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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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Conor and Declan Star in English Championships

Conor and Declan Star in English Championships

The English U15 and U17 Athletics Championships took place this weekend in the beautiful town of Bedford just north of London. This year, Athletics Ireland decided to enter a team of Irish Athletes to compete and selected the best in the country from the recent National Championships.  From Craughwell AC, Irish Champion Declan O’Connell was selected in the 1500m and Irish Champion Conor Penney was selected in the High Jump. British Athletics is on a massive high at the moment…

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Sarah Finnegan leads Galway team to Bronze

Sarah Finnegan leads Galway team to Bronze

On Sunday the finals of the National league took place in Tullamore and Galway had two teams featuring several Craughwell Athletes.  The National League is a team event where teams compete across the full range of disciplines with points awarded based on position. The Galway ladies were in the Premier Division and the team was managed once again by Sarah Finnegan of Craughwell AC.  Incredibly, this is Sarah’s 13th year as team manager – a difficult job akin to herding…

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Master Class from the fab-four!

Master Class from the fab-four!

Craughwell AC have built a fantastic Masters Sprint team under the mentorship of Ronnie Warde over the last couple of years and the guys sent a strong quartet to contest on Saturday in oppressive heat.  Ronnie Warde led from the front with a superb win in the M40 100m in 12:00 flat and Silver in the 200m.  Brian Malone must be the most improved Sprinter in Galway and he echoed his coach, driving home for a convincing win in the…

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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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