Conor and Declan Selected for Irish AAA’s Team!

Conor and Declan Selected for Irish AAA’s Team!

Congratulations to Conor Penney and Declan O’Connell on their selection for the Irish team going to the England U15/17 AAA Championships at the end of August! The AAAs are widely regarded as the top open Championships on these islands and are notoriously difficult to qualify for with only a handful of our athletes ever achieving the standard including Anne Loughnane (U20 race walk), Cathriona Farrell (U15/17/20 high jump), Aidan Conneely (U15 sprints), Laura Cunningham (U17 triple jump), Evan Hallinan (U20…

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Cotter leads Craughwell to Team Victory

Cotter leads Craughwell to Team Victory

Over 2,500 runners from all over Ireland turned out in exceptional weather on Saturday evening to contest the Streets of Galway 8km road race.  Standards were sky-high as usual and the atmosphere was buzzing.  It is hard to filter the results by club so the report just includes the top few but there were great performances and pbs all through the field – check out the results here. Sean Cotter led a youthful Craughwell men’s team to team victory with…

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Brilliant performances in National League Rd. 2

Brilliant performances in National League Rd. 2

Round 2 of the National League took place in Athlone in surprising sunshine today and several Craughwell AC Athletes delivered fine performances representing Galway County.  The atmosphere was very chilled but there were some exciting battles in all events as teams strove to make the finals in two weeks time. In the men’s events, Kyle Moorhead won a cracking 800m race, making a strong move with 120m left to run and the result was never in doubt as he powered to…

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Records Tumble from Manchester to Tullamore

Records Tumble from Manchester to Tullamore

There must have been something in the air this weekend! On the weekend when the curtain fell on a fantastic world championships in Eugene Oregon with incredible world records shattered in 400mh, 100mh and Pole Vault, our own Craughwell AC records were being re-written left and right here at home! In all we saw new 400m, 800m and 5000m Junior records and a record-equalling performance in the 200m! BMC Trafford On Saturday, four brave Craughwell AC athletes made the journey…

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Kyle and Paddy Win Bronze at u23 Outdoors

Kyle and Paddy Win Bronze at u23 Outdoors

On Sunday the under 20 and under 23 National Championships took place and there were three top competitors from Craughwell AC.  Conditions were far from ideal for distance running with sweltering heat conditions driving the temperatures close to 30 degreee centigrade. The fantastic wind-blocking hedges in Tullamore served equally well as heat concentrators and the track was quite an oppressive place to run laps on Sunday. [Credit to Robert McDonnell for the pictures below – he should be at the…

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Rockets on Fire at National Relays 2022

Rockets on Fire at National Relays 2022

Temperatures soared in Tullamore as Craughwell AC headed in droves to the third and final weekend of the all-Ireland. The relays took place on Saturday and we had our best ever day in the event thanks to the exploits of coaches Ronnie Warde, Brendan Penney, Evan Morgan and their great “Rockets” group of athletes who entered no less than four teams on the day.  You can really see the effects of the great coaching in the videos below – the…

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Jade’s Path to the Podium

Jade’s Path to the Podium

Following her fantastic first Irish National title at the weekend in the U18 Girls High Jump, this is a short summary of Jade’s dedication and talent that led to her success and perhaps parents could let their younger athletes have a read of this article as it will help motivate them when they read about Jade’s progress from U12s to U18s. Jade is in the club since she was knee-high. Her first taste of National success was as an U9…

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Kilduff leads Triple-Gold on Day-3 of Nationals

Kilduff leads Triple-Gold on Day-3 of Nationals

On Sunday the Sun baked down as the great action continued in Tullamore. This was another outstanding day for Craughwell. The 250m Hurdles was very successful for Craughwell as Lauren Kilduff ran away from the field to claim an outstanding Gold in the u15s, absolutely nailing the tactics set out by her coach Ronnie Warde.  Lauren closed in 36.58s, almost two seconds faster than her qualifying time.  Conor Penney showed increasing comfort with the longer distance, winning Bronze with a…

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Kai leaps to Glory on Day 2 of Nationals

Kai leaps to Glory on Day 2 of Nationals

Temperatures soared on Saturday as Craughwell AC Athletes once again made their way to Tullamore to take on the best in the country in the second weekend of the Nationals.   The story of Saturday was Kai Watters who got the day off to a fantastic start with a superb Bronze in the u14 boys long jump.  Kai cleared a lifetime best of 5.09m to win Bronze in a hotly contested final.   In the u15s, Joshua Whyte leaped to a massive…

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Record-Breaking Penney heads brilliant Week 1 of Nationals

Record-Breaking Penney heads brilliant Week 1 of Nationals

The first of three weekends of National Track and Field championships took place in Tullamore last weekend and there were some exceptional performances from the Craughwell AC Athletes who qualified via the Connachts.  In all, the club recorded 4 Gold Medals, three Silver and a Bronze. Many athletes were unlucky to not win a medal, with a couple of 4th place finishers and several in the top 5. The highlight performer of the weekend was the exceptional u15 Conor Penney who…

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