Mc Fadden of Cranford AC Crowned National Champion.

Cranford athletes showed once again this weekend that they can compete against the best in Ireland.
Cranford had 8 athletes make the journey to Tullamore over the weekend to compete in the All Ireland Juvenile Track & Field Championships.
What can only be described as horrendous weather conditions on Saturday, our athletes put on a tremendous display.
Our youngest athlete Jerry Coyle, was up first in the Long Jump U12 to think he got the worst of the weather it definitely didn’t dampen his performance, not getting off to his usual start, Jerry had a few disappointed jumps but got enough to make it to the last 8, where he had 3 more Jumps, and with a great jump of 4.44m and a new PB Jerry was rewarded with a Bronze National Medal. Jerry has had a great season to date and will travel to Tullamore again later this month to compete in his 60m sprint.
Caolan Mc Fadden was up next in the U15 800m, Caolan got off to a great start and was in the lead group of 5 that broke away from the rest of the field, with 300m left Caolan took to the front and that was it, their was no stopping him, Caolan crossed the line in convincing style. Caolan made it look easy but it’s all the training and commitment he has put in over the years, his first National title. Great achievement Caolan.
Well Oisin Kelly was up next and to say the Cranford AC boys were on fire today, Oisin got off to a great start and with 200m left Oisin took to the front and with 3 of them battling for the spoils, it was a great race to watch with 10m left Oisin just got pipped on the line for Gold, Oisin came away with a silver All Ireland medal. Great season for Oisin with Oisin just back from France last weekend competing for Ireland. Oisin will be back in Tullamore next weekend to run in the 1500m.
Saturday morning the weather had settled a bit, Orla Neely was up first in the Discus, Orla got off to a great start throwing 19.85m improving all the time, Orla made the final of the last 8 which is a great achievement, this her first season throwing the Discus, Orla’s best throw was 19.99m was good enough for 8th place overall.
Cliodhna Mc Bride was up next in the long Jump U13, Cliodhna had a good jump, jumping over 4m and gaining her a top 10 finish, in a National Championships. Cliodhna will be back in Tullamore next week to run in her 100m and 600m.
Amy Cullen just back from injury had a good day, Amy made the final of the 100m and finished in 6th place, jumping over 5m in her long jump, and finishing in 5th place the top 5 girls jumping over 5m and only 20cm separated the closely fought competition.
Clodagh Neely and Blathnaid Gallagher were up next in the U16 Javelin, the girls were throwing under windy conditions, and did well, Clodagh finished up in 9th place overall and Blathnaid 11th more to come from these girls.
A special word of thanks to Frankie Casey for the continued use of the training ground in Downing’s were we train all year round.
Thanks to all the coaches and parents who travelled to Tullamore, and supported our young athletes.
Good luck to all who travels to Tullamore this weekend to compete at Day 3 of the National Championships.
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Caolan McFadden and Oisin Kelly

Caolan Oisin with Eamon and Rose

Cranford AC

Caolan with his family Danny Terri and Nazara

Family and Friends with Caolan

Rose Gavaghan Clodagh Neely Amy Cullen Cliodhna Mc Bride Orla Neely and Eamon Giles.

Clodagh Amy Cliodhna and Orla

Clodagh Amy Orla and Blathnaid

Rosie Jerry Richard and Sarah Coyle

Jerry Coyle with his National medal.