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Christmas Road Racing Roundup!

Christmas Road Racing Roundup!

Christmas is a rare quiet period for athletics, and during this gap between Cross Country and Indoors the athletes sometimes venture onto roads for a road race or two to have some fun and gauge fitness for the season ahead. Galway is lucky to have two high-quality races on its doorstep – the Classic Fields of Athenry 10km and the Resolution Run 5km. Thanks to Craughwell AC’s John ‘O’Connor for the photos in this article – check out his other…

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Connacht Athletics Awards 2021

Connacht Athletics Awards 2021

The inaugural Connacht Athletics Awards were announced yesterday, and Craughwell AC’s superb year was reflected with four prestigious “gongs”, including the coveted inaugural Best Athletics Club. Awards are inherently very un-athletics-like in that they are fundamentally subjective and arbitrary but the general consensus is that the winners were well deserved in all categories and the process was open and transparent. Best Athletic Club 2021: Craughwell AC (Joint) We were really delighted to receive the award as Connacht’s best athletic club,…

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Jamie wins Silver at National Novices

Jamie wins Silver at National Novices

Moods were buoyant on a perfect bright, Sunny cold Winters morning as the Craughwell AC crew made their annual trip to the National Uneven ages and Novices Cross country. It was held this year in Gowran, Co. Kilkenny and this turned out to be a day for the record books! The course was a classic cross country course – starting with a long fast downhill on a Golf Driving range and looping left into an adjoining field full of challenging…

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Declan leads U14s into History Books!

Declan leads U14s into History Books!

The day and course couldn’t have been more perfect as Craughwell had an historic day at the National Cross Country in Santry. As is typical with Cross Country – when held close to Dublin and the weather is fine, the competition is FIERCE! Craughwell had competitors in the U12 races, the u14 boys, the U18/Junior Boys/Girls and the Senior event. Historic Win for Declan The performance of the day came from Declan O’Connell and his u14 teammates. Declan has been…

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Relay Success from Maynooth to Toulouse

Relay Success from Maynooth to Toulouse

Several Craughwell AC Athletes competed in the Intervarsity Road Relay Championships in Maynooth on Saturday with some excellent results.  The event features mixed distances of 1, 2 and 3 miles approximately.  Jack Miskella ran the fastest mile leg of the day of 4:37 to lead his NUIG “A” Team to 4th place in a high quality event that included athletes the calibre of Olympic 1500m Semi-Finalist Andrew Coscoran and European U20 1500m Champion Cian McPhillips.  Patrick Noonan ran the first…

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Bushfield Shines in Connacht Unevens

Bushfield Shines in Connacht Unevens

As the week approached – I was getting texts from various coaches and athletes from about Connacht looking for an insight into the Bushfield course. I told them all the same thing: “Possibly the best course in the country, and ideal preparation for Santry”. It didn’t make a liar out of me as the weather, course and fields collaborated to make for ideal cross country conditions! Well done to all the organizers, especially host club Loughrea AC. The fields were…

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No Tricks or Treats in Ballina!

No Tricks or Treats in Ballina!

On a wet and windy Halloween, there was plenty to be scared of at the Connacht Even Ages Cross Country! Belleek is one of the most fabulous facilities that any club in Ireland has at its disposal, but when it is tough it can be very tough and today was one of those days! The course was wet to start out with and by the end of a day of persistent showers, it was quite the challenge getting up that…

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William the Third in Classic Streets

William the Third in Classic Streets

The rain clouds parted to show good clear conditions for this year’s Streets of Galway 8km road race on Sunday morning, and a large attendance of Craughwell AC Athletes took part.  19-year old William Fitzgerald had an incredible run to finish 3rd overall and first Galwayman in the event.  This was a fine performance, just six seconds off the club record of 24:24 for the event set by the great Gerry Ryan in 2011.  to give you an idea of the accelerating pace,…

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Autumn Open 2021 Report

Autumn Open 2021 Report

David Matthews, legendary Irish 800m runner did a lap of the course the other day on Instagram and called it tough and muddy. Turns out, the speedy track man’s definition of “muddy” doesn’t match your average Connacht person as the course was immaculate throughout and I’ve never seen the back section as clean. The National Cross Country course in Abbotstown is my favourite course and plays host to the Eurocross later this year. The big lap is a 1.5km loop,…

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Glorious Bushfield Galway Unevens

Glorious Bushfield Galway Unevens

After all this talk of Ballybrit being such a great course of late (it is), Loughrea AC’s stunning facility at Bushfield came out fighting and showed once again today why it is as good a cross country course as exists anywhere. Full credit to host club Loughrea AC who put on a smashing show and the glorious weather and course combined to make it a brilliant introduction to Cross for everyone that took part. Muireann Kelly got the day off…

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