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!!
We are nearly there, hopefully all your training went to plan and you are all ready to go to the start line of the Craughwell 10. With 5 days to go we have just over 100 places left, please register to avoid disapointment. Guaranteed tech T - shirt and medals for all finishers.
This event will sell out by the end of the week so get your entries in now go to active.com
If you are not running this years Craughwell 10, maybe you could volunteer to help out this Sunday the 22nd of March please message us through the Facebook page. Thank you to all who have already volunteered your services.
We are also calling out for some delicious home made baking, buns, scones, treats these can be dropped into the catering tent on the morning of the 22nd.
All donations and help greatly appreciated.
See you all Sunday.
It was another great weekend for club stalwarts Peter O'Sullivan and Damian Larkin, who both were to the fore again. Peter took on the might of Masters athletes all over Ireland, and finished superbly - taking Gold in the M40 1500 (4.10) and Silver in the M40 800m (2.03).
The 1500m (pictured above) in particular was a great run, as a storming finish saw him finish a convincing winner ahead of all the M35s as well as the M40s in the race in a time of 4:10. Full results are here.
Damian Larkin continues to get stronger with every race, and added the Abbey 10k to his growing list of victories in a solid time of 35:21. Full results of the Abbey 10k are here.
And they're off and running (well, jogging anyway) in the 2015 GCH club challenge. After one of the most successful GCH cross country seasons in years XC fatigue set in and the opening event of the Club challenge (Inter-club XC) had no GCH competitors. However, the first bonus event of the challenge did see 2 GCHers travel south for one of the stars in the Irish road racing calendar, Ballycotton 10. Bernie Kelly and Conor Dolan have laid down their markers for the season ahead and sit atop of the GCH Club Challenge table.
As the National 10km is fast approaching and it carries potential bonus points for PBs can anyone interested in earning these bonus points pass on their current 10km PBs to the Challenge administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, watch this space for news on the GCH Club away race.
With just over a week to go, places are filling up fast for the sixth Annual Craughwell 10 mile road race. The race takes place Sunday the 22nd of March at 1pm.
A long-range weather forecast is promising a fine, but breezy day, perfect running weather.
Flat accurate AAI measured10 mile course.
Full road closure.
Incorporating AAI Galway 10 mile club Chaimpionship.
Medal and T shirt for all finishers.
Online entry at www.active.com
€25 entry fee.
Tea/coffee and refreshments for all participants after.
The 30th Annual Streets of Galway 8k Road Race will take place this year on August 8th. <?xml:namespace prefix = o />
GCH has reserved a small fund to help young athletes to make the tricky transition from promising junior to successful senior. The U23 age group is the time at which many athletes are lost from the sport.
The U23 Bursary assists with the cost of conducting a serious competition campaign: Physio / medical assistance, travel etc. Successful applicants will be required to provide six monthly reports on the progress of their training and racing, alongside a summary of how they used any funding. They will also be expected to compete for the club on a regular basis. Athletes aged 18-23 should send completed forms (as attached) by 19th March to:
Galway City Harriers Secretary, c/o Bernie Kelly, Caislean, Inverin, Co. Galway.
Are we going to see a new course record on Sunday 22nd March 2015 in Craughwell for the Craughwell AC 10mile road race?
The men's course record is currently held by Sean Connolly of Tallaght AC in a time of 49:12, while the women's course record is held by Eilish Kelly of Raheny Shamrock AC in a time of 57:44.
With only 12 days to go entries are filling fast. Enter here at Active.com
Image courtesy of John O'Connor
The wet and windy conditions of the weekend didn’t deter Tuam AC athletes from running throughout the province. In fact it turned out to be a very busy weekend for Tuam AC.
Conal Burke, Sean Burke, Jennifer Carney, Ann Cosgrove, Aidan Doyle, Richard Geraghty, Joanna Kiely, Mark Rabbitte and Yvonne Wilson all ran in the Kinvara Rock & Road 10k and Half Marathon.
Margaret McDonagh, Jarlath Monaghan and Derek Naughton ran the Carnacon 8k in Co. Mayo. Margaret will have to increase her trophy case size as she once again brought home silverware finishing 3rd. She extends her lead in the series and is on course to win it outright.
Tuam AC’s first speedwork session was held Tuesday 3rd March coached by one of Galway’s top athletes, Matt Bidwell. Ger Hartnett, who is the speedwork session coordinator, was very happy to report that it was a great success with 25 people participating. This session is suitable for runners of all abilities and is ideal for improving speed and endurance for the summer racing season ahead. Tuam ACs speedwork session continues every Tuesday night at 6:30pm in St Jarlaths. It costs €2 per person per session and you must be a member of Tuam AC in order to participate.
The tough conditions didn't hold GCH back at the 2015 Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon and 10k.
GCH took 2nd and 3rd in the Men's 10k with Matt Bidwell in 33.19 and Owen Byrne in 35.14.
Sean Hanley also had a great run in 6th place in 38.19.
The GCH ladies stole the show however taking all three top spots in the 10k. Helen Corbett stormed home in first place in 39.39, followed by Sinead Brody in 40.37 in second place and Esther O'Flaherty took thrid place in 42.02.
Damian O'Boyle and Jamie Fallon after the Irish Schools Senior 6500m
Jamie Fallon (representing Calasanctius Oranmore) raced to his greatest performance to date when claiming the bronze medal in the senior 6500m at the Irish Schools Cross Country which was held in Clongowes Wood College at the weekend. Holding 4th place throughout much of the race, Jamie moved into 3rd place on the final lap and held that position for possibly the best performance from a Galway distance runner since the legendary Paul Donovan won this title in 1981. A group of 6 athletes broke from the pack in the early stages of the race and the on-course commentator gave a running commentary on them for the remaining laps, omitting to mention Jamie initially, then mentioning the man from “Calasenteese” who was in second place at the time and finally someone later having a whisper in his ear and Jamie became the ‘cousin’ of the great Jimmy Fallon :-).
Damien O’Boyle also had a fine run in the same race when taking 24th place. In the junior race, Oisin Lyons was another Calasanctius student to have a fantastic run when placing 5th in his 3500m race and in the process claim his first international vest for the Schools International which will be held later this month. Having played a Connacht Cup soccer final the day before (winning 6-3 incidentally), it was a super run from Oisin. He stuck with the leading group of 6 for the first third of the race and then got caught in no-man’s land for a while between 2 groups of 5 before the 2nd group caught up. Oisin battled hard at front of that group and they caught the trailing runner on the lead group on the home straight with Oisin holding on for a fine 5th place.
Also in action at the same venue, Neil Greaney had a good run in the Universities Cross Country to place 33rd as part of a strong DCU team which took team gold.
Oisin Lyons after his 5th place in the Irish Schools Junior 3500m
Earlier in the other schools races, Caron Ryan (St Raphael’s) had a strong run to take 33rd place in the intermediate girls race, with Pres Athenry’s Grainne McDaid and Ciara O’Boyle placing 69th and 80th and The Bower’s Aoife Green placing 77th. In the senior girls 1500m, Ciara Greene (The Bower) placed 45th while Andrea Tobin placed 57th to help the Pres Athenry to 8th team place. In the minor boys 2500m, St Raphael’s Sean Connaughton placed 55th in a high quality field while in the junior girls, Claregalway’s Rachael Hughes placed 69th.
The club will very shortly have a new training technical top/t-shirt for sale which doubles up as a fund-raiser for our much-needed facilities and as a high quality training top for use at training or in competition warm-up. I will post a seperate update on our facility progress in a few days time - we have a number of fund-raising initiatives coming up in order to proceed with developing the facility later this year. The top is available in both adult and children's sizes should parents or coaches also wish to get one.
To order your top, please text your name and sizes required to Tracy Moran at 087 8810737. Tracy will have them at the astro turf next Tuesday from 5.45pm to 8pm and at the hall Thursday 6.15pm-7.15pm and at the astro turf Thursday 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
The technical top will cost €20, with a €5 discount given for each additional top purchased by the same family, i.e. 2 tops for €35, 3 tops for €50, etc. The top comes in the following sizes:-
All profits from the tops will go directly into our facility fund for the development of facilities on our new 8-acre site.
The Club is delighted to announce the club challenge for 2015 for all runners. The aim is to encourage all club members & club teams to take part in a broad range o events including many of the top regional and national events. The objective is to encourage team spirit whilst promoting our club colours. There are 15 chosen races. Members must compete in 7 to qualify for prizes.
Next start date for Beginners to Fit4Life is Monday 13th April 2015.
Meet at 7pm at Westside Library.
Any queries to Bernie 087-7504066
17 days to go....
With 17 days to go to the Craughwell 10 we have 56% men registered and 44% women, come on girls register.
This is the 6th annual running of the Craughwell 10 it is run on a flat accurate AAI measured 10 mile course.
Incorporating the AAI Galway 10 mile Club championship, this race sells out every year. Race entry of €25 includes a technical T shirt and medal.
enter online at ACTIVE.COM
A large contingent of athletes from the club descended on the international arena in Athlone IT at the weekend for the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships. With over 100 athletes in action, Craughwell AC had the largest representation at these championships which told in the podium finishes with 29 Connacht titles coming our way, 13 silver and 11 bronze podium finishes.
There were many highlights across the 2 days in particular an impressive 1.58.08 from Damien O’Boyle in the U19 800m, significantly helped by Peadar Harvey who paced the first 400m of the race. It was a generous act from Peadar who holds the club record of 1.57.xx and unselfishly paced Damien to an attempt to break that. As it was Damien came very close to that record and even closer to Paul Joyce’s junior club record of 1.58.05. Cathriona Farrell gave an exhibition of jumping in the senior high jump, attempting 1.80m and soaring 10cm above it but clipping it with her heels. Sinead Treacy came home with triple gold I the 60m, 200m and long jump – another fantastic performance from a great athlete. In the U16s, despite a bad enough injury picked up on Thursday night when practicing for hurdles, Lorraine Delaney had an impressive series of jumps to nail a new high jump PB of 1.50m having improved from 1.40m to 1.45m only a few weeks earlier at the Scottish Championships. Laura Cunningham had to settle for 2nd place but more than made up for this with her first Connacht long jump title in a few years.
Craughwell U16 4x200m Relay Teams at the Connacht Indoors
Luke Finn, Oisin Lyons, Jerry Keary, Cian Waters, Daniel Callanan-Forde
Shauna Tobin, Anna Farrelly, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney
There were a string of good performances from athletes from the club at the Connacht Schools cross country which was held in Sligo Racecourse last week.
Leading the way with an exceptional run was Jamie Fallon (representing Calasanctius) when taking the Senior Boys Connacht title. This continues a string of cross country successes for this dedicated athlete who can look forward to the Irish Schools finals next weekend with confidence. Also with a fine run, clubmate and schoolmate Damien O’Boyle also had a super run to take 4th place and help his team to Connacht gold. In the Senior Girls race, Ciara Greene (The Bower) finished a fine 6th place while Andrea Tobin helped the Pres Athenry to team bronze with a 14th place finish and Tara McNally (Loughrea VS) placed 41st.
Oisin Lyons (Calasanctius) replicated Jamie’s success when striding to victory in the Junior Boys race, leading his team to 5th place with Eoghan McDonagh 25th, Ultan Sheerin 46th, Louis Molloy 56th and Paul Molloy 66th. Gavin Forde (Pres) placed 48th in the same race. Rachael Hughes (Coláiste Bhaile Chláir) placed 14th in the junior girls, helping her team to 5th place while Pres duo Shauna Tobin and Fiona Commins placed 32nd and 35th to help their team to 7th place.
Sean Connaughton (St Raphael’s) placed 13th in the minor boys race, with the Noonan brothers Patrick and Sean (Pres Athenry) placed 20th and 27th. Cathal Walsh (Seemount) placed 21st helping his team to a fantastic silver medal. Catherine Noonan and Aisling Carr placed 31st and 51st in the minor girls with their Pres team placing 7th.
In the Intermediate Boys race, Jack Miskella (Pres) placed 38th while Caron Ryan (St Raphael’s) took a fine 3rd place in the Intermediate Girls. Grainne McDaid and Ciara O’Boyle featured on the victorious Pres Athenry team in 14th and 19th place (where the Pres took both team gold and team silver!) while Aoife Greene 25th helped the Bower Athlone take the bronze medals.
Full results of the day are at:- ConnachtSchoolsXCResults2015.pdf
Aoibhean Phelan was the sole representative of Tuam AC at the Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone on Saturday and she put in a superb performance in the 60m sprint finishing in 10 secs and the 600m where she finished in 2 mins. She also competed in the Shot Putt and she had great support from her Mum and Dad, brother and sisters and everybody in Tuam AC is very proud of her representing the club.
Also on Saturday morning Padraic Burke ran a full 26.2 mile marathon around the walks of St Jarlath’s in just over three and a half hours and he wasn’t even out of breath when he finished. It was an amazing solo effort completing 72 laps of the tarmac path around the pitches and he was joined by some other members of the club for part of the run but it really was a great effort. It was all part of his training for the Connemara Ultra Marathon which is an eye watering 39.3 mile race that takes place in six weeks time. To prove how dedicated he is he was spotted out again in the snow on Sunday morning.
Congratulations and well done to Margaret McDonagh and Jarlath Monaghan who ran the Clonbur 10k on Sunday. Margaret finished 3rd and Jarlath 2nd in their respective categories. Margaret moves to overall 1st position for the series in her category while Jarath remains in 2nd place for his category. Their next race in the series is a 8k and is on next Saturday in Carnacon, Co. Mayo.
No Juvenile training Sunday 1st March due to Connacht Indoors Championships.
There will be a Bus to Connacht Indoors on Sunday leaving Dangan at 7.30am.
Price for the bus is 10 euro.
The provisional program for the Connacht Indoors this Sat/Sun is as follows:-