Can athletes please only run on the sideline of the GAA pitches and behind the goals in order not to damage the pitches during the winter months. Or otherwise stay up on the Astroturf track. In particular, the top right corner of the pitches is wet, so do not run on this area and either stay out wide on the sideline or don't come up that end of the field at all. Please adhere to this as our use of the pitches is on the basis of goodwill and a good relationship with the local GAA club.
In regard to the use of the Astroturf track, we have huge numbers of juveniles training at present, particularly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We are requesting parents and adults not to use it while juvenile training is in progress as the number of children there is too large to accommodate any adults and it’s becoming a safety issue.
This would apply particularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm to 9.30pm and to a lesser extent during juvenile training on Mondays at 8.15pm and Fridays at 5.30pm. If this poses a problem, please consider an alternative venue – our fit4life section recently built a fine track around the soccer pitch which is less than a mile away and it would be a much better venue to use at above times if you are already a member of fit4life or planning to join.
For juvenile athletes, if the facility is busy, please run in an anti-clockwise direction (i.e. turning left) so that everyone is running in the same direction. This helps to prevent accidents.
And please do not congregate on the track while waiting between runs or for your session to start.
We are also requesting parents not to congregate around the gate into the Astroturf. This is a particularly busy area with people arriving and leaving and it is better to stand half-way up the tarmacadam pathway if waiting for your child to finish.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The club travelled in numbers to the National Even Ages cross country in Santry on Sunday where as usual an incredibly high standard of running greeted us. Some of our teams were running for experience while some were in serious contention for National honours.
Jamie Fallon had a superb run when stepping up an age in the U18 boys grade, taking individual 5th place and placing perhaps 15th overall in the combined U18/20 6000m race – a result that certainly bodes very well for Jamie’s chances of making the European Junior Cross Country team in the years ahead. Jamie’s progress in distance running and cross country has been memorizing with a steady improvement year by year from his 52nd position as an U11 in 2007 in his own age group to his 5th place at the weekend out of his age and he is an inspiration to many younger and older runners in the club.
Also having a superb race, Oisin Lyons had a magnificent performance in the U14 boys 3000m. In spite of missing the last 2 weeks of training due to an ankle injury, an injury which was aggravated during the race by a stumble on a short concrete section, Oisin make progress through the field to hold 7th place by the half-way stage and held onto this place to the finish for one of the club’s best ever individual performances with only a handful of athletes from the club having ever finished at this position or higher - Jamie Fallon (5th U18 this year and 6th U16 last year), Conor Gillen (6th U14 in 2009, Linda Porter (4th U11 in 2004), Ashley McDonnell (7th U11 in 2003) and Rachel Finnegan (6th U11 in 2002).
Sineád Treacy had a fantastic performance in the Intermediate Girls grade at the Irish Schools multi-events finals which were held in Athlone at the weekend. Competing a year out of her age, Sineád was representing her school St Raphael’s Loughrea and scored a total of 2913 points across the 5 events.
She had impressive PBs in 3 events with 9.79 in the hurdles, 2.29.31 in the 800m and 6.82m in the shot putt together with an indoor PB of 5.23m in the long jump and equalling her recent PB of 1.40m in the high jump. Relatively new to multi-events, this was a super performance by Sinead and just reward for a hard-working athlete. Sineád will now represent Ireland on the Irish Schools Pentathlon team which will compete in Glasgow in December against the best athletes from England, Scotland and Wales.
Craughwell NS's Victorious Junior Girls Team
The Cumann na mBunscoil Cross Country took place last Thursday in Renmore. Local primary schools dominated the event with all four team titles and 3 of the individual titles going to members of the club as well as 7 of the 8 minor placings in the individual medalist going to current or former members. The team titles were won by Killeeneen (both junior and senior boys), Craughwell (junior girls) and Clarinbridge (senior girls) while the individual titles were claimed by Niamh Niland (Killeeneen) junior girls, Sean Cannon (Oranmore Boys) junior boys and Ultan Sheeran (Killeeneen) senior boys.
Athletics Ireland have posted the following information regarding logistics for Sunday:-
Note that the first race starts at 11.30am. We are asking all age groups to try to be there by 10.15am to allow time to walk the course.
It will not be possible to walk any of the course once the races have started.
I will email people the code for entry to the airport carpark if you plan on using that.
The Fifth Annual Craughwell 10 mile takes place this year on Sunday 23rd March 2014 at 1pm.
Details as follows:
- Flat accurate AAI Measured 10 mile course.
- Race it, run it, jog it, walk it!
- Incorporating AAI Galway 10 mile Club Championship
- Individual and Category Prizes
- Medal and T-shirt for all entrants
- Online entry at https://www.activeglobal.com/running/craughwell-ireland/craughwell-10-mile-galway-2014/205052
- Early bird entry €20 until 31st December. €25 after 31st December 2013.
- Tea/coffee and refreshments for all participants after.
Follow us on Facebook for more details - https://www.facebook.com/craughwell.ac
The club will be ordering some new gear shortly with delivery hopefully prior to the Galway Indoors in early January.
All fitting and ordering will be carried out in the hall in Craughwell on Tuesday 12th November 7pm - 10.30pm. Parents and athletes should drop in before or after training if wishing to order any items.
Payment in full must be made on the night. Read on for details on items and prices.
Calling our great members. For those of you not participating in the marathon or half marathon club time trial on December 14th.
We are looking for some volunteers to help out on Saturday 14th December. If you have a couple of hours to spare and you would like to give something back to your club, we'd love to hear from you. You can contact club PRO Linda on 087 6290808 or message us in Facebook.
Thanking you in advance.
Jamie Fallon leads the U17/U19 5000m at the Connacht Championships yesterday with
Matthew Moran (192) and Paul Joyce (188) in close contention and Neil Greaney and Damien O'Boyle in the background
Craughwell AC put in an awesome performance at the second day of the Connacht cross country championships which were held in Creagh, Ballinasloe. With 58 participants (our highest ever), the club fielded teams in 8 of the 10 juvenile age groups and came home with 7 sets of team medals, including an incredible 5 Connacht titles. And it wasn’t just in the team stakes that the club excelled. Oisin Lyons and Jamie Fallon took the individual titles in the U15 and U17 boys, with Neil Greaney and Matthew Moran adding silver and bronze in the U19 boys and Dearbhaile Walsh and Grainne McDaid narrowly missing out on a podium finish when placing 4th in the U15 and U17 girls.
In fact for both girls, it was a very welcome return to the form they have showed in their younger years in cross country when routinely finishing on the podium. Grainne led the U17 girls to the Connacht team title in their 4000m with Ciara Greene placing 7th, Ellen Treacy 10th and Miriam Lacey 11th. It was a tremendous team effort with Ciara having almost being ruled out with a hairline fracture of the foot picked up in the Galway cross country 2 weeks ago and Miriam coping with shin splints which necessitated walking some of the distance yesterday. It was the oldest juvenile grade ever that the club has fielded a girls’ team in and it was a massive performance by the 4 girls.
Best of luck to all of our athletes taking part tomorrow in day 2 of the Connacht cross country. We have teams entered in all age groups bar U19 girls.
The course is close to Ballinasloe – following directions are from the St Ronan’s AC website who are hosting the event - turn off the motorway to go through Ballinasloe town and take the old N6 to Athlone for approx. 2 miles, passing the Birchgrove pub, a big pub with a thatched roof, and then a left turn immediately thereafter.
The venue is Padraig Pearse’s GAA Club and the first race (U11 girls) will be off at 1pm sharp. The other races will follow in quick succession.
Please note that spikes are not permitted in the function area or the dressing rooms.
The following are the races distances:-
AGE DISTANCE COURSE Actual Course
Under 11 1500m 1 lap of “ B” 1520m – Do small loop.
Under 13 2500m “ D” and 2 laps of “ A” 2566m- Do big loop first
Under 15 3500m “D” and 2 laps of “ C “ 3566M – Do big loop first
Under 17/19 Girls 4000m
U17 Boys 5000m
U19 Boys 6000m
More information on the course can be found at http://www.ronans.ac/joomla/index.php/competitions/81-pearses-gaa-club