Congratulations to Ann Loughnane who set yet another National Record when winning the 20KM Walk at the International Grand Prix of Race Walking in the Isle of Man at the weekend. Ann's winning time of 1.37.45 was a new National U23 Record.

 Well done also to a number of athletes from other Galway clubs who also recorded top-class performances at the weekend.

Up and coming distance running star from Loughrea, Jason Broderick, raced to 10th position in the National Junior Men's 8k Cross-Country in Santry Dublin. This puts Jason amonst elite company and on the fringes of representing Ireland at international cross-country events.

Top performances were also achieved by Paul McNamara from Athenry AC who finished 4th in the National Senior Men's 12k Cross-Country (also in Santry), Gary Thornton (GCH) who finished 11th and Michael O'Connor (GCH) who finished 22nd.

27 Feb 2006


Craughwell was on the route at the weekend for a group of runners from Dunleer AC who were running 7 back-to-back marathons (yes, that's seven - one per day for seven days!) from Galway to Dublin and onto Dunleer in Co. Louth. The group are raising funds for SADS (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome), a rare condition that can strike down healthy sports people in their prime and is believed to be related to a rare genetic cardiac defect.

The group were welcomed into Craughwell by Michael Tobin who ran with them from Oranmore to Craughwell. They arrived at Craughwell around 11.30am where by the kind permission of Tom Callanan and St Michael's Hall Committee, they had access to shower facilities in St Michael's Hall. They then had lunch in Raftery's courtesy of Craughwell AC Senior Club and relaxed for a while before setting off on the road for Loughrea at 3pm.

They were sent on their way from Craughwell by a group of 20 juvenile athletes who ran with them from the hall as far as the Dunard Estate. In fact, the leading bunch of Sinead Gaffney, Brendan Gallagher, Peter Treacy and Padraic Tobin were happily on their way to Loughrea only to be called back as they passed the speed limit signs outside Craughwell. They showed scant regard for the village speed limit also, leaving the marathon runners several hundred metres in their wake!

If you are interested in more information on the Dunleer run or in contributing to its fund-raising, details are available at

27 February 2006.

Check out for information on 2006 Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Image

10k race/run/walk, starts at 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday 5th June 2006.

Closing Date: Tuesday 25th April 2006
Minimum age: 14 yrs
Fee:  €13 or €20 (see website for details)
Entry: Via official entry form, see Evening Herald Thurs/Sat from Thurs 2nd Mar 2006

Those in the club interested in doing the mini-marathon should contact Nuala Keady as there may be sufficient interest to co-ordinate transport etc.

Any man thinking of doing it should consult his GP or psychiatrist before contacting Nuala.

A great and worthy event is happening this Saturday (tomorrow).  Please see following for more info on this run that Dunleer AC are doing
We're doing a few things to support this from an awareness perspective:

There was a pretty strong performance from the galway atheletes at the Irish Indoor championships in belfast last weekend.

 In particular Craughwell's own William Finnegan posted a fine distance in the senior mens long jump, coming 8th overall.

The other outstanding craughwell result was the great performance of Ann Loughnane in the 3k walk, easily outpacing the rest of the field in a highly creditable 13:18:71.

Monday the 27th. .