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Wonderful Day of Colour!

Craughwell AC - 18 September, 2016 - 23:59

The club had such a fantastic day on Saturday at our Yeats College Colour Run and Xyea Family 5k and with the Operation Transformation team.

After a whirlwind few days since Tuesday when the Operation Transformation team selected our event for their final challenge, a huge effort from an army of helpers within the club got the show on the road early Saturday morning. The Operation Transformation team arrived around 9.30am and it was pretty much non-stop action from then on. I won’t stay too much about it until the show goes out on air on Wednesday night at 9.35pm but it was such an amount of fun for everyone … the celebs, the experts and Craughwell AC. Thankfully our high jump bar survived the challenge and is still intact!

The highlight of the day was the colour run where over 400 people took part. It was like a scene out of a war movie when the colour bombs were thrown in the air at the race start – remarkable scenes and something to look forward to on Wednesday night when we get to see it properly on RTE.

The club had a good turnout also for its inaugural Family 5k with the family trophy being won in style by the Noonan triplets. Full results are here:- 5kresults.pdf

The club have a huge number of people and organisations to thank and we will get a full list up here later in the week but I just wanted to give special mention to our race sponsors Yeats College and Xyea for their very generous sponsorship of the races. Pictured below is Pat Reidy of Xyea presenting the Family Trophy to the fastest family in the 5k race - the famous Noonans! And Terry Fahy of Yeats College presenting a sponsorship cheque to a coloured Mike Tobin.


Upcoming Events for Juveniles

Galway City Harriers - 16 September, 2016 - 21:59

Upcoming Events for young juveniles

The Galway Cross Country Competitions will take place over the first two Sundays in October and it’s an ideal event for athletes of all abilities.   Club members can sign up at Training. 

Athletes will need to have a Club Singlet to compete and they can be purchased at the Track for €15.


The Race Distances are as follows for each age group

                                                       Girls                      Boys         




































Sun 2nd Oct - County Cross  Country  Day 1 – Palace Grounds, Tuam

Events for Under 10/12/14/16/18


Sun 9th October – Galway Cross Country Day 2 -  Bushfield , Loughrea

Events for U9/11/13/15/17/19


There will be no training in Dangan on 2nd or 9th October for the young juveniles  as  the coaches will be attending these events.


Categories: Juvenile News

Operation Transformation Coming to Craughwell!!

Craughwell AC - 15 September, 2016 - 14:22

The world is coming to Craughwell this Saturday!!

Celebrity Operation Transformation are on their way to our Colour Run and 5k Race this Saturday. With the races sponsored by Xyea and Yeats College, what was a relatively big event has become a HUGE event with the TV cameras rolling from 11am to 3pm!!!

Here’s a word from Jill (one of the Producers) to help tease out these stories:- 

Our celebs & experts are really looking forward to trying their hand (or foot as it may be) at athletics in Craughwell this Saturday. They’ll be shaking down the grounds in the group Zumba at 11AM & trying keep up with all of you in the colour run at little later. We’re welcoming stories to try & involve as many people as possible so please get in touch & tell me yours jillwalshe@gmail.com See you all Saturday at 11! Jill :-)

So if you live in Galway, Craughwell is the place to be this Saturday with a busy program of activities for the celebs, their experts, our members and the general public.

The fun starts with the cameras rolling from 11am when everyone will try their hand at ZUMBA dancing led by instructors from our newest addition to the local community FITTSteps Training Studio. Just prior to Zumba, we want to take a massive group shot of everyone with the Operation Transformation team. Your moment to smile on TV :-) So please get there early to get into the group shot!!

Then at 11.30am the Operation Transformation celebs and experts will try their hand at athletics under the watchful eye of our coaches, trying their hand at high jump, long jump, hurdles, shot putt and javelin!!! Tokyo 2020 here we come!

After this, the cameras will move into position for our colour run which gets going at 12.30pm. This will be on grass on our new athletics ground beside the school. Its best to wear a white T-shirt for this as you will look messier in it after a good dousing with 6 different colours! Don’t worry about getting rid of the colour afterwards, its washable, edible, unsmellable, everythingelseable paint. The only ones to have to worry are the bleached blondes, so to all the men and women with bleached blonde hairdos, please cover up your hair because it won’t be bleached blonde anymore after the race. (That’s serious by the way, seems there is something about the bleach that makes it stay red green purple blue and yellow afterwards!).

The colour run is on grass with 3 loops of a 350m circuit and a shortcut in the middle for the less energetic. Prepare to get well-coloured!! And we want all local clubs to be welcome to the event – so local GAA, soccer, athletic clubs from all around, cubs, beavers, Foroige, ICA, Active Retirement etc etc you are all most welcome. We want a crowd and it will be amazing fun and ye all might be on the telly! Try not to trip a celebrity or expert on the way around the colour run – we don’t want to interrupt their transformation!

There will be refreshments throughout the day and goodie bags for the kids in the colour run and prizes for the 5k – more details on the prizes tonight. And a tip if not wearing old clothes for the colour run to get the colour out - first soak in COLD water then warm water.

And straight after the colour run, our 5k gets going on the road outside the school at 1.30pm. We are hoping our celebs will be able to launch the 5k and wave the participants off. It depends on how zapped they are have the colour run. So if you are following a celeb and want them to send you on your 5k way, get down to Craughwell this Saturday.

The colour run and 5k are still fund-raisers for our athletics facilities which are being constructed but we are hoping that you have so much fun from being involved that you won’t mind chipping in for the colour run or 5k. Details and link to online registration: http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/5k. We are taking registrations on the day but it saves us some admin if you can get it done online. 

The Operation Transformation team will still be there while the 5k is in progress, interviewing celebs and locals with an interesting personal story to tell of their healthy pursuits. 


Fit4Life Autumn 2016

Craughwell AC - 12 September, 2016 - 18:07

Fit4life Autumn term starts the 14th of September, Wednesday night at 7.30 and Saturday morning at 9, from Senior club track.

Registration from 7.00-7.30 on Wednesday 14th.  First F4L session will begin that evening so have your running gear on!

10 weeks running with a team leader, training plan and a 5k time trial at the end of term. €40 for the 10 weeks and a fitter, happier healthy you. Men and women welcome!
See you at the track.

Directions to track


Photo ©John O'Connor

European Week of Sport

Galway City Harriers - 6 September, 2016 - 15:11
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September 10th to the 18th is designated as the European Week of Sport, to encourage people of all ages to become active. 

Categories: Member Notices

Juvenile Training for 7 to 12 year olds to Recommence after Summer Hols

Galway City Harriers - 5 September, 2016 - 21:30

Training for athletes aged 7 to 12 years will recommence on Sunday 18th Sepember at 10.30am.  Looking forward to seeing you all back after the Summer holidays.

As our membership numbers are large for this age group Parents of athletes aged 7 to 10years need to remain trackside during the training sessions. If you can help out on Sundays during this session please speak to one of the coaches and you can add your name to the Rota.

The Older Sprint Group will recommence in October. Details to follow.


Categories: Juvenile News

Rubber ready to hit the road!

Craughwell AC - 4 September, 2016 - 22:05

View of the sprint track prior to the tartan rubber going on

Help required for Sunday Juvenile Training Sessions

Galway City Harriers - 2 September, 2016 - 20:03

Our Sunday morning training sessions will soon restart for 7 to 12 year olds.   We are currently reaching out to parents for help (on a rota basis) during the Sunday morning sessions.  We want to ensure we have sufficient help to make this session a more beneficial, enjoyable and safe experience for our youngest members.  This session is well structured, fun based and no experience of athletics is required as a helper.  All our coaches are Volunteers and the Club is entirely dependent  on people who generously give their free time to  train and support our athletes. Please forward your name to gchjuvenile@gmail.com if you can help us in any way and if you helped us last season please advise if you can continue to support us this season.  Many thanks 

Categories: Juvenile News

Juvenille Cross Country Training

Galway City Harriers - 2 September, 2016 - 14:28

Cross Country Training will resume on Sunday 4th September in Dangan for athletes who are interested in competing in the upcoming Cross Country races.

This training is suitable for athletes born 2005 and older only.

This group will also train on Friday nights at 7pm.

Details of training for younger groups and the sprint group to follow soon.

Categories: Juvenile News

Important Track Fees Information

Galway City Harriers - 2 September, 2016 - 14:24

The GCH Track Sessions on Tuesday evenings are proving to be very popular with significant numbers attending every week. The Final Term of 2016 has begun and all members are invited to participate.

To take maximum advantage of available daylight sessions will continue with a 6:30pm start time for September.

Important notes:

- Meet point for warm-up, drills and the session briefing will be at the Hockey Pitch, not the Athletcis track.

- Track fees are due for those people who have not paid annual fees:
€22 GCH members,
€33 members of other clubs.

- Online payment of fees available here http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/OnlinePayment

Categories: Member Notices

Shauna 6th in Zurich!!

Craughwell AC - 1 September, 2016 - 22:26

What a fantastic achievement from our very own Shauna Bocquet ... the 12 year old budding star places 6th in the U20 400m at the Zurich Diamond League and a new PB. What a wonderful talent and as we all know, so well deserved for such a dedicated athlete. Well done Shauna!!!!!

Best of luck Shauna!!

Craughwell AC - 1 September, 2016 - 05:39

Shauna Bocquet competes this Thursday evening in the biggest event of her young career when taking part in the U20 Women’s 400m Wheelchair race in the Zurich Diamond League. Despite her young age, the Ardrahan star was invited to take part in the illustrious Diamond League due to her impressive performances on the track this year – an historic achievement for an athlete from the club and Shauna travels to Zurich with the good wishes of the entire club and the local community!!!

Shauna is pictured below in action in Belfast last weekend where she raced to a 2 second PB in the 800m with 2.17.33.

And is also pictured below receiving a training grant of €100 from club chairperson Marion McEvilly in recognition of her selection for the Zurich Diamond League - a truely unique achievement and one that the club is so proud of for Shauna.




Juvenile Cross Country Training

Galway City Harriers - 30 August, 2016 - 21:19

Cross Country Training will resume on Sunday 4th September in Dangan for athletes who are interested in competing in the upcoming Cross Country races. This training is suitable for athletes born 2005 and older only. This group will also train on Friday nights at 7pm.

Details of training for younger groups and the sprint group to follow soon.

Categories: Juvenile News

Resumption of juvenile athletics

Craughwell AC - 29 August, 2016 - 00:15

Athletics will resume over the next week or two as follows:

  • Senior Infants: Wed 14th Sept 5.30pm
  • First class: Thurs 8th 6pm
  • U9s: Tues 6th Sept 5.30pm
  • U10s Thurs 8th Sept 6pm
  • U11s: Tues 6th Sept 6.30pm
  • U12s: Mon 5th Sept 6.15pm
  • U13s Mon 5th Sept
  • U14s: Tues 30th Aug 7.30pm
  • U15s: Tues 30th Aug 8.15pm
  • U16s: Tues 30th Aug 8.15pm
  • U17s: Tues 30th Aug 8.15pm
  • U18/Older - Michael: Tues 30th Aug 8.15pm
  • U18/Older - Trish: to be confirmed


For details of all training times, click here.

Little Athletics for Senior Infants

Craughwell AC - 28 August, 2016 - 23:51

Craughwell Athletic Club are starting a new training group for children in Senior Infants class. The training will be at 5.30-6.30pm on Wednesday evenings at the Astroturf. It is hoped to commence on Wednesday 14th September.

The session will be coordinated by Mark Gillen who is our Club Development Officer. But we need help from parents of children in this age group to get involved in the coaching. The club will provide training for new coaches but initially it is really very simple fun and games with the gradual introduction of athletics.

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.

Parents, please don’t be daunted by getting involved – it’s easy and is an incredibly rewarding volunteer activity, seeing the kids you coach learn new skills, making friends, having fun and enjoying participating in competitions. If interested in helping, please contact Mark at 086 8162637 or markgillenster@gmail.com.

Facility Progress Gathers Pace!!

Craughwell AC - 25 August, 2016 - 00:28

Work is proceeding at pace on the club’s fine new facilities in Crinnage with the construction of an international standard sprint straight 8 lanes wide and 140m long with a 9m long jump pit at the end.

Work is expected to be completed mid-September just in time for what the club hope will be a major family event with the inaugural Family 5k and children’s colour run on Saturday September 17th.

The 5k commences at the school and runs the Grenage loop while the colour run takes place on the club’s new grass running routes. The club are appealing to individuals and families to take part in the 5k either walking or jogging it to raise much needed funds for the facility development.

Every cent raised is ploughed back into the facility. The club is pleased also to welcome on board the sponsors for the event with the Family 5k being sponsored by software development company Xyea and the Children’s Colour Run being sponsored by Yeats College.

The event will be accompanied by athletics fun and games for younger children while parents and older siblings run the 5k race. There are prizes for the fastest individuals in the 5k race and for the fastest families with the cumulative times of 3 members of the same family counting in the 5k.



So please get on board and take part in our event on September 17th. You can sign up here:- http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/5k.

There are other ways to support us too by joining our Lotto or by making a direct donation to our facility. Details for signing up to our lotto are at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/lotto.

An added incentive for signing up to the Lotto is that you get annual membership of our Sports and Recreation Park as part of the deal. Membership works out at €1 a week – excellent value for use of a facility which is lit up to 11pm each night, where you can park your car safely and go for a walk or run on nice grass routes and in time, on a gravel route around the perimeter. 

Please please support us by taking part in the 5k and colour run or supporting the lotto. Facilities like what we are building do not come cheap. Our total spend on the sprint lanes, lights, long jump area, high jump area and carpark/roadway comes to very close to €200,000. We got a grant of €100k but the other €100k has to come from loans and fund-raising. We are building one of the finest community facilities in the country so it is very worthy of your financial support.

The pictures below show how the development of the sprint lanes have been progressing this past few weeks.

 16 June 2016

15 August 2016

16 August 2016

22 August 2016

24 August 2016



Athletes Compete in National Community Games

Craughwell AC - 24 August, 2016 - 23:52

Craughwell's U13 Mixed Relay Team at the National Community Games Finals in Athlone

A small group of athletes from the parish travelled to the National finals of the Community Games last weekend to battle it out for National honours. There were no medals on this occasion but many fine performances from the athletes against the best in the country and they can be proud of their achievements in being the Galway champions and making it to this level. The athletes were Cormac McFadden and Grace Lynch in the U10 60m hurdles, the U12 girls relay team of Erin Kelly, Ailish Burke, Fauve Aylmer and Jade Moorhead, the U13 mixed relay team of Robert Urquhart, Padraig Martyn, Emma Jane Moran and Ava Finn, Rebecca Lynch in the U14 javelin, Kyle Moorhead in the U14 800m, Padraig Martyn in the U14 long jump and Ryan Gallagher in the U16 high jump.


Craughwell's U12 Girls Relay Team at the National Community Games Finals in Athlone

Damian Settles into McNeese!

Craughwell AC - 24 August, 2016 - 23:44

Damian pictured on arrival at McNeese University

Best wishes to Damian again - he made the long journey last week to McNeese and is getting settled in as we speak.


Damian being presented with a Certificate of Achievement and some club gear by Nessa Gillen and Michael Tobin
to mark his unique achievement in becoming the first athlete from the club
to go on scholarship to the United States


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