Sinead Treacy resumed her National medal-winning ways at the National Junior Track & Field last weekend with a fine silver medal in the Junior Women’s 200m in a time of 25.20. Sinead is in breath-taking form having earlier won her heat in 25.41 and having run 25.57 last weekend in the Galway Indoors. Earlier in the day Sinead narrowly missed out on making the final of the 60m by the slim margin of .03 seconds when placing 4th in her heat in a time of 8 seconds flat.
Sinead’s good form continued in the National Senior League today where she raced to victory in the 200m in a 25.32 to earn the maximum 9 points for the Craughwell team. Sinead was joined in the action by Aisling Keady who was making her debut in senior competition. Aisling took part in the high jump in the absence of Cathriona Farrell due to work commitments and jumped exceptionally well at this level to take joint 1st place with a leap of 1.46m. Their scored combined with a 3rd place finish for Sarah Finnegan in the triple jump with 10.13m, a 5th place finish from Sinead Gaffney in the 400m in a time of 64.02 and 6th place for Ciara Greene in the 1500m in a time of 5.37.22. The team's performance over the 2 rounds of the league puts them unofficially at the top of the league table going into the final on 7th February.
Sinead Treacy, silver medallist in the National Junior Women’s Indoor 60m
along with gold and bronze medallists Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport AC) and Sophie Becker (St Joseph’s AC)
Another athlete in blistering form at the National Juniors, Conor Duggan placed second in the heats of the 60m in a time of 7.12 before going on to race 7.09 to take 5th place in the final. By our reckoning Conor is now the 2nd fastest man to ever come out of Galway behind Olympian Paul Hession – we don’t have the detailed statistics to prove it but we are not aware of anyone faster other than the legendary Paul! Later in the day, Conor raced a time of 22.90 in the heats of the 200m, 0.25 seconds off the qualifying time that made the final.
There was good news also for both Sinead and Conor during the week with their selection onto the National Junior Relay Panel. This is a huge achievement for both athletes and comes on the back of years of steady progress under the guidance of their coaches Eddie, Martin and Patricia. All going well, both athletes will feature on Irish junior relay teams during the year leading up to the European Junior Championships this July in Sweden if the Irish team qualifies.
Also at the National Juniors, Damien O’Boyle had a fine 1500m with a time of 4.21.56 in the heats and followed it up with a blistering 4.08.40 to place 4th in the final, just missing out on the podium. John Cormican who is making the transition from middle to shorter distances ran a strong 400m to place 5th in his heat in a time of 54.38. Nicholas Sheehan was our last man in action with a time of 2.02.23 in the heats of the 800m, missing out on the final where his time would have taken the silver medal.
The finalised results are attached below:-
Well done again to all of the Craughwell participants. We had a fabulous day out and I hope that everyone enjoyed the experience. We had over 230 athletes take part (over one-third of the participants) and we featured on the podium a massive 131 times with 43 Galway titles, 44 silver placings and 43 bronze placings. Read on for full details of the Craughwell AC medallists. Its not all about winning of course and we are equally proud of the huge numbers that we had taking part.
Next up for juvenile track & field is the Connacht Indoors which take place on 28 Feb (U12/U13) and 1 Mar (U14-Senior). Age group coordinators will be collating entries for this shortly - so athletes/coaches should be thinking of what athletes will take part in.
The Connachts are open entry, i.e. you don't have to qualify from Galway for them. Note that U9s, 10s and 11s don't have a Connacht Indoor competition.
The All-Ireland indoors are on 21, 22 and 28 March. The schedule is in the Juvenile Competition Booklet which is published on the AAI website: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/other/Updated.pdf. Incidentally this booklet is the Bible of national juvenile competition and is a must-read for coaches/parents if you want to avoid a clash with holidays!
Best wishes to Coldwood NS on their annual 4 mile frundraising run this Sunday at noon. You can register on the day.
This year the organisers have introduced a 1km race for kids up to 3rd class and a 2km race for kids in 4th, 5th and 6th class. Entry is a €5 and every child gets a treat bag. 1st,2nd 3rd boys and girls get a medal.
The kids races start at 11am with registration from 10.30am.
Huge congratulations to Galway and Carrabane woman Olive Loughnane whose silver medal performances at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 is about to be upgraded to gold following the latest drugs scandal in Russia arising from which the gold medal winner has been banned.
Incidentally, when our hard-working U11s were training on a cold night between Christmas and the New Year, who casually popped in for a walkaround the track with her husband - the lady herself, who generously gave up her time for a chat and some photos with the athletes.
You can read a small bit of the athmosphere of that time in 2009 here:- Mike's Berlin Blog although we were not there in time for Olive's masterclass performance.
Well done to Jamie Fallon who last weekend represented Ireland in the Celtic Cross Country in Dunboyne. Jamie was selected for the team on the back of his strong performances in the club cross country last Autumn. THe Celtic Cross Country is an annual event between Ireland, Scotland, Ulster and Wales. Jamie was the second Irishman home in the U20 race and 7th overall in one of the best performances of his career. Results are at http://www.precisiontiming.net/result.aspx?v=2288.
Well done everyone on fantastic performances yesterday and thanks to the army of volunteers who helped as officials on the day!!! Provisional results from the track attached here including the field results. Track results are still provisional as there are some outstanding queries.
Some of Craughwell AC's U15 Athletes at the Indoor Championships
Alison Leahy (60m silver medallist), Tara Slattery (Galway High Jump Champion),
Siona Lawless (Galway 60m and Long Jump Champion)
Ultan Sheeran (long jump silver medallist), Oisin Shannon (Galway Shot Putt Champion
and hurdles bronze medallist), Conor Hughes (long jump bronze medallist)
The Annual General Meeting of the Senior Club takes place on Sunday 11th January 2015 at 7.30pm in St. Michael's Hall, Craughwell. All our members are encouraged to attend and show your support for the club. We welcome input and new ideas from all our members and look forward to seeing you all at our Annual General Meeting.
The Annual General Meeting of the club's juvenile and executive committee will take place next Wednesday night 7th January commencing at 6.30pm in Craughwell hall.
It is hoped that alot of parents and coaches can attend to hear a quick update on the year's activities and on facility development. All going well, the meeting will be over within 45 minutes so please try to attend if possible to support your hard-working committee and coaches.
Also we are holding our 2015 registration nights on this coming Tuesday and Thursday Jan 6th and Jan 8th from 6pm to 8pm in Craughwell hall.
We need to get all who will be participating in the Galway indoors on 18th January to register next week for 2015 as you need to be registered in order to take part. The registration form is available on the club's website at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/juvenileapplicationform.pdf or copies will be available on the night.
For anyone wishing to purchase club tracksuits or tops, Geraldine Jennings (085 8404509) will be taking orders on the registration nightes. Tracksuits cost €35 and training tops cost €25. Geraldine also has a small stock of club rain jackets (€35) and beanie hats (€7).
For pictures of the gear, check out http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/juvenile-club-mainmenu-103/1254-new-club-gear-coming-soon.
Wishing all of our members both young and old a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year. It’s being a fantastic year for the club on both the competitive and non-competitive scene.
Our membership numbers have gone through the roof (if we had a roof !), we’ve become the biggest juvenile club in Ireland ahead of all of the large urban centres, have the 26th largest adult membership and combined are the 4th largest club in the country – a remarkable achievement for a club in a rural location.
I will post a separate article on our superb competitive performances throughout the year but want to focus on progress with facilities in this article and to sincerely thank all who have supported our fund-raising efforts to date.
I just noticed that the Craughwell 10 has reduced entry for the next 13 days. Ten miles is a different distance - pace wise it feels like a 10k, but you get endurance challenges that are more like a half marathon. One definition of threshold pace is "the maximum pace you can sustain for an hour". For faster runners, this is 10 miles which explains why it's so challenging at that level - basically you are right on the edge for as long as possible. For slower runners, you get the endurance challenges that just dont come in shorter distances and people often surprise themselves by setting 10k bests en-route to a 10 mile time.
Anyhow if you are thinking of running the Craughwell 10 this year and want to save a fiver, head on over to the active europe site to sign up for 20 eu. It might help us moderate the christmas festivities!