The second round of the indoor national track and field league was held in Athlone IT on Saturday 30 January. The Craughwell ladies team performed very well to qualify for the final next Saturday. This is the third year in a row that the team has qualified for the final. Competing on the day for the team was Michelle Duggan (200m), Dearbhaile Walsh (400m), Caron Ryan (1500m), Aoife Greene (high jump) and Sarah Finnegan (triple jump). The team would be hoping to put in a strong performance in the final next Saturday 6 February.
The National Junior & U23 Indoor Championships took place in AIT on Sunday where the hard work of the last few months paid rich dividends for Sineád Gaffney. Sineád who juggles her sport between athletics and camogie was on fire a few years ago as an U18 when she ran 2.23.93 to place 4th in the National U18 Indoor 800m, a performance that came on the back of a solid 4 months winter training. Camogie took first place in the meantime with Sinead featuring on successful Galway and Craughwell teams.
But the last 4 months has seen Sinead again put a lot of effort into the athletics and yesterday In AIT, the benefits of this work paid off again where Sineád ran a splendid PB of 2:23.13 to take the National U23 Silver medal – a fantastic achievement. Sinead ran the perfect race with splits of 36.06, 36.63, 35.41, 35.50 – a superbly paced race. Its onwards and upwards now hopefully and Sinead can build on the good training and good times to knock further seconds off her PB and who knows how far she can take it! Sinead's time came agonisingly close to setting a new club record - with the existing record held by Linda Porter with a time of 2.23.09.
Also in action in the 800m,
Our group of athletes after arriving at the hotel
Oisin Lyons, Laura Cuningham, Lorraine Delaney, Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan-Forde
Aoife Walsh, Caoilin Milton, Ciana Reidy, Shauna Tobin, Martha Haskett
It was back to Glasgow on Friday for another fantastic trip for the club’s athletes who were competing in the Scottish Indoor Track & Field. This year the format of the competition has split the event into 2 separate weekends in January and March so we have to go twice! U17s and seniors competing this weekend and U13/15/20s competing the first weekend of March.
Oisin, Laura, Aoife, Ciana, Martha, Daniel, Shauna, Caoilin, Lorraine, Jerry
A group of 10 of our U17s made the exciting journey and had such a wonderful weekend – excelling in the competition and having a great time in Glasgow. The club is really proud of them and they represented themselves, their families, the club and their country so well both on and off the track.
We arrived in Glasgow in the middle of the day Friday, flying into Glasgow Airport and bussing into the city centre where we walking to our hotel Jury’s. After the customary all-you-can-eat Chinese Friday evening, the athletes got an early night as we had to be at the Emirates Arena at 9am the following morning.
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After an absolutely riveting 3 hours of athletics this time last year, the AIT Grand Prix is back!!! Last year was an event not to be missed with the amazing Mutaz brothers in action and threatening to break the high jump world record. You can recap on the excitement of the evening on youtube and fast forward to 38:51 to see the dignatories in attendance over Mutaz's right shoulder :-). And rewind back to 27:00 to soak up the brillance of our U13 relay teams running in front of 2000 people!
This years event is on Wednesday 17th February and you can get your tickets at http://www.aitsport.ie/ait-grand-prix. It will almost certainly be a sell-out after the success of last years event so get in early if you are thinking of going and don't want to be dissappointed. There are several world medallists in action including the men's world pole vault champion which promises to be a highly entertaining event.
Craughwell AC U13 4x100m Relay Teams on the Winners Podium!
A large contingent of Craughwell AC athletes descended on Athlone IT International Arena for the 2016 Galway Indoor Track & Field Championships last Sunday. There were many magnificent performances from the club throughout a great day and huge credit it due to all of our coaches for the effort they make in preparing each individual for these comepetitions.
With almost one-third of the participants from the club, this was also reflected in the results where the club did exceptionally well. Its really not about medals on this day though as its a wonderful occasion for the club and to see so many of our athletes taking part to the best of their ability is inspiring. Everyone is a winner for taking part and athletes can take as much pride on getting a personal best as in winning a medal.
A notable performance also on the same weekend came from Jason Broderick in the National Intermediate men’s Cross Country in Dundalk where he placed 12th in an elite field. Also in action in Dundalk, the multi-talented Evan Hallinan and Aoibhe Carr placed 9th and 15th in the National Juvenile B Cross Country in the morning and proceeded to perform brilliantly later in the day in the Indoor Championships in Athlone where both won the high jump titles in their age group! Full results of Craughwell AC medal winners at the Galway Indoor Championships are as follows:
The annual 4 mile Coldwood run takes place on Sunday the 31st of January at 12pm.
This will be the 4th year of the run, and as always, Red Tag Timing will be doing the timing on the day. There will be a children's run at 11am preceding the main race with spot prizes and goodie bags , same format as last year which was a huge success.
Registration for the 4 mile race can be done on the day or on-line on Active Network/Run ireland once that is set up . €15 to enter . Children's run will be registration on the day. €5 to enter.
UPDATED VERSION OF TIMETABLE BELOW. MINOR CHANGES TO TIMES OF EVENTS. MINOR CHANGE TO ORDER:-
- move 200m sprints from 9am slot to later in program
- add sprint finals for senior age group
- slight reordering of some field events to help manage clashes
The provisional timetable for the Galway Indoors on 24 January is as follows:-
Note that we are still missing lots of help and clubs need to provide more officials. The only clubs to provide their quota so far are Athenry, Caltra and Connemara.
Attaching also the current entry list:-
The first round of the indoor national track and field league was held in Athlone IT on Saturday 16th January. After the success of the team last year, the Craughwell senior club entered a ladies team in the competition again this year.
The team performed very well to achieve a score of 46 points and this leaves the team in second place overall heading into the second round on 30 January. Competing on the day for the team was Sarah Finnegan (60m hurdles), Sinead Gaffney (800m), Cathriona Farrell (long jump), Sinead Treacy (60m) and Melissa Mullins (shot putt).
The team would be hoping to put in another strong performance in the second round in order to reach the final on 6 February.
The AGM of Craughwell AC Juvenile Section will be held in St Michael's Hall on Wednesday 13th January at 8pm. Athletes, parents and coaches are all welcome.
Additionally registration nights for juveniles for 2016 will take place on Thursday 7th January in St Michael's Hall from 6-8pm and again on Tuesday 12th January at the astroturf from 6-7.30pm. It is important from an insurance perspective and from a facility development perspective that all members register as soon as possible. The registration form can be downloaded here.
Question time at last year's AGM :-)
Excitement is mounting amongst the club's athletes as the Galway Indoors approaches on Sunday 24th January. Always a brilliant day of action with the fabulous Athlone indoor arena electrified by the energy of hundreds of athletes young and old. Its always a big day for Craugwell AC who will have 200 or more athletes in action.
So get your entries in now to your age group coordinators who are at the moment getting the information together for their age groups. The following events are available in each age group:-
- U10 60m, 400m, Long Jump, 4x100m
- U11 60m, 600m, Long Jump, 4x100m
- U12 60m, 600m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, 4x100m
- U13 60m, 600m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, 4x100m
- U14 60m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk, 4x200m
- U15 60m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk, 4x200m
- U16-17 60m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk, 200m, 4x200m
- U18-Senior 60m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Walk, 200m, 3000m, 4x200m
Each year its nice also to see a large number of our athletes a year older and making such great progress at the sport. Here's a shot of some of this year's U17s when competing in the indoors as U12s in 2011.
Aoife Walsh, Caoilin Milton, Laura Cunningham, Derbhla, Ciana Reidy
National U12 Indoor Relays in Nenagh 2011
And below as U10s in 2009 :-)