Craughwell Athletic Club’s U8 and First Class training group starts back this Thursday 18th Sept at 5.45pm at the Astroturf. Children are allowed to attend 3 training sessions to see if they like it and then must register on the 3rd night if staying at it. Registration forms will be handed out on the 2nd night. Alternatively you can download the form from http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/juvenileapplicationform.pdf. Unfortunately the club cannot take children in Senior or Junior Infants.
Children should wear a tracksuit and runners and bring a drink of water.
Some points in regard to safety:-
- The car park will be quite busy so please park and escort your child to and from the gate of the Astroturf.
- When parking, please reverse into the parking spot rather than drive in. It is much safer when exiting.
- If hanging around for the full training session, please fill the spots on the basketball court (on the right just behind the school) so that the remainder of the space is more available for traffic arriving and departing.
Also each year we try recruit new parents to help supervise at training and in time, learn how to coach. We would greatly appreciate your help if you can spare the time as we are expecting to have large numbers in this age group. The club will provide both informal and formal training to help you become a coach. Or alternatively if you are just happy to help supervise, that’s fine too.
Tuam AC held it’s first official club Mile event last Thursday evening and it was an outstanding success. 32 club members were in attendance and their only aim was to run a mile as fast as they possibly could. The runners were divided into 4 separate events and as soon as the whistle sounded for the first event it was obvious that everybody meant business. At the end of the night Derek Naughton was the fastest man finishing in 5.25 and Margaret McDonagh was the fastest woman in 6.22 but this event was about a lot more than winning as the only real opponent was the clock and the 32 runners gave it absolutely everything. The full results are available on the Tuam AC Facebook page but there were a number of highlights including Ann Cosgrove in the first race along with Orla Keane and Katie Wrynne. Dolores Higgins had a great run in Race 2 as did Lorraine Lee, Brid Byrne, Siobhain O’Dea and Ursula Biggins. This race also included a dead heat between Charlene Murphy and Sarah Mannion and the performance of the night from Philomena Koller who was superb. Ronan McGrath took the award for the best finish in Race 3 as he was absolutely flying when he finished 2nd to Justin Lane and there was also a major battle between Joanna Kiely and Elaine Fleming.. This event will definitely be repeated and as an added bonus almost €100 was raised for IMNDA and we hope to raise a lot more on Saturday as a team of Tuam AC runners are going to run from Eyre Square to Tuam. They will be leaving Galway at 12 Noon and hope to be in Tuam around 3pm on Saturday. An Garda Siochana have issued a collection permit so please support this very worthy cause. Finally congratulations to Stephen Brady, John Mongan and all of the Tri Lakes members who completed Ironman Wales last Sunday.
Congratulations to Jamie Fallon who finished in 62nd place in a time of 55.02 at the World Mountain Running Championships which were held in Tuscany, Italy today over 8.4km of mountain terrain. Most of the competitors were 1 or 2 years older than Jamie so it was a massive performance to be competing out of age at this level. Well done Jamie!
Jamie is pictured below with other Irish athletes in the pictuesque (and challenging!) mountains of Tuscany (pictures nicked from Jamie''s facebook!). Gives me some ideas for the next phase of the athletics development in Craughwell ... a ski slope!
Tuam AC had a brilliant weekend with runners in action all over Connacht and some memorable results. Ger Hartnett and Derek Naughton travelled to Charlestown on Saturday to take part in the annual 10k race and they were both in flying form. Ger had a top 10 finish in 38.22 and Derek ran a superb race to finish in 40.29. Some of our newer members made their debut for Tuam AC at the Lough Cutra 5k and we hope it is the start of a long and rewarding running career for Fiona Delaney, Sadie McDonagh, Caroline Ronan and Ann Ronan. They did themselves and the club proud and are now looking forward to their next big event. We also had a great team representing us in the Monivea Run in the Woods 5k on Sunday. Unfortunately results are not available just yet but Tuam AC scored some major results including Maura Meenaghan winning the ladies race outright, a very well deserved first place for Maura and we hope it is the first of many. Audrey Greaney also won her category and everybody in the club was delighted and none more so than her father Roger Rushe who also won his category but he was absolutely delighted that Audrey won. Stephen Brady stormed to victory in the M50 category and he is now in top form for the Ironman Wales event that takes place next weekend and consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a full 26.2 mile marathon all one after the other. Finally a reminder that juvenile training resumes this evening Wed 10th Sept @7pm in St Jarlaths College grounds
This years Brooklodge 5k includes a childrens fun run commencing at 12 noon consisting of two categories, under 10 and under 16, 600 metres in length. The main event, the 5k run commences at 12.30. Prizes on the day for top 3(male and female), and for first place in the over 40 category (male and female). Refreshments available following races at (Galway Glamping). Parking available on the grounds of Glamping site again this year- 600 metres from race start. Registration from 10am from the Glamping grounds.
Well done to Jason Broderick who has come out fighting after yet another injury struck year. He was never too far from the front of the nearly 4000 athletes in the Grant Thornton 5k in Dublin, finishing 4th with a breakthrough new PB of 15:30. He's pictured below lining up beside the legendary Cathriona McKiernan.
Good on ya Brodders!
Our speedgolf legend, Rob Hogan sent me a mail there with the subject "my life is complete" :-). You know you have hit the top when you see this in your email:
For anyone that doesn't know who Bernard Lagat is, he is an absolute legend of the track - right up there with the greatest of all time, and a hugely popular cult figure in the running community. As an example, he set the awesome Kenyan 1500m record (3:26!) 13 years ago and it still stands to this day! If I were you Rob I'd frame it and put it on your mantelpiece right center on your Gaylord Focker wall of fame - this is the bigtime right there!
Some more stats from Rob's latest fan below:YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes Representing Kenya 1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1st 1500 m 3:40.99 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd 1500 m 3:32.44 2001 World Indoor Championships Lisboa, Portugal 6th 3000 m 7:45.52 2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd 1500 m 3:31.10 2002 World Cup Madrid, Spain 1st 1500 m 3:31.20 2002 African Championships Radès, Tunisia 1st 1500 m 3:38.11 2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2nd 1500 m 3:42.62 2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 3000 m 7:56.34 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 1500 m 3:34.30 Representing United States 2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 1500 m 3:34.77 2007 1st 5000 m 13:45.87 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 9th 5000 m 13:26.89 2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 1500 m 3:36.20 2009 2nd 5000 m 13:17.33 2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 3000 m 7:37.97 2010 Continental Cup Split, Croatia 1st 3000 m 7:54.75 2010 1st 5000 m 13:58.23 2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 2nd 5000 m 13:23.64 2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 3000 m 7:41.44 2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th 5000 m 13:42.99 2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 6th 5000 m 13:29.24 2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 2nd 3000 m 7:55.22
Two big events planned for Tuam AC in the coming weeks. First up is a club members one mile time trial which will take place on Thursday 11th Sept at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to find out just how fast you can run a mile and everybody who runs on the night will receive their own individual accurate time for a mile. Entry fee is only €2 and all proceeds go to the IMNDA. Meet at Tuam swimming pool car park at 7pm. The next big event is a bit further when a team of Tuam AC members are going to run from Eyre Square to The Square in Tuam on Saturday 20th Sept 2014. Full exclusive details including competitors, recent form and starting prices will appear here next week. This event is also a fundraiser for IMNDA so please support our team on Sat 20th in Tuam. There was two big races over the last 7 days with the Clonbur Half Marathon and Oranmore 5k taking place. Derek Naughton was our sole representative on the very tough Clonbur course and finished the 13.1 miles in 1hr 34 mins which is superb running and that was after a week of very hard training. We had a number of runners taking part in the Oranmore 5k last Wednesday evening including the ever improving Justin Lane who recorded a massive pb when he finished in 23.08 and we were also delighted to see Peter Tierney in action for Tuam AC and he finished in 24.01. Our ladies were very well represented and the first Tuam AC lady home in the green vest was Elaine McHugh who had a great run 25.06 and she was followed by three of our newer members Olivia O’Grady, Julie Murphy and Marian Murphy who all finished in just a few seconds over 30 mins . Great running all round from the Tuam athletes and the mile could be very interesting ??
GCH Juvenile training commences on Sunday 7th September at the track in Dangan.
Training times as follows;
Sunday 10.30am -12pm 7 year old-18 year olds
Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm 10 year olds -18 year olds.
Friday 7pm-8.30pm 9 year olds -18 year olds.
Cost is 2 euro per session.