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Planning for athletes and coaches

24 March, 2017 - 15:22

We had a great workshop with Liz Egan yesterday evening. Liz led us through some practical exercises with key life skills of goal setting, prioritising and planning. It was superb to have a mix of our youth, senior and masters members learning together.

These were a great complement to the workshop by Karen Weekes in February on applying the mind to maximum effect. The planning templates and advice sheets are available here for all.

A related podcast is "How to be more productive" from Freakonomics Radio

Have a great 2017 season of many accomplishments!


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Galway 5km Series

20 March, 2017 - 22:03
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The annual Galway 5km series are pleased to announce registration will open this Friday night March 24th at 8pm

Enter here :

For more details please visit



Categories: Senior News

Chris McGrath - RIP

13 March, 2017 - 18:21

All at Galway City Harriers were saddened to hear of the tragic death last weekend of Chris McGrath, a recent member of city club GCH.

Chris had competed with the club since juvenile days in the 1990s, and was a very talented and committed athlete who won numerous titles at Juvenile level. In recent years he competed at cross country and road races at regional and National level for GCH and Galway county. A terrific win at the Connacht Intermediate Cross Country in St Marys in 2012 and a top 50 National senior cross country finish in Tullamore in 2013 were among the highlights of his career. Chris was a hugely keen, enthusiastic, talented and very competitive runner who always gave his best...

We wish to express our condolences and sympathy to his family and friends, and to the many GCH members, and athletes around Galway, who grew up, coached, trained and raced with Chris over the years. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Categories: Member NoticesSenior NewsMeet & Train

International Call up for Cillian Jordan

12 March, 2017 - 18:47

Congrats to Cillian Jordan  who had an outstanding run in Mallusk Co. Antrim yesterday to finish 8th in the Junior Boys competition at the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships securing his place on the Irish team for an upcoming Schools International Competition.  Cillian was representing St Enda's Secondary School.

Barry Murphy and Eoghan Jennings ran fine races also in the Junior Boys race with Barry finishing in 17th and Eoghan in 29th position.  

In the Inter Boys race Thomas McStay who has been hampered by injury in recent weeks did well to finish in 46th place .  Aoife King was impressive in the Senior Girls race taking 19th place and in the Senior Boys race Eanna Folan secured 14th place,  Gary Martyn 26th and Michael Healy in 51st position.



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Connacht Indoor Results

1 March, 2017 - 17:53

The Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships were held at the Athlone IT Arena last weekend, over two days of exciting competition. A huge entry of almost 900 athletes competed in a packed programme of over 100 events.

At Senior level  GCH secured plenty of silverware , with golds coming via Eoin Lyons in the Men’s 800m, Nicole King, who cruised to victory in the Senior Ladies 200m, as did Majella Loftus in the Senior Ladies 60m .Kathryn Casserly took 1500m silver after an exciting battle with Aisling Joyce of NUIG, and the GCH Ladies relay team also secured silver as well as a TV slot on TG4 - well done to Majella Loftus, Jean O Connor and to Sonya and Nicole King ! .

In the field , Cliff Jennings won the Pole Vault title, and Brendan Staunton was a clear winner in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt, while  Henrique Nkolovata won the Triple Jump title and took silver in the Long Jump.

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GCH athletes produce top class performances at the Connacht Indoor Championships

27 February, 2017 - 21:30

GCH had a hugely successful day at the Connacht Indoor Championships in Athlone at the weekend. 

Jack Dempsey and Seren O’Toole were the stars of the Games each winning triple Gold medals in their age groups.  Jack won the U19 Boys 60m , 200m and helped team mates Sean Kilmartin, Kacper Poniatowski, and Darren Costello to Gold in the 4 X 200m relay.  Seren won the 200m, 60m hurdles and the long jump.

Emma Moore won Double Gold in the 800m and 60m and helped team mates Gillian McGrath, Aoife Waldron and Nicole Quirke to silver in the Girls U14 relay.  Ava McKeon also won double gold winning both the 60m hurdles, 600m and then went on to claim silver in the 60m and anchored her relay team of Leana McDonncha, Isabella Burke and Kelsey wall to bronze in the U13 Girls relay.

Robert McDonnell won the U16 Boys 200m and came 3rd in the 60m.  Darragh Jennings won the U14 Boys 800m and was 3rd in the Shot Putt.  Lydia Doyle won the U18 Girls 60m hurdles and was 2nd in both the 200m and 60m sprint.  Darren Costello won the 60m sprint .  Rachel Hughes won the U17 Girls 800m and Mary Duggan won the U16 Girls Shot Putt.  Aaron Brennan won the U17 Boys 1500m and was 3rd in the 800m. Eoghan Jennings won the U16 Boys pole vault and was 4th in the Shot putt.


Other notable performers were Sean Kilmartin who claimed silver in both the U19 Boys 60m and the 200m sprints.  Diego Brule won silver in both the 400m and 60m hurdles.  Rita Lahoe won silver in both the 60m hurdles and  was 4th in the 60m sprint .  Kacper Poniatowski won bronze in the 60m sprint.  Other qualifers for the National were Gary Martyn finishing 4th in the U18 Boys 1500m ,  Sinead Duggan in the U15 Girls 60m and Jonathan McGrath in the U16 Boys 60m hurdles and 200m.

Our U12 Girls performed really well to finish 5th overall in the 4x100m relay.  Well done to Caoimhe Callaghan, Mia Craughwell, Kayla McKeon and Sadbh Farthling.

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Workshop: Planning for Success

26 February, 2017 - 22:02

Following on from our Sports Psychology Talk earlier in the month, we are holding a workshop on Planning and Goal setting.  This will be facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Egan.

Thursday 23rd March 7.30pm - 9.30pm Croi House, Moyola Lane.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce some basic lifestyle principles that athletes can apply to their sporting and non sporting lives over the coming year.  It will have a strong emphasis on weekly, monthly and annual planning, making informed decisions and ensuring sustainable balance.

Numbers are limited for this workshop and Club Members are encouraged to sign up early before the event is opened to non Club Members.

Tickets and more information on Eventbrite.



GCH Bursary/Athlete Support Fund

25 February, 2017 - 18:25
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GCH Bursary/Athlete Support Fund is now open for applications.  Forms are attached and should be completed returned to by 10th March. 

Bursary payments will be dependent upon club funds being available and will be awarded at the discretion of the Galway City Harriers bursary committee and/or management committee .  The committee retain the right to withhold payment if the conditions below are not satisfied.

Applicant must be a paid up member of Galway City Harriers.



Two categories are available

GCH Under 23 Athlete Development

This bursary is open to athletes who have been a National champion at senior or age group level in the past 12 months . Athletes that are not national champions but have recorded outstanding times or distances   will also be considered and may apply.
Applicants must be Aged 18-23 at date of application.

Bursary fund of €1500 with up to three slots available.

GCH Athlete Bursary

This bursary is intended to provide a level of support to competitive national and international level GCH athletes.  The bursary is open to athletes who meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • Have been an individual National medallist or finalist at senior or age group level in the past 12 months  .
  • Athletes that have recorded outstanding times or distances  in their event.
  • Athletes that intend to compete for GCH in a recognised EA/IAAF international level event

Applicants must be Aged 18 and over at date of application

Bursary fund of €500 available

Return forms to Galway City Harriers c/o by 10th March.

Decision regarding granting of bursaries will be made by Committee by the following weekend.

The remainder of this year’s Bursary Fund has already been allocated to support the development of GCH athletes (including the upcoming Running Endurance Camp in Portugal for 16-18 juveniles age group and support of individual senior international athlete)

Categories: Member Notices

Juvenile Training Cancelled on Sunday 26th Feb

22 February, 2017 - 18:35

There will be no Juvenile training in Dangan on Sunday 26th Feb due to the Connacht Indoor Championships in Athlone.  Best of luck to all our athletes at the event.

Categories: Juvenile News

Round up of Senior/Master Cross Country Season 2016-2017

20 February, 2017 - 12:04
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The 2016-2017 Cross Country Season has finally ended. Some may well have said good riddance, never again, while others are already looking forward to the beginning of the new xc season in October. The long hauls to some of the events and hard slogs around some of the courses, not to mention the training sessions -  well... they say variety is the spice of life !

Well done to all who competed over the season, and hope to see many of you back for the new season !

Attached below is a round up of the season.

Categories: Senior News

Indoors Entries for Connaught Senior and National Masters events

16 February, 2017 - 22:43

The Indoor season will soon come to a close. If you havn't already declared your interest in either event the details are as follows:

Sunday 26th Feb. : Connaught Senior Indoors, Athlone IT. Closing date for entry , Sun.19th Feb.

Sunday 5th March: National Masters Indoors, Athlone IT. Closing date for entry , Friday 24th Feb

Contact: or Mags at 0879234224

Categories: Senior News

Provisional Timetables for Connacht Indoor Championships

14 February, 2017 - 20:55
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Please see below the links to the  Provisional Timetable for the Connacht Indoor Championships on 25th & 26th February.  Please check for any updates nearer the event.

Categories: Juvenile News

2017 Provisional Fixtures

14 February, 2017 - 20:37
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Please see the links below for 2017 fixtures.  

Please note event dates and venues may be subject to change and always check for updates on our Facebook Page.

Also please see the link to the AAI 2017 Competition Booklet below;

Categories: Juvenile News

Summary Notes from Karen Weekes

14 February, 2017 - 17:17
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A great talk last night from Dr Karen Weekes - lots of practical advice on how to deal with the boredom, fatigue and pain of training and tips on motivation. Plenty of food for thought for us - I'm sure everyone came away with something they can apply to their training and racing.

A follow-on session around goal-setting is being planned for GCH members in late March/early April. Watch this space.

Categories: Fit4LifeSenior TrainingJuvenile News

Streets of Galway 2017

14 February, 2017 - 09:13

Date for this year's Streets of Galway 8K announced - Saturday 12th August 2017 - starting at 7pm. 

Mark it in your diary.  Registration not yet open.

2017 Radisson Blu Streets of Galway

14 February, 2017 - 06:55

Galway City Harriers AC, one of Ireland’s largest athletics club, will host the 32nd Streets of Galway 8K road-race on Saturday 12th August 2017 (7pm). This event is the jewel in the crown of Galway city racing events, as a stunning summer evening run through the town centre, culminates in a beautiful 2K section along the promenade at Salthill and finishes with a flourish at the Claddagh basin.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Galway has kindly continued their sponsorship of the race.

Registrations are not yet open.

The event was first staged in 1986 and the ethos from the start to the present day has always been “sport for all”. The race attracts runners of all standards and ages from all over Ireland and abroad - from elite international-standard athletes, to athletics club runners, competitors from other sports and fun-runners, joggers and walkers alike.

You can follow us on Facebook again this year at: and our Twitter handle is @StreetsofGalway

We look forward to your company for a great night of sporting endeavour in the city of the tribes.

Categories: Streets of Galway

Sign up for the Connacht Indoor Championships before Friday 17th Feb

8 February, 2017 - 18:30

The Connacht Indoor Championships is open to athletes from U12  ( Born 2006) to Senior and takes place in Athlone IT on 25th and 26th February.  U12s & U13s compete on 25th Feb and U14 to Senior compete on 26th Feb.  Please sign up at training if you wish to particiapte.  The closing date is Friday 17th February. Late entries are not accepted by the Connacht board.

Categories: Juvenile News

Connacht Schools X Country Titles for Gary Martyn and Cillian Jordan

8 February, 2017 - 18:19

GCH athletes had a very successful day  at the Schools Connacht Schools Cross Country in Sligo yesterday. 

In the Senior Boys race, Gary Martyn led the field to win his first Connacht Cross Country title just ahead of  Eanna Folan in 2nd place.  Michael Healy and Ronan Dirrane did well also to finish in 9th and 11th positions.

Cillian Jordan continued his good form and was an impressive Winner of the Junior Boys race in a very competitive field. He was followed by  Eoghan Jennings in  6th and Barry Murphy in  8th position.  In the Junior Girls race Joanna Healy finished 36th. In the Minor Girls race Paula Crissan finished 20th.

In the Senior Girls race Aoife King ran a strong race to finish 2nd behind Aine Farrrell of Athenry and Aoife Sheehy finished in 6thposition.

In the Intermediate Boys race Thomas McStay and Aaron Brennan were impressive and took Silver and Bronze medals with Diego Brule and Oisin Reaney in 34th and 37th positions.



Categories: Juvenile News

Reminder - AGM this Thursday 9th February

6 February, 2017 - 11:53

The Galway City Harriers AGM will take place this Thursday, 9th February 2017 in the Elizabeth Suite of the Westwood Hotel, Dangan, from 8pm.

As members, any thoughts/ideas you may have will contribute towards the development of our club. We would greatly appreciate your attendance this year.

We would welcome any members who would like to join the committee or get involved in organising the Streets of Galway and 5K Series and other AAI events.

For more details / information contact 0r Mags at 0879234224


GCH Senior Club Gear

2 February, 2017 - 00:00
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Our Club Gear is available from Club Member Martin Kearney in his shop, Kearney Cycles in Terryland Retail Park on the Headford Road. Opening Hours Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm

You can also contact if the size you are looking for is not available.

Reminder: When competing in AAI events members must wear the official club singlet.


Ladies Singlets - €25
Size 10 - 34"
Size 12 - 36"
Size 14 - 38"
Size 16 - 40"

Mens Singlets - €25
X-Small - 36"
Small -38"
Medium - 40"
Large - 42"
X-Large - 44"

Mens Shorts - €20
2XS - 28"
XS - 30"
S - 32"
M - 34"
L - 36"
XL - 38"


Short sleeve tech t-shirts (ladies' and men's) €20,

Long sleeve tech top with zip (ladies and men's) €30

Light weight running jackets ladies and men's €50.

Ladies Sizes
XS 30.4 - 31.6
S   32 - 33.5
M  33.9 - 35.1
L   35.5 - 36.7
XL 37 - 38.2

Men's Sizes
S 35 - 36.3
M 36 - 37.8
L 38.2 - 39.4


Long sleeve cotton t-shirt (unisex) €25 (S,M,L)

Hoodies (unisex) €25 (S,M,L, XL)

Limited supplies in each size.

Categories: Fit4LifeMember Notices