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Timetable for Connacht Indoor Championships

9 February, 2016 - 14:09
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Please see the timetables for the Connacht Indoor Championships attached.

Please note there will be no training for the Juvenile Club on Sunday 21st Feb as a result of this event.

Categories: Juvenile News

GCH Nominations for 3rd Annual County Galway Athletic Awards

8 February, 2016 - 16:38

1. Team of the Year - GCH U18/& U19 Galway City Harriers Relay team

2. Under 12 to Under 15 Girls - Emma Moore, Galway City Harriers.

3. Under 16 to Under 19 Boys - Cilin Greene, Galway City Harriers.

4. Senior Women - Niamh Hennelly, Galway City Harriers.

5. Senior Men - Sean Breathnach, Galway City Harriers.

6. Masters Women - Margaret Sheridan, Galway City Harriers.

7. Masters Men – Martin Kearney, Galway City Harriers

8. Outstanding Contribution to Athletics – PJ Coyle - Galway City Harriers

9. Hall of Fame Award - Joe Scanlon GCH - Galway City Harriers

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National League Final, GCH Men take Silver Medal West!!!

8 February, 2016 - 16:15

National League Final, GCH Men Silver Medallists.

GCH is a great club. I believe in our club, the athletes, volunteers,
parents are all amazing. However sometimes at senior level we don’t
show this as a club at elite level competition, we always have some
great individual performances but rarely as a team. This is beginning
to change, we’re showing it in Cross country and now we’re showing it
in track & field.

Our photos taken by Luis Figueiredo show the team proudly wearing our
fancy new kit. These GCH tops made us really feel like a team.
Sometimes the team element of athletics can be missing but we found it
on Saturday. Thanks to Galway Clinic and our club for sponsoring the
Kit for the team.

We fought hard and chased Cloniffe Harriers all the way to the end.
Cloniffe won with 157 points, Galway City harriers 2nd with 143 points
and Leevale and Donore Harriers were joint 3rd with 102 points.
Cloniffe had a great team there on the day, they have a great
reputation in Elite level competition and it was great that our team
from the west could push them to the end. We had some great
performances to be proud of:

Pole Vault: Cliff Jennings, the ultimate team player done the pole
vault for us. We don’t have the facility for Pole Vault in Galway so
it is really amazing to have someone be able to get over this for us.
Cliff had to rush off so we missed him at the end for presentation but
he was there in spirit.

Long Jump: Michael was unlucky in the long jump just missing his mark
for foul jumps. Knowing points counted he managed a safe 5.43m jump.
He is capable of 1m further. We’re hoping Michael will be around for
the outdoors as I believe he is a very good Javelin thrower!

Simon Callaghan guesting in the long jump and done 5.96m. He’ll be
over 6m in no time at all.

60m Hurdles: Simon Callaghan, only recently returned to competition
showed why he is a class act. Simon finished 3rd and improved his
season time by .2.

60m Jack Dempsey, only 16 years of age really put it to the seniors.
Jack ran an incredible 7.11 to finish 4th behind some of the best
seniors in the country. Jack and his team mates will be a big part of
GCH teams in the future.

Shot Putt: This was one of the great moments of the day that make you
proud to be GCH. Powerhouse Sean Breathnach unofficially broke the
Irish record in a practice throw. He threw 18.63m, the record is
18.07m. It doesn’t stand but it is only a matter of time before Sean
officially owns this record. Sean of course won the event and secured
max points.

Both Igor Muntean and Breandan Staunton had fantastic throws in the
shot putt too. Igor and Brendan are a huge part of the future of the
club. Our Jumps and throws coaches. Igor is taking some of our young
stars under his wing and we will see the results in the future.
Breadan is ensuring that there is a throws group so that when the
great Sean Breathnach finally has enough, the club will have throwers
to come in and try fill his shoes.

1500m: Keith Fallon was going to do the double in the 800m and 1500m
for us. Unfortunately there was only an hour between races. Keith is a
smart competitor, he could have destroyed the field easily but instead
just relaxed, conserved energy and done enough to win the race for
team in 4.03. I spoke with him 1 minute after finishing and you
couldn’t even tell he had run!

High Jump: Bryan Ndego is what you would call one of these incredible
talents. With very little coaching he has managed to be one of the
best jumpers in the country. He had a titanic battle for first and
just missed out on final height to finish second. Igor Muntean is
hopefully going to be helping Bryan out and we can expect to see Brian
out in an Irish vest soon.

400m: Luke O’Shaughnessy has being going for strength to strength this
season. Before this season, Luke has a 400m PB of 52.5. He ran 51.18
to finish 3rd for team. But it was the way he ran that made us all
proud. Luke fought hard all the way to the line and never once gave up
– this is what the character of our team is and was shown right here!

Sean Kyne also had a great race in the 400m going under 54 again
showing last time was no fluke. His improvement has been nothing short
of stellar.

800m this was one of the most exciting races of the day. Keith Fallon
was out again for us. Keith told me he hadn’t run a sub 60sec 400m all
year so this was going to be interesting. Keith was in 3rd place with
a lap to go. He went for it, he was still in 3rd place with 100m to
go, he kept going for it, going for it and right at the line Keith got
up there for the win! It was incredible and Keiths performances really
gave us hope to go after Cloniffe.

Triple Jump: Henrique Nkolovata gained some valuable experience
jumping 11.29m. With some training and coaching he can certainly be a
contender in the future.

200m: Cillin Greene ran 22.15 for 2nd place overall for team. However
heat he was in, he won the race. He battle hard all the way to the
line and won his heat by 1/10th of a second. To me its that fighting
spirit of not giving in, regardless of if you’re the person who wins
by 1/10th of second or not is what athletics is about. Our club has
shown that we have that spirit in abundance.

Sean Kilmartin, a tank of a teenager had a great race running 23.1 in
the 200m too.

4x200m relay: We had a strong 4x200m relay of Jack Dempsey, Luke
O’Shaughnessy, Sean Kilmartin and Cillin Greene. However, AAI decided
that straight after the mens 200m they the mens 4x200m relay would be
on. Sean and Cillin were both really tired.

I tried telling the lads to take it easy, we can’t win now and no one
can over take us. Inbetween legs, Sean and Cillin were bent over
wrecked…. But of course they guys have mental toughness! As soon as
baton was passed over, you just saw the elite athletes they were with
no evidence of them being tired. The finished 2nd in a very exciting

It was a great day where the team really came together. This day was
made possible by many coaches, parents and volunteers.

Race Report Brendan Glynn

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Fixtures & Closing Dates (Feb, March, April)

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’

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

Categories: Member NoticesSenior News

January Road Races Round Up

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

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 to book a place on bus.

Written by Brendan Glynn.

Categories: Senior NewsSenior Racing

No Juvenile Training Sunday 21st Feb due to Indoor Championships

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

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

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

Club Challenge - Event 14 and Final Results

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


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Club Challenge - Event 13 Results

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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No Juvenile Training Sunday 24th January due to Indoor Competition

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.

GCH AGM Wednesday 20th January 2016

11 January, 2016 - 14:43


The Galway City Harriers AGM will take place on Wednesdy 20th Januay 2016 at the Westwood Hotel from 8pm.

Club gear will be available to purchase and refreshments will be served.

We have a number of committee positions to fill this year so we would greatly appreciate your attendance this year as your ideas really count towards driving the future of the club.

For more details contact

Training for U9-12s resumes on Sunday 10th Jan

8 January, 2016 - 10:56

Training for U9-12 age groups resumes on Sunday 10th January.  Please sign up on Sunday for the County Indoor Competition ( 24 Jan in Athlone) )  if you wish to compete. All athletes must be registered before entering the competition.



Sign up for Juvenile County Indoor Competition before 15th Jan

5 January, 2016 - 22:33

The County Indoor Competition takes place on Jan 24th in Athlone IT.  Please sign up at training before 15th Jan if you wish to compete.  Athletes who wish to compete in this Competition must  renew their memberships fees prior to 15th Jan.  Full details of the indoor events are on the GCH Juvenile Facebook Page.

Club Challenge - Event 12 Results

2 January, 2016 - 23:39

St. Stephen's Day brought the, by now traditional, Fields of Athenry, flooded roads, chilly conditions and gale force winds.  Actually there was no gale force wind and it showed in some superb performances.  Matt Bidwell led the GCH challenge home with a fantastic sub 32 minute run and a 3rd place overall finish.  Martin Kearney not only secured his first top 50 t-shirt but also ran a 10km PB for good measure.  Niall Murphy also ran his best Fields yet to secure one of those sought after t-shirts.

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Cole's 50K Treadmill Challenge .... in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre

31 December, 2015 - 10:30

Ultra Runner Cole Greene will don the GCH vest this Saturday 2nd Jan at 12 O'Clock and attempt a gruesome 50K on a TREADMILL in the sweltering conditions of the busy Eyre Square Centre as a fundraiser for GCH Juvenile.  He will set up opposite Penneys.

Please come out and support his attempt, it's an awesome challenge.

January 2016 Beginners start date

30 December, 2015 - 22:07

Monday 11th January 2016 is the next start date for beginners wishing to start running with Fit4Life.  Venue is Westside Library and time is 7pm. Anyone who is thinking of starting needs to turn up on that evening to attend a short talk followed by a short taster session. Membership forms will be available on that night and all questions will be answered on how it works. Parking is available in Dunnes Stores Carpark near the Library. Enquiries to Bernie 087 7504066