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.
In the beginning - Glasgow 2008
I have updated a roll of honour of medallists in the Scottish Indoor Track & Field:-
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
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The provisional program for the Connacht Indoors is available at the following links:-
Note that its not possible to guess times of individual events until the list of entries is published. So for example ithe first long jump is at 10am on Saturday. If there are 20 participants, it will take approx an hour. If there are 40 participants, it will take approx 2 hours. I will update this page with some guesswork if the entry list is published beforehand.
The victorious Craughwell AC U13 4x200m relay teams with team managers Helen Hallinan and Mairead Lavan
On a marvellous night of athletics at the AIT Grand Prix, the cool calm and clinical Craughwell U13 relays stole the show in the opening events of the night when winning both relays with an exquisite display of sprinting and baton changing from all members of the 2 teams.
The girls were on the track first and with Katie Scully handing off to Jade Moorhead to Aoibhe Carr to Fauve Aylmer the team combined to build a substantial lead over the other teams and win in style. Ablely backed up by substitute Clodagh O'Meara, the team ran an impressive time of 2.02.
The boys were up next and put in an equally powerful display of sprinting with Evan Moran handing off to Evan Hallinan to Conor Gilligan and to Cian Lavan, recording a time just under the 2 minutes and winning by a substantial margin and again with a very strong substitute Eoin Spellman waiting on the wings should anyone get injured.
It was a super experience for the athletes and a great honour for both them and the club to take part and come away with 2 victories. In the 3 years since this event was part of the progam, this is the second time the club took both victories, winning both races in 2015 and 2017 and placing 3rd and 4th last year.
And well done to AIT on putting on a tremendous show yet again with a dazzling array of international stars in action. And hopefully we will all be back again next year for the yet another amazng night of athletics!
And if you missed the action, you can get it here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vwV5Jw7OxM. The relays are the first event but unfortunately don't seem to have been on the live stream.
I have uploaded a video of the 2 races here:-
Jerry Keary, Aoife Walsh and Ben Garrard at day 1
of the Scottish Indoor Track & Field Championships in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow
A large group of athletes made the trip to Glasgow at the weekend to take part in the Scottish Indoor Track and Field Championships for the U20, U15 and U13 age groups. It was the largest group ever from the club to travel to Scotland since our first trip in 2008 when 27 athletes made the short journey across the waters. This time 23 athletes made the trip and the group was nicely supplemented by 6 athletes from the club’s fit4youth group with Ailvhe Martyn, Kate Craven, Alison Coye, Lauren Stewart, Andrea Treacy and Gearoid Treacy all taking part in the local 5k Park Run. The entire group were exceptionally well behaved for the whole trip and are a real credit to their parents and to ther club and performed with distinction in their events in Scotland.
At the track and field, the club came away with 4 medals, several top 8 performances and many personal best performances. Saturday kicked off the with the U20 Womens Long Jump where Aoife Walsh was taking part ... Aoife had very impressive first and second jumps which looked to be over the 5m mark but with tiny breaks and a conservative 3rd jump of 4.32m placed her 13th in the competition. Jerry Keary was next in action in the U20 Mens Long Jump and recorded a massive PB of almost 50cm to leap 6.19m on his first jump and in the process set a new club junior indoor record eclipsing Daniel Callanan-Forde’s 6.15m record from last year. Jerry however had to pass on his remaining jumps due to a slight niggle picked up in round 2 but his 6.19m was good enough to place 5th overall.
Laura Cunningham - bronze medallist
in the U20 Womens High Jump
at the Scottish Indoor Track & Field Championships
Jerry Keary - bronze medallist
in the U20 Mens High Jump
at the Scottish Indoor Championships
Many of the clubs’ secondary schools’ athletes headed to Sligo yesterday for the Connacht Schools Cross Country Finals. Calry Community Park lived up to its reputation as being one of the “muckiest”, toughest cross country courses. Yesterday possibly beat all other years on the mud scale!!!
Arriving to Sligo the weather was beautiful with bright sunny skies, and one would have thought clean, dry fields. This wasn’t to be the case. There are plenty of weary muscles today as legs had to work twice as hard to pull the feet up out of the mud at every step of the way. Endurance runners are hardy and brave, and none of this phased them as they hit the battle field.
First to run were the Minor girls, with Emily Miskella (17th), Molly Sullivan (21st), Rebecca Flynn (29th), Ava Finn (31st) and Emma Jane Moran (46th) all from the Presentation College Athenry. With so many of the girls in the top 30, it was a pity to see the narrow margin that left them missing out in qualifying as a team for the All Irelands. Other athletes running include; Chloe Farragher (32nd)-St Brigids, Loughrea, Lauren McNally (44th) – St. Raphael’s, Loughrea and Hannah Hynes (56th) - Calasanctius College, Oranmore.
The Minor boys were next and Liam Leen charged out into the lead where he dominated the entire race, until the last 150m where he was just overtaken on the home straight by two athletes. Somewhere along the course his shoe came off and he was seen crossing the finish line (shoe in his hand). His fine performance earned him a bronze medal and qualification to the Schools X Country All Irelands. Conor Hoade also had a fine race coming in at 37th place. Presentation College, Athenry took the bronze team medal.
As if it wasn’t muddy enough, with two races completed the Junior girls had a tough race ahead with conditions underfoot extremely slippery. At one part of the course, you could see athletes actually sliding down the hill that they had battled to climb. The first Craughwell girl over the line was Ciara Sheppard (Calasanctius College), who I would say ran her finest race to date. Ciara has been struggling with an injury over the past 6 months, and only recently came back to regular training. She has put in a tremendous effort over the past few months, which really paid off today in Calry and coming in 15th place earned her a place in the Schools All Irelands. There were other great performances from Sarah Woods (25th), who held her position throughout the race (and who is going from strength to strength with each race she has run this season), and Freya Bohan (30th) who helped the Presentation College Athenry to a Bronze Medal and a qualification to the All Irelands in Belfast next month.
In the Junior boys’ category, the Connacht Silver Team Medal was won by Presentation College Athenry and again saw superb performances by our Craughwell boys, with Kyle Moorhead leading the team coming in at 17th place, followed by Oisin Davis, 28th place (Oisin has recently been spotted running up and down Caherquin Rd. with his dad which has earned him this fine place in the team finish) and James Furey 71st.
Connacht Schools X Country Silver Team Medallists (Pres, Athenry) Intermediate girls, included Ailbhe Miskella and Catherine Noonan, who both ran extremely well to finish in 10th and 23rd positions, with Ailbhe making it to the finals as an individual.
Sean Noonan and Finbarr McFadden featured strongly on the Intermediate Boys Pres team, and held their places in the top 30 and top 40 throughout the race, to charge to the finish line, with Finbarr coming in at 26th place finish and Sean 43rd. Missing from the Craughwell Boys was Patrick Noonan who unfortunately fell sick this week.
Ciara O’Boyle, Grainne McDaid and Aoife Greene all took well-earned breaks from Leaving Cert study to travel up to Sligo and run in the Senior girls’ race. All athletes performed extremely well coming in at 9th place (Grainne), 15th place (Aoife Greene) and 25th place (Ciara O’Boyle).
Taking into consideration the extreme conditions all athletes showed great determination and strength.
Let’s not forget to thank all the parents who travelled up and supported the athletes.
Cool as a breeze Finish Line thankfully !!!
Well Damian certainly appears to be showing his ability and making a name for himself as a freshman in McNeese State University.
Poised and looking cool at the start of the race and the utter determination shining or is it grit we see as he hits the finish line.
He attended the Meyo Invitational in the Loftus Athletics Center Notre Dame at the weekend and ran the mile again and gained a new P.B. 4.15.67 running on an over sized track which measured 320m, breaking the club record he set last week.
He is currently ranked 9th in Conference heading into the Southland Conference Championships in just 2 weeks time in Birmingham Alabama. They have a world class facility similar to that of the new national indoor arena, but it also boasts hydraulic banks and such like. Wow!!!
Keep up the great work Damian !! Updates will follow.
Craughwell AC's National League Team who placed 8th in the National Finals on Saturday
Sineád Treacy, Ciana Reidy, Lorraine Delaney, Laura Cunningham, Sarah Finnegan, Caoilin Milton
Craughwell AC put in a super series of performances in the final of the National Indoor Club League which took place in the brand new National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown in Dublin on Saturday. With the Arena just opened, it was the very first competition to be held there – a nice piece of history for the athletes who were in action.
Lorraine Delaney led the way in the competitive stakes with a fine 1.50m clearance in the high jump to claim second place and a point’s score of 7. Points are awarded from 9 for the winner, 7 for 2nd place, 6 for 3rd etc. down to 1 point for 8th place and the cumulative total from all of the events provides the team score. Sineád Treacy placed 6th in the 200m in a time of 26.49 and 5th in the long jump with a leap of 4.82. Sarah Finnegan placed 6th in the 60m hurdles in a time of 10.55 and 5th in the triple jump with an impressive 10.17.
Ciana Reidy placed 5th in the pole vault with a best of 2.20, setting a new club indoor record in the process. Caoilin Milton placed 6th in the 400m in a time of 65.24. knocking a second of her PB for the event. The versatile Laura Cunningham placed 5th in the shot putt with an 8.18m PB which ranks her 3rd on the club’s record list behind Katie O’Donoghue (8.41) and Maria McNamara (8.23), and placed 7th in the 60m sprint in a time of 8.33 which ranks her 5th on the club’s all-time lists behind Sineád Treacy (7.87), Katie O’Donoghue (8.12), Tara McNally (8.13) and Michelle Duggan (8.16).
In the final event of the day, the club ran an impressive time of 1.48.26 (3rd fastest ever for the club) to place 5th in the 4x200m relay with Sineád Treacy, Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney and Laura Cunningham.
First members of the club to set foot in the new National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown :-)
The road-racing scene has been hotting up for Shauna Bocquet these last few weeks. Competing in the Tuam 8k on Jan 15th, Shauna clocked a new PB in 28:36 and followed this up last weekend with victory in the Female Wheelchair category in the Axa Raheny 5 Mile in a time of 29:18 – a super performance in an event with over 3400 runners held in very wet conditions as evident from the picture below.
Shauna Bocquet at the finish of the Ava Raheny 5 Mile (photo courtesy of Tomas Greally)
Siona Lawless and Shauna Tobin at the Scottish Indoor Championships in the Emirates Arena Glasgow
With the Scottish Indoors split over 2 weekends this year, the U17s were in action on the weekend just gone and U13/15/20 are in action in 2 weekends time. The club had a small group of 3 athletes travel to Emirates Arena in Glasgow for the U17s Champioships. As usual, it was a very enjoyable weekend – Glasgow is vibrant buzzing city centre and the Emirates Arena is as impressive a facility as any in the world.
Shauna Tobin and Siona Lawless both competed early Saturday with Shauna in the long jump and Siona in the 60m. Both did well and came close to their PBs in their events. Oisin Lyons was in action later in the day in the 800m and in a tactical 800m Oisin placed 3rd in the semi-final and just missed out on a final spot by the tiniest of margins of 0.18s in a time of 2.09.51. It was tough luck for Oisin as there was more in the tank and his PB would have seen him take a medal in the final.
The excitement continues to mount now for weekend two where the club has a group of 59 travelling including athletes, fit4youth and parents. It is the largest group yet from the club to travel abroad and it should be a great weekend.
Saturday and Sunday saw some fine performances from a number of athletes in Athlone in Round 2 of the National Club League on Saturday and in the U20 and U23 National Indoors on Sunday. A heroic performance from the club’s athletes saw the club qualify yet again for the final of the National Club League to be held in the fantastic new indoor facility in Adamstown in Dublin next weekend. Laura Cunningham put in a strong performance to place 8th in the 200m in a time of 27.71 and followed this up with a leap of 9.96 in the triple jump. Rachel Finnegan placed 9th with a strong run in the 400m in a time of 67.13. Lorraine Delaney earned valuable points for the team with a 1.45m leap in the high jump to place 5th, as did Sarah Finnegan with a jump of 9.85 in the triple jump. Caoilin Milton made impressive debuts in the 400m and triple jump with a time 66.15 and a jump of 8.97.
Meanwhile on Sunday, several athletes from the club competed in the National U20 and U23s Championships in Athlone. Foremost amongst them, Sinead Treacy won double bronze in the U23 Women’s 200m and long jump, racing to a time of 26.23 in the 200m and leaping 4.75m in the long jump. Jerry Keary was also in strong form, clearing 1.90m in the U20 Men’s high jump to claim the bronze medal. In the 800s, Sinead Gaffney was unlucky to finish just outside the medals when taking 6th place in the final of the U23 Women’s 800m in a time of 2.24.26 while Ben Garrard raced strongly to record a double PB in the heats and final of the U20 Men’s 800m in times of 2.03.47 and 2.03.80.