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X Country Kicks off to a flying start

24 September, 2017 - 18:13

Chosen to be part of a Connacht Endurance Squad, 8 eager athletes headed into the "wild west" to spend the weekend in Killary as part of an AAI developmental squad. The beautiful scenery and hills galore provided the perfect setting and opportunity to prepare for the season ahead. Every age group was represented this weekend with Jack Miskella (U20), Caron Ryan (U19), Oisin Lyons (U18), Ben Ryan and William Fitzgerald (U17), Ailbhe Miskella, Kyle Moorhead and Finbarr McFadden all U16. 

Almost every U16 upwards endurance runner were representing the club this weekend with the remainder of the athletes taking part in a X Country Relay (4 x 1500m) and 3k hosted by Castlegar AC.

All athletes put in tremendous effort resulting in strong performances.

                         Mixed X Country Relay Team - Patrick Noonan, Luke Evans, Ciara Sheppard & Sean Noonan

The day kicked off with the Senior X Country mixed relay teams. The youngest of the teams taking part were the Craughwell AC Quartet consisting of Luke Evans, Sean Noonan, Patrick Noonan and Ciara Sheppard.

Ciara was the first runner to take to the field. Conditions were perfect (no rain) and light winds. The course although mainly flat had a couple of small hills to manoeuvre and add to the excitement of the race. Ciara in one of her finest performances stormed off to a great start and immediately took a clear lead, a lead which she held for the entire leg of this race. Taking over from Ciara and second to run was Luke Evans (who has only recently joined the club) and although he has very little x country racing experience, he raced like a “pro” and managed to keep ahead of the other runners and with a clear margin lead and a sprint to the cross over line, handing over to Sean. There was no stopping Sean who helped fight off any components who thought they had a chance with this group. Patrick running last maintained the momentum with an equally strong run to race to the finish with a 1st Place victory. This is the first time that this group had run together as a team and each and every runner deserved their place on the podium.

Next to run were the U10-U14 x country relays (which no doubt Mike T. will update you on).

Our X Country runners are made of strong stuff and a 1500m is merely a “warm-up” for them. All 4 relay runners joined by Sean Cotter (U15), prepared for the next race of the day; the 3k Senior Men and Senior Women’s race.

 

Our Craughwell athletes got off to a great start, aiming to get ahead and then settle down to a strong pace. Sean Cotter put in an exceptional effort and from somewhere around the middle of the pack, managed after around 1k to work his way up through the ranks to take the lead. He continued to fight off a few others attempting to catch him and with only 600m to go, there was a significant distance between him and the next runner (fighting for second place). Despite taking a sharp turn and tumbling over, he managed to pick himself up and pretty much sprint the final 200m. There was little distance between Luke, Sean and Patrick who all with tired legs and fighting against the wind towards the end of the race, finished in fine positions. Next in was Ciara who despite pain in one of her legs that clearly began to affect her after 1.5k, persevered and even managed to sprint the final stretch to the finish line and finishing in 3rd place. 

  

                                                   

 

Exceptional performances from all those who took part and a taste of what to expect from these fine athletes in the upcoming county races over the next few weeks. 

 

                                        

                                                                      Start line of 3k

 

                                                       

   Well done also to the Team Gold U13's. 

Provisional results of primary schools crosscountry semis

19 September, 2017 - 20:16

Provisional results of todays races are at:

2017GalwayPrimarySchoolsXC_SemiFinalsResults.pdf

Well done to all participants!

The Top 40 in each race plus the top 5 teams in each race will go forward to the County Finals, which will be held next Tuesday 26th September in Renmore, Galway again (start of first race will be 12 noon).

There will be four races, 3rd and 4th Class Girls, 3rd/4th Boys, 5th /6th Girls and 5th /6th Boys.

Great Day Out at XYEA 5k and Inflatable Colour Run

18 September, 2017 - 07:27

Main sponsor Pat Reidy presenting the Family 5k Trophy to Craughwell's fastest family ... the Miskellas!

The club enjoyed another wonderful day of colour and fun at the XYEA 5k which was held around the Grenage loop and the Inflatable Colour Run held in the club’s grounds and the adjoining fields. The meandering 2.1km route through the fields proved a popular challenge with all 700 participants, with plenty of colour dashes on the way around and exciting inflatable obstacles to add to the challenge. A big thank you to Packy and Anne Martyn for the use of their fields and also to John O'Connor for the brilliant photos he took of the event ... all on his website here ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenhill77/albums/with/72157686764449644.

A small but formidable group later took to the roads for the XYEA 5k race sponsored by Pat Reidy’s Xyea (IT Consultancy). William Fitzgerald put in a blistering run to take victory in an excellent time of 17:07. He was following in by David Carter, formerly one of GCH’s leading juveniles making a return to the sport and recording a time of 17:35 with Jack Miskella taking 3rd place in a time of 17:57. Luke Evans took the U18 prize in a time of 18:06 while Mark Davis was first O40 in a time of 18:14.

Caron Ryan took victory in the women’s race in a super time of 18:48 while sisters Ailbhe and Emily Miskella took second and third places in 21:49 and 22:50 – fantastic times! And mum Celia make it a remarkable day when taking victory in the women’s O40 category in a time of 25:45. And dad Paul got in on the excitement too when combining with his prize-winning family to take the Family Trophy for the fastest family!

Results of the 5k are here:- 5kresults.pdf

Craughwell AC Launch Major Fund-Raising Raffle

7 September, 2017 - 12:03

Craughwell AC are launching a major fund-raising draw in parallel with our 5k race and inflatable colour run which take place on 16th Sept this month. Tickets/lines will be on sale via our members right through September with the draw held on Thursday evening 28th September.

There are 4 exceptional prizes on offer as shown below including fabulous helicopter trip, priceless jersey signed by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions, hotel weekend away and BT hamper.

With €5 per line or €100 for card if single buyer, it is hoped that our members really get behind promoting the draw. All funds go directly towards Phase 3 of the provision of facilities at Craughwell AC Sports & Recreation Park which will include 400m track, throwing areas, walking pathway, toilets/changing areas and indoor training area. The exact timing of these faciltiies will depend on funds raised, grants and loans.

The 19th September is the 3-year anniversary of the club purchasing its 8-acre grounds and in those 3 years the club has made remarkable progress with Phase 1 purchase of field, development of grass running routes, floodlighting and Phase 2 carpark, jumps areas, sprint track, more floodlighting. The club has spent almost €470,000 in those years through a combination of loans, grants and fundraising.

Detailed plans will be made available to all members once the situation in regard to grants is known later in the autumn. We have approximately 300 families in the club and if each get behind the raffle and sell a card, it will raise an amazing €30,000 for these facilities. So please support it and enjoy the benefits of improved facilities every year.

Upcoming fixtures

5 September, 2017 - 08:56

Tue 19-Sep-17 Primary School Galway Primary Schools Cross-Country Semi-Finals, Renmore
Sat 23-Sep-17 Castlegar Open Cross Country - juveniles and seniors, Doughiska
Tue 26-Sep-17 Primary School Galway Primary Schools Cross-Country Finals, Renmore
Sat 30-Sep-17 Longford AC Open Cross Country -1st/2nd years and adults, Moyne Community School, Longford
Sun 01-Oct-17 U10/Older Galway U10/12/14/16/18 Cross Country, Tuam
Sun 08-Oct-17 U9/Older Galway U9/U11/13/15/17/19 Cross Country, venue tbd
Thu 12-Oct-17 Secondary School Connacht Schools Multi-Events, Athlone IT
Sat 14-Oct-17 Primary School Connacht Primary Schools Cross-Country & Senior League, Roscommon
Sat 28-Oct-17 Secondary School All-Ireland Schools Multi-Events, Athlone IT
Sun 29-Oct-17 U12/Older Connacht U12/14/16/18 XC & Seniors, Calry, Hazelwood, Sligo
Sun 05-Nov-17 U11/Older Connacht U11/13/15/17/19/Junior XC & Seniors, Moyne Community School, Longford
Fri 10-Nov-17 International Schools Combined Events, Glasgow
Sun 26-Nov-17 U12/Older AAI Inter Club and Even Juvenile Age Groups Cross Country, Abbotstown
Sun 17-Dec-17 U11/Older AAI Novice and Uneven Juvenile Age Groups Cross Country, venue tbd

Triple Track Titles for Shauna!

30 August, 2017 - 23:29

Shauna Bocquet had an incredible weekend at the England Age Group Championships held in Bedford on Sunday. These championships are widely considered to be the pinnacle of athletics competitions in these islands across all disciplines and abilities.

Shauna put in a magnificent series of performances to come away with the Championship titles in three of the four events in which she took part - winning the 100m in a time of 19.40, the 400m in 1:06.64 and the 1500m in a time of 4:23.71.

For good measure Shauna also took silver in the 200m in a time of 34.41 – crossing the line first but placed 2nd as it’s a Paralympic discipline so the final placings are decided using a point system to allow all disability categories to compete together.

Videos of some of Shauna’s races are online at the links below:-

    100 200 400

It was an exceptional performance against the best wheelchair athletes on these islands, one that even England Athletics remarked on in their report on the event and one that certainly marks out the Ardrahan athlete as one to watch for the future.

Triple Track Titles for Shauna!

30 August, 2017 - 23:29

Shauna Bocquet had an incredible weekend at the England Age Group Championships held in Bedford on Sunday. These championships are widely considered to be the pinnacle of athletics competitions in these islands across all disciplines and abilities.

Shauna put in a magnificent series of performances to come away with the Championship titles in three of the four events in which she took part - winning the 100m in a time of 19.40, the 400m in 1:06.64 and the 1500m in a time of 4:23.71.

For good measure Shauna also took silver in the 200m in a time of 34.41 – crossing the line first but placed 2nd as it’s a Paralympic discipline so the final placings are decided using a point system to allow all disability categories to compete together.

Videos of some of Shauna’s races are online at the links below:-

    100 200 400

It was an exceptional performance against the best wheelchair athletes on these islands, one that even England Athletics remarked on in their report on the event and one that certainly marks out the Ardrahan athlete as one to watch for the future.

New Craughwell AC Clothes Recycling Facility

30 August, 2017 - 14:12

We want to become your (and your neighbors) sole destination for recycling old clothes and shoes.  It has the potential to generate significant revenue for the club to help pay back loans used to develop the club’s facilities.

With over 300 families in the club:-

  • 300 families giving 4 bags of old clothes each per year = 1200 bags
  • 1200 bags = approx. €6000!
  • 300 families asking their neighbors to do same or offering to bring the bags up on their behalf = €€€ 

To help this, we have moved our clothes recycling facility down to the container on the new field. It will be emptied weekly or fortnightly. See picture above - a big thank you to Eamonn Cummins and Mick Gallagher for the work on adapting the container for recycling. We are asking parents to really get behind recycling as it helps us and helps you.

Please don’t use the toilets container on the school grounds anymore for leaving clothes – please drop it into the container on the new grounds which has a purpose-made window for this. And please don’t use the old blue bin on the school grounds anymore – it is now padlocked.

WE WANT

  • New or old clothes, sheets, curtains.
  • Pairs of old shoes

WE DON’T WANT (and please don’t leave this stuff as we get stuck with it and have to pay to dispose it):

  • Duvets
  • Pillows
  • Books
  • Household rubbish (yes unfortunately – even nappies were left in the old bin)

So please help us to make this a success. Our target is to generate €10,000 per year on this but we can only do it with everyone's support. €10,000 allows us to borrow 10 times this - so it has the potential to build alot of facilities and is easy to do if families get behind it.

New Craughwell AC Clothes Recycling Facility

30 August, 2017 - 14:12

We want to become your (and your neighbors) sole destination for recycling old clothes and shoes.  It has the potential to generate significant revenue for the club to help pay back loans used to develop the club’s facilities.

With over 300 families in the club:-

  • 300 families giving 4 bags of old clothes each per year = 1200 bags
  • 1200 bags = approx. €6000!
  • 300 families asking their neighbors to do same or offering to bring the bags up on their behalf = €€€ 

To help this, we have moved our clothes recycling facility down to the container on the new field. It will be emptied weekly or fortnightly. See picture above - a big thank you to Eamonn Cummins and Mick Gallagher for the work on adapting the container for recycling. We are asking parents to really get behind recycling as it helps us and helps you.

Please don’t use the toilets container on the school grounds anymore for leaving clothes – please drop it into the container on the new grounds which has a purpose-made window for this. And please don’t use the old blue bin on the school grounds anymore – it is now padlocked.

WE WANT

  • New or old clothes, sheets, curtains.
  • Pairs of old shoes

WE DON’T WANT (and please don’t leave this stuff as we get stuck with it and have to pay to dispose it):

  • Duvets
  • Pillows
  • Books
  • Household rubbish (yes unfortunately – even nappies were left in the old bin)

So please help us to make this a success. Our target is to generate €10,000 per year on this but we can only do it with everyone's support. €10,000 allows us to borrow 10 times this - so it has the potential to build alot of facilities and is easy to do if families get behind it.

Juvenile Membership Renewal

25 August, 2017 - 20:31

For those members whose membership renewal is due in September, our preference is for you to do it online rather than the manual form that we have used in the past. You can still do it manually if you prefer using the form on our membership page. Or alternatively click the button below to do it online.

Approx half of our members are on the Sept-Aug renewal while the remaining half are on the Jan-Dec renewal. If in doubt which you are, please consult with our club registrar Mike O'Connor at 087 2336693.


Juvenile Membership Renewal

25 August, 2017 - 20:31

For those members whose membership renewal is due in September, our preference is for you to do it online rather than the manual form that we have used in the past. You can still do it manually if you prefer using the form on our membership page. Or alternatively click the button below to do it online.

Approx half of our members are on the Sept-Aug renewal while the remaining half are on the Jan-Dec renewal. If in doubt which you are, please consult with our club registrar Mike O'Connor at 087 2336693.


Sports & Recreation Park Membership

25 August, 2017 - 09:59


Craughwell AC Sports & Recreation Park Membership 

Craughwell AC’s Sports & Recreation Park is an 8-acre park adjacent to Craughwell village and Craughwell National School. The club are continually are continually developing the park to provide high quality facilities and to help finance this, the club make its facilities available to the public at certain hours for a small annual fee of €50 which equates to less than €1 per week. This fee contributes to the upkeep of the facility and the repayment of loans.

Current facilities available include:-

Athletes Shine in National Community Games and National League

23 August, 2017 - 08:12



Craughwell’s Ryan Gallagher and Ava Finn
who competed in the U16 Boys High Jump and U14 Girls Long Jump
at the National Community Games finals

The track and field season wrapped up last weekend with the National finals of both the Community Games and the National Track & Field League. In the League in Tullamore, the club had a number of athletes representing County Galway where the county team put in a strong performance to place 6th overall and retain their position in the Premier Division. Maeve Curley strode to victory in the 1500m race walk in a time of 7.08.24 while Laura Cunningham and Sineád Treacy combined with GCH to take 3rd place in the 4x100m in a time of 50.91. There were a number of 4th place finishes including Rachel Finnegan in the 400m hurdles (70.70), Lorraine Delaney in the high jump (1.50m), Sinead Treacy in the 200m (26.83) and Arlene Earls in the 4x400m (4.13.51) while Sarah Finnegan placed 5th in the 100m hurdles (18.34), Laura Cunningham 6th in the triple jump (9.70m) and Sinead Treacy 6th in the long jump (4.87m).

   

Finbar McFadden and Chloe Casey who competed in the U16 Boys 1500m and U16 Girls Discus 
at the National Community Games finals with Finbar placing 10th and Chloe 2nd

Craughwell's U13 4x100m Mixed Relay who competed at the National Community Games finals in Abbotstown

The National finals of the Community Games were held in the marvellous facilities of the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown for the first time where several athletes from the club took part. Chloe Casey took the silver medal in the U16 Girls discus while Conor Hoade took bronze in the U14 Boys Hurdles. Ryan Gallagher tied for 4th place in the U16 Boys High Jump with a PB of 1.70m but had to settle for 6th place on countback of knocked bars. The U13 Mixed Relay Team of Fauve Aylmer, Evan Hallinan, Jade Moorhead and Ryan McDonnell made it through to the semi-finals of the 4x100m where they placed 6th. Finbar McFadden had a strong run to make the final of the U16 Boys 1500m where he placed 10th in an excellent 4.32 while Aleisha Larkin, Rebecca Lynch and Ava Finn battled hard in the U16 100m, U14 javelin and U14 long jump with Ava unlucky to have to withdraw due to injury after her first jump. 

Ryan Gallagher continued to impress after the event with an excellent interview in the Irish Independent !! See below for details.

Athletes Shine in National Community Games and National League

23 August, 2017 - 08:12



Craughwell’s Ryan Gallagher and Ava Finn
who competed in the U16 Boys High Jump and U14 Girls Long Jump
at the National Community Games finals

The track and field season wrapped up last weekend with the National finals of both the Community Games and the National Track & Field League. In the League in Tullamore, the club had a number of athletes representing County Galway where the county team put in a strong performance to place 6th overall and retain their position in the Premier Division. Maeve Curley strode to victory in the 1500m race walk in a time of 7.08.24 while Laura Cunningham and Sineád Treacy combined with GCH to take 3rd place in the 4x100m in a time of 50.91. There were a number of 4th place finishes including Rachel Finnegan in the 400m hurdles (70.70), Lorraine Delaney in the high jump (1.50m), Sinead Treacy in the 200m (26.83) and Arlene Earls in the 4x400m (4.13.51) while Sarah Finnegan placed 5th in the 100m hurdles (18.34), Laura Cunningham 6th in the triple jump (9.70m) and Sinead Treacy 6th in the long jump (4.87m).

   

Finbar McFadden and Chloe Casey who competed in the U16 Boys 1500m and U16 Girls Discus 
at the National Community Games finals with Finbar placing 10th and Chloe 2nd

Craughwell's U13 4x100m Mixed Relay who competed at the National Community Games finals in Abbotstown

The National finals of the Community Games were held in the marvellous facilities of the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown for the first time where several athletes from the club took part. Chloe Casey took the silver medal in the U16 Girls discus while Conor Hoade took bronze in the U14 Boys Hurdles. Ryan Gallagher tied for 4th place in the U16 Boys High Jump with a PB of 1.70m but had to settle for 6th place on countback of knocked bars. The U13 Mixed Relay Team of Fauve Aylmer, Evan Hallinan, Jade Moorhead and Ryan McDonnell made it through to the semi-finals of the 4x100m where they placed 6th. Finbar McFadden had a strong run to make the final of the U16 Boys 1500m where he placed 10th in an excellent 4.32 while Aleisha Larkin, Rebecca Lynch and Ava Finn battled hard in the U16 100m, U14 javelin and U14 long jump with Ava unlucky to have to withdraw due to injury after her first jump. 

Ryan Gallagher continued to impress after the event with an excellent interview in the Irish Independent !! See below for details.

Athletes Shine in National Community Games and National League

23 August, 2017 - 08:12



Craughwell’s Ryan Gallagher and Ava Finn
who competed in the U16 Boys High Jump and U14 Girls Long Jump
at the National Community Games finals

The track and field season wrapped up last weekend with the National finals of both the Community Games and the National Track & Field League. In the League in Tullamore, the club had a number of athletes representing County Galway where the county team put in a strong performance to place 6th overall and retain their position in the Premier Division. Maeve Curley strode to victory in the 1500m race walk in a time of 7.08.24 while Laura Cunningham and Sineád Treacy combined with GCH to take 3rd place in the 4x100m in a time of 50.91. There were a number of 4th place finishes including Rachel Finnegan in the 400m hurdles (70.70), Lorraine Delaney in the high jump (1.50m), Sinead Treacy in the 200m (26.83) and Arlene Earls in the 4x400m (4.13.51) while Sarah Finnegan placed 5th in the 100m hurdles (18.34), Laura Cunningham 6th in the triple jump (9.70m) and Sinead Treacy 6th in the long jump (4.87m).

   

Finbar McFadden and Chloe Casey who competed in the U16 Boys 1500m and U16 Girls Discus 
at the National Community Games finals with Finbar placing 10th and Chloe 2nd

Craughwell's U13 4x100m Mixed Relay who competed at the National Community Games finals in Abbotstown

The National finals of the Community Games were held in the marvellous facilities of the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown for the first time where several athletes from the club took part. Chloe Casey took the silver medal in the U16 Girls discus while Conor Hoade took bronze in the U14 Boys Hurdles. Ryan Gallagher tied for 4th place in the U16 Boys High Jump with a PB of 1.70m but had to settle for 6th place on countback of knocked bars. The U13 Mixed Relay Team of Fauve Aylmer, Evan Hallinan, Jade Moorhead and Ryan McDonnell made it through to the semi-finals of the 4x100m where they placed 6th. Finbar McFadden had a strong run to make the final of the U16 Boys 1500m where he placed 10th in an excellent 4.32 while Aleisha Larkin, Rebecca Lynch and Ava Finn battled hard in the U16 100m, U14 javelin and U14 long jump with Ava unlucky to have to withdraw due to injury after her first jump. 

Ryan Gallagher continued to impress after the event with an excellent interview in the Irish Independent !! See below for details.

Shauna Stars in Coventry Classic!

21 August, 2017 - 11:51

Shauna Bocquet pictured with Kare Adenegan at the Coventry Godiva Classic
Kate won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 800m
at the World Paralympics Championships in London this year

Shauna Bocquet competed recently in Coventry at the Godiva Classic with some excellent performances and 4 Personal Bests out of 5 events. Shauna raced 100m, 400m and 1500m on the Saturday and 100m, 200m and 800m on the Sunday.

Saturday started off with the 100m where Shauna raced to a time of 19.08 but the wind reading was not legal at +2.3m/s. Later that day in 400m Shauna clocked a 2 seconds PB of 65.66 to better the time she had set at the Diamond League back in September 2016 and she rounded off the day with a massive 14 seconds PB in the 1500m in a time of 4.20.15!

Sunday went off to a flyer with the 800m where Shauna managed to hang on with some senior athletes and then came around them to win in a sprint finish earning herself a 7 seconds PB in a time of 2.10.97! Three hours later in the 100m, she could not better her PB but still posted a strong performance with 19.34 only 0.07 away from her best time and finished the day with another PB in the 200m where she clocked 34.20 to take 2nd place thanks to a very strong finish in the last 50m. Great results after a good block of training before this competition.

Shauna has one more competition next Sunday with the England Age Group in Bedford where she will be competing in the U14 girls over 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m.

    

Shauna Stars in Coventry Classic!

21 August, 2017 - 11:51

Shauna Bocquet pictured with Kare Adenegan at the Coventry Godiva Classic
Kate won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 800m
at the World Paralympics Championships in London this year

Shauna Bocquet competed recently in Coventry at the Godiva Classic with some excellent performances and 4 Personal Bests out of 5 events. Shauna raced 100m, 400m and 1500m on the Saturday and 100m, 200m and 800m on the Sunday.

Saturday started off with the 100m where Shauna raced to a time of 19.08 but the wind reading was not legal at +2.3m/s. Later that day in 400m Shauna clocked a 2 seconds PB of 65.66 to better the time she had set at the Diamond League back in September 2016 and she rounded off the day with a massive 14 seconds PB in the 1500m in a time of 4.20.15!

Sunday went off to a flyer with the 800m where Shauna managed to hang on with some senior athletes and then came around them to win in a sprint finish earning herself a 7 seconds PB in a time of 2.10.97! Three hours later in the 100m, she could not better her PB but still posted a strong performance with 19.34 only 0.07 away from her best time and finished the day with another PB in the 200m where she clocked 34.20 to take 2nd place thanks to a very strong finish in the last 50m. Great results after a good block of training before this competition.

Shauna has one more competition next Sunday with the England Age Group in Bedford where she will be competing in the U14 girls over 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m.

    

Shauna Stars in Coventry Classic!

21 August, 2017 - 11:51

Shauna Bocquet pictured with Kare Adenegan at the Coventry Godiva Classic
Kate won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 800m
at the World Paralympics Championships in London this year

Shauna Bocquet competed recently in Coventry at the Godiva Classic with some excellent performances and 4 Personal Bests out of 5 events. Shauna raced 100m, 400m and 1500m on the Saturday and 100m, 200m and 800m on the Sunday.

Saturday started off with the 100m where Shauna raced to a time of 19.08 but the wind reading was not legal at +2.3m/s. Later that day in 400m Shauna clocked a 2 seconds PB of 65.66 to better the time she had set at the Diamond League back in September 2016 and she rounded off the day with a massive 14 seconds PB in the 1500m in a time of 4.20.15!

Sunday went off to a flyer with the 800m where Shauna managed to hang on with some senior athletes and then came around them to win in a sprint finish earning herself a 7 seconds PB in a time of 2.10.97! Three hours later in the 100m, she could not better her PB but still posted a strong performance with 19.34 only 0.07 away from her best time and finished the day with another PB in the 200m where she clocked 34.20 to take 2nd place thanks to a very strong finish in the last 50m. Great results after a good block of training before this competition.

Shauna has one more competition next Sunday with the England Age Group in Bedford where she will be competing in the U14 girls over 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m.

    

Athletics Training Times - Get Fit, Be Active!

18 August, 2017 - 12:33

Athletics training will be resuming shortly for all age groups. Please see below for the different times.

Parents and teenagers and young adults please read on!

For anyone new or considering the sport, we accept new members at any time of the year. You can try it out for 3 training sessions and then would need to register with the club in order to continue.

You are never too old to start a new activity.

Athletics is a super activity from both a health and fitness and a competitive perspective. Many of our members do it for just for health/fitness/social reasons. Many more do it for both that and for competitive reasons with 100s of our members winning county and regional medals and many going on to win National medals and in several instances represent Ireland internationally.

Media outlets regularly flag the oncoming health crisis which is looming in Ireland. The World Health Organisation have predicted that Ireland will be the most obese country in Europe by 2030. The Irish Independent reported today that a large % of teenagers lack the basic fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, throwing and catching.

The onus is on parents to ensure our kids exercise and the easiest way to do this is to have a regular sport. Most of us would likely happily spend our time on the Internet all evening reading the online news, watching sport or music, keeping up with other people’s holiday snaps on Facebook, etc. But we know we need to exercise also and many of us do. But many of our kids don’t. So they need to understand that like food and drink and sleep, their bodies need exercise and the best way of achieving this is to be involved in a regular sport several days a week.

And please, it’s even more important to continue your sport when changing from primary school to secondary school, when in Junior Cert or Leaving Cert or starting college. Those 4 milestones are the main times when children and teenagers fall away from sport and many never return as it’s hard to reform habits.

Your health is your wealth as we all know as we get older. No point in being a genius with a large salary if you are sick much of the time – so let’s remember this when setting our priorities in school and try to have a balance between study and exercise.

It’s never too late to start athletics. Athletics encourages a healthy habit of regular exercise in either a non-competitive or competitive manner depending on what suits the individual.

We take members of all ages from senior infants upwards. If you are already fit and want to test yourself out at a new sport, then go for it. If you are unfit and want to try it out, then likewise go for it. We can focus on getting you fit first and then months later if you wish, on competition events.

See our training times below and list of contacts for the different training groups.Click the picture for larger view.

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