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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

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:


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

Entries to 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,-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, (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

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

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 ! 

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Streets 8k course map

31 July, 2016 - 17:29
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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:


Categories: Member Notices

National Masters Track & Field Championships 2016

28 July, 2016 - 20:35
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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:

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!!!


National Half Marathon

6 July, 2016 - 09:05

The National Half Marathon takes place in Dublin on Sunday, August 7th. Anyone wishing to enter can do so using the link below .  The Club will reimburse entry fee for those who run.

Be sure to select Half Marathon-AAI Member 7 August. You will need your AAI membership number. Contact or message Mags @ 0879234224 for your Reg. number

Categories: Member Notices

Last call for National Junior & u23 Track & Field championships

23 June, 2016 - 12:26
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The National Junior & u23 championships take pace in Tullamore on Saturday 2nd July.Timetable below.

Friday 24th June is entry deadline

Entries to secretary

Categories: Member Notices

Change to Tuesday's Track time

20 June, 2016 - 08:33

Track times have now changed to 6.30pm at the usual spot each Tuesday night at Dangan Track!!

Track will now be merged wih Galway Triathlon Club members, this will help it group sizes and to ensure a good range of paces.

Please ensure your track fees are paid in advance.

Categories: Member Notices

Results of the 2016 Connacnt Track & Field Championships U13 - Senior

19 June, 2016 - 17:05
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Congratulations to all the GCH athletes who participated yesterday in the Connacht Track & Field Championships in Sligo IT. 

Please see the link below to the Results.


Categories: Juvenile News

Timetable for National Senior Track & Field

17 June, 2016 - 14:16
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Last date for entries is Sunday 19th June.

Timetable below.

Contact secretary.


Categories: Member Notices

National Track & Field Championships

15 June, 2016 - 22:33

There are two upcoming National Track & Field Championships.

The National Senior Track & Field Championships take place on the 25th and 26th June in Morton Stadium, Santry. Closing date for entries is Friday 17th June.

The Under 23 National Track & Field Championships , along with the Junior championships take place on July 2nd in Tullamore

Anyone wishing to compete in any of the above competitions, please email as soon as possible.


Categories: Member Notices

Athenry Half Marathon

13 June, 2016 - 15:53

The Athenry Half Marathon (formaly theMoniea Half) takes place on Saturday 25th June at 11am.There is also a 5km on the day.

Entry is €25 for the Half Distance and €15 for the 5km.

If you are looking to break a time there are 1.30, 1.40, 1.50 and 2 hour pacers.

Full details and regitration can be found at

Categories: Member Notices

Weeks 5, 6, 7 and 8 - Absolute Beginners

12 June, 2016 - 20:02

Remember, continue to be patient and keep making incremental increases to the volume and/or pace of your training. Progress slowly with the training regime for the next few weeks to ensure you'r'e fit and healthy by the time you reach the start line.













2min walk, 2min run repeat 15 times. 30 mins running.


2min walk, 4min run. Repeat 5 times. Total 20 mins running.


After a brisk 5 min walk to warm up, see how long you can run for without stopping. Aim for 15 minutes but if you need to stop then walk for 1min and go ahead until you have run for a total of at least 18 minutes





Run for 12 min take 2min rest, run for 10 min, take 2min rest, run for 8min, take 2min rest, run for 6min, take 2min rest.


walk for 5 min then run for 15-20 min, then walk for 5min


Run for 5 km





Run for 1min, take a minute walk to rest, run for 2min, take 1min rest, then 3min run, 4min run, 5min run, 4min run, 3min run, 2min run, 1min run all separated by 1min walk


5min walk , then 25 min run, 5 min walk


Run for 5.5 km





Try to find a hill of medium steepness. After a 5min jog warm up, run 30 sec up the hill, jog back down the hill and then repeat the hill climb 4 more times, take 3min rest and then repeat the 5 hill climbs again, before a jog or walk home.


Run for 20 minutes then take 5min walk recovery before running for another 15 min


Run for 6 km



Categories: Training for the Streets

Weeks 5, 6, 7 and 8 - 40min 8km

12 June, 2016 - 19:57

At this point you'll be in the swing of the 40min 8k  training plan. Remember the tips from our earlier postings:

  • Find a buddy. A training partner is a great asset particularly if they are a similar fitness level to you. Better still join a club. GCH have groups for all abilities. Put the shoes on and get out the door. This is often the hardest part of a run. Once you are out there you can enjoy the feeling of pushing yourself and the fresh air.
  • Try to run off road if you can as it is kinder to the legs. Dangan, South park, and Barna Woods provide some respite from the tarmac.












4x 5 min off 75 sec jog then 5 x 30 sec



Out and back run: 23 min out, try to come back in 20


60 min easy




6 x 4min hard with 1 min rest



30 min easy.  Then 5x a 6-8 sec hill with very slow walk back down the hill to recovery in between.


60min easy




8x 3min off 1 min. If you need to take a break, then can be split into 2 sets of 4 x 3min with 3 minutes between the first and second set of 4.



Progression run. 9km: starting at 6min per km and then pick up speed by 10 sec per km each km.


Headford 8km to test progress.




4x1 min off 1 min rest, 12 minutes continuous hard run, 4x1min off 1 min



9km with 5th and 7th km @ 5min/km pace


65 min run



Categories: Training for the Streets