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Club Transfer List

Athletics Ireland - 24 April, 2014 - 14:15

Transfers are processed on 1st May. At this date the transferee will appear on the database of the new club.

If the transferee has been registered for the current year by the outgoing club the transferee will appear on the membership list for the new club and no action is needed by the new club.

If the transferee has not been registered for the current year by the outgoing club the transferee will appear on the “Members not registered for the current year” list and the club may select the transferee from this list for registration.

Clubs should not register a transferee as a new member as this will create a duplicate registration.

Transfer List

Provisional Timetable for Galway U9-12 T&F

Craughwell AC - 24 April, 2014 - 09:24

Provisional timetable attached here.

Please note that while the order of events won't change significantly, the planned times will be updated once the entries are in and a final version will be published late next week.


Nutrition talk for Fit4Life group 24th April, 6.15pm

Galway City Harriers - 23 April, 2014 - 21:14

Ever wondered what to eat before a training session?
Ever wondered what to eat after a training session?
If training for a marathon or half marathon what should you eat on a long run?

These and other questions will be answered in a talk to be given by Marie Gallagher Thursday 24th April at 6.15 in the Westside library before Fit4Life training.

Marie has an Honors Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and is a regular at Fit4Life training running with the advanced runners.

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Regional Schools TT’s

Athletics Ireland - 23 April, 2014 - 16:39

The 2014 Aviva Schools’ Track and Field Season is fast approaching with the various regional competitions taking place across the country over the coming weeks. The Aviva schools competition programme encourages young people to get active and compete in a wide variety of track and field events. Attached below are the fixtures for a number of the Leinster regional competition coming up:

West Leinster Day 1

West Leinster Day 2

North Leinster

East Leinster

East Leinster Day 2

East Leinster Day 3

Boston Marathon 2014

Galway City Harriers - 22 April, 2014 - 22:22

The Boston marathon 2014 proved to be a testing course but 5 tough Galway City Harriers were up to the challenge and all came home over the line having battled the downhill course and in higher than predicted temperatures.

Gerry Carty was first home in 2:56:24. This was a new PB for Gerry so well done on holding out to go Sub 3 and take home a new personal best.

Next was Sean Hanley in 3:09:42 which was such a great achievement. Lawrence Kelly came home in 3:18:14.
Michael Greene who won Gold in the 2013 Dublin Marathon crossed the line in 3:30:30.

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Craughwell Marathon and Half Marathon Details

Craughwell AC - 22 April, 2014 - 22:11

Please ensure you send the e-mail to craughwellathletics@gmail.com to enter. 

Club members - we'd be very greatful if you can drop some of your tasty home baked goodies to St. Michael's Hall on Saturday monring before the events of the day.

Craughwell Marathon/Half Marathon Details

This is a low key, self-sufficient Marathon/Half aimed at experienced marathon runners run in adherence to Marathon Club Ireland rules.


Date Saturday 26th April 2014.
Start time: 9:30am.
To enter you MUST mail this contact: craughwellathletics@gmail.com
Number Pickup: Craughwell Community Hall from 8:30am to 9:15am.
Entry €20 - surplus after costs will go to Craughwell Ac.
Limited Entry.
Post race refreshments in the Hall.

Zac Irwin Blog (Day 1 in Monte Gordo)

Athletics Ireland - 22 April, 2014 - 16:16

A squad of Ireland’s top class junior athletes set off on Sunday, 20th of April for a one week warm weather training camp in Monte Gordo, Portugal. The camp has been organised by Athletics Ireland’s High Performance unit and will provide athletes with an opportunity to fine-tune their form pre-season. There will be a full top class support system in place for the week and athletes will be attending various strength and conditions workshops throughout the week. The camp will be overseen by Junior High Performance Manager Jacqui Freyne. 2014 is a big year for the junior athletes with the World Junior Track and Field Championships taking place in Eugene, Oregan from the 22nd-27th of July.

Check out Irish International sprinter Zac Irwin’s (Sligo AC) blog from day one of the camp. This page will be updated each day with a blog from a different athlete and event, so make sure to check back on this page for all the updates.

Day 1: Sunday 20th of April
Author: Zac Irwin

Woke up at 8:50- to the beautiful sounds of playtime alarm clock music. Went down to breakfast with my roommate Marcus- down in breakfast there was a wide selection of cereals, fruit and bacon- I love bacon! At 10 o’clock, 3 bus loads went down to “el Complexo Desportivo” to see the track and to do our main sessions! It was a lot of the members of the group’s first time training in these facilities and the amount of people training there was uncountable. Yet everyone managed to complete there session in the overcast and warm weather. Our session was supervised by ‘Pique’ himself, Daniel Kilgallon!

All bad weather cleared up after training as the sun came out and we went in to the sea for a dip and to refresh the legs! We then headed in for lunch and got ready for our first workshop of the week which was taken at the track by John Cleary, he tought us the basics in strength and conditioning and a dynamic warm up suitable for these exercises. After doing this we left the track and anyone who needed a rub went to room 450 for appointment with Vinny ‘The Nidge’ Mulvey, sound man who loves nothing more than treating his clients while watching Olympic handball!

Half six, we entered the queue for the evening dinner, then at 8 o’clock went to our introductory workshop!

Zak Irwin, signing out!

Galway Sports Partnership 10k Results Labane

Galway City Harriers - 22 April, 2014 - 11:58

Galway City Harriers were well represented in the Galway Sports Partnership 10k in Labane yesterday 21st April.


This was Matt Bidwell’s second win of the weekend following on from Saturdays win (and PB) in the Kilmovee 10k.

It was tough conditions on the course this year as despite the sun shine, there was strong winds on the day so times were slightly down but none the less some good performances & results especially by GCH


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Galway City Harriers is now on Facebook

Galway City Harriers - 21 April, 2014 - 21:54

Galway City Harriers have a new Facebook page so feel free to Like it and follow all our news!!

Click HERE.

Tuam AC Notes 21 April 2014

Tuam AC - 21 April, 2014 - 20:53

Everybody at Tuam AC was sad to learn of the death of Tommy Madden a member of the legendary Derrydonnell AC club and former All Ireland champion. Tommy had a spectacular running career that included numerous County and provincial titles in Cross Country and on the roads and ran in many All Ireland races. He was also a champion cyclist and with his good friend and club mate Willie Morris they dominated running in County Galway for almost 20 years in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s. Just over one month ago Tommy Madden was in Tuam to collect his Galway County Athletics Lifetime achievement award on a night he thoroughly enjoyed and it was a shock to the entire running community to hear of his death. He is survived by his wife Rosaleen and their seven children and a minutes silence was observed at all local races over the weekend as a mark of respect for one of County Galways truly great sportsmen. The 5k series is almost upon us with the first race taking place on Tuesday next 29th April in Athenry at 8pm. Almost 40 Tuam AC members will be taking part and we wish them all the best over the next 6 weeks. Some of our members warmed up at the weekend with races in Kilmovee, Colemanstown and Labane with outstanding performances from Sean O’Morain, Mark Rabbitte and Tim Geraghty in Colemanstown on Saturday. Padraic Burke in both Kilmovee on Saturday and Labane on Monday. Tommy Joe Whyte winning his category in Labane and Stephen Brady who cycled to Labane with Padraic Burke and ran the 10k before cycling back to Tuam. Well done to all.

Easter 10ks, Colemasnstwon, Kilmovee and Labane

Galway City Harriers - 21 April, 2014 - 20:48

It was a big weekend of racing with 3 popular 10ks and the of course the Boston Marathon. Luckily (or maybe not so luckily) the sun was beaming down on the West and Spring was defiantly in the air this Easter weekend.

First up was Colemanstwon 10k on Saturday 19th April
179 people turned out to fast course known for PB’s. Congrats to Owen Byrne coming home in 34:45 to take the win. Well down Owen on coming back from injury, lots more good results to come.

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Robinson, Gregan, McCullough & Foster Impress in America

Athletics Ireland - 20 April, 2014 - 16:30

Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) continued his impressive start to the 2014 season with a second place finish at the B.A.A Invitational Mile in Boston on the 19th of April. Robinson was up against a stacked field including 3.30.35 1,500m athlete Nick Willis (NZL) and 2012 Olympic 1,500m silver medalist Leo Manzano (USA).

The race turned into a slow tactical affair with all the big contenders watching each other in the early stages of the race. Willis demonstrated a devastating kick to pull clear of the field and win the race in a time of 4.11.3. Robinson showed impressive speed of his own to finish second in a time of 4.12 ahead of Olympic silver medalist Manzano third in a time of 4.13.3

“I am happy with that; it was a very slow race, very tactical. I am delighted to get second to Nick. He is a great tactician and his experience came through today, he was the stronger athlete, well done to him.”

Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) opened her 2014 outdoor season in style with a fast 11.50 second run in the 100m at the Tom Jones Memorial Meet in Florida. The time was just .01 of a second outside her personal best for the distance.

Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) was also in action over the weekend competing in the 200m at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays in California. This was Gregan’s season opener and he produced an encouraging performance to run a time of 21.40 to finish in seventh place. Gregan will now team up with Robinson to run on the Irish team at the Penn Relays this Saturday, April 26th.

Conor McCullough (Crusaders AC) contested the hammer event at the Mt. Sac Relays. McCullough produced a consistent set of throws, with all of his efforts over 70m. His best throw came in the final round when he launched the hammer out to 72.53m to finish in second place. The throw was less than a metre shy of the qualification standard (73.50m) for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August.

Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge

Athletics Ireland - 20 April, 2014 - 16:23

Great atmopsphere record crowds at 800 plus checking in . Section winners coming from visiting athletes . The event which encompasses road ,trails and Beach and add in a dip in the cold Atlantic Ocean plus childrens races on the beautiful setting that is Pollan Beach the local committee were delighted as funds will primarily go towards repairing the local Beach walkway severely damaged in winter Storms . Brooks and retail store Mc Elhinneys came on board as sponsors and all are reminded that race number is valid for 20 % off in their Sports Store until May 4th . Full results and photos to issue shortly

Here are results 1-250

Abbey Run 10k

Athletics Ireland - 17 April, 2014 - 16:05

The Abbey Run Quin 10k takes place this Saturday, 19th of April at 11am. There is a 10k run or 7k walk on offer, registrations and enquiries can be made to quinclooneygames@gmail.com or mobile: 087 7868220

Heffernan to Lead Irish Team at World Cup

Athletics Ireland - 17 April, 2014 - 15:08

World 50km Race Walking Champion Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) will lead the Irish Team at the prestigious IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China from the 3rd -4th May.

Heffernan made his competitive comeback on the Race Walking Circuit at the Lugano Race Walking Grand Prix in Switzerland last month (March 16th). He finished fifth in the 20km race in Lugano in a time of 1.20.57. Heffernan has recently returned from a three week training camp at altitude in Johannesburg and will use the race in China to further his preparations for the 50km Race Walk at the European Track & Field Championships in Zurich in August.

Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC), Luke Hickey (UCC) and Cian McManamon (Westport AC) will join Heffernan on the team in China. Olympian and World Championship representative Boyce has also been on camp in Johannesburg fine tuning his preparations for the race in China. Boyce who finished in 63rd place at the World Cup two years ago will target an improvement on that performance at the 2014 event.

At the end of the 2013 season Hickey was ranked amongst the top 15 junior’s in Europe while McManamon was also inside the top 15 at U23 level. Both of these young up and coming athletes will test themselves against the very best race walkers in the World as they both make their debuts at World Cup level.

Olympian Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) will be the sole Irish representative in the 20km women’s race. Reynolds is coming off the back of a solid sixth place finish in the 20km race at the Grand Prix in Podebrady, Czech Republic on April 13th. Reynolds like Heffernan will be using the World Cup event as part of her preparations for the European Championships.

Men’s 20km Team
Name Club Coach
Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) Marian Heffernan
Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) Rob Heffernan
Luke Hickey (UCC AC) Rob Heffernan
Cian McManamon (Westport AC) Michael Doyle

Women’s Individual 20km
Name Club Coach
Laura Reynolds (Mohill and District A.C.) Colin Griffin

Team Support
Team Manager – Patsy McGonagle
Team Physio – Emma Gallivan
Team Support – Ray Flynn

Galway Triathlon Club seek Volunteers for Aquathon

Galway City Harriers - 17 April, 2014 - 10:03

The Galway Triathlon Club Aquathon 2014 committee will once again host The Galway Aquathon Festival for both the National Long Course and Youth Aquathlon Championships!

They are looking for GCH members to volunteer for the National Championship race on 19 July 2014 from 9.30 - 2.00pm. And will provide water and snacks, and the entertainment ... i.e. the tri-athletes going past at various intervals!!

GTC members were very good to us during the Streets of Galway last year and many of their members marshalled for us on the day so it would be nice to return the favour to them.

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The Marathons have put a Spring in our step

Galway City Harriers - 16 April, 2014 - 22:06

Well done to everyone who has put in some serious training over the past 4 months. It's never easy to train for a marathon and even harder when the wind, rain, hail, sleet and snow are against you and that could happen on a long run the way the weather has been since Christmas. None the less last weekend there was some fantastic achievements by our club members and hopefully the GCH crew in Boston will come across the line in triumph!

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EYOT (Important Change of Date)

Athletics Ireland - 16 April, 2014 - 13:55

The Athletics Ireland has updated the selection policy for the 2014 European Youth Olympic Trials to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 30 May - 1 June 2014.

We have received updated information from the EYOT organisers in Baku.

Anybody hoping to travel from Ireland to Baku needs a visa to enter the country therefore we wish to notify you that solely due to the length of time for the Visa application process we have had to change the selection date for the European Youth Olympic Trials to the 12 May. The deadline for achieving guideline performance standards will therefore be 11 May 2014. This is to solely to accommodate the minimum length of time required to obtain a visa (even using their ‘express’ system) as the embassy is based in London.

Below you will find an outline of the process for obtaining a visa for this competition.

Athlete completed National Team Declaration Form - 31 January 2014.
Athlete sends Passport Copy to Athletics Ireland.
Athletics Ireland applies for a Visa Invitation Letter from the EYOT Baku organisers - deadline 28 April (process takes a minimum of 2 weeks).
Final Day to send application for Visa to embassy in London is 12 May (process takes a minimum of 2 weeks).
If on time should receive passport and visa - 26th May (2 days before travel)

Please note that as with any international competition obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the individual athletes. Athletics Ireland will apply for an athlete’s invitation letter. Further details on how to apply for a visa will be sent over the next few days.

Notes: In order to be eligible for selection all athletes must:

Fill out a National Team Declaration Form (NTDF) on the Athletics Ireland High Performance website before 31 January 2014.
Athletics Ireland endeavours to select a team of the top individuals (up to a maximum of sixteen athletes) for this competition that have met with the selection policy criteria.

Athletes can query (i.e. seek clarification regarding selection and/or requirements regarding what they need to do to meet selection requirements) with the Athletics Ireland Selectors or the Junior High Performance Manager.

Further Event Workshops in the West

Athletics Ireland - 15 April, 2014 - 20:50

The following event workshops will take place in the west in the coming weeks. These workshops are primarily intended to up-skill the club coach who may have recently completed an ‘Assistant Coach’ or ‘Level 1’ coaching course, although attendance on such a course is not a pre-requisite of attendance. Athletes aged 12 and up are also welcome.

Introducing Hurdles
Thursday 24th April
Claremorris AC
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Mary Barrett & Jim Ryan

Introducing Shot Put
Friday 25th April
St. Brigid’s VS Loughrea, Co. Galway
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

Javelin & Turbojav (NB - this workshop has been cancelled)
Wednesday 30th April
Athlone IT (TBC) (Meet in Indoor Arena)
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by David Courtney

The following workshops have recently taken place as part of this series. Many thanks to all coaches and athletes who have attended, and particular thanks to the coaches who delivered the sessions.

Javelin & Turbojav
Wednesday 2nd April
Athlone IT
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by David Courtney

Introducing Hurdles
Friday 4th April
St. Brigid’s VS Loughrea, Co. Galway
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

High Jump
Monday 7th April
Claremorris AC
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Jim Ryan

Race Walking
Monday 7th April
Claremorris AC
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Michael Oliver

Javelin & Turbojav
Wednesday 9th April
Lee’s Rd., Ennis
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by David Courtney

Strength and Conditioning for the Young Athlete
Friday 11th April
St. Brigid’s VS Loughrea, Co. Galway
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

Long Jump
Monday 14th April
Athlone Indoor Arena
€5 per person
Contact Paul McNamara at paul@athleticsireland.ie to confirm attendance in advance. Please provide mobile and email contacts.
Delivered by Mary Barrett

Connacht Development Squad, AIT, April 26th

Athletics Ireland - 15 April, 2014 - 20:35

The next Connacht Development Squad day will take place in Athlone IT on Saturday April 26th 2014 from 12.30pm - 3pm.

Connacht Development Squad
Date: Saturday April 26th
Venue: Athlone IT (meet in the indoor arena)
Time: 12.30pm to 3pm
Who: Top 6 (or equivalent standard) in any Connacht event in 2013/2014, and aged u14 to u19 in 2014
To attend: Confirm name, contact mobile & chosen event to Paul McNamara (paul@athleticsireland.ie) by 23rd April
Cost: €5
Consider bringing a packed lunch.
Be prepared for possible inclement weather.

This is an excellent opportunity for athletes to avail of collective training with peers under the guidance of an experienced coach, to complement the coaching you receive in your club.

All Connacht athletes aged u14 to u19 in 2014 that finished in the top 6 at a Connacht Schools or Connacht Clubs championships in Indoor T&F, Outdoor T&F, Cross-country or combined Events in 2013/2014, or are at an equivalent standard, are invited to attend.

Please note, those planning to attend MUST email AAI RDO Paul McNamara (paul@athleticsireland.ie ) to confirm their attendance by Wednesday April 23rd at the latest. When doing so please provide a parents contact number. Athletes MUST also state their chosen event so we can ensure we have sufficient coaching cover for each event. If insufficient numbers confirm attendance in any given event, then that event will not be catered for, and those who have confirmed attendance will be notified of this.

Athletes are asked to contribute €5 to offset the cost of the event. This will be collected on the day. Meet at 12.30pm in the indoor arena.


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