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The club's next clothes collection will take place on 22nd November.
So if doing a pre-Christmas clearout, why not do it early and get it into our recycling facility on our new grounds beside Craughwell NS.
Please don't leave clothes in the toilets/changing room container on the school grounds - we have a purpose built one now on our grounds adjacent to the pedestrian gate to the school.
These collections raise vital funds for the club's facility development at no cost to members.
Thanks for your support!
The club is appealing to all its members/parents to support the Lotto draw which runs on a weekly basis after 6pm every Thursday evening. All profits generated go directly into developing our facilities. The club puts 50% of the income into developing facilities or take loans based on this income to develop facilities even more quickly so that the people giving financial support to the club benefit immediately from their contributions. Of the remaining 50% of the lotto income, 35% goes into the match-4 jackpot, 5% into the match-3 prize and 10% to the online service provider. The match-4 shared jackpot starts at €1,000 and rises to a maximum of €19,750. The match 3 shared prize fund starts at €50 and rises to a maximum of €250. When the jackpot is won, the jackpot prize will reset to €1000 and the match 3 shared prize fund will reset to €50. The odds of winning are far superior to that for the National Lotto so it’s a very good gamble as well as helping our club. The club are appealing to our current members, to our former members who may now be in their first job, to athletics aficionados all over Ireland and to the community to support our Lotto and help us build something great that will be of benefit to everyone and in the process help develop Ireland’s next Olympians! And you don’t have to live locally to support us – what we are doing is good – good for people’s health, good for Ireland and good for former members to give something back to the club of their youth. And grandparents, uncles and aunts – why not consider supporting us if it’s a sport that your grandchild, niece or nephew enjoys. Your continued support is much appreciated and we wish you good luck in future draws. Thank you, Mike Tobin
Craughwell AC 087 6591879
The fourth annual Run For Mary – 5km Run/Walk/Jog will be held in Peterswell on Saturday 4th November 2017 at 12 noon. This is a wonderful event organised in memory of Mary Prendergast, who passed away in January 2014 at the age of 42 following a courageous battle with cancer, and her baby son Zach who passed away in June 2012. Mary is a former member of Craughwell AC from several years ago so hopefully the race will appeal to club members and parents.
Over the past three years, the event has raised in excess of €36,500 for local charities. In 2016, the funds raised were used by Galway Hospice to furnish a family room and by HandinHand to support 15 families in need of support. All funds raised by this year’s event will again be donated to Galway Hospice and HandinHand, the children’s cancer charity.
All support welcome. Participants can register online through:
or register on the day in the Joe Cooley Memorial Hall, Peterswell between 10.30am and 11.30am .
All young children participating will receive a medal and there will be prizes for the first three male and female athletes. However, this event is open to runners, joggers and walkers of all levels and all are welcome!
For more information, please see Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Run4Mary/?fref=nf/Run4Mary/?fref=nf or contact Helen on 087 6872080.
U16 Boys & U16 Girls - Galway County Gold Medalists
Glorious blue skies, and warm sun greeted runners in Sligo last weekend (Sunday 29th Oct). With magnificent views across the rolling land scape towards the Keelogyboy mountain range and Lough Gill, today was one of the days that the best possible thing you could do is run cross country.
Notwithstanding the fabulous day, those of us who have been to Calry before, know how tough this course is. Running downhill between two adjacent fields through a narrow gap, is hard work for even the best x country runners. There is also a deceptively long incline of 250m that not only has to be climbed every km that is run, but also it makes up the finishing stretch coming up to and into the shoots.
We had Craughwell AC representation for most ages today and lots of fantastic performances. The first race kicked off with the U12 Girls, 2000m race, that consisted of 2 full laps. Running in this race were Claudia McGuiness and Muireann Leen who both had fantastic starts, and joined the leaders for the first 200m, however, the leaders charged ahead and our girls maintained fine positions throughout the race with final positions of 55th (Claudia) and closely behind 57th Murieann.
U12 boys were next to the line and with one of the finest performances of the day Mathys Bocquet in a race with 58 contenders stormed to 2nd place taking an individual silver medal, first Galway boy in and helping the Galway team to a Silver Country medal. Other U12 boys included; Darragh Kelly 11th Galway runner in (placing 46th overall), Eoin Spellman, 12th Galway runner in (49th overall). Much to his disappointment Eamonn Corban picked up an injury into the first lap and had to pull out of the race.
U14 Girls only had one Craughwell runner; Aoibhin Keane who had a great race to finish in 27th position and at the same time brought home a Galway County Gold Medal.
Next to run were the U14 boys (3000m) were Ross McGuiness and Darragh McCartin. Ross charged ahead with 2 other runners who held comfortable leads throughout the first 2k. On the final and exhausting last km, Ross fell back a few places but still managed to finish 6th overall. Ross was the 2nd Galway County runner to cross the finish line. Darragh had a very steady run maintaining throughout the entire race his 16th position. Both boys were exhausted but delighted to have achieved this today. Ross and Darragh both stood on the podium for bronze County Galway medals.
There was little or no time between any of the races today and as soon as U14 races were complete it was straight to the line for the U16 girls. Without rain today, the fields although “muddy” were nothing compared to previous years, and although there had been 4 races completed, under foot conditions were still fine. Craughwell AC had 2 U16 girls; Ailbhe Miskella and Ciara Sheppard. Both girls got off to fantastic starts and Ailbhe in her customary style immediately charged to the front to run alongside the top 10 in this race. With her fabulous ability to maintain her position during races, she sat in and around 9th position for the first 2 laps, Ailbhe’s endurance ability coupled with her power, usually allows her to work her way up to over take a few runners. With 2 laps completed and coming into the third lap, Ailbhe gained a few places and with the last hill to go even managed to close the gap between herself and the 7th place finalist, with only 50m between the two, Ailbhe sprinted up the hill to finish 8th. Ailbhe was the 3rd Galway girl in. Ciara also put in tremendous effort and although preferring to hold back a little at the start of the race, (to avoid the “rampage” that occurs), ran steady first 2 laps and then began her strategy to gradually gain places. With 1km complete Ciara was sitting in 15th position, appearing comfortable and preserving her energy for the second half of the race and gradually she began to gain places and overtook 5 runners to storm to the finish line with a brilliant 12th position. Ciara was the 5th Galway girl in and both herself and Ailbhe helped the Galway Team to a Gold County Medal
Unfortunately, neither U16 girls or U16 boys were able to field a team in their races, but with fine performances from all individuals Galway County Gold Team medals were achieved.
Galway Country Gold Medalists U16 Bronze Medalist- Sean Cotter (U15)
(missing from photo is Ciara Sheppard)
With U16 boys lined up and ready to go with Sean Cotter, Kyle Moorhead and Liam Leen (only recently came back to x country), from the gun start Sean stormed ahead to take an immediate lead. Within the first 100m he was joined side by side by 2 other runners who accompanied him for most of the race. This is a tremendous achievement as Sean is an U15 and particularly as I observed him “hobbling” out of school last Thursday evening, following an injury to his foot. He rested for a few days and somehow managed to charge into the Sligo hills (“bog”) with the determination we are now used to. During this 4000m race Sean held his strong position, fighting off any contenders. However, during the last 1000m he began to fall back to third position and the gap widened and made it very difficult for Sean to fight for first or second place. Sean still managed victory with an individual bronze medal and earned his place on the Galway County Team (Gold Medallists). Next U16 Craughwell runner to charge up the hill towards the tape was Kyle Moorhead, (16th) followed closely behind by Liam Leen. Both runners held their positions throughout the race and Liam Leen (running out of age and with very little training behind him in the last 12 months) coped incredibly well with the steep accents to finish in 20th place.
Dearbhla Walsh, who has taken some time out from running this year to pursue other sports and study put in a fine performance in the 4000m girls U20 and coming around the first lap was in a strong 4th position and was only overtaken by one runner throughout the entire race and finished in 5th place.
The last and final race of the day was the U18/U20 and men’s race. Although it was great to observe the talent of these endurance runners it was at the same time a “battle field” in terms of the numbers of runners and a real task to work out who was in which age group. Piecing together the results proved incredibly difficult with 81 runners in total. Jack Miskella U20 had a superb race and held his 2nd position throughout the entire race to take home anIndividual Silver Medal. William Fitzgerald was the first U17 Craughwell athlete to cross the finishing line in 5th place followed by Patrick Noonan and Sean Noonan (15th & 18th). All performed incredibly well and their overall race positions (amongst U18-Senior men) were 6th, 18th, and 21st.
U18 boys came away from Sligo with Silver County medals.
Ben Garrard (Yeats College) and Laura Cunningham (Pres Athenry)
who placed 4th and 3rd in the Senior Boys and Senior Girls categories
at the Irish Schools Combined Events Championships in Athlone
The Irish Schools Combined Events Championships took place yesterday with some exhilarating performances by the club’s athletes. In the Senior Girls grade, Laura Cunningham (Pres Athenry) put in a fantastic series of jumps to clear 1.61m on her first attempt to win the high jump. Next event up was the 60m hurdles where Laura was leading the race as she crossed the final hurdle but disaster struck as her trailing leg just caught the hurdle and brought her down in a heavy fall. Laura bravely got up and crossed the line in a time of 12.85 losing over 400 points as a result of the fall.
But despite bad grazing on elbows and knees, the undeterred Laura leaped 4.76m to take valuable points in the long jump and move into 3rd place and followed it up with an 8.08m PB with the 4kg shot to hold 3rd place going into the final event 800m. With a margin of just 43 points separating 3rd from 4th which equates to a gap of just 4 seconds in the 800m, it was all to play for in the final event. With a time of 3 minutes from the Connacht championships Laura ran an exceptionally well-paced race to better this time by 11 seconds when running 2:49.24 and in the process, seal the bronze medal – an incredible performance considering the heavy tumble she took in the hurdles which possibly denied her the gold medal.
Also putting in a series of brilliant performances, Ben Garrard (Yeats College) put himself in contention for a podium finish when running an impressive 9.47 in the hurdles and 24.70 in the 200m, leaping 5.68m in the long jump and heaving the shot out to 8.66m. This placed Ben 4th going into the 800m 157 points or approximately a 10 second gap in the 800m. Ben put in a remarkable run to open a substantial gap on his opponents, blazing around the first 400m in 60 seconds and finishing in an excellent time of 2.02.93.
As we waited with bated breath by the scoreboard for the official results and updated scores, the official arrived with the sheet and alas despite such an outstanding 800m, Ben hadn’t close the gap to 3rd place who had recorded a time of 2.09.37 – Ben would have needed him to run 2.12.56 to have overhauled him. So close but an excellent effort from Ben … a 2.02.93 off very little 800 training in the last 4 months augurs very well for the future.
Also in action in the younger age groups, Ellie Cronin (Pres), Freya Bohan (Pres) and Alisha Larkin (St Raphael’s) battled hard in the Junior Girls and Chloe Farragher in the Minor Girls. Ellie ran a brilliant hurdles despite a wobbly start and recorded an excellent 9.92. The long jump didn’t go as well for Ellie and a break on the first jump was followed up with a 3.73m from behind the board and the third jump was a narrow break – unlucky for Ellie. Her high jump went well with a first time clearance of 1.51m to finish 2nd in that event and she followed this up with a 6.93m shot putt. Freya battled hard also with an 11.60 hurdles, 4.53 long jump and 1.36m high jump while Alisha did well also in her first multi-events with an 11.37 hurdles, 5.55m shot, 4.32m long jump, 1.27m high jump and 2.59.42 800m. In the minor grade, Chloe raced to 11.60 over the hurdles, 7.37m in the shot and 1.21m in the high jump.
Well done to the prize winners in our raflle which was held on Friday night last. The winners are listed below ... hope you enjoy your prizes! And thanks to everyone for supporting the draw, the proceeds of which all go into our facility development in Crinnage.
Shauna Tobin and Laura Cunningham pictured in Athlone IT at the Connacht Schools Multi Events
with former National Senior High Jump Champion Cathriona Farrell who now teaches in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir
and was chief official at the high jump for the day
The strength of the club in the teenage age groups was very much in evidence at the Connacht Schools Multi Events which were held in Athlone on Thursday where athletes from the club were representing their schools including Calasanctius Oranmore, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Pres Athenry, St Raphael's Loughrea, St Brigid’s Loughrea and Yeats College.
Official results are unavailable as yet other than Laura Cunningham's (Pres Athenry) victory in the Senior Girls grade where she had some fine performances particularly in the high jump where she leaped a new PB of 1.65m and in the hurdles. The high jump provided some of the top moments of the day for athletes from the club with Leanagh Gilligan (St Brigid’s) leaping a PB of 1.55m to take top spot in the Intermediate Girls high jump, Shauna Tobin (Pres Athenry) clearing a PB of 1.40m in the same event, Ellie Cronin (Pres Athenry) leaping an amazing 1.61m to win the Junior Girls high jump, Aíne Kelly (St Brigid’s) 2nd in the same event with a huge PB of 1.58m, Freya Bohan clearing a PB of 1.50m, Emma Jane Moran a huge PB of 1.45m in the Minor Girls and Jade Moorhead clearing 1.40m in the First Year Girls.
I will add official results to this article as soon as they are available.
Freya Boha, Aíne Kelly, Ellie Cronin and Aoife Kelly pictured in Athlone IT at the Connacht Schools Multi Events
There were many more fine performances across the grades including in the Senior Boys Ben Garrard (Yeats College); in the Intermediate Boys Oisin Lyons (Yeats College), in the Junior Girls Aoife Kelly (Pres Athenry), in the Junior Boys Conor Roberts (Coláiste Bhaile Chláir), Kyle Moorhead (Pres Athenry), Conor Trehy (Pres Athenry), James Furey (Pres Athenry), Oisin Davis (Pres Athenry), Pascal Walsh (Pres Athenry); in the Minor Girls Ava Finn (Pres Athenry), Edel Farrelly (Pres Athenry), Lauren McNally (St Brigid’s), Alisha Larkin (St Raphael’s), Chloe Farragher (St Brigid’s), Triona Furey (Calasanctius), Anna Molloy (Calasanctius), Annie Dehora (Calasanctius), Hannah Hynes (Calasanctius); in Minor Boys, Ludaigh Morgan; in First Year Girls Millie Geraghty and Jade Moorhead (Pres Athenry); in First Year Boys Robert Urquhart and Tom Doran (Pres Athenry).
Ava Finn and Emma Jane Moran getting their high jump marks at the Connacht Schools Multi Events
Ellie Cronin attempting 1.65m at the Connacht Schools Multi Events
Our first cheque from cash4clobber arrived in the post today ... €325 from the recyling appeal we launched at the start of September. Not bad for 1 collection!! The next collection is in 2 weeks time so please continue to leave your unwanted old and new clothes with us ... see here for more details.
If everyone was to get behind this, with over 300 familes in the club it can generate an ongoing income stream against which we can borrow funds for facility development. For every €100 of predictable income, we can borrow €1000. So if say clothes recycling were to generate an annual income of €3000 every year, we could use that to borrow €30,000 to develop facilities immediately. So get recycling and use your unwanted clothes to help build your facility ... its a win win for everyone.
Craughwell AC's massive U9 cross-country team in Kilcornan
The second day of the Galway club cross-country took place today in Kilcornan, Clarinbridge in ideal racing conditions on a challenging course.
Hats off to the County Board and also to neighbouring landowners Ciaran and Gussy on some last minute work to roll parts of the field to reduce the bovine footprint. And just in case the Director of Climate Change in the United Nations is reading this – what I mean is flattening out the cattle hoof marks and recycled grass to make it more comfortable for runners! Well done also to Athenry's Iain Shaw on getting the results out so promptly.
This year’s participation rates in the Galway club cross-country have been at their highest in at least 12 years with close to double the numbers from 2006 taking part. A fabulous day for the club saw its athletes race to individual victory in 7 of the 12 races.
Some members of the Craughwell U11 and U9 Boys teams in Kilcornan
The races got underway with the U9 Girls 800m where Craughwell AC had a huge number of participants with 26 girls taking to the field. Saoirse Mullins again showed her super talent for cross country running with a brilliant victory and leading her team to gold with Lauren Morgan 7th, Aisling Lavan 9th, Mia Hollingsworth 11th, Emily Hewitt 15th, Ellen Stenson 20th, Gemma Cloonan 23rd, Alva Horan 25th, Laura Flynn 29th, Erica Coye 30th, Madison Ryan 34th, Abbi Donoghue 35th, Ava Doyle 37th, Melissa O'Connor 41st, Sarah O'Gara 42nd, Leona Coye 45th, Kayleigh Rabbitte 47th, Megan Smith 48th, Caoimhe Moynihan 49th, Caoimhe O'Connor 50th, Rebecca Doyle 54th, Asha Knight 55th, Ava Whyte 56th, Emily Rabbitte 57th, Caoimhe Harrington 58th and Ciara Byrnes 59th.
The U9s boys 800m race was off next with U8 athlete Alan Hallinan (a semi-reluctant participant!) racing to an incredible victory and leading Craughwell AC to team silver and bronze with Eanna Morrissey 5th, Eóin Middleton 9th, Tom Malone 10th, Ethan Whyte 11th, Liam Reilly 12th, Iarlaith Doyle 15th, Leo Molloy 17th, Ethan Horan 19th, Darragh Higgins 25th, Patrick Carr 27th, Darragh Farrell 35th, Jake Barry 36th and Ethan Stace 40th.
Craughwell AC's U11 Girls cross country team on the start line
In the U11 Girls 1500m, the Craughwell team ran brilliantly to place 5th led home by Sara Craven 6th, Claudia McGuinness 15th, Amelie Grogan 22nd, Amelie Bouquet 32nd, Erin Dillon 39th, Aoife O'Meara 40th, Jessica Ross 42nd, Erin Fahy 44th, Ayla Hollingsworth 57th and Isobel Doyle 41st. While in the U11 Boys 1500m the team raced to the silver medals with Fionn Higgins leading them home in 9th place followed by Sean Lavan 10th, Darragh Riedy 16th, Darragh Kelly 17th, Keelan Moorhead 18th, Luke O'Sullivan 22nd, Eoin Woods 43rd, Peter Martyn 44th and Rian Middleton 49th.
The U13 Girls 2500m got underway where another brilliant run by Clodagh O’Meara and Fauve Aylmer in 5th and 6th place led the team to silver medals with strong running also from Aoibhe Carr 8th, Siofra Davis 19th, Jade Moorhead 21st, Erin Kelly 33rd, Claire Coulahan 36th, Muireen Leen 37th, Sarah Byrne 38th and Grace Leen 39th. The U13 Boys also raced to silver medals in their 2500m led home by a magnificent individual victory for Mathys Bocquet with Cian Lavan just missing out on the top 3 with a 4th place finish, followed by Luke Flynn with an impressive late surge in 9th, Daniel Galvin 11th, Evan Hallinan 13th, Cormac McFadden 21st and Michael Woods 28th.
Craughwell AC's U13 Girls cross country team prior to race start
Craughwell AC's Ross McGuinness and Oisin Davis
Silver and bronze medallists in the Galway U15 3500m Cross Country in Kilcornan
Aoibheann Keane claimed a brilliant individual silver in the U15 Girls 3500m with Lauren McNally in 6th place while Ross McGuinness and Oisin Davis raced to silver and bronze in the U15 Boys 3500m.
Craughwell U17 Boys Galway 4000m Champions 2017 and Luke Evans Galway U19 Champion 2017
Finbarr McFadden, Ben Ryan, Patrick Noonan, Luke Evans, Kyle Moorhead, William Fitzpatrick
(missing from photo - Sean Noonan)
Ailbhe Miskella stormed to victory in the U17 Girls 4000m with Ciara Sheppard in 4th place while Ben Ryan also took an excellent victory in the U17 Boys 5000m with William Fitzgerald taking silver and followed by Patrick Noonan 5th, Kyle Moorhead 6th, Finbarr McFadden 7th and Sean Noonan 8th to take the team victory.
Caron Ryan added the U19 Galway title to the Junior crown that she won last weekend in Tuam and Luke Evans continued his fine progress in cross-country with victory in the U18 Boys 5000m.
Craughwell AC's Ailbhe Miskella (Galway U17 Champion 2017), Ciara Sheppard (4th place)
and Caron Ryan (Galway U19 Champion 2017)
So another great day out for the club in times of increasing competition from the other clubs as evidenced by the huge increase in participation. Connachts now to look forward to next with the Primary Schools om Saturday 21st October in Roscommon, the club even age groups on Sunday 29th October in Sligo and the club uneven age groups on Sunday 5th November in Longford.
And just a quick note for parents of our younger athletes in U9s and U10s. There are no races in the Connacht club competition for those age groups but U10s may step up to the U11s if they wish.
Full results of the day are here.
For those members whose membership renewal is due in September, our preference is for you to do it online rather than the manual form that we have used in the past. You can still do it manually if you prefer using the form on our membership page. Or alternatively click the button below to do it online.
Approx half of our members are on the Sept-Aug renewal while the remaining half are on the Jan-Dec renewal. If in doubt which you are, please consult with our club registrar Mike O'Connor at 087 2336693.
The club also run a lotto to raise funds for facility development. You can support us by clcking on the button below. All funds raised go directly towards the development of the facility and enable the club to borrow against these funds.