Galway City Harriers
Richard McGrath and Ronan Duggan won Silver Medals yesterday at the National Track & Field team Event in Tullamore. A sensational run by the young pair who finished just two hundreds of a second off the Winners in the 60m. Richard actually recorded the fastest 60m of the day.
Rachel Fahy and Aoibhe Joyce competed in the U11 600m recording impressive times of 2.03 and 2.04 over the distance. A great finish to a very successful season for these young athletes in their first ever All Ireland's.
On a balmy Tuesday night in Dangan the first night of the county track and field championships doubled as round 5 of the GCH club challenge. 13 GCH athletes toed the line in the 3000 and 5000m races. At the end of the night Majella Ní Chríocháin and Martin Kearney maintained their positions at the top of the table albeit with reduced leads.
68 GCHers have now scored in the club challenge. Next up is the National Half Marathon in Dublin at the beginning of August.
Michael O'Connor, a GCH club member, has opened Muscle Maintenance, a sport therapy clinic in the city offering coaching, sports massage and cryotherapy. We wish Michael well with this venture.
Michael is offering GCH members an introductory discount on for treatments, and a complementary cryospa treatment for GCH club members. Contact Michael on: 0863818130
The county senior outdoors track and field championship sees leg 5 of the club challenge. The events that make up this leg are as follows:
- 7:45pm - 3000m Women
- 8:15pm - 5000m Men
There will be no GCH track training this Tuesday evening to facilitate the county championships so why not use the 3000m/5000m as your track session and gain some valuable points in the club challenge at the same time.
Congrats to Luke O Shaughnessy & Sean Kilmartin on taking bronze medals in the 4X100m relay representing Connacht st the prestigious Tailteann Games on Friday. Sean also finished 4th in both 100m and 200m.
Training Plan for June, thanks to Matt Lockett for preparing.
GCH athletes win over 25 Individual Connacht Titles at the Connacht Track & Field Championships Day 2 U13- Senior
Well done to all who competed yesterday in Claremorris at the Connacht Track & Field Championships. The results were outstanding.From hurdles to sprints to field events and middle distance GCH athletes excelled. See results attached.
GCH young stars Sarah Agboola and Shauna Brennan take the 100m and 800m titles at the recent Galway City Sports in Dangan. Shauna was followed closely by her team mates Mairead Flynn in second and Ciara Dunne in third, making it a 1,2 and 3 for our talented young GCH athletes.
Follow our Juvenile Club on their new Facebook Page Galway City Harriers Juvenile for the latest news of our young athletes.
The dates and programme have been announced for the Galway Senior/Masters and Junior Track and Field Championships and details are below. Entry can be made on Athletics Ireland online entry system, and on the night on Day One. Both days will be held in Dangan, Galway City at the NUIG/RSC Track.
Day 1 is on Tuesday 23rd June from 7:30pm
7:45pm - 3000m Women;
8:15pm - 5000m Men
7:30pm: Triple Jump:
7:30pm: Javelin (women);
8:00pm: Javelin (men);
8:30pm: Shot Putt (Women);
9.00pm: Shot Putt (Men)
In anticipation of the 30th Streets of Galway Road Race, we've uploaded a few photographs from 15 years ago...
Warming up for the Streets, 2000 style:
The obligatory sprint finish, at Eyre Square:
Since the last Club Challenge update we've had the National Road Relays and the Club Away race. These events introduced several new names into the Club Challenge league and has changed the front end of the leaderboards.
Martin Kearney jumped into the lead in the Men's league and Majella Ní Chríocháin leads in the Women's league just one point ahead of GCH Chairperson Mags Sheridan.
The next Club Challenge event is Tuesday 23rd June - Galway Track & Field including 3000m (women) and 5000m (men). Full details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/825267837568323/
The Club Away Race was at the Baxter Streets of Casltebar 5k on Saturday 30th May. We had a bus organised from Galway and several members also travelled up under their own steam.
The weather had turned very wet and pretty windy and Aubree was the first to venture out for a warm up. The rest of us took shelter in race HQ at the Tennis Club, postponing the inevitable drenching.
After a brief delay at the start that felt like an age, we got underway and quickly into the short but hardest hill of the course. The course undulated through the town streets before switching from the streets to the lovely Lough Lannagh Greenway. This was a fast course and despite the conditions there were many good finish times and several PBs amongst the Harriers.
Aubree Peipmeier had the performance of the evening taking first woman and leading the women's team home. Six individual prizes and both team first prizes were collected by GCH on the night. Full details below, and full results here. After the prizegiving many of us shared a meal and drinks in Castlebar. Overall a good race and a good social evening.
GCH Participants in 2015 Streets of Castlebar 5k: Anna McHugh, Aubree Piepmeier (1st woman & 1st team), Bridget Jacobsen, Clare Rowe (1st age group & 1st team), Danny Carr (1st age group), Dearbhla Byrne, Esther O’Flaherty (1st team), Gerry Carty (1st age group & 1st team), Jason Kelly, Jim Phelan (1st team), Karen Quirke, Lisa Naughton, Mags Sheridan (2nd age group), Majella Ni Chriochain, Marie Sheil, Martin Kearney (1st age group), Sean Hanley (1st team), Sinead Brody (1st team), Vincent Jordan (1st team).
This weekend the Juvenile section will be conducting a survey of parents and guardians of our juvenile membership. The aim of this survey is to inform the development agenda for the juvenile programme at GCH.
We ask every parent and guardian to come down to the track for five minutes this Sunday to complete a copy of the survey. Surveys and pens will be available at the track.
There was a fantastic turnout of more than 60 GCH members at the seminar on psychology in sport last night at the Galway Bay Hotel. We had some of the newest members present with some of the longest standing members of the club and the speakers kept us enthralled.
In our recent members survey 82% of respondents reported they run to keep fit and healthy. The good news it they are doing just the right thing. The April editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says:
A recent report from the UK's Academy of Medical Royal Colleges described ‘the miracle cure’ of performing 30 min of moderate exercise, five times a week, as more powerful than many drugs administered for chronic disease prevention and management. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%.
Interestingly 25% of our respondents reported they run to lose weight. The news on this front is less good:
However, physical activity does not promote weight loss.
This is a great article jointly written by a cardiologist, sport physiologist and nutritionist and well worth a read. Or if you're interested the lead author cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra discusses the article in a BJSM podcast.
Keep your ear to the GHC ground as we'll be holding a seminar on nutrition for sport in the not too distant future.