until Fields of Athenry 10km 2016

Galway City Harriers

Subscribe to Galway City Harriers feed
Athletics and running for all
Updated: 1 hour 25 min ago

Galway Cross Country ( Even Ages) Sunday 2nd October

26 September, 2016 - 20:20

The following races will take place on Sunday 2nd October at Palace Grounds in Tuam.  Please arrive at 12 O'clock to get the athletes race number and to join in the pre race warm up.  U10s - 1000m;U12s - 2000m ;U14s - 3000m;U16s - 4000m ;U18s - 4000m (girls) 6,000 (boys) Athletes should bring the following; 

  • Waterproof  jacket for before and after the race
  • Running Spikes /Trainers
  • GCH Singlet  ( available on the day for €15)
  • Running shorts/tights
  • Bottle of water/snack

 All athletes must have signed up for this event at Training, it will not be possible to enter the competitions on the day.   Best wishes to all our athletes for an enjoyable day.


Categories: Juvenile News

Cross Country Dates

24 September, 2016 - 19:37

Any Seniors/Masters....Novice, Intermediate....who are interested in running the the Galway County x-c and Connaught x-c, contact the club secretary no later than Wednesday 28th (for the County Galway x-c) 

Sunday 2nd October: Galway County x-c.  Senior/Master/Junior and even age Juveniles, Palace Grounds, Tuam @ 1pm

Sunday 9th October:  Juvenile uneven ages. Bushfield, Loughrea.

Saturday 15th October: Coannaught x-c Senior/Masters day 1, & Connaught Primary Schools final. Sligo Racecourse.

Sunday 16th October: AAI Open x-c , incorporating the Masters International trials. National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Entry available on AAI fixture list, Senior, Under 20, and Masters. Please note that Masters must compete in their appropriate distance for the International selection purposes, and must also have current membership with the Irish Masters Athletic Association (IMMA) . Check Irish Masters website for more information.

Sunday 30th October: Connaught x-c Championships day 2, including Senior/eague. Venue to be decided. (Mayo or Galway)

Sunday 6th November: Connaught day 3 senior/Master league. Venue to be decided. (Mayo or Galway)

Saturday 12th November: British & Irish Masters x- International. Glasgow

Sunday 27th November: National x-c - Interclubs and Intercounties all in one race. (10k men/8k women) ans Even ages Juveniles. Venue to be decided

Sunday 11th December: National Novice x-c and uneven ages Juvenile. Venue to be decided.

Contact: secretary@galwaycityharriers.com or 0879234224



Upcoming Events for Juveniles

16 September, 2016 - 21:59

Upcoming Events for young juveniles

The Galway Cross Country Competitions will take place over the first two Sundays in October and it’s an ideal event for athletes of all abilities.   Club members can sign up at Training. 

Athletes will need to have a Club Singlet to compete and they can be purchased at the Track for €15.


The Race Distances are as follows for each age group

                                                       Girls                      Boys         




































Sun 2nd Oct - County Cross  Country  Day 1 – Palace Grounds, Tuam

Events for Under 10/12/14/16/18


Sun 9th October – Galway Cross Country Day 2 -  Bushfield , Loughrea

Events for U9/11/13/15/17/19


There will be no training in Dangan on 2nd or 9th October for the young juveniles  as  the coaches will be attending these events.


Categories: Juvenile News

European Week of Sport

6 September, 2016 - 15:11
AttachmentSize European Week of Sport In A Nutshell.pdf297.66 KB

September 10th to the 18th is designated as the European Week of Sport, to encourage people of all ages to become active. 

Categories: Member Notices

Juvenile Training for 7 to 12 year olds to Recommence after Summer Hols

5 September, 2016 - 21:30

Training for athletes aged 7 to 12 years will recommence on Sunday 18th Sepember at 10.30am.  Looking forward to seeing you all back after the Summer holidays.

As our membership numbers are large for this age group Parents of athletes aged 7 to 10years need to remain trackside during the training sessions. If you can help out on Sundays during this session please speak to one of the coaches and you can add your name to the Rota.

The Older Sprint Group will recommence in October. Details to follow.


Categories: Juvenile News

Help required for Sunday Juvenile Training Sessions

2 September, 2016 - 20:03

Our Sunday morning training sessions will soon restart for 7 to 12 year olds.   We are currently reaching out to parents for help (on a rota basis) during the Sunday morning sessions.  We want to ensure we have sufficient help to make this session a more beneficial, enjoyable and safe experience for our youngest members.  This session is well structured, fun based and no experience of athletics is required as a helper.  All our coaches are Volunteers and the Club is entirely dependent  on people who generously give their free time to  train and support our athletes. Please forward your name to gchjuvenile@gmail.com if you can help us in any way and if you helped us last season please advise if you can continue to support us this season.  Many thanks 

Categories: Juvenile News

Fit4Life returns in September

2 September, 2016 - 14:28

Categories: Fit4LifeMember Notices

Juvenille Cross Country Training

2 September, 2016 - 14:28

Cross Country Training will resume on Sunday 4th September in Dangan for athletes who are interested in competing in the upcoming Cross Country races.

This training is suitable for athletes born 2005 and older only.

This group will also train on Friday nights at 7pm.

Details of training for younger groups and the sprint group to follow soon.

Categories: Juvenile News

Important Track Fees Information

2 September, 2016 - 14:24

The GCH Track Sessions on Tuesday evenings are proving to be very popular with significant numbers attending every week. The Final Term of 2016 has begun and all members are invited to participate.

To take maximum advantage of available daylight sessions will continue with a 6:30pm start time for September.

Important notes:

- Meet point for warm-up, drills and the session briefing will be at the Hockey Pitch, not the Athletcis track.

- Track fees are due for those people who have not paid annual fees:
€22 GCH members,
€33 members of other clubs.

- Online payment of fees available here http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/OnlinePayment

Categories: Member Notices

Juvenile Cross Country Training

30 August, 2016 - 21:19

Cross Country Training will resume on Sunday 4th September in Dangan for athletes who are interested in competing in the upcoming Cross Country races. This training is suitable for athletes born 2005 and older only. This group will also train on Friday nights at 7pm.

Details of training for younger groups and the sprint group to follow soon.

Categories: Juvenile News

Dublin City Marathon latest news

16 August, 2016 - 15:12


The Dublin City Marathon team organisers have secured permission to increase their capacity by an extra 2000 . So if you have not already so, please put your name on waiting list. The link is below. You will still not be guranteed a place. I have done all I can re with AAI and Dublin Marathon team.


Waiting list is available viasseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie/contact-us

National Half Marathon, Track & Field League , Race Committee

14 August, 2016 - 22:54

Last weekend was a very busy and successfull weekend for the club.

Congrats to the GCH mens  team who took bronze in the final of the National Track & Field  League in Tullamore. Great team effort over all three rounds. Well done to manager Brendan Glynn and all the coaches who have built up this team over the years. Well done also to the Galway County womens team who reached the final, with some GCH women competing on the team.

Well done to all the GCH participants who competed in the National Half Marathon in Dublin. Medal winners included Gary Thornton who took silver in the Senior category, Grainne Ni Uallachain, who took gold in her category, and Gerry Carty who took bronze in his category. The v50 womens team of Carmel Brannigan, Majella Ni Chriochain, and Mags Sheridan took silver.

Finally, many thanks to the Streets of Galway Road Race committee for their organisation of the 31st Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8K and well done to everyone who took part. 



Dublin Marathon and Masters Track & Field

9 August, 2016 - 20:32

Dublin Marathon

This from the Dublin Marathon page, so if you planning on running and not yet signed up, do so now !

Over 15,000 walkers, joggers & runners have signed up for the 37th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon so far. (incorporating the National Marathon Championships)

Anyone planning on running,make sure you sign up ASAP as imited spaces available!!
Register via: www.sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie


Reminder :National Masters Track & Field closing date is this Friday ,12th August

Entries to secretary@galwaycityharriers.ie or contact Mags at 0879234224



Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8K 2016 - Race Information

1 August, 2016 - 14:16

Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8K 2016 - Race Information

Galway’s biggest road-race takes place this weekend, as 2016 sees the 31st running of the iconic ‘Streets of Galway" 8K road-race. The Galway City Harriers organized event, which is sponsored this year by the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Galway, takes place on Saturday 6th August next at 7pm. This year the race will have 3,000 participants with many top Irish athletes competing including some Irish internationals and top local road runners as well as thousands of club  runners , joggers and those who just want to get around!

The race itself starts as usual at School Road on the junction of Fr. Griffin Road and Fr. Burke Road (directly outside the entrance to the Galway Technical Institute) and the finish- is in Southpark, Claddagh. However, as race head-quarters are situated closer to the finish-line at the Galway Rovers Clubhouse, Nimmo's Pier, Southpark, Claddagh (approximately 0.5KM from the race start-line), you are advised to assemble at race head-quarters to warm-up (on the numerous playing fields at Southpark) or to avail of the toilet or changing facilities beforehand. You should then proceed to the race-start according to the directions provided approximately 20 minutes before the race is started at 7pm sharp.

 The 8km route takes in all the city highlights, winding through the city-centre and out into the Salthill suburbs, before returning on the roads along the coast-line to Southpark in the Claddagh where the finish-line is located. All of the most famous landmarks in the city are taken in on en-route including the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square, NUIG, the Cathedral, and the Salthill promenade making it a superb way to see the city by foot. Please consult the  Course map and FAQ on the website of host club Galway City Harriers to brief yourself fully on all race logistics. As the race starts and finishes in a residential area, we would ask that you respect the local environs by not obstructing access to private residences and to use litter bins where provided to dispose of all rubbish.

Number collection for those registered is at the Claddagh Hall, South Park, Salthill, and is open from 2-8pm Friday and 9-4 pm Saturday. Use your race number from the Start list or your confirmation email when you are collecting race packs. Parking on a limited basis is available at the Hall on Friday and on the Grattan Road prom on Friday and Saturday – follow the stewards’ guidance!  Here is the location map  https://www.google.ie/maps/place/Claddagh+Hall/@53.267232,-9.053363,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x44c0b3c4f681e575?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjEzoCun5jOAhXsKMAKHYpBBJ8Q_BIIXzAK

Entries will close in advance of race day, but can still be made via online race-registration partners, ACTIVE.com (until 2nd August at midnight). Note - this year, manual entries to the race can be made at the Claddagh Hall on Friday only at 25 euro

This year’s event has a prize fund of over 5,000 euro, many category prizes open to master’s athletes and team prizes in both the men’s and women’s races.

The race committee spends six months planning and organizing the race and much help is provided by our sponsors, The Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Galway, as well as the Gardai , City Council and our suppliers, The longevity and success of the race  also owes much to the original founders, the first committee of Jack Mahon, Mick Roche (Race Director), Geraldine Hanley, Sean McMenamon, Philip Cribben, Paddy Greaney, John McNamara and Jimmy Lydon, under the auspices of Cospoir, whose stalwart work from 1986 on established the race as one of the "must do" events each year in the city. GCH took on the organisation of the burgeoning event in 1991, with Oliver and Teresa Geraghty, PJ Coyle, Brian Geraghty, Danny Carr and others among the driving forces behind the famous city athletics club involvement, which ensured the continued growth of the race to what it is today.

There have been many famous winners down through the years, including Olympians Paul DonovanRosemary Ryan (the women’s record-holder at 26.01), Mark Kenneally,  and  joint men’s record holders Seamus Power and Josphat Boit (the men's race record is currently set at 22.49). Rosemary Ryan with six titles and Paul Donovan with four wins tops the women's and men’s leaderboards respectively.

This year's field is again a high quality one and includes a host of current and former national champions at various racing distances, including a very strong ladies field including Irish internationals Caroline Crowley of Crusaders, Laura Shaughnessy DSD and Siobhan O Doherty, a top class men’s field  including Northern Irish runners Andrew Annett, Lindsay Gordon and Seamus Lynch, top Dublin club athletes from Crusaders AC such as Vinnie Mcguinness, regular prize winners Brian Murphy, Davy Byrne and masters international Pat Byrne, and a swathe of Galway's elite road-runners such as Joe Tannian , Regina Caseyand the legendary Christine Kennedy, now back with GCH ,  all of whom will battle it out on the fast and flat course for top honours in 2015.

The field also includes three notable ever presents – those who have run in every race to date, namely Patrick Larkin (Moycullen), Gerard Murphy (Clare River Harriers) and Gerard Meehan (Dooneen AC) who return for the 31st time to the start line of the Streets - go neirí go geal leo!

The race attracts many Galwegians young and old, famous and not so famous, who take on the distance as a challenge or to try to beat their previous year's time, as well as to run alongside top local and national athletes and always creates a great atmosphere throughout the city on the evening of the event. We also welcome hundreds of athletes and visitors from Ireland and abroad, including over 70 runners from our friends in Mallow AC, big groups from Crusaders AC  in Dublin, and Athenry, Craughwell , Tuam and others locally, and many charity runners from ACT, Cope, and Croi .

Interested in reading more about the history of our race?

25 Facts:See  http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/streets-galway/25-things-you-may-not-h...

Fancy your chances of winning?

Then you will have to be quick as the following list of previous winners and times will indicate:Check out http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/streets-galway/streets-galway-race-rec...

Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8k start list online

1 August, 2016 - 13:58

The Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8k start list is attached for online entrants, full version to follow later. Please check your race number ! 

AttachmentSize GCH_Website_List (1).pdf873.49 KB

Streets 8k course map

31 July, 2016 - 17:29
AttachmentSize Streets Map 2016 .jpg182.81 KB

The 2016 Radisson Blu Streets of Galway 8k Course Map is attached- start is at GTI and finish at South Park Claddagh

Categories: Streets of Galway

National Track & Field League Final: Galway City Harriers Men and Galway County Ladies to make bid for Europe

28 July, 2016 - 22:23

Please show your support for our Galway teams.

The GCH mens National Track & Field League manager, (an excellent determined manager ) Brendan Glynn, has shared with us the following statement :

With Olympics in Rio kicking off in August, why not give your attention to Elite athletics domestically?

GCH men and Galway County ladies both comfortably qualified for the Final in Tullamore Stadium on Sunday, 7th August from 11.30am. We have 2 incredibly strong teams for the final with many National Champions and International athletes on the Galway teams. Both teams have realistic shot at medals but…….

People of Galway, we need you!!!

Often at domestic athletic events there are no supporters and athletes run with very little cheering or support. We believe Galway can change this. Let’s get supporters there on the day. Supporters can be the difference between our teams winning or losing. Let’s make history together and have not 1 but 2 teams from Galway take a medal on this stage. No team from the West ever has but with your help we’ll give it everything and I can promise, the rest of the country will know we were there!

If they can get enough people committed to going, the Galway County Board will provide transport to and from Tullamore on the day (email address below if interested). All you will need to do is pay the entrance fee into the stadium.

Anyone interested in travelling please Email:  galwayathletics@gmail.com


Categories: Member Notices

National Masters Track & Field Championships 2016

28 July, 2016 - 20:35
AttachmentSize Masters T&F 2016397.74 KB

The National Masters Track & Field Championships take place this year on Sunday, 21st August in Tullamore. Anyone wishing to compete please contact the secretary before 12th August.

Timetable below.

Entries to: secretary@galwaycityharriers.com

Mobile: 087 9234224

Categories: Member Notices

Top Class Performances at the National Juvenile Athletic Championships

26 July, 2016 - 23:50

Galway City Harriers juvenile produced some tremendous performances at the National Outdoor Championships in Tullamore this year.  In the Individual events our athletes won a total of six gold and 5 bronze medals.  Our relay teams broke two national records, won 5 Gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals.

Nicole King completed a hugely successful weekend by winning the double in the U19 Girls 200m and 400m.  She ran a superb time of 56.81 to claim the 400m title on Saturday.  With confidence high she followed this up on Sunday with a a second gold in the 200m in a time of 25.57. What a remarkable finish to her days on the juvenile circuit as next year she moves on to the Junior and Senior ranks.  2016 has been an amazing journey for Nicole and it has been truly inspirational watching it unfold. 

Jack Dempsey also took home two medals at the weekend.  In the U18 boys 200m Jack stormed through the home straight  with 80m to go , leaving his rivals behind to battle  for the silver and bronze positions, finishing in an impressive time of 22.17.  The previous day Jack finished 3rd in the 100m in an exciting finish where mere hundreds of a second separated the top three.   Jack recently medalled with the Irish 4 X 100m team in the UK at an International Schools Competition.  Jack has had a magnificent season, medalling in the Junior and Juvenile Indoor Championships, Schools  Championships , the Tailteann Games and  at the  International  in the UK .

Our third double medal winner was Seren O’Toole.  One of the best out of the blocks, Seren took an early lead and managed to hold off the challenge of Niamh Foley  the 200m record holder  to secure gold in the 250m hurdles.  Seren also won a bronze medal in the short hurdles on Day 1.  Lydia Doyle was hugely impressive in the U17 100m hurdles taking her first national title in a time of 14.64 which has earned her a place on the Irish team for the upcoming Celtic Games to be held in Wales.  Emma Moore claimed the U13 600m title in a perfectly executed race showing maturity way beyond her years .  She ran a remarkable time of 1.37 well ahead of her nearest rival Fiona Dillon.  Emma also finished 4th in the U13 60m narrowly missing the bronze in a very close finish.

Eanna Folan’s  fine season continued with a third place finish in the U18 boys 3,000m in a time of 9.13. The following day Eanna competed in both the heats and final of the 1500m where he finished a credible 5th in a time of 4.12.  Laura Nally clinched a bronze medal in a dramatic finish in the U17 400m in a time of 59.60 after a tremendous battle with the fast finishing Laura Crossan.  Eoghan Jennings leaped 2.20m in the U15 boys pole vault claiming a bronze medal in his first year at this event.  Eoghan also competed in the triple jump.

There were some other notable individual performances from our athletes over the 3 days of national competition.  Roisin Flynn finished 4th in the U18 Girls 400m having just recently moved up from the shorter sprints.  Sean Kilmartin finished 4th in the U18 boys 100m in one of the closest finishes of the day running  a time of 11.44.  Aoife Sheehy had a great run in the 300m hurdles to finshed 5th after having competed in the 400m heats and final the previous day.  Ava McKeon ran a fine race in the U12 girls 600m to finish 5th achieving a new pb.  Fezi Johnny, in her first National Championships ran strongly to finish 5th in the U15 girls 100m.  Luke O’Shaughnessy finished 6th in the U18 boys 400m final.  Other finalists were Sarah Agboola and Sinead Duggan in both the U14 80m and 200m, Zoe Moore in the U15 girls 80m hurdles, Aoife King in the U18 3000m, Ann Moroney in the U19 1500m and 3000m, Zino Johnny and Tyrone Ezeogu in the U16 boys 100m. Kacper Poniatowski  in the U17 100m, Aaron Brennan in the U16 1500m and Bryan Ndego in the U18 high jump,  Rachel Fahy and Eabha Brennan in the U12 600m, Joanna Healy in the  U14 800m, Colma Ni Cheidigh in the U15 800m and Eadaoin Langan in the U16 800m.

In the National Relay Championships there were two new national records for the Club including the U19 boys  4X 100m in a time of 42.80 ( Cilin Greene, Jack Dempsey, Sean Kilmartin and Eoghan Dobey) and the U18 girls 4 X 400m in a time of 4.08 ( Laura Nally, Aoife Sheehy, Naoimi Whyte and Roisin Flynn).

 Other Gold medals winners were the Boys U19 4 X 400m which saw some of our athletes take on the 400m for the first time (Cilin Greene, Luke O’Shaughnessy,  Dylan Neary and Eoghan Dobey).  The U18 boys also struck gold in the 4 X 100m (Luke O’Shaughnessy, Jack Dempsey, Sean Kilmartin and Kacper Poniatowski).  The U15 Girls were impressive in their final where facing tough competition they held on for gold in the 4 X 100m (Mairead Flynn, Zoe Moore, Fezi Johnny and Seren O’Toole).

The U18 girls took home silver in the 4 X 100m after a dual with local rivals Craughwell AC ( Sallyann O’Malley, Aoife Sheehy, Laura Nally and Roisin Flynn).  The U14 girls 4 X 100m team also took 2nd place in an exciting finish. The team members were Sarah Agboola, Sinead Duggan, Eimear Rowe , Johanna Healy and Hannah King.

The U16 Boys put in a great performance to take bronze in the 4 X 100m.  The team consisted of Zino Johnny, Tyrone Ezeogu, Calvin Toye and Jonathan McGrath.


Well done to all our athletes who qualifed for this years championships.

Enjoy the break and hope to see you all back in September!

Categories: Juvenile News

Brian Bruton & Martin McEvilly at the European Masters Road Race Champs May 2016

25 July, 2016 - 14:21

Brian Bruton, who is far too youthful to call a GCH stalwart yet, represented Ireland in May this year at the European Masters Road Race Championships which were held in the Algarve in Portugal.

Now Brain may not have come home with a tan, but he did come home having come 4th in his Age Category )35 in the 10k Road Race….. a massive achievement Brian!! Congrats.

Accompanying Brian in the Champs was stalwart Martin McEvilly, who came home with not one but two medals. He won bronze in his Age category O65’s in the 10k Road race and in a sweltering 29 degrees claimed the bronze as part of the Irish team in the Cross Country Relay!

Excellent stuff lads!!!