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PBs abound at Dublin Graded Meet

28 April, 2017 - 00:24

Shauna Tobin in action in the Women's Long Jump at the Dublin Graded Meet in Santry

A number of athletes from the club made the trip to Dublin on Wednesday night to take part in the first meet of the Dublin Graded Series 2017 in Morton Stadium, Santry.

Laura Cunningham was first into action, racing to a PB of 13.55 when taking 3rd place in the Womens 100m B race. Also on the track, both Ben Garrard and Gavin Cooney raced to outdoor PBs in the A and C Mens 800m races with Ben taking 8th place in his race in a time of 2.02.37 and Gavin taking 4th place in his race in a time of 2.07.81.

In the field events, Shauna Tobin took 3rd place in the Women's Long Jump with a best of 3.87m while Jerry Keary had to withdraw from the Men's High Jump after picking up a slight injury when clearing 1.80m. Laura Cunningham was in fine form in the Women's Triple jump when taking 1st place with all of her jumps in excess of 10m and in the process setting a new club junior record with a best of 10.42m.

Laura Cunningham after commencing the first phase of her record breaking triple jump of 10.42m

Congrats to our three new Level 2 coaches!

27 April, 2017 - 12:43

Well done to Mairead, Noel and Tracy who recently completed the Athletics Ireland Level 2 coaching course. The club now has 10 coaches qualified at level 1 or higher as follows:-

  • AAI Level 3
    • Michael Tobin
  • AAI Level 2
    • Patricia Cosgrove
    • Mairead Lavan
    • Noel Gorman 
    • Tracy Moran
  • AAI Level 1
    • Eddie McNally 
    • Julie Gallagher
    • Marion McEvilly
    • Martin Conneely
    • Siobhan McFadden

Additionally the club have 22 more coaches who have completed the Athletics Ireland Assistant Coach training course. In total the club have 52 active coaches - a massive number of volunteers by any measure and the club's most important asset. The club are continually seeking to further our coaches knowledge. We recognize that attending a weekend training course is a big time commitment on top of what is already a big time committement for attending training sessions a number of times each week. To make it more convenient to attend one, the club hope to organise a Level 1 course in Craughwell during the summer and an Assistant Coach course in early Autumn. Please contact Mike Tobin if interested in either.

 

Leevale and Ennis Open Track & Field Meets

27 April, 2017 - 12:03

Yes another well done to Evan Hallinan who starred in the Leevale Open Track & Field last weekend with a big leap of 1.50m to take high jump gold and 4.33m to take long jump silver and adding bronze in the hurdles for good measure. Results are here: https://www.leevale.org/2017/record-entries-at-leevale-2017-juvenile-tf-meet/. And well done also to another star in the making with Evan's younger brother Alan taking silver in the U8 sprint!!

And for anyone who missed it, there is another one coming which our U13s and upwards age groups might be interested in. Details below. Youinger ages have their Galways in Dangan the same day so the Ennis one is really only for older ages where its convenient to go.

 

Congratulations Evan Hallinan!

27 April, 2017 - 07:23

Congratulations to Evan Hallinan who as being announced as the Galway Athlete of the Year in the U12-15 Boys category for his performances in 2016. Well done to Evan and his coaches and his family, we are all very proud of you!

Despite his young age, Evan Hallinan had a terrific 2016. It kicked off with an impressive 9th place in the National B Cross Country in Dundalk January before arriving in Athlone on the same day to win triple gold in the U12 high jump, long jump and relay. Evan followed this up at Connacht level to become Connacht High Jump and Long Jump Champion as well as adding silver in the 4x100m relay. The National finals in March saw Evan win the National U12 High Jump Title with a fantastic jump of 1.25m to claim the gold medal. Also competing in the long jump, Evan went very close to adding a second medal with an impressive 4.20m, only 3cm behind the bronze medalist.

Evan continued his impressive form into the outdoor season with gold in the high jump and hurdles at the Galway Championships and triple gold in the Connacht Championship in the hurdles, high jump and long jump. Evan’s jumps were particularly impressive recording 1.45m in the high jump and 4.38m in the long jump. He just missed out on a high jump medal in the National finals when tying with the bronze medalist but losing out on countback.

For an athlete with such explosive power as demonstrated by his jumping form, it’s unusual to also be a force to be reckoned with in distance running. But this amazing athlete demonstrated precisely this during the cross country when scoring on the Craughwell NS 5/6th class team that took the Galway Primary Schools title and also the Connacht Primary Schools title – the first time that Craughwell NS achieved this at Connacht level in the senior boys’ grade. He followed these performances with scoring runs in the Galway and Connacht U12 2000m races to help his team take the Galway and Connacht U12 cross country titles. An amazing combination of explosive and endurance abilities, one that singles Evan out as a star of the future and he is a fine recipient of the Galway athletics award for this age group.

Miskella Duo win Gold Medals in New Inn 5k

26 April, 2017 - 19:56

         

                                              

 Apologies for the late posting of this great achievement for the Miskella siblings (Jack & Ailbhe) who ran in the New Inn 5k race on the 2nd April.

Above Jack being awarded the Gold Medal for U20 male and Ailbhe (who is an U16 Craughell athlete) taking the Gold medal in the U20 female category. Both Ailbhe and Jack are extremely hard working athletes and their dedication paid off in New Inn. Ailbhe has held this title now for the second year in a row. 

Timetable for Galway U13-Senior Track & Field

25 April, 2017 - 22:43

The timetable for this coming Saturday has been published by the hard-working Tuam AC committee who are the competition organisers for the Galway outdoor track & field this year. It can be downloaded by clicking on the image below.

Good Luck to Shauna

21 April, 2017 - 22:42

From facebook

Something for the weekend!! Well for our Girl Shauna Bocquet who will be competing in the u14 London Mini Marathon over 3miles kicking off at 8.42 and finishing no doubt in style at the Mall...The very best of luck Shauna from all at Craughwell Juvenile AC , doing the club proud!    

Sizzling Success for Sineáds

9 April, 2017 - 12:15

The 2 Sineád’s made a little bit of history for the club at the weekend with both featuring on the podium at the same time but for different teams at the Irish Universities Track & Field Championships in Cork with Sineád Treacy’s NUIG team taking the silver medals in the 4x100m in a time of 49.66 and Sineád Gaffney’s UL team taking the bronze medals just 0.03 seconds (or 24cm!) behind in a tie of 49.69.

Great to see two of our athletes on the podium at the highest levels. Sineád G ran 2.23.07 in the heats of the 800m and then 2.23.73 to place 5th in the final while Sineád T made it a very special day with a bronze medal in the 4x400m in a time of 4.01.15 and 5th in the final of the 200m in a time of 25.83, with all 3 of her performances taking the college record for NUIG.

Massive well done to both athletes – the club is very proud of their achievements!

Wrap Up of Indoor Season

5 April, 2017 - 18:15

The past weekend saw the end of the indoor track and field season and all eyes now turn towards the outdoor season with the first event getting underway this Friday with the Universities Track & Field followed later this month by the first of the Dublin Graded Meets and the U13 to Senior Galway Track & Field.

The indoors saw a number of new club junior and senior records set by U18 trio Jerry Keary, Ciana Reidy and Laura Cunningham. Jerry set a new club junior and senior record in the high jump with a leap of 1.98m and followed this up with a new club junior record of 6.19m in the long jump. Laura broke both the club junior and senior record in the triple jump with her winning leap of 10.55m last weekend while Ciana set club junior and senior records in the pole vault with her jump of 2.20m in the National League.

The club had huge participation at county, regional and national level across the indoor season as evidenced by the size of our bill with almost €3500 spent on entries fees over the season, the best participation by far of any Connacht club. And the club out performed in the medal stakes too with 3 National titles, 2 silvers and 7 bronze coming our way. The medallists were:-

U18 Girls Triple Jump 1 Laura Cunningham 10.55 U16 Girls Shot Putt 1 Chloe Casey 14.21 U12 Boys Shot Putt 1 Darragh Kearney 9.01 U19 Boys High Jump 2 Jerry Keary 1.96 U14 Boys Pentathlon 2 Conor Hoade 2358 pts Senior Womens 3k Walk 3 Maeve Curley 14.18.26 U23 Womens 200m 3 Sineád Treacy 26.23 U23 Womens Long Jump 3 Sineád Treacy 4.75 U20 Mens High Jump 3 Jerry Keary 1.90 U14 Boys 60m Hurdles 3 Conor Hoade 9.50 U13 Boys High Jump 3 Evan Hallinan 1.45 U12 Girls Shot Putt 3 Niamh Duffy 7.96


You can see a full list of the club's medallists in the National Indoors since 2004 on our website:-

http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/statistics/RollOfHonourIndoorTrackAndField.pdf

And you can see the updated list of club junior/senior records here also:-

http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/statistics/2017.04.01.indoorrecords.pdf

Well done to everyone who took part and in particular to our medalists and record breakers. 

 

 

 

 

Marvellous performances on day 3 of National Indoors

2 April, 2017 - 10:35

Laura Cunningham National U18 Indoor Triple Champion 2017

It was another brilliant day of action yesterday at the final day of the National Juvenile Indoors in Athlone IT which yielded 4 medals and many personal best performances. The first medal of the day was a treasured National title for Laura Cunningham in the National U18 Triple Jump. Years of dedication are starting to pay off for Laura for whom this is the 4th National medal in less than a year having won triple jump silver and relay gold in last year’s outdoor track and field and high jump bronze in this year’s Scottish Indoors. National medals are hard to come by for even the most hard-working athletes. Laura medalled at National level as an U10 in 2009 in both long jump and relay so it was very special to see her medalling again 8 years later and clinching her first National individual title in the process. Her winning leap of 10.55m is also a club indoor senior record.

And in the same competition, Lorraine Delaney was so close to the medals but had to settle for 4th place in the end. With similar dedication to Laura, a medal would have been a just reward for Lorraine’s talent and hard work but it was not to be on this occasion. Lorraine moved into 2nd place on the 5th round with a fantastic PB of 10.18m but was overtaken by 2 other jumpers on the final round who leaped 3cm and 8cm further – so close and very unlucky to miss out on the podium.

Lorraine and Laura shortly after the U18 Triple Jump

No sooner has the triple jump concluded than news filtered over from the shot putt area of Darragh Kearney’s fantastic gold medal in the U12 shot putt. Darragh heaved the shot putt out to 9.01m on his 4th throw to claim the gold – an incredible 1.33m improvement on his Connacht throw. Ben O’Dwyer placed 14th in the same event with a PB of 7.01m. And our U12s confirmed their throwing skills when Niamh Duffy threw a brilliant 7.96m to take the bronze medal in the U12 Girls Shot Putt. A fantastic achievement for both Darragh and Nimah and for our U12 age group to have both a boy and a girl on the National podium in the same discipline!

Final medal of the day came with an impressive performance from Conor Hoade in the U14 60m hurdles who claimed the bronze in a tight finish in an excellent time of 9.50. Conor was joined in the final by Robert Urquhart competing in the hurdles for the first time this season and doing brilliantly to record a PB of 10.43 to take 7th place in the final. For Conor this was his third National medal in the space of a year having won silver in the indoor pentathlon in January and silver in the outdoor hurdles in July and it was marvellous to see him adding another medal to his growing National collection.

Evan Hallinan went very close to adding his 4th National medal of 2017 (having earlier this year won double silver in the Scottish Indoors in long jump and high jump and bronze last weekend in the high jump at the Irish Indoors) with a 6th place finish in the U13 boys long jump with a best of 4.35m. Also in the long jump Jade Moorhead, Grace Lynch and Tomas Fitzgerald all jumped very well but in their events with Jade jumping 3.70m in the U13 girls, Grace 3.31 in the U12 girls and Tomas 3.36 in the U12 boys.

Sean Cotter who made the final of the U15 800m at the National Championships in Athlone

In the middle distance races, Ben Garrard and Oisin Lyons were the club’s leading performers when both athletes placed 7th in the finals of their 800m. Ben ran 2.02.99 in the heats of the U19 Boys 800m and followed it up with a 2.04.42 in the final while Oisin won his heat of the U18 Boys in a time of 2.03.09 and followed this with a 2.03.17 in the final. Sean Cotter ran a big PB of 2.14.24 in the heats of the U14 800m and followed it up with a strong race to place 7th in the final. Clodagh O’Meara ran very close to a PB in the U13 Girls 600m, recording a time of 1.54.31 which was just 0.08 of a second outside her PB while Evan Moran ran a time of 1.57.62 in the heats of the U12 600m. Rian Keaney took 10th place in the U15 shot putt with a strong throw of 9.42m while Evan Halllinan, Odhran Gilligan and James Furey all contested the heats of the hurdles with James running 11.80 in the U15 hurdles and Evan and Odhran running 10.57 and 11.68 in the U13 hurdles.

Jerry, Chloe and Evan Take National Honours!

27 March, 2017 - 11:31

Jerry Keary (U18 High Jump Silver), Chloe Casey (U16 Shot Putt Gold), Evan Hallinan (U13 High Jump Bronze)
at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone

An incredibly busy weekend of athletics action at the National Juvenile Indoors in Athlone saw 35 athletes from the club in action in individual events as well as 8 relay teams.

Pride of place went to our 3 medallists with Jerry Keary soaring to silver with a leap of 1.96m in the U18 Boys high jump, Chloe Casey smashing the National indoor record with a massive throw of 14.21m in the U16 Girls shot putt and Evan Hallinan leaping to bronze with a brilliant 1.45m in the U13 Boys high jump.

As well as obliterating the previous Championship Best of 13.60m, Chloe’s shot putt record also surpassed the qualification standard of 13.75m for the European Youth Olympics to be held in Hungary in July. This is a fantastic achievement for Chloe and she becomes the 2nd athlete from the club after international high jumper Cathriona Farrell to reach this level of performance at such a young age.

The club’s current international high jumper Jerry Keary was also in flying form with an impressive 1.96m to claim the silver medal, only losing out on gold on countback having knocked 1 bar at 1.96m – unlucky for Jerry as one of his attempts at 1.99m was well over it but he clipped it with his heels.

And up and coming high jumper Evan Hallinan added the final medal for the club when winning bronze in the U13 Boys high jump with an impressive 1.45m despite injuring himself on his first attempt at his 1.35m opening height.

There were many more fine performances and close finishes throughout the 2 days none more so than the U15 girls in the final of their 4x200m relay where the team put in a terrific performance to take 4th place in a time of 1.50.89 losing out by the tiny margin of one-tenth of a second on the bronze with their team of Chloe Farragher, Aleisha Larkin, Ava Finn, Ornaith Coen and subs Aine and Aoife Kelly.

Ciana Reidy made her own bit of history becoming the first athlete from the club to contest a National Juvenile Pole Vault competition when competing in the U18 Girls event. With the disadvantage of having run a super leg of the U18 4x200m just moments before her first jump, Ciana put in a string of good jumps clearing 2.15m on her best jump to take 4th place overall.

Lorraine Delaney and Aoife Walsh tied on 1.50m to take joint 5th place in the U18 Girls high jump, both girls jumping very well. It was a height and position also claimed by Lukas Schukat in the U14 Boys high jump, putting together some very nice jumps to seal a new PB at 1.50m. Lorraine added a further 5th place finish in the U18 Girls long jump when leaping to a best of 4.76m. Laura Cunningham leaped the exact same distance in the U18 Girls long jump, placing 6th on countback of other jumps and coincidentally also tied on the same height of 1.50m as that jumped by Lorraine and Aoife in the U18 girls but having to settle for 7th place having knocked the 1.50 on her first attempt.

Ben Garrard took 6th place with a best of 5.39m in the U19 Boys long jump while Ellie Cronin went close to the medals with 6th place in the U15 Girls high jump with a clearance of 1.50m. Anna Molloy had a fine performance in the U14 Girls 1000m walk when racing to 6th place in a time of 6.21.06 while Jack Kinane took 7th place in the U14 Boys 1000m walk in a time of 7.15.48. The U14 Boys placed 6th in a time of 1.54.63 in the final of the U14 4x200m with Conor Hoade, Lukas Schukat, Rian Kearney, Liam Mulveen and sub Oisin Keane. Cian Lavan had a big leap of 1.40m to place 7th in the U13 Boys high jump, while Conor Gilligan and Adam Jordan tied on 1.15m when placing 7th in the U12 Boys high jump.

U18 Girls 4x200m Relay Team who placed 7th at the National Indoor Championships
Aoife Walsh, Ciana Reidy, Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney

The club had 5 relay teams which just missed out on making the top 6 qualifiers for the relay finals when placing 7th fastest overall. These included the U18 Girls who raced to a time of 1.51.89 in their 4x200m with Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney, Ciana Reidy, Aoife Walshe and sub Shauna Tobin; the U15 Boys with a time of 1.48.11 in their 4x200m with Gavin Lee, Shaun Gilligan, Paschal Walsh, Robert Urquhart and subs Oisin Davis and Ludaigh Morgan; the U12 Girls in a time of 59.17 in their 4x100m with Aoibhe Donnellan, Niamh Duffy, Chloe Hallinan, Grace Keaveney and subs Isabella Fitzgerald and Sole Lopez and the U12 Boys with a time of 57.99 in their 4x100m with Evan Moran, Eoin Spellman, Eddie Silke, Conor Gilligan and subs Jamie Collins and Darragh Kearney. The U13 Boys wrapped up the relay action with an 8th place in their 4x100m and a time of 57.63 with Cian Lavan, Evan Hallinan, Odhran Gilligan, Ryan McDonnell and sub Luke Flynn. Conor Hoade completed the large number of athletes making the top 8 in their events with a double 8th place finish in the U14 high jump (1.40) and long jump (4.69).

There were some fine performances also in the heats of the 60m and 1500m races with several athletes just missing out on qualification for the sprint finals including U15 sprinters Chloe Farragher (8.40), Aleisha Larkin (8.50), Shaun Gilligan (8.29), Paschal Walsh (8.31) and U12 sprinters Evan Moran (8.80) and Darragh Kearney (8.99) and 1500m runners Ben Ryan (4.33.82) and Ciara Sheppard (5.43.31).

There were many more good performances at this highest standard of juvenile athletics in the country including Garvin Surlis 10th in U16 long jump, Ludaigh Morgan 11th in U15 long jump, Rian Kearney 11th in U14 long jump, Shauna Tobin 12th in U18 long jump, Leanagh Gilligan 12th in U16 long jump, Jade Moorhead 12th in U13 high jump, Rosemary Maduka 13th in U13 shot putt, the U14 Girls relay team 13th in their 4x200m (Molly Sullivan, Rebeckah Flynn, Jade Moorhead, Fauve Alymer and sub Saoirse Pierce; Calvin Ryan 14th in U13 shot putt; Chloe Hallian and Saoirse Pierce 15th in the U12 and U14 high jump; Chloe Farragher 15th in the U15 long jump; Isabella Fitzgerald 18th in the U12 long jump.

U16's take Gold & Silver in 7k Marathon

19 March, 2017 - 16:36
                                                                 Finbarr McFadden & Kyle Moorhead, Silver & Gold Medalists in the Galway Community Games X Country Finals in Tuam today                                           Two of the Club's U16 runners  took part in the Galway Community Games 7k Marathon earlier today in Tuam. After the earlier cross country races had finished, and the athletes and parents had dwindled away, the Marathon runners were left to race it out for the medals. The race started in the park before the runners took to the roads of Tuam to run, what turned out to be, two 4k loops - making it an 8k race.  After the first 4k Kyle Moorhead and Finbarr McFadden were neck and neck leading the race with Kyle then slowly beginning to pull away during the second loop. They both held these positions to the end to take the Gold and Silver medals and the opportunity to participate in the Community Games All Ireland's during the summer. 

Luke Flynn Takes Silver in Galway U13 XCountry

19 March, 2017 - 13:40


Luke Flynn, silver medallist in the
Galway Community Games U13 Cross Country Finals

Craughwell athletes took part in the Community Games cross-country for the first time in several years today in Tuam. Luke Flynn put in an exceptional performance in the U13 Boys 1200m to take the silver medal – one of his finest races to date.

Likewise, Clodagh O’Meara and Fauve Aylmer both had outstanding runs in the U13 Girls 1200m with Clodagh racing to the bronze medal when finishing 3rd and Fauve taking 6th place on very swampy terrain in the Palace Grounds. The athletes now look forward to the All-Ireland finals which will be held in early May.

Battle in Belfast

12 March, 2017 - 13:03

                                    Junior girls (Sarah Woods & Ciara Sheppard) at the start line

Craughwell AC had a very successful day yesterday when some of our finest cross country runners travelled up to Belfast for the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships. The competition took place in the "playing fields", Mallusk on what turned out to be, a beautiful, mild spring day. 10 athletes represented 2 schools (Presentation College, Athenry, & Calasanctius College, Oranmore). We must not forget that 1,000's of athletes have begun this battle to get to the All Irelands and to earn a place in this final is a great achievement. 

The first Craughwell athlete to race was Liam Leen (minor boy), who as per his usual style, held a strong position from begining to end, to storm in through the shoots in 45th position. A proud moment for the Presentation College, Athenry as he also claimed, 6th Connacht runner to finish. 

Junior girls were next and with the mud and rain from the previous day having played havoc on the ground, there were some last minute procrastinations over whether the largest spikes (pins) that could be found that morning, would indeed be of any benefit at all, and that wellies might in fact be the safest option. Winner of the Intermediate girls ran the entire race with one spike on and one spike off (having lost her spike early on in the race). Our junior girls; Ciara, Sarah and Freya eagerly and strongly pulled out from the madding crowd to push themselves up amongst the middle set of runners. Their finishing posiitons were; Ciara Sheppard (Calasanctius College), 53rd (6th Connacht girl in), Sarah Woods (Pres, Athenry), 69th and Freya Bohen (Pres), 75th. 

We also had some fantastic finishes for the junior boys, with Kyle Moorhead charging to the finish in 38th place (7th Connacht), (Kyle has leapt a massive 64  places up from his placing in last years schools x country final). Both Oisin Davis and James Furey had fine finishes coming in 81st and 96th. 

Ailbhe Miskella (Pres), who was our only intermediate girl (and having another year to run in this category) had a superb race to finish in 50th place and cross the line as the 5th Connacht runner.  

Grainne McDaid (Pres), running in the senior girls race (almost the last race of the day), had to battle through some tough terrain and incredibly muddy conditions caused by the previous races and had a strong 61st finishing place.

This is the end of a very successful season for our Cross Country Craughwell athletes who have all proved their strength of character and determination to train hard for competition and endure whatever our Irish weather throws at them. 

 

 

Craughwell Kingpins at Connacht Indoors

2 March, 2017 - 14:14


Senior Men's 4x200m relay teams who won silver at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Ben Garrard, Gavin Cooney, John Cormican, Jerry Keary

Craughwell AC had a super successful weekend at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend in Athlone with many exhilarating performances and heart-thumping moments through the 2 days of events. The club came away with a massive haul of 76 podium placings with 25 Connacht titles coming our way as well as 25 silver places and 26 bronze places and many many PBs from our super athletes.

With the best wine kept to last, the senior men’s 4x200m relay team provided one of the most exciting moments of the weekend when they took the silver medals in the final event of the weekend when splitting 2 incredible Carrick-on-Shannon teams which featured a number of international sprinters. But we had our own international in action on our team with Jerry Keary literally gobbling up the ground on the 3rd leg of the relay with giant strides, looking as though he was on springs such was the ground that he covered on each step. John Cormican marked his return to the sport after a couple of years absence with a fine performance in both the individual 200m where he ran 24.69 and in the relay where he ran the 1st leg, handing over to Gavin Cooney to Jerry Keary and to Ben Garrard. With Gavin and Ben having run an 800m just an hour earlier, it was a fine performance. In a nail-biting finish, with both Carrick-on-Shannon teams thundering down the finishing straight as if their lives depended on it, Ben held on to clinch the silver medal in the tightest of finishes in a time of 1.38.19 just 0.27s behind 1st place and 0.15s ahead of 3rd place. It was the tightest finish I have ever seen in a Connacht senior relay with all 3 teams separated by just 0.42s. Fair play to Carrick-on-Shannon for fielding 2 teams of that caliber.


Craughwell AC's Senior Women's and U19 Girl's 4x200m relay teams
who won gold and silver at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Back: Shauna Tobin, Aoife Walsh, Laura Cunningham, Sinead Treacy, Jessica Heneghan
Front: Sinead Gaffney, Aisling Keady, Grainne McDaid

Our senior women’s team were also impressive in their 4x200m with the team claiming the Connacht title with a comfortable victory in a time of 1.54.85. The team featured Sinead Treacy, Sinead Gaffney Jessica Heneghan and Grainne McDaid and it was great to see them back in relay action as bar 1 had not run a relay in many years. With each of the team having medaled previously at National level in different juvenile age groups, it was lovely to see them competing so well on a senior relay team.

In the individual senior events, Sinead Gaffney put in an impressive performance to win the Connacht 800m title in a time of 2.25.17 with Grainne McDaid taking the bronze medal. Peter O’Sullivan had a strong run to take the silver medal in the Senior Men’s 1500m in 4.22.25 while Gavin Cooney raced to bronze in the Senior Men’s 800m in 2.14.13. Paul Armstrong made his debut at Connacht level with a fine performance to take the gold medal in the Senior men's high jump with a clearance of 1.60m and the bronze medal in the long jump with a leap of 5.39m.

Ben Garrard was one of the top performers for the club on the day with gold medals in the U19 Boys high jump and long jump and then a scintillating finish to win the Connacht 800m title on the line in 2.02.93. Laura Cunningham matched this achievement with 3 individual golds in the U18 Girls grade – taking victory in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Aoife Walsh took the silver medals in both the high jump and long jump with Shauna Tobin taking the bronze in both events. The same three U18 girls partnered with Siona Lawless to take the gold medals in the U18 Girls 4x200m and with Aisling Keady to take the silver medals in the U19 Girls 4x200m.


Top 3 in the U18 Girls High Jump at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Aoife Walsh (2nd), Laura Cunningham (1st), Shauna Tobin (3rd)

Jerry Keary was in flying form in the jumps taking victory in the U18 Boys high jump with an impressive clearance of 1.90m and in the long jump and adding bronze in the 200m. Siona Lawless took silver and bronze in the U17 Girls long jump and 60m sprint while Leanagh Gilligan took double silver in the U16 Girls high jump and long jump. Chloe Casey heaved the shot putt out to 13.06m to win the Connacht U16 title. Ciara Sheppard had a strong run to take bronze in the U16 Girls 1500m while Ryan Gallagher took bronze in the U16 60m hurdles and silver in the U16 long jump with an impressive 5.31 with Garvin Surlis taking 5th place. The U16 Girls raced to silver in their 4x200m relay with Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan, Leanagh Gilligan and Ava Power.

A strong U15 squad saw impressive performances in the relays with both Connacht titles coming to the club. The girls were particularly impressive when taking victory in a time of 1.53.75 with Chloe Farragher, Aleisha Larkin, Ava Finn, Ornait Coen and Aine Kelly while the boys also had a convincing victory with Shaun Gilligan, Gavin Lee, Robert Urquhart and Paschal Walsh.

In the individual stakes, Ellie Cronin sailed over 1.55m in the high jump to take the Connacht title, with Aine Kelly 3rd and Ava Finn 4th. Chloe Farragher took double silver in the long jump and 60m sprint, with Aleisha Larkin also qualifying for the National finals with a 4th place finish in the 60m sprint. Paschal Walsh took an impressive silver in the 60m with Shaun Gilligan 4th, a position shared by Jack Fitzgerald in the 60m hurdles. Lughaidh Morgan took a fine silver medal in the U15 long jump and Liam Leen and Sean Cotter placed 2nd and 4th in a quality U15 800m race.

Craughwell AC's U15 High Jumpers at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Aine Kelly (3rd), Ellie Cronin (1st), Ava Finn (4th)

In the U14 age group, Rian Kearney led the way with an impressive leap of 4.87m to take victory in the long jump and added a silver medal in the shot putt. Conor Hoade also had a good day with victory in the 60m hurdles, silver in the high jump and 4th place in the long jump. Lukas Schukat took bronze in the high jump while Robert Urquhart took 4th place in both the high jump and 60m hurdles. Jack Kinane took the Connacht title in the U14 Boys 1000m race walk, a feat repeated by Anna Molloy in the U14 Girls event. Rebekah Flynn took bronze in the high jump with Saoirse Pierce in 4th place while Eve Ayo finished just outside the National qualifiers with a 5th place finish in the U14 60m sprint. Both the boys and girls relay teams placed 3rd in their event with Saoirse Pierce, Rebekah Flynn, Jade Moorhead and Fauve Aylmer racing to bronze in the girls 4x200m and Conor Hoade, Lukas Schukat, Rian Kearney and Liam Mulveen (with subs Oisin Keane and Fabian Fleetwood) doing likewise in the boys 4x200m.


Craughwell AC's U13 Girls Relay Squad at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone

In the U13 Girls grade, Clodagh O’Meara had an exceptional run when taking silver in the 600m in 1.54.23. Rosemary Maduka was impressive in the shot putt when taking the silver medal there while Jade Moorhead had fine performances with bronze in the long jump and 4th place in the high jump. Alicia Locteau and Erin Kelly went close to the podium with 5th place finishes in the high jump and long jump. The boys put in some star performances when taking one-third of the qualifying positions for the Nationals finals. Cian Lavan led the way with 3 individual bronze medals in the high jump, long jump and hurdles.

Evan Hallinan was also impressive with victory in the high jump, silver in the hurdles and 4th place in the long jump. Calvin Ryan and Odhran Gilligan took 4th place in the shot putt to qualify for Nationals while Daniel Galvin went close with a 5th place finish in the 600m in 1.52.40. The U13 boys relay team of Cian Lavan, Evan Hallinan, Odhran Gilligan, Ryan McDonnell and Killian Walsh raced to the silver medals in their 4x100m.

In the U12 grade, Evan Moran was the star performance with triple gold in the 60m sprint, 60m hurdles and 600m. Darragh Kearney was strong also with bronze in the 60m and silver in the shot putt. Adam Jordan took bronze in the high jump while Tomas Fitzgerald and Ben O’Dwyer also qualified for Nationals with 4th place in the long jump and shot putt, with Cormac McFadden just missing out by 7cm with 5th place in the long jump. In the girls’ events, Chloe Hallinan won a brace of silver medals in the hurdles and high jump and placed 5th in the long jump. Grace Lynch took bronze in the long jump with Isabella Fitzgerald doing likewise in the high jump while Niamh Duffy threw impressively to win the Connacht title in the shot putt. The girls relay team put in an incredible run in their 4x100m to take the Connacht title with Grace Keaveney, Niamh Duffy, Chloe Hallinan and Aoibhe Donnellan with the boys taking the bronze medals in their 4x100m with Jamie Collins, Eoin Spellman, Darragh Kearney, Evan Moran and Conor Gilligan.

Full results of the 2 days are here.

Craughwell 10 News.

28 February, 2017 - 14:13

 

With less than a month to go to Craughwell 10 Mile Road Race preparations are well under way. It's been a busy week of entries so don't forget to register here: http://www.active.com/craughwell-galway/running/distance-running-races/craughwell-10-2017?int= 

This year we are delighted to announce that  Revive Active are our main sponsors you can see their range of products here https://reviveactive.com/  

This year the category prizes are as follows 

1st 2nd 3rd lady

1st 2nd 3rd male

first lady over 40

First male over 40

First lady over 50

First male over 50

First lady over 60

First male over 60

We have added 10th male and female this year!!! Revive Active have kindly donated hampers as prizes another great reason to Enter this great race.

Have a look at this link for map of NEW route and addtional information.

Looking forward to welcoming you all on the 19th of March.

http://ie.mapometer.com/events/event/Craughwell_10_2017 

    

Maeve Curley marks return with National Bronze!

19 February, 2017 - 11:35

Maeve Curley, bronze medallist in the National Senior 3k race walk
at the new National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown Dublin

Massive congratulations to Maeve Curley on winning the bronze medal in yesterday's National Senior 3k race walk at the National Indoor Championships in Abbotstown. Maeve was one of the most successful juvenile athletes in the club winning many National medals in race walk and representing Ireland on a number of occasions. The last couple of years have been relatively quiet for Maeve on the competitve front, wth a year out of the sport in 2016 and intermittent injuries in 2014/15 although Maeve still competed at a high level winning silver in the National senior championships in 2015 and indoor and outdoor Universities track & field titles in 2015.

So its wonderful to see Maeve back competing and achieving at the highest level of senior competition in Ireland. Maeve placed 3rd in a time of 14.18.26 just 12 seconds off the pace of the top 2 - former world youth champion Kate Veale of West Waterford and Farranfore's Emma Prendiville. Maeve's podium place follows a similar placing a week earlier in the Universities Track & Field finals where she won bronze in the 1500m race walk in a time of 6.45.14.

Well done Maeve! And well done also to Ballinasloe's Veronica Burke who placed 4th in the same race in a close finish.

 

Statistics from Scotland

17 February, 2017 - 18:20

In the beginning - Glasgow 2008

I have updated a roll of honour of medallists in the Scottish Indoor Track & Field:-

http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/statistics/RollOfHonourScottishIndoorTrackAndField.pdf

Some interesting snippets:-

  • We have won a total of 17 medals in these championships - 12 jumps and 5 track

  • Jerry Keary becomes the first person from the club to win medals on 2 different trips to Scotland

  • Evan Hallinan becomes the first boy from the club to win 2 medals on same trip

  • 5 of the medals were won in the U13 grade

  • 4 of the medals in the U14/15 grade

  • 5 of the medals in the U16/17 grade

  • 3 of the medals in the U18/20 grade

Our Lotto Jackpot Hits €9500!!

17 February, 2017 - 12:49

Our Lotto jackpot, in association with Croi, hits €9500 this week. If you are not in, you can't win.

So if you want to give your heart an extra flutter, click on the picture across to get to the webpage for entering the Lotto.

And in the process raise much needed funds for our athletics facility development and for the great work that Croi does in fighting heart and stroke disease.

If you subscribed last year, have a quick check of whether you auto-renewed or not as the period for which you subscribed may be up.

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