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!
The Members Survey showed members are looking to upskill in various ways. One great way to do that is to learn a bit about coaching. Athletics Ireland are conducting an Assistant Coach and GCH will pay the course costs for members and parents of Juveniles.
Course Starts: 10am 17th May in Dangan.
The timetable for this Saturday is now available and can be downloaded from the link below. Please note that the times are provisional and things may move faster or slower than listed. But it will give a reasonable idea of how long the events will take.
The officials list for the day is at:-
Best of luck to all of our athletes who are taking part - we have a huge contingent going in and hopefully everyone enjoys the experience and comes away happy with their performances. Arrive in plenty of time for your events ,,, 9.15am at the latest for anyone in action at 10am.
All of our young athletes should remember that if they run faster, jump further or throw further than they have ever done before, thats a brilliant success and winning a medal is just a nice bonus. Only a few athletes in each event will win medals but lots of athletes can get new personal bests or come close to it and have great fun when doing so.
So best of luck everyone and hopefully the weather will be nice to us!
For the uninitiated :-), Dangan track is just after the Westwood Hotel on the Moycullen road out of Galway city, next to the business park. Check it out on googlemaps.
Best of luck to all Tuam AC members running the Galway 5k Series. This series starts next Tuesday 28th April and continues every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks. It will be held in Athenry, Loughrea, Craughwell, Claregalway, Galway City and finishing up in Tuam on 2nd June. Please submit your race results/reports to Sean our Club PRO.
Congratulations to Margaret McDonagh on winning The Great Lakes Challenge Series. This series was ran over 5 races. Three 10k races and two 8k races. The series started with a 8k in Tourmakeady on 21st February. Margaret finished 2nd in a time of 37:40.She then ran the Clonbur 10k in a time of 46:51 on 1st March finishing in 3rd place. Margaret’s next run was on 7th March and another 8k where she finished 1st in a great time of 36:06. There was a 2 week gap to the next race on 21st March which saw the series in Claremorris. Margaret finished second in the second 10k of the series in a time of 45:53. She had cemented her lead and consistency was standing in her favour.
Four weeks later Margaret turned up in Ballinrobe on 18th April for the last race of the series. She was just recovered from a chest infection but this wasn’t going to stop her from giving it her best. Her husband Jude, her son and 3 daughters cheered her on from the side. Tuam AC members also supported her from the side and some members ran the race. Margaret kept the best to last and ran her quickest 10k of the series in a time of 45:07. She had won the series in style!
Maragaret was not the only Tuam AC athlete running the series. Special mention goes to Jarlath Monaghan who also ran the full 5 races of the series and finished 4th overall in the O40 category. Tommy Joe Whyte won the O50 category in the Ballinrobe race. Derek Naughton finished in a top 10 position and led home the Tuam AC team. Sean Burke was just 30 seconds over 40 mins and Shane Chrisham ran an impressive time of 47:17. Sean O Morain also ran.
I've updated the fixture list at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/2015/fixtures2015.pdf with some confirmed dates for a number of events that hadn't been confirmed until recently:-Thu 30-Apr-15 Secondary School Sth Connacht Secondary Schools Track & Field, Dangan Mon 04-May-15 U6-16 Craughwell Community Games Wed 27-May-15 9.30am Primary School Galway City Sports, Dangan Wed 17-Jun-15 Primary School Christy Kennedy Sports
Please click on the link above for full fixture list.
The National 10k in the Phoenix Park on April 11th was the 3rd event in the GCH Club Challenge 2015. It proved to be a high scoring day in the challenge with 9 participants collecting the 30point medal bonus and two collecting the 10k PB bonus.
In both the mens and women's tables three of the top four slots are taken by our masters runners reflecting very strong national performances by this element of our club.
Below are some of my thoughts and experiences from the Connemarathon 12/04/15- it is longer than I expected but then the marathon is not short! written by Sarah Makem
Another great weekend of racing with the National 10k taking place at the Phoenix Park on Saturday 11th April and the renowned Connemarathon Ultra, Marathon and Half taking place on Sunday 12th April.
On Saturday in Dublin on what is a notoriously hard course especially in the last 5k of the race. This did not deter our GCH athletes who determinedly took to the course to mark their place in this National event!!