Mark Davis and the King of the Track Gerry Ryan pictured
at the Galway Senior T&F Championships along with Castlegar AC's Shane Begley
following Gerry's National record-breaking run in the men's 10000m
The final two days of the Galway Senior Track & Field took place over the last two Thursdays in Dangan. Craughwell AC trailed GCH by six points after day 1 but managed to overhaul the deficit on day 2. The reduced program on day 3 comprised 10,000m, mile and hammer for both male and female categories and sprint time trials over 120m and 300m.
The third and final day saw Craughwell AC and GCH entering the day tied on 181 points at the top of the league table, with Craughwell AC’s title on the line which the club had won at the inaugural Galway Senior League last year. Incredible team spirit saw the club pull victory out of the bag, inspired by the return to action of the ageless Gerry Ryan who donned the green and white singlet after a few years absence on the track to record an incredible 33:25.31 and take the victory in the Men’s 10000m with Mark Davis 2nd in 34:45.36.
Gerry’s time is one that men half his age would be proud of and is a new Irish record in the over-55 men’s master category, knocking an incredible 82 seconds off the previous record held by Dublin’s legendary Jim McNamara.
Gavin Cooney being presented with the Tim Colleran Cup
by County Chairman Brian Bruton following his victory in Senior Men's Mile
at the Galway Track & Field Championships
Gavin Cooney raced to victory in the Senior Men’s Mile to claim the inaugural Tim Colleran Cup in a time of 4:52.56 and followed it up immediately with bronze in the Senior Men’s 300m in 40.47. Ailbhe Miskella took gold in the Junior Women’s Mile in 5:56.01 with Ciara Sheppard 2nd in 6:23.66. Noel Gorman took bronze in the M35 Men’s Mile with 6:07.00.
Sinead Treacy took gold in the Senior Women’s 120m in 15.73 and added silver in the 300m in 41.14. Aubrey O’Brien took silver in the Junior Men’s 120m in 14.89 while Colm McAllen added valuable points for the team with silver in the M35 Men’s Hammer with 12.72m.
Sinead Gaffney and Sinead Treacy after their 300m
at the Galway Senior Track & Field Championships in Dangan
Below is a recap of the the second day of the Senior Track & Field which took place in Dangan a week earlier where Craughwell AC again excelled across a range of events.
Jack Miskella’s silver in the Senior Mens 800m was one of the highlights of the meet when breaking the 2 minute barrier for the first time in 1:59.70 with John Cormican hot on his heels to take the bronze in a 2:00.24 PB. Sarah Finnegan took double gold in the Senior Womens triple jump (9.29) and discus (12.54). Aisling Keady took gold in the Senior Womens Weight for Distance (3.63) while Sinead Gaffney raced to silver in the 800m in 2:26.04. In the Masters grades, Gerry Treacy took gold in the O50 200m in 35.73, while Cormac Kearney took gold in the O35 high jump with an impressive leap of 1.45. Brendan Treacy took silver in the O50 5000m in 24:31.43.
Top 3 in the Womens High Jump at the Galway Senior Track & Field Championships
Ciana Reidy (2nd), Ellie Cronin (1st), Freya Bohan (3rd)
In the Junior grades, Jerry Keary took gold in the Mens high jump (1.85) with Daniel Callanan-Forde doing likewise in the triple jump (11.50). Leanagh Gilligan took gold in the Womens triple jump (9.51) and Eva Whyte 2nd with a leap of 8.34. Freya Bohan won the Womens 800m in her first time over the 2-lap distance in 2:41.45. The club took a clean sweep in both the Junior Women’s high jump and 3000m with Ellie Cronin leading the way with 1.55 in the high jump followed by Ciana Reidy (1.45) and Freya Bohan (1.25) and Ailbhe Miskella taking the gold in the 3k in 11:33.94 with Ciara Sheppard 2nd in 12:26.16 and Catherine Noonan 3rd in 13:24.15. Ava Finn took silver in the women’s 200m in 29.68, with Aubrey O’Brien doing likewise in the men’s event in 26.07.
Top 3 in the Junior Womens 3000m
Ailbhe Miskella (1st), Ciara Sheppard (2nd) and Catherine Noonan (3rd)
Craughwell dominated the relays taking the gold medal in all four relays – Womens 4x100m (53.45) - Sarah Finnegan, Aisling Keady, Ava Finn and Sinead Treacy; Mens 4x100m (46.25) – Aubrey O’Brien, Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan-Forde and Conor Duggan; Women’s 4x400m (4:14.04) – Freya Bohan, Sinead Gaffney, Ciana Reidy and Sinead Treacy; men’s 4x400m (3:38.04) – Conor Duggan, Jack Miskella, John Cormican and Gavin Cooney. The club also took gold and bronze in the O35 Men’s 4x100m with Cormac Kearney, Ronnie Warde, John Walkin and Conor Dunne 1st in a time of 48.93 and Gerry Treacy, John Ward, John Fitzpatrick and Noel Gorman 3rd in 63.33 and adding a 2nd bronze in the 4x400 in 5:07.38.
Galway Senior Men's 4x100m Champions 2019
Craughwell AC's Aubrey O’Brien, Conor Duggan, Daniel Callanan-Forde, Jerry Keary
Galway Senior Women's 4x100m Champions 2019
Craughwell AC's Sarah Finnegan, Sinead Treacy, Aisling Keady, Ava Finn
Galway O35 Men's 4x100m Champions 2019
Craughwell AC's Ronnie Warde, Cormac Kearney, Conor Dunne, John Walkin
Galway O35 Men's 4x100m and 4x400m Bronze Medalists 2019
Gerry Treacy, John Ward, John Fitzpatrick, Noel Gorman, Colm McAllen
Galway Senior Women's 4x400m Champions 2019
Craughwell AC's Sinead Treacy, Sinead Gaffney, Freya Bohan, Ciana Reidy
Galway Senior Men's 4x400m Champions 2019
Craughwell AC's Jack Miskella, Conor Duggan, Gavin Cooney, John Cormican