The medal winning Craughwell NS Senior Girls Team
(missing from photo: Aoife Kelly)
Athletes from the club put in some huge performances at the weekend in the Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships which were held on a narrow course in Summerhill College Sligo. On a windy day with a sprinkling of rain, the narrow course around the boundary of a football field proved to be a very tough course due to the tightness of the running route and the fields of 120 or so athletes. The club’s athletes coped well with the blustery conditions and featured strongly on 5 of the medal winning teams across the 4 races.
The club’s junior section are holding a fund-raising Night at the Dogs to help raise funds for the development of the club’s new 8-acre athletics park beside Craughwell NS. We’re hoping that all club members young and old will support. In the past, the night has proven to be a fantastic social occasion for the whole family. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the development of the club’s new sports park adjacent to the school. We are making fantastic progress with the development and hope to turn the lights on very shortly. The layout below gives you an idea of what will be provided and when. We are a little behind schedule due primarily to finalization of the legal purchase but all that is done and dusted now and we hope to have it fenced and lit and in use very shortly.
We will be handing out tickets at training. We appreciate that not all parents will be in a position to support the fund-raising so in that case just return the tickets to us. But it is an enjoyable night out for the family and it is raising vital funds for the facility and your children will benefit from its use almost immediately. It can double up as an early festive season night out!!
With steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 due to be completed by the end of next week, we will then be onto step 5 - the creation of a sprints and jumps area. This is our next phase of fund-raising and we will proceed with the work as soon as we have the funds. So please support our efforts!
Galway U17 Cross Country Champions 2014
Grainne McDaid, Dearbhaile Walsh, Ciara O'Boyle, Caron Ryan
There some marvellous performances in Tuam at the uneven age groups cross country championships, most notably Sean Connaughton who took the Galway title in the U13 2500m in his debut in club cross country and Caron Ryan who is going from strength to strength and added the U17 4000m title to the U16 one that she won last weekend. It was a super day also for Oisin Lyons who strode to victory in the U15 boys 3500m, for Evan Moran who took the title in the U9 boys 800m and for Ciara Greene who took the U19 Girls 4000m title. There were top 3 finishes also for Chloe Hallinan (U9 silver), Caoimhe Connolly (U11 silver), Niamh Niland (U13 bronze), Sean Cannon (U13 silver), Dearbhaile Walsh (U17 silver), Tiernan Burke (U17 silver) and Ben Garrard (U17 bronze).
Galway U13 Cross Country Champions 2014
As part of our Session feedback at the club and an attempt to harness members ideas and input on improvements /ideas we are asking members who take part in events however varied to drop us a few lines detailing their experience.
Thanks to Edwina for her feedback.
"I started running I remember this date because I had not ran since a child and was both dreading it and looking forward to it. I signed up for 8 weeks to 8km with Act for Meningitis a Galway charity set up by fellow club members Noel & Siobhan Carroll. I began working with. So that was the plan in less than 8 weeks run 8km - that first I almost vomited on finishing just under 2km...
There were 50 of us signed up and through a group on Facebook kept each other motivated. Before I knew it I was running 3 times a week and ran the streets of Galway 8km in 55min.
Last Saturday I did the Galway Bay 10km in 1:00:28 - thrilled is an understatement. I was not expecting to do it in that time. I had said if I did it in I would be delighted.
I joined Craughwell Ac Fit4Life group a couple of weeks ago with Val and a great bunch of runners, I am finding it great -they are pushing me out of my comfort zone but the sense of personal achievement after the 10km makes it all worthwhile. In just over 3 months I am fitter, eating better and am more aware of me.”
Some recent events we have had members take part in include:
“Hell & Back”
“The Great North Run”
“Galway Bay Marathon”
“Galway Bay 10k”
“Galway Bay Half”
Craughwell AC Senior Women's Cross Country Team
Silver Medallists at the County Championships in Bushfield
Jane Reeves, Rena Deely, Deirdre Devane, Niamh Flavin, Grainne McDaid, Ciara Greene
Well done to all of our athletes in action today in Bushfield. We had some fantastic results with team titles for
- U10 boys
- U12 boys
- U16 boys
- U16 girls
And team silver for both the senior women and senior men, and team silver for the U14 boys, not to mention team bronze for the U10 girls.
There were strong individual performances also with several top 3 finishes including Sean Cotter (gold U12 boys), Shaun Gilligan (bronze U12 boys), William Fitzgerald (silver U14 boys), Rachael Hughes (bronze U14 girls), Oisin Lyons (gold U16 boys), Caron Ryan (gold U16 girls), Ciara Greene (gold U18 girls), Grainne McDaid (silver U18 girls), Ben Vahey (gold U18 boys), Conor Gillen (gold junior men), Deirdre Devane (bronze novice women), Rena Deely (gold intermediate women), Peter O'Sullivan (bronze senior men), Rob Hogan (gold novice men), Damien Larkin (silver novice men), Ollie Mullins (gold M35 men).
And a big well done to all of our youngest athletes in the U10 and 12 age groups, many of whom were running the hills of Bushfield for the first time. Click here for provisional results from Bushfield.
Revised results of Bushfield after some corrections are here:- CountyGalwayCrossCountryDay1Results2014.pdf.
The Galway club cross country kicks off tomorrow with the even ages and senior cross country championships in Bushfield, Loughrea.
The races commence at 1pm sharp with the 10 girls, followed swiftly by the remaining races in the following order
- U10 girls (1pm)
- U10 boys
- U12 girls
- U12 boys
- U14 girls and boys
- U16 girls and boys
- U18/senior women (2.45pm)
- U18/senior men (3.10pm)
To get to Bushfield, you take the Bullaun road out from Loughrea and travel out 4km and its on the right.
Please arrive an hour before your race for warm-up, course familiarisation, race number etc. The first few races will take approx. 10 minutes each.
Results attached here :- 14GYPrimarySchoolsXC_FinalsResults.pdf.
Well done to all of our athletes on some truely fantastic results.Athletes from the club featured on each of the 4 teams that took the Galway team titles with Clarinbridge NS taking victory in the junior girls, Craughwell NS in the junior boys, Lisheenkyle NS in the senior girls and Clarinbridge NS in the senior boys. Craughwell NS took 4 sets of team medals - 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.
In the individual stakes, Kyle Moorhead won a fantastic Senior Boys 1000m title, the first time a boy from Craughwell NS has won this race. David Lee took silver with Clarinbridge NS with school mate Eoin Lyons 4th and Craughwell NS's Shaun Gilligan 5th. Mia Waters (Craughwell NS) had an outstanding run to take individual bronze in the senior girls with teammate Emily Miskella equally impressive in 5th. Killeeneen NS's Caoimhe Connolly took the individual silver in the juunior girls race with Clarinbridge NS's Saoirse Moore in 4th place.
There were some outstanding performances right down through the field and athletes can now look forward to both the club championships over the next 2 weekends and the Connacht schools on Sat 18 October.
The Craughwell NS Cross Country Squad who captured
3 Divisional team titles and a second-place at the
Galway Primary Schools Cross Country
plus an individual title for Kyle Moorhead and individual bronze for Mia Waters
The provisional results of today are at 14GYPrimarySchoolsXC_Results.pdf
Well done to all who took part - we had some fantastic performances from loads of athletes from the club, many of whom qualified for the Galway finals on Tuesday next in Renmore and many more of whom who ran superbly to finish out the race. I will post more later today on some exceptional team results from the clubs schools :-).
Kileeneen Back to School run results are finally here - sorry about the delay! It was a lovely evening - tonight it looks like possibly the last good one of this amazing summer of 2014!
The 5km was won in outstanding fashion by Damian O'Boyle who made a truly extraordinary debut over the distance in running 15.39. Damian is a great track runner, with a steady haul of national medals over the past couple of years but I never would have imagined that he'd be able to maintain the speed over the longer distance, and I think he was more than a bit surprised himself! Conor Dolan of GCH came second closely trailed by Neil Greaney to round off the top 3.
The women's race was won by Caroline Whirskey of Loughrea AC, followed by Lisa Mctigue and Edel Kelly.
The organizers of the Kileeneen Back to School run would sincerely like to thank all the people that came out in force to support the school, and the marshals, caterers, etc that made it possible.
Special shout out has to go to Blake Weibling of Seattle who ran the race while over here on a short work trip, and took the time out over sandwiches to help me type in the results - thanks and enjoy the trip Blake! Stay tuned to John O'Connor's flickr page for some of his usual excellent photos.
The results are below - note juvenilles aren't listed in the results but can get their times from their teachers who have the names to match to their bib numbers. Well done again to all the talented young athletes that put in such superb performances over 1 and 5km on the day - stick with the sport - you will go far!!.
Craughwell Athletic Club’s U8 and First Class training group starts back this Thursday 18th Sept at 5.45pm at the Astroturf. Children are allowed to attend 3 training sessions to see if they like it and then must register on the 3rd night if staying at it. Registration forms will be handed out on the 2nd night. Alternatively you can download the form from http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/juvenileapplicationform.pdf/. Unfortunately the club cannot take children in Senior or Junior Infants.
Children should wear a tracksuit and runners and bring a drink of water.
Some points in regard to safety:-
- The car park will be quite busy so please park and escort your child to and from the gate of the Astroturf.
- When parking, please reverse into the parking spot rather than drive in. It is much safer when exiting.
- If hanging around for the full training session, please fill the spots on the basketball court (on the right just behind the school) so that the remainder of the space is more available for traffic arriving and departing.
Also each year we try recruit new parents to help supervise at training and in time, learn how to coach. We would greatly appreciate your help if you can spare the time as we are expecting to have large numbers in this age group. The club will provide both informal and formal training to help you become a coach. Or alternatively if you are just happy to help supervise, that’s fine too.
Congratulations to Jamie Fallon who finished in 62nd place in a time of 55.02 at the World Mountain Running Championships which were held in Tuscany, Italy today over 8.4km of mountain terrain. Most of the competitors were 1 or 2 years older than Jamie so it was a massive performance to be competing out of age at this level. Well done Jamie!
Jamie is pictured below with other Irish athletes in the pictuesque (and challenging!) mountains of Tuscany (pictures nicked from Jamie''s facebook!). Gives me some ideas for the next phase of the athletics development in Craughwell ... a ski slope!