News from Other Athletics sites / backend system maintenance part 2

Blacknight Status Blog - Wed, 2016-10-05 20:21

Summary: Thursday morning at 04:00 until 06:00 we’ll be performing back end DB maintenance on our platform. This involves a complete shutdown of the billing backend during this time frame. As the DB is 171GB in size, this work will take some time.

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Blacknight Status Blog - Tue, 2016-10-04 21:00

Summary: Wednesday morning at 04:00 until 06:00 we’ll be performing maintenance on our backend database. This requires us to switch the services off for the duration of this.

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Phase 2 Facility Work Almost Done!

Craughwell Athletics - Tue, 2016-10-04 01:15



We are nearing completion of phase 2 of our ambitious athletics facility plans with the final layer of tartan hopefully going on this week following by lane markings and then some final work on our carpark. As a politician might say, “a lot done and a lot more to do”.

Having kicked off our fundraising plans in January 2014 with €44,000 in the bank built up over the preceding 10 years primarily with the support of local businesses of our annual calendar, the club made massive progress during 2014 to raise an additional €210,000 in loans, donations and other fund-raising to fund the site purchase, a public roadway, entrance roadway and initial floodlighting to bring the 8-acre site into use.

Then in July 2015, we launched into the phase 2 of the development to provide a carpark, additional floodlights, a sprint runway, long jump pit and high jump area. Our target was to raise €250,000 for this work and we are nearly there – with €80,000 in additional loans, a grant of €100,000 and fundraising of over €38,000 in the space of little over a year.

By the end of this year, we will have outstanding loans of just over €200,000 but will have spent over €460,000 on the facility between site purchase and the 2 development phases. If you factor in the grant we got last year, that means the club has raised an incredible €160,000 in the last 3 years from fundraising and membership income. All thanks to our members, the community and local businesses.

And our membership is booming. We became the largest juvenile club in the country again at the end of September with more than 550 members. It’s wonderful to see the membership curve below – predominantly on the up and up and justifying the massive investment that the club is making.


However, we are still greatly in need of your support in order to complete phase 2 – something that we are very close to now. We need your support either by

  • Support our lotto
  • Sign up for our park membership
  • Make a straight donation to the club
  • Take up one of our advertising/sponsorship options

The facilities we are developing are for you our members and their parents and other members of the community who would like to use our running routes for exercise, be it walking jogging or racing.

And we are not for sitting still either. As soon as this phase is done and dusted, we hope to launch straight into the next phase which is the construction of a substantial indoor training building which will eventually house athletics facilities, a community gym and a multi-purpose indoor sports court. Additionally, we will be building a perimeter walkway for use for walking/jogging. It is hoped that much of the funding for this phase will come from grants and loans with 20% or so from fund-raising activities.


But we need your support. We have already received fantastic support from many families and we know many more are thinking about it. Well now is the time to put your thoughts into action! We need you and you need the facilities we are developing. These facilities are an investment in you and your family’s health – a place to exercise from 8am until late at night. A place for all the family to exercise. A safe floodlit environment and eventually a nice indoor arena to exercise on those dark and cold winter evenings.

So whether you are a long-standing member or a new recruit, please consider supporting us via one of the above options. The money is being ploughed directly and quickly into the facilities that you and your family are using – so you get to see the impact of your support almost immediately.

Thank you

Michael Tobin, Facility Development Officer
Tracy Moran, Fundraising Coordinator

Primary Schools XC Finals Results

Athenry AC News - Tue, 2016-10-04 00:24

A full result from last Tuesday's, 27 September 2016, Galway AAI Primary Schools Cross Country Championships Finals are attached and also here.

The event was blessed with a crisp & sunny morning/early afternoon, and everything ran like clockwork.  The event is for the kids, as much for the youngsters at the back of the field as it is for those who take home medals.

Thanks to all the old faithfuls - you know who you are! - who turn up year after year and do exactly as they are told by the grumpy and bald race director.

Good luck to those who qualified for Connacht.  Make sure to bring home bags of medals!

Category: Race Result Attachments: 2016galwayprimaryschoolsxc_finals_provisionalresults.pdf

Galway XC Day 1 Results

Athenry AC News - Tue, 2016-10-04 00:14

Congratulations to all on an excellent day out in Tuam on Sunday, 2 October 2016, day one of the Galway XC, Even Ages and Adult XC championships. 

Tuam AC set out an excellent course, both technically and in terms of sheer difficulty, which was challenging to all ages.  It has quickly become one of the top Cross Country venues in the country, fact!

Iain Shaw (of this parish) did a brilliant job in the box, getting everyone their entries on what was a record-breaking day in terms of entries and finishers.

Loads of helpers both at the start & finish, and on the course made the events run off like clockwork too.

There were a number of excellent performances in the juvenile ages and both adult races were interesting in their own ways.  It was disappointing that only two adult Athenry AC athletes took part, and none at all in the women's race: the road remains a more attractive proposition for many at this time of year with the DCM just around the corner.  They missed a modern mudfest, which almost consumed a few of the back markers late in the male race.  A tractor had to be called for some of the back markers, and search parties for others!

A full provisional result is attached!  Photos will appear in due course here.

Category: Race Result Attachments: 16galway_cross_country_-_even_ages_and_16adults_provisional_results.pdf

pemlinng006 and 007 scheduled maintenance

Blacknight Status Blog - Mon, 2016-10-03 14:54

Two of our shared webservers – pemlinng006 and pemlinng007; will be brought offline for scheduled maintenance tomorrow night, Tuesday the 4th of October, at 23:00 Approximate downtime of 30-60 minutes is expected.  This will affect all websites using the following IPs: […]

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Great Day at Galway XC Championships in Tuam

Craughwell Athletics - Mon, 2016-10-03 10:57


Caron Ryan, Galway U18 Champion 2016

The first day of the Galway club cross country championships got underway on Sunday at the Palace Grounds in Tuam with the highest number of participants ever in the juvenile races.

Craughwell’s U10 girls were first into action on their 1k loop with some fantastic performances which yielded the team title with a score of 33 points. The team were led home by Sophie McIlrath in 2nd place with Gillian Crowe 5th, Sara Craven 9th, Claudia McGuinness 17th, Kathlynn Walsh 20th, Orlaith Murphy 21st, Lillian Walsh 23rd, Aoife O’Meara 27th, Hannah Mangan 28th, Amelie Bocquet 29th, Chloe Keane 30th, Orna McNamna 31st, Clara Rooney 32nd, Oshini Maria 34th and Isobel Whyte 42nd. The U10 boys took silver medals in their 1k with 49 points led home by Luke O’Sullivan in 10th place, Fionn Higgins 11th, Daire Kelly 12th, Keelan Moorhead 16th, Sean Lavan 17th, Ben Moran 20th, Eoin Woods 30th and Matthew Coleman 33rd.


Craughwell AC's U12 Girls Cross Country Team at the Galway Championships in Tuam


Craughwell AC's U12 Boys Cross Country Team, Galway Champions 2016

In the U12 2000m, the Craughwell girls team just lost out on bronze when placing 4th with 62 points, tied with Ballinasloe but just losing on countback of 4th place position. Craughwell were led home by Clodagh O’Meara in 7th place, followed by Fauve Aylmer 13th, Jade Moorhead 14th, Abbie Rooney 28th, Erin Doyle 36th, Grace Leen 37th, Holly O’Boyle 38th and Rachel Kinane 39th. The Craughwell boys team had a strong run to take the gold medals with 27 points with Cian Lavan and Mathys Bocquet taking 2nd and 3rd place followed by Luke Flynn 10th, Evan Hallinan 12th, Cormac McFadden 19th, Lucas Keane 20th, Killian Walsh 21st, Alan Connaughton 24th and Michael Woods 28th.

In the U14 3000m, the Craughwell girls took the silver medals with 47 points led home by Ellie Cronin 10th, Rebekah Flynn 11th, Emma Jane Moran 12th, Asia Clarke 14th and Alisha Larkin 19th. While a strong boys team raced to the Galway title with 17 points where Sean Cotter took the club’s first individual gold medal of the day followed by Liam Leen in 3rd, Ross McGuinness 5th, Oisin Davis 8th, Paschal Walsh 12th, Dara McCartin 13th, James Furey 15th and Noah Keane 18th.


Craughwell AC's U14Boys Cross Country Team, Galway Champions 2016

In the U16 girls 4000m, Catherine Noonan raced to individual bronze medal while Sarah Woods took 7th place. While in the boys 4000m, Ben Ryan and William Fitzgerald had fine runs to place 2nd and 3rd with Patrick Noonan 7th, Finbar McFadden 8th, Sean Noonan 9th, Kyle Moorhead 10th and Conor Murphy 15th. The team took the Galway title with 20 points. Caron Ryan took the Galway title in the U18 girls 4000m in fine style with Aoife Greene 7th.

In the Senior Men’s 8000m, Peter O’Sullivan placed 4th and in the process took the silver medal in the senior category, leading the Craughwell team to bronze medals with Ollie Mullins 8th, Johnny Lane 12th and Michael Walsh 22nd.

Full results of the day are here:-




Craughwell AC's U14 Girls Cross Country Team, silver medallists in the Galway team championship 2016


Craughwell AC's U16 Boys Cross Country Team, Galway Champions 2016
Sean Noonan, Patrick Noonan, Conor Murphy, Ben Ryan, Finbar McFadden, Kyle Moorhead, William Fitzgerald

Craughwell NS Senior Boys Champions 2016

Craughwell Athletics - Mon, 2016-10-03 08:21

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Craughwell NS Senior Boys - Galway Champions 2016

A strong Craughwell NS 5th/6th class boys team took the Galway title in the Primary Schools Cross Country Championships last Tuesday with a low points total of 68 points. Led home by a strong performance from Ross McGuinness in 4th place, Ross was followed by a super 16th place finish from Robert Urquhart more renowned for his sprinting exploits, Evan Hallinan 22nd, Darragh McCartin 26th, Luke Flynn 34th and Eoin Byrne 42nd. It is the 3rd time that the school have won the Galway senior title and the first time since 2008, a great achievement for the team! Check out here for results in previous years. Clarinbridge placed 9th and Killeeneen 10th in strong performance in a very high standard race.

In the 5th/6th class girls race, Clarinbridge’s Saoirse Moore had a fine run to take individual 6th place following closely by Craughwell NS’s Clodagh O’Meara in 7th and Jade Moorhead in 8th, with Coldwood’s Fauve Alymer also qualifying for the Connacht finals with a 14th place finish. The Craughwell team placed 5th with Clarinbridge 6th and Killeeneen 8th.

In the 3rd/4th class boys race, it was Killeeneen’s turn to shine with an amazing performance from their 2 teams when placing 2nd and 4th. Eddie Silke from Clarinbridge took individual 13th place while the Craughwell NS team placed 10th.

In the 3rd/4th class race, Craughwell NS’s Ella Farrelly took 6th place with Killeeneen’s Sophie McIlrath close behind in 8th place and the Craughwell team placed 5th overall, Killeeneen 6th and Ballymana 10th.

Full results are here.



Galway Bay 10km

MattsBlog - Sun, 2016-10-02 23:30
The plan this week was to up the intensity a little:
Mon – Treadmill easy run 8.0km 32:25 (4:03’s)
Tue - Treadmill recovery run 10.0km 37:52 (3:47’s)
Wed – 2km up, 10 x 1km treadmill reps working up the pace, 1.0km down. All up 13.0kms
Thu am - Claregalway 9.5km easy run 37:39 (3:58’s)
Thu pm – Mayo AC easy running 3.7kms
Fri - Claregalway 9.5km easy run 39:55 (4:12’s)
Sat – Galway Bay 10km 34:36 (3:28’s). All up 12.1kms
Sun – Rest
Weekly Total 70.0kms
Groin still sore but improving slowly. I did a half session on Wednesday and then just easy runs before the race on Saturday.
It was a decent field and in the first km I tried to go with the leaders. Through the first km in 3:08 and I was off the back in 4thspot. From then on the top 3 disappeared up the road and I was left in no-mans land. The pace kept dropping and by 5km I was struggling and the second half was a bit of a slog. Thankfully nobody caught me and I crossed the line in 34:36 for 4th spot. The top 3 were all 31 low which was great going.
Out later that evening with the Tank Driver who was over from England. Lots of beers later we ended up in the Roisin Dubh watching the Frank and Walters. On Sunday everything was sore and it was a rest day (followed by another visit to the pub)....

Galway Bay 10km/Half Marathon/Marathon

Athenry AC News - Sun, 2016-10-02 09:09


Report to follow

Category: Race Reports

Scheduled nameserver maintenance – 30/09/16 22:00

Blacknight Status Blog - Fri, 2016-09-30 10:16

We will be performing essential updates to our nameservers tonight, Friday 30th of September at 22:00. This will affect and Both nameservers will be updated individually which will minimise any impact.  Estimated downtime for services is only a few minutes each, however this maintenance window covers the period of 22:00 to 23:00 to […]

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pemlinng023 scheduled maintenance

Blacknight Status Blog - Wed, 2016-09-28 14:48

One of our shared webservers – pemlinng023; will be brought offline for scheduled maintenance tonight, Wednesday the 28th at 22:00. Approximate downtime of 30-60 minutes is expected.  This will affect all websites using the following IPs:

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Results of Galway Primary Schools XC Finals 2016

Craughwell Athletics - Tue, 2016-09-27 15:13


Provisional results of today's cross country finals are here. Any queries should be referred to Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to all who helped. The top 15 individuals and top 3 teams in each age group go forward to the Connacht finals which take place in Sligo on Saturday 15th October in Sligo. I will publish more precise details on the venue and start time when it has been announced.


We make a mistake in the team results announced earlier at the event where in the 5th/6th class girls, a data entry error omitted a Claregalway NS runner and when corrected, Claregalway NS take the gold medals. We will order a new set of medals for Claregalway and the other teams can retain their medals and we will seek to put 4 teams through to the Connacht finals. 

Also to the children who have taken part in the semifinals or finals of the primary schools cross country who are not already in an athletic club, you may be interested in the club competition that is coming up on the first 2 Sundays of October.

Day 1 of the Galway Club Cross Country Championships are on Sunday next 2nd October at 1pm in the Palace Grounds, Tuam.  This is separate to the primary schools cross country and you do not have to have qualified for it.

There are races for:

  • U10 1000m (born 2007/08)
  • U12 2000m (born 2005/06)
  • U14 3000m (born 2003/04)
  • Older ages

And the 2nd day of the club championships takes place the following Sunday with races for U9 800m (born 2008/09), U11 1500m (born 2006/07) and U13 2500m (born 2004/05).

If your athlete enjoyed the primary schools cross country, is not already in the club and fancies taking up the sport, this is an ideal event to start in. You need to be a member of a club in order to take part. There is contact information for each club in Galway available at or contact myself at 087 6591879 if you need more information.


MattsBlog - Sun, 2016-09-25 23:30
This week was a non-starter:
Mon - Rest
Tue - Treadmill easy run 6.0kms 30:42 (5:07’s)
Wed - Treadmill easy 7 x 1km gradually upping the pace
Thu - Treadmill easy run 10.0kms 39:15 (3:56’s)
Fri - Treadmill easy run 10.0kms 46:17 (4:38’s)
Sat – Derry easy run 12.4kms 52:10 (4:12’s)
Sun - Treadmill easy run 10.0kms 41:22 (4:08’s)
Weekly total 55.4kms

Basically I’m injured so very slow running. Nowhere near my heart rate training zones and very frustrating. To be expected after the long relay leg the previous week. If things don’t improve it’s MRI time…