In absolutely perfect running conditions, Kevin Mooney dug deep and delivered on his fantastic form of recent months by knocking over a whopping 4 minutes from the Club Marathon record. This corny headline had to be used at least once and this provided the perfect opportunity!!  

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Kevin powering through at Mile 22

After an exceptional half-marathon in Charleville, few doubted that Kevin would break the magical 2.35 barrier, but the marathon can be a cruel beast and many fantastic athletes have stumbled at the distance over the years: "there are no guarantees here".  For many, the big question was if his legs would recover from his Galway bay marathon win (2:40) of less than a month ago - not something you often see on marathon training plans!  So basically - he still had to pull it out on the day - and pull it out he did!

Kevin started with intent, clocking out the 3:20 to 3:30 kilometers to pass through 10k in a little over 35 minutes.  He continued to push the pace, incredibly passing through half way in a remarkable 1:14.55 - a sub-2:30 pace, and ahead of many athletes that actually ended up breaking the 2:30 mark.  

Through the latter stages of the second half, he started to feel the pinch - particularly over the last 10k where the uphill sections of the course took their toll.  From mile 20 to 22 his pace dipped by almost 20 seconds a kilometer.  Some abuse from fans like Barry, Gerry and myself (though more likely some downhill sections) may have helped him rally a litte from mile 22 to 24 but the last two miles were again tough - leading to a second half almost 3 minutes slower than the first.  Splits like this just indicate massive potential for improvement! 

At the end his time is an unofficial 2.32.59 - a BRILLIANT personal best and a fabulous new club record which I wouldn't bet on staying this side of 2:30 for very long!  Well done to Kevin - splits are below if you click "read more".

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Crew from Craughwell all Smiles at the start!

PB's too for Piotr and Others!

Kevin wasn't the only Craughwell AC Athlete in marathon action today - Piotr Prokop SHATTERED the magical 3-hour barrier in Frankfurt with a great 2:58 - well done Piotr,  it's not every day you will get a 13 minute PB - enjoy it!

Back in Dublin - only some Craughwell athletes were listed as such in the results search engine, so will add others as we get them but among the other great performances were:

  • Aisling Roche - 5:03
  • Dean Roche - 4:27
  • Elisha Daniels - 4:06
  • Colm McAllen - 4:54
  • John Melia - 3:22
  • Mick Gallagher - 4:11
  • Reena Deely - 4:19
  • Aideen Gillespie - 4:19
  • Brian Gorman 3:42
  • Katie Gorman 3:43
  • Brian Matthews 3:42
  • Cathriona Leen 3:54
  • Sharon Gilligan 4:00
  • Fiona Gleeson Keane 4:56
  • Lorraine Craven 4:18
  • Declan Craven 5:47
  • Dave Callanan 4:14
  • Treasa Callanan 3:55
  • Kay Touhy 3:54
  • Tony Nevin 3:58
  • Marita Carolan 5:24

Well done all, fantastic achievements and please let me know if I missed anyone else!

In excellent conditions in Charleville, Kevin Mooney ran a sensational PB for the half-marathon, setting a new Club Record of 1:12.01 in the process!

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This is a really great time, and a major breakthrough for Kevin - just what you want one month out from his main goal of a Marathon PB in Dublin.  The signs are that in this form, Kevin will smash the current club marathon record if conditions are in any way favourable.  He already has an excellent Marathon in horrendous conditions in Boston.  Well done Kevin and best of luck in the run in to Dublin!

Full results of the Charleville half marathon are here and feature some great performances and pbs from many Galway athletes -  Kevin was still the fastest Galwayman by almost 3 minutes.!!

(It should be said that the fastest club member to have ever run a half marathon is still Gerry Ryan, but Gerry ran his sensational 64 minute national championship winning time before he joined Craughwell AC!)

Another brilliant run was from John Fitzpatrick who had a massive pb of 1.26.  Fair play guys!

* Update!  Here are Kevin's Splits for the day - how long could you run with him? :-)


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Great news for the club! A few of our members took part in the county 5k which was held in Caltra mid August. The club is proud to announce that Kevin Mooney placed 2nd male overall and Laura porter was 3rd female overall in a very competitive field. William Fitzgerald, Stephen Carty, John Ward, Noel Gorman and Gerry Treacy also completed the race in great times. Well done to all our members who took part!

Racing can be quiet in the summer due to holidays and small heatwaves but we had a few members taking part in races locally and afar earning some pbs along the way. 

Well done to Aoife Mullane, Brian Matthews and Colm McAllen who took part in the Longford half and full marathon in early August finishing in great times despite the humid conditions.
Big congrats to Noel Gorman who earned a Pb in the Claregalway 10k hosted by Clare river harriers recently. Rena Deely, Piotr Prokop, Frank Byrne and Helena Gorman also took part in the race and finished in great times. 

A large number of our members took part in the streets of Galway 8k hosted by Galway city harriers. Well done to all who took part especially to Noel Gorman, Brian Matthews and Stephen Carty who earned a Pb in the 8k distance. 
In early July a few of our members travelled to take part in the Roscommon 10 mile. Well done to Rena Deely, Kieran O Leary, John Fitzpatrick, Niamh Ni Flavin, Colm McAllen and Marie Rooney who completed the course leaving with some very nice technical tshirts.
Well done to Dave Callanan who completed his first half marathon in Kilkee mid July and to Brian Matthews who completed the half marathon in Clontarf recently and Dingle half marathon at the weekend adding more bling to his medal hooks! 

Running Roundup!
Well done to Helena Gorman who completed the VHI ladies mini marathon in Dublin on the June bank holiday in very hot conditions raising funds for the charity Feileacain-well done Helena!

Well done to Colm McAllen, Brian Matthews and John Fitzpatrick who took part in the Portumna forest marathon and half marathon-it was a humid day with a great effort put in by all. Brian who is having a great running year achieved a pb on the day in the marathon.

Killeeneen held their end of school 5k run mid June. Noel Gorman, Declan o Leary, Deirdre devane (and Dylan), Colm McAllen, John Fitzpatrick, Breda Fitzpatrick, Brian Matthews, Gerry Tracey, Valerie Slattery, Declan Craven and David Evans all took part with great times posted. Well done to Damien o Boyle and Luke Evans taking podium places in first and third place. Brian Matthews continues his pb streak with achieving a sub 20 in the race. Declan o Leary also earned a pb in the 5k distance. Breda and John Fitzpatrick were first parents home- well done to all!

Bullaun held their 8k race mid June. Representing Craughwell were Rena Deely, Kieran O Leary, Niamh Flavin and Stephen Carty. Niamh Flavin continues her streak of podium places with third female overall in a very competitive field. Well done Niamh!

Shannon airport recently hosted their 5k night run of the runway- Helena Gorman and Slyvie Mossay - O Donovan took part in the unique event along with 1300 other participants- well done ladies!

Tuesday the 20th. .