There was some fabulous running over the Christmas on the roads of Galway by Craughwell AC Athletes. The biggest Winter races in the West are the massive Fields of Athenry on St.Stephen’s day and the Resolution Run 5km on New Years Day in Galway city and each featured two different Craughwell AC men on the podium.
The fields of Athenry saw a battle of Craughwell’s two Novices Silver medallists: William Fitzgerald who won Silver this year and Jamie Fallon who did the same in 2021. The lads knew that they had their hands full when they saw Irish running Legend John Travers on the Start line but they were all together at half-way, which they crossed in 15:27 in perfect conditions (3:06/km pace). At this point, Travers put the boot down and William bit down and decided to go with him, with Jamie dropping back slightly.
As they increased the pace to a tasty 2:56/km for the 6th Kilometer, Travers turned his head to William and said something like “let’s keep it handy again for the while”. Not sure if it was a psychological warfare from JT but William was red-lining and certainly wasn’t keeping it handy so he let the Sligo-based Donore man off, but still kept a good clip. William finished 2nd with 30:34 finishing time – running the second 5km in 15:07 with a nifty 2:54 last km. Jamie kept a similar pace all the way to finish 3rd with a very strong 31:07, doing brilliantly to hold off a fast-finishing Aaron Brennan of GCH. Travers ran an exceptional 14:33 second half to end up on 30:00 minutes exactly. He was going to be hard to beat that day, no matter who showed up!
There were great performances from the ladies too – particularly from Emma Boyle who ran 38:21 and Sinead Gaffney with 38:49.
Craughwell AC won first men’s team on the day with Kevin Mooney back from injury and Fergus Kelly rounding out the team.
On New Years Day it was the turn of Kyle Moorhead and Mathys Bocquet who led from the start in frankly baltic and nasty conditions. With the conditions the lads knew that fast times weren’t going to be possible, but they worked well as a team until the Kyle pushed on from 3.5km and Mathys had to drop back slightly. Kyle won in 16:15 and Mathys was next in 16:24. I’m not sure if they had Junior prizes, but Nessa Mangan couldn’t have been too far off with her fine 20:57 in those conditions.