National League Final, GCH Men Silver Medallists.
GCH is a great club. I believe in our club, the athletes, volunteers,
parents are all amazing. However sometimes at senior level we don’t
show this as a club at elite level competition, we always have some
great individual performances but rarely as a team. This is beginning
to change, we’re showing it in Cross country and now we’re showing it
in track & field.
Our photos taken by Luis Figueiredo show the team proudly wearing our
fancy new kit. These GCH tops made us really feel like a team.
Sometimes the team element of athletics can be missing but we found it
on Saturday. Thanks to Galway Clinic and our club for sponsoring the
Kit for the team.
We fought hard and chased Cloniffe Harriers all the way to the end.
Cloniffe won with 157 points, Galway City harriers 2nd with 143 points
and Leevale and Donore Harriers were joint 3rd with 102 points.
Cloniffe had a great team there on the day, they have a great
reputation in Elite level competition and it was great that our team
from the west could push them to the end. We had some great
performances to be proud of:
Pole Vault: Cliff Jennings, the ultimate team player done the pole
vault for us. We don’t have the facility for Pole Vault in Galway so
it is really amazing to have someone be able to get over this for us.
Cliff had to rush off so we missed him at the end for presentation but
he was there in spirit.
Long Jump: Michael was unlucky in the long jump just missing his mark
for foul jumps. Knowing points counted he managed a safe 5.43m jump.
He is capable of 1m further. We’re hoping Michael will be around for
the outdoors as I believe he is a very good Javelin thrower!
Simon Callaghan guesting in the long jump and done 5.96m. He’ll be
over 6m in no time at all.
60m Hurdles: Simon Callaghan, only recently returned to competition
showed why he is a class act. Simon finished 3rd and improved his
season time by .2.
60m Jack Dempsey, only 16 years of age really put it to the seniors.
Jack ran an incredible 7.11 to finish 4th behind some of the best
seniors in the country. Jack and his team mates will be a big part of
GCH teams in the future.
Shot Putt: This was one of the great moments of the day that make you
proud to be GCH. Powerhouse Sean Breathnach unofficially broke the
Irish record in a practice throw. He threw 18.63m, the record is
18.07m. It doesn’t stand but it is only a matter of time before Sean
officially owns this record. Sean of course won the event and secured
Both Igor Muntean and Breandan Staunton had fantastic throws in the
shot putt too. Igor and Brendan are a huge part of the future of the
club. Our Jumps and throws coaches. Igor is taking some of our young
stars under his wing and we will see the results in the future.
Breadan is ensuring that there is a throws group so that when the
great Sean Breathnach finally has enough, the club will have throwers
to come in and try fill his shoes.
1500m: Keith Fallon was going to do the double in the 800m and 1500m
for us. Unfortunately there was only an hour between races. Keith is a
smart competitor, he could have destroyed the field easily but instead
just relaxed, conserved energy and done enough to win the race for
team in 4.03. I spoke with him 1 minute after finishing and you
couldn’t even tell he had run!
High Jump: Bryan Ndego is what you would call one of these incredible
talents. With very little coaching he has managed to be one of the
best jumpers in the country. He had a titanic battle for first and
just missed out on final height to finish second. Igor Muntean is
hopefully going to be helping Bryan out and we can expect to see Brian
out in an Irish vest soon.
400m: Luke O’Shaughnessy has being going for strength to strength this
season. Before this season, Luke has a 400m PB of 52.5. He ran 51.18
to finish 3rd for team. But it was the way he ran that made us all
proud. Luke fought hard all the way to the line and never once gave up
– this is what the character of our team is and was shown right here!
Sean Kyne also had a great race in the 400m going under 54 again
showing last time was no fluke. His improvement has been nothing short
800m this was one of the most exciting races of the day. Keith Fallon
was out again for us. Keith told me he hadn’t run a sub 60sec 400m all
year so this was going to be interesting. Keith was in 3rd place with
a lap to go. He went for it, he was still in 3rd place with 100m to
go, he kept going for it, going for it and right at the line Keith got
up there for the win! It was incredible and Keiths performances really
gave us hope to go after Cloniffe.
Triple Jump: Henrique Nkolovata gained some valuable experience
jumping 11.29m. With some training and coaching he can certainly be a
contender in the future.
200m: Cillin Greene ran 22.15 for 2nd place overall for team. However
heat he was in, he won the race. He battle hard all the way to the
line and won his heat by 1/10th of a second. To me its that fighting
spirit of not giving in, regardless of if you’re the person who wins
by 1/10th of second or not is what athletics is about. Our club has
shown that we have that spirit in abundance.
Sean Kilmartin, a tank of a teenager had a great race running 23.1 in
the 200m too.
4x200m relay: We had a strong 4x200m relay of Jack Dempsey, Luke
O’Shaughnessy, Sean Kilmartin and Cillin Greene. However, AAI decided
that straight after the mens 200m they the mens 4x200m relay would be
on. Sean and Cillin were both really tired.
I tried telling the lads to take it easy, we can’t win now and no one
can over take us. Inbetween legs, Sean and Cillin were bent over
wrecked…. But of course they guys have mental toughness! As soon as
baton was passed over, you just saw the elite athletes they were with
no evidence of them being tired. The finished 2nd in a very exciting
It was a great day where the team really came together. This day was
made possible by many coaches, parents and volunteers.
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The national indoor track and field league final was held in Athlone IT last Saturday 6 February.
The Craughwell AC ladies team were back in the final for the third year in a row. Having finished ahead of the winners from the last two years and scoring 57 points, the team still found themselves six points short of a medal winning position as the Dublin city clubs were to the fore this year.
There was a good performance all round from the team in a stronger competition this year. Competing for the Craughwell ladies team in the final was Sarah Finnegan (60m hurdles and triple jump), Cathriona Farrell (high jump), Aisling Keady (long jump), Sinead Treacy (60m, 200m and 4x200m relay), Dearbhaile Walsh (400m), Sinead Gaffney (800m), Caron Ryan (1500m), Michelle Duggan (4x200m relay), Caoilin Milton (4x200m relay), Laura Cunningham (4x200m relay), Melissa Mullins (shot), Edel O'Meara (pole vault) and Lorraine Delaney and Aoife Greene.
Well done to all.
14th February @ 12pm.
National Inter county Cross Country. Junior & Senior Men and Women.
Palace Grounds, Tuam
If people could come out and support and cheer!!
Connaught Indoors (u12 &u13 Individual and u12 & u13 team relay) Juveniles
Sign up by 10th Feb
Connaught Indoors (u14 to Senior + guest entries) Juveniles sign up by
10th Feb. Senior & guests Closing date is 12th Feb.
27th February & 28th Feb.
National Senior Indoors. AIT Athlone
Closing date 19th Feb.
12th March Day 1,
Juvenille Indoors. AIT Athlone
Closing date 4th March
13th March Day 2,
Juvenille Indoors. AIT Athlone.
Closing date 4th March
Juvenille Indoor Relays. AIT Athlone
Closing date 11th March
National Masters Indoors Athlone IT
Closing date 11th March
Craughwell 10 mile
County 10 mile
Keep up to date with closing date at Craughwell AC
10th April National 10k
Phoenix Park. No info yet
National Road Relays. Raheny. No info yet
Timetables for above available on Athletics Ireland Website. Watch out
for closing dates.
GCH athlete, Marie Mulkerrin, Acting Senior Dietitian - B.Sc (Hons),
will lead a workshop on 'Nutrition for Performance athletics' on the
25th Feb at 7pm at the Galway Bay hotel. The talk will be aimed at
athletes aged 13+ from juvenile club, and senior and masters athletes
planning to do intense training (training 4-5days per week or more).
The talk will be free to GCH members both senior & juvenile. NUIG
athletics club members and anyone from an AAI club who has paid
advanced online fees for the track session is also invited to attend
for free. Any other non-members will be charged 10 euro for entry.
As Marie will explain, the nutritional requirements of athlete
training to improve performance are different to the average man in
Marie will follow this up, on a separate date in the weeks following,
with a talk aimed at fit4life members that are early in their journey
as an athlete, or have taken up athletics to develop a healthier
lifestyle rather than train for serious competition. Nutrition
requirements evolve with training load so it’s important that
nutritional advice reflects this.
We will be looking for those planning to attend to keep a food diary
for the week from the 7th-14th Feb. Please find this attached. Fill it
in and print it out and bring it along to the talk. Do not worry it
is not going to be subject to public scrutiny as we will ask some
people in advance to volunteer to share with the group but it will
give you a chance to reflect on your own diet in the light of the
discussion and ask questions that you may have. Also don’t panic if
you only manage to keep it for 3 days but it would be great if it
includes a training day and a competition day. Anyone who has ever
kept a food diary will tell you is a great way to reflect on how good
your diet actually is.
The structure of the talk
7-8 pm: The top 10 pieces of Nutritional advice for athletes. Please
arrive on time or a few minutes early so we can get everybody seated
and get started.
8- 9 pm: Case study and break working groups to critically analyse a
food diary. To be followed by discussion and a chance to raise
To be followed by further discussion in the bar!
After the talk we will announce details of a competition to help drive
a discussion on the practicalities of cooking nutritious athlete
friendly meals. We have very generous prizes for this kindly donated
by the Gourmet Tart company to encourage participation from all of our
We had a great response to the last talk on motivation and psychology
so this will be the first of a number of talks designed to improve the
knowledge base around issues connected to competing and training. So
that we can ensure that we have enough space and the smooth running of
the evening please can you indicate if you plan to attend by