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Galway 5k Series - Race 2 Craughwell

4 May, 2016 - 19:31

Craughwell AC hosted last nights second race in the Galway Renault 5k Series this evening 3rd May 2016. Always a contender for a PB course with a FAST start this year saw a huge number of runners come from far and wide to take on the second leg of the series.

The weather was a lot better than last week, with the sun shining amongst some intermittent clouds and aside from the little wind there was no reason for complaints!!!

730 runners took part this week. The route was the same as previous years, starting at the Craughwell national School, running fast downhill for the first km, turning left in the village towards Ballymore with a slightly undulating course to the end.

In the Men’s race John Greaney (GCH) stormed home to first in 16:12, followed in second place by Owen Byrne (GCH) in 16:21 and in third was Brian Furey (Rathfanham) in 16:24.

In the Women’s race Regina Casey (GCH) won in 17:36. Regina is having a phenomenal year already and just finished second in the West of Ireland’s Mini Marathon on Sunday. Barbara Dunne (GCH) was second in 18:18, and Grainne Ni Uallachain (GCH) was third in 18:36

Phenomenal stuff from GCH taking 5 out of 6 top spots!!!

Congrats to Martin Kearney who had a massive PB of 18:15, all those marathon miles have paid off. Ronan Diraane broke 18 mins in style in 17:47. Niamh Hennelly had a fabulous PB of 18:38, along with Eilis Ni Dhuill in 19:24, Nessa DeBurca almost broke 20 mins so watch this space and Marie Boyle improved on last weeks’ time and is approaching Sub 20 too, go on ladies!!!!!

A massive congrats to all who took part, organised, marshalled and cheered on the runner………’s to next week in Loughrea!!!

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Steets of Galway Registration Open

3 May, 2016 - 06:55

Galway City Harriers AC, one of Ireland’s largest athletics club, will host the 31st running of the famous Streets of Galway 8K road-race on Saturday 6th August 2016 (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 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.

Registration is available by clicking here, . It includes a stylish technical Streets of Galway t-shirt to proudly sport after the event!

You can also 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.

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Galway 5k Series - Race 1 ballybrit

26 April, 2016 - 21:26

Galway City Harriers kicked off the 5k Series at Ballybrit Race Course this evening 26th April 2016. The Series this year has been carefully coordinated by GCH’s Gerry Carty and also sponsored by Galway’s Bradley Renault.

Race Director for the GCH leg was Connaght Cross Country Champion, Niamh Hennelly, her second year to coordinate the race on behave of the club, so a very big thank you to Niamh and her team for all their efforts and a special thanks to the field of marshals from the club who were on form with their support and encouragement. Well done everyone on a very successful race.

The weather, as always, couldn’t decide what it wanted to do throughout the day, it was sunny, cold, hot, windy, wet, we even had hail stones you name it but once the race began it was head down for the runners into the wind (and a small shower)!!! With cold and windy conditions 734 brave souls took to the two loop course. The route was a reverse of the previous course in 2014, which took runners down the dreaded hill this time – TWICE J, unfortunately though this was met by a head wind into the incline at 2k and 4k to home………but none the less we all survived and there was lots of smiles at the end!!!

In the Men’s race Philip Niland (Celbridge AC) took first place in a time of 16.55, followed in second place by Owen Byrne (GCH) in an even 17 minutes and in third was Timmy Glavey (Mayo AC) in 17.09.

In the Women’s race Deirdre Brophy (Athenry AC)  who is having a phenomenal year already took the winning title in the first race of the series in 19.39, followed by Caroline Whirskey (Loughrea AC) in 20.09 and in third by Martina Dempsey in 20.14.

Congrats to Marie Boyle who was 4th lady home and her son Ronan Dirrane who was 9th overall… must be the genes!!!!

Galway City Harriers were low in numbers this week due to marshalling duties but watch this space in the forthcoming weeks!!!

A massive congrats to all who took part, organised, marshalled and to Galway Race Course for the venue………’s to next week in Loughrea!!! Keep up the good work!!!

Race Results at

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Galway 5km Series

18 April, 2016 - 22:20

The Galway 5km Series sponsored by Bradley Renault is nearly upon us and with many GCH members signed up to particiapate it should make for a great start to the running summer.

Like all good things the series doesn't just happen and there are a few things we'd like some help with before the series kicks off.

  • First is an invite to the series launch on Thursday, 21st April at 6:00 pm in Bradley Renault on the Tuam Road.
  • Second is a bit of race pack packing.  Again on Thursday, 21st April at 7:00 pm in Avaya in the Mervue Business Park.
  • Thirdly, as GCH are hosting the first race on Tuesday, 26th April at Ballybrit racecourse we need more help than normal at our leg
    • from 5:30pm to help with handing out numbers,
    • and 6:30pm for marshalling.

If you're available please let Niamh know at

Race DetailsGCH - Tuesday 26 April, 7:30pm - Galway RacecourseCraughwell - Tuesday 3 May, 8:00pm - Community HallLoughrea Tuesday - 10 May, 8:00pm - Temperance HallTuam - Tuesday 17 May, 8:00pm - Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown RoadClaregalway - Tuesday 24 May, 8:00pm - Claregalway Corporate Park, Oranmore RdAthenry - Tuesday 31 May, 8:00pm - Athenry Primary Care Medical Centre

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2016 County Track & Field Championships

18 April, 2016 - 15:24

The following dates have been scheduled for this years County Track & Field Championships.  There will be no juvenile training on those dates.

U8s to U12s Sunday 8th May 2016 at 10am in Dangan

U13 to U19  & Senior Sunday 15th May 2016 @ 10am in Dangan

Please sign up before Friday 29th April at training if you wish to participate.




Categories: Juvenile News

Recipe Competition Wrap-up

15 April, 2016 - 06:28

The GCH recipe competition resulted in some very interesting contributions for quick, nutritionus meals suitable for those of us with time pressure post-training. The recipes can all be seen by clicking here.

Prizes were drawn from all entrants at the great GCH social night held in the Oslo in early April, and were won by Marie Sheil, Carmel Brannigan, Vincent Jordan, Marie O'Boyle, Aoife King, and Niamh O'Regan. A big thank you to Marie and Matt for organising and to Fintan for the great Gourmet Tart Company vouchers.


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GCH Club Night Out

21 March, 2016 - 16:29

We all like to train and we have all put in a hard Winter's training this year, so what bette way to congratulateourselves than with some laughs with fellow running buddies.

A night out is planed in the Oslo in Salthill on Saturday April 2nd at 8.30pm.
Finger Food will be served and the 2015 Club Challenge prizes will be presented.

You can let us know by email or Faceboo if you plan to attend.

See you all there!!!

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GCH Juvenilles 5 day intensive training camp in Portugal

21 March, 2016 - 13:38

Our Juvenile Club are soon heading off on a 5 day intensive training camp in Monte Gordo, Portugal with 25 of their athletes on the 28th March. The athletes are all in the 16 to 18 age group.

The purpose of the trip is to expose the athletes to an environment where they will learn and develop using the state of the art facilities provided at Villa Real de Santo Antonio Sports Centre. This is a well known training site for professional and national teams and is part of the IAAF’s network of accredited training centres. It is also home to the Portuguese Olympic committee where Portuguese international athletes regularly train.

It is hoped that the trip will engage the athletes in high intensity training over a short period and focus them of the upcoming competitive Outdoor Track & Field season as well as promote athletics as they progress into adult competitions over the next few years.

It is a unique opportunity for the athletes and they have raised significant funds over the last number of months with a 50K treadmill challenge in the Eyre Square Centre, bag packing and a cake sale.

Categories: Juvenile News

Sean Breathnach wins Galway Athletics' Senior Athlete of the Year

21 March, 2016 - 12:08

GCH member Sean Breathnach has been a superb throwing athlete for many years. He continues to deliver outstanding throws and was recognised earlier this month by Galway Athletics as Senior Athlete of the Year.

His recent form though has been exceptional. His winning throw helped the GCH team win Silver in the Team Indoors in early February. He went on to win individual Senior National Indoors in late February with a new Irish record of 18.16m in Athlone. Returning to AIT one week later for the Leinster indoors he extended his Irish record by a further 11cm to throw 18.27m. Incredible form from an incredible athlete.

On the back of this he was selected to represent Ireland at the European Throwing Cup in Arad, Romania last weekend. It's not the first international vest Sean has earned, and based on his current form it won't be the last.

Congratulations Sean.

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Categories: Senior News

Juvenile Training Notice

17 March, 2016 - 08:54

The final Indoor Session for the U7-11 year olds will take place in the Pavillion  this Friday 18th March at 7PM.  Training for 9 year olds and older will resume outdoors on Fridays at 7pm after the Easter break on 8th April.   Training for all ages from 7years old will continue on Sunday Mornings at 10.30am except for Easter Sunday 27th March. There will be no training on  Good Friday 25th March or Easter Sunday 27th March as the Track and Pavillion are both closed. Hope you all enjoy the Easter Break.

Categories: Juvenile News

AAI National 10K Championships

15 March, 2016 - 20:37

The AAI National 10k is on Sunday 10th April in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. GCH athletes performed extremely well last year (report here), with three teams winning silver medals and several gold medal winners. We hope repeat and improved performances for this year.

Please email Mags Sheridan, club secretary, before Thursday 31st March if you intend to compete this year: 

Mags will ensure you are notified of your team details and the procedure for entry.

More race details here:

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GCH at 2016 Kinvara R&R Half and 10k

15 March, 2016 - 15:11
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A massive congrats to all who took part in the Kinvarra Rock and Road Half Marathon and 10k Races earlier this month.

GCH were dominant in the field and even more dominant on the podium despite windy conditions on the undulating course.
Must be all that winter training paying off!!!

In the Men’s 10k Race, the 2016 is looking good already for Owen Byrne who came 2nd in 35.05.

In the Women’s 10k Race Siobhan Egan is looking fresh after her Cross Country team win taking 2nd place also in 39.38.

In the Half Marathon, Grainne Ni Uallachain was 2nd home in 01:27:49 followed by Sarah Collins in 3rd 01:28:47 (not to mention a massive PB from last year’s 4th placing in the half).

So a great start for these ladies 2016 also and best of luck to Sarah in London Marathon next month, watch this space!!

There were some great running from all Jerome Debize’s GCH Training gang not to mention Brendan Kennelly’s Wednesday 6.30am group, with 4 out of 5 coming home in under 1.35!!

Well done on everyone who trained and ran!! Now for the next big adventure.

A full list of GCH athletes attached!

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Fit4Life prepare for New Inn 5k on 3rd April

15 March, 2016 - 14:37

A Fit4Life group will be travelling to the New Inn 5K on Sunday 3rd of April. All welcome to run, walk or jog it, or a combination of all three!

A bus will leave Westside Library at 11am (race start time 1pm) and return at approximately 4pm after race and post-race refreshments.

Please contact Bernie Kelly to book a place on the bus - €25 for bus and race entry.

Fit4Life Friday evening run will start again on Friday 1st of April, meeting at 6.30pm in Dangan.

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GCH Recipe Competition Open

11 March, 2016 - 21:47

To help share practical advice on easy-to-prepare and nutritions meals for post-exercise we're holding a recipe competition. Entries are welcome from any GCH member. Winning recipes will receive a voucher from the Gourmet Tart Company.

Meals should be well balanced and contain:

  •          Carbohydrate – wholegrain
  •          Protein source
  •          Vegetable/salad
  •          Bonus points will be awarded for people who try to incorporate  - high fibre,  vitamin C , Low GI, and healthy fats i.e. unsaturated fat
  •          Easily prepared in 30-40 mins

Entry deadline is Sunday 27th March. A short-list of recipes will be made and the Gourmet Tart Company vouchers awarded after a popular vote at the GCH night out, 8:30pm on 2nd April in Oslo, Salthill. Instructions for submitting an entry: 

  1. Copy the recipe template below into a new email and complete it. Please add a photo where shown.
  2. Use eMail subject for the name of your recipe.
  3. Send the email to: 
  4. Your recipe will be included in the list of recipes in the challenge here. (Note, your email address will be included as a recipe tag).



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Juvenile Training Cancelled on Sunday 13th March due to National Indoor Championships

7 March, 2016 - 17:38

Best of luck to all our athletes competing in the National Indoor Championships on Sunday 13th March in AIT. 

Training is cancelled as many of our coaches will be attending this event to support our club athletes.

Categories: Juvenile News

2016 Galway 5k Series announced

3 March, 2016 - 16:17

It’s here again, Spring!!! And that means the 5K Series is almost upon us.

Time to see if all those rainy, windy, cold nights and days out on road over the winter were worth it!!

Registration opens on FRIDAY MARCH 11th, 8pm on

Schedule as follows


Apr 26 1945hrs GCH Ballybrit Racecourse Niamh Hennelly

May 03 2000hrs Craughwell AC School to Bridge Keith Devane

May 10 2000hrs Loughrea AC Tulla Hill Martin Smyth

May 17 2000hrs Tuam AC Garden Field Brendan Monaghan

May 24 2000hrs CRH Corporate Park Loop Tom Kilgarriff

May 31 2000hrs Athenry AC Figure of 8 town loop Valerie Glavin

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Nutrition for Performance workshop

26 February, 2016 - 19:27

Last night, 25th February, saw a great turnout at the Nutrition for Performance education session at the Galway Bay Hotel. We had a big turnout from the senior athletes and the up and coming Juveniles.

Marie Mulkerrin, GCH club member and registered dietician, delivered an excellent workshop on how to fuel and hydrate for training and racing. The group-based practical exercises provided a real hands-on way of digesting the content of the night.

Stay posted for the follow-up practical sharing nutritious, easy to make recipies to be in a chance to win some fabulous Gourmet Tart Company vouchers.

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Results of 2016 Connacht Indoor Championships

23 February, 2016 - 12:22
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Please see the attachments below for the  results of the Connacht Indoor Championships.  GCH  had over 70 athletes competing in Sprints, Hurdles, Distance races, Jumps, Pole Vault, Shot Putt and relays over the two day event at the weekend. Congrats to all who competed, many of whom  qualified for the National Championships in March.

There are some great action scenes from the event on our Juvenile Facebook Page captured by Conrad.

Categories: Juvenile News

No Juvenile Training Sunday 21st Feb

17 February, 2016 - 17:04

There will be no juvenile training on Sunday 21st February due to the Connacht Indoor Championships. Best of luck to all our athletes who are competing.

Categories: Juvenile News

Galway Senior Men's & Ladies Teams take XC Gold

16 February, 2016 - 16:28

It was a great weekend for Galway, with the Inter County Cross Country Gold Cups coming back to Galway for the first time in 32 years!!! For the first time in 40 years the XC Champs were held in Galway so what better place to collect a win than on home turf!!

GCh were proud to be represented in the Captain Seat for both the Men’s and Women’s Teams, with Gerry Carty heading up the Men’s side and Siobhan Egan heading up the Ladies team.

The ladies team was led home by Laura Shaughnessy, who was also placed in second for the silver medal, Next was Kathryn Casserly, (Castlegar AC), third was Niamh Hennelly (GCH) and finishing for the team was Deirdre Brophy (Athenry AC). Well done to all 9 ladies who worked hard over the past few months!!

The Men’s Team for Galway was led home by Gary Thornton (GCH) who also took second place and the silver medal home with him, an absoluley fantastic achievement in such a competitive field!! Second home was John Moroney (GCH) who had a great run, third for the team was Brian Furey (Rathfarnham) and finally Matt Bidwell completed the fourth spot! Well done to all the guys who gave 100% to training for the XC this year…..

The Junior Ladies took silver home with Aoife King (GCH), Shannen Lee, Sarah Gilhooley, Aoife Sheehy (GCH) representing the county.

The Junior Men’s Team also took silver with three GCHer’s in the team mix Joseph Tannian (GCH, also winning the JM bronze medal), Eanna Folan (GCH), Damian O'Boyle, Gary Martyn Doyle (GCH).

Full results

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