We make a mistake in the team results announced earlier at the event where in the 5th/6th class girls, a data entry error omitted a Claregalway NS runner and when corrected, Claregalway NS take the gold medals. We will order a new set of medals for Claregalway and the other teams can retain their medals and we will seek to put 4 teams through to the Connacht finals.
Also to the children who have taken part in the semifinals or finals of the primary schools cross country who are not already in an athletic club, you may be interested in the club competition that is coming up on the first 2 Sundays of October.
Day 1 of the Galway Club Cross Country Championships are on Sunday next 2nd October at 1pm in the Palace Grounds, Tuam. This is separate to the primary schools cross country and you do not have to have qualified for it.
There are races for:
- U10 1000m (born 2007/08)
- U12 2000m (born 2005/06)
- U14 3000m (born 2003/04)
- Older ages
And the 2nd day of the club championships takes place the following Sunday with races for U9 800m (born 2008/09), U11 1500m (born 2006/07) and U13 2500m (born 2004/05).
If your athlete enjoyed the primary schools cross country, is not already in the club and fancies taking up the sport, this is an ideal event to start in. You need to be a member of a club in order to take part. There is contact information for each club in Galway available at galwayathletics.com or contact myself at 087 6591879 if you need more information.
And as a parting gift to our celebrity guests, the club presented a set of 10 Back Baller foam rollers to the celebrities and their experts to help them in their athletic pursuits.
The Back Baller is the invention of Shannon-based entreprenur Noel Marshall and comes highly recommended by the renowed Limerick physical therapist Gerard Hartmann and Ireland's leading female athlete Sonia O'Sullivan. It was recently launched in Shannon and by all accounts, is just flying out of the warehouse there. You can read more about it and the accompanying program of stretches developed by Gerard Hartmann at www.backballer.com.
If interested in ordering one, please do so via the club as Noel Marshall will sponsor the club in return for our help in advertising his product. Tracy who looks after our club merchandising amongst many other things, can take details of your order at 087 8810737 and you will be able to collect it from the club within a week.
Lovely finale to the Celebrity Operation Transformation show with a lovely piece on the club and the activities last Saturday which capture perfectly the spirit of the club as a happy happy place for exercise and fun as well as developing your skills to the best of your ability. Well done Operation Transformation! And roll on Craughwell AC!!! ... things are just flying now ... new facilities almost complete ... massive publicity on national TV ... loads of new kids joining the club at all ages ... 40 senior infants starting ... at least 20 new teenagers joining ... and even more teenagers joining fit4youth ... more of our athletes sticking at the sport in college ... first US scholarship ... club currently 2nd largest in the country with 509 junior members ... and soon to be the largest I reckon with membership threatening to go close to 600 once all new members have registered. Way to go Craughwell AC!!
Operation Transformation team lead out our colour run ... the moment captured perfectly by Kevin Moore
Don't miss the big event ... tonight 9:35pm RTE1 .... starring Craughwell AC with support from the celebs!!!!
A massive thank you to Ray O'Connor who bailed us out in an emergency last Saturday. With Operation Transformation coming to town we were very concerned that we were not going to have enough paint for the extra numbers in the colour run and Ray very kindly loaned us boxes of powder that RunIreland had left over from a colour run earlier this year as well as loaning us the RunIreland race gantry for use as the finish line for the colour run.
For the adult runners amongst our members and the parents of of our juveniles, you should check out the superb Galway Bay races organised by Ray and his legendary Connemarathon races. The Galway Bay races are expected to sell out this weekend - click on the image below for more details if you are interested in taking part. Many notable athletes have graced this race and its predecessor the Galway Bay 10 in the past including runner 5297 in 2006 :-).
Start of the West Division Senior Boys race - picture by Sean Ryan
Well done to all who took part in the semi-finals of the primary schools cross country today in Renmore. The event saw its highest ever participation with 1463 children entered and 765 taking part in the West Division races and 613 in the East races.
Provisional results are here:- 2016GalwayPrimarySchoolsXC_SemiFinals_ProvisionalResults.pdf
THe finals take place in the same field in Renmore next Tuesday 27h Sept. The top 30 individuals and top 5 teams in each race qualify for the finals.
The club had such a fantastic day on Saturday at our Yeats College Colour Run and Xyea Family 5k and with the Operation Transformation team.
After a whirlwind few days since Tuesday when the Operation Transformation team selected our event for their final challenge, a huge effort from an army of helpers within the club got the show on the road early Saturday morning. The Operation Transformation team arrived around 9.30am and it was pretty much non-stop action from then on. I won’t stay too much about it until the show goes out on air on Wednesday night at 9.35pm but it was such an amount of fun for everyone … the celebs, the experts and Craughwell AC. Thankfully our high jump bar survived the challenge and is still intact!
The highlight of the day was the colour run where over 400 people took part. It was like a scene out of a war movie when the colour bombs were thrown in the air at the race start – remarkable scenes and something to look forward to on Wednesday night when we get to see it properly on RTE.
The club had a good turnout also for its inaugural Family 5k with the family trophy being won in style by the Noonan triplets. Full results are here:- 5kresults.pdf. Well done to all of the participants and in particular the prize-winners:-
The club have a huge number of people and organisations to thank and we will get a full list up here later in the week but I just wanted to give special mention to our race sponsors Yeats College and Xyea for their very generous sponsorship of the races. Pictured below is Pat Reidy of Xyea presenting the Family Trophy to the fastest family in the 5k race - the famous Noonans! And Terry Fahy of Yeats College presenting a sponsorship cheque to the club accepted on behalf of the club by a colourful Mike Tobin.
The world is coming to Craughwell this Saturday!!
Celebrity Operation Transformation are on their way to our Colour Run and 5k Race this Saturday. With the races sponsored by Xyea and Yeats College, what was a relatively big event has become a HUGE event with the TV cameras rolling from 11am to 3pm!!!
Here’s a word from Jill (one of the Producers) to help tease out these stories:-
So if you live in Galway, Craughwell is the place to be this Saturday with a busy program of activities for the celebs, their experts, our members and the general public.
The fun starts with the cameras rolling from 11am when everyone will try their hand at ZUMBA dancing led by instructors from our newest addition to the local community FITTSteps Training Studio. Just prior to Zumba, we want to take a massive group shot of everyone with the Operation Transformation team. Your moment to smile on TV :-) So please get there early to get into the group shot!!
Then at 11.30am the Operation Transformation celebs and experts will try their hand at athletics under the watchful eye of our coaches, trying their hand at high jump, long jump, hurdles, shot putt and javelin!!! Tokyo 2020 here we come!
After this, the cameras will move into position for our colour run which gets going at 12.30pm. This will be on grass on our new athletics ground beside the school. Its best to wear a white T-shirt for this as you will look messier in it after a good dousing with 6 different colours! Don’t worry about getting rid of the colour afterwards, its washable, edible, unsmellable, everythingelseable paint. The only ones to have to worry are the bleached blondes, so to all the men and women with bleached blonde hairdos, please cover up your hair because it won’t be bleached blonde anymore after the race. (That’s serious by the way, seems there is something about the bleach that makes it stay red green purple blue and yellow afterwards!).
The colour run is on grass with 3 loops of a 350m circuit and a shortcut in the middle for the less energetic. Prepare to get well-coloured!! And we want all local clubs to be welcome to the event – so local GAA, soccer, athletic clubs from all around, cubs, beavers, Foroige, ICA, Active Retirement etc etc you are all most welcome. We want a crowd and it will be amazing fun and ye all might be on the telly! Try not to trip a celebrity or expert on the way around the colour run – we don’t want to interrupt their transformation!
There will be refreshments throughout the day and goodie bags for the kids in the colour run and prizes for the 5k – more details on the prizes tonight. And a tip if not wearing old clothes for the colour run to get the colour out - first soak in COLD water then warm water.
And straight after the colour run, our 5k gets going on the road outside the school at 1.30pm. We are hoping our celebs will be able to launch the 5k and wave the participants off. It depends on how zapped they are have the colour run. So if you are following a celeb and want them to send you on your 5k way, get down to Craughwell this Saturday.
The colour run and 5k are still fund-raisers for our athletics facilities which are being constructed but we are hoping that you have so much fun from being involved that you won’t mind chipping in for the colour run or 5k. Details and link to online registration: http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/5k. We are taking registrations on the day but it saves us some admin if you can get it done online.
The Operation Transformation team will still be there while the 5k is in progress, interviewing celebs and locals with an interesting personal story to tell of their healthy pursuits.
Fit4life Autumn term starts the 14th of September, Wednesday night at 7.30 and Saturday morning at 9, from Senior club track.
Registration from 7.00-7.30 on Wednesday 14th. First F4L session will begin that evening so have your running gear on!
10 weeks running with a team leader, training plan and a 5k time trial at the end of term. €40 for the 10 weeks and a fitter, happier healthy you. Men and women welcome!
See you at the track.
Photo ©John O'Connor
What a fantastic achievement from our very own Shauna Bocquet ... the 12 year old budding star places 6th in the U20 400m at the Zurich Diamond League and a new PB. What a wonderful talent and as we all know, so well deserved for such a dedicated athlete. Well done Shauna!!!!!