Galway City Harriers
Fit4Life will take a well-deserved break for Christmas, finishing on Thursday night December 19th.
It will resume on Monday 6th January at 7pm at Westside Library and continues thereafter every Monday and Thursday night (except for Bank Holiday Mondays when we do not meet)
Please note on the 6th January current members will move up a group (only if they wish to do so and are able for a slightly faster pace).
So you can make your progression one of your New Year’s resolutions!
Congrats to Siobhan Egan who had a double win less than a week apart.
Siobhan was first lady home in the Leenane 5 mile on November 17th in 34:55 which was 1 minute 52 seconds quicker than Helena Kearns in second placed who came in at 36:47 followed by Triona O’Malley in third in 37.40.
But not only that, Siobhan took first place in the Westport 5k Parkrun 6 days later on 23rd November with a new PB of 20.12.
Great running Siobhan, all your hard work is really paying off.
Matt Lockett has put together a training program for the next 5 weeks which explains the rationale behind the training plan and types of sessions to include.
All Ireland Novice Cross Country Championships - GCH teams required!
Date - Sunday 15th December 2013
Venue - Waterford IT Campus
Distances Womens 4km, Mens 6km
This is one of the best and most enjoyable races on the calendar, and gets a range of club athletes competing from all over the country, and is a great entry point to National cross country competition.
GCH can enter club teams, with 8 to run and 4 to score, in both Mens and Womens races
GCH athletes will also be considered for selection for the Galway County teams for the event .
Here's the updated Club Challenge Tables after the National Inter-Counties XC.
Highlights of the movers and shakers after the latest round………..
Jane Walsh has pushed to the top of the women's challenge thanks to her exploits in tracking down Fionnuala Britton in the National Inter-counties and by doing so it looks like it a two horse race between herself and Mags Sheridan.
A new entrant to the table is Nicola Duncan after an incredible run to 13th in the national Inter-Counties with the elite of Irish running.
Congrats to everyone who took part in the Inter County Cross Country in Santry yesterday, Sunday 17th November 2013. And well done to the participants from the Galway City Harriers who had the largest participation from the Galway clubs representing the Galway County team this year.
The Men’s race was won by Paul Pollock, Antrim in 31:02. In second was Michael Mulhare of Laois in 31:36 and in third was Dan Mulhare also of Laois in 31:40.
126 participants battled the torrential rain and infamous hills in the East Galway 4 mile Race yesterday Sunday 17th November.
In the Men’s Race Matt Bidwell, Galway City Harriers ran 21:10 to win first place position, Jason Broderick, Craughwell Ac ran 21:24 to place second and John Greaney, Galway City Harriers placed third in 21:48.
In the Ladies Race Jane Ann Healy Athenry AC placed first in 24:37, with Barbara Dunne coming second in 25:44 (taking 3 minutes off her time from last year) and in third was Clare Rowe, Athenry in 28:07.
Full results attached
The annual Carnmore 5k Turkey Trot takes place this year on Sunday December 8th at 1pm - organised by Carnmore Hurling Club with AAI course measurer Andrew Talbot. Entry details attached.
The 48th Hollymount Races took place Sunday 10th November.
This year there was a low turnout in numbers but the traditional coach of visitors from the Liverpool area was especially welcomed to boost numbers and spirits.
Congratulations to Regina Casey (GCH) who won the women’s 3k lap. Second place Colette Touhy (Mayo AC) was leading all the way with Regina hot on her heels but a fantastic sprint finish by Regina placed her first in 10:37, and Collette in second with a 10:45 finish. Elizabeth Egan (Liverpool Harriers) finished third in 11:07
Well done to all the Fit4Life group who took part in this year’s Newcastle Fit4Life 5K with a whopping 55 participants taking part this year from the Galway City Harriers.
First GCH Fit4Life athlete home was Kate Cunningham in 26:44 doing it for the ladies and for the men was Gearoid Barry in 27:59.
Thanks to Bernie Kelly for organising the GCH Fit4Life group and overseeing the trip (including lifts) to Athenry, making it a really enjoyable day out for everyone.
Also a big congrats and well done to Maria Hehir and co for such a well organised event
Full results attached
Well done to the Galway City Harriers Juvenilles in the Connaught Uneven Age XC held on Sunday 3rd November
GCH had 3 individual winners, Eimear Rowe U11 girls, Laoise Geraghty U13 Girls & Maebh Brannigan U17 girls.
And congratulations to the Girls U11 team who won in their team competition.
Full results attached
Last minute instructions regarding the Newcastle 5k this Saturday.
Everyone should try and do the 5K regardless if you haven't trained regularly or not over the last few weeks.
There are no shower facilities in Newcastle, but there will be a very warm welcome for everyone.
Bring a change of clothes and shoes and baby wipes or a flannel to wash off the hard earned sweat.
Race starts at 12 noon
We will carpool from Westside Library. If you don't have a car, no worries just turn up and Bernie will sort everyone out with a lift.
Results of the GCH Club Challenge after Round 8.
It's heating up in the race for the women's title with Mags, Majella, Jane and Regina all still in contention…..exciting stuff with just 2 more rounds to go!!
In the Men’s race, 2nd place which is still up for grabs, with Bru in typical fashion putting in a late surge which could clinch the runner's up spot.
Watch this space, The Athenry 10k could see some road kill left behind in a last dash for titles…………
Huge congratulations to all who took part in the Connaught Cross Country on 3rd November in Roscommon.
GCH as always was represented really well and clearly all the Saturday morning sessions at St. Mary’s are paying off as we had incredible results.
In the Ladies, Niamh Hennelly had a great run and placed second in the Novice category.
GCH were dominant in the Masters category with Jane Walsh coming home in second place.
Margaret Sheridan after completing last week’s Dublin marathon just missed out on 3rd place to take 4th place in the Masters category.
Congratulations to Matt Bidwell on his win at this year’s Corofin 8k Road race held on Sunday 3rd November with a clear win of 26:11. Well done to Ian Egan (Tuam AC) taking 2nd place in a 29:46, with Tommy Joe White (also Tuam AC) taking 3rd place in 30:30.
GCH also placed 1st in the Ladies Race with Jaqueline O’ Donnell coming home in 34:27, 2nd was Mary Kealy (Craughwell AC) in 35:28 and hot on her heels was Bernie Mulryan (Athenry AC) in 3rd place in 35:34
The cross country photo's so far from this year can be found at the links below.Any more cross country photo's from this year will be added later.
“You’re into running, have you ever ran a marathon?” I’ve been asked. “No I would have no interest in doing anything like that, why would you want to put yourself through that?” would be my usual response. So what changed my mind then?
This year the 34th Annual Airtricity Dublin City Marathon was held on the 28th October and coming home first in the Men’s and Women’s race were 2 Irish athletes. Well done to Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham WSAF 2:18:19 and Maria McCambridge DSD 2:38:51. (Maria won the Streets of Galway 8K in 2012)
Course will be open from 10.0 am
Registration from 9.30am
Course is expected to be soft to firm despite weather
PLease note: The only request from the venue is that spikes are not permitted in the function area or the dressing rooms.
Course has a main Lap ( A ) which must be completed in all races
Lap B and C is inclusive of A
Lap D IS THE ONLY LAP THAT TURNS AT GATE 1 AND is completed first before the main lap and is the big loop in reverse
Start : 182m from Start line to the start of the “A“ lap.