A note to those who are thinking about entering Craughwell AC 10 mile... Entries have been flowing in the last week and we have less than 100 entries left. Remember online registration only and it has sold out every year. To guarantee your entry and ensure you get your hands on one of the C10 medals and Tech T's sign up today. Just log onto https://www.activeglobal.com/running/craughwell-ireland/craughwell-10-mile-galway-2014/205052. So don't delay, sign up today.
Galway 5km Series.
It's that time of year again. The evenings are getting longer and the sun is starting to make a welcomed appearance in the sky, which means the Galway 5km series is just around the corner.
This year the series will open for entry on www.activeglobal.com on Thursday 13th March at 8pm. Series entry costs €30 and sells out within minutes. So be sure to have logged into your active account and be ready to enter for 8pm.
The County Galway 5km series is an initiate of Galway Athletic Clubs Over 6 Tuesday nights, a 5km race is organised by one of the athletic clubs across the county. The format is simple - one race number covers the entire series. No prizes are awarded, but anyone who completes 4 out of the 6 races gets a souvenir t-shirt. After the last race, a social night is organised by the final host club.
All proceeds from the 5km series go to fund juvenile and adult athletics in Galway.
The first leg of the series starts in Athenry on Tuesday 29th April at 8pm where you will pick up your race number.
More detailed information can be found on www.5km.ie.
The Executive Committee have called for EGM on Wednesday 19th March at 8pm in St Michael's Hall in Craughwell in order to:
a) Give a full presentation of the new 8-acre facility being purchased/constructed adjoining the school grounds and answer any questions.
b) Approve changes to the Constitution to enable the Committee to appoint trustees and to register the club a tax-exempt body, all of which are required in order to purchase the 8-acre site.
A powerful run saw Oisin Lyons take individual bronze in the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships at Cork IT on Saturday. Oisin representing his school Calasanctius Oranmore was part of a 3-man breakaway group. His opponents managed to pull clear on a couple of hills throughout the course but Oisin continued to run strongly throughout to secure the bronze medal, the highest individual placing ever from a member of the club in a National cross country.
Jamie Fallon also representing Calasanctius was unlucky to pick up an ankle injury during the senior race which resulted in the Connacht champion having to settle for 16th place on the day. Having beaten the highly-rated David Harper from Westport in the Connacht finals, Jamie was in the mix for an individual medal but unfortunately it was not to be on the day. David Harper went on to take the individual bronze and in the process led his school Rice College to the National Senior title, reportedly the first time that a Connacht school has won the title. Damian O’Boyle had a strong run in the same race to take the individual 24th place.
Earlier in the Intermediate Boys race, Liam Moran led the Calasanctius team home with a 55th finish followed by James Cahalane 79th, Oisin Doyle 83rd and Matthew Barrett 97th with the team finishing in 9th place overall. In the Intermediate Girls event, Grainne McDaid had a fine run to take 44th place and in the process help her Presentation Athenry team to 6th place with 115 points only 15 points shy of the bronze medal position.
Huge Congratulations to Gerry Ryan and to our Craughwell AC Womens W50 Team.
What great news to receive from the Galway AAI County Board this morning. Our W50 Team of Eileen Finn Graham, Maria McArdle and Marie Rooney have been selected as 2013 Galway Athletic Team of the year for 2013. These ladies achieved silver in the Dublin City Marathon Master Women’s Team event.
They will be joined on the podium in the Ard Rí Hotel in Tuam on Saturday 15th March by our very own Gerry Ryan. Gerry has been selected as joint Galway Masters Male Athlete of the year for 2013 for his outstanding achievements to date, the latest of which includes the European Masters 10k Road championships title which he earned earlier this year in the Czech Republic.
What a fantastic achievement this is for our athletes and we congratulate them in their fantastic achievements to date and wish them every success in the future.
Craughwell U19 Boys 4x200m - Connacht Indoor Champions 2014
Aidan Conneely, Nicholas Sheehan, John Cormican, Conor Duggan
Craughwell AC’s older juveniles and young seniors had some fantastic performances in the Connacht Indoor Track & Field at the weekend in Athlone IT. There were many highlights particularly amongst the older boys where the relay team of Aidan Conneely, Nicholas Sheehan, John Cormican and Conor Duggan blitzed the club record by over 4 seconds to set a new record of 1.35.36 and take the Connacht title ahead of Galway City Harriers. The sprints also threw up some notable performances with Aidan Conneely and Conor Duggan having a great battle in the 200m with Aidan leading going into the home straight and Conor just managing to pull back the gap before the finish line, crossing the line in 23.25 with Aidan marginally behind in 23.39 – both PBs for the 2 athletes and a new club indoor record for Conor.
Lorraine Delaney (2nd), Aoife Walshe (Connacht Champion), Ciana Reidy (2nd)
Connacht Indoor U15 High Jump 2014
The club had a huge number of athletes taking part in the Connacht championships at the weekend with over 120 athletes taking part over the 2 days. Day 1 saw the U12 to U15 age groups in action where the club excelled, particularly in the long jump where the club featured multiple times in the top 4 in a number of age groups, particularly in the U15 girls and U13 girls grades. Of the 8 Connacht titles available in the long jumps, the club took home both U15 titles, both U14 titles and the U13 girls title.
Entries for the Craughwell 10 mile being held on Sunday 23rd March 2014 are filling up fast. Make sure to get your entry in today as we have just over 200 places left and they are filling up fast. Dont delay, log on today to https://www.activeglobal.com/running/craughwell-ireland/craughwell-10-mile-galway-2014/205052.
Aidan Conneely on the far right in action against Olympic Decathlon Champion Ashton Eaton centre
A number of athletes from the club were invited to take part in the AIT International Grand Prix at the weekend where a number of international Olympians had travelled to Ireland to take part. It was a great honour for our athletes to be included in such esteemed company.
Cathriona Farrell was competing in the high jump against Brianne Theisen-Eaton who had placed 11th in the heptathlon in the London Olympics. Cathriona gave the Canadian a right battle with Cathriona clearing 1.70m and 1.75m on her first attempt and the visiting Canadian knocking 1.70 once and 1.75 twice before going on to clear 1.80m on her 2nd attempt to win the event. Cathriona didn’t manage the 1.80 on this occasion but her stadium record 1.81m from the Irish Universities still stands!
Aidan Conneely had the honour of competing against London Olympic decathlon gold medallist Ashton Eaton in the 60m. I can safely say that it’s the first time an athlete from the club has lined up in the same race as an Olympic gold medallist and Aidan didn’t disappoint with a new PB of 7.32s. Sinead Treacy completed the invitational list with a fine 7.88s in the senior women’s 60m to take 3rd place.
Earlier, the club were fortunate to have gotten a slot in the U13 boys and girls 4x200m – the only underage group who were competing in the Grand Prix. The girls raced to a fantastic 1st place in a time of 2.06.26 (Mia Waters, Caoimhe Gilligan, Jane Trehy, Niamh Niland, Eva Kelly) while the boys took 4th place in a tight finish in their race in a time of 2.02.15 (Ryan Gallagher, Kyle Moorhead, Alex Evans, Finbar McFadden).
Craughwell AC U13 4x200m Relay Teams
Several athletes from the club made the 2 hour trip up the N17 to Sligo racecourse for the Connacht Schools cross country during the week with some fantastic results. Sligo racecourse is one of the tougher cross country courses and we’ve battled there on several occasions in the past. Full results have not yet been published so I have only limited information.
The big performance of the day came from Jamie Fallon in the Senior Boys 6000m where he took the gold medal ahead of an elite field which included the highly regarded Westport and Sligo AC athlete David Harper. And not far behind in the ‘performance of the day’ charts, Oisin Lyons had a fine victory in the Minor Boys 2500m by a considerable margin. With both victors representing Calasanctius Oranmore, it was a big day for the school and one which got even better with the Intermediate Boys team taking the gold medal in their 5000m with Liam Moran 9th, Oisin Doyle 11th, James Cahalane 13th and Matthew Barrett 36th. Damian O’Boyle also had a strong performance in the Senior Boys race with a 4th place finish. Others from Calasanctius to impress included Sean Delaney and Luke Finn 19th and 20th in the Minor Boys race, Ben Sharkey 19th in the Junior Boys and Laura Keane 36th in the Junior Girls.
Presentation Athenry also had a strong contingent from the club in action with Grainne McDaid foremost amongst them and helping her school to team victory in the Intermediate Girls 3500m. Shauna Tobin, Fiona Commins and Anna Farrelly were on the school’s Minor Girls team but I don’t have finishing places to hand yet. Conor Lee placed 17th in the Junior Boys race.
Dearbhaile Walsh (Seamount) placed 8th in the Junior Girls 2500m with Aoife Greene helping the Bower Athlone to the silver medals in the team event with a 16th place finish and Ciana Reidy (Loughrea VS) battling bravely in the same race. Ciara Greene (The Bower) placed 7th in the Intermediate Girls 3500m.
I will post more results if/when they come to hand.
Battle of the genders.
The males are in the lead on the entry list for the Craughwell 10mil which is being held on Sunday 23rd March at 1pm. At the moment 55% of entrants are of the male gender. So ladies, you will need to get your entries in to even up the entries and of course guarantee you get your hands on our fabulous medal and tech t shirt.
Online registeration only and places are limited. This race is filling up fast and has sold out every year so sign up today.
To enter you can click on our "Sign me up" option on the top right hand side of our home page or you can enter online at https://www.activeglobal.com/running/craughwell-ireland/craughwell-10-mile-galway-2014/205052
Anyone that has been involved in athletics in Galway over the past years will know the name of the popular Roger Rushe of Tuam AC. Roger is a modest guy and a fantastic athlete that has been competing at the highest levels or road, track and cross country for over 50 years. In a story inspirational to all he has felt that he was "finished" this last year, suffering with a bad back injury, however he came back strong this year to win the M70 cross country in style, running away from his opponents by over a minute. Well done Roger - more details on Tuam AC.com. I'd really be interested in a profile of Roger's career - anyone care to do the research and write up one.. Brendan :)?
(The galway vets team did well in reportedly horrible conditions - congrats to Peter who finished 8th and won a Medal in the M35s, not sure that the colour of the medal is decided yet as there was some mess up with the results apparently.)
The above photo was taken by John O'Connor.