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Nutrition talk for Fit4Life group 24th April, 6.15pm

23 April, 2014 - 21:14

Ever wondered what to eat before a training session?
Ever wondered what to eat after a training session?
If training for a marathon or half marathon what should you eat on a long run?

These and other questions will be answered in a talk to be given by Marie Gallagher Thursday 24th April at 6.15 in the Westside library before Fit4Life training.

Marie has an Honors Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and is a regular at Fit4Life training running with the advanced runners.

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Boston Marathon 2014

22 April, 2014 - 22:22

The Boston marathon 2014 proved to be a testing course but 5 tough Galway City Harriers were up to the challenge and all came home over the line having battled the downhill course and in higher than predicted temperatures.

Gerry Carty was first home in 2:56:24. This was a new PB for Gerry so well done on holding out to go Sub 3 and take home a new personal best.

Next was Sean Hanley in 3:09:42 which was such a great achievement. Lawrence Kelly came home in 3:18:14.
Michael Greene who won Gold in the 2013 Dublin Marathon crossed the line in 3:30:30.

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Galway Sports Partnership 10k Results Labane

22 April, 2014 - 11:58

Galway City Harriers were well represented in the Galway Sports Partnership 10k in Labane yesterday 21st April.


This was Matt Bidwell’s second win of the weekend following on from Saturdays win (and PB) in the Kilmovee 10k.

It was tough conditions on the course this year as despite the sun shine, there was strong winds on the day so times were slightly down but none the less some good performances & results especially by GCH


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Galway City Harriers is now on Facebook

21 April, 2014 - 21:54

Galway City Harriers have a new Facebook page so feel free to Like it and follow all our news!!

Click HERE.

Easter 10ks, Colemasnstwon, Kilmovee and Labane

21 April, 2014 - 20:48

It was a big weekend of racing with 3 popular 10ks and the of course the Boston Marathon. Luckily (or maybe not so luckily) the sun was beaming down on the West and Spring was defiantly in the air this Easter weekend.

First up was Colemanstwon 10k on Saturday 19th April
179 people turned out to fast course known for PB’s. Congrats to Owen Byrne coming home in 34:45 to take the win. Well down Owen on coming back from injury, lots more good results to come.

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Galway Triathlon Club seek Volunteers for Aquathon

17 April, 2014 - 10:03

The Galway Triathlon Club Aquathon 2014 committee will once again host The Galway Aquathon Festival for both the National Long Course and Youth Aquathlon Championships!

They are looking for GCH members to volunteer for the National Championship race on 19 July 2014 from 9.30 - 2.00pm. And will provide water and snacks, and the entertainment ... i.e. the tri-athletes going past at various intervals!!

GTC members were very good to us during the Streets of Galway last year and many of their members marshalled for us on the day so it would be nice to return the favour to them.

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The Marathons have put a Spring in our step

16 April, 2014 - 22:06

Well done to everyone who has put in some serious training over the past 4 months. It's never easy to train for a marathon and even harder when the wind, rain, hail, sleet and snow are against you and that could happen on a long run the way the weather has been since Christmas. None the less last weekend there was some fantastic achievements by our club members and hopefully the GCH crew in Boston will come across the line in triumph!

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Fit4Life - Beginners Group starts Monday 28th April

15 April, 2014 - 18:46

A new beginners group will be starting just after Easter on Monday 28th April.

On Monday 7th April participants moved up to the next group. Leaders remain the same.

Groups are as follows:
Beginners (Bernie’s Group)
Baby joggers (with leaders Mary, Bridie, Miriam, Colm......)
Slow joggers (with leaders Fleur, Claire, Eithne, Stephen........)
Intermediate joggers (with leaders John, Olive, Lisa, Mary........)
Fast joggers (with leaders Sylvia, Rita, Majella.....)
Runners (with leaders Catherine.....)
Advanced runners (with leaders Catherine, Cormac, Joseph..........)

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Nicola Duncan London Marathon victory

15 April, 2014 - 18:04

A massive congrats to Nicola Duncan from all at Galway City Harriers.

Nicola Duncan ran a personal best of 2.33.28 in the London Marathon on Sunday 13th of April which was well inside the 2.38 qualifying standard for the European Championships in Zurich in August.

Nicola was first in her category on the day and not only that but her time beat number 13th and 14th in the elite category.

This was a new personal best for Nicola and not only that but is now fifth place on the Irish all time marathon lists.

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Connemarathon & National 10k Results

15 April, 2014 - 16:17

Well done to everyone who braved the elements in both the East and West on April 5th.

It was a busy weekend in racing with two large events occurring.

In Connemara
The Connemara is always a popular target each year in all 3 events and this year there was not only the mountain to contend with but rain, hail and wind. Not easy on an already challenging course.

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Training Plan for April 2014

3 April, 2014 - 17:51

Attached is Matt locketts training plan for April

Weekend Round up 29th / 30th March

2 April, 2014 - 14:55

New Inn 5k 2014
Thanks to Bernie Kelly for organizing a great crowd of Galway City Harriers at this year’s New Inn 5k on Sunday 30th March.
Results attached.

Killanin 8K
Congrats to Brian O’Connor won the Killanin 8k on Saturday 29th March in 29:13.
Full results HERE

Knockma Duathlon
Well done to Helen Corbett, taking part in the Knockma Duathlon on Sunday 30th March and coming home 2nd in the women’s race

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GCH Club Challenge 2014 Results (Event 4)

2 April, 2014 - 13:53

The 4th event of the 2014 GCH Club Challenge took place at Craughwell 10 mile on Sunday 23rd March.

We had a great turnout of GCH participants on the day and a guest appearance by the sunshine also.

There were lots of new faces at this event and hopefully this is just the start of many more appearances at the challenges.

We also saw lots of County Medals come from Craughwell so well done to everyone on their achievements!

Craughwell 10 mile 2014 Medals Announced

2 April, 2014 - 13:43

Craughwell County 10 Mile 2014 medal winners announced

Well done to all the GCH Champions.

Men Senior
1st Matt Bidwell (Galway City Harriers) in 54:02

Women Senior
3rd Grainne Ní Uallachain (Galway City Harriers) in 1:07:04

Men Over 50
1st John Devlin (Galway City Harriers) in 1:02:49

Men Over 60
1st Martin McEvilly (Galway City Harriers) in 1:05:26

Women Over 40
1st Margaret Sheridan (Galway City Harriers) in 1:16:46

Women Over 50
1st Mairead Welby (Galway City Harriers) in 1:20:14

Men's Teams
1st - Matt Bidwell, Gerry Carty,

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Results All-Ireland In-Doors 22nd & 23rd March

2 April, 2014 - 12:00

Well done to all who took part in the All-Ireland In-Doors on 22nd & 23rd March

Alanna Lally was the top GCH performer at the All-Ireland indoors at the weekend.
She had a fine double winning the 400m in a championship best performance of 56.75 secs in the U19 girls 400m on Saturday.
She followed up with an U19 girls 800m win on Sunday.
She also competed in the 200m setting an indoor PB of 25.56 secs in her heat & finished 4th in the final.

Elisabeth Maher reached the final of the 400m.

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SKGAA Juvenile Hurling Annual Table Quiz 27th March

26 March, 2014 - 09:43

SKGAA Juvenile Hurling Annual Table Quiz

THURSDAY 27th MARCH @ 8.30pm
SHERIDANS knocknacarra
Tables of 4 = €40

To Book a Table or to donate any spot Prizes call/text Carol on 087-2446910 or email

This club gave us lots of help and support with the SOG 2013 so support if you can!

Craughwell 2014 - a personal race report with pictures

24 March, 2014 - 21:39

I've been running pretty well for a good few months. I'm racing almost as fast now as I was 11 years ago when I got all my personal bests in distances from 5k through the half marathon. Back then I was running six days a week and was more fit than healthy; I was on the physio table with shocking regularity and frequently trying to shake recurrent colds.

After a few years busy with other things I returned to some swimming, gentle running, and occasional biking. My training now is typically two or three runs a week, a weekend bike ride and a swim that's more social than strenuous. Recently I've added some weights work which has been helpful.

This would be my third time doing the Craughwell 10, and I was up for a good run. In the inaugural race in 2010 I was happy with a 68:39 finish. Last year I improved that to 66:00 by running alongside Pat O'Dwyer who used all his racing experience to run a smart race in a strong breeze that was difficult for many. This year I was looking for a 65min finish.

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Craughwell 10 mile Results 2014

24 March, 2014 - 16:25

The sun shone down on nearly 600 participants who took part in the 2014 Craughwell 10 mile. After a week of rain and wind (or months even) spirits were high amongst the race goers as they finally got a break from battling the elements.

Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrocks) took first place in the Men’s Race in 50:14, 2 minutes ahead of a deserving second place by Emmett Dunleavy (Sligo AC) in 52:21. And well done to our own Matt Bidwell coming home in third place in 54:02.

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Connacht Indoor Results

24 March, 2014 - 11:05

Well done to all the GCH Participants who took part in the Connacht Indoors

Please find the results attached