Mark a date in your calendar..! Craughwell AC is returning to its roots with a gut bursting 5k on the traditionally fastest 5k route in the Galway series..! And as is Galway 5k Series tradition, it will take place on Tuesday evening - this time on September 2nd. As you all know, the club has taken another big plunge this year in expanding facilities which will hopefully be an asset to athletics in Galway for many generations. All of the proceeds from this race will be going stright to facilities for the future olympians in the area, and it would be great if you could come out and support it.
More details to follow soon on arrangements - in the meantime take a moment to remember the great times you've had blazing through this route.
Tips for the 5k course
The Craughwell 5k loop is a nice undulating country loop around Craughwell that we use several times a year in many local races. It has a quick start, followed by some testing "bumps" at the 2-3k mark. After that it is all flat until you get to the now famous uphill sprint finish. When I say the course has hills.. it doesn't have real hills. They are more undulations that you don't notice if you are going well but can be torture if you are not! The profile is shown below, along with a map of the course:
To view the full course map click here.
Hall of Fame: Course Records
Despite the little hills, it still gets some pretty quick times out of people. The current leaderboards are shown below. As of 2009 there will be a cash prize and a trophy on offer for any athlete that breaks the record in any officially timed and organised race or time-trial on the course.
|1||Gerry Ryan||15:34||Galway 5k 09|
|2||Paul McNamara||15:52||Handicap Chase 07 Race 1|
|3||John Byrne||16:05||Galway 5k 09|
|4||Gary Higgins||16:16||Handicap Chase 07 Race 1|
|5||Conor Maloney||16:18||Galway 5k 08 / 09|
|1||Catherine Conway||17:35||Galway 5k 10|
|2||Regina Casey||17:49||Galway 5k 08|
|3||Regina Casey||18:21||Galway 5k 07|
|4||Regina Casey||18:33||Galway 5k 09|
|5||Caroline Clancy||18:49||Galway 5k 09|
Unusual things or events on the course:
Elvis? Friend of the club, James Lundon once spotted Elvis on the course. He details this here:
As many people have pushed themselves around the course, some entertaining and informative race reports have been written. Reading these might give you an idea of what to expect:
Paul O Dowd's 5k Race Report: I think this is still my all-time fav race report.
Paul O'Dowd Report 2 - The road to Beijing: Another from Paul's unusual mind!
James Lundons 2009 Race Report of sorts: an Elvis-themed offering in James' unique style!
2010 Video of the 2010 Galway 5k race here. If you have Mayo links prepare to get weepy eyed as Mayo steal the show.
2009 Watch the legendary Gerry Ryan whistle his way to a course-record victory to the tune of Elvis.!
Cathriona Farrell claimed her first National Senior outdoor title at the weekend when winning the Senior Women’s High Jump at the National Track & Field Championships in Santry on Sunday.
Hampered by an Achilles injury for a number of weeks Cathriona was in excellent jumping form, taking victory with a jump of 1.75m. This was a fantastic achievement for Cathriona after a spell of several weeks where she was not able to do any jumps practise due to the Achilles injury. In fact the only times Cathriona had jumped in the last 4 weeks were the European Team Championships in Estonia and the National U23s so to jump 1.75m and to come very close to clearing her outdoor PB again of 1.80m was exceptional.
It rounds off a great year for the club’s leading athlete who earlier in the year set a new Universities record of 1.81m to win the Universities indoor title and went on to win both the National U23 indoor and outdoor titles and now the National Senior outdoor title.
This is the third National Senior title for Cathriona having won the indoor title on 2 occasions in 2011 and 2012. Cathriona's indoor PB of 1.81m places her 6th on the all-time best performances indoors by Irish high jumpers while her recent outdoor PB of 1.80m places her in joint 8th on the outdoor list.
All-in-all it was a fantastic year for Cathriona despite the late season injury and augurs very well for next year's indoor and outdoor seasons and hopefully another string of personal bests, records and National titles.
Please note that tonight's EGM (and followon coaches meeting) has been rescheduled to Wednesday 6th August at 7pm due to the unavaiability of some key personnel tonight. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
I will email all with an update on the new facility progress in the meantime.
And please don't forget our Golf Classic which is on the same week. i.e. Mon 4th Aug to Sat 10th Aug. We still need parents to get fully behind this by entering teams and/or getting sponsorship. Check our website for more details, thanks!!!
PLEASE NOTE EGM HAS BEEN DEFERRED BY TWO WEEKS TO SAME TIME ON WEDNESDAY 6TH AUGUST.
An EGM will take place Wednesday 23rd July at 7pm in Craughwell Community Centre in order to finalise the legal documentation for the purchase of the 8 acre site beside the school. It is hoped to have a large attendance from members and parents to hear an update on progress. Its hoped that the legal purchase will then complete by the end of July.
It is expected that it will take only 30 minutes. It will be followed immediately by a coaches meeting to review the year to date and to finalise coaching times and structures for the Autumn. All are welcome to stay for this part of the meeting also.
National U18 100m Champion Conor Duggan
pictured with Damian O'Boyle (U18 Steeplechase Silver Medallist) and Sinead Treacy (U18 100m Bronze Medallist)
Conor Duggan had his finest athletic achievement to date when he stormed to victory in the U18 100m final at the National Track & Field Championships in Tullamore recently. Having won his heat comfortably in 11.23s, Conor ran a breath-taking final to take the victory by 0.07s in a time of 11.27s. Conor’s steady progression in athletics is an inspiration for many and should be a huge motivation for other sprinters to continue to put in the effort and success will follow.
Read on for details of Conor's steady progression from when he joined the club 6 years ago as an U12.
Two of our athletes Ashley and Christopher McDonnell are in the final stages of preparation for their trip to Cambodia to help teach english, french and computers to children there and to raise funds for building a school there.
You can donate online to help their fund-raising campaign. Go to the link beflow for more details and hit the donate button at the bottom of that page!
The timetable for tomorrow's U12-19 National track & field finals is as:-
The list of competitors in each event is at:-
Best of luck to all of our athletes taking part!!
The Galway Senior/Junior/Masters Track and Field 2014 Championship Day Two takes place Thursday July 10th in Dangan , NUI Sports grounds, Galway. These events are open to all AAI Galway registered athletes , with guest athletes from other AAI clubs outside Galway welcome.
Registration - is open at the track from 6.15 pm / Entry is 5 euro
Events order on the day will be as follows
Jamie Fallon had a fantastic run in the National Junior 5000m in Cork IT at the weekend when winning it in a time of 15.19.87. If you were watching it on aertv.ie, the commentators were very impressed with Jamie's performance as the race was combined with the U23s and Jamie placed 4th overall in the field - shaking it up with athletes 5 years older at the head of the race.
Also in action, Cathriona Farrell took the National U23 High Jump title with a leap of 1.65m. Cathriona was nursing an injury picked up recently in training and retired from the competition after the 1.65m jump as she had won it at that stage.
Conor Duggan had 2 top-drawer performances in qualifying for the finals of the U20 100m and 200m sprints where he placed 8th in the 100m in 11.20 and 5th in the 200m in 22.51. His 200m final time is a PB and new club record as is Conor's time of 11.11 from the 100m heats (wind-assisted but we haven't been ruling those out for club records since in many races we would not have wind guages in operation).
Peadar Harvey placed 4th in the U23 800m in 2.00.20 with Gavin Cooney 8th in 2.06.64 - a strong performance from Gavin who has been successfully combining his hurling with 800m training and came very close to hitting his target of 2:05 in this race. Damian O’Boyle placed 8th in the U20 1500m in 4.08.92 with Neil Greaney 12th in 4.16.23.
Craughwell AC U15 Boys 4x100m Relay
Daniel Callanan-Forde, Cian Waters, Sean Delaney, Oisin Lyons
The club battled bravely in Tullamore for National relay honours with the U15 boys team recording the club’s best result with a 5th place in their 4x100m final in a time of 49.96 (Sean Delaney, Cian Waters, Oisin Lyons, Daniel Callanan-Forde). The U14 boys also made their 4x100m final where they placed 8th in a time of 58.12 (Luke Roberts, Conor Hughes, Cathal Walsh, Oisin Shannon). The U12 boys just missed out on making the final by 0.07 of a second in a tmie of 59.37 with their team of Gavin Kelly, Conall Doyle, Pádraic Martyn and Shaun Gilligan while the U13 boys also competed well when running a time of 57.24 but didn’t make the final (Kyle Moorhead, Alex Evans, Finbar McFadden, Ryan Gallagher, Brandon Morgan).
In the girls events, the U15 girls placed 10th in a time of 55.78 (Caoilin Milton, Aoife Walshe, Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney, Shauna Tobin) while the U12 girls placed 12th in a time of 60.55 (Aoife Kelly, Emma Jane Moran, Aine Kelly, Ava Finn, Kate Reilly).
Craughwell AC U15 Girls 4x100m Relay
Aoife Walshe, Lorraine Delaney, Caoilin Milton, Laura Cunningham, Shauna Tobin
Congratulations to Sineád Treacy who had been selected to represent Ireland in the 200m and the 4x300m relay in the Schools International Track & Field which will take place in Cardiff later this month.
Sineád's selection comes on the back of some fine performances in the Schools track & field and in the Tailteann Games and is richly deserved.
It is her second international, with the first having been the Schools Pentathlon held last year in Glasgow.
The club wish Sineád the very best of luck as she makes the short trip across the Irish Sea and are very proud of her achievements.