Galway City Harriers
FIXTURES. Please find attached a brief fixture list with some dates to note
The following are upcoming fixtures of note for July.
Track & Field:
Thursday 20th July.Dangan Track @7.45pm: Series of 1 mile time trials. (8, 7,6,5,4 minute) All clubs and athletes welcome.
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July. National Senior Track & Field championships, Morton Stadium, Santry.
Sunday 30th July. Round 2 National Track & Field League
ROAD RACES: Saturday 29th July. Balla 10k, (25th running of) Mayo @7pm
Categories: Fit4LifeMember NoticesSenior News
Thanks to Brendan Glynn for the following report on the GCH Men's National Track & Field League 1st Round of competition, and the summary re Galway County Teams.
Well done the GCH squad who competed in round 1 of the National League in Athlone recently. We had a very much depleted squad with injuries and of course the great Sean Breathnach was captaining the Irish team and unavailable. However the team fought hard and and we’re in 8th place after round 1. 8th is the cutoff to make the final and when we look at the teams behind us – Crusaders AC- 2nd in the final last year, Donore Harriers A/C 4th in final last year – we really need to have a big round 2 to ensure qualification!
Well done to the team!
Diego Alonso Brule Galleguillos made a great debut for the senior team with a fine 4th place finish in the 400mH.
The quartet of Eoghan Dobey, Luke O'Shaughnessy Darren Costello and Shane Canavan came 3rd in the 4x100m - Special thanks to Darren and his mum for making this trip as Darren had to rush home to a match - we love the team spirit!
James Frizzell was a gutsy 4th in the 1500m
Shane Canavan breaks the 50sec 400m barrier again to secure 3rd place and multi talented gains valuable points in the High Jump too.
Robert Meagher shows tremendous class to win the 200m after a long layoff with injury. Rob also secured valuable points in the weight for distance!
Eanna Folan had a great 800m race gaining good points with his 4th place finish
Our 4x400m team was 3rd place! Robert Meagher, Luke O Shaughnessy, Eoghan Dobey and Shane Canavan all stepped up to the plate here.
Brendan Staunton was a point scoring machine with a 1st in the Discus and 4th in the Hammer.
Cliff Jennings as always gained great points with 4th in the Pole Vault and 5th in the Shot putt
Henrique Nkolovata was 5th in the Long Jump and 3rd in the Triple Jump.
Luke gained a valuable couple points for the team in the Javelin!
There were many good performances from GCH as guests too. Eoghan Jennings in the Pole Vault and Brendan Staunton in the Shot Putt. Leonardo Brûlé also had his first 800m race in 30years and shows a lot of promise over the 2 lap event! Leonardo was also fantastic support and took photos of team - we were blessed to have him there!
There was also great support and expertise there with the ever present Matt Lockett, Luis Sc, Thomas McStay, Nicole King, Sonya King and Arran cheering the team and helping all day. There were a bunch of GCH ladies on the Galway County team so it made for very large GCH presence with Rita LaHue, Laura Nally, Cathy MC Kenna, Aoife Sheehy, Lydia Doyle, Emma O Hara, Niamh Hennelly etc.
The Galway ladies team & Galway mens team were there competing on day. The Galway ladies team is comprised of all clubs in Galway including GCH. Sarah Finnegan is team manager and there are many GCH athletes on this team. They were extremely impressive and dominated the ladies premier division. The Galway mens team is comprised of all Galway clubs minus GCH. They’ve started in the first Division but I suspect it’s only a matter of time before they achieve promotion. They had a good day for their first ever outing and they’ll have some big stars available for round 2 and the final. Round 2 takes place on July 30th.
Categories: Senior NewsSenior Results
Well done to everyone who competed in the National Junior & U23 Championships, and in the National Masters Championships, held over the first weekend in July. Great performances from everyone in the heats and finals.The Club had a number of medal receipents:
National Junior & U23 Championships: 100m Junior men - 3rd Cillin Greene, 4x400m Junior men’s relay 2nd GCH (Shane Canavan, Eanna Folan, Aaron Brennan, Thomas McStay).
National Master’s Championships: F70 3k Walk- Maura Loftus 2nd, F45 400m - Majella Loftus 3rd, F35 800m - Kathryn Casserly 3rd.
4x100 and 4x400 Women’s Master relay, GCH 2nd (Majella Loftus, Sonya King, Jean O’Connor, Kathryn Casserly)
M65 5000m - Martin McEvilly 1st. M65 1500m - Martin McEvilly 2nd.
4x400 Master men relay, GCH 3rd (Neil O’Leary, Brian O’Connor, Eamonn Hornibrook, Ronan O’Conghaile).
M35 Discus - Sean Breathnach 1st. M40 Discus & M40 Shot putt – Linas Mitkas 1st.
M50 Discus, Javelin and Shot putt – Cliff Jennings 2nd. M50 Hammer – Cliff Jennings 3rd.
M60 Shot putt – Richard O’Hanlon 2nd.
Categories: Senior NewsSenior Results
The Galway County Half Marathon Championship was held in conjunction with the Athenry Half Marathon in Monivea recently. Well done to all our club members who took part. The following are County medal receipents:
M35 – Diarmuid Hennessey 3rd.
M50 1st. Danny Carr. 2nd Martin Kearney 3rd Seamus King.
Men’s Team: 2nd GCH (Hennessey, Louis Coyne, Carr, Kearney).
W50 1st Carmel Brannigan 2nd Margaret Sheridan.
Women’s Team: 3rd GCH (Brannigan, Sheridan, Bernie Kelly, Cathy Byrne)
Full County Championship results attached.
Categories: Fit4LifeSenior NewsSenior Results
Day 3 of the Championships took place on Sunday in glorious sunshine in Tullamore. Emma Moore got the day off to a brilliant start with a Gold medal in the the U14 Girls 200m in a great new pb of 26.1. Emma is now reigning National Champion in both the 200m and 800m U14 a remarkable achievement from a very hard working athlete.
Darragh Jennings won the club’s second medal of the day with a great throw of 33.45m in the U14 Boys Discus to claim the Silver medal. Darragh also won a bronze medal in the Shot Putt last week.
Seren O'Toole claimed a Silver medal in the U16 Girls 250m hurdles in an impressive time of 37.2. It was great to see Seren back at her best again after suffering a nasty fall in the Tailteann Games recently. It took great courage to find the confidence to hurdle in competition again and put in such a brave performance.
Aoife Sheehy put up a great battle to take Silver in the U18 Girls 400m hurdles in a new pb of 64.63 taking 4 seconds off her previous best time. Aoife ran a strong first 200m which put her in bronze medal contention at the 300m mark but her strength and determination in the home straight resulted in a Silver on the line. As a result of her great effort Aoife has now been selected to represent Ireland in the upcoming Celtic Games to take place in Santry on 5th August along with Clubmate Laura Nally who has been selected on the Irish 4 X 400m relay team.
Diego Brule who won a Bronze medal in the U18 Boys 400m hurdles in 58.55. Diego had to dig deep on the home straight to secure the bronze and his hard work all year certainly paid dividends,
Aaron Brennan put in a terrific performance in the U17 Boys 1500m finishing just outside the medals in 4th place. Thomas McStay also put in a fine performance in the U18 Boys 1500m where he finished 6th in the final after qualifying from the heats earlier in the morning. Other finalists were Eimear Rowe who finished 6th in the U15 Girls 200m final in 27.01 and Luke Daehler 6th in the U14 Boys 200m in 26.54 sec.
In the 'B' Championships on Saturday Joanna Healy finished 5th in the U16 girls final in 14.44 and 6th in the 800m in 2.47, and Kayla McKeon ran a fine time of 9.44 in the U12 Girls 60m.
Categories: Juvenile News
Day 1 & 2 of the 2017 National Championships took place over the weekend in warm weather conditions in Tullamore. Three athletes claimed National Titles in what was a hugely successful weekend for the Club.
Day 1 got off to great start with Gold for Emma Moore in the U14 Girls 800m in a great time of 2.17, with Emma dominating the race from the gun her final kick with 150m to go was a step too far for her rivals. Eanna Folan won the second Gold medal for the Club in the U19 boys 3000m on Day 2. Eanna stayed with the leading pack throughout the race and kicked with 200m to go to seal a great victory in a time of 8.55 and the national title. Jack Dempsey kept his cool under pressure in the final race of the day and was the well deserved winner of the National title in the U19 boys 100m. Jack got the perfect start and gained an early lead in the first 20m, he held on for Gold in an excellent time of 11.02.
Lydia Doyle ran a new personal best time of 14.43 to take silver in the U18 girls 100m hurdles and was just 1/100th of a second off the winner Deirdre Murray, Lydia also finished 6th in the U18 girls 100m on Day 2. Bryan Ndego returning to competition this year secured a silver medal in the U19 boys High Jump. Thomas mcStay ran a terrific race in the U18 Boys 3000m to take silver in a time of 9.03.
Aaron Brennan who has been so close to the podium on a number of occasions this year got his just reward on Day 2 in the U17 boys 3000m where in secured a bronze medal in a sprint finish on the home straight. Aaron ran a fine time of 9.03 to take third place. Darragh Jennings has added a bronze medal to 2017 collection. He had a fine throw of 12.34m in the U14 Boys Shot Putt. Darragh also finished 9th in the U14 Boys 800m final on Day 2.
GCH had a number of finalists too over the weekend who put in some fine performances. Laura Nally finished 4th in the U18 Girls 400m in a time of 59.4 while her team mate Aoife Sheehy finshed 6th in the same race. Eimear Rowe ran 2.24, a new personal best in the U15 Girls 800m finishing 7th overall. Luke Daehler ran a great new personal best of 10.34 in the U14 boys 80m heats and finished 8th in the final. Ava McKeon ran a good time of 1.45 in the U13 girls 600m finishing 9th overall , with Isabella Burke in 13th position in the same race. Dennis Onuoha placed 9th in the U17 Boys 800m and Darragh Ward placed 14th in the U16 Boys 800m.Categories: Juvenile News
The Galway County 10,000m track championships were held on a warm ,muggy evening at Dangan, on Thursday evening 6th July last. Conor Dolan, a recent re-signing for GCH, put on a superb display of front running, to take victory and the County title in a time of 35.14. Rob Lennon of Castlegar AC ran a great race to claim silver in 35.26, with Daire Comer of Tuam AC running a well paced race to win bronze in 36.56 . Brian O Connor and Pat Sherry won the Masters golds in M35 and M50 categories . Many thanks to the officials who assisted including Jean O Connor, Keith Fallon, PJ Coyle, and Emily Bruton among others , and well done to all who completed the gruelling 25 lap event !Categories: Senior News
As The National Championships take place over the next three weekends Sunday 25th June is last day of training before the Summer break for our younger athletes. Training for all will resume again in early September.
Training will continue as normal during the weekdays for those who have qualified for the National Championships over the next three weeks.Categories: Juvenile NewsImage:
GCH athletes were in top form at the Connacht Championships yesterday in Sligo. There were some terrific performances on the day where multiple Connacht titles were won by the Club’s athletes. It is heartening to see so many qualifiers for the 2017 National Championships in July. A big thank you to all the officials who organised the event on the day.
It was a remarkable day for Darragh Jennings who won 4 Gold medals in the U14 Boys Category over a variety of events. He commenced the day with Gold in the 4 X 100m relay with team mates Luke Daehler, Sean Duggan and Danny O’Toole . Darragh threw 11.72m to win the Shot Putt and 29.86 to win the Discus. He later went on to win the 800m in 2.18.
Emma Moore took home 3 Gold medals. She produced a superb time of 2.18 in the U14 Girls 800m. She won the 80m in 10.84 and then went on to win the 200m in 27.4.
GCH had a number of double gold winners on the day. Jack Dempsey won the U19 Boys 100m and 200m. Kacper Poniatowski won the U18 boys 100m & 200m. Lydia Doyle won the U18 Girls 100m Hurdles and 100m. Laoise Geraghty won the U17 Girls 400m & 800m. Seren O’Toole won the U16 Girls 250m Hurdles and the 200m. Robert McDonnell won the U16 Boys 100m & 200m. Luke Daehler won the U14 Boys Long Jump and 200m and was 2nd in the 100m.
Other Connacht title winners were Aoife Sheehy who won the U18 Girls 400m hurdles and took silver in the 400m. Laura Nally won the U18 Girls 400m, was 2nd in both the 100m & 200m. Diego Brule won the U18 Boys 400m hurdles and was 2nd in 110m hurdles. Eimear Rowe won the U15 Girl 800m and was 2nd in 200m. Eoghan Jennings won the U16 Boys Pole Vault and was 2nd in both the discus and 250m hurdles. Aaron Brennan won the U17 Boys 800m.
Other multiple medal winners were Jonathan McGrath who took home 3 medals , he was 2nd in 100m, and 3rd in both the 100m hurdles and 200m, Darren Costello won silver in the U18 Boys 100m & 200m. Luke O’Shaughnessy took bronze in both U19 Boys 100m & 200m. Dennis Onuoha was 2nd in the U17 Boys 200m, and 3rd in 100m. Rita Lahoe took 2nd in U18 Girls 100m hurdles Thomas McStay was 2nd in U18 Boys 1500m, Gary Martyn 3rd in 2,000m steeplechase, Barry Murphy 3rd in U18 Boys 800m, Eanna Folan 3rd U19 boys 800m, Niall Breathnach 3rd U15 Boys 200m. Sinead Duggan was just outside the medals in 4th but qualifies for the Nationals in the U15 Girls for both the long jump and 100m and Danny O’ Toole qualifies in the U14 Boys 200m.
There were a number of fine performances from other athletes who participated on the day. Gillian McGrath 5th U14 girls 800m , Joanna Healy 7th in U14 Girls 200m , the girls U14 relay were 7th ( Eadoin Halligan, Nicole Quirke, Blathnaid Molloy and Gillian McGrath), Riona King 5th in U16 Girls Shot Putt, Colma Ni Cheidigh 7th in U16 Girls 800m, Eabha Geraghty 7th U16 Girls 200m, Darrragh Ward 6th U17 Boys 800m, Oisin Reaney 8th U16 Boys 200m, Mary Duggan 8th U17 girls 100m, Rosa Mooney 9th U17 Girls 100m and Dylan Corr 6th U18 boys 200m, Cian Duffy 7th U15 Boys 100m.AttachmentSize 2017 Connacht Field Sheet .xls151 KB 2017 Connacht track results .xls122 KB 2017 Relays Connachts.xls45 KB Categories: Juvenile NewsImage:
The timetable of events for Saturday's Connacht Championships is on our GCH Juvenile FB page as follows...
Note there is one page covering track and another covering field events.Categories: Member NoticesSenior RacingJuvenile News
National Marathon Championships 2017
This year's SSE Airtricty Dublin Marathon is expected to sell out over the coming weeks. If you wish to enter this year's National Marathon Championships please enter NOW to avoid dissapointment!
Registration Link: http://sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie/enter-marathon/
Categories: Senior News
GCH athletes had a very successful and enjoyable day out at the Connacht Championships in Sligo IT yesterday despite the wet and windy conditions.
Ava McKeon was in formidable form at the championships taking home 4 medals on the day demonstrating great ability over a range of events. Ava won the U13 Girls Hurdles and the 600m (1.49) . Later she followed this up with a silver medal in the 80m sprint in a time of 9.56. At the start of the day Ava anchored the 4 x 100m relay team to bronze medals with team mates Kelsey Wall, Anna Lee, Isabella Burke and Rachel Fahy. Isabella Burke had a fine performance to pick up the Silver medal in the U13 Girls 600m just behind Ava in a time of 1.54. Rachel Fahy also had a good run in the 600m coming home with the 6th best time overall (2.01). Kelsey Wall did well to make the final of the 60m sprint finishing 6th in a highly competitive field.
Richard McGrath and Shane Meagher teamed up to take Gold in the U11 Boys 60m with Richard running 9.56 and Shane 9.8. They now go forward as a team to the National Championships to take place later this month.
Juno Hayes and Elisa Jaime Stapleton teamed up to take bronze medals in the U10 Girls 60m, they had the same joint time as the silver medallists. They also qualify as a team for the upcoming National Championships.
Mike Hussey ran superbly in the U12 Boys 600m just missing out on the medals coming home 4th in a great time of 1.56. Louisa Hussey & Elisa Jaime Stapleton took 6th in the U10 girls 600m teamed pairs. Mia Craughwell was impressive also finishing 9th overall in the U12 Girls 600m in a great time of 2.06. Isabelle Fitzpatrick just missed qualifying for the U12 Girls 60m in her first ever race for the club. She also finished 12th in the Long jump. Kayla McKeon just missed out on the finals of the hurdles but came 16th in the U12 Girls long jump and Clodagh Quirke was 19th in the same event. Mollie Reaney and Jodie Quirke finished 9th overall in the turbo Javelin. Renato Brule finished 26th in the U12 Boys long jump and also took part in the U12 boys relay with Jack Ryan, Ronan Duggan & Richard McGrath. The U11 Boys relay team with Richard McGrath, Ronan Dugan, Shane Meaghar & Kevin Halligan finished 4th overall.
Please see the full results attached below.
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Tomorrow, Sunday: Clifden 10KM
Next Thursday: Killeeneen 5KM
Next Saturday: Bullaun 8KM
Next Sunday: Annaghdown 10KM
Next Saturday week: Athenry 5KM & Half (incorporating the Galway AAI Half Marathon Championship - please ensure that you are a fully registered member of your local club for 2017 for consideration here)
Categories: Senior News
Results are attached from Day 2 of the Galway Senior/Masters Track and Field Championships for 2017 . A very entertaining evening of athletics saw Gary Thornton of GCH put on an exhibition of distance running to win the County 5000m in a fast time of 14.42, with Keith Fallon , just returned from US scholarship, second in 15.04, and Brian Murphy of Ennis Track third in 16.38 . Siobhan Lee of GCH took victory in the Ladies 3000m in 10.40 after a great battle with Grainne Ni Uallachain, with Aine O Farrell of Athenry AC third. Peter O Sullivan of Craughwell AC stormed home in a time of 2.44 , to win the 1000m race ahead of Cillian Jordan and Barry Murphy both of GCH in second and third .
Many thanks to PJ Coyle, Matt Lockett, Noeleen and Joanna Healy for organising on the evening and to Eamonn Hornibrook for providing the sound and music !Categories: Senior Results
NB: Connaught T&F entry will close on Friday 9th June. (Contact club secretary)
Saturday 17th June - Connaught Senior Track & Field, Sligo IT . Closing date for entry is Friday 9th June. (Current schedule/timetable attached below)
Sunday 25th June - AAI National League Round 1. (Closing date Fri.16th June)
Saturday 1st July – National Junior & u23 Championships, Tullamore. (Closing date Fri.23rd June)
Sunday 2nd July – National Masters T&F Championships, Tullamore. (Closing date Fri.23rd June)
Saturday / Sunday 22nd and 23rd July – National Senior T&F, Morton Stadium. (Closing date 14th July)
Sunday 30th July – National League Round 2
Contact the secretary for entry to above T&F and for any information on upcoming events.
[email protected] or Mags at 087 9234224Categories: Member NoticesSenior Athletes
Some typical tasks that our race day volunteers carry out include:
- staffing the race pack collection desk over race weekend;
- preparing the race route including the start/finish areas;
- acting as race marshals along the race-route;
- handing out water to participants at the 5K mark in Salthill (Rockbarton Road) and at the finish line on Nimmo's Pier in the Claddagh;
- clean-up afterwards.
Categories: Streets of Galway
The biggest road race in the West of Ireland is fast approaching when over 3000 runners take to the Galway Streets.
Have you ever dreamt or wanted to run but thought I cant or I dont have the fitness.
Well we have put together simple 2 month training plans for the beginner and for the more experienced runner who will be aiming for a 40 minute time.
Come to Westside Library at 6.30pm on Monday June 12th and we will give you all the details. Event is free.
At the highly competitive All Ireland Schools Championships GCH athletes took home 5 medals.
Cillín Greene achieved two European Junior qualifying standards at the All Ireland Schools Championships in Tullamore on Saturday. He ran 10.70 in the 100m in a photo finish with Mark Smyth, with Smyth taking gold, with both athletes awarded the same time . A couple of hours later Cillín ran 21.68 in the 200m to take silver once again to Mark Smyth in the Senior boys race.
Bryan Ndego cleared 1.90m in the Senior Boys High Jump to claim joint silver with Craughwell's Jerry Keary. It was great to see Bryan back in action after struggling with injury for most of last season.
Eoghan Jennings took silver in the Junior Boys Pole Vault, jumping 2.75m in wet conditions. Eoghan also competed in the Discus where he finished 10th overall.
Seren O’ Toole won bronze in the Inter Girls 300m hurdles in a new pb of 44.8 taking almost 4 seconds off her previous best time. Seren later went on to compete in the 200m where she finished 6th in 26.66.
Jack Dempsey was awarded Connacht ' Outstanding Male Athlete' for 2017 for his performance at the Connacht Schools Championships in the Senior Boys 100m. He was presented with the cup on the day. Jack ran a superb time of 10.89 sec in the Senior Boys race 100m race where he finished 4th in one of the most competitive races of the day.
Diego Brule finished 4th in an exciting finish of the Inter Boys 400m hurdles where he took almost 3 seconds of his pb to finish in 57.83. Laura Nally finished 5th in the Senior Girls 400m race, Gordon O’Connor 6th in the Senior Boys 2,000m steeplechase, Aoife Sheehy 7th in Senior Girls 400m hurdles, Laoise Geraghty 7th in the Inter Girls 300m, Lydia Doyle 7th in a new pb of 12.48 in the Senior Girls 100m, Aaron Brennan 7th in the Inter Boys 1,500m, Cillian Jordan and Barry Murphy were 7th and 9th in the Junior Boys 1,500m, Eimear Rowe 9th in the Junior girls 800m and Eanna Folan 10th in the Senior Boys 1,500m.Categories: Juvenile NewsImage:
GCH athletes take centre stage tomorrow, taking on the top performing athletes from the Provinces at the All Ireland Schools Championships in Tullamore.
Best of luck to all our athletes who will be representing their various schools. The following athletes have all qualified from this year’s Connacht Schools Championships to face the top two from each of the other provinces in the sprints and the top three in the distance races .
Cillin Greene 100m & 200m
Jack Dempsey 100m
Eanna Folan 1,500m
Gary Martyn 5,000m
Michael Healy 5,000m
Gordon O’Connor 2,000m S/c
Aoife Sheehy 400m hurdles
Laura Nally 400m
Lydia Doyle 100m
Kacper Poniatowski 400m
Diego Brule 400m hurdles
Aaron Brennan 1,500m
Seren O’Toole 200m & 300m hurdles
Laoise Geraghty 300m
Eoghan Jennings Pole vault & Discus
Cillian Jordan 1,500m
Barry Murphy 1,500m
Sinead Duggan Long Jump
Eimear Rowe 800m
Paula Crissan High Jump
Please see link to the Timetable belowJuvenile NewsImage:
Day 2 of the Galway Track and Field Senior /Masters Championships takes place on Thursday evening 8th June next
Below is the Timetable for June 8th
7.55pm 3000m ladies
8.15pm 5000m men
The 3k and 5k are county championship events , but guests from non Galway clubs are welcome . There will be medals awarded in the Junior/Senior/Masters 35/50/65 categories
The 1000m, Shot and Discus are open events and all AAI members welcome,
5 euro entry on the night from 7.15 pm at Dangan shed beside track. Pre entry to [email protected]
Information on the event will be here https://www.facebook.com/events/165838567282710/Categories: Senior News