Beautiful Donegal delivers a Rollercoaster

Beautiful Donegal delivers a Rollercoaster

This year’s National Senior and Even Ages Cross Country Championship unusually took place in the remote and beautiful Downings peninsula, Donegal.  A large contingent of Craughwell AC athletes made the lengthy trek and delivered amazing performances.  The weather was cold but mostly dry and the course was an excellent, undulating cross country course with plenty of technical hills and turns – very little mud but still enough to take shoes from top contenders in all races. For those unable to…

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National Pentathlon Titles for Evan and Jade!

National Pentathlon Titles for Evan and Jade!

Evan Hallinan and Jade Moorhead were the stars of the show on Saturday at the National Finals of the Irish Schools Multi-Events which were held in Athlone Indoor Arena. Both athletes were representing their school Presentation Athenry and both had a superb series of performances to take the National titles in the Senior Boys and Senior Girls events – the first time athletes from the club have achieved such a prestigious double. In fact it is the first time ever…

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42 at 42 – The Dublin City Marathon 30/10/22

42 at 42 – The Dublin City Marathon 30/10/22

By Aoife Mullane Three years in the making this marathon has been a tough one. As it was for many, this marathon had been postponed for 2 years- that, compiled with an injury prone knee the year before meant that it has been a very long build up to this day – Sunday the 30th of October 2022. At 42 years old 42km would be my longest run to date, and possibly the most memorable one too. The sun was…

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Jamie King of the Hill in Connacht Mudfest

Jamie King of the Hill in Connacht Mudfest

The Connacht Even-ages and Senior Cross Country Championship took place in Drumshanbo, Co.Leitrim. Set in a spectacular setting, the course was perhaps the most challenging in recent memory. It consisted of a short 1 km loop dominated by a long steep hill which reduced many contestants to a crawl and some to walking.  Fuelled by the rain of recent weeks, the entirety of the loop was soon covered in thick mud – if you came in search of a challenge…

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Connacht Multi-Event Champions!

Connacht Multi-Event Champions!

Athletes from the club had a fantastic day at the Connacht Schools Multi-Events today in Athlone’s International Arena. Both Evan Hallinan and Jade Moorhead were in scintillating form in the 60m hurdles early in the day with both athletes breaking or equaling the club’s U20 record for the event. Evan raced to a time of 9.39 over the 3’3” hurdles to take the victory and shave 0.06s off Ben Garrard’s record set in the Irish Schools CE finals back in…

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Cotter and Fitzgerald sparkle at Autumn Open 2022

Cotter and Fitzgerald sparkle at Autumn Open 2022

The AAI Autumn Open Cross Country festival is the first major National Cross Country event of the year. Though national medals are not awarded, this popular event is an opportunity for top-class racing against the best in Ireland and abroad for significant prize-money and to see where people stand for the National Cross country a month later.  In addition, the Masters race is a selection race for the prestigious five-nations British and Irish Masters Cross country in early November.   In…

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Two in a row for William in scorching Galway XC

Two in a row for William in scorching Galway XC

On Sunday the weather turned out exceptional in Loughrea for the Galway Senior and Even Age Cross Country.  William Fitzgerald has had a year to forget with injury but won his second Galway Cross Senior Title in a row  William settled in the pack for the first few kilometres and switched to another gear on the 4th before settling again to a comfortable win, always in control. Mark Davis was second man home for Craughwell in 9th followed by Mark…

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Hallinan wins Galway Schools XC thriller

Hallinan wins Galway Schools XC thriller

Cross Country season continued apace this week with the Galway Primary Schools Cross Country final in Renmore on Tuesday and the Galway Even-ages Championship in Bushfield Loughrea on Tuesday. In Renmore there were some fantastic results for Craughwell AC Athletes representing their schools.  Alan Hallinan once again stole the show with an outstanding win in the 5th and 6th class boys final.  Alan led his Craughwell N.S. team of Darragh O’Donnel, Sean Colleran and Zach Keane to a marvellous first…

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Castlegar Kicks off XC 2022 in Style

Castlegar Kicks off XC 2022 in Style

Cross-county season kicked off with a bang in Castlegar on Saturday for the annual Castlegar Open Cross country.  The race continues to grow from strength to strength and the weather on Saturday made it another superb festival of Athletics.  The course was slightly changed from previous years, with the steeper back hill replaced with more of a long undulating drag.  The racecourse in Ballybrit provided a perfect but challenging route with really not much respite on each of the 2km…

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Fit 4 Life 2022

Fit 4 Life 2022

Our autumn Fit 4 Life sessions start on Monday, the 19th of September @ 7:30pm. The programme is led by our Fit 4 Life coordinator Brian Mathews and will run for 8-10 weeks. No experience in running is required and complete beginners are welcome. To join our senior club simply follow the registration link on our website. Looking forward to seeing you all there.