Work is proceeding at pace on the club’s fine new facilities in Crinnage with the construction of an international standard sprint straight 8 lanes wide and 140m long with a 9m long jump pit at the end.
Work is expected to be completed mid-September just in time for what the club hope will be a major family event with the inaugural Family 5k and children’s colour run on Saturday September 17th.
The 5k commences at the school and runs the Grenage loop while the colour run takes place on the club’s new grass running routes. The club are appealing to individuals and families to take part in the 5k either walking or jogging it to raise much needed funds for the facility development.
Every cent raised is ploughed back into the facility. The club is pleased also to welcome on board the sponsors for the event with the Family 5k being sponsored by software development company Xyea and the Children’s Colour Run being sponsored by Yeats College.
The event will be accompanied by athletics fun and games for younger children while parents and older siblings run the 5k race. There are prizes for the fastest individuals in the 5k race and for the fastest families with the cumulative times of 3 members of the same family counting in the 5k.
So please get on board and take part in our event on September 17th. You can sign up here:- http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/5k.
There are other ways to support us too by joining our Lotto or by making a direct donation to our facility. Details for signing up to our lotto are at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/lotto.
An added incentive for signing up to the Lotto is that you get annual membership of our Sports and Recreation Park as part of the deal. Membership works out at €1 a week – excellent value for use of a facility which is lit up to 11pm each night, where you can park your car safely and go for a walk or run on nice grass routes and in time, on a gravel route around the perimeter.
Please please support us by taking part in the 5k and colour run or supporting the lotto. Facilities like what we are building do not come cheap. Our total spend on the sprint lanes, lights, long jump area, high jump area and carpark/roadway comes to very close to €200,000. We got a grant of €100k but the other €100k has to come from loans and fund-raising. We are building one of the finest community facilities in the country so it is very worthy of your financial support.
The pictures below show how the development of the sprint lanes have been progressing this past few weeks.
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15 August 2016
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24 August 2016
Craughwell's U13 Mixed Relay Team at the National Community Games Finals in Athlone
A small group of athletes from the parish travelled to the National finals of the Community Games last weekend to battle it out for National honours. There were no medals on this occasion but many fine performances from the athletes against the best in the country and they can be proud of their achievements in being the Galway champions and making it to this level. The athletes were Cormac McFadden and Grace Lynch in the U10 60m hurdles, the U12 girls relay team of Erin Kelly, Ailish Burke, Fauve Aylmer and Jade Moorhead, the U13 mixed relay team of Robert Urquhart, Padraig Martyn, Emma Jane Moran and Ava Finn, Rebecca Lynch in the U14 javelin, Kyle Moorhead in the U14 800m, Padraig Martyn in the U14 long jump and Ryan Gallagher in the U16 high jump.
Craughwell's U12 Girls Relay Team at the National Community Games Finals in Athlone
Damian pictured on arrival at McNeese University
Best wishes to Damian again - he made the long journey last week to McNeese and is getting settled in as we speak.
Damian being presented with a Certificate of Achievement and some club gear by Nessa Gillen and Michael Tobin
to mark his unique achievement in becoming the first athlete from the club
to go on scholarship to the United States
Shauna Bocquet pictured with World Champion Marcel Hug at training camp in Switzerland
The incredible achievements by athletes from the club just keep on flowing! The latest breaking news is one of the biggest achievements ever by an athlete from the club – an invitation to take part in the Diamond League in Zurich!!!!!!
Shauna Bocquet and her dad and coach Loic are just back from a one week training camp in Switzerland. Shauna spent the week training alongside athletes from around Europe (Swiss, Netherland, Germany, Scotland, England, Austria, Ireland and Denmark) under the watchful eye of World Champion Marcel Hug one of the top wheelchair racers in the world and his coach, Paul Odermatt.
Marcel also joined the sessions along with some of the Elite Swiss Paralympic team, who are getting ready for Rio 2016. It was a very busy week with two daily training sessions and evening workshops but a lot of fun also with an excursion in Zurich including a visit to the FIFA football museum.
Thanks to her performances during the week, Shauna has now been invited to compete in an U23 girls 400m wheelchair race as part of the Zurich Diamond League meeting on Thursday the 1st of September in the Letzigrund Stadium. This is an incredible achievement for any athlete but for a 12-year old girl – incredible doesn’t do it justice!
Shauna has a busy August to prepare for the Diamond League with training sessions with the Irish squad in Waterford and Belfast and races in Coventry and Belfast before heading off the Zurich.
Well done Shauna, the club are proud of you!
Our club records page fell a little out of date over the last 3 years but I've tried to bring them uptodate here with last 3 years of performances. Click on the pictures below to view the latest. And if anyone spots a mistake, let me know and I can update them. The updates show some fantastic results in recent years from our many super talented athletes. Next update is hopefully our age group records which also are woefully out of date!
The Craughwell AC Marathon is back again for 2016! This years event will be held on Saturday 27th August and will be run over a looped route through the village of Craughwell and its surrounding quiet country roads.
This is an ideal event for anyone tackling the distance for the first time or for the seasoned Marathoner. The route is accurately measured and is AAI licensed.
Photos ©John O'Connor
Entry Details Below:
• Date: Saturday 27th August 2016.
• Start time: 8:00am.
• You will receive confirmation of entry in due course.
• Registration: Craughwell Community Hall from 7:00am to 7:45am.
• Entry €25
• Limited Entry.
• Medals for all finishers
• 250mm bottled water on course.
• Post race refreshments in the St. Michael's Hall Craughwell
• Changing Facilities available onsite
• Course consists of 8 loops to make the 26.2Miles, Jones counter measured.
• There is ample parking at the Community Center.
Looking forward welcoming you all on the day!
With Olympics in Rio kicking off in August, why not give your attention to Elite athletics domestically?
GCH men and Galway ladies both comfortably qualified for the Final in Tullamore Stadium on 7th Aug. We have 2 incredibly strong teams for the final with many National Champions and international athletes on the Galway teams. Both teams have realistic shot at medals but…….
People of Galway, we need you!!!
Often at domestic athletic events there are no supporters and athletes run with very little cheering or support. We believe Galway can change this. Let’s get supporters there on the day. Supporters can be the difference between our teams winning or losing. Let’s make history together and have not 1 but 2 teams from Galway take a medal on this stage. No team from the West ever has but with your help we’ll give it everything and I can promise, the rest of the country will know we were there!
Matthew McKernan, National U19 Triple Jump Champion 2016
The final day of the National juvenile track & field saw Matthew McKernan close out his career as a juvenile with a fantastic victory in the U19 triple jump with a fine leap of 12.54m. Having won a silver medal in the long jump last weekend, Matthew finished out his season in style with his first gold medal at National level.
Matthew first represented the club as an U13 in 2010 when competing in Bushfield in the Galway Cross Country (of all things Matthew!). But after a brief encounter with cross country running, the horizontal jumps became Matthew’s forte and he steadily progressed in long and triple jump through the years. He first hit the National podium as an U16 in 2013 where he took bronze with a leap of 11.17m in the triple jump, a discipline he had just commenced training for only 8 weeks previously.
He followed this up with impressive performances in the Galway outdoors in 2014 with a 5.84m long jump and 12.15m triple jump and at the National outdoors with a terrific 12.98m to take the bronze medal in the triple jump – a feat he repeated that August in the National Community Games finals. Matthew’s strong jumping performances continued in 2015 when he took silver in the National indoor triple jump with a leap of 12.17m and then claimed his first National long jump medal in the outdoors taking the bronze with a leap of 5.98m and followed up with silver in the outdoor triple jump with 12.35m. The success continued in 2016 with silver in the triple jump with 12.20m and now the elusive gold medal as an U19 in 2016.
Well done Matthew, great to witness the making of a champion in the last 3 years!
Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney followed up on their triple jump success of yesterday with strong performances in the U17 high jump which came very close to the medals. Laura cleared 1.50m on her first attempt and came very close to doing likewise at 1.55m which would have taken the bronze medal. Lorraine came within a hairs breath of clearing 1.55m on her first and third attempts, barely touching the bar with her heels causing it to drop. There was so little contact, one would think it was her shoelace that caught it! In the end, Lorraine placed 9th due to some knocked bars earlier on and Laura was joint 5th – but both encouraged by being so close to the bronze medal which a first time clearance of 1.55m would have won.
Ryan Gallagher placed 5th in the U15 high jump with a clearance of 1.60m, unlucky not to go higher with the wet ground causing him to slip on some of his earlier jumps. Entering the competition at 1.55m, Ryan lost his footing under the bar on his first attempt but bravely battled on to clear the 1.55 and 1.60 and unlucky not to get 1.65.
Sean Cotter following his impressive performance in the U14 Boys 1500m
Sean Cotter ran a fine time of 4.55.35 to take 9th place in a high quality U14 1500m race with Caron Ryan also placing 9th in the U18 girls 1500m with a time of 5.06.89 and Finbar McFadden and Ailbhe Miskella racing to 13th and 16th position in their U15 1500m races, slightly down on their PBs from the Galway and Connacht championships. Sean’s performance ranks him number 3 on the club’s all-time times for U14 Boys 1500m while Caron’s performance parachutes her to the top of our U18 performances in 1500m.
Daniel Callanan-Forde ran a good time of 24.82 to place 6th in his heat of the U17 200m to wrap up a very successful Nationals with his double silver in long jump and triple jump.
Well done also to former member of the club Michael Hand who emigrated a few years ago to the Deep South and now competes with Cork club Old Abbey. Michael placed 4th in the U16 javelin.
Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney
Silver and Bronze Medal Winners in the U17 Girls Triple Jump
Another glorious day of athletics success took place in Tullamore on day 3 of the National Juvenile Track & Field where the club had 20 athletes in action.
Today was Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney’s turn to take center-stage where they put in a magnificent performance in the U17 Girls Triple Jump to take 2nd and 3rd place. Laura 2nd jump of 10.29m earned her the silver medal in an impressive series of jumps. Having placed 4th in both the AAI U16 triple jump and Community Games triple jump last year, it was wonderful for Laura to stand on the podium today as an AAI individual medallist for the first time. And even more wonderful to be standing alongside club-mate and friend Lorraine Delaney whose 5th attempt was an exceptional 10.14m to take the bronze medal. Amazingly it was Lorraine’s first competition in triple jump and to come away with a medal and a big jump was very impressive. Laura’s and Lorraine’s jumps place them 3rd on 4th on the club’s all-time list for triple jump with Sarah Finnegan holding the club senior record with 10.54m and Melissa Mullins the junior record with 10.36m and Laura and Lorraine next with today’s jumps.
Jerry Keary and Daniel Callanan-Forde on the podium with silver
in the U17 Boys High Jump and U17 Boys Triple Jump
Daniel Callanan-Forde made it a treble triple jump for the club with another fantastic silver medal in the U17 boys with a best of 12.64m on his 6th and final jump – adding to his long jump medal from the nationals 2 weekends ago. Jerry Keary continued his exceptional summer with silver in the U17 boys high jump with a leap of 1.85m, a little down on his recent superhuman form but nonetheless a superb achievement coming only a week after the highs of his international silver in Kent.
Also in the medals Chloe Casey won her first National medal in the colours of Craughwell AC with a PB and huge throw of 12.99m in the third round of the U15 shot putt to take the silver – a massive throw and missing out on gold to a throw which set a new championship record for this age group.
Chloe Casey, silver medallist in the U15 Girls Shot Putt
There were many more fine performances which came very close to the medals. Evan Hallinan was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the U12 boys high jump with a best of 1.35m which was the same as the bronze medallist but placed him 5th when account was taken of knocked bars. Only for a broken toe which prevented him training since the Connachts, Evan would have almost certainly medalled.
Conor Hoade was also in fine form in the U13 Boys Long Jump leaping a new PB of 4.49m on his first attempt and improving this further to 4.52m on his 4th attempt to place 6th overall. Cian Lavan was also impressive with a best of 1.30m in the U12 high jump to place 9th, only 1 jump away from the medal positions and a PB by 10cm for Cian.
Three U12 girls proudly represented the club in the shot putt with Rosemary Maduka placing 9th, Aoibhe Fahy 12th and Shauna Donoghue 13th. Saoirse Pierce had a great National debut with a 10th place finish in the U13 Girls high jump, a position shared by Padraig Martyn in the U14 Boys long jump. Pascal Walsh placed 5th in his heat of the 80m with a good time of 11.21 while performances were slightly down for some of our long jumpers but nevertheless all will have gained valuable experience with Garvin Surlis and Conor Roberts 11th and 12th in the U15 boys long jump, Leanagh Gilligan 13th in the U15 girls long jump and Aine Kelly 15th in the U14 girls long jump.
All in all it was a wonderful day for the club and any disappointments for some of our younger athletes will disappear when they look back on old articles on this website and see that our U17s were close to the medals in their younger years but kept plugging away at it and now are enjoying the success that all our dedicated athletes so richly deserve.
Hot off the Atlantic airwaves, the news has reached the club that Damian O’Boyle has been offered a scholarship in McNeese State University in Louisiana. Their athletics squad, known as The McNeese Cowboys, is a popular choice for some of Ireland’s finest distance runners. Being selected for the college is a fantastic achievement for Damian and follows years of dedication from a young age. Going on scholarship to a US college steeped in distance running history was a dream ambition for Damian these last few years. This week’s news is just reward for one of the club’s most dedicated athletes and the club is immensely proud of Damian’s achievement. He becomes the first athlete from the club to go on scholarship to the United States, another achievement box ticked for the club. Congratulations also to his parents for their years of dedication and in particular mum Marion who is our current Chairperson and works tirelessly for the club.
The only gotcha now is that the club will have to fly the Club PRO out to the US to cover the US cross country season – that sucks as I hate leaving home!
And a huge congratulations also to the engine of Sligo athletics, the one and only Dermot McDermott who coaches Damian. Dermot took Damian on a couple of years ago and helped take him to the next level and was instrumental in advising Damian on various scholarship options. Dermot's help and support was massive, as it is for dozens of athletes all over the country and as it is for 100s of younger athletes above in Sligo!
So well done Damian, we will be watching the US news feeds from a far to keep tabs on our club records!
Craughwell AC's Jerry Keary and Nenagh Olympic's Joseph McEvoy
who placed 2nd and 3rd at the Schools International in Kent yesterday
(photo from ISAA facebook page)
Congratulation's to Jerry Keary and Nenagh's Joseph McEvoy on fantastic jumping at the schools international in Kent yesterday where Jerry leaped 1.99m to claim silver and Joseph leaped 1.96m to claim bronze.
Jerry sailed over 1.99m on his first attempt to claim the silver in an elite international field. His jumps are listed above.
Jerry’s progression in the high jump has been remarkable this year. He has improved his PB from 1.81m from last year’s to 2.00 this year – leaping 1.80 in the Galway indoors, 1.90 in the Scottish indoors, 1.92 in the Galway outdoors, 1.93 in the Connacht schools and 2.00 in the Connacht outdoors, capping it all off with victory in the Tailteann Games with 1.95 and now 2nd place in the international with 1.99. To put his improvement into perspective, an equivalent improvement in the space of a year for a 2-minute 800m runner would be to run the 800m in 1:47.5 or for a 35-minute 10k runner to run their 10k in 31:20. And to even further highlight these massive achievements, Jerry had to take 6 weeks off training between the indoors and outdoors to get his appendix removed! Clearly it was a heavy appendix that was weighing him down :-).
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Jerry in previous years. Having medalled as an U12 in 2011 with bronze and a leap of 1.20 in the National indoors, Jerry placed 5th, 6th and 7th on many occasions in the intervening years at National level, jumping 1.30 in the U12 outdoors, 1.40 and 1.43 indoor an outdoors as an U13, 1.50 and 1.53 as an U14 and 1.50 and 1.63 as an U15. Despite many times coming close to the podium, Jerry never lost heart, continued to train, continued to compete in every National final and finally returned to the National podium as an U16 when taking the National silver with a leap of 1.70m in the indoors. He progressed from there to leap 1.75m and then 1.81m in the outdoors before his astronomic improvements this year.
All our athletes should take inspiration from Jerry’s progress. The standard of athletics in the UK is world-class – Jerry is right up there with the best of his age in these islands. But that right was well-earned as you can see from his progress and commitment over the years – so all of our athletes should be encouraged by this. Keep training, keep improving, eventually you will get to the top!
And well done Jerry!
And continuing a wonderful year for the U17/18s in the club, Laura Cunningham made her debut on the County Galway team in the National League today where she leaped 1.50m to take 3rd place in the high jump and threw the javelin out to 23.54m to take 4th place in that event, only 44cm shy of breaking our senior club record in the javelin.
Laura's performance was part of a strong contribution to the Galway team score from juniors and seniors from Craughwell AC with Michelle Duggan 2nd in the 100m (13.06) and Sinead Treacy 3rd in the long jump (5.19) and senior athletes Sarah Finnegan 3rd and 4th in the 100m hurdles (18.87) and triple jump (9.78), Rachel Finnegan 3rd in the 400m hurdles (71.43) and Edel O'Meara 3rd in the pole vault (1.70).