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Fixtures & Closing Dates (Feb, March, April)

Galway City Harriers - 5 February, 2016 - 14:22

14th February @ 12pm.
National Inter county Cross Country. Junior & Senior Men and Women.
Palace Grounds, Tuam
If people could come out and support and cheer!!

20th February
Connaught Indoors (u12 &u13 Individual and u12 & u13 team relay) Juveniles
Sign up by 10th Feb

21st February
Connaught Indoors (u14 to Senior + guest entries) Juveniles sign up by
10th Feb. Senior & guests Closing date is 12th Feb.

27th February & 28th Feb.
National Senior Indoors. AIT Athlone
Closing date 19th Feb.

12th March Day 1,
Juvenille Indoors. AIT Athlone
Closing date 4th March

13th March Day 2,
Juvenille Indoors. AIT Athlone.
Closing date 4th March

19th March
Juvenille Indoor Relays. AIT Athlone
Closing date 11th March

20th March
National Masters Indoors Athlone IT
Closing date 11th March

20th March
Craughwell 10 mile
County 10 mile
Keep up to date with closing date at Craughwell AC

10th April National 10k
Phoenix Park. No info yet

17th April
National Road Relays. Raheny. No info yet

Timetables for above available on Athletics Ireland Website. Watch out
for closing dates.

Categories: Member NoticesSenior Racing

Workshop: ‘Nutrition for Performance athletics’

Galway City Harriers - 5 February, 2016 - 12:45

GCH athlete, Marie Mulkerrin, Acting Senior Dietitian - B.Sc (Hons),
will lead a workshop on 'Nutrition for Performance athletics' on the
25th Feb at 7pm at the Galway Bay hotel. The talk will be aimed at
athletes aged 13+ from juvenile club, and senior and masters athletes
planning to do intense training (training 4-5days per week or more).
The talk will be free to GCH members both senior & juvenile. NUIG
athletics club members and anyone from an AAI club who has paid
advanced online fees for the track session is also invited to attend
for free. Any other non-members will be charged 10 euro for entry.

As Marie will explain, the nutritional requirements of athlete
training to improve performance are different to the average man in
the street.

Marie will follow this up, on a separate date in the weeks following,
with a talk aimed at fit4life members that are early in their journey
as an athlete, or have taken up athletics to develop a healthier
lifestyle rather than train for serious competition. Nutrition
requirements evolve with training load so it’s important that
nutritional advice reflects this.

We will be looking for those planning to attend to keep a food diary
for the week from the 7th-14th Feb. Please find this attached. Fill it
in and print it out and bring it along to the talk. Do not worry it
is not going to be subject to public scrutiny as we will ask some
people in advance to volunteer to share with the group but it will
give you a chance to reflect on your own diet in the light of the
discussion and ask questions that you may have. Also don’t panic if
you only manage to keep it for 3 days but it would be great if it
includes a training day and a competition day. Anyone who has ever
kept a food diary will tell you is a great way to reflect on how good
your diet actually is.

The structure of the talk

7-8 pm: The top 10 pieces of Nutritional advice for athletes. Please
arrive on time or a few minutes early so we can get everybody seated
and get started.


8- 9 pm: Case study and break working groups to critically analyse a
food diary. To be followed by discussion and a chance to raise

To be followed by further discussion in the bar!


After the talk we will announce details of a competition to help drive
a discussion on the practicalities of cooking nutritious athlete
friendly meals. We have very generous prizes for this kindly donated
by the Gourmet Tart company to encourage participation from all of our

We had a great response to the last talk on motivation and psychology
so this will be the first of a number of talks designed to improve the
knowledge base around issues connected to competing and training. So
that we can ensure that we have enough space and the smooth running of
the evening please can you indicate if you plan to attend by
contacting pro@galwaycityharriers.com

Categories: Member NoticesSenior News

January Road Races Round Up

Galway City Harriers - 3 February, 2016 - 18:30


It was a great start to the yar for GCH with the first big local race of the year taking place in Tuam on January 17th. The Tuam 8k is renowned and always gathers a big crowd and a competitive field. This year was no differenct with GCH taking a hattrick in the mens.

Gay Thorton took first place in 24.22, follwoed by Matt Bidwell in second in 25.54 and in thrid came Michael O'Connor in 27.10.

Regina Casey set her racing year off to a fabulous start coming home first in a whopping 29.09. Second was Zola Flynn from Carly AC in 31.43 and GCHer Claire Rowe (who is flying it these days) was third in 31.47!!

Wel done all


Next up was th Ballinderee 10k, postponed fo Dec.

It was a double in the mens race for GCH this time with Matt Bidwell first home in 32.27 and John Greaney in third in 34.13.

Damien Ridge had a great run in 37.12

Full Results from Red Tag Timing



Categories: Senior NewsSenior Racing

Report on National Indoor League Round 1

Galway City Harriers - 3 February, 2016 - 18:05

National Indoor League Round 1

Saturday 16th January – National League Round 1. First race of the
year, so every winner here sets a National Leading best!.

GCH has a men’s team entered. We have a strong team overall but were
missing 1 or 2 athletes who will be around for the final.

First up was Simon Callaghan. Simon has been a part of GCH national
League teams for years and years and it’s fantastic to have an athlete
that can jump the 3foot 6 hurdles (they are scary!!!). Simon had a
great race coming 3rd and securing lots of points for GCH. Simon also
Guested in the long jump where he had a very impressive 5.84m jump.
Considering Simon is back training for 2 weeks only…… watch this

Next up was Cliff Jennings in the pole vault. Finally GCH have someone
who can do the pole vault! GCH set up camp right beside the pole vault
so we had a great time watching. Cliff had several clearances and
secured 7 points for GCH. Cliff was also 3rd in the Guest shot putt
with a throw of 9.42m.

Multi talented Michael Breatnach was attempting the long jump for GCH.
Yes he’s the great Sean Breathnachs brother and judging by the talent
and potential, you could tell! Must be the genes! Michael a high 6m
jumper has only just started back training. He jumped 5.92m for
another 7 points for the team. Michael also won the guest shot putt
with a throw of 12.43m

Next up was new comer Jack Dempsey. Underage sensation Cillin Greene
was niggling with a hamstring but in true team spirit, he organised an
incredible replacement in Jack. We hope Cillin becomes injury free and
look forward to him being on the team in the future/next round/final.
Jack is only 16 and this was his first time on a senior team and first
time to compete against seniors. He was a little nervous but our
Juveniles are fantastic and I told him he would beat half the seniors
no problem. I was wrong – he beat most of them. Jack ran a superb 7.21
(that’s really fast for you non sprinters) to finish 4th for the team,
well done, I’m looking forward to Jack being a part of the senior team
in the future!

Last up for the team was Sean Breatnach. 1st place and maximum 13
points for the club. Good luck to Sean this year, he is close to the
Irish indoor record and everyone in GCH wishes him luck. Sean will be
presented with Connacht tribunes “Athlete” of the year award next
Saturday and he is very deserving. Congrats from everyone in GCH.

Brendan Staunton also came down to support the team and was 2nd in the
Guest shot with an 11.18m throw. Igor Muntean was there to video our
shot putters techniques and to shout on the GCH team.

We unfortunately did not have an 800m runner and missed out on 3+
points which would put us into second/first. However it was a great
performance by everyone and roll on round 2 and the final! (we will
cruise to final with the named team for round 2)

Thanks to all the athletes and supporters who made this possible. Also
to the hard work of Frank McGuire and his team with the Juvenilles and
Brian Bruton for doing the background work with entries and helping
find athletes for all the events.

National Indoor League Round 2

Saturday 30th January – National League round 2, unfortunately the
Junior and U23 all Irelands were on the next day and we had a lot of
our good youngsters out for this round. Thankfully, the senior club
came to the rescue and the younger youngsters (depth in our Juvenille
club is amazing)!!!

200m – Hurdle specialist Simon Callaghan again showed why he is such a
club and team player. Simon has not raced on the flat in a long time
but put himself out there for the team. Simon grabbed some good points
for team finishing in a very credible 24.82 and looks like he will
break 24secs in no time at all.

Triple Jump – Henrique Nkolovata jump 11:31m for the team and finished
in 4th place to secure 9 points for the team. Henrique is has a lot of
talent and will be interesting when he gets to work on his form.

400m: Next up was 400m on the track. GCH star Evan was out with a
hamstring injury. New rising star Luke O Shaughnessy said he’d give it
a go. Luke dominated the race from start to finishing winning in a new
PB of 51.94. We’re excited to have Luke as part of our team for years
to come.

Sean Kyne recently just returned to athletics. Sean was on our GCH
team 4 years ago doing a 4x400m relay for us. With only 4 months of
training behind him, the fearless athlete gave the 400m a go in the
guest race. From training, we were expecting to see a 56 second 400m
which would be brilliant. Sean is a lesson that you should never place
any limit on yourself ever. Sean ran a superb race clocking 53.39.

High Jump – Underage sensation Bryan Ndego decided to open up his
campaign to qualify for the European youths in the National League.
Bryan has a PB of 1.96m (incredible). He has only recently started
back training and has a few cobwebs to blow out but still got over
1.80m for second place for GCH. He was about 20cm over this height but
clipped it on the way down but such is high jump!

1500m: We had a real struggle to try and get an athlete out for
1500m. Keith Fallon would be able to run in the final for us but
unable for the rounds. Thankfully Master athlete and 1500m specialist
Eamon Hornibrook put himseful forward for the team. I remember being a
teenager and Eamon on a league team so he’s been at the forefront of
this for a long time! Eamon had a great race and some battle on the
home straight where he managed to beat a Dooneen athlete on the sprint
finish to secure valuable points for us!

National Indoor League Final

GCH qualified for the National Indoor League final to be held in
Athlone on Saturday the 6th Feb. We qualified in 3rd position.

This is one of the few years where we have almost a full strength team
to put out in the final. Team as follows:

60m: Jack Dempsy – 2nd in Junior All Ireland less than 1 week ago over 60m.

60m H Simon: All star underage coming back to form.

200m Cillin Greene: 3rd last week in Junior All Ireland 200m in 22.15

400m: Luke O Shaughnessy: Won the 2nd round 400m in League and is smashing PBs

800m: Keith Fallon: GCH international Distance star with Multiple All
Ireland medals for 800m/1500m

1500m Keith Fallon: Keith Fallon: GCH international Distance star with
Multiple All Ireland medals for 800m/1500m. Thankfully Keith is a
beast who can handle a double on the day.

LJ: Michael Breathnach brother of the Great Sean Breathnach and has
jumped mid/high 6m in the past.

HJ: Bryan Ndego, international youth High Jump star

Shot: Sean Breathnach! Who can touch him?

PV: Cliff Jennings, He can get over, I don’t know anyone in the west
ever who could do a pole vault!! Lucky to have him.

TJ: Henrique – Determined to be a Senior star of the future and will
be working towards this!

4x200m – Cillian Greene, Sean Kilmartin, Eoghan Dobey (Luke in case
can’t come), Jack Dempsey – Record breaking underage team, Seniors
will not want to race such a high class team and I can’t wait to see
if they break the record again!

GCH has a real shot at challenging for GOLD. Would love if people
could come down and support the team. Competition starts this Saturday
at 12 in Athlone indoor arena. Club also has a bus going, there will
be plenty of free space and would love to bring down supporters.

Contact Brendan Glynn at b.glynn@hotmail.com to book a place on bus.

Written by Brendan Glynn.

Categories: Senior NewsSenior Racing

No Juvenile Training Sunday 21st Feb due to Indoor Championships

Galway City Harriers - 2 February, 2016 - 22:25

There will be no Juvenile training on Sunday 21st Feb as the coaches will be attending the Connacht Championships in Athlone.


Categories: Juvenile News

Sign up for Connacht Indoor Championships - AIT

Galway City Harriers - 2 February, 2016 - 22:17

The Connacht Indoor Championships for U-12 to U19 takes place on Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21st Feb in Athlone  IT.  Please sign up at training by Wed 10th Feb. late entries are not possible for this event.

There will be no juvenile training on 21st Feb as all the coaches will be attending this event.




Categories: Juvenile News

Sign up for Connacht Indoor Championships - AIT

Galway City Harriers - 2 February, 2016 - 22:16

The Connacht Indoor Championships for U-12 to U19 takes place on Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21st Feb in Athlone  IT.  Please sign up at training by Wed 10th Feb. late entries are not possible for this event.

There will be no juvenile training on 21st Feb as all the coaches will be attending this event




Categories: Juvenile News

National Track and Field League Day Two

Craughwell AC - 1 February, 2016 - 18:11

The second round of the indoor national track and field league was held in Athlone IT on Saturday 30 January. The Craughwell ladies team performed very well to qualify for the final next Saturday. This is the third year in a row that the team has qualified for the final. Competing on the day for the team was Michelle Duggan (200m), Dearbhaile Walsh (400m), Caron Ryan (1500m), Aoife Greene (high jump) and Sarah Finnegan (triple jump). The team would be hoping to put in a strong performance in the final next Saturday 6 February.

Timetabe for February 6th


Sinead Gaffney Takes National Silver!

Craughwell AC - 1 February, 2016 - 08:13

 The National Junior & U23 Indoor Championships took place in AIT on Sunday where the hard work of the last few months paid rich dividends for Sineád Gaffney. Sineád who juggles her sport between athletics and camogie was on fire a few years ago as an U18 when she ran 2.23.93 to place 4th in the National U18 Indoor 800m, a performance that came on the back of a solid 4 months winter training. Camogie took first place in the meantime with Sinead featuring on successful Galway and Craughwell teams.

But the last 4 months has seen Sinead again put a lot of effort into the athletics and yesterday In AIT, the benefits of this work paid off again where Sineád ran a splendid PB of 2:23.13 to take the National U23 Silver medal – a fantastic achievement. Sinead ran the perfect race with splits of 36.06, 36.63, 35.41, 35.50 – a superbly paced race. Its onwards and upwards now hopefully and Sinead can build on the good training and good times to knock further seconds off her PB and who knows how far she can take it!

Also in action in the 800m, Gavin Cooney ran a good PB in the U23 grade where he ran 2.04.05 knocking more than a second off his PB and edging closer to the elusive 2 minute mark - great progress for Gavin who is another who successfully juggles his sport between GAA and athletics being a squad member of the victorious Sarsfields County Senior Champions. Gavin’s splits in the 800 were 29.80, 30.59, 30.96 and 32.70 – a very solid performance.

You can watch both Sineád and Gavin’s races at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWahEcJ7iMQ – forward to 4:08 for Sinead’s race and 4:28 for Gavin’s.

In the sprints Conor Duggan just missed out on making the finals of the U20 60m with a time of 7.18 in the 60m and placed just outside the medals in 4th place in the 200m in a time of 22.76 having earlier ran 2.73 in the heats.

Fantastic Weekend At Scottish Indoors!

Craughwell AC - 31 January, 2016 - 15:01

Our group of athletes after arriving at the hotel
Oisin Lyons, Laura Cuningham, Lorraine Delaney, Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan-Forde
Aoife Walsh, Caoilin Milton, Ciana Reidy, Shauna Tobin, Martha Haskett

It was back to Glasgow on Friday for another fantastic trip for the club’s athletes who were competing in the Scottish Indoor Track & Field. This year the format of the competition has split the event into 2 separate weekends in January and March so we have to go twice! U17s and seniors competing this weekend and U13/15/20s competing the first weekend of March.

Oisin, Laura, Aoife, Ciana, Martha, Daniel, Shauna, Caoilin, Martha, Jerry

A group of 10 of our U17s made the exciting journey and had such a wonderful weekend – excelling in the competition and having a great time in Glasgow. The club is really proud of them and they represented themselves, their families, the club and their country so well both on and off the track.

We arrived in Glasgow in the middle of the day Friday, flying into Glasgow Airport and bussing into the city centre where we walking to our hotel Jury’s. After the customary all-you-can-eat Chinese Friday evening, the athletes got an early night as we had to be at the Emirates Arena at 9am the following morning.

Club Challenge - Event 14 and Final Results

Galway City Harriers - 30 January, 2016 - 23:35

The curtain came down on the club challenge with the National Intermediate and Masters cross countey in Dundalk I.T. on Sunday last January 24th.

While GCH had no competitors in the Intermediate race the club was well represented at master's level.  Martin McEvilly competed in the M65 race and took home yet another national medal, silver this time.

Grainne Ní Uallachain, Jean O'Connor and Mags Sheridan all ran strong races while Brian Bruton, Brian O'Connor, Pat Sherry, Seamus Leddy and Gerry Carty togged out for GCH men's team.  Seamus Leddy was dragged out of his sick bed to ensure GCH had a team.

So the winners of the club challenge are confirmed as Mags Sheridan and Martin Kearney.  Mags' strong run in Dundalk saw her clinch the women's title while Martin had the ground work done earlier in the season to confirm his title.

The full list of prize winners are as follows:

Mens Senior

  1. Martin Kearney
  2. Martin McEvilly
  3. Gerry Carty

Men's O40

  1. Matt Bidwell

Men's O50

  1. Danny Carr

Women's Senior

  1. Mags Sheridan
  2. Majella Ní Chriocháin
  3. Siobhan Egan

Women's O40

  1. Barbara Bergin

Women's O50

  1. Bernie Kelly


AttachmentSize Club Challenge Men's Final Standings136.2 KB Club Challenge Women's Final Standings205.19 KB Categories: Club ChallengeImage: 

Craughwell AC Calendar and Directory 2016!

Craughwell AC - 28 January, 2016 - 22:34

Don't feel left out! No home in Craughwell is complete without a Craughwell AC Calendar on the wall!  The calendar isn't just a handy way to find the date without reaching for your smartphone, it's also the best way to find local businesses that go out of their way to support local athletics.  

When your washing machine breaks.. or pipes leak.. or you need a tyre.. take a glance at the Craughwell Calendar and you can get the good feeling that the business you are using supports your local athletics club and the children of Craughwell!

Please pick up a calendar of you get the chance, they all make a real difference!

AIT Grand Prix Time!!!

Craughwell AC - 27 January, 2016 - 23:32

After an absolutely riveting 3 hours of athletics this time last year, the AIT Grand Prix is back!!! Last year was an event not to be missed with the amazing Mutaz brothers in action and threatening to break the high jump world record. You can recap on the excitement of the evening on youtube and fast forward to 38:51 to see the dignatories in attendance over Mutaz's right shoulder :-). And rewind back to 27:00 to soak up the brillance of our U13 relay teams running in front of 2000 people!

This years event is on Wednesday 17th February and you can get your tickets at http://www.aitsport.ie/ait-grand-prix. It will almost certainly be a sell-out after the success of last years event so get in early if you are thinking of going and don't want to be dissappointed. There are several world medallists in action including the men's world pole vault champion which promises to be a highly entertaining event.



Magnificent results at Galway Indoors

Craughwell AC - 27 January, 2016 - 08:12



A large contingent of Craughwell AC athletes descended on Athlone IT International Arena for the 2016 Galway Indoor Track & Field Championships. There were some magnificent performances from the club throughout a great day and huge credit it due to all of our coaches for the effort they make in preparing each individual for these comepetitions.

With almost one-third of the participants from the club, this was also reflected in the results where the club did exceptionally well. A notable performance also on the same weekend came from Jason Broderick in the National Intermediate men’s Cross Country in Dundalk where he placed 12th in an elite field. Also in action in Dundalk, the multi-talented Evan Hallinan and Aoibhe Carr placed 9th and 15th in the National Juvenile B Cross Country in the morning and proceeded to perform brilliantly later in the day in the Indoor Championships in Athlone where both won the high jump titles in their age group! Full results of Craughwell AC medal winners at the Galway Indoor Championships are as follows:

Indoor County Medals For Tuam AC

Tuam AC - 25 January, 2016 - 15:03

Last Sunday Tuam AC senior members had a great day at the Galway Indoor Track & Field Championships in the Athlone International Area. Senior Men’s team won silver in the 4x200m. Great running from Conal Burke, Sean Burke, Shane Crisham and Justin Lane. Sean Burke and Tom Mannion ran the men’s 3000mtrs with Sean finishing just outside the medals. Tom had a great run and was very happy with his performance. Marian Coleman had a fantastic run in the ladies 3000mtrs and finished 2nd. Justin Lane bagged another medal by finishing 3rd in the 60mtr hurdles. Congratulations to all!! Also on Sunday, but outdoors, Tuam AC members Patrick Flemming, AnnMarie Hession and Elaine Hynes ran the South Galway Athletics Club 10k in Ballinderreen.

Coldwood 4 Mile 31/01/2016

Craughwell AC - 23 January, 2016 - 22:26

The annual 4 mile Coldwood run takes place on Sunday the 31st of January at 12pm.

This will be the 4th year of the run, and as always, Red Tag Timing will be doing the timing on the day. There will be a children's run at 11am preceding the main race with spot prizes and goodie bags , same format as last year which was a huge success.

Registration for the 4 mile race can be done on the day or on-line on Active Network/Run ireland once that is set up . €15 to enter . Children's run will be registration on the day. €5 to enter.

Club Challenge - Event 13 Results

Galway City Harriers - 19 January, 2016 - 23:07

The Tuam 8km on Sunday last, January 17th, was the penultimate race in the club challenge.

GCH fielded a very strong men's team led home by Gary Thornton, Matt Bidwell, Michael O'Connor and Ruaidhri Geraghty all placing in the top 6.

Regina Casey is back in top form leading the GCH women's challenge in a time of 29:09.

The big mover in the challenge was Mags Sheridan who has now put some daylight at the top of the table between herself and her three main challengers.

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Provisional Timetable/Entries for Galway Indoors

Craughwell AC - 19 January, 2016 - 01:13

The provisional timetable for the Galway Indoors on 24 January is as follows:-


Note that we are still missing lots of help and clubs need to provide more officials. The only clubs to provide their quota so far are Athenry, Caltra and Connemara.

Attaching also the current entry list:-


If any amendments, please let me know asap - tobinm1@yahoo.com.

No Juvenile Training Sunday 24th January due to Indoor Competition

Galway City Harriers - 18 January, 2016 - 19:41

The County Indoor Championships take place on Sunday 24th Jan in Athlone IT.  We have over 75 athletes competing from ages 9 to 18yrs.  All  our coaches will be attending the competition.  Best of luck to all our competing athletes, many for the first time!

Please check our Juvenile Facebook Page and your emails for full details of the event later in the week.

Tuam AC 12th Annual 8k Road Race

Tuam AC - 18 January, 2016 - 13:49

Thank you to the almost 400 athletes who took part in our 12th annual 8k road race on Sunday 17th. It was a cold and showery day. The top two men were Gary Thornton GCH in 24.22 followed by Matthew Bidwell GCH in 25.54 and Michael O’Connor GCH finishing 3rd in 27.10. Regina Casey GCH won the women’s race in a time of 29.09. Zola Flynn from Calry AC in Sligo finished 2nd in 31.43 and Clare Rowe GCH crossed the line in 3rd palce in a time of 31.47. Team prizes went to GCH who finished 12t in both the men’s and ladies races. Craughwell finished 2nd in the men’s race while Tuam finished 2nd in the ladies race. Sean Burke and Ann Maire Miskell were first Tuam AC members home and both were awarded silverware for their achievements. There were almost 50 Tuam AC members that ran the race with some of them running 8k for the first time. Teresa O’Dea, Alma Finnegan, Andrea King Claus and Rory O’Connor were some of our members that ran 8k for the first time. Rory was particularly delighted with his achievement and is already eyeing up the race calendar to pick his next race. Well done to all first timers! Tuam AC would like to offer sincere thanks to the army of volunteers who help us every year and Tuam Gardai, The Order of Malta Tuam, The Mercy Secondary school and St Jarlath’s College. Tuam AC would like to say a BIG thank you to the ladies who helped with the after race refreshments, Patricia Monaghan, Mary O’Neill, Vergie Sweeney, Lisa Warren, Fiona Lardner and Eileen Moran. Hope to see you all running again in our 13th annual 8k road race in 2017.


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