Galway City Harriers
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.
The Members Survey showed members are looking to upskill in various ways. One great way to do that is to learn a bit about coaching. Athletics Ireland are conducting an Assistant Coach and GCH will pay the course costs for members and parents of Juveniles.
Course Starts: 10am 17th May in Dangan.
The National 10k in the Phoenix Park on April 11th was the 3rd event in the GCH Club Challenge 2015. It proved to be a high scoring day in the challenge with 9 participants collecting the 30point medal bonus and two collecting the 10k PB bonus.
In both the mens and women's tables three of the top four slots are taken by our masters runners reflecting very strong national performances by this element of our club.
Below are some of my thoughts and experiences from the Connemarathon 12/04/15- it is longer than I expected but then the marathon is not short! written by Sarah Makem
Another great weekend of racing with the National 10k taking place at the Phoenix Park on Saturday 11th April and the renowned Connemarathon Ultra, Marathon and Half taking place on Sunday 12th April.
On Saturday in Dublin on what is a notoriously hard course especially in the last 5k of the race. This did not deter our GCH athletes who determinedly took to the course to mark their place in this National event!!
Easter weekend brought the sunshine to the West and it was time to put the hard slog of battling wind and rain which was plentiful over the winter season to the test. It was also time to see if our Lenten season sacrifices had paid off!!!
Galway Athletics County Board are delighted to announce that the following people have been selected as category winners in the 2014 Galway AAI Athletics Awards.
The winners will be presented with their awards at a reception in the Ard Rí Hotel in Tuam, on Saturday next 4th April 2015, from 7pm. Contact Brendan Monaghan of Tuam AC for further details of the reception or to book a place- firstname.lastname@example.org or 0868371136
Close to home this time and the Craughwell 10 saw the second event of the 2015 GCH Club Challenge. Close to 40 GCHers toed the line on a close to perfect day for running. Grainne Ní Uallachain and Matt Bidwell led home the GCH challenge.Bernie Kelly leads up the women's side of the GCH challenge thanks to her bonus points from Ballycotton and strong run in Craughwell. Matt and Conor Dolan share top spot in the men's challenge. Next up is the National 10km in the Phoenix Park.
G.C.H juveniles had a great weekend at the National Juvenile Championships in Athlone.
The club won 4 Gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.
Congratulations to all our GCH athletes who took part in this year’s Craughwell 10. The sunshine brought over 33 GCHers to the race and not only did we see many podium finishes but lots of PB’s this year too.
St. Patrick’s weekend this year was filled with sunshine and so the runners came out in all their glory......all the training in wind, rain, sleet and snow paid off as some fantastic performances ensued.
In the Abbey 10k, Larry Kelly won the Male O40 in 38.12 and was 5th overall, Danny Carr stormed home as first MO50 and in 6th place in 38.25. Sinead Brody was first lady on the button in 40.00 and 11th overall. A storming performance by all!!