The singlets are washed, the spikes are cleaned, the excitement is building as Sunday's Galway Outdoor Track & Field approaches! With the addition of some events for U8s this year and the further addition of U12 hurdles, its a bulging program of events that starts at 10am in the morning and is scheduled to end around 6.30pm. There are 527 athletes entered which includes a massive 180 from Craughwell AC.
Its an exciting time for the club what with the development of improved facilities and huge participation rates across all age groups. With a new senior infants group just started and competition entering its summer season, there are busy months ahead. Coupled with this the club was confirmed as the 2nd largest juvenile club in the country in the latest AAI figures with 436 junior/juvenile members. And with 131 adult members comprising 36 juvenile coaches and 95 senior/master members, the clubs combined total of 567 members makes it the 3rd largest in the country - a wonderfu achievement for a club whose membership is drawn largely from a handful of rural parishes.
The timetable for Sunday is here. Best of luck to all of our participants - hopefully you will enjoy participating in the events and come home with a smile on your face and hopefully the weather smiles on us too.
Senior and Intermediate Boys 800m Athletes
Ben Garrard (4th Intermediate), Jack Miskella (3rd Senior), Odhran Keane (1st Senior)
A long but enjoyable day of track and field took place in Athlone yesterday with the South Connacht Schools Championships where large numbers from the club took part representing their schools.
The day kicked off at 10am and went full throttle until 7.15pm that evening when the last relay race completed – a long day for participants and an even longer day for the hard-working officials. The club had teenagers in action from Presentation Athenry, Calasanctius Oranmore, Loughrea VS, St Raphael’s Loughrea, Seamount Kinvara, Athenry VS and The Bower Athlone with many fine performances in blustery but sunny weather conditions.
Timetable for this Sunday attached below. Please note that all times are provisonal so please aim to arrive an hour before the listed time and please don't be harsh on officials if times change. The intention of giving this level of detail on times is to allow parents and coaches make rough calculations of times if the event runs ahead or behind. As you can see, there are alot of participants and its hard to accurately timetable an 8 hour program of events of this scale.
Details for the Galway Senior/Masters/Junior Track and Field Championships 2016 have been announced
Venue – Dangan , Galway
Day One - Sunday 15th May
Track ( Electronic timing)
- 100/110 hurdles
- 400m hurdles
- race walk
- long jump
- triple jump
- high jump
- shot putt
Can all members have their entries into firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 7th May.
Entry is €5 for two events or €10 for two or more.
Craughwell AC hosted last nights second race in the Galway Renault 5k Series this evening 3rd May 2016. Always a contender for a PB course with a FAST start this year saw a huge number of runners come from far and wide to take on the second leg of the series.
The weather was a lot better than last week, with the sun shining amongst some intermittent clouds and aside from the little wind there was no reason for complaints!!!
730 runners took part this week. The route was the same as previous years, starting at the Craughwell national School, running fast downhill for the first km, turning left in the village towards Ballymore with a slightly undulating course to the end.
In the Men’s race John Greaney (GCH) stormed home to first in 16:12, followed in second place by Owen Byrne (GCH) in 16:21 and in third was Brian Furey (Rathfanham) in 16:24.
In the Women’s race Regina Casey (GCH) won in 17:36. Regina is having a phenomenal year already and just finished second in the West of Ireland’s Mini Marathon on Sunday. Barbara Dunne (GCH) was second in 18:18, and Grainne Ni Uallachain (GCH) was third in 18:36
Phenomenal stuff from GCH taking 5 out of 6 top spots!!!
Congrats to Martin Kearney who had a massive PB of 18:15, all those marathon miles have paid off. Ronan Diraane broke 18 mins in style in 17:47. Niamh Hennelly had a fabulous PB of 18:38, along with Eilis Ni Dhuill in 19:24, Nessa DeBurca almost broke 20 mins so watch this space and Marie Boyle improved on last weeks’ time and is approaching Sub 20 too, go on ladies!!!!!
A massive congrats to all who took part, organised, marshalled and cheered on the runner………..here’s to next week in Loughrea!!!Categories: Member NoticesSenior Results
Craughwell Community Games were held on the new athletics grounds in Crinnage for the first time at the weekend. There was a good turnout on a blustery day with plenty of excitement in the air. The historic first track & field event to be held on the new grounds were the Preschool Girls and Boys 20m races and they were appropriately won by Lena and Tom Glennon from the sports-mad Glennon family! Well done to all who took part and thank you to everyone who helped as officials on the day. A summary of the leading competitors in each event follows:-
Galway City Harriers AC, one of Ireland’s largest athletics club, will host the 31st running of the famous Streets of Galway 8K road-race on Saturday 6th August 2016 (7pm). This event is the jewel in the crown of Galway city racing events, as a stunning summer evening run through the town centre, culminates in a beautiful 2K section along the promenade at Salthill and finishes with a flourish at the Claddagh basin.
The event was first staged in 1986 and the ethos from the start to the present day has always been “sport for all”. The race attracts runners of all standards and ages from all over Ireland and abroad - from elite international-standard athletes, to athletics club runners, competitors from other sports and fun-runners, joggers and walkers alike.
You can also follow us on Facebook again this year at: https://www.facebook.com/StreetsOfGalway and our Twitter handle is @StreetsofGalway
We look forward to your company for a great night of sporting endeavour in the city of the tribes.Categories: Streets of Galway
Despite the absense of sunshine on the first day of summer today, it was time to hold the first ever high jump training session on the club's new high jump facility at our new grounds. Alot of work has taken place in the last 4 weeks to construct a roadway and carpark into the grounds and then a 20x20m high jump area - and its all coming together nicely now. With more floodlighting and tartan sprint lanes to go in over the summer, we should have alot of what we need locally in place by the end of this year.
The honour of being the first ever to high jump on the new facility went to Aisling Keady and she was followed swiftly by Lorraine Delaney, Aoife Walsh, Freya Bohan, Katie O'Donoghue and Gavin Cooney. Being able to jump regularly and locally will be of tremendous assistance to our large group of talented high jumpers in the years ahead, so its super that it is all coming together.
High Jump History Makers
Gavin Cooney, Aisling Keady, Aoife Walsh, Lorraine Delaney, Freya Bohan, Katie O'Donoghue
Craughwell Community Games will take place this bank holiday Monday May 2nd from 3pm to 6pm as the astroturf and adjacent athletics field.
You don't need to be a member of the athletic club to take part - 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.
It promises to be an entertaining event with the following events in each age group. Children can take part in as many events in their age group as they wish. Entry fee is €5 per family - mainly to cover costs of medals.
- 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
Note spikes are not allowed in running shoes for U12s and younger in the community games. U14s and older may wear them.
A provisional timetable will be published in this article later today.
For more information, contact Mike Tobin at 087 6591879 or Tracy Moran at 087 8810737.
Galway City Harriers kicked off the 5k Series at Ballybrit Race Course this evening 26th April 2016. The Series this year has been carefully coordinated by GCH’s Gerry Carty and also sponsored by Galway’s Bradley Renault.
Race Director for the GCH leg was Connaght Cross Country Champion, Niamh Hennelly, her second year to coordinate the race on behave of the club, so a very big thank you to Niamh and her team for all their efforts and a special thanks to the field of marshals from the club who were on form with their support and encouragement. Well done everyone on a very successful race.
The weather, as always, couldn’t decide what it wanted to do throughout the day, it was sunny, cold, hot, windy, wet, we even had hail stones you name it but once the race began it was head down for the runners into the wind (and a small shower)!!! With cold and windy conditions 734 brave souls took to the two loop course. The route was a reverse of the previous course in 2014, which took runners down the dreaded hill this time – TWICE J, unfortunately though this was met by a head wind into the incline at 2k and 4k to home………but none the less we all survived and there was lots of smiles at the end!!!
In the Men’s race Philip Niland (Celbridge AC) took first place in a time of 16.55, followed in second place by Owen Byrne (GCH) in an even 17 minutes and in third was Timmy Glavey (Mayo AC) in 17.09.
In the Women’s race Deirdre Brophy (Athenry AC) who is having a phenomenal year already took the winning title in the first race of the series in 19.39, followed by Caroline Whirskey (Loughrea AC) in 20.09 and in third by Martina Dempsey in 20.14.
Congrats to Marie Boyle who was 4th lady home and her son Ronan Dirrane who was 9th overall…..it must be the genes!!!!
Galway City Harriers were low in numbers this week due to marshalling duties but watch this space in the forthcoming weeks!!!
A massive congrats to all who took part, organised, marshalled and to Galway Race Course for the venue………..here’s to next week in Loughrea!!! Keep up the good work!!!Fit4LifeMember NoticesSenior Results
A massive well done to Shauna Bocquet who won the U14 grade in the London Mini-Marathon today. Well done Shauna and coach/dad Loic !!!!!
Aisling Keady, Aoife Walsh and Caoilin Milton at the Dublin Graded Meet in Santry Stadium
A small group of Craughwell AC athletes made the trip to Dublin during the week for the first evening meet of the 2016 Dublin Graded Series. The series comprises 8 Wednesday evenings throughout the summer and is ideal preparation for the forthcoming track & field season or for attempting a few PBs in graded races.
Aoife Walsh leaped an impressive 1.45m to take 2nd place in the high jump with Aisling Keady 3rd in 1.40m and Caoilin Milton clearing 1.25m on her first time in individual high jump in quite a while. Gavin Cooney had a good season’s opener in the 800m when running 2.08.70 to take 3rd place in the Men’s 800m B race. While late in the evening in chilly conditions, Aisling Keady ran a strong 100m to take 2nd place in the Women’s 100m B race in a time of 13.46 with Caoilin Milton hot on her heels in 3rd place in a time of 13.59 and Aoife Walsh a little further back in 14.52. Full results are on the Dublin athletics website.
The remaining 7 meets in the Series are listed below and with Dublin only a short 95-ish-minute drive up the motorway on a Wednesday evening, how better to spend your time than spin up to the graded meet and give it a blast for a PB in a stress-free non-championship event. Sure what else would you be doing on a Wednesday evening! Each day kicks off at 7pm and you can register online up to 1pm on the day of the event. Click on the program below for more details.
Conor Duggan (University College Dublin) and Sineád Gaffney (University of Limerick)
at the Irish Universities Track & Field Championships in Santry
Conor Duggan and Sineád Gaffney both represented their colleges with distinction at the Irish Universities Track & Field in Santry at the weekend with both athletes helping their college to take the silver medals in the 4x400m relay with Sineád featuring on the University of Limerick women’s team and Conor on the University College Dublin men’s team. Earlier in absolutely terrible weather conditions, Sineád made the final of the women’s 800m where she placed 6th in a time of 2.27.08 while Conor placed 6th in the final of the men’s 200m in a time of 22.55 having earlier ran 11.05 in the 100m semifinals – his fastest season opener to date.
Meanwhile at the Leevale Open Track & Field in Cork, Evan Hallinan made a very worthwhile trip down to the rebel city where he took part in high jump, long jump and hurdles. Evan leaped an amazing 1.40m to take the gold medal in the U12 High Jump and stepped up an age to take the gold in the U13 Long Jump with an equally impressive 4.27m. And for good measure he added bronze in the U12 Hurdles in a time of 11.60. The previous best high jump by an U12 boy in the club was Jack Raftery's 1.36m in 2006 while Jack also holds the U12 record for best long jump with a 4.50m leap the same year. Interestingly Jack's dad and Evan's dad grew up right next door to each other! That corner of the main street in Craughwell can be rechristened jumper's corner!
Sineád in action in the final of the IUAA 800m
(photo from IUAA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/irishuniversitiesathleticsassociation/)
Members of Craughwell AC's fit4youth group who took part in the Loughrea 5k
Claire Callanan, Grace Mortimer, Maria O’Keeffe and Aisling Carr
The few weeks gap between the indoor and outdoor track seasons has afforded the opportunity to some of the club’s athletes to try their hand at the local road race scene with some remarkable success. Shauna Bocquet continues to set the 5k scene alight with some blistering times on the road – most recently in the Loughrea 5k where she raced to a time of 16:38 (a massive PB by 21 seconds) and then in the New Inn 5k with a time of 17:12 and then in the Claregalway 5k which she won with a time of 17.56.
13-year old Kyle Moorhead took a spectacular 12th place overall and 1st U20 in the “Remembering Aoibhe” Renville 5k in an exceptional time of 20:11 and not to be outdone, 13-year old Ailbhe Miskella did likewise in the U20 grade in the New Inn 5k recording a fine time of 21:58 and taking 5th place amongst senior women. Jack Miskella took 2nd place in the Junior Men in New Inn in a time of 18:55 and 11th place overall.
Peadar Harvey raced to 2nd place in the Loughrea 5k in a time of 16.22 while Damien Larkin took 2nd in the New Inn 5k with a time of 16.57 with Gavin Cooney 5th with 18.16. Damien O’Boyle ran an outstanding 32.34 to take 2nd place in the Tubbercurry 10k.
Meanwhile some of the club’s fit4youth group made their road race debut in the Loughrea 5k where Claire Callanan, Grace Mortimer, Maria O’Keeffe and Aisling Carr all completed the 5k course in style and The fit4youth group meet at 8.15pm every Tuesday and Thursday at Craughwell astro-turf where they walk, jog, run (and talk!!) making steady improvements each week. Four of the group decided to take on the Loughrea 5k as a personal challenge and they really took it in their stride and finished mid-pack in the 250-strong race while really enjoying the experience.
The Galway 5km Series sponsored by Bradley Renault is nearly upon us and with many GCH members signed up to particiapate it should make for a great start to the running summer.
Like all good things the series doesn't just happen and there are a few things we'd like some help with before the series kicks off.
- First is an invite to the series launch on Thursday, 21st April at 6:00 pm in Bradley Renault on the Tuam Road.
- Second is a bit of race pack packing. Again on Thursday, 21st April at 7:00 pm in Avaya in the Mervue Business Park.
- Thirdly, as GCH are hosting the first race on Tuesday, 26th April at Ballybrit racecourse we need more help than normal at our leg
- from 5:30pm to help with handing out numbers,
- and 6:30pm for marshalling.
If you're available please let Niamh know at email@example.com
Race DetailsGCH - Tuesday 26 April, 7:30pm - Galway RacecourseCraughwell - Tuesday 3 May, 8:00pm - Community HallLoughrea Tuesday - 10 May, 8:00pm - Temperance HallTuam - Tuesday 17 May, 8:00pm - Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown RoadClaregalway - Tuesday 24 May, 8:00pm - Claregalway Corporate Park, Oranmore RdAthenry - Tuesday 31 May, 8:00pm - Athenry Primary Care Medical CentreCategories: Fit4LifeMember NoticesSenior AthletesSenior NewsSenior RacingImage:
The following dates have been scheduled for this years County Track & Field Championships. There will be no juvenile training on those dates.
U8s to U12s Sunday 8th May 2016 at 10am in Dangan
U13 to U19 & Senior Sunday 15th May 2016 @ 10am in Dangan
Please sign up before Friday 29th April at training if you wish to participate.
Categories: Juvenile News
For any new coaches or parents of new members, the following booklet provides a lot of information on introduction to the sport, the different seasons, the different age groups, the different organisations, etc.
And it then provides details on the structures within the junior club.
The booklet is focussed on junior activities and doesn't currently cover senior activities.
Craughwell AC's highly successful fit4fun athletics summer camp is on again this year, led by coaches and athletes from the club. The camp is an enjoyable mix of fun and games along with learning a range of athletics events including long jump, high jump, sprints, throws and relays. Check out the details below and get your application form in early to Peadar as places will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Flyers will be also be handed out at training and through the schools in the coming days. Click on the link below for the full flyer.
The GCH recipe competition resulted in some very interesting contributions for quick, nutritionus meals suitable for those of us with time pressure post-training. The recipes can all be seen by clicking here.
Prizes were drawn from all entrants at the great GCH social night held in the Oslo in early April, and were won by Marie Sheil, Carmel Brannigan, Vincent Jordan, Marie O'Boyle, Aoife King, and Niamh O'Regan. A big thank you to Marie and Matt for organising and to Fintan for the great Gourmet Tart Company vouchers.
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