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Facility Progress Gathers Pace!!

Craughwell Athletics - Thu, 2016-08-25 01:28

20160608 1715131Work is proceeding at pace on the club’s fine new facilities in Crinnage with the construction of an international standard sprint straight 8 lanes wide and 140m long with a 9m long jump pit at the end.

Work is expected to be completed mid-September just in time for what the club hope will be a major family event with the inaugural Family 5k and children’s colour run on Saturday September 17th.

The 5k commences at the school and runs the Grenage loop while the colour run takes place on the club’s new grass running routes. The club are appealing to individuals and families to take part in the 5k either walking or jogging it to raise much needed funds for the facility development.

Every cent raised is ploughed back into the facility. The club is pleased also to welcome on board the sponsors for the event with the Family 5k being sponsored by software development company Xyea and the Children’s Colour Run being sponsored by Yeats College.

The event will be accompanied by athletics fun and games for younger children while parents and older siblings run the 5k race. There are prizes for the fastest individuals in the 5k race and for the fastest families with the cumulative times of 3 members of the same family counting in the 5k.



So please get on board and take part in our event on September 17th. You can sign up here:-

There are other ways to support us too by joining our Lotto or by making a direct donation to our facility. Details for signing up to our lotto are at

An added incentive for signing up to the Lotto is that you get annual membership of our Sports and Recreation Park as part of the deal. Membership works out at €1 a week – excellent value for use of a facility which is lit up to 11pm each night, where you can park your car safely and go for a walk or run on nice grass routes and in time, on a gravel route around the perimeter. 

Please please support us by taking part in the 5k and colour run or supporting the lotto. Facilities like what we are building do not come cheap. Our total spend on the sprint lanes, lights, long jump area, high jump area and carpark/roadway comes to very close to €200,000. We got a grant of €100k but the other €100k has to come from loans and fund-raising. We are building one of the finest community facilities in the country so it is very worthy of your financial support.

The pictures below show how the development of the sprint lanes have been progressing this past few weeks.

 16 June 2016

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15 August 2016

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16 August 2016

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22 August 2016

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24 August 2016

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Athletes Compete in National Community Games

Craughwell Athletics - Thu, 2016-08-25 00:52


Craughwell's U13 Mixed Relay Team at the National Community Games Finals in Athlone

A small group of athletes from the parish travelled to the National finals of the Community Games last weekend to battle it out for National honours. There were no medals on this occasion but many fine performances from the athletes against the best in the country and they can be proud of their achievements in being the Galway champions and making it to this level. The athletes were Cormac McFadden and Grace Lynch in the U10 60m hurdles, the U12 girls relay team of Erin Kelly, Ailish Burke, Fauve Aylmer and Jade Moorhead, the U13 mixed relay team of Robert Urquhart, Padraig Martyn, Emma Jane Moran and Ava Finn, Rebecca Lynch in the U14 javelin, Kyle Moorhead in the U14 800m, Padraig Martyn in the U14 long jump and Ryan Gallagher in the U16 high jump.


Craughwell's U12 Girls Relay Team at the National Community Games Finals in Athlone

Damian Settles into McNeese!

Craughwell Athletics - Thu, 2016-08-25 00:44

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Damian pictured on arrival at McNeese University

Best wishes to Damian again - he made the long journey last week to McNeese and is getting settled in as we speak.

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Damian being presented with a Certificate of Achievement and some club gear by Nessa Gillen and Michael Tobin
to mark his unique achievement in becoming the first athlete from the club
to go on scholarship to the United States

Claregalway 10km - 20th August

Athenry AC News - Mon, 2016-08-22 07:33

217 runners took part in this year's Claregalway 10km, numbers were slightly up on last year. 10 athletes donned the maroon and white club colours taking on the one lap loop. Weather conditions were described as blustery! For the third consecutive year local man Matt Bidwell of Galway City Harriers claimed victory while Regina Casey GCH last year's winner, finished second.

Men's Results
Matt Bidwell GCH 32:59
Karl Cronin Sportsworld 33:09
Jason Broderick Craughwell AC 34:54

First Athenry man home was David Meehan 36:32 finishing in 8th place overall.

Womens Results
Michelle McGee 36:27
Regina Casey GCH 37:19 WON LAST YEAR
Sarah Collins GCH 32:23

First Athenry lady home was Mary Kealy 43:35

Others from the club taking part include, Gearoid Rohan 36:59, Adam Leadbetter 37:08 a PB of 28 seconds, well done Adam! Donal Leahy 42:12, James Lundon 46:43, Basil King 49:16, Assumptions King 52:37, Caroline Freeney 55:45 and Teresa McGrath 1:07:00.


Race Report: Anne Lyng

Category: Race Reports

Issues with pemwinweb32-36

Blacknight Status Blog - Sat, 2016-08-20 15:01

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pemwinweb07 problems

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Caltra & District AC 5K Result & Report

Athenry AC News - Thu, 2016-08-18 22:01
John O'Connor (c) Caltra & District 5k Run Friday, 12th August 2016   Caltra & District 5k run/walk took place on the 12th August 2016 in Caltra. We had 80 entries on a wet dark evening. Despite the conditions there was a great atmosphere and everyone enjoyed the event.   The run started at 8.00pm and the first male runner home in 17 minutes 24 seconds and the first female runner home in 19 minutes.  I wish to congratulate all the athletes on great running. The times are available on Thanks to Ronan Gately for doing the timing. I would like to thank Motorpark Athlone, Castleffrench Engineering and Loki sports and all our other sponsors, also I would also thank the Ballinasloe Civil Defence and the Gardaí and all our marshals and everyone who helped out in any way.   As a new club not a year old this race was a challenge for us to organise and I would like to thank Galway County Board, especially James Lundon, for all the help provided. Photos of the run are up on the Caltra & District Athletics Club Facebook Page and I would like to thank John O’Connor (here, here and here) who did a great job.   Finally, a big thanks to all the runners and walkers for coming out to support us. We hope to have you all back again next year.   Michael Donoghue Caltra & District Athletics Club.   Final result is attached as a PDF! Category: Race Result Attachments: 16caltradistrictac5k_final.pdf

A couple of sessions

MattsBlog - Sun, 2016-08-14 23:30
Getting back into things slowly:
Mon – Claregalway 9.5km recovery run 36:38 (3:51's)
Tue – Norwich 13.2km easy run 56:32 (4:17's)
Wed – Norwich 14.5km easy run 58:57 (4:04's)
Thu – 2km up, 10km treadmill threshold run 32:14 (3:13’s), 1.2km down. All up 13.2kms
Fri – Treadmill 10.0km recovery run 36:33 (3:39's)
Sat – 1.8km up, 10km Claregalway threshold run 33:34 (3:32’s), 2.0km down. All up 13.8km
Sun – Claregalway recovery run 14.8km 55:03 (3:43’s)
Total for week 89.0km
Easy running at the start of the week as I went back to Norwich to catch up with family. Energy levels were still not right and the stomach still hadn’t settled and I didn’t feel great towards the end of the run on Tuesday – running with Dom Blake – and had to cut short so that I could get to the bathroom!
Tried a threshold run on Thursday and it was a real struggle. The heart rate was much higher than normal and the pace was down and I had to constantly slow the treadmill to keep in the zone. Some of that is loss of fitness but clearly the body is still not right after the virus.
A decent enough outside run on Saturday running the Claregalway 10km race route as a threshold run in pretty good conditions. I was top of zone for the end of this run which rarely happens for me in training so again I don’t think I’m quite right. But a decent session all the same.
A long-ish run to finish the week at a decent enough clip and a total of 89kms for the week. It’s a start but a lot of hard work to do now. You lose 2 weeks and it’s another 4 weeks of training to get that back. Well that’s how it seems to work for me anyway…

31st Streets of Galway 8km

Athenry AC News - Sun, 2016-08-14 22:03

2506 athletes completed this year's Streets of Galway 8km. The iconic club photo usually taken on the steps of Jury's Hotel was organised by James Lundon. There was a smaller representation from the club this year as the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon was on the following morning. Race conditions were described as blustery, but for once, we saw the wind favour athletes as they ran along the prom in the final stage of the race. There were a few reported PB's and possibly more! We saw an impressive finish to the ladies race with only 18 seconds separating the 3 podium places.

Men's Results
Sergiu Ciobanu 24:25
Jake O'Regan 24:36
Seamus Lynch 25:27

Adam Leadbetter was first club man home, crossing the line in 29.20 and finishing in 45th place overall while securing a PB! Fabian Mangan also brought home a PB clocking an impressive 32:46. Well done Fabian!

Women's Results
Siobhan O'Doherty 27:19
Caroline Crowley 27:23
Laura Shaughnessy 27:37

Deirdre Brody was the first Athenry lady to complete the race. She ran a PB of 31:21. Another PB was achieved by Janet Clancy who crossed the line in 35.43 mins. We done ladies!

As always the race was very well organised and a great success. The local turned out in force along the route to cheer and encourage the athletes along their way! Roll on 2017!

Report: Anne Lyng


Category: Race Reports

Rock 'n' Roll National Half Marathon

Athenry AC News - Sun, 2016-08-14 20:47

National Half Marathon / 07 Aug 2016 / 08:30 a.m.
Although most of us relish the challenge of a tough race, the 4:30 a.m alarm call was greeted with little enthusiasm. By the time the porridge was consumed and we had hit the M6 the early start was quickly forgotten as the focus turned to the task in hand.

The Rock "n" Roll national half marathon is run on a pretty demanding course with the last 5 miles through the undulating Phoenix Park. Race morning was humid with a strong breeze, not a day for particularly fast times but more of a fitness assessment for those running a marathon later in the year.

Great to see such a strong club contingent running on the day:

Jane Ann Meehan 1:22

Sinead Martin 1:46

Edwina Coen 2:11

Fiona Doughan 1:52

Marguerite Wilkinson 1:57

Kate Gavin 2:11

John Killion 1:48

David Meehan 1:25

Kieran Walsh 1:41

Gearoid Rohan 1:22

Chris Deakin 1:26

Mark Mitchell 1:35

Sean Flaherty 1:49

Kevin Devane 1:56

Liam Mycroft 1:56

Some cracking personal achievements from Athenry AC members. Jane Ann ran close to the national medal finishing a superb 4th overall. Also the senior women's team of Fiona Doughan, Sinead Martin and Jane Ann Meehan finished a very credible 4th in the overall team event. Honest day at the office for most, in particular the uphill section as you entered the Park. These 2 miles were a test of stamina into a stiff wind but thankfully we all survived to race again!

Report: Gearoid Rohan


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2016 DCM closed for entries...

Athenry AC News - Thu, 2016-08-11 17:33

We were greeted by the following on the DCM web site this afternoon:


P.S. Where's AAC's Martin in the attached image?????

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Firewall Maintenance – Dublin

Blacknight Status Blog - Wed, 2016-08-10 21:39

We are scheduling an emergency maintenance window to upgrade the software on two firewalls in Citywest. These firewalls are used for part of our shared hosting platform. The firewalls are clustered and will be failed over twice during the maintenance window.   Date: 2016-08-10 23:00 – 2016-08-11 01:00 IST Data Centre: BT Citywest Impact: Two outages of up to 30 […]

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Pemvzmps33 emergency maintenance – 9th Aug 16:45

Blacknight Status Blog - Tue, 2016-08-09 10:42

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Runs of the wrong kind...

MattsBlog - Sun, 2016-08-07 22:51
This week didn't go to plan:

Mon - Claregalway 14.8km recovery run 53:40 (3:38's)

Tue am - Treadmill 10 x 1km threshold reps. All up 13.0kms

Tue pm - Tuam AC 6.5km easy run

Wed - Treadmill 8.0km 30:07 (3:46's)

Thu - Claregalway 9.5km easy run 43:22 (4:34's)

Fri - Claregalway 9.5km easy run 41:30 (4:22's)

Sat - Treadmill 10km building up to recovery 39:20 (3:56's)

Sun - Treadmill 10km building up to recovery 38:54 (3:53's)

Total 81.3km
Despite not feeling right I started the week well enough with half decent sessions on Monday and Tuesday. But by Wednesday the energy levels weren't right and I had stomach issues. By Thursday I was really suffering and I was working hard running 4:30/km pace. A little better on Friday but I was in no shape to run the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on the weekend so I took the decision to pull the pin. A few shuffles on the treadmill on the weekend just to build up a bit of a sweat but the body was far from right so definitely a correct decision.
Disappointing but I can't really complain as I seldom get sick. It was probably my own doing after caning it a bit through race week. Just run down and a bad dose. Hopefully I'll bounce back quickly...

pemwinweb15 issues

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So it begins ....

Athenry AC News - Tue, 2016-08-02 23:57

After 8 years in the planning, work finally commenced today on the construction of our new sports facility in Moanbaun. Work started on clearing the entrances onto the site, putting down a contractors carpark and recovering gravel and sand from the spoil heaps on the site. Work was also started on the perimeter cross country track, which is hoped will be complete in a couple of weeks. Finances allowing, it is hoped that the entire project will be completed by 2020 and will deliver an 8 lane, 400m Tartan track, a 4G Astorturf pitch and an indoor training facility.  The site will also be fully floodlit.

A few photos from todays initial works can be found here:

Category: Athenry Club News

Shauna Competing in the Diamond League!

Craughwell Athletics - Tue, 2016-08-02 10:00

Marcel Hug

Shauna Bocquet pictured with World Champion Marcel Hug at training camp in Switzerland

The incredible achievements by athletes from the club just keep on flowing! The latest breaking news is one of the biggest achievements ever by an athlete from the club – an invitation to take part in the Diamond League in Zurich!!!!!!

Shauna Bocquet and her dad and coach Loic are just back from a one week training camp in Switzerland. Shauna spent the week training alongside athletes from around Europe (Swiss, Netherland, Germany, Scotland, England, Austria, Ireland and Denmark) under the watchful eye of World Champion Marcel Hug one of the top wheelchair racers in the world and his coach, Paul Odermatt.

Marcel also joined the sessions along with some of the Elite Swiss Paralympic team, who are getting ready for Rio 2016. It was a very busy week with two daily training sessions and evening workshops but a lot of fun also with an excursion in Zurich including a visit to the FIFA football museum.

Thanks to her performances during the week, Shauna has now been invited to compete in an U23 girls 400m wheelchair race as part of the Zurich Diamond League meeting on Thursday the 1st of September in the Letzigrund Stadium. This is an incredible achievement for any athlete but for a 12-year old girl – incredible doesn’t do it justice!

Shauna has a busy August to prepare for the Diamond League with training sessions with the Irish squad in Waterford and Belfast and races in Coventry and Belfast before heading off the Zurich.

Well done Shauna, the club are proud of you!

Catch-up and hopefully normal service resumed!

MattsBlog - Sun, 2016-07-31 23:30
Apologies for the lack of updates - just been busy.

Here is a quick snapshot of the missing weeks:

w/c June 20th - total 89.6kms (3 threshold sessions)

w/c June 27th - total 84.6kms (4 threshold sessions)

w/c July 4th - total 87.2kms (4 threshold sessions)

w/c July 11th - total 75.7kms (2 threshold sessions and 1 race)

w/c July 18th - total 82.4kms (3 threshold sessions)

w/c July 25th - total 74.6kms (2 threshold sessions)

In summary - a great holiday in Portugal. Temperatures made it very difficult to train but I managed to get out every day for a shuffle. Every second day I'd try and do some threshold intervals - up and down the fitness strip in Vilamoura (approx 1.4kms each way). Continuous threshold runs were too tough....

I did a 10 mile road race in Roscommon on July 16th. I ran 54:10 and felt pretty comfortable throughout in testing warm and windy conditions. I ended up finishing second to a Kenyan - no disgrace in that - who was just jogging round as a training run.

The last couple of weeks have been a real struggle. Far too much socialising with the Galway Arts Festival and the Galway Races. I had a spell of 6 nights out in 8 and at the same time I haven'r been feeling great so training has suffered. Still I've tried to at least keep ticking over and the goal for the rest of the year is to try a few half marathons and have another crack at the sub 70 minutes.