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Great News coming from Wales at the international schools silver for Irish Relay team. Congratulations Caolan and team.     ... read more..


Cranford AC  boys shine with Gold medal performances at National Indoor Championships

[caption id="attachment_4886" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Tom Eamon Caolan Terri Danny Zara and Amy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4892" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Smiles all round[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4893" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Oisin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4894" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Oisin Mc Bride[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4895" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Golden Boys Caolan Mc Fadden and Oisin Kelly[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4896" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Amy Cullen[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4897" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Oisin Kelly[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4898" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Coyle family[/caption]


The busy weekend of St Patricks holiday did not deter our determined athletes who qualified for the national Indoor championship events which are to be held over three days.

Last weekend was day 1&2 and our hardy athletes made the trip to Athlone to compete against the best in Ireland. To qualify for this event is an achievement to be recognised, Ulster have a tradition of strong representation at these events so our athletes were well up there with the best to qualify from Ulster.

Oisin McBride from Cranford gave a strong run in his U12 600m event around this springy track in Athlone, Oisin held his position well finishing with a PB to seal his Indoor season. Great running from Oisin in this national event and the experience will hold him well for the upcoming outdoor track season.

Oisin Kelly ran his 1500m event on day 1 of the championship, Oisin settled into his running stride in the middle of the pack and did not panic. He slowly closed the gap in the Knowledge that he had plenty left for his characteristic strong finish. Still lying in 4th place as he went into the final lap, Oisin had us on the edge of our seats, then he made his outstanding break from the pack being chased hard by the Waterford athlete, running an impressive time of 4:03.78 in this straight final for the 1500m U19 boys.  What a race to watch!

Oisin then went on to compete in the 800m U19 event on day 2, Oisin led from the gun and gradually opened up what turned out to be a substantial gap in the end, to earn himself another Gold medal performance and Irish Title in a time of 1:54.54, such a successful two days for Oisin.


On day 1 Caolan Mc Fadden ran a strong 1500m event running in the first heat Caolan settled with the lead pack in his relaxed running style. Caolan looked strong and relaxed throughout these 5 laps of the Athlone track being closely followed by the Letterkenny athlete, Mark Galvin. On the final lap Caolan checked the opposition as The Dualla Ballytarsna Boherlahan AC club athlete made a push for the lead, Caolan then made his break from the pack. Stretching out to finishing with the unquestionable title of Irish Champion in a time of 4:15.38. Todays race showed great maturity and composure from this young Creeslough man.

On day 2 Caolan was again up for some stiff competition in the U 16 boys 800m event, Caolan ran a strong heat finishing easily in the lead place, later on that afternoon Caolan ran his final race in an exceptional time of 2:00.95 to earn himself his second national title and Gold medal performance.


More great news for Caolan as he has been selected to be part of the Irish Schools cross country relay team who travel to Wales this weekend. Congratulations and Best of luck from all at Cranford AC.

Jerry Coyle will also gain much from his National Championship experience although Jerry is no stranger to this level of competition, Jerry had a great race in U13 60m finishing 4th in his heat with a time of 8.61 and long jump and again an impressive 7th place with a jump of 4.13m.  Excellent performances again today form Jerry

Amy Cullen represented Cranford and Ulster in the U16 200 m event and ran a storming race finishing 4th in her heat and earning herself a new PB, great racing from Amy today.  Amy will represent the club again next weekend in the Long jump.

Cranford AC are so proud of all our athletes and those who consistently train to become the best that they can, all the hard work pays off.

A huge thank you to all our coaches and parents who make it all possible.

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Cranford Notes.

Cranford made the journey to Glaslough to compete in the juvenile glaslough road races.

First up was Sadbh McBride in the U8 girls this was in her first race for Cranford and she stormed home in 7th place.

Our U10 boys were Faolan Caldwell and Seamus Mc Closkey, they both ran very well  finishing in the middle of the large field of athletes. Sarah Coyle took to the start of her 400m U10 girls, showed great determination on this tight up hill course finishing well.

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Cranford Athletes Shine  at Athletes

[caption id="attachment_4861" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Orla Neely and Amy Cullen[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4863" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Caolan Mc Fadden[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4864" align="aligncen ... read more..
[caption id="attachment_4855" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Clodagh Orla Blathnaid and Oisin[/caption] ... read more..
Donegal athletes attend the Performance Pathway day at NIA earlier today.....really talented athletes here.....missing from photo is Harriott Mc Crossan [caption id="attachment_4852" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Oisin Kelly attends performance pathways[/caption] ... read more..
Great run by Oisin today, unfortunately with 200m to go laying in 5th place he took a fall, but got back up and finishing in an impressive 13th place just missed out on an individual medal. More to come from oisin. [caption id="attachment_4847" align="aligncenter" width="238"] Oisin Mc Bride checking out the course in cork before the National B’s[/caption] [cap ... read more..
    Clodagh Neely Jessica Cullen Miah Fletcher Orla Neely Ellie Mc Fadden Laoise Lynch all representing their school Loreto Milford [caption id="attachment_4839" align="aligncenter" width="105"] Oisin Kelly and Oran Mc Menamin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4840" align="aligncenter" width="182"] read more..

Belfast International cross country

A bright and calm day welcomed us at the picturesque Billy Neill Country park in Belfast on Saturday.

Cranfords Caolan McFadden was selected to represent Ni and Ulster in the under 17 international event today and the 14 year old Creeslough man was well prepared for this 6 km run around three large laps of the undulating country park.  The course provided plenty of variety with hills, flats, mud and parklands.

Caolan was well placed the the front half of this mixed under17 and unde ... read more..

Cranford Athletic Club stalwart Eamonn Giles will become the 46th inductee into the Donegal Sports Star Hall of Fame when the Virtual Awards take place on Friday the 28th of January. It is fitting that in the year that he turns 80 Giles is being honoured for six decades of dedication to the sport of athletics. His name is already written into the history books of Donegal athletics as a founding member of the first club in the county in the winter of 1961.  That was a remarkable achievement for a 19-year-old who drove the project and overcame a series of obstacles on that journey. Eamon ... read more..