Our club records page fell a little out of date over the last 3 years but I've tried to bring them uptodate here with last 3 years of performances. Click on the pictures below to view the latest. And if anyone spots a mistake, let me know and I can update them. The updates show some fantastic results in recent years from our many super talented athletes. Next update is hopefully our age group records which also are woefully out of date!
The Craughwell AC Marathon is back again for 2016! This years event will be held on Saturday 27th August and will be run over a looped route through the village of Craughwell and its surrounding quiet country roads.
This is an ideal event for anyone tackling the distance for the first time or for the seasoned Marathoner. The route is accurately measured and is AAI licensed.
Celebrations at the Finish Line 2015 ©John O'Connor
Entry Details Below:
• Date: Saturday 27th August 2016.
• Start time: 9:00am.
• You will receive confirmation of entry in due course.
• Registration: Craughwell Community Hall from 8:00am to 8:45am.
• Entry €25
• Limited Entry.
• Medals for all finishers
• 250mm bottled water on course.
• Post race refreshments in the St. Michael's Hall Craughwell
• Changing Facilities available onsite
• Course consists of 8 loops to make the 26.2Miles, Jones counter measured.
• There is ample parking at the Community Center.
Looking forward welcoming you all on the day!
With Olympics in Rio kicking off in August, why not give your attention to Elite athletics domestically?
GCH men and Galway ladies both comfortably qualified for the Final in Tullamore Stadium on 7th Aug. We have 2 incredibly strong teams for the final with many National Champions and international athletes on the Galway teams. Both teams have realistic shot at medals but…….
People of Galway, we need you!!!
Often at domestic athletic events there are no supporters and athletes run with very little cheering or support. We believe Galway can change this. Let’s get supporters there on the day. Supporters can be the difference between our teams winning or losing. Let’s make history together and have not 1 but 2 teams from Galway take a medal on this stage. No team from the West ever has but with your help we’ll give it everything and I can promise, the rest of the country will know we were there!
Matthew McKernan, National U19 Triple Jump Champion 2016
The final day of the National juvenile track & field saw Matthew McKernan close out his career as a juvenile with a fantastic victory in the U19 triple jump with a fine leap of 12.54m. Having won a silver medal in the long jump last weekend, Matthew finished out his season in style with his first gold medal at National level.
Matthew first represented the club as an U13 in 2010 when competing in Bushfield in the Galway Cross Country (of all things Matthew!). But after a brief encounter with cross country running, the horizontal jumps became Matthew’s forte and he steadily progressed in long and triple jump through the years. He first hit the National podium as an U16 in 2013 where he took bronze with a leap of 11.17m in the triple jump, a discipline he had just commenced training for only 8 weeks previously.
He followed this up with impressive performances in the Galway outdoors in 2014 with a 5.84m long jump and 12.15m triple jump and at the National outdoors with a terrific 12.98m to take the bronze medal in the triple jump – a feat he repeated that August in the National Community Games finals. Matthew’s strong jumping performances continued in 2015 when he took silver in the National indoor triple jump with a leap of 12.17m and then claimed his first National long jump medal in the outdoors taking the bronze with a leap of 5.98m and followed up with silver in the outdoor triple jump with 12.35m. The success continued in 2016 with silver in the triple jump with 12.20m and now the elusive gold medal as an U19 in 2016.
Well done Matthew, great to witness the making of a champion in the last 3 years!
Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney followed up on their triple jump success of yesterday with strong performances in the U17 high jump which came very close to the medals. Laura cleared 1.50m on her first attempt and came very close to doing likewise at 1.55m which would have taken the bronze medal. Lorraine came within a hairs breath of clearing 1.55m on her first and third attempts, barely touching the bar with her heels causing it to drop. There was so little contact, one would think it was her shoelace that caught it! In the end, Lorraine placed 9th due to some knocked bars earlier on and Laura was joint 5th – but both encouraged by being so close to the bronze medal which a first time clearance of 1.55m would have won.
Ryan Gallagher placed 5th in the U15 high jump with a clearance of 1.60m, unlucky not to go higher with the wet ground causing him to slip on some of his earlier jumps. Entering the competition at 1.55m, Ryan lost his footing under the bar on his first attempt but bravely battled on to clear the 1.55 and 1.60 and unlucky not to get 1.65.
Sean Cotter following his impressive performance in the U14 Boys 1500m
Sean Cotter ran a fine time of 4.55.35 to take 9th place in a high quality U14 1500m race with Caron Ryan also placing 9th in the U18 girls 1500m with a time of 5.06.89 and Finbar McFadden and Ailbhe Miskella racing to 13th and 16th position in their U15 1500m races, slightly down on their PBs from the Galway and Connacht championships. Sean’s performance ranks him number 3 on the club’s all-time times for U14 Boys 1500m while Caron’s performance parachutes her to the top of our U18 performances in 1500m.
Daniel Callanan-Forde ran a good time of 24.82 to place 6th in his heat of the U17 200m to wrap up a very successful Nationals with his double silver in long jump and triple jump.
Well done also to former member of the club Michael Hand who emigrated a few years ago to the Deep South and now competes with Cork club Old Abbey. Michael placed 4th in the U16 javelin.
Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney
Silver and Bronze Medal Winners in the U17 Girls Triple Jump
Another glorious day of athletics success took place in Tullamore on day 3 of the National Juvenile Track & Field where the club had 20 athletes in action.
Today was Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney’s turn to take center-stage where they put in a magnificent performance in the U17 Girls Triple Jump to take 2nd and 3rd place. Laura 2nd jump of 10.29m earned her the silver medal in an impressive series of jumps. Having placed 4th in both the AAI U16 triple jump and Community Games triple jump last year, it was wonderful for Laura to stand on the podium today as an AAI individual medallist for the first time. And even more wonderful to be standing alongside club-mate and friend Lorraine Delaney whose 5th attempt was an exceptional 10.14m to take the bronze medal. Amazingly it was Lorraine’s first competition in triple jump and to come away with a medal and a big jump was very impressive. Laura’s and Lorraine’s jumps place them 3rd on 4th on the club’s all-time list for triple jump with Sarah Finnegan holding the club senior record with 10.54m and Melissa Mullins the junior record with 10.36m and Laura and Lorraine next with today’s jumps.
Jerry Keary and Daniel Callanan-Forde on the podium with silver
in the U17 Boys High Jump and U17 Boys Triple Jump
Daniel Callanan-Forde made it a treble triple jump for the club with another fantastic silver medal in the U17 boys with a best of 12.64m on his 6th and final jump – adding to his long jump medal from the nationals 2 weekends ago. Jerry Keary continued his exceptional summer with silver in the U17 boys high jump with a leap of 1.85m, a little down on his recent superhuman form but nonetheless a superb achievement coming only a week after the highs of his international silver in Kent.
Also in the medals Chloe Casey won her first National medal in the colours of Craughwell AC with a PB and huge throw of 12.99m in the third round of the U15 shot putt to take the silver – a massive throw and missing out on gold to a throw which set a new championship record for this age group.
Chloe Casey, silver medallist in the U15 Girls Shot Putt
There were many more fine performances which came very close to the medals. Evan Hallinan was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the U12 boys high jump with a best of 1.35m which was the same as the bronze medallist but placed him 5th when account was taken of knocked bars. Only for a broken toe which prevented him training since the Connachts, Evan would have almost certainly medalled.
Conor Hoade was also in fine form in the U13 Boys Long Jump leaping a new PB of 4.49m on his first attempt and improving this further to 4.52m on his 4th attempt to place 6th overall. Cian Lavan was also impressive with a best of 1.30m in the U12 high jump to place 9th, only 1 jump away from the medal positions and a PB by 10cm for Cian.
Three U12 girls proudly represented the club in the shot putt with Rosemary Maduka placing 9th, Aoibhe Fahy 12th and Shauna Donoghue 13th. Saoirse Pierce had a great National debut with a 10th place finish in the U13 Girls high jump, a position shared by Padraig Martyn in the U14 Boys long jump. Pascal Walsh placed 5th in his heat of the 80m with a good time of 11.21 while performances were slightly down for some of our long jumpers but nevertheless all will have gained valuable experience with Garvin Surlis and Conor Roberts 11th and 12th in the U15 boys long jump, Leanagh Gilligan 13th in the U15 girls long jump and Aine Kelly 15th in the U14 girls long jump.
All in all it was a wonderful day for the club and any disappointments for some of our younger athletes will disappear when they look back on old articles on this website and see that our U17s were close to the medals in their younger years but kept plugging away at it and now are enjoying the success that all our dedicated athletes so richly deserve.
Hot off the Atlantic airwaves, the news has reached the club that Damian O’Boyle has been offered a scholarship in McNeese State University in Louisiana. Their athletics squad, known as The McNeese Cowboys, is a popular choice for some of Ireland’s finest distance runners. Being selected for the college is a fantastic achievement for Damian and follows years of dedication from a young age. Going on scholarship to a US college steeped in distance running history was a dream ambition for Damian these last few years. This week’s news is just reward for one of the club’s most dedicated athletes and the club is immensely proud of Damian’s achievement. He becomes the first athlete from the club to go on scholarship to the United States, another achievement box ticked for the club. Congratulations also to his parents for their years of dedication and in particular mum Marion who is our current Chairperson and works tirelessly for the club.
The only gotcha now is that the club will have to fly the Club PRO out to the US to cover the US cross country season – that sucks as I hate leaving home!
And a huge congratulations also to the engine of Sligo athletics, the one and only Dermot McDermott who coaches Damian. Dermot took Damian on a couple of years ago and helped take him to the next level and was instrumental in advising Damian on various scholarship options. Dermot's help and support was massive, as it is for dozens of athletes all over the country and as it is for 100s of younger athletes above in Sligo!
So well done Damian, we will be watching the US news feeds from a far to keep tabs on our club records!
Craughwell AC's Jerry Keary and Nenagh Olympic's Joseph McEvoy
who placed 2nd and 3rd at the Schools International in Kent yesterday
(photo from ISAA facebook page)
Congratulation's to Jerry Keary and Nenagh's Joseph McEvoy on fantastic jumping at the schools international in Kent yesterday where Jerry leaped 1.99m to claim silver and Joseph leaped 1.96m to claim bronze.
Jerry sailed over 1.99m on his first attempt to claim the silver in an elite international field. His jumps are listed above.
Jerry’s progression in the high jump has been remarkable this year. He has improved his PB from 1.81m from last year’s to 2.00 this year – leaping 1.80 in the Galway indoors, 1.90 in the Scottish indoors, 1.92 in the Galway outdoors, 1.93 in the Connacht schools and 2.00 in the Connacht outdoors, capping it all off with victory in the Tailteann Games with 1.95 and now 2nd place in the international with 1.99. To put his improvement into perspective, an equivalent improvement in the space of a year for a 2-minute 800m runner would be to run the 800m in 1:47.5 or for a 35-minute 10k runner to run their 10k in 31:20. And to even further highlight these massive achievements, Jerry had to take 6 weeks off training between the indoors and outdoors to get his appendix removed! Clearly it was a heavy appendix that was weighing him down :-).
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Jerry in previous years. Having medalled as an U12 in 2011 with bronze and a leap of 1.20 in the National indoors, Jerry placed 5th, 6th and 7th on many occasions in the intervening years at National level, jumping 1.30 in the U12 outdoors, 1.40 and 1.43 indoor an outdoors as an U13, 1.50 and 1.53 as an U14 and 1.50 and 1.63 as an U15. Despite many times coming close to the podium, Jerry never lost heart, continued to train, continued to compete in every National final and finally returned to the National podium as an U16 when taking the National silver with a leap of 1.70m in the indoors. He progressed from there to leap 1.75m and then 1.81m in the outdoors before his astronomic improvements this year.
All our athletes should take inspiration from Jerry’s progress. The standard of athletics in the UK is world-class – Jerry is right up there with the best of his age in these islands. But that right was well-earned as you can see from his progress and commitment over the years – so all of our athletes should be encouraged by this. Keep training, keep improving, eventually you will get to the top!
And well done Jerry!
And continuing a wonderful year for the U17/18s in the club, Laura Cunningham made her debut on the County Galway team in the National League today where she leaped 1.50m to take 3rd place in the high jump and threw the javelin out to 23.54m to take 4th place in that event, only 44cm shy of breaking our senior club record in the javelin.
Laura's performance was part of a strong contribution to the Galway team score from juniors and seniors from Craughwell AC with Michelle Duggan 2nd in the 100m (13.06) and Sinead Treacy 3rd in the long jump (5.19) and senior athletes Sarah Finnegan 3rd and 4th in the 100m hurdles (18.87) and triple jump (9.78), Rachel Finnegan 3rd in the 400m hurdles (71.43) and Edel O'Meara 3rd in the pole vault (1.70).
Craughwell AC’s U18 Girls 4x100m, National Champions 2016
Back: Michelle Duggan, Laura Cunningham; Front: Aisling Keady, Caoilin Milton
Pictured on the podium along with silver medalists Galway City Harriers and Donore Harriers
Another fantastic weekend of athletics took place in Tullamore at the weekend with the first 2 days of the National Juvenile Track & Field Championships. The inclement weather conditions were blown away by the incredible performance of the U18 Girls relay team to take the National title in their 4x100m in a new club record time of 51.49. The team of Caoilin Milton, Aisling Keady, Laura Cunningham, Michelle Duggan and sub Lorraine Delaney put in a magnificent run to take the victory on the line from local rivals GCH. Having placed 4th in the National Indoors finals behind GCH, it was a sweet victory for the girls and comes after years of dedication to training and near misses in relay finals – a just reward for an exceptional group of girls. To say the club is proud of the girls achievement is an understatement. All have been in the club since the age of 7 or 8 years old, all have trained hard in the intervening years – some years with success some years without success. They never gave up, they continued to train well every year (not all of the time, but most of the time!) and their National title and club record is a very well earned reward for the girls and an inspiration to other members of the club. Well done girls!
Dearbhaile Walsh flying high in the U18 Steeplechase on her way to National silver
There was glory also for a number of athletes with silver medals for Matthew McKernan with a leap 5.92m in the U19 Boys Long Jump, Dearbhaile Walsh with a time of 7.57.01 in the U18 Girls Steeplechase, Daniel Callanan-Forde with a jump of 6.12m in the U17 Boys Long Jump and Conor Hoade with a time of 9.60 in the U13 Boys Hurdles. Lorraine Delaney and Aoife Walsh came agonisingly close to the podium in the U17 Girls Long Jump with Lorraine leaping to 4th with a best of 4.94m and Aoife 5th with 4.87m. While in the National B Championships, Jade Moorhead claimed a fine silver medal in the U12 High Jump with a clearance of 1.19m.
Craughwell AC’s Matthew McKernan, silver medalist in the U19 Boys Long Jump
at the National Championships in Tullamore
There several other top-8 finishes with Ben Garrard placing 7th in the U18 Boys Long Jump; the U17 Girls 4x100m team 7th in a time of 53.42 with Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney, Aoife Walshe, Laura Cunningham and sub Shauna Tobin; Lukas Schukat 6th in the U13 Boys High Jump; Liam McDonagh 7th in the U13 Boys Javelin with 28.01m; the U13 Boys 4x100m team 7th in a time of 55.52 with Rian Kearney, Lukas Schukat, Kieran O’Connor, Conor Hoade and sub Liam Mulveen; Aoibhe Fahy 7th in the U12 Girls Turbo Javelin; Katie Scully 8th in the U12 Girls Long Jump.
Craughwell AC’s U17 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore
Aoife Walshe, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton and Lorraine Delaney
Craughwell AC’s U13 Boys 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore
There were many other fine performances throughout the day with Ben Garrard 9th in the heats of the U18 800m in 2.09.48; Shauna Tobin 9th in the U17 long jump with 4.07m; Finbarr McFadden 11th in the U15 800m final in a time of 2.24.37; Jack Farrell 5th in the U14 Boys Hurdles in a time of 12.92; Ava Finn 10th and Aine Kelly 12th in the U14 high jump, both clearing 1.30m with Ellie Cronin unlucky to exit the competition at 1.25m; Sean Cahill 12th in the U14 javelin with 21.15m; Lauren McNally 13th in the U14 javelin with 16.71; Robert Urquhart 10th in the U13 javelin with 23.89m; Liam McDonagh and Conor Hoade, joint 10th in the U13 high jump with 1.30m and Robert Urquhart clearing the same height to place 13th; Daniel Galvin 10th in the U12 600m in 1.48.56 (the 2nd fastest time ever by a Craughwell AC athlete in this age group); Cian Lavan 10th in the U12 long jump with 3.99m and Millie Geraghty 16th in the U12 turbo javelin with 13.30m.
The impressive performances continued in the National B Championships where Jade Moorhead claimed a fine silver medal in the U12 High Jump with a clearance of 1.19m and also placed 5th in the long jump with 3.79m while Rian Kearney was unlucky not to medal in the U13 long jump where he placed 4th with a leap of 4.23m. Rian also made the final of the 80m sprint where he placed 6th in a time of 11.56, while Kieran O’Connor placed 6th in the heats of the same event in a time of 11.97.
Rebecca Lynch placed 8th in the U13 Girls long jump with a best of 3.85m while Emily Miskella was unlucky not to be given her final jump in the same event due to being called to the relays – missing out by a fraction on making the top 8 picked for the final 3 jumps with a best of 3.69m on her 2nd jump. Erin Kelly leaped 3.48m to place 16th in a field of over 30 athletes in the U12 long jump.
Craughwell AC’s U18 Girls 4x100m team following their victory at the National Championships in Tullamore
Caoilin Milton, Michelle Duggan, Laura Cunningham and Aisling Keady
The rest of the Craughwell relay teams who were in action put in tremendous performances in their heats but did not make it to the finals on this occasion,. They should take heart however from the performance of the U18 girls who contested the National finals on many occasions, sometimes making it out of the heats and sometimes not – but this year claiming the ultimate prize with the National title. Remaining relay results were as follows: U15 girls 6th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 54.25 just 0.23 away from making the final (Aine Kelly, Ava Finn, Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan); U14 girls 5th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 56.93 (Aine Kelly, Aoife Kelly, Ava Finn, Ciara Hughes, Ellie Cronin, Emma Jane Moran), U14 boys 6th in the heats of the 4x100m in a time of 55.16 (Padraig Martyn, Pascal Walsh, Robert Urquhart, Shaun Gilligan); U13 girls 8th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 60.71 (Emily Miskella, Eve Ayo, Hannah Hynes, Rebecca Lynch); U12 girls 5th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 63.00 (Erin Kelly, Jade Moorhead, jade Whelton, Katie Scully),
Craughwell AC’s U15 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore
Aine Kelly, Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan and Ava Finn
Craughwell AC’s U14 Boys 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore
Craughwell AC’s U14 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore
Craughwell AC’s U12 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore
Craughwell AC U18 Girls 4x100m Team moments after winning the National title!
Michelle Duggan, Caoilin Milton, Aisling Keady, Laura Cunningham
(missing from photo - sub Lorraine Delaney)
Massive congratulations to our U18 girls team who won the National title in style today at the National Relay Championships in Tullamore. The team of Michelle Duggan, Caoilin Milton, Aisling Keady and Laura Cunningham put in a powerful display of sprinting to take the National title on the line from a spirited GCH team in second place and Donore Harriers in third.
The team put in a superb performance in each leg of the race with Caoilin leading the team out with a storming start from lane 4 before handing off to Aisling at zone 1. Aisling tore down the straight in a blur of speed to hand off to Laura in zone 2 who accelerated around the bend at dizzying speed to hand off to Michelle in the final zone with the team in a strong second place at this stage. Michelle turbo-charged down the home straight chasing the leading runner who had a few metres advantage. As the finish loomed, the gap was narrowing, narrowing, narrowing, narrowing all the way to the line with Michelle just edging past in the final metres to anchor the team to victory by 7 hundreths of a second and a fine time of 51.49 ... or a speed of about 28 km per hour!
The time is also a new club senior record, breaking the old record of 52.03 set by Jessica Heneghan, Sineád Gaffney, Orla Ryan and Katie O’Donoghue when taking the silver medal in the U19 Girls 4x100m in 2012.
Well done to the girls, the club are proud of you and its just reward for years of hard work and near misses, in particular the 4th place finish in the U18 4x200m at this year's National Indoors.
Full report to follow tomorrow on all our performances including the fine silver medal won by Jade Moorhead in the U12 high jump.
Click on the image below to play and help Croí and Craughwell AC!
The ongoing work to deliver state-of-the-art facilities is powering ahead at Craughwell AC Sports and Recreation Park. Following on from the recent opening of our new carpark, the work to install 8 new floodlights was completed last week and the facility now proudly boasts a total of 13 poles with 39 floodlights to light up the whole 8 acres. If you drive past along the Craughwell-Oranmore road between 10 and 11pm, you will see them on at the moment.
The next step of the work is to construct our tartan sprint and jump areas, a shot putt area and a javelin runway. This work will be commencing shortly and completed during August weather permitting. Between loans, grants and fundraising, we have been doing fantastic in raising over €210,000 already out of a €250,000 target but we still need to raise almost €40,000 in funds to complete this phase of the project.
We are appealing to our members and the community to support us by signing up for our club lotto at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/lotto or by sponsoring some aspect of the development with a one-off donation or by installments. We are just launching the attached brochure on sponsorship options. If you have already sponsored us, we will be acknowledging that in the appropriate category from the attached options. Or if you would like to select an option and donate by installments, we would be delighted with that approach.
If you weight up the cost of a €50 donation vs other ways you spend €50, its money well spent!
- 3 trips into training sessions in Dangan will cost more in fuel and wear/tear on the car than a €50 donation to the club.
- A meal for two and a few drinks will cost more than a €50 donation to the club. Swap one night out a year for that donation and think of the health benefits that you get from access to a fully-lit 8-acre park for walking/jogging all year around.
So get behind us if you can on this and support the lotto or one of our sponsorship options in the attached. And remember if you have already sponsored us or if you want to donate further, we will acknowledge it in your selected option in the attached brochure.
We would also greatly appreciate if parents could consider any potential business sponsors that might be interested in supporting us and approach them on our behalf. The facility provides a solid advertising opportunity for businesses as well as supporting a very worthwhile cause. We will be getting some brochures printed that might be of help to parents in this regard.
Click on the picture for our
brochure on sponsorship options