So, here I was at the start line of my first Craughwell 10 wearing a Craughwell AC singlet, but a complete stranger-almost. Having only joined the club 3 weeks ago I hoped this would be a successful homecoming. I hoped the Garmin would locate a satellite before the gun in 2 minutes!
Lots of guns here today, Raheny, Tullamore, Limerick, Mullingar, Roscommon, Templemore more Raheny... but this is my backyard. Galway's' finest are on show today. From Athenry-Rohan, Meehan, Healy, Somers, Deakin, from Maree, Mc Donagh, Kerrin from G.C.H. Bidwell, Brody, Carty, Phelan and some heavy local artillery in the form of Larkin and Mullins.
Two hours earlier at number collection I didn't have to introduce myself as the lady issuing the numbers recognised me. It turns out Mairead Lane and I shared the same school bus when I did the leaving cert in '87. Mairead must have been in 1st year! So at least one person in a Craughwell singlet knows who I am! Having worked all morning in administration Mairead went on to post a superb 1hr 29mins.
BANG! We're off. I have a plan... run with my head and ignore the Garmin for the most part. Nobody is overtaking me in the first 500yards, that's because I'm moving too quickly and need to slow it up. Where's the plan now? I have overtaken quite a few and decide to sit it in, albeit 20yds behind my friend Brendan Mc Donnell. Brendan finished the Kinvara half two minutes ahead of me a fortnight ago, I won't see him for long. A young lad shoots past, down the centre of the road and continues at an electric pace. It was Oliver Mullins- he quickly fades in the distance.
Photo courtesy of Paul O'Connor
Mile 1 complete 5'52"- not good, what am I doing? I'm 46 and with only two years running under my belt even I realise that this is far from intelligent running. So I pull in the horns. Mile two is flat and I decide to ignore the Garmin, reduce the effort and the pace, no overtakes 6'15". Two down and I can look forward to a drink soon.
The headwind is cooling though, just need to rinse the mouth. The runner behind me is starting to pound the tarmac, I can't live with this, two choices, no – one, he's not getting past...I squeeze the throttle. His noisy footfall fades. The three mile marker 6'04". Ah, the water station, all is good again, or is it? I try to take a drink but nearly choke. I'm moving too fast again and my mouth is for breathing, not drinking this time. We turn right for Roveagh and the breeze is no longer in our faces, found a comfortable pace now. Brendan is not really increasing the distance between us. I admire the scenery-almost 30 years since I travelled these roads. I'm moving well.6'13" for mile four.
Sinead Treacy, National U19 Indoor 60m Champion 2015
Sinead Treacy was the star of the show on day 2 of the National Juvenile Indoor Track & Field Championships in AIT today when taking the U19 60m title in a blistering 7.84s – one of Sineád’s finest indoor performances in her final year as a juvenile athlete. Sineád’s progress over the years is an inspirational example to all of our younger athletes. If we rewind the clock to when our current U12s were U5s and in junior infants or thinking about the big step up into junior infants, Sineád was an U12 competing in the Galway Indoors in Nenagh where she placed 3rd, a feat she repeated in the Connacht’s in a time of 9.46 before going on to place 13th in the National finals. Her hard work and dedication in the intervening 7 years has paid rich dividends for Sineád and long may it continue for her after she leaves the juvenile ranks.
In excess of 500 participants toed the line in for the 6th running of the Craughwell 10 Mile road race in almost perfect running conditions this afternoon. A big thank you to all of the participants and of course to all of the Craughwell AC members, their families, friends and neighbours for making the day such a great success. We could not do it without you.
Results of the Galway 10 Mile Championships and full age category results to follow in the coming days.
The top three finishers in each category:
- Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrock A.C 0:49:29
- Matt Bidwell Galway City Harriers 0:52:41
- Brian Leahy Raheny Shamrock A.C 0:54:17
- Jane Ann Healy Athenry AC 1:00:19
- Grainne Ni Uallachain Galway City Harriers 1:05:27
- Sinead Brody Galway City Harriers 1:05:48
Start Line of the Craughwell 10 Mile 2015
Photo courtesy of Paul O'Connor
Jerry Keary was the pride of the club on Saturday when he jumped a brilliant 1.70m to take the silver medal in the U16 boys high jump, in the process eclipsing the previous club best in this age group by 10cm. Jerry got off to a wobbly start knocking 1.55m on his first attempt and then proceeding to clear 1.60 and 1.65 on his first attempt.
With 5 jumpers still in it at 1.70m, it was a top quality competition. Only 1 cleared it on his first attempt, the eventual winner. Jerry got it on his 2nd attempt, the crucial jump as it turned out as it earned him the silver medal when the other 3 jumpers took another attempt to get it.
At 1.73m, Jerry made a few great attempts but it wasn’t to be on this occasion. But he was delighted with silver, a new PB and a club age group record and his first time on the podium since clearing 1.20m to take bronze as an U12 in 2011 having come close on many occasions in the intervening four years.
Lorraine Delaney and Laura Cunningham were both in action in the U16 girls high jump with Lorraine equalling her to place 10th with a 1.50m best and Laura placing 12th with a 1.45m jump, unlucky to miss the 1.50m.
The relays threw up their usual share of exhilarating excitement with 2 fourth places finishes from the boys U15 and boys U12 teams in their finals.
The U15s ran a time of 1.50.29 to win their heat and followed it up with an exceptional performance in the final to place 4th with a time of 1.49.04 with the team of Alex Evans, Sean Connaughton, Ultan Sheerin and Oisin Shannon.
The U12s ran a superb heat in a time of 57.13 and followed it up with an exceptional 56.47 to take 4th place in a tight finish in the final – both times being club age group records. The team were Robert Urquhart, Sean Fox, Conor Hoade, Lukas Schukat and sub Liam McDonagh.
Craughwell AC U12 Boys 4x100m Team at the National Indoors Championships
Earlier in the day the U15 girls recorded a good time in their 4x200m heat of 1.57.03 (Rachael Hughes, Mia Waters, Anna Farrelly, Siona Lawless) as did the U16 girls with a time of 1.56.22 (Siona Lawless, Lorraine Delaney, Anna Farrelly, Laura Cunningham) and the U14 boys who were unlucky to drop the baton in their race when recording a time of 1.59.84 (Alex Evans, Sean Connaughton, Kyle Moorhead, Finbar McFadden, sub Ciaran Connaughton). The U13 boys had a strong performance in their heats to qualify for the final when winning their heat in a time of 56.79 and went on to place 5th in the final in a time of 57.01 with their team of Lewis Ryan, Jack Fitzgerald, Padraig Martyn and Shaun Gilligan.
Craughwell AC U16 Girls 4x200m Relay Team at the National Indoor Track & Field Championships in Athlone
Siona Lawless, Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney, Anna Farrelly
Meanwhile Oisin Lyons had a massive performance on his international debut when he placed 12th in the Schools International Cross Country which was held in Santry. While it has not been confirmed yet, its thought the Irish team took the silver medals. Also in flying form, Neil Greaney had a fine run to take the victory in the PREDA 5k Run for Freedom at Ballybrit where he held on for the victory in an excellent time of 16.25, battling to the line with clubmate Jason Broderick.
Finally welcome to Craughwell tomorrow to all the Craughwell 10 participants! Best of luck to all! And best of luck also to all our juveniles in action at day 2 of the National Indoors tomorrow!
Full results of todays action is at:- http://www.athleticsirelandenterprises.com/results_21032015/schedule.html
With only days to go to the 6th running of the Craughwell 10 preparations are well and truly underway to welcome all of this year’s participants. Once again we ar overwhelmed by the fantastic response to our call for volunteers from our club members, associates, neighbours and friends. This is what club races are built on! Thank you.
Note to Marshals: You will have received a text letting you know what point on the route you have been allocated to. If you click on the image below you will be able to download a pdf map of the route with the marshal points clearly marked by a letter.
The marshal briefing will take place in St. Michaels Hall at 12.00 noon on Sunday 22.03.15. It is important for all marshals to attend as you will received instructions regarding traffic management. Please bring a high visability vest to wear on the day. If you have any questions or have not yet volunteered but wish to do so please call or text 087 2633999. Thanks again for volunteering, it is greatly appreciated.
We are nearly there, hopefully all your training went to plan and you are all ready to go to the start line of the Craughwell 10. With 5 days to go we have just over 100 places left, please register to avoid disappointment. Guaranteed tech T - shirt and medals for all finishers.
This event will sell out by the end of the week so get your entries in now go to active.com
If you are not running this years Craughwell 10, maybe you could volunteer to help out this Sunday the 22nd of March please message us through the Facebook page. Thank you to all who have already volunteered your services.
We are also calling out for some delicious home made baking, buns, scones, treats these can be dropped into the catering tent on the morning of the 22nd.
All donations and help greatly appreciated.
See you all Sunday.
It was another great weekend for club stalwarts Peter O'Sullivan and Damian Larkin, who both were to the fore again. Peter took on the might of Masters athletes all over Ireland, and finished superbly - taking Gold in the M40 1500 (4.10) and Silver in the M40 800m (2.03).
The 1500m (pictured above) in particular was a great run, as a storming finish saw him finish a convincing winner ahead of all the M35s as well as the M40s in the race in a time of 4:10. Full results are here.
Damian Larkin continues to get stronger with every race, and added the Abbey 10k to his growing list of victories in a solid time of 35:21. Full results of the Abbey 10k are here.
With just over a week to go, places are filling up fast for the sixth Annual Craughwell 10 mile road race. The race takes place Sunday the 22nd of March at 1pm.
A long-range weather forecast is promising a fine, but breezy day, perfect running weather.
Flat accurate AAI measured10 mile course.
Full road closure.
Incorporating AAI Galway 10 mile club Chaimpionship.
Medal and T shirt for all finishers.
Online entry at www.active.com
€25 entry fee.
Tea/coffee and refreshments for all participants after.
Are we going to see a new course record on Sunday 22nd March 2015 in Craughwell for the Craughwell AC 10mile road race?
The men's course record is currently held by Sean Connolly of Tallaght AC in a time of 49:12, while the women's course record is held by Eilish Kelly of Raheny Shamrock AC in a time of 57:44.
With only 12 days to go entries are filling fast. Enter here at Active.com
Image courtesy of John O'Connor
Damian O'Boyle and Jamie Fallon after the Irish Schools Senior 6500m
Jamie Fallon (representing Calasanctius Oranmore) raced to his greatest performance to date when claiming the bronze medal in the senior 6500m at the Irish Schools Cross Country which was held in Clongowes Wood College at the weekend. Holding 4th place throughout much of the race, Jamie moved into 3rd place on the final lap and held that position for possibly the best performance from a Galway distance runner since the legendary Paul Donovan won this title in 1981. A group of 6 athletes broke from the pack in the early stages of the race and the on-course commentator gave a running commentary on them for the remaining laps, omitting to mention Jamie initially, then mentioning the man from “Calasenteese” who was in second place at the time and finally someone later having a whisper in his ear and Jamie became the ‘cousin’ of the great Jimmy Fallon :-).
Damien O’Boyle also had a fine run in the same race when taking 24th place. In the junior race, Oisin Lyons was another Calasanctius student to have a fantastic run when placing 5th in his 3500m race and in the process claim his first international vest for the Schools International which will be held later this month. Having played a Connacht Cup soccer final the day before (winning 6-3 incidentally), it was a super run from Oisin. He stuck with the leading group of 6 for the first third of the race and then got caught in no-man’s land for a while between 2 groups of 5 before the 2nd group caught up. Oisin battled hard at front of that group and they caught the trailing runner on the lead group on the home straight with Oisin holding on for a fine 5th place.
Also in action at the same venue, Neil Greaney had a good run in the Universities Cross Country to place 33rd as part of a strong DCU team which took team gold.
Oisin Lyons after his 5th place in the Irish Schools Junior 3500m
Earlier in the other schools races, Caron Ryan (St Raphael’s) had a strong run to take 33rd place in the intermediate girls race, with Pres Athenry’s Grainne McDaid and Ciara O’Boyle placing 69th and 80th and The Bower’s Aoife Green placing 77th. In the senior girls 1500m, Ciara Greene (The Bower) placed 45th while Andrea Tobin placed 57th to help the Pres Athenry to 8th team place. In the minor boys 2500m, St Raphael’s Sean Connaughton placed 55th in a high quality field while in the junior girls, Claregalway’s Rachael Hughes placed 69th.
The club will very shortly have a new training technical top/t-shirt for sale which doubles up as a fund-raiser for our much-needed facilities and as a high quality training top for use at training or in competition warm-up. I will post a seperate update on our facility progress in a few days time - we have a number of fund-raising initiatives coming up in order to proceed with developing the facility later this year. The top is available in both adult and children's sizes should parents or coaches also wish to get one.
To order your top, please text your name and sizes required to Tracy Moran at 087 8810737. Tracy will have them at the astro turf next Tuesday from 5.45pm to 8pm and at the hall Thursday 6.15pm-7.15pm and at the astro turf Thursday 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
The technical top will cost €20, with a €5 discount given for each additional top purchased by the same family, i.e. 2 tops for €35, 3 tops for €50, etc. The top comes in the following sizes:-
All profits from the tops will go directly into our facility fund for the development of facilities on our new 8-acre site.