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!
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.
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 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.
What a great show of talent amongst our U9/U11 athletes yesterday in the All Irelands Championships.
We go along to enjoy the day and hope for PB's, which in all cases when pitched against the "best" in Ireland our kids certainly gave it their all..
One of my poor U10's were plagued today (sick tummy from a school bug), whihc forced our "super" athlete Kathlyn to forgo all her events and our brave Emma to step in last min to 500m with Kelly (not an easy run but what a brave Girl !!) And Kelly stepped up to the mark to partner with Emma in long jump where together they did themselves proud with PB's all round placing. This is a fantastic result considering they had just run 500m! SUch an effort showed their huge strength of character, not to shy away from a challenge. Our relay team got shook up too , so again the girls went with the flow, placing 4th in the heat just outside the qualifying time ...what Brilliant Girls!
Our boys Ben/Dara missed out on bronze by a 8/100th of a second to place 4th (60m ) in Ireland; however, they were rewarded in the long jump by winning the Silver medal... The 2nd BEST in Ireland.!!!!! Dean and Sean jumped out of their skins to place 4th overall in Ireland...a massive achievement with massive improvements since the Galways! Sean and Joseph threw the turbo brilliantly in what was an expert field!
Alex and Keelan were also pitched against the fastest 500m runners and they held their own, never giving up right until the second they cross the line....always a tough race !As Ben struggled also with a sick tummy, the boys relay they still managed to qualify into the final where we had to draft a replacement for Ben; young Tom (U9) straight after his final..Tom raced to the finish in fine form against boys an age group older than him....Good on you Tom! Ella and Hannah placed a brilliant 4th in Ireland in U11 LJ in what was a very high standard and our U9 Lauren and Saoirse, again 4th by a centimeter with Lauren having the biggest jump in All-Irelands U9 of the day! .... cruel! 4th is always a hard one as its so close to that All Ireland medal..But to be 4th place against all our Irish athletes is as massive achievement! So that's a quick round up of what I gathered during yet another eventful day out! Well done everyone, very proud of you all ranking in the top 13 teams/pairs In Ireland!! As coaches it a Pleasure to get part of your journeys , Thankyou for all yer hard work and fun loving characters !
Ben Ryan receiving a gift from Craughwell AC for his first International vest
(presented by Marion (Chairperson), Craughwell AC)
Ben Ryan (U17) has had a fantastic season so far and is going from strength to strength.
Below is a little background history over the past 6 months resulting in this amazing achievement of making an International Team.
Ben started his Cross-Country season with a superb run in the Connacht X Country championships held in Sligo in November where he came in at 4th position. This qualified him for the Cross Country All Ireland Championships held later in the month in Abbottstown. From the onsight of the All Ireland's race he held a dominate position by immediately charging down the first hill to get a good lead with the front runners, Ben held his strong position throughout the race and with only 300m to go, managed to take over a some of the leaders to storm to the finish in 16th place. This is a fantastic achievement as only a handful of athletes in Galway have such a finishing position in cross country at an All-Ireland Championship. Ireland’s greatest distance athletes meet for these coveted positions.
Following the All Ireland's Ben jetted off to New Zealand (during his transition year) to spend time with his Uncle and family. Taking full advantage of the mild climate he came back from NZ on fire!!! His newly improved running style coupled with his increased speed had him raring to take on the indoor track season. Unfortunately, he was only home a few days, when out for one of his many long cycles, he took a bad tumble from his bike. This left Ben unable to train for a good period.
It wasn't long before Ben was up and running (literally).
His performances in Schools Athletics demonstrated his hard work getting back to training after his injuries where he placed 4th in the South Connacht Schools 1500m and 2nd place in the Connacht Schools Finals in the 3000m.
Ben then proceeded to dominate the Galway 5k series. Entering the series Ben had a PB of 17.32 mins. With almost 700 athletes registered for this event he ran his first race in Ballybrit Racecourse storming into a finishing time of 16.51 in 2nd place, taking almost a minute off his original PB.
Below are some of Ben’s times and positions over this series:
Ballybrit: 16.21 (2nd Place)
Craughwell: 16.42 (2nd Place)
Loughrea: 17.55 (10th Place- Ben was a little tired this evening)
Athenry: 16.37 (3rd place).
As if all the above achievements were not enough for this talented runner, Ben decided to give mountain running a go. With little fuss and chat about the race (which we have learned is “his style”), Ben entered a Mountain Running Competition hosted by the Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA).
IMRA: the governing body of the sport of Mountain Running in Ireland. It is affiliated through the Athletic Association of Ireland (AAI) to the World Mountain Running Association of (WMRA) for the purposes of competing in International Events.
Running as a junior male Ben for the first time in a mountain race, Ben had a tremendous race to come in second place, very close to the winner.
Ben describes his race; “the course was a technical one, 4.5km in distance with a 300m ascent and descent over rough terrain. This was my first mountain race and I didn't quite know what to expect! By halfway I had a comfortable lead but unfortunately after taking a wrong turn I lost my lead falling back to second place, I held this position to the end qualifying me for the international youth cup in Italy this year.”
The International World Mountain Championships are due to be held this coming Saturday 24th June in Cagliano del Capo, Italy.
Ben will have to run a distance of 4.7km with a climb of 580m in soaring temperatures.
We wish Ben every success in this event and will be eagerly waiting to hear his news after the race.
As a result of making this International Team, Craughwell AC presented Ben with a gift marking this success of achieving his first International vest in athletics.
U18 Girls – Connacht 4x100m Relay Gold and Silver Medalists 2017
Shauna Tobin, Laura Cunningham Aoife Walsh, Lorraine Delaney, Ciana Reidy, Siona Lawless, Arlene Earls, Caoilin Milton
45 athletes from the club made the trip back to Sligo IT yesterday for day 2 of the Connacht Track & Field Championships with some fantastic success for the club on a warm humid day in Sligo. The day kicked off with the U18 Girls 4x100m relay where the club had 2 teams in action – first time ever that the club had 2 teams in action in this grade. The teams were evenly balanced and put in fantastic runs to take first and second place in times of 54.13 and 54.94 with the team of Aoife Walsh, Arlene Earls, Shauna Tobin and Laura Cunningham taking the silver medals and the team of Caoilin Milton, Ciana Reidy, Lorraine Delaney and Siona Lawless taking the gold medals.
It was a busy early start to the day for the U18s some of whom were competing in triple jump and pole vault at the same time. Laura Cunningham put in a good series of jumps into the wind in the triple jump with a best of 10.42m to take the Connacht title with Aoife Walsh in second place with a best of 9.00m. Aoife also tackled the pole vault for the first time putting in a remarkable series of jumps to clear a best of 2.05m. It was a brilliant day also for Ciana Reidy in the pole vault adding significantly to her PB with a best of 2.65m to win the Connacht title.
Congratulations to all of our athletes on wonderful performances at day 1 of the Connacht Track & Field yesterday in Sligo IT where our U9s to U13s age groups took part. On a windy and sometimes wet day, there were some marvellous performances, plenty of PBs and hopefully everyone enjoyed taking part regardless of where they finished. The standard of athletics at regional level is very high so all of our athletes should be proud of their achievement in getting this far. And best of luck to the many qualifiers from the club for the All-Irelands. The top 3 pairs in the U9, U10 and U11 age groups go forward to the All-Irelands to be held in Tullamore on Satueday 24 June, as do the top 3 relay teams in those age groups. The program for the day for the All-Irelands is on the AAI website.
In the U12 and 13 age groups, the top 3 athletes in the 600m races and the top 4 athletes in all the other individual events go forward to the All-Irelands to be held on 8, 9 and 16 July in Tullamore. Program for those days is on the AAI fixture list while the relays for the U12 and 13s take place on 2nd July in Athlone.
Results of our athletes finishing in the top 4 in the Connachts are as follows:-
600m 3 Clodagh O'Meara (1.57.29)
High Jump 2 Jade Moorhead (1.38)
Long Jump 3 Jade Moorhead (4.01)
Javelin 1 Aoibhe Fahy (18.27), 3 Millie Geraghty (17.59)
Shot Putt 2 Aoibhe Fahy (7.68)
4x100m 4 Craughwell 59.65 (Erin Kelly, Jade Moorhead, Clodagh O'Meara, Fauve Aylmer, sub Alicia Locteau)
Hurdles 2 Evan Hallinan 10.74, 3 Cian Lavan 11.57, 4 Odhran Gilligan 11.73
High jump 1 Evan Hallinan (1.40), 2 Cian Lavan (1.35);
Long jump 2 Evan Hallinan (4.32), 4 Cian Lavan (4.10)
4x100m 2 Craughwell 57.36 (Ryan O'Donnell, Evan Hallinan, Odhran Gilligan, Cian Lavan
60m 2 Niamh Duffy 9.20
60m Hurdles 2 Chloe Hallinan 12.27
Long Jump 1 Chloe Hallinan (3.76), 3 Grace Lynch (3.65)
Turbo Javelin 2 Jenny Cloonan (12.75)
Shot Putt 1 Niamh Duffy (6.85)
4x100m 1 Craughwell 59.77 (Grace Keaveney, Niamh Duffy, Grace Lynch, Chloe Hallinan)
60m 4 Evan Moran 9.85
60m Hurdles 1 Evan Moran 11.15
600m 3 Eddie Silke (1.55.39)
Long Jump 1 Conor Gilligan (3.99), 4 Evan Moran (3.67)
High Jump 4 Conor Gilligan (1.20)
60m 4 Ella Farrelly/Evie Culhane (9.81/10.08)
600m 3 Sara Craven/Sophie McIlrath (2.12.73/2.07.40)
Long Jump 2 Ella Farrelly/Jessica Ross (3.57/3.31)
Turbo Javelin 2 Tara Keane/Mollie Gilligan (15.93/14.90)
4x100m 4 Craughwell 63.44 (Tara Keane, Mollie Gilligan, Sophie McIlrath, Ella Farrelly)
Long Jump 3 Darragh Kelly/Sean Lavan (3.21/3.61)
500m 2 Kelly Hallinan/Katelyn Walsh (1.43.87/1.48.18)
Long Jump 2 Katelyn Walsh/Emma O'Donovan (3.10/3.52)
4x100m 3 Craughwell 67.21
60m 2 Ben Moran/Dara Zimmerer (9.68/9.96)
500m 3 Keelan Moorhead/Alex Ryan (1.45.47/1.54.25)
Long Jump 1 Ben Moran/Dara Zimmerer (3.49/3.62), 2 Sean Hoade/Dean McNally (3.48/3.23)
Turbo Javelin 3 Sean Hoade/Joseph O'Dwyer (14.13/12.70)
4x100m 1 Craughwell 63.80
Long Jump 1 Saoirse O'Donnell/Lauren Morgan (2.76/3.28)
60m 3 Tom Malone/Eanna Morrissey (10.49/10.48)
Turbo Javelin 4 Daniel Farrelly/Paul Keaveney (9.38/6.92)
4x100m 4 Craughwell 69.95
Full results of the day are available here.
The club would like to offer its heartfelt condolences to one if its juvenile members Emily Staunton and her brother Eoin who is a former member of the club and to their mum Jenny and extended family on the death of their dad Brian at the weekend. Funeral arrangements Monday/Tuesday are at rip.i.e. Emily trains in our U13 training group and as a mark of respect tomorrow nights Monday U13 training session is cancelled.
Kyle Moorhead and Finbarr McFadden
Silver and gold medalists in the U16 Boys 1500m at the Galway Community Games Finals
The customary June bank holiday trip to Ballinderrin arrived again yesterday with the 2017 Galway Community Games finals. In its 2nd year of the 1-day format, it’s a far more suitable format as I think participation suffered in previous years if people had to give up their full holiday weekend.
Athletes from the club and from the parish had another wonderful day out, none more so that Finbarr McFadden who powered to victory in the U16 1500m in his final year of Community Games with Kyle Moorhead a strong second only a day after running a 2.11 PB in the 800m at the Irish Schools Track & Field finals.
For Finbarr, his victory wraps up many years of consistency in the Galway Community Games finals placing 5th in the U10 200m in 2011 and winning bronze in the U10 mixed relay the same year, a finalist in the U12 600m in 2012, silver in the U12 600m in 2013, gold in the U13 mixed relay in 2014 and 7th in the U14 800m, silver in the U14 boys relay in 2015 and 5th in the U14 800m, bronze in the U16 1500m in 2016 and now gold in the U16 1500m in 2017. Great to see the individual gold after such consistency in previous years.
Also in the U16 grade, James Furey won silver in the discus while Chloe Casey took the gold medal in the U16 Girls discus and Ryan Gallagher took gold in the U16 Boys High Jump and Aleisha Larkin took a brilliant gold medal in the U16 Girls 100m. In the U15 mixed relay, the Craughwell team of James Furey, Robert Urquhart, Ava Finn, Aoife Kelly and sub Emma Jane Moran won the silvers, just narrowly missing out on the gold medals.
Jade Moorhead and Ava Finn
Bronze and Gold Medalists in the U14 Long Jump at the Galway Community Games
In the U14 grade, Ava Finn leaped to the Galway title in the long jump while Jade Moorhead had some fine jumps t take bronze in the same event. Fauve Aylmer was unlucky to finish just outside the medals when taking 4th place in the U14 Girls 800m. But Fauve was on a high from an hour earlier when in the U13 mixed relay, the Craughwell team of Ryan McDonnell, Fauve, Jade Moorhead, Evan Hallinan and sub Erin Kelly powered to victory in their 4x100m to claim the Galway title. Rebecca Lynch made it a good day in the U14 grade victory in the U14 Girls javelin. The U14 80m Hurdles saw some fantastic performances with Siofra Davis taking 4th place by less than a metre from the bronze medallist and in the boys race, Conor Hoade (Clarinbridge) took a narrow victory ahead of Robert Urquhart in 2nd place and Evan Hallinan taking 4th place just a metre from the medals.
Craughwell's Mixed U15 4x100m Relay Team - Silver Medalists
Robert Urquhart, Ava Finn, James Furey, Aoife Kelly
Craughwell's Mixed U13 4x100m Relay Team - Galway Champions 2017
In the U12 grade, Niamh Duffy and Sarah Byrne had a series of splendid runs to make the final with Niamh just missing out on the podium with 4th place in the final and Sarah unlucky to get a bad start in the final and take 7th place. Tara Morgan and Adam Jordan came very close to the medals with each placing 4th in the U12 ball throw. The U12 boys placed 4th in the semi-final of the u12 4x100m with their of Evan Moran, Jamie Collins, Adam Jordan, Cormac Mc Fadden and sub Darragh Kelly. In the U12 600m Evan Moran and Cormac McFadden placed 5th and 7th in the heats and Evan went on to put in a fine run to place 5th in the final.
In the U10 age group, the mixed relay team of Lauren Morgan, Kelly Hallinan, Ben Moran, Paul Barry and subs Katlyn Walsh and Jason Greaney placed 3rd in the heats. Lauren and Jason placed 4th and 5th in the heats of the 100m sprints. Katelyn and Paul battled hard in the heats of the 200m but didn’t progress further while Keelan Moorhead made it out of the heats and semis into the final where he placed 5th. In the U10 60m hurdles Kelly Hallinan made it into the final where she placed 6th while Ben Moran won his heat and suffered the misfortune of slipping at the very start of the final and ended up placed 5th in the final. Sean Hoade (Clarinbridge) had a super run in the final to take the silver medal.
And in the U8 grade, there was plenty of excitement with Alan Hallinan taking the bronze medal in the final of the U8 60m and Callum McMahon placing 5th in the U8 80m final. Remy Aylmer had a fine run to make it through to the semis of the U8 80m.