Cranford AC impress at National Championships 3 Gold 1 silver and 1 Bronze.

Cranford AC athletes made the journey to Tullamore to compete with the very best in Ireland this is what they train for to compete at National level.

First up was the duo of Faolan Caldwell and Charlie Rogers, both competing very well, Faolan jumping 3.38m and Charlie getting a new PB boys finishing in the top 10 in Ireland.

Oisin Mc Bride was up next Oisin qualified in both the 60m and 600m and his best performance was in the 600m, Oisin got a bit boxed in, but fought hard to get back with the leaders and with a very impressive last 200m Oisin finish in  7th place, great running Oisin.

Last to compete on Saturday was Jerry Coyle in the U13 long jump, Jerry didn’t get off to a great start as he broke the board on his first attempt but composed himself and got back to the job in hand, Jerry improved with every jump after that and improving on his PB as well with his final of 4.94m won him the title of All Ireland Champion in impressive style.

Day 2

Aoife Giles was up first in the shot put, this is Aoife last year as a juvenile athlete and was in good form, Aoife got off to a good start throwing over 9 m and went on to improve on this and making sure she was in the final 8 for her next 3 throws earning herself a well deserved Bronze medal in this high standard competition . Great day when you can come away with a National medal.

Orla Neely was up next in the U 18 girls Discus, Orla threw very well and earning her self a well deserved 5th place finish. Orla will gain valuable experience at this level.

Blathnaid Gallagher, took part in the U17 javelin, with her first throw over 19m getting a good first throw in to settle any nerves, Blathnaid finishing up in  a impressive 7th place.

Our 800m runners were up next with the duo of Caolan Mc Fadden and Oisin Kelly, both athletes in great form. Clodagh Neely was our only girls at this distance.

Clodagh got off to a very good start and the first lap was very fast with Clodagh staying with the pace, Clodagh fell behind slightly going down the back straight, and fought hard to she crossed the line in 10th place. Great run Clodagh.

Caolan ran his 800m as he has many times, led the pack from the start and kicked from the bell with 400m to go and bringing the title and crown of National Champion home. Great running by this young lad.

Oisin  was up next and with a straight final Oisin knew what he had to do, getting off to a great start and settling in with the lead pack for 600m and with Oisin familiar /famous kick their was no stopping him and coming down home straight  oisin crossed the line as National Champion.

Amy Cullen was Cranford AC last competitor today in the girls U16 long jump Amy first jump was a great jump of 5.20m and a new PB  Amy went on to claim a silver medal  and her first ever National medal, great day and performance for Amy.

Great weekend for Cranford AC at the National track and field championships, thanks to all the coaches and parents who travelled.

Good luck to Aoife, Amy, Caolan and Oisin who will compete again this weekend.

Aoife Giles

The Mc Bride family

Aoife and Shauna Giles

Amy Cullen

Claire and Orla Neely

Paul and Blathnaid Gallagher

Oisin and Caolan with John Cronin

Clodagh Amy Aoife and Orla

Amy and Aoife

Caolan and Oisin