This is what the finished product will look like when our sprint lanes are built this summer in Craughwell, except that ours will be wider (8 lanes) and longer(140m). The picture was taken today at the track in Westside and is the same surface that we are getting in Craughwell.
Conveniently, lanes 4 and 5 also indicate the total that we need to fund-raise quickly in order to complete the work this summer - €45k! So don’t sit back – help us get this done by supporting our Lotto.
A quick update on facility progress for our members and a huge appeal to you to get behind our fundraising. You will have seen plenty of construction activity on the field in the last 8 weeks. This is just the start of some major development work to be completed during June and July. We are about to go ahead with the following:-
- Completion of basic roadway and carpark on the new grounds
- Installation of 8 additional floodlights
- Construction of an 8-lane IAAF-certified tartan sprint runway 140m long, bordered at one end by a large long jump pit.
- Surfacing of our new high jump area with the same tartan surface bringing it also to an IAAF-certified standard.
All of which is targeted to be complete by mid-August this year.
But we are short funds to get everything done – €45,000 to be precise and we really need parents to get behind our fund-raising efforts in this regard. Please don’t leave it to someone else, please don’t set this note to one side and say I must do that sometime. The time to help is now – we really need these funds. If we can get them, we can deliver all of the above and as well as providing better facilities for your children to use immediately, you eliminate a lot of travel time required when we have to go to Dangan or Athlone to get the benefit of proper track surfaces.
The benefit to your children is huge. Our membership fees and fund-raising are relatively small and the cost to you for the facilities we are and will be providing is relatively small. An example of costs elsewhere is a new track currently being developed for Kilkenny County Council by the same company that will be installing ours. If you google for “Kilkenny watershed track”, you will see that they charge almost €3 per child each time they use the facility. Our facility is free of charge to members. We just need your support with the fundraising. And as your children get older, they train more often and will get an even bigger benefit.
Your €2 will be spent each week as follows:
- €1 to the Croí Lotto which covers all costs and prizes of the Lotto and raises funds for their charitable work.
- €1 to Craughwell AC which will be spent in 2016 as follows:-
- 10 cents towards construction of roadway and carpark
- 17 cents towards installation of 8 additional floodlights
- 17 cents towards construction of high jump and long jump areas
- 56 cents towards the construction of the sprint lanes
As an added incentive, if you sign up for the year, we will give you free membership of the facility for the year which gives you the right to use the perimeter route at any time of day to jog/walk or the other routes when juvenile training not in progress.
Please support and please push with friends and relatives as best you can - we are building facilities for you and your families and your descendants! Each year we will be making improvements. A little goes a long way, and a lot of ‘littles’ goes an awful long way!
Michael Tobin, Facility Development Officer, 087 6591879
Tracy Moran, Fundraising Coordinator, 087 8810737
A nice snap of possibly Craughwell's fittest family - the 3 Miskella siblings after some champion performances in Dangan yesterday where Aibhe won double gold in U15 800m and 1500m, Jack won silver in Junior Men 400m and a fine PB of 2.09.96 in the 800m, and Emily won gold in the U13 Long Jump, 4th place in the 600m and 6th place in the hurdles. Impressive performances!! The photo reminded me of 1 taken almost 5 years to the day at Craughwell Community Games where the trio were similarly displaying their talent for athletics ...
Dangan, May 2016
Craughwell, May 2011
Leanagh Gilligan and Lorraine Delaney who both joined the exclusive 5m Long Jump Club at the weekend!
Yet another highly successful day at the Galway Championships on a glorious sunny day saw many more fine performances from the large numbers of Craughwell athletes in attendance, most notably Jerry Keary’s breath-taking 1.92m in the U17 high jump to set a new club senior outdoor record, Leanagh Gilligan and Lorraine Delaney both breaking 5 metres for the first time in the long jump, Lukas Schukat clearing 1.45m to win the U14 high jump, Finbarr McFadden and Ailbhe Miskella reclaiming Galway track titles in the U15 distance races for the first time in a number of year. Some great performances also from Aisling Keady in the Junior Women grade where in spite of a heavy fall in the 100m hurdles at the start of the day, she went on to win 5 gold and 2 silver across a range of events.
The following are our results from the day and the full provisional results:-
If anyone out there is interested in a parttime position on the Communiy Employment Programme, the club have been approved for an allocation of a clerical assistant to perform some admin duties for the the club as part of the CE Program. Click on the image below for more details or go to the website http://jobseeker.fas.ie/, enter location "Galway County" and Type "Employment Programme" and hit Search to get to same page. If interested, you will need to contact Galway Rural Development in Athenry to follow up on it. The club is not involved in the selection of a person for the role.
U9 Boys Relays Sweep the Boards!
Last week culminated with one of the highlights of the athletics year for our younger athletes – the Galway U8-12 Track & Field Championships in Dangan, Galway. With over 180 athletes taking part from the club, to say it was a busy day for our coaches and athletes is a massive understatement.
The club had loads of success throughout the day, medalling in most events and everyone having a good time in the pleasant weather conditions. A big well done to the organising team led by GCH's Ger Nally and John Kilmartin - with over 500 athletes competing across dozens of events over 7 hours, its a hard one to organise without any hiccups and the day went extraordinarily well for the most part. And thank you to all the parents from our own club who gave up several hours during the day to help as officials - without you this event could not take place.
Full results of the day are as follows:-
Shauna Bocquet competed in her first British Wheelchair racing games in Stoke Mandeville on Saturday and Sunday. Over 70 wheelchair racers (including 28 girls) competed, with the best of Great Britain looking for qualification times for the upcoming IPC European Championships. The conditions were great with temperatures reaching 25 degrees over the two days. On Saturday, Shauna started with a 100m PB in the heats with a time of 19"27, more than enough to make the A final in the afternoon where she came 6th amongst European, World and Paralympic champions! Next was the 400m where she managed another PB with a time of 69"33 but, this time, it was not enough to make the final as she was 10th time overall. Finally, she raced in the 1500m final coming 4th and recording a 9 seconds PB with a new time of 4:34"08.
On Sunday, the wind had picked up but Shauna recorded one more PB in the 200m heats with a time of 35"67 and once again made the A final where she came 7th. To complete the week-end, Shauna also made the 800m final where she could hold on to the pack for the first 300m and managed to hold off a late charge from the older and stronger girls to come 6th in a brillant finish! Great week-end overall and a lot of experience gained. Next on the track will be the Irish Nationals in Santry on the 4th of June.
The singlets are washed, the spikes are cleaned, the excitement is building as Sunday's Galway Outdoor Track & Field approaches! With the addition of some events for U8s this year and the further addition of U12 hurdles, its a bulging program of events that starts at 10am in the morning and is scheduled to end around 6.30pm. There are 527 athletes entered which includes a massive 180 from Craughwell AC.
Its an exciting time for the club what with the development of improved facilities and huge participation rates across all age groups. With a new senior infants group just started and competition entering its summer season, there are busy months ahead. Coupled with this the club was confirmed as the 2nd largest juvenile club in the country in the latest AAI figures with 436 junior/juvenile members. And with 131 adult members comprising 36 juvenile coaches and 95 senior/master members, the clubs combined total of 567 members makes it the 3rd largest in the country - a wonderfu achievement for a club whose membership is drawn largely from a handful of rural parishes.
The timetable for Sunday is here. Best of luck to all of our participants - hopefully you will enjoy participating in the events and come home with a smile on your face and hopefully the weather smiles on us too.
Senior and Intermediate Boys 800m Athletes
Ben Garrard (4th Intermediate), Jack Miskella (3rd Senior), Odhran Keane (1st Senior)
A long but enjoyable day of track and field took place in Athlone yesterday with the South Connacht Schools Championships where large numbers from the club took part representing their schools.
The day kicked off at 10am and went full throttle until 7.15pm that evening when the last relay race completed – a long day for participants and an even longer day for the hard-working officials. The club had teenagers in action from Presentation Athenry, Calasanctius Oranmore, Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Loughrea VS, St Raphael’s Loughrea, Seamount Kinvara, Athenry VS and The Bower Athlone with many fine performances in blustery but sunny weather conditions.
Timetable for this Sunday attached below. Please note that all times are provisonal so please aim to arrive an hour before the listed time and please don't be harsh on officials if times change. The intention of giving this level of detail on times is to allow parents and coaches make rough calculations of times if the event runs ahead or behind. As you can see, there are alot of participants and its hard to accurately timetable an 8 hour program of events of this scale.