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

Tom Eamon Caolan Terri Danny Zara and Amy

Smiles all round


Oisin Mc Bride

Golden Boys Caolan Mc Fadden and Oisin Kelly

Amy Cullen

Oisin Kelly

Coyle family


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.