Caron Ryan receiving a training grant from Club Chairperson Marion McEvilly
in recognition of her selection for the Irish cross country team
to contest the Celtic Cross Country in January
It has been a phenomenal year for Caron Ryan who was recently selected for the Irish Development Team to contest the Celtic Cross Country in Antrim in early January. Caron’s incredible 2017 saw her place 12th in the National Junior Women’s 4000m in Abbotstown and she followed this up with an amazing 3rd place finish in the National U19 4000m in Waterford IT. Her selection for Ireland is richly deserved for a very dedicated athlete.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing for Caron as she struggled with injuries during several of the intervening years since joining the club in 2013 but she didn’t let it hold her back with notable performances including winning gold Galway Indoor Junior Women’s 3000m in 2014 a time of 14.09.1, gold in both the Galway U16 and U17 Girls 4000m in Autumn 2014, taking 3rd place in the Galway Senior Cross Country in 2015 when aged just 16, taking the Connacht title for her school St Raphael’s Loughrea in the Senior Girls 2500m held in Sligo in 2016 and placing 25th in the Irish Schools XC finals that year and smashing the club’s senior record for the 3000m when racing to a time of 10.36.87 in the Connacht Schools track and field in 2017.
Caron’s best placings prior to this year in National Club Cross Country were 30th in the U17 Girls 4000m in 2014, 43rd in the same event in 2015 and 50th in the U18 Girls 4000m in 2015. Her progression in the distance races is an inspiration to many younger athletes in the club who battle hard over the rough terrain of cross country, placing highly but not in the medals … they all have the talent and their day will come just as Caron’s has. The club wish Caron the best of luck in her forthcoming international and hopefully it is the first of many for this talented and hard-working athlete.
Juggling her love of triathlon with her love of cross country, Caron joined the club back in 2013 where she took part in her first cross country race that Autumn when placing 8th in the Galway U15 Girls 2000m which was held in Craughwell in what is now our 8-acre athletics field. Caron went on to place 14th in the Connacht U15 cross country that year and is pictured below with her teammates Dearbhaile Walsh, Aoife Greene, Ciara O’Boyle and the team coach at the time Mark Gillen. Congratulations also to triathlon coaches and Craughwell residents Tony Daley and Seb Locteau who have assisted Caron with alot of her training over the years.