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Most of the gang who travelled to the Scottish Indoors on Buchanan Street, Glasgow
(Credit: Daithi Cronin for most of the pics in this article)

A 30-strong group of athletes and parents from Craughwell AC journeyed to Glasgow for the Scottish Indoor Track & Field Championships at the weekend. With many athletes competing out of age, there were some fine performances over the 2-day event.

Pride of place went to Oisin Lyons who took the Scottish U15 1500m title with a superb display of front-running from gun to tape to take the victory in a time of 4.29.60, a fraction ahead of the 2nd place athlete. Oisin had earlier in the day ran a well-paced heat to comfortably qualify for the final in a time of 4.51.31 when taking 2nd place. In the final, Oisin led from the off and despite several challenges from the 2nd-placed Scottish athlete throughout the 7 and a half laps, Oisin held his ground at the front and took the Scottish title.

Daniel Callanan-Forde had some spectacular jumps in the U17 triple jump, eclipsing his previous PB of 10.75 by over a metre with jumps of 11.75, 11.76 and 11.77. Holding 3rd place with his 11.76 jump going into the final round, Daniel was just edged out of the medals by a leap of 11.89m on the last round - with Daniel improving slightly to 11.77m on his final jump but having to settle for 4th place. Earlier in the day Daniel took 6th place in the long jump with an impressive 5.62m - a 15cm improvement on his PB. All in all, while very dissapointed not to come home with some silverware, to take 4th and 6th place at this level when a year out of his age was a fantastic achievement for Daniel.

 

Ellie Cronin was another athlete to have a remarkable weekend with a 4th place finish in the U13 girls high jump. Ellie commenced jumping at 1.05m, clearing it comfortably but then struggled with her mark on the next height 1.10m - taking an extra step in and hence going off the wrong leg. Ellie moved back a few steps to have a run in of 7 steps and proceeded to clear all heights after that up to and including 1.30m on her first attempt to tie for the bronze medal but losing out on count-back of knocked bars. It was an incredible performance from Ellie in only her 2nd high jump competition ever having jumped 1.15m in the Galway indoors.

A fine performance also from Garvin Surlis saw him take 4th place in the U13 boys high jump with a leap of 1.30m, having earlier raced 9.60 in the 60m heats. As cool as a breeze, Garvin opted to open his jumping at the 1.30m height - making both his dad and his coach extremely nervous! But he knew what he was doing and cleared it and in fact was very unlucky not to nail the 1.35m which would have given him the bronze.

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Craughwell AC's U17 Long Jumpers at the Emirates Arena iin Glasgow
Lorraine, Aoife, Laura and Caoilin

In the U17 girls long jump, the club had 4 athletes in action with Laura Cunningham the strongest to place 12th with a 4.69m leap, Aoife Walsh 4.37m, Lorraine Delaney 4.30m and Caoilin Milton 4.23m. Later in the day, Laura and Lorraine both jumped 1.45m to take 11th place in the U17 high jump, with Aoife leaping 1.40m. Ben Vahey raced to a time of 64.48 in the heats of the U17 400m while both Liam Moran and Tiernan Burke battled hard in the heats of the U17 men’s 1500m but didn’t progress to the final.

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Pat & Garvin at the Scottish Indoors

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Michael & Shauna at the Scottish Indoors 

Ciara Greene placed 5th in the final of the U20 women’s 1500m in a time of 5.51.03 while Siona Lawless nailed a new PB in the U15 long jump with a leap of 4.73m to take 6th place, with Shauna Tobin (3.64) and Martha Haskett (2.88) jumping to PBs in the same event. Later Siona raced 28.70 in the U15 200m and Shauna threw 6.25m in the U15 shot putt.

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Michelle winning her 200m heat

Jerry Keary had a fine series of jumps when taking 7th place in the U17 high jump, leaping 1.65m and coming agonisingly close to the 1.70m on his 2nd attempt. Jerry also batted hard in the heats of the 60m hurdles, sprinting to a time of 10.34. Michelle Duggan was unlucky to just miss out on a place in the final of the U17 200m, placing 3rd in the semi-finals in a time of 26.92, the 7th fastest time overall. Earlier Michelle ran 8.44 in the heats of the 60m.

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Daithi & Ellie at the Emirates

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Ben deep in thought prior to his 400m

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Craughwell AC High Jumpers in Action in Glasgow

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Daniel and Jerry during their events

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Siona, Shauna & Martha at the Emirates

 

For more photos of the event, check out http://www.thatonemoment.co.uk/gallery.html.

Friday the 20th. .