Galway City Harriers
Here are the standings after the National Novices cross country where our ladies team did the club proud bringing home a national bronze team medal. Not a lot changed at the top of the standings but Alvy Carragher, Barbara Dunne and Helen Corbett showed they would be serious contenders for the Club Challenge title if they put their mind to it. Niamh Hennelly had another great run on the country and looks like she can't be stopped now. Still plenty up for grabs though with the other placings and the age category awards.
On the men's side Martin Kearney, recent recruit to the M60 category, can technically still be denied the the overall award but it will take a perfect storm of results for this to happen. St. Stephen's Day in Athenry will decide all.
Next start date for Beginners to Fit4Life is Monday 12th January 2015. 7pm Westside Library. Any queries to Bernie 087-7504066
Congratulations to Alanna Lally, of Galway City Harriers and Presentation College Athenry who last week was presented with the School Girl's Athlete of the Year award.
The award was presented by Michael Hunt, President of the Irish Schools' Athletics Association, during the National Athletics Awards Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Co. Dublin.
Round 1 of the penultimate club challenge event was the Inter-County Cross Country in Dundalk IT last weekend. It produced a big move in the women's challenge. Niamh Hennelly has leap-frogged to the top of the leaderboard and it will take some fancy footwork and equally fancy mathematics to dislodge her.
In the men's challenge things were largely unchanged at the very top but Gary Thornton, Keith Fallon, Brian O'Connor and John Cronin made great strides up the leaderboard. But have they left their dash too late?
Round 2 of the penultimate event is the National Novice Cross Country Santry on 7th December (best of this and the Inter-counties to count). Of course, the Club Challenge wraps-up with the Fields of Athenry when it looks like final positions could still be up for grabs.
The last of the years training plans only a few weeks remain in 2014 so keep motivated and following the plan till Xmas.
Many thanks to Matt Lockett for putting the training plans together all year.
Why not come along and join the Fit4Life group at Westside Library for a run/jog to celebrate the start of the 8th year?
From very humble beginnings back in November 2007 Fit4Life has grown immensely into the biggest Fit4Life Group in the country. Its main function was and still is in getting participants started on the road to becoming regular joggers/runners. There are 2 training sessions per week on Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm from Westside Library. There are 7 different groups each training at different paces from beginner to advanced runner. Each group has dedicated leaders who plan routes and pace each training session.
Bernie Kelly is pictured above with her 2013 European Athletics Women’s Leadership Award for her dedication to Fit4Life participants. She'll be embarrased seeing it up there but she deserves enormous credit!
The second day of the Connacht cross country held in Westport House last Sunday. The venue was superb for a more traditional cross country course with lots of hills and muck. The heavy passing showers made underfoot conditions difficult and several GCH participants fell during the races but everybody finished.
With the results now in, there have been some small but significant changes at the top of the leaderboards in both the men's and women's events.
Jane Walsh by managing to stay upright in Westport has eked out another 3 points in her lead over Mags Sheridan. In a sport of miles these 'inches' may makes all the difference come St. Stephen's Day.
On the men's side of things Martin Kearney and Martin McEvilly put further daylight between themselves and the chasing pack and the major honours are surely between the two of them now. The elder statesmen of the club are showing the young bucks the way to do it. Vincent Jordan is still keeping his name in the mix and has moved back into third place overall due to his efforts in Mayo.
Next up is more cross country. The National Senior / Novices.
Latest club challenge results after round one of the Connacht cross country. Also, some mistakes from the National Half Marathon were cleared up, these have effected the standings slightly.
In the women's even Jane and Mags are going down to the wire. Mags finished ahead of Jane in the Connacht cross country but Jane maintains a lead of only 2 points. Niamh Hennelly has been creeping up on the outside and could still be in with a shout.
In the men's challenge things are becoming clearer. After competing in 8 of the last 9 events Martin Kearney has shot into the lead and looks to have an unassailable lead. One thing for sure is that there will be a new name on the Men's Challenge roll of honour this year. Matt Bidwell's love of cross country has not tempted him back to defend his title. Martin McEvilly will also surely take way a club challenge prize, the only question is which one.
In the women's section the year long battle between Jane and Mags(fresh from a great run in Dublin) still rages with them filling 1st and 2nd respectively. However there is a new threat on the scene. After a superb 3:12 finish in the Dublin Marathon (and run with a constant smile on her face) Grainne Ni Uallachain is now in third place and is poised to move up the placings if she finishes well in another race this year.
In the men's event Martin McEvilly is still holding off all comers. Vincent Jordan and Martin Kearney are best positioned to mount a challenge if they can achieve a decent result or two in the remaining races.
The remaining 3 races in the challenge are:
- Connacht XC (best of 2 races)
- National Senior XC or National Novice XC
- Fields of Athenry
October Round up of Results
Gary Thornton took the mens title in 25:01 while Alvy Carragher of GCH took the top women’s result in 31:09. Grainne Ni Uallachain (GCH) in her build up to DCM came second in 31:25 while the ever smiling Emer O’Leary was 3rd having just come back from injury in 32:09.
Day 1 in Bushfield, Loughrea on Sunday 2nd November
Day 2 in Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo on Sunday, 9th November
Race distances for both days
Senior, novice and master women 4K
Senior, novice and master men 8k
Entries for both need to be sent to me before next Thursday October 23rd.
Please indicate whether you are taking part in Senior, Novice or Master.
Races start on both days at 1pm with juvenile races followed immediately by the adults.
No late entries. Contact Bernie on firstname.lastname@example.org
October's training plan is attached.
Remember coached sessions with Matt Lockett continue at 7.30 each Tuesday in Dangan.
Great performances all round for the GCH Girls and Boys Categories in the Galway County Cross Country.
The latest Club Challenge after the Grey Lakes 10km and the Galway County Cross Country, both held in Loughrea in the last couple of weeks. The Cross Country was very well attended with 24 Harriers competing in the adult races.
In the women's challenge it looks like it's becoming another head to head between Jane and Mags. However Grainne and Niamh could challenge if they feature strongly in at least 2 of the remaining 4 events.
In the men's challenge Martin McEvilly is rolling back the years by topping the table going into the tailend of the season. Vincent Jordan lies second currently, but Martin Kearney is in a solid third with a race in hand so is well placed for a jump into the lead after one more race.
Upcoming races include the National Marathon in Dublin and the Connacht Cross Country on 2nd & 9th November.
Photo credit: John O'Connor.
A massive congrats to all who took part in the Galway Bay Half Marathon and 10k on Saturday 4th October epically our ladies team who took gold home and deservedly so after outstanding performances by all.
The Conamara 10k promises to be one of the most scenic road races in Ireland, starting in Carna village, crossing the islands of Roisín an Chaladh and Muighnis, before reaching the turnaround point at Muighnis graveyard and heading back to Carna.
As well as being a stunningly beautiful route, the coastal run is flat and ideal for PBs. The race, organised by the Conamara club, TríSpórt, will be chip-timed and refreshments will be provided afterwards in Carna Bay Hotel.
The Conamara 10k will be open to runners, joggers and walkers. There will also be a number of fun runs for children.
Please find Matt Locketts Training Plan for September attached
GCH Juvenile training commences on Sunday 7th September at the track in Dangan.
Training times as follows;
Sunday 10.30am -12pm 7 year old-18 year olds
Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm 10 year olds -18 year olds.
Friday 7pm-8.30pm 9 year olds -18 year olds.
Cost is 2 euro per session.