From top: Cormac & John, Ronnie, Brian & David

Craughwell's masters sprint group travelled to Santry at the weekend for the National Masters Track & Field Championships with some excellent performances.

The day started off with David Mulligan taking silver in the M35 100m in 12.33. A great achievement for David as this is his first National championship and to complement his fine win at the Connaughts, which were held in Athlone in August.

 Next up in the 100m M40 were Cormac Kearney and Ronnie Warde in a hotly contested race. Cormac finishing 5th and a PB of 12.27 to add. Ronnie placed 3rd in 11.84 to take the bronze medal home to Galway

The 200m event was next and John Walkin M40 received a silver medal for his fine run in a time of 26.74, which adds to his collection of medals from last year Nationals both indoors and outdoors. Keep up the great work John!

Finally it was our last master’s turn to compete and it was Brian Malone in the M40 400m race. Like David, this was Brian's first national race and for his hard work and early morning training he came away with a Bronze medal and narrowly missing sub 60sec target with a swift time of 60.18. Brian also took silver medal in the Connaughts which was held in Athlone recently.

Well done all!! Ronnie can be contacted at 086 880 5696 if interested in joining the masters sprint group. So if your fast-twitch fibres have been resting for the last 20 years, why not give Ronnie a shout to see if his sprint group can reactivate them!

 

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Sinead Treacy had a superb performance at the National Senior Track & Field Championships held in Santry at the weekend, qualifying for the finals of the women’s 400m in the heats on Saturday in a time of 57.56 and following this up a day later with a fantastic 4th place finish in the final in windy conditions and a sizzling time of 57.13. Sinead pictured above and below on live TV on RTE 2!

Also in action, William Fitzgerald placed 7th in the Junior Men’s 5000m in 16:08.80 while the club had 4 athletes in the heats of the Senior Men’s 1500m with Jack Miskella just missing out on making the final in a time of 4:10.70 and Oisin Davis, Kyle Moorhead and Sean Cotter recording times of 4:14.16, 4:14.29 and 4:16.17 in their heats. Sinead Gaffney set a new club record for the distance with a time of 4:50.57 in the heats of the Senior Women’s 1500m.

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Today in AIT, Sprint guru Ronnie Warde led the way as Craughwell Sealed their first Masters team Sprint title with a fantastic victory in the 4x200m relay.  The team of John Walkin, Ronnie Warde, Evan Morgan and Cormac Kearney blazed away from the field to seal a comfortable victory ahead of Gowran AC in Second and Galway City Harriers in 3rd.

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In addition to that Ronnie claimed two exceptional individual medals.  Ronnie won a 60m Silver in a fine time of 7.31 (the winner was 7.30!) and a 200m Bronze in 24.66.  

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800m runners Paul Joyce, Gavin Cooney and Sinead Gaffney
at the National Senior Indoors in Dublin

A small contingent from Craughwell AC contested the National Senior Indoor Championships last weekend in the National Sports Arena in Dublin. Sinead Gaffney ran a powerful race in the heats of the women’s 800m, placing 6th in a time of 2.19.31 – literally just a metre and less than a breath away from breaking her own club record and PB of 2.19.10.

Paul Joyce put it all out there in the heats of the men’s 800m with his second fastest time ever of 1.57.72 which placed him just outside the qualifiers for the final and Gavin Cooney went ever so close again to going under the sub-2 holy grail time of 800m running when placing 5th in his heat in 2.01.54.

Jack Miskella battled hard in a tactical 1500m heat, recording a time 4.11.03 and only 2 seconds from the automatic qualifiers for the final. Sinead Treacy ran a lightning fast 57.13 to place 2nd in the heats of the 400m, just outside her recent PB and club record of 56.73 set earlier in February.

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Paul Joyce following his stunning 1.56.42 victory

At the end of a busy day of juvenile action where Craughwell AC’s U12 and U13s dominated proceedings with countless podium finishes (detailed report to follow), Craughwell’s seniors took to the track to continue the success with some magnificent performances. It was the first time as far as I am aware that Connacht put the seniors separate to the juvenile event, tagging on 2 hours for seniors to the end of the juvenile day and the format worked very well.

The highlight of the highlights of the highlights has to be the breathtaking performance by Paul Joyce in the Senior Men’s 800m where he absolutely blew the club record of 1.57.21 apart with a brilliant 1.56.42 and in the process took the Connacht crown. I’ve waffled on in the past about Paul’s potential having run a 1.59.73 as an U19 indoors in 2013 and a 1.58.05 outdoors in 2014. Returning to the sport a year ago after a few years absence, we are starting to see this potential realized now with an absolutely stunning run from Paul to take Peadar Harvey’s club record, a new PB and the Connacht title all at once. Well done Paul! Running strongly in second place, Gavin Cooney came within a whisker of sub-2 when taking silver in 2.00.95.

And shortly before Paul’s victory, our senior women’s club record holder Sinead Gaffney raced to the Connacht 800m title in a tactical 2.22.25. Both Paul and Sinead joined the club as 6 or 7 year olds all the way back in 2001 or 2002 and its lovely to see them performing at such a high level and still with the club almost 20 years later!

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Arlene Earls, Connacht Senior Indoor 400m Champion 2020

Despite a relatively small contingent in action, the club had remarkable success with Arlene Earls taking the Senior Womens 400m title in 63.30; Laura Cunningham taking the Senior Womens Long Jump title in a season’s best of 5.04m; Luke Evans taking the Senior Mens 1500m title in 4.21.26; Cormac Kearney doubling up to take the Master Mens 60m title in 7.80 and the long jump title with 4.78m; Sinead Treacy taking silver in the Senior Womens 200 in a fast 25.74; Ronnie Warde taking silver in the Senior Mens 60m in 7.42; Grainne McDaid taking bronze in the Senior Womens 800m in 2.52.29; Evan Morgan 4th in the Master Mens 60m with 8.60; and John Walkin 5th in the Masters Men 400m with 59.70.

It was great seeing Grainne taking to the track again having recently returned to the sport after a number of years’ absence. Likewise great to see coaching gurus Ronnie and Evan lead by example with fantastic times in the senior men’s 60m. I’m sure after a long day beforehand of coaching and encouraging their young charges in the U12 and U13 group that both men will sleep well tonight!

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Laura Cunningham, Connacht Senior Long Jump Champion 2020 and
Grainne McDaid, Connacht Senior 800m Bronze Medallist 2020

Thursday the 24th. .