Day 1 of the National Cross Country Championships took place on Sunday in the grounds of Santry Demesne in Dublin. For anyone who hasn’t been to them, the National Championships are an eye-opener to the talent around the country. At adult level, you are literally up against the nation’s elite. You could take the top 3 out of every road race in the country and put them together in the same race and you have the quality that is the National Cross Country Championships.
This level of quality is repeated in the juvenile age groups where you have the top 200 in action from each age group in the country. This is the elite of the elite. With perhaps 60,000 kids born in the same year and with each race comprising 2 ages, you are up against the best of 120,000 children born in the same 2 years as you. Often times this can be forgotten when people compete at National level and finish down the field a little – but you are competing against the best of the best and to be even there in the same race is a fantastic achievement.
The best performance of the day for the club came in the Junior Men's 6000m where Damian O'Boyle had an impressive run to place 11th in the Junior Men's 6000m in a time of 19:21 - one of Damian's finest runs in cross country since his debut as an U13 in 2009. Interestingly Damien made his National cross country debut in the ill-fated Coleraine cross country in 2009 and placed 11th in the rerun in Boyle the following February - the same place that he occupied on Sunday against a star-studded field.
The races kicked off earlier on Sunday with the U12 Girls 2000m where Craughwell put in a gallant effort to finish as 13th team with Emily Miskella 51st (just missing out as a scorer on the Connacht team that placed 3rd), Aoibhe Carr 87th, Saoirse Moore 88th, Jade Moorhead 98th and Rebekah Flynn 122nd. IN the U12 Boys 2000m. Evan Hallinan placed 84th while in the U14 boys 3000m Kyle Moorhead placed 85th. In the U14 Girls 2000m, Ailbhe Miskella placed 124th and Sarah Woods 141st while in the U16 Girls 4000m Catherine Noonan placed 92nd and Sinead Kennedy 99th. Ben Ryan placed 87th in the U16 4000m with Patrick Noonan 110th. Caron Ryan took 50th place in the U18 Girls 4000m while Jack Miskella placed 99th in the U18 6000m with Tiernan Burke 108th and Ben Vahey 115th.
Well done to all of our participants. Full results are at:- http://www.athleticsireland.ie/competition/results/
As part of its ongoing fund-raising campaign, the club are organising a massive cleanout of your old clothes and shoes from your house this Thursday!!
Well actually, you can do the cleanout but we will take all your unwanted items!
We have approximately 300 families in the club. If each family donated 4 bags of old clothes (collected from family and neighbours), we would get 1200 bags which amazingly would raise approximately €6000!
So please get behind this effort this week and do yourself and the club a massive favour by doing a big cleanout. Drop your stuff up to the green container this Thursday evening at athletics. All funds raised go directly to the development of our facility at the school.
If you’re looking for some club gear and want it to double up as a Christmas gift, check out what we have available below, all of which bears the club logo.
It will be on sale at Craughwell Community Centre from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 10th December.
Clarin4sportswear (contact Geraldine Jennings 085 8404509)
- Long-sleeved training tops €25
- Full tracksuits €35
- Beanie hats €7 (one size)
- Sports bag €25
Technical top/hoodie/singlets (contact Tracy Moran 087 8810737)
- Technical training top/tee-shirt €20
- Sizes 7-8yrs, 9-11yrs, 12-13yrs, 14-Adult
- Club hoodie €20 (Marion McEvilly 087 9390366)
- White inner lining on hood
- Draw strings on older sizes
- Thumb hole on sleeves
- IPOD pouch in pocket
- Sizes 7-8yrs and 9-11yrs
- Official singlets (contact Mary Greaney 087 9141505)
- Singlet €20
- Crop-top €25
The very best of luck to all of our athletes competing in Santry on Sunday. You can get directions to the course here:-
Also Athletics Ireland have published event information at:-
and a map of the course at:-
Siobhan Moorhead will be looking after getting the numbers for the Craughwell athletes and checking in the teams, so look for Siobhan near the check-in desk. Siobhan's mobile is 087 3116736 in case you can't find her. She will be near the check-in desk and tartan track at 10am to 10.30am with the numbers. Everyone should aim to be there 90 minutes early, i.e. be there at 10am if running at 11.30am - as its generally bedlam and mad panic to find people at the All-Irelands because there are so many people there.
Best of luck!!
We’d like to invite all of our parents, coaches, young adults and old adults along to a fantastic new initiative being spearheaded by a number of sports organisations in Galway including ourselves.
Pat Lam, Connacht Rugby head coach is special guest at a discussion evening in Oranmore which explores ways in which positive mindset and motivation can be fostered. Lam’s vast experience of motivating players to achieve their optimum, as well as supporting people to deal with life’s knocks and self –doubts, is guaranteed to captivate the audience. This event will be held next Thursday November 26th at 8pm in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel.
Sport and physical fitness have long been acknowledged as valuable tools for improving personal growth and overall wellbeing. The organisers decided to focus on the benefits of physical fitness and participation in sport clubs. The aim is to get people talking and thinking about how to build resilience and motivation.
Mental fitness is best promoted by hearing from those who often defy the odds and show resilience. Nothing is more powerful than a story and this event will see some inspiring sports people share their story. More than ever, people need to develop positive attitudes and hobbies to counteract a culture which often promotes unhealthy lifestyles and negativity.
Pat Lam will be joined by FAI official/coach, Des Tomlinson, Jeffrey Lynskey, Galway Minor Hurling Manager, an athletics coach to share their insights at this discussion evening. The format of the evening will be relaxed and informal and encourages open discussion. It will be facilitated by Sean Walsh of Galway Bay FM.
Galway is lucky to have a range of good sports organisations who are working together to promote co-operation and self-help. The approach is simple, namely, to support each other at club and community level. This event is free and anyone with an interest the subject is welcome to attend whether or not they partake in sports clubs.
This event is organised by Clarinbridge GAA, Colga FC, Oranmore Maree GAA, SCCUL Enterprises, Mental Health Ireland, Maree-Oranmore FC, Craughwell Athletic Club and Clarinbridge Camogie.
Peter O’Sullivan excelled in the Britain and Ireland International Masters Cross Country which was held in Santry at the weekend. Peter who coaches in our U9 age group, placed 10th in the M40 category to help Ireland take the team victory ahead of England and Scotland. Well done coach! Some of your protégées will hopefully still be at the sport in 2047 when they might emulate you!
Also at the weekend, the Craughwell AC senior team achieved a notable team victory in the 50th Hollymount International 10k Road Race held in Mayo where Jason Broderick placed 2nd, Jerry Ryan 4th and Damien Larkin 9th - the club’s first time winning one of the most prestigious and oldest road races in Connacht. Former coach in the club and former Hollymount race organiser Josephine Gardiner also made a rare road racing appearance in Hollymount at the weekend - well done Josephine!
A massive well done to Sineád Gaffney who competed yesterday on the University of Limerick’s team in the prestigious university road relays which were held in Maynooth. Sineád ran the anchor leg of the relay for UL to earn team silver for the college – a fantastic achievement. The relay is run as a 1mile-2mile-2mile-1mile race and Sineád completed the final leg in an impressive time of 6:06 – the 7th fastest mile on the day out of the 100+ participants.
The road relays are one of the highlights of the college athletics year and Craughwell AC extremely proud of Sineád achievement. It comes only a couple of weeks since Sineád came within a whisker of breaking the club’s indoor 800m record when she raced to victory in the Limerick Senior Indoors in a time of 2:24 and added sliver in the 1500m later for good measure. And only a couple of weeks since Sineád starred with her sister Emma while helping Craughwell Camogie Club win the Galway and Connacht Junior Championships and helping Craughwell to earn promotion to the Intermediate Grade in the process!
Sineád's achievement is just reward for a remarkably dedicated athlete who is achieving at the highest levels in multiple sports. Well done Sineád!
Sineád pictured after her recent Galway Camogie Championship success
along with her sister Emma (herself an accomplished 800m runner in her younger years!)
Craughwell U11 athletes at the start of their 1500m race at the
Connacht Cross Country Championships in Lough Key Forest Park
A hardy contingent of athletes made the long journey to Boyle for the second day of the Connacht Cross-country Championships with some exceptional performances. Having struggled to field complete teams on the first day of the Championships 2 weeks ago, we more than made up for that today with 6 teams in action who took home 3 Connacht team titles and 2 silvers between them.
Five athletes from the club battled it out at the weekend in Athlone IT in the Irish Schools Pentathlon Championships in Athlone where there were some exceptional performances and incredibly high points totals.
In an elite Intermediate Girls event, Aisling Keady placed 9th with a points total of 2784 (hurdles 10.07, shot 6.98, long jump 4.83, high jump 1.55, 800m 2.41.25). Aisling’s performance would have been good enough to make the schools international team in 7 of the last 10 years so she was just unlucky that it was an exceptionally high standard this year where most of the international team qualifiers from the last decade would have finished outside the top 4 this year. Lorraine Delaney placed 10th with 2537 points (hurdles 10.30, shot 6.04, long jump 4.56, high jump 1.46, 800m 2.40.03) and Laura Cunningham 11th with 2480 points (hurdles 10.28, shot 6.93, long jump 4.27, high jump 1.52, 800m 2.49.14). Both girls have another year in this age group.
Oisin Lyons placed an impressive 8th in the Junior Boys event with 2600 points (hurdles 9.79, shot 10.19, long jump 4.44, 200m 25.40, 800m 2.04.63) and Ben Garrard placed 12th in the Intermediate grade (hurdles 9.57, shot 7.87, long jump 5.68, 200m 26.10, 800m 2.12.69).
Results are here.
Well its two weeks since the Dublin City Marathon 2015, and as the dust settles and people once again begin to climb the stairs two at a time it’s time to reflect on what was a tremendous days running for the club.
The day its self could have been better. With the majority of training done in what can only be described as perfect running conditions the wind and rain on the day favoured some but not all. 14 members took to the start line with three of these competing in their Marathon debut.
Club Photo Dublin City Marathon 2015
Tom Prendergast was first home, completing his debut marathon in a swift 03:01, Tom Touhy was next across the line in 03:19 finishing comfortably under 3.20. Frank Byrnes stormed home to cross the line in 03.40, followed by Stephen Carty in a time of 03:46 netting him an impressive 14 minute PB. Brian Gorman continued his good form with another sub 4 performance of 03:57, his third marathon this year. Hot on Brians heels came Deirdre Devane completing her first attempt at the marathon, storming home in a brilliant time of 03:57. Well Done Deirdre!
Best of luck to all of our athletes who are competing in the Schools Pentathlon in Athlone on Saturday and in the Connacht cross country in Boyle on Sunday.
And best of luck to the Craughwell Minor Camogie team who contest the County A final on Saturday in Loughrea and to the Craughwell senior hurlers in the County final on Sunday - we hope they can go all the way now! Good luck also to our neighbours the Clarinbridge minor hurlers who contest the minor A final at Kenny Park.