I've updated the fixture list at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/2015/fixtures2015.pdf with some confirmed dates for a number of events that hadn't been confirmed until recently:-
|Thu 30-Apr-15||Secondary School||Sth Connacht Secondary Schools Track & Field, Dangan|
|Mon 04-May-15||U6-16||Craughwell Community Games|
|Wed 27-May-15||9.30am||Primary School||Galway City Sports, Dangan|
|Wed 17-Jun-15||Primary School||Christy Kennedy Sports|
Please click on the link above for full fixture list.
Craughwell AC has retained its place as the largest juvenile club in Ireland with the figures announced yesterday by Athletics Ireland. Having spent a number of years in the top 3, Craughwell edged into 2nd place and then 1st in Autumn last year. We appear to be growing more rapidly than any other club and are now 55 members bigger than the next biggest Dundrum South Dublin and more than twice as big as all other Connacht clubs other than Sligo AC. The club is extremely proud of this statistic as we place a big emphasis on participation as well as developing our members to their potential be it part of a healthy lifestyle or elite national and international standards.
And we’re not neglecting competitiveness either. After the recent Irish Indoor Championships, the club are ranked 6th in the country based on our indoor performances – with 9 medals and many top 8 finishes. The club’s performances in terms of both participation and competitiveness are all the more impressive given that our members come from a relatively small area of rural County Galway compared to many big city and town clubs.
All the more reason why the club needs to move forward quickly on developing our new facility as we badly need the space and better facilities for our rapidly growing membership. To this end, the club are launching is major fund-raiser for this year – an attempt at setting a Guinness World Record.
We really need the full support of club members on this as we are putting a lot of effort into developing advanced facilities quickly with the aid of loans and grants so that the current membership benefit.
Please read on for details of the facility plans and fundraiser- don't leave it to others as we need everyone on board!! Thank you!!
Matthew McKernan in action in the U18 Triple Jump National finals in Athlone
The club’s leading juveniles had another wonderful day of action on the final day of the National Indoor Track & Field championships in Athlone last weekend, with some fantastic performances which yielded 1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze and several top eight finishes. Foremost amongst them was Sineád Treacy’s massive leap of 5.45m to take the gold medal in the U19 long jump along with a season’s best of 25.04 to take the silver medal in a close battle to the line in the 200m. This brings Sineád’s tally for the National indoor season to 2 individual gold and 1 silver in the U19 championships, silver in the U20 200m and team silver in the National Indoor League – incredible performances.
Also in fine form, Matthew McKernan leaped an impressive 12.17m to take the silver medal in the U18 triple jump. Daniel Callanan-Forde claimed his first indoor National medal and first long jump National medal with a fine jump of 5.70m. Daniel was holding 2nd place until the very last round of jumps with a best of 5.68m when the jumper prior to him leapt 5.77m. On his final jump, Daniel put everything into it to leap 5.70m and had to settle for bronze by the tiny margin of 7cm.
In the U19 800m, Damien O’Boyle qualified comfortably in the heats in a time of 2.01.00 and went on to produce his 2nd fastest time ever to place 3rd in the final in a time of 1.58.93.
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.