Galway City Harriers
Attached are the All-Ireland Juvenile Indoors timetables for Saturday 22nd March & Sunday 23rd at Athlone IT.
Note: There will be no juvenile training on Sunday 23rd March as a result.
Galway Athletics County Board are delighted to announce that the following Galway Athletics Award Winners have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the various category awards for the 2013 year.
These athletes and coaches have contributed immensely to their sport and have achieved great success and excellence both in 2013, and in some cases, over many decades of athletic endeavour.
New Inn 5K Sunday 30th March
Bernie will be taking names (and money if you have it) before Fit4Life training over the next few training evenings.
€25 for bus and race entry fee. leaving Westside Library 11ish and back again approx. 4ish.
This is a lovely race with a nice and flat route
Road Race starts and finishes in the village of New Inn, Ballinasloe Co. Galway.
Registration takes place from 11am at the Community Centre in the village.
Race starts at 1.
Refreshements afterwards and biscuits.
Congratulations to Nicola Duncan was been chosen to represent Ireland at the World half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen on 29th March.
Nicola finished 2nd women in the Barcelona half marathon in February demolishing her personal best set 2 weeks previous to that in Watford 74:46 with a new PB of 72:13 seconds.
Nicola is also taking part in the London Marathon, best of luck!
Next beginners group will start on Monday 28th April. Just turn up at Westside Library for 7pm.
No Fit4Life Training on the following dates:
Monday 17th March St. Patrick's Day
Thursday 17th April Holy Thursday
Monday 21st April Easter Monday
On Monday 7th April all participants (who are able) will move up a group so that by the time I start new beginners on Monday 28th you will all be well settled into your new more advanced groups
I have created three albums of photo's from last weekends championships and can be linked from below.
2014 saw the 4th Annual Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon & 10k races with over 1,300 athletes taking part in both events. The Galway City Harriers dominated the course with 50 club members participating in the races this year.
It was a glorious day in Kinvara fresh and calm with enough sun shining through the clouds to keep the cold at bay. The atmosphere was electric with a sea of colorful athletes scattered along the waterside village doing last minute prep to warm up and stretch before their chosen races (and walks!).
With the cross country and indoor season just about over, and the days getting longer, it is time to start thinking towards the summer.
There were some great performances by Galway's endurance athletes from: Nicola Duncan’s exploits on the roads; Gary Thortons's national silver medal, and Keith Fallons U23 indoor titles to mention a few.
Now is the time to put in some hard work if you want to race well this summer, so it is the time to think about maybe stepping training up by 5%. Maybe think about stretching the Sunday run by a mile or two and doing the extra rep.
Well done to everyone who has taken part in the challenge to date.
Remember the next event is the Craughwell 10 mile in 23rd March.
There have been some slight changes to the scoring system. These changes make showing up a lot more valuable than not showing up and rewards everyone who does.
Thanks to Vincent Jordan for these suggestions.
• Points are scored as follows:
- 30 for the 1st GCH finisher, 29 for the 2nd, 28 for the 3rd, all the way down to the 20th GCH finisher who gets 11 point. All subsequent GCH finishers will receive 10 points.
Well done to Gary Thornton who produced one of the best ever performances by a G.C.H. athlete when finishing 2nd in yesterday's National Senior Inter Club Cross-country Championships held in Dundalk I.T. over a very testing course.
Gary has set the standard for Galway City Harriers athletes since the late 1990's finishing 2nd in the Irish under 20 cross-coutry championships in 1998 & representing Ireland at the Europen championships in the under 20 event that year. He also represented Ireland a number of times at the European Senior cross-country championships.
Well done to everyone who took part in yesterdays 10k and Half Marathon.
Congrats to Matt Bidwell who took his 4th title in row to claim another 1st place in the 10k and Helen Corbett who stormed home in 3rd in under 40 minutrs.
Report to follow but here are the results for now
The National Masters and Intermediate Cross country championships were held on a tough, energy sapping, muddy course in Dunboyne, Co Meath on Sunday Feb 24th.
Galway had almost forty athletes competing across the various events and came home with a large haul of medals.
The Masters Womens event was first off and both city club GCH and Galway County Womens team Over 50s won bronze medals in the club and Inter county event respectively.
Congratulations to Laura Ann Costello recieved an Athletics award in Tullamore
Laura Ann was part of the Ireland girls 4x100m team that won Gold medals at the Europen Youth Olympics in Utrecht in july. The team members were honoured in Tullamore at the AAI awards night.
She had a great season on the track winning the all-Ireland schools Intermediate 100m & finished 2nd in the 200m.
She also won 3 medals at the National indoors.She represented Galway in the national T&F League. She also won Gold at the Community Games in the under 16
Galway 5K Series
Details of this years Galway 5K Road Race Series are below.
The Galway 5K Road Race Series is a series of six 5k road races held in various towns and villages throughout County Galway on 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings from late April to early June. A much coveted "Series T-Shirt" is given to anyone who takes part in 4 out of the 6 races.
Online entry at www.runireland.com and entry opens Thursday, 13th March at 8pm.
Entry sells out very quickly so be ready. The full list of races/dates is:
Race #1. Tuesday 29-Apr at 8pm - Athenry
Well done to everyone who took part in the Coldwood 4 mile on 26th January, the name lived up to conditions on the day
Jason Broderick (Craughwell) came first in 22.01, while Fintan Hyland (GCH) came second in 22.16 and to Jerome Debize (GCH) coming in 3rd place in 24.26.
Helen Corbett (GCH), back on form came first in the ladies and 11th overall in 26.22.
Full results attached
Congratulations to Evan McGuire who just received one of the Athletics Ireland All Stars for his successes in 2013 in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Saturday the 8th of February.
Seen above, Evan was presented with his award by Olive Loughnane, Professor Ciaran O Cathain & Jim Ryan, Athletics Ireland.
Evan had a very successful 2013. Winning both the indoor and outdoor 400 and he followed this up with a win and Champion Best Performance in the 400 Hurdles.
Due to storm damage to Westside Library, Fit4Life groups will convene and all groups will leave from Enterprise Centre this evening. Please do not approach the Library under any circumstances.
Congrats to everyone who participated in the Maree 8K on Sunday 9th February
325 people turned out this year on a cold and windy day, albeit the rain did stay away and the sun shone ever so slightly.
A great turnout represented Galway City Harriers and podium placement in both the men’s and women’s race.
Matt Bidwell (GCH) took his 4th first place title in 26.46. In second was Mick Fogarty (Athlone Tri Club) in 27.14 & in third was Rory Moloney (West Waterford AC) just behind in 27.20.
The Galway City Harriers AGM will take place on Friday 21st February.
This year’s AGM will be held at the Galway Bay Hotel from 8pm.
We would greatly appreciate your attendance this year as your ideas really count towards driving the future of the club.
We are also hosting a brief awards event with some finger food afterwards at the hotel bar so its not all work and no play on the night!
For more details contact email@example.com
Congratulations to Nicola Duncan who has been selected to represent Ireland at the European championships marathon which will be held from 11th-17th August in Zurich.
Nicola celebrated her selection in style by winning the women's race in the Watford half-marathon with a new PB of 74:46. And finishing 10th overall.
She is currently preparing for the London marathon in April. Best of luck Nicola.