The Executive Committee have called for EGM on Wednesday 19th March at 8pm in St Michael's Hall in Craughwell in order to:
a) Give a full presentation of the new 8-acre facility being purchased/constructed adjoining the school grounds and answer any questions.
b) Approve changes to the Constitution to enable the Committee to appoint trustees and to register the club a tax-exempt body, all of which are required in order to purchase the 8-acre site.
Huge Congratulations to Gerry Ryan and to our Craughwell AC Womens W50 Team.
What great news to receive from the Galway AAI County Board this morning. Our W50 Team of Eileen Finn Graham, Maria McArdle and Marie Rooney have been selected as 2013 Galway Athletic Team of the year for 2013. These ladies achieved silver in the Dublin City Marathon Master Women’s Team event.
They will be joined on the podium in the Ard Rí Hotel in Tuam on Saturday 15th March by our very own Gerry Ryan. Gerry has been selected as joint Galway Masters Male Athlete of the year for 2013 for his outstanding achievements to date, the latest of which includes the European Masters 10k Road championships title which he earned earlier this year in the Czech Republic.
What a fantastic achievement this is for our athletes and we congratulate them in their fantastic achievements to date and wish them every success in the future.
Craughwell U19 Boys 4x200m - Connacht Indoor Champions 2014
Aidan Conneely, Nicholas Sheehan, John Cormican, Conor Duggan
Craughwell AC’s older juveniles and young seniors had some fantastic performances in the Connacht Indoor Track & Field at the weekend in Athlone IT. There were many highlights particularly amongst the older boys where the relay team of Aidan Conneely, Nicholas Sheehan, John Cormican and Conor Duggan blitzed the club record by over 4 seconds to set a new record of 1.35.36 and take the Connacht title ahead of Galway City Harriers. The sprints also threw up some notable performances with Aidan Conneely and Conor Duggan having a great battle in the 200m with Aidan leading going into the home straight and Conor just managing to pull back the gap before the finish line, crossing the line in 23.25 with Aidan marginally behind in 23.39 – both PBs for the 2 athletes and a new club indoor record for Conor.
Lorraine Delaney (2nd), Aoife Walshe (Connacht Champion), Ciana Reidy (2nd)
Connacht Indoor U15 High Jump 2014
The club had a huge number of athletes taking part in the Connacht championships at the weekend with over 120 athletes taking part over the 2 days. Day 1 saw the U12 to U15 age groups in action where the club excelled, particularly in the long jump where the club featured multiple times in the top 4 in a number of age groups, particularly in the U15 girls and U13 girls grades. Of the 8 Connacht titles available in the long jumps, the club took home both U15 titles, both U14 titles and the U13 girls title.
Entries for the Craughwell 10 mile being held on Sunday 23rd March 2014 are filling up fast. Make sure to get your entry in today as we have just over 200 places left and they are filling up fast. Dont delay, log on today to https://www.activeglobal.com/running/craughwell-ireland/craughwell-10-mile-galway-2014/205052.
Aidan Conneely on the far right in action against Olympic Decathlon Champion Ashton Eaton centre
A number of athletes from the club were invited to take part in the AIT International Grand Prix at the weekend where a number of international Olympians had travelled to Ireland to take part. It was a great honour for our athletes to be included in such esteemed company.
Cathriona Farrell was competing in the high jump against Brianne Theisen-Eaton who had placed 11th in the heptathlon in the London Olympics. Cathriona gave the Canadian a right battle with Cathriona clearing 1.70m and 1.75m on her first attempt and the visiting Canadian knocking 1.70 once and 1.75 twice before going on to clear 1.80m on her 2nd attempt to win the event. Cathriona didn’t manage the 1.80 on this occasion but her stadium record 1.81m from the Irish Universities still stands!
Aidan Conneely had the honour of competing against London Olympic decathlon gold medallist Ashton Eaton in the 60m. I can safely say that it’s the first time an athlete from the club has lined up in the same race as an Olympic gold medallist and Aidan didn’t disappoint with a new PB of 7.32s. Sinead Treacy completed the invitational list with a fine 7.88s in the senior women’s 60m to take 3rd place.
Earlier, the club were fortunate to have gotten a slot in the U13 boys and girls 4x200m – the only underage group who were competing in the Grand Prix. The girls raced to a fantastic 1st place in a time of 2.06.26 (Mia Waters, Caoimhe Gilligan, Jane Trehy, Niamh Niland, Eva Kelly) while the boys took 4th place in a tight finish in their race in a time of 2.02.15 (Ryan Gallagher, Kyle Moorhead, Alex Evans, Finbar McFadden).
Craughwell AC U13 4x200m Relay Teams
Several athletes from the club made the 2 hour trip up the N17 to Sligo racecourse for the Connacht Schools cross country during the week with some fantastic results. Sligo racecourse is one of the tougher cross country courses and we’ve battled there on several occasions in the past. Full results have not yet been published so I have only limited information.
The big performance of the day came from Jamie Fallon in the Senior Boys 6000m where he took the gold medal ahead of an elite field which included the highly regarded Westport and Sligo AC athlete David Harper. And not far behind in the ‘performance of the day’ charts, Oisin Lyons had a fine victory in the Minor Boys 2500m by a considerable margin. With both victors representing Calasanctius Oranmore, it was a big day for the school and one which got even better with the Intermediate Boys team taking the gold medal in their 5000m with Liam Moran 9th, Oisin Doyle 11th, James Cahalane 13th and Matthew Barrett 36th. Damian O’Boyle also had a strong performance in the Senior Boys race with a 4th place finish. Others from Calasanctius to impress included Sean Delaney and Luke Finn 19th and 20th in the Minor Boys race, Ben Sharkey 19th in the Junior Boys and Laura Keane 36th in the Junior Girls.
Presentation Athenry also had a strong contingent from the club in action with Grainne McDaid foremost amongst them and helping her school to team victory in the Intermediate Girls 3500m. Shauna Tobin, Fiona Commins and Anna Farrelly were on the school’s Minor Girls team but I don’t have finishing places to hand yet. Conor Lee placed 17th in the Junior Boys race.
Dearbhaile Walsh (Seamount) placed 8th in the Junior Girls 2500m with Aoife Greene helping the Bower Athlone to the silver medals in the team event with a 16th place finish and Ciana Reidy (Loughrea VS) battling bravely in the same race. Ciara Greene (The Bower) placed 7th in the Intermediate Girls 3500m.
I will post more results if/when they come to hand.
Battle of the genders.
The males are in the lead on the entry list for the Craughwell 10mil which is being held on Sunday 23rd March at 1pm. At the moment 55% of entrants are of the male gender. So ladies, you will need to get your entries in to even up the entries and of course guarantee you get your hands on our fabulous medal and tech t shirt.
Online registeration only and places are limited. This race is filling up fast and has sold out every year so sign up today.
To enter you can click on our "Sign me up" option on the top right hand side of our home page or you can enter online at https://www.activeglobal.com/running/craughwell-ireland/craughwell-10-mile-galway-2014/205052
Anyone that has been involved in athletics in Galway over the past years will know the name of the popular Roger Rushe of Tuam AC. Roger is a modest guy and a fantastic athlete that has been competing at the highest levels or road, track and cross country for over 50 years. In a story inspirational to all he has felt that he was "finished" this last year, suffering with a bad back injury, however he came back strong this year to win the M70 cross country in style, running away from his opponents by over a minute. Well done Roger - more details on Tuam AC.com. I'd really be interested in a profile of Roger's career - anyone care to do the research and write up one.. Brendan :)?
(The galway vets team did well in reportedly horrible conditions - congrats to Peter who finished 8th and won a Medal in the M35s, not sure that the colour of the medal is decided yet as there was some mess up with the results apparently.)
The above photo was taken by John O'Connor.
If you have a free couple of hours on Wednesday evening, Athlone IT is the place to be for the Arena Grand Prix where a number of Olympians will be in action in frack and field as well as our own Cathriona Farrell in the high jump.
An U13 4x200m will also be held as part of the event and Craughwell AC are lucky to have teams in both the girls and boys events.
And to add even more spice to the meet, another assault will take place on the All-Comers indoor mile record with a number of athletes seeking to break the elusive 4 minute mile barrier indoors.
Check it out at :-http://www.aitsport.ie/worlds-best-athlete-compete-ait-grand-prix/
Craughwell AC’s women’s team topped the leaderboard in Round 2 of the National Indoor League in Athlone at the weekend.
The club took maximum points from the first 3 events of the day with Sineád Treacy taking victory in the 200m, Cathriona Farrell taking high jump gold and Rachel Finnegan winning the triple jump to yield the maximum points of 24. Ciara Greene continued the strong club performance with a 3rd place finish in the 1500m to add 5 more points and Rachel Finnegan completed the scoring with a 5th place finish in the 400m to add 3 points for a estimated total score of 32 points, 7 clear of the league leaders St Abbans from Laois. The score moves the club into 2nd place on the leaderboard after 2 rounds with the final to take place on March 16th.
A youthful men’s team competed well also at the same event with Conor Duggan and Aidan Conneely placing 8th and 9th in the 200m, Conor also did well in his debut in the 400m with a 7th place finish. Matthew McKernan took 5th place in the triple jump while Damian O’Boyle swapped his track spikes for a rare appearance in the high jump where he placed 6th.
The timetable for tomorrow's National League Round 2 has been published at:-
The provisional lineout for the men's team who are currently in 10th place after round 1 is as follows:-
- 200m: Conor Duggan, Aidan Conneely, Peadar Harvey
- 400m: Peadar Harvey, Conor Duggan
- 1500m: Paul Joyce
- Triple Jump: Matthew McKernan
- High Jump: Damian O'Boyle
Lineout for the women's team who are currently in 3rd place is as follows:-
- 200m: Sinead Treacy
- 400m: Rachel Finnegan
- 1500m: Ciara Greene
- High Jump: Cathriona Farrell
- Triple Jump: Sarah Finnegan