Best wishes to Coldwood NS on their annual 4 mile frundraising run this Sunday at noon. You can register on the day.
This year the organisers have introduced a 1km race for kids up to 3rd class and a 2km race for kids in 4th, 5th and 6th class. Entry is a €5 and every child gets a treat bag. 1st,2nd 3rd boys and girls get a medal.
The kids races start at 11am with registration from 10.30am.
Huge congratulations to Galway and Carrabane woman Olive Loughnane whose silver medal performances at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 is about to be upgraded to gold following the latest drugs scandal in Russia arising from which the gold medal winner has been banned.
Incidentally, when our hard-working U11s were training on a cold night between Christmas and the New Year, who casually popped in for a walkaround the track with her husband - the lady herself, who generously gave up her time for a chat and some photos with the athletes.
You can read a small bit of the athmosphere of that time in 2009 here:- Mike's Berlin Blog although we were not there in time for Olive's masterclass performance.
Well done to Jamie Fallon who last weekend represented Ireland in the Celtic Cross Country in Dunboyne. Jamie was selected for the team on the back of his strong performances in the club cross country last Autumn. THe Celtic Cross Country is an annual event between Ireland, Scotland, Ulster and Wales. Jamie was the second Irishman home in the U20 race and 7th overall in one of the best performances of his career. Results are at http://www.precisiontiming.net/result.aspx?v=2288.
Well done everyone on fantastic performances yesterday and thanks to the army of volunteers who helped as officials on the day!!! Provisional results from the track attached here including the field results. Track results are still provisional as there are some outstanding queries.
Some of Craughwell AC's U15 Athletes at the Indoor Championships
Alison Leahy (60m silver medallist), Tara Slattery (Galway High Jump Champion),
Siona Lawless (Galway 60m and Long Jump Champion)
Ultan Sheeran (long jump silver medallist), Oisin Shannon (Galway Shot Putt Champion
and hurdles bronze medallist), Conor Hughes (long jump bronze medallist)
The Annual General Meeting of the Senior Club takes place on Sunday 11th January 2015 at 7.30pm in St. Michael's Hall, Craughwell. All our members are encouraged to attend and show your support for the club. We welcome input and new ideas from all our members and look forward to seeing you all at our Annual General Meeting.
The Annual General Meeting of the club's juvenile and executive committee will take place next Wednesday night 7th January commencing at 6.30pm in Craughwell hall.
It is hoped that alot of parents and coaches can attend to hear a quick update on the year's activities and on facility development. All going well, the meeting will be over within 45 minutes so please try to attend if possible to support your hard-working committee and coaches.
Also we are holding our 2015 registration nights on this coming Tuesday and Thursday Jan 6th and Jan 8th from 6pm to 8pm in Craughwell hall.
We need to get all who will be participating in the Galway indoors on 18th January to register next week for 2015 as you need to be registered in order to take part. The registration form is available on the club's website at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/juvenileapplicationform.pdf or copies will be available on the night.
For anyone wishing to purchase club tracksuits or tops, Geraldine Jennings (085 8404509) will be taking orders on the registration nightes. Tracksuits cost €35 and training tops cost €25. Geraldine also has a small stock of club rain jackets (€35) and beanie hats (€7).
For pictures of the gear, check out http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/juvenile-club-mainmenu-103/1254-new-club-gear-coming-soon.
Wishing all of our members both young and old a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year. It’s being a fantastic year for the club on both the competitive and non-competitive scene.
Our membership numbers have gone through the roof (if we had a roof !), we’ve become the biggest juvenile club in Ireland ahead of all of the large urban centres, have the 26th largest adult membership and combined are the 4th largest club in the country – a remarkable achievement for a club in a rural location.
I will post a separate article on our superb competitive performances throughout the year but want to focus on progress with facilities in this article and to sincerely thank all who have supported our fund-raising efforts to date.
I just noticed that the Craughwell 10 has reduced entry for the next 13 days. Ten miles is a different distance - pace wise it feels like a 10k, but you get endurance challenges that are more like a half marathon. One definition of threshold pace is "the maximum pace you can sustain for an hour". For faster runners, this is 10 miles which explains why it's so challenging at that level - basically you are right on the edge for as long as possible. For slower runners, you get the endurance challenges that just dont come in shorter distances and people often surprise themselves by setting 10k bests en-route to a 10 mile time.
Anyhow if you are thinking of running the Craughwell 10 this year and want to save a fiver, head on over to the active europe site to sign up for 20 eu. It might help us moderate the christmas festivities!
The Galway Indoors will be held in Athlone IT's fabulous international arena on Sunday 18th January at 9.30am. I will be finalising the timetable for it in early January but it will be structured such that u13s to seniors compete in the morning commencing at 9.30am and u10s to U12s compete in the afternoon, concluding at 5pm.
The events available in each age group will be as follows:-
|U12s||60m||600m||4x100m||Long Jump||High Jump||Shot Putt|
|U13s||60m||600m||4x100m||Long Jump||High Jump||Shot Putt||Hurdles|
|U14s||60m||800m||4x200m||Long Jump||High Jump||Shot Putt||Hurdles|
|U15s||60m||800m||4x200m||Long Jump||High Jump||Shot Putt||Hurdles|
|U16-17s||60m||800m||4x200m||Long Jump||High Jump||Shot Putt||Hurdles||200m|
|U18-19-Senior||60m||800m||4x200m||Long Jump||High Jump||Shot Putt||Hurdles||200m||3000m|
Jamie Fallon, Bronze Medallist in the National U19 Cross Country in Santry
Jamie Fallon had a huge run in Sunday's U19 6000m cross country where he led the race for much of the first 3k in a tight battle with 3 other athletes and eventually held on to a magnificent 3rd place to seal his first individual podium finish in National cross-country.
Jamie's achievement comes on the back of extraordinary dedication from a young age. As an U10 in 2006, Jamie stepped up to the U11s where he placed 35th in the Connachts. Our younger readers should take note of that statistic, 35th as an U10 stepping up to U11 in the Connachts would translate to 120-something in the Nationals - and 8 years later Jamie claims National bronze against many of the same athletes!
In recent years, Jamie edged his way to the podium, placing
- 6th in the U16 boys in 2012
- 5th in the U18 boys in 2013
- 4th in the U18 boys in 2014
- 3rd in the U19 boys in 2014
Jamie is a nephew of the legendary Galway runner Jimmy Fallon who represented Ireland in cross country on numerous occasions and was a scholarship student in Providence College in the US. Jamie's performance had earned him his third international vest for the Celtic Games which will be held in Ireland next January.
Well folks (as Michael would say)
It's finally official Michael Tobin is the BEST child mentor/coach in Ireland.
We in Craughwell A.C. have always known this, but now most of Ireland have also found out.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the excellence of a man who lives, eats and breaths the sport of athletics.
He never misses a training session often arriving late to, or leaving early from meetings.
How many of us have emails with 3am times on them. Does this man ever sleep Who knows???
So many young people have the honour of saying they have been trained at some stage of their athletic lives in Craughwell A.C. by Michael. That is something they never forget.
How many of us who originally agreed to help out occasionally are now qualified coaches, among other roles we have taken on due to his gentle persuasion!!! Boy is he good at all the roles he has in the club, but he shines as a coach.
He has been the driving force behind the great new 8 acre site we now proudly own and has not stopped driving forward in developments to ensure we will keep moving forward through the project.
WELL DONE MICHAEL A TRULY WELL DESERVED TITLE. We are all so proud of you.
Tune in to Michael and Marks interview in Today FM above - it comes about 48 minutes in. Well done again Mike!! It's also worth listening to the great Derval O'Rourke who introduces the award, and was one of the judging panel for the finalists.
Mike and Mark with Derval O'Rourke at the Today FM Awards ceremony