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Craughwell’s Ryan Gallagher and Ava Finn
who competed in the U16 Boys High Jump and U14 Girls Long Jump
at the National Community Games finals

The track and field season wrapped up last weekend with the National finals of both the Community Games and the National Track & Field League. In the League in Tullamore, the club had a number of athletes representing County Galway where the county team put in a strong performance to place 6th overall and retain their position in the Premier Division. Maeve Curley strode to victory in the 1500m race walk in a time of 7.08.24 while Laura Cunningham and Sineád Treacy combined with GCH to take 3rd place in the 4x100m in a time of 50.91. There were a number of 4th place finishes including Rachel Finnegan in the 400m hurdles (70.70), Lorraine Delaney in the high jump (1.50m), Sinead Treacy in the 200m (26.83) and Arlene Earls in the 4x400m (4.13.51) while Sarah Finnegan placed 5th in the 100m hurdles (18.34), Laura Cunningham 6th in the triple jump (9.70m) and Sinead Treacy 6th in the long jump (4.87m).

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Finbar McFadden and Chloe Casey who competed in the U16 Boys 1500m and U16 Girls Discus 
at the National Community Games finals with Finbar placing 10th and Chloe 2nd


Craughwell's U13 4x100m Mixed Relay who competed at the National Community Games finals in Abbotstown

The National finals of the Community Games were held in the marvellous facilities of the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown for the first time where several athletes from the club took part. Chloe Casey took the silver medal in the U16 Girls discus while Conor Hoade took bronze in the U14 Boys Hurdles. Ryan Gallagher tied for 4th place in the U16 Boys High Jump with a PB of 1.70m but had to settle for 6th place on countback of knocked bars. The U13 Mixed Relay Team of Fauve Aylmer, Evan Hallinan, Jade Moorhead and Ryan McDonnell made it through to the semi-finals of the 4x100m where they placed 6th. Finbar McFadden had a strong run to make the final of the U16 Boys 1500m where he placed 10th in an excellent 4.32 while Aleisha Larkin, Rebecca Lynch and Ava Finn battled hard in the U16 100m, U14 javelin and U14 long jump with Ava unlucky to have to withdraw due to injury after her first jump. 

Ryan Gallagher continued to impress after the event with an excellent interview in the Irish Independent !! See below for details.

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Shauna Bocquet pictured with Kare Adenegan at the Coventry Godiva Classic
Kate won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 800m
at the World Paralympics Championships in London this year

Shauna Bocquet competed recently in Coventry at the Godiva Classic with some excellent performances and 4 Personal Bests out of 5 events. Shauna raced 100m, 400m and 1500m on the Saturday and 100m, 200m and 800m on the Sunday.

Saturday started off with the 100m where Shauna raced to a time of 19.08 but the wind reading was not legal at +2.3m/s. Later that day in 400m Shauna clocked a 2 seconds PB of 65.66 to better the time she had set at the Diamond League back in September 2016 and she rounded off the day with a massive 14 seconds PB in the 1500m in a time of 4.20.15!

Sunday went off to a flyer with the 800m where Shauna managed to hang on with some senior athletes and then came around them to win in a sprint finish earning herself a 7 seconds PB in a time of 2.10.97! Three hours later in the 100m, she could not better her PB but still posted a strong performance with 19.34 only 0.07 away from her best time and finished the day with another PB in the 200m where she clocked 34.20 to take 2nd place thanks to a very strong finish in the last 50m. Great results after a good block of training before this competition.

Shauna has one more competition next Sunday with the England Age Group in Bedford where she will be competing in the U14 girls over 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m.

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Athletics training will be resuming shortly for all age groups. Please see below for the different times.

Parents and teenagers and young adults please read on!

For anyone new or considering the sport, we accept new members at any time of the year. You can try it out for 3 training sessions and then would need to register with the club in order to continue.

You are never too old to start a new activity.

Athletics is a super activity from both a health and fitness and a competitive perspective. Many of our members do it for just for health/fitness/social reasons. Many more do it for both that and for competitive reasons with 100s of our members winning county and regional medals and many going on to win National medals and in several instances represent Ireland internationally.

Media outlets regularly flag the oncoming health crisis which is looming in Ireland. The World Health Organisation have predicted that Ireland will be the most obese country in Europe by 2030. The Irish Independent reported today that a large % of teenagers lack the basic fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, throwing and catching.

The onus is on parents to ensure our kids exercise and the easiest way to do this is to have a regular sport. Most of us would likely happily spend our time on the Internet all evening reading the online news, watching sport or music, keeping up with other people’s holiday snaps on Facebook, etc. But we know we need to exercise also and many of us do. But many of our kids don’t. So they need to understand that like food and drink and sleep, their bodies need exercise and the best way of achieving this is to be involved in a regular sport several days a week.

And please, it’s even more important to continue your sport when changing from primary school to secondary school, when in Junior Cert or Leaving Cert or starting college. Those 4 milestones are the main times when children and teenagers fall away from sport and many never return as it’s hard to reform habits.

Your health is your wealth as we all know as we get older. No point in being a genius with a large salary if you are sick much of the time – so let’s remember this when setting our priorities in school and try to have a balance between study and exercise.

It’s never too late to start athletics. Athletics encourages a healthy habit of regular exercise in either a non-competitive or competitive manner depending on what suits the individual.

We take members of all ages from senior infants upwards. If you are already fit and want to test yourself out at a new sport, then go for it. If you are unfit and want to try it out, then likewise go for it. We can focus on getting you fit first and then months later if you wish, on competition events.

See our training times below and list of contacts for the different training groups.Click the picture for larger view.



U18 4x400m Record Setters

With just 1 or 2 events remaining in the outdoor track & field season, it has been another remarkable season for athletes from the club with countless PB performances and several club records broken - with 8 senior records broken and 9 junior records broken.

The updated list of club records is here Outdoor Track and Field. The following is a brief recapture of the fantastic record breaking performances. I have also compiled a list of the outdoor bests across all the age groups for this year and also the top 25 alltime bests in each event irrespective of age and the top 10 bests in each age group. If there are any inaccuracies, please let me know and I will correct. The lists are here:-


Sineád Gaffney who has been in flying form all year broke the club's senior 800m record twice, lowering it to 2.21.34 at the Dublin Graded Meet in Irishtown and following this up days later with 2.20.43 in rain-sodden conditions in her internatonal debut in the Universities International against Scotland. A fantastic year for a very dedicated athlete.


Caron Ryan who quietly smashed both the club's junior and senior 3000m record during the Connacht Schools track and field in May running an incredible 10.36.87. Caron's main focus has been triathlons and will almost certainly take further chunks off our club records in the months and years to come.


Laura Cunningham who leaped a massive 11 metres in the triple jump at the Connacht Schools championships to break both the junior and senior record for the club and in the process add almost a half-metre to her indoor best from earlier in the year, fantastic progress in this event.

ciana Ciana Reidy who has been tearing chunks out of the club's pole vault records, clearing 2.65m at the Connacht Championships to set both junior and senior records in an event in which Ciana has huge potential and I'm sure we will see further record breaking performances next year.

Arlene Earls who switched down from 800m to 400m in the recent National League and in the process knocked a second off the club record when running 61.63 in the National League in what was her first ever 400m and  clearly an event in which Arlene is going to shine.

chloe  Chloe Casey who thew the discus for the first time in the Connacht Schools Championships in June and went on to break the club record several times, most recently in the Celtic Games International with a huge throw of 33.39m - again an event in which Chloe is going to shine, incredible to make an international so quickly.

Lorraine Delaney, Caoilin Milton, Arlene Earls and Laura Cunningham with sub Shauna Tobin in the 4x400m, setting the club record in the National U18 relays in a time of 4.21.87 - a time that normally would have medalled in the championships and great potential for the girls in this event.

jerry Jerry Keary who smashed his own PB and club record 3 times on the same day in the National League, clearing 2.01m to eclipse his previous best of 2 metres and then going on to clear 2.04m and 2.07m and almost nail 2.10m in an amazing series of jumps - with Jerry's 2.07m rankning him as Ireland's 27th best ever high jumper - incredible for a 17 year old to be placed so highly in over 100 years of high jumpers.
ben Ben Garrard with a powerful throw in an unaccustomed event at the National League - heaving the 7.26kg shot putt out to a massive 7.86m to break the club's junior men's record.
oisin Oisin Lyons in an even more unaccustomed event, bravely tackling the 2kg discus to gain points for the Galway team in the National League and slinging it out to a huge 21.70m on his first time ever even handling a discus - fantastic performance and great team spirit.

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Chloe, Jerry and Laura representing Ireland at the Celtic Games

Today was a pretty historic day for the club with 3 athletes competing for Ireland in the Celtic Games, the first time the club has had 3 athletes on the same international team. Our athletes combined with other Galway athletes for an even more unique achievement with 8 Galway athletes all on the same team – our own Chloe Casey (discus), Jerry Keary (high jump) and Laura Cunningham (triple jump), Loughrea AC’s Daniel Callanan-Forde (triple jump), Athenry AC’s Ryan McNeilis (400m hurdles) and GCH’s Aoife Sheehy (400m hurdles and 4x400m), Laura Nally (4x400m) and Lydia Doyle (100m hurdles and 4x100m). It illustrates a real strength in Galway athletics at the moment.

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The 8 Galway Internationals!
Laura N, Aoife, Ryan, Chloe, Laura C, Lydia, Jerry, Daniel

Our athletes put in very strong performances on the big occasion to represent their country proudly. Jerry soared over 1.95m to claim victory in the U18 Boys High Jump, Chloe slung the discus out to 33.39m to claim a new PB and club record and silver medal in the U16 Girls Discus and Laura leaped 10.59m to take 4th place in the U18 Girls Triple Jump. There were fine performances also from the other Galway athletes most of whom were in action in their first international. And special mention to Daniel Callanan-Forde who spent many years in Craughwell AC before transferring in April to Loughrea AC and here in first international leaped 12.73m to take the bronze medal in the U18 Boys Triple Jump.

It was a very special occasion for all of the athletes and hopefully the taste of international action will help all of the athletes go on to greater things as senior athletes in the years ahead. A few more photos of the occasion below.

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St Raphael's Loughrea Athletes Chloe Jerry and Daniel and Pres Athenry Athletes Ryan and Laura

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And with the coaches!

And below - Jerry and Laura representing Connacht at the Tailteann Games in Santry in 2016 
and a year later in almost the same spot representing Ireland at the Celtic Games

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Above Laura, Jerry and Daniel at the Celtic Games and below when aged 10 in Nenagh in 2011!

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Daniel, Cillian, Sean, Peter, Jerry, Dearbhla, Aoife, Laura, Caoilin


Wednesday the 23rd. .