Galway City Harriers
A massive congratulations to Keith Fallon who won the U23’s Bonze at last weekend’s National Inter Cross Country 8k in Santry. And was 40th overall in one of the most competitive Cross Country Races we have seen to date.
Keith has also been selected for the U23 team to represent Ireland in the European Cross Country Championships in France on December 13th, a massive achievement!!
Meanwhile, locally Keith has also won the Galway Bay FM Sports Awards 2015 for his contribution to Athletics.
Emma Moore was in impressive form in the U12 race to finish 11th and in the medals in this highly competitive race. Well done too to Gillian McGrath and Rachel Fahy both competing as part of the Galway team. In the U12 Boys race Dylan Connolly battled hard to finish 29th in his first ever National Championships.
Please contact one of the coaches at training if interested in participating in the Connacht Squad Training Session in Claremorris on 13th December.
Please see the attachment below with full details of how you might be able to help us out at GCH Juvenile
Over the past several months the GCH Development Committee and Juvenile Committee have been reviewing how we collect and manage membership and participation fees at GCH. At the moment all our track fees and most of our membership fees are in cash. The club is of a scale where this requires heroic effort on the part of a few volunteers to collect, count and lodge. Finding €2 for track every time can be pretty inconvenient for participants too. So in 2016 we're moving to a new membership and fees arrangement across all membership groups.
Everybody that regularly attends track will pay lower overall yearly costs, those who attend track frequently will see a substantial cost reduction. The following membership & track fee structure will apply in 2016:
Juvenile Membership (includes AAI affiliation fee of €12 and all track session fees):
- €95 for 1 Juvenile/Junior
- €150 for 2 Juvenile/Junior athletes in same family
- €200 for 3 or more Juvenile/Junior athletes in same family.
NB: Currently Juvenile membership is full. There will be a registration day in December for existing members to renew membership for 2016. If any capacity is available it will be made available at a further registration day before the County Indoors in January.
Senior Membership (includes AAI affiliation fee of €17):
- Annual Membership Fee including Track Fee: €95
- Annual Membership Fee (no track): €40
- Each senior member pays the above rate.
Senior Track Fees:
- Annual Track Fee: €55 for the year 1st January to 31st December
- Per-Term Track Fee: €22 per term. There are three terms in the year. January to Easter, Easter to August, September to December.
- Ad hoc payments will be taken at the track €5 per session.
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Congratulations to Martin McEvilly who has won Gold in Santry at the British & Irish Cross Country Championships in Santry earlier today.
Tough competition, tough conditions, but neither as tough as Martin!
After a successful and very enjoyable X Country Championships in Longford and Roscommon on 1st & 8th November training resumes for all ages this Sunday. Well done to our many athletes who took on the challenge.
Our young U11s took bronze medals today in Boyle in the toughest of conditions. Isabella Burke won Gold as part of the Galway team. She was closely followed by Aoibhe Joyce, Rachel Fahy and Leana McDonagh. Sean Duggan did well to finish in top 30 in the boys race.
Emma Moore continued her good form winning bronze in the U13 race leading her team to gold medals in the team competition. Shauna Brennan finished 5th, Eimear Rowe 8th, and Ciara Dunne 9th, along with Kara McCleane, Joanna Healy and Sinead Duggan were well deserved winners in this category.
Event 9 - Gerry Fanan/Autumn Open Cross Country and Event 10 - National Marathon/Dublin City Marathon saw some superb performances by GCH athletes which are detailed in other articles on the website.
Event 8 - Connact Cross Country is still in progress and the Club Challenge will be updated once that is completed.
GCH Juvenile will commence their Indoor Athletic Programme this Friday night (5th November) at 7PM in the Pavillion. The programme best suits 7 to 10 year olds and will run until the end of March. The Programme is games based and the focus is on fun and fitness. With mini circuits, relay shuttle runs and short sprints included it's an action packed fitness class that is ideal for young children of all abilities.
Hope to see you there!
GCH had a great start to the day with a win in the U12 Girls for Emma Moore. The team finished second with strong performances from Rachel Fahy, Gillian McGrath, Eabha Joyce, Isabella Burke and Aoife Dirrane.
Dylan Connolly was very impressive in the boys race to finish 7th leading the Galway team to Silver medals. Luke Dahler ran strongly to finish 30th.
While we in GCH still reflect in the afterglow of celebrating the 30th anniversary of our "Streets of Galway" club-race earlier this year, it's worthwhile mentioning that our running neighbours across the county boundary in south Mayo will be marking an even more noteworthy occasion on Sunday 15th November next when Hollymount celebrates the 50th anniversary of it's annual road-race.
Tom Hunt of Mayo AC has written two lovely pieces chronicling some of the history of this event in terms of past male and female winners as follows:
It's good to see that there has been a decent representation of both GCH male and female winners in these races down through the years!
There will be no training for Juveniles on Friday 30th October as the track will be closed in Dangan.
Training for U7-13 is also cancelled on Sunday 1st & 8th November due to the Connacht X Country Championships. Best of luck to all who are competing.
A massive congrats to almost 20 GCHers that took part in the 36th Dublin City Marathon 2015 held on Monday 26th October. It was not the most ideal of conditions for 26.2 miles but it didn’t make much of a difference to our brilliant GCH athletes with many coming home with PB’s and even some new silver wear for their efforts.
Cross Country season is well under way and a big hitter as always is the Gerry Farnan XC. This year marked the 32nd year of the race which is also the trial race for men and women wishing to represent Ireland in next month’s British & Irish Masters CC International, scheduled for Saturday 14th November in Santry.
Galway City Harriers had 3 great performances from athletes Keith Fallon, Michael O’Conner and Martin McEvily.
Keith came in second in U23’s and 13th overall in 27.01.
GCH has reserved a small fund to help young athletes to make the tricky transition from promising junior to successful senior. The U23 age group is the time at which many athletes are lost from the sport.
The U23 Bursary assists with the cost of conducting a serious competition campaign: Physio / medical assistance, travel etc. Successful applicants will be required to provide six monthly reports on the progress of their training and racing, alongside a summary of how they used any funding. They will also be expected to compete for the club on a regular basis. Athletes aged 18-23 should send completed forms (as attached) by 1st November 2015 to:
Or by post to Galway City Harriers Secretary, c/o Bernie Kelly, Caislean, Inverin, Co. Galway.
Congrats to Emma Moore who won the 5th & 6th Class races at the Connacht Primary School X Country Champs at the weekend.
In the 3rd and 4th Class race Rachel Fahy won a silver medal.
The Even ages (U12 to U18) will be held in Longford (Moyne) on Sunday 1st November. Please sign up by Wednesday 21st October if interested in competing.
The Uneven ages (U9-U19) will be held in Boyle on Sunday 8th November. Please sign up by Wed 28th Ovctober if interested.
No late entries are allowed this year so please make sure you sign up on time.
As the underage coaches will be attending these two events with their athletes there will be no training for U9s to U13 on Sunday 1st November or Sunday 8th November.
The Galway county cross country at the Palace Grounds in Tuam doubled as the 7th event in the GCH club challenge. Ideal running conditions saw some great racing but ultimately led to little change in the club challenge tables.
The county 10k is going to be run off in conjunction with the Fields of Athenry. This means that there is actually one less race in the challenge as the FoA is already on the list of challenge races.
Well done to our U9 Girls and boys who all did themselves proud today, many in thier first race ever - Jamie Connolly, Richard McGrath and Ronan Duggan ran the boys race and Bethan O'Toole, Charlotte Koller and Rachel Caetano competed in the girls race. Sean Duggan and Calim McDonagh contested the Boys U11 race.
Our U11 Girls team did extraordinaryly well today claiming bronze medals after two of their team members fell at the start of the race. Well done to Aoibe Joyce, Rachel Fahy, Isabella Burke and Megan Connolly.