Provisional timetable attached here.
Please note that while the order of events won't change significantly, the planned times will be updated once the entries are in and a final version will be published late next week.
Club members - we'd be very greatful if you can drop some of your tasty home baked goodies to St. Michael's Hall on Saturday monring before the events of the day.
Craughwell Marathon/Half Marathon Details
This is a low key, self-sufficient Marathon/Half aimed at experienced marathon runners run in adherence to Marathon Club Ireland rules.
Date Saturday 26th April 2014.
Start time: 9:30am.
Number Pickup: Craughwell Community Hall from 8:30am to 9:15am.
Entry €20 - surplus after costs will go to Craughwell Ac.
Post race refreshments in the Hall.
Mark it in your diaries: Monday May 5th 2014 3pm to 5pm
Craughwell Community Games will take place in the main hurling field (Gilligan Park) on the May bank holiday Monday. The following events will take place that Monday:-
U8s: 60m & 80m & 200m
U10s: 100m, 200m & hurdles
U12s: 100m, 600m & ball throw
U14s: 100m, 800m, hurdles, shot putt & javelin
U16s: 100m, 1500m and discus
The following events will be organised at different times:-
A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all at the Galway Open Track & Field in Dangan last Sunday. With 114 athletes taking part, it was a nice warm-up for the forthcoming track & field. Full results are at the following link:-
There were many highlights for the club across all of the events. It was good too for our U8 athletes who won’t get a chance to compete in the official track and field – hopefully a nice taster for them of what is to come next year with some very good up and coming athletes in that group.
We look forward with excitement now to day 1 of the Galway Track and Field on Saturday 3rd May where our U9s, 10s and 11s athletes will battle it out with Galway's best to see who goes forward to the Connacht finals, and the U12s also take to the track to fight for the Galway medals.
Some of the victorious Craughwell AC athletes in Ennis
A small band of Craughwell AC athletes had a great day at Ennis Track the weekend before last. First off was the U14 shot putt where Micheál McFadden (who hadn't intended taking part at all so had no proper gear!!) along with Finbarr McFadden and Ryan Gallagher stepping up an age, took part in the U14 shot with Micheál coming 3rd!
Grace Lynch was 4th in the U9 sprint heat. Evan Moran and Cormac McFadden then both made the final of the U9 sprints with Evan putting in a fantastic run to win the final. Luke Flynn took part in the U10 sprints, Rebecca Flynn and Emily Miskella were both 4th in their U11 sprint heats. Emma-Jane Moran made the final of the U12 sprints. Four Craughwell AC girls (Emma-Jane Moran (u12), Rebekah Flynn, Emily Miskella and Rebecca Lynch] took part in the U12 long jump. It was the first outdoor competition jumping from the board for the latter 3 under 11s and all 3 registered clean jumps between 3.13m and 3.19m. 3.17 for Rebecca Lynch was a competition PB.
Please note that there is no U10 training tonight Monday 14th April.
Training is on as normal this Thursday 17th April.
Its that time of year again when area Community Games kick off. The following are the local ones coming up:-
- Sunday 13th April: Athenry Community Games, 1.30pm, Carnaun
- Monday 5th May: Craughwell Community Games, 3pm, Gilligan Park
- Monday 5th May: Ardrahan Community Games, 1pm, Ardrahan GAA Pitches
- tbd: Clarinbridge Community Games
- Tuesday 29th April: Oranmore/Maree Community Games, 6pm, field behind Church
- tbd: Carrabane Community Games
The program for the Craughwell area will be roughly similar to last year but I will produce update next week.
The Galway finals will be held on 1/2 June in Ballindereen.
For those interested in cross-country, it is being held on 15th June in Tuam this year. The later than usual date is because the National finals have moved into August, the weekend of 16/17 August. The track & field finals take place the following weekend 23/24 August.
I came across this photograph today from a cross country a few years ago in Ballinamore that featured our U18 200m champion Sinead Treacy.
Given Sineád's recent success in winning the National U18 indoor 200m and coming so close to the National record, I thought the photo might inspire others to understand that it wasn't all that easy on the way up!
Things are moving along at speed in regard to our ambitious facility plans to purchase and develop an 8-acre site adjacent to the school. Our recent EGM approved the addition of important clauses to allow the club to register as a tax-exempt sports body with the Revenue Commissions and to allow the club to appoint Trustees and to raise loans. At a meeting of the Executive Committee this week, the following five club members were selected as Trustees in order to buy/develop the land and take out loans for this purpose:- Michael Tobin, Mark Gillen, Martin Conneely, Marion McEvilly and Mike O’Connor.
The legal process to purchase the site is in progress and hopefully will be complete within 6 weeks. The school has given its permission for pedestrian access and gateway from the existing track which we hope to install immediately on purchase of the land. All going well, athletes will be running around the field by the middle of May!
Fundraising for the project is going well but we still need your urgent assistance in this regard to complete the project’s funding requirements. We began our fund-raising campaign 7 weeks ago on 14 February and have made huge progress in a short-space of time. We still have a substantial amount to raise and we are appealing to parents and the community that if you are considering loans or donations, to let us know as soon as possible.
We wish to thank parents and the community in advance for your support for the project. It’s an ambitious undertaking but a collective effort from everyone makes it possible to fund it. Its benefit to the club and the community will be immeasurable in the years ahead as it will provide the space to develop many facilities for members and the community to use on a regular basis.
It was back to the roads for a new season for our star racer Shauna Bocquet in the New Inn 5k at the weekend. Shauna made the most of the perfect racing conditions to smash her PB and record a new best of 22:56. Next up for the tough Ardrahan girl is the exciting Galway 5k Series where no doubt Shauna will be one of the stars of the series.
National Champions being interviewed by the press!
It was another incredible weekend of athletics for the club at the National indoor relay finals in Athlone IT. The mega highlight of the day was the amazing performance of our U19 boys 4x200m relay when they blasted to the National title with a breathtaking display of sprinting in an elite time of 1.31.83 only .58 of second from breaking the national record.
The U15 boys were also in flying form with an exceptional run to place 4th in the final of their 4x200m in an excellent time of 1.44.83 and equally so, the boys U12 4x100m team who placed 4th in the final in a time of 58.19.
I have updated the club's indoor records based on this year's indoor season - let me know if any errors or omissions.
There were some staggering performances with:
- Sineád Treacy setting 4 junior/senior records in 60m, 200m, 400m and long jump
- Cathriona Farrell breaking the senior high jump record
- Sarah Finnegan setting a new mark for the senior triple jump
- Conor Duggan breaking the club's 60m and 200m junior/senior records
- Peadar Harvey doing same for the 800m/1500m senior records
- Paul Joyce claiming a new junior 800m record
- Damian O'Boyle doing likewise for the junior 1500m record
- The 4x200m relay team of Aidan Conneely, Nicholas Sheehan, John Cormican and Conor Duggan smashing the club's junior/senior relay record
Well done to all, some amazing performances there!