Ellie Cronin and Aine Kelly who placed 3rd and 2nd in the U15 High Jump
at the Galway Indoor Track & Field
The club had a fantastic turnout at the Galway Indoor Track & Field on Saturday with well over 200 athletes in action on a busy busy day. With the older ages on in the morning and younger in the afternoon it was a long day but a very successful one for the club in what is one of the pinnacle events of the year. Huge thanks to the many volunteers from the club who helped out for much of the day and in some cases from 8am to 8pm! Special thanks to the group of TY students who helped tirelessly and enthusiastically all day - there were many nice compliments for them from many of the experienced officials throughout the day.
With the National League and the Galway Indoors on today and tomorrow, its a busy weekend for the club. Best of luck to all our competitors.
Today saw several of the club's athletes take part in the National Indoor League with Ciana Reidy making history in becoming the first juvenile from the club to take part in the indoor pole vault, where she cleared 1.80m - a very impressive performance off limited practise and of course a club junior record! Check out current records here:- http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/statistics/2017.01.14.indoorrecords.pdf
Laura Cunningham threw the 4kg shot over 7.70m while Sinead Treacy had a good early season jump of over 4.80m in the long jump and a good performance in the 60m sprint as did Sarah Finnegan in the 60m hurdles. Sinead Gaffney had a strong season opener in the 800m in a time of 2.24/2.25. Full results are posted on AAI Website. Craughwell AC's womens team did very well placing 4th overall.
Eyes now turn to tomorrow for an action packed day from 9am to 7pm for the Galway Indoor track & field. With over 220 athletes from the club, taking part its going to be a busy day. Hopefully shortly after the indoors, I will have an update on the club's indoor age group bests ... the current version below is well out of date but our hard-working FAS assistant Cecelia has been doing alot of work on updating our results statistics over the last number of months and I should be able to get an update out on this within a week or 2 of the indoors. The current version is from 2013:- http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/attachments/indooragegrouprecords.pdf
Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 25th January at 8 pm in the upstairs room of the Community Hall. Can attendees please park in a suitable safe spot near the hall as the hall car park and bus spaces will be in use for bingo.
The AGM will include an update on Club development plans, report on activities in 2016 as well as the election of the Committee and Officers for the forthcoming year.
All parents and members aged 16 or older all welcome and encouraged to attend to hear an update on developments in the club and ask questions and make suggestions on any area we can improve in.
Following tonights AGM of the Senior Club the following officers have been elected for 2017:
Chairperson: Brian Gorman
Vice Chairperson: Fiona Diviney
Secretary: John Ward
Assistant Secretary: Emer Molloy
Treasurer/Registrar: John Fitzpatrick
PRO: Edel Kavanagh
Facilities Officer: Noel Gorman
Fit For Life Coordinator: Katie Gorman
Congratulations to the new Committee members and those taking on new roles.
Many thanks to Keith Devane, Niamh Flavin and Stephen Carty for all their work over the last two years.
A full set of Championship Best Performances has been produced by Athenry AC's Iain Shaw for the Galway Indoor Track & Field. Any errors or omissions can be fed back to Iain and he will verify and update. See attached for details - and very well done to Iain for a fine piece of work!
Senior Club membership falls due on January 1st. Please find the 2017 Membership form attached. Please download this form and complete in full and either give it to any member of the committee or you can bring it to the AGM which will take place on Sunday 8th of January in St. Michael's Hall, Craughwell at 7.30pm. An official registration night will take place the following week. Details to follow.
Any new or existing member who wish to take part in the Galway Indoors in Athlone later in January needs to submit their membership ASAP as they will not be allowed to compete if not registered. Please note that until you renew your membership you are not covered under AAI insurance when competing so it is imperative to submit your forms as soon as possible.
Craughwell AC's membership renewal is due at the start of January for all juvenile/junior/student members who are on a Jan-Dec cycle. That's the majority of members. If in any doubt, consult your age group coach who may already have texted you about it.
To facilate getting renewals in, our register Mike O'Connor will hold registration hours at the following times in the green shed at the pedestrian entrance to our new athletics field-
- Thurs 5th Jan: 7pm to 8.30pm
- Tues 10th Jan: 6pm to 8.30pm
Please if possible bring renewal form and membership fees to 1 of the above sessions to help us get the membership renewal done efficiently.
Note we need to get this done by mid January for a number of reasons:-
- current insurance expires on 31 December
- you must be insured to compete in Galway Indoors
- you cannot train if not insured
- we need the funds to run the club and develop the facility
You can download and print the form by clicking on the adjacent image. Or if you want an editable version, click here: word version.
Festive Fun run report
by Maria Gorman Aged 8
I arrived down at the track, other people were arriving too. We were getting ready to run the fun run. We all walked down to the start line. We had a choice of 1km or 2km and I decided to run two kms which is five laps. Before we started we sang a happy birthday to Stephen.
The whistle blew and away we went. Everyone was wearing something Christmassy and they all were having great fun. I got a bit tired on my last lap and my face actually went a bit red. My little sister Olivia went a few laps as well and she stopped a few times but she is only 3.
When we finished we got cups of sweets and some juice. And after the adults race they had mulled wine an apple punch. I tasted the hot apple punch and it tasted nice. Olivia was messing with the sand trying to make a sandcastle. My mammy ran about 4km in the adult fun run. Daddy was busy talking with lots of people I didn’t know.
Maria enjoying the fun run today. Photo © John O'Connor
Fun run at 11.00am, 27th December at the Senior Club track open to all members & their families with some hot punch and little treats after. Its a free entry social event for the club.
Please wear your Santa hats , Xmas jumpers etc as spot prizes for best dressed runners...
Choice of distance , 1 mile , 5km or just a walk/jog...Below is a link to john o'connor's wonderful photos he took at last years event....lots of smiling faces...
But she doesn’t flood our tartan!
Pictured below at 10am this morning as Barbara rained down on Craughwell is the part of the school track and roadway near the pedestrian entrance to the track. As you see there is water everywhere.
And pictured next is our porous tartan sprint area and high jump area … same conditions, no water!!