m and 800m races and off to the athletics grounds for the throwing events while the long jump and triple jump were held back at the Astroturf. It’s wonderful to have such great facilities locally and hopefully next year we might be sprinting 100m on tartan on the athletics grounds.
Results of the day are attached to this article. Well done to all who participated and best of luck to all of the qualifiers for the Galway finals which will be held in Ballinderreen on Sunday 31st May and Monday 1st June. The long jump, high jump and triple jump will be held the previous Thursday evening in Dangan (28th May).
Craughwell U15 Girls 4x100m Relay Team - Galway Champions 2015
Finola Kelly, Mia Waters, Alison Leahy, Siona Lawless
A little late getting this report onto the website! Craughwell AC athletes had another exceptional day last Saturday at the final day of the Galway Juvenile Track & Field with the highlights again being in the long jump – on this occasion with the boys events yielding some incredible jumps with Aidan Conneely leaping 6.32m to take the gold medal in the U18/19 boys category, Matthew McKernan 2nd in the same event with 6.14m and Daniel Callanan-Forde taking the gold medal in the U17 event with a fine 5.71m.
An interesting history of the Irish Schools Athletics Championships has just been published by Athletics Ireland on their website. Some surprising statistics in it including the list of top 32 most successful schools in terms of gold medals won which features just 1 Connacht school – St Jarlath’s Tuam with 33 Irish titles – an athletics tradition that sadly appears to have died out in St Jarlath’s. Interesting also that one of the longest standing records is that of Galway Olympian Paul Donovan with 2 minutes flat in the Junior Boys 800m in 1978.
It includes a number of titles for athletes from our own club including Ann Loughnane (Race Walk 2002 and 2003), Cathriona Farrell (high jump 2005, 2008, 2009, long jump 2005 and 2006), Katie O’Donoghue (Pentathlon 2011 and 2012) and Linda Porter (1 mile, 2010).
Check it out at:- http://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/irish-schools-champions-1916-2015
Top 4 in the Intermediate Girls Long Jump
Aisling Keady, Lorraine Delaney, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton
With approximately 1500 entries for the South Connacht Schools Track & Field Championships, Dangan was thronged last Thursday on a busy busy day for athletics. With cold and wet conditions all week, amazingly the weather cleared up nicely for just Thursday and we managed to escape the rain for all bar a couple of minutes of the day. It was yet another brilliant day for many athletes from Craughwell AC with a decent representation from the club taking part for their schools and many qualifying for the Connacht finals which will be held in Athlone on Thursday 14th May.
Highlight of the day had to be Laura Cunningham's staggering 5.16m leap to win the Intermediate Girls Long Jump, her first time to break the magical 5 metre barrier. Laura's jump puts her in 5th place on the club's all-time outdoor list. Lorraine Delaney was in splendid jumping form also with a 4.96m effort on her first attempt that went very close to the 5m mark. Conditions were ideal for jumping with no wind, a fact which helped several others to improve their PBs significantly including Shauna Tobin and Caoilin Milton with 30cm and 20cm improvements. The top 12 best ever jumps by female athletes in the club is as follows:-
The timetable for tomorrow's track and field is at:-
- Times are provisional and events may be brought forward up to an hour from the provisional time.
- In relay races where there are less than 3 entries, those teams automatically qualify - see the timetable for details.
Peter Treacy, Benny Gallagher and Paul Joyce
at the Craughwell Community Games 2006
Craughwell Community Games will take place this bank holiday Monday May 4th from 3pm to 6pm as the astroturf and adjacent fields. It will be an historic occasion as it will be the first time that some of the events will be held on the new athletics facility in Crinnage. Entry fee is €5 per family. Children can take part in the following events in each age group:-
- Preschool: 25m
- U6s: 35m
- U8s: 60m & 80m
- U10s: 100m, 200m, hurdles
- U12s: 100m, 600m, ball throw, long puck (boys)
- U14s: 100m, 800m, hurdles, long jump, shot putt, javelin, long puck (girls)
- U16s: 100m, 200m, 1500m, discus, high jump, triple jump
Note spikes are not allowed in running shoes for U12s and younger in the community games. U14s and older may wear them.
The following file contains the provisional timetable for the day:- timetable.pdf. Everyone is encouraged to attend whether or not members of the athletic club. The event is intended for all children in the parish and is a great opportunity to represent the parish in the Galway finals either as an individual or on a relay team.
For more information, contact Michael Tobin at 087 6591879.
Following is some information on tomorrow's track and field which I just received:-
- Events will start at 10am and run to at least 6pm.
- The field events will be called out during the day. No additions can be made to field events but names can be changed provided it is done via Mary Barrett on the day.
- For the track events athletes will be called to the start and only two athletes per school will be allowed
- The following events will not be run tomorrow and all entries will be put straight through to the Connacht finals:- walks, triple jump, hammer, pole vault, long hurdles and steeplechase.
The order of events on the track will be as follows:-
Half (!) of Craughwell AC's U11 Girls Squad relaxing at the track
Results from Dangan on Saturday are out! And another incredible day for Craughwell AC with over 170 athletes in action across the 44 events in the U9 to 12s age groups and an incredible 69 podium finishes. It’s not just about podium finishes however – there were dozens of tremendous performances and personal bests from many athletes who competed to their best on the day and whose day on the podium will come in the future as they continue to train and improve. Highlight of the day was Lucas Keane breaking 3m for the first time in the U10 long jump with a leap of 3.01m and a loud yell to mark the occasion! A personal highlight for me was the unselfishness of 3 U10 athletes who stepped up onto U11 relay teams at short notice so that every one of the U11s were part of a full relay team.
Full details of the performances are in the attached pdf file at the bottom of this article. A big well done to South Galway AC who did all the admin work for the event including the results production. It takes a lot of hours on the PC to do all that and sometimes it goes unnoticed in our anxiety to receive the final results.
Sineád Treacy had another big weekend when running the 3rd leg of the 4x100m relay with the Irish Junior team at the Thomond Games in Limerick where the team secured the qualification time for the European Junior Championships. The Championships will be held in Sweden during the summer. With several athletes in contention for places on the team, the club's hopes are with Sineád to hold her place.
Shauna Bocquet made her UK road race debut at the weekend in the prestigious London Marathon series of events where she competed in the WheelChair Mini-Marathon on the morning of the main marathon event.
Shauna raised to a fantastic time of 17:25 in the U14 girls grade, a massive achievement for the youngest athlete from the club to compete on the international stage.
Well done everyone on a super day in Dangan at the U9-12 Galway Championships!
I will post results tomorrow as we are still in the process of getting info from our different age groups. But we had a super day and a massive amount of athletes from the club taking part ... over 180 from just our club.
And well done to South Galway AC who did all the admin for the event - a really good job!! And a big thank you to all our parents who helped out in large numbers for most of the day - without you we wouldn't have the day.
And for all the early birds tomorrow morning, check out the London Marathon coverage on BBC2 where our very own Shauna Bocquet is competing in the Wheelchair Mini-marathon at 8.40am. Best of luck Shauna!