Fantastic news filtered its way during the week to three of our most talented athletes Chloe Casey, Jerry Keary and Laura Cunningham each of whom have been selected for Irish U16 and U18 teams to contest the forthcoming Celtic Games international which will be held in Dublin on August 5th.
To be selected to represent your country in any sporting discipline is one of the highest honours that an athlete can aspire to and for three of the club’s athletes to be selected for the same international is just incredible and one of the proudest moments in the history of the club.
It’s no coincidence that all 3 athletes are three of the most consistent athletes at training every week with each having trained more than 100 times in the past 12 months. Its great encouragement for everyone in the club to see their efforts rewarded at the highest levels. And it’s only a matter of time before several other very talented and very dedicated athletes in the club also get called up for Ireland.
Well done Chloe, Jerry and Laura! They are pictured below with Club Chairperson Marion McEvilly after receiving a training grant from the club in support of their endeavours to be the best.
For Chloe, this is her second international vest having been selected last year on the Irish Schools Pentathlon team. On this occasion, Chloe has been selected for the discus on the U16 team – remarkable progress in a new event in such a short space of time and an event which in which this multi-talented athlete has huge potential.
For Jerry, this is also his second international vest having been selected last year on the Irish Schools track and field team, where he went on to take the silver in the high jump against elite opposition. Jerry has again been selected for his favourite event the high jump.
And for Laura, this is her first international vest having gone very close to selection last year in a few competitions. Laura has been selected for the triple jump and it is a just reward for years of hard work and dedication from Laura that commenced way back in 2007 when she joined the club when in 1st class.
Laura’s selection makes her the 18th juvenile athlete from the club who has been selected for international duty, a growing list as follows:
- Ann Loughnane, Race Walk
- Ben Ryan, Mountain running
- Cathriona Farrell, High Jump and Pentathlon
- Chloe Casey, Discus and Pentathlon
- Claire Ryder, Long Jump
- Conor Duggan, 100m and 4x100m
- Conor Gillen, Cross country
- Damien O'Boyle, Cross country and Steeplechase
- Jamie Fallon, Cross country and Mountain running
- Jerry Keary, High Jump
- Laura Cunningham Triple Jump
- Maria McNamara, Pentathlon and Heptathlon
- Nicholas Sheehan, 800m
- Oisin Lyons, Cross country
- Shauna Bocquet, 400m
- Sineád Gaffney, 800m
- Sineád Treacy, 200m and Pentathlon
- Tomas Keehan, High Jump
Big congratulations to Michelle Tobin who won 3 gold medals at the Laois Paralympic Games held today at St Lawrence O’Toole Athletic Club in Carlow. Michelle’s medals came in the shot putt, discus and javelin with PBs in all 3 events. Well done Michelle!
FIXTURES. Please find attached a brief fixture list with some dates to note
The following are upcoming fixtures of note for July.
Track & Field:
Thursday 20th July.Dangan Track @7.45pm: Series of 1 mile time trials. (8, 7,6,5,4 minute) All clubs and athletes welcome.
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July. National Senior Track & Field championships, Morton Stadium, Santry.
Sunday 30th July. Round 2 National Track & Field League
ROAD RACES: Saturday 29th July. Balla 10k, (25th running of) Mayo @7pm
Categories: Fit4LifeMember NoticesSenior News
Thanks to Brendan Glynn for the following report on the GCH Men's National Track & Field League 1st Round of competition, and the summary re Galway County Teams.
Well done the GCH squad who competed in round 1 of the National League in Athlone recently. We had a very much depleted squad with injuries and of course the great Sean Breathnach was captaining the Irish team and unavailable. However the team fought hard and and we’re in 8th place after round 1. 8th is the cutoff to make the final and when we look at the teams behind us – Crusaders AC- 2nd in the final last year, Donore Harriers A/C 4th in final last year – we really need to have a big round 2 to ensure qualification!
Well done to the team!
Diego Alonso Brule Galleguillos made a great debut for the senior team with a fine 4th place finish in the 400mH.
The quartet of Eoghan Dobey, Luke O'Shaughnessy Darren Costello and Shane Canavan came 3rd in the 4x100m - Special thanks to Darren and his mum for making this trip as Darren had to rush home to a match - we love the team spirit!
James Frizzell was a gutsy 4th in the 1500m
Shane Canavan breaks the 50sec 400m barrier again to secure 3rd place and multi talented gains valuable points in the High Jump too.
Robert Meagher shows tremendous class to win the 200m after a long layoff with injury. Rob also secured valuable points in the weight for distance!
Eanna Folan had a great 800m race gaining good points with his 4th place finish
Our 4x400m team was 3rd place! Robert Meagher, Luke O Shaughnessy, Eoghan Dobey and Shane Canavan all stepped up to the plate here.
Brendan Staunton was a point scoring machine with a 1st in the Discus and 4th in the Hammer.
Cliff Jennings as always gained great points with 4th in the Pole Vault and 5th in the Shot putt
Henrique Nkolovata was 5th in the Long Jump and 3rd in the Triple Jump.
Luke gained a valuable couple points for the team in the Javelin!
There were many good performances from GCH as guests too. Eoghan Jennings in the Pole Vault and Brendan Staunton in the Shot Putt. Leonardo Brûlé also had his first 800m race in 30years and shows a lot of promise over the 2 lap event! Leonardo was also fantastic support and took photos of team - we were blessed to have him there!
There was also great support and expertise there with the ever present Matt Lockett, Luis Sc, Thomas McStay, Nicole King, Sonya King and Arran cheering the team and helping all day. There were a bunch of GCH ladies on the Galway County team so it made for very large GCH presence with Rita LaHue, Laura Nally, Cathy MC Kenna, Aoife Sheehy, Lydia Doyle, Emma O Hara, Niamh Hennelly etc.
The Galway ladies team & Galway mens team were there competing on day. The Galway ladies team is comprised of all clubs in Galway including GCH. Sarah Finnegan is team manager and there are many GCH athletes on this team. They were extremely impressive and dominated the ladies premier division. The Galway mens team is comprised of all Galway clubs minus GCH. They’ve started in the first Division but I suspect it’s only a matter of time before they achieve promotion. They had a good day for their first ever outing and they’ll have some big stars available for round 2 and the final. Round 2 takes place on July 30th.
Categories: Senior NewsSenior Results
Well done to everyone who competed in the National Junior & U23 Championships, and in the National Masters Championships, held over the first weekend in July. Great performances from everyone in the heats and finals.The Club had a number of medal receipents:
National Junior & U23 Championships: 100m Junior men - 3rd Cillin Greene, 4x400m Junior men’s relay 2nd GCH (Shane Canavan, Eanna Folan, Aaron Brennan, Thomas McStay).
National Master’s Championships: F70 3k Walk- Maura Loftus 2nd, F45 400m - Majella Loftus 3rd, F35 800m - Kathryn Casserly 3rd.
4x100 and 4x400 Women’s Master relay, GCH 2nd (Majella Loftus, Sonya King, Jean O’Connor, Kathryn Casserly)
M65 5000m - Martin McEvilly 1st. M65 1500m - Martin McEvilly 2nd.
4x400 Master men relay, GCH 3rd (Neil O’Leary, Brian O’Connor, Eamonn Hornibrook, Ronan O’Conghaile).
M35 Discus - Sean Breathnach 1st. M40 Discus & M40 Shot putt – Linas Mitkas 1st.
M50 Discus, Javelin and Shot putt – Cliff Jennings 2nd. M50 Hammer – Cliff Jennings 3rd.
M60 Shot putt – Richard O’Hanlon 2nd.
Categories: Senior NewsSenior Results
The Galway County Half Marathon Championship was held in conjunction with the Athenry Half Marathon in Monivea recently. Well done to all our club members who took part. The following are County medal receipents:
M35 – Diarmuid Hennessey 3rd.
M50 1st. Danny Carr. 2nd Martin Kearney 3rd Seamus King.
Men’s Team: 2nd GCH (Hennessey, Louis Coyne, Carr, Kearney).
W50 1st Carmel Brannigan 2nd Margaret Sheridan.
Women’s Team: 3rd GCH (Brannigan, Sheridan, Bernie Kelly, Cathy Byrne)
Full County Championship results attached.
Categories: Fit4LifeSenior NewsSenior Results
Day 3 of the Championships took place on Sunday in glorious sunshine in Tullamore. Emma Moore got the day off to a brilliant start with a Gold medal in the the U14 Girls 200m in a great new pb of 26.1. Emma is now reigning National Champion in both the 200m and 800m U14 a remarkable achievement from a very hard working athlete.
Darragh Jennings won the club’s second medal of the day with a great throw of 33.45m in the U14 Boys Discus to claim the Silver medal. Darragh also won a bronze medal in the Shot Putt last week.
Seren O'Toole claimed a Silver medal in the U16 Girls 250m hurdles in an impressive time of 37.2. It was great to see Seren back at her best again after suffering a nasty fall in the Tailteann Games recently. It took great courage to find the confidence to hurdle in competition again and put in such a brave performance.
Aoife Sheehy put up a great battle to take Silver in the U18 Girls 400m hurdles in a new pb of 64.63 taking 4 seconds off her previous best time. Aoife ran a strong first 200m which put her in bronze medal contention at the 300m mark but her strength and determination in the home straight resulted in a Silver on the line. As a result of her great effort Aoife has now been selected to represent Ireland in the upcoming Celtic Games to take place in Santry on 5th August along with Clubmate Laura Nally who has been selected on the Irish 4 X 400m relay team.
Diego Brule who won a Bronze medal in the U18 Boys 400m hurdles in 58.55. Diego had to dig deep on the home straight to secure the bronze and his hard work all year certainly paid dividends,
Aaron Brennan put in a terrific performance in the U17 Boys 1500m finishing just outside the medals in 4th place. Thomas McStay also put in a fine performance in the U18 Boys 1500m where he finished 6th in the final after qualifying from the heats earlier in the morning. Other finalists were Eimear Rowe who finished 6th in the U15 Girls 200m final in 27.01 and Luke Daehler 6th in the U14 Boys 200m in 26.54 sec.
In the 'B' Championships on Saturday Joanna Healy finished 5th in the U16 girls final in 14.44 and 6th in the 800m in 2.47, and Kayla McKeon ran a fine time of 9.44 in the U12 Girls 60m.
Categories: Juvenile News
Champions of Ireland - Jerry Keary and Laura Cunningham
Another fantastic day of action in Tullamore saw athletes from the club come away with 5 more medals and many fine performance on the final day of the National Juvenile Track & Field in Tullamore.
It was a big day for Laura Cunningham and Jerry Keary who both claimed National titles in the U18 age group with Jerry claiming the high jump title for the first time and Laura adding the outdoor triple jump title to the indoor one from earlier this year. Jerry had a tiny blip at 1.90m with a knocked bar but got it on his second attempt and the same at 1.93. Then sailing over 1.96m on his first attempt, he heaped the pressure on his opponents. With just 2 left after 1.96m, Jerry had a brilliant leap over 1.99m to take the gold medal. Remarkably despite coming close on a number of occasions, its Jerry’s first National title in the club championships. Laura kept her best 2 jumps until last in the U18 triple jump, moving into the lead on her 5th jump with a fine leap of 10.46m and improving her lead further with a leap of 10.63m on her final attempt. Lorraine Delaney was unlucky in the same triple jump competition to break 3 of her 6 jumps and had to settle for 5th place with a best of 9.59m.
Chloe Casey, Silver Medalist in the U16 Girls Shot Putt at the National Championships
Chloe Casey continued to impress in the throws when adding shot putt silver to the discus silver she won a week ago – heaving the shot out to 12.77 metres on her second throw. This is Chloe’s 3rd National medal of the year and great progress for a very dedicated athlete. Laura Cunningham make it a very special day for herself and the club when taking her second National medal of the day in the U18 Girls high jump, claiming the bronze with a clearance of 1.55m on her first attempt. It’s a rare achievement to win a National medal and to win two on the same day is exceptional. Both Ciana Reidy and Lorraine Delaney were unlucky in the same high jump competition with both clearing 1.50m and going close to clearing the 1.55m but it was not to be with Ciana having to settle for 4th place and Lorraine 7th on countback.
A remarkable day for the club continued with one of the final events of the day where Conor Trehy was in action in the U15 Boys triple jump. This is Conor’s first season of competing in this event and he put in an incredible series of jumps in these National finals – leaping over the 10m mark on four of his six jumps with a best of 10.33 on his third jump claiming the bronze medal.
Conor Trehy, bronze medalist in the U15 Boys Triple Jump at the National Championships
Liam McDonagh and Oisin Keane went close to the medals in the U14 Boys discus with Liam placing 5th with a best of 30.03 and Oisin 6th with a best of 30.00. Again this is the first year the U14s competed in discus and both lads have plenty to look forward to in this event in the future based on today’s performances. Ellie Cronin took 8th place in the final of the U15 Girls 250m hurdles in a time of 39.21 having earlier ran a PB of 39.08 to take 2nd place in heat 2 – a super performance again in her first year of this event. James Furey placed 13th in the U15 Boys high jump with a PB of 1.40m. The club had just 2 athletes in action on the track today in the 1500m races. The 1500s at National level are possibly the toughest events of them all with elite opposition grinding it out over 4 laps of the track on a hot day. Both Sean Cotter and Ciara Sheppard acquitted themselves very well against the nation’s best with Sean placing 12th in the U15 Boys race in 4.44.73 and Ciara placing 13th in the U16 Girls race in 5.53.74.
Meanwhile a day earlier 3 of our U13s travelled to Tullamore for the National B Championships with all 3 girls putting in excellent performances. Fauve Aylmer had a brilliant run to win her heat of the U13 80m in a time of 12.04 and went on to place 8th in the final. Later in the day Fauve had a fine run in the U13 600m, knocking over 2 seconds off her PB with a time of 1.55.35. Erin Kelly had a good series of jumps culminating with a 1.15m clearance in the U13 high jump while Maireád Tucker jumped strongly in the U13 long jump with a best of 3.50m.
So that wrapped up the juvenile track and field season for another year. With 11 medals over the 3 days of National finals and a large participation, the club is punching above its weight at National level – all testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coaches and their parents. There are no short-cuts to National success and it’s great to see so many of our athletes making it at the top level and so tough on many more who train just as hard and come up just short of the medals. But they live to fight another day and I am certain we will see many of those athletes on the National podium in the next 12 months. I will publish a statistical summary of the season later in the week for those who like stats.
Massive congratulations to Galway's Alanna Lally formerly of GCH and now of UCD and Ireland, who finished 4th today in the final of the European U23 800m. Our athletes have competed with Alanna on Pres Athenry teams and against Alanna on GCH teams on many occasions in the past.
Coming 4th in the final of a major international is an amazing achievement and to come within inches of a medal incredible.
She was always right up there at the top and a great inspiration to all involved in the sport in Galway to see her make such an impressive mark on the European stage.
Well done Alanna! And well done to her parents Clodagh and Dave who travel the country and continent with her. And well done to her current coaches in UCD and to her former coaches and clubmates in GCH.
A video of the race is here for anyone that wants to catch it https://youtu.be/d1w4GngDS50.
Alanna pictured below receiving the trophy for the most successful school at the Irish Schools Track & Field Championships in 2010, pictured with Craughwell athletes Jessica Heneghan, Claire Ryder, Sinead Gaffney and Maria McNamara.
Well time is almost upon us again Week One of Summer camp starts on Monday next 17th July. Thanks to all those who have already sent in their bookings. Places are filling up but we still have availability for anyone who is still interested in joining us for aweek of fun.
The camp proves to be very enjoyable and is a great place to learn new activities and skills while having fun. Lots of new friends to make, and a chance to spend time with friends we haven't seen in some time. All this with hopefully good weather promises to make for a good week of fun, enjoyment and learning.
Please arrive a little earlier than 9.30am on Monday to allow for registration and allow the day of fun to begin as soon as possible. There will be the opportunity to register on the day for those who haven't managed to get forms in before the day.
Please remember to pack following items for all camp attendees
Healthy packed lunch, (we usually have 2 short breaks) Tracksuit or shorts depending on the weather, Runners, Hat, A light rain jacket (just in case) Please apply suncream prior to arrival if the day proves to be bright and sunny.
Just a quick note re August Camp
I am aware that the Bank Holiday is later than usual and that we have Camp arranged for that week. Camp will commence on the Bank Holiday Monday and run to the Friday as was advertised.
If anybody requires an application form or further information, I can be contacted at [email protected] or 087 9390366.
Day 1 & 2 of the 2017 National Championships took place over the weekend in warm weather conditions in Tullamore. Three athletes claimed National Titles in what was a hugely successful weekend for the Club.
Day 1 got off to great start with Gold for Emma Moore in the U14 Girls 800m in a great time of 2.17, with Emma dominating the race from the gun her final kick with 150m to go was a step too far for her rivals. Eanna Folan won the second Gold medal for the Club in the U19 boys 3000m on Day 2. Eanna stayed with the leading pack throughout the race and kicked with 200m to go to seal a great victory in a time of 8.55 and the national title. Jack Dempsey kept his cool under pressure in the final race of the day and was the well deserved winner of the National title in the U19 boys 100m. Jack got the perfect start and gained an early lead in the first 20m, he held on for Gold in an excellent time of 11.02.
Lydia Doyle ran a new personal best time of 14.43 to take silver in the U18 girls 100m hurdles and was just 1/100th of a second off the winner Deirdre Murray, Lydia also finished 6th in the U18 girls 100m on Day 2. Bryan Ndego returning to competition this year secured a silver medal in the U19 boys High Jump. Thomas mcStay ran a terrific race in the U18 Boys 3000m to take silver in a time of 9.03.
Aaron Brennan who has been so close to the podium on a number of occasions this year got his just reward on Day 2 in the U17 boys 3000m where in secured a bronze medal in a sprint finish on the home straight. Aaron ran a fine time of 9.03 to take third place. Darragh Jennings has added a bronze medal to 2017 collection. He had a fine throw of 12.34m in the U14 Boys Shot Putt. Darragh also finished 9th in the U14 Boys 800m final on Day 2.
GCH had a number of finalists too over the weekend who put in some fine performances. Laura Nally finished 4th in the U18 Girls 400m in a time of 59.4 while her team mate Aoife Sheehy finshed 6th in the same race. Eimear Rowe ran 2.24, a new personal best in the U15 Girls 800m finishing 7th overall. Luke Daehler ran a great new personal best of 10.34 in the U14 boys 80m heats and finished 8th in the final. Ava McKeon ran a good time of 1.45 in the U13 girls 600m finishing 9th overall , with Isabella Burke in 13th position in the same race. Dennis Onuoha placed 9th in the U17 Boys 800m and Darragh Ward placed 14th in the U16 Boys 800m.Categories: Juvenile News
A super weekend of action at the National juvenile finals in Tullamore saw many brilliant performances and personal bests, six of which resulted in National podium finishes for some of our super athletes.
Evan Hallinan put in an amazing series of jumps in the U13 Boys high jump commencing with a first-time clearance of 1.35m and culminating with a first-time clearance of 1.56m to take the National title and in the process equal the U13 National record in this event. Only a handful of athletes in the club have set or equalled National records and it is an incredibly impressive achievement to jump or equal the highest jump ever by an athlete of the same age in the National Championships.
Chloe Casey was in 4th place in the U16 Girls discus after 3 throws with a best of 26.34m and went on to smash this on her 5th throw with a powerful 28.61m. Chloe’s throw eclipses the previous club junior record held by Emma Urquhart for this event and also the club senior record held by Sarah Finnegan. And continuing the club’s success in the throws, Niamh Duffy heaved the 2kg shot putt out to an impressive 8.64m in the U12 Girls event to add the National outdoor silver to her bronze medal from the National indoors. Also in the silver medals, Jade Moorhead had a magnificent series of jumps in the U13 Girls high jump to clear 1.45m and take the silver medal, a huge improvement for Jade in this event having placed 12th in the National indoors with a best of 1.30m.
And in the U18 Girls pole vault, Ciana Reidy leaped an impressive 2.40m to take the bronze medal in an event that Ciana only took up this year. The weekend concluded with a fantastic bronze medal for Lukas Schukat in the U14 Boys high jump where he leaped a splendid 1.58m to claim bronze in stiff competition, a new PB and an age group record within the club and Lukas’ second time on the National podium having medalled as an U12 indoors in 2015. It was a great weekend for Lukas having earlier placed 8th in the U14 long jump with 4.73m. And hard luck to Aughagower’s Thomas Gannon who placed 4th in the high jump and was just pipped for a medal by Lukas but in the true spirit of sportsmanship, both he and his mum/coach Breffni warmly congratulated Lukas after the event.
Ciana Reidy bronze medalist in U18 Girls Pole Vault pictured with
silver medalist Ciara Hickey (Blarney/Inniscara AC) and gold medalist Clodagh Walsh (Abbey Striders AC)
There were further impressive performances in the U14 boys hurdles where Conor Hoade and Robert Urquhart both made the final of the U14 75m hurdles with Conor racing to 4th place in a time of 11.89 and Robert taking 8th place in a time of 12.33 and both boys breaking the club’s age group record for this event.
Ben Garrard was another in fine form with a tactical 2.02.54 in the heats of the U19 800m to take the 3rd automatic qualification spot and went on to place 5th in the final with an impressive 2.01.82 only 2 hours later. Laura Cunningham had a good series of jumps in the U18 Girls long jump to place 6th with a best of 4.74m while Lorraine Delaney placed 9th with a best of 4.67m, Shauna Tobin 10th with a best of 4.27m and Arlene Earls 11th with a best of 4.08m. Arlene went on later to record a fine 2.32.38 when taking 9th place in the final of the U18 Girls 800m. Siona Lawless made it into the final rounds of the U17 Girls long jump where she placed 7th with a best of 4.65m.
Ellie Cronin took 5th place in the U15 girls high jump with a clearance of 1.50m and later placed 11th in the long jump with 4.37m. Garvin Surlis placed 7th in the U16 Boys Triple Jump with 9.85m and 9th in the long jump with 4.84m. Kyle Moorhead had a brilliant run to take 8th place in the final of the U16 Boys 800m in a time of 2.11.59 only a fraction of a second away from his PB while Oisin Lyons raced to a 2.03.17 to take 7th place in in the heats of the U18 800m.
There were many more fine performances over the 2 days including Elisha Larkin 6th in the heats of the U15 100m in 13.52; James Furey 10th in the U15 javelin with 21.02; Liam McDonagh 10th in the U14 javelin with 29.64 and Oisin Keane 13th with 28.27; Saoirse Moore 12th in the U14 high jump with 1.30 and Saoirse Pierce 14th with 1.25; Rebecca Lynch 11th in the U14 long jump with 4.38 and 13th in the javelin with 20.04; Hannah Hynes 11th in the U14 discus with 15.73m; Cian Lavan 6th in the heats of the U13 hurdles in a PB time of 11.17 and 16th in the high jump with 1.25; Calvin Ryan 15th in the U13 high jump with 1.30; Aoibhe Fahy 15th in the U13 shot putt with 6.94 and unlucky to foul her throws in the U13 javelin; Jade Moorhead 16th in the U13 long jump with 3.14m; Chloe Hallinan 10th in the U12 long jump with 3.91 and Grace Lynch 16th with 3.20; Izzy Fitzgerald 16th in U12 high jump with 1.10; Niamh Duffy 7th in the heats of the U12 60m in 9.12; Evan Moran 10th in the U12 long jump with 3.83 and 16th in the high jump with 1.20 and 6th in the heats of the 60m in 8.90; Eddie Silke 13th in the final of the U12 600m in a time of 1.55.24.
The Galway County 10,000m track championships were held on a warm ,muggy evening at Dangan, on Thursday evening 6th July last. Conor Dolan, a recent re-signing for GCH, put on a superb display of front running, to take victory and the County title in a time of 35.14. Rob Lennon of Castlegar AC ran a great race to claim silver in 35.26, with Daire Comer of Tuam AC running a well paced race to win bronze in 36.56 . Brian O Connor and Pat Sherry won the Masters golds in M35 and M50 categories . Many thanks to the officials who assisted including Jean O Connor, Keith Fallon, PJ Coyle, and Emily Bruton among others , and well done to all who completed the gruelling 25 lap event !Categories: Senior News
The club wishes to express its deepest deepest sympathies to the parents, relatives, friends, classmates, club-mates and coaches of Callum Holly who died tragically at the weekend. Callum was a member of Athenry Juvenile AC and Predator Triathlon Club and many of our members would know him through school and through sport. May he rest in peace. Funeral arrangements are on rip.ie.
There is a changing of the guard like no other about to happen in Athletics next month in London. After an incredible decade of global dominance, Usain Bolt is coming to the end of his tenure this Summer in London at the IAAF World Championships. The great man is not going too well this year, suffering with back trouble having failed to break 10 seconds for two races in a row.. but we have heard that before and he usually manages to get things pretty right by the time the big day comes around.. he's just a championship performer like no other!
Mike Tobin and I were lucky enough to be in Berlin in 2009 to witness Bolt set the current world record, and it's something I'll never forget. Apart from Usain, plenty of other living legends of the sport will be in London including of course living legends David Rudisha, Mo Farah and Wayde Van Niekirk (who many regard as Bolts successor, and a man who just took Bolts 300m world record from him last week in a ludicrous time).
Of course, there is absolutely no chance to get a ticket for an event like this at this late notice.. however one of the members of the club have two tickets for the Tuesday and the Wednesday in London and these days have some nice events including: mens 200m heats + semifinals (Bolt!), 400m final (Van Niekirk.. look for a wr!), 800m final (Rudisha!), 3000m s/c final, 400mh final. Sadly for him with work commitments he can't make it but if you are interested call him at: 087-9743448 and he will let you have them at face value (75 eu ea).
U19 Girls 4x400m Relay - 5th place in National finals
Dearbhaile Walsh, Arlene Earls, Ciana Reidy, Shauna Tobin
Another day of National relay finals and another day tough battles and close shaves. No medals on this occasion but some marvellous runs from our brilliant teams pitted against the best in Ireland - this year in Athlone IT, a switch from their usual Tullamore venue.
The club entered the National finals of the U18 and U19 Girls 4x400m relays for the first time in its history with a mostly U18 squad. The U18s in action first where they set a new club senior record of 4.21.87 when placing 6th in their final with the team of Caoilin Milton, Arlene Earls, Lorraine Delaney and Laura Cunningham. Later the U19 Girls team raced to a brilliant 5th place in their final in a time of 4.23.20 with the team of Arlene Earls, Dearbhaile Walsh, Shauna Tobin and Ciana Reidy. The 400s knocked the wind out of the girls a little for their 4x100s but they gamely took to the track again placing 5th in the U19 Girls 4x100m in 53.03 with Aoife Walsh, Dearbhaile Walsh, Caoilin Milton and Laura Cunningham and 6th in the U18 Girls 4x100m with the same line-up with Lorraine Delaney in place of U19 Dearbhaile Walsh.
U18 Girls 4x100m – 6th in the National finals
Arlene Earls, Aoife Walsh, Caoilin Milton, Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney, Shauna Tobin
U19 Girls 4x100m – 5th in the National finals
Aoife Walsh, Dearbhaile Walsh, Caoilin Milton, Laura Cunningham
U18 Girls 4x400m – 6th in the National finals
Lorraine Delaney, Caoilin Milton, Arlene Earls, Shauna Tobin, Laura Cunningham
U16 Girls - finalists in the National 4x100m finals
Chloe Farragher, Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan and Aleisha Larkin
The U16 girls team of Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan, Chloe Farragher and Aleisha Larkin ran brilliantly to place 4th in their heat in a time of 52.96 and qualify for the final. The U15 Girls 4x100m saw two Craughwell teams in action with the teams just missing out on qualification for the final. The team in heat 1 ran an exceptional time of 52.07 to place 6th in their heat only 0.18s from qualification with their team of Chloe Farragher, Aleisha Larkin, Ailbhe Folan and Ava Finn – a superb time for an U15 team. While the team in heat 2 also ran an impressive time of 53.77 to place 4th in their heat with Emma Jane Moran, Aoife Walsh, Ornaith Coen and Aine Kelly. The U15 boys team of Lughaigh Morgan, Paschal Walsh, Robert Urquhart and Oisin Davis ran strongly to place 5th in their heat in a great time of 52.19. In the U14 boys 4x100m, the Craughwell team ran a fine race to place 4th in the heat in a time of 55.83 and make the top 8. The U12 girls 4x100m ran strongly to place in 6th in their heat with Grace Keaveney, Chloe Hallinan, Niamh Duffy and Isabella Boland while the U12 boys placed 4th in their heat in a time of 59.25 with Evan Moran, Adam Jordan, Eddie Silke and Eoin Spelman.
U15 Girls and Boys Relay Squads at the National finals in Athlone
Craughwell AC U12 Boys Relay Team at the National finals in Athlone
Craughwell AC U12 Girls Relay Team at the National finals in Athlone
It was another successful day at National level yesterday for both Jerry Keary and Sinead Treacy when both athletes claimed bronze in their respective events with Jerry clearing 1.95m to take the bronze in the Junior Men’s High Jump and Sinead leaping 4.95m to take the bronze in the U23 Women’s Long Jump. Indeed, Jerry went ever so close to clearing 2.00m for the second week in a row, a leap that would have yielded the silver medal while Sineád’s long jump is almost back to its brilliant best only inches from going over the 5m mark.
Also in action, Ben Garrard battled hard in the heats of the Junior Men’s 800m to place 5th in his heat in 2.02, fractionally losing out on a place in the final but great experience in preparation for his own U19 800m race next weekend.
We all thought it was hot in Santry on Saturday, but by 10.00am in the Italian mountains, temperatures had soared to 34°C! Even sitting in temperatures this hot; is exhausting, one can only imagine the affects on the body when you have to run a 5k distance and run a significant part of it, uphill.
According to Ben (Ryan), it was an incredibly fast start to this race, with the first 200m covered in 30 secs; which you can liken to a 2 minute 800m pace. After the first lap Ben held a very strong comfortable position somewhere in the middle of the pack. Embarking on the second lap, he decided to give it his all and charge forward, overtaking several runners which left him at the end of the 2nd lap amongst the top 20 runners. This was a remarkable achievement demonstrating Ben's strength of character and motivation to ignore the feelings of fatigue attributable to the extreme temperatures. Unfortunately although the risk paid off, in him gaining signifcant places, it also meant that it led to him missing out on an all important water station and necessary hydration stop. The combination of the heat and dehydration resulted in Ben collapsing with a mere 1500m to go.
Speaking to his family after the race, they recounted how devastated Ben was not to have been able to finish the race, with such a short distance to go. Shortly after the race he indicated that he would "never" run in that heat again.
It was only later on that day speaking from the hotel Jacuzzi that Ben was able to reflect on the fantastic experiences he had gained and the benefits of such experiences going forward. He is now looking forward to the possibility of representing his country again.
I am always amazed at how effortless our long distance runners make their races look and to add to the equation of long distances (in this instance) were steep hills and extraordinarily high temperatures. A fantastic achievement Ben. Well done.From Ben; "I'd like to thank Craughwell AC for their continued support".
The highly popular Inflatable Colour Run which is currently running at venues throughout Ireland have selected Craughwell AC as their only Galway venue ... on Saturday 16th September. The organisers of this nationwide event will donate 20% of the entrance fee to the club's facility building funds for every ticket booked through the club's website/link. A further early-bird discount of 20% will be given for bookings this week and next that use the promotional code CRAUGHWELL.
Note its important to use this website link rather than the main eventbrite Galway link as the organisers use this to determine the bookings associated with the club and the funds raised for the club is determined by just the bookings though our own link.
The event will run back to back with the club's Xyea Family 5k on the same day. Families or individuals booking into both the colour run and the 5k will receive a discount on the 5k entry fee.
Who can forget the wonderful day we had last year when we hosted Operation Transformation at our colour run and our Xyea Family 5k. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. Pat Reidy's Xyea are back on board as the main sponsor of the Family 5k and we will be adding more prizes for dad/daughter pair, mum/son pair etc ... more information will be announced on this shortly.
The colour run is a seperate event and is part of a nationwide series of inflatable colour runs throughout Ireland with the organisers hiring our grounds for the day and donating
All funds generated from the event will go to the next phase of the club’s development – which is the provision of a walking pathway around the facility and the first phase of a fabulous multi-sport indoor training centre.
So the club is encouraging all of our members and supporters to check out www.craughwellac.com and book your tickets early through its link https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/inflatable-colour-run-craughwell-ac-galway-tickets-35641075416. Members and friends are asked to use this link in order for the organisers to pass 20% of the income to the club. It promises to be fabulous fun day out for all of the family and community right on our doorsteps, while at the same time raising much needed funds for what is becoming a wonderful community facility.
Flashback to last year's event
Most of our members and the community will have seen the work done on the facility so far. We have made such massive progress in a short space of time since buying the 8 acre side beside the school in September 2014. The event will be the 3-year anniversary of the site purchase and together with the purchase and initial development, the club has so far invested €460k in the project through a combination of fund-raising, loans and grants. Alongside this, our coaches and committee are working hard through the different age groups to make training and competition enjoyable and help our members achieve to their potential. Our facility will be instrumental in supporting our members to enjoy the sport even more and will make training easier in adverse weather conditions.
The next phase of the facility is another major undertaking but the club is strong and with everyone's support, it will be a succcess and our members and the community will have access to a fine indoor training centre. So please support our day. If not taking part, come on down to enjoy the fun and support us anyway as it promises to be a great community day out.
Artistic impressiion of our new facility by the talented Emma Urquhart
Some of Craughwell AC's athletes representing County Galway in the National League on Sunday
Lorraine Delaney, Jerry Keary, Jack Miskella, Ben Garrard, Gavin Cooney, Aoife Walsh
It was another bumper week of athletics with competition ranging from the local Christy Kennedy Sports held in Craughwell NS on Wednesday to the Sligo County Sports in Sligo IT the same evening to the National U9-11 Track & Field finals in Tullamore on Saturday to the inter-provincial Taillteann Games in Santry on Sunday and finally on to Round 1 of the National League held in Athlone IT on Sunday. A busy busy week!
The Christy Kennedy Sports saw teams competing from local primary schools including Ballyglas, Ballymana, Carrabane, Coldwood, Clarinbridge, Craughwell and Killeeneen. Craughwell NS emerged victorious in the larger schools competition with Ballyglas NS taking the honours in the event for smaller schools. Later that day at the Sligo City Sports, Ben Garrard and Gavin Cooney put in a blistering start in their 800m race going through the bell in 59 seconds with Ben holding on to place 5th in a new PB time of 2.00.35 and Gavin fading slightly towards the end to cross the line in 2.07.50.
Saturday saw our U9 to U11 athletes battle for National honours in Tullamore with many fine performances and close shaves with long jump duo Ben Moran and Dara Zimmerer claiming a fantastic silver medal in the U10 boys’ event and heroic performances from all of our young athletes on the National stage. See separate report from Tracy for full details. Full results are on Athletics Ireland website.
Also on Saturday in Santry, a number of our secondary school athletes were in action in the Taillteann Games which are an inter-provincial schools competition with teams selected from the best performers in the schools track and field earlier in June. Oisin Lyons ran a brilliant PB of 2.01.65 in the Boys 800m to place 6th amongst top-class opponents while Chloe Casey threw a massive 29.02cm to place 5th in the Girls Discus and heaved the shot putt out to 12.37m to take 5th place – strong performances from Chloe who is young enough again for this age group next year. Siona Lawless ran strongly on the Connacht 4x100m relay time that placed 4th in a time of 51.36.
Sunday saw Round 1 of the National League take place in Athlone IT where the club had several athletes in action on the Galway mens and womens teams. With a nice blend of youth and experience on both teams, the teams put in some terrific performances with the women’s team leading the Premier League team rankings after round 1 and the men’s team in 5th place in Division 1. For the men’s team Jerry Keary led the way with a PB-equalling 2m clearance in the high jump and followed it up with a 23.73 time to take 4th place in the 200m in addition to anchoring the Galway 4x100m to 5th place in a time of 45.78. Peter O’Sullivan ran an impressive 4.16.91 to take 3rd spot in the 1500m while Ben Garrard took 2nd place in the 800m in 2.00.51 and Gavin Cooney close behind in 5th in a time of 2.05.19. Gavin earlier ran 55.98 to place 5th in the 400m and later in the day combined with Ben Garrard, Jack Miskella and Athenry’s Ryan McNeilis to take 5th place in the 4x400m in a time of 3.42.28. Kevin Mooney placed 7th on his track debut in the 5000m in a time of 17.10.60, with Jack Miskella in 9th place.
In the women’s events, Maeve Curley made a welcome comeback to the track with victory in the 1500m walk in a time of 7.18.84 while Sarah Finnegan took victory in the triple jump with a leap of and took 3rd place in the 100m hurdles in a time of 18.76. In the jumps, Lorraine Delaney took 3rd place in the high jump with a leap of 1.45m while Aoife Walsh took 4th place in the pole vault with a clearance of 1.80m and Siona Lawless placed 5th in the long jump with a best of 4.78m. Rachel Finnegan was 4th in the 400m hurdles in 1.10.47 while Sinead Treacy took 5th place in the 200m in 26.57 having earlier anchored the Galway 4x100m team to an impressive victory in a time of 50.33.