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Students on fire in IUAA Indoors 2023

Students on fire in IUAA Indoors 2023

The IUAA championships have grown to be one of my favourite days on the athletics calenedar. The atmosphere is chilled out and supportive, the standards are high and you get to watch the best of the next generation of Irish athletes compete for their colleges. Craughwell AC had a good group competing again this year with 5 on the track and one in the field. The race of the day from a track perspective was the stacked men’s 3000m. Aside…

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William Shines in International Debut

William Shines in International Debut

In November William Fitzgeral completely turned around an injury plagued year with an outstanding top-30 finish in the National Cross Country to secure an automatic qualifier spot for his first ever international in Hannut, Belgium as part of the Irish U23 team for the famous Crosscup De Hannuit. William had an absolute STORMER to finish in 32nd of the 97 strong field in baltic conditions. William was 2nd scorer on his u23 team and beat several top class athletes along…

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Double-Gold Evan Shines as Paddy wins Bronze

Double-Gold Evan Shines as Paddy wins Bronze

The Indoor Season 2023 kicked off with the Under 20 and under 23 Championships in Abbotstown.  The star of the show was most certainly the amazing Evan Hallinan who won an incredible two Gold Medals in the u20 Category.  As Evan is an U19 this year, he amazingly has another year to compete in this category.   In a thrilling High-Jump competition, Evan equalled his PB of 1.96 to win.  Evan had to fight for it – he knocked the bar…

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Neil Greaney: a Winning Mindset

Neil Greaney: a Winning Mindset

My name is Neil Greaney. I am a former Craughwell AC member, and have recently qualified with a masters in Mental Skills and Mental Health in Sports and Exercise. This qualifies me to work primarily as a ‘mental skills coach’ or a sports psychologist. My story in Craughwell AC began at the age of 15, when I first attended a training session with the middle-distance group run by 3 very influential coaches in my life – Michael Tobin, Mark Gillen…

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Christmas 2022 Road Race Review

Christmas 2022 Road Race Review

Christmas season brings a rare break in competition in Athletics as the athletes recover from their Cross Country exploits and prepare for the Indoor season to come.  Often the athletes take the opportunity to venture onto the roads for the seasonal road races and this was true again this year.   New Club Record for Jamie in Telford! Jamie Fallon took the trip to Telford in the UK on 11th December to run a high quality 10km road race.  Despite icy…

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Medals Galore in Unevens 2022

Medals Galore in Unevens 2022

The last day of the 2022 Cross Country Season took place in Cork on Sunday with the National Uneven Ages Championships and National Novices.  The weather was cold and dry, but the course was very challenging – a classic hilly and muddy cross country course with plenty of twists and turns.  The standards were sky-high but Craughwell AC had one of its best ever days over the turf with an incredible haul of medals en-route to the village: U13 Boys…

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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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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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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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