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Sinead breaks 400m Record at AAI Games

Sinead breaks 400m Record at AAI Games

The path to normality continued apace this weekend as some Craughwell AC athletes took part in the AAI Games in Santry. The AAI Games has no medals but is an annual graded Meet hosted by Athletics Ireland which is an excellent opportunity for people to get pre-championship blowouts or achieve times for international qualification or personal satisfaction! [Edit: This article just updated on Monday AM as I TOTALLY missed Sinead Treacy’s participation on Sunday – having smashed the Club 400m…

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Records Tumble in Connacht Junior/Senior 2021

Records Tumble in Connacht Junior/Senior 2021

The weather was absolutely stunning on Monday in Dangan for the Junior and Senior Outdoor Track and Field Championships which saw fantastic performances from Craughwell AC Athletes throughout the field winning a total of 35 Medals – 16 Gold, 11 Silver and 8 Bronze. “Miskey” breaks records in Men’s 800m classicSpectacle of the day for many was the Men’s 800m race which featured the most stacked 800m field we have seen in Connacht in my memory – it was set…

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Jamie in Pole Position as Jack and Sinead smash 1500m records!

Jamie in Pole Position as Jack and Sinead smash 1500m records!

After probably the longest gap in competition in Ireland since the second world war, a glimmer of normality returned to our lives this weekend as Craughwell AC athletes returned to competitive action. First up the entree – on Friday Night, Jamie Fallon and William Fitzgerald took part in the Formula 5K Timed Training event in Tynagh over a fun and fairly flat outdoor Karting course. The training event was held by Sean McDermott to full Covid compliant conditions and had…

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Craughwell AC Park Track Update

Craughwell AC Park Track Update

The Craughwell Juvenille AC AGM took place over Zoom last Thursday evening and aside from the usual officer elections, the main topic up for discussion was a vote on the facility/track next steps!  As we all know, this was only made possible thanks to the drive and inspiration of Shauna and all the Bocquet family and the support of the entire Galway community through the 42K Challenge which brought some much needed spark and fun to an otherwise quite dreary…

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Classic Cross Country from Ballybrit to Louisiana

Classic Cross Country from Ballybrit to Louisiana

The wind was ferocious and conditions were baltic in Ballybrit, but the forecast rain thankfully mostly held off so it delivered a fantastic day’s running.  Ballybrit proved itself an incredible venue, especially in these strange times.  Everything is perfect about the venue: parking, toilets, an elevated area for spectators to watch the race safely (and dryly!).  The course was a classic XC course, and after the unseasonably dry weather in September was perfectly sound underfoot all around with not a…

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Fitzgerald shines at Brilliant Galway T&F

Fitzgerald shines at Brilliant Galway T&F

The Galway Country board were determined to have some a Galway Track & Field Competition in pandemic-struck 2020 and gambled on the Irish Weather being somewhat favourable at the end of September.  The weather was glorious for track – sunny and cold but not too cold, with just the right amount of breeze.  The track competition consisted of 400m, 800m, mile and 5000m events they were ferociously contested.  Craughwell AC had an outstanding day with a large contingent of competitors,…

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2020 Track Season Ends with a Bang

2020 Track Season Ends with a Bang

The strangest track season ever wrapped up in glorious but breezy sunshine at Santry Stadium on Sunday. Six athletes from Craughwell made the trip and all performed very well in stacked fields – Oisin Davis, Emma Boyle, Ellie Cronin, Ross McGuinness, Anthony Boyle and Ellie Cronin. The direct links to their events are here if you want to watch them over: Oisin 800m Heat Oisin 800m Final Emma 3000m Ellie 400m Hurdles Ross/Anthony 3000m William 3000m   First up was…

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Records fall in National Juniors Day 1

Records fall in National Juniors Day 1

With no Juvenile Championships taking place in 2020, we have seen more Juveniles than ever stepping up to both the Senior and Junior all-Irelands.  Yesterday in Santry we had 5 athletes competing over the “metric mile” distance of 1500m and incredibly ALL of them finished in the top 10 of the big talented fields.  It is really a dark art to get things right for championships, and usually we get it wrong for someone – however for our middle distance…

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Strong 800m Performances at Day 2 of the Senior Championships

Strong 800m Performances at Day 2 of the Senior Championships

Across the country thousands of spectators tuned into their TV Screens and Phones as Weekend 2 of one of the weirdest but best national championships in recent years unfolded.  Once again, spectators and coaches were not permitted to enter the stadium so we either stood outside the gate watching our phones and catching the occasional glimpse of our athletes flitting past, or we sat at home.  Athletics Ireland are to be applauded on their running of the event – both…

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Mathys Gets International Selection Grant

Mathys Gets International Selection Grant

Mathys Bocquet capped off a fantastic year by claiming a coveted spot on the Irish Schools team for the SIAB International in Scotland in a stunning performance on the 7th March.  Unfortunately for Mathys the unthinkable happened and the world changed overnight due to a tiny virus, leading to the 11th hour decision of the Irish team not to travel to the event.  It was a good decision as the event itself was also cancelled the next day! However, Mathys…

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